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Immunological Investigations

Qingsheng Li, Nejat K Egilmez
The critical contribution of CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ T-regulatory cells (Treg) to immune suppression in the tumor microenvironment is well-established. Whereas the mechanisms that drive the generation and accumulation of Treg in tumors have been an active area of study, the information on their origin and population dynamics remains limited. In this review, we discuss the ontogeny of tumor-associated Treg in light of the recently identified lineage markers.
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Afshin Shirkani, Mohammad Shahrooei, Gholamreza Azizi, Hassan Rokni-Zadeh, Hassan Abolhassani, Shokrollah Farrokhi, Glynis Frans, Xavier Bossuyt, Asghar Aghamohammadi
ZAP-70 deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive form of combined immunodeficiency (CID) characterized by selective absence of circulating CD8 T cells with low, normal, or increased CD4 T cells in peripheral blood. Up to now, 14 unique mutations in the ZAP70 gene have been identified in patients with ZAP-70-related CID. We present a 3-year-old boy with a history of recurrent bacterial infections and autoimmunity. Initial laboratory findings showed a normal total lymphocyte count, but low levels of CD8 and CD4 T cells and an abnormal lymphocyte proliferation response...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Behjatolah Monzavi-Karbassi, Fariba Jousheghany, Thomas Kieber-Emmons
Development of cancer vaccines targeting tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) is an alternative approach to chemotherapy with sustained anti-tumor effects. The success of active immunotherapy has been hampered by tumor-induced immune suppressors. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a population of immune suppressors with a proven role in regulating anti-tumor immune responses. Removing or subduing Tregs activity leads to more robust anti-tumor immune responses. Here, we used a cell-based vaccination strategy in the 4T1 murine mammary model to examine whether bulk removal of certain TAAs, using their glycan profile, can affect the immunogenicity of the vaccine...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Paula D Bos
A prerequisite for tumor evolution toward a malignant state is the establishment of cell intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms of immune suppression (Hanahan and Weinberg, 2000, 2011; Schreiber, Old, and Smyth, 2011). Widespread recruitment of Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (TREG) is a prevailing means to dampen antitumor immunity. Advances in the characterization of TREG cell heterogeneity and physiological function of tissue resident TREG cells unfold new possibilities for nontraditional tumor-promoting functions of intratumoral TREG cells...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Katarzyna Sznurkowska, Anton Żawrocki, Jacek Sznurkowski, Maciej Zieliński, Piotr Landowski, Katarzyna Plata-Nazar, Ewa Iżycka-Świeszewska, Piotr Trzonkowski, Agnieszka Szlagatys-Sidorkiewicz, Barbara Kamińska
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To determine the proportion of T-regulatory cells (CD4(+)CD25(high)FOXP3(+) cells) in peripheral blood and the number of FOXP3(+) cells in intestinal mucosa of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and to verify whether these parameters correlate with the activity of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 24 patients newly diagnosed for IBD were included in the study: ulcerative colitis (UC; n = 13) and Crohn's disease (CD; n = 11). Seventeen healthy controls (HC) and 16 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) served as a control group for peripheral and intestinal Tregs assessment, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Young Ho Lee, Sang-Cheol Bae
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore whether functional CYP2D6 polymorphisms are associated with susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. METHODS: A meta-analysis was conducted on associations between autoimmune diseases and functional CYP2D6*4 1934 A/G and *3 polymorphisms and CYP2D6 phenotypes. RESULTS: Twelve studies with 1,472 patients and 3,328 controls were included. Autoimmune disease and the CYP2D6 1934 A allele were significantly associated in the overall group, consistent with the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (OR = 1...
October 17, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Ali Moravej, Mohammad-Hossein Karimi, Bita Geramizadeh, Negar Azarpira, Amir-Hasan Zarnani, Ramin Yaghobi, Maryam Khosravi, Mehdi Kalani, Behrouz Gharesi-Fard
OBJECTIVE: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) show immunomodulatory functions. But the exact mechanism underlying these activities of MSCs is still not completely understood. There have been a few studies which have assessed the effects of these cells on dendritic cells (DCs) function. Given the importance of programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-L1) and vitamin D receptor (VDR) expression in induction of tolerance in DCs, we were encouraged to investigate if one of the immunomodulatory functions of MSCs could be inducing upregulation of PD-L1 and VDR on DCs or not...
October 13, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Iman H Bassyouni, Samar Fawzi, Tamer A Gheita, Rasha H Bassyouni, Aml S Nasr, Samah A El Bakry, Naglaa Afifi
A triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 (TREM-1) is a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily with an established role in innate and adaptive immune response. We aimed to determine the plasma concentrations and clinical association of sTREM-1 in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) patients. Plasma from 79 SLE patients and 35 normal healthy subjects were assayed for sTREM-1 and IL-6 levels using Enzyme Linked Immunosorbant Assay (ELISA). The clinical disease characteristics and serological data were prospectively assessed...
September 20, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Julio E Castañeda-Delgado, Isabel Frausto-Lujan, Irma González-Curiel, Alejandra Montoya-Rosales, Carmen J Serrano, Flor Torres-Juarez, Jose A Enciso-Moreno, Bruno Rivas-Santiago
Aging is a major health issue due to the increased susceptibility of elderly people to infectious, autoimmune, and cardiovascular diseases. Innate immunity is an important mechanism to avoid primary infections; therefore, decreasing of its activity may lead to development of infections. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are effector molecules of innate immunity that can eliminate microbial invaders. The role that cytokines play in the regulation of these innate immune mechanisms needs to be explored. Serum determinations of Th1, Th2, and Th17 cytokines were performed in order to evaluate their association with AMPs human beta-defensin (HBD)-2 and LL-37 in young adults, elder adults, and elder adults with recurrent infections...
September 12, 2016: Immunological Investigations
V Kazanski, V M Mitrokhin, M I Mladenov, A G Kamkin
: The role of cytokines as regulators of stretch-related mechanisms is of special importance since mechano-sensitivity plays an important role in a wide variety of biological processes. Here, we elucidate the influence of cytokine application on mechano-sensitivity and mechano-transduction. The atrial myocardial stretch induces production of interleukin (IL)-2, IL-6, IL-13, IL-17A, and IL-18 with exception of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), IL-1β, and vascular endothelial growth factor B (VEGF-B)...
September 12, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Kyle K Payne
The significance of lymphocytes functioning to mediate immunological tolerance has garnered increasing appreciation during the last several decades. CD4+ CD25+ α/ β T cells have arguably been the most extensively studied regulatory lymphocyte to date, perhaps owing to the dramatic phenotype observed mice and humans with mutated Foxp3. However, emerging studies suggest that the lineage of regulatory lymphocytes is quite robust. Most notably, while γδ T cells are more traditionally regarded as mediators of cytotoxic function, they are beginning to be regarded as potential negative regulators of immunity...
September 12, 2016: Immunological Investigations
H Haydaroglu, S Oguzkan Balcı, S Pehlıvan, K Ozdıllı, E Gundogan, V Okan, A F Nursal, M Pehlıvan
In this study, we aimed to explore the association among gene variants of five cytokines, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1), interferon gamma (IFN-γ), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and interleukin-10 (IL-10), and clinical parameters and prognosis in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) treated with novel therapeutic drugs in Turkish population for the first time except TNF-α. We analyzed five cytokine genes in 113 cases with MM and 113 healthy controls. Cytokine genotyping was performed by the polymerase chain reaction-sequence-specific primer method (PCR-SSP)...
September 9, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Ouahiba Bhallil, Aicha Ibrahimi, Sanae Ouadghiri, Naima Ouzeddoun, Nadia Benseffaj, Rabia Bayahia, Malika Essakalli
Lupus nephritis (LN) is a disease with a poor prognosis. The association between LN and the Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes has never been studied on a Moroccan population. The aim of this work was to evaluate the distribution of the HLA class II alleles in patients with LN and to determine susceptible and protective HLA alleles/haplotypes in LN. The association between these alleles, disease severity of LN, and age at onset were also investigated. Seventy-five patients with LN were compared with 169 healthy unrelated controls...
September 9, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Johan Frostegård, WenJing Tao, Lennart Råstam, Ulf Lindblad, Staffan Lindeberg
BACKGROUND: We here study antibodies against phosphorylcholine (anti-PC) which we reported to be inversely associated with atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and autoimmune conditions. In previous studies, we determined that this inverse association is more pronounced at low levels with high risk and at high levels, with decreased risk. We compare individuals from Kitava, New Guinea (with low risk of these conditions), with Swedish controls. METHODS: We studied a group of 178 individuals from Kitava (age 20-86), and compared those above age 40 (n = 108) with a group of age- and sex-matched individuals from a population based cohort in Sweden (n = 108)...
September 9, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Kepeng Wang, Anthony T Vella
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) play pivotal roles in limiting the duration and magnitude of immune response against infectious agents and self-antigens. This is accomplished through contact-dependent and -independent mechanisms that involve crosstalk between Treg cells and other immune and tissue-specific cell types. The same machinery is employed by Tregs to regulate immune responses to cancer, limiting both pro-tumor inflammation and anti-tumor immunity. Factors produced by Treg cells also act directly on transformed epithelial cells and exert opposing effects during different stages of cancer development...
September 7, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Masoud H Manjili, Savannah E Butler
The immunogenic tumor dormancy has been demonstrated in animal models of cancer, which can explain clinical observations such as an increased incidence of cancer following organ transplantation. The role of immune cell populations in the maintenance of, or escape from, tumor dormancy and subsequent recurrence is poorly understood. Here, we provide a review of literature related to the contribution of Tregs in tumor dormancy or recurrence. Based on clinical results, we suggest that anecdotal reports on the association of human Tregs with poor prognosis are circumstantial rather than implying a cause-effect direction...
September 7, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Dilek Arpaci, Sevim Karakas Celik, Murat Can, Gunes Cakmak Genc, Fatih Kuzu, Mustafa Unal, Taner Bayraktaroglu
Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) is thought to result from decreased T helper type 2 (Th2) responses, leading to the progressive destruction of thyrocytes. IFN-λ1, -λ2, and -λ3 (also known as IL-29, IL-28A, and IL-28B, respectively) are recently described members of the IFN-λ family and have been shown to decrease the production of Th2 cytokines in vitro. However, the role and mechanism of IFN-λ1 in HT remain unknown. The purpose of this study was to examine whether IL29 and IL28B gene polymorphisms are susceptibility genes for the development of HT...
October 2016: Immunological Investigations
N Rezaei, Z Amirghofran, A Nikseresht, N Ashjazade, S Zoghi, S Tahvili, E Kamali-Sarvestani
Interleukin 4 (IL-4) can improve the clinical manifestations in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), the animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). Sodium benzoate (NaB) deviates the cytokine profile to Th2 (or IL-4 producing) cells in EAE and thus might be effective in the treatment of MS. Therefore, in this study the effect of different concentrations of NaB on the percentage and mRNA levels of IL-4 and interferon gamma (IFN-γ)-producing peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of 20 Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RR-MS) patients and eight healthy controls was evaluated in the presence of mitogen (phytohemagglutinin, PHA) or specific antigen (myelin basic protein, MBP)...
October 2016: Immunological Investigations
Abolfazl Miahipour, Mostafa Haji-Fatahaliha, Hossein Keshavarz, Mohammad Javad Gharavi, Hamed Mohamadi, Zohre Babaloo, Sima Rafati, Vahid Younesi, Maryam Hosseini, Mehdi Yousefi
Leishmania major is the main causal agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) that remains a serious public health concern in many tropical and subtropical countries. A long-lasting protective vaccine against leishmaniasis remains as a medical unmet need. Lipophosphoglycan 3 (LPG3) is one of the class II LPG genes from HSP90 family involved in the host immune responses. The aim of the present study is to investigate the capability of recombinant LPG3 (rLPG3) to induce Th1, Th2, Th17 responses. The results showed that rLPG3 in moderate and high concentrations significantly induced expression of Th1 lineage-specific transcription factor (T-bet) and cytokine (IFN-γ)(P < 0...
October 2016: Immunological Investigations
Ma Concepción Peña-Juárez, Rafael Campos-Rodríguez, Marycarmen Godínez-Victoria, Teresita Rocío Cruz-Hernández, Humberto Reyna-Garfias, Reyna Elizabeth Barbosa-Cabrera, Maria Elisa Drago-Serrano
Secretory IgA (SIgA) has a pivotal role in gut homeostasis, which can be disturbed by stress. SIgA is formed by IgA-dimers (associated by the J-chain) and the secretory component, a protein derivative of polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR). Given the gut immuno-modulatory properties of bovine lactoferrin (bLf), the aim of this study was to compare, after bLf treatment followed by acute stress, the IgA response and IgA-associated parameters in proximal versus distal small intestine. Male BALB/c mice (n = 6) were orally treated with bLf (50, 500, and 5000 μg) for 7 days, then stressed by immobilization for 1 h, and sacrificed...
October 2016: Immunological Investigations
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