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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4402, 2020 09 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32879318

RESUMO

Genome-wide association studies have identified genetic variation contributing to complex disease risk. However, assigning causal genes and mechanisms has been more challenging because disease-associated variants are often found in distal regulatory regions with cell-type specific behaviours. Here, we collect ATAC-seq, Hi-C, Capture Hi-C and nuclear RNA-seq data in stimulated CD4+ T cells over 24 h, to identify functional enhancers regulating gene expression. We characterise changes in DNA interaction and activity dynamics that correlate with changes in gene expression, and find that the strongest correlations are observed within 200 kb of promoters. Using rheumatoid arthritis as an example of T cell mediated disease, we demonstrate interactions of expression quantitative trait loci with target genes, and confirm assigned genes or show complex interactions for 20% of disease associated loci, including FOXO1, which we confirm using CRISPR/Cas9.


Assuntos
Artrite Reumatoide/genética , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Cromatina , Proteína Forkhead Box O1/genética , Doenças Autoimunes/genética , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/citologia , Cromatina/química , Cromatina/genética , Elementos Facilitadores Genéticos , Proteína Forkhead Box O1/metabolismo , Expressão Gênica , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Cultura Primária de Células , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Locos de Características Quantitativas
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 99(36): e21803, 2020 Sep 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32899009

RESUMO

RATIONALE: Complex immune dysregulation in interferon (IFN) and T cell response has been observed in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1)-infected patients as well as in coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) patients. However, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2)/HIV-1 coinfection has been described in only few cases worldwide and no data are available on immunological outcomes in HIV-1-patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. Hence, this study aims to compare type I IFN response and T cell activation levels between a SARS-CoV-2/HIV-1-coinfected female patient and age-matched HIV-1-positive or uninfected women. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 52-year-old woman diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2/HIV-1 coinfection, ten HIV-1-positive women and five age-matched-healthy individuals were enrolled in this study. DIAGNOSES: SARS-CoV-2 infection caused severe pneumonia in the second week of illness in HIV-1-positive patient under protease inhibitors. Chest high-resolution computed tomography images of the SARS-CoV-2/HIV-1-coinfected patient showed bilateral ground-glass opacities. INTERVENTIONS: SARS-CoV-2/HIV-1-coinfected female patient under darunavir/cobicistat regimen received a 7-days hydroxychloroquine therapy. Analysis of IFNα/ß mRNA levels and CD4 and CD8 T cell (CD38, human leukocyte antigen-DR [HLA-DR], CD38 HLA-DR) frequencies were performed by RT/real-time PCR assays and flow cytometry, respectively. Median relative difference (MRD) was calculated for each immunological variable. For values greater than reference, MRD should be a positive number and for values that are smaller, MRD should be negative. OUTCOMES: The severe pneumonia observed in SARS-CoV-2/HIV-1-positive patient under protease inhibitors was reversed by a 7-days hydroxychloroquine therapy. At the end of treatment, on day 7, patient reported resolution of fever, normalization of respiratory rate (14 breaths/min), and improved oxygen arterial pressure with a FiO2 of 30%. MRD values for IFNα/ß and CD4 and CD8 T cells expressing CD38 and/or HLA-DR found in SARS-CoV-2-/HIV-1-coinfected woman were approximatively equal to 0 when refereed respectively to HIV-1-positive female patients [MRDs IFNα/ß: median -0.2545 (range: -0.5/0.1); T cells: median -0.11 (range: -0.8/1.3)] and ≥ 6 when referred to healthy individuals [MRDs IFNα/ß: median 28.45 (range: 15/41.9); T cells: median 10 (range 6/22)]. LESSONS: These results indicate that SARS-CoV-2 infection in HIV-1-positive female patient was associated with increased levels of IFNα/ß-mRNAs and T cell activation compared to healthy individuals.


Assuntos
Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por HIV/complicações , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/complicações , Antirretrovirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/metabolismo , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores Enzimáticos/uso terapêutico , Feminino , Infecções por HIV/tratamento farmacológico , Humanos , Hidroxicloroquina/uso terapêutico , Interferons/sangue , Ativação Linfocitária , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , RNA Mensageiro , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/tratamento farmacológico , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/virologia
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Protein Cell ; 11(10): 740-770, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32780218

RESUMO

Age-associated changes in immune cells have been linked to an increased risk for infection. However, a global and detailed characterization of the changes that human circulating immune cells undergo with age is lacking. Here, we combined scRNA-seq, mass cytometry and scATAC-seq to compare immune cell types in peripheral blood collected from young and old subjects and patients with COVID-19. We found that the immune cell landscape was reprogrammed with age and was characterized by T cell polarization from naive and memory cells to effector, cytotoxic, exhausted and regulatory cells, along with increased late natural killer cells, age-associated B cells, inflammatory monocytes and age-associated dendritic cells. In addition, the expression of genes, which were implicated in coronavirus susceptibility, was upregulated in a cell subtype-specific manner with age. Notably, COVID-19 promoted age-induced immune cell polarization and gene expression related to inflammation and cellular senescence. Therefore, these findings suggest that a dysregulated immune system and increased gene expression associated with SARS-CoV-2 susceptibility may at least partially account for COVID-19 vulnerability in the elderly.


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Envelhecimento/imunologia , Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Sistema Imunitário/imunologia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Análise de Célula Única , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Envelhecimento/genética , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linhagem da Célula , Montagem e Desmontagem da Cromatina , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/etiologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/imunologia , Citocinas/biossíntese , Citocinas/genética , Suscetibilidade a Doenças , Citometria de Fluxo/métodos , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Rearranjo Gênico , Humanos , Sistema Imunitário/citologia , Sistema Imunitário/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Imunocompetência/genética , Inflamação/genética , Inflamação/imunologia , Espectrometria de Massas/métodos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Transcriptoma , Adulto Jovem
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0225420, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32764749

RESUMO

The H196 residue in SIVmac239 Nef is conserved across the majority of HIV and SIV isolates, lies immediately adjacent to the AP-2 (adaptor protein 2) binding di-leucine domain (ExxxLM195), and is critical for several described AP-2 dependent Nef functions, including the downregulation of tetherin (BST-2/CD317), CD4, and others. Surprisingly, many stocks of the closely related SIVmac251 swarm virus harbor a nef allele encoding a Q196. In SIVmac239, this variant is associated with loss of multiple AP-2 dependent functions. Publicly available sequences for SIVmac251 stocks were mined for variants linked to Q196 that might compensate for functional defects associated with this residue. Variants were engineered into the SIVmac239 backbone and in Nef expression plasmids and flow cytometry was used to examine surface tetherin expression in primary CD4 T cells and surface CD4 expression in SupT1 cells engineered to express rhesus CD4. We found that SIVmac251 stocks that encode a Q196 residue in Nef uniformly also encode an upstream R191 residue. We show that R191 restores the ability of Nef to downregulate tetherin in the presence of Q196 and has a similar but less pronounced impact on CD4 expression. However, a published report showed Q196 commonly evolves to H196 in vivo, suggesting a fitness cost. R191 may represent compensatory evolution to restore the ability to downregulate tetherin lost in viruses harboring Q196.


Assuntos
Antígeno 2 do Estroma da Médula Óssea/metabolismo , Vírus da Imunodeficiência Símia/genética , Proteínas Virais Reguladoras e Acessórias/genética , Animais , Antígenos CD/metabolismo , Antígeno 2 do Estroma da Médula Óssea/genética , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Proteínas Ligadas por GPI/metabolismo , Produtos do Gene nef/metabolismo , Macaca mulatta/metabolismo , Síndrome de Imunodeficiência Adquirida dos Símios/virologia , Vírus da Imunodeficiência Símia/metabolismo , Vírus da Imunodeficiência Símia/fisiologia , Proteínas Virais Reguladoras e Acessórias/metabolismo
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008752, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32760121

RESUMO

Members of the family of pyrin and HIN domain containing (PYHIN) proteins play an emerging role in innate immunity. While absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2) acts a cytosolic sensor of non-self DNA and plays a key role in inflammasome assembly, the γ-interferon-inducible protein 16 (IFI16) restricts retroviral gene expression by sequestering the transcription factor Sp1. Here, we show that the remaining two human PYHIN proteins, i.e. myeloid cell nuclear differentiation antigen (MNDA) and pyrin and HIN domain family member 1 (PYHIN1 or IFIX) share this antiretroviral function of IFI16. On average, knock-down of each of these three nuclear PYHIN proteins increased infectious HIV-1 yield from human macrophages by more than an order of magnitude. Similarly, knock-down of IFI16 strongly increased virus transcription and production in primary CD4+ T cells. The N-terminal pyrin domain (PYD) plus linker region containing a nuclear localization signal (NLS) were generally required and sufficient for Sp1 sequestration and anti-HIV-1 activity of IFI16, MNDA and PYHIN1. Replacement of the linker region of AIM2 by the NLS-containing linker of IFI16 resulted in a predominantly nuclear localization and conferred direct antiviral activity to AIM2 while attenuating its ability to form inflammasomes. The reverse change caused nuclear-to-cytoplasmic relocalization of IFI16 and impaired its antiretroviral activity but did not result in inflammasome assembly. We further show that the Zn-finger domain of Sp1 is critical for the interaction with IFI16 supporting that pyrin domains compete with DNA for Sp1 binding. Finally, we found that human PYHIN proteins also inhibit Hepatitis B virus and simian vacuolating virus 40 as well as the LINE-1 retrotransposon. Altogether, our data show that IFI16, PYHIN1 and MNDA restrict HIV-1 and other viral pathogens by interfering with Sp1-dependent gene expression and support an important role of nuclear PYHIN proteins in innate antiviral immunity.


Assuntos
Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Infecções por HIV/prevenção & controle , HIV-1/imunologia , Macrófagos/imunologia , Proteínas Nucleares/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição Sp1/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/virologia , Núcleo Celular/genética , DNA Viral/genética , Células HEK293 , Infecções por HIV/imunologia , Infecções por HIV/patologia , Infecções por HIV/virologia , HIV-1/genética , HIV-1/isolamento & purificação , Células Hep G2 , Humanos , Imunidade Inata/imunologia , Inflamassomos/genética , Inflamassomos/imunologia , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Macrófagos/virologia , Proteínas Nucleares/genética , Fator de Transcrição Sp1/genética , Replicação Viral
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Nat Immunol ; 21(9): 1107-1118, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32788748

RESUMO

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.


Assuntos
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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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4051, 2020 08 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32792548

RESUMO

The RNA genome of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is reverse-transcribed into DNA and integrated into the host genome, resulting in latent infections that are difficult to clear. Here we show an approach to eradicate HIV infections by selective elimination of host cells harboring replication-competent HIV (SECH), which includes viral reactivation, induction of cell death, inhibition of autophagy and the blocking of new infections. Viral reactivation triggers cell death specifically in HIV-1-infected T cells, which is promoted by agents that induce apoptosis and inhibit autophagy. SECH treatments can clear HIV-1 in >50% mice reconstituted with a human immune system, as demonstrated by the lack of viral rebound after withdrawal of treatments, and by adoptive transfer of treated lymphocytes into uninfected humanized mice. Moreover, SECH clears HIV-1 in blood samples from HIV-1-infected patients. Our results suggest a strategy to eradicate HIV infections by selectively eliminating host cells capable of producing HIV.


Assuntos
Infecções por HIV/prevenção & controle , HIV-1/patogenicidade , Animais , Antígenos CD34/metabolismo , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Autofagia/fisiologia , Azepinas/farmacologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Humanos , Camundongos , Organofosfatos/farmacologia , Piperazinas/farmacologia , Piridinas/farmacologia , Pirimidinonas/farmacologia , RNA Viral/metabolismo , Linfócitos T/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Triazóis/farmacologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4113, 2020 08 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32807791

RESUMO

The acidic pH of tumors profoundly inhibits effector functions of activated CD8 + T-cells. We hypothesize that this is a physiological process in immune regulation, and that it occurs within lymph nodes (LNs), which are likely acidic because of low convective flow and high glucose metabolism. Here we show by in vivo fluorescence and MR imaging, that LN paracortical zones are profoundly acidic. These acidic niches are absent in athymic Nu/Nu and lymphodepleted mice, implicating T-cells in the acidifying process. T-cell glycolysis is inhibited at the low pH observed in LNs. We show that this is due to acid inhibition of monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs), resulting in a negative feedback on glycolytic rate. Importantly, we demonstrate that this acid pH does not hinder initial activation of naïve T-cells by dendritic cells. Thus, we describe an acidic niche within the immune system, and demonstrate its physiological role in regulating T-cell activation.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfonodos/metabolismo , Animais , Proliferação de Células/genética , Proliferação de Células/fisiologia , Citometria de Fluxo , Concentração de Íons de Hidrogênio , Imunoquímica , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Transportadores de Ácidos Monocarboxílicos/genética , Transportadores de Ácidos Monocarboxílicos/metabolismo , Fosfofrutoquinase-1/genética , Fosfofrutoquinase-1/metabolismo
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(32): 19475-19486, 2020 08 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32709741

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The DNA sensor cGAS catalyzes the production of the cyclic dinucleotide cGAMP, resulting in type I interferon responses. We addressed the functionality of cGAS-mediated DNA sensing in human and murine T cells. Activated primary CD4+ T cells expressed cGAS and responded to plasmid DNA by upregulation of ISGs and release of bioactive interferon. In mouse T cells, cGAS KO ablated sensing of plasmid DNA, and TREX1 KO enabled cells to sense short immunostimulatory DNA. Expression of IFIT1 and MX2 was downregulated and upregulated in cGAS KO and TREX1 KO T cell lines, respectively, compared to parental cells. Despite their intact cGAS sensing pathway, human CD4+ T cells failed to mount a reverse transcriptase (RT) inhibitor-sensitive immune response following HIV-1 infection. In contrast, infection of human T cells with HSV-1 that is functionally deficient for the cGAS antagonist pUL41 (HSV-1ΔUL41N) resulted in a cGAS-dependent type I interferon response. In accordance with our results in primary CD4+ T cells, plasmid challenge or HSV-1ΔUL41N inoculation of T cell lines provoked an entirely cGAS-dependent type I interferon response, including IRF3 phosphorylation and expression of ISGs. In contrast, no RT-dependent interferon response was detected following transduction of T cell lines with VSV-G-pseudotyped lentiviral or gammaretroviral particles. Together, T cells are capable to raise a cGAS-dependent cell-intrinsic response to both plasmid DNA challenge or inoculation with HSV-1ΔUL41N. However, HIV-1 infection does not appear to trigger cGAS-mediated sensing of viral DNA in T cells, possibly by revealing viral DNA of insufficient quantity, length, and/or accessibility to cGAS.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/virologia , HIV-1/fisiologia , Interferon Tipo I/metabolismo , Nucleotidiltransferases/metabolismo , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Células Cultivadas , DNA Viral/fisiologia , Exodesoxirribonucleases/genética , Exodesoxirribonucleases/metabolismo , Herpesvirus Humano 1/fisiologia , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno , Humanos , Imunidade Inata , Fator Regulador 3 de Interferon/metabolismo , Camundongos , Nucleotidiltransferases/genética , Fosfoproteínas/genética , Fosfoproteínas/metabolismo , Fosforilação , Especificidade da Espécie , Replicação Viral
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3761, 2020 07 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32724101

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Chronic immune-mediated diseases of adulthood often originate in early childhood. To investigate genetic associations between neonatal immunity and disease, we map expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) in resting myeloid cells and CD4+ T cells from cord blood samples, as well as in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or phytohemagglutinin (PHA) stimulation, respectively. Cis-eQTLs are largely specific to cell type or stimulation, and 31% and 52% of genes with cis-eQTLs have response eQTLs (reQTLs) in myeloid cells and T cells, respectively. We identified cis regulatory factors acting as mediators of trans effects. There is extensive colocalisation between condition-specific neonatal cis-eQTLs and variants associated with immune-mediated diseases, in particular CTSH had widespread colocalisation across diseases. Mendelian randomisation shows causal neonatal gene expression effects on disease risk for BTN3A2, HLA-C and others. Our study elucidates the genetics of gene expression in neonatal immune cells, and aetiological origins of autoimmune and allergic diseases.


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Doenças Autoimunes/genética , Desenvolvimento Infantil/fisiologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento/imunologia , Hipersensibilidade/genética , Locos de Características Quantitativas/imunologia , Doenças Autoimunes/imunologia , Butirofilinas/genética , Butirofilinas/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Catepsina H/genética , Catepsina H/metabolismo , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Sangue Fetal/citologia , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Redes Reguladoras de Genes/imunologia , Predisposição Genética para Doença , Estudo de Associação Genômica Ampla , Antígenos HLA-C/genética , Antígenos HLA-C/metabolismo , Humanos , Hipersensibilidade/imunologia , Lactente , Recém-Nascido , Análise da Randomização Mendeliana , Células Mieloides/imunologia , Células Mieloides/metabolismo , Análise de Sequência com Séries de Oligonucleotídeos , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Estudos Prospectivos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3434, 2020 07 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32632085

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The immune system of patients infected by SARS-CoV-2 is severely impaired. Detailed investigation of T cells and cytokine production in patients affected by COVID-19 pneumonia are urgently required. Here we show that, compared with healthy controls, COVID-19 patients' T cell compartment displays several alterations involving naïve, central memory, effector memory and terminally differentiated cells, as well as regulatory T cells and PD1+CD57+ exhausted T cells. Significant alterations exist also in several lineage-specifying transcription factors and chemokine receptors. Terminally differentiated T cells from patients proliferate less than those from healthy controls, whereas their mitochondria functionality is similar in CD4+ T cells from both groups. Patients display significant increases of proinflammatory or anti-inflammatory cytokines, including T helper type-1 and type-2 cytokines, chemokines and galectins; their lymphocytes produce more tumor necrosis factor (TNF), interferon-γ, interleukin (IL)-2 and IL-17, with the last observation implying that blocking IL-17 could provide a novel therapeutic strategy for COVID-19.


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Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Subpopulações de Linfócitos T/imunologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Senescência Celular , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina , Citocinas/imunologia , Citocinas/metabolismo , Feminino , Humanos , Memória Imunológica , Itália/epidemiologia , Ativação Linfocitária , Contagem de Linfócitos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Subpopulações de Linfócitos T/metabolismo , Subpopulações de Linfócitos T/patologia , Células Th17/imunologia , Células Th17/metabolismo , Células Th17/patologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3461, 2020 07 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32651371

RESUMO

Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by Leishmania protozoa transmitted by infected sand flies. Vaccination through leishmanization with live Leishmania major has been used successfully but is no longer practiced because it resulted in occasional skin lesions. A second generation leishmanization is described here using a CRISPR genome edited L. major strain (LmCen-/-). Notably, LmCen-/- is a genetically engineered centrin gene knock-out mutant strain that is antibiotic resistant marker free and does not have detectable off-target mutations. Mice immunized with LmCen-/- have no visible lesions following challenge with L. major-infected sand flies, while non-immunized animals develop large and progressive lesions with a 2-log fold higher parasite burden. LmCen-/- immunization results in protection and an immune response comparable to leishmanization. LmCen-/- is safe since it is unable to cause disease in immunocompromised mice, induces robust host protection against vector sand fly challenge and because it is marker free, can be advanced to human vaccine trials.


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Repetições Palindrômicas Curtas Agrupadas e Regularmente Espaçadas/genética , Leishmania major/genética , Leishmania major/patogenicidade , Vacinas Atenuadas/uso terapêutico , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Dexametasona/farmacologia , Feminino , Citometria de Fluxo , Edição de Genes , Engenharia Genética , Humanos , Imunossupressão , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Psychodidae/parasitologia , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3505, 2020 07 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32665593

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The early steps of HIV-1 infection, such as uncoating, reverse transcription, nuclear import, and transport to integration sites are incompletely understood. Here, we imaged nuclear entry and transport of HIV-1 replication complexes in cell lines, primary monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs) and CD4+ T cells. We show that viral replication complexes traffic to and accumulate within nuclear speckles and that these steps precede the completion of viral DNA synthesis. HIV-1 transport to nuclear speckles is dependent on the interaction of the capsid proteins with host cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor 6 (CPSF6), which is also required to stabilize the association of the viral replication complexes with nuclear speckles. Importantly, integration site analyses reveal a strong preference for HIV-1 to integrate into speckle-associated genomic domains. Collectively, our results demonstrate that nuclear speckles provide an architectural basis for nuclear homing of HIV-1 replication complexes and subsequent integration into associated genomic loci.


Assuntos
Infecções por HIV/virologia , HIV-1/patogenicidade , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Proteínas do Capsídeo/genética , Proteínas do Capsídeo/metabolismo , Núcleo Celular/genética , Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Genoma Viral/genética , Células HEK293 , Infecções por HIV/genética , HIV-1/genética , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/fisiologia , Humanos , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Virologia , Integração Viral/genética , Integração Viral/fisiologia , Replicação Viral/genética , Replicação Viral/fisiologia
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(30): 17757-17763, 2020 07 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32669430

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Vaccination has been used to control the spread of seasonal flu; however, the virus continues to evolve and escape from host immune response through mutation and increasing glycosylation. Efforts have been directed toward development of a universal vaccine with broadly protective activity against multiple influenza strains and subtypes. Here we report the design and evaluation of various chimeric vaccines based on the most common avian influenza H5 and human influenza H1 sequences. Of these constructs, the chimeric HA (cHA) vaccine with consensus H5 as globular head and consensus H1 as stem was shown to elicit broadly protective CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses. Interestingly, the monoglycosylated cHA (cHAmg) vaccine with GlcNAc on each glycosite induced more stem-specific antibodies, with higher antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC), and better neutralizing and stronger cross-protection activities against H1, H3, H5, and H7 strains and subtypes. Moreover, the cHAmg vaccine combined with a glycolipid adjuvant designed for class switch further enhanced the vaccine efficacy with more IFN-γ, IL-4, and CD8+ memory T cells produced.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Proteção Cruzada/imunologia , Glicoproteínas de Hemaglutininação de Vírus da Influenza/imunologia , Vacinas contra Influenza/imunologia , Influenza Humana/prevenção & controle , Orthomyxoviridae/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Citotoxicidade Celular Dependente de Anticorpos , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Glicoproteínas de Hemaglutininação de Vírus da Influenza/química , Humanos , Influenza Humana/virologia , Camundongos , Modelos Moleculares , Testes de Neutralização , Orthomyxoviridae/classificação , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/química , Proteínas Recombinantes de Fusão/imunologia , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Vacinação
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3588, 2020 07 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32680985

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Tumors subvert immune cell function to evade immune responses, yet the complex mechanisms driving immune evasion remain poorly understood. Here we show that tumors induce de novo steroidogenesis in T lymphocytes to evade anti-tumor immunity. Using a transgenic steroidogenesis-reporter mouse line we identify and characterize de novo steroidogenic immune cells, defining the global gene expression identity of these steroid-producing immune cells and gene regulatory networks by using single-cell transcriptomics. Genetic ablation of T cell steroidogenesis restricts primary tumor growth and metastatic dissemination in mouse models. Steroidogenic T cells dysregulate anti-tumor immunity, and inhibition of the steroidogenesis pathway is sufficient to restore anti-tumor immunity. This study demonstrates T cell de novo steroidogenesis as a mechanism of anti-tumor immunosuppression and a potential druggable target.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Melanoma/imunologia , Esteroides/imunologia , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Enzima de Clivagem da Cadeia Lateral do Colesterol/genética , Enzima de Clivagem da Cadeia Lateral do Colesterol/imunologia , Humanos , Evasão da Resposta Imune , Melanoma/genética , Melanoma/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Esteroides/biossíntese
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 3366, 2020 07 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32632165

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CD4+ T lymphocytes consist of naïve, antigen-specific memory, and memory-phenotype (MP) cell compartments at homeostasis. We recently showed that MP cells exert innate-like effector function during host defense, but whether MP CD4+ T cells are functionally heterogeneous and, if so, what signals specify the differentiation of MP cell subpopulations under homeostatic conditions is still unclear. Here we characterize MP lymphocytes as consisting of T-bethigh, T-betlow, and T-bet- subsets, with innate, Th1-like effector activity exclusively associated with T-bethigh cells. We further show that the latter population depends on IL-12 produced by CD8α+ type 1 dendritic cells (DC1) for its differentiation. Finally, our data demonstrate that this tonic IL-12 production requires TLR-MyD88 signaling independent of foreign agonists, and is further enhanced by CD40-CD40L interactions between DC1 and CD4+ T lymphocytes. We propose that optimal differentiation of T-bethigh MP lymphocytes at homeostasis is driven by self-recognition signals at both the DC and Tcell levels.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Diferenciação Celular/imunologia , Homeostase/imunologia , Memória Imunológica/imunologia , Proteínas com Domínio T/imunologia , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/citologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Antígenos CD40/imunologia , Antígenos CD40/metabolismo , Ligante de CD40/genética , Ligante de CD40/imunologia , Ligante de CD40/metabolismo , Antígenos CD8/imunologia , Antígenos CD8/metabolismo , Comunicação Celular/imunologia , Células Dendríticas/citologia , Células Dendríticas/imunologia , Células Dendríticas/metabolismo , Interleucina-12/genética , Interleucina-12/imunologia , Interleucina-12/metabolismo , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Fenótipo , Transdução de Sinais/imunologia , Proteínas com Domínio T/metabolismo , Células Th1/citologia , Células Th1/imunologia , Células Th1/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0235706, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32639988

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During type 1 immune responses, CD4 T helper 1 (Th1) cells and CD8 T cells are activated via IL-12 and contribute to the elimination of intracellular pathogens through interferon gamma (IFNγ) production. In this study, we identified Placenta-specific 8 (Plac8) as a gene that is uniquely expressed in Th1 CD4 T cells relative to other CD4 T cell subsets and hypothesized that Plac8 may represent a novel therapeutic target in Th1 CD4 T cells. First, we determined that Plac8 mRNA in CD4 T cells was induced following IL-12 stimulation via an indirect route that required new protein synthesis. Upon evaluating the functional relevance of Plac8 expression in Th1 CD4 T cells, we discovered that Plac8 was important for suppressing IFNγ mRNA and protein production by CD4 T cells 24 hours after IL-12 stimulation, however Plac8 did not contribute to pathogenic CD4 T cell function during two models of intestinal inflammation. We also noted relatively high basal expression of Plac8 in CD8 T cells which could be further induced following IL-12 stimulation in CD8 T cells. Furthermore, Plac8 expression was important for establishing an optimal CD8 T cell response against influenza A virus via a T cell-intrinsic manner. Altogether, these results implicate Plac8 as a potential regulator of Th1 CD4 and CD8 T cell responses during Th1 T cell-driven inflammation.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/metabolismo , Interferon gama/metabolismo , Proteínas/metabolismo , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Colite/imunologia , Colite/patologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Interferon gama/genética , Interleucina-12/farmacologia , Antígenos Comuns de Leucócito/genética , Antígenos Comuns de Leucócito/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Infecções por Orthomyxoviridae/imunologia , Infecções por Orthomyxoviridae/patologia , Proteínas/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Regulação para Cima/efeitos dos fármacos
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J Cancer Res Clin Oncol ; 146(9): 2319-2327, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32592066

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PURPOSE: Lymphocyte activation gene-3 (LAG3) is an immunosuppressive checkpoint molecule expressed on T cells. The frequency and distribution of LAG3 expression in oesophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) is unknown. Aim of the study was the evaluation and distribution of LAG3 on tumour infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and correlation with clinico-pathological and molecular data. METHODS: We analysed tumor tissue samples using immunohistochemistry, multi-colour immunofluorescence and mRNA in-situ technology. The analyses were performed on a multi-spot tissue microarray (TMA) with 165 samples, followed by an evaluation on a single-spot TMA with 477 samples. These results were correlated with clinical and molecular tumour data. RESULTS: LAG3 expression on TILs was detectable in 10.5% on the multi-spot TMA and 11.4% on the single-spot TMA. There was a strong correlation between protein expression and mRNA expression (p < 0.001) in TILs. LAG 3 expression was correlated with CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells within the tumor (p < 0.001). LAG3 expression showed an improved overall survival (OS) compared to patients without LAG3 expression (median OS 70.2 vs. 26.9 months; p = 0.046). The effect was even clearer in the group of patients with tumour stages > pT2 (70.2 vs 25.0 months; p = 0.037). CONCLUSION: This is the first description of LAG3 expression on TILs in EAC, underscoring the importance of immunomodulation in EAC. Our data suggest an impact of LAG3 in a relevant subset of EAC. Therapeutic studies investigating the efficacy of LAG3 inhibition in EAC will also provide predictive evidence and relevance of the immunohistochemical determination of LAG3 expression.


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Adenocarcinoma/metabolismo , Antígenos CD/metabolismo , Neoplasias Esofágicas/metabolismo , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/metabolismo , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Adenocarcinoma/patologia , Idoso , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Neoplasias Esofágicas/patologia , Feminino , Humanos , Ativação Linfocitária/fisiologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/patologia , Masculino , Estadiamento de Neoplasias/métodos
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0233578, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32497097

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The B7 family represents one of the best-studied subgroups within the Ig superfamily, yet new interactions continue to be discovered. However, this binding promiscuity represents a major challenge for defining the biological contribution of each specific interaction. We developed a strategy for addressing these challenges by combining cell microarray and high-throughput FACS methods to screen for promiscuous binding events, map binding interfaces, and generate functionally selective reagents. Applying this approach to the interactions of mPD-L1 with its receptor mPD-1 and its ligand mB7-1, we identified the binding interface of mB7-1 on mPD-L1 and as a result generated mPD-L1 mutants with binding selectivity for mB7-1 or mPD-1. Next, using a panel of mB7-1 mutants, we mapped the binding sites of mCTLA-4, mCD28 and mPD-L1. Surprisingly, the mPD-L1 binding site mapped to the dimer interface surface of mB7-1, placing it distal from the CTLA-4/CD28 recognition surface. Using two independent approaches, we demonstrated that mPD-L1 and mB7-1 bind in cis, consistent with recent reports from Chaudhri A et al. and Sugiura D et al. We further provide evidence that while CTLA-4 and CD28 do not directly compete with PD-L1 for binding to B7-1, they can disrupt the cis PD-L1:B7-1 complex by reorganizing B7-1 on the cell surface. These observations offer new functional insights into the regulatory mechanisms associated with this group of B7 family proteins and provide new tools to elucidate their function in vitro and in vivo.


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Complexo Antígeno-Anticorpo/metabolismo , Antígeno B7-1/metabolismo , Antígeno B7-H1/metabolismo , Proteínas Mutantes/metabolismo , Animais , Antígenos de Superfície/metabolismo , Antígeno B7-1/genética , Antígeno B7-H1/genética , Sítios de Ligação , Antígenos CD28/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Antígeno CTLA-4/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Ativação Linfocitária/imunologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Ligação Proteica , Transfecção
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0234176, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32497151

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Chronic neuropathic pain (NP) is a growing clinical problem for which effective treatments, aside from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opioids, are lacking. Cannabinoids are emerging as potentially promising agents to manage neuroimmune effects associated with nociception. In particular, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and their combination are being considered as therapeutic alternatives for treatment of NP. This study aimed to examine whether sex affects long-term outcomes on persistent mechanical hypersensitivity 7 weeks after ceasing cannabinoid administration. Clinically relevant low doses of THC, CBD, and a 1:1 combination of THC:CBD extracts, in medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, were orally gavaged for 14 consecutive days to age-matched groups of male and female sexually mature Sprague Dawley rats. Treatments commenced one day after surgically inducing a pro-nociceptive state using a peripheral sciatic nerve cuff. The analgesic efficacy of each phytocannabinoid was assessed relative to MCT oil using hind paw mechanical behavioural testing once a week for 9 weeks. In vivo intracellular electrophysiology was recorded at endpoint to characterize soma threshold changes in primary afferent sensory neurons within dorsal root ganglia (DRG) innervated by the affected sciatic nerve. The thymus, spleen, and DRG were collected post-sacrifice and analyzed for long-term effects on markers associated with T lymphocytes at the RNA level using qPCR. Administration of cannabinoids, particularly the 1:1 combination of THC, elicited a sustained mechanical anti-hypersensitive effect in males with persistent peripheral NP, which corresponded to beneficial changes in myelinated Aß mechanoreceptive fibers. Specific immune cell markers associated with T cell differentiation and pro-inflammatory cytokines, previously implicated in repair processes, were differentially up-regulated by cannabinoids in males treated with cannabinoids, but not in females, warranting further investigation into sexual dimorphisms that may underlie treatment outcomes.


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Analgésicos/administração & dosagem , Analgésicos/farmacologia , Canabidiol/efeitos adversos , Canabidiol/farmacologia , Dronabinol/administração & dosagem , Dronabinol/farmacologia , Óleos/química , Administração Oral , Analgésicos/química , Animais , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/efeitos dos fármacos , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/metabolismo , Canabidiol/química , Dronabinol/química , Composição de Medicamentos , Interações Medicamentosas , Feminino , Gânglios Espinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Gânglios Espinais/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley
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