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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918421/macrophage-activation-syndrome-at-the-onset-of-glucocorticoid-resistant-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-case-report
#1
Delia Tulbă, Marius Balea, Cristian Băicuș
INTRODUCTION: Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a life-threatening hyperinflammatory state mediated by uncontrolled cytokine storm and haemophagocytosis. Although rarely reported, MAS might occur in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), notably as an inaugural manifestation. Glucocorticoids (GCs) are the cornerstone of SLE therapy. However, in some cases high doses of GCs are required to achieve remission (i.e. glucocorticoid-resistance), leading to significant side effects. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old Romani male was admitted to our hospital for polyarthralgia, polyserositis and fatigability...
September 16, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918025/effect-of-calcium-carbonate-encapsulation-on-the-activity-of-orally-administered-cpg-oligonucleotides
#2
Neslihan Kayraklioglu, Julia Scheiermann, W Gregory Alvord, Dennis M Klinman
Synthetic oligodeoxynucleotides containing unmethylated CpG motifs (CpG ODNs) stimulate immune cells via Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9). Because oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) are susceptible to gastric degradation, clinical trials designed to evaluate their therapeutic utility have relied solely on parenteral routes of administration. A strategy to improve the activity of orally delivered ODNs by reducing their susceptibility to gastrointestinal (GI) digestion via encapsulation in calcium carbonate nanoparticles (ODNcaps) was recently described...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917973/inhibitory-effects-of-dianthi-herba-ethanolic-extract-on-inflammatory-and-nociceptive-responses-in-murine-macrophages-and-mouse-models-of-abdominal-writhing-and-ear-edema
#3
You-Chang Oh, Yun Hee Jeong, Won-Kyung Cho, Youn-Hwan Hwang, Jin Yeul Ma
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Dianthi Herba is a traditional herbal medicine used to treat inflammatory-related diseases including acute pyelonephritis, cystitis, laryngopharyngitis, and urethritis. AIM OF THE STUDY: We investigated the effects of Dianthi Herba ethanolic extract (DH) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated inflammatory responses in murine macrophages as well as nociceptive and edema mouse models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The biological effects of DH on inflammatory cytokine, mediator, and related protein production were assessed using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), Western blotting, and real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (real-time RT-PCR)...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917943/chronic-fluoride-exposure-exacerbates-headkidney-pathology-and-causes-immune-commotion-in-clarias-gariepinus
#4
Rashmi Singh, Md Arafat Hussain, Jai Kumar, Manmohan Kumar, Usha Kumari, Shibnath Mazumder
The current study was aimed to understand the effects of chronic fluoride exposure on fish immune system. African sharp tooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus) were exposed to 73.45mg/L of fluoride corresponding to 1/10 96h LC50 for 30 d and the effects on general fish health and several immune parameters were studied. Chronic fluoride exposure led to significant alteration in serum biochemical parameters including alkaline phosphatase, alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase, triglycerides, cholesterol and blood urea nitrogen levels revealing the detrimental effect of fluoride on general fish health...
September 6, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917854/tilia-tomentosa-pectins-exhibit-dual-mode-of-action-on-phagocytes-as-%C3%AE-glucuronic-acid-monomers-are-abundant-in-their-rhamnogalacturonans-i
#5
Yordan N Georgiev, Berit S Paulsen, Hiroaki Kiyohara, Milan Ciz, Manol H Ognyanov, Ondrej Vasicek, Frode Rise, Petko N Denev, Antonin Lojek, Tsvetelina G Batsalova, Balik M Dzhambazov, Haruki Yamada, Reidar Lund, Hilde Barsett, Albert I Krastanov, Irina Z Yanakieva, Maria G Kratchanova
Silver linden flowers contain different pectins (PSI-PSIII) with immunomodulating properties. PSI is a low-esterified pectic polysaccharide with predominant homogalacturonan region, followed by rhamnogalacturonan I (RGI) with arabinogalactan II and RGII (traces) domains. PSII and PSIII are unusual glucuronidated RGI polymers. PSIII is a unique high molecular weight RGI, having almost completely O-3 glucuronidated GalA units with >30% O-3 acetylation at the Rha units. Linden pectins induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) and NO generation from non-stimulated whole blood phagocytes and macrophages, resp...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917839/m2b-macrophage-polarization-accompanied-with-reduction-of-long-noncoding-rna-gas5
#6
Ichiaki Ito, Akira Asai, Sumihiro Suzuki, Makiko Kobayashi, Fujio Suzuki
Macrophages (Mϕ) are highly plastic and change their functional phenotypes depending on microenvironmental signals. Recent studies have shown that microRNAs are involved in the polarization of Mϕ. In this study, we demonstrated that the phenotype of M2bMϕ [CCL1(+) IL-10(+) LIGHT(+)] switches to other phenotypes with interchangeability attained through the increased expression of growth arrest-specific 5 RNA (GAS5 RNA), a long non-coding RNA. GAS5 RNA has been described as a silencer of the CCL1 gene. Various phenotypes of Mϕ were prepared from bone marrow-derived Mϕ (BMDMϕ) after stimulation with IFNγ [M(IFNγ)]/M1Mϕ, IL-4 [M(IL-4)]/M2aMϕ, LPS and immobilized IgG [M(LPS + IC)]/M2bMϕ, and IL-10 [M(IL-10)/M2cMϕ]...
September 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917204/murine-il-4%C3%AE-2-splice-variant-down-regulates-il-4-activities-independently-of-il-4r%C3%AE-binding-and-stat-6-phosphorylation
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Gil R Diogo, Adam Sparrow, Matthew J Paul, Alastair Copland, Peter J Hart, Szymon Stelter, Craig van Dolleweerd, Pascal M W Drake, Derek C Macallan, Rajko Reljic
IL-4 is a pleiotropic cytokine that is highly Th2 polarizing. The ratio of IL-4 and its splice variant IL-4Δ2 observed in human health and disease suggests a role for both isoforms. In the present study, the biological function of murine IL-4Δ2 and the potential mechanism of action were studied. We report for the first time the generation of a functional, recombinant murine IL-4Δ2 form which is suggestive of its possible biological role in this species. Recombinant murine IL-4Δ2 inhibited IL-4 mediated cellular processes in macrophages and lymphocytes...
September 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917158/quantitative-trait-locus-mapping-in-mice-identifies-phospholipase-pla2g12a-as-novel-atherosclerosis-modifier
#8
Alexandros Nicolaou, Bernd H Northoff, Kristina Sass, Jana Ernst, Alexander Kohlmaier, Knut Krohn, Christian Wolfrum, Daniel Teupser, Lesca M Holdt
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In a previous work, a female-specific atherosclerosis risk locus on chromosome (Chr) 3 was identified in an intercross of atherosclerosis-resistant FVB and atherosclerosis-susceptible C57BL/6 (B6) mice on the LDL-receptor deficient (Ldlr(-/-)) background. It was the aim of the current study to identify causative genes at this locus. METHODS: We established a congenic mouse model, where FVB.Chr3(B6/B6) mice carried an 80 Mb interval of distal Chr3 on an otherwise FVB...
September 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916789/whole-body-and-hematopoietic-adam8-deficiency-does-not-influence-advanced-atherosclerotic-lesion-development-despite-its-association-with-human-plaque-progression
#9
Kosta Theodorou, Emiel P C van der Vorst, Marion J Gijbels, Ine M J Wolfs, Mike Jeurissen, Thomas L Theelen, Judith C Sluimer, Erwin Wijnands, Jack P Cleutjens, Yu Li, Yvonne Jansen, Christian Weber, Andreas Ludwig, Jacob F Bentzon, Jörg W Bartsch, Erik A L Biessen, Marjo M P C Donners
Although A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase 8 (ADAM8) is not crucial for tissue development and homeostasis, it has been implicated in various inflammatory diseases by regulating processes like immune cell recruitment and activation. ADAM8 expression has been associated with human atherosclerosis development and myocardial infarction, however a causal role of ADAM8 in atherosclerosis has not been investigated thus far. In this study, we examined the expression of ADAM8 in early and progressed human atherosclerotic lesions, in which ADAM8 was significantly upregulated in vulnerable lesions...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916727/inflammatory-responses-induce-an-identity-crisis-of-alveolar-macrophages-leading-to-pulmonary-alveolar-proteinosis
#10
Risa Ebina-Shibuya, Mitsuyo Matsumoto, Makoto Kuwahara, Kyoung-Jin Jang, Manabu Sugai, Yoshiaki Ito, Ryo Funayama, Keiko Nakayama, Yuki Sato, Naoto Ishii, Yasunobu Okamura, Kengo Kinoshita, Kohei Kometani, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Akihiko Muto, Masakazu Ichinose, Masakatsu Yamashita, Kazuhiko Igarashi
Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP) is a severe respiratory disease characterized by dyspnea caused by accumulation of surfactant protein. Dysfunction of alveolar macrophages (AMs), which regulate the homeostasis of surfactant protein, leads to the development of PAP, for example, in mice lacking BTB and CNC homology 2 (Bach2). However, how Bach2 helps prevent PAP is unknown, and cell-specific effects of Bach2 are undefined. Using mice lacking Bach2 in specific cell types, we found that the PAP-phenotype of Bach2-deficient mice is due to Bach2 deficiency in more than two types of immune cells...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916704/delayed-neutrophil-apoptosis-enhances-net-formation-in-cystic-fibrosis
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Robert D Gray, Gareth Hardisty, Kate H Regan, Maeve Smith, Calum T Robb, Rodger Duffin, Annie Mackellar, Jennifer M Felton, Lily Paemka, Brian N McCullagh, Christopher D Lucas, David A Dorward, Edward F McKone, Gordon Cooke, Seamas C Donnelly, Pradeep K Singh, David A Stoltz, Christopher Haslett, Paul B McCray, Moira K B Whyte, Adriano G Rossi, Donald J Davidson
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease is defined by large numbers of neutrophils and associated damaging products in the airway. Delayed neutrophil apoptosis is described in CF although it is unclear whether this is a primary neutrophil defect or a response to chronic inflammation. Increased levels of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) have been measured in CF and we aimed to investigate the causal relationship between these phenomena and their potential to serve as a driver of inflammation...
September 15, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916656/chemotherapy-induced-macrophage-infiltration-into-tumors-enhances-nanographene-based-photodynamic-therapy
#12
Yang Zhao, Chenran Zhang, Liquan Gao, Xinhe Yu, Jianhao Lai, Dehua Lu, Rui Bao, Yanpu Wang, Bing Jia, Fan Wang, Zhaofei Liu
Increased recruitment of tumor-associated macrophages (TAM) to tumors following chemotherapy promotes tumor resistance and recurrence and correlates with poor prognosis. TAM depletion suppresses tumor growth, but is not highly effective due to the effects of tumorigenic mediators from other stromal sources. Here we report that adoptive macrophage transfer led to a dramatically enhanced photodynamic therapy (PDT) effect of 2-(1-hexyloxyethyl)-2-devinyl pyropheophor-bide-alpha (HPPH)-coated polyethylene glycosylated nanographene oxide [GO(HPPH)-PEG] by increasing its tumor accumulation...
September 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916316/the-brucella-melitensis-m5-90%C3%AE-manb-live-vaccine-candidate-is-safer-than-m5-90-and-confers-protection-against-wild-type-challenge-in-balb-c-mice
#13
Junbo Zhang, Shuanghong Yin, Dewu Yi, Hong Zhang, Zhiqiang Li, Fei Guo, Chuangfu Chen, Weihuan Fang, Jiafu Wang
Brucellosis is a globally distributed zoonotic disease that causes animal and human diseases. Although effective, the current Brucella vaccines (strain M5-90 or others) have several drawbacks. The first is their residual virulence for animals and humans and the second is their inability to differentiate natural infection from that caused by vaccination. In the present study, Brucella melitensis M5-90 manB mutant (M5-90ΔmanB) was generated to overcome these drawbacks. M5-90ΔmanB showed significantly reduced survival in macrophages and mice, and induced strong protective immunity in BALB/c mice...
September 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916165/muc1-deficiency-exacerbates-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-silicosis
#14
Kosuke Kato, Marina A Zemskova, Alec D Hanss, Marianne M Kim, Sandra J Gendler, Ross Summer, Kwang Chul Kim
BACKGROUND: MUC1 (MUC in human and Muc in animals) is a membrane-tethered mucin expressed on the apical surface of lung epithelial cells. However, in the lungs of patients with interstitial lung disease, MUC1 is aberrantly expressed in hyperplastic alveolar type II epithelial (ATII) cells and alveolar macrophages (AM), and elevated levels of extracellular MUC1 are found in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and the serum of these patients. While pro-fibrotic effects of extracellular MUC1 have recently been described in cultured fibroblasts, the contribution of MUC1 to the pathobiology of pulmonary fibrosis is unknown...
September 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916002/characterization-of-immune-response-in-staphylococcus-aureus-chronically-infected-bovine-mammary-glands-during-active-involution
#15
Carolina S Andreotti, Celina Baravalle, Sofía C Sacco, Melisa Lovato, Elizabet A L Pereyra, María S Renna, Hugo H Ortega, Luis F Calvinho, Bibiana E Dallard
The aim of this study was to characterize the immune response in Staphylococcus aureus chronically infected bovine mammary glands during active involution. Twenty-one Holstein non-pregnant cows in late lactation either uninfected or with chronic naturally acquired S. aureus intramammary infections (IMI) were included in this study. Cows were slaughtered at 7, 14 and 21 d after cessation of milking and samples for immunohistochemical analysis were taken. Protein expression of toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) and TLR4 was significantly higher in S...
October 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915910/colonization-of-the-bovine-uterus-by-candida-kefyr
#16
Cecilia Christensen Karstrup, Bent Aalbæk, Kirstine Klitgaard, Tim Kåre Jensen, Hanne Gervi Pedersen, Jørgen Steen Agerholm
BACKGROUND: While fungal infections of the bovine uterus are well-known diseases in pregnant cattle, very limited knowledge exists on the presence and significance of fungi in the uterus of non-pregnant cows. Presence of fungi in the uterine lumen of postpartum (pp) cows has been reported, but little attention has been paid to this as most studies of the bovine pp uterus have focused on bacteria. CASE PRESENTATION: Microscopy of uterine lavage cytology slides of three cows from one herd revealed the presence of numerous yeast-like organisms, which were located either free in the fluid or within macrophages...
September 16, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915803/tartrate-resistant-acid-phosphatase-trap-acp5-promotes-metastasis-related-properties-via-tgf%C3%AE-2-t%C3%AE-r-and-cd44-in-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells
#17
Anja Reithmeier, Elena Panizza, Michael Krumpel, Lukas M Orre, Rui M M Branca, Janne Lehtiö, Barbro Ek-Rylander, Göran Andersson
BACKGROUND: Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP/ACP5), a metalloenzyme that is characteristic for its expression in activated osteoclasts and in macrophages, has recently gained considerable focus as a driver of metastasis and was associated with clinically relevant parameters of cancer progression and cancer aggressiveness. METHODS: MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells with different TRAP expression levels (overexpression and knockdown) were generated and characterized for protein expression and activity levels...
September 15, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915705/promising-landscape-for-regulating-macrophage-polarization-epigenetic-viewpoint
#18
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Dexi Zhou, Kui Yang, Lu Chen, Wen Zhang, Zhenyu Xu, Jian Zuo, Hui Jiang, Jiajie Luan
Macrophages are critical myeloid cells with the hallmark of phenotypic heterogeneity and functional plasticity. Macrophages phenotypes are commonly described as classically-activated M1 and alternatively-activated M2 macrophages which play an essential role in the tissues homeostasis and diseases pathogenesis. Alternations of macrophage polarization and function states require precise regulation of target-gene expression. Emerging data demonstrate that epigenetic mechanisms and transcriptional factors are becoming increasingly appreciated in the orchestration of macrophage polarization in response to local environmental signals...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915632/decitabine-inhibits-t-cell-proliferation-via-a-novel-tet2-dependent-mechanism-and-exerts-potent-protective-effect-in-mouse-auto-and-allo-immunity-models
#19
Xue Wang, Jun Wang, Yong Yu, Tonghui Ma, Ping Chen, Bing Zhou, Ran Tao
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the dysregulated immune response including innate and adaptive immune responses. Increasing evidence has proven the importance of epigenetic modification in the progression of MS. Recent studies revealed that low-dose decitabine (Dec, 5-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine), which incorporates into replicating DNA and inhibits DNA methylation, could prevent experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) development by increasing the number of regulatory T cells (Tregs)...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915576/hepatic-b-cell-leukemia-3-suppresses-chemically-induced-hepatocarcinogenesis-in-mice-through-altered-mapk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
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Nadine Gehrke, Marcus A Wörns, Amrit Mann, Yvonne Huber, Nadine Hoevelmeyer, Thomas Longerich, Ari Waisman, Peter R Galle, Jörn M Schattenberg
The transcriptional nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB)-coactivator B cell leukemia-3 (Bcl-3) is a molecular regulator of cell death and proliferation. Bcl-3 has been shown to be widely expressed in different cancer types including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Its influence on hepatocarcinogenesis is still undetermined. To examine the role of Bcl-3 in hepatocarcinogenesis mice with hepatocyte-specific overexpression of Bcl-3 (Bcl-3(Hep)) were exposed to diethylnitrosamine (DEN) and phenobarbital (PB). Hepatic Bcl-3 overexpression attenuated DEN/PB-induced hepatocarcinogenesis...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
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