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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449243/pathologic-features-of-mycobacteriosis-in-naturally-infected-syngnathidae-and-novel-transcriptome-assembly-in-association-with-disease
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S B Fogelson, M D Fast, J Leary, A C Camus
Syngnathidae (seahorses, seadragons and pipefish) suffer significant losses from non-tuberculous mycobacteria. However, they produce markedly different lesions in response to the disease compared to other teleost species, notably infrequent granuloma formation. This study evaluated 270 syngnathid fish, from which 92 were diagnosed with mycobacteriosis by histopathology, culture or both. Microscopic lesions variably consisted of random foci of coagulative necrosis in multiple organs, containing high numbers of free bacteria and large aggregates or sheets of macrophages with cytoplasm laden with acid-fast bacilli...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449072/functions-of-galectins-as-self-non-self-recognition-and-effector-factors
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Gerardo R Vasta, Chiguang Feng, Nuria González-Montalbán, Justin Mancini, Lishi Yang, Kelsey Abernathy, Graeme Frost, Cheyenne Palm
Carbohydrate structures on the cell surface encode complex information that through specific recognition by carbohydrate-binding proteins (lectins), modulates interactions between cells, cells and the extracellular matrix, or mediates recognition of potential microbial pathogens. Galectins are a family of ß-galactoside-binding lectins, which are evolutionary conserved and have been identified in most organisms, from fungi to invertebrates and vertebrates, including mammals. Since their discovery in the 1970s, their biological roles, initially understood as limited to recognition of endogenous carbohydrate ligands in embryogenesis and development, have expanded in recent years by the discovery of their roles in tissue repair and regulation of immune homeostasis...
April 25, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449029/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-nucleotide-variants-at-siglec5-and-defa1a3-as-risk-loci-for-periodontitis
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Matthias Munz, Christina Willenborg, Gesa M Richter, Yvonne Jockel-Schneider, Christian Graetz, Ingmar Staufenbiel, Jürgen Wellmann, Klaus Berger, Bastian Krone, Per Hoffmann, Nathalie van der Velde, André G Uitterlinden, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Amr Sawalha, Haner Direskeneli, Güher Saruhan-Direskeneli, Esra Guzeldemir-Akcakanat, Gencay Keceli, Matthias Laudes, Barbara Noack, Alexander Teumer, Birte Holtfreter, Thomas Kocher, Peter Eickholz, Jörg Meyle, Christof Doerfer, Corinna Bruckmann, Wolfgang Lieb, Andre Franke, Stefan Schreiber, Rahime M Nohutcu, Jeanette Erdmann, Bruno G Loos, Soeren Jepsen, Henrik Dommisch, Arne S Schaefer
Periodontitis is one of the most common inflammatory diseases, with a prevalence of 11% worldwide for the severe forms and an estimated heritability of 50%. The disease is characterized by destruction of the alveolar bone due to an aberrant host inflammatory response to a dysbiotic oral microbiome. Previous genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have reported several suggestive susceptibility loci. Here, we conducted a GWAS using a German and Dutch case-control sample of aggressive periodontitis (AgP, 896 cases, 7,104 controls), a rare but highly severe and early-onset form of periodontitis, validated the associations in a German sample of severe forms of the more moderate phenotype chronic periodontitis (CP) (993 cases, 1,419 controls)...
April 25, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448018/live-imaging-of-antifungal-activity-by-human-primary-neutrophils-and-monocytes-in-response-to-a-fumigatus
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Shan F Brunel, Jude M Bain, Jill King, Lena J Heung, Shinji Kasahara, Tobias M Hohl, Adilia Warris
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen causing invasive infections in immunocompromised hosts with a high case-fatality rate. Research investigating immunological responses against A. fumigatus has been limited by the lack of consistent and reliable assays for measuring the antifungal activity of specific immune cells in vitro. A new method is described to assess the antifungal activity of primary monocytes and neutrophils from human donors against A. fumigatus using FLuorescent Aspergillus REporter (FLARE) conidia...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447988/increased-recovery-time-and-decreased-lps-administration-to-study-the-vagus-nerve-stimulation-mechanisms-in-limited-inflammatory-responses
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Erwan Le Maître, Priya Revathikumar, Johanna Estelius, Jon Lampa
Inflammation is a local response to infection and tissue damage mediated by activated macrophages, monocytes, and other immune cells that release cytokines and other mediators of inflammation. For a long time, humoral and cellular mechanisms have been studied for their role in regulating the immune response, but recent advances in the field of immunology and neuroscience have also unraveled specific neural mechanisms with interesting therapeutic potential. The so-called cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway (CAP) has been described to control innate immune responses and inflammation in a very potent manner...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447547/urinary-bladder-extracellular-matrix-hydrogels-and-matrix-bound-vesicles-differentially-regulate-central-nervous-system-neuron-viability-and-axon-growth-and-branching
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Anne Faust, Apoorva Kandakatla, Yolandi van der Merwe, Tanchen Ren, Luai Huleihel, George Hussey, Juan Diego Naranjo, Scott Johnson, Stephen Badylak, Michael Steketee
Central nervous system neurons often degenerate after trauma due to the inflammatory innate immune response to injury, which can lead to neuronal cell death, scarring, and permanently lost neurologic function. Extracellular matrix bioscaffolds, derived by decellularizing healthy tissues, have been widely used in both preclinical and clinical studies to promote positive tissue remodeling, including neurogenesis, in numerous tissues, with extracellular matrix from homologous tissues often inducing more positive responses...
April 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447329/immune-response-against-salmonella-enteritidis-is-unsettled-by-hiv-infection
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Maira Costa Cacemiro, Milena Sobral Espíndola, Leonardo Judson Galvão-Lima, Luana Silva Soares, Caroline Fontanari, Marco Aurélio Prata, Fábio Campioni, Juliana Pfrimer Falcão, Valdes Roberto Bollela, Fabiani Gai Frantz
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is responsible for more than 2 million new infections per year and opportunistic infections such as Salmonella spp. Gastroenteritis is an important cause of mortality and morbidity in developing countries. Monocytes and macrophages play a critical role in the innate immune response against bacterial infections. However during HIV infection the virus can infect these cells and although they are more resistant to the cytopathic effects, they represent an important viral reservoir in these patients...
April 27, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447196/the-axon-degeneration-gene-sarm1-is-evolutionarily-distinct-from-other-tir-domain-containing-proteins
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Harsha Malapati, Spencer M Millen, William J Buchser
Many forms of neurodegenerative disease are characterized by Wallerian degeneration, an active program of axonal destruction. Recently, the important player which enacts Wallerian degeneration was discovered, the multidomain protein SARM1. Since the SARM1 protein has classically been thought of as an innate immune molecule, its role in Wallerian degeneration has raised questions on the evolutionary forces acting on it. Here, we synthesize a picture of SARM1's evolution through various organisms by examining the molecular and genetic changes of SARM1 and the genes around it...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446911/the-immune-response-against-acinetobacter-baumannii-an-emerging-pathogen-in-nosocomial-infections
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REVIEW
María Guadalupe García-Patiño, Rodolfo García-Contreras, Paula Licona-Limón
Acinetobacter baumannii is the etiologic agent of a wide range of nosocomial infections, including pneumonia, bacteremia, and skin infections. Over the last 45 years, an alarming increase in the antibiotic resistance of this opportunistic microorganism has been reported, a situation that hinders effective treatments. In order to develop effective therapies against A. baumannii it is crucial to understand the basis of host-bacterium interactions, especially those concerning the immune response of the host...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446866/the-contribution-of-immune-infiltrates-to-ototoxicity-and-cochlear-hair-cell-loss
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REVIEW
Megan B Wood, Jian Zuo
Cells of the immune system have been shown to infiltrate the cochlea after acoustic trauma or ototoxic drug treatment; however, the contribution of the immune system to hair cell loss in the inner ear is incompletely understood. Most studies have concentrated on the immediate innate response to hair cell damage using CD45 as a broad marker for all immune cells. More recent studies have used RNA sequencing, GeneChip arrays and quantitative PCR to analyze gene expression in the entire cochlea after auditory trauma, leading to a better understanding of the chemokines and cytokines that attract immune cells to the cochlea...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446692/linking-species-habitat-and-past-palaeoclimatic-events-to-evolution-of-the-teleost-innate-immune-system
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Monica Hongrø Solbakken, Kjetil Lysne Voje, Kjetill Sigurd Jakobsen, Sissel Jentoft
Host-intrinsic factors as well as environmental changes are known to be strong evolutionary drivers defining the genetic foundation of immunity. Using a novel set of teleost genomes and a time-calibrated phylogeny, we here investigate the family of Toll-like receptor (TLR) genes and address the underlying evolutionary processes shaping the diversity of the first-line defence. Our findings reveal remarkable flexibility within the evolutionary design of teleost innate immunity characterized by prominent TLR gene losses and expansions...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446680/non-structural-protein-l-species-specificity-supports-a-mouse-origin-for-vilyuisk-human-encephalitis-virus
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Melissa Drappier, Fred R Opperdoes, Thomas Michiels
Vilyuisk human encephalitis virus (VHEV) is a picornavirus related to Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV). VHEV was isolated from human material passaged in mice. Whether this VHEV is from human or mouse origin is therefore unclear. We took advantage of the species-specific activity of the non-structural L* protein of theiloviruses to track the origin of TMEV isolates. TMEV L* inhibits RNase L, the effector enzyme of the interferon pathway. Using co-immunoprecipitation and functional RNase L assays, the species-specificity of RNase L antagonism was tested for L* from a mouse (DA) and a rat (RTV-1) TMEV strain as well as for VHEV...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446670/collateral-damage-during-dengue-virus-infection-making-sense-of-dna-by-cgas
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Sebastian Aguirre, Ana Fernandez-Sesma
Early sensing of viral components or infection-induced tissue damage, is a prerequisite for the successful control of pathogenic viruses by the host innate immune system. Recent results from our laboratory show how immune cells use the DNA sensing machinery to detect intracellular damage generated early during infection with an RNA virus, namely dengue virus (DENV). Conversely, we found that DENV can efficiently dismantle this sensing mechanism by targeting the cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) and the stimulator of interferon gene (STING); two crucial host factors involved in DNA detection and type I interferon (IFN) production...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446152/differential-host-gene-responses-from-infection-with-neurovirulent-and-partially-neurovirulent-strains-of-venezuelan-equine-encephalitis-virus
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Paridhi Gupta, Anuj Sharma, Jing Han, Amy Yang, Manish Bhomia, Barbara Knollmann-Ritschel, Raj K Puri, Radha K Maheshwari
BACKGROUND: Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV) is an alphavirus in the family Togaviridae. VEEV causes a bi-phasic illness in mice where primary replication in lymphoid organs is followed by entry into the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS phase of infection is marked by encephalitis and large scale neuronal death ultimately resulting in death. Molecular determinants of VEEV neurovirulence are not well understood. In this study, host gene expression response to highly neurovirulent VEEV (V3000 strain) infection was compared with that of a partially neurovirulent VEEV (V3034 strain) to identify host factors associated with VEEV neurovirulence...
April 26, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445733/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-immunity-in-the-brain-determines-fly-lifespan-in-healthy-aging-and-age-related-neurodegeneration
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Ilias Kounatidis, Stanislava Chtarbanova, Yang Cao, Margaret Hayne, Dhruv Jayanth, Barry Ganetzky, Petros Ligoxygakis
During aging, innate immunity progresses to a chronically active state. However, what distinguishes those that "age well" from those developing age-related neurological conditions is unclear. We used Drosophila to explore the cost of immunity in the aging brain. We show that mutations in intracellular negative regulators of the IMD/NF-κB pathway predisposed flies to toxic levels of antimicrobial peptides, resulting in early locomotor defects, extensive neurodegeneration, and reduced lifespan. These phenotypes were rescued when immunity was suppressed in glia...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445725/nlrp6-protects-il10-mice-from-colitis-by-limiting-colonization-of-akkermansia-muciniphila
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Sergey S Seregin, Natasha Golovchenko, Bryan Schaf, Jiachen Chen, Nicholas A Pudlo, Jonathan Mitchell, Nielson T Baxter, Lili Zhao, Patrick D Schloss, Eric C Martens, Kathryn A Eaton, Grace Y Chen
Dysfunction in host immune responses and pathologic alterations in the gut microbiota, referred to as dysbiosis, can both contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, it remains unclear how specific changes in host immunity or the microbiota cause disease. We previously demonstrated that the loss of the innate immune receptor NLRP6 in mice resulted in impaired production of interleukin-18 (IL-18) and increased susceptibility to epithelial-induced injury. Here, we show that NLRP6 is important for suppressing the development of spontaneous colitis in the Il10(-/-) mice model of IBD and that NLRP6 deficiency results in the enrichment of Akkermansia muciniphila...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445714/the-toll-like-receptor-2-agonist-pam3csk4-is-neuroprotective-after-spinal-cord-injury
#17
Nicole S Stivers, Nicolas Pelisch, Ben C Orem, Joshua Williams, Jacqueline M Nally, David P Stirling
Microglia/macrophage activation and recruitment following spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with both detrimental and reparative functions. Stimulation of the innate immune receptor Toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2) has shown to be beneficial following SCI, and it increases axonal regeneration following optic nerve crush. However, the mechanism(s) remain unclear. As microglia express high levels of TLR2, we hypothesized that modulating the microglial response to injury using a specific TLR2 agonist, Pam3CSK4, would prevent secondary-mediated white matter degeneration following SCI...
April 23, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445638/antigenic-gm3-lactone-mimetic-molecule-integrated-mannosylated-glycopeptide-nanofibers-for-the-activation-and-maturation-of-dendritic-cells
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Gokhan Gunay, Melis Sardan Ekiz, Xhenti Ferhati, Barbara Richichi, Cristina Nativi, Ayse Begum Tekinay, Mustafa O Guler
The ability of dendritic cells to coordinate innate and adaptive immune responses makes them essential targets for vaccination strategies. Presentation of specific antigens by dendritic cells is required for the activation of the immune system against many pathogens, and nanoscale materials can be functionalized for active targeting of dendritic cells. In this work, we integrated an immunogenic, carbohydrate melanoma-associated antigen-mimetic GM3-lactone molecule into mannosylated peptide amphiphile nanofibers to target dendritic cells through DC-SIGN receptor...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445304/toll-like-receptors-2-and-9-tlr2-and-tlr9-gene-polymorphism-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-and-diabetic-foot
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Mohamed-Naguib Abdalla Wifi, Maha Assem, Rasha Hamed Elsherif, Hameda Abdel-Fattah El-Azab, Aasem Saif
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are innate immune receptors that mediate the inflammatory response in diabetes mellitus (DM). The aim of this study is to evaluate the association of TLR2 and TLR9 gene polymorphism in patients with type 2 DM (T2DM) and diabetic foot (DF).The study included 90 subjects divided into group I (30 patients with T2DM and DF), group II (30 patients with T2DM and no evidence of DF), and group III (normal control subjects). TLR2 (1350 T/C, rs3804100) and TLR9 (1237 T/C, rs5743836) genotyping was performed by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) technique for all subjects...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445245/ectopic-expression-of-innate-immune-protein-lipocalin-2-in-lactococcus-lactis-protects-against-gut-and-environmental-stressors
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Piu Saha, Benoit Chassaing, Beng San Yeoh, Emilie Viennois, Xia Xiao, Mary J Kennett, Vishal Singh, Matam Vijay-Kumar
BACKGROUND: Lipocalin-2 (Lcn2) is a multifunctional innate immune protein that exhibits antimicrobial activity by the sequestration of bacterial siderophores, regulates iron homeostasis, and augments cellular tolerance to oxidative stress. Studies in the murine model of colitis have demonstrated that Lcn2 deficiency exacerbates colitogenesis; however, the therapeutic potential of Lcn2 supplementation has yet to be elucidated. In light of its potential mucoprotective functions, we, herein, investigated whether expression of Lcn2 in the probiotic bacterium can be exploited to alleviate experimental colitis...
April 25, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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