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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109007/retinoic-acid-inducible-gene-i-rig-i-like-receptors-rlrs-in-fish-current-knowledge-and-future-perspectives
#1
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Shan Nan Chen, Peng Fei Zou, Pin Nie
Retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I)-like receptors (RLRs) are found conservatively present in teleost fish. All three members, RIG-I, MDA5 and LGP2 together with the downstream molecules such as MITA, TRAF3 and TBK1 have been identified in a range of fish species. However, it is a bit unexpected that RIG-I has not been reported in fish of Acanthopterygii, and it would be important to clarify the presence and role of RIG-I gene in a broad range of taxa in Teleostei. RLRs in fish can be induced in vivo and in vitro by viral pathogens as well as synthetic double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), poly(I:C), leading to the production of type I IFNs and the expression of IFN stimulated genes (ISGs)...
January 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108991/mucosal-immune-tolerance-at-the-ocular-surface-in-health-and-disease
#2
REVIEW
Jeremías G Galletti, Mauricio Guzmán, Mirta N Giordano
The ocular surface is constantly exposed to environmental irritants, allergens and pathogens, against which it can mount a prompt immune response to preserve its integrity. But to avoid unnecessary inflammation, the ocular surface's mucosal immune system must also discriminate between harmless and potentially dangerous antigens, a seemingly complicated task. Despite its unique features, the ocular surface is a mucosal lining, and as such, it shares some homeostatic and pathophysiological mechanisms with other mucosal surfaces...
January 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108989/tigit-signaling-pathway-negatively-regulates-cd4-t-cell-responses-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#3
Lie Mao, Hongyan Hou, Shiji Wu, Yu Zhou, Juan Wang, Jing Yu, Xiaohui Wu, Yanfang Lu, Liyan Mao, Munyemana Jean Bosco, Feng Wang, Ziyong Sun
B lymphocyte hyperactivity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is T cell-dependent, and CD4(+) T cell activation is essential to SLE pathogenesis. However, the mechanism of the deregulation of CD4(+) T cells in SLE is largely unknown. T-cell immunoglobulin and ITIM domain (TIGIT) is a new inhibitory receptor preferentially expressed on activated CD4(+) T cells. Here, we addressed the role of TIGIT in the pathogenesis of SLE. Our results showed that TIGIT expression on CD4(+) T cells was significantly elevated in patients with SLE and highly correlated with the activity of the disease...
January 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106253/massive-plasmablast-response-elicited-in-the-acute-phase-of-hantavirus-pulmonary-syndrome
#4
Marina García, Ayelén Iglesias, Verónica I Landoni, Carla Bellomo, Agostina Bruno, María Teresa Córdoba, Luciana Balboa, Gabriela C Fernández, María Del Carmen Sasiain, Valeria P Martínez, Pablo Schierloh
Beside its key diagnostic value, the humoral immune response is thought to play a protective role in Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). However, little is known about the cell source of these antibodies during ongoing human infection. Herein we characterized B cell subsets circulating in Andes virus-infected patients. A notable potent plasmablast (PB) response that increased 100-fold over the baseline levels was observed around one week after the onset of symptoms. These PB present a CD3(neg) CD19(low) CD20(neg) CD38(hi) CD27(hi) CD138(+/-) IgA(+/-) surface phenotype together with the presence of cytoplasmic functional immunoglobulins...
January 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092402/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-are-indispensable-for-il-23-mediated-protection-against-cona-induced-hepatitis-in-hepatitis-b-virus-transgenic-mice
#5
Ziyu Meng, Jingya Wang, Yifang Yuan, Guangchao Cao, Shuobing Fan, Chao Gao, Li Wang, Zheng Li, Xiaoli Wu, Zhenzhou Wu, Liqing Zhao, Zhinan Yin
Hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg) carriers are highly susceptible to liver injury triggered by environmental biochemical stimulation. Previously, we have reported an inverse correlation between γδT cells and liver damage in patients with HBV. However, whether γδT cells play a role in regulating the hypersensitivity of HBsAg carriers to biochemical stimulation-induced hepatitis is unknown. In this study, using hepatitis B virus transgenic (HBs-Tg) and HBs-Tg-TCRδ(-/-) mice, we found that mice genetically deficient in γδT cells exhibited more severe liver damage upon ConcanavalinA (ConA) treatment, as indicated by substantially higher serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels, further elevated IFN-γ levels and more extensive necrosis...
January 16, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066900/boosting-of-post-exposure-human-t-and-b-cell-recall-responses-in-vivo-by-burkholderia-pseudomallei-related-proteins
#6
Arnone Nithichanon, Louise J Gourlay, Gregory J Bancroft, Manabu Ato, Yoshimasa Takahashi, Ganjana Lertmemongkolchai
Burkholderia pseudomallei is the causative agent of melioidosis, an infectious disease with high incidence and mortality in South East Asia and Northern Australia. To date there is no protective vaccine and antibiotic treatment is prolonged and not always effective. Most people living in endemic areas have been exposed to the bacteria and have developed some immunity, which may have helped prevent disease. Here, we used a humanized mouse model (hu-PBL-SCID), reconstituted with human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from seropositive donors, to illustrate the potential of three known antigens (FliC, OmpA and N-PilO2) for boosting both T- and B-cell immune responses...
January 9, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066899/a-role-for-the-histone-h2a-deubiquitinase-mysm1-in-maintenance-of-cd8-t-cells
#7
Michael Förster, Rupinder K Boora, Jessica C Petrov, Nassima Fodil, Isabella Albanese, Jamie Kim, Philippe Gros, Anastasia Nijnik
Several previous studies outlined the importance of the histone H2A deubiquitinase (H2A-DUB) MYSM1 in the regulation of stem cell quiescence and hematopoiesis. In this study we investigated the role of MYSM1 in T cell development. Using mouse models that allow conditional Mysm1 ablation at late stages of thymic development, we found that MYSM1 is intricately involved in the maintenance, activation, and survival of CD8+ T cells. Mysm1 ablation resulted in a 2-fold reduction in CD8+ T cell numbers, and also led to a hyperactivated CD8+ T cell state accompanied by impaired proliferation and increased proinflammatory cytokine production after ex vivo stimulation...
January 9, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063176/frequency-and-phenotype-of-nk-cells-and-nk-cell-subsets-in-bovine-lymphoid-compartments-and-blood
#8
Carly A Hamilton, Suman Mahan, Charlotte R Bell, Bernardo Villarreal-Ramos, Bryan Charleston, Gary Entrican, Jayne C Hope
NK cells are widely distributed in lymphoid and non-lymphoid tissues however little is known about the recirculation of NK cells between blood and tissues. This is relevant to understanding recirculation in the steady-state and also for determining the roles for NK cells in vaccine-induced immunity and responses to infection. Therefore, the percentage of NK cells and their phenotype across peripheral blood, afferent lymph and lymph nodes in steady-state conditions was investigated in cattle using the pseudo-afferent lymphatic cannulation model...
January 7, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054346/optimized-logic-rules-reveal-ifn-%C3%AE-induced-modes-regulated-by-histone-deacetylases-and-protein-tyrosine-phosphatases
#9
Daniel Van Twisk, Shawn P Murphy, Juilee Thakar
The pro-inflammatory cytokine interferon-γ (IFN-γ) is critical for activating innate and adaptive immunity against tumors and intracellular pathogens. IFN-γ is secreted at the fetal-maternal interface in pregnant women and mice. The outer layer of the placenta in contact with maternal blood is composed of semi-allogeneic trophoblast cells, which constitute the fetal component of the fetal-maternal interface. The simultaneous presence of pro-inflammatory IFN-γ and trophoblast cells at the fetal-maternal interface appears to represent an immunological paradox, for trophoblastic responses to IFN-γ could potentially lead to activation of maternal immunity and subsequent attack of the placenta...
January 5, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039862/isolation-and-high-dimensional-phenotyping-of-gastrointestinal-immune-cells
#10
Bruna Araujo David, Stephen Rubino, Thais Garcias Moreira, Maria Alice Freitas Lopes, Alan Moreira de Araújo, Nicole E Paul, Rafael Machado Rezende, Gustavo Batista Menezes
The gastrointestinal immune system (GIS) plays a pivotal role in the host relationship with food antigens, the homeostatic microbiome, and enteric pathogens. Here, we describe how to collect and process liver and intestinal samples to efficiently isolate and analyse resident immune cells. Furthermore, we describe a step-by-step methodology showing how to high-dimensionally immunophenotype resident leukocytes using cytometry by time of flight (CyTOF), providing a well-characterized antibody platform that allows the identification of every leukocyte subset simultaneously...
December 31, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032346/mannose-binding-lectin-and-l-ficolin-polymorphisms-in-patients-with-community-acquired-pneumonia-caused-by-intracellular-pathogens
#11
Gijs van Kempen, Sabine Meijvis, Hendrik Endeman, Bart Vlaminckx, Bob Meek, Ben de Jong, Ger T Rijkers, Willem Jan Bos
Community acquired pneumonia (CAP) is the leading infectious disease requiring hospitalisation in the Western World. Genetic variability affecting the host response to infection may play a role in susceptibility and outcome in CAP patients. Mannose binding lectin (MBL) and L-ficolin (L-FCN) are two important activators of the complement system and they can enhance phagocytosis by opsonisation. In a prospective cohort of 505 Dutch CAP patients and 227 controls we studied whether polymorphisms in the MBL (MBL2) and FCN (FCN2) genes influenced susceptibility and outcome...
December 29, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032341/nlrp3-inflammasome-mediates-il-1%C3%AE-production-in-immune-cells-in-response-to-acinetobacter-baumannii-and-contributes-to-pulmonary-inflammation-in-mice
#12
Min-Jung Kang, Sung-Gang Jo, Dong-Jae Kim, Jong-Hwan Park
Acinetobacter baumannii is a multi-drug resistant gram-negative bacteria, and infection with this organism is one of the major causes of mortality in intensive care units. Inflammasomes are multiprotein oligomers that include caspase-1, and their activation is required for maturation of IL-1β. Inflammasome signaling is involved in host defenses against various microbial infection, but the precise mechanism by which A. baumannii activates inflammasomes and the roles of relevant signals in host defense against pulmonary A...
December 29, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009488/chronic-infections-with-viruses-or-parasites-breaking-bad-to-make-good
#13
REVIEW
Andrew Godkin, Katherine A Smith
Eukaryotic forms of life have been continually invaded by microbes and larger multicellular parasites, such as helminths. Over a billion years ago bacterial endosymbionts permanently colonized eukaryotic cells leading to recognized organelles with a distinct genetic lineage, such as mitochondria and chloroplasts. Colonization of our skin and mucosal surfaces with bacterial commensals is now known to be important for host health. However, the contribution of chronic virus and parasitic infections to immune homeostasis is being increasingly questioned...
December 23, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004383/a-real-time-digital-bio-imaging-system-to-quantify-cellular-cytotoxicity-as-an-alternative-to-the-standard-chromium-51-release-assay
#14
Julien Fassy, Kyriaki Tsalkitzi, Emie Salavagione, Nedra Hamouda-Tekaya, Véronique M Braud
Reliable measurement of cellular cytotoxicity is essential for the characterization of immune responses and for the monitoring of antibody treatment efficacy. Until now, the standard (51) Cr-release assay has remained the sole sensitive assay that measures cellular cytotoxicity. Alternative non-radioactive assays have been developed but they do not provide accurate measurement of target cell cytotoxicity. The cost and hazard of handling radioactivity are strong incentives to find alternative solutions to (51) Cr...
December 22, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995618/foxd3-suppresses-il-10-expression-in-b-cells
#15
Yu Zhang, Zhiding Wang, He Xiao, Xiaoling Liu, Gaizhi Zhu, Dandan Yu, Gencheng Han, Guojiang Chen, Chunmei Hou, Ning Ma, Beifen Shen, Yan Li, Tianxiao Wang, Renxi Wang
IL-10(+) regulatory B cells (Bregs) play an important role in restraining excessive inflammatory responses by secreting IL-10. However, it is still unclear what key transcription factors determines Breg differentiation. Thus, we explore what transcription factor plays a key role in the expression of IL-10, a pivotal cytokine in Bregs. We used two kinds of web-based prediction software to predict transcription factors binding the IL-10 promoter and found that IL-10 promoter had many binding sites for Foxd3. Chip-PCR assay demonstrated that Foxd3 directly binds the predicted binding sites around the start codon upstream by -1400 bp...
December 20, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995603/role-of-gamma-interferon-and-inflammatory-monocytes-in-driving-colonic-inflammation-during-acute-c-difficile-infection-in-mice
#16
Andrew J McDermott, Nicole R Falkowski, Roderick A McDonald, Charles R Frank, Chinmay R Pandit, Vincent B Young, Gary B Huffnagle
The inflammatory response to the colonic pathogen Clostridium difficile is characterized by the induction of inflammatory cytokines including Interleukin-23 (IL-23) and interferon gamma (IFNγ) and the recruitment of myeloid cells including Ly6C(H)(igh) monocytes. IL-23KO mice showed reduced expression of the monocyte chemokines Ccl4 and Ccl7, but not Ccl2, as well as reduced Ly6C(H)(igh) Ly6G(M)(id) monocyte recruitment to the colon in response to C. difficile colitis. C. difficile-infected CCR2(-/-) (CCR2KO) mice showed a significant defect in Ly6C(H)(igh) Ly6G(M)(id) monocyte recruitment to the colon in response to C...
December 20, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936492/long-non-coding-rna-a-versatile-regulator-of-the-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signalling-circuit
#17
REVIEW
Xiaohua Mao, Zhenyi Su, Adnan K Mookhtiar
The nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) family of transcription factors play an essential role for the regulation of inflammatory responses, immune function and malignant transformation. Aberrant activity of this signalling pathway may lead to inflammation, autoimmune diseases and oncogenesis. Over the last two decades great progress has been made in the understanding of NF-κB activation and how the response is counteracted for maintaining tissue homeostasis. Therapeutic targeting of this pathway has largely remained ineffective due to the widespread role of this vital pathway and the lack of specificity of the therapies currently available...
December 9, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935639/peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-modulates-mast-cell-phenotype
#18
Pei-Li Yao, Jose L Morales, Frank J Gonzalez, Jeffrey M Peters
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-β/δ (PPARβ/δ) is known to have multiple anti-inflammatory effects, typically observed in endothelial cells, macrophages, T cells and B cells. Despite the fact that mast cells are important mediators of inflammation, to date, the role of PPARβ/δ in mast cells has not been examined. Thus, the present study examined the hypothesis that PPARβ/δ modulates mast cell phenotype. Bone marrow-derived mast cells (BMMCs) and peritoneal mast cells (PMCs) from Pparβ/δ(+/+) mice expressed higher levels of high-affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI) compared to Pparβ/δ(-/-) mice...
December 9, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935637/functional-and-phenotypic-heterogeneity-of-group-3-innate-lymphoid-cells
#19
REVIEW
Felipe Melo-Gonzalez, Matthew R Hepworth
Group 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILC3), defined by expression of the transcription factor retinoid-related orphan receptor γt, play key roles in the regulation of inflammation and immunity in the gastrointestinal tract and associated lymphoid tissues. ILC3 consist largely of two major subsets, NCR(+) ILC3 and LTi-like ILC3, but also demonstrate significant plasticity and heterogeneity. Recent advances have begun to dissect the relationship between ILC3 subsets and to define distinct functional states within the intestinal tissue microenvironment...
December 9, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925187/depletion-of-cd52-positive-cells-inhibits-the-development-of-central-nervous-system-autoimmune-disease-but-deletes-an-immune-tolerance-promoting-cd8-t-cell-population-implications-for-secondary-autoimmunity-of-alemtuzumab-in-multiple-sclerosis
#20
Stephanie von Kutzleben, Gareth Pryce, Gavin Giovannoni, David Baker
The objective was to determine whether CD52 lymphocyte depletion can act to promote immunological tolerance induction by way of intravenous antigen administration such that it could be used to either improve efficiency of multiple sclerosis (MS) inhibition or inhibit secondary autoimmunities that may occur following alemtuzumab use in MS. Relapsing experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis was induced in ABH mice and immune cell depletion was therapeutically applied using mouse CD52 or CD4 (in conjunction with CD8 or CD20) depleting monoclonal antibodies...
December 7, 2016: Immunology
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