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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...

Public access from 14-mag-2020
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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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Assessment of the potential for in-plume sulphur dioxide gas-ash interactions to influence the respiratory toxicity of volcanic ash

Tomašek, Ines ; Damby, David E. ; Horwell, Claire J. ; Ayris, Paul M. ; Delmelle, Pierre ; Ottley, Christopher J. ; Cubillas, Pablo ; Casas, Ana S. ; Bisig, Christoph ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Dingwell, Donald B. ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Drasler, Barbara ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Environmental Research, 2019, vol. 179, p. 108798

Volcanic plumes are complex environments composed of gases and ash particles, where chemical and physical processes occur at different temperature and compositional regimes. Commonly, soluble sulphate- and chloride-bearing salts are formed on ash as gases interact with ash surfaces. Exposure to respirable volcanic ash following an eruption is potentially a significant health concern. The...

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ESCRT-III-driven piecemeal micro-ER-phagy remodels the ER during recovery from ER stress

Loi, Marisa ; Raimondi, Andrea ; Morone, Diego ; Molinari, Maurizio

In: Nature communications, 2019, vol. 10, p. 5058

The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) produces about 40% of the nucleated cell’s proteome. ER size and content in molecular chaperones increase upon physiologic and pathologic stresses on activation of unfolded protein responses (UPR). On stress resolution, the mammalian ER is remodeled to pre-stress, physiologic size and function on activation of the LC3-binding activity of the translocon...

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Combined with anti‐Nogo‐A antibody treatment, BDNF did not compensate the extra deleterious motor effect caused by large size cervical cord hemisection in adult macaques

Beaud, Marie‐Laure ; Rouiller, Eric M. ; Bloch, Jocelyne ; Mir, Anis ; Schwab, Martin E. ; Schmidlin, Eric

In: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, 2019, p. cns.13213

In spinal cord injured adult mammals, neutralizing the neurite growth inhibitor Nogo‐A with antibodies promotes axonal regeneration and functional recovery, although axonal regeneration is limited in length. Neurotrophic factors such as BDNF stimulate neurite outgrowth and protect axotomized neurons. Can the effects obtained by neutralizing Nogo‐A, inducing an environment favorable for...

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Predicting abundances of invasive ragweed across Europe using a “top-down” approach

Skjøth, Carsten Ambelas ; Sun, Yan ; Karrer, Gerhard ; Sikoparija, Branko ; Smith, Matt ; Schaffner, Urs ; Müller-Schärer, Heinz

In: Science of The Total Environment, 2019, vol. 686, p. 212–222

Common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) is a widely distributed and harmful invasive plant that is an important source of highly allergenic pollen grains and a prominent crop weed. As a result, ragweed causes huge costs to both human health and agriculture in affected areas. Efficient mitigation requires accurate mapping of ragweed densities that, until now, has not been achieved...

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Adjuvants and the vaccine response to the DS-Cav1-stabilized fusion glycoprotein of respiratory syncytial virus

Sastry, Mallika ; Zhang, Baoshan ; Chen, Man ; Joyce, M. Gordon ; Kong, Wing-Pui ; Chuang, Gwo-Yu ; Ko, Kiyoon ; Kumar, Azad ; Silacci, Chiara ; Thom, Michelle ; Salazar, Andres M. ; Corti, Davide ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Taylor, Geraldine ; Mascola, John R. ; Graham, Barney S. ; Kwong, Peter D.

In: Plos one, 2017, vol. 12, no. 10, p. e0186854

Appropriate adjuvant selection may be essential to optimize the potency and to tailor the immune response of subunit vaccines. To induce protective responses against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)—a highly prevalent childhood pathogen without a licensed vaccine—we previously engineered a pre-fusion-stabilized trimeric RSV F (pre-F) “DS-Cav1” immunogen, which induced high titer...

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Phenotype and specificity of T cells in primary human cytomegalovirus infection during pregnancy : IL-7Rpos long-term memory phenotype is associated with protection from vertical transmission

Mele, Federico ; Fornara, Chiara ; Jarrossay, David ; Furione, Milena ; Arossa, Alessia ; Spinillo, Arsenio ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Gerna, Giuseppe ; Sallusto, Federica ; Lilleri, Daniele

In: Plos one, 2017, vol. 12, no. 11, p. e0187731

Congenital human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection is the major cause of birth defects and a precise definition of the HCMV-specific T-cell response in primary infection may help define reliable correlates of immune protection during pregnancy. In this study, a high throughput method was used to define the frequency of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells specific for four HCMV proteins in the naïve...

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Molecular signatures of immunity and immunogenicity in infection and vaccination

Haks, Mariëlle C. ; Bottazzi, Barbara ; Cecchinato, Valentina ; De Gregorio, Corinne ; Del Giudice, Giuseppe ; Kaufmann, Stefan H. E. ; Lanzavecchia, Antonio ; Lewis, David J. M. ; Maertzdorf, Jeroen ; Mantovani, Alberto ; Sallusto, Federica ; Sironi, Marina ; Uguccioni, Mariagrazia ; Ottenhoff, Tom H. M.

In: Frontiers in immunology, 2017, vol. 8, p. 1563

Vaccinology aims to understand what factors drive vaccine-induced immunity and protection. For many vaccines, however, the mechanisms underlying immunity and protection remain incompletely characterized at best, and except for neutralizing antibodies induced by viral vaccines, few correlates of protection exist. Recent omics and systems biology big data platforms have yielded valuable...