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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323883/ubiquitously-expressed-human-beta-defensin-1-hbd1-forms-bacteria-entrapping-nets-in-a-redox-dependent-mode-of-action
#1
Judith Raschig, Daniela Mailänder-Sanchez, Anne Berscheid, Jürgen Berger, Adam A Strömstedt, Lioba F Courth, Nisar P Malek, Heike Brötz-Oesterhelt, Jan Wehkamp
Ever since the discovery of endogenous host defense antimicrobial peptides it has been discussed how these evolutionary conserved molecules avoid to induce resistance and to remain effective. An Human ß-defensin 1 (hBD1) is an ubiquitously expressed endogenous antimicrobial peptide that exhibits qualitatively distinct activities between its oxidized and reduced forms. Here, we explore these antimicrobial mechanisms. Surprisingly, using electron microscopy we detected a so far unknown net-like structure surrounding bacteria, which were treated with the reduced but not the oxidized form of hBD1...
March 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316374/the-role-of-il-17-and-related-cytokines-in-inflammatory-autoimmune-diseases
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REVIEW
Taku Kuwabara, Fumio Ishikawa, Motonari Kondo, Terutaka Kakiuchi
Interleukin-17 (IL-17) induces the production of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and chemokines such as CXCL1 and CXCL2 and is a cytokine that acts as an inflammation mediator. During infection, IL-17 is needed to eliminate extracellular bacteria and fungi, by inducing antimicrobial peptides such as defensin. This cytokine also plays an important role in chronic inflammation that occurs during the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases and allergies such as human rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for which a mouse model of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) is available...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314986/false-positive-synovial-fluid-alpha-defensin-test-in-a-patient-with-acute-gout-affecting-a-prosthetic-knee
#3
D G Partridge, A Gordon, R Townsend
The alpha-defensin test has demonstrated promising results in studies evaluating it for the diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection. There are limited data in the literature regarding its use in patients with other inflammatory joint conditions, but a high specificity for infection has been reported. We describe a patient with a prosthetic knee joint, who had a positive alpha-defensin lateral flow assay but in whom subsequent results confirmed a diagnosis of acute gout with no evidence of infection.
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304405/the-erbb3-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-negatively-regulates-paneth-cells-by-pi3k-dependent-suppression-of-atoh1
#4
Dana Almohazey, Yuan-Hung Lo, Claire V Vossler, Alan J Simmons, Jonathan J Hsieh, Edie B Bucar, Michael A Schumacher, Kathryn E Hamilton, Ken S Lau, Noah F Shroyer, Mark R Frey
Paneth cells (PCs), a secretory population located at the base of the intestinal crypt, support the intestinal stem cells (ISC) with growth factors and participate in innate immunity by releasing antimicrobial peptides, including lysozyme and defensins. PC dysfunction is associated with disorders such as Crohn's disease and necrotizing enterocolitis, but the specific pathways regulating PC development and function are not fully understood. Here we tested the role of the neuregulin receptor ErbB3 in control of PC differentiation and the ISC niche...
March 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302381/an-entomopathogenic-bacterium-xenorhabdus-hominickii-anu101-produces-oxindole-and-suppresses-host-insect-immune-response-by-inhibiting-eicosanoid-biosynthesis
#5
Md Sadekuzzaman, Youngjin Park, Seunghee Lee, Kunwoo Kim, Jin Kyo Jung, Yonggyun Kim
An entomopathogenic bacterium, Xenorhabdus hominickii ANU101, was isolated from an entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema monticolum. X. hominickii exhibited significant insecticidal activities at ≥ 6.6 × 10(2) colony-forming units per larva against a lepidopteran insect, Spodoptera exigua with hemocoelic injection. The insecticidal activity of X. hominickii was reduced by an addition of arachidonic acid (AA, a catalytic product of PLA2), but enhanced by an addition by dexamethasone (DEX, a specific inhibitor of PLA2)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300822/human-%C3%AE-defensin-2-in-primary-sclerosing-cholangitis
#6
Cindy Chang, Ana Lleo, Anchasa Kananurak, Fabio Grizzi, Koichi Tsuneyama, Pietro Invernizzi, Charles L Bevins, Christopher L Bowlus
OBJECTIVES: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the bile ducts frequently associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), suggesting an important role for the gut-liver axis. Defensins are small (3.5-4.5 kDa) anti-microbial peptides that contribute to innate immunity at mucosal surfaces and have been implicated in IBD. The aim of this study was to investigate copy number variation of the gene (DEFB4) encoding human β-defensin 2 (HBD2) and protein expression of HBD2 in PSC...
March 16, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296382/human-%C3%AE-defensin-6-a-small-peptide-that-self-assembles-and-protects-the-host-by-entangling-microbes
#7
Phoom Chairatana, Elizabeth M Nolan
Human α-defensin 6 (HD6) is a 32-residue cysteine-rich peptide that contributes to innate immunity by protecting the host at mucosal sites. This peptide is produced in small intestinal Paneth cells, stored as an 81-residue precursor peptide named proHD6 in granules, and released into the lumen. One unusual feature of HD6 is that it lacks the broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity observed for other human α-defensins, including the Paneth cell peptide human α-defensin 5 (HD5). HD6 exhibits unprecedented self-assembly properties, which confer an unusual host-defense function...
March 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295702/effect-of-steroid-hormones-on-the-innate-immune-response-induced-by-staphylococcus-aureus-in-the-goat-mammary-gland
#8
K Kuwahara, Y Yoshimura, N Isobe
The objective of this study was to compare the dynamics of innate immune components after intramammary infusion of Staphylococcus aureus (SA) under conditions of high oestrogen and high progesterone in goats. In one group ("E-group"), controlled internal drug release (CIDR) devices were inserted intravaginally from days -11 to -4. Prostaglandin F2α was administered immediately after removal of the CIDR device at day -3, and then oestradiol benzoate (E) was injected intramuscularly once a day from days -2 to 3...
March 12, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294607/molecular-environment-modulates-conformational-differences-between-crystal-and-solution-states-of-human-beta-defensin-2
#9
Jianguo Li, Zhongqiao Hu, Roger W Beuerman, Chandra S Verma
Human beta defensin 2 is a cysteine-rich antimicrobial peptide. In the crystal state, the N-terminal segment (residue 1-11) exhibits a helical conformation. However, a truncated form, with 4 amino acids removed from the N-terminus, adopts non-helical conformations in solution, as shown by NMR. To explore the molecular origins of these different conformations, we performed Hamiltonian replica exchange molecular dynamics simulations of the peptide in solution and in the crystal state. It is found that backbone hydration and specific protein-protein interactions are key parameters that determine the peptide conformation...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294428/probiotics-and-antimicrobial-protein-and-peptide-levels-in-preterm-infants
#10
Tobias Strunk, Julie Hibbert, Dorota Doherty, Caitlyn Granland, Stephanie Trend, Karen Simmer, David Burgner, Sanjay Patole, Andrew Currie
AIM: To characterise the secreted and inducible antimicrobial protein and peptide (APP) levels in a prospective cohort of preterm infants (<30 weeks gestational age) with or without Bifidobacterium breve M16V supplementation during the first month of life. METHODS: We analysed serial biosamples of infants who did (n=13) or did not receive (n=62) B. breve (3×10(9) cfu/day). Peripheral blood was obtained on days 1, 14 and 28, and infant stool prior to commencement of probiotic supplementation and on day 21...
March 12, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286291/human-%C3%AE-defensin-2-and-interleukin-1%C3%AE-expression-in-response-to-porphyromonas-gingivalis-challenge-in-mice-transplanted-with-periodontitic-human-gingiva
#11
Tomoko Shimizu, Masahiro To, Yohei Kamata, Juri Saruta, Takenori Sato, Shinya Fuchida, Nobushiro Hamada, Keiichi Tsukinoki
Inter-individual variability in the host response contributes significantly to expression of periodontal disease. Thus, research into the human host response is considered important in the analysis of periodontal disease. Human β-defensin-2 (hBD-2) is typically produced by epithelial tissues after stimulation with microorganisms and inflammatory mediators, and it contributes to the initial defense in the innate immune response. However, hBD-2 expression in response to infection has not been investigated in human gingival tissue with periodontitis...
March 9, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279791/methionine-hydroxy-analogue-improves-intestinal-immunological-and-physical-barrier-function-in-young-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
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Fei-Yu Pan, Pei Wu, Lin Feng, Wei-Dan Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Yang Liu
This study was conducted to test the hypothesis that methionine hydroxy analogue (MHA) enhances the defense against enteritis occurrence via improving intestinal barrier function in fish. After 630 young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) (259.70 ± 0.47 g) fed six graded levels of MHA (0, 2.4, 4.4, 6.4, 8.5 and 10.5 g/kg diet) and one dl-methionine group (6.4 g/kg diet) for 8 weeks. At the end of feeding trial, 15 fish from each treatment were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila for 14 days. The results indicated that optimal MHA enhanced the capacity of fish against enteritis emergence, which might be related to the positive effects of MHA on intestinal immunological and physical barrier function in fish...
March 6, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278280/natural-antimicrobial-peptide-complexes-in-the-fighting-of-antibiotic-resistant-biofilms-calliphora-vicina-medicinal-maggots
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Natalia Gordya, Andrey Yakovlev, Anastasia Kruglikova, Dmitry Tulin, Evdokia Potolitsina, Tatyana Suborova, Domenico Bordo, Camillo Rosano, Sergey Chernysh
Biofilms, sedimented microbial communities embedded in a biopolymer matrix cause vast majority of human bacterial infections and many severe complications such as chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer. Biofilms' resistance to the host immunity and antibiotics makes this kind of infection particularly intractable. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a ubiquitous facet of innate immunity in animals. However, AMPs activity was studied mainly on planktonic bacteria and little is known about their effects on biofilms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272373/%C3%AE-defensins-in-the-fight-against-helicobacter-pylori
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REVIEW
Raffaela Pero, Lorena Coretti, Ersilia Nigro, Francesca Lembo, Sonia Laneri, Barbara Lombardo, Aurora Daniele, Olga Scudiero
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) play a pivotal role in the innate immune responses to Helicobacter pylori (Hp) in humans. β-Defensins, a class of cationic arginine-rich AMPs, are small peptides secreted by immune cells and epithelial cells that exert antimicrobial activity against a broad spectrum of microorganisms, including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and fungi. During Hp infections, AMP expression is able to eradicate the bacteria, thereby preventing Hp infections in gastrointestinal tract. It is likely that gastric β-defensins expression is increased during Hp infection...
March 7, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270138/hepatocytes-express-the-antimicrobial-peptide-hbd-2-after-multiple-trauma-an-experimental-study-in-human-and-mice
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Stefanie Fitschen-Oestern, Matthias Weuster, Sebastian Lippross, Peter Behrendt, Sabine Fuchs, Thomas Pufe, Mersedeh Tohidnezhad, Andreas Bayer, Andreas Seekamp, Deike Varoga, Tim Klüter
BACKGROUND: Human-beta defensins (HBD) belong to the family of acute phase peptides and hold a broad antimicrobial spectrum that includes gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. HBD are up-regulated after severe injuries but the source of posttraumatic HBD expression has not been focused on before. In the current study we analysed the role of liver tissue in expression of HBD after multiple trauma in human and mice. METHODS: HBD-2 expression has been detected in plasma samples of 32 multiple trauma patients (ISS > 16) over 14 days after trauma by ELISA...
March 7, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254619/20-hydroxyecdysone-activates-pgrp-sa-mediated-immune-response-in-locusta-migratoria
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Pengfei Han, Jiao Han, Jiqiao Fan, Min Zhang, Enbo Ma, Sheng Li, Renjun Fan, Jianzhen Zhang
20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) has been implicated in regulating the immune response in insects. Conflicting conclusions on 20E regulating immunity have been reported in model holometabolous species. However, in hemimetabolous insects, the role of 20E as an immune-suppressor or activator and the mechanism remains unclear. The migratory locust Locusta migratoria is a representative member of hemimetabolous insects. Here, digital gene expression (DGE) profiles of Locusta migratoria treated with 20E were analyzed. Pattern recognition receptors [peptidoglycan recognition protein (PGRP-SA), PGRP-LE, and gram-negative binding protein (GNBP3)] and antimicrobial peptides (defensin, diptericin, and i-type lysozyme) were significantly induced by 20E in fat body...
February 27, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253319/early-type-i-interferon-response-induces-upregulation-of-human-%C3%AE-defensin-1-during-acute-hiv-1-infection
#17
Björn Corleis, Antonella C Lisanti, Christian Körner, Abigail E Schiff, Eric S Rosenberg, Todd M Allen, Marcus Altfeld, Douglas S Kwon
HIV-1 is able to evade innate antiviral responses during acute infection to establish a chronic systemic infection which, in the absence of antiretroviral therapy (ART), typically progresses to severe immunodeficiency. Understanding these early innate immune responses against HIV-1 and their mechanisms of failure is relevant to the development of interventions to better prevent HIV-1 transmission. Human beta defensins (HBDs) are antibacterial peptides but have recently also been associated with control of viral replication...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246439/the-interplay-between-defensins-and-microbiota-in-crohn-s-disease
#18
REVIEW
Lorena Coretti, Alessandro Natale, Mariella Cuomo, Ermanno Florio, Simona Keller, Francesca Lembo, Lorenzo Chiariotti, Raffaela Pero
Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, characterized by periods of acute recurrence and remission. Depending on the specific region affected, CD is classified as ileal CD or colonic CD. It is largely accepted that the intestinal microbiota is involved in the onset of the pathology. Indeed, a reduced immune tolerance to components of the intestinal commensal microbiota and inflammation of the intestinal barrier typifies patients with CD. Several studies have shown defective expression of intestinal antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in patients with CD compared to controls, particularly defensins...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243953/the-role-of-biomarkers-for-the-diagnosis-of-implant-related-infections-in-orthopaedics-and-trauma
#19
Abtin Alvand, Maryam Rezapoor, Javad Parvizi
Diagnosis of implant-related (periprosthetic joint) infections poses a major challenge to infection disease physicians and orthopaedic surgeons. Conventional diagnostic tests continue to suffer from issues of accuracy and feasibility. Biomarkers are used throughout medicine for diagnostic and prognostic purposes, as they are able to objectively determine the presence of a disease or a biological state. There is increasing evidence to support the measurement of specific biomarkers in serum and/or synovial fluid of patients with suspected periprosthetic joint infections...
February 28, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241012/cytokines-and-microbicidal-molecules-regulated-by-il-32-in-thp-1-derived-human-macrophages-infected-with-new-world-leishmania-species
#20
Jéssica Cristina Dos Santos, Bas Heinhuis, Rodrigo Saar Gomes, Michelle S M A Damen, Fernando Real, Renato A Mortara, Samuel T Keating, Charles A Dinarello, Leo A B Joosten, Fátima Ribeiro-Dias
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-32 (IL-32) is expressed in lesions of patients with American Tegumentary Leishmaniasis (ATL), but its precise role in the disease remains unknown. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In the present study, silencing and overexpression of IL-32 was performed in THP-1-derived macrophages infected with Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis or L. (Leishmania) amazonensis to investigate the role of IL-32 in infection. We report that Leishmania species induces IL-32γ, and show that intracellular IL-32γ protein production is dependent on endogenous TNFα...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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