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Monika Plescher, Gerald Seifert, Jan Niklas Hansen, Peter Bedner, Christian Steinhäuser, Annett Halle
Microglia, the central nervous system resident innate immune cells, cluster around Aβ plaques in Alzheimer's disease (AD). The activation phenotype of these plaque-associated microglial cells, and their differences to microglia distant to Aβ plaques, are incompletely understood. We used novel three-dimensional cell analysis software to comprehensively analyze the morphological properties of microglia in the TgCRND8 mouse model of AD in spatial relation to Aβ plaques. We found strong morphological changes exclusively in plaque-associated microglia, whereas plaque-distant microglia showed only minor changes...
March 1, 2018: Glia
D Feyaerts, T Kuret, B van Cranenbroek, S van der Zeeuw-Hingrez, O W H van der Heijden, A van der Meer, I Joosten, R G van der Molen
STUDY QUESTION: Is the natural killer (NK) cell receptor repertoire of endometrial NK (eNK) cells tissue-specific? SUMMARY ANSWER: The NK cell receptor (NKR) expression profile in pre-pregnancy endometrium appears to have a unique tissue-specific phenotype, different from that found in NK cells in peripheral blood, suggesting that these cells are finely tuned towards the reception of an allogeneic fetus. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: NK cells are important for successful pregnancy...
February 13, 2018: Human Reproduction
Feng Gao, Linjie Xu, Yuan Zhao, Xinghuai Sun, Zhongfeng Wang
Müller cell is the major type glial cell in the vertebrate retina. Müller cells express various types of K+ channels, such as inwardly rectifying K+ (Kir) channels, big conductance Ca2+-activated K+ (BKCa) channels, delayed rectifier K+ channels (KDR), and transient A-type K+ channels. These K+ channels play important roles in maintaining physiological functions of Müller cells. Under some retinal pathological conditions, the changed expression and functions of K+ channels may contribute to retinal pathogenesis...
February 1, 2018: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
Hongliang Li, Sung Eun Shin, Mi Seon Seo, Jin Ryeol An, Il-Whan Choi, Won-Kyo Jung, Amy L Firth, Dae-Sung Lee, Mi-Jin Yim, Grace Choi, Jeong Min Lee, Sung Hun Na, Won Sun Park
AIM: Considering the clinical efficacy of dapagliflozin in patients with type 2 DM and the pathophysiological relevance of Kv channels for vascular reactivity. We investigate the vasodilatory effect of dapagliflozin and related mechanisms using phenylephrine (Phe)-induced contracted aortic rings. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Arterial tone measurement was performed in aortic smooth muscle. KEY FINDINGS: Application of dapagliflozin induced vasodilation in a concentration-dependent manner...
January 31, 2018: Life Sciences
Shu-Lan Liu, A-Juan Zheng, Li Ding
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is a T-cell mediated autoimmune disease with a complex genetic and immunological background. Evidence suggests that killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) genes are associated with T1DM, but the results are inconsistent. Here, we conducted a meta-analysis to comprehensively evaluate the effect of KIR genes on the risk of T1DM. METHODS: The PubMed, Web of Science, the Chinese Biomedical Database, and Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure databases were systematically searched to select studies on the association between KIR polymorphisms and T1DM...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Rohtesh S Mehta, Brion Randolph, May Daher, Katayoun Rezvani
Natural killer (NK) cells are part of the innate immune system and represent the first line of defense against infections and tumors. In contrast to T cells, NK cells do not require prior antigen sensitization to induce cytotoxicity and do not cause graft-versus-host disease. These, along with other advantages, make NK cells an attractive candidate for adoptive cellular therapy. Herein, we describe the mechanisms of NK cell cytotoxicity, which is governed by an intricate balance between various activating and inhibitory receptors, including the killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs)...
January 27, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
Marcel van den Brink, Markus Uhrberg, Lorenz Jahn, John F DiPersio, Michael A Pulsipher
The graft vs. leukemia (GvL) effect as a method of preventing relapse is well described after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), but the mechanisms to this effect and how tumor sometimes develops resistance to GvL are just beginning to be understood. This article reviews and expands upon data presented at the Third International Workshop on Biology, Prevention and Treatment of Relapse after Stem Cell Transplantation held in Hamburg, Germany, in November 2016. We first discuss in detail the role that T-cell impairment early after HCT plays in relapse by looking at data from T cell-depleted approaches as well as the clear role that early T-cell recovery has shown in improving outcomes...
January 24, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Zafer Cebeci, Nur Kır
Herein, we describe a neovascular age-related macular degeneration patient with retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP) and polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) coexisting in the same eye at the time of diagnosis. A 55-year-old woman presented with a history of decreased vision in her left eye. Fundoscopy, fluorescein and indocyanine green angiography, and optical coherence tomography imaging revealed RAP and PCV lesions in her left eye at first diagnosis. The patient received intravitreal ranibizumab therapy but developed tachyphylaxis after the first dose despite having three monthly doses...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
U Meza, D Beqollari, R A Bannister
The primary route of Ca2+ entry into cardiac myocytes is via 1,4-dihydropyridine-sensitive, voltage-gated L-type Ca2+ channels. Ca2+ influx through these channels influences duration of action potential and engages excitation-contraction (EC) coupling in both the atria and the myocardium. Members of the RGK (Rad, Rem, Rem2 and Gem/Kir) family of small GTP-binding proteins are potent, endogenously expressed inhibitors of cardiac L-type channels. Although much work has focused on the molecular mechanisms by which RGK proteins inhibit the CaV 1...
December 13, 2017: Acta Physiologica
Mehdi Najar, Mohammad Fayyad-Kazan, Nathalie Meuleman, Dominique Bron, Hussein Fayyad-Kazan, Laurence Lagneaux
Foreskin-mesenchymal stromal cells (FSK-MSCs) are immune-privileged thus making them valuable immunotherapeutic cell product. Characterization of the relationship between FSK-MSCs and natural killer (NK) cells is essential to improve cell-based therapy. In the present study, we studied for the first time FSK-MSCs-NK interaction and showed that the result of such cross talk was robustly dependent on the type of cytokines (IL-2, IL-12, IL-15, and IL-21) employed to activate NK cells. Distinctly activated-NK cells showed uneven cytotoxicity against FSK-MSCs, triggering their death in fine...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Thomas Goeury, Lisa Creary, Lydie Brunet, Maxime Galan, Maeva Pasquier, Barbara Kervaire, André Langaney, Jean-Marie Tiercy, Marcelo A Fernández-Viña, José Manuel Nunes, Alicia Sanchez-Mazas
With the aim to understand how NGS improves both our assessment of genetic variation within populations and our knowledge on HLA molecular evolution, we sequenced and analysed 8 HLA loci in a well-documented population from sub-Saharan Africa (Mandenka). The results of full-gene NGS-MiSeq sequencing compared to those obtained by traditional typing techniques or limited sequencing strategies showed that segregating sites located outside exon 2 are crucial to describe not only class I, but also class II population diversity...
November 21, 2017: HLA
Louis-Marie Yindom, Maimuna Mendy, Christopher Bodimeade, Caroline Chambion, Peter Aka, Hilton C Whittle, Sarah L Rowland-Jones, Robert Walton
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) causes over 800,000 deaths worldwide annually, mainly in low income countries, and incidence is rising rapidly in the developed world with the spread of hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses. Natural Killer (NK) cells protect against viral infections and tumours by killing abnormal cells recognised by Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors (KIR). Thus genes and haplotypes encoding these receptors may be important in determining both outcome of initial hepatitis infection and subsequent chronic liver disease and tumour formation...
2017: PloS One
Angel A Robles G, Ana V Vega, Carolina Gonzalez-Sandoval, Jaime Barral
Potassium channels play an important role in modulating synaptic activity both at presynaptic and postsynaptic levels. We have shown before that presynaptically located KV and KIR channels modulate the strength of corticostriatal synapses in rat brain, but the role of other types of potassium channels at these synapses remains largely unknown. Here we show that calcium-dependent potassium channels BK-type but not SK-type channels are located presynaptically in corticostriatal synapses. We stimulated cortical neurons in rat brain slices and recorded postsynaptic excitatory potentials (EPSP) in medium spiny neurons (MSN) in dorsal neostriatum...
November 14, 2017: Synapse
B Maniangou, C Retière, K Gagne
Killer cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptor (KIR) genes are a family of genes located together within the leukocyte receptor cluster on human chromosome 19q13.4. To date, 17 KIR genes have been identified including nine inhibitory genes (2DL1/L2/L3/L4/L5A/L5B, 3DL1/L2/L3), six activating genes (2DS1/S2/S3/S4/S5, 3DS1) and two pseudogenes (2DP1, 3DP1) classified into group A (KIR A) and group B (KIR B) haplotypes. The number and the nature of KIR genes vary between the individuals. In addition, these KIR genes are known to be polymorphic at allelic level (907 alleles described in July 2017)...
October 11, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
James M Dell'Orco, Stefan M Pulst, Vikram G Shakkottai
Alterations in Purkinje neuron firing often accompany ataxia, but the molecular basis for these changes is poorly understood. In a mouse model of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2), a progressive reduction in Purkinje neuron firing frequency accompanies cell atrophy. We investigated the basis for altered Purkinje neuron firing in SCA2. A reduction in the expression of large-conductance calcium-activated potassium (BK) channels and Kv3.3 voltage-gated potassium channels accompanies the inability of Purkinje neurons early in disease to maintain repetitive spiking...
October 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
Kenneth B Walsh, Elaine A Gay, Bruce E Blough, David W Geurkink
G protein-gated inward rectifier K(+) (GIRK) channels are members of the super-family of proteins known as inward rectifier K(+) (Kir) channels and are expressed throughout the peripheral and central nervous systems. Neuronal GIRK channels are the downstream targets of a number of neuromodulators including opioids, somatostatin, dopamine and cannabinoids. Previous studies have demonstrated that the ATP-sensitive K(+) channel, another member of the Kir channel family, is regulated by sulfonamide drugs. Therefore, to determine if sulfonamides also modulate GIRK channels, we screened a library of arylsulfonamide compounds using a GIRK channel fluorescent assay that utilized pituitary AtT20 cells expressing GIRK channels along with the somatostatin type-2 and -5 receptors...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
R Ashrafi, P Modi, A Y Oo, D M Pullan, K Jian, H Zhang, J Yanni Gerges, G Hart, M R Boyett, G K Davis, J P H Wilding
What is the central question of this study? Type 2 diabetes is associated with a higher rate of ventricular arrhythmias compared with the non-diabetic population, but the associated myocardial gene expression changes are unknown; furthermore, it is also unknown whether any changes are attributable to chronic hyperglycaemia or are a consequence of structural changes. What is the main finding and its importance? We found downregulation of left ventricular ERG gene expression and increased NCX1 gene expression in humans with type 2 diabetes compared with control patients with comparable left ventricular hypertrophy and possible myocardial fibrosis...
August 14, 2017: Experimental Physiology
Jeffrey Berinstein, Remy Pollock, Fawnda Pellett, Arane Thavaneswaran, Vinod Chandran, Dafna D Gladman
The purpose of this study is to examine the genetic interaction of variably expressed killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) 3DL1 alleles with their cognate ligand, human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-Bw4, in susceptibility to psoriatic disease (PsD). A novel allelic typing system was developed to differentiate KIR3DL1 alleles (*High, *Low, *Null expression, and 3DS1), in PsD patients, including those with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and cutaneous psoriasis without arthritis (PsC) and healthy controls. Frequencies of each KIR3DL1 allele, Bw4-80I and Bw4-80T, as well as the genetic interaction between the KIR3DL1 alleles and the Bw4 epitope were analyzed...
October 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
Carmen Martínez-Losada, Carmen Martín, Rafael Gonzalez, Bárbara Manzanares, Estefania García-Torres, Concha Herrera
Donor natural killer (NK) cells can destroy residual leukemic cells after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. This effect is based on the interaction of killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) of donor NK cells with ligands of the major histocompatibility complex found on the surface of the target cells. HLA-C1 subtypes provide the ligand for KIR2DL2 and KIR2DL3 and the HLA-C2 subtypes for KIR2DL1. We have studied the probability of relapse (PR) after single-unit unrelated cord blood transplantation (UCBT) in relation to the potential graft-vs...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Sonia Hasan, Ameera Balobaid, Alessandro Grottesi, Omar Dabbagh, Marta Cenciarini, Rifaat Rawashdeh, Afaf Al-Sagheir, Cecilia Bove, Lara Macchioni, Mauro Pessia, Mohammed Al-Owain, Maria Cristina D'Adamo
A 2-yr-old boy presented profound developmental delay, failure to thrive, ataxia, hypotonia, and tonic-clonic seizures that caused the death of the patient. Targeted and whole exome sequencing revealed two heterozygous missense variants: a novel mutation in the KCNJ10 gene that encodes for the inward-rectifying K + channel Kir4.1 and another previously characterized mutation in KCNT1 that encodes for the Na + -activated K + channel known as Slo2.2 or SLACK. The objectives of this study were to perform the clinical and genetic characterization of the proband and his family and to examine the functional consequence of the Kir4...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
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