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Stimulator of interferon genes

Geoffrey L Smith, Callum Talbot-Cooper, Yongxu Lu
Interferons (IFNs) are secreted glycoproteins that are produced by cells in response to virus infection and other stimuli and induce an antiviral state in cells bearing IFN receptors. In this way, IFNs restrict virus replication and spread before an adaptive immune response is developed. Viruses are very sensitive to the effects of IFNs and consequently have evolved many strategies to interfere with interferon. This is particularly well illustrated by poxviruses, which have large dsDNA genomes and encode hundreds of proteins...
2018: Advances in Virus Research
Alessandra Pierangeli, Maura Statzu, Raffaella Nenna, Letizia Santinelli, Laura Petrarca, Antonella Frassanito, Massimo Gentile, Guido Antonelli, Fabio Midulla, Carolina Scagnolari
BACKGROUND: As the expression of type III IFN receptor is restricted to the mucosal surfaces, its evaluation could be crucial to characterize the role of IFNλs during bronchiolitis. OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to investigate airway type III IFN receptor (IFNLR1/IL10RB) expression during respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or human rhinovirus (HRV) bronchiolitis. STUDY DESIGN: Seventy-one 1-6 month old infants hospitalized with their first episode of acute RSV or HRV bronchiolitis were selected for this study...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Stephen Capone, Kwasi M Connor, Anthony Colombo, Xin Li, Tim J Triche, Giridharan Ramsingh
Genomic transposable elements (TEs) constitute majority of the genome. Expression of TEs is known to activate the double-stranded RNA recognition pathway ("viral mimicry") leading to the activation of interferon-stimulated genes, inflammation and immune mediated cell death. We recently showed that the expression of TEs is suppressed along with immune pathways in leukemic stem cells (LSC) in acute myeloid leukemia, suggesting a potential mechanism for immune escape of LSC. This indicated that during oncogenesis, where there is escape from senescence, expression of TEs is suppressed...
March 13, 2018: Experimental Hematology
Pei-Hui Wang, Sin-Yee Fung, Wei-Wei Gao, Jian-Jun Deng, Yun Cheng, Vidyanath Chaudhary, Kit-San Yuen, Ting-Hin Ho, Ching-Ping Chan, Yan Zhang, Kin-Hang Kok, Wanling Yang, Chi-Ping Chan, Dong-Yan Jin
STING is a core adaptor in innate nucleic acid sensing in mammalian cells, on which different sensing pathways converge to induce type I interferon (IFN) production. Particularly, STING is activated by 2'3'-cGAMP, a cyclic dinucleotide containing mixed phosphodiester linkages and produced by cytoplasmic DNA sensor cGAS. Here, we reported on a novel transcript isoform of STING designated STING-β that dominantly inhibits innate nucleic acid sensing. STING-β without transmembrane domains was widely expressed at low levels in various human tissues and viral induction of STING-β correlated inversely with IFN-β production...
March 14, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Liping Qian, Yibo Zuo, Wenjun Deng, Ying Miao, Jin Liu, Yukang Yuan, Tingting Guo, Liting Zhang, Jun Jin, Jun Wang, Hui Zheng
Type-I interferons (IFN-I) are widely used for antiviral immunotherapy in clinic. Therefore, identification of the regulators of IFN-I antiviral activity is important for developing novel targets for IFN-based antiviral therapy. Monocyte chemoattractant protein 1-induced protein 1 (MCPIP1) is critical for cellular inflammatory responses. However, the roles of MCPIP1 in interferons (IFNs)-mediated antiviral immunity are unexplored. In this study, we demonstrate for the first time that MCPIP1 is an important positive regulator of IFNs antiviral activity...
March 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Richard Lindqvist, Chaitanya Kurhade, Jonathan D Gilthorpe, Anna K Överby
BACKGROUND: Flaviviruses are a group of diverse and emerging arboviruses and an immense global health problem. A number of flaviviruses are neurotropic, causing severe encephalitis and even death. Type I interferons (IFNs) are the first line of defense of the innate immune system against flavivirus infection. IFNs elicit the concerted action of numerous interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs) to restrict both virus infection and replication. Viperin (virus-inhibitory protein, endoplasmic reticulum-associated, IFN-inducible) is an ISG with broad-spectrum antiviral activity against multiple flaviviruses in vitro...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Álvaro de Mingo Pulido, Estefanía de Gregorio, Shilpi Chandra, Anna Colell, Albert Morales, Mitchell Kronenberg, Montserrat Marí
Natural killer T (NKT) cells exhibit a specific tissue distribution, displaying the liver the highest NKT/conventional T cell ratio. Upon antigen stimulation, NKT cells secrete Th1 cytokines, including interferon γ (IFNγ), and Th2 cytokines, including IL-4 that recruit and activate other innate immune cells to exacerbate inflammatory responses in the liver. Cysteine cathepsins control hepatic inflammation by regulating κB-dependent gene expression. However, the contribution of cysteine cathepsins other than Cathepsin S to NKT cell activation has remained largely unexplored...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Vaclav Janovec, Besma Aouar, Albert Font-Haro, Tomas Hofman, Katerina Trejbalova, Jan Weber, Laurence Chaperot, Joel Plumas, Daniel Olive, Patrice Dubreuil, Jacques A Nunès, Ruzena Stranska, Ivan Hirsch
Recent studies have reported that the crosslinking of regulatory receptors (RRs), such as blood dendritic cell antigen 2 (BDCA-2) (CD303) or ILT7 (CD85g), of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) efficiently suppresses the production of type I interferons (IFN-I, α/β/ω) and other cytokines in response to toll-like receptor 7 and 9 (TLR7/9) ligands. The exact mechanism of how this B cell receptor (BCR)-like signaling blocks TLR7/9-mediated IFN-I production is unknown. Here, we stimulated BCR-like signaling by ligation of RRs with BDCA-2 and ILT7 mAbs, hepatitis C virus particles, or BST2 expressing cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mohamed Ali Maroui, Ghizlane Maarifi, Francis P McManus, Frederic Lamoliatte, Pierre Thibault, Mounira K Chelbi-Alix
We report that interferon (IFN) a treatment at short and long periods increases the global cellular SUMOylation and requires the presence of the SUMO E3 ligase promyelocytic leukemia protein (PML), the organizer of PML nuclear bodies (NBs). Several PML isoforms (PMLI-PMLVII) derived from a single PML gene by alternative splicing, share the same N-terminal region but differ in their C-terminal sequences. Introducing each of the human PML isoform in PML-negative cells revealed that enhanced SUMOylation in response to IFN is orchestrated by PMLIII and PMLIV...
March 13, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Narayan Ramamurthy, Emanuele Marchi, M Azim Ansari, Vincent Pedergnana, Angela Mclean, Emma Hudson, Rory Bowden, Chris C A Spencer, Ellie Barnes, Paul Klenerman
New directly acting antivirals (DAAs) provide very high cure rates in most patients infected by hepatitis C virus (HCV). However, some patient groups have been relatively harder to treat including those with cirrhosis or infected with HCV genotype 3. In the recent BOSON trial, genotype 3, cirrhotic patients receiving a 16 week course of sofosbuvir and ribavirin had a sustained virologic response rate (SVR) of around 50%. In cirrhotic patients, IFNL4 CC genotype was significantly associated with SVR. This genotype was also associated with a lower interferon-stimulated gene (ISG) signature in peripheral blood and in liver at baseline...
March 13, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Lin Yuan, Wanli Li, Qianqian Huo, Chenhong Du, Zhixiang Wang, Baodi Yi, Mingfa Wang
This study investigated the effects of xylo-oligosaccharide (XOS) and flavomycin (FLA) on the performance and immune function of broiler chickens. A total of 150 ArborAcres broilers were randomly divided into three groups and fed for six weeks from one day of age in cascade cages. The diets of each test group were (1) a basal diet, (2) the basal diet supplemented with 2 mg/kg FLA, and (3) the basal diet supplemented with 2 mg/kg XOS. At 21 and 42 days, the growth performance index values and short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) concentrations in the cecum were quantified...
2018: PeerJ
Pil Soo Sung, Eun Byul Lee, Dong Jun Park, Angelo Lozada, Jeong Won Jang, Si Hyun Bae, Jong Young Choi, Seung Kew Yoon
Background/Aims: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) replicates in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), leading to the production of type I interferons (IFNs). It is well known that the gene expression profile of PBMC is similar to that of the liver. The present study explored the dynamic gene expression profile of PBMCs collected from HCV-infected patients undergoing direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy. Methods: A prospective cohort comprising 27 patients under DAA therapy was formed...
March 12, 2018: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
Zhenfeng Zhang, Christina Filzmayer, Yi Ni, Holger Sültmann, Pascal Mutz, Marie-Sophie Hiet, Florian W R Vondran, Ralf Bartenschlager, Stephan Urban
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and D virus (HDV) co-infections cause the most severe form of viral hepatitis. HDV induces an innate immune response, but it is unknown how the host cell senses HDV and if this defense affects HDV replication. We aim to characterize interferon (IFN) activation by HDV, identify the responsible sensor and evaluate the effect of IFN on HDV replication. METHODS: HDV and HBV susceptible hepatoma cell lines and primary human hepatocytes (PHH) were used for infection studies...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Regla M Medina-Gali, María Del Mar Ortega-Villaizán, Luis Mercado, Beatriz Novoa, Julio Coll, Luis Perez
The antiviral effects of beta-glucan, an immunostimulatory agent were studied in zebrafish both in vitro and in vivo. Here we show that zebrafish ZF4 cells as well as whole fish primed with yeast β-glucan zymosan exhibited increased cytokine expression and elevated response to spring viremia of carp virus (SVCV) infection. In vitro, previous treatment of β-glucan enhanced ZF4 cell viability against SVCV infection which is associated to the activation of interferon signaling pathway and inflammatory cytokines gene expression...
March 7, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Lili Gao, Mengting Li, Lu Yin, Chanjuan Zhao, Junhong Chen, Jie Zhou, Ke Duan, Bo Feng
Excessive immune responses following the use of implantable, biomaterial-based medical devices represent a substantial challenge for treatment efficacy and patient well-being. Specifically, after implantation, pro-inflammatory M1 macrophages are activated by cytokines such as interferon-γ (IFN-γ) followed by anti-inflammatory M2 macrophages polarized by cytokines including interleukin-4 (IL-4), leading to healing and long-term stability of implants. Here, we report the loading of an immunomodulatory cytokine,IL-4, into TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) followed by hydrogel coating on the TNTs for subsequent release of IL-4...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Fengchao Xu, Hongxiao Song, Qingfei Xiao, Na Li, Hong Zhang, Genhong Cheng, Guangyun Tan
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and its associated chronic infection remain serious health threats worldwide. However, there is still no impactful approach for clinical treatment of hepatitis B patients. Therefore, developing a better understanding of the interactions between HBV and its host is particularly important. HBV infection has been reported to induce type-III but not type-I or type-II interferon (IFN). In this study, we identified CBFβ, an HIV enhancer, as an HBV restriction factor that is specifically induced by type-III IFN in the early stages of HBV infection...
March 9, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Tina Markus, David Ley, Stefan R Hansson, Tadeusz Wieloch, Karsten Ruscher
BACKGROUND: Labor subjects the fetus to an hypoxic episode and concomitant adrenomodullary catecholamine surge that may provide protection against the hypoxic insult. The beta1-adrenergic agonist dobutamine protects against hypoxia/aglycemia induced neuronal damage. We aimed to identify the associated protective biological processes involved. RESULTS: Hippocampal slices from 6 days old mice showed significant changes of gene expression comparing slices with or without dobutamine (50 mM) in the following two experimental paradigms: (1) control conditions versus lipopolysacharide (LPS) stimulation and (2) oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD), versus combined LPS/OGD...
March 9, 2018: BMC Neuroscience
Eita Sasaki, Haruka Momose, Yuki Hiradate, Ken J Ishii, Takuo Mizukami, Isao Hamaguchi
Vaccines are inoculated in healthy individuals from children to the elderly, and thus high levels of safety and consistency of vaccine quality in each lot must meet the required specifications by using preclinical and lot release testing. Because vaccines are inoculated into humans, recapitulation of biological reactions in humans should be considered for test methods. We have developed a new method to evaluate the safety of influenza vaccines using biomarker gene expression in mouse and rat models. Some biomarker genes are already known to be expressed in human lymphocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells; therefore, we considered some of these genes might be common biomarkers for human and mice to evaluate influenza vaccine safety...
December 2018: Journal of Immunotoxicology
Ramzi Nehmar, Alexandre Mariotte, Aurore de Cauwer, Jean Sibilia, Seiamak Bahram, Philippe Georgel
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a multifactorial immune disease exhibiting diverse clinical responses to specific therapeutic agents. Such heterogeneity reflects variable activation of signaling pathways. Consequently, RA physiopathology has been linked to many immune cells and factors, with controversial observations for interferons (IFNs). In this opinion article, we review the roles of these cytokines and the cells that produce them in light of recent data: clinical observations showing that expression of IFN-dependent genes does not reflect RA activity and RA mouse models in which the stimulation of IFN-dependent pathways provided disease protection...
March 5, 2018: Trends in Molecular Medicine
Raquel Portugal, Alexandre Leitão, Carlos Martins
ASFV causes an important disease of domestic swine and wild boar. Currently no vaccine is available, highlighting the necessity to understand ASFV modulation of innate immune responses in natural host cells. With this aim, macrophage cultures enriched in SWC9 and CD163 differentiation markers were infected in parallel with high virulent ASFV/L60 and low virulent ASFV/NHV, the latter lacking MGF 360 and 505/530 genes associated with type I interferon (IFN I) control. IFN I production and signaling were studied after completion of the viral cycles...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
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