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Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis

Magdalena Hryhorowicz, Daniel Lipiński, Joanna Zeyland, Ryszard Słomski
CRISPR/Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated) adaptive immune systems constitute a bacterial defence against invading nucleic acids derived from bacteriophages or plasmids. This prokaryotic system was adapted in molecular biology and became one of the most powerful and versatile platforms for genome engineering. CRISPR/Cas9 is a simple and rapid tool which enables the efficient modification of endogenous genes in various species and cell types. Moreover, a modified version of the CRISPR/Cas9 system with transcriptional repressors or activators allows robust transcription repression or activation of target genes...
October 3, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Han-Lin Chou, Yao Fong, Chi-Ku Wei, Eing-Mei Tsai, Jeff Yi-Fu Chen, Wen-Tsan Chang, Chang-Yi Wu, Hurng-Wern Huang, Chien-Chih Chiu
The natural compound camptothecin (CPT) derivatives have widely been used for anti-cancer treatments, including lung cancer. However, many chemoresistant cancer cells often develop a relatively higher threshold for inducing apoptosis, causing a limited efficacy of anti-cancer drugs. Likewise, lung cancer cells acquire chemoresistance against CPT analogs, such as irinotecan and topotecan, finally resulting in an unsatisfied outcome and poor prognosis of lung cancer patients. TFPP is a quinone-containing compound as a candidate for CPT-based combination chemotherapy...
September 27, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Alicja Krejner, Małgorzata Litwiniuk, Tomasz Grzela
Human cathelicidin, LL-37, is small antimicrobial peptide, which reveals also some immunomodulatory and proangiogenic properties and, therefore, may promote wound healing. The expression of LL-37 is controlled by various factors, including vitamin D. Thus, any disturbances in vitamin D level may influence LL-37 production and, possibly, affect wound healing. Since deficiency of vitamin D was identified as a common problem in the population, this proof of concept study aimed to verify the relationship between serum levels of LL-37, vitamin D, and healing rate of venous leg ulcers...
September 23, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Anna Dor-Wojnarowska, Jerzy Liebhart, Jadwiga Miecielica, Marek Rabski, Andrzej Fal, Bolesław Samoliński, Marita Nittner-Marszalska
The objective of our study was to evaluate the impact of sex and age on the prevalence of sensitization to inhalant allergens. The study was performed as a part of Polish Epidemiology of Allergic Diseases study, and data concerning citizens of Wroclaw were analyzed. The participants were divided into three age groups (6-7, 13-14, and 20-44 years) with a subdivision according to sex. We randomly selected 1409 individuals, 439 people complied; the complete set of tests was performed on 421 of them. We found that 37...
September 20, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Magdalena Zurawek, Marta Fichna, Marta Kazimierska, Piotr Fichna, Agnieszka Dzikiewicz-Krawczyk, Grzegorz Przybylski, Marek Ruchala, Jerzy Nowak
Mitochondrial antiviral signaling (MAVS) protein is an intracellular adaptor molecule, downstream of viral sensors, retinoid acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I)-like receptors (RLRs). Impaired antiviral cell signaling might contribute to autoimmunity. Studies have recently shown variations in genes encoding RLRs as risk factors for autoimmune diseases. We investigated whether MAVS coding polymorphisms are associated with Addison's disease (AD) and type 1 diabetes (T1D) in Polish population. We genotyped 140 AD, 532 T1D patients and 600 healthy controls for MAVS rs17857295, rs7262903, rs45437096 and rs7269320...
September 20, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Asmaa M Zahran, Azza A Eltayeb, Khalid I Elsayh, Khaled Saad, Faisal-Alkhateeb Ahmad, Ahmad I M Ibrahim
Gaucher disease (GD) is the most prevalent lysosomal storage disorder. Gaucher disease is associated with remarkable alterations in the immune system, and GD patients are more susceptible to infections and are at a higher risk of developing autoimmune disorders and malignancies. In a case-control study, we used three-color flow cytometric immunophenotyping for determination of the frequency of lymphocyte subpopulations and activated T lymphocytes among 18 children with GD1 under enzyme replacement therapy managed in Assiut University Hospitals...
September 16, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Peter J Späth, Christoph Schneider, Stephan von Gunten
Intravenous and subcutaneous immunoglobulin preparations, consisting of IgG class antibodies, are increasingly used to treat a broad range of pathological conditions, including humoral immune deficiencies, as well as acute and chronic inflammatory or autoimmune disorders. A plethora of Fab- or Fc-mediated immune regulatory mechanisms has been described that might act separately or in concert, depending on pathogenesis or stage of clinical condition. Attempts have been undertaken to improve the efficacy of polyclonal IgG preparations, including the identification of relevant subfractions, mild chemical modification of molecules, or modification of carbohydrate side chains...
September 16, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Roxane Labrosse, François Graham, Anne Des Roches, Philippe Bégin
Food allergy is an important health issue that affects up to 8 % of the population. The management of allergic patients involves allergen avoidance and prompts the treatment of accidental reactions, as no curative treatment is available so far in routine practice. Oral immunotherapy (OIT) is a promising therapeutic alternative, but it is associated with frequent allergic reactions and cost-effectiveness issues. In hopes of reducing such reactions, a number of trials have used omalizumab, an anti-IgE monoclonal humanized antibody, as adjunctive therapy in OIT...
September 14, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Slawomir Dudek, Ewa Ziółko, Magdalena Kimsa-Dudek, Krzysztof Solarz, Urszula Mazurek, Aleksander Wierzgoń, Teresa Kokot, Małgorzata Muc-Wierzgoń
The similarity of Lyme borreliosis to other diseases and its complex pathogenesis present diagnostic and therapeutic difficulties. The changes that occur at the cellular and molecular levels after a Borrelia sp. infection still remain poorly understood. Therefore, the present study focused on the expression of TLR and TLR-signaling genes in human dermal fibroblasts in the differentiation of an infection with Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato spirochetes. Normal human dermal fibroblasts were cultured with the spirochetes of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto, Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii...
September 7, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Xuezhu Zhang, Amarayca Zambrano, Zuan-Tao Lin, Yikun Xing, Justin Rippy, Tianfu Wu
Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system generates proinflammatory molecules and autoantibodies that mistakenly attack their own body. Traditional diagnosis of autoimmune disease is primarily based on physician assessment combined with core laboratory tests. However, these tests are not sensitive enough to detect early molecular events, and quite often, it is too late to control these autoimmune diseases and reverse tissue damage when conventional tests show positivity for disease. It is fortunate that during the past decade, research in nanotechnology has provided enormous opportunities for the development of ultrasensitive biosensors in detecting early biomarkers with high sensitivity...
September 3, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Juan Pablo Mackern-Oberti, Evelyn L Jara, Claudia A Riedel, Alexis M Kalergis
Hormonal homeostasis is crucial for keeping a competent and healthy immune function. Several hormones can modulate the function of various immune cells such as dendritic cells (DCs) by influencing the initiation of the immune response and the maintenance of peripheral tolerance to self-antigens. Hormones, such as estrogens, prolactin, progesterone and glucocorticoids may profoundly affect DCs differentiation, maturation and function leading to either a pro-inflammatory or an anti-inflammatory (or tolerogenic) phenotype...
September 1, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Bernard Panaszek, Robert Pawłowicz, Jędrzej Grzegrzółka, Andrzej Obojski
Recent years of research have shed a new light on the role of IgE in immune reactions. It seems to be more than just a contribution to immediate type of allergic response. It appears that monomeric IgE may enhance mast cell activity without cross-linking of FcεRI by IgE specific allergen or autoreactive IgG anti-IgE antibodies. Monomeric IgE molecules are heterogeneous concerning their ability to induce survival and activation of mast cells only by binding the IgE to FcεRI, but not affecting degranulation of cells...
August 31, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Miroslav Prucha, Roman Zazula, Stefan Russwurm
Sepsis is the most frequent cause of death in noncoronary intensive care units. In the past 10 years, progress has been made in the early identification of septic patients and their treatment. These improvements in support and therapy mean that mortality is gradually decreasing, however, the rate of death from sepsis remains unacceptably high. Immunotherapy is not currently part of the routine treatment of sepsis. Despite experimental successes, the administration of agents to block the effect of sepsis mediators failed to show evidence for improved outcome in a multitude of clinical trials...
August 24, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
William Rae
Primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) are a group of rare genetic diseases resulting in the impairment of one or more functions of the human immune system. Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is one of the most prevalent PIDs, yet despite extensive genetic analysis, most patients do not have a monogenetic diagnosis. This has led to the theory that CVID must be a polygenetic condition. An alternative theory to a monogenetic or polygenetic underlying cause of CVID is that it is epigenetic phenomena that are causal in the majority of CVID patients...
August 2, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Yuan-Yuan Cheng, Dan Luo, Zhengyuan Xia, Hung-Fat Tse, Xuechen Li, Jianhui Rong
Caffeic acid derivatives constitute a class of potent anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective drug candidates. We recently synthesized a new caffeic acid derivative N-propyl caffeamide (PCA). Our pilot experiments demonstrated that PCA enhanced the survival of rat cardiomyocyte H9c2 cells against oxygen glucose deprivation and reoxygenation challenge in a concentration-dependent manner. Interestingly, PCA exhibited better cardioprotective potential than caffeic acid phenethyl ester and propyl caffeate. Thus, we hypothesized that PCA could protect heart against ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury in mice...
August 1, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Lifen Yang, Guilin Qiao, Yassir Hassan, Zhenping Li, Xiaoqing Zhang, Huimin Kong, Weimin Zeng, Fei Yin, Jian Zhang
Program death-1 (PD-1) is a co-inhibitory receptor inducibly expressed on activated T cells. PD-1 has been reported to be associated with the development of several autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, but the precise cellular and molecular mechanisms have not been fully elucidated. To study the role of PD-1 in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and the possible underlying mechanisms, we performed collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) in C57BL/6 mice. Here, we show that PD-1 deficiency leads to the development of severe CIA in mice...
October 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Cristina Gómez-Casado, Araceli Díaz-Perales
The prevalence of allergies is increasing since mid twentieth century; however the underlying causes of this increase are not fully clear. Understanding the mechanism by which a harmless protein becomes an allergen provides us with the basis to prevent and treat these diseases. Although most studies on allergen immunogenicity have traditionally focused on structural properties of the proteins, it is increasingly clear that allergenicity cannot be determined only based on structural features of the allergenic proteins...
October 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Marcelina Żabińska, Magdalena Krajewska, Katarzyna Kościelska-Kasprzak, Katarzyna Jakuszko, Dorota Bartoszek, Marta Myszka, Marian Klinger
UNLABELLED: The available clinical as well as experimental studies implicate participation of T regulatory (Treg) subsets in the pathogenesis and course of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Introduction of the CD4(+)CD25(+)CD127(-) and CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory subpopulations analysis into immunological processes assessment and disease activation prognosis in patients with lupus nephritis (LN) may improve monitoring of disease activity and enable an early, and thus more effective, therapeutic treatment...
October 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
WangMi Liu, Libo Jiang, Chong Bian, Yun Liang, Rong Xing, Mumingjiang Yishakea, Jian Dong
Chemokines are a family of small 8-10 kDa inducible cytokines. Initially characterized as chemotactic factors, they are now considered to affect not just cellular recruitment. CX3CL1 is a unique chemokine that can exist in a soluble form, as a chemotactic cytokine, or in a membrane-attached form that acts as a binding molecule. Recently, the effects of CX3CL1 on diseases, such as inflammation and cancer, have been supported and confirmed by numerous publications. However, due to its dual effects, CX3CL1 exerts numerous effects on pathophysiological conditions that have both negative and positive consequences on pathogenesis and outcome...
October 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Marta Lemieszewska, Marta Jakubik-Witkowska, Bartłomiej Stańczykiewicz, Aleksandra Zambrowicz, Agnieszka Zabłocka, Antoni Polanowski, Tadeusz Trziszka, Joanna Rymaszewska
The study aimed to assess the effect of the polypeptide Y complex (Yolkin), isolated from chicken egg yolk, on behavioural and cognitive functions. It also aimed to compare this activity with colostrum-derived substances (Colostrinin, Coloco), which have a confirmed impact on learning and memory. In the study, the effect of Yolkin, administered to rats of different ages, who performed various tasks involving spatial and episodic memory, motor functions and exploratory behavior, was assessed. The experiment was carried out in rats which were 6 and 12 months old...
October 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
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