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Kangkana Kataki, Parikhit Borthakur, Namrata Kumari, Manab Deka, Amal Ch Kataki, Subhash Medhi
BACKGROUND: During Hepatitis B virus infection, the pathogen sensors Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a role in innate immunity system. AIM: The study aimed to investigate mRNA expression levels of TLR2 and TLR3 in Hepatitis B virus (HBV) mediated chronic hepatitis B (CHB), cirrhosis (CIRR) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to correlate viral load with severity of these diseases and expression of TLRs. METHOD: A total of 180 HBV DNA positive samples were selected for the study...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Stuart G Tangye
Some autoimmune disorders are monogenetic diseases; however, clinical manifestations among individuals vary, despite the presence of identical mutations in the disease-causing gene. In this issue of the JCI, Massaad and colleagues characterized a seemingly monogenic autoimmune disorder in a family that was linked to homozygous loss-of-function mutations in the gene encoding the endonuclease Nei endonuclease VIII-like 3 (NEIL3), which has not been previously associated with autoimmunity. The identification of an unrelated healthy individual with the same homozygous mutation spurred more in-depth analysis of the data and revealed the presence of a second mutation in a known autoimmune-associated gene...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Alexander K Andrianov, Alexander Marin, Thomas R Fuerst
Two macromolecular immunoadjuvants - poly[di(carboxylatophenoxy)phosphazene], PCPP and poly[di(carboxylatoethylphenoxy)phosphazene], PCEP have been investigated for their molecular interactions with model and bio-pharmaceutically important proteins in solutions, as well as for their TLR stimulatory effects and pH-dependent membrane disruptive activity in cellular assays. Solution interactions between polyphosphazenes and proteins, including antigens and soluble immune receptor proteins, have been studied using Asymmetric Flow Field Flow Fractionation (AF4) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) at near physiological conditions - phosphate buffered saline, pH 7...
October 17, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Yi Zhou, Wenjuan Yu, Huan Zhong, Jianlin Li, Hongxia Li, Feng He, Jie Zhou, Yongkai Tang, Juhua Yu, Fan Yu
Common carp (Cyprinus carpio) is a widespread freshwater fish and economically important species in China and other East Asian countries. Recent studies suggest that insulin can alter the expression of immune genes and, thus, can be regarded as an immunomodulatory hormone. To understand the mechanism of the immune response to insulin, we performed a comparative RNA-seq transcriptome analysis using livers from common carp injected with insulin (5 μg/g bodyweight) or saline as a control. After filtering the low-quality reads and removing the adaptors, the clean raw reads were assembled into 60,421 unigenes with mean length of 746...
October 11, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Bruno Sangiorgi, Rodrigo Alexandre Panepucci
In the last decade, the immunomodulatory properties of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have attracted a lot of attention, due to their potential applicability in the treatment of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a condition frequently associated with opportunistic infections. The present review addresses how Pathogen-Associated Molecular Patterns (PAMPS) modulate the immunosuppressive phenotype of human MSCs by signaling through Toll-like receptors (TLRs). Overall, we observed that regardless of the source tissue, human MSCs express TLR2, TLR3, TLR4, and TLR9...
2016: Stem Cells International
Semmannan Kalaiyarasu, Manoj Kumar, Dhanapal Senthil Kumar, Sandeep Bhatia, Sandeep Kumar Dash, Sushant Bhat, Rohit K Khetan, Shanmugasundaram Nagarajan
One of the major causes of death in highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) infection in chicken is due to acute induction of pro-inflammatory cytokine (cytokine storm) which leads to severe pathology and acute mortality. Dendritic cells and macrophages of respiratory tract are the major antigen presenting cells (APCs) getting exposed to mucosal pathogens. We hypothesized that chicken dendritic cells might be a major target for H5N1 HPAIV for induction of cytokine dysregulation. Infection of chMoDCs with H5N1 HPAIV produced high titers of progeny virus with more rounding and cytotoxicity than H9N2 LPAIV...
October 12, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
Anna Pomerenke, Simon R Lea, Sarah Herrick, Mark A Lindsay, Dave Singh
PURPOSE: Viruses are a common cause of exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They activate toll-like receptors (TLRs) 3, 7, and 8, leading to a pro-inflammatory response. We have characterized the responses of TLR3 and TLR7/8 in lung tissue explants from COPD patients and control smokers. METHODS: We prepared lung whole tissue explants (WTEs) from patients undergoing surgery for confirmed or suspected lung cancer. In order to mimic the conditions of viral infection, we used poly(I:C) for TLR3 stimulation and R848 for TLR7/8 stimulation...
2016: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Shravan K Chintala, Naveena Daram
Purpose: To investigate the role of RNA 3'-terminal phosphate cyclase (Rtca) in Toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3)-mediated loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and their axons. Methods: Polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid (Poly[I:C]) or PBS was injected into the vitreous humor of C57BL/6J and Tlr3 knockout mice. C57BL/6J mouse eyes were treated with Rtca silencing RNA or control RNA, with or without PBS or Poly(I:C). At 24, 48, and 72 hours after treatments, RGC loss was determined with the brain-specific homeobox/POU domain protein 3a antibody, and axonal loss was assessed by using the neuronal class III beta-tubulin (Tuj1) antibody...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Ana María Vega-Letter, Mónica Kurte, Catalina Fernández-O'Ryan, Melanie Gauthier-Abeliuk, Patricia Fuenzalida, Ivón Moya-Uribe, Claudia Altamirano, Fernando Figueroa, Carlos Irarrázabal, Flavio Carrión
BACKGROUND: Recently, it has been observed that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can modulate their immunoregulatory properties depending on the specific in-vitro activation of different Toll-like receptors (TLR), such as TLR3 and TLR4. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of polyinosinic:polycytidylic acid (poly(I:C)) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) pretreatment on the immunological capacity of MSCs in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: C57BL/6 bone marrow-derived MSCs were pretreated with poly(I:C) and LPS for 1 hour and their immunomodulatory capacity was evaluated...
October 10, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Bei Liu, Ruili Sun, Hongbo Luo, Xueting Liu, Manli Jiang, Chuang Yuan, Li Yang, Jinyue Hu
Our previous study showed that TLR3 induces apoptosis via both death receptors and mitochondial in human endothelial cells. We report here that the activation of TLR4 induced dose- and time-dependent cell death in moncytic THP-1 cells. LPS treatment of THP-1 cells induced the activation of both caspase 8 and 9, suggesting the involvement of intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis pathways. TNFα was induced by TLR4 activation at both mRNA and protein levels, but its neutralization did not down-regulated TLR4-induced cell death...
October 4, 2016: Immunobiology
Xiangyu Yao, Jian Wu, Meng Lin, Wenxiang Sun, Xiao He, Channe Gowda, Silvia Bolland, Carole A Long, Rongfu Wang, Xin-Zhuan Su
Both type I interferon (IFN-I) and CD40 play a significant role in various infectious diseases, including malaria and autoimmune disorders. CD40 is mostly known to function in adaptive immunity, but previous observations of elevated CD40 levels early after malaria infection of mice led us to investigate its roles in innate IFN-I responses and disease control. Using a Plasmodium yoelii nigeriensis N67 and C57BL/6 mouse model, we showed that infected CD40-/- mice had reduced STING and serum IFN-β levels day-2 post infection, higher day-4 parasitemia, and earlier deaths...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Haiyan Zhang, Guobin Hu, Qiuming Liu, Shicui Zhang
Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) in mammals is a member of the ancient Toll-like family of receptors that predominantly recognizes conserved components of Gram-positive bacteria. In the present study, a tlr2 gene and its 5'-flanking sequence were cloned from turbot, Scophthalmus maximus, its responsive expressions to various immunostimulants were subsequently studied in vivo. The turbot (sm)tlr2 gene spans over 9.0 kb with a structure of 12 exon-11 intron and encodes 816 amino acids. The deduced protein shows the highest sequence identity (76...
October 3, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Nicola L D Overton, David W Denning, Paul Bowyer, Angela Simpson
BACKGROUND: In patients with asthma, the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus can cause allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). Familial ABPA is reported, and some genetic factors have been associated with the disease, however, these are small studies (n ≤ 38) and do not explain all cases of ABPA. METHODS: We analysed SNPs in 95 ABPA patients, comparing frequencies to 152 atopic asthmatic and 279 healthy controls. Twenty two genes were selected from literature, and 195 tagging SNPs were analysed for genetic association with ABPA using logistic regression corrected for multiple testing...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Wanwan Huai, Hui Song, Zhongxia Yu, Wenwen Wang, Lihui Han, Takeharu Sakamoto, Motoharu Seiki, Lining Zhang, Qunye Zhang, Wei Zhao
Type I IFNs (IFN-α/β) play crucial roles in the elimination of invading viruses. Multiple immune cells including macrophages recognize viral infection through a variety of pattern recognition receptors, such as Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and retinoic acid-inducible gene-I (RIG-I)-like receptors, and initiate type I IFN secretion and subsequent antiviral immune responses. However, the mechanisms by which host immune cells can produce adequate amounts of type I IFNs and then eliminate viruses effectively remain to be further elucidated...
October 3, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Michael B Cheung, Viviana Sampayo-Escobar, Ryan Green, Martin L Moore, Subhra Mohapatra, Shyam S Mohapatra
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has been reported to infect human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) but the consequences are poorly understood. MSCs are present in nearly every organ including the nasal mucosa and the lung and play a role in regulating immune responses and mediating tissue repair. We sought to determine whether RSV infection of MSCs enhances their immune regulatory functions and contributes to RSV-associated lung disease. RSV was shown to replicate in human MSCs by fluorescence microscopy, plaque assay, and expression of RSV transcripts...
2016: PloS One
Q Zhang, X L Fu, F H Qian, Q Cao, Z D Mao, J L Bai, Q Du, Y Shi
Toll-like receptor (TLR) 3 mediates antivirus immunity and is involved in asthma exacerbation and development. However, the genetic association between TLR3 and asthma remains unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of polymorphisms within TLR3 on asthma risk and asthma-related phenotypes in the Chinese Han population. A total number of 462 unrelated adult patients with asthma and 398 healthy volunteers were enrolled in this study. The genotypes of tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in TLR3 gene were determined using multiplex SNaPshot SNP genotyping assays...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Immunogenetics
Nandan P Deshpande, Marc R Wilkins, Natalia Castaño-Rodríguez, Emily Bainbridge, Nidhi Sodhi, Stephen M Riordan, Hazel M Mitchell, Nadeem O Kaakoush
The epithelial response to the opportunistic pathogen Campylobacter concisus is poorly characterised. Here, we assessed the intestinal epithelial responses to two C. concisus strains with different virulence characteristics in Caco-2 cells using RNAseq, and validated a subset of the response using qPCR arrays. C. concisus strains induced distinct response patterns from intestinal epithelial cells, with the toxigenic strain inducing a significantly more amplified response. A range of cellular functions were significantly regulated in a strain-specific manner, including epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (NOTCH and Hedgehog), cytoskeletal remodeling, tight junctions, inflammatory responses and autophagy...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Frédérique Larousserie, Laura Bsiri, Valérie Dumaine, Céline Dietrich, Anne Audebourg, Brigitte Radenen-Bussière, Philippe Anract, Marie-Cécile Vacher-Lavenu, Odile Devergne
IL-27 regulates immune responses as well as hematopoiesis and bone remodeling, but its cellular sources in the bone remain unknown. In this study, we investigated whether osteoclasts and osteoblasts-the 2 cell types orchestrating bone homeostasis-could be a source of IL-27 and identified stimuli that induce its expression in vitro. We observed that human monocyte-derived osteoclasts expressed a broader range of TLRs than did human primary osteoblasts and that both cell types exhibited a differential induction of IL-27 expression in response to TLR or cytokine stimulation...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Andriana I Papaioannou, Aris Spathis, Konstantinos Kostikas, Petros Karakitsos, Spyros Papiris, Christos Rossios
Asthma is a heterogeneous inflammatory disease caused by association of genetic and environmental factors and its incidence has significantly increased over the latest years. The clinical manifestations of asthma are the result of airway hyper-reactivity to a variety of triggers such as aeroallergens, viral and bacterial components. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are pathogen associated molecular pattern receptors, which are also expressed in the lung tissue as well as in several cells of the innate and adaptive immune system...
September 24, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
A Głobińska, M Pawełczyk, A Piechota-Polańczyk, A Olszewska-Ziąber, S Moskwa, A Mikołajczyk, A Jabłońska, P Zakrzewski, M Brauncajs, M Jarzębska, S Taka, N G Papadopoulos, M L Kowalski
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to assess the immune response to parainfluenza virus type 3 (PIV3), rhinovirus 1B (RV1B) and intracellular Toll-like receptors (TLR) agonists in nasal epithelial cells (NECs) from patients with allergic rhinitis and healthy controls. METHODS: NECs were obtained from 8 patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) and 11 non-atopic healthy controls (HC) by nasal scraping, grown to confluence and exposed to PIV3, RV1B infection or TLR3 and TLR7/8 agonists...
September 26, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
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