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      LFA-1 in T Cell Migration and Differentiation


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          Maintenance of homeostatic immune surveillance and development of effective adaptive immune responses require precise regulation of spatial and temporal lymphocyte trafficking throughout the body to ensure pathogen clearance and memory generation. Dysregulation of lymphocyte activation and migration can lead to impaired adaptive immunity, recurrent infections, and an array of autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammation. Central to the recruitment of T cells, integrins are cell surface receptors that regulate adhesion, signal transduction, and migration. With 24 integrin pairs having been discovered to date, integrins are defined not only by the composition of the heterodimeric pair but by cell-type specific expression and their ligands. Furthermore, integrins not only facilitate adhesion but also induce intracellular signaling and have recently been uncovered as mechanosensors providing additional complexity to the signaling pathways. Among several leukocyte-specific integrins, lymphocyte function-associated antigen-1 (LFA-1 or α Lβ 2; CD11a/CD18) is a key T cell integrin, which plays a major role in regulating T cell activation and migration. Adhesion to LFA-1’s ligand, intracellular adhesion receptor 1 (ICAM-1) facilitates firm endothelium adhesion, prolonged contact with antigen-presenting cells, and binding to target cells for killing. While the downstream signaling pathways utilized by LFA-1 are vastly conserved they allow for highly disparate responses. Here, we summarize the roles of LFA-1 and ongoing studies to better understand its functions and regulation.

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          Primary T-cell responses in lymph nodes (LNs) require contact-dependent information exchange between T cells and dendritic cells (DCs). Because lymphocytes continually enter and leave normal LNs, the resident lymphocyte pool is composed of non-synchronized cells with different dwell times that display heterogeneous behaviour in mouse LNs in vitro. Here we employ two-photon microscopy in vivo to study antigen-presenting DCs and naive T cells whose dwell time in LNs was synchronized. During the first 8 h after entering from the blood, T cells underwent multiple short encounters with DCs, progressively decreased their motility, and upregulated activation markers. During the subsequent 12 h T cells formed long-lasting stable conjugates with DCs and began to secrete interleukin-2 and interferon-gamma. On the second day, coinciding with the onset of proliferation, T cells resumed their rapid migration and short DC contacts. Thus, T-cell priming by DCs occurs in three successive stages: transient serial encounters during the first activation phase are followed by a second phase of stable contacts culminating in cytokine production, which makes a transition into a third phase of high motility and rapid proliferation.
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            How TCRs bind MHCs, peptides, and coreceptors.

            Since the first crystal structure determinations of alphabeta T cell receptors (TCRs) bound to class I MHC-peptide (pMHC) antigens in 1996, a sizable database of 24 class I and class II TCR/pMHC complexes has been accumulated that now defines a substantial degree of structural variability in TCR/pMHC recognition. Recent determination of free and bound gammadelta TCR structures has enabled comparisons of the modes of antigen recognition by alphabeta and gammadelta T cells and antibodies. Crystal structures of TCR accessory (CD4, CD8) and coreceptor molecules (CD3epsilondelta, CD3epsilongamma) have further advanced our structural understanding of most of the components that constitute the TCR signaling complex. Despite all these efforts, the structural basis for MHC restriction and signaling remains elusive as no structural features that define a common binding mode or signaling mechanism have yet been gleaned from the current set of TCR/pMHC complexes. Notwithstanding, the impressive array of self, foreign (microbial), and autoimmune TCR complexes have uncovered the diverse ways in which antigens can be specifically recognized by TCRs.
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              The final steps of integrin activation: the end game.

              Cell-directed changes in the ligand-binding affinity ('activation') of integrins regulate cell adhesion and migration, extracellular matrix assembly and mechanotransduction, thereby contributing to embryonic development and diseases such as atherothrombosis and cancer. Integrin activation comprises triggering events, intermediate signalling events and, finally, the interaction of integrins with cytoplasmic regulators, which changes an integrin's affinity for its ligands. The first two events involve diverse interacting signalling pathways, whereas the final steps are immediately proximal to integrins, thus enabling integrin-focused therapeutic strategies. Recent progress provides insight into the structure of integrin transmembrane domains, and reveals how the final steps of integrin activation are mediated by integrin-binding proteins such as talins and kindlins.

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                Front Immunol
                Front Immunol
                Front. Immunol.
                Frontiers in Immunology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                03 May 2018
                : 9
                : 952
                Department of Microbiology and Immunology, David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, University of Rochester , Rochester, NY, United States
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                Edited by: Andrea Sant, David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology, United States

                Reviewed by: Craig Michael Walsh, University of California, Irvine, United States; Loïc Dupré, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), France

                *Correspondence: Minsoo Kim, minsoo_kim@ 123456urmc.rochester.edu

                Specialty section: This article was submitted to Immunological Memory, a section of the journal Frontiers in Immunology

                Copyright © 2018 Walling and Kim.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                : 13 December 2017
                : 17 April 2018
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                Figures: 1, Tables: 0, Equations: 0, References: 145, Pages: 10, Words: 9207
                Funded by: National Institutes of Health 10.13039/100000002
                Award ID: AI02851
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                t cell migration, integrins, lfa-1, chemokines, t cell activation, t cell differentiation


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