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Joel D Ernst, Amber Cornelius, Ludovic Desvignes, Jacqueline Tavs, Brian A Norris
Infection with M. tuberculosis is associated with inconsistent and incomplete elimination of the bacteria, despite development of antigen-specific T cell responses. One mechanism employed by M. tuberculosis is to limit availability of antigen for activation of CD4 T cells. We examined the utility of systemic administration of epitope peptides to activate pre-existing T cells in mice infected with M. tuberculosis. We found that systemic peptide administration: 1) selectively activates T cells specific for the epitope peptide; 2) loads MHC class II on lung macrophages and dendritic cells; 3) activates CD4 T cells in the lung parenchyma; 4) has little antimycobacterial activity...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Yi Yan, Vitor Sencadas, Tiantian Jin, Xufeng Huang, Wilford Lie, Dongbin Wei, Zhengyi Jiang
Processing conditions deeply affect the mechanical, chemical and biological properties of elastomeric based nanocomposites. In this work, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were dispersed in poly(glycerol sebacate) (PGS) prepolymer, followed by curing under vacuum at 120 °C. It was observed an increase of the water contact angle with the amount of MWCNTs added, as well as the tensile strength and Young modulus, without compromising the elastomeric behaviour of the pristine PGS matrix. The cross-linking degree was determined by the Flory-Rehner swelling method and through the mechanical rubber elasticity model, and an increase of more than six-fold was observed, which demonstrates the chemical conjugation between the MWCNTs and the PGS polymer chains, resulting in stiff and elastomeric nanocomposites...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Evgenii Tcyganov, Jerome Mastio, Eric Chen, Dmitry I Gabrilovich
In recent years, myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) have emerged as one of the major inhibitors of immune effector cell function in cancer. MDSC represent a heterogeneous population of largely immature myeloid cells that are characterized by a pathological state of activation and display potent immune suppressive activity. Two major subsets of MDSC have been identified: monocytic (M-MDSC) and polymorphonuclear (PMN-MDSC). PMN-MSDC share phenotypic and morphologic features with neutrophils, whereas M-MDSC are similar to monocytes and are characterized by high plasticity...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Immunology
Clémence Granier, Alain Gey, Charles Dariane, Arnaud Mejean, Marc-Olivier Timsit, Charlotte Blanc, Virginie Verkarre, Camélia Radulescu, Elisabeth Fabre, Yann Vano, Stéphane Oudard, Cécile Badoual, Éric Tartour
T cells harboring multiple co-inhibitory molecules lose their anti-tumoral functionality. PD-1 is a clinically approved target in cancer therapy, but its expression alone does not mean dysfunctionality. The expression of Tim-3 on numerous cell types (T cell, Treg, dendritic cell, myeloid cells) favors tumor escape to immune cells. Within many tumors, PD-1/Tim-3 coexpressing CD8-T cells lose their ability to secrete cytokines (IFNγ, IL-2, TNFα) and their intratumoral infiltration correlates with a bad prognosis...
March 2018: Médecine Sciences: M/S
Valerie Jeanneret, Juan P Ospina, Ariel Diaz, Luis G Manrique, Paola Merino, Laura Gutierrez, Enrique Torre, Fang Wu, Lihong Cheng, Manuel Yepes
Cerebral ischemia causes the presynaptic release of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA). The postsynaptic density (PSD) is a postsynaptic structure that provides a matrix where signaling transduction of excitatory synapses takes place. The postsynaptic density protein-95 (PSD-95) is the most abundant scaffolding protein in the postsynaptic density (PSD), where it modulates the postsynaptic response to the presynaptic release of glutamate by regulating the anchoring of glutamate receptors to the PSD. We found that tPA induces the local translation of PSD-95 mRNA and the subsequent recruitment of PSD-95 protein to the PSD, via plasminogen-independent activation of TrkB receptors...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Jiyoun Min, Dongchan Yang Sung, Mirang Kim, Keeok Haam, Anji Yoo, Jae-Hoon Choi, Barbara U Schraml, Yong Sung Kim, Dongsup Kim, Suk-Jo Kang
The spatiotemporal regulation of immune cells in lymph nodes (LNs) is crucial for mounting protective T-cell responses, which are orchestrated by dendritic cells (DCs). However, it is unclear how the DC subsets are altered by the inflammatory milieu of LNs. Here, we show that the inflamed LNs of Listeria-infected mice are characterized by the clustering of neutrophils and monocytes and IFN-γ production. Significantly, the early inflammatory responses are coupled with the differentiation of not one, but two types of CD64+ CD11c+ MHCII+ inflammatory DCs...
March 16, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Yulin Chen, Jie Wu, Jiajia Wang, Wenjing Zhang, Bohui Xu, Xiaojun Xu, Li Zong
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The intestinal immune system is an ideal target to induce immune tolerance physiologically. However, the efficiency of oral protein antigen delivery is limited by degradation of the antigen in the gastrointestinal tract and poor uptake by antigen-presenting cells. Gut dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen-presenting cells that are prone to inducing antigen-specific immune tolerance. In this study, we delivered the antigen heat shock protein 65-6×P277 (H6P) directly to the gut DCs of NOD mice through oral vaccination with H6P-loaded targeting nanoparticles (NPs), and investigated the ability of this antigen to induce immune tolerance to prevent autoimmune diabetes in NOD mice...
March 15, 2018: Diabetologia
Xiang Song, Yan Zhang, Li Zhang, Wengang Song, Lixin Shi
Hypoxia-associated metabolic reprogramming modulates the biological functions of many immune and non-immune cells, and affects immune response types and intensities. Adenosine and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) are known immunosuppressors, and adenosine is a hypoxia-associated product. We investigated the impact of hypoxia on IDO production in dendritic cells (DCs). We found that hypoxia (1% O2 ) enhances IDO production in DCs, and this increase was dependent on the adenosine A3 receptor (A3R), but not A2aR or A2bR...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Neha M Sahasrabudhe, Martin Beukema, Lingmin Tian, Berit Troost, Jan Scholte, Erik Bruininx, Geert Bruggeman, Marco van den Berg, Anton Scheurink, Henk A Schols, Marijke M Faas, Paul de Vos
Dietary carbohydrate fibers are known to prevent immunological diseases common in Western countries such as allergy and asthma but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Until now beneficial effects of dietary fibers are mainly attributed to fermentation products of the fibers such as anti-inflammatory short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Here, we found and present a new mechanism by which dietary fibers can be anti-inflammatory: a commonly consumed fiber, pectin, blocks innate immune receptors. We show that pectin binds and inhibits, toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) and specifically inhibits the proinflammatory TLR2-TLR1 pathway while the tolerogenic TLR2-TLR6 pathway remains unaltered...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Lorenza Tulli, Francesca Cattaneo, Juliette Vinot, Cosima T Baldari, Ugo D'Oro
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a key role in the activation of innate immune cells, in which their engagement leads to production of cytokines and co-stimulatory molecules. TLRs signaling requires recruitment of toll/IL-1R (TIR) domain-containing adaptors, such as MyD88 and/or TRIF, and leads to activation of several transcription factors, such as NF-κB, the AP1 complex, and various members of the interferon regulatory factor (IRF) family, which in turn results in triggering of several cellular functions associated with these receptors...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Junya Kitadani, Toshiyasu Ojima, Hiromitsu Iwamoto, Hirotaka Tabata, Mikihito Nakamori, Masaki Nakamura, Keiji Hayata, Masahiro Katsuda, Masayasu Miyajima, Hiroki Yamaue
Clinical application of dendritic cell (DC) vaccine therapy is hindered by the need for a large quantity of DCs generated from peripheral blood monocytes of the patient. We investigated whether genetically modified human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived dendritic cells (hiPSDCs) expressing carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) could induce CEA-specific cytotoxic T cells in a human model and whether genetically modified mouse iPSDCs (miPSDCs) expressing CEA showed an actual antitumor effect using a CEA transgenic mouse model...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Venkatraman Ravi, Aditi Jain, Faiz Ahamed, Nowrin Fathma, Perumal Arumugam Desingu, Nagalingam R Sundaresan
Heart is a dynamic organ that undergoes remodeling in response to both physiological and pathological stimuli. One of the fundamental cellular processes that facilitates changes in the size and shape of this muscular organ is the protein synthesis. Traditionally changes in cardiac protein synthesis levels were measured by radiolabeled tracers. However, these methods are often cumbersome and suffer from radioactive risk. Recently a nonradioactive method for detecting protein synthesis under in vitro conditions called the Surface Sensing of Translation (SUnSET) was described in cell lines of mouse dendrites and T cells...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marc P Forrest, Euan Parnell, Peter Penzes
The structure of neuronal circuits that subserve cognitive functions in the brain is shaped and refined throughout development and into adulthood. Evidence from human and animal studies suggests that the cellular and synaptic substrates of these circuits are atypical in neuropsychiatric disorders, indicating that altered structural plasticity may be an important part of the disease biology. Advances in genetics have redefined our understanding of neuropsychiatric disorders and have revealed a spectrum of risk factors that impact pathways known to influence structural plasticity...
March 16, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
Clément Cochain, Ehsan Vafadarnejad, Panagiota Arampatzi, Pelisek Jaroslav, Holger Winkels, Klaus Ley, Dennis Wolf, Antoine-Emmanuel Saliba, Alma Zernecke
<u>Rationale:</u> It is assumed that atherosclerotic arteries contain several macrophage subsets endowed with specific functions. The precise identity of these subsets is poorly characterized as they ha ve been defined by the expression of a restricted number of markers. <u>Objective:</u> We have applied single-cell RNA-seq as an unbiased profiling strategy to interrogate and classify aortic macrophage heterogeneity at the single-cell level in atherosclerosis. <u>Methods and Results:</u> We performed single-cell RNA sequencing of total aortic CD45+ cells extracted from the non-diseased (chow fed) and atherosclerotic (11 weeks of high fat diet) aorta of Ldlr-/- mice...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Joseph E Pick, Edward B Ziff
A fundamental property of the brain is its ability to modify its function in response to its own activity. This ability for self-modification depends to a large extent on synaptic plasticity. It is now appreciated that for excitatory synapses, a significant part of synaptic plasticity depends upon changes in the post synaptic response to glutamate released from nerve terminals. Modification of the post synaptic response depends, in turn, on changes in the abundances of AMPA receptors in the post synaptic membrane...
March 12, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Ruiting Li, Jing Wang, Ruifang Li, Fangfang Zhu, Wenjuan Xu, Gan Zha, Guangzhen He, Huan Cao, Yimin Wang, Jiong Yang
The ATP/P2X7 axis of dendritic cells (DCs) mediates the activation of NLRP3 inflammasome and promotes secretion of interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18 to induce T helper (Th) 2, Th17 differentiation in the pathogenesis of asthma. NLRP3 inflammasome also regulates high mobility protein 1 (HMGB1) release in DCs. Recent studies demonstrated the correlation between HMGB1 expression and airway inflammation and hyper-responsiveness (AHR) in asthma. However, the relationship between the ATP/P2X7-NLRP3 axis and HMGB1 in DCs in asthma is still unclear...
March 12, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Ibrahim Batal, Sumit Mohan, Sacha A De Serres, Elena-Rodica Vasilescu, Demetra Tsapepas, Russel J Crew, Shefali S Patel, Geo Serban, Kasi McCune, Syed A Husain, Jae-Hyung Chang, Jan M Herter, Govind Bhagat, Glen S Markowitz, Vivette D D'Agati, Mark A Hardy, Lloyd Ratner, Anil Chandraker
Ischemia-reperfusion injury increases allograft immunogenicity and enhances myeloid dendritic cell maturation and trafficking to recipient's secondary lymphoid tissue. Here, we used postreperfusion biopsies from patients who received kidney allografts from deceased donors between 2006 and 2009 to assess the impact of ischemia-reperfusion damage and myeloid dendritic cell density on subsequent allograft rejection episodes. Histologic changes of severe ischemia-reperfusion damage in postreperfusion biopsies were found to be associated with subsequent rejection episodes and suboptimal allograft survival...
March 13, 2018: Kidney International
Katherine M Satrom, Kathleen Ennis, Brian M Sweis, Tatyana M Matveeva, Jun Chen, Leif Hanson, Akhil Maheshwari, Raghavendra Rao
BACKGROUND: Hyperglycemia is common in extremely low gestational age newborns (ELGAN) and is associated with increased mortality and morbidity, including abnormal neurodevelopment. Hippocampus-mediated cognitive deficits are common in this population, but the specific effects of hyperglycemia on the developing hippocampus are not known. METHODS: The objective of this study was to determine the acute and long-term effects of hyperglycemia on the developing hippocampus in neonatal rats using a streptozotocin (STZ)-induced model of hyperglycemia...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Irini A Doytchinova, Darren R Flower
Cancer kills 8 million annually worldwide. Although survival rates in prevalent cancers continue to increase, many cancers have no effective treatment, prompting the search for new and improved protocols. Immunotherapy is a new and exciting addition to the anti-cancer arsenal. The successful and accurate identification of aberrant host proteins acting as antigens for vaccination and immunotherapy is a key aspiration for both experimental and computational research. Here we describe key elements of in silico prediction, including databases of cancer antigens and bleeding-edge methodology for their prediction...
March 15, 2018: BMC Immunology
Xiaoyan Cui, Zhenqiang Fu, Menghan Wang, Xiaofei Nan, Boai Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Along with their lipid-lowering effect, statins have been reported to have neuroprotective function in both in vivo and in vitro models of neurodegenerative diseases. We conducted this study in order to uncover the he neuroprotective effect of the lipophilic statin pitavastatin (PTV) and investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms using primary cultured cerebral neurons exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD). METHODS: The primary cultured cerebral neurons were randomly assigned into four groups: the control group, the pitavastatin treatment group, the OGD group and the OGD + pitavastatin treatment group...
March 16, 2018: Neurological Research
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