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Turnis M.E.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | Sawant D.V.,University of Pittsburgh | Sawant D.V.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | Szymczak-Workman A.L.,St Jude Childrens Research Hospital | And 12 more authors.
Immunity | Year: 2016

Regulatory T (Treg) cells pose a major barrier to effective anti-tumor immunity. Although Treg cell depletion enhances tumor rejection, the ensuing autoimmune sequelae limits its utility in the clinic and highlights the need for limiting Treg cell activity within the tumor microenvironment. Interleukin-35 (IL-35) is a Treg cell-secreted cytokine that inhibits T cell proliferation and function. Using an IL-35 reporter mouse, we observed substantial enrichment of IL-35+ Treg cells in tumors. Neutralization with an IL-35-specific antibody or Treg cell-restricted deletion of IL-35 production limited tumor growth in multiple murine models of human cancer. Limiting intratumoral IL-35 enhanced T cell proliferation, effector function, antigen-specific responses, and long-term T cell memory. Treg cell-derived IL-35 promoted the expression of multiple inhibitory receptors (PD1, TIM3, LAG3), thereby facilitating intratumoral T cell exhaustion. These findings reveal previously unappreciated roles for IL-35 in limiting anti-tumor immunity and contributing to T cell dysfunction in the tumor microenvironment. © 2016 Elsevier Inc. Source


Cruz-Guilloty F.,University of Miami | Cruz-Guilloty F.,Immucor Inc. | Saeed A.M.,University of Miami | Duffort S.,University of Miami | And 9 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2014

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major disease affecting central vision, but the pathogenic mechanisms are not fully understood. Using a mouse model, we examined the relationship of two factors implicated in AMD development: oxidative stress and the immune system. Carboxyethylpyrrole (CEP) is a lipid peroxidation product associated with AMD in humans and AMD-like pathology in mice. Previously, we demonstrated that CEP immunization leads to retinal infiltration of pro-inflammatory M1 macrophages before overt retinal degeneration. Here, we provide direct and indirect mechanisms for the effect of CEP on macrophages, and show for the first time that antigen-specific T cells play a leading role in AMD pathogenesis. In vitro, CEP directly induced M1 macrophage polarization and production of M1-related factors by retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. In vivo, CEP eye injections in mice induced acute pro-inflammatory gene expression in the retina and human AMD eyes showed distinctively diffuse CEP immunolabeling within RPE cells. Importantly, interferongamma (IFN-γ) and interleukin-17 (IL-17)-producing CEP-specific T cells were identified ex vivo after CEP immunization and promoted M1 polarization in co-culture experiments. Finally, T cell immunosuppressive therapy inhibited CEP-mediated pathology. These data indicate that T cells and M1 macrophages activated by oxidative damage cooperate in AMD pathogenesis. © 2014 Cruz-Guilloty et al. Source


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Immucor Inc. | Date: 2016-03-30

instruments used in blood bank laboratories for testing parameters useful in human blood transfusions.


Trademark
Immucor Inc. | Date: 2016-03-30

instruments used in blood bank laboratories for testing parameters useful in human blood transfusions, namely blood group typing apparatus.


Trademark
Immucor Inc. | Date: 2012-05-18

MEDICAL DIAGNOSTIC REAGENTS AND ASSAYS, NAMELY, REAGENTS AND ASSAYS FOR IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY AND IN VITRO DIAGNOSTIC GENOTYPING.

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