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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635957/itk-signalling-via-the-ras-irf4-pathway-regulates-the-development-and-function-of-tr1-cells
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Weishan Huang, Sabrina Solouki, Nicholas Koylass, Song-Guo Zheng, Avery August
Type 1 regulatory T (Tr1) cells differentiate in response to signals engaging the T cell receptor (TCR), express high levels of the immunosuppressive cytokine IL-10, but not Foxp3, and can suppress inflammation and promote immune tolerance. Here we show that ITK, an important modulator of TCR signalling, is required for the TCR-induced development of Tr1 cells in various organs, and in the mucosal system during parasitic and viral infections. ITK kinase activity is required for mouse and human Tr1 cell differentiation...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635624/effects-of-type-1-diabetes-risk-alleles-on-immune-cell-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Ramesh Ram, Grant Morahan
Genetic studies have identified 61 variants associated with the risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The functions of most of the non-HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigen) genetic variants remain unknown. We found that only 16 of these risk variants could potentially be linked to a protein-coding change. Therefore, we investigated whether these variants affected susceptibility by regulating changes in gene expression. To do so, we examined whole transcriptome profiles of 600 samples from the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium (T1DGC)...
June 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635517/a-primer-for-oncoimmunology-immunooncology
#3
Brad Bolon, Famke Aeffner
Oncoimmunology (or immunooncology) is a burgeoning specialty of precision ("personalized") medicine designed to heighten the antitumor response of the immune system against molecules expressed excessively or only by tumor cells. This focus is necessary, as cancers are polyclonal tissues comprised of antigenically heterogeneous cells, the exact composition of which is shaped by the balance between antitumor immunity and tumor-promoting inflammation. Key targets include enhancing immune system (especially T cell) reactivity, inhibiting immune checkpoints, and promoting tumor cytolysis...
January 1, 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634611/micro-and-nano-patterned-conductive-graphene-peg-hybrid-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
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Alec S T Smith, Hyok Yoo, Hyunjung Yi, Eun Hyun Ahn, Justin H Lee, Guozheng Shao, Ekaterina Nagornyak, Michael A Laflamme, Charles E Murry, Deok-Ho Kim
A lack of electrical conductivity and structural organization in currently available biomaterial scaffolds limits their utility for generating physiologically representative models of functional cardiac tissue. Here we report on the development of scalable, graphene-functionalized topographies with anisotropic electrical conductivity for engineering the structural and functional phenotypes of macroscopic cardiac tissue constructs. Guided by anisotropic electroconductive and topographic cues, the tissue constructs displayed structural property enhancement in myofibrils and sarcomeres, and exhibited significant increases in the expression of cell-cell coupling and calcium handling proteins, as well as in action potential duration and peak calcium release...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634590/the-immune-epitope-database-how-data-are-entered-and-retrieved
#5
REVIEW
Ward Fleri, Kerrie Vaughan, Nima Salimi, Randi Vita, Bjoern Peters, Alessandro Sette
Easy access to a vast collection of experimental data on immune epitopes can greatly facilitate the development of therapeutics and vaccines. The Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Resource (IEDB) was developed to provide such a resource as a free service to the biomedical research community. The IEDB contains epitope and assay information related to infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, allergic diseases, and transplant/alloantigens for humans, nonhuman primates, mice, and any other species studied. It contains T cell, B cell, MHC binding, and MHC ligand elution experiments...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634589/hla-class-ia-and-ib-polyreactive-anti-hla-e-igg2a-monoclonal-antibodies-tfl-006-and-tfl-007-suppress-anti-hla-igg-production-by-cd19-b-cells-and-proliferation-of-cd4-t-cells-while-upregulating-tregs
#6
REVIEW
Mepur H Ravindranath
The anti-HLA-E IgG2a mAbs, TFL-006 and TFL-007, reacted with all HLA-I antigens, similar to the therapeutic preparations of IVIg. Indeed, IVIg lost its HLA reactivity, when its HLA-E reactivity was adsorbed out. US-FDA approved IVIg to reduce antibodies in autoimmune diseases. But the mechanism underlying IVIg-mediated antibody reduction could not be ascertained due to the presence of other polyclonal antibodies. In spite of it, the cost prohibitive high or low IVIg is administered to patients waiting for donor organ and for allograft recipients for lowering antiallograft antibodies...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634471/a-chitin-binding-protein-purified-from-moringa-oleifera-seeds-presents-anticandidal-activity-by-increasing-cell-membrane-permeability-and-reactive-oxygen-species-production
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João X S Neto, Mirella L Pereira, Jose T A Oliveira, Lady C B Rocha-Bezerra, Tiago D P Lopes, Helen P S Costa, Daniele O B Sousa, Bruno A M Rocha, Thalles B Grangeiro, José E C Freire, Ana Cristina O Monteiro-Moreira, Marina D P Lobo, Raimunda S N Brilhante, Ilka M Vasconcelos
Candida species are opportunistic pathogens that infect immunocompromised and/or immunosuppressed patients, particularly in hospital facilities, that besides representing a significant threat to health increase the risk of mortality. Apart from echinocandins and triazoles, which are well tolerated, most of the antifungal drugs used for candidiasis treatment can cause side effects and lead to the development of resistant strains. A promising alternative to the conventional treatments is the use of plant proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634284/co-administration-of-rankl-and-ctla4-antibodies-enhances-lymphocyte-mediated-anti-tumor-immunity-in-mice
#8
Elizabeth Ahern, Heidi Harjunpaa, Deborah Barkauskas, Stacey Allen, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Hideo Yagita, David Wyld, William C Dougall, Michele W L Teng, Mark J Smyth
Purpose: Novel partners for established immune checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of cancer are needed to address the problems of primary and acquired resistance. The efficacy of combination RANKL and CTLA4 blockade in anti-tumor immunity has been suggested by recent case reports in melanoma. Here we provide a rationale for this combination in mouse models of cancer. <br />Experimental Design: The efficacy and mechanism of a combination of RANKL and CTLA4 blockade was examined by tumor infiltrating lymphocyte analysis, tumor growth and metastasis using a variety of neutralizing antibodies and gene-targeted mice...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634034/absence-of-%C3%AE-chain-in-keratinocytes-alters-chemokine-secretion-resulting-in-reduced-immune-cell-recruitment
#9
Karolin Nowak, Daniela Linzner, Adrian J Thrasher, Paul F Lambert, Wei Li Di, Siobhan O Burns
Loss of function mutations in the common gamma (γc) chain cytokine receptor subunit give rise to severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) characterised by lack of T and natural killer cells and infant death from infection. Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation or gene therapy offer cure but despite successful replacement of lymphoid immune lineages a long-term risk of severe cutaneous human papilloma virus (HPV) infections persists, possibly related to persistent γc-deficiency in other cell types. Here we demonstrate that keratinocytes, the only cell type directly infected by HPV, express functional γc and its co-receptors...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634033/nickel-sulfate-promotes-il-17a-producing-cd4-t-cells-by-an-il-23-dependent-mechanism-regulated-by-tlr4-and-jak-stat-pathways
#10
Rami Bechara, Diane Antonios, Hayat Azouri, Marc Pallardy
Allergic contact dermatitis, caused by nickel, is a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction and 14.5% of the general population may be affected in Europe. Among a wide range of cytokines, the IL-12 family has unique structural and immunological characteristics. While IL-12p70 promotes T helper (Th) 1 cells polarization, IL-23 promotes Th17 cells development and both have been isolated from nickel-allergic patients. In this work, we were interested in understanding the mechanism behind nickel-induced Th17 cells development...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633645/generation-of-populations-of-antigen-specific-cytotoxic-t-cells-using-dcs-transfected-with-dna-construct-encoding-her2-neu-tumor-antigen-epitopes
#11
Maria Kuznetsova, Julia Lopatnikova, Julia Khantakova, Rinat Maksyutov, Amir Maksyutov, Sergey Sennikov
BACKGROUND: Recent fundamental and clinical studies have confirmed the effectiveness of utilizing the potential of the immune system to remove tumor cells disseminated in a patient's body. Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are considered the main effectors in cell-mediated antitumor immunity. Approaches based on antigen presentation to CTLs by dendritic cells (DCs) are currently being intensively studied, because DCs are more efficient in tumor antigen presentation to T cells through their initiation of strong specific antitumor immune responses than other types of antigen-presenting cells...
June 20, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632753/mait-cells-launch-a-rapid-robust-and-distinct-hyperinflammatory-response-to-bacterial-superantigens-and-quickly-acquire-an-anergic-phenotype-that-impedes-their-cognate-antimicrobial-function-defining-a-novel-mechanism-of-superantigen-induced-immunopathology
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Christopher R Shaler, Joshua Choi, Patrick T Rudak, Arash Memarnejadian, Peter A Szabo, Mauro E Tun-Abraham, Jamie Rossjohn, Alexandra J Corbett, James McCluskey, John K McCormick, Olivier Lantz, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, S M Mansour Haeryfar
Superantigens (SAgs) are potent exotoxins secreted by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. They target a large fraction of T cell pools to set in motion a "cytokine storm" with severe and sometimes life-threatening consequences typically encountered in toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Given the rapidity with which TSS develops, designing timely and truly targeted therapies for this syndrome requires identification of key mediators of the cytokine storm's initial wave. Equally important, early host responses to SAgs can be accompanied or followed by a state of immunosuppression, which in turn jeopardizes the host's ability to combat and clear infections...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631608/one-year-in-review-2017-pathogenesis-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#13
Francesca Angelotti, Alice Parma, Giacomo Cafaro, Riccardo Capecchi, Alessia Alunno, Ilaria Puxeddu
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. It has been postulated that a high-risk genetic background, in combination with epigenetic marks and environmental exposures, leads to a cascade of events inducing synovitis and consequent destructive arthritis. The clinical picture of joint involvement in RA is the result of chronic inflammation of the synovium, characterised by interactions of resident cells such as fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) with cells of the innate (e...
May 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631561/proinflammatory-follicular-helper-t-cells-promote-immunoglobulin-g-secretion-suppress-regulatory-b-cell-development-and-correlate-with-worse-clinical-outcomes-in-gastric-cancer
#14
Hong Zhang, Rongxi Yue, Pengfei Zhao, Xuetao Yu, Junguo Li, Guoqing Ma, Jiahong Tang, Lixin Zhang, Liying Feng, Lidong Sun, Zongchang Song, Chunliang Guo, Ning Wang
Gastric cancer is one of the most common and aggressive malignancies. Both bacterial virulence factors and host chronic inflammation are thought to promote gastric cancer development. In this study, we investigated the potential involvement of follicular helper T cells in gastric cancer. Functions of follicular helper T subsets were examined in Helicobacter pylori-infected gastric cancer patients and H. pylori-infected but asymptomatic individuals. We found that the follicular helper T cells in gastric cancer individuals were skewed toward the Th1 and Th17 subsets compared to those in H...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631375/3d-mimicry-of-native-tissue-fiber-architecture-guides-tendon-derived-cells-and-adipose-stem-cells-into-artificial-tendon-constructs
#15
Mariana Laranjeira, Rui M A Domingues, Raquel Costa-Almeida, Rui L Reis, Manuela E Gomes
Tendon and ligament (T/L) function is intrinsically related with their unique hierarchically and anisotropically organized extracellular matrix. Their natural healing capacity is, however, limited. Here, continuous and aligned electrospun nanofiber threads (CANT) based on synthetic/natural polymer blends mechanically reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals are produced to replicate the nanoscale collagen fibrils grouped into microscale collagen fibers that compose the native T/L. CANT are then incrementally assembled into 3D hierarchical scaffolds, resulting in woven constructions, which simultaneously mimic T/L nano-to-macro architecture, nanotopography, and nonlinear biomechanical behavior...
June 20, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631301/prevention-of-lupus-nephritis-development-in-nzb-nzw-mice-by-selective-blockade-of-cd28
#16
Laetitia Laurent, Awena Lefur, Rozenn Le Bloas, Mélanie Néel, Caroline Mary, Anne Moreau, Nicolas Poirier, Bernard Vanhove, Fadi Fakhouri
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic systemic inflammatory disease. Autoantibodies (autoAbs) against double-stranded DNA (ds DNA), the hallmark of lupus, are produced and maintained by the interaction between auto-reactive B cells and CD4(+) T cells. This interplay is controlled by the CD28/CD80-86/CTLA-4 axis. Here we investigated whether selective blockade of CD28-CD80/86 co-stimulatory interactions abrogates lupus nephritis development in a murine model of SLE. To this aim, NZB/NZW F1 mice were treated for 3 months, either with an anti-CD28 Fab' fragment or a control Fab'-IgG...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630682/overexpressed-prame-is-a-potential-immunotherapy-target-in-sarcoma-subtypes
#17
Jason Roszik, Wei-Lien Wang, John A Livingston, Christina L Roland, Vinod Ravi, Cassian Yee, Patrick Hwu, Andrew Futreal, Alexander J Lazar, Shreyaskumar R Patel, Anthony P Conley
BACKGROUND: PRAME (preferentially expressed antigen in melanoma), a member of the cancer-testis antigen family, has been shown to have increased expression in solid tumors, including sarcoma, and PRAME-specific therapies are currently in development for other cancers such as melanoma. METHODS: To map the landscape of PRAME expression in sarcoma, we used publicly available data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and the Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE) projects and determined which sarcoma subtypes and subsets are associated with increased PRAME expression...
2017: Clinical Sarcoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630341/pig-model-mimicking-chronic-hepatitis-e-virus-infection-in-immunocompromised-patients-to-assess-immune-correlates-during-chronicity
#18
Dianjun Cao, Qian M Cao, Sakthivel Subramaniam, Danielle M Yugo, C Lynn Heffron, Adam J Rogers, Scott P Kenney, Debin Tian, Shannon R Matzinger, Christopher Overend, Nicholas Catanzaro, Tanya LeRoith, Heng Wang, Pablo Piñeyro, Nicole Lindstrom, Sherrie Clark-Deener, Lijuan Yuan, Xiang-Jin Meng
Chronic hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is a significant clinical problem in immunocompromised individuals such as organ transplant recipients, although the mechanism remains unknown because of the lack of an animal model. We successfully developed a pig model of chronic HEV infection and examined immune correlates leading to chronicity. The conditions of immunocompromised patients were mimicked by treating pigs with an immunosuppressive regimen including cyclosporine, azathioprine, and prednisolone. Immunocompromised pigs infected with HEV progressed to chronicity, because 8/10 drug-treated HEV-infected pigs continued fecal virus shedding beyond the acute phase of infection, whereas the majority (7/10) of mock-treated HEV-infected pigs cleared fecal viral shedding at 8 wk postinfection...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630322/tcte1-is-a-conserved-component-of-the-dynein-regulatory-complex-and-is-required-for-motility-and-metabolism-in-mouse-spermatozoa
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Julio M Castaneda, Rong Hua, Haruhiko Miyata, Asami Oji, Yueshuai Guo, Yiwei Cheng, Tao Zhou, Xuejiang Guo, Yiqiang Cui, Bin Shen, Zibin Wang, Zhibin Hu, Zuomin Zhou, Jiahao Sha, Renata Prunskaite-Hyyrylainen, Zhifeng Yu, Ramiro Ramirez-Solis, Masahito Ikawa, Martin M Matzuk, Mingxi Liu
Flagella and cilia are critical cellular organelles that provide a means for cells to sense and progress through their environment. The central component of flagella and cilia is the axoneme, which comprises the "9+2" microtubule arrangement, dynein arms, radial spokes, and the nexin-dynein regulatory complex (N-DRC). Failure to properly assemble components of the axoneme leads to defective flagella and in humans leads to a collection of diseases referred to as ciliopathies. Ciliopathies can manifest as severe syndromic diseases that affect lung and kidney function, central nervous system development, bone formation, visceral organ organization, and reproduction...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630108/inducing-mucosal-iga-a-challenge-for-vaccine-adjuvants-and-delivery-systems
#20
REVIEW
Prosper N Boyaka
Mucosal IgA or secretory IgA (SIgA) are structurally equipped to resist chemical degradation in the harsh environment of mucosal surfaces and enzymes of host or microbial origin. Production of SIgA is finely regulated, and distinct T-independent and T-dependent mechanisms orchestrate Ig α class switching and SIgA responses against commensal and pathogenic microbes. Most infectious pathogens enter the host via mucosal surfaces. To provide a first line of protection at these entry ports, vaccines are being developed to induce pathogen-specific SIgA in addition to systemic immunity achieved by injected vaccines...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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