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Julian Clauß, Matthias Obenaus, Csaba Miskey, Zoltán Ivics, Zsuzsanna Izsvák, Wolfgang Uckert, Mario Bunse
Transposon-based vectors have entered clinical trials as an alternative to viral vectors for genetic engineering of T cells. However, transposon vectors require DNA transfection into T cells which we found to cause adverse effects. T cell viability was decreased in a dose-dependent manner and DNA-transfected T cells showed a delayed response upon T cell receptor (TCR) stimulation with regard to blast formation, proliferation and surface expression of CD25 and CD28. Gene expression analysis demonstrated a DNA-dependent induction of a type I interferon response and IFN-β upregulation...
March 21, 2018: Human Gene Therapy
Z H Lin, H Liu, L Zhu, X Yang, Y P Zhang, J Qian, H Y Liu
Objective: To explore the effects and possible mechanism of rapamycin (RAPA) on apoptosis of CD4+ CD25+ Tregs from the mouse severe aplastic anemia (SAA) model. Methods: The BALB/c female SAA model mice were induced by interferon-gamma in combination with busulphan. The SAA model mice were intraperitoneal injection with RAPA at daily dose of 0.5 mg/kg for 5 days (the RAPA-treated group, n =15) in the SAA group ( n =15) and the un-treated group ( n =15) were control. Bone marrow hematopoiesis changes were observed by the patho-morphological examination of femurs...
March 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Mads N Olesen, Josefine R Christiansen, Steen Vang Petersen, Poul Henning Jensen, Wojciech Paslawski, Marina Romero-Ramos, Vanesa Sanchez-Guajardo
We have previously shown that immunological processes in the brain during α-synuclein-induced neurodegeneration vary depending on the presence or absence of cell death. This suggests that the immune system is able to react differently to the different stages of α-synuclein pathology. However, it was unclear whether these immune changes were governed by brain processes or by a direct immune response to α-synuclein modifications. We have herein locally increased the peripheral concentration of α-synuclein or its pathology-associated variants, nitrated or fibrillar, to characterize the modulation of the CD4 T cell pool by α-synuclein and brain microglia in the absence of any α-synuclein brain pathology...
January 2018: Heliyon
Baoren Zhang, Yi Liu, Xu Lan, Xiaoxi Xu, Xiaoning Zhang, Xiang Li, Yiming Zhao, Guang Li, Caigan Du, Shanzheng Lu, Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by chronic inflammation of colon. It is commonly believed that the imbalance of immune system and overwhelming production of cytokines are involved in the pathogenesis of UC. Recent studies demonstrated that interleukin-35 (IL-35), a key player in the regulation of inflammation, has been identified as potential therapeutic target to treat UC. However, conventional intravenous administration is costly and inconvenient...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Henrieta Fraser, Niloufar Safinia, Nathali Grageda, Sarah Thirkell, Katie Lowe, Laura J Fry, Cristiano Scottá, Andrew Hope, Christopher Fisher, Rachel Hilton, David Game, Paul Harden, Andrew Bushell, Kathryn Wood, Robert I Lechler, Giovanna Lombardi
The concept of regulatory T cell (Treg)-based immunotherapy has enormous potential for facilitating tolerance in autoimmunity and transplantation. Clinical translation of Treg cell therapy requires production processes that satisfy the rigors of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. In this regard, we report our findings on the implementation of a robust GMP compliant process for the ex vivo expansion of clinical grade Tregs, demonstrating the feasibility of this developed process for the manufacture of a final product for clinical application...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
You Sun, De-Li Zhao, Zi-Xuan Liu, Xue-Hui Sun, Yang Li
Objective: Investigated the correlation of nuclear factor-κB, regulatory cells and transforming growth factor-β with rheumatoid arthritis. Methods: Included 65 cases of RA patients admitted in our hospital from June 2015 to December 2016 into case group, and included 50 healthy people into control group during the same period. Collected the peripheral detection of nuclear factor-κB, regulatory cells and transforming growth factor beta levels, and compared them between two groups. Results: The percentage of CD4+ , CD25+ T cells in the case group was significantly lower than that in the control group ( P  < ...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Zhi-Wei Lai, Ryan Kelly, Thomas Winans, Ivan Marchena, Ashwini Shadakshari, Julie Yu, Maha Dawood, Ricardo Garcia, Hajra Tily, Lisa Francis, Stephen V Faraone, Paul E Phillips, Andras Perl
BACKGROUND: Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus have T-cell dysfunction that has been attributed to the activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). Rapamycin inhibits antigen-induced T-cell proliferation and has been developed as a medication under the generic designation of sirolimus. We assessed safety, tolerance, and efficacy of sirolimus in a prospective, biomarker-driven, open-label clinical trial. METHODS: We did a single-arm, open-label, phase 1/2 trial of sirolimus in patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus disease unresponsive to, or intolerant of, conventional medications at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY, USA)...
March 15, 2018: Lancet
Li-Mei Qu, Shu-Hua Wang, Kun Yang, David R Brigstock, Li Sun, Run-Ping Gao
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of drug-induced autoimmune hepatitis (DIAIH) and its differentiation from idiopathic autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is challenging. This study aimed to differentiate DIAIH from AIH by comparing the biochemical changes, histological features, and frequencies of CD4+ Foxp3+ CD25+/- regulatory T cells (Tregs) in liver tissues or peripheral blood lymphocytes. METHODS: A total of 15 DIAIH patients and 24 AIH patients who underwent liver biopsies at initial presentation were enrolled in this study...
February 19, 2018: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
K M Okoniewska, A E Kedzierska, J Okoniewski, A Slawek, K Grzymajlo, A Chelmonska-Soyta, T Grabowski
Epitopes of regulatory T cells (tregitopes) represent linear sequences of amino acids that induce CD4+ CD25+ Foxp3+ T lymphocytes expansion both in vitro and in vivo. The tregitopes' effectiveness was confirmed in autoimmune disease mouse models and in murine transplant models. Therefore, tregitopes together with regulatory T cells (Tregs) could play a major role in maintaining immune tolerance. The purpose of the presented study was a selection of potential tregitopes and assessment of their impact on Tregs expansion...
December 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Meng-Meng Li, Wen-Jing Zhang, Jia Liu, Ming-Yue Li, Yan-Fang Zhang, Yan-Xiong, Shu-E Xiong, Cong-Cong Zou, Lei-Qun Xiong, Bo-Yun Liang, Meng-Ji Lu, Dong-Liang Yang, Cheng Peng, Xin Zheng
OBJECTIVE: Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging infectious disease with high mortality. T-cell deficiency was recently described, but the changes in T-cell functionality during acute SFTS viral (SFTSV) infection and the mechanisms leading to T-lymphocyte death remain largely unknown. This study was conducted to evaluate T-cell functionality and the expression of apoptotic/proliferation and activation/inhibition markers during acute SFTSV infection. METHODS: Twenty-eight surviving SFTS patients were sequentially sampled during their entire hospital stay...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
José María Martínez-González, María Martín-Ares, Natalia Martínez-Rodríguez, Cristina Barona-Dorado, Javier Sanz-Alonso, Jorge Cortés-Bretón-Brinkmann, Javier Ata-Ali
OBJECTIVE: The present split-mouth prospective study involves an immunohistochemical evaluation of peri-implant soft tissue healing after the osseointegration period, comparing submerged and transmucosal approaches using two-piece implant systems. The null hypothesis was that both surgical procedures elicit a similar immune response of the peri-implant soft tissues. DESIGN: Thirty-one healthy patients were included in this study, in which two implants were placed in the right and left maxillary pre-molar regions...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
Yaowarin Nakornpakdee, Rasana W Sermswan, Santi Maneewatchararangsri, Surasakdi Wongratanacheewin
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease caused by the Leptospira interrogans. The hamster is considered a susceptible host while the mouse is resistant. The knowledge of hamster T cell immunity is limited compared to the mouse. The reason why the hamster and the mouse give different responses to leptospires remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To determine the differential responses of CD4+ T cells between hamsters and mice using Leptospira interrogans as an infectious model...
March 12, 2018: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
Agata Schramm-Luc, Jolanta Schramm, Mateusz Siedliński, Tomasz J Guzik, Bogdan Batko
Younger age is a predictor of good clinical response to treatment with tumour necrosis factor (TNF) α inhibitors in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients; therefore, the aim of the study was to determine age-related differences in cellular functions, which can predict the response. High disease activity AS patients were treated with TNFα inhibitors for 12 weeks. Based on the percentage of Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) improvement, patients were divided into responding or non-responding groups...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Yulin Chen, Jie Wu, Jiajia Wang, Wenjing Zhang, Bohui Xu, Xiaojun Xu, Li Zong
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The intestinal immune system is an ideal target to induce immune tolerance physiologically. However, the efficiency of oral protein antigen delivery is limited by degradation of the antigen in the gastrointestinal tract and poor uptake by antigen-presenting cells. Gut dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen-presenting cells that are prone to inducing antigen-specific immune tolerance. In this study, we delivered the antigen heat shock protein 65-6×P277 (H6P) directly to the gut DCs of NOD mice through oral vaccination with H6P-loaded targeting nanoparticles (NPs), and investigated the ability of this antigen to induce immune tolerance to prevent autoimmune diabetes in NOD mice...
March 15, 2018: Diabetologia
Peijuan Wang, Yan Lu, Si Chen, Yue Chen, Chunping Hu, Yawei Zuo
Autoimmune abnormality is one of the main causes of premature ovarian failure (POF). Bu Shen Huo Xue formula (BSHXF), a traditional Chinese medicine formula, has been clinically used for the treatment of patients with POF in China. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are important in the pathogenesis of autoimmune POF. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the immunoprotective effects of BSHXF on POF and the underlying mechanisms. An experimental autoimmune POF model was induced in B6AF1 mice with zona pellucida 3 (ZP3) fragments...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Zhaodong Li, Ludovica F Buttó, Kristine-Anne Buela, Li-Guo Jia, Minh Lam, John D Ward, Theresa T Pizarro, Fabio Cominelli
Death receptor 3 (DR3), a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily, has been implicated in regulating T-helper type-1 (TH 1), type-2 (TH 2), and type-17 (TH 17) responses as well as regulatory T cell (Treg ) and innate lymphoid cell (ILC) functions during immune-mediated diseases. However, the role of DR3 in controlling lymphocyte functions in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is not fully understood. Recent studies have shown that activation of DR3 signaling modulates Treg expansion suggesting that stimulation of DR3 represents a potential therapeutic target in human inflammatory diseases, including Crohn's disease (CD)...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Keiichi Koizumi, Minako Hoshiai, Nobuyuki Katsumata, Takako Toda, Hiroaki Kise, Yohei Hasebe, Yosuke Kono, Yuto Sunaga, Masashi Yoshizawa, Atsushi Watanabe, Keiko Kagami, Masako Abe, Kanji Sugita
BACKGROUND: The effect of infliximab (IFX) on immune cells has not been fully reported in Kawasaki disease (KD). To investigate the mechanism of IFX in KD, we examined changes in the abundance of CD14+ CD16+ activated monocytes, regulatory T cells (Treg ), and T-helper cell type 17 (Th17) cells following treatment with IFX. METHODS: We collected peripheral blood from patients with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)-resistant KD and analyzed the absolute counts of CD14+ CD16+ monocytes, Treg cells (CD4+ CD25+ FOXP3+ ) and Th17 cells (CD4+ IL-17A+ ) by flow cytometry...
March 15, 2018: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Lucía Fernández, Alejandra Leivas, Jaime Valentín, Adela Escudero, Dolores Corral, Raquel de Paz, Maria Vela, David Bueno, Rebeca Rodríguez, Juan Manuel Torres, Mariana Díaz-Almirón, Eduardo López-Collazo, Joaquin Martinez-Lopez, Antonio Pérez-Martínez
BACKGROUND: Cancer immunotherapy involving natural killer (NK) cells has gained interest. Here we report two methods to obtain interleukin (IL)-15-activated NK cells for clinical use. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: IL-15-activated NK cell products were obtained after 1) enrichment from healthy haploidentical donors' peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMNCs) collected by nonmobilized apheresis by a two-step magnetic procedure, depletion of CD3+ cells followed by selection of CD56+ cells and ex vivo overnight stimulation with IL-15 (NKIL15); and 2) expansion using the K562-mb15-41BBL cell line (NKAE), from autologous PBMNCs from patients with multiple myeloma or expansion from healthy haploidentical PBMNCs obtained from whole blood using the same previous cell line...
March 14, 2018: Transfusion
Min Yang, Li Su, Qin Tao, Chenxi Zhang, Yueyue Wu, Jun Liu
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (HT) is a common organ-specific autoimmune disorder associated with a high incidence, and insulin resistance is highly related to autoimmune. Here, we examined the insulin sensitivity in HT patients and found decreased insulin sensitivity occurred in HT patients. To explore the relationship between impaired insulin sensitivity and immune status, we established HT model mice which showed similar pathological features and immune features to HT patients. In HT model mice, reinfusion of regulatory T cells (Tregs) from peripheral blood of normal mice could improve insulin sensitivity and decrease the inflammation...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Qi Qian-Qian, Wang Xiao-Fan, Zhang Li-Na, Dong Li-Yang, Zhu Ji-Feng, Chen Xiao-Jun, Xu Zhi-Peng, Li Ya-Lin, Liu Feng, Zhou Sha, Su Chuan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the possible mechanisms by which Schistosoma japonicum heat shock protein 60 (SjH-SP60) enhances CD4+ CD25+ regulatory T cell (Treg) immunosuppressive function. METHODS: An in vitro method was used to investigate the effect of SjHSP60 on Treg immunosuppressive activity. Co-cultures in transwells and in vitro suppression assay were performed to investigate how SjHSP60 enhanced the immunosuppressive function of Tregs. Intracellular cytokine staining combined with flow cytometry was used to detect Treg-expressing IL-10 and TGF-β, and flow cytometry was also used to analyze the expressions of Foxp3 and CTLA-4 in Tregs...
February 1, 2018: Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Schistosomiasis Control
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