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Sandra Claes, Thomas D'huys, Anneleen Van Hout, Dominique Schols, Tom Van Loy
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are of great importance to the pharmaceutical industry as they are involved in many human diseases and include well-validated targets for therapeutic intervention. Discovery of lead compounds, including small synthetic molecules, that specifically inhibit the receptor's function, is an important initial step in drug development and relies on sensitive, specific, and robust cell-based assays. Here, we describe a kinetic cellular assay with a fluorescent readout primarily designed to identify receptor-specific antagonists that inhibit the intracellular Ca2+ release evoked upon the activation of the CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) by its endogenous ligand, the CXC chemokine ligand 12 (CXCL12)...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Airi Ohsaki, Yuki Miyano, Rei Tanaka, Sei-Ichi Tanuma, Shuji Kojima, Mitsutoshi Tsukimoto
Skin inflammation is caused by excessive production of cytokines and chemokines in response to an external stimulus, such as radiation, but the mechanisms involved are not completely understood. Here, we report a novel mechanism of γ-irradiation-induced IL-6 production mediated by P2Y11 receptors in epidermal cells. After irradiation of HaCaT cells derived from human epidermal keratinocytes with 5 Gy of γ-rays (137 Cs : 0.78 Gy/min), IL-6 production was unchanged at 24 h after γ-irradiation, but was increased at 48 h...
March 16, 2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
E Ridolo, I Martignago, S Masieri
Allergic Rhinitis (AR) is an IgE-mediated hypersensitivity disease caused by inhalation of an allergen to which the patients is sensitized. Etiopathogenesis of AR comprises a sensitization phase, an immediate phase and a late phase. In the sensitization phase, inhaled allergens are processed in peptides and come into contact with the nasal mucosa cells. Antigen-Presenting Cells (APCs), especially represented by Dendritic Cells (DCs), capture them through the interaction with their own MHC class II complexes and migrate to lymph nodes...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Zhou Zhou, Ming-Jiang Xu, Yan Cai, Wei Wang, Joy X Jiang, Zoltan V Varga, Dechun Feng, Pal Pacher, George Kunos, Natalie J Torok, Bin Gao
Background & Aims: Hepatic infiltration of neutrophils is a hallmark of steatohepatitis; however, the role of neutrophils in the progression of steatohepatitis remains unknown. Methods: A clinically relevant mouse model of steatohepatitis induced by high-fat diet (HFD) plus binge ethanol feeding was used. Liver fibrosis was examined. In vitro cell culture was used to analyze the interaction of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and neutrophils. Results: HFD plus one binge ethanol (HFD+1B) feeding induced significant hepatic neutrophil infiltration, liver injury, and fibrosis...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Jacob D Estes, Roger LeGrand, Constantinos Petrovas
Immunological inductive tissues, such as secondary lymphoid organs, are composed of distinct anatomical microenvironments for the generation of immune responses to pathogens and immunogens. These microenvironments are characterized by the compartmentalization of highly specialized immune and stromal cell populations, as well as the presence of a complex network of soluble factors and chemokines that direct the intra-tissue trafficking of naïve and effector cell populations. Imaging platforms have provided critical contextual information regarding the molecular and cellular interactions that orchestrate the spatial microanatomy of relevant cells and the development of immune responses against pathogens...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mei-Yi Lu, Syuan-Shao Lu, Shiann-Luen Chang, Fang Liao
CCR6 is a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that recognizes a single chemokine ligand, CCL20 and is primarily expressed by leukocytes. Upon ligand binding, CCR6 activates Gαi heterotrimeric G proteins to induce various potential cellular outcomes through context-specific cell signaling. It is well known that differential phosphorylation of Ser and Thr residues in the C-terminal domains or intracellular loops of GPCRs can generate barcodes that regulate GPCR function by regulating the recruitment of β-arrestins...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Stephanie Ascough, Suzanna Paterson, Christopher Chiu
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza are among the most important causes of severe respiratory disease worldwide. Despite the clinical need, barriers to developing reliably effective vaccines against these viruses have remained firmly in place for decades. Overcoming these hurdles requires better understanding of human immunity and the strategies by which these pathogens evade it. Although superficially similar, the virology and host response to RSV and influenza are strikingly distinct. Influenza induces robust strain-specific immunity following natural infection, although protection by current vaccines is short-lived...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Cheng-Liang Yuan, Zhao-Hong Liu, Ning Zou, Ya-Li Wang, Zhong-Yao Chen
It is designed to discuss the relationship between the expression of chemokine receptor 7 (chemokine receptor 7, CXCR7) and nuclear transcription factor-κB (nuclear factor kappa B, NF-κB) and the occurrence of the breast cancer and lymphatic metastasis. METHOD: 80 samples were excised and confirmed as breast cancer through our hospital pathology from January 2014 to December 2016 and tumor tissues and normal mammary tissues 2 cm from the tumor edges were taken as an experimental group and a control group, respectively...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Yi-Li Zhang, Bei Li, Zeng-Huan Zhou
Background: The macrophage inflammatory protein-1α (MIP-1α), also named chemokine cytokine ligand 3 (CCL3), has been detected in nucleus pulposus and increased following cytokine stimulation. Objective: The current study was performed to explore the relationship between serum CCL3/MIP-1α levels with lumbar intervertebral disk degeneration (IDD). Patients and methods: A total of 132 disk degeneration patients confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging and 126 healthy controls were enrolled in the current study...
2018: Journal of Pain Research
Dongwei Xu, Jianjun Zhu, Seogsong Jeong, Dawei Li, Xiangwei Hua, Lifeng Huang, Jianjun Zhang, Yi Luo, Qiang Xia
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The role of Rictor in hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury remains unknown. Here, we comprehensively examined the role of Rictor in hepatic I/R injury. METHODS: We studied the expression of Rictor during hepatic I/R injury. The regulatory effects of Rictor on inflammatory responses, cytokine and chemokine release, apoptotic and anti-apoptotic responses, and autophagy induction during hepatic I/R injury were identified via the shRNA-mediated knockdown of Rictor...
March 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Chicora F Oliver, Steven J Simmons, Sunil U Nayak, Garry R Smith, Allen B Reitz, Scott M Rawls
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Little is known about how chemokine systems influence the behavioral effects of designer cathinones and psychostimulants. The chemokine CXCL12 and its principal receptor target, CXCR4, are of particular interest because CXCR4 activation enhances mesolimbic dopamine output that facilitates psychostimulant reward, reinforcement, and locomotor activation. Repeated cocaine enhances CXCL12 gene expression in the midbrain and produces conditioned place preference (CPP) that is inhibited by a CXCR4 antagonist...
March 10, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
Ying Lu, De-Li Cao, Lin-Xia Zhao, Yu Han, You-Li Zhang
Visceral pain, observed in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients, is a challenging medical problem and remains poorly understood because the mechanisms underlying it are unclear. Emerging evidence indicates that microRNAs (miRNAs) play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of acute and chronic pain. In this study, we aimed to explore the potential role of miR-146a-5p (the mature form of miR-146a) in a mouse model of colitis induced by intracolonic injection of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS). We found that induction of colitis resulted in visceral hyperalgesia manifested by a decreased pain threshold to colorectal distension and upregulation of miR-146a-5p expression in the lumbosacral spinal cord...
March 14, 2018: Brain Research Bulletin
Lin Sun, Chenyang Dai, Jiayin Wu, Chen Chen, Xinyi Wu
Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) is an IL-7-like cytokine, which is secreted by epithelial cells under the stimulation of Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligands. Dendritic cells (DCs) which express the thymic stromal lymphopoietin receptor (TSLPR) can be activated by TSLP. Mature DCs can express the OX40 ligand, which has the ability to combine with OX40 on the surface of T cells to stimulate T cell proliferation. TSLP secreted by corneal epithelial cells can engage in the process of T helper type 2 (Th2) inflammation in Aspergillus fumigatus keratitis, but the mechanism remains unclear...
March 14, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Janine Mayra da Silva, Tálita Pollyanna Moreira Dos Santos, Adriana Machado Saraiva, Ana Laura Fernandes de Oliveira, Gustavo Pompermaier Garlet, Aline Carvalho Batista, Ricardo Alves de Mesquita, Remo Castro Russo, Tarcília Aparecida da Silva
BACKGROUND: Chemokines and chemokine receptors are critical in oral tumourigenesis. The atypical chemokine receptor ACKR2 is a scavenger of CC chemokines controlling the availability of these molecules at tumour sites, but the role of ACKR2 in the context of oral carcinogenesis is unexplored. METHODS: In this study, wild-type (WT) and ACKR2 deficient mice (ACKR2-/- ) were treated with chemical carcinogen 4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide (4NQO) for induction of oral carcinogenesis...
March 14, 2018: Cytokine
David G Ashbrook, Benjamin Hing, Lindsay T Michalovicz, Kimberly A Kelly, Julie V Miller, Wilfred C de Vega, Diane B Miller, Gordon Broderick, James P O'Callaghan, Patrick O McGowan
BACKGROUND: Gulf War illness (GWI) is an archetypal, medically unexplained, chronic condition characterised by persistent sickness behaviour and neuroimmune and neuroinflammatory components. An estimated 25-32% of the over 900,000 veterans of the 1991 Gulf War fulfil the requirements of a GWI diagnosis. It has been hypothesised that the high physical and psychological stress of combat may have increased vulnerability to irreversible acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors leading to a priming of the neuroimmune system...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Yai-Ping Hsiao, Chien-Chang Shen, Chung-Hsiung Huang, Yu-Chin Lin, Tong-Rong Jan
Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) have been shown to attenuate T helper (Th)1 and Th2 cell-mediated immunity in ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized mice. The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of IONPs on the immune responses of Th17 cells, a subset of T cells involved in various inflammatory pathologies. For in vivo study, a murine model of delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) was employed. BALB/c mice received a single dose of IONPs (0.2-10 mg iron/kg) via the tail vein 1 h prior to ovalbumin (OVA) sensitization...
March 14, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
M I Maiorino, G Bellastella, D Giugliano, K Esposito
Metabolic diseases are associated with chronic low-grade inflammation, which has been indicated as a potential mediator of endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular disease. Visceral adiposity is thought to be the starting condition of the inflammatory state through the release of inflammatory cytokines, including TNF-alpha, CRP, and IL-6, which in turn promote endothelial dysfunction, endothelial expression of chemokines (IL-1) and adhesion molecules (ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and P-selectin), and the inhibition of anti-atherogenic factors (adiponectin)...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Lu Gan, Mengyuan Zhu, Xiaozhao Li, Chen Chen, Ting Meng, Jiaxi Pu, Huiming Luo, Fengmin Shao, Qiaoling Zhou
BACKGROUND: Tonsillitis can promote the progression of IgA nephropathy (IgAN) by aggravating immunopathologic response. Th22 cell disorder is involved in the pathogenesis of IgAN with tonsillitis. This study was determined to explore the possible mechanism of IgAN with tonsillitis underlying Th22 cell chemotaxis response to the effect of CCL20, CCL22, and CCL27. METHODS: This research was conducted on 65 subjects including 16 healthy controls (HC group), 5 patients with  renal carcinoma (HTC group) and 44 patients with IgAN between 2015 and 2016...
March 16, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
Keiko Aota, Koichi Kani, Tomoko Yamanoi, Koh-Ichi Nakashiro, Naozumi Ishimaru, Masayuki Azuma
CXCL10, a CXC chemokine induced by interferon-gamma [IFN-γ], has been observed in a wide variety of chronic inflammatory disorders and autoimmune conditions. Although CXCL10 is known to be overexpressed in the salivary glands of individuals with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), it is unclear which cells produce CXCL10 under what types of stimulations. Here, we investigated the precise molecular mechanisms by which CXCL10 was produced in human salivary gland ductal (NS-SV-DC) and acinar (NS-SV-AC) cell lines...
March 17, 2018: Inflammation
Ruchi Srivastava, Marcela Hernández-Ruiz, Arif A Khan, Mona A Fouladi, Grace J Kim, Vincent T Ly, Taikun Yamada, Cynthia Lam, Sheilouise A B Sarain, Undariya Boldbaatar, Albert Zlotnik, Elmostafa Bahraoui, Lbachir BenMohamed
Circulating conventional memory CD8+ T cells (i.e., the CD8+ effector memory T [TEM ] cell and CD8+ central memory T [TCM ] cell subsets) and the noncirculating CD8+ tissue-resident memory T (TRM ) cell subset play a critical role in mucosal immunity. Mucosal chemokines, including the recently discovered CXCL17, are also important in mucosal immunity because they are homeostatically expressed in mucosal tissues. However, whether the CXCL17 chemokine contributes to the mobilization of memory CD8+ T cell subsets to access infected mucosal tissues remains to be elucidated...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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