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Treg autoimmunity

Martina Gatzka
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and Interleukin 17 (IL-17) are key cytokines driving psoriasis and other inflammatory autoimmune diseases and thus represent effective targets for anti-psoriatic therapy. In a recent issue of The Journal of Pathology, Leite Dantas et al. explore a mouse model of TNF-mediated psoriasiform dermatitis and arthritis with Doxycyclin-inducible general over-expression of human TNF (ihTNFtg mice) for the contributions of macrophages and T cells in skin inflammation - with some unexpected and interesting findings...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Chantal Kuhn, Rafael M Rezende, Andre Pires da Cunha, Fabrice Valette, Francisco J Quintana, Lucienne Chatenoud, Howard L Weiner
CD3-specific monoclonal antibody (mAb) treats autoimmune disease in animal models and has shown promise in clinical trials of type 1 diabetes. Whereas intravenous administration of CD3-specific mAb acts primarily by transient depletion of activated effector T cells, oral CD3-specific mAb acts primarily by the induction Tregs. We investigated whether oral CD3-specific mAb inhibits disease in non obese diabetic (NOD) mice that spontaneously develop autoimmune diabetes, closely resembling human type 1 diabetes...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
Brandon Coder, Weikan Wang, Liefeng Wang, Zhongdao Wu, Qichuan Zhuge, Dong-Ming Su
The interaction between T cells and the central nervous system (CNS) in homeostasis and injury has been recognized being both pathogenic (CD4+ T-helper 1 - Th1, Th17 and γδT) and ameliorative (Th2 and regulatory T cells - Tregs). However, in-depth studies aimed to elucidate the precise in the aged microenvironment and the dichotomous role of Tregs have just begun and many aspects remain unclear. This is due, not only to a mutual dependency and reciprocal causation of alterations and diseases between the nervous and T cell immune systems, but also to an inconsistent aging of the two systems, which dynamically changes with CNS injury/recovery and/or aging process...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Young Uk Kim, Byung-Seok Kim, Hoyong Lim, Rick A Wetsel, Yeonseok Chung
CXCR5⁺ T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are associated with aberrant autoantibody production in patients with antibody-mediated autoimmune diseases including lupus. Follicular regulatory T (Tfr) cells expressing CXCR5 and Bcl6 have been recently identified as a specialized subset of Foxp3⁺ regulatory T (Treg) cells that control germinal center reactions. In this study, we show that retroviral transduction of CXCR5 gene in Foxp3⁺ Treg cells induced a stable expression of functional CXCR5 on their surface...
October 17, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
O I Afanas'eva, E A Pylaeva, E A Klesareva, A V Potekhina, S I Provatorov, M I Afanas'eva, T L Krasnikova, V P Masenko, T I Aref'eva, S N Pokrovsky
AIM: To study the role of lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] as a potential autoantigen causing the activation of immunocompetent cells in atherosclerosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 104 men with stable coronary artery (CA) disease and different degrees of progressive coronary atherosclerosis were examined. Clinical blood analysis was carried out and lymphocyte subpopulations (CD4+, Th1, Th17, and Treg) were determined using immunofluorescence and flow cytometry. In addition, the indicators of blood lipid composition, Lp(a), autoantibody (autoAb) titer to Lp(a), and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and the lymphocyte activation marker sCD25 were also measured...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
Mei Song, Xiaojing Ma
Interleukin-35 (IL-35) is the latest addition to the IL-12 family of heterodimeric cytokines, consisting of IL-12 p35 subunit and IL-27β subunit Epstein-Barr virus induced 3 (EBI3). Since its discovery, IL-35 has been shown to exhibit immunosuppressive activities which are distinct from other members of IL-12 family. IL-35 is also unique in that it is expressed primarily by regulatory T-cells (Tregs) rather than by antigen-presenting cells (APCs). IL-35 can directly suppress effector T-cell proliferation and function and inhibit the differentiation of Th17 cells...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Qinghong Wang, Jianguo Liu
IL-27 is a pleiotropic cytokine that has diverse immune regulatory activities under both physiological and pathological conditions. IL-27 enhances the functions of Th1 and CD8(+) T cells, promotes the development of Tfh and Tr1, and suppresses the functions of Th2, Treg, Th9, and Th17 cells. IL-27 is also involved in regulation of immune responses of B cells, NK, DCs, and macrophages. IL-27 production is strictly regulated at both transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. Given its broad effects on immune regulation, IL-27 has been implicated in the pathogeneses of autoimmune and infectious diseases as well as cancers...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Masayuki Mizui, George C Tsokos
Recent extensive research on interleukin-2 (IL-2)/IL-2 receptor (IL-2R) biology has revealed its critical role in the regulation of immune tolerance by influencing regulatory T (Treg) cell functions and survival. Since in vivo low-dose IL-2 administration in humans has been confirmed to be safe and effective in expanding Treg, it is likely that it may be considered for the treatment of several autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus erythematousus (SLE). A recent clinical trial demonstrated the safety and efficacy of low-dose IL-2 treatment on SLE...
November 2016: Current Rheumatology Reports
Xin-Guang Liu, Yu Liu, Feng Chen
Soluble fibrinogen-like protein 2 (sFGL2) is the soluble form of fibrinogen-like protein 2 belonging to the fibrinogen-related protein superfamily. It is now well characterized that sFGL2 is mainly secreted by regulatory T cell (Treg) populations, and exerts potently immunosuppressive activities. By repressing not only the differentiation and proliferation of T cells but also the maturation of dendritic cells (DCs), sFGL2 acts largely as an immunosuppressant. Moreover, sFGL2 also induces apoptosis of B cells, tubular epithelial cells (TECs), sinusoidal endothelial cells (SECs), and hepatocytes...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
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
Wang-Dong Xu, Lin-Chong Su, Qi-Bing Xie, Yi Zhao, Yi Liu
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-2 inducible T-cell kinase (ITK) is expressed in T cells, and plays an important role in autoimmune inflammatory diseases through regulating the balance of Th17/Treg. However, its role in human systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remains unclear. The present study aims to measure the activation status of ITK in T cells from SLE patients and healthy controls, and identify its possible correlation to disease severity. We also discuss the serum levels of Th17, Treg related cytokines including IL-17, IL-21, IL-22, IL-10, analyzing correlation between ITK and Th17/Treg related cytokines...
October 8, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
John A Todd, Marina Evangelou, Antony J Cutler, Marcin L Pekalski, Neil M Walker, Helen E Stevens, Linsey Porter, Deborah J Smyth, Daniel B Rainbow, Ricardo C Ferreira, Laura Esposito, Kara M D Hunter, Kevin Loudon, Kathryn Irons, Jennie H Yang, Charles J M Bell, Helen Schuilenburg, James Heywood, Ben Challis, Sankalpa Neupane, Pamela Clarke, Gillian Coleman, Sarah Dawson, Donna Goymer, Katerina Anselmiova, Jane Kennet, Judy Brown, Sarah L Caddy, Jia Lu, Jane Greatorex, Ian Goodfellow, Chris Wallace, Tim I Tree, Mark Evans, Adrian P Mander, Simon Bond, Linda S Wicker, Frank Waldron-Lynch
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-2 (IL-2) has an essential role in the expansion and function of CD4+ regulatory T cells (Tregs). Tregs reduce tissue damage by limiting the immune response following infection and regulate autoreactive CD4+ effector T cells (Teffs) to prevent autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes (T1D). Genetic susceptibility to T1D causes alterations in the IL-2 pathway, a finding that supports Tregs as a cellular therapeutic target. Aldesleukin (Proleukin; recombinant human IL-2), which is administered at high doses to activate the immune system in cancer immunotherapy, is now being repositioned to treat inflammatory and autoimmune disorders at lower doses by targeting Tregs...
October 2016: PLoS Medicine
Jueqiong Wang, Congying Zhao, Peng Kong, Guanyun Bian, Zhe Sun, Yafei Sun, Li Guo, Bin Li
Methylene blue (MB) is an effective neuroprotectant in many neurological disorders. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)/silent mating-type information regulation 2 homolog 1 (SIRT1) plays a crucial role in maintaining inflammatory responses and shows a synergistic effect on cell homeostasis. We investigated the effect of MB on experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a classical animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). MB treatment reduced the clinical scores of EAE significantly and attenuated pathological injuries in spinal cords...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Ana María Vega-Letter, Mónica Kurte, Catalina Fernández-O'Ryan, Melanie Gauthier-Abeliuk, Patricia Fuenzalida, Ivón Moya-Uribe, Claudia Altamirano, Fernando Figueroa, Carlos Irarrázabal, Flavio Carrión
BACKGROUND: Recently, it has been observed that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can modulate their immunoregulatory properties depending on the specific in-vitro activation of different Toll-like receptors (TLR), such as TLR3 and TLR4. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid (poly(I:C)) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) pretreatment on the immunological capacity of MSCs in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: C57BL/6 bone marrow-derived MSCs were pretreated with poly(I:C) and LPS for 1 hour and their immunomodulatory capacity was evaluated...
October 10, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Carine Savarin, Cornelia C Bergmann, David R Hinton, Stephen A Stohlman
Viral infections have long been implicated as triggers of autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), a central nervous system (CNS) inflammatory demyelinating disorder. Epitope spreading, molecular mimicry, cryptic antigen, and bystander activation have been implicated as mechanisms responsible for activating self-reactive (SR) immune cells, ultimately leading to organ-specific autoimmune disease. Taking advantage of coronavirus JHM strain of mouse hepatitis virus (JHMV)-induced demyelination, this study demonstrates that the host also mounts counteractive measures to specifically limit expansion of endogenous SR T cells...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Seung Hoon Lee, Jin-Sil Park, Jae-Kyung Byun, JooYeon Jhun, KyungAh Jung, Hyeon-Beom Seo, Young-Mee Moon, Ho-Youn Kim, Sung-Hwan Park, Mi-La Cho
PTEN is a tyrosine phosphatase with significant function in inhibiting STAT3 activation. Recently, inactivation of STAT3 has been demonstrated as a therapeutic candidate for autoimmune arthritis. The expression of PTEN controlled by p53 regulates autoimmune arthritis through modulating the balance between Th17 and Treg. We hypothesized that PTEN regulated by p53 might reduce CIA severity and inflammatory response via inhibiting STAT3 activation. Our results revealed that PTEN could ameliorate experimental autoimmune arthritis by reducing STAT3 activity and Th17 differentiation...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Paulina Własiuk, Maciej Putowski, Krzysztof Giannopoulos
The appropriate function of the immune system depends on the effective regulation of the immune response on multiple levels. The key element of an effective immune response to antigenic stimulation is maintaining a homeostasis between activation and inhibitory function of immunocompetent cells and molecules. In pathological conditions such as chronic infections, autoimmune diseases or cancer there are significant alterations, and prevalence of signals of one type over another. Main markers of these dysfunctions are altered expressions of molecules, such as programmed death-1 (PD-1), Human Leukocyte Antigen G (HLA-G), or changed percentages of T regulatory cells (Treg)...
October 4, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Magdalena Paterka, Jan Oliver Voss, Johannes Werr, Eva Reuter, Sophia Franck, Tina Leuenberger, Josephine Herz, Helena Radbruch, Tobias Bopp, Volker Siffrin, Frauke Zipp
Counter-balancing regulatory mechanisms, such as the induction of regulatory T cells (Treg), limit the effects of autoimmune attack in neuroinflammation. However, the role of dendritic cells (DCs) as the most powerful antigen-presenting cells, which are intriguing therapeutic targets in this context, is not fully understood. Here, we demonstrate that conditional ablation of DCs during the priming phase of myelin-specific T cells in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) selectively aborts inducible Treg (iTreg) induction, whereas generation of T helper (Th)1/17 cells is unaltered...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
Sophia Giang, Antonio La Cava
T regulatory cells (Tregs) represent a phenotypically and functionally heterogeneous group of lymphocytes that exert immunosuppressive activities on effector immune responses. Tregs play a key role in maintaining immune tolerance and homeostasis through diverse mechanisms which involve interactions with components of both the innate and adaptive immune systems. As in many autoimmune diseases, Tregs have been proposed to play a relevant role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease characterized by a progressive breakdown of tolerance to self-antigens and the presence of concomitant hyperactive immune responses...
November 2016: Current Rheumatology Reports
Chang He, Cheng-Rong Yu, Mary J Mattapallil, Lin Sun, Joseph Larkin Iii, Charles E Egwuagu
Uveitis is a potentially sight-threatening disease characterized by repeated cycles of remission and recurrent inflammation. The JAK/STAT pathway regulates the differentiation of pathogenic Th1 and Th17 cells that mediate uveitis. A SOCS1 mimetic peptide (SOCS1-KIR) that inhibits JAK2/STAT1 pathways has recently been shown to suppress experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU). However, it is not clear whether SOCS1-KIR ameliorated uveitis by targeting JAK/STAT pathways of pathogenic lymphocytes or via inhibition of macrophages and antigen-presenting cells that also enter the retina during EAU...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
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