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  • Alloantigen-specific type 1 regulatory T cells suppress through CTLA-4 and PD-1 pathways and persist long-term in patients. Science translational medicine Chen, P. P., Cepika, A., Agarwal-Hashmi, R., Saini, G., Uyeda, M. J., Louis, D. M., Cieniewicz, B., Narula, M., Amaya Hernandez, L. C., Harre, N., Xu, L., Thomas, B. C., Ji, X., Shiraz, P., Tate, K. M., Margittai, D., Bhatia, N., Meyer, E., Bertaina, A., Davis, M. M., Bacchetta, R., Roncarolo, M. G. 2021; 13 (617): eabf5264

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    View details for DOI 10.1126/scitranslmed.abf5264

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  • N6-Methyladenosine Modification Controls Circular RNA Immunity. Molecular cell Chen, Y. G., Chen, R., Ahmad, S., Verma, R., Kasturi, S. P., Amaya, L., Broughton, J. P., Kim, J., Cadena, C., Pulendran, B., Hur, S., Chang, H. Y. 2019

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    Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are prevalent in eukaryotic cells and viral genomes. Mammalian cells possess innate immunity to detect foreign circRNAs, but the molecular basis of self versus foreign identity in circRNA immunity is unknown. Here, we show that N6-methyladenosine (m6A) RNA modification on human circRNAs inhibits innate immunity. Foreign circRNAs are potent adjuvants to induce antigen-specific Tcell activation, antibody production, and anti-tumor immunity invivo, and m6A modification abrogates immune gene activation and adjuvant activity. m6A reader YTHDF2 sequesters m6A-circRNA and is essential for suppression of innate immunity. Unmodified circRNA, but not m6A-modified circRNA, directly activates RNA pattern recognition receptor RIG-I in the presence of lysine-63-linked polyubiquitin chain to cause filamentation of the adaptor protein MAVS and activation of the downstream transcription factor IRF3. CircRNA immunity has considerable parallel to prokaryotic DNA restriction modification system that transforms nucleic acid chemical modification into organismal innate immunity.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.molcel.2019.07.016

    View details for PubMedID 31474572

  • Long-term follow-up of IPEX syndrome patients after different therapeutic strategies: An international multicenter retrospective study JOURNAL OF ALLERGY AND CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY Barzaghi, F., Hernandez, L., Neven, B., Ricci, S., Kucuk, Z., Bleesing, J. J., Nademi, Z., Slatter, M., Ulloa, E., Shcherbina, A., Roppelt, A., Worth, A., Silva, J., Aiuti, A., Murguia-Favela, L., Speckmann, C., Carneiro-Sampaio, M., Fernandes, J., Baris, S., Ozen, A., Karakoc-Aydiner, E., Kiykim, A., Schulz, A., Steinmann, S., Notarangelo, L., Gambineri, E., Lionetti, P., Shearer, W., Forbes, L. R., Martinez, C., Moshous, D., Blanche, S., Fisher, A., Ruemmele, F. M., Tissandier, C., Ouachee-Chardin, M., Rieux-Laucat, F., Cavazzana, M., Qasim, W., Lucarelli, B., Albert, M. H., Kobayashi, I., Alonso, L., De Heredia, C., Kanegane, H., Lawitschka, A., Seo, J., Gonzalez-Vicent, M., Diaz, M., Goyal, R., Sauer, M. G., Yesilipek, A., Kim, M., Yilmaz-Demirdag, Y., Bhatia, M., Khlevner, J., Padilla, E., Martino, S., Montin, D., Neth, O., Molinos-Quintana, A., Valverde-Fernandez, J., Broides, A., Pinsk, V., Ballauf, A., Haerynck, F., Bordon, V., Dhooge, C., Garcia-Lloret, M., Bredius, R. G., Kawak, K., Haddad, E., Seidel, M., Duckers, G., Pai, S., Dvorak, C. C., Ehl, S., Locatelli, F., Goldman, F., Gennery, A., Cowan, M. J., Roncarolo, M., Bacchetta, R., PIDTC, IEWP, European Soc Blood Marrow 2018; 141 (3): 1036-+

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    Immunodysregulation polyendocrinopathy enteropathy x-linked (IPEX) syndrome is a monogenic autoimmune disease caused by FOXP3 mutations. Because it is a rare disease, the natural history and response to treatments, including allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and immunosuppression (IS), have not been thoroughly examined.This analysis sought to evaluate disease onset, progression, and long-term outcome of the 2 main treatments in long-term IPEX survivors.Clinical histories of 96 patients with a genetically proven IPEX syndrome were collected from 38 institutions worldwide and retrospectively analyzed. To investigate possible factors suitable to predict the outcome, an organ involvement (OI) scoring system was developed.We confirm neonatal onset with enteropathy, type 1 diabetes, and eczema. In addition, we found less common manifestations in delayed onset patients or during disease evolution. There is no correlation between the site of mutation and the disease course or outcome, and the same genotype can present with variable phenotypes. HSCT patients (n = 58) had a median follow-up of 2.7 years (range, 1 week-15 years). Patients receiving chronic IS (n = 34) had a median follow-up of 4 years (range, 2 months-25 years). The overall survival after HSCT was 73.2% (95% CI, 59.4-83.0) and after IS was 65.1% (95% CI, 62.8-95.8). The pretreatment OI score was the only significant predictor of overall survival after transplant (P = .035) but not under IS.Patients receiving chronic IS were hampered by disease recurrence or complications, impacting long-term disease-free survival. When performed in patients with a low OI score, HSCT resulted in disease resolution with better quality of life, independent of age, donor source, or conditioning regimen.

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  • Identity and Diversity of Human Peripheral Th and T Regulatory Cells Defined by Single-Cell Mass Cytometry JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY Kunicki, M. A., Hernandez, L., Davis, K. L., Bacchetta, R., Roncarolo, M. 2018; 200 (1): 336–46

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    Human CD3+CD4+ Th cells, FOXP3+ T regulatory (Treg) cells, and T regulatory type 1 (Tr1) cells are essential for ensuring peripheral immune response and tolerance, but the diversity of Th, Treg, and Tr1 cell subsets has not been fully characterized. Independent functional characterization of human Th1, Th2, Th17, T follicular helper (Tfh), Treg, and Tr1 cells has helped to define unique surface molecules, transcription factors, and signaling profiles for each subset. However, the adequacy of these markers to recapitulate the whole CD3+CD4+ T cell compartment remains questionable. In this study, we examined CD3+CD4+ T cell populations by single-cell mass cytometry. We characterize the CD3+CD4+ Th, Treg, and Tr1 cell populations simultaneously across 23 memory T cell-associated surface and intracellular molecules. High-dimensional analysis identified several new subsets, in addition to the already defined CD3+CD4+ Th, Treg, and Tr1 cell populations, for a total of 11 Th cell, 4 Treg, and 1 Tr1 cell subsets. Some of these subsets share markers previously thought to be selective for Treg, Th1, Th2, Th17, and Tfh cells, including CD194 (CCR4)+FOXP3+ Treg and CD183 (CXCR3)+T-bet+ Th17 cell subsets. Unsupervised clustering displayed a phenotypic organization of CD3+CD4+ T cells that confirmed their diversity but showed interrelation between the different subsets, including similarity between Th1-Th2-Tfh cell populations and Th17 cells, as well as similarity of Th2 cells with Treg cells. In conclusion, the use of single-cell mass cytometry provides a systems-level characterization of CD3+CD4+ T cells in healthy human blood, which represents an important baseline reference to investigate abnormalities of different subsets in immune-mediated pathologies.

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