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Ryan Kolb, Liem Phan, Nicholas Borcherding, Yinghong Liu, Fang Yuan, Ann M Janowski, Qing Xie, Kathleen R Markan, Wei Li, Matthew J Potthoff, Enrique Fuentes-Mattei, Lesley G Ellies, C Michael Knudson, Mong-Hong Lee, Sai-Ching J Yeung, Suzanne L Cassel, Fayyaz S Sutterwala, Weizhou Zhang
Obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing breast cancer and is also associated with worse clinical prognosis. The mechanistic link between obesity and breast cancer progression remains unclear, and there has been no development of specific treatments to improve the outcome of obese cancer patients. Here we show that obesity-associated NLRC4 inflammasome activation/ interleukin (IL)-1 signalling promotes breast cancer progression. The tumour microenvironment in the context of obesity induces an increase in tumour-infiltrating myeloid cells with an activated NLRC4 inflammasome that in turn activates IL-1β, which drives disease progression through adipocyte-mediated vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) expression and angiogenesis...
October 6, 2016: Nature Communications
Virginie Deswaerte, Saleela M Ruwanpura, Brendan J Jenkins
Over the last decade it has emerged that inflammasome complexes provide a pivotal platform for the host innate immune system to respond to exogenous infectious microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi) and non-infectious environmental agents (cigarette smoke, pollution), as well as endogenous "danger" signals. Upon the canonical activation of inflammasomes, a key effector function is to catalyze, via caspase-1, the maturation of the potent pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18, which, in addition to chronic inflammatory responses have also been intimately linked to the inflammatory form of lytic cell death, pyroptosis...
September 30, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Peng Tan, Lian He, Gang Han, Yubin Zhou
Microbial opsin-based optogenetic tools have been transformative for neuroscience. To extend optogenetic approaches to the immune system to remotely control immune responses with superior spatiotemporal precision, pioneering tools have recently been crafted to modulate lymphocyte trafficking, inflammasome activation, dendritic cell (DC) maturation, and antitumor immunity through the photoactivation of engineered chemokine receptors and calcium release-activated calcium channels. We highlight herein some conceptual design strategies for installing light sensitivities into the immune signaling network and, in parallel, we propose potential solutions for in vivo optogenetic applications in living organisms with near-infrared light-responsive upconversion nanomaterials...
September 28, 2016: Trends in Biotechnology
Christina J Groß, Ritu Mishra, Katharina S Schneider, Guillaume Médard, Jennifer Wettmarshausen, Daniela C Dittlein, Hexin Shi, Oliver Gorka, Paul-Albert Koenig, Stephan Fromm, Giovanni Magnani, Tamara Ćiković, Lara Hartjes, Joachim Smollich, Avril A B Robertson, Matthew A Cooper, Marc Schmidt-Supprian, Michael Schuster, Kate Schroder, Petr Broz, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Bruce Beutler, Bernhard Kuster, Jürgen Ruland, Sabine Schneider, Fabiana Perocchi, Olaf Groß
Imiquimod is a small-molecule ligand of Toll-like receptor-7 (TLR7) that is licensed for the treatment of viral infections and cancers of the skin. Imiquimod has TLR7-independent activities that are mechanistically unexplained, including NLRP3 inflammasome activation in myeloid cells and apoptosis induction in cancer cells. We investigated the mechanism of inflammasome activation by imiquimod and the related molecule CL097 and determined that K(+) efflux was dispensable for NLRP3 activation by these compounds...
September 24, 2016: Immunity
Lei Wang, Yang Chen, Xiang Li, Youzhi Zhang, Erich Gulbins, Yang Zhang
Obesity is an important risk factor for exacerbating chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. High serum level of saturated free fatty acids such as palmitate is an important contributor for obesity-induced diseases. Here, we examined the contribution of inflammasome activation in vascular cells to free fatty acid-induced endothelial dysfunction and vascular injury in obesity. Our findings demonstrated that high fat diet-induced impairment of vascular integrity and enhanced vascular permeability in the myocardium in mice were significantly attenuated by Nlrp3 gene deletion...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Haixiao Liu, Lei Zhao, Liang Yue, Bodong Wang, Xia Li, Hao Guo, Yihui Ma, Chen Yao, Li Gao, Jianping Deng, Lihong Li, Dayun Feng, Yan Qu
Pterostilbene (PTE), one of the polyphenols present in plants such as blueberries and grapes, has been suggested to have various effects, such as anti-oxidation, anti-apoptosis, and anti-cancer effects. Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is a severe neurological event known for its high morbidity and mortality. Recently, early brain injury (EBI) has been reported to play a significant role in the prognosis of patients with SAH. The present study aimed to investigate whether PTE could attenuate EBI after SAH was induced in C57BL/6 J mice...
September 24, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Franklin L Zhong, Ons Mamaï, Lorenzo Sborgi, Lobna Boussofara, Richard Hopkins, Kim Robinson, Ildikó Szeverényi, Takuya Takeichi, Reshmaa Balaji, Aristotle Lau, Hazel Tye, Keya Roy, Carine Bonnard, Patricia J Ahl, Leigh Ann Jones, Paul Baker, Lukas Lacina, Atsushi Otsuka, Pierre R Fournie, François Malecaze, E Birgitte Lane, Masashi Akiyama, Kenji Kabashima, John E Connolly, Seth L Masters, Vincent J Soler, Salma Samir Omar, John A McGrath, Roxana Nedelcu, Moez Gribaa, Mohamed Denguezli, Ali Saad, Sebastian Hiller, Bruno Reversade
Inflammasome complexes function as key innate immune effectors that trigger inflammation in response to pathogen- and danger-associated signals. Here, we report that germline mutations in the inflammasome sensor NLRP1 cause two overlapping skin disorders: multiple self-healing palmoplantar carcinoma (MSPC) and familial keratosis lichenoides chronica (FKLC). We find that NLRP1 is the most prominent inflammasome sensor in human skin, and all pathogenic NLRP1 mutations are gain-of-function alleles that predispose to inflammasome activation...
September 22, 2016: Cell
Mutlay Sayan, Brooke T Mossman
The concept of the inflammasome, a macromolecular complex sensing cell stress or danger signals and initiating inflammation, was first introduced approximately a decade ago. Priming and activation of these intracellular protein platforms trigger the maturation of pro-inflammatory chemokines and cytokines, most notably, interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and IL-18, to promulgate innate immune defenses. Although classically studied in models of gout, Type II diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and multiple sclerosis, the importance and mechanisms of action of inflammasome priming and activation have recently been elucidated in cells of the respiratory tract where they modulate the responses to a number of inhaled pathogenic particles and fibres...
2016: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
Elona Gusho, Danika Baskar, Shuvojit Banerjee
Ever since the discovery of the existence of an interferon (IFN)-regulated ribonuclease, significant advances have been made in understanding the mechanism and associated regulatory effects of its action. What had been studied initially as a "unique" endoribonuclease is currently known as ribonuclease L (RNase L where "L" stands for latent). Some of the key developments include discovery of the RNase L signaling pathway, its structural characterization, and its molecular cloning. RNase L has been implicated in antiviral and antibacterial defense, as well as in hereditary prostate cancer...
August 29, 2016: Cytokine
Jing-Zheng Zhang, Jian Gu
Inflammasome is a complex of protein, which can recognize pathogen molecules and pathogens simulating human heat shock protein via pattern recognition receptors, thus it causes their own activation, sensitizes NF-κB pathway, induces the production of inflammatory mediators, leads the chronic inflammation and promotes thrombosis. Some studies reported that nearly 17% of the new tumors can be caused by chronic inflammation, and it seems that there is a complicated relationship between inflammasome and cancer-associated thrombosis...
August 2016: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
Rojo A Ratsimandresy, Mohanalaxmi Indramohan, Andrea Dorfleutner, Christian Stehlik
Inflammasomes are important for maintaining intestinal homeostasis, and dysbiosis contributes to the pathology of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and increases the risk for colorectal cancer. Inflammasome defects contribute to chronic intestinal inflammation and increase the susceptibility to colitis in mice. However, the inflammasome sensor absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2) protects against colorectal cancer in an inflammasome-independent manner through DNA-dependent protein kinase and Akt pathways. Yet, the roles of the AIM2 inflammasome in IBD and the early phases of colorectal cancer remain ill-defined...
August 15, 2016: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Tao Liu, Qin Tang, Kunpeng Liu, Weihong Xie, Xin Liu, Huishan Wang, Rong-Fu Wang, Jun Cui
The AIM2 inflammasome is a key cytosolic signaling complex that is activated by double-stranded DNA, leading to the maturation of proinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and IL-18. Dysregulated AIM2 inflammasome activity is associated with human inflammatory diseases and cancers, suggesting that its activity must be tightly regulated. However, the precise molecular mechanisms that control AIM2 levels and activity are still poorly understood. Here, we report tripartite motif 11 (TRIM11) as a key negative regulator of the AIM2 inflammasome...
August 16, 2016: Cell Reports
Y Xing, R Cao, H-M Hu
Autophagosomes derived from tumor cells, also referred to as defective ribosomal products in blebs (DRibbles), have been previously shown to stimulate potent T-cell responses and mediate tumor regression when used as therapeutic cancer vaccines in multiple preclinical cancer models. In this report, we investigated the underlining mechanisms by which DRibbles induced T-cell activation, particularly how DRibbles activated antigen-presenting cells (APCs). We found that DRibbles could induce a rapid differentiation of monocytes and DC precursor (pre-DC) cells into functional APCs...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Mingfang Zhang, Yuanlin Qi, Hui Li, Jiajun Cui, Lu Dai, Jacqueline A Frank, Jian Chen, Wenhua Xu, Gang Chen
Chronic sterile inflammation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many cancers, including skin cancer. Chronic arsenic exposure is closely associated with the development of skin cancer. However, there is a lack of understanding how arsenic induces chronic inflammation in the skin. Interleukin-1 family cytokines play a central role in regulating immune and inflammatory response. IL-1α, IL-1β and IL-18 are three pro-inflammatory cytokines in IL-1 family. Their secretion, especially the secretion of IL-1β and IL-18, is regulated by inflammasomes which are multi-protein complexes containing sensor proteins, adaptor protein and caspase-1...
June 2016: Oncoimmunology
Maryse Dagenais, Maya Saleh
We have recently demonstrated that the Nlrp3 inflammasome can detect the presence of colorectal cancer (CRC) metastatic growth in the liver and limit its growth. Inflammasome signaling primed natural killer (NK) cells through Interleukin (IL)-18 and activated their ability to trigger FasL-induced apoptosis of the tumor.
May 2016: Oncoimmunology
Arunava Roy, Dipanjan Dutta, Jawed Iqbal, Gina Pisano, Olsi Gjyshi, Mairaj Ahmed Ansari, Binod Kumar, Bala Chandran
UNLABELLED: IFI16 (interferon gamma-inducible protein 16) recognizes nuclear episomal herpesvirus (Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus [KSHV], Epstein-Barr virus [EBV], and herpes simplex virus 1 [HSV-1]) genomes and induces the inflammasome and interferon beta responses. It also acts as a lytic replication restriction factor and inhibits viral DNA replication (human cytomegalovirus [HCMV] and human papillomavirus [HPV]) and transcription (HSV-1, HCMV, and HPV) through epigenetic modifications of the viral genomes...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Virology
Suneesh Kumar Pachathundikandi, Anne Müller, Steffen Backert
Infection with the Gram-negative pathogen Helicobacter pylori is the most prevalent chronic bacterial infection affecting about 50 % of the human world population and is the main risk factor for gastric cancer development. The pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1β plays a crucial role in the development of gastric tumors, and polymorphisms in the IL-1 gene cluster resulting in increased IL-1β production have been associated with increased risk for gastric cancer. Recently, Helicobacter pylori was postulated to activate the inflammasome in human and mouse immune cells, and the molecular mechanisms and the bacterial virulence factors activating the inflammasome were elucidated in cell culture as well as animal models...
2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Andrea Lei, Kevin J Maloy
Although best known for inducing inflammasome formation and pyroptosis in myeloid cells, increasing evidence highlights additional roles for Nod-like receptors (NLR) in nonhematopoietic cells. Two recent studies demonstrate that NLRX1 functions as an intrinsic tumor suppressor in intestinal epithelial cells (IEC), by regulating their responses to proliferative signals following intestinal injury.
September 2016: Trends in Immunology
Dev Karan, Seema Dubey
Inflammation-associated studies entice specific attention due to inflammation's role in multiple stages of prostate cancer development. However, mechanistic regulation of inflammation inciting prostate cancer remains largely uncharacterized. A focused class of inflammatory regulators known as inflammasomes has recently gained attention in cancer development. Inflammasomes are a multiprotein complex that drives a cascade of proinflammatory cytokines regulating various cellular activities. Inflammasomes activation is linked with infection, stress, or danger signals, which are common events within the prostate gland...
2016: Advances in Urology
Jiseon Lee, Huijeong Ahn, Eui-Ju Hong, Beum-Soo An, Eui-Bae Jeung, Geun-Shik Lee
Sulforaphane (SFN), a compound within the isothiocyanate group of organosulfur compounds originating from cruciferous vegetables, has gained attention for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer chemopreventive properties. However, the effects of SFN on inflammasomes, which are multi-protein complexes that induce maturation of interleukin (IL)-1β, have been poorly studied. In this study, we investigated the effects of SFN on the assembly of NLRP3, NLRC4, and AIM2 inflammasomes as well as on the priming step of NLRP3 inflammasome in murine macrophages...
August 2016: Cellular Immunology
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