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Alexander Rebl, Henrike Rebl, Judith M Köbis, Tom Goldammer, Hans-Martin Seyfert
The mammalian interleukin 1 receptor-like 1 receptor (IL1RL1), commonly known as ST2, is thought to downregulate TLR signalling by sequestering the signalling adapter MYD88 (myeloid differentiation primary response protein 88). ST2 sequences are known in several fish species, but none of them have functionally been examined. We characterised ST2 from rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the structure of its encoding gene. The primary sequence of ST2 is only weakly conserved from fish to human. However, the amino acid sequences forming the interfaces for ST2 and MYD88 interaction are well conserved throughout evolution...
October 21, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Carsten Deppermann, Paul Kubes
The primary function of platelets is to patrol the vasculature and seal vessel breaches to limit blood loss. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that they also contribute to pathophysiological conditions like thrombosis, atherosclerosis, stroke and infection. Severe sepsis is a devastating disease that claims hundreds of thousands of lives every year in North America and is a major burden to the public health system. Platelet surface receptors like GPIb, αIIbβ3, TLR2 and TLR4 are involved in direct platelet-bacteria interactions...
October 18, 2016: Seminars in Immunology
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
Xiu-Zhi Wu, Qiong Zhou, Hua Lin, Kan Zhai, Xiao-Juan Wang, Wei-Bing Yang, Huan-Zhong Shi
RATIONALE: Toll like receptor (TLR) 2 is well known by sensing multiple ligands; however, its role in the development of malignant pleural effusion (MPE) remains unknown. We performed the present study to explore the impact of TLR2 signaling on the development of MPE, and to define the underline mechanisms by which TLR2 works. METHODS: Development of MPE was compared between TLR2-/- and wild type (WT) mice. The effect of TLR2 on differentiation of Th17, Th9, and Th2 cells in MPE was explored...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Şivge Kurgan, Shevali Kansal, Daniel Nguyen, Danielle Stephens, Yannis Koroneos, Hatice Hasturk, Thomas E Van Dyke, Alpdogan Kantarci
BACKGROUND: Neutrophil function is critical for the initiation and progression of infecto-inflammatory diseases. Key quorum-sensing plaque bacteria such as Fusobacterium nucleatum act as bridging species between early and late colonizer pathogens such as Porphyromonas gingivalis as the biofilm ages and periodontal inflammation increases. This study was designed to determine the impact of different F. nucleatum strains on neutrophil function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HL-60 cells were differentiated into neutrophil-like cells and cultured with F...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Periodontology
Pei-Pei Xu, Qing-Feng Li, Yong-Mei Cui, Hai-Xia Lin
A series of paclitaxel analogs modified at C-3'-N and C-7 positions were synthesized from baccatin III and their structures were confirmed by (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR, HR-MS. Compound 7e exhibited potent ability to decrease TNFα (tumor necrosis factor α) in the LPS-activated RAW264.7 murine macrophage-like cell line. The preliminary data indicated that the anti-inflammatory effects may be related to MD-2 and Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), rather than Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2).
October 18, 2016: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
Laura Pöyhönen, Liisa Kröger, Heini Huhtala, Johanna Mäkinen, Kirsi Nuolivirta, Jussi Mertsola, Qiushui He, Matti Korppi
BACKGROUND: Interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) is a key cytokine in defense against mycobacteria, including Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) and Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are pattern-recognizing molecules of innate immunity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between polymorphisms in MBL, TLR1, TLR2, and TLR6 encoding genes and stimulated IFN-γ and interleukin-12 (IL-12) ex vivo production in BCG osteitis survivors. METHODS: Data on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the MBL2 gene and TLR1, TLR2, and TLR6 genes were available from 132 former BCG osteitis patients, and data on ex vivo IFN-γ and IL-12 production were available from 115 and 118 patients, respectively...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Francesca Tamarozzi, Joseph D Turner, Nicolas Pionnier, Angela Midgley, Ana F Guimaraes, Kelly L Johnston, Steven W Edwards, Mark J Taylor
The endosymbiotic bacteria, Wolbachia, induce neutrophilic responses to the human helminth pathogen Onchocerca volvulus. The formation of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs), has been implicated in anti-microbial defence, but has not been identified in human helminth infection. Here, we demonstrate NETs formation in human onchocerciasis. Extracellular NETs and neutrophils were visualised around O. volvulus in nodules excised from untreated patients but not in nodules from patients treated with the anti-Wolbachia drug, doxycycline...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sudhir Gupta, Sudhanshu Agrawal, Sastry Gollapudi, Hiromi Kubagawa
IgMFcR (FcμR) are expressed on B cell and B cell subsets. Mice deficient in secreted IgM and FcμR share properties of impaired specific antibody response and autoimmunity with patient with selective IgM deficiency (SIGMD). Intravenous immunoglobulin (IGIV) regulates immune response, including modulation of IgGFc receptors. However, there are no data on the expression of FcμR in patients with SIGMD, and the effects of IGIV on FcμR. In this study, we investigated FcμR expression in naïve marginal zone (MZ), IgM memory, and class-switched memory B cells in patients with selective IgM deficiency and healthy controls...
October 14, 2016: Human Immunology
Raphaela Mayerhofer, Esther E Fröhlich, Florian Reichmann, Aitak Farzi, Nora Kogelnik, Eleonore Fröhlich, Wolfgang Sattler, Peter Holzer
Microbial metabolites are known to affect immune system, brain, and behavior via activation of pattern recognition receptors such as Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). Unlike the effect of the TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the role of other TLR agonists in immune-brain communication is insufficiently understood. We therefore hypothesized that the TLR2 agonist lipoteichoic acid (LTA) causes immune activation in the periphery and brain, stimulates the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and has an adverse effect on blood-brain barrier (BBB) and emotional behavior...
October 14, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Zhenping Wang, Nicholas Mascarenhas, Lars Eckmann, Yukiko Miyamoto, Xiaojun Sun, Toshiaki Kawakami, Anna Di Nardo
BACKGROUND: Mast cell (MC) progenitors leave the bone marrow, enter the circulation, and settle in the skin and other tissues. Their maturation in tissues is influenced by the surrounding microenvironment. OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that environmental factors play a role in MC maturation in the skin. METHODS: MCs were numerically, phenotypically, and functionally compared between germ-free (GF), SPF, and GF mice reconstituted with microbiota...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
J S Osorio, F Batistel, E F Garrett, M M Elhanafy, M R Tariq, M T Socha, J J Loor
Supplying trace minerals in more bioavailable forms such as amino acid complexes (AAC) could help ameliorate the incidence of hoof disorders in peripartal dairy cows. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of supplementing metal AAC during the peripartal period on expression of 28 genes in corium tissue related to claw composition, oxidative stress, inflammation, chemotaxis, and transcriptional regulation. Forty-four multiparous Holstein cows received a common diet from -30 to 30 d relative to parturition and were assigned to receive an oral bolus containing either inorganic trace minerals (INO) or AAC (i...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Po-Chun Chang, Yi-Chi Chao, Meng-Hsuan Hsiao, Hao-Syun Chou, Yi-Han Jheng, Xin-Hong Yu, Ning Lee, Connie Yang, Dean-Mo Liu
BACKGROUND: Developing a drug carrier with favorable handling characteristics that can respond to environmental changes following inflammation, such as pH changes, may be beneficial for treating periodontitis. This study aimed to investigate the preclinical feasibility of using naringin, a naturally derived polymethoxylated flavonoid compound with anti-inflammatory properties, to inhibit periodontitis induction via a thermo-gelling and pH-responsive injectable hydrogel. METHODS: The hydrogel was made of amphipathic carboxymethyl-hexanoyl chitosan (CHC), beta glycerol-phosphate (β-GP), and glycerol, and the thermo-gelling and pH-responsive characteristics of the hydrogel as well as the cell viability after treatment with the hydrogel containing naringin were evaluated in vitro...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Periodontology
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
Juneo F Silva, Natália M Ocarino, Rogéria Serakides
The gene and/or protein expression of proteases and immunological, angiogenic, hormonal and apoptotic mediators was evaluated in rat placenta before and during intrauterine trophoblast migration. The depth of interstitial and endovascular intrauterine trophoblast invasion and the immunohistochemical expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), fetal liver kinase 1 (Flk1), interferon (IFN)-γ, migration inhibitory factor (MIF), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS; also known as nitric oxide synthase (NOS) 2) were evaluated...
October 14, 2016: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Qi Zhong, Kai Zhou, Qiao-Li Liang, Sen Lin, Yan-Chun Wang, Xiao-Yi Xiong, Zhao-You Meng, Ting Zhao, Wen-Yao Zhu, Yuan-Rui Yang, Mao-Fan Liao, Qiu-Wen Gong, Liang Liu, Ao Xiong, Junwei Hao, Jian Wang, Qing-Wu Yang
BACKGROUND: Neuroinflammation plays a key role in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH)-induced secondary brain injury, but the specific roles of peripheral inflammatory cells such as macrophages and lymphocytes remain unknown. The purpose of this study was to explore the roles of macrophages, T lymphocytes, and the cytokines they secrete as potential targets for treating secondary brain injury after ICH. METHODS AND RESULTS: Our results showed that peripheral macrophages and T lymphocytes successively infiltrated the brain, with macrophage counts peaking 1 day after ICH and T-lymphocyte counts peaking after 4 days...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Rajeev K Mehlotra, Noemi B Hall, Barne Willie, Catherine M Stein, Aaron Weinberg, Peter A Zimmerman, Lance T Vernon
Polymorphisms in toll-like receptor (TLR) and β-defensin (DEFB) genes have been recognized as potential genetic factors that can influence susceptibility to and severity of periodontal diseases (PD). However, data regarding associations between these polymorphisms and PD are still scarce in North American populations, and are not available in HIV+ North American populations. In this exploratory study, we analyzed samples from HIV+ adults (n = 115), who received primary HIV care at 3 local outpatient HIV clinics and were monitored for PD status...
2016: PloS One
Walter J Lukiw
The human microbiome consists of ~3.8 × 10(13) symbiotic microorganisms that form a highly complex and dynamic ecosystem: the gastrointestinal (GI) tract constitutes the largest repository of the human microbiome by far, and its impact on human neurological health and disease is becoming increasingly appreciated. Bacteroidetes, the largest phylum of Gram-negative bacteria in the GI tract microbiome, while generally beneficial to the host when confined to the GI tract, have potential to secrete a remarkably complex array of pro-inflammatory neurotoxins that include surface lipopolysaccharides (LPSs) and toxic proteolytic peptides...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Tamara V Smelaya, Olesya B Belopolskaya, Svetlana V Smirnova, Artem N Kuzovlev, Viktor V Moroz, Arkadiy M Golubev, Noel A Pabalan, Lyubov E Salnikova
The role of host genetic variation in pneumonia development and outcome is poorly understood. We studied common polymorphisms in the genes of proinflammatory cytokines (IL6 rs1800795, IL8 rs4073, IL1B rs16944), anti-inflammatory cytokines (IL10 rs1800896, IL4 rs2243250, IL13 rs20541) and toll-like receptors (TLR2 rs5743708 and rs4696480, TLR4 rs4986791, TLR9 rs352139, rs5743836 and rs187084) in patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) (390 cases, 203 controls) and nosocomial pneumonia (355 cases, 216 controls)...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Martin Böhland, Eugenia Kress, Matthias B Stope, Thomas Pufe, Simone C Tauber, Lars-Ove Brandenburg
Bacterial meningitis is - despite therapeutical progress during the last decades - still characterized by high mortality and severe permanent neurogical sequelae. The brain is protected from penetrating pathogens by both the blood-brain barrier and the innate immune system. Invading pathogens are recognized by so-called pattern recognition receptors including the Toll-like receptors (TLR) which are expressed by glial immune cells in the central nervous system. Among these, TLR2 is responsible for the detection of Gram-positive bacteria such as the meningitis-causing pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
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