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mBio ; 11(5)2020 09 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32948688

RESUMO

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 One ; 15(9): e0239532, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32976531

RESUMO

To investigate the clinical value of changes in the subtypes of peripheral blood lymphocytes and levels of inflammatory cytokines in patients with COVID-19, the total numbers of lymphocytes and CD4+ lymphocytes and the ratio of CD4+/CD8+ lymphocytes were calculated and observed in different groups of patients with COVID-19. The results show that the lymphocytopenia in patients with COVID-19 was mainly manifested by decreases in the CD4+ T lymphocyte number and the CD4+/CD8+ ratio. The decreased number of CD4+ T lymphocytes and the elevated levels of TNF-α and IL-6 were correlated with the severity of COVID-19 disease.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Citocinas/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Betacoronavirus , Contagem de Linfócito CD4 , Relação CD4-CD8 , Criança , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Feminino , Humanos , Interleucina-6/sangue , Linfopenia/sangue , Linfopenia/patologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/sangue
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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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Cancer Invest ; 38(7): 406-414, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32762373

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Programmed death 1 (PD-1) and its ligand PD-L1 play a key dysfunction of T lymphocytes. The purpose of this study was to assess and compare the prognostic role of tumor- TILs and its relationship with PD-L1 expression in stage II and III colon cancer. METHODS: Immunohistochemisty was used to assess the densities of CD8+, CD4+, and FOXP3+ cells, and PD-L1 expression in intraepithelial tumor site from 58 stage II and III colon cancers. These were evaluated for association with histopathologic features and overall survival. RESULTS: PD-L1-positive tumors contained a higher number of CD8+ TILs with statistical significance (p = 0.001). CD4+ TILs showed positive correlation with PD-L1 expression (p = 0.034). There were no associations between PD-L1 expression and FOXP3+ TILs. Microsatellite instability (MSI)-high status (p = 0.001; Odd ration 18.0; 95% CI = 4.3-74.8) was the strongest prognostic factor along with mucinous/poor cell differentiation, CD8 and right tumor location was associated with PD-L1 expression (p = 0.024, 0.035 and 0.033, respectively). CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated that PD-L1 expression was associated with MSI-high, increased CD8+ TILs, mucinous and poor cell differentiation, and right-sided tumor location.


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Antígeno B7-H1/metabolismo , Neoplasias do Colo/mortalidade , Neoplasias do Colo/cirurgia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Neoplasias do Colo/metabolismo , Neoplasias do Colo/patologia , Feminino , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Humanos , Imuno-Histoquímica , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/metabolismo , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/patologia , Masculino , Instabilidade de Microssatélites , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Modelos de Riscos Proporcionais , Análise de Sobrevida
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236966, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32776968

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Platelet-leukocyte aggregates (PLAs) are associated with increased thrombosis risk. The influence of PLA formation is especially important for cancer patients, since thrombosis accounts for approximately 10% of cancer-associated deaths. Our objective was to characterize and quantify PLAs in whole blood samples from lung cancer patients compared to healthy volunteers with the intent to analyze PLA formation in the context of lung cancer-associated thrombosis. Consenting lung cancer patients (57) and healthy volunteers (56) were enrolled at the Dana Cancer Center at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus. Peripheral blood samples were analyzed by flow cytometry. Patient medical history was reviewed through electronic medical records. Most importantly, we found lung cancer patients to have higher percentages of platelet-T cell aggregates (PTCAs) than healthy volunteers among both CD4+ T lymphocyte and CD8+ T lymphocyte populations. Our findings demonstrate that characterization of PTCAs may have clinical utility in differentiating lung cancer patients from healthy volunteers and stratifying lung cancer patients by history of thrombosis.


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Plaquetas/patologia , Neoplasias Pulmonares/sangue , Neoplasias Pulmonares/complicações , Linfócitos T/patologia , Trombose/sangue , Trombose/etiologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Agregação Celular , Feminino , Voluntários Saudáveis , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Fatores de Risco , Adulto Jovem
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Cell Metab ; 32(2): 188-202.e5, 2020 08 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32610096

RESUMO

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic presents an unprecedented threat to global public health. Herein, we utilized a combination of targeted and untargeted tandem mass spectrometry to analyze the plasma lipidome and metabolome in mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19 patients and healthy controls. A panel of 10 plasma metabolites effectively distinguished COVID-19 patients from healthy controls (AUC = 0.975). Plasma lipidome of COVID-19 resembled that of monosialodihexosyl ganglioside (GM3)-enriched exosomes, with enhanced levels of sphingomyelins (SMs) and GM3s, and reduced diacylglycerols (DAGs). Systems evaluation of metabolic dysregulation in COVID-19 was performed using multiscale embedded differential correlation network analyses. Using exosomes isolated from the same cohort, we demonstrated that exosomes of COVID-19 patients with elevating disease severity were increasingly enriched in GM3s. Our work suggests that GM3-enriched exosomes may partake in pathological processes related to COVID-19 pathogenesis and presents the largest repository on the plasma lipidome and metabolome distinct to COVID-19.


Assuntos
Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Exossomos/metabolismo , Gangliosídeo G(M3)/sangue , Gangliosídeos/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Adulto , Idoso , Betacoronavirus , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Diglicerídeos/sangue , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Metaboloma/fisiologia , Metabolômica/métodos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Esfingomielinas/sangue , Espectrometria de Massas em Tandem , Adulto Jovem
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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): 3410, 2020 07 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32641700

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COVID-19 is associated with 5.1% mortality. Although the virological, epidemiological, clinical, and management outcome features of COVID-19 patients have been defined rapidly, the inflammatory and immune profiles require definition as they influence pathogenesis and clinical expression of COVID-19. Here we show lymphopenia, selective loss of CD4+ T cells, CD8+ T cells and NK cells, excessive T-cell activation and high expression of T-cell inhibitory molecules are more prominent in severe cases than in those with mild disease. CD8+ T cells in patients with severe disease express high levels of cytotoxic molecules. Histochemical studies of lung tissue from one fatality show sub-anatomical distributions of SARS-CoV-2 RNA and massive infiltration of T cells and macrophages. Thus, aberrant activation and dysregulation of CD8+ T cells occur in patients with severe COVID-19 disease, an effect that might be for pathogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 infection and indicate that immune-based targets for therapeutic interventions constitute a promising treatment for severe COVID-19 patients.


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Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Quimiotaxia de Leucócito , China/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Citocinas/sangue , Feminino , Humanos , Inflamação , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/patologia , Contagem de Leucócitos , Pulmão/imunologia , Pulmão/virologia , Ativação Linfocitária , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/virologia
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Cancer Immunol Immunother ; 69(10): 2157-2162, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32638080

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Epidemiological evidence suggests that females have an advantage over males in cases of melanoma incidence, progression, and survival. However, the biological mechanisms underlying these sex differences remain unclear. With the knowledge that females generally have a more robust immune system than males, we investigated sex differences in melanoma progression in a B16-F10/BL6 syngeneic mouse model. We observed significantly less tumor volume and growth rate over 14 days in female mice compared to male mice. Furthermore, higher populations of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, which indicate adaptive immune responses, were found in the circulating blood and tumors of females and corresponded with less tumor growth, and vice versa in males. Our results highlight a mouse model that represents melanoma progression in the human population and displays a higher immune response to melanoma in females compared to males. These findings suggest that the immune system may be one of the mechanisms responsible for sex differences in melanoma.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Melanoma Experimental/imunologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/imunologia , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/imunologia , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Feminino , Masculino , Melanoma Experimental/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Neoplasias Cutâneas/secundário , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/patologia , Carga Tumoral , Células Tumorais Cultivadas
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Clin Immunol ; 217: 108486, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32479985

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The lymphopenia exhibited in patients with COVID-19 has been associated with a worse prognosis in the development of the disease. To understand the factors associated with a worse evolution of COVID-19, we analyzed comorbidities, indicators of inflammation such as CRP and the ratio of neutrophils/lymphocytes, as well as the count of blood cells with T-lymphocyte subtypes in 172 hospitalized patients with COVID-19 pneumonia. Patients were grouped according to their needs for mechanical ventilation (ICU care) or not. Within the comorbidities studied, obesity was the only associated with greater severity and ICU admission. Both the percentage and the absolute number of neutrophils were higher in patients needing ICU care than non-ICU patients, whereas absolute lymphocyte count, and especially the percentage of lymphocytes, presented a deep decline in critical patients. There was no difference between the two groups of patients for CD4 T-lymphocytes, neither in percentage of lymphocyte nor in absolute number, however for CD8 T-cells the differences were significant for both parameters which were in decline in ICU patients. There was a firm correlation between the highest values of inflammation indicators with the decrease in percentage of CD8 T-lymphocytes. This effect was not seen with CD4 cells. Obesity together with lymphopenia, especially whether preferentially affects to CD8 T- lymphocytes, are factors that can predict a poor prognosis in patients with COVID-19.


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Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Linfopenia/imunologia , Neutrófilos/patologia , Obesidade/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Biomarcadores/sangue , Proteína C-Reativa/metabolismo , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/virologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/virologia , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por Coronavirus/mortalidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Feminino , Humanos , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva , Contagem de Linfócitos , Linfopenia/complicações , Linfopenia/mortalidade , Linfopenia/terapia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Neutrófilos/imunologia , Neutrófilos/virologia , Obesidade/complicações , Obesidade/mortalidade , Obesidade/terapia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Pneumonia Viral/mortalidade , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Prognóstico , Respiração Artificial , Estudos Retrospectivos , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Análise de Sobrevida
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Clin Immunol ; 218: 108516, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32574709

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BACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is posing a huge threat to human health worldwide. We aim to investigate the immune status of CD8+ T and NK cells in COVID-19 patients. METHODS: The count and immune status of lymphocytes were detected by flow cytometry in 32 COVID-19 patients and 18 healthy individuals. RESULTS: As the disease progression in COVID-19 patients, CD8+ T and NK cells were significantly decreased in absolute number but highly activated. After patients' condition improved, the count and immune status of CD8+ T and NK cells restored to some extent. GrA+CD8+ T and perforin+ NK cells had good sensitivity and specificity for assisting diagnosis of COVID-19. CONCLUSIONS: As the disease progression, the declined lymphocytes in COVID-19 patients might lead to compensatory activation of CD8+ T and NK cells. GrA+CD8+ T and perforin+ NK cells might be used as meaningful indicators for assisting diagnosis of COVID-19.


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Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Granzimas/genética , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Perforina/genética , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/imunologia , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Biomarcadores/sangue , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/virologia , Estudos de Casos e Controles , China , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico/métodos , Infecções por Coronavirus/sangue , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Progressão da Doença , Feminino , Expressão Gênica , Granzimas/sangue , Granzimas/imunologia , Humanos , Células Matadoras Naturais/patologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/virologia , Ativação Linfocitária , Contagem de Linfócitos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Perforina/sangue , Perforina/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/sangue , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Prognóstico , Curva ROC , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/patologia , Linfócitos T Citotóxicos/virologia
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Pediatr Infect Dis J ; 39(7): e100-e103, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32520888

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BACKGROUND: To describe the characteristics of clinical manifestations of children with 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection in Chongqing. METHODS: All 25 children with laboratory-confirmed 2019-nCoV infection by real-time reverse transcription-PCR (RNA-PCR) were admitted from the 4 designated treatment hospitals of 2019-nCoV in Chongqing from January 19 to March 12, 2020. Clinical data and epidemiologic history of these patients were retrospectively collected and analyzed. RESULTS: The diagnosis was confirmed through RNA-PCR testing. Among the 25 cases, 14 were males and 11 were females. The median age was 11.0 (6.3-14.5) years (range 0.6-17.0 years). All children were related to a family cluster outbreak, and 7 children (28%) with a travel or residence history in Hubei Province. These patients could be categorized into different clinical types, including 8 (32%) asymptomatic, 4 (16%) very mild cases and 13 (52%) common cases. No severe or critical cases were identified. The most common symptoms were cough (13 cases, 52%) and fever (6 cases, 24%). The duration time of clinical symptoms was 13.0 (8.0-25.0) days. In the 25 cases, on admission, 21 cases (84%) had normal white blood cell counts, while only 2 cases (8%) more than 10 × 10/L and 2 cases (8%) less than 4 × 10/L, respectively; 22 cases(88%) had normal CD4+ T lymphocyte counts, while in the remaining 3 cases(8%) this increased mildly; 23 cases had normal CD8+ T lymphocyte counts, while in the remaining 2 cases (8%) CD8+ T lymphocyte counts were mildly increased as well. All Lymphocyte counts were normal. There were no statistical differences of lab results between the groups of asymptomatic cases, mild cases and common cases. There were only 13 cases with abnormal CT imaging, most of which were located in the subpleural area of the bottom of the lung. All patients were treated with interferon, 6 cases combined with Ribavirin, and 12 cases combined with lopinavir or ritonavir. The days from onset to RNA turning negative was 15.20 ± 6.54 days. There was no significant difference of RNA turning negative between the groups of interferon, interferon plus ribavirin and interferon plus lopinavir or ritonavir treatment. All the cases recovered and were discharged from hospital. CONCLUSIONS: The morbidity of 2019-nCoV infection in children is lower than in adults and the clinical manifestations and inflammatory biomarkers in children are nonspecific and milder than that in adults. RNA-PCR test is still the most reliable diagnostic method, especially for asymptomatic patients.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Adolescente , Fatores Etários , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/genética , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Criança , Pré-Escolar , China/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/fisiopatologia , Tosse/virologia , Feminino , Febre/virologia , Humanos , Lactente , Lopinavir/uso terapêutico , Contagem de Linfócitos , Masculino , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/fisiopatologia , Prognóstico , Estudos Retrospectivos , Ribavirina/uso terapêutico , Ritonavir/uso terapêutico , Resultado do Tratamento
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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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Pediatr Infect Dis J ; 39(7): e87-e90, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32379199

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BACKGROUND: The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is becoming a global threat. However, our understanding of the clinical characteristics and treatment of critically ill pediatric patients and their ability of transmitting the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 still remains inadequate because only a handful pediatric cases of COVID-19 have been reported. METHODS: Epidemiology, clinical characteristics, treatment, laboratory data and follow-up information and the treatment of critically ill infant were recorded. RESULTS: The infant had life-threatening clinical features including high fever, septic shock, recurrent apnea, petechiae and acute kidney injury and persistent declined CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. The duration of nasopharyngeal virus shedding lasted for 49 days even with the administration of lopinavir/ritonavir for 8 days. The CD3+, CD4+ and CD8+ T cells was partially recovered 68 days post onset of the disease. Accumulating of effector memory CD4+ T cells (CD4+TEM) was observed among T-cell compartment. The nucleic acid tests and serum antibody for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the infant's mother who kept intimate contact with the infant were negative despite no strict personal protection. CONCLUSIONS: The persistent reduction of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells was the typical feature of critically ill infant with COVID-19. CD4+ and CD8+ T cells might play a key role in aggravating COVID-19 and predicts a more critical course in children. The prolonged nasopharyngeal virus shedding was related with the severity of respiratory injury. The transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from infant (even very critical cases) to adult might be unlikely.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Estado Terminal , Humanos , Lactente , Lopinavir/uso terapêutico , Contagem de Linfócitos , Masculino , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Ritonavir/uso terapêutico , Eliminação de Partículas Virais/imunologia
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(5): e1008569, 2020 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32463840

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Mycobacterial infection leads to activation of the RIG-I/MAVS/TBK1 RNA sensing pathway in macrophages but the consequences of this activation remains poorly defined. In this study, we determined that activation of this RNA sensing pathway stimulates ICAM-1 expression in M.avium-infected macrophage through the inhibition of the E3 ubiquitin ligase CRL4COP1/DET1. CRL4 when active targets the transcription factor ETV5 for degradation by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. In the absence of the ETV5 transcription factor, ICAM-1 expression is significantly decreased. The M.avium-induced ICAM-1 production is required for the formation of immune synapse between infected macrophages and antigen-specific CD4+ T lymphocytes, and is essential for CD4+ T lymphocyte-mediated mycobacterial killing in vitro and in mice. This study demonstrates a previously undefined mechanism by which a host cytosolic RNA sensing pathway contributes to the interplay between mycobacteria infected macrophages and antigen-specific T lymphocytes.


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Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Proteína DEAD-box 58/imunologia , Macrófagos , Mycobacterium avium/imunologia , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/imunologia , Tuberculose/imunologia , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/genética , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/microbiologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Proteína DEAD-box 58/genética , Macrófagos/imunologia , Macrófagos/microbiologia , Macrófagos/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Tuberculose/genética , Tuberculose/patologia
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Prostate ; 80(10): 764-776, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32356608

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BACKGROUND: Aging is the most important risk factor for prostate cancer (PCa), but how age contributes to PCa is poorly understood. Aging is characterized by low-grade systemic inflammation (i.e., inflammaging) that is often attributed to the progressive activation of immune cells over time, which may play an important role in prostate carcinogenesis. Th17 response is elevated in aging humans and mice, but it remains unknown whether it is increased in prostate tissue or contributes to prostate carcinogenesis during aging. In this study, we aimed to determine the role of age-related Th17 response in PCa cell growth, migration, and invasion. METHODS: C57BL/6J (B6) mouse was used as an aging animal model and the prostate histopathology during aging was analyzed. Splenic CD4+ T cells were isolated from young (16-20 weeks old) and aged (96-104 weeks old) mice, and cultured in the presence of plate-bound anti-CD3/anti-CD28, with or without Th17 differentiation conditions. The cells were collected and used for subsequent flow cytometry or quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The supernatant was collected and used to treat PCa cell lines. The treated PCa cells were analyzed for cell viability, migration, invasion, and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) signaling. RESULTS: Aged mice had enlarged prostate glands and increased morphological alterations, with not only increased inflammatory cell infiltration but also increased Th17 cytokines in prostate tissue, compared to young mice. Naïve CD4+ T cells from aged mice differentiated increased interleukin (IL)-17-expressing cells. CD4+ T cells from aged mice spleen had increased Th17 cells, Th17 cytokines and Th17/Treg ratio compared to young mice. Factors secreted from aged CD4+ T cells, especially from ex vivo differentiated Th17 cells, not only promoted PCa cell viability, migration, and invasion but also activated the NF-κB signaling in PCa cells compared to young mice. CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that age-related CD4+ T cells, especially Th17 cells-secreted factors have the potential to contribute to prostate carcinogenesis. Our work could prompt further research using autochthonous PCa mouse models at different ages to elucidate the functional role of Th17 response in prostate carcinogenesis during aging.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Neoplasias da Próstata/imunologia , Células Th17/imunologia , Envelhecimento/imunologia , Animais , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Diferenciação Celular/imunologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/imunologia , Humanos , Inflamação/imunologia , Inflamação/patologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Modelos Animais , NF-kappa B/imunologia , Invasividade Neoplásica , Células PC-3 , Neoplasias da Próstata/patologia , Células Th17/patologia
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Am J Pathol ; 190(8): 1723-1734, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32389572

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Retinal ischemic events, which result from occlusion of the ocular vasculature share similar causes as those for central nervous system stroke and are among the most common cause of acute and irreversible vision loss in elderly patients. Currently, there is no established treatment, and the condition often leaves patients with seriously impaired vision or blindness. The immune system, particularly T-cell-mediated responses, is thought to be intricately involved, but the exact roles remain elusive. We found that acute ischemia-reperfusion injury to the retina induced a prolonged phase of retinal ganglion cell loss that continued to progress during 8 weeks after the procedure. This phase was accompanied by microglial activation and CD4+ T-cell infiltration into the retina. Adoptive transfer of CD4+ T cells isolated from diseased mice exacerbated retinal ganglion cell loss in mice with retinal reperfusion damage. On the other hand, T-cell deficiency or administration of T-cell or interferon-γ-neutralizing antibody attenuated retinal ganglion cell degeneration and retinal function loss after injury. These findings demonstrate a crucial role for T-cell-mediated responses in the pathogenesis of neural ischemia. These findings point to novel therapeutic targets of limiting or preventing neuron and function loss for currently untreatable conditions of optic neuropathy and/or central nervous system ischemic stroke.


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Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Isquemia/patologia , Retina/patologia , Degeneração Retiniana/patologia , Doenças Retinianas/patologia , Vasos Retinianos/patologia , Transferência Adotiva , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Progressão da Doença , Camundongos , Células Ganglionares da Retina/patologia
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PLoS One ; 15(5): e0233159, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32459801

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BACKGROUND: CD4-positive T cells are the main target of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). Interferon-γ release assays rely on the fact that T-lymphocytes release this cytokine when exposed to tuberculosis-specific antigens and are useful in testing for latent tuberculosis infection before initiating biologic therapy, such as anti-tumor necrosis factor agents. However, the reliability of interferon-γ release assays in detecting tuberculosis infection among HTLV-1-positive patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) remains unclear. The present study aimed to evaluate the use of the T-SPOT.TB assay in HTLV-1-positive RA patients. METHODS: Overall, 29 HTLV-1-positive RA patients and 87 age- and sex-matched HTLV-1-negative RA patients (controls) were included from the HTLV-1 RA Miyazaki Cohort Study. Results of the T-SPOT.TB assay for latent tuberculosis infection screening were collected from medical records of patients. RESULTS: Approximately 55% of the HTLV-1-positive RA patients showed invalid T-SPOT.TB assay results (odds ratio: 108, 95% confidence interval: 13.1-890, p < 0.0001) owing to a spot count of >10 in the negative controls. HTLV-1 proviral load values were significantly higher in patients with invalid results compared with those without invalid results (p = 0.003). CONCLUSION: HTLV-1 infection affects T-SPOT.TB assay results in RA patients. Assay results in HTLV-1 endemic regions should be interpreted with caution when screening for latent tuberculosis infection before initiation of biologic therapy.


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Artrite Reumatoide/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Infecções por HTLV-I/imunologia , Vírus Linfotrópico T Tipo 1 Humano/imunologia , Testes de Liberação de Interferon-gama , Tuberculose/imunologia , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Artrite Reumatoide/microbiologia , Artrite Reumatoide/patologia , Artrite Reumatoide/virologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Feminino , Infecções por HTLV-I/microbiologia , Infecções por HTLV-I/patologia , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Tuberculose/microbiologia , Tuberculose/patologia , Tuberculose/virologia
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J Cancer Res Clin Oncol ; 146(8): 1979-1992, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32447483

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PURPOSE: Esophageal cancer (EC) is one of the most lethal gastrointestinal malignancies. Immunotherapy is a promising treatment modality for this disease. However, broader implementation of EC immunotherapy has been discouraged because of insufficient understanding of tumor interactions with the immune system. As with other malignancies, the current research on EC focuses on deciphering the immune cell signatures within the tumor microenvironment. However, the disease-elicited immune cell profiles in the paratumoral compartments are largely unknown. METHODS: We examined the immune cell signatures in 62 tissue samples from 16 EC patients in different esophageal tissue compartments: tumor tissue, peritumoral tissue, healthy esophageal tissue, and adjacent lymph nodes. We analyzed the proportions and distribution patterns of NK cells and CD4+ and CD8+ T cells as well as their death receptor (FasR, FasR/DR3)-expressing subpopulations. The analyzed data were then compared and correlated with the patients' clinicopathological data. RESULTS: We found that the FasR+ NK cells, CD4+ and CD8+ T cells infiltrated lymph nodes at the lowest levels and that the FasR+DR3+ CD4+ T cells were enhanced in tumors. The comparisons with the clinicopathological data revealed a major impact of active smoking on the reduction in paratumoral NK cells and the upregulation of FasR in tumor-infiltrating NK and CD8+ T cells. The lymph node metastatic stage, tumor stage, and Mandard grade correlated with the compartmental proportions of the evaluated immune cells. CONCLUSION: The novel association of the disease state with tumoral and paratumoral immune cell signatures suggests new possibilities for personalized immunotherapy for EC patients.


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Neoplasias Esofágicas/imunologia , Neoplasias Esofágicas/terapia , Linfócitos/imunologia , Adenocarcinoma/imunologia , Adenocarcinoma/patologia , Adenocarcinoma/terapia , Idoso , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD4-Positivos/patologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/patologia , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Neoplasias Esofágicas/patologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas do Esôfago/imunologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas do Esôfago/patologia , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas do Esôfago/terapia , Feminino , Humanos , Imunoterapia/métodos , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/patologia , Linfonodos/imunologia , Linfonodos/patologia , Linfócitos/patologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/imunologia , Linfócitos do Interstício Tumoral/patologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Subpopulações de Linfócitos T/imunologia , Subpopulações de Linfócitos T/patologia , Receptor fas/imunologia
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