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Scott G Kitchen, Jerome A Zack
HIV remains a highly important public health and clinical issue despite many recent advances in attempting to develop a cure, which has remained elusive for most people infected with HIV. HIV disease can be controlled with pharmacologic therapies; however, these treatments are expensive, may have severe side effects, and are not curative. Consequently, an improved means to control or eliminate HIV replication is needed. Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) play a critical role in controlling viral replication and are an important part in the ability of the immune response to eradicate most viral infections...
December 2016: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
Joanne Nititham, Rashmi Gupta, Xue Zeng, Wendy Hartogensis, Douglas F Nixon, Steven G Deeks, Frederick M Hecht, Wilson Liao
Human evolution has resulted in selection for genetic polymorphisms beneficial in the defense against pathogens. However, such polymorphisms may have the potential to heighten the risk of autoimmune disease. Here, we investigated whether psoriasis-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms influence host control of HIV-1 infection. We studied psoriasis and viral immune response variants in three HIV-positive cohorts: (1) HIV-1 controllers and non-controllers in the Study of the Consequences of the Protease Inhibitor Era (SCOPE) cohort (n=366), (2) Individuals with primary HIV infection in the Options cohort (n=675), and (3) HIV-positive injection drug users from the Urban Health Study (UHS) (n=987)...
October 31, 2016: Human Immunology
Kristin L Boswell, Takuya Yamamoto
In some cancers and chronic infections exhausted T cells increase their expression of inhibitory receptors and demonstrate an impaired ability to produce cytokines and to proliferate. Immunological techniques such as MHC class I tetramer staining, intracellular cytokine staining, and CFSE dilution can be used to determine the memory status, inhibitory receptor expression, cytokine production, and proliferative capacity of antigen-specific CD8(+) T cells. Here, we describe approaches to define the inhibitory receptor expression, cytokine production, and proliferative capacity of antigen-specific CD8(+) T cells from HIV-infected and CMV-infected donors by using polychromatic flow cytometry...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Srinika Ranasinghe, Pedro A Lamothe, Damien Z Soghoian, Samuel W Kazer, Michael B Cole, Alex K Shalek, Nir Yosef, R Brad Jones, Faith Donaghey, Chioma Nwonu, Priya Jani, Gina M Clayton, Frances Crawford, Janice White, Alana Montoya, Karen Power, Todd M Allen, Hendrik Streeck, Daniel E Kaufmann, Louis J Picker, John W Kappler, Bruce D Walker
CD8(+) T cell recognition of virus-infected cells is characteristically restricted by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I, although rare examples of MHC class II restriction have been reported in Cd4-deficient mice and a macaque SIV vaccine trial using a recombinant cytomegalovirus vector. Here, we demonstrate the presence of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II-restricted CD8(+) T cell responses with antiviral properties in a small subset of HIV-infected individuals. In these individuals, T cell receptor β (TCRβ) analysis revealed that class II-restricted CD8(+) T cells underwent clonal expansion and mediated killing of HIV-infected cells...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Stephen A Migueles, Mark Connors
CD8(+) T cells that recognize peptides presented by MHC class II molecules have been observed in a macaque SIV vaccine model. A new study by Ranasinghe et al. (2016) shows that virus-specific class-II-restricted CD8(+) T cells can be found in some HIV-infected patients.
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Angela Berzi, Stefania Ordanini, Ben Joosten, Daria Trabattoni, Alessandra Cambi, Anna Bernardi, Mario Clerici
DC-SIGN, a C-type lectin mainly expressed by DCs, mediates antigen uptake and can induce specific immune responses, depending on the ligand involved. Owing to these properties, DC-SIGN is an attracting target for approaches aimed at tailoring the immune response towards specific immunologic outcomes. A multivalent DC-SIGN ligand (Polyman26), containing at its core a fluorescent "rod-like" spacer and able to inhibit DC-SIGN mediated HIV infection in nanomolar concentration, has been recently developed by our group...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Nicholas J Maness
Decades of research, including the 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine, confirm the evolutionary and immunological importance of CD8 T lymphocytes (TCD8+) that target peptides bound by the highly variable major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I) proteins. However, their perceived importance has varied dramatically over the past decade. Regardless, there remains myriad reasons to consider the diversity of MHC-I alleles and the TCD8+ that target them as enormously important in infectious disease research. Thus, understanding these molecules in the best animal models of human disease could be a necessity for optimizing the translational potential of these models...
October 11, 2016: Toxicologic Pathology
Catharina D Prinsloo, Minrie Greeff, Annamarie Kruger, Suria Ellis
The purpose of the research was to determine whether an HIV stigma-reduction community "hub" network intervention in a South African urban area would bring about a difference in the psychosocial well-being of people living with HIV (PLWH), as well as their community (living in the same municipal ward). A single case pre-test post-test design was implemented. The sample for this study included 62 PLWH who were selected through accessibility sampling and 570 community members who were selected through random voluntary sampling...
September 2016: African Journal of AIDS Research: AJAR
Emily B Wong, Thumbi Ndung'u, Victoria O Kasprowicz
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are donor-unrestricted lymphocytes that are surprisingly abundant in humans, representing 1-10% of circulating T cells and further enriched in mucosal tissues. MAIT cells recognize and are activated by small molecule ligands produced by microbes and presented by MR1, a highly conserved MHC-related antigen-presenting protein that is ubiquitously expressed in human cells. Increasing evidence suggests that MAIT cells play a protective role in anti-bacterial immunity at mucosal interfaces...
January 2017: Immunology
Nischal Ranganath, Teslin S Sandstrom, Saleh Fadel, Sandra C Côté, Jonathan B Angel
BACKGROUND: The latent HIV-1 reservoir represents the primary barrier to the eradication of HIV-1 infection. The design of novel reservoir-clearance strategies, however, is impeded in part by the inability to distinguish latently HIV-infected cells from uninfected cells. Significant impairment of the type I interferon (IFN-I) response is observed during productive HIV-1 infection. Although this remains poorly described in the context of latent HIV-1 infection, presence of potential defects may serve as a novel therapeutic target...
September 9, 2016: Retrovirology
Chintan H Kapadia, Shaomin Tian, Jillian L Perry, J Christopher Luft, Joseph M DeSimone
Educating our immune system via vaccination is an attractive approach to combat infectious diseases. Eliciting antigen specific cytotoxic T cells (CTLs), CD8(+) effector T cells, is essential in controlling intracellular infectious diseases such as influenza (Flu), tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis, and HIV/AIDS, as well as tumors. However, vaccination utilizing subunit peptides to elicit a potent CD8(+) T cell response with antigenic peptides is typically ineffective due to poor immunogenicity. Here we have engineered a reduction sensitive nanoparticle (NP) based subunit vaccine for intracellular delivery of an antigenic peptide and immunostimulatory adjuvant...
October 3, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Dürdal Us
Superantigens (SAgs) are microbial proteins produced by various microorganisms that elicit excessive and strong stimulation of T cells via an unconventional mechanism. They cause polyclonal activation of T cells in a non-specific manner, by binding to a particular variable-beta (Vβ) chain of T-cell receptor (TCR) and MHC class II molecule, in unprocessed form and outside of peptide-binding cleft, forming a bridge between the antigen presenting cell and the T cell. SAgs are classified into three groups, namely 1) exogenous (soluble proteins and exotoxins secreted by microorganisms), 2) endogenous (transmembrane proteins encoded by viruses which are integrated into the genome) and 3) B-cell SAgs (proteins which stimulate predominantly B cells)...
July 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
Tetsuo Tsukamoto, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Seiji Okada, Tetsuro Matano
Although antiretroviral therapy has made human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection a controllable disease, it is still unclear how viral replication persists in untreated patients and causes CD4(+) T-cell depletion leading to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in several years. Theorists tried to explain it with the diversity threshold theory in which accumulated mutations in the HIV genome make the virus so diverse that the immune system will no longer be able to recognize all the variants and fail to control the viraemia...
September 2016: Medical Hypotheses
Joseph S Murray, Elaina H Murray
Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC; also called HLA in human) are polymorphic elements in the genomes of sharks to humans. Class-I and class-II MHC loci appear responsible for much of the genetic linkage to myriad disease states via the capacity to bind short (~8-15 a.a.) peptides of a given pathogen's proteome, or in some cases, the altered proteomes of cancerous cells, and even (in autoimmunity) certain nominal 'self' peptides (Janeway, 2004).(1) Unfortunately, little is known about how the canonical structure of the MHC-I/-II peptide-presenting gene evolved, particularly since beyond ~500 Mya (sharks) no paralogs exist...
May 2016: Mobile Genetic Elements
Laura Emily Hudson, Rachel Louise Allen
MHC class I (MHC-I) polymorphisms are associated with the outcome of some viral infections and autoimmune diseases. MHC-I proteins present antigenic peptides and are recognized by receptors on natural killer cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes, thus enabling the immune system to detect self-antigens and eliminate targets lacking self or expressing foreign antigens. Recognition of MHC-I, however, extends beyond receptors on cytotoxic leukocytes. Members of the leukocyte Ig-like receptor (LILR) family are expressed on monocytic cells and can recognize both classical and non-classical MHC-I alleles...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Marijana Rucevic, Georgio Kourjian, Julie Boucau, Renata Blatnik, Wilfredo Garcia Bertran, Matthew J Berberich, Bruce D Walker, Angelika B Riemer, Sylvie Le Gall
UNLABELLED: Despite the critical role of epitope presentation for immune recognition, we still lack a comprehensive definition of HIV peptides presented by HIV-infected cells. Here we identified 107 major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-bound HIV peptides directly from the surface of live HIV-transfected 293T cells, HIV-infected B cells, and primary CD4 T cells expressing a variety of HLAs. The majority of peptides were 8 to 12 amino acids (aa) long and mostly derived from Gag and Pol...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Virology
H Hamlet Chu, Shiao-Wei Chan, John Paul Gosling, Nicolas Blanchard, Alexandra Tsitsiklis, Grant Lythe, Nilabh Shastri, Carmen Molina-París, Ellen A Robey
Highly functional CD8(+) effector T (Teff) cells can persist in large numbers during controlled persistent infections, as exemplified by rare HIV-infected individuals who control the virus. Here we examined the cellular mechanisms that maintain ongoing T effector responses using a mouse model for persistent Toxoplasma gondii infection. In mice expressing the protective MHC-I molecule, H-2L(d), a dominant T effector response against a single parasite antigen was maintained without a contraction phase, correlating with ongoing presentation of the dominant antigen...
July 19, 2016: Immunity
J M Eberhard, F Ahmad, H S Hong, N Bhatnagar, P Keudel, J Schulze Zur Wiesch, R E Schmidt, D Meyer-Olson
Immune senescence as well as disturbed CD8(+) T cell differentiation are a hallmark of chronic HIV infection. Here, we investigated to what extent immune senescence is reversible after initiation of anti-retroviral treatment (ART). Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from a cohort of HIV patients with different disease courses, including untreated viral controllers (n = 10), viral non-controllers (n = 16) and patients on ART (n = 20), were analysed and compared to uninfected controls (n = 25) by flow cytometry on bulk and HIV-specific major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I tetramer(+) CD8(+) T cells for expression of the memory markers CCR7 and CD45RO, as well as the senescence marker CD57 and the differentiation and survival marker CD127...
November 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Peter van Endert
Cross-presentation of internalized antigens by dendritic cells requires efficient delivery of Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class I molecules to peptide-loading compartments. Strong evidence suggests that such loading can occur outside of the endoplasmic reticulum; however, the trafficking pathways and sources of class I molecules involved are poorly understood. Examination of non-professional, non-phagocytic cells has revealed a clathrin-independent, Arf6-dependent recycling pathway likely traveled by internalized optimally loaded (closed) class I molecules...
July 2016: Immunological Reviews
Debbie Ferguson, Sean Clarke, Neil Berry, Neil Almond
OBJECTIVES: Using simian models where SIV chronic viral loads are naturally controlled in the absence of potentially neurotoxic therapies we investigated the neuropathological events occurring during times of suppressed viremia and when these events were initiated. DESIGN: Cynomolgus macaques were infected with SIV strains that are naturally controlled to low levels of chronic viremia. Study one; animals were maintained upto 300 days post inoculation and analysed for viral induced neuropathology following sustained suppression of chronic viral loads...
June 1, 2016: AIDS
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