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Dale I Godfrey, Jérôme Le Nours, Daniel M Andrews, Adam P Uldrich, Jamie Rossjohn
Most studies on the immunotherapeutic potential of T cells have focused on CD8 and CD4 T cells that recognize peptide antigens (Ag) presented by polymorphic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and MHC class II molecules, respectively. However, unconventional T cells, which interact with MHC class Ib and MHC-I like molecules, are also implicated in tumor immunity, although their role therein is unclear. These include unconventional T cells targeting MHC class Ib molecules such as HLA-E and its murine ortholog Qa-1b, natural killer T (NKT) cells, mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, and γδ T cells...
March 20, 2018: Immunity
Ina Bähr, Janine Jahn, Alexander Zipprich, Inge Pahlow, Julia Spielmann, Heike Kielstein
Obesity is associated with alterations in functionality of immune cells, like macrophages and natural killer (NK) cells, leading to an increased risk for severe infections and several cancer types. This study aimed to examine immune cell populations and functional NK cell parameters focusing on NK cell subset phenotypes in normal-weight and obese humans. Therefore, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were isolated from normal-weight and obese individuals and analyzed by flow cytometry. Results show no significant changes in the frequency of monocytes, B lymphocytes, or NKT cells but a significantly increased frequency of T lymphocytes in obesity...
March 20, 2018: Immunologic Research
Benjamin J Wolf, Jiyoung Elizabeth Choi, Mark A Exley
iNKT cells are a subset of innate-like T cells that utilize an invariant TCR alpha chain complexed with a limited repertoire of TCR beta chains to recognize specific lipid antigens presented by CD1d molecules. Because iNKT cells have an invariant TCR, they can be easily identified and targeted in both humans and mice via standard reagents, making this a population of T cells that has been well characterized. iNKT cells are some of the first cells to respond during an infection. By making different types of cytokines in response to different infection stimuli, iNKT cells help determine what kind of immune response then develops...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Sung-Eun Lee, Ji Yoon Lee, A-Reum Han, Hee-Sun Hwang, Woo-Sung Min, Hee-Je Kim
Although vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) is known to be expressed in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) blasts, the relevance of VEGF-C in the clinical setting remains to be fully explored. We examined the effect of VEGF-C on achievement of complete remission (CR) in adult de novo AML and immune cell population profiles according to VEGF-C mRNA expression. In comparison of VEGF-C expression between the no-CR and CR groups, the CR group showed a trend toward higher levels of plasma VEGF-C (P = .088), whereas mRNA expression of VEGF-C was downregulated (P = ...
March 12, 2018: Translational Oncology
Álvaro de Mingo Pulido, Estefanía de Gregorio, Shilpi Chandra, Anna Colell, Albert Morales, Mitchell Kronenberg, Montserrat Marí
Natural killer T (NKT) cells exhibit a specific tissue distribution, displaying the liver the highest NKT/conventional T cell ratio. Upon antigen stimulation, NKT cells secrete Th1 cytokines, including interferon γ (IFNγ), and Th2 cytokines, including IL-4 that recruit and activate other innate immune cells to exacerbate inflammatory responses in the liver. Cysteine cathepsins control hepatic inflammation by regulating κB-dependent gene expression. However, the contribution of cysteine cathepsins other than Cathepsin S to NKT cell activation has remained largely unexplored...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Daniëlle Krijgsman, Marianne Hokland, Peter J K Kuppen
Natural killer T (NKT) cells are a subset of CD1d-restricted T cells at the interface between the innate and adaptive immune system. NKT cells can be subdivided into functional subsets that respond rapidly to a wide variety of glycolipids and stress-related proteins using T- or natural killer (NK) cell-like effector mechanisms. Because of their major modulating effects on immune responses via secretion of cytokines, NKT cells are also considered important players in tumor immunosurveillance. During early tumor development, T helper (TH )1-like NKT cell subsets have the potential to rapidly stimulate tumor-specific T cells and effector NK cells that can eliminate tumor cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Brittany P Lassiter, Siqi Guo, Stephen J Beebe
Nano-pulse stimulation (NPS), previously called nsPEFs, induced a vaccine-like effect after ablation of orthotopic N1-S1 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), protecting rats from subsequent challenges with N1-S1 cells. To determine immunity, immune cell phenotypes were analyzed in naïve, treated and protected rats. NPS provides a positive, post-ablation immuno-therapeutic outcome by alleviating immunosuppressive T regulatory cells (Treg) in the tumor microenvironment (TME), allowing dendritic cell influx and inducing dynamic changes in natural killer cells (NKs), NKT-cells and T-lymphocytes in blood, spleen and liver...
March 13, 2018: Cancers
Hajime Suto, Aya Nambu, Hideaki Morita, Sachiko Yamaguchi, Takafumi Numata, Takamichi Yoshizaki, Eri Shimura, Ken Arae, Yousuke Asada, Kenichiro Motomura, Mari Kaneko, Takaya Abe, Akira Matsuda, Yoichiro Iwakura, Ko Okumura, Hirohisa Saito, Kenji Matsumoto, Katsuko Sudo, Susumu Nakae
BACKGROUND: As well as thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) and IL-33, IL-25 is known to induce Th2 cytokine production by various cell types-including Th2 cells, Th9 cells, invariant NKT cells and group 2 innate lymphoid cells-involved in Th2-type immune responses. Since both Th2-type and Th17-type cells/cytokines are crucial for contact hypersensitivity (CHS), IL-25 may contribute to this by enhancing Th2-type immune responses. However, the precise role of IL-25 in the pathogenesis of FITC-induced CHS is poorly understood...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Shingo Kato, Jay A Berzofsky, Masaki Terabe
Natural killer T (NKT) cells are a unique T cell subset that exhibits characteristics from both the innate immune cells and T cells. There are at least two subsets of NKT cells, type I and type II. These two subsets of NKT cells have opposite functions in antitumor immunity. Type I NKT cells usually enhance and type II NKT cells suppress antitumor immunity. In addition, these two subsets of NKT cells cross-regulate each other. In this review, we mainly focus on immunosuppressive NKT cells, type II NKT cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mark L Lang
Vaccination with CD1d-binding glycolipid adjuvants and co-administered protein, lipid, and carbohydrate antigens leads to invariant natural killer T (NKT) cell-dependent enhancement of protective B cell responses. NKT cell activation boosts the establishment of protein antigen-specific B cell memory and long-lived plasma cell (LLPC) compartments. NKT cells may exert a similar effect on some carbohydrate-specific B cells, but not lipid-specific B cells. The mechanisms of action of NKT cells on B cell responsiveness and subsequent differentiation into memory B cells and LLPC is dependent on CD1d expression by dendritic cells and B cells that can co-present glycolipids on CD1d and antigen-derived peptide on MHCII...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Luca Ferrari, Elena Canelli, Elena De Angelis, Alessia Catella, Giulia Ferrarini, Giulia Ogno, Luca Bonati, Roberto Nardini, Paolo Borghetti, Paolo Martelli
Highly pathogenic (HP) PRRSV isolates have been discovered within both PRRSV-1 and PRRSV-2 genotypes and investigated in recent years especially for their ability to cause extremely severe disease in conventional pig herds. The exacerbation of general and respiratory clinical signs has been attributed not only to an efficient replication (virulence) but also to the ability to dysregulate viral recognition and induce mechanisms of immune evasion or immune enhancement of humoral and cellular anti-viral responses differently from non-HP PRRSV isolates in terms of intensity and temporal onset...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Divya Sekar, Luisa Govene, María-Luisa Del Río, Evelyn Sirait-Fischer, Annika F Fink, Bernhard Brüne, José I Rodriguez-Barbosa, Andreas Weigert
Natural Killer T cells (NKT cells) are emerging as critical regulators of pro- and anti-tumor immunity, both at baseline and in therapeutic settings. While type I NKT cells can promote anti-tumor immunity, their activity in the tumor microenvironment may be limited by negative regulators such as inhibitory immune checkpoints. We observed dominant expression of B- and T-lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA) on type I NKT cells in polyoma middle T oncogene-driven (PyMT) murine autochthonous mammary tumors. Other immune checkpoint receptors, such as programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) were equally distributed among T cell populations...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Garth Cameron, Dale I Godfrey
Natural Killer T (NKT) cells are a functionally diverse population that recognize lipid-based antigens in association with the antigen-presenting molecule CD1d. Here we define a technique to separate the functionally distinct thymic NKT1, NKT2 and NKT17 cell subsets by their surface expression of CD279 (ICOS) and the activation-associated glycoform of CD43, enabling the investigation of subset-specific effector-functions. We report that all three subsets express the transcription factor GATA-3 and the potential to produce IL-4 and IL-10 following activation...
March 5, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Joo-Young Park, Davinna L Ligons, Jung-Hyun Park
IL-15 is a cytokine of the common γ-chain family that is critical for natural killer (NK), invariant natural killer T ( i NKT), and CD8 memory T cell development and homeostasis. The role of IL-15 in regulating effector T cell subsets, however, remains incompletely understood. IL-15 is mostly expressed by stromal cells, myeloid cells, and dendritic cells (DCs). Whether T cells themselves can express IL-15, and if so, whether such T cell-derived IL-15 could play an autocrine role in T cells are interesting questions that were previously addressed but answered with mixed results...
February 2018: Immune Network
Lianjin Jin, Hidetoshi Nara, Mizanur Rahman, Yuji Takeda, Akemi Araki, Hironobu Asao
The cytokine interleukin-21 (IL-21) is mainly produced from activated CD4+ T cells and natural killer T (NKT) cells. IL-21 enhances the proliferation and differentiation of T cells and B cells and also increases cytotoxicity of CD8+ T cells and NK cells through the IL-21 receptor and its downstream signaling molecules such as signal transducers and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2). SH2 domain-containing tyrosine phosphatase (SHP-2) is ubiquitously expressed, including hematopoietic cells...
2018: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Marina Gazdic, Bojana Simovic Markovic, Aleksandar Arsenijevic, Nemanja Jovicic, Aleksandar Acovic, C Randall Harrell, Crissy Fellabaum, Valentin Djonov, Nebojsa Arsenijevic, Miodrag L Lukic, Vladislav Volarevic
One of the therapeutic options for the treatment of fulminant hepatitis is re-population of intrahepatic regulatory cells since their pool is significantly reduced during acute liver failure. Although it is known that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which have beneficent effects in the therapy of fulminant hepatitis, may promote expansion of T regulatory cells (Tregs) and B regulatory cells (Bregs), the role of these regulatory cells in MSC-mediated attenuation of acute liver injury is unknown. Herewith, we described the molecular mechanisms involved in the crosstalk between MSCs and liver regulatory cells and analyzed the potential of MSC-based therapy for the expansion of intrahepatic regulatory cells in mouse model of acute liver failure...
March 3, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Barbara Polese, Virginie Gridelet, Sophie Perrier d'Hauterive, Chantal Renard, Carine Munaut, Henri Martens, David Vermijlen, Irah L King, Nathalie Jacobs, Vincent Geenen
Introduction: Pregnancy is an immune paradox. While the immune system is required for embryo implantation, placental development and progression of gestation, excessive inflammation is associated with pregnancy failure. Similarly, the cytokine IL-17A plays an important role in defence against extracellular pathogens, but its dysregulation can lead to pathogenic inflammation and tissue damage. Although expression of IL-17 has been reported during pregnancy, the cellular source of this cytokine and its relevance to gestation are not clear...
2018: Clinical & Translational Immunology
Stoyan Ivanov, Johanna Merlin, Man Kit Sam Lee, Andrew J Murphy, Rodolphe R Guinamard
The increasing incidence of obesity and its socio-economical impact is a global health issue due to its associated co-morbidities, namely diabetes and cardiovascular disease [1-5]. Obesity is characterized by an increase in adipose tissue, which promotes the recruitment of immune cells resulting in low-grade inflammation and dysfunctional metabolism. Macrophages are the most abundant immune cells in the adipose tissue of mice and humans. The adipose tissue also contains other myeloid cells (dendritic cells (DC) and neutrophils) and to a lesser extent lymphocyte populations, including T cells, B cells, Natural Killer (NK) and Natural Killer T (NKT) cells...
February 20, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Hussein F Aqbi, Matthew Wallace, Samay Sappal, Kyle K Payne, Masoud H Manjili
Tumor immunoediting consisting of three phases of elimination, equilibrium or dormancy, and escape has been supported by preclinical and clinical data. A comprehensive understanding of the molecular mechanisms by which antitumor immune responses regulate these three phases are important for developing highly tailored immunotherapeutics that can control cancer. To this end, IFN-γ produced by Th1 cells, cytotoxic T cells, NK cells, and NKT cells is a pleiotropic cytokine that is involved in all three phases of tumor immunoediting, as well as during inflammation-mediated tumorigenesis processes...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Mary F Fontana, Marion Pepper
Activated B cells mature in germinal centers (GCs), but GC initiation during infection is poorly understood. Gaya et al. (2018) show that NKT cells, activated by CD169+ macrophages, produce an early wave of interleukin-4 (IL-4) that promotes GC formation during viral infection.
February 20, 2018: Immunity
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