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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911124/the-impact-of-interferon-alpha2-on-hla-genes-in-patients-with-polycythemia-vera-and-related-neoplasms
#1
Vibe Skov, Caroline Hasselbalch Riley, Mads Thomassen, Lasse Kjær, Thomas Stauffer Larsen, Ole Weis Bjerrum, Torben A Kruse, Hans Carl Hasselbalch
Gene expression profiling in Philadelphia-negative chronic myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) have unraveled significant deregulation of several immune and inflammation genes of potential importance for clonal evolution. Other mechanisms might be downregulation of major histocompatibility class I and II genes used by tumor cells to escape antitumor T-cell-mediated immune responses. Several genes encoding human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I and II molecules have been shown to be significantly downregulated...
December 2, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909914/association-of-snp-variants-of-mhc-class-ii-drb-gene-with-thermo-physiological-traits-in-tropical-goats
#2
Abdulmojeed Yakubu, Adebowale E Salako, Marcos De Donato, Sunday O Peters, Michael I Takeet, Mathew Wheto, Moses Okpeku, Ikhide G Imumorin
Host defense in vertebrates depend on many secreted regulatory proteins such as major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II which provide important regulatory and effector functions of T cells. Gene polymorphism in the second exon of Capra-DRB gene in three major Nigerian goat breeds [West African Dwarf (WAD), Red Sokoto (RS), and Sahel (SH)] was analyzed by restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP). Four restriction enzymes, BsaHI, AluI, HaeIII, and SacII, were utilized. The association between the polymorphic sites and some heat tolerance traits were also investigated in a total of 70 WAD, 90 RS, and 50 SH goats...
December 1, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909647/what-is-direct-allorecognition
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REVIEW
Dominic A Boardman, Jacinta Jacob, Lesley A Smyth, Giovanna Lombardi, Robert I Lechler
Direct allorecognition is the process by which donor-derived major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-peptide complexes, typically presented by donor-derived 'passenger' dendritic cells, are recognised directly by recipient T cells. In this review, we discuss the two principle theories which have been proposed to explain why individuals possess a high-precursor frequency of T cells with direct allospecificity and how self-restricted T cells recognise allogeneic MHC-peptide complexes. These theories, both of which are supported by functional and structural data, suggest that T cells recognising allogeneic MHC-peptide complexes focus either on the allopeptides bound to the allo-MHC molecules or the allo-MHC molecules themselves...
2016: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908754/cyclic-citrullinated-mbp87-99-peptide-stimulates-t-cell-responses-implications-in-triggering-disease
#4
Vasso Apostolopoulos, George Deraos, Minos-Timotheos Matsoukas, Stephanie Day, Lily Stojanovska, Theodore Tselios, Maria-Eleni Androutsou, John Matsoukas
Amino acid mutations to agonist peptide epitopes of myelin proteins have been used to modulate immune responses and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE, animal model of multiple sclerosis). Such amino acid alteration are termed, altered peptide ligands (APL). We have shown that the agonist myelin basic protein (MBP) 87-99 epitope (MBP87-99) with crucial T cell receptor (TCR) substitutions at positions 91 and 96 (K(91),P(96) (TCR contact residues) to R(91),A(96); [R(91),A(96)]MBP87-99) results in altered T cell responses and inhibits EAE symptoms...
November 19, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907087/prenylated-polyphenols-from-clusiaceae-and-calophyllaceae-with-immunomodulatory-activity-on-endothelial-cells
#5
Caroline Rouger, Sylvain Pagie, Séverine Derbré, Anne-Marie Le Ray, Pascal Richomme, Béatrice Charreau
Endothelial cells (ECs) are key players in inflammation and immune responses involved in numerous pathologies. Although attempts were experimentally undertaken to prevent and control EC activation, drug leads and probes still remain necessary. Natural products (NPs) from Clusiaceous and Calophyllaceous plants were previously reported as potential candidates to prevent endothelial dysfunction. The present study aimed to identify more precisely the molecular scaffolds that could limit EC activation. Here, 13 polyphenols belonging to 5 different chemical types of secondary metabolites (i...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903649/structural-mechanism-underpinning-cross-reactivity-of-a-cd8-t-cell-clone-that-recognises-a-peptide-derived-from-human-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase
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David K Cole, Hugo A van den Berg, Angharad Lloyd, Michael D Crowther, Konrad Beck, Julia Ekeruche-Makinde, John J Miles, Anna M Bulek, Garry Dolton, Andrea J Schauenburg, Aaron Wall, Anna Fuller, Mathew Clement, Bruno Laugel, Pierre J Rizkallah, Linda Wooldridge, Andrew K Sewell
T-cell cross-reactivity is essential for effective immune surveillance, but has also been implicated as a pathway to autoimmunity. Previous studies have demonstrated that T-cell receptors (TCRs) that focus on a minimal motif within the peptide are able to facilitate a high level of T-cell cross-reactivity. However, the structural database shows that most TCRs exhibit less focussed antigen binding involving contact with more peptide residues. To further explore the structural features that allow the clonally expressed TCR to functionally engage with multiple peptide-major histocompatibility complexes (pMHCs), we examined the ILA1 CD8+ T-cell clone that responds to a peptide sequence derived from human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900891/chondrogenesis-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-for-future-microtia-repair-using-co-culture-technique
#7
Bee See Goh, Siti Nurhadis Che Omar, Muhammad Azhan Ubaidah, Lokman Saim, Shamsul Sulaiman, Kien Hui Chua
CONCLUSION: In conclusion, these result showed HADSCs could differentiate into chondrocytes-like cells, dependent on signaling induced by TGF-β3 and chondrocytes. This is a promising result and showed that HADSCs is a potential source for future microtia repair. The technique of co-culture is a positive way forward to assist the microtia tissue. OBJECTIVE: Reconstructive surgery for the repair of microtia still remains the greatest challenge among the surgeons...
November 30, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899604/ipd-mhc-2-0-an-improved-inter-species-database-for-the-study-of-the-major-histocompatibility-complex
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Giuseppe Maccari, James Robinson, Keith Ballingall, Lisbeth A Guethlein, Unni Grimholt, Jim Kaufman, Chak-Sum Ho, Natasja G de Groot, Paul Flicek, Ronald E Bontrop, John A Hammond, Steven G E Marsh
The IPD-MHC Database project (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/ipd/mhc/) collects and expertly curates sequences of the major histocompatibility complex from non-human species and provides the infrastructure and tools to enable accurate analysis. Since the first release of the database in 2003, IPD-MHC has grown and currently hosts a number of specific sections, with more than 7000 alleles from 70 species, including non-human primates, canines, felines, equids, ovids, suids, bovins, salmonids and murids. These sequences are expertly curated and made publicly available through an open access website...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895620/excessive-cytosolic-dna-fragments-as-a-potential-trigger-of-graves-disease-an-encrypted-message-sent-by-animal-models
#9
REVIEW
Yuqian Luo, Aya Yoshihara, Kenzaburo Oda, Yuko Ishido, Koichi Suzuki
Graves' hyperthyroidism is caused by autoantibodies directed against the thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR) that mimic the action of TSH. The establishment of Graves' hyperthyroidism in experimental animals has proven to be an important approach to dissect the mechanisms of self-tolerance breakdown that lead to the production of thyroid-stimulating TSHR autoantibodies (TSAbs). "Shimojo's model" was the first successful Graves' animal model, wherein immunization with fibroblasts cells expressing TSHR and a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II molecule, but not either alone, induced TSAb production in AKR/N (H-2(k)) mice...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892856/co-infection-with-mycobacterium-bovis-does-not-alter-the-response-to-bovine-leukemia-virus-in-bola-drb3-0902-genetically-resistant-cattle
#10
Claudia M Lützelschwab, Agustina Forletti, Rosana Cepeda, Eduardo N Esteban, Omar Confalonieri, Silvina E Gutiérrez
High proviral load (HPL) profile in bovine leukemia virus infected animals poses increased risk of transmission, and development of HPL or low proviral load (LPL) profile may be attributed to host genetics. Genetic resistance and susceptibility has been mapped to the Major Histocompatibility Complex class II DRB3 gene (BoLA DRB3). The aim of this work was to determine the effect of Mycobacterium bovis infection on certain virological and host immunological parameters of BLV experimental infection. Twenty-six Argentinian Holstein calves carrying the resistance-associated marker allele BoLA DRB3*0902, susceptibility-associated marker allele BoLA DRB3*1501, or neutral BoLA DRB3 alleles, exposed to M...
September 9, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891500/interspecies-communication-between-pathogens-and-immune-cells-via-bacterial-membrane-vesicles
#11
Katerina S Jurkoshek, Ying Wang, Jaffre J Athman, Marian R Barton, Pamela A Wearsch
The production of extracellular vesicles is a universal mechanism for intercellular communication that is conserved across kingdoms. Prokaryotes secrete 50-250 nm membrane vesicles (MVs) in a manner that is regulated by environmental stress and is thought to promote survival. Since many types of host-derived stress are encountered during infection, this implies an important role for MV secretion in bacterial pathogenesis. Accordingly, MVs produced by gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens contain toxins, virulence factors, and other molecules that promote survival in the host...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891241/no-evidence-of-prenatal-diversifying-selection-at-locus-or-supertype-levels-in-the-dog-mhc-class-ii-loci
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Alina K Niskanen, Lorna J Kennedy, Hannes Lohi, Jouni Aspi, Tanja Pyhäjärvi
BACKGROUND: Despite decades of studying, the mechanisms maintaining high diversity in the genes of the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) are still puzzling scientists. In addition to pathogen recognition and other functions, MHC molecules may act prenatally in mate choice and in maternal-foetal interactions. These interactions are potential selective mechanisms that increase genetic diversity in the MHC. During pregnancy, immune response has a dual role: the foetus represents foreign tissue compared to mother, but histo-incompatibility is required for successful pregnancy...
2016: Canine Genetics and Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891224/tcr-signaling-by-conventional-cd4-t-cells-is-required-for-optimal-maintenance-of-peripheral-regulatory-t-cell-numbers
#13
Theresa M Leichner, Atsushi Satake, Taku Kambayashi
To maintain immune tolerance, regulatory T cell (Treg) numbers must be closely indexed to the number of conventional T cells (Tconvs) so that an adequate Treg:Tconv ratio can be maintained. Two factors important in this process are the cytokine interleukin-2 (IL-2) and T cell receptor (TCR) stimulation by major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC-II). Here, we report that in addition to TCR stimulation of Tregs themselves, the maintenance of Tregs also requires TCR signaling by Tconvs. We found that Tconvs produce IL-2 in response to self-peptide-MHC-II complexes and that Tconvs possessing more highly self-reactive TCRs express more IL-2 at baseline...
June 2016: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889800/polymorphism-at-expressed-dq-and-dr-loci-in-five-common-equine-mhc-haplotypes
#14
Donald Miller, Rebecca L Tallmadge, Matthew Binns, Baoli Zhu, Yasmin Ali Mohamoud, Ayeda Ahmed, Samantha A Brooks, Douglas F Antczak
The polymorphism of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II DQ and DR genes in five common equine leukocyte antigen (ELA) haplotypes was determined through sequencing of mRNA transcripts isolated from lymphocytes of eight ELA homozygous horses. Ten expressed MHC class II genes were detected in horses of the ELA-A3 haplotype carried by the donor horses of the equine bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) library and the reference genome sequence: four DR genes and six DQ genes. The other four ELA haplotypes contained at least eight expressed polymorphic MHC class II loci...
November 26, 2016: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888301/the-genome-sequence-and-insights-into-the-immunogenetics-of-the-bananaquit-passeriformes-coereba-flaveola
#15
Jennifer Antonides, Robert Ricklefs, J Andrew DeWoody
Avian genomics, especially of non-model species, is in its infancy relative to mammalian genomics. Here, we describe the sequencing, assembly, and annotation of a new avian genome, that of the bananaquit Coereba flaveola (Passeriformes: Thraupidae). We produced ∼30-fold coverage of the genome with an assembly size of ca. 1.2 Gb, including approximately 16,500 annotated genes. Passerine birds, such as the bananaquit, are commonly infected by avian malarial parasites (Haemosporida), which presumably drive adaptive evolution of immunogenetic loci within the host genome...
November 25, 2016: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888016/post-transplantation-cyclophosphamide-and-ixazomib-combination-rescues-mice-subjected-to-experimental-gvhd-and-is-superior-to-either-agent-alone
#16
A Samer Al-Homsi, Austin Goodyke, Michael McLane, Sarah Abdel-Mageed, Kelli Cole, Marlee Muilenburg, Yuxin Feng
Lapses in the prevention of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) warrants novel approaches. Such approaches include, among others, the use of post-transplantation cyclophosphamide (PTC) and proteasome inhibitors. Although PTC alone consistently produces low rates of chronic GvHD, the incidence of acute GvHD remains significant. Inversely, prolonged post-transplantation administration of proteasome inhibitors carries a risk of paradoxical aggravation of GvHD...
November 22, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884943/recombinant-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-type-a-stimulate-antitumoral-cytokines
#17
Reza Agheli, Bijan Emkanian, Raheleh Halabian, Jalil Fallah Mehrabadi, Abbas Ali Imani Fooladi
BACKGROUND: About 20 different types of staphylococcal enterotoxins are produced by Staphylococcus aureus, in which type A is more common in food poisoning syndrome. Also staphylococcal enterotoxin A superantigen is a potent inducer of cytotoxic T lymphocyte activity and cytokine production and could stimulate T cells containing T-cell receptor beta chain domains when binding to major histocompatibility complex class II molecules. Hence, it is an important reagent in cancer immunotherapy...
November 23, 2016: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883001/psoriasis
#18
Jacqueline E Greb, Ari M Goldminz, James T Elder, Mark G Lebwohl, Dafna D Gladman, Jashin J Wu, Nehal N Mehta, Andrew Y Finlay, Alice B Gottlieb
Psoriasis is a chronic, immune-mediated disorder with cutaneous and systemic manifestations and substantial negative effects on patient quality of life. Psoriasis has a strong, albeit polygenic, genetic basis. Whereas approximately half of the accountable genetic effect of psoriasis maps to the major histocompatibility complex, >70 other loci have been identified, many of which implicate nuclear factor-κB, interferon signalling and the IL-23-IL-23 receptor axis. Psoriasis pathophysiology is characterized by abnormal keratinocyte proliferation and immune cell infiltration in the dermis and epidermis involving the innate and adaptive immune systems, with important roles for dendritic cells and T cells, among other cells...
November 24, 2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881245/the-transplantex-initiative
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EDITORIAL
Seiamak Bahram, Raphael Carapito, Pierre-Antoine Gourraud, Dominique Charron
TRANSPLANTEX, a French "investment for the future" initiated consortium of leading transplant units and research laboratories across France and a number of European countries aims to unravel, through mainly high-throughput genomics (and other omics) analyses of donor and recipients, novel (a) non-HLA, histocompatibility antigens, whether inside, or outside the MHC; (b) pre/post transplantation biomarkers. This shall lead to our better understanding of the pathophysiology of (and eventually designing better therapeutics for) the graft-versus-host disease in hematopoietic cell transplants and that of chronic graft rejection after kidney transplant...
November 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880031/increased-levels-of-plasma-soluble-human-leukocyte-antigen-g-in-persistent-wheezy-infants
#20
Fulya Tahan, Hatice Eke Gungor, Himmet Haluk Akar, Berkay Saraymen
BACKGROUND: Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G is a non-classical major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I antigen characterized by limited polymorphism in its coding region, unique tissue expression pattern in physiologic conditions and immunomodulatory properties. Recently, many studies suggest that the levels of sHLA-G were higher in atopic asthma and allergic rhinitis (AR). However, this remains to be uncertain in wheezy infants. In the present study, it was aimed to determine sHLA-G levels in wheezy infants...
November 23, 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
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