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Chiara Tersigni, Fiorella Di Nicuolo, Giuseppe Maulucci, Alessandro Rolfo, Domenica Giuffrida, Manuela Veglia, Marco De Spirito, Giovanni Scambia, Tullia Todros, Nicoletta Di Simone
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) is a major cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is defined by new onset of hypertension and proteinuria after the 20th week of gestation and characterized by systemic exaggerated inflammatory response. D6 is a chemokines scavenger receptor that binds with high affinity CC chemokines, internalizes and targets the ligands for degradation. It is expressed in trophoblast-derived tissues and prevents excessive placenta leukocyte infiltration...
2016: PloS One
Alexander Mildner, Goran Marinkovic, Steffen Jung
Monocytes are short-lived mononuclear phagocytes that circulate in the bloodstream and comprise two main subpopulations that in the mouse are best defined by the Ly6C marker. Intravascular functions of "classical" Ly6C+ monocytes and their interactions with other lymphoid and myeloid leukocytes in the circulation remain poorly understood. Rather, these cells are known to efficiently extravasate into tissues. Indeed, Ly6C+ monocytes and their descendants have emerged as a third, highly plastic and dynamic cellular system that complements the two classical, tissue-resident mononuclear phagocyte compartments, i...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Oliver R Oakley, Kee Jun Kim, Po-Ching Lin, Radwa Barakat, Joseph A Cacioppo, Zhong Li, Alex Whitaker, Kwang Chul Chung, Wenyan Mei, CheMyong Ko
17β-estradiol is a potent sex hormone synthesized primarily by gonads in females and males that regulates development and function of the reproductive system. Recent studies show that 17β-estradiol is locally synthesized in non-reproductive tissues and regulates a myriad of events, including local inflammatory responses. In this study, we report that mesenteric lymph nodes and Peyer's patches are novel sites of de novo synthesis of 17β-estradiol. These secondary lymphoid organs are located within or close to the gastrointestinal tract, contain leukocytes, and function at the forefront of immune surveillance...
October 25, 2016: Endocrinology
Maren Paulmann, Maja Mockenhaupt
Severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCAR) are known for a high morbidity and mortality. They may be life-threatening for the affected patient and difficult to accomplish for the patient's family and the treating physician. Such conditions include not only bullous reactions like toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), but also acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP) and drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS). Since clinical pattern, etiology, prognosis and treatment differ among these severe skin reactions, a clear diagnosis based on a comprehensive clinical examination, skin biopsy, and specific laboratory tests is necessary...
September 28, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Lutz Menzel, Lisa Kleber, Carina Friedrich, Regina Hummel, Larissa Dangel, Jennifer Winter, Katja Schmitz, Irmgard Tegeder, Michael K E Schäfer
In response to traumatic brain injury (TBI) microglia/macrophages and astrocytes release inflammatory mediators with dual effects on secondary brain damage progression. The neurotrophic and anti-inflammatory glycoprotein progranulin (PGRN) attenuates neuronal damage and microglia/macrophage activation in brain injury but mechanisms are still elusive. Here, we studied histopathology, neurology and gene expression of inflammatory markers in PGRN-deficient mice (Grn(-/-) ) 24 h and 5 days after experimental TBI...
October 25, 2016: Glia
Katinka Karenberg, Hannes Hudalla, David Frommhold
Impaired cellular innate immune defense accounts for susceptibility to sepsis and its high morbidity and mortality in preterm infants. Leukocyte recruitment is an integral part of the cellular immune response and follows a well-defined cascade of events from rolling of leukocytes along the endothelium to firm adhesion and finally transmigration which is concerted by a variety of adhesion molecules. Recent analytical advances such as fetal intravital microscopy have granted new insights into ontogenetic regulation and maturation of fetal immune cell recruitment...
December 2016: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
Gahee Min, Sae-Kwang Ku, Mi Seon Park, Tae-Joo Park, Hyun-Shik Lee, Jong-Sup Bae
A certain nucleosomal protein-high mobility group box-1 (HMGB1)-has recently been established as a late mediator of sepsis, with a relatively wide therapeutic window for pharmacological intervention. Pelargonidin (PEL) is a well-known red pigment found in plants; it has important biological activities that are potentially beneficial for human health. In the present study, we investigated whether PEL can modulate HMGB1-mediated inflammatory responses in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and in mice...
October 24, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
Roberta Rizzo, Ilaria Farina, Daria Bortolotti, Elisa Galuppi, Melissa Padovan, Dario Di Luca, Marcello Govoni
A growing body of evidence indicates a possible involvement of HLA (human leukocyte antigen)-G antigens in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), mainly in the HLA-G dimeric isoform, the most active HLA-G form with the strongest immunosuppression, that showed an excellent anti-inflammatory effect in collagen-induced arthritis model mice. However, the relevance of HLA-G dimers in RA response to methotrexate (MTX) treatment is still unknown. We analyzed the HLA-G dimers' amount in plasma samples from early rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) patients before MTX therapy and evaluated the role of these molecules as biomarker of the different response to the treatment...
October 24, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Moon Bae Ahn, Sung Eun Kim, Won Kyoung Cho, Min Ho Jung, Byung Kyu Suh
Cystinosis is a rare disease characterized by abnormal lysosomal cystine accumulation of cystine due to impaired lysosomal transport. We previously reported the first case of cystinosis in Korea in a 12-year-old boy with short stature, general weakness, and photophobia. The diagnosis was confirmed based on ophthalmic findings and biochemical analyses (serum leukocyte cystine measurement). Major endocrine manifestations at diagnosis included hypothyroidism, growth retardation, and hypogonadism. Despite oral cysteamine administration and renal replacement therapy, multiple complications including both endocrine and nonendocrine disorders developed during and after adolescence...
September 2016: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
Nobuhiko Kanaya, Hideki Aoki, Rie Yamasaki, Toshiaki Morihiro, Hitoshi Takeuchi
We report a case of a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-producing gallbladder tumor associated with fever in a middle-aged female. Preoperative blood analysis showed leukocytosis with elevated levels of C-reactive protein and G-CSF. We resected the liver at S4a+S5, with regional lymph node dissection and partial resection of the duodenum. Histology revealed undifferentiated carcinoma with spindle and giant cells and papillary adenocarcinoma. Immunohistochemistry revealed Stage IIIB G-CSF-producing gallbladder cancer...
October 2016: Acta Medica Okayama
Doc Mariano, D de Souza, D F Meinerz, J Allebrandt, A F de Bem, W Hassan, Oed Rodrigues, Jbt da Rocha
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a worldwide disease characterized by impairments of immune function. AIDS can be associated with oxidative stress (OS) that can be linked to selenium (Se) deficiency. Se is fundamental for the synthesis of selenoproteins, such as glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase. These enzymes catalyze the decomposition of reactive oxygen species and contribute to maintain equilibrium in cell redox status. Literature data indicate that organoselenium compounds, such as ebselen and diphenyl diselenide, have antioxidant properties in vitro and in vivo models associated with OS...
October 24, 2016: Human & Experimental Toxicology
José Alcaraz-Quiles, Esther Titos, Mireia Casulleras, Marco Pavesi, Cristina López-Vicario, Bibiana Rius, Aritz Lopategi, Andrea de Gottardi, Ivo Graziadei, Henning Gronbaek, Pere Ginès, Mauro Bernardi, Vicente Arroyo, Joan Clària
: Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) in cirrhosis is an increasingly recognized syndrome characterized by acute decompensation, organ failure(s) and high short-term mortality. Recent findings suggest that an over-exuberant systemic inflammation plays a primary role in ACLF progression. In this study, we examined whether genetic factors shape systemic immune responses in patients with decompensated cirrhosis. Six single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in inflammation-related genes (IL-1β: rs1143623, IL-1ra: rs4251961, IL-10: rs1800871, SOCS3: rs4969170, NOD2: rs3135500 and CMKLR1: rs1878022) were genotyped in 279 cirrhotic patients with (n=178) and without (n=101) ACLF from the CANONIC study of the CLIF consortium...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Sukanta Das, Jaswinder Singh Maras, Shabir Hussain, Shvetank Sharma, Paul David, S Sukriti, Shasthry S M, Rakhi Maiwall, Nirupama Trehanpati, T P Singh, Shiv Kumar Sarin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Albumin is a potent scavenger of reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, modifications in albumin structure may reduce its antioxidant properties and modulate its immune-regulatory functions. We examined alterations in circulating albumin in severe alcoholic hepatitis (SAH) patients and its contribution in neutrophil activation, intracellular stress plus alteration in associated molecular-pathways. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Albumin modifications and plasma oxidative-stress were assessed in SAH (n=90), alcoholic cirrhosis (AC, n=60) and healthy control (HC, n=30) using LC/MS and spectrophotometry...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Alexander Leithner, Alexander Eichner, Jan Müller, Anne Reversat, Markus Brown, Jan Schwarz, Jack Merrin, David J J de Gorter, Florian Schur, Jonathan Bayerl, Ingrid de Vries, Stefan Wieser, Robert Hauschild, Frank P L Lai, Markus Moser, Dontscho Kerjaschki, Klemens Rottner, J Victor Small, Theresia E B Stradal, Michael Sixt
Most migrating cells extrude their front by the force of actin polymerization. Polymerization requires an initial nucleation step, which is mediated by factors establishing either parallel filaments in the case of filopodia or branched filaments that form the branched lamellipodial network. Branches are considered essential for regular cell motility and are initiated by the Arp2/3 complex, which in turn is activated by nucleation-promoting factors of the WASP and WAVE families. Here we employed rapid amoeboid crawling leukocytes and found that deletion of the WAVE complex eliminated actin branching and thus lamellipodia formation...
October 24, 2016: Nature Cell Biology
Hongbo Chen, Yinan Yao, Yifan Wang, Hua Zhou, Tianxiang Xu, Jing Liu, Guocheng Wang, Yongfeng Zhang, Xiang Chen, Qingwei Liu, Peng Huang, Rongbin Yu
BACKGROUND: HLA-DM gene, which is related to antigen processing and presentation and located in the non-classical class-II region of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region, may play a crucial role in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection treatment outcomes. The study was conducted to evaluate the role of the variant of several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in HLA-DM gene in HCV treatment outcomes. METHODS: We genotyped four SNPs from the candidate genes (HLA-DMA and DMB) in 336 patients who were treated with pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin (PEG IFN-α/RBV)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Wonmok Lee, Yukyung Kim, Soonhee Chang, A-Jin Lee, Chang-Ho Jeon
BACKGROUND: Vitamin C may interfere with the results of urine dipstick tests. We investigated the incidence of urinary vitamin C and its interference with urine dipstick reagents using a vitamin C dipstick. METHODS: The incidence of urinary vitamin C was determined in patients and healthy individuals undergoing routine medical check-ups. Interference tests were performed using samples with various amounts of added vitamin C. For clinical samples, we identified false-negative dipstick glucose, hemoglobin, and leukocyte esterase results based on the urine sediment and serum glucose results...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Zhao-Qing Du, Li-Na Zhang, Qiang Lu, Yi-Fan Ren, Yi Lv, Xue-Min Liu, Xu-Feng Zhang
The standard therapeutic protocols of pyogenic liver abscess (PLA) have not been well established yet. We investigated the clinical characteristics, disease progression, choices of treatments and outcomes of PLA with different size. 410 cases of patients with PLA were enrolled retrospectively from 2000 to 2014, and were grouped as small abscess (≤5 cm, n = 125), large abscess (5 cm to 10 cm, n = 218) and giant abscess (>10 cm, n = 36). The most common bacteria were Klebsiella pneumonia (22%) and Escherichia coli (11%) by pus culture, and Escherichia coli (36...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hui Xia, Briony C Strachan, Sean C Gifford, Sergey S Shevkoplyas
Leukocyte reduction of donated blood products substantially reduces the risk of a number of transfusion-related complications. Current 'leukoreduction' filters operate by trapping leukocytes within specialized filtration material, while allowing desired blood components to pass through. However, the continuous release of inflammatory cytokines from the retained leukocytes, as well as the potential for platelet activation and clogging, are significant drawbacks of conventional 'dead end' filtration. To address these limitations, here we demonstrate our newly-developed 'controlled incremental filtration' (CIF) approach to perform high-throughput microfluidic removal of leukocytes from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in a continuous flow regime...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mingcheng Huang, Shan Zeng, Yaoyao Zou, Maohua Shi, Qian Qiu, Youjun Xiao, Guoqiang Chen, Xiuyan Yang, Liuqin Liang, Hanshi Xu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Increasing evidence indicates the critical role of bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) proteins in regulating immune and inflammatory responses, however, their contribution to vascular inflammation remains to be defined. In this study, we investigated the effect of BET bromodomain inhibition on regulating vascular inflammation and the underlying mechanisms. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were isolated from fresh umbilical cords...
October 24, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Undine Schulz, Angelika Reil, Volker Kiefel, Jürgen Bux, Rainer Moog
BACKGROUND: To reduce the risk of transfusion-associated acute lung injury (TRALI), a high number of plasma donors were tested for human leukocyte antigen (HLA) and human neutrophil antigen (HNA) antibodies. For HNA antibody detection, the gold standard is a combination of the granulocyte immunofluorescence test (GIFT) and the granulocyte agglutination test (GAT). However, these tests are not suitable for a high-throughput of samples. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: To evaluate the new generation of the LABScreen MULTI assay (One Lambda, Inc...
October 23, 2016: Transfusion
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