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An S De Vriese, Richard J Glassock, Karl A Nath, Sanjeev Sethi, Fernando C Fervenza
Primary membranous nephropathy (MN) is an autoimmune disease mainly caused by autoantibodies against the recently discovered podocyte antigens: the M-type phospholipase A2 receptor 1 (PLA2R) and thrombospondin type 1 domain-containing 7A (THSD7A). Assays for quantitative assessment of anti-PLA2R antibodies are commercially available, but a semiquantitative test to detect anti-THSD7A antibodies has been only recently developed. The presence or absence of anti-PLA2R and anti-THSD7A antibodies adds important information to clinical and immunopathologic data in discriminating between primary and secondary MN...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Petra Bacher, Frederik Heinrich, Ulrik Stervbo, Mikalai Nienen, Marco Vahldieck, Christina Iwert, Katrin Vogt, Jutta Kollet, Nina Babel, Birgit Sawitzki, Carsten Schwarz, Stefan Bereswill, Markus M Heimesaat, Guido Heine, Gabriele Gadermaier, Claudia Asam, Mario Assenmacher, Olaf Kniemeyer, Axel A Brakhage, Fátima Ferreira, Michael Wallner, Margitta Worm, Alexander Scheffold
FOXP3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) maintain tolerance against self-antigens and innocuous environmental antigens. However, it is still unknown whether Treg-mediated tolerance is antigen specific and how Treg specificity contributes to the selective loss of tolerance, as observed in human immunopathologies such as allergies. Here, we used antigen-reactive T cell enrichment to identify antigen-specific human Tregs. We demonstrate dominant Treg-mediated tolerance against particulate aeroallergens, such as pollen, house dust mites, and fungal spores...
October 18, 2016: Cell
Frank Bridoux, Vincent Javaugue, Sébastien Bender, Fannie Leroy, Pierre Aucouturier, Céline Debiais-Delpech, Jean-Michel Goujon, Nathalie Quellard, Amélie Bonaud, Marie Clavel, Patrick Trouillas, Florent Di Meo, Jean-Marc Gombert, Jean-Paul Fermand, Arnaud Jaccard, Michel Cogné, Guy Touchard, Christophe Sirac
Randall-type heavy chain deposition disease (HCDD) is a rare disorder characterized by tissue deposition of a truncated monoclonal immunoglobulin heavy chain lacking the first constant domain. Pathophysiological mechanisms are unclear and management remains to be defined. Here we retrospectively studied 15 patients with biopsy-proven HCDD of whom 14 presented with stage 3 or higher chronic kidney disease, with nephrotic syndrome in 9. Renal lesions were characterized by nodular glomerulosclerosis, with linear peritubular and glomerular deposits of γ-heavy chain in 12 patients or α-heavy chain in 3 patients, without concurrent light chain staining...
October 20, 2016: Kidney International
Man Chu, Lai Shan Tam, Jing Zhu, Delong Jiao, De Hua Liu, Zhe Cai, Jie Dong, Christopher Wei Kai Lam, Chun Kwok Wong
The newly named interleukin (IL)-36 subfamily member IL-38 has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory activity. However, the in vivo immunomodulatory activity of IL-38 was poorly investigated in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have investigated the expression of CD4(+)IL-17(+) Th17, CD4(+)IFN-γ(+) Th1 and CD3(+)CD4(-)CD8(-) double negative (DN) T cells and the related immunopathological mechanisms in female MRL/lpr mice model of spontaneous lupus-like disease, with or without IL-38 treatment. Intravenous administration of murine recombinant IL-38 into MRL/lpr mice can ameliorate the lupus-like clinical symptoms including proteinuria, leukocyteuria and skin lesions...
October 17, 2016: Immunobiology
A Ulges, E Schmitt, C Becker, T Bopp
The immune system has evolved to defend the organism against an almost infinite number of pathogens in a locally confined and antigen-specific manner while at the same time preserving tolerance to harmless antigens and self. Regulatory T (Treg) cells essentially contribute to an immunoregulatory network preventing excessive immune responses and immunopathology. There is emerging evidence that Treg cells not only operate in secondary lymphoid tissue but also regulate immune responses directly at the site of inflammation...
2016: Advances in Immunology
Loreto Abusleme, Niki M Moutsopoulos
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is a multifaceted cytokine with diverse roles both in immune-protection and also immunopathology. IL-17 has a well-recognized role in immune surveillance at mucosal and barrier surfaces (Miossec & Kolls, 2012, Song et al., 2016) but also has been increasingly implicated as a driver of immunopathology in settings of autoimmunity and chronic inflammation (Gaffen et al., 2014). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
October 20, 2016: Oral Diseases
Laura Rivino, Mei Qiu Lim
Dengue (DENV) and Zika viruses (ZIKV) are rapidly emerging mosquito-borne flaviviruses which represent a public health concern. Understanding host protective immunity to these viruses is critical for the design of optimal vaccines. Over a decade of research has highlighted a significant contribution of the T cell response to both protection and/or disease enhancement during dengue infection, the latter being mainly associated with sub-optimal cross-reactive T cell responses during secondary infections. Phase IIb/III clinical trials of the first licensed tetravalent dengue vaccine highlight increased vaccine efficacy in dengue-immune as opposed to dengue-naïve vaccinees, suggesting a possible immunoprotective role of pre-existing DENV-specific T cells that are boosted upon vaccination...
October 20, 2016: Immunology
Katherine Zukor, Hong Wang, Brett L Hurst, Venkatraman Siddharthan, Arnaud Van Wettere, Paul M Pilowsky, John D Morrey
Neurological respiratory deficits are serious outcomes of West Nile virus (WNV) disease. WNV patients requiring intubation have a poor prognosis. We previously reported that WNV-infected rodents also appear to have respiratory deficits when assessed by whole-body plethysmography and diaphragmatic electromyography. The purpose of this study was to determine if the nature of the respiratory deficits in WNV-infected rodents is neurological and if deficits are due to a disorder of brainstem respiratory centers, cervical spinal cord (CSC) phrenic motor neuron (PMN) circuitry, or both...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neurovirology
Anika Stadtmann, Alexander Zarbock
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since the discovery of the lack of kindlin-3 expression as the reason for the immunopathology leukocyte adhesion deficiency III syndrome, the role of kindlin-3 in inflammatory processes was investigated in a numerous studies. This review gives an overview about recent findings regarding the role of kindlin-3 in neutrophil activation and recruitment. RECENT FINDINGS: Kindlin-3, together with talin-1, contributes essentially to the activation of β2-integrins in neutrophils...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Hematology
Luciana P Tavares, Mauro M Teixeira, Cristiana C Garcia
Influenza A virus (IAV) is a relevant respiratory tract pathogen leading to a great number of deaths and hospitalizations worldwide. Secondary bacterial infections are a very common cause of IAV associated morbidity and mortality. The robust inflammatory response that follows infection is important for the control of virus proliferation but is also associated with lung damage, morbidity and death. The role of the different components of immune response underlying protection or disease during IAV infection is not completely elucidated...
October 15, 2016: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Payal Bhat, Nittin Dev Singh, Geeta Devi Leishangthem, Amninder Kaur, Vishal Mahajan, Harmanjit Singh Banga, Rajinder Singh Brar
AIM: Infectious porcine bronchopneumonia, caused by Pasteurella multocida, is a widespread disease of major economic significance. Thus, the aim of the present study was to diagnose swine Pasteurellosis using gross, histopathological, and immunopathological approaches in the swine population of Punjab and to compare the efficacy of immunohistochemical (IHC) techniques with conventional diagnostic techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 71 adult swine lung samples showing gross pneumonic changes were collected along with the associated lymph nodes to carry out the study...
September 2016: Veterinary World
Reinhild Feuerstein, Julia Kolter, Philipp Henneke
The dermis, a major reservoir of immune cells in immediate vicinity to the colonizing skin microflora, serves as an important site of host-pathogen interactions. Macrophages (Mϕ) are the most frequent resident immune cell type in the dermis. They protect the host from invasive infections by highly adapted bacteria, such as staphylococci via pattern recognition of bacterial effectors, phagocytosis, and recruitment of other myeloid cells from the blood. Already under homeostatic conditions, the dermal Mϕ population receives a dynamic input of monocytes invading from the bloodstream...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Ian M Orme, Diane J Ordway
This article describes the nature of the host response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the mouse and guinea pig models of infection. It describes the great wealth of information obtained from the mouse model, reflecting the general availability of immunological reagents, as well as genetic manipulations of the mouse strains themselves. This has led to a good understanding of the nature of the T-cell response to the infection, as well as an appreciation of the complexity of the response involving multiple cytokine- and chemokine-mediated systems...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Yohsuke Nagayoshi, Kazuko Yamamoto, Satoru Hashimoto, Keiko Hisatomi, Seiji Doi, Seiji Nagashima, Hirokazu Kurohama, Masahiro Ito, Takahiro Takazono, Shigeki Nakamura, Taiga Miyazaki, Shigeru Kohno
We herein report the first case of pulmonary metastasis with lepidic growth that originated from cholangiocarcinoma. A 77-year-old man was admitted to our hospital due to exertional dyspnea and liver dysfunction. Computed tomography showed widespread infiltration and a ground-glass opacity in the lung and dilation of the intrahepatic bile duct. The pulmonary lesion progressed rapidly, and the patient died of respiratory failure. Cholangiocarcinoma and lepidic pulmonary metastasis were pathologically diagnosed by an autopsy...
2016: Internal Medicine
Daniel Jons, Maria Kneider, Linda Fogelstrand, Anders Jeppsson, Stefan Jacobsson, Oluf Andersen
Contemporary evidence supports that MS immunopathology starts in the peripheral lymphatic system. However, the site and character of crucial initiating events are unknown. We examined subsets of the first stages of blood cells in the bone marrow of 9 MS patients and 11 neurologically healthy controls using FACS analysis. The proportion of natural killer T cells was lower (P=0.045) in the bone marrow of MS patients, but proportions of hematogenous stem cells, myeloblasts, and B cell precursor subsets in the bone marrow did not differ between MS patients and controls...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Shuohan Zheng, Yuan Zhu, Zijun Zhao, Zhongdao Wu, Kamolnetr Okanurak, Zhiyue Lv
Parasites are significant groups for carcinogenesis among which liver flukes, including Opisthorchis viverrini and Clonorchis sinensis, are typical representatives causing cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), the second most common primary hepatic malignancy with dismal prognosis. O. viverrini is prevalent in Southeast Asia, infecting 10 million people while C. sinensis has a wider distribution in East Asia and several Southeast Asian countries, affecting more than 35 million people's health. These two worms have some common characteristics and/or discrepancies in life cycle, genome, and transcriptome...
October 8, 2016: Parasitology Research
Bangqing Yuan, Shaokuan Huang, Shuangfeng Gong, Feihong Wang, Li Lin, Tonggang Su, Hanchao Sheng, Hui Shi, Kunlong Ma, Zhao Yang
Neuroinflammation plays an important role in the recovery of brain injury in ICH. Macrophage is the major executor in the neuroinflammation and initiates neurological defects. Programmed death 1 (PD-1) delivers inhibitory signals that regulate the balance between T cell activation, tolerance, and immunopathology. PD-1 expression by macrophages plays a pathologic role in the innate inflammatory response. However, the exact role of PD-1 on inflammatory responses following ICH has not been well identified. In this experiment, PD-1 KO (PD-1 -/-) ICH mice and Wild-type (WT) ICH mice were caused by intracranial injection of type IV collagenase...
October 4, 2016: Immunology Letters
Thilo Oelert, Amos Gilhar, Ralf Paus
The hair follicle (HF) epithelium can present self-antigens to cognate CD8+ T cells. These cells express periodically during the hair cycle arising or age-related immunogenic proteins including HF-specific neo-antigens. We propose, that IFN-gamma derived from the respective antigen-specific T cells spotting the particular self-peptides may thereby significantly induce and alter self-antigen presentation ("induced-self"). This induction, at first, may silence T cells, including neo-epitope-specific T cells. As the thymus cannot significantly recapitulate neo-epitopes evolving in the periphery, we propose that peripheral tissue-specific induction of MHC molecules presenting exactly these neo-epitopes by self- MHC/peptide-reactive CD8+ T cells is a key element of self-tolerance...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
Cherrie L Small, Lydia Xing, Joseph B McPhee, Hong T Law, Brian K Coombes
Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory condition of diverse etiology. Exposure to foodborne pathogens causing acute gastroenteritis produces a long-term risk of CD well into the post-infectious period but the mechanistic basis for this ongoing relationship to disease onset is unknown. We developed two novel models to study the comorbidity of acute gastroenteritis caused by Salmonella Typhimurium or Citrobacter rodentium in mice colonized with adherent-invasive Escherichia coli (AIEC), a bacterial pathobiont linked to CD...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Min Peng, Na Yin, Sagar Chhangawala, Ke Xu, Christina S Leslie, Ming O Li
Aerobic glycolysis (the Warburg effect) is a metabolic hallmark of activated T cells, and has been implicated in augmenting effector T cell responses including expression of the proinflammatory cytokine interferon-γ (IFN-γ) via 3' untranslated region (3'UTR)-mediated mechanisms. Here, we show that lactate dehydrogenase A (LDHA) is induced in activated T cells to support aerobic glycolysis but promotes IFN-γ expression independently of its 3'UTR. Instead, LDHA maintains high levels of acetyl-coenzyme A to enhance histone acetylation and transcription of Ifng Ablation of LDHA in T cells protects mice from immunopathology triggered by excessive IFN-γ expression or deficiency of regulatory T cells...
September 29, 2016: Science
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