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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092804/enhancement-of-nk-cell-mediated-lysis-of-non-small-lung-cancer-cells-by-npkc-activator-ingenol-3-20-dibenzoate
#1
Chenyuan Gong, Chao Yao, Zihang Xu, Zhongya Ni, Xiaowen Zhu, Lixin Wang, Xuewei Yan, Wuxiong Zhou, Shiguo Zhu
The IFN-γ production is crucial for NK cell-mediated lysis of cancer cells. Thus increasing the IFN-γ production by NK cells may be an ideal strategy to improve their tumoricidal effect. Since the focus on new drug development has shifted towards natural products, limited information is out there about natural products that enhance the IFN-γ production by NK cells. In this study, through a high-throughput screening, we have identified a natural product ingenol 3,20 dibenzoate (IDB), an activator of tumor suppressor protein kinase C (PKC) isozymes, could increase the IFN-γ production and degranulation by NK cells, especially when NK cells were stimulated by non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) cells...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092803/ox40-structure-and-function-what-questions-remain
#2
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Jane Willoughby, Jordana Griffiths, Ivo Tews, Mark S Cragg
OX40 is a type 1 transmembrane glycoprotein, reported nearly 30 years ago as a cell surface antigen expressed on activated T cells. Since its discovery, it has been validated as a bone fide costimulatory molecule for T cells and member of the TNF receptor family. However, many questions still remain relating to its function on different T cell sub-sets and with recent interest in its utility as a target for antibody-mediated immunotherapy, there is a growing need to gain a better understanding of its biology...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088526/subcutaneous-immunization-with-streptococcus-pneumoniae-gapdh-confers-effective-protection-in-mice-via-tlr2-and-tlr4
#3
Xiaoyu Sun, Jichao Wang, Jie Zhou, Hong Wang, Xiaofang Wang, Jingwen Wu, Yujuan He, Yibing Yin, Xuemei Zhang, Wenchun Xu
The surface localized Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) of Streptococcus pneumoniae is best known as housekeeping protein. Currently, GAPDH has been recognized as moonlighting protein and virulent factor. Therefore, we investigate whether GAPDH can act as a suitable vaccine candidate protein to prevent pneumococcal infection. In this study, mice received subcutaneous vaccination with recombinant GAPDH followed by challenge with D39 and 19F showing higher survival rate and lower bacterial loads in nasal washes and lung homogenates than control...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076799/adenylyl-cyclase-type-9-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-asthma-and-allergy-in-brazilian-children
#4
Helena M P Teixeira, Neuza M Alcantara-Neves, Maurício Barreto, Camila A Figueiredo, Ryan S Costa
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract. This heterogeneous disease is caused by the interaction of interindividual genetic variability and environmental factors. The gene adenylyl cyclase type 9 (ADCY9) encodes a protein called adenylyl cyclase (AC), responsible for producing the second messenger cyclic AMP (cAMP). cAMP is produced by T regulatory cells and is involved in the down-regulation of T effector cells. Failures in cAMP production may be related to an imbalance in the regulatory immune response, leading to immune-mediated diseases, such as allergic disorders...
January 8, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073079/trail-facilitates-cytokine-expression-and-macrophage-migration-during-hypoxia-reoxygenation-via-er-stress-dependent-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#5
Yinan Jiang, Xiaoyan Chen, Mengya Fan, Hui Li, Weina Zhu, Xi Chen, Chenghua Cao, Rui Xu, Yaohui Wang, Yuanfang Ma
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), which is known as a key molecule to induce cancer cell apoptosis, has also been found to participate in the process of ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. Infiltrated macrophages play dual roles in inflammatory injury and healing following I/R. Whether TRAIL has any effect on macrophages during this process remains elusive. Here we showed that I/R triggered the expressions of TRAIL, DR5 and cytokines (IL-1β, TNFα, CCL-2 and ICAM-1), in addition to macrophage infiltration, which could be abolished by TRAIL neutralizing antibody...
January 7, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073078/trim52-a-nuclear-trim-protein-that-positively-regulates-the-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-signaling-pathway
#6
Wenchun Fan, Tingting Liu, Xiangmin Li, Yun Zhou, Mengge Wu, Xiaofang Cui, Huanchun Chen, Ping Qian
Emerging evidence suggests that TRIM family proteins play a crucial role in regulating the NF-κB signaling pathway. TRIM52 is a novel noncanonical antiviral TRIM gene with a unique expanded RING domain. Information on the biological function of TRIM52 is limited. Herein, we demonstrated TRIM52 involvement in NF-κB activation. We found that TRIM52 overexpression specifically activated the NF-κB signal. TRIM52 overexpression can significantly induce TNFα and IL-6 expression. We also found that the RING domain of TRIM52 was essential for its activation of the NF-κB signal...
January 7, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064070/maspin-inhibits-macrophage-phagocytosis-and-enhances-inflammatory-cytokine-production-via-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
#7
Yimeng Wang, Luguo Sun, Zhenbo Song, Danfeng Wang, Yongli Bao, Yuxin Li
Maspin (mammary serine protease inhibitor) is a non-inhibitory member of the serine protease inhibitor superfamily and a tumor suppressor in several cancers due to its ability to inhibit cell invasion, angiogenesis, and promote apoptosis. However, its immunomodulatory function remains largely unexplored. Thus, we explored the potential link between Maspin and macrophage function, first evaluating the regulatory effects of conditioned medium (CM) of a Maspin-overexpressing CHO cell strain on mouse peritoneal macrophage phagocytosis and cytokine secretion...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064069/immunization-with-leishmania-donovani-protein-disulfide-isomerase-dna-construct-induces-th1-and-th17-dependent-immune-response-and-protection-against-experimental-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-balb-c-mice
#8
Ajay Amit, Vijayamahantesh, Manas R Dikhit, Ashish Kumar Singh, Vikash Kumar, Shashi S Suman, Ashu Singh, Akhilesh Kumar, Ajit Kumar Thakur, Vidyanand Ravi Das, Pradeep Das, Sanjiva Bimal
In the present study, the efficacy of Leishmania donovani protein disulfide isomerase (LdPDI) as a DNA vaccine was evaluated in BALB/C mice. Mice immunized with the LdPDI-DNA construct were found to be the most immuno-reactive, as the construct induced higher T-cell proliferation. The increased T-cell proliferation was associated with a substantial rise in Th1 and Th17+ CD4 cell response and triggered a higher proportion of CD8+ T cells for the release of interferon-gamma along with a reduced splenic parasite load on Days20 and 60 post challenge (PC)...
January 5, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038358/il-22-promotes-fas-expression-in-oligodendrocytes-and-inhibits-foxp3-expression-in-t-cells-by-activating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-multiple-sclerosis
#9
Jin Zhen, Jun Yuan, Yongwang Fu, Runxiu Zhu, Meiling Wang, Hong Chang, Yan Zhao, Dong Wang, Zuneng Lu
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is characterized by an increase in interleukin-22 and Fas, and a decrease in FOXP3, among other factors. In this study, we examined patients with MS and healthy control subjects and used the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) animal model to identify the effects of IL-22 on oligodendrocytes and T cells in MS development. In MS, the expression of Fas in oligodendrocytes and IL-22 in CD4(+)CCR4(+)CCR6(+)CCR10(+) T cells was enhanced. Ikaros and FOXP3 were both decreased in T cells...
December 27, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038357/streptococcus-gordonii-induces-nitric-oxide-production-through-its-lipoproteins-stimulating-toll-like-receptor-2-in-murine-macrophages
#10
Hyun Young Kim, Jung Eun Baik, Ki Bum Ahn, Ho Seong Seo, Cheol-Heui Yun, Seung Hyun Han
Streptococcus gordonii, a Gram-positive commensal in the oral cavity, is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause endodontic and systemic infections resulting in infective endocarditis. Lipoteichoic acid (LTA) and lipoprotein are major virulence factors of Gram-positive bacteria that are preferentially recognized by Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) on immune cells. In the present study, we investigated the effect of S. gordonii LTA and lipoprotein on the production of the representative inflammatory mediator nitric oxide (NO) by the mouse macrophages...
December 27, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033540/cathepsin-s-inhibition-changes-regulatory-t-cell-activity-in-regulating-bladder-cancer-and-immune-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis
#11
Xiang Yan, Chun Wu, Tao Chen, Marcela M Santos, Cong-Lin Liu, Chongzhe Yang, Lijun Zhang, Jingyuan Ren, Sha Liao, Hongqiang Guo, Galina K Sukhova, Guo-Ping Shi
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are immune suppressive cells, but their roles in tumor growth have been elusive, depending on tumor type or site. Our prior study demonstrated a role of cathepsin S (CatS) in reducing Treg immunosuppressive activity. Therefore, CatS inhibition in Tregs may exacerbate tumor growth. Using mouse bladder carcinoma MB49 cell subcutaneous implant tumor model, we detected no difference in tumor growth, whether mice were given saline- or CatS inhibitor-treated Tregs. However, mice that received inhibitor-treated Tregs had fewer splenic and tumor Tregs, and lower levels of tumor and splenic cell proliferation than mice that received saline-treated Tregs...
December 26, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027499/imbalance-between-the-anti-and-pro-inflammatory-milieu-in-blood-leukocytes-of-autistic-children
#12
Sheikh F Ahmad, Ahmed Nadeem, Mushtaq A Ansari, Saleh A Bakheet, Sabry M Attia, Khairy M A Zoheir, Laila Yousef Al-Ayadhi, Mohammad Z Alzahrani, Abdulaziz M S Alsaad, Moureq R Alotaibi, Adel R A Abd-Allah
Accumulating evidence suggests an association between immune dysfunction and autism disorders in a significant subset of children. In addition, an imbalance between pro- and anti-inflammatory pathways has been proposed to play an important role in the pathogenesis of several neurodevelopmental disorders including autism; however, the role of anti-inflammatory molecules IL-27 and CTLA-4 and pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-21 and IL-22 has not previously been explored in autistic children. In the current study, we investigated the expression of IL-21, IL-22, IL-27, and CD152 (CTLA-4) following an in-vitro immunological challenge of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from children with autism (AU) or typically-developing children (TD) with phorbol-12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) and ionomycin...
December 24, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024184/serpinb9-is-a-marker-of-antigen-cross-presenting-dendritic-cells
#13
M S Mangan, J Vega-Ramos, L T Joeckel, A J Mitchell, A Rizzitelli, B Roediger, D Kaiserman, W W Weninger, J A Villadangos, P I Bird
Serpinb9 (Sb9, also called Spi6) is an intracellular inhibitor of granzyme B (grB) that protects cytotoxic lymphocytes from grB-mediated death. In addition, Sb9 is also expressed in accessory immune cells, including dendritic cells (DCs), although its role is debated. Recently, we have demonstrated that Sb9 plays a grB-independent role in cross-presentation of antigens by CD8(+) DCs. Here, using a mouse line expressing green fluorescent protein knocked in under the control of the Sb9 promoter, we demonstrate that Sb9 expression is highest in those tissue-resident and migratory DC subsets capable of cross-presentation...
December 23, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012560/non-traditional-roles-of-complement-in-type-2-diabetes-metabolism-insulin-secretion-and-homeostasis
#14
Ben C King, Anna M Blom
Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is a disease of increasing importance and represents a growing burden on global healthcare and human health. In T2D, loss of effectiveness of insulin signaling in peripheral tissues cannot be compensated for by adequate insulin secretion, leading to hyperglycemia and resultant complications. In recent years, inflammation has been identified as a central component of T2D, both in inducing peripheral insulin resistance as well as in the pancreatic islet, where it contributes to loss of insulin secretion and death of insulin-secreting beta cells...
December 21, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012362/quantification-and-simultaneous-evaluation-of-the-bioactivity-of-antibody-produced-in-cho-cell-culture-the-use-of-the-ectodomain-of-fc%C3%AE-ri-and-surface-plasmon-resonance-based-biosensor
#15
July Dorion-Thibaudeau, Yves Durocher, Gregory De Crescenzo
A surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based assay has been developed in order to quantify the monoclonal antibody (Mab) Trastuzumab within the supernatant of a mammalian cell culture using the ectodomain of FcγRI (CD64) and confirm Mab bioactivity, i.e. binding to its antigen Her2, in a single biosensing experiment. Under partial mass transport limitation, we were able to quantify Mab present in unpurified samples taken throughout the cell culture. While Mab capture on the biosensor surface confirmed the ability of its Fc region to bind to FcγRI, the binding activity of its Fab region was also tested by injecting increasing concentrations of the Mab antigen (Her2)...
December 21, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011367/biomarkers-associated-with-disease-severity-in-allergic-and-nonallergic-asthma
#16
Selene Baos, David Calzada, Lucía Cremades, Joaquín Sastre, Joaquín Quiralte, Fernando Florido, Carlos Lahoz, Blanca Cárdaba
Asthma is a complex, chronic respiratory disease with a wide clinical spectrum. Use of high-throughput technologies has generated a great deal of data that require validation. In this work the objective was to validate molecular biomarkers related to asthmatic disease types in peripheral blood samples and define their relationship with disease severity. With this purpose, ninety-four previously described genes were analyzed by qRT-PCR in 30 healthy control (HC) subjects, 30 patients with nonallergic asthma (NA), 30 with allergic asthma (AA), and 14 patients with allergy (rhinitis) but without asthma (AR)...
December 20, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006656/disruption-of-serinc1-which-facilitates-serine-derived-lipid-synthesis-fails-to-alter-macrophage-function-lymphocyte-proliferation-or-autoimmune-disease-susceptibility
#17
Edward P F Chu, Colleen M Elso, Abigail H Pollock, May A Alsayb, Leanne Mackin, Helen E Thomas, Thomas W H Kay, Pablo A Silveira, Ashley S Mansell, Katharina Gaus, Thomas C Brodnicki
During immune cell activation, serine-derived lipids such as phosphatidylserine and sphingolipids contribute to the formation of protein signaling complexes within the plasma membrane. Altering lipid composition in the cell membrane can subsequently affect immune cell function and the development of autoimmune disease. Serine incorporator 1 (SERINC1) is a putative carrier protein that facilitates synthesis of serine-derived lipids. To determine if SERINC1 has a role in immune cell function and the development of autoimmunity, we characterized a mouse strain in which a retroviral insertion abolishes expression of the Serinc1 transcript...
December 19, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006655/cloning-expression-and-purification-of-autolysin-from-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-potency-and-challenge-study-in-balb-c-mice
#18
Setareh Haghighat, Seyed Davar Siadat, Seyed Mehdi Rezayat Sorkhabadi, Abbas Akhavan Sepahi, Mehdi Mahdavi
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an opportunistic pathogen which causes a variety of clinical diseases and leads to high rates of morbidity and mortality. Development of an effective vaccine appears to be a useful strategy to control the infection. Here, the internal region of atl was cloned into the pET24a plasmid and expressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3). Cloning of atl was confirmed by colony-PCR, enzymatic digestion and sequencing. Protein expressed in E coli, BL21 DE3 and was confirmed with SDS-PAGE and western blot analysis...
December 19, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992764/microrna-712-restrains-macrophage-pro-inflammatory-responses-by-targeting-lrrk2-leading-to-restoration-of-insulin-stimulated-glucose-uptake-by-myoblasts
#19
Malathi Talari, Tapan Kumar Singh Nayak, Vasundhara Kain, Phanithi Prakash Babu, Parimal Misra, Kishore V L Parsa
Chronic inflammatory diseases such as insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases etc., are shown to be caused due to imbalanced activation states of macrophages. MicroRNAs which are transcriptional/post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression drive several pathophysiological processes including macrophage polarization. However the functional role of microRNAs in regulating inflammation induced insulin resistance is ill defined. In our current study we observed that the expression of miR-712 was reduced in macrophages exposed to LPS and IFN-γ...
December 16, 2016: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989433/complement-mediated-inflammation-and-injury-in-brain-dead-organ-donors
#20
Felix Poppelaars, Marc A Seelen
The importance of the complement system in renal ischemia-reperfusion injury and acute rejection is widely recognized, however its contribution to the pathogenesis of tissue damage in the donor remains underexposed. Brain-dead (BD) organ donors are still the primary source of organs for transplantation. Brain death is characterized by hemodynamic changes, hormonal dysregulation, and immunological activation. Recently, the complement system has been shown to be involved. In BD organ donors, complement is activated systemically and locally and is an important mediator of inflammation and graft injury...
December 15, 2016: Molecular Immunology
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