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Immune Regulation News 8.13 April 15, 2016
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Researchers Reveal How Two Types of Immune Cells Can Arise from One
Researchers discovered that the production of daughter cells with different roles in the immune system is driven by the lopsided distribution of the signaling protein c-Myc. Nudging c-Myc in one direction or the other could make vaccines more effective or advance immunotherapies for cancer treatment. [Press release from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital discussing online prepublication in Nature] Press Release | Abstract
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Developing a Pro-Regenerative Biomaterial Scaffold Microenvironment Requires T Helper 2 Cells
Scientists investigated how biomaterial scaffolds shape the immune microenvironment in traumatic muscle wounds to improve tissue regeneration. The scaffolds induced a pro-regenerative response, characterized by an mTOR/Rictor-dependent T helper 2 pathway that guides interleukin-4–dependent macrophage polarization, which is critical for functional muscle recovery. [Science] Abstract | Press Release

A Reservoir of Mature Cavity Macrophages that Can Rapidly Invade Visceral Organs to Affect Tissue Repair
Using multi-channel spinning disk microscopy, researchers identified a rapid pathway of macrophage recruitment into an injured organ via a non-vascular route requiring no maturation from monocytes. [Cell] Abstract | Graphical Abstract | Press Release

Enteric Viruses Ameliorate Gut Inflammation via Toll-Like Receptor 3 and Toll-Like Receptor 7-Mediated Interferon-β Production
The authors found that mice treated with antiviral cocktail displayed more severe dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis compared with untreated mice. When wild-type mice were reconstituted with Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) or TLR7 agonists or inactivated rotavirus, colitis symptoms were significantly ameliorated. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells isolated from inflamed mouse colon produced interferon-β in a TLR3 and TLR7-dependent manner. [Immunity] Abstract | Graphical Abstract

Neutrophils Suppress Intraluminal NK-Mediated Tumor Cell Clearance and Enhance Extravasation of Disseminated Carcinoma Cells
Researchers defined novel functions of neutrophils in promoting intraluminal survival and extravasation at sites of metastatic dissemination. They showed that CD11b+/Ly6G+ neutrophils enhance metastasis formation via two distinct mechanisms. [Cancer Discov] Abstract | Full Article

Dendritic Cell Dysfunction and Diabetic Sensory Neuropathy in the Cornea
Investigators used post-wound corneal sensory degeneration and regeneration as a model and tested the hypothesis that diabetes adversely affects DC populations and infiltration, resulting in disrupted DC-nerve communication and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. [J Clin Invest] Full Article | Press Release

IFN-γ Receptor and STAT1 Signaling in B Cells Are Central to Spontaneous Germinal Center Formation and Autoimmunity
Investigators report that B cell–intrinsic IFN-γ receptor (IFN-γR) and STAT1 signaling are required for spontaneously developed germinal center (Spt-GC) and follicular T helper cell (Tfh cell) development. They further demonstrated that IFN-γR and STAT1 signaling control Spt-GC and Tfh cell formation by driving T-bet expression and IFN-γ production by B cells. [J Exp Med] Abstract | Press Release

B Cell IFN-γ Receptor Signaling Promotes Autoimmune Germinal Centers via Cell-Intrinsic Induction of BCL-6
Using a chimeric model of B cell-driven autoimmunity, scientists demonstrated that B cell type 1 interferon (IFN) receptor signals accelerate, but are not required for, lupus development. [J Exp Med] Abstract

Clec4A4 Is a Regulatory Receptor for Dendritic Cells that Impairs Inflammation and T-Cell Immunity
Scientists showed that Clec4A4 is a regulatory receptor for the activation of CD8α conventional dendritic cells (cDCs) that impairs inflammation and T-cell immunity. Clec4a4−/−CD8α cDCs showed enhanced cytokine production and T-cell priming following Toll-like receptor-mediated activation. [Nat Commun] Full Article

TALEN-Mediated Inactivation of PD-1 in Tumor-Reactive Lymphocytes Promotes Intratumoral T-Cell Persistence and Rejection of Established Tumors
Investigators demonstrated that inactivation of the PD-1 gene in melanoma-reactive CD8+ T cells and in fibrosarcoma-reactive polyclonal T cells enhanced the persistence of PD-1 gene-modified T cells at the tumor site and increased tumor control. [Cancer Res] Full Article | Press Release

Neuron-Specific SALM5 Limits Inflammation in the CNS via Its Interaction with HVEM
Researchers found that synaptic adhesion-like molecule 5 (SALM5) suppressed lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammatory responses in the central nervous system (CNS) and that a SALM-specific monoclonal antibody promoted inflammation in the CNS, and thereby aggravated clinical symptoms of mouse experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. [Sci Adv] Full Article | Press Release

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How Neutrophils Promote Metastasis
Intriguingly, neutrophils frequently accumulate in cancer patients. Recent studies have addressed the causal link between neutrophils and cancer in mouse tumor models, and point to a key role of neutrophils in promoting the most deadly aspect of cancer—its dissemination to distant organs. [Science] Abstract

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Novel Immunotherapy to Fight Lung Cancer Discussed at International Summit
More than 30 prominent international scientists gathered to discuss the state-of-the-art, as well as promising future approaches for the treatment of lung cancer. [Press release from Sbarro Health Research Organization (Newswise Inc.) discussing research presented at the Immunotherapy Meets Lung Cancer: New Treatments for Non Small Cell Lung Cancer and 3rd International Cancer Vaccine Meeting, Siena] Press Release

Immunotherapy with Live Bacterium Improves Response Rate in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
Immunotherapy with a live bacterium combined with chemotherapy demonstrated more than 90% disease control and 59% response rate in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, according to the results of a Phase Ib trial. [Press release from the European Society for Medical Oncology discussing research presented at the 2016 European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC), Geneva] Press Release

Patients with EGFR Expressing Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Benefit Most from Necitumumab Added to Chemotherapy
Patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing advanced squamous non-small-cell lung cancer benefit most from necitumumab added to gemcitabine and cisplatin chemotherapy, according to a subgroup analysis from the SQUIRE trial. [Press release from the European Society for Medical Oncology discussing research presented at the 2016 European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC), Geneva] Press Release

Osimertinib Combined with Durvalumab in EGFR-Mutant Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer
Encouraging clinical activity was demonstrated by the combination of osimertinib plus durvalumab in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer that had received prior treatment with an epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI) and also in EGFR-TKI naive patients that was offset by safety observations over the occurrence of interstitial lung disease in some patients. [Press release from the European Society for Medical Oncology discussing research presented at the 2016 European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC), Geneva] Press Release

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University of Pennsylvania to Join First-of-Its-Kind Research Collaboration to Fight Cancer with New Immunotherapies
The University of Pennsylvania has joined an unprecedented cancer research effort, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which unites six of the nation’s top medical schools and cancer centers around a shared aim of accelerating breakthrough immunotherapy research that will turn more cancers into a curable disease. The venture is backed by a $250 million gift from the Parker Foundation, making it the largest single contribution ever made to the field of immunotherapy. [University of Pennsylvania] Press Release

UCLA Joins Collaboration to Advance Cancer Immunotherapy Research
UCLA has joined forces with five of the nation’s other leading cancer centers and The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy to maximize the potential of cancer immunotherapy research. [UCLA] Press Release

NEOVACS Obtains South Korea Health Authority Approval for IND Application with IFNα Kinoid in Lupus
NEOVACS announced that South Korea health authority approved Neovacs’s Investigational new drug application for IFNα Kinoid in Phase IIb development in Lupus. [NEOVACS] Press Release
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