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Sophie Mißbach, Denis Aleksic, Lisa Blaschke, Timm Hassemer, Kyung Jin Lee, Martin Mansfeld, Jana Hänske, Johannes Handler, Robert Kammerer
BACKGROUND: The CEA gene family is one of the most rapidly evolving gene families in the human genome. The founder gene of the family is thought to be an ancestor of the inhibitory immune checkpoint molecule CEACAM1. Comprehensive analyses of mammalian genomes showed that the CEA gene family is subject to tremendous gene family expansion and contraction events in different mammalian species. While in some species (e.g. rabbits) less than three CEACAM1 related genes exist, were in others (certain microbat species) up to 100 CEACAM1 paralogs identified...
March 15, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Masafumi Taniwaki, Mihoko Yoshida, Yosuke Matsumoto, Kazuho Shimura, Junya Kuroda, Hiroto Kaneko
Elotuzumab, targeting signaling lymphocytic activation molecule family 7 (SLAMF7), has been approved in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone (ELd) for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM) based on the findings of the phase III randomized trial ELOQUENT-2 (NCT01239797). Four-year follow-up analyses of ELOQUENT-2 have demonstrated that progression-free survival was 21% in ELd versus 14% in Ld. Elotuzumab binds a unique epitope on the membrane IgC2 domain of SLAMF7, exhibiting a dual mechanism of action: natural killer (NK) cell-mediated antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and enhancement of NK cell activity...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Kanika Vanshylla, Caren Bartsch, Christoffer Hitzing, Laura Krümpelmann, Jürgen Wienands, Niklas Engels
The B cell antigen receptor (BCR) employs enzymatically inactive adaptor proteins to facilitate activation of intracellular signaling pathways. In animal model systems, adaptor proteins of the growth factor receptor-bound 2 (Grb2) family have been shown to serve critical functions in lymphocytes. However, the roles of Grb2 and the Grb2-related adaptor protein (GRAP) in human B lymphocytes remain unclear. Using TALEN-mediated gene targeting, we show that in human B cells Grb2 and GRAP amplify signaling by the immunoglobulin tail tyrosine (ITT) motif of mIgE-containing BCRs and furthermore connect immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM) signaling to activation of the Ras-controlled Erk MAP kinase pathway...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jihyun Youm, Hyunyong Lee, Youngwoo Choi, Joobyoung Yoon
Our previous study revealed that the ethanolic extract of Justicia procumbens ameliorates ovalbumin-induced airway inflammation and airway hyper-responsiveness in a mouse model of asthma. However, the mechanism of action of the extract remains unknown. In this study, we prepared DW2008S, an optimized and standardized powder extracted from J. procumbens using anhydrous ethanol, and investigated its anti-asthmatic effect and mechanism of action. Our results showed that DW2008S contains two major ingredients, justicidin A (JA) and justicidin B (JB), which selectively inhibit T helper 2 (Th2) cell responses in concanavalin A-activated spleen cells and polarized Th2 cells...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Jorge Augusto Borin Scutti
On the basis of immunological results, it is not in doubt that the immune system is able to recognize and eliminate transformed cells. A plethora of studies have investigated the immune system of patients with cancer and how it is prone to immunosuppression, due in part to the decrease in lymphocyte proliferation and cytotoxic activity. The series of experiments published following the demonstration by Dr Allison's group of the potential effect of anti-cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) paved the way for a new perception in cancer immunotherapy: Immune checkpoints...
February 23, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Lina Antenucci, Vesa P Hytönen, Jari Ylänne
Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) is involved in cellular adhesion and also in the activation and development of hematopoietic cells. Syk activation induced by genomic rearrangement has been linked to certain T-cell lymphomas, and Syk inhibitors have been shown to prolong survival of patients with B-cell lineage malignancies. Syk is activated either by its interaction with a double-phosphorylated Immunoreceptor Tyrosine-based Activation Motif (pITAM), which induces rearrangements in the Syk structure, or by the phosphorylation of specific tyrosine residues...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yugai Jia, Yumeng Miao, Mengfan Yue, Mei Shu, Zhifeng Wei, Yue Dai
Tetrandrine, a bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloid, was previously demonstrated to attenuate inflammation and cartilage destruction in the ankles of mice with collagen-induced arthritis (CIA). Here, we explored the underlying mechanism by which tetrandrine prevented arthritis-induced bone erosion by focusing on the differentiation and function of osteoclasts. We found that daily administration of tetrandrine (30 mg/kg) markedly reduced the bone damage and decreased the number of osteoclasts in CIA rats. In vitro, tetrandrine inhibited receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL)-induced osteoclastogenesis at the early stage and reduced the expressions of osteoclast-related marker genes...
January 30, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Lucie Jolly, Kevin Carrasco, Marc Derive, Jérémie Lemarié, Amir Boufenzer, Sébastien Gibot
AIMS: TREM-1 (Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid cells-1) is an immunoreceptor expressed on neutrophils and monocytes/macrophages whose role is to amplify the inflammatory response driven by Toll-Like Receptors engagement. The pharmacological inhibition of TREM-1 confers protection in several pre-clinical models of acute inflammation. In this study, we aimed to decipher the role of TREM-1 on the endothelium. METHODS AND RESULTS: We first showed by qRT-PCR, flow cytometry and confocal microscopy that TREM-1 was expressed in human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells as well as in mouse vasculature (aorta, mesenteric artery, and pulmonary vessels)...
January 19, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Yangzi Song, Beibei Wang, Rui Song, Yu Hao, Di Wang, Yuxin Li, Yu Jiang, Ling Xu, Yaluan Ma, Hong Zheng, Yaxian Kong, Hui Zeng
Aging is associated with immune dysfunction, especially T-cell defects, which result in increased susceptibility to various diseases. Previous studies showed that T cells from aged mice express multiple inhibitory receptors, providing evidence of the relationship between T-cell exhaustion and T-cell senescence. In this study, we showed that T-cell immunoglobulin and immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif (ITIM) domain (TIGIT), a novel co-inhibitory receptor, was upregulated in CD8+ T cells of elderly adults...
January 19, 2018: Aging Cell
Veronica Azcutia, Charles A Parkos, Jennifer C Brazil
Polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) play a critical role in host defense against infection and in the resolution of inflammation. However, immune responses mediated by PMN must be tightly regulated to facilitate elimination of invading pathogens without inducing detrimental inflammation and host tissue damage. Specific engagement of cell surface immunoreceptors by a diverse range of extracellular signals regulates PMN effector functions through differential activation of intracellular signaling cascades. Although mechanisms of PMN activation mediated via cell signaling pathways have been well described, less is known about negative regulation of PMN function by immune signaling cascades...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Jun Mori, Zoltan Nagy, Giada Di Nunzio, Christopher W Smith, Mitchell J Geer, Rashid Al Ghaithi, Johanna P van Geffen, Silke Heising, Luke Boothman, Bibian M E Tullemans, Joao N Correia, Louise Tee, Marijke J E Kuijpers, Paul Harrison, Johan W M Heemskerk, Gavin E Jarvis, Alexander Tarakhovsky, Arthur Weiss, Alexandra Mazharian, Yotis A Senis
Src family kinases (SFKs) coordinate the initiating and propagating activation signals in platelets, however it remains unclear how they are regulated. Here we show that ablation of C-terminal Src kinase (Csk) and receptor-like protein tyrosine-phosphatase CD148 in mice results in a dramatic increase in platelet SFK activity, demonstrating that these proteins are essential regulators of platelet reactivity. Paradoxically, Csk/CD148-deficient mice exhibit reduced in vivo and ex vivo thrombus formation and increased bleeding following injury, rather than a prothrombotic phenotype...
January 4, 2018: Blood
Shuchi Gupta, Deya Cherpokova, Markus Spindler, Martina Morowski, Markus Bender, Bernhard Nieswandt
At sites of vascular injury, exposed subendothelial collagens trigger platelet activation and thrombus formation by interacting with the immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM)-coupled glycoprotein (GP) VI on the platelet surface. Platelets are derived from the cytoplasm of megakaryocytes (MKs), which extend large proplatelets into bone marrow (BM) sinusoids that are then released into the blood stream where the final platelet sizing and maturation occurs. The mechanisms that prevent activation of MKs and forming proplatelets in the collagen-rich BM environment remain largely elusive...
January 2, 2018: Blood
Alexander D Barrow, Melissa A Edeling, Vladimir Trifonov, Jingqin Luo, Piyush Goyal, Benjamin Bohl, Jennifer K Bando, Albert H Kim, John Walker, Mary Andahazy, Mattia Bugatti, Laura Melocchi, William Vermi, Daved H Fremont, Sarah Cox, Marina Cella, Christian Schmedt, Marco Colonna
Many tumors produce platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-DD, which promotes cellular proliferation, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, stromal reaction, and angiogenesis through autocrine and paracrine PDGFRβ signaling. By screening a secretome library, we found that the human immunoreceptor NKp44, encoded by NCR2 and expressed on natural killer (NK) cells and innate lymphoid cells, recognizes PDGF-DD. PDGF-DD engagement of NKp44 triggered NK cell secretion of interferon gamma (IFN)-γ and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) that induced tumor cell growth arrest...
January 25, 2018: Cell
Michael J Wester, Jia Lin, Aaron K Neumann
Candida albicans is a virulent human opportunistic pathogen. It evades innate immune surveillance by masking an immunogenic cell wall polysaccharide, β-glucan, from recognition by the immunoreceptor Dectin-1. Glucan unmasking by the antifungal drug caspofungin leads to changes in the nanostructure of glucan exposure accessible to Dectin-1. The physical mechanism that regulates glucan exposure is poorly understood, but it controls the nanobiology of fungal pathogen recognition. We created computational models to simulate hypothetical physical processes of unmasking glucan in a biologically realistic distribution of cell wall glucan fibrils...
2017: PloS One
Robert J Torphy, Richard D Schulick, Yuwen Zhu
Cancer immunotherapy has been a great breakthrough, with immune checkpoint inhibitors leading the way. Despite the clinical effectiveness of certain immune checkpoint inhibitors, the overall response rate remains low, and the effectiveness of immunotherapies for many tumors has been disappointing. There is substantial interest in looking for additional immune checkpoint molecules that may act as therapeutic targets for cancer. Recent advances during the last decade have identified several novel immune checkpoint targets, including lymphocyte activation gene-3 (LAG-3), B and T lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA), programmed death-1 homolog (PD-1H), T-cell immunoglobulin and immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif domain (TIM-3)/carcinoembryonic antigen cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1), and the poliovirus receptor (PVR)-like receptors...
December 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Björn Bauer, Alexander Steinle
Innate immune cells sense danger through a plethora of germline-encoded receptors that recognize pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) or cellular molecules that are exposed only by stressed, infected, malignant, or dead cells. Many of these danger-sensing receptors belong to the C-type lectin-like superfamily (CLSF) and therefore are called C-type lectin-like receptors (CTLRs). Certain activating CTLRs, namely, CLEC-2, Dectin-1, DNGR-1, NKp80, and NKp65, which are encoded by genes that are clustered together in a subregion of the mammalian natural killer gene complex (NKC), use a single copy tyrosine signaling module termed the hemi-immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (hemITAM)...
December 5, 2017: Science Signaling
Theodora A M Claushuis, Alex F de Vos, Bernard Nieswandt, Louis Boon, Joris J T H Roelofs, Onno J de Boer, Cornelis van 't Veer, Tom van der Poll
Platelet collagen receptor glycoprotein VI (GPVI) and podoplanin receptor C-type lectin-like receptor 2 (CLEC2) are receptors implicated in platelet activation that both signal via an immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif. Platelets are necessary for host defense and prevention of hemorrhage during sepsis, but the role of platelet GPVI and CLEC2 herein is unknown. To investigate this, we infected mice depleted of platelet GPVI or CLEC2 by antibody treatment or GPVI-/- mice with the common human sepsis pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae via the airways to induce pneumonia-derived sepsis...
February 22, 2018: Blood
Yi-Gen Pan, Yen-Ling Yu, Chi-Chien Lin, Lewis L Lanier, Ching-Liang Chu
The inhibitory effect of immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM)-containing adapters DAP12 and FcεRI γ-chain (FcRγ) has been found in many immune functions. Herein, we have further explored the role of these adapters in C-type lectin receptors response. We identified that FcRγ, but not DAP12, could negatively regulate the Dectin-1 responses in dendritic cells (DCs). Loss of FcRγ or both DAP12 and FcRγ enhanced the maturation and cytokine production in DCs upon Dectin-1 activation compared to normal cells, whereas DCs lacking only DAP12 showed little changes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Isobel S Okoye, Michael Houghton, Lorne Tyrrell, Khaled Barakat, Shokrollah Elahi
In cancer and chronic viral infections, T cells are exposed to persistent antigen stimulation. This results in expression of multiple inhibitory receptors also called "immune checkpoints" by T cells. Although these inhibitory receptors under normal conditions maintain self-tolerance and prevent immunopathology, their sustained expression deteriorates T cell function: a phenomenon called exhaustion. Recent advances in cancer immunotherapy involve blockade of cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 and programmed cell death 1 in order to reverse T cell exhaustion and reinvigorate immunity, which has translated to dramatic clinical remission in many cases of metastatic melanoma and lung cancer...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Kun Yin, Chao Xu, Gui-Hua Zhao, Ye Liu, Ting Xiao, Song Zhu, Ge Yan
C35 is a novel tumor biomarker associated with metastasis progression. To investigate the interaction factors of C35 in its high expressed breast cancer cell lines, we constructed bait recombinant plasmids of C35 gene and T47D cell cDNA library for yeast two-hybrid screening. Full length C35 sequences were subcloned using RT-PCR from cDNA template extracted from T47D cells. Based on functional domain analysis, the full-length C351-348bp was also truncated into two fragments C351-153bp and C35154-348bp to avoid auto-activation...
October 16, 2017: Bioscience Trends
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