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Wei Luo, Xin Wang, Hongyue Qu, Geng Qin, Huixian Zhang, Qiang Lin
The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes are crucial in the adaptive immune system, and the gene duplication of MHC in animals can generally result in immune flexibility. In this study, we found that the lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) has only one gene copy number (GCN) of MHC IIα and IIβ, which is different from that in other teleosts. Together with the lack of spleen and gut-associated lymphatic tissue (GALT), the seahorse may be referred to as having a partial but natural "immunodeficiency"...
September 30, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Erik Őrfi, János Szebeni
There is substantial effort in modern pharmacotherapy to use nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems (nDDS) for improving the oral absorption of drugs. An often neglected circumstance regarding this approach is that the gut is a major part of the immune system that may be vulnerable for immune-cell toxicity, or mediate humoral immune response against various components of nDDS, recognized as foreign. This review recapitulates the structure and function of gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), i.e., the enteral section of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) and reminds how virus-like nDDS may potentially induce immunogenicity just as attenuated or killed viruses do in oral vaccines...
September 29, 2016: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Carolina Scagnolari, Giuseppe Corano Scheri, Carla Selvaggi, Ivan Schietroma, Saeid Najafi Fard, Andrea Mastrangelo, Noemi Giustini, Sara Serafino, Claudia Pinacchio, Paolo Pavone, Gianfranco Fanello, Giancarlo Ceccarelli, Vincenzo Vullo, Gabriella d'Ettorre
Recently the tryptophan pathway has been considered an important determinant of HIV-1 infected patients' quality of life, due to the toxic effects of its metabolites on the central nervous system (CNS). Since the dysbiosis described in HIV-1 patients might be responsible for the microbial translocation, the chronic immune activation, and the altered utilization of tryptophan observed in these individuals, we speculated a correlation between high levels of immune activation markers in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of HIV-1 infected patients and the over-expression of indolamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) at the gut mucosal surface...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Alejandro Prados, George Kollias, Vasiliki Koliaraki
Stromal cells in secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs) are non-hematopoietic cells involved in the regulation of adaptive immune responses. Three major stromal populations have been identified in adult SLOs: fibroblastic reticular cells (FRCs), follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) and marginal reticular cells (MRCs). The properties of these individual populations are not clearly defined, mainly due to the lack of appropriate genetic tools, especially for MRCs. Here, we analyzed stromal cell targeting in SLOs from a transgenic mouse strain that expresses Cre recombinase under the CollagenVI promoter, using lineage tracing approaches...
2016: Scientific Reports
Justine Bouilly, Isabelle Beau, Sara Barraud, Valérie Bernard, Kemal Azibi, Jérôme Fagart, Anne Fèvre, Anne Laure Todeschini, Reiner A Veitia, Chérif Beldjord, Brigitte Delemer, Catherine Dodé, Jacques Young, Nadine Binart
CONTEXT: Idiopathic primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) is a major cause of amenorrhea and infertility. POI affects 1% of women before age 40, and several genetic causes have been reported. To date, POI has been considered a monogenic disorder. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify novel gene variations and to investigate if individuals with POI harbor mutation in multiple loci. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred well-phenotyped POI patients were systematically screened for variants in 19 known POI loci (and potential candidate genes) using next-generation sequencing...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Kyoung Jin Park, Seungman Park, Eunhee Lee, Jong Ho Park, June Hee Park, Hyung Doo Park, Soo Youn Lee, Jong Won Kim
BACKGROUND: A newborn screening (NBS) program has been utilized to detect asymptomatic newborns with inherited metabolic diseases (IMDs). There have been some bottlenecks such as false-positives and imprecision in the current NBS tests. To overcome these issues, we developed a multigene panel for IMD testing and investigated the utility of our integrated screening model in a routine NBS environment. We also evaluated the genetic epidemiologic characteristics of IMDs in a Korean population...
November 2016: Annals of Laboratory Medicine
Duke Geem, Vu Ngo, Akihito Harusato, Benoit Chassaing, Andrew T Gewirtz, Rodney D Newberry, Timothy L Denning
: This study showed that the absence of CCR7 or mesenteric lymph nodes/gut-associated lymphoid tissue did not appreciably impact total intestinal Foxp3+ regulatory T cell representation in the steady-state. However, mesenteric lymph nodes/GALT are required for normal peripherally induced Foxp3+ regulatory T cell differentiation in the small intestine, but not in the large intestine. BACKGROUND & AIMS: Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) in the intestine promote immune tolerance to enteric antigens...
May 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Jennifer M I Daenzer, Patricia P Jumbo-Lucioni, Marquise L Hopson, Kerry R Garza, Emily L Ryan, Judith L Fridovich-Keil
Classic galactosemia (CG) is a potentially lethal inborn error of metabolism that results from profound loss of galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT), the second enzyme in the Leloir pathway of galactose metabolism. Neonatal detection and dietary restriction of galactose minimize or resolve the acute sequelae of CG, but fail to prevent the long-term complications experienced by a majority of patients. One of the substrates of GALT, galactose-1-phosphate (Gal-1P), accumulates to high levels in affected infants, especially following milk exposure, and has been proposed as the key mediator of acute and long-term pathophysiology in CG...
August 24, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Brooke H Elder, Barry D Shur
β1,4 Galactosyltransferase-I (GalT-I) is expressed as two nearly identical polypeptides that differ only in the length of their cytoplasmic domains. The longer isoform has been implicated as a cell surface receptor for extracellular glycoside ligands, such as laminin. To more stringently test the function of the long GalT-I isoform during cell interactions with laminin, we created multiple independent fibroblastic cell lines that fail to express the long isoform, but which express the short GalT-I isoform normally and appear to have normal intracellular galactosylation...
September 23, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Sun A Ock, Jungkyu Lee, Keon Bong Oh, Seongsoo Hwang, Ik Jin Yun, Curie Ahn, Hyun Keun Chee, Hwajung Kim, Jae Berm Park, Sung Joo Kim, Youngim Kim, Gi-Sun Im, EungWoo Park
Effective immunosuppression strategies and genetically modified animals have been used to prevent hyperacute and acute xenograft rejection; however, the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. In this study, we evaluated the expression of a comprehensive set of immune system-related genes (89 genes, including five housekeeping genes) in the blood of cynomolgus monkeys (~5 yr old) used as graft recipients, before and after the xenografting of the islets and heart from single and double α-1,3-galactosyltransferase (GalT) knockout (KO) pigs (<6 weeks old)...
September 2016: Xenotransplantation
Ashwini Maratha, Hugh-Owen Colhoun, Ina Knerr, Karen P Coss, Peter Doran, Eileen P Treacy
Classical galactosaemia is a rare disorder of carbohydrate metabolism caused by galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (GALT) deficiency (EC The disease is life threatening if left untreated in neonates and the only available treatment option is a long-term galactose restricted diet. While this is lifesaving in the neonate, complications persist in treated individuals, and the cause of these, despite early initiation of treatment, and shared GALT genotypes remain poorly understood. Systemic abnormal glycosylation has been proposed to contribute substantially to the ongoing pathophysiology...
August 9, 2016: JIMD Reports
M Carmen Rebollo-Soria, Carlos Arregui-Dalmases, David Sánchez-Molina, Juan Velázquez-Ameijide, Ignasi Galtés
INTRODUCTION: There are several studies about M1 type vehicle-pedestrian collision injury pattern, and based on them, there has been several changes in automobiles for pedestrian protection. However, the lack of sufficient studies about injury pattern in motorbikes-pedestrian collisions leads to a lack of optimization design of these vehicles. The objective of this research is to study the injury pattern of pedestrians involved in collisions with motorized two-wheeled vehicles. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive study of pedestrian's deaths after collisions with motorcycles in an urban area, like Barcelona was performed...
October 2016: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Allan M Showalter, Debarati Basu
Arabinogalactan-proteins (AGPs) are ubiquitous cell wall components present throughout the plant kingdom. They are extensively post translationally modified by conversion of proline to hydroxyproline (Hyp) and by addition of arabinogalactan (AG) polysaccharides to Hyp residues. Two small gene subfamilies within the CAZy GT31 family, referred to as Hyp-galactosyltransferases (Hyp-GALTs and HPGTs), encode enzymes that specifically add galactose to AGP protein backbones as revealed by heterologous expression of the genes coupled with an in vitro enzyme assay and by biochemical characterization of the genetic knock-out mutants...
May 2016: Communicative & Integrative Biology
Patricia P Jumbo-Lucioni, William M Parkinson, Danielle L Kopke, Kendal Broadie
The multiple galactosemia disease states manifest long-term neurological symptoms. Galactosemia I results from loss of galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (GALT), which converts galactose-1-phosphate + UDP-glucose to glucose-1-phosphate + UDP-galactose. Galactosemia II results from loss of galactokinase (GALK), phosphorylating galactose to galactose-1-phosphate. Galactosemia III results from the loss of UDP-galactose 4'-epimerase (GALE), which interconverts UDP-galactose and UDP-glucose, as well as UDP-N-acetylgalactosamine and UDP-N-acetylglucosamine...
July 27, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Nicholas J Galt, Stephen D McCormick, Jacob Michael Froehlich, Peggy R Biga
Cortisol, the primary corticosteroid in teleost fishes, is released in response to stressors to elicit local functions, however little is understood regarding muscle-specific responses to cortisol in these fishes. In mammals, glucocorticoids strongly regulate the muscle growth inhibitor, myostatin, via glucocorticoid response elements (GREs) leading to muscle atrophy. Bioinformatics methods suggest that this regulatory mechanism is conserved among vertebrates, however recent evidence suggests some fishes exhibit divergent regulation...
October 1, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Jane Fisher, James J Douglas, Adam Linder, John H Boyd, Keith R Walley, James A Russell
OBJECTIVES: Angiopoietins modulate endothelial permeability via endothelial cell junctions. Angiopoietin-2 blocks the angiopoietin-1/Tie-2 interaction that stabilizes these junctions, and elevated plasma angiopoietin-2 levels are associated with vascular leakage. We hypothesized that plasma angiopoietin-1 and angiopoietin-2 levels are associated with indirect markers of increased vascular permeability, organ dysfunction, mortality, and plasma proinflammatory cytokine levels in human septic shock...
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Megan B Wood, Daniel Rios, Ifor R Williams
Microfold (M) cells are phagocytic intestinal epithelial cells in the follicle-associated epithelium of Peyer's patches that transport particulate antigens from the gut lumen into the subepithelial dome. Differentiation of M cells from epithelial stem cells in intestinal crypts requires the cytokine receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL) and the transcription factor Spi-B. We used three-dimensional enteroid cultures established with small intestinal crypts from mice as a model system to investigate signaling pathways involved in M cell differentiation and the influence of other cytokines on RANKL-induced M cell differentiation...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Xiangliang Deng, Rongrong Huang, Ruyan Wen, Xia Luo, Lian Zhou
Objective To investigate the effect of Shengqifuzheng Injection (SQFZ) on the number recovery of B cells in gut-associated lymphoid tissues (GALTs) of mice receiving cyclophosphamide-based chemotherapy. Methods BALB/c mice were randomly divided into control group, cyclophosphamide (Cy) group and SQFZ group. Mice in Cy group and SQFZ group were injected intraperitoneally with Cy (100 mg/kg), while the control mice were injected with an equal volume of normal saline. Twenty-four hours later, mice in SQFZ group were administrated intragastricly with 1 mL SQFZ once daily for 10 consecutive days, and mice in the other groups were given the same volume of normal saline...
August 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Kelly A Shaw, Jennifer G Mulle, Michael P Epstein, Judith L Fridovich-Keil
Classic galactosemia (CG) is an autosomal recessive disorder of galactose metabolism that affects approximately 1/50,000 live births in the USA. Following exposure to milk, which contains large quantities of galactose, affected infants may become seriously ill. Early identification by newborn screening with immediate dietary galactose restriction minimizes or prevents the potentially lethal acute symptoms of CG. However, more than half of individuals with CG still experience long-term complications including cognitive disability, behavioral problems, and speech impairment...
July 1, 2016: JIMD Reports
Géraldine Arrode-Brusés, Diana Goode, Kyle Kleinbeck, Jolanta Wilk, Ines Frank, Siddappa Byrareddy, James Arthos, Brooke Grasperge, James Blanchard, Thomas Zydowsky, Agegnehu Gettie, Elena Martinelli
Mucosal HIV-1 transmission is inefficient. However, certain viral and host characteristics may play a role in facilitating HIV acquisition and systemic expansion. Cells expressing high levels of integrin α4β7 have been implicated in favoring the transmission process and the infusion of an anti-α4β7 mAb (RM-Act-1) prior to, and during a repeated low-dose vaginal challenge (RLDC) regimen with SIVmac251 reduced SIV acquisition and protected the gut-associated lymphoid tissues (GALT) in the macaques that acquired SIV...
June 2016: PLoS Pathogens
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