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Kms Kanhai, S C Goulooze, J Stevens, J L Hay, G Dent, A Verma, T Hankemeier, T de Boer, H Meijering, J C Chavez, A F Cohen, G J Groeneveld
Therapeutics promoting myelin synthesis may enhance recovery in demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. However, no suitable method exists to quantify myelination. The turnover of galactosylceramide (myelin component) is indicative of myelination in mice, but its turnover has not been determined in humans. Here, six healthy subjects consumed 120 mL 70% D2 O daily for 70 days to label galactosylceramide. We then used mass spectrometry and compartmental modeling to quantify the turnover rate of galactosylceramide in cerebrospinal fluid...
October 15, 2016: Clinical and Translational Science
A Minami, H Matsushita, D Ieno, Y Matsuda, Y Horii, A Ishii, T Takahashi, H Kanazawa, A Wakatsuki, T Suzuki
OBJECTIVE: Royal jelly (RJ) from honeybees (Apis mellifera) has estrogenic activity. Estrogen deficiency after menopause leads to a high risk of memory impairment and depression as well as metabolic syndrome and osteoporosis. We here investigated the effect of RJ on memory impairment and depression-like behaviors in ovariectomized (OVX) rats. METHODS: OVX rats were administered with RJ for 82 days. Hippocampus-dependent spatial memory and depression-like behaviors were assessed by the Morris water maze test and the forced swimming test, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Climacteric: the Journal of the International Menopause Society
Ethan D Goddard-Borger, Christina Tysoe, Stephen G Withers
Globoid cell leukodystrophy (GCL), or Krabbe disease, is a lysosomal storage disorder characterized by a deficiency in galactosylceramidase (GALC), which hydrolyses galactosylceramide and galactosylsphingosine (psychosine). Early detection of GCL in newborns is essential for timely therapeutic intervention and could be achieved by testing infant blood samples with isotopically labeled lysosmal enzyme substrates and mass spectrometry. While isotopically labeled psychosine would be a useful tool for the early diagnosis of GCL, its synthesis is lengthy and expensive...
September 22, 2016: Carbohydrate Research
Pavlo Gilchuk, Frances C Knight, John T Wilson, Sebastian Joyce
CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes confer protection against infectious diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Hence, significant efforts have been invested into devising ways to generate CD8+ T cell-targeted vaccines. Generation of microbe-free protein subunit vaccines requires a thorough knowledge of protective target antigens. Such antigens are proteolytically processed peptides presented by MHC class I molecules. To induce a robust antigen-specific CD8+ T cell response through vaccination, it is essential to formulate the antigen with an effective adjuvant...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
L Li, J Tu, Y Jiang, J Zhou, D J Schust
Pregnancy loss is the commonest complication of pregnancy. The causes of pregnancy loss are poorly understood. It has been reported that stimulation of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells using α-galactosylceramide (αGC) induces pregnancy loss in mice. Here we investigated the mechanisms, especially the role of regulatory T (Treg) cells, in iNKT cell-mediated pregnancy loss. We found that injection of αGC rapidly induced fetal resorption, activated decidual iNKT cells, decreased the percentage of decidual Treg cells and their interleukin (IL)-10 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β production, and upregulated the levels of interferon (IFN)-γ, tumor necrosis factor-α, IL-4, and IL-10 in serum...
October 5, 2016: Mucosal Immunology
Yuting Yang, Xiaowei Tai, Kairong Shi, Shaobo Ruan, Yue Qiu, Zhirong Zhang, Bing Xiang, Qin He
The enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect has been comfortably accepted, and extensively assumed as a keystone in the research on tumor-targeted drug delivery system. Due to the unsatisfied tumor-targeting efficiency of EPR effect being one conspicuous drawback, nanocarriers that merely relying on EPR effect are difficult to access the tumor tissue and consequently trigger efficient tumor therapy in clinic. In the present contribution, we break up the shackles of EPR effect on nanocarriers thanks to their universal distribution characteristic...
2016: Theranostics
Hisako Akiyama, Kazuki Nakajima, Yoshiyuki Itoh, Tomoko Sayano, Yoko Ohashi, Yoshiki Yamaguchi, Peter Greimel, Yoshio Hirabayashi
To date, sterylglucosides have been reported to be present in various fungi, plants, and animals. In bacteria, such as Helicobacter pylori, proton NMR spectral analysis of isolated cholesterylglucoside (GlcChol) demonstrated the presence of an α-glucosidic linkage. By contrast in animals, no detailed structural analysis of GlcChol has been reported, in part because animal-derived samples contain a high abundance of glucosylceramides/galactosylceramides, which exhibit highly similar chromatographic behavior to GlcChol...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
Giovanna Pannuzzo, Adriana Carol Eleonora Graziano, Martina Pannuzzo, Marcelo Fabricio Masman, Rosanna Avola, Venera Cardile
Krabbe's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by deficiency of galactocerebrosidase activity that affects the myelin sheath of the nervous system, involving dysfunctional metabolism of sphingolipids. It has no cure. Because substrate inhibition therapy has been shown to be effective in some human lysosomal storage diseases, we hypothesize that a substrate inhibition therapeutic approach might be appropriate to allow correction of the imbalance between formation and breakdown of glycosphingolipids and to prevent pathological storage of psychosine...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Scott A Sands, Steven M LeVine
Krabbe's disease (KD) is a lysosomal storage disorder in which galactosylceramide, a major glycosphingolipid of myelin, and psychosine (galactose-sphingosine) cannot be adequately metabolized because of a deficiency in galactosylceramidase. Substrate reduction therapy (SRT) has been tested in preclinical studies. The premise of SRT is to reduce the synthesis of substrates that are not adequately digested so that the substrate burden is lowered, resulting in less accumulation of unmetabolized material. SRT is used for Gaucher's disease, in which inhibitors of the terminal biosynthetic step are used...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Nadav I Weinstock, Lawrence Wrabetz, M Laura Feltri, Daesung Shin
Krabbe disease (KD) is caused by mutations in the galactosylceramidase (GALC) gene, which encodes a lysosomal enzyme that degrades galactolipids, including galactosylceramide and galactosylsphingosine (psychosine). GALC deficiency results in progressive intracellular accumulation of psychosine, which is believed to be the main cause for the demyelinating neurodegeneration in KD pathology. Umbilical cord blood transplantation slows disease progression when performed presymptomatically but carries a significant risk of morbidity and mortality...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
David A Wenger, Mohammad A Rafi, Paola Luzi
This Review summarizes the progress in understanding the pathogenesis and treatment of Krabbe disease from the description of five patients in by Knud Krabbe until 2016. To determine the cause of this genetic disease, pathological and chemical analyses of tissues from the nervous systems of patients were performed. It was determined that these patients had a pathological feature known as globoid cell in the brain and that this consisted partially of galactosylceramide, a major sphingolipid component of myelin...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Stefka Spassieva, Erhard Bieberich
Until recently, lipids were considered inert building blocks of cellular membranes. This changed three decades ago when lipids were found to regulate cell polarity and vesicle transport, and the "lipid raft" concept took shape. The lipid-driven membrane anisotropy in form of "rafts" that associate with proteins led to the view that organized complexes of lipids and proteins regulate various cell functions. Disturbance of this organization can lead to cellular, tissue, and organ malfunction. Sphingolipidoses, lysosomal storage diseases that are caused by enzyme deficiencies in the sphingolipid degradation pathway, were found to be particularly detrimental to the brain...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Kunihiko Suzuki
In this hybrid of a personal essay and a subjective review, I am attempting to convey the sense of an adventure I myself experienced in exploring various aspects of Krabbe disease, which occupied a significant portion of my life as a biomedical researcher. This is meant to be a personal summary, and I have no pretense of this being an objective scholarly review. Since the first description of the disease by Krabbe 100 years ago, knowledge about the disease has advanced significantly. The main contributions from my laboratory, always the fruits of dedicated efforts of talented young colleagues, include the identification of the genetic defect as deficiency of galactosylceramidase, proposal of the psychosine hypothesis as the pathogenetic mechanism to explain the unique phenotypic characteristics of the disease, detailed delineations of the substrate specificities of the two lysosomal β-galactosidases, discovery of the twitcher mutant as a convenient and useful mouse model, and identification of saposin A as a specific galactosylceramide activator protein and as the second causative gene for globoid cell leukodystrophy...
November 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Zhen-Kui Wang, Li Xue, Tao Wang, Xiu-Jie Wang, Zhi-Qiang Su
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are a unique subset of T cells that have been implicated in inflammation, atopy, autoimmunity, infections, and cancer. Although iNKT cells have been extensively studied over the past decade, its role in the pathogenesis of ischemic brain injury is still largely unknown. In our study, we determined whether iNKT cells infiltration occur in a mouse model of permanent cerebral ischemia. C57BL6/J male mice were treated with either alpha-galactosylceramide (α-GalCer) or vehicle control before undergoing permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAO)...
September 13, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Toshiko Kamata, Akane Suzuki, Naoko Mise, Fumie Ihara, Mariko Takami, Yuji Makita, Atsushi Horinaka, Kazuaki Harada, Naoki Kunii, Shigetoshi Yoshida, Ichiro Yoshino, Toshinori Nakayama, Shinichiro Motohashi
The role of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in antitumor immunity has been studied extensively, and clinical trials in patients with advanced cancer have revealed a prolonged survival in some cases. In recent years, humanized blocking antibodies against co-stimulatory molecules such as PD-1 have been developed. The enhancement of T cell function is reported to improve antitumor immunity, leading to positive clinical effects. However, there are limited data on the role of PD-1/programmed death ligand (PDL) molecules in human iNKT cells...
September 15, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Mathieu Le Gars, Michel Haustant, Maria Klezovich-Bénard, Christophe Paget, François Trottein, Pierre L Goossens, Jean-Nicolas Tournier
Exogenous activation of invariant NKT (iNKT) cells by the superagonist α-galactosylceramide (α-GalCer) can protect against cancer, autoimmune diseases, and infections. In the current study, we investigated the effect of α-GalCer against Bacillus anthracis infection, the agent of anthrax. Using an experimental model of s.c. B. anthracis infection (an encapsulated nontoxigenic strain), we show that concomitant administration of α-GalCer delayed B. anthracis systemic dissemination and prolonged mouse survival...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Jo Suda, Lily Dara, Luoluo Yang, Mariam Aghajan, Yong Song, Neil Kaplowitz, Zhang-Xu Liu
Receptor-interacting protein kinase (RIPK)1 has an essential role in the signaling pathways triggered by death receptors through activation of NF-κB and regulation of caspase-dependent apoptosis and RIPK3/mixed lineage kinase domain-like protein (MLKL)-mediated necroptosis. We examined the effect of RIPK1 antisense knockdown on immune-mediated liver injury in C57BL/6 mice caused by α-galactosylceramide (αGalCer), a specific activator for invariant NKT cells. We found that knockdown of RIPK1 markedly exacerbated αGalCer-mediated liver injury and induced lethality...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Lydia Lynch, Andrew E Hogan, Danielle Duquette, Chantel Lester, Alexander Banks, Katherine LeClair, David E Cohen, Abhisek Ghosh, Bing Lu, Michelle Corrigan, Darko Stevanovic, Eleftheria Maratos-Flier, Daniel J Drucker, Donal O'Shea, Michael Brenner
Adipose-resident invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are key players in metabolic regulation. iNKT cells are innate lipid sensors, and their activation, using their prototypic ligand α-galactosylceramide (αGalCer), induces weight loss and restores glycemic control in obesity. Here, iNKT activation induced fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) production and thermogenic browning of white fat. Complete metabolic analysis revealed that iNKT cell activation induced increased body temperature, V02, VC02, and fatty acid oxidation, without affecting food intake or activity...
September 13, 2016: Cell Metabolism
Pragya Rampuria, Gillian A Lang, T Scott Devera, Casey Gilmore, Jimmy D Ballard, Mark L Lang
Activation of iNKT cells with the CD1d-binding glycolipid adjuvant α-galactosylceramide (α-GC) enhances humoral immunity specific for coadministered T-dependent Ag. However, the relationship between the iNKT cell and the classic T helper (Th) or T follicular helper (Tfh) function following this immunization modality remains unclear. We show that immunization with the C-terminal domain (CTD) of Clostridium difficile toxin B (TcdB), accompanied by activation of iNKT cells with α-GC, led to enhanced production of CTD-specific IgG, which was CD1d- and iNKT cell-dependent and associated with increased neutralization of active TcdB...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Ming Meng, Chunxiao Li, Fei Yang, Hua Chen, Xiaoliu Li, Yongbin Yang, Dongzhi Chen
Invariant natural killer T cells (iNKTs) are important innate immune cells which get involved in various immune responses in both mice and humans. These immune reactions range from self-tolerance to development of autoimmunity and responses to pathogens and tumor development. In this study, we aimed to explore the effects of the novel immunostimulators (CH1b and CH2b) containing thiazolidin-4-one on the functions of human invariant natural killer T cells (iNKTs). First of all, iNKTs in peripheral blood mononuclear cells were expanded with α-Galactosylceramide (α-Galcer) in vitro...
October 2016: International Immunopharmacology
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