Browsing by Subject "IgA"

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  • Livson, Sivan; Jarva, Hanna; Kalliala, Ilkka; Lokki, A. Inkeri; Heikkinen-Eloranta, Jenni; Nieminen, Pekka; Meri, Seppo (2021)
    Background Human pregnancy alters profoundly the immune system. The local involvement and mechanisms of activation of the complement system in the cervicovaginal milieu during pregnancy and delivery remain unexplored. Objectives To determine whether normal pregnancy and delivery are associated with local activation of complement or changes in the immunoglobulin profile in the cervix. Study Design This study was designed to assess IgA, IgG, and complement activation in the cervicovaginal area in three groups of patients: i) 49 pregnant women (week 41+3-42+0) not in active labor, ii) 24 women in active labor (38+4-42+2), and iii) a control group of nonpregnant women (n=23) at child-bearing age. We collected mucosal samples from the lateral fornix of the vagina and external cervix during routine visits and delivery. The Western blot technique was used to detect complement C3 and its activation products. For semiquantitative analysis, the bands of the electrophoresed proteins in gels were digitized on a flatbed photo scanner and analyzed. IgA and IgG were analyzed by Western blotting and quantified by ELISA. One-way ANOVA and Tukey's Multiple Comparison tests were used for statistical comparisons. Results A higher abundance but lower activation level of C3 in both the external cervix (P Conclusions Our results reveal an unexpectedly strong activation of the complement system and the presence IgG immunoglobulins in the cervicovaginal area during pregnancy, active labor, and among nonpregnant women. In contrast to the higher amounts of C3 in the cervicovaginal secretions during labor, its activation level was lower. Complement activating IgG was detected in higher concentrations than IgA in the mucosal secretions during pregnancy and labor. Taken together our results imply the presence a locally operating humoral immune system in the cervicovaginal mucosa.
  • Reichhardt, Martin Parnov; Messing, Marcel; Andersson, Sture; Kolho, Kaija-Leena; Meri, Seppo (2021)
    The first months of life represent a crucial time period for an infant. Alongside establishing the early microbiome, the mucosal immunological homeostasis is being developed. Both processes may be perturbed in prematurely born infants. The glycoprotein SALSA plays a role in mucosal inflammation and microbial clearance. It is one of the most abundant molecules on the intestinal mucosal surfaces in early life. SALSA binds to many types of microbes and host defence molecules like IgA, C1q and collectin molecules. We here describe the development in faecal SALSA levels during the first three months of life. During these 90 days, the median SALSA level in full-term babies decreased from 1100 mu g/mL (range 49-17 000 mu g/mL) to 450 mu g/mL (range 33-1000 mu g/mL). Lower levels of SALSA were observed in prematurely born infants in the same time period. Our novel observation thus indicates an impact of prematurity on an important component of the infant intestinal immune system. Changes in SALSA in early life may have an effect on the early establishment of the human microbiome.
  • Evers, Mitchell; Ten Broeke, Toine; Jansen, J.H. Marco; Nederend, Maaike; Hamdan, Firas; Reiding, Karli R.; Meyer, Saskia; Moerer, Petra; Brinkman, Iris; Rösner, Thies; Lebbink, Robert Jan; Valerius, Thomas; Leusen, Jeanette H.W. (2020)
    ABSTRACT Current combination therapies elicit high response rates in B cell malignancies, often using CD20 antibodies as the backbone of therapy. However, many patients eventually relapse or develop progressive disease. Therefore, novel CD20 antibodies combining multiple effector mechanisms were generated. To study whether neutrophil-mediated destruction of B cell malignancies can be added to the arsenal of effector mechanisms, we chimerized a panel of five previously described murine CD20 antibodies to the human IgG1, IgA1 and IgA2 isotype. Of this panel, we assessed in vitro antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC), complement-dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) and direct cell death induction capacity and studied the efficacy in two different in vivo mouse models. IgA antibodies outperformed IgG1 antibodies in neutrophil-mediated killing in vitro, both against CD20-expressing cell lines and primary patient material. In these assays, we observed loss of CD19 with both IgA and IgG antibodies. Therefore, we established a novel method to improve the assessment of B-cell depletion by CD20 antibodies by including CD24 as a stable cell marker. Subsequently, we demonstrated that only IgA antibodies were able to reduce B cell numbers in this context. Additionally, IgA antibodies showed efficacy in both an intraperitoneal tumor model with EL4 cells expressing huCD20 and in an adoptive transfer model with huCD20-expressing B cells. Taken together, we show that IgA, like IgG, can induce ADCC and CDC, but additionally triggers neutrophils to kill (malignant) B cells. We conclude that antibodies of the IgA isotype offer an attractive repertoire of effector mechanisms for the treatment of CD20-expressing malignancies.
  • Reichhardt, M. P.; Holmskov, U.; Meri, S. (2017)
    It is becoming increasingly clear that the connections between our immune system and the microbiota colonizing us have a tremendous impact on human health. A number of innate molecular defence mechanisms cooperate to selectively target unwanted microorganisms at the mucosal surfaces. Amongst others these include the complement system, IgA and the SALSA molecule. The salivary scavenger and agglutinin (SALSA), also known as deleted in malignant brain tumors 1 (DMBT1), salivary agglutinin (SAG) or gp340 is a multifunctional molecule with important functions in innate immunity, inflammation and epithelial homeostasis. The SALSA protein is expressed at most mucosal surfaces, where it is one of the most abundant proteins. In the fetal meconium and infant intestine it may constitute even up to 10% of the total protein amount. SALSA is found either directly associated with the epithelial surface or secreted into the lining fluids. In the fluid-phase SALSA interacts with a number of bacterial and viral organisms, as well as with endogenous ligands, including IgA, lactoferrin, surfactant proteins and complement components. While complement has been shown to impact the mucosal environment, this remains an area of limited research. The multiple interactions of the SALSA molecule provide a scaffold, where this potent defence system may engage in cooperative microbial clearance together with corresponding mucosal host ligands. With its high abundance, and multiple effects on both host and microbes, the SALSA molecule is a key player in maintaining the immunological balance at the mucosal surfaces. This is further supported by observations linking the expression of different SALSA isoforms to the development of chronic inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. This review describes the latest advances in understanding functions of SALSA and its different isoforms. Recently recognized functions are related to complement activation and regulation, endothelial development and epithelial homeostasis. In addition, we suggest mechanisms how SALSA regulates inflammation at the mucosal surfaces.