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Isabelle Le Huërou-Luron, Karima Bouzerzour, Stéphanie Ferret-Bernard, Olivia Ménard, Laurence Le Normand, Cécile Perrier, Cindy Le Bourgot, Julien Jardin, Claire Bourlieu, Thomas Carton, Pascale Le Ruyet, Isabelle Cuinet, Cécile Bonhomme, Didier Dupont
PURPOSE: Although composition of infant formula has been significantly improved during the last decade, major differences with the composition and structure of breast milk still remain and might affect nutrient digestion and gut biology. We hypothesized that the incorporation of dairy fat in infant formulas could modify their physiological impacts by making their composition closer to that of human milk. The effect of milk fat and milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) fragments in infant formulas on gut digestion, mucosal immunity and microbiota composition was evaluated...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Nutrition
Dara M Strauss-Albee, Emily C Liang, Thanmayi Ranganath, Natali Aziz, Catherine A Blish
BACKGROUND: Infection is a leading cause of death worldwide in babies under one month of age. Better vaccines and therapeutics are desperately needed for this vulnerable population. METHODS: Because newborns rely heavily on the innate immune system, we evaluated cell phenotype and function of some of the earliest cellular responders during infection, natural killer (NK) cells. We used mass cytometry to provide a comprehensive comparison of NK cells from umbilical cord blood and adult peripheral blood...
October 7, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Fei Xu, Xiuhua Kang, Liang Chen, Chuanhui Chen, Gen Hu, Wei Bai, Wei Zhang
Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease in the airways with wide prevalence, and it is thought to be caused by the combinational factors in environment and genetics. A large body of studies has suggested that cell immunity played a vital role in regulating the airway hyperreactivity (AHR) and inflammation. Therefore, we here developed a mouse model of asthma by microinjecting the pronucleus with a vector spontaneously coding human IL10 and TGFB1 gene to explore the possible interaction between these two potent molecules during asthma progression...
October 1, 2016: Transgenic Research
Francesco Giansanti, Gloria Panella, Loris Leboffe, Giovanni Antonini
Lactoferrin is an iron-binding protein present in large quantities in colostrum and in breast milk, in external secretions and in polymorphonuclear leukocytes. Lactoferrin's main function is non-immune protection. Among several protective activities shown by lactoferrin, those displayed by orally administered lactoferrin are: (i) antimicrobial activity, which has been presumed due to iron deprivation, but more recently attributed also to a specific interaction with the bacterial cell wall and extended to viruses and parasites; (ii) immunomodulatory activity, with a direct effect on the development of the immune system in the newborn, together with a specific antinflammatory effects; (iii) a more recently discovered anticancer activity...
2016: Pharmaceuticals
Anthony Staines, Kevin P Balanda, Steve Barron, Yvonne Corcoran, Lorraine Fahy, Louise Gallagher, Tessa Greally, Jean Kilroe, Caroline Mason Mohan, Anne Matthews, Elyce McGovern, Alf Nicholson, Anne O'Farrell, Roy K Philip, Helen Whelton
The Irish health care system is based on a complex and costly mix of private, statutory, and voluntary provisions. The majority of health care expenditure comes from the state, with a significant proportion of acute hospital care funded from private insurance, but there are relatively high out-of-pocket costs for most service users. There is free access to acute hospital care, but not for primary care, for all children. About 40% of the population have free access to primary care. Universal preventive public health services, including vaccination and immunization, newborn blood spot screening, and universal neonatal hearing screening are free...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
D Kholod, D Shkurupii, E Sonnik
Newborns in critical conditions, because of the natureof the immune system, have the greatest risk of realization of immune deficiency, especially with gastrointestinal failure. We analyzed 44 cases of diseases in newborns in critical conditions and 20 cases without and studied the clinical and laboratory signs of immunological disorders, organpathology, gene expressionToll-likereceptor type 2. In newborns requiring intensive care, the frequency of gastrointestinal failure registration in 40,9%. Gastrointestinal failure leads to increased amounts of other affected systems, severity of systemic inflammation, gene expressionToll-likereceptor type 2, a marker of apoptosis of lymphocytes-CD95+, inhibition lymphocyte germ of immune system due to fraction of CD4+,the severity of the clinical condition...
July 2016: Georgian Medical News
J Hrdý, I Kocourková, R Lodinová-Žádníková, L Kolářová, L Prokešová
Probiotics are believed to prevent or reduce allergy development but the mechanism of their beneficial effect is still poorly understood. Immune characteristics of regulatory T cells (Tregs) in peripheral blood of perinatally probiotic-supplemented children of allergic mothers (51 children), non-supplemented children of allergic mothers (42 children), and non-supplemented children of healthy mothers (28 children) were compared at the age of 6-7 years. A first dose of a probiotic Escherichia coli strain (E. coli O83:K24:H31) was administered within 2 days after the birth and then 12 times during the first months of life and children were followed longitudinally...
September 16, 2016: Beneficial Microbes
Giulia Castellani, Giovanna Paliuri, Genny Orso, Nicola Paccagnella, Claudio D'Amore, Laura Facci, Francesca Cima, Federico Caicci, Pietro Palatini, Sergio Bova, Sara De Martin
Thymic epithelial cells (TECs) play a key role in the regulation of central immune tolerance by expressing autoantigens and eliminating self-reactive T cells. In a previous paper we reported that adrenomedullin (ADM) and its co-receptor protein RAMP2 are located intracellularly in newborn human thymic epithelial cells (TECs). This work has two main aims: (1) to examine the cellular localization of ADM and its receptor in TECs of adult Wistar rats to validate this animal model for the study of the ADM system and its function(s) in thymus; (2) to investigate the potential modulating effect of ADM on the NF-kB pathway, which is involved through the production of cytokines such as IL-6, in the maturation of T-lymphocytes and immunological tolerance...
December 2016: Cytokine
Martijn J C van Herwijnen, Marijke I Zonneveld, Soenita Goerdayal, Esther N M Nolte-'t Hoen, Johan Garssen, Bernd Stahl, A F Maarten Altelaar, Frank A Redegeld, Marca H M Wauben
Breast milk contains several macromolecular components with distinctive functions, whereby milk fat globules and casein micelles mainly provide nutrition to the newborn, while whey contains molecules that can stimulate the newborn's developing immune system and gastrointestinal tract. Although extracellular vesicles (EV) have been identified in breast milk, their physiological function and composition has not been addressed in detail. EV are submicron sized vehicles released by cells for intercellular communication via selectively incorporated lipids, nucleic acids and proteins...
September 6, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
L L Nilsson, S Djurisic, A-M N Andersen, M Melbye, D Bjerre, L Ferrero-Miliani, R Hackmon, D E Geraghty, T V F Hviid
The etiological pathways and pathogenesis of preeclampsia have rendered difficult to disentangle. Accumulating evidence points toward a maladapted maternal immune system, which may involve aberrant placental expression of immunomodulatory human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class Ib molecules during pregnancy. Several studies have shown aberrant or reduced expression of HLA-G in the placenta and in maternal blood in cases of preeclampsia compared with controls. Unlike classical HLA class Ia loci, the nonclassical HLA-G has limited polymorphic variants...
October 2016: HLA
Olatz Zenarruzabeitia, Joana Vitallé, Susana García-Obregón, Itziar Astigarraga, Cristina Eguizabal, Silvia Santos, Venkateswara R Simhadri, Francisco Borrego
Neonates are more susceptible to infections than adults. This susceptibility is thought to reflect neonates' qualitative and quantitative defects in the adaptive and innate immune responses. Differential expression of cell surface receptors may result in altered thresholds of neonatal immune cell activation. We determined whether the expression and function of the lipid-binding CD300 family of receptors are different on neonatal immune cells compared to adult immune cells. A multiparametric flow cytometry analysis was performed to determine the expression of CD300 receptors on adult peripheral blood mononuclear cells and neonatal cord blood mononuclear cells...
2016: Scientific Reports
Candice Ruck, Brian A Reikie, Arnaud Marchant, Tobias R Kollmann, Fatima Kakkar
HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) infants experience increased overall mortality from infectious causes when compared to HIV-unexposed uninfected (HU) infants. This is the case in both the resource-rich and resource-limited settings. Here, we explore the concept that specific types of infectious diseases that are more common among HEU infants could provide clues as to the potential underlying immunological abnormalities. The most commonly reported infections in HEU vs. HU infants are caused by encapsulated bacteria, suggesting the existence of a less effective humoral (antibody, complement) immune response...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Salih Kuk, Yunus Uyar, Serkan Karaca, Süleyman Yazar
Microorganisms colonize tissues and organs such as the skin and gastrointestinal, respiratory, and genitourinary systems. These microorganisms are generally called as "human microbiota". Human microbiota mostly consists of commensal microorganisms. The commensal microorganisms located on and in the human body are bacteria, fungi, viruses, archaea, and parasites. The microbiota genome is 100 times bigger in size than the human genome. Although the human genome is stationary, microbial genome has a compatible flexible variability during human life...
June 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
Indranil Sarkar, Ravendra Garg, Sylvia van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes serious upper and lower respiratory tract infections in newborns and infants. Presently, there is no licensed vaccine against RSV. We previously reported the safety and efficacy of a novel vaccine candidate (ΔF/TriAdj) in rodent and lamb models following intranasal immunization. However, the effects of the vaccine on the innate immune system in the upper and lower respiratory tracts, when delivered intranasally, have not been characterized. In the present study, we found that ΔF/TriAdj triggered transient production of chemokines, cytokines and interferons in the nasal tissues and lungs of BALB/c mice...
September 30, 2016: Vaccine
Ying-Hsien Huang, Hsiang-Hung Shih, Mao-Meng Tiao, Chao-Cheng Huang, Kuang-Che Kuo, Fu-Chen Huang, Ya-Ling Yang, Jiin-Haur Chuang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Viral infections and innate immunity signaling, especially Toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7) have been implicated in the pathogenesis of biliary atresia (BA). Administration of rhesus rotavirus-type A to newborn Balb/c mice produces inflammatory obstruction of bile ducts, which resembles human BA. However, whether activation of TLR7 signaling plays a role in neonatal hepatobiliary injury remains to be investigated. METHODS: TLR7 agonist, imiquimod (R837), was intraperitoneally administered to Balb/c mice within 24 hours of birth and then every other day...
August 3, 2016: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
Marta Perez, Victor Ladero, Begoña Redruello, Beatriz Del Rio, Leonides Fernandez, Juan Miguel Rodriguez, M Cruz Martín, María Fernandez, Miguel A Alvarez
Biogenic amines (BAs) are low molecular weight nitrogenous organic compounds with different biological activities. Putrescine, spermidine and spermine are essential for the development of the gut and immune system of newborns, and are all found in human milk. Little is known, however, about the role of histamine, tyramine or cadaverine in breast milk. Nor is it known whether mastitis alters the BA composition of milk. The BA profile of human milk, and the influence of mastitis on BA concentrations, were therefore investigated...
2016: PloS One
Chigozie Jesse Uneke, Issiaka Sombie, Namoudou Keita, Virgil Lokossou, Ermel Johnson, Pierre Ongolo-Zogo
BACKGROUND: The introduction of implementation science into maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) research has facilitated better methods to improve uptake of research findings into practices. With increase in implementation research related to MNCH world-wide, stronger scientific evidence are now available and have improved MNCH policies in many countries including Nigeria. The purpose of this study was to review MNCH implementation studies undertaken in Nigeria in order to understand the extent the evidence generated informed better policy...
2016: Health Promotion Perspectives
T Brittos, W B de Souza, F Anschau, L Pellanda
Maternal obesity during pregnancy may influence fetal development and possibly predispose offspring to cardiovascular disease. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and weight gain during pregnancy, and newborn birth weight, with lipid profile, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and leukocyte in newborns. We performed a cross-sectional study of 245 mothers and their children. Blood was collected from the umbilical vein and assayed for lipid profile, hs-CRP and leukocyte count...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Ana Liempi, Christian Castillo, Ileana Carrillo, Lorena Muñoz, Daniel Droguett, Norbel Galanti, Juan Diego Maya, Ulrike Kemmerling
Congenital Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, is partially responsible for the progressive globalization of Chagas disease despite of its low transmission rate. The probability of congenital transmission depends on complex interactions between the parasite, the maternal and fetus/newborn immune responses and placental factors, being the latter the least studied one. During transplacental transmission, the parasite must cross the placental barrier where the trophoblast, a continuous renewing epithelium, is the first tissue to have contact with the parasite...
October 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Yerbol Bekmukhambetov, Arstan Mamyrbayev, Timur Dzharkenov, Natalia Kravtsova, Zhanar Utesheva, Akylbek Tusupkaliev, Svetlana Ryzhkova, Klara Darzhanova, Maral Bekzhanova
PROBLEM: The chronic placental insufficiency is the most common cause of intrauterine hypoxia, retardation of fetal growth, and other threatening conditions. Immune disturbances may occur in the system "mother-placenta-fetus." METHOD OF STUDY: Biochemical blood indicators were studied on an automated biochemical analyzer. Pattern of lymphocyte subpopulations was detected by direct membrane immunofluorescence. RESULTS: Study revealed imbalance of immune parameters, caused by placental insufficiency (increase natural killers (CD16(+) , CD56(+) ), B lymphocytes (CD19(+) CD3(-) ), T and B lymphocytes with HLA-DR(+) antigen, and early activation of immune cells (by CD25(+) ), as well as disorders in apoptotic mechanisms (by CD95(+) ))...
October 2016: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
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