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Maria Krevvata, Xiaochuan Shan, Chenghui Zhou, Cedric Dos Santos, Georges Habineza Ndikuyeze, Anthony Secreto, Joshua Glover, Winifred Trotman, Gisela Brake-Silla, Selene Nunez-Cruz, Gerald Wertheim, Hyun-Jeong Ra, Elizabeth Griffiths, Charalampos Papachristou, Gwenn Danet-Desnoyers, Martin Carroll
Patient-derived xenotransplantation models of human myeloid diseases including acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms are essential for studying the disease's biology in pre-clinical studies. However, few studies have used these models for comparison purposes. Previous work has shown that acute myeloid leukemia blasts respond to human hematopoietic cytokines whereas myelodysplastic syndrome cells do not. We compared the engraftment of acute myeloid leukemia cells and myelodyplastic syndrome cells in NSG mice to NSG-S mice, which have transgene expression of human cytokines...
March 15, 2018: Haematologica
Bin Zhao, Jun-Jie Xia, Lu-Min Wang, Chang Gao, Jia-Li Li, Jia-Yin Liu, Qi-Jun Cheng, Chen Dai, Qi-Lin Ma, Zhong-Quan Qi, Ben-Hua Zhao
The role of arsenic trioxide (As2 O3 ) in inhibiting immune rejection and prolonging islet allograft survival has been identified in islet allotransplantation. This study aims to explore the role of As2 O3 in islet xenotransplantation and the action mechanism. The streptozotocin (STZ) was used in C57BL/6 mice to induce the type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) for xenotransplantation models establishment. Donor islets were isolated by digesting. The flow cytometry (FCM) was used to analyze lymphocyte types. The blood sugar level was detected by using intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT)...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Jan-Michael Abicht, Riccardo Sfriso, Bruno Reichart, Matthias Längin, Katja Gahle, Gisella L Puga Yung, Jörg D Seebach, Robert Rieben, David Ayares, Eckhard Wolf, Nikolai Klymiuk, Andrea Baehr, Alexander Kind, Tanja Mayr, Andreas Bauer
BACKGROUND: In pig-to-human xenotransplantation, early cellular rejection reactions are mediated by natural killer cells (NK cells). Human NK cells are inhibited by HLA-E via CD94/NKG2A receptors. To protect porcine grafts against human NK cell responses, transgenic GTKO pigs expressing hCD46 and HLA-E have been generated. The aim of this study was to test the effect of this genetic modification on xenogeneic, and in particular human NK cell response, using an ex vivo perfusion model of pig hearts with human blood...
March 14, 2018: Xenotransplantation
S N Shchelkunov, I A Razumov, I V Kolosova, A V Romashchenko, E L Zavjalov
The possibility of glioblastoma virotherapy at intravenous injection of the LIVP-GFP recombinant virus was studied in experimental model of orthotopic xenotransplantation of human glioblastoma cell line U87 to SCID laboratory mice. The LIVP-GFP recombinant virus deficient for thymidine kinase exhibited a significantly greater oncolytic capacity than the original LIVP virus, and an intravenous injection of LIVP-GFP at the early stages of tumorigenesis in mouse brain in most cases resulted in the lysis of the tumor...
January 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Jun Ma, Yiping Jia, Bingyan Liu, Shaoqiu Wu, Yan Cao, Xianjun Sun, Xiang Yin, Mingyi Shang, Aiwu Mao
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a lethal cancer associated with chronic inflammation that has increased in prevalence in recent decades. The dysregulated expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been detected in various types of malignancies, and depending on the target genes this can result in miRNAs functioning as tumor suppressors or oncogenes. In this study, we investigated the role of miR-124 in cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) and found that its expression was significantly downregulated in the tumor tissue of patients and in CCA cell lines...
March 9, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Carla C Baan
Developments in organ preservation techniques, novel immunosuppressants and improved diagnostics have made organ transplantation the success it is today. That does not mean that we are not still striving to perfect techniques, or that there are no more problems to solve. New strategies to address the donor organ shortage, prevent and manage antibody-mediated rejection, lower long-term allograft failure rates and reduce the toxicity of life-long immunosuppressive medication are urgently needed, and are being widely researched...
March 9, 2018: Transplantation
Takanori Marui, Hidehiko Fukahori, Tomoko Kawashima, Misato Ito, Masahiko Akamatsu, Yoko Kaneko, Fumie Takahashi, Sunao Imada, Tatsuaki Morokata
B cell-mediated antibodies play a critical role in protecting the body from infections; however, excessive antibody production is involved in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases and transplanted organ rejection. Regulation of antibody production is therefore crucial for overcoming these complications. Phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase p110δ (PI3Kδ), a member of the family of PI3K lipid kinases, is a key mediator of B cell activation and proliferation, with a small molecule PI3Kδ inhibitor having been approved for the treatment of B cell lymphoma...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Nataliya Rohr-Udilova, Eva Bauer, Gerald Timelthaler, Robert Eferl, Klaus Stolze, Matthias Pinter, Martha Seif, Hubert Hayden, Thomas Reiberger, Rolf Schulte-Hermann, Markus Peck-Radosavljevic, Dagmar Stoiber, Michael Trauner
Insufficient supplementation with the micronutrient selenium and persistent hepatic inflammation predispose to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Inflammation-associated reactive oxygen species attack membrane lipids and form lipid hydroperoxides able to propagate oxidative hepatic damage. Selenium-containing enzyme glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPx4) antagonizes this damage by reducing lipid hydroperoxides to respective hydroxides. However, the role of GPx4 in HCC remains elusive. We generated two human HCC cell lines with stable overexpression of GPx4, performed xenotransplantation into NOD...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Jay A Fishman
Hurdles exist to clinical xenotransplantation including potential infectious transmission from non-human species to xenograft recipients. In anticipation of clinical trials of xenotransplantation, the associated infectious risks have been investigated. Swine and immunocompromised humans share some potential pathogens. Swine herpesviruses including porcine cytomegalovirus (PCMV) and porcine lymphotropic herpesvirus (PLHV) are largely species-specific and do not, generally, infect human cells. Human cellular receptors exist for porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV) which infects certain human-derived cell lines in vitro...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Transplantation
Chien-Yu Huang, Chia-Hwa Lee, Chao-Chiang Tu, Chih-Hsiung Wu, Ming-Te Huang, Po-Li Wei, Yu-Jia Chang
Esophageal cancer is a worldwide health problem with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, new diagnostic biomarkers or therapeutic strategies for identifying and managing esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) are urgently needed. Glucose-regulated protein 94 (GRP94) is one of major endoplasmic reticulum-stress response proteins that plays a key role in cancer progression and therapeutic responses. However, the role of GRP94 in ESCC progression and metastasis remains unclear. The tissue array results indicated that higher GRP94 expression levels were associated with lower overall survival and higher lympho-node metastasis...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Anukul Taweechaipaisankul, Geon A Kim, Jun-Xue Jin, Su Cheong Yeom, Byeong Chun Lee
Due to their close similarities with humans in anatomy, physiology and genetics and handling advantages, miniature pigs are becoming a very attractive model for biomedical research. The purpose of this study was to establish and evaluate blood type O cells derived from Korean native pig (KNP), a typical miniature pig breed in Korea. Total 10 cell lines derived from 8 KNP piglets, adult KNP female pig (kidney and ear tissues) were established. To confirm the blood type O, genomic DNA, fucosyltransferase (FUT) expression and immunofluorescence staining were examined...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Science
Steven M Garcia, Stanley Tamaki, Solomon Lee, Alvin Wong, Anthony Jose, Joanna Dreux, Gayle Kouklis, Hani Sbitany, Rahul Seth, P Daniel Knott, Chase Heaton, William R Ryan, Esther A Kim, Scott L Hansen, William Y Hoffman, Jason H Pomerantz
Investigation of human muscle regeneration requires robust methods to purify and transplant muscle stem and progenitor cells that collectively constitute the human satellite cell (HuSC) pool. Existing approaches have yet to make HuSCs widely accessible for researchers, and as a result human muscle stem cell research has advanced slowly. Here, we describe a robust and predictable HuSC purification process that is effective for each human skeletal muscle tested and the development of storage protocols and transplantation models in dystrophin-deficient and wild-type recipients...
February 15, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
David K C Cooper, H Iwase, L Wang, T Yamamoto, Qi Li, J Li, H Zhou, H Hara
BACKGROUND: There is a continuing critical shortage of organs from deceased human donors for transplantation, particularly for patients awaiting kidney transplantation. Efforts are being made to resolve the donor kidney shortage by the transplantation of kidneys from genetically-engineered pigs. SUMMARY: This review outlines the pathobiological barriers to pig organ xenotransplantation in primates, which include (i) antibody-dependent complement-mediated rejection, (ii) a T cell-mediated elicited antibody and cellular response, (iii) coagulation dysregulation between pigs and primates, and (iv) a persistent inflammatory response...
January 26, 2018: Blood Purification
Elena Viganò, Jay Gunawardana, Anja Mottok, Tessa Van Tol, Katina Mak, Fong Chun Chan, Lauren Chong, Elizabeth Chavez, Bruce Woolcock, Katsuyoshi Takata, David Twa, Hennady P Shulha, Adèle Telenius, Olga Kutovaya, Stacy S Hung, Shannon Healy, Susana Ben-Neriah, Karen Leroy, Philippe Gaulard, Arjan Diepstra, Robert Kridel, Kerry J Savage, Lisa Rimsza, Randy Gascoyne, Christian Steidl
Primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma (PMBCL) is a distinct subtype of diffuse large B cell lymphoma thought to arise from thymic medullary B cells. Gene mutations underlying the molecular pathogenesis of the disease are incompletely characterized. Here, we describe novel somatic IL4R mutations in 15 out of 62 primary cases of PMBCL (24.2%) and in all PMBCL-derived cell lines tested. The majority of mutations (11/21; 52%) were hotspot single nucleotide variants in exon 8 leading to an I242N amino acid change in the transmembrane domain...
February 21, 2018: Blood
Christophe Praud, Karine Vauchez, Pascal Zongo, Jean-Thomas Vilquin
Cell transplantation has been challenged in several clinical indications of genetic or acquired muscular diseases, but therapeutic success were mitigated. To understand and improve the yields of tissue regeneration, we aimed at modelling the fate of CD56-positive human myoblasts after transplantation. Using immunodeficient severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice as recipients, we assessed the survival, integration and satellite cell niche occupancy of human myoblasts by a triple immunohistochemical labelling of laminin, dystrophin and human lamin A/C...
February 16, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Ander Abarrategi, Syed A Mian, Diana Passaro, Kevin Rouault-Pierre, William Grey, Dominique Bonnet
Xenotransplantation of patient-derived samples in mouse models has been instrumental in depicting the role of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells in the establishment as well as progression of hematological malignancies. The foundations for this field of research have been based on the development of immunodeficient mouse models, which provide normal and malignant human hematopoietic cells with a supportive microenvironment. Immunosuppressed and genetically modified mice expressing human growth factors were key milestones in patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models, highlighting the importance of developing humanized microenvironments...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Anna Buermann, Stoyan Petkov, Björn Petersen, Rabea Hein, Andrea Lucas-Hahn, Wiebke Baars, Antje Brinkmann, Heiner Niemann, Reinhard Schwinzer
BACKGROUND: The programmed cell death-1 (PD-1, CD279)/PD-Ligand1 (PD-L1, CD274) receptor system is crucial for controlling the balance between immune activation and induction of tolerance via generation of inhibitory signals. Expression of PD-L1 is associated with reduced immunogenicity and renders cells and tissues to an immune-privileged/tolerogenic state. METHODS: To apply this concept for clinical xenotransplantation, we generated human (h)PD-L1 transgenic pigs and characterized expression and biological function of the transgene at the cellular level...
February 15, 2018: Xenotransplantation
Chengjiang Zhao, David K C Cooper, Yifan Dai, Hidetaka Hara, Zhiming Cai, Lisha Mou
Antibody-mediated rejection is a barrier to the clinical application of xenotransplantation, and xenoantigens play an important role in this process. Early research suggested that N-acetyl-D-galactosamine (GalNAc) could serve as a potential xenoantigen. GalNAc is the immunodominant glycan of the Sda antigen. Recently, knockout of β1,4-N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase 2 (β1,4GalNAcT-II) from the pig results in a decrease in binding of human serum antibodies to pig cells. It is believed that this is the result of the elimination of the GalNAc on the Sda antigen, which is catalyzed by the enzyme, β1,4GalNAcT-II...
February 11, 2018: Xenotransplantation
Jung-Sik Kim, Hyunwoo Chung, Nari Byun, Seong-Jun Kang, Sunho Lee, Jun-Seop Shin, Chung-Gyu Park
Pancreatic islet transplantation is an ultimate solution for treating patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D). The pig is an ideal donor of islets for replacing scarce human islets. Besides immunological hurdles, non-immunological hurdles including fragmentation and delayed engraftment of porcine islets need solutions to succeed in porcine islet xenotransplantation. In this study, we suggest a simple but effective modality, a cell/islet co-localizing composite, to overcome these challenges. Endothelial-like mesenchymal stem cells (EMSCs), differentiated from bone-marrow derived mouse mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), and MSCs evenly coated the surface of porcine islets (>85%) through optimized culture conditions...
February 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Beth M French, Selin Sendil, Krishna Mohan Sepuru, Jolene Ranek, Lars Burdorf, Donald Harris, Emily Redding, Xiangfei Cheng, Christopher T Laird, Yuming Zhao, Benjamin Cerel, Krishna Rajarathnam, Richard N Pierson, Agnes M Azimzadeh
BACKGROUND: Human neutrophils are sequestered by pig lung xenografts within minutes during ex vivo perfusion. This phenomenon is not prevented by pig genetic modifications that remove xeno-antigens or added human regulatory molecules intended to down-regulate activation of complement and coagulation pathways. This study investigated whether recipient and donor interleukin-8 (IL-8), a chemokine known to attract and activate neutrophils during inflammation, is elaborated in the context of xenogeneic injury, and whether human or pig IL-8 promote the adhesion of human neutrophils in in vitro xenograft models...
February 9, 2018: Xenotransplantation
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