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Chihiro Fujii, Takayuki Kondo, Hirofumi Ochi, Yoichiro Okada, Yuichiro Hashi, Tetsuya Adachi, Masaharu Shin-Ya, Sadayuki Matsumoto, Ryosuke Takahashi, Masanori Nakagawa, Toshiki Mizuno
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a T cell-mediated autoimmune disease. Fingolimod, a highly effective disease-modifying drug for MS, retains CCR7(+) central memory T cells in which autoaggressive T cells putatively exist, in secondary lymphoid organs, although relapse may still occur in some patients. Here, we analyzed the T cell phenotypes of fingolimod-treated, fingolimod-untreated patients, and healthy subjects. The frequency of CD56(+) T cells and granzyme B-, perforin-, and Fas ligand-positive T cells significantly increased during fingolimod treatment...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mahzad Akbarpour, Abdelnaby Khalyfa, Zhuanghong Qiao, Alex Gileles-Hillel, Isaac Almendros, Ramon Farré, David Gozal
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The presence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in patients with cancer appears to be accompanied by poorer outcomes. However, the mechanisms underlying such association are unknown. Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), including CD8+ T cells, function as cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), and mount immune responses to cancer by the release of cytolytic enzymes, including granzyme B (GzmB), perforin (Prf) and cytokines such as interferon (IFN)-γ. METHODS: Using established in vivo mouse models, we investigated CD8+ T cells and cancer stem cells (CSC) in intermittent hypoxia (IH) and sleep fragmentation (SF) in the context of tumor environment...
October 10, 2016: Sleep
Guojun Zhang, Mingkai Xu, Huiwen Zhang, Yubo Song, Jian Wang, Chenggang Zhang
Staphylococcal enterotoxin C2 (SEC2), a member of bacterial superantigen, is one of the most potent known activators of T lymphocytes. With this property, SEC2 has already been used in clinic as a tumor immunotherapy agent in China. To increase the antitumor activity, a SEC2 mutant named ST-4 (GKVTG102-106WWH) with amino acid substitutions in T cell receptor (TCR)-binding domain was generated by site-directed mutagenesis, and the molecular mechanism of the enhanced antitumor activity was investigated. Results showed that ST-4 could activate much more Vβ 8...
October 11, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Andreas Schneider, Michael Blatzer, Wilfried Posch, Ralf Schubert, Cornelia Lass-Flörl, Stanislaw Schmidt, Thomas Lehrnbecher
Natural Killer (NK) cells are active against Aspergillus fumigatus, which in turn is able to impair the host defense. Unfortunately, little is known on the mutual interaction of NK cells and A. fumigatus. We coincubated human NK cells with A. fumigatus hyphae and assessed the gene expression and protein concentration of selected molecules. We found that A. fumigatus up-regulates the gene expression of pro-inflammatory molecules in NK cells, but inhibited the release of these molecules resulting in intracellular accumulation and limited extracellular availability...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Gillian M Griffiths
Many cells of the myeloid lineage use an unusual secretory organelle to deliver their effector mechanisms. In these cells, the lysosomal compartment is often modified not only to fulfill the degradative functions of a lysosome but also as a mechanism for secreting additional proteins that are found in the lysosomes of each specialized cell type. These extra proteins vary from one cell type to another according to the specialized function of the cell. For example, mast cells package histamine; cytotoxic T cells express perforin; azurophilic granules in neutrophils express antimicrobial peptides, and platelets von Willebrand factor...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Jing Li, Lanzhu Yue, Huaquan Wang, Chunyan Liu, Hui Liu, Jinglian Tao, Weiwei Qi, Yihao Wang, Wei Zhang, Rong Fu, Zonghong Shao
Th17 cells are a newly found subset of distinct CD4+ Th effector cells' family and are found to play an important role in cancers. Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a common malignant hematological disease. Here, we showed that both the percentage and the function of Th17 cells were elevated in low-risk MDS while being decreased in high-risk MDS. Levels of upstream molecules of Th17 cells, IL-6 and IL-23, were higher in low-risk MDS but lower in high-risk MDS patients. The abnormal percentage of Th17 cells was closely related to clinical parameters including karyotype, morphologic blast percentage of bone marrow, peripheral absolute neutrophil count, and hemoglobin concentration...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Brodie Miles, Shannon M Miller, Joy M Folkvord, David N Levy, Eva G Rakasz, Pamela J Skinner, Elizabeth Connick
During chronic HIV infection, viral replication is concentrated in secondary lymphoid follicles. Cytotoxic CD8 T cells control HIV replication in extrafollicular regions, but not in the follicle. Here, we show CXCR5hiCD44hiCD8 T cells are a regulatory subset differing from conventional CD8 T cells, and constitute the majority of CD8 T cells in the follicle. This subset, CD8 follicular regulatory T cells (CD8 TFR), expand in chronic SIV infection, exhibit enhanced expression of Tim-3 and IL-10, and express less perforin compared to conventional CD8 T cells...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Xiao-Ping Wang, Qiao-Xia Wang, Huan-Ping Lin, Bing Xu, Qian Zhao, Kun Chen
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is a marker of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and serves as a target for immunotherapy. However, current treatments targeting AFP are not reproducible and do not provide complete protection against cancer. This issue may be solved by developing novel therapeutic vaccines with enhanced immunogenicity that could effectively target AFP-expressing tumors. In this study, we report construction of a therapeutic peptide vaccine by linking heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) functional peptide to the AFP epitope to obtain HSP70-P/AFP-P...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Satoshi Fukunaga, Miho Sogame, Masaki Hata, Suthitar Singkaravanit-Ogawa, Mariola Piślewska-Bednarek, Mariko Onozawa-Komori, Takumi Nishiuchi, Kei Hiruma, Hiromasa Saitoh, Ryohei Terauchi, Saeko Kitakura, Yoshihiro Inoue, Paweł Bednarek, Paul Schulze-Lefert, Yoshitaka Takano
Plant immune responses triggered upon recognition of microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) typically restrict pathogen growth without a host cell death response. We isolated two Arabidopsis mutants, derived from accession Col-0, that activate cell death upon inoculation with nonadapted fungal pathogens. Notably, the mutants trigger cell death also when treated with bacterial MAMPs such as flg22. Positional cloning identified NSL1 (Necrotic Spotted Lesion 1) as a responsible gene for the phenotype of the two mutants, whereas nsl1 mutations of the accession No-0 result in necrotic lesion formation without pathogen inoculation...
October 6, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Hongxia Yan, Xianglian Hou, Tianhang Li, Li Zhao, Xiaozhou Yuan, Hongjun Fu, Ruijie Zhu
Metastatic melanoma is a rapidly progressing disease with high mortality rate and limited treatment options. Immunotherapy based on tumor-targeting cytotoxic T cell responses represents a promising strategy. To assist in its development, we examined the possibility and efficacy of using CD4(+) cytotoxic T cells. The regulatory mechanisms controlling CD4(+) T cell-mediated cytotoxicity were also investigated. We found that naturally occurring granzyme B and perforin-expressing CD4(+) cytotoxic T cells can be recovered from metastatic melanoma patients at significantly elevated frequencies compared to those from healthy controls...
October 5, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Cynthia Machado Cascabulho, Daniela Gois Beghini, Marcelo Meuser-Batista, Carmen Penido, Andrea Henriques-Pons
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a fatal X-linked disorder caused by mutations in the dystrophin gene that lead to degeneration of skeletal and cardiac muscles and to chronic inflammation. Despite the importance of γδ T cells in many diseases, this cellular subpopulation has not been described in DMD patients or in mdx mice, a widely used mouse model for studying DMD. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to evaluate the migration of γδ T cells to the cardiac muscle of mdx mice and to characterize their phenotype and functional activity...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Shengbin Li, Joy M Folkvord, Eva G Rakasz, Hadia M Abdelaal, Reece K Wagstaff, Katalin J Kovacs, Hyeon O Kim, Ryoko Sawahata, Samantha MaWhinney, David Masopust, Elizabeth Connick, Pamela J Skinner
: HIV- and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)-specific CD8(+) T cells are typically largely excluded from lymphoid B cell follicles where HIV- and SIV-producing cells are most highly concentrated, indicating that B cell follicles are somewhat of an immune privileged site. To gain insights into virus-specific follicular CD8(+) T cells, we determined the location and phenotype of follicular SIV-specific CD8(+) T cells in situ, the local relationship of these cells to Foxp3(+) cells, and effects of CD8 depletion on levels of follicular SIV-producing cells in chronically SIV infected rhesus macaques...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Virology
Li-Chan Yang, Ching-Yi Lai, Wen-Chuan Lin
This study investigated the effects of a type II arabinogalactan from Anoectochilus formosanus (AGAF) on natural killer (NK) cell-mediated cytotoxicity and the possible underlying mechanisms. This study reported that sustained exposure to AGAF increased NK-92MI cell-mediated cytotoxicity in a time- and concentration-dependent manner, as characterized according to the cellular lactic dehydrogenase leakage from K562 leukemia cells. Additionally, antibody neutralization studies have reported that interferon (IFN)-γ, but not perforin or tumor necrosis factor-α, released by NK-92MI NK cells is crucial in enhancing cytotoxicity through an autocrine loop...
January 2, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
Javad Hashemi, Sameereh Hashemi-Najafabadi, Ebrahim Vasheghani-Farahani
In this study, a method is proposed to reduce immunological response of immune system against Langerhans islets by PEGylation of islets combined with adjuvant therapy. For this purpose, the best composition for a mixture of succinimidyl valeric acid activated mPEG (mPEG-SVA) with different molecular weights (MWs) and for a mixture of succinimidyl carbonate activated mPEG (mPEG-SC) with different MWs was determined separately. Then, the effect of pentoxifylline (PTX) as an adjuvant drug on immunological response against PEGylated islets at best mPEG composition was studied...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
Liqin Liu, Chia-Ying K Lam, Vatana Long, Lusiana Widjaja, Yinhua Yang, Hua Li, Linda Jin, Steve Burke, Sergey Gorlatov, Jennifer Brown, Ralph Alderson, Margaret D Lewis, Jeffrey L Nordstrom, Scott Koenig, Paul A Moore, Syd Johnson, Ezio Bonvini
PURPOSE: CD19, a B-cell lineage-specific marker, is highly represented in B-cell malignancies and an attractive target for therapeutic interventions. MGD011 is a CD19 x CD3 Dual-Affinity Re-Targeting (DART®) protein designed to redirect T lymphocytes to eliminate CD19-expressing cells. MGD011 has been engineered with a modified human Fc domain for improved pharmacokinetic (PK) properties and designed to cross-react with the corresponding antigens in cynomolgus monkeys. Here we report on the preclinical activity, safety and PK properties of MGD011...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
C Mee Ling Munier, David van Bockel, Michelle Bailey, Susanna Ip, Yin Xu, Sheilajen Alcantara, Sue Min Liu, Gareth Denyer, Warren Kaplan, Kazuo Suzuki, Nathan Croft, Anthony Purcell, David Tscharke, David A Cooper, Stephen J Kent, John J Zaunders, Anthony D Kelleher
BACKGROUND: Smallpox was eradicated by a global program of inoculation with Vaccinia virus (VV). Robust VV-specific CD4 T-cell responses during primary infection are likely essential to controlling VV replication. Although there is increasing interest in cytolytic CD4 T-cells across many viral infections, the importance of these cells during acute VV infection is unclear. METHODS: We undertook a detailed functional and genetic characterization of CD4 T-cells during acute VV-infection of humans...
October 17, 2016: Vaccine
Katarina M Mirjačić Martinović, Nada Lj Babović, Radan R Džodić, Vladimir B Jurišić, Aleksandra Z Ninković, Gordana M Konjević
Considering tumor-mediated suppression of natural killer (NK) cells, the aim of this study was to investigate the in-vitro effects of interleukin (IL)-2 and IL-12, as immunostimulatory cytokines, on the functional and receptor characteristics of NK cells and their subsets in healthy control (HC) and metastatic melanoma (MM) patients. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 27 HC and 35 MM patients were stimulated in vitro with IL-2, IL-12, and their combination for functional and phenotypic analysis. IL-2, IL-12, and primarily their combination, significantly induced NK cell activity, CD107a degranulation marker, and perforin expression in NK cells and their subsets in HC and MM patients...
September 10, 2016: Melanoma Research
Mohammed S Chaudhry, Kimberly C Gilmour, Imran G House, Mark Layton, Nicki Panoskaltsis, Mamta Sohal, Joseph A Trapani, Ilia Voskoboinik
Perforin, a pore-forming toxin released from secretory granules of NK cells and CTLs, is essential for their cytotoxic activity against infected or cancerous target cells. Bi-allelic loss-of-function mutations in the perforin gene are invariably associated with a fatal immunoregulatory disorder, familial haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis type 2 (FHL2), in infants. More recently, it has also been recognized that partial loss of perforin function can cause disease in later life, including delayed onset FHL2 and haematological malignancies...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Veit Bücklein, Tina Adunka, Anna N Mendler, Rolf Issels, Marion Subklewe, Jan C Schmollinger, Elfriede Noessner
Immunotherapy is currently investigated as treatment option in many types of cancer. So far, results from clinical trials have demonstrated that significant benefit from immunomodulatory therapies is restricted to patients with select histologies. To broaden the potential use of these therapies, a deeper understanding for mechanisms of immunosuppression in patients with cancer is needed. Soft-tissue sarcoma (STS) presents a medical challenge with significant mortality even after multimodal treatment. We investigated function and immunophenotype of peripheral natural killer (NK) cells from chemotherapy-naive STS patients (1st line) and STS patients with progression or relapse after previous chemotherapeutic treatment (2nd line)...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Jiali Zhang, Jing Xu, Rong-Xin Zhang, Yi Zhang, Qing-Jian Ou, Jin-Qing Li, Ze-Zhou Jiang, Xiao-Jun Wu, Yu-Jing Fang, Limin Zheng
PURPOSE: CD169 was first identified on macrophages (Mϕ) and linked to antigen presentation. Here, we showed CD169 expression on some CD8(+) T lymphocytes in regional lymph nodes (LNs) and investigated the function and clinical relevance of CD169(+)CD8(+) T cells in tumor-draining LNs of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Fresh tumor-draining LN tissues from 39 randomly enrolled patients were assessed by flow cytometry for activation and differentiation of CD169(+)CD8(+) T cells and T cell-mediated killing of tumor cells...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
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