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Pedro Gonçalves, Marco Ferrarini, Carmen Molina-Paris, Grant Lythe, Florence Vasseur, Annik Lim, Benedita Rocha, Orly Azogui
During thymic T cell differentiation, TCR repertoires are shaped by negative, positive and agonist selection. In the thymus and in the periphery, repertoires are also shaped by strong inter-clonal and intra-clonal competition to survive death by neglect. Understanding the impact of these events on the T cell repertoire requires direct evaluation of TCR expression in peripheral naïve T cells. Several studies have evaluated TCR diversity, with contradictory results. Some of these studies had intrinsic technical limitations since they used material obtained from T cell pools, preventing the direct evaluation of clone sizes...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211334/adsorption-capacity-of-multiple-dna-sources-to-clay-minerals-and-environmental-soil-matrices-less-than-previously-estimated
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Courtney M Gardner, Claudia K Gunsch
The cultivation and consumption of transgenic crops continues to be a widely debated topic, as the potential ecological impacts are not fully understood. In particular, because antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) have historically been used as selectable markers in the genetic engineering of transgenic crops, it is important to determine if the genetic constructs found in decomposing transgenic crops persist long enough in the environment and if they can be transferred horizontally to indigenous microorganisms...
February 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210201/therapeutic-effect-of-astragalus-polysaccharides-on-hepatocellular-carcinoma-h22-bearing-mice
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Xiaoyu Lai, Weibiao Xia, Jing Wei, Xinghong Ding
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of astragalus polysaccharides (APSs), active constituents of astragalus, in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and their potential as a promising candidate for future anticancer drug development. Astragalus polysaccharide was administered at different doses to HCC H22-bearing mice to investigate their antitumor effects. Results revealed that APS inhibited the growth of H22 cells with a tumor inhibition rate in the APS 400 mg·kg(-1) group of 59...
January 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209904/noninvasive-imaging-of-human-immune-responses-in-a-human-xenograft-model-of-graft-versus-host-disease
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Catharina H M J Van Elssen, Mohammad Rashidian, Vladimir Vrbanac, Kai W Wucherpfennig, Zeina El Habre, Jana Sticht, Christian Freund, Johanne Jacobsen, Juanjo Cragnolini, Jessica Ingram, Loes Plaisier, Eric Spierings, Andrew M Tager, Hidde Ploegh
The immune system plays a crucial role in many diseases. Activation or suppression of immunity is often related to clinical outcome. Methods to explore the dynamics of immune responses are important to elucidate their role in conditions characterized by inflammation, such as infectious disease, cancer or auto-immunity. Immuno-PET is a non-invasive method by which disease and immune cell infiltration can be explored simultaneously. Using radiolabeled antibodies or fragments derived from them, it is possible to image disease-specific antigens and immune cell subsets...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209479/subacute-immunotoxicity-of-the-marine-phycotoxin-yessotoxin-in-rats
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Sara F Ferreiro, Natalia Vilariño, Cristina Carrera, M Carmen Louzao, Germán Santamarina, Antonio G Cantalapiedra, J Manuel Cifuentes, Andrés C Vieira, Luis M Botana
Yessotoxin (YTX) is a marine phycotoxin produced by dinoflagellates and accumulated in filter feeding shellfish. YTX content in shellfish is regulated by many food safety authorities to protect human health, although currently no human intoxication episodes have been unequivocally related to YTX presence in food. The immune system has been proposed as one of the target organs of YTX due to alterations of lymphoid tissues and cellular and humoral components. The aim of the present study was to explore subacute immunotoxicity of YTX in rats by evaluating the hematological response, inflammatory cytokine biomarkers and the presence of YTX-induced structural alterations in the spleen and thymus...
February 13, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208073/temporal-regulation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-is-important-for-invariant-nkt-cell-development-and-terminal-maturation
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Kalyani Pyaram, Jyoti Misra Sen, Cheong-Hee Chang
The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway plays important roles during various cellular functions including survival and proliferation of immune cells. The critical role of this pathway in conventional T cell development is established but little is known about its contributions to innate T cell development. In this study, we found that β-catenin level, an indication of the strength of Wnt/β-catenin signaling, is regulated during invariant NKT (iNKT) cell development. β-catenin levels were greatly increased during iNKT cell selection from double positive thymocytes to Stage 0 of iNKT cell development and during subsequent development to Stage 1...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205538/complement-component-5-promotes-lethal-thrombosis
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Tomohiro Mizuno, Kengo Yoshioka, Masashi Mizuno, Mie Shimizu, Fumihiko Nagano, Tomoyuki Okuda, Naotake Tsuboi, Shoichi Maruyama, Tadashi Nagamatsu, Masaki Imai
Extracellular histones promote platelet aggregation and thrombosis; this is followed by induction of coagulation disorder, which results in exhaustion of coagulation factors. Complement component 5 (C5) is known to be associated with platelet aggregation and coagulation system activation. To date, the pathological mechanism underlying liver injury has remained unclear. Here, we investigated whether C5 promotes liver injury associated with histone-induced lethal thrombosis. C5-sufficient and C5-deficient mice received single tail vein injections of purified, unfractionated histones obtained from calf thymus (45-75 μg/g)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198542/ceramide-synthase-2-facilitates-s1p-dependent-egress-of-thymocytes-into-the-circulation-in-mice
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Michael Rieck, Christiane Kremser, Katarzyna Jobin, Elisabeth Mettke, Christian Kurts, Markus Gräler, Klaus Willecke, Waldemar Kolanus
Well-defined gradients of the lipid mediator sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) direct chemotactic egress of mature thymocytes from the thymus into the circulation. Although it is known that these gradients result from low S1P levels in the thymic parenchyma and high S1P concentrations at the exit sites and in the plasma, the biochemical mechanisms that regulate these differential S1P levels remain unclear. Several studies demonstrated that ceramide synthase 2 (Cers2) regulates the levels of the S1P precursor sphingosine...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196891/insights-into-immune-system-development-and-function-from-mouse-t-cell-repertoires
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Zachary Sethna, Yuval Elhanati, Chrissy S Dudgeon, Curtis G Callan, Arnold J Levine, Thierry Mora, Aleksandra M Walczak
The ability of the adaptive immune system to respond to arbitrary pathogens stems from the broad diversity of immune cell surface receptors. This diversity originates in a stochastic DNA editing process (VDJ recombination) that acts on the surface receptor gene each time a new immune cell is created from a stem cell. By analyzing T-cell receptor (TCR) sequence repertoires taken from the blood and thymus of mice of different ages, we quantify the changes in the VDJ recombination process that occur from embryo to young adult...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196761/effect-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-vaccination-on-t-lymphocyte-changes-in-male-rats
#10
Shiping Su, Xiuhong Zhou, Xiaorong Zhang, Fuigui Fang
The aim of this study was to detect the effect of immunization against gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) on cell-meditated immunity. Three-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=32) were randomly and equally assigned to two groups: 1) GnRH-tandem-ovalbumin immunized group; and 2) the control group (injected with an equivalent Al(OH)3 adjuvant). Blood samples were collected at two-week intervals to assess the level of GnRH-specific antibodies and testosterone. Moreover, blood and thymus samples were also collected to analyze the T lymphocyte subpopulations one and two months after the last booster immunization...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195554/fetal-thymus-size-in-pregnant-women-with-diabetic-diseases
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Ria Dörnemann, Raphael Koch, Ute Möllmann, Maria Karina Falkenberg, Mareike Möllers, Walter Klockenbusch, Ralf Schmitz
AIM: The aim of our study was to assess fetal thymus size in diabetic pregnancies compared with normal pregnancies. METHODS: Sonographic fetal thymus size was retrospectively assessed in 161 pregnancies with maternal diabetes and in 161 uncomplicated pregnancies matched by gestational age. The anteroposterior thymic and the intrathoracic mediastinal diameter were measured and the quotient was calculated [thymic-thoracic ratio (TT-ratio)]. In addition, we defined the quotient of the anteroposterior thymic diameter and the head circumference as thymus-head ratio (TH-ratio)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194759/association-of-peripheral-nk-cell-counts-with-helios-ifny-tregs-in-patients-with-good-long-term-renal-allograft-function
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Karina Trojan, Li Zhu, Mostafa Aly, Rolf Weimer, Nuray Bulut, Christian Morath, Gerhard Opelz, Volker Daniel
BACKGROUND: Little is known about a possible interaction of NK cells with Tregs in long-term stable kidney transplant recipients. METHODS: Absolute counts of lymphocyte and Treg subsets were studied in whole blood samples of 136 long-term stable renal transplant recipients and 52 healthy controls using eight-color-fluorescence flow cytometry. Patients were 1946±2201 days (153-10268 days) posttransplant and showed a serum creatinine of 1.7±0.7 mg/dl. RESULTS: Renal transplant recipients investigated >1...
February 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191538/lipodystrophy-hiv-related-and-fgf21-a-new-marker-to-follow-the-progression-of-lipodystrophy
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Stefano Benedini, Livio Luzi
Recently new evidence about fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) highlights the opportunities to use this molecule in new pharmaceutical formulations to combat type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. It is well known that HIV is per se a condition of insulin resistance and in particular the patient with HIV-related lipodystrophy has a condition strictly related to metabolic syndrome. Lipodystrophy is associated with severe metabolic side effects, including dyslipidemia, hepatic insulin resistance, and lipid oxidation impairment...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190926/malignant-mast-cell-tumor-of-the-thymus-in-an-royal-college-of-surgeons-rcs-rat
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Yui Terayama, Tetsuro Matsuura, Kiyokazu Ozaki
A 152-week-old male Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) rat kept as a non-treated animal in a long-term animal study presented with a soft mass in the anterior mediastinum, which adhered to the pleura of the lung. Histopathologically, the mass mainly consisted of round to short spindle-shaped tumor cells that had infiltrated through the hyperplastic thymic tissue. The tumor cells were arranged in loose to dense sheets. Nuclei were moderate in size and round to spindle-shaped, with small nucleoli. Almost all tumor cells exhibited abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm, including eosinophilic granules of a range of sizes...
January 2017: Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188820/involvement-of-adenosine-a3-receptors-in-the-chemotactic-navigation-of-macrophages-towards-apoptotic-cells
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Gergely Joós, Judit Jákim, Beáta Kiss, Regina Szamosi, Tamás Papp, Szabolcs Felszeghy, Tibor Sághy, Gábor Nagy, Zsuzsa Szondy
The first step in the clearance of apoptotic cells is chemotactic migration of macrophages towards the apoptotic cells guided by find-me signals provided by the dying cells. Upon sensing the chemotactic signals, macrophages release ATP. ATP is then degraded to ADP, AMP and adenosine to trigger purinergic receptors concentrated at the leading edge of the cell. Previous studies have shown that in addition to the chemotactic signals, this purinergic autocrine signaling is required to amplify and translate chemotactic signals into directional motility...
February 8, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188245/roquin-paralogs-differentially-regulate-functional-nkt-cell-subsets
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Christoph Drees, J Christoph Vahl, Sabrina Bortoluzzi, Klaus D Heger, Julius C Fischer, F Thomas Wunderlich, Christian Peschel, Marc Schmidt-Supprian
NKT cells represent a small subset of glycolipid-recognizing T cells that are heavily implicated in human allergic, autoimmune, and malignant diseases. In the thymus, precursor cells recognize self-glycolipids by virtue of their semi-invariant TCR, which triggers NKT cell lineage commitment and maturation. During their development, NKT cells are polarized into the NKT1, NKT2, and NKT17 subsets, defined through their cytokine-secretion patterns and the expression of key transcription factors. However, we have largely ignored how the differentiation into the NKT cell subsets is regulated...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185259/ips-cell-derived-gamete-associated-proteins-gaps-incite-rejection-of-ipscs-in-syngeneic-mice
#17
Eun-Mi Kim, Gohar Manzar, Nicholas Zavazava
The safety of iPS cells (iPSCs) in autologous recipients has been questioned after iPSCs, but not ES cells (ESCs), were reported to be rejected in syngeneic mice. This important topic has remained controversial because there has not been a mechanistic explanation for this phenomenon. Here, we hypothesized that iPSCs, but not ESCs, readily differentiate into gamete-forming cells that express meiotic antigens normally found in immune-privileged gonads. Because peripheral blood T cells are not tolerized to these antigens in the thymus, gamete-associated-proteins (GAPs) sensitize T cells leading to rejection...
February 10, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182011/tak1-regulates-resident-macrophages-by-protecting-lysosomal-integrity
#18
Yosuke Sakamachi, Sho Morioka, September R Mihaly, Giichi Takaesu, Julie F Foley, Michael B Fessler, Jun Ninomiya-Tsuji
Hematopoietic cell survival and death is critical for development of a functional immune system. Here, we report that a protein kinase, TAK1, is selectively required for resident macrophage integrity during embryogenesis. Hematopoietic lineage-specific deletion of Tak1 gene (Tak1(HKO)) caused accumulation of cellular debris in the thymus in perinatal mice. Although no overt alteration in thymocytes and blood myeloid populations was observed in Tak1(HKO) mice, we found that thymic and lung macrophages were diminished...
February 9, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180109/multiple-thymoma-with-myasthenia-gravis
#19
Dong Hyun Seo, Sukki Cho
The actual incidence of multiple thymoma is unknown and rarely reported because it remains controversial whether the cases represent a disease of multicentric origin or a disease resulting from intrathymic metastasis. In this case, a patient underwent total thymectomy for multiple thymoma with myasthenia gravis via bilateral video-assisted thoracic surgery. A well-encapsulated multinodular cystic mass, measuring 57 mm×50 mm×22 mm in the right lobe of the thymus, and a well-encapsulated mass, measuring 32 mm×15 mm×14 mm in the left lobe, were found...
February 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179532/a-murine-herpesvirus-closely-related-to-ubiquitous-human-herpesviruses-causes-t-cell-depletion
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Swapneel J Patel, Guoyan Zhao, Vinay R Penna, Eugene Park, Elvin J Lauron, Ian B Harvey, Wandy L Beatty, Beatrice Plougastel-Douglas, Jennifer Poursine-Laurent, Daved H Fremont, David Wang, Wayne M Yokoyama
Mouse models of human herpesvirus infections The human roseoloviruses HHV6A, HHV6B, and HHV7 comprise the Roseolovirus genus of the human Betaherpesvirinae subfamily. Infections with these viruses have been implicated in many diseases; however, it has been challenging to establish infections with Roseoloviruses as direct drivers of pathology because they are nearly ubiquitous and display species-specific tropism. Furthermore, controlled study of infection has been hampered by the lack of experimental models, and until now, a mouse roseolovirus has not been identified...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
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