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M-T Rubio, M Bouillié, N Bouazza, T Coman, H Trebeden-Nègre, A Gomez, F Suarez, D Sibon, A Brignier, E Paubelle, S Nguyen-Khoc, M Cavazzana, O Lantz, M Mohty, S Urien, O Hermine
Clinically useful pre-transplant predictive factors of acute graft-versus-host-disease (aGVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) are lacking. We prospectively analyzed HSC graft content in CD34(+), NK, conventional T, regulatory T and invariant NKT (iNKT) cells in 117 adult patients before allo-SCT. Results were correlated with occurrence of aGVHD and relapse. In univariate analysis, iNKT cells were the only graft cell populations associated with occurrence of aGVHD. In multivariate analysis, CD4(-) iNKT/T cell frequency could predict grade II-IV aGVHD in bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) grafts, while CD4(-) iNKT expansion capacity was predictive in PBSC grafts...
October 14, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Satoru Yamasaki, Kanako Shimizu, Kohei Kometani, Maki Sakurai, Masami Kawamura, Shin-Ichiro Fujii
An induction of long-term cellular and humoral immunity is for the goal of vaccines, but the combination of antigens and adjuvant remain unclear. Here, we show, using a cellular vaccine carrying foreign protein antigen plus iNKT cell glycolipid antigen, designated as artificial adjuvant vector cells (aAVCs), that mature XCR1(-) DCs in situ elicit not only ordinal antigen-specific CD4(+)T cells, but also CD4(+) Tfh and germinal center, resulted in inducing long-term antibody production. As a mechanism for leading the long-term antibody production by aAVC, memory CD4(+) Tfh cells but not iNKTfh cells played an important role in a Bcl6 dependent manner...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hristo Georgiev, Inga Ravens, Charaf Benarafa, Reinhold Förster, Günter Bernhardt
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells comprise a subpopulation of innate lymphocytes developing in thymus. A new model proposes subdividing murine iNKT cells into iNKT1, 2 and 17 cells. Here, we use transcriptome analyses of iNKT1, 2 and 17 subsets isolated from BALB/c and C57BL/6 thymi to identify candidate genes that may affect iNKT cell development, migration or function. We show that Fcɛr1γ is involved in generation of iNKT1 cells and that SerpinB1 modulates frequency of iNKT17 cells. Moreover, a considerable proportion of iNKT17 cells express IL-4 and IL-17 simultaneously...
October 10, 2016: Nature Communications
Masashi Satoh, Ken-Ichi Namba, Nobuyoshi Kitaichi, Noriko Endo, Hirokuni Kitamei, Daiju Iwata, Shigeaki Ohno, Susumu Ishida, Kazunori Onoé, Hiroshi Watarai, Masaru Taniguchi, Tatsuro Ishibashi, Joan Stein-Streilein, Koh-Hei Sonoda, Luc Van Kaer, Kazuya Iwabuchi
Experimental autoimmune uveoretinitis (EAU) represents an experimental model for human endogenous uveitis, which is caused by Th1/Th17 cell-mediated inflammation. Natural killer T (NKT) cells recognize lipid antigens and produce large amounts of cytokines upon activation. To examine the role of NKT cells in the development of uveitis, EAU was elicited by immunization with a peptide from the human interphotoreceptor retinoid-binding protein (hIRBP1-20) in complete Freund's adjuvant and histopathology scores were evaluated in C57BL/6 (WT) and NKT cell-deficient mice...
October 5, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
John F Trant, Namrata Jain, Delfina M Mazzuca, James T McIntosh, Bo Fan, S M Mansour Haeryfar, Sebastien Lecommandoux, Elizabeth R Gillies
Nanoassemblies presenting multivalent displays of biologically active carbohydrates are of significant interest for a wide array of biomedical applications ranging from drug delivery to immunotherapy. In this study, glycodendron-lipid hybrids were developed as a new and tunable class of dendritic amphiphiles. A modular synthesis was used to prepare dendron-lipid hybrids comprising distearylglycerol and 0 through 4th generation polyester dendrons with peripheral protected amines. Following deprotection of the amines, an isothiocyanate derivative of C-linked α-galactose (α-Gal) was conjugated to the dendron peripheries, affording amphiphiles with 1 to 16 α-Gal moieties...
October 14, 2016: Nanoscale
L Li, J Tu, Y Jiang, J Zhou, D J Schust
Pregnancy loss is the commonest complication of pregnancy. The causes of pregnancy loss are poorly understood. It has been reported that stimulation of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells using α-galactosylceramide (αGC) induces pregnancy loss in mice. Here we investigated the mechanisms, especially the role of regulatory T (Treg) cells, in iNKT cell-mediated pregnancy loss. We found that injection of αGC rapidly induced fetal resorption, activated decidual iNKT cells, decreased the percentage of decidual Treg cells and their interleukin (IL)-10 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β production, and upregulated the levels of interferon (IFN)-γ, tumor necrosis factor-α, IL-4, and IL-10 in serum...
October 5, 2016: Mucosal Immunology
Sara De Biasi, Elena Bianchini, Milena Nasi, Margherita Digaetano, Lara Gibellini, Gianluca Carnevale, Vanni Borghi, Giovanni Guaraldi, Marcello Pinti, Cristina Mussini, Andrea Cossarizza
INTRODUCTION: Scanty data exist on the phenotype and functionality of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in HIV+ patients (pts). METHODS: By flow cytometry, we studied iNKT cells from 54 HIV+ pts who started combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) and had undetectable viral load for >1 year. Twenty-five maintained a CD4/CD8 ratio <0.4, while 29 reached a ratio >1.1; 32 age- and sex-matched subjects were healthy controls (CTR). RESULTS: Pts with low ratio had lower percentage of CD4+ iNKT cells compared to pts with high ratio, and higher CD8+ iNKT cell percentage; double negative (DN) iNKT cells were lower in HIV+ pts compared to CTR...
September 24, 2016: AIDS
Tatsuya Ando, Hiroyasu Ito, Hirofumi Ohtaki, Ayumu Kanbe, Akihiro Hirata, Akira Hara, Mitsuru Seishima
Viral infections can give rise to secondary bacterial infections. In the present study, we examined the role of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced lethal shock during encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV) infection. Wild-type (WT) mice and Jα18 gene knockout (Jα18 KO) mice were inoculated with EMCV, 5days prior to challenging with LPS. The survival rate of Jα18 KO mice subjected to EMCV and LPS was significantly higher than that of WT mice. TNF-α and nitric oxide (NO) production were increased in WT mice, than that in Jα18 KO mice, after the administration of EMCV and LPS...
September 19, 2016: Immunobiology
Xilin Zhang, Jun Gu, Li Zhou, Qing-Sheng Mi
T cell immunoglobulin and mucin-4 (TIM-4), mainly expressed on antigen presenting cells, plays a versatile role in immunoregulation. CD1d-restricted invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are potent cells involved in the diverse immune responses. It was recently reported that recombinant TIM-4 (rTIM-4) alone enhanced cytokine production in NKT hybridoma, DN32.D3 cells. Hence, we hypothesized that TIM-4 might regulate iNKT cell biology, especially their function of cytokine secretion. For the first time, we identified that TIM-4 was expressed in thymus iNKT cells, and its expression increased upon iNKT cell migration to the secondary lymphoid organs, especially in lymph nodes...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Zhen-Kui Wang, Li Xue, Tao Wang, Xiu-Jie Wang, Zhi-Qiang Su
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are a unique subset of T cells that have been implicated in inflammation, atopy, autoimmunity, infections, and cancer. Although iNKT cells have been extensively studied over the past decade, its role in the pathogenesis of ischemic brain injury is still largely unknown. In our study, we determined whether iNKT cells infiltration occur in a mouse model of permanent cerebral ischemia. C57BL6/J male mice were treated with either alpha-galactosylceramide (α-GalCer) or vehicle control before undergoing permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO)...
October 28, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Toshiko Kamata, Akane Suzuki, Naoko Mise, Fumie Ihara, Mariko Takami, Yuji Makita, Atsushi Horinaka, Kazuaki Harada, Naoki Kunii, Shigetoshi Yoshida, Ichiro Yoshino, Toshinori Nakayama, Shinichiro Motohashi
The role of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in antitumor immunity has been studied extensively, and clinical trials in patients with advanced cancer have revealed a prolonged survival in some cases. In recent years, humanized blocking antibodies against co-stimulatory molecules such as PD-1 have been developed. The enhancement of T cell function is reported to improve antitumor immunity, leading to positive clinical effects. However, there are limited data on the role of PD-1/programmed death ligand (PDL) molecules in human iNKT cells...
September 15, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Savit B Prabhu, Deepak K Rathore, Deepa Nair, Anita Chaudhary, Saimah Raza, Parna Kanodia, Shailaja Sopory, Anna George, Satyajit Rath, Vineeta Bal, Reva Tripathi, Siddharth Ramji, Aruna Batra, Kailash C Aggarwal, Harish K Chellani, Sugandha Arya, Nidhi Agarwal, Umesh Mehta, Uma Chandra Mouli Natchu, Nitya Wadhwa, Shinjini Bhatnagar
The human peripheral leukocyte subset composition depends on genotype variation and pre-natal and post-natal environmental influence diversity. We quantified this composition in adults and neonates, and compared the median values and dispersal ranges of various subsets in them. We confirmed higher frequencies of monocytes and regulatory T cells (Tregs), similar frequencies of neutrophils, and lower frequencies of CD8 T cells, NKT cells, B1 B cells and gamma-delta T cells in neonatal umbilical cord blood. Unlike previous reports, we found higher frequencies of eosinophils and B cells, higher CD4:CD8 ratios, lower frequencies of T cells and iNKT cells, and similar frequencies of CD4 T cells and NK cells in neonates...
2016: PloS One
Caterina Di Pietro, Lorena De Giorgi, Ilaria Cosorich, Chiara Sorini, Maya Fedeli, Marika Falcone
NKT17 cells represent a functional subset of Vα14 invariant NKT (iNKT) cells with important effector functions in infections and autoimmune diseases. The mechanisms that drive NKT17 cell differentiation in the thymus are still largely unknown. The percentage of NKT17 cells has a high variability between murine strains due to differential thymic differentiation. For example, the NOD strain carries a high percentage and absolute numbers of NKT17 cells compared with other strains. In this study, we used the NOD mouse model to analyze what regulates NKT17 cell frequency in the thymus and peripheral lymphoid organs...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Mathieu Le Gars, Michel Haustant, Maria Klezovich-Bénard, Christophe Paget, François Trottein, Pierre L Goossens, Jean-Nicolas Tournier
Exogenous activation of invariant NKT (iNKT) cells by the superagonist α-galactosylceramide (α-GalCer) can protect against cancer, autoimmune diseases, and infections. In the current study, we investigated the effect of α-GalCer against Bacillus anthracis infection, the agent of anthrax. Using an experimental model of s.c. B. anthracis infection (an encapsulated nontoxigenic strain), we show that concomitant administration of α-GalCer delayed B. anthracis systemic dissemination and prolonged mouse survival...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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Our cover picture features an H&E staining of liver sections from mice with a mutation in the SH2 domain of the signal transducing adaptor protein slp-76. The application of concanavalin A (Con A) induces milder hepatitis in these mice than in wild-type B6 mice due to a decreased activation of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. The image relates to the article by Danzer et al. (pp. 2121-2136) in which the authors describe a pivotal role of slp-76 in activation and tissue distribution of iNKT cells.
September 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Emilie Vomhof-DeKrey, Diane Darland, Othman Ghribi, Amy Bundy, James Roemmich, Kate Claycombe
A maternal low-protein (LP) diet in Sprague-Dawley rats results in low birth weight, rapid adipose tissue catch-up growth, adult obesity, and insulin resistance. The placenta functions to fulfill the fetus' nutrient demands. Adequate angiogenic factor concentrations help to ensure normal growth and vasculature development of the placenta and, in turn, optimum maternal-to-fetal nutrient delivery. Maternal malnutrition creates a proinflammatory environment that leads to inhibition of placental tissue growth. Therefore, we hypothesized that a maternal LP diet will lead to abnormal angiogenesis via dysregulation of immune cells resulting in increased secretion of proinflammatory cytokines and reduced angiogenic factor expression...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Lydia Lynch, Andrew E Hogan, Danielle Duquette, Chantel Lester, Alexander Banks, Katherine LeClair, David E Cohen, Abhisek Ghosh, Bing Lu, Michelle Corrigan, Darko Stevanovic, Eleftheria Maratos-Flier, Daniel J Drucker, Donal O'Shea, Michael Brenner
Adipose-resident invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are key players in metabolic regulation. iNKT cells are innate lipid sensors, and their activation, using their prototypic ligand α-galactosylceramide (αGalCer), induces weight loss and restores glycemic control in obesity. Here, iNKT activation induced fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) production and thermogenic browning of white fat. Complete metabolic analysis revealed that iNKT cell activation induced increased body temperature, V02, VC02, and fatty acid oxidation, without affecting food intake or activity...
September 13, 2016: Cell Metabolism
Pragya Rampuria, Gillian A Lang, T Scott Devera, Casey Gilmore, Jimmy D Ballard, Mark L Lang
Activation of iNKT cells with the CD1d-binding glycolipid adjuvant α-galactosylceramide (α-GC) enhances humoral immunity specific for coadministered T-dependent Ag. However, the relationship between the iNKT cell and the classic T helper (Th) or T follicular helper (Tfh) function following this immunization modality remains unclear. We show that immunization with the C-terminal domain (CTD) of Clostridium difficile toxin B (TcdB), accompanied by activation of iNKT cells with α-GC, led to enhanced production of CTD-specific IgG, which was CD1d- and iNKT cell-dependent and associated with increased neutralization of active TcdB...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Jun-Qi Yang, Yonghua Zhou, Ram Raj Singh
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are unique subset of innate-like T cells recognizing glycolipids. iNKT cells can rapidly produce copious amounts of cytokines upon antigen stimulation and exert potent immunomodulatory activities for a wide variety of immune responses and diseases. We have revealed the regulatory effect of iNKT cells on autoimmunity with a serial of publications. On the other hand, the role of iNKT cells in parasitic infections, especially in recently attractive topic "hygiene hypothesis," has not been clearly defined yet...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Ming Meng, Chunxiao Li, Fei Yang, Hua Chen, Xiaoliu Li, Yongbin Yang, Dongzhi Chen
Invariant natural killer T cells (iNKTs) are important innate immune cells which get involved in various immune responses in both mice and humans. These immune reactions range from self-tolerance to development of autoimmunity and responses to pathogens and tumor development. In this study, we aimed to explore the effects of the novel immunostimulators (CH1b and CH2b) containing thiazolidin-4-one on the functions of human invariant natural killer T cells (iNKTs). First of all, iNKTs in peripheral blood mononuclear cells were expanded with α-Galactosylceramide (α-Galcer) in vitro...
October 2016: International Immunopharmacology
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