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Jun P Ren, Lin Wang, Juan Zhao, Ling Wang, Shun B Ning, Mohamed El Gazzar, Jonathan P Moorman, Zhi Q Yao
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to attenuating immune responses during chronic viral infection; however, the precise mechanisms underlying their suppressive activities remain incompletely understood. We have recently shown marked expansion of MDSCs that promote regulatory T (Treg) cell development in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Here we further investigated whether the HCV-induced expansion of MDSCs and Tregs is regulated by a miRNA-mediated mechanism...
October 18, 2016: Immunology
Xiao-Wen Zhu, Hai-Zhen Zhu, You-Qing Zhu, Mao-Hui Feng, Jian Qi, Zhi-Fen Chen
The mechanism underlying CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs) promoting the development of colorectal cancer (CRC) was elucidated in the present study. Forty-eight cases of colorectal carcinomas, 22 cases of colon polyps and 21 cases of normal colorectal tissues were collected. The correlation among Foxp3, IL-10 and Stat3, and the clinical relevance of these three indexes were analyzed. The results showed that the levels of Foxp3 expressed in infiltrating CD4(+)CD25(+)Foxp3(+)Tregs, and IL-10 and Stat3 in CRC tissues were all significantly higher than those in polypus tissues and normal colon tissues (P< 0...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Himanshu Pandey, Sarita Tripathi, Kanchan Srivastava, Dinesh K Tripathi, Mrigank Srivastava, Surya Kant, Kishore K Srivastava, Ashish Arora
BACKGROUND: We have characterized two immunogenic proteins, Rv1197 and Rv1198, of the Esx-5 system of the ESAT-6 family of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv. METHODS: The complex formation between Rv1197 and Rv1198 was characterized by biophysical techniques. The reactivity of serum from TB patients towards these proteins was characterized by ELISA. Lymphocyte proliferation and cytokine induction were followed in restimulated splenocytes from immunized mice by using MTT assay and CBA flowcytometry, respectively...
October 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Juan Bai, Ying Zhu, Ying Dong
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Bitter melon (Momordica charantia L.) is rich in a variety of biologically active ingredients, and has been widely used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to treat various diseases, including type 2 diabetes and obesity. AIM OF THE STUDY: We aimed to investigate how bitter melon powder (BMP) could affect obesity-associated inflammatory responses to ameliorate high-fat diet (HFD)-induced insulin resistance, and investigated whether its anti-inflammatory properties were effected by modulating the gut microbiota...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Mariane Curado Borges, Fabiana de Miranda Moura Dos Santos, Rosa Weiss Telles, Marcus Vinícius Melo de Andrade, Maria Isabel Toulson Davisson Correia, Cristina Costa Duarte Lanna
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids reduce the concentrations of eicosanoids, cytokines, chemokines, C-reactive protein (CRP) and other inflammatory mediators. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on circulating levels of inflammatory mediators and biochemical markers in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Experimental clinical study (clinical trial: NCT02524795); 49 women with SLE (ACR1982/1997) were randomized: 22 to the omega-3 group (daily intake of 1080mg EPA+200mg DHA, for 12 weeks) and 27 to the control group...
September 22, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
Anand Babu Velappan, Mamilla R Charan Raja, Dhrubajyoti Datta, Yi Ting Tsai, Iman Halloum, Baojie Wan, Laurent Kremer, Hugo Gramajo, Scott G Franzblau, Santanu Kar Mahapatra, Joy Debnath
Tuberculosis is a major threat for mankind and the emergence of resistance strain of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) against first line antibiotics makes it lethal for human civilization. In this study, we have synthesized different diaryl urea derivatives targeting the inhibition of mycolic acid biosynthesis. Among the 39 synthesized molecules, compounds 46, 57, 58 and 86 showed MIC values ≤ 10 μg/ml against H37Rv and mc(2)6030 strains. The best molecule with a methyl at ortho position of the first aromatic ring and prenyl group at the meta position of the second aromatic ring showed the MIC value of 5...
September 26, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Nikele Nadur-Andrade, Camila Squarzoni Dale, Victoria Regina da Silva Oliveira, Elaine Flamia Toniolo, Regiane Dos Santos Feliciano, José Antonio da Silva, Stella Regina Zamuner
BACKGROUND: Envenoming induced by Bothrops snakebites is characterized by drastic local tissue damage that involves an intense inflammatory reaction and local hyperalgesia which are not neutralized by conventional antivenom treatment. Herein, the effectiveness of photobiomodulation to reduce inflammatory hyperalgesia induced by Bothrops moojeni venom (Bmv), as well as the mechanisms involved was investigated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Bmv (1 μg) was injected through the intraplantar route in the right hind paw of mice...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Charles Nicaise, Laura Weischelbaum, Liliane Schandene, Valérie Gangji, Florence Dehavay, Joanna Bouchat, Benoît Balau, Thomas Vogl, Muhammad S Soyfoo
OBJECTIVES: To determine the role of S100A8/A9 in the pathogenesis of primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS: The serum levels of S100A8/A9 were determined in pSS patients and healthy controls by ELISA. The expression of S100A8/A9 in salivary glands was assessed by immunohistochemistry. The phenotype of S100A8+ and S100A9+ cells was identified using double immunofluorescence. The effects of S100A8/A9 on cytokine production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from pSS patients were determined in vitro by flow cytometry...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Qinyi Zhu, Xiaoli Wu, Yueqian Wu, Xipeng Wang
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the most lethal gynecological malignancy. Inflammatory cells in the EOC microenvironment play a key role in tumor progression. In the present study, we investigated the mechanism of the accumulation of regulatory T cells (Tregs) induced by interleukin-10 (IL-10) derived from tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in the EOC microenvironment. The frequency of Tregs and TAMs was detected by immunofluorescence in 40 EOC tissues and 20 benign ovarian tumors, as well as the expression of IL-10 which was assessed by immunohistochemistry...
September 28, 2016: Oncology Reports
Xu Shi, Ying Tang, Xiguang Sun, Yufei Liu, Ying Sun, Munan Sun, Yanfang Jiang, Yulin Li
The current study aimed to investigate the distribution of memory and naïve T cell (TN) subsets in hepatitis B virus (HBV)‑infected patients at different immune stages and investigate the effect of interleukin 33 (IL‑33) on the regulation of the T‑cell subsets. The distributions of memory and naïve T cells were detected by flow cytometry. ELISA was conducted to assess the levels of IL‑4, IL‑5, IL‑10, IL‑12, interferon γ and tumor necrosis factor α. The expression levels of IL‑33 and HBV x protein (HBx) were measured by reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Akbar Ahmad, Domokos Gerö, Gabor Olah, Csaba Szabo
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been proposed to exert pro- as well as anti-inflammatory effects in various models of critical illness. In this study, we compared bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑induced changes in inflammatory mediator production, indices of multiple organ injury and survival in wild‑type (WT) mice and in mice with reduced expression of one of the three H2S‑producing enzymes, cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE), cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS) or 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3MST)...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Myung-Joo Choi, Hong-Mei Zheng, Jae Min Kim, Kye Wan Lee, Yu Hwa Park, Don Haeng Lee
Oxidative stress in liver injury is a major pathogenetic factor in the progression of liver damage. Centella asiatica (L.) Urban, known in the United States as Gotu kola, is widely used as a traditional herbal medicine in Chinese or Indian Pennywort. The efficacy of Centella asiatica is comprehensive and is used as an anti‑inflammatory agent, for memory improvement, for its antitumor activity and for treatment of gastric ulcers. The present study investigated the protective effects of Centella asiatica on dimethylnitrosamine (DMN)‑induced liver injury in rats...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Paulina Płoszaj, Andrzej Regiec, Stanisław Ryng, Agnieszka Piwowar, Marian L Kruzel
The 5-amino-3-methyl-4-isoxazolecarboxylic acid hydrazide (HIX) is a synthetic isoxazole derivative with a potential for development as an anti-inflammatory drug candidate. The goal of this study was to explore in vitro autoimmune and inflammatory gene modulation by HIX in human Caco-2 cultured cells. The effect of low dose of HIX was tested on the expression level of RNA in 24h Caco-2 cultures using the QIAGEN Th17 for Autoimmunity & Inflammation RT(2) Profiler PCR Array. We choose the PCR technology as the most reliable and sensitive gene expression profiling method for analyzing specific gene regulatory networks...
October 17, 2016: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
Shi-Jun Yue, Cheng Qu, Peng-Xuan Zhang, Yu-Ping Tang, Yi Jin, Jian-Shuang Jiang, Ya-Nan Yang, Pei-Cheng Zhang, Jin-Ao Duan
Two novel quinochalcone C-glycosides, carthorquinosides A (1) and B (2), were isolated from the florets of Carthamus tinctorius. Their structures, including the absolute configurations, were established by analysis of NMR and MS data, together with chemical degradation and electronic circular dichroism spectra. Compound 1 has an unprecedented quinochalcone-flavonol structure linked via a methylene bridge, and compound 2 comprises two glucopyranosylquinochalcone moieties linked via the formyl carbon of an acyclic glucosyl unit...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
Markus Niemelä, Päivikki Kangastupa, Onni Niemelä, Risto Bloigu, Tatu Juvonen
BACKGROUND: Strenuous physical activity activates the participant's immune responses; however, few studies exist, observing exercise-induced simultaneous changes in mediators of inflammation. METHODS: We examined individual responses in soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR), a marker of immune activation, soluble endocytic receptor for haptoglobin-hemoglobin complexes (CD163), a marker of monocyte-macrophage activation, C-reactive protein (CRP), and pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines from blood samples drawn at baseline, at 3- and 48-h post-races from recreational runners who successfully completed the marathon (199 ± 8 min, n = 4) or half-marathon (132 ± 4 min, n = 4) run...
December 2016: Sports Medicine—Open
Christopher R Harnish, Roy T Sabo
BACKGROUND: The study aims to compare how work-to-rest ratio (W:R) influences insulin sensitivity (Si) and inflammatory responses following one session of sprint interval training (SIT). METHODS: Thirteen men and two women completed a cross-over comparison of two SIT interventions-Tabata (TAB), 10 × 20-s sprints/10-s rest, and Wingate (WIN), 5 × 30-s sprints with 270-s rest. IL-6, IL-10, and TNF-α were assessed at baseline, immediately following, and 1 h after SIT, as well as prior to the 24-h post-exercise oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTTs)...
December 2016: Sports Medicine—Open
Satoko Hayashi, Katsuya Suzuki, Keiko Yoshimoto, Masaru Takeshita, Takahiko Kurasawa, Kunihiro Yamaoka, Tsutomu Takeuchi
INTRODUCTION: Early prognostic factors for the clinical response in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after 1 year of treatment with infliximab (IFX) as part of routine clinical practice were investigated. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with RA with an inadequate response to methotrexate were enrolled and administered IFX (3-9 mg/kg, every 4-8 weeks). Serum trough levels of IFX and levels of 9 cytokines were measured at baseline and at 3, 6 months, and 1 year...
June 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Tasuku Suzuki, Yoji Sasahara, Atsuo Kikuchi, Humihiko Kakuta, Toshihiko Kashiwabara, Takashi Ishige, Yoshiko Nakayama, Masanori Tanaka, Akihiro Hoshino, Hirokazu Kanegane, Daiki Abukawa, Shigeo Kure
PURPOSE: Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a heterogeneous disorder caused by multiple factors. Although genetic and immunological analyses are required for a definitive diagnosis, no reports of a comprehensive genetic study of a Japanese population are available. METHODS: In total, 35 Japanese patients <16 years of age suffering from IBD, including 27 patients aged <6 years with very early-onset IBD, were enrolled in this multicenter study. Exome and targeted gene panel sequencing was performed for all patients...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Jennie M Gane, Robert A Stockley, Elizabeth Sapey
Selective TNFR1 blockade in inflammatory diseases is emerging as a clinical strategy. We studied the roles of the two TNF-α receptors, TNFR1 and TNFR2, in human monocytes, the principal producer of TNF-α and central to many TNF-α driven diseases. We hypothesised that TNF-α has pro- and anti-inflammatory effects on monocytes, occurring differentially via TNFR1 and TNFR2. Monocytes were isolated from healthy human subjects and exposed to LPS, plus/minus the addition of blocking antibodies to TNF-α or its receptors...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Lorenza Rattazzi, Giuseppa Piras, Samuel Brod, Koval Smith, Masahiro Ono, Fulvio D'Acquisto
T cells are known to be plastic and to change their phenotype according to the cellular and biochemical milieu they are embedded in. In this study, we transposed this concept at a macroscopic level assessing whether changes in the environmental housing conditions of C57/BL6 mice would influence the phenotype and function of T cells. Our study shows that exposure to 2 weeks in an enriched environment (EE) does not impact the T cell repertoire in vivo and causes no changes in the early TCR-driven activation events of these cells...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
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