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Fang Xiao, Guo Ai, Weiming Yan, Xiaoyang Wan, Xiaoping Luo, Qin Ning
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic autoimmune disease with the primary focus on autoreactive Th1-mediated response and cytotoxic T cells reaction. The contribution of natural killer cells (NK cells) to AIH remains poorly understood. In this project, we revealed that the frequency of peripheral NK cells, more accurately CD56dim NK subset, was reduced in AIH patients. The reduction of CD56dim NK was negatively correlated with disease progression. In experimental autoimmune hepatitis (EAH), hepatic accumulation of NK cells is observed along with a decrease of NK cells in the periphery...
December 21, 2017: Cellular Immunology
Parisa Khodabandeh Shahraki, Yasmin Zare, Negar Azarpira, Massood Hosseinzadeh, Shirin Farjadian
BACKGROUND: Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G is a nonclassical HLA class I molecule with modulatory effects on NK and T cells. Because HLA-G expression is frequently detected in different solid tumors, it may be involved in tumor immune evasion. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to elucidate the prognostic value of HLA-G in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PADC). The influence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection on HLA-G expression was also evaluated in patients with HCC...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
Nicolle H R Litjens, Lotte van der Wagen, Jurgen Kuball, Jaap Kwekkeboom
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection can cause significant complications after transplantation, but recent emerging data suggest that CMV may paradoxically also exert beneficial effects in two specific allogeneic transplant settings. These potential benefits have been underappreciated and are therefore highlighted in this review. First, after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) using T-cell and natural killer (NK) cell-replete grafts, CMV reactivation is associated with protection from leukemic relapse...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Wen-Han Yu, Cormac Cosgrove, Christoph T Berger, Patrick C Cheney, Marina Krykbaeva, Arthur Y Kim, Lia Lewis-Ximenez, Georg M Lauer, Galit Alter
Background: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) affects up to 400 million people worldwide and accounts for approximately one million deaths per year from liver pathologies. Current treatment regimens are effective in suppressing viremia but usually have to be taken indefinitely, warranting research into new therapeutic approaches. Acute HBV infection in adults almost universally results in resolution of viremia, with the exception of immunocompromised persons, suggesting that the immune response can functionally cure or even eradicate HBV infection...
2018: Pathogens & Immunity
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
Brittany P Lassiter, Siqi Guo, Stephen J Beebe
Nano-pulse stimulation (NPS), previously called nsPEFs, induced a vaccine-like effect after ablation of orthotopic N1-S1 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), protecting rats from subsequent challenges with N1-S1 cells. To determine immunity, immune cell phenotypes were analyzed in naïve, treated and protected rats. NPS provides a positive, post-ablation immuno-therapeutic outcome by alleviating immunosuppressive T regulatory cells (Treg) in the tumor microenvironment (TME), allowing dendritic cell influx and inducing dynamic changes in natural killer cells (NKs), NKT-cells and T-lymphocytes in blood, spleen and liver...
March 13, 2018: Cancers
Jan Miechowiecki, Waltraud Stainer, Gertraud Wallner, Herwig Tuppy, Walter Aichinger, Wolfgang Prammer, Andreas Kirchgatterer
INTRODUCTION:  Immunosuppressive therapy is today's standard treatment of patients with moderate to severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The risk for opportunistic infections is increased due to this therapy and is a concern in the management of patient with IBD undergoing such a treatment. CASE REPORT:  In this paper, we describe a case of an acute cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in a 35-year-old male patient with Crohn's disease being in remission while receiving azathioprine therapy...
March 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Soraya Aroonvilairat, Chanthana Tangjarukij, Thiwaree Sornprachum, Papada Chaisuriya, Taweeratana Siwadune, Kavi Ratanabanangkoon
Most Thai orchid farmers heavily used pesticide mixtures, and were shown to have various hematologic/immunologic alterations. The present study investigated the effect of exposure of male Wistar rats to a mixture of three pesticides (chlorpyrifos, cypermethrin and captan) that are most often used by the farmers. Three groups of 10 rats were dermally exposed to three different doses (high, middle and low) for 28 consecutive days. The rats showed significant changes in body, liver, kidneys and adrenals weights...
March 2, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Johnny Amer, Ahmad Salhab, Sarit Doron, Gilles Morali, Rifaat Safadi
Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are a central fibrogenic cell type that contributes to collagen accumulation during chronic liver disease. Peripheral blood lymphocytes from HCV patients are phagocytized by HSCs and induce their differentiation. This study aimed to characterize HSCs differentiation using a flow cytometry tool for fibrosis scoring. NK cells from healthy donors and from patients with chronic HCV with various severities of fibrosis were co-cultured with a human HSC line (LX2). LX2 phagocytosis of NK cells were stained for NK cells (CD45/CD56/CD3) and NK activation marker (CD107a) as well as INF-γ, apoptosis (Annexin-V) and α-smooth-muscle-actin (αSMA, as a marker of LX2 activation)...
March 8, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Rachel P Frawley, Matthew Smith, Mark F Cesta, Schantel Hayes-Bouknight, Chad Blystone, Grace E Kissling, Shawn Harris, Dori Germolec
Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemically and thermally stable, hydrophobic, lipophobic compounds used in stain repellants and water and oil surfactants, and associated with immunosuppression and peroxisome proliferator activity. Perfluoro-n-decanoic acid (PFDA, (CF3 (CF2 )8 COOH), a fluorinated straight chain fatty acid compound, is reported to induce thymic atrophy and reversible bone marrow hypocellularity in rodent models. The objective of this study was to assess potential immunotoxicity of PFDA, due to its structural similarity to other immunosuppressive PFASs...
December 2018: Journal of Immunotoxicology
Johnny Amer, Ahmad Salhab, Mazen Noureddin, Sarit Doron, Lina Abu-Tair, Rami Ghantous, Mahmud Mahamid, Rifaat Safadi
Insulin resistance is a key risk factor in the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and may lead to liver fibrosis. Natural killer (NK) cells are thought to exert an antifibrotic effect through their killing of activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Here, we investigated how the interplay between NK cells and HSCs are modified by insulin resistance in NAFLD. Fresh peripheral blood NK cells (clusters of differentiation [CD]56dim , CD16+ ) were collected from 22 healthy adults and 72 patients with NAFLD not currently taking any medications and without signs of metabolic syndrome...
March 2018: Hepatology Communications
Myoungsoo Lee, Yongsung Lee, Jihye Song, Junhyung Lee, Sun-Young Chang
Chemokine (C-X3-C motif) ligand 1 (CX3 CL1, also known as fractalkine) and its receptor chemokine (C-X3-C motif) receptor 1 (CX3 CR1) are widely expressed in immune cells and non-immune cells throughout organisms. However, their expression is mostly cell type-specific in each tissue. CX3 CR1 expression can be found in monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, T cells, and natural killer (NK) cells. Interaction between CX3 CL1 and CX3 CR1 can mediate chemotaxis of immune cells according to concentration gradient of ligands...
February 2018: Immune Network
Marina Gazdic, Bojana Simovic Markovic, Aleksandar Arsenijevic, Nemanja Jovicic, Aleksandar Acovic, C Randall Harrell, Crissy Fellabaum, Valentin Djonov, Nebojsa Arsenijevic, Miodrag L Lukic, Vladislav Volarevic
One of the therapeutic options for the treatment of fulminant hepatitis is re-population of intrahepatic regulatory cells since their pool is significantly reduced during acute liver failure. Although it is known that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which have beneficent effects in the therapy of fulminant hepatitis, may promote expansion of T regulatory cells (Tregs) and B regulatory cells (Bregs), the role of these regulatory cells in MSC-mediated attenuation of acute liver injury is unknown. Herewith, we described the molecular mechanisms involved in the crosstalk between MSCs and liver regulatory cells and analyzed the potential of MSC-based therapy for the expansion of intrahepatic regulatory cells in mouse model of acute liver failure...
March 3, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Aglaia Domouchtsidou, Vahé Barsegian, Stefan P Mueller, Jan Best, Judith Ertle, Sotiria Bedreli, Peter A Horn, Andreas Bockisch, Monika Lindemann
The purpose of our study was to assess the immune function of patients with inoperable hepatic malignancies after treatment with selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) and to identify possible correlations with clinical parameters. In 25 patients receiving SIRT lymphocyte proliferation and the production of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines (interferon-γ and interleukin-10) after stimulation with mitogens and microbial antigens were tested prior to therapy, directly after therapy (day 1) and at day 2, 7 and 28 post therapy using the lymphocyte transformation test and enzyme-linked immunospot assays...
March 2, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Susanna S Ng, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Fabian de Labastida Rivera, Fiona H Amante, Rajiv Kumar, Yulong Gao, Meru Sheel, Lynette Beattie, Marcela Montes de Oca, Camille Guillerey, Chelsea L Edwards, Rebecca J Faleiro, Teija Frame, Patrick T Bunn, Eric Vivier, Dale I Godfrey, Daniel G Pellicci, J Alejandro Lopez, Katherine T Andrews, Nicholas D Huntington, Mark J Smyth, James McCarthy, Christian R Engwerda
Objectives: Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) share many characteristics with CD4+ T cells, and group 1 ILCs share a requirement for T-bet and the ability to produce IFNγ with T helper 1 (Th1) cells. Given this similarity, and the importance of Th1 cells for protection against intracellular protozoan parasites, we aimed to characterise the role of group 1 ILCs during Plasmodium infection. Methods: We quantified group 1 ILCs in peripheral blood collected from subjects infected with with Plasmodium falciparum 3D7 as part of a controlled human malaria infection study, and in the liver and spleens of Pc AS-infected mice...
2018: Clinical & Translational Immunology
Christine L Zimmer, Franziska Rinker, Christoph Höner Zu Siederdissen, Michael P Manns, Heiner Wedemeyer, Markus Cornberg, Niklas K Björkström
Background: Treatment with nucleos(t)ide analogues (NA) efficiently suppress HBV DNA but rarely leads to functional cure of chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Following NA cessation, a fraction of HBeAg-negative CHB-patients experience HBsAg loss. Cellular immune responses, including those by natural killer cells, innate lymphocytes known to respond in CHB, explaining the virological events transpiring following NA treatment cessation remain elusive. Methods: In a single-center prospective trial, 15 HBeAg-negative CHB-patients on long-term NA treatment underwent structured NA cessation and were studied longitudinally...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Eszter Pakai, Valeria Tekus, Csaba Zsiboras, Zoltan Rumbus, Emoke Olah, Patrik Keringer, Nora Khidhir, Robert Matics, Laszlo Deres, Katalin Ordog, Nikolett Szentes, Krisztina Pohoczky, Agnes Kemeny, Peter Hegyi, Erika Pinter, Andras Garami
Neurokinin (NK) signaling is involved in various inflammatory processes. A common manifestation of systemic inflammation is fever, which is usually induced in animal models with the administration of bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS). A role for the NK1 receptor was shown in LPS-induced fever, but the underlying mechanisms of how the NK1 receptor contributes to febrile response, especially in the early phase, have remained unknown. We administered LPS (120 µg/kg, intraperitoneally) to mice with the Tacr1 gene, i...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Ahmed F Elsaid, Magda Shaheen, Mamdooh Ghoneum
Aging is associated with a decline in natural killer (NK) and natural killer T (NKT) cell function that may contribute to increased susceptibility to malignancy and infection. A preliminary investigation was conducted examining the hypothesis that arabinoxylan rice bran (Biobran/MGN-3), a denatured hemicellulose with known immunomodulatory activity, could counteract this decline in NK/NKT cell activity in geriatrics. A total of 12 healthy geriatric subjects of both sexes and over 56 years old, participated in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
F Mori, C Angelucci, A Cianferoni, S Barni, G Indolfi, A Casini, G Mangone, M Materassi, N Pucci, C Azzari, E Novembre
BACKGROUND: Transplantation-acquired food allergies (TAFA) are frequently reported and considered to be caused by immunosuppressive therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the allergic and immunologic responses in children who had liver or kidney transplantations. METHODS: Twelve children receiving liver transplantations and 10 children receiving kidney transplantations were investigated. All children underwent the allergy work-up and in most of them, lymphocyte screening and serum cytokine measurements were also performed...
February 15, 2018: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
Hiroyuki Mori, Kei Ebisawa, Mitsushige Nishimura, Kenji Kanazawa
Extranodal natural killer (NK)/T cell lymphoma, nasal type is a condition that has poor prognosis. Accurate diagnosis of lymphoma is made by pathological findings. We report a case of extranodal NK/T cell lymphoma, nasal type affecting the lung and liver and which was difficult to diagnose because of negative biopsy results from multiple sites. A 39-year-old man who had dry cough and fever for 1 month was referred to our hospital. He had pancytopenia and elevated serum levels of lactate dehydrogenase and soluble interleukin-2 receptor...
February 17, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
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