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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325838/signaling-pathway-for-phagocyte-priming-upon-encounter-with-apoptotic-cells
#1
Saori Nonaka, Yuki Ando, Takuto Kanetani, Chiharu Hoshi, Yuji Nakai, Firzan Nainu, Kaz Nagaosa, Akiko Shiratsuchi, Yoshinobu Nakanishi
The phagocytic elimination of cells undergoing apoptosis is an evolutionarily conserved innate immune mechanism for eliminating unnecessary cells. Previous studies showed an increase in the level of engulfment receptors in phagocytes after the phagocytosis of apoptotic cells, which leads to the enhancement of their phagocytic activity. However, precise mechanisms underlying this phenomenon require further clarification. We found that the pre-incubation of a Drosophila phagocyte cell line with the fragments of apoptotic cells enhanced the subsequent phagocytosis of apoptotic cells, accompanied by an augmented expression of the engulfment receptors Draper and integrin αPS3...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318765/in-vivo-electroporation-in-dna-vlp-prime-boost-preferentially-enhances-hiv-1-envelope-specific-igg2a-neutralizing-antibody-and-cd8-t-cell-responses
#2
Xun Huang, Qianqian Zhu, Xiaoxing Huang, Lifei Yang, Yufeng Song, Ping Zhu, Paul Zhou
Although in vivo electroporation (EP) has been utilized to improve immunogenicity in DNA vaccines alone or in prime-boost regimens with both proteins and viral-vectors, no studies on in vivo EP in DNA-VLP prime-boost regimens against HIV-1 have been reported. Previously we developed stably transfected Drosophila S2 clones to produce HIV-1 virus-like particles (VLP) and demonstrated that priming mice twice with DNA plasmids encoding HIV-1 gp120 and gag and boosting twice with HIV-1 VLP (i.e. DDVV immunization) elicited both envelope-specific antibody and envelope and gag-specific CD8 T cell responses...
March 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273919/differential-modulation-of-the-cellular-and-humoral-immune-responses-in-drosophila-is-mediated-by-the-endosomal-arf1-asrij-axis
#3
Rohan J Khadilkar, Arindam Ray, D R Chetan, Arghyashree RoyChowdhury Sinha, Srivathsa S Magadi, Vani Kulkarni, Maneesha S Inamdar
How multicellular organisms maintain immune homeostasis across various organs and cell types is an outstanding question in immune biology and cell signaling. In Drosophila, blood cells (hemocytes) respond to local and systemic cues to mount an immune response. While endosomal regulation of Drosophila hematopoiesis is reported, the role of endosomal proteins in cellular and humoral immunity is not well-studied. Here we demonstrate a functional role for endosomal proteins in immune homeostasis. We show that the ubiquitous trafficking protein ADP Ribosylation Factor 1 (ARF1) and the hemocyte-specific endosomal regulator Asrij differentially regulate humoral immunity...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271570/single-domain-antibodies-for-the-knockdown-of-cytosolic-and-nuclear-proteins
#4
REVIEW
Thomas Böldicke
Single domain antibodies (sdAbs) from camels or sharks comprise only the variable heavy chain domain. Human sdAbs comprise the variable domain of the heavy chain (VH) or light chain (VL) and can be selected from human antibodies. SdAbs are stable, non aggregating molecules in vitro and in vivo compared to complete antibodies and scFv fragments. They are excellent novel inhibitors of cytosolic/nuclear proteins because they are correctly folded inside the cytosol in contrast to scFv fragments. SdAbs are unique because of their excellent specificity and possibility to target posttranslational modifications such as phosphorylation sites, conformers or interaction regions of proteins that cannot be targeted with genetic knockout techniques and are impossible to knockdown with RNAi...
March 8, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264763/peptidoglycan-sensing-by-octopaminergic-neurons-modulates-drosophila-oviposition
#5
C Leopold Kurz, Bernard Charroux, Delphine Chaduli, Annelise Viallat-Lieutaud, Julien Royet
As infectious diseases pose a threat to host integrity, eukaryotes have evolved mechanisms to eliminate pathogens. In addition to develop strategies reducing infection, animals can engage in behaviours that lower the impact of the infection. The molecular mechanisms by which microbes impact host behaviour are not well understood. We demonstrate that bacterial infection of Drosophila females reduces oviposition and that peptidoglycan, the component that activates Drosophila antibacterial response, is also the elicitor of this behavioral change...
March 7, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262681/regulation-of-phagocyte-triglyceride-by-a-stat-atg2-pathway-controls-mycobacterial-infection
#6
Claire B Péan, Mark Schiebler, Sharon W S Tan, Jessica A Sharrock, Katrin Kierdorf, Karen P Brown, M Charlotte Maserumule, Shinelle Menezes, Martina Pilátová, Kévin Bronda, Pierre Guermonprez, Brian M Stramer, R Andres Floto, Marc S Dionne
Mycobacterium tuberculosis remains a global threat to human health, yet the molecular mechanisms regulating immunity remain poorly understood. Cytokines can promote or inhibit mycobacterial survival inside macrophages and the underlying mechanisms represent potential targets for host-directed therapies. Here we show that cytokine-STAT signalling promotes mycobacterial survival within macrophages by deregulating lipid droplets via ATG2 repression. In Drosophila infected with Mycobacterium marinum, mycobacterium-induced STAT activity triggered by unpaired-family cytokines reduces Atg2 expression, permitting deregulation of lipid droplets...
March 6, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258224/transglutaminase-catalyzed-incorporation-of-polyamines-masks-the-dna-binding-region-of-the-transcription-factor-relish
#7
Kouki Maki, Toshio Shibata, Shun-Ichiro Kawabata
In Drosophila, the immune deficiency (IMD) pathway-dependent signal is finally transmitted through proteolytic conversion of the nuclear factor-κB-like transcription factor Relish to the active N-terminal fragment Relish-N to induce its translocation from the cytosol into the nucleus for the expression of IMD-controlled genes. We previously demonstrated that transglutaminase (TG) suppresses the IMD pathway by polymerizing Relish-N to inhibit its nuclear translocation. On the other hand, we also demonstrated that a synthetic amine, such as monodansylcadaverine (DCA) or biotin-labeled pentylamine, ingested by flies is TG-dependently incorporated into Relish-N, causing the nuclear translocation of modified Relish-N in gut epithelial cells...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254879/pathogen-induced-food-evasion-behavior-in-drosophila-larvae
#8
Sandya Surendran, Sebastian Hückesfeld, Benjamin Wäschle, Michael J Pankratz
Recognizing a deadly pathogen and generating an appropriate immune reaction is essential for any organism to survive in its natural habitat. Unlike vertebrates and higher primates, invertebrates depend solely on the innate immune system to defend themselves from an attacking pathogen. In this study, we report a behavioral defense strategy observed in Drosophila larvae that help them escape and limit an otherwise lethal infection. A bacterial infection in the gut is sensed by the larval central nervous system which generates an alteration in its food preference, leading them to stop feeding and move away from the infectious food source...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250052/a-novel-mode-of-induction-of-the-humoral-innate-immune-response-in-drosophila-larvae
#9
Hiroyuki Kenmoku, Aki Hori, Takayuki Kuraishi, Shoichiro Kurata
Drosophila adults have been utilized as a genetically tractable model organism to decipher the molecular mechanisms of humoral innate immune responses. In an effort to promote the utility of Drosophila larvae as an additional model system, in this study, we describe a novel aspect of an induction mechanism for innate immunity in these larvae. By using a fine tungsten needle created for manipulating semi-conductor devices, larvae were subjected to septic injury. However, although Toll pathway mutants were susceptible to infection with Gram-positive bacteria as had been shown for Drosophila adults, microbe clearance was not affected in the mutants...
March 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247970/comparative-analysis-of-the-monochamus-alternatus-immune-system
#10
Jiao Zhou, Li-Lin Zhao, Hai-Ying Yu, Wei Zhang, Faheem Ahmad, Song-Nian Hu, Zhen Zou, Jiang-Hua Sun
The pine sawyer beetle, Monochamus alternatus, is regarded as a notorious forest pest in Asia, vectoring an invasive pathogenic nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, which is known to cause pine wilt disease. However, little sequence information is available for this vector beetle. This hampered the research on its immune system. Based on transcriptome of M. alternatus, we have identified and characterized 194 immunity-related genes in M. alternatus, and compared them with homologues molecules from other species known to exhibit immune responses against invading microbes...
March 1, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230857/protein-phosphatase-4-coordinates-glial-membrane-recruitment-and-phagocytic-clearance-of-degenerating-axons-in-drosophila
#11
Lilly M Winfree, Sean D Speese, Mary A Logan
Neuronal damage induced by injury, stroke, or neurodegenerative disease elicits swift immune responses from glial cells, including altered gene expression, directed migration to injury sites, and glial clearance of damaged neurons through phagocytic engulfment. Collectively, these responses hinder further cellular damage, but the mechanisms that underlie these important protective glial reactions are still unclear. Here, we show that the evolutionarily conserved trimeric protein phosphatase 4 (PP4) serine/threonine phosphatase complex is a novel set of factors required for proper glial responses to nerve injury in the adult Drosophila brain...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230183/drosophila-imaginal-disc-growth-factor-2-is-a-trophic-factor-involved-in-energy-balance-detoxification-and-innate-immunity
#12
Vaclav Broz, Lucie Kucerova, Lenka Rouhova, Jana Fleischmannova, Hynek Strnad, Peter J Bryant, Michal Zurovec
Drosophila imaginal disc growth factor 2 (IDGF2) is a member of chitinase-like protein family (CLPs) able to induce the proliferation of imaginal disc cells in vitro. In this study we characterized physiological concentrations and expression of IDGF2 in vivo as well as its impact on the viability and transcriptional profile of Drosophila cells in vitro. We show that IDGF2 is independent of insulin and protects cells from death caused by serum deprivation, toxicity of xenobiotics or high concentrations of extracellular adenosine (Ado) and deoxyadenosine (dAdo)...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228533/fragile-phagocytes-fmrp-positively-regulates-engulfment-activity
#13
Mary A Logan
Defective immune system function is implicated in autism spectrum disorders, including Fragile X syndrome. In this issue, O'Connor et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201607093) demonstrate that phagocytic activity of systemic immune cells is compromised in a Drosophila melanogaster model of Fragile X, highlighting intriguing new mechanistic connections between FMRP, innate immunity, and abnormal development.
March 6, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225068/relish2-mediates-bursicon-homodimer-induced-prophylactic-immunity-in-the-mosquito-aedes-aegypti
#14
Hongwei Zhang, Shengzhang Dong, Xi Chen, David Stanley, Brenda Beerntsen, Qili Feng, Qisheng Song
Bursicon is a neuropeptide hormone consisting of two cystine-knot proteins (burs α and burs β), responsible for cuticle tanning and other developmental processes in insects. Recent studies show that each bursicon subunit forms homodimers that induce prophylactic immunity in Drosophila melanogaster. Here, we investigated the hypothesis that bursicon homodimers act in prophylactic immunity in insects, and possibly arthropods, generally, using the mosquito, Aedes aegypti. We found that burs α and burs β are expressed in larvae, pupae and newly emerged adults...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223318/a-drosophila-model-of-fragile-x-syndrome-exhibits-defects-in-phagocytosis-by-innate-immune-cells
#15
Reed M O'Connor, Elizabeth F Stone, Charlotte R Wayne, Emily V Marcinkevicius, Matt Ulgherait, Rebecca Delventhal, Meghan M Pantalia, Vanessa M Hill, Clarice G Zhou, Sophie McAllister, Anna Chen, Jennifer S Ziegenfuss, Wesley B Grueber, Julie C Canman, Mimi M Shirasu-Hiza
Fragile X syndrome, the most common known monogenic cause of autism, results from the loss of FMR1, a conserved, ubiquitously expressed RNA-binding protein. Recent evidence suggests that Fragile X syndrome and other types of autism are associated with immune system defects. We found that Drosophila melanogaster Fmr1 mutants exhibit increased sensitivity to bacterial infection and decreased phagocytosis of bacteria by systemic immune cells. Using tissue-specific RNAi-mediated knockdown, we showed that Fmr1 plays a cell-autonomous role in the phagocytosis of bacteria...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217557/regulation-of-antimicrobial-peptides-in-aedes-aegypti-aag2-cells
#16
Rudian Zhang, Yibin Zhu, Xiaojing Pang, Xiaoping Xiao, Renli Zhang, Gong Cheng
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are an important group of immune effectors that play a role in combating microbial infections in invertebrates. Most of the current information on the regulation of insect AMPs in microbial infection have been gained from Drosophila, and their regulation in other insects are still not completely understood. Here, we generated an AMP induction profile in response to infections with some Gram-negative, -positive bacteria, and fungi in Aedes aegypti embryonic Aag2 cells. Most of the AMP inductions caused by the gram-negative bacteria was controlled by the Immune deficiency (Imd) pathway; nonetheless, Gambicin, an AMP gene discovered only in mosquitoes, was combinatorially regulated by the Imd, Toll and JAK-STAT pathways in the Aag2 cells...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214598/three-stats-are-involved-in-the-regulation-of-the-expression-of-antimicrobial-peptides-in-the-triangle-sail-mussel-hyriopsis-cumingii
#17
Yun-Jia Dai, Kai-Min Hui, Ying-Hao Zhang, Yan Liu, Yu-Qing Wang, Li-Juan Zhao, Li Lin, Lian-Qin Chai, Shun Wei, Jiang-Feng Lan
Janus kinase (Jak) and signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) signaling pathway is associated in antiviral and antibacterial immune response. Previous studies primarily investigated the function of STATs in mammals. For most invertebrates, only one STAT was found in each species, such as STAT92E was found in Drosophila melanogaster. The studies, which focus on the functional difference between various STATs in the same species of invertebrate, are limited. In the present study, three STATs (HcSTAT1, HcSTAT2 and HcSTAT3) were identified in triangle shell pearl mussel, Hyriopsis cumingii...
February 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213041/newly-identified-pctoll4-regulates-antimicrobial-peptide-expression-in-intestine-of-red-swamp-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii
#18
Ying Huang, Tingting Li, Min Jin, Shaowu Yin, Kai-Min Hui, Qian Ren
Tolls or Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have an essential role in initiating innate immune responses against pathogens. In this study, a novel Toll gene, PcToll4, was first identified from the intestinal transcriptome of the freshwater crayfish, Procambarus clarkii. The PcToll4 cDNA is 4849bp long with a 3036bp open reading frame that encodes a 1011-amino acid protein. PcToll4 contains a signal peptide, 13 LRR domains, 3 LRR TYP domains, 2 LRR CT domains, an LRR NT domain, a transmembrane region, and a TIR domain...
April 30, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190728/juvenile-hormone-suppresses-resistance-to-infection-in-mated-female-drosophila-melanogaster
#19
Robin A Schwenke, Brian P Lazzaro
Hormonal signaling provides metazoans with the ability to regulate development, growth, metabolism, immune defense, and reproduction in response to internal and external stimuli. The use of hormones as central regulators of physiology makes them prime candidates for mediating allocation of resources to competing biological functions (i.e., hormonal pleiotropy) [1]. In animals, reproductive effort often results in weaker immune responses (e.g., [2-4]), and this reduction is sometimes linked to hormone signaling (see [5-7])...
February 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188867/bombyx-mori-serpin6-regulates-prophenoloxidase-activity-and-the-expression-of-antimicrobial-proteins
#20
Bing Li, Hai-Zhong Yu, Chong-Jun Ye, Yan Ma, Xing Li, Tao Fan, Fu-Sheng Chen, Jia-Ping Xu
Serpins are a family of serine protease inhibitors that are found widely in insects. They play an important role in insect physiological responses, such as innate immunity and development. In this study, we obtained the Bombyx mori serpin6 (BmSerpin6) sequence from National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the silkworm genome database (SilkDB). Reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) results showed that BmSerpin6 was expressed highly in hemocytes, the midgut, and the fat body. After challenging with Micrococcus luteus (Mi) and Serratia marcescens (Sm), the BmSerpin6 expression level was induced significantly...
April 30, 2017: Gene
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