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Treg autoimmunity

Peijuan Wang, Yan Lu, Si Chen, Yue Chen, Chunping Hu, Yawei Zuo
Autoimmune abnormality is one of the main causes of premature ovarian failure (POF). Bu Shen Huo Xue formula (BSHXF), a traditional Chinese medicine formula, has been clinically used for the treatment of patients with POF in China. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are important in the pathogenesis of autoimmune POF. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the immunoprotective effects of BSHXF on POF and the underlying mechanisms. An experimental autoimmune POF model was induced in B6AF1 mice with zona pellucida 3 (ZP3) fragments...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Antonella Mancusi, Sara Piccinelli, Andrea Velardi, Antonio Pierini
FoxP3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a subset of CD4+ T cells that can suppress proliferation and effector functions of T cells, B cells, NK cells, and antigen-presenting cells. Treg deficiency causes dramatic immunologic disease in both animal models and humans. As they are capable to suppress the function and the proliferation of conventional CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, Treg-based cell therapies are under evaluation for the treatment of various autoimmune diseases and are currently employed to prevent graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) in clinical trials of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Emilia Vendelova, Diyaaeldin Ashour, Patrick Blank, Florian Erhard, Antoine-Emmanuel Saliba, Ulrich Kalinke, Manfred B Lutz
Dendritic cells (DCs) are key directors of tolerogenic and immunogenic immune responses. During the steady state, DCs maintain T cell tolerance to self-antigens by multiple mechanisms including inducing anergy, deletion, and Treg activity. All of these mechanisms help to prevent autoimmune diseases or other hyperreactivities. Different DC subsets contribute to pathogen recognition by expression of different subsets of pattern recognition receptors, including Toll-like receptors or C-type lectins. In addition to the triggering of immune responses in infected hosts, most pathogens have evolved mechanisms for evasion of targeted responses...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Min Yang, Li Su, Qin Tao, Chenxi Zhang, Yueyue Wu, Jun Liu
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (HT) is a common organ-specific autoimmune disorder associated with a high incidence, and insulin resistance is highly related to autoimmune. Here, we examined the insulin sensitivity in HT patients and found decreased insulin sensitivity occurred in HT patients. To explore the relationship between impaired insulin sensitivity and immune status, we established HT model mice which showed similar pathological features and immune features to HT patients. In HT model mice, reinfusion of regulatory T cells (Tregs) from peripheral blood of normal mice could improve insulin sensitivity and decrease the inflammation...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Nicla Porciello, Paola Grazioli, Antonio F Campese, Martina Kunkl, Silvana Caristi, Marta Mastrogiovanni, Michela Muscolini, Francesca Spadaro, Cédric Favre, Jacques A Nunès, Aldo Borroto, Balbino Alarcon, Isabella Screpanti, Loretta Tuosto
CD28 superagonistic antibodies (CD28SAb) can preferentially activate and expand immunosuppressive regulatory T cells (Treg) in mice. However, pre-clinical trials assessing CD28SAbs for the therapy of autoimmune diseases reveal severe systemic inflammatory response syndrome in humans, thereby implying the existence of distinct signalling abilities between human and mouse CD28. Here, we show that a single amino acid variant within the C-terminal proline-rich motif of human and mouse CD28 (P212 in human vs. A210 in mouse) regulates CD28-induced NF-κB activation and pro-inflammatory cytokine gene expression...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
S Bidaran, A R Ahmadi, P Yaghmaei, M H Sanati, A Ebrahim-Habibi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to reveal the effect of therapeutic and prophylactic potential of astaxanthin in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) as an acceptable model for the study of multiple sclerosis (MS). BACKGROUND: Astaxanthin has powerful antioxidant activities as well as several essential biological functions while multiple sclerosis prevention is highly regarded by researchers. METHODS: The astaxanthin potential in prevention of multiple sclerosis was examined in the chronic model of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) by using female C57BL/6 mice induced with oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)...
2018: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
Tomohisa Okamura, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Keishi Fujio
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are necessary for the maintenance of immune tolerance. Tregs are divided into two major populations: one is thymus derived and the other develops in the periphery. Among these Tregs, CD4+ CD25+ Tregs, which mainly originate in the thymus, have been extensively studied. Transcription factor Foxp3 is well known as a master regulatory gene for the development and function of CD4+ CD25+ Tregs. On the other hand, peripheral Tregs consist of distinct cell subsets including Foxp3-dependent extrathymically developed Tregs and interleukin (IL)-10-producing type I regulatory T (Tr1) cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Iris Mair, Stephanie E J Zandee, Iqbal S Toor, Louise Saul, Rhoanne C McPherson, Melanie D Leech, Danielle J Smyth, Richard A O'Connor, Neil C Henderson, Stephen M Anderton
Several inflammatory diseases including multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease have been associated with dysfunctional and/or reduced numbers of Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Treg). While numerous mechanisms of action have been discovered by which Treg can exert their function, disease-specific Treg requirements remain largely unknown. We found that the integrin αv, which can pair with several β subunits including β8, is highly upregulated in Treg at sites of inflammation. Using mice that lacked αv expression or β8 expression specifically in Treg, we demonstrate that there was no deficit in Treg accumulation in the central nervous system during experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and no difference in the resolution of disease compared to control mice...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Congxiu Ye, David Brand, Song G Zheng
Regulatory T cells (Treg) play a crucial role in maintaining immune homeostasis since Treg dysfunction in both animals and humans is associated with multi-organ autoimmune and inflammatory disease. While IL-2 is generally considered to promote T-cell proliferation and enhance effector T-cell function, recent studies have demonstrated that treatments that utilize low-dose IL-2 unexpectedly induce immune tolerance and promote Treg development resulting in the suppression of unwanted immune responses and eventually leading to treatment of some autoimmune disorders...
2018: Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy
Simona Perga, Serena Martire, Francesca Montarolo, Ilaria Giordani, Michela Spadaro, Gabriele Bono, Stefania Corvisieri, Ilaria Messuti, Giancarlo Panzica, Fabio Orlandi, Antonio Bertolotto
Autoimmune diseases are a diverse group of chronic disorders and affect a multitude of organs and systems. However, the existence of common pathophysiological mechanisms is hypothesized and reports of shared risk are emerging as well. In this regard, patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) have been shown to have an increased susceptibility to develop chronic autoimmune thyroid diseases, in particular Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), suggesting an autoimmune predisposition. However, studies comparing such different pathologies of autoimmune origin are still missing till date...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Gap Ryol Lee
T helper type 17 (Th17) cells and pTreg cells, which share a common precursor cell (the naïve CD4 T cell), require a common tumor growth factor (TGF)-β signal for initial differentiation. However, terminally differentiated cells fulfill opposite functions: Th17 cells cause autoimmunity and inflammation, whereas Treg cells inhibit these phenomena and maintain immune homeostasis. Thus, unraveling the mechanisms that affect the Th17/Treg cell balance is critical if we are to better understand autoimmunity and tolerance...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Wook-Jin Chae, Alfred L M Bothwell
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are an important subset of adaptive immune cells and control immune reactions for maintaining homeostasis. Tregs are generated upon their encounter with self or non-self-antigen and mediate tolerance or suppress aberrant immune responses. A high level of specificity of Tregs to recognize antigen(s) suggested their instrumental potential to treat various inflammatory diseases. This review will first introduce seminal basic research findings in the field of Tregs over the last two decades pertinent to therapeutic approaches in progress...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Stefanie Koristka, Alexandra Kegler, Ralf Bergmann, Claudia Arndt, Anja Feldmann, Susann Albert, Marc Cartellieri, Armin Ehninger, Gerhard Ehninger, Jan Moritz Middeke, Martin Bornhäuser, Marc Schmitz, Jens Pietzsch, Katja Akgün, Tjalf Ziemssen, Jörg Steinbach, Michael P Bachmann
As regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a fundamental role in immune homeostasis their adoptive transfer emerged as a promising treatment strategy for inflammation-related diseases. Preclinical animal models underline the superiority of antigen-specific Tregs compared to polyclonal cells. Here, we applied a modular chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) technology called UniCAR for generation of antigen-specific human Tregs. In contrast to conventional CARs, UniCAR-endowed Tregs are indirectly linked to their target cells via a separate targeting module (TM)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
Dirk Baumjohann
T helper (Th) cells are critically involved in adaptive immune responses against various pathogens. In contrast, dysregulated T helper cell responses are associated with a variety of diseases, including autoimmunity, allergies, and cancer. Differentiation of naïve CD4+ T cells into effector T helper cell subsets, including Th1, Th2, Th17, Treg, and Tfh, requires precise dosing of signaling molecules and transcription factors. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), which are small endogenously expressed RNAs that regulate gene expression, play important roles in these processes...
February 27, 2018: Cancer Letters
Timothy Sadlon, Cheryl Y Brown, Veronika Bandara, Christopher M Hope, John E Schjenken, Stephen M Pederson, James Breen, Alistair Forrest, Marc Beyer, Sarah Robertson, Simon C Barry
Regulatory T cells (Treg) are critical for preventing autoimmunity and curtailing responses of conventional effector T cells (Tconv). The reprogramming of T-cell fate and function to generate Treg requires switching on and off of key gene regulatory networks, which may be initiated by a subtle shift in expression levels of specific genes. This can be achieved by intermediary regulatory processes that include microRNA and long noncoding RNA-based regulation of gene expression. There are well-documented microRNA profiles in Treg and Tconv, and these can operate to either reinforce or reduce expression of a specific set of target genes, including FOXP3 itself...
2018: Clinical & Translational Immunology
Cheng Fan, Rui Long, Ya You, Jue Wang, Xiaofang Yang, Shiyuan Huang, Yuling Sheng, Xu Peng, Hui Liu, Zhaohui Wang, Kun Liu
Previous studies have confirmed that selective blockade of Kv1.3 channels could modulate the activities of pathogenic T cells and microglia/macrophages, which play key roles in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). In this study, we designed an anti-Kv1.3 vaccine (PADRE-Kv1.3) to explore its protective role in EAE rat models. When the vaccine was applied in EAE rats, clinical scores and several staining techniques were used to evaluate the severity of the disease. T cell subtypes and related cytokines, as well as microglia/macrophage activation were assayed through flow cytometry, qRT-PCR or immunofluorescence staining, respectively...
February 26, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Min-Jung Park, Sung-Hee Lee, Eun-Kyung Kim, Eun-Jung Lee, Jin-Ah Baek, Sung-Hwan Park, Seung-Ki Kwok, Mi-La Cho
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are heterogenous populations of immature myeloid progenitor cells with immunoregulatory function. MDSCs play critical roles in controlling the processes of autoimmunity but their roles in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are controversial. The present study was undertaken to investigate whether MDSCs have therapeutic impact in mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA), an animal model of RA. We also examined the mechanisms underlying the anti-arthritic effect of MDSCs. In vitro treatment with MDSCs repressed IL-17 but increased FOXP3 in CD4+ T cells in mice...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Oliver J Lawless, Joseph A Bellanti, Milton L Brown, Kathryn Sandberg, Jason G Umans, Li Zhou, Weiqian Chen, Julie Wang, Kan Wang, Song Guo Zheng
BACKGROUND: Allergic and autoimmune diseases comprise a group of inflammatory disorders caused by aberrant immune responses in which CD25+ Forkhead box P3-positive (FOXP3+) T regulatory (Treg) cells that normally suppress inflammatory events are often poorly functioning. This has stimulated an intensive investigative effort to find ways of increasing Tregs as a method of therapy for these conditions. One such line of investigation includes the study of how ligation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) by CpG oligonucleotides (ODN) results in an immunostimulatory cascade that leads to induction of T-helper (Th) type 1 and Treg-type immune responses...
March 1, 2018: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
Patrícia Lima Falcão, Tarcisio Passos Ribeiro de Campos
Previous studies have demonstrated the expression of the CD25 marker on the surface of naturally occurring T cells (Tregs) of mice, which have a self-reactive cellular profile. Recently, expression of other markers that aid in the identification of these cells has been detected in lymphocyte subtypes of individuals suffering of autoimmune and idiopathic diseases, including: CD25, CTLA-4 (cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4), HLA-DR (human leukocyte antigen) and Interleukin 10 (IL-10), opening new perspectives for a better understanding of an association between such receptors present on the cell surface and the prognosis of autoimmune diseases...
December 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Manolo Sambucci, Francesca Gargano, Veronica De Rosa, Marco De Bardi, Mario Picozza, Roberta Placido, Serena Ruggieri, Alessia Capone, Claudio Gasperini, Giuseppe Matarese, Luca Battistini, Giovanna Borsellino
Forkhead box P3 (FoxP3)+ regulatory T cells (Treg) are powerful mediators of immune regulation and immune homeostasis. In humans, Tregs are a heterogeneous population expressing surface markers which define phenotypically and functionally distinct subsets. Moreover, it is now clear that intracellular staining for FoxP3 does not unequivocally identify "true" suppressor cells, since several FoxP3 isoforms exist, and different reagents for FoxP3 detection are available. Here, we propose a strategy to identify potentially functional and suppressive Treg cells in an autoimmune disease like multiple sclerosis, and we suggest that in patients affected by this disease these cells are both reduced in number and functionally exhausted...
February 27, 2018: Scientific Reports
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