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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810552/anti-cxcl4-monoclonal-antibody-accelerates-telogen-to-anagen-transition-and-attenuates-apoptosis-of-the-hair-follicle-in-mice
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Wen Guan, Xiaolan Yu, Jingjing Li, Qing Deng, Yang Zhang, Jing Gao, Peng Xia, Yunsheng Yuan, Jin Gao, Liang Zhou, Wei Han, Yan Yu
Although hair loss or alopecia is a common disease, its exact mechanisms are not yet well understood. The present study investigated the hypothesis that the homeostatic regulation of genes during hair regeneration may participate in hair loss, based on the cyclicity of hair growth. A cluster of such genes was identified by an expression gene-array from the dorsal skin in a depilated mouse model, and CXCL4 was identified as a significantly regulated gene during the hair regeneration process. To elucidate the function of CXCL4 in hair growth, CXCL4 activity was blocked by the administration of an anti-CXCL4 monoclonal antibody (mAb)...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782046/circulating-loxl2-levels-reflect-severity-of-intestinal-fibrosis-and-galt-cd4-t-lymphocyte-depletion-in-treated-hiv-infection
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Sophie Seang, Anoma Somasunderam, Maitreyee Nigalye, Ma Somsouk, Timoty W Schacker, Joyce L Sanchez, Peter W Hunt, Netanya S Utay, Jordan E Lake
BACKGROUND: Incomplete immune reconstitution may occur despite successful antiretroviral therapy (ART). Gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) fibrosis may contribute via local CD4(+) T lymphocyte depletion, intestinal barrier disruption, microbial translocation, and immune activation. METHODS: In a cross-sectional analysis, we measured circulating fibrosis biomarker levels on cryopreserved plasma from adult HIV-infected (HIV+) SCOPE study participants on suppressive ART who also had fibrosis quantification on recto-sigmoid biopsies...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730919/an-update-on-biomarker-discovery-and-use-in-systemic-sclerosis
#3
Takashi Matsushita, Kazuhiko Takehara
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by excessive extracellular matrix deposition in the skin and internal organs. Three major abnormalities, autoimmunity, vasculopathy, and fibrosis, are considered to play important roles in the pathophysiology of SSc. SSc is a heterogeneous disease with clinical features, disease progress, therapeutic response, and prognosis. Therefore, identification of biomarkers, which can predict the course of the disease, is required for the progress of clinical practice...
July 25, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599423/induction-of-cathepsin-b-by-the-cxcr3-chemokines-cxcl9-and-cxcl10-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
#4
Holger Bronger, Anne Karge, Tobias Dreyer, Daniela Zech, Sara Kraeft, Stefanie Avril, Marion Kiechle, Manfred Schmitt
Cathepsin B (CTSB) is a lysosomal cysteine protease that has been linked to the progression of breast cancer, for example by activation of other proteases and tumor-promoting cytokines, thereby supporting tumor invasion and metastasis. Previously, it was shown that CTSB cleaves and inactivates C-X-C motif chemokine receptor 3 (CXCR3) chemokines. As CXCR3 ligands have been demonstrated to induce proteases in cancer cells, the present study hypothesized that they may also affect CTSB in breast cancer cells. The results demonstrated that the human breast cancer tumor cell lines MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 express the CXCR3 splice variants A and B and CTSB...
June 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559424/c-x-c-motif-chemokine-receptor-3-splice-variants-differentially-activate-beta-arrestins-to-regulate-downstream-signaling-pathways
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Jeffrey S Smith, Priya Alagesan, Nimit K Desai, Thomas F Pack, Jiao-Hui Wu, Asuka Inoue, Neil J Freedman, Sudarshan Rajagopal
Biased agonism, the ability of different ligands for the same receptor to selectively activate some signaling pathways while blocking others, is now an established paradigm for G protein-coupled receptor signaling. One group of receptors in which endogenous bias is critical is the chemokine system, consisting of over 50 ligands and 20 receptors that bind one another with significant promiscuity. We have previously demonstrated that ligands for the same receptor can cause biased signaling responses. The goal of this study was to identify mechanisms that could underlie biased signaling between different receptor splice variants...
August 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544777/the-prognostic-significance-of-circulating-serum-amyloid-a-and-cxc-chemokine-ligand-4-in-osteosarcoma
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Ricardo J Flores, Aaron J Kelly, Yiting Li, Xiang Chen, Colin McGee, Mark Krailo, Donald A Barkauskas, John Hicks, Tsz-Kwong Man
BACKGROUND: Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common pediatric bone cancer.  Despite advances in treatment regimens, the survival rate remains 60-70%.  There is an urgent need to identify prognostic biomarkers, so that targeted therapies can be developed to improve the outcome. PROCEDURE: Our laboratory has previously identified that circulating serum amyloid A (SAA) and CXC chemokine ligand 4 (CXCL4) are upregulated in patients with OS.  In this study, we tested if they could be used as prognostic biomarkers...
May 24, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530237/anti-platelet-factor-4-polyanion-antibodies-mediate-a-new-mechanism-of-autoimmunity
#7
Thi-Huong Nguyen, Nikolay Medvedev, Mihaela Delcea, Andreas Greinacher
Antibodies recognizing complexes of the chemokine platelet factor 4 (PF4/CXCL4) and polyanions (P) opsonize PF4-coated bacteria hereby mediating bacterial host defense. A subset of these antibodies may activate platelets after binding to PF4/heparin complexes, causing the prothrombotic adverse drug reaction heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). In autoimmune-HIT, anti-PF4/P-antibodies activate platelets in the absence of heparin. Here we show that antibodies with binding forces of approximately 60-100 pN activate platelets in the presence of polyanions, while a subset of antibodies from autoimmune-HIT patients with binding forces ≥100 pN binds to PF4 alone in the absence of polyanions...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515281/cxcl4-exposure-potentiates-tlr-driven-polarization-of-human-monocyte-derived-dendritic-cells-and-increases-stimulation-of-t-cells
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Sandra C Silva-Cardoso, Alsya J Affandi, Lotte Spel, Marta Cossu, Joel A G van Roon, Marianne Boes, Timothy R D J Radstake
Chemokines have been shown to play immune-modulatory functions unrelated to steering cell migration. CXCL4 is a chemokine abundantly produced by activated platelets and immune cells. Increased levels of circulating CXCL4 are associated with immune-mediated conditions, including systemic sclerosis. Considering the central role of dendritic cells (DCs) in immune activation, in this article we addressed the effect of CXCL4 on the phenotype and function of monocyte-derived DCs (moDCs). To this end, we compared innate and adaptive immune responses of moDCs with those that were differentiated in the presence of CXCL4...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476896/altered-cargo-proteins-of-human-plasma-endothelial-cell-derived-exosomes-in-atherosclerotic-cerebrovascular-disease
#9
Edward J Goetzl, Janice B Schwartz, Maja Mustapic, Iryna V Lobach, Richard Daneman, Erin L Abner, Gregory A Jicha
Plasma endothelial cell-derived exosomes (EDEs) and platelet-derived exosomes (PDEs) were precipitated and enriched separately by immunospecific absorption procedures for analyses of cargo proteins relevant to atherosclerosis. EDEs had usual exosome size and marker protein content, and significantly higher levels than PDEs of the endothelial proteins vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase, whereas PDEs had significantly higher levels of platelet glycoprotein VI. EDE levels of VCAM-1, von Willebrand factor, platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB, angiopoietin-1, and lysyl oxidase-2 and the cerebrovascular-selective proteins glucose transporter 1, permeability-glycoprotein, and large neutral amino acid transporter 1 were significantly higher for 18 patients with cerebrovascular disease (CeVD) than for 18 age- and gender-matched control subjects...
May 5, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454880/expression-of-negative-immune-regulatory-molecules-pro-inflammatory-chemokine-and-cytokines-in-immunopathology-of-ecm-developing-mice
#10
Ashwin V Khandare, Deepali Bobade, Mangesh Deval, Tushar Patil, Bhaskar Saha, D Prakash
The pathological events in human cerebral malaria are mimicked in the experimental cerebral malaria (ECM) in Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PBA)-infected C57BL/6 mice. Although previously implied in ECM, the kinetics of cytokines and chemokines expression-an essential functional feature for defining causality in ECM development-remained untested. Herein, we characterized the immunopathological changes and the expression of negative immune regulatory molecules, cytokines and chemokines through asymptomatic (3days after infection, 3dpi), symptomatic (5dpi) and ECM (7dpi) stages in PBA-infected C57BL/6 mice...
April 25, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446981/role-of-cxc-group-chemokines-in-lung-cancer-development-and-progression
#11
Artjoms Spaks
BACKGROUND: Clinical and translational research on lung cancer patients undergoing surgical treatment can provide valuable scientific data and unique opportunity to study tumor microenvironment. CXC chemokines, which are members of a big family of cytokines, are undoubtedly involved in tumor growth regulation and metastasizing pathways. For better understanding of CXC chemokine involvement in the process of carcinogenesis we have studied the cohort of early stage non-small cell lung cancer patients undergoing surgery with curative intent...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381538/chemokine-interactome-mapping-enables-tailored-intervention-in-acute-and-chronic-inflammation
#12
Philipp von Hundelshausen, Stijn M Agten, Veit Eckardt, Xavier Blanchet, Martin M Schmitt, Hans Ippel, Carlos Neideck, Kiril Bidzhekov, Julian Leberzammer, Kanin Wichapong, Alexander Faussner, Maik Drechsler, Jochen Grommes, Johanna P van Geffen, He Li, Almudena Ortega-Gomez, Remco T A Megens, Ronald Naumann, Ingrid Dijkgraaf, Gerry A F Nicolaes, Yvonne Döring, Oliver Soehnlein, Esther Lutgens, Johan W M Heemskerk, Rory R Koenen, Kevin H Mayo, Tilman M Hackeng, Christian Weber
Chemokines orchestrate leukocyte trafficking and function in health and disease. Heterophilic interactions between chemokines in a given microenvironment may amplify, inhibit, or modulate their activity; however, a systematic evaluation of the chemokine interactome has not been performed. We used immunoligand blotting and surface plasmon resonance to obtain a comprehensive map of chemokine-chemokine interactions and to confirm their specificity. Structure-function analyses revealed that chemokine activity can be enhanced by CC-type heterodimers but inhibited by CXC-type heterodimers...
April 5, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368308/chemokine-cxcl7-heterodimers-structural-insights-cxcr2-receptor-function-and-glycosaminoglycan-interactions
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Aaron J Brown, Prem Raj B Joseph, Kirti V Sawant, Krishna Rajarathnam
Chemokines mediate diverse fundamental biological processes, including combating infection. Multiple chemokines are expressed at the site of infection; thus chemokine synergy by heterodimer formation may play a role in determining function. Chemokine function involves interactions with G-protein-coupled receptors and sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAG). However, very little is known regarding heterodimer structural features and receptor and GAG interactions. Solution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and molecular dynamics characterization of platelet-derived chemokine CXCL7 heterodimerization with chemokines CXCL1, CXCL4, and CXCL8 indicated that packing interactions promote CXCL7-CXCL1 and CXCL7-CXCL4 heterodimers, and electrostatic repulsive interactions disfavor the CXCL7-CXCL8 heterodimer...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355185/myeloid-progenitor-cluster-formation-drives-emergency-and-leukaemic-myelopoiesis
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Aurélie Hérault, Mikhail Binnewies, Stephanie Leong, Fernando J Calero-Nieto, Si Yi Zhang, Yoon-A Kang, Xiaonan Wang, Eric M Pietras, S Haihua Chu, Keegan Barry-Holson, Scott Armstrong, Berthold Göttgens, Emmanuelle Passegué
Although many aspects of blood production are well understood, the spatial organization of myeloid differentiation in the bone marrow remains unknown. Here we use imaging to track granulocyte/macrophage progenitor (GMP) behaviour in mice during emergency and leukaemic myelopoiesis. In the steady state, we find individual GMPs scattered throughout the bone marrow. During regeneration, we observe expanding GMP patches forming defined GMP clusters, which, in turn, locally differentiate into granulocytes. The timed release of important bone marrow niche signals (SCF, IL-1β, G-CSF, TGFβ and CXCL4) and activation of an inducible Irf8 and β-catenin progenitor self-renewal network control the transient formation of regenerating GMP clusters...
April 6, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323919/steroids-regulate-cxcl4-in-the-human-endometrium-during-menstruation-to-enable-efficient-endometrial-repair
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Jacqueline A Maybin, Uma Thiruchelvam, Mayank Madhra, Philippa T K Saunders, Hilary O D Critchley
Context: Repair of the endometrial surface at menstruation must be efficient to minimize blood loss and optimize reproductive function. The mechanism and regulation of endometrial repair remain undefined. Objective: To determine the presence/regulation of CXCL4 in the human endometrium as a putative repair factor at menses. Patients/Setting: Endometrial tissue was collected throughout the menstrual cycle from healthy women attending the gynecology department...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319310/cxcl4-is-a-novel-nickel-binding-protein-and-augments-nickel-allergy
#16
T Kuroishi, K Bando, Y Tanaka, K Shishido, M Kinbara, T Ogawa, K Muramoto, Y Endo, S Sugawara
BACKGROUND: Nickel (Ni) is the most frequent metal allergen and induces a TH1 -dependent type-IV allergy. Although Ni(2+) is considered to bind to endogenous proteins, it currently remains unclear whether these Ni-binding proteins are involved in Ni allergy in vivo. We previously reported the adjuvant effects of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in a Ni allergy mouse model. As LPS induces a number of inflammatory mediators, we hypothesized that Ni-binding protein(s) are also induced by LPS. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to purify and identify Ni-binding protein(s) from serum taken from LPS-injected mice (referred as LPS serum) and examined the augmenting effects of these Ni-binding protein(s) on Ni allergy in an in vivo model...
March 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298564/proteomic-analysis-of-sera-from-individuals-with-diffuse-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-reveals-a-multianalyte-signature-associated-with-clinical-improvement-during-imatinib-mesylate-treatment
#17
D James Haddon, Hannah E Wand, Justin A Jarrell, Robert F Spiera, Paul J Utz, Jessica K Gordon, Lorinda S Chung
OBJECTIVE: Imatinib has been investigated for the treatment of systemic sclerosis (SSc) because of its ability to inhibit the platelet-derived growth factor receptor and transforming growth factor-β signaling pathways, which have been implicated in SSc pathogenesis. In a 12-month open-label clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of imatinib in the treatment of diffuse cutaneous SSc (dcSSc), significant improvements in skin thickening were observed. Here, we report our analysis of sera collected during the clinical trial...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187313/il-20-contributes-to-low-grade-inflammation-and-weight-gain-in-the-psammomys-obesus
#18
Helena Cucak, Lise Høj Thomsen, Alexander Rosendahl
The metabolic syndrome has been demonstrated in gene deficient animals, e.g. db/db mice, to include a systemic inflammation leading to insulin resistance, obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D). To determine the importance of inflammation in obesity and diabetes, in a normal non-genetically modified species, an intervention study with neutralizing anti-IL-20 antibodies was conducted in the spontaneous T2D model Psammomys obesus. All IL-20 receptor chains were expressed on protein level in the Psammomys obesus. Neutralization of IL-20 did not modulate blood glucose, HbA1c, insulin levels or lymphocyte numbers after five weeks treatment although a trend to reduced weight gain rate was observed upon anti-IL-20 treatment...
April 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120850/critical-role-of-cxcl4-in-the-lung-pathogenesis-of-influenza-h1n1-respiratory-infection
#19
L Guo, K Feng, Y C Wang, J J Mei, R T Ning, H W Zheng, J J Wang, G S Worthen, X Wang, J Song, Q H Li, L D Liu
Annual epidemics and unexpected pandemics of influenza are threats to human health. Lung immune and inflammatory responses, such as those induced by respiratory infection influenza virus, determine the outcome of pulmonary pathogenesis. Platelet-derived chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 4 (CXCL4) has an immunoregulatory role in inflammatory diseases. Here we show that CXCL4 is associated with pulmonary influenza infection and has a critical role in protecting mice from fatal H1N1 virus respiratory infection. CXCL4 knockout resulted in diminished viral clearance from the lung and decreased lung inflammation during early infection but more severe lung pathology relative to wild-type mice during late infection...
January 25, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038680/changes-in-plasma-cxcl4-levels-are-associated-with-improvements-in-lung-function-in-patients-receiving-immunosuppressive-therapy-for-systemic-sclerosis-related-interstitial-lung-disease
#20
Elizabeth R Volkmann, Donald P Tashkin, Michael D Roth, Philip J Clements, Dinesh Khanna, Daniel E Furst, Maureen Mayes, Julio Charles, Chi-Hong Tseng, Robert M Elashoff, Shervin Assassi
BACKGROUND: Increased circulatory levels of the chemokine CXCL4 have been associated with the presence of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in an observational study of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between baseline CXCL4 level and extent of ILD in the context of a randomized controlled trial and to determine whether changes in CXCL4 levels in response to immunosuppression are associated with future progression of SSc-ILD...
December 30, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
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