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Semmannan Kalaiyarasu, Manoj Kumar, Dhanapal Senthil Kumar, Sandeep Bhatia, Sandeep Kumar Dash, Sushant Bhat, Rohit K Khetan, Shanmugasundaram Nagarajan
One of the major causes of death in highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAIV) infection in chicken is due to acute induction of pro-inflammatory cytokine (cytokine storm) which leads to severe pathology and acute mortality. Dendritic cells and macrophages of respiratory tract are the major antigen presenting cells (APCs) getting exposed to mucosal pathogens. We hypothesized that chicken dendritic cells might be a major target for H5N1 HPAIV for induction of cytokine dysregulation. Infection of chMoDCs with H5N1 HPAIV produced high titers of progeny virus with more rounding and cytotoxicity than H9N2 LPAIV...
October 12, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
Zala Lužnik, Marko Hawlina, Elvira Maličev, Marina Bertolin, Andreja Nataša Kopitar, Alojz Ihan, Stefano Ferrari, Petra Schollmayer
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of prolonged limbal explants cultured without any scaffolds or on amniotic membrane (AM) on the viability, proliferation and differentiation potential of putative phenotypically defined cultured limbal mesenchymal (LMSC) and epithelial stem cells (LESC). METHODS: Limbal explants were cultivated on cryopreserved intact AM or plastic plates using medium supplemented with only human serum. AM was positioned with either the epithelial or stromal side up...
2016: PloS One
Waseem M Hajjar, Abdulaziz H Alzeer, Amany A Fathaddin, Hadil A Al-Otair, Ammar C Al-Rikabi, Zahid Shakoor
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is a chronic disease characterized by permanent dilatation of the conducting airways accompanied by sustained inflammation. AIMS: To assess whether chronic inflammation of lungs in bronchiectasis is associated with alterations in the numbers of infiltrating antigen presenting cell (APC). SETTING AND DESIGN: Lobectomy specimens from 12 nonsmoker, nonasthmatic patients with acquired (noncongenital) bronchiectasis and six control patients were included in the study...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
Carmen Steinborn, Christoph Diegel, Manuel Garcia-Käufer, Carsten Gründemann, Roman Huber
Because different metals are used in complementary medicine for the treatment of diseases related to a dysfunction of the immune system, this study aimed at determining the immunomodulatory potential of Pb(NO3 )2 , AuCl3 , Cu(NO3 )2 , HgCl2 , AgNO3 , SnCl2 , AsCl3 and SbCl3 at sub-toxic concentrations and at assessing possible toxic side effects of low-concentrated metal preparations. The influence of the metal salts on primary human mononuclear cells was analyzed by measuring cell viability using the water-soluble tetrazolium salt assay, apoptosis and necrosis induction by annexin V/propidium iodide staining and proliferation by carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester staining and flow cytometry...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Lin-Hai Yan, Zhi-Ning Chen, Li Li, Jia Chen, Xian-Wei Mo, Yu-Zhou Qin, Wen-E Wei, Hai-Quan Qin, Yuan Lin, Jian-Si Chen
Activation of the transcription factor E2F-1 gene is a negative event in dendritic cell (DC) maturation process. Down-regulation of E2F1 causes immaturity of DC thereby stopping antigen production which in turn leads to inhibition of immune responses. E2F-1-free stimulates the NF-kB signaling pathway, leading to activation of monocytes and several other transcription factor genes. In the study, we report that down-regulation of E2F-1 in DCs promote anti-tumor immune response in gastric cancer (GC) cells through a novel mechanism...
October 4, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Marilyn C Cornelis, Tim Kacprowski, Cristina Menni, Stefan Gustafsson, Edward Pivin, Jerzy Adamski, Anna Artati, Chin B Eap, Georg Ehret, Nele Friedrich, Andrea Ganna, Idris Guessous, Georg Homuth, Lars Lind, Patrik K Magnusson, Massimo Mangino, Nancy L Pedersen, Maik Pietzner, Karsten Suhre, Henry Völzke, Murielle Bochud, Tim D Spector, Hans J Grabe, Erik Ingelsson
Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world and presents with wide interindividual variation in metabolism. This variation may modify potential adverse or beneficial effects of caffeine on health. We conducted a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of plasma caffeine, paraxanthine, theophylline, theobromine and paraxanthine/caffeine ratio among up to 9,876 individuals of European ancestry from six population-based studies. A single SNP at 6p23 (near CD83) and several SNPs at 7p21 (near AHR), 15q24 (near CYP1A2) and 19q13...
October 3, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Lauren M K Mason, Alex Wagemakers, Cornelis van 't Veer, Anneke Oei, Wouter J van der Pot, Kalam Ahmed, Tom van der Poll, Teunis B H Geijtenbeek, Joppe W R Hovius
Borrelia burgdorferi is transmitted into the skin of the host where it encounters and interacts with two dendritic cell (DC) subsets; Langerhans cells (LCs) and dermal DCs (DDCs). These cells recognize pathogens via pattern recognition receptors, mature and migrate out of the skin into draining lymph nodes, where they orchestrate adaptive immune responses. In order to investigate the response of skin DCs during the early immunopathogenesis of Lyme borreliosis, we injected B. burgdorferi intradermally into full-thickness human skin and studied the migration of DCs out of the skin, the activation profile and phenotype of migrated cells...
2016: PloS One
Marek Lommatzsch, Kai Bratke, Paul Stoll, Norbert Mülleneisen, Friedrich Prall, Andrea Bier, J Christian Virchow
BACKGROUND: The histologic diagnosis of Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH) is invasive and can cause complications. To confirm the diagnosis of PLCH, guidelines therefore recommend measuring CD1a-positive bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) cells despite its poor sensitivity and specificity. Thus, an improved diagnostic accuracy of BALF cell analysis would be desirable. METHODS: Using four-colour flow cytometry, plasmacytoid and myeloid dendritic cells (DCs) were analysed in BALF of 10 newly diagnosed, untreated, smoking patients with PLCH, and compared with BALF DCs from 40 asymptomatic smokers and 21 never-smokers...
October 2016: Respiratory Medicine
Fanny Kryczanowsky, Verena Raker, Edith Graulich, Matthias P Domogalla, Kerstin Steinbrink
Dendritic cells (DCs) are key regulators of protective immune responses and tolerance to (self-)Ags. Therefore, the scientific rationale for the use of tolerogenic DC therapy in the fields of allergies, autoimmunity, and transplantation medicine is strong. In this study, we analyzed the tolerogenic capacity of IL-10-modulated DC (IL-10DC) subpopulations to identify a DC subset that combines potent immunosuppressive activities with valuable immune properties for clinical implementation. IL-10DCs consist of two phenotypically distinct subpopulations: CD83(high)CCR7(+) IL-10DCs and CD83(low)CCR7(-) IL-10DCs...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Huanyu Ju, Wenjing Xing, Jinfeng Yang, Yang Zheng, Xiuzhi Jia, Benning Zhang, Huan Ren
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in early detection and improvements in chemotherapy for colon cancer, the patients still face poor prognosis of postoperative recurrence and metastasis, the median survival for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer is approximately 22-24 months. Some immunotherapeutic approaches had been attempted in colon cancer patients to significantly increase overall survival. A vaccine based approach has shown a novel direction for colon cancer prevention and therapy...
September 26, 2016: BMC Immunology
Jian Li, Yun Xing, Zhenxian Zhou, Wenjun Yao, Rongyue Cao, Taiming Li, Maolei Xu, Jie Wu
Tumor-derived autophagome (DRibble) is an effective therapeutic cancer vaccine inducing T cell recognition and death of tumor cells in mice. However, the potential for improved anti-tumor response still remains. Our previous study demonstrated that two repeats of a mycobacterial HSP70407-426 (M2) peptide acted as adjuvant in improving anti-tumor efficacy of human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC) vaccine. Here, a DRibble vaccine conjugated with M2 (DRibble-M2) was designed as a novel vaccine to enhance anti-tumor activity...
September 23, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Johan Frostegård, Yong Zhang, Jitong Sun, Keqiang Yan, Anquan Liu
BACKGROUND: Activated T cells and dendritic cells (DCs) are colocalized in atherosclerotic plaques in association with plaque rupture. Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) promotes immune activation and inflammation. We studied the effects of statins (atorvastatin and simvastatin) on human DC maturation and T-cell activation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Human peripheral blood monocytes were differentiated to DCs and stimulated with oxLDL. T cells were isolated from carotid endarterectomy specimens from patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy or from healthy individuals...
September 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Sy-Jye Leu, Yi-Yuan Yang, Hsing-Cheng Liu, Chieh-Yu Cheng, Yu-Chen Wu, Ming-Chyi Huang, Yuen-Lun Lee, Chi-Ching Chen, Winston W Shen, Ko-Jiunn Liu
Valproic acid (VPA), with inhibition activity mainly towards histone deacetylase (HDAC) and Glycogen Synthase Kinase (GSK)-3, and lithium, with inhibition activity mainly toward GSK-3, are both prescribed in clinical as mood-stabilizers and anticonvulsants for the control of bipolar disorder. This study aims to compare the immuno-modulation activities of VPA and lithium, especially on the differentiation and functions of dendritic cells (DC). Our data show that treatment with VPA or lithium effectively alleviated the severity of collagen-induced arthritis triggered by LPS in mice...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Smitha Bhat, Sandeep Mallya, Vinay Koshy Varghese, Pradyumna Jayaram, Sanjiban Chakrabarty, Kalpana S Joshi, Tanuja M Nesari, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy
With a purpose of accurate and simultaneous determination of DNA methylation from multiple loci in multiple samples, here, we are demonstrating a method to aid rapid DNA methylation detection of genomic sequences. Using genomic DNA of peripheral blood from 14 healthy individuals, DNA methylation in 465 CpG sites from 12 loci of genes (ADAM22, ATF2, BCR, CD83, CREBBP, IL12B, IL17RA, MAP2K2, RBM38, TGFBR2, TGFBR3, and WNT5A) was analysed by targeted next generation bisulfite sequencing. Analysed region for three genes, BCR, IL17RA and RBM38 showed an absolute mean DNA methylation of 25...
December 15, 2016: Gene
Jia Wen Yin, Mao Ping Huang, Bei Zhong
BACKGROUND: The entire disease spectrum of chronic HBV infection (CHB) includes asymptomatic carriers (AC), active chronic hepatitis (ACH), cirrhosis (Cir), and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Previous study have demonstrated that the costimulation profiles from the livers of patients influenced immune responses and played various immunological roles in AC, ACH, Cir, and HCC. In addition, activation of TLR3 signaling in the liver may contribute to HBV clearance, although some HBV components are able to block TLR3 signaling and counteract HBV clearance through positive or negative feedback loops...
June 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
Sindy M Muñoz, Luz Stella Rodríguez
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin D3 (VD3) has been described as a modulator of immune system cells, including dendritic cells (DC). Previous studies have shown its importance in in vitro generation of tolerogenic DC, which have a similar function and phenotype to that of CD141 dermal DCs that produce IL-10 and induce (LTreg) CD4+ T regulator cells.  OBJECTIVE: This paper presents a study that compares the phenotype and cytokines produced by DC generated in presence and absence of VD3, which were matured with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), and their ability to induce LTreg from naïve allogeneic CD4+ T cells...
2016: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
Yeneneh Haileselassie, Marit Navis, Nam Vu, Khaleda Rahman Qazi, Bence Rethi, Eva Sverremark-Ekström
INTRODUCTION: In early-life, the immature mucosal barrier allows contact between the gut microbiota and the developing immune system. Due to their strategic location and their ability to sample luminal antigen, dendritic cells (DC) play a central role in the interaction of microbes and immune cells in the gut. Here, we investigated how two bacteria associated with opposite immune profiles in children, that is, Lactobacillus (L.) reuteri and Staphylococcus (S.) aureus, influenced the differentiation of monocytes in vitro as well how the generated DC impacted T cell responses...
September 2016: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
Jee Youn Hwang, Mun-Gyeong Kwon, Jung Soo Seo, Jung Wan Do, Myoung-Ae Park, Sung-Hee Jung, Sang Jung Ahn
A strain of viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) was isolated from cultured olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) during epizootics in South Korean. This strain showed high mortality to olive flounder in in vivo challenge experiment. The complete genomic RNA sequences were determined and phylogenetic analysis of the amino acid sequences of glycoprotein revealed that this isolate was grouped into genotype IVa of genus Novirhabdovirus. Expression profile of genes in olive flounder was analyzed at day 1 and day3 after infection with this VHSV isolate by using cDNA microarray containing olive flounder 13K cDNA clones...
September 25, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
Kaixuan Zeng, Koichi Ohshima, Yixiong Liu, Weichen Zhang, Lu Wang, Linni Fan, Mingyang Li, Xia Li, Zhe Wang, Shuangping Guo, Qingguo Yan, Ying Guo
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a proliferative disease of CD1a(+) /CD207(+) dendritic cells. Recurrent BRAFV600E and MAP2K1 mutations have been reported in LCH. To investigate the relationship among the mutation, clinical findings, and differentiation status of LCH, respectively, we studied 97 cases of LCH by using Sanger sequencing and immunohistochemistry. The mutually exclusive BRAFV600E and MAP2K1 mutation rates were 32% and 17.5%, respectively. All MAP2K1 mutations were missense mutations without any in-frame deletions; 2 new recurrent missense mutations (ie, p...
September 6, 2016: Hematological Oncology
Katarzyna Bocian, Jan Borysowski, Michał Zarzycki, Magdalena Pacek, Beata Weber-Dąbrowska, Maja Machcińska, Grażyna Korczak-Kowalska, Andrzej Górski
Bacteriophages (phages) are viruses of bacteria. Here we evaluated the effects of T4 and A3/R bacteriophages, as well as phage-generated bacterial lysates, on differentiation of human myeloid dendritic cells (DCs) from monocytes. Neither of the phages significantly reduced the expression of markers associated with differentiation of DCs and their role in the activation of T cells (CD40, CD80, CD83, CD86, CD1c, CD11c, MHC II, PD-L1, PD-L2, TLR2, TLR4, and CCR7) and phagocytosis receptors (CD64 and DEC-205). By contrast, bacterial lysate of T4 phage significantly decreased the percentages of DEC-205- and CD1c-positive cells...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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