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DNA (hydroxy)methylation in T helper lymphocytes

Monticelli, Silvia

In: Trends in biochemical sciences, 2019, vol. 44, no. 7, p. 589-598

Upon recognition of an antigen, the differentiation of antigen-inexperienced naïve T lymphocytes into subsets able to effectively coordinate host defense is controlled by a network of transcription factors and regulatory molecules. In the cell nucleus, these factors act in the context of epigenetic modifications that influence DNA accessibility and ultimately gene expression. This review...

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Proteasomal and lysosomal clearance of faulty secretory proteins : ER-associated degradation (ERAD) and ER-to-lysosome-associated degradation (ERLAD) pathways

Fregno, Ilaria ; Molinari, Maurizio

In: Critical reviews in biochemistry and molecular biology, 2019, vol. 54, no. 2, p. 153-163

About 40% of the eukaryotic cell’s proteins are inserted co- or post-translationally in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), where they attain the native structure under the assistance of resident molecular chaperones and folding enzymes. Subsequently, these proteins are secreted from cells or are transported to their sites of function at the plasma membrane or in organelles of the secretory and ...

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Structural basis for broad HIV-1 neutralization by the MPER-specific human broadly neutralizing antibody LN01

Pinto, Dora ; Fenwick, Craig ; Caillat, Christophe ; Silacci, Chiara ; Guseva, Serafima ; Dehez, François ; Chipot, Christophe ; Barbieri, Sonia ; Minola, Andrea ; Jarrossay, David ; Tomaras, Georgia D. ; Shen, Xiaoying ; Riva, Agostino ; Tarkowski, Maciej ; Schwartz, Olivier ; Bruel, Timothée ; Dufloo, Jérémy ; Seaman, Michael S. ; Montefiori, David C. ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Corti, Davide ; Pantaleo, Giuseppe ; Weissenhorn, Winfried

In: Cell host & microbe, 2019, vol. 26, no. 5, p. p. 623-637.e8

Potent and broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) are the hallmark of HIV-1 protection by vaccination. The membrane-proximal external region (MPER) of the HIV-1 gp41 fusion protein is targeted by the most broadly reactive HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies. Here, we examine the structural and molecular mechansims of neutralization by anti-MPER bnAb, LN01, which was isolated from lymph-node-derived...

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SHP-2 in lymphocytes’ cytokine and inhibitory receptor signaling

Niogret, Charlène ; Birchmeier, Walter ; Guarda, Greta

In: Frontiers in immunology, 2019, vol. 10, no. 2468, p. 1-11

Somewhat counterintuitively, the tyrosine phosphatase SHP-2 (SH2 domain- containing protein tyrosine phosphatase-2) is crucial for the activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) downstream of various growth factor receptors, thereby exerting essential developmental functions. This phosphatase also deploys proto-oncogenic functions and specific inhibitors have recently been ...

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Dissecting human antibody responses: useful, basic and surprising findings

Lanzavecchia, Antonio

In: EMBO molecular medicine, 2018, vol. 10, p. e8879

Human memory B cells and plasma cells represent a rich source of antibodies that have been selected in response to human pathogens. In the last decade, different methods have been developed to interrogate the human memory repertoire and isolate monoclonal antibodies. I will discuss how a target‐agnostic approach based on high‐throughput screening of antibodies produced by cultured B cells...

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New insights in chemokine signaling

Legler, Daniel F. ; Thelen, Marcus

In: F1000Research, 2018, vol. 7, p. 95

Chemokine signaling is essential for coordinated cell migration in health and disease to specifically govern cell positioning in space and time. Typically, chemokines signal through heptahelical, G protein-coupled receptors to orchestrate cell migration. Notably, chemokine receptors are highly dynamic structures and signaling efficiency largely depends on the discrete contact with the ligand....

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Shp-2 is critical for ERK and metabolic engagement downstream of IL-15 receptor in NK cells

Niogret, Charlène ; Miah, S. M. Shahjahan ; Rota, Giorgia ; Fonta, Nicolas P. ; Wang, Haiping ; Held, Werner ; Birchmeier, Walter ; Sexl, Veronica ; Yang, Wentian ; Vivier, Eric ; Ho, Ping-Chih ; Brossay, Laurent ; Guarda, Greta

In: Nature communications, 2019, vol. 10, p. 1444

The phosphatase Shp-2 was implicated in NK cell development and functions due to its interaction with NK inhibitory receptors, but its exact role in NK cells is still unclear. Here we show, using mice conditionally deficient for Shp-2 in the NK lineage, that NK cell development and responsiveness are largely unaffected. Instead, we find that Shp-2 serves mainly to enforce NK cell responses to...

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Sumoylation regulates the stability and nuclease activity of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Dna2

Ranjha, Lepakshi ; Levikova, Maryna ; Altmannova, Veronika ; Krejci, Lumir ; Cejka, Petr

In: Communications Biology, 2019, vol. 2, p. 174

Dna2 is an essential nuclease-helicase that acts in several distinct DNA metabolic pathways including DNA replication and recombination. To balance these functions and prevent unscheduled DNA degradation, Dna2 activities must be regulated. Here we show that Saccharomyces cerevisiae Dna2 function is controlled by sumoylation. We map the sumoylation sites to the N-terminal regulatory domain of...

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Oxidation state dependent conformational changes of HMGB1 regulate the formation of the CXCL12/HMGB1 heterocomplex

Fassi, Enrico M.A. ; Sgrignani, Jacopo ; D'Agostino, Gianluca ; Cecchinato, Valentina ; Garofalo, Maura ; Grazioso, Giovanni ; Uguccioni, Mariagrazia ; Cavalli, Andrea

In: Computational and structural biotechnology journal, 2019, vol. 17, p. 886-894

High-mobility Group Box 1 (HMGB1) is an abundant protein present in all mammalian cells and involved in several processes. During inflammation or tissue damage, HMGB1 is released in the extracellular space and, depending on its redox state, can form a heterocomplex with CXCL12. The heterocomplex acts exclusively via the chemokine receptor CXCR4 enhancing leukocyte recruitment. Here, we used...

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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...