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SLE AND T cells

Andreas Keil, Sean R Hall, Meike Körner, Martin Herrmann, Ralph A Schmid, Steffen Frese
BACKGROUND: Since the precise mechanism for the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is unknown, no targeted therapies in addition to immunosuppression are available so far. We recently demonstrated that administration of the topoisomerase I (topo I) inhibitor irinotecan at extremely low concentrations reversed established lupus nephritis in NZB/NZW mice. While profound immunosuppression was absent, we proposed changes in DNA relaxation and anti-double-stranded (ds)DNA antibody binding as the underlying mechanism...
October 22, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Man Chu, Lai Shan Tam, Jing Zhu, Delong Jiao, De Hua Liu, Zhe Cai, Jie Dong, Christopher Wei Kai Lam, Chun Kwok Wong
The newly named interleukin (IL)-36 subfamily member IL-38 has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory activity. However, the in vivo immunomodulatory activity of IL-38 was poorly investigated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have investigated the expression of CD4(+)IL-17(+) Th17, CD4(+)IFN-γ(+) Th1 and CD3(+)CD4(-)CD8(-) double negative (DN) T cells and the related immunopathological mechanisms in female MRL/lpr mice model of spontaneous lupus-like disease, with or without IL-38 treatment. Intravenous administration of murine recombinant IL-38 into MRL/lpr mice can ameliorate the lupus-like clinical symptoms including proteinuria, leukocyteuria and skin lesions...
October 17, 2016: Immunobiology
Keshav Raj Sigdel, Lihua Duan, Yin Wang, Weiping Hu, Ning Wang, Qingyi Sun, Qingyan Liu, Xiaocong Liu, Xianghua Hou, Ao Cheng, Guixiu Shi, Yanlin Zhang
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by aberrant T cell immune response. Diffuse proliferative lupus nephritis (LN-IV) is the most common, severe, and active form of lupus nephritis. In this study, we investigated the production of Th1, Th2, and Th17 cytokines in prediction of active form of LN-IV. ProcartaPlex multiplex immunoassays panels were used for detection of serum Th1, Th2, and Th17 cytokines profiling. Th1 and Th17 cytokines (IL-18, IFN-γ, IL-12p70, IL-6, and IL-17A) were considerably expressed in the serum of lupus nephritis IV patients in comparison to the healthy control...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
E Balada, L Felip, J Ordi-Ros, M Vilardell-Tarrés
We evaluated the transcriptional expression of DUSP23 in CD4+ T cells from 30 SLE patients and 30 healthy controls. DUSP23 mRNA levels were considerably higher in the patients group: 1,490 ± 1,713 versus 294,1 ± 204,2. None association was found between DUSP23 mRNA expression and the presence of typical serological and clinical parameters associated to SLE. Meaningful statistical values were obtained in the patients group between the levels of DUSP23 and ITGAL, PRF1, and CD40L. Similarly, transcript levels of different DNA methylation-related enzymes (DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B, MBD2, and MBD4) were also positively correlated to the expression of DUSP23...
October 13, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Masayuki Mizui, George C Tsokos
Recent extensive research on interleukin-2 (IL-2)/IL-2 receptor (IL-2R) biology has revealed its critical role in the regulation of immune tolerance by influencing regulatory T (Treg) cell functions and survival. Since in vivo low-dose IL-2 administration in humans has been confirmed to be safe and effective in expanding Treg, it is likely that it may be considered for the treatment of several autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus erythematousus (SLE). A recent clinical trial demonstrated the safety and efficacy of low-dose IL-2 treatment on SLE...
November 2016: Current Rheumatology Reports
Thomas Dörner, Peter E Lipsky
New insights into the mechanisms of autoimmune diseases have been obtained not only from preclinical studies, but also from clinical trials of pan-B-cell-directed therapy. Overall, the results of these clinical trials suggest that more-specific approaches focusing on pathogenic B-cell functions, and perhaps sparing or even enhancing regulatory B-cell activity, might be attractive alternatives. Importantly, pathogenic B-cell subpopulations function within a network of cellular interactions, many of which might require additional interventions to restore immunologic balance and suppress autoimmune disease...
October 13, 2016: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
Wang-Dong Xu, Lin-Chong Su, Qi-Bing Xie, Yi Zhao, Yi Liu
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-2 inducible T-cell kinase (ITK) is expressed in T cells, and plays an important role in autoimmune inflammatory diseases through regulating the balance of Th17/Treg. However, its role in human systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remains unclear. The present study aims to measure the activation status of ITK in T cells from SLE patients and healthy controls, and identify its possible correlation to disease severity. We also discuss the serum levels of Th17, Treg related cytokines including IL-17, IL-21, IL-22, IL-10, analyzing correlation between ITK and Th17/Treg related cytokines...
October 8, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Robert W Hoffman, Joan T Merrill, Marta M E Alarcón-Riquelme, Michelle Petri, Ernst R Dow, Eric Nantz, Laura K Nisenbaum, Krista M Schroeder, Wendy J Komocsar, Narayanan B Perumal, Matthew D Linnik, David C Airey, Yushi Liu, Guilherme V Rocha, Richard E Higgs
OBJECTIVE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) has substantial unmet medical need and its pathogenesis is incompletely understood. This study characterized baseline gene expression and pharmacodynamic (PD)-induced changes in whole blood gene expression from two phase III, 52-week (W), randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind studies of 1,760 SLE patients treated with the B cell activating factor (BAFF)-blocking IgG4 monoclonal antibody, tabalumab. METHODS: Patient samples were obtained from ILLUMINATE-1 and -2 while control samples were from healthy donors...
October 9, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Alexander Puck, Stefan Hopf, Madhura Modak, Otto Majdic, Petra Cejka, Stephan Blüml, Klaus Schmetterer, Catharina Arnold-Schrauf, Jens G Gerwien, Klaus S Frederiksen, Elisabeth Thell, Judith Leitner, Peter Steinberger, Regina Aigner, Maria Seyerl-Jiresch, Gerhard J Zlabinger, Johannes Stöckl
The cytoplasmic tail of CD45 (ct-CD45) is proteolytically cleaved and released upon activation of human phagocytes. It acts on T cells as an inhibitory, cytokine-like factor in vitro. Here we show, that ct-CD45 is abundant in human peripheral blood plasma from healthy adults compared with plasma derived from umbilical cord blood and plasma from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Plasma depleted of ct-CD45 enhanced T-cell proliferation, while addition of exogenous ct-CD45 protein inhibited proliferation and reduced cytokine production of human T lymphocytes in response to TCR signaling...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Sophia Giang, Antonio La Cava
T regulatory cells (Tregs) represent a phenotypically and functionally heterogeneous group of lymphocytes that exert immunosuppressive activities on effector immune responses. Tregs play a key role in maintaining immune tolerance and homeostasis through diverse mechanisms which involve interactions with components of both the innate and adaptive immune systems. As in many autoimmune diseases, Tregs have been proposed to play a relevant role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune disease characterized by a progressive breakdown of tolerance to self-antigens and the presence of concomitant hyperactive immune responses...
November 2016: Current Rheumatology Reports
Tue Kruse Rasmussen
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are lifelong diseases with increased mortality and chronic pains. They are both characterized by immunological imbalances causing the immune system attack and destroy the bodies own tissues (called autoimmune disease). The best treatment, we are currently able to offer these patients, cause significant side-effects and can not prevent significant loss of quality of life. At the heart of the disease mechanisms in RA and SLE are subsets of immune cells called T and B cells...
October 2016: Danish Medical Journal
J K Presto, E Z Hejazi, V P Werth
Cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) is an autoimmune skin disease occurring in association with or without systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Although antimalarials are widely used as the first-line systemic agent, refractory cases may benefit from additional immunomodulators, immunosuppressives, and biologics. An interest in biological therapies for CLE has emerged in recent years due to novel insight into the pathogenesis of CLE. These targets include B cells, T cells, and cytokines that are involved in immune system pathways...
September 29, 2016: Lupus
Wan-Ling Ho, Wen-Ming Hsu, Min-Chuan Huang, Kenji Kadomatsu, Akira Nakagawara
Glycosylation is the most complex post-translational modification of proteins. Altered glycans on the tumor- and host-cell surface and in the tumor microenvironment have been identified to mediate critical events in cancer pathogenesis and progression. Tumor-associated glycan changes comprise increased branching of N-glycans, higher density of O-glycans, generation of truncated versions of normal counterparts, and generation of unusual forms of terminal structures arising from sialylation and fucosylation. The functional role of tumor-associated glycans (Tn, sTn, T, and sLe(a/x)) is dependent on the interaction with lectins...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Mohammad Reza Zamani, Saeed Aslani, Arash Salmaninejad, Mohammad Reza Javan, Nima Rezaei
Programmed death 1 (PD-1) and its ligands, namely PD-L1 and PD-L2, are one of the key factors responsible for inhibitory T cell signaling, mediating the mechanisms of tolerance and providing immune homeostasis. Mounting evidence demonstrates that impaired PD-1:PD-L function plays an important role in a variety of autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes (T1D), encephalomyelitis, inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), Behcet's disease (BD), myasthenia gravis (MG), autoimmune uveitis (AU), Sjögren's syndrome (SjS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis (SSc), myocarditis, and ankylosing spondylitis (AS)...
September 15, 2016: Cellular Immunology
Matthieu Sawaf, Hélène Dumortier, Fanny Monneaux
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by B cell hyperactivity leading to the production of autoantibodies, some of which having a deleterious effect. Reducing autoantibody production thus represents a way of controlling lupus pathogenesis, and a better understanding of the molecular and cellular factors involved in the differentiation of B cells into plasma cells could allow identifying new therapeutic targets. Follicular helper T cells (TFH) represent a distinct subset of CD4(+) T cells specialized in providing help to B cells...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
T Alexander, R Arnold, F Hiepe
Although the treatment options for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have significantly improved over the past years through the introduction of novel targeted biologic therapies, there are still some patients who suffer from refractory and potentially life-threatening courses of the disease. For these patients autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (ASCT) after immunoablative chemotherapy provides a promising treatment option with curative potential. Based on preclinical models, ASCT was first introduced in 1996 and has since been carried out in approximately 300 patients worldwide...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
Benoit Desnues, Amanda B Macedo, Diana Ordoñez-Rueda, Annie Roussel-Queval, Bernard Malissen, Pierre Bruhns, Marie Malissen, Lena Alexopoulou
The transcriptional repressor growth factor independence 1 (Gfi1) is important in myeloid and lymphoid differentiation. In the current study we evaluated the involvement of Gfi1 in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We found that Genista mice, which carry a hypomorphic mutation in the gfi1 gene or Gfi1-deficient (Gfi1(-/-) ) mice develop signs of spontaneous lupus autoimmunity, including increased serum levels of IgM and IgG2a, autoantibodies against RNA and DNA, glomerular immunodeposits and increased frequencies of plasmablasts, germinal center (GC) B cells and age-associated B cells (ABCs)...
September 7, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Edgar Ramos-Martínez, Ricardo Lascurain, Eda Patricia Tenorio, Antonio Sánchez-González, Karina Chávez-Rueda, Luis Chávez-Sánchez, Luis J Jara-Quezada, Raúl Chávez-Sánchez, Edgar Zenteno, Francisco Blanco-Favela
T cells from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) show a decreased activation threshold and increased apoptosis. These processes seem to be regulated by glycosylated molecules on the T cell surface. Here, we determined through flow cytometry the expression of mucin-type O-glycans on T helper cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from 23 SLE patients and its relation with disease activity. We used lectins specific for the disaccharide Gal-GalNAc, such as Amaranthus leucocarpus lectin (ALL), Artocarpus integrifolia lectin (jacalin) and Arachis hypogaea lectin (peanut agglutinin, PNA), as well as lectins for sialic acid such as Sambucus nigra agglutinin (SNA) and Maakia amurensis agglutinin (MAA)...
2016: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Ji Yang, Xue Yang, Hejian Zou, Ming Li
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that involves multiple organ systems. The pathogenic mechanisms that cause SLE remain unclear; however, it is well recognized that the immune balance is disturbed and that this imbalance contributes to the autoimmune symptoms of SLE. Oxidative stress represents an imbalance between the production and manifestation of reactive oxygen species and the ability of the biological system to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Andrea Doria, M Eric Gershwin, Carlo Selmi
The significant decrease in mortality rates worldwide, the increased proportion of patients achieving a durable remission, and the recent approval of a new drug after several decades are encouraging advances in the tangled history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, when data are observed more closely, the research findings on disease pathogenesis and targeted treatments have been quite misleading, as illustrated by the central role of B cells but the missed endpoints in rituximab clinical trials which are burdened by the wide variability of SLE manifestations or the ethnic determinants of disease severity...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
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