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Shanmao Cao, Lijie Zhu, Hongtao Nie, Minghao Yin, Gang Liu, Xiwu Yan
Crassadoma gigantea is an important commercial marine bivalve species in Baja California and Mexico. In this study, we have applied RNA-Seq technology to profile the transcriptome of the C. gigantea for the first time. A total of 80,832,518 raw reads were produced from a Illumina HiSeq4000 platform, and 77,306,198 (95.64%) clean reads were generated after trimming the adaptor sequences. The transcriptome assembled into 158,855 transcripts with an N50 size of 1995 bp and an average size of 1008 bp. A number of DNA repair related genes, such as MSH3, EGF, TGF, IGF, FGF, encoding different groups of growth factors were found in the transcriptome data of C...
March 7, 2018: Gene
Martí Cortey, Gaston Arocena, Tahar Ait-Ali, Anna Vidal, Yanli Li, Gerard Martín-Valls, Alison D Wilson, Allan L Archibald, Enric Mateu, Laila Darwich
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) infection alters the host's cellular and humoral immune response. Immunity against PRRSv is multigenic and vary between individuals. The aim of the present study was to compare several genes that encode for molecules involved in the immune response between two groups of vaccinated pigs that experienced short or long viremic periods after PRRSv challenge. These analyses include the sequencing of four SLA Class I, two Class II allele groups, and CD163, plus the analysis by quantitative realtime qRT-PCR of the constitutive expression of TLR2, TLR3, TLR4, TLR7, TLR8 and TLR9 mRNA and other molecules in peripheral blood mononuclear cells...
February 15, 2018: Veterinary Research
Hock-Liew Eng, Yuan-Ying Hsu, Tsun-Mei Lin
The recognition of single-stranded RNA by TLR7/8 leads to the production of NF-κB-mediated cytokines and type I IFNs. However, the role of TLR7/8 activation in monocytes and macrophages is still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the differences in the activation of TLR7/8 between these two cell types. Microarray analysis, qRT-PCR and flow cytometry were used to analyse TLR7/8 signalling pathways in monocytes and macrophages after stimulation with agonists. Our data indicated that TLR8 agonists activated the NF-κB- and IRF-mediated pathways in THP-1 cells, whereas TLR7 agonists did not...
February 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Yufeng Wang, Shu Shang, Qianqian Sun, Junjun Chen, Guanhuan Du, Hong Nie, Xiaozhe Han, Guoyao Tang
OBJECTIVE: Investigation of dendritic cell (DC) subsets and expression patterns of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) was conducted to understand the pathogenesis in oral lichen planus (OLP). STUDY DESIGN: Blood, OLP lesion, and control samples were collected. Four DC subsets (CD11c + CD123 - myeloid DC1 [mDC1], CD141 + mDC2, CD11c - CD123 + plasmacytoid DC [pDC], and CD1a + CD207 + Langerhans cells [LC]) were investigated via flow cytometry (FCM) and immunohistochemical staining...
December 18, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
D Martínez, D Díaz-Ibarrola, C Vargas-Lagos, R Oyarzún, J P Pontigo, J L P Muñoz, A J Yáñez, L Vargas-Chacoff
Eleginops maclovinus is an endemic fish to Chile that lives in proximity to salmonid culture centers, feeding off of uneaten pellet and salmonid feces. Occurring in the natural environment, this interaction between native and farmed fish could result in the horizontal transmission of pathogens affecting the aquaculture industry. The aim of this study was to evaluate the innate and adaptive immune responses of E. maclovinus challenged with P. salmonis. Treatment injections (in duplicate) were as follows: control (100 μL of culture medium), wild type LF-89 strain (100 μL, 1 × 108 live bacteria), and antibiotic resistant strain Austral-005 (100 μL, 1 × 108 live bacteria)...
February 5, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Mehmet O Atli, Mehmet Kose, Mustafa Hitit, M Salih Kaya, Faruk Bozkaya
The aim of this study was to elucidate the expression profiles of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) in the ovine corpus luteum (CL) during early pregnancy and prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α)-induced luteolysis. For this purpose, multiparous Anatolian Merino ewes were selected and randomly allotted into cyclic (including those in the induced luteolysis group, n = 20) and pregnant (n = 12) groups. All of the ewes were scheduled to be slaughtered for predetermined days/hour during the estrous cycle, early pregnancy, and PGF2α induced luteolysis...
January 11, 2018: Theriogenology
Hui Han, Jie Yin, Bin Wang, Xingguo Huang, Jiming Yao, Jie Zheng, Wenjun Fan, Tiejun Li, Yulong Yin
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of lysine restriction on inflammatory responses in piglets. 38 male piglets with similar body weight of 9.62 kg were randomly divided into control group (basal diet) and lysine-restricted group (diet containing 70% lysine of the control diet). The results showed that lysine restriction increased the serum concentration of IgG an IgM. Piglets fed the lysine-restricted diet exhibited overexpression of interleukin-8 (IL-8) in the kidney (P < 0.05) and IL-6 and IL-4 in the spleen (P < 0...
February 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yushe Dang, Zina J Rutnam, Gregory Dietsch, Hailing Lu, Yi Yang, Robert Hershberg, Mary L Disis
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) accumulate in tumors and the peripheral blood of cancer patients and demonstrate cancer-promoting activity across multiple tumor types. A limited number of agents are known to impact MDSC activity. TLR8 is expressed in myeloid cells. We investigated expression of TLR8 on MDSC and the effect of a TLR8 agonist, motolimod, on MDSC survival and function. TLR8 was highly expressed in monocytic MDSC (mMDSC) but absent in granulocytic MDSC (gMDSC). Treatment of human PBMC with motolimod reduced the levels of mMDSC in volunteers and cancer donors versus control (P < 0...
January 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Frances E Pearson, Karshing Chang, Yoshihito Minoda, Ingrid M Leal Rojas, Oscar L Haigh, Ghazal Daraj, Kirsteen M Tullett, Kristen J Radford
Mice reconstituted with human hematopoietic stem cells are valuable models to study aspects of the human immune system in vivo. We describe a humanized mouse model (hu mice) in which fully functional human CD141+ and CD1c+ myeloid and CD123+ plasmacytoid dendritic cells (DC) develop from human cord blood CD34+ cells in immunodeficient mice. CD141+ DC are the human equivalents of murine CD8+ /CD103+ DC which are essential for the induction of tumor-inhibitory cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) responses, making them attractive targets to exploit for the development of new cancer immunotherapies...
January 18, 2018: Immunology and Cell Biology
Huanle Luo, Evandro R Winkelmann, Ildefonso Fernandez-Salas, Li Li, Sandra V Mayer, Rogelio Daniz-Lozano, Rosa Ma Sanchez-Casas, Nikos Vasilakis, Robert Tesh, Alan D Barrett, Scott C Weaver, Tian Wang
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus associated with severe neonatal birth defects, but the causative mechanism is incompletely understood. ZIKV shares sequence homology and early clinical manifestations with yellow fever virus (YFV) and dengue virus (DENV) and are all transmitted in urban cycles by the same species of mosquitoes. However, YFV and DENV have been rarely reported to cause congenital diseases. Here, we compared infection with a contemporary ZIKV strain (FSS13025) to YFV17D and DENV-4 in human monocytic cells (THP-1) and first-trimester trophoblasts (HTR-8)...
January 10, 2018: Antiviral Research
Marie Dominique Ah Kioon, Claudio Tripodo, David Fernandez, Kyriakos A Kirou, Robert F Spiera, Mary K Crow, Jessica K Gordon, Franck J Barrat
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a multisystem life-threatening fibrosing disorder that lacks effective treatment. The link between the inflammation observed in organs such as the skin and profibrotic mechanisms is not well understood. The plasmacytoid dendritic cell (pDC) is a key cell type mediating Toll-like receptor (TLR)-induced inflammation in autoimmune disease patients, including lupus and skin diseases with interface dermatitis. However, the role of pDCs in fibrosis is less clear. We show that pDCs infiltrate the skin of SSc patients and are chronically activated, leading to secretion of interferon-α (IFN-α) and CXCL4, which are both hallmarks of the disease...
January 10, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Fu-Kai Zhang, Jun-Ling Hou, Ai-Jiang Guo, Ai-Ling Tian, Zhao-An Sheng, Wen-Bin Zheng, Wei-Yi Huang, Hany M Elsheikha, Xing-Quan Zhu
Infection of ruminants and humans with Fasciola gigantica is attracting increasing attention due to its economic impact and public health significance. However, little is known of innate immune responses during F. gigantica infection. Here, we investigated the expression profiles of genes involved in Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and NOD-like receptors (NLRs) signaling pathways in buffaloes infected with 500F. gigantica metacercariae. Serum, liver and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) samples were collected from infected and control buffaloes at 3, 10, 28, and 70days post infection (dpi)...
December 11, 2017: Molecular Immunology
Francesca La Rosa, Marina Saresella, Francesca Baglio, Federica Piancone, Ivana Marventano, Elena Calabrese, Raffaello Nemni, Enrico Ripamonti, Monia Cabinio, Mario Clerici
Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) conversion to Alzheimer's disease (AD) is seen in a sizable portion of aMCI patients; correlates predicting such conversion are poorly defined but neuroinflammation and the reactivation of chronic viral infections are suspected to play a role in this phenomenon. We analyzed these aspects in two homogeneous groups of aMCI who did or did not convert to AD over a 24-months period. Results showed that at baseline in those aMCI individuals who did not convert to AD: 1) Aβ1-42 stimulated production of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL6 and IL1β by CD14+ cells was significantly reduced (p = 0...
December 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
Kelly C G ManfrereC, Marina P Torrealba, Denis R Miyashiro, Nátalli Z Pereira, Fabio S Y Yoshikawa, Luana de M Oliveira, Jade Cury-Martins, Alberto J S Duarte, José A Sanches, Maria N Sato
Sézary syndrome (SS), an aggressive and leukemic form of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, usually results in shortened survival. Improving innate immunity in SS by targeting natural killer (NK) cells with Toll-like receptor (TLR) agonists could be an interesting modulatory strategy. We evaluated the NK cell populations in SS patients assessing activating and inhibitory receptors expression and profiled the differential expression of TLR signaling pathway genes in unstimulated NK cells and after TLR7/8 stimulation...
November 3, 2017: Oncotarget
Tim Vierbuchen, Corinna Bang, Hanna Rosigkeit, Ruth A Schmitz, Holger Heine
The archaeon Methanosphaera stadtmanae is a member of the gut microbiota; yet, the molecular cross-talk between archaea and the human immune system and its potential contribution to inflammatory diseases has not been evaluated. Although archaea are as bacteria prokaryotes, they form a distinct domain having unique features such as different cell wall structures and membrane lipids. So far, no microbe-associated molecular patterns of archaea which activate innate immune receptors have been identified. By stimulating human myeloid cells with M...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Tiannan Hu, Scott R Suter, Madeline M Mumbleau, Peter A Beal
Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) is an important component of the human innate immune system that recognizes single stranded RNA (ssRNA). Recent X-ray crystal structures of TLR8 bound to ssRNA revealed a previously unrecognized binding site for a 5'-UpG-3' dinucleotide. Here we use an atomic mutagenesis strategy coupled with a cellular TLR8 activation assay to probe the importance of specific functional groups present on the guanine base in RNA-mediated receptor agonism and antagonism. Results from RNA analogs containing 7-deazaguanosine, 2-aminopurine and inosine confirm the importance of guanine N7, O6 and N2, respectively, in TLR8 activation...
January 1, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Shuting Zhang, Zhenyi Hu, Hiromi Tanji, Shuangshuang Jiang, Nabanita Das, Jing Li, Kentaro Sakaniwa, Jin Jin, Yanyan Bian, Umeharu Ohto, Toshiyuki Shimizu, Hang Yin
Endosomal Toll-like receptors (TLR3, TLR7, TLR8, and TLR9) are highly analogous sensors for various viral or bacterial RNA and DNA molecular patterns. Nonetheless, few small molecules can selectively modulate these TLRs. In this manuscript, we identified the first human TLR8-specific small-molecule antagonists via a novel inhibition mechanism. Crystal structures of two distinct TLR8-ligand complexes validated a unique binding site on the protein-protein interface of the TLR8 homodimer. Upon binding to this new site, the small-molecule ligands stabilize the preformed TLR8 dimer in its resting state, preventing activation...
January 2018: Nature Chemical Biology
Olgary Figueroa-Santiago, Ana M Espino
Fasciola hepatica is a parasitic helminth that induces Th2/Treg responses in its mammalian host. Some reports have suggested that ESPs achieve these polarized immune responses by delaying the activation of dendritic cells and macrophages during the early stages of innate immunity, a process that is mediated by TLR4. The present study aimed to investigate whether TLRs other than TLR4 could also be targeted by F. hepatica ESPs. To achieve this aim a screening system was optimized using THP1-Blue CD14 cells. ESPs were first separated based on their molecular weight and according their net charge by ion exchange chromatography (IEC)...
2017: Annals of Clinical Pathology
Peter Larson, Tamara A Kucaba, Zhengming Xiong, Michael Olin, Thomas S Griffith, David M Ferguson
A series of N1-modified imidazoquinolines were synthesized and screened for Toll-like receptors (TLR) 7 and 8 activities to identify recognition elements that confer high affinity binding and selectivity. These receptors are key targets in the development of immunomodulatory agents that signal the NF-κB mediated transcription of pro-inflammatory chemokines and cytokines. Results are presented showing both TLR7/8 activations are highly correlated to N1-substitution, with TLR8 selectivity achieved through inclusion of an ethyl-, propyl-, or butylamino group at this position...
November 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Daniel L Bourque, Taufiqur Rahman Bhuiyan, Diane P Genereux, Rasheduzzaman Rashu, Crystal N Ellis, Fahima Chowdhury, Ashraful I Khan, Nur Haq Alam, Anik Paul, Lazina Hossain, Leslie M Mayo-Smith, Richelle C Charles, Ana A Weil, Regina C LaRocque, Stephen B Calderwood, Edward T Ryan, Elinor K Karlsson, Firdausi Qadri, Jason B Harris
To better understand the innate immune response to Vibrio cholerae infection, we tracked gene expression in the duodenal mucosa of 11 Bangladeshi adults with cholera, using biopsy specimens obtained immediately after rehydration and 30 and 180 days later. We identified differentially expressed genes and performed an analysis to predict differentially regulated pathways and upstream regulators. During acute cholera, there was a broad increase in the expression of genes associated with innate immunity, including activation of the NF-κB, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), and Toll-like receptor (TLR)-mediated signaling pathways, which, unexpectedly, persisted even 30 days after infection...
February 2018: Infection and Immunity
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