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Nerve AND immunity

Farhad Shahsavar, Shaghayegh Mapar, Seyyed Amir Yasin Ahmadi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease in which we can recognize destruction of the myelin that is around nerve cells of brain and spinal cord called as oligodendrocytes. Both genetic and environmental factors play roles in MS. One of these genes is the killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) which expressed on surface of natural killer cells (NKs). These genes have loci (not locus) in human genome, so they inherit as haplotypes. The results of previous studies show that different genes of KIR may affect both susceptibility and resistance to such autoimmune disorders that their pathogenesis in MS is still unclear...
December 2016: Genomics Data
Simone Gross, Andrea Fischer, Marco Rosati, Lara Matiasek, Daniele Corlazzoli, Rodolfo Cappello, Laura Porcarelli, Tom Harcourt-Brown, Konrad Jurina, Laurent Garosi, Thomas Flegel, Pia Quitt, Jessica Molin, Velia-Isabel Huelsmeyer, Henning Schenk, Gualtiero Gandini, Kirsten Gnirs, Stéphane Blot, Aurélien Jeandel, Massimo Baroni, Shenja Loderstedt, Gianluca Abbiati, Carola Leithaeuser, Sabine Schulze, Marion Kornberg, Mark Lowrie, Kaspar Matiasek
Recent views on Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) question the accuracy of classification into axonal and demyelinating subtypes that represent convergent neurophysiological phenotypes rather than immunological targets. Instead it has been proposed to clarify the primarily affected fibre subunit in nerve biopsies. As nerve biopsies rarely are part of routine work-up in human patients we evaluated tissues taken from companion animals affected by GBS-like polyradiculoneuropathy to screen for distribution of immune cells, targeted fibre components and segregating non-inflammatory lesions...
September 1, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Y S Prakash
Airway structure and function are key aspects of normal lung development, growth and aging, as well as of lung responses to the environment and the pathophysiology of important diseases such as asthma, COPD and fibrosis. In this regard, the contributions of airway smooth muscle (ASM) are both functional, in the context of airway contractility and relaxation, as well as synthetic, involving production and modulation of extracellular components, modulation of the local immune environment, cellular contribution to airway structure, and finally, interactions with other airway cell types such as epithelium, fibroblasts and nerves...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Dervla O'Malley
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder characterized by recurrent abdominal pain, bloating and disturbed bowel habit, symptoms which impact on the quality of life of sufferers. The pathophysiological changes underlying this multifactorial condition are complex and include increased sensitivity to luminal and mucosal factors which result in altered colonic transit and visceral pain. Moreover, dysfunctional communication in the bidirectional signaling axis between the brain and the gut, which involves efferent and afferent branches of the peripheral nervous systems, circulating endocrine hormones and local paracrine and neurocrine factors, including immune and perhaps even microbial signaling molecules have a role to play in this disorder...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Shang-You Yang, Nora Strong, Xuan Gong, Michael H Heggeness
BACKGROUND: Stem cell-involved tissue engineering has gained dramatic attention as a therapeutic strategy for tissue regeneration including bone repair. However, the currently available possibilities to use embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPCs) face potential ethical issues, as well as risks of malignant transformation and immune rejection. Recently identified peripheral nerve-derived adult pluripotent cells (NEDAPS) that quickly proliferate after exposure to BMP-2 or nerve trauma and exhibit many embryonic stem cell characteristics may provide an attractive source cells for a variety of regenerative therapies...
October 10, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Ruihe Lin, Jingli Cai, Eric W Kostuk, Robert Rosenwasser, Lorraine Iacovitti
BACKGROUND: Dimethyl fumarate (DMF), working via its metabolite monomethylfumarate (MMF), acts as a potent antioxidant and immunomodulator in animal models of neurologic disease and in patients with multiple sclerosis. These properties and their translational potential led us to investigate whether DMF/MMF could also protect at-risk and/or dying neurons in models of ischemic stroke in vitro and in vivo. Although the antioxidant effects have been partially addressed, the benefits of DMF immunomodulation after ischemic stroke still need to be explored...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Erli Zhang, Mingquan Li, Jianjun Zhao, Yuxiang Dong, Xueqin Yang, Jingbo Huang
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of Yisui Tongjing (YSTJ) prescription on motor nerve conduction velocity (MNCV) and microstructure of the sciatic nerve in experimental autoimmune neuritis (EAN) rats, the Guillain-Barré syndrome classic animal models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we established an EAN model in Lewis rats by immunization. We evaluated the potential clinical application of a traditional Chinese medicine YSTJ by intragastric administration and compared its effect with immunoglobulin...
2016: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
József Kun, Anikó Perkecz, Lorenz Knie, György Sétáló, Tamás Tornóczki, Erika Pintér, Ágnes Bán
OBJECTIVE: Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic inflammatory disease of unknown etiology with antigen-specific and non-specific mechanisms. Transient Receptor Potential Ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is a non-selective cation channel activated by noxious stimuli such as oxidative stress products evoking pain and release of proinflammatory mediators from sensory nerve endings culminating in neurogenic inflammation. Extraneuronal TRPA1s e.g. on immune cells possess yet unkown functions. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We studied the buccal mRNA expression (qPCR) and protein localization (immunohistochemistry) of TRPA1 receptors, and key OLP mediator transcripts in oral mucosa samples of healthy volunteers (n=9), OLP patients (n=43) and OLP-like hyperkeratotic diseases (n=12)...
October 8, 2016: Oral Diseases
Giovanni Nardo, Maria Chiara Trolese, Giuseppe de Vito, Roberta Cecchi, Nilo Riva, Giorgia Dina, Paul R Heath, Angelo Quattrini, Pamela J Shaw, Vincenzo Piazza, Caterina Bendotti
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence suggests that the immune system has a beneficial role in the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) although the mechanism remains unclear. Recently, we demonstrated that motor neurons (MNs) of C57SOD1(G93A) mice with slow disease progression activate molecules classically involved in the cross-talk with the immune system. This happens a lot less in 129SvSOD1(G93A) mice which, while expressing the same amount of transgene, had faster disease progression and earlier axonal damage...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Christopher T Banek, Mark M Knuepfer, Jason D Foss, Jessica K Fiege, Ninitha Asirvatham-Jeyaraj, Dusty Van Helden, Yoji Shimizu, John W Osborn
Renal sympathetic denervation (RDNx) has emerged as a novel therapy for hypertension; however, the therapeutic mechanisms remain unclear. Efferent renal sympathetic nerve activity has recently been implicated in trafficking renal inflammatory immune cells and inflammatory chemokine and cytokine release. Several of these inflammatory mediators are known to activate or sensitize afferent nerves. This study aimed to elucidate the roles of efferent and afferent renal nerves in renal inflammation and hypertension in the deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA) salt rat model...
October 3, 2016: Hypertension
Mohammad Heidari, Dan Wang, Phillip Delekta, Shuhong Sun
Marek's disease virus (MDV), a highly cell-associated lymphotropic α-herpesvirus, is the causative agent of Marek's disease (MD) in domestic chickens. MDV replicates in chicken lymphocytes and establishes a latent infection within CD4(+) T cells. The latently infected CD4(+) T cells carry the virus to visceral organs, peripheral nerves, and feather follicle epithelium (FFE). FFE is the only anatomical site where infectious enveloped cell-free virus particles are produced and disseminated into the environment...
November 1, 2016: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Kirsten S Evonuk, Carson E Moseley, Ryan E Doyle, Casey T Weaver, Tara M DeSilva
A major hallmark of the autoimmune demyelinating disease multiple sclerosis (MS) is immune cell infiltration into the brain and spinal cord resulting in myelin destruction, which not only slows conduction of nerve impulses, but causes axonal injury resulting in motor and cognitive decline. Current treatments for MS focus on attenuating immune cell infiltration into the central nervous system (CNS). These treatments decrease the number of relapses, improving quality of life, but do not completely eliminate relapses so long-term disability is not improved...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Daniela Carnevale, Marialuisa Perrotta, Fabio Pallante, Valentina Fardella, Roberta Iacobucci, Stefania Fardella, Lorenzo Carnevale, Raimondo Carnevale, Massimiliano De Lucia, Giuseppe Cifelli, Giuseppe Lembo
The crucial role of the immune system in hypertension is now widely recognized. We previously reported that hypertensive challenges couple the nervous drive with immune system activation, but the physiological and molecular mechanisms of this connection are unknown. Here, we show that hypertensive challenges activate splenic sympathetic nerve discharge to prime immune response. More specifically, a vagus-splenic nerve drive, mediated by nicotinic cholinergic receptors, links the brain and spleen. The sympathetic discharge induced by hypertensive stimuli was absent in both coeliac vagotomized mice and in mice lacking α7nAChR, a receptor typically expressed by peripheral ganglionic neurons...
2016: Nature Communications
Luisa Klotz, Ivan Kuzmanov, Stephanie Hucke, Catharina C Gross, Vilmos Posevitz, Angela Dreykluft, Andreas Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Claudia Janoschka, Maren Lindner, Martin Herold, Nicholas Schwab, Isis Ludwig-Portugall, Christian Kurts, Sven G Meuth, Tanja Kuhlmann, Heinz Wiendl
Molecular mechanisms that determine lesion localization or phenotype variation in multiple sclerosis are mostly unidentified. Although transmigration of activated encephalitogenic T cells across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a crucial step in the disease pathogenesis of CNS autoimmunity, the consequences on brain endothelial barrier integrity upon interaction with such T cells and subsequent lesion formation and distribution are largely unknown. We made use of a transgenic spontaneous mouse model of CNS autoimmunity characterized by inflammatory demyelinating lesions confined to optic nerves and spinal cord (OSE mice)...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Fujun Hou, Tao Liu, Qiai Wang, Yongjie Liu, Chengbo Sun, Xiaolin Liu
Croquemort, the homologue of human CD36, is a member of class B scavenger receptors, which is involved in bacteria phagocytosis and cytokins release. However, there is still less information about Croquemort in crustaceans. Here, a Croquemort from Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei (LvCroquemort) and its truncated form (LvCroquemort-S1) cDNA sequences were identified, characterized and their role in bacteria clearance was investigated. The deduced protein of LvCroquemort is 533 amino acids and contains typical domains of CD36: the N-terminus and C-terminus in cytoplasm, two transmembrane regions and a large extracellular loop-like domain...
September 23, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Robin Spiller, Giles Major
The acute phase of IBD with inflamed gut and often ulcerated mucosa is clearly different from the apparently normal mucosa characteristic of IBS. However, more detailed assessment has detected immune activation, increased gut permeability, increased mucosal serotonin availability, abnormalities of enteric nerve structure and function, and dysbiosis in gut microbiota in IBS - all features seen in IBD. Furthermore, as treatments for inflammation in IBD have become more effective it is now apparent that ∼1 in 3 patients with IBD in remission from inflammation still have persistent abnormalities of sensation, motility and gut microbiota, which might cause IBS-like symptoms...
September 26, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Susanna Esposito, Maria Roberta Longo
The term Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), the most frequent cause of acute paralytic neuropathy, covers a number of recognisably distinct variants. The exact cause of GBS is unknown, but 50-70% of cases appear 1-2weeks after a respiratory or gastrointestinal infection, or another immune stimulus that induces an aberrant autoimmune response targeting peripheral nerves and their spinal roots. The interplay between the microbial and host factors that dictate whether and how the immune response shifts towards autoreactivity is still unclear, and nothing is known about the genetic and environmental factors that affect an individual's susceptibility to the disease...
September 23, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Takaharu Okada, Sonoko Takahashi, Azusa Ishida, Harumichi Ishigame
Multiphoton imaging has been utilized to analyze in vivo immune cell dynamics over the last 15 years. Particularly, it has deepened the understanding of how immune responses are organized by immune cell migration and interactions. In this review, we first describe the following technical advances in recent imaging studies that contributed to the new findings on the regulation of immune responses and inflammation. Improved multicolor imaging of immune cell behavior has revealed that their interactions are spatiotemporally coordinated to achieve efficient and long-term immunity...
September 22, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Amit Bar-Or, Larry Steinman, Jacinta M Behne, Daniel Benitez-Ribas, Peter S Chin, Michael Clare-Salzler, Donald Healey, James I Kim, David M Kranz, Andreas Lutterotti, Roland Martin, Sven Schippling, Pablo Villoslada, Cheng-Hong Wei, Howard L Weiner, Scott S Zamvil, Terry J Smith, Michael R Yeaman
Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMO/SD) and its clinical variants have at their core the loss of immune tolerance to aquaporin-4 and perhaps other autoantigens. The characteristic phenotype is disruption of astrocyte function and demyelination of spinal cord, optic nerves, and particular brain regions. In this second of a 2-part article, we present further perspectives regarding the pathogenesis of NMO/SD and how this disease might be amenable to emerging technologies aimed at restoring immune tolerance to disease-implicated self-antigens...
October 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
Larry Steinman, Amit Bar-Or, Jacinta M Behne, Daniel Benitez-Ribas, Peter S Chin, Michael Clare-Salzler, Donald Healey, James I Kim, David M Kranz, Andreas Lutterotti, Roland Martin, Sven Schippling, Pablo Villoslada, Cheng-Hong Wei, Howard L Weiner, Scott S Zamvil, Michael R Yeaman, Terry J Smith
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and spectrum disorder (NMO/SD) represent a vexing process and its clinical variants appear to have at their pathogenic core the loss of immune tolerance to the aquaporin-4 water channel protein. This process results in a characteristic pattern of astrocyte dysfunction, loss, and demyelination that predominantly affects the spinal cord and optic nerves. Although several empirical therapies are currently used in the treatment of NMO/SD, none has been proven effective in prospective, adequately powered, randomized trials...
October 2016: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
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