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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532102/islet-encapsulated-implantable-composite-hollow-fiber-membrane-based-device-a-bioartificial-pancreas
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Rohit S Teotia, Sachin Kadam, Atul Kumar Singh, Surendra Kumar Verma, Ashutosh Bahulekar, Sujata Kanetkar, Jayesh Bellare
Islets from xeno-sources and islet like clusters derived from autologus stem cells have emerged as alternatives to cadaveric pancreas used for treatment of type 1 diabetes. However, the immuno-isolation of these islets from the host immune system suffers from the issue of biocompatibility and hypoxia. To overcome the issues of immunobarrier biocompatibility, we developed a Polysulfone (Psf)/TPGS composite hollow fiber membrane (HFM) using a hollow fiber spinning pilot plant specially developed for this purpose...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531865/glutamine-antagonist-mediated-immune-suppression-decreases-pathology-but-delays-virus-clearance-in-mice-during-nonfatal-alphavirus-encephalomyelitis
#2
Victoria K Baxter, Rebecca Glowinski, Alicia M Braxton, Michelle C Potter, Barbara S Slusher, Diane E Griffin
Infection of weanling C57BL/6 mice with the TE strain of Sindbis virus (SINV) causes nonfatal encephalomyelitis associated with hippocampal-based memory impairment that is partially prevented by treatment with 6-diazo-5-oxo-l-norleucine (DON), a glutamine antagonist (Potter et al., J Neurovirol 21:159, 2015). To determine the mechanism(s) of protection, lymph node and central nervous system (CNS) tissues from SINV-infected mice treated daily for 1 week with low (0.3mg/kg) or high (0.6mg/kg) dose DON were examined...
May 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531813/immunomodulatory-function-of-whole-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#3
Hao Zhang, Yanling Tao, Haihui Liu, Saisai Ren, Bin Zhang, Hu Chen
Bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) play a critical role in immune modulation. However, immunomodulatory function of whole human umbilical cord derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) remains unclear. In this study, UC-MSCs were separated from whole umbilical cord using a single enzyme digestion. UC-MSCs (CD73(+), CD90(+), CD105(+), and CD34(-), CD45(-), HLA-DR(-)) were differentiated into adipocytes, osteocytes and chondrocytes in vitro under specific stimulatory environments. UC-MSCs suppressed umbilical cord blood lymphocyte proliferation stimulated by mitogen, and ELISA showed that the secretion of INF-γ was downregulated, and the secretion of IL-4 was upregulated, with CD8(+) T cells markedly decreased and CD4(+) T cells changed lightly...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531759/interferon-regulatory-factors-a-key-to-tumour-immunity
#4
REVIEW
Yan-Jie Chen, Jing Li, Nan Lu, Xi-Zhong Shen
Interferon regulatory factors (IRFs), which have 10 members, belong to the transcription factor family and were named because of the regulation of interferon expression. They play important roles in the immune regulation, cell differentiation, cell apoptosis, and cell cycle regulation. This article will review the functional characteristics and immune activity of the family members, especially in the role of cell differentiation and autoimmune diseases. Intensive studies will help uncover the pathogenesis of the disease in a more comprehensive view, and provide novel targets for disease treatment...
May 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531376/immune-cell-signaling-in-autoimmune-diseases
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REVIEW
George C Tsokos, Noel R Rose
On September 20, 2016 the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association convened a selected group of 16 experts in Washington DC to discuss current issues and future directions of research in autoimmune diseases from the cell signaling perspective. The major topics considered included new findings on the follicular T cell cells in mice, their metabolic patterns and their control by the newly discovered T follicular regulatory cells. Current work on the metabolic pathways deemed important for the function of T cells was presented...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531291/a-novel-virus-vectored-respiratory-mucosal-vaccine-enhances-anti-tuberculosis-immunity-in-a-humanized-model-system
#6
Yushi Yao, Rocky Lai, Sam Afkhami, Siamak Haddadi, Anna Zganiacz, Fatemeh Vahedi, Ali A Ashkar, Charu Kaushic, Mangalakumari Jeyanathan, Zhou Xing
Background: The translation of pre-clinically promising novel tuberculosis (TB) vaccines to ultimate human applications has met with the challenge of lacking markedly improved animal models for vaccine testing with an immune system of human equivalent in its genetic diversity and level of susceptibility to TB. Methods: We have developed a humanized mice (Hu-mice) TB model system to investigate the clinical relevance of a novel virus-vectored (VV) TB vaccine administered via respiratory mucosal (RM) or parenteral route...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531231/utility-of-th1-cell-immune-responses-for-distinguishing-active-tuberculosis-from-non-active-tuberculosis-a-case-control-study
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Lifan Zhang, Xinhe Cheng, Sainan Bian, Yanhua Song, Qiang Li, Mengqiu Gao, Yueqiu Zhang, Xiaochun Shi, Xiaoqing Liu
Currently available Interferon-γ release assay (IGRA) cannot reliably differentiate active TB (ATB) from non-active TB (non-ATB). A study was performed to evaluate the value of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) specific Th1 cell immune responses which test IFN-γ and IL-2 simultaneous for differentiating ATB from non-ATB. Forty-nine newly diagnosed inpatients with ATB (26 pulmonary TB and 23 extrapulmonary TB) were enrolled as the ATB group. Forty-five volunteers with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and twenty with evidence of previous TB were enrolled during the same period as the non-ATB group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530841/the-increased-expression-of-toll-like-receptor-4-in-renal-and-skin-lesions-in-lupus-erythematosus
#8
Nesrine Elloumi, Raouia Fakhfakh, Lobna Ayadi, Khadija Sellami, Olfa Abida, Mariem Ben Jmaa, Tahya Sellami, Khawla Kammoun, Hatem Masmoudi
Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR-4), a bacterial lipopolysaccharide sensor, is an innate immunity essential modulator. It is expressed on both immune and non-immune cells and may contribute to the cutaneous and renal manifestations during lupus erythematosus (LE). Our purpose is to evaluate TLR-4 expression and analyzing its role in lupus nephritis (LN) and chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) pathogenesis. TLR-4 immunohistochemical staining was performed on 30 LN renal biopsies compared with 11 healthy renal tissues and 30 skin biopsies from CLE patients compared with 15 normal individuals...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530662/pd-l1-inhibits-acute-and-chronic-pain-by-suppressing-nociceptive-neuron-activity-via-pd-1
#9
Gang Chen, Yong Ho Kim, Hui Li, Hao Luo, Da-Lu Liu, Zhi-Jun Zhang, Mark Lay, Wonseok Chang, Yu-Qiu Zhang, Ru-Rong Ji
Programmed cell death ligand-1 (PD-L1) is typically produced by cancer cells and suppresses immunity through the receptor PD-1 expressed on T cells. However, the role of PD-L1 and PD-1 in regulating pain and neuronal function is unclear. Here we report that both melanoma and normal neural tissues including dorsal root ganglion (DRG) produce PD-L1 that can potently inhibit acute and chronic pain. Intraplantar injection of PD-L1 evoked analgesia in naive mice via PD-1, whereas PD-L1 neutralization or PD-1 blockade induced mechanical allodynia...
May 22, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530657/normal-and-cancerous-mammary-stem-cells-evade-interferon-induced-constraint-through-the-mir-199a-lcor-axis
#10
Toni Celià-Terrassa, Daniel D Liu, Abrar Choudhury, Xiang Hang, Yong Wei, Jose Zamalloa, Raymundo Alfaro-Aco, Rumela Chakrabarti, Yi-Zhou Jiang, Bong Ihn Koh, Heath A Smith, Christina DeCoste, Jun-Jing Li, Zhi-Ming Shao, Yibin Kang
Tumour-initiating cells, or cancer stem cells (CSCs), possess stem-cell-like properties observed in normal adult tissue stem cells. Normal and cancerous stem cells may therefore share regulatory mechanisms for maintaining self-renewing capacity and resisting differentiation elicited by cell-intrinsic or microenvironmental cues. Here, we show that miR-199a promotes stem cell properties in mammary stem cells and breast CSCs by directly repressing nuclear receptor corepressor LCOR, which primes interferon (IFN) responses...
May 22, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530644/intestinal-fungi-contribute-to-development-of-alcoholic-liver-disease
#11
An-Ming Yang, Tatsuo Inamine, Katrin Hochrath, Peng Chen, Lirui Wang, Cristina Llorente, Sena Bluemel, Phillipp Hartmann, Jun Xu, Yukinori Koyama, Tatiana Kisseleva, Manolito G Torralba, Kelvin Moncera, Karen Beeri, Chien-Sheng Chen, Kim Freese, Claus Hellerbrand, Serene Ml Lee, Hal M Hoffman, Wajahat Z Mehal, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, Ece A Mutlu, Ali Keshavarzian, Gordon D Brown, Samuel B Ho, Ramon Bataller, Peter Stärkel, Derrick E Fouts, Bernd Schnabl
Chronic liver disease with cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States, and alcoholic liver disease accounts for approximately half of all cirrhosis deaths. Chronic alcohol consumption is associated with intestinal bacterial dysbiosis, yet we understand little about the contribution of intestinal fungi, or mycobiota, to alcoholic liver disease. Here we have demonstrated that chronic alcohol administration increases mycobiota populations and translocation of fungal β-glucan into systemic circulation in mice...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530643/danger-signals-in-regulating-the-immune-response-to-solid-organ-transplantation
#12
Jamie L Todd, Scott M Palmer
Endogenous danger signals, or damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), are generated in response to cell stress and activate innate immunity to provide a pivotal mechanism by which an organism can respond to damaged self. Accumulating experimental and clinical data have established the importance of DAMPs, which signal through innate pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) or DAMP-specific receptors, in regulating the alloresponse to solid organ transplantation (SOT). Moreover, DAMPs may incite distinct downstream cellular responses that could specifically contribute to the development of allograft fibrosis and chronic graft dysfunction...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530548/critical-role-of-rig-i-and-mda5-in-early-and-late-stages-of-tulane-virus-infection
#13
Preeti Chhabra, Priya Ranjan, Theresa Cromeans, Suryaprakash Sambhara, Jan Vinjé
Human noroviruses are a major cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide, but the lack of a robust cell culture system or small animal model have hampered a better understanding of innate immunity against these viruses. Tulane virus (TV) is the prototype virus of a tentative new genus, Recovirus, in the family Caliciviridae. Its epidemiology and biological properties most closely resemble human norovirus. The host innate immune response to RNA virus infection primarily involves pathogen-sensing toll-like receptors (TLRs) TLR3 and TLR7 and retinoic acid-inducible gene I-like receptor RIG-I and melanoma differentiation associated gene 5 (MDA5)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530508/influence-of-transmitted-virus-on-the-host-s-immune-response-a-case-study
#14
Shahzma Merani, Michaela Lucas, Pooja Deshpande, Katja Pfafferott, Abha Chopra, Don Cooper, Shay Leary, Fabio Luciani, Silvana Gaudieri
Host hepatitis C virus (HCV)-specific T cell responses and the ability of the virus to escape this response are important correlates of infection outcome. Understanding this host-viral interplay has been difficult given the often asymptomatic nature of acute HCV infection. We studied a recent transmission case to determine whether adapted viral strains can be transmitted and influence the recipient's anti-HCV T cell response. The diversity of viral populations was examined using next-generation sequencing, and HCV-specific T cell interferon (IFN)-γ responses were assessed using a peptide panel representing the autologous viruses...
May 22, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530443/association-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-the-hepcidin-promoter-gene-with-susceptibility-to-extrapulmonary-tuberculosis
#15
Li Liang, Huijuan Liu, Jun Yue, Li-Rong Liu, Min Han, Liu-Lin Luo, Yan-Lin Zhao, Heping Xiao
BACKGROUND: Hepcidin is a 25-amino acid peptide produced by the liver in response to inflammation and iron overload. It is encoded by the hepcidin antimicrobial peptide (HAMP) gene and plays a key role in innate immunity. Previous studies have reported that a -582 A>G polymorphism in the HAMP promoter (HAMP-P) affects hepcidin expression, causing susceptibility to various bacterial and viral pathogens. However, it is not known whether the HAMP-P -582 A>G polymorphism is associated with tuberculosis (TB) susceptibility...
May 22, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530223/tweak-mediates-inflammation-in-experimental-atopic-dermatitis-and-psoriasis
#16
Daniel Sidler, Ping Wu, Rana Herro, Meike Claus, Dennis Wolf, Yuko Kawakami, Toshiaki Kawakami, Linda Burkly, Michael Croft
Atopic dermatitis (AD) and psoriasis are driven by alternate type 2 and type 17 immune responses, but some proteins might be critical to both diseases. Here we show that a deficiency of the TNF superfamily molecule TWEAK (TNFSF12) in mice results in defective maintenance of AD-specific T helper type 2 (Th2) and psoriasis-specific Th17 cells in the skin, and impaired expression of disease-characteristic chemokines and cytokines, such as CCL17 and TSLP in AD, and CCL20 and IL-19 in psoriasis. The TWEAK receptor, Fn14, is upregulated in keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts, and TWEAK induces these cytokines and chemokines alone and in synergy with the signature T helper cytokines of either disease, IL-13 and IL-17...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530169/commensal-derived-omvs-elicit-a-mild-proinflammatory-response-in-intestinal-epithelial-cells
#17
Daniel A Patten, Enas Hussein, Scott P Davies, Paul N Humphreys, Andrew Collett
Under normal physiological conditions, the intestinal immunity remains largely hyporesponsive to the commensal microbiota, yet also retains the inherent ability to rapidly respond to pathogenic antigens. However, immunomodulatory activities of extracellular products from commensal bacteria have been little studied, with previous investigations generally utilizing the live bacterium to study microbiota-epithelial interactions. In this study, we demonstrate that extracellular products of a commensal bacterium, Escherichia coli C25, elicit a moderate release of proinflammatory IL-8 and stimulate transcriptional up-regulation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) in intestinal epithelial cell lines HT29-19A and Caco-2...
May 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530164/biocompatibility-of-intensified-decellularized-equine-carotid-arteries-in-a-rat-subcutaneous-implantation-model-and-in-a-human-in-vitro-model
#18
Niklas Jeinsen, Lavinia Maegel, Danny Jonigk, Melanie Klingenberg, Axel Haverich, Mathias Wilhelmi, Ulrike Böer
Limited biocompatibility of decellularized scaffolds is an ongoing challenge in tissue engineering. We recently demonstrated that intensified detergent-based decellularization of equine carotid artery (dEACintens) removed residual cellular molecules from the scaffold more efficiently than a conventional decellularization (dEACcon) though this approach did not eliminate its immunogenicity entirely. CCN1 has been shown to improve biocompatibility of dEACcon in a sheep model. Here, we tested the biocompatibility of dEACintens and dEACcon with or without CCN1-coating after subcutaneous implantation in rats for up to 12 weeks...
May 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530155/an-oncolytic-adenovirus-encoding-decorin-and-gm-csf-inhibits-tumor-growth-in-a-colorectal-tumor-model-by-targeting-pro-tumorigenic-signals-and-via-immune-activation
#19
Zhao Liu, Yuefeng Yang, Xiaoyan Zhang, Hao Wang, Weidong Xu, Hua Wang, FengJun Xiao, Zhigang Bai, Hongwei Yao, Xuemei Ma, Lan Jin, Chu-Tse Wu, Prem Seth, Zhongtao Zhang, Lisheng Wang
In advanced and metastatic stages of colorectal cancer (CRC), reduced sensitivity to conventional strategies is still a major obstacle to successful treatments. Decorin is an important regulator in the development and progression of various cancers. To examine if CRC patients have altered decorin levels, expression of decorin and its target genes, Met and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) were analyzed in their tumors. Compared to normal tissues, decorin expression was reduced in CRC patients' tumors, while, there were increased Met and VEGFA levels...
May 20, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530014/microrna-30a-5p-promotes-replication-of-porcine-circovirus-type-2-through-enhancing-autophagy-by-targeting-14-3-3
#20
Xiaomin Wang, Xianglan Xu, Wei Wang, Zhengyu Yu, Libin Wen, Kongwang He, Hongjie Fan
Accumulating evidence demonstrates that autophagy and microRNAs (miRNAs) play key roles in regulating virus-host interactions and can restrict or facilitate viral replication. In the present study we examined whether a functional relationship exists between autophagy, miRNA and porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) infection, using several approaches. We demonstrated that there was a positive correlation between PCV2 infection and autophagy in 3D4/21 cells and autophagy induced by PCV2 infection triggered PCV2 replication...
May 22, 2017: Archives of Virology
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