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Timothy W Jolis, Brenna M Brucker, Christoph Schorl, James N Butera, Peter J Quesenberry
Microchimerism has generally been shown to protect against cancer (Gilmore et al. in Exp Hematol 36(9):1073-1077, 2008). The mechanism of how this occurs is an area of intense study, as it may lead to new cancer treatments. The leading theory is that microchimeric cells perform immune surveillance by directly fighting cancerous cells and that they also act as stem cells, repairing damaged tissue (Khosrotehrani et al. in JAMA 292:75-80, 2004). However, there is conflicting evidence to support this theory. Several small studies have found few microchimeric cells in tumor tissue (Gadi in Breast Cancer Res Treat 121(1):241-244, 2010; Cirello et al...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
Anh Khoa Pham, Bhaskar Srivastava, April Deng
Morphea, also known as localized scleroderma, is arare fibrosing disorder of the skin, the pathogenesisof which is incompletely understood. It is thought,however, to involve interplay of genetic dispositionand triggering environmental factors, such asinfections and autoimmunity. Pregnancy as a potentialtrigger has only been reported in four cases. Herein,we present a patient who developed morphea of thebreasts during pregnancy, which rapidly resolvedwith a normal delivery. Our patient was distinct fromsome of the reported patients because her conditionwas tightly correlated with her pregnancy, as judgingby rapid resolution after delivery...
January 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
Whitney E Harrington, Sami B Kanaan, Atis Muehlenbachs, Robert Morrison, Philip Stevenson, Michal Fried, Patrick E Duffy, J Lee Nelson
BACKGROUND: A mother's infection with placental malaria (PM) can affect her child's susceptibility to malaria, although the mechanism remains unclear. The fetus acquires a small amount of maternal cells and DNA known as maternal microchimerism (MMc), and we hypothesized that PM increases MMc and that MMc alters risk of P. falciparum malaria during infancy. METHODS: In a nested cohort from Muheza, Tanzania, we evaluated the presence and level of cord blood MMc in offspring of women with and without PM...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Katrine Pedersbæk Hansen, Mads Kamper-Jørgensen
Fetal origin microchimerism (FMc) denotes the presence and persistence of fetal origin cells in the maternal organism. In all women fetal cells are acquired during pregnancy, and in some women FMc persists lifelong. The consequences of FMc on long-term maternal health including cancer are increasingly being investigated. In this review, we summarize available literature regarding associations between FMc and maternal cancer.
February 27, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
William Bracamonte-Baran, Jonathan Florentin, Ying Zhou, Ewa Jankowska-Gan, W John Haynes, Weixiong Zhong, Todd V Brennan, Partha Dutta, Frans H J Claas, Jon J van Rood, William J Burlingham
Maternal microchimerism (MMc) has been associated with development of allospecific transplant tolerance, antitumor immunity, and cross-generational reproductive fitness, but its mode of action is unknown. We found in a murine model that MMc caused exposure to the noninherited maternal antigens in all offspring, but in some, MMc magnitude was enough to cause membrane alloantigen acquisition (mAAQ; "cross-dressing") of host dendritic cells (DCs). Extracellular vesicle (EV)-enriched serum fractions from mAAQ(+), but not from non-mAAQ, mice reproduced the DC cross-dressing phenomenon in vitro...
January 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Eun Youn Roh, Jong Hyun Yoon, Sue Shin, Eun Young Song, Hye Yoon Chung, Myoung Hee Park
PURPOSE: We aimed to investigate the frequency of fetal-maternal microchimerism among cord blood (CB) from a Korean population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We previously developed a nested polymerase chain reaction-single-strand conformation polymorphism method for microchimerism detection that is highly sensitive (0.01-0.001%) and specific. We used this method to investigate the frequency of fetal-maternal HLA-DRB1 microchimerism among 153 maternal and 152 CB samples...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Adrian E Morelli, William Bracamonte-Baran, William J Burlingham
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The passenger leukocyte hypothesis predicts that after transplantation, donor antigen-presenting cells (APCs) from the graft present donor MHC molecules to directly alloreactive T cells in lymphoid organs. However, in certain transplantation models, recent evidence contradicts this long-standing concept. New findings demonstrate that host, instead of donor, APCs play a prominent role in allosensitization against donor MHC molecules via the semidirect pathway. A similar mechanism operates in development of T-cell split tolerance to noninherited maternal antigens...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
N Lipták, O I Hoffmann, A Kerekes, G Iski, D Ernszt, K Kvell, L Hiripi, Z Bősze
Cell transfer between mother and fetus were demonstrated previously in several species which possess haemochorial placenta (e.g. in humans, mice, rats, etc.). Here we report the assessment of fetal and maternal microchimerism in non-transgenic (non-TG) New Zealand white rabbits which were pregnant with transgenic (TG) fetuses and in non-TG newborns of TG does. The TG construct, including the Venus fluorophore cDNA driven by a ubiquitous cytomegalovirus enhancer, chicken ß-actin promoter (CAGGS), was previously integrated into the rabbit genome by Sleeping Beauty transposon system...
April 2017: Transgenic Research
Katherine A Guthrie, Hilary S Gammill, Mads Kamper-Jørgensen, Anne Tjønneland, Vijayakrishna K Gadi, J Lee Nelson, Wendy Leisenring
Natural acquisition of small amounts of foreign cells or DNA, referred to as microchimerism, occurs primarily through maternal-fetal exchange during pregnancy. Microchimerism can persist long-term and has been associated with both beneficial and adverse human health outcomes. Quantitative microchimerism data present challenges for statistical analysis, including a skewed distribution, excess zero values, and occasional large values. Methods for comparing microchimerism levels across groups while controlling for covariates are not well established...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Epidemiology
Jérémie Martinet, Gwladys Bourdenet, Amine Meliani, Laetitia Jean, Sahil Adriouch, Jose L Cohen, Federico Mingozzi, Olivier Boyer
BACKGROUND: Gene therapy is a promising treatment option for hemophilia and other protein deficiencies. However, immune responses against the transgene product represent an obstacle to safe and effective gene therapy, urging for the implementation of tolerization strategies. Induction of a hematopoietic chimerism via bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is a potent means for inducing immunological tolerance in solid organ transplantation. OBJECTIVES: We reasoned, here, that the same viral vector could be used, first, to transduce BM cells for inducing chimerism-associated transgene-specific immune tolerance and, second, for correcting protein deficiencies by vector-mediated systemic production of the deficient coagulation factor...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Vladimir A Morozov, Shaun Wynyard, Shinichi Matsumoto, Adrian Abalovich, Joachim Denner, Robert Elliott
Xenotransplantation of pig islet cells is a promising alternative for the treatment of diabetes with insulin and may help to prevent numerous late complications such as blindness and amputation. First encouraging results using porcine islets have been reported in preclinical animal models as well in the first clinical trial in New Zealand. The goal of this manuscript is to examine the biological safety of a second trial performed in Argentina, specifically in regards to the transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs) using improved detection methods As in the first trial encapsulated islet cells from the well-characterised Auckland Island pigs were used...
January 2, 2017: Virus Research
Amanda Cecilie Müller, Marianne Antonius Jakobsen, Torben Barington, Allan Arthur Vaag, Louise Groth Grunnet, Sjurdur Frodi Olsen, Mads Kamper-Jørgensen
Male microchimerism, the presence of a small number of male cells, in women has been attributed to prior pregnancies. However, male microchimerism has also been reported in women with only daughters, in nulliparous women and prepubertal girls suggesting that other sources of male microchimerism must exist. The aim of the present study was to examine the presence of male microchimerism in a cohort of healthy nulliparous Danish girls aged 10-15 y using DNA extracted from cells from whole blood (buffy coats) and report the association with potential sources of male cells...
October 2, 2015: Chimerism
Barbara S Beltz, Georg Brenneis, Jeanne L Benton
The 1st-generation neural precursors in the crustacean brain are functionally analogous to neural stem cells in mammals. Their slow cycling, migration of their progeny, and differentiation of their descendants into neurons over several weeks are features of the neural precursor lineage in crayfish that also characterize adult neurogenesis in mammals. However, the 1st-generation precursors in crayfish do not self-renew, contrasting with conventional wisdom that proposes the long-term self-renewal of adult neural stem cells...
August 24, 2016: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
W Niepiekło-Miniewska, W Baran, J C Szepietowski, B Nowakowska, P Kuśnierczyk
BACKGROUND: Microchimerism is defined as a stable presence of low numbers of cells derived from a different individual due to cell transfer between twins or between mother and fetus during pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: Fetal cells in the organism of the mother (FMc) are postulated to play a role in autoimmune diseases. Psoriasis is a disease which has an autoimmune component, but no study on microchimerism in this disease has been reported. METHODS: The easiest way to detect microchimerism is to look for male cells in blood or other tissues of a woman who previously delivered a son...
January 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Kassie J Hyde, Danny J Schust
Characterization of the implanting human fetus as an allograft prompted a field of research in reproductive immunology that continues to fascinate and perplex scientists. Paternal- or partner-derived alloantigens are present in the maternal host at multiple times during the reproductive process. They begin with exposure to semen, continue through implantation and placentation, and may persist for decades in the form of fetal microchimerism. Changes in maternal immune responses that allow allogenic fertilization and survival of semiallogenic concepti to delivery must be balanced with a continued need to respond appropriately to pathogenic invaders, commensals, cell or tissue damage, and any tendency toward malignant transformation...
September 1, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
H Buxmann, A Reitter, S Bapistella, M Stürmer, C Königs, H Ackermann, F Louwen, P Bader, R L Schlößer, A M Willasch
BACKGROUND: Maternal CD4+ cell microchimerism may be greater after caesarean section compared to spontaneous vaginal delivery and could cause mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) in HIV-exposed newborns. AIMS: To evaluate maternal CD4+ cell microchimerism in HIV-exposed newborns after spontaneous vaginal delivery or caesarean section. STUDY DESIGN AND SUBJECTS: In this prospective single-centre study, neonates whose mothers were infected with HIV and had normal MTCT risk according to the German Austrian Guidelines were considered for study enrolment...
July 2016: Early Human Development
Bhanumathi Lakshminarayanan, Mark Davenport
Biliary atresia presents as an obliterative cholangiopathy with neonatal jaundice and pale stools. The disease exhibits aetiological heterogeneity with a multiplicity of potential causative factors, both developmental and environmental. A number of clinical variants making up a minority of all cases can be defined relatively precisely which match suggested aetiology better although in most it still remains speculative. These include the syndromic form (BASM), the cystic form and those associated with CMV IgM antibodies...
September 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
Jean-Bernard Otte
This review presents the author's personal perspective and contributions to the first steps, the development, the current status, and the remaining issues of pediatric liver transplantation (LT). Innumerable children around the world who have undergone LT have reached adulthood. The techniques have reached maturity. As shown by my own group's experience, grafts donated by living donors might provide the best short-term and longterm results. Debate persists about the optimal immunosuppression (IS), although the place of tacrolimus remains unchallenged...
September 2016: Liver Transplantation
W J Burlingham
Conventional wisdom argues against inbreeding, to maintain hybrid vigor and increase MHC diversity in response to pathogens. A recent report from the laboratory of Sing-Sing Way uses a mouse model to test a hypothesis put forward by Ray D. Owen more than 60 years ago: that a certain amount of inbreeding is a good thing. Owen proposed that antigens not inherited from the mother (noninherited maternal antigens), when replicated on the mate of the daughter, could protect the latter's developing child from fetal wastage due to immune attack during her pregnancy...
March 14, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Arash Minai-Tehrani, Mehdi Amini, Kambiz Gilany
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January 2016: Journal of Reproduction & Infertility
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