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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934595/copd-alters-immune-cell-composition-and-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-efficacy-in-nsclc
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Nicholas M Mark, Julia Kargl, Stephanie E Busch, Grace H Y Yang, Heather E Metz, Huajia Zhang, Jesse J Hubbard, Sudhakar N J Pipavath, David K Madtes, A McGarry Houghton
RATIONALE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are interrelated diseases with substantial mortality; the pathogenesis of both involves aberrant immune functioning. OBJECTIVE: To profile the immune cell composition and function in patients with NSCLC and describe the effect of COPD on lung and tumor microenvironments. METHODS: We profiled resected lung and tumor tissue using flow cytometry and T-cell receptor sequencing in patients with and without COPD from a prospective cohort of patients undergoing resection of NSCLC...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934563/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis
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Hanny Al-Samkari, Nancy Berliner
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is a life-threatening disorder characterized by unbridled activation of cytotoxic T lymphocytes, natural killer (NK) cells, and macrophages resulting in hypercytokinemia and immunemediated injury of multiple organ systems. It is seen in both children and adults and is recognized as primary (driven by underlying genetic mutations that abolish critical proteins required for normal function of cytotoxic T cells and NK cells) or secondary (resulting from a malignant, infectious, or autoimmune stimulus without an identifiable underlying genetic trigger)...
September 13, 2017: Annual Review of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934428/hiv-infected-children-have-elevated-levels-of-pd-1-memory-cd4-t-cells-with-low-proliferative-capacity-and-high-inflammatory-cytokine-effector-functions
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Julia Foldi, Lina Kozhaya, Bret McCarty, Mussa Mwamzuka, Fatma Marshed, Tiina Ilmet, Max Kilberg, Adam Kravietz, Aabid Ahmed, William Borkowsky, Derya Unutmaz, Alka Khaitan
Background: During human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease, chronic immune activation leads to T-cell exhaustion. PD-1 identifies "exhausted" CD8 T cells with impaired HIV-specific effector functions, but its role on CD4 T cells and in HIV-infected children is poorly understood. Methods: In a Kenyan cohort of vertically HIV-infected children, we measured PD-1+ CD4 T-cell frequencies and phenotype by flow cytometry and their correlation with HIV disease progression and immune activation...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934357/from-bacterial-killing-to-immune-modulation-recent-insights-into-the-functions-of-lysozyme
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REVIEW
Stephanie A Ragland, Alison K Criss
Lysozyme is a cornerstone of innate immunity. The canonical mechanism for bacterial killing by lysozyme occurs through the hydrolysis of cell wall peptidoglycan (PG). Conventional type (c-type) lysozymes are also highly cationic and can kill certain bacteria independently of PG hydrolytic activity. Reflecting the ongoing arms race between host and invading microorganisms, both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria have evolved mechanisms to thwart killing by lysozyme. In addition to its direct antimicrobial role, more recent evidence has shown that lysozyme modulates the host immune response to infection...
September 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934245/angiopoietin-like-protein-2-regulates-porphyromonas-gingivalis-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammatory-response-in-human-gingival-epithelial-cells
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Tasuku Ohno, Genta Yamamoto, Jun-Ichiro Hayashi, Eisaku Nishida, Hisashi Goto, Yasuyuki Sasaki, Takeshi Kikuchi, Mitsuo Fukuda, Yoshiaki Hasegawa, Makio Mogi, Akio Mitani
Angiopoietin-like protein 2 (ANGPTL2) maintains tissue homeostasis by inducing inflammation and angiogenesis. It is produced in infiltrating immune cells or resident cells, such as adipocytes, vascular endothelial cells, and tumor cells. We hypothesized that ANGPTL2 might play an important role as a unique mediator in both systemic and periodontal disease. We demonstrated an increased ANGPTL2 concentration in gingival crevicular fluid from chronic periodontitis patients. Porphyromonas gingivalis lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment strongly induced ANGPTL2 mRNA and protein levels in Ca9-22 human gingival epithelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934133/understanding-the-mechanism-of-translocation-of-adenylate-cyclase-toxin-across-biological-membranes
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Helena Ostolaza, César Martín, David González-Bullón, Kepa B Uribe, Asier Etxaniz
Adenylate cyclase toxin (ACT) is one of the principal virulence factors secreted by the whooping cough causative bacterium Bordetella pertussis, and it has a critical role in colonization of the respiratory tract and establishment of the disease. ACT targets phagocytes via binding to the CD11b/CD18 integrin and delivers its N-terminal adenylate cyclase (AC) domain directly to the cell cytosol, where it catalyzes unregulated conversion of cytosolic ATP into cAMP upon activation by binding to cellular calmodulin...
September 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933920/multi-tissue-transcriptomics-delineates-the-diversity-of-airway-t-cell-functions-in-asthma
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Akul Singhania, Joshua C Wallington, Caroline G Smith, Daniel Horowitz, Karl J Staples, Peter H Howarth, Stephan D Gadola, Ratko Djukanović, Christopher H Woelk, Timothy Sc Hinks
Asthma arises from the complex interplay of inflammatory pathways in diverse cell types and tissues. We sought to undertake a comprehensive transcriptomic assessment of the epithelium and airway T cells that remain understudied in asthma, and investigate interactions between multiple cells and tissues. Epithelial brushings and flow-sorted CD3+ T cells from sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage were obtained from healthy subjects (N=19) and asthmatic patients (mild, moderate and severe asthma; N=46). Gene expression was assessed using Affymetrix HT HG-U133+ PM GeneChips and results were validated by real-time quantitative PCR...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933725/integrins-and-exosomes-a-dangerous-liaison-in-cancer-progression
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REVIEW
Mayra Paolillo, Sergio Schinelli
Integrin activity and function is classically related to the bi-directional regulation of cell-extracellular matrix (ECM) contacts that regulate a number of cell pathways linked to cell adhesion, cell detachment from ECM, cell migration, and anoikis. Interestingly, emerging data continue to uncover new roles for integrins in cancer-relevant pathways, particularly concerning the regulation of immune cell activity in the tumor niche, like myeloid cell differentiation and function and, very recently, the regulation of metastatic processes by exosomes...
July 26, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933657/a-novel-immunization-approach-for-dengue-infection-based-on-conserved-t-cell-epitopes-formulated-in-calcium-phosphate-nanoparticles
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Xiaofang Huang, Aykan Karabudak, Joseph D Comber, Mohan Philip, Tulin Morcol, Ramila Philip
Dengue virus (DV) is the etiologic agent of dengue fever, the most significant mosquito-borne viral disease in humans. Most DV vaccine approaches are focused on generating antibody mediated responses; one such DV vaccine is approved for use in humans but its efficacy is limited. While it is clear that T cell responses play important role in DV infection and subsequent disease manifestations, fewer studies are aimed at developing vaccines that induce robust T cells responses. Potent T cell based vaccines require two critical components: the identification of specific T cell stimulating MHC associated peptides, and an optimized vaccine delivery vehicle capable of simultaneously delivering the antigens and any required adjuvants...
September 21, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933642/epitope-characterization-of-anti-jam-a-antibodies-using-orthogonal-mass-spectrometry-and-surface-plasmon-resonance-approaches
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Guillaume Terral, Thierry Champion, François Debaene, Olivier Colas, Maxime Bourguet, Elsa Wagner-Rousset, Nathalie Corvaia, Alain Beck, Sarah Cianferani
Junctional adhesion molecule-A (JAM-A) is an adherens and tight junction protein expressed by endothelial and epithelial cells and associated with cancer progression. We present here the extensive characterization of immune complexes involving JAM-A antigen and three monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), including hz6F4-2, a humanized version of anti-tumoral 6F4 mAb identified by a functional and proteomic approach in our laboratory. A specific workflow that combines orthogonal approaches has been designed to determine binding stoichiometries along with JAM-A epitope mapping determination at high resolution for these three mAbs...
September 21, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933059/function-and-dysfunction-of-adipose-tissue
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Paulo Matafome, Raquel Seiça
Adipose tissue is an endocrine organ which is responsible for postprandial uptake of glucose and fatty acids, consequently producing a broad range of adipokines controlling several physiological functions like appetite, insulin sensitivity and secretion, immunity, coagulation, and vascular tone, among others. Many aspects of adipose tissue pathophysiology in metabolic diseases have been described in the last years. Recent data suggest two main factors for adipose tissue dysfunction: accumulation of nonesterified fatty acids and their secondary products and hypoxia...
2017: Advances in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932937/foxn1-deficiency-from-the-discovery-to-novel-therapeutic-approaches
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REVIEW
Vera Gallo, Emilia Cirillo, Giuliana Giardino, Claudio Pignata
Since the discovery of FOXN1 deficiency, the human counterpart of the nude mouse, a growing body of evidence investigating the role of FOXN1 in thymus and skin, has been published. FOXN1 has emerged as fundamental for thymus development, function, and homeostasis, representing the master regulator of thymic epithelial and T cell development. In the skin, it also plays a pivotal role in keratinocytes and hair follicle cell differentiation, although the underlying molecular mechanisms still remain to be fully elucidated...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932817/designing-biomaterials-with-immunomodulatory-properties-for-tissue-engineering-and-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
James I Andorko, Christopher M Jewell
Recent research in the vaccine and immunotherapy fields has revealed that biomaterials have the ability to activate immune pathways, even in the absence of other immune-stimulating signals. Intriguingly, new studies reveal these responses are influenced by the physicochemical properties of the material. Nearly all of this work has been done in the vaccine and immunotherapy fields, but there is tremendous opportunity to apply this same knowledge to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. This review discusses recent findings that reveal how material properties-size, shape, chemical functionality-impact immune response, and links these changes to emerging opportunities in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine...
June 2017: Bioengineering & Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932645/intratumor-heterogeneity-of-immune-checkpoints-in-primary-renal-cell-cancer-focus-on-hla-g-ilt2-ilt4
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Nathalie Rouas-Freiss, Joel LeMaoult, Jérôme Verine, Diana Tronik-Le Roux, Stéphane Culine, Christophe Hennequin, François Desgrandchamps, Edgardo D Carosella
The establishment and maintenance of anti-tumor immune responses are the objectives of cancer immunotherapy. Despite recent promising advances, the effectiveness of these approaches has been limited by the multiple immunosuppressive mechanisms developed by tumors (checkpoint). The aim of the present study was to demonstrate intratumor heterogeneity at the levels of immune escape strategies and tumor-host relationships. We focused on well-known checkpoints such as PD1/PDL1 and on a new checkpoint involving HLA-G and its receptors ILT2/ILT4...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932639/soluble-nkg2d-ligands-in-the-ovarian-cancer-microenvironment-are-associated-with-an-adverse-clinical-outcome-and-decreased-memory-effector-t-cells-independent-of-nkg2d-downregulation
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Maulik Vyas, Silke Reinartz, Nathalie Hoffmann, Katrin S Reiners, Sonja Lieber, Julia M Jansen, Uwe Wagner, Rolf Müller, Elke Pogge von Strandmann
The immune receptor NKG2D is predominantly expressed on NK cells and T cell subsets and confers anti-tumor activity. According to the current paradigm, immune surveillance is counteracted by soluble ligands shed into the microenvironment, which down-regulate NKG2D receptor expression. Here, we analyzed the clinical significance of the soluble NKG2D ligands sMICA and sULBP2 in the malignancy-associated ascites of ovarian cancer. We show that high levels of sMICA and sULBP2 in ascites were associated with a poor prognosis...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932637/muc1-c-promotes-the-suppressive-immune-microenvironment-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#16
Audrey Bouillez, Dennis Adeegbe, Caining Jin, Xiufeng Hu, Ashujit Tagde, Maroof Alam, Hasan Rajabi, Kwok-Kin Wong, Donald Kufe
The cancer immune microenvironment is of importance for the effectiveness of immunotherapy; however, its dysregulation is poorly understood. The MUC1-C oncoprotein is aberrantly overexpressed in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and has been linked to the induction of PD-L1. The present work investigated the effects of targeting MUC1-C in an immuno-competent MUC1 transgenic (MUC1.Tg) mouse model. We show that Lewis Lung Carcinoma cells expressing MUC1-C (LLC/MUC1) exhibit upregulation of PD-L1 and suppression of interferon-γ (IFN-γ)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932631/tadalafil-has-biologic-activity-in-human-melanoma-results-of-a-pilot-trial-with-tadalafil-in-patients-with-metastatic-melanoma-tame
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Jessica C Hassel, Huanhuan Jiang, Carolin Bender, Julia Winkler, Alexandra Sevko, Ivan Shevchenko, Niels Halama, Antonia Dimitrakopoulou-Strauss, Walter E Haefeli, Dirk Jäger, Alexander Enk, Jochen Utikal, Viktor Umansky
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are known to play a critical role in the suppression of T cell antitumor responses. Our preclinical data showed that the phosphodiesterase (PDE)-5 inhibitor sildenafil impaired MDSC functions, enhanced intratumoral T cell activity and prolonged survival of melanoma-bearing mice. In this study, we evaluated biologic effects, safety and efficacy of palliative treatment with the PDE-5 inhibitor tadalafil in metastatic melanoma patients. We conducted an open-label, dose de-escalation trial with tadalafil in pretreated metastatic melanoma patients...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932620/distinct-roles-of-catalytic-cysteine-and-histidine-in-the-protease-and-ligase-mechanisms-of-human-legumain-as-revealed-by-dft-based-qm-mm-simulations
#18
Brigitta Elsässer, Florian B Zauner, Johann Messner, Wai Tuck Soh, Elfriede Dall, Hans Brandstetter
The cysteine protease enzyme legumain hydrolyzes peptide bonds with high specificity after asparagine and under more acidic conditions after aspartic acid [Baker E. N.J. Mol. Biol.1980, 141, 441-484; Baker E. N.; J. Mol. Biol.1977, 111, 207-210; Drenth J.; Biochemistry1976, 15, 3731-3738; Menard R.; J. Cell. Biochem.1994, 137; Polgar L.Eur. J. Biochem.1978, 88, 513-521; Storer A. C.; Methods Enzymol.1994, 244, 486-500. Remarkably, legumain additionally exhibits ligase activity that prevails at pH > 5.5. The atomic reaction mechanisms including their pH dependence are only partly understood...
September 1, 2017: ACS Catalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932225/expression-and-function-of-the-cholinergic-system-in-immune-cells
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REVIEW
Takeshi Fujii, Masato Mashimo, Yasuhiro Moriwaki, Hidemi Misawa, Shiro Ono, Kazuhide Horiguchi, Koichiro Kawashima
T and B cells express most cholinergic system components-e.g., acetylcholine (ACh), choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), acetylcholinesterase, and both muscarinic and nicotinic ACh receptors (mAChRs and nAChRs, respectively). Using ChAT(BAC)-eGFP transgenic mice, ChAT expression has been confirmed in T and B cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages. Moreover, T cell activation via T-cell receptor/CD3-mediated pathways upregulates ChAT mRNA expression and ACh synthesis, suggesting that this lymphocytic cholinergic system contributes to the regulation of immune function...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931895/defective-thymic-output-in-was-patients-is-associated-with-abnormal-actin-organization
#20
Wenyan Li, Xiaoyu Sun, Jinzhi Wang, Qin Zhao, Rongxin Dai, Yanping Wang, Lina Zhou, Lisa Westerberg, Yuan Ding, Xiaodong Zhao, Chaohong Liu
Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASp) is a key regulator of the actin cytoskeleton. Defective T - cell function is a major cause for immune deficiency in Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) patients. T cells originate in the bone marrow and develop in the thymus, and then migrate to peripheral tissues. TCR excision circles (TRECs) present in thymic output cells stably, which is used as a molecular marker for thymic output. We found that CD8(+) T naïve cells of classic WAS patients were significantly reduced, and TRECs in patients with classic WAS and X-linked thrombocytopenia (XLT) dramatically decreased compared with that of HCs...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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