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Front Immunol ; 10: 951, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31114586


The maintenance of B cell homeostasis requires a tight control of B cell generation, survival, activation, and maturation. In lymphocytes upon activation, increased sensitivity to apoptotic signals helps controlling differentiation and proliferation. The death receptor Fas is important in this context because genetic Fas mutations in humans lead to an autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome that is similar to lymphoproliferation observed in Fas-deficient mice. In contrast, the physiological role of TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand receptors (TRAIL-Rs) in humans has been poorly studied so far. Indeed, most studies have focused on tumor cell lines and on mouse models whose results are difficult to transpose to primary human B cells. In the present work, the expression of apoptosis-inducing TRAIL-R1 and TRAIL-R2 and of the decoy receptors TRAIL-R3 and TRAIL-R4 was systematically studied in all developmental stages of peripheral B cells isolated from the blood and secondary lymphoid organs. Expression of TRAIL-Rs is modulated along development, with highest levels observed in germinal center B cells. In addition, T-dependent and T-independent signals elicited induction of TRAIL-Rs with distinct kinetics, which differed among B cell subpopulations: switched memory cells rapidly upregulated TRAIL-R1 and -2 upon activation while naïve B cells only reached similar expression levels at later time points in culture. Increased expression of TRAIL-R1 and -2 coincided with a caspase-3-dependent sensitivity to TRAIL-induced apoptosis in activated B cells but not in freshly isolated resting B cells. Finally, both TRAIL-R1 and TRAIL-R2 could signal actively and both contributed to TRAIL-induced apoptosis. In conclusion, this study provides a systematic analysis of the expression of TRAIL-Rs in human primary B cells and of their capacity to signal and induce apoptosis. This dataset forms a basis to further study and understand the dysregulation of TRAIL-Rs and TRAIL expression observed in autoimmune diseases. Additionally, it will be important to foresee potential bystander immunomodulation when TRAIL-R agonists are used in cancer treatment.

J Autoimmun ; 101: 145-152, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31054942


BACKGROUND: Cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) limits T-cell activation and is expressed on T-regulatory cells. Human CTLA-4 deficiency results in severe immune dysregulation. Abatacept (CTLA-4 Ig) is approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and its mechanism of action is attributed to effects on T-cells. It is known that CTLA-4 modulates the expression of its ligands CD80 and CD86 on antigen presenting cells (APC) by transendocytosis. As B-cells express CD80/CD86 and function as APC, we hypothesize that B-cells are a direct target of abatacept. OBJECTIVES: To investigate direct effects of abatacept on human B-lymphocytes in vitro and in RA patients. METHODS: The effect of abatacept on healthy donor B-cells' phenotype, activation and CD80/CD86 expression was studied in vitro. Nine abatacept-treated RA patients were studied. Seven of these were followed up to 24 months, and two up to 12 months only and treatment response, immunoglobulins, ACPA, RF concentrations, B-cell phenotype and ACPA-specific switched memory B-cell frequency were assessed. RESULTS: B-cell development was unaffected by abatacept. Abatacept treatment resulted in a dose-dependent decrease of CD80/CD86 expression on B-cells in vitro, which was due to dynamin-dependent internalization. RA patients treated with abatacept showed a progressive decrease in plasmablasts and serum IgG. While ACPA-titers only moderately declined, the frequency of ACPA-specific switched memory B-cells significantly decreased. CONCLUSIONS: Abatacept directly targets B-cells by reducing CD80/CD86 expression. Impairment of antigen presentation and T-cell activation may result in altered B-cell selection, providing a new therapeutic mechanism and a base for abatacept use in B-cell mediated autoimmunity.

J Autoimmun ; 77: 55-66, 2017 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27793425


B-cells are pivotal to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and tofacitinib, a JAK inhibitor, is effective and safe in its treatment. Tofacitinib interferes with signal transduction via cytokine receptors using the common γ-chain. Despite extensive data on T-lymphocytes, the impact of tofacitinib on B-lymphocytes is poorly understood. In this study we assessed the effect of tofacitinib on B-lymphocyte differentiation and function. Tofacitinib treatment strongly impaired in vitro plasmablast development, immunoglobulin secretion and induction of B-cell fate determining transcription factors, Blimp-1, Xbp-1, and IRF-4, in naïve B-cells. Interestingly, class switch and activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AICDA) induction was only slightly reduced in activated naïve B-cells. The effect of tofacitinib on plasmablast formation, immunoglobulin secretion and proliferation was less profound, when peripheral blood B-cells, including not only naïve but also memory B-cells, were stimulated. In line with these in vitro results, the relative distribution of B-cell populations remained stable in tofacitinib treated patients. Nevertheless, a temporary increase in absolute B-cell numbers was observed 6-8 weeks after start of treatment. In addition, B-cells isolated from tofacitinib treated patients responded rapidly to in vitro activation. We demonstrate that tofacitinib has a direct impact on human naïve B-lymphocytes, independently from its effect on T-lymphocytes, by impairing their development into plasmablasts and immunoglobulin secretion. The major effect of tofacitinib on naïve B-lymphocyte development points to the potential inability of tofacitinib-treated patients to respond to novel antigens, and suggests planning vaccination strategies prior to tofacitinib treatment.

Linfócitos B/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Piperidinas/farmacologia , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/farmacologia , Pirimidinas/farmacologia , Pirróis/farmacologia , Formação de Anticorpos/efeitos dos fármacos , Artrite Reumatoide/tratamento farmacológico , Artrite Reumatoide/imunologia , Artrite Reumatoide/metabolismo , Linfócitos B/metabolismo , Células Cultivadas , Citidina Desaminase/metabolismo , Humanos , Switching de Imunoglobulina/efeitos dos fármacos , Imunomodulação , Subunidade gama Comum de Receptores de Interleucina/metabolismo , Ativação Linfocitária/efeitos dos fármacos , Ativação Linfocitária/imunologia , Contagem de Linfócitos , Piperidinas/uso terapêutico , Plasmócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Plasmócitos/imunologia , Plasmócitos/metabolismo , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/uso terapêutico , Pirimidinas/uso terapêutico , Pirróis/uso terapêutico , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
J Exp Med ; 212(10): 1693-708, 2015 Sep 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26324445


B cell antigen receptor (BCR) signaling is critical for B cell development and activation. Using mass spectrometry, we identified a protein kinase D-interacting substrate of 220 kD (Kidins220)/ankyrin repeat-rich membrane-spanning protein (ARMS) as a novel interaction partner of resting and stimulated BCR. Upon BCR stimulation, the interaction increases in a Src kinase-independent manner. By knocking down Kidins220 in a B cell line and generating a conditional B cell-specific Kidins220 knockout (B-KO) mouse strain, we show that Kidins220 couples the BCR to PLCγ2, Ca(2+), and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (Erk) signaling. Consequently, BCR-mediated B cell activation was reduced in vitro and in vivo upon Kidins220 deletion. Furthermore, B cell development was impaired at stages where pre-BCR or BCR signaling is required. Most strikingly, λ light chain-positive B cells were reduced sixfold in the B-KO mice, genetically placing Kidins220 in the PLCγ2 pathway. Thus, our data indicate that Kidins220 positively regulates pre-BCR and BCR functioning.

Linfócitos B/fisiologia , Proteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos B/metabolismo , Animais , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Células da Medula Óssea/metabolismo , Cálcio/metabolismo , Imunoglobulina D/metabolismo , Imunoglobulina M/metabolismo , Ativação Linfocitária , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Camundongos Transgênicos , Fosfolipase C gama/metabolismo , Baço/citologia