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Patrick R Visperas, Christopher G Wilson, Jonathan A Winger, Qingrong Yan, Kevin Lin, Michelle R Arkin, Arthur Weiss, John Kuriyan
ZAP-70 is a critical molecule in the transduction of T cell antigen receptor signaling and the activation of T cells. Upon activation of the T cell antigen receptor, ZAP-70 is recruited to the intracellular ζ-chains of the T cell receptor, where ZAP-70 is activated and colocalized with its substrates. Inhibitors of ZAP-70 could potentially function as treatments for autoimmune diseases or organ transplantation. In this work, we present the design, optimization, and implementation of a screen for inhibitors that would disrupt the interaction between ZAP-70 and the T cell antigen receptor...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Screening
Noelia Purroy, Júlia Carabia, Pau Abrisqueta, Leire Egia, Meritxell Aguiló, Cecilia Carpio, Carles Palacio, Marta Crespo, Francesc Bosch
Proliferation and survival of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells depend on microenvironmental signals coming from lymphoid organs. One of the key players involved in the crosstalk between CLL cells and the microenvironment is the B-cell receptor (BCR). Syk protein, a tyrosine kinase essential for BCR signaling, is therefore a rational candidate for targeted therapy in CLL. Against this background, we tested the efficacy of the highly specific Syk inhibitor TAK-659 in suppressing the favorable signaling derived from the microenvironment...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Afshin Shirkani, Mohammad Shahrooei, Gholamreza Azizi, Hassan Rokni-Zadeh, Hassan Abolhassani, Shokrollah Farrokhi, Glynis Frans, Xavier Bossuyt, Asghar Aghamohammadi
ZAP-70 deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive form of combined immunodeficiency (CID) characterized by selective absence of circulating CD8 T cells with low, normal, or increased CD4 T cells in peripheral blood. Up to now, 14 unique mutations in the ZAP70 gene have been identified in patients with ZAP-70-related CID. We present a 3-year-old boy with a history of recurrent bacterial infections and autoimmunity. Initial laboratory findings showed a normal total lymphocyte count, but low levels of CD8 and CD4 T cells and an abnormal lymphocyte proliferation response...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Carlos I Amaya-Chanaga, Laura Z Rassenti
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a heterogeneous disease with a variable clinical course. The Rai and Binet staging systems are often used to predict survival. However, they do not take into account other biological characteristics of CLL cells that may influence the disease course and response to treatment. Prognostic factors such as chromosome abnormalities (trisomy 12, 11q deletions and 17p deletions), β2 microglobulin, thymidine kinase, CD38 and ZAP-70 expression, IGHV mutation status, and mutations in genes such as NOTCH1, MYD88, SF3B1, and ATM are also predictors of prognosis...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Samaneh Kouzegaran, Soheila Siroosbakht, Bahram Fariborz Farsad, Bijan Rezakhaniha, Banafshe Dormanesh, Vahid Behnod, Amir Saber Tanha
BACKGROUND: In this study, we investigated the role and expression of interleukin (IL)-17A and IL-22 in chronic lymphocytic leukemia Methods: We evaluated the expression of markers above on CLL by ELISA, qRT-PCR, flow cytometric analysis and nonparametric Kruskal-Wallis test. RESULTS: Quantitative RT-PCR revealed that the mRNA levels of IL-17A and IL-22 in PBMCs of CLL patients were upregulated compared with those from healthy subjects (mean ± SD: 1.96 ± 0...
October 8, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Neel H Shah, Qi Wang, Qingrong Yan, Deepti Karandur, Theresa A Kadlecek, Ian R Fallahee, William P Russ, Rama Ranganathan, Arthur Weiss, John Kuriyan
The sequence of events that initiates T cell signaling is dictated by the specificities and order of activation of the tyrosine kinases that signal downstream of the T cell receptor. Using a platform that combines exhaustive point-mutagenesis of peptide substrates, bacterial surface-display, cell sorting, and deep sequencing, we have defined the specificities of the first two kinases in this pathway, Lck and ZAP-70, for the T cell receptor ζ chain and the scaffold proteins LAT and SLP-76. We find that ZAP-70 selects its substrates by utilizing an electrostatic mechanism that excludes substrates with positively-charged residues and favors LAT and SLP-76 phosphosites that are surrounded by negatively-charged residues...
October 4, 2016: ELife
Ameera Alsadeq, Henning Fedders, Christian Vokuhl, Nele M Belau, Martin Zimmermann, Tim Wirbelauer, Steffi Spielberg, Michaela Vossen-Gajcy, Gunnar Cario, Martin Schrappe, Denis M Schewe
Central nervous system infiltration and relapse are poorly understood in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We examined the role of Zap-70 in preclinical models of central nervous system leukemia and performed correlative studies in patients. Zap-70 expression in acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells was modulated using short-hairpin ribonucleic acid-mediated knockdown or ectopic expression. We show that Zap-70 regulates CCR7/CXCR4 via activation of Erk. High expression of Zap-70 in acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells resulted in a higher proportion of central nervous system leukemia in xenografts as compared to Zap-70 low expressing counterparts...
September 29, 2016: Haematologica
Xue Wang, Bing Sun, Christelle Mbondji, Santanu Biswas, Jiangqin Zhao, Indira Hewlett
Macrophages contribute to HIV-1 pathogenesis by forming a viral reservoir that serve as a viral source for the infection of CD4 T cells. The relationship between HIV-1 latent infection and superinfection in macrophages has not been well studied. Using susceptible U1 cells chronically infected with HIV-1, we studied the effects of HIV superinfection on latency and differences in superinfection with HIV-1 and HIV-2 in macrophages. We found that HIV-1 (MN) superinfection displayed increased HIV-1 replication in a time-dependent manner; while cells infected with HIV-2 (Rod) initially showed increased HIV-1 replication, followed by a decrease in HIV-1 RNA production...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Nannan Pang, Rui Zhang, Jinhua Li, Zhenghao Zhang, Hailong Yuan, Gang Chen, Fang Zhao, Lei Wang, Haizhou Cao, Jianhua Qu, Jianbing Ding
OBJECTIVE: This study is to investigate the association between the Treg/Th17 cells and prognosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). METHODS: Totally 50 CLL patients and 20 Health controls were included in this study. Regulatory T (Treg) cells and the cell subset secreting IL-17 (Th17) in peripheral blood were detected with flow cytometry. Serum levels of IL-10 and IL-17 were determined with ELISA, and expression of Foxp3 and RORγt was assessed with quantitative real-time PCR...
August 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Nili Dezorella, Ben-Zion Katz, Mika Shapiro, Aaron Polliack, Chava Perry, Yair Herishanu
: I In the last decade, the B-cell receptor has emerged as a pivotal stimulus in the pathogenesis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and a very feasible therapeutic target in this disease. B-cell receptor responsiveness in chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells is heterogeneous among patients and correlates with aggressiveness of the disease. Here we show, for the first time, that SLP76, a key scaffold protein in T-cell receptor signaling, is ectopically expressed in chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells, with variable levels among patients, and correlates positively with unmutated immunoglobulin heavy chain variable gene status and ZAP-70 expression...
December 2016: Haematologica
Kaitao Li, Xue Xiang, Jie Sun, Hai-Tao He, Jianhua Wu, Yingxiao Wang, Cheng Zhu
The zeta-chain-associated protein kinase 70 kDa (ZAP-70), a member of the spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) family, plays an essential role in early T cell receptor (TCR) signaling. Defects in ZAP-70 lead to impaired thymocyte development and peripheral T cell activation. To better understand its activation dynamics and regulation, we visualized ZAP-70 activities in single live T cells with a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based biosensor, which was designed for probing kinase activities of the Syk family...
December 2016: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Dimitry Bazyka, Natalya Gudzenko, Iryna Dyagil, Eugeny Goroh, Oksana Polyschuk, Natalya Trotsuk, Nataly Babkina, Anatoly Romanenko
This paper describes the chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) incidence in a cohort of 110,645 (enlarged later to 152,520) male Ukrainian cleanup workers of the Chornobyl (Chernobyl) accident who were exposed to a range of radiation doses over the 1986-1990 time period. The standardized incidence rates are presented for a 27-y period after the exposure. For 2007-2012 period, the authors have identified the incident CLL cases in an enlarged cohort of 152,520 persons by linkage of the cohort file with the Ukrainian National Cancer Registry (NCRU)...
August 2016: Health Physics
Hong-Ki Min, Jae-Kyung Kim, Seon-Yeong Lee, Eun-Kyung Kim, Seung Hoon Lee, Jennifer Lee, Seung-Ki Kwok, Mi-La Cho, Sung-Hwan Park
BACKGROUND: Spondyloarthritis (SpA) usually manifests as arthritis of the axial and peripheral joints but can also result in extra-articular manifestations such as inflammatory bowel disease. Proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-17 (IL-17) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of SpA. Rebamipide inhibits signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 that controls IL-17 production and Th17 cell differentiation. This study examined the effect of rebamipide on SpA development. METHODS: SKG ZAP-70(W163C) mice were immunized with curdlan to induce SpA features...
2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Duane Moogk, Shi Zhong, Zhiya Yu, Ivan Liadi, William Rittase, Victoria Fang, Janna Dougherty, Arianne Perez-Garcia, Iman Osman, Cheng Zhu, Navin Varadarajan, Nicholas P Restifo, Alan B Frey, Michelle Krogsgaard
CD8(+) T cells develop increased sensitivity following Ag experience, and differences in sensitivity exist between T cell memory subsets. How differential TCR signaling between memory subsets contributes to sensitivity differences is unclear. We show in mouse effector memory T cells (TEM) that >50% of lymphocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase (Lck) exists in a constitutively active conformation, compared with <20% in central memory T cells (TCM). Immediately proximal to Lck signaling, we observed enhanced Zap-70 phosphorylation in TEM following TCR ligation compared with TCM Furthermore, we observed superior cytotoxic effector function in TEM compared with TCM, and we provide evidence that this results from a lower probability of TCM reaching threshold signaling owing to the decreased magnitude of TCR-proximal signaling...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
K Aurelia Ball, Jeffrey R Johnson, Mary K Lewinski, John Guatelli, Erik Verschueren, Nevan J Krogan, Matthew P Jacobson
Growing evidence supports other regulatory roles for protein ubiquitination in addition to serving as a tag for proteasomal degradation. In contrast to other common post-translational modifications, such as phosphorylation, little is known about how non-degradative ubiquitination modulates protein structure, dynamics, and function. Due to the wealth of knowledge concerning protein kinase structure and regulation, we examined kinase ubiquitination using ubiquitin remnant immunoaffinity enrichment and quantitative mass spectrometry to identify ubiquitinated kinases and the sites of ubiquitination in Jurkat and HEK293 cells...
June 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Casey E Gooden, Patricia Jones, Ruth Bates, Wendy M Shallenberger, Urvashi Surti, Steven H Swerdlow, Christine G Roth
BACKGROUND: CD49d is emerging as a powerful adverse prognostic marker in chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL). However, flow cytometric testing for CD49d has not yet been widely adopted in the United States, in part due to the lack of establishment of its performance characteristics in the clinical setting, especially in comparison with the more common CLL/SLL prognostic markers CD38 and ZAP-70. METHODS: CD49d expression levels in 124 CLL/SLL cases were assessed among peripheral blood (PB), bone marrow (BM), and lymph node (LN) specimens and correlated with available CD38 and ZAP-70 expression and cytogenetic findings...
May 24, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Anna Oszmiana, David J Williamson, Shaun-Paul Cordoba, David J Morgan, Philippa R Kennedy, Kevin Stacey, Daniel M Davis
Super-resolution microscopy has revealed that immune cell receptors are organized in nanoscale clusters at cell surfaces and immune synapses. However, mechanisms and functions for this nanoscale organization remain unclear. Here, we used super-resolution microscopy to compare the surface organization of paired killer Ig-like receptors (KIR), KIR2DL1 and KIR2DS1, on human primary natural killer cells and cell lines. Activating KIR2DS1 assembled in clusters two-fold larger than its inhibitory counterpart KIR2DL1...
May 31, 2016: Cell Reports
Wenbin Xiao, Wayne W Chen, Lynn Sorbara, Theresa Davies-Hill, Stefania Pittaluga, Mark Raffeld, Elaine S Jaffe
Hodgkin/Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells in the setting of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) exist in 2 forms: type I with isolated HRS cells in a CLL background (Hodgkin-like lesion) and type II with typical classic Hodgkin lymphoma, a variant of Richter transformation (CHL-RT). The clinical significance of the 2 morphological patterns is unclear, and their biological features have not been compared. We retrospectively reviewed 77 cases: 26 of type I and 51 of type II CHL-RT; 3 cases progressed from type I to type II...
September 2016: Human Pathology
Nelly Noraz, Iness Jaaoini, Camille Charoy, Chantal Watrin, Naura Chounlamountri, Aurélien Benon, Céline Malleval, Hélène Boudin, Jérôme Honnorat, Valérie Castellani, Véronique Pellier-Monnin
In the hematopoietic system, Syk family tyrosine kinases are essential components of immunoreceptor ITAM-based signaling. While there is increasing data indicating the involvement of immunoreceptors in neural functions, the contribution of Syk kinases remains obscure. Previously, we identified phosphorylated forms of Syk kinases in specialized populations of migrating neurons or projecting axons. Moreover, we identified ephrin/Eph as guidance molecules utilizing the ITAM-bearing CD3zeta (Cd247) and associated Syk kinases for the growth cone collapse response induced in vitro Here, we show that in the developing spinal cord, Syk is phosphorylated in navigating commissural axons...
June 15, 2016: Development
Himadri Mukhopadhyay, Ben de Wet, Lara Clemens, Philip K Maini, Jun Allard, P Anton van der Merwe, Omer Dushek
Multisite phosphorylation is ubiquitous in cellular signaling and is thought to provide signaling proteins with additional regulatory mechanisms. Indeed, mathematical models have revealed a large number of mechanisms by which multisite phosphorylation can produce switchlike responses. The T cell antigen receptor (TCR) is a multisubunit receptor on the surface of T cells that is a prototypical multisite substrate as it contains 20 sites that are distributed on 10 conserved immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motifs (ITAMs)...
April 26, 2016: Biophysical Journal
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