Taco W Kuijpers

Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation, Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands

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  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: IntroductionAntiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV-infected pregnant women is highly effective in preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of the virus, but deleterious metabolic and mitochondrial observations in infants born to HIV-infected women treated with ART during pregnancy are periodically reported. Objectives This study addresses the concern of HIV-ART-induced metabolic perturbations through a metabolomics study of cord blood collected during transitional neonatal hypoglycaemia following birth from newborns either exposed or unexposed to fetal HIV-ART. Methods Proton magnetic resonance spectra from cord blood of 11 in utero HIV-ART-exposed and 14 unexposed newborns, as well as serum from 8 control infants, generated 114 spectral bins which were used to identify significant metabolites by means of univariate and multivariate statistical analyses. ResultsThe metabolite profiles differed significantly between that from the unexposed newborns and that from infants?interpreted to characterize the state of transitional neonatal hypoglycaemia (low glucose and high lactic acid and ketone bodies). Quantitative analysis of potential ATP generation showed no meaningful difference in the global metabolite profiles of HIV-ART-exposed and unexposed neonates, but Volcano plot analysis, affirmed by odds ratios, indicated that exposure to HIV-ART affected the plasma 3-hydroxybutyric acid and hypoxanthine concentrations. Conclusions The metabolite profile for transitional neonatal hypoglycaemia indicated that HIV-ART did not compromise the exposed neonates to the energy stress of allostasis experienced at birth. Increased hypoxanthine and 3-hydroxybutyric acid indicates metabolic stress at birth in some of the newborns exposed to HIV-ART and raises a concern about unrecognized prolonged allostasis with potential neurological consequences for these infants.
    Article · Nov 2016 · Metabolomics
  • Article · Oct 2016 · Immunobiology
  • Article · Oct 2016 · Immunobiology
  • Louise W. Treffers · Ida H. Hiemstra · Taco W. Kuijpers · [...] · Hanke L. Matlung
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Neutrophils play an important role in cancer. This does not only relate to the well-established prognostic value of the presence of neutrophils, either in the blood or in tumor tissue, in the context of cancer progression or for the monitoring of therapy, but also to their active role in the progression of cancer. In the current review, we describe what is known in general about the role of neutrophils in cancer. What is emerging is a complex, rather heterogeneous picture with both pro- and anti-tumorigenic roles, which apparently differs with cancer type and disease stage. Furthermore, we will discuss the well-known role of neutrophils as myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC), and also on the role of neutrophils as important effector cells during antibody therapy in cancer. It is clear that neutrophils contribute substantially to cancer progression in multiple ways, and this includes both direct effects on the cancer cells and indirect effect on the tumor microenvironment. While in many cases neutrophils have been shown to promote tumor progression, for instance by acting as MDSC, there are also protective effects, particularly when antibody immunotherapy is performed. A better understanding of the role of neutrophils is likely to provide opportunities for immunomodulation and for improving the treatment of cancer patients.
    Article · Sep 2016 · Immunological Reviews
  • Roel P. Gazendam · Annemarie van de Geer · Dirk Roos · [...] · Taco W. Kuijpers
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Neutrophils play a critical role in the prevention of invasive fungal infections. Whereas mouse studies have demonstrated the role of various neutrophil pathogen recognition receptors (PRRs), signal transduction pathways, and cytotoxicity in the murine antifungal immune response, much less is known about the killing of fungi by human neutrophils. Recently, novel primary immunodeficiencies have been identified in patients with a susceptibility to fungal infections. These human ‘knock-out’ neutrophils expand our knowledge to understand the role of PRRs and signaling in human fungal killing. From the studies with these patients it is becoming clear that neutrophils employ fundamentally distinct mechanisms to kill Candida albicans or Aspergillus fumigatus.
    Article · Sep 2016 · Immunological Reviews
  • Article · Sep 2016 · Leukemia
  • Hanke L. Matlung · Katka Szilagyi · Taco W. Kuijpers · [...] · Timo K. van den Berg
    Article · Sep 2016 · Immunology letters
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Importance: Because clinical features do not reliably distinguish bacterial from viral infection, many children worldwide receive unnecessary antibiotic treatment, while bacterial infection is missed in others. Objective: To identify a blood RNA expression signature that distinguishes bacterial from viral infection in febrile children. Design, setting, and participants: Febrile children presenting to participating hospitals in the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United States between 2009-2013 were prospectively recruited, comprising a discovery group and validation group. Each group was classified after microbiological investigation as having definite bacterial infection, definite viral infection, or indeterminate infection. RNA expression signatures distinguishing definite bacterial from viral infection were identified in the discovery group and diagnostic performance assessed in the validation group. Additional validation was undertaken in separate studies of children with meningococcal disease (n = 24) and inflammatory diseases (n = 48) and on published gene expression datasets. Exposures: A 2-transcript RNA expression signature distinguishing bacterial infection from viral infection was evaluated against clinical and microbiological diagnosis. Main outcomes and measures: Definite bacterial and viral infection was confirmed by culture or molecular detection of the pathogens. Performance of the RNA signature was evaluated in the definite bacterial and viral group and in the indeterminate infection group. Results: The discovery group of 240 children (median age, 19 months; 62% male) included 52 with definite bacterial infection, of whom 36 (69%) required intensive care, and 92 with definite viral infection, of whom 32 (35%) required intensive care. Ninety-six children had indeterminate infection. Analysis of RNA expression data identified a 38-transcript signature distinguishing bacterial from viral infection. A smaller (2-transcript) signature (FAM89A and IFI44L) was identified by removing highly correlated transcripts. When this 2-transcript signature was implemented as a disease risk score in the validation group (130 children, with 23 definite bacterial, 28 definite viral, and 79 indeterminate infections; median age, 17 months; 57% male), all 23 patients with microbiologically confirmed definite bacterial infection were classified as bacterial (sensitivity, 100% [95% CI, 100%-100%]) and 27 of 28 patients with definite viral infection were classified as viral (specificity, 96.4% [95% CI, 89.3%-100%]). When applied to additional validation datasets from patients with meningococcal and inflammatory diseases, bacterial infection was identified with a sensitivity of 91.7% (95% CI, 79.2%-100%) and 90.0% (95% CI, 70.0%-100%), respectively, and with specificity of 96.0% (95% CI, 88.0%-100%) and 95.8% (95% CI, 89.6%-100%). Of the children in the indeterminate groups, 46.3% (63/136) were classified as having bacterial infection, although 94.9% (129/136) received antibiotic treatment. Conclusions and relevance: This study provides preliminary data regarding test accuracy of a 2-transcript host RNA signature discriminating bacterial from viral infection in febrile children. Further studies are needed in diverse groups of patients to assess accuracy and clinical utility of this test in different clinical settings.
    Article · Aug 2016 · JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Daan J. aan de Kerk · Machiel H. Jansen · Stephen Jolles · [...] · Taco W. Kuijpers
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Primary antibody deficiencies (PADs) are the most common immunodeficiency in humans, characterized by low levels of immunoglobulins and inadequate antibody responses upon immunization. These PADs may result from an early block in B cell development with a complete absence of peripheral B cells and lack of immunoglobulins. In the presence of circulating B cells, some PADs are genetically caused by a class switch recombination (CSR) defect, but in the most common PAD, common variable immunodeficiency (CVID), very few gene defects have as yet been characterized despite various phenotypic classifications. Using a functional read-out, we previously identified a functional subgroup of CVID patients with plasmablasts (PBs) producing IgM only. We have now further characterized such CVID patients by a direct functional comparison with patients having genetically well-characterized CSR defects in CD40L, activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) and uracil N-glycosylase activity (UNG). The CSR-like CVID patients showed a failure in B cell activation patterns similar to the classical AID/UNG defects in three out of five CVID patients and distinct more individual defects in the two other CVID cases when tested for cellular activation and PB differentiation. Thus, functional categorization of B cell activation and differentiation pathways extends the expected variation in CVID to CSR-like defects of as yet unknown genetic etiology. Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s10875-016-0321-2) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
    Article · Aug 2016 · Journal of Clinical Immunology
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    Full-text Article · Aug 2016 · AIDS
  • Sanne M Dietz · Carline E Tacke · Eric de Groot · [...] · Taco W Kuijpers
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Kawasaki disease (KD) is a pediatric vasculitis with coronary artery aneurysm (CAA) as a major complication. Controversy exists about cardiovascular risk later in life. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether KD patients are at increased risk, as assessed by carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT). Methods and results: We measured cIMT over 15 years by B-mode ultrasonography in KD patients during follow-up and in unaffected controls (mostly siblings). A multilevel, repeated-measures, linear mixed-effects model was used to evaluate the association between KD and cIMT. A total of 319 patients with 528 measurements were compared with 150 controls. In KD patients, the mean cIMT was increased compared with controls (0.375 mm [95% CI 0.372-0.378 mm] versus 0.363 mm [95% CI 0.358-0.368 mm]; P<0.001). Furthermore, mean cIMT of CAA-negative patients was 0.373 mm (P<0.01 compared with controls), of patients with small-medium CAA was 0.374 mm (P<0.05 compared with controls), and of patients with giant CAA was 0.381 mm (P<0.01 compared with controls). Compared with controls, CAA-negative participants started with an increased cIMT (+0.0193±0.0053 mm, P<0.001) but showed slower progression (-0.0014±0.0006 mm/year, P=0.012). Patients with giant CAA showed a trend toward increased cIMT progression (0.0013±0.0007 mm/year, P=0.058). Conclusions: We observed a positive correlation between cIMT and KD severity of coronary arteritis at the acute stage. Although initially increased, the cIMT in CAA-negative patients normalized at a later age. In contrast, patients with a history of KD complicated by giant CAA showed a trend toward persistently increased cIMT. These patients may need cardiovascular counseling and follow-up beyond the heart.
    Article · Jul 2016 · Journal of the American Heart Association
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Noncirrhotic portal hypertension (NCPH) has been reported in HIV-infected adults. Antiretroviral drugs as well as genetic and thrombophilic predisposition have been suggested as possible etiologic factors. Results: We describe 6 perinatally HIV-infected adolescents, all female, who developed NCPH after prolonged exposure during childhood to a didanosine-containing antiretroviral regimen. Histology and electron microscopy showed periportal fibrosis and mitochondrial damage as key findings in their liver biopsies. One of these six patients required surgical intervention, the remainder have been managed conservatively to date. Conclusions: Thus, symptomatic NCPH may present in adolescence following perinatally acquired HIV-1 infection. In this case series risk factors included female sex and prolonged exposure in childhood to antiretroviral regimens that included the nucleoside-analogue didanosine.
    Article · May 2016 · The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose of review: We focus on the role of killer immunoglobulin receptor (KIR) interactions with the human leukocyte antigens (HLA)-B27 ligand and the potential contribution of KIR-expressing natural killer and T cells in spondyloarthritis, more specifically in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Recent findings: In AS strong epidemiological evidence of significant genetic associations with the major histocompatibility complex was convincingly identified. HLA-B27-positive first-degree relatives of AS cases are 5-16 times more likely to develop disease than HLA-B27-positive carriers in the general community. The GWAS era has enabled rapid progress in identifying non-major histocompatibility complex associations of AS. Summary: These findings show a number of important pathways in AS pathogenesis, including the IL-23-IL-17 pathway, aminopeptidases, peptide presentation, and KIR-HLA-B27 interactions. Studies using genetic markers, including KIRs may be used for a risk assessment about whom may benefit most from the various treatment protocols in spondyloarthritis, now that alternative therapeutic options have become feasible.
    Article · May 2016 · Current opinion in rheumatology
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: During hematopoiesis, transcriptional programs are essential for the commitment and differentiation of progenitors into the different blood lineages. GATA1 is a transcription factor expressed in several hematopoietic lineages and essential for proper erythropoiesis and megakaryopoiesis. Megakaryocyte-specific genes, such as GP1BA, are known to be directly regulated by GATA1. Mutations in GATA1 can lead to dyserythropoietic anemia and pseudo gray-platelet syndrome. Selective loss of Gata1 expression in adult mice results in macrothrombocytopenia with platelet dysfunction, characterized by an excess of immature megakaryocytes. To specifically analyze the impact of Gata1 loss in mature committed megakaryocytes, we generated Gata1-Lox|Pf4-Cre mice (Gata1cKOMK). Consistent with previous findings, Gata1cKOMK mice are macrothrombocytopenic with platelet dysfunction. Supporting this notion we demonstrate that Gata1 regulates directly the transcription of Syk, a tyrosine kinase that functions downstream of Clec2 and GPVI receptors in megakaryocytes and platelets. Furthermore, we show that Gata1cKOMK mice display an additional aberrant megakaryocyte differentiation stage. Interestingly, these mice present a misbalance of the multipotent progenitor compartment and the erythroid lineage, which translates into compensatory stress erythropoiesis and splenomegaly. Despite the severe thrombocytopenia, Gata1cKOMK mice display a mild reduction of TPO plasma levels, and Gata1cKOMK megakaryocytes show a mild increase in Pf4 mRNA levels; such a misbalance might be behind the general hematopoietic defects observed, affecting locally normal TPO and Pf4 levels at hematopoietic stem cell niches.
    Full-text Article · May 2016 · PLoS ONE
  • Roel P. Gazendam · Annemarie van de Geer · John L. van Hamme · [...] · Taco W. Kuijpers
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Monocytes and neutrophils from CGD patients show an enhanced proinflammatory cytokine response towards fungal but not towards bacterial pathogens. The proinflammatory response may contribute to the inflammation reported in CGD.
    Article · May 2016 · The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology
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    Richard B Pouw · Mieke C Brouwer · Judy Geissler · [...] · Taco W Kuijpers
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The major human complement regulator in blood, complement factor H (FH), has several closely related proteins, called FH-related (FHR) proteins. As all FHRs lack relevant complement regulatory activity, their physiological role is not well understood. FHR protein 3 (FHR-3) has been suggested to compete with FH for binding to Neisseria meningitidis, thereby affecting complement-mediated clearance. Clearly, the in vivo outcome of such competition greatly depends on the FH and FHR-3 concentrations. While FH levels have been established, accurate FHR-3 levels were never unequivocally reported to date. Moreover, CFHR3 gene copy numbers commonly vary, which may impact the FHR-3 concentration. Hence, we generated five anti-FHR-3 mAbs to specifically measure FHR-3 in human healthy donors of which we determined the gene copy number variation at the CFH/CFHR locus. Finally, we examined the acute-phase response characteristics of FHR-3 in a small sepsis cohort. We determined FHR-3 levels to have a mean of 19 nM and that under normal conditions the copy number of CFHR3 correlates to a very large extent with the FHR-3 serum levels. On average, FHR-3 was 132-fold lower compared to the FH concentration in the same serum samples and FHR-3 did not behave as a major acute phase response protein.
    Full-text Article · Mar 2016 · PLoS ONE
  • Dieke J. van Rees · Katka Szilagyi · Taco W. Kuijpers · [...] · Timo K. van den Berg
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Neutrophils play a critical role in the host defense against infection, and they are able to perform a variety of effector mechanisms for this purpose. However, there are also a number of pathological conditions, including autoimmunity and cancer, in which the activities of neutrophils can be harmful to the host. Thus the activities of neutrophils need to be tightly controlled. As in the case of other immune cells, many of the neutrophil effector functions are regulated by a series of immunoreceptors on the plasma membrane. Here, we review what is currently known about the functions of the various individual immunoreceptors and their signaling in neutrophils. While these immunoreceptors allow for the recognition of a diverse range of extracellular ligands, such as cell surface structures (like proteins, glycans and lipids) and extracellular matrix components, they commonly signal via conserved ITAM or ITIM motifs and their associated downstream pathways that depend on the phosphorylation of tyrosine residues in proteins and/or inositol lipids. This allows for a balanced homeostatic regulation of neutrophil effector functions. Given the number of available immunoreceptors and their fundamental importance for neutrophil behavior, it is perhaps not surprising that pathogens have evolved means to evade immune responses through some of these pathways. Inversely, some of these receptors evolved to specifically recognize these pathogens. Finally, some interactions mediated by immunoreceptors in neutrophils have been identified as promising targets for therapeutic intervention.
    Article · Mar 2016 · Seminars in Immunology
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Despite treatment with combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), cognitive impairment is still observed in perinatally HIV-infected children. We aimed to evaluate potential underlying cerebral injury by comparing neurometabolite levels between perinatally HIV-infected children and healthy controls. This cross-sectional study evaluated neurometabolites, as measured by Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), in perinatally HIV-infected children stable on cART (n = 26) and healthy controls (n = 36).Participants were included from a cohort of perinatally HIV-infected children and healthy controls, matched group-wise for age, gender, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. N-acetylaspartate (NAA), glutamate (Glu), myo-inositol (mI), and choline (Cho) levels were studied as ratios over creatine (Cre). Group differences and associations with HIV-related parameters, cognitive functioning, and neuronal damage markers (neurofilament and total Tau proteins) were determined using age-adjusted linear regression analyses.HIV-infected children had increased Cho:Cre in white matter (HIV-infected = 0.29 ± 0.03; controls = 0.27 ± 0.03; P value = 0.045). Lower nadir CD4+ T-cell Z-scores were associated with reduced neuronal integrity markers NAA:Cre and Glu:Cre. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stage C diagnosis was associated with higher glial markers Cho:Cre and mI:Cre. Poorer cognitive performance was mainly associated with higher Cho:Cre in HIV-infected children, and with lower NAA:Cre and Glu:Cre in healthy controls. There were no associations between neurometabolites and neuronal damage markers in blood or CSF.Compared to controls, perinatally HIV-infected children had increased Cho:Cre in white matter, suggestive of ongoing glial proliferation. Levels of several neurometabolites were associated with cognitive performance, suggesting that MRS may be a useful method to assess cerebral changes potentially linked to cognitive outcomes.
    Full-text Article · Mar 2016 · Medicine
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    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: [This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0142379.].
    Full-text Article · Mar 2016 · PLoS ONE
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    Roel P Gazendam · Annemarie van de Geer · John L van Hamme · [...] · Taco W Kuijpers
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Granulocyte transfusions are used to treat neutropenic patients with life-threatening bacterial or fungal infections that do not respond to anti-microbial drugs. Donor neutrophils that have been mobilized with granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and dexamethasone are functional in terms of antibacterial activity, but less is known about their fungal killing capacity. We investigated the neutrophil-mediated cytotoxic response against C. albicans and A. fumigatus in detail. Whereas G-CSF/dexamethasone-mobilized neutrophils appeared less mature as compared to neutrophils from untreated controls, these cells exhibited normal ROS production by the NADPH oxidase system and an unaltered granule mobilization capacity upon stimulation. G-CSF/dexamethasone-mobilized neutrophils efficiently inhibited A. fumigatus germination and killed Aspergillus and Candida hyphae, but the killing of C. albicans yeasts was distinctly impaired. Following normal Candida phagocytosis, analysis by mass spectrometry of purified phagosomes after fusion with granules demonstrated that major constituents of the antimicrobial granule components, including Major Basic Protein (MBP), were reduced. Purified MBP showed candidacidal activity, and neutrophil-like Crisp-Cas9 NB4-KO-MBP differentiated into phagocytes were impaired in Candida killing. Together, these findings indicate that G-CSF/dexamethasone-mobilized neutrophils for transfusion purposes have a selectively impaired capacity to kill Candida yeasts, as a consequence of an altered neutrophil granular content.
    Full-text Article · Jan 2016 · Haematologica

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  • 2014
    • Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation
      • Department of Blood Cell Research
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 2011
    • Hannover Medical School
      Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • 2010-2011
    • Genome Institute of Singapore
      Tumasik, Singapore
  • 2007
    • Leiden University
      Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands
  • 2006
    • Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service
      Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 1997-2006
    • Academisch Medisch Centrum Universiteit van Amsterdam
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands
  • 2005
    • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
      Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands
    • Radboud University Nijmegen
      Nymegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
  • 2003-2005
    • Utrecht University
      • Division of Pediatrics
      Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2002
    • University of Amsterdam
      • Faculty of Medicine AMC
      Amsterdamo, North Holland, Netherlands