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Min Sun, Yinnan Mu, Yang Ding, Jingqun Ao, Xinhua Chen
Toll-like receptor 21 (TLR21) is a non-mammalian TLR that functions similar to mammalian TLR9 in recognizing CpG DNA. In the present study, we identified a TLR21 homologue, LycTLR21, from large yellow croaker (Larimichthys crocea). The complete coding sequence of LycTLR21 is 2946 nucleotides long, encoding a protein of 981 amino acids. The deduced LycTLR21 protein has typical TLR domain architecture, including a signal peptide, 13 leucine-rich repeats (LRRs) in the extracellular region, a transmembrane region, and a cytoplasmic Toll-Interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) domain...
October 14, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
P Morbini, M Benazzo
Human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx is a well-defined entity mostly affecting young to middle-aged male non-smokers. It is generally associated with a favourable outcome, and for this reason a less intensive therapeutic approach has been proposed for this subset of patients. The incidence of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers is rapidly increasing in most Western countries, but detailed epidemiological data are not available for the Italian population. Furthermore, among other head and neck regions, a smaller proportion of oral high-grade dysplasia and cancers seems to depend on HPV infection, whereas its role in laryngeal cancer is recognised as less relevant...
August 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Shimin Zhou, Yinnan Mu, Yingdi Liu, Jingqun Ao, Xinhua Chen
Chemokines are a superfamily of cytokines regulating immune cell migration under both inflammatory and normal physiological conditions. Currently, a number of fish specific CXC chemokines, named as CXCL_F1-5, have been identified in several species. However, understanding of their functional characteristics is still limited. In this study, we identified a fish specific chemokine CXCL_F2 (LycCXCL_F2) from large yellow croaker (Larimichthys crocea). The open reading frame (ORF) of LycCXCL_F2 is 348 nucleotides long, encoding a protein of 115 amino acids (aa)...
October 8, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Fuguo Liu, Xiaoqian Tang, Xiuzhen Sheng, Jing Xing, Wenbin Zhan
In the present study, molecular chaperone GroEL of Edwardsiella tarda was found both react with flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) anti-recombinant GroEL (rGroEL) and anti-E. tarda antibodies, and it was both detected in the outer membrane and the secretome. To evaluate the vaccine potential of GroEL, pCI-neo-GFP-GroEL (pCG-GroEL) was prepared and used to vaccinate healthy flounder, and immune protective effects were investigated. The results showed that pCG-GroEL produced an RPS of 60% following E. tarda challenge at week 5 after immunization...
October 1, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Y-H Fan, Y-L Lin, Y-C Hwang, H-C Yang, H-C Chiu, S-H Chiou, M-H Jong, K-C Chow, C-C Lin
The effect of co-administration of interferon (IFN)-γ in pigs undergoing vaccination with an attenuated strain (LPC) of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) was investigated. Unvaccinated pigs demonstrated pyrexia and died 7-9 days after challenge with virulent CSFV. Pigs receiving the attenuated vaccine remained healthy after virus challenge, except for mild, transient pyrexia, whereas pigs receiving IFN-γ simultaneously with the vaccine demonstrated normal body temperatures after virus challenge. Examination by nested RT-PCR revealed greater viral load in the spleens of the pigs vaccinated with the attenuated CSFV, compared with those that had additionally received IFN-γ...
October 2016: Veterinary Journal
Alberto C Guardo, Patrick Tjok Joe, L Miralles, M E Bargalló, B Mothe, A Krasniqi, C Heirman, F García, Kris Thielemans, Christian Brander, Joeri L Aerts, Montserrat Plana
BACKGROUND: The development of a prophylactic vaccine against HIV-1 has so far not been successful. Therefore, attention has shifted more and more towards the development of novel therapeutic vaccines. Here, we evaluated a new mRNA based therapeutic vaccine against HIV-1 encoding activation signals (TriMix: CD40L+CD70+caTLRA4) combined with rationally selected antigenic sequences (HTI sequence: comprised of 16 joined fragments from Gag, Pol, Vif and Nef). METHODS: For this purpose, PBMC from HIV-1-infected individuals on cART, lymph node explants from non-infected humans and splenocytes from immunized mice were collected and several immune functions were measured...
September 24, 2016: AIDS
Reza Yazdani, Mazdak Ganjalikhani-Hakemi, Mohammad Esmaeili, Hassan Abolhassani, Shahram Vaeli, Abbas Rezaei, Zohre Sharifi, Gholamreza Azizi, Nima Rezaei, Asghar Aghamohammadi
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a heterogeneous group of primary immunodeficiency characterized by recurrent infectious. We evaluated whether defective PI3K/Akt/FoxO pathway could influence B-cell fate. Determination of B-cell subsets in CVD patients and healthy donors (HDs) were performed using flow cytometry. We evaluated mRNA level and protein expression of PI3K, Akt and FoxO molecules using real-time PCR and flow cytometry, respectively. Moreover, phosphorylated Akt (p-Akt) expression in B-cells has also been measured by flowcytometry...
September 21, 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Viswa Teja Colluru, Douglas G McNeel
In spite of remarkable preclinical efficacy, DNA vaccination has demonstrated low immunogenicity in humans. While efforts have focused on increasing cross-presentation of DNA-encoded antigens, efforts to increase DNA vaccine immunogenicity by targeting direct presentation have remained mostly unexplored. In these studies, we compared the ability of different APCs to present antigen to T cells after simple co-culture with plasmid DNA. We found that human primary peripheral B lymphocytes, and not monocytes or in vitro derived dendritic cells (DCs), were able to efficiently encode antigen mRNA and expand cognate tumor antigen-specific CD8 T cells ex vivo...
September 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Yannick Willemen, Johan M J Van den Bergh, Sarah M Bonte, Sébastien Anguille, Carlo Heirman, Barbara M H Stein, Herman Goossens, Tessa Kerre, Kris Thielemans, Marc Peeters, Viggo F I Van Tendeloo, Evelien L J Smits, Zwi N Berneman
We formerly demonstrated that vaccination with Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1)-loaded autologous monocyte-derived dendritic cells (mo-DCs) can be a well-tolerated effective treatment in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. Here, we investigated whether we could introduce the receptor for hyaluronic acid-mediated motility (RHAMM/HMMR/CD168), another clinically relevant tumor-associated antigen, into these mo-DCs through mRNA electroporation and elicit RHAMM-specific immune responses. While RHAMM mRNA electroporation significantly increased RHAMM protein expression by mo-DCs, our data indicate that classical mo-DCs already express and present RHAMM at sufficient levels to activate RHAMM-specific T cells, regardless of electroporation...
September 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Sukriti Sukriti, Nirupma Trehanpati, Manoj Kumar, Chandana Pande, Syed S Hissar, Shiv Kumar Sarin
BACKGROUND: Dendritic cells (DCs) promote pathogen recognition, uptake and presentation of antigen through DC-specific intercellular adhesion molecule 3-grabbing non-integrin (DC-SIGN) and toll-like receptors (TLRs). AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: We aimed to study temporal changes in DCs, TLRs and DC-SIGN during acute viral hepatitis B (AVHB) infection and compare them to chronic (CHB) and to investigate the earliest time point of activated pathogen recognition receptors in hepatitis B viral infection...
September 22, 2016: Hepatology International
Dennis Nurjadi, Marlon Kain, Patrick Marcinek, Marika Gaile, Klaus Heeg, Philipp Zanger
BACKGROUND:  Nasal colonization has gained attention as effect modifier in S. aureus vaccine trials, suggesting interference of carriage with T-cell immunity. Likewise, T-cell signals may be involved in regulating effectors of epithelial innate defense. METHODS:  Whole blood of 43 persistent and 49 non-carriers was stimulated with viable S. aureus Th1/Th2/Th17 cytokine expression was measured, compared between carrier groups, and linked with data on human beta-defensin-3 (hBD-3) mRNA in skin while adjusting for transcriptionally relevant promotor haplotypes...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Yang Du, Xiaoqian Tang, Wenbin Zhan, Jing Xing, Xiuzhen Sheng
Immunoglobulin tau (IgT) is a new teleost immunoglobulin isotype, and its potential function in adaptive immunity is not very clear. In the present study, the membrane-bound and secreted IgT (mIgT and sIgT) heavy chain genes were cloned for the first time and characterized in flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus), and found the nucleic acid sequence were exactly same in the Cτ1-Cτ4 constant domains of mIgT and sIgT, but different in variable regions and the C-terminus. The amino acid sequence of mIgT shared higher similarity with Bovichtus diacanthus (51...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
C Mee Ling Munier, David van Bockel, Michelle Bailey, Susanna Ip, Yin Xu, Sheilajen Alcantara, Sue Min Liu, Gareth Denyer, Warren Kaplan, Kazuo Suzuki, Nathan Croft, Anthony Purcell, David Tscharke, David A Cooper, Stephen J Kent, John J Zaunders, Anthony D Kelleher
BACKGROUND: Smallpox was eradicated by a global program of inoculation with Vaccinia virus (VV). Robust VV-specific CD4 T-cell responses during primary infection are likely essential to controlling VV replication. Although there is increasing interest in cytolytic CD4 T-cells across many viral infections, the importance of these cells during acute VV infection is unclear. METHODS: We undertook a detailed functional and genetic characterization of CD4 T-cells during acute VV-infection of humans...
October 17, 2016: Vaccine
Abhik Saha, Sejal Chauhan, Tamishraha Bagchi
BACKGROUND: Recombinant proteins and vaccine candidates of Plasmodium vivax have met with limited success. One of the reasons could be their effect on monocytes which are important in malaria pathogenesis. Our aim was therefore to investigate the effect of selected recombinant malarial proteins on monocytes functions. METHODS: Phagocytosis rate and respiratory burst of healthy individuals' monocytes treated with antigens were examined. The homing capacity of monocytes was studied by examining the mRNA level of chemokine receptors from patients and healthy individuals...
August 2016: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Liushiqi Borjigin, Tomoyuki Shimazu, Yuki Katayama, Kouichi Watanabe, Haruki Kitazawa, Sang-Gun Roh, Hisashi Aso, Kazuo Katoh, Masahiro Satoh, Yoshihito Suda, Akiko Sakuma, Mituru Nakajo, Keiichi Suzuki
To clarify the genetic influence of mycoplasmal pneumonia of swine (MPS) lesion-selected Landrace (La) on MPS resistance and immune characteristics in three-way crossbred pigs (LaWaDa), the LaWaDa pigs were compared with the non-selected crossbred (LbWbDb) and purebred (La) pigs. The MPS lesion score in the three lines was as follows: La line < LaWaDa line < LbWbDb line, with significant differences among the lines. The proportions of myeloid cells and T cells were lower and higher, respectively, in the LaWaDa pigs compared with those in the other two lines...
September 9, 2016: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
Arash Salmaninejad, Mohammad Reza Zamani, Mehrnaz Pourvahedi, Zahra Golchehre, Ali Hosseini Bereshneh, Nima Rezaei
UNLABELLED: Cancer/testis antigens (CTAs) are named based on their expression pattern that is restricted in a number of normal and abnormal tissues. Tumor cells frequently express antigens whose expression is typically restricted to germ cells. Their unique expression pattern is guaranteed by precise epigenetic regulatory mechanisms. Because of their tumor-limited, high immunogenicity, and biased expression, discovery of these molecules provides unprecedented opportunities for further research and clinical development in the field of cancer diagnosis and immunotherapy...
October 2016: Immunological Investigations
Pedro J Alcolea, Gabriel I L Tuñón, Ana Alonso, Francisco García-Tabares, Sergio Ciordia, María C Mena, Roseane N S Campos, Roque P Almeida, Vicente Larraga
PURPOSE: Leishmania chagasi is the causative agent of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil. Domestic and stray dogs are the main reservoirs. The life cycle of the parasite involves two stages. Promastigotes are extracellular and develop within the sand fly gut. Amastigotes survive inside the harsh environment of the phagolysosome of mammalian host phagocytes, which display the nitric oxide defense mechanism. Surprisingly, we were able to isolate promastigotes that are also resistant to NO...
September 7, 2016: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
Duane H Hamilton, Mario Roselli, Patrizia Ferroni, Leopoldo Costarelli, Francesco Cavaliere, Mariateresa Taffuri, Claudia Palena, Fiorella Guadagni
Patients diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) have a high rate of tumor metastasis and a poor prognosis. The treatment option for these patients is currently chemotherapy, which results in very low response rates. Strategies that exploit the immune system for the treatment of cancer have now shown the ability to improve survival in several tumor types. Identifying potential targets for immune therapeutic interventions is an important step in developing novel treatments for TNBC. In this study, in silico analysis of publicly available datasets and immunohistochemical analysis of primary and metastatic tumor biopsies from TNBC patients were conducted to evaluate the expression of the transcription factor brachyury, which is a driver of tumor metastasis and resistance and a target for cancer vaccine approaches...
October 2016: Endocrine-related Cancer
Rachel Fearns, Jerome Deval
Worldwide, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes severe disease in infants, the elderly, and immunocompromised people. No vaccine or effective antiviral treatment is available. RSV is a member of the non-segmented, negative-strand (NNS) group of RNA viruses and relies on its RNA-dependent RNA polymerase to transcribe and replicate its genome. Because of its essential nature and unique properties, the RSV polymerase has proven to be a good target for antiviral drugs, with one compound, ALS-8176, having already achieved clinical proof-of-concept efficacy in a human challenge study...
October 2016: Antiviral Research
Chido Loveness Kativhu, Daniel H Libraty
The Bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG) vaccine is the only routine vaccination at birth that effectively induces neonatal T-helper 1 (Th1)-polarized immune responses. The primary cytokine that drives CD4+ T-cell Th1 differentiation is interleukin (IL)-12 p70, a heterodimeric cytokine composed of the IL-12 p35 and IL-12 p40 subunits. We therefore examined the mechanisms involved in BCG vaccine stimulation of IL-12 p35 and p40 production from human umbilical cord (neonatal) cells. We found that BCG bacilli did not upregulate IL-12 p35 mRNA production, but upregulated IL-12 p40 mRNA production in a Toll-like receptor (TLR)2-dependent manner, in human neonatal monocyte-derived dendritic cells (mdDCs)...
2016: PloS One
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