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M Sasikala, V V Ravikanth, K Murali Manohar, Neha Deshpande, Sandhya Singh, P Pavan Kumar, R Talukdar, Sudip Ghosh, Mohsin Aslam, G V Rao, R Pradeep, D Nageshwar Reddy
Objectives: Altered immune homeostasis and involvement of T cells has been reported in chronic pancreatitis (CP). We evaluated the role of Bach2 (BTB and CNC homology basic leucine zipper transcription factor 2), a key regulator of immune homeostasis in the chronicity of CP. Methods: Expression of Bach2 and T-cell transcription factors, enumeration of BACH2+/CD4+ T-lymphocytes were performed by qRT-PCR and flow cytometry respectively. Bach2 silenced human CD4+ T-lymphocytes were exposed to CP tissue extract to assess T-cell lineage commitment...
March 2018: United European Gastroenterology Journal
Per Kempe, Daniel Eklund, Agnes Hallin, Mats Hammar, Tomas Olsson, Jan Brynhildsen, Jan Ernerudh
To prospectively study systemic in vivo immunological effects of sex hormones, using different phases of oral combined hormonal contraceptives (CHC), and the natural menstrual cycles in both healthy women and in women with multiple sclerosis (MS), blood samples from sixty female MS patients and healthy controls with and without CHC were drawn in high and low estrogenic/progestogenic phases. Expression of Th-associated genes in blood cells was determined by qPCR and a panel of cytokines and chemokines was measured in plasma...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Divya Singh, Himanshi Tanwar, Sudeshna Das, Lilly Ganju, Shashi Bala Singh
OBJECTIVE: Kaempferol, a natural flavonol present in various traditional medicinal plants, is known to possess potent anti-inflammatory properties. This study was designed to study the adjuvant effect of kaempferol administration along with ovalbumin antigen (K + O) in balb/c mice. METHODS: Mice were immunized with kaempferol (100 and 50 mg/kg body weight) without or with ovalbumin (20 µg/mouse). After priming, booster was administered on day 21. Antigen specific IgG titers and its subtypes, on day 28, were estimated by indirect ELISA...
February 28, 2018: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
Ryo Okada, Xinwen Zhang, Yuka Harada, Zhou Wu, Hiroshi Nakanishi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to investigate the role of cathepsin H (CatH), a lysosomal cysteine protease, in the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of multiple sclerosis. METHODS: EAE was induced in CatH-deficient mice (CatH-/- ) and wild-type littermates (+/+) using myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) 35-55. The effects of CatH deficiency were determined by clinical scoring, mRNA expression levels of Tbx21, Rorc and FoxP3, protein levels of poly(I:C)-induced toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) and phosphorylation of IRF3, and secretion of interferon-β (IFN-β) by splenocytes...
February 22, 2018: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Tanja Schönfelder, Moritz Brandt, Sabine Kossmann, Tanja Knopp, Thomas Münzel, Ulrich Walter, Susanne H Karbach, Philip Wenzel
The role of leukocytes in deep vein thrombosis (DVT) resolution is incompletely understood. We determined how depletion of lysozyme positive (LysM + ) cells and a switched-off type 1 immune response influences thrombus resolution. DVT was induced in 12-week-old male mice by inferior vena cava (IVC) stenosis. Toxin mediated depletion of myeloid cells improved thrombus resolution in mice with Cre-inducible expression of the diphtheria toxin receptor in LysM + cells. This correlated with decreased CD45 + cells, a population shift of Gr-1 + to Gr-1 - CD11b + myelomonocytic cells (flow cytometry) and an increase in CC-chemokine ligand 2, interleukin-4 and interleukin-10 mRNA expressions...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Dan Yan Zhu, Xiao Zhao Deng, Yu Meng Zhu, Guo Tao Li, Guo Qiang Zhang, Ling Ju Wang, Jing Hai Zhang, Wen Xiao, Zhen Xian Zhou, Wei Liang Ding
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver disease. The outcomes of both spontaneous HCV clearance and response to therapy depend on both viral and host factors. To investigate the influence of polymorphisms of IL-28B rs12979860 and TBX21 rs17250932, rs4794067 as well as viral factors (HCV genotype, F protein) on the outcome of HCV infection, we genotyped 565 patients with chronic HCV infection, 191 patients spontaneously resolved from HCV infection, 359 healthy controls and 383 treatment-naïve CHC patients with pegylated interferon-α and ribavirin (PEG IFN-α/RBV)...
February 5, 2018: Archives of Virology
Wei Sun, Hong-Yan Wu, Song Chen
AIM: To investigated the mechanism of the association between the TBX21 T-1993C promoter polymorphism and autoimmune hepatitis type 1 (AIH-1) development. METHODS: In vivo, In vivo, and reporter analyses were performed to determine the function of transcription factors binding to the T-1993C element of the TBX21 promoter in human CD4+ T and B cell lines. Flow cytometry and quantitative real-time PCR were used to analyze T-box transcription factor (T-bet) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) expressions in CD4+ T cells, B cells and monocytes from the peripheral blood of AIH-1 patients including 5-1993TC and 15-1993TT genotype carriers, and healthy controls including 10-1993TC and 25-1993TT genotype carriers...
December 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Dongjin Jeong, Hye Young Kim, Doo Hyun Chung
Invariant NKT (iNKT) cells are a distinct subset of T cells that exert Janus-like functions in vivo by producing IFN-γ and IL-4. Sodium chloride modulates the functions of various immune cells, including conventional CD4+ T cells and macrophages. However, it is not known whether sodium chloride affects iNKT cell function, so we addressed this issue. Sodium chloride inhibited IFN-γ, but not IL-4, production by iNKT cells upon TCR or TCR-independent (IL-12 and IL-18) stimulation in a dose-dependent manner. Consistently, sodium chloride reduced the expression level of tbx21, but not gata-3, in iNKT cells stimulated with TCR engagement or IL-12 + IL-18...
January 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Amy S Duffield, Maria Libera Ascierto, Robert A Anders, Janis M Taube, Alan K Meeker, Shuming Chen, Tracee L McMiller, Neil A Phillips, Haiying Xu, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Alan E Berger, Drew M Pardoll, Suzanne L Topalian, Richard F Ambinder
Classical Hodgkin lymphoma (CHL) is a neoplasm characterized by robust inflammatory infiltrates and heightened expression of the immunosuppressive PD-1/PD-L1 pathway. Although anti-PD-1 therapy can be effective in >60% of patients with refractory CHL, improved treatment options are needed for CHLs which are resistant to anti-PD-1 or relapse after this form of immunotherapy. A deeper understanding of immunologic factors in the CHL microenvironment might support the design of more effective treatment combinations based on anti-PD-1...
July 25, 2017: Blood Advances
Huong Duong-Thi-Ly, Ha Nguyen-Thi-Thu, Long Nguyen-Hoang, Hanh Nguyen-Thi-Bich, Timothy J Craig, Sy Duong-Quy
Numerous studies have examined the association between pharmacogenetic effects and the response to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in patients with asthma. In fact, several single nucleotide polymorphisms of a number of candidate genes have been identified that might influence the clinical response to ICS in children with asthma. Their direct or indirect effects depend on their role in the inflammatory process in asthma or the anti-inflammatory action of corticosteroids, respectively. Among the genes identified, variants in T-box 21 ( TBX21) and Fc fragment of IgE receptor II ( FCER2) contribute indirectly to the variability in the response to ICS by altering the inflammatory mechanisms in asthma, while other genes such as corticotropin releasing hormone receptor 1 ( CRHR1), nuclear receptor subfamily 3 group C member 1 ( NR3C1), stress induced phosphoprotein 1 ( STIP1), dual specificity phosphatase 1 (DUSP1), glucocorticoid induced 1 (GLCCI1), histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC), ORMDL sphingolipid biosynthesis regulator 3 (ORMDL3), and vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF) directly affect this variability through the anti-inflammatory mechanisms of ICS...
December 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
Koustav Sarkar, Seong-Su Han, Kuo-Kwang Wen, Hans D Ochs, Loïc Dupré, Michael M Seidman, Yatin M Vyas
BACKGROUND: Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS), X-linked thrombocytopenia (XLT), and X-linked neutropenia (XLN), caused by WAS mutations affecting WASp expression or activity, manifest in immunodeficiency, autoimmunity, genomic-instability, and lymphoid-cancer. WASp supports filamentous-actin formation in the cytoplasm and gene-transcription in the nucleus. Although the genetic basis for XLT/WAS has been clarified, the relationships between mutant forms of WASp and the diverse features of these disorders remain ill-defined...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Alison Taylor, David Rothstein, Christopher E Rudd
The impact of PD-1 immune checkpoint therapy prompts exploration of other strategies to downregulate PD-1 for cancer therapy. We previously showed that the serine/threonine kinase, glycogen synthase kinase GSK-3α/β, is a central regulator of PD-1 transcription in CD8+ T cells. Here, we show that the use of small molecule inhibitors of GSK-3α/β (GSK-3i) to reduce pcdc1 (PD-1) transcription and expression was as effective as anti-PD-1 and PDL-1 blocking antibodies in the control of B16 melanoma, or EL4 lymphoma, in primary tumor and metastatic settings...
October 20, 2017: Cancer Research
Shiguang Zhu, Xingmiao Wang, Ji Wang, Jun Lin, Yizi Cong, Guangdong Qiao
Breast cancer is a common malignancy and a major cause of death in women worldwide. The immunomodulatory role of B cells is being increasingly recognized in autoimmune diseases and cancers. In recent years, immunotherapeutic strategies that upregulate the patient's own antitumor T cell responses have shown promise in treating solid tumors and are being developed for breast cancer. In this study, we discovered that the B cells in breast cancer patients were enriched with interferon (IFN)-γ-expressing cells and presented high potency for IFN-γ production...
December 1, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
Yunyun Zhu, Yiguo Qiu, Hongsong Yu, Shenglan Yi, Wencheng Su, Aize Kijlstra, Peizeng Yang
The pathogenesis of Behcet's disease (BD) remains poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether an aberrant DNA methylation of transcriptional and inflammatory factors, including TBX21, GATA3, RORγt, FOXP3, IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-17A and TGF-β, in CD4(+)T confers risk to BD. We found that the promoter methylation level of GATA3, IL-4 and TGF-β was significantly up-regulated in active BD patients and negatively correlated with the corresponding mRNA expression. The mRNA expression of GATA3 and TGF-β was markedly down-regulated in active BD patients compared to healthy individuals...
September 8, 2017: Oncotarget
Stefan Klein-Hessling, Khalid Muhammad, Matthias Klein, Tobias Pusch, Ronald Rudolf, Jessica Flöter, Musga Qureischi, Andreas Beilhack, Martin Vaeth, Carsten Kummerow, Christian Backes, Rouven Schoppmeyer, Ulrike Hahn, Markus Hoth, Tobias Bopp, Friederike Berberich-Siebelt, Amiya Patra, Andris Avots, Nora Müller, Almut Schulze, Edgar Serfling
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes are effector CD8(+) T cells that eradicate infected and malignant cells. Here we show that the transcription factor NFATc1 controls the cytotoxicity of mouse cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Activation of Nfatc1 (-/-) cytotoxic T lymphocytes showed a defective cytoskeleton organization and recruitment of cytosolic organelles to immunological synapses. These cells have reduced cytotoxicity against tumor cells, and mice with NFATc1-deficient T cells are defective in controlling Listeria infection...
September 11, 2017: Nature Communications
Kazumasa Iwamoto, Masaya Moriwaki, Yoshie Niitsu, Masachika Saino, Shunsuke Takahagi, Junzo Hisatsune, Motoyuki Sugai, Michihiro Hide
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the most common chronic inflammatory skin diseases. The skin of patients with AD presents as a disbalance of the microbiome with a strong colonization by Staphylococcus aureus, which positively correlates with the severity of the disease. However, the effect of colonized S. aureus on the skin immune system has not been fully elucidated. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to explore whether S. aureus isolated from AD skin is able to skew T cell responses via Langerhans cells (LC) as compared to a standard strain of S...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
Antonia O Cuff, Victoria Male
Mouse liver contains both Eomes-dependent conventional natural killer (cNK) cells and Tbet-dependent liver-resident type I innate lymphoid cells (ILC1). In order to better understand the role of ILC1, we attempted to generate mice that would lack liver ILC1, while retaining cNK, by conditional deletion of Tbet in NKp46+ cells. Here we report that the Ncr1 (iCre)Tbx21 (fl/fl) mouse has a roughly equivalent reduction in both the cNK and ILC1 compartments of the liver, limiting its utility for investigating the relative contributions of these two cell types in disease models...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
Hazel Wilkie, Valentina Riggio, Oswald Matika, Louise Nicol, Kathryn A Watt, Rona Sinclair, Alexandra M Sparks, Daniel H Nussey, Josephine M Pemberton, Ross D Houston, John Hopkins
Sheep naturally acquire a degree of resistant immunity to parasitic worm infection through repeated exposure. However, the immune response and clinical outcome vary greatly between animals. Genetic polymorphisms in genes integral to differential T helper cell polarization may contribute to variation in host response and disease outcome. A total of twelve single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were sequenced in IL23R, RORC2 and TBX21 from genomic DNA of Scottish Blackface lambs. Of the twelve SNPs, six were non-synonymous (missense), four were within the 3' UTRs and two were intronic...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
Janaina Cardoso Dos Santos, Lidiane Zito Grund, Carla Simone Seibert, Elineide Eugênio Marques, Anderson Brito Soares, Valerie F Quesniaux, Bernhard Ryffel, Monica Lopes-Ferreira, Carla Lima
One of the hallmarks of acute inflammation is neutrophil infiltration of tissues. We investigated molecular mechanisms implicated in acute neutrophilic inflammation induced by the venom of a freshwater stingray (Potamotrygon cf. henlei) in mice. Ray venom induced early mobilization of neutrophil in the microvasculature of cremaster mice and infiltration of the peritoneal cavity 2 hours after injury, in a dose-response manner. IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, and KC were produced. The neutrophilic infiltration did not occur in mice with ST2 receptor and MyD88 adapters neutralized, or in those with PI3K and p38 MAPK signaling blocked...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Raimon Rios, Hugo Bernardino Ferreira da Silva, Norma Vilany Queiroz Carneiro, Anaque de Oliveira Pires, Tamires Cana Brasil Carneiro, Ryan Dos Santos Costa, Cintia Rodrigues Marques, Marta Santos Serafim Machado, Eudes da Silva Velozo, Telma M G da Silva, Tania M S da Silva, Adilva de Souza Conceição, Neuza Maria Alcântara-Neves, Camila Alexandrina Figueiredo
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Solanum paniculatum L., popularly known as jurubeba, is a common subtropical plant from Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, that is used in folk medicine for the treatment of anemia, gastrointestinal disorders and inflammatory conditions in general. In addition to that, an ethnobotanical survey in "Todos os Santos" Bay have pointed out S. paniculatum as an herb to treat asthma. Previous publications have shown that S. paniculatum possesses antibiotic, antioxidant and modulatory effects on gastric acid secretion; however, its anti-inflammatory potential remains unexplored...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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