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ISSN 0022-1007
EISSN 1540-9538


This study identifies USP22 as an essential regulator specifically for iNKT but not conventional T cell development. USP22 suppresses histone H2A monoubiquitination through its interaction with MED1 to partially control expression of genes required for iNKT cell development and differentiation.

Yang et al. show that IL-21 is the major extrinsic factor that inhibits the generation of IgE+ B cells under multiple conditions. IL-21, IL-4, and CD40 combinatorially regulate class switch recombination to IgE in both mouse and human B cells.

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T cells classically express either αβ or γδ T cell receptors. We have identified T cells that express both pairs of receptors. These hybrid αβ-γδ T cells exhibit a hyperinflammatory and migratory phenotype and act as first responders in infection and CNS autoimmunity.


Rome et al. show that Trib1 controls effector versus exhausted T cell differentiation and function by restraining effector programming during persistent infection, revealing a new regulatory axis that could be targeted to recover waning T cell responses during chronic disease.

Francisco et al. show that chloride intracellular channel 1 (CLIC1) is an evolutionarily conserved regulator of brain tumor growth in Drosophila and medulloblastoma mouse models. CLIC1 cooperates with potassium channels to regulate cell volume homeostasis and rapid cycling of the tumor cells.

USP22 is a cytoplasmic and nuclear deubiquitinating enzyme. Cai et al. show that the cytoplasmic USP22 deubiquitinates and stabilizes the importin protein KPNA2 after viral infection, which promotes nuclear translocation of IRF3 and cellular antiviral responses.

Zhan et al. reveal that glioma stem-like cells (GSCs) evade type I IFN suppression through MBD3/NuRD complex–mediated STAT1 downregulation, thereby allowing GSCs to initiate a tumor in the inhospitable microenvironment in glioblastoma (GBM).

We find that pro-inflammatory activation is required for remyelination after myelin injury. We impaired inflammatory signaling and found that microglia in lesioned animals were defective in phagosome maturation, debris clearance, and also in triggering the generation of new oligodendrocytes, a process which required TNF-α.

In the present study, Louis et al. identify an inflammatory cascade mediated by IL-18 and GM-CSF–producing NK cells that promotes autoantibody-driven arthritis. GM-CSF signaling in myeloid cells is subsequently restrained by the suppressor of cytokine signaling protein CIS to prevent aberrant GM-CSF–mediated inflammation.



Somatic mosaicism for MAP2K1-activating mutations causes radiographical “dripping candle wax” melorheostosis. Kang et al. report somatic mosaicism for SMAD3 mutations in bone lesions of endosteal pattern melorheostosis. The SMAD3 mutations increase TGF-β signaling and stimulate osteoblast differentiation and matrix mineralization.

In this study, Bogie, Grajchen et al. show that monounsaturated fatty acids formed by stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 impair the reparative features of macrophages and microglia in demyelinating disorders by reducing their lipid efflux capacity.


Antonio Bertoletti and Anthony Tanoto Tan discuss the opportunities and challenges of CAR-T cell therapy in chronic infections.

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The gut microbiome modulates gut immunity and affects the host response to cancer immunotherapy, but how microbiota influence the tumor microenvironment remains unclear. This study reveals that some commensal gut microbiota accumulate inside the distal tumor microenvironment and facilitate CD47 blockade–mediated immunity in a STING- and interferon-dependent fashion.

Gruber et al. describe a gain-of-function mutation in STAT2 that leads to a lethal autoinflammatory disease with autosomal recessive inheritance. This syndrome defines a novel form of type I interferonopathy characterized by impaired regulation of the type I IFN response.


Susan Weiss discusses the milestones of the coronavirus field and future perspectives on SARS-CoV-2 research.


Peer review at JEM during COVID-19

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