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Keiichi Koizumi, Minako Hoshiai, Nobuyuki Katsumata, Takako Toda, Hiroaki Kise, Yohei Hasebe, Yosuke Kono, Yuto Sunaga, Masashi Yoshizawa, Atsushi Watanabe, Keiko Kagami, Masako Abe, Kanji Sugita
BACKGROUND: The effect of infliximab (IFX) on immune cells has not been fully reported in Kawasaki disease (KD). To investigate the mechanism of IFX in KD, we examined changes in the abundance of CD14+ CD16+ activated monocytes, regulatory T cells (Treg ), and T-helper cell type 17 (Th17) cells following treatment with IFX. METHODS: We collected peripheral blood from patients with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)-resistant KD and analyzed the absolute counts of CD14+ CD16+ monocytes, Treg cells (CD4+ CD25+ FOXP3+ ) and Th17 cells (CD4+ IL-17A+ ) by flow cytometry...
March 15, 2018: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Xia Jin, Hua Xu, Michael S McGrath
Monocyte activation and polarization play essential roles in many chronic inflammatory diseases. An imbalance of M1 and M2 macrophage activation (pro-inflammatory and alternatively activated, respectively) is believed to be a key aspect in the etiology of these diseases, thus a therapeutic approach that regulates macrophage activation could be of broad clinical relevance. Methylglyoxal-bis-guanylhydrazone (MGBG), a regulator of polyamine metabolism, has recently been shown to be concentrated in monocytes and macrophages, and interfere with HIV integration into the DNA of these cells in vitro...
2018: PloS One
Gong Chen, Ya-Chi Chen, Bernhard Reis, Anton Belousov, Lori Jukofsky, Christine Rossin, Axel Muehlig, Chao Xu, Laurent Essioux, Toshihiko Ohtomo, Laura Di Laurenzio, Oscar Puig, Ray Lee
Background: Codrituzumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting an oncofetal protein glypican-3 (GPC3) expressed on cell surface of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) induces antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and inhibits tumor growth in preclinical studies. Based on this mechanism, tumor GPC3 expression and CD16 expression on NK cells, which are the effector cells of ADCC, were investigated to correlate with codrituzumab's clinical efficacy in patients with advanced HCC. Results: Joint analyses of the two biomarkers revealed that both high levels of GPC3 and CD16 were required for patients to benefit from codrituzumab; lack of either one of them would lead to a loss of the therapeutic effect...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Masafumi Taniwaki, Mihoko Yoshida, Yosuke Matsumoto, Kazuho Shimura, Junya Kuroda, Hiroto Kaneko
Elotuzumab, targeting signaling lymphocytic activation molecule family 7 (SLAMF7), has been approved in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone (ELd) for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (MM) based on the findings of the phase III randomized trial ELOQUENT-2 (NCT01239797). Four-year follow-up analyses of ELOQUENT-2 have demonstrated that progression-free survival was 21% in ELd versus 14% in Ld. Elotuzumab binds a unique epitope on the membrane IgC2 domain of SLAMF7, exhibiting a dual mechanism of action: natural killer (NK) cell-mediated antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and enhancement of NK cell activity...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
Shams Kholoussi, Naglaa Kholoussi, Moushira Erfan Zaki, Hala T El-Bassyouni, Hala Elnady, Botros Morcos, Asem Abo-Shanab
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate T & B lymphocyte subsets and Natural Killer (NK) cells patterns in children with FMF versus normal control subjects, to estimate the immunoglobulins IgG, IgM, and IgA levels, and to scrutinize the possible use of Neutrophil / Lymphocyte ratio (NLR) as a marker for subclinical inflammation in FMF patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A group of 42 patients with FMF attending the Genetics Clinic at National Research Centre were included in this study...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Luca Ferrari, Elena Canelli, Elena De Angelis, Alessia Catella, Giulia Ferrarini, Giulia Ogno, Luca Bonati, Roberto Nardini, Paolo Borghetti, Paolo Martelli
Highly pathogenic (HP) PRRSV isolates have been discovered within both PRRSV-1 and PRRSV-2 genotypes and investigated in recent years especially for their ability to cause extremely severe disease in conventional pig herds. The exacerbation of general and respiratory clinical signs has been attributed not only to an efficient replication (virulence) but also to the ability to dysregulate viral recognition and induce mechanisms of immune evasion or immune enhancement of humoral and cellular anti-viral responses differently from non-HP PRRSV isolates in terms of intensity and temporal onset...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Giulia Franzoni, Simon P Graham, Giovanna Sanna, Pierpaolo Angioi, Mariangela S Fiori, Antonio Anfossi, Massimo Amadori, Silvia Dei Giudici, Annalisa Oggiano
African swine fever (ASF) is a devastating disease for which there is no vaccine. The ASF virus (ASFV) can infect dendritic cell (DC), but despite the critical role these cells play in induction of adaptive immunity, few studies investigated their response to ASFV infection. We characterized the in vitro interactions of porcine monocyte-derived DCs (moDC) with a virulent (22653/14), a low virulent (NH/P68) and an avirulent (BA71V) ASFV strain. At a high multiplicity of infection (MOI = 1), all three strains infected immature moDC...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Otavio Cabral-Marques, Tabata Takahashi França, Ashraf Al-Sbiei, Lena Friederike Schimke, Taj Ali Khan, Claudia Feriotti, Tania Alves da Costa, Osvaldo Reis Junior, Cristina Worm Weber, Janaíra Fernandes Ferreira, Fabiola Scancetti Tavares, Claudia Valente, Regina Sumiko Watanabe Di Gesu, Asif Iqbal, Gabriela Riemekasten, Gustavo Pessini Amarante-Mendes, José Alexandre Marzagão Barbuto, Beatriz Tavares Costa-Carvalho, Paulo Vitor Soeiro Pereira, Maria J Fernandez-Cabezudo, Vera Lucia Garcia Calich, Luigi D Notarangelo, Troy R Torgerson, Basel K Al-Ramadi, Hans D Ochs, Antonio Condino-Neto
BACKGROUND: Patients with X-linked Hyper-IgM syndrome (X-HIGM) due to CD40 ligand (CD40L) deficiency often present episodic, cyclic or chronic neutropenia, suggesting abnormal neutrophil development in the absence of CD40L-CD40 interaction. However, even when not neutropenic and despite immunoglobulin (Ig) replacement therapy, CD40L-deficient patients are susceptible to life-threatening infections caused by opportunistic pathogens, suggesting impaired function of phagocytes and the need of novel therapeutic approaches...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Johnny Amer, Ahmad Salhab, Mazen Noureddin, Sarit Doron, Lina Abu-Tair, Rami Ghantous, Mahmud Mahamid, Rifaat Safadi
Insulin resistance is a key risk factor in the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and may lead to liver fibrosis. Natural killer (NK) cells are thought to exert an antifibrotic effect through their killing of activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Here, we investigated how the interplay between NK cells and HSCs are modified by insulin resistance in NAFLD. Fresh peripheral blood NK cells (clusters of differentiation [CD]56dim , CD16+ ) were collected from 22 healthy adults and 72 patients with NAFLD not currently taking any medications and without signs of metabolic syndrome...
March 2018: Hepatology Communications
Zulong Xie, Xuedong Wang, Xinxin Liu, Huaan Du, Changbin Sun, Xin Shao, Jiangtian Tian, Xia Gu, Hailong Wang, Jinwei Tian, Bo Yu
BACKGROUND: Obesity is causally associated with atherosclerosis, and adipose tissue (AT)-derived exosomes may be implicated in the metabolic complications of obesity. However, the precise role of AT-exosomes in atherogenesis remains unclear. We herein aimed to assess the effect of AT-exosomes on macrophage foam cell formation and polarization and subsequent atherosclerosis development. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four types of exosomes isolated from the supernatants of ex vivo subcutaneous AT and visceral AT (VAT) explants that were derived from wild-type mice and high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese mice were effectively taken up by RAW264...
March 3, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Xin Qing, Annie Qing, Ping Ji, Samuel W French, Holli Mason
BACKGROUND: Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is a myeloproliferative disorder characterized by the Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome generated by the reciprocal translocation t(9,22)(q34;q11). The natural progression of the disease follows a biphasic or triphasic course. Most cases of CML are diagnosed in the chronic phase. Extramedullary blast crisis rarely occurs during the course of CML, and is extremely rare as the initial presentation of CML. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report the case of a 32-year-old female with enlarged neck lymph nodes and fatigue...
March 1, 2018: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Gabriela Gainaru, Antonios Papadopoulos, Iraklis Tsangaris, Malvina Lada, Evangelos J Giamarellos-Bourboulis, Aikaterini Pistiki
BACKGROUND: Evidence on the changes in the absolute counts of monocyte subpopulations in sepsis is missing. METHODS: Firstly, absolute counts of circulating CD14pos /HLA-DRpos /CD45pos monocytes were measured by flow cytometry in 70 patients with Gram-negative sepsis and in 10 healthy volunteers. In the second phase, immunophenotyping was performed and the absolute count of circulating inflammatory monocytes and of circulating CD14dim /CD16pos /CD45pos patrolling monocytes were measured in another 55 patients and 10 healthy volunteers...
March 3, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Violette Dirix, Véronique Corbière, Chloé Wyndham-Thomas, Elodie Selis, Sabine Allard, Maya Hites, Laetitia Aerts, Thomas Giese, Françoise Mascart
BACKGROUND: The immune mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of tuberculosis (TB) need better understanding to improve TB management, as the disease still causes more than 1.5 million deaths annually. This study tested the hypothesis that a modulation of the proportions or activation status of APC during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection may impact on the course of the disease. PROCEDURE: Proportions of circulating APC subsets and the expression of stimulatory (CD86), inhibitory (ILT-3, ILT-4, ILT-7), or apoptosis-inducing (PDL-1, PDL-2) molecules were analyzed in 2 independent cohorts, on blood monocytes and dendritic cell (DC) subsets from patients with active or latent TB infection (aTB /LTBI) and from uninfected subjects...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Artur Juszkiewicz, Piotr Basta, Elżbieta Petriczko, Bogusław Machaliński, Jerzy Trzeciak, Karolina Łuczkowska, Anna Skarpańska-Stejnborn
Background: The aim of this study was to analyze the response of selected components of the immune system in rowers to maximal physical exercise, and to verify if this response can be modulated by supplementation with spirulina (cyanobacterium Spirulina platensis ) . Method: The double-blind study included 19 members of the Polish Rowing Team. The subjects were randomly assigned to the supplemented group ( n  = 10), receiving 1500 mg of spirulina extract for 6 weeks, or to the placebo group ( n  = 9)...
2018: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
Meghan E Rebuli, Erica A Pawlak, Dana Walsh, Elizabeth M Martin, Ilona Jaspers
Natural killer (NK) cells are members of the innate lymphoid cells group 1 (ILC1s), which play a critical role in innate host defense against viruses and malignancies. While many studies have examined the role of circulating peripheral blood (PB) CD56+ NK cells, little is known about the resident CD56+ cell population. Therefore, matched CD56+ cells from nasal lavage fluid (NLF) and PB of smokers and non-smokers were compared phenotypically, via flow cytometry, and functionally, via NK-cell specific gene expression...
February 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Bridget S Fisher, Richard R Green, Rachel R Brown, Matthew P Wood, Tiffany Hensley-McBain, Cole Fisher, Jean Chang, Andrew D Miller, William J Bosche, Jeffrey D Lifson, Maud Mavigner, Charlene J Miller, Michael Gale, Guido Silvestri, Ann Chahroudi, Nichole R Klatt, Donald L Sodora
Liver disease is a leading contributor to morbidity and mortality during HIV infection, despite the use of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). The precise mechanisms of liver disease during HIV infection are poorly understood partially due to the difficulty in obtaining human liver samples as well as the presence of confounding factors (e.g. hepatitis co-infection, alcohol use). Utilizing the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) macaque model, a controlled study was conducted to evaluate the factors associated with liver inflammation and the impact of cART...
February 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Masako Tsukamoto, Katsuya Suzuki, Noriyuki Seta, Tsutomi Takeuchi
OBJECTIVES: Although circulating CD14brightCD16+ monocyte subsets are increased in inflammatory disease, the pathogenesis of the increase in the inflammatory condition of the cells is still unclear and the relationship to cytokines is unknown particularly in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence anti-cytokine treatment has on CD14brightCD16+ monocytes in patients with RA. METHODS: Thirty-two RA patients and 14 healthy volunteers (HV) were enrolled in this study...
January 31, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Larissa F Marchi, Adriana B Paoliello-Paschoalato, Renê D R Oliveira, Ana Elisa C S Azzolini, Luciana M Kabeya, Eduardo A Donadi, Yara Maria Lucisano-Valim
We examined the functional activity of peripheral blood neutrophils and the complement system activation status in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) undergoing infliximab/methotrexate combined therapy. We studied female RA patients under treatment with infliximab (3-5 mg/kg) and methotrexate (15-25 mg/week) who presented inactive (i-RA; n = 34, DAS-28 ≤ 2.6) or at least moderately active disease (a-RA; n = 29, DAS-28 > 3.2), and age-matched healthy women (n = 38). We measured the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation (chemiluminescence assay) and membrane expression of FcγRIIa/CD32, FcγRIIIb/CD16, CR1/CD35, and CR3/CD11b receptors (ELISA assay) in neutrophils...
February 20, 2018: Rheumatology International
Iris Teubel, Elena Elchinova, Santiago Roura, Marco A Fernández, Carolina Gálvez-Montón, Pedro Moliner, Marta de Antonio, Josep Lupón, Antoni Bayés-Genís
BACKGROUND: Cross-sectional investigations report shorter telomeres in patients with heart failure (HF); however, no studies describe telomere length (TL) trajectory and its relationship with HF progression. Here we aimed to investigate telomere shortening over time and its relationship to outcomes. METHODS: Our study cohort included 101 ambulatory patients with HF. Blood samples were collected at baseline (n = 101) and at the 1-year follow-up (n = 54). Using flow-FISH analysis of circulating monocytes, we simultaneously measured three monocyte subsets-classical (CD14++ CD16- ), intermediate (CD14++ CD16+ ), and nonclassical (CD14+ CD16++ )-and their respective TLs based on FITC-labeled PNA probe hybridization...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Hossam Taha Mohamed, Noura El-Husseiny, Eslam A El-Ghonaimy, Sherif Abdelaziz Ibrahim, Zainab A Bazzi, Dora Cavallo-Medved, Michael B Boffa, Mohamed El-Shinawi, Mona Mostafa Mohamed
Pro-carboxypeptidase B2 (pro-CPB2) or thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor (TAFI) is a glycoprotein encoded by the CPB2 gene and deregulated in several cancer types, including breast cancer. Thrombin binding to thrombomodulin (TM), encoded by THBD, is important for TAFI activation. CPB2 gene expression is influenced by genetic polymorphism and cytokines such as interleukin 10 (IL-10). Our previous results showed that tumor infiltrating monocytes/macrophages (CD14+ /CD16+ ) isolated from inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) patients' secrete high levels of IL-10...
January 10, 2018: Current Problems in Cancer
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