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Xiangxiu Liang, Miaomiao Ma, Zhaoyang Zhou, Jinlong Wang, Xinru Yang, Shaofei Rao, Guozhi Bi, Lin Li, Xiaojuan Zhang, Jijie Chai, She Chen, Jian-Min Zhou
Arabidopsis heterotrimeric G proteins regulate diverse processes by coupling to single-transmembrane receptors. One such receptor is the FLS2 receptor kinase, which perceives bacterial flagellin epitope flg22 to activate immunity through a class of cytoplasmic kinases called BIK1/PBLs. Unlike animal and fungal heterotrimeric G proteins that are activated by a ligand-induced guanine nucleotide exchange activity of seven-transmembrane G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), plant heterotrimeric G proteins are self-activating...
March 15, 2018: Cell Research
Jing Xing, Lei Wang, Mengxiao Zhen, Xiaoqian Tang, Wenbin Zhan
T and B lymphocytes are closely related to immunization and pathogen infection. Our previous study confirmed the CD3+ , CD4-1+ , CD4-2+ , CD8β+ T lymphocytes and IgM+ B lymphocytes presented in the peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) of flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus), in this paper, the variations of T and B lymphocytes of flounder after Hirame novirhabdovirus (HIRRV) infection or immunization were investigated. The flounders were injected with live or inactivated HIRRV, then the percentages of T and B lymphocytes in PBLs were analyzed by Flow cytometry (FCM), total antibodies and HIRRV-specific antibodies in serum were detected by Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and expression of twelve immune-related genes in the head kidneys were determined using q-PCR...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Ayşe Yavuz Kocaman, Müge Güzelkokar
Glycyrrhiza glabra L. (licorice) is one of the most important medicinal plants, which is widely used throughout the world both in traditional and contemporary medical industries. This study was undertaken to investigate the potential genotoxic activity of G. glabra methanolic root extract, and its possible antigenotoxic properties against mitomycin C (MMC)-induced DNA damage in in vitro chromosome aberrations (CAs) and cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN) assays in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs)...
February 15, 2018: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
Malte Mohme, Simon Schliffke, Cecile L Maire, Alessandra Rünger, Laura Glau, Klaus C Mende, Jakob Matschke, Christina Gehbauer, Nuray Akyüz, Svenja Zapf, Mareike Holz, Miriam Schaper, Tobias Martens, Nils O Schmidt, Sven Peine, Manfred Westphal, Mascha Binder, Eva Tolosa, Katrin Lamszus
PURPOSE: Immunotherapeutic treatment strategies for glioblastoma (GBM) are under investigation in clinical trials. However, our understanding of the immune phenotype of GBM-infiltrating T-cells (TILs) and changes during disease progression is limited. Deeper insight is urgently needed to therapeutically overcome tumor-induced immune exhaustion. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We used flow-cytometry and cytokine assays to profile TILs and blood lymphocytes (PBL) from GBM patients, comparing newly diagnosed or recurrent GBM to long-term survivors (LTS) and healthy donors...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Qianyun Deng, Wei Huang, Chunyan Peng, Jiajia Gao, Zuhua Li, Xueping Qiu, Na Yang, Bifeng Yuan, Fang Zheng
Background: Alterations in DNA methylation are demonstrated in atherosclerosis pathogenesis. However, changing rules of global DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) and different blood cell subtypes of coronary artery disease (CAD) patients are still inconclusive, and much less is known about mechanisms underlying. Results: We recruited 265 CAD patients and 270 healthy controls with genomic DNA from PBLs, of which 50 patients and 50 controls were randomly chosen with DNA from isolated neutrophils, lymphocytes and monocytes, and RNA from PBLs...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Jing Xing, Xiujuan Zhou, Xiaoqian Tang, Xiuzhen Sheng, Wenbin Zhan
In our previous study, ten candidate proteins have been identified with immunogenicity and protection against Vibrio anguillarum in flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus). Among them, FlaC is the important outer protein in the flagellum with immunogenicity; VAA, OmpK and OmpR are protection proteins against V. anguillarum. In this paper, FlaC supplemented with VAA, OmpK or OmpR as bivalent subunit vaccine candidates, and their immune response of flounder and protective effects were evaluated, respectively. Recombinant(r) proteins of FlaC were mixed with rVAA, rOmpK and rOmpR, respectively, rVAA + rFlaC (AF), rOmpK + rFlaC (KF) and rOmpR + rFlaC (RF); formalin-killed cells (FKC) or PBS were injected to flounder, respectively...
January 31, 2018: Vaccine
Yusuke Sato, Satoru Motoyama, Akiyuki Wakita, Yuta Kawakita, Jiajia Liu, Yushi Nagaki, Hiroshi Nanjo, Kaori Terata, Kazuhiro Imai, Hajime Saito, Yoshihiro Minamiya
BACKGROUND: The relationship between Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is not completely understood. METHODS: RT-qPCR was used to evaluate the mRNA expression of TLR1-10 in 13 ESCC lines. We then used ESCC tissue microarray (TMA) to confirm expression of TLR3 protein in patients with ESCC. RESULTS: All ESCC lines showed 10-60 times higher TLR3 mRNA expression than PBLs. High expression of TLR3 correlated with favorable 5-year overall survival (OS) and disease specific survival (DSS) among patients with ESCC after esophagectomy (p < 0...
January 29, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
Shimin Zhou, Yinnan Mu, Jingqun Ao, Xinhua Chen
CXCL8, also called interleukin-8, is a typical CXC chemokine that plays a key role in promoting inflammation. Phylogenetically, fish CXCL8 chemokines can be divided into three subgroups, CXCL8_L1, CXCL8_L2, and CXCL8_L3, of which CXCL8_L3 is a new subgroup. The CXCL8_L3 gene sequences have been reported in many fish species, but their function remains unknown. Here, a CXCL8_L3 (LycCXCL8_L3) gene was cloned from large yellow croaker Larimichthys crocea. Its open reading frame (ORF) was 309 nucleotides long, encoding a peptide of 102 amino acids...
January 20, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Isabel Abánades Lázaro, Salame Haddad, José Rodrigo-Muñoz, Claudia Orellana-Tavra, Victoria Del Pozo, David Fairen-Jimenez, Ross S Forgan
The high drug loading and excellent biocompatibilities of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have led to their application as drug delivery systems (DDSs). Nanoparticle surface chemistry dominates both biostability and dispersion of DDSs while governing their interactions with biological systems, cellular and/or tissue targeting, and cellular internalisation, leading to a requirement for versatile and reproducible surface functionalisation protocols. Herein, we explore not only the effect of introducing different surface functionality to the biocompatible Zr-MOF UiO-66, but also the efficacy of three surface modification protocols: (i) direct attachment of biomolecules (folic acid, biotin) introduced as modulators of UiO-66 synthetic, (ii) our previously reported ''click-modulation" approach to covalently attach polymers (poly(ethylene glycol), poly-L-lactide, poly-N-isopropylacrylamide) to the surface of UiO-66 through click chemistry, and (iii) surface ligand exchange, to postsynthetically coordinate folic acid, biotin and heparin to UiO-66...
January 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Asbjørn Børch Hasselager, Torsten Lauritsen, Tim Kristensen, Cathrine Bohnstedt, Claus Sønderskov, Doris Østergaard, Martin Grønnebæk Tolsgaard
BACKGROUND: Assessment of laypersons' Paediatric Basic Life Support (PBLS) skills is important to ensure acquisition of effective PBLS competencies. However limited evidence exists on which PBLS skills are essential for laypersons. The same challenges exist with respect to the assessment of foreign body airway obstruction management (FBAOM) skills. We aimed to establish international consensus on how to assess laypersons' PBLS and FBAOM skills. METHODS: A Delphi consensus survey was conducted...
January 18, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Tomasz Tomczyk, Grażyna Wróbel, Radosław Chaber, Iwona Siemieniec, Egbert Piasecki, Małgorzata Krzystek-Korpacka, Beata U Orzechowska
BACKGROUND: Oncolytic vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) can be delivered intravenously to target primary and metastatic lesions, but the interaction between human peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) and VSV remains poorly understood. Our study aimed to assess the overall immunological consequences of ex vivo infection of PBLs with VSV. METHODS: Phenotypic analysis of lymphocyte subsets and apoptosis were evaluated with flow cytometry. Caspase 3/7 activity was detected by luminescence assay...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Innate Immunity
Benjamin Coiffard, Matthieu Pelardy, Anderson D Loundou, Corine Nicolino-Brunet, Pascal Alexandre Thomas, Laurent Papazian, Françoise Dignat-George, Martine Reynaud-Gaubert
BACKGROUND Lymphocytes are targeted by immunosuppressive therapy in solid organ transplantation and they influence allograft outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS Peripheral blood lymphocyte subsets (PBLS) determined by flow cytometry during the first year post-transplant from patients who underwent a first lung transplantation in a French University Hospital between December 2011 and July 2013 were retrospectively analyzed according to recipient characteristics and allograft outcome. RESULTS Fifty-seven recipients were enrolled and 890 PBLS were collected...
January 5, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
Xiuli Wu, Lian Xu, Yangmei Shen, Na Yu, Yan Zhang, Tao Guo
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are increasingly used in cell-based therapy due to their multiple differentiation capacity, low expression of co-stimulatory factors and immunosuppressive effect. However, accumulating studies reported the recognition and rejection of engrafted MSCs, which eventually led to the fail of clinical trials. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are important in mediating the immune response. In the present study, macrophage-activated lipopeptide-2 (MALP-2) was introduced to activate the TLR6 pathway in umbilical cord MSCs (UCMSCs)...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
L G Buchynska, O V Brieieva, N P Iurchenko, V V Protsenko, S V Nespryadko
To date, genome instability is considered to be a common feature not only of tumor cells, but also of non-malignant cells of cancer patients, including peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs). The issue of the association between genome instability in tumor cells and PBLs, as well as of its relationship with tumor progression remains poorly understood. AIM: To evaluate the level DNA damage in tumor cells and PBLs of endometrial cancer (EC) patients with regard to clinical and morphological characteristics of the patients...
December 2017: Experimental Oncology
Masanori Someya, Masakazu Hori, Toshio Gocho, Kensei Nakata, Takaaki Tsuchiya, Mio Kitagawa, Tomokazu Hasegawa, Yuuki Fukushima, Koh-Ichi Sakata
Background: To search for novel biomarkers that can predict acute radiation toxicity, we conducted microRNA expression analysis of peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs). Methods: The discovery cohort was 69 patients with localized adenocarcinoma of the prostate who received intensity-modulated radiation therapy between October 2007 and October 2010. The validation cohort was 72 patients treated with low-dose-rate brachytherapy between May 2008 and March 2014. After13 microRNAs were selected by TaqMan® Array analysis in a preliminary experiment, expression of these microRNAs in all samples was analyzed by RT-PCR...
December 21, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Avneesh K Singh, Joshua L Chan, Caleb N Seavey, Philip C Corcoran, Robert F Hoyt, Billeta G T Lewis, Marvin L Thomas, David L Ayares, Keith A Horvath, Muhammad M Mohiuddin
BACKGROUND: CD4+CD25Hi FoxP3+ T (Treg) cells are a small subset of CD4+ T cells that have been shown to exhibit immunoregulatory function. Although the absolute number of Treg cells in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) is very small, they play an important role in suppressing immune reactivity. Several studies have demonstrated that the number of Treg cells, rather than their intrinsic suppressive capacity, may contribute to determining the long-term fate of transplanted grafts. In this study, we analyzed Treg cells in PBL of long-term baboon recipients who have received genetically modified cardiac xenografts from pig donors...
December 17, 2017: Xenotransplantation
Miriam Deniz, Tatiana Romashova, Sarah Kostezka, Anke Faul, Theresa Gundelach, Maria Moreno-Villanueva, Wolfgang Janni, Thomas W P Friedl, Lisa Wiesmüller
Mutations in genes encoding DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair components, especially homologous recombination (HR) proteins, were found to predispose to breast and ovarian cancer. Beyond high penetrance risk gene mutations underlying monogenic defects, low risk gene mutations generate polygenic defects, enlarging the fraction of individuals with a predisposing phenotype. DSB repair dysfunction opens new options for targeted therapies; poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors have been approved for BRCA-mutated and platinum-responsive ovarian cancers...
November 17, 2017: Oncotarget
Liang Liu, Yin Luo, Guofu Zhang, Chunhui Jin, Zhenhe Zhou, Zaohuo Cheng, Guozhen Yuan
Schizophrenia is a complex, severe, chronic psychiatric disorder, and the associated deficit syndrome is widely regarded as an important clinical aspect of schizophrenia. This study analyzed the relationship of deficit syndrome severity with the mRNA levels of members of signaling pathways that associate with the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, including the dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2), protein kinase B (AKT1), and phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3KCB), in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) of 20 healthy controls and 19 chronic schizophrenia patients with long-term clozapine treatment...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
Abhishek Mishra, Rajeshwar Nath Srivastava, Sachin Awasthi, Devendra Parmar, Priya Mishra
Introduction: Genetic factors including the level of expression of the fingerprint of genes involved in the development of bones and cartilage such as GDF-5 or ESR-α or CALM-1 are known to be strong determinants of the osteoarthritis (OA) in Caucasian and Oriental populations. Because of high prevalence of OA in Indian population and availability of limited genetic data, we determined whether similar genetic factors are involved in Indians as well. Methods: A case control study was carried out involving 500 patients of knee OA and equal number of healthy controls...
2017: Journal of Nucleic Acids
Liping Yang, Yushuang Yang, Daoyuan Si, Kaiyao Shi, Dongna Liu, Heyu Meng, Fanbo Meng
The current study aimed to investigate whether the increased expression of long chain acyl-coenzymeA synthetase 1 (ACSL1) in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBL) may be a molecular marker for the genetic evaluation of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The mechanism of action of ACSL1 in the pathogenesis of AMI was also investigated. A total of 75 patients with AMI and 70 individuals without coronary heart disease were selected to participate in the present study. The demographic and clinical information of the enrolled subjects was recorded...
November 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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