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Gustavo Heluani Antunes de Mesquita, Yuri Justi Jardim, Leandro Ryuchi Iuamoto, Fabio Yuji Suguita, Felipe Futema Essu, Lucas Torres Oliveira, Alberto Meyer, Alessandra Crescenzi, Vinícius Rocha-Santos, Flavio H F Galvão, Wellington Andraus, Eleazar Chaib, Luiz Augusto Carneiro D'Albuquerque
Background: Islets of Langerhans transplantation is a promising alternative for glycemic control in patients with type 1 diabetes. The graft site is a factor that has large impact on the functioning of this transplant, and the stomach appears to be a promising location. Our objective is to describe a new experimental model for the grafting of Islets of Langerhans in rat stomachs. Methodology: Islets of Langerhans were extracted from 45 isogenic male rats of the Lewis lineage and transplanted into 9 isogenic rats of the Wistar lineage; 5 in the gastric body submucosa, and 4 in the gastric fundus submucosa...
April 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Shinsaku Imashuku, Miyako Kobayashi, Yoichi Nishii, Keisuke Nishimura
Diagnosis and treatment of Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) in elderly patients are often difficult. We report here a 61-year-old female suffering from a refractory axillary ulcer for nearly a year, whose biopsy revealed LCH. It was also noted that the patient had other cutaneous papulovesicular eruptions of LCH as well as central diabetes insipidus. The patient was first successfully treated with multiagent chemotherapy (cytosine arabinoside/vinblastine/prednisolone). DDAVP also well controlled diabetes insipidus; however, the axillary ulcer and cutaneous LCH relapsed...
2018: Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine
Tingting Zheng, Weiheng Zhao, Hongjin Li, Shuxiu Xiao, Ran Hu, Miaomiao Han, Heng Liu, Yeqiang Liu, Kinya Otsu, Xinguang Liu, Gonghua Huang
Dendritic cells (DCs) contribute to psoriasis pathogenesis. In a mouse model of imiquimod-induced psoriasiform skin inflammation, we found that p38α activity in Langerhans cells (LCs), a skin-resident subset of DCs, promoted the generation of T cells that produce IL-17, a proinflammatory cytokine that is implicated in autoimmune disease. Deletion of p38α in LCs, but not in other skin or circulating DC subsets or T cells, decreased T cell-mediated psoriasiform skin inflammation in mice. The activity of p38α in LCs specifically promoted IL-17 production from γδ and CD4+ T cells by increasing the abundance of IL-23 and IL-6, two cytokines that stimulate IL-17 secretion...
March 13, 2018: Science Signaling
Gabriela Da Silva Xavier
Islets of Langerhans are islands of endocrine cells scattered throughout the pancreas. A number of new studies have pointed to the potential for conversion of non-β islet cells in to insulin-producing β-cells to replenish β-cell mass as a means to treat diabetes. Understanding normal islet cell mass and function is important to help advance such treatment modalities: what should be the target islet/β-cell mass, does islet architecture matter to energy homeostasis, and what may happen if we lose a particular population of islet cells in favour of β-cells? These are all questions to which we will need answers for islet replacement therapy by transdifferentiation of non-β islet cells to be a reality in humans...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
H J Huang, X Y Chen, Z Y Zheng
Objective: To investigate the clinicopathological features, differential diagnosis, and genetic alteration of Langerhans cell sarcoma (LCS). Methods: Four cases of LCS were collected from Fujian Provincial Hospital and Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command of PLA from July 2013 to January 2017. Clinicopathological features and immunophenotype were retrospectively reviewed in four LCS cases combined with genetic mutation analysis of BRAF and ALK. Results: Four cases included 2 women and 2 men with ages from 42 to 79 years (median=59...
March 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Tandra R Chakraborty, Victoria Gomez, Debasis Adhikari, Sanjoy Chakraborty
OBJECTIVE: To determine the hormonal changes that occur as a result of the long-term intake of a very-high-fat diet (VHFD) that leads to simultaneous changes in the islets of Langerhans and adipocyte cell size. METHODS: Male mice were fed with a normal chow diet (ND, n = 15) and a VHFD (n = 30) for 2, 12, and 24 weeks. Body weight, food intake, caloric intake (fat [saturated and unsaturated], protein, and carbohydrate), hormone levels (leptin and insulin), and islet of Langerhans/adipocyte size were quantitatively recorded...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
José Manuel Fernández Armenteros, Nuria Arco Huguet, Veronica Sanmartin Novell, Felip Vilardell Villellas, Ana Velasco Sanchez, Elisa Martró Català, Rosa Maria Martí Laborda, Xavier Soria Gili
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a disorder characterized by accumulation of Langerhans-like cells in one or various organs. A correct staging work-up is essential since there are multiorgan presentations with a poor prognosis. We report three patients with LCH skin lesions mimicking molluscum contagiosum in association with both high and low risk organ involvement. This peculiar cutaneous presentation can be a clue for the diagnosis of LCH, a disease with potentially severe systemic involvement.
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Benjamin H Durham
The systemic histiocytoses encompass a clinically heterogeneous group of disorders leading to tissue damage secondary to the accumulation and infiltration of pathological cells thought to be derived from the dendritic or monocytic lineages with accompanying inflammation. For decades, whether or not the histiocytoses were inflammatory or neoplastic disorders was unclear, and their cellular origins have long been obscure and heavily debated. However, the rise of the molecular era led to the discovery of recurrent BRAFV600E mutations in approximately 50% of patients with Langerhans cell and non-Langerhans cell histiocytoses, which provided the first convincing evidence that these are indeed histiocytic neoplasms...
March 8, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Liv Eidsmo, Elisa Martini
Psoriasis is a common skin disease that presents with well-demarcated patches of inflammation. Recurrent disease in fixed areas of the skin indicates a localized disease memory that is preserved in resolved lesions. In line with such concept, the involvement of tissue-resident immune cells in psoriasis pathology is increasingly appreciated. Langerhans cells (LCs) are perfectly placed to steer resident T cells and local tissue responses in psoriasis. Here, we present an overview of the current knowledge of LCs in human psoriasis, including findings that highlight pro-inflammatory features of LCs in psoriasis lesions...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
JiaLi Xu, YaDong Feng, GuoXin Song, QiXing Gong, Li Yin, YingYing Hu, Dan Luo, ZhiQiang Yin
Background: Topical calcineurin inhibitors including tacrolimus and pimecrolimus are used in the treatment of many inflammatory skin diseases mainly via blocking T-cell proliferation. Our previous studies found that pimecrolimus 1% cream could reverse high-dose ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation-induced epidermal Langerhans cell (LC) reduction via inhibition of LC migration. We conducted this study to investigate the effects of topical tacrolimus 0.03% ointment on high-dose UVB-irradiated human epidermal LCs. Methods: Twenty fresh human foreskin tissues were randomly divided into four groups as follows: Control , Tacrolimus (0...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Pedro Santos E Sousa, Séverine Ciré, Thomas Conlan, Laura Jardine, Claire Tkacz, Ivana R Ferrer, Cara Lomas, Sophie Ward, Heather West, Simone Dertschnig, Sven Blobner, Terry K Means, Stephen Henderson, Daniel H Kaplan, Matthew Collin, Vincent Plagnol, Clare L Bennett, Ronjon Chakraverty
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation induced by the influx of donor-derived effector T cells (TE) into peripheral tissues. Current treatment strategies rely on targeting systemic T cells; however, the precise location and nature of instructions that program TE to become pathogenic and trigger injury are unknown. We therefore used weighted gene coexpression network analysis to construct an unbiased spatial map of TE differentiation during the evolution of GVHD and identified wide variation in effector programs in mice and humans according to location...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Ifeyinwa E Obiorah, Alicia Henao Velasquez, Bhaskar Kallakury, Metin Özdemirli
BACKGROUND: Langerhans cell histiocytosis is characterized by abnormal proliferation of neoplastic Langerhans cells. Langerhans cell histiocytosis commonly affects the pediatric population and presentation in adults remain a rare event. The presentation of langerhans cell histiocytosis is highly variable but skin, bone and lung involvement are very common. Langerhans cell histiocytosis presenting as a bile duct mass is rare and usually occurs as part of a multi-organ system disease. CASE REPORT: We present a case of langerhans cell histiocytosis confined to the extrahepatic bile duct in a 62-year-old female with sclerosing cholangitis...
March 8, 2018: Balkan Medical Journal
Gaurav Narula, Nirmalaya D Pradhan, Brijesh Arora, Sripad D Banavali
BACKGROUND: Involvement of risk-organs (RO+) in Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) and inadequate early response identifies patients at high risk for relapse and mortality requiring intensive salvage therapy including stem cell transplant, adding cost and toxicity. To mitigate this, we used a standard induction, augmented with metronomic etoposide, and prolonged maintenance-similarly augmented for RO+, and retrospectively analyzed its impact. PROCEDURE: LCH patients from 2009 through 2014 were included...
March 7, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Lauren A Dalvin, Diva R Salomão, Sanjay V Patel
AIM: To determine population-based incidence of conjunctival tumours in Olmsted County, Minnesota. METHODS: The Rochester Epidemiology Project medical record linkage system was used to identify patients with conjunctival tumours in Olmsted County (1 January 1980 to 31 December 2015). Records were reviewed for demographics, types of tumours, histopathology, treatment and clinical course. Incidence rate of all tumours was calculated per 1 000 000 person-years. Poisson regression analysis was used to assess changes in incidence over time...
March 6, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Eva K B Pfannes, Lina Weiss, Sabrina Hadam, Jessica Gonnet, Béhazine Combardière, Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, Annika Vogt
The success of topically applied treatments on skin relies on the efficacy of skin penetration. In order to increase particle or product penetration, mild skin barrier disruption methods can be used. We previously described cyanoacrylate skin surface stripping as an efficient method to open hair follicles, enhance particle penetration, and activate Langerhans cells. We conducted ex vivo and in vivo measurements on human skin to characterize the biological effect and quantify barrier disruption-related inflammation on a molecular level...
March 7, 2018: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
Amir M Abdelhamid, Rania Ramadan Abdelaziz, Hatem A Salem
Type I diabetes (TID) is generally assumed to be caused by an immune associated, if not directly immune-mediated, destruction of pancreatic β-cells. In patients with long-term diabetes, the pancreas lacks insulin-producing cells and the residual β-cells are unable to regenerate. Patients with TID are subjected to a lifelong insulin therapy which shows risks of hypoglycemia, suboptimal control and ketosis. In this study, we investigated the potential role of Vildagliptin (Vilda) alone or in combination with Pioglitazone (Pio), as treatment regimens for TID using Streptozotocin (STZ) induced TID model in rats...
March 6, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Pooja Tajpara, Christopher Schuster, Elisabeth Schön, Philip Kienzl, Martin Vierhapper, Michael Mildner, Adelheid Elbe-Bürger
Together with keratinocytes (KCs) and the dense network of Langerhans cells (LCs), the epidermis is an ideal portal for vaccine delivery. Pattern recognition receptor agonists, in particular polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid [p(I:C)], are promising adjuvant candidates for therapeutic vaccination to generate protective T-cell immunity. Here we established an ex vivo skin explant model to study the expression and activation of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)-sensing pattern recognition receptors in LCs and KCs in human skin...
March 6, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Marie E Oskarsson, Erik Hermansson, Ye Wang, Nils Welsh, Jenny Presto, Jan Johansson, Gunilla T Westermark
Aggregation of islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP) into amyloid fibrils in islets of Langerhans is associated with type 2 diabetes, and formation of toxic IAPP species is believed to contribute to the loss of insulin-producing beta cells. The BRICHOS domain of integral membrane protein 2B (Bri2), a transmembrane protein expressed in several peripheral tissues and in the brain, has recently been shown to prevent fibril formation and toxicity of Aβ42, an amyloid-forming peptide in Alzheimer disease. In this study, we demonstrate expression of Bri2 in human islets and in the human beta-cell line EndoC-βH1...
March 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
XiangYu Xu, SongBo Han, Liang Jiang, ShaoMin Yang, XiaoGuang Liu, HuiShu Yuan, Feng Wei, FengLiang Wu, Lei Dang, Hua Zhou, Hua Zhang, ZhongJun Liu
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) of the spine is a relatively rare condition with unknown etiology. The diagnosis and treatment protocols for spine LCH remain controversial. PURPOSE: In this study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of our proposed diagnosis and treatment protocol introduced in 2009. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective study. PATIENT SAMPLE: One hundred and ten patients with spine LCH who had been diagnosed and treated in our hospital from October 1997 to November 2015 were included in this study...
March 2, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Omar Hariri, Seckin Ulualp, Ron B Mitchell
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January 2018: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
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