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Yutaka Sugi, Kyoko Takahashi, Kenta Kurihara, Kou Nakano, Tetsuro Kobayakawa, Kazuaki Nakata, Masato Tsuda, Shigemasa Hanazawa, Akira Hosono, Shuichi Kaminogawa
α-Defensin 5 is important to both maintenance of a gut microbiota and host immunity. While previous reports have shown that gut bacteria are able to upregulate α-defensin 5 through Toll-like receptor signaling, we demonstrate here that α-defensin 5 expression can also be regulated by microbial metabolites. Among these, lactate appeared to significantly suppress α-defensin 5 gene transcription. Actually, fractions of <3 kD compounds obtained from the ceca of SPF mice were suppressed α-defensin 5 gene transcription at specific concentrations...
October 20, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Qianqian Xu, Yuqiu Chen, Wenjun Zhao, Tingting Zhang, Chenggang Liu, Tianming Qi, Zongxi Han, Yuhao Shao, Deying Ma, Shengwang Liu
Newcastle disease (ND), caused by virulent strains of Newcastle disease virus (NDV), is a highly contagious disease of birds that is responsible for heavy economic losses for the poultry industry worldwide. However, little is known about host-virus interactions in waterfowl, goose. In this study, we aim to characterize the host immune response in goose, based on the previous reports on the host response to NDV in chickens. Here, we evaluated viral replication and mRNA expression of 27 immune-related genes in 10 tissues of geese challenged with a genotype VIId NDV strain of goose origin (go/CH/LHLJ/1/06)...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Cédric Seignez, Mia Phillipson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review describes the mechanisms by which neutrophils contribute to angiogenesis in hypoxic tissues during different conditions and diseases (e.g., menstrual cycle, wound healing, ischemic diseases, cancers), with particular focus on the recently described proangiogenic neutrophil subpopulation. RECENT FINDINGS: The importance of neutrophils in initiation of angiogenesis has been described during the past decade, and is believed to occur through release of the well-known proangiogenic factors Bv8, vascular endothelial growth factor A, and matrix metalloproteinase 9...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Hematology
Anna V Cherepanova, Zhanna K Nazarkina, Pavel P Laktionov
Oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) analogues of cell-surface-bound circulating DNA inhibit the dsRNA-induced production of pro-inflammatory interleukin 6, interferon beta and antibacterial peptide beta-defensin 2 not only in human gingival fibroblasts, but also in human primary endothelial and transformed cells (Hela and A431). ODN analogues do not effect dendritic cells activation by poly(I:C). The data obtained indicate that the early stages of the signal transduction cascade are violated by ODN analogues and the effects depend on the cell type...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Chunyan Shao, Heng Wang, Xiaodu Wang, Sheng Jiang, Jing Sun, Houhui Song, Jianji Li
Endometritis is a common puerperal disease in livestock. Thus, a practical clinical test for the establishment of diagnosis is needed. We developed a goat model for subclinical endometritis diagnosis by examining cytological, ultrastructural features and molecular expression in cervical discharge collected by cervical cytobrush method. A suspension of E. coli was infused into the uterine horn of goats, and cervical discharge, peripheral blood and endomertrial biopsy samples were collected before inoculation and at 3, 6, 12, 24, 72, 120 and 168 hr post-inoculation (pi)...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Mi Ok Lee, Hyun-Jun Jang, Deivendran Rengaraj, Seo-Yeong Yang, Jae Yong Han, Susan J Lamont, James E Womack
BACKGROUND: Host defence peptides are a diverse group of small, cationic peptides and are important elements of the first line of defense against pathogens in animals. Expression and functional analysis of host defense peptides has been evaluated in chicken but there are no direct, comprehensive comparisons with all gene family and individual genes. RESULTS: We examined the expression patterns of all known cathelicidins, β-defensins and NK-lysin in multiple selected tissues from chickens...
October 13, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Rajeev K Mehlotra, Noemi B Hall, Barne Willie, Catherine M Stein, Aaron Weinberg, Peter A Zimmerman, Lance T Vernon
Polymorphisms in toll-like receptor (TLR) and β-defensin (DEFB) genes have been recognized as potential genetic factors that can influence susceptibility to and severity of periodontal diseases (PD). However, data regarding associations between these polymorphisms and PD are still scarce in North American populations, and are not available in HIV+ North American populations. In this exploratory study, we analyzed samples from HIV+ adults (n = 115), who received primary HIV care at 3 local outpatient HIV clinics and were monitored for PD status...
2016: PloS One
Haodi Dong, Yue Lv, Deming Zhao, Paul Barrow, Xiangmei Zhou
Human tuberculosis remains a huge global public health problem with an estimated 1/3rd of the population being infected. Defensins are antibacterial cationic peptides produced by a number of cell types, most notably neutrophil granulocytes and epithelial cells. All three defensin types (α-, β-, and θ-defensins) have antibacterial activities, mainly through bacterial membrane permeabilization. Defensins are effective against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria including mycobacteria and are active both intra- and extracellularly...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Yung-Chie Tan, Cheng-Liang Ang, Mui-Yun Wong, Chai-Ling Ho
Plant defensins are plant defence peptides that have many different biological activities, including antifungal, antimicrobial, and insecticidal activities. A cDNA (EgDFS) encoding defensin was isolated from Elaies guineensis. The open reading frame of EgDFS contained 231 nucleotides encoding a 71-amino acid protein with a predicted molecular weight at 8.69 kDa, and a potential signal peptide. The eight highly conserved cysteine sites in plant defensins were also conserved in EgDFS. The EgDFS sequence lacking 30 amino acid residues at its N-terminus (EgDFSm) was cloned into Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) pLysS and successfully expressed as a soluble recombinant protein...
October 6, 2016: Protein and Peptide Letters
Andrew M White, David J Craik
Macrocyclic peptides are generally more resistant to proteolysis and often have higher potency than linear peptides and so they are excellent leads in drug design. Their study is significant because they offer potential as a new generation of drugs that are potent and specific, and thus might have fewer side effects than traditional small molecule drugs. Areas covered: This article covers macrocyclic drug leads based on nature-derived cyclic peptides as well as synthetic cyclic peptides and close derivatives...
October 10, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Jonas Fredriksson, Viviane S de Paula, Ana Paula Valente, Fabio C L Almeida, Martin Billeter
We demonstrate for the first time a complete small protein characterization with the projection-decomposition approach, including full assignments as well as determination of the 3D fold. In TOCSY- and NOESY-type 4D experiments, pairing of signals from hydrogens and from their respective heavy atoms in decompositions represents a new problem. An approach, referred to as "DIADECOMP" (diagonal decomposition), is introduced to solve this problem; it consists of two separate decompositions of the input projections, differing in a 45° rotation of the spectral axes...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Jakrapun Pupaibool, Eric J Fulnecky, Robert L Swords, William W Sistrunk, Alastair D Haddow
PURPOSE: Periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) continues to be a significant complication after total joint arthroplasty. Diagnosis of PJI can be challenging and elusive in the absence of a gold standard. This purpose of this article is to review the current evidence on the utility of serum and synovial fluid biomarkers to help aid in the diagnosis of PJI with focusing on synovial fluid alpha-defensin. METHODS: Articles and data for this review were identified by searches of PubMed and Ovid MEDLINE up to June 1, 2016...
October 7, 2016: International Orthopaedics
Dan Xu, Bing Zhang, Chongbing Liao, Wei Zhang, Weijia Wang, Ying Chang, Yongping Shao
Human beta-defensin 3 (hBD3), an antimicrobial peptide (AMP) expressed in epithelium in response to various stimulations including human papillomavirus infection, has recently been found to be overexpressed in head and neck cancers and exhibit tumorigenic activities. However, the role of hBD3 in cervical cancer remains to be investigated. In this study, we showed by immunohistochemistry that hBD3 expression was elevated in cervical cancer samples of different stages versus the normal tissue, and was positively correlated with the progression of the disease...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Fernando Narciandi, Cliona O'Farrelly, Alan K Kelly, Sean Fair, Kieran G Meade, Patrick Lonergan
Bovine beta-defensin 126 (BBD126) exhibits preferential expression for the cauda epididymis of males, where it is absorbed onto the tail and post acrosomal region of sperm. The aim of this study was to examine the role of BBD126 in bull sperm function. Fresh and frozen-thawed semen were incubated in the presence of different capacitating agents, as well as with phosphatidylinositol-specific phospholipase C. These treatments, which have been successful in releasing beta-defensin 126 from macaque sperm, proved to be ineffective in bull sperm...
October 5, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Fernando Narciandi, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Ilaina Khairulzaman, Hanne Jahns, Deirdre King, Emma K Finlay, Ken H Mok, Sean Fair, Pat Lonergan, Cliona O'Farrelly, Kieran G Meade
β-Defensins are innate immune molecules, often described as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) because of their bactericidal activity and are now known to have diverse additional functions including in cell signalling, chemoattraction, immunoregulation and reproduction. In humans and primates, β-defensin (BD) 126 has been shown to regulate the ability of sperm to swim through cervical mucus and to protect sperm from attack by the female immune system during transit towards the oviduct. Bovine β-defensin 126 (BBD126) is the ortholog of human defensin 126, and here, computational analysis revealed significant conservation between BBD126 and other mammalian orthologs at the N-terminus, although extensive sequence differences were detected at the C-terminus, implying possible species-specific roles for this β-defensin in reproduction...
October 5, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Maureen C Turina, Robert Landewé, Dominique Baeten
Early diagnosis, monitoring of disease activity, prediction of treatment response, and structural outcome remain major challenges in spondyloarthritis (SpA). Biomarkers could play a role in addressing these challenges, but in SpA there is a lack of suitable biomarkers. Areas covered: As SpA is clinically and pathophysiologically closely related to psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), we reviewed in literature, the value of serum biomarkers in these conditions with the aim to find potential candidates for assessing SpA...
October 5, 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Chen Zhu, Ni-Rong Bao, Shuo Chen, Jian-Ning Zhao
The aim of the study was to investigate the mechanisms of human β-defensin 3 (HBD-3) regulation of the immune response and the lipopolysaccharide/Toll-like receptor-4 (LPS/TLR4)-mediated signaling pathway. A TLR4 extracellular gene fragment was cloned into the pET32a plasmid to determine its expression in Escherichia coli (E. coli) and purification. A dialysis labeling method was used to stain HBD-3 with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC). FITC-HBD-3 was used to induce the differentiation of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (MNC) into immature dendritic cells (imDC) in vitro...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Bingjie Wang, Brian J McHugh, Ayub Qureshi, Dominic J Campopiano, David J Clarke, J Ross Fitzgerald, Julia R Dorin, Richard Weller, Donald J Davidson
Atopic Dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic inflammatory skin disease, resulting in significant morbidity. A hallmark of AD is disruption of the critical barrier function of upper epidermal layers, causatively linked to environmental stimuli, genetics and infection, and a critical current target for the development of new therapeutic and prophylactic interventions. S. aureus is an AD-associated pathogen producing virulence factors which induce skin barrier disruption in vivo and contribute to AD pathogenesis...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Pei Wu, Wei-Dan Jiang, Jun Jiang, Juan Zhao, Yang Liu, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Lin Feng
This study investigated the effects of choline on intestinal mucosal immune and the possible mechanisms in fish by feeding juvenile Jian carp (Cyprinus carpio var. Jian) with graded levels of dietary choline (165-1820 mg/kg diet) for 65 days. The results firstly showed that choline deficiency induced inflammatory infiltration in the proximal intestine (PI), mid intestine (MI) and distal intestine (DI) of fish. Meanwhile, compared with the optimal choline group, choline deficiency decreased the activities of lysozyme and acid phosphatase, contents of complement 3 and IgM in the intestine, downregulated the mRNA levels of antimicrobial peptides (liver-expressed antimicrobial peptide (LEAP) 2A and defensin-3 in the PI and MI, LEAP-2B and hepcidin in the PI, MI and DI), anti-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin (IL) 10 and transforming growth factor β2 in the PI, MI and DI), and signaling molecule IκB in the PI, MI and DI; while upregulated the mRNA levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6a and tumor necrosis factor α in the MI and DI, interferon γ2b in the PI and MI, IL-1β and IL-6b in the PI, MI and DI), and signaling molecules (Toll-like receptor 4 in the MI, myeloid differentiation primary response 88 in the PI and MI, Janus kinase 3 and tyrosine kinase 2 in the MI and DI, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT) 4 and STAT5 in the PI, MI and DI) of juvenile Jian carp, further indicating that choline deficiency caused inflammation and immunity depression in the intestine of fish...
September 28, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Heiko Vogel, Henrike Schmidtberg, Andreas Vilcinskas
The spread of the invasive harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) in Europe is accompanied by the decline of the native and non-invasive two-spotted ladybird (Adalia bipunctata). Here we show that microsporidia carried by H. axyridis can kill A. bipunctata following the oral uptake of spores, suggesting that their horizontal transmission via intraguild predation may help the invader to outcompete its native competitor. The native seven-spotted ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) is thought to be less susceptible both to the spread of H...
September 28, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
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