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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426172/distinct-roles-of-th17-and-th1-cells-in-inflammatory-responses-associated-with-the-presentation-of-paucibacillary-leprosy-and-leprosy-reactions-th17-immune-response-in-leprosy
#1
Márcio Bezerrra Santos, Daniela Teles de Oliveira, Rodrigo Anselmo Cazzaniga, Crisuelle Santana Varjão, Priscila Lima Dos Santos, Micheli L B Santos, Cristiane Bane Correia, Daniela R Faria, Marise do Vale Simon, João Santana Silva, Walderez O Dutra, Steven G Reed, Malcolm S Duthie, Roque Pahceco de Almeida, Amélia Ribeiro de Jesus
It is well established that helper T cell responses influence resistance or susceptibility to Mycobacterium leprae infection, but the role of more recently described helper T cell subsets in determining severity is less clear. To investigate the involvement of Th17 cells in the pathogenesis of leprosy, we determined the immune profile with variant presentations of leprosy. Firstly, IL-17A, IFN-γ and IL-10 were evaluated in conjunction with CD4(+) T cell staining by confocal microscopy of lesion biopsies from tuberculoid (TT) and lepromatous (LL) patients...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426153/a-non-pathogenic-recombinant-leishmania-expressing-lipophosphoglycan-3-against-experimental-infection-with-leishmania-infantum
#2
Leila Pirdel, Safar Farajnia
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is caused by Leishmania infantum in the Mediterranean basin and affects primarily children and immunosuppressed individuals. Various strategies of vaccination have so far been examined by either protein or DNA without achievable complete protection against the disease. The live non-pathogenic lizard parasite, Leishmania tarentolae, expressing elected Leishmania antigens has recently provided a promising new approach as a safe and effective live vaccine candidate to prevent leishmaniasis...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426145/subunit-vaccines-consisting-of-antigens-from-dormant-and-replicating-bacteria-show-promising-therapeutic-effect-against-mycobacterium-bovis-bcg-latent-infection
#3
Fei Li, Hongfei Kang, Jingjing Li, Dengcai Zhang, Ying Zhang, Arthur M Dannenberg, Xun Liu, Hongxia Niu, Lan Ma, Ruitian Tang, Xue Han, Chao Gan, Xingming Ma, Jiying Tan, Bingdong Zhu
To screen effective antigens as therapeutic subunit vaccines against Mycobacterium latent infection, we did bioinformatics analysis and literature review to identify effective antigens and evaluated the immunogenicity of five antigens highly expressed in dormant bacteria, which included Rv2031c (HspX), Rv2626c (Hrp1), Rv2007c (FdxA), Rv1738 and Rv3130c. Then, several fusion proteins such as Rv2007c-Rv2626c (F6), Rv2031c-Rv1738-Rv1733c (H83), ESAT6-Rv1738-Rv2626c (LT40), ESAT6-Ag85B-MPT64<190-198> -Mtb8...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426141/melanocortin-2-3-and-4-receptor-gene-expressions-are-downregulated-in-cd8-t-cytotoxic-lymphocytes-and-cd19-b-lymphocytes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-responding-to-tnf%C3%AE-inhibition
#4
Marlene Andersen, Ivan Nagaev, Michael Kruse Meyer, Olga Nagaeva, Jarl Wikberg, Lucia Mincheva-Nilsson, Grethe Neumann Andersen
Melanocortin signaling in leukocyte subsets elicits anti-inflammatory and immune tolerance inducing effects in animal experimental inflammation. In man, however, the effects of melanocortin signaling in inflammatory conditions have scarcely been examined. We explored the differential reactions of melanocortin 1-5 receptor (MC1-5R) gene expressions in pathogenetic leukocyte subsets in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to treatment with TNFα inhibitor adalimumab. Seven patients with active RA donated blood at start and at three months treatment...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426135/tlr-stimulated-eosinophils-mediate-recruitment-and-activation-of-nk-cells-in-vivo
#5
Shaunagh M O'Flaherty, Kripitch Sutummaporn, Walina L Häggtoft, Amy P Worrall, Marzia Rizzo, Viorica Braniste, Petter Höglund, Nadir Kadri, Benedict J Chambers
Eosinophils like many myeloid innate immune cells can provide cytokines and chemokines for the activation of other immune cells upon TLR stimulation. When TLR stimulated eosinophils were inoculated i.p. into wildtype mice, NK cells were rapidly recruited and exhibited anti-tumor cytotoxicity. However when mice depleted of CD11c(+) cells were used, a marked decrease in the number of recruited NK cells was observed. We postulated that CpG or LPS from the injected eosinophils could be transferred to host cells, which in turn could recruit NK cells...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387980/immune-balance-in-hepatitis-b-infection-present-and-future-therapies
#6
REVIEW
Ashish Kumar Vyas, Ankur Jindal, Syed Hissar, Gayatri Ramakrishna, Nirupama Trehanpati
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection affects millions of people worldwide and about half a million people die every year. India represents the second largest pool of chronic HBV infections with an estimated 40 million chronically infected patients. Persistence or clearance of HBV infection mainly depends upon host immune responses. Chronically infected individuals remain in immune tolerant phase unless HBV flares and leads to development of chronic active hepatitis or acute on chronic liver failure. Strategies based on inhibition of viral replication (nucleoside analogues) or immune modulation (Interferons) as monotherapy, or in combination in sequential therapies, are currently being used globally for reducing HBV viral load and mediating HBsAg clearance...
April 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376277/dendritic-cells-from-rheumatoid-arthritis-patient-peripheral-blood-induce-th17-cell-differentiation-via-mir-363-integrin-%C3%AE-v-tgf-%C3%AE-axis
#7
Feng Pan, Haiyan Xiang, Juzhen Yan, Liquan Hong, Lahong Zhang, Yuhua Liu, Xiao Feng, Chengsong Cai
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Dendritic cells (DCs) are critical regulators of immune responses. This study was to observe the effect of DCs from peripheral blood on the differentiation of Th17 in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Peripheral blood samples were collected from 30 RA patients and 20 healthy controls, respectively. Flow cytometry results showed that in contrast with Treg cells, the proportion of Th17 cells in T cells and the Th17/Treg ratio were both increased in RA patients...
April 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370285/identification-and-characterization-of-a-nationwide-danish-adult-common-variable-immunodeficiency-cohort
#8
Lena Westh, Trine Hyrup Mogensen, Lars Skov Dalgaard, Jens Magnus Bernth Jensen, Terese Katzenstein, Ann-Brit Eg Hansen, Olav Ditlevsen Larsen, Steen Terpling, Thyge Lynghøj Nielsen, Carsten Schade Larsen
In this study we identified all adults living in Denmark diagnosed with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) and characterized them according to clinical presentation and EUROclass classification. Using a retrospective, cross-sectional design, possible CVID patients were identified in the Danish National Patient Register and Centers in Denmark treating patients with primary immunodeficiencies. The CVID diagnosis was verified by review of medical records. One-hundred-seventy-nine adults with CVID were identified...
April 2, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349581/tcf1-deficiency-ameliorates-autoimmune-lymphoproliferative-syndrome-alps-like-phenotypes-of-lpr-lpr-mice
#9
Xiaoxie Xu, Bolan Yu, Weibin Cai, Zhaofeng Huang
Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS) is an incurable disease, which is characterized by non-malignant autoimmune lymphoproliferation. TCF1 is a key effector in the canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway, regulating the development, activation and function of T cells. In this study, we aimed to explore the potential role of TCF1 in the development of ALPS-like phenotypes of lpr/lpr mice. We acquired TCF1(-/-) lpr/lpr double mutant mice by crossing TCF1 deficiency mice with lpr/lpr mice. Splenocyte compositions, serum cytokines levels, anti-dsDNA antibody production and kidney pathology were examined in the TCF1(-/-) lpr/lpr mice...
March 28, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332200/immunoregulation-of-inflammatory-and-inhibitory-cytokines-by-vitamin-d3-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-ibd
#10
REVIEW
Hussaini Mohammed Alhassan, Abbas Mirshafiey, Homayoun Vahedi, Gholamreza Hemmasi, Ateke Moussavi Nasl Khameneh, Karim Parastouei, Ali Akbar Saboor-Yaraghi
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of idiopathic, chronic and relapsing inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, caused by an aberrant and exaggerated immunological response in the gut. Supplementation of Vitamin D3 in IBD patients exerts both direct and indirect regulatory roles on the naïve T-cells, thereby maintaining a balance between inflammatory and inhibitory cytokines. The direct actions of Vitamin D3 on naïve T-cells result in the proliferation of more regulatory T-cells and inhibitory cytokines such as IL-4, IL-10, and IL-5...
March 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273403/pten-pi3k-akt-regulates-macrophage-polarization-in-emphysematous-mice
#11
JunJuan Lu, LiHua Xie, Chun Liu, Qiang Zhang, ShengHua Sun
Macrophages play an important role in the pathogenesis of COPD. Macrophage polarization toward the M2 phenotype has been observed in the lung tissues of COPD patients and cigarette smokers. The molecular basis of this process remains unclear, and it has not been completely illuminated in animal models of emphysema. In our study we combined cigarette smoke(CS) exposure with intraperitoneal injection of cigarette smoke extract (CSE) to build an emphysema model. We found by immunohistochemical staining and flow cytometry that the expression level of CD206 and the ratio of M2 to M1 macrophages was increased in emphysematous mice...
March 8, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273384/computational-prediction-of-usutu-virus-e-protein-b-cell-and-t-cell-epitopes-for-potential-vaccine-development
#12
Navaneethan Palanisamy, Johan Lennerstrand
Usutu virus (family Flaviviridae), once confined to Africa, has emerged in Europe a decade ago. The virus has been spreading throughout Europe at a greater pace mostly affecting avian species. While most bird species remain asymptomatic carriers of this virus, few bird species are highly susceptible. Lately, Usutu virus (USUV) infections in humans were reported sporadically with severe neuroinvasive symptoms like meningoencephalitis. Since so much is unknown about this virus, which potentially may cause severe diseases in humans, there is a need for more studies of this virus...
March 8, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273363/siglec-9-is-upregulated-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-suppresses-collagen-induced-arthritis-through-reciprocal-regulation-of-th17-treg-cell-differentiation
#13
Xiaoyuan Wang, Dan Liu, Yaxian Ning, Jiayu Liu, Xin Wang, Ran Tu, Haili Shen, Qun Chen, Yongmin Xiong
Sialic acid-binding Ig-like lectin-9 (Siglec-9) is a novel sialic acid-binding member of the immunoglobulin superfamily, and is broadly expressed on immune cells, which can inhibit both innate and adaptive immune responses through immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motifs. However, the exact role of Siglec-9 in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) remains unknown. In this study, we determined soluble Siglec-9 (sSiglec-9) levels in the serum and synovial fluid of RA patients, and evaluated the relation between sSiglec-9 levels and clinical factors...
March 8, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231624/targets-and-mechanisms-in-prevention-of-parkinson-s-disease-through-immunomodulatory-treatments
#14
REVIEW
Marianne von Euler Chelpin, Thomas Vorup-Jensen
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world, however, there is no cure for it. Current treatments only relieve some of the symptoms, without ceasing the disease, and lose efficacy with prolonged treatment. Considerable evidence shows that persistent inflammatory responses, involving T cell infiltration and glial cell activation, are common characteristics of human patients and play a crucial role in the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. Therefore, it is important to develop therapeutic strategies that can impede or halt the disease through the modulation of the peripheral immune system by aiming at controlling the existing neuroinflammation...
February 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218958/cd137-is-a-useful-marker-for-identifying-cd4-t-cell-responses-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#15
Zhuo-Hong Yan, Xiao-Fang Zheng, Ling Yi, Jing Wang, Xiao-Jue Wang, Pan-Jian Wei, Hong-Yan Jia, Li-Jun Zhou, Yan-Lin Zhao, Hong-Tao Zhang
Upregulation of CD137 on recently activated CD8(+) T cells has been used to identify rare viral and tumor antigen-specific T cells from the peripheral blood. We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of CD137 for identifying Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-reactive CD4(+) T cells in the peripheral blood of infected individuals by flow cytometry and to investigate the characteristics of these CD137(+) CD4(+) T cells. We initially enrolled 31 active tuberculosis (TB) patients, 31 individuals with latent TB infection (LTBI), and 25 healthy donors...
February 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218951/igm-is-unable-to-enhance-antibody-responses-in-mice-lacking-c1q-or-c3
#16
LETTER
Anna Sörman, Annika Westin, Birgitta Heyman
Lack of complement factors C1q, C2, C3, or C4, but not of factor B in the alternative pathway or of mannane binding lectin (MBL) in the lectin pathway, leads to severe impairment of primary antibody responses (reviewed in. Because C1q is only used in classical pathway activation, these observations suggest that only this pathway is involved in antibody responses. An efficient classical pathway activator is IgM. Specific IgM, passively administered together with suboptimal doses of the antigen it recognizes, induces a stronger antibody response than does the antigen alone...
February 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199746/a-commentary-on-a-workshop-to-reveal-the-foundational-concepts-of-immune-regulation-i-e-tolerance
#17
Melvin Cohn
A summary of the workshop with its laudatory goal "to reveal the foundational concepts in immunology" was recently published in SJI with an invitation to outsiders to comment. In the end a foundational concept is one upon which we can all agree. This requires debate and meaningful experimentation. The goal of this commentary is to provide some of that. Most of immunology is description of an observation (i.e., a fact). However what ties all the facts together as a discipline is theory or conceptualization that give a general context to observation and predicts the next step...
February 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199745/bacterial-n-formyl-peptides-reduce-pma-and-e-coli-induced-neutrophil-respiratory-burst-in-term-neonates-and-adults
#18
Maria E Stålhammar, Lena Douhan Håkansson, Richard Sindelar
Neutrophil migration and respiratory burst is the prerequisite for efficient first line defense against invading microorganisms. However, migration and respiratory burst can be compromised in adults and especially in newborn infants, where sustained neutrophil accumulation, uncontrolled burst and reduced scavenging of ROS might cause inadvertent tissue damage due to uncontrolled inflammation. The aim of this study was to investigate the modulatory effect of the chemoattractants formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP) and IL-8 on respiratory burst in neutrophils from term newborn infants and adults...
February 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199731/proteomic-profiling-analysis-reveals-a-link-between-experimental-autoimmune-uveitis-and-complement-activation-in-rats
#19
Dadong Guo, Bing Hu, Hongying Tang, Yuanyuan Sun, Bin Liu, Qingmei Tian, Hongsheng Bi
Uveitis is an autoimmune disease that usually damages the vision function, leading to poor visual quality in patients. As an autoimmune ocular inflammatory disease, the pathogenesis of uveitis is associated with abnormal expression of some proteins and aberrant regulation of multiple signaling pathways. Nevertheless, the detailed mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we induced an experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU) model in rats. We determined the levels of C3a and membrane attack complex C5b-9 (soluble C5b-9, sC5b-9) in both plasma and aqueous humor, identified the differentially expressed proteins in plasma by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, and employed bioinformatics algorithms to analyze differentially expressed proteins in EAU rat plasma...
February 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199730/fentanyl-suppresses-the-survival-of-cd4-t-cells-isolated-from-human-umbilical-cord-blood-through-inhibition-of-ikks-mediated-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
#20
Kun Ma, Pengyu Ma, Huaihai Lu, Shuxiang Liu, Qinying Cao
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects and the underlying mechanisms of fentanyl anesthetic on T lymphocytes isolated from human umbilical cord bloodin vitro. The percentages of CD4(+) , CD8(+) , and regulatory T (Treg) cells in human umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (UBMC) treated with fentanyl in vitrowere analyzed by flow cytometry. The levels of cytokines IFN-γ, IL-2, IL-4, and IL-17 secreted by activated CD4(+) T cells were measured by ELISA assays. Expressions of MAPK and NF-κB signaling pathway proteins were determined by Western blotting...
February 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
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