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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320933/activin-a-co-opts-irf4-and-ahr-signaling-to-induce-human-regulatory-t-cells-that-restrain-asthmatic-responses
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Sofia Tousa, Maria Semitekolou, Ioannis Morianos, Aggelos Banos, Aikaterini I Trochoutsou, Tess M Brodie, Nikolaos Poulos, Konstantinos Samitas, Maria Kapasa, Dimitris Konstantopoulos, Giannis Paraskevopoulos, Mina Gaga, Catherine M Hawrylowicz, Federica Sallusto, Georgina Xanthou
Type 1 regulatory T (Tr1) cells play a pivotal role in restraining human T-cell responses toward environmental allergens and protecting against allergic diseases. Still, the precise molecular cues that underlie their transcriptional and functional specification remain elusive. Here, we show that the cytokine activin-A instructs the generation of CD4(+) T cells that express the Tr1-cell-associated molecules IL-10, inducible T-Cell costimulator (ICOS), lymphocyte activation gene 3 protein (LAG-3), and CD49b, and exert strongly suppressive functions toward allergic responses induced by naive and in vivo-primed human T helper 2 cells...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320841/prefrontal-cortex-kca2-channels-regulate-mglu5-dependent-plasticity-and-extinction-of-alcohol-seeking-behavior
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Reginald Cannady, Justin T McGonigal, Ryan J Newsom, John J Woodward, Patrick J Mulholland, Justin T Gass
Identifying novel treatments that facilitate extinction learning could enhance cue-exposure therapy and reduce high relapse rates in alcoholics. Activation of mGlu5 receptors in the infralimbic prefrontal cortex (IL-PFC) facilitates learning during extinction of cue-conditioned alcohol-seeking behavior. Small-conductance calcium-activated potassium (KCa2) channels have also been implicated in extinction learning of fear memories, and mGlu5 receptor activation can reduce KCa2 channel function. Using a combination of electrophysiological, pharmacological, and behavioral approaches, this study examined KCa2 channels as a novel target to facilitate extinction of alcohol-seeking behavior in rats...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319722/bisphenol-s-exposure-modulate-macrophage-phenotype-as-defined-by-cytokines-profiling-global-metabolomics-and-lipidomics-analysis
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Chao Zhao, Zhi Tang, Jiacheng Yan, Jing Fang, Hailin Wang, Zongwei Cai
As an important structural analogue of bisphenol A (BPA), bisphenol S (BPS) has been used as alternatives to BPA in industrialized production. However, the immunotoxicity of BPS remains poorly understood. As a critical model in inflammatory responses, macrophages are used to explore the immunotoxic potential and mechanisms of BPS at environmentally relevant concentrations in our study. Here, we are combining molecular toxicology and mass spectrometry (MS)-based global metabolomics and lipidomics study together to estimate the variation of cytokines profiling and metabolism characteristic following BPS exposure...
March 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316773/vitamin-d-treatment-during-pregnancy-prevents-autism-related-phenotypes-in-a-mouse-model-of-maternal-immune-activation
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Stephanie Vuillermot, Wei Luan, Urs Meyer, Darryl Eyles
BACKGROUND: Prenatal exposure to infection is a recognized environmental risk factor for neuropsychiatric disorders of developmental origins such as autism or schizophrenia. Experimental work in animals indicates that this link is mediated by maternal immune activation (MIA) involving interactions between cytokine-associated inflammatory events, oxidative stress, and other pathophysiological processes such as hypoferremia and zinc deficiency. Maternal administration of the viral mimic polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid (poly(I:C)) in mice produces several behavioral phenotypes in adult offspring of relevance to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314127/suicide-attempt-in-mental-disorders-medi-association-with-5-htt-il-10-and-tnf-alpha-polymorphisms
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Verônica de Medeiros Alves, Aline Cristine Pereira E Silva, Elaine Virgínia Martins de Souza, Leilane Camila Ferreira de Lima Francisco, Edilson Leite de Moura, Valfrido Leão de-Melo-Neto, Antonio E Nardi
BACKGROUND: Mental disorders (MeDi) and suicide attempts (SA) are influenced by environmental and genetic factors. Genetic polymorphism studies have identified some candidate genes for suicidal behaviour in people with MeDi. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate MeDi and SA in relation to the presence of rs2020933 (5-HTT), rs1800871 (IL-10) and rs1800629 (TNF-α) polymorphisms. METHODS: A questionnaire for identification and general data, a brief quality of life assessment (WHOQOL-brief), the scale of suicide ideation by Beck and the MINI International Neuropsychiatric Interview were used in this study...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302560/2-3-7-8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin-tcdd-induces-hepatic-stellate-cell-hsc-activation-and-liver-fibrosis-in-c57bl6-mouse-via-activating-akt-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathways
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Ming Han, Xipeng Liu, Suyi Liu, Guanglei Su, Xikang Fan, Jie Chen, Qianting Yuan, Guangfei Xu
2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is a widespread environmental pollutant that could induce serious toxic effects in both humans and rodents. Some studies suggested that TCDD exposure may facilitate the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and liver injury. However, the underlying molecular mechanism by which environmental pollutants promote liver injury remains poorly understood. In the present study, we established an animal model of TCDD exposure by intraperitoneal injection of TCDD in male C57BL/6J mice...
March 13, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301301/tetrabromobisphenol-a-induces-cellular-damages-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-in-vitro
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Kwang Sik Suh, Eun Mi Choi, Sang Youl Rhee, Seungjoon Oh, Sung Woon Kim, Youngmi Kim Pak, Wonchae Choe, Joohun Ha, Suk Chon
Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) is a well-known organobrominated flame retardant. TBBPA has been detected in the environment. The roles played by environmental pollutants in increasing the prevalence of metabolic syndrome are attracting increasing concern. In the present work, we investigated the effects of TBBPA on rat pancreatic β-cells (the RIN-m5F cell line). RIN-m5F cells were incubated with different concentrations of TBBPA for 48 h, and cell viability and the extent of apoptosis were determined. We also measured the levels of inflammatory cytokines, reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and cardiolipin, as well as the extent of cytochrome c release from mitochondria...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300844/il-27-triggers-il-10-production-in-th17-cells-via-a-c-maf-ror%C3%AE-t-blimp-1-signal-to-promote-the-progression-of-endometriosis
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Kai-Kai Chang, Li-Bing Liu, Li-Ping Jin, Bing Zhang, Jie Mei, Hui Li, Chun-Yan Wei, Wen-Jie Zhou, Xiao-Yong Zhu, Jun Shao, Da-Jin Li, Ming-Qing Li
Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent inflammatory disease. The anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 is also increased in endometriosis. IL-10 production by Th17 cells is critical for limiting autoimmunity and inflammatory responses. However, the mechanism of inducing IL-10-producing Th17 cells is still largely unknown. The present study investigated the differentiation mechanism and role of IL-10-producing Th17 cells in endometriosis. Here, we report that IL-10(+)Th17 cells are significantly increased in the peritoneal fluid of women with endometriosis, along with an elevation of IL-27, IL-6 and TGF-β...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300662/diisononyl-phthalate-induces-asthma-via-modulation-of-th1-th2-equilibrium
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Yun-Ho Hwang, Man-Jeong Paik, Sung-Tae Yee
Diisononyl phthalate (DINP), a member of the phthalate family, is used to plasticize polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This chemical is known to enhance airway inflammation in the OVA-induced asthma model (adjuvant effects) and aggravate allergic dermatitis. Moreover, DINP enhances the production of interleukin-4 in activated CD4(+) T cells. However, the effect of DINP itself on the differentiation of naïve CD4(+) T cells into T helper cells (Th1/Th2) in vitro and allergic asthma in vivo has not yet been studied. In this study, DINP was shown to suppress the polarization of Th1 and enhance the polarization of Th2 from naïve CD4(+) T cells in vitro...
March 11, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299471/a-comparison-study-of-the-potential-risks-induced-in-arable-land-and-forest-soils-by-carcass-derived-pollutants
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Il Han, Keunje Yoo, Bo Ram Kang, Jee Hyun No, Gui Nam Wee, Muhammad Imran Khan, Tae Young Jeong, Tae Kwon Lee
Improper decisions concerning animal carcass disposal sites pose grave threats to environmental biosecurity. However, only a few studies have focused on the effects of different land-use types on the composition of carcass-derived pollutants and microbial responses to the disturbances. This study was conducted using soil microcosms with minced pork built from arable land and forest soils for 5 weeks. To compare the risk induced from different land-use types by carcass burial, the soil properties, the microbial community, and multiple-antibiotic-resistant bacteria were evaluated for microcosm containing 0, 1...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290727/the-toxic-effects-of-benzo-a-pyrene-on-activated-mouse-t-cells-in-vitro
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Shuang Guan, Yixuan Huang, Zhe Feng, Linli Xu, Yingli Jin, Jing Lu
Benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon contaminant that is widely present in environmental sources, including food. This study aims to clarify the effects of B[a]P toxicity on activated mouse T cells in vitro. Our results show that B[a]P markedly inhibited Concanavalin A (ConA)-induced T lymphocyte proliferation and suppressed the production of the cytokines Interferon (IFN)-γ, Interleukin (IL)-2 and IL-4. Western blot and protein-DNA interaction assays were used to study how B[a]P affects signal transduction...
March 14, 2017: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288101/opposing-macrophage-polarization-programs-show-extensive-epigenomic-and-transcriptional-cross-talk
#12
Viviana Piccolo, Alessia Curina, Marco Genua, Serena Ghisletti, Marta Simonatto, Arianna Sabò, Bruno Amati, Renato Ostuni, Gioacchino Natoli
Stimulation of macrophages with interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and interleukin 4 (IL-4) triggers distinct and opposing activation programs. During mixed infections or cancer, macrophages are often exposed to both cytokines, but how these two programs influence each other remains unclear. We found that IFN-γ and IL-4 mutually inhibited the epigenomic and transcriptional changes induced by each cytokine alone. Computational and functional analyses revealed the genomic bases for gene-specific cross-repression. For instance, while binding motifs for the transcription factors STAT1 and IRF1 were associated with robust and IL-4-resistant responses to IFN-γ, their coexistence with binding sites for auxiliary transcription factors such as AP-1 generated vulnerability to IL-4-mediated inhibition...
March 13, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284979/effect-of-polymorphisms-on-tgfb1-on-allergic-asthma-and-helminth-infection-in-an-african-admixed-population
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Ryan Dos Santos Costa, Camila Alexandrina Figueiredo, Maurıcio Lima Barreto, Neuza Maria Alcantara-Neves, Laura Cunha Rodrigues, Alvaro A Cruz, Candelaria Vergara, Nicholas Rafaels, Cassandra Foster, Joseph Potee, Monica Campbell, Rasika A Mathias, Kathleen C Barnes
BACKGROUND: Allergic asthma is a complex disorder that results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Studies suggest that helminth infections can activate a regulatory network characterized by the production of regulatory cytokines, such as interleukin 10 and transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) and subsequently protect against immune-mediated diseases, such as asthma. On the other hand, TGF-β1 is increased in the lungs of individuals with asthma and may modulate airway inflammation...
March 8, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283473/loss-of-lung-wwox-expression-causes-neutrophilic-inflammation
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Sunit Singla, Jiwang Chen, Shruthi Sethuraman, Justin R Sysol, Amulya Gampa, Shuangping Zhao, Roberto F Machado
The tumor suppressor, WWOX, exhibits regulatory interactions with an array of transcription factors and signaling molecules that are positioned at the well-known crossroads between inflammation and cancer. WWOX is also subject to downregulation by genotoxic environmental exposures, making it of potential interest to the study of lung pathobiology. Knockdown of lung WWOX expression in mice was observed to cause neutrophil influx, and accompanied by a corresponding vascular leak and inflammatory cytokine production...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283063/systemic-human-ilc-precursors-provide-a-substrate-for-tissue-ilc-differentiation
#15
Ai Ing Lim, Yan Li, Silvia Lopez-Lastra, Ralph Stadhouders, Franziska Paul, Armanda Casrouge, Nicolas Serafini, Anne Puel, Jacinta Bustamante, Laura Surace, Guillemette Masse-Ranson, Eyal David, Helene Strick-Marchand, Lionel Le Bourhis, Roberto Cocchi, Davide Topazio, Paolo Graziano, Lucia Anna Muscarella, Lars Rogge, Xavier Norel, Jean-Michel Sallenave, Matthieu Allez, Thomas Graf, Rudi W Hendriks, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Ido Amit, Hans Yssel, James P Di Santo
Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) represent innate versions of T helper and cytotoxic T cells that differentiate from committed ILC precursors (ILCPs). How ILCPs give rise to mature tissue-resident ILCs remains unclear. Here, we identify circulating and tissue ILCPs in humans that fail to express the transcription factors and cytokine outputs of mature ILCs but have these signature loci in an epigenetically poised configuration. Human ILCPs robustly generate all ILC subsets in vitro and in vivo. While human ILCPs express low levels of retinoic acid receptor (RAR)-related orphan receptor C (RORC) transcripts, these cells are found in RORC-deficient patients and retain potential for EOMES(+) natural killer (NK) cells, interferon gamma-positive (IFN-γ(+)) ILC1s, interleukin (IL)-13(+) ILC2s, and for IL-22(+), but not for IL-17A(+) ILC3s...
March 9, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280501/high-throughput-and-computational-study-of-leaf-senescence-through-a-phenomic-approach
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Jae Il Lyu, Seung Hee Baek, Sukjoon Jung, Hyosub Chu, Hong Gil Nam, Jeongsik Kim, Pyung Ok Lim
Leaf senescence is influenced by its life history, comprising a series of developmental and physiological experiences. Exploration of the biological principles underlying leaf lifespan and senescence requires a schema to trace leaf phenotypes, based on the interaction of genetic and environmental factors. We developed a new approach and concept that will facilitate systemic biological understanding of leaf lifespan and senescence, utilizing the phenome high-throughput investigator (PHI) with a single-leaf-basis phenotyping platform...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277826/commonality-of-the-il-4-il-13-pathway-in-atopic-diseases
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Namita Gandhi, Gianluca Pirozzi, Neil Graham
Allergy results from an aberrant Type 2 inflammatory response, triggered by a wide range of environmental antigens (allergens) that lead to various immune responses, culminating in the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE). Two key cytokines, interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13, are critical to the induction and perpetuation of the Type 2 response, and have been implicated in multiple atopic diseases. Area covered: This review summarizes recent milestone developments that have elucidated components of the pathogenesis of atopic diseases such as atopic dermatitis (AD), asthma, and chronic sinusitis with nasal polyposis (CSwNP)...
March 6, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276465/cytochrome-p450s-in-human-immune-cells-regulate-il-22-and-c-kit-via-an-ahr-feedback-loop
#18
Renate Effner, Julia Hiller, Stefanie Eyerich, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Knut Brockow, Massimo Triggiani, Heidrun Behrendt, Carsten B Schmidt-Weber, Jeroen T M Buters
The mechanisms how environmental compounds influence the human immune system are unknown. The environmentally sensitive transcription factor aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) has immune-modulating functions and responds to small molecules. Cytochrome P4501 enzymes (CYP1) act downstream of the AHR and metabolize small molecules. However, it is currently unknown whether CYP1 activity is relevant for immune modulation. We studied the interdependence of CYP1 and AHR in human primary immune cells using pharmacological methods...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272971/the-influence-of-parental-myopia-on-children-s-myopia-in-different-generations-of-parent-offspring-pairs-in-south-korea
#19
Hyunmin Ahn, Il Suk Lyu, Tyler Hyungtaek Rim
PURPOSE: To compare the heritabilities of myopia and high myopia across three different generations in Korea. METHODS: Parent-offspring pairs of different age groups were included: two parents and their offspring aged 10-19 ("young families"), two parents and their offspring aged 20-29 ("middle-aged families"), and two parents and their offspring aged 30-45 ("older families") were selected from the 2008-2012 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey...
February 28, 2017: Seminars in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266165/il33-and-il1rl1-variants-are-associated-with-asthma-and-atopy-in-a-brazilian-population
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G A Queiroz, R S Costa, N M Alcantara-Neves, G Nunes de Oliveira Costa, M L Barreto, V L Carneiro, C A Figueiredo
Atopic asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease in airways resulting from genetic and environmental factors, characterized by production of the Th2 cytokines interleukin-4 (IL-4), interleukin-5 (IL-5) and interleukin-13 (IL-13). Interleukin-33 (IL-33) appears to be a potent inducer of Th2 immune response. This occurs when IL-33 binds and activates its receptor, the membrane ST2 (ST2L) in mast cells, dendritic cells, basophils, eosinophils, innate lymphoids and Th2 cells, leading to the release of these cytokines and intensifying allergic inflammation...
April 2017: International Journal of Immunogenetics
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