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Gene ; 722: 144057, 2020 Jan 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31430519

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OBJECTIVE: Fork head domain-containing transcription factor family (FOX), is comprised of >20 members. Members of FOX family have been implicated in a wide range of physiological and/or diseased conditions. Many of FOX members have been shown to be involved in tumorigenesis and progression. The potential roles in carcinogenesis of FOXN4, a member as one of the vast FOX family, remains relatively unknown. METHOD: Here, we explored the potential involvement of FOXN4 in breast cancer. RESULTS: First, observed that a higher FOXN4 was identified in the normal adjacent breast tissue as compared to that in the breast cancer samples; an increased FOXN4 level was associated with a better prognosis in patients with breast cancer. In addition, ectopically expression of FOXN4 led to the decreased cell proliferation, reduced colony formation and metastatic abilities (EMT, migration and invasion) in breast cancer cell lines. Furthermore, we showed the direct interaction between FOXN4 and TP53 and FOXN4 binding led to the increased activity of TP53. Silencing FOXN4 led to reduced TP53 and increased expression of Dll4, Notch and survivin, providing a link between FOXN4 and Notch signaling. Finally, we used patient-derived xenograft mouse model to demonstrate the tumor inhibitory effects of Notch-inhibitor, PF-3084014. We found that PF-3084014 treatment led to a significantly smaller tumor burden and higher survival ratio in patient-derived xenograft mice as compared to the vehicle. This tumor suppressive effect was accompanied by the increased expression of TP53, FOXN4 and decreased Dll4 and Notch. CONCLUSION: Collectively, our data strongly suggested the tumor suppressive roles of FOXN4 in breast tumorigenesis via the activation of TP53 while suppressing Notch signaling. Future studies are warranted to explore the clinical application of PF-3084104 (Notch inhibitor) for the treatment of breast cancer patients.


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Neoplasias da Mama/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/metabolismo , Adulto , Animais , Neoplasias da Mama/genética , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Carcinogênese , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células , Feminino , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/genética , Humanos , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intercelular/metabolismo , Neoplasias Mamárias Experimentais/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias Mamárias Experimentais/genética , Neoplasias Mamárias Experimentais/metabolismo , Camundongos , Metástase Neoplásica , Prognóstico , Receptores Notch/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores Notch/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Tetra-Hidronaftalenos/uso terapêutico , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/genética , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/metabolismo , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/genética , Valina/análogos & derivados , Valina/uso terapêutico
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Chem Biol Interact ; 313: 108818, 2019 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31494106

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Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a common complication of diabetes that remains the major cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Forkhead box P1 (FOXP1) is a member of FOX family involved in the progression of diabetes. However, the pathogenic role of FOXP1 in DN remains unclear. This study was aimed to explore the effects of FOXP1 on glomerular mesangial cells (MCs) in response to high glucose (HG) stimulation. We found that HG stimulation markedly inhibited the FOXP1 expression in MCs in dose-and time-dependent manner. CCK-8 assay proved that FOXP1 overexpression attenuated HG-induced cell proliferation in MCs. FOXP1 exhibited anti-oxidative activity in HG-induced MCs, as proved by the decreased production of ROS and expressions of ROS producing enzymes, NADPH oxidase (NOX) 2 and NOX4. Besides, FOXP1 suppressed the expression and secretion of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins including collagen IV (Col IV) and fibronectin (FN). Furthermore, FOXP1 overexpression significantly prevented HG-induced activation of Akt/mTOR signaling in MCs, and Akt activator blocked FOXP1-mediated cell proliferation, ROS production and ECM accumulation in MCs. Collectively, FOXP1 prevented HG-induced proliferation, oxidative stress, and ECM accumulation in MCs via inhibiting the activation of Akt/mTOR signaling pathway. The findings suggested that FOXP1 might be a therapeutic target for the treatment of DN.


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Matriz Extracelular/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Glucose/metabolismo , Células Mesangiais/metabolismo , Proteínas Repressoras/metabolismo , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Cultivadas , Colágeno Tipo IV/metabolismo , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Matriz Extracelular/efeitos dos fármacos , Fibronectinas/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/genética , Glucose/administração & dosagem , Glucose/farmacologia , Humanos , Células Mesangiais/efeitos dos fármacos , NADPH Oxidase 2/metabolismo , NADPH Oxidase 4/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/metabolismo
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Toxicol Lett ; 316: 27-34, 2019 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31513887

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OBJECTIVE: Atherosclerosis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that is closely associated with long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5). CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a critical role in the regulation of T cell-mediated immune responses, and the depletion of CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Tregs has been thought to play a prominent role in atherosclerosis. Therefore, we investigated the association between the CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Tregs population and atherosclerotic development in ApoE-/- mice exposed to PM2.5. METHODS: We employed a real-world system to subject 40 ApoE-/- mice to ambient inhalation of PM2.5 (PM2.5 group, n = 20) or filtered air (FA group, n = 20) for 12 weeks. PM2.5 source apportionment, atherosclerotic lesions within aorta, lipid deposition and plaque accumulation in whole artery, serum level of inflammatory factors and lipid profiles, CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Tregs population in splenocytes, Foxp3 protein and mRNA expressions in descending aorta and spleen were quantified, respectively. RESULTS: The daily average concentration of PM2.5 was 57.4 ± 25.6 µg/m3. Atherosclerotic lesions within aorta, lipid deposition and plaque accumulation in whole artery, serum levels of IL-6, TNF-α, TC and LDL-C in the PM2.5 group increased significantly compared to the FA group. Whereas, serum levels of IL-10 and TGF-ß, CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Tregs population in splenocytes, Foxp3 protein and mRNA expressions in descending aorta and spleen in the PM2.5 group decreased significantly compared to the FA group. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that PM2.5 could accelerate the development of atherosclerosis in ApoE-/- mice, which is related to CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ Tregs down-regulation, as well as lipid deposition and systemic inflammation.


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Aorta/efeitos dos fármacos , Doenças da Aorta/induzido quimicamente , Aterosclerose/induzido quimicamente , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Subunidade alfa de Receptor de Interleucina-2/metabolismo , Material Particulado/toxicidade , Linfócitos T Reguladores/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Aorta/imunologia , Aorta/metabolismo , Aorta/patologia , Doenças da Aorta/sangue , Doenças da Aorta/imunologia , Doenças da Aorta/patologia , Aterosclerose/sangue , Aterosclerose/imunologia , Aterosclerose/patologia , Biomarcadores/sangue , LDL-Colesterol/sangue , Citocinas/sangue , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Progressão da Doença , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/imunologia , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Mediadores da Inflamação/sangue , Subunidade alfa de Receptor de Interleucina-2/imunologia , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout para ApoE , Tamanho da Partícula , Fenótipo , Placa Aterosclerótica , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/metabolismo , Linfócitos T Reguladores/patologia , Fatores de Tempo
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 14: 5229-5242, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31371958

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Purpose: Dexamethasone (Dex) has long been used as a potent immunosuppressive agent in the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, despite serious side effects. In the present study, Dex and model antigen ovalbumin (OVA) were encapsulated with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) to deliver Dex and OVA preferentially to phagocytic cells, reducing systemic side effects of Dex. The OVA-specific immune tolerance-inducing activity of the nanoparticles (NPs) was examined. Methods: Polymeric NPs containing OVA and Dex (NP[OVA+Dex]) were prepared by the water-in-oil-in-water double emulsion solvent evaporation method. The effects of NP[OVA+Dex] on the maturation and function of immature dendritic cells (DCs) were examined in vitro. Furthermore, the OVA-specific immune tolerizing effects of NP[OVA+Dex] were confirmed in mice that were intravenously injected or orally fed with the NPs. Results: Immature DCs treated in vitro with NP[OVA+Dex] did not mature into immunogenic DCs but instead were converted into tolerogenic DCs. Furthermore, profoundly suppressed generation of OVA-specific cytotoxic T cells and production of OVA-specific IgG were observed in mice injected with NP[OVA+Dex], whereas regulatory T cells were concomitantly increased. Feeding of mice with NP[OVA+Dex] also induced OVA-specific immune tolerance. Conclusion: The present study demonstrates that oral feeding as well as intravenous injection of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) NPs encapsulating both antigen and Dex is a useful means of inducing antigen-specific immune tolerance, which is crucial for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.


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Antígenos/imunologia , Materiais Biocompatíveis/química , Dexametasona/farmacologia , Epitopos/imunologia , Tolerância Imunológica , Nanopartículas/química , Administração Oral , Animais , Apresentação do Antígeno/efeitos dos fármacos , Citocinas/biossíntese , Células Dendríticas/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Dendríticas/imunologia , Feminino , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Imunidade/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Nanopartículas/administração & dosagem , Ovalbumina/imunologia , Fagocitose/efeitos dos fármacos , Copolímero de Ácido Poliláctico e Ácido Poliglicólico/química , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/imunologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos T Reguladores/metabolismo
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Adv Clin Exp Med ; 28(9): 1243-1248, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31430072

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BACKGROUND: FoxP3 is a marker of human T regulatory cells (Tregs), which are supposed to play an important role in the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis. Interleukin 10 (IL-10) is a cytokine with pleiotropic, immunoregulatory properties, produced mostly by Tregs and B regulatory cells. Due to their anti-inflammatory action, both Tregs and IL-10 are believed to inhibit plaque development and decrease atherosclerosis progression. The effect of hypolipidemic drugs - statins or ezetimibe - on FoxP3-positive Tregs and anti-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-10, is still unclear. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to investigate the effects of 3 different therapies of equivalent hypolipidemic activity: atorvastatin, rosuvastatin, and combination therapy of atorvastatin and ezetimibe on FoxP3-Tregs transcription factor and IL-10 mRNA expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty-five patients with diagnosed CAD participated in the study. They were randomly assigned to 3 therapeutic groups: atorvastatin at a dose of 40 mg/day (A40 group); rosuvastatin 20 mg/day (R20 group); and atorvastatin 10 mg/day combined with ezetimibe 10 mg/day (A10+E10 group). After 1 month and 6 months of therapy, the mRNA expression for FoxP3 and IL-10 in PBMCs was evaluated using real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and lipid parameters. RESULTS: An improvement in lipid parameters was observed in each of the groups studied; however, hypolipidemic treatment did not induce any change in FoxP3 and IL-10 mRNA expression. After 6 months, an increase in FoxP3 mRNA expression was noted in A40 group as compared to R20 group. CONCLUSIONS: None of the therapies of equal hypolipidemic efficacy affected FoxP3 and IL-10 mRNA expression in patients with stable CAD.


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Anticolesterolemiantes , Doença da Artéria Coronariana , Inibidores de Hidroximetilglutaril-CoA Redutases , Anticolesterolemiantes/uso terapêutico , Atorvastatina/uso terapêutico , Doença da Artéria Coronariana/genética , Doença da Artéria Coronariana/metabolismo , Ezetimiba/uso terapêutico , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Interleucina-10/metabolismo , Leucócitos Mononucleares , RNA Mensageiro
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Cell Prolif ; 52(5): e12615, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31310044

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OBJECTIVES: It has been widely reported that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) can participate in multiple biological processes of human cancers. lncRNA HLA complex group 11 (HCG11) has been reported in human cancers as a tumour suppressor. This study focused on investigating the function and mechanism of HCG11 in glioma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Based on The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data set and qRT-PCR analysis, the expression pattern of HCG11 was identified in glioma samples. The mechanism associated with HCG11 downregulation was determined by mechanism experiments. Gain-of-function assays were conducted for the identification of HCG11 function in glioma progression. Mechanism investigation based on the luciferase reporter assay, RIP assay and pull-down assay was used to explore the downstream molecular mechanism of HCG11. The role of molecular pathway in the progression of glioma was analysed in accordance with the rescue assays. RESULTS: HCG11 was expressed at low level in glioma samples compared with normal samples. FOXP1 could bind with HCG11 and transcriptionally inactivated HCG11. Overexpression of HCG11 efficiently suppressed cell proliferation, induced cell cycle arrest and promoted cell apoptosis. HCG11 was predominantly enriched in the cytoplasm of glioma cells and acted as a competing endogenous RNAs (ceRNAs) by sponging micro-496 to upregulate cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding protein 3 (CPEB3). CEPB3 and miR-496 involved in HCG11-mediated glioma progression. CONCLUSIONS: HCG11 inhibited glioma progression by regulating miR-496/CPEB3 axis.


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Glioma/patologia , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , RNA Longo não Codificante/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/metabolismo , Animais , Antagomirs/metabolismo , Apoptose , Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular , Linhagem Celular , Movimento Celular , Proliferação de Células , Progressão da Doença , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/química , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Glioma/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Nus , MicroRNAs/antagonistas & inibidores , MicroRNAs/genética , Interferência de RNA , RNA Longo não Codificante/genética , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA/genética , Proteínas Repressoras/química , Proteínas Repressoras/metabolismo
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Egypt J Immunol ; 26(1): 15-29, 2019 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31332993

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Cow's milk allergy (CMA) is known to be either IgE- or non-IgE mediated. Regulatory T (Treg) cell defect is involved in the pathogenesis of both types. Vitamin D has been suggested to improve the generation of allergen-specific Treg cell populations with the potential to provide safe and long-term alleviation of disease symptoms. This study aimed to assess Vitamin D status in children with physician-diagnosed CMA and to investigate the effect of in vitro cultivation with Vitamin D on the percentage of antigen-driven CD4+CD25highFoxp3+IL10+ Treg cells following in vitro stimulation of cells with cow's milk allergen in culture. This cross-sectional study included 20 children with CMA and 20 healthy age and sex-matched children as a control group. All patients were subjected to clinical evaluation, cow's milk skin prick test (SPT), cow's milk elimination and oral re-challenge test in patients with negative cow's milk SPT and in those with gastrointestinal presentation, measurement of serum Vitamin D level and assessment of the percentage of antigen-driven CD4+CD25highFoxp3+IL10+ Treg cells in response to stimulation with cow's milk allergen extract with and without Vitamin D in culture. Vitamin D deficiency was detected in 80% of children with CMA. Percentage of Foxp3+ and IL10+ co-expression on Treg cells was significantly increased after stimulation with cow's milk allergen extract in the presence of Vitamin D. A significant positive correlation was observed between serum Vitamin D level and percentage of antigen-driven CD4+CD25highFoxp3+IL10+ Treg cells as well as level of Foxp3+ and IL10+ co-expression on Treg cells at baseline (control cultures without stimulation) and after PBMCs stimulation with cow's milk allergen extract in the presence of Vitamin D. Re-stimulation with cow's milk allergen extract was performed in vitro in order to evaluate milk-induced immune stimulation and regulation. In conclusion, patients with CMA whether IgE- or non-IgE mediated had Vitamin D deficiency with a decreased number of CD4+CD25highFoxp3+IL10+ Treg cells which increased after in vitro addition of Vitamin D with increased Foxp3 and IL10 co-expression.


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Interleucina-10/metabolismo , Hipersensibilidade a Leite/imunologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/citologia , Vitamina D/farmacologia , Animais , Bovinos , Células Cultivadas , Criança , Estudos Transversais , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Humanos , Lactente
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Egypt J Immunol ; 26(1): 129-139, 2019 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31333003

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T regulatory cells (Tregs) are a cornerstone regulator for immune responses and inflammatory reactions. Abnormal number or function of Tregs causes deranged immune response that increases the autoimmune disorders and inflammatory conditions. Type 1 diabetes mellitus is an autoimmune disease associated with many complications, of which, Cardiovascular complications are fundamental and responsible for profound morbidity and mortality. Understanding the immunopathogenesis of these disorders allows early diagnosis and better management by innovating new therapeutic targets. In this study, we aimed to detect the association between CD4+CD8+FOX3+ Tregs, T1DM, and associated cardiovascular complications. The study included 144 individuals divided into three groups, group 1 included 48 patients suffering from T1DM without cardiovascular complications, group II: included 48 type T1DM patients with cardiovascular complications. Group III: included 48 healthy control subjects. For all participants, markers for inflammation, and cardiovascular involvement were assessed. The percentage of CD4+ CD25+ FOXP3+ Regulatory T- cells (Tregs) was measured by flow cytometry using peripheral blood samples. The level of Treg was lowest in group II and highest in group III, the difference was highly significant P < 0.001. Treg in group I significantly correlated with age (r= 0.58, P=0.004), CK-mb (r= 0.61, P=0.04) and LDL (r= -.61, P=0.4). While in group II, it correlated with triglyceride level, (r= 0.65 and a P =- 0.02). In conclusion, Lower levels of Tregs are associated with cardiovascular complications in TIDM patients.


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Doenças Cardiovasculares/complicações , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 1/complicações , Linfócitos T Reguladores/citologia , Biomarcadores , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 1/imunologia , Citometria de Fluxo , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Humanos , Subunidade alfa de Receptor de Interleucina-2
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Cancer Sci ; 110(9): 2783-2793, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31325403

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Oral cancer, a subtype of head and neck cancer, is characterized by increased infiltrating regulatory T cells (Treg); however, the pathological significance of the increase in Tregs in disease prognosis and progression and their underlying mechanism remain unestablished. C-C motif chemokine ligand 22 (CCL22) has been implicated in the recruitment of Tregs. We used RT-qPCR to determine CCL22 mRNA expression in clinical specimens and cultured cells. Loss-of-function and gain-of-function studies were carried out to analyze the effects of CCL22 modulations on cell proliferation, migration, invasion, and tumorigenesis and the mechanism involved in the deregulation of CCL22. In oral cancer specimens, CCL22 mRNA was upregulated. The increase was not only associated with reduced disease-free survival but also strongly correlated with an increase in FOXP3 mRNA, a master regulator of Treg development and functions. Silencing CCL22 expression reduced cell proliferation, migration, and invasion, whereas ectopic overexpression showed opposite effects. Manipulation of CCL22 expression in cancer cells altered tumorigenesis in both immune-compromised and -competent mice, supporting both autonomous and non-autonomous actions of CCL22. Release of interleukin 1ß (IL-1ß) from cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF) induces CCL22 mRNA expression in oral cancer cells by activating transcription factor nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB). Our data support a model in which CAF-derived IL-1ß, CCL22, and its receptor CCR4 foster a protumor environment by promoting cell transformation and Treg infiltration. Intervention of the IL-1ß-CCL22-CCR4 signaling axis may offer a novel therapeutic strategy for oral cancer treatment.


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Fibroblastos Associados a Câncer/metabolismo , Quimiocina CCL22/metabolismo , Interleucina-1beta/metabolismo , Neoplasias Bucais/patologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas de Cabeça e Pescoço/patologia , Animais , Fibroblastos Associados a Câncer/imunologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/imunologia , Transformação Celular Neoplásica/imunologia , Transformação Celular Neoplásica/patologia , Quimiocina CCL22/genética , Intervalo Livre de Doença , Feminino , Seguimentos , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Humanos , Interleucina-1beta/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mucosa Bucal/patologia , Mucosa Bucal/cirurgia , Neoplasias Bucais/imunologia , Neoplasias Bucais/mortalidade , Neoplasias Bucais/cirurgia , Invasividade Neoplásica/imunologia , Invasividade Neoplásica/patologia , Prognóstico , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo , Receptores CCR4/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/imunologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas de Cabeça e Pescoço/imunologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas de Cabeça e Pescoço/mortalidade , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas de Cabeça e Pescoço/cirurgia , Análise de Sobrevida , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/metabolismo , Regulação para Cima , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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Gut ; 68(11): 2019-2031, 2019 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31227589

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OBJECTIVE: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is heterogeneous, especially in multifocal tumours, which decreases the efficacy of clinical treatments. Understanding tumour heterogeneity is critical when developing novel treatment strategies. However, a comprehensive investigation of tumour heterogeneity in HCC is lacking, and the available evidence regarding tumour heterogeneity has not led to improvements in clinical practice. DESIGN: We harvested 42 samples from eight HCC patients and evaluated tumour heterogeneity using whole-exome sequencing, RNA sequencing, mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics, cytometry by time-of-flight, and single-cell analysis. Immunohistochemistry and quantitative polymerase chain reactions were performed to confirm the expression levels of genes. Three independent cohorts were further used to validate the findings. RESULTS: Tumour heterogeneity is considerable with regard to the genomes, transcriptomes, proteomes, and metabolomes of lesions and tumours. The immune status of the HCC microenvironment was relatively less heterogenous. Targeting local immunity could be a suitable intervention with balanced precision and practicability. By clustering immune cells in the HCC microenvironment, we identified three distinctive HCC subtypes with immunocompetent, immunodeficient, and immunosuppressive features. We further revealed the specific metabolic features and cytokine/chemokine expression levels of the different subtypes. Determining the expression levels of CD45 and Foxp3 using immunohistochemistry facilitated the correct classification of HCC patients and the prediction of their prognosis. CONCLUSION: There is comprehensive intratumoral and intertumoral heterogeneity in all dimensions of HCC. Based on the results, we propose a novel immunophenotypic classification of HCCs that facilitates prognostic prediction and may support decision making with regard to the choice of therapy.


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Carcinoma Hepatocelular/etiologia , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/patologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/etiologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/patologia , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Humanos , Imunofenotipagem , Antígenos Comuns de Leucócito/metabolismo , Neoplasias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Microambiente Tumoral
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2707, 2019 06 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31222004

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Bone metastases occur in most advanced breast cancer patients and cause serious skeletal-related complications. The mechanisms by which bone metastasis seeds develop in primary tumors and specifically colonize the bone remain to be elucidated. Here, we show that forkhead box F2 (FOXF2) functions as a master transcription factor for reprogramming cancer cells into an osteomimetic phenotype by pleiotropic transactivation of the BMP4/SMAD1 signaling pathway and bone-related genes that are expressed at early stages of bone differentiation. The epithelial-to-osteomimicry transition regulated by FOXF2 confers a tendency on cancer cells to metastasize to bone which leads to osteolytic bone lesions. The BMP antagonist Noggin significantly inhibits FOXF2-driven osteolytic bone metastasis of breast cancer cells. Thus, targeting the FOXF2-BMP/SMAD axis might be a promising therapeutic strategy to manage bone metastasis. The role of FOXF2 in transactivating bone-related genes implies a biological function of FOXF2 in regulating bone development and remodeling.


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Neoplasias Ósseas/patologia , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Carcinoma Ductal de Mama/patologia , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Animais , Proteína Morfogenética Óssea 4/metabolismo , Neoplasias Ósseas/genética , Neoplasias Ósseas/secundário , Neoplasias da Mama/cirurgia , Carcinoma Ductal de Mama/genética , Carcinoma Ductal de Mama/secundário , Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Reprogramação Celular/genética , Feminino , Seguimentos , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Nus , Osteoblastos , Transdução de Sinais/genética , Proteína Smad1/metabolismo , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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Anticancer Res ; 39(6): 2785-2790, 2019 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31177114

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Renal oncocytoma (RO) and chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (chRCC) are suggested to develop from α- and ß-intercalated (IC) cells of the collecting duct expressing solute carrier family 4 member 1 (SLC4A1) and SLC26A4 under control of forkhead box 1 (FOXI1) transcription factor. The aim of this study was to clarify the possible cellular origin and of RO and chRCC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Immunohistochemistry for aquaporin 2 (AQP2), FOXI1, SLC4A1 and SLC16A4 was applied to distinct types of renal cell tumors. RESULTS: Nuclear FOXI1 staining occurred in 96% of 83 ROs, in 3% of 90 chRCCs and none of the other tumor types. The α-IC cell marker SLC4A1 was seen in 60% of RO and 11% of chRCC, whereas staining for the ß-IC cell marker SLC26A4 was negative in all but one tumor. CONCLUSION: Although the origin of RO remains unclear, our findings suggest that FOXI1 immunohistochemistry is useful in differential diagnosis of RO from chRCC with overlapping histology.


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Adenoma Oxífilo/diagnóstico , Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Carcinoma de Células Renais/diagnóstico , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Neoplasias Renais/diagnóstico , Adenoma Oxífilo/metabolismo , Proteína 1 de Troca de Ânion do Eritrócito/metabolismo , Aquaporina 2/metabolismo , Carcinoma de Células Renais/metabolismo , Núcleo Celular , Diagnóstico Diferencial , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Neoplasias Renais/metabolismo , Transportadores de Sulfato/metabolismo , Regulação para Cima
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 68(8): 1223-1233, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31201473

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Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) are present in various primary and metastatic human neoplasms; however, their clinical significance in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is unclear. In this study, we investigated the distribution, prognostic value, and potential function of pDCs in HCC patients undergoing curative resection. We performed immunohistochemical analyses of whole tumor sections from 224 patients to assess the expression of BDCA2, CD3, CD4, CD8, Foxp3, granzyme B, IL-17, and CD34. The findings were validated using tissue microarrays from another two independent cohorts totaling 841 HCC patients undergoing curative resection. Our results demonstrated that high numbers of BDCA2+ pDCs within tumors correlated with high alpha-fetoprotein levels, greater vascular invasion, advanced tumor-node-metastasis stage, shorter overall survival, and a higher recurrence rate. However, patient outcomes were not associated with pDCs in peritumoral stromal or nontumor tissues. Furthermore, an increase in intratumoral pDCs was associated with increased intratumoral infiltration of Foxp3+ regulatory T cells and IL-17-producing cells and correlated with tumor vascular density. Univariate and multivariate analyses revealed that the presence of intratumoral pDCs alone or in combination with regulatory T and/or IL-17-producing cells was an independent predictor of time to recurrence and overall survival. In conclusion, our study demonstrated that intratumoral infiltration by pDCs is a novel indicator for poor prognosis in patients with HCC, possibly through the induction of an immune tolerogenic and inflammatory tumor microenvironment comprising regulatory T and IL-17-producing cells. An assessment of the combination of these cells represents a superior predictor of patient outcome.


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Carcinoma Hepatocelular/diagnóstico , Células Dendríticas/imunologia , Interleucina-17/metabolismo , Neoplasias Hepáticas/diagnóstico , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia , Adulto , Idoso , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/imunologia , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/mortalidade , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Seguimentos , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Hepatectomia , Humanos , Lectinas Tipo C/metabolismo , Neoplasias Hepáticas/imunologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/mortalidade , Masculino , Glicoproteínas de Membrana/metabolismo , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Metástase Neoplásica , Prognóstico , Receptores Imunológicos/metabolismo , Análise de Sobrevida , alfa-Fetoproteínas/metabolismo
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Mol Med Rep ; 19(6): 5377-5385, 2019 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31059096

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Hyperglycemia promotes the growth and reproduction of bacteria, thereby increasing the probability of infection, which also causes rebound hyperglycemia. Therefore, the interactions of infection and hyperglycemia lead to the progression and deterioration of these diseases. Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disease. Studies have shown that regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a key role in maintaining islet­specific tolerance. Treg deficiency may lead to the development of early pancreatitis and T1DM, and sufficient amounts of Tregs can restore this tolerance, thereby inhibiting the occurrence of T1DM. Moreover, different subpopulations of dendritic cells (DCs) play an important role in activating autoreactive T cells and inducing autoimmune tolerance to autoantigens, which are closely related to the functional diversity caused by different phenotypes, maturation status, and the immune microenvironment of DC subpopulations. In the present study, we used streptozotocin­induced hyperglycemic mice to model T1DM and induced a Salmonella infection in the mouse model, leading to aggravated inflammation, which resulted in an elevated proportion of CD103+CD11b+ DCs and a significantly elevated proportion of CD4+FoxP3+ Tregs in the intestinal lamina propria. After co­culturing CD4+ T cells and DCs, we found that CD103+CD11b+ DCs could significantly promote the proliferation of CD4+ T cells. The elevated proportions of CD4+FoxP3+ Tregs were considered to be correlated with the increased number of CD103+CD11b+ DCs.


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Infecções por Salmonella/patologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/metabolismo , Animais , Antígenos CD/metabolismo , Antígeno CD11b/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/citologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Técnicas de Cocultura , Citocinas/sangue , Células Dendríticas/citologia , Células Dendríticas/imunologia , Células Dendríticas/metabolismo , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/induzido quimicamente , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/imunologia , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/patologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Inflamação , Cadeias alfa de Integrinas/metabolismo , Mucosa Intestinal/metabolismo , Mucosa Intestinal/microbiologia , Mucosa Intestinal/patologia , Ativação Linfocitária , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Pâncreas/patologia , Salmonella/patogenicidade , Infecções por Salmonella/imunologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/citologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia
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BMC Genomics ; 20(1): 396, 2019 May 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31113376

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BACKGROUND: Phenotypic plasticity is a common and highly adaptive phenomenon where the same genotype produces different phenotypes in response to environmental cues. Sogatella furcifera, a migratory pest of rice exhibits wing dimorphism, is a model insect for studying phenotypic plasticity of wing size. The Insullin-PI3K-Akt-FOXO signaling pathway plays a crucial role in the manipulation of wing size in the migratory insects. However, the regulatory mechanism via the pathway involved in wing dimorphism are still unexplored. RESULTS: Accompanied by special alternative splicing, genes involved in muscle contraction and energy metabolism were highly expressed in the wing hinges of macropters, demonstrating their adaptation for energy-demanding long-distance flights. Based on FOXO ChIP-Seq analysis, a total of 1259 putative target genes were observed in the wing hinges, including wing morph development, flight muscle and energy metabolism genes. An integrated gene interaction network was built by combining four heterogeneous datasets, and the IIS-PI3K-Akt-FOXO pathway was clustered in a divided functional module. In total, 45 genes in the module directly interacting with the IIS-PI3K-Akt-FOXO pathway showed differential expression levels between the two wing hinges, thus are regarded as potential Insulin pathway mediated wing dimorphism related genes (IWDRGs). Of the 45 IWDRGs, 5 were selected for verification by gene knockdown experiments, and played significant roles in the insect wing size regulation. CONCLUSIONS: We provided valuable insights on the genetic basis of wing dimorphism, and also demonstrated that network analysis is a powerful approach to identify new genes regulating wing dimorphic development via insulin signaling pathway in the migratory insect.


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Genes de Insetos , Hemípteros/genética , Insulina/fisiologia , Asas de Animais/metabolismo , Processamento Alternativo , Animais , Ácidos Graxos/metabolismo , Feminino , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Redes Reguladoras de Genes , Hemípteros/anatomia & histologia , Hemípteros/metabolismo , Proteínas de Insetos/metabolismo , Proteínas Musculares/genética , Fenótipo , Transdução de Sinais , Asas de Animais/anatomia & histologia
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Iran J Allergy Asthma Immunol ; 18(2): 163-172, 2019 Apr 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31066252

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Unexplained infertility (UI) is one of the most common diagnoses in the fertility care. Seminal plasma (SP) plays a crucial role in the regulation of female immune responses and the success of a pregnancy. In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a well-known method for the treatment of UI. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect of SP on the differentiation of T helper (Th) cell subsets and the relationship between these subsets with the rate of IVF success in a group of women complicated with UI compared to those with normal pregnancy. This study was conducted on 20 UI couples (ten with successful and ten with unsuccessful IVF outcome) and 10 fertile couples as the control group. Four color flow cytometry technique was used to detect Th cell subsets in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) with or without stimulation by SP. Results indicated that the frequencies of IL-17+ and Foxp3+ T cells after incubation with SP was significantly increased in couples with unsuccessful IVF outcome as compared to successful and healthy groups (p<0.05). Additionally, a positive correlation was observed between Th1 and Th2 cells in the unsuccessful IVF group (R=0.6, p=0.03). In summary, the results of the present study demonstrated that exposure to SP might increase Th17 and Treg cell frequencies in infertile women with unsuccessful IVF, and might also balance inflammatory to regulatory responses to finally tune-up the Th1/Th2/Th17/Treg balance and support the success of IVF.


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Fertilização In Vitro/métodos , Infertilidade Feminina/imunologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia , Células Th1/imunologia , Células Th17/imunologia , Células Th2/imunologia , Adulto , Biomarcadores , Células Cultivadas , Feminino , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Humanos , Imunofenotipagem , Infertilidade Feminina/diagnóstico , Interleucina-17/metabolismo , Masculino , Prognóstico , Sêmen/metabolismo , Resultado do Tratamento
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J Exp Clin Cancer Res ; 38(1): 153, 2019 Apr 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30971290

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BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the major histological type of liver cancer with high morbidity and mortality worldwide. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) has been proved to be associated with various cancer types, while its regulation in HCC is largely unknown. METHODS: To figure out the specific role of lncRNA EPB41L4A-AS2 in HCC. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was first used to determine the cellular sublocalization of EPB41L4A-AS2 to determine its primary mode of action. QRT-PCR, Western blot and hematoxylin-eosin staining were then used to measure the expression of genes in cells and tissues. Cell proliferation and invasion assays were performed to determine the effects of EPB41L4A-AS2, miR-301a-5p and FOXL1 on the malignant phenotype of tumor cells. With luciferase reporter assay, the direct interaction between target genes were further confirmed for research on molecular mechanism. Finally, the mice hepatocarcinoma model was also established to disclose the tumor suppressor effects of EPB41L4A-AS2 in vivo. RESULTS: Here, we have identified a novel lncRNA EPB41L4A-AS2, which is significantly downregulated both in HCC cells and tissues, and plays a negative regulatory role in HCC proliferation and invasion. Mechanistically, cytoplasmic lncRNA EPB41L4A-AS2 functions as an efficient miR-301a-5p sponge, thereby release the expression inhibition of forkhead box L1 (FOXL1). Indeed, lncRNA EPB41L4A-AS2 inhibits proliferation and migration by upregulating FOXL1 expression and FOXL1 was confirmed as a direct target of miR-301a-5p. MiR-301a-5p shows an inverse correlation with EPB41L4A-AS2 expression and was verified as a direct target of EPB41L4A-AS2 as well. Correspondingly, FOXL1 and miR-301a-5p show opposite biological effects in cell proliferation and migration. Moreover, miR-301a-5p overexpression rescued the EPB41L4A-AS2 upregulation induced depression in proliferation, migration and invasion of HCC cells, as well as promotion effect on FOXL1 expression. Also, in vivo experiments proved that EPB41L4A-AS2 suppress tumor growth and extrahepatic metastasis (lung) via the miR-301a-5p-FOXL1 axis. CONCLUSIONS: Taken together, this research revealed a concrete mechanism of lncRNA EPB41L4A-AS2 in HCC, which may serve as a potential biomarkers and novel therapeutic targets for further clinical application.


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Carcinoma Hepatocelular/genética , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Neoplasias Hepáticas/genética , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , RNA Longo não Codificante/metabolismo , Animais , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/metabolismo , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/patologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/fisiologia , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/genética , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Neoplasias Hepáticas/patologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas Experimentais/genética , Neoplasias Hepáticas Experimentais/metabolismo , Neoplasias Hepáticas Experimentais/patologia , Camundongos , MicroRNAs/genética , RNA Longo não Codificante/genética
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Biosci Biotechnol Biochem ; 83(8): 1484-1489, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30999822

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Rice kefiran is superior in functionality, has high concentration of mucilaginous polysaccharide, and low lipid content, compared to conventional kefiran. However, reports on its physiological functionality, especially studies on life expectancy and aging, in model organisms are rare. In this study, nematodes were used as model organisms that were fed rice kefiran, along with Escherichia coli OP50, as a result of which, the lifespan of nematodes was extended and age-related retardation of mobility was suppressed. It also increased the heat stress resistance in nematodes. Experiments using daf-16 deletion mutant revealed that rice kefiran functions via DAF-16. Thus, this study revealed the longevity, anti-aging and heat stress tolerance effects of rice kefiran in nematodes.


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Envelhecimento/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Grão Comestível/metabolismo , Fermentação , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Lactobacillus/metabolismo , Oryza/metabolismo , Polissacarídeos/metabolismo , Adaptação Fisiológica , Animais , Caenorhabditis elegans/fisiologia , Temperatura Alta
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Nagoya J Med Sci ; 81(1): 1-18, 2019 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30962651

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CD4+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) expressing the transcription factor forkhead box P3 (FoxP3) play an important role in self-tolerance and immune homeostasis. Tregs have evolved to protect the host from aberrant immune responses against self-components and collateral damages occurring in the process of defense against invading pathogens by softening immune responses. However, they turned to be a scourge in malignant tumors by not only allowing and promoting tumor growth but also suppressing effective antitumor actions, both inherent (host's immune surveillance) and extrinsic (anticancer therapy). An increase in the number of Tregs infiltrating into tumor sites and a concomitant decrease in the number of CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes are associated with a poor prognosis for various types of cancers, marking Tregs as notorious meddlers with an effective antitumor response. Various cancer immunotherapy approaches are often dampened by meddling Tregs, making them one of the major targets in the treatment of cancer. The recent success of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) that target immune checkpoint molecules expressed by Tregs or effector T cells implies, that "meddling with meddlers" represents an effective strategy in cancer immunotherapy. However, clinical responses to ICIs are effective and durable only in some patients with cancer, whereas more than half of them do not show significant clinical improvement. This implies that a therapeutic approach based on the use of a single ICI, or targeting Tregs alone, is insufficient, highlighting the need for combinatorial approaches. With regard to antitumor immune stimulation, several approaches, such as vaccination with peptides (or the corresponding DNA) to stimulate antigen-presenting CD8+ T cells with tumor-specific neoantigens, cancer/testis antigens, or cancer stem cell antigens, that eventually boost effective cytotoxic antitumor responses are being tested. This review describes the immunosuppressive physiology of Tregs and their meddling with the host's antitumor immunity; current and prospective approaches to curb Tregs; and approaches to augment antitumor immunity.


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Linfócitos T Reguladores/metabolismo , Animais , Antígenos de Neoplasias/imunologia , Antígenos de Neoplasias/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Receptor Celular 2 do Vírus da Hepatite A/metabolismo , Humanos , Tolerância Imunológica/imunologia , Tolerância Imunológica/fisiologia , Indolamina-Pirrol 2,3,-Dioxigenase/metabolismo , Modelos Biológicos , Receptor A2A de Adenosina/metabolismo , Receptores CCR4/metabolismo , Receptores de Interleucina-2/metabolismo , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 1582, 2019 04 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30952843

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A major target of insulin signaling is the FoxO family of Forkhead transcription factors, which translocate from the nucleus to the cytoplasm following insulin-stimulated phosphorylation. Here we show that the Forkhead transcription factors FoxK1 and FoxK2 are also downstream targets of insulin action, but that following insulin stimulation, they translocate from the cytoplasm to nucleus, reciprocal to the translocation of FoxO1. FoxK1/FoxK2 translocation to the nucleus is dependent on the Akt-mTOR pathway, while its localization to the cytoplasm in the basal state is dependent on GSK3. Knockdown of FoxK1 and FoxK2 in liver cells results in upregulation of genes related to apoptosis and down-regulation of genes involved in cell cycle and lipid metabolism. This is associated with decreased cell proliferation and altered mitochondrial fatty acid metabolism. Thus, FoxK1/K2 are reciprocally regulated to FoxO1 following insulin stimulation and play a critical role in the control of apoptosis, metabolism and mitochondrial function.


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Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/fisiologia , Insulina/metabolismo , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Proliferação de Células , Sobrevivência Celular , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Quinase 3 da Glicogênio Sintase/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Transdução de Sinais , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/metabolismo
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