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October 20, 2016: Virulence
Xavier Capó, Miquel Martorell, Antoni Sureda, Joan Riera, Franchek Drobnic, Josep Antoni Tur, Antoni Pons
n-3-polyunsaturated fatty acids and polyphenols are potential key factors for the treatment and prevention of chronic inflammation associated to ageing and non-communicable diseases. The aim was to analyse effects of an almond and olive oil beverage enriched with α-tocopherol and docosahexaenoic, exercise and age on inflammatory plasma markers, and immune gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Five young and five senior athletes who were supplemented for five weeks with a functional beverage performed a stress test under controlled conditions before and after beverage supplementation...
October 9, 2016: Nutrients
Toshi Horie, Megumi Inomata, Takeshi Into, Yoshiaki Hasegawa, Noriyuki Kitai, Fuminobu Yoshimura, Yukitaka Murakami
Bacterial glycoproteins are associated with physiological and pathogenic functions of bacteria. It remains unclear whether bacterial glycoproteins can bind to specific classes of lectins expressed on host cells. Tannerella forsythia is a gram-negative oral anaerobe that contributes to the development of periodontitis. In this study, we aimed to find lectin-binding glycoproteins in T. forsythia. We performed affinity chromatography of wheat germ agglutinin, which binds to N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) and sialic acid (Sia), and identified OmpA-like protein as the glycoprotein that has the highest affinity...
2016: PloS One
Salwa Al Najjar, Soheir Adam, Nessar Ahmed, Mohamed Qari
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an autosomal recessive inherited hemoglobinopathy, characterized by chronic hemolysis and recurrent vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC). This study investigates changes in leucocyte subsets and the relationship between cell adhesion molecule expression and disease manifestations in patients during steady state and acute VOC. We compared soluble E-selectin and P-selectin levels in 84 SCD patients, in steady state and during VOC to 84 healthy controls. Using immunophenotyping, we also compared lymphocyte subsets in these three groups...
September 30, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Xing Chen, Zhangrui Cheng, Dirk Werling, Geoffrey E Pollott, Mazdak Salavati, Kate F Johnson, Faheem Ahmed Khan, D Claire Wathes, Shujun Zhang
Bovine P-selectin (SELP) mediates leukocyte rolling and primes leukocyte adhesion to endothelium, both essential for leukocyte recruitment to an infection site. We investigated SELP-mediated adhesion between bovine peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) and cultured bovine aortic endothelial cells pre-activated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). We examined gene polymorphism for bovine selectins SELP, l-selectin (SELL) and E-selectin (SELE) and compared their SNP frequency between five dairy breeds (Holstein, Friesian, Jersey, Ayrshire and Brown Swiss)...
October 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
Yao-Shen Chen, Hsi-Hsun Lin, Pei-Tan Hsueh, Wei-Fan Ni, Pei-Ju Liu, Pei-Shih Chen, Hsin-Hou Chang, Der-Shan Sun, Ya-Lei Chen
The development of neurologic melioidosis was linked to the elicitation of Burkholderia pseudomallei-infected L-selectin(hi)CD11b(+) BALB/c cells in our previous study. However, whether monocytic L-selectin (CD62L, encoded by the sell gene) is a key factor remains uncertain. In the present study, after establishing multi-organ foci via hematogenous routes, we demonstrated that B. pseudomallei GFP steadily persisted in blood, splenic, hepatic and bone marrow (BM) Ly6C monocytes; however, the circulating CD16/32(+)CD45(hi)GFP(+) brain-infiltrating leukocytes (BILs) derived from the blood Ly6C monocytes were expanded in BALB/c but not in C57BL/6 bacteremic melioidosis...
September 19, 2016: Virulence
Christian Hundhausen, Alena Roth, Elizabeth Whalen, Janice Chen, Anya Schneider, S Alice Long, Shan Wei, Rebecca Rawlings, MacKenzie Kinsman, Stephen P Evanko, Thomas N Wight, Carla J Greenbaum, Karen Cerosaletti, Jane H Buckner
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a key pathogenic cytokine in multiple autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, suggesting that dysregulation of the IL-6 pathway may be a common feature of autoimmunity. The role of IL-6 in type 1 diabetes (T1D) is not well understood. We show that signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and STAT1 responses to IL-6 are significantly enhanced in CD4 and CD8 T cells from individuals with T1D compared to healthy controls. The effect is IL-6-specific because it is not seen with IL-10 or IL-27 stimulation, two cytokines that signal via STAT3...
September 14, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
Jayakanthan Kabeerdoss, Pulukool Sandhya, Santosh Kumar Mandal, Mahasampath Gowri, Debashish Danda
In present study, we aimed to study salivary soluble L-selectin (sL-selectin), interleukin-7(IjL-7), and lymphotoxin-α levels in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) and their clinical as well as serological correlations. pSS patients fulfilling either the American European Consensus Group (AECG) and/or the American college of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria were recruited. Age- and sex-matched hospital staff were recruited as healthy controls. Unstimulated saliva was collected by the spitting method; sL-selectin, IL-7, and lymphotoxin-α were measured in the saliva using commercial ELISA kits...
September 12, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
A Vaczy, D Reglodi, T Somoskeoy, K Kovacs, E Lokos, E Szabo, A Tamas, T Atlasz
A number of studies have proven that pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) is protective in neurodegenerative diseases. Permanent bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) causes severe degeneration in the rat retina. In our previous studies, protective effects were observed with PACAP1-38, PACAP1-27, and VIP but not with their related peptides, glucagon, or secretin in BCCAO. All three PACAP receptors (PAC1, VPAC1, VPAC2) appear in the retina. Molecular and immunohistochemical analysis demonstrated that the retinoprotective effects are most probably mainly mediated by the PAC1 receptor...
October 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
A Karthikeyan, G Radhika, T V Aravindhakshan, K Anilkumar
Innate immune mechanism plays a key role in mammary defense, from recognition of pathogens to activation of nonspecific and specific immunity involved in elimination of pathogens. Expression profiles of innate immune response genes namely Toll like receptor 2 (TLR-2), Peptidoglycan recognition protein 1 (PGLYRP-1), Interleukin 8 receptor (IL-8 R), L-Selectin (SELL), and Osteopontin (OPN) in milk somatic cells of subclinical mastitis (SCM) affected crossbred cows were investigated under this study at transcript level using quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
October 2016: Animal Biotechnology
Aliyah M Weinstein, Walter J Storkus
Peripheral node addressin (PNAd) marks high endothelial venules (HEV), which are crucial for the recruitment of lymphocytes into lymphoid organs in non-mucosal tissue sites. PNAd is a sulfated and fucosylated glycoprotein recognized by the prototypic monoclonal antibody, MECA-79. PNAd is the ligand for L-selectin, which is expressed on the surface of naive and central memory T cells, where it mediates leukocyte rolling on vascular endothelial surfaces. Although PNAd was first identified in the HEV of peripheral lymph nodes, recent work suggests a critical role for PNAd in the context of chronic inflammatory diseases, where it can be used as a marker for the formation of tertiary lymphoid organs (TLOs)...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Marilyn J Telen, Milena Batchvarova, Siqing Shan, Petra H Bovee-Geurts, Rahima Zennadi, Anna Leitgeb, Roland Brock, Maria Lindgren
Sevuparin is a novel drug candidate in phase II development as a treatment for vaso-occlusive crises (VOC) in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). As a heparin-derived polysaccharide, sevuparin has been designed to retain anti-adhesive properties, while the antithrombin-binding domains have been eliminated, substantially diminishing its anticoagulant activity. Here, we demonstrate that sevuparin inhibits the adhesion of human sickle red blood cells (SS-RBCs) to stimulated cultured endothelial cells in vitro...
August 23, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Hiroaki Ishida, Leonard T Nguyen, Ramamourthy Gopal, Tomoyasu Aizawa, Hans J Vogel
In recent years, the increasing number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria has become a serious health concern. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are an important component of the innate immune system of most organisms. A better understanding of their structures and mechanisms of action would lead to the design of more potent and safer AMPs as alternatives for current antibiotics. For detailed investigations, effective recombinant production which allows the facile modification of the amino acid sequence, the introduction of unnatural amino acids, and labeling with stable isotopes for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies is desired...
September 7, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Yehonatan Pasternak, Havatzelet Yarden-Bilavsky, Yona Kodman, Meira Zoldan, Hannah Tamary, Shai Ashkenazi
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to investigate the effect of commonly used inhaled corticosteroids on white blood cell count (WBC) and to examine the mechanisms involved. METHODS: This randomized comparative study comprised 60 healthy adults. We measured the effects of budesonide (by face mask inhalation or aerosol inhaler), fluticasone (by inhaler), and saline inhalation (control) on WBC and the differential leukocyte count, especially the absolute neutrophil count (ANC)...
October 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Álvaro Cobo-Calvo, Agnes Figueras, Laura Bau, Elisabet Matas, María Alba Mañé Martínez, Isabel León, Carles Majòs, Lucia Romero-Pinel, Sergio Martínez-Yélamos
Cell-adhesion molecules (CAMs) dynamics in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients have been widely studied after Natalizumab (NTZ) introduction. However, their temporal dynamics after NTZ withdrawal (NTZ-W) has not been described. We prospectively evaluate changes in the expression levels of CAMs (CD49d, CD29, L-Selectin and CD11a) involved in T cell migration of 22 MS patients after NTZ-W. CD49d, CD29 and CD11a expression experienced a continuous increase expression two months after NTZ-W and Cd49d expression at month six after NTZ-W correlated to NTZ treatment duration, both in CD45(+)CD4(+) and CD45(+)CD8(+)...
October 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Gino Stolfa, Nandini Mondal, Yuqi Zhu, Xinheng Yu, Alexander Buffone, Sriram Neelamegham
There is often interest in dissecting the relative contributions of the N-glycans, O-glycans and glycosphingolipids (GSLs) in regulating complex biological traits like cell signaling, adhesion, development and metastasis. To address this, we developed a CRISPR-Cas9 toolkit to selectively truncate each of these commonly expressed glycan-types. Here, O-glycan biosynthesis was truncated by knocking-out Core 1 β3Gal-T Specific Molecular Chaperone (COSMC), N-glycans by targeting the β1,2 GlcNAc-transferase (MGAT1) and GSLs by deleting UDP-glucose ceramide glucosyltransferase (UGCG)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Xiao Na Ge, Sung Gil Ha, Yana G Greenberg, Amrita Rao, Idil Bastan, Ada G Blidner, Savita P Rao, Gabriel A Rabinovich, P Sriramarao
Galectin-1 (Gal-1), a glycan-binding protein with broad antiinflammatory activities, functions as a proresolving mediator in autoimmune and chronic inflammatory disorders. However, its role in allergic airway inflammation has not yet been elucidated. We evaluated the effects of Gal-1 on eosinophil function and its role in a mouse model of allergic asthma. Allergen exposure resulted in airway recruitment of Gal-1-expressing inflammatory cells, including eosinophils, as well as increased Gal-1 in extracellular spaces in the lungs...
August 16, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Julian Borchardt, Joseph R Berger
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prospective risk of developing PML during therapy with natalizumab in JCV-seropositive patients. METHODS: We analyzed postmarketing data about the incidence of PML on natalizumab, and quantified the risk by either applying the Kaplan-Meier estimator or, where this was not possible due to the unavailability of the respective raw data, using formulae yielding very similar figures. RESULTS: In JCV-seropositive patients with prior immunosuppressant (IS) use, the incidence of PML during months 25-48 of natalizumab therapy is about 19...
July 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
S F Wang, X Q Gao, Y N Xu, D N Li, H Y Wang, S H He
Interferon- (IFN-) λ1 is regarded as a potent bio-active molecule in innate immunity. However, little is known about its role in chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU). We therefore investigated expression of IFN-λ1 in CSU, its cellular location, and its influence on inflammatory cell accumulation by using flow cytometry analysis, skin tissue dispersion, immunohistochemical stain, and a mouse peritoneal inflammation model. The results showed that level of IFN-λ1 was 2.0-fold higher in plasma of the patients with CSU than the level in healthy control (HC) subjects...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
T de Oliveira Titz, R L Orfali, C de Lollo, V G Dos Santos, A J da Silva Duarte, M N Sato, V Aoki
BACKGROUND: Eosinophils are multifunctional, polymorphonuclear leucocytes that secrete proteins within cytoplasmic granules, such as cytokines, chemokines, metalloproteinases (MMPs) and metalloproteinases tissue inhibitors (TIMPs). Although eosinophilia is a hallmark of atopic dermatitis (AD), several functional aspects of eosinophils remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the phenotype and functional response of eosinophils under staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB) and Toll-like receptor (TLR)-2/6 (FSL-1) stimulation in the secretion of CCL5, MMPs and TIMPs in adults with AD...
July 13, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
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