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Lan Huang, Huaxi Xu, Guangyong Peng
Cellular energy metabolism not only promotes tumor cell growth and metastasis but also directs immune cell survival, proliferation and the ability to perform specific and functional immune responses within the tumor microenvironment. A better understanding of the molecular regulation of metabolism in different cell components in the tumor-suppressive microenvironment is critical for the development of effective strategies for human cancer treatments. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have recently been recognized as critical factors involved in tumor pathogenesis, regulating both tumor cells and tumor-infiltrating innate and adaptive immune cells...
March 19, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Damianos G Kokkinidis, Bejan Alvandi, Prio Hossain, T Raymond Foley, Caitlin E Kielhorn, Gagan D Singh, Stephen W Waldo, John R Laird, Ehrin J Armstrong
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association between a chronic total occlusion (CTO) and long-term outcomes among patients undergoing endovascular intervention to the external iliac artery (EIA). METHODS: A 2-center retrospective study was conducted of 331 patients (mean age 64.7±12.7 years; 221 men) who underwent endovascular intervention for 481 EIA atherosclerotic lesions between 2006 and 2016. A quarter of the lesions (115, 23.9%) were CTOs. The majority of patients (184, 60...
April 2018: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Dong Gao, Yongguang Cai, Yanyuan Chen, Wang Li, Chih-Chang Wei, Xiaoling Luo, Yuhuan Wang
Toll-like receptor (TLR) 7/8 agonists have been applied in combination with chemo-, radio- or immunotherapy for lymphoma, and used as topical drugs for the treatment of viral skin lesions and skin tumors. In the present study, the role of an adenine analog, 9-(4-carboxyphenyl)-8-hydroxy-2-(2-methoxyethoxy)-adenine [termed Gao Dong (GD)], a novel TLR7 agonist, in the activation of cytokine-induced killer/natural killer (CIK/NK) cells was determined. The results of the present study indicated that GD was able to activate CIK/NK cells...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Lilian O Guimarães, Francisco Fernandes, Eliana F Monteiro, Izilda Curado, Marcia M Holcman, Gerhard Wunderlich, Sidney E Santos, Júlia M Soler, Karin Kirchgatter
In low-endemic areas for malaria transmission, asymptomatic individuals play an important role as reservoirs for malarial infection. Understanding the dynamics of asymptomatic malaria is crucial for its efficient control in these regions. Genetic host factors such as Toll-like receptor (TLR) polymorphisms may play a role in the maintenance or elimination of infection. In this study, the effect of TLR polymorphisms on the susceptibility to malaria was investigated among individuals living in the Atlantic Forest of São Paulo, Southern Brazil...
March 15, 2018: Acta Tropica
Lin Sun, Chenyang Dai, Jiayin Wu, Chen Chen, Xinyi Wu
Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) is an IL-7-like cytokine, which is secreted by epithelial cells under the stimulation of Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands. Dendritic cells (DCs) which express the thymic stromal lymphopoietin receptor (TSLPR) can be activated by TSLP. Mature DCs can express the OX40 ligand, which has the ability to combine with OX40 on the surface of T cells to stimulate T cell proliferation. TSLP secreted by corneal epithelial cells can engage in the process of T helper type 2 (Th2) inflammation in Aspergillus fumigatus keratitis, but the mechanism remains unclear...
March 14, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Ibtehaj Naqvi, Ruwan Gunaratne, Jessica E McDade, Angelo Moreno, Rachel E Rempel, Douglas C Rouse, Silvia Gabriela Herrera, David S Pisetsky, Jaewoo Lee, Rebekah R White, Bruce A Sullenger
Nucleic acid binding polymers (NABPs) have been extensively used as vehicles for DNA and RNA delivery. More recently, we discovered that a subset of these NABPs can also serve as anti-inflammatory agents by capturing pro-inflammatory extracellular nucleic acids and associated protein complexes that promote activation of toll-like receptors (TLRs) in diseases such as lupus erythematosus. Nucleic-acid-mediated TLR signaling also facilitates tumor progression and metastasis in several cancers, including pancreatic cancer (PC)...
February 23, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Shujun Zhou, Gui Wang, Wenbin Zhang
The present study aimed to investigate the effects of the Toll-like receptor (TLR)4/myeloid differentiation primary response (MyD)88 signaling pathway on sepsis-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in rats, and the involvement of macrophage activation and the inflammatory response. A total of 36 specific pathogen-free male Sprague-Dawley rats were selected to establish the rat model of sepsis-associated ARDS using cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). Rats were assigned into the Ab (anti-TLR4 monoclonal antibody)-CLP, CLP and Sham groups...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Julian A Marin-Acevedo, Bhagirathbhai Dholaria, Aixa E Soyano, Keith L Knutson, Saranya Chumsri, Yanyan Lou
Immune checkpoints consist of inhibitory and stimulatory pathways that maintain self-tolerance and assist with immune response. In cancer, immune checkpoint pathways are often activated to inhibit the nascent anti-tumor immune response. Immune checkpoint therapies act by blocking or stimulating these pathways and enhance the body's immunological activity against tumors. Cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated molecule-4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death receptor-1 (PD-1), and programmed cell death ligand-1(PD-L1) are the most widely studied and recognized inhibitory checkpoint pathways...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Peter Moritz Becher, Svenja Hinrichs, Nina Fluschnik, Jan K Hennigs, Karin Klingel, Stefan Blankenberg, Dirk Westermann, Diana Lindner
Heart failure (HF) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the western world. Although optimal medical care and treatment is widely available, the prognosis of patients with HF is still poor. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are important compartments of the innate immunity. Current studies have identified TLRs as critical mediators in cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, we investigated the involvement of TLRs and interferon (IFN) regulatory factors (IRFs) in different experimental HF models including viral myocarditis, myocardial ischemia, diabetes mellitus, and cardiac hypertrophy...
2018: PloS One
Salvatore Cassese, Gjin Ndrepepa, Robert A Byrne, Sebastian Kufner, Anna Lena Lahmann, Nader Mankerious, Erion Xhepa, Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz, Heribert Schunkert, Massimiliano Fusaro, Adnan Kastrati, Michael Joner
AIMS: The ultrathin strut biodegradable-polymer sirolimus-eluting stent (SES) is a new-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) developed to improve the percutaneous treatment of patients with coronary artery disease. Here, we sought to investigate whether the performance of ultrathin strut biodegradable-polymer SES is superior to that of the benchmark thin-strut fluoropolymer-based everolimus-eluting stent (EES). METHODS AND RESULTS: We undertook a study-level meta-analysis of trials, in which patients receiving percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were randomly assigned to either SES or EES...
March 13, 2018: EuroIntervention
Shahram Saghafi, Lisa Ferguson, Olivia Hogue, Jordan M Gales, Richard Prayson, Robyn M Busch
OBJECTIVE: The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) proposed a classification system for hippocampal sclerosis (HS) based on location and extent of hippocampal neuron loss. The literature debates the usefulness of this classification system when studying memory in people with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and determining memory outcome after temporal lobe resection (TLR). This study further explores the relationship between HS ILAE subtypes and episodic memory performance in patients with TLE and examines memory outcomes after TLR...
March 14, 2018: Epilepsia
J Bennett, T Adriaenssens, K McCutcheon, J Dens, W Desmet, P Sinnaeve, M Vrolix, C Dubois
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated healing responses with optical coherence tomography, and long-term clinical outcomes after treatment with a dedicated stent versus a conventional culotte technique. BACKGROUND: Dedicated bifurcation stents have been proposed as an alternative treatment for coronary bifurcation lesions. The long-term performance of dedicated stents versus conventional dual-stent techniques for the treatment of complex coronary bifurcation lesions is unknown...
March 14, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Felix S Lichtenegger, Maurine Rothe, Frauke M Schnorfeil, Katrin Deiser, Christina Krupka, Christian Augsberger, Miriam Schlüter, Julia Neitz, Marion Subklewe
Immune checkpoint inhibition has been shown to successfully reactivate endogenous T cell responses directed against tumor-associated antigens, resulting in significantly prolonged overall survival in patients with various tumor entities. For malignancies with low endogenous immune responses, this approach has not shown a clear clinical benefit so far. Therapeutic vaccination, particularly dendritic cell (DC) vaccination, is a strategy to induce T cell responses. Interaction of DCs and T cells is dependent on receptor-ligand interactions of various immune checkpoints...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Wan Peng, Yan Sun, Gao-Fei Li, Liang-Ge He, Ruo-Zhu Li, Yao-Si Liang, Xu Ding, Xue Yu, Yong Zhang, Hao-Ran Lin, Dan-Qi Lu
Interferon gamma (IFNγ) is a Th1 cytokine that is critical for innate and adaptive immunity. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling pathways are critical in early host defense against invading pathogens. miR-146a has been reported to participate in the regulation of host immunity. The known mechanisms of integrations between the IFNγ and TLR signaling pathways are incompletely understood, especially in teleosts. In this study, orange-spotted grouper ( Epinephelus coioides ) IFNγ1 and IFNγ2, their biological activities, especially their involvements in TLR pathway, were explored...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Simon R Lea, Sophie L Reynolds, Manminder Kaur, Karen D Simpson, Simon R Hall, Edith M Hessel, Dave Singh
Background: COPD is a progressive inflammatory airway disease characterized by increased numbers of alveolar macrophages in the lungs. Bacterial colonization of the lungs is a common feature in COPD and can promote inflammation through continual and repeated Toll-like receptor (TLR) stimulation. We have studied the response of COPD alveolar macrophages to repetitive stimulation with TLR2 and TLR4 ligands. We investigated the effect of sequential stimulation with different ligands to determine whether this results in tolerance or amplification of the immune response...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Aruna Narula, Rajan Kumar Pandey, Nazia Khatoon, Amit Mishra, Vijay Kumar Prajapati
Chikungunya infection has been a cause of countless deaths worldwide. Due to lack of permanent treatment and prevention of this disease, the mortality rate remains very high. Therefore, we followed an immunoinformatics approach for the development of multi-epitope subunit vaccine which is able to elucidate humoral, cell-mediated and innate immune responses inside the host body. Both structural and non-structural proteins of chikungunya virus were utilized for prediction of B-cell and T-cell binding epitopes along with interferon-γ (IFN-γ) inducing epitopes...
March 10, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Hisashi Kanemaru, Fumihiro Yamane, Hiroki Tanaka, Kazuhiko Maeda, Takashi Satoh, Shizuo Akira
Growing evidence has revealed that the transcription factor basic leucine zipper transcription factor ATF-like 2 (BATF2) has unique transcriptional activities, including regulating cytokines via TLR signals in macrophages, which affect mortality due to infection and cancer. Based on genome-wide analyses using the chromatin immunoprecipitation-sequencing technique, we found that dual-specificity phosphatase 2 (Dusp2) had a significantly lower acetyl-histone status in Batf2-/- bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs) compared with wild-type (WT) BMDMs...
March 9, 2018: International Immunology
Hind Hamzeh-Cognasse, Philippe Berthelot, Bernard Tardy, Bruno Pozzetto, Thomas Bourlet, Sandrine Laradi, Olivier Garraud, Fabrice Cognasse
In addition to their haemostatic role and function in the repair of damaged vascular epithelium, platelets play a defensive role in innate immunity, having the capacity to produce and secrete various anti-infectious factors, as well as cytokines, chemokines and related products, to interact with other immune cells to modulate immune responses to pathogens. Thus, it is now widely acknowledged that platelets participate in inflammatory processes and infection resolution, most notably by expressing and using receptors to bind infectious pathogen moieties and contributing to pathogen clearance...
March 13, 2018: Platelets
N Lacey, A Russell-Hallinan, C C Zouboulis, F C Powell
Rosacea is a common facial skin disorder affecting middle-aged adults. Its aetiology is unknown and pathogenesis uncertain. Activation of the host innate immune response has been identified as important. The Demodex mite population in the skin of these patients is significantly higher than in subjects with normal skin suggesting they may be of etiological importance in this disorder. Little is known of the role of these mites in human skin and their potential to interact with the host immune system has not been elucidated...
March 12, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
Manoj Veleeparambil, Darshana Poddar, Samar Abdulkhalek, Patricia M Kessler, Michifumi Yamashita, Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Ganes C Sen
Mammalian TLRs recognize microbial infection or cell death-associated danger signals and trigger the appropriate cellular response. These responses determine the strength and the outcome of the host-microbe interaction. TLRs are transmembrane proteins located on the plasma or the endosomal membrane. Their ectodomains recognize specific microbial or endogenous ligands, and the cytoplasmic domains interact with specific proteins to activate intracellular signaling pathways. TLR9, an endosomal TLR, is activated by endocytosed DNA...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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