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Stephen B Smith, Zhaobin Xu, Tatiana Novitskaya, Bo Zhang, Elena Chepurko, Xin-An Pu, Debra G Wheeler, Mark Ziolo, Richard J Gumina
AIMS: Prior work suggests that ischemic preconditioning increases the level of CD39 in the heart and contributes to cardiac protection. Therefore, we examined if targeted cardiac expression of CD39 protects against myocardial injury. MAIN METHODS: Mice with cardiac-specific expression of human CD39 (αMHC/hCD39-Tg) were generated, characterized and subjected to left coronary artery ischemia-reperfusion injury and infarct size at 24h following injury quantified. KEY FINDINGS: αMHC/hCD39-Tg mice have increased in cardiac ATPase and ADPase activity compared to WT littermates...
October 15, 2016: Life Sciences
Xiao-Yan Cai, Xiao-Chun Ni, Yong Yi, Hong-Wei He, Jia-Xing Wang, Yi-Peng Fu, Jian Sun, Jian Zhou, Yun-Feng Cheng, Jian-Jun Jin, Jia Fan, Shuang-Jian Qiu
Nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase-1 (ENTPD1/CD39) is the rate-limiting enzyme in a cascade leading to the generation of immunosuppressive adenosine and plays an important role in tumor progression. This study aimed to evaluate the expression of CD39 and CD39Foxp3 regulatory T cells (Tregs) and to determine their prognostic role in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after radical resection.Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and double IHC were used to analyze CD39 expression or the expression of CD39 and Foxp3 in a cohort of 324 HCC patients who underwent curative resection...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Luiz Eduardo Baggio Savio, Mariana G Juste Andrade, Paola de Andrade Mello, Patrícia Teixeira Santana, Aline Cristina Abreu Moreira-Souza, Janaína Kolling, Aline Longoni, Linda Feldbrügge, Yan Wu, Angela T S Wyse, Simon C Robson, Robson Coutinho-Silva
Sepsis results in unfettered inflammation, tissue damage, and multiple organ failure. Diffuse brain dysfunction and neurological manifestations secondary to sepsis are termed sepsis-associated encephalopathy (SAE). Extracellular nucleotides, proinflammatory cytokines, and oxidative stress reactions are associated with delirium and brain injury, and might be linked to the pathophysiology of SAE. P2X7 receptor activation by extracellular ATP leads to maturation and release of IL-1β by immune cells, which stimulates the production of oxygen reactive species...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Sanjay B Rathod, Anuradha S Tripathy
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Literature on the role of Regulatory T cells (Tregs) in acute viral infections is limited. Having established that the Tregs in self-limiting hepatitis E infection are elevated and functional, this study has focused on characterizing the specificity, phenotypes and identifying the molecules or factors responsible for enhancement of Treg cells and abrogation of Treg-mediated suppression in hepatitis E. METHODS: HEV rORF2p specific (a) Treg frequency, subset analysis and expression of surface and intracellular markers on Tregs and CFSE based functional analysis by flow cytometry (b) key cytokines quantification by multiplex (c) suppressive functional assay in the presence of anti-TGF-β1 or anti-IL-10 or both antibodies or Transwell insert or in combination were performed on samples from 58 acute patients (AVH-E), 45 recovered individuals from hepatitis E and 55 controls...
October 6, 2016: Human Immunology
Geok Choo Sim, Chengwen Liu, Ena Wang, Hui Liu, Caitlin Creasy, Zhimin Dai, Willem W Overwijk, Jason Roszik, Francesco M Marincola, Patrick Hwu, Elizabeth A Grimm, Laszlo G Radvanyi
Clinical responses to high-dose IL-2 therapy are limited due to selective expansion of CD4+CD25+oxp3+ T-regulatory cells (Tregs) especially ICOS+Tregs, rather than NK cells and effector T cells. These ICOS+Tregs are highly suppressive and constitutively express high levels of IL-2Ralpha (CD25) and CD39. Here, we characterized the effect of a mutant form of IL-2 (F42K), which preferentially binds to the lower affinity IL-2Rbetagamma with reduced binding to CD25, on Tregs, effector NK cells, and T-cell subsets...
October 3, 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
Mohammad-Ali Jenabian, Cecilia T Costiniuk, Vikram Mehraj, Feras M Ghazawi, Rémi Fromentin, Joëlle Brousseau, Pierre Brassard, Maud Bélanger, Petronela Ancuta, Reina Bendayan, Nicolas Chomont, Jean-Pierre Routy
OBJECTIVE: HIV persistence in long-lived infected cells and in anatomical sanctuary sites are major hurdles to HIV eradication. Testicular tissue may represent a significant viral sanctuary site as it constitutes an immunologically-privileged compartment. We assessed immuno-tolerance properties of the testicular tissue in individuals receiving suppressive ART. DESIGN AND METHODS: Testicular tissue and matched blood samples were collected from 6 virally suppressed adults and 10 HIV-uninfected controls prior to gender reassignment surgery...
September 24, 2016: AIDS
Ke Dong, Zhao-Wei Gao, Hui-Zhong Zhang
Autoimmune diseases are characterized by the abnormal immune response against self-tissue, which are caused by the failure of nature immune homeostasis. Nature immune homeostasis represents the normal state of appropriate immune response to nonself-antigen and unresponsiveness to self-antigens. In normal situation, immune homeostasis is regulated by immunosuppressive signal and immunostimulating signal together. Accumulating data have demonstrated that the adenosinergic pathway played key roles in immune suppression and shield body from an excessive inflammatory response...
September 24, 2016: Immunologic Research
Yuliia Kaljas, Chengqian Liu, Maksym Skaldin, Chengxiang Wu, Qing Zhou, Yuanan Lu, Ivona Aksentijevich, Andrey V Zavialov
At sites of inflammation and tumor growth, the local concentration of extracellular adenosine rapidly increases and plays a role in controlling the immune responses of nearby cells. Adenosine deaminases ADA1 and ADA2 (ADAs) decrease the level of adenosine by converting it to inosine, which serves as a negative feedback mechanism. Mutations in the genes encoding ADAs lead to impaired immune function, which suggests a crucial role for ADAs in immune system regulation. It is not clear why humans and other mammals possess two enzymes with adenosine deaminase activity...
September 23, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
E Raposio, S Bonomini, F Calderazzi
INTRODUCTION: Adipose tissue represents an abundant and accessible source of adult stem cells that can differentiate into cells and tissues of mesodermal origin, including osteogenic cells. METHODS: This paper describes the procedure to obtain a 5-cm(3) saline sample, containing the adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) pellet, starting from lipoaspirate obtained from a conventional abdominal liposuction. RESULTS: A mean of 2.5×10(6) cells is isolated for each procedure; 35% (875000) of these are CD34+/CD45- cells, which express a subset of both positive (CD10, CD13, CD44, CD59, CD73, CD90, HLAABC) and negative (CD33, CD39, CD102, CD106, CD146, HLADR) cell-associated surface antigens, characterizing them as ASCs...
September 13, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Olivia J Hall, Nathachit Limjunyawong, Meghan S Vermillion, Dionne P Robinson, Nicholas Wohlgemuth, Andrew Pekosz, Wayne Mitzner, Sabra L Klein
Over 100 million women use progesterone therapies worldwide. Despite having immunomodulatory and repair properties, their effects on the outcome of viral diseases outside of the reproductive tract have not been evaluated. Administration of exogenous progesterone (at concentrations that mimic the luteal phase) to progesterone-depleted adult female mice conferred protection from both lethal and sublethal influenza A virus (IAV) infection. Progesterone treatment altered the inflammatory environment of the lungs, but had no effects on viral load...
September 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Karsten Mahnke, Jurgina Useliene, Sabine Ring, Paula Kage, Verena Jendrossek, Simon C Robson, Matilda Bylaite-Bucinskiene, Kerstin Steinbrink, Alexander H Enk
Injection of regulatory T cells (Treg) followed by sensitization with TNCB induced a transient increase in size and cellularity of skin draining lymph nodes (LN) in mice. This led us to hypothesize that Treg may affect the trafficking of T cells from - and to peripheral LN. Two to three hours after sensitization we found fewer CD8(+) T cells expressing CD62L in LN as compared to untreated controls. Injection of wildtype Treg prevented this down-regulation of CD62L. In contrast, Treg devoid of the ATP-degrading ecto-enzyme CD39 were unable to do so...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Sènan M d'Almeida, Gilles Kauffenstein, Charlotte Roy, Laetitia Basset, Loukas Papargyris, Daniel Henrion, Véronique Catros, Norbert Ifrah, Philippe Descamps, Anne Croue, Pascale Jeannin, Marc Grégoire, Yves Delneste, Julie Tabiasco
Tumor-associated macrophages (TAM) are immunosuppressive cells that can massively accumulate in the tumor microenvironment. In patients with ovarian cancer, their density is correlated with poor prognosis. Targeting mediators that control the generation or the differentiation of immunoregulatory macrophages represents a therapeutic challenge to overcome tumor-associated immunosuppression. The ectonucleotidase CD39 hydrolyzes ATP into extracellular adenosine that exhibits potent immunosuppressive properties when signaling through the A2A adenosine receptor...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Eleonora Timperi, Ilenia Pacella, Valeria Schinzari, Chiara Focaccetti, Luca Sacco, Francesco Farelli, Roberto Caronna, Gabriella Del Bene, Flavia Longo, Antonio Ciardi, Sergio Morelli, Anna Rita Vestri, Piero Chirletti, Vincenzo Barnaba, Silvia Piconese
Tregs can contribute to tumor progression by suppressing antitumor immunity. Exceptionally, in human colorectal cancer (CRC), Tregs are thought to exert beneficial roles in controlling pro-tumor chronic inflammation. The goal of our study was to characterize CRC-infiltrating Tregs at multiple levels, by phenotypical, molecular and functional evaluation of Tregs from the tumor site, compared to non-tumoral mucosa and peripheral blood of CRC patients. The frequency of Tregs was higher in mucosa than in blood, and further significantly increased in tumor...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Karen Freitas Santos, Jessié Martins Gutierres, Micheli Mainardi Pillat, Vitor Braga Rissi, Maria do Carmo Dos Santos Araújo, Gustavo Bertol, Paulo Bayard Dias Gonçalves, Maria Rosa Chitolina Schetinger, Vera Maria Morsch
ETHOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Uncaria tomentosa (Willd.) DC. (Rubiaceae) (Ut), also known as cat's claw, is a woody liana widely spread throughout the Amazon rainforest of Central and South America, containing many chemical constituents such as oxindole alkaloids, which are responsible for various biological activities. Since ancient times, the indigenous people of Peru have used it as a bark infusion for the treatment of a wide range of health problems gastric ulcers, arthritis and rheumatism...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Alireza Raissadati, Raimo Tuuminen, Alexey Dashkevich, Maija Bry, Riikka Kivelä, Andrey Anisimov, Simo Syrjälä, Ralica Arnaudova, Eeva Rouvinen, Mikko Ai Keränen, Rainer Krebs, Antti I Nykänen, Karl B Lemström
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac vascular endothelial growth factor-B transgene limits myocardial damage in rat infarction models. We investigated whether heart transplant vascular endothelial growth factor-B overexpression protected against ischemia-reperfusion injury. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We transplanted hearts heterotopically from Dark Agouti to Wistar Furth rats. To characterize the role of vascular endothelial growth factor-B in ischemia-reperfusion injury, we transplanted either long-term human vascular endothelial growth factor-B transgene overexpressing hearts from Wistar Furth rats or short-term adeno-associated virus 9-human vascular endothelial growth factor-B-transduced hearts from Dark Agouti rats into Wistar Furth rats...
September 1, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Haouraa Mostafa, Andrej Pala, Josef Högel, Michal Hlavac, Elvira Dietrich, M Andrew Westhoff, Lisa Nonnenmacher, Timo Burster, Michael Georgieff, C Rainer Wirtz, E Marion Schneider
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a common primary malignant brain tumor, rarely disseminates beyond the central nervous system and has a very bad prognosis. The current study aimed at the analysis of immunological control in individual patients with GBM. METHODS: Immune phenotypes and plasma biomarkers of GBM patients were determined at the time of diagnosis using flow cytometry and ELISA, respectively. RESULTS: Using descriptive statistics, we found that immune anomalies were distinct in individual patients...
2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Veena Roberts, B Lu, J Chia, P J Cowan, K M Dwyer
Chronic kidney disease has multiple etiologies, but its single, hallmark lesion is renal fibrosis. CD39 is a key purinergic enzyme in the hydrolysis of ATP and increased CD39 activity on regulatory T cells (Treg) is protective in adriamycin-induced renal fibrosis. We examined the effect of overexpression of human CD39 on the development of renal fibrosis in the unilateral ureteric obstructive (UUO) model, a model widely used to study the molecular and cellular factors involved in renal fibrosis. Mice overexpressing human CD39 (CD39Tg) and their wild-type (WT) littermates were subjected to UUO; renal histology and messenger RNA (mRNA) levels of adenosine receptors and markers of renal fibrosis were examined up to 14 days after UUO...
August 26, 2016: Purinergic Signalling
E Keoshkerian, M Hunter, B Cameron, N Nguyen, P Sugden, R Bull, A Zekry, L Maher, N Seddiki, J Zaunders, A Kelleher, A R Lloyd
Clearance of primary hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been associated with strong and broadly targeted cellular immune responses. This study aimed to characterize HCV-specific CD4+ effector and regulatory T-cell numbers and cytokine production during primary infection. Antigen-specific CD4+ T-cell responses were investigated in a longitudinal cohort of subjects from pre-infection to postoutcome, including subjects who cleared [n=12] or became chronically infected [n=17]. A cross-sectional cohort with previously cleared, or chronic infection [n=15 for each], was also studied...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
Martha de Oliveira Bravo, Juliana Lott Carvalho, Felipe Saldanha-Araujo
Adenosine is an important molecule that exerts control on the immune system, by signaling through receptors lying on the surface of immune cells. This nucleotide is produced, in part, by the action of the ectoenzymes CD39 and CD73. Interestingly, these proteins are expressed on the cell surface of regulatory T-cells (Tregs) and mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs)-two cell populations that have emerged as potential therapeutic tools in the field of cell therapy. In fact, the production of adenosine constitutes a mechanism used by both cell types to control the immune response...
August 25, 2016: Purinergic Signalling
Dae-Jin Kwon, Dong-Hwan Kim, In-Sul Hwang, Dong-Ern Kim, Hyung-Joo Kim, Jang-Seong Kim, Kichoon Lee, Gi-Sun Im, Jeong-Woong Lee, Seongsoo Hwang
Recent progress in genetic manipulation of pigs designated for xenotransplantation ha6s shown considerable promise on xenograft survival in primates. However, genetic modification of multiple genes in donor pigs by knock-out and knock-in technologies, aiming to enhance immunological tolerance against transplanted organs in the recipients, has not been evaluated for health issues of donor pigs. We produced transgenic Massachusetts General Hospital piglets by knocking-out the α-1,3-galactosyltransferase (GT) gene and by simultaneously knocking-in an expression cassette containing five different human genes including, DAF, CD39, TFPI, C1 inhibitor (C1-INH), and TNFAIP3 (A20) [GT(-(DAF/CD39/TFPI/C1-INH/TNFAIP3)/+)] that are connected by 2A peptide cleavage sequences to release individual proteins from a single translational product...
August 23, 2016: Transgenic Research
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