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Immune dysregulation

Timsy Uppal, Roni Sarkar, Ranjit Dhelaria, Subhash C Verma
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus or Human herpesvirus-8 (KSHV/HHV-8), an oncogenic human herpesvirus and the leading cause of cancer in HIV-infected individuals, is a major public health concern with recurring reports of epidemics on a global level. The early detection of KSHV virus and subsequent activation of the antiviral immune response by the host's immune system are crucial to prevent KSHV infection. The host's immune system is an evolutionary conserved system that provides the most important line of defense against invading microbial pathogens, including viruses...
March 20, 2018: Cancers
Charlene M Sibbons, Nicola A Irvine, J Eduardo Pérez-Mojica, Philip C Calder, Karen A Lillycrop, Barbara A Fielding, Graham C Burdge
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are important for immune function. Limited evidence indicates that immune cell activation involves endogenous PUFA synthesis, but this has not been characterised. To address this, we measured metabolism of 18:3n-3 in quiescent and activated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), and in Jurkat T cell leukaemia. PBMCs from men and women ( n  = 34) were incubated with [1-13 C]18:3n-3 with or without Concanavalin A (Con. A). 18:3n-3 conversion was undetectable in unstimulated PBMCs, but up-regulated when stimulated...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Luc Van Kaer, Danyvid Olivares-Villagómez
The intestine is continuously exposed to commensal microorganisms, food, and environmental agents and also serves as a major portal of entry for many pathogens. A critical defense mechanism against microbial invasion in the intestine is the single layer of epithelial cells that separates the gut lumen from the underlying tissues. The barrier function of the intestinal epithelium is supported by cells and soluble factors of the intestinal immune system. Chief among them are intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes (iIELs), which are embedded in the intestinal epithelium and represent one of the single largest populations of lymphocytes in the body...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Phillip Mackie, Joe Lebowitz, Leila Saadatpour, Emily Nickoloff, Peter Gaskill, Habibeh Khoshbouei
The second-most common neurodegenerative disease, Parkinson Disease (PD) has three hallmarks: dysfunctional dopamine transmission due, at least in part, to dopamine neuron degeneration; intracellular inclusions of α-synuclein aggregates; and neuroinflammation. The origin and interplay of these features remains a puzzle, as does the underlying mechanism of PD pathogenesis and progression. When viewed in the context of neuroimmunology, dopamine also plays a role in regulating peripheral immune cells. Intriguingly, plasma dopamine levels are altered in PD, suggesting collateral dysregulation of peripheral dopamine transmission...
March 15, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Kyohei Nakamura, Sahar Kassem, Alice Cleynen, Marie-Lorraine Chrétien, Camille Guillerey, Eva Maria Putz, Tobias Bald, Irmgard Förster, Slavica Vuckovic, Geoffrey R Hill, Seth L Masters, Marta Chesi, P Leif Bergsagel, Hervé Avet-Loiseau, Ludovic Martinet, Mark J Smyth
Tumor-promoting inflammation and avoiding immune destruction are hallmarks of cancer. Here, we demonstrate that the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-18 is critically involved in these hallmarks in multiple myeloma (MM). Mice deficient for IL-18 were remarkably protected from Vk∗ MYC MM progression in a CD8+ T cell-dependent manner. The MM-niche-derived IL-18 drove generation of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), leading to accelerated disease progression. A global transcriptome analysis of the immune microenvironment in 73 MM patients strongly supported the negative impact of IL-18-driven MDSCs on T cell responses...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Cell
Silvana Konermann, Peter Lotfy, Nicholas J Brideau, Jennifer Oki, Maxim N Shokhirev, Patrick D Hsu
Class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems endow microbes with diverse mechanisms for adaptive immunity. Here, we analyzed prokaryotic genome and metagenome sequences to identify an uncharacterized family of RNA-guided, RNA-targeting CRISPR systems that we classify as type VI-D. Biochemical characterization and protein engineering of seven distinct orthologs generated a ribonuclease effector derived from Ruminococcus flavefaciens XPD3002 (CasRx) with robust activity in human cells. CasRx-mediated knockdown exhibits high efficiency and specificity relative to RNA interference across diverse endogenous transcripts...
March 8, 2018: Cell
Kate S Smigiel, William C Parks
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Macrophages are central players in the immune response following tissue injury. These cells perform many functions, and the changing tissue microenvironment during injury shapes macrophage phenotype down a variety of polarized pathways. This review summarizes the current knowledge on the roles of macrophages during different stages of tissue injury, repair, and-if repair is not achieved-fibrosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Macrophages present early in inflammation are functionally distinct from those at later stages...
March 17, 2018: Current Rheumatology Reports
Hong Jun Park, Jiye Kim, Fatema Tuj Saima, Ki-Jong Rhee, Soonjae Hwang, Moon Young Kim, Soon Koo Baik, Young Woo Eom, Hyun-Soo Kim
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an idiopathic disease caused by a dysregulated immune response to intestinal microbes in an individual with a genetic predisposition. Therefore, alleviation of inflammation is very important to treat IBD. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been highlighted as new candidates for treating autoimmune disease based on their immunomodulatory properties. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory mechanism and therapeutic effects of adipose tissue-derived MSCs (ASCs) using THP-1 macrophages and dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced mice with chronic colitis...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Alison G Abraham, Long Zhang, Keri Calkins, Adrienne Tin, Andrew Hoofnagle, Frank J Palella, Michelle M Estrella, Lisa P Jacobson, Mallory D Witt, Lawrence A Kingsley, Todd T Brown
OBJECTIVE: Despite effective antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and durable viral suppression, many HIV-infected individuals still do not achieve CD4+ cell count (CD4) normalization. Vitamin D has immunoregulatory functions, including inducing the development of T cells, and higher levels may improve CD4 rebound. DESIGN: Longitudinal study of men from the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study who virally suppressed following HAART initiation and had pre- and post-HAART 25[OH]D and 1,25[OH]2D measurements and repeated measures of CD4...
March 15, 2018: AIDS
Charles S Dela Cruz, Richard G Wunderink, David C Christiani, Stephania A Cormier, Kristina Crothers, Claire M Doerschuk, Scott E Evans, Daniel R Goldstein, Purvesh Khatri, Lester Kobzik, Jay K Kolls, Bruce D Levy, Mark L Metersky, Michael S Niederman, Roomi Nusrat, Carlos J Orihuela, Paula Peyrani, Alice S Prince, Julio A Ramírez, Karen M Ridge, Sanjay Sethi, Benjamin T Suratt, Jacob I Sznajder, Ephraim L Tsalik, Allan J Walkey, Sachin Yende, Neil R Aggarwal, Elisabet V Caler, Joseph P Mizgerd
Pneumonia is a complex pulmonary disease in need of new clinical approaches. While triggered by a pathogen, pneumonia often results from dysregulations of host defense that likely precede infection. The coordinated activities of immune resistance and tissue resilience then dictate whether and how pneumonia progresses or resolves. Inadequate or inappropriate host responses lead to more severe outcomes such as ARDS and to organ dysfunction beyond the lungs and overextended time-frames after pathogen clearance, some of which increase the risk for subsequent pneumonias...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Erica J Brodie, Simona Infantino, Michael S Y Low, David M Tarlinton
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a progressive autoimmune disease characterized by increased sensitivity to self-antigens, auto-antibody production, and systemic inflammation. B cells have been implicated in disease progression and as such represent an attractive therapeutic target. Lyn is a Src family tyrosine kinase that plays a major role in regulating signaling pathways within B cells as well as other hematopoietic cells. Its role in initiating negative signaling cascades is especially critical as exemplified by Lyn-/- mice developing an SLE-like disease with plasma cell hyperplasia, underscoring the importance of tightly regulating signaling within B cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Rasa Tamosiuniene, Olga Manouvakhova, Paul Mesange, Toshie Saito, Jin Qian, Mrinmoy Sanyal, Yu-Chun Lin, Linh P Nguyen, Amir Luria, Allen B Tu, Joshua M Sante, Marlene Rabinovitch, Desmond J Fitzgerald, Brian B Graham, Aida Habtezion, Norbert F Voelkel, Laure Aurelian, Mark R Nicolls
<u>Rationale:</u> Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening condition associated with immune dysregulation and abnormal regulatory T cell (Treg) activity, but it is currently unknown whether and how abnormal Treg function differentially affects males and females. <u>Objective:</u> To evaluate whether and how Treg-deficiency differentially affects male and female rats in experimental PH. <u>Methods and Results:</u> Male and female athymic rnu/rnu rats, lacking Tregs, were treated with the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR2) inhibitor SU5416 or chronic hypoxia and evaluated for PH; some animals underwent Treg immune reconstitution (IR) before SU5416 administration...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
Xiaowen Wang, Qingyang Dong, Qian Li, Yuanyuan Li, Dianyuan Zhao, Jinjie Sun, Junliang Fu, Fanping Meng, Hu Lin, Junjie Luan, Biao Liu, Min Wang, Fusheng Wang, Fuchu He, Li Tang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Production of neutralizing antibodies against hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is dysregulated in patients with persistent hepatitis V virus (HBV) infection. We investigated mechanisms by which this immune response to the virus is disrupted and whether it can be restored to promote clearance of HBV. METHODS: Immune-competent C57BL/6N and C57BL/6J, as well as mice deficient in follicular helper T cells (Tfh cell-deficient), B cells, or Foxp3+ T-regulatory cells (Treg cell-deficient), were given hydrodynamic injections of pAAV/HBV1...
March 12, 2018: Gastroenterology
Takehiro Takahashi, Yoko Koga, Mie Kainoh
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by erythema, skin hyperplasia, scales, and keratinocyte hyperproliferation. While the cause of psoriasis is not clearly understood, a dysregulated immune system, especially activation of IL-23/IL-17 axis, has been strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. For example, anti-IL-23 therapy is effective in psoriasis patients, and thus IL-23 is considered as a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of psoriasis. The skin barrier provides protection of the human body against infection from external pathogens...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Quan-Bo Zhang, Yu-Feng Qing, Cong-Cong Yin, Li Zhou, Xian-Shuang Liu, Qing-Sheng Mi, Jing-Guo Zhou
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) serve as important regulators of inflammatory and immune responses and are implicated in several immune disorders including gouty arthritis. The expression of miR-146a is upregulated in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with inter-critical gout when compared to normouricemic and hyperuricemic controls and those patients with acute gout flares. However, the role of miR-146a in the development of gout remains unknown. Here, we used miR-146a knockout (KO) mice to test miR-146a function in a monosodium urate (MSU)-induced gouty arthritis model...
March 15, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Monica M Olcina, Ryan K Kim, Stavros Melemenidis, Edward E Graves, Amato J Giaccia
The complement system is an innate immune pathway typically thought of as part of the first line of defence against "non-self" species. In the context of cancer, complement has been described to have an active role in facilitating cancer-associated processes such as increased proliferation, angiogenesis and migration. Several cellular members of the tumour microenvironment express and/or produce complement proteins locally, including tumour cells. Dysregulation of the complement system has been reported in numerous tumours and increased expression of complement activation fragments in cancer patient specimens correlates with poor patient prognosis...
March 15, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
Carmen Scheibenbogen, Madlen Loebel, Helma Freitag, Anne Krueger, Sandra Bauer, Michaela Antelmann, Wolfram Doehner, Nadja Scherbakov, Harald Heidecke, Petra Reinke, Hans-Dieter Volk, Patricia Grabowski
INTRODUCTION: Infection-triggered disease onset, chronic immune activation and autonomic dysregulation in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) point to an autoimmune disease directed against neurotransmitter receptors. We had observed elevated autoantibodies against ß2 adrenergic receptors, and muscarinic 3 and 4 acetylcholine receptors in a subset of patients. Immunoadsorption (IA) was shown to be effective in removing autoantibodies and improve outcome in various autoimmune diseases...
2018: PloS One
Mark N Belkin, Nir Uriel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Advancements in highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has led to increased survival, approaching that of the general population. These patients are at an increased risk for heart disease, specifically HIV-associated cardiomyopathy. RECENT FINDINGS: Initially, HIV-associated cardiomyopathy was predominantly noted as systolic dysfunction, but diastolic dysfunction has become more common with increased use of HAART...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Francisco S Barreto, Adriano J M Chaves Filho, Márcia C C R de Araújo, Manoel O de Moraes, Maria E A de Moraes, Michael Maes, David F de Lucena, Danielle S Macedo
Both depression and cancer are related to a dysregulation of inflammatory and immune pathways. Indeed, depression is associated with increased expression of interferon-γ, interleukin-1β, and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α). In contrast, reductions of the activity of major histocompatibility complex protein molecules - class I and class II and natural killer cells are also observed. Similarly, cancers present elevated levels of TNF-α, reduced major histocompatibility complex class I and II, and natural killer cells...
April 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
Christopher J Halbrook, Marina Pasca di Magliano, Costas A Lyssiotis
In the event of an injury, normal tissues exit quiescent homeostasis and rapidly engage a complex stromal and immune program. These tissue repair responses are hijacked and become dysregulated in carcinogenesis to form a growth supportive tumor microenvironment. In pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), which remains one of the deadliest major cancers, the microenvironment is a key driver of tumor maintenance that impedes many avenues of therapy. In this review, we outline recent efforts made to uncover the microenvironmental crosstalk mechanisms which support pancreatic cancer cells, and detail the strategies which have been undertaken to help overcome these barriers...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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