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Peng Huang, Yuxiang Zhou, Zan Liu, Pihong Zhang
Decreased Th1/Th2 ratio is one of the major characteristics of immunosuppression in sepsis. Both membrane adhesive protein Annexin-A1 (ANXA1) and transcription factor GATA-3 have been reported to play important roles in T cell differentiation. However, the relationship between ANXA1 and GATA-3 in Th1/Th2 shift is unknown. Our study investigated the interaction effects of ANXA1 and GATA-3 to influence T cell differentiation in CD4(+) T cells. We found that GATA-3 and ANXA1 were coexpressed on Th0/Th1/Th2 cytoplasm and nuclear...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Luciana Nahar Dos Santos, Pedro Henrique Lopes da Silva, Iris Maria Peixoto Alvim, José Augusto da Costa Nery, Flávio Alves Lara, Euzenir Nunes Sarno, Danuza Esquenazi
In spite of hyporesponsivity to Mycobacterium leprae, borderline lepromatous (BL) patients show clinical and immunological instability, and undergo frequent acute inflammatory episodes such as type 1 reaction (T1R), which may cause nerve damages. This work focused on the participation of T cell subsets from blood and skin at T1R onset. We observed a significantly increased ex vivo frequency of both effector and memory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in T1R group. Besides, ex vivo frequency of T cell homing receptor, the Cutaneous Leukocyte-associated Antigen (CLA) was significantly increased in T cells from T1R patients...
2016: PloS One
Hiroyuki Inoue, Jae-Hyun Park, Kazuma Kiyotani, Makda Zewde, Azusa Miyashita, Masatoshi Jinnin, Yukiko Kiniwa, Ryuhei Okuyama, Ryota Tanaka, Yasuhiro Fujisawa, Hiroshi Kato, Akimichi Morita, Jun Asai, Norito Katoh, Kenji Yokota, Masashi Akiyama, Hironobu Ihn, Satoshi Fukushima, Yusuke Nakamura
Immune checkpoint inhibitors blocking the interaction between programmed death-1 (PD-1) and PD-1 ligand-1 (PD-L1) are revolutionizing the cancer immunotherapies with durable clinical responses. Although high expression of PD-L1 in tumor tissues has been implicated to correlate with the better response to the anti-PD-1 therapies, this association has been controversial. In this study, to characterize immune microenvironment in tumors, we examined mRNA levels of immune-related genes and characterized T cell repertoire in the tumors of 13 melanoma patients before and after nivolumab treatment...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Laura Maggi, Gianni Montaini, Alessio Mazzoni, Beatrice Rossettini, Manuela Capone, Maria Caterina Rossi, Veronica Santarlasci, Francesco Liotta, Oliviero Rossi, Oreste Gallo, Raffaele De Palma, Enrico Maggi, Lorenzo Cosmi, Sergio Romagnani, Francesco Annunziato
BACKGROUND: Protection against helminths consists of adaptive responses by TH2 cells and innate responses by group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s), with these latter being well characterized in mice but less so in human subjects. OBJECTIVE: We sought to characterize human circulating ILC2s and compare their functional profile with that of autologous TH2 cells. METHODS: Circulating ILC2s and TH2 cells were isolated by means of fluorescence-activated cell sorting and magnetic cell sorting and expanded in vitro...
July 27, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Louise Nicol, Hazel Wilkie, Anton Gossner, Craig Watkins, Robert Dalziel, John Hopkins
Two different forms of clinical paratuberculosis in sheep are recognised, related to the level of bacterial colonization. Paucibacillary lesions are largely composed of lymphocytes with few bacteria, and multibacillary pathology is characterized by heavily-infected macrophages. Analysis of cytokine transcripts has shown that inflammatory Th1/Th17 T cells are associated with development of paucibacillary pathology and Th2 cytokines are correlated with multibacillary disease. The master regulator T cell transcription factors TBX21, GATA3, RORC2 and RORA are critical for the development of these T cell subsets...
2016: Veterinary Research
Sun A Ock, Jungkyu Lee, Keon Bong Oh, Seongsoo Hwang, Ik Jin Yun, Curie Ahn, Hyun Keun Chee, Hwajung Kim, Jae Berm Park, Sung Joo Kim, Youngim Kim, Gi-Sun Im, EungWoo Park
Effective immunosuppression strategies and genetically modified animals have been used to prevent hyperacute and acute xenograft rejection; however, the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. In this study, we evaluated the expression of a comprehensive set of immune system-related genes (89 genes, including five housekeeping genes) in the blood of cynomolgus monkeys (~5 yr old) used as graft recipients, before and after the xenografting of the islets and heart from single and double α-1,3-galactosyltransferase (GalT) knockout (KO) pigs (<6 weeks old)...
September 2016: Xenotransplantation
Ioannis D Kyriazis, Olga S Koutsoni, Nektarios Aligiannis, Kalliopi Karampetsou, Alexios-Leandros Skaltsounis, Eleni Dotsika
BACKGROUND: Much research effort has been focused on investigating new compounds derived from low-cost sources, such as natural products, for treating leishmaniasis. Oleuropein derived from numerous plants, particularly from the olive tree, Olea europaea L. (Oleaceae), is a biophenol with many biological activities. Our previous findings showed that oleuropein exhibits leishmanicidal effects against three Leishmania spp. in vitro, and minimizes the parasite burden in L. donovani-infected BALB/c mice...
2016: Parasites & Vectors
Sharee A Basdeo, Siobhan Kelly, Karen O'Connell, Niall Tubridy, Christopher McGuigan, Jean M Fletcher
BACKGROUND: The ability to identify clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) patients at high risk of progression to clinically definite multiple sclerosis (CDMS) would be clinically beneficial. The initiation of T cell mediated autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) requires the initial inappropriate activation and differentiation of auto-reactive CD4(+) T cells. The quiescence of naive T cells is actively maintained by molecules such as TOB1, which control the threshold of activation...
2016: SpringerPlus
K S O'Connor, S A Read, M Wang, S Schibeci, M Eslam, A Ong, M D Weltman, M W Douglas, A Mazzola, A Craxì, S Petta, G J Stewart, C Liddle, J George, G Ahlenstiel, D R Booth
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms near the interferon lambda 3 (IFNL3) gene predict outcomes to infection and anti-viral treatment in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. To identify IFNL3 genotype effects on peripheral blood, we collected phenotype data on 400 patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C (CHC). The IFNL3 responder genotype predicted significantly lower white blood cells (WBCs), as well as lower absolute numbers of monocytes, neutrophils and lymphocytes for both rs8099917 and rs12979860. We sought to define the WBC subsets driving this association using flow cytometry of 67 untreated CHC individuals...
September 2016: Genes and Immunity
Ewa Kozela, Ana Juknat, Fuying Gao, Nathali Kaushansky, Giovanni Coppola, Zvi Vogel
BACKGROUND: Our previous studies showed that the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), ameliorates the clinical symptoms in mouse myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)35-55-induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis model of multiple sclerosis (MS) as well as decreases the memory MOG35-55-specific T cell (TMOG) proliferation and cytokine secretion including IL-17, a key autoimmune factor. The mechanisms of these activities are currently poorly understood. METHODS: Herein, using microarray-based gene expression profiling, we describe gene networks and intracellular pathways involved in CBD-induced suppression of these activated memory TMOG cells...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Masatoshi Kanda, Hiroyuki Yamanaka, Satoshi Kojo, Yuu Usui, Hiroaki Honda, Yusuke Sotomaru, Michishige Harada, Masaru Taniguchi, Nao Suzuki, Tatsuya Atsumi, Haruka Wada, Muhammad Baghdadi, Ken-Ichiro Seino
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are a subset of innate-like T cells that act as important mediators of immune responses. In particular, iNKT cells have the ability to immediately produce large amounts of IFN-γ upon activation and thus initiate immune responses in various pathological conditions. However, molecular mechanisms that control IFN-γ production in iNKT cells are not fully understood. Here, we report that basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor family, member e40 (Bhlhe40), is an important regulator for IFN-γ production in iNKT cells...
June 14, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Verena Brucklacher-Waldert, Cristina Ferreira, Silvia Innocentin, Shraddha Kamdar, David R Withers, Marika C Kullberg, Marc Veldhoen
The discovery of Th17 cell plasticity, in which CD4(+) IL-17-producing Th17 cells give rise to IL-17/IFN-γ double-producing cells and Th1-like IFNγ(+) ex-Th17 lymphocytes, has raised questions regarding which of these cell types contribute to immunopathology during inflammatory diseases. In this study, we show using Helicobacter hepaticus-induced intestinal inflammation that IL-17A(Cre)- or Rag1(Cre)-mediated deletion of Tbx21 has no effect on the generation of IL-17/IFN-γ double-producing cells, but leads to a marked absence of Th1-like IFNγ(+) ex-Th17 cells...
June 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
O S Nepsha, I V Nikitina, A E Donnikov, A A Bystritsky, S M Mullabaeva, S V Pavlovich, N V Aleksandrova
The expression of immune response gene mRNA in the umbilical and venous blood were compared in newborns of the first day of life with and without signs of infection. The expression of il1b, il6, il8, il10, il12a, il15, il18, tnfa, tgfb1, tbx21, gata3, foxp3, rorc2, cd45, cd68, cd69, tlr2, tlr4, tlr9, and mmp8 mRNA was evaluated in umbilical and venous blood cells of newborns by reverse transcription real time PCR. In full-term newborns without signs of infection, the expression of il8, tlr2, tlr4, and mmp8 in venous blood was higher than in umbilical blood, while in preterm newborns, the levels of mmp8 transcript were elevated while the levels of tlr9, cd45, and gata3 were reduced...
April 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Max C Lau, Patricia Keith, Mary-Ellen Costello, Linda A Bradbury, Kelly A Hollis, Ranjeny Thomas, Gethin P Thomas, Matthew A Brown, Tony J Kenna
OBJECTIVES: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a highly heritable immune-mediated arthropathy. Inflammation in AS is poorly understood. TBX21 encodes T-bet, a transcription factor, lying within a locus with genome-wide significant association with AS. T-bet is implicated in innate and adaptive immunity. However, the role of T-bet in AS pathogenesis is unclear. METHODS: We assessed the importance of T-bet in disease development and progression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 172 AS cases and 83 healthy controls carrying either risk or protective alleles of the peak AS-associated TBX21 single nucleotide polymorphism...
April 28, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Hiroyuki Hosokawa, Tomoaki Tanaka, Yusuke Endo, Miki Kato, Kenta Shinoda, Akane Suzuki, Shinichiro Motohashi, Masaki Matsumoto, Keiichi I Nakayama, Toshinori Nakayama
Th2 cells produce Th2 cytokines such as IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13, but repress Th1 cytokine IFNγ. Recent studies have revealed various distinct memory-type Th2 cell subsets, one of which produces a substantial amount of IFNγ in addition to Th2 cytokines, however it remains unclear precisely how these Th2 cells produce IFNγ. We herein show that phosphorylation of Gata3 at Ser308, Thr315 and Ser316 induces dissociation of a histone deacetylase Hdac2 from the Gata3/Chd4 repressive complex in Th2 cells. We also identify Akt1 as a Gata3-phosphorylating kinase, and the activation of Akt1 induces derepression of Tbx21 and Ifng expression in Th2 cells...
2016: Nature Communications
Kimitoshi Kimura, Masakazu Nakamura, Wakiro Sato, Tomoko Okamoto, Manabu Araki, Youwei Lin, Miho Murata, Ryosuke Takahashi, Takashi Yamamura
OBJECTIVE: To compare effects of natalizumab on inflammatory and regulatory T cells with regard to expression of α4-integrin (CD49d). METHODS: Twenty-seven natalizumab-naive and 8 natalizumab-treated patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), 7 patients with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) or NMO spectrum disorder, and 8 healthy controls were included. The positive rate of CD49d was analyzed and compared among T helper 1 (Th1), T helper 17 (Th17), and regulatory T (Treg) cells (CD49d+Th1, CD49d+Th17, and CD49d+Treg, respectively)...
April 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Ozlem Keskin, Ünal Uluca, Esra Birben, Yavuz Coşkun, Mehmet Yasar Ozkars, Mehmet Keskin, Ercan Kucukosmanoglu, Omer Kalayci
BACKGROUND: Genetic associations of the response to inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) during an asthma exacerbation are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of genetic variants in the therapeutic response to high-dose ICS in children with moderate-to-severe asthma exacerbations. METHODS: Eighty-two children (56 boys/26 girls, mean age 9.6 ± 3.2 years) with moderate-severe asthma exacerbation were genotyped for eight single-nucleotide polymorphisms that were a priori associated with ICS response in chronic asthma treatment: glucocorticosteroid receptor (NR3C1) rs41423247; corticotrophin-releasing hormone receptor1 (CRHR1) rs242939, rs242941, and rs1876828; T-box 21 (TBX21) rs2240017; glucocorticoid-induced transcript 1 (GLCCl1); and T gene rs3099266 and rs2305089...
August 2016: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
Rajan Kumar Pandey, Shyam Sundar, Vijay Kumar Prajapati
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a tropical neglected disease caused by Leishmania donovani, results in significant mortality in the Indian subcontinent. The plasticity of T cell proliferation and differentiation depends on microRNA mediated gene regulation which leads Th1/Th2 or Th17/Treg type of immune response during human VL. This study depicts the identification of target immune signaling molecule and transcription factors, which play a role in T-cell proliferation and differentiation followed by the identification of miRNA controlling their gene expression using three web servers' viz...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Theodoros Eleftheriadis, Maria Sounidaki, Georgios Pissas, Georgia Antoniadi, Vassilios Liakopoulos, Ioannis Stefanidis
Although kidney transplantation is the best therapy for end-stage renal disease, rejection remains a concern, and currently available immunosuppressive agents contribute to morbidity and mortality. Thus, novel immunosuppressive drugs are required. Dichloroacetate (DCA) is already used in the treatment of congenital lactic acidosis and characterized by limited toxicity. As DCA inhibits aerobic glycolysis, which is a prerequisite for CD4+ T-cell proliferation and differentiation into effector T-cells, its possible immunosuppressive role in mixed lymphocyte reaction (MLR), a model of alloreactivity, was investigated...
April 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Rui-Xue Leng, Hai-Feng Pan, Juan Liu, Xiao-Ke Yang, Chao Zhang, Sha-Sha Tao, De-Guang Wang, Xiao-Mei Li, Xiang-Pei Li, Wanling Yang, Dong-Qing Ye
TBX21 recode T-bet which is an important transcription factor that drives the Th1 immune response primarily by promoting expression of the interferon-gamma (IFNG) gene. Recent studies have shown that genetic variants in TBX21 and IFNG are connected with risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The aim of the present study was to replicate these genetic associations with SLE in Anhui Chinese population. Genotyping of 3 variants (rs4794067 in TBX21, rs2069705 and rs2069718 in IFNG) was performed. A total of 3732 subjects were included in the final analysis...
2016: Scientific Reports
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