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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637024/tumor-location-impacts-immune-response-in-mouse-models-of-colon-cancer
#1
Xianda Zhao, Lihua Li, Timothy K Starr, Subbaya Subramanian
Existing preclinical models of human colorectal cancer (CRC) that rely on syngeneic subcutaneous grafts are problematic, because of increasing evidence that the immune microenvironment in subcutaneous tissue is significantly different from the gastrointestinal tract. Similarly, existing orthotopic models that use a laparotomy for establishing grafts are also problematic, because the surgical procedure results in extensive inflammation, thereby creating a nonphysiologic tumor microenvironment. To facilitate the bench-to-bedside translation of CRC immunotherapy strategies, we developed a novel orthotopic model in mice that uses endoscopy-guided microinjection of syngeneic cancer cells...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636677/contextual-imitation-of-intransitive-body-actions-in-a-beluga-whale-delphinapterus-leucas-a-do-as-other-does-study
#2
José Z Abramson, Mª Victoria Hernández-Lloreda, José-Antonio Esteban, Fernando Colmenares, Francisco Aboitiz, Josep Call
Cetaceans are remarkable for exhibiting group-specific behavioral traditions or cultures in several behavioral domains (e.g., calls, behavioral tactics), and the question of whether they can be acquired socially, for example through imitative processes, remains open. Here we used a "Do as other does" paradigm to experimentally study the ability of a beluga to imitate familiar intransitive (body-oriented) actions demonstrated by a conspecific. The participant was first trained to copy three familiar behaviors on command (training phase) and then was tested for her ability to generalize the learned "Do as the other does" command to a different set of three familiar behaviors (testing phase)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635677/t-cell-manipulation-strategies-to-prevent-graft-versus-host-disease-in-haploidentical-stem-cell-transplantation
#3
REVIEW
Jayakumar Vadakekolathu, Sergio Rutella
Allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from an human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-identical donor can be curative for eligible patients with non-malignant and malignant haematological disorders. HSCT from alternative donor sources, such as HLA-mismatched haploidentical donors, is increasingly considered as a viable therapeutic option for patients lacking HLA-matched donors. Initial attempts at haploidentical HSCT were associated with vigorous bidirectional alloreactivity, leading to unacceptably high rates of graft rejection and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)...
June 21, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634479/whole-blood-profiling-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-induced-trained-innate-immunity-in-infants-identifies-epidermal-growth-factor-il-6-platelet-derived-growth-factor-ab-bb-and-natural-killer-cell-activation
#4
Steven G Smith, Johanneke Kleinnijenhuis, Mihai G Netea, Hazel M Dockrell
Vaccination of infants with bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) activates both the innate and adaptive arms of the immune response. The antimycobacterial effects of these responses most likely account for the ability of BCG to protect against childhood forms of tuberculosis (TB). There is also evidence for a heterologous protective effect of BCG vaccination against TB-unrelated mortality in low birth weight infants. A possible mechanism of action of this effect, the induction of trained innate immunity, has been demonstrated when cells from BCG-vaccinated adults are restimulated in vitro with non-related microbial stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634034/absence-of-%C3%AE-chain-in-keratinocytes-alters-chemokine-secretion-resulting-in-reduced-immune-cell-recruitment
#5
Karolin Nowak, Daniela Linzner, Adrian J Thrasher, Paul F Lambert, Wei Li Di, Siobhan O Burns
Loss of function mutations in the common gamma (γc) chain cytokine receptor subunit give rise to severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) characterised by lack of T and natural killer cells and infant death from infection. Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation or gene therapy offer cure but despite successful replacement of lymphoid immune lineages a long-term risk of severe cutaneous human papilloma virus (HPV) infections persists, possibly related to persistent γc-deficiency in other cell types. Here we demonstrate that keratinocytes, the only cell type directly infected by HPV, express functional γc and its co-receptors...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633979/zerumbone-modulates-cd1d-expression-and-lipid-antigen-presentation-pathway-in-breast-cancer-cells
#6
Ritis K Shyanti, Anuradha Sehrawat, Shivendra V Singh, J P N Mishra, Rana P Singh
Natural Killer T (NKT) cells based cancer immunotherapy is an evolving area of cancer therapy, but tumors escape from this treatment modality by altering CD1d expression and its antigen presentation pathway. Here, we have studied the relation of CD1d expression in various breast cancer cell lines to their viability and progression. We observed a novel phenomenon that CD1d expression level increases with the progressive stage of the cancer. A small molecule, zerumbone (ZER) caused down-regulation of CD1d that was accompanied by breast cancer cell growth in vitro...
June 17, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633612/clinical-features-and-treatment-outcomes-in-large-granular-lymphocytic-leukemia-lgll
#7
Srinivasa R Sanikommu, Michael J Clemente, Peter Chomczynski, Manuel G Afable, Andres Jerez, Swapna Thota, Bhumika Patel, Cassandra Hirsch, Aziz Nazha, John Desamito, Alan Lichtin, Brad Pohlman, Mikkael A Sekeres, Tomas Radivoyevitch, Jaroslaw P Maciejewski
Large granular lymphocytic leukemia (LGLL) represents a clonal/oligoclonal lymphoproliferation of cytotoxic T and natural killer cells often associated with STAT3 mutations. When symptomatic, due to mostly anemia and neutropenia, therapy choices are often empirically-based, because only few clinical trials and systematic studies have been performed. Incorporating new molecular and flow cytometry parameters, we identified 204 patients fulfilling uniform criteria for LGLL diagnoses and analyzed clinical course with median follow-up of 36 months, including responses to treatments...
June 20, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633489/effects-of-early-pregnancy-on-uterine-lymphocytes-and-endometrial-expression-of-immune-regulatory-molecules-in-dairy-heifers1
#8
Sreelakshmi Vasudevan, Manasi M Kamat, Sadhat S Walusimbi, Joy L Pate, Troy L Ott
Natural killer (NK) cells are essential for establishment of human and rodent pregnancies. The function of these and other cytotoxic T cells (CTL) is controlled by stimulatory and inhibitory signaling. A role for cytotoxic cells during early pregnancy in cattle has not been described, but regulation of their function at the fetal-maternal interface is thought to be critical for conceptus survival. The hypothesis that the relative abundance of CTL and expression of inhibitory signaling molecules is increased by the conceptus during early pregnancy was tested...
June 19, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633138/combined-stimulation-with-interleukin-18-and-interleukin-12-potently-induces-interleukin-8-production-by-natural-killer-cells
#9
Sophie M Poznanski, Amanda J Lee, Tina Nham, Evan Lusty, Margaret J Larché, Dean A Lee, Ali A Ashkar
The combination of interleukin (IL)-18 and IL-12 (IL-18+IL-12) potently stimulates natural killer (NK) cells, triggering an innate immune response to infections and cancers. Strategies exploiting the effects of IL-18+IL-12 have shown promise for cancer immunotherapy. However, studies have primarily characterized the NK cell response to IL-18+IL-12 in terms of interferon (IFN)-γ production, with little focus on other cytokines produced. IL-8 plays a critical role in activating and recruiting immune cells, but it also has tumor-promoting functions...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632753/mait-cells-launch-a-rapid-robust-and-distinct-hyperinflammatory-response-to-bacterial-superantigens-and-quickly-acquire-an-anergic-phenotype-that-impedes-their-cognate-antimicrobial-function-defining-a-novel-mechanism-of-superantigen-induced-immunopathology
#10
Christopher R Shaler, Joshua Choi, Patrick T Rudak, Arash Memarnejadian, Peter A Szabo, Mauro E Tun-Abraham, Jamie Rossjohn, Alexandra J Corbett, James McCluskey, John K McCormick, Olivier Lantz, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, S M Mansour Haeryfar
Superantigens (SAgs) are potent exotoxins secreted by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. They target a large fraction of T cell pools to set in motion a "cytokine storm" with severe and sometimes life-threatening consequences typically encountered in toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Given the rapidity with which TSS develops, designing timely and truly targeted therapies for this syndrome requires identification of key mediators of the cytokine storm's initial wave. Equally important, early host responses to SAgs can be accompanied or followed by a state of immunosuppression, which in turn jeopardizes the host's ability to combat and clear infections...
June 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631610/a-large-gene-family-in-fission-yeast-encodes-spore-killers-that-subvert-mendel-s-law
#11
Wen Hu, Zhao-Di Jiang, Fang Suo, Jin-Xin Zheng, Wan-Zhong He, Li-Lin Du
Spore killers in fungi are selfish genetic elements that distort Mendelian segregation in their favor. It remains unclear how many species harbor them and how diverse their mechanisms are. Here, we discover two spore killers from a natural isolate of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Both killers belong to the previously uncharacterized wtf gene family with 25 members in the reference genome. These two killers act in strain-background-independent and genome-location-independent manners to perturb the maturation of spores not inheriting them...
June 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631269/missing-hla-c-group-1-ligand-in-patients-with-aml-and-mds-is-associated-with-reduced-risk-of-relapse-and-better-survival-after-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-with-fludarabine-and-treosulfan-reduced-toxicity-conditioning
#12
Avichai Shimoni, Luca Vago, Massimo Bernardi, Ronit Yerushalmi, Jacopo Peccatori, Raffaella Greco, Noga Shem-Tov, Alessandro Lo Russo, Ivetta Danylesko, Arie Apel, Chiara Bonini, Maria Teresa Lupo Stanghellini, Arnon Nagler, Fabio Ciceri
Reduced-toxicity conditioning with fludarabine and treosulfan is a dose-intensive regimen with enhanced anti-leukemia effect and acceptable toxicity in AML/MDS. HLA-C regulates natural-killer (NK) cell function by inhibiting Killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) and is divided into C1 and C2 epitopes. The missing-ligand theory suggests that missing recipient KIR ligands drives NK-alloreactivity after SCT, in the absence of HLA-mismatch by activating unlicensed donor NK cells. We analyzed SCT outcomes in 203 patients with AML/MDS, median age 58 years, given SCT from matched-siblings (n=97) or matched-unrelated donors (n=106), using two treosulfan doses (total 36 or 42 gr/m2)...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630385/low-dose-of-lenalidomide-enhances-nk-cell-activity-possible-implication-as-an-adjuvant
#13
Kiandokht Borhani, Taravat Bamdad, Tayebeh Hashempour
BACKGROUND: Lenalidomide, a synthetic immunomodulatory drug, has a wide range of features including anti-angiogenic and anti-proliferative properties. To date, researchers have shown that lenalidomide is capable of ameliorating the immune system factors and antitumor responses. Most researchers have reported that lenalidomide enhances the immune response in certain cancer patients through several pathways including the stimulation of Natural Killer cells; notwithstanding, it is still crucial to investigate the effect of lenalidomide on the activity of NK cell cytotoxicity both in vitro and in vivo...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630305/multiple-layers-of-heterogeneity-and-subset-diversity-in-human-mait-cell-responses-to-distinct-microorganisms-and-to-innate-cytokines
#14
Joana Dias, Edwin Leeansyah, Johan K Sandberg
Mucosa-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are a large innate-like T-cell subset in humans defined by invariant TCR Vα7.2 use and expression of CD161. MAIT cells recognize microbial riboflavin metabolites of bacterial or fungal origin presented by the monomorphic MR1 molecule. The extraordinary level of evolutionary conservation of MR1 and the limited known diversity of riboflavin metabolite antigens have suggested that MAIT cells are relatively homogeneous and uniform in responses against diverse microbes carrying the riboflavin biosynthesis pathway...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629173/autophagic-mechanism-in-anti-cancer-immunity-its-pros-and-cons-for-cancer-therapy
#15
REVIEW
Ying-Ying Li, Lynn G Feun, Angkana Thongkum, Chiao-Hui Tu, Shu-Mei Chen, Medhi Wangpaichitr, Chunjing Wu, Macus T Kuo, Niramol Savaraj
Autophagy, a self-eating machinery, has been reported as an adaptive response to maintain metabolic homeostasis when cancer cells encounter stress. It has been appreciated that autophagy acts as a double-edge sword to decide the fate of cancer cells upon stress factors, molecular subtypes, and microenvironmental conditions. Currently, the majority of evidence support that autophagy in cancer cells is a vital mechanism bringing on resistance to current and prospective treatments, yet whether autophagy affects the anticancer immune response remains unclear and controversial...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628025/-phenotype-facilities-of-lymphocytes-in-hemorrhagic-fever-with-renal-syndrome
#16
M Ivanov, I Balmasova, Z Vasnyova
Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is a feral herd disease caused by hantaviruses. HERS may be severe and its manifestations include acute renal failure, intoxication, hemorrhages and pain syndrome. Hantaviruses as pathogen of HFRS wield considerable influence on the character of the immune response, in particular, is capable of lymphocytic cytolysis suppressing. It was found that cytotoxic T lymphocytes along with NKT and CD8 + regulatory T cells play the key role in the immune mechanisms of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome...
May 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627158/evaluation-of-serum-interleukin-21-and-hla-c1-polymorphism-in-pediatrician-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-early-diagnosis-of-acute-graft-versus-host-disease
#17
N Sehati, P Kokhaei, A Motevalizade Ardekani, R Tootoonchian, F Pak
Background: Allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a strategy used for treatment of different malignant diseases. However, success of allo-HSCT can be hampered by graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD). Natural killer (NK) cells may play an important role in activating antigen presenting cells and subsequent activation of T cells. The main purpose of this study was the evaluation of IL-21, as a blood biomarker, for early detection of acute GVHD (aGVHD) in children after HSCT and also the study of human leukocytes antigen (HLA)-C1 polymorphism, as a targeting ligand for NK cells in these patients...
June 19, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626526/efficient-divergent-synthesis-of-new-immunostimulant-4%C3%A2-modified-%C3%AE-galactosylceramide-analogues
#18
Jonas Janssens, Tine Decruy, Koen Venken, Toshiyuki Seki, Simon Krols, Johan Van der Eycken, Moriya Tsuji, Dirk Elewaut, Serge Van Calenbergh
A synthesis strategy for the swift generation of 4″-modified α-galactosylceramide (α-GalCer) analogues is described, establishing a chemical platform to comprehensively investigate the structure-activity relationships (SAR) of this understudied glycolipid part. The strategy relies on a late-stage reductive ring-opening of a p-methoxybenzylidene (PMP) acetal to regioselectively liberate the 4″-OH position. The expediency of this methodology is demonstrated by the synthesis of a small yet diverse set of analogues, which were tested for their ability to stimulate invariant natural killer T-cells (iNKT) in vitro and in vivo...
June 8, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625834/association-between-natural-killer-cell-activity-and-colorectal-cancer-in-high-risk-subjects-undergoing-colonoscopy
#19
G Jobin, R Rodriguez-Suarez, K Betito
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Low activity of natural killer (NK) cells has been associated with increased risk of cancer and has been reported in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). Activity of NK cells can be measured in a small volume of whole blood by a commercially available test. We investigated whether this test could be used to identify patients with CRC, using findings from colonoscopy as a reference standard. METHODS: We performed an open-label, prospective, cross-sectional study of 872 high-risk subjects (more than 40 years old) screened for CRC by colonoscopy at a university hospital in Montreal, Canada from October 2014 through January 2016...
June 15, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623913/aggressive-natural-killer-cell-leukemia-or-extranodal-nk-t-cell-lymphoma-a-case-with-nasal-involvement
#20
Xiaoke Jin, Youhai Xu, Jun Zhang, Guangxi Li, Dongping Huang, Yuqiong Yang, Hesheng He
BACKGROUND: Aggressive natural killer cell leukemia/lymphoma (ANKL) is a rare and highly aggressive NK cell neoplasm with a short clinical course and poor prognosis and is often misdiagnosed and confused with NK/T cell lymphoma (NKTL), which has a very different prognosis. Here, we present a case with nasal and bone marrow involvement, provide a literature review and make a differential diagnosis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 41-year-old male presented nasal congestion pharyngalgia, palatal perforation, high fever and multiorgan dysfunction...
June 17, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
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