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Oscar Illescas, Juan C Gomez-Verjan, Lizbeth García-Velázquez, Tzipe Govezensky, Miriam Rodriguez-Sosa
Human macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a cytokine that plays a role in several metabolic and inflammatory processes. Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) -173 G/C (rs755622) on MIF gene has been associated with numerous diseases, such as arthritis and cancer. However, most of the reports concerning the association of MIF with these and other pathologies are inconsistent and remain quite controversial. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis from 96 case-control studies on -173 G/C MIF SNP and stratified the data according to the subjects geographic localization or the disease pathophysiology, in order to determine a more meaningful significance to this SNP...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Marco Pio La Manna, Valentina Orlando, Paolo Li Donni, Guido Sireci, Paola Di Carlo, Antonio Cascio, Francesco Dieli, Nadia Caccamo
We used the Luminex Bead Array Multiplex Immunoassay to measure cytokines, chemokines and growth factors responses to the same antigens used for RD1-based Interferon γ Release Assay (IGRA) test. Seventy-nine individuals, 27 active TB, 32 latent infection subsets, 20 individuals derivative purified protein (PPD) negative (subjects that do not have any indurative cutaneous reaction after 72 hrs of intradermal injection of PPD) and with other pulmonary disease were retrospectively studied. Forty-eight analytes were evaluated by Luminex Assay in plasma obtained from whole blood stimulated cells...
2018: PloS One
Corinna Schmitz, Heidi Noels, Omar El Bounkari, Eva Straussfeld, Remco T A Megens, Marieke Sternkopf, Setareh Alampour-Rajabi, Christine Krammer, Pathricia V Tilstam, Norbert Gerdes, Christina Bürger, Aphrodite Kapurniotu, Richard Bucala, Joachim Jankowski, Christian Weber, Jürgen Bernhagen
The inflammatory cytokine macrophage migration-inhibitory factor (MIF) promotes atherosclerosis via lesional monocyte and T-cell recruitment. B cells have emerged as important components in atherogenesis, but the interaction between MIF and B cells in atherogenesis is unknown. Here, we investigated the atherosclerotic phenotype of Mif-gene deletion in Apoe-/- mice. Apoe-/- Mif-/- mice on a Western-diet exhibited strongly reduced atherosclerotic lesions in brachiocephalic artery (BC) and abdominal aorta compared with controls...
March 15, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Shensen Li, Jianping Mao, Mengjing Wang, Minmin Zhang, Li Ni, Ye Tao, Bihong Huang, Jing Chen
SHPT is one of the most common complications of CKD-MBD. Recent studies indicate that oxyphil cell proliferation is related to SHPT progression, while not inhibited by current treatments. The aim of this study was to analysis the correlation between oxyphil cell and clinical indicators in SHPT, further explore the protein expression differences of oxyphil cell. Among 33 MHD patients, 84.8% patients have one or more oxyphil dominant glands and the overall oxyphil cells proportion was 39.5 ± 16.3%. Univariate correlation and multivariable linear regression analyze showed that oral calcitriol dose and treatment duration were independent indicators of oxyphil cell ratio...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
Morane Le Hiress, Bernardin Akagah, Guillaume Bernadat, Ly Tu, Raphaël Thuillet, Alice Huertas, Carole Phan, Elie Fadel, Gérald Simonneau, Marc Humbert, Gaël Jalce, Christophe Guignabert
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a key pleiotropic mediator and a promising therapeutic target in cancer as well as in several inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases including pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Here, a novel series of N-(phenylmethyl)-benzoxazol-2-thiones 5-32 designed to target the MIF tautomerase active site was synthesized and evaluated for its effects on cell survival. Investigation of structure-activity relationship (SAR) particularly at the 5-position of the benzoxazole core led to the identification of 31 that potently inhibits cell survival in DU-145 prostate cancer cells and pulmonary endothelial cells derived from patients with idiopathic PAH (iPAH-ECs), two cell lines for which survival is MIF-dependent...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Sarah Jonsson, Husam Oda, Eva Lundin, Jan Olsson, Annika Idahl
OBJECTIVE: Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) infection has been suggested to promote epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) development. This study sought to explore the presence of C. trachomatis DNA and chlamydial heat shock protein 60 (chsp60) in ovarian tissue, as well as anti-chlamydial IgG antibodies in plasma, in relation to subtypes of EOC. METHODS: This cross-sectional cohort consisted of 69 women who underwent surgery due to suspected ovarian pathology. Ovarian tissue and corresponding blood samples were collected at the time of diagnosis...
March 7, 2018: Translational Oncology
Yu Zhou, Liang Zhao, Fangchao Mei, Yupu Hong, He Xia, Teng Zuo, Youming Ding, Weixing Wang
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is an inflammatory cytokine involved in many acute and chronic inflammatory diseases. However, its role in acute lung injury associated with acute pancreatitis in pregnancy (APIP) has not yet been elucidated. The present study was undertaken to clarify the effect and potential mechanism of MIF antagonist (S,R)3‑(4‑hydroxyphenyl)‑4,5‑dihydro‑5‑isoxazole acetic acid methyl ester (ISO‑1) in the development of acute lung injury in rats with APIP. Eighteen late‑gestation SD rats were randomly assigned to three groups: Sham operation (SO) group, APIP group, and ISO‑1 group...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yanyan Zhang, Yuan Zhang, Jiayu Tang, Shuang Zhao, Chen Li, Yong-Pan Huang, Minhan Yi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Genetic or nutritional deficiencies in homocysteine (Hcy)metabolism lead to the accumulation of Hcy and its metabolites in the blood. This can lead to hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy), which is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that HHcy leads to endothelial dysfunction, a hallmark of atherosclerosis, which may explain this link. The precise mechanism remains unclear, but a strong possibility is excessive HHCy-induced autophagy. Autophagy has been better studied in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injuries, and previous work showed that Oxymatrine (OMT), a quinolizidine alkaloid, protects cells against myocardial I/R injury by inhibiting autophagy...
February 28, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Xian Wang, Shaolei Ma, Haibo Wu, Xiaofeng Shen, Shiqin Xu, Xirong Guo, Maria L Bolick, Shizheng Wu, Fuzhou Wang
Our previous works disclosed the contributing role of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) and dopaminergic inhibition by lysine dimethyltransferase G9a/Glp complex in peripheral nerve injury-induced hypersensitivity. We herein propose that the proinflammatory cytokine MIF participates in the regulation of neuropathic hypersensitivity by interacting with and suppressing the descending dopaminergic system. The lumbar spinal cord (L-SC) and ventral tegmental area (VTA) are two major locations with significant upregulation of MIF after chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve, and they display time-dependent changes, along with a behavioral trajectory...
February 16, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Dian Peng, Bin Cao, Ying-Jun Zhou, Ya-Qiu Long
The CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) is a highly reserved G-protein coupled 7-transmembrane (TM) chemokine receptor which consists of 352 amino acids. CXCR4 has only one endogenous chemokine ligand of CXCL12, besides several other natural nonchemokine ligands such as extracellular ubiquitin and noncognate ligand of MIF. CXCR4 strongly binds to CXCL12 and the resulting CXCLl2/CXCR4 axis is the molecular basis of their various biological functions, which include: (1) mediating immune and inflammatory response; (2) regulation of hematopoietic stem cell migration and homing; (3) an essential co-receptor for HIV entry into host cells; (4) participation in the process of embryonic development; (5) malignant tumor invasion and metastasis; (6) myocardial infarction, ischemic stroke and acute kidney injury...
February 17, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Benoit Stijlemans, Patrick De Baetselier, Stefan Magez, Jo A Van Ginderachter, Carl De Trez
African trypanosomosis (AT) is a chronically debilitating parasitic disease of medical and economic importance for the development of sub-Saharan Africa. The trypanosomes that cause this disease are extracellular protozoan parasites that have developed efficient immune escape mechanisms to manipulate the entire host immune response to allow parasite survival and transmission. During the early stage of infection, a profound pro-inflammatory type 1 activation of the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS), involving classically activated macrophages (i...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Marco Alonso Martinez-Guzman, Anabell Alvarado-Navarro, Vidal Delgado-Rizo, Alejandra Garcia-Orozco, Jorge Arturo Mayorga-Rodríguez, Ana Laura Pereira-Suarez, Mary Fafutis-Morris
Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae that affects the skin and peripheral nerves. It may present as one of two distinct poles: the self-limiting tuberculoid leprosy and the highly infectious lepromatous leprosy (LL) characterized by M. leprae -specific absence of cellular immune response. The pro-inflammatory cytokine macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) enhance the bactericide activities of macrophages after interaction with its receptor, CD74. Importantly, MIF also possesses chemoattractant properties, and it is a key factor in situ for the activation of macrophages and in blood to promote leukocytes migration...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Amina M Abdul-Aziz, Manar S Shafat, Yu Sun, Christopher R Marlein, Rachel E Piddock, Stephen D Robinson, Dylan R Edwards, Zhigang Zhou, Angela Collins, Kristian M Bowles, Stuart A Rushworth
Approximately 80% of patients diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) die as a consequence of failure to eradicate the tumor from the bone marrow microenvironment. We have recently shown that stroma-derived interleukin-8 (IL-8) promotes AML growth and survival in the bone marrow in response to AML-derived macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF). In the present study we show that high constitutive expression of MIF in AML blasts in the bone marrow is hypoxia-driven and, through knockdown of MIF, HIF1α and HIF2α, establish that hypoxia supports AML tumor proliferation through HIF1α signaling...
February 28, 2018: Oncogene
Wanyue Xu, Yaping Pan, Qiufang Xu, Yun Wu, Jiayu Pan, Jingya Hou, Li Lin, Xiaolin Tang, Chen Li, Jingbo Liu, Dongmei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis), one of the main pathogenic bacteria involved in periodontitis, induces the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule - 1 (ICAM-1) and monocyte-endothelial cell adhesion. This effect plays a pivotal role in atherosclerosis development. Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a multifunctional cytokine and critically affects atherosclerosis pathogenesis. In this study, we tested the involvement of MIF in the P. gingivalis ATCC 33277-enhanced adhesive properties of endothelial cells...
February 26, 2018: BMC Microbiology
Esther L Ashworth Briggs, Tze'Yo Toh, Rajaraman Eri, Alex W Hewitt, Anthony L Cook
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiological changes occurring in the trabecular meshwork in primary open angle glaucoma are poorly understood, but are thought to include increased extracellular matrix deposition, trabecular meshwork cell apoptosis, inflammation, trabecular meshwork calcification and altered protein composition of the aqueous humor. Although many proteins are present in aqueous humor, relatively few have been studied extensively, and their potential roles in primary open angle glaucoma are unknown...
February 27, 2018: BMC Ophthalmology
Christina Klasen, Tamar Ziehm, Michael Huber, Yaw Asare, Aphrodite Kapurniotu, Idit Shachar, Jürgen Bernhagen, Omar El Bounkari
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a chemokine-like inflammatory cytokine, which plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases as well as cancer. We previously identified MIF as a novel B cell chemokine that promotes B cell migration through non-cognate interaction with the CXC chemokine receptor CXCR4 and CD74, the surface form of MHC class II invariant chain. In this study, we have analyzed the regulation of the MIF receptors under inflammatory conditions by investigating the impact of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-1β (IL-1β) on CD74 and CXCR4 expression in B lymphocytes...
February 21, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Magambo Phillip Kimuda, Harry Noyes, Julius Mulindwa, John Enyaru, Vincent Pius Alibu, Issa Sidibe, Dieuodonne Mumba Ngoyi, Christiane Hertz-Fowler, Annette MacLeod, Özlem Tastan Bishop, Enock Matovu
BACKGROUND: Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) manifests as an acute form caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense (Tbr) and a chronic form caused by Trypanosoma brucei gambiense (Tbg). Previous studies have suggested a host genetic role in infection outcomes, particularly for APOL1. We have undertaken candidate gene association studies (CGAS) in a Ugandan Tbr and a Tbg HAT endemic area, to determine whether polymorphisms in IL10, IL8, IL4, HLAG, TNFA, TNX4LB, IL6, IFNG, MIF, APOL1, HLAA, IL1B, IL4R, IL12B, IL12R, HP, HPR, and CFH have a role in HAT...
February 22, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Gangliang Wang, Kangmao Huang, Yangxin Dong, Shuai Chen, Jianfeng Zhang, Jiying Wang, Ziang Xie, Xianfeng Lin, Xiangqiang Fang, Shunwu Fan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cartilaginous endplate (CEP) degeneration is an important cause for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration that leads to low-back pain. The identification of compounds that may prevent CEP degeneration is of interest for the prevention of IVD degeneration. METHODS: Catabolic protease expression in the CEP of disc degeneration patients was first assessed. The toxicity, function and underlying mechanism of lycorine (LY) on CEP-derived chondrocytes degeneration were assessed in vitro by flow cytometry analysis and western blotting...
February 9, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Joana Favacho, Antonio José Ledo Alves da Cunha, Samara Tatielle Monteiro Gomes, Felipe Bonfim Freitas, Maria Alice Freitas Queiroz, Antonio Carlos Rosário Vallinoto, Ricardo Ishak, Marluísa de Oliveira Guimarães Ishak
Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness in the world and is associated with precarious living conditions in developing countries. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of trachoma in three municipalities of the Marajó Archipelago, located in the state of Pará, Brazil. In 2008, 2,054 schoolchildren from the public primary school system of the urban area of the region and their communicants were clinically examined; in 2016, 1,502 schoolchildren were examined. The positive cases seen during the clinical evaluation were confirmed by direct immunofluorescence (DIF) laboratory tests...
February 15, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Zhiyu Zhang, Rong Zhang, Linlang Li, Lijun Zhu, Shiyuan Gao, Qiran Lu, Yihui Gu, Yu Zhang, Huicui Yang, Tingjun Hou, Xuechu Zhen, Long Tai Zheng
INTRODUCTION: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a pleiotropic pro-inflammatory mediator that is involved in the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Previously, we demonstrated a small molecule compound 3-[(biphenyl-4-ylcarbonyl) carbamothioyl] amino benzoic acid (Z-590) could inhibit MIF activity with docking-based virtual screening and experimental evaluation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The LPS activated RAW264.7 macrophage cells were used to determine the anti-inflammatory effects of Z-590 in vitro...
February 15, 2018: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
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