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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 677, 2020 Sep 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32942991

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BACKGROUND: Approximately 80% - 90% of individuals infected with latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) remain protected throughout their life-span. The release of unique, latent-phase antigens are known to have a protective role in the immune response against Mtb. Although the BCG vaccine has been administered for nine decades to provide immunity against Mtb, the number of TB cases continues to rise, thereby raising doubts on BCG vaccine efficacy. The shortcomings of BCG have been associated with inadequate processing and presentation of its antigens, an inability to optimally activate T cells against Mtb, and generation of regulatory T cells. Furthermore, BCG vaccination lacks the ability to eliminate latent Mtb infection. With these facts in mind, we selected six immunodominant CD4 and CD8 T cell epitopes of Mtb expressed during latent, acute, and chronic stages of infection and engineered a multi-epitope-based DNA vaccine (C6). RESULT: BALB/c mice vaccinated with the C6 construct along with a BCG vaccine exhibited an expansion of both CD4 and CD8 T cell memory populations and augmented IFN-γ and TNF-α cytokine release. Furthermore, enhancement of dendritic cell and macrophage activation was noted. Consequently, illustrating the elicitation of immunity that helps in the protection against Mtb infection; which was evident by a significant reduction in the Mtb burden in the lungs and spleen of C6 + BCG administered animals. CONCLUSION: Overall, the results suggest that a C6 + BCG vaccination approach may serve as an effective vaccination strategy in future attempts to control TB.


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Vacina BCG/imunologia , Epitopos de Linfócito T , Tuberculose/prevenção & controle , Vacinas de DNA/imunologia , Animais , Antígenos de Bactérias/imunologia , Vacina BCG/genética , Vacina BCG/farmacologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Epitopos de Linfócito T/genética , Feminino , Memória Imunológica , Interferon gama/metabolismo , Tuberculose Latente/prevenção & controle , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Mycobacterium tuberculosis/imunologia , Tuberculose/imunologia , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo , Vacinas de DNA/farmacologia
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mBio ; 11(5)2020 09 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32948688

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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection induces a T cell response that most likely contributes to virus control in COVID-19 patients but may also induce immunopathology. Until now, the cytotoxic T cell response has not been very well characterized in COVID-19 patients. Here, we analyzed the differentiation and cytotoxic profile of T cells in 30 cases of mild COVID-19 during acute infection. SARS-CoV-2 infection induced a cytotoxic response of CD8+ T cells, but not CD4+ T cells, characterized by the simultaneous production of granzyme A and B as well as perforin within different effector CD8+ T cell subsets. PD-1-expressing CD8+ T cells also produced cytotoxic molecules during acute infection, indicating that they were not functionally exhausted. However, in COVID-19 patients over the age of 80 years, the cytotoxic T cell potential was diminished, especially in effector memory and terminally differentiated effector CD8+ cells, showing that elderly patients have impaired cellular immunity against SARS-CoV-2. Our data provide valuable information about T cell responses in COVID-19 patients that may also have important implications for vaccine development.IMPORTANCE Cytotoxic T cells are responsible for the elimination of infected cells and are key players in the control of viruses. CD8+ T cells with an effector phenotype express cytotoxic molecules and are able to perform target cell killing. COVID-19 patients with a mild disease course were analyzed for the differentiation status and cytotoxic profile of CD8+ T cells. SARS-CoV-2 infection induced a vigorous cytotoxic CD8+ T cell response. However, this cytotoxic profile of T cells was not detected in COVID-19 patients over the age of 80 years. Thus, the absence of a cytotoxic response in elderly patients might be a possible reason for the more frequent severity of COVID-19 in this age group than in younger patients.


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Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/patologia , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Antígenos CD/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Citotoxinas/metabolismo , Feminino , Humanos , Imunidade Celular , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Subpopulações de Linfócitos T/imunologia , Subpopulações de Linfócitos T/patologia , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/imunologia
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008821, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32941545

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MHC-I-restricted, virus-specific cytotoxic CD8+ T cells (CTLs) may control human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) replication via the recognition and killing of productively infected CD4+ T cells. Several studies in SIV-infected macaques suggest that CD8+ T cells may also decrease virus production by suppressing viral transcription. Here, we show that non-HIV-specific, TCR-activated non-cytolytic CD8+ T cells suppress HIV transcription via a virus- and MHC-independent immunoregulatory mechanism that modulates CD4+ T cell proliferation and activation. We also demonstrate that this CD8+ T cell-mediated effect promotes the survival of infected CD4+ T cells harboring integrated, inducible virus. Finally, we used RNA sequencing and secretome analyses to identify candidate cellular pathways that are involved in the virus-silencing mediated by these CD8+ T cells. This study characterizes a previously undescribed mechanism of immune-mediated HIV silencing that may be involved in the establishment and maintenance of the reservoir under antiretroviral therapy and therefore represent a major obstacle to HIV eradication.


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Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , HIV-1/fisiologia , Antígenos de Histocompatibilidade Classe I/imunologia , Imunidade Inata , Transcrição Genética/imunologia , Replicação Viral/imunologia , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Proliferação de Células , Humanos , Macaca
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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 15838, 2020 09 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32985562

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been spreading worldwide. Severe cases quickly progressed with unfavorable outcomes. We aim to investigate the clinical features of COVID-19 and identify the risk factors associated with its progression. Data of confirmed SARS-CoV-2-infected patients and healthy participants were collected. Thirty-seven healthy people and 79 confirmed patients, which include 48 severe patients and 31 mild patients, were recruited. COVID-19 patients presented with dysregulated immune response (decreased T, B, and NK cells and increased inflammatory cytokines). Also, they were found to have increased levels of white blood cell, neutrophil count, and D-dimer in severe cases. Moreover, lymphocyte, CD4+ T cell, CD8+ T cell, NK cell, and B cell counts were lower in the severe group. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that CD4+ cell count, neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and D-dimer were risk factors for severe cases. Both CT score and clinical pulmonary infection score (CPIS) were associated with disease severity. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis has shown that all these parameters and scores had quite a high predictive value. Immune dysfunction plays critical roles in disease progression. Early and constant surveillance of complete blood cell count, T lymphocyte subsets, coagulation function, CT scan and CPIS was recommended for early screening of severe cases.


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Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Fenômenos do Sistema Imunológico/fisiologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Adulto , Idoso , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Feminino , Humanos , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Contagem de Linfócitos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Neutrófilos/imunologia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Estudos Retrospectivos , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Resultado do Tratamento
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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

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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.


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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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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008853, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32886726

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HIV-1 transmission is associated with a severe bottleneck in which a limited number of variants from a pool of genetically diverse quasispecies establishes infection. The IAVI protocol C cohort of discordant couples, female sex workers, other heterosexuals and men who have sex with men (MSM) present varying risks of HIV infection, diverse HIV-1 subtypes and represent a unique opportunity to characterize transmitted/founder viruses (TF) where disease outcome is known. To identify the TF, the HIV-1 repertoire of 38 MSM participants' samples was sequenced close to transmission (median 21 days post infection, IQR 18-41) and assessment of multivariant infection done. Patient derived gag genes were cloned into an NL4.3 provirus to generate chimeric viruses which were characterized for replicative capacity (RC). Finally, an evaluation of how the TF virus predicted disease progression and modified the immune response at both acute and chronic HIV-1 infection was done. There was higher prevalence of multivariant infection compared with previously described heterosexual cohorts. A link was identified between multivariant infection and replicative capacity conferred by gag, whereby TF gag tended to be of lower replicative capacity in multivariant infection (p = 0.02) suggesting an overall lowering of fitness requirements during infection with multiple variants. Notwithstanding, multivariant infection was associated with rapid CD4+ T cell decline and perturbances in the CD4+ T cell and B cell compartments compared to single variant infection, which were reversible upon control of viremia. Strategies aimed at identifying and mitigating multivariant infection could contribute toward improving HIV-1 prognosis and this may involve strategies that tighten the stringency of the transmission bottleneck such as treatment of STI. Furthermore, the sequences and chimeric viruses help with TF based experimental vaccine immunogen design and can be used in functional assays to probe effective immune responses against TF.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Efeito Fundador , Infecções por HIV , HIV-1/fisiologia , Replicação Viral , Produtos do Gene gag do Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana , Doença Aguda , Adolescente , Adulto , Linfócitos B/imunologia , Linfócitos B/patologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/virologia , Feminino , Infecções por HIV/genética , Infecções por HIV/imunologia , Infecções por HIV/patologia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Viremia/genética , Viremia/imunologia , Viremia/patologia , Replicação Viral/genética , Replicação Viral/imunologia , Produtos do Gene gag do Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana/genética , Produtos do Gene gag do Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana/imunologia
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Lancet ; 396(10254): 839-852, 2020 09 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32888407

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BACKGROUND: Lisocabtagene maraleucel (liso-cel) is an autologous, CD19-directed, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell product. We aimed to assess the activity and safety of liso-cel in patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphomas. METHODS: We did a seamless design study at 14 cancer centres in the USA. We enrolled adult patients (aged ≥18 years) with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphomas. Eligible histological subgroups included diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, high-grade B-cell lymphoma with rearrangements of MYC and either BCL2, BCL6, or both (double-hit or triple-hit lymphoma), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma transformed from any indolent lymphoma, primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma, and follicular lymphoma grade 3B. Patients were assigned to one of three target dose levels of liso-cel as they were sequentially tested in the trial (50 × 106 CAR+ T cells [one or two doses], 100 × 106 CAR+ T cells, and 150 × 106 CAR+ T cells), which were administered as a sequential infusion of two components (CD8+ and CD4+ CAR+ T cells) at equal target doses. Primary endpoints were adverse events, dose-limiting toxicities, and the objective response rate (assessed per Lugano criteria); endpoints were assessed by an independent review committee in the efficacy-evaluable set (comprising all patients who had confirmed PET-positive disease and received at least one dose of liso-cel). This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT02631044. FINDINGS: Between Jan 11, 2016, and July 5, 2019, 344 patients underwent leukapheresis for manufacture of CAR+ T cells (liso-cel), of whom 269 patients received at least one dose of liso-cel. Patients had received a median of three (range 1-8) previous lines of systemic treatment, with 260 (97%) patients having had at least two lines. 112 (42%) patients were aged 65 years or older, 181 (67%) had chemotherapy-refractory disease, and seven (3%) had secondary CNS involvement. Median follow-up for overall survival for all 344 patients who had leukapheresis was 18·8 months (95% CI 15·0-19·3). Overall safety and activity of liso-cel did not differ by dose level. The recommended target dose was 100 × 106 CAR+ T cells (50 × 106 CD8+ and 50 × 106 CD4+ CAR+ T cells). Of 256 patients included in the efficacy-evaluable set, an objective response was achieved by 186 (73%, 95% CI 66·8-78·0) patients and a complete response by 136 (53%, 46·8-59·4). The most common grade 3 or worse adverse events were neutropenia in 161 (60%) patients, anaemia in 101 (37%), and thrombocytopenia in 72 (27%). Cytokine release syndrome and neurological events occurred in 113 (42%) and 80 (30%) patients, respectively; grade 3 or worse cytokine release syndrome and neurological events occurred in six (2%) and 27 (10%) patients, respectively. Nine (6%) patients had a dose-limiting toxicity, including one patient who died from diffuse alveolar damage following a dose of 50 × 106 CAR+ T cells. INTERPRETATION: Use of liso-cel resulted in a high objective response rate, with a low incidence of grade 3 or worse cytokine release syndrome and neurological events in patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphomas, including those with diverse histological subtypes and high-risk features. Liso-cel is under further evaluation at first relapse in large B-cell lymphomas and as a treatment for other relapsed or refractory B-cell malignancies. FUNDING: Juno Therapeutics, a Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.


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Antígenos CD19/uso terapêutico , Imunoterapia Adotiva/métodos , Linfoma Difuso de Grandes Células B/patologia , Linfoma Difuso de Grandes Células B/terapia , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Anemia/epidemiologia , Antígenos CD19/administração & dosagem , Antígenos CD19/efeitos adversos , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/transplante , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/transplante , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/epidemiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Imunoterapia Adotiva/efeitos adversos , Infusões Intravenosas , Leucaférese/métodos , Linfoma Difuso de Grandes Células B/classificação , Linfoma Difuso de Grandes Células B/imunologia , Masculino , Doenças do Sistema Nervoso/epidemiologia , Neutropenia/epidemiologia , Recidiva , Segurança , Análise de Sobrevida , Trombocitopenia/epidemiologia , Resultado do Tratamento
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J Immunol Res ; 2020: 2837670, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32964056

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The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has previously never been identified with humans, thereby creating devastation in public health. The need for an effective vaccine to curb this pandemic cannot be overemphasized. In view of this, we designed a subcomponent antigenic peptide vaccine targeting the N-terminal (NT) and C-terminal (CT) RNA binding domains of the nucleocapsid protein that aid in viral replication. Promising antigenic B cell and T cell epitopes were predicted using computational pipelines. The peptides "RIRGGDGKMKDL" and "AFGRRGPEQTQGNFG" were the B cell linear epitopes with good antigenic index and nonallergenic property. Two CD8+ and Three CD4+ T cell epitopes were also selected considering their safe immunogenic profiling such as allergenicity, antigen level conservancy, antigenicity, peptide toxicity, and putative restrictions to a number of MHC-I and MHC-II alleles. With these selected epitopes, a nonallergenic chimeric peptide vaccine incapable of inducing a type II hypersensitivity reaction was constructed. The molecular interaction between the Toll-like receptor-5 (TLR5) which was triggered by the vaccine was analyzed by molecular docking and scrutinized using dynamics simulation. Finally, in silico cloning was performed to ensure the expression and translation efficiency of the vaccine, utilizing the pET-28a vector. This research, therefore, provides a guide for experimental investigation and validation.


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Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Proteínas do Nucleocapsídeo/imunologia , Nucleocapsídeo/imunologia , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Epitopos de Linfócito B/genética , Epitopos de Linfócito B/imunologia , Epitopos de Linfócito T/genética , Epitopos de Linfócito T/imunologia , Humanos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Proteínas do Nucleocapsídeo/metabolismo , Proteínas com Motivo de Reconhecimento de RNA/imunologia , Motivos de Ligação ao RNA/imunologia , Receptor 5 Toll-Like/metabolismo , Vacinas Atenuadas/imunologia , Vacinas de Subunidades/imunologia
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APMIS ; 128(11): 583-592, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32865844

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated inflammatory disease which affects the central nervous system (CNS). In the present study, the in vivo effects of ATRA, calcitriol, and their combinations on the expression of murine CD4+ T cell cytokines and their specific transcription factors in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE)-induced mice were explored. Thirty-two EAE induced inbred C57BL/6 female mice with an age ranged from 8 to 10 weeks were divided into four categories in a random manner. The first, second, and third groups received ATRA, calcitriol, ATRA+ calcitriol, respectively, and the fourth group received vehicle. The treatment started on the day prior to immunization and through the IP injections every other days for 21 days. The dosages of administration for calcitriol, ATRA, and calcitriol+ ATRA were 100 ng, 250 µg, and 50ng + 125 µg, respectively per mouse. An equal volume of excipient was administered for the vehicle group. T-bet, IFN-γ, GATA-3, and IL-4 genes expression were assessed in the splenocytes of EAE -induced mice. The expression of T-bet and IFN-γ genes in the splenocytes of ATRA, calcitriol and combination- treated mice were significantly reduced compared to vehicle group (p < 0.05). A significant decrease in T-bet expression was observed in the combination-treated group compared to the ATRA-treated group (p < 0.05). The expression of GATA3 and IL-4 genes was significantly increased in the ATRA-, calcitriol-, and combination-treated mice when compared with the control group (p < 0.05). Furthermore, the effect of calcitriol alone and in combination with ATRA was more considerable than that of ATRA alone. The nutraceutical approaches may be promising in the prevention and/or treatment of MS.


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Calcitriol/farmacologia , Encefalomielite Autoimune Experimental/tratamento farmacológico , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Fatores Imunológicos/farmacologia , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/farmacologia , Tretinoína/farmacologia , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Esquema de Medicação , Quimioterapia Combinada , Encefalomielite Autoimune Experimental/induzido quimicamente , Encefalomielite Autoimune Experimental/imunologia , Encefalomielite Autoimune Experimental/patologia , Feminino , Fator de Transcrição GATA3/genética , Fator de Transcrição GATA3/imunologia , Interferon gama/genética , Interferon gama/imunologia , Interleucina-4/genética , Interleucina-4/imunologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Glicoproteína Mielina-Oligodendrócito/administração & dosagem , Transdução de Sinais , Medula Espinal/efeitos dos fármacos , Medula Espinal/imunologia , Medula Espinal/patologia , Proteínas com Domínio T/genética , Proteínas com Domínio T/imunologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4457, 2020 09 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32901017

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Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) and CD4+ T cells produce IL-22, which is critical for intestinal immunity. The microbiota is central to IL-22 production in the intestines; however, the factors that regulate IL-22 production by CD4+ T cells and ILCs are not clear. Here, we show that microbiota-derived short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) promote IL-22 production by CD4+ T cells and ILCs through G-protein receptor 41 (GPR41) and inhibiting histone deacetylase (HDAC). SCFAs upregulate IL-22 production by promoting aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF1α) expression, which are differentially regulated by mTOR and Stat3. HIF1α binds directly to the Il22 promoter, and SCFAs increase HIF1α binding to the Il22 promoter through histone modification. SCFA supplementation enhances IL-22 production, which protects intestines from inflammation. SCFAs promote human CD4+ T cell IL-22 production. These findings establish the roles of SCFAs in inducing IL-22 production in CD4+ T cells and ILCs to maintain intestinal homeostasis.


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Ácidos Graxos Voláteis/imunologia , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/imunologia , Imunidade Inata , Interleucinas/biossíntese , Animais , Butiratos/imunologia , Butiratos/metabolismo , Butiratos/farmacologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/microbiologia , Citrobacter rodentium , Colite/imunologia , Colite/microbiologia , Colite/prevenção & controle , Infecções por Enterobacteriaceae/imunologia , Infecções por Enterobacteriaceae/microbiologia , Infecções por Enterobacteriaceae/prevenção & controle , Ácidos Graxos Voláteis/metabolismo , Ácidos Graxos Voláteis/farmacologia , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/fisiologia , Inibidores de Histona Desacetilases/farmacologia , Humanos , Subunidade alfa do Fator 1 Induzível por Hipóxia/metabolismo , Técnicas In Vitro , Interleucinas/deficiência , Interleucinas/genética , Linfócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos/imunologia , Linfócitos/microbiologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Camundongos Transgênicos , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Receptores de Hidrocarboneto Arílico/metabolismo , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/metabolismo
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Front Immunol ; 11: 1836, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32983097

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Examining CD8+ and CD4+ T cell responses after primary Yellow Fever vaccination in a cohort of 210 volunteers, we have identified and tetramer-validated 92 CD8+ and 50 CD4+ T cell epitopes, many inducing strong and prevalent (i.e., immunodominant) T cell responses. Restricted by 40 and 14 HLA-class I and II allotypes, respectively, these responses have wide population coverage and might be of considerable academic, diagnostic and therapeutic interest. The broad coverage of epitopes and HLA overcame the otherwise confounding effects of HLA diversity and non-HLA background providing the first evidence of T cell immunodomination in humans. Also, double-staining of CD4+ T cells with tetramers representing the same HLA-binding core, albeit with different flanking regions, demonstrated an extensive diversification of the specificities of many CD4+ T cell responses. We suggest that this could reduce the risk of pathogen escape, and that multi-tetramer staining is required to reveal the true magnitude and diversity of CD4+ T cell responses. Our T cell epitope discovery approach uses a combination of (1) overlapping peptides representing the entire Yellow Fever virus proteome to search for peptides containing CD4+ and/or CD8+ T cell epitopes, (2) predictors of peptide-HLA binding to suggest epitopes and their restricting HLA allotypes, (3) generation of peptide-HLA tetramers to identify T cell epitopes, and (4) analysis of ex vivo T cell responses to validate the same. This approach is systematic, exhaustive, and can be done in any individual of any HLA haplotype. It is all-inclusive in the sense that it includes all protein antigens and peptide epitopes, and encompasses both CD4+ and CD8+ T cell epitopes. It is efficient and, importantly, reduces the false discovery rate. The unbiased nature of the T cell epitope discovery approach presented here should support the refinement of future peptide-HLA class I and II predictors and tetramer technologies, which eventually should cover all HLA class I and II isotypes. We believe that future investigations of emerging pathogens (e.g., SARS-CoV-2) should include population-wide T cell epitope discovery using blood samples from patients, convalescents and/or long-term survivors, who might all hold important information on T cell epitopes and responses.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Epitopos de Linfócito T/imunologia , Vacinação , Vacina contra Febre Amarela/imunologia , Febre Amarela/prevenção & controle , Vírus da Febre Amarela/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Estudos de Coortes , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Voluntários Saudáveis , Antígenos de Histocompatibilidade Classe I/imunologia , Antígenos de Histocompatibilidade Classe II/imunologia , Humanos , Imunogenicidade da Vacina , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Febre Amarela/virologia
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Front Immunol ; 11: 1870, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32983106

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) which is caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus is a severe flu-like illness which is associated with hyperinflammation and immune dysfunction. The virus induces a strong T and B cell response but little is known about the immune pathology of this viral infection. Acute Plasmodium falciparum malaria also causes acute clinical illness and is characterized by hyperinflammation due to the strong production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and a massive activation of T cells. In malaria, T cells express a variety of co-inhibitory receptors which might be a consequence of their activation but also might limit their overwhelming function. Thus, T cells are implicated in protection as well as in pathology. The outcome of malaria is thought to be a consequence of the balance between co-activation and co-inhibition of T cells. Following the hypothesis that T cells in COVID-19 might have a similar, dual function, we comprehensively characterized the differentiation (CCR7, CD45RO) and activation status (HLA-DR, CD38, CD69, CD226), the co-expression of co-inhibitory molecules (PD1, TIM-3, LAG-3, BTLA, TIGIT), as well as the expression pattern of the transcription factors T-bet and eomes of CD8+ and CD4+ T cells of PBMC of n = 20 SARS-CoV-2 patients compared to n = 10 P. falciparum infected patients and n = 13 healthy controls. Overall, acute COVID-19 and malaria infection resulted in a comparably elevated activation and altered differentiation status of the CD8+ and CD4+ T cell populations. T effector cells of COVID-19 and malaria patients showed higher frequencies of the inhibitory receptors T-cell immunoglobulin mucin-3 (TIM-3) and Lymphocyte-activation gene-3 (LAG-3) which was linked to increased activation levels and an upregulation of the transcription factors T-bet and eomes. COVID-19 patients with a more severe disease course showed higher levels of LAG-3 and TIM-3 than patients with a mild disease course. During recovery, a rapid normalization of these inhibitory receptors could be observed. In summary, comparing the expression of different co-inhibitory molecules in CD8+ and CD4+ T cells in COVID-19 vs. malaria, there is a transient increase of the expression of certain inhibitory receptors like LAG-3 and TIM-3 in COVID-19 in the overall context of acute immune activation.


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Antígenos CD/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/genética , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Receptor Celular 2 do Vírus da Hepatite A/metabolismo , Ativação Linfocitária/imunologia , Malária Falciparum/imunologia , Plasmodium falciparum/isolamento & purificação , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Doença Aguda , Adulto , Idoso , Células Cultivadas , Estudos de Coortes , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Feminino , Humanos , Malária Falciparum/parasitologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Receptor de Morte Celular Programada 1/metabolismo , Índice de Gravidade de Doença
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Front Immunol ; 11: 2075, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32983157

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To explore the metabolic changes and immune profiles in patients with COVID-19, we analyzed the data of patients with mild and severe COVID-19 as well as young children with COVID-19. Of the leukocytes, 47% (IQR, 33-59) were lymphocytes [2.5 × 109/L (IQR, 2.2-3.3)], and monocytes were 0.51 × 109/L (IQR, 0.45-0.57) in young children with COVID-19. In 32 mild COVID-19 patients, circulating monocytes were 0.45 × 109/L (IQR, 0.36-0.64). Twenty-one severe patients had low PO2 [57 mmHg (IQR, 50-73)] and SO2 [90% (IQR, 86-93)] and high lactate dehydrogenase [580 U/L (IQR, 447-696)], cardiac troponin I [0.07 ng/mL (IQR, 0.02-0.30)], and pro-BNP [498 pg/mL (IQR, 241-1,726)]. Serum D-dimer and FDP were 9.89 mg/L (IQR, 3.62-22.85) and 32.7 mg/L (IQR, 12.8-81.9), and a large number of RBC (46/µL (IQR, 4-242) was presented in urine, a cue of disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) in severe patients. Three patients had comorbidity with diabetes, and 18 patients without diabetes also presented high blood glucose [7.4 mmol/L (IQR, 5.9-10.1)]. Fifteen of 21 (71%) severe cases had urine glucose +, and nine of 21 (43%) had urine ketone body +. The increased glucose was partially caused by reduced glucose consumption of cells. Severe cases had extraordinarily low serum uric acid [176 µmol/L (IQR, 131-256)]. In the late stage of COVID-19, severe cases had extremely low CD4+ T cells and CD8+ T cells, but unusually high neutrophils [6.5 × 109/L (IQR, 4.8-9.6)], procalcitonin [0.27 ng/mL (IQR, 0.14-1.94)], C-reactive protein [66 mg/L (IQR, 25-114)] and an extremely high level of interleukin-6. Four of 21 (19%) severe cases had co-infection with fungi, and two of 21 (9%) severe cases had bacterial infection. Our findings suggest that, severe cases had acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) I-III, and metabolic disorders of glucose, lipid, uric acid, etc., even multiple organ dysfunction (MODS) and DIC. Increased neutrophils and severe inflammatory responses were involved in ARDS, MODS, and DIC. With the dramatical decrease of T-lymphocytes, severe cases were susceptible to co-infect with bacteria and fungi in the late stage of COVID-19. In young children, extremely high lymphocytes and monocytes might be associated with the low morbidity of COVID-19. The significantly increased monocytes might play an important role in the recovery of patients with mild COVID-19.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Adulto , Idoso , Glicemia/análise , Proteína C-Reativa/análise , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Feminino , Humanos , Interleucina-6/sangue , Contagem de Linfócitos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Neutrófilos/imunologia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa , Ácido Úrico/sangue
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4414, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887877

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CD4+ helper T cells contribute important functions to the immune response during pathogen infection and tumor formation by recognizing antigenic peptides presented by class II major histocompatibility complexes (MHC-II). While many computational algorithms for predicting peptide binding to MHC-II proteins have been reported, their performance varies greatly. Here we present a yeast-display-based platform that allows the identification of over an order of magnitude more unique MHC-II binders than comparable approaches. These peptides contain previously identified motifs, but also reveal new motifs that are validated by in vitro binding assays. Training of prediction algorithms with yeast-display library data improves the prediction of peptide-binding affinity and the identification of pathogen-associated and tumor-associated peptides. In summary, our yeast-display-based platform yields high-quality MHC-II-binding peptide datasets that can be used to improve the accuracy of MHC-II binding prediction algorithms, and potentially enhance our understanding of CD4+ T cell recognition.


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Epitopos de Linfócito T/genética , Oligopeptídeos , Sítios de Ligação , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Técnicas de Visualização da Superfície Celular , Bases de Dados de Proteínas , Epitopos de Linfócito T/química , Epitopos de Linfócito T/metabolismo , Genes MHC da Classe II , Antígenos de Histocompatibilidade Classe II/metabolismo , Humanos , Oligopeptídeos/química , Oligopeptídeos/genética , Oligopeptídeos/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica/genética , Receptores de Antígenos de Linfócitos T , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo
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Front Immunol ; 11: 1648, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32754159

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Cytokine storm is an acute hyperinflammatory response that may be responsible for critical illness in many conditions including viral infections, cancer, sepsis, and multi-organ failure. The phenomenon has been implicated in critically ill patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus implicated in COVID-19. Critically ill COVID-19 patients experiencing cytokine storm are believed to have a worse prognosis and increased fatality rate. In SARS-CoV-2 infected patients, cytokine storm appears important to the pathogenesis of several severe manifestations of COVID-19: acute respiratory distress syndrome, thromboembolic diseases such as acute ischemic strokes caused by large vessel occlusion and myocardial infarction, encephalitis, acute kidney injury, and vasculitis (Kawasaki-like syndrome in children and renal vasculitis in adult). Understanding the pathogenesis of cytokine storm will help unravel not only risk factors for the condition but also therapeutic strategies to modulate the immune response and deliver improved outcomes in COVID-19 patients at high risk for severe disease. In this article, we present an overview of the cytokine storm and its implications in COVID-19 settings and identify potential pathways or biomarkers that could be targeted for therapy. Leveraging expert opinion, emerging evidence, and a case-based approach, this position paper provides critical insights on cytokine storm from both a prognostic and therapeutic standpoint.


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Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Cuidados Críticos/métodos , Citocinas/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Corticosteroides/uso terapêutico , Anti-Inflamatórios não Esteroides/uso terapêutico , Relação CD4-CD8 , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Tomada de Decisão Clínica/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/mortalidade , Estado Terminal , Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Feminino , Humanos , Hospedeiro Imunocomprometido , Interleucina-6/antagonistas & inibidores , Inibidores de Janus Quinases/uso terapêutico , Masculino , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/mortalidade , Fatores Sexuais , Trombose
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Nat Immunol ; 21(9): 1107-1118, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32788748

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In coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, the relationship between disease severity and the host immune response is not fully understood. Here we performed single-cell RNA sequencing in peripheral blood samples of 5 healthy donors and 13 patients with COVID-19, including moderate, severe and convalescent cases. Through determining the transcriptional profiles of immune cells, coupled with assembled T cell receptor and B cell receptor sequences, we analyzed the functional properties of immune cells. Most cell types in patients with COVID-19 showed a strong interferon-α response and an overall acute inflammatory response. Moreover, intensive expansion of highly cytotoxic effector T cell subsets, such as CD4+ effector-GNLY (granulysin), CD8+ effector-GNLY and NKT CD160, was associated with convalescence in moderate patients. In severe patients, the immune landscape featured a deranged interferon response, profound immune exhaustion with skewed T cell receptor repertoire and broad T cell expansion. These findings illustrate the dynamic nature of immune responses during disease progression.


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Antígenos CD/metabolismo , Antígenos de Diferenciação de Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Interferon Tipo I/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Receptores Imunológicos/metabolismo , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Antígenos CD/genética , Antígenos CD/imunologia , Antígenos de Diferenciação de Linfócitos T/genética , Antígenos de Diferenciação de Linfócitos T/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/metabolismo , Estudos de Coortes , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Feminino , Proteínas Ligadas por GPI/genética , Proteínas Ligadas por GPI/imunologia , Proteínas Ligadas por GPI/metabolismo , Humanos , Interferon Tipo I/genética , Interferon Tipo I/imunologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/metabolismo , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , RNA-Seq , Receptores Imunológicos/genética , Receptores Imunológicos/imunologia , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Análise de Célula Única
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