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Yajuan Shao, Chunmei Bai, Jian Sun, Xin Gao
RATIONALE: T-cell lymphoma is a neoplasm that expresses markers of T-cell or natural killer cell (NK)-origin but not those of B-cell origin. Although B-cell lymphoma with abundant expression of T-cell markers exist, the opposite is very rare. Therefore, little is known about this subtype of lymphoma, including its treatment and prognosis. CASE REPORT: A 65-year-old man was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma with abundant CD20 expression. He was refractory to cyclophosphamide + epirubicin + vincristine + prednisone + etoposide (CHOPE), ifosfamide + cisplatin + etoposide + dexamethasone (DICE), and hyper-cyclophosphamide + vincristine + epirubicin + dexamethasone (CVAD) chemotherapy...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Wan-Lin Zhang, Shuang Ma, Rachel Jug, Fan Li, Endi Wang, Huan-Yu Zhao, Hong-Tao Xu, Lin Cai, Cheng-Qian Yu, Shuai Shen, Lian-He Yang
RATIONALE: Primary testicular natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma is an extremely rare and highly aggressive lymphoid malignancy. At present, only 20 cases have been reported. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 32-year-old Chinese man complained of discomfort and swelling of his right testicle for 3 months. Physical examination revealed a 10 × 10 × 9.5 cm mass on the right side of the scrotum area. DIAGNOSES: Pathologic evaluation showed effacement of normal testicular parenchymal architecture by small-to-medium-sized lymphoid cells with irregular nuclear profiles, and immunohistochemical studies positively expressed CD2, CD56, cytoplasmic CD3, granzyme B, perforin, and TIA-1...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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
Ahmad Al-Attar, Steven R Presnell, Jody L Clasey, Douglas E Long, R Grace Walton, Morgan Sexton, Marlene E Starr, Philip A Kern, Charlotte A Peterson, Charles T Lutz
Natural killer (NK) lymphocyte-mediated cytotoxicity and cytokine secretion control infections and cancers, but these crucial activities decline with age. NK cell development, homeostasis, and function require IL-15 and its chaperone, IL-15 receptor alpha (IL-15Rα). Macrophages and dendritic cells (DC) are major sources of these proteins. We had previously postulated that additional IL-15 and IL-15Rα is made by skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. These sources may be important in aging, when IL-15-producing immune cells decline...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jhajaira M Araujo, Andrea C Gomez, Alfredo Aguilar, Roberto Salgado, Justin M Balko, Leny Bravo, Franco Doimi, Denisse Bretel, Zaida Morante, Claudio Flores, Henry L Gomez, Joseph A Pinto
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the most aggressive form of breast cancer with limited options of targeted therapy. Recent findings suggest that the clinical course of TNBC may be modified by the presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and chemokine's expression, such as CCL5. Diverse studies have shown that CCL5 suppresses anti-tumor immunity and it has been related to poor outcome in different types of cancer while in other studies, this gene has been related with a better outcome. We sought to determine the association of CCL5 with the recruitment of TILs and other immune cells...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lu Gan, Yanan Yang, Qian Li, Yi Feng, Tianshu Liu, Weijian Guo
Enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2), a histone methyltransferase and a catalytic component of PRC2, catalyzes tri-methylation of histone H3 at Lys 27 (H3K27me3) to regulate gene expression through epigenetic machinery. EZH2 also functions both as a transcriptional suppressor and a transcriptional co-activator, depending on H3K27me3 or not and on the different cellular contexts. Unsurprisingly, numerous studies have highlighted the role of EZH2 in cancer development and progression. Through modulating critical gene expression, EZH2 promotes cell survival, proliferation, epithelial to mesenchymal, invasion, and drug resistance of cancer cells...
2018: Biomarker Research
Stefan Bauer, Veronika Groh, Jun Wu, Alexander Steinle, Joseph H Phillips, Lewis L Lanier, Thomas Spies
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April 1, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Huan Liu, Andrew R Osterburg, Jennifer Flury, Shuo Huang, Francis X McCormack, Stephania A Cormier, Michael T Borchers
Background: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of respiratory tract infection in vulnerable populations. Natural killer (NK) cells and dendritic cells (DC) are important for the effector functions of both cell types following infection. Methods: Wild type and NKG2D deficient mice were infected with RSV. Lung pathology, was assessed by histology. DC function and phenotype was evaluated by ELISA and flow cytometry. The expression of NKG2D ligands on lung and lymph node DCs was measured by immunostaining and flow cytometry...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Hoang Thi My Nhung, Bui Viet Anh, Truong Linh Huyen, Doan Trung Hiep, Chu Thi Thao, Phung Nam Lam, Nguyen Thanh Liem
Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer with the highest cancer-associated mortality rates worldwide, as well as in Vietnam. Numerous studies have demonstrated that higher numbers and higher rate of activity of infiltrating natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) in the tumor are closely correlated with positive prognosis, tumor size decrease and longer survival of lung cancer patients. In the present study, the effectiveness of BINKIT® kit in the ex vivo expansion of NK cells and CTLs in the peripheral blood of 7 patients aged between 30 and 84 years with metastatic lung cancer was evaluated...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Viktor Fleming, Xiaoying Hu, Rebekka Weber, Vasyl Nagibin, Christopher Groth, Peter Altevogt, Jochen Utikal, Viktor Umansky
The immune system has many sophisticated mechanisms to balance an extensive immune response. Distinct immunosuppressive cells could protect from excessive tissue damage and autoimmune disorders. Tumor cells take an advantage of those immunosuppressive mechanisms and establish a strongly immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment (TME), which inhibits antitumor immune responses, supporting the disease progression. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) play a crucial role in this immunosuppressive TME. Those cells represent a heterogeneous population of immature myeloid cells with a strong immunosuppressive potential...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jiexian Ma, Yingwei Hu, Min Wu, Xiaoqin Wang, Yanhui Xie
Patients who receive a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) exhibit an immune defect after recovering from neutropenia. The current guidelines do not recommend fungal prophylaxis in these patients, except for grades III to IV GVHD in HSCT. Thus, the timing for the initiation and cessation of IFI prophylaxis in immune-compromised patients remains a challenging endeavor. We retrospectively analyzed patients who received auto or allo-HSCT and monitored their immune function after recovering from neutropenia by measuring the levels of IgG, IgA, IgM, as well as the number of T, B, NK cells...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Cheng-Yu Liao, Hui-Wen Yu, Chao-Neng Cheng, Jiann-Shiuh Chen, Ching-Wei Lin, Peng-Chieh Chen, Chi-Chang Shieh
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), which is caused by genetic defects in immune-related genes involved in the development or activation of the adaptive immune system, often died in infancy due to severe infections before definite molecular diagnosis could be made. Although recent improvement in early diagnosis has been achieved by newborn screening, the genetic basis of many of the patients is still unknown. METHODS: Here we performed whole exome sequencing (WES) to investigate the underlying genetic causes of SCID in a proband identified with newborn screening...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
Fang Xiao, Guo Ai, Weiming Yan, Xiaoyang Wan, Xiaoping Luo, Qin Ning
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic autoimmune disease with the primary focus on autoreactive Th1-mediated response and cytotoxic T cells reaction. The contribution of natural killer cells (NK cells) to AIH remains poorly understood. In this project, we revealed that the frequency of peripheral NK cells, more accurately CD56dim NK subset, was reduced in AIH patients. The reduction of CD56dim NK was negatively correlated with disease progression. In experimental autoimmune hepatitis (EAH), hepatic accumulation of NK cells is observed along with a decrease of NK cells in the periphery...
December 21, 2017: Cellular Immunology
Grant C O'Connell, Madison B Treadway, Connie S Tennant, Noelle Lucke-Wold, Paul D Chantler, Taura L Barr
Our group recently identified a panel of ten genes whose RNA expression levels in whole blood have utility for detection of stroke. The purpose of this study was to determine the mechanisms by which these genes become differentially expressed during stroke pathology. First, we assessed the transcriptional distribution of the ten genes across the peripheral immune system by measuring their expression levels on isolated neutrophils, monocytes, B-lymphocytes, CD-4+ T-lymphocytes, CD-8+ T-lymphocytes, and NK-cells generated from the blood of healthy donors (n = 3)...
March 17, 2018: Translational Stroke Research
José María Martínez-González, María Martín-Ares, Natalia Martínez-Rodríguez, Cristina Barona-Dorado, Javier Sanz-Alonso, Jorge Cortés-Bretón-Brinkmann, Javier Ata-Ali
OBJECTIVE: The present split-mouth prospective study involves an immunohistochemical evaluation of peri-implant soft tissue healing after the osseointegration period, comparing submerged and transmucosal approaches using two-piece implant systems. The null hypothesis was that both surgical procedures elicit a similar immune response of the peri-implant soft tissues. DESIGN: Thirty-one healthy patients were included in this study, in which two implants were placed in the right and left maxillary pre-molar regions...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
Wannee Kantakamalakul, Suwalee Jangkhum, Silawun Ampol, Porurtai Burupharat, Rutt Chuachoowong, Ruengpung Sutthent, Kovit Pattanapanyasat
BACKGOUND: Intravenous drug users (IVDUs) are among the high-risk groups who are most vulnerable to HIV infection. Several illicit drugs alter host immune function with increased incidence of infections including that of HIV. Many studies of the immune response of NK cells in HIV-1 seronegative IVDUs and HIV-1 seropositive IVDUs have been published from the Western countries and yet no data is available from Thailand. OBJECTIVE: To determine natural killer cell cytotoxicity and lymphocyte subsets in Thai HIV-1 infected intravenous drug users...
March 12, 2018: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
Małgorzata Tomczyńska, Joanna Saluk-Bijak
Autoimmune thyroid diseases include several distinct clinical entities, mainly Graves' disease and Hashimoto's thyroiditis. An incompetent immune response directed against the body's own tissues, and the production of antibodies against specific cell antigens accompanied by chronic inflammation, all occur in autoimmune thyroid diseases. The autoimmune process is induced by genetic and environmental factors that are difficult to identify and generates the development of concomitant diseases in other systems...
March 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Ugur Sahin, Klara Dalva, Funda Gungor, Celalettin Ustun, Meral Beksac
Impact of donor-recipient killer immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) gene-gene matching on transplant outcomes is still inconclusive. Recent data suggest that killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) regulated natural killer cell (NK cell) activity may contribute to graft versus leukemia (GvL) effects and graft versus host disease (GvHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). This case-control study aims to evaluate the effects of both aKIR and iKIR donor-recipient genotype matching on the outcomes of T cell replete HLA-identical sibling allo-HSCTs in a homogenous young patient population with myeloid leukemias...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Parisa Khodabandeh Shahraki, Yasmin Zare, Negar Azarpira, Massood Hosseinzadeh, Shirin Farjadian
BACKGROUND: Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G is a nonclassical HLA class I molecule with modulatory effects on NK and T cells. Because HLA-G expression is frequently detected in different solid tumors, it may be involved in tumor immune evasion. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to elucidate the prognostic value of HLA-G in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PADC). The influence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection on HLA-G expression was also evaluated in patients with HCC...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
Pedro Berraondo, Inaki Etxeberria, Mariano Ponz-Sarvise, Ignacio Melero
Interleukin-12  antitumor activities are mediated by the activation of T and NK lymphocytes to produce IFN gamma. Systemically, recombinant interleukin-12 has a narrow therapeutic window that favors local delivery, i.e., by gene therapy approaches. Interleukin-12 is a powerful partner in immunotherapy combinations with checkpoint inhibitors and adoptive T-cell transfer.
March 16, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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