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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925159/lectin-complement-pathway-proteins-in-healthy-individuals
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Anne Troldborg, Annette Hansen, Søren W K Hansen, Jens Christian Jensenius, Kristian Stengaard-Pedersen, Steffen Thiel
Since the discovery of the lectin pathway of complement activation, numerous clinical cohorts have been examined for one or more of the proteins, with the intention of uncovering the functions of the proteins or with the aim of discovering new biomarkers or diagnostic tools. To unveil the abnormal, it is pivotal to know the normal. Our aim was to describe the concentrations of the eleven known proteins of the lectin pathway in serum and plasma and to uncover possible gender differences, age and diurnal variations, which must be taken into account for investigations in different cohorts...
December 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896807/fdg-pet-ct-imaging-of-therapeutic-response-in-granulomatous-lymphocytic-interstitial-lung-disease-glild-in-common-variable-immunodeficiency-cvid
#2
S Jolles, E Carne, M Brouns, T El-Shanawany, P Williams, C Marshall, P Fielding
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is the most common severe adult primary immunodeficiency and is characterized by a failure to produce antibodies leading to recurrent predominantly sinopulmonary infections. Improvements in the prevention and treatment of infection with immunoglobulin replacement and antibiotics have resulted in malignancy, autoimmune, inflammatory and lymphoproliferative disorders emerging as major clinical challenges in the management of patients who have CVID. In a proportion of CVID patients, inflammation manifests as granulomas that frequently involve the lungs, lymph nodes, spleen and liver and may affect almost any organ...
November 28, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891589/critical-roles-of-conventional-dendritic-cells-in-promoting-t-cell-dependent-hepatitis-through-regulating-nkt-cells
#3
Jingya Wang, Xueting Cao, Jiliang Zhao, Huiyuan Zhao, Jun Wei, Qiuying Li, Xiaofei Qi, Zishan Yang, Li Wang, Hongru Zhang, Li Bai, Zhenzhou Wu, Liqing Zhao, Zhangyong Hong, Zhinan Yin
Dendritic cells (DC) play critical roles in initiating and regulating the innate immunity as well as the adaptive immune responses. However, the role of conventional dendritic cells (cDC) in Con A-induced fulminant hepatitis is unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that depletion of cDC using either CD11c-DTR Tg mice or anti-CD11c antibody significantly reduced the severity of liver injury, indicating a detrimental role of cDC in Con A-induced hepatitis. We further elucidated the pathological role of cDC through being the critical source of IL-12, which induced the secretion of IFN-γ by NKT cells...
November 28, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886660/evaluation-of-the-safety-and-adjuvant-effect-of-a-detoxified-listeriolysin-o-mutant-on-the-humoral-response-to-dengue-virus-antigens
#4
K G Hernández-Flores, A L Calderón-Garcidueñas, G Mellado-Sánchez, R Ruiz-Ramos, L A Sánchez-Vargas, P Thomas-Dupont, I Y Izaguirre-Hernández, J Téllez-Sosa, J Martínez-Barnetche, L Wood, Y Paterson, L Cedillo-Barrón, O López-Franco, H Vivanco-Cid
Listeriolysin O (LLO) has been proposed as a potential carrier or adjuvant molecule in the vaccination field. However, the cytotoxic and pro-apoptotic effects of LLO are the major limitations for this purpose. Here, we have performed a preclinical safety evaluation and characterized a new potential adjuvant application for a non-cytolytic LLO mutant (dtLLO) to enhance and modulate the immune response against the envelope (E) protein from Dengue virus. In addition, we have studied the adjuvant effects of dtLLO on human immune cells and the role of membrane cholesterol for the binding and the pro-inflammatory property of the toxoid...
November 25, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880975/ror%C3%AE-t-expression-in-tregs-promotes-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-via-il-17-secretion-alteration-of-treg-phenotype-and-suppression-of-th2-responses
#5
Malte A Kluger, Anna Nosko, Torben Ramcke, Boeren Goerke, Matthias C Meyer, Claudia Wegscheid, Michael Luig, Gisa Tiegs, Rolf A K Stahl, Oliver M Steinmetz
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a common autoimmune disorder with a complex and poorly understood immuno-pathogenesis. However, a pathogenic role for the Th17 axis was demonstrated by many studies, while Tregs were shown to mediate protection. Recently, we and others characterized a novel and independent T cell population expressing both, the Treg characteristic transcription factor Foxp3 and the Th17 defining RORγt. Studies in a model of acute glomerulonephritis unveiled potent regulatory, but in addition also pro-inflammatory functions of RORγt(+) Foxp3(+) Tregs...
November 23, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880974/deep-sequencing-of-the-tcrb-repertoire-of-human-foxp3-and-foxp3-t-cells-suggests-that-they-are-completely-distinct-and-non-overlapping
#6
Amit Golding, Samuel Darko, William H Wylie, Daniel C Douek, Ethan M Shevach
Maintenance of peripheral tolerance requires a balance between auto-reactive conventional T cells (Tconv) and thymically-derived Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (tTregs). Considerable controversy exists regarding the similarities/differences in TCR repertoires expressed by Tconv and tTregs. We generated highly purified populations of human adult and cord blood Tconv and tTregs based on the differential expression of CD25 and CD127. The purity of the sorted populations was validated by intracellular staining for Foxp3 and Helios...
November 23, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880973/immunopathogenesis-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-role-of-aberrant-expression-of-non-coding-rnas-in-t-cells
#7
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Ning-Sheng Lai, Malcolm Koo, Chia-Li Yu, Ming-Chi Lu
Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs), including microRNAs (miRNAs) and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), are RNA molecules that do not translate into protein. Both miRNAs and lncRNAs are known to regulate gene expression and to play an essential role in T cell differentiation and function. Both systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a prototypic systemic autoimmune disease, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a representative disease of inflammatory arthritis, are characterized by a complex dysfunction in the innate and adaptive immunity...
November 23, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859014/cord-blood-streptococcus-pneumoniae-specific-cellular-immune-responses-predict-early-pneumococcal-carriage-in-high-risk-infants-in-papua-new-guinea
#8
Jacinta P Francis, Peter C Richmond, Deborah Strickland, Susan L Prescott, William S Pomat, Audrey Michael, Marie A Nadal-Sims, Catherine J Edwards-Devitt, Patrick G Holt, Deborah Lehmann, Anita H J van den Biggelaar
Background In areas where Streptococcus pneumoniae is highly endemic, infants experience very early pneumococcal colonization of the upper respiratory tract with carriage often persisting into adulthood. We aimed to explore whether newborns in high risk areas have pre-existing pneumococcal-specific cellular immune responses that may affect early pneumococcal acquisition. Methods Cord blood mononuclear cells (CBMC) of 84 Papua New Guinean (PNG; high endemic) and 33 Australian (AUS; low endemic) newborns were stimulated in vitro with detoxified pneumolysin (dPly) or pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA; families 1 and 2) and compared for cytokine responses...
November 18, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859022/igg1-and-igg4-anti-ccp-associate-with-shared-epitope-whereas-igg2-anti-ccp-associates-with-smoking-in-patients-with-recent-onset-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-swedish-tira-project
#9
Klara Martinsson, Anders Johansson, Alf Kastbom, Thomas Skogh
Given the possible importance of anti-citrullinated peptide/protein antibodies (ACPA) for initiation and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), extended knowledge about the different isotypes and subclasses are important. In the present study we analysed the IgG subclasses regarding reactivity against citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP) among 504 clinically well-characterized patients with recent-onset RA in relation to smoking habits, shared epitope (SE) status, and IgA and pan IgG anti-CCP antibodies. All patients, regardless of pan IgG anti-CCP status, were analysed for IgG1-4 CCP reactivity...
November 17, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861762/gut-microbiome-in-children-with-enthesitis-related-arthritis-in-a-developing-country-and-the-effect-of-probiotic-administration
#10
Amita Aggarwal, Aditya N Sarangi, Priyanka Gaur, Anuj Shukla, Rakesh Aggarwal
In Asia, enthesitis-related arthritis (ERA) is the most-frequent category of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. ERA has a strong association with HLA-B27 and subclinical gut inflammation. In a HLA-B27 transgenic rat model, presence of Bacteroides bacteria in the gut appears to cause spondyloarthropathy (SpA). Thus, we studied gut microbiota in children with ERA. Stool specimens from 33 patients with ERA and 14 age-matched healthy controls were studied; none had any gastrointestinal symptom, or had received a drug known to affect gut motility or microbiota in the preceding 6 weeks...
November 9, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859020/systemic-inflammation-in-acute-intermittent-porphyria-a-case-control-study
#11
E Storjord, J A Dahl, A Landsem, H Fure, J K Ludviksen, S Goldbeck-Wood, B O Karlsen, K S Berg, T E Mollnes, E W Nielsen, O-L Brekke
This study aimed to examine whether acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is associated with systemic inflammation and whether the inflammation correlates with disease activity. A case-control study with 50 AIP cases and healthy age-, sex- and place of residence matched controls was performed. Plasma cytokines, insulin and C-peptide were analyzed after an overnight fast using multiplex assay. Long pentraxin-3 (PTX3) and complement activation products (C3bc and TCC) were analyzed using ELISA. Urine porphobilinogen ratio (U-PBG, µmol/mmol creatinine), hematological and biochemical tests were performed using routine methods...
November 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921309/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-induced-interleukin-33-expression-in-intestinal-epithelia-contributes-to-mucosal-homeostasis-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#12
M Sun, C He, W Wu, G Zhou, F Liu, Y Cong, Z Liu
Intestinal epithelial cells (IECs), an important barrier to gut microbiota, are subject to low oxygen tension, particularly during intestinal inflammation. Hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) is expressed highly in the inflamed mucosa of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and functions as a key regulator in maintenance of intestinal homeostasis. However, how IEC-derived HIF-1α regulates intestinal immune responses in IBD is still not understood completely. We report here that the expression of HIF-1α and IL-33 was increased significantly in the inflamed mucosa of IBD patients as well as mice with colitis induced by dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)...
November 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921303/eosinophils-from-eosinophilic-oesophagitis-patients-have-t-cell-suppressive-capacity-and-express-foxp3
#13
C Lingblom, J Wallander, M Ingelsten, H Bergquist, M Bove, R Saalman, A Welin, C Wennerås
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an antigen-driven T cell-mediated chronic inflammatory disease where food and environmental antigens are thought to have a role. Human eosinophils express the immunoregulatory protein galectin-10 and have T cell suppressive capacity similar to regulatory T cells (Tregs ). We hypothesized that one function of eosinophils in EoE might be to regulate the T cell-driven inflammation in the oesophagus. This was tested by evaluating the suppressive capacity of eosinophils isolated from the blood of adult EoE patients in a mixed lymphocyte reaction...
November 5, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804111/urinary-b-cell-activating-factor-baff-and-a-proliferation-inducing-ligand-april-potential-biomarkers-of-active-lupus-nephritis
#14
Sanat Phatak, Smriti Chaurasia, Shravan Kumar Mishra, Ranjan Gupta, Vinita Agrawal, Amita Aggarwal, Ramnath Misra
B cell Activating Factor (BAFF) and A Proliferation Inducing Ligand (APRIL) help in B cell activation, maintenance and plasma cell survival. B cell infiltration has been demonstrated in kidneys of patients with Lupus Nephritis (LN). Serum levels of BAFF and APRIL have shown inconsistent relationships with lupus disease activity. We evaluated urinary levels of BAFF and APRIL as biomarker for LN. Thirty-six patients with proliferative lupus nephritis (AN), 10 with active lupus without nephritis (AL) and 15 healthy controls (HC) were studied...
November 2, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790717/in-utero-coxsackievirus-b4-infection-of-the-mouse-thymus
#15
Hela Jaïdane, Aymen Halouani, Habib Jmii, Firas Elmastour, Saïda Abdelkefi, Gwennaëlle Bodart, Hélène Michaux, Tahar Chakroun, Famara Sane, Moncef Mokni, Vincent Geenen, Didier Hober, Mahjoub Aouni
Type B Coxsackievirus (CV-B) infections are frequently involved in the triggering of several autoimmune diseases such as myocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, pericarditis, pancreatitis, type 1 diabetes, encephalitis, thyroiditis, or Sjögren's syndrome. Serological and virological evidence suggests that maternal infections during pregnancy can play a role in the appearance of these diseases in offspring. The current study aims to explore the effect of an in utero CV-B infection on the fetal thymus, the central site for programming immunological self-tolerance...
October 28, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784126/monitoring-of-complement-activation-biomarkers-and-eculizumab-in-complement-mediated-renal-disorders
#16
C Wehling, O Amon, M Bommer, B Hoppe, K Kentouche, G Schalk, R Weimer, M Wiesener, B Hohenstein, B Tönshoff, R Büscher, H Fehrenbach, Ö-N Gök, M Kirschfink
Various complement-mediated renal disorders are treated currently with the complement inhibitor eculizumab. By blocking the cleavage of C5, this monoclonal antibody prevents cell damage caused by complement-mediated inflammation. We included 23 patients with atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS, n = 12), C3 glomerulopathies (C3G, n = 9) and acute antibody-mediated renal graft rejection (AMR, n = 2), treated with eculizumab in 12 hospitals in Germany. We explored the course of complement activation biomarkers and the benefit of therapeutic drug monitoring of eculizumab...
October 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783394/association-of-nkg2d-gene-variants-with-susceptibility-and-severity-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#17
Christina M Mariaselvam, Ryad Tamouza, Rajagopal Krishnamoorthy, Dominique Charron, Durga Prasanna Misra, Vikramraj K Jain, Vir Singh Negi
INTRODUCTION: NKG2D (KLRK1) is a C-type lectin receptor present on NK cells, γδ, CD8(+) and CD4(+) T cells. Upon ligand binding, NKG2D mediates activatory and co-stimulatory signals to NK cells and activated CD4+ T cells, respectively. Polymorphisms in NKG2D predispose to infectious diseases, cancer, transplantation and autoimmune disorders. We studied the influence of this NK receptor polymorphism on predisposition to and modification of the disease phenotype in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)...
October 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783388/innate-and-humoral-recognition-of-the-products-of-cell-death-differential-antigenecity-and-immunogenecity-in-lupus
#18
Pooja Arora, Monika Malik, Ruchi Sachdeva, Latika Saxena, Joy Das, Vishnampettai G Ramachandran, Rahul Pal
While apoptotic debris is believed to constitute the original antigenic insult in lupus (which is characterized by a time-dependent diversification of autoreactivity), whether such debris and autoantibodies specifically recognizing its constituents, mediate differential effects on innate and humoral responses in lupus-prone mice is currently unknown. Apoptotic blebs (as opposed to cellular lysate), preferentially enhanced the maturation of dendritic cells (DCs) from bone marrow precursors drawn from lupus-prone mice...
October 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783386/characterization-of-resident-lymphocytes-in-human-pancreatic-islets
#19
Miljana Radenkovic, Kristina Uvebrant, Oskar Skog, Luis Sarmiento, Jeanette Avartsson, Peter Storm, Petter Vickman, Per-Anders Bertilsson, Malin Fex, Olle Korsgren, Corrado M Cilio
The current view of type 1 diabetes (T1D) is that it is an immune-mediated disease where lymphocytes infiltrate the pancreatic islets, promote killing of beta cells and cause overt diabetes. Although tissue resident immune cells have been demonstrated in several organs, the composition of lymphocytes in human healthy pancreatic islets have been scarcely studied. Here we aimed to investigate the phenotype of immune cells associated to human islets of non-diabetic organ donors. A flow cytometry analysis of isolated islets from perfused pancreases (n=38) was employed to identify alpha, beta, T, NK and B cells...
October 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774628/t-cell-receptor-repertoires-after-adoptive-transfer-of-expanded-allogeneic-regulatory-t-cells
#20
Anke Theil, Carmen Wilhelm, Matthias Kuhn, Andreas Petzold, Sebastian Tuve, Uta Oelschlägel, Andreas Dahl, Martin Bornhäuser, Ezio Bonifacio, Anne Eugster
T regulatory cell (Treg) therapy has been exploited in autoimmune disease, solid organ transplantation and in efforts to prevent or treat graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). However, our knowledge on in vivo persistence of transfused Treg is limited. Whether Treg transfusion leads to notable changes in the overall Treg repertoire and or whether longevity of Treg in the periphery is restricted to certain clones is unknown. Here we use T cell receptor alpha chain sequencing (TCRα-NGS) to monitor changes in the repertoire of Treg upon polyclonal expansion and after subsequent adoptive transfer...
October 24, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
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