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Immune agonist

Danielle E Jenkins, Dharshini Sreenivasan, Fiona Carman, Samal Babru, Lee E Eiden, Stephen J Bunn
The pro-inflammatory cytokines, tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-1β/α modulate catecholamine secretion, and long-term gene regulation, in chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla. Since interleukin-6 (IL6) also plays a key integrative role during inflammation, we have examined its ability to affect both tyrosine hydroxylase activity and adrenomedullary gene transcription in cultured bovine chromaffin cells. IL6 caused acute tyrosine/threonine phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), and serine/tyrosine phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3)...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Jing Xue, Qinglan Zhao, Vishal Sharma, Linh P Nguyen, Yvonne N Lee, Kim L Pham, Mouad Edderkaoui, Stephen J Pandol, Walter Park, Aida Habtezion
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cigarette smoke has been identified as an independent risk factor for chronic pancreatitis (CP). Little is known about the mechanisms by which smoking promotes development of CP. We assessed the effects of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) ligands found in cigarette smoke on immune cell activation in humans and pancreatic fibrosis in animal models of CP. METHODS: We obtained serum samples from patients with CP treated at Stanford University hospital and healthy individuals (controls) and isolated CD4+ T cells; levels of interleukin-22 (IL22) were measured by ELISA and smoking histories were collected...
October 18, 2016: Gastroenterology
Qian Chen, Ligeng Xu, Chao Liang, Chao Wang, Rui Peng, Zhuang Liu
A therapeutic strategy that can eliminate primary tumours, inhibit metastases, and prevent tumour relapses is developed herein by combining adjuvant nanoparticle-based photothermal therapy with checkpoint-blockade immunotherapy. Indocyanine green (ICG), a photothermal agent, and imiquimod (R837), a Toll-like-receptor-7 agonist, are co-encapsulated by poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid (PLGA). The formed PLGA-ICG-R837 nanoparticles composed purely by three clinically approved components can be used for near-infrared laser-triggered photothermal ablation of primary tumours, generating tumour-associated antigens, which in the presence of R837-containing nanoparticles as the adjuvant can show vaccine-like functions...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Hidekazu Nishikii, Byung-Su Kim, Yasuhisa Yokoyama, Yan Chen, Jeanette Baker, Antonio Pierini, Maite Alvarez, Melissa Mavers, Kristina Maas-Bauer, Yuqiong Pan, Shigeru Chiba, Robert S Negrin
CD4(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Treg) are a subpopulation of T cells, which regulate the immune system and enhance immune tolerance after transplantation. Donor-derived Treg prevent the development of lethal acute graft versus host disease (GVHD) in murine models of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT). We recently demonstrated that a single treatment of the agonistic antibody to DR3 (Death receptor 3, αDR3) to donor mice resulted in the expansion of donor derived Treg and prevented acute GVHD, although the precise role of DR3 signaling in GVHD has not been elucidated...
October 19, 2016: Blood
Erika Vacchelli, Norma Bloy, Fernando Aranda, Aitziber Buqué, Isabelle Cremer, Sandra Demaria, Alexander Eggermont, Silvia Chiara Formenti, Wolf Hervé Fridman, Jitka Fucikova, Jérôme Galon, Radek Spisek, Eric Tartour, Laurence Zitvogel, Guido Kroemer, Lorenzo Galluzzi
Malignant cells succumbing to some forms of radiation therapy are particularly immunogenic and hence can initiate a therapeutically relevant adaptive immune response. This reflects the intrinsic antigenicity of malignant cells (which often synthesize a high number of potentially reactive neo-antigens) coupled with the ability of radiation therapy to boost the adjuvanticity of cell death as it stimulates the release of endogenous adjuvants from dying cells. Thus, radiation therapy has been intensively investigated for its capacity to improve the therapeutic profile of several anticancer immunotherapies, including (but not limited to) checkpoint blockers, anticancer vaccines, oncolytic viruses, Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists, cytokines, and several small molecules with immunostimulatory effects...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Sreya Bagchi, Sha Li, Chyung-Ru Wang
Adoptive immunotherapy for cancer treatment is an emerging field of study. Till now, several tumor-derived, peptide-specific T cell responses have been harnessed for treating cancers. However, the contribution of lipid-specific T cells in tumor immunity has been understudied. CD1 molecules, which present self- and foreign lipid antigens to T cells, are divided into group 1 (CD1a, CD1b, and CD1c) and group 2 (CD1d). Although the role of CD1d-restricted natural killer T cells (NKT) in several tumor models has been well established, the contribution of group 1 CD1-restricted T cells in tumor immunity remains obscure due to the lack of group 1 CD1 expression in mice...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Hirotsugu Nagase, Tomohira Takeoka, Shinya Urakawa, Akiko Morimoto-Okazawa, Atsunari Kawashima, Kota Iwahori, Shuji Takiguchi, Hiroyoshi Nishikawa, Eiichi Sato, Shimon Sakaguchi, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki, Hisashi Wada
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) have an immunosuppressive role in the tumor microenvironment. Since effector Tregs (eTregs), which have highly suppressive functions, are located in a subpopulation of Foxp3(+) CD4(+) Tregs, the TCR-inducible costimulatory receptor (ICOS) was applied as a marker of eTregs that infiltrated gastric cancer tissue and the induction pathway of ICOS(+) Foxp3(+) cells was analyzed by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. In tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), ICOS(+) Foxp3(+) CD4(+) T cells were abundantly observed in the late stages of gastric cancer...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Lingran Kong, Chengchao Ruan, Pingjin Gao
OBJECTIVE: Inflammatory processes plays a pivotal role in pathogenesis of hypertension. Previous study have indicated that A2A receptor is closely related with immunogenic anti-inflammation process. The present study aimed to elucidate whether the activation of A2A receptor is involved in the regulation of hypertension-induced cardiovascular consequence via regulating immunoresponse. DESIGN AND METHOD: Deoxycorticosterone acetat (DOCA)-salt hypertensive mice were injected intraperitoneally with specific A2A receptor agonist (CGS21680) or antagonist (istradefylline) or PBS respectively...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Masatsugu Horiuchi
Hypertensive patients have greater chances of such cardiovascular events as stroke, coronary heart disease, heart or renal failure, peripheral artery disease, and dementia. It is also well recognized that diabetes increases the cardiovascular risks in concert with hypertension. Therefore, main goals for an innovation of anti-hypertensive therapy would be to achieve further risk reduction by targeting the functional, metabolic, and structural alterations associated with hypertension. Professors Dzau and Braunwald et al proposed the concept of "the cardiovascular disease continuum" in 1991, and that hypertension may trigger the chain of events, leading to end-stage heart disease; however, this concept was quite new at that time, and there was some discussion whether "the cardiovascular disease continuum" is true or not...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sudhir Gupta, Sudhanshu Agrawal, Sastry Gollapudi, Hiromi Kubagawa
IgMFcR (FcμR) are expressed on B cell and B cell subsets. Mice deficient in secreted IgM and FcμR share properties of impaired specific antibody response and autoimmunity with patient with selective IgM deficiency (SIGMD). Intravenous immunoglobulin (IGIV) regulates immune response, including modulation of IgGFc receptors. However, there are no data on the expression of FcμR in patients with SIGMD, and the effects of IGIV on FcμR. In this study, we investigated FcμR expression in naïve marginal zone (MZ), IgM memory, and class-switched memory B cells in patients with selective IgM deficiency and healthy controls...
October 14, 2016: Human Immunology
Raphaela Mayerhofer, Esther E Fröhlich, Florian Reichmann, Aitak Farzi, Nora Kogelnik, Eleonore Fröhlich, Wolfgang Sattler, Peter Holzer
Microbial metabolites are known to affect immune system, brain, and behavior via activation of pattern recognition receptors such as Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). Unlike the effect of the TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the role of other TLR agonists in immune-brain communication is insufficiently understood. We therefore hypothesized that the TLR2 agonist lipoteichoic acid (LTA) causes immune activation in the periphery and brain, stimulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and has an adverse effect on blood-brain barrier (BBB) and emotional behavior...
October 14, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Keun Ah Ryu, Katarzyna Slowinska, Troy Moore, Aaron Esser-Kahn
We report immune response modulation with linked Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists. Conjugating two agonists of synergistic TLRs induce an increase in immune activity compared to equal molarity of soluble agonists. Additionally, varying the distance between the agonists by changing the linker length alters the level of macrophage NF-κB activity as well as primary bone marrow derived dendritic cell IL-6 production. This modulation is effected by the size of the agonists and the pairing of the stimulated TLRs...
October 17, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Naveen Surendran, Ted Nicolosi, Michael Pichichero
We recently identified a population of 10% of infants who respond with sub-protective antibody levels to most routine primary pediatric vaccinations due to altered innate and adaptive immune responses. We term these infants as low vaccine responders (LVRs). Here we report new data showing that TLR7/8 agonist - R848 stimulation of PBMCs of LVR infants elicit significantly lower IFN-α, IL-12p70 and IL-1β, while inducing higher levels of CCL5 (RANTES) compared to normal vaccine responder (NVR) infants.
October 13, 2016: Vaccine
Jennifer Gamboa Jackman, Hemraj Juwarker, Luke P Poveromo, Howard Levinson, Kam W Leong, Bruce A Sullenger
Dying cells release nucleic acids (NA) and NA-containing complexes that activate inflammatory pathways of immune cells. Sustained activation of these pathways contributes to chronic inflammation frequently encountered in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. In this study, grafting of cationic polymers onto a nanofibrous mesh enabled local scavenging of negatively charged pro-inflammatory molecules in the extracellular space. Nucleic acid scavenging nanofibers (NASFs) formed from poly(styrene-alt-maleic anhydride) conjugated with 1...
October 14, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Lin Li, Xiaotian Qi, Weili Sun, Hisham Abdel-Azim, Siyue Lou, Hong Zhu, Nemani V Prasadarao, Alice Zhou, Hiroyuki Shimada, Koichi Shudo, Yong-Mi Kim, Sajad Khazal, Qiaojun He, David Warburton, Lingtao Wu
Neutrophils generated by granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF) are functionally immature and, consequently, cannot effectively reduce infection and infection-related mortality in cancer chemotherapy-induced neutropenia (CCIN). Am80, a retinoic acid (RA) agonist that enhances granulocytic differentiation by selectively activating transcription factor RA receptor alpha (RARα), alternatively promotes RA-target gene expression. We found that in normal and malignant primary human hematopoietic specimens, Am80-GCSF combination coordinated proliferation with differentiation to develop complement receptor-3 (CR3)-dependent neutrophil innate immunity, through altering transcription of RA-target genes RARβ2, C/EBPε, CD66, CD11b, and CD18 This led to generation of functional neutrophils capable of fighting infection, whereas neutralizing neutrophil innate immunity with anti-CD18 antibody abolished neutrophil bactericidal activities induced by Am80-GCSF Further, Am80-GCSF synergy was evaluated using six different dose-schedule-infection mouse CCIN models...
October 13, 2016: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Christopher A Seid, Kathryn M Jones, Jeroen Pollet, Brian Keegan, Elissa Hudspeth, Molly Hammond, Junfei Wei, C Patrick McAtee, Leroy Versteeg, Amanda Gutierrez, Zhuyun Liu, Bin Zhan, Jonathan L Respress, Ulrich Strych, Maria Elena Bottazzi, Peter J Hotez
A therapeutic vaccine for human Chagas disease is under development by the Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership. The aim of the vaccine is to significantly reduce the parasite burden of Trypanosoma cruzi in humans, either as a standalone product or in combination with conventional chemotherapy. Vaccination of mice with Tc24 formulated with monophosphoryl-lipid A (MPLA) adjuvant results in a Th1 skewed immune response with elevated IgG2a and IFNγ levels and a statistically significant decrease in parasitemia following T...
October 13, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Jan Čáp
Treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors leads to thyroid dysfunction in up to one half of treated patients, hypothyroidism being the most common. It is caused by destructive thyroiditis, impaired transport of T4 into the cell and deiodinase induction. Bexarotene is a nuclear retinoid X receptor agonist. Its application is accompanied with central hypothyroidism and hypertriglyceriaemia in virtually all patients and it also increases thyroxin metabolism. Autoimmune endocrine side effects are common in cancer immunotherapy...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Renchi Yang, Junmin Li, Jie Jin, Meijuan Huang, Ziqiang Yu, Xiaojun Xu, Xiaohui Zhang, Ming Hou
Eltrombopag, a thrombopoietin receptor agonist, raises platelet counts and reduces bleeding in patients with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). In Chinese patients, eltrombopag was evaluated at an initial dose of 25 mg, vs. 50 mg for non-Asians, because the plasma exposure of eltrombopag is higher in East Asians. A multicentre, double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, 8-week, phase III study enrolled 155 patients with chronic, previously treated ITP. Dosage could be adjusted (25-75 mg/day) to maintain platelet counts 50-250 × 10(9) /l...
October 13, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Suraj S Pradhan, Kirstie Salinas, Alexis C Garduno, Jenny U Johansson, Qian Wang, Amy Manning-Bog, Katrin I Andreasson
Inflammation is a ubiquitous factor accompanying normal aging and neurodegeneration, and recent studies indicate a major contribution of inducible cyclooxygenase (COX-2) and its downstream prostaglandin signaling pathways in modulating neuroinflammatory responses and neuronal function. We have previously shown that the prostaglandin PGE2 receptor EP4 suppresses innate immune responses in models of systemic inflammation. Here we investigated the role of the EP4 receptor in models of Parkinson's disease (PD)...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Jason Miska, Aida Rashidi, Alan L Chang, Megan E Muroski, Yu Han, Lingjiao Zhang, Maciej S Lesniak
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are potently immunosuppressive cells that accumulate within the glioma microenvironment. The reduction in their function and/or trafficking has been previously shown to enhance survival in preclinical models of glioma. Glucocorticoid-induced TNFR-related protein (GITR) is a tumor necrosis factor superfamily receptor enriched on Tregs that has shown promise as a target for immunotherapy. An agonistic antibody against GITR has been demonstrated to inhibit Tregs in a number of models and has only been recently addressed in glioma...
October 12, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
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