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immunology and diabetes

Laura Tarancon-Diez, Rebeca S De Pablo-Bernal, José Luis Jiménez, Ana I Álvarez-Ríos, Miguel Genebat, Isaac Rosado-Sánchez, María-Ángeles Muñoz-Fernández, Ezequiel Ruiz-Mateos, Manuel Leal
OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are one of the main causes of morbimortality in HIV-infected patients on suppressive antiretroviral therapy. The objective of this work was to evaluate the role of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and CVDs occurrence in HIV-infected patients. Additionally, the functional consequences of carrying these SNPs were analyzed. METHODS: The association of TLR4 SNPs, Asp299Gly/Thr399Ile with CVDs occurrence was analyzed using multivariate logistic regression models...
March 15, 2018: AIDS
Kai G Kahl, Michael Deuschle, Brendon Stubbs, Ulrich Schweiger
Background Severe mental illnesses (SMIs), i.e. major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are associated with an elevated risk for the development of type-2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disorders. Several factors have been associated with increased cardiometabolic morbidity and mortality in SMI, including lifestyle factors (smoking, inactivity, unhealthy diet), endocrine and immunologic alterations; however, the underlying mechanisms remain to be fully uncovered. It is now well accepted that visceral adipose tissue (VAT) promotes the development of cardiometabolic disorders, at least in part by inflammatory and metabolic functions...
March 16, 2018: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
Juanita Romero-Díaz, Roberto Iván Acosta-Hernández, Sergio Criales-Vera, Erick Kimura-Hayama, Maricruz Domínguez-Quintana, Rocío Morán-Contla, Carlos Núñez-Alvarez, Pilar Lara-Reyes, Carlos Aguilar-Salinas, Jorge Sánchez-Guerrero
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the prevalence and extent of asymptomatic coronary artery atherosclerosis are increased in men with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) compared with age- and sex-matched controls, and to define the associated risk factors. METHODS: Ninety-five patients with SLE (mean ± SD age, 34.7 ± 10.1 yrs) and 100 control subjects (age 34.8 ± 9.7 yrs) with no history of coronary artery disease were screened for coronary artery calcification using multidetector computed tomography...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Rheumatology
Nan Shwe Nwe Htun, Peter Odermatt, Ivan Müller, Peiling Yap, Peter Steinmann, Christian Schindler, Markus Gerber, Rosa Du Randt, Cheryl Walter, Uwe Pühse, Jürg Utzinger, Nicole Probst-Hensch
BACKGROUND: Low- and middle-income countries are facing a dual disease burden with infectious diseases (e.g., gastrointestinal tract infections) and non-communicable diseases (e.g., diabetes) being common. For instance, chronic parasite infections lead to altered immune regulatory networks, anemia, malnutrition, and diarrhea with an associated shift in the gut microbiome. These can all be pathways of potential relevance for insulin resistance and diabetes. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between common gastrointestinal tract infections and glycemia in children from non-fee paying schools in South Africa...
March 15, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ana Laura Fitas, Catarina Martins, Luís Miguel Borrego, Lurdes Lopes, Anne Jörns, Sigurd Lenzen, Catarina Limbert
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) develops in distinct stages, before and after disease onset. Whether the natural course translates into different immunologic patterns is still uncertain. This study aimed at identifying peripheral immune patterns at key time-points, in T1D children undergoing remission phase. METHODS: Children with new-onset T1D and healthy age and gender-matched controls were recruited at a paediatric hospital. Peripheral blood samples were evaluated by flow cytometry at three longitudinal time-points: onset (T1), remission phase (T2) and established disease (T3)...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Diabetes
Peng Zhang, Qianjin Lu
Immunological tolerance loss is fundamental to the development of autoimmunity; however, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Immune tolerance consists of central and peripheral tolerance. Central tolerance, which occurs in the thymus for T cells and bone marrow for B cells, is the primary way that the immune system discriminates self from non-self. Peripheral tolerance, which occurs in tissues and lymph nodes after lymphocyte maturation, controls self-reactive immune cells and prevents over-reactive immune responses to various environment factors...
March 5, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Aglaia Domouchtsidou, Vahé Barsegian, Stefan P Mueller, Jan Best, Judith Ertle, Sotiria Bedreli, Peter A Horn, Andreas Bockisch, Monika Lindemann
The purpose of our study was to assess the immune function of patients with inoperable hepatic malignancies after treatment with selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) and to identify possible correlations with clinical parameters. In 25 patients receiving SIRT lymphocyte proliferation and the production of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines (interferon-γ and interleukin-10) after stimulation with mitogens and microbial antigens were tested prior to therapy, directly after therapy (day 1) and at day 2, 7 and 28 post therapy using the lymphocyte transformation test and enzyme-linked immunospot assays...
March 2, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Young-Ho Lee, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy
Misfoding and amyloid aggregation of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are implicated in a variety of diseases. Studies have shown that membrane plays important roles on the formation of intermediate structures of IDPs that can initiate (and/or speed-up) amyloid aggregation to form fibers. The process of amyloid aggregation also disrupts membrane to cause cell death in amyloid diseases like Alzheimer's disease and type-2 diabetes. On the other hand, recent studies reported the membrane fusion properties of amyloid fibers...
March 1, 2018: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Silvia Rodriguez-Fernandez, Irma Pujol-Autonell, Ferran Brianso, David Perna-Barrull, Mary Cano-Sarabia, Sonia Garcia-Jimeno, Adrian Villalba, Alex Sanchez, Eva Aguilera, Federico Vazquez, Joan Verdaguer, Daniel Maspoch, Marta Vives-Pi
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a metabolic disease caused by the autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing β-cells. With its incidence increasing worldwide, to find a safe approach to permanently cease autoimmunity and allow β-cell recovery has become vital. Relying on the inherent ability of apoptotic cells to induce immunological tolerance, we demonstrated that liposomes mimicking apoptotic β-cells arrested autoimmunity to β-cells and prevented experimental T1D through tolerogenic dendritic cell (DC) generation...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Claudia Volpi, Francesca Fallarino, Giada Mondanelli, Antonio Macchiarulo, Ursula Grohmann
Until recently, metabotropic glutamate receptor 4 (mGlu4) has not received adequate attention in terms of drug targeting when compared to other members of the same mGlu receptor family, possibly because of the difficulties encountered in developing highly selective, either orthosteric or allosteric, ligands for this receptor. Areas covered: This review gives to discussion to the past and recent advances (between 2012-2017) in targeting the mGlu4 receptor for the treatment of disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) as well as immunological (neuroinflammation) and metabolic diseases (diabetes)...
February 28, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Barbora Konečná, Lucia Lauková, Barbora Vlková
Cell-free self-DNA or RNA may induce an immune response by activating specific sensing receptors. During pregnancy, placental nucleic acids present in the maternal circulation further activate these receptors due to the presence of unmethylated CpG islands. A higher concentration of cell-free fetal DNA is associated with pregnancy complications and a higher risk for fetal rejection. Cell-free fetal DNA originates from placental trophoblasts. It appears in different forms: free, bound to histones in nucleosomes, in neutrophil extracellular traps and in extracellular vesicles...
February 26, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
Claudia Sommer, Christian Geber, Peter Young, Raimund Forst, Frank Birklein, Benedikt Schoser
BACKGROUND: Polyneuropathies (peripheral neuropathies) are the most common type of disorder of the peripheral nervous system in adults, and specifically in the elderly, with an estimated prevalence of 5-8%, depending on age. The options for treatment depend on the cause, which should therefore be identified as precisely as possible by an appropriate diagnostic evaluation. METHODS: This review is based on the current guidelines and on large-scale cohort studies and randomized, controlled trials published from 2000 to 2017, with an emphasis on non-hereditary types of polyneuropathy, that were retrieved by a selective search in PubMed...
February 9, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
O Zemlianitsyna, L Polozova, I Karachentsev, V Sinaiko, N Kravchun
To study the features of secretion of melatonin in the urine in patients with DM type 2 and NAFLD with manifestations of fibrosis and its relationship with some metabolic and immunological parameters, 23 patients with DM type 2 and NAFLD were examined. The degree of fibrosis in patients was diagnosed on the basis of static elastography and the study of indirect fibrosis markers 16 persons (72%) diagnosed with mild fibrosis (F0-F1 on METAVIR), 5 people (18.2%) - with moderate fibrosis (F2-F3 on METAVIR). Only 2 (8...
January 2018: Georgian Medical News
Ewa Krzystanek, Przemyslawa Jarosz-Chobot
BACKGROUND: Dimethyl fumarate (DMF) is approved for use in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). Its mechanism of action is still not well understood, but besides the immunological pathways in MS, it may also affect the metabolism of normally functioning internal organs, tissues and cells. CASE PRESENTATION: We report on the case of 29-year-old woman with satisfactorily-controlled type 1 diabetes (T1D), who was diagnosed as having MS. After administration of DMF she experienced intense, adverse gastro-intestinal reactions together with ketonuria up to 160 mg/dL...
February 7, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Ishrat Jahan Saifi, Km Neelofar, M R Ajmal, Sheelu Shafiq Siddiqi
Glycoxidation of protein may lead to develop diabetes. In the present study, different concentrations of 2-deoxy d-ribose (2-dRib) were used to modify human serum albumin (HSA). Nitro Blue Tetrazolium (NBT) assay results showed that yield of the fructosamine content was directly proportional to the concentration of 2-dRib. UV and fluorescence spectroscopy results showed an increment in hyperchromicity and decrease in fluorescence intensity of 2-dRib modified HSA as compared to native HSA. Further secondary structural changes were confirmed by UV-circular dichroism (UV-CD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Xiaoqian Yang, Shan Mou
Diabetic Kidney Disease (DKD) is one of the major complications of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and is currently the most common cause of End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) worldwide. Traditionally, DKD is considered a disease which has nothing to do with the immune system, and the pathogenesis is mainly characterized to be metabolic disturbance. Recent growing evidence indicates immunologic and inflammatory mechanisms in the development and progression of DKD. This overview of macrophages, dendritic cells, T lymphocytes, B lymphocytes, neutrophils and mast cells is closely involved in the pathologic process of DKD, with more emphasis on the leucocyte accumulation and related molecular mechanisms...
2017: Current Gene Therapy
Carrie R Sowers, Rong Wang, Rebecca A Bourne, Barbara C McGrath, Jingjie Hu, Sarah C Bevilacqua, James C Paton, Adrienne W Paton, Sophie Collardeau-Frachon, Marc Nicolino, Douglas R Cavener
Loss-of-function mutations of the protein kinase PERK (EIF2AK3) in humans and mice cause permanent neonatal diabetes and severe proinsulin aggregation in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), highlighting the essential role of PERK in insulin production in pancreatic β cells. As PERK is generally known as a translational regulator of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR), the underlying cause of these β cell defects has often been attributed to derepression of proinsulin synthesis, resulting in proinsulin overload in the ER...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Jiling Sun, Qiujing Huang, Shufa Li, Fanqing Meng, Xunhua Li, Xiaoyun Gong
Obesity is associated with a state of low-grade inflammatory response in adipose tissue, and contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes. Immune cells such as macrophages can infiltrate adipose tissue and are responsible for the majority of inflammatory cytokine production. Therefore, adipose tissue promotes macrophage infiltration, resulting in local inflammation and insulin resistance. Tim-3 negatively regulates IFN-γ secretion and influences the ability to induce T cell tolerance in diabetes. MicroRNA contributes to the development of immunological tolerance and involves in macrophage polarization...
February 9, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Jung-Sik Kim, Hyunwoo Chung, Nari Byun, Seong-Jun Kang, Sunho Lee, Jun-Seop Shin, Chung-Gyu Park
Pancreatic islet transplantation is an ultimate solution for treating patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The pig is an ideal donor of islets for replacing scarce human islets. Besides immunological hurdles, non-immunological hurdles including fragmentation and delayed engraftment of porcine islets need solutions to succeed in porcine islet xenotransplantation. In this study, we suggest a simple but effective modality, a cell/islet co-localizing composite, to overcome these challenges. Endothelial-like mesenchymal stem cells (EMSCs), differentiated from bone-marrow derived mouse mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), and MSCs evenly coated the surface of porcine islets (>85%) through optimized culture conditions...
February 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Daniel Mønsted Shabanzadeh, Allan Linneberg, Tea Skaaby, Lars Tue Sørensen, Torben Jørgensen
BACKGROUND: Gallstone disease is highly prevalent and is associated with systemic inflammation. AIMS: To determine whether screen-detected gallstones or cholecystectomy are associated with the occurrence of autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases and the most common subgroups thereof. METHODS: A cohort study of three randomly selected general population samples from Copenhagen was performed. Participants (n = 5928) were examined in the period 1982-1992, underwent abdominal ultrasound examination to detect gallstone disease, and followed through national registers until December 2014 (median 24...
January 31, 2018: Digestive and Liver Disease
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