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Alexandre P Meli, Ghislaine Fontés, Danielle T Avery, Scott A Leddon, Mifong Tam, Michael Elliot, Andre Ballesteros-Tato, Jim Miller, Mary M Stevenson, Deborah J Fowell, Stuart G Tangye, Irah L King
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are a CD4(+) T cell subset critical for long-lived humoral immunity. We hypothesized that integrins play a decisive role in Tfh cell biology. Here we show that Tfh cells expressed a highly active form of leukocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1) that was required for their survival within the germinal center niche. In addition, LFA-1 promoted expression of Bcl-6, a transcriptional repressor critical for Tfh cell differentiation, and inhibition of LFA-1 abolished Tfh cell generation and prevented protective humoral immunity to intestinal helminth infection...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Laurie A Dempsey
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October 19, 2016: Nature Immunology
H Vroman, I M Bergen, B W S Li, J A C van Hulst, M Lukkes, D van Uden, R W Hendriks, M Kool
BACKGROUND: Chronic exposure to environmental triggers, such as house dust mite (HDM), drives T helper 2 (Th2) cell-mediated asthma. Recent evidence has shown that B-T cell interaction, and in particular germinal center reactions and follicular T helper (Tfh) cells are required for the development of eosinophilic airway inflammation in HDM-driven models containing a sensitization and challenge phase. Whether B-T cell interactions are essential for pulmonary eosinophilic inflammation following chronic allergen provocation remains unknown...
October 15, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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
Young Uk Kim, Byung-Seok Kim, Hoyong Lim, Rick A Wetsel, Yeonseok Chung
CXCR5⁺ T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are associated with aberrant autoantibody production in patients with antibody-mediated autoimmune diseases including lupus. Follicular regulatory T (Tfr) cells expressing CXCR5 and Bcl6 have been recently identified as a specialized subset of Foxp3⁺ regulatory T (Treg) cells that control germinal center reactions. In this study, we show that retroviral transduction of CXCR5 gene in Foxp3⁺ Treg cells induced a stable expression of functional CXCR5 on their surface...
October 17, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
Kazunobu Asano, Zhiliang Wu, Piyarat Srinontong, Takahide Ikeda, Isao Nagano, Hirokuyi Morita, Yoichi Maekawa
Infectious microorganisms often modify host immunity to escape from immune elimination. Trichinella is a unique nematode of the helminth family, which parasitize the inside of host muscle cells without robust eliminative reactions. There are two main species in genus Trichinella, encapsulated (T. spiralis(Ts), T. britovi) and non-encapsulated (T. pseudospiralis(Tp)). It has already been established that Trichinella infection affects host immune responses in several experimental immune diseases in animal models; however, most of those studies were done using Ts infection...
October 10, 2016: Infection and Immunity
Qinghong Wang, Jianguo Liu
IL-27 is a pleiotropic cytokine that has diverse immune regulatory activities under both physiological and pathological conditions. IL-27 enhances the functions of Th1 and CD8(+) T cells, promotes the development of Tfh and Tr1, and suppresses the functions of Th2, Treg, Th9, and Th17 cells. IL-27 is also involved in regulation of immune responses of B cells, NK, DCs, and macrophages. IL-27 production is strictly regulated at both transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. Given its broad effects on immune regulation, IL-27 has been implicated in the pathogeneses of autoimmune and infectious diseases as well as cancers...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Brodie Miles, Shannon M Miller, Joy M Folkvord, David N Levy, Eva G Rakasz, Pamela J Skinner, Elizabeth Connick
During chronic HIV infection, viral replication is concentrated in secondary lymphoid follicles. Cytotoxic CD8 T cells control HIV replication in extrafollicular regions, but not in the follicle. Here, we show CXCR5hiCD44hiCD8 T cells are a regulatory subset differing from conventional CD8 T cells, and constitute the majority of CD8 T cells in the follicle. This subset, CD8 follicular regulatory T cells (CD8 TFR), expand in chronic SIV infection, exhibit enhanced expression of Tim-3 and IL-10, and express less perforin compared to conventional CD8 T cells...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Takuya Yashiro, Mutsuko Hara, Hideoki Ogawa, Ko Okumura, Chiharu Nishiyama
PU.1 is a hematopoietic lineage-specific transcription factor belonging to the Ets family. We investigated the role of PU.1 in the expression of OX40L in dendritic cells (DCs), because the regulatory mechanism of cell type-specific expression of OX40L, which is mainly restricted to antigen-presenting cells, is largely unknown despite the critical involvement in Th2 and Tfh development. PU.1 knockdown decreased the expression of OX40L in mouse DCs. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays demonstrated that PU...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Michel Varrin-Doyer, Kara L Pekarek, Collin M Spencer, Claude C A Bernard, Raymond A Sobel, Bruce A C Cree, Ulf Schulze-Topphoff, Scott S Zamvil
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the influence of oral laquinimod, a candidate multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment, on induction of T follicular helper cells, development of meningeal B cell aggregates, and clinical disease in a spontaneous B cell-dependent MS model. METHODS: Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) was induced in C57BL/6 mice by immunization with recombinant myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (rMOG) protein. Spontaneous EAE was evaluated in C57BL/6 MOG p35-55-specific T cell receptor transgenic (2D2) × MOG-specific immunoglobulin (Ig)H-chain knock-in (IgH(MOG-ki) [Th]) mice...
October 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Hok Hei Tam, Mariane B Melo, Myungsun Kang, Jeisa M Pelet, Vera M Ruda, Maria H Foley, Joyce K Hu, Sudha Kumari, Jordan Crampton, Alexis D Baldeon, Rogier W Sanders, John P Moore, Shane Crotty, Robert Langer, Daniel G Anderson, Arup K Chakraborty, Darrell J Irvine
Natural infections expose the immune system to escalating antigen and inflammation over days to weeks, whereas nonlive vaccines are single bolus events. We explored whether the immune system responds optimally to antigen kinetics most similar to replicating infections, rather than a bolus dose. Using HIV antigens, we found that administering a given total dose of antigen and adjuvant over 1-2 wk through repeated injections or osmotic pumps enhanced humoral responses, with exponentially increasing (exp-inc) dosing profiles eliciting >10-fold increases in antibody production relative to bolus vaccination post prime...
October 4, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Liting Tian, Qilin Fu, Fu Huang
The aim of the present study was to investigate the T cell immune function in chronic hepatitis B hepatocirrhosis patients at the compensated and decompensated stage following treatment with adefovir dipivoxil. A total of 104 patients diagnosed with hepatitis B hepatocirrhosis during the period from October 2013 to October 2014 were enrolled in the study. Among the cases, there were 56 cases at compensated stage, and another 48 at decompensated stage. Adefovir dipivoxil was administered for antiviral therapy (10 mg/time, 1 time/day, for a total of 24 weeks), and we compared the virus disappearance rate, liver function improvement and T cell immune function between the two groups before and after treatment...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Tue Kruse Rasmussen
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are lifelong diseases with increased mortality and chronic pains. They are both characterized by immunological imbalances causing the immune system attack and destroy the bodies own tissues (called autoimmune disease). The best treatment, we are currently able to offer these patients, cause significant side-effects and can not prevent significant loss of quality of life. At the heart of the disease mechanisms in RA and SLE are subsets of immune cells called T and B cells...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Peter T Sage, Noga Ron-Harel, Vikram R Juneja, Debattama R Sen, Seth Maleri, Waradon Sungnak, Vijay K Kuchroo, W Nicholas Haining, Nicolas Chevrier, Marcia Haigis, Arlene H Sharpe
Follicular regulatory T cells (TFR cells) inhibit follicular helper T cell (TFH cell)-mediated antibody production. The mechanisms by which TFR cells exert their key immunoregulatory functions are largely unknown. Here we found that TFR cells induced a distinct suppressive state in TFH cells and B cells, in which effector transcriptional signatures were maintained but key effector molecules and metabolic pathways were suppressed. The suppression of B cell antibody production and metabolism by TFR cells was durable and persisted even in the absence of TFR cells...
October 3, 2016: Nature Immunology
Michael Boice, Darin Salloum, Frederic Mourcin, Viraj Sanghvi, Rada Amin, Elisa Oricchio, Man Jiang, Anja Mottok, Nicolas Denis-Lagache, Giovanni Ciriello, Wayne Tam, Julie Teruya-Feldstein, Elisa de Stanchina, Wing C Chan, Sami N Malek, Daisuke Ennishi, Renier J Brentjens, Randy D Gascoyne, Michel Cogné, Karin Tarte, Hans-Guido Wendel
The HVEM (TNFRSF14) receptor gene is among the most frequently mutated genes in germinal center lymphomas. We report that loss of HVEM leads to cell-autonomous activation of B cell proliferation and drives the development of GC lymphomas in vivo. HVEM-deficient lymphoma B cells also induce a tumor-supportive microenvironment marked by exacerbated lymphoid stroma activation and increased recruitment of T follicular helper (TFH) cells. These changes result from the disruption of inhibitory cell-cell interactions between the HVEM and BTLA (B and T lymphocyte attenuator) receptors...
October 6, 2016: Cell
Jialong Yang, Xingguang Lin, Yun Pan, Jinli Wang, Pengcheng Chen, Hongxiang Huang, Hai-Hui Xue, Jimin Gao, Xiao-Ping Zhong
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells play critical roles for germinal center responses and effective humoral immunity. We report here that mTOR in CD4 T cells is essential for Tfh differentiation. In Mtor(f/f)-Cd4Cre mice, both constitutive and inducible Tfh differentiation is severely impaired, leading to defective germinal center B cell formation and antibody production. Moreover, both mTORC1 and mTORC2 contribute to Tfh and GC B cell development but may do so via distinct mechanisms. mTORC1 mainly promotes CD4 T cell proliferation to reach the cell divisions necessary for Tfh differentiation, while Rictor/mTORC2 regulates Tfh differentiation by promoting Akt activation and TCF1 expression without grossly influencing T cell proliferation...
September 30, 2016: ELife
Rui Yang, April R Masters, Karen A Fortner, Devin P Champagne, Natalia Yanguas-Casás, Daniel J Silberger, Casey T Weaver, Laura Haynes, Mercedes Rincon
IL-6 is known to contribute to the differentiation of CD4(+) T cells into different subsets of effector T helper cells. Less is known about the potential of IL-6 in regulating CD8(+) T cell effector function. Here, we identify IL-6 as a master regulator of IL-21 in effector CD8(+) T cells. IL-6 promotes the differentiation of a subset of naive CD8(+) T cells that express IL-6R into a unique population of effector CD8(+) T cells characterized by the production of high levels of IL-21 and low levels of IFN-γ...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Yalei Liu, Ran You, Nan Yu, Yan Gong, Chenxue Qu, Yang Zhang, Guizhi Lu, Youyuan Huang, Hong Zhang, Ying Gao, Yanming Gao, Xiaohui Guo
Both cellular and humoral responses play important roles in the pathogenesis of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT). However, the immunological differences between euthyroid (mild HT) and hypothyroid (severe HT) patients are unknown. This study aimed to investigate the distribution of lymphocyte subsets and cytokine profiles in HT patients with differences in thyroid function. Peripheral blood was drawn from 18 healthy controls and 54 HT patients (33 patients with mild HT, 21 patients with severe HT). The percentages of B cell subsets, T cell subsets and NK cells were analyzed by flow cytometry...
September 23, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Xin Yao, Chengrong Li, Jun Yang, Guobing Wang, Changgang Li, Yu Xia
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the role of T follicular helper (TFH) cells in the immunopathogenesis of pediatric immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), as well as differences in TFH expansion and its regulation between newly diagnosed ITP (nITP) and chronic pediatric ITP (cITP). METHODS: Eighty-five children with ITP and 20 age-matched healthy controls were enrolled into this study. TFH cell frequencies and TFH cell-associated regulatory factors before and after treatment were analyzed by flow cytometry, RT-PCR and ELISA...
October 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
Ying Wang, Lili Wang, Yanchao Shi, Feifei Wang, Haoyu Yang, Shuo Han, Yanping Bai
Circulating T follicular helper (Tfh) cells in the blood are counterparts to conventional Tfh cells in germinal centres. Similarly to conventional Tfh cells, circulating Tfh cells provide helpful signals for B cells. Circulating Tfh cells can be divided into three subpopulations, including Tfh17 (CXCR3-CCR6+), Tfh1 (CXCR3+CCR6-), and Tfh2 (CXCR3-CCR6-) cells, based on differences in CXCR3 and CCR6 expression. Recent studies have demonstrated that alterations in circulating Tfh cell subsets have significant effects on the progression of numerous autoimmune diseases...
September 20, 2016: Immunology Letters
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