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Sci Adv ; 6(31)2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32937590

RESUMO

The outbreak of the highly contagious and deadly severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), also known as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has posed a serious threat to public health across the globe, calling for the development of effective diagnostic markers and therapeutics. Here, we report a highly reliable severity diagnostic biomarker, acetylated 676th lysine transforming growth factor-beta-induced protein (TGFBIp K676Ac). TGFBIp K676Ac was consistently elevated in the blood of patients with SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia (n = 113), especially in patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) compared to non-ICU patients. Patients' blood samples showed increased cytokines and lymphopenia, which are exemplary indicators of SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia. Treatment with TGFBIp neutralizing antibodies suppressed the cytokine storm. The increased level of TGFBIp K676Ac in ICU patients suggests the promise of this protein as a reliable severity diagnostic biomarker for severe SARS-CoV-2 disease.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/diagnóstico , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional , Insuficiência Respiratória/diagnóstico , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/imunologia , Acetilação , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Biomarcadores/sangue , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/sangue , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/imunologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/patologia , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/genética , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva , Contagem de Leucócitos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/efeitos dos fármacos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/patologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/virologia , Pulmão/irrigação sanguínea , Pulmão/efeitos dos fármacos , Pulmão/patologia , Pulmão/virologia , Lisina/metabolismo , NF-kappa B/genética , NF-kappa B/imunologia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Cultura Primária de Células , Prognóstico , Insuficiência Respiratória/sangue , Insuficiência Respiratória/imunologia , Insuficiência Respiratória/patologia , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/antagonistas & inibidores , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/genética
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Anticancer Res ; 40(10): 5329-5341, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32988851

RESUMO

Investigation of the efficacy and mechanisms of human immuno-oncology agents has been hampered due to species-specific differences when utilizing preclinical mouse models. Peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) humanized mice provide a platform for investigating the modulation of the human immune-mediated antitumor response while circumventing the limitations of syngeneic model systems. Use of humanized mice has been stymied by model-specific limitations, some of which include the development of graft versus host disease, technical difficulty and cost associated with each humanized animal, and insufficient engraftment of some human immune subsets. Recent advances have addressed many of these limitations from which have emerged humanized models that are more clinically relevant. This review characterizes the expanded usage, advantages and limitations of humanized mice and provides insights into the development of the next generation of murine humanized models to further inform clinical applications of cancer immunotherapeutic agents.


Assuntos
Imunidade Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Imunoterapia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/imunologia , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos/imunologia , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Humanos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos , Neoplasias/imunologia , Neoplasias/patologia
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(39): 24384-24391, 2020 09 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32913053

RESUMO

An improved understanding of human T cell-mediated immunity in COVID-19 is important for optimizing therapeutic and vaccine strategies. Experience with influenza shows that infection primes CD8+ T cell memory to peptides presented by common HLA types like HLA-A2, which enhances recovery and diminishes clinical severity upon reinfection. Stimulating peripheral blood mononuclear cells from COVID-19 convalescent patients with overlapping peptides from severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) led to the clonal expansion of SARS-CoV-2-specific CD8+ and CD4+ T cells in vitro, with CD4+ T cells being robust. We identified two HLA-A*02:01-restricted SARS-CoV-2-specfic CD8+ T cell epitopes, A2/S269-277 and A2/Orf1ab3183-3191 Using peptide-HLA tetramer enrichment, direct ex vivo assessment of A2/S269 +CD8+ and A2/Orf1ab3183 +CD8+ populations indicated that A2/S269 +CD8+ T cells were detected at comparable frequencies (∼1.3 × 10-5) in acute and convalescent HLA-A*02:01+ patients. These frequencies were higher than those found in uninfected HLA-A*02:01+ donors (∼2.5 × 10-6), but low when compared to frequencies for influenza-specific (A2/M158) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-specific (A2/BMLF1280) (∼1.38 × 10-4) populations. Phenotyping A2/S269 +CD8+ T cells from COVID-19 convalescents ex vivo showed that A2/S269 +CD8+ T cells were predominantly negative for CD38, HLA-DR, PD-1, and CD71 activation markers, although the majority of total CD8+ T cells expressed granzymes and/or perforin. Furthermore, the bias toward naïve, stem cell memory and central memory A2/S269 +CD8+ T cells rather than effector memory populations suggests that SARS-CoV-2 infection may be compromising CD8+ T cell activation. Priming with appropriate vaccines may thus be beneficial for optimizing CD8+ T cell immunity in COVID-19.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Antígeno HLA-A2/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Epitopos de Linfócito T , Feminino , Humanos , Memória Imunológica , Imunofenotipagem , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Ativação Linfocitária , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/química , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Proteínas Virais/química , Proteínas Virais/imunologia
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Signal Transduct Target Ther ; 5(1): 186, 2020 09 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32883951

RESUMO

Sterol regulatory element binding protein-2 (SREBP-2) is activated by cytokines or pathogen, such as virus or bacteria, but its association with diminished cholesterol levels in COVID-19 patients is unknown. Here, we evaluated SREBP-2 activation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of COVID-19 patients and verified the function of SREBP-2 in COVID-19. Intriguingly, we report the first observation of SREBP-2 C-terminal fragment in COVID-19 patients' blood and propose SREBP-2 C-terminal fragment as an indicator for determining severity. We confirmed that SREBP-2-induced cholesterol biosynthesis was suppressed by Sestrin-1 and PCSK9 expression, while the SREBP-2-induced inflammatory responses was upregulated in COVID-19 ICU patients. Using an infectious disease mouse model, inhibitors of SREBP-2 and NF-κB suppressed cytokine storms caused by viral infection and prevented pulmonary damages. These results collectively suggest that SREBP-2 can serve as an indicator for severity diagnosis and therapeutic target for preventing cytokine storm and lung damage in severe COVID-19 patients.


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Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Colesterol/biossíntese , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/genética , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/genética , Proteína de Ligação a Elemento Regulador de Esterol 2/genética , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/mortalidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/imunologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/mortalidade , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/virologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Proteínas de Choque Térmico/genética , Proteínas de Choque Térmico/imunologia , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/imunologia , Humanos , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva , Interleucina-1beta/genética , Interleucina-1beta/imunologia , L-Lactato Desidrogenase/genética , L-Lactato Desidrogenase/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/metabolismo , Leucócitos Mononucleares/virologia , Pulmão/imunologia , Pulmão/metabolismo , Pulmão/virologia , NF-kappa B/genética , NF-kappa B/imunologia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/mortalidade , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Cultura Primária de Células , Pró-Proteína Convertase 9/genética , Pró-Proteína Convertase 9/imunologia , Transdução de Sinais , Proteína de Ligação a Elemento Regulador de Esterol 2/imunologia , Análise de Sobrevida , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/genética , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/imunologia
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008696, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32760139

RESUMO

HLA-B*35Px is associated with HIV-1 disease rapid progression to AIDS. However, the mechanism(s) underlying this deleterious effect of this HLA allele on HIV-1 infection outcome has not fully understood. CD8+ T cells play a crucial role to control the viral replication but impaired CD8+ T cells represent a major hallmark of HIV-1 infection. Here, we examined the effector functions of CD8+ T cells restricted by HLA-B*35Px (HLA-B*35:03 and HLA-B*35:02), HLA-B*27/B57 and non-HLA-B*27/B57 (e.g. HLA-A*01, A*02, A*03, A*11, A*24, A*26, B*40, B*08, B*38, B*44). CD8+ T cells restricted by HLA-B*35Px exhibited an impaired phenotype compared with those restricted by HLA-B*27/B57 and even non-HLA-B*27/B57. CD8+ T cells restricted by non-HLA-B*27/B57 when encountered their cognate epitopes upregulated TIM-3 and thus became suppressed by regulatory T cells (Tregs) via TIM-3: Galectin-9 (Gal-9). Strikingly, CD8+ T cells restricted by HLA-B*35Px expressed fewer TIM-3 and therefore did not get suppressed by Tregs, which was similar to CD8+ T cells restricted by HLA-B*27/B57. Instead, CD8+ T cells restricted by HLA-B*35Px upon recognition of their cognate epitopes upregulated CTLA-4. The transcriptional and impaired phenotype (e.g. poor effector functions) of HIV-specific CD8+ T cells restricted by HLA-B*35 was related to persistent CTLA-4, elevated Eomes and blimp-1 but poor T-bet expression. As such, anti-CTLA-4 antibody, Ipilimumab, reversed the impaired proliferative capacity of antigen-specific CD8+ T cells restricted by HLA-B*35Px but not others. This study supports the concept that CD8+ T resistance to Tregs-mediated suppression is related to allele restriction rather than the epitope specificity. Our results aid to explain a novel mechanism for the inability of HIV-specific CD8+ T cells restricted by HLA-B*35Px to control viral replication.


Assuntos
Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Antígeno CTLA-4/metabolismo , Epitopos de Linfócito T/imunologia , Infecções por HIV/imunologia , HIV-1/imunologia , Antígeno HLA-B35/imunologia , Replicação Viral , Antígeno CTLA-4/imunologia , Citocinas/metabolismo , Infecções por HIV/metabolismo , Infecções por HIV/virologia , HIV-1/metabolismo , Humanos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/metabolismo , Ativação Linfocitária/imunologia , Fenótipo , Linfócitos T Reguladores/imunologia
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Immunity ; 53(3): 685-696.e3, 2020 09 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32783921

RESUMO

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic poses a current world-wide public health threat. However, little is known about its hallmarks compared to other infectious diseases. Here, we report the single-cell transcriptional landscape of longitudinally collected peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in both COVID-19- and influenza A virus (IAV)-infected patients. We observed increase of plasma cells in both COVID-19 and IAV patients and XIAP associated factor 1 (XAF1)-, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-, and FAS-induced T cell apoptosis in COVID-19 patients. Further analyses revealed distinct signaling pathways activated in COVID-19 (STAT1 and IRF3) versus IAV (STAT3 and NFκB) patients and substantial differences in the expression of key factors. These factors include relatively increase of interleukin (IL)6R and IL6ST expression in COVID-19 patients but similarly increased IL-6 concentrations compared to IAV patients, supporting the clinical observations of increased proinflammatory cytokines in COVID-19 patients. Thus, we provide the landscape of PBMCs and unveil distinct immune response pathways in COVID-19 and IAV patients.


Assuntos
Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Citocinas/imunologia , Influenza Humana/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Transdução de Sinais/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Humanos , Vírus da Influenza A Subtipo H1N1/imunologia , Pandemias
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Science ; 369(6508): 1210-1220, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32788292

RESUMO

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) represents a global crisis, yet major knowledge gaps remain about human immunity to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). We analyzed immune responses in 76 COVID-19 patients and 69 healthy individuals from Hong Kong and Atlanta, Georgia, United States. In the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of COVID-19 patients, we observed reduced expression of human leukocyte antigen class DR (HLA-DR) and proinflammatory cytokines by myeloid cells as well as impaired mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling and interferon-α (IFN-α) production by plasmacytoid dendritic cells. By contrast, we detected enhanced plasma levels of inflammatory mediators-including EN-RAGE, TNFSF14, and oncostatin M-which correlated with disease severity and increased bacterial products in plasma. Single-cell transcriptomics revealed a lack of type I IFNs, reduced HLA-DR in the myeloid cells of patients with severe COVID-19, and transient expression of IFN-stimulated genes. This was consistent with bulk PBMC transcriptomics and transient, low IFN-α levels in plasma during infection. These results reveal mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets for COVID-19.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Citocinas/sangue , DNA Bacteriano/sangue , Células Dendríticas/imunologia , Células Dendríticas/metabolismo , Feminino , Citometria de Fluxo , Antígenos HLA-DR/análise , Humanos , Imunidade , Imunidade Inata , Imunoglobulinas/sangue , Imunoglobulinas/imunologia , Mediadores da Inflamação/sangue , Interferon Tipo I/metabolismo , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/metabolismo , Lipopolissacarídeos/sangue , Masculino , Células Mieloides/imunologia , Células Mieloides/metabolismo , Pandemias , Transdução de Sinais , Análise de Célula Única , Biologia de Sistemas , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/metabolismo , Transcrição Genética , Transcriptoma
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Anticancer Res ; 40(7): 3865-3872, 2020 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32620626

RESUMO

BACKGROUND/AIM: Ovarian cancer (OC) is typically diagnosed at an advanced stage with limitations for cure. Cytokine-induced killer (CIK) T cell therapy exerts significant cytotoxic effects against cancer cells and reduces the adverse effects of chemotherapy. Herein, we performed a flow cytometry-based method to evaluate the cytotoxicity of peripheral blood mononuclear cells-derived CIK cells against OC cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The CIK cells were induced and expanded using an interferon-γ/IL-2-based xeno-free medium system. The cytotoxicity of CIK cells or carboplatin against OC cells was examined. RESULTS: The CIK cells showed an NK-like phenotypic characteristic and dose-dependently increased cytotoxicity against OC cells. We found that the number of advanced OC cells, which were more resistant to carboplatin, was dramatically decreased by an additional one-shot CIK treatment. CONCLUSION: CIK cells have a potent cytotoxic ability that would be explored as an alternative strategy for cancer treatment in the near future.


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Carboplatina/farmacologia , Células Matadoras Induzidas por Citocinas/imunologia , Células Matadoras Induzidas por Citocinas/transplante , Imunoterapia Adotiva/métodos , Neoplasias Ovarianas/imunologia , Neoplasias Ovarianas/terapia , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Células Cultivadas , Terapia Combinada , Células Matadoras Induzidas por Citocinas/efeitos dos fármacos , Relação Dose-Resposta Imunológica , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos , Sinergismo Farmacológico , Feminino , Humanos , Interferon gama/imunologia , Interferon gama/farmacologia , Interleucina-1alfa/imunologia , Interleucina-1alfa/farmacologia , Interleucina-2/imunologia , Interleucina-2/farmacologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/efeitos dos fármacos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Neoplasias Ovarianas/tratamento farmacológico
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Nutrients ; 12(7)2020 Jul 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32679784

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Vitamin D is responsible for regulation of calcium and phosphate metabolism and maintaining a healthy mineralized skeleton. It is also known as an immunomodulatory hormone. Experimental studies have shown that 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, the active form of vitamin D, exerts immunologic activities on multiple components of the innate and adaptive immune system as well as endothelial membrane stability. Association between low levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and increased risk of developing several immune-related diseases and disorders, including psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, sepsis, respiratory infection, and COVID-19, has been observed. Accordingly, a number of clinical trials aiming to determine the efficacy of administration of vitamin D and its metabolites for treatment of these diseases have been conducted with variable outcomes. Interestingly, recent evidence suggests that some individuals might benefit from vitamin D more or less than others as high inter-individual difference in broad gene expression in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells in response to vitamin D supplementation has been observed. Although it is still debatable what level of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D is optimal, it is advisable to increase vitamin D intake and have sensible sunlight exposure to maintain serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D at least 30 ng/mL (75 nmol/L), and preferably at 40-60 ng/mL (100-150 nmol/L) to achieve the optimal overall health benefits of vitamin D.


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Suplementos Nutricionais , Deficiência de Vitamina D/imunologia , Vitamina D/análogos & derivados , Vitamina D/imunologia , Vitaminas/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Humanos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Estado Nutricional , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Vitamina D/administração & dosagem , Vitamina D/sangue , Deficiência de Vitamina D/sangue , Vitaminas/administração & dosagem
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236375, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32726331

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BACKGROUND: Malaria in pregnancy causes maternal, fetal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, and maternal innate immune responses are implicated in pathogenesis of these complications. The effects of malaria exposure and obstetric and demographic factors on the early maternal immune response are poorly understood. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cell responses to Plasmodium falciparum-infected erythrocytes and phytohemagglutinin were compared between pregnant women from Papua New Guinea (malaria-exposed) with and without current malaria infection and from Australia (unexposed). Elicited levels of inflammatory cytokines at 48 h and 24 h (interferon γ, IFN-γ only) and the cellular sources of IFN-γ were analysed. RESULTS: Among Papua New Guinean women, microscopic malaria at enrolment did not alter peripheral blood mononuclear cell responses. Compared to samples from Australia, cells from Papua New Guinean women secreted more inflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin 1ß, interleukin 6 and IFN-γ; p<0.001 for all assays, and more natural killer cells produced IFN-γ in response to infected erythrocytes and phytohemagglutinin. In both populations, cytokine responses were not affected by gravidity, except that in the Papua New Guinean cohort multigravid women had higher IFN-γ secretion at 24 h (p = 0.029) and an increased proportion of IFN-γ+ Vδ2 γδ T cells (p = 0.003). Cytokine levels elicited by a pregnancy malaria-specific CSA binding parasite line, CS2, were broadly similar to those elicited by CD36-binding line P6A1. CONCLUSIONS: Geographic location and, to some extent, gravidity influence maternal innate immunity to malaria.


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Imunidade Inata/genética , Malária Falciparum/imunologia , Plasmodium falciparum/imunologia , Complicações Parasitárias na Gravidez/imunologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Austrália/epidemiologia , Antígenos CD36/genética , Eritrócitos/imunologia , Eritrócitos/parasitologia , Eritrócitos/patologia , Feminino , Número de Gestações/imunologia , Humanos , Interferon gama/genética , Interferon gama/imunologia , Interleucina-6/genética , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/parasitologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/parasitologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/patologia , Malária Falciparum/epidemiologia , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Papua Nova Guiné/epidemiologia , Plasmodium falciparum/patogenicidade , Gravidez , Complicações Parasitárias na Gravidez/parasitologia , Complicações Parasitárias na Gravidez/patologia , Linfócitos T/imunologia , Linfócitos T/parasitologia , Adulto Jovem
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(31): 18754-18763, 2020 08 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32690707

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Treatment of HIV infection with either antiretroviral (ARV) therapy or neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (NAbs) leads to a reduction in HIV plasma virus. Both ARVs and NAbs prevent new rounds of viral infection, but NAbs may have the additional capacity to accelerate the loss of virus-infected cells through Fc gamma receptor (FcγR)-mediated effector functions, which should affect the kinetics of plasma-virus decline. Here, we formally test the role of effector function in vivo by comparing the rate and timing of plasma-virus clearance in response to a single-dose treatment with either unmodified NAb or those with either reduced or augmented Fc function. When infused into viremic simian HIV (SHIV)-infected rhesus macaques, there was a 21% difference in slope of plasma-virus decline between NAb and NAb with reduced Fc function. NAb engineered to increase FcγRIII binding and improve antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) in vitro resulted in arming of effector cells in vivo, yet led to viral-decay kinetics similar to NAbs with reduced Fc function. These studies show that the predominant mechanism of antiviral activity of HIV NAbs is through inhibition of viral entry, but that Fc function can contribute to the overall antiviral activity, making them distinct from standard ARVs.


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Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Anti-HIV/imunologia , Infecções por HIV , HIV-1/imunologia , Receptores de IgG/imunologia , Animais , Citotoxicidade Celular Dependente de Anticorpos/imunologia , Células Cultivadas , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Infecções por HIV/imunologia , Infecções por HIV/virologia , Humanos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/virologia , Macaca mulatta , Síndrome de Imunodeficiência Adquirida dos Símios , Vírus da Imunodeficiência Símia
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Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol ; 319(2): H481-H487, 2020 08 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32678706

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Modifiable cardiometabolic risk factors induce the release of proinflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species from circulating peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), resulting in increased cardiovascular disease risk and compromised immune health. These changes may be driven by metabolic reprogramming of PBMCs, resulting in reduced mitochondrial respiration; however, this has not been fully tested. We aimed to determine the independent associations between cardiometabolic risk factors including BMI, blood pressure, fasting glucose, and plasma lipids with mitochondrial respiration in PBMCs isolated from generally healthy individuals (n = 21) across the adult lifespan (12 men/9 women; age, 56 ± 21 yr; age range, 22-78 yr; body mass index, 27.9 ± 5.7 kg/m2; blood pressure, 123 ± 16/72 ± 10 mmHg; glucose, 90 ± 14 mg/dL; low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), 111 ± 22 mg/dL; and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), 62 ± 16 mg/dL). PBMCs were isolated from whole blood by density-dependent centrifugation and used to assess mitochondrial function by respirometry. Primary outcomes included basal and maximal oxygen consumption rate (OCR), which were subsequently used to determine spare respiratory capacity and OCR metabolic potential. After we corrected for systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), and blood glucose, LDL-C was negatively associated with maximal respiration (r = -0.56, P = 0.016), spare respiratory capacity (r = -0.58, P = 0.012), and OCR metabolic potential (r = -0.71, P = 0.0011). In addition, SBP was negatively associated with OCR metabolic potential (r = -0.62, P = 0.0056) after we corrected for DBP, blood glucose, and LDL-C. These data suggest a link between blood cholesterol, SBP, and mitochondrial health that may provide insight into how cardiometabolic risk factors contribute to impaired immune cell function.NEW & NOTEWORTHY Independent of other cardiometabolic risk factors, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and systolic blood pressure were found to be negatively associated with several parameters of mitochondrial respiration in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of healthy adults. These data suggest that low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and systolic blood pressure may induce metabolic reprogramming of immune cells, contributing to increased cardiovascular disease risk and impaired immune health.


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Pressão Sanguínea , Respiração Celular , LDL-Colesterol/sangue , Leucócitos Mononucleares/metabolismo , Síndrome Metabólica/metabolismo , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Adulto , Idoso , Biomarcadores/sangue , Glicemia/análise , Índice de Massa Corporal , Jejum/sangue , Feminino , Humanos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Masculino , Síndrome Metabólica/diagnóstico , Síndrome Metabólica/imunologia , Síndrome Metabólica/fisiopatologia , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mitocôndrias/imunologia , Consumo de Oxigênio , Fatores de Risco , Adulto Jovem
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Lancet ; 395(10242): 1998-2007, 2020 06 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32534628

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BACKGROUND: In animal models, immunity to mosquito salivary proteins protects animals against mosquito-borne disease. These findings provide a rationale to vaccinate against mosquito saliva instead of the pathogen itself. To our knowledge, no vector salivary protein-based vaccine has been tested for safety and immunogenicity in humans. We aimed to assess the safety and immunogenicity of Anopheles gambiae saliva vaccine (AGS-v), a peptide-based vaccine derived from four A gambiae salivary proteins, in humans. METHODS: In this randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, phase 1 trial, participants were enrolled at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, USA. Participants were eligible if they were healthy adults, aged 18-50 years with no history of severe allergic reactions to mosquito bites. Participants were randomly assigned (1:1:1), using block randomisation and a computer-generated randomisation sequence, to treatment with either 200 nmol of AGS-v vaccine alone, 200 nmol of AGS-v with adjuvant (Montanide ISA 51), or sterile water as placebo. Participants and clinicians were masked to treatment assignment. Participants were given a subcutaneous injection of their allocated treatment at day 0 and day 21, followed by exposure to feeding by an uninfected Aedes aegypti mosquito at day 42 to assess subsequent risk to mosquito bites in a controlled setting. The primary endpoints were safety and immunogenicity at day 42 after the first immunisation. Participants who were given at least one dose of assigned treatment were assessed for the primary endpoints and analysis was by intention to treat. The trial was registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT03055000, and is closed for accrual. FINDINGS: Between Feb 15 and Sept 10, 2017, we enrolled and randomly assigned 49 healthy adult participants to the adjuvanted vaccine (n=17), vaccine alone (n=16), or placebo group (n=16). Five participants did not complete the two-injection regimen with mosquito feeding at day 42, but were included in the safety analyses. No systemic safety concerns were identified; however, one participant in the adjuvanted vaccine group developed a grade 3 erythematous rash at the injection site. Pain, swelling, erythema, and itching were the most commonly reported local symptoms and were significantly increased in the adjuvanted vaccine group compared with both other treatment groups (nine [53%] of 17 participants in the adjuvanted vaccine group, two [13%] of 16 in the vaccine only group, and one [6%] of 16 in the placebo group; p=0·004). By day 42, participants who were given the adjuvanted vaccine had a significant increase in vaccine-specific total IgG antibodies compared with at baseline than did participants who were give vaccine only (absolute difference of log10-fold change of 0·64 [95% CI 0·39 to 0·89]; p=0·0002) and who were given placebo (0·62 [0·34 to 0·91]; p=0·0001). We saw a significant increase in IFN-γ production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells at day 42 in the adjuvanted vaccine group compared with in the placebo group (absolute difference of log10 ratio of vaccine peptide-stimulated vs negative control 0·17 [95% CI 0·061 to 0·27]; p=0·009) but we saw no difference between the IFN-γ production in the vaccine only group compared with the placebo group (0·022 [-0·072 to 0·116]; p=0·63). INTERPRETATION: AGS-v was well tolerated, and, when adjuvanted, immunogenic. These findings suggest that vector-targeted vaccine administration in humans is safe and could be a viable option for the increasing burden of vector-borne disease. FUNDING: Office of the Director and the Division of Intramural Research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and National Institutes of Health.


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Adjuvantes Imunológicos/administração & dosagem , Transmissão de Doença Infecciosa/prevenção & controle , Imunogenicidade da Vacina/imunologia , Saliva/imunologia , Adjuvantes Imunológicos/efeitos adversos , Adulto , Animais , Anopheles/imunologia , Anopheles/metabolismo , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Método Duplo-Cego , Feminino , Humanos , Imunoglobulina G/imunologia , Injeções Subcutâneas/métodos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Masculino , Modelos Animais , Mosquitos Vetores/imunologia , Mosquitos Vetores/metabolismo , Placebos/administração & dosagem , Segurança , Vacinação/efeitos adversos , Vacinação/métodos
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0234413, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32511255

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BACKGROUND: Chlamydia pneumoniae is an obligate intracellular bacterium that causes respiratory infection. There may exist an association between C. pneumoniae, asthma, and production of immunoglobulin (Ig) E responses in vitro. Interleukin (IL-4) is required for IgE production. OBJECTIVE: We previously demonstrated that doxycycline suppresses C. pneumoniae-induced production of IgE and IL-4 responses in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from asthmatic subjects. Whereas macrolides have anti-chlamydial activity, their effect on in vitro anti-inflammatory (IgE) and IL-4 responses to C. pneumoniae have not been studied. METHODS: PBMC from IgE- adult atopic subjects (N = 5) were infected +/- C. pneumoniae BAL69, +/- azithromycin (0.1, 1.0 ug/mL) for 10 days. IL-4 and IgE levels were determined in supernatants by ELISA. IL-4 and IgE were detected in supernatants of PBMC (day 10). RESULTS: When azithromycin (0.1, 1.0 ug/ml) was added, IL-4 levels decreased. At low dose, IgE levels increased and at high dose, IgE levels decreased. When PBMC were infected with C. pneumoniae, both IL-4 and IgE levels decreased. Addition of azithromycin (0.1, 1.0 ug/mL) decreased IL-4 levels and had no effect on IgE levels. CONCLUSIONS: These findings indicate that azithromycin decreases IL-4 responses but has a bimodal effect on IgE responses in PBMC from atopic patients in vitro.


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Azitromicina/farmacologia , Chlamydophila pneumoniae/imunologia , Imunoglobulina E/biossíntese , Interleucina-4/biossíntese , Idoso , Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Asma/complicações , Asma/tratamento farmacológico , Asma/imunologia , Infecções por Chlamydophila/complicações , Infecções por Chlamydophila/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Chlamydophila/imunologia , Chlamydophila pneumoniae/efeitos dos fármacos , Chlamydophila pneumoniae/patogenicidade , Feminino , Humanos , Hipersensibilidade Imediata/complicações , Hipersensibilidade Imediata/imunologia , Hipersensibilidade Imediata/microbiologia , Imunoglobulina E/sangue , Técnicas In Vitro , Interleucina-4/sangue , Leucócitos Mononucleares/efeitos dos fármacos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/microbiologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Infecções Respiratórias/complicações , Infecções Respiratórias/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções Respiratórias/imunologia , Adulto Jovem
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0235413, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32589655

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Monitoring changes in the immune profile in blood samples can help identifying changes in tumor biology and therapy responsiveness over time. Immune-related gene expression profiles offer a highly reproducible method to monitor changes of the immune system. However, measuring gene expression profiles in whole blood samples can be complicated because of the high protein and enzyme abundancy that affect the stability and quality of the RNA. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) are one the most commonly used source for immune cell RNA extraction, though, this method does not reflect all components of the peripheral blood. The aim of this study was to determine the differences in immune-related gene expression between RNA isolated from stabilized whole blood and RNA isolated from PBMCs. Whole blood samples from 12 pancreatic cancer patients were collected before and after chemotherapy (n = 24). Blood samples were collected in both EDTA tubes, and Tempus tubes containing an RNA stabilizer (total n = 48). PBMCs were isolated from EDTA samples using Ficoll and were snap frozen. Subsequently, immune-related gene expression was profiled using the PanCancer Immune Profiling Panel of NanoString technology. Gene expression profiles of PBMCs were compared to that of Tempus tubes using the Advanced Analysis module of nSolver software. Both types of samples provided good quality RNA and gene expression measurements. However, RNA isolated from Tempus tubes resulted in significantly higher gene counts than PBMCs; 107/730 genes were exclusively detected in Tempus samples, while under the detection limit in PBMCs. In addition, 192/730 genes showed significantly higher gene counts in Tempus samples, 157/730 genes showed higher gene counts in PBMCs. Thus, RNA isolated from whole blood stabilizing blood tubes, such as Tempus tubes, enable higher gene counts and more comprehensive measurements of gene expression profiles compared to RNA isolated from PBMCs.


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Perfilação da Expressão Gênica/métodos , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/metabolismo , RNA/sangue , RNA/genética , Estudos de Coortes , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/sangue , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/genética , Neoplasias Pancreáticas/imunologia
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Int J Infect Dis ; 97: 313-321, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32492530

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OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that immune response may contribute to progression of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) at the second week of illness. Therefore, we compared cell-mediated immune (CMI) responses between severe and mild COVID-19 cases. METHODS: We examined peripheral blood mononuclear cells of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patients from their first and third weeks of illness. Severe pneumonia was defined as an oxygen saturation ≤93% at room air. Expressions of molecules related to T-cell activation and functions were analyzed by flow cytometry. RESULTS: The population dynamics of T cells at the first week were not different between the two groups. However, total numbers of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells tended to be lower in the severe group at the third week of illness. Expressions of Ki-67, PD-1, perforin, and granzyme B in CD4+ or CD8+ T cells were significantly higher in the severe group than in the mild group at the third week. In contrast to the mild group, the levels of their expression did not decrease in the severe group. CONCLUSIONS: Severe COVID-19 had a higher degree of proliferation, activation, and cytotoxicity of T-cells at the late phase of illness without cytotoxic T-cell contraction, which might contribute to the development of severe COVID-19.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Imunidade Celular , Ativação Linfocitária , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/imunologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Betacoronavirus , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/fisiopatologia , Citocinas/imunologia , Feminino , Granzimas , Humanos , Antígeno Ki-67 , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Contagem de Linfócitos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Perforina , Pneumonia Viral/fisiopatologia , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1
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J Zoo Wildl Med ; 51(2): 334-349, 2020 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32549563

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There is an unmet need for specific diagnostics of immune perturbations and inflammation in beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) clinical care. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) has been used to measure immunomediator gene transcription in beluga whales. The study hypothesis was that a qPCR-based immunomediator assay would supplement routine clinical data with specific and sensitive information on immune status. Two beluga whale clinical cases provided an opportunity to test this hypothesis: a whale with a skin laceration and a whale with gastrointestinal inflammation. Mitogen-stimulated immunomediator gene transcription (MSIGT) was compared between the cases and healthy contact whales. In both case studies, mitogens increased transcription of IL1B, PTGS2 (Cox-2), TNF, HIF1A, and IL2 but decreased IL10 transcription in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from the abnormal whale over the control. Correlations were identified between most immunomediators tested and one or more standard blood clinical values. Considering all 15 immunomediators tested, the whale with gastrointestinal inflammation had a more unique MSIGT signature than the whale with a laceration. These results support further elucidation of beluga whale PBMC cytokine profiles for use as immune biomarkers.


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Beluga/genética , Imunomodulação/genética , Leucócitos Mononucleares/metabolismo , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real/veterinária , Transcrição Genética , Animais , Animais de Zoológico/genética , Animais de Zoológico/imunologia , Beluga/imunologia , Feminino , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Masculino , Mitógenos
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Parasitol Res ; 119(8): 2609-2622, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32535734

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The treatment against visceral leishmaniasis (VL) presents problems, mainly related to the toxicity and/or high cost of the drugs. In this context, a prophylactic vaccination is urgently required. In the present study, a Leishmania protein called LiHyE, which was suggested recently as an antigenic marker for canine and human VL, was evaluated regarding its immunogenicity and protective efficacy in BALB/c mice against Leishmania infantum infection. In addition, the protein was used to stimulate peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from VL patients before and after treatment, as well as from healthy subjects. Vaccination results showed that the recombinant (rLiHyE) protein associated with liposome or saponin induced effective protection in the mice, since significant reductions in the parasite load in spleen, liver, draining lymph nodes, and bone marrow were found. The parasitological protection was associated with Th1-type cell response, since high IFN-γ, IL-12, and GM-CSF levels, in addition to low IL-4 and IL-10 production, were found. Liposome induced a better parasitological and immunological protection than did saponin. Experiments using PBMCs showed rLiHyE-stimulated lymphoproliferation in treated patients' and healthy subjects' cells, as well as high IFN-γ levels in the cell supernatant. In conclusion, rLiHyE could be considered for future studies as a vaccine candidate against VL.


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Adjuvantes Imunológicos/administração & dosagem , Antígenos de Protozoários/administração & dosagem , Leishmania infantum/imunologia , Leishmaniose Visceral/prevenção & controle , Animais , Antígenos de Protozoários/imunologia , Feminino , Humanos , Imunogenicidade da Vacina , Leishmaniose Visceral/imunologia , Leishmaniose Visceral/parasitologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Carga Parasitária , Células Th1/imunologia , Vacinação
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Nat Med ; 26(7): 1070-1076, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32514174

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There is an urgent need to better understand the pathophysiology of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the global pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, which has infected more than three million people worldwide1. Approximately 20% of patients with COVID-19 develop severe disease and 5% of patients require intensive care2. Severe disease has been associated with changes in peripheral immune activity, including increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines3,4 that may be produced by a subset of inflammatory monocytes5,6, lymphopenia7,8 and T cell exhaustion9,10. To elucidate pathways in peripheral immune cells that might lead to immunopathology or protective immunity in severe COVID-19, we applied single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) to profile peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from seven patients hospitalized for COVID-19, four of whom had acute respiratory distress syndrome, and six healthy controls. We identify reconfiguration of peripheral immune cell phenotype in COVID-19, including a heterogeneous interferon-stimulated gene signature, HLA class II downregulation and a developing neutrophil population that appears closely related to plasmablasts appearing in patients with acute respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation. Importantly, we found that peripheral monocytes and lymphocytes do not express substantial amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Collectively, we provide a cell atlas of the peripheral immune response to severe COVID-19.


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Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus , Imunidade Celular , Leucócitos Mononucleares , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral , Análise de Sequência de RNA/métodos , Análise de Célula Única/métodos , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Citocinas/genética , Citocinas/metabolismo , Feminino , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica/métodos , Humanos , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/metabolismo , Leucócitos Mononucleares/imunologia , Leucócitos Mononucleares/metabolismo , Leucócitos Mononucleares/virologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pneumonia Viral/genética , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , RNA-Seq/métodos , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Linfócitos T/imunologia , Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Adulto Jovem
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