Publications by authors named "Mahshid Khoubyari"

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Immunomodulatory Effects of Human Adipose Tissue-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells on T Cell Subsets in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Iran J Allergy Asthma Immunol 2019 Feb;18(1):114-119

Research Center for Non-Communicable Diseases, School of Medicine, Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, Jahrom, Iran.

Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (Ad-MSCs) have been reported to suppress the effector T cell responses and have beneficial effects on various immune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This study was designed to investigate the effects of co-cultured Ad-MSCs on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of RA patients and healthy individuals, through assessing transcription factors of T cell subsets. PBMCs from RA patients and healthy donors were co-cultured with Ad-MSCs with or without Phytohaemagglutinin (PHA). The quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was used to measure the expression of T-box 21 (T-bet), GATA-binding protein-3 (GATA3), retinoid-related orphan receptor γt (ROR-γt) and forkhead box P3 (Foxp3). Based on the results, Ad-MSCs greatly upregulated Th2 and Treg cell transcription factors, i.e., GATA3 and Foxp3 (p<0.05), and downregulated Th1 and Th17 transcription factors, i.e., T-bet and RORγt (p<0.05). These results demonstrate that Ad-MSCs can result in an immunosuppressive environment through inhibition of pro-inflammatory T cells and induction of T cells with a regulatory phenotype. Therefore, they might have important clinical implications for inflammatory and autoimmune diseases such as RA.
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February 2019

Human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells in rheumatoid arthritis: Regulatory effects on peripheral blood mononuclear cells activation.

Int Immunopharmacol 2017 Jun 30;47:59-69. Epub 2017 Mar 30.

Department of Immunology and Microbiology, School of Medicine, Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, Jahrom, Iran.

Background And Objectives: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent adult stem cells with immunomodulatory properties. The mechanisms by which MSCs inhibit the proliferation of pro-inflammatory T cells have not been fully elucidated yet. It is assumed that pro-inflammatory T-cells play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases. We investigated the potential therapeutic effects of human adipose tissue derived (Ad)-MSCs on the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and healthy individuals, with a particular focus on Th17-associated cytokines.

Materials And Methods: PBMCs from RA patients and healthy donors were co-cultured with Ad-MSCs and HeLa with or without Phytohemagglutinin (PHA). Finally, IL-6, IL-17, IL-21, IL-23 and TGF-β levels were determined by ELISA and quantitative real-time RT-PCR on co-culture supernatants and PBMCs, respectively.

Results: In co-culture interaction, Ad-MSCs inhibited IL-17 secretion by PBMCs compared to unstimulated PBMCs cultured alone. In addition, IL-21 expressions in PBMCs of the patient group, and IL-17 and IL-21 in healthy group were inhibited by Ad-MSCs compared to PBMCs cultured alone. TGF-β expression in healthy individuals remarkably increased in both MSC-treated groups with and without PHA in comparison to PHA-stimulated and -unstimulated PBMCs.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates that human Ad-MSCs act as key regulators of immune tolerance by inhibiting the inflammation. Therefore, they can be attractive candidates for immunomodulatory cell-based therapy in RA.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intimp.2017.03.016DOI Listing
June 2017

Elevated Levels of T-helper 17-associated Cytokines in Diabetes Type I Patients: Indicators for Following the Course of Disease.

Immunol Invest 2016 Oct 9;45(7):641-51. Epub 2016 Sep 9.

d Department of Student Research Committee, School of Medicine , Jahrom University of Medical Sciences , Jahrom , Iran.

Background: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is thought to involve chronic inflammation, which is manifested by the activation and expression of different inflammatory mediators. Th1- and Th17-associated cytokines are factors that have been shown to exert profound pro-inflammatory activities and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of T1D in mice and humans.

Objectives: Therefore, the aim of this case control study was to determine the serum level of IL-17, IL-21, IL-27, transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), and IFN-γ and their reciprocal relationship in Iranian T1D patients.

Patients And Methods: Blood samples were collected from 48 T1D patients and 49 healthy individuals with no history of malignancies or autoimmune disorders based on simple sampling. The serum levels of IL-17, IL-21, IL-27, TGF-β, and IFN-γ were measured by the enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

Results: The serum levels of IL-17 and IL-21 were significantly higher in T1D patients compared to the healthy individuals (p = 0.005 and 0.01, respectively), but interestingly, the opposite was the case for IL-27 (p < 0.0001). However, there were no significant differences in TGF-β and IFN-γ between both groups. In addition, IL-17/IFN-γ and IL-17/IL-27 ratios were higher in patients compared to the control group.

Conclusions: Our results indicated dominant Th17-associated IL-17, suggesting a shift from the Treg and Th1 phenotypes toward the Th17 phenotype. Therefore, it can promote inflammation in β cells in T1D. In addition, it suggests the role of Th17 and Th17/Th1 ratios as a potential contributor to β cells destruction and the Th17/Th1 response ratio may provide a novel biomarker for rapid T1D diagnosis before the destruction of β cells and progression of the disease to the clinical end stages.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08820139.2016.1197243DOI Listing
October 2016

Reduced interleukin-17 and transforming growth factor Beta levels in peripheral blood as indicators for following the course of bladder cancer.

Immune Netw 2014 Jun 19;14(3):156-63. Epub 2014 Jun 19.

Department of Student Research Committee, School of Medicine, Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, Jahrom, Iran.

Interleukin (IL) 17 is produced by T-helper (Th) 17 with a vigorous effect on cells of the immune system playing important roles in pathogenesis of immune-mediated diseases, including autoimmune disorders and cancers. Therefore, the aim of current study was to determine the serum levels of IL-6, IL-17, and transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) in Iranian bladder cancer patients, and to correlate them with disease status. Blood samples were collected from 40 bladder cancer patients and 38 healthy individuals with no history of malignancies or autoimmune disorders. The serum levels of IL-6, IL-17, and TGF-β were measured by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The results showed that the levels of IL-17 (p<0.0001) and TGF-β (p<0.0001) were significantly lower in the patients compared to the controls. No significant differences in the level of serum IL-6 (p=0.16) was observed between the patients and controls. In addition, demographic characteristics between control and patients groups were not significantly different. As most of the cases studied in this investigation were in stage I and II, it is concluded that reduced Th17-related cytokines can be used as indicators for following the course and clinical stages of bladder carcinoma progress and immune response to cancer.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.4110/in.2014.14.3.156DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4079822PMC
June 2014