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Jessica M Deckman, Cathryn J Kurkjian, Joseph P McGillis, Theodore J Cory, Susan E Birket, Linda M Schutzman, Brian S Murphy, Beth A Garvy, David J Feola
Recent studies show a substantial incidence of Pneumocystis jirovecii colonization and infection in patients with chronic inflammatory lung conditions. However, little is known about the impact of Pneumocystis upon the regulation of pulmonary immunity. We demonstrate here that Pneumocystis polarizes macrophages towards an alternatively activated macrophage-like phenotype. Genetically engineered mice that lack the ability to signal through IL-4 and IL-13 were used to show that Pneumocystis alternative macrophage activation is dependent upon signaling through these cytokines...
October 5, 2016: Immunobiology
Kaili Zhang, Ying Wang, Weiyuan Ma, Zhigang Hu, Pengxin Zhao
Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT) is a common autoimmune disease. Genistein is an isoflavone with immunomodulatory functions in various diseases. In this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study, we investigated the effects of genistein on patients with HT. A total of 218 patients were recruited. Genistein treated patients had a significant increased T4, fT4 levels, as well as reduction in serum TSH, TPOAb and TgAb levels, compared with those receiving placebo. Furthermore, Th1 related cytokine IFN-γ and IL-2 changes after genistein treatment suggest the immune modulating effect of genistein is mediated through regulating the function of Th1 cells...
October 4, 2016: Immunobiology
Bei Liu, Ruili Sun, Hongbo Luo, Xueting Liu, Manli Jiang, Chuang Yuan, Li Yang, Jinyue Hu
Our previous study showed that TLR3 induces apoptosis via both death receptors and mitochondial in human endothelial cells. We report here that the activation of TLR4 induced dose- and time-dependent cell death in moncytic THP-1 cells. LPS treatment of THP-1 cells induced the activation of both caspase 8 and 9, suggesting the involvement of intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis pathways. TNFα was induced by TLR4 activation at both mRNA and protein levels, but its neutralization did not down-regulated TLR4-induced cell death...
October 4, 2016: Immunobiology
Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, Mushtaq Ahmad Ansari, Ahmed Nadeem, Khairy M A Zoheir, Saleh A Bakheet, Abdulaziz M S Alsaad, Othman A Al-Shabanah, Sabry M Attia
We set out to investigate the influence of STA-21, a dynamic STAT-3 inhibitor, on the expansion and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to determine its potential mechanisms of action in a mouse model of collagen antibody-induced arthritis (CAIA). To this end, arthritis was induced via intravenous (IV) injection of Balb/c mice with a cocktail of antibodies directed against type II collagen (1.5μg/mouse, IV), followed by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) at a dose of (25μg/mouse, i.p.) on day 3. Mice were then left untreated or were simultaneously treated with STA-21 (0...
October 3, 2016: Immunobiology
Ramona Sturm, David Heftrig, Katharina Mörs, Nils Wagner, Kerstin Kontradowitz, Katrin Jurida, Ingo Marzi, Borna Relja
OBJECTIVE: Phagocytizing leukocytes (granulocytes and monocytes) play a fundamental role in immunological defense against pathogens and clearance of cellular debris after tissue injury due to trauma. According to the "two-hit hypothesis", phagocytes become primed due to/after trauma. Subsequently, a secondary stimulus may lead to their exaggerated response. This immune dysfunction can result in serious infectious complications, also depending on trauma injury pattern. Here, we investigated the phagocytizing capacity of leukocytes, and its correlation to trauma injury pattern...
September 29, 2016: Immunobiology
Jon Andoni Sánchez, Amparo Alfonso, Olivier P Thomas, Luís M Botana
Previous works with autumnalamide reported that Store Operated Calcium (SOC) channels were blocked through mitochondrial modulation. In the present paper we studied the effect of autumnalamide on ionomycin Ca(2+) fluxes. Thus, autumnalamide did not modify ionomycin-sensitive intracellular pools while the ionomycin-induced Ca(2+) influx was blocked with similar potency whether the incubation was done before or after ionomycin-sensitive pools depletion. Nevertheless, autumnalamide was not able to inhibit ionomycin-induced Ca(2+) influx once the membrane channels were activated...
September 28, 2016: Immunobiology
Lidiana Flora Vidoto da Costa, Anuska Marcelino Alvares-Saraiva, Paulo Ricardo Dell'Armelina Rocha, Diva Denelle Spadacci-Morena, Elizabeth Cristina Perez, Mario Mariano, Maria Anete Lallo
Encephalitozoon cuniculi is an opportunist intracellular pathogen of mammals. The adaptive immune response is essential to eliminate E. cuniculi, but evidence is mounting that the response initiated by the innate immune response may ultimately define whether or not the parasite can survive. B-1 cells may act as antigen-presenting cells or differentiate into phagocytes, playing different roles in many infection models. However, the role of these cells in the dynamics of Encephalitozoon sp. infections is still unknown...
September 28, 2016: Immunobiology
Mariana Costa Duarte, Daniela Pagliara Lage, Vívian Tamietti Martins, Lourena Emanuele Costa, Ana Maria Ravena Severino Carvalho, Fernanda Ludolf, Thaís Teodoro de Oliveira Santos, Danniele Luciana Vale, Bruno Mendes Roatt, Daniel Menezes-Souza, Ana Paula Fernandes, Carlos Alberto Pereira Tavares, Eduardo Antonio Ferraz Coelho
In the present study, two proteins cloned from Leishmania braziliensis species, a hypothetical protein (LbHyp) and the eukaryotic initiation factor 5a (EiF5a), were evaluated to protect BALB/c mice against L. amazonensis infection. The animals were immunized with the antigens, either separately or in combination, using saponin as an immune adjuvant in both cases. Spleen cells from vaccinated and later infected mice produced significantly higher levels of protein and parasite-specific IFN-γ, IL-12, and GM-CSF, in addition to low levels of IL-4 and IL-10...
September 28, 2016: Immunobiology
Vivian A Paschoal, Mariane T Amano, Thiago Belchior, Juliana Magdalon, Patricia Chimin, Maynara L Andrade, Milene Ortiz-Silva, Érique Castro, Alex S Yamashita, José Cesar Rosa Neto, Niels O Câmara, William T Festuccia
Genetic- and diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance are associated with an increase in mechanistic target of rapamycin complex (mTORC) 1 activity in adipose tissue. We investigated herein the effects of pharmacological mTORC1 inhibition in the development of adipose tissue inflammation induced by high-fat diet (HFD) feeding, as well as in the polarization, metabolism and function of bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDM). For this, C57BL/6J mice fed with a standard chow diet or a HFD (60% of calories from fat) and treated with either vehicle (0...
September 28, 2016: Immunobiology
Keith Rubin, Steven Glazer
While a number of endogenous risk factors including age and genetics are established for Alzheimer's disease (AD), identification of acquired, potentially preventable or treatable causes, remains limited. In this paper, we review three epidemiologic case studies and present extensive biologic, immunologic and anatomic evidence to support a novel hypothesis that Bordetella pertussis (BP), the bacterium better known to cause whooping cough, is an important potential cause of AD. Cross-cultural documentation of nasopharyngeal subclinical BP colonization reflecting BP-specific mucosal immunodeficiency, proximate anatomy of intranasal mucosal surfaces to central nervous system (CNS) olfactory pathways, and mechanisms by which BP and BP toxin account for all hallmark pathology of AD are reviewed, substantiating biologic plausibility...
September 28, 2016: Immunobiology
Ivana Nikolic, Ivana Stojanovic, Milica Vujicic, Paolo Fagone, Katia Mangano, Stanislava Stosic-Grujicic, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Tamara Saksida
Bovine colostrum is a rich source of nutrients and immunologically active components that play a role in conveying passive immunity to the offspring, protection and maturation of new-born's gastrointestinal tract. Colostrum has exerted positive effects in diseases affecting gastrointestinal tract, as well as type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, health-promoting effects in type 1 diabetes have not been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate therapeutic value of oral administration of standardized bovine colostrum derivative (SBCD) in three models of type 1 diabetes (T1D): spontaneously developed T1D in NOD mice and BB-DP rats, and in chemically induced T1D in C57BL/6 mice with multiple low doses of streptozotocin (MLDS)...
September 24, 2016: Immunobiology
Gilberto Vargas-Alarcon, Nancy Martinez-Rodriguez, Rafael Velazquez-Cruz, Oscar Perez-Mendez, Rosalinda Posadas-Sanchez, Carlos Posadas-Romero, Marco Antonio Peña-Duque, Marco Antonio Martinez-Rios, Silvestre Ramirez-Fuentes, Jose Manuel Fragoso
Hypertension is a major public health problem affecting about 30% of the adult population and is associated with an increased risk of developing metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Recent reports have shown that the T-cadherin receptor characteristically expressed on endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells is involved in hypertension. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of cadherin-13 (CDH13) gene polymorphisms as susceptibility markers for hypertension in Mexican population. Six CDH13 polymorphisms (rs11646213, rs11646411, rs6563943, rs3096277, rs3784990 and rs254340) were genotyped by 5' exonuclease TaqMan assays in a group of 644 hypertensive and 765 non-hypertensive individuals...
September 21, 2016: Immunobiology
Vincent Sam Yong Tchang, Michael Stiess, Kerstin Siegmund, Urs Karrer, Jean Pieters
Coronin 1, a member of the evolutionary conserved WD repeat protein family of coronin proteins is expressed in all leukocytes, but a role for coronin 1 in natural killer (NK) cell homeostasis and function remains unclear. Here, we have analyzed the number and functionality of NK cells in the presence and absence of coronin 1. In coronin 1-deficient mice, absolute NK cell numbers and phenotype were comparable to wild type mice in blood, spleen and liver. Following in vitro stimulation of the activating NK cell receptors NK1...
September 20, 2016: Immunobiology
Gen Kano, Bruce S Bochner, Nives Zimmermann
RATIONALE: Siglec-8 is a surface receptor predominantly expressed on human eosinophils where its ligation induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation and cell death. Since Siglec-8 has intracellular tyrosine-based motifs, we hypothesized that Src family kinases (SFKs) are involved in ROS formation and cell death induced by Siglec-8 engagement. METHODS: Human peripheral blood eosinophils were purified and incubated with anti-Siglec-8 monoclonal antibodies (mAb, agonist), IL-5, and SFK pharmacological inhibitors...
September 20, 2016: Immunobiology
Jelka Gabrilovac, Barbara Čupić, Emilija Zapletal, Ognjen Kraus, Jasminka Jakić-Razumović
BACKGROUND: Dipeptidyl peptidase 9 (DPP9) is a relatively new member of the DPPIV family of prolyl dipeptidases which is ubiquitously expressed. Its role in regulation of immune responses and proliferation of epithelial carcinoma cells was reported. There is no data on possible role of DPP9 expressed in skin epithelial cells (keratinocytes) and in dermal fibroblasts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Transcriptional and protein expression of DPP9 and DPPIV was examined in fibroblasts and keratinocytes isolated from normal human skin...
September 19, 2016: Immunobiology
Xiaoguang Xu, Haiyan Huang, Qiang Wang, Ming Cai, Yeyong Qian, Yong Han, Xinying Wang, Yu Gao, Ming Yuan, Liang Xu, Chen Yao, Li Xiao, Bingyi Shi
PURPOSE: IFN-γ is a protypical proinflammatory cytokine that plays a central role in inflammation and acute graft rejection. Accumulating evidence indicates that IFN-γ can exert previously unexpected immunoregulatory activities. However, little is known about the role of IFN-γ secreted by Th1-like regulatory T cells in human kidney transplantation. METHODS: To determine the function of IFN-γ in acute T cell-mediated renal allograft rejection (ACR), we examined serum cytokine expression profiles in ACR patients by human cytokine multiplex immunoassay and analyzed the cellular origins of IFN-γ in peripheral blood and renal allograft biopsies from ACR cases and controls by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry, respectively...
September 19, 2016: Immunobiology
Tatsuya Ando, Hiroyasu Ito, Hirofumi Ohtaki, Ayumu Kanbe, Akihiro Hirata, Akira Hara, Mitsuru Seishima
Viral infections can give rise to secondary bacterial infections. In the present study, we examined the role of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced lethal shock during encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV) infection. Wild-type (WT) mice and Jα18 gene knockout (Jα18 KO) mice were inoculated with EMCV, 5days prior to challenging with LPS. The survival rate of Jα18 KO mice subjected to EMCV and LPS was significantly higher than that of WT mice. TNF-α and nitric oxide (NO) production were increased in WT mice, than that in Jα18 KO mice, after the administration of EMCV and LPS...
September 19, 2016: Immunobiology
Jing Shen, Shengru Wu, Wei Guo, Saisai Liang, Xueyuan Li, Xiaojun Yang
Inflammatory response which can be mediated by inflammatory genes, can be induced by pathogenic microorganisms, be associated with enteric diseases and the loss of growth performance in broilers. The understanding of epigenetic regulation of inflammatory genes could help explain the response to infection of microorganisms and inhibit the reaction of inflammation in broilers. This study investigated the effect of histone acetylation by histone deacetylases (HDAC) inhibitors trichostain A (TSA) and DNA methylation by demethylation agent 5-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine (AZA) and methyl donor methionine (Met) and folic acid (FA) on the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy broilers...
September 18, 2016: Immunobiology
Anuj Sehgal, Atsushi Kobayashi, David S Donaldson, Neil A Mabbott
M cells reside within the follicle-associated epithelium (FAE) overlying the gut-associated lymphoid tissues. These unique phagocytic epithelial cells enable the mucosal immune system to sample antigens within the lumen of the intestine. The differentiation of M cells from uncommitted precursors in the FAE is dependent on the production of receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) by subepithelial stromal cells. The ligation of a variety of cell surface receptors activates the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) family of transcription factors which in-turn induce the transcription of multiple target genes...
September 18, 2016: Immunobiology
Marta Subías Hidalgo, Hector Martin Merinero, Alicia López, Jaouad Anter, Sheila Pinto García, Fernando Ataúlfo Gonzalez-Fernández, Rafael Forés, Margarita Lopez-Trascasa, Ana Villegas, Emilio Ojeda, Santiago Rodríguez de Córdoba
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is an acquired hemolytic anemia characterized by complement-mediated intravascular hemolysis that is effectively treated with eculizumab. However, treatment responses are reported heterogeneous with some patients presenting residual hemolysis and requiring RBC transfusions. Recent reports have shown that both extravascular hemolysis and incomplete C5 blockade can explain these suboptimal hematological responses. Here we have tested our eculizumab-treated PNH patients (n=12) for signs of hemolysis and assessed complement biomarkers...
September 13, 2016: Immunobiology
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