Sabrina Chiesa

IRCCS Istituto G. Gaslini, Genova, Liguria, Italy

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  • No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Pediatric Rheumatology
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    ABSTRACT: Recent studies suggested that human CD56(bright)CD16(-) NK cells may play a role in the regulation of the immune response. Since the mechanism(s) involved have not yet been elucidated, in the present study we have investigated the role of nucleotide-metabolizing enzymes that regulate the extracellular balance of nucleotides/nucleosides and produce the immunosuppressive molecule adenosine (ADO). Peripheral blood CD56(dim)CD16(+) and CD56(bright)CD16(-) NK cells expressed similar levels of CD38. CD39, CD73, and CD157 expression was higher in CD56(bright)CD16(-) than in CD56(dim)CD16(+) NK cells. CD57 was mostly expressed by CD56(dim)CD16(+) NK cells. CD203a/PC-1 expression was restricted to CD56(bright)CD16(-) NK cells. CD56(bright)CD16(-) NK cells produce ADO and inhibit autologous CD4(+) T cell proliferation. Such inhibition was 1) reverted pretreating CD56(bright)CD16(-) NK cells with a CD38 inhibitor and 2) increased pretreating CD56(bright)CD16(-) NK cells with a nucleoside transporter inhibitor, which increase extracellular ADO concentration. CD56(bright)CD16(-) NK cells isolated from the synovial fluid of juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients failed to inhibit autologous CD4(+) T cell proliferation. Such functional impairment could be related to 1) the observed reduced CD38/CD73 expression, 2) a peculiar ADO production kinetics, and 3) a different expression of ADO receptors. In contrast, CD56(bright)CD16(-) NK cells isolated from inflammatory pleural effusions display a potent regulatory activity. In conclusion, CD56(bright)CD16(-) NK cells act as "regulatory cells" through ADO produced by an ectoenzymes network, with a pivotal role of CD38. This function may be relevant for the modulation of the immune response in physiological and pathological conditions, and it could be impaired during autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. Copyright © 2015 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2015 · The Journal of Immunology
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    ABSTRACT: Background ADA2 deficiency, a recently described disease, is characterized by systemic vasculopathy and episodes of strokes. The defect is due to a loss of function mutation of CECR1 gene, codifying for Adenosine Deaminase 2 protein. This protein regulates the catabolism of extracellular adenosine, which we have recently shown is an important regulator of Class Switch Recombination in B lymphocytes. Accordingly DADA2 patients can present hypogammaglobulinemia. Objectives The aim of the project is to characterize peripheral B-cell compartment of two patients to directly address if ADA2 mutation affects B-cell function. Methods Two brothers (15 and 7 years old) carrying mutations in CECR1 were followed up from the age of two. They showed similar clinical history with livedo reticularis, fever, vasculitis and neurological symptoms caused by haemorragic strokes. Both presented early hypogammaglobulinemia requiring intravenous immunoglobulin replacement therapy. Remarkably after etanercept treatment serum Igs slowly increased to a normal level. We analyzed peripheral B-cell phenotype by flow cytometry, in vitro B-cell proliferation and differentiation to plasmacells in response to CpG, BCR and T cell help. Results Flow cytometer analysis showed a significative reduction of total B cells compared with age matched controls. Intriguingly a defect in the memory B-cell compartment (CD19+CD27+) was observed. We found that the rate of proliferation and differentiation to Igs secreting cells is lower as compared to normal controls and it is not supported by autologous T cells. Conclusions Our findings suggest that ADA2 defect could lead to a reduced formation of T cell dependent memory B cells. References Disclosure of Interest None declared
    No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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    ABSTRACT: Background CAPS are autoinflammatory diseases characterized by recurrent episodes of fever and systemic inflammation. Three nosological entities representing different phenotypes, from the milder to the most severe (FCAS, MWS, CINCA). Cryopyrin, renamed NLRP3, is part of the intracellular multiprotein complex inflammasome that mediates IL-1 processing and secretion through caspase-1 activation. NLRP3 mutations in CAPS are gain-of-function, as they enhance inflammasome activity. The result is hypersecretion of IL-1, responsible for the inflammatory clinical manifestations. Objectives Methods We have generated a KI mouse carrying the N475K mutation into the murine NLRP3 gene. This mutation corresponds to the N477K human mutation, associated to a severe CINCA phenotype with neurological complications; Phenotypical and immunological characterization of NLRP3 Knock In (KI) mice has been performed by flow cytometry; The IL1β secretion from bone marrow derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) and peritoneal macrophages (PMs) of NLRP3 Knock In Mice has been evaluated by ELISA. Results The NLRP3 KI mice that we have obtained show hair loss, presence of skin rash and reduced survival time when compared to wild type (WT). Autopsy of KI mice, prematurely dead, revealed splenomegaly and a relevant inflammatory status. We compared the IL-1 secretion of inflammatory cells from WT and KI mice. PMs and BMDCs from mutant mice did not secrete mature IL-1β spontaneously. When stimulated with 100 ng/ml of LPS KI cells secreted higher levels of IL-1b than WT cells. The kinetics of IL-1β secretion was much faster in KI cells, reaching the plateau at 3h from exposure to LPS, thus reproducing the results obtained from monocytes of CAPS patients. As in CAPS monocytes, brief exposure to ATP strongly induced the secretion of IL-1β by LPS-activated WT cells while failed to stimulate further IL-1β secretion by inflammatory cells of KI mice. Finally, PMs and BMDCs from KI are more responsive to agonists of TLRs when compared to WT cells: LPS at 0.01 ng/ml triggered high levels of IL-1β secretion (comparable to 100 ng/ml of LPS) in inflammatory cells from KI indicating that the presence of the mutation lowers the threshold of activation. The neurological studies by MRI are in progress Conclusions The NLRP3 KI mice recapitulates phenotype and functional characteristics of CAPS patients. Thus, this model will hopefully provide elucidations in the mechanisms underlying CAPS as well as other inflammasomepathies. References Disclosure of Interest None declared
    Full-text · Article · Jun 2015 · Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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    ABSTRACT: Disclosure of potential conflict of interest: M. Gattorno has received consultancy fees, research support, and lecture fees from Novartis and SOBI. C. Rodríguez-Gallego and C. Hinze have received lecture fees from Novartis. J. A. Bernstein has received consultancy fees from McKesson, research support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and CIRM, and lecture fees from the University of Minnesota. J. A. Church has received research support from Pfizer and BioProducts Laboratory. R. Skinner has provided expert testimony for the Medical Defence Union and the NHS Health Service and has received research support from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Malawi-Royal Victoria Infirmary, the Children's Cancer Fund, and Children with Cancer UK. The rest of the authors declare that they have no relevant conflicts of interest.
    Full-text · Article · May 2015 · The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology

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    Full-text · Article · Nov 2013 · Pediatric Rheumatology
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    Full-text · Article · Nov 2013 · Pediatric Rheumatology
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS) is caused by TNFRSF1A mutations, known to induce intracellular retention of the TNFα receptor 1 (TNFR1) protein, defective TNFα-induced apoptosis, and production of reactive oxygen species. As downregulation of autophagy, the main cellular pathway involved in insoluble aggregate elimination, has been observed to increase the inflammatory response, we investigated whether it plays a role in TRAPS pathogenesis. Methods: The possible link between TNFRSF1A mutations and inflammation in TRAPS was studied in HEK-293T cells, transfected with expression constructs for wild-type and mutant TNFR1 proteins, and in monocytes derived from patients with TRAPS, by investigating autophagy function, NF-κB activation and interleukin (IL)-1β secretion. Results: We found that autophagy is responsible for clearance of wild-type TNFR1, but when TNFR1 is mutated, the autophagy process is defective, probably accounting for mutant TNFR1 accumulation as well as TRAPS-associated induction of NF-κB activity and excessive IL-1β secretion, leading to chronic inflammation. Autophagy inhibition due to TNFR1 mutant proteins can be reversed, as demonstrated by the effects of the antibiotic geldanamycin, which was found to rescue the membrane localisation of mutant TNFR1 proteins, reduce their accumulation and counteract the increased inflammation by decreasing IL-1β secretion. Conclusions: Autophagy appears to be an important mechanism in the pathogenesis of TRAPS, an observation that provides a rationale for the most effective therapy in this autoinflammatory disorder. Our findings also suggest that autophagy could be proposed as a novel therapeutic target for TRAPS and possibly other similar diseases.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2012 · Annals of the rheumatic diseases
  • Alessia Omenetti · Sabrina Chiesa · Marco Gattorno
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    ABSTRACT: The immune system consists of 2 branches: innate and adaptive. The former represents the first line of host defense during infection and plays a key role in the early recognition and protection against invading pathogens. The latter orchestrates elimination of pathogens in the late phase of infection and leads to the generation of immunologic memory. Innate and adaptive immunity should not be considered separate compartments. Innate and adaptive immune responses represent an integrated system of host defense. The authors review the mechanisms driving the induction and perpetuation of the inflammatory responses observed during pathogen-associated, autoimmune, and autoinflammatory diseases.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2012 · Pediatric Clinics of North America
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    ABSTRACT: Dendritic cells (DC) are highly specialized antigen-presenting cells characterized by the ability to prime T-cell responses. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are adult stromal progenitor cells displaying immunomodulatory activities including inhibition of DC maturation in vitro. However, the specific impact of MSC on DC functions, upon in vivo administration, has never been elucidated. Here we show that murine MSC impair Toll-like receptor-4 induced activation of DC resulting in the inhibition of cytokines secretion, down-regulation of molecules involved in the migration to the lymph nodes, antigen presentation to CD4(+) T cells, and cross-presentation to CD8(+) T cells. These effects are associated with the inhibition of phosphorylation of intracellular mitogen-activated protein kinases. Intravenous administration of MSC decreased the number of CCR7 and CD49dβ1 expressing CFSE-labeled DC in the draining lymph nodes and hindered local antigen priming of DO11.10 ovalbumin-specific CD4(+) T cells. Upon labeling of DC with technetium-99m hexamethylpropylene amine oxime to follow their in vivo biodistribution, we demonstrated that intravenous injection of MSC blocks, almost instantaneously, the migration of subcutaneously administered ovalbumin-pulsed DC to the draining lymph nodes. These findings indicate that MSC significantly affect DC ability to prime T cells in vivo because of their inability to home to the draining lymph nodes and further confirm MSC potentiality as therapy for immune-mediated diseases.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2011 · Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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    Preview · Article · Sep 2011 · Pediatric Rheumatology
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    ABSTRACT: T helper 17 cells (T(H)-17) represent a lineage of effector T cells critical in host defence and autoimmunity. In both mouse and human IL-1β has been indicated as a key cytokine for the commitment to T(H)-17 cells. Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS) are a group of inflammatory diseases associated with mutations of the NLRP3 gene encoding the inflammasome component cryopyrin. In this work we asked whether the deregulated secretion of IL-1β secondary to mutations characterizing these patients could affect the IL-23/IL-17 axis. A total of 11 CAPS, 26 systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SoJIA) patients and 20 healthy controls were analyzed. Serum levels of IL-17 and IL-6 serum were assessed by ELISA assay. Frequency of T(H)17 cells was quantified upon staphylococcus enterotoxin B (SEB) stimulation. Secretion of IL-1β, IL-23 and IL-6 by monocyte derived dendritic cells (MoDCs), were quantified by ELISA assay. A total of 8 CAPS and 11 SoJIA patients were also analysed before and after treatment with IL-1β blockade. Untreated CAPS patients showed significantly increased IL-17 serum levels as well as a higher frequency of T(H)17 compared to control subjects. On the contrary, SoJIA patients displayed a frequency of T(H)17 similar to normal donors, but were found to have significantly increased serum level of IL-6 when compared to CAPS patients or healthy donors. Remarkably, decreased IL-17 serum levels and T(H)17 frequency were observed in CAPS patients following in vivo IL-1β blockade. On the same line, MoDCs from CAPS patients exhibited enhanced secretion of IL-1β and IL-23 upon TLRs stimulation, with a reduction after anti-IL-1 treatment. These findings further support the central role of IL-1β in the differentiation of T(H)17 in human inflammatory conditions.
    Full-text · Article · May 2011 · PLoS ONE
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    ABSTRACT: NLRP12 mutations have been described in patients affected with peculiar autoinflammatory symptoms. This study was undertaken to characterize NLRP12 mutations in patients with autoinflammatory syndromes, particularly a novel missense mutation, p.D294E, affecting a protein sequence crucial for ATP binding, which was identified in a Caucasian family with familial cold-induced autoinflammatory syndrome in some family members. Fifty patients were tested for NLRP12 mutations. A Caucasian family with the p.D294E missense mutation of NLRP12 in some family members was clinically characterized. In vitro analysis of the effects of the mutation on NF-κB activity was performed in HEK 293 cells after cotransfection of the cells with a luciferase NF-κB-responsive element and mutant or wild-type (WT) NLRP12 expression plasmids. NF-κB activity was also evaluated 24 hours after stimulation with tumor necrosis factor α in monocytes from individual family members carrying the mutation. Furthermore, secretion of interleukin-1β (IL-1β), production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and activation of antioxidant systems in patient and healthy donor monocytes, under resting conditions and after stimulation with pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs), were also assessed. In the family assessed, the p.D294E mutation segregated in association with a particular sensitivity to cold exposure (especially arthralgias and myalgia), but not always with an inflammatory phenotype (e.g., urticarial rash or fever). In vitro, the mutant protein maintained the same inhibitory activity as that shown by WT NLRP12. Consistently, NLRP12-mutated monocytes showed neither increased levels of p65-induced NF-κB activity nor higher secretion of IL-1β. However, the kinetics of PAMP-induced IL-1β secretion were significantly accelerated, and high production of ROS and up-regulation of antioxidant systems were demonstrated. Even with a variable range of associated manifestations, the extreme sensitivity to cold represents the main clinical hallmark in an individual carrying the p.D294E mutation of the NLRP12 gene. Although regulation of NF-κB activity is not affected in patients, redox alterations and accelerated secretion of IL-1β are associated with this mild autoinflammatory phenotype.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2011 · Arthritis & Rheumatology
  • Antonio Uccelli · Gianluigi Mancardi · Sabrina Chiesa
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    ABSTRACT: Recent reports have highlighted that adult stem cells are granted with yet poorly understood properties other than multipotentiality. In particular, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) represent a subset of adult stromal cells that can down-regulate several functions of the immune cells. In addition, MSCs may promote survival of damaged cells and tissues through paracrine mechanisms, possibly under the guidance of environmental cues. Thus, MSCs clinical application in autoimmune diseases seems an appealing opportunity and preclinical results in different experimental models of autoimmunity further support this strategy. Despite the absolute need for caution related to several clinical and technical issues, MSCs are now on the edge of a new era of clinical applications.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2008 · Autoimmunity
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    ABSTRACT: Several observations suggest a potential role of T-cell-mediated immunity in the control of neuroblastoma (NB). However, the generation of NB-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) on T-cell priming with tumor mRNA-transfected dendritic cells (DC) has never been investigated before. In the present study, the feasibility of this strategy has been analyzed, both in healthy donors and in NB patients. Monocyte-derived DC were raised from three human leukocyte antigen (HLA) A2+ NB patients and seven HLA-A1+ or HLA-A2+ healthy donors transfected with mRNA from four NB cell lines and cocultured with autologous CD8+ lymphocytes. Expanded CTL expressed an effector/memory phenotype and a T cytotoxic 1-like profile of cytokine secretion. CTL specificity was demonstrated by interferon-gamma release on incubation with HLA-matched NB cell lines. The latter cell lines, but not autologous T-cell blasts, were lysed by CTL in an HLA-restricted manner. Cytotoxicity was found to involve the release of granzyme B. When tested for reactivity against NB-associated antigens, CTL from normal individuals recognized anaplastic lymphoma-associated kinase (ALK) and preferentially expressed antigen of melanoma (PRAME) peptides only, whereas patients' CTL reacted also to survivin, telomerase, and tyrosine hydroxylase peptides. This study demonstrates that DC transfected with NB mRNA induce the generation of patients' CTL specific for different NB-associated antigens, supporting the feasibility of NB T-cell immunotherapy.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2006 · Neoplasia (New York, N.Y.)
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate T cell immunity to Toxoplasma gondii (Tg) in pregnant women with primary toxoplasmosis. This issue has never been addressed before in humans and available information derives from murine models. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from pregnant women with primary Tg infection were stimulated with Tg tachyzoites, excretory-secretory antigens (ESA) or recombinant surface antigen-1 (rSAG-1), and tested for proliferation, immunophenotype, cytokine production and antigen specific cytotoxic activity. Pregnant women with primary toxoplasmosis displayed a significant decrease of the CD4/CD8 T cell ratio and a significant increase of circulating T cell receptor (TCR) gammadelta+ cells as compared to their uninfected counterparts. T cells from Tg infected pregnant women proliferated to Tg tachyzoites, ESA or rSAG-1. Most tachyzoite and ESA specific T cell blasts were CD4+, whereas SAG-1 specific blasts were CD4+ and CD8+. ESA and tachyzoite specific T cell blasts displayed a Th1 or Th0 cytokine profile with overexpression of IFN-gamma. This pattern was unchanged upon in vitro exposure of T cells to progesterone, tested at a concentration close to that reached in vivo at the maternal-fetal interface. Finally, tachyzoite or ESA specific T cell blasts lysed, through a granule exocytosis dependent mechanism, autologous lymphoblastoid cell lines presenting Tg antigens. In conclusion, pregnant women with primary toxoplasmosis mounted in vitro Tg-specific Th1/Th0 responses whose impact on neonatal infection warrants further investigation.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2006 · Microbes and Infection
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to characterise CCR7+ and CCR7- memory T cells infiltrating the inflamed joints of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and to investigate the functional and anatomical heterogeneity of these cell subsets in relation to the expression of the inflammatory chemokine receptors CXCR3 and CCR5. Memory T cells freshly isolated from the peripheral blood and synovial fluid (SF) of 25 patients with JIA were tested for the expression of CCR7, CCR5, CXCR3 and interferon-gamma by flow cytometry. The chemotactic activity of CD4 SF memory T cells from eight patients with JIA to inflammatory (CXCL11 and CCL3) and homeostatic (CCL19, CCL21) chemokines was also evaluated. Paired serum and SF samples from 28 patients with JIA were tested for CCL21 concentrations. CCR7, CXCR3, CCR5 and CCL21 expression in synovial tissue from six patients with JIA was investigated by immunohistochemistry. Enrichment of CD4+, CCR7- memory T cells was demonstrated in SF in comparison with paired blood from patients with JIA. SF CD4+CCR7- memory T cells were enriched for CCR5+ and interferon-gamma+ cells, whereas CD4+CCR7+ memory T cells showed higher coexpression of CXCR3. Expression of CCL21 was detected in both SF and synovial membranes. SF CD4+ memory T cells displayed significant migration to both inflammatory and homeostatic chemokines. CCR7+ T cells were detected in the synovial tissue in either diffuse perivascular lymphocytic infiltrates or organised lymphoid aggregates. In synovial tissue, a large fraction of CCR7+ cells co-localised with CXCR3, especially inside lymphoid aggregates, whereas CCR5+ cells were enriched in the sublining of the superficial subintima. In conclusion, CCR7 may have a role in the synovial recruitment of memory T cells in JIA, irrespective of the pattern of lymphoid organisation. Moreover, discrete patterns of chemokine receptor expression are detected in the synovial tissue.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2005 · Arthritis research & therapy
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    ABSTRACT: It has been suggested that CD45RO+CD27+ T cells represent recently activated memory cells, whereas CD45RO+CD27- T cells are activated memory T cells in the process of differentiating into effector cells. We investigated (1) CCR7 and CCR5 expression and (2) modulation of cytokine expression in "early" (CD27+) and "differentiated" (CD27-) memory CD4+ T cells from peripheral blood and synovial fluid (SF) of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). SF CD4+CD45RO+CD27+ and CD27- memory T cells from 6 patients with JIA were tested by flow cytometry for intracellular interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) and interleukin 4 (IL-4) after in vitro priming with CD3 and CD28 mAb in the presence of IL-4, and subsequent culture with IL-2. SF CD4+CD45RO+CD27+ cells contained higher proportions of CCR7+ (median 46% vs 23%) and lower proportions of CCR5+ (73% vs 90%) cells than paired CD27- T cells. Both CD27+ and CD27- memory T helper cells from SF displayed a higher IFN-gamma/IL-4 ratio than their peripheral blood counterparts. No significant difference was observed in the percentage of IFN-gamma-expressing cells between CD27+ (32%, range 4-47%) and CD27- (29.4%, range 5-52%) memory T helper cells from SF. Irrespective of their differentiation stage, both CD27+ and CD27- SF memory T helper cells were found to switch from a proinflammatory to an antiinflammatory pattern of cytokine production.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2004 · The Journal of Rheumatology