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Sreya Bagchi, Sha Li, Chyung-Ru Wang
Adoptive immunotherapy for cancer treatment is an emerging field of study. Till now, several tumor-derived, peptide-specific T cell responses have been harnessed for treating cancers. However, the contribution of lipid-specific T cells in tumor immunity has been understudied. CD1 molecules, which present self- and foreign lipid antigens to T cells, are divided into group 1 (CD1a, CD1b, and CD1c) and group 2 (CD1d). Although the role of CD1d-restricted natural killer T cells (NKT) in several tumor models has been well established, the contribution of group 1 CD1-restricted T cells in tumor immunity remains obscure due to the lack of group 1 CD1 expression in mice...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Naveen Surendran, Ted Nicolosi, Michael Pichichero
We recently identified a population of 10% of infants who respond with sub-protective antibody levels to most routine primary pediatric vaccinations due to altered innate and adaptive immune responses. We term these infants as low vaccine responders (LVRs). Here we report new data showing that TLR7/8 agonist - R848 stimulation of PBMCs of LVR infants elicit significantly lower IFN-α, IL-12p70 and IL-1β, while inducing higher levels of CCL5 (RANTES) compared to normal vaccine responder (NVR) infants.
October 13, 2016: Vaccine
Anna Pomerenke, Simon R Lea, Sarah Herrick, Mark A Lindsay, Dave Singh
PURPOSE: Viruses are a common cause of exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They activate toll-like receptors (TLRs) 3, 7, and 8, leading to a pro-inflammatory response. We have characterized the responses of TLR3 and TLR7/8 in lung tissue explants from COPD patients and control smokers. METHODS: We prepared lung whole tissue explants (WTEs) from patients undergoing surgery for confirmed or suspected lung cancer. In order to mimic the conditions of viral infection, we used poly(I:C) for TLR3 stimulation and R848 for TLR7/8 stimulation...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Diana M Giraldo, Juan C Hernandez, Silvio Urcuqui-Inchima
Neutrophils are key effector cells of the innate immune system and are involved in the host defense against invading pathogens such as viruses. Recently, it was reported that HIV-1-neutrophil interaction triggers neutrophil activation and promotes expression of Toll-like receptors (TLRs). Here, we assessed the role of single-stranded RNA40 (ssRNA40) derived from HIV-1 in neutrophil activation. We observed functional activation of neutrophils in response to HIV-1-derived ssRNA40 based on the expression of TLR7/8, RIG-I, and MDA5, induction of cytokines (IL-6 and TNF-α), and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
October 7, 2016: Immunologic Research
Yan Wang, Jingxia Zhao, Tingting Di, Mingxing Wang, Zhitong Ruan, Lu Zhang, Xiangjiang Xie, Yujiao Meng, Yan Lin, Xin Liu, Ning Wang, Ping Li
β,β-dimethylacryloyl alkannin (DMA) is a key component of Lithospermum and possesses good efficacy for treating psoriasis. DMA inhibits activated dendritic cells (DCs), but the mechanism is unknown. Therefore, this study aimed to explore the modulation of the TLR7/8 pathway by DMA in psoriasis-activated DCs. Models of psoriasis-like skin lesions were established using BALB/c mice; 8 mice were treated with DMA (2.5mg/kg). Bone marrow cells were isolated and induced into DCs using R848, a TLR7/8 agonist. Splenic CD11c+ cells were detected by flow cytometry...
September 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Xuefeng Wang, Li Li, Jun Wang, Liyang Dong, Yang Shu, Yong Liang, Liang Shi, Chengcheng Xu, Yuepeng Zhou, Yi Wang, Deyu Chen, Chaoming Mao
Helminth-derived products have recently been shown to prevent the development of inflammatory diseases in mouse models. However, most identified immunomodulators from helminthes are mixtures or macromolecules with potentially immunogenic side effects. We previously identified an immunomodulatory peptide called SJMHE1 from the HSP60 protein of Schistosoma japonicum. In this study, we assessed the ability of SJMHE1 to affect murine splenocytes and human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated by toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands in vitro and its treatment effect on mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA)...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
A Głobińska, M Pawełczyk, A Piechota-Polańczyk, A Olszewska-Ziąber, S Moskwa, A Mikołajczyk, A Jabłońska, P Zakrzewski, M Brauncajs, M Jarzębska, S Taka, N G Papadopoulos, M L Kowalski
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assess the immune response to parainfluenza virus type 3 (PIV3), rhinovirus 1B (RV1B) and intracellular Toll-like receptors (TLR) agonists in nasal epithelial cells (NECs) from patients with allergic rhinitis and healthy controls. METHODS: NECs were obtained from 8 patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) and 11 non-atopic healthy controls (HC) by nasal scraping, grown to confluence and exposed to PIV3, RV1B infection or TLR3 and TLR7/8 agonists...
September 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Valentina Salvi, Xenia Vaira, Veronica Gianello, William Vermi, Mattia Bugatti, Silvano Sozzani, Daniela Bosisio
PGE2 is a lipid mediator abundantly produced in inflamed tissues that exerts relevant immunoregulatory functions. Dendritic cells (DCs) are key players in the onset and shaping of the inflammatory and immune responses and, as such, are well known PGE2 targets. By contrast, the precise role of human DCs in the production of PGE2 is poorly characterized. Here, we asked whether different ligands of Toll-like receptors (TLRs), a relevant family of pathogen-sensing receptors, could induce PGE2 in human DCs. The only active ligands were LPS (TLR4 ligand) and R848 (TLR7-8 ligand) although all TLRs, but TLR9, were expressed and functional...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Zorica Stojić-Vukanić, Biljana Bufan, Ivan Pilipović, Ivana Vujnović, Mirjana Nacka-Aleksić, Raisa Petrović, Nevena Arsenović-Ranin, Gordana Leposavić
: There are little data on modulatory effects of estrogens on rat dendritic cell (DC) responses to inflammatory stimuli, and consequently their ability to activate and polarize CD4+ T lymphocyte-mediated immune responses. Splenic conventional DCs from young female Albino Oxford rats were activated in vitro with LPS (TLR4 agonist) or R848 (TLR7/8 agonist) in the presence and absence of 17β-estradiol (E2), and their allostimulatory and CD4+ lymphocyte polarizing ability in mixed leukocyte culture (MLC) were studied...
September 9, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Valerio Chiurchiù, Alessandro Leuti, Maria Teresa Cencioni, Maria Albanese, Marco De Bardi, Tiziana Bisogno, Diego Centonze, Luca Battistini, Mauro Maccarrone
Monocytes are believed to be involved in the immunopathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). The aim of this study was to investigate their role in MS and their immunomodulation by the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a novel target for the treatment of this disease. We compared the level of cytokine production from monocytes in healthy subjects and MS patients upon stimulation with viral or bacterial Toll-like receptors (TLR) and we evaluated the ECS immunomodulatory role in these cells. Here we show that MS monocytes produced more TNF-α, IL-12 and IL-6 following activation of TLR2/4 with LPS or of TLR5 with flagellin, as opposed to TLR7/8 stimulation with R848...
September 8, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Jaewoo Lee, Li Xu, Tyler M Gibson, Charles A Gersbach, Bruce A Sullenger
Transfection with in vitro transcribed mRNAs is a safe and effective tool to convert somatic cells to any cell type of interest. One caveat of mRNA transfection is that mRNAs are recognized by multiple RNA-sensing toll like receptors (TLRs). These TLRs can both promote and inhibit cellular reprogramming. We demonstrated that mRNA transfection stimulated TLR3 and TLR7 and induced cytotoxicity and IFN-β expression in human and mouse fibroblasts. Furthermore, mRNA transfection induced paracrine inhibition of repeated mRNA transfection through type I IFNs...
September 23, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Benjamin Krämer, Claudia Finnemann, Beatriz Sastre, Philipp Lutz, Andreas Glässner, Franziska Wolter, Felix Goeser, Pavlos Kokordelis, Dominik Kaczmarek, Hans-Dieter Nischalke, Christian P Strassburg, Ulrich Spengler, Jacob Nattermann
BACKGROUND: Immuno-genetic studies suggest a functional link between NK cells and λ-IFNs. We recently showed that NK cells are negative for the IFN-λ receptor IFN-λR1 and do not respond to IFN-λ, suggesting a rather indirect association between IL-28B genotype and NK cell activity. METHODS: A total of 75 HCV(+) patients and 67 healthy controls were enrolled into this study. IL-28B (rs12979860) and IFNL-4 (rs368234815) genotypes were determined by rtPCR. Total PBMC, monocytes, and NK cells were stimulated with IL-29, the TLR-7/8 agonist R848, or a combination of both...
2016: PloS One
Chao Yang, Fei Liu, Shun Chen, Mingshu Wang, Renyong Jia, Dekang Zhu, Mafeng Liu, Kunfeng Sun, Qiao Yang, Ying Wu, Xiaoyue Chen, Anchun Cheng
2'-5'-oligoadenylate synthetase-like (OASL) is a kind of antiviral protein induced by interferons (IFNs), which plays an important role in the IFNs-mediated antiviral signaling pathway. In this study, we cloned and identified OASL in the Chinese goose for the first time. Goose 2'-5'-oligoadenylate synthetase-like (goOASL), including an ORF of 1527bp, encoding a protein of 508 amino acids. GoOASL protein contains 3 conserved motifs: nucleotidyltransferase (NTase) domain, 2'-5'-oligoadenylate synthetase (OAS) domain, and 2 ubiquitin-like (UBL) repeats...
September 2016: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
Xiaojing Li, Fei Liu, Xuefang Zhang, Guoping Shi, Jing Ren, Jianjian Ji, Liang Ding, Hongye Fan, Huan Dou, Yayi Hou
The increased death of macrophages has been considered as a pathogenic factor for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and dysfunction of autophagy may contribute to improper cell death. However, the effect of autophagy on macrophage during the pathogenesis of SLE is still unclear. Here we found that the death rate and autophagy level of macrophages significantly increased in MRL/lpr lupus-prone mice. Activation of toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) triggered macrophage death in an autophagy-dependent but caspase-independent way in vitro...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Michael J Primiano, Bruce A Lefker, Michael R Bowman, Andrea G Bree, Cedric Hubeau, Paul D Bonin, Matthew Mangan, Ken Dower, Brian G Monks, Leah Cushing, Stephen Wang, Julia Guzova, Aiping Jiao, Lih-Ling Lin, Eicke Latz, David Hepworth, J Perry Hall
A critical component of innate immune response to infection and tissue damage is the NACHT, LRR, and PYD domains-containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome, and this pathway and its activation products have been implicated in the pathophysiology of a variety of diseases. NLRP3 inflammasome activation leads to the cleavage of pro-IL-1β and pro-IL-18, as well as the subsequent release of biologically active IL-1β, IL-18, and other soluble mediators of inflammation. In this study, we further define the pharmacology of the previously reported NLRP3 inflammasome-selective, IL-1β processing inhibitor CP-456,773 (also known as MCC950), and we demonstrate its efficacy in two in vivo models of inflammation...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Han-Ha Chai, Dajeong Lim, Jae Eun Suk, Bong-Hwan Choi, Yong-Min Cho
In the absence of an experimental bTLR8 structure, recent studies have called attention to the fact that bTLR8 can also be activated by hTLR7/hTLR8 agonist, such as antiviral imidazoquinoline derivatives of resiquimod (R848) and imiquimod (R837) as well as some guanine nucleotide analogs with a scaffold structure related to the nucleic acids of ssRNA virus. In particular, the known small agonists (namely CL075, CL097 and R848) have been targeted to determine distinguishable deciding factors in complex with dimeric bTLR8-ECDs in comparison to ligand-induced activated hTLR8-ECDs...
November 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Sergey V Sennikov, Svetlana A Falaleeva, Nadezhda S Shkaruba, Oksana A Chumasova, Irina A Obleukhova, Aleksey E Sizikov, Vasily V Kurilin
BACKGROUND: Since dendritic cells (DC) are involved in the development of autoimmune inflammation, researchers consider DC both as target cells for specific therapy of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and as candidate cells for the development of cell-based methods to treat autoimmune diseases. The development of treatment strategies requires comprehensive research into the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of DC subtypes both ex vivo from RA patients and in vitro, to determine the possibility of inducing functionally mature DC in RA...
October 2016: Human Immunology
Yong Ding, Jun Liu, Sheng Lu, Justice Igweze, Wen Xu, Da Kuang, Chris Zealey, Daheng Liu, Alex Gregor, Ardalan Bozorgzad, Lei Zhang, Elizabeth Yue, Shariq Mujib, Mario Ostrowski, P Chen
Peptide based vaccine that incorporates one or several highly conserved CD8+ T cells epitopes to induce potent cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) response is desirable for some infectious diseases, such as HIV-1 (human immunodeficiency virus-1), and cancers. However, the CD8+ T cells epitope is often weakly immunogenic, and thus requires a specific adjuvant or delivery system to enhance the efficiency. Here we investigated the use of self-assembling peptide EAK16-II based platform to achieve the co-delivery of CD8+ T cells epitope and TLR7/8 agonists (R848 or R837) for augmenting DCs maturation and HIV-1 specific CTL response...
August 28, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Beth C Holbrook, Jong R Kim, Lance K Blevins, Matthew J Jorgensen, Nancy D Kock, Ralph B D'Agostino, S Tyler Aycock, Mallinath B Hadimani, S Bruce King, Griffith D Parks, Martha A Alexander-Miller
Influenza virus infection of neonates poses a major health concern, often resulting in severe disease and hospitalization. At present, vaccines for this at-risk population are lacking. Thus, development of an effective vaccine is an urgent need. In this study, we have used an innovative nonhuman primate neonate challenge model to test the efficacy of a novel TLR 7/8 agonist R848-conjugated influenza virus vaccine. The use of the intact virus represents a step forward in conjugate vaccine design because it provides multiple antigenic targets allowing for elicitation of a broad immune response...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Jun Xu, Michael H Lee, Marita Chakhtoura, Benjamin L Green, Kevin P Kotredes, Robert W Chain, Uma Sriram, Ana M Gamero, Stefania Gallucci
TLR-stimulated cross-presentation by conventional dendritic cells (cDCs) is important in host defense and antitumor immunity. We recently reported that cDCs lacking the type I IFN signaling molecule STAT2 are impaired in cross-presenting tumor Ags to CD8(+) T cells. To investigate how STAT2 affects cross-presentation, we determined its requirements for dendritic cell activation. In this study, we report that STAT2 is essential for the activation of murine female cDCs upon TLR3, -4, -7, and -9 stimulation. In response to various TLR ligands, Stat2(-/-) cDCs displayed reduced expression of costimulatory molecules and type I IFN-stimulated genes...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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