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Multiple sclerosis immunology

Krystina L Hess, Eunkeu Oh, Lisa H Tostanoski, James I Andorko, Kimihiro Susumu, Jeffrey R Deschamps, Igor L Medintz, Christopher M Jewell
Treatments for autoimmunity - diseases where the immune system mistakenly attacks self-molecules - are not curative and leave patients immunocompromised. New studies aimed at more specific treatments reveal development of inflammation or tolerance is influenced by the form self-antigens are presented. Using a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS), we show for the first time that quantum dots (QDs) can be used to generate immunological tolerance by controlling the density of self-antigen on QDs. These assemblies display dense arrangements of myelin self-peptide associated with disease in MS, are uniform in size (<20 nm), and allow direct visualization in immune tissues...
June 13, 2017: Advanced Functional Materials
Per Kempe, Daniel Eklund, Agnes Hallin, Mats Hammar, Tomas Olsson, Jan Brynhildsen, Jan Ernerudh
To prospectively study systemic in vivo immunological effects of sex hormones, using different phases of oral combined hormonal contraceptives (CHC), and the natural menstrual cycles in both healthy women and in women with multiple sclerosis (MS), blood samples from sixty female MS patients and healthy controls with and without CHC were drawn in high and low estrogenic/progestogenic phases. Expression of Th-associated genes in blood cells was determined by qPCR and a panel of cytokines and chemokines was measured in plasma...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Xiao Xiao, Min Lian, Weici Zhang, M Eric Gershwin, Xiong Ma
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD), which usually occurs in middle-aged and elderly men, is a newly recognized fibroinflammatory condition characterized by swelling and sclerosis of involved organs, increased IgG4-positive plasma cell infiltration in lesions, and elevated IgG4 concentration in serum. Despite growing interest in the research, the pathophysiological mechanism remains elusive. Most IgG4-RD patients respond well to steroid therapy initially, but recurrent and refractory cases are common, especially in advanced fibrotic stage...
February 19, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
Ewa Krzystanek, Przemyslawa Jarosz-Chobot
BACKGROUND: Dimethyl fumarate (DMF) is approved for use in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). Its mechanism of action is still not well understood, but besides the immunological pathways in MS, it may also affect the metabolism of normally functioning internal organs, tissues and cells. CASE PRESENTATION: We report on the case of 29-year-old woman with satisfactorily-controlled type 1 diabetes (T1D), who was diagnosed as having MS. After administration of DMF she experienced intense, adverse gastro-intestinal reactions together with ketonuria up to 160 mg/dL...
February 7, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
M Saraste, S Atula, K Hedman, S Hurme, A Jalkanen, M Sneck, H-M Surcel, A H Maghzi, L Airas
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy induces an immunosuppressive state in the mother to ensure immunological acceptance of the foetus. Impairment of cell-mediated immune responses may render the mother susceptible to intracellular pathogens. It is not presently known whether pregnancy alters the immunosurveillance for John Cunningham virus (JCV), an opportunistic pathogen associated with natalizumab treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the humoral immune response to JCV is altered during pregnancy among MS patients and healthy controls to get insight to potential pregnancy-induced alterations related to immune response to JCV during pregnancy...
February 9, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Tilman Schneider-Hohendorf, Dennis Görlich, Paula Savola, Tiina Kelkka, Satu Mustjoki, Catharina C Gross, Geoffrey C Owens, Luisa Klotz, Klaus Dornmair, Heinz Wiendl, Nicholas Schwab
HLA associations, T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire bias, and sex bias have independently been shown for many diseases. While some immunological differences between the sexes have been described, they do not fully explain bias in men toward many infections/cancers, and toward women in autoimmunity. Next-generation TCR variable beta chain (TCRBV) immunosequencing of 824 individuals was evaluated in a multiparametric analysis including HLA-A -B/MHC class I background, TCRBV usage, sex, age, ethnicity, and TCRBV selection/expansion dynamics...
February 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Pierre de Flon, Lars Söderström, Katarina Laurell, Ann Dring, Peter Sundström, Martin Gunnarsson, Anders Svenningsson
OBJECTIVE: To investigate changes in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immunological profile after treatment switch from first-line injectables to rituximab in patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), and to compare the profile in MS patients with healthy controls (HC). METHOD: Cerebrospinal fluid from 70 patients with clinically stable RRMS and 55 HC was analysed by a multiplex electrochemiluminescence method for a broad panel of cytokines and immunoactive substances before, and over a two-year period after, treatment switch to rituximab...
2018: PloS One
Nicholas Dopkins, Prakash S Nagarkatti, Mitzi Nagarkatti
The importance of the gut microbiome in the regulation of non-infectious diseases has earned recently an unprecedented interest from biomedical researchers. Widespread use of next generation sequencing techniques have prepared a foundation for further research by correlating the presence of specific bacterial species with an onset or severity of a disease state, heralded paradigm-shifting results. This review covers the mechanisms through which a dysbiotic gut microbiota contributes to the pathological symptoms in an autoimmune neurodegenerative disorder, Multiple Sclerosis (MS)...
February 2, 2018: Immunology
S Jarius, C Würthwein, J R Behrens, J Wanner, J Haas, F Paul, B Wildemann
BACKGROUND: Baló's concentric sclerosis (BCS) is a rare inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system characterised by concentric layers of demyelination. It is unclear whether BCS is a variant of multiple sclerosis (MS) or a disease entity in its own right. OBJECTIVE: To compare the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) features of BCS to those of MS. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of the CSF profile of all patients with BCS reported in the medical literature between 1980 and 2017...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Maxime De Laere, Zwi N Berneman, Nathalie Cools
Migration of dendritic cells (DC) to the central nervous system (CNS) is a critical event in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). While up until now, research has mainly focused on the transmigration of DC through the blood-brain barrier, experimental evidence points out that also the choroid plexus and meningeal vessels represent important gateways to the CNS, especially in early disease stages. On the other hand, DC can exit the CNS to maintain immunological tolerance to patterns expressed in the CNS, a process that is perturbed in MS...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Elena Rinaldi, Alessandra Consonni, Elena Guidesi, Marina Elli, Renato Mantegazza, Fulvio Baggi
Gut microorganisms (microbiota) live in symbiosis with the host and influence human nutrition, metabolism, physiology, and immune development and function. The microbiota prevents pathogen infection to the host, and in turn the host provides a niche for survival. The alteration of gut bacteria composition (dysbiosis) could contribute to the development of immune-mediated diseases by influencing the immune system activation and driving the pro- and anti-inflammatory responses in order to promote or counteract immune reactions...
January 17, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
C Ozkul, A Guclu-Gunduz, C Irkec, I Fidan, Y Aydin, T Ozkan, G Yazici
BACKGROUND: Suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) are important immunologic, and neurotrophic factors for MS pathogenesis. The impact of exercise on these factors is yet to be fully elucidated in patients with MS. OBJECTIVE: The primary aim of this study is to investigate the effect of 8-week combined exercise training on serum concentrations of SOCS1, SOCS3, and BDNF. The secondary aim is to determine the effects of combined exercise training on balance, functional exercise capacity, and fatigue in patients with MS...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Neuroimmunology
M W Koch, Y Ilnytskyy, A Golubov, L M Metz, V W Yong, O Kovalchuk
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Genetic research in multiple sclerosis (MS) mostly compares patients with MS with healthy controls, but does not differentiate between MS disease courses. We compared peripheral blood gene expression patterns between extremes of MS phenotypes, i.e. patients with mild relapsing-remitting MS (mRRMS) and primary progressive MS (PPMS). METHODS: We analyzed global gene expression profiles of peripheral blood samples of age- and gender-matched patients with mRRMS and PPMS...
January 8, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Kiran Kumar Tadi, Israel Alshanski, Evgeniy Mervinetsky, Gerard Marx, Panayiota Petrou, Karussis M Dimitrios, Chaim Gilon, Mattan Hurevich, Shlomo Yitzchaik
Zinc and copper are essential metal ions for numerous biological processes. Their levels are tightly maintained in all body organs. Impairment of the Zn2+ to Cu2+ ratio in serum was found to correlate with many disease states, including immunological and inflammatory disorders. Oxytocin (OT) is a neuropeptide, and its activity is modulated by zinc and copper ion binding. Harnessing the intrinsic properties of OT is one of the attractive ways to develop valuable metal ion sensors. Here, we report for the first time an OT-based metal ion sensor prepared by immobilizing the neuropeptide onto a glassy carbon electrode...
December 31, 2017: ACS Omega
Carolina Obregon, Rajesh Kumar, Manuel Antonio Pascual, Giuseppe Vassalli, Déla Golshayan
Dendritic cells (DCs) as highly efficient antigen-presenting cells are at the interface of innate and adaptive immunity. As such, they are key mediators of immunity and antigen-specific immune tolerance. Due to their functional specialization, research efforts have focused on the characterization of DCs subsets involved in the initiation of immunogenic responses and in the maintenance of tissue homeostasis. Tolerogenic DCs (tolDCs)-based therapies have been designed as promising strategies to prevent and control autoimmune diseases as well as allograft rejection after solid organ transplantation (SOT)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Raida Ben Salah, Yosra Cherif, Faten Frikha, Dammak Chifaa, Mouna Snoussi, Moez Jallouli, Sameh Marzouk, Mhiri Chokri, Zouhir Bahloul
Background: Multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating processes are sometimes difficult to differentiate from the neurological involvement in autoimmune diseases. Distinguishing multiple sclerosis from other lesions due to autoimmune diseases is crucial to avoid unsuitable or delayed treatments. Methods: Charts of 6 patients diagnosed with mimicking multiple sclerosis between 1996 and 2014 were retrospectively assessed. Results: The mean age at diagnosis was 35±7 years...
2017: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
Tobias C Messemaker, Loubna Chadli, Guoshuai Cai, Varshna S Goelela, Maaike Boonstra, Annemarie L Dorjée, Stefan N Andersen, Harald M M Mikkers, Peter van 't Hof, Hailiang Mei, Oliver Distler, Harmen H M Draisma, Michael E Johnson, Nicole M Orzechowski, Robert W Simms, Rene E M Toes, Jamil Aarbiou, Tom W Huizinga, Michael L Whitfield, Jeroen DeGroot, Jeska de Vries-Bouwstra, Fina Kurreeman
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by fibrosis of skin and multiple organs of which the pathogenesis is poorly understood. Here we studied differentially expressed coding and non-coding genes in relation to SSc pathogenesis with a specific focus on antisense non-coding RNAs. Skin biopsy-derived RNAs from fourteen early SSc patients and six healthy individuals were sequenced with ion-torrent and analysed using DEseq2. Overall, 4901 genes with a fold change >1.5 and a false discovery rate < 5% were detected in patients versus controls...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Attila Oláh, Zoltán Szekanecz, Tamás Bíró
It is well known that certain active ingredients of the plants of Cannabis genus, i.e., the "phytocannabinoids" [pCBs; e.g., (-)- trans -Δ9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), (-)-cannabidiol, etc.] can influence a wide array of biological processes, and the human body is able to produce endogenous analogs of these substances ["endocannabinoids" (eCB), e.g., arachidonoylethanolamine (anandamide, AEA), 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), etc.]. These ligands, together with multiple receptors (e.g., CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, etc...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Maneesh K Misra, Vincent Damotte, Jill A Hollenbach
Genes encoding antigen-presenting molecules within the human major histocompatibility complex (MHC) account for the highest component of genetic risk for many neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Myriad genetic, immunological and environmental factors may contribute to an individual's susceptibility to neurological disease. Here, we review and discuss the decades long research on the influence of genetic variation at the MHC locus and the role of immunogenetic killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) loci in neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
April 2018: Immunology
Masoumeh Pouladian, Mazdak Ganjalikhani-Hakemi, Fereshteh Alsahebfosul, Vida Homayouni, Sharifeh Khosravi, Masoud Etemadifar, Fariba Mazrouei, Rasoul Salehi
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS) which initiated and mediated by autoreactive T helper1 cells directed against myelin antigens. One of T cell surface receptors is T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain (TIM) family which its importance in immunology is recently discovered. These molecules have important immunological function by regulation of T effector cells. METHODS: In the present study, we analyzed the frequency of +4259A>C polymorphism in TIM-3 and -1637C>T polymorphism in TIM-1 gene in MS patients and healthy controls using restriction fragment length polymorphism-polymerase chain reaction (RFLP-PCR) method...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
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