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Behjatolah Monzavi-Karbassi, Fariba Jousheghany, Thomas Kieber-Emmons
Development of cancer vaccines targeting tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) is an alternative approach to chemotherapy with sustained anti-tumor effects. The success of active immunotherapy has been hampered by tumor-induced immune suppressors. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a population of immune suppressors with a proven role in regulating anti-tumor immune responses. Removing or subduing Tregs activity leads to more robust anti-tumor immune responses. Here, we used a cell-based vaccination strategy in the 4T1 murine mammary model to examine whether bulk removal of certain TAAs, using their glycan profile, can affect the immunogenicity of the vaccine...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
G Chistyakova, I Gazieva, I Remizova, L Ustyantseva, V Lyapunov, S Bychkova
We conducted a study of markers of endothelial dysfunction and angiogenesis regulation, as well as the identification of the main lymphocyte populations, activated CD3 (+) CD95(+)-cells and cytokine-producing CD4 (+) IFN-γ(+)-, CD4 (+) IL-4(+ )-lymphocytes in the 1st trimester of gestation in women with ART-induced pregnancy and spontaneous pregnancy. We used the same indicators to assess the immune status of ELBW infants at birth and at the post-conceptual age of 38-40 weeks. It was determined that the risk factors of very early preterm delivery are: threatened miscarriage, chronic placental insufficiency, endothelial dysfunction, increased spontaneous production of intracellular cytokines...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Tianda Chen, Qinwei Wu, Yang Zhang, Tianlan Lu, Weihua Yue, Dai Zhang
Background: Transcription factor 4 (TCF4) is found to be associated with schizophrenia. TCF4 mutations also cause Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder associated with severe mental retardation. However, the function of TCF4 during brain development remains unclear. Results: Here, we report that Tcf4 is expressed in the developing cerebral cortex. In utero suppression of Tcf4 arrested neuronal migration, leading to accumulation of ectopic neurons in the intermediate zone. Knockdown of Tcf4 impaired leading process formation...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Lauriane Galle-Treger, Yuzo Suzuki, Nisheel Patel, Ishwarya Sankaranarayanan, Jennifer L Aron, Hadi Maazi, Lin Chen, Omid Akbari
Allergic asthma is a complex and chronic inflammatory disorder that is associated with airway hyperreactivity (AHR) and driven by Th2 cytokine secretion. Type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) produce large amounts of Th2 cytokines and contribute to the development of AHR. Here, we show that ILC2s express the α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR), which is thought to have an anti-inflammatory role in several inflammatory diseases. We show that engagement of a specific agonist with α7nAChR on ILC2s reduces ILC2 effector function and represses ILC2-dependent AHR, while decreasing expression of ILC2 key transcription factor GATA-3 and critical inflammatory modulator NF-κB, and reducing phosphorylation of upstream kinase IKKα/β...
October 18, 2016: Nature Communications
Andrzej M Woyda-Ploszczyca, Wieslawa Jarmuszkiewicz
Uncoupling proteins (UCPs) belong to the mitochondrial anion carrier protein family and mediate regulated proton leak across the inner mitochondrial membrane. Free fatty acids, aldehydes such as hydroxynonenal, and retinoids activate UCPs. However, there are some controversies about the effective action of retinoids and aldehydes alone; thus, only free fatty acids are commonly accepted positive effectors of UCPs. Conversely, purine nucleotides such as GTP inhibit UCP-mediated mitochondrial proton leak. In turn, membranous coenzyme Q may play a role as a redox state-dependent metabolic sensor that modulates the complete activation/inhibition of UCPs...
October 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Pravin Kesarwani, Paramita Chakraborty, Radhika Gudi, Shilpak Chatterjee, Gina Scurti, Kyle Toth, Patt Simms, Mahvash Husain, Kent Armeson, Shahid Husain, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Chethamarakshan Vasu, Michael I Nishimura, Shikhar Mehrotra
Advancements in adoptive cell transfer therapy (ACT) has led to the use of T cells engineered with tumor specific T cell receptors, which after rapid expansion can be obtained in sufficient numbers for treating patients. However, due to massive proliferation these cells are close to replicative senescence, exhibit exhausted phenotype, and also display increased susceptibility to activation induced cell death. We have previously shown that tumor reactive T cells undergo caspase-independent cell death upon TCR restimulation with cognate antigen, which involves reactive oxygen species and c-jun N-terminal kinase...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Michael Rehman, Sreeharsha Gurrapu, Gabriella Cagnoni, Lorena Capparuccia, Luca Tamagnone
The secreted semaphorin Sema3E controls cell migration and invasiveness in cancer cells. Sema3E-receptor, PlexinD1, is frequently upregulated in melanoma, breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancers; however, the mechanisms underlying PlexinD1 upregulation and the downstream events elicited in tumor cells are still unclear. Here we show that the canonical RBPjk-dependent Notch signaling cascade controls PlexinD1 expression in primary endothelial and cancer cells. Transcriptional activation was studied by quantitative PCR and promoter activity reporter assays...
2016: PloS One
Steven J Van Dyken, Jesse C Nussbaum, Jinwoo Lee, Ari B Molofsky, Hong-Erh Liang, Joshua L Pollack, Rachel E Gate, Genevieve E Haliburton, Chun J Ye, Alexander Marson, David J Erle, Richard M Locksley
Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) and CD4(+) type 2 helper T cells (TH2 cells) are defined by their similar effector cytokines, which together mediate the features of allergic immunity. We found that tissue ILC2s and TH2 cells differentiated independently but shared overlapping effector function programs that were mediated by exposure to the tissue-derived cytokines interleukin 25 (IL-25), IL-33 and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP). Loss of these three tissue signals did not affect lymph node priming, but abrogated the terminal differentiation of effector TH2 cells and adaptive lung inflammation in a T cell-intrinsic manner...
October 17, 2016: Nature Immunology
Bingjie Shi, Juan Li, Xuanling Shi, Wenxu Jia, Yi Wen, Xiongbing Hu, Fengfeng Zhuang, Jianzhong Xi, Linqi Zhang
Transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) represents a valuable tool for genomic engineering due to its single-nucleotide precision, high nuclease activity and low cytotoxicity. We report here systematic design and characterization of twenty eight novel TALENs targeting multiple regions of CCR5 gene (CCR5-TALEN) which encodes the co-receptor critical for entry of human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV-1). By systemic characterization of these CCR5-TALENs, we have identified one (CCR5-TALEN-515) with higher nuclease activity, specificity and lower cytotoxicity compared to zinc-finger nuclease (CCR5-ZFN) currently undergoing clinical trials...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Xu Shi, Ying Tang, Xiguang Sun, Yufei Liu, Ying Sun, Munan Sun, Yanfang Jiang, Yulin Li
The current study aimed to investigate the distribution of memory and naïve T cell (TN) subsets in hepatitis B virus (HBV)‑infected patients at different immune stages and investigate the effect of interleukin 33 (IL‑33) on the regulation of the T‑cell subsets. The distributions of memory and naïve T cells were detected by flow cytometry. ELISA was conducted to assess the levels of IL‑4, IL‑5, IL‑10, IL‑12, interferon γ and tumor necrosis factor α. The expression levels of IL‑33 and HBV x protein (HBx) were measured by reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Freek Cox, Ted Kwaks, Boerries Brandenburg, Martin H Koldijk, Vincent Klaren, Bastiaan Smal, Hans J W M Korse, Eric Geelen, Lisanne Tettero, David Zuijdgeest, Esther J M Stoop, Eirikur Saeland, Ronald Vogels, Robert H E Friesen, Wouter Koudstaal, Jaap Goudsmit
Interactions with receptors for the Fc region of IgG (FcγRs) have been shown to contribute to the in vivo protection against influenza A viruses provided by broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) that bind to the viral hemagglutinin (HA) stem. In particular, Fc-mediated antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) has been shown to contribute to protection by stem-binding bnAbs. Fc-mediated effector functions appear not to contribute to protection provided by strain-specific HA head-binding antibodies...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Mathieu F Chevalier, Céline Didier, Pierre-Marie Girard, Maria E Manea, Pauline Campa, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Daniel Scott-Algara, Laurence Weiss
Early events during primary HIV infection (PHI) are thought to influence disease outcome. Although a growing body of evidence suggests a beneficial role of HIV-specific CD4 help in HIV infection, it is unclear how early viral replication, systemic immune activation, and antiretroviral therapy (ART) may shape CD4 T-cell responses during PHI, and whether HIV-specific CD4 responses contribute to the high immune activation observed in PHI. Twenty-seven patients with early PHI were included in a prospective longitudinal study and 12 of them received ART after enrollment...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Lorenza Rattazzi, Giuseppa Piras, Samuel Brod, Koval Smith, Masahiro Ono, Fulvio D'Acquisto
T cells are known to be plastic and to change their phenotype according to the cellular and biochemical milieu they are embedded in. In this study, we transposed this concept at a macroscopic level assessing whether changes in the environmental housing conditions of C57/BL6 mice would influence the phenotype and function of T cells. Our study shows that exposure to 2 weeks in an enriched environment (EE) does not impact the T cell repertoire in vivo and causes no changes in the early TCR-driven activation events of these cells...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Wenwu Ye, Yang Wang, Brett M Tyler, Yuanchao Wang
Comparative genomic analysis is useful for identifying genes affected by evolutionary selection and for studying adaptive variation in gene functions. In Phytophthora sojae, a model oomycete plant pathogen, the related study is lacking. We compared sequence data among four isolates of P. sojae, which represent its four major genotypes. These isolates exhibited >99.688%, >99.864%, and >98.981% sequence identities at genome, gene, and non-gene regions, respectively. One hundred and fifty-three positive selection and 139 negative selection candidate genes were identified...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Marlen Thiere, Stefanie Kliche, Bettina Müller, Jan Teuber, Isabell Nold, Oliver Stork
Integrin-mediated cell adhesion and signaling is of critical importance for neuronal differentiation. Recent evidence suggests that an "inside-out" activation of β1-integrin, similar to that observed in hematopoietic cells, contributes to the growth and branching of dendrites. In this study, we investigated the role of the hematopoietic adaptor protein adhesion and degranulation promoting adapter protein (ADAP) in these processes. We demonstrate the expression of ADAP in the developing and adult nervous hippocampus, and in outgrowing dendrites of primary hippocampal neurons...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Lijun Fang, Huaijun Tu, Wei Guo, Shixuan Wang, Ting Xue, Fei Yang, Xiaoyan Zhang, Yazhi Yang, Qian Wan, Zhexin Shi, Xulong Zhan, Jian Li
The TSC1/2 heterodimer, a key upstream regulator of the mTOR, can inhibit the activation of mTOR, which plays a critical role in immune responses after bacterial infections. Monocytes are an innate immune cell type that have been shown to be involved in bacteremia. However, how the mTOR pathway is involved in the regulation of monocytes is largely unknown. In our study, TSC1 KO mice and WT mice were infected with E. coli. When compared to WT mice, we found higher mortality, greater numbers of bacteria, decreased expression of coactivators in monocytes, increased numbers of Tregs, and decreased numbers of effector T cells in TSC1 KO mice...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Melissa Dullaers, Martijn J Schuijs, Monique Willart, Kaat Fierens, Justine Van Moorleghem, Hamida Hammad, Bart N Lambrecht
BACKGROUND: Allergic asthma is a CD4 Th2-lymphocyte driven disease characterized by airway hyper-responsiveness and eosinophilia. B cells can present antigens to CD4 T cells and produce IgE immunoglobulins which arms effector cells, however mouse models are inconclusive whether B cells are necessary for asthma development. OBJECTIVES: To address the role of B cells in a house dust mite (HDM) driven Th2-high asthma mouse model. METHODS: WT and B cell deficient muMT Mice were sensitized and challenged via the airways with HDM extracts...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Delyan R Mutavchiev, Marcin Leda, Kenneth E Sawin
The Rho family GTPase Cdc42 is a key regulator of eukaryotic cellular organization and cell polarity [1]. In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, active Cdc42 and associated effectors and regulators (the "Cdc42 polarity module") coordinate polarized growth at cell tips by controlling the actin cytoskeleton and exocytosis [2-4]. Localization of the Cdc42 polarity module to cell tips is thus critical for its function. Here we show that the fission yeast stress-activated protein kinase Sty1, a homolog of mammalian p38 MAP kinase, regulates localization of the Cdc42 polarity module...
October 1, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Tian-Min Fu, Yang Li, Alvin Lu, Zongli Li, Parimala R Vajjhala, Anthony C Cruz, Devendra B Srivastava, Frank DiMaio, Pawel A Penczek, Richard M Siegel, Katryn J Stacey, Edward H Egelman, Hao Wu
Caspase-8 activation can be triggered by death receptor-mediated formation of the death-inducing signaling complex (DISC) and by the inflammasome adaptor ASC. Caspase-8 assembles with FADD at the DISC and with ASC at the inflammasome through its tandem death effector domain (tDED), which is regulated by the tDED-containing cellular inhibitor cFLIP and the viral inhibitor MC159. Here we present the caspase-8 tDED filament structure determined by cryoelectron microscopy. Extensive assembly interfaces not predicted by the previously proposed linear DED chain model were uncovered, and were further confirmed by structure-based mutagenesis in filament formation in vitro and Fas-induced apoptosis and ASC-mediated caspase-8 recruitment in cells...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Cell
Caitlin M Gillis, Priscila P Zenatti, David A Mancardi, Héloïse Beutier, Laurence Fiette, Lynn E Macdonald, Andrew J Murphy, Susanna Celli, Philippe Bousso, Friederike Jönsson, Pierre Bruhns
Two activating mouse IgG receptors (FcγRs) have the ability to bind monomeric IgG, the high-affinity mouse FcγRI and FcγRIV. Despite high circulating levels of IgG, reports using FcγRI(-/-) or FcγRIV(-/-) mice or FcγRIV-blocking antibodies implicate these receptors in IgG-induced disease severity or therapeutic Ab efficacy. From these studies, however, one cannot conclude on the effector capabilities of a given receptor, because different activating FcγRs possess redundant properties in vivo, and cooperation between FcγRs may occur, or priming phenomena...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
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