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Memory Stem T-Cells

Corinna La Rosa, Jeff Longmate, Joy Martinez, Qiao Zhou, Teodora I Kaltcheva, Weimin Tsai, Jennifer Drake, Mary Carroll, Felix Wussow, Flavia Chiuppesi, Nicola Hardwick, Sanjeet Dadwal, Ibrahim Aldoss, Ryotaro Nakamura, John A Zaia, Don J Diamond
Attenuated poxvirus Modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) is a useful viral-based vaccine for clinical investigation, because of its excellent safety profile and property of inducing potent immune responses against recombinant (r) antigens. We developed Triplex by constructing an rMVA encoding three immunodominant CMV antigens which stimulates a host anti-viral response: UL83 (pp65), UL123 (IE1-exon4), and UL122 (IE2-exon5). We completed the first clinical evaluation of the Triplex vaccine in 24 healthy adults, with or without immunity to CMV and vaccinia virus (previous DryVax smallpox vaccination)...
October 19, 2016: Blood
Sabine Tischer, René Geyeregger, Julian Kwoczek, Albert Heim, Constanca Figueiredo, Rainer Blasczyk, Britta Maecker-Kolhoff, Britta Eiz-Vesper
BACKGROUND: Human adenovirus (HAdV) infections remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Efficient antiviral T-cell responses are necessary to clear infection, which is hampered by delayed immune reconstitution and medical immunosuppression after HSCT. Protective immunity may be conferred by adoptive transfer of HAdV-specific T cells. For identification of patients at risk and monitoring of treatment responses diligent assessment of anti-HAdV cellular immune responses is crucial...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Hidekazu Itamura, Takero Shindo, Isao Tawara, Yasushi Kubota, Ryusho Kariya, Seiji Okada, Krishna V Komanduri, Shinya Kimura
The efficacy of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for hematologic malignancies is limited by the difficulty in suppressing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) without compromising graft-versus-tumor (GVT) effects. We previously showed that RAS/MEK/ERK signaling depends on memory differentiation in human T cells, which confers susceptibility to selective inhibition of naive T cells. Actually, antineoplastic MEK inhibitors selectively suppress alloreactive T cells, sparing virus-specific T cells in vitro...
July 7, 2016: JCI Insight
Angelo Amabile, Alessandro Migliara, Paola Capasso, Mauro Biffi, Davide Cittaro, Luigi Naldini, Angelo Lombardo
Gene silencing is instrumental to interrogate gene function and holds promise for therapeutic applications. Here, we repurpose the endogenous retroviruses' silencing machinery of embryonic stem cells to stably silence three highly expressed genes in somatic cells by epigenetics. This was achieved by transiently expressing combinations of engineered transcriptional repressors that bind to and synergize at the target locus to instruct repressive histone marks and de novo DNA methylation, thus ensuring long-term memory of the repressive epigenetic state...
September 22, 2016: Cell
Erik Allen Lykken, Qi-Jing Li
To ensure lifelong immunocompetency, naive and memory T cells must be adequately maintained in the peripheral lymphoid tissues. Homeostatic maintenance of T cells is controlled by tonic signaling through T cell antigen receptors and common gamma chain cytokine receptors. In the present study, we identify the highly expressed microRNA miR-191 as a key regulator of naive, memory, and regulatory T cell homeostasis. Conditional deletion of miR-191 using LckCre resulted in preferential loss of peripheral CD4+ regulatory T cells as well as naive and memory CD8+ T cells...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Elena Albiero, Eliana Amati, Elke Baumeister, Hermann Einsele, Götz U Grigoleit, Francesco Rodeghiero
Characterization of human cytomegalovirus-specific T cells (CMV-T) is of critical importance for their potential use in adoptive immunotherapy after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Background frequencies of CMV-T in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of CMV-seropositive healthy subjects are usually very low, hence the requirement for prolonged culture time and multiple stimulations to expand them. The evaluation of the end-culture specificity and composition has sometimes been neglected or difficult to assess in these settings...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotherapy
Joana Felix, Jérome Lambert, Marie Roelens, Eve Maubec, Hélène Guermouche, Cécile Pages, Irina Sidina, Debora J Cordeiro, Guitta Maki, François Chasset, Raphaël Porcher, Martine Bagot, Anne Caignard, Antoine Toubert, Céleste Lebbé, Hélène Moins-Teisserenc
PURPOSE: Therapy targeting CTLA-4 immune checkpoint provides increased survival in patients with advanced melanoma. However, immunotherapy is frequently associated with delayed and heterogeneous clinical responses and it is important to identify prognostic immunological correlates of clinical endpoints. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: 77 patients with stage III/IV melanoma were treated with ipilimumab alone every 3 weeks, during 9 weeks. Blood samples were collected at the baseline and before each dose for in depth immune monitoring...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Nevil J Singh
The adaptive immune system is expected to protect the host from infectious agents and malignancies, while avoiding robust activation against self-peptides. However, T cells are notoriously inept at protection whenever the pathogen or tumor is persistent in the body for longer periods of time. While this has been thought of as an adaptation to limit the immunopathology from continued effector T-cell responses, it is also likely an extension of the T cell's intrinsic mechanisms which evolved to tolerate self-peptides...
October 2016: Pathogens and Disease
Chandra Sekhar Boddupalli, Shiny Nair, Simon M Gray, Heba N Nowyhed, Rakesh Verma, Joanna A Gibson, Clara Abraham, Deepak Narayan, Juan Vasquez, Catherine C Hedrick, Richard A Flavell, Kavita M Dhodapkar, Susan M Kaech, Madhav V Dhodapkar
Immune surveillance in tissues is mediated by a long-lived subset of tissue-resident memory T cells (Trm cells). A putative subset of tissue-resident long-lived stem cells is characterized by the ability to efflux Hoechst dyes and is referred to as side population (SP) cells. Here, we have characterized a subset of SP T cells (Tsp cells) that exhibit a quiescent (G0) phenotype in humans and mice. Human Trm cells in the gut and BM were enriched in Tsp cells that were predominantly in the G0 stage of the cell cycle...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Florin Tuluc, Sergei Spitsin, Nancy B Tustin, Jennifer B Murray, Richard Tustin, Laura A Schankel, Andrew Wiznia, Sharon Nachman, Steven D Douglas
We investigated the effect of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) on immune recovery, particularly on the percentages of PD-1-positive cells within the major leukocyte subsets. Cryopreserved peripheral blood mononuclear cells and plasma samples collected longitudinally from a subset of 13 children and adolescents (between 9.7 and 18.2 years old) who were enrolled in the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) P1066 were used for this study. Immunophenotyping by flow cytometry was performed to determine the effect of raltegravir-containing cART regimen on the distribution of leukocyte populations, on the expression of PD-1 on T cell subpopulations, and on the expression of well-established markers of T cell activation (CD38 and HLA-DR) on CD8 T cells...
October 18, 2016: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Alistair L Chenery, Frann Antignano, Michael R Hughes, Kyle Burrows, Kelly M McNagny, Colby Zaph
Pro-inflammatory cytokines produced during immune responses to infectious stimuli are well-characterized to have secondary effects on the function of hematopoietic progenitor cells in the bone marrow (BM). However, these effects on the BM are poorly characterized during chronic infection with intestinal helminth parasites. In this study, we use the Trichuris muris model of infection and show that Th1 cell-associated, but not acute Th2 cell-associated, responses to chronic T. muris infection cause a major, transient expansion of CD48(-) CD150(-) multipotent progenitor cells in the BM that is dependent on the presence of adaptive immune cells and IFN-γ signalling...
September 4, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Tobias Alexander, Renate Arnold, Falk Hiepe, Andreas Radbruch
Over the past 20 years, immunoablation followed by transplantation of autologous haematopoietic stem cells (ASCT) has emerged as a promising treatment option for patients with severe forms of autoimmune diseases (ADs) that insufficiently respond to standard immunosuppressive or novel biologic treatment. Meanwhile, mechanistic studies have provided the proof-of-concept that the long-term, treatment-free remissions achieved by ASCT are associated with the eradication of the autoreactive immunologic memory and a fundamental reconfiguration of the immune system...
July 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Pia Riemke, Melinda Czeh, Josephine Fischer, Carolin Walter, Saeed Ghani, Matthias Zepper, Konstantin Agelopoulos, Stephanie Lettermann, Marie L Gebhardt, Nancy Mah, Andre Weilemann, Michael Grau, Verena Gröning, Torsten Haferlach, Dido Lenze, Ruud Delwel, Marco Prinz, Miguel A Andrade-Navarro, Georg Lenz, Martin Dugas, Carsten Müller-Tidow, Frank Rosenbauer
Unfavorable patient survival coincides with lineage plasticity observed in human acute leukemias. These cases are assumed to arise from hematopoietic stem cells, which have stable multipotent differentiation potential. However, here we report that plasticity in leukemia can result from instable lineage identity states inherited from differentiating progenitor cells. Using mice with enhanced c-Myc expression, we show, at the single-cell level, that T-lymphoid progenitors retain broad malignant lineage potential with a high capacity to differentiate into myeloid leukemia...
August 29, 2016: EMBO Journal
Eun-Mi Kim, Eun-Hee Lee, Hwa-Yeon Lee, Ha-Rim Choi, Kon-Young Ji, Su-Man Kim, Kwang Dong Kim, Hyung-Sik Kang
Natural killer (NK) cells have been well known to play a critical role in innate immunity, but they are also capable of regulating adaptive immunity through the induction of T cell-mediated memory response and B cell-mediated autoimmune response. NK cells are differentiated from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in the bone marrow (BM), and a series of surface molecules are expressed on NK cells in a differentiation stage-specific manner. Axl receptor tyrosine kinase is originally identified as homeostatic regulators for antigen-presenting cells, and its ligand, growth-arrest-specific gene 6 (Gas6), has been reported to promote cell survival, proliferation, and migration, but their regulatory role in the development and effector function of NK cells is not yet fully understood...
August 22, 2016: Protoplasma
Yuki Kagoya, Munehide Nakatsugawa, Yuki Yamashita, Toshiki Ochi, Tingxi Guo, Mark Anczurowski, Kayoko Saso, Marcus O Butler, Cheryl H Arrowsmith, Naoto Hirano
Adoptive immunotherapy is a potentially curative therapeutic approach for patients with advanced cancer. However, the in vitro expansion of antitumor T cells prior to infusion inevitably incurs differentiation towards effector T cells and impairs persistence following adoptive transfer. Epigenetic profiles regulate gene expression of key transcription factors over the course of immune cell differentiation, proliferation, and function. Using comprehensive screening of chemical probes with defined epigenetic targets, we found that JQ1, an inhibitor of bromodomain and extra-terminal motif (BET) proteins, maintained CD8+ T cells with functional properties of stem cell-like and central memory T cells...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Matthias J Reddehase
Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a therapy option for aggressive forms of hematopoietic malignancies that are resistant to standard antitumoral therapies. Hematoablative treatment preceding HCT, however, opens a "window of opportunity" for latent Cytomegalovirus (CMV) by releasing it from immune control with the consequence of reactivation of productive viral gene expression and recurrence of infectious virus. A "window of opportunity" for the virus represents a "window of risk" for the patient. In the interim between HCT and reconstitution of antiviral immunity, primarily mediated by CD8(+) T cells, initially low amounts of reactivated virus can expand exponentially, disseminate to essentially all organs, and cause multiple organ CMV disease, with interstitial pneumonia (CMV-IP) representing the most severe clinical manifestation...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Henning Schade, Sharon Sen, C Preston Neff, Brian M Freed, Dexiang Gao, Jonathan A Gutman, Brent E Palmer
Excessive or persistent programmed death 1 (PD-1) expression on virus- or tumor-specific T cells during chronic viral infection or malignancy has been associated with impaired immune control. To assess the role of the PD-1 pathway in allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT), we examined PD-1 expression and maturation phenotype on T cells from 42 patients early (day 55 to 85) after cord blood (CB), matched unrelated donor, and matched related donor transplantation. Expression of PD-1 on CD4(+) T cells was significantly elevated in all transplantation types, with the highest level observed in CB subjects...
August 9, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Clementina Sitzia, Andrea Farini, Luciana Jardim, Paola Razini, Marzia Belicchi, Letizia Cassinelli, Chiara Villa, Silvia Erratico, Daniele Parolini, Pamela Bella, Joao Carlos da Silva Bizario, Luis Garcia, Marcelo Dias-Baruffi, Mirella Meregalli, Yvan Torrente
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common genetic muscular dystrophy. It is caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene, leading to absence of muscular dystrophin and to progressive degeneration of skeletal muscle. We have demonstrated that the exon skipping method safely and efficiently brings to the expression of a functional dystrophin in dystrophic CD133+ cells injected scid/mdx mice. Golden Retriever muscular dystrophic (GRMD) dogs represent the best preclinical model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, mimicking the human pathology in genotypic and phenotypic aspects...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Se Jin Im, Masao Hashimoto, Michael Y Gerner, Junghwa Lee, Haydn T Kissick, Matheus C Burger, Qiang Shan, J Scott Hale, Judong Lee, Tahseen H Nasti, Arlene H Sharpe, Gordon J Freeman, Ronald N Germain, Helder I Nakaya, Hai-Hui Xue, Rafi Ahmed
Chronic viral infections are characterized by a state of CD8(+) T cell dysfunction that is associated with expression of the programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) inhibitory receptor(1-4). A better understanding of the mechanisms that regulate CD8(+) T cell responses during chronic infection is required to improve immunotherapies that restore function in exhausted CD8(+) T cells. Here we identify the population of virus-specific CD8(+) T cells that proliferate after blockade of the PD-1 inhibitory pathway in mice chronically infected with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)...
August 2, 2016: Nature
Frank J T Staal, Ramon Arens
T cell-mediated immune responses to the grafted tissues are the major reason for failed organ transplantation. The regulation of T cell responses is complex and involves MHC molecules on transplanted organs, cytokines, regulatory cells and antigen presenting cells. The evolutionary conserved Wnt signal transduction pathway has long been known for its importance in development of stem cells and immature T cells in the thymus. Recent evidence indicates the Wnt pathway as a master regulator of T cell immune responses via governing the balance between Th17/Treg and by regulating the formation of effector and memory cytotoxic CD8 T cell responses...
August 3, 2016: Transplantation
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