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Università della Svizzera italiana

T follicular helper cells promote a beneficial gut ecosystem for host metabolic homeostasis by sensing microbiota-derived extracellular ATP

Perruzza, Lisa ; Gargari, Giorgio ; Proietti, Michele ; Fosso, Bruno ; D'Erchia, Anna Maria ; Faliti, Caterina Elisa ; Rezzonico-Jost, Tanja ; Scribano, Daniela ; Mauri, Laura ; Colombo, Diego ; Pellegrini, Giovanni ; Moregola, Annalisa ; Mooser, Catherine ; Pesole, Graziano ; Nicoletti, Mauro ; Norata, Giuseppe Danilo ; Geuking, Markus B. ; McCoy, Kathy D. ; Guglielmetti, Simone ; Grassi, Fabio

In: Cell reports, 2017, vol. 18, no. 11, p. 2566-2575

The ATP-gated ionotropic P2X7 receptor regulates T follicular helper (Tfh) cell abundance in the Peyer’s patches (PPs) of the small intestine; deletion of P2rx7, encoding for P2X7, in Tfh cells results in enhanced IgA secretion and binding to commensal bacteria. Here, we show that Tfh cell activity is important for generating a diverse bacterial community in the gut and that sensing of...

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Enrichment of intestinal Lactobacillus by enhanced secretory IgA coating alters glucose homeostasis in P2rx7-/- mice

Perruzza, Lisa ; Strati, Francesco ; Gargari, Giorgio ; D’Erchia, Anna Maria ; Fosso, Bruno ; Pesole, Graziano ; Guglielmetti, Simone ; Grassi, Fabio

In: Scientific reports, 2019, vol. 9, p. 9315

The secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA) in mammalian gut protects the organism from infections and contributes to host physiology by shaping microbiota composition. The mechanisms regulating the adaptive SIgA response towards gut microbes are poorly defined. Deletion of P2rx7, encoding for the ATP-gated ionotropic P2X7 receptor, leads to T follicular helper (Tfh) cells expansion in the Peyer’s...

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Dependence of immunoglobulin class switch recombination in B Cells on vesicular release of ATP and CD73 ectonucleotidase activity

Schena, Francesca ; Volpi, Stefano ; Faliti, Caterina Elisa ; Penco, Federica ; Santi, Spartaco ; Proietti, Michele ; Schenk, Ursula ; Damonte, Gianluca ; Salis, Annalisa ; Bellotti, Marta ; Fais, Franco ; Tenca, Claudya ; Gattorno, Marco ; Eibel, Hermann ; Rizzi, Marta ; Warnatz, Klaus ; Idzko, Marco ; Ayata, Cemil Korcan ; Rakhmanov, Mirzokhid ; Galli, Thierry ; Martini, Alberto ; Canossa, Marco ; Grassi, Fabio ; Traggiai, Elisabetta

In: Cell report, 2013, vol. 3, no. 6, p. 1824-1831

Immunoglobulin (Ig) isotype diversification by class switch recombination (CSR) is an essential process for mounting a protective humoral immune response. Ig CSR deficiencies in humans can result from an intrinsic B cell defect; however, most of these deficiencies are still molecularly undefined and diagnosed as common variable immunodeficiency (CVID). Here, we show that extracellular...

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LPS nephropathy in mice is ameliorated by IL-2 independently of regulatory T cells activity

Bertelli, Roberta ; Di Donato, Armando ; Cioni, Michela ; Grassi, Fabio ; Ikehata, Masami ; Bonanni, Alice ; Rastaldi, Maria Pia ; Ghiggeri, Gian Marco

In: Plos one, 2014, vol. 9, no. 10, p. e111285

Immunosuppressive regulatory T cells (Tregs) have been hypothesized to exert a protective role in animal models of spontaneous (Buffalo/Mna) and/or drug induced (Adriamycin) nephrotic syndrome. In this study, we thought to define whether Tregs can modify the outcome of LPS nephropathy utilizing IL-2 as inducer of tissue and circulating Tregs. LPS (12 mg/Kg) was given as single shot in C57BL/6,...

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Rag defects and thymic stroma : lessons from animal models

Marrella, Veronica ; Poliani, Pietro Luigi ; Notarangelo, Luigi Daniele ; Grassi, Fabio ; Villa, Anna

In: Frontiers in immunology, 2014, vol. 5, p. 259

Thymocytes and thymic epithelial cells (TECs) cross-talk is essential to support T cell development and preserve thymic architecture and maturation of TECs and Foxp3+ natural regulatory T cells. Accordingly, disruption of thymic lymphostromal cross-talk may have major implications on the thymic mechanisms that govern T cell tolerance. Several genetic defects have been described in humans that...

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Selective preservation of bone marrow mature recirculating but not marginal zone B cells in murine models of chronic inflammation

Traggiai, Elisabetta ; Casati, Anna ; Frascoli, Michela ; Porcellini, Simona ; Ponzoni, Maurilio ; Sanvito, Francesca ; Leng, Lin ; Bucala, Richard ; Moretta, Lorenzo ; Grassi, Fabio

In: Plos one, 2010, vol. 5, no. 6, p. e11262

Inflammation promotes granulopoiesis over B lymphopoiesis in the bone marrow (BM). We studied B cell homeostasis in two murine models of T cell mediated chronic inflammation, namely calreticulin-deficient fetal liver chimeras (FLC), which develop severe blepharitis and alopecia due to T cell hyper responsiveness, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) caused by injection of CD4+ naïve T cells...

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Intestinal microbiota sustains inflammation and autoimmunity induced by hypomorphic RAG defects

Rigoni, Rosita ; Fontana, Elena ; Guglielmetti, Simone ; Fosso, Bruno ; D’Erchia, Anna Maria ; Maina, Virginia ; Taverniti, Valentina ; Carmina Castiello, Maria ; Mantero, Stefano ; Pacchiana, Giovanni ; Musio, Silvia ; Pedotti, Rosetta ; Selmi, Carlo ; Mora, J. Rodrigo ; Pesole, Graziano ; Vezzoni, Paolo ; Poliani, Pietro Luigi ; Grassi, Fabio ; Villa, Anna ; Cassani, Barbara

In: The journal of experimental medicine, 2016, vol. 213, no. 3, p. 355-375

Omenn syndrome (OS) is caused by hypomorphic Rag mutations and characterized by a profound immunodeficiency associated with autoimmune-like manifestations. Both in humans and mice, OS is mediated by oligoclonal activated T and B cells. The role of microbial signals in disease pathogenesis is debated. Here, we show that Rag2R229Q knock-in mice developed an inflammatory bowel disease affecting...

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Ectonucleotidase activity and immunosuppression in astrocyte-CD4 T cell bidirectional signaling

Filipello, Fabia ; Pozzi, Davide ; Proietti, Michele ; Romagnani, Andrea ; Mazzitelli, Sonia ; Matteoli, Michela ; Verderio, Claudia ; Grassi, Fabio

In: Oncotarget, 2016, vol. 7, no. 5, p. 5143-5156

Astrocytes play a crucial role in neuroinflammation as part of the glia limitans, which regulates infiltration of the brain parenchyma by leukocytes. The signaling pathways and molecular events, which result from the interaction of activated T cells with astrocytes are poorly defined. Here we show that astrocytes promote the expression and enzymatic activity of CD39 and CD73 ectonucleotidases in...

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Homeostatic expansion of autoreactive immunoglobulin-secreting cells in the Rag2 mouse model of Omenn syndrome

Cassani, Barbara ; Poliani, Pietro Luigi ; Marrella, Veronica ; Schena, Francesca ; Sauer, Aisha V. ; Ravanini, Maria ; Strina, Dario ; Busse, Christian E. ; Regenass, Stephan ; Wardemann, Hedda ; Martini, Alberto ; Facchetti, Fabio ; Burg, Mirjam van der ; Rolink, Antonius G. ; Vezzoni, Paolo ; Grassi, Fabio ; Traggiai, Elisabetta ; Villa, Anna

In: Journal of experimental medicine, 2010, vol. 207, no. 7, p. 1525-1540

Hypomorphic RAG mutations, leading to limited V(D)J rearrangements, cause Omenn syndrome (OS), a peculiar severe combined immunodeficiency associated with autoimmune-like manifestations. Whether B cells play a role in OS pathogenesis is so far unexplored. Here we report the detection of plasma cells in lymphoid organs of OS patients, in which circulating B cells are undetectable. Hypomorphic...