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Immune Regulation News 3.27, July 29, 2011
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Specialized Regulatory T Cell Stifles Antibody Production Centers
A regulatory T cell that expresses three specific genes shuts down the mass production of antibodies launched by the immune system to attack invaders. [Press release from the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center discussing online prepublication in Nature Medicine]

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Fault in Immune Memory Causes Atopic Eczema and Psoriasis
The findings of a research study show that both atopic eczema and psoriasis are caused by impaired immunological memory. [Press release from the German Research Center for Environmental Health discussing online prepublication in the New England Journal of Medicine]

Researchers May Have Discovered Key to Help Women Fight Infections During Pregnancy
Using a mouse pregnancy model, researchers have developed a method to dissociate the beneficial and detrimental impacts of maternal regulatory T cells. [Press release from the University of Minnesota discussing online prepublication in Cell Host & Microbe]


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Mutual Antagonism of T Cells Causing Psoriasis and Atopic Eczema
Here, researchers describe three patients with co-occurring psoriasis and atopic eczema with an antagonistic course and distinct T-cell infiltrates in lesions from psoriasis and those from atopic eczema. [N Engl J Med]

Oxysterols Direct Immune Cell Migration via EBI2
Data demonstrates that cholesterol 25-hydroxylase generates Epstein–Barr virus-induced gene 2 (EBI2) biological activity in vivo and indicates that the EBI2–oxysterol signalling pathway has an important role in the adaptive immune response. [Nature]

Second Messenger Role for Mg2+ Revealed by Human T-Cell Immunodeficiency
Here researchers identify mutations in the magnesium transporter gene, MAGT1, in a novel X-linked human immunodeficiency characterized by CD4 lymphopenia, severe chronic viral infections, and defective T-lymphocyte activation. [Nature]

Oxysterols Direct B-Cell Migration Through EBI2
Results show an unexpected causal link between the Epstein–Barr virus-induced gene 2 (EBI2), an orphan G-protein-coupled receptor controlling B-cell migration, and the known immunological effects of certain oxysterols, thus uncovering a previously unknown role for this class of molecules. [Nature]

The MicroRNA miR-29 Controls Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses to Intracellular Bacterial Infection by Targeting Interferon-γ
Here researchers show that infection of mice with Listeria monocytogenes or Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin downregulated miR-29 expression in interferon-γ-producing natural killer cells, CD4+ T cells and CD8+ T cells. [Nat Immunol]

Foxp3+ Follicular Regulatory T Cells Control the Germinal Center Response
Researchers describe a population of Foxp3+Blimp-1+CD4+ T cells constituting 10–25% of the CXCR5highPD-1highCD4+ T cells found in the germinal center after immunization with protein antigens. [Nat Med]

Follicular Regulatory T Cells Expressing Foxp3 and Bcl-6 Suppress Germinal Center Reactions
Here researchers identify a subset of regulatory T cells expressing CXCR5 and Bcl-6 that localize to the germinal centers in mice and humans. [Nat Med]

Lysosomal Trafficking, Antigen Presentation, and Microbial Killing Are Controlled by the Arf-like GTPase Arl8b
Here, using a lysosome-dependent immunological screen of a trafficking shRNA library, scientists identified the Arf-like GTPase Arl8b as a critical regulator of cargo delivery to lysosomes. [Immunity]

Foxp3+ Regulatory T Cell Expansion Required for Sustaining Pregnancy Compromises Host Defense Against Prenatal Bacterial Pathogens
Herein, researchers demonstrate that expansion of immune-suppressive Foxp3+ regulatory T cells which occurs physiologically during pregnancy or when experimentally induced in transgenic mice caused enhanced susceptibility to prenatal pathogens including Listeria and Salmonella species. [Cell Host Microbe]

The E3 Ligase c-Cbl Regulates Dendritic Cell Activation
Investigators have identified the E3 ligase c-Cbl, known for its roles in regulating lymphocyte signalling, as a modulator of dendritic cell activation. [EMBO Rep]


Adaptimmune Announces Opening of Pilot Clinical Trial in Synovial Sarcoma
Adaptimmune announced that it has opened a Pilot, open-label clinical trial in synovial sarcoma at the National Cancer Institute testing its enhanced T cell receptor T cell therapy. [Adaptimmune Limited Press Release]

Genethon and Children’s Hospital Boston Get FDA Approval for a Wiskott Aldrich Gene Therapy Trial
The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the launching in the U.S. of a clinical trial for gene therapy for a rare immunodeficiency, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. [Children’s Hospital Boston Press Release]

Visionary Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Announces Initial Seed Round Investments and the Launch of TH17 Autoimmune Disease Research Activities
Visionary Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced that the company has raised seed round investments from a consortium of Angel Investors. The company is using the capital to develop novel small molecule retinoic acid related orphan receptor modulators targeting TH17 T-lymphocytes for the treatment of various autoimmune disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and COPD. [PR Newswire]

Cancer Research Institute Announces New Programs
Cancer Research Institute, Inc. (CRI) announced new changes and additions to its research funding programs. The changes reflect a strategic shift in CRI’s mission to bring safe and effective immune system-based therapies to cancer patients sooner. [Cancer Research Institute, Inc. Press Release]


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