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  • CRISPR-Cas9 screens identify regulators of antibody-drug conjugate toxicity. Nature chemical biology Tsui, C. K., Barfield, R. M., Fischer, C. R., Morgens, D. W., Li, A., Smith, B. A., Gray, M. A., Bertozzi, C. R., Rabuka, D., Bassik, M. C. 2019


    Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) selectively deliver chemotherapeutic agents to target cells and are important cancer therapeutics. However, the mechanisms by which ADCs are internalized and activated remain unclear. Using CRISPR-Cas9 screens, we uncover many known and novel endolysosomal regulators as modulators of ADC toxicity. We identify and characterize C18ORF8/RMC1 as a regulator of ADC toxicity through its role in endosomal maturation. Through comparative analysis of screens with ADCs bearing different linkers, we show that a subset of late endolysosomal regulators selectively influence toxicity of noncleavable linker ADCs. Surprisingly, we find cleavable valine-citrulline linkers can be processed rapidly after internalization without lysosomal delivery. Lastly, we show that sialic acid depletion enhances ADC lysosomal delivery and killing in diverse cancer cell types, including with FDA (US Food and Drug Administration)-approved trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) in Her2-positive breast cancer cells. Together, these results reveal new regulators of endolysosomal trafficking, provide important insights for ADC design and identify candidate combination therapy targets.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41589-019-0342-2

    View details for PubMedID 31451760

  • CD22 blockade restores homeostatic microglial phagocytosis in ageing brains NATURE Pluvinage, J. V., Haney, M. S., Smith, B. H., Sun, J., Iram, T., Bonanno, L., Li, L., Lee, D. P., Morgens, D. W., Yang, A. C., Shuken, S. R., Gate, D., Scott, M., Khatri, P., Luo, J., Bertozzi, C. R., Bassik, M. C., Wyss-Coray, T. 2019; 568 (7751): 187-+
  • Therapeutic activity of multiple common ?-chain cytokine inhibition in acute and chronic GVHD. Blood Hechinger, A., Smith, B. A., Flynn, R., Hanke, K., McDonald-Hyman, C., Taylor, P. A., Pfeifer, D., Hackanson, B., Leonhardt, F., Prinz, G., Dierbach, H., Schmitt-Graeff, A., Kovarik, J., Blazar, B. R., Zeiser, R. 2015; 125 (3): 570-580


    The common γ chain (CD132) is a subunit of the interleukin (IL) receptors for IL-2, IL-4, IL-7, IL-9, IL-15, and IL-21. Because levels of several of these cytokines were shown to be increased in the serum of patients developing acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), we reasoned that inhibition of CD132 could have a profound effect on GVHD. We observed that anti-CD132 monoclonal antibody (mAb) reduced acute GVHD potently with respect to survival, production of tumor necrosis factor, interferon-γ, and IL-6, and GVHD histopathology. Anti-CD132 mAb afforded protection from GVHD partly via inhibition of granzyme B production in CD8 T cells, whereas exposure of CD8 T cells to IL-2, IL-7, IL-15, and IL-21 increased granzyme B production. Also, T cells exposed to anti-CD132 mAb displayed a more naive phenotype in microarray-based analyses and showed reduced Janus kinase 3 (JAK3) phosphorylation upon activation. Consistent with a role of JAK3 in GVHD, Jak3(-/-) T cells caused less severe GVHD. Additionally, anti-CD132 mAb treatment of established chronic GVHD reversed liver and lung fibrosis, and pulmonary dysfunction characteristic of bronchiolitis obliterans. We conclude that acute GVHD and chronic GVHD, caused by T cells activated by common γ-chain cytokines, each represent therapeutic targets for anti-CD132 mAb immunomodulation.

    View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2014-06-581793

    View details for PubMedID 25352130

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  • MicroRNA-155-deficient dendritic cells cause less severe GVHD through reduced migration and defective inflammasome activation. Blood Chen, S., Smith, B. A., Iype, J., Prestipino, A., Pfeifer, D., Grundmann, S., Schmitt-Graeff, A., Idzko, M., Beck, Y., Prinz, G., Finke, J., Duyster, J., Zeiser, R. 2015; 126 (1): 103–12


    The successful treatment of acute leukemias with allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) is limited by acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Because microRNA-155 (miR-155) regulates activation of the innate immune system, we aimed to determine its function in dendritic cells (DCs) during GVHD in an experimental model. We observed that miR-155 deficiency of the recipient led to improved survival, reduced serum levels of proinflammatory cytokines, and lower GVHD histopathology scores. In addition, miR-155(-/-) bone marrow chimeric mice receiving allo-HCT and miR-155(-/-) DCs showed that miR-155 deficiency in the DC compartment was responsible for protection from GVHD. Activated miR-155(-/-) DCs displayed lower expression of various purinergic receptors and impaired migration toward adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Microarray analysis of lipopolysaccharide/ATP-stimulated miR-155(-/-) DCs revealed mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway dysregulation and reduced inflammasome-associated gene expression. Consistent with this gene expression data, we observed reduced ERK activation, caspase-1 cleavage, and IL-1β production in miR-155(-/-) DCs. The connection between miR-155 and inflammasome activation was supported by the fact that Nlrp3/miR-155 double-knockout allo-HCT recipient mice had no increased protection from GVHD compared with Nlrp3(-/-) recipients. This study indicates that during GVHD, miR-155 promotes DC migration toward sites of ATP release accompanied by inflammasome activation. Inhibiting proinflammatory miR-155 by antagomir treatment could help reduce this complication of allo-HCT.

    View details for DOI 10.1182/blood-2014-12-617258

    View details for PubMedID 25972159

  • Impact of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibition on lymphoid homing and tolerogenic function of nanoparticle-labeled dendritic cells following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation JOURNAL OF IMMUNOLOGY Reichardt, W., Duerr, C., von Elverfeldt, D., Juettner, E., Gerlach, U. V., Yamada, M., Smith, B., Negrin, R. S., Zeiser, R. 2008; 181 (7): 4770-4779


    Dendritic cells (DC) play a major role in the pathogenesis of graft-vs-host disease (GvHD). Directed modification of surface molecules on DC that provide instructive signals for T cells may create a tolerogenic DC phenotype that affects GvHD severity. To investigate the impact of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor rapamycin (RAPA) on in vivo migratory capacities, tolerogenic function, and B7 superfamily surface expression on DC following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (aHCT), we generated a platform for magnetic resonance imaging and bioluminescence imaging based cell trafficking studies. Luciferase transgenic DC were labeled with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles bound to a murine IgG Ab that allowed for Fc-gammaR-mediated endocytosis. Locally injected luc(+) DC could be tracked within their anatomical context by bioluminescence imaging and magnetic resonance imaging after aHCT, based on stable intracellular localization of superparamagnetic iron oxide-IgG complexes. RAPA preconditioned DC (DC-R) displayed reduced expression of MHC class II, B7-1 (CD80), and B7-2 (CD86) but not B7-H4 whose ligation of T cells has a profound inhibitory effect on their proliferation and cytokine secretion. DC-R of recipient genotype reduced GvHD severity that is compatible with their tolerogenic phenotype. CCR5, CCR7, and CD62L expression was not affected by mTOR inhibition, which allowed for DC-R in vivo trafficking to secondary lymphoid compartments where immunregulation is required. This study is the first to delineate the impact of RAPA on DC migration and tolerogenic function after aHCT. Modification of the DC phenotype by mTOR inhibition may have therapeutic potential in an attempt to reduce GvHD following aHCT.

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