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Ana M Contreras-Sandoval, María Merino, Marcos Vasquez, Iñaki F Trocóniz, Pedro Berraondo, María J Garrido
Blockade of PD-L1 with specific monoclonal antibodies (anti-PD-L1) represents a therapeutic strategy to increase the capability of the immune system to modulate the tumor immune-resistance. The relationship between anti-PD-L1 tumor exposition and anti-tumor effect represents a challenge that has been addressed in this work through the identification of certain biomarkers implicated in the antibody's mechanism of action, using a syngeneic melanoma mouse model. The development of an in-vitro/in-vivo platform has allowed us to investigate the PD-L1 behavior after its blockage with anti-PD-L1 at cellular level and in animals...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Yutong He, Xinyuan Zhang, Liqun Wang, Ziqiang Tian, Qingyi Liu, Jifang Yao, Yueping Liu, Chuanbao Li, Li Min, Baoen Shan
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a major public health problem worldwide and leads to a high mortality. NSCLC is always diagnosed in late stages because of its unapparent symptoms. However, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) may serve as a new potential biomarker to detect early stage of non‑small cell lung cancer. Here we recruited 10 non-small cell lung cancer patients to obtain fresh tumor tissue, peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs), and plasma. CfDNAs from 13 elderly people and 7 middle-age smokers were also extracted as controls...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Zuzana Sestakova, Katarina Kalavska, Lenka Hurbanova, Dana Jurkovicova, Jan Gursky, Michal Chovanec, Daniela Svetlovska, Vera Miskovska, Jana Obertova, Patrik Palacka, Katarina Rejlekova, Zuzana Sycova-Mila, Silvia Cingelova, Stanislav Spanik, Jozef Mardiak, Miroslav Chovanec, Michal Mego
Germ cell tumors (GCTs) are extraordinarily sensitive to cisplatin (CDDP)-based chemotherapy. DNA damage represents one of the most important factors contributing to toxic effects of CDDP-based chemotherapy. This study was aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of DNA damage level in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) from chemo-naïve GCT patients. PBLs isolated from 59 chemotherapy-naïve GCT patients were included into this prospective study. DNA damage levels in PBLs were evaluated by the Comet assay and scored as percentage tail DNA by the Metafer-MetaCyte analyzing software...
October 7, 2016: Oncotarget
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
Aihua Zhang, Huiyao Li, Yun Xiao, Liping Chen, Xiaonian Zhu, Jun Li, Lu Ma, Xueli Pan, Wen Chen, Zhini He
OBJECTIVE: To define whether aberrant methylation of DNA repair genes is associated with chronic arsenic poisoning. METHODS: Hundred and two endemic arsenicosis patients and 36 healthy subjects were recruited. Methylight and bisulfite sequencing (BSP) assays were used to examine the methylation status of ERCC1, ERCC2 and XPC genes in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) and skin lesions of arsenicosis patients and NaAsO2-treated HaCaT cells. RESULTS: Hypermethylation of ERCC1 and ERCC2 and suppressed gene expression were found in PBLs and skin lesions of arsenicosis patients and was correlated with the level of arsenic exposure...
August 12, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Richard J Albertini, Debra A Kaden
Formaldehyde (FA) is a mutagenic chemical - a property mitigated in vivo by rapid detoxification and limited tissue distribution following inhalation of the free agent. Endogenously produced FA is necessary for life and required for one-carbon transfer reactions; however, FA derived from external sources (exogenous FA), which may be in the form of methanol, may increase in vivo concentrations above naturally occurring physiological levels. Both endogenous and exogenous FA produce DNA monoadducts, DNA-DNA and DNA-protein cross-links (DDX and DPX) but, when exposed to exogenously-derived free FA, DNA monoadducts, DDX, and DPX are only produced at initial sites of contact...
August 11, 2016: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
Rafael Escate, Teresa Padro, Maria Borrell-Pages, Rosa Suades, Rosa Aledo, Pedro Mata, Lina Badimon
Familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a major risk for premature coronary heart disease due to severe long-life exposure to high LDL levels. Accumulation of LDL in the vascular wall triggers atherosclerosis with activation of the innate immunity system. Here, we have investigated (i) gene expression of LDLR and LRPs in peripheral blood cells (PBLs) and in differentiated macrophages of young FH-patients; and (ii) whether macrophage from FH patients have a differential response when exposed to high levels of atherogenic LDL...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Xing Chen, Zhangrui Cheng, Dirk Werling, Geoffrey E Pollott, Mazdak Salavati, Kate F Johnson, Faheem Ahmed Khan, D Claire Wathes, Shujun Zhang
Bovine P-selectin (SELP) mediates leukocyte rolling and primes leukocyte adhesion to endothelium, both essential for leukocyte recruitment to an infection site. We investigated SELP-mediated adhesion between bovine peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) and cultured bovine aortic endothelial cells pre-activated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). We examined gene polymorphism for bovine selectins SELP, l-selectin (SELL) and E-selectin (SELE) and compared their SNP frequency between five dairy breeds (Holstein, Friesian, Jersey, Ayrshire and Brown Swiss)...
October 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
Christina Polasky, Steffen Weigend, Lars Schrader, Angela Berndt
Avian γδ T lymphocytes still represent an enigmatic cell population not only regarding their functions but also their activation requirements and subset differentiation. To find a suitable method for non-specific stimulation and multiplication of CD8α-characterised γδ T-cell subsets in peripheral blood lymphocyte (PBL) cultures, PBLs of four different chicken lines (WLA, BLA, R11, L68) were treated with a range of commonly used non-specific reagents (PMA, PHA, ConA) and interleukins (IL-2, IL-12, IL-15), and the CD8α(-), CD8α(hi)β(+) and CD8αα(hi+) γδ T-cell subsets examined in relation to activation (CD25 expression) and proliferation by flow cytometry...
October 15, 2016: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Brooke R Druliner, Xiaoyang Ruan, Ruth Johnson, Diane Grill, Daniel O'Brien, Tsung-Po Lai, Shahrooz Rashtak, Donna Felmlee-Devine, Jill Washechek-Aletto, Andrei Malykh, Thomas Smyrk, Ann Oberg, Hongfang Liu, Jerry W Shay, David A Ahlquist, Lisa A Boardman
OBJECTIVE: Whereas few adenomas become cancer, most colorectal cancers arise from adenomas. Telomere length is a recognized biomarker in multiple cancers, and telomere maintenance mechanisms (TMM) are exploited by malignant cells. We sought to determine whether telomere length and TMM distinguish cancer-associated adenomas from those that are cancer-free. METHODS: Tissues were identified as cancer-adjacent polyp (CAP)-residual adenoma contiguous with cancer-and cancer-free polyp (CFP)-adenomas without malignancy...
2016: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
Guozhi Xia, Xin Sun, Xiaopu Zheng, Junkui Wang
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a disease of unknown pathogenesis. Programmed death 1 (PD1) has been postulated to modulate immune response through potential mechanisms that remain elusive. This study aimed to elaborate the expression and function of PD1 on peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) in the development of PPCM. Specimens of PBLs were performed to determine the expression of PD1 mRNA using fluorescence quantitative RT-PCR, and Th cytokines by ELISA. Immune homeostasis was evaluated with T lymphocyte phenotypes and immunoglobulin (Ig) isotypes as well as complement factors (C)...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Dengke Bao, Yanna Ba, Feng Zhou, Jing Zhao, Qi Yang, Naijian Ge, Xu Guo, Zhenbiao Wu, Hongxin Zhang, Hushan Yang, Shaogui Wan, Jinliang Xing
PURPOSE: Increasing evidence suggests that alterations in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number (mtDNAcn) and relative telomere length (RTL) may be implicated in the tumorigenesis of several malignancies. Alterations of both RTL and mtDNAcn are generally accepted as independent biomarkers for predicting risk and prognosis in various cancers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of combining leukocyte RTL with mtDNAcn (RTL-mtDNAcn) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
October 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Zhi-Jing Yang, Chang-Hong Li, Jie Chen, Hao Zhang, Ming-Yun Li, Jiong Chen
Mammalian interleukin 4 (IL-4) and interleukin 13 (IL-13) molecules are anti-inflammatory cytokines mediating the alternative activation of macrophages. However, the role of fish IL-4/13 homologs in monocytes/macrophages (MO/MФ) polarization remains unclear. In this study, we have functionally identified an IL-4/13B homolog in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), which is termed as CiIL-4/13B. Multiple alignment showed that CiIL-4/13B shared the typical characteristics and structure with other known fish IL-4/13...
October 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Patrizia Formichi, Elena Radi, Chiara Branca, Carla Battisti, Jlenia Brunetti, Paola Da Pozzo, Fabio Giannini, Maria Teresa Dotti, Luisa Bracci, Antonio Federico
BACKGROUND: POLG-related disorders are a group of heterogeneous diseases characterized by an overlapping clinical presentations and associated with mutations in the POLG gene. POLG codes for the catalytic subunit of mitochondrial polymerase gamma (POLG), essential for mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) replication and repair. Studies on mutator POLG mice showed an increase in oxidative stress and apoptosis. In this regard we analysed the involvement of POLG mutations in the apoptotic regulation, evaluating apoptosis in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) from patients with POLG-related diseases...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Katsumi Nakanishi, Yoji Kukita, Hidenobu Segawa, Norimitsu Inoue, Masayuki Ohue, Kikuya Kato
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) are direct effectors of tumor immunity, and their characterization is important for further development of immunotherapy. Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies have enabled a comprehensive analysis of T-cell receptor (TCR) complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) sequences, which may provide information of therapeutic importance. We developed a high-fidelity target sequencing method with the ability for absolute quantitation, and performed large-scale sequencing of TCR beta chain (TCRB) CDR3 regions in TILs and peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs)...
September 2016: Cancer Medicine
Jing Wang, Linfeng He, Dunhuang Fan, Defang Ding, Xufei Wang, Yun Gao, Xuxia Zhang, Qiang Li, Honghong Chen
The biodosimetric information is critical for assessment of cancer risk in populations exposed to high radon. However, no tools are available for biological dose estimation following radon exposure. Here, we established a γ-H2AX foci-based assay to determine biological dose to red bone marrow (RBM) in radon-inhaled rats. After 1-3 h of in vitro radon exposure, a specific pattern of γ-H2AX foci, linear tracks with individual p-ATM and p-DNA-PKcs foci, was observed, and the yield of γ-H2AX foci and its linear tracks displayed a linear dose-response manner in both rat peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) and bone-marrow lymphocytes (BMLs)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Shin-Ichiro Takashima, Soichiro Usui, Keisuke Kurokawa, Teppei Kitano, Takeshi Kato, Hisayoshi Murai, Hiroshi Furusho, Hiroyuki Oda, Michiro Maruyama, Yoshiki Nagata, Kazuo Usuda, Koji Kubota, Yumie Takeshita, Yoshio Sakai, Masao Honda, Shuichi Kaneko, Masayuki Takamura
OBJECTIVE: Comprehensive profiling of gene expression in peripheral blood leucocytes (PBLs) in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) as a prognosticator is needed. We explored the specific profile of gene expression in PBLs in ACS for long-term risk stratification. METHODS: 30 patients with ACS who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and 15 age-matched adults who participated in medical check-ups were enrolled from three centres. Peripheral blood samples were collected to extract RNA for microarray analyses...
2016: Open Heart
Jiajia Gao, Xueping Qiu, Xuebin Wang, Chunyan Peng, Fang Zheng
Age, gender, diet, gene and lifestyle have been reported to affect metabolic status and disease susceptibility through epigenetic pathway. But it remains indistinct that which factors account for certain epigenetic modifications. Our aim was to identify the influencing factors on inter-individual DNA methylation variations of carbohydrate response element binding protein (ChREBP) and global genome in peripheral blood leucocytes (PBLs). ChREBP DNA methylation was determined by bisulfite sequencing, and genomic 5mdC contents were quantified by capillary hydrophilic-interaction liquid chromatography/ in-source fragmentation/ tandem mass spectrometry system in about 300 healthy individuals...
2016: PloS One
M Fernández-Ruiz, J T Silva, F López-Medrano, L M Allende, R San Juan, F Cambra, I Justo, E Paz-Artal, C Jiménez, J M Aguado
BACKGROUND: Monitoring of peripheral blood lymphocyte subpopulation (PBLS) counts might be useful for estimating the risk of infection after liver transplantation (LT). METHODS: We prospectively measured total lymphocyte and PBLS counts at baseline and post-transplant months 1 and 6 in 92 LT recipients. PBLS were enumerated by single-platform 6-color flow cytometry technology. Areas under receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were used to evaluate the accuracy of different PBLS for predicting cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease and overall opportunistic infection (OI)...
August 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Sajid Javed, Leanne Marsay, Alice Wareham, Kuiama S Lewandowski, Ann Williams, Michael J Dennis, Sally Sharpe, Richard Vipond, Nigel Silman, Graham Ball, Karen E Kempsell
A temporal study of gene expression in peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) from a Mycobacterium tuberculosis primary, pulmonary challenge model Macaca fascicularis has been conducted. PBL samples were taken prior to challenge and at one, two, four and six weeks post-challenge and labelled, purified RNAs hybridised to Operon Human Genome AROS V4.0 slides. Data analyses revealed a large number of differentially regulated gene entities, which exhibited temporal profiles of expression across the time course study...
2016: PloS One
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