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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640810/lassim-a-network-inference-toolbox-for-genome-wide-mechanistic-modeling
#1
Rasmus Magnusson, Guido Pio Mariotti, Mattias Köpsén, William Lövfors, Danuta R Gawel, Rebecka Jörnsten, Jörg Linde, Torbjörn Nordling, Elin Nyman, Sylvie Schulze, Colm E Nestor, Huan Zhang, Gunnar Cedersund, Mikael Benson, Andreas Tjärnberg, Mika Gustafsson
Recent technological advancements have made time-resolved, quantitative, multi-omics data available for many model systems, which could be integrated for systems pharmacokinetic use. Here, we present large-scale simulation modeling (LASSIM), which is a novel mathematical tool for performing large-scale inference using mechanistically defined ordinary differential equations (ODE) for gene regulatory networks (GRNs). LASSIM integrates structural knowledge about regulatory interactions and non-linear equations with multiple steady state and dynamic response expression datasets...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631311/the-il-10-stat3-axis-contributions-to-immune-tolerance-by-thymus-and-peripherally-derived-regulatory-t-cells
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REVIEW
Klaus G Schmetterer, Winfried F Pickl
The signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) proteins are important mediators for the integration of extrinsic signals provided by cytokines and hormones and thereby adapt cellular processes to their surroundings. In the past decade, the involvement of STAT3 in the regulation of T-cell responses has become a topic of increasing interest. STAT3 is activated in response to multiple cytokines, many of which have been shown to influence T-cell responses. Interestingly, many of these factors have been described with apparent opposing roles, such as the highly pro-inflammatory potency of IL-6 and the anti-inflammatory properties of IL-10, thus raising the possibility that STAT3 signaling may fulfill diverse roles in CD4(+) T-cells...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631092/rituximab-treatment-in-pemphigus-vulgaris-effect-on-circulating-tregs
#3
Bakr El-Zawahry, Dalia Bassiouny, Rehab Hegazy, Heba Gawdat, Suzan Shalaby, Mervat Khorshied, Marwah Adly Saleh
Rituximab (RTX) has been used successfully to treat refractory pemphigus. We aimed to assess the response of pemphigus vulgaris (PV) cases to RTX therapy and its effect on CD4(+)CD25(+) (T regulatory) cells level. Sixteen PV patients were included in this study, each received one cycle of two RTX infusions (1000 mg on days 1 and 15). Five PV patients served as controls. All cases were on prednisolone ± adjuvant therapy. Pemphigus disease area index (PDAI), autoimmune bullous skin intensity score (ABSIS), anti-desmoglein antibodies, CD4, CD8, CD20 and CD4(+)CD25(+) levels were assessed at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months after therapy...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630656/physical-activity-black-carbon-exposure-and-dna-methylation-in-the-foxp3-promoter
#4
Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, Kyung Hwa Jung, Jacqueline R Jezioro, David Z Torrone, Mariangels de Planell-Saguer, Beizhan Yan, Frederica P Perera, Andrew G Rundle, Matthew S Perzanowski, Steven N Chillrud, Rachel L Miller
BACKGROUND: Physical activity is associated with improvement in lung function; however, pollution exposure during physical activity can lead to a transient reduction in lung function. This paradoxical relationship may be linked to altered T regulatory (Treg) cell activity, which increases with exercise and suppresses airway inflammation, but decreases in association with exposure to air pollution. To clarify these relationships, we investigated buccal cell DNA methylation of the forkhead box p3 (FOXP3) gene promoter, a proposed biomarker of Treg activity...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629745/exposure-to-non-microbial-n-glycolylneuraminic-acid-protects-farmers-children-against-airway-inflammation-and-colitis
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Remo Frei, Ruth Ferstl, Caroline Roduit, Mario Ziegler Dipl-Ing, Elisa Schiavi, Weronika Barcik, Noelia Rodriguez-Perez, Oliver F Wirz, Marcin Wawrzyniak, Benoit Pugin, Dirk Nehrbass, Marek Jutel, Sylwia Smolinska, Patrycja Konieczna, Christian Bieli, Susanne Loeliger, Marco Waser, Göran Pershagen, Josef Riedler, Martin Depner, Bianca Schaub, Jon Genuneit, Harald Renz, Juha Pekkanen, Anne M Karvonen, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Marianne van Hage, Gert Doekes, Mübeccel Akdis, Charlotte Braun-Fahrländer, Cezmi A Akdis, Erika von Mutius, Liam O'Mahony, Roger P Lauener
BACKGROUND: Childhood exposure to a farm environment has been shown to protect against the development of inflammatory diseases such as allergy, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease. OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate whether besides exposure to microbes also exposure to structures of non-microbial origin such as the sialic acid N-Glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc) may play a significant role. METHODS: Exposure to Neu5Gc was evaluated by quantifying anti-Neu5Gc antibody levels in the sera of children enrolled in two farm studies: the PARSIFAL study (n=299) and the PASTURE birth cohort (cord blood (n=836), 1 year (n=734), 4...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628641/hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-onset-and-severity-is-regulated-by-cd103-dendritic-cell-expression
#6
Emilie Bernatchez, Anick Langlois, Julyanne Brassard, Nicolas Flamand, David Marsolais, Marie-Renée Blanchet
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary dendritic cells drive lung responses to foreign antigens, including Saccharopolyspora rectivirgula, a causative agent of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. While the airway inflammatory mechanisms involved in hypersensitivity pneumonitis are well described, the mechanisms leading to the break in homeostasis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis onset are not well-described, and could involve CD103+ dendritic cells, which are found at baseline and during inflammatory responses in the lung...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625242/-clinical-significance-of-combined-detection-of-peripheral-mir-182-and-il-17-in-the-early-diagnosis-of-patients-with-eclampsia-complicated-with-cerebral-infarction-in-icu
#7
Lina Zhang, Tiejun Wu, Dawei Wu, Yanjun Liu, Min Bai, Shuangfeng Chen
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of peripheral blood microRNA-182 (miR-182) combined with interleukin-17 (IL-17) in the early diagnosis of cerebral infarction (CI) in patients with eclampsia. METHODS: A prospective non-randomized controlled study was conducted. The patients with eclampsia admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) of Liaocheng People's Hospital from January 1st, 2013 to September 30th 2016 were enrolled. Cerebral imaging was conducted in 7 days after admission to make a definite diagnosis of the occurrence of CI, excluding patients with cerebral hemorrhage...
June 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621057/prospective-evaluation-of-toceranib-phosphate-in-metastatic-canine-osteosarcoma
#8
T Laver, C A London, D M Vail, B J Biller, J Coy, D H Thamm
Efficacious therapies for measurable metastatic canine osteosarcoma (OSA) are generally lacking. Preliminary retrospective studies suggested that approximately 50% of dogs with measurable metastatic OSA experienced clinical benefit (objective response or clinically meaningful disease stabilisation) following toceranib (TOC) treatment. The purpose of this clinical trial was to prospectively evaluate the clinical outcome following TOC treatment in dogs with measurable pulmonary metastatic OSA. A secondary goal was to identify potential biomarkers of clinical benefit by measuring changes in plasma vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and circulating regulatory T-cell (Treg) percentage...
June 15, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620237/lea29y-expression-in-transgenic-neonatal-porcine-islet-like-cluster-promotes-long-lasting-xenograft-survival-in-humanized-mice-without-immunosuppressive-therapy
#9
L Wolf-van Buerck, M Schuster, F S Oduncu, A Baehr, T Mayr, S Guethoff, J Abicht, B Reichart, N Klymiuk, E Wolf, J Seissler
Genetically engineered pigs are a promising source for islet cell transplantation in type 1 diabetes, but the strong human anti-pig immune response prevents its successful clinical application. Here we studied the efficacy of neonatal porcine islet-like cell clusters (NPICCs) overexpressing LEA29Y, a high-affinity variant of the T cell co-stimulation inhibitor CTLA-4Ig, to engraft and restore normoglycemia after transplantation into streptozotocin-diabetic NOD-SCID IL2rγ(-/-) (NSG) mice stably reconstituted with a human immune system...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620096/interleukin-6-family-cytokines
#10
Stefan Rose-John
The interleukin (IL)-6 family cytokines is a group of cytokines consisting of IL-6, IL-11, ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), oncostatin M (OSM), cardiotrophin 1 (CT-1), cardiotrophin-like cytokine (CLC), and IL-27. They are grouped into one family because the receptor complex of each cytokine contains two (IL-6 and IL-11) or one molecule (all others cytokines) of the signaling receptor subunit gp130. IL-6 family cytokines have overlapping but also distinct biologic activities and are involved among others in the regulation of the hepatic acute phase reaction, in B-cell stimulation, in the regulation of the balance between regulatory and effector T cells, in metabolic regulation, and in many neural functions...
June 15, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619093/serial-immunomonitoring-of-cancer-patients-receiving-combined-antagonistic-anti-cd40-and-chemotherapy-reveals-consistent-and-cyclical-modulation-of-t-cell-and-dendritic-cell-parameters
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Alison M McDonnell, Alistair Cook, Bruce W S Robinson, Richard A Lake, Anna K Nowak
BACKGROUND: CD40 signalling can synergise with chemotherapy in preclinical cancer models, and early clinical studies are promising. We set out to define the immunological changes associated with this therapeutic combination to identify biomarkers for a response to the therapy. Here, we present serial immunomonitoring examining dendritic cell and T cell subpopulations over sequential courses of chemoimmunotherapy. METHODS: Fifteen patients with mesothelioma received up to six 21-day cycles of pemetrexed plus cisplatin chemotherapy and anti-CD40 (CP-870,893)...
June 15, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618983/regulatory-t-cells-show-dynamic-behavior-during-late-pregnancy-delivery-and-the-postpartum-period
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Jorge Lima, Catarina Martins, Glória Nunes, Maria-José Sousa, Jorge C Branco, Luís-Miguel Borrego
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical immunomodulators during early pregnancy by preventing maternal T-cell activation against fetal cells. However, how populations of maternal Tregs vary during and after pregnancy in humans is still unclear. Therefore, we investigated Treg subsets in the peripheral blood of pregnant women from late pregnancy through the postpartum period. To accomplish this, the following circulating Treg subsets were analyzed in 43 healthy pregnant women and 35 nonpregnant women by flow cytometry during the third trimester, on the day of delivery, and postpartum: CD4(Dim)CD25(Hi), CD4(+)CD25(Hi)Foxp3(+), and CD4(+)CD25(Hi)CD127(-/dim)...
July 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617989/1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-induced-dendritic-cells-suppress-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-increasing-proportions-of-the-regulatory-lymphocytes-and-reducing-th1-th17-cells
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Zhongxiang Xie, Jingtao Chen, Chao Zheng, Jing Wu, Yun Cheng, Shan Zhu, Chenhong Lin, Qingqing Cao, Jie Zhu, Tao Jin
Dendritic cells (DCs), a bridge of innate and adaptive immune responses, play a key role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model for MS. Administration of tolerogenic DCs has been used as an immunotherapy in the autoimmune diseases. Deficiency of vitamin D is an environmental risk factor of MS. In this study, we induced tolerogenic DCs by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2 D3 ) and adoptive transferred the tolerogenic DCs (VD3-DCs) into EAE mice...
June 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617945/microrna-cluster-106a-363-is-involved-in-t-helper-17-th17-cell-differentiation
#14
Marc Kaestle, Sabine Bartel, Kerstin Geillinger-Kästle, Martin Irmler, Johannes Beckers, Bernhard Ryffel, Oliver Eickelberg, Susanne Krauss-Etschmann
T-helper cell 17 (Th17) mediated inflammation is associated with various diseases including autoimmune encephalitis, inflammatory bowel disease and lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Differentiation into distinct Th subtypes needs to be tightly regulated to ensure an immunological balance. As microRNAs (miRNAs) are critical regulators of signaling pathways, we aimed to identify specific miRNAs implicated in controlling Th17 differentiation. We were able to create a regulatory network model of murine Th cell differentiation by combining Affymetrix mRNA and miRNA arrays and in-silico analysis...
June 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617936/t-follicular-regulatory-cells-in-mice-and-men
#15
REVIEW
Ana Raquel Maceiras, Valter R Fonseca, Ana Agua-Doce, Luis Graca
It has long been known that CD4 T cells are necessary to provide help to B cells, triggering a germinal center (GC) reaction where affinity maturation and isotype switching occurs. However, the nature of the dedicated CD4 helper T cells, known as T follicular helper (Tfh), was only recently described. Here, we review the biology and function of the recently described T follicular regulatory (Tfr) cells, another CD4 T cell population also found within GCs but with regulatory function and characteristics. Tfr cells have been identified in mice and humans as simultaneously, presenting simultaneously characteristics of T follicular cells (namely CXCR5 expression) and regulatory T cells (including Foxp3 expression)...
June 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615322/in-vivo-manipulation-of-the-extracellular-matrix-induces-vascular-regression-in-a-basal-chordate
#16
Delany Rodriguez, Brian P Braden, Scott W Boyer, Daryl A Taketa, Leah Setar, Chris Calhoun, Alessandro Di Maio, Adam Langenbacher, Megan T Valentine, Anthony W De Tomaso
We investigated the physical role of the extracellular matrix in vascular homeostasis in the basal chordate Botryllus schlosseri, which has a large, transparent extracorporeal vascular network encompassing areas >100 cm(2) We found that the collagen crosslinking enzyme lysyl oxidase is expressed in all vascular cells, and that in vivo inhibition using ß-aminopropionitrile (BAPN) caused a rapid, global regression of the entire network, with some vessels regressing >10 mm within 16 hours. BAPN treatment changed the ultrastructure of collagen fibers in the vessel basement membrane, and the kinetics of regression were dose-dependent...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615039/interleukin-21-promotes-thymopoiesis-recovery-following-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#17
Aurélie Tormo, Fatemeh Khodayarian, Yun Cui, Edouard Al-Chami, Reem Kanjarawi, Beatriz Noé, Huijie Wang, Moutih Rafei
BACKGROUND: Impaired T cell reconstitution remains a major deterrent in the field of bone marrow (BM) transplantation (BMT) due to pre-conditioning-induced damages inflicted to the thymi of recipient hosts. Given the previously reported thymo-stimulatory property of interleukin (IL)-21, we reasoned that its use post-BMT could have a profound effect on de novo T cell development. METHODS: To evaluate the effect of IL-21 on de novo T cell development in vivo, BM derived from RAG2p-GFP mice was transplanted into LP/J mice...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612433/musculin-inhibits-human-t-helper-17-cell-response-to-interleukin-2-by-controlling-stat5b-activity
#18
Veronica Santarlasci, Alessio Mazzoni, Manuela Capone, Maria Caterina Rossi, Laura Maggi, Gianni Montaini, Beatrice Rossettini, Rolando Cimaz, Matteo Ramazzotti, Giusi Barra, Raffaele De Palma, Enrico Maggi, Francesco Liotta, Lorenzo Cosmi, Sergio Romagnani, Francesco Annunziato
We recently demonstrated that human T helper (Th) 17 cells, unlike Th1 cells, do not proliferate in response to T-cell receptor stimulation, mainly because of their reduced capacity to produce and respond to IL-2. In this study we show that their lower responsiveness to IL-2 is due to the selective expression of Musculin (MSC), a member of the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors. We show that MSC expression in human Th17 cells is retinoic acid orphan receptor (ROR)γt-dependent, and allows the up-regulation of PPP2R2B, a regulatory member of the protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) enzyme...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608637/regulatory-t-cell-therapy-in-liver-transplantation
#19
REVIEW
Gavin P Whitehouse, Andrew Hope, Alberto Sanchez-Fueyo
Modern immunosuppression drug regimens have produced excellent short term survival after liver transplantation but it is generally accepted that the side effects of these medications remain a significant contributing factor for less satisfactory long term outcomes. The liver has unique tolerogenic properties as evidenced by the higher rates of operational tolerance seen in liver transplant recipients compared to other solid organ transplants and therefore liver transplantation offers an attractive setting in which to study tolerising therapies...
June 13, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608409/neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-of-pancreatic-cancer-induces-a-favorable-immunogenic-tumor-microenvironment-associated-with-increased-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-i-related-chain-a-b-expression
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Takashi Murakami, Yuki Homma, Ryusei Matsuyama, Ryutaro Mori, Kentaro Miyake, Yusaku Tanaka, Kanechika Den, Yoji Nagashima, Masatoshi Nakazawa, Yukihiko Hiroshima, Michio Ueda, Kuniya Tanaka, Robert M Hoffman, Michael Bouvet, Itaru Endo
BACKGROUND: Damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) are related to immune responses in malignant tumors including tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). The aim of the present study was to determine the relationship between expression of components of DAMPs and TILs in pancreatic cancer patients who underwent neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NACRT) versus those who did not. METHODS: NACRT was administered to 51 patients with borderline-resectable pancreatic cancer and not to 33 patients with resectable pancreatic cancer...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
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