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Hans Lassmann, Monika Bradl
One of the most frequent statements, provided in different variations in the introduction of experimental studies on multiple sclerosis (MS), is that "Multiple sclerosis is a demyelinating autoimmune disease and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is a suitable model to study its pathogenesis". However, so far, no single experimental model covers the entire spectrum of the clinical, pathological, or immunological features of the disease. Many different models are available, which proved to be highly useful for studying different aspects of inflammation, demyelination, remyelination, and neurodegeneration in the central nervous system...
October 20, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
Cornelia Habacher, Yanwu Guo, Richard Venz, Pooja Kumari, Anca Neagu, Dimos Gaidatzis, Eva B Harvald, Nils J Færgeman, Heinz Gut, Rafal Ciosk
Obesity is a global health issue, arousing interest in molecular mechanisms controlling fat. Transcriptional regulation of fat has received much attention, and key transcription factors involved in lipid metabolism, such as SBP-1/SREBP, LPD-2/C/EBP, and MDT-15, are conserved from nematodes to mammals. However, there is a growing awareness that lipid metabolism can also be controlled by post-transcriptional mechanisms. Here, we show that the Caenorhabditis elegans RNase, REGE-1, related to MCPIP1/Zc3h12a/Regnase-1, a key regulator of mammalian innate immunity, promotes accumulation of body fat...
October 7, 2016: Developmental Cell
A Jézéquel, M Kerjouan, M Lederlin, C Lainé-Caroff, C Camus, P Delaval, S Jouneau
INTRODUCTION: Auto-immune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis is a rare disorder characterized by the accumulation of surfactant proteins in the alveoli. CASE REPORT: We report a case of a 41-year-old smoker, presenting initially with acute respiratory failure. Whole lung lavages were effective initially but only for a few weeks. GM-CSF subcutaneous injections were not effective, and then plasmapheresis were tried. CONCLUSION: This is the fifth report of the use of this treatment in auto-immune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis...
October 13, 2016: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
Cornelis R van der Torren, Jessica S Suwandi, DaHae Lee, Ernst-Jan T van 't Wout, Gaby Duinkerken, Godelieve Swings, Arend Mulder, Frans H J Claas, Zhidong Ling, Pieter Gillard, Bart Keymeulen, Peter In 't Veld, Bart O Roep
Transplantation of islet allografts into type 1 diabetic recipients usually requires multiple pancreas donors to achieve insulin independence. This adds to the challenges of immunological monitoring of islet transplantation currently relying on surrogate immune markers in peripheral blood. We investigated donor origin and infiltration of islets transplanted in the liver of a T1D patient who died of hemorrhagic stroke four months after successful transplantation with two intraportal islet grafts combining six donors...
October 10, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Luigi Martino, Louise Holland, Evangelos Christodoulou, Simone Kunzelmann, Diego Esposito, Katrin Rittinger
NOD-like receptors represent an important class of germline-encoded pattern recognition receptors that play key roles in the regulation of inflammatory signalling pathways. They function as danger sensors and initiate inflammatory responses and the production of cytokines. Since NLR malfunction results in chronic inflammation and auto-immune diseases, there is a great interest in understanding how they work on a molecular level. To date, a lot of insight into the biological functions of NLRs is available but biophysical and structural studies have been hampered by the difficulty to produce soluble and stable recombinant NLR proteins...
2016: PloS One
Yi Yang, Jing Lu, Hangfan Liu, Guoguo Jin, Ruihua Bai, Xiang Li, Dongyu Wang, Jimin Zhao, Youtian Huang, Kangdong Liu, Ying Xing, Ziming Dong
Dendritic cells (DC) have been exploited for vaccination against cancer for years. DC loading autologous tumor lysate (ATL-DC) have been assessed in ongoing clinical trials, but frequently do not meet expectation. In this study, we found that mice immunized with ATL-DC induced less protective anti-tumor effect than immunized with DC alone. The percentage of CD8(+) T cells and the lysis efficiency of CTLs to auto tumor cells in ATL-DC vaccination group was less than that of DC group. Moreover, vaccination of mice with ATL-DC also promoted tumor angiogenesis by analyzing the CD31 positive microvessel density and hemoglobin content of tumor specimens...
October 10, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Xiaonan Zhong, Honghao Wang, Zhiwei Ye, Wei Qiu, Zhengqi Lu, Rui Li, Yaqing Shu, Yanyu Chang, Xueqiang Hu
It is believed that auto-inflammatory activity, including cellular and humoral immunity responses, especially T cell-B cell collaboration, is one of the most important components of the pathogenesis of inflammatory demyelinating disease. CD40L is critical for T cell-B cell collaboration. Actually, serum CD40L levels have been shown to increase in MS. In the present study, serum CD40L levels were measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in NMO (n=27) and MS (n=19) patients and controls (n=14)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Matheus Trovão de Queiroz, Vanessa Gonçalves Pereira, Cinthia Castro do Nascimento, Vânia D'Almeida
Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) are a functional class of RNA involved in the regulation of several cellular processes which may modulate disease onset, progression, and prognosis. Lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) are a group of rare disorders caused by mutations of genes encoding specific hydrolases or non-enzymatic proteins, characterized by a wide spectrum of manifestations. The alteration of ncRNA levels is well established in several human diseases such as cancer and auto-immune disorders; however, there is a lack of information focused on the role of ncRNA in rare diseases...
2016: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Alexander Kalinkovich, Gregory Livshits
Sarcopenia, an age-associated decline in skeletal muscle mass coupled with functional deterioration, may be exacerbated by obesity leading to higher disability, frailty, morbidity and mortality rates. In the combination of sarcopenia and obesity, the state called sarcopenic obesity (SOB), some key age- and obesity-mediated factors and pathways may aggravate sarcopenia. This review will analyze the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of SOB. In obese adipose tissue (AT), adipocytes undergo hypertrophy, hyperplasia and activation resulted in accumulation of pro-inflammatory macrophages and other immune cells as well as dysregulated production of various adipokines that together with senescent cells and the immune cell-released cytokines and chemokines create a local pro-inflammatory status...
October 1, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
Virginie Deswaerte, Saleela M Ruwanpura, Brendan J Jenkins
Over the last decade it has emerged that inflammasome complexes provide a pivotal platform for the host innate immune system to respond to exogenous infectious microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi) and non-infectious environmental agents (cigarette smoke, pollution), as well as endogenous "danger" signals. Upon the canonical activation of inflammasomes, a key effector function is to catalyze, via caspase-1, the maturation of the potent pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18, which, in addition to chronic inflammatory responses have also been intimately linked to the inflammatory form of lytic cell death, pyroptosis...
September 30, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Marc Michel, Louis Terriou, Francoise Roudot-Thoraval, Mohamed Hamidou, Mikael Ebbo, Guillaume Le Guenno, Lionel Galicier, Sylvain Audia, Bruno Royer, Anne Sophie Morin, Jean Marie Michot, Arnaud Jaccard, Laurent Frenzel, Mehdi Khellaf, Bertrand Godeau
This phase 3 multicentre randomized double-blind and placebo-controlled trial aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of rituximab (RTX) to placebo for treating newly diagnosed warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (wAIHA) in adults receiving prednisone. Adults with a confirmed diagnosis of wAIHA who previously received corticosteroids for less than 6 weeks could be included. At inclusion, all patients received prednisone at a daily dose of 1 mg/kg for 2 weeks, then tapered according to a pre-defined recommended reduction scheme...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Daniel R Machin, Heather L Clifton, Ryan S Garten, Jayson R Gifford, Russell S Richardson, D Walter Wray, Tracy M Frech, Anthony John Donato
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare, auto-immune disease characterized by debilitating fibrosis and vascular dysfunction, however, little is known about the circulatory response to exercise in this population. Therefore, we examined the peripheral hemodynamic and vasodilatory responses to handgrip exercise in 10 patients with SSc (61 ± 4 yr) and 15 age-matched healthy controls (56 ± 5 yr). Brachial artery diameter, blood flow, and mean arterial pressure (MAP), were determined at rest and during progressive static-intermittent handgrip exercise...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Ivana Nikolic, Ivana Stojanovic, Milica Vujicic, Paolo Fagone, Katia Mangano, Stanislava Stosic-Grujicic, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Tamara Saksida
Bovine colostrum is a rich source of nutrients and immunologically active components that play a role in conveying passive immunity to the offspring, protection and maturation of new-born's gastrointestinal tract. Colostrum has exerted positive effects in diseases affecting gastrointestinal tract, as well as type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, health-promoting effects in type 1 diabetes have not been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate therapeutic value of oral administration of standardized bovine colostrum derivative (SBCD) in three models of type 1 diabetes (T1D): spontaneously developed T1D in NOD mice and BB-DP rats, and in chemically induced T1D in C57BL/6 mice with multiple low doses of streptozotocin (MLDS)...
September 24, 2016: Immunobiology
K Dahan
Membranous nephropathy (MN) accounts for about 20% of cases of nephrotic syndrome in the adult. Thickening of glomerular capillary walls results from subepithelial formation of immune deposits containing IgG and the membrane attack complex of complement, which is the major mediator of proteinuria, and antigens. Idiopathic forms of MN (IMN) represent 70 to 80% of all cases. A major breakthrough was the identification of the podocyte antigen PLA2R as the target of circulating antibodies in about 70% of IMN, which confirmed that the disease was auto-immune in nature...
May 25, 2016: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Namrata Adhauliya, Anupama N Kalappanavar, I M Ali, Rajeshwari G Annigeri
Autophagy is a catabolic process involving cellular recycling and is believed to play a distinct role in cell survival especially when exposed to stressors, rendering it comparable to the elixir sustaining life. It plays a significant role in various conditions like cancers, neuropathies, heart diseases, auto-immune diseases, etc. Its role in tumorigenesis and cancer therapeutics is worth exploring. Autophagy is believed to help in survival and longevity of cancer cells by buffering metabolic stress. Inhibition of autophagy in an environment of nutrient deprivation leads to cell death...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
Berthe Katrine Fiil, Mads Gyrd-Hansen
Ubiquitin chains assembled via the N-terminal methionine (Met1 or linear ubiquitin), conjugated by the linear ubiquitin chain assembly complex (LUBAC), participate in NF-κΒ-dependent inflammatory signaling and immune responses. A recent report in Cell finds that OTULIN, a deubiquitinase that selectively cleaves Met1-linked ubiquitin chains, is essential for restraining inflammation in vivo.
September 30, 2016: Cell Research
Justine Perrin, Julien Carvelli, Bertrand Gondouin, Laurent Daniel, Megan Fraisse, Céline Gaudon, Fouad Bouzana, Henri Vacher-Coponat, Julie Moussi-Francès, Bertrand Dussol, Noémie Jourde-Chiche
Renal involvement of systemic vasculitides is an emergency in nephrology. Although it has become very rare, the diagnosis of polyarteritis nodosa must be considered in some patients. A 70-year-old patient, previously healthy, presented with acute renal failure and malignant hypertension and abundant albuminuria. Subcutaneous nodule, orchitis and mononeuritis appeared subsequently. The search for auto-immunity or viral infection was negative. Markers of thrombotic microangiopathy, present initially, resolved after blood pressure control...
September 24, 2016: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Yuehui Zhang, Fangbing Liu, Yanzhi Yuan, Chaozhi Jin, Cheng Chang, Yunping Zhu, Xiuyuan Zhang, Chunyan Tian, Fuchu He, Jian Wang
Exosomes are secreted small vesicles that mediate various biological processes, such as tumorigenesis and immune response. However, whether the inflammasome signaling leads to the change of constituent of exosomes and its roles in immune response remains to be determined. We isolated the exosomes from macrophages with treatment of mock, endotoxin, or endotoxin/nigericin. A label-free quantification method by MS/MS was used to identify the components of exosomes. In total, 2331 proteins were identified and 513 proteins were exclusively detected in exosomes with endotoxin and nigericin treatment...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Andrea Petretto, Grazia Carbotti, Elvira Inglese, Chiara Lavarello, Maria Pia Pistillo, Valentina Rigo, Michela Croce, Luca Longo, Stefania Martini, Paola Vacca, Silvano Ferrini, Marina Fabbi
IL-27, a member of the IL-12-family of cytokines, has shown anti-tumor activity in several pre-clinical models due to anti-proliferative, anti-angiogenic and immune-enhancing effects. On the other hand, IL-27 demonstrated immune regulatory activities and inhibition of auto-immunity in mouse models. Also, we reported that IL-27, similar to IFN-γ, induces the expression of IL-18BP, IDO and PD-L1 immune regulatory molecules in human cancer cells. Here, a proteomic analysis reveals that IL-27 and IFN-γ display a broad overlap of functions on human ovarian cancer cells...
September 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Phillipa White, Dimitra Sakellari, Helen Roberts, Idyli Risafi, Martin Ling, Paul Cooper, Mike Milward, Iain Chapple
AIMS: To investigate ex vivo peripheral neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) production and their subsequent degradation by plasma in chronic periodontitis patients, and periodontally and systemically healthy-matched controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Chronic periodontitis patient and control (n=40 pairs) peripheral blood neutrophils were stimulated for NET quantification. A subset of patients received non-surgical periodontal therapy (n=19) and NETs were quantified 3-months later alongside controls...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
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