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Monica Serra, Michela Marongiu, Antonella Contini, Toshio Miki, Erika Cadoni, Ezio Laconi, Fabio Marongiu
Amniotic epithelial cells (AECs) represent a useful and noncontroversial source for liver-based regenerative medicine, as they can differentiate into hepatocytes upon transplantation into the liver. However, the possibility that AECs can differentiate into other liver cell types, such as hepatic sinusoidal endothelial cells (HSECs), has never been assessed. In order to test this hypothesis, rat- and human-derived AECs (rAECs and hAECs, respectively) were subjected to endothelial cell tube formation assay in vitro...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Silvano Fasolato, Elisabetta Trevellin, Mariagrazia Ruvoletto, Marnie Granzotto, Giacomo Zanus, Elisa Boscaro, Enrico Babetto, Liliana Terrin, Maria Alberta Battocchio, Francesco Ciscato, Cristian Turato, Santina Quarta, Umberto Cillo, Patrizia Pontisso, Roberto Vettor
AIMS: In hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the regulatory protease Dipeptidyl-peptidase IV (DPPIV/CD26), that possesses pro-apoptotic properties, has been found abnormally regulated. The protease inhibitor SerpinB3, exerting anti-apoptotic activity, has also been described to be upregulated, especially in HCCs with poor prognosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible relationship between these two molecules in HCC patients and in experimental models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: DPPIV/CD26 and SerpinB3 expression was measured in liver specimens of 67 patients with HCC...
March 7, 2018: Life Sciences
Alessandra Ruggiero, Alessandro Cozzi-Lepri, Apostolos Beloukas, Douglas Richman, Saye Khoo, Andrew Phillips, Anna Maria Geretti
Background: Persistence of plasma HIV-1 RNA during seemingly effective antiretroviral thereapy (ART) is incompletely understood. Using an ultrasensitive assay, this cross-sectional study investigated residual plasma HIV-1 RNA in subjects maintained on firstline ART with continuous viral load suppression <50 copies/mL for ≤15 years without recognized viral load blips or treatment interruptions and explored its relationship with the duration of suppressive ART, efavirenz concentrations in plasma, 2-LTR circular HIV-1 DNA (2-LTRc DNA) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells, and cellular (CD4 plus CD26/CD38/CD69; CD8 plus CD38/HLA-DR/DP/DQ) and soluble (sCD14, sCD27, sCD30, IL-6) markers of immune activation in peripheral blood...
February 2018: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Vera S Donnenberg, Jayce Jieming Zhang, Erika Moravcikova, Ernest Michael Meyer, Haihui Lu, Christian T Carson, Albert D Donnenberg
Flow cytometric cell surface proteomics provides a new and powerful tool to determine changes accompanying neoplastic transformation and invasion, providing clues to essential interactions with the microenvironment as well as leads for potential therapeutic targets. One of the most important advantages of flow cytometric cell surface proteomics is that it can be performed on living cells that can be sorted for further characterization and functional studies. Here, we document the surface proteome of clonogenic metastatic breast cancer (MBrCa) explants, which was strikingly similar to that of normal mesenchymal stromal cells (P = 0...
March 2, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
Estefanía Moreno, Júlia Canet, Eduard Gracia, Carme Lluís, Josefa Mallol, Enric I Canela, Antoni Cortés, Vicent Casadó
Adenosine is an endogenous purine nucleoside that acts in all living systems as a homeostatic network regulator through many pathways, which are adenosine receptor (AR)-dependent and -independent. From a metabolic point of view, adenosine deaminase (ADA) is an essential protein in the regulation of the total intracellular and extracellular adenosine in a tissue. In addition to its cytosolic localization, ADA is also expressed as an ecto-enzyme on the surface of different cells. Dipeptidyl peptidase IV (CD26) and some ARs act as binding proteins for extracellular ADA in humans...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Sheng He, Jihui Li, Dong Ming Li, Shang Yi, Xiongcai Lu, Yudi Luo, Yi Liang, Chunfeng Feng, Biyan Chen, Chenguang Zheng, Xiaoxia Qiu
Thalassemia is one of the most common hereditary blood disorders. Epidemiological data regarding the prevalence and distribution of mutations is important for planning a thalassemia control program. To reveal the prevalence of thalassemia and mutation spectrum in the Yulin region of southern China, we screened 130,318 individuals from Yulin region by hematological and genetic analysis. Totally, 24,886 (19.10%) subjects were diagnosed with thalassemia, including 16,308 (12.51%) subjects with α-thalassemia alone, 6658 (5...
February 22, 2018: Gene
Julia J Scarisbrick, Emmilia Hodak, Martine Bagot, Rene Stranzenbach, Rudolf Stadler, Pablo L Ortiz-Romero, Evangelia Papadavid, Felicity Evison, Robert Knobler, Pietro Quaglino, Maarten H Vermeer
Our current mycosis fungoides (MF) and Sézary Syndrome (SS) staging system includes blood-classification from B0-B2 for patch/plaque/tumour or erythroderma based on manual Sézary counts but results from our EORTC survey confirm these are rarely performed in patch/plaque/tumour MF, and there is a trend towards using flow cytometry to measure blood-class. Accurately assigning blood-class effects overall stage and the 'global response' used to measure treatment responses in MF/SS and hence impacts management...
February 21, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Huseini Kagdi, Maria Antonietta Demontis, Juan Carlos Ramos, Graham P Taylor
Adult T-cell leukaemia/lymphoma (ATL) arises from chronic non-malignant human T lymphotropic virus type-1 (HTLV-1) infection which is characterized by high plasma pro-inflammatory cytokines whereas ATL is characterized by high plasma anti-inflammatory (IL-10) concentrations. The poor prognosis of ATL is partly ascribed to disease-associated immune suppression. ATL cells have a CD4+CCR4+CD26-CD7- immunophenotype but infected cells with this immunophenotype ('ATL-like' cells) are also present in non-malignant HTLV-1 infection...
February 14, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Evelina Vågesjö, Emelie Öhnstedt, Anneleen Mortier, Hava Lofton, Fredrik Huss, Paul Proost, Stefan Roos, Mia Phillipson
Impaired wound closure is a growing medical problem associated with metabolic diseases and aging. Immune cells play important roles in wound healing by following instructions from the microenvironment. Here, we developed a technology to bioengineer the wound microenvironment and enhance healing abilities of the immune cells. This resulted in strongly accelerated wound healing and was achieved by transforming Lactobacilli with a plasmid encoding CXCL12. CXCL12-delivering bacteria administrated topically to wounds in mice efficiently enhanced wound closure by increasing proliferation of dermal cells and macrophages, and led to increased TGF-β expression in macrophages...
February 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Marina Passos Torrealba, Kelly Cristina Manfrere, Denis R Miyashiro, Josenilson F Lima, Luana de M Oliveira, Nátalli Z Pereira, Jade Cury-Martins, Juliana Pereira, Alberto J S Duarte, Maria N Sato, José A Sanches
Sézary syndrome (SS) is a leukemic variant of cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL), and the neoplastic CD4+ T cells of SS patients undergo intense clonal proliferation. Although Sézary cells have been studied extensively, studies on adaptive immunity regarding CD8+T cells are scarce. This study aimed to investigate activation marker expression in CD8+ T cells according to the differentiation stages and IL-7/IL7Rα axis responses of patients with SS. Moreover, this study aimed to verify the soluble forms of CD38, sCD127 and IL-7 in serum...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
C L Song, M Yao
In recent years, researchers have found that CD26 (dipeptidyl peptidase 4) is closely related to the formation and development of many fibrotic diseases. Hypertrophic scar, keloid, and other skin fibrosis diseases are major problems nowadays, which may affect the patient's appearance and cause joints deformity and dysfunction due to scar contracture. This article briefly reviews the relationship between CD26 and hypertrophic scar and keloid to provide new insights into the treatment of skin fibrotic diseases...
January 20, 2018: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
Titli Nargis, Partha Chakrabarti
Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4), also known as CD26 is a type II transmembrane protein that is released from the cell membrane in a nonclassical secretory mechanism. This exopeptidase selectively degrades varieties of substrates including incretin hormones, growth factors, and cytokines. A significant detectable amount of DPP4 activity can be measured in plasma as well as in different tissues such as intestinal epithelium, vascular endothelium, lymphocytes, monocytes, kidney, liver, adipose, lung, thymus, spleen, prostate, etc...
January 13, 2018: IUBMB Life
J J Nieto-Fontarigo, F J González-Barcala, M E San-José, M J Cruz, T Linares, M T Soto-Mera, L Valdés, M A García-González, L J Andrade-Bulos, P Arias, M Nogueira, F J Salgado
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Asthma pathogenesis is dependent on the balance between regulatory and effector T cells, which display differential expression of CD25 and CD26. Therefore, alteration of circulating levels of sCD25 and sCD26 during allergic asthma could be conditioned by leukocyte phenotype changes. Objectives: To analyse CD25 and CD26 expression on T lymphocytes and their soluble derivatives (sCD25, sCD26) during stable phases of moderate-severe allergic asthma. METHODS: Cross-sectional study with two adult cohorts of allergic asthmatics...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
E A Ivanova, N N Zolotov, I G Kapitsa, V F Pozdnev, E A Valdman, T A Voronina
Rats with experimental Parkinson's syndrome induced by seven-day intraperitoneal administration of rotenone at a dose of 2.75 mg/kg have an increased activity of prolylendopeptidase (EC, PREP) in blood serum and a decreased activity of adenosine deaminase (EC, ADA) in serum and in the prefrontal cortex. PREP and ADA activity in other brain structures (in the striatum, hypothalamus and hippocampus) did not change; dipeptidyl peptidase IV activity (EC, DPP-4, CD26) also remained constant in serum and in all the brain structures investigated...
November 2017: Biomedit︠s︡inskai︠a︡ Khimii︠a︡
Thomas Greither, Alice Wedler, Swetlana Rot, Jacqueline Keßler, Astrid Kehlen, Hans-Jürgen Holzhausen, Matthias Bache, Peter Würl, Helge Taubert, Matthias Kappler
The capillary morphogenesis gene 2 (CMG2), also known as the anthrax toxin receptor 2 (ANTXR2), is a transmembrane protein putatively involved in extracellular matrix (ECM) adhesion and tissue remodeling. CMG2 promotes endothelial cell proliferation and exhibits angiogenic properties. Its downregulation is associated with a worsened survival of breast carcinoma patients. Aim of this study was to analyze the CMG2 mRNA and protein expression in soft tissue sarcoma and their association with patient outcome. CMG2 mRNA was measured in 121 tumor samples of soft tissue sarcoma patients using quantitative real-time PCR...
December 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Stefanie R Bailey, Michelle H Nelson, Kinga Majchrzak, Jacob S Bowers, Megan M Wyatt, Aubrey S Smith, Lillian R Neal, Keisuke Shirai, Carmine Carpenito, Carl H June, Michael J Zilliox, Chrystal M Paulos
CD8+ T lymphocytes mediate potent immune responses against tumor, but the role of human CD4+ T cell subsets in cancer immunotherapy remains ill-defined. Herein, we exhibit that CD26 identifies three T helper subsets with distinct immunological properties in both healthy individuals and cancer patients. Although CD26neg T cells possess a regulatory phenotype, CD26int T cells are mainly naive and CD26high T cells appear terminally differentiated and exhausted. Paradoxically, CD26high T cells persist in and regress multiple solid tumors following adoptive cell transfer...
December 6, 2017: Nature Communications
Ramiah D Jacks, Taylor J Keller, Alexander Nelson, Michael I Nishimura, Paula White, Makio Iwashima
It has been generally considered that the perinatal immune system is less inflammatory compared to the adult system and type 2 responses predominate perinatal immune responses against antigens. Indeed, previous studies in mice showed that there are cell-intrinsic differences between neonatal and adult CD4T cells. However, studies on human cord blood and infant blood demonstrated that human perinatal T cells do not produce elevated levels of Th2 cytokines with the exception of IL-13. These data raise the question if human T cells in the perinatal blood fundamentally differ from adult T cells...
January 2018: Immunology Letters
Yalei Liu, Yuan Li, Yan Gong, Nan Yu, Yang Zhang, Ran You, Chenxue Qu, Guizhi Lu, Youyuan Huang, Ying Gao, Yanming Gao, Xiaohui Guo
The immune mechanism underlying Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) remains unclear. CD26, also known as dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4), is a multifunctional molecule involved in the pathophysiology of autoimmune diseases. This study aimed to investigate the role of CD26 in the pathogenesis of HT. Peripheral blood was drawn from 20 healthy controls and 31 HT patients (19 mild HT patients and 12 severe HT patients). Plasma sCD26 concentrations were measured by ELISA, and sCD26 enzymatic activity was assessed using a luciferase-based assay...
January 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Petra Augstein, Thomas Loudovaris, Esther Bandala-Sanchez, Peter Heinke, Gaetano Naselli, Lily Lee, Wayne J Hawthorne, L Jorge Góñez, Alana M Neale, François Vaillant, Helen E Thomas, Thomas W Kay, Ilia Banakh, Leonard C Harrison
OBJECTIVES: The side population (SP) contains cells with stem cell/progenitor properties. Previously, we observed that the mouse pancreas SP expanded after pancreatic injury. We aimed to characterize the SP in human pancreas as a potential source of stem cells. METHODS: Human organ donor pancreata were fractionated into islets and exocrine tissue, enriched by tissue culture and dispersed into single cells. Cells were phenotyped by flow cytometry, and the SP was defined by efflux of fluorescent dye Hoechst 33342 visualized by ultraviolet excitation...
January 2018: Pancreas
Pratibha Singh, Jonathan Hoggatt, Malgorzata M Kamocka, Khalid S Mohammad, Mary R Saunders, Hongge Li, Jennifer Speth, Nadia Carlesso, Theresa A Guise, Louis M Pelus
Endothelial cells (ECs) are components of the hematopoietic microenvironment and regulate hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell (HSPC) homeostasis. Cytokine treatments that cause HSPC trafficking to peripheral blood are associated with an increase in dipeptidylpeptidase 4/CD26 (DPP4/CD26), an enzyme that truncates the neurotransmitter neuropeptide Y (NPY). Here, we show that enzymatically altered NPY signaling in ECs caused reduced VE-cadherin and CD31 expression along EC junctions, resulting in increased vascular permeability and HSPC egress...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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