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Microbiome autoimmune

Loreto Abusleme, Niki M Moutsopoulos
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) is a multifaceted cytokine with diverse roles both in immune-protection and also immunopathology. IL-17 has a well-recognized role in immune surveillance at mucosal and barrier surfaces (Miossec & Kolls, 2012, Song et al., 2016) but also has been increasingly implicated as a driver of immunopathology in settings of autoimmunity and chronic inflammation (Gaffen et al., 2014). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
October 20, 2016: Oral Diseases
B Dréno, E Araviiskaia, E Berardesca, G Gontijo, M Sanchez Viera, L F Xiang, R Martin, T Bieber
The skin is a complex barrier organ made of a symbiotic relationship between microbial communities and host tissue via complex signals provided by the innate and the adaptive immune systems. It is constantly exposed to various endogenous and exogenous factors which impact this balanced system potentially leading to inflammatory skin conditions comprising infections, allergies or autoimmune diseases. Unlike the gut and stool microbiome which has been studied and described for many years, investigations on the skin or scalp microbiome only started recently...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
N Nikitakis, W Papaioannou, L I Sakkas, E Kousvelari
To date there is a major effort in deciphering the role of complex microbial communities, especially the oral and gut microbiomes, in the pathogenesis of various diseases. Increasing evidence indicates a key role for the oral microbiome in autoimmune diseases. In this review article, we discuss links of the oral microbiota to a group of autoimmune diseases, i.e., Sjögren's syndrome (SS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Crohn's disease (CD), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We particularly focus on factors that affect the balance between the immune system and the composition of microbiota leading to dysbiosis, loss of tolerance and subsequent autoimmune disease progression and maintenance...
October 7, 2016: Oral Diseases
Veit Rothhammer, Francisco J Quintana
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system (CNS), which causes severe disability and requires extensive medical attention and treatment. While the infiltration of pathogenic immune cells into the CNS leads to the formation of inflammatory lesions in its initial relapsing-remitting stage, late stages of MS are characterized by progressive neuronal loss and demyelination even without continued interaction with the peripheral immune compartment...
October 3, 2016: Current Opinion in Immunology
Jonas Zantow, Sarah Just, Ilias Lagkouvardos, Sigrid Kisling, Stefan Dübel, Patricia Lepage, Thomas Clavel, Michael Hust
Pathogen infections, autoimmune diseases, and chronic inflammatory disorders are associated with systemic antibody responses from the host immune system. Disease-specific antibodies can be important serum biomarkers, but the identification of antigens associated with specific immune reactions is challenging, in particular if complex communities of microorganisms are involved in the disease progression. Despite promising new diagnostic opportunities, the discovery of these serological markers becomes more difficult with increasing complexity of microbial communities...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Anouk Verwoerd, Nienke M Ter Haar, Sytze de Roock, Sebastiaan J Vastert, Debby Bogaert
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common rheumatic disease in childhood. The pathogenesis of JIA is thought to be the result of a combination of host genetic and environmental triggers. However, the precise factors that determine one's susceptibility to JIA remain to be unravelled. The microbiome has received increasing attention as a potential contributing factor to the development of a wide array of immune-mediated diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis...
September 20, 2016: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
Michael J Day
It is widely recognized that cats appear to be less frequently affected by arthropod-borne infectious diseases than dogs and share fewer zoonotic pathogens with man. This impression is supported by the relative lack of scientific publications related to feline vector-borne infections. This review explores the possible reasons for the difference between the two most common small companion animal species, including the hypothesis that cats might have a genetically-determined immunological resistance to arthropod vectors or the microparasites they transmit...
2016: Parasites & Vectors
E G Severance, D Tveiten, L H Lindström, R H Yolken, K L Reichelt
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune phenotypes are prevalent in major psychiatric disorders. Disequilibria of cellular processes occurring in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract likely contribute to immune dysfunction in psychiatric disorders. As the venue of a complex community of resident microbes, the gut in a homeostatic state equates with a functional digestive system, cellular barrier stability and properly regulated recognition of self and non-self antigens. When gut processes become disrupted as a result of environmental or genetic factors, autoimmunity may ensue...
September 14, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Robert Root-Bernstein
I propose a T-cell receptor (TcR)-based mechanism by which immunity mediates both "genetic self" and "microbial self" thereby, connecting microbiome disease with autoimmunity. The hypothesis is based on simple principles. First, TcR are selected to avoid strong cross-reactivity with "self," resulting in selection for a TcR repertoire mimicking "genetic self." Second, evolution has selected for a "microbial self" that mimics "genetic self" so as to share tolerance. In consequence, our TcR repertoire also mimics microbiome antigenicity, providing a novel mechanism for modulating tolerance to it...
September 5, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Jonathan B Clayton, Pajau Vangay, Hu Huang, Tonya Ward, Benjamin M Hillmann, Gabriel A Al-Ghalith, Dominic A Travis, Ha Thang Long, Bui Van Tuan, Vo Van Minh, Francis Cabana, Tilo Nadler, Barbara Toddes, Tami Murphy, Kenneth E Glander, Timothy J Johnson, Dan Knights
The primate gastrointestinal tract is home to trillions of bacteria, whose composition is associated with numerous metabolic, autoimmune, and infectious human diseases. Although there is increasing evidence that modern and Westernized societies are associated with dramatic loss of natural human gut microbiome diversity, the causes and consequences of such loss are challenging to study. Here we use nonhuman primates (NHPs) as a model system for studying the effects of emigration and lifestyle disruption on the human gut microbiome...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Rita Ostan, Daniela Monti, Paola Gueresi, Mauro Bussolotto, Claudio Franceschi, Giovannella Baggio
Data showing a remarkable gender difference in life expectancy and mortality, including survival to extreme age, are reviewed starting from clinical and demographic data and stressing the importance of a comprehensive historical perspective and a gene-environment/lifestyle interaction. Gender difference regarding prevalence and incidence of the most important age-related diseases, such as cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, disability, autoimmunity and infections, are reviewed and updated with particular attention to the role of the immune system and immunosenescence...
October 1, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Sabra L Klein, Katie L Flanagan
Males and females differ in their immunological responses to foreign and self-antigens and show distinctions in innate and adaptive immune responses. Certain immunological sex differences are present throughout life, whereas others are only apparent after puberty and before reproductive senescence, suggesting that both genes and hormones are involved. Furthermore, early environmental exposures influence the microbiome and have sex-dependent effects on immune function. Importantly, these sex-based immunological differences contribute to variations in the incidence of autoimmune diseases and malignancies, susceptibility to infectious diseases and responses to vaccines in males and females...
October 2016: Nature Reviews. Immunology
James C Needell, Danny Zipris
The gastrointestinal system represents one of the largest interfaces between the human internal microenvironment and the external world. This system harbors trillions of commensal bacteria that reside in symbiosis with the host. Intestinal bacteria play a crucial role in maintaining systemic and intestinal immune and metabolic homeostasis because of their effect on nutrient absorption and immune development and function. Recently, altered gut bacterial composition (dysbiosis) was hypothesized to be involved in mechanisms through which islet autoimmunity is triggered...
October 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Javier Ochoa-Repáraz, Lloyd H Kasper
There is considerable interest in trying to understand the importance of the gut microbiome in human diseases. The association between dysbiosis, an altered microbial composition, as related to human disease is being explored in the context of different autoimmune conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS). Recent studies suggest that MS affects the composition of the gut microbiota by altering the relative abundances of specific bacteria and archaea species. Remarkably, some of the bacterial species shown reduced in the gut of MS patients are known to promote immunosuppressive regulatory T cells (Tregs)...
July 28, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
S C Gominak
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Vitamin D blood levels of 60-80ng/ml promote normal sleep. The present study was undertaken to explore why this beneficial effect waned after 2years as arthritic pain increased. Pantothenic acid becomes coenzyme A, a cofactor necessary for cortisol and acetylcholine production. 1950s experiments suggested a connection between pantothenic acid deficiency, autoimmune arthritis and insomnia. The B vitamins have been shown to have an intestinal bacterial source and a food source, suggesting that the normal intestinal microbiome may have always been the primary source of B vitamins...
September 2016: Medical Hypotheses
Emily J Anstadt, Mai Fujiwara, Nicholas Wasko, Frank Nichols, Robert B Clark
The role of TLR signaling in multiple sclerosis (MS) and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is unclear. This role is especially controversial in models of adoptive transfer EAE in which no adjuvant and no TLR ligands are administered. We recently reported that a microbiome-derived TLR2 ligand, Lipid 654 (L654), is present in healthy human serum but significantly decreased in the serum of MS patients. This suggested that microbiome products that gain access to the systemic circulation, rather than being proinflammatory, may normally play an immune-regulatory role by maintaining a state of relative TLR tolerance...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Patrick Coit, Amr H Sawalha
The human microbiome consists of the total diversity of microbiota and their genes. High-throughput sequencing has allowed for inexpensive and rapid evaluation of taxonomic representation and functional capability of the microbiomes of human body sites. Autoimmune and inflammatory rheumatic diseases are characterized by dysbiosis of the microbiome. Microbiome dysbiosis can be influenced by host genetics and environmental factors. Dysbiosis is also associated with shifts in certain functional pathways. The goal of this article is to provide a current and comprehensive review of the unique characteristics of the microbiome of patients with autoimmune and inflammatory rheumatic diseases, measured using high-throughput sequencing...
September 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Ghislain Opdenakker, Paul Proost, Jo Van Damme
Diagnosis and treatment of autoimmunity has mainly relied on adaptive immunity. Infection and inflammation induce cytokines and chemokines and activate myeloid cells to release enzymes. Proteases cleave host proteins into a molar excess of remnant peptides. Additional enzymes modify these peptides into putative autoantigens prior to T and B cell activation. We propose that post-translational modifications may be a means of generating auto-reactive peptides. Microbes also provide proteases and modifying enzymes to the host, and we posit that this may result in autoantigen generation...
September 2016: Trends in Molecular Medicine
Alexandra Paun, Jayne S Danska
The prevalence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes have both risen dramatically over the last 50 years. Recent findings point towards the gut microbiota as a potential contributor to these trends. The hundred trillion bacteria residing in the mammalian gut have established a symbiotic relation with their host and influence many aspects of host metabolism, physiology, and immunity. In this review, we examine recent data linking gut microbiome composition and function to anti-pancreatic immunity, insulin-resistance, and obesity...
November 2016: Pediatric Diabetes
Fabien Magne, Miguel L O'Ryan, Roberto Vidal, Mauricio Farfan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The gut microbiome is critical for human health, and its alteration is associated with intestinal, autoimmune and metabolic diseases. Numerous studies have focused on prevention or treatment of dysbiotic microbiome to reduce the risk or effect of these diseases. A key issue is to define the microbiome associated with the state of good health. The purpose of this review is to describe factors influencing the gut microbiome with special emphasis on contributions from Latin America...
October 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
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