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Maryam Keshtkar-Jahromi, Min Ouyang, Marzieh Keshtkarjahromi, Samah Almed, Huifen Li, Jeremy D Walston, Rebeca Rios, Sean X Leng
Influenza immunization is recommended for older adults annually, and has been reported to have cardiovascular protective effects. TNF-related weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK), an inflammatory mediator implicated in the development of cardiovascular diseases, could be a mechanism for such effect. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of influenza vaccine on TWEAK levels. Older persons over 70 years of age were recruited during 2007-2008 influenza season and immunized with the standard dose trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine...
March 13, 2018: Vaccine
Saverio G Parisi, Samantha Andreis, Carlo Mengoli, Nicola Menegotto, Silvia Cavinato, Renzo Scaggiante, Massimo Andreoni, Giorgio Palù, Monica Basso, Anna Maria Cattelan
Soluble CD163, soluble CD14 and cellular HIV-1-DNA levels reflect two different aspects of HIV infection: immune activation and the reservoir of infected cells. The aim of this study was to describe their relationships in a cohort of HIV-HCV co-infected patients successfully treated for both HCV and HIV infections. Fifty-five patients were recruited and studied prior to the start of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) (T0), at week 12 of DAA treatment (T1) and 24 weeks after T0 (T2). The subjects were classified as having undetectable plasma HIV viraemia (UV) or low-level viraemia (LLV) in the 18 months before T2...
March 9, 2018: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
R Magliozzi, O W Howell, R Nicholas, C Cruciani, M Castellaro, C Romualdi, S Rossi, M Pitteri, M D Benedetti, A Gajofatto, F B Pizzini, S Montemezzi, S Rasia, R Capra, A Bertoldo, F Facchiano, S Monaco, R Reynolds, M Calabrese
OBJECTIVE: Grey matter (GM) damage and meningeal inflammation have been associated with early disease onset and a more aggressive disease course in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but can these changes be identified in the patient early in the disease course? METHODS: To identify possible biomarkers linking meningeal inflammation, GM damage and disease severity, gene and protein expression were analysed in meninges and CSF from 27 post-mortem secondary progressive MS (SPMS) and 14 control cases...
March 8, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Gerjan J Dekkema, Wayel H Abdulahad, Theo Bijma, Sarah M Moran, Louise Ryan, Mark A Little, Coen A Stegeman, Peter Heeringa, Jan-Stephan F Sanders
Background: Early detection of renal involvement in anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV) is of major clinical importance to allow prompt initiation of treatment and limit renal damage. Urinary soluble cluster of differentiation 163 (usCD163) has recently been identified as a potential biomarker for active renal vasculitis. However, a significant number of patients with active renal vasculitis test negative using usCD163. We therefore studied whether soluble CD25 (sCD25), a T cell activation marker, could improve the detection of renal flares in AAV...
March 1, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Young-Chan Kwon, Keith Meyer, Guangyong Peng, Soumya Chatterjee, Daniel F Hoft, Ranjit Ray
A comprehensive strategy to control HCV infection needs a vaccine. Our phase I study with recombinant HCV E1/E2 EnvGPs as a candidate vaccine did not induce a strong immune response in volunteers. We analyzed the interactions of HCV EnvGPs with human monocyte derived macrophages as antigen presenting cells. HCV E2 induced immune regulatory cytokine IL-10 and sCD163 protein expression in macrophages from 7 of 9 blood donors tested. Further, HCV E2 enhanced Stat3 and suppressed Stat1 activation, reflecting macrophage polarization towards M2 phenotype...
February 14, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Lindsay T Fourman, Natalia Czerwonka, Sofia D Shaikh, Takara L Stanley, Tricia H Burdo, Kenneth C Williams, Kathleen V Fitch, Janet Lo, Steven K Grinspoon
OBJECTIVE: Monocyte/macrophage activation is increased among people with HIV, and may contribute to the heightened risk of atherosclerosis and neurocognitive dysfunction in this population. Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) has been shown to attenuate the innate immune response in animal models of atherosclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. We investigated for the first time, relationships of circulating IGF-1 with monocyte/macrophage-specific indices among HIV-infected individuals and uninfected controls...
February 8, 2018: AIDS
Mette Marie Relster, Shahin Gaini, Holger Jon Møller, Isik Somuncu Johansen, Court Pedersen
Sepsis is a leading cause of mortality. This study aims to assess the utility of the soluble mannose receptor (sMR) as a biomarker of sepsis and mortality in patients hospitalized with suspected infection. Using an in-house ELISA assay the concentration of sMR was analyzed in the serum of patients from three prospective studies. Using Sepsis-3 guidelines, patients were stratified as no infection (NI, n = 68), verified infection without sepsis (NSEP, n = 133) and verified infection with sepsis (SEP, n = 190)...
January 31, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Adam W Carrico, Emily M Cherenack, Margaret E Roach, Elise D Riley, Olorunleke Oni, Samantha E Dilworth, Steven Shoptaw, Peter Hunt, Sabita Roy, Suresh Pallikkuth, Savita Pahwa
OBJECTIVE: Microbial translocation and monocyte activation predict mortality in treated HIV. We examined whether substance use independently contributes to these pathophysiologic processes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study at baseline for a randomized controlled trial. METHODS: HIV-positive, methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men (MSM) with undetectable HIV viral load (< 40 copies/mL) were enrolled. We examined if plasma biomarkers of monocyte activation and intestinal barrier integrity were associated with the following: 1) reactive urine toxicology results (Tox+) for stimulants (i...
January 23, 2018: AIDS
Mikkel Carstensen Gjelstrup, Morten Stilund, Thor Petersen, Holger Jon Møller, Eva Lykke Petersen, Tove Christensen
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune mediated, inflammatory and demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Substantial evidence points toward monocytes and macrophages playing prominent roles early in disease, mediating both pro- and anti-inflammatory responses. Monocytes are subdivided into three subsets depending on the expression of CD14 and CD16, representing different stages of inflammatory activation. To investigate their involvement in MS, peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 40 patients with incipient or progressed MS and 20 healthy controls were characterized ex vivo...
October 19, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
Jose R Castillo-Mancilla, Mary Morrow, Yap Boum, Helen Byakwaga, Jessica E Haberer, Jeffrey N Martin, David Bangsberg, Samantha Mawhinney, Nicholas Musinguzi, Yong Huang, Russell P Tracy, Tricia H Burdo, Kenneth Williams, Conrad Muzzora, Peter W Hunt, Mark J Siedner
BACKGROUND: Residual systemic inflammation persists despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART) and is associated with non-AIDS clinical outcomes. We aimed to evaluate the association between ART adherence and inflammation in Ugandans living with HIV who were predominantly receiving nevirapine-based ART with a thymidine analog backbone and were virologically suppressed by conventional assays. METHODS: Plasma concentrations of interleukin-6 (IL-6), D-dimer, soluble (s)CD14, sCD163, and the kynurenine/tryptophan ratio, in addition to CD8 T-cell activation, were measured at baseline and 6 months after ART initiation in treatment-naive adults who achieved an undetectable plasma HIV RNA (<400 copies/mL) at their 6-month visit...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Robert Paul, Tanakorn Apornpong, Wasana Prasitsuebsai, Thanyawee Puthanakit, Vonthanak Saphonn, Linda Aurpibul, Pope Kosalaraksa, Suparat Kanjanavanit, Wicharn Luesomboon, Chaiwat Ngampiyaskul, Tulathip Suwanlerk, Kea Chettra, William T Shearer, Victor Valcour, Jintanat Ananworanich, Stephen Kerr
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected children with long-term nonprogressive disease (LTNPs) eventually convert to a progressive disease type, yet the extent to which these children experience the cognitive and emotional symptoms observed in typical progressive HIV (Progressors) is unknown. METHODS: Eighty-eight LTNPs, 53 Progressors, and 323 healthy controls completed annual assessments of cognitive and emotional health as part of a prospective study. The two HIV-infected groups and the healthy controls were matched on age and sex distribution at enrollment...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
K V Shmagel, L B Korolevskaya, E V Saidakova, N G Shmagel, V A Chereshnev, L Margolis, D Anthony, M Lederman
The level of proinflammatory markers was assessed in HIV-infected patients that were coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) and had failed to restore the CD4+ T cell counts (immunological nonresponders, INR) during the antiretroviral therapy (ART). Among four patient groups (HIV+HCV- and HIV+HCV+ subjects with the concordant response to ART; HIV+HCV- and HIV+HCV+ subjects that were INR), the greatest systemic inflammation was in the latter group. The maximum difference was between the subjects HIV+HCV-INR and HIV+HCV+ INR: the blood of coinfected patients contained significantly higher concentrations of the IP-10, sCD163, sTNF-RI, and sTNF-RII and of bacterial lipopolysaccharide...
November 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
Nikolaj Rittig, Mads Svart, Niels Jessen, Niels Møller, Holger J Møller, Henning Grønbæk
BACKGROUND: Macrophage activation determined by levels of soluble sCD163 is associated with obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This suggests that macrophage activation is involved in the pathogenesis of conditions is characterised by adaptions in the lipid metabolism. Since sCD163 is shed to serum by inflammatory signals including lipopolysaccharides (LPS, endotoxin), we investigated sCD163 and correlations with lipid metabolism following LPS exposure...
January 2018: Endocrine Connections
Sophie Seang, Theodoros Kelesidis, Diana Huynh, Sangeun Park, Ardis A Moe, Judith S Currier, Jordan E Lake
Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) repair damaged vascular endothelium, and low circulating EPC levels have been associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD). CD34+ /KDR+ EPCs are commonly reported in the literature and CD34+ /CD133+ /KDR+ EPCs are rare in circulation but highly specific for endothelial lineage. HIV-infected (HIV+) adults have chronic inflammation and increased CVD risk, but the relationship between CVD, vascular inflammation, and EPCs in HIV remains unclear. In a pilot study, EPCs were measured in 57 HIV+ men [≥50 years old, HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/ml on antiretroviral therapy (ART)] by real-time flow cytometry using cellular immaturity (CD34 and/or CD133) and endothelial commitment (KDR) markers...
January 2018: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Markella V Zanni, Lauren A Stone, Mabel Toribio, Dodie E Rimmelin, Jake Robinson, Tricia H Burdo, Kenneth Williams, Kathleen V Fitch, Janet Lo, Steven K Grinspoon
Background: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 (PCSK9) is known to mediate homeostasis of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c), but it may also participate in immune reactivity and atherogenesis. Methods: We compared circulating PCSK9 levels among asymptomatic individuals with and without HIV. Further, within each group, we assessed the relationship between PCSK9 levels, traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors, immune activation, and subclinical coronary atherosclerotic plaque...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Biljana Smiljanovic, Anna Radzikowska, Ewa Kuca-Warnawin, Weronika Kurowska, Joachim R Grün, Bruno Stuhlmüller, Marc Bonin, Ursula Schulte-Wrede, Till Sörensen, Chieko Kyogoku, Anne Bruns, Sandra Hermann, Sarah Ohrndorf, Karlfried Aupperle, Marina Backhaus, Gerd R Burmester, Andreas Radbruch, Andreas Grützkau, Wlodzimierz Maslinski, Thomas Häupl
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) accompanies infiltration and activation of monocytes in inflamed joints. We investigated dominant alterations of RA monocytes in bone marrow (BM), blood and inflamed joints. METHODS: CD14+ cells from BM and peripheral blood (PB) of patients with RA and osteoarthritis (OA) were profiled with GeneChip microarrays. Detailed functional analysis was performed with reference transcriptomes of BM precursors, monocyte blood subsets, monocyte activation and mobilisation...
February 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Miki Fujimura, Taku Fujimura, Aya Kakizaki, Mika Sato-Maeda, Kuniyasu Niizuma, Yasutake Tomata, Setsuya Aiba, Teiji Tominaga
Moyamoya disease (MMD) is a rare cerebrovascular disease characterized by a progressive stenosis at the terminal portion of the internal carotid artery and an abnormal vascular network at the base of the brain. Although its etiology is still unknown, intrinsic immune reactions such as autoimmune response has been implicated in the pathogenesis of MMD. Recently, the RING finger protein 213 (RNF213) was found to be an important risk gene for MMD, and is predominantly expressed in blood cells and the spleen. Thus, we hypothesized that patients with MMD represent an intrinsic autoimmune status mediated by M2-polarized macrophages, which play an important role in tissue remodeling and angiogenesis...
January 15, 2018: Brain Research
Meaghan Roy-O'Reilly, Liang Zhu, Louise Atadja, Glenda Torres, Jaroslaw Aronowski, Louise McCullough, Nancy J Edwards
Objective: Patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) may elaborate varying degrees of perihematomal edema (PHE), requiring closer monitoring and a higher intensity of treatment. Here, we explore whether the soluble form of CD163, a scavenger receptor responsible for hemoglobin sequestration, can serve as a prognostic biomarker of PHE development and poor outcome after ICH. Methods: Our study cohort was comprised of 51 primary age- and sex-matched ICH patients with moderate-sized, hypertensive deep hemorrhages...
November 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Audrey L French, Jonathan W Martin, Charlesnika T Evans, Marion Peters, Seble G Kessaye, Marek Nowicki, Mark Kuniholm, Elizabeth Golub, Michael Augenbraun, Seema N Desai
BACKGROUND: HIV/hepatitis C-coinfected persons experience more rapid liver disease progression than hepatitis C virus (HCV) monoinfected persons, even in the setting of potent antiretroviral therapy. METHODS: We sought to articulate the role of macrophage activation and inflammation in liver disease progression by measuring serial soluble markers in HIV/HCV-coinfected women. We compared markers measured during retrospectively defined periods of rapid liver disease progression to periods where little or no liver disease progression occurred...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Michael R Pranzatelli, Elizabeth D Tate, Nathan R McGee
OBJECTIVE: To assess the role of microglia and macrophages in neuroinflammatory disorders in children via biomarkers, and establish control reference ranges. METHODS: In an IRB-approved case-control study of 98 children, the concentrations of CSF/serum CHI3L1, sCD14, and sCD163 were measured by ELISA. Groups were controls (non-inflammatory neurological disorders, NIND, n=37), opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome (OMS, n=37), and other inflammatory neurological disorders (OIND, n=24)...
October 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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