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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550730/transplantation-of-aire-overexpressing-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-delays-the-onset-of-type-1-diabetes
#1
Dongbei Li, Bo Zhao, Yadong Luo, Steven Limbara, Bingjie Zhao, Xueyang Zou, Wei Yang, Yi Li
Autoimmune regulator (Aire) plays an indispensable role in maintaining central immune tolerance by promoting the ectopic expression of tissue-restricted antigens (TRAs) in medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs) and dendritic cells (DCs), which lead to the deletion of autoreactive T cells or the induction of Tregs and consequently prevent autoimmune disease development. Curing autoimmune diseases has always been a challenge. DC-based immunotherapy represents a new and effective method to establish tolerance...
May 24, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550415/high-expression-of-grp78-bip-as-a-novel-predictor-of-favorable-outcomes-in-patients-with-advanced-thymic-carcinoma
#2
Yosuke Miura, Kyoichi Kaira, Reiko Sakurai, Hisao Imai, Yoshio Tomizawa, Noriaki Sunaga, Koichi Minato, Takeshi Hisada, Tetsunari Oyama, Masanobu Yamada
BACKGROUND: Glucose-regulated protein (GRP) 78/immunoglobulin heavy chain binding protein (BiP) is a member of the endoplasmic reticulum chaperone family, and its role in various types of human malignancies has recently been investigated. However, the clinicopathological characteristics of GRP78/BiP in advanced thymic carcinoma (ATC) remain unknown. We aimed to examine the relationship between GRP78/BiP expression and the clinical outcomes of ATC patients. METHODS: Thirty-four patients with ATC receiving combination chemotherapy at three institutions between April 1998 and April 2014 were enrolled in this study...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548945/soluble-antigens-from-the-neurotropic-pathogen-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-directly-induce-thymus-atrophy-in-a-mouse-model
#3
Zhen Liu, Dong-Ming Su, Zi-Long Yu, Feng Wu, Rui-Feng Liu, Shi-Qi Luo, Zhi-Yue Lv, Xin Zeng, Xi Sun, Zhong-Dao Wu
The nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis (A.C.) is a neurotropic pathogen; stage-III larva invade the human (non-permissive host) central nervous system (CNS) to cause eosinophilic meningitis or meningoencephalitis accompanied by immunosuppression. In an A.C.-infectedmouse (another non-permissive host) model, CNS damage-associated T cell immune deficiency and severe inflammation were proposed to result from activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. However, glucocorticoids are anti-inflammatory agents...
May 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546567/thymic-homing-of-activated-cd4-t-cells-induces-degeneration-of-the-thymic-epithelium-through-excessive-rank-signaling
#4
Chen Yin, Xiao-Yan Pei, Hui Shen, Ya-Nan Gao, Xiu-Yuan Sun, Wei Wang, Qing Ge, Yu Zhang
Activated T cells have been shown to be able to recirculate into the thymus from the periphery. The present study was aimed to elucidate the functional consequences of thymic homing of activated T cells upon developing thymocytes and thymic epithelial cells (TEC). In the presence of activated T cells, especially CD4(+) T cells, T cell development was found to be inhibited in thymic organ cultures with markedly reduced cellularity. Thymic transplantation demonstrated that the inhibitory effect was most likely due to a defective microenvironment...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546003/thymic-epithelial-cell-specific-deletion-of-jmjd6-reduces-aire-protein-expression-and-exacerbates-disease-development-in-a-mouse-model-of-autoimmune-diabetes
#5
Toyoshi Yanagihara, Takahiro Tomino, Takehito Uruno, Yoshinori Fukui
Thymic epithelial cells (TECs) establish spatially distinct microenvironments in which developing T cells are selected to mature or die. A unique property of medullary TECs is their expression of thousands of tissue-restricted self-antigens that is largely under the control of the transcriptional regulator Aire. We previously showed that Jmjd6, a lysyl hydroxylase for splicing regulatory proteins, is important for Aire protein expression and that transplantation of Jmjd6-deficient thymic stroma into athymic nude mice resulted in multiorgan autoimmunity...
May 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545868/ameliorative-effect-of-atractylenolide-iii-in-the-mast-cell-proliferation-induced-by-tslp
#6
Myoung-Schook Yoou, Sun-Young Nam, Mu Hyun Jin, So Young Lee, Mi-Sun Kim, Seok Seon Roh, In Hwa Choi, Nariyah Woo, SeokWon Lim, Dong Hyun Kim, Jae-Bum Jang, Hyung-Min Kim, Hyun-Ja Jeong
Atractylenolide III (ATL-III) is an active compound of Atractylodes lancea, which has been widely used for the treatment of cancer. Cancer is closely connected with inflammation, and many anti-inflammatory agents are also used to treat cancer. We investigated the influence of ATL-III on thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP)-induced inflammatory reactions. Pretreatment with ATL-III suppressed murine double minute 2 levels and promoted p53 levels in TSLP-treated human mast cell, HMC-1 cells. Mast cell proliferation increased by TSLP or IL-3 stimulation was significantly decreased by ATL-III pretreatment...
May 22, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545810/thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-and-apocynin-alter-the-expression-of-airway-remodeling-factors-in-human-rhinovirus-infected-cells
#7
Joanna Wieczfinska, Rafal Pawliczak
Airway remodeling is a characteristic of bronchial asthma. The process involves the expression of many genes, such as transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP-1), MMP and arginase. Human rhinovirus (HRV) is known to cause asthma exacerbations, and viral infections might be involved in the development of airway remodeling. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the influence of HRV on the genes involved in airway remodeling and to examine the impact of thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) and contribution of oxidative stress on airway remodeling in the context of HRV infection...
May 16, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544604/thymic-peripheral-crosstalk-in-lymphodepletion-therapy
#8
EDITORIAL
M E Snyder, D L Farber
T cell depletion is widely used as induction therapy in solid organ transplants and particularly in kidney transplantation, to reduce the episodes of acute cellular rejection. The resultant reduction in T cell numbers is usually temporary, as T cells are actively replenished due to thymic output and/or lymphopenia-induced proliferation of remaining, depletion-resistant T cells. However, the extent of T cell replenishment and the persistence of lymphopenia varies between individuals, with potential impacts on protective or pathogenic immune responses...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543682/residual-thymic-tissue-and-lymph-node-involvement-by-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-presenting-as-mediastinal-strongly-18-fdg-pet-positive-masses
#9
Georg Maschmeyer, Ingo Brink, Doris Jähne, Renate Arnold, Olaf Schega
We report on a multidisciplinary management of a 68-year old AML patient presenting with a PET-positive mediastinal tumour typical for lymph node metastasis. It was removed via minimally invasive thoracoscopic intervention and was identified as a thymus residual infiltrated by AML. Follow-up PET-CT scan after resection and remission induction chemotherapy was completely normal. To our knowledge, this is the first documented case report of AML presenting with PET-positive infiltrates of thymic and lymph node tissue along the aortic bow mimicking a second intrathoracic malignancy...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543283/targeting-pp2a-and-proteasome-activity-ameliorates-features-of-allergic-airway-disease-in-mice
#10
Prema M Nair, Malcolm R Starkey, Tatt Jhong Haw, Gang Liu, Jay C Horvat, Jonathan C Morris, Nikki M Verrills, Andrew R Clark, Alaina J Ammit, Philip M Hansbro
BACKGROUND: Asthma is an allergic airway disease (AAD) caused by aberrant immune responses to allergens. Protein phosphatase-2A (PP2A) is an abundant serine/threonine phosphatase with anti-inflammatory activity. The ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS) controls many cellular processes, including the initiation of inflammatory responses by protein degradation. We assessed if enhancing PP2A activity with Fingolimod (FTY720) or 2-amino-4-(4-(heptyloxy) phenyl)-2-methylbutan-1-ol (AAL(S) ), or inhibiting proteasome activity with Bortezomib (BORT) could suppress experimental AAD...
May 24, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542701/two-separate-effects-contribute-to-regulatory-t-cell-defect-in-sle-patients-and-their-unaffected-relatives
#11
Nuno Costa, Oriana Marques, Sandra I Godinho, Cláudia Carvalho, Barbara Leal, Ana M Figueiredo, Carlos Vasconcelos, António Marinho, Maria F Moraes-Fontes, António Gomes da Costa, Cristina Ponte, Raquel Campanilho-Marques, Telma Cóias, Ana R Martins, João F Viana, Margarida Lima, Berta Martins, Constantin Fesel
FOXP3(+) regulatory T-cells (Tregs) are functionally deficient in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), characterized by reduced surface CD25 (the IL-2 receptor alpha chain). Low-dose IL-2 therapy is a promising current approach to correct this defect. To elucidate the origins of the SLE Treg phenotype, we studied its role through developmentally defined Treg subsets in 45 SLE patients, 103 SLE-unaffected first-degree relatives and 61 unrelated healthy control subjects, and genetic association with the CD25-encoding IL2RA locus...
May 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540653/il-2-and-il-15-dependent-thymic-development-of-foxp3-expressing-regulatory-t-lymphocytes
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REVIEW
Cécile Apert, Paola Romagnoli, Joost P M van Meerwijk
Immunosuppressive regulatory T lymphocytes (Treg) expressing the transcription factor Foxp3 play a vital role in the maintenance of tolerance of the immune-system to self and innocuous non-self. Most Treg that are critical for the maintenance of tolerance to self, develop as an independent T-cell lineage from common T cell precursors in the thymus. In this organ, their differentiation requires signals from the T cell receptor for antigen, from co-stimulatory molecules, as well as from cytokine-receptors. Here we focus on the cytokines implicated in thymic development of Treg, with a particular emphasis on the roles of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and IL-15...
May 24, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540630/surgery-for-malignant-lesions-of-the-chest-which-extensively-involved-the-mediastinum-lung-and-heart
#13
REVIEW
Yugo Tanaka, Daisuke Hokka, Hiroyuki Ogawa, Nahoko Shimizu, Takeshi Inoue, Hiroshi Tanaka, Yutaka Okita, Yoshimasa Maniwa
OBJECTIVE: Radical resection for thoracic malignancies that invade the great vessels or heart structure is an uncommon, high-risk operation. To help surgeons determine therapeutic strategy, we reviewed the patient characteristics and outcomes of combined thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for thoracic malignancies. METHODS: Surgical resections of lung cancer, mediastinal tumor and pulmonary artery sarcoma invading great vessels or heart structures were reviewed from the literature...
May 24, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539430/physiologic-thymic-involution-underlies-age-dependent-accumulation-of-senescence-associated-cd4-t-cells
#14
Kyosuke Sato, Aiko Kato, Miho Sekai, Yoko Hamazaki, Nagahiro Minato
Immune aging may underlie various aging-related disorders, including diminished resistance to infection, chronic inflammatory disorders, and autoimmunity. PD-1(+) and CD153(+) CD44(high) CD4(+) T cells with features of cellular senescence, termed senescence-associated T (SA-T) cells, increasingly accumulate with age and may play a role in the immune aging phenotype. In this article, we demonstrate that, compared with young mice, the aged mouse environment is highly permissive for spontaneous proliferation of transferred naive CD4(+) T cells, and it drives their transition to PD-1(+) and CD153(+) CD44(high) CD4(+) T cells after extensive cell divisions...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539428/cutting-edge-dual-tcr%C3%AE-expression-poses-an-autoimmune-hazard-by-limiting-regulatory-t-cell-generation
#15
Nathaniel J Schuldt, Jennifer L Auger, Justin A Spanier, Tijana Martinov, Elise R Breed, Brian T Fife, Kristin A Hogquist, Bryce A Binstadt
Despite accounting for 10-30% of the T cell population in mice and humans, the role of dual TCR-expressing T cells in immunity remains poorly understood. It has been hypothesized that dual TCR T cells pose an autoimmune hazard by allowing self-reactive TCRs to escape thymic selection. We revisited this hypothesis using the NOD murine model of type 1 diabetes. We bred NOD mice hemizygous at both TCRα and β (TCRα(+/-) β(+/-)) loci, rendering them incapable of producing dual TCR T cells. We found that the lack of dual TCRα expression skewed the insulin-specific thymocyte population toward greater regulatory T (Treg) cell commitment, resulting in a more tolerogenic Treg to conventional T cell ratio and protection from diabetes...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538498/ghrelin-protects-the-thymic-epithelium-from-conditioning-regimen-induced-damage-and-promotes-the-restoration-of-cd4-t-cells-in-mice-after-bone-marrow-transplantation
#16
Jingxia Xu, Junyu S Zhu, Xianyu Tian, Qixin Sun, Jianhui Xu, Yuxian Huang, Yingzhi He, Zhiwei Huang, Bingyi Wu
BACKGROUND: The delay in immune reconstitution after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), especially a delay in central immune reconstitution, leads to opportunistic infections and disease relapse after transplantation and affects the long-term outcome of HSCT. This delay is mainly attributable to thymic damage after myeloablative chemotherapy and radiotherapy METHODS: We established a model of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in mice and administered ghrelin (GRL) 7 days before the conditioning regimen or the day after BMT...
May 24, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538410/extrapleural-solitary-fibrous-tumor-in-thymic-area-a-case-report
#17
Eun Kyung Jung, Young Yoon Kim, Dong Hoon Lee, Kyung Hwa Lee, Joon Kyoo Lee
RATIONALE: Solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is a rare benign soft tissue mesenchymal neoplasm. There have been a few reports of extrapleural SFTs although it can occur anywhere in the body. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 30-year-old male presented with an anterior neck mass since one month. DIAGNOSES: Based on physical and radiologic examination, preliminary differential diagnosis was thymic neoplasm or intrathoracic goiter. INTERVENTIONS: We performed surgical excision of the neck mass...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536901/increased-epithelial-free-areas-in-thymuses-with-altered-ephb-mediated-thymocyte-thymic-epithelial-cell-interactions
#18
Javier García-Ceca, Sara Montero-Herradón, David Alfaro, Agustín G Zapata
Epithelial-free areas, present in both thymic cortex and medulla, have been studied in WT and EphB-deficient mice that have important alterations in the development of thymic epithelium due to the lack of proper thymocyte-thymic epithelial cell interactions. In both WT and mutant thymuses, the number and size of epithelial-free areas are significantly larger in the medulla than in the cortex. The two parameters show a reverse correlation: low numbers of these areas course with large epithelial-free areas and vice versa...
May 24, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536579/peripherally-induced-regulatory-t-cells-recruited-protectors-of-the-central-nervous-system-against-autoimmune-neuroinflammation
#19
REVIEW
Andrew Jones, Daniel Hawiger
Defects in regulatory T cells (Treg cells) aggravate multiple sclerosis (MS) after its onset and the absence of Treg cell functions can also exacerbate the course of disease in an animal model of MS. However, autoimmune neuroinflammation in many MS models can be acutely provoked in healthy animals leading to an activation of encephalitogenic T cells despite the induction of immune tolerance in the thymus including thymically produced (t)Treg cells. In contrast, neuroinflammation can be ameliorated or even completely prevented by the antigen-specific Treg cells formed extrathymically in the peripheral immune system (pTreg cells) during tolerogenic responses to relevant neuronal antigens...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535636/-characteristics-of-distribution-and-quantity-of-dendritic-cells-subtypes-in-hyperplastic-thymus-in-patients-with-myasthenia-gravis
#20
H Huang, P Chen, C Y Ou, L Qiu, Z Z Lin, Z D Huang, W B Liu
Objective: To investigate the characteristics of the distribution and amount of different subtypes of dendritic cell (DC) in myasthenia gravis(MG). Methods: We collected the thymic specimens from 32 patients who received thymoctomy because of cardiac surgery from January 2016 to December 2016 and selected 14 of them as normal control. Meantime, 61 MG patients who combined with thymic hyperplasia and received extended thymectomy were collected and selected 8 of them as experiment group.Immunohistochemical methods were used to label the two subtype DCs: plasmacytoid dendritic cell (pDC) and classical/conventional dendritic cell (cDC), to observe the distribution of these two DC subtypes in thymus and also quantify them in different thymus structures by image analysis software...
May 23, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
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