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Immunobiology and Immunotherapy

Section edited by Alessandra Cesano

The Immunobiology and Immunotherapy section aims to enrich the communication between basic biological and immunological sciences and the clinical investigation arena.

As immunology has evolved to be a central discipline connected to a wide range of therapeutic areas, the number and diversity of platform technologies has also increased, spanning small molecules, biologics, microbial vectors and cells. Such levels of activity require appropriate means to share new knowledge and to catalyze the development of the field. This section aims to provide such a platform and welcomes submissions across all disciplines, including inflammation, autoimmunity, transplantation, metabolic disorders.

The section was founded with the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) under the title "Tumor immunology and biological cancer therapy" and Pedro Romero was the founding Section Editor.

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  1. Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) show extensive variation in genetic content and allelic polymorphi sms among different populations.

    Authors: Qiongxiu Zhou, Jue Wang, Zhi He, Xiaojuan Li, Song Mao, Shu Huang, Guohui Bian and Feng Ma
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:221
  2. There are a number of studies regarding to the susceptibility of A20 SNPs in rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, a few of these studies have shown an association between polymorphisms in the A20 gene and RA risk ...

    Authors: Lihua Zhu, Liang Wang, Xu Wang, Lingling Zhou, Ziwei Liao, Ling Xu, Huixia Wu, Jie Ren, Zhaoxia Li, Lijian Yang, Shaohua Chen, Bo Li, Xiuli Wu, Yi Zhou and Yangqiu Li
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:215
  3. Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is a rare but serious adverse drug effect linked to long-term and/or high-dose exposure to nitrogen-bisphosphonates (N-BP), the standard of care for the treatment of bone fragili...

    Authors: Shirin Kalyan, Jun Wang, Elgar Susanne Quabius, Jörn Huck, Jörg Wiltfang, John F Baines and Dieter Kabelitz
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:212
  4. Locally advanced HER2-overexpressing breast cancer (BC) patients achieve a high rate of pathological complete responses (pCR) after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NC). The apparently unaltered immune proficiency of...

    Authors: E Muraro, E Comaro, R Talamini, E Turchet, G Miolo, S Scalone, L Militello, D Lombardi, S Spazzapan, T Perin, S Massarut, D Crivellari, Riccardo Dolcetti and D Martorelli
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:204
  5. Resistin is a pro-inflammatory adipokine that increases after brain injury (trauma, bleeding) and may initiate an inflammatory response. Resistin was found increased in deceased, brain dead organ donors (DBD) ...

    Authors: Rille Pullerits, Simona Oltean, Anne Flodén and Mihai Oltean
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:201
  6. Most patients with multiple myeloma (MM) will relapse after an initial response and eventually succumb to their disease. This is due to the persistence of chemotherapy-resistant tumor cells in the patients’ bo...

    Authors: Sara Yousef, Johanna Heise, Nesrine Lajmi, Katrin Bartels, Nicolaus Kröger, Tim Luetkens and Djordje Atanackovic
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:197
  7. Anti-glomerular basement membrane nephritis and Goodpasture syndrome result from autoantibody (Ab)-mediated destruction of kidney and lung. Ab target the noncollagenous 1 (NC1) domain of alpha3(IV) collagen, b...

    Authors: Inge M Worni-Schudel, Amy G Clark, Tiffany Chien, Kwan-Ki Hwang, Benny J Chen and Mary H Foster
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:185
  8. NK cells contribute to tumour surveillance, inhibition of growth and dissemination by cytotoxicity, secretion of cytokines and interaction with immune cells. Their precise role in human breast cancer is unclea...

    Authors: Chandan Verma, Viriya Kaewkangsadan, Jennifer M Eremin, Gerard P Cowley, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohamed A El-Sheemy and Oleg Eremin
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:180
  9. Anti-dsDNA antibodies play an important role in the pathogenesis of lupus nephritis (LN). Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is a physical reaction under stressful condition and can cause inflammation when stim...

    Authors: Hui Zhang, Chunmei Zhao, Shuang Wang, Yuefang Huang, Hongyue Wang, Jijun Zhao and Niansheng Yang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:178
  10. Dendritic cells (DC) are currently implemented as immunotherapeutic strategy for the treatment of tumor patients based on their central role in the immune system. Despite good results were obtained in vitro an...

    Authors: Chiara Massa, Carolin Thomas, Ena Wang, Francesco Marincola and Barbara Seliger
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2015 13:175
  11. Redirection of T lymphocytes against tumor antigens can induce dramatic regression of advanced stage malignancy. The use of bispecific antibodies (BsAbs) that bind both the T-cell receptor (TCR) and a target a...

    Authors: Katarzyna Urbanska, Rachel C Lynn, Caitlin Stashwick, Archana Thakur, Lawrence G Lum and Daniel J Powell
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:347
  12. Nanobodies (Nbs) have proved their great value as therapeutic molecules and clinical diagnostic tools. Although the routine procedure to obtain Nbs is to immunize camels with antigens, it is unavailable to imm...

    Authors: Junrong Yan, Guanghui Li, Yonghong Hu, Weijun Ou and Yakun Wan
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:343
  13. Matrix metalloproteinase-23 (MMP-23) can block the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.3, whose function is important for sustained Ca2+ signaling during T cell activation. MMP-23 may also alter T cell activity a...

    Authors: Duane Moogk, Ines Pires da Silva, Michelle W Ma, Erica B Friedman, Eleazar Vega-Saenz de Miera, Farbod Darvishian, Patrick Scanlon, Arianne Perez-Garcia, Anna C Pavlick, Nina Bhardwaj, Paul J Christos, Iman Osman and Michelle Krogsgaard
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:342
  14. Even in the era of successful combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), co-infection of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) remains one of the leading causes of non-AIDS-related mortality and morbidity among HIV-positive...

    Authors: AW Wahid Ansari, Reinhold E Schmidt, Esaki M Shankar and Adeeba Kamarulzaman
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:341
  15. Endometrial regenerative cells (ERCs) are mesenchymal-like stem cells that can be non-invasively obtained from menstrual blood and are easily grown /generated at a large scale without tumorigenesis. We previou...

    Authors: Yongcheng Lv, Xiaoxi Xu, Bai Zhang, Guangying Zhou, Hongyue Li, Caigan Du, Hongqiu Han and Hao Wang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:344
  16. GL261 cells are murine glioma cells that demonstrate proliferation, invasion, and angiogenesis when implanted in syngeneic C57BL/6 mice, providing a highly useful immunocompetent animal model of glioblastoma. ...

    Authors: Aaron J Clark, Michael Safaee, Taemin Oh, Michael E Ivan, Vamsi Parimi, Rintaro Hashizume, Tomoko Ozawa, Charles D James, Orin Bloch and Andrew T Parsa
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:345
  17. Cytomegalovirus (CMV)-specific T cell infusion to immunocompromised patients following allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (allo-HSCT) is able to induce a successful anti-viral response. These c...

    Authors: Lorea Beloki, Miriam Ciaurriz, Cristina Mansilla, Amaya Zabalza, Estela Perez-Valderrama, Edward R Samuel, Mark W Lowdell, Natalia Ramirez and Eduardo Olavarria
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:317
  18. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) and B cells (Bregs) play an important role in the development of lung cancer. The present study aimed to investigate the phenotype of circulating Tregs and Bregs in patients with lun...

    Authors: Jiebai Zhou, Zhihui Min, Ding Zhang, William Wang, Francesco Marincola and Xiangdong Wang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:304
  19. This study aimed to explore the role of apoptosis initiators, caspase-9, caspase-10, mitochondrial anti-viral signaling protein (MAVS), and interferon regulatory factor 7 (pIRF7), in patients with systemic lup...

    Authors: Yu-Jih Su, Tien-Tsai Cheng, Chung-Jen Chen, Wen-Neng Chang, Nai-Wen Tsai, Chia-Te Kung, Hung-Chen Wang, Wei-Che Lin, Chih-Cheng Huang, Ya-Ting Chang, Chih-Min Su, Yi-Fang Chiang, Ben-Chung Cheng, Yu-Jun Lin and Cheng-Hsien Lu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:303
  20. Natural killer (NK) cells are abundant in the liver and constitute a major innate immune component that contributes to immune-mediated liver injury. However, few studies have investigated the phenotypes and fu...

    Authors: Min Zhang, Fenglan Wang, Yutian Chong, Qiang Tai, Qiyi Zhao, Yubao Zheng, Liang Peng, Shumei Lin and Zhiliang Gao
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:308
  21. The Triggering Receptors Expressed on Myeloid cells (TREM) are a family of cell-surface molecules that control inflammation, bone homeostasis, neurological development and blood coagulation. TREM-1 and TREM-2,...

    Authors: Marco Genua, Sergio Rutella, Carmen Correale and Silvio Danese
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:293
  22. Novel molecules that specifically target human TNFα in rheumatoid arthritis pose problems for preclinical assessment of efficacy. In this study collagen antibody-induced arthritis (CAIA) has been induced in hu...

    Authors: Adrian Richard Moore, Sarah Allden, Tim Bourne, Maria C Denis, Ksanthi Kranidioti, Remi Okoye, Yannis Sotsios, Zofia Stencel, Alexander Vugler, Gillian Watt and Stevan Shaw
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:285
  23. microRNAs (miRNAs) are emerging as key regulators of the immune system, but their role in CD8+ T cell differentiation is not well explored. Some evidence suggests that signals from cell surface receptors influ...

    Authors: Hilary M Sheppard, Daniel Verdon, Anna ES Brooks, Vaughan Feisst, Yu-Yu Joyce Ho, Natalie Lorenz, Vicky Fan, Nigel P Birch, Alicia Didsbury and P Rod Dunbar
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:292
  24. Inflammation is a key etiologic component in atherogenesis and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFβ1) is a well known anti-inflammatory cytokine which potentially might be used to limit it. Yet TGFβ1 is ple...

    Authors: Hongqing Zhu, Maohua Cao, Jose A Figueroa, Everado Cobos, Barry F Uretsky, Maurizio Chiriva-Internati and Paul L Hermonat
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:252
  25. Coexpression of CD160 and PD-1 on HIV-specific CD8+ T-cells defines a highly exhausted T-cell subset. CD160 binds to Herpes Virus Entry Mediator (HVEM) and blocking this interaction with HVEM antibodies reverses ...

    Authors: Mohamed El-Far, Charles Pellerin, Louise Pilote, Jean-Francois Fortin, Ivan A D Lessard, Yoav Peretz, Elizabeth Wardrop, Patrick Salois, Richard C Bethell, Michael G Cordingley and George Kukolj
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:217
  26. NKT cells play a protective role in ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury, of which the trafficking in the body and recruitment in injured organs can be influenced by immunosuppressive therapy. Therefore, we invest...

    Authors: Chao Zhang, Long Zheng, Long Li, Lingyan Wang, Liping Li, Shang Huang, Chenli Gu, Lexi Zhang, Cheng Yang, Tongyu Zhu and Ruiming Rong
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:224
  27. CIK cells therapy has been evaluated as an adoptive cell immunotherapy for cancer patients, but there still have not been any standardized systems for evaluating the antitumor efficacy yet. The WHO and RECIST ...

    Authors: Xiao-Dong Li, Mei Ji, Xiao Zheng, Zhong-Hua Ning, Jun Wu, Binfeng Lu, Chang-Ping Wu and Jing-Ting Jiang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:215
  28. Recently, regulatory T (Treg) cells have gained interest in the fields of immunopathology, transplantation and oncoimmunology. Here, we investigated the microRNA expression profile of human natural CD8+CD25+ Treg...

    Authors: Fadi Jebbawi, Hussein Fayyad-Kazan, Makram Merimi, Philippe Lewalle, Jean-Christophe Verougstraete, Oberdan Leo, Pedro Romero, Arsene Burny, Bassam Badran, Philippe Martiat and Redouane Rouas
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:218
  29. Therapeutic idiotypic (Id) vaccination is an experimental treatment for selected B cell malignancies. A broader use of Id-based vaccination, however, is hampered by the complexity and costs due to the individu...

    Authors: Pier Adelchi Ruffini, Audun Os, Riccardo Dolcetti, Geir E Tjønnfjord, Ludvig A Munthe and Bjarne Bogen
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:207
  30. Ipilimumab is an antagonistic monoclonal antibody against cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) that enhances antitumor immunity by inhibiting immunosuppressive activity of regulatory T cells (Treg). In th...

    Authors: Hiroshi Yano, Archana Thakur, Elyse N Tomaszewski, Minsig Choi, Abhinav Deol and Lawrence G Lum
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:191
  31. Non-traditional CD4+CD25–CD69+ T cells were found to be involved in disease progression in tumor-bearing mouse models and cancer patients recently. We attempted to define whether this subset of T cells were re...

    Authors: Xiao-su Zhao, Xu-hua Wang, Xiang-yu Zhao, Ying-jun Chang, Lan-ping Xu, Xiao-hui Zhang and Xiao-jun Huang
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:187
  32. Therapeutic hypothermia is a treatment modality that is increasingly used to improve clinical neurological outcomes for ischemia-reperfusion injury-mediated diseases. Antibody-initiated classical complement pa...

    Authors: Tushar A Shah, Clifford T Mauriello, Pamela S Hair, Amandeep Sandhu, Michael P Stolz, William Thomas Bass, Neel K Krishna and Kenji M Cunnion
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:181
  33. BID functions as a bridge molecule between death-receptor and mitochondrial related apoptotic pathways to amplify apoptotic signaling. Our previous studies have demonstrated a substantial increase in BID expre...

    Authors: Su He Wang, Yongyi Fan and James R Baker Jr
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:180
  34. The inflammatory marker, C reactive protein has been proposed to also be a biomarker for adaptive immune responses in cancer patients with a possible application in time based chemotherapy. Fluxes in serum CRP...

    Authors: Mutsa T Madondo, Sandra Tuyaerts, Brit B Turnbull, Anke Vanderstraeten, Holbrook Kohrt, Balasubramanian Narasimhan, Frederic Amant, Michael Quinn and Magdalena Plebanski
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:179
  35. Single-cell network profiling (SCNP) is a multiparametric flow cytometry-based approach that simultaneously measures evoked signaling in multiple cell subsets. Previously, using the SCNP approach, age-associat...

    Authors: Diane M Longo, Brent Louie, Jason Ptacek, Greg Friedland, Erik Evensen, Santosh Putta, Michelle Atallah, David Spellmeyer, Ena Wang, Zoltan Pos, Francesco M Marincola, Andrea Schaeffer, Suzanne Lukac, Radha Railkar, Chan R Beals, Alessandra Cesano…
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:178
  36. We previously reported the clinical efficacy of adoptive immunotherapy (AIT) with dendritic cells (DCs) pulsed with mucin 1 (MUC1) peptide and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs). We also reported that gemcitabine ...

    Authors: Yoshitaro Shindo, Shoichi Hazama, Yoshinari Maeda, Hiroto Matsui, Michihisa Iida, Nobuaki Suzuki, Kiyoshi Yoshimura, Tomio Ueno, Shigefumi Yoshino, Kohei Sakai, Yutaka Suehiro, Takahiro Yamasaki, Yuji Hinoda and Masaaki Oka
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:175
  37. Sarcoidosis is a chronic inflammatory disease with a systemic granulomatous disorder affecting multiple organs including the eye. Both CD4+ T cell and macrophage have been linked to the pathogenesis of the diseas...

    Authors: Wenting Wu, Ming Jin, Yujuan Wang, Baoying Liu, Defen Shen, Ping Chen, Susan Hannes, Zhiyu Li, Sima Hirani, Shayma Jawad, H Nida Sen, Chi-Chao Chan, Robert B Nussenblatt and Lai Wei
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:152
  38. The importance of B7-H molecules for the T cell/tumor communication and its impact on renal cell carcinoma (RCC) progression and prognosis has been recently described. Cytokine treatment of RCC has earlier bee...

    Authors: Dagmar Quandt, Simon Jasinski-Bergner, Ulrike Müller, Bianca Schulze and Barbara Seliger
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:151
  39. Sepsis causes high mortality, and the mortality due to secondary infections is even higher. No studies to date have investigated the time from the primary infection to death due to a secondary infection; simil...

    Authors: Tsai-Hsia Hong, Chin-Hao Chang, Wen-Je Ko, Ching-Feng Lin, Heng-Hsiu Liu, Lu-Ping Chow, Chun-Ta Huang, Sun-Liang Yu and Yih-Sharng Chen
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:146
  40. It has been recently proposed that nanomaterials, alone or in concert with their specific biomolecular conjugates, can be used to directly modulate the immune system, therefore offering a new tool for the enha...

    Authors: Marco Orecchioni, Davide Bedognetti, Francesco Sgarrella, Francesco M Marincola, Alberto Bianco and Lucia Gemma Delogu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:138
  41. Although Toxoplasma gondii infection is normally asymptomatic, severe cases of toxoplasmosis may occur in immunosuppressed patients or congenitally infected newborns. When a fetal infection is established, the re...

    Authors: Letícia S Castro-Filice, Bellisa F Barbosa, Mariana B Angeloni, Neide M Silva, Angelica O Gomes, Celene M O S Alves, Deise A O Silva, Olindo A Martins-Filho, Maria C Santos, José R Mineo and Eloisa A V Ferro
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:132
  42. The antitumor activity induced by intratumoral vaccination with poxvirus expressing a tumor antigen was shown to be superior to that induced by subcutaneous vaccination. Salivary gland carcinomas overexpress E...

    Authors: Laura Masuelli, Massimo Fantini, Monica Benvenuto, Pamela Sacchetti, Maria Gabriella Giganti, Ilaria Tresoldi, Paolo Lido, Florigio Lista, Federica Cavallo, Patrizia Nanni, Jeffrey Schlom, Andrea Modesti and Roberto Bei
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:122
  43. Ipilimumab improves survival in patients with advanced melanoma. The activity and safety of ipilimumab outside of a clinical trial was assessed in an expanded access programme (EAP).

    Authors: Paolo A Ascierto, Ester Simeone, Vanna Chiarion Sileni, Jacopo Pigozzo, Michele Maio, Maresa Altomonte, Michele Del Vecchio, Lorenza Di Guardo, Paolo Marchetti, Ruggero Ridolfi, Francesco Cognetti, Alessandro Testori, Maria Grazia Bernengo, Michele Guida, Riccardo Marconcini, Mario Mandalà…
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:116
  44. High-dose IL-2 (HDIL2) is approved for the treatment of metastatic melanoma and renal cell carcinoma, but its use is limited in part by toxicity related to the development of vascular leak syndrome (VLS). Ther...

    Authors: Dae Won Kim, Andrew Zloza, Joseph Broucek, Jason M Schenkel, Carl Ruby, Georges Samaha and Howard L Kaufman
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:113
  45. Receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cell (RCAS1) is derived from uterine adenocarcinoma and can induce apoptosis in lymphocytes, allowing tumor cells to escape from immune surveillance. RCAS1 is ...

    Authors: Hideaki Tanaka, Takeshi Toyoshima, Kenzo Sonoda, Ryoji Kitamura, Masaaki Sasaguri, Shintaro Kawano, Ryota Matsubara, Yuichi Goto and Seiji Nakamura
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:112
  46. We previously conducted a phase I trial for advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) using five HLA-A*2402-restricted peptides, three derived from oncoantigens and two from vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) re...

    Authors: Shoichi Hazama, Yusuke Nakamura, Hiroaki Tanaka, Kosei Hirakawa, Ko Tahara, Ryoichi Shimizu, Hiroaki Ozasa, Ryuichi Etoh, Fumiaki Sugiura, Kiyotaka Okuno, Takumi Furuya, Taku Nishimura, Koichiro Sakata, Kazuhiko Yoshimatsu, Hiroko Takenouchi, Ryouichi Tsunedomi…
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:108
  47. Glioblastoma remains a lethal diagnosis with a 5-year survival rate of less than 10%. (NEJM 352:987-96, 2005) Although immunotherapy-based approaches are capable of inducing detectable immune responses against...

    Authors: Taemin Oh, Shayan Fakurnejad, Eli T Sayegh, Aaron J Clark, Michael E Ivan, Matthew Z Sun, Michael Safaee, Orin Bloch, Charles D James and Andrew T Parsa
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:107
  48. Autophagy regulates innate and adaptive immune responses to pathogens and tumors. We have reported that autophagosomes derived from tumor cells after proteasome inhibition, DRibbles (Defective ribosomal produc...

    Authors: Wei Ye, Yun Xing, Christopher Paustian, Rieneke van de Ven, Tarsem Moudgil, Traci L Hilton, Bernard A Fox, Walter J Urba, Wei Zhao and Hong-Ming Hu
    Citation: Journal of Translational Medicine 2014 12:100

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