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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549401/human-in-situ-cytokine-and-leukocyte-responses-to-acute-smoking
#1
Tegan Kastelein, Rob Duffield, Frank Marino
This study examined immune/inflammatory parameters following an acute tobacco smoking episode in smokers with varying smoking histories. Twenty-eight male habitual smokers were categorized according to smoking history, e.g. younger smoker (YSM) or middle-aged smoker (MSM). Participants were matched for fitness and smoking habits and following baseline testing, undertook a smoking protocol involving consumption of two cigarettes within 15 min. Venous blood was collected pre- and immediately, 1 h, and 4 h post-protocol to permit analyses of circulating levels of interleukin (IL)-6, IL-1β, IL-1ra, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), C-reactive protein (CRP), and leukocytes...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431492/anti-drug-antibodies-in-colombian-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-treated-with-enbrel-vs-etanar-preliminary-report
#2
Benjamín Reyes-Beltrán, Gabriela Delgado
The present study was undertaken to detect antibodies against etanercept (ETN) in a group of Colombian patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and being treated with Enbrel(®) vs. Etanar(®). From these patients with RA, clinical and laboratory data were collected and serum taken for anti-drug antibody (ADAb) analysis. Samples from 32 patients (16 who had been treated with Enbrel(®) and 16 with Etanar(®)) were analyzed. Positive sera for ADAb were found in six of the 32 subjects (18.7%); five (31.2%) in the Enbrel(®) group and one (6...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366041/a-single-dose-of-trichloroethylene-given-during-development-does-not-substantially-alter-markers-of-neuroinflammation-in-brains-of-adult-mice
#3
Jacqueline R Meadows, Chevonne Parker, Kathleen M Gilbert, Sarah J Blossom, Jamie C DeWitt
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a widespread environmental contaminant associated with developmental immunotoxicity and neurotoxicity. Previous studies have shown that MRL(+/+) mice exposed to TCE from gestation through early-life demonstrate robust increases in inflammatory markers in peripheral CD4(+) T-cells, as well as glutathione depletion and increased oxidative stress in cerebellum-associated with alterations in behavior. Since increased oxidative stress is associated with neuroinflammation, we hypothesized that neuroinflammatory markers could be altered relative to unexposed mice...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279082/effects-of-immunization-and-checkpoint-inhibition-on-amodiaquine-induced-liver-injury
#4
Alastair Mak, Alexander Johnston, Jack Uetrecht
If idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (IDILI) is immune-mediated, it is possible that an individual's prior exposure to antigens may affect their susceptibility to IDILI. An individual's repertoire of memory immune cells is shaped by every past exposure to antigens. Subsequent drug-induced adverse drug reactions may therefore involve an immune cell's cross reactivity between a prior antigen and resulting drug-modified proteins. Therefore in this experiment, mice were immunized with amodiaquine (AQ)-modified hepatic proteins to mimic a previous exposure; treated with a RIBI adjuvant and anti-CD40 antibodies to stimulate an immune response; and, treated with anti-PD1 and anti-CTLA-4 antibodies prior to AQ treatment in order to overcome immune tolerance...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121465/topical-application-of-the-anti-microbial-chemical-triclosan-induces-immunomodulatory-responses-through-the-s100a8-a9-tlr4-pathway
#5
Nikki B Marshall, Ewa Lukomska, Ajay P Nayak, Carrie M Long, Justin M Hettick, Stacey E Anderson
The anti-microbial compound triclosan is incorporated into numerous consumer products and is detectable in the urine of 75% of the general United States population. Recent epidemiological studies report positive associations with urinary triclosan levels and allergic disease. Although not sensitizing, earlier studies previously found that repeated topical application of triclosan augments the allergic response to ovalbumin (OVA) though a thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) pathway in mice. In the present study, early immunological effects following triclosan exposure were further evaluated following topical application in a murine model...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121193/development-of-a-modified-lymphocyte-transformation-test-for-diagnosing-drug-induced-liver-injury-associated-with-an-adaptive-immune-response
#6
Jessica Whritenour, Mira Ko, Qing Zong, Jianying Wang, Karrie Tartaro, Patricia Schneider, Ellen Olson, Maria Van Volkenburg, Jose Serrano, Paul Hayashi, Robert Fontana, Naga Chalasani, Herbert L Bonkovsky
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is a growing problem. Diagnostic methods to differentiate DILI caused by an adaptive immune response from liver injury of other causes or to identify the responsible drug in patients receiving multiple drugs, herbals and/or dietary supplements (polypharmacy) have not yet been established. The lymphocyte transformation test (LTT) has been proposed as a diagnostic method to determine if a subject with an apparent hypersensitivity reaction has become sensitized to a specific drug...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094581/early-immunopathological-events-in-acute-model-of-mycobacterial-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-in-mice
#7
Elisabet Johansson, Gregory P Boivin, Jagjit S Yadav
Prolonged exposure to antigens of non-tuberculous mycobacteria species colonizing industrial metalworking fluid (MWF), particularly Mycobacterium immunogenum (MI), has been implicated in chronic forms of hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) in machinists based on epidemiology studies and long-term exposure of mouse models. However, a role of short-term acute exposure to these antigens has not been described in the context of acute forms of HP. This study investigated short-term acute exposure of mice to MI cell lysate (or live cell suspension) via oropharyngeal aspiration...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094577/protective-role-of-bentonite-against-aflatoxin-b1-and-ochratoxin-a-induced-immunotoxicity-in-broilers
#8
Sheraz Ahmed Bhatti, Muhammad Zargham Khan, Muhammad Kashif Saleemi, Muhammad Saqib, Ahrar Khan, Zahoor Ul-Hassan
The present study was designed to investigate any ameliorative effects of bentonite (BN) against immuno-pathological alterations induced by dietary aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) or ochratoxin A (OTA) in broiler chicks. In one experiment, AFB1 (0.1, 0.2 or 0.6 mg/kg feed) was fed alone and par alley with bentonite clay (3.7 or 7.5 g/kg feed) to the broilers. In the second experiment, the broilers were given feed contaminated with OTA (0.15, 0.3 or 1.0 mg/kg feed) alone and in combination with bentonite clay (3...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091126/association-between-perfluoroalkyl-substance-exposure-and-asthma-and-allergic-disease-in-children-as-modified-by-mmr-vaccination
#9
Clara Amalie Gade Timmermann, Esben Budtz-Jørgensen, Tina Kold Jensen, Christa Elyse Osuna, Maria Skaalum Petersen, Ulrike Steuerwald, Flemming Nielsen, Lars K Poulsen, Pál Weihe, Philippe Grandjean
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are highly persistent chemicals that might be associated with asthma and allergy, but the associations remain unclear. Therefore, this study examined whether pre- and postnatal PFAS exposure was associated with childhood asthma and allergy. Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination in early life may have a protective effect against asthma and allergy, and MMR vaccination is therefore taken into account when evaluating these associations. In a cohort of Faroese children whose mothers were recruited during pregnancy, serum concentrations of five PFASs - Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) - were measured at three timepoints (maternal serum in pregnancy week 34-36 and child serum at ages 5 and 13 years) and their association with immunoglobulin E (IgE) (cord blood and at age 7 years) and asthma/allergic diseases (questionnaires at ages 5 and 13 years and skin prick test at age 13 years) was determined...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090813/effects-of-fostriecin-on-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-driven-responses-in-human-mast-cells
#10
Reza Bastan, Nahid Eskandari, Hamidrez J Ardakani, Peter T Peachell
As part of the intracellular processes leading to mast cell and basophil activation, phosphorylation of key substrates is likely to be important. These processes, mediated by phosphatases, are responsible for regulating phosphorylation. The aim of the present study was to determine effects fostriecin - a selective inhibitor of PP2A (protein phosphatase-2) - on β2-adrenoceptor-driven responses in human mast cells. Here, the effects of fostriecin (PP inhibitors) on the inhibition of histamine release from HLMC, on β-adrenoceptor-driven responses in mast cells and on desensitization were investigated...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094582/effects-of-arsenic-on-porcine-dendritic-cells-in-vitro
#11
Jalil Mehrzad, Mohamad Hosein Mahmudy Gharaie, Masumeh Taheri
Exposure to arsenic (As) is an ongoing, and in some places increasing, health problem. Still, however, the effects of As exposure on the immune system are not well understood. Dendritic cells (DC) are a critical immune cell that bridges the innate and adaptive immune systems. To determine the impact of inorganic (i)As exposure on DC, the effects of (geo)anthropogenically relevant levels of NaAsO2 on the function of porcine monocyte-derived DC (MoDC) were evaluated in an in vitro model. The results showed a low dose of iAs reduced the phagocytic capacity of MoDC...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090796/impact-of-c-rel-inhibition-of-cord-blood-derived-b-t-and-nk-cells
#12
Shirin Fallahi, Seyede Momeneh Mohammadi, Hamid Tayefi Nasrabadi, Alireza Alihemmati, Naser Samadi, Sanaz Gholami, Dariush Shanehbandi, Hojjatollah Nozad Charoudeh
The c-Rel transcription factor is a unique member of the nuclear factor (NF)-κB family that has a role in curtailing the proliferation, differentiation, cytokine production, and overall activity of B- and T-cells. In addition, c-Rel is a key regulator of apoptosis in that it influences the expression of anti-apoptotic genes such as Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL; conversely, inhibition of c-Rel increases cell apoptosis. To better understand the relationship between c-Rel expression and effects on B- and T-cell expansion, the current study evaluated c-Rel expression in cord blood mononuclear cells...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090795/isolation-and-characterization-of-anti-c-met-single-chain-fragment-variable-scfv-antibodies
#13
Elmira Safaie Qamsari, Zahra Sharifzadeh, Salman Bagheri, Farhad Riazi-Rad, Vahid Younesi, Mohsen Abolhassani, Sepideh Safaei Ghaderi, Behzad Baradaran, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Mehdi Yousefi
The receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) Met is the cell surface receptor for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) involved in invasive growth programs during embryogenesis and tumorgenesis. There is compelling evidence suggesting important roles for c-Met in colorectal cancer proliferation, migration, invasion, angiogenesis, and survival. Hence, a molecular inhibitor of an extracellular domain of c-Met receptor that blocks c-Met-cell surface interactions could be of great thera-peutic importance. In an attempt to develop molecular inhibitors of c-Met, single chain variable fragment (scFv) phage display libraries Tomlinson I + J against a specific synthetic oligopeptide from the extracellular domain of c-Met receptor were screened; selected scFv were then characterized using various immune techniques...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090785/thymic-cytoarchitecture-changes-in-mice-exposed-to-vanadium
#14
Martha Ustarroz-Cano, Isabel Garcia-Pelaez, Silvana Cervantes-Yepez, Nelly Lopez-Valdez, Teresa I Fortoul
The thymus is a vital immune system organ wherein selection of T-lymphocytes occurs in a process regulated by dendritic and epithelial thymic cells. Previously, we have reported that in a mouse model of vanadium inhalation, a decrease in CD11c dendritic cells was observed. In the present study, we report on a thymic cortex-medulla distribution distortion in these hosts due to apparent effects of the inhaled vanadium on cytokeratin-5 (K5(+)) epithelial cells in the same mouse model - after 1, 2, and 4 weeks of exposure - by immunohistochemistry...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27967303/immune-responses-induced-by-diclofenac-or-carbamazepine-in-an-oral-exposure-model-using-tnp-ficoll-as-reporter-antigen
#15
Lydia Kwast, Tetsuo Aida, Daniëlle Fiechter, Laura Kruijssen, Rob Bleumink, Louis Boon, Irene Ludwig, Raymond Pieters
Immune-mediated drug hypersensitivity reactions (IDHR) may result from immuno-sensitization to a drug-induced neo-antigen. They rarely occur in patients and are usually not predicted preclinically using standard toxicity studies. To assess the potential of a drug to induce T-cell sensitization, trinitrophenyl (TNP)-Ficoll was used here as a bystander antigen in animal experiments. TNP-Ficoll will only elicit TNP-specific IgG antibodies in the presence of non-cognate T-cell help. Therefore, the presence of TNP-specific IgG antibodies after co-injection of drug and TNP-Ficoll was indicative of T-cell sensitization potential...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27967302/cutaneous-exposure-to-clinically-relevant-pigeon-pea-cajanus-cajan-proteins-promote-th2-dependent-sensitization-and-ige-mediated-anaphylaxis-in-balb-c-mice
#16
Rinkesh Kumar Gupta, Sandeep Kumar, Kriti Gupta, Akanksha Sharma, Ruchi Roy, Alok Kumar Verma, Bhushan P Chaudhari, Mukul Das, Irfan Ahmad Ansari, Premendra D Dwivedi
Epicutaneous (EC) sensitization to food allergens may occur when the skin has been lightly damaged. The study here tested whether cutaneous exposure to pigeon pea protein(s) may cause allergic sensitization. BALB/c mice were either orally gavaged or epicutaneously sensitized by repeated application of pigeon pea crude protein extract (CPE) on undamaged areas of skin without any adjuvant; afterwards, both groups were orally challenged with the pigeon pea CPE. Anaphylactic symptoms along with measures of body temperature, MCPT-1, TSLP, pigeon pea-specific IgE and IgG1, myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity, TH2 cytokines, TH2 transcription factors (TFs) and filaggrin expression were determined...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27967301/analysis-of-hematologic-alterations-immune-responses-and-metallothionein-gene-expression-in-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-exposed-to-silver-nanoparticles
#17
Kubpaphas Thummabancha, Nuttaphon Onparn, Prapansak Srisapoome
In this study, Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) fingerlings were used as a model to examine acute and chronic toxicity of silver nanoparticles (AgNP). Expression levels of metallothionein (MT) transcripts in fish exposed to 0, 1 or 100 mg AgNP/kg fish were investigated by quantitative real-time RT-PCR. The results showed MT expression levels were significantly decreased 0.3-0.7-fold in the liver and spleen of fish exposed to 1 or 100 mg AgNP/kg after 6-48 h. In contrast, during this period, MT mRNA expression levels were increased 2-3-fold in the head kidney of the fish exposed to either level of AgNP...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754729/is-tgf%C3%AE-as-an-anti-inflammatory-cytokine-required-for-differentiation-of-inflammatory-th17-cells
#18
Arash Pourgholaminejad, Nasser Aghdami, Hossein Baharvand, Seyed Mohammad Moazzeni
T-Helper 17 (TH17) cells are a CD4(+) TH subset that plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of inflammatory disorders, especially chronic forms. It seems that the derivation of TH17 cells from their precursors take place in inflammatory microenvironment. The role of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β as an anti-inflammatory cytokine in TH17 cell differentiation is controversial. To address some of the discrepancies that exist among different studies, this study was undertaken to more clarify the TGFβ role in human TH17 cell differentiation...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754724/immunotoxic-effects-of-gold-and-silver-nanoparticles-inhibition-of-mitogen-induced-proliferative-responses-and-viability-of-human-and-murine-lymphocytes-in-vitro
#19
Mallaiah Devanabanda, Shaik Abdul Latheef, Ramanadham Madduri
Understanding the effects of nanoparticles (NP) on immune cell functions is essential in designing safe and effective NP-based in vivo drug delivery systems. The immunomodulatory potential of gold nanoparticles (GNP) and silver nanoparticles (SNP) was investigated in vitro using murine splenic and human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) in terms of effects on viability and mitogen-induced proliferation. Hydrodynamic size and number of NP were characterized using NP tracking analysis (NTA); modal diameters of GNP and SNP were 28 (±1...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749146/total-and-differential-white-blood-cell-counts-in-caiman-latirostris-after-in-ovo-and-in-vivo-exposure-to-insecticides
#20
María A Latorre, María L Romito, Alejandro Larriera, Gisela L Poletta, Pablo A Siroski
Agricultural activities associated mainly with soybean crops affect the natural environment and wildlife by habitat destruction and the extensive use of agrochemicals. The aim of this study was to evaluate immunotoxic effects of the insecticides cypermethrin (CYP) and endosulfan (END) in Caiman latirostris analyzing total blood cell count (TWBC) and differential white blood cell count (DWBC) after in ovo and in vivo exposure. Eggs (in ovo) and hatchlings (in vivo) from nests harvested in natural habitats were artificially incubated and reared under controlled conditions in the Proyecto Yacaré (Gob...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotoxicology
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