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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422764/3d-pulmospheres-serve-as-a-personalized-and-predictive-multicellular-model-for-assessment-of-antifibrotic-drugs
#1
Ranu Surolia, Fu Jun Li, Zheng Wang, Huashi Li, Gang Liu, Yong Zhou, Tracy Luckhardt, Sejong Bae, Rui-Ming Liu, Sunad Rangarajan, Joao de Andrade, Victor J Thannickal, Veena B Antony
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422763/a-modifier-screen-identifies-dnajb6-as-a-cardiomyopathy-susceptibility-gene
#2
Yonghe Ding, Pamela A Long, J Martijn Bos, Yu-Huan Shih, Xiao Ma, Rhianna S Sundsbak, Jianhua Chen, Yiwen Jiang, Liqun Zhao, Xinyang Hu, Jianan Wang, Yongyong Shi, Michael J Ackerman, Xueying Lin, Stephen C Ekker, Margaret M Redfield, Timothy M Olson, Xiaolei Xu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422762/silencing-smoc2-ameliorates-kidney-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-fibroblast-to-myofibroblast-transformation
#3
Casimiro Gerarduzzi, Ramya K Kumar, Priyanka Trivedi, Amrendra K Ajay, Ashwin Iyer, Sarah Boswell, John N Hutchinson, Sushrut S Waikar, Vishal S Vaidya
Secreted modular calcium-binding protein 2 (SMOC2) belongs to the secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) family of matricellular proteins whose members are known to modulate cell-matrix interactions. We report that SMOC2 is upregulated in the kidney tubular epithelial cells of mice and humans following fibrosis. Using genetically manipulated mice with SMOC2 overexpression or knockdown, we show that SMOC2 is critically involved in the progression of kidney fibrosis. Mechanistically, we found that SMOC2 activates a fibroblast-to-myofibroblast transition (FMT) to stimulate stress fiber formation, proliferation, migration, and extracellular matrix production...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422761/topological-length-of-white-matter-connections-predicts-their-rate-of-atrophy-in-premanifest-huntington-s-disease
#4
Peter McColgan, Kiran K Seunarine, Sarah Gregory, Adeel Razi, Marina Papoutsi, Jeffrey D Long, James A Mills, Eileanoir Johnson, Alexandra Durr, Raymund A C Roos, Blair R Leavitt, Julie C Stout, Rachael I Scahill, Chris A Clark, Geraint Rees, Sarah J Tabrizi, The Track-On Hd Investigators
We lack a mechanistic explanation for the stereotyped pattern of white matter loss seen in Huntington's disease (HD). While the earliest white matter changes are seen around the striatum, within the corpus callosum, and in the posterior white matter tracts, the order in which these changes occur and why these white matter connections are specifically vulnerable is unclear. Here, we use diffusion tractography in a longitudinal cohort of individuals yet to develop clinical symptoms of HD to identify a hierarchy of vulnerability, where the topological length of white matter connections between a brain area and its neighbors predicts the rate of atrophy over 24 months...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422760/cannabinoid-cb1-receptor-overactivity-contributes-to-the-pathogenesis-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Resat Cinar, Bernadette R Gochuico, Malliga R Iyer, Tony Jourdan, Tadafumi Yokoyama, Joshua K Park, Nathan J Coffey, Hadass Pri-Chen, Gergő Szanda, Ziyi Liu, Ken Mackie, William A Gahl, George Kunos
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a life-threatening disease without effective treatment, highlighting the need for identifying new targets and treatment modalities. The pathogenesis of IPF is complex, and engaging multiple targets simultaneously might improve therapeutic efficacy. To assess the role of the endocannabinoid/cannabinoid receptor 1 (endocannabinoid/CB1R) system in IPF and its interaction with inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) as dual therapeutic targets, we analyzed lung fibrosis and the status of the endocannabinoid/CB1R system and iNOS in mice with bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis (PF) and in lung tissue and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) from patients with IPF, as well as controls...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422759/ryr2r420q-catecholaminergic-polymorphic-ventricular-tachycardia-mutation-induces-bradycardia-by-disturbing-the-coupled-clock-pacemaker-mechanism
#6
Yue Yi Wang, Pietro Mesirca, Elena Marqués-Sulé, Alexandra Zahradnikova, Olivier Villejoubert, Pilar D'Ocon, Cristina Ruiz, Diana Domingo, Esther Zorio, Matteo E Mangoni, Jean-Pierre Benitah, Ana María Gómez
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a lethal genetic arrhythmia that manifests syncope or sudden death in children and young adults under stress conditions. CPVT patients often present bradycardia and sino-atrial node (SAN) dysfunction. However, the mechanism remains unclear. We analyzed SAN function in two CPVT families and in a novel knock-in (KI) mouse model carrying the RyR2R420Q mutation. Humans and KI mice presented slower resting heart rate. Accordingly, the rate of spontaneous intracellular Ca2+ ([Ca2+]i) transients was slower in KI mouse SAN preparations than in WT, without any significant alteration in the "funny" current (If )...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422758/first-in-human-trial-of-multikinase-vegf-inhibitor-regorafenib-and-anti-egfr-antibody-cetuximab-in-advanced-cancer-patients
#7
Vivek Subbiah, Muhammad Rizwan Khawaja, David S Hong, Behrang Amini, Jiang Yungfang, Hui Liu, Adrienne Johnson, Alexa B Schrock, Siraj M Ali, James X Sun, David Fabrizio, Sarina Piha-Paul, Siqing Fu, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, Aung Naing, Filip Janku, Daniel D Karp, Michael Overman, Cathy Eng, Scott Kopetz, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Gerald S Falchook
BACKGROUND: The combination of multikinase VEGF inhibitor regorafenib and anti-EGFR antibody cetuximab overcomes intrinsic and acquired resistance in both EGFR-sensitive and EGFR-resistant preclinical models of colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: Utilizing a standard 3+3 design, a phase I study was designed to determine safety, maximum tolerated dose (MTD), and dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) of the regorafenib plus cetuximab combination among patients with advanced cancer including CRC...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422757/cross-reactive-dengue-human-monoclonal-antibody-prevents-severe-pathologies-and-death-from-zika-virus-infections
#8
Yiu-Wing Kam, Cheryl Yi-Pin Lee, Teck-Hui Teo, Shanshan W Howland, Siti Naqiah Amrun, Fok-Moon Lum, Peter See, Nicholas Qing-Rong Kng, Roland G Huber, Mei-Hui Xu, Heng-Liang Tan, Andre Choo, Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, Florent Ginhoux, Katja Fink, Cheng-I Wang, Lisa F P Ng, Laurent Rénia
Zika virus (ZIKV) infections have been linked with neurological complications and congenital Zika syndrome. Given the high level of homology between ZIKV and the related flavivirus dengue virus (DENV), we investigated the level of cross-reactivity with ZIKV using a panel of DENV human mAbs. A majority of the mAbs showed binding to ZIKV virions, with several exhibiting neutralizing capacities against ZIKV in vitro. Three of the best ZIKV-neutralizing mAbs were found to recognize diverse epitopes on the envelope (E) glycoprotein: the highly conserved fusion-loop peptide, a conformation-specific epitope on the E monomer, and a quaternary epitope on the virion surface...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422756/%C3%AE-catenin-and-pi3k%C3%AE-inhibition-expands-precursor-th17-cells-with-heightened-stemness-and-antitumor-activity
#9
Kinga Majchrzak, Michelle H Nelson, Jacob S Bowers, Stefanie R Bailey, Megan M Wyatt, John M Wrangle, Mark P Rubinstein, Juan C Varela, Zihai Li, Richard A Himes, Sherine S L Chan, Chrystal M Paulos
ICOS costimulation generates Th17 cells with durable memory responses to tumor. Herein, we found that ICOS induces PI3K/p110δ/Akt and Wnt/β-catenin pathways in Th17 cells. Coinhibiting PI3Kδ and β-catenin altered the biological fate of Th17 cells. Th17 cells inhibited of both pathways expressed less RORγt, which, in turn, reduced their ability to secrete IL-17. Unexpectedly, these cells were more effective (than uninhibited cells) at regressing tumor when infused into mice, leading to long-term curative responses...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422755/%C3%AE-klotho-deficiency-protects-against-obesity-through-a-crosstalk-between-liver-microbiota-and-brown-adipose-tissue
#10
Emmanuel Somm, Hugues Henry, Stephen J Bruce, Sébastien Aeby, Marta Rosikiewicz, Gerasimos P Sykiotis, Mohammed Asrih, François R Jornayvaz, Pierre Damien Denechaud, Urs Albrecht, Moosa Mohammadi, Andrew Dwyer, James S Acierno, Kristina Schoonjans, Lluis Fajas, Gilbert Greub, Nelly Pitteloud
β-Klotho (encoded by Klb) is the obligate coreceptor mediating FGF21 and FGF15/19 signaling. Klb-/- mice are refractory to beneficial action of pharmacological FGF21 treatment including stimulation of glucose utilization and thermogenesis. Here, we investigated the energy homeostasis in Klb-/- mice on high-fat diet in order to better understand the consequences of abrogating both endogenous FGF15/19 and FGF21 signaling during caloric overload. Surprisingly, Klb-/- mice are resistant to diet-induced obesity (DIO) owing to enhanced energy expenditure and BAT activity...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422754/mpeg1-perforin-2-mutations-in-human-pulmonary-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infections
#11
Ryan M McCormack, Eva P Szymanski, Amy P Hsu, Elena Perez, Kenneth N Olivier, Eva Fisher, E Brook Goodhew, Eckhard R Podack, Steven M Holland
Perforin-2 is a highly conserved pore-forming protein encoded by macrophage expressed gene 1 (MPEG1). A number of studies have shown that Perforin-2-deficient mice are unable to survive following a bacterial challenge that is nonlethal in WT mice. There is also recent evidence that Mpeg1+/- heterozygous mice display an intermediate killing ability compared with Mpeg1 WT and Mpeg1-/- mice. Despite these in vivo findings, to date, no perforin-2 deficiencies have been associated with human disease. Here, we report four patients with persistent nontuberculous mycobacterial infection who had heterozygous MPEG1 mutations...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422753/steroid-metabolome-analysis-reveals-prevalent-glucocorticoid-excess-in-primary-aldosteronism
#12
Wiebke Arlt, Katharina Lang, Alice J Sitch, Anna S Dietz, Yara Rhayem, Irina Bancos, Annette Feuchtinger, Vasileios Chortis, Lorna C Gilligan, Philippe Ludwig, Anna Riester, Evelyn Asbach, Beverly A Hughes, Donna M O'Neil, Martin Bidlingmaier, Jeremy W Tomlinson, Zaki K Hassan-Smith, D Aled Rees, Christian Adolf, Stefanie Hahner, Marcus Quinkler, Tanja Dekkers, Jaap Deinum, Michael Biehl, Brian G Keevil, Cedric H L Shackleton, Jonathan J Deeks, Axel K Walch, Felix Beuschlein, Martin Reincke
BACKGROUND: Adrenal aldosterone excess is the most common cause of secondary hypertension and is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity. However, adverse metabolic risk in primary aldosteronism extends beyond hypertension, with increased rates of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis, which cannot be easily explained by aldosterone excess. METHODS: We performed mass spectrometry-based analysis of a 24-hour urine steroid metabolome in 174 newly diagnosed patients with primary aldosteronism (103 unilateral adenomas, 71 bilateral adrenal hyperplasias) in comparison to 162 healthy controls, 56 patients with endocrine inactive adrenal adenoma, 104 patients with mild subclinical, and 47 with clinically overt adrenal cortisol excess...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422752/t-bet-b-cells-are-induced-by-human-viral-infections-and-dominate-the-hiv-gp140-response
#13
James J Knox, Marcus Buggert, Lela Kardava, Kelly E Seaton, Michael A Eller, David H Canaday, Merlin L Robb, Mario A Ostrowski, Steven G Deeks, Mark K Slifka, Georgia D Tomaras, Susan Moir, M Anthony Moody, Michael R Betts
Humoral immunity is critical for viral control, but the identity and mechanisms regulating human antiviral B cells are unclear. Here, we characterized human B cells expressing T-bet and analyzed their dynamics during viral infections. T-bet+ B cells demonstrated an activated phenotype, a distinct transcriptional profile, and were enriched for expression of the antiviral immunoglobulin isotypes IgG1 and IgG3. T-bet+ B cells expanded following yellow fever virus and vaccinia virus vaccinations and also during early acute HIV infection...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422751/twelve-year-survival-and-immune-correlates-in-dendritic-cell-vaccinated-melanoma-patients
#14
Stefanie Gross, Michael Erdmann, Ina Haendle, Steve Voland, Thomas Berger, Erwin Schultz, Erwin Strasser, Peter Dankerl, Rolf Janka, Stefan Schliep, Lucie Heinzerling, Karl Sotlar, Pierre Coulie, Gerold Schuler, Beatrice Schuler-Thurner
BACKGROUND: Reports on long-term (≥10 years) effects of cancer vaccines are missing. Therefore, in 2002, we initiated a phase I/II trial in cutaneous melanoma patients to further explore the immunogenicity of our DC vaccine and to establish its long-term toxicity and clinical benefit after a planned 10-year followup. METHODS: Monocyte-derived DCs matured by TNFα, IL-1β, IL-6, and PGE2 and then loaded with 4 HLA class I and 6 class II-restricted tumor peptides were injected intradermally in high doses over 2 years...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422750/differential-expression-of-gpr15-on-t-cells-during-ulcerative-colitis
#15
Alexandra Adamczyk, Daniel Gageik, Annika Frede, Eva Pastille, Wiebke Hansen, Andreas Rueffer, Jan Buer, Jürgen Büning, Jost Langhorst, Astrid M Westendorf
G protein-coupled receptor 15 (GPR15) was recently highlighted as a colon-homing receptor for murine and human CD4+ T cells. The aim of this study was to explore the functional phenotype of human GPR15+CD4+ T cells, focusing on Tregs and effector T cells (Teffs), and to determine whether GPR15 is the driver for the migration of T cells to the colon during ulcerative colitis (UC). In the peripheral blood, GPR15 was expressed on Tregs and Teffs; both GPR15+ T cell subsets produced less IFN-γ and IL-4 but more IL-17 after stimulation and showed a higher migration activity compared with GPR15-CD4+ T cells...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422749/obesity-induced-hepatic-steatosis-is-mediated-by-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-the-subfornical-organ-of-the-brain
#16
Julie A Horwath, Chansol Hurr, Scott D Butler, Mallikarjun Guruju, Martin D Cassell, Allyn L Mark, Robin L Davisson, Colin N Young
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), characterized by an excess accumulation of hepatic triglycerides, is a growing health epidemic. While ER stress in the liver has been implicated in the development of NAFLD, the role of brain ER stress - which is emerging as a key contributor to a number of chronic diseases including obesity - in NAFLD remains unclear. These studies reveal that chemical induction of ER stress in the brain caused hepatomegaly and hepatic steatosis in mice. Conversely, pharmacological reductions in brain ER stress in diet-induced obese mice rescued NAFLD independent of body weight, food intake, and adiposity...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422748/therapeutic-inhibition-of-soluble-brain-tnf-promotes-remyelination-by-increasing-myelin-phagocytosis-by-microglia
#17
Maria Karamita, Christopher Barnum, Wiebke Möbius, Malú G Tansey, David E Szymkowski, Hans Lassmann, Lesley Probert
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory CNS demyelinating disease in which remyelination largely fails. Transmembrane TNF (tmTNF) and TNF receptor 2 are important for remyelination in experimental MS models, but it is unknown whether soluble TNF (solTNF), a major proinflammatory factor, is involved in regeneration processes. Here, we investigated the specific contribution of solTNF to demyelination and remyelination in the cuprizone model. Treatment with XPro1595, a selective inhibitor of solTNF that crosses the intact blood-brain barrier (BBB), in cuprizone-fed mice did not prevent toxin-induced oligodendrocyte loss and demyelination, but it permitted profound early remyelination due to improved phagocytosis of myelin debris by CNS macrophages and prevented disease-associated decline in motor performance...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406797/m1-like-monocytes-are-a-major-immunological-determinant-of-severity-in-previously-healthy-adults-with-life-threatening-influenza
#18
Suzanne L Cole, Jake Dunning, Wai Ling Kok, Kambez Hajipouran Benam, Adel Benlahrech, Emmanouela Repapi, Fernando O Martinez, Lydia Drumright, Timothy J Powell, Michael Bennett, Ruth Elderfield, Catherine Thomas, Tao Dong, John McCauley, Foo Y Liew, Stephen Taylor, Maria Zambon, Wendy Barclay, Vincenzo Cerundolo, Peter J Openshaw, Andrew J McMichael, Ling-Pei Ho
In each influenza season, a distinct group of young, otherwise healthy individuals with no risk factors succumbs to life-threatening infection. To better understand the cause for this, we analyzed a broad range of immune responses in blood from a unique cohort of patients, comprising previously healthy individuals hospitalized with and without respiratory failure during one influenza season, and infected with one specific influenza A strain. This analysis was compared with similarly hospitalized influenza patients with known risk factors (total of n = 60 patients recruited)...
April 6, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405625/resistance-to-hypertension-mediated-by-intercalated-cells-of-the-collecting-duct
#19
Johannes Stegbauer, Daian Chen, Marcela Herrera, Matthew A Sparks, Ting Yang, Eva Königshausen, Susan B Gurley, Thomas M Coffman
The renal collecting duct (CD), as the terminal segment of the nephron, is responsible for the final adjustments to the amount of sodium excreted in urine. While angiotensin II modulates reabsorptive functions of the CD, the contribution of these actions to physiological homeostasis is not clear. To examine this question, we generated mice with cell-specific deletion of AT1A receptors from the CD. Elimination of AT1A receptors from both principal and intercalated cells (CDKO mice) had no effect on blood pressures at baseline or during successive feeding of low- or high-salt diets...
April 6, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405624/gm-csf-is-not-essential-for-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-but-promotes-brain-targeted-disease
#20
Emily R Pierson, Joan M Goverman
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) has been used as an animal model of multiple sclerosis to identify pathogenic cytokines that could be therapeutic targets. Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is the only cytokine reported to be essential for EAE. We investigated the role of GM-CSF in EAE in C3HeB/FeJ mice that uniquely exhibit extensive brain and spinal cord inflammation. Unexpectedly, GM-CSF-deficient C3HeB/FeJ mice were fully susceptible to EAE because IL-17 activity compensated for the loss of GM-CSF during induction of spinal cord-targeted disease...
April 6, 2017: JCI Insight
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