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Takeshi Kimura, Akihiro Yamashita, Keiichi Ozono, Noriyuki Tsumaki
Articular cartilage damage does not spontaneously heal and could ultimately result in a loss of joint function. Damaged cartilage can be repaired with cell/tissue sources that are transplanted, however, autologous chondrocytes are limited in number as a cell source. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a relatively new and abundant cell source and can be made from the patient, but at considerable cost. Because cartilage is immunoprivileged tissue, allogeneic cartilages have been transplanted effectively without matching for human leukocyte antigen (HLA), but are difficult to acquire due to scarcity of donors...
October 20, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Srinika Ranasinghe, Pedro A Lamothe, Damien Z Soghoian, Samuel W Kazer, Michael B Cole, Alex K Shalek, Nir Yosef, R Brad Jones, Faith Donaghey, Chioma Nwonu, Priya Jani, Gina M Clayton, Frances Crawford, Janice White, Alana Montoya, Karen Power, Todd M Allen, Hendrik Streeck, Daniel E Kaufmann, Louis J Picker, John W Kappler, Bruce D Walker
CD8(+) T cell recognition of virus-infected cells is characteristically restricted by major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I, although rare examples of MHC class II restriction have been reported in Cd4-deficient mice and a macaque SIV vaccine trial using a recombinant cytomegalovirus vector. Here, we demonstrate the presence of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II-restricted CD8(+) T cell responses with antiviral properties in a small subset of HIV-infected individuals. In these individuals, T cell receptor β (TCRβ) analysis revealed that class II-restricted CD8(+) T cells underwent clonal expansion and mediated killing of HIV-infected cells...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Stephen A Migueles, Mark Connors
CD8(+) T cells that recognize peptides presented by MHC class II molecules have been observed in a macaque SIV vaccine model. A new study by Ranasinghe et al. (2016) shows that virus-specific class-II-restricted CD8(+) T cells can be found in some HIV-infected patients.
October 18, 2016: Immunity
Jin-Jer Chen, Wen-Rui Hao, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Ju-Chi Liu
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac fibrosis is the major pathophysiological process, contributing to the development of diastolic heart failure. We examine the role of macrophage-derived galectin-3 (gal-3) in cardiac fibrosis and diastolic function in response to transverse aortic constriction (TAC). DESIGN AND METHOD: wild-type (WT) and gal-3 knock-out (KO) mice subjected to TAC; immunohistochemistry for myocardial macrophage infiltration,gal-3,and CTGF (connective tissue growth factor) expression; picrosirius red stain for myocardial fibrosis; FACS flow- cytometry for defining the origin of myocardial macrophages...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Isabella Guzzo, Federica Morolli, Francesca Diomedi Camassei, Antonina Piazza, Elvira Poggi, Luca Dello Strologo
BACKGROUND: Several cases of severe antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) secondary to antibodies against the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R-Ab) have been described with variable outcome. CASE-DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: We report the case of a 13-year-old boy whose first kidney transplant failed due to steroid-resistant acute cellular rejection, with the subsequent development of sensitization. He received a second kidney transplant which was complicated by early humoral rejection, with weakly positive staining for the complement degradation product C4d...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Huiting Su, Ning Na, Xiaodong Zhang, Yong Zhao
CD74 (MHC class II invariant chain, Ii) is a non-polymorphic type II transmembrane glycoprotein. It is clear that, in addition to be an MHC class II chaperone, CD74 has a diversity of biological functions in physiological and pathological situations. CD74 also participates in other non-MHC II protein trafficking, such as angiotensin II type I receptor. In addition, CD74 is a cell membrane high-affinity receptor for macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), D-dopachrome tautomerase (D-DT/MIF-2) and bacterial proteins...
October 17, 2016: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Zhenpeng Song, Bingrui Xiong, Hua Zheng, Anne Manyande, Xuehai Guan, Fei Cao, Lifang Ren, Yaqun Zhou, Dawei Ye, Yuke Tian
Major histocompatibility class II (MHC II)-specific activation of CD4(+) T helper cells generates specific and persistent adaptive immunity against tumors. Emerging evidence demonstrates that MHC II is also involved in basic pain perception; however, little is known regarding its role in the development of cancer-induced bone pain (CIBP). In this study, we demonstrate that MHC II expression was markedly induced on the spinal microglia of CIBP rats in response to STAT1 phosphorylation. Mechanical allodynia was ameliorated by either pharmacological or genetic inhibition of MHC II upregulation, which was also attenuated by the inhibition of pSTAT1 and pERK but was deteriorated by intrathecal injection of IFNγ...
October 11, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Margaretha G M Roemer, Ranjana H Advani, Robert A Redd, Geraldine S Pinkus, Yasodha Natkunam, Azra H Ligon, Courtney F Connelly, Christine J Pak, Christopher D Carey, Sarah E Daadi, Bjoern Chapuy, Daphne de Jong, Richard T Hoppe, Donna S Neuberg, Margaret A Shipp, Scott J Rodig
In classical Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL), malignant Hodgkin Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells evade antitumor immunity by multiple mechanisms, including perturbed antigen presentation and enhanced PD-1 signaling. HRS cell expression of the PD-1 ligands is attributable, in part, to copy number alterations of 9p24.1/CD274(PD-L1)/PDCD1LG2(PD-L2) Amplification of PD-L1/PD-L2 is associated with advanced clinical stage and inferior progression-free survival (PFS) following frontline (induction) therapy. The relationships between altered expression of β2-microglobulin (β2M), MHC class I, and MHC class II by HRS cells, PD-L1/PD-L2 amplification, and clinical outcome in cHL are poorly defined...
October 13, 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
Angela Berzi, Stefania Ordanini, Ben Joosten, Daria Trabattoni, Alessandra Cambi, Anna Bernardi, Mario Clerici
DC-SIGN, a C-type lectin mainly expressed by DCs, mediates antigen uptake and can induce specific immune responses, depending on the ligand involved. Owing to these properties, DC-SIGN is an attracting target for approaches aimed at tailoring the immune response towards specific immunologic outcomes. A multivalent DC-SIGN ligand (Polyman26), containing at its core a fluorescent "rod-like" spacer and able to inhibit DC-SIGN mediated HIV infection in nanomolar concentration, has been recently developed by our group...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yanwen Jiang, Ana Ortega-Molina, Huimin Geng, Hsia-Yuan Ying, Katerina Hatzi, Sara Parsa, Dylan McNally, Ling Wang, Ashley S Doane, Xabier Agirre Ena, Matt Teater, Cem Meydan, Zhuoning Li, David Poloway, Shenqiu Wang, Daisuke Ennishi, David W Scott, Kristy R Stengel, Janice E Kranz, Edward Holson, Sneh Sharma, James W Young, Chi-Shuen Chu, Robert G Roeder, Rita Shaknovich, Scott W Hiebert, Randy D Gascoyne, Wayne Tam, Olivier Elemento, Hans-Guido Wendel, Ari M Melnick
Somatic mutations in CREBBP occur frequently in B-cell lymphoma. Here, we show that loss of CREBBP facilitates development of germinal center derived lymphomas in mice. In both human and murine lymphomas CREBBP loss of function resulted in focal depletion of enhancer H3K27 acetylation and aberrant transcriptional silencing of genes that regulate B-cell signaling and immune responses including class II MHC. Mechanistically, CREBBP regulated enhancers are counter-regulated by the BCL6 transcriptional repressor in a complex with SMRT and HDAC3, which we find bind extensively to MHC class II loci...
October 12, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Carla Cunha, Catarina R Almeida, Maria Inês Almeida, Andreia M Silva, Maria Molinos, Sofia Lamas, Catarina L Pereira, Graciosa Q Teixeira, António T Monteiro, Susana G Santos, Raquel M Gonçalves, Mário A Barbosa
: : Cell therapies for intervertebral disc (IVD) regeneration presently rely on transplantation of IVD cells or stem cells directly to the lesion site. Still, the harsh IVD environment, with low irrigation and high mechanical stress, challenges cell administration and survival. In this study, we addressed systemic transplantation of allogeneic bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) intravenously into a rat IVD lesion model, exploring tissue regeneration via cell signaling to the lesion site...
October 11, 2016: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Yi Pang, Xuemei Dai, Anna Roller, Kathleen Carter, Ian Paul, Abhay J Bhatt, Rick C S Lin, Lir-Wan Fan
Perinatal infection is a well-identified risk factor for a number of neurodevelopmental disorders, including brain white matter injury (WMI) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The underlying mechanisms by which early life inflammatory events cause aberrant neural, cytoarchitectural, and network organization, remain elusive. This study is aimed to investigate how systemic lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced neuroinflammation affects microglia phenotypes and early neural developmental events in rats. We show here that LPS exposure at early postnatal day 3 leads to a robust microglia activation which is characterized with mixed microglial proinflammatory (M1) and anti-inflammatory (M2) phenotypes...
2016: PloS One
Wendy Rosales, Juan Carulla, Jeison García, Diana Vargas, Fernando Lizcano
Epigenetic changes induced by histone demethylases play an important role in differentiation and pathological changes in cardiac cells. However, the role of the jumonji family of demethylases in the development of cardiac hypertrophy remains elusive. In this study, the presence of different histone demethylases in cardiac cells was evaluated after hypertrophy was induced with neurohormones. A cell line from rat cardiomyocytes was used as a biological model. The phenotypic profiles of the cells, as well as the expression of histone demethylases, were studied through immunofluorescence, transient transfection, western blot, and qRT-PCR analysis after inducing hypertrophy by angiotensin II and endothelin-1...
2016: BioMed Research International
Shandiya Balasubramaniam, Raoul A Mulder, Paul Sunnucks, Alexandra Pavlova, Jane Melville
The high levels of polymorphism and allelic diversity which characterise genes in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are thought to be generated and maintained through the combined effects of different evolutionary processes. Here, we characterised exon 2 of the MHC class II β genes in two congeneric passerine species, the spotted (Pardalotus punctatus) and striated pardalote (Pardalotus striatus). We estimated the levels of allelic diversity and tested for signatures of recombination, gene conversion and balancing selection to determine if these processes have influenced MHC variation in the two species...
October 8, 2016: Immunogenetics
Carolyn M Kalsow, Steven S S T Ching, Ronald D Plotnik
PURPOSE: To investigate an immunopathogenesis of central and paracentral corneal ulceration associated with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS: Sparse infiltrating cells in the ulcer area were identified by immunohistochemistry applied to archived formalin fixed, paraffin embedded tissues that had been recovered from patients undergoing penetrating keratoplasty necessitated by rheumatoid-associated central or paracentral corneal ulceration. RESULTS: Clinically, the ulcers presented as non-infiltrated lesions with a modicum of other ocular inflammation...
August 11, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Yun Zhang, Jian Zhang, Tao Xu, Wei Wu, Fang-Fang Huang, Wen-Qiao Yu, Shao-Yang Zhang, Ting-Bo Liang
BACKGROUND: Intestinal dendritic cells play important roles in regulating the function of the intestinal immune barrier and the intestinal bacterial translocation. In this study, we aim to investigate the effects of allicin on the function of mesenteric lymph node-dendritic cells after trauma/hemorrhagic shock. METHODS: One hundred and eight-four Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned into a sham group (n = 46), sham + allicin group (n = 46), trauma/hemorrhagic shock group (n = 46), and trauma/hemorrhagic shock + allicin group (n = 46)...
October 3, 2016: Surgery
Laura Barrachina, Ana Rosa Remacha, Antonio Romero, Francisco José Vázquez, Jorge Albareda, Marta Prades, Jaime Gosálvez, Rosa Roy, Pilar Zaragoza, Inmaculada Martín-Burriel, Clementina Rodellar
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have a great potential for treating equine musculoskeletal injuries. Although their mechanisms of action are not completely known, their immunomodulatory properties appear to be key in their functions. The expression of immunoregulatory molecules by MSCs is regulated by pro-inflammatory cytokines, so inflammatory priming of MSCs might improve their therapeutic potential. However, inflammatory environment could also increase MSC immunogenicity and decrease MSC viability and differentiation capacity...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Hongxia Yan, Xianglian Hou, Tianhang Li, Li Zhao, Xiaozhou Yuan, Hongjun Fu, Ruijie Zhu
Metastatic melanoma is a rapidly progressing disease with high mortality rate and limited treatment options. Immunotherapy based on tumor-targeting cytotoxic T cell responses represents a promising strategy. To assist in its development, we examined the possibility and efficacy of using CD4(+) cytotoxic T cells. The regulatory mechanisms controlling CD4(+) T cell-mediated cytotoxicity were also investigated. We found that naturally occurring granzyme B and perforin-expressing CD4(+) cytotoxic T cells can be recovered from metastatic melanoma patients at significantly elevated frequencies compared to those from healthy controls...
October 5, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Jairo Andres Fonseca, Monica Cabrera-Mora, Balwan Singh, Joseli Oliveira-Ferreira, Josué da Costa Lima-Junior, J Mauricio Calvo-Calle, Jose Manuel Lozano, Alberto Moreno
The most widespread Plasmodium species, Plasmodium vivax, poses a significant public health threat. An effective vaccine is needed to reduce global malaria burden. Of the erythrocytic stage vaccine candidates, the 19 kDa fragment of the P. vivax Merozoite Surface Protein 1 (PvMSP119) is one of the most promising. Our group has previously defined several promiscuous T helper epitopes within the PvMSP1 protein, with features that allow them to bind multiple MHC class II alleles. We describe here a P. vivax recombinant modular chimera based on MSP1 (PvRMC-MSP1) that includes defined T cell epitopes genetically fused to PvMSP119...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Revital Levy, Ziv Rotfogel, Dalia Hillman, Andrey Popugailo, Gila Arad, Emmanuelle Supper, Farhat Osman, Raymond Kaempfer
Full T-cell activation requires interaction between the costimulatory receptors B7-2 and CD28. By binding CD28, bacterial superantigens elicit harmful inflammatory cytokine overexpression through an unknown mechanism. We show that, by engaging not only CD28 but also its coligand B7-2 directly, superantigens potently enhance the avidity between B7-2 and CD28, inducing thereby T-cell hyperactivation. Using the same 12-aa β-strand-hinge-α-helix domain, superantigens engage both B7-2 and CD28 at their homodimer interfaces, areas remote from where these coreceptors interact, implying that inflammatory signaling can be controlled through the receptor homodimer interfaces...
October 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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