Project Description

TP07: Dissecting NK cell reactivity against hepatitis B/D virus and in hepatitis C virus infection

The complexity of the innate immune response mediated by Natural Killer (NK) cells and other tissue-resident Innate Lymphoid Cell (ILC) subsets against different hepatitis viruses remains incompletely understood. Thus, in our project, we will study NK/ILC activation/dysfunction/exhaustion in response to HDV infection or HBV/HDV co-infection using in vitro co-culture systems and cells from hepatitis patients. Results of our study will not only facilitate the development of novel treatment options e.g. for HBV/HDV infection, but will also provide novel insight into general anti-viral mechanisms of NK cells and ILC subsets and their tissue specificity. We will further define the HCV responsive-specific NK subset and expand our previous study to different ILC subsets beyond NK cells not only from human peripheral blood, but also from human liver
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Ni J, Wang X, Stojanovic A, Zhang Q, Wincher M, Bühler L, Arnold A, Correia MP, Winkler M, Koch PS, Sexl V, Höfer T, Cerwenka A. 2020. Single-Cell RNA Sequencing of Tumor-Infiltrating NK Cells Reveals that Inhibition of Transcription Factor HIF-1α Unleashes NK Cell Activity. Immunity. 2020 May 20:S1074-7613(20)30182-5. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2020.05.001.

Schuch A, Zecher BF, Müller PA, Correia MP, Daul F, Rennert C, Tauber C, Schlitt K, Boettler T, Neumann-Haefelin C, Hengel H, Pircher H, Cerwenka A, Thimme R, Hofmann M. 2019. NK-cell responses are biased towards CD16-mediated effector functions in chronic Hepatitis B virus infection; J Hepatol. 70(3):351-360.
Pollmann J, Götz JJ, Rupp D, Strauss O, Granzin M, Grünvogel O, Mutz P, Kramer C, Lasitschka F, Lohmann V, Björkström NK, Thimme R, Bartenschlager R, Cerwenka A. 2018. Hepatitis C virus-induced natural killer cell proliferation involves monocyte-derived cells and the OX40/OX40L axis. J Hepatol. 68(3):421-430.
Pahl JHW, Koch J, Götz JJ, Arnold A, Reusch U, Gantke T, Rajkovic E, Treder M, Cerwenka A. 2018. CD16A Activation of NK Cells Promotes NK Cell Proliferation and Memory-Like Cytotoxicity against Cancer Cells. Cancer Immunol Res. 6(5):517-527.
Pollmann J, Rölle A, Hofmann M, Cerwenka A. 2017. Hepatitis C Virus and Human Cytomegalovirus-Natural Killer Cell Subsets in Persistent Viral Infections. Front Immunol. 8:566. Review.
Cerwenka A, Lanier LL. 2016. Natural killer cell memory in infection, inflammation and cancer. Nat Rev Immunol. 16(2):112-23. Review.
Rölle A, Halenius A, Ewen EM, Cerwenka A, Hengel H, Momburg F. 2016. CD2-CD58 interactions are pivotal for the activation and function of adaptive natural killer cells in human cytomegalovirus infection. Eur J Immunol. 46(10):2420-2425
Rölle A, Pollmann J, Ewen E, Halenius A, Hengel H, Cerwenka A. 2014. IL-12 producing monocytes and HLA-E drive NKG2C+ NK cell expansion in HCMV infection. J Clin Invest 124(12):5305-16
Stojanovic A, Fiegler N, Brunner-Weinzierl M, Cerwenka A. 2014. CTLA-4 is expressed by activated mouse NK cells and inhibits NK Cell IFN-γ production in response to mature dendritic cells. J Immunol. 192(9):4184-91
Rölle A, Pollmann J, Cerwenka A. 2013. Memory of Infections - an Emerging Role for Natural Killer Cells. PLoS Pathogens 9:e1003548.
Ni J, Miller M, Stojanovic A, Garbi N, Cerwenka A. 2012. Sustained effector function of IL- 12/15/18 preactivated NK cells against established tumors. J Exp Med 209(13):2351-2365.