- – JCI
Functional monocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells increase in blood but not airways and predict COVID-19 severity
Falck-Jones S, Vangeti S, Yu M, et al. Functional monocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells increase in blood but not airways and predict COVID-19 severity. J Clin Invest. 2021 Mar 15;131(6):e144734. doi: 10.1172/JCI144734. PMID: 33492309; PMCID: PMC7954608.
- – Cell
Direct comparison of antibody responses to four SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in Mongolia
Dashdorj NJ, Wirz OF, Röltgen K, et al. Direct comparison of antibody responses to four SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in Mongolia. Cell Host Microbe. 2021 Dec 8;29(12):1738-1743.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2021.11.004. Epub 2021 Nov 12. PMID: 34861167; PMCID: PMC8585611.
- – Advanced Materials
Hydrogel-Based Slow Release of a Receptor-Binding Domain Subunit Vaccine Elicits Neutralizing Antibody Responses Against SARS-CoV-2
Gale EC, Powell AE, Roth GA, et al. Hydrogel-Based Slow Release of a Receptor-Binding Domain Subunit Vaccine Elicits Neutralizing Antibody Responses Against SARS-CoV-2. Adv Mater. 2021 Dec;33(51):e2104362. doi: 10.1002/adma.202104362. Epub 2021 Oct 14. PMID: 34651342; PMCID: PMC8646307.
- – Nature
Systems vaccinology of the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine in humans
Arunachalam PS, Scott MKD, Hagan T, et al. Systems vaccinology of the BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine in humans. Nature. 2021 Aug;596(7872):410-416. doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03791-x. Epub 2021 Jul 12. PMID: 34252919; PMCID: PMC8761119.
- – Science Immunology
CD8+ T cells specific for conserved coronavirus epitopes correlate with milder disease in patients with COVID-19
Mallajosyula V, Ganjavi C, Chakraborty S, McSween AM, Pavlovitch-Bedzyk AJ, Wilhelmy J, Nau A, Manohar M, Nadeau KC, Davis MM. CD8+ T cells specific for conserved coronavirus epitopes correlate with milder disease in COVID-19 patients. Sci Immunol. 2021 Jul 1;6(61):eabg5669. doi: 10.1126/sciimmunol.abg5669. PMID: 34210785.
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- – OUP Academic
High Rates of Enteric Fever Diagnosis and Lower Burden of Culture-Confirmed Disease in Peri-urban and Rural Nepal
In South Asia, data on enteric fever are sparse outside of urban areas. We characterized enteric fever diagnosis patterns and the burden of culture-confirmed cases in peri-urban and rural Nepal.
- – Wiley Online Library
Non‐Newtonian Polymer–Nanoparticle Hydrogels Enhance Cell Viability during Injection
Drug delivery and cell transplantation require minimally invasive deployment strategies such as injection through clinically relevant high‐gauge needles. Supramolecular hydrogels comprising dodecyl‐modified hydroxypropylmethylcellulose and poly(ethylene glycol)‐block‐poly(lactic acid) have been previously demonstrated for the delivery of drugs and proteins. Here, it is demonstrated that the rheological properties of these hydrogels allow for facile injectability, an increase of cell viability after injection when compared to cell viabilities of cells injected in phosphate‐buffered saline, and homogeneous cell suspensions that do not settle.
- – Cell
A Structured Tumor-Immune Microenvironment in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Revealed by Multiplexed Ion Beam Imaging
The immune system is critical in modulating cancer progression, but knowledge of immune composition, phenotype, and interactions with tumor is limited. We used multiplexed ion beam imaging by time-of-flight (MIBI-TOF) to simultaneously quantify in situ expression of 36 proteins covering identity, function, and immune regulation at sub-cellular resolution in 41 triple-negative breast cancer patients.
- – Nature
A multi-cohort study of the immune factors associated with M. tuberculosis infection outcomes
Most infections with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) manifest as a clinically asymptomatic, contained state, known as latent tuberculosis infection, that affects approximately one-quarter of the global population1. Although fewer than one in ten individuals eventually progress to active disease2, tuberculosis is a leading cause of death from infectious disease worldwide3. Despite intense efforts, immune factors that influence the infection outcomes remain poorly defined. Here we used integrated analyses of multiple cohorts to identify stage-specific host responses to Mtb infection.
- – Cell
Deep Profiling of Mouse Splenic Architecture with CODEX Multiplexed Imaging
A highly multiplexed cytometric imaging approach, termed co-detection by indexing (CODEX), is used here to create multiplexed datasets of normal and lupus (MRL/lpr) murine spleens. CODEX iteratively visualizes antibody binding events using DNA barcodes, fluorescent dNTP analogs, and an in situ polymerization-based indexing procedure. An algorithmic pipeline for single-cell antigen quantification in tightly packed tissues was developed and used to overlay well-known morphological features with de novo characterization of lymphoid tissue architecture at a single-cell and cellular neighborhood levels.
- – Nature
Identifying specificity groups in the T cell receptor repertoire
T cell receptor (TCR) sequences are very diverse, with many more possible sequence combinations than T cells in any one individual1–4. Here we define the minimal requirements for TCR antigen specificity, through an analysis of TCR sequences using a panel of peptide and major histocompatibility complex (pMHC)-tetramer-sorted cells and structural data.
- – OUP Academic
Validation of the Sepsis MetaScore for Diagnosis of Neonatal Sepsis
Neonates are at increased risk for developing sepsis, but this population often exhibits ambiguous clinical signs that complicate the diagnosis of infection. No biomarker has yet shown enough diagnostic accuracy to rule out sepsis at the time of clinical suspicion.
Benchmarking Sepsis Gene Expression Diagnostics Using Public Data
In response to a need for better sepsis diagnostics, several new gene expression classifiers have been recently published, including the 11-gene “Sepsis MetaScore,” the “FAIM3-to-PLAC8” ratio, and the Septicyte Lab. We performed a systematic search for publicly available gene expression data in sepsis and tested each gene expression classifier in all included datasets. We also created a public repository of sepsis gene expression data to encourage their future reuse.
- – JCI Insight
Integrated, multicohort analysis of systemic sclerosis identifies robust transcriptional signature of disease severity
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare autoimmune disease with the highest case-fatality rate of all connective tissue diseases. Current efforts to determine patient response to a given treatment using the modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS) are complicated by interclinician variability, confounding, and the time required between sequential mRSS measurements to observe meaningful change. There is an unmet critical need for an objective metric of SSc disease severity.
- – OUP Academic
Methods to increase reproducibility in differential gene expression via meta-analysis
Findings from clinical and biological studies are often not reproducible when tested in independent cohorts. Due to the testing of a large number of hypotheses and relatively small sample sizes, results from whole-genome expression studies in particular are often not reproducible. Compared to single-study analysis, gene expression meta-analysis can improve reproducibility by integrating data from multiple studies. However, there are multiple choices in designing and carrying out a meta-analysis. Yet, clear guidelines on best practices are scarce. Here, we hypothesized that studying subsets of very large meta-analyses would allow for systematic identification of best practices to improve reproducibility.
Robust classification of bacterial and viral infections via integrated host gene expression diagnostics
Sepsis, a severe inflammation caused by infection, is a common and deadly medical condition. Sepsis therapy combines supportive treatment with interventions directed at the underlying cause of the illness, especially antibiotics for bacterial infections. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to distinguish patients with noninfectious inflammation from those with bacterial and viral infections, and only those with bacterial sepsis derive any benefit from antibiotics. Sweeney et al. have previously analyzed large numbers of patients across many cohorts to derive a blood test identifying which patients with sepsis-like symptoms have an underlying infection. Now, the authors expanded their analysis to create an integrated score that not only identifies infected patients but also classifies their infection as bacterial or viral, suggesting appropriate treatment.
Successful immunotherapy induces previously unidentified allergen-specific CD4+ T-cell subsets
The mechanisms through which successful immunotherapy induces possible deletion, replacement, or reprogramming of T cells are unknown. By evaluating the expression of T-cell–related genes, and using appropriate multivariate statistical approaches, our data show that successful immunotherapy can induce previously unidentified CD4+ T-cell subtypes during treatment that could help to predict an “immune-tolerant” clinical phenotype identified after cessation of treatment. The ability to use “anergic” transcriptional phenotypes in single T cells to predict successful “immune tolerance” induction in the clinic setting, as suggested by our findings, could lead to transformative impacts in the field of immunotherapy.
Genome-wide expression for diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis: a multicohort analysis
Active pulmonary tuberculosis is difficult to diagnose and treatment response is difficult to effectively monitor. A WHO consensus statement has called for new non-sputum diagnostics. The aim of this study was to use an integrated multicohort analysis of samples from publically available datasets to derive a diagnostic gene set in the peripheral blood of patients with active tuberculosis.
Host-Microbiota Interactions in the Pathogenesis of Antibiotic-Associated Diseases
Lichtman et al. compared longitudinal mouse models of antibiotic-associated inflammation. By concurrently measuring gut microbes and secreted host proteins with 16S rRNA sequencing and mass spectrometry, they found dynamic, yet distinct, microbe and proteome profiles. Inflammation-regulated proteases, antimicrobial proteins, and immunoglobulins marked multiple pathways actively shaping host responses to dysbiosis.
- – Immunity
Integrated, Multi-cohort Analysis Identifies Conserved Transcriptional Signatures across Multiple Respiratory Viruses
Clinically relevant respiratory viral signatures have not been defined. Khatri and colleagues identified host transcriptional responses common to multiple respiratory viruses (MVS) or specific to influenza (IMS) by leveraging heterogeneity present in public datasets. Both signatures distinguish viral from bacterial infections and IMS also distinguishes influenza from other viral infections.
- – American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Comprehensive Validation of the FAIM3:PLAC8 Ratio in Time-matched Public Gene Expression Data | American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Scicluna and colleagues recently reported the gene expression ratio of Fas apoptotic inhibitory molecule 3 (FAIM3) to placenta-specific 8 (PLAC8) as a new sepsis diagnostic biomarker (1). Accurate sepsis diagnosis is critical, as the mortality rate of sepsis increases for each hour that antibiotics are not administered (2). The FAIM3:PLAC8 ratio was discovered in a cohort comparing critically ill patients within 24 hours of admission for community-acquired pneumonia with noninfected patients. Scicluna and colleagues found that the FAIM3:PLAC8 ratio had areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUCs) of 0.845 and 0.784 for diagnosing community-acquired pneumonia in their discovery and validation cohorts, respectively (1).
- – Nature Biotechnology
Linking T-cell receptor sequence to functional phenotype at the single-cell level
Although each T lymphocyte expresses a T-cell receptor (TCR) that recognizes cognate antigen and controls T-cell activation, different T cells bearing the same TCR can be functionally distinct. Each TCR is a heterodimer, and both α- and β-chains contribute to determining TCR antigen specificity. Here we present a methodology enabling integration of information about TCR specificity with information about T cell function.