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Dmitrijs Rots, Madara Kreile, Sergejs Nikulshin, Zhanna Kovalova, Linda Gailite
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood malignancy. Modern treatment protocols allow achievement of long-term event-free survival rates in up to 85% of cases, although the treatment response varies among different patient groups. It is hypothesized that treatment response is influenced by the IL15 gene variations, although research results are conflicting. To analyze IL15 gene variations influence treatment response, clinical course and the risk of developing ALL we performed a case-control and family-based study...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Hao Shi, Alexander Munk, Thomas S Nielsen, Morgan R Daughtry, Louise Larsson, Shize Li, Kasper F Høyer, Hannah W Geisler, Karolina Sulek, Rasmus Kjøbsted, Taylor Fisher, Marianne M Andersen, Zhengxing Shen, Ulrik K Hansen, Eric M England, Zhiyong Cheng, Kurt Højlund, Jørgen F P Wojtaszewski, Xiaoyong Yang, Matthew W Hulver, Richard F Helm, Jonas T Treebak, David E Gerrard
OBJECTIVE: Given that cellular O-GlcNAcylation levels are thought to be real-time measures of cellular nutrient status and dysregulated O-GlcNAc signaling is associated with insulin resistance, we evaluated the role of O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT), the enzyme that mediates O-GlcNAcylation, in skeletal muscle. METHODS: We assessed O-GlcNAcylation levels in skeletal muscle from obese, type 2 diabetic people, and we characterized muscle-specific OGT knockout (mKO) mice in metabolic cages and measured energy expenditure and substrate utilization pattern using indirect calorimetry...
February 24, 2018: Molecular Metabolism
Jens H W Pahl, Joachim Koch, Jana-Julia Gotz, Annette Arnold, Uwe Reusch, Thorsten Gantke, Erich Rajkovic, Martin S Treder, Adelheid Cerwenka
CD16A is a potent cytotoxicity receptor on human NK cells, which can be exploited by therapeutic bispecific antibodies. So far, the effects of CD16A-mediated activation on NK cell effector functions beyond classical antibody-dependent cytotoxicity have remained poorly elucidated. Here, we investigated NK cell responses after exposure to therapeutic antibodies such as the tetravalent bispecific antibody AFM13 (CD30/CD16A), designed for the treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma and other CD30+ lymphomas. Our results reveal that CD16A engagement enhanced subsequent IL2 and IL15¬-driven NK cell proliferation and expansion...
March 7, 2018: Cancer Immunology Research
Lara A Aqrawi, Janicke Liaaen Jensen, Gunnvor Øijordsbakken, Ann-Kristin Ruus, Ståle Nygård, Marit Holden, Roland Jonsson, Hilde Kanli Galtung, Kathrine Skarstein
A characteristic feature of primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is the destruction of salivary and lacrimal glands mediated by mononuclear cell infiltration. Adipocytes can also occupy a large portion of the salivary gland (SG) tissue area, although little is known about their significance in pSS. We have previously investigated adipose tissue infiltration in SG biopsies from pSS patients and non-SS sicca controls. Our findings indicated the distinct incidence of adipose tissue replacement in pSS patients, where adipocytes were detected in interleukin (IL) 6 rich regions...
March 5, 2018: Autoimmunity
Joo-Young Park, Davinna L Ligons, Jung-Hyun Park
IL-15 is a cytokine of the common γ-chain family that is critical for natural killer (NK), invariant natural killer T ( i NKT), and CD8 memory T cell development and homeostasis. The role of IL-15 in regulating effector T cell subsets, however, remains incompletely understood. IL-15 is mostly expressed by stromal cells, myeloid cells, and dendritic cells (DCs). Whether T cells themselves can express IL-15, and if so, whether such T cell-derived IL-15 could play an autocrine role in T cells are interesting questions that were previously addressed but answered with mixed results...
February 2018: Immune Network
Bárbara Yasmin Gueuvoghlanian-Silva, Patrick Bellelis, Denise Frediani Barbeiro, Camila Hernandes, Sergio Podgaec
The aim of this study was to evaluate Treg and NK cells related cytokines in deep infiltrating endometriosis lesions and its relationship with clinical symptoms of the disease. mRNA expression of Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGFB), Interleukin (IL)10, Interferon Gamma (IFNG), IL7, and IL15 was analyzed by Real-Time PCR in eutopic endometrium and rectosigmoid lesions from 11 women with deep infiltrating endometriosis and in eutopic endometrium from 11 healthy women. IL10, IFNG, and IL7 expression was significantly higher in endometriotic bowel lesions than in eutopic endometrium from women with endometriosis...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Shiyun Xiao, Wen Zhang, Nancy R Manley
The postnatal thymus is an efficient microenvironment for T cell specification and differentiation. B cells are also present in the thymus and have been recently shown to impact T cell selection, however, the mechanisms controlling B cell development in the thymus are largely unknown. In Foxn1lacZ mutant mice, down-regulation of Foxn1 expression in thymic epithelial cells beginning 1 week after birth caused a dramatic reduction of T progenitors and an increase of B cell progenitors. This time point is coincident with the switch from fetal to adult-type hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which is regulated by the Lin28-Let7 system...
2018: PloS One
Vincent Yi Sheng Oei, Marta Siernicka, Agnieszka Graczyk-Jarzynka, Hanna Julie Hoel, Weiwen Yang, Daniel Palacios, Hilde Almasbak, Malgorzata Bajor, Dennis Clement, Ludwig Brandt, Bjorn Onfelt, Jodie Goodridge, Magdalena Winiarska, Radoslaw Zagozdzon, Johanna Olweus, Jon-Amund Kyte, Karl-Johan Malmberg
Natural Killer (NK) cells hold potential as a source of allogeneic cytotoxic effector cells for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-mediated therapies. Here, we explored the feasibility of transfecting CAR-encoding mRNA into primary NK cells and investigated how the intrinsic potential of discrete NK-cell subsets affects retargeting efficiency. After screening five 2nd- and 3rd-generation anti-CD19 CAR constructs with different signaling domains and spacer regions, a 3rd-generation CAR with the CH2-domain removed was selected based on its expression and functional profiles...
February 19, 2018: Cancer Immunology Research
Ian N Hines, Michael Kremer, Sherri M Moore, Michael D Wheeler
BACKGROUND: Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha (PPARα), a regulator of enzymes involved in β oxidation, has been reported to influence lymphocyte activation. The purpose of this study was to determine whether PPARα plays a role in T cell-mediated hepatitis induced by Concanavalin A (ConA). METHODS: Wild type (wt) or PPARα-deficient (PPARα -/- ) mice were treated with ConA (15 mg/kg) by intravenous injection 0, 10 or 24 h prior to sacrifice and serum and tissue collection for analysis of tissue injury, cytokine response, T cell activation and characterization...
February 15, 2018: Biological Research
Junqin Zhang, Zhong Zou, Kun Huang, Xian Lin, Huanchun Chen, Meilin Jin
Fowl adenovirus serotype 4 (FAdV-4), a member of the Aviadenovirus genus of the Adenoviridae family, causes hepatitis-hydropericardium syndrome (HHS) in chickens. It causes mortality of up to 80% in 3-6-week-old broilers, posing a substantial threat to the poultry industry. However, the specific host responses to the virus are not well understood. To better understand the interactions between the host and FAdV-4 and to explore the pathogenesis of this virus, a high-throughput RNA-seq technology was utilized with leghorn male hepatocellular (LMH) cells at 12, 24, and 48 h after FAdV-4 infection...
February 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Ismail M Meraz, Mourad Majidi, Xiaobo Cao, Heather Lin, Lerong Li, Jing Wang, Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani, David Rice, Boris Sepesi, Lin Ji, Jack A Roth
Expression of the multikinase inhibitor encoded by tumor suppressor gene TUSC2 (also known as FUS1) is lost or decreased in non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). TUSC2 delivered systemically by nanovesicles has mediated tumor regression in clinical trials. Because of the role of TUSC2 in regulating immune cells, we assessed TUSC2 efficacy on antitumor immune responses alone and in combination with anti-PD-1 in two Kras-mutant syngeneic mouse lung cancer models. TUSC2 alone significantly reduced tumor growth and prolonged survival compared with anti-PD-1...
January 16, 2018: Cancer Immunology Research
Maria Carmen Ochoa, Luna Minute, Ascensión López, Elisabeth Pérez-Ruiz, Celia Gomar, Marcos Vasquez, Susana Inoges, Iñaki Etxeberria, Inmaculada Rodriguez, Saray Garasa, Jan-Peter Andreas Mayer, Peter Wirtz, Ignacio Melero, Pedro Berraondo
Enhancement of antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) may potentiate the antitumor efficacy of tumor-targeted monoclonal antibodies. Increasing the numbers and antitumor activity of NK cells is a promising strategy to maximize the ADCC of standard-of-care tumor-targeted antibodies. For this purpose, we have preclinically tested a recombinant chimeric protein encompassing the sushi domain of the IL15Rα, IL-15, and apolipoprotein A-I (Sushi-IL15-Apo) as produced in CHO cells. The size-exclusion purified monomeric fraction of this chimeric protein was stable and retained the IL-15 and the sushi domain bioactivity as measured by CTLL-2 and Mo-7e cell proliferation and STAT5 phosphorylation in freshly isolated human NK and CD8+ T cells...
2018: Oncoimmunology
Xiaojing Xu, Qing Sun, Yu Mei, Yonghao Liu, Lixiang Zhao
Interleukin 15 (IL15) and IL7 are two cytokines essential for T cell development and homeostasis. In order to improve the antitumor activity by Newcastle disease virus (NDV)-modified tumor vaccine, we generated a recombinant NDV co-expressing IL15 and IL7 (LX/IL(15+7)) through incorporation of a 2A self-processing peptide into IL15 and IL7 using reverse genetics. B16 cells infected with LX/IL(15+7) expressed both IL15 and IL7 stably. The cytotoxicity assay showed that murine melanoma cells modified with LX/IL(15+7) could significantly enhance the antitumor immune response in vitro...
February 2018: Cancer Science
D He, Z Jiang, Y Tian, H Han, M Xia, W Wei, L Zhang, J Chen
Intramuscular fat (IMF) content is a key aspect of pork quality. Elucidation of intramuscular adipocyte regulation mechanisms is important for improving IMF content. Intramuscular adipocytes are dispersed among muscle fibers, so they are inclined to be affected by muscle-derived factors. Interleukin-15 is a major muscle-secreted factor. In this study, the genetic and physiological impacts of IL15 on adipogenesis is investigated. The promoter region of IL15 was scanned by comparative sequencing using two DNA pools of high- and low-IMF individuals...
November 22, 2017: Animal Genetics
Jiraporn Lueangsakulthai, Santi Phosri, Tinnakorn Theansungnoen, Nisachon Jangpromma, Theeranan Temsiripong, John E Mckendrick, Watcharee Khunkitti, Sompong Klaynongsruang
Novel antioxidant and anti-inflammatory peptides were isolated from hydrolysates of Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) hemoglobin. Crocodylus siamensis hemoglobin hydrolysates (CHHs) were obtained by pepsin digestion at different incubation times (2, 4, 6 and 8 H) at 37 °C and subjected to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity assessment. CHH obtained by 2-H hydrolysis (2H-CHH) showed the highest anti-inflammatory activity with respect to decreasing nitric oxide (NO) production, while the strongest antioxidant activity was found for 6-H hydrolysis (6H-CHH) against nitric oxide radicals...
November 22, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
P Tríbulo, L G B Siqueira, L J Oliveira, T Scheffler, P J Hansen
Knowledge of the molecules used by the maternal reproductive tract to regulate development of the preimplantation embryo is largely incomplete. The goal of the present experiment was to identify candidates for this function. The approach was to assess expression patterns in the endometrium and oviduct of 93 genes encoding for hormones, growth factors, chemokines, cytokines, and WNT-related molecules. Results show that all of the genes were expressed in the reproductive tract. Expression in oviduct was affected by day of the estrous cycle for 21 genes with 11 genes having highest expression at estrus (CCL21, CTGF, CXCL10, CXCL16, DKK3, FGF10, IL18, IL33, IL34, PGF, and SFRP2), one gene at d 3 (WNT4), 8 at d 5 (BMP7, HGF, IL6, SFRP1, TGFB1, WIF1, WNT2, and WNT5A), and one at d 7 (IK)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
Yan-E Du, Gang Tu, Guanglun Yang, Genyou Li, Dan Yang, Lei Lang, Lei Xi, Kexin Sun, Yanlin Chen, Kunxian Shu, Huadong Liao, Manran Liu, Yixuan Hou
Tumor microenvironment contributes to tumor angiogenesis. However, the role of the activated cancer associated-fibroblasts (CAFs) in angiogenesis is still unclear. Here we report that miR-205/YAP1 signaling in the activated stromal fibroblasts plays a critical role in VEGF-independent angiogenesis in breast tumor. Methods: miR-205 expression was assessed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR); YAP1 expression by qRT-PCR, western blotting and immunohistochemistry; IL11 and IL15 expression by qRT-PCR, western blotting and ELISA...
2017: Theranostics
Dietmar Herndler-Brandstetter, Liang Shan, Yi Yao, Carmen Stecher, Valerie Plajer, Melanie Lietzenmayer, Till Strowig, Marcel R de Zoete, Noah W Palm, Jie Chen, Catherine A Blish, Davor Frleta, Cagan Gurer, Lynn E Macdonald, Andrew J Murphy, George D Yancopoulos, Ruth R Montgomery, Richard A Flavell
Immunodeficient mice reconstituted with a human immune system represent a promising tool for translational research as they may allow modeling and therapy of human diseases in vivo. However, insufficient development and function of human natural killer (NK) cells and T cell subsets limit the applicability of humanized mice for studying cancer biology and therapy. Here, we describe a human interleukin 15 ( IL15 ) and human signal regulatory protein alpha ( SIRPA ) knock-in mouse on a Rag2-/- Il2rg-/- background (SRG-15)...
November 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Nyssa R Adams, Yasmin M Vasquez, Qianxing Mo, William Gibbons, Ertug Kovanci, Francesco J DeMayo
The differentiation of endometrial stromal cells into decidual cells, termed decidualization, is an integral step in the establishment of pregnancy. The mitogen-activated protein kinase homolog, WNK lysine deficient protein kinase 1 (WNK1), is activated downstream of epidermal growth factor receptor during decidualization. Primary human endometrial stromal cells (HESCs) were subjected to small interfering RNA knockdown of WNK1 followed by in vitro decidualization. This abrogated expression of the decidual marker genes, insulin like growth factor binding protein 1 (IGFBP1) and prolactin (PRL), and prevented adoption of decidual cell morphology...
September 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Tiange Chen, Yajing Zhang, Zhao Wang, Jie Yang, Mingming Li, Kunlun Wang, Min Cui, Zhen F Fu, Ling Zhao, Ming Zhou
Rabies remains a public health threat that kills approximately 59,000 people worldwide each year, most of which are from the developing countries of Africa and Asia where dog rabies are endemic. Therefore, developing an affordable and efficacious vaccine is crucial for rabies control in these countries. Interleukin (IL)-15, an immunoregulatory cytokine, is a pluripotent molecule with therapeutic potential, which targets many cell types and links the innate and adaptive immune system. In this study, IL-15 gene was cloned and inserted into the genome of a recombinant rabies virus (RABV) strain LBNSE (designated as LBNSE-IL15), and the effect of over-expression of IL-15 on the immunogenicity of RABV was investigated...
August 2017: Virologica Sinica
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