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International Immunopharmacology

Megumi Funakoshi-Tago, Kentaro Ohsawa, Toshiyuki Ishikawa, Fumika Nakamura, Fumihito Ueda, Yuji Narukawa, Fumiyuki Kiuchi, Hiroomi Tamura, Kenji Tago, Tadashi Kasahara
Flavonoids, particularly those derived from plants, harbor biological effects such as anti-inflammation and the inhibition of cancer progression. In the present study, we investigated the effects of 10 kinds of flavonoids isolated from Nepalese propolis on the LPS signaling pathway in order to clarify their anti-inflammatory activities. Five types of flavonoids: isoliquiritigenin, chrysin, 3',4'-dihydroxy-4-methoxydalbergione, 4-methoxydalbergion, and cearoin, markedly inhibited inflammatory responses including LPS-induced NO production by suppressing the expression of iNOS mRNA and LPS-induced mRNA expression of TNFα and CCL2...
October 19, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Shuaihantian Luo, Yunuo Wang, Ming Zhao, Qianjin Lu
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a severe autoimmune disease that causes multiple-organ dysfunction mainly affecting women in their childbearing years. Type I IFN synthesis is usually triggered by viruses, and its production is tightly regulated and limited in time in health individuals. However, many patients with systemic autoimmune diseases including SLE have signs of aberrant production of type I interferon (IFN) and display an increased expression of IFN-inducible genes. Continuous type I IFNs derived from activated plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) by interferogenic immune complexes (ICs) and migration of these cells to tissues both break immune tolerance and promote an on-going autoimmune reaction in human body...
October 18, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Rania R Abdelaziz, Wagdi F Elkashef, Eman Said
Silicosis is a crippling respiratory disorder characterized by massive lung inflammation and fibrosis. The current study provides evidence on the protective potential of tadalafil; a specific phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor against experimentally-induced pulmonary silicosis in rats. Silicosis was induced by intranasal instillation of crystalline silica (50mg/rat). Halofuginone hydrobromide; a standard collagen-1 synthesis inhibitor was selected as a reference anti-fibrotic. Daily oral administration of tadalafil (1mg/kg) for 8weeks significantly ameliorated silica-induced pulmonary damage...
October 18, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Jing Qiu, Min Wang, Jun Zhang, Qing Cai, Dan Lu, Yansong Li, Yushu Dong, Tianzhi Zhao, Huisheng Chen
Neuroinflammation remains the primary cause of morbidity and mortality in stroke-induced secondary brain injury. The NOD-like receptor pyrin 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is involved in diverse inflammatory diseases, including cerebral ischemia, and is thus considered an effective therapeutic target. In the present study, we investigated the neuroprotection of Sinomenine (SINO), a potent natural anti-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory molecule, against cerebral ischemia in a mouse model of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) in vivo and in an oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD)-treated astrocytes/microglia model in vitro...
October 18, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Jihe Li, Dongxia Tong, Juan Liu, Fuyang Chen, Yongbin Shen
Oroxylin A, a natural flavonoid isolated from the medicinal herb Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, has been reported to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, the effect of oroxylin A on cigarette smoke (CS)-induced lung inflammation remains unclear. In this study, the ability of oroxylin A to protect against CS-induced lung inflammation was detected in vivo and in vitro. Oroxylin A was administered intraperitoneally to mice 2h prior CS exposure every day for five consecutive days. BEAS-2B bronchial epithelial cells and RAW264...
October 17, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Chia-Sheng Chao, Chien-Sung Tsai, Yee-Phoung Chang, Jian-Ming Chen, Hsien-Kuo Chin, Shyh-Chyun Yang
Hyperin, a flavonoid compound found in Ericaceae, Guttiferae, and Celastraceae, has been reported to have anti-inflammatory effects. In the present study, we investigated the effects of hyperin on cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) in mice. The renal tissue damage induced by cisplatin was detected by H&E staining. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and malondialdehyde (MDA) were also detected. Further, the effects of hyperin on cisplatin-induced TNF-α, IL-1β and IL-6 were detected by ELISA...
October 17, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Eunchong Park, Ju Han Song, Myun Soo Kim, Su-Ho Park, Tae Sung Kim
CD4(+) T cell activation and adequate differentiation into effector T helper (Th) cells are crucial for mediating adaptive immune responses to cope with foreign pathogens. Despite the significant role of Th cells, excessive increases in their numbers result in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. In this study, we investigated the effects of costunolide, a plant-derived natural compound with an anti-inflammatory activity, in regulating Th cells and the underlying mechanisms. Costunolide significantly decreased cell populations of differentiated Th1, Th2, and Th17 subsets under Th subset-polarizing conditions, while exerting statistically negligible effects on Treg cell differentiation...
October 15, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Haleh Vaez, Moslem Najafi, Maryam Rameshrad, Negisa Seyed Toutounchi, Mehraveh Garjani, Jaleh Barar, Alireza Garjani
Toll like receptors (TLRs) are key players in the innate immune responses. The energy sensing enzyme, AMPK, has been implicated in the modulation of immunity. The present study investigated whether AMPK activation by metformin could contribute to the regulation of immune responses in the isolated heart via suppression of TLR4 activity, independent of circulatory immunity. Isolated Wistar rat hearts were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit buffer in the absence or presence of lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 0.2μM), LPS+metformin (10mM), and LPS+metformin+compound C (10μM)...
October 14, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Xiaofang Cao, Qingbiao Wa, Qidi Wang, Lin Li, Xin Liu, Lisha An, Ruikun Cai, Meng Du, Yue Qiu, Jian Han, Chunlin Wang, Xingyu Wang, Changlong Guo, Yonghong Lu, Xu Ma
Psoriasis is a T cell-mediated chronic inflammatory skin disease with inflammatory cell infiltrates in the dermis and epidermis. Previous studies suggested that there are some expanded T-cell receptor (TCR) clones in psoriatic skin. However, the effect of psoriasis on the immunological characteristics of TCR in circulating blood has not been reported. To address this, we performed high-throughput sequencing to reveal the immunological characteristics of TCR beta chain (TRB) in both psoriasis patients and healthy controls...
October 12, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Na Sai, Wenjing Sun, Yuntang Wu, Zhong Sun, Guanggui Yu, Guowei Huang
A new enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for atrazine was developed based on covalent bonding of the small molecule hapten, 2-mercaptopropionic acid-4-ethylamino-6-isopropylamino-1,3,5-triazine (MPA-atrazine), to urea-glutaraldehyde (UGA)-treated microtiter plates. In this assay, the microtiter plate surface was treated with the UGA network to both introduce amino groups, which were used to cross-link with the hapten carboxylate groups, and efficiently prevent non-specific adsorption of antibodies, which successfully eliminated the time-consuming routine blocking step...
October 12, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Yanlong Qu, Li Zhou, Chunlei Wang
Platycodin D (PYD), a major saponin derived and isolated from the roots of Platycodon grandiflorum, has been reported to have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of PYD on IL-1β-stimulated human osteoarthritis chondrocytes. Chondrocytes were treated with PYD 1h before IL-1β treatment. The levels of MMP1, MMP13, IL-8, RANTES, PGE2, and NO were measured in this study. The expression of LXRα, NF-κB, and IκBα were detected by western blot analysis. The results showed that PYD significantly inhibited IL-1β-induced MMP1, MMP13, IL-8, RANTES, PGE2, and NO production...
October 12, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Joana Felix, Bruno Cassinat, Raphael Porcher, Marie-Hélène Schlageter, Eve Maubec, Cécile Pages, Barouyr Baroudjian, Laurence Homyrda, Wahid Boukouaci, Ryad Tamouza, Martine Bagot, Anne Caignard, Antoine Toubert, Céleste Lebbé, Hélène Moins-Teisserenc
Metastatic melanoma is a rapidly spreading cancer whose prognosis remains poor although important therapy advances in recent years. Ipilimumab, an anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapy used in advanced melanoma, is an effective immunotherapy alone or combined with other agents but with few predictive biomarkers of response. Here, we sought to analyze the potential of S100B, MIA, soluble MICA, anti-MICA antibodies and LDH as serum biomarkers of response and survival in a cohort of 77 advanced melanoma patients subjected to ipilimumab...
October 8, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Shuai Zhao, Yu Sun, Xiaolei Li, Jingcheng Wang, Lianqi Yan, Zhen Zhang, Daxin Wang, Jihang Dai, Jun He, Shuguang Wang
Aseptic prosthetic loosening is a major complication after hip joint replacement. Wear particle-induced periprosthetic osteolysis plays a key role in aseptic prosthetic loosening. Attempting to modulate receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB (RANKL) mediated signaling pathways is a promising strategy to prevent aseptic prosthetic loosening. In the present study, we determined the effect of scutellarin (SCU) on titanium (Ti) particle-induced osteolysis in a mouse calvarial model and RANKL-mediated osteoclastogenesis...
October 8, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Xianli Yuan, Yan Li, Xiuhe Pan, Xiao Peng, Gaihuan Song, Wenwen Jiang, Qiaoyan Gao, Mingcai Li
Interleukin (IL)-38 is a poorly characterized cytokine of the IL-1 family with anti-inflammatory activity. The role of IL-38 in liver injury remains unknown. We have investigated the potential effect of hydrodynamic-based gene delivery to express human IL-38 in mice with concanavalin A (Con A)-induced liver injury. Transfer of plasmid DNA encoding IL-38 significantly reduced hepatic toxicity and serum levels of aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase compared with administration of a control plasmid...
October 6, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Mahesh Kandula, K B Sunil Kumar, Sivanesan Palanichamy, Ashok Rampal
Mesalamine (5-ASA) is one of the drugs indicated as first line therapy in ulcerative colitis for induction and maintenance of remission. Sulfasalazine and formulations of 5-ASA (pH-dependent and controlled release formulations) were developed to minimize the systemic absorption and maximize the delivery of the mesalamine to colon. Although, its efficacy and safety is well documented there are approximately 30% nonresponders to 5-ASA therapy. This necessitates the need for novel therapeutic options to improve the efficacy and safety of the currently available 5-ASA therapy...
October 4, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Guangzhi He, Chenhong Zheng, Huiping Huo, Huiming Zhang, Zhiquan Zhu, Junlai Li, Hongpeng Zhang
Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), a fatal cancer, have benefited significantly from TACE (transcatheter arterial chemoembolization) and immunotherapy treatments. Immunotherapy that includes dendritic cells and cytokine-induced killer cells (DC-CIK) in combination with TACE has been extensively applied in cases of HCC. Few decisive conclusions about these combined effects on the outcomes of HCC patients have been reached. Therefore, the present meta-analysis was performed to compare the efficacy of the combined usage of DC-CIK with TACE with a TACE therapy alone on the outcomes of HCC patients...
October 4, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Sun-A Im, Ji-Wan Kim, Hee-Suk Kim, Chan-Su Park, Eunju Shin, Seon-Gil Do, Young In Park, Chong-Kil Lee
The preventive effect of a processed Aloe vera gel (PAG) on colon carcinogenesis was examined using an azoxymethane (AOM)-initiated and dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-promoted mouse colon carcinogenesis model. Oral administration of PAG (200, or 400mg/kg/day) significantly reduced the multiplicity of colonic adenomas and adenocarcinomas compared with the AOM/DSS only-treated mice. In the mice treated with 400mg/kg of PAG, adenoma and adenocarcinoma development was reduced to 80% and 60%, respectively, compared to 100% in the PAG-untreated AOM/DSS-treated mice...
September 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Sachiko Tai, Jin-Yan Cheng, Hidee Ishii, Kasumi Shimono, Vincent Zangiacomi, Takatomo Satoh, Tetsuji Hosono, Emiko Suzuki, Ken Yamaguchi, Kouji Maruyama
Beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) is widely used for bone substitution in clinical practice. Particles of calcium phosphate ceramics including β-TCP act as an inflammation mediators, which is an unfavorable characteristic for a bone substituent or a prosthetic coating material. It is thought that the stimulatory effect of β-TCP on the immune system could be utilized as an immunomodulator. Here, in vitro effects of β-TCP on primary cultured murine dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages were investigated. β-TCP particles enhanced expression of costimulatory surface molecules, including CD86, CD80, and CD40 in DCs, CD86 in macrophages, and MHC class II and class I molecules in DCs...
September 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Yan Wang, Jingxia Zhao, Tingting Di, Mingxing Wang, Zhitong Ruan, Lu Zhang, Xiangjiang Xie, Yujiao Meng, Yan Lin, Xin Liu, Ning Wang, Ping Li
β,β-dimethylacryloyl alkannin (DMA) is a key component of Lithospermum and possesses good efficacy for treating psoriasis. DMA inhibits activated dendritic cells (DCs), but the mechanism is unknown. Therefore, this study aimed to explore the modulation of the TLR7/8 pathway by DMA in psoriasis-activated DCs. Models of psoriasis-like skin lesions were established using BALB/c mice; 8 mice were treated with DMA (2.5mg/kg). Bone marrow cells were isolated and induced into DCs using R848, a TLR7/8 agonist. Splenic CD11c+ cells were detected by flow cytometry...
September 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Bin Sun, Lei Gao, Anil Ahsan, Peng Chu, Yanlin Song, Hailong Li, Zonghui Zhang, Yuan Lin, Jinyong Peng, Zhicheng Song, Shisheng Wang, Zeyao Tang
Oleanolic acid (OA) and its several derivatives possess various pharmacological activities, such as antitumor and anti-inflammation. In present study, anticancer effect of SZC015, an OA derivative, and its underlying mechanisms were investigated. We demonstrated that cell viability was significantly decreased in SZC015-treated lung cancer cells, but has less cytotoxicity in human bronchial epithelial cell line. Further investigation verified that apoptosis and autophagy induction and G0/G1 phase arrest were observed in SZC015-treated H322 cells...
September 30, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
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