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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335576/genome-wide-identification-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-sarcocystis-neurona-protein-kinases
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Edwin K Murungi, Henry M Kariithi
The apicomplexan parasite Sarcocystis neurona causes equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), a degenerative neurological disease of horses. Due to its host range expansion, S. neurona is an emerging threat that requires close monitoring. In apicomplexans, protein kinases (PKs) have been implicated in a myriad of critical functions, such as host cell invasion, cell cycle progression and host immune response evasion. Here, we used various bioinformatics methods to define the kinome of S. neurona and phylogenetic relatedness of its PKs to other apicomplexans...
March 21, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335522/extracellular-vesicles-deliver-host-and-virus-rna-and-regulate-innate-immune-response
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Takahisa Kouwaki, Masaaki Okamoto, Hirotake Tsukamoto, Yoshimi Fukushima, Hiroyuki Oshiumi
The innate immune system plays a crucial role in controlling viral infection. Pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), such as Toll-like receptors and RIG-I-like receptors, sense viral components called pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) and trigger signals to induce innate immune responses. Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes and microvesicles, deliver functional RNA and mediate intercellular communications. Recent studies have revealed that EVs released from virus-infected cells deliver viral RNA to dendritic cells and macrophages, thereby activating PRRs in recipient cells, which results in the expression of type I interferon and pro-inflammatory cytokines...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334911/mertk-rs4374383-variant-predicts-incident-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-diabetes-role-of-mononuclear-cell-activation-and-adipokine-response-to-dietary-fat
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Giovanni Musso, Maurizio Cassader, Franco De Michieli, Elena Paschetta, Silvia Pinach, Francesca Saba, Daria Bongiovanni, Luciana Framarin, Mara Berrutti, Nicola Leone, Stefania Corvisieri, Renato Parente, Federica Molinaro, Antonio Sircana, Bo Simona, Roberto Gambino
The loss-of-function rs4374383 G>A variant in Myeloid-epithelial-reproductive Tyrosine Kinase (MERTK) gene has been linked to hepatic fibrosis in chronic liver diseases. MERTK is expressed by immune and non-immune cells involved in inflammation, metabolism and vascular homeostasis. We assessed the impact of MERTK rs4374383 G>A variant on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) incidence and severity and on glucose and lipid metabolism.We followed-up 305 healthy nonobese nondiabetic, metabolic syndrome-free insulin sensitive participants in a population-based study, characterized for MERTK G>A polymorphism, adipokine profile and inflammatory markers...
March 8, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334850/aicardi-gouti%C3%A3-res-syndrome-protein-trex1-suppresses-l1-and-maintains-genome-integrity-through-exonuclease-independent-orf1p-depletion
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Peng Li, Juan Du, John L Goodier, Jingwei Hou, Jian Kang, Haig H Kazazian, Ke Zhao, Xiao-Fang Yu
Maintaining genome integrity is important for cells and damaged DNA triggers autoimmunity. Previous studies have reported that Three-prime repair exonuclease 1(TREX1), an endogenous DNA exonuclease, prevents immune activation by depleting damaged DNA, thus preventing the development of certain autoimmune diseases. Consistently, mutations in TREX1 are linked with autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) and familial chilblain lupus. However, TREX1 mutants competent for DNA exonuclease activity are also linked to AGS...
March 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334849/icf-specific-dnmt3b-dysfunction-interferes-with-intragenic-regulation-of-mrna-transcription-and-alternative-splicing
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Sole Gatto, Miriam Gagliardi, Monica Franzese, Sylwia Leppert, Mariarosaria Papa, Marco Cammisa, Giacomo Grillo, Guillame Velasco, Claire Francastel, Shir Toubiana, Maurizio D'Esposito, Claudia Angelini, Maria R Matarazzo
Hypomorphic mutations in DNA-methyltransferase DNMT3B cause majority of the rare disorder Immunodeficiency, Centromere instability and Facial anomalies syndrome cases (ICF1). By unspecified mechanisms, mutant-DNMT3B interferes with lymphoid-specific pathways resulting in immune response defects. Interestingly, recent findings report that DNMT3B shapes intragenic CpG-methylation of highly-transcribed genes. However, how the DNMT3B-dependent epigenetic network modulates transcription and whether ICF1-specific mutations impair this process remains unknown...
March 9, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334045/plasma-soluble-l-selectin-in-medicated-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-healthy-controls
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Satyajit Mohite, Fang Yang, Pooja A Amin, Giovana Zunta-Soares, Gabriela D Colpo, Laura Stertz, Ajaykumar N Sharma, Gabriel R Fries, Consuelo Walss-Bass, Jair C Soares, Olaoluwa O Okusaga
Immune dysfunction has been implicated in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Leukocyte migration to the site of inflammation is a fundamental step of immune response which involves P-, E-, and L-selectins. Elevated selectin levels have been reported in un-medicated first-episode patients with schizophrenia but not in medicated patients with multi-episode schizophrenia. We measured fasting plasma soluble P-, E-, and L-selectin in 39 medicated patients with multi-episode schizophrenia and 19 healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333914/genome-scale-crispr-cas9-knockout-and-transcriptional-activation-screening
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Julia Joung, Silvana Konermann, Jonathan S Gootenberg, Omar O Abudayyeh, Randall J Platt, Mark D Brigham, Neville E Sanjana, Feng Zhang
Forward genetic screens are powerful tools for the unbiased discovery and functional characterization of specific genetic elements associated with a phenotype of interest. Recently, the RNA-guided endonuclease Cas9 from the microbial CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) immune system has been adapted for genome-scale screening by combining Cas9 with pooled guide RNA libraries. Here we describe a protocol for genome-scale knockout and transcriptional activation screening using the CRISPR-Cas9 system...
April 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333145/the-cryo-thermal-therapy-eradicated-melanoma-in-mice-by-eliciting-cd4-t-cell-mediated-antitumor-memory-immune-response
#8
Kun He, Ping Liu, Lisa X Xu
Tumor metastasis is a major concern in tumor therapy. In our previous studies, a novel tumor therapeutic modality of the cryo-thermal therapy has been presented, highlighting its effect on the suppression of distal metastasis and leading to long-term survival in 4T1 murine mammary carcinoma model. To demonstrate the therapeutic efficacy in other aggressive tumor models and further investigate the mechanism of long-term survival induced, in this study, spontaneous metastatic murine B16F10 melanoma model was used...
March 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333137/the-mtor-signal-regulates-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-differentiation-and-immunosuppressive-function-in-acute-kidney-injury
#9
Chao Zhang, Shuo Wang, Jiawei Li, Weitao Zhang, Long Zheng, Cheng Yang, Tongyu Zhu, Ruiming Rong
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signal controls innate and adaptive immune response in multiple immunoregulatory contexts. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are a heterogeneous population of myeloid cells of potent immunosuppressive capacity. In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of MDSCs in the protection of acute kidney injury (AKI) and the regulation of mTOR signal on MDSC's protective role in this context. In mice AKI model, rapamycin administration was associated with improved renal function, restored histological damage and decreased CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-cell infiltration in kidney tissue...
March 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333124/bap31-is-involved-in-t-cell-activation-through-tcr-signal-pathways
#10
Kunwei Niu, Jialin Xu, Yuhua Cao, Yue Hou, Mu Shan, Yanqing Wang, Yang Xu, Mingyi Sun, Bing Wang
BAP31 is a ubiquitously expressed endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane protein. The functions of BAP31 in the immune system have not been investigated due to the lack of animal models. Therefore we created a BAP31 conditional knockdown mouse by performing a knockdown of BAP31 in the thymus. In doing so, we demonstrate that the maturation of T cells is normal but the number of T cells is less in the thymus of the knockout mouse. In addition, the spleen and lymph nodes of peripheral immune organs contained a lesser proportion of the mature T cells in the thymus specific BAP31 knockout mice...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333068/effects-of-reactive-oxygen-species-on-tubular-transport-along-the-nephron
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REVIEW
Agustin Gonzalez-Vicente, Jeffrey L Garvin
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are oxygen-containing molecules naturally occurring in both inorganic and biological chemical systems. Due to their high reactivity and potentially damaging effects to biomolecules, cells express a battery of enzymes to rapidly metabolize them to innocuous intermediaries. Initially, ROS were considered by biologists as dangerous byproducts of respiration capable of causing oxidative stress, a condition in which overproduction of ROS leads to a reduction in protective molecules and enzymes and consequent damage to lipids, proteins, and DNA...
March 23, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332900/fc-or-not-fc-that-is-the-question-antibody-fc-receptor-interactions-are-key-to-universal-influenza-vaccine-design
#12
Sinthujan Jegaskanda, Hillary A Vanderven, Adam K Wheatley, Stephen J Kent
A universal vaccine that provides long-lasting protection from both epidemic and pandemic influenza viruses remains the "holy grail" of influenza vaccine research. Though virus neutralization assays are the current benchmark of measuring vaccine effectiveness, it is clear that Fc-receptor functions can drastically improve the effectiveness of antibodies and vaccines in vivo. Antibodies that kill virus-infected cells and/or elicit an antiviral environment, termed antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC)-mediating antibodies, provide a link between the innate and adaptive immune response...
March 23, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332235/toll-like-receptor-and-related-cytokine-mrna-expression-in-bovine-corpora-lutea-during-the-oestrous-cycle-and-pregnancy
#13
J E Gadsby, A M Tyson Nipper, H A Faircloth, M D'Annibale-Tolhurst, J Chang, P W Farin, I M Sheldon, D H Poole
Improving our understanding of the mechanisms controlling the corpus luteum (CL) and its role in regulating the reproductive cycle should lead to improvements in the sustainability of today's global animal industry. The corpus luteum (CL) is a transient endocrine organ composed of a heterogeneous mixture steroidogenic, endothelial and immune cells, and it is becoming clear that immune mechanisms play a key role in CL regulation especially in luteolysis. Toll-like receptors (TLR) mediate innate immune mechanisms via the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, especially within various tissues, although the role of TLR within CL remains unknown...
March 22, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332231/development-of-humanized-mice-in-the-age-of-genome-editing
#14
Vishnu Hosur, Benjamin E Low, Cindy Avery, Leonard D Shultz, Michael V Wiles
Mice are the most commonly used model organisms to study human disease. Many genetic human diseases can be recapitulated by modifying the mouse genome, which permits testing of existing and novel therapeutics, including combinatorial therapeutics, without putting humans at risk. Specifically, the development of "humanized" mice, i.e., severely immunodeficient mice engrafted with functional human hematopoietic and immune cells and tissues, has revolutionized our ability to study and model human diseases in preclinical in vivo systems...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331857/thrombosis-neuroinflammation-and-poststroke-infection-the-multifaceted-role-of-neutrophils-in-stroke
#15
REVIEW
Johanna Ruhnau, Juliane Schulze, Alexander Dressel, Antje Vogelgesang
Immune cells can significantly predict and affect the clinical outcome of stroke. In particular, the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio was shown to predict hemorrhagic transformation and the clinical outcome of stroke; however, the immunological mechanisms underlying these effects are poorly understood. Neutrophils are the first cells to invade injured tissue following focal brain ischemia. In these conditions, their proinflammatory properties enhance tissue damage and may promote ischemic incidences by inducing thrombus formation...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331208/metabolic-regulation-of-inflammation
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REVIEW
Timo Gaber, Cindy Strehl, Frank Buttgereit
Immune cells constantly patrol the body via the bloodstream and migrate into multiple tissues where they face variable and sometimes demanding environmental conditions. Nutrient and oxygen availability can vary during homeostasis, and especially during the course of an immune response, creating a demand for immune cells that are highly metabolically dynamic. As an evolutionary response, immune cells have developed different metabolic programmes to supply them with cellular energy and biomolecules, enabling them to cope with changing and challenging metabolic conditions...
March 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331165/tim-3-and-pd-1-regulate-cd8-t-cell-function-to-maintain-early-pregnancy-in-mice
#17
Yuan-Yuan Xu, Song-Cun Wang, Yi-Kong Lin, Da-Jin Li, Mei-Rong DU
During pregnancy, CD8(+) T cells are important regulators in the balance of fetal tolerance and antiviral immunity. T-cell immunoglobulin mucin-3 (Tim-3) and programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) are well-recognized negative co-stimulatory molecules involved in viral persistence and tumor metastasis. Here, we demonstrate that CD8(+) T cells co-expressing Tim-3 and PD-1 were down-regulated in the deciduae of female mice in abortion-prone matings compared with normal pregnant mice. In addition to their reduced numbers, the Tim-3(+)PD-1(+)CD8(+) T cells produced lower levels of the anti-inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-10, as well as a higher level of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interferon (IFN)-γ, relative to those from normal pregnancy...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331096/comprehensive-transcriptome-analyses-reveal-that-potato-spindle-tuber-viroid-triggers-genome-wide-changes-in-alternative-splicing-inducible-trans-acting-activity-of-phasirnas-and-immune-responses
#18
Yi Zheng, Ying Wang, Biao Ding, Zhangjun Fei
Many pathogens express non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) during infection processes. In the most extreme case, pathogenic ncRNAs alone (such as viroids) can infect eukaryotic organisms leading to diseases. While a few of pathogenic ncRNAs have been implicated in regulating gene expression, functions of most pathogenic ncRNAs in host-pathogen interactions remain unclear. Here we employ potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd)-infecting tomato as a system to dissect host interactions with pathogenic ncRNAs, using comprehensive transcriptome analyses...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331061/an-intracellular-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-isoform-induces-tubular-regulated-necrosis-implications-for-acute-kidney-injury
#19
Carla S Ceron, Celine Baligand, Sunil K Joshi, Shaynah Wanga, Patrick M Cowley, Joy P Walker, Sang Heon Song, Rajeev Mahimkar, Anthony J Baker, Robert L Raffai, Zhen J Wang, David H Lovett
Acute kidney injury (AKI) causes severe morbidity, mortality, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). Mortality is particularly marked in the elderly and with pre-existing CKD. Oxidative stress is a common theme in models of AKI induced by ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. We recently characterized an intracellular isoform of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) induced by oxidative stress-mediated activation of an alternate promoter in the first intron of the MMP-2 gene. This generates an N-terminal truncated MMP-2 isoform (NTT-MMP-2) that is intracellular and associated with mitochondria...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330983/gamma-delta-t-cells-mediate-angiotensin-ii-induced-hypertension-and-vascular-injury
#20
Antoine Caillon, Muhammad Oneeb Rehman Mian, Julio C Fraulob-Aquino, Ku-Geng Huo, Tlili Barhoumi, Sofiane Ouerd, Peter R Sinnaeve, Pierre Paradis, Ernesto L Schiffrin
Background -Innate antigen-presenting cells and adaptive immune T cells have been implicated in the development of hypertension. However, the T-lymphocyte subsets involved in the pathophysiology of hypertension remain unclear. A small subset of "innate-like" T cells expressing the γδ T cell receptor (TCR) rather than the αβ TCR could play a role in the initiation of the immune response in hypertension. We aimed to determine whether angiotensin (Ang) II caused kinetic changes in γδ T cells, whether deficiency in γδ T cells blunted Ang II-induced hypertension, vascular injury and T-cell activation, and whether γδ T cells are associated with human hypertension...
March 22, 2017: Circulation
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