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Wen Gu, Rong Cui, Tao Ding, Xiaoming Li, Juan Peng, Weiguo Xu, Fengfeng Han, Xuejun Guo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Statins have been widely used in inflammatory diseases including asthma, because of their anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. It has been shown that simvastatin induces autophagy and cell death in some circumstances. However, the possible cross-talk between simvastatin and autophagic processes in lung disease is largely unknown. Thus, we investigated the impact of simvastatin on airway inflammation and airway remodelling and the possible relationship of these processes to a simvastatin-induced autophagic pathway in mouse models of asthma...
October 26, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Moyu Ming, Zhixi Luo, Shengqiu Lv, Chaoqian Li
The present study aimed to investigate whether inhalation of inactivated‑Mycobacterium phlei could prevent airway hyperresponsiveness and airway eosinophilia. A total of 24 male Balb/c mice were randomly divided into three groups: Normal control group (group A), asthma model group (group B) and the intervention group (group C), (8 mice/group). Group A mice were sensitized and with challenged saline and group B with ovalbumin (OVA). Group C mice were administered with aerosol Mycobacterium phlei once daily prior to the allergen challenge...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Aiko Tanaka, Mie Nishimura, Yuji Sato, Hiroki Sato, Jun Nishihira
Pleurotus cornucopiae (Oyster mushroom, Tamogitake) has long been eaten as a functional food for enhancement of the immune system, but its effectiveness has not been well confirmed in humans. To this end, we set up a double-blind placebo-controlled human clinical trial to investigate the potential of Oyster mushrooms with respect to the up-regulation of the immune system. The subjects ingested Oyster mushroom extract for 8 weeks. We measured the serum cytokine levels involved in regulation of the immune system, including interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, and tumor-necrosis factor (TNF)-α...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
John Nixon, Paul Newbold, Tomas Mustelin, Gary P Anderson, Roland Kolbeck
Eosinophils have been linked with asthma for more than a century, but their role has been unclear. This review discusses the roles of eosinophils in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and describes therapeutic antibodies that affect eosinophilia. The aims of pharmacologic treatments for pulmonary conditions are to reduce symptoms, slow decline or improve lung function, and reduce the frequency and severity of exacerbations. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are important in managing symptoms and exacerbations in asthma and COPD...
October 20, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Els De Schryver, Lara Derycke, Paloma Campo, Eline Gabriels, Guy F Joos, Thibaut Van Zele, Claus Bachert, Peter W Hellings, Philippe Gevaert
BACKGROUND: An important percentage of subjects diagnosed with chronic upper airway disease report alcohol-induced worsening of their symptoms. The prevalence and characteristics of respiratory reactions provoked by alcohol-containing drinks has not been fully investigated yet. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and characteristics of alcohol hyper-responsiveness in patients with chronic airway disease and healthy controls. Furthermore, nasal inflammation was evaluated in nasal polyp patients with and without hyper-responsiveness...
October 22, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Arpa Surapaitoon, Sutas Suttiprapa, Narong Khuntikeo, Chawalit Pairojkul
The carcinogenic liver fluke Opisthorchis viverrini causes chronic inflammation in the bile duct and resulting in unremitting tissue damage that lead to hepatobiliary diseases, including cholangiocarcinoma (CCA). Despite inflammatory cytokine expression having been studied in the animal model, so far no studies have been carried out on cytokines in human CCA cases. Here we report the profile of cytokine production in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) collected from O. viverrini-associated human CCA and uninfected normal controls after stimulation with O...
October 18, 2016: Parasitology International
Karen K Yam, Angela Brewer, Virginie Bleau, Édith Beaulieu, Corey P Mallett, Brian J Ward
We investigated the long-term immune profiles of dose-sparing, AS03-adjuvanted vaccines compared to a traditional high-dose, unadjuvated influenza vaccine formulations. BALB/c mice received 2 IM injections of influenza A/Uruguay/716/2007 (H3N2) split vaccine antigen: high-dose (HD) (3 µg hemagglutinin (HA)/dose) or low-dose (LD) formulations (0.03 µg or 0.003 µg HA) with AS03 and were followed to 34 weeks post-boost (pb). We examined serologic responses, spleen and bone marrow (BM) HA-specific antibody-secreting cells (ASCs) by ELISpot, influenza-specific cytokine/chemokine production in re-stimulated splenocytes by multiplex ELISA, and antigen-specific CD4+ T cells that express cytokines (IL-2, IFNγ, TNFa and IL-5) by flow cytometry...
October 21, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Andreas Benedikt Weins, Tilo Biedermann, Tina Weiss, Johannes Martin Weiss
Das Wells-Syndrom, auch als eosinophile Zellulitis bezeichnet, ist eine seltene, sporadisch auftretende eosinophile Dermatose mit polymorphem klinischem Bild. Als typisch gelten entzündliche Erytheme oder Plaques an den Extremitäten, die initial als Erysipel imponieren können, unter antimikrobieller Behandlung aber persistieren. Die eosinophile Zellulitis ist eine Ausschlussdiagnose, die in Zusammenschau von klinischem Befund und charakteristischem histologischem Bild (Flammenfiguren) nur im Verlauf gestellt werden kann...
October 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
Andreas Benedikt Weins, Tilo Biedermann, Tina Weiss, Johannes Martin Weiss
A rare eosinophilic dermatosis, Wells syndrome, also referred to as eosinophilic cellulitis, is characterized by great clinical variability. Typical findings include infiltrated erythematous plaques arising on the extremities. Lesions initially resemble erysipelas/cellulitis, however, they do not improve with antibiotic treatment. Eosinophilic cellulitis is a diagnosis of exclusion that may only be made over the course of the disease, taking into account clinical and characteristic histological findings (flame figures)...
October 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
Hye Seon Kang, Chin Kook Rhee, Hea Yon Lee, Hyoung Kyu Yoon, Soon Seok Kwon, Sook Young Lee
Background/Aims: Inhaled corticosteroids are the most effective treatment currently available for asthma, but their beneficial effect against airway remodeling is limited. The tyrosine kinase inhibitor nilotinib has inhibitory activity against c-kit and the platelet-derived growth factor receptor. We compared the effects of fluticasone and nilotinib on airway remodeling in a chronic asthma model. We also examined whether co-treatment with nilotinib and fluticasone had any synergistic effect in preventing airway remodeling...
October 20, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Su-Min Lim, Hyun Sik Choi, Jin-Ju Jeong, Seung-Won Han, Dong-Hyun Kim
We investigated the effect of DWac on the gut microbiota composition in mice with 2,3,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid- (TNBS-) induced colitis. Treatment with DWac restored TNBS-disturbed gut microbiota composition and attenuated TNBS-induced colitis. Moreover, we examined the effect of DWac in mice with mesalazine-resistant colitis (MRC). Intrarectal injection of TNBS in MRC mice caused severe colitis, as well as colon shortening, edema, and increased myeloperoxidase activity. Treatment with mesalazine (30 mg/kg) did not attenuate TNBS-induced colitis in MRC mice, whereas treatment with DWac (30 mg/kg) significantly attenuated TNBS-induced colitis...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Imran Rashid, Nathalie Moiré, Bruno Héraut, Isabelle Dimier-Poisson, Marie-Noëlle Mévélec
Infection with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii causes serious public health problems and is of great economic importance worldwide. No vaccine is currently available, so the design of efficient vaccine strategies is still a topical question. In this study, we evaluated the immunoprophylactic potential of a T. gondii virulence factor, the rhoptry kinase ROP18, in a mouse model of chronic toxoplasmosis: first using a recombinant protein produced in Schneider insect cells adjuvanted with poly I:C emulsified in Montanide SV71 by a parenteral route or adjuvanted with cholera toxin by the nasal route and second using a DNA plasmid encoding ROP18 adjuvanted with GM-CSF ± IL-12 DNA...
October 18, 2016: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Xu Shi, Ying Tang, Xiguang Sun, Yufei Liu, Ying Sun, Munan Sun, Yanfang Jiang, Yulin Li
The current study aimed to investigate the distribution of memory and naïve T cell (TN) subsets in hepatitis B virus (HBV)‑infected patients at different immune stages and investigate the effect of interleukin 33 (IL‑33) on the regulation of the T‑cell subsets. The distributions of memory and naïve T cells were detected by flow cytometry. ELISA was conducted to assess the levels of IL‑4, IL‑5, IL‑10, IL‑12, interferon γ and tumor necrosis factor α. The expression levels of IL‑33 and HBV x protein (HBx) were measured by reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Fahima Madouri, Pauline Chenuet, Chloé Beuraud, Louis Fauconnier, Tiffany Marchiol, Nathalie Rouxel, Aurélie Ledru, Margaux Gallerand, Vincent Lombardi, Laurent Mascarell, Quentin Marquant, Lionel Apetoh, François Erard, Marc Le Bert, Fabrice Trovero, Valérie F J Quesniaux, Bernhard Ryffel, Dieudonnée Togbe
BACKGROUND: Protein Kinase C theta (PKC-θ), a serine/threonine kinase is involved in T helper 2 (Th2) cell activation and proliferation. Innate lymphoid cells 2 (ILC2) resemble Th2 cells; produce the Th2 cytokines IL-5 and IL-13, but lack antigen specific receptors. The mechanism by which PKC-θ drives innate immune cells to instruct Th2 responses in allergic lung inflammation remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that PKC-θ contributes to ILC2 activation and may be necessary for ILC2 to instruct Th2 response...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Konrad Pazdrak, Christof Straub, Rosario Maroto, Susan Stafford, Wendy I White, William J Calhoun, Alexander Kurosky
The mechanisms contributing to persistent eosinophil activation and poor eosinopenic response to glucocorticoids in severe asthma are poorly defined. We examined the effect of cytokines typically overexpressed in the asthmatic airways on glucocorticoid signaling in in vitro activated eosinophils. An annexin V assay used to measure eosinophil apoptosis showed that cytokine combinations of IL-2 plus IL-4 as well as TNF-α plus IFN-γ, or IL-3, GM-CSF, and IL-5 alone significantly diminished the proapoptotic response to dexamethasone...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Leon A Sokulsky, Adam M Collison, Scott Nightingale, Anna Le Fevre, Elizabeth Percival, Malcolm R Starkey, Philip M Hansbro, Paul S Foster, Joerg Mattes
INTRODUCTION: Food antigens are common inflammatory triggers in pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) promotes eosinophilic inflammation through the upregulation of Midline (MID)-1 and subsequent downregulation of Protein Phosphatase 2A (PP2A) but the role of this pathway in EoE that is experimentally induced by repeated food antigen challenges has not been investigated. METHODS: Esophageal mucosal biopsies were collected from children with EoE and controls and assessed for TRAIL and MID-1 protein and mRNA transcript levels...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Philipp Lohneis, Stephan Wienert, Frederick Klauschen, Ioannis Anagnostopoulos, Korinna Jöhrens
There is evidence from studies on fibrotic diseases that a TH2 polarized immune response, characterized by the production of cytokines like IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13 is important for fibrosis development. Data concerning the role of TH2 polarized immune response for fibrogenesis in lymphomas are scarce. Using immunohistochemistry, we investigated paraffin embedded tissue specimens of 58 follicular lymphomas (FL) grade 1/2 with and without fibrosis. In FL with fibrosis, we detected more interfollicular GATA-3 positive lymphocytes and a shift towards a TH2 immune response...
October 13, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Mark Bazett, Agnieszka Biala, Ryan D Huff, Momir Bosiljcic, Hal Gunn, Shirin Kalyan, Jeremy A Hirota
There is an unmet need for effective new and innovative treatments for asthma. It is becoming increasingly evident that bacterial stimulation can have beneficial effects at attenuating allergic airway disease through immune modulation. Our aim was to test the ability of a novel inactivated microbe-derived therapeutic based on Klebsiella (KB) in a model of allergic airway disease in mice. BALB/c mice were exposed intranasally to house dust mite (HDM) for two weeks. Mice were treated prophylactically via subcutaneous route with either KB or placebo for one week prior to HDM exposure and throughout the two week exposure period...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Andrew Abboud, Qi Mi, Ava Puccio, David Okonkwo, Marius Buliga, Gregory Constantine, Yoram Vodovotz
Inflammation induced by traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a complex mediator of morbidity and mortality. We have previously demonstrated the utility of both data-driven and mechanistic models in settings of traumatic injury. We hypothesized that differential dynamic inflammation programs characterize TBI survivors vs. non-survivors, and sought to leverage computational modeling to derive novel insights into this life/death bifurcation. Thirteen inflammatory cytokines and chemokines were determined using Luminex™ in serial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from 31 TBI patients over 5 days...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Richard Russell, Christopher E Brightling
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