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Aude Magerus-Chatinet, Frédéric Rieux-Laucat
The apoptosis function can be monitored on human lymphocytes by quantifying the induced-death upon apoptotic stimuli involving either the extrinsic or the intrinsic pathway on in vitro activated T cells. Her, we describe an in vitro assay allowing the monitoring of three different apoptosis pathways: (1) the FAS-induced pathway, (2) the activation-induced cell death (AICD), and (3) the death induced by starvation of the cells, called activated-cell autonomous death (ACAD).
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Antero Salminen, Anu Kauppinen, Kai Kaarniranta
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with deficiencies in cerebrovascular functions, e.g. reduced cerebral blood flow and capillary amyloid angiopathy, both of which are evident during the early phase of AD, thus local hypoxia/ischemia could augment the pathogenesis of AD. There is abundant literature revealing that exposures to hypoxia/ischemia increase the amyloidogenic processing of amyloid-β precursor protein (APP) leading to the accumulation of amyloid-β peptides in brain. This hypoxia-induced response has been attributed to a significant increase in the activities of β- and γ-secretases, whereas α-secretase activity decreases in hypoxia...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Arvind Chhabra, Bijay Mukherji, Deepika Batra
OBJECTIVES: Adoptive cancer immunotherapy (ACT) with transgenic T cell receptor (TCR) engineered (TCReng) anti-tumor T cells has produced encouraging results, however, efficacy of these approaches need improvement. Since premature activation induced cell death (AICD) of adoptively administered T cells could be a major impediment, we examined the mechanism(s) underlying AICD in TCReng CD8+ cytolytic T lymphocytes (CTL). METHODS: AICD in human tumor antigen-specific MHC class I restricted TCR engineered CD8+ CTL was induced by exposing them to cognate peptide epitope...
December 20, 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Wei-Bin Mo, Chun-Hua Su, Jia-Yan Huang, Jun Liu, Zhen-Feng Chen, Ke-Guang Cheng
BACKGROUND: Oleanolic acid, which can be isolated from many foods and medicinal plants, has been reported to possess diverse biological activities. It has been found that the acylation of the hydroxyl groups of the A-ring in the triterpene skeleton of oleanolic acid could be favorable for biological activities. The pyrimidinyl group has been constructed in many new compounds in various anti-tumor studies. RESULTS: Five acyl oleanolic acid-uracil conjugates were synthesized...
2016: Chemistry Central Journal
Ulises Gómez-Pinedo, Rocio N Villar-Quiles, Lucia Galán, Jordi A Matías-Guiu, Maria S Benito-Martin, Antonio Guerrero-Sola, Teresa Moreno-Ramos, Jorge Matías-Guiu
BACKGROUND: Several findings suggest that the amyloid precursor protein (APP) and the amyloid cascade may play a role in motor neuron disease (MND). OBJECTIVE: Considering that dementia is one of the most frequent non-motor symptoms in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and that hippocampus is one of the brain areas with greater presence of amyloid-related changes in neurodegenerative diseases, our aim was to analyze the molecular markers of the amyloid cascade of APP in pathology studies of the hippocampus of autopsied patients with ALS and ALS-frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
Gianfranco Gennarini, Antonella Bizzoca, Sabrina Picocci, Daniela Puzzo, Patrizia Corsi, Andrew J W Furley
This review article focuses on the Contactin (CNTN) subset of the Immunoglobulin supergene family (IgC2/FNIII molecules), whose components share structural properties (the association of Immunoglobulin type C2 with Fibronectin type III domains), as well as a general role in cell contact formation and axonal growth control. IgC2/FNIII molecules include 6 highly related components (CNTN 1-6), associated with the cell membrane via a Glycosyl Phosphatidyl Inositol (GPI)-containing lipid tail. Contactin 1 and Contactin 2 share ~50 (49...
November 18, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Matthew J Scheffel, Gina Scurti, Patricia Simms, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Shikhar Mehrotra, Michael I Nishimura, Christina Voelkel-Johnson
Although adoptive transfer of autologous tumor antigen-specific T-cell immunotherapy can produce remarkable clinical efficacy, most patients do not achieve durable complete responses. We hypothesized that reducing susceptibility of T cells to activation-induced cell death (AICD), which increases during the rapid in vitro expansion of therapeutic T cells before their infusion, might improve the persistence of adoptively transferred cells. Our investigations revealed that repetitive stimulation of the T-cell receptor (TCR) induced AICD, as a result of activating the DNA damage response pathway through ATM-mediated Ser15 phosphorylation of p53...
October 15, 2016: Cancer Research
Raghav Murthy, Matthew R Williams, James C Perry, Suzanne Shepard, Daniel DiBardino
The primary and secondary prevention of sudden cardiac death resulting from malignant arrhythmia, channelopathy, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy often requires the implantation of automatic internal cardiac defibrillators (AICDs) in the pediatric population. In young patients, the small size of the systemic veins, complex anatomy of congenital heart disease, and body habitus often preclude safe and durable transvenous placement of the AICD coil, requiring innovative methods to circumvent this problem. This report describes the technique used at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego/UCSD for the epicardial placement of an ICD system with a transvenous ICD coil placed between the aorta and pulmonary artery, thereby producing a stable location and excellent coil-to-can vector for successful defibrillation...
October 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Corrado Mauro, Campello Silvia
Mitochondrial structural and functional changes and the autophagy pathway crosstalk under several stress conditions. However, their interplay under physiological cell death stimulation has been unclear. In our recent report, we show that during activation-induced cell death (AICD), the T-cell receptor (TCR)-dependent pathway that controls immune tolerance, autophagy is inhibited at an early stage. Further, we found that this inhibition is coupled with mitochondria fragmentation and cristae remodeling to unleash the apoptotic program...
December 2016: Autophagy
Friedman Or, Zaretski Arik
We present a case of a silicone breast implant rupture after insertion of an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD). A 51-year-old woman presented to our plastic surgery clinic to exchange her silicone breast implants. The patient underwent cosmetic mastopexy and breast augmentation in 2008. Because of recurrent myocardial infarctions and chronic heart failure, she underwent an insertion of an AICD in 2014 in which the left breast implant was hit. In this report, we discuss the first case of an AICD insertion, disrupting a breast implant...
August 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
Sinyi Kong, Yi Yang, Yuanming Xu, Yajun Wang, Yusi Zhang, Johanna Melo-Cardenas, Xiangping Xu, Beixue Gao, Edward B Thorp, Donna D Zhang, Bin Zhang, Jianxun Song, Kezhong Zhang, Jianning Zhang, Jinping Zhang, Huabin Li, Deyu Fang
Humoral immunity involves multiple checkpoints during B-cell development, maturation, and activation. The cell death receptor CD95/Fas-mediated apoptosis plays a critical role in eliminating the unwanted activation of B cells by self-reactive antigens and in maintaining B-cell homeostasis through activation-induced B-cell death (AICD). The molecular mechanisms controlling AICD remain largely undefined. Herein, we show that the E3 ubiquitin ligase Hrd1 protected B cells from activation-induced cell death by degrading the death receptor Fas...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hassan Bukhari, Katharina Kolbe, Gregor Leonhardt, Christina Loosse, Elisabeth Schröder, Shirley Knauer, Katrin Marcus, Thorsten Müller
A central molecular hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the β- and γ-secretase-mediated cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein (APP), which causes the generation of different c-terminal fragments like C99, AICD57, or AICD50 that fully or in part contain the APP transmembrane domain. In this study, we demonstrate that membrane-tethered C99 is phosphorylated by JNK3A at residue T668 (APP695 numbering) to a higher extent than AICD57, whereas AICD50 is not capable of being phosphorylated. The modification decreases the turnover of APP, while the blockade of APP cleavage increases APP phosphorylation...
November 2016: Cellular Signalling
Amro Ilaiwy, Megan T Quintana, James R Bain, Michael J Muehlbauer, David I Brown, William E Stansfield, Monte S Willis
Studies of skeletal muscle disuse, either in patients on bed rest or experimentally in animals (immobilization), have demonstrated that decreased protein synthesis is common, with transient parallel increases in protein degradation. Muscle disuse atrophy involves a process of transition from slow to fast myosin fiber types. A shift toward glycolysis, decreased capacity for fat oxidation, and substrate accumulation in atrophied muscles have been reported, as has accommodation of the liver with an increased gluconeogenic capacity...
October 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Doureradjou Peroumal, Thiruvaimozhi Abimannan, Ravichandra Tagirasa, Jyothi Ranjan Parida, Santosh Kumar Singh, Prasantha Padhan, Satish Devadas
Activation Induced Cell Death of T helper cells is central to maintaining immune homeostasis and a perturbation often manifests in aberrant T helper cells that is associated with immunopathologies. Significant presence of T cells positive for IL-17A (Th17) and dual positive for IFN-γ/IL-17A (Th1/Th17) in both effector (CD45RA+RO+) and memory (CD45RA-RO+) compartments with differential FasL protein in RA peripheral blood suggested their differential TCR AICD sensitivity. Lowered active caspase-3 in Th17 and Th1/Th17 over Th1 cells confirmed their capability to resist AICD and pointed to early upstream events...
23, 2016: Oncotarget
Jin Dai, Antti J Niemi, Jianfeng He
The Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson paradigm is proposed as a framework, to investigate the conformational landscape of intrinsically unstructured proteins. A universal Cα-trace Landau free energy is deduced from general symmetry considerations, with the ensuing all-atom structure modeled using publicly available reconstruction programs Pulchra and Scwrl. As an example, the conformational stability of an amyloid precursor protein intra-cellular domain (AICD) is inspected; the reference conformation is the crystallographic structure with code 3DXC in Protein Data Bank (PDB) that describes a heterodimer of AICD and a nuclear multi-domain adaptor protein Fe65...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
S T Stephenson, V Bostik, P Bostik
Increased CD4+ T cell apoptosis and activation induced cell death (AICD) as a result of HIV infection in humans and SIV infection in Rhesus macaques (RM) is indicative of disease. Some non-human primate species naturally infected by SIV, such as African sooty mangabeys (SM), do not succumb to SIV despite high viral loads. Previously, we showed that mRNA levels of GSK-3β a kinase involved in T cell signaling, are significantly decreased in SIV+ RM compared to SIV+ SM. The current study confirms that expression of GSK-3β is decreased at the protein level in SIV+ RM...
December 0: Epidemiologie, Mikrobiologie, Imunologie
Anirban Banerjee, Krishnamurthy Thyagarajan, Shilpak Chatterjee, Paramita Chakraborty, Pravin Kesarwani, Myroslawa Soloshchenko, Mazen Al-Hommrani, Kristina Andrijauskaite, Kelly Moxley, Harinarayanan Janakiraman, Matthew J Scheffel, Kristi Helke, Kent Armenson, Viswanathan Palanisamy, Mark P Rubinstein, Elizabeth-Garrett Mayer, David J Cole, Chrystal M Paulos, Christina Voelkel-Johnson, Michael I Nishimura, Shikhar Mehrotra
Repetitive stimulation of T-cell receptor (TCR) with cognate antigen results in robust proliferation and expansion of the T cells, and also imprints them with replicative senescence signatures. Our previous studies have shown that life-span and antitumor function of T cells can be enhanced by inhibiting reactive oxygen species (ROS) or intervening with ROS-dependent JNK activation that leads to its activation-induced cell death. Because tumor suppressor protein p53 is also a redox active transcription factor that regulates cellular ROS generation that triggers downstream factor-mediating apoptosis, we determined if p53 levels could influence persistence and function of tumor-reactive T cells...
September 15, 2016: Cancer Research
Kaushik Ghosal, Qingyuan Fan, Hana N Dawson, Sanjay W Pimplikar
Amyloid precursor protein (APP) is cleaved by gamma-secretase to simultaneously generate amyloid beta (Aβ) and APP Intracellular Domain (AICD) peptides. Aβ plays a pivotal role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis but recent studies suggest that amyloid-independent mechanisms also contribute to the disease. We previously showed that AICD transgenic mice (AICD-Tg) exhibit AD-like features such as tau pathology, aberrant neuronal activity, memory deficits and neurodegeneration in an age-dependent manner...
2016: PloS One
Hyundoo Hwang, Changsik Shin, Juhee Park, Enoch Kang, Bongseo Choi, Jae-A Han, Yoonkyung Do, Seongho Ryu, Yoon-Kyoung Cho
Breast cancer remains as a challenging disease with high mortality in women. Increasing evidence points the importance of understanding a crosstalk between breast cancers and immune cells, but little is known about the effect of breast cancer-derived factors on the migratory properties of dendritic cells (DCs) and their consequent capability in inducing T cell immune responses. Utilizing a unique 3D microfluidic device, we here showed that breast cancers (MCF-7, MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-436 and SK-BR-3)-derived soluble factors increase the migration of DCs toward CCL19...
2016: Scientific Reports
John Sabu, Kalyani Regeti, Mary Mallappallil, John Kassotis, Hamidul Islam, Shoaib Zafar, Rafay Khan, Hiyam Ibrahim, Romana Kanta, Shuvendu Sen, Abdalla Yousif, Qiang Nai
It is important but difficult to distinguish convulsive syncope from epileptic seizure in many patients. We report a case of a man who presented to emergency department after several witnessed seizure-like episodes. He had a previous medical history of systolic heart failure and automated implantable converter defibrillator (AICD) in situ. The differential diagnoses raised were epileptic seizures and convulsive syncope secondary to cardiac arrhythmia. Subsequent AICD interrogation revealed ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation (v-tach/fib)...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
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