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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340358/lysosomal-rupture-induced-by-structurally-distinct-chitosans-either-promotes-a-type-1-ifn-response-or-activates-the-inflammasome-in-macrophages
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David Fong, Pascal Grégoire-Gélinas, Alexandre P Cheng, Tal Mezheritsky, Marc Lavertu, Sachiko Sato, Caroline D Hoemann
Chitosan is a family of glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine polysaccharides with poorly understood immune modulating properties. Here, functional U937 macrophage responses were analyzed in response to a novel library of twenty chitosans with controlled degree of deacetylation (DDA, 60-98%), molecular weight (1 to >100 kDa), and acetylation pattern (block vs. random). Specific chitosan preparations (10 or 190 kDa 80% block DDA and 3, 5, or 10 kDa 98% DDA) either induced macrophages to release CXCL10 and IL-1ra at 5-50 μg/mL, or activated the inflammasome to release IL-1β and PGE2 at 50-150 μg/mL...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300333/psychological-stress-induced-colonic-barrier-dysfunction-role-of-immune-mediated-mechanisms
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P Hattay, D K Prusator, L Tran, B Greenwood-Van Meerveld
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) exhibit increases in gut permeability and alterations in tight junction (TJ) protein expression. Although psychological stress worsens IBS symptoms, the mechanisms by which stress enhances gut permeability and affects TJ protein expression remain to be determined. Here, we test the hypothesis that chronic intermittent psychological stress activates the release of proinflammatory cytokines to alter TJ proteins and promotes increased gut permeability...
March 16, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289506/regulation-of-mitochondrial-function-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-by-nitric-oxide-in-pluripotent-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Estefania Caballano-Infantes, José Terron-Bautista, Amparo Beltrán-Povea, Gladys M Cahuana, Bernat Soria, Hajji Nabil, Francisco J Bedoya, Juan R Tejedo
Mitochondrial dysfunction and endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) are global processes that are interrelated and regulated by several stress factors. Nitric oxide (NO) is a multifunctional biomolecule with many varieties of physiological and pathological functions, such as the regulation of cytochrome c inhibition and activation of the immune response, ERS and DNA damage; these actions are dose-dependent. It has been reported that in embryonic stem cells, NO has a dual role, controlling differentiation, survival and pluripotency, but the molecular mechanisms by which it modulates these functions are not yet known...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274797/polyplex-evolution-understanding-biology-optimizing-performance
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REVIEW
Arnaldur Hall, Ulrich Lächelt, Jiri Bartek, Ernst Wagner, Seyed Moein Moghimi
Polyethylenimine (PEI) is a gold standard polycationic transfectant. However, the highly efficient transfecting activity of PEI and many of its derivatives is accompanied by serious cytotoxic complications and safety concerns at innate immune levels, which impedes the development of therapeutic polycationic nucleic acid carriers in general and their clinical applications. In recent years, the dilemma between transfection efficacy and adverse PEI activities has been addressed from in-depth investigations of cellular processes during transfection and elucidation of molecular mechanisms of PEI-mediated toxicity and translation of these integrated events to chemical engineering of novel PEI derivatives with an improved benefit-to-risk ratio...
March 5, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264910/the-expanding-role-of-type-ii-secretion-in-bacterial-pathogenesis-and-beyond
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Nicholas P Cianciotto, Richard C White
Type II secretion (T2S) is one means by which Gram-negative pathogens secrete proteins into the extracellular milieu and/or host organisms. Based upon recent genome sequencing, it is clear that T2S is largely restricted to the Proteobacteria, occurring in many, but not all genera in the α-, β-, γ-, and δ- classes. Prominent human and/or animal pathogens that express a T2S system(s) include Acinetobacter baumannii, Burkholderia pseudomallei, Chlamydia trachomatis, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, Vibrio cholerae, and Yersinia enterocolitica T2S-expressing plant pathogens include Dickeya dadantii, Erwinia amylovora, Pectobacterium carotovorum, Ralstonia solanacearum, Xanthomonas campestris, Xanthomonas oryzae, and Xylella fastidiosa T2S also occurs in non-pathogenic bacteria, facilitating symbioses, among other things...
March 6, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223986/gtpase-of-the-immune-associated-nucleotide-protein-5-regulates-the-lysosomal-calcium-compartment-in-t-lymphocytes
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Daniel Serrano, Farnaz Ghobadi, Guylain Boulay, Subburaj Ilangumaran, Christine Lavoie, Sheela Ramanathan
T lymphocytes from Gimap5(lyp/lyp) rats carrying a recessive mutation in the GTPase of immune-associated protein 5 (Gimap5) gene undergo spontaneous apoptosis. Molecular mechanisms underlying this survival defect are not yet clear. We have shown that Gimap5(lyp/lyp) T lymphocytes display reduced calcium influx following T cell antigen receptor (TCR) stimulation that was associated with impaired buffering of calcium by mitochondria. Here, we investigated the subcellular localization of GIMAP5 and its influence on Ca(2+) response in HEK293T cells and T lymphocytes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220858/time-reversal-breaking-induced-quantum-spin-hall-effect
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Wei Luo, D X Shao, Ming-Xun Deng, W Y Deng, L Sheng
We show that quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect does not occur in a square lattice model due to cancellation of the intrinsic spin-orbit coupling coming from different hopping paths. However, we show that QSH effect can be induced by the presence of staggered magnetic fluxes alternating directions square by square. When the resulting Peierls phase takes a special value , the system has a composite symmetry ΘΡ- with Θ the time-reversal operator and Ρ- transforming the Peierls phase from γ to γ - , which protects the gapless edge states...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220120/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-and-its-implications-in-inflammation-an-overview
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REVIEW
Vidal Delgado-Rizo, Marco A Martínez-Guzmán, Liliana Iñiguez-Gutierrez, Alejandra García-Orozco, Anabell Alvarado-Navarro, Mary Fafutis-Morris
In addition to physical barriers, neutrophils are considered a part of the first line of immune defense. They can be found in the bloodstream, with a lifespan of 6-8 h, and in tissue, where they can last up to 7 days. The mechanisms that neutrophils utilize for host defense are phagocytosis, degranulation, cytokine production, and, the most recently described, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) production. NETs are DNA structures released due to chromatin decondensation and spreading, and they thus occupy three to five times the volume of condensed chromatin...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219803/maintaining-unperturbed-cerebral-blood-flow-is-key-in-the-study-of-brain-metastasis-and-its-interactions-with-stress-and-inflammatory-responses
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Benbenishty Amit, Segev-Amzaleg Niva, Shaashua Lee, Melamed Rivka, Ben-Eliyahu Shamgar, Blinder Pablo
Blood-borne brain metastases are associated with poor prognosis, but little is known about the interplay between cerebral blood flow, surgical stress responses, and the metastatic process. The intra-carotid inoculation approach, traditionally used in animal studies, involves permanent occlusion of the common carotid artery (CCA). Herein we introduced a novel intra-carotid inoculation approach that avoids CCA ligation, namely - assisted external carotid artery inoculation (aECAi) - and compared it to the traditional approach in C57/BL6 mice, assessing cerebral blood flow; particle distribution; blood-brain barrier (BBB) integrity; stress, inflammatory and immune responses; and brain tumor retention and growth...
February 20, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178278/advances-in-the-quantification-of-mitochondrial-function-in-primary-human-immune-cells-through-extracellular-flux-analysis
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Dequina Nicholas, Elizabeth A Proctor, Forum M Raval, Blanche C Ip, Chloe Habib, Eleni Ritou, Tom N Grammatopoulos, Devin Steenkamp, Hans Dooms, Caroline M Apovian, Douglas A Lauffenburger, Barbara S Nikolajczyk
Numerous studies show that mitochondrial energy generation determines the effectiveness of immune responses. Furthermore, changes in mitochondrial function may regulate lymphocyte function in inflammatory diseases like type 2 diabetes. Analysis of lymphocyte mitochondrial function has been facilitated by introduction of 96-well format extracellular flux (XF96) analyzers, but the technology remains imperfect for analysis of human lymphocytes. Limitations in XF technology include the lack of practical protocols for analysis of archived human cells, and inadequate data analysis tools that require manual quality checks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177299/development-of-an-improved-wearable-device-for-core-body-temperature-monitoring-based-on-the-dual-heat-flux-principle
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Jingjie Feng, Congcong Zhou, Cheng He, Yuan Li, Xuesong Ye
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, a miniaturized wearable core body temperature (CBT) monitoring system based on the dual heat flux (DHF) principle was developed. APPROACH: By interspersing calcium carbonate powder in PolyDimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a reformative heat transfer medium was produced to reduce the thermal equilibrium time. Besides, a least mean square (LMS) algorithm based active noise cancellation (ANC) method was adopted to diminish the impact of ambient temperature fluctuations...
February 8, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176790/architectural-and-functional-alterations-of-the-small-intestinal-mucosa-in-classical-whipple-s-disease
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H-J Epple, J Friebel, V Moos, H Troeger, S M Krug, K Allers, K Schinnerling, A Fromm, B Siegmund, M Fromm, J D Schulzke, T Schneider
Classical Whipple's disease (CWD) affects the gastrointestinal tract and rather elicits regulatory than inflammatory immune reactions. Mechanisms of malabsorption, diarrhea, and systemic immune activation are unknown. We here analyzed mucosal architecture, barrier function, and immune activation as potential diarrheal trigger in specimens from 52 CWD patients. Our data demonstrate villus atrophy and crypt hyperplasia associated with epithelial apoptosis and reduced alkaline phosphatase expression in the duodenum of CWD patients...
February 8, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170426/chronic-social-stress-in-pigs-impairs-intestinal-barrier-and-nutrient-transporter-function-and-alters-neuro-immune-mediator-and-receptor-expression
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Yihang Li, Zehe Song, Katelyn A Kerr, Adam J Moeser
Psychosocial stress is a major factor driving gastrointestinal (GI) pathophysiology and disease susceptibility in humans and animals. The mechanisms governing susceptibility to stress-induced GI disease remain poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated the influence of chronic social stress (CSS) in pigs, induced by 7 d of chronic mixing/crowding stress, on intestinal barrier and nutrient transport function, corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) signaling and immunological responses. Results from this study showed that CSS resulted in a significant impairment of ileal and colonic barrier function indicated by reduced transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) in the ileum and increased FD4 flux in the ileum (by 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169350/chloroquine-inhibits-human-cd4-t-cell-activation-by-ap-1-signaling-modulation
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Ralf L J Schmidt, Sabrina Jutz, Katrin Goldhahn, Nadine Witzeneder, Marlene C Gerner, Doris Trapin, Georg Greiner, Gregor Hoermann, Guenter Steiner, Winfried F Pickl, Heinz Burgmann, Peter Steinberger, Franz Ratzinger, Klaus G Schmetterer
Chloroquine (CQ) is widely used as an anti-inflammatory therapeutic for rheumatic diseases. Although its modes of action on the innate immune system are well described, there is still insufficient knowledge about its direct effects on the adaptive immune system. Thus, we evaluated the influence of CQ on activation parameters of human CD4(+) T-cells. CQ directly suppressed proliferation, metabolic activity and cytokine secretion of T-cells following anti-CD3/anti-CD28 activation. In contrast, CQ showed no effect on up-regulation of T-cell activation markers...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160208/enhancement-of-skin-permeation-and-skin-immunization-of-ovalbumin-antigen-via-microneedles
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Boonnada Pamornpathomkul, Theerasak Rojanarata, Praneet Opanasopit, Tanasait Ngawhirunpat
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of different types of microneedles and doses of ovalbumin antigen for in vitro skin permeation and in vivo immunization. In vitro skin permeation experiments and confocal laser scanning microscopy revealed that hollow microneedles had a superior enhancing effect on skin permeation compared with a solid microneedle patch and untreated skin by efficiently delivering ovalbumin-fluorescein conjugate into the deep skin layers. The flux and cumulative amount of ovalbumin-fluorescein conjugate at 8 h after administering with various conditions could be ranked as follows: hollow MN; high dose > medium dose > low dose > MN patch; high dose > medium dose > low dose > untreated skin; high dose > medium dose > low dose > without ovalbumin-fluorescein conjugate...
February 3, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129024/becn1-dependent-casp2-incomplete-autophagy-induction-by-binding-to-rabies-virus-phosphoprotein
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Juan Liu, Hailong Wang, Jinyan Gu, Tingjuan Deng, Zhuangchuan Yuan, Boli Hu, Yunbin Xu, Yan Yan, Jie Zan, Min Liao, Erin DiCaprio, Jianrong Li, Shuo Su, Jiyong Zhou
Autophagy is an essential component of host immunity and utilized by viruses for survival. However, the autophagy signaling pathways involved in virus replication are poorly documented. Here, we observed that rabies virus (RABV) infection triggered intracellular autophagosome accumulation and results in incomplete autophagy by inhibiting autophagy flux. Subsequently, we found that RABV infection induced the reduction of CASP2/caspase 2 and the activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)-AKT-MTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) and AMPK-MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathways...
January 27, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057386/nanoparticles-decorated-with-viral-antigens-are-more-immunogenic-at-low-surface-density
#17
Matthew G Brewer, Anthony DiPiazza, Joshua Acklin, Changyong Feng, Andrea J Sant, Stephen Dewhurst
There is an urgent need to develop protective vaccines for high priority viral pathogens. One approach known to enhance immune responses to viral proteins is to display them on a nanoparticle (NP) scaffold. However, little is known about the effect of protein density on the B cell response to antigens displayed on NPs. To address this question HIV-1 Envelope (Env) and influenza hemagglutinin (HA) were displayed on a polystyrene-based NP scaffold at various densities - corresponding to mean antigen distances that span the range encountered on naturally occurring virions...
February 1, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056107/autophagy-is-an-innate-mechanism-associated-with-leprosy-polarization
#18
Bruno Jorge de Andrade Silva, Mayara Garcia de Mattos Barbosa, Priscila Ribeiro Andrade, Helen Ferreira, José Augusto da Costa Nery, Suzana Côrte-Real, Gilberto Marcelo Sperandio da Silva, Patricia Sammarco Rosa, Mario Fabri, Euzenir Nunes Sarno, Roberta Olmo Pinheiro
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that may present different clinical forms according to the immune response of the host. Levels of IFN-γ are significantly raised in paucibacillary tuberculoid (T-lep) when compared with multibacillary lepromatous (L-lep) patients. IFN-γ primes macrophages for inflammatory activation and induces the autophagy antimicrobial mechanism. The involvement of autophagy in the immune response against Mycobacterium leprae remains unexplored. Here, we demonstrated by different autophagic assays that LC3-positive autophagosomes were predominantly observed in T-lep when compared with L-lep lesions and skin-derived macrophages...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012149/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-apoptosis-triggered-by-sub-chronic-lead-exposure-in-mice-spleen-a-histopathological-study
#19
Giovanni Corsetti, Claudia Romano, Alessandra Stacchiotti, Evasio Pasini, Francesco S Dioguardi
Lead (Pb) is an environmental oncogenic metal that induces immunotoxicity and anaemia. Emerging evidence has linked Pb toxicity with endoplasmic reticulum-driven apoptosis and autophagy. Glucose-regulated protein of 78 kDa (Grp78 or binding immunoglobulin protein (BiP)), a master endoplasmic reticulum chaperone, drives macrophage activation and regulates protein folding and calcium flux in response to heavy metals. The spleen may be involved in Pb poisoning due to its crucial role in erythrocatheresis and immune response, although there are no data to support this theory...
December 24, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008941/systemic-wound-healing-associated-with-local-sub-cutaneous-mechanical-stimulation
#20
Christine Nardini, Valentina Devescovi, Yuanhua Liu, Xiaoyuan Zhou, Youtao Lu, Jennifer E Dent
Degeneration is a hallmark of autoimmune diseases, whose incidence grows worldwide. Current therapies attempt to control the immune response to limit degeneration, commonly promoting immunodepression. Differently, mechanical stimulation is known to trigger healing (regeneration) and it has recently been proposed locally for its therapeutic potential on severely injured areas. As the early stages of healing consist of altered intra- and inter-cellular fluxes of soluble molecules, we explored the potential of this early signal to spread, over time, beyond the stimulation district and become systemic, to impact on distributed or otherwise unreachable injured areas...
December 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
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