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Mei-Hong Xiu, Dong Wang, Song Chen, Xiang-Dong Du, Da-Chun Chen, Nan Chen, Yue-Chan Wang, Guangzhong Yin, Yingyang Zhang, Yun-Long Tan, Raymond Y Cho, Jair C Soares, Xiang-Yang Zhang
Previous studies consistently showed that IL-3 signaling may be involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. However, investigations of associations between IL-3 and the neurocognitive impairments are lacking, including the study of how this may vary with stage of illness. We recruited 45 first-episode drug-naïve (FE-Sz), 35 chronic medicated schizophrenia (Ch-Sz) and 40 healthy controls (HC) and examined the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) and serum IL-3. Altered serum IL-3 levels were found in both patient groups compared with HC group (both p < 0...
March 6, 2018: Psychiatry Research
Polina Zjablovskaja, Petr Danek, Miroslava Kardosova, Meritxell Alberich-Jorda
Understanding of the hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell biology has important implications for regenerative medicine and the treatment of hematological pathologies. Despite the most relevant data that can be acquired using in vivo models or primary cultures, the low abundance of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells considerably restricts the pool of suitable techniques for their investigation. Therefore, the use of cell lines allows sufficient production of biological material for the performance of screenings or assays that require large cell numbers...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
E Ridolo, I Martignago, S Masieri
Allergic Rhinitis (AR) is an IgE-mediated hypersensitivity disease caused by inhalation of an allergen to which the patients is sensitized. Etiopathogenesis of AR comprises a sensitization phase, an immediate phase and a late phase. In the sensitization phase, inhaled allergens are processed in peptides and come into contact with the nasal mucosa cells. Antigen-Presenting Cells (APCs), especially represented by Dendritic Cells (DCs), capture them through the interaction with their own MHC class II complexes and migrate to lymph nodes...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Di Wang, Qian Li, Yidi Qu, Mengya Wang, Lanzhou Li, Yang Liu, Yu Li
Gloeostereum incarnatum , a precious edible mushroom, displays anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory activities; however, its immunomodulatory effect has not been studied yet. The present study aimed to investigate whether polysaccharide compositions of G. incarnatum polysaccharides (GIPS) possess immunomodulatory and immuno-enhancing effects in a Cyclophosphamide monohydrate (CTX)-induced BALB/c mice model. The 28-day GIPS administration at doses of 0.1, 0.3 and 0.9 g/kg remarkably reversed the bodyweight loss, increased the thymic index and promoted T lymphocyte proliferation in CTX-induced immunosuppressed mice...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Marco Pio La Manna, Valentina Orlando, Paolo Li Donni, Guido Sireci, Paola Di Carlo, Antonio Cascio, Francesco Dieli, Nadia Caccamo
We used the Luminex Bead Array Multiplex Immunoassay to measure cytokines, chemokines and growth factors responses to the same antigens used for RD1-based Interferon γ Release Assay (IGRA) test. Seventy-nine individuals, 27 active TB, 32 latent infection subsets, 20 individuals derivative purified protein (PPD) negative (subjects that do not have any indurative cutaneous reaction after 72 hrs of intradermal injection of PPD) and with other pulmonary disease were retrospectively studied. Forty-eight analytes were evaluated by Luminex Assay in plasma obtained from whole blood stimulated cells...
2018: PloS One
Jouha Min, Maria Nothing, Ben Coble, Hui Zheng, Jongmin Park, Hyungsoon Im, Georg F Weber, Cesar M Castro, Filip K Swirski, Ralph Weissleder, Hakho Lee
Sepsis is an often fatal condition that arises when the immune response to an infection causes widespread systemic organ injury. A critical unmet need in combating sepsis is the lack of accurate early biomarkers that produce actionable results in busy clinical settings. Here, we report the development of a point-of-care platform for rapid sepsis detection. Termed IBS (integrated biosensor for sepsis), our approach leverages i) the newly-found pathophysiological role of cytokine interleukin-3 (IL-3) in early sepsis, and ii) a hybrid magneto-electrochemical sensor for IL-3 detection...
March 13, 2018: ACS Nano
Chang Liu, Congcong Zhang, Lixin Jia, Boya Chen, Luxin Liu, Jie Sun, Wenmei Zhang, Bin You, Yulin Li, Ping Li, Jie Du
Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD) is due to degeneration of the aorta and causes a high mortality rate, while molecular mechanisms for the development of TAAD are still not completely understood. In this study, 3-aminopropionitrile (BAPN) treatment was used to induce TAAD mouse model. Through transcriptome analysis, we found the expression levels of genes associated with interleukin-3 (IL-3) signaling pathway were upregulated during TAAD development in mouse, which were validated by real-time PCR...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
A T Hastie, C Steele, C W Dunaway, W C Moore, B M Rector, E Ampleford, H Li, L C Denlinger, N Jarjour, D A Meyers, E R Bleecker
BACKGROUND: The release of various inflammatory mediators into the bronchial lumen is thought to reflect both the type and degree of airway inflammation, eosinophilic Th2, and Th9, or neutrophilic Th1, and Th17, in patients with asthma. AIMS: We investigated whether cytokines and chemokines differed in sputum from subjects with more severe compared with milder asthma, and if unbiased factor analysis of cytokine and chemokine groupings indicates specific inflammatory pathways...
March 9, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Dulshara Sachini Amarasekara, Hyeongseok Yun, Sumi Kim, Nari Lee, Hyunjong Kim, Jaerang Rho
Cytokines play a pivotal role in maintaining bone homeostasis. Osteoclasts (OCs), the sole bone resorbing cells, are regulated by numerous cytokines. Macrophage colony-stimulating factor and receptor activator of NF-κB ligand play a central role in OC differentiation, which is also termed osteoclastogenesis. Osteoclastogenic cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor-α, IL-1, IL-6, IL-7, IL-8, IL-11, IL-15, IL-17, IL-23, and IL-34, promote OC differentiation, whereas anti-osteoclastogenic cytokines, including interferon (IFN)-α, IFN-β, IFN-γ, IL-3, IL-4, IL-10, IL-12, IL-27, and IL-33, downregulate OC differentiation...
February 2018: Immune Network
Lianjin Jin, Hidetoshi Nara, Mizanur Rahman, Yuji Takeda, Akemi Araki, Hironobu Asao
The cytokine interleukin-21 (IL-21) is mainly produced from activated CD4+ T cells and natural killer T (NKT) cells. IL-21 enhances the proliferation and differentiation of T cells and B cells and also increases cytotoxicity of CD8+ T cells and NK cells through the IL-21 receptor and its downstream signaling molecules such as signal transducers and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2). SH2 domain-containing tyrosine phosphatase (SHP-2) is ubiquitously expressed, including hematopoietic cells...
2018: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Jeonghee Cho, Sujin Kim, Jinyan Du, Matthew Meyerson
Aberrant activation of cancer-derived mutants of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is closely associated with cancer pathogenesis and is thought to be mediated through multiple tyrosine phosphorylations within the C-terminal domain. Here, we examined the consequences of the loss of these C-terminal phosphorylation sites on cellular transformation in the context of lung-cancer derived L858R, exon 19 deletion and exon 20 insertion mutant EGFR. Oncogenic EGFR mutants with substitution of the 10 potential C-terminal tyrosine autophosphorylation sites for phenylalanine (CYF10) were still able to promote anchorage-independent growth in soft agar at levels comparable to the parental L858R or exon19 deletion or exon 20 insertion mutants with intact autophosphorylation sites...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Jacob T Jackson, Ashley P Ng, Benjamin J Shields, Sue Haupt, Ygal Haupt, Matthew P McCormack
The hematopoietically expressed homeobox (Hhex) transcription factor is overexpressed in human myeloid leukemias. Conditional knockout models of murine acute myeloid leukemia indicate that Hhex maintains leukemia stem cell self-renewal by enabling Polycomb-mediated epigenetic repression of the Cdkn2a tumor suppressor locus, encoding p16 Ink4a and p19 Arf However, whether Hhex overexpression also affects hematopoietic differentiation is unknown. To study this, we retrovirally overexpressed Hhex in hematopoietic progenitors...
February 27, 2018: Blood Advances
Benfang Wang, Jianjiang Yu, Ting Wang, Ying Shen, Dandan Lin, Xin Xu, Yiqiang Wang
AIMS: To define the possible effect of diabetic conditions on megakaryocytes, the long-know precursors of platelets and lately characterized modulator of hematopoietic stem quiescence-activation transition. METHODS: Megakaryoblastic MEG-01 cell culture and TPO/SCF/IL-3-induced differentiation of human umbilical blood mononuclear cells toward megakaryocytes were used to test effects of glycated bovine serum albumin (BSA-AGEs). The ob/ob mice and streptozotocin-treated mice were used as models of hyperglycemia...
February 8, 2018: Acta Diabetologica
Neha Kamran, Youping Li, Maria Sierra, Mahmoud S Alghamri, Padma Kadiyala, Henry D Appelman, Marta Edwards, Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro
Tumors are associated with expansion of immunosuppressive cells such as tumor associated macrophages (TAMs), regulatory T cells (Tregs) and myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). These cells promote tumor growth, angiogenesis, metastasis and immune escape. Cancer patients frequently present symptoms such as anemia, leukocytosis and/or cytopenia; associated with poor prognosis. To uncover tumor-mediated hematopoietic abnormalities and identify novel targets that can be harnessed to improve tumor-specific immune responses, we investigated the hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell compartment in melanoma bearing mice...
2018: Oncoimmunology
Jiqu Xu, Zumeng Xia, Shuang Rong, Hui Gao, Wei Yang, Jieliang Li, Congcong Ma, Qianchun Deng, Qingde Huang, Lingyun Xiao, Fenghong Huang
Atherosclerosis (AS) is the main cause of cardiovascular diseases. This study investigated Yirui (YR) capsules, whose ingredients are available in health food stores, against AS and the underlying mechanisms. Male apolipoprotein E-deficient mice fed a high-fat diet for 10 weeks developed severe aortic lesions, but YR significantly decreased the plaque area in the total aorta and aortic root. YR affected the serum lipid profile by significantly reducing total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), triglyceride (TG), and oxidative modification of LDL-C (Ox-LDL) levels...
January 29, 2018: Nutrients
Sophie E Broughton, Timothy R Hercus, Tracy L Nero, Winnie L Kan, Emma F Barry, Mara Dottore, Karen S Cheung Tung Shing, Craig J Morton, Urmi Dhagat, Matthew P Hardy, Nicholas J Wilson, Matthew T Downton, Christine Schieber, Timothy P Hughes, Angel F Lopez, Michael W Parker
The interleukin-3 (IL-3) receptor is a cell-surface heterodimer that links the haemopoietic, vascular and immune systems and is overexpressed in acute and chronic myeloid leukaemia progenitor cells. It belongs to the type I cytokine receptor family in which the α-subunits consist of two fibronectin III-like domains that bind cytokine, and a third, evolutionarily unrelated and topologically conserved, N-terminal domain (NTD) with unknown function. Here we show by crystallography that, while the NTD of IL3Rα is highly mobile in the presence of IL-3, it becomes surprisingly rigid in the presence of IL-3 K116W...
January 26, 2018: Nature Communications
Linda S Steelman, Steve L Abrams, Peter Ruvolo, Vivian Ruvolo, Lucio Cocco, Stefano Ratti, Alberto M Martelli, Luca M Neri, Saverio Candido, Massimo Libra, James A McCubrey
Chemotherapeutic drug treatment can result in the emergence of drug-resistant cells. By culturing an interleukin-3 (IL-3)-dependent cell line, FL5.12 cells in the presence of the chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin, we isolated FL/Doxo cells which are multi-drug resistant. Increased levels of drug efflux were detected in FL/Doxo cells which could be inhibited by the MDR1 inhibitor verapamil but not by the MRP1 inhibitor MK571. The effects of TP53 and MEK1 were examined by infection of FL/Doxo cells with retroviruses encoding either a dominant negative TP-53 gene (FL/Doxo+ TP53 (DN) or a constitutively-activated MEK-1 gene (FL/Doxo + MEK1 (CA)...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
Elena Mata, Antonio Díaz-López, Ana M Martín-Moreno, Margarita Sánchez-Beato, Ignacio Varela, María J Mestre, Carlos Santonja, Fernando Burgos, Javier Menárguez, Mónica Estévez, Mariano Provencio, Beatriz Sánchez-Espiridión, Eva Díaz, Carlos Montalbán, Miguel A Piris, Juan F García
Defining the mutational landscape of classic Hodgkin lymphoma is still a major research goal. New targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques may identify pathogenic mechanisms and new therapeutic opportunities related to this disease. We describe the mutational profile of a series of 57 cHL cases, enriched in Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells. Overall, the results confirm the presence of strong genomic heterogeneity. However, several variants were consistently detected in genes related to relevant signaling pathways, such as GM-CSF/IL-3, CBP/EP300, JAK/STAT, NF-kappaB, and numerous variants of genes affecting the B-cell receptor (BCR) pathway, such as BTK, CARD11, BCL10, among others...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
Nicole L Wittwer, Gabriela Brumatti, Ceilidh Marchant, Jarrod J Sandow, Melanie K Pudney, Mara Dottore, Richard J D'Andrea, Angel F Lopez, Paul G Ekert, Hayley S Ramshaw
High expression of the α chain of the interleukin-3 receptor (IL-3Rα; CD123) is a hallmark of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) leukemic stem cells (LSCs). Elevated CD123 expression is part of the diagnostic immunophenotyping of myeloid leukemia, and higher expression is associated with poor prognosis. However, the biological basis of the poorer prognosis is unclear, and may include heightened IL-3 signaling and non-cell autonomous interactions with the bone marrow (BM) microenvironment. We used TF-1 cells expressing different levels of CD123 and found elevated CD123 levels amplified the proliferative response to exogenous IL-3 and maintained viability in reducing IL-3 concentrations...
June 27, 2017: Blood Advances
Junhong Jiang, Xue Wu, Xiaoling Tong, Wangzhi Wei, Anan Chen, Xiaonan Wang, Yang W Shao, Jianan Huang
OBJECTIVES: ALK, RET and ROS1 fusions have been identified as treatable targets in 5%-15% of non-small-cell lung cancers, and thanks to the advanced sequencing technologies, their new partner genes have been steadily detected. Here we identified a rare fusion of ALK (GCC2-ALK) in a patient with advanced lung adenocarcinoma and monitored the treatment efficacy of ALK inhibitors on this patient. We further performed in vitro functional studies of this fusion protein for evaluating its oncogenic potential...
January 2018: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
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