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tertiary lymphoid organ

Anne M Stowman, Alexandra W Hickman, Ileana S Mauldin, Adela Mahmutovic, Alejandro A Gru, Craig L Slingluff
Desmoplastic melanomas (DM) have unique and challenging clinical presentations and histomorphology. A characteristic feature is the presence of scattered lymphoid aggregates. However, the nature of these aggregates is not defined. We hypothesized that they may be tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS), and may be associated with programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression. We searched our tissue database for 'pure' DMs and for scars as control tissues, collected clinical information, and reviewed H&E histology...
March 13, 2018: Melanoma Research
David G Hill, Liang Yu, Hugh Gao, Jesse J Balic, Alison West, Hiroko Oshima, Louise McLeod, Masanobu Oshima, Awen Gallimore, Kimberley D'Costa, Prithi S Bhathal, William Sievert, Richard L Ferrero, Brendan J Jenkins, Gareth W Jones
Tertiary lymphoid structures (TLSs) display phenotypic and functional characteristics of secondary lymphoid organs, and often develop in tissues affected by chronic inflammation, as well as in certain inflammation-associated cancers where they are prognostic of improved patient survival. However, the mechanisms that govern the development of tumour-associated TLSs remain ill-defined. Here, we observed tumour-associated TLSs in a preclinical mouse model (gp130F/F ) of gastric cancer, where tumourigenesis is dependent on hyperactive STAT3 signalling through the common IL-6 family signalling receptor, gp130...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Mathilde Small, Isabelle Treilleux, Coline Couillault, Daniel Pissaloux, Géraldine Picard, Sandrine Paindavoine, Valery Attignon, Qing Wang, Véronique Rogemond, Stéphanie Lay, Isabelle Ray-Coquard, Jacobus Pfisterer, Florence Joly, Andreas Du Bois, Dimitri Psimaras, Nathalie Bendriss-Vermare, Christophe Caux, Bertrand Dubois, Jérôme Honnorat, Virginie Desestret
Paraneoplastic cerebellar degenerations with anti-Yo antibodies (Yo-PCD) are rare syndromes caused by an auto-immune response against neuronal antigens (Ags) expressed by tumor cells. However, the mechanisms responsible for such immune tolerance breakdown are unknown. We characterized 26 ovarian carcinomas associated with Yo-PCD for their tumor immune contexture and genetic status of the 2 onconeural Yo-Ags, CDR2 and CDR2L. Yo-PCD tumors differed from the 116 control tumors by more abundant T and B cells infiltration occasionally organized in tertiary lymphoid structures harboring CDR2L protein deposits...
January 3, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
Jawaher Alsughayyir, Gavin J Pettigrew, Reza Motallebzadeh
Tertiary lymphoid organs (TLOs) develop at ectopic sites within chronically inflamed tissues, such as in autoimmunity and rejecting organ allografts. TLOs differ structurally from canonical secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs), in that they lack a mantle zone and are not encapsulated, suggesting that they may provide unique immune function. A notable feature of TLOs is the frequent presence of structures typical of germinal centers (GCs). However, little is known about the role of such GCs, and in particular, it is not clear if the B cell response within is autonomous, or whether it synergizes with concurrent responses in SLOs...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Cinzia Solinas, Soizic Garaud, Pushpamali De Silva, Anaïs Boisson, Gert Van den Eynden, Alexandre de Wind, Paolo Risso, Joel Rodrigues Vitória, François Richard, Edoardo Migliori, Grégory Noël, Hugues Duvillier, Ligia Craciun, Isabelle Veys, Ahmad Awada, Vincent Detours, Denis Larsimont, Martine Piccart-Gebhart, Karen Willard-Gallo
There is an exponentially growing interest in targeting immune checkpoint molecules in breast cancer (BC), particularly in the triple-negative subtype where unmet treatment needs remain. This study was designed to analyze the expression, localization, and prognostic role of PD-1, PD-L1, PD-L2, CTLA-4, LAG3, and TIM3 in primary BC. Gene expression analysis using the METABRIC microarray dataset found that all six immune checkpoint molecules are highly expressed in basal-like and HER2-enriched compared to the other BC molecular subtypes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Madhuri Koti, Amanda Shou Xu, Kevin Yi Mi Ren, Kash Visram, Runhan Ren, David M Berman, D Robert Siemens
Background: Urothelial bladder cancer (UBC) is a highly prevalent disease in North America, however its optimal management remains elusive. The contribution of B cell associated responses is poorly understood in bladder cancer. Lymphoid neogenesis is a hallmark of an active immune response at tumor sites that sometimes leads to formation of tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS) that resemble germinal centers formed in secondary lymphoid organs. Objective: This study was conducted with an aim to investigate the presence and characteristics of TLS in UBC with a focus to compare and contrast the TLS formation in treatment naive low grade non-muscle invasive (NMIBC) and muscle invasive bladder cancers (MIBC)...
October 27, 2017: Bladder Cancer
Mélanie A Cron, Solène Maillard, José Villegas, Frédérique Truffault, Muriel Sudres, Nadine Dragin, Sonia Berrih-Aknin, Rozen Le Panse
It has long been established that the thymus plays a central role in autoimmune myasthenia gravis (MG) because of either thymoma or thymic hyperplasia of lymphoproliferative origin. In this review, we discuss thymic changes associated with thymic hyperplasia and their implications in the development of an autoimmune response against the acetylcholine receptor (AChR).The hyperplastic MG thymus displays all the characteristics of tertiary lymphoid organs (TLOs): neoangiogenic processes with high endothelial venule and lymphatic vessel development, chemokine overexpression favoring peripheral cell recruitment, and ectopic germinal center development...
January 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Naomi I Maria, Anne Davidson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to review the characteristics of renal macrophages and dendritic cells during homeostasis and disease, with a particular focus on lupus nephritis. RECENT FINDINGS: Resident renal macrophages derive from embryonic sources and are long-lived and self-renewing; they are also replaced from the bone marrow with age. The unique characteristics of macrophages in each tissue are imposed by the microenvironment and reinforced by epigenetic modifications...
November 9, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
Jamie Glancy Bizzell, Gresham T Richter, Charles M Bower, Gail L Woods, Abby R Nolder
OBJECTIVE: To review histopathologic diagnoses from tonsillectomy specimens and determine whether routine pathologic exam is necessary. METHODS: Pathology reports of patients undergoing tonsillectomy from 2005 to 2014 at our pediatric tertiary care hospital were reviewed. Histopathologic diagnoses were recorded with special attention to identification of malignancy. RESULTS: A total of 8807 paired tonsil specimens were sent to pathology over a 10-year course...
November 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Mohammadreza Akhavanpoor, Christian A Gleissner, Hamidreza Akhavanpoor, Felix Lasitschka, Andreas O Doesch, Hugo A Katus, Christian Erbel
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the arterial wall. Adjacent to lamina intima lesion progression, a cellular compound develops in the lamina adventitia, defined as tertiary lymphoid organs (TLO) in mice. But in human system, it remains unknown whether these adventitial cellular accumulations represent these highly organized immunological structures. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this study, we investigated whether the adventitial cellular compounds represent TLOs in 72 human coronary artery samples by immunoenzyme staining...
September 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Marieke Robinet, Bérengère Villeret, Solène Maillard, Mélanie A Cron, Sonia Berrih-Aknin, Rozen Le Panse
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease mediated by autoantibodies against the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) at the neuromuscular junction. MG symptoms are characterized by muscle weaknesses. The thymus of MG patients is very often abnormal and possesses all the characteristics of tertiary lymphoid organs such as neoangiogenesis processes, overexpression of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, and infiltration of B lymphocytes leading to ectopic germinal center (GC) development. We previously demonstrated that injections of mice with polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid [Poly(I:C)], a synthetic double-stranded RNA mimicking viral infection, induce thymic changes and trigger MG symptoms...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
George S Stoyanov, Martina Kitanova, Deyan L Dzhenkov, Peter Ghenev, Nikolay Sapundzhiev
Introduction Head and neck cancer (HNC) comprises a diverse group of oncological entities, originating from various tissue types and organ localizations, situated in the topographical regions of the head and neck (H&N). This single institution retrospective study was aimed at establishing the HNC patient demographics and categorizing the individual incidence of H&N malignancies, regarding their organ of origin and main histopathological type. Materials and methods All histologically verified cases of HNC from a single tertiary referral center were reviewed in a descriptive retrospective manner...
July 2, 2017: Curēus
Masaru Suzuki, Marc A Sze, Joshua D Campbell, John F Brothers, Marc E Lenburg, John E McDonough, W Mark Elliott, Joel D Cooper, Avrum Spira, James C Hogg
The introduction of microCT has made it possible to show that the terminal bronchioles are narrowed and destroyed before the onset of emphysematous destruction in COPD. This report extends those observations to the cellular and molecular level in the centrilobular phenotype of emphysematous destruction in lungs donated by persons with very severe COPD (n = 4) treated by lung transplantation with unused donor lungs (n = 4) serving as controls. These lung specimens provided companion samples to those previously examined by microCT (n = 61) that we examined using quantitative histology (n = 61) and gene expression profiling (n = 48)...
August 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jie-Gang Yang, Yan-Fang Sun, Ke-Fei He, Jian-Gang Ren, Zhuo-Jue Liu, Bing Liu, Wei Zhang, Yi-Fang Zhao
Formation of inflammation-related tertiary lymphoid organs promotes human lymphatic malformation (LM) development. However, the role of lymphotoxins (LTs) and LT-related inducible ligand, the crucial mediators for tertiary lymphoid organ formation, is undetermined in LMs. Herein, we show that LTs and LT-related inducible ligand promote LM development by enhancing lymphatic endothelial cell (LEC) proliferation via activating NF-κB pathways. The expression of LTs and their receptors was increased in LMs, especially the infected ones, when compared with normal skins...
November 2017: American Journal of Pathology
Emmanuel Briend, G John Ferguson, Michiko Mori, Gautam Damera, Katherine Stephenson, Natasha A Karp, Sanjay Sethi, Christine K Ward, Matthew A Sleeman, Jonas S Erjefält, Donna K Finch
BACKGROUND: Increased interferon gamma (IFNγ) release occurs in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) lungs. IFNγ supports optimal viral clearance, but if dysregulated could increase lung tissue destruction. METHODS: The present study investigates which mediators most closely correlate with IFNγ in sputum in stable and exacerbating disease, and seeks to shed light on the spatial requirements for innate production of IFNγ, as reported in mouse lymph nodes, to observe whether such microenvironmental cellular organisation is relevant to IFNγ production in COPD lung...
August 22, 2017: Respiratory Research
Gitta M Seleznik, Theresia Reding, Lukas Peter, Anurag Gupta, Sabrina G Steiner, Sabrina Sonda, Caroline S Verbeke, Emmanuel Dejardin, Igor Khatkov, Stephan Segerer, Mathias Heikenwalder, Rolf Graf
OBJECTIVE: Chronic pancreatitis (CP) and autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) are characterised by different inflammatory processes. If pancreatic inflammation is a prerequisite for autoimmunity is still unclear. AIP is considered mostly a T cell-mediated disease; however, in induction of CP, macrophages play a pivotal role. p21-a member of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors-can influence inflammatory processes, in particular can regulate T cell activation and promote macrophage development...
August 3, 2017: Gut
Kathrin Bail, Quirin Notz, Damiano M Rovituso, Andrea Schampel, Marie Wunsch, Tobias Koeniger, Verena Schropp, Richa Bharti, Claus-Juergen Scholz, Konrad U Foerstner, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Stefanie Kuerten
BACKGROUND: MP4-induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS), which enables targeted research on B cells, currently much discussed protagonists in MS pathogenesis. Here, we used this model to study the impact of the S1P1 receptor modulator FTY720 (fingolimod) on the autoreactive B cell and antibody response both in the periphery and the central nervous system (CNS). METHODS: MP4-immunized mice were treated orally with FTY720 for 30 days at the peak of disease or 50 days after EAE onset...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Xia Liu, Julia Y S Tsang, Thazin Hlaing, Jintao Hu, Yun-Bi Ni, Siu Ki Chan, Sai Yin Cheung, Gary M Tse
BACKGROUND: The presence of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) is associated with favorable prognosis. Recent evidence suggested that not only their density, but also the spatial organization as tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS), play a key role in determining patient survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a cohort of 248 breast cancers, the clinicopathologic association and prognostic role of TLS was examined. RESULTS: Tertiary lymphoid structures were associated with higher tumor grade, apocrine phenotype, necrosis, extensive in situ component, lymphovascular invasion (LVI), and high TIL...
November 2017: Oncologist
Chie Sakimura, Hiroaki Tanaka, Takahiro Okuno, Soichiro Hiramatsu, Kazuya Muguruma, Kosei Hirakawa, Hideki Wanibuchi, Masaichi Ohira
BACKGROUND: The role of tumor-infiltrating B cells in the tumor microenvironment is still unclear. Recent studies have reported that B cells and tertiary lymphoid structures (TLSs) that contain B cell follicles correlate with the favorable prognosis of cancer patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between tumor-infiltrating B cells and clinicopathological features in gastric cancer. METHODS: Tumor blocks were obtained from 226 patients with stage Ib to stage IV gastric cancer...
July 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
Aliyah M Weinstein, Lu Chen, Emily A Brzana, Prashanti R Patil, Jennifer L Taylor, Kellsye L Fabian, Callen T Wallace, Sabrina D Jones, Simon C Watkins, Binfeng Lu, David F Stroncek, Timothy L Denning, Yang-Xin Fu, Peter A Cohen, Walter J Storkus
We have previously reported that direct injection of dendritic cells (DC) engineered to express the Type-1 transactivator Tbet (i.e., DC.Tbet) into murine tumors results in antitumor efficacy in association with the development of structures resembling tertiary lymphoid organs (TLO) in the tumor microenvironment (TME). These TLO contained robust infiltrates of B cells, DC, NK cells, and T cells in proximity to PNAd(+) blood vessels; however, they were considered incomplete, since the recruited B cells failed to organize into classic germinal center-like structures...
2017: Oncoimmunology
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