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International Immunopharmacology

Naif O Al-Harbi, Ahmed Nadeem, Sheikh F Ahmad, Moureq R Alotaibi, Abdullah F AlAsmari, Wael A Alanazi, Mohammad M Al-Harbi, Ahmad M El-Sherbeeny, Khalid E Ibrahim
Sepsis affects millions of people worldwide and is associated with acute kidney injury (AKI). Innate and adaptive immune cells have been shown to play an important role in AKI through release of various inflammatory mediators which include reactive oxidant species (ROS). Acetate, a short chain fatty acid produced by gut bacteria has anti-inflammatory properties and has also been shown to modulate oxidative stress in different immune cells. Effects of acetate have been shown to be both GPR43 dependent and independent in different cells/tissues...
March 12, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Brij Bhushan Mehta, Anil Tiwari, Saniya Sharma, Ashu Shukla, Maryada Sharma, Rakesh K Vasishta, Ramesh K Sen, Aman Sharma, Manni Luthra-Guptasarma
Tenascin-C (TN-C) levels are elevated in the synovial tissue and fluid, as well as cartilage of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. In addition, the presence of TN-C fragments has also been documented in arthritic cartilage. We have previously shown that a single chain variable fragment antibody (TN64), directed against the fibronectin type III repeats 1-5 (TNfnIII 1-5) of TN-C, effectively inhibits fibrotic pathology. Given that fibrosis results from chronic inflammation, and the fact that increased levels of TN-C in the synovial fluid of patients with RA contributes to synovial inflammation and joint destruction, we aimed to investigate the role of TNfnIII 1-5 region of TN-C in RA pathogenesis...
March 9, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Lijun Yang, Min Yang, Siying Li, Zhongxi Zhao
Posaconazole is a broad-spectrum antibacterial drug for the treatment of invasive fungal infections. However, its clinical usage is limited by a lot of adverse reactions such as diarrhea. S-allylmercaptocysteine (SAMC), a garlic organosulfur compound, has a strong antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activity. This study aimed to examine the protective effects of SAMC on posaconazole-induced adverse effects. Mice were treated with the blank control, enteric coated posaconazole microparticles (POS group) and its combination with SAMC (Combination group)...
March 8, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Xingcui Wang, Lei Zhang, Ying Wang, Xuemei Liu, Hongxia Zhang, Yi Liu, Nan Shen, Junjie Yang, Zhongtao Gai
BACKGROUND: Alterations in the intestinal microbiota have been associated with the development of allergic diseases, such as asthma and food allergies. However, there is no report detailing the role of microbiota alterations in Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP) development. METHOD: A total of 85 children with HSP and 70 healthy children were recruited for this study. Intestinal microbiota composition was analyzed by 16S rRNA gene-based pyrosequencing. Fecal microbial diversity and composition were compared...
March 8, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Tadahiro Miyake, Duo Wang, Hidetada Matsuoka, Kentaro Morita, Hiroshi Yasuda, Kazuhiro Yatera, Tamotsu Kanazawa, Yasuhiro Yoshida
Particulate matter (PM) with a median diameter <2.5 μm, is associated with respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. We previously reported the biological effects of PM in vivo, and although neutrophils play an important role in initiating inflammation, few reports have focused on the relationship between PM inhalation and immune responses. Here, we investigated the effect of PM particle size on neutrophils, including their endocytosis activity and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Flow cytometry analysis indicated that 1 μm particles are readily endocytosed by neutrophils and that endocytosis is reduced at 4 °C...
March 6, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Manli Zhang, Lili Ding, Xinrui Wang, Jie Hou, Man Li, Yanfang Jiang, Xiuting He, Meizi Cui, Feng Hu, Xiuna Zhang, Jingyuan Yang, Xiaohe Guo, Huiying Zhao, Pujun Gao
BACKGROUND: Despite the role of monocytes in the pathogenesis of severe acute pancreatitis (SAP), it remains unclear how different subtypes of monocytes regulate and contribute to this pathogenesis. METHODS: We examined the numbers of different subsets of monocytes by flow cytometry in 21 SAP, 15 mild acute pancreatitis (MAP) and 13 healthy controls (HC). The concentrations of plasma cytokines were assessed by cytometric bead array. Disease severity was evaluated based on the acute physiology and chronic health evaluation (APACHE) II score and plasma C-reactive proteins (CRP) levels...
March 5, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Ah-Yeon Kim, Hyun-Jin Shim, Hyeon-Myeong Shin, Yoo Jung Lee, Hyeonjeong Nam, Su Yeon Kim, Hyung-Sun Youn
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a crucial role in danger recognition and induction of innate immune response against bacterial and viral infections. The TLR adaptor molecule, toll-interleukin-1 receptor domain-containing adapter inducing interferon-β (TRIF), facilitates TLR3 and TLR4 signaling, leading to the activation of the transcription factor, NF-κB and interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF3). Andrographolide, the active component of Andrographis paniculata, exerts anti-inflammatory effects; however, the principal molecular mechanisms remain unclear...
March 1, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Paweł P Wołkow, Anna Gębska, Ryszard Korbut
Dendritic cells (DCs) play a crucial role in the development of adaptive immune response. Monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDCs) are generated in vitro to study DC biology and for use in immunotherapy. However, procedures to generate MDDCs vary and an impact this may have on their final phenotype is insufficiently studied. Monocytes isolated from healthy blood donors were cultured for 7 days with granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (50 ng/mL) and low (500 IU/mL, L-IL4) or high (1000 IU/mL, H-IL4) interleukin 4 (IL4), to obtain immature DCs and for the following 2 days with addition of soluble CD40 ligand (500 ng/mL) and prostaglandin E2 (1 μg/mL) to obtain mature DCs...
February 28, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Anupam Nath, Ramkrishna Pal, Leichombam Mohindro Singh, Himadri Saikia, Hasimur Rahaman, Sujit Kumar Ghosh, Ritwik Mazumder, Mahuya Sengupta
The tumor microenvironment, essentially hypoxic, is sustained by the hypoxia inducing factor (HIF), released from the pro-tumorigenic tumor associated macrophages (TAMs), functionally identical to the M2 phenotype macrophages. Stability of HIF mainly depends on molecular oxygen and an iron-dependent enzyme prolyl hydroxylase, while its activity may be inhibited by high levels of reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide. The present work showcases a novel approach utilizing the anti-tumorigenic potential of a gold-manganese oxide nanocomposite material in the tumor microenvironment that affects tumor hypoxia, exploring the possibility of restoring the immunoregulatory nature of TAMs from their pro-tumorigenic state...
February 27, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Bin Li, Xiao Han, Xin Ye, Jianbo Ni, Jianghong Wu, Juanjuan Dai, Zengkai Wu, Congying Chen, Rong Wan, Xingpeng Wang, Guoyong Hu
Leukotriene B4 (LTB4) is a potent chemoattractant and inflammatory mediator involved in multiple inflammatory diseases. Substance P (SP) has been reported to promote production of LTB4 in itch-associated response in vivo and in some immune cells in vitro. Here, we investigated the role of LTB4 in acute pancreatitis (AP), AP-associated acute lung injury (ALI) and the related mechanisms of LTB4 production in AP. In vivo, murine AP model was induced by caerulein and lipopolysaccharide or L-arginine. The levels of LTB4 and its specific receptor BLT1 were markedly upregulated in both AP models...
February 23, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Li Li, Yan Ma, Yuan Xu, Kamalibaike Maerkeya
Follicular helper T (Tfh) cells are critical regulators of immune responses in several human malignancies. Their characteristics in ovarian cancer (OC) patients remain unclear. In this study, the circulating CD4+ CXCR5+ Tfh cells was examined and compared in OC patients and non-cancer (NC) controls. Data showed that the frequency of PD-1+ Tfh cells was significantly higher in OC patients than in NC controls. Compared to PD-1- Tfh cells, PD-1+ Tfh cells presented higher interleukin (IL)-21 and IL-10 secretion and stronger proliferation...
February 23, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Peiwu Ding, Shaoshao Zhang, Miao Yu, Yuqian Feng, Qi Long, Huimin Yang, Jingdong Li, Min Wang
Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a significant problem in the health care industry worldwide. However, the factors and signaling pathways that trigger DVT formation are still largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the role of interleukin-17A (IL-17A) in DVT formation, focusing on the role of platelet aggregation, neutrophil infiltration, and endothelium cell (EC) activation. Notably, IL-17A levels increased in DVT patients as well as in a mouse DVT model. The DVT model mice were injected with recombinant mouse-IL-17A (rIL-17A) or anti-IL-17A monoclonal antibody (mAb) to further evaluate the effects of this cytokine...
February 23, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Yunxin Liu, Xiang Liu, Weiwei Hua, Qingyan Wei, Xianjun Fang, Zheng Zhao, Chun Ge, Chao Liu, Chen Chen, Yifu Tao, Yubing Zhu
Berberine has been reported to have protective effects in colitis treatment. However, the detailed mechanisms remain unclear. Herein, we demonstrated that berberine could protect against dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in mice by regulating macrophage polarization. In the colitis mouse model, berberine ameliorated DSS-induced colon shortening and colon tissue injury. Moreover, berberine-treated mice showed significant reduction in the disease activity index (DAI), pro-inflammatory cytokines expression and macrophages infiltration compared with the DSS-treated mice...
February 23, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
O Kos, C Alexander, K Brandenburg, Z Chen, A Heini, D Heumann, I Khatri, J P Mach, E T Rietschel, A Tersikh, A J Ulmer, T Waelli, K Yu, U Zähringer, R M Gorczynski
We have shown that an altered tissue redox environment in mice lacking either murine beta Hemoglobin major (Hgbβma KO) or minor (Hgbβmi KO) regulates inflammation. The REDOX environment in marrow stem cell niches also control differentiation pathways. We investigated osteoclastogenesis (OC)/osteoblastogenesis (OB), in bone cultures derived from untreated or FSLE-treated WT, Hgbβma KO or Hgbβmi KO mice. Marrow mesenchymal cells from 10d pre-cultures were incubated on an osteogenic matrix for 21d prior to analysis of inflammatory cytokine release into culture supernatants, and relative OC:OB using (TRAP:BSP, RANKL:OPG) mRNA expression ratios and TRAP or Von Kossa staining...
February 22, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Yuko Matsuoka, Yoko Kawauchi, Yasuhiro Kuroda, Kiyotaka Kawauchi, Naoya Kojima
Oligomannose-coated liposomes (OMLs), containing entrapped antigens, serve as effective antigen delivery vehicles and as a novel adjuvant to induce antigen-specific cellular immune responses. However, in vitro activation of antigen-presenting cells (APCs) by OMLs has not yet been demonstrated. In this paper, we found that OMLs can deliver the antigens and the stimulatory signals into inflammatory monocytes in vitro, leading to differentiation of the cells to mature APCs. When OMLs were co-cultured with peripheral blood mononuclear cells from C57BL/6 mice in the presence of mouse serum, OMLs were preferentially incorporated into both Ly6Chigh monocytes and Ly6Clow monocytes, which are referred to as murine inflammatory and resident monocytes, respectively...
February 22, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Laise Aline Martins Dos Santos, Gabriel Barros Rodrigues, Fernanda Virgínia Barreto Mota, Maria Eduarda Rocha de França, Karla Patrícia de Souza Barbosa, Wilma Helena de Oliveira, Sura Wanessa Santos Rocha, Deniele Bezerra Lós, Amanda Karolina Soares Silva, Teresinha Gonçalves da Silva, Christina Alves Peixoto
Acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are responsible for high mortality rates in critical patients. Despite >50 years of intensive research, there is no pharmacologically effective treatment to treat ALI. PPARs agonists, chemically named thiazolidinediones (TZDs) have emerged as potential drugs for the treatment of ALI and ARDS due to their anti-inflammatory efficacy. The present study aims to evaluate the potential anti-inflammatory effects of new TZDs derivatives, LPSF/GQ-2 and LPSF/RA-4, on ALI induced by LPS...
February 20, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Zhenfang Gao, Cuicui Yu, Haiyue Liang, Xuekai Wang, Yue Liu, Xin Li, Kai Ji, Hui Xu, Mingyan Yang, Ke Liu, Dong Qi, Huaying Fan
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is characterized by chronic intestinal inflammation and leads to an increased risk of colon cancer. There are many studies using phyto-ingredients as a novel approach for the treatment of UC. The plant Andrographis paniculata (Acanthaceae) is a safe and edible vegetable that has been extensively adopted in traditional Chinese medicine for conditions involving inflammation, and the most active phytochemical agent is andrographolide...
February 20, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Rui Liu, Junjian Diao, Shucheng He, Binbin Li, Yuxiang Fei, Yunman Li, Weirong Fang
Cerebral ischemic and reperfusion injury often accompany with inflammation, and lead to severe neuronal damage, which further result in neurological disorders and memory disorders. In this study, we researched XQ-1H, a novel derivative of ginkgolide B, protecting against ischemic stroke in mice through regulation of microglia polarization. Middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)/reperfusion in mice is applied to mimic ischemic stroke in vivo. Immediately after MCAO, mice are intragastric administrated with different dose (31 or 62 mg/kg) of XQ-1H for one or continuative three days...
February 20, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Vidushi Khajuria, Shilpa Gupta, Neha Sharma, Harshita Tiwari, Subhash Bhardwaj, Prabhu Dutt, Naresh Satti, Amit Nargotra, Asha Bhagat, Zabeer Ahmed
Kaempferol-3-O-β-d-glucuronide (K3G) having various pharmacological effects was explored for its anti-inflammatory effect in LPS induced RAW 264.7 cells and mice model. K3G significantly inhibited various pro-inflammatory mediators like IL-1β, NO, PGE2, and LTB4. It upregulated the secretion of anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. K3G is found to reduce inflammation when studied for parameters like phagocytic index, carrageenan induced paw edema in mice and organ weight. It reduced inflammation in a dose dependent manner both in-vitro and in-vivo...
February 20, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Gargi Rai, Shukla Das, Mohammad Ahmad Ansari, Praveen Kumar Singh, Neelima Gupta, Sonal Sharma, Naseem Akhter, Vishnampettai G Ramachandran, Shafiul Haque, Sajad Ahmad Dar
Interleukin-17 producing T helper (Th17) and regulatory T cells (Treg) cells have been identified to play a critical role in atopic inflammation. However, conflicting reports on the role of Th17/Treg cells in allergic fungal rhinosinusitis (AFRS) patients of different ethnicities has mystified its pathogenesis. To better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms involved in AFRS, we conducted a prospective, analytical, case-control study involving 40 confirmed immunocompetent AFRS patients and 20 healthy controls...
February 20, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
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