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Chia-Jui Ku, JoAnn M Sekiguchi, Bharat Panwar, Yuanfang Guan, Satoru Takahashi, Keigyou Yoh, Ivan Maillard, Tomonori Hosoya, James Douglas Engel
Allelic exclusion describes the essential immunological process by which feedback repression of sequential DNA rearrangements ensures that only one autosome expresses a functional T or B cell receptor. In wild type mammals, approximately 60% of cells have recombined the DNA of one Tcrb V-to-DJ-joined allele in a functional configuration, while the second allele has only recombined the DJ sequences; the other 40% of the cells have recombined the V- to the DJ segments on both alleles, with only one of the two predicting a functional TCRβ protein...
March 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Yanan Yin, Jie Gu, Xiaojuan Wang, Wen Song, Kaiyu Zhang, Wei Sun, Xin Zhang, Yajun Zhang, Haichao Li
Copper is one of the most abundant heavy metals present in swine manure. In this study, a laboratory-scale aerobic composting system was amended with Cu at three levels (0, 200, and 2000 mg kg(-1), i.e., control, Cu200, and Cu2000 treatments, respectively) to determine its effect on the fate of copper resistance genes [copper resistance genes (CRGs): pcoA, cusA, copA, and tcrB], antibiotic resistance genes [antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs): erm(A) and erm(B)], and intl1. The results showed that the absolute abundances of pcoA, tcrB, erm(A), erm(B), and intl1 were reduced, whereas those of copA and cusA increased after swine manure composting...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Claudia Gebert, Lauren Correia, Zhenhu Li, Howard T Petrie, Paul E Love, Karl Pfeifer
V-(D)-J recombination generates the antigen receptor diversity necessary for immune cell function, while allelic exclusion ensures that each cell expresses a single antigen receptor. V-(D)-J recombination of the Ig, Tcrb, Tcrg and Tcrd antigen receptor genes is ordered and sequential so that only one allele generates a productive rearrangement. The mechanism controlling sequential rearrangement of antigen receptor genes, in particular how only one allele is selected to initiate recombination while at least temporarily leaving the other intact, remains unresolved...
February 28, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
Pedro Gonçalves, Marco Ferrarini, Carmen Molina-Paris, Grant Lythe, Florence Vasseur, Annik Lim, Benedita Rocha, Orly Azogui
During thymic T cell differentiation, TCR repertoires are shaped by negative, positive and agonist selection. In the thymus and in the periphery, repertoires are also shaped by strong inter-clonal and intra-clonal competition to survive death by neglect. Understanding the impact of these events on the T cell repertoire requires direct evaluation of TCR expression in peripheral naïve T cells. Several studies have evaluated TCR diversity, with contradictory results. Some of these studies had intrinsic technical limitations since they used material obtained from T cell pools, preventing the direct evaluation of clonal sizes...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Immunology
Wooseok Seo, Sawako Muroi, Kaori Akiyama, Ichiro Taniuchi
A TCRβ enhancer, known as the Eβ enhancer, plays a critical role in V(D)J recombination and transcription of the Tcrb gene. However, the coordinated action of trans-acting factors in the activation of Eβ during T cell development remains uncharacterized. Here, we characterized the roles of Runx complexes in the regulation of the Eβ function. A single mutation at one of the two Runx binding motifs within the Eβ severely impaired Tcrb activation at the initiation phase in immature thymocytes. However, TCRβ expression level in mature thymocytes that developed under such a single Runx site mutation was similar to that of the control...
February 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
Pratishtha Rawat, Manisha Jalan, Ananya Sadhu, Abhilasha Kanaujia, Madhulika Srivastava
CTCF mediated chromatin interactions influence organization and function of mammalian genome in diverse ways. We analyzed the interactions amongst CTCF binding sites (CBS) at murine TCRb locus to discern the role of CTCF mediated interactions in regulation of transcription and VDJ recombination. 3C analysis revealed thymocyte specific long-range intrachromosomal interactions amongst various CBS across the locus that were relevant for defining the limit of enhancer Eb regulated Recombination Centre (RC) and for facilitating the spatial proximity of Trbv segments to RC...
January 30, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Drew C Deniger, Mei Li M Kwong, Anna Pasetto, Mark E Dudley, John R Wunderlich, Michelle M Langhan, Chyi-Chia Richard Lee, Steven A Rosenberg
PURPOSE: This pilot feasibility clinical trial evaluated the coadministration of vemurafenib, a small-molecule antagonist of BRAF(V600) mutations, and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A metastatic tumor was resected for growth of TILs, and patients were treated with vemurafenib for 2 weeks, followed by resection of a second lesion. Patients then received a nonmyeloablative preconditioning regimen, infusion of autologous TILs, and high-dose interleukin-2 administration...
January 15, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Natalie J Miller, Candice D Church, Lichun Dong, David Crispin, Matthew P Fitzgibbon, Kristina Lachance, Lichen Jing, Michi Shinohara, Ioannis Gavvovidis, Gerald Willimsky, Martin McIntosh, Thomas Blankenstein, David M Koelle, Paul Nghiem
Tumor-infiltrating CD8(+) T cells are associated with improved survival of patients with Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), an aggressive skin cancer causally linked to Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV). However, CD8(+) T-cell infiltration is robust in only 4% to 18% of MCC tumors. We characterized the T-cell receptor (TCR) repertoire restricted to one prominent epitope of MCPyV (KLLEIAPNC, "KLL") and assessed whether TCR diversity, tumor infiltration, or T-cell avidity correlated with clinical outcome. HLA-A*02:01/KLL tetramer(+) CD8(+) T cells from MCC patient peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) were isolated via flow cytometry...
January 16, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
A Golding, S Darko, W H Wylie, D C Douek, E M Shevach
Maintenance of peripheral tolerance requires a balance between autoreactive conventional T cells (Tconv ) and thymically derived forkhead box protein 3 (FoxP3)(+) regulatory T cells (tTregs ). Considerable controversy exists regarding the similarities/differences in T cell receptor (TCR) repertoires expressed by Tconv and tTregs . We generated highly purified populations of human adult and cord blood Tconv and tTregs based on the differential expression of CD25 and CD127. The purity of the sorted populations was validated by intracellular staining for FoxP3 and Helios...
April 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
N V Kirbaeva, N E Sharanova, V M Zhminchenko, I Yu Toropygin, E V Koplik, S S Pertsov, A V Vasil'ev
Differences in the proteomic profiles of the brain amygdala in rats with different prognostic resistance to stress were found on the model of metabolic stress. Differential expression of tropomodulin-2, GTP-binding protein SAR1, peroxiredoxin-2, calcineurin B homologous protein 1, Ras-related protein Rab-14, glutathione S-transferase omega-1, Tcrb protein, and NADH dehydrogenase [ubiquinone] iron-sulfur protein 8 (mitochondrial) was shown to depend on the behavioral pattern of animals and stage of the study...
August 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Yangbo Yue, Stanley G Leung, Yueyong Liu, Yurong Huang, Kirsten Grundt, Anne-Carine Østvold, Kuang-Yu Jen, David Schild, Jian-Hua Mao, Claudia Wiese
NUCKS1 is a 27 kD vertebrate-specific protein, with a role in the DNA damage response. Here, we show that after 4 Gy total-body X-irradiation, Trp53+/- Nucks1+/- mice more rapidly developed tumors, particularly thymic lymphoma (TL), than Trp53+/- mice. TLs in both cohorts showed loss of heterozygosity (LOH) of the Trp53+ allele in essentially all cases. In contrast, LOH of the Nucks1+ allele was rare. Nucks1 expression correlated well with Nucks1 gene dosage in normal thymi, but was increased in the majority of TLs from Trp53+/- Nucks1+/- mice, suggesting that elevated Nucks1 message may be associated with progression towards malignancy in vivo...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
B Rojo-Bezares, J M Azcona-Gutiérrez, C Martin, M S Jareño, C Torres, Y Sáenz
We investigated the antibiotic and heavy-metal resistance mechanisms, virulence genes and clonal relationships of macrolide- and/or lincosamide-resistant (M+/-LR) Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus, GBS) isolates from pregnant women in La Rioja in Northern Spain, a region with a significant immigrant population. In total 375 GBS isolates were recovered during 2011. About three-quarters of isolates were from European nationals and the remainder distributed among 23 other nationalities. Seventy-five (20%) were classified as M+/-LR strains and 28 (37%) of these were resistant to ⩾3 classes of antibiotics...
November 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
Ruth A Ettinger, Pedro Paz, Eddie A James, Devi Gunasekera, Fred Aswad, Arthur R Thompson, Dana C Matthews, Kathleen P Pratt
Factor VIII (FVIII)-neutralizing antibodies ("inhibitors") are a serious problem in hemophilia A (HA). The aim of this study was to characterize HLA-restricted T-cell responses from a severe HA subject with a persistent inhibitor and from 2 previously studied mild HA inhibitor subjects. Major histocompatibility complex II tetramers corresponding to both of the severe HA subject's HLA-DRA-DRB1 alleles were loaded with peptides spanning FVIII-A2, C1, and C2 domains. Interestingly, only 1 epitope was identified, in peptide FVIII2194-2213, and it was identical to the HLA-DRA*01-DRB1*01:01-restricted epitope recognized by the mild HA subjects...
October 20, 2016: Blood
Katsumi Nakanishi, Yoji Kukita, Hidenobu Segawa, Norimitsu Inoue, Masayuki Ohue, Kikuya Kato
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) are direct effectors of tumor immunity, and their characterization is important for further development of immunotherapy. Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies have enabled a comprehensive analysis of T-cell receptor (TCR) complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) sequences, which may provide information of therapeutic importance. We developed a high-fidelity target sequencing method with the ability for absolute quantitation, and performed large-scale sequencing of TCR beta chain (TCRB) CDR3 regions in TILs and peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs)...
September 2016: Cancer Medicine
Eric Levy, Rachel Marty, Valentina Gárate Calderón, Brian Woo, Michelle Dow, Ricardo Armisen, Hannah Carter, Olivier Harismendy
Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) have been associated with favorable prognosis in multiple tumor types. The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) represents the largest collection of cancer molecular data, but lacks detailed information about the immune environment. Here, we show that exome reads mapping to the complementarity-determining-region 3 (CDR3) of mature T-cell receptor beta (TCRB) can be used as an immune DNA (iDNA) signature. Specifically, we propose a method to identify CDR3 reads in a breast tumor exome and validate it using deep TCRB sequencing...
2016: Scientific Reports
Tingting Jiang, Ramya Raviram, Valentina Snetkova, Pedro P Rocha, Charlotte Proudhon, Sana Badri, Richard Bonneau, Jane A Skok, Yuval Kluger
Use of low resolution single cell DNA FISH and population based high resolution chromosome conformation capture techniques have highlighted the importance of pairwise chromatin interactions in gene regulation. However, it is unlikely that associations involving regulatory elements act in isolation of other interacting partners that also influence their impact. Indeed, the influence of multi-loci interactions remains something of an enigma as beyond low-resolution DNA FISH we do not have the appropriate tools to analyze these...
October 14, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Yulema Valero, Elham Awad, Francesco Buonocore, Marta Arizcun, M Ángeles Esteban, José Meseguer, Elena Chaves-Pozo, Alberto Cuesta
Vaccines for fish need to be improved for the aquaculture sector, with DNA vaccines and the oral administration route providing the most promising improvements. In this study, we have created an oral chitosan-encapsulated DNA vaccine (CP-pNNV) for the nodavirus (NNV) in order to protect the very susceptible European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Our data show that the oral CP-pNNV vaccine failed to induce serum circulating or neutralizing specific antibodies (immunoglobulin M) or to up-regulate their gene expression in the posterior gut...
December 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Anna Pasetto, Alena Gros, Paul F Robbins, Drew C Deniger, Todd D Prickett, Rodrigo Matus-Nicodemos, Daniel C Douek, Bryan Howie, Harlan Robins, Maria R Parkhurst, Jared Gartner, Katarzyna Trebska-McGowan, Jessica S Crystal, Steven A Rosenberg
Adoptive transfer of T cells with engineered T-cell receptor (TCR) genes that target tumor-specific antigens can mediate cancer regression. Accumulating evidence suggests that the clinical success of many immunotherapies is mediated by T cells targeting mutated neoantigens unique to the patient. We hypothesized that the most frequent TCR clonotypes infiltrating the tumor were reactive against tumor antigens. To test this hypothesis, we developed a multistep strategy that involved TCRB deep sequencing of the CD8(+)PD-1(+) T-cell subset, matching of TCRA-TCRB pairs by pairSEQ and single-cell RT-PCR, followed by testing of the TCRs for tumor-antigen specificity...
September 2, 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
Charlotte Proudhon, Valentina Snetkova, Ramya Raviram, Camille Lobry, Sana Badri, Tingting Jiang, Bingtao Hao, Thomas Trimarchi, Yuval Kluger, Iannis Aifantis, Richard Bonneau, Jane A Skok
V(D)J recombination relies on the presence of proximal enhancers that activate the antigen receptor (AgR) loci in a lineage- and stage-specific manner. Unexpectedly, we find that both active and inactive AgR enhancers cooperate to disseminate their effects in a localized and long-range manner. Here, we demonstrate the importance of short-range contacts between active enhancers that constitute an Igk super-enhancer in B cells. Deletion of one element reduces the interaction frequency between other enhancers in the hub, which compromises the transcriptional output of each component...
June 7, 2016: Cell Reports
Garima Singhal, Ffolliott Martin Fisher, Melissa J Chee, Tze Guan Tan, Abdelfattah El Ouaamari, Andrew C Adams, Robert Najarian, Rohit N Kulkarni, Christophe Benoist, Jeffrey S Flier, Eleftheria Maratos-Flier
Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is an important endocrine metabolic regulator expressed in multiple tissues including liver and adipose tissue. Although highest levels of expression are in pancreas, little is known about the function of FGF21 in this tissue. In order to understand the physiology of FGF21 in the pancreas, we analyzed its expression and regulation in both acinar and islet tissues. We found that acinar tissue express 20-fold higher levels than that observed in islets. We also observed that pancreatic FGF21 is nutritionally regulated; a marked reduction in FGF21 expression was noted with fasting while obesity is associated with 3-4 fold higher expression...
2016: PloS One
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