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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163772/increased-cflip-expression-in-thymic-epithelial-tumors-blocks-autophagy-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signalling
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Djeda Belharazem, Albert Grass, Cornelia Paul, Mario Vitacolonna, Berthold Schalke, Ralf J Rieker, Daniel Körner, Philipp Jungebluth, Katja Simon-Keller, Peter Hohenberger, Eric M Roessner, Karsten Wiebe, Thomas Gräter, Thomas Kyriss, German Ott, Peter Geserick, Martin Leverkus, Philipp Ströbel, Alexander Marx
The anti-apoptotic cellular FLICE-like inhibitory protein cFLIP plays a pivotal role in normal tissues homoeostasis and the development of many tumors, but its role in normal thymus (NT), thymomas and thymic carcinomas (TC) is largely unknown. Expression, regulation and function of cFLIP were analyzed in biopsies of NT, thymomas, thymic squamous cell carcinomas (TSCC), thymic epithelial cells (TECs) derived thereof and in the TC line 1889c by qRT-PCR, western blot, shRNA techniques, and functional assays addressing survival, senescence and autophagy...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163765/b-cells-regulate-thymic-cd8-t-cell-differentiation-in-lupus-prone-mice
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Chen Xing, Gaizhi Zhu, He Xiao, Ying Fang, Xiaoling Liu, Gencheng Han, Guojiang Chen, Chunmei Hou, Beifen Shen, Yan Li, Ning Ma, Renxi Wang
Previous studies have shown that under normal physiological conditions thymic B cells play a critical function in T cell negative selection. We tested the effect of thymic B cells on thymic T-cell differentiation in autoimmune diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We found that thymic B cells and CD8(-) CD4(+) and CD4(-)CD8(+)T cells increased, whereas CD4(+)CD8(+)T cells decreased in lupus-prone mice. Once B cells were reduced, the change was reversed. Furthermore, we found that B cells blocked thymic immature single positive (ISP) CD4(-)CD8(+)CD3(lo/-)RORγt(-) T cells progression into CD4(+)CD8(+)T cells...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163553/ppargamma-deficiency-counteracts-thymic-senescence
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David Ernszt, Krisztina Banfai, Zoltan Kellermayer, Attila Pap, Janet M Lord, Judit E Pongracz, Krisztian Kvell
Thymic senescence contributes to increased incidence of infection, cancer and autoimmunity at senior ages. This process manifests as adipose involution. As with other adipose tissues, thymic adipose involution is also controlled by PPARgamma. This is supported by observations reporting that systemic PPARgamma activation accelerates thymic adipose involution. Therefore, we hypothesized that decreased PPARgamma activity could prevent thymic adipose involution, although it may trigger metabolic adverse effects...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163492/t-cell-composition-of-the-lymph-node-is-associated-with-the-risk-for-early-rejection-after-renal-transplantation
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Burç Dedeoglu, Nicolle H R Litjens, Annelies E de Weerd, Frank Jmf Dor, Mariska Klepper, Derek Reijerkerk, Carla C Baan, Michiel G H Betjes
Background: The T-cell composition within the lymph node (LN) of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients differs from the composition within the circulation. Activation of the alloreactive T-cell response within secondary lymphoid organs is important after organ transplantation. However, to date no data are present on LN T-cell subsets and the risk for acute rejection after kidney transplantation. Methods: T cells from LNs of ESRD patients were analyzed for frequency of recent thymic emigrants, relative telomere length, expression of differentiation markers, and were related to the development of early acute rejection (EAR), occurring within 3 months after renal transplantation (RT)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163195/members-of-bitter-taste-receptor-cluster-tas2r143-tas2r135-tas2r126-are-expressed-in-the-epithelium-of-murine-airways-and-other-non-gustatory-tissues
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Shuya Liu, Shun Lu, Rui Xu, Ann Atzberger, Stefan Günther, Nina Wettschureck, Stefan Offermanns
The mouse bitter taste receptors Tas2r143, Tas2r135, and Tas2r126 are encoded by genes that cluster on chromosome 6 and have been suggested to be expressed under common regulatory elements. Previous studies indicated that the Tas2r143/Tas2r135/Tas2r126 cluster is expressed in the heart, but other organs had not been systematically analyzed. In order to investigate the expression of this bitter taste receptor gene cluster in non-gustatory tissues, we generated a BAC (bacterial artificial chromosome) based transgenic mouse line, expressing CreERT2 under the control of the Tas2r143 promoter...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162901/microrna-449a-modulates-medullary-thymic-epithelial-cell-differentiation
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Pengfei Chen, Haohao Zhang, Xiaohua Sun, Yiming Hu, Wenxia Jiang, Zhanjie Liu, Sanhong Liu, Xiaoren Zhang
Medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs) ectopically express a diversity of peripheral tissue-restricted antigens (PTAs) and provide unique cues for the expansion, maturation and selection of a repertoire of functionally diverse T lymphocytes. Genetic deletion of all mature microRNAs in thymic epithelial cells (TECs) results in premature thymic involution, progressive disorganisation of the thymic epithelium, and alteration in thymic T cell lineage commitment, consequently eliciting autoimmune disorders. In the present study, we identified that microRNA-449a (miR-449a), a member of miR-449 cluster, regulated mTEC differentiation...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162511/the-thymidylate-synthase-enhancer-region-tser-polymorphism-increases-the-risk-of-thymic-lymphoid-hyperplasia-in-patients-with-myasthenia-gravis
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Angela Lopomo, Roberta Ricciardi, Anna De Rosa, Melania Guida, Michelangelo Maestri, Marco Lucchi, Franca Melfi, Alfredo Mussi, Lucia Migliore, Fabio Coppedè
BACKGROUND: Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is caused, in approximately 80% of the patients, by autoantibodies against the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR). The disease is often associated with pathological changes of the thymus: thymic epithelial tumours are present in about 10-20% of the patients, while up to 80% of the patients with early disease onset have thymic hyperplasia. Folate metabolism is required for the production of DNA precursors and for proper DNA methylation reactions, and impaired folate metabolism has been often associated with cellular growth and cancer...
November 18, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162323/chemokine-mediated-choreography-of-thymocyte-development-and-selection
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Jessica N Lancaster, Yu Li, Lauren I R Ehrlich
As they differentiate, thymocytes encounter spatially restricted cues critical for differentiation and selection of a functional, self-tolerant T cell repertoire. Sequential migration of developing T cells through distinct thymic microenvironments is enforced by the ordered expression of chemokine receptors. Herein, we provide an updated perspective on T cell differentiation through the lens of recent advances that illuminate the dynamics of chemokine-driven thymocyte migration, localization, and interactions with stromal cells...
November 18, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161660/molecular-mechanisms-of-anti-inflammatory-effect-of-chrysophanol-an-active-component-of-ast2017-01-on-atopic-dermatitis-in-vitro-models
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Hyun-Ja Jeong, Hee-Yun Kim, Hyung-Min Kim
AST2017-01 mainly consists of Rumex crispus and -Cordyceps militaris and has been widely consumed as an herbal medicine or functional food in Korea. Here we investigated the influences of AST2017-01 and its active component, chrysophanol on human mast cell (HMC-1 cell) and human keratinocyte (HaCaT cell)-mediated inflammatory reactions. Pretreatment with AST2017-01 or chrysophanol suppressed intracellular calcium levels and histamine release in phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate and calcium ionophore A23187 (PMACI)-treated HMC-1 cells...
November 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160947/thymic-function-is-a-major-determinant-of-antibody-mediated-rejection-onset-in-heart-transplantation
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A Sannier, N Stroumza, G Caligiuri, M Le Borgne-Moynier, F Andreata, J Senemaud, L Louedec, G Even, A T Gaston, C Deschildre, A Couvelard, P Ou, R Cheynier, P Nataf, R Dorent, A Nicoletti
Thymic function progressively decreases with age but may be boosted in certain circumstances. We questioned whether heart transplantation was such a situation and whether the thymic function was related to the onset of rejection. Twenty-eight antithymocyte globulin-treated heart transplant recipients were included. Patients diagnosed for an antibody-mediated rejection on endomyocardial biopsy had higher proportion of circulating recent thymic emigrant CD4+ T cells and T cell receptor excision circle levels than other transplanted subjects...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156718/interleukin-31-and-thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-expression-in-plasma-and-lymph-node-from-hodgkin-lymphoma-patients
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Elisa Ferretti, Stefan Hohaus, Arianna Di Napoli, Beatrice Belmonte, Annarosa Cuccaro, Elisa Cupelli, Eugenio Galli, Vittoria Rufini, Gino Tripodi, Giulio Fraternali-Orcioni, Vito Pistoia, Anna Corcione
Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL) is a tumor of B-cell origin characterized by Hodgkin and Reed-Stenberg (H/RS) cells embedded in an inflammatory tissue where numerous cytokines/chemokines contribute to shape the microenvironment, leading to the typical clinical symptoms. We investigated: i) the expression of Interleukin-IL-31 (IL-31) and Thymic Stromal Lymphopoietin (TSLP), two Th2-related cytokines with tumor-promoting and pruritogenic functions, and of the respective receptors in HL invaded lymph nodes by flow cytometry, and ii) the potential association of IL-31/TSLP plasma concentrations with clinical characteristics by ELISA...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147447/rare-case-of-spinal-cord-compression-as-initial-presentation-of-thymic-carcinoma
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Prabhsimranjot Singh, Ankur Sinha, Sonali Malhotra, Abhinav Binod Chandra, William Solomon, Yiwu Huang
Thymic carcinomas are rare aggressive cancers with limited clinical trial data. Its usual treatment is surgical resection with variable response to chemotherapy and radiation. It usually presents as anterior mediastinal mass with late sequela of metastases to the lymph nodes, pleura and bones. We present of thymic carcinoma with a rare initial presentation of vertebral metastases causing spinal cord compression.
August 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146413/ct-fluoroscopy-guided-core-needle-biopsy-of-anterior-mediastinal-masses
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T Iguchi, T Hiraki, Y Matsui, H Fujiwara, J Sakurai, Y Masaoka, M Uka, T Tanaka, H Gobara, S Kanazawa
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively evaluate the safety, diagnostic yield, and risk factors of diagnostic failure of computed tomography (CT) fluoroscopy-guided biopsies of anterior mediastinal masses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Biopsy procedures and results of anterior mediastinal masses in 71 patients (32 women/39 men; mean [±standard deviation] age, 53.8±20.0years; range, 14-88years) were analyzed. Final diagnoses were based on surgical outcomes, imaging findings, or clinical follow-up findings...
November 13, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142256/quantitative-analysis-of-protein-protein-interactions-and-post-translational-modifications-in-rare-immune-populations
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Ayelet Avin, Maayan Levy, Ziv Porat, Jakub Abramson
In spite of recent advances in proteomics, quantitative analyses of protein-protein interactions (PPIs) or post-translational modifications (PTMs) in rare cell populations remain challenging. This is in particular true for analyses of rare immune and/or stem cell populations that are directly isolated from humans or animal models, and which are often characterized by multiple surface markers. To overcome these limitations, here we have developed proximity ligation imaging cytometry (PLIC), a protocol for proteomic analysis of rare cells...
November 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141868/geographic-clonal-tracking-in-macaques-provides-insights-into-hspc-migration-and-differentiation
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Chuanfeng Wu, Diego A Espinoza, Samson J Koelle, E Lake Potter, Rong Lu, Brian Li, Di Yang, Xing Fan, Robert E Donahue, Mario Roederer, Cynthia E Dunbar
The geographic distribution of hematopoiesis at a clonal level is of interest in understanding how hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) and their progeny interact with bone marrow (BM) niches during regeneration. We tagged rhesus macaque autologous HSPCs with genetic barcodes, allowing clonal tracking over time and space after transplantation. We found marked geographic segregation of CD34(+) HSPCs for at least 6 mo posttransplantation, followed by very gradual clonal mixing at different BM sites over subsequent months to years...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140280/trpv3-channel-in-keratinocytes-in-scars-with-post-burn-pruritus
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Chun Wook Park, Hyun Ji Kim, Yong Won Choi, Bo Young Chung, So-Youn Woo, Dong-Keun Song, Hye One Kim
Post-burn pruritus is a common and distressing sequela of burn scars. Empirical antipruritic treatments usually fail to have a satisfactory outcome because of their limited selectivity and possible side effects. Therefore, novel drug targets need to be identified. Here, we aimed to investigate the possible role of protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2) and transient receptor potential vanniloid 3 (TRPV3), along with the relation of TRPV3 to thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP). Specimens from normal (unscarred) or burn-scarred (with or without pruritus) tissue were obtained from burn patients for this study...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136317/il-7-receptor-heterogeneity-as-a-mechanism-for-repertoire-change-during-post-depletional-homeostatic-proliferation-and-its-relation-to-costimulation-blockade-resistant-rejection
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He Xu, Victoria A Bendersky, Todd V Brennan, Jaclyn R Espinosa, Allan D Kirk
Kidney transplant patients treated with belatacept without depletional induction experience higher rates of acute rejection compared to patients treated with conventional immunosuppression. Costimulation blockade-resistant rejection (CoBRR) is associated with terminally differentiated T cells. Alemtuzumab induction and belatacept/sirolimus immunotherapy effectively prevents CoBRR. We hypothesized that cells in late phases of differentiation would be selectively less capable of repopulating post-depletion than more naïve phenotypes, providing a potential mechanism by which lymphocyte depletion and repopulation could reduce the risk of CoBRR...
November 14, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129294/eosinophilic-esophagitis-pathophysiology-and-definition
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REVIEW
Frederic Clayton, Kathryn Peterson
Eosinophilic esophagitis is an adaptive immune response to patient-specific antigens, mostly foods. Eosinophilic esophagitis is not solely IgE-mediated and is likely characterized by Th2 lymphocytes with an impaired esophageal barrier function. The key cytokines and chemokines are thymic stromal lymphopoeitin, interleukin-13, CCL26/eotaxin-3, and transforming growth factor-β, all involved in eosinophil recruitment and remodeling. Chronic food dysphagia and food impactions, the feared late complications, are related in part to dense subepithelial fibrosis, likely induced by interleukin-13 and transforming growth factor-β...
January 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125185/thymus-involvement-in-early-onset-myasthenia-gravis
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REVIEW
Mélanie A Cron, Solène Maillard, José Villegas, Frédérique Truffault, Muriel Sudres, Nadine Dragin, Sonia Berrih-Aknin, Rozen Le Panse
It has long been established that the thymus plays a central role in autoimmune myasthenia gravis (MG) because of either thymoma or thymic hyperplasia of lymphoproliferative origin. In this review, we discuss thymic changes associated with thymic hyperplasia and their implications in the development of an autoimmune response against the acetylcholine receptor (AChR).The hyperplastic MG thymus displays all the characteristics of tertiary lymphoid organs (TLOs): neoangiogenic processes with high endothelial venule and lymphatic vessel development, chemokine overexpression favoring peripheral cell recruitment, and ectopic germinal center development...
November 10, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122948/microrna-regulation-of-type-2-innate-lymphoid-cell-homeostasis-and-function-in-allergic-inflammation
#20
Priti B Singh, Heather H Pua, Hannah C Happ, Christoph Schneider, Jakob von Moltke, Richard M Locksley, Dirk Baumjohann, K Mark Ansel
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) exert powerful effects on immunity through coordinate regulation of multiple target genes in a wide variety of cells. Type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are tissue sentinel mediators of allergic inflammation. We established the physiological requirements for miRNAs in ILC2 homeostasis and immune function and compared the global miRNA repertoire of resting and activated ILC2s and T helper type 2 (TH2) cells. After exposure to the natural allergen papain, mice selectively lacking the miR-17∼92 cluster in ILC2s displayed reduced lung inflammation...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
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