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Q N Yu, Y B Guo, X Li, C L Li, W P Tan, X L Fan, Z L Qin, D Chen, W P Wen, S G Zheng, Q L Fu
BACKGROUND: Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) were closely associated with asthma. However, there were no perspective studies about the effects of glucocorticoid on ILC2s in asthma patients. Our objective was to perform a perspective study and evaluate the ILC2 activity after glucocorticoid therapy in asthma patients. METHODS: The asthma and asthma with allergic rhinitis patients were treated with glucocorticoid for 3 months. The circulating ILC2 levels were evaluated...
March 15, 2018: Allergy
Yasutaka Mitamura, Satoshi Nunomura, Yasuhiro Nanri, Masahiro Ogawa, Tomohito Yoshihara, Miho Masuoka, Gaku Tsuji, Takeshi Nakahara, Akiko Hashimoto-Hachiya, Simon J Conway, Masutaka Furue, Kenji Izuhara
BACKGROUND: Barrier dysfunction is an important feature of atopic dermatitis (AD) in which IL-4 and IL-13, signature type 2 cytokines, are involved. Periostin, a matricellular protein induced by IL-4 or IL-13, plays a crucial role in the onset of allergic skin inflammation, including barrier dysfunction. However, it remains elusive how periostin causes barrier dysfunction downstream of the IL-13 signal. METHODS: We systematically identified periostin-dependent expression profile using DNA microarrays...
March 12, 2018: Allergy
Jacqueline M Leung, Sarah A Budischak, Hao Chung The, Christina Hansen, Rowann Bowcutt, Rebecca Neill, Mitchell Shellman, P'ng Loke, Andrea L Graham
Genetic and environmental factors shape host susceptibility to infection, but how and how rapidly environmental variation might alter the susceptibility of mammalian genotypes remains unknown. Here, we investigate the impacts of seminatural environments upon the nematode susceptibility profiles of inbred C57BL/6 mice. We hypothesized that natural exposure to microbes might directly (e.g., via trophic interactions) or indirectly (e.g., via microbe-induced immune responses) alter the hatching, growth, and survival of nematodes in mice housed outdoors...
March 2018: PLoS Biology
Erin E Olsan, Jonathan D West, Jacob A Torres, Nicholas Doerr, Thomas Weimbs
Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is a life-threatening, highly prevalent monogenic disease caused by mutations in polycystin-1 (PC1) in 85% of patients. We have previously identified a C-terminal cleavage fragment of PC1, PC1-p30, that interacts with the transcription factor STAT6 to promote transcription. STAT6 is aberrantly active in PKD mouse models and human ADPKD, and genetic removal or pharmacological inhibition of STAT6 attenuates disease progression. High levels of interleukin-13 (IL13), a STAT6 activating cytokine, are found in the cyst fluid of PKD mouse models and increased IL13 receptors in ADPKD patient tissue suggesting that a positive feedback loop between IL13 and STAT6 is activated in cystic epithelial cells and contributes to disease progression...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Myeong-Joo Kim, Ye-Ji Lee, Young-So Yoon, Jae H Lim, Eun-Mi Park, Young H Chong, Jihee Lee Kang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) transcription factor mediates PPARγ-regulated gene expression in macrophages. However, it remains largely unknown how proximal membrane signaling events initiated by apoptotic cell recognition upregulate PPARγ expression and activate the lung homeostatic program. METHODS: The STAT6 inhibitor AS1517499 was used to determine the role of STAT6 in mediating PPARγ activity, anti-inflammatory effects, and anti-fibrotic effects induced by apoptotic cell instillation after bleomycin treatment into C57BL/6 mice...
February 28, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Bence Daniel, Gergely Nagy, Attila Horvath, Zsolt Czimmerer, Ixchelt Cuaranta-Monroy, Szilard Poliska, Tristan T Hays, Sascha Sauer, Jean Francois-Deleuze, Laszlo Nagy
Retinoid X receptor (RXR) is an obligate heterodimeric partner of several nuclear receptors (NRs), and as such a central component of NR signaling regulating the immune and metabolic phenotype of macrophages. Importantly, the binding motifs of RXR heterodimers are enriched in the tissue-selective open chromatin regions of resident macrophages, suggesting roles in subtype specification. Recent genome-wide studies revealed that RXR binds to thousands of sites in the genome, but the mechanistic details how the cistrome is established and serves ligand-induced transcriptional activity remained elusive...
February 28, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Lilangi S Ediriwickrema, Michael Burnstine, Maria S Saber, Narsing Rao
Purpose: Primary malignant solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) of the orbit is a rare spindle cell neoplasm that requires excisional biopsy for histopathological diagnosis. We present a clinical case using contemporary immunohistochemical stains, report on the latest World Health Organization classification, and provide a review of the literature. Observations: Report of a single case of a 65 year old male who presented with right-sided proptosis, limited adduction, ptosis, lateral globe displacement, and cheek festooning...
April 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
Hadjer Miloudi, Karen Leroy, Fabrice Jardin, Brigitte Sola
Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBL) is a distinct B-cell lymphoma subtype with unique clinicopathological and molecular features. PMBL cells are characterised by several genetic abnormalities that conduct to the constitutive activation of the Janus kinase 2/signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (JAK2/STAT6) signalling pathway. Among recurrent genetic changes in PMBL, we previously reported that the XPO1 gene encoding exportin 1 that controls the nuclear export of cargo proteins and RNAs, is mutated (p...
March 1, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Huifeng Yue, Wei Yan, Xiaotong Ji, Yingying Zhang, Guangke Li, Nan Sang
Previous studies have indicated that nitrogen dioxide (NO2 ) exposure could increase airway sensitivity to allergens for children. Recently, fetal stress was proposed as a crucial factor for allergic airway response occurring in offspring. Considering that there is inadequate evidence linking maternal NO2 exposure to offspring airway sensitivity to allergens, pregnant Balb/c mice were exposed daily to 2.5 ppm NO2 throughout the gestation period; then, the offspring were challenged to an allergen (ovalbumin, OVA) to evaluate airway sensitivity...
February 21, 2018: Chemosphere
Tetsuo Miyake, Takashi Miyake, Makoto Sakaguchi, Hirokazu Nankai, Takahiro Nakazawa, Ryuichi Morishita
Transactivation of inflammatory and immune mediators in asthma is tightly regulated by nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) and signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6). Therefore, we investigated the efficacy of simultaneous inhibition of NF-κB and STAT6 using a chimeric decoy strategy to prevent asthma exacerbation. The effects of decoy oligodeoxynucleotides were evaluated using an ovalbumin-induced mouse asthma model. Ovalbumin-sensitized mice received intratracheal administration of decoy oligodeoxynucleotides 3 days before ovalbumin challenge...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Omar M Rahal, Adam R Wolfe, Pijus K Mandal, Richard Larson, Sanda Tin, Cristina Jimenez, Dadong Zhang, Janet Horton, James M Reuben, John S McMurray, Wendy A Woodward
PURPOSE: To determine the role of macrophage polarization on the response of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) cells to radiation and whether modulation of macrophage plasticity can alter radiation response. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The human THP-1 monocyte cell line and primary human monocytes isolated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells were differentiated into macrophages and polarized to either an "antitumor" (M1) or a "protumor" (M2) phenotype...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
David Creytens, Liesbeth Ferdinande, Jo Van Dorpe
We report the case of a dedifferentiated solitary fibrous tumor with heterologous rhabdomyosarcomatous differentiation in a 74-year-old male presenting with a rapidly growing, large soft tissue tumoral mass in the gluteal muscles of the right hip. Dedifferentiation in solitary fibrous tumor had not been recognized until very recently and is an extremely rare phenomenon in this tumor type. In the present case, the diagnosis of dedifferentiated solitary fibrous tumor was difficult because of the absence of areas of conventional solitary fibrous tumor with a predominantly poorly differentiated, anaplastic tumor component in the incision biopsy composed of heterogeneous areas with small blue round cell (Ewing sarcoma-like), rhabdoid, epithelioid, and pleomorphic morphology...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
Evgeny Berdyshev, Elena Goleva, Irina Bronova, Nathan Dyjack, Cydney Rios, John Jung, Patricia Taylor, Mingeum Jeong, Clifton F Hall, Brittany N Richers, Kathryn A Norquest, Tao Zheng, Max A Seibold, Donald Ym Leung
Lipids in the stratum corneum of atopic dermatitis (AD) patients differ substantially in composition from healthy subjects. We hypothesized that hyperactivated type 2 immune response alters AD skin lipid metabolism. We have analyzed stratum corneum lipids from nonlesional and lesional skin of AD subjects and IL-13 skin-specific Tg mice. We also directly examined the effects of IL-4/IL-13 on human keratinocytes in vitro. Mass spectrometric analysis of lesional stratum corneum from AD subjects and IL-13 Tg mice revealed an increased proportion of short-chain (N-14:0 to N-24:0) NS ceramides, sphingomyelins, and 14:0-22:0 lysophosphatidylcholines (14:0-22:0 LPC) with a simultaneous decline in the proportion of corresponding long-chain species (N-26:0 to N-32:0 sphingolipids and 24:0-30:0 LPC) when compared with healthy controls...
February 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Guohao Lu, Wanling Shi, Hongyu Zheng
BACKGROUND: Gastric carcinoma is the most popular cancer worldwide. Anoctamin-1 is a calcium-activated channel and highly expressed in various tumors. A previous study indicated that suppressed Anoctamin-1 expression decreased cancer cell proliferation or migration. As a signal transduction and transcription activator, STAT6 is a novel agonist for Anoctamin-1 promoter. However, its role in tumor cell proliferation or migration remains unclear. Therefore, this study aimed to suppress STAT6 and Anoctamin-1 protein expression in gastric cancer cells to test the inhibitory effects on gastric cancer cell migration or invasion...
February 2018: Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals
Shih-Yen Weng, Xiaoyu Wang, Santosh Vijayan, Yilang Tang, Yong Ook Kim, Kornelius Padberg, Tommy Regen, Olena Molokanova, Tao Chen, Tobias Bopp, Hansjörg Schild, Frank Brombacher, Jeff R Crosby, Michael L McCaleb, Ari Waisman, Ernesto Bockamp, Detlef Schuppan
Chronic hepatitis leads to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a major cause of worldwide morbidity and mortality. Macrophages play a key role in fibrosis progression and reversal. However, the signals that determine fibrogenic vs fibrolytic macrophage function remain ill defined. We studied the role of interleukin-4 receptor α (IL-4Rα), a potential central switch of macrophage polarization, in liver fibrosis progression and reversal. We demonstrate that inflammatory monocyte infiltration and liver fibrogenesis were suppressed in general IL-4Rα-/- as well as in macrophage-specific IL-4Rα-/- (IL-4RαΔLysM ) mice...
February 17, 2018: EBioMedicine
C D van Ginkel, M E Pettersson, A E J Dubois, G H Koppelman
This study describes the role of two STAT6 gene variants in food allergy using data of patients and their parents who underwent double-blind placebo-controlled food challenges (DBPCFCs). After quality control, 369 trios were analyzed including 262 children (71.0%) with food allergy. Associations were tested by family based association testing (FBAT). The A alleles of both SNPs were associated with food allergy (p=0.036 and p=0.013 for rs324015 and rs1059513, respectively). Furthermore, these A alleles were associated with peanut allergy, higher sIgE levels to both peanut and cow's milk, more severe symptoms and higher eliciting doses during peanut and cow's milk DBPCFCs (all p<0...
February 19, 2018: Allergy
Valeria Spina, Alessio Bruscaggin, Annarosa Cuccaro, Maurizio Martini, Martina Di Trani, Gabriela Forestieri, Martina Manzoni, Adalgisa Condoluci, Alberto Arribas, Lodovico Terzi-Di-Bergamo, Silvia Laura Locatelli, Elisa Cupelli, Luca Ceriani, Alden A Moccia, Anastasios Stathis, Luca Nassi, Clara Deambrogi, Fary Diop, Francesca Guidetti, Alessandra Cocomazzi, Salvatore Annunziata, Vittoria Rufini, Alessandro Giordano, Antonino Neri, Renzo Boldorini, Bernhard Gerber, Francesco Bertoni, Michele Ghielmini, Georg Stüssi, Armando Santoro, Franco Cavalli, Emanuele Zucca, Luigi Maria Larocca, Gianluca Gaidano, Stefan Hohaus, Carmelo Carlo-Stella, Davide Rossi
The rarity of neoplastic cells in the biopsy imposes major technical hurdles that have so far limited genomic studies in classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL). By using a highly sensitive and robust deep-next-generation-sequencing approach for circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), here we aimed at tracking the genetics of cHL in different clinical phases, and its modifications upon treatment. The analysis was based on specimens collected from 80 newly diagnosed and 32 refractory cHL patients, including longitudinal samples collected under ABVD chemotherapy and longitudinal samples from relapsing patients treated with chemotherapy and immunotherapy...
February 15, 2018: Blood
Patrick Feasel, Alyaa Al-Ibraheemi, Karen Fritchie, Riyam T Zriek, Wei-Lien Wang, Elizabeth Demicco, Marcela Saeb-Lima, John R Goldblum, Brian P Rubin, Jesse K McKenney, Jennifer S Ko, Steven D Billings
While superficial (cutaneous/subcutaneous) solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) have been described, definitive diagnosis is difficult due to overlapping features with other tumors. We describe the largest series to date of superficial SFT. For inclusion, SFT had to arise in dermis or subcutis. Twenty-six cases were identified. Patients ranged from 16 to 80 years (mean, 47 y) with a marked female predominance (19 F; 7 M). Tumors involved the head (11), thigh (7), back (3), shoulder (2), upper arm (1), ankle (1), and great toe (1)...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
M Zhao, Y B Wang, Y J Yan, W Wang, G Q Ru, X L He
Objective: To investigate the clinicopathologic characteristics, immunophenotype, differential and diagnostic features of atypical spindle cell lipomatous tumor (ASLT). Methods: Three cases of ASLT were collected from January 2010 to March 2017 at Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital. The clinical and imaging features, histomorphology, immunophenotype and prognosis were analyzed. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was used to detect MDM2 gene amplification, and relevant literature was reviewed. Results: All three patients were adult males, aged 38, 43 and 54 years, respectively...
February 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
L Dong, X Chen, H Shao, L Bai, X Li, X Zhang
PURPOSE: We have previously reported that MSCs inhibited experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU) in rodent models induced by either uveitogenic antigens or antigen-specific T cells. In this study, we explored the inhibitory mechanisms of MSCs on dendritic cells (DCs) in EAU. METHODS: We collected the DCs from the lymph nodes of MSC treated or untreated EAU rats, as well as bone marrow derived DCs cultured in vitro with or without MSC treatment. The levels of costimulatory molecules of CD80, CD86, CD40, OX40L and suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS1, SOCS2, and SOCS3) on these DCs were analyzed by flow Cytometry...
February 7, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
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