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Hengfei Shi, Ke Ren, Baojie Lv, Wei Zhang, Ying Zhao, Ren Xiang Tan, Erguang Li
The roots of Scutellaria baicalensis has been used as a remedy for inflammatory and infective diseases for thousands of years. We evaluated the antiviral activity against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, the leading cause of childhood infection and hospitalization. By fractionation and chromatographic analysis, we determined that baicalin was responsible for the antiviral activity of S. baicalensis against RSV infection. The concentration for 50% inhibition (IC50) of RSV infection was determined at 19...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jun-Tao Tan, Yang Yang, Nai-Qun Mao, De-Sen Liu, Ding-Ming Huang, Hong Pan, Tong Xie, Qi Pan, Li Yang, Jian-Hong Zhong, Chuan-Tian Zuo
This study aims to evaluate the effect of neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NCRT) on perioperative immune function during surgery to treat resectable locally advanced esophageal cancer. Records were retrospectively analyzed for 220 patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer, of whom 112 received surgery alone and 98 received neoadjuvant NCRT plus surgery. The two groups were compared in terms of proportions of CD3(+) , CD4(+) , CD8(+) , and natural kill (NK) cells, as well as the ratio of CD4(+) to CD8(+) cells...
October 21, 2016: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Hans Lassmann, Monika Bradl
One of the most frequent statements, provided in different variations in the introduction of experimental studies on multiple sclerosis (MS), is that "Multiple sclerosis is a demyelinating autoimmune disease and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a suitable model to study its pathogenesis". However, so far, no single experimental model covers the entire spectrum of the clinical, pathological, or immunological features of the disease. Many different models are available, which proved to be highly useful for studying different aspects of inflammation, demyelination, remyelination, and neurodegeneration in the central nervous system...
October 20, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
Emilia Pachulec, Vanessa Neitzke-Montinelli, João P B Viola
Nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) 2 null mutant mice die in utero of cardiac failure, precluding analysis of the role of NFAT2 in lymphocyte responses. Only the NFAT2(-/-)/Rag-1(-/-) chimeric mice model gave insight into the role of NFAT2 transcription factor in T lymphocyte development, activation, and differentiation. As reports are mainly focused on the role of NFAT2 in CD4(+) T lymphocytes activation and differentiation, we decided to investigate NFAT2's impact on CD8(+) T lymphocyte responses...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Miao Yu, Qi Long, Huan-Huan Li, Wei Liang, Yu-Hua Liao, Jing Yuan, Xiang Cheng
Myocardial injuries in viral myocarditis (VMC) are caused by viral infection and related autoimmune disorders. Recent studies suggest that IL-9 mediated both antimicrobial immune and autoimmune responses in addition to allergic diseases. However, the role of IL-9 in viral infection and VMC remains controversial and uncertain. In this study, we infected Balb/c mice with Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3), and found that IL-9 was enriched in the blood and hearts of VMC mice on days 5 and 7 after virus infection. Most of IL-9 was secreted by CD8(+) T cells on day 5 and CD4(+) T cells on day 7 in the myocardium...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Menaga Ilangkovan, Ibrahim Jantan, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari
BACKGROUND: Phyllanthin found in many Phyllanthus species has various biochemical and pharmacological properties especially on its hepatoprotective effects. However, its effect on the immune system has not been well documented. PURPOSE: In the present study, phyllanthin isolated from Phyllanthus amarus was investigated for its immunosuppressive effects on various cellular and humoral immune responses in Balb/C mice. METHODS: Male mice were treated daily at 20, 40 and 100mg/kg of phyllanthin for 14 days by oral gavage...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Hu Luo, Liang Gong, Bingjing Zhu, Ying Huang, Chunlan Tang, Shicang Yu, Zhi Yang, Xiangdong Zhou
OBJECTIVE: Few clinical studies have confirmed the role of cytokine-induced killer cells (CIKs) in the maintenance therapy of advanced lung cancer patients. We investigate effectiveness and tolerability of CIKs as a maintenance therapy in the treatment of advanced lung cancer patients. METHODS: 70 patients with advanced lung cancer (stage IIIB to IV) admitted to the First Affiliated Hospital of Third Military Medical University in Chongqing from Nov. 2011 to Jan...
October 17, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Kun Taek Park, Mahmoud M ElNaggar, Gaber S Abdellrazeq, John P Bannantine, Victoria Mack, Lindsay M Fry, William C Davis
Phylogenic comparisons of the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS) of humans and mice demonstrate phenotypic divergence of dendritic cell (DC) subsets that play similar roles in innate and adaptive immunity. Although differing in phenotype, DC can be classified into four groups according to ontogeny and function: conventional DC (cDC1 and cDC2), plasmacytoid DC (pDC), and monocyte derived DC (MoDC). DC of Artiodactyla (pigs and ruminants) can also be sub-classified using this system, allowing direct functional and phenotypic comparison of MoDC and other DC subsets trafficking in blood (bDC)...
2016: PloS One
Luciana Nahar Dos Santos, Pedro Henrique Lopes da Silva, Iris Maria Peixoto Alvim, José Augusto da Costa Nery, Flávio Alves Lara, Euzenir Nunes Sarno, Danuza Esquenazi
In spite of hyporesponsivity to Mycobacterium leprae, borderline lepromatous (BL) patients show clinical and immunological instability, and undergo frequent acute inflammatory episodes such as type 1 reaction (T1R), which may cause nerve damages. This work focused on the participation of T cell subsets from blood and skin at T1R onset. We observed a significantly increased ex vivo frequency of both effector and memory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in T1R group. Besides, ex vivo frequency of T cell homing receptor, the Cutaneous Leukocyte-associated Antigen (CLA) was significantly increased in T cells from T1R patients...
2016: PloS One
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
Justus Mahnke, Valéa Schumacher, Stefanie Ahrens, Nadja Käding, Lea Marie Feldhoff, Magdalena Huber, Jan Rupp, Friederike Raczkowski, Hans-Willi Mittrücker
The transcription factor Interferon Regulatory Factor 4 (IRF4) is essential for TH2 and TH17 cell formation and controls peripheral CD8(+) T cell differentiation. We used Listeria monocytogenes infection to characterize the function of IRF4 in TH1 responses. IRF4(-/-) mice generated only marginal numbers of listeria-specific TH1 cells. After transfer into infected mice, IRF4(-/-) CD4(+) T cells failed to differentiate into TH1 cells as indicated by reduced T-bet and IFN-γ expression, and showed limited proliferation...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jing Zhang, Ya-Qin Tan, Ming-Hui Wei, Xiao-Jing Ye, Guan-Ying Chen, Rui Lu, Ge-Fei Du, Gang Zhou
Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a T-cell-mediated autoimmune mucocutaneous disease affected by the interactions among the keratinocytes, CD4(+) T cells and CD8(+) T cells. B7-H1 induced by Toll-like receptors (TLRs), can suppress T cell immune reaction, thereby resulting in immune tolerance. However, the role of TLRs-mediated B7-H1 on keratinocytes in the immune response of OLP is still unknown. The present study showed that TLR4 could induce time-coursed B7-H1 expression on oral keratinocytes, and blocking NF-κB or PI3K/mTOR pathway down-regulated B7-H1 transcriptional expression...
October 20, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
Srinika Ranasinghe, Pedro A Lamothe, Damien Z Soghoian, Samuel W Kazer, Michael B Cole, Alex K Shalek, Nir Yosef, R Brad Jones, Faith Donaghey, Chioma Nwonu, Priya Jani, Gina M Clayton, Frances Crawford, Janice White, Alana Montoya, Karen Power, Todd M Allen, Hendrik Streeck, Daniel E Kaufmann, Louis J Picker, John W Kappler, Bruce D Walker
CD8(+) T cell recognition of virus-infected cells is characteristically restricted by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I, although rare examples of MHC class II restriction have been reported in Cd4-deficient mice and a macaque SIV vaccine trial using a recombinant cytomegalovirus vector. Here, we demonstrate the presence of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II-restricted CD8(+) T cell responses with antiviral properties in a small subset of HIV-infected individuals. In these individuals, T cell receptor β (TCRβ) analysis revealed that class II-restricted CD8(+) T cells underwent clonal expansion and mediated killing of HIV-infected cells...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Rafael Sauter, Ruizhu Huang, Bruno Ledergerber, Manuel Battegay, Enos Bernasconi, Matthias Cavassini, Hansjakob Furrer, Matthias Hoffmann, Mathieu Rougemont, Huldrych F Günthard, Leonhard Held
Plasma HIV viral load is related to declining CD4 lymphocytes. The extent to which CD8 cells, in addition to RNA viral load, predict the depletion of CD4 cells is not well characterized so far. We examine if CD8 cell count is a prognostic factor for CD4 cell counts during an HIV infection.A longitudinal analysis is conducted using data from the Swiss HIV cohort study collected between January 2000 and October 2014. Linear mixed regression models were applied to observations from HIV-1-infected treatment naive patients (NAIVE) and cART-treated patients to predict the short-term evolution of CD4 cell counts...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Afshin Shirkani, Mohammad Shahrooei, Gholamreza Azizi, Hassan Rokni-Zadeh, Hassan Abolhassani, Shokrollah Farrokhi, Glynis Frans, Xavier Bossuyt, Asghar Aghamohammadi
ZAP-70 deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive form of combined immunodeficiency (CID) characterized by selective absence of circulating CD8 T cells with low, normal, or increased CD4 T cells in peripheral blood. Up to now, 14 unique mutations in the ZAP70 gene have been identified in patients with ZAP-70-related CID. We present a 3-year-old boy with a history of recurrent bacterial infections and autoimmunity. Initial laboratory findings showed a normal total lymphocyte count, but low levels of CD8 and CD4 T cells and an abnormal lymphocyte proliferation response...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
G Chistyakova, I Gazieva, I Remizova, L Ustyantseva, V Lyapunov, S Bychkova
We conducted a study of markers of endothelial dysfunction and angiogenesis regulation, as well as the identification of the main lymphocyte populations, activated CD3 (+) CD95(+)-cells and cytokine-producing CD4 (+) IFN-γ(+)-, CD4 (+) IL-4(+ )-lymphocytes in the 1st trimester of gestation in women with ART-induced pregnancy and spontaneous pregnancy. We used the same indicators to assess the immune status of ELBW infants at birth and at the post-conceptual age of 38-40 weeks. It was determined that the risk factors of very early preterm delivery are: threatened miscarriage, chronic placental insufficiency, endothelial dysfunction, increased spontaneous production of intracellular cytokines...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Guoping Fu, Mei Yu, Yuhong Chen, Yongwei Zheng, Wen Zhu, Debra K Newman, Demin Wang, Renren Wen
Pre-T cell receptor (TCR) signaling is required for pre-T cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation from the CD4 and CD8 double negative (DN) to the double positive (DP) stage. However, the pre-TCR signal transduction pathway is not fully understood and the signaling molecules involved have not been completely identified. Phospholipase Cγ (PLCγ) 1 is an important signaling molecule that generates two second messengers, diacylglycerol and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate, that are important to mediate PKC activation and intracellular Ca(2+) flux in many signaling pathways...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Choua Thao, Amir Lagstein, Tadashi Allen, Huseyin Erhan Dincer, Hyun Joo Kim
Respiratory involvement in Crohn's disease (CD) is a rare manifestation known to involve the large and small airways, lung parenchyma, and pleura. The clinical presentation is nonspecific, and diagnostic tests can mimic other pulmonary diseases, posing a diagnostic challenge and delay in treatment. We report a case of a 60-year-old female with a history of CD and psoriatic arthritis who presented with dyspnea, fever, and cough with abnormal radiological findings. Diagnostic testing revealed an elevated CD4:CD8 ratio in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, and cryoprobe lung biopsy results showed non-necrotizing granulomatous inflammation...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Takashi Koide, Takeshi Saraya, Yayoi Tsukahara, Francesco Bonella, Eda Börner, Manabu Ishida, Yukari Ogawa, Ichiro Hirukawa, Miku Oda, Masafumi Shimoda, Kosuke Ohkuma, Masachika Fujiwara, Saori Takata, Takuma Yokoyama, Daisuke Kurai, Haruyuki Ishii, Hajime Goto, Hajime Takizawa
BACKGROUND: The galaxy sign is an irregularly marginated pulmonary nodule formed by a confluence of multiple small nodules, and it is a diagnostic radiological finding for pulmonary sarcoidosis. However, the clinical significance of the galaxy sign for sarcoidosis has been poorly investigated. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the clinical significance and detailed radiological features of the galaxy sign in patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 87 patients with biopsy-proven sarcoidosis and 108 patients with pulmonary tuberculosis...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Andrew Zloza, Neal D Dharmadhikari, Erica J Huelsmann, Joseph R Broucek, Tasha Hughes, Frederick J Kohlhapp, Howard L Kaufman
Recombinant interleukin-2 (rIL-2) is associated with objective responses in 15-20 % of patients with metastatic melanoma and renal cell carcinoma. More recently, rIL-2 has also demonstrated improved clinical activity in patients with melanoma. Given the toxicity of high-dose rIL-2 and the availability of many new immunotherapy agents, it has been suggested that lower doses of rIL-2 may be preferred for combination clinical studies. In order to determine the impact of low doses of rIL-2 on anti-tumor immunity and therapeutic effectiveness, we challenged C57BL/6 mice with poorly immunogenic B16-F10 melanoma and treated them with varying doses of rIL-2 (range 10(3)-10(5) IU)...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
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