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K Bień, S Lewicki, R Zdanowski, E Skopinska-Różewska, M Krzyżowska
Plants belonging to Rhodiola kirilowii species, members of Rhodiola genus and Crassulaceae family, grow wildly in Tibet, Mongolia and China mountains and are traditionally used as adaptogens, antidepressants and anti-inflammatory remedies. Nowadays, R. kirilowii is cultivated in some countries, also in Poland. In our previous papers we reported immuno- and angio-modulatory effects of aqueous and hydro-alcoholic extracts of radix and rhizome of this plant in non-pregnant and pregnant mice. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of feeding pregnant and further lactating mice these extracts on selected thymus function parameters in adult progeny...
September 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Nienke A V Derks, Harm J Krugers, Casper C Hoogenraad, Marian Joëls, R Angela Sarabdjitsingh
INTRODUCTION: Early life stress (ELS) increases the risk for developing psychopathology in adulthood. When these effects occur is largely unknown. We here studied at which time during development ELS affects hippocampal synaptic plasticity, from early life to adulthood, in a rodent ELS model. Moreover, we investigated whether the sensitivity of synaptic plasticity to the stress-hormone corticosterone is altered by exposure to ELS. MATERIALS & METHODS: Male and female Wistar rats were exposed to maternal deprivation (MD) for 24h on postnatal day (P)3 or left undisturbed with their mother (control)...
2016: PloS One
Olga Ucar, Kaiyong Li, Dmytro Dvornikov, Clemens Kreutz, Jens Timmer, Sonja Matt, Lukas Brenner, Catherine Smedley, Mark A Travis, Thomas G Hofmann, Ursula Klingmüller, Bruno Kyewski
Adult tissue-specific stem cells (SCs) mediate tissue homeostasis and regeneration and can give rise to all lineages in the corresponding tissue, similar to the early progenitors that generate organs in the first place. However, the developmental origins of adult SCs are largely unknown. We recently identified thymosphere-forming stem cells (TSFCs) in the adult mouse thymus, which display genuine stemness features and can generate the two major thymic epithelial cell lineages. Here, we show that embryonic TSFCs possess stemness features but differ from adult TSFCs in surface marker profile...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
Regina Feederle, Josef-Karl Gerber, Amy Middleton, Emily Northrup, Ralf Kist, Elisabeth Kremmer, Heiko Peters
Pax genes encode an evolutionary conserved group of transcription factors with multiple roles during embryonic development and for cell type specification in normal and malignant tissues of the adult organism. In mice, Pax1 is required for the formation of specific skeletal structures as well as for the development of a fully functional thymus. In humans, the PAX1 locus has been linked to otofaciocervical syndrome, idiopathic scoliosis, and to a higher susceptibility for androgenic alopecia. In addition, the methylation status of PAX1 has recently emerged as a sensitive marker for predictive screening of cervical cancer...
October 5, 2016: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
Luis E Ferreira, Bruno I Benincasa, Ana L Fachin, Suzelei C França, Silvia S H T Contini, Ana C S Chagas, Rene O Beleboni
Haemonchus contortus is an important gastrointestinal parasite on sheep farms in tropical regions. The resistance of the parasite against most anthelmintic drugs represents a great economic problem to sheep farming and is a major challenge that needs to be overcome. The searches for new anthelmintic agents that act on different stages of the parasite's life cycle are necessary for the development of new therapeutic options. The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo anthelmintic activity of Thymus vulgaris essential oil against H...
September 15, 2016: Veterinary Parasitology
John P Dowling, Yubo Cai, John Bertin, Peter J Gough, Jianke Zhang
The death receptor, Fas, triggers apoptotic death and is essential for maintaining homeostasis in the peripheral lymphoid organs. RIP1 was originally cloned when searching for Fas-binding proteins and was later shown to associate also with the signaling complex of TNFR1. Although Fas exclusively induces apoptosis, TNFR1 primarily activates the pro-survival/pro-inflammatory NF-κB pathway. Mutations in Fas lead to lymphoproliferative (lpr) diseases, and deletion of TNFR1 results in defective innate immune responses...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Suzi Hong, Ellen E Lee, Averria Sirkin Martin, Benchawanna Soontornniyomkij, Virawudh Soontornniyomkij, Cristian L Achim, Chase Reuter, Michael R Irwin, Lisa T Eyler, Dilip V Jeste
Chemokines are promising biomarkers of immune activation and inflammation, but evidence for chemokine abnormalities in schizophrenia and their relationship to clinical factors remains inconclusive. We aimed to understand chemokine-related diagnostic differences and clinical correlates using a comprehensive panel and studying a large, well-characterized sample of adults with and without schizophrenia. We studied 134 outpatients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and 112 healthy comparison (HC) individuals, 26 to 65years of age...
September 17, 2016: Schizophrenia Research
Alf Seljenes Dalum, David James Griffiths, Elin Christine Valen, Karoline Skaar Amthor, Lars Austbø, Erling Olaf Koppang, Charles McLean Press, Agnar Kvellestad
The interbranchial lymphoid tissue (ILT) of Atlantic salmon originates from an embryological location that in higher vertebrates gives rise to both primary and secondary lymphoid tissues. Still much is unknown about the morphological and functional development of the ILT. In the present work a standardized method of organ volume determination was established to study its development in relation to its containing gill and the thymus. Based on morphological findings and gene transcription data, the ILT shows no signs of primary lymphoid function...
September 12, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Weigang Zhao, Wentao Fang
Thymoma is an epithelial neoplasm of the thymus. It commonly lies in the anterior mediastinum and represents 20-30% of mediastinal tumours in adults. In this report we present a case of giant thymoma locating in the anterior-inferior mediastinum. A 46-year-old male came to our institute with slight pectoralgia and dyspnea. Chest CT shows a giant tumor measuring 19 cm × 16 cm × 15 cm in the left thoracic cavity. After careful examination, we performed surgery. At surgery, we found the tumor was adherent to left upper lobe of the lung, mediastinal pleura, and parietal pleural...
August 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Giulia Castellani, Giovanna Paliuri, Genny Orso, Nicola Paccagnella, Claudio D'Amore, Laura Facci, Francesca Cima, Federico Caicci, Pietro Palatini, Sergio Bova, Sara De Martin
Thymic epithelial cells (TECs) play a key role in the regulation of central immune tolerance by expressing autoantigens and eliminating self-reactive T cells. In a previous paper we reported that adrenomedullin (ADM) and its co-receptor protein RAMP2 are located intracellularly in newborn human thymic epithelial cells (TECs). This work has two main aims: (1) to examine the cellular localization of ADM and its receptor in TECs of adult Wistar rats to validate this animal model for the study of the ADM system and its function(s) in thymus; (2) to investigate the potential modulating effect of ADM on the NF-kB pathway, which is involved through the production of cytokines such as IL-6, in the maturation of T-lymphocytes and immunological tolerance...
December 2016: Cytokine
Filippo Lococo, Gianluigi Bajocchi, Andrea Caruso, Riccardo Valli, Tommaso Ricchetti, Giorgio Sgarbi, Carlo Salvarani
BACKGROUND: Thymoma is a T cell neoplasm arising from the thymic epithelium that due to its immunological role, frequently undercover derangements of immunity such a tumors and autoimmune diseases. METHODS: Herein, we report, to the best of our knowledge, the first description of an association between thymoma and adult onset Still disease (AOSD) in a 47-year-old man. The first one was occasionally detected 4 years later the diagnosis of AOSD, and surgically removed via right lateral thoracotomy...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yasuyuki Saito, Jana M Ellegast, Anahita Rafiei, Yuanbin Song, Daniel Kull, Mathias Heikenwalder, Anthony Rongvaux, Stephanie Halene, Richard A Flavell, Markus G Manz
Human CD34(+) hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) can reconstitute a human hemato-lymphoid system when transplanted into immunocompromised mice. While fetal liver- and cord blood-derived CD34(+) cells lead to high engraftment levels, engraftment of mobilized, adult donor-derived CD34(+) cells has remained poor. We generated so-called MSTRG and MISTRG hu-manized mice on a Rag2(-/-)Il2rg(-/-) background carrying a transgene for human SIRPα and human homologues of the cytokines macrophage-colony stimulating factor, thrombopoietin, with or without interleukin-3 and granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor under murine promotors...
August 19, 2016: Blood
Jonah S Zitsman, Paula Alonso-Guallart, Christopher Ovanez, Yojiro Kato, Joanna F Rosen, Joshua I Weiner, Raimon Duran-Struuck
Cynomolgus macaques (CYNO; Macaca fascicularis) are a well-established NHP model used for studies in immunology. To provide reference values on the baseline cell distributions in the hematopoietic and lymphoid organs (HLO) of these animals, we used flow cytometry to analyze the peripheral blood, bone marrow, mesenteric lymph nodes, spleen, and thymus of a cohort of male, adult, research-naïve, Mauritian CYNO. Our findings demonstrate that several cell distribution patterns differ between CYNO and humans. First, the CD4(+):CD8(+) T-cell ratio is lower in CYNO compared with humans...
2016: Comparative Medicine
Emna Braham, Tarek Kilani, Faouzi El Mezni
BACKGROUND: although rare, thymomas are the most common tumors of the thymus in adults. They represent about 20% of all mediastinal tumors. AIM: the aim of this study is to present clinicopathological features of thymomas in Tunisia and analyse the prognostic factors. METHODS: From 1993 to 2004, clinical data of 40 cases of thymomas were compiled retrospectively. Microscopic slides were reviewed and reclassified according to the WHO classification of thymic tumors 2004...
February 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
S Rauthe, A Rosenwald
Lymphomas infiltrating the mediastinum are a challenge for the treating physician as well as for the pathological diagnostics. The clinical scenario is often an emergency situation, while the pathologist is usually confronted only with small biopsy samples. Classical Hodgkin's lymphoma is by far the most frequently occurring lymphoma in the mediastinum and predominantly the nodular sclerosis subtype. In small and very sclerotic specimens it can be difficult to morphologically detect Hodgkin and Reed-Sternberg cells and to identify the characteristic phenotype by immunohistochemistry...
September 2016: Der Pathologe
Patricia Barra de la Tremblaye, Nicolas Narvaez Linares, Sarah Schock, Hélène Plamondon
Increased HPA axis activation and CRH release characterize the brain's response to global cerebral ischemia. Recently, CRH via activation of CRH type 1 receptors (CRHR1) has been shown to regulate Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) secretion and emotional behavior. The current study investigates the impact of CRHR1 blockade on BDNF/TrkB signaling expression in the mesolimbic circuitry, and social and depressive-like behavior following global ischemia. Adult male Wistar rats were injected with Antalarmin (2μg/μl) or a vehicle 30min prior to 10min global cerebral ischemia (4VO model) or sham occlusion...
August 3, 2016: Experimental Neurology
Maria Liljevald, Maria Rehnberg, Magnus Söderberg, Marie Ramnegård, Jenny Börjesson, Donatella Luciani, Nina Krutrök, Lena Brändén, Camilla Johansson, Xiufeng Xu, Mikael Bjursell, Anna-Karin Sjögren, Jorrit Hornberg, Ulf Andersson, David Keeling, Johan Jirholt
RORγ is a nuclear hormone receptor which controls polarization of naive CD4(+) T-cells into proinflammatory Th17 cells. Pharmacological antagonism of RORγ has therapeutic potential for autoimmune diseases; however, this mechanism may potentially carry target-related safety risks, as mice deficient in Rorc, the gene encoding RORγ, develop T-cell lymphoma with 50% frequency. Due to the requirement of RORγ during development, the Rorc knockout (KO) animals lack secondary lymphoid organs and have a dysregulation in the generation of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells...
August 2, 2016: Autoimmunity Reviews
Dao-Ping Sun, Hui Jin, Chong-Yang Ding, Jin-Hua Liang, Li Wang, Lei Fan, Yu-Jie Wu, Wei Xu, Jian-Yong Li
To investigate the thymic regenerative potential in adults accepting chemotherapy for lymphoma. The dynamics of thymic activity in 54 adults from baseline to 12 mo post-chemotherapy was analyzed by assessing thymic structural changes with serial computed tomography (CT) scans, and correlating these with measurements of thymic output by concurrent analysis of single-joint (sj) T-cell receptor excision circles (sjTREC) and CD31(+) recent thymic emigrants (RTE) in peripheral blood. Furthermore, the consequence of thymic renewal on peripheral CD4(+) T cell recovery after chemotherapy was evaluated...
May 2016: Oncoimmunology
Wei An, Bhopal C Mohapatra, Neha Zutshi, Timothy A Bielecki, Benjamin T Goez, Haitao Luan, Fany Iseka, Insha Mushtaq, Matthew D Storck, Vimla Band, Hamid Band
CBL and CBL-B ubiquitin ligases play key roles in hematopoietic stem cell homeostasis and their aberrations are linked to leukemogenesis. Mutations of CBL, often genetically-inherited, are particularly common in Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML), a disease that manifests early in children. JMML is fatal unless corrected by bone marrow transplant, which is effective in only half of the recipients, stressing the need for animal models that recapitulate the key clinical features of this disease. However, mouse models established so far only develop hematological malignancy in adult animals...
July 16, 2016: Oncotarget
Lydia Feinstein, Sara Ferrando-Martínez, Manuel Leal, Xuan Zhou, Gregory D Sempowski, Derek E Wildman, Monica Uddin, Allison E Aiello
The thymus is critical for mounting an effective immune response and maintaining health. However, epidemiologic studies characterizing thymic function in the population setting are lacking. Using data from 263 adults in the Detroit Neighborhood Health Study, we examined thymic function as measured by the number of signal joint T-cell receptor excision circles (sjTREC) and assessed associations with established indicators of physiological health. Overall, increasing age and male gender were significantly associated with reduced thymic function...
2016: Biodemography and Social Biology
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