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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526557/the-frog-skin-host-defense-peptide-frenatin-2-1s-enhances-recruitment-activation-and-tumoricidal-capacity-of-nk-cells
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Jelena M Pantic, Ivan P Jovanovic, Gordana D Radosavljevic, Nevena M Gajovic, Nebojsa N Arsenijevic, J Michael Conlon, Miodrag L Lukic
Frog skin is a source of peptides with various biological properties. Frenatin 2.1S, derived from norepinephrine-stimulated skin secretions of the Orinoco lime tree frog Sphaenorhynchus lacteus, exhibits immunostimulatory effects as demonstrated by the promotion of proinflammatory phenotypes of mononuclear cells in mouse peritoneal cavity and spleen. The aim of this study was to identify the populations of host cells sensitive to the action of frenatin 2.1S in vivo and to study its effects on their functional antitumor capacity...
May 16, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513532/natural-killer-cells-response-to-il-2-stimulation-is-distinct-between-ascites-with-the-presence-or-absence-of-malignant-cells-in-ovarian-cancer-patients
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Rodrigo Fernandes da Silva, Adriana Yoshida, Daniela Maira Cardozo, Rodrigo Menezes Jales, Silke Paust, Sophie Derchain, Fernando Guimarães
Peritoneal ascites are a distinguishable feature of patients with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). The presence of different lymphocyte subsets has been reported in EOC-associated ascites, which also can or not contain malignant cells. The goal of this study was to analyze the functional characteristics of natural killer (NK) cells from EOC-associated ascites in terms of their expression of activating receptors and ascites' contents of lymphocyte subtypes, cytokine profile and presence of EOC cells...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501938/zoledronic-acid-renders-human-m1-and-m2-macrophages-susceptible-to-v%C3%AE-2-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-cytotoxicity-in-a-perforin-dependent-manner
#3
Daniel W Fowler, John Copier, Angus G Dalgleish, Mark D Bodman-Smith
Vδ2(+) T cells are a subpopulation of γδ T cells in humans that are cytotoxic towards cells which accumulate isopentenyl pyrophosphate. The nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate, zoledronic acid (ZA), can induce tumour cell lines to accumulate isopentenyl pyrophosphate, thus rendering them more susceptible to Vδ2(+) T cell cytotoxicity. However, little is known about whether ZA renders other, non-malignant cell types susceptible. In this study we focussed on macrophages (Mϕs), as these cells have been shown to take up ZA...
May 13, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499490/frequent-inoculations-with-radiation-attenuated-sporozoite-is-essential-for-inducing-sterile-protection-that-correlates-with-a-threshold-level-of-plasmodia-liver-stage-specific-cd8-t-cells
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Hardik Patel, Naveen Yadav, Rajesh Parmar, Satish Patel, Agam P Singh, Neeta Shrivastava, Sarat K Dalai
Whole sporozoite vaccine (WSV) is shown to induce sterile protection that targets Plasmodium liver-stage infection. There are many underlying issues associated with induction of effective sterile protracted protection. In this study, we have addressed how the alterations in successive vaccine regimen could possibly affect the induction of sterile protection. We have demonstrated that the pattern of vaccination with RAS (radiation attenuated sporozoites) induces varying degrees of protection among B6 mice. Animals receiving four successive doses generated 100% sterile protection...
May 4, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498953/pathological-role-of-anti-cd4-antibodies-in-hiv-infected-immunologic-non-responders-under-viral-suppressive-antiretroviral-therapy
#5
Zhenwu Luo, Zhen Li, Lisa Martin, Zhuang Wan, Eric G Meissner, Enrique Espinosa, Hao Wu, Xiaocong Yu, Pingfu Fu, Maria Anna Julia Westerink, J Michael Kilby, Jennifer Wu, Lei Huang, Sonya L Heath, Zihai Li, Wei Jiang
Increased mortality and morbidity occurs in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients who fail to increase CD4+ T cell counts despite achieving viral suppression with antiretroviral therapy (ART). Here we identified an underlying mechanism. Significantly elevated plasma levels of anti-CD4 IgGs were found in HIV+ immunologic non-responders (CD4+ T cell counts ≤ 350 cells/μl) compared to HIV+ immunologic responders (CD4+ T cell counts ≥ 500 cells/μl) and healthy controls. Higher plasma level of anti-CD4 IgG correlated with blunted CD4+ T cell recovery...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495463/development-of-an-animal-model-of-progressive-vaccinia-in-nu-nu-mice-and-the-use-of-bioluminescence-imaging-for-assessment-of-the-efficacy-of-monoclonal-antibodies-against-vaccinial-b5-and-l1-proteins
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Marina Zaitseva, Antonia Thomas, Clement A Meseda, Charles Y K Cheung, Claudia G Diaz, Yan Xiang, Shane Crotty, Hana Golding
Bioluminescence imaging (BLI) was used to follow dissemination of recombinant vaccinia virus (VACV) expressing luciferase (IHD-J-Luc) in BALB/c nu/nu mice treated post-challenge with monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against L1 and B5 VACV proteins in a model of Progressive Vaccinia (PV). Areas Under the flux Curve (AUC) were calculated for viral loads in multiple organs in individual mice. Following scarification with 10(5) pfu, IHD-J-Luc VACV undergoes fast replication at the injection site and disseminates rapidly to the inguinal lymph nodes followed by spleen, liver, and axillary lymph nodes within 2-3 days and before primary lesions are visible at the site of scarification...
May 8, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484464/altered-natural-killer-cell-function-in-hiv-exposed-uninfected-infants
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Christiana Smith, Emilie Jalbert, Volia de Almeida, Jennifer Canniff, Laurel L Lenz, Marisa M Mussi-Pinhata, Rachel A Cohen, Qilu Yu, Fabiana R Amaral, Jorge Pinto, Jorge O Alarcon, George Siberry, Adriana Weinberg
OBJECTIVES: HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) infants have higher rates of severe and fatal infections compared with HIV-unexposed (HUU) infants, likely due to immune perturbations. We hypothesized that alterations in natural killer (NK) cell activity might occur in HEU infants and predispose them to severe infections. DESIGN: Case-control study using cryopreserved peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) at birth and 6 months from HEU infants enrolled from 2002 to 2009 and HUU infants enrolled from 2011 to 2013...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471021/syntaxin-4-mediates-endosome-recycling-for-lytic-granule-exocytosis-in-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes
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Waldo A Spessott, Maria L Sanmillan, Vineet V Kulkarni, Margaret E McCormick, Claudio G Giraudo
Adaptive and innate immunity utilize the perforin-killing pathway to eliminate virus-infected or cancer cells. Cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs) and Natural Killer cells mediate this process by releasing toxic proteins at the contact area with target cells known as immunological synapse (IS). Formation of a stable IS and exocytosis of toxic proteins requires persistent fusion of Rab11a recycling endosomes with the plasma membrane (PM) that may assure the delivery of key effector proteins. Despite the importance of the recycling endosomal compartment, the membrane fusion proteins that control this process at the IS remain elusive...
May 4, 2017: Traffic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468680/cd3-cd4-neg-cd8-neg-double-negative-t-lymphocytes-and-nkt-cells-as-the-main-cytotoxic-related-cd107a-cells-in-lesions-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-caused-by-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis
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Raquel Ferraz, Clarissa F Cunha, Maria Inês F Pimentel, Marcelo R Lyra, Tatiana Pereira-Da-Silva, Armando O Schubach, Alda Maria Da-Cruz, Alvaro Luiz Bertho
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is caused by Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis, which infects dermal macrophages and dendritic cells, causing an intense immune-mediated-tissue inflammation and a skin ulcer with elevated borders that can heal spontaneously or after antimonial therapy. The resolution of lesions depends on an adaptive immune response, and cytotoxic cells seem to have a fundamental role in this process. The aim of this study is to better understand the role of cytotoxicity mediated mechanisms that occur during the immune response in the CL lesion milieu, considering distinct cytotoxic-related CD107a(+) cells, such as CD8(+), CD4(+), CD4(neg) CD8(neg) (double-negative, DN) and CD4(+)CD8(+) (double-positive, DP) T lymphocytes, as well as NK and NKT cells...
May 3, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465362/bitter-melon-enhances-natural-killer-mediated-toxicity-against-head-and-neck-cancer-cells
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Sourav Bhattacharya, Naoshad Muhammd, Robert Steele, Jacki Kornbluth, Ratna B Ray
Natural Killer (NK) cells are one of the major components of innate immunity, with the ability to mediate antitumor activity. Understanding the role of NK cell mediated tumor killing in controling of solid tumor growth is still in the developmental stage. We have shown recently that bitter melon extract (BME) modulates the regulatory T cell (Treg) population in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). However, the role of BME in NK cell modulation against HNSCC remains unknown. In this study, we investigated whether BME can enhance the NK cell killing activity against HNSCC cells...
May 2, 2017: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451790/hpv16-e7-dna-tattooing-safety-immunogenicity-and-clinical-response-in-patients-with-hpv-positive-vulvar-intraepithelial-neoplasia
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Sanne Samuels, A Marijne Heeren, Henry J M A A Zijlmans, Marij J P Welters, Joost H van den Berg, Daisy Philips, Pia Kvistborg, Ilina Ehsan, Suzy M E Scholl, Bastiaan Nuijen, Ton N M Schumacher, Marc van Beurden, Ekaterina S Jordanova, John B A G Haanen, Sjoerd H van der Burg, Gemma G Kenter
BACKGROUND: Usual type vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (uVIN) is caused by HPV, predominantly type 16. Several forms of HPV immunotherapy have been studied, however, clinical results could be improved. A novel intradermal administration route, termed DNA tattooing, is superior in animal models, and was tested for the first time in humans with a HPV16 E7 DNA vaccine (TTFC-E7SH). METHODS: The trial was designed to test safety, immunogenicity, and clinical response of TTFC-E7SH in twelve HPV16(+) uVIN patients...
April 27, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448594/novel-in-natural-infection-subdominant-hiv-1-cd8-t-cell-epitopes-revealed-in-human-recipients-of-conserved-region-t-cell-vaccines
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Nicola Borthwick, Zhansong Lin, Tomohiro Akahoshi, Anuska Llano, Sandra Silva-Arrieta, Tina Ahmed, Lucy Dorrell, Christian Brander, Hayato Murakoshi, Masafumi Takiguchi, Tomáš Hanke
BACKGROUND: Fine definition of targeted CD8+ T-cell epitopes and their human leucocyte antigen (HLA) class I restriction informs iterative improvements of HIV-1 T-cell vaccine designs and may predict early vaccine success or failure. Here, lymphocytes from volunteers, who had received candidate HIVconsv vaccines expressing conserved sub-protein regions of HIV-1, were used to define the optimum-length target epitopes and their HLA restriction. In HIV-1-positive patients, CD8+ T-cell responses predominantly recognize immunodominant, but hypervariable and therefore less protective epitopes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435676/understanding-cd8-t-cell-responses-toward-the-native-and-alternate-hla-a-02-01-restricted-wt1-epitope
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Thi Ho Nguyen, Amabel Cl Tan, Sue D Xiang, Anne Goubier, Kim L Harland, E Bridie Clemens, Magdalena Plebanski, Katherine Kedzierska
The Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1) antigen is expressed in solid and hematological malignancies, but not healthy tissues, making it a promising target for cancer immunotherapies. Immunodominant WT1 epitopes, the native HLA-A2/WT1126-134 (RMFPNAPYL) (HLA-A2/RMFPNAPYL epitope (WT1A)) and its modified variant YMFPNAPYL (HLA-A2/YMFPNAPYL epitope (WT1B)), can induce WT1-specific CD8(+) T cells, although WT1B is more stably bound to HLA-A*02:01. Here, to further determine the benefits of those two targets, we assessed the naive precursor frequencies; immunogenicity and cross-reactivity of CD8(+) T cells directed toward these two WT1 epitopes...
March 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418988/hiv-specific-cd8-t-cells-producing-ccl-4-are-associated-with-worse-immune-reconstitution-during-chronic-infection
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Rita Casetti, Carmela Pinnetti, Alessandra Sacchi, Gabriele De Simone, Veronica Bordoni, Eleonora Cimini, Nicola Tumino, Francesca Besi, Domenico Viola, Federica Turchi, Valentina Mazzotta, Andrea Antinori, Federico Martini, Adriana Ammassari, Chiara Agrati
BACKGROUND: Immunological non response represents the Achilles heel in the combination antiretroviral treatment (cART) effectiveness, and increases risk of clinical events and death. CD8 T cells play a crucial role in controlling HIV replication and polyfunctional HIV-specific CD8 T cells have been associated with non-progressive HIV infection. However, the possible role of polyfunctional CD8 T cells in predicting post-treatment immune reconstitution has not yet been explored. The aim of this study was to identify functional markers predictive of immunological response to cART in chronic HIV-infected patients...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388249/natural-killer-cell-subsets-and-their-functional-activity-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
#15
Fulya Cosan, Esin Aktas Cetin, Nilgun Akdeniz, Zeliha Emrence, Ayse Cefle, Gunnur Deniz
BACKGROUND: Behçet's disease (BD) is a rare, chronic autoinflammatory disorder of unknown origin. Natural killer (NK) cells are one of the major immunoregulatory cell groups of the innate immune system, but their role in BD pathogenesis is not well documented. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the role of NK cell subsets and their cytokine secretion and cytotoxic activity in patients with BD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study group consisted of BD patients who had only mucocutaneous involvement, and they were compared with healthy subjects...
April 7, 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383105/enhancement-of-cytokine-driven-nk-cell-ifn-%C3%AE-production-after-vaccination-of-hcmv-infected-africans
#16
Alansana Darboe, Ebrima Danso, Ed Clarke, Ama Umesi, Ebrima Touray, Rita Wegmuller, Sophie E Moore, Eleanor M Riley, Martin R Goodier
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection drives the phenotypic and functional differentiation of NK cells, thereby influencing the responses of these cells after vaccination. NK cell functional differentiation is particularly advanced in African populations with universal exposure to HCMV. To investigate the impact of advanced differentiation on vaccine-induced responses, we studied NK-cell function before and after vaccination with Trivalent Influenza Vaccine (TIV) or diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, inactivated poliovirus vaccine (DTPiP) in Africans with universal, lifelong HCMV exposure...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373665/polyfunctional-natural-killer-cells-with-a-low-activation-profile-in-response-to-toll-like-receptor-3-activation-in-hiv-1-exposed-seronegative-subjects
#17
Josenilson F Lima, Luanda M S Oliveira, Nátalli Z Pereira, Alberto J S Duarte, Maria N Sato
Natural killer (NK) cells are the main mediator of the cytotoxic response in innate immunity and may be involved in resistance to HIV-1 infection in exposed seronegative (ESN) individuals. Toll-like receptor (TLR) signalling is crucial for NK cell activation. Here, we investigated the polyfunctional NK cell response to TLR3 activation in serodiscordant couples. ESN subjects showed increased IFN-γ and CD107a expression in both NK subsets, CD56(bright) and CD56(dim) cells, in response to stimulation with a TLR3 agonist, while expression was impaired in the HIV-1-infected partners...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342224/interleukin-18-activates-vg9vd2-t-cells-from-hiv-individuals-recovering-the-response-to-phosphoantigen
#18
Alanna S Murday, Suchita Chaudhry, C David Pauza
OBJECTIVE: Identify an immunoregulatory factor that restores the phosphoantigen response of Vg9Vd2+ T cells from HIV+ individuals on antiretroviral therapy. DESIGN: Characterize the effects of IL-18 on proliferation and effector function in Vg9Vd2 T cells from HIV-negative individuals. Test whether exogenous IL-18 reconstitutes the Vg9Vd2 T cell response to phosphoantigen from HIV-positive donors. METHODS: The Vg9Vd2 T cells from HIV-negative individuals respond strongly to phosphoantigen or aminobisphosphonate stimulation of PBMC, while cells with similar T cell receptor profiles from HIV+ individuals only respond to aminobisphosphonate...
March 25, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328926/frequency-and-role-of-nkp46-and-nkg2a-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Teppei Yoshioka, Tomohide Tatsumi, Takuya Miyagi, Kaori Mukai, Kumiko Nishio, Akira Nishio, Yoshinobu Yokoyama, Takahiro Suda, Tadashi Kegasawa, Minoru Shigekawa, Hayato Hikita, Ryotaro Sakamori, Tetsuo Takehara
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Natural Killer (NK) cells are involved in the control of viral infection. However, the role of NK cells in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains unclear. This study investigated the frequencies and roles of NK cells in CHB, with a focus on activating receptor NKp46 and inhibitory receptor NKG2A. PATIENTS/METHOD: Peripheral blood lymphocytes were obtained from 71 CHB patients and 37 healthy subjects (HS). The expressions of NKp46 and NKG2A were analyzed using flow cytometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317093/non-neutralizing-epitopes-induce-robust-hcv-specific-antibody-dependent-cd56-nk-cell-responses-in-chronic-hcv-infected-patients
#20
Lu Long, Manxue Jia, Xueying Fan, Hua Liang, Jiahua Wang, Liyan Zhu, Zhe Xie, Tao Shen
NK cell-mediated antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (NK-ADCC) is of considerable interest in viral infection. However, little is known about NK-ADCC responses in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. In this study, impaired nonspecific antibody-dependent CD56(+) NK cell responses were observed in chronic HCV infection, as shown by decreased degranulation (extracellular CD107a expression) and IFN-γ production in response to antibody-bound P815 cells. A peptide pool composed of epitopes recognized by anti-HCV-E1/E2 antibodies could induce pronounced HCV-specific antibody-dependent NK cell responses in sera from approximately half of the chronic HCV carriers...
March 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
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