Publications by authors named "Silvia Pezer"

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Human innate immune cell crosstalk induces melanoma cell senescence.

Oncoimmunology 2020 08 30;9(1):1808424. Epub 2020 Aug 30.

Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.

Mononuclear phagocytes and NK cells constitute the first line of innate immune defense. How these cells interact and join forces against cancer is incompletely understood. Here, we observed an early accumulation of slan (6-sulfo LacNAc) non-classical monocytes (slanMo) in stage I melanoma, which was followed by an increase in NK cell numbers in stage III. Accordingly, culture supernatants of slanMo induced migration of primary human NK cells via the chemotactic cytokine IL-8 (CXCL8), suggesting a role for slanMo in NK cell recruitment into cancer tissues. High levels of TNF-α and IFN-γ were produced in co-cultures of TLR-ligand stimulated slanMo and NK cells, whereas much lower levels were contained in cultures of slanMo and NK cells alone. Moreover, TNF-α and IFN-γ concentrations in slanMo/NK cell co-cultures exceeded those in CD14 monocyte/NK cell and slanMo/T cell co-cultures. Importantly, TNF-α and IFN-γ that was produced in TLR-ligand stimulated slanMo/NK cell co-cultures induced senescence in different melanoma cell lines, as indicated by reduced melanoma cell proliferation, increased senescence-associated β-galactosidase expression, p21 upregulation, and induction of a senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP). Taken together, we identified a role for slanMo and NK cells in a collaborative innate immune defense against melanoma by generating a tumor senescence-inducing microenvironment. We conclude that enhancing the synergistic innate immune crosstalk of slanMo and NK cells could improve current immunotherapeutic approaches in melanoma.
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August 2020

Regulation of IL-22BP in psoriasis.

Sci Rep 2018 03 23;8(1):5085. Epub 2018 Mar 23.

Institute for Molecular Medicine, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Mainz, Germany.

IL-22 is a potent pro-inflammatory cytokine upregulated in psoriasis and in other inflammatory diseases. The function of IL-22 is regulated by the soluble scavenging receptor, IL-22 binding protein (IL-22BP or IL-22RA2). However, the role and regulation of IL-22BP itself in the pathogenesis of inflammatory disease remain unclear. We used the TLR7 agonist Imiquimod (IMQ) to induce a psoriasis-like skin disease in mice and found a strong downregulation of IL-22BP in the affected skin as well as in the lymph nodes of animals treated with IMQ. We also analysed psoriatic skin of patients and compared this to skin of healthy donors. Interestingly, IL-22BP expression was similarly downregulated in skin biopsies of psoriasis patients compared to the skin of healthy donors. Since IL-22BP is expressed foremost in dendritic cells, we characterized its expression in monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MoDC) during maturation. In this way, we found Prostaglandin E2 (PGE) to be a potent suppressor of IL-22BP expression in vitro. We conclude that regulation of IL-22BP by inflammatory mediators is an important step for the progression of inflammation in the skin and possibly also in other autoimmune diseases.
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March 2018

Controlling the pro-inflammatory function of 6-sulfo LacNAc (slan) dendritic cells with dimethylfumarate.

J Dermatol Sci 2017 Sep 24;87(3):278-284. Epub 2017 Jun 24.

Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany. Electronic address:

Backround: The fumaric acid ester (FAE) dimethylfumarate (DMF) is a small molecule immunomodulator successfully used for the treatment of psoriasis and multiple sclerosis (MS). DMF is thought to inhibit pathogenic immune responses with Th17/Th1T cells, and IL-23/IL-12 producing dendritic cells (DCs). 6-sulfo LacNAc expressing dendritic cells (slanDCs) are a human pro-inflammatory cell type found frequently among the infiltrating leukocytes in skin lesions of psoriasis and brain lesions of MS.

Objective: To explore the influence of DMF on functional properties and cell signaling pathways of slanDCs.

Methods: In the context of slanDCs we studied the role of DMF in modulating cell migration, phenotypic maturation, cytokine production, cell signaling and T cell stimulation.

Results: Initially, we observed the reduction of slanDCs numbers in psoriasis skin lesions of FAE treated patients. Studying whether DMF controls the migratory capacity of slanDCs to chemotactic factors expressed in psoriasis we observed an inhibition of the CX3CL1 and C5a depedent cell migration. DMF also attenuated the rapid spontaneous phenotypic maturation of slanDCs, as judged by a reduced CD80, CD86, CD83 and HLA-DR expression. In addition, we observed a DMF-dependent decrease of IL-23, IL-12, TNF-α and IL-10 secretion, and noticed a reduced capacity to stimulate Th17/Th1 responses. DMF targeted in slanDCs different intracellular cell signaling pathways including NFκB, STAT1 and HO-1.

Conclusions: With this study we identify a frequent pro-inflammatory cell type found in psoriasis and MS as a relevant target for the therapeutic immunomodulatory effects of DMF.
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September 2017