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J M Greene, P Dash, S Roy, C McMurtrey, W Awad, J S Reed, K B Hammond, S Abdulhaqq, H L Wu, B J Burwitz, B F Roth, D W Morrow, J C Ford, G Xu, J Y Bae, H Crank, A W Legasse, T H Dang, H Y Greenaway, M Kurniawan, M C Gold, M J Harriff, D A Lewinsohn, B S Park, M K Axthelm, J J Stanton, S G Hansen, L J Picker, V Venturi, W Hildebrand, P G Thomas, D M Lewinsohn, E J Adams, J B Sacha
Studies on mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAITs) in nonhuman primates (NHP), a physiologically relevant model of human immunity, are handicapped due to a lack of macaque MAIT-specific reagents. Here we show that while MR1 ligand-contact residues are conserved between human and multiple NHP species, three T-cell receptor contact-residue mutations in NHP MR1 diminish binding of human MR1 tetramers to macaque MAITs. Construction of naturally loaded macaque MR1 tetramers facilitated identification and characterization of macaque MR1-binding ligands and MAITs, both of which mirrored their human counterparts...
October 19, 2016: Mucosal Immunology
Robert K Whittaker, Harry S Hothi, Antti Eskelinen, Gordon W Blunn, John A Skinner, Alister J Hart
Material loss from the head-stem taper junction of total hip arthroplasty (THA) is implicated in adverse reactions to metal debris (ARMD); the mechanisms for this are multi-factorial. We investigated the relationship between the roughness of the 'as manufactured' taper surface and the wear rate from this junction. 50 retrieved Pinnacle metal-on-metal (MOM) bearings paired with a Corail stem were included in the study. Multivariable statistical analysis was performed to determine the influence of taper roughness on material loss rate after controlling for other confounding surgical, implant and patient factors...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Eli Eikefjord, Erling Andersen, Erlend Hodneland, Erik A Hanson, Steven Sourbron, Einar Svarstad, Arvid Lundervold, Jarle T Rørvik
BACKGROUND: High repeatability, accuracy, and precision for renal function measurements need to be achieved to establish renal dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) as a clinically useful diagnostic tool. PURPOSE: To investigate the repeatability, accuracy, and precision of DCE-MRI measured renal perfusion and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) using iohexol-GFR as the reference method. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty healthy non-smoking volunteers underwent repeated DCE-MRI and an iohexol-GFR within a period of 10 days...
September 30, 2016: Acta Radiologica
Hui-Fern Koay, Nicholas A Gherardin, Anselm Enders, Liyen Loh, Laura K Mackay, Catarina F Almeida, Brendan E Russ, Claudia A Nold-Petry, Marcel F Nold, Sammy Bedoui, Zhenjun Chen, Alexandra J Corbett, Sidonia B G Eckle, Bronwyn Meehan, Yves d'Udekem, Igor E Konstantinov, Martha Lappas, Ligong Liu, Chris C Goodnow, David P Fairlie, Jamie Rossjohn, Mark M Chong, Katherine Kedzierska, Stuart P Berzins, Gabrielle T Belz, James McCluskey, Adam P Uldrich, Dale I Godfrey, Daniel G Pellicci
Mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAIT cells) detect microbial vitamin B2 derivatives presented by the antigen-presenting molecule MR1. Here we defined three developmental stages and checkpoints for the MAIT cell lineage in humans and mice. Stage 1 and stage 2 MAIT cells predominated in thymus, while stage 3 cells progressively increased in abundance extrathymically. Transition through each checkpoint was regulated by MR1, whereas the final checkpoint that generated mature functional MAIT cells was controlled by multiple factors, including the transcription factor PLZF and microbial colonization...
September 26, 2016: Nature Immunology
Emily B Wong, Thumbi Ndung'u, Victoria O Kasprowicz
Mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are donor-unrestricted lymphocytes that are surprisingly abundant in humans, representing 1-10% of circulating T cells and further enriched in mucosal tissues. MAIT cells recognize and are activated by small molecule ligands produced by microbes and presented by MR1, a highly conserved MHC-related antigen presenting protein that is ubiquitously expressed in human cells. Increasing evidence suggests that MAIT cells play a protective role in anti-bacterial immunity at mucosal interfaces...
September 16, 2016: Immunology
Alka Khaitan, Max Kilberg, Adam Kravietz, Tiina Ilmet, Cihan Tastan, Mussa Mwamzuka, Fatma Marshed, Mengling Liu, Aabid Ahmed, William Borkowsky, Derya Unutmaz
Mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAIT) are innate T cells restricted by major histocompatibility related molecule 1 (MR1) presenting riboflavin metabolite ligands derived from microbes. Specificity to riboflavin metabolites confers MAIT cells a broad array of host-protective activity against gram-negative and -positive bacteria, mycobacteria, and fungal pathogens. MAIT cells are present at low levels in the peripheral blood of neonates and gradually expand to relatively abundant levels during childhood...
2016: PloS One
Erin W Meermeier, Bruno F Laugel, Andrew K Sewell, Alexandra J Corbett, Jamie Rossjohn, James McCluskey, Melanie J Harriff, Tamera Franks, Marielle C Gold, David M Lewinsohn
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are thought to detect microbial antigens presented by the HLA-Ib molecule MR1 through the exclusive use of a TRAV1-2-containing TCRα. Here we use MR1 tetramer staining and ex vivo analysis with mycobacteria-infected MR1-deficient cells to demonstrate the presence of functional human MR1-restricted T cells that lack TRAV1-2. We characterize an MR1-restricted clone that expresses the TRAV12-2 TCRα, which lacks residues previously shown to be critical for MR1-antigen recognition...
2016: Nature Communications
Eun Jeong Won, Jae Kyun Ju, Young-Nan Cho, Hye-Mi Jin, Ki-Jeong Park, Tae-Jong Kim, Yong-Soo Kwon, Hae Jin Kee, Jung-Chul Kim, Seung-Jung Kee, Yong-Wook Park
Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are an antimicrobial MR1-restricted T cell subset and play an important role in immune defense response to bacteria. However, little is known about the role of MAIT cells in cancer. The aims of this study were to examine the level and function of MAIT cells in cancer patients and to evaluate the clinical relevance of MAIT cell levels. Ninety-nine patients with cancer and 20 healthy controls were included in this study. Circulating MAIT cell levels were significantly reduced in patients with mucosal-associated cancers (MACs), such as gastric, colon and lung cancers, but their capacities for IFN-γ, IL-17, or TNF-α production were preserved...
August 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Deniz Cizmeci, Emma L Dempster, Olivia L Champion, Sariqa Wagley, Ozgur E Akman, Joann L Prior, Orkun S Soyer, Jonathan Mill, Richard W Titball
The potential for epigenetic changes in host cells following microbial infection has been widely suggested, but few examples have been reported. We assessed genome-wide patterns of DNA methylation in human macrophage-like U937 cells following infection with Burkholderia pseudomallei, an intracellular bacterial pathogen and the causative agent of human melioidosis. Our analyses revealed significant changes in host cell DNA methylation, at multiple CpG sites in the host cell genome, following infection. Infection induced differentially methylated probes (iDMPs) showing the greatest changes in DNA methylation were found to be in the vicinity of genes involved in inflammatory responses, intracellular signalling, apoptosis and pathogen-induced signalling...
2016: Scientific Reports
Dirk M Zajonc, Martin F Flajnik
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August 2016: Immunogenetics
Peter Reinink, Ildiko Van Rhijn
All higher vertebrates share the fundamental components of the adaptive immune system: the B cell receptor, the T cell receptor, and classical MHC proteins. At a more detailed level, their immune systems vary considerably, especially with respect to the non-polymorphic MHC class I-like proteins. In mammals, the CD1 family of lipid-presenting proteins is encoded by clusters of genes of widely divergent sizes and compositions. Another MHC class I-like protein, MR1, is typically encoded by a single gene that is highly conserved among species...
August 2016: Immunogenetics
Keiichiro Hashimoto
The moment of MR1 discovery is described. The MR1 gene is the first and the last reported human MHC-related gene intentionally isolated from the human genome composed of three billion base pairs. Evolutionary considerations formed the basis of its isolation. Some details surrounding the moment and some retrospective descriptions with various kinds of encounters are also included.
August 2016: Immunogenetics
S Harsha Krovi, Laurent Gapin
Polymorphic major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules play a central role in the vertebrate adaptive immune system. By presenting short peptides derived from pathogen-derived proteins, these "classical" MHC molecules can alert the T cell branch of the immune system of infected cells and clear the pathogen. There exist other "non-classical" MHC molecules, which while similar in structure to classical MHC proteins, are contrasted by their limited polymorphism. While the functions of many class Ib MHC molecules have still to be elucidated, the nature and diversity of antigens (if any) that some of them might present to the immune system is expected to be more restricted and might function as another approach to distinguish self from non-self...
August 2016: Immunogenetics
Hong Ma, Nuria Marti Gutierrez, Robert Morey, Crystal Van Dyken, Eunju Kang, Tomonari Hayama, Yeonmi Lee, Ying Li, Rebecca Tippner-Hedges, Don P Wolf, Louise C Laurent, Shoukhrat Mitalipov
Vertebrate cells carry two different genomes, nuclear (nDNA) and mitochondrial (mtDNA), both encoding proteins involved in oxidative phosphorylation. Because of the extensive interactions, adaptive coevolution of the two genomes must occur to ensure normal mitochondrial function. To investigate whether incompatibilities between these two genomes could contribute to interspecies reproductive barriers, we performed reciprocal mtDNA replacement (MR) in zygotes between widely divergent Mus m. domesticus (B6) and conplastic Mus m...
August 9, 2016: Cell Metabolism
M Kerkhof, R E Hagenbeek, B F W van der Kallen, G J Lycklama À Nijeholt, L Dirven, M J B Taphoorn, M J Vos
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has limited value for differentiation of true tumor progression and pseudoprogression in treated glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Perfusion weighted imaging (PWI) may be helpful in the differentiation of these two phenomena. Here interobserver variability in routine radiological evaluation of GBM patients is assessed using MRI, including PWI. METHODS: Three experienced neuroradiologists evaluated MR scans of 28 GBM patients during temozolomide chemoradiotherapy at three time points: preoperative (MR1) and postoperative (MR2) MR scan and the follow-up MR scan after three cycles of adjuvant temozolomide (MR3)...
October 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Stanislas Mondot, Pierre Boudinot, Olivier Lantz
MAIT cells express an invariant TCR that recognizes non-peptidic microbial antigens presented by the non-polymorphic MHCI-like molecule, MR1. We briefly describe how the antigens recognized by MAIT cells are generated from an unstable precursor of the riboflavin (Vitamin B2) biosynthesis pathway, as well as the main features of MAIT cells in comparison with other related T cell subsets. In silico analysis of bacterial genomes shows that the riboflavin biosynthesis pathway is highly prevalent in all groups of Prokaryotes with, however, notable exceptions...
August 2016: Immunogenetics
Katarzyna Franciszkiewicz, Marion Salou, Francois Legoux, Qian Zhou, Yue Cui, Stéphanie Bessoles, Olivier Lantz
The MHC-related 1, MR1, molecule presents a new class of microbial antigens (derivatives of the riboflavin [Vitamin B2] biosynthesis pathway) to mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells. This raises many questions regarding antigens loading and intracellular trafficking of the MR1/ligand complexes. The MR1/MAIT field is also important because MAIT cells are very abundant in humans and their frequency is modified in many infectious and non-infectious diseases. Both MR1 and the invariant TCRα chain expressed by MAIT cells are strikingly conserved among species, indicating important functions...
July 2016: Immunological Reviews
Bruno Laugel, Angharad Lloyd, Erin W Meermeier, Michael D Crowther, Thomas R Connor, Garry Dolton, John J Miles, Scott R Burrows, Marielle C Gold, David M Lewinsohn, Andrew K Sewell
The nonclassical HLA molecule MHC-related protein 1 (MR1) presents metabolites of the vitamin B synthesis pathways to mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells and other MR1-restricted T cells. This new class of Ags represents a variation on the classical paradigm of self/non-self discrimination because these T cells are activated through their TCR by small organic compounds generated during microbial vitamin B2 synthesis. Beyond the fundamental significance, the invariant nature of MR1 across the human population is a tantalizing feature for the potential development of universal immune therapeutic and diagnostic tools...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Hong Xu, Xin Xiao Zheng, Wensheng Zhang, Yiming Huang, Suzanne T Ildstad
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulin-cytokine fusion molecules have been shown to be the new generation of immunomodulating agents in transplantation tolerance induction. In the present study, we tested whether immunoregulatory cytokine fusion proteins of IL-10/Fc, TGF-β/Fc, or IL-2/Fc would enhance allogeneic bone marrow cell (BMC) engraftment and promote tolerance induction. METHODS: B6 (H2) mice were conditioned with anti-CD154 (MR1) and rapamycin (Rapa) plus 100 cGy total body irradiation (MR1/Rapa/100 cGy) and transplanted with allogeneic B10...
June 14, 2016: Transplantation
Julia Hengst, Benedikt Strunz, Katja Deterding, Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, Edwin Leeansyah, Michael P Manns, Markus Cornberg, Johan K Sandberg, Heiner Wedemeyer, Niklas K Björkström
Immune exhaustion is a hallmark of chronic viral infections. However, pathogen eradication can result in reinvigorated immune responses. Indeed, this was recently suggested for antigen-specific CD8(+) T cells and NK cells in HCV-infected patients receiving an interferon-free treatment regimen. Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are evolutionarily conserved innate-like effector T cells. Here, we show that MAIT cells are severely diminished in frequency in chronic HCV-infection, and in this regard the most affected immune cell type in peripheral blood of humans with this disease...
September 2016: European Journal of Immunology
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