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Manmeet K Mamik, Eugene L Asahchop, Wing F Chan, Yu Zhu, William G Branton, Brienne A McKenzie, Eric A Cohen, Christopher Power
: HIV-1 infection of the brain causes the neurodegenerative syndrome HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), for which there is no specific treatment. Herein, we investigated the actions of insulin using ex vivo and in vivo models of HAND. Increased neuroinflammatory gene expression was observed in brains from patients with HIV/AIDS. The insulin receptor was detected on both neurons and glia, but its expression was unaffected by HIV-1 infection. Insulin treatment of HIV-infected primary human microglia suppressed supernatant HIV-1 p24 levels, reduced CXCL10 and IL-6 transcript levels, and induced peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ) expression...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Chunya Ni, Marie-Sophie Narzt, Ionela-Mariana Nagelreiter, Cheng Feng Zhang, Lionel Larue, Heidemarie Rossiter, Johannes Grillari, Erwin Tschachler, Florian Gruber
Autophagy is a recycling program which allows cells to adapt to metabolic needs and to stress. Defects in autophagy can affect metabolism, aging, proteostasis and inflammation. Autophagy pathway genes, including autophagy related 7 (Atg7), have been associated with the regulation of skin pigmentation, and autophagy defects disturb the biogenesis and transport of melanosomes in melanocytes as well as transfer and processing of melanin into keratinocytes. We have previously shown that mice whose melanocytes or keratinocytes lack Atg7 (and thus autophagy) as a result of specific gene knockout still retained functioning melanosome synthesis and transfer, and displayed only moderate reduction of pigmentation...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Zhongjuan Liu, Huaxia Chen, Xiaolan Chen, Jinming Gao, Zijian Guo
Chemokine C-X-C motif receptor 3 (CXCR3) is a chemokine receptor that is mainly expressed by activated T lymphocytes. T cells play important roles in allergic pulmonary inflammation, which is a hallmark of asthma and elicits the localized accumulation of activated T cells in the lung. In China, a marked increase in the incidence rate of chronic allergic pulmonary inflammation has made it a major public health threat. In the present study, we investigated the role of CXCR3 and its ligands in airway inflammation induced by house dust mite protein (HDMP) in a CXCR3 knockout (CXCR3KO) asthma mouse model...
2016: PloS One
Xiaoling Zhang, Suju Luo, Joseph Wu, Long Zhang, Wen-Hui Wang, Simone Degan, Detlev Erdmann, Russell Hall, Jennifer Y Zhang
Loss-of-function of KIND1, a cytoskeletal protein involved in β1-integrin function, causes Kindler Syndrome (KS), a genetic disease characterized by skin fragility, photosensitivity and increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Dysregulation of β1-integrin underlies KS skin fragility. However, the mechanisms underlying SCC susceptibility are unclear. Here, we demonstrate that gene silencing of KIND1 decreased keratinocyte proliferation and increased apoptosis in vitro and in skin grafts regenerated on mice, which was correlated with reduced cyclinB1...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Y Gallais, N Szely, F-X Legrand, A Leroy, M Pallardy, I Turbica
Patients treated with therapeutic biological products (BP) frequently develop anti-drug antibodies (ADA) with potential neutralizing capacities leading to loss of clinical response, or serious side effects. BP aggregates have been suggested to promote immunogenicity thus enhancing ADA production. Dendritic cells (DC) are key effectors in T-cell and B-cell fates and the subsequent generation of immunogenicity. The objective of this work was to determine if BP aggregates can participate to DC maturation and T-cell activation...
October 7, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
Mario Rodríguez, Saioa Márquez, Juan Vladimir de la Rosa, Sara Alonso, Antonio Castrillo, Mariano Sánchez Crespo, Nieves Fernández
CREB and STAT3 may control inflammation by several mechanisms, one of the best characterized is the induction of the expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. STAT3 also down-regulates the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines induced by ITAM-coupled receptors, a mechanism termed cross-inhibition. Because signaling via ITAM-dependent mechanisms is a hallmark of fungal pattern receptors, STAT3 activation might be involved in the cross-inhibition associated with invasive fungal infections. The fungal surrogate zymosan produced the phosphorylation of Y705-STAT3 and the expression of Ifnb1 and Socs3, but did not induce the IFN-signature cytokines Cxcl9 and Cxcl10 in BM-derived dendritic cells...
October 6, 2016: Immunology
Eileen E Parkes, Steven M Walker, Laura E Taggart, Nuala McCabe, Laura A Knight, Richard Wilkinson, Karen D McCloskey, Niamh E Buckley, Kienan I Savage, Manuel Salto-Tellez, Stephen McQuaid, Mary T Harte, Paul B Mullan, D Paul Harkin, Richard D Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Previously we identified a DNA damage response-deficient (DDRD) molecular subtype within breast cancer. A 44-gene assay identifying this subtype was validated as predicting benefit from DNA-damaging chemotherapy. This subtype was defined by interferon signaling. In this study, we address the mechanism of this immune response and its possible clinical significance. METHODS: We used immunohistochemistry (IHC) to characterize immune infiltration in 184 breast cancer samples, of which 65 were within the DDRD subtype...
January 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Mariam Meddeb, Wassila Carpentier, Nicolas Cagnard, Sophie Nadaud, Antoine Grillon, Cathy Barthel, Sylvie Josiane De Martino, Benoît Jaulhac, Nathalie Boulanger, Frédéric Schramm
In Lyme borreliosis, the skin is the key site for bacterial inoculation by the infected tick and for cutaneous manifestations. We previously showed that different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto isolated from tick and from different clinical stages of the Lyme borreliosis (erythema migrans, and acrodermatitis chronica atrophicans) elicited a very similar transcriptional response in normal human dermal fibroblasts. In this study, using whole transcriptome microarray chips, we aimed to compare the transcriptional response of normal human dermal fibroblasts stimulated by 3 Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato strains belonging to 3 main pathogenic species (B...
2016: PloS One
Andrea L Conroy, Michael Hawkes, Chloe R McDonald, Hani Kim, Sarah J Higgins, Kevin R Barker, Sophie Namasopo, Robert O Opoka, Chandy C John, W Conrad Liles, Kevin C Kain
Background.  Host responses to infection are critical determinants of disease severity and clinical outcome. The development of tools to risk stratify children with malaria is needed to identify children most likely to benefit from targeted interventions. Methods.  This study investigated the kinetics of candidate biomarkers of mortality associated with endothelial activation and dysfunction (angiopoietin-2 [Ang-2], soluble FMS-like tyrosine kinase-1 [sFlt-1], and soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 [sICAM-1]) and inflammation (10 kDa interferon γ-induced protein [CXCL10/IP-10] and soluble triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1 [sTREM-1]) in the context of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-arm trial evaluating inhaled nitric oxide versus placebo as adjunctive therapy to parenteral artesunate for severe malaria...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
J Mellergård, A Tisell, I Blystad, A Grönqvist, K Blennow, B Olsson, C Dahle, M Vrethem, P Lundberg, J Ernerudh
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Brain atrophy is related to clinical deterioration in multiple sclerosis (MS) but its association with intrathecal markers of inflammation or neurodegeneration is unclear. Our aim was to investigate whether cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) markers of inflammation or neurodegeneration are associated with brain volume change in natalizumab-treated MS and whether this change is reflected in non-lesional white matter metabolites. METHODS: About 25 patients with natalizumab-treated MS were followed for 3 years with assessment of percentage brain volume change (PBVC) and absolute quantification of metabolites with proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1) H MRS)...
October 4, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Frances T Hakim, Sarfraz Memon, Ping Jin, Matin M Imanguli, Huan Wang, Najibah Rehman, Xiao-Yi Yan, Jeremy Rose, Jacqueline W Mays, Susan Dhamala, Veena Kapoor, William Telford, John Dickinson, Sean Davis, David Halverson, Haley B Naik, Kristin Baird, Daniel Fowler, David Stroncek, Edward W Cowen, Steven Z Pavletic, Ronald E Gress
Although chronic graft-versus-host disease (CGVHD) is the primary nonrelapse complication of allogeneic transplantation, understanding of its pathogenesis is limited. To identify the main operant pathways across the spectrum of CGVHD, we analyzed gene expression in circulating monocytes, chosen as in situ systemic reporter cells. Microarrays identified two interrelated pathways: 1) IFN-inducible genes, and 2) innate receptors for cellular damage. Corroborating these with multiplex RNA quantitation, we found that multiple IFN-inducible genes (affecting lymphocyte trafficking, differentiation, and Ag presentation) were concurrently upregulated in CGVHD monocytes compared with normal subjects and non-CGVHD control patients...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Fleurieke Verhagen, Jonas Kuiper, Stefan Nierkens, S M Imhof, Timothy Radstake, Joke de Boer
OBJECTIVE: In this report we describe, for the first time, the activation of the peripheral immune compartment in a patient with a CRB1 linked retinal degenerative disease, masquerading as intermediate uveitis. METHODS: To monitor the immune system during systemic immunosuppressive treatment, given for the initial diagnosis of intermediate uveitis, blood samples were taken before and during therapy, for analysis of peripheral blood mononuclear cell-subsets and circulating immune mediators...
October 3, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Guilherme de Paula Costa, Laís Roquete Lopes, Maria Cláudia da Silva, Aline Luciano Horta, Washington Martins Pontes, Cristiane M Milanezi, Paulo Marcos da Mata Guedes, Wanderson Geraldo de Lima, Richard Schulz, João Santana da Silva, Andre Talvani
Chemokines (CKs) and chemokine receptors (CKR) promote leukocyte recruitment into cardiac tissue infected by the Trypanosoma cruzi. This study investigated the long-term treatment with subantimicrobial doses of doxycycline (Dox) in association, or not, with benznidazole (Bz) on the expression of CK and CKR in cardiac tissue. Thirty mongrel dogs were infected, or not, with the Berenice-78 strain of T. cruzi and grouped according their treatments: (i) two months after infection, Dox (50 mg/kg) 2x/day for 12 months; (ii) nine months after infection, Bz (3,5 mg/kg) 2x/day for 60 days; (iii) Dox + Bz; and (iv) vehicle...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Jillian M Richmond, Dinesh S Bangari, Kingsley I Essien, Sharif D Currimbhoy, Joanna R Groom, Amit G Pandya, Michele E Youd, Andrew D Luster, John E Harris
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease of the skin that results in the destruction of melanocytes and the clinical appearance of white spots. Disease pathogenesis depends on IFN-γ and IFN-γ-induced chemokines to promote T cell recruitment to the epidermis where melanocytes reside. The skin is a complex organ, with a variety of resident cell types. We sought to better define the microenvironment and distinct cellular contributions during autoimmunity in vitiligo, and found that the epidermis is a chemokine-high niche in both a mouse model and human vitiligo...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Alison Marshall, Antonio Celentano, Nicola Cirillo, Michele D Mignogna, Michael McCullough, Stephen Porter
Chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand (CXCL)9 and CXCL10 are dysregulated in oral inflammatory conditions, and it is not known if these chemokines target microorganisms that form oral biofilm. The aim of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial activity of CXCL9 and CXCL10 on oral microflora and their expression profiles in oral keratinocytes following exposure to inflammatory and infectious stimuli. Streptococcus sanguinis was used as a model and Escherichia coli as a positive control. The antimicrobial effect of CXCL9/CXCL10 was tested using a radial diffusion assay...
October 2016: European Journal of Oral Sciences
Hitokazu Esaki, Patrick M Brunner, Yael Renert-Yuval, Tali Czarnowicki, Thy Huynh, Gary Tran, Sarah Lyon, Giselle Rodriguez, Supriya Immaneni, Donald B Johnson, Bruce Bauer, Judilyn Fuentes-Duculan, Xiuzhong Zheng, Xiangyu Peng, Yeriel D Estrada, Hui Xu, Christina de Guzman Strong, Mayte Suárez-Fariñas, James G Krueger, Amy S Paller, Emma Guttman-Yassky
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) affects 15% to 25% of children and 4% to 7% of adults. Paradigm-shifting discoveries about AD have been based on adult biomarkers, reflecting decades of disease activity, although 85% of cases begin by 5 years. Blood phenotyping shows only TH2 skewing in patients with early-onset pediatric AD, but alterations in early pediatric skin lesions are unknown, limiting advancement of targeted therapies. OBJECTIVE: We sought to characterize the early pediatric AD skin phenotype and its differences from pediatric control subjects and adults with AD...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Zhilu Xu, Xiang Zhang, Jennie Lau, Jun Yu
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a more severe form of NAFLD and causes subsequent pathological changes including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Inflammation is the key pathological change in NASH and involves a series of cytokines and chemokines. The C-X-C motif chemokine 10 (CXCL10), which is known as a pro-inflammation chemokine, was recently proven to play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of NASH...
2016: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
Diane E Griffin, Victoria K Baxter
Infection of mice with Sindbis virus (SINV) produces encephalomyelitis and provides a model for examination of the central nervous system (CNS) immune response to alphavirus infection. Clearance of infectious virus is accomplished through a cooperative effort between SINV-specific antibody and interferon gamma (IFN-γ), but the regulatory interactions are poorly understood. To determine the effects of IFN-γ on clinical disease and the antiviral immune response, C57BL/6 mice lacking IFN-γ (Ifng-/-) or IFN-γ receptor (Ifngr1-/-) were studied in comparison to wild-type (WT) mice...
September 22, 2016: Journal of General Virology
William V Perks, Ravinder K Singh, Gareth W Jones, Jason P Twohig, Anwen S Williams, Ian R Humphreys, Philip R Taylor, Simon A Jones, Eddie C Yern Wang
Death receptor 3 (DR3; TNFRSF25) and its tumor necrosis factor-like ligand TL1A (TNFSF15) control several processes in inflammatory diseases through the expansion of effector T cells and the induction of proinflammatory cytokines from myeloid and innate lymphoid cells. Using wild-type (DR3(+/+)) and DR3-knockout (DR3(-/-)) mice, we show that the DR3/TL1A pathway triggers the release of multiple chemokines after acute peritoneal inflammation initiated by a single application of Staphylococcus epidermidis supernatant, correlating with the infiltration of multiple leukocyte subsets...
September 21, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Jason R Pitarresi, Xin Liu, Sudarshana M Sharma, Maria C Cuitiño, Raleigh D Kladney, Thomas A Mace, Sydney Donohue, Sunayana G Nayak, Chunjing Qu, James Lee, Sarah A Woelke, Stefan Trela, Kyle LaPak, Lianbo Yu, Joseph McElroy, Thomas J Rosol, Reena Shakya, Thomas Ludwig, Gregory B Lesinski, Soledad A Fernandez, Stephen F Konieczny, Gustavo Leone, Jinghai Wu, Michael C Ostrowski
Preclinical studies have suggested that the pancreatic tumor microenvironment both inhibits and promotes tumor development and growth. Here we establish the role of stromal fibroblasts during acinar-to-ductal metaplasia (ADM), an initiating event in pancreatic cancer formation. The transcription factor V-Ets avian erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene homolog 2 (ETS2) was elevated in smooth muscle actin-positive fibroblasts in the stroma of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patient tissue samples relative to normal pancreatic controls...
September 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
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