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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926619/liver-x-receptor-activation-promotes-differentiation-of-regulatory-t-cells
#1
Martin Herold, Johanna Breuer, Stephanie Hucke, Percy Knolle, Nicholas Schwab, Heinz Wiendl, Luisa Klotz
The nuclear receptor Liver X Receptor (LXR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor that has been implicated in control of chronic inflammation by downregulating pro-inflammatory T cell responses. An impaired function of regulatory T cells, a subset of CD4+ T cells with a crucial role in maintaining lymphocytes homeostasis and immune regulation, is frequently observed in chronic inflammatory diseases. We observed that pharmacological activation of LXR in T cells not only resulted in a thorough suppression of Th1 and Th17 polarization in vitro, but also significantly induced regulatory T cells (Treg) cell differentiation in a receptor-specific fashion...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926399/natural-killer-cells-in-hiv-1-infection-and-therapy
#2
Joanna Mikulak, Ferdinando Oriolo, Elisa Zaghi, Clara Di Vito, Domenico Mavilio
: Natural killer (NK) cells are important effectors of innate immunity playing a key role in the eradication and clearance of viral infections. Over the recent years, several studies have shown that HIV-1 pathologically changes NK cell homeostasis and hampers their antiviral effector functions. Moreover, high levels of chronic HIV-1 viremia markedly impair those NK cell regulatory features that normally regulate the cross-talks between innate and adaptive immune responses. These pathogenic events take place early in the infection and are associated with a pathologic redistribution of NK cell subsets that includes the expansion of anergic CD56 NK cells with an aberrant repertoire of activating and inhibitory receptors...
September 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924032/staphylococcus-aureus-strain-newman-d2c-contains-mutations-in-major-regulatory-pathways-that-cripple-its-pathogenesis
#3
William E Sause, Richard Copin, Aidan O'malley, Rita Chan, Brian J Morrow, Peter T Buckley, Jeffrey Fernandez, A Simon Lynch, Bo Shopsin, Victor J Torres
Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen that imposes a great burden on the healthcare system. In the development of anti-staphylococcal modalities intended to reduce the burden of staphylococcal disease, it is imperative to select appropriate models of S. aureus strains when assessing the efficacy of novel agents. Here, using whole genome sequencing, we reveal that the commonly used strain Newman D2C from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) contains mutations that render the strain essentially avirulent...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923634/variation-of-cd4-cd25-foxp3-regulatory-t-cells-and-th17-cells-in-the-peripheral-blood-of-human-liver-allograft-patients-with-long-term-survival
#4
G Shi, Q Zeng, Z Zhao, W Li, J Dou
BACKGROUND: Monitoring of peripheral blood (PB) lymphocyte subpopulation counts may be useful to underlie immune status after liver transplantation (LT). We aimed at exploring the variation of regulatory cells and Th17 in the PB of liver allograft patients with long-term survival. METHODS: Forty-two patients who took FK506 drugs were divided into 3 groups: patients who survived for 6 months to 3 years were in the Tac1 group (n = 15), those who survived for 3-10 years were in the Tac2 group (n = 15), and those who survived for >10 years were in the Tac3 group (n = 12)...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922497/mutual-independence-of-alkaline-and-calcium-mediated-signalling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-refutes-the-existence-of-a-conserved-druggable-signalling-nexus
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Omar Loss, Margherita Bertuzzi, Yu Yan, Natalie Fedorova, Bethany L McCann, Darius Armstrong-James, Eduardo A Espeso, Nick D Read, William C Nierman, Elaine M Bignell
Functional coupling of calcium- and alkaline responsive signalling occurs in multiple fungi to afford efficient cation homeostasis. Host microenvironments exert alkaline stress and potentially toxic concentrations of Ca(2+) , such that highly conserved regulators of both calcium- (Crz) and pH- (PacC/Rim) responsive signalling are crucial for fungal pathogenicity. Drugs targeting calcineurin are potent antifungal agents but also perturb human immunity thereby negating their use as anti-infectives, abrogation of alkaline signalling has therefore been postulated as an adjunctive antifungal strategy...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922377/c-reactive-protein-upregulates-the-whole-blood-expression-of-cd59-an-integrative-analysis
#6
Kaido Lepik, Tarmo Annilo, Viktorija Kukuškina, Kai Kisand, Zoltán Kutalik, Pärt Peterson, Hedi Peterson
Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations in the blood are associated with acute and chronic infections and inflammation. Nevertheless, the functional role of increased CRP in multiple bacterial and viral infections as well as in chronic inflammatory diseases remains unclear. Here, we studied the relationship between CRP and gene expression levels in the blood in 491 individuals from the Estonian Biobank cohort, to elucidate the role of CRP in these inflammatory mechanisms. As a result, we identified a set of 1,614 genes associated with changes in CRP levels with a high proportion of interferon-stimulated genes...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921730/comparison-of-the-percentages-of-cd4-%C3%A2-cd25-high-%C3%A2-foxp3-cd4-%C3%A2-cd25-low-%C3%A2-foxp3-and-cd4-%C3%A2-foxp3-tregs-in-the-umbilical-cord-blood-of-babies-born-to-mothers-with-and-without-preeclampsia
#7
Farha El-Chennawi, Ibrahim Mohamed Rageh, Amira Ibrahim Mansour, Mohammed Ibrahim Darwish, Ashraf Antar Elghzaly, Basma El Sayed Sakr, Khaled Mohsen Elbaz
PROBLEM: Little is known about how preeclampsia affects regulatory T-cell count and functions in umbilical cord blood of babies born to preeclamptic mothers. Here, we analyze the percentage of CD4(+)  CD25(high)  FOXP3(+) , CD4(+)  CD25(low)  FOXP3(+) , and CD4(+)  FOXP3(+) Tregs, in the umbilical cord blood of babies born to mothers with and without preeclampsia. METHOD OF STUDY: The percentage of umbilical cord blood CD4(+)  CD25(high)  FOXP3(+) , CD4(+)  CD25(low)  FOXP3(+) , and CD4(+)  FOXP3(+) Tregs were analyzed by flow cytometry...
September 16, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920001/zoledronic-acid-inhibits-nfat-and-il-2-signaling-pathways-in-regulatory-t-cells-and-diminishes-their-suppressive-function-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer
#8
Dhifaf Sarhan, Caroline Leijonhufvud, Shannon Murray, Kristina Witt, Christina Seitz, Majken Wallerius, Hanjing Xie, Anders Ullén, Ulrika Harmenberg, Elisabet Lidbrink, Charlotte Rolny, John Andersson, Andreas Lundqvist
Regulatory T cells (Treg) suppress anti-tumor immune responses and their infiltration in the tumor microenvironment is associated with inferior prognosis in cancer patients. Thus, in order to enhance anti-tumor immune responses, selective depletion of Treg is highly desired. We found that treatment with zoledronic acid (ZA) resulted in a selective decrease in the frequency of Treg that was associated with a significant increase in proliferation of T cells and natural killer (NK) cells in peripheral blood of patients with metastatic cancer...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919780/the-role-and-significance-of-vegfr2-regulatory-t-cells-in-tumor-immunity
#9
REVIEW
Panrong Zhu, Chenxi Hu, Kaiyuan Hui, Xiaodong Jiang
Tumor development is closely related to angiogenesis, and VEGFR2 plays an important role in tumor angiogenesis. It is broadly expressed in the blood vessels, especially in the microvessels of tumor tissues. Furthermore, VEGFR2 is detected on the surface of the cell membrane in various immune cells, such as dendritic cells, macrophages, and regulatory T cells (Tregs). Tregs, which are one of the key negative regulatory factors in tumor immune microenvironments, show high-level expression of VEGFR2 which participates in the regulation of immunosuppressive function...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919048/control-of-immune-cell-homeostasis-and-function-by-lncrnas
#10
REVIEW
Walter K Mowel, Jonathan J Kotzin, Sam J McCright, Vanessa D Neal, Jorge Henao-Mejia
The immune system is composed of diverse cell types that coordinate responses to infection and maintain tissue homeostasis. In each of these cells, extracellular cues determine highly specific epigenetic landscapes and transcriptional profiles to promote immunity while maintaining homeostasis. New evidence indicates that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play crucial roles in epigenetic and transcriptional regulation in mammals. Thus, lncRNAs have emerged as key regulatory molecules of immune cell gene expression programs in response to microbial and tissue-derived cues...
September 14, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916785/selective-degradation-of-pu-1-during-autophagy-represses-the-differentiation-and-antitumour-activity-of-th9-cells
#11
Thaiz Rivera Vargas, Zhijian Cai, Yingying Shen, Magalie Dosset, Isis Benoit-Lizon, Tiffany Martin, Aurélie Roussey, Richard A Flavell, François Ghiringhelli, Lionel Apetoh
Autophagy, a catabolic mechanism that involves degradation of cellular components, is essential for cell homeostasis. Although autophagy favours the lineage stability of regulatory T cells, the contribution of autophagy to the differentiation of effector CD4 T cells remains unclear. Here we show that autophagy selectively represses T helper 9 (TH9) cell differentiation. CD4 T cells lacking Atg3 or Atg5 have increased interleukin-9 (IL-9) expression upon differentiation into TH9 cells relative to Atg3- or Atg5-expressing control cells...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916727/inflammatory-responses-induce-an-identity-crisis-of-alveolar-macrophages-leading-to-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis
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Risa Ebina-Shibuya, Mitsuyo Matsumoto, Makoto Kuwahara, Kyoung-Jin Jang, Manabu Sugai, Yoshiaki Ito, Ryo Funayama, Keiko Nakayama, Yuki Sato, Naoto Ishii, Yasunobu Okamura, Kengo Kinoshita, Kohei Kometani, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Akihiko Muto, Masakazu Ichinose, Masakatsu Yamashita, Kazuhiko Igarashi
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a severe respiratory disease characterized by dyspnea caused by accumulation of surfactant protein. Dysfunction of alveolar macrophages (AMs), which regulate the homeostasis of surfactant protein, leads to the development of PAP, for example, in mice lacking BTB and CNC homology 2 (Bach2). However, how Bach2 helps prevent PAP is unknown, and cell-specific effects of Bach2 are undefined. Using mice lacking Bach2 in specific cell types, we found that the PAP-phenotype of Bach2-deficient mice is due to Bach2 deficiency in more than two types of immune cells...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916201/targeting-heparanase-to-the-mammary-epithelium-enhances-mammary-gland-development-and-promotes-tumor-growth-and-metastasis
#13
Ilanit Boyango, Uri Barash, Liat Fux, Inna Naroditsky, Neta Ilan, Israel Vlodavsky
Heparanase is an endoglucuronidase that uniquely cleaves the heparan sulfate side chains of heparan sulfate proteoglycans. This activity ultimately alters the structural integrity of the ECM and basement membrane that becomes more prone to cellular invasion by metastatic cancer cells and cells of the immune system. In addition, enzymatically inactive heparanase was found to facilitate the proliferation and survival of cancer cells by activation of signaling molecules such as Akt, Src, signal transducer and activation of transcription (Stat), and epidermal growth factor receptor...
September 12, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915433/trans-golgi-network-early-endosome-a-central-sorting-station-for-cargo-proteins-in-plant-immunity
#14
REVIEW
Erica D LaMontagne, Antje Heese
In plants, the trans-Golgi network (TGN) functionally overlaps with the early endosome (EE), serving as a central sorting hub to direct newly synthesized and endocytosed cargo to the cell surface or vacuole. Here, we focus on the emerging role of the TGN/EE in sorting of immune cargo proteins for effective plant immunity against pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Specific vesicle coat and regulatory components at the TGN/EE ensure that immune cargoes are correctly sorted and transported to the location of their cellular functions...
September 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915215/mechanisms-involved-in-secondary-cardiac-dysfunction-in-animal-models-of-trauma-and-hemorrhagic-shock
#15
Nick M Wilson, Johanna Wall, Veena Naganathar, Karim Brohi, Henry D De'Ath
Clinical evidence reveals the existence of a trauma-induced secondary cardiac injury (TISCI) that is associated with poor patient outcomes. The mechanisms leading to TISCI in injured patients are uncertain. Conversely, animal models of trauma hemorrhage have repeatedly demonstrated significant cardiac dysfunction following injury, and highlighted mechanisms through which this might occur. The aim of this review was to provide an overview of the animal studies describing TISCI and its pathophysiology.Basic science models of trauma show evidence of innate immune system activation via Toll-like receptors, the exact protagonists of which remain unclear...
October 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914317/a-bifunctional-nanomodulator-for-boosting-cpg-mediated-cancer-immunotherapy
#16
Zhenzhen Wang, Yan Zhang, Zhen Liu, Kai Dong, Chaoqun Liu, Xiang Ran, Fang Pu, Enguo Ju, Jinsong Ren, Xiaogang Qu
Unmethylated cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) oligonucleotides (ODNs) possess high immunostimulatory activity and represent attractive tools for cancer treatment. However, their success in eliminating large solid tumors was hampered by the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment. Herein, we report that the design of a novel MnO2-CpG-silver nanoclusters (AgNCs)-doxorubicin (DOX) conjugate for enhanced cancer immunotherapy, in which MnO2 nanosheets function as unique supports to integrate the chemotherapy drug DOX and the immunotherapeutic agent CpG-AgNCs...
September 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913840/loss-of-regulatory-characteristics-in-cd4-cd25-hi-t-cells-induced-by-impaired-transforming-growth-factor-beta-secretion-in-pneumoconiosis
#17
Lu-Qin Bian, Ling Mao, Ying Bi, Shao-Wei Zhou, Zi-Dan Chen, Jun Wen, Jin Shi, Ling Wang
Pneumoconiosis is caused by the accumulation of airborne dust in the lung, which stimulates a progressive inflammatory response that ultimately results in lung fibrosis and respiratory failure. It is possible that regulatory cells in the immune system could function to suppress inflammation and possibly slow or reverse disease progression. However, results in this study suggest that in pneumoconiosis patients, the regulatory T cells (Tregs) and B cells are functionally impaired. First, we found that pneumoconiosis patients presented an upregulation of CD4(+) CD25(+) T cells compared to controls, whereas the CD4(+) CD25(+) and CD4(+) CD25(hi) T cells were enriched with Th1- and Th17-like cells but not Foxp3-expressing Treg cells and evidenced by significantly higher T-bet, interferon (IFN)-γ, and interleukin (IL)-17 expression but lower Foxp3 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β expression...
September 15, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906289/update-on-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-tregs-in-ibd-thumbs-up-or-thumbs-down
#18
Massimo C Fantini, Giovanni Monteleone
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the 2 major forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in humans, arise in genetically predisposed individuals because of an abnormal immune response direct against constituents of the gut flora. Defects in counter-regulatory mechanisms are supposed to amplify and maintain the IBD-associated mucosal inflammation. Therefore, restoring the balance between inflammatory and anti-inflammatory pathways in the gut could contribute to halt the IBD-associated tissue-damaging immune response...
October 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905991/target-of-rapamycin-signaling-orchestrates-growth-defense-trade-offs-in-plants
#19
David De Vleesschauwer, Osvaldo Filipe, Gena Hoffman, Hamed Soren Seifi, Ashley Haeck, Patrick Canlas, Jonas Van Bockhaven, Evelien De Waele, Kristof Demeestere, Pamela Ronald, Monica Hofte
Plant defense to microbial pathogens is often accompanied by significant growth inhibition. How plants merge immune system function with normal growth and development is still poorly understood. Here, we investigated the role of target of rapamycin (TOR), an evolutionary conserved serine/threonine kinase, in the plant defense response. We used rice as a model system and applied a combination of chemical, genetic, genomic and cell-based analyses. We demonstrate that ectopic expression of TOR and Raptor (regulatory-associated protein of mTOR), a protein previously demonstrated to interact with TOR in Arabidopsis, positively regulates growth and development in rice...
September 14, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905187/altered-b-cell-homeostasis-in-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-and-normalization-of-cd5-surface-expression-on-regulatory-b-cells-in-treatment-responders
#20
Diana Ahmetspahic, Kathrin Schwarte, Oliver Ambrée, Christian Bürger, Vladislava Falcone, Katharina Seiler, Mehrdad Rahbar Kooybaran, Laura Grosse, Fernand Roos, Julia Scheffer, Silke Jörgens, Katja Koelkebeck, Udo Dannlowski, Volker Arolt, Stefanie Scheu, Judith Alferink
Pro-inflammatory activity and cell-mediated immune responses have been widely observed in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Besides their well-known function as antibody-producers, B cells play a key role in inflammatory responses by secreting pro- and anti-inflammatory factors. However, homeostasis of specific B cell subsets has not been comprehensively investigated in MDD. In this study, we characterized circulating B cells of distinct developmental steps including transitional, naïve-mature, antigen-experienced switched, and non-switched memory cells, plasmablasts and regulatory B cells by multi-parameter flow cytometry...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
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