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Stanley Ching-Cheng Huang, Amber M Smith, Bart Everts, Marco Colonna, Erika L Pearce, Joel D Schilling, Edward J Pearce
Macrophage activation status is intrinsically linked to metabolic remodeling. Macrophages stimulated by interleukin 4 (IL-4) to become alternatively (or, M2) activated increase fatty acid oxidation and oxidative phosphorylation; these metabolic changes are critical for M2 activation. Enhanced glucose utilization is also characteristic of the M2 metabolic signature. Here, we found that increased glucose utilization is essential for M2 activation. Increased glucose metabolism in IL-4-stimulated macrophages required the activation of the mTORC2 pathway, and loss of mTORC2 in macrophages suppressed tumor growth and decreased immunity to a parasitic nematode...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Prabesh Bhattarai, Alvin Kuriakose Thomas, Mehmet Ilyas Cosacak, Christos Papadimitriou, Violeta Mashkaryan, Cynthia Froc, Susanne Reinhardt, Thomas Kurth, Andreas Dahl, Yixin Zhang, Caghan Kizil
Human brains are prone to neurodegeneration, given that endogenous neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) fail to support neurogenesis. To investigate the molecular programs potentially mediating neurodegeneration-induced NSPC plasticity in regenerating organisms, we generated an Amyloid-β42 (Aβ42)-dependent neurotoxic model in adult zebrafish brain through cerebroventricular microinjection of cell-penetrating Aβ42 derivatives. Aβ42 deposits in neurons and causes phenotypes reminiscent of amyloid pathophysiology: apoptosis, microglial activation, synaptic degeneration, and learning deficits...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Ming-Zhi Zhang, Xin Wang, Yinqiu Wang, Aolei Niu, Suwan Wang, Chenhang Zou, Raymond C Harris
Cytokines IL-4 and IL-13 play important roles in polarization of macrophages/dendritic cells to an M2 phenotype, which is important for recovery from acute kidney injury. Both IL-4 and IL-13 activate JAK3/STAT6 signaling. In mice with diphtheria toxin receptor expression in proximal tubules (selective injury model), a relatively selective JAK3 inhibitor, tofacitinib, led to more severe kidney injury, delayed recovery from acute kidney injury, increased inflammatory M1 phenotype markers and decreased reparative M2 phenotype markers of macrophages/dendritic cells, and development of more severe renal fibrosis after diphtheria toxin administration...
October 10, 2016: Kidney International
Shun Li, Long-Feng Lu, Scott E LaPatra, Dan-Dan Chen, Yong-An Zhang
The aquatic spring viremia of carp virus (SVCV) causes significant mortality in common carp (Cyprinus carpio), and TBK1 plays a crucial role in the retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I)-like receptor (RLR) system by phosphorylating its substrates to induce type I interferons (IFNs) and cellular antiviral responses. In this study, we report that zebrafish STAT6 is induced during SVCV infection and reduces IFNφ1 expression by suppressing TBK1 phosphorylation. A typical IFN stimulatory response element (ISRE) motif was found in the promoter region of zebrafish STAT6, and zebrafish STAT6 transcription was significantly upregulated in the early stages of virus infection...
October 12, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Nathalie Dehne, Bernhard Brüne
Hypoxia, by activating transcription factors induces transcription of some genes but it also reduces mRNA synthesis by mechanisms that are poorly defined. Activation of human macrophages with interleukin (IL)-4 showed that up-regulation of some IL-4 target genes was reduced when macrophages were incubated at 1% oxygen. Hypoxia impaired induction of chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 18 (CCL18), although IL-4-induced DNA binding of the transcription factor STAT6 remained intact. In contrast, induction of serine peptidase inhibitor, Kunitz type (SPINT)2, another IL-4/STAT6 target gene, was not affected by hypoxia...
October 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Min-Hee Yi, Enji Zhang, Jwa-Jin Kim, Hyunjung Baek, Nara Shin, Sena Kim, Sang Ryong Kim, Hang-Rae Kim, Sung Joong Lee, Jin Bong Park, Yonghyun Kim, O-Yu Kwon, Young Ho Lee, Sang-Ha Oh, Dong Woon Kim
The heterogeneity of microglial functions have either beneficial or detrimental roles in specific physiological or pathological environments. However, the details of what transcriptional mechanisms induce microglia to take beneficial phenotypes remain unknown. Here, we report that Foxp3 is essential for beneficial outcome of the microglial response and depends upon signalling by the immunoglobulin CD200 through its receptor (CD200R). Foxp3 expression was up-regulated in microglia activated by excitotoxicity-induced hippocampal neuroinflammation...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yuangang Liu, Zhiping Wang, Rachel De La Torre, Ashley Barling, Takahiro Tsujikawa, Noah Hornick, Jon Hanifin, Eric Simpson, Yun Wang, Emily Swanzey, Aaron Wortham, Hao Ding, Lisa M Coussens, Molly Kulesz-Martin
Altered innate immunity is a feature of certain skin inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (AD). In this study, we provide evidence that deficiency in Trim32 (a tripartite motif (TRIM) protein with innate antiviral activity) contributes to a Th2 biased response and predisposes to features of AD in mice. Upon treatment with the TLR7 agonist imquimod (IMQ), Trim32 knockout (KO) mice displayed compromised psoriasiform phenotypes and defective Th17 response. Instead, IMQ treatment of Trim32 KO mice induced AD-like phenotypes with enhanced skin infiltration of eosinophils and mast cells, elevation of Th2 cytokines/chemokines expression, and reduced expression of filaggrin protein expression...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Lamia Ysmail-Dahlouk, Wafa Nouari, Mourad Aribi
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is associated with an imbalance between inflammation and repair. Recently, the biologically active form of vitamin D3, i.e. 1,25(OH)2D3, has been reported to have potent immunomodulatory effects on both innate and adaptive immune cells, as well as on the production of their specific cytokines. METHODS: We examined the effect of 1,25(OH)2D3 on the production of proinflammatory Th1/Th17 and anti-inflammatory Th2/Treg related cytokines, as well as on the phosphorylation of monocyte-expressed STAT4 and STAT6 at the recent-onset human T1D...
October 4, 2016: Immunology Letters
Sayaka Yuzawa, Satoshi Tanikawa, Isamu Kunibe, Hiroshi Nishihara, Kazuo Nagashima, Shinya Tanaka
We present a rare case of giant cell-rich solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) arising at the left external auditory canal in a 31-year-old woman. The tumor was well-circumscribed and composed of spindle-shaped cells with abundant collagenous bands. Scattered multinucleate giant cells were observed, some of which lined pseudovascular spaces. Although a focal mild-hypercellular area was observed, mitoses were rare and necrosis was absent. Interstitial mast cells were scattered, especially in the hypercellular area. Immunohistochemically, CD34, vimentin, and Bcl-2 presented diffuse positivity...
October 6, 2016: Pathology International
Yaqin Zhang, Hongliang Mei, Xiaoai Chang, Fang Chen, Yunxia Zhu, Xiao Han
The proinflammatory profile of M1 macrophage accumulation in adipose tissue is a central event leading to the metabolic complications of obesity. However, the mechanisms by which M1 macrophages are enriched in adipose tissue during weight gain remain incompletely understood. Here, we investigated the effects of adipocyte-derived microvesicles (ADM) on modulating macrophage phenotype in mice and explored the involved molecular signaling pathways. We found that, compared with ADM from lean mice (SD ADM), ADM from obese mice (HFD ADM) significantly enhanced M1 marker expression...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
Zhaoe Liu, Bo Han, Xing Chen, Qiaoling Wu, Lijun Wang, Gang Li
Pycnogenol(®) (PYC) is utilized in the treatment of various diseases ranging from chronic inflammation to circulatory diseases, but its efficacy and functional mechanism in pediatric asthma continue to remain obscure. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness and molecular mechanism of PYC on regulation of asthmatic airway inflammation. We found that PYC with tail intravenous injection of 50 mg/kg or intragastric administration of 100 mg/kg all reduced ovalbumin (OVA)-induced airway injury...
September 19, 2016: DNA and Cell Biology
Zhixiang Zhu, Yunfang Zhao, Huixia Huo, Xiaoli Gao, Jiao Zheng, Jun Li, Pengfei Tu
Induction of excessive, prolonged, or dysregulated immune responses causes immunological disorders, such as inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, allergic diseases, and organ-graft rejections. In the present study, we investigated the inhibitory effects of HHX-5, a derivative of sesquiterpene from Chinese agarwood, on innate and adaptive immunity for revealing its potential to treat above immunological disorders. The results showed that HHX-5 significantly inhibited the activation of macrophages and neutrophils which play important roles in innate immunity...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Khuthala Mnika, Gift D Pule, Collet Dandara, Ambroise Wonkam
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a blood disease caused by a single nucleotide substitution (T > A) in the beta globin gene on chromosome 11. The single point mutation (Glu6Val) promotes polymerization of hemoglobin S (HbS) and causes sickling of erythrocytes. Vaso-occlusive painful crises are associated with recurrent and long-term use of analgesics/opioids and hydroxyurea (HU) by people living with SCD. The present analysis offers a state-of-the-art expert review of the effectiveness of pharmacogenomics/genetics of pain management in SCD, with specific focus on HU and opioids...
October 2016: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
Starlee Lively, Sarah Hutchings, Lyanne C Schlichter
Within hours after stroke, potentially cytotoxic pro-inflammatory mediators are elevated within the brain; thus, one potential therapeutic strategy is to reduce them and skew the brain toward an anti-inflammatory state. Because interleukin-4 (IL-4) treatment induces an anti-inflammatory, "alternative-activation" state in microglia and macrophages in vitro, we tested the hypothesis that early supplementation of the brain with IL-4 can shift it toward an anti-inflammatory state and reduce damage after transient focal ischemia...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Jerzy Świerkot, Beata Nowak, Anna Czarny, Ewa Zaczyńska, Renata Sokolik, Marta Madej, Lucyna Korman, Agata Sebastian, Patryk Wojtala, Łukasz Lubiński, Piotr Wiland
BACKGROUND: Research is still being conducted in order to determine the mechanisms responsible for the initiation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as well as for its persistence and progression. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to establish the expression of the signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) transcription factors and the nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NFκB) transcription factor in peripheral blood leukocytes and synovial fluid cells...
July 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Dongyao Yan, Hao-Wei Wang, Robert L Bowman, Johanna A Joyce
Tumor-associated macrophages play critical roles during tumor progression by promoting angiogenesis, cancer cell proliferation, invasion, and metastasis. Cysteine cathepsin proteases, produced by macrophages and cancer cells, modulate these processes, but it remains unclear how these typically lysosomal enzymes are regulated and secreted within the tumor microenvironment. Here, we identify a STAT3 and STAT6 synergy that potently upregulates cathepsin secretion by macrophages via engagement of an unfolded protein response (UPR) pathway...
September 13, 2016: Cell Reports
Tarcio Teodoro Braga, Matheus Correa-Costa, Hatylas Azevedo, Reinaldo Correia Silva, Mario Costa Cruz, Maira Estanislau Soares Almeida, Meire Ioshie Hiyane, Carlos Alberto Moreira-Filho, Marinilce Fagundes Santos, Katia Regina Perez, Iolanda Midea Cuccovia, Niels Olsen Saraiva Camara
INTRODUCTION: Macrophages are heterogeneous and thus can be correlated with distinct tissue outcomes after injury. Conflicting data have indicated that the M2-related phenotype directly triggers fibrosis. Conversely, we hypothesize here that the inflammatory milieu provided by early infiltration of pro-inflammatory macrophages dictates tissue scarring after injury. METHODS AND RESULTS: We first determined that tissue-localized macrophages exhibit a pro-inflammatory phenotype (p40IL12(+)CCR7(+)CD11b(+)) during the early phase of a chronic injury model, in contrast to a pro-resolving phenotype (Arg1(+)IL10(+)CD206(+)CD11b(+)) at a later stage...
September 2016: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
Aoife Kelly, Mark W Robinson, Gerard Roche, Christine A Biron, Cliona O'Farrelly, Elizabeth J Ryan
The interferon lambda (IFN-λ) cytokines have well-known antiviral properties, yet their contribution to immune regulation is not well understood. Epithelial cells represent the major target cell of IFN-λ; peripheral blood mononuclear cells are generally considered nonresponsive, with the exception of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs). In this study we aimed to define the potential for discrete subpopulations of cells to directly respond to IFN-λ. Analysis of peripheral blood leukocytes reveals that, while pDCs uniformly express the highest levels of IFN-λ receptor, a small proportion of B cells and monocytes also express the receptor...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
Madhuchhanda Kundu, Susanta Mondal, Avik Roy, Jeffrey L Martinson, Kalipada Pahan
Upregulation and/or maintenance of regulatory T cells (Tregs) during autoimmune insults may have therapeutic efficacy in autoimmune diseases. Earlier we have reported that sodium benzoate (NaB), a metabolite of cinnamon and a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug against urea cycle disorders, upregulates Tregs and protects mice from experimental allergic encephalomyelitis, an animal model of multiple sclerosis. However, mechanisms by which NaB increases Tregs are poorly understood. Because TGF-β is an important inducer of Tregs, we examined the effect of NaB on the status of TGF-β...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Raffaela Zaffini, Rosanna Di Paola, Salvatore Cuzzocrea, Marta Menegazzi
Allergic asthma is an immunological disease that occurs as a consequence of aeroallergen exposure. Inhibition of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs) in conventional models of asthma-like reaction has emerged as an effective anti-inflammatory and airway remodeling intervention. In a house dust mite (HDM) exposure mouse model, we investigated the impact of PARP inhibition on allergic airway inflammation, sensitization, and remodeling. Mice were intranasally exposed to a HDM extract for 5 days per week for up to 5 weeks...
September 7, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
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