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Emilia Pachulec, Vanessa Neitzke-Montinelli, João P B Viola
Nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) 2 null mutant mice die in utero of cardiac failure, precluding analysis of the role of NFAT2 in lymphocyte responses. Only the NFAT2(-/-)/Rag-1(-/-) chimeric mice model gave insight into the role of NFAT2 transcription factor in T lymphocyte development, activation, and differentiation. As reports are mainly focused on the role of NFAT2 in CD4(+) T lymphocytes activation and differentiation, we decided to investigate NFAT2's impact on CD8(+) T lymphocyte responses...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Michael S Zhang, Jon C D Houtman
Glycerol monolaurate (GML) is a monoglyceride with well characterized anti-microbial properties. Because of these properties, GML is widely used in food, cosmetics, and personal care products and currently being tested as a therapeutic for menstrual associated toxic shock syndrome, superficial wound infections, and HIV transmission. Recently, we have described that GML potently suppresses select T cell receptor (TCR)-induced signaling events, leading to reduced human T cell effector functions. However, how soluble host factors present in the blood and at sites of infection affect GML-mediated human T cell suppression is unknown...
2016: PloS One
Guoping Fu, Mei Yu, Yuhong Chen, Yongwei Zheng, Wen Zhu, Debra K Newman, Demin Wang, Renren Wen
Pre-T cell receptor (TCR) signaling is required for pre-T cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation from the CD4 and CD8 double negative (DN) to the double positive (DP) stage. However, the pre-TCR signal transduction pathway is not fully understood and the signaling molecules involved have not been completely identified. Phospholipase Cγ (PLCγ) 1 is an important signaling molecule that generates two second messengers, diacylglycerol and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate, that are important to mediate PKC activation and intracellular Ca(2+) flux in many signaling pathways...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Eunchong Park, Ju Han Song, Myun Soo Kim, Su-Ho Park, Tae Sung Kim
CD4(+) T cell activation and adequate differentiation into effector T helper (Th) cells are crucial for mediating adaptive immune responses to cope with foreign pathogens. Despite the significant role of Th cells, excessive increases in their numbers result in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. In this study, we investigated the effects of costunolide, a plant-derived natural compound with an anti-inflammatory activity, in regulating Th cells and the underlying mechanisms. Costunolide significantly decreased cell populations of differentiated Th1, Th2, and Th17 subsets under Th subset-polarizing conditions, while exerting statistically negligible effects on Treg cell differentiation...
October 15, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Eun-Kyung Kwon, Chan-Ki Min, Yuri Kim, Jae-Won Lee, Abdimadiyeva Aigerim, Sebastian Schmidt, Hyun-Jun Nam, Seong Kyu Han, Kuglae Kim, Jeong Seok Cha, Hoyoung Kim, Sanguk Kim, Hyun-Soo Cho, Myung-Sik Choi, Nam-Hyuk Cho
Members of the herpesviral family use multiple strategies to hijack infected host cells and exploit cellular signaling for their pathogenesis and latent infection. Among the most intriguing weapons in the arsenal of pathogenic herpesviruses are the constitutively active virally-encoded G protein-coupled receptors (vGPCRs). Even though vGPCRs contribute to viral pathogenesis such as immune evasion and proliferative disorders, the molecular details of how vGPCRs continuously activate cellular signaling are largely unknown...
October 15, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Pravin Kesarwani, Paramita Chakraborty, Radhika Gudi, Shilpak Chatterjee, Gina Scurti, Kyle Toth, Patt Simms, Mahvash Husain, Kent Armeson, Shahid Husain, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Chethamarakshan Vasu, Michael I Nishimura, Shikhar Mehrotra
Advancements in adoptive cell transfer therapy (ACT) has led to the use of T cells engineered with tumor specific T cell receptors, which after rapid expansion can be obtained in sufficient numbers for treating patients. However, due to massive proliferation these cells are close to replicative senescence, exhibit exhausted phenotype, and also display increased susceptibility to activation induced cell death. We have previously shown that tumor reactive T cells undergo caspase-independent cell death upon TCR restimulation with cognate antigen, which involves reactive oxygen species and c-jun N-terminal kinase...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Mathew Clement, James A Pearson, Stephanie Gras, Hugo A van den Berg, Anya Lissina, Sian Llewellyn-Lacey, Mark D Willis, Tamsin Dockree, James E McLaren, Julia Ekeruche-Makinde, Emma Gostick, Neil P Robertson, Jamie Rossjohn, Scott R Burrows, David A Price, F Susan Wong, Mark Peakman, Ania Skowera, Linda Wooldridge
CD8(+) T-cells play a role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes. However, drugs that target the entire CD8(+) T-cell population are not desirable because the associated lack of specificity can lead to unwanted consequences, most notably an enhanced susceptibility to infection. Here, we show that autoreactive CD8(+) T-cells are highly dependent on CD8 for ligand-induced activation via the T-cell receptor (TCR). In contrast, pathogen-specific CD8(+) T-cells are relatively CD8-independent...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lorenza Rattazzi, Giuseppa Piras, Samuel Brod, Koval Smith, Masahiro Ono, Fulvio D'Acquisto
T cells are known to be plastic and to change their phenotype according to the cellular and biochemical milieu they are embedded in. In this study, we transposed this concept at a macroscopic level assessing whether changes in the environmental housing conditions of C57/BL6 mice would influence the phenotype and function of T cells. Our study shows that exposure to 2 weeks in an enriched environment (EE) does not impact the T cell repertoire in vivo and causes no changes in the early TCR-driven activation events of these cells...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Melissa Dullaers, Martijn J Schuijs, Monique Willart, Kaat Fierens, Justine Van Moorleghem, Hamida Hammad, Bart N Lambrecht
BACKGROUND: Allergic asthma is a CD4 Th2-lymphocyte driven disease characterized by airway hyper-responsiveness and eosinophilia. B cells can present antigens to CD4 T cells and produce IgE immunoglobulins which arms effector cells, however mouse models are inconclusive whether B cells are necessary for asthma development. OBJECTIVES: To address the role of B cells in a house dust mite (HDM) driven Th2-high asthma mouse model. METHODS: WT and B cell deficient muMT Mice were sensitized and challenged via the airways with HDM extracts...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Tiantian Luo, Jing Hu, Dan Xi, Haowei Xiong, Wenshuai He, Jichen Liu, Menghao Li, Hao Lu, Jinzhen Zhao, Wenyan Lai, Zhigang Guo
Previously, we reported that heat shock protein (HSP)65 impairs the effects of high-density lipoprotein on macrophages. We also showed that immune response activation adversely affects reverse cholesterol transport (RCT). In this study, we investigated the effects of the Src family kinase lymphocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase (Lck) and elucidated the mechanism underlying HSP65-regulated cholesterol efflux in T cells. We evaluated cell proliferation, Lck expression, and inflammatory cytokine production in Jurkat cells and CD4(+) T cells...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Matthew J Scheffel, Gina Scurti, Patricia Simms, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Shikhar Mehrotra, Michael I Nishimura, Christina Voelkel-Johnson
Although adoptive transfer of autologous tumor antigen-specific T-cell immunotherapy can produce remarkable clinical efficacy, most patients do not achieve durable complete responses. We hypothesized that reducing susceptibility of T cells to activation-induced cell death (AICD), which increases during the rapid in vitro expansion of therapeutic T cells before their infusion, might improve the persistence of adoptively transferred cells. Our investigations revealed that repetitive stimulation of the T-cell receptor (TCR) induced AICD, as a result of activating the DNA damage response pathway through ATM-mediated Ser15 phosphorylation of p53...
October 15, 2016: Cancer Research
Guojun Zhang, Mingkai Xu, Huiwen Zhang, Yubo Song, Jian Wang, Chenggang Zhang
Staphylococcal enterotoxin C2 (SEC2), a member of bacterial superantigen, is one of the most potent known activators of T lymphocytes. With this property, SEC2 has already been used in clinic as a tumor immunotherapy agent in China. To increase the antitumor activity, a SEC2 mutant named ST-4 (GKVTG102-106WWH) with amino acid substitutions in T cell receptor (TCR)-binding domain was generated by site-directed mutagenesis, and the molecular mechanism of the enhanced antitumor activity was investigated. Results showed that ST-4 could activate much more Vβ 8...
October 11, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Siri Tähtinen, Carolin Blattner, Markus Vähä-Koskela, Dipongkor Saha, Mikko Siurala, Suvi Parviainen, Jochen Utikal, Anna Kanerva, Viktor Umansky, Akseli Hemminki
The immunosuppressive microenvironment of solid tumors renders adoptively transferred T cells hypofunctional. However, adenoviral delivery of immunostimulatory cytokines IL2 and TNFα can significantly improve the efficacy of adoptive T-cell therapy. Using ret transgenic mice that spontaneously develop skin malignant melanoma, we analyzed the mechanism of action of adenoviruses coding for IL2 and TNFα in combination with adoptive transfer of TCR-transgenic TRP-2-specific T cells. Following T-cell therapy and intratumoral virus injection, a significant increase in antigen-experienced, tumor-reactive PD-1 CD8 T cells was seen in both cutaneous lesions and in metastatic lymph nodes...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotherapy
Hao Zhang, Hong-Sheng Lim, Berhard Knapp, Charlotte M Deane, Milos Aleksic, Omer Dushek, P Anton van der Merwe
The interaction between the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and antigenic peptide in complex with major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules is a crucial step in T cell activation. The relative contributions of TCR:peptide and TCR:MHC contacts to the overall binding energy remain unclear. This has important implications for our understanding of T cell development and function. In this study we used site directed mutagenesis to estimate the contribution of HLA-A2 side-chains to the binding of four TCRs. Our results show that these TCRs have very different energetic 'footprints' on HLA-A2, with no residues contributing to all TCR interactions...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Elisabetta Volpe, Manolo Sambucci, Luca Battistini, Giovanna Borsellino
Fas and Fas Ligand (FasL) are two molecules involved in the regulation of cell death. Their interaction leads to apoptosis of thymocytes that fail to rearrange correctly their T cell receptor (TCR) genes and of those that recognize self-antigens, a process called negative selection; moreover, Fas-FasL interaction leads to activation-induced cell death, a form of apoptosis induced by repeated TCR stimulation, responsible for the peripheral deletion of activated T cells. Both control mechanisms are particularly relevant in the context of autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), where T cells exert an immune response against self-antigens...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Alexander Puck, Stefan Hopf, Madhura Modak, Otto Majdic, Petra Cejka, Stephan Blüml, Klaus Schmetterer, Catharina Arnold-Schrauf, Jens G Gerwien, Klaus S Frederiksen, Elisabeth Thell, Judith Leitner, Peter Steinberger, Regina Aigner, Maria Seyerl-Jiresch, Gerhard J Zlabinger, Johannes Stöckl
The cytoplasmic tail of CD45 (ct-CD45) is proteolytically cleaved and released upon activation of human phagocytes. It acts on T cells as an inhibitory, cytokine-like factor in vitro. Here we show, that ct-CD45 is abundant in human peripheral blood plasma from healthy adults compared with plasma derived from umbilical cord blood and plasma from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Plasma depleted of ct-CD45 enhanced T-cell proliferation, while addition of exogenous ct-CD45 protein inhibited proliferation and reduced cytokine production of human T lymphocytes in response to TCR signaling...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Melissa Frick, Pierre Mouchacca, Grégory Verdeil, Yannick Hamon, Cyrille Billaudeau, Michel Buferne, Mathieu Fallet, Nathalie Auphan-Anezin, Anne-Marie Schmitt-Verhulst, Claude Boyer
Cancer-germline genes in both human and mice have been shown to encode antigens susceptible to targeting by cytotoxic CD8 T effector cells (CTL). We analyzed the ability of CTL to kill different tumor cell lines expressing the same cancer-germline gene P1A (Trap1a). We previously demonstrated that CTL expressing a TCR specific for the P1A35-43 peptide associated with H-2L(d) , although able to induce regression of P1A-expressing P815 mastocytoma cells, were much less effective against P1A-expressing melanoma cells...
October 7, 2016: Immunology
Nicholas R J Gascoigne, Vasily Rybakin, Oreste Acuto, Joanna Brzostek
Thymocyte selection involves the positive and negative selection of the repertoire of T cell receptors (TCRs) such that the organism does not suffer autoimmunity, yet has the benefit of the ability to recognize any invading pathogen. The signal transduced through the TCR is translated into a number of different signaling cascades that result in transcription factor activity in the nucleus and changes to the cytoskeleton and motility. Negative selection involves inducing apoptosis in thymocytes that express strongly self-reactive TCRs, whereas positive selection must induce survival and differentiation programs in cells that are more weakly self-reactive...
October 6, 2016: Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology
Anmol Chandele, Jaturong Sewatanon, Sivaram Gunisetty, Mohit Singla, Nattawat Onlamoon, Rama S Akondy, Haydn Thomas Kissick, Kaustuv Nayak, Elluri Seetharami Reddy, Haroon Kalam, Dhiraj Kumar, Anil Verma, HareKrushna Panda, Siyu Wang, Nasikarn Angkasekwinai, Kovit Pattanapanyasat, Kulkanya Chokephaibulkit, Guruprasad R Medigeshi, Rakesh Lodha, Sushil Kabra, Rafi Ahmed, Kaja Murali-Krishna
: Epidemiological studies suggest that India has the largest number of dengue virus infected cases world-wide. However, there is minimal information about the immunological responses in these patients. CD8 T cells are important in dengue because they have been implicated in both protection and immunopathology. Here we provide a detailed analysis of HLA-DR(+)CD38(+) and HLA-DR(-)CD38(+) effector CD8 T- cell subsets in dengue-patients from India and Thailand. Both CD8 T cell subsets expanded and expressed markers indicative of antigen-driven proliferation; tissue-homing and cytotoxic effector functions with the HLA-DR(+)CD38(+) subset being the most striking in these effector qualities...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Virology
Stanislav A Evlashin, Pavel Dyakonov, Roman Khmelnitsky, Sarkis Dagesyan, Andrey Klokov, Andrey Sharkov, Peter S Timashev, Svetlana Minaeva, Konstantin I Maslakov, Sergey Svyakhovskiy, Nikolay V Suetin
This article presents a new simple method of creating light absorbing carbon material for optical devices such as bolometers. A simple method of laser microstructuring of graphene oxide is used in order to create such material. The absorption values of more than 98% in the visible and more than 90% in the IR range are achieved. Moreover thermal properties of the films, such as temperature dependence and the thermal response of the samples are studied. The change in resistance with temperature is 13 Ohm K(-1), temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) 0...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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