Sukhanov et al. report that insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) reduces coronary plaque burden and promotes features of stable plaque in a pig model of familial hypercholesterolemia that mimics human coronary atherosclerotic disease. The cover image shows a trichrome-stained cross section of porcine right coronary artery isolated from atherosclerotic pigs.
In pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), inflammation promotes a fibroproliferative pulmonary vasculopathy. Reductionist studies emphasizing single biochemical reactions suggest a shift toward glycolytic metabolism in PAH; however, key questions remain regarding the metabolic profile of specific cell types within PAH vascular lesions in vivo. We used RNA-Seq to profile the transcriptome of pulmonary artery endothelial cells (PAECs) freshly isolated from an inflammatory vascular injury model of PAH ex vivo, and these data were integrated with information from human gene ontology pathways. Network medicine was then used to map all aa and glucose pathways to the consolidated human interactome, which includes data on 233,957 physical protein-protein interactions. Glucose and proline pathways were significantly close to the human PAH disease module, suggesting that these pathways are functionally relevant to PAH pathobiology. To test this observation in vivo, we used multi-isotope imaging mass spectrometry to map and quantify utilization of glucose and proline in the PAH pulmonary vasculature at subcellular resolution. Our findings suggest that elevated glucose and proline avidity underlie increased biomass in PAECs and the media of fibrosed PAH pulmonary arterioles. Overall, these data show that anabolic utilization of glucose and proline are fundamental to the vascular pathology of PAH.
Bradley M. Wertheim, Rui-Sheng Wang, Christelle Guillermier, Christiane V.R. Hütter, William M. Oldham, Jörg Menche, Matthew L. Steinhauser, Bradley A. Maron
Rosacea is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease with a fluctuating course of excessive inflammation and apparent neovascularization. Microbial dysbiosis with a high density of Bacillus oleronius and increased activity of kallikrein 5, which cleaves cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide, are key pathogenic triggers in rosacea. However, how these events are linked to the disease remains unknown. Here, we show that type I IFNs produced by plasmacytoid DCs represent the pivotal link between dysbiosis, the aberrant immune response, and neovascularization. Compared with other commensal bacteria, B. oleronius is highly susceptible and preferentially killed by cathelicidin antimicrobial peptides, leading to enhanced generation of complexes with bacterial DNA. These bacterial DNA complexes but not DNA complexes derived from host cells are required for cathelicidin-induced activation of plasmacytoid DCs and type I IFN production. Moreover, kallikrein 5 cleaves cathelicidin into peptides with heightened DNA binding and type I IFN–inducing capacities. In turn, excessive type I IFN expression drives neoangiogenesis via IL-22 induction and upregulation of the IL-22 receptor on endothelial cells. These findings unravel a potentially novel pathomechanism that directly links hallmarks of rosacea to the killing of dysbiotic commensal bacteria with induction of a pathogenic type I IFN–driven and IL-22–mediated angiogenesis.
Alessio Mylonas, Heike C. Hawerkamp, Yichen Wang, Jiaqi Chen, Francesco Messina, Olivier Demaria, Stephan Meller, Bernhard Homey, Jeremy Di Domizio, Lucia Mazzolai, Alain Hovnanian, Michel Gilliet, Curdin Conrad
SETD2, a H3K36 trimethyltransferase, is the most frequently mutated epigenetic modifier in lung adenocarcinoma, with a mutation frequency of approximately 9%. However, how SETD2 loss of function promotes tumorigenesis remains unclear. Using conditional Setd2-KO mice, we demonstrated that Setd2 deficiency accelerated the initiation of KrasG12D-driven lung tumorigenesis, increased tumor burden, and significantly reduced mouse survival. An integrated chromatin accessibility and transcriptome analysis revealed a potentially novel tumor suppressor model of SETD2 in which SETD2 loss activates intronic enhancers to drive oncogenic transcriptional output, including the KRAS transcriptional signature and PRC2-repressed targets, through regulation of chromatin accessibility and histone chaperone recruitment. Importantly, SETD2 loss sensitized KRAS-mutant lung cancer to inhibition of histone chaperones, the FACT complex, or transcriptional elongation both in vitro and in vivo. Overall, our studies not only provide insight into how SETD2 loss shapes the epigenetic and transcriptional landscape to promote tumorigenesis, but they also identify potential therapeutic strategies for SETD2 mutant cancers.
Yuchen Xie, Merve Sahin, Toru Wakamatsu, Akane Inoue-Yamauchi, Wanming Zhao, Song Han, Amrita M. Nargund, Shaoyuan Yang, Yang Lyu, James J. Hsieh, Christina S. Leslie, Emily H. Cheng
Newborns are at high risk of developing neonatal sepsis, particularly if born prematurely. This has been linked to divergent requirements the immune system has to fulfill during intrauterine compared with extrauterine life. By transcriptomic analysis of fetal and adult neutrophils, we shed new light on the molecular mechanisms of neutrophil maturation and functional adaption during fetal ontogeny. We identified an accumulation of differentially regulated genes within the noncanonical NF-κB signaling pathway accompanied by constitutive nuclear localization of RelB and increased surface expression of TNF receptor type II in fetal neutrophils, as well as elevated levels of lymphotoxin α in fetal serum. Furthermore, we found strong upregulation of the negative inflammatory regulator A20 (Tnfaip3) in fetal neutrophils, which was accompanied by pronounced downregulation of the canonical NF-κB pathway. Functionally, overexpressing A20 in Hoxb8 cells led to reduced adhesion of these neutrophil-like cells in a flow chamber system. Conversely, mice with a neutrophil-specific A20 deletion displayed increased inflammation in vivo. Taken together, we have uncovered constitutive activation of the noncanonical NF-κB pathway with concomitant upregulation of A20 in fetal neutrophils. This offers perfect adaption of neutrophil function during intrauterine fetal life but also restricts appropriate immune responses particularly in prematurely born infants.
Ina Rohwedder, Lou Martha Wackerbarth, Kristina Heinig, Annamaria Ballweg, Johannes Altstätter, Myriam Ripphahn, Claudia Nussbaum, Melanie Salvermoser, Susanne Bierschenk, Tobias Straub, Matthias Gunzer, Marc Schmidt-Supprian, Thomas Kolben, Christian Schulz, Averil Ma, Barbara Walzog, Matthias Heinig, Markus Sperandio
Targeted biologic therapies can elicit an undesirable host immune response characterized by the development of antidrug antibodies (ADA), an important cause of treatment failure. The most widely used biologic across immune-mediated diseases is adalimumab, a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor. This study aimed to identify genetic variants that contribute to the development of ADA against adalimumab, thereby influencing treatment failure. In patients with psoriasis on their first course of adalimumab, in whom serum ADA had been evaluated 6–36 months after starting treatment, we observed a genome-wide association with ADA against adalimumab within the major histocompatibility complex (MHC). The association signal mapped to the presence of tryptophan at position 9 and lysine at position 71 of the HLA-DR peptide-binding groove, with both residues conferring protection against ADA. Underscoring their clinical relevance, these residues were also protective against treatment failure. Our findings highlight antigenic peptide presentation via MHC class II as a critical mechanism in the development of ADA against biologic therapies and downstream treatment response.
Teresa Tsakok, Jake Saklatvala, Theo Rispens, Floris C. Loeff, Annick de Vries, Michael H. Allen, Ines A. Barbosa, David Baudry, Tejus Dasandi, Michael Duckworth, Freya Meynell, Alice Russell, Anna Chapman, Sandy McBride, Kevin McKenna, Gayathri Perera, Helen Ramsay, Raakhee Ramesh, Kathleen Sands, Alexa Shipman, the Biomarkers of Systemic Treatment Outcomes in Psoriasis (BSTOP) Study Group, A. David Burden, Christopher E.M. Griffiths, Nick J. Reynolds, Richard B. Warren, Satveer Mahil, Jonathan Barker, Nick Dand, Catherine Smith, Michael A. Simpson
Macrophages intimately interact with intestinal epithelial cells, but the consequences of defective macrophage–epithelial cell interactions for protection against enteric pathogens are poorly understood. Here, we show that in mice with a deletion in protein tyrosine phosphatase nonreceptor type 2 (PTPN2) in macrophages, infection with Citrobacter rodentium, a model of enteropathogenic and enterohemorrhagic E. coli infection in humans, promoted a strong type 1/IL-22–driven immune response, culminating in accelerated disease but also faster clearance of the pathogen. In contrast, deletion of PTPN2 specifically in epithelial cells rendered the epithelium unable to upregulate antimicrobial peptides and consequently resulted in a failure to eliminate the infection. The ability of PTPN2-deficient macrophages to induce faster recovery from C. rodentium was dependent on macrophage-intrinsic IL-22 production, which was highly increased in macrophages deficient in PTPN2. Our findings demonstrate the importance of macrophage-mediated factors, and especially macrophage-derived IL-22, for the induction of protective immune responses in the intestinal epithelium, and show that normal PTPN2 expression in the epithelium is crucial to allow for protection against enterohemorrhagic E. coli and other intestinal pathogens.
Marianne R. Spalinger, Vinicius Canale, Anica Becerra, Ali Shawki, Meli’sa Crawford, Alina N. Santos, Pritha Chatterjee, Jiang Li, Meera G. Nair, Declan F. McCole
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and ultimately fatal disease. Recent findings have shown a marked metabolic reprogramming associated with changes in mitochondrial homeostasis and autophagy during pulmonary fibrosis. The microRNA-33 (miR-33) family of microRNAs (miRNAs) encoded within the introns of sterol regulatory element binding protein (SREBP) genes are master regulators of sterol and fatty acid (FA) metabolism. miR-33 controls macrophage immunometabolic response and enhances mitochondrial biogenesis, FA oxidation, and cholesterol efflux. Here, we show that miR-33 levels are increased in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cells isolated from patients with IPF compared with healthy controls. We demonstrate that specific genetic ablation of miR-33 in macrophages protects against bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis. The absence of miR-33 in macrophages improves mitochondrial homeostasis and increases autophagy while decreasing inflammatory response after bleomycin injury. Notably, pharmacological inhibition of miR-33 in macrophages via administration of anti–miR-33 peptide nucleic acids (PNA-33) attenuates fibrosis in different in vivo and ex vivo mice and human models of pulmonary fibrosis. These studies elucidate a major role of miR-33 in macrophages in the regulation of pulmonary fibrosis and uncover a potentially novel therapeutic approach to treat this disease.
Farida Ahangari, Nathan L. Price, Shipra Malik, Maurizio Chioccioli, Thomas Bärnthaler, Taylor S. Adams, Jooyoung Kim, Sai Pallavi Pradeep, Shuizi Ding, Carlos Cosmos Jr., Kadi-Ann S. Rose, John E. McDonough, Nachelle R. Aurelien, Gabriel Ibarra, Norihito Omote, Jonas C. Schupp, Giuseppe DeIuliis, Julian A. Villalba Nunez, Lokesh Sharma, Changwan Ryu, Charles S. Dela Cruz, Xinran Liu, Antje Prasse, Ivan Rosas, Raman Bahal, Carlos Fernández-Hernando, Naftali Kaminski
Persistent symptoms and radiographic abnormalities suggestive of failed lung repair are among the most common symptoms in patients with COVID-19 after hospital discharge. In mechanically ventilated patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) secondary to SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia, low tidal volumes to reduce ventilator-induced lung injury necessarily elevate blood CO2 levels, often leading to hypercapnia. The role of hypercapnia on lung repair after injury is not completely understood. Here — using a mouse model of hypercapnia exposure, cell lineage tracing, spatial transcriptomics, and 3D cultures — we show that hypercapnia limits β-catenin signaling in alveolar type II (AT2) cells, leading to their reduced proliferative capacity. Hypercapnia alters expression of major Wnts in PDGFRα+ fibroblasts from those maintaining AT2 progenitor activity toward those that antagonize β-catenin signaling, thereby limiting progenitor function. Constitutive activation of β-catenin signaling in AT2 cells or treatment of organoid cultures with recombinant WNT3A protein bypasses the inhibitory effects of hypercapnia. Inhibition of AT2 proliferation in patients with hypercapnia may contribute to impaired lung repair after injury, preventing sealing of the epithelial barrier and increasing lung flooding, ventilator dependency, and mortality.
Laura A. Dada, Lynn C. Welch, Natalia D. Magnani, Ziyou Ren, Hyebin Han, Patricia L. Brazee, Diego Celli, Annette S. Flozak, Anthea Weng, Mariana Maciel Herrerias, Vitalii Kryvenko, István Vadász, Constance E. Runyan, Hiam Abdala-Valencia, Masahiko Shigemura, S. Marina Casalino-Matsuda, Alexander V. Misharin, G.R. Scott Budinger, Cara J. Gottardi, Jacob I. Sznajder
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) are inflammatory autoimmune disorders of the CNS. IgG autoantibodies targeting the aquaporin-4 water channel (AQP4-IgGs) are the pathogenic effector of NMOSD. Dysregulated T follicular helper (Tfh) cells have been implicated in loss of B cell tolerance in autoimmune diseases. The contribution of Tfh cells to disease activity and therapeutic potential of targeting these cells in NMOSD remain unclear. Here, we established an autoimmune model of NMOSD by immunizing mice against AQP4 via in vivo electroporation. After AQP4 immunization, mice displayed AQP4 autoantibodies in blood circulation, blood-brain barrier disruption, and IgG infiltration in spinal cord parenchyma. Moreover, AQP4 immunization induced motor impairments and NMOSD-like pathologies, including astrocytopathy, demyelination, axonal loss, and microglia activation. These were associated with increased splenic Tfh, Th1, and Th17 cells; memory B cells; and plasma cells. Aqp4-deficient mice did not display motor impairments and NMOSD-like pathologies after AQP4 immunization. Importantly, abrogating ICOS/ICOS-L signaling using anti–ICOS-L antibody depleted Tfh cells and suppressed the response of Th1 and Th17 cells, memory B cells, and plasma cells in AQP4-immunized mice. These findings were associated with ameliorated motor impairments and spinal cord pathologies. This study suggests a role of Tfh cells in the pathophysiology of NMOSD in a mouse model with AQP4 autoimmunity and provides an animal model for investigating the immunological mechanisms underlying AQP4 autoimmunity and developing therapeutic interventions targeting autoimmune reactions in NMOSD.
Leung-Wah Yick, Oscar Ka-Fai Ma, Ethel Yin-Ying Chan, Krystal Xiwing Yau, Jason Shing-Cheong Kwan, Koon-Ho Chan
Helicobacter pylori colonization of the gastric niche can persist for years in asymptomatic individuals. To deeply characterize the host–microbiota environment in H. pylori–infected (HPI) stomachs, we collected human gastric tissues and performed metagenomic sequencing, single-cell RNA-Seq (scRNA-Seq), flow cytometry, and fluorescent microscopy. HPI asymptomatic individuals had dramatic changes in the composition of gastric microbiome and immune cells compared with noninfected individuals. Metagenomic analysis uncovered pathway alterations related to metabolism and immune response. scRNA-Seq and flow cytometry data revealed that, in contrast to murine stomachs, ILC2s are virtually absent in the human gastric mucosa, whereas ILC3s are the dominant population. Specifically, proportion of NKp44+ ILC3s out of total ILCs were highly increased in the gastric mucosa of asymptomatic HPI individuals, and correlated with the abundance of selected microbial taxa. In addition, CD11c+ myeloid cells and activated CD4+ T cells and B cells were expanded in HPI individuals. B cells of HPI individuals acquired an activated phenotype and progressed into a highly proliferating germinal-center stage and plasmablast maturation, which correlated with the presence of tertiary lymphoid structures within the gastric lamina propria. Our study provides a comprehensive atlas of the gastric mucosa–associated microbiome and immune cell landscape when comparing asymptomatic HPI and uninfected individuals.
Chiara Sorini, Kumar P. Tripathi, Shengru Wu, Shawn M. Higdon, Jing Wang, Liqin Cheng, Sanghita Banerjee, Annika Reinhardt, Taras Kreslavsky, Anders Thorell, Lars Engstrand, Juan Du, Eduardo J. Villablanca
Activin receptor-like kinase 7 (ALK7) is a type I receptor in the TGF-β superfamily preferentially expressed in adipose tissue and associated with lipid metabolism. Inactivation of ALK7 signaling in mice results in increased lipolysis and resistance to both genetic and diet-induced obesity. Human genetic studies have recently revealed an association between ALK7 variants and both reduced waist to hip ratios and resistance to development of diabetes. In the present study, treatment with a neutralizing mAb against ALK7 caused a substantial loss of adipose mass and improved glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in both genetic and diet-induced mouse obesity models. The enhanced lipolysis increased fatty acid supply from adipocytes to promote fatty acid oxidation in muscle and oxygen consumption at the whole-body level. The treatment temporarily increased hepatic triglyceride levels, which resolved with long-term Ab treatment. Blocking of ALK7 signals also decreased production of its ligand, growth differentiation factor 3, by downregulating S100A8/A9 release from adipocytes and, subsequently, IL-1β release from adipose tissue macrophages. These findings support the feasibility of potential therapeutics targeting ALK7 as a treatment for obesity and diabetes.
Min Zhao, Katsuhide Okunishi, Yun Bu, Osamu Kikuchi, Hao Wang, Tadahiro Kitamura, Tetsuro Izumi
Heart failure (HF) is characterized by global alterations in myocardial DNA methylation, yet little is known about the epigenetic regulation of the noncoding genome and potential reversibility of DNA methylation with left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy. Genome-wide mapping of myocardial DNA methylation in 36 patients with HF at LVAD implantation, 8 patients at LVAD explantation, and 7 nonfailing (NF) donors using a high-density bead array platform identified 2,079 differentially methylated positions (DMPs) in ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) and 261 DMPs in nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM). LVAD support resulted in normalization of 3.2% of HF-associated DMPs. Methylation-expression correlation analysis yielded several protein-coding genes that are hypomethylated and upregulated (HTRA1, FBXO16, EFCAB13, and AKAP13) or hypermethylated and downregulated (TBX3) in HF. A potentially novel cardiac-specific super-enhancer long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) (LINC00881) is hypermethylated and downregulated in human HF. LINC00881 is an upstream regulator of sarcomere and calcium channel gene expression including MYH6, CACNA1C, and RYR2. LINC00881 knockdown reduces peak calcium amplitude in the beating human induced pluripotent stem cell–derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs). These data suggest that HF-associated changes in myocardial DNA methylation within coding and noncoding genomes are minimally reversible with mechanical unloading. Epigenetic reprogramming strategies may be necessary to achieve sustained clinical recovery from heart failure.
Xianghai Liao, Peter J. Kennel, Bohao Liu, Trevor R. Nash, Richard Z. Zhuang, Amandine F. Godier-Furnemont, Chenyi Xue, Rong Lu, Paolo C. Colombo, Nir Uriel, Muredach P. Reilly, Steven O. Marx, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Veli K. Topkara
Obesity is a major risk factor for end-stage kidney disease. We previously found that lysosomal dysfunction and impaired autophagic flux contribute to lipotoxicity in obesity-related kidney disease, in both humans and experimental animal models. However, the regulatory factors involved in countering renal lipotoxicity are largely unknown. Here, we found that palmitic acid strongly promoted dephosphorylation and nuclear translocation of transcription factor EB (TFEB) by inhibiting the mechanistic target of rapamycin kinase complex 1 pathway in a Rag GTPase–dependent manner, though these effects gradually diminished after extended treatment. We then investigated the role of TFEB in the pathogenesis of obesity-related kidney disease. Proximal tubular epithelial cell–specific (PTEC-specific) Tfeb-deficient mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) exhibited greater phospholipid accumulation in enlarged lysosomes, which manifested as multilamellar bodies (MLBs). Activated TFEB mediated lysosomal exocytosis of phospholipids, which helped reduce MLB accumulation in PTECs. Furthermore, HFD-fed, PTEC-specific Tfeb-deficient mice showed autophagic stagnation and exacerbated injury upon renal ischemia/reperfusion. Finally, higher body mass index was associated with increased vacuolation and decreased nuclear TFEB in the proximal tubules of patients with chronic kidney disease. These results indicate a critical role of TFEB-mediated lysosomal exocytosis in counteracting renal lipotoxicity.
Jun Nakamura, Takeshi Yamamoto, Yoshitsugu Takabatake, Tomoko Namba-Hamano, Satoshi Minami, Atsushi Takahashi, Jun Matsuda, Shinsuke Sakai, Hiroaki Yonishi, Shihomi Maeda, Sho Matsui, Isao Matsui, Takayuki Hamano, Masatomo Takahashi, Maiko Goto, Yoshihiro Izumi, Takeshi Bamba, Miwa Sasai, Masahiro Yamamoto, Taiji Matsusaka, Fumio Niimura, Motoko Yanagita, Shuhei Nakamura, Tamotsu Yoshimori, Andrea Ballabio, Yoshitaka Isaka
Hypoxia is a sentinel feature of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The IPF microenvironment contains high lactate levels, and hypoxia enhances cellular lactate production. Lactate, acting through the GPR81 lactate receptor, serves as a signal molecule regulating cellular processes. We previously identified intrinsically fibrogenic mesenchymal progenitor cells (MPCs) that drive fibrosis in the lungs of patients with IPF. However, whether hypoxia enhances IPF MPC fibrogenicity is unclear. We hypothesized that hypoxia increases IPF MPC fibrogenicity via lactate and its cognate receptor GPR81. Here we show that hypoxia promotes IPF MPC self-renewal. The mechanism involves hypoxia-mediated enhancement of LDHA function and lactate production and release. Hypoxia also increases HIF1α levels, and this increase in turn augments the expression of GPR81. Exogenous lactate operating through GPR81 promotes IPF MPC self-renewal. IHC analysis of IPF lung tissue demonstrates IPF MPCs expressing GPR81 and hypoxic markers on the periphery of the fibroblastic focus. We show that hypoxia enhances IPF MPC fibrogenicity in vivo. We demonstrate that knockdown of GPR81 inhibits hypoxia-induced IPF MPC self-renewal in vitro and attenuates hypoxia-induced IPF MPC fibrogenicity in vivo. Our data demonstrate that hypoxia creates a feed-forward loop that augments IPF MPC fibrogenicity via the lactate/GPR81/HIF1α pathway.
Libang Yang, Adam Gilbertsen, Hong Xia, Alexey Benyumov, Karen Smith, Jeremy Herrera, Emil Racila, Peter B. Bitterman, Craig A. Henke
BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is characterized by chronic overactivation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which increases the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease and mortality. SNS overactivity increases CV risk by multiple mechanisms, including vascular stiffness. We tested the hypothesis that aerobic exercise training would reduce resting SNS activity and vascular stiffness in patients with CKD.METHODS In this randomized controlled trial, sedentary older adults with CKD underwent 12 weeks of exercise (cycling, n = 32) or stretching (an active control group, n = 26). Exercise and stretching interventions were performed 20–45 minutes/session at 3 days/week and were matched for duration. Primary endpoints include resting muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) via microneurography, arterial stiffness by central pulse wave velocity (PWV), and aortic wave reflection by augmentation index (AIx).RESULTS There was a significant group × time interaction in MSNA and AIx with no change in the exercise group but with an increase in the stretching group after 12 weeks. The magnitude of change in MSNA was inversely associated with baseline MSNA in the exercise group. There was no change in PWV in either group over the study period.CONCLUSION Our data demonstrate that 12 weeks of cycling exercise has beneficial neurovascular effects in patients with CKD. Specifically, exercise training safely and effectively ameliorated the increase in MSNA and AIx observed over time in the control group. This sympathoinhibitory effect of exercise training showed greater magnitude in patients with CKD with higher resting MSNA.TRIAL REGISTRATION ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT02947750.FUNDING NIH R01HL135183; NIH R61AT10457; NIH NCATS KL2TR002381; and NIH T32 DK00756; NIH F32HL147547; and VA Merit I01CX001065.
Jinhee Jeong, Justin D. Sprick, Dana R. DaCosta, Kevin Mammino, Joe R. Nocera, Jeanie Park
BACKGROUND Immune checkpoint blockade is an emerging treatment for T cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (T-NHL), but some patients with T-NHL have experienced hyperprogression with undetermined mechanisms upon anti–PD-1 therapy.METHODS Single-cell RNA-Seq, whole-genome sequencing, whole-exome sequencing, and functional assays were performed on primary malignant T cells from a patient with advanced cutaneous T cell lymphoma who experienced hyperprogression upon anti–PD-1 treatment.RESULTS The patient was enrolled in a clinical trial of anti–PD-1 therapy and experienced disease hyperprogression. Single-cell RNA-Seq revealed that PD-1 blockade elicited a remarkable activation and proliferation of the CD4+ malignant T cells, which showed functional PD-1 expression and an exhausted status. Further analyses identified somatic amplification of PRKCQ in the malignant T cells. PRKCQ encodes PKCθ; PKCθ is a key player in the T cell activation/NF-κB pathway. PRKCQ amplification led to high expressions of PKCθ and p-PKCθ (T538) on the malignant T cells, resulting in an oncogenic activation of the T cell receptor (TCR) signaling pathway. PD-1 blockade in this patient released this signaling, derepressed the proliferation of malignant T cells, and resulted in disease hyperprogression.CONCLUSION Our study provides real-world clinical evidence that PD-1 acts as a tumor suppressor for malignant T cells with oncogenic TCR activation.TRIAL REGISTRATION ClinicalTrials.gov (NCT03809767).FUNDING The National Natural Science Foundation of China (81922058), the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars (T2125002), the National Science and Technology Major Project (2019YFC1315702), the National Youth Top-Notch Talent Support Program (283812), and the Peking University Clinical Medicine plus X Youth Project (PKU2019LCXQ012) supported this work.
Yumei Gao, Simeng Hu, Ruoyan Li, Shanzhao Jin, Fengjie Liu, Xiangjun Liu, Yingyi Li, Yicen Yan, Weiping Liu, Jifang Gong, Shuxia Yang, Ping Tu, Lin Shen, Fan Bai, Yang Wang
BACKGROUND Major depressive disorder (MDD) can benefit from novel interventions and personalization. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (Deep TMS) targeting the lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC) using the H1 coil was FDA cleared for treatment of MDD. However, recent preliminary data indicate that targeting the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) using the H7 coil might induce outcomes that are as good or even better. Here, we explored whether Deep TMS targeting the MPFC is noninferior to targeting the LPFC and whether electrophysiological or clinical markers for patient selection can be identified.METHODS The present prospective, multicenter, randomized study enrolled 169 patients with MDD for whom antidepressants failed in the current episode. Patients were randomized to receive 24 Deep TMS sessions over 6 weeks, using either the H1 coil or the H7 coil. The primary efficacy endpoint was the change from baseline to week 6 in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale scores.RESULTS Clinical efficacy and safety profiles were similar and not significantly different between groups, with response rates of 60.9% for the H1 coil and 64.2% for the H7 coil. Moreover, brain activity measured by EEG during the first treatment session correlated with clinical outcomes in a coil-specific manner, and a cluster of baseline clinical symptoms was found to potentially distinguish between patients who can benefit from each Deep TMS target.CONCLUSION This study provides a treatment option for MDD, using the H7 coil, and initial guidance to differentiate between patients likely to respond to LPFC versus MPFC stimulation targets, which require further validation studies.TRIAL REGISTRATION ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03012724.FUNDING BrainsWay Ltd.
Abraham Zangen, Samuel Zibman, Aron Tendler, Noam Barnea-Ygael, Uri Alyagon, Daniel M. Blumberger, Geoffrey Grammer, Hadar Shalev, Tatiana Gulevski, Tanya Vapnik, Alexander Bystritsky, Igor Filipčić, David Feifel, Ahava Stein, Frederic Deutsch, Yiftach Roth, Mark S. George
Inhibitors of the DNA damage signaling kinase ATR increase tumor cell killing by chemotherapies that target DNA replication forks but also kill rapidly proliferating immune cells including activated T cells. Nevertheless, ATR inhibitor (ATRi) and radiotherapy (RT) can be combined to generate CD8+ T cell–dependent antitumor responses in mouse models. To determine the optimal schedule of ATRi and RT, we determined the impact of short-course versus prolonged daily treatment with AZD6738 (ATRi) on responses to RT (days 1–2). Short-course ATRi (days 1–3) plus RT caused expansion of tumor antigen–specific, effector CD8+ T cells in the tumor-draining lymph node (DLN) at 1 week after RT. This was preceded by acute decreases in proliferating tumor-infiltrating and peripheral T cells and a rapid proliferative rebound after ATRi cessation, increased inflammatory signaling (IFN-β, chemokines, particularly CXCL10) in tumors, and an accumulation of inflammatory cells in the DLN. In contrast, prolonged ATRi (days 1–9) prevented the expansion of tumor antigen–specific, effector CD8+ T cells in the DLN, and entirely abolished the therapeutic benefit of short-course ATRi with RT and anti–PD-L1. Our data argue that ATRi cessation is essential to allow CD8+ T cell responses to both RT and immune checkpoint inhibitors.
Frank P. Vendetti, Pinakin Pandya, David A. Clump, Sandra Schamus-Haynes, Meysam Tavakoli, Maria diMayorca, Naveed M. Islam, Jina Chang, Greg M. Delgoffe, Jan H. Beumer, Christopher J. Bakkenist
Although murine models of coronary atherosclerotic disease have been used extensively to determine mechanisms, limited new therapeutic options have emerged. Pigs with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH pigs) develop complex coronary atheromas that are almost identical to human lesions. We reported previously that insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) reduced aortic atherosclerosis and promoted features of stable plaque in a murine model. We administered human recombinant IGF-1 or saline (control) in atherosclerotic FH pigs for 6 months. IGF-1 decreased relative coronary atheroma in vivo (intravascular ultrasound) and reduced lesion cross-sectional area (postmortem histology). IGF-1 increased plaque’s fibrous cap thickness, and reduced necrotic core, macrophage content, and cell apoptosis, consistent with promotion of a stable plaque phenotype. IGF-1 reduced circulating triglycerides, markers of systemic oxidative stress, and CXCL12 chemokine levels. We used spatial transcriptomics (ST) to identify global transcriptome changes in advanced plaque compartments and to obtain mechanistic insights into IGF-1 effects. ST analysis showed that IGF-1 suppressed FOS/FOSB factors and gene expression of MMP9 and CXCL14 in plaque macrophages, suggesting possible involvement of these molecules in IGF-1’s effect on atherosclerosis. Thus, IGF-1 reduced coronary plaque burden and promoted features of stable plaque in a pig model, providing support for consideration of clinical trials.
Sergiy Sukhanov, Yusuke Higashi, Tadashi Yoshida, Svitlana Danchuk, Mitzi Alfortish, Traci Goodchild, Amy Scarborough, Thomas Sharp, James S. Jenkins, Daniel Garcia, Jan Ivey, Darla L. Tharp, Jeffrey Schumacher, Zach Rozenbaum, Jay K. Kolls, Douglas Bowles, David Lefer, Patrice Delafontaine
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a severe neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD) caused by loss of functional ubiquitin protein ligase E3A (UBE3A). Previous studies showed that UBE3A plays an important role in the first postnatal weeks of mouse brain development, but its precise role is unknown. Since impaired striatal maturation has been implicated in several mouse models for NDDs, we studied the importance of UBE3A in striatal maturation. We used inducible Ube3a mouse models to investigate the maturation of medium spiny neurons (MSNs) from dorsomedial striatum. MSNs of mutant mice matured properly till postnatal day 15 (P15) but remained hyperexcitable with fewer excitatory synaptic events at later ages, indicative of stalled striatal maturation in Ube3a mice. Reinstatement of UBE3A expression at P21 fully restored MSN excitability but only partially restored synaptic transmission and the operant conditioning behavioral phenotype. Gene reinstatement at P70 failed to rescue both electrophysiological and behavioral phenotypes. In contrast, deletion of Ube3a after normal brain development did not result in these electrophysiological and behavioral phenotypes. This study emphasizes the role of UBE3A in striatal maturation and the importance of early postnatal reinstatement of UBE3A expression to obtain a full rescue of behavioral phenotypes associated with striatal function in AS.
Diana C. Rotaru, Ilse Wallaard, Maud de Vries, Julia van der Bie, Ype Elgersma
A GWAS of patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs) found an association between proteinase-3 ANCA (PR3-ANCA) and a single nucleotide polymorphism (rs62132293) upstream of PRTN3, encoding PR3. The variant (G allele) was shown to be an expression quantitative trait locus in healthy controls, but the clinical impact remains unknown. Longitudinally followed patients with ANCA and healthy controls were genotyped. Gene expression was quantified by real-time quantitative PCR from leukocyte RNA. Plasma PR3 was quantified by ELISA. Among patients, variant carriers had elevated leukocyte PRTN3 expression compared with noncarriers (C/G vs. C/C and G/G vs. C/C). Healthy controls had low PRTN3 regardless of genotype. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) expression did not differ by genotype. PRTN3 expression correlated with circulating PR3, and variant carriers had higher plasma PR3 compared with noncarriers. Among variant carriers, there was an increased risk of relapse in patients with PR3-ANCA versus MPO-ANCA. The risk allele marked by rs62132293 is clinically significant as it is associated with increased autoantigen and may, in part, explain increased relapse in PR3-ANCA. Our results underscore the role of autoantigen availability in ANCA vasculitis.
Dhruti P. Chen, Claudia P. Aiello, DeMoris McCoy, Taylor Stamey, Jiajin Yang, Susan L. Hogan, Yichun Hu, Vimal K. Derebail, Eveline Y. Wu, J. Charles Jennette, Ronald J. Falk, Dominic J. Ciavatta
The periodic emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern (VOCs) with unpredictable clinical severity and ability to escape preexisting immunity emphasizes the continued need for antiviral interventions. Two small molecule inhibitors, molnupiravir (MK-4482), a nucleoside analog, and nirmatrelvir (PF-07321332), a 3C-like protease inhibitor, have recently been approved as monotherapy for use in high-risk patients with COVID-19. As preclinical data are only available for rodent and ferret models, here we assessed the efficacy of MK-4482 and PF-07321332 alone and in combination against infection with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta VOC in the rhesus macaque COVID-19 model. Macaques were infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant and treated with vehicle, MK-4482, PF-07321332, or a combination of MK-4482 and PF-07321332. Clinical exams were performed at 1, 2, and 4 days postinfection to assess disease and virological parameters. Notably, use of MK-4482 and PF-07321332 in combination improved the individual inhibitory effect of both drugs, resulting in milder disease progression, stronger reduction of virus shedding from mucosal tissues of the upper respiratory tract, stronger reduction of viral replication in the lower respiratory tract, and reduced lung pathology. Our data strongly indicate superiority of combined MK-4482 and PF-07321332 treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infections as demonstrated in the closest COVID-19 surrogate model of human infection.
Kyle Rosenke, Matt C. Lewis, Friederike Feldmann, Eric Bohrnsen, Benjamin Schwarz, Atsushi Okumura, W. Forrest Bohler, Julie Callison, Carl Shaia, Catharine M. Bosio, Jamie Lovaglio, Greg Saturday, Michael A. Jarvis, Heinz Feldmann
Short-chain fatty acids, including butyrate, have multiple metabolic benefits in individuals who are lean but not in individuals with metabolic syndrome, with the underlying mechanisms still being unclear. We aimed to investigate the role of gut microbiota in the induction of metabolic benefits of dietary butyrate. We performed antibiotic-induced microbiota depletion of the gut and fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in APOE*3-Leiden.CETP mice, a well-established translational model for developing human-like metabolic syndrome, and revealed that dietary butyrate reduced appetite and ameliorated high-fat diet–induced (HFD-induced) weight gain dependent on the presence of gut microbiota. FMT from butyrate-treated lean donor mice, but not butyrate-treated obese donor mice, into gut microbiota–depleted recipient mice reduced food intake, attenuated HFD-induced weight gain, and improved insulin resistance. 16S rRNA and metagenomic sequencing on cecal bacterial DNA of recipient mice implied that these effects were accompanied by the selective proliferation of Lachnospiraceae bacterium 28-4 in the gut as induced by butyrate. Collectively, our findings reveal a crucial role of gut microbiota in the beneficial metabolic effects of dietary butyrate as strongly associated with the abundance of Lachnospiraceae bacterium 28-4.
Zhuang Li, Enchen Zhou, Cong Liu, Hope Wicks, Sena Yildiz, Farhana Razack, Zhixiong Ying, Sander Kooijman, Debby P.Y. Koonen, Marieke Heijink, Sarantos Kostidis, Martin Giera, Ingrid M.J.G. Sanders, Ed J. Kuijper, Wiep Klaas Smits, Ko Willems van Dijk, Patrick C.N. Rensen, Yanan Wang
Gintautas Grabauskas, Xiaoyin Wu, ShiYi Zhou, JiYao Li, Jun Gao, Chung Owyang
Stephen M.F. Jamieson, Peter Tsai, Maria K. Kondratyev, Pratha Budhani, Arthur Liu, Neil N. Senzer, E. Gabriela Chiorean, Shadia I. Jalal, John J. Nemunaitis, Dennis Kee, Avik Shome, Way W. Wong, Dan Li, Nooriyah Poonawala-Lohani, Purvi M. Kakadia, Nicholas S. Knowlton, Courtney R.H. Lynch, Cho R. Hong, Tet Woo Lee, Reidar A. Grénman, Laura Caporiccio, Trevor D. McKee, Mark Zaidi, Sehrish Butt, Andrew M.J. Macann, Nicholas P. McIvor, John M. Chaplin, Kevin O. Hicks, Stefan K. Bohlander, Bradly G. Wouters, Charles P. Hart, Cristin G. Print, William R. Wilson, Michael A. Curran, Francis W. Hunter