Yue-Harn Ng

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, United States

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Publications (4)18.92 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Chronic rejection is the primary cause of long-term failure of transplanted organs and is often viewed as an antibody-dependent process. Chronic rejection, however, is also observed in mice and humans with no detectable circulating alloantibodies, suggesting that antibody-independent pathways may also contribute to pathogenesis of transplant rejection. Here, we have provided direct evidence that chronic rejection of vascularized heart allografts occurs in the complete absence of antibodies, but requires the presence of B cells. Mice that were deficient for antibodies but not B cells experienced the same chronic allograft vasculopathy (CAV), which is a pathognomonic feature of chronic rejection, as WT mice; however, mice that were deficient for both B cells and antibodies were protected from CAV. B cells contributed to CAV by supporting splenic lymphoid architecture, T cell cytokine production, and infiltration of T cells into graft vessels. In chimeric mice, in which B cells were present but could not present antigen, both T cell responses and CAV were markedly reduced. These findings establish that chronic rejection can occur in the complete absence of antibodies and that B cells contribute to this process by supporting T cell responses through antigen presentation and maintenance of lymphoid architecture.
    The Journal of clinical investigation 02/2014; · 15.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mycoplasmas cause numerous human diseases and are common opportunistic pathogens in cancer patients and immunocompromised individuals. Mycoplasma infection elicits various host immune responses. Here we demonstrate that mycoplasma-infected tumor cells release exosomes (myco+ exosomes) that specifically activate splenic B cells and induce splenocytes cytokine production. Induction of cytokines, including the proinflammatory IFN-γ and the anti-inflammatory IL-10, was largely dependent on the presence of B cells. B cells were the major IL-10 producers. In splenocytes from B cell deficient μMT mice, induction of IFN-γ+ T cells by myco+ exosomes was greatly increased compared with wild type splenocytes. In addition, anti-CD3-stimulated T cell proliferation was greatly inhibited in the presence of myco+ exosome-treated B cells. Also, anti-CD3-stimulated T cell signaling was impaired by myco+ exosome treatment. Proteomic analysis identified mycoplasma proteins in exosomes that potentially contribute to the effects. Our results demonstrate that mycoplasma-infected tumor cells release exosomes carrying mycoplasma components that preferentially activate B cells, which in turn, are able to inhibit T cell activity. These results suggest that mycoplasmas infecting tumor cells can exploit the exosome pathway to disseminate their own components and modulate the activity of immune cells, in particular, activate B cells with inhibitory activity.
    PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(4):e36138. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    Yue-Harn Ng, Geetha Chalasani
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    ABSTRACT: Secondary lymphoid tissues are the hub of adaptive immune responses wherein rare cognate lymphocytes encounter dendritic cells bearing antigen from peripheral tissues and differentiate into effector and memory cells that eliminate antigen. It is accepted that immune responses against microbial and tumor antigens are initiated within secondary lymphoid tissues. There is less agreement on whether the same principle applies to immune responses to a transplanted organ because an allograft expresses foreign major histocompatibility complex and contains donor antigen presenting cells that could activate T cells directly in situ leading to rejection. Recent studies confirm that although naïve T cells can be primed within the allograft, their differentiation to effect rejection is dependent on secondary lymphoid tissues. Antigen-experienced memory T cells, unlike Naïve T cells, function largely independent of secondary lymphoid tissues to cause allograft rejection. In an alloimmune response, secondary lymphoid tissues support not only immune activation but also immune regulation essential for allograft survival. Here, we will review recent findings and discuss the role of secondary lymphoid tissues in primary and memory alloimmune responses.
    Transplantation reviews (Orlando, Fla.) 10/2009; 24(1):32-41.
  • Clinical Immunology - CLIN IMMUNOL. 01/2009; 131.