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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423693/enhanced-anti-tumor-therapeutic-efficacy-of-dna-vaccine-by-fusing-the-e7-gene-to-baff-in-treating-human-papillomavirus-associated-cancer
#1
Chao-Chih Wu, Fang-Cih Wu, Yun-Tin Hsu, Yu-Chia Hsiao, Yuh-Cheng Yang, C Allen Chang, Chih-Long Chang
B-cell-activating factor (BAFF) belongs to the tumor necrosis factor family that not only stimulates B and T cells but also counteracts immune tolerance. BAFF is also a type II membrane protein, which is secreted through the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-Golgi apparatus pathway. Fusing an antigen to BAFF might enhance the presentation of major histocompatibility complex class I molecules. These characteristics represent an opportunity to enhance the antitumor effects of DNA vaccines. Therefore, we fused BAFF to human papillomavirus type 16 E7 as a DNA vaccine and evaluated its antitumor effects...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421993/increased-expression-of-interferon-%C3%AE-in-minor-salivary-glands-of-patients-with-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-and-its-synergic-effect-with-interferon-%C3%AE-on-salivary-gland-epithelial-cells
#2
You-Jung Ha, Yong Seok Choi, Eun Ha Kang, Jin-Haeng Chung, Seunghee Cha, Yeong Wook Song, Yun Jong Lee
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the expressions of interferon (IFN)-λs and their receptor, IL28RA, in minor salivary glands (MSG) of pSS patients and their effects on the salivary gland cells. METHODS: The expressions of IFN-λs and IL28RA were evaluated in MSG by immunohistochemistry in 15 patients with pSS and in 5 patients with non-SS sicca. Poly(I:C)-induced IL-28A and IL-29 expressions were determined in immortalized human salivary gland acinar (NS-SV-AC) and ductal (NS-SV-DC) cell lines...
April 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419421/upregulation-of-cd72-expression-on-cd19-cd27-memory-b%C3%A2-cells-by-cd40l-in-primary-immune-thrombocytopenia
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Mingen Lyu, Yating Hao, Yang Li, Cuicui Lyu, Wenjie Liu, Huiyuan Li, Feng Xue, Xiaofan Liu, Renchi Yang
CD72 is a co-receptor of B cells and regulates B cell activation. Although aberrant expression of CD72 has been reported in primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP), it is uncertain whether this aberrant expression is restricted to specific B cell subsets. Furthermore, the mechanisms that regulate CD72 expression are unknown. In this study, we found higher frequency of CD19(+) B cells, CD19(+) CD27(+) memory B cells and lower frequency of CD19(+) CD27(-) naive B cells in active ITP patients compared with controls and patients in remission...
April 17, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415571/increased-b-cell-activation-is-present-in-jak2v617f-mutated-calr-mutated-and-triple-negative-essential-thrombocythemia
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Ken-Hong Lim, Caleb Gon-Shen Chen, Yu-Cheng Chang, Yi-Hao Chiang, Chen-Wei Kao, Wei-Ting Wang, Chiao-Yi Chang, Ling Huang, Ching-Sung Lin, Chun-Chia Cheng, Hung-I Cheng, Nai-Wen Su, Johnson Lin, Yi-Fang Chang, Ming-Chih Chang, Ruey-Kuen Hsieh, Huan-Chau Lin, Yuan-Yeh Kuo
Essential thrombocythemia (ET) is a BCL-ABL1-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm. We have reported that increased activated B cells can facilitate platelet production mediated by cytokines regardless JAK2 mutational status in ET. Recently, calreticulin (CALR) mutations were discovered in ~30% JAK2/MPL-unmutated ET and primary myelofibrosis. Here we sought to screen for CALR mutations and to evaluate B cell immune profiles in a cohort of adult Taiwanese ET patients. B cell populations, granulocytes/monocytes membrane-bound B cell-activating factor (mBAFF) levels, B cells toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) expression and intracellular levels of interleukin (IL)-1β/IL-6 and the expression of CD69, CD80, and CD86 were quantified by flow cytometry...
March 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414179/alteration-of-b-cell-subsets-and-the-receptor-for-b-cell-activating-factor-baff-in-paediatric-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
#5
Zuzana Parackova, Adam Klocperk, Michal Rataj, Jana Kayserova, Irena Zentsova, Zdenek Sumnik, Stanislava Kolouskova, Jana Sklenarova, Stepanka Pruhova, Barbora Obermannova, Lenka Petruzelkova, Jan Lebl, Tomas Kalina, Anna Sediva
BACKGROUND: Lately, mounting evidence has shown that B cells play an important role in the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Here, we present alterations in B cell subsets including BAFF receptor (BAFFR) expression in cohorts of patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their relatives. PATIENTS AND METHODS: B cells were studied in 438 patients with T1D (158 at disease onset and 280 with long-term disease), 136 first-degree relatives and 53 healthy controls. The B cell panel included transitional, naïve, MZ-like, switched memory B cells and plasmablasts...
April 13, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413701/elevated-c-x-c-motif-ligand-13-and-b-cell-activating-factor-levels-in-neuromyelitis-optica-during-remission
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Su Wang, Tao Yang, Jianglong Wan, Yongchao Zhang, Yongping Fan
BACKGROUND: Discovery of specific antibodies against astrocytic water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4), which is produced by plasma cells, in the serum of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) confirmed the pathogenic role of B cells in NMO. C-X-C motif ligand 13 (CXCL13) and B-cell-activating factor (BAFF) are two crucial factors for antibody production. Relevant studies have focused on the acute phase of NMO. However, CXCL13 and BAFF levels during remission, remain to be elucidated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate serum levels of CXCL13 and BAFF in NMO and multiple sclerosis (MS) patients during remission and explore their correlation with immunosuppressive agents and clinical features in NMO...
April 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413023/a-chemoattractant-guided-walk-through-lymphopoiesis-from-hematopoietic-stem-cells-to-mature-b-lymphocytes
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Vivian Y Lim, Sandra Zehentmeier, Chris Fistonich, João P Pereira
B lymphocytes develop from hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in specialized bone marrow niches composed of rare mesenchymal lineage stem/progenitor cells (MSPCs) and sinusoidal endothelial cells. These niches are defined by function and location: MSPCs are mostly perisinusoidal cells that together with a small subset of sinusoidal endothelial cells express stem cell factor, interleukin-7 (IL-7), IL-15, and the highest amounts of CXCL12 in bone marrow. Though rare, MSPCs are morphologically heterogeneous, highly reticular, and form a vast cellular network in the bone marrow parenchyma capable of interacting with large numbers of hematopoietic cells...
2017: Advances in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405610/btk-specific-inhibition-blocks-pathogenic-plasma-cell-signatures-and-myeloid-cell-associated-damage-in-ifn%C3%AE-driven-lupus-nephritis
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Arna Katewa, Yugang Wang, Jason A Hackney, Tao Huang, Eric Suto, Nandhini Ramamoorthi, Cary D Austin, Meire Bremer, Jacob Zhi Chen, James J Crawford, Kevin S Currie, Peter Blomgren, Jason DeVoss, Julie A DiPaolo, Jonathan Hau, Adam Johnson, Justin Lesch, Laura E DeForge, Zhonghua Lin, Marya Liimatta, Joseph W Lubach, Sami McVay, Zora Modrusan, Allen Nguyen, Chungkee Poon, Jianyong Wang, Lichuan Liu, Wyne P Lee, Harvey Wong, Wendy B Young, Michael J Townsend, Karin Reif
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is often associated with exaggerated B cell activation promoting plasma cell generation, immune-complex deposition in the kidney, renal infiltration of myeloid cells, and glomerular nephritis. Type-I IFNs amplify these autoimmune processes and promote severe disease. Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk) inhibitors are considered novel therapies for SLE. We describe the characterization of a highly selective reversible Btk inhibitor, G-744. G-744 is efficacious, and superior to blocking BAFF and Syk, in ameliorating severe lupus nephritis in both spontaneous and IFNα-accelerated lupus in NZB/W_F1 mice in therapeutic regimens...
April 6, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389744/the-gut-kidney-axis-in-iga-nephropathy-role-of-microbiota-and-diet-on-genetic-predisposition
#9
Rosanna Coppo
Recent data suggest that gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) plays a major role in the development of immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy (IgAN). A genome-wide association study showed that most loci associated with the risk of IgAN are also associated with immune-mediated inflammatory bowel diseases, maintenance of the intestinal barrier and regulation of response to gut pathogens. Studies involving experimental models have demonstrated a pivotal role of intestinal microbiota in the development of IgAN in mice producing high levels of IgA and in transgenic mice overexpressing BAFF, a B-cell factor crucial for IgA synthesis, indicating the role of genetic background, B-cell activity, GALT intestinal immunity and diet...
April 7, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388832/associations-of-baff-and-anti-baff-autoantibodies-with-disease-activity-in-multi-ethnic-asian-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-in-singapore
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Hwee Siew Howe, Bernard Y H Thong, Kok Ooi Kong, Hiok Hee Chng, Tsui Yee Lian, Faith L A Chia, Karine S S Tay, Tang Ching Lau, Weng Giap Law, Ee Tzun Koh, Bernard P Leung
OBJECTIVE: To measure the levels of B cell activating factor (BAFF) and endogenous anti-BAFF autoantibodies in a cohort of multi-ethnic Asian systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients in Singapore, to determine their correlation with disease activity. METHODS: Serum samples from 121 SLE patients and 24 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were assayed for BAFF and anti-BAFF IgG antibody levels by ELISA. The lowest reliable detection limit for anti-BAFF-IgG antibody levels was defined as 2 standard deviations (SD) from blank...
April 7, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383556/synovial-cell-death-is-regulated-by-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-expression-of-b-cell-activating-factor-through-an-erk-dependent-increase-in-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE
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Jae-Wook Lee, Jiyoung Lee, Sung Hee Um, Eun-Yi Moon
B-cell activating factor (BAFF) has a role in the maturation and maintenance of B cells and is associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here, we investigated whether tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced BAFF expression controls the survival of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) and whether their survival can be regulated by TNF-α-mediated upregulation of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α using MH7A synovial cells transfected with the SV40 T antigen. More TNF-α-treated cells died compared with the control...
April 6, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383107/a-mouse-model-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-responds-better-to-soluble-taci-than-to-soluble-baffr-correlating-with-depletion-of-plasma-cells
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Philipp Haselmayer, Michele Vigolo, Josquin Nys, Pascal Schneider, Henry Hess
The TNF family cytokines B-cell activating factor (BAFF) and a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) support plasma cell survival. It is known that inhibitors of BAFF only (BAFFR-Fc) or BAFF and APRIL (TACI-Fc) administered early enough in a NZB/NZW F1 mouse model of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) ameliorate clinical outcomes, pointing to a pathogenic role of BAFF. In the present study, TACI-Fc administrated at a later stage of disease, after onset of autoimmunity, decreased the number of bone marrow plasma cells and slowed down further formation of autoantibodies...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378771/mediation-of-transitional-b-cell-maturation-in-the-absence-of-functional-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase
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Shalini Tanwar, Atika Dhar, Vineeth Varanasi, Tapas Mukherjee, Ramanamurthy Boppana, Soumen Basak, Vineeta Bal, Anna George, Satyajit Rath
X-linked immune-deficient (Xid) mice, carrying a mutation in Bruton's tyrosine kinase (Btk), have multiple B cell lineage differentiation defects. We now show that, while Xid mice showed only mild reduction in the frequency of the late transitional (T2) stage of peripheral B cells, the defect became severe when the Xid genotype was combined with either a CD40-null, a TCRbeta-null or an MHC class II (MHCII)-null genotype. Purified Xid T1 and T2 B cells survived poorly in vitro compared to wild-type (WT) cells...
April 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374824/crosstalk-between-signals-initiated-from-tlr4-and-cell-surface-baff-results-in-synergistic-induction-of-proinflammatory-mediators-in-thp-1-cells
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Su-Geun Lim, Jae-Kwan Kim, Kyoungho Suk, Won-Ha Lee
Cellular response to stimulation is mediated by meshwork of signaling pathways that may share common signaling adaptors. Here, we present data demonstrating that signaling pathways initiated from the membrane-bound form of B-cell activating factor (BAFF) can crosstalk with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced signaling for synergistic expression of proinflammatory mediators in the human macrophage-like cell line THP-1. Co-treatment of the cells with BAFF-specific monoclonal antibody and LPS resulted in enhanced mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)/mitogen- and stress-activated protein kinase (MSK)-mediated phosphorylation of nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) p65 subunit (Ser276), which then interacts with CREB binding protein (CBP) for subsequent acetylation...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367079/reviewing-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-beyond-the-dryness-from-pathophysiology-to-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Tim Both, Virgil A S H Dalm, P Martin van Hagen, Paul L A van Daele
Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is a systemic autoimmune disease, characterized by lymphocytic infiltration of the secretory glands. This process leads to sicca syndrome, which is the combination of dryness of the eyes, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx and/or vagina. Extraglandular manifestations may also be prevalent in patients with pSS, including cutaneous, musculoskeletal, pulmonary, renal, hematological and neurological involvement. The pathogenesis of pSS is currently not well understood, but increased activation of B cells followed by immune complex formation and autoantibody production are thought to play important roles...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360916/b-cell-activating-factor-regulates-different-aspects-of-b-cell-functionality-and-is-produced-by-a-subset-of-splenic-b-cells-in-teleost-fish
#16
Carolina Tafalla, Lucia González, Rosario Castro, Aitor G Granja
In mammals, B cell functionality is greatly influenced by cytokines released by innate cells, such as macrophages or dendritic cells, upon the early recognition of common pathogen patterns through invariant receptors. B cell-activating factor (BAFF) is one of these innate B cell-helper signals and plays a key role in the survival and differentiation of B cells. Although, evolutionarily, teleost fish constitute the first animal group in which adaptive immunity based on Ig receptors is present, fish still rely greatly on innate responses...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331294/spotlight-on-blisibimod-and-its-potential-in-the-treatment-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-evidence-to-date
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REVIEW
Aleksander Lenert, Timothy B Niewold, Petar Lenert
B cells in general and BAFF (B cell activating factor of the tumor necrosis factor [TNF] family) in particular have been primary targets of recent clinical trials in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In 2011, belimumab, a monoclonal antibody against BAFF, became the first biologic agent approved for the treatment of SLE. Follow-up studies have shown excellent long-term safety and tolerability of belimumab. In this review, we critically analyze blisibimod, a novel BAFF-neutralizing agent. In contrast to belimumab that only blocks soluble BAFF trimer but not soluble 60-mer or membrane BAFF, blisibimod blocks with high affinity all three forms of BAFF...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323891/characterization-of-baff-and-april-subfamily-receptors-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-potential-role-of-the-baff-april-axis-in-the-pathogenesis-of-proliferative-kidney-disease
#18
Aitor G Granja, Jason W Holland, Jaime Pignatelli, Christopher J Secombes, Carolina Tafalla
Proliferative kidney disease (PKD) is a parasitic infection of salmonid fish characterized by hyper-secretion of immunoglobulins in response to the presence of the myxozoan parasite, Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae. In this context, we hypothesized that the BAFF/APRIL axis, known to play a major role in B cell differentiation and survival in mammals, could be affected by the parasite and consequently be involved in the apparent shift in normal B cell activity. To regulate B cell activity, BAFF and APRIL bind to transmembrane activator and calcium modulator and cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI) and B cell maturation antigen (BCMA), whereas BAFF also binds to BAFF receptor (BAFF-R)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302579/the-baff-april-axis-plays-an-important-role-in-virus-induced-peritoneal-responses-in-rainbow-trout
#19
Irene Soleto, Beatriz Abós, Rosario Castro, Lucia González, Carolina Tafalla, Aitor G Granja
IgM(+) B cells have been recently demonstrated to be key regulators of peritoneal inflammation in teleost, as a large number of them occupy the peritoneal cavity after 48 h of antigenic stimulation. Despite this, the number of studies addressing the mechanism through which this cell population expands and differentiates in response to stimuli has been scarcely addressed. Because the BAFF/APRIL axis is known to play a major role in B cell survival and differentiation in mammals, we hypothesized that it could be affected in the peritoneal cavity in response to an inflammatory stimulus...
May 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300280/rapamycin-attenuates-baff-extended-proliferation-and-survival-via-disruption-of-mtorc1-2-signaling-in-normal-and-neoplastic-b-lymphoid-cells
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Qingyu Zeng, Shanshan Qin, Hai Zhang, Beibei Liu, Jiamin Qin, Xiaoxue Wang, Ruijie Zhang, Chunxiao Liu, Xiaoqing Dong, Shuangquan Zhang, Shile Huang, Long Chen
B cell activating factor from the TNF family (BAFF) stimulates B-cell proliferation and survival, but excessive BAFF promotes the development of aggressive B cells leading to malignant and autoimmune diseases. Recently, we have reported that rapamycin, a macrocyclic lactone, attenuates human soluble BAFF (hsBAFF)-stimulated B-cell proliferation/survival by suppressing mTOR-mediated PP2A-Erk1/2 signaling pathway. Here, we show that the inhibitory effect of rapamycin on hsBAFF-promoted B cell proliferation/survival is also related to blocking hsBAFF-stimulated phosphorylation of Akt, S6K1 and 4E-BP1, as well as expression of survivin in normal and B-lymphoid (Raji and Daudi) cells...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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