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ACKR3 expression on diffuse large B cell lymphoma is required for tumor spreading and tissue infiltration

Puddinu, Viola ; Casella, Sabrina ; Radice, Egle ; Thelen, Sylvia ; Dirnhofer, Stefan ; Bertoni, Francesco ; Thelen, Marcus

In: Oncotarget, 2017, vol. 8, no. 49, p. 85068-85084

Diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most frequent lymphoma accounting for more than the 30% of the cases. Involvement of extranodal sites, such as bone marrow and central nervous system, is associated with poor prognosis. A contribution of the chemokine system in these processes is assumed as it is known as a critical regulator of the metastatic process in cancer. The atypical...

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ATP released by intestinal bacteria limits the generation of protective IgA against enteropathogens

Proietti, Michele ; Perruzza, Lisa ; Scribano, Daniela ; Pellegrini, Giovanni ; D’Antuono, Rocco ; Strati, Francesco ; Raffaelli, Marco ; Gonzalez, Santiago F. ; Thelen, Marcus ; Hardt, Wolf-Dietrich ; Slack, Emma ; Nicoletti, Mauro ; Grassi, Fabio

In: Nature Communications, 2019, vol. 10, p. Art. number: 250

T cell dependent secretory IgA (SIgA) generated in the Peyer’s patches (PPs) of the small intestine shapes a broadly diverse microbiota that is crucial for host physiology. The mutualistic co-evolution of host and microbes led to the relative tolerance of host’s immune system towards commensal microorganisms. The ATP-gated ionotropic P2X7 receptor limits T follicular helper (Tfh) cells...

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CCR2 acts as scavenger for CCL2 during monocyte chemotaxis

Volpe, Silvia ; Cameroni, Elisabetta ; Moepps, Barbara ; Thelen, Sylvia ; Apuzzo, Tiziana ; Thelen, Marcus

In: Plos one, 2012, vol. 7, no. 5, p. e37208

Background: Leukocyte migration is essential for effective host defense against invading pathogens and during immune homeostasis. A hallmark of the regulation of this process is the presentation of chemokines in gradients stimulating leukocyte chemotaxis via cognate chemokine receptors. For efficient migration, receptor responsiveness must be maintained whilst the cells crawl on cell surfaces...

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Chemokines : chemistry, biochemistry and biological function

Legler, Daniel F. ; Thelen, Marcus

In: Chimia : International journal for chemistry, 2016, vol. 70, no. 12, p. 856-859

The in vitro synthesis of correctly folded functional proteins remains challenging. Chemokines, which consist of only 70–100 amino acids, are accessible through solid- phase synthesis and easily fold into a thermally stable tertiary structure. From the time of their discovery in the late 1980s chemokines could therefore be synthesized using biochemical and chemical protocols for...

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CXCL11-dependent induction of FOXP3-negative regulatory T cells suppresses autoimmune encephalomyelitis

Zohar, Yaniv ; Wildbaum, Gizi ; Novak, Rostislav ; Salzman, Andrew L. ; Thelen, Marcus ; Alon, Ronen ; Barsheshet, Yiftah ; Karp, Christopher L. ; Karin, Nathan

In: The journal of clinical investigation, 2014, vol. 124, no. 5, p. 2009-2022

A single G protein–coupled receptor (GPCR) can activate multiple signaling cascades based on the binding of different ligands. The biological relevance of this feature in immune regulation has not been evaluated. The chemokine-binding GPCR CXCR3 is preferentially expressed on CD4+ T cells, and canonically binds 3 structurally related chemokines: CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11. Here we have shown...

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CXCL11-dependent induction of FOXP3-negative regulatory T cells suppresses autoimmune encephalomyelitis

Zohar, Yaniv ; Wildbaum, Gizi ; Novak, Rostislav ; Salzman, Andrew L. ; Thelen, Marcus ; Alon, Ronen ; Barsheshet, Yiftah ; Karp, Christopher L. ; Karin, Nathan

In: The journal of clinical investigation, 2018, vol. 128, no. 3, p. 1200-1201

A single G protein–coupled receptor (GPCR) can activate multiple signaling cascades based on the binding of different ligands. The biological relevance of this feature in immune regulation has not been evaluated. The chemokine-binding GPCR CXCR3 is preferentially expressed on CD4+ T cells, and canonically binds 3 structurally related chemokines: CXCL9, CXCL10, and CXCL11. Here we have shown...

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Cxcl12 evolution – subfunctionalization of a ligand through altered interaction with the chemokine receptor

Boldajipour, Bijan ; Doitsidou, Maria ; Tarbashevich, Katsiaryna ; Laguri, Cedric ; Yu, Shuizi Rachel ; Ries, Jonas ; Dumstrei, Karin ; Thelen, Sylvia ; Dörries, Julia ; Messerschmidt, Esther-Maria ; Thelen, Marcus ; Schwille, Petra ; Brand, Michael ; Lortat-Jacob, Hugues ; Raz, Erez

In: Development, 2011, vol. 138, no. 14, p. 2909-2914

The active migration of primordial germ cells (PGCs) from their site of specification towards their target is a valuable model for investigating directed cell migration within the complex environment of the developing embryo. In several vertebrates, PGC migration is guided by Cxcl12, a member of the chemokine superfamily. Interestingly, two distinct Cxcl12 paralogs are expressed in zebrafish...

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CXCR7 functions as a scavenger for CXCL12 and CXCL11

Naumann, Ulrike ; Cameroni, Elisabetta ; Pruenster, Monika ; Mahabaleshwar, Harsha ; Raz, Erez ; Zerwes, Hans-Günter ; Rot, Antal ; Thelen, Marcus

In: Plos one, 2010, vol. 5, no. 2, p. e9175

Background: CXCR7 (RDC1), the recently discovered second receptor for CXCL12, is phylogenetically closely related to chemokine receptors, but fails to couple to G-proteins and to induce typical chemokine receptor mediated cellular responses. The function of CXCR7 is controversial. Some studies suggest a signaling activity in mammalian cells and zebrafish embryos, while others indicate a decoy...

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CXCR7 prevents excessive CXCL12-mediated downregulation of CXCR4 in migrating cortical interneurons

Abe, Philipp ; Mueller, Wiebke ; Schütz, Dagmar ; MacKay, Fabienne ; Thelen, Marcus ; Zhang, Penglie ; Stumm, Ralf

In: Development, 2014, vol. 141, no. 9, p. 1857-1863

The CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling pathway is involved in the development of numerous neuronal and non-neuronal structures. Recent work established that the atypical second CXCL12 receptor, CXCR7, is essential for the proper migration of interneuron precursors in the developing cerebral cortex. Two CXCR7-mediated functions were proposed in this process: direct modulation of β-arrestin-mediated...

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Enhancement of chemokine function as an immunomodulatory strategy employed by human herpesviruses

Viejo-Borbolla, Abel ; Martinez-Martín, Nadia ; Nel, Hendrik J. ; Rueda, Patricia ; Martín, Rocío ; Blanco, Soledad ; Arenzana-Seisdedos, Fernando ; Thelen, Marcus ; Fallon, Padraic G. ; Alcamí, Antonio

In: Plos pathogens, 2012, vol. 8, no. 2, p. e1002497

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) types 1 and 2 are highly prevalent human neurotropic pathogens that cause a variety of diseases, including lethal encephalitis. The relationship between HSV and the host immune system is one of the main determinants of the infection outcome. Chemokines play relevant roles in antiviral response and immunopathology, but the modulation of chemokine function by HSV is...