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Valentino Le Noci, Michele Sommariva, Monica Tortoreto, Nadia Zaffaroni, Manuela Campiglio, Elda Tagliabue, Andrea Balsari, Lucia Sfondrini
Due to their constant exposure to inhaled antigens, lungs represent a particularly immunosuppressive environment that limits excessive immune responses; however, cancer cells can exploit this unique environment for their growth. We previously described the ability of aerosolized CpG-ODN combined with Poly(I:C) (TLR9 and TLR3 agonists, respectively) to promote antitumor immunity in a B16 melanoma lung metastasis model. Here, we explored the possibility of improving the therapeutic efficacy of TLR9/TLR3 agonist combinations by including in the inhalant either an antibody directed to both Ly6G and Ly6C markers to locally deplete myeloid-derived suppressive cells (MDSCs) or IFNα to directly activate the natural killer (NK) and macrophage innate immune cells in the lung...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Kumaraswamy Naidu Chitrala, Prakash Nagarkatti, Mitzi Nagarkatti
Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the common mental ailments that is triggered by exposure to traumatic events. Till date, the molecular factors conferring risk to the development of PTSD is not well understood. In this study, we have conducted a meta-analysis followed by hierarchical clustering and functional enrichment, to uncover the potential molecular networks and critical genes which play an important role in PTSD. Two datasets of expression profiles from Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells from 62 control samples and 63 PTSD samples were included in our study...
2016: PloS One
Rhiannon Heslop, Adama L Bojang, Sheikh Jarju, Joseph Mendy, Sarah Mulwa, Ousman Secka, Francis S Mendy, Olumuyiwa Owolabi, Beate Kampmann, Jayne S Sutherland
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) has overtaken HIV as the biggest infectious disease killer, with the majority of deaths occurring in sub-Saharan Africa. However it is unknown how differences in bacterial load alter host immune profiles in the sputum and blood of TB patients. METHODS: 16S ribosomal RNA analysis was used to determine bacterial load in sputum samples obtained from 173 patients with active TB (57 pre-treatment and 116 post-treatment). Host analyte concentrations in sputum and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) antigen stimulated whole blood assay supernatants were analysed using multiplex cytokine arrays...
2016: PloS One
Shane A Curran, Justin A Shyer, Erin T St Angelo, Lillian R Talbot, Sneh Sharma, David J Chung, Glenn Heller, Katharine C Hsu, Brian C Betts, James W Young
Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitors have achieved positive responses in myeloproliferative neoplasms, but at the expense of decreased natural killer (NK) cell numbers and compromised function. Selective JAK2 inhibition may also have a role in preventing and treating graft-versus-host disease after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Although JAK inhibitors can impair monocyte-derived dendritic cell (moDC) activation and function and suppress effector T-cell responses, the effects on NK cells and the relevant mechanisms remain undefined...
December 6, 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
Petra Cerkovnik, Barbara Jezeršek Novaković, Vida Stegel, Srdjan Novaković
In our previous studies, it has been demonstrated that in more than 80% of mice long-lasting antitumor immunity has been established following intraperitoneal (i.p.) vaccination with tumor vaccine composed of irradiated syngeneic tumor cells and CpG ODNs class C. The aim of this study was, therefore, to investigate molecular mechanisms through which this vaccine triggers the immunity and to define genes particularly involved in this process. Changes in gene expression were followed in mononuclear cells isolated from peritoneal lavages, spleens and bone marrow samples...
November 2016: Molecular Immunology
Tobias M Gorges, Andra Kuske, Katharina Röck, Oliver Mauermann, Volkmar Müller, Sven Peine, Karl Verpoort, Vendula Novosadova, Mikael Kubista, Sabine Riethdorf, Klaus Pantel
BACKGROUND: Transcriptome analysis of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) holds great promise to unravel the biology of cancer cell dissemination and identify expressed genes and signaling pathways relevant to therapeutic interventions. METHODS: CTCs were enriched based on their EpCAM expression (CellSearch(®)) or by size and deformability (Parsortix(TM)), identified by EpCAM and/or pan-keratin-specific antibodies, and isolated for single cell multiplex RNA profiling...
November 2016: Clinical Chemistry
Shanieek Lawrence, Samuel T Pellom, Anil Shanker, Margaret M Whalen
Tributyltin (TBT), a toxic environmental contaminant, has been widely utilized for various industrial, agricultural and household purposes. Its usage has led to a global contamination and its bioaccumulation in aquatic organisms and terrestrial mammals. Previous studies suggest that TBT has debilitating effects on the overall immune function of animals, rendering them more vulnerable to diseases. TBT (at concentrations that have been detected in human blood) alters secretion of inflammatory cytokines from human lymphocytes ex vivo...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotoxicology
Ana Montalban-Arques, Philipp Wurm, Slave Trajanoski, Silvia Schauer, Sabine Kienesberger, Bettina Halwachs, Christoph Högenauer, Cord Langner, Gregor Gorkiewicz
Corpus-dominant lymphocytic gastritis (LyG) is characterized by CD8(+) T-cell infiltration of the stomach epithelium by a so far uncharacterized mechanism. Although Helicobacter pylori is typically undetectable in LyG, patients respond to H. pylori antibiotic eradication therapy, suggesting a non-H. pylori microbial trigger for the disease. Comparative microbiota analysis of specimens from LyG, H. pylori gastritis and healthy controls precluded involvement of H. pylori in LyG but identified Propionibacterium acnes as a possible disease trigger...
December 2016: Journal of Pathology
Rashmi Supriya, Bjorn T Tam, Xiao M Pei, Christopher W Lai, Lawrence W Chan, Benjamin Y Yung, Parco M Siu
Anti-cancer agent doxorubicin (DOX) has been demonstrated to worsen insulin signaling, engender muscle atrophy, trigger pro-inflammation, and induce a shift to anaerobic glycolytic metabolism in skeletal muscle. The myotoxicity of DOX in diabetic skeletal muscle remains largely unclear. This study examined the effects of DOX on insulin signaling, muscle atrophy, pro-/anti-inflammatory microenvironment, and glycolysis metabolic regulation in skeletal muscle of db/db diabetic and db/+ non-diabetic mice. Non-diabetic db/+ mice and diabetic db/db mice were randomly assigned to the following groups: db/+CON, db/+DOX, db/dbCON, and db/dbDOX...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Yufei Wang, Durdana Rahman, Mukesh Mistry, Thomas Lehner
Immunological memory is a fundamental function of vaccination. The antigenic breakdown products of the vaccine may not persist, and undefined tonic stimulation has been proposed to maintain the specific memory. We have suggested that cellular stress agents to which the immune cells are constantly exposed may be responsible for tonic stimulation. Here we have studied four stress agents: sodium arsenite, an oxidative agent; Gramicidin, eliciting K(+) efflux and calcium influx; dithiocarbamate, a metal ionophore; and aluminum hydroxide (alum), an immunological adjuvant...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Andrew L Doedens, Mark P Rubinstein, Emilie T Gross, J Adam Best, David H Craig, Megan K Baker, David J Cole, Jack D Bui, Ananda W Goldrath
Despite clinical potential and recent advances, durable immunotherapeutic ablation of solid tumors is not routinely achieved. IL15 expands natural killer cell (NK), natural killer T cell (NKT) and CD8(+) T-cell numbers and engages the cytotoxic program, and thus is under evaluation for potentiation of cancer immunotherapy. We found that short-term therapy with IL15 bound to soluble IL15 receptor α-Fc (IL15cx; a form of IL15 with increased half-life and activity) was ineffective in the treatment of autochthonous PyMT murine mammary tumors, despite abundant CD8(+) T-cell infiltration...
September 2, 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
J Teler, M Tarnowski, K Safranow, A Maciejewska, M Sawczuk, V Dziedziejko, S Sluczanowska-Glabowska, A Pawlik
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a glucose intolerance that occurs during pregnancy. Several studies suggest that inflammation contributes to pregnancy-induced insulin resistance and the development of glucose intolerance. The aim of this study is to examine the association between the CCL2, CCL5, IL4 and IL15 gene polymorphisms and the development of GDM. This study included 411 pregnant women who underwent a 75 g oral glucose tolerance test at 24-28 weeks of gestation. Participants were categorised into 2 groups according to results of the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)...
July 29, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Theodore P Ciaraldi, Alexander J Ryan, Sunder R Mudaliar, Robert R Henry
Skeletal muscle secretes factors, termed myokines. We employed differentiated human skeletal muscle cells (hSMC) cultured from Type 2 diabetic (T2D) and non-diabetic (ND) subjects to investigate the impact of T2D on myokine secretion. Following 24 hours of culture concentrations of selected myokines were determined to range over 4 orders of magnitude. T2D hSMC released increased amounts of IL6, IL8, IL15, TNFa, Growth Related Oncogene (GRO)a, monocyte chemotactic protein (MCP)-1, and follistatin compared to ND myotubes...
2016: PloS One
Michael Camilleri, Paula Carlson, Nelson Valentin, Andres Acosta, Jessica O'Neill, Deborah Eckert, Roy Dyer, Jie Na, Eric W Klee, Joseph A Murray
Prior studies in with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) patients showed immune activation, secretion, and barrier dysfunction in jejunal or colorectal mucosa. We measured mRNA expression by RT-PCR of 91 genes reflecting tight junction proteins, chemokines, innate immunity, ion channels, transmitters, housekeeping genes, and controls for DNA contamination and PCR efficiency in small intestinal mucosa from 15 IBS-D and 7 controls (biopsies negative for celiac disease). Fold change was calculated using 2((-ΔΔCT)) formula...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Xiao Liang, Min Luo, Xia-Wei Wei, Cui-Cui Ma, Yu-Han Yang, Bin Shao, Yan-Tong Liu, Ting Liu, Jun Ren, Li Liu, Zhi-Yao He, Yu-Quan Wei
Interleukin-15 has been implicated as a promising cytokine for cancer immunotherapy, while folate receptor α (FRα) has been shown to be a potentially useful target for colon cancer therapy. Herein, we developed F-PLP/pIL15, a FRα-targeted lipoplex loading recombinant interleukin-15 plasmid (pIL15) and studied its antitumor effects in vivo using a CT26 colon cancer mouse model. Compared with control (normal saline) treatment, F-PLP/pIL15 significantly suppressed tumor growth in regard to tumor weight (P < 0...
August 9, 2016: Oncotarget
Małgorzata Dawidowska, Maria Kosmalska, Łukasz Sędek, Aleksandra Szczepankiewicz, Magdalena Twardoch, Alicja Sonsala, Bronisława Szarzyńska-Zawadzka, Katarzyna Derwich, Monika Lejman, Katarzyna Pawelec, Agnieszka Obitko-Płudowska, Katarzyna Pawińska-Wąsikowska, Kinga Kwiecińska, Andrzej Kołtan, Agnieszka Dyla, Władysław Grzeszczak, Jerzy R Kowalczyk, Tomasz Szczepański, Ewa Ziętkiewicz, Michał Witt
Minimal residual disease (MRD) enables reliable assessment of risk in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). However, little is known on association between MRD status and germline genetic variation. We examined 159 Caucasian (Slavic) patients with pediatric ALL, treated according to ALL-IC-BFM 2002/2009 protocols, in search for association between 23 germline polymorphisms and MRD status at day 15, day 33 and week 12, with adjustment for MRD-associated clinical covariates. Three variants were significantly associated with MRD: rs1544410 in VDR (MRD-day15); rs1051266 in RFC (MRD-day33, MRD-week12), independently and in an additive effect with rs10519613 in IL15 (MRD-day33)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Héctor Cordero, Manuela Mauro, Alberto Cuesta, Matteo Cammarata, María Ángeles Esteban
Skin is the first barrier of defense on fish, which is crucial to protection against different stressors, including pathogens. Skin samples obtained from dorsal and ventral part of Sparus aurata specimens were incubated with Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida (a pathogen for this fish species), with Shewanella putrefaciens Pdp11 (a probiotic bacteria isolated from healthy gilthead seabream skin) or with both bacteria. The gene expression profile of nine cytokines (il1b, tnfa, il6, il7, il8, il15, il18, il10 and tgfb) was studied by qPCR in all the skin samples...
September 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Jun-Feng Ye, Yuan-Qiang Lin, Xiu-Hua Yu, Ming-Yuan Liu, Yang Li
The effective antitumor immune responses are dependent on coordinate interaction of various effector cells. Thus, the combination of adoptive immunotherapy and target gene therapy is capable of efficiently generating a productive antitumor immune response. We investigated whether combination of cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells adoptive immunotherapy and CCL21/IL15 armed oncolytic adenovirus could induce the enhanced antitumor activity. The CCL21/IL15 co-expression oncolytic adenoviruses were constructed by using the AdEasy system, which uses homologous recombination with shuttle plasmids and full length Ad backbones...
September 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Jérôme Nicod, Robert W Davies, Na Cai, Carl Hassett, Leo Goodstadt, Cormac Cosgrove, Benjamin K Yee, Vikte Lionikaite, Rebecca E McIntyre, Carol Ann Remme, Elisabeth M Lodder, Jennifer S Gregory, Tertius Hough, Russell Joynson, Hayley Phelps, Barbara Nell, Clare Rowe, Joe Wood, Alison Walling, Nasrin Bopp, Amarjit Bhomra, Polinka Hernandez-Pliego, Jacques Callebert, Richard M Aspden, Nick P Talbot, Peter A Robbins, Mark Harrison, Martin Fray, Jean-Marie Launay, Yigal M Pinto, David A Blizard, Connie R Bezzina, David J Adams, Paul Franken, Tom Weaver, Sara Wells, Steve D M Brown, Paul K Potter, Paul Klenerman, Arimantas Lionikas, Richard Mott, Jonathan Flint
Two bottlenecks impeding the genetic analysis of complex traits in rodents are access to mapping populations able to deliver gene-level mapping resolution and the need for population-specific genotyping arrays and haplotype reference panels. Here we combine low-coverage (0.15×) sequencing with a new method to impute the ancestral haplotype space in 1,887 commercially available outbred mice. We mapped 156 unique quantitative trait loci for 92 phenotypes at a 5% false discovery rate. Gene-level mapping resolution was achieved at about one-fifth of the loci, implicating Unc13c and Pgc1a at loci for the quality of sleep, Adarb2 for home cage activity, Rtkn2 for intensity of reaction to startle, Bmp2 for wound healing, Il15 and Id2 for several T cell measures and Prkca for bone mineral content...
August 2016: Nature Genetics
O S Nepsha, I V Nikitina, A E Donnikov, A A Bystritsky, S M Mullabaeva, S V Pavlovich, N V Aleksandrova
The expression of immune response gene mRNA in the umbilical and venous blood were compared in newborns of the first day of life with and without signs of infection. The expression of il1b, il6, il8, il10, il12a, il15, il18, tnfa, tgfb1, tbx21, gata3, foxp3, rorc2, cd45, cd68, cd69, tlr2, tlr4, tlr9, and mmp8 mRNA was evaluated in umbilical and venous blood cells of newborns by reverse transcription real time PCR. In full-term newborns without signs of infection, the expression of il8, tlr2, tlr4, and mmp8 in venous blood was higher than in umbilical blood, while in preterm newborns, the levels of mmp8 transcript were elevated while the levels of tlr9, cd45, and gata3 were reduced...
April 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
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