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Joanna Gola, Barbara Strzałka-Mrozik, Celina Kruszniewska-Rajs, Adrian Janiszewski, Bartłomiej Skowronek, Mariusz Gagoś, Grzegorz Czernel, Urszula Mazurek
BACKGROUND: A new form of amphotericin B (AmB)- complex with copper (II) ions (AmB-Cu(2+)) - is less toxic to human renal cells. Cytokines, including Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), are responsible for nephrotoxicity observed in patients treated with AmB. Another problem during therapy is the occurrence of oxidized forms of AmB (AmB-ox) in patients' circulation. To elucidate the molecular mechanism responsible for the reduction of the toxicity of AmB-Cu(2+), we evaluated the expression of genes encoding TNF and its receptors alongside encoding proteins involved in TNF-induced signalization...
September 5, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Florian Kälble, Janine Damaske, Danijela Heide, Iris Arnold, Fabian Richter, Olaf Maier, Ulrich Eisel, Peter Scheurich, Klaus Pfizenmaier, Martin Zeier, Vedat Schwenger, Julia Ranzinger
Chronic inflammatory conditions during peritoneal dialysis (PD)-treatment lead to the impairment of peritoneal tissue integrity. The resulting structural and functional reorganization of the peritoneal membrane diminishes ultrafiltration rate and thereby enhances mortality by limiting dialysis effectiveness over time. Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) and its receptors TNFR1 and TNFR2 are key players during inflammatory processes. To date, the role of TNFR1 in peritoneal tissue damage during PD-treatment is completely undefined...
2016: PloS One
Byeong Hwa Jeon
Apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1/redox factor-1 (APE1/Ref-1) is a multifunctional protein that plays a central role in the cellular response to DNA damage and redox regulation against oxidative stress. APE1/Ref-1 is essential for cellular survival and embryonic lethal in knockout mouse models. Heterozygous APE1/Ref-1 mice showed impaired endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation, reduced vascular NO levels, and are hypertensive. APE1/Ref-1 reduces intracellular reactive oxygen species production by negatively regulating the activity of the NADPH oxidase...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jennie M Gane, Robert A Stockley, Elizabeth Sapey
Selective TNFR1 blockade in inflammatory diseases is emerging as a clinical strategy. We studied the roles of the two TNF-α receptors, TNFR1 and TNFR2, in human monocytes, the principal producer of TNF-α and central to many TNF-α driven diseases. We hypothesised that TNF-α has pro- and anti-inflammatory effects on monocytes, occurring differentially via TNFR1 and TNFR2. Monocytes were isolated from healthy human subjects and exposed to LPS, plus/minus the addition of blocking antibodies to TNF-α or its receptors...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Lance W Peterson, Naomi H Philip, Christopher P Dillon, John Bertin, Peter J Gough, Douglas R Green, Igor E Brodsky
Innate immune responses that are crucial for control of infection are often targeted by microbial pathogens. Blockade of NF-κB and MAPK signaling by the Yersinia virulence factor YopJ inhibits cytokine production by innate immune cells but also triggers cell death. This cell death requires RIPK1 kinase activity and caspase-8, which are engaged by TLR4 and the adaptor protein TRIF. Nevertheless, TLR4- and TRIF-deficient cells undergo significant apoptosis, implicating TLR4/TRIF-independent pathways in the death of Yersinia-infected cells...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Xiaopeng Zhang, Weilong Shang, Jizhen Yuan, Zhen Hu, Huagang Peng, Junmin Zhu, Qiwen Hu, Yi Yang, Hui Liu, Bei Jiang, Yinan Wang, Shu Li, Xiaomei Hu, Xiancai Rao
Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) has been demonstrated to be of importance in Staphylococcus aureus related diseases, such as atopic dermatitis (AD). Dysregulated apoptosis in AD is remarkable, and SEB can induce apoptosis of various cell types. However, the mechanisms by which SEB induces apoptosis and influences disease processes remain unclear. In this study, the recombinant SEB-induced THP-1 monocyte apoptosis was demonstrated in the absence of preliminary cell activation in a time- and dose-dependent manner...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Nicholas V Skladnev, Varshika Ganeshan, Ji Yeon Kim, Thomas J Burton, John Mitrofanis, Jonathan Stone, Daniel M Johnstone
Dietary saffron has shown promise as a neuroprotective intervention in clinical trials of retinal degeneration and dementia and in animal models of multiple CNS disorders, including Parkinson's disease. This therapeutic potential makes it important to define the relationship between dose and protection and the mechanisms involved. To explore these two issues, mice were pre-conditioned by providing an aqueous extract of saffron (0.01% w/v) as their drinking water for 2, 5 or 10 days before administration of the parkinsonian neurotoxin MPTP (50 mg/kg)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Ana T G Guerrero, Larissa G Pinto, Fernando Q Cunha, Sérgio H Ferreira, Jose C Alves-Filho, Waldiceu A Verri, Thiago M Cunha
BACKGROUND: Toll-like receptors (TLRs) including TLR4 and their signal pathways contribute to the pathogenesis of arthritis. Herein, we evaluated the mechanisms underlying the hyperalgesic response caused by TLR4 activation in the tibio-tarsal joint in mice. METHODS: Joint inflammatory hyperalgesia was induced by intra-articular (ia) injection of LPS (lipopolysaccharide- TLR4 agonist) in C57BL/6, TLR4, TLR2, MyD88, TRIF, TNFR1/2 and IL-1R1 knockout ((-/-)) mice...
August 24, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
John P Dowling, Yubo Cai, John Bertin, Peter J Gough, Jianke Zhang
The death receptor, Fas, triggers apoptotic death and is essential for maintaining homeostasis in the peripheral lymphoid organs. RIP1 was originally cloned when searching for Fas-binding proteins and was later shown to associate also with the signaling complex of TNFR1. Although Fas exclusively induces apoptosis, TNFR1 primarily activates the pro-survival/pro-inflammatory NF-κB pathway. Mutations in Fas lead to lymphoproliferative (lpr) diseases, and deletion of TNFR1 results in defective innate immune responses...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Dalila Mil-Homens, Sandra N Pinto, Rute G Matos, Cecília Arraiano, Arsenio M Fialho
Chronic lung disease caused by persistent bacterial infections is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). CF pathogens acquire antibiotic resistance, overcame host defenses and impose uncontrolled inflammation that ultimately may cause permanent damage of lungs' airways. Among the multiple CF-associated pathogens, Burkholderia cenocepacia and other B. cepacia complex (Bcc) bacteria have become prominent contributors of disease progression. Here, we demonstrate that BcaA, a trimeric autotransporter adhesin (TAA) from the epidemic strain B...
September 29, 2016: Cellular Microbiology
Davi Sousa Garcia, Mengfei Chen, Amy K Smith, Paulo Roberto Lazarini, Andrew P Lane
BACKGROUND: To understand mechanisms of human olfactory dysfunction in chronic rhinosinusitis, an inducible olfactory inflammation (IOI) model has been utilized to chronically express inflammatory cytokines locally, resulting in neuronal loss, diminished odorant responses, and repressed olfactory regeneration. Knockout of the minor tumor necrosis factor α receptor 2 (TNFR2) was previously shown to partially rescue these olfactory changes. The purpose of current study was to investigate the role of the major TNF receptor, TNFR1, in chronic olfactory inflammation...
September 27, 2016: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
Fang Chen, Shi-Lian Zheng, Jiang-Ning Hu, Yong Sun, Yue-Ming He, Han Peng, Bing Zhang, David Julian McClements, Ze-Yuan Deng
Ginsenoside Rh2 is a potential active metabolite of ginseng that has antitumor activity against a variety of tumor cells. Previously, we reported that Rh2-O, an octyl ester derivative of ginsenoside Rh2, had a higher anticancer activity than Rh2 through activating the intrinsic apoptotic pathway. In this study, we found that the extrinsic apoptotic pathway was also involved in Rh2-O-induced HepG2 cells apoptosis as evidenced by the up-regulation of Fas, FasL, TNFR1, and TNF-α as well as the cleavage of caspase 8...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jordan Gaines, Alexandros N Vgontzas, Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Susan L Calhoun, Fan He, Duanping Liao, Marjorie D Sawyer, Edward O Bixler
Only a handful of studies, primarily in clinical samples, have reported an association between obesity, inflammation, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children and adolescents. No studies, however, have examined the pathogenetic link between visceral adiposity, systemic inflammation, and incident OSA in a large general population sample using objective measures of sleep and body fat. Adolescents (n=392; mean age 17.0±2.2y, 54.0% male) from the Penn State Child Cohort (PSCC) underwent 9-hour overnight polysomnography; a DXA scan to assess body fat distribution; and a single fasting blood draw for the assessment of plasma interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-6 soluble receptor (IL-6 sR), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), tumor necrosis factor receptor 1A (TNFR1), C-reactive protein (CRP), leptin, and adiponectin levels via ELISA...
September 20, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Byeong Hwa Jeon
Apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1/redox factor-1 (APE1/Ref-1) is a multifunctional protein that plays a central role in the cellular response to DNA damage and redox regulation against oxidative stress. APE1/Ref-1 is essential for cellular survival and embryonic lethal in knockout mouse models. Heterozygous APE1/Ref-1 mice showed impaired endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation, reduced vascular NO levels, and are hypertensive. APE1/Ref-1 reduces intracellular reactive oxygen species production by negatively regulating the activity of the NADPH oxidase...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jonas Bystrom, F I Clanchy, Taher E Taher, Pam Mangat, Ali S Jawad, Richard O Williams, Rizgar A Mageed
TNFα is a principal pro-inflammatory cytokine vital for immunity to infections. However, its excessive production is involved in chronic inflammation and disease pathology in autoimmune diseases. Evidence for its pathogenic role is validated by the fact that its neutralisation by therapeutic agents in vivo is beneficial in ameliorating disease and controlling symptoms. Paradoxically, however, treatment with TNFα inhibitors can either have no clinical effects, or even exacerbate disease in some patients. The explanation for such contradictory outcomes may lay in how and which downstream signalling pathways are activated and drive disease...
September 14, 2016: Cytokine
Vanessa Popp, Katharina Gerlach, Stefanie Mott, Agnieszka Turowska, Holger Garn, Raja Atreya, Hans-Anton Lehr, I-Cheng Ho, Harald Renz, Benno Weigmann, Markus F Neurath
BACKGROUND & AIMS: GATA3 is a transcription factor that regulates T-cell production of cytokines. We investigated the role of GATA3 in development of colitis in mice. METHODS: We performed quantitative PCR and immunofluorescence analyses of colon tissues from patients with Crohn's disease (n= 61) or ulcerative colitis (UC, n= 74), or patients without inflammatory bowel diseases (n= 22), to measure levels of GATA3. Colitis was induced by administration of oxazolone or 2,4,6-Trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid (TNBS) to control mice, mice with T-cell specific deletion of GATA3, and mice with deletion of tumor necrosis factor receptor-1 (TNFR1) and TNFR2 (TNFR double knockouts); some mice were given a GATA3-specific DNAzyme (hgd40) or a control DNAzyme via intrarectal administration, or systemic injections of an antibody to TNF prior or during sensitization and challenge phase of colitis induction...
September 14, 2016: Gastroenterology
Shengnan Zhang, Rui Zhang, Tengyue Ma, Xingyang Qiu, Xinyan Wang, Anying Zhang, Hong Zhou
Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) exerts its regulatory effects by binding one of two TNF receptors, TNF-α receptor 1 (TNFR1) or TNFR2. In this study, we isolated and identified the cDNA sequence of grass carp TNFR1 (gcTNFR1). Similar to its homologs in other fish species, the putative protein of gcTNFR1 possessed an extracellular region containing three TNF homology domains, a transmembrane region and a cytoplasmic region with a conserved death domain. Consistent with the widespread expression of mammalian TNFR1, gcTNFR1 transcripts ubiquitously expressed in spleen, thymus, liver, heart, gill, intestine, brain and head kidney with the highest expression levels in head kidney...
September 9, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Shrikant R Mulay, Jonathan N Eberhard, Jyaysi Desai, Julian A Marschner, Santhosh V R Kumar, Marc Weidenbusch, Melissa Grigorescu, Maciej Lech, Nuru Eltrich, Lisa Müller, Wolfgang Hans, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Volker Vielhauer, Bernd Hoppe, John Asplin, Nicolai Burzlaff, Martin Herrmann, Andrew Evan, Hans-Joachim Anders
Intrarenal crystals trigger inflammation and renal cell necroptosis, processes that involve TNF receptor (TNFR) signaling. Here, we tested the hypothesis that TNFRs also have a direct role in tubular crystal deposition and progression of hyperoxaluria-related CKD. Immunohistochemical analysis revealed upregulated tubular expression of TNFR1 and TNFR2 in human and murine kidneys with calcium oxalate (CaOx) nephrocalcinosis-related CKD compared with controls. Western blot and mRNA expression analyses in mice yielded consistent data...
September 9, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Helen L Wright, Fatima A Makki, Robert J Moots, Steven W Edwards
Our aim was to determine whether rheumatoid arthritis (RA) low-density granulocytes (LDGs) are functionally different from RA neutrophils. LDGs from 32 RA patients were characterized using flow cytometry and quantitative PCR (qPCR). RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) was carried out on paired RA LDGs and neutrophils (n = 4) and validated using qPCR. Functional assays included chemotaxis, phagocytosis, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, cell-cycle analysis, apoptosis, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET)osis, and measurement of cytokine production (n ≥ 5 paired RA LDGs/neutrophils)...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Tariq Hamid, Yuanyuan Xu, Mohamed Ameen Ismahil, Qianhong Li, Steven P Jones, Aruni Bhatnagar, Roberto Bolli, Sumanth D Prabhu
Despite expansion of resident cardiac stem cells (CSCs; c-kit(+)Lin(-)) after myocardial infarction, endogenous repair processes are insufficient to prevent adverse cardiac remodeling and heart failure (HF). This suggests that the microenvironment in post-ischemic and failing hearts compromises CSC regenerative potential. Inflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF), are increased after infarction and in HF; whether they modulate CSC function is unknown. As the effects of TNF are specific to its two receptors (TNFRs), we tested the hypothesis that TNF differentially modulates CSC function in a TNFR-specific manner...
September 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
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