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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729608/programmed-death-one-homolog-maintains-the-pool-size-of-regulatory-t-cells-by-promoting-their-differentiation-and-stability
#1
Qi Wang, Jianwei He, Dallas B Flies, Liqun Luo, Lieping Chen
Programmed death one homolog (PD-1H) is an immunoglobulin superfamily molecule and primarily acts as a coinhibitor in the initiation of T cell response to antigens. Here, we report that genetic ablation of PD-1H in mice blocks the differentiation of naive T cells to Foxp3(+) inducible Treg cells (iTreg) with a significant decrease of iTreg in lymphoid organs. This effect of PD-1H is highly specific for iTreg because both naturally generated iTreg in gut-related tissues and in vitro induced iTreg by TGF-β were decreased whereas the genesis of natural Treg (nTreg) remains normal...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724377/combination-therapy-for-melanoma-with-braf-mek-inhibitor-and-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-a-mathematical-model
#2
Xiulan Lai, Avner Friedman
BACKGROUND: The B-raf gene is mutated in up to 66% of human malignant melanomas, and its protein product, BRAF kinase, is a key part of RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK (MAPK) pathway of cancer cell proliferation. BRAF-targeted therapy induces significant responses in the majority of patients, and the combination BRAF/MEK inhibitor enhances clinical efficacy, but the response to BRAF inhibitor and to BRAF/MEK inhibitor is short lived. On the other hand, treatment of melanoma with an immune checkpoint inhibitor, such as anti-PD-1, has lower response rate but the response is much more durable, lasting for years...
July 19, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713948/microrna%C3%A2-126-inhibits-endothelial-permeability-and-apoptosis-in-apolipoprotein-e%C3%A2-knockout-mice-fed-a-high%C3%A2-fat-diet
#3
Xiao-Wen Cheng, Yu-Feng Wan, Qing Zhou, Yuan Wang, Hua-Qing Zhu
Endothelial dysfunction and apoptosis have key roles in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis (AS). AS has been demonstrated to be associated with a high‑fat diet, which may increase endothelial permeability and apoptosis; however, the exact mechanisms underlying the development of AS remain poorly understood. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are vital for the regulation of cardiovascular disease, and dysregulated miRNAs have been implicated in AS. The present study investigated whether miRNA (miR)‑126 regulates high‑fat diet‑induced endothelial permeability and apoptosis by targeting transforming growth factor β (TGFβ), a secreted protein that controls cellular proliferation and apoptosis...
July 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713164/human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-induces-a-regulatory-b-cell-like-phenotype-in-vitro
#4
Jacobo Lopez-Abente, Adrián Prieto-Sanchez, Maria-Ángeles Muñoz-Fernandez, Rafael Correa-Rocha, Marjorie Pion
Individuals infected with human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) usually show a general dysregulation and hyper-activation of the immune system. A direct influence of HIV-1 particles on B-cell phenotypes and functions has been previously described. However, the consequences of B-cell dysregulation are still poorly understood. We evaluated the phenotypic changes in primary B cells after direct contact with HIV-1 particles in comparison with different types of stimuli. The functionality of treated B cells was challenged in co-culture experiments with autologous CD4+ and CD8+ T cells...
July 17, 2017: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708099/role-played-by-signalling-pathways-in-overcoming-braf-inhibitor-resistance-in-melanoma
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REVIEW
Xian Yang Chan, Alamdeep Singh, Narin Osman, Terrence J Piva
The discovery of the BRAF(V600E) mutation led to the development of vemurafenib (PLX4032), a selective BRAF inhibitor specific to the kinase, for the treatment of metastatic melanomas. However, initial success of the drug was dampened by the development of acquired resistance. Melanoma was shown to relapse in patients following treatment with vemurafenib which eventually led to patients' deaths. It has been proposed that mechanisms of resistance can be due to (1) reactivation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signalling pathway via secondary mutations, amplification or activation of target kinase(s), (2) the bypass of oncogenic pathway via activation of alternative signalling pathways, (3) other uncharacterized mechanisms...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706151/osteoblast-oriented-differentiation-of-bmscs-by-co-culturing-with-composite-scaffolds-constructed-using-silicon-substituted-calcium-phosphate-autogenous-fine-particulate-bone-powder-and-alginate-in-vitro
#6
Ye Tian, Li-Huang Cui, Shou-Yang Xiang, Wen-Xiao Xu, De-Chun Chen, Rui Fu, Chang-Long Zhou, Xiao-Qi Liu, Yu-Fu Wang, Xin-Tao Wang
Autogenous bone graft is the best for spinal fusion in clinics, however, lacking sources, bleeding and infection are limited its practice. Seeking alternative materials are urgent for orthopaedic surgeon. Here, we evaluated osteoblast-oriented differentiation of rabbit BMSCs by co-culturing with composite scaffolds constructed using silicon-substituted-CaP-fine particulate bone powder-alginate. Using CCk8-kit, biocompatibility was evaluated by testing BMSCs proliferation; morphology and survival of osteoblasts within scaffolds were observed using EM and HE staining; growth factors and related genes were detected using RT-PCR...
July 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704345/the-effects-and-possible-mechanisms-of-puerarin-to-treat-uterine-fibrosis-induced-by-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
#7
Lin Lin, Yi He, Jiashu Zhang, Qi Liu, Lixia Wang
BACKGROUND Tissues fibrosis is caused by ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) and results in organ dysfunction. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether fibrosis occurs after uterine ischemia-reperfusion injury, and to investigate the effects of puerarin (Pur) on the fibrosis process in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-four female Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups (8 in each group): the control group rats only received operation without uterine ischemic, the IRI group and the IRI + Pur group rats received 30-minutes ischemia and 2-weeks of reperfusion...
July 13, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701516/blocking-tgf-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-catenin-epithelial-crosstalk-exacerbates-ckd
#8
Stellor Nlandu-Khodo, Surekha Neelisetty, Melanie Phillips, Marika Manolopoulou, Gautam Bhave, Lauren May, Peter E Clark, Haichun Yang, Agnes B Fogo, Raymond C Harris, M Mark Taketo, Ethan Lee, Leslie S Gewin
The TGF-β and Wnt/β-catenin pathways have important roles in modulating CKD, but how these growth factors affect the epithelial response to CKD is not well studied. TGF-β has strong profibrotic effects, but this pleiotropic factor has many different cellular effects depending on the target cell type. To investigate how TGF-β signaling in the proximal tubule, a key target and mediator of CKD, alters the response to CKD, we injured mice lacking the TGF-β type 2 receptor specifically in this epithelial segment...
July 12, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700594/hierarchical-patterning-modes-orchestrate-hair-follicle-morphogenesis
#9
James D Glover, Kirsty L Wells, Franziska Matthäus, Kevin J Painter, William Ho, Jon Riddell, Jeanette A Johansson, Matthew J Ford, Colin A B Jahoda, Vaclav Klika, Richard L Mort, Denis J Headon
Two theories address the origin of repeating patterns, such as hair follicles, limb digits, and intestinal villi, during development. The Turing reaction-diffusion system posits that interacting diffusible signals produced by static cells first define a prepattern that then induces cell rearrangements to produce an anatomical structure. The second theory, that of mesenchymal self-organisation, proposes that mobile cells can form periodic patterns of cell aggregates directly, without reference to any prepattern...
July 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698147/rip2-deficiency-attenuates-cardiac-hypertrophy-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-pressure-overload-induced-mice
#10
Cui-Hua Zhao, Xiang Ma, Hong-Yu Guo, Peng Li, Hong-Yang Liu
Although the pathological cardiac hypertrophy presents a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease is still poor. Here, we reported that receptor-interacting serine/threonine-protein kinase 2 (RIP2), promoting pro-inflammatory gene expression, enhanced the pathological cardiac hypertrophy in animals. The effects of RIP2 on the cardiac hypertrophy triggered by pathological stimuli have not been fully investigated. In our study, mice were subjected to aortic banding (AB) surgery to explore the pathological, echocardiographic and molecular mechanisms...
July 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687760/hypofractionated-stereotactic-radiation-therapy-activates-the-peripheral-immune-response-in-operable-stage-i-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#11
Ting Zhang, Haifeng Yu, Chao Ni, Tao Zhang, Luying Liu, Qinghua Lv, Zhigang Zhang, Zhen Wang, Dang Wu, Pin Wu, Guodi Chen, Liancong Wang, Qichun Wei, Jian Huang, Xiaojian Wang
It has been reported that in patients with operable stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), overall survival (OS) is better in those who undergo hypofractionated stereotactic radiation therapy (HSRT) than in those who undergo surgery. However, the reason that HSRT has a better OS has not been fully explored. Here, we analyzed reconstitution kinetics in immune cells in the peripheral blood of NSCLC patients after HSRT. We found that HSRT increased the frequency of total T cells, especially the proportion of CD8(+) T cells, but decreased the frequency of inhibitory Tregs...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685927/altering-equine-corneal-fibroblast-differentiation-through-smad-gene-transfer
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Todd L Marlo, Elizabeth A Giuliano, Ratnakar Tripathi, Ajay Sharma, Rajiv R Mohan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact of equine corneal fibroblast (ECF) to myofibroblast (ECM) differentiation by altering the expression of the Smad genes either individually or in combination. Specifically, we sought to examine the ECF differentiation after (a) silencing of Smad2, 3, and 4 profibrotic genes individually and (b) overexpression of antifibrotic Smad7 gene and in a combination with pro- and antifibrotic Smad genes. METHODS: Equine corneal fibroblast primary cultures were generated as previously described...
July 6, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685286/modulation-of-wnt-signaling-pathway-by-hepatitis-b-virus
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REVIEW
Muhammad Daud, Muhammad Adeel Rana, Tayyab Husnain, Bushra Ijaz
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) has a global distribution and is one of the leading causes of hepatocellular carcinoma. The precise mechanism of pathogenicity of HBV-associated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is not yet fully understood. Viral-related proteins are known to take control of several cellular pathways like Wnt/β-catenin, TGF-β, Raf/MAPK and ROS for the virus's own replication. This affects cellular persistence, multiplication, migration, alteration and genomic instability. The Wnt/FZD/β-catenin signaling pathway plays a significant role in the pathology and physiology of the liver and has been identified as a main factor in HCC development...
July 6, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684636/foxc1-regulates-fgfr1-isoform-switching-to-promote-invasion-following-tgf%C3%AE-induced-emt
#14
Alexander Hopkins, Mackenzie L Coatham, Fred B Berry
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is an important physiological process that drives tissue formation during development, but also contributes to disease pathogenesis including fibrosis and cancer metastasis. Elevated expression of the FOXC1 transcription factor has been detected in several metastatic cancers that have undergone EMT. Therefore, mechanistic insight into the role of FOXC1 in the initiation of the EMT process was sought. It was determined that although Foxc1 transcript expression was elevated following TGF-β1 induced EMT of NMuMG cells, FOXC1 was not required for this induction...
July 6, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684599/il-23-restoration-of-th17-effector-function-is-independent-of-il-6-and-tgf-%C3%AE-in-a-mouse-model-of-alcohol-and-burn-injury
#15
Xiaoling Li, Abigail R Cannon, Adam M Hammer, Niya L Morris, Mashkoor A Choudhry
T cells play a critical role in host defense against intestinal bacteria. We have shown that ethanol combined with burn injury suppresses Peyer's patch (PP) Th17 cytokines 1 d after injury. We assessed the mechanism of suppressed Th17 effector functions. Mice were gavaged with ethanol 4 h before burn injury and euthanized 1, 3, and 7 d after injury. Mesenteric lymph nodes (MLNs), PPs, and spleen Th1 and Th17 cytokines were assessed. A significant decrease in IL-17, IL-22, IL-2, and IFN-γ were observed in all 3 lymphoid organs 1 and 3 d after injury...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682305/ifn-%C3%AE-promotes-transendothelial-migration-of-cd4-t-cells-across-the-blood-brain-barrier
#16
Sandip Ashok Sonar, Shagufta Shaikh, Nupura Joshi, Ashwini N Atre, Girdhari Lal
Transendothelial migration (TEM) of Th1 and Th17 cells across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) plays a critical role in the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). How cytokines produced by inflammatory Th1 and Th17 cells damage the endothelial BBB and promote transendothelial migration of immune cells into the central nervous system (CNS) during autoimmunity is not understood. We therefore investigated the effect of various cytokines on brain endothelial cells. Among the various cytokines tested, such as Th1 (IFN-γ, IL-1α, IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-12), Th2 (IL-3, IL-4, IL-6 and IL-13), Th17 (IL-17A, IL-17F, IL-21, IL-22, IL-23, GM-CSF) and Treg-specific cytokines (IL-10 and TGF-β), IFN-γ predominantly showed increased expression of ICAM-1, VCAM-1, MAdCAM-1, H2-K(b) and I-A(b) molecules on brain endothelial cells...
July 6, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682294/proteomic-comparison-of-amnion-and-chorion-and-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-processing-on-placental-membranes
#17
John P McQuilling, Jeremy B Vines, Kelly A Kimmerling, Katie C Mowry
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to compare the growth factor and cytokine content found within the amnion and chorion layers and to determine the effects of dehydration on them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Placentas were collected from 5 to 6 consented donors following elective cesarean section, and 1-cm2 sections of either amnion or chorion were immediately stored at -80°C or dehydrated prior to -80°C storage until proteomic analysis. Signaling molecules from tissue samples were evaluated using quantitative multiplex proteomics microarrays, and data were analyzed based on a per cm2 basis and also on pg/mg of extracted protein for potency...
June 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681919/il-9-over-expression-and-th9-polarization-in-systemic-sclerosis-patients
#18
Giuliana Guggino, Marianna Lo Pizzo, Diana Di Liberto, Aroldo Rizzo, Paola Cipriani, Piero Ruscitti, Giuseppina Candore, Maria Caterina Gambino, Guido Sireci, Francesco Dieli, Roberto Giacomelli, Giovanni Triolo, Francesco Ciccia
Th9 cells and IL-9 are involved in the pathogenesis of several autoimmune diseases. The exact role of IL-9 and Th9 cells in patients with Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) has not been yet adequately studied. IL-9, IL-9R, transcription factor PU.1 (PU.1), IL-4, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) and TGF-β expression were assessed in skin and kidney biopsies of SSc patients and healthy controls (HC) by immunohistochemistry (IHC). The cellular source of IL-9 was also analyzed by confocal microscopy analysis. Peripheral IL-9-producing cells were also studied by flow cytometry...
July 6, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681467/proliferation-of-endogenous-regulatory-t-cells-improve-the-pathophysiology-associated-with-placental-ischaemia-of-pregnancy
#19
Tarek Ibrahim, Lukasz Przybyl, Ashlyn C Harmon, Lorena M Amaral, Jessica L Faulkner, Denise C Cornelius, Mark W Cunningham, Thomas Hünig, Florian Herse, Gerd Wallukat, Ralf Dechend, Babbette LaMarca
PROBLEM: Preeclampsia (PE) is associated with inflammation and decreased Treg cells and IL-10. The reduced uterine perfusion pressure (RUPP) rat model of PE exhibits these characteristics, and we hypothesized that induction of endogenous Tregs by a specific stimulus (CD28 superagonistic monoclonal antibody) would reduce inflammation, vasoactive factors, and hypertension in RUPP rats. METHOD OF STUDY: RUPP was performed at gestation day (GD) 14; CD28 superagonist was administered intraperitoneally GD15; GD18 carotid catheters were inserted, and GD19 MAP and pup weight, blood, and tissues were collected...
July 6, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679591/greater-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-in-adult-female-shr-is-dependent-on-blood-pressure-but-does-not-account-for-sex-differences-in-renal-t-regulatory-cells
#20
Ashlee J Tipton, Jacqueline B Musall, G Ryan Crislip, Jennifer C Sullivan
Female spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) have more renal regulatory T cells (Tregs) than males, and greater levels of Tregs in female SHR is dependent on blood pressure (BP). However, the molecular mechanism responsible for greater Tregs in female SHR is unknown. Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β is a pleiotropic cytokine critical in the differentiation of naïve T cells into Tregs, and female SHR have higher TGF-β excretion than male SHR. The goals of the current study were to test the hypotheses that 1) female SHR have greater renal TGF-β expression than male SHR which is dependent on BP and 2) neutralizing TGF-β will decrease renal Tregs in female SHR...
July 5, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
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