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Xiaoying Xu, Xiaoyan Liu, Shuran Ma, Ya Xu, Ying Xu, Xiazhen Guo, Dekui Li
Seasonal changes impact the melatonin production and immuno-activities in vertebrates. This is believed due to the photoperiodic alterations of the different seasons which impact the functions of pineal gland. The short photoperiod promotes pineal melatonin production. As a result, during the winter, animals have significantly higher levels of melatonin than in summer. However, the seasonal changes also include temperature changes. This factor has never been systemically investigated in animals. In the current study, we observed that increased temperature had limited influence on melatonin production...
March 20, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Nesly Dotan, Vera Gayder, Itai Bloch, Maayan Gal
Calcineurin is a phosphatase that targets the transcription factor, nuclear factor of activated T-cells (NFAT) dephosphorylates multiple sites along NFAT's regulatory domain. The calcineurin-NFAT complex interaction is mediated through two conserved binding motifs known as the PxIxIT and LxVP, which are located at the N- and C- terminus to the phosphorylation sites. The vast range of cellular processes regulated by the calcineurin-NFAT interaction has aroused great interest in the investigation of the structural aspects that govern their complex formation and in the discovery of protein-protein interaction inhibitors; the latter interfere with calcineurin-NFAT complex formation while keeping calcineurin's catalytic site free...
March 16, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
Xue-Juan Bai, Hong-Min Li, You-Rong Yang, Jun-Xian Zhang, Yan Liang, Xue-Qiong Wu
Relapse of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) is associated with a failure of the host immune system to control the invading Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Severe immunodeficiency or immune disorders may be the main reason for TB recurrence. This study aimed to quantify serum inflammatory cytokine and soluble adhesion molecule levels in Re-treated smear-positive PTB patients before and after re-anti-TB drug therapy. Serum samples were collected from 30 healthy controls and 215 Treated active PTB patients at baseline and 2, 4, and 6 months post-re-treatment...
March 16, 2018: Cytokine
Zhen Ma, Huisheng Zhuang
Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), a type of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, is widely distributed in the environment. In this study, BaP immunogen and coating antigen were respectively prepared by different methods, and the specific antibody targeting the BaP analyte was obtained. Moreover, gold nanoparticles modified with the specific polyclonal antibody and thiol-capped DNA were prepared as biological probes. Based on the work above, an ultrasensitive biological probe enhanced real-time immuno-polymerase chain reaction (BP-rt-iPCR) assay was developed to detect BaP in several environmental samples...
March 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Maria José Costa, Jyothirmayee Kudaravalli, Wen-Hui Liu, Jeffrey Stock, Sophanna Kong, Shu-Hui Liu
The development of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies through mouse immunization often originates drug candidates that are not cross-reactive to the mouse ortholog. In such cases, and particularly in oncology, drug efficacy studies are performed on human tumor xenografts or with "surrogate" anti-mouse ortholog antibodies if targeting tumor host cells. Safety assessment of drug candidate(s) is performed at a later development stage in healthy non-human primates. While the latter remains necessary before a drug advances into human subjects, it precludes evaluation of safety in disease conditions and drug de-risking during early development...
2018: PloS One
Chiara Assunta Pilato, Ilaria Stadiotti, Angela Serena Maione, Valentina Saverio, Valentina Catto, Fabrizio Tundo, Antonio Dello Russo, Claudio Tondo, Giulio Pompilio, Michela Casella, Elena Sommariva
A normal adult heart is composed of several different cell types, among which cardiac mesenchymal stromal cells represent an abundant population. The isolation of these cells offers the possibility of studying their involvement in cardiac diseases, and, in addition, provides a useful primary cell model to investigate biological mechanisms. Here, the method for the isolation of C-MSC from arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy patients' bioptic samples is described. The endomyocardial biopsy sampling is guided in the right ventricular areas adjacent to the scar visualized by electro-anatomical mapping...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jiexian Ma, Yingwei Hu, Min Wu, Xiaoqin Wang, Yanhui Xie
Patients who receive a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) exhibit an immune defect after recovering from neutropenia. The current guidelines do not recommend fungal prophylaxis in these patients, except for grades III to IV GVHD in HSCT. Thus, the timing for the initiation and cessation of IFI prophylaxis in immune-compromised patients remains a challenging endeavor. We retrospectively analyzed patients who received auto or allo-HSCT and monitored their immune function after recovering from neutropenia by measuring the levels of IgG, IgA, IgM, as well as the number of T, B, NK cells...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Supawadee Sukseree, Lajos László, Florian Gruber, Sophie Bergmann, Marie Sophie Narzt, Ionela Mariana Nagelreiter, Romana Höftberger, Kinga Molnár, Günther Rauter, Thomas Birngruber, Lionel Larue, Gabor G Kovacs, Erwin Tschachler, Leopold Eckhart
Defects in autophagy and the resulting deposition of protein aggregates have been implicated in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. While gene targeting in the mouse has facilitated the characterization of these processes in different types of neurons, potential roles of autophagy and accumulation of protein substrates in neuroepithelial cells have remained elusive. Here we report that Atg7f/f Tyr-Cre mice, in which autophagy-related 7 (Atg7) is conditionally deleted under the control of the tyrosinase promoter, are a model for accumulations of the autophagy adapter and substrate sequestosome-1/p62 in both neuronal and neuroepithelial cells...
March 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Thierry de Baère, Lambros Tselikas, Frederic Deschamps, Jean Charles Soria, Aurélien Marabelle
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March 16, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Eva Pallinger, Zoltan Bognar, Agnes Bogdan, Timea Csabai, Hajnalka Abraham, Julia Szekeres-Bartho
Earlier evidence suggests, that the embryo signals to the maternal immune system. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are produced by all types of cells, and because they transport different kinds of molecules from one cell to the other, they can be considered as means of intercellular communication. The aim of this work was to test, whether the embryo is able to produce sufficient amounts of EVs to alter the function of peripheral lymphocytes. Embryo-derived EVs were identified by their Annexin V biding capacity, and sensitivity to Triton X dependent lysis, using flow cytometry...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sara Touhami, Fanny Beguier, Sébastien Augustin, Hugo Charles-Messance, Lucile Vignaud, Emeline F Nandrot, Sacha Reichman, Valérie Forster, Thibaud Mathis, José-Alain Sahel, Bahram Bodaghi, Xavier Guillonneau, Florian Sennlaub
BACKGROUND: The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a monolayer of pigmented cells with important barrier and immuno-suppressive functions in the eye. We have previously shown that acute stimulation of RPE cells by tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) downregulates the expression of OTX2 (Orthodenticle homeobox 2) and dependent RPE genes. We here investigated the long-term effects of TNFα on RPE cell morphology and key functions in vitro. METHODS: Primary porcine RPE cells were exposed to TNFα (at 0...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Misaki Wayengera, David P Kateete, Benon Asiimwe, Moses L Joloba
BACKGROUND: Precise designation of high risk forms of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis-M.tb infections (LTBI) is impossible. Delineation of high-risk LTBI can, however, allow for chemoprophylaxis and curtail majority cases of active tuberculosis (ATB). There is epidemiological evidence to support the view that LTBI in context of HIV-1 co-infection is high-risk for progression to ATB relative to LTBI among HIV-ve persons. We recently showed that assays of M.tb thymidylate kinase (TMKmt) antigen and host specific IgG can differentiate ATB from LTBI and or no TB (NTB, or healthy controls)...
March 16, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Elodie Alessandri-Gradt, Fabienne De Oliveira, Marie Leoz, Véronique Lemee, David L Robertson, Felix Feyertag, Paul-Alain Ngoupo, Philippe Mauclere, François Simon, Jean-Christophe Plantier
OBJECTIVES: HIV/1 group P (HIV-1/P) is the last HIV/1 group discovered and to date, comprises only two strains. To obtain new insights into this divergent group, we screened for new infections by developing specific tools, and analysed phenotypic and genotypic properties of the prototypic strain RBF168. In addition, the follow-up of the unique patient monitored so far, has raised the knowledge of the natural history of this infection and its therapeutic management. DESIGN/METHODS: We developed an HIV-1/P specific sero-molecular strategy and screened over 29,498 specimen samples...
March 15, 2018: AIDS
Donatella Pietraforte, Eleonora Paulicelli, Clarice Patrono, Lucrezia Gambardella, Giuseppe Scorza, Antonella Testa, Paola Fattibene
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are important mediators of the cytotoxicity induced by the direct reaction of ionising radiation (IR) with all critical cellular components, such as proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. The derived oxidative damage may propagate in exposed tissues in a dose- and spatiotemporal dependent manner to other cell compartments, affecting intracellular signalling, and cell fate. To understand how cell damage is induced, we studied the oxidative events occurring immediately after cell irradiation by analysing the fate of IR-derived ROS, the intracellular oxidative damage, and the modification of redox environment accumulating in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) within 1 h after cell irradiation (dose range 0-10 Gy)...
March 16, 2018: Free Radical Research
Anna Szewczyk, Julie Gehl, Malgorzata Daczewska, Jolanta Saczko, Stine Krog Frandsen, Julita Kulbacka
Calcium electroporation (CaEP) describes the use of electric pulses (electroporation) to transiently permeabilize cells to allow supraphysiological doses of calcium to enter the cytosol. Calcium electroporation has successfully been investigated for treatment of cutaneous metastases in a clinical study. This preclinical study explores the possible use of calcium electroporation for treatment of sarcoma. A normal murine muscle cell line (C2C12), and a human rhabdomyosarcoma cell line (RD) were used in the undifferentiated and differentiated state...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Di Wang, Qian Li, Yidi Qu, Mengya Wang, Lanzhou Li, Yang Liu, Yu Li
Gloeostereum incarnatum , a precious edible mushroom, displays anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activities; however, its immunomodulatory effect has not been studied yet. The present study aimed to investigate whether polysaccharide compositions of G. incarnatum polysaccharides (GIPS) possess immunomodulatory and immuno-enhancing effects in a Cyclophosphamide monohydrate (CTX)-induced BALB/c mice model. The 28-day GIPS administration at doses of 0.1, 0.3 and 0.9 g/kg remarkably reversed the bodyweight loss, increased the thymic index and promoted T lymphocyte proliferation in CTX-induced immunosuppressed mice...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Neeraj Kumar, Kishore Kumar Krishnani, Sanjay Kumar Gupta, Narendra Pratap Singh
Nanotechnology is a novel arena with promising applications in the field of medicine, industry, and agriculture including fisheries. Cross-disciplinary interactions and the application of this technology in biological systems have led to the innovation of novel nanoparticle antioxidants, which are the subject of our study. In context with above background, we designed an experiment on nano-silver to elucidate its role for mitigation of abiotic and biotic stress. Three diets were formulated viz. silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) incorporated at 0...
March 14, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Chen Zou, Changjing Han, Minjie Zhao, Jingjing Yu, Lin Bai, Yuan Yao, Shuaixin Gao, Hui Cao, Zhi Zheng
Background: Preoperative treatment of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents is extensively used in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR), but the molecular mechanism is not fully understood. The objective of this research is to observe change of protein profile induced by ranibizumab (an anti-VEGF agent) in vitreous humor from PDR patients and reveal the effects of anti-VEGF treatment on PDR. Methods: A proteomic method was used to identify differentially expressed proteins in vitreous humor...
2018: Clinical Proteomics
Mathew A Cherian, Sydney Olson, Hemalatha Sundaramoorthi, Kitra Cates, Xiaogang Cheng, John Harding, Andrew Martens, Grant A Challen, Manoj Tyagi, Lee Ratner, Daniel Rauch
The human T cell leukemia virus-1 (HTLV-1) oncoprotein Tax drives cell proliferation and resistance to apoptosis early in the pathogenesis of adult T-cell leukemia (ATL). Subsequently, likely as a result of specific immuno-editing, Tax expression is downregulated and functionally replaced by somatic driver mutations of the host genome. Both amplification and point mutations of interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4) have been previously detected in ATL, and the K59R mutation is the most common single-nucleotide variation in IRF4 and is found exclusively in ATL...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Danh T Tran, Scott Esckilsen, Jennifer Mulligan, Shikhar Mehrotra, Carl Atkinson, Satish N Nadig
BACKGROUND: Microvascular endothelial cells (ECs) are central to an allograft's immunogenicity. Cold ischemia and reperfusion injury associated with static cold storage and warm reperfusion activates ECs and increases the immunogenicity of the allograft. Following reperfusion, mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening contributes to mitochondrial dysfunction in the allograft, which correlates to alloimmune rejection. Current understanding of this relationship, however, centers on the whole allograft instead of ECs...
March 10, 2018: Transplantation
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