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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646679/hypoxia-induced-adam-17-expression-is-mediated-by-rsk1-dependent-c-ebp%C3%AE-activation-in-human-lung-fibroblasts
#1
Jing-Yun Chen, Chien-Huang Lin, Bing-Chang Chen
Hypoxia was identified as a mediator of lung fibrosis in patients with chronic obstructive asthma (COA). Overexpression of a disintegrin and metalloproteinase 17 (ADAM 17) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) leads to development of tissue fibrosis. However, the signaling pathway in hypoxia-induced ADAM 17 expression remains poorly defined. In this study, we investigated the roles that ribosomal S-6 kinase 1 (RSK1)/CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBPβ)-dependent ADAM 17 expression plays in hypoxia-induced CTGF expression in human lung fibroblasts...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644974/immature-human-dcs-efficiently-translocate-endocytosed-antigens-into-the-cytosol-for-proteasomal-processing
#2
Renato B Baleeiro, Peter Walden
Cross-presentation of endocytosed antigen is essential for induction of CD8 effector T cell responses and a hallmark of dendritic cells (DCs). The mode of antigen processing in this context is controversial and some models imply translocation of the antigen from the endosomes into the cytosol. To test this hypothesis we made use of the pro-apoptotic properties of cytochrome c when in the cytosol, and confirmed that it indeed triggered apoptosis of human immature DCs but only at high concentrations. Proteasome inhibitors reduced the required concentration of cytochrome c thousand-fold, indicating that protein translocated into the cytosol is rapidly degraded by proteasomes...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644973/il-18-il-15-il-12-synergy-induces-elevated-and-prolonged-ifn-%C3%AE-production-by-ex-vivo-expanded-nk-cells-which-is-not-due-to-enhanced-stat4-activation
#3
Evan Lusty, Sophie M Poznanski, Karen Kwofie, Talveer S Mandur, Dean A Lee, Carl D Richards, Ali A Ashkar
The synergistic effect of IL-18/IL-15/IL-12 stimulation potently activates NK cells, inducing high levels of IFN-γ production. As a result of this potent stimulatory effect, NK cell pre-activation with IL-18/IL-15/IL-12 is being developed as a cancer immunotherapy. Ex vivo expansion of NK cells enables the efficient generation of large numbers of NK cells for wide-scale and repeated therapeutic use, and is thus an important source of NK cells for clinical application. However, the effects of IL-18/IL-15/IL-12 stimulation on ex vivo expanded NK cells have not yet been assessed...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644972/advantages-of-targeting-b-cell-receptor-complex-to-treat-b-cell-derived-autoimmune-diseases-and-lymphomas
#4
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Jemal Adem, Mine Eray, Jonna Eeva, Ulla Nuutinen, Jukka Pelkonen
Antibodies produced by B-cells provide protection from infectious agents. However, impaired cell death signaling pathways in B-cells can lead to cancer, immunodeficiency or autoimmune diseases. B-cell signaling molecules such as CD20, CD19, Btk, and BAFF-R are targeted by therapeutic drugs and used to treat B-cell derived lymphomas or autoimmune diseases. Nevertheless, B-cells could develop resistance to these therapeutic drugs or the therapeutic drugs may have off-target effects. For instance, repeated rituximab (anti-CD20 antibody) treatment may lead to the loss of its target cell surface molecule, CD20...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641141/rag2-involves-the-ig%C3%AE%C2%BA-locus-demethylation-during-b-cell-development
#5
Caijun Wu, Yanying Dong, Xiaohui Zhao, Ping Zhang, Mingzhe Zheng, Hua Zhang, Shichang Li, Yaofeng Jin, Yunfeng Ma, Huixun Ren, Yanhong Ji
The genes encoding the immunoglobulin κ light chain are assembled during B cell development by V(D)J recombination. For efficient rearrangement, the Igκ locus must undergo a series of epigenetic changes. One such epigenetic mark is DNA methylation. The mechanism that the Igκ locus is selectively demethylated at the pre-B cell stage has not previously been characterized. Here, we employed bisulfite DNA-modification assays to analyze the methylation status of the Igκ locus in primary pre-B cells from RAG-deficient mice with pre-rearranged Igh knock-in allele...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641140/effect-of-c1-inh-on-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-a-porcine-limb-ex-vivo-perfusion-model
#6
Mai M Abdelhafez, Jane Shaw, Damian Sutter, Jonas Schnider, Yara Banz, Hansjörg Jenni, Esther Voegelin, Mihai A Constantinescu, Robert Rieben
Revascularization of an amputated limb within 4-6h is essential to avoid extensive ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury leading to vascular leakage, edema and tissue necrosis. I/R injury is a pathological inflammatory condition that occurs during reperfusion of an organ or tissue after prolonged ischemia. It is characterized by a complex crosstalk between endothelial cell activation and the activation of plasma cascades. Vasculoprotective pharmacological intervention to prevent I/R injury might be an option to prolong the time window between limb amputation and successful replantation...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623734/ig-seq-deep-sequencing-of-the-variable-region-of-atlantic-salmon-igm-heavy-chain-transcripts
#7
Aleksei Krasnov, Sven Martin Jørgensen, Sergey Afanasyev
Immunoglobulin M plays a key role in systemic protection of Atlantic salmon against pathogens. Until recent, studies have focused on antigen-specific antibodies and little is known about the IgM repertoire: its size, developmental changes and responses to antigens. We report the development of deep sequencing protocol to characterize the repertoire of IgM heavy chain variable region. Its structure and changes were examined at the early stages of life and after infection with virus of cardiac myopathy. Clonotypes are identified by the V and J gene segments and amino acid sequences of CDR3, which determine the contribution of the heavy chain to the antigen binding properties...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623733/a-novel-immune-related-gene-hdd1-of-silkworm-bombyx-mori-is-involved-in-bacterial-response
#8
Kui Zhang, Guangzhao Pan, Yuzu Zhao, Xiangwei Hao, Chongyang Li, Li Shen, Rui Zhang, Jingjing Su, Hongjuan Cui
Insects have evolved an effective immune system to respond to various challenges. In this study, a novel immune-related gene, called BmHDD1, was first charactered in silkworm, Bombyx mori. BmHDD1 contained an ORF of 837bp and encoding a deduced protein of 278 amino acids. BmHDD1 was specifically expressed in hemocytes, and highly expressed at the molting and metamorphosis stages under normal physiological conditions. Our results suggested that BmHDD1 was mainly generated by hemocytes and secreted into hemolymph...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622911/demyelination-strokes-and-eculizumab-lessons-from-the-congenital-cd59-gene-mutations
#9
Adi Tabib, Netanel Karbian, Dror Mevorach
Neurological symptoms of patients with p.Cys89Tyr mutation in the CD59 gene include recurrent peripheral neuropathy resembling Guillain-Barré syndrome, characterized by sensory-motor demyelinating neuropathy with secondary axonal damage and moderate enhancement of the nerve roots on spine MRI, together with recurrent strokes and retinal involvement. Three additional mutations in CD59, leading to loss of function, have been described, and overall, 12/12 (100%) of patients with any mutation presented with neurological symptoms; 11/12 (92%) patients presented with recurrent peripheral neuropathy, 6/12 (50%) with recurrent strokes, and 1/12 (8%) with retinal involvement...
June 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622910/the-link-between-morphology-and-complement-in-ocular-disease
#10
Camilla Mohlin, Kerstin Sandholm, Kristina N Ekdahl, Bo Nilsson
The complement system is a vital component of the immune-priveliged human eye that is always active at a low-grade level, preventing harmful intraocular injuries caused by accumulation of turnover products and controlling pathogens to preserve eye homeostasis and vision. The complement system is a double-edged sword that is essential for protection but may also become harmful and contribute to eye pathology. Here, we review the evidence for the involvement of complement system dysregulation in age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, uveitis, and neuromyelitis optica, highlighting the relationship between morphogical changes and complement system protein expression and regulation in these diseases...
June 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622574/analysis-of-adipose-tissue-immune-gene-expression-after-vaccination-of-rainbow-trout-with-adjuvanted-bacterins-reveals-an-association-with-side-effects
#11
Kimberly A Veenstra, Tiehui Wang, Ayham Alnabulsi, Alex Douglas, K Spencer Russell, Lincoln Tubbs, Juliette Ben Arous, Christopher J Secombes
Most existing fish vaccines are presented in the form of oil-based emulsions delivered by intraperitoneal injection. Whilst very effective they are frequently associated with inflammatory responses that can result in clinically significant side-effects often involving the adipose tissue that is in direct contact with the vaccine. To explore the potential of immune gene expression changes in the adipose tissue of fish to be markers of vaccination efficacy or development of side-effects we have studied the response to a bacterial (Aeromonas salmonicida) vaccine administered with two different adjuvants...
June 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610663/eculizumab-c5-complexes-express-a-c5a-neoepitope-in-vivo-consequences-for-interpretation-of-patient-complement-analyses
#12
Per H Nilsson, Anub Mathew Thomas, Grethe Bergseth, Alice Gustavsen, Elena B Volokhina, Lambertus P van den Heuvel, Andreas Barratt-Due, Tom E Mollnes
The complement system has obtained renewed clinical focus due to increasing number of patients treated with eculizumab, a monoclonal antibody inhibiting cleavage of C5 into C5a and C5b. The FDA approved indications are paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria and atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome, but many other diseases are candidates for complement inhibition. It has been postulated that eculizumab does not inhibit C5a formation in vivo, in contrast to what would be expected since it blocks C5 cleavage. We recently revealed that this finding was due to a false positive reaction in a C5a assay...
June 10, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609714/mfhas1-suppresses-tlr4-signaling-pathway-via-induction-of-pp2a-c-subunit-cytoplasm-translocation-and-inhibition-of-c-jun-dephosphorylation-at-thr239
#13
Qiqing Shi, Bo Xiong, Jing Zhong, Huihui Wang, Duan Ma, Changhong Miao
TLR4, an important Toll-like receptor in innate immunity, can be activated by LPS and induce proinflammatory cytokines to resist invasion of pathogenic microorganism, but excessive inflammation can trigger tissue injury. Many genes negatively regulate TLR4 signaling pathway. Recent studies found that malignant fibrous histiocytoma amplified sequence 1 (MFHAS1) suppressed the expression of cytokine IL6 in Raw264.7 cells stimulated by LPS, but the mechanisms remained unclear. This study investigated the role of MFHAS1 in TLR4 signaling pathway and the possible mechanisms implicated...
June 10, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609713/nicorandil-modulated-macrophages-activation-and-polarization-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
#14
Fengyun Zhang, Yongli Xuan, Jinjin Cui, Xinxin Liu, Zhiying Shao, Bo Yu
Nicorandil, a drug with both nitrate-like and ATP-sensitive potassium (KATP) channel-activating properties, has been well demonstrated in various aspects of myocardial infarction (MI), especially in inhibiting cell apoptosis and increasing coronary flow. However, the role of nicorandil in regulating inflammation and angiogenesis following myocardial infarction is still unrevealed. In the present study, we explored the effect of nicorandil on macrophage phenotype transition and inflammation regulation and the potential underlying mechanisms...
June 10, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601358/c1q-a-fresh-look-upon-an-old-molecule
#15
Nicole M Thielens, Francesco Tedesco, Suzanne S Bohlson, Christine Gaboriaud, Andrea J Tenner
Originally discovered as part of C1, the initiation component of the classical complement pathway, it is now appreciated that C1q regulates a variety of cellular processes independent of complement activation. C1q is a complex glycoprotein assembled from 18 polypeptide chains, with a C-terminal globular head region that mediates recognition of diverse molecular structures, and an N-terminal collagen-like tail that mediates immune effector mechanisms. C1q mediates a variety of immunoregulatory functions considered important in the prevention of autoimmunity such as the enhancement of phagocytosis, regulation of cytokine production by antigen presenting cells, and subsequent alteration in T-lymphocyte maturation...
June 7, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601357/intracellular-complement-the-complosome-in-immune-cell-regulation
#16
Giuseppina Arbore, Claudia Kemper, Martin Kolev
The complement system was defined over a century ago based on its ability to "complement" the antibody-mediated and cell-mediated immune responses against pathogens. Today our understanding of this ancient part of innate immunity has changed substantially and we know now that complement plays an undisputed pivotal role in the regulation of both innate and adaptive immunity. The complement system consists of over 50 blood-circulating, cell-surface expressed and intracellular proteins. It is key in the recognition and elimination of invading pathogens, also in the removal of self-derived danger such as apoptotic cells, and it supports innate immune responses and the initiation of the general inflammatory reactions...
June 7, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600970/thp-1-and-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-derived-macrophages-differ-in-their-capacity-to-polarize-in-vitro
#17
Hiromi Shiratori, Carmen Feinweber, Sonja Luckhardt, Bona Linke, Eduard Resch, Gerd Geisslinger, Andreas Weigert, Michael J Parnham
Macrophages (Mφ) undergo activation to pro-inflammatory (M1) or anti-inflammatory (M2) phenotypes in response to pathophysiologic stimuli and dysregulation of the M1-M2 balance is often associated with diseases. Therefore, studying mechanisms of macrophage polarization may reveal new drug targets. Human Mφ polarization is generally studied in primary monocyte-derived Mφ (PBMC Mφ) and THP-1-derived Mφ (THP-1 Mφ). We compared the polarization profile of THP-1 Mφ with that of PBMC Mφ to assess the alternative use of THP-1 for polarization studies...
June 7, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600003/novel-insights-into-the-expression-pattern-of-anaphylatoxin-receptors-in-mice-and-men
#18
Yves Laumonnier, Christian M Karsten, Jörg Köhl
The anaphylatoxins (AT) C3a and C5a play important roles as mediators of inflammation. Further, they regulate and control multiple innate and adaptive immune responses through binding and activation of their cognate G protein-coupled receptors, i.e. C3a receptor (C3aR), C5a receptor 1 (C5aR1) and C5a receptor 2 (C5aR2), although the latter lacks important sequence motifs for G protein-coupling. Based on their pleiotropic functions, they contribute not only to tissue homeostasis but drive, perpetuate and resolve immune responses in many inflammatory diseases including infections, malignancies, autoimmune as well as allergic diseases...
June 6, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599122/respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection-compromises-asthma-tolerance-by-recruiting-interleukin-17a-producing-cells-via-ccr6-ccl20-signaling
#19
Tianyun Shi, Yanchao He, Wei Sun, Yi Wu, Ling Li, Zhijun Jie, Xiao Su
Asthma tolerance can be induced by breast-feeding or oral feeding with ovalbumin (OVA). Anergy or deletion of specific T cells and generation of T regulatory cells might contribute to this process. However, whether respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection would affect asthma tolerance is not very clear. Here, we first established asthma and oral tolerance mouse models and then analyzed airway hypersensitivity and asthma-related genes in the lung, CCR6-expressing IL-17A(+) cells in the lungs, hilar or mesenteric lymph nodes (HLN or MLN) among control, asthmatic, tolerized, RSV infection, and RSV-infected asthmatic and tolerized groups...
June 6, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595743/the-role-of-the-complement-system-in-hereditary-angioedema
#20
Dorottya Csuka, Nóra Veszeli, Lilian Varga, Zoltán Prohászka, Henriette Farkas
Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a rare, but potentially life-threatening disorder, characterized by acute, recurring, and self-limiting edematous episodes of the face, extremities, trunk, genitals, upper airways, or the gastrointestinal tract. HAE may be caused by the deficiency of C1-inhibitor (C1-INH-HAE) but another type of the disease, hereditary angioedema with normal C1-INH function (nC1-INH-HAE) was also described. The patient population is quite heterogeneous as regards the location, frequency, and severity of edematous attacks, presenting large intra- and inter-individual variation...
June 5, 2017: Molecular Immunology
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