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Better Understand Cellular Interactions To Improve Cancer Vaccine Efficacy

Learn how researchers were able to characterize the blood-borne BDCA1+CD14+ myeloid cell population within blood and tissue of healthy individuals versus cancer patients, and their negative effect on T-cell proliferation, in order to improve tumor vaccine efficacy in this case study. 
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July 2018 Volume 19, Issue 7

Research Highlights
News & Views
Review Articles

Viral Infection and Immune Response

This conference aims to stimulate the interaction between the fields of virology and immunology in order to advance our understanding of viral epidemiology and pathogenesis, as well as the innate and adaptive immune responses elicited by the host.
October 12-14, 2018 | Shanghai, China

Nature Spotlight on Hong Kong: building science innovation 

Hong Kong is maximising major scientific innovation and commercial benefits through its proximity to the research and development hubs in mainland China. Yet barriers to collaboration remain.

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Research Highlights


Both local and global    p647
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Fiber against flu    p647
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Targeting Ebola    p647
Laurie A. Dempsey

4PD1hi T cells    p647
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TILs on standby    p647
Zoltan Fehervari

Dysbiosis shapes vaccine responses    p647
Zoltan Fehervari

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News & Views


Get the IL-17F outta here!    pp648 - 650
Aisling O’Hara Hall, Jennifer E. Towne & Scott E. Plevy

Checkpoint inhibition: NK cells enter the scene    pp650 - 652
Ana Stojanovic & Adelheid Cerwenka

Plasmacytoid dendritic cells: origin matters    pp652 - 654
Markus G. Manz

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Living with the enemy    p658

One of the most important ingredients in breast milk you've never heard of

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Review Articles


Thymic tolerance as a key brake on autoimmunity    pp659 - 664
Mickie Cheng & Mark S. Anderson

The thymus has a critical role in the establishment of appropriately educated and self-tolerant T cells. In their Focus Review, Cheng and Anderson discuss the most recent insights into how the thymus establishes self-tolerance.


Regulatory T cells in autoimmune disease    pp665 - 673
Margarita Dominguez-Villar & David A. Hafler

Treg cells have a critical role in maintaining peripheral tolerance. In this Focus Review, Dominguez-Villar and Hafler describe how the instability and plasticity of Treg cells can contribute to the breakdown of tolerance and lead to autoimmune disease.


Approaches and advances in the genetic causes of autoimmune disease and their implications    pp674 - 684


Autoimmune disease has been the subject of intense genetic study. In this Focus Review, Todd and colleagues describe recent advances and approaches in the genetic analysis of autoimmune disease.


Common ground: shared risk factors for type 1 diabetes and celiac disease    pp685 - 695
Elena F. Verdu & Jayne S. Danska

The rates of autoimmune disease are rising more rapidly than can be explained by changes in genetics. In this Focus Review, Verdu and Danska describe the dietary and microbial influences on type 1 diabetes and draw comparisons with celiac disease.


Reassessing B cell contributions in multiple sclerosis    pp696 - 707
Rui Li, Kristina R. Patterson & Amit Bar-Or

In this Focus Review, Bar-Or and colleagues discuss the latest evidence that B cells play an important antibody-independent role in multiple sclerosis and the prospects this holds for therapeutic intervention.




Distinct progenitor lineages contribute to the heterogeneity of plasmacytoid dendritic cells    pp711 - 722
Patrick Fernandes Rodrigues, Llucia Alberti-Servera, Anna Eremin, Gary E. Grajales-Reyes, Robert Ivanek et al.

Tussiwand and colleagues show that pDCs develop predominantly from IL-7R+ lymphoid progenitor cells and that mature pDCs are transcriptionally and functionally heterogenous, on the basis of their lymphoid or myeloid lineage.


Blockade of the checkpoint receptor TIGIT prevents NK cell exhaustion and elicits potent anti-tumor immunity    pp723 - 732
Qing Zhang, Jiacheng Bi, Xiaodong Zheng, Yongyan Chen, Hua Wang et al.

TIGIT is a co-inhibitory receptor associated with T cell exhaustion. Tian and colleagues demonstrate that TIGIT is the predominant inhibitory receptor on NK cells in both humans and mice and that its blockade enhances NK cell–dependent rejection of tumors in experimental models.


Lck promotes Zap70-dependent LAT phosphorylation by bridging Zap70 to LAT    pp733 - 741
Wan-Lin Lo, Neel H. Shah, Nagib Ahsan, Veronika Horkova, Ondrej Stepanek et al.

TCR signaling initiates a signaling cascade involving the kinases Lck and Zap70 and the adaptor LAT. Weiss and colleagues discover a proline-rich motif in LAT, which facilitates interactions among Lck, LAT and Zap70 for efficient TCR signaling.


Clonal analysis of Salmonella-specific effector T cells reveals serovar-specific and cross-reactive T cell responses    pp742 - 754
Giorgio Napolitani, Prathiba Kurupati, Karen Wei Weng Teng, Malick M. Gibani, Margarida Rei et al.

Typhoidal Salmonella is a major pathogen, but there is still a lack of knowledge about suitable vaccine antigens. Cerundolo and colleagues deep-phenotype bacteria-specific CD4+ T cells of Salmonella-infected volunteers to define cross-reactive and serovar-specific responses.


Suppression of IL-17F, but not of IL-17A, provides protection against colitis by inducing Treg cells through modification of the intestinal microbiota    pp755 - 765
Ce Tang, Shigeru Kakuta, Kenji Shimizu, Motohiko Kadoki, Tomonori Kamiya et al.

The cytokines IL-17A and IL-17F bind via same receptor. Iwakura and colleagues demonstrate different functions for IL-17A and IL-17F in the gut, with the latter altering the production of antimicrobial peptides with consequent effects on the microbiota, the induction of Treg cells and immune-system homeostasis.


The E3 ligases Itch and WWP2 cooperate to limit TH2 differentiation by enhancing signaling through the TCR    pp766 - 775
Daisuke Aki, Hui Li, Wen Zhang, Mingke Zheng, Chris Elly et al.

Liu and colleagues show that the ubiquitin E3 ligases Itch and WWP2 act together in regulating the strength of the TCR signal and differentiation toward the TH2 lineage.




Integration of multi-omics data and deep phenotyping enables prediction of cytokine responses    pp776 - 786
Olivier B. Bakker, Raul Aguirre-Gamboa, Serena Sanna, Marije Oosting, Sanne P. Smeekens et al.

The immune response to pathogens varies substantially among humans. Netea and colleagues show that integration of multi-omics data and deep phenotyping enables prediction of cytokine production in responses to pathogens.


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