Two pairwise genetic interactions (B cell lymphocyte kinase (BLK) rs13277113,B cell scaffold protein with ankyrin repeats 1 (BANK1) rs3733197and BLK rs13277113 membrane metalloendopeptidase like 1 (MMEL1)/ tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily member 14 (TNFRSF14) rs3890745) have been demonstrated in determining susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) without replication, thus this study was performed to examine whether abovementioned genetic polymorphisms were associated with RA and further tests were performed to see whether aforementioned genetic interactions existed in RA among Chinese population. A total of 328 patients with RA and 449 healthy control subjects were included in the current study. The polymorphisms were genotyped using the ligase detection reaction-polymerase chain reaction (LDR-PCR) technology. Read More
A promising treatment for T-cell-mediated autoimmune diseases is the induction of immune tolerance by modulating the immune response against self-antigens, an objective that may be achieved by vaccination. There are two main types of vaccines currently under development. The tolerogenic vaccines, composed of proteins formed by a cytokine fused to a self-antigen, which usually induce tolerance by eliminating the T-cells that are immune reactive against the self-antigen. Read More
Autoimmunity 2017 Sep 29;50(6):346-353. Epub 2017 Aug 29.
a Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , Baylor College of Medicine , Houston , TX , USA.
Experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis (EAMG), an animal model of myasthenia gravis (MG), can be induced in C57BL/6 (B6, H-2 (b)) mice by 2-3 injections with Torpedo californica AChR (tAChR) in complete Freund's adjuvant. Some EAMG mice exhibit weight loss with muscle weakness. The loss in body weight, which is closely associated with bone structure, is particularly evident in EAMG mice with severe muscle weakness. Read More
Autoimmunity 2017 Sep 29;50(6):354-362. Epub 2017 Aug 29.
a Department of Microbiology and Immunology , McGill University , Montréal , Québec , Canada.
A progressive waning in Foxp3(+) regulatory T (Treg) cell function provokes autoimmunity in the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse model of type 1 diabetes (T1D), a cellular defect rescued by prophylactic IL-2 therapy. We showed that most islet-infiltrating Treg cells express inducible T-cell co-stimulator (ICOS) in pre-diabetic NOD mice, and that ICOS(+) Treg cells display enhanced fitness and suppressive function in situ. Moreover, T1D progression is associated with decreased expansion and suppressive activity of ICOS(+)Foxp3(+) Treg cells, in islets, an observation consistent with the exacerbated T1D seen in NOD. Read More
Histone H2B is an autoantigen that appears in circulation due to altered apoptosis/or insufficient clearance and is likely to be involved in the induction and progression of autoimmune diseases since modified-H2B is immunogenic. Our studies demonstrate that tyrosines of H2B histone spontaneously converts to free and nitrotyrosine bound protein in vivo. Commercially available H2B histone was modified with peroxynitrite in vitro. Read More
The breakdown of immunological tolerance due to the activation of autoreactive B and T cells triggers physiopathological processes. An example of such conditions is the production of IgG autoantibodies specific for the Fc portion of IgG (anti-Fcγ IgG). Previous reports have shown that patients with pigeon-related hypersensitivity pneumonitis exhibit an increase in the serum levels of anti-Fcγ IgG. Read More
Objectives: To analyze the diagnosis and treatment of hydrocephalus associated with autoimmune diseases and to explore the possible mechanism of hydrocephalus in these patients.
Methods: A retrospective case series study was conducted at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China. Files were retrieved from the hospital archives by screening records from Jan 1990 to Jan 2016. Read More
The underlying cellular and molecular mechanism for the development of Type 1 diabetes is still to be fully revealed. We have previously demonstrated that the NOD mouse, a model for Type 1 diabetes, display a prolonged and enhanced immune response to both self and non-self-antigens. The molecular explanation for this defect however, has not been determined. Read More
Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type I (APS-I) is a severe disease caused by mutations in the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. We hypothesized that salivary gland dysfunction could be a possible unexplored component of these patients and here aimed to investigate salivary and lachrymal symptoms in the Norwegian cohort of APS-I patients (N = 41) and the aetiology behind it. Sicca symptoms and possible corresponding underlying factors were assessed by subjective reports combined with objective measures of saliva and tear flow, serological testing, immune fluorescence microscopy, ultrasonography and searching for putative autoantibodies in the salivary glands. Read More
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a highly detrimental autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. There is no cure for it but the treatment typically focuses on subsiding severity and recurrence of the disease. Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) is an animal model of MS. Read More
We have previously shown that the inhibition of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a potential therapeutic strategy against rheumatoid arthritis (RA). CTGF consists of four distinct modules, including the insulin-like growth factor binding protein (IGFBP). In serum, insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) bind IGFBPs, interact with the IGF-1 receptor (IGF-1 R), and regulate anabolic effects and bone metabolism. Read More
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease of the connective tissue with a large spectrum of clinical manifestations. Immune deregulation leads to autoantibody and immune complexes overproduction, complement activation, and persistent tissue inflammation. Considering that the current diagnosis depends on the interpretation of the complex criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology and that the disease course is characterized by unpredictable activations and remissions, each patient develops different manifestations, and therefore, the discovery of specific biomarkers is urgently required. Read More
Graves' disease (GD) and Hashimoto's disease (HD) are autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs), and the prognosis of AITDs is different for each patient. We examined the association of polymorphisms in the Thyroglobulin (TG) gene with the pathogenesis of AITD. We genotyped TG rs180195G/A, rs853326G/A, rs2076740C/T, rs2703013G/T, rs2958692C/T and rs733735A/G polymorphisms in 137 HD patients, 131 GD patients and 89 healthy controls and also examined the levels of TG mRNA expression and serum TG. Read More
Immunosuppressive functions of glucocorticoids (GC) can be mediated via various mechanisms, including the modulation of dendritic cells (DC). Our study investigates the effects of tolerogenic GC-treated DCs on NK and T cell anti-tumor responses in OT-1/Rag(-/-) mice, expressing a transgenic TCR in CD8(+) T cells. The effects caused by GC-treated DCs were compared to the responses to immunogenic, CpG-activated DCs. Read More
MRL/MpJ-Fas(lpr) (lpr) mice are a model for autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). These diseases mainly affect women, with a 10:1 female-to-male ratio, and cause pleuropulmonary lesions. We previously revealed a correlation between mediastinal fat-associated lymphoid cluster (MFALC) development and cellular infiltration in the lungs of lpr male mice; however, we did not report on MFALCs in females. Read More
A decreased saliva production occurs in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), an autoimmune disease characterized by oral and ocular dryness due to dysfunction of the lacrimal and salivary glands (SGs). Since water movement is involved in saliva secretion, the expression, localization, and function of the water channels aquaporins (AQPs) have been extensively studied in SGs. To date, the presence of AQP4 remains controversial and ambiguous in human SGs. Read More
Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 (APS1) is a rare monogenic autoimmune disorder caused by mutations in the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. High titer autoantibodies are a characteristic feature of APS1 and are often associated with particular disease manifestations. Pituitary deficits are reported in up to 7% of all APS1 patients, with immunoreactivity to pituitary tissue frequently reported. Read More
We previously reported that autoantibodies against the proliferating cell nuclear antigen protein (PCNA)-binding protein chromatin assembly factor-1 (CAF-1) are specifically found in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). PCNA and its complex constituents elicit autoimmune responses in patients with SLE, suggesting that autoantibody diversification likely occurs owing to epitope spreading. Therefore, we sought to clarify whether patients with SLE exhibit an autoimmune response to Ribonuclease H2 (RNase H2), another PCNA-binding protein that regulates cell division. Read More
An animal model of myasthenia gravis (MG), termed experimental autoimmune MG (EAMG), is an important tool for investigations of disease mechanisms and/or methods of treatment for this disease. EAMG can be induced in C57BL/6 (B6, H-2(b)) mice by 2-3 times injections at 4 weeks intervals with Torpedo californica (t) acetylcholine receptor (AChR) in complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA). However, the protocol especially with a two-injection schedule occasionally produces a poor incidence of EAMG. Read More
Pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is an autoimmune disease, endemic in Brazilian rural areas, characterized by acantholysis and accompanied by complement activation, with generalized or localized distribution of painful epidermal blisters. CD59 is an essential complement regulator, inhibiting formation of the membrane attack complex, and mediating signal transduction and activation of T lymphocytes. CD59 has different transcripts by alternative splicing, of which only two are widely expressed, suggesting the presence of regulatory sites in their noncoding regions. Read More
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) belongs to the group of systemic diseases of the connective tissue, which are characterized by a chronic autoimmune inflammatory process. P-glycoprotein, initially associated with the drug resistance in patients with cancer, becomes more and more often a subject of considerations in terms of its significance in the development of illnesses, including autoimmune diseases. The aim of the study was an attempt to answer the question whether there was a relationship between ABCB1 polymorphisms and morbidity of systemic sclerosis in a Polish population. Read More
Fatty infiltration in minor salivary gland biopsies and its correlation to systemic autoimmune diseases are controversial in the literature. Presence and extent of fatty infiltration in minor salivary glands of 107 Sjögren's syndrome patients and 67 age-matched sicca controls were compared with statistical analyses. No significant difference was found regarding the presence or the extent of fatty infiltration between the two groups. Read More
Primary immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is an autoimmune disease with many immune dysfunctions including T helper type 1 cell (Th1) polarization and regulatory T cells (Tregs) deficiency. This study aimed to determine the effects of TLR4 on Treg differentiation and the cytokine production of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with ITP. We found that expression of TLR4 on monocytes was significantly decreased in patients with active ITP than that in healthy controls and it had positive correlation with platelet count. Read More
Autoimmunology is a super-specialty of immunology specifically dealing with autoimmune disorders. To assess the extant literature concerning autoimmune disorders, bibliometric and scientometric analyses (namely, research topics/keywords co-occurrence, journal co-citation, citations, and scientific output trends - both crude and normalized, authors network, leading authors, countries, and organizations analysis) were carried out using open-source software, namely, VOSviewer and SciCurve. A corpus of 169,519 articles containing the keyword "autoimmunity" was utilized, selecting PubMed/MEDLINE as bibliographic thesaurus. Read More
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a polygenic pathological disorder which involves multiple organs. Self-specific B cells play a main role in the lupus pathogenesis by generating autoantibodies as well as by serving as important autoantigen-presenting cells. Autoreactive T lymphocytes, on the other hand, are responsible for B cell activation and proliferation, and cytokine production. Read More
Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affecting the lining of digestive tracts of the colon and ileum. To investigate the reasons behind the presence of CD phenotype in one of the monozygotic (MZ) twins, we utilized the whole exome sequence (WES) datasets of CD tissue biopsy and CD blood of affected twin and the exome dataset of blood from healthy twin. We report the presence of discordant and rare damaging mutation in HNRNPD and other risk polymorphisms such as, rs12103, rs2241880, rs3810936, rs7076156, rs1042058 and rs1292053. Read More
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is an autoimmune disease most commonly characterized by ocular and oral dryness. Despite the high prevalence of SS, generation and perpetuation of this disease is still unclear in many aspects. Inflammation, nonetheless, seems to play a central role in this pathology especially in the form of Th-1, Th-2 and Th-17 cytokines release within different aspects, concentrations and connections involved in the maintenance of the syndrome. Read More
Introduction: The aim of the study was to assess serum levels of sFasL as a marker of thyroid dysfunction in children with autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD).
Design: The group comprised 45 newly diagnosed children with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves' disease versus euthyroid control group: 11 with hypothyroidism (10 girls and 1 boy, aged 12.2 ± 1. Read More
Background And Aims: Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) encompass a novel population of suppressor cells and a potential candidate for cell-based therapies in inflammatory diseases. Herein, we investigated their immunomodulatory properties in experimental inflammatory colitis and T cell-mediated immune responses in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients.
Methods: MDSCs (defined as CD14(-)HLA(-)DR(-/low)CD33(+)CD15(+)) numbers were determined in peripheral blood (PB) from IBD patients. Read More
Deoxyribonuclease1 (DNase1) is involved in chromatin degradation of apoptotic cells. Its deficiency results in accumulation of self-DNA, which in turn may induce inflammation and autoimmunity. We assessed for the first time serum DNase1-activity in a large consecutive cohort of treatment-naïve patients with autoimmune liver diseases (ALD). Read More
The pain-relieving effects of low-dose radon therapies on patients suffering from chronic painful inflammatory diseases have been described for centuries. Even though it has been suggested that low doses of radiation may attenuate chronic inflammation, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Thus, the RAD-ON01 study was initiated to examine the effects of radon spa therapy and its low doses of alpha radiation on the human immune system. Read More
T-follicular helper (Tfh) cells are a specialized subset of T cells that provide help to B cells and promote the formation of germinal centers (GCs). Tfh cells transmit important signals to B cells that drive class switch recombination, somatic hyper-mutation, the generation of high-affinity antibodies, immunological memory and their differentiation into plasma cells or memory B cells in the GCs. Tfh-cell differentiation is regulated by the coordinated functions of distinct cytokines, including interleukin (IL)-6, IL-21, IL-12, IL-23, IL-2, IL-7 and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), as well as transcription factors, including B-cell lymphoma 6 protein (Bcl-6), Signal transducers and activators of transcription (STAT)1, STAT3, STAT4, B-cell activating transcription factor (Batf), interferon regulatory factor 4 (IRF4), v-maf avian musculoaponeurotic fibrosarcoma oncogene homolog (C-Maf), T-cell-specific transcription factor 1 (TCF-1) and Achaete-scute homolog 2 (Acl2), which have been shown to form a complex transcriptional network. Read More
Germinal centers (GCs) are dynamic microenvironments that form in the secondary lymphoid organs and generate somatically mutated high-affinity antibodies necessary to establish an effective humoral immune response. Tight regulation of GC responses is critical for maintaining self-tolerance. GCs can arise in the absence of purposeful immunization or overt infection (called spontaneous GCs, Spt-GCs). Read More
Autoantibodies of the IgG subclass are pathogenic in a number of autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythomatosus. The presence of circulating IgE autoantibodies in autoimmune patients has also been known for almost 40 years. Despite their role in allergies, IgE autoantibodies are not associated with a higher rate of atopy in these patients. Read More
Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in which the effector molecules responsible for tissue damage are antibodies directed against a large number of self-antigens, among which nucleic acids complexed with proteins play a prominent role. These pathogenic autoantibodies are produced by plasma cells differentiated from activated autoreactive B cells, a process that requires complex interactions between multiple components of the immune systems. A key step in the activation of autoreactive B cells is provided by CD4(+ )T cells through cytokines and cell-to-cell contact. Read More
IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is a systemic condition of unknown cause characterized by highly fibrotic lesions, with dense lymphoplasmacytic infiltrates containing a preponderance of IgG4-expressing plasma cells. CD4(+) T cells and B cells constitute the major inflammatory cell populations in IgG4-RD lesions. IgG4-RD patients with active, untreated disease show a marked expansion of plasmablasts in the circulation. Read More
B lymphocytes have essential roles in the autoimmune pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). They regulate the autoimmune response and participate in the development of the CNS lesions. This review discusses nature and functions of B cells in MS, and retraces the recruitment of brain-autoimmune B cells from the B cell repertoire. Read More
Atherosclerosis is initiated by cholesterol entry into arteries that triggers chronic immune-inflammatory lesions in the vessels. Early lesions are clinically insignificant but advanced complex lesions and vulnerable rupture prone lesions impact on quality of life and can be life threatening. Rupture of vulnerable atherosclerotic lesions initiates thrombotic occlusion of vital arteries precipitating heart attacks and strokes that remain major killers globally despite therapeutic use of statins to lower blood cholesterol levels. Read More
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that reflects a failure to block the production of self-reactive antibodies, especially those that bind double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). Backcrossing the lupus-prone NZM2410 genome onto C57BL/6 led to the identification of three genomic intervals, termed sle1, sle2 and sle3, which are associated with lupus susceptibility. We previously generated a C57BL/6 strain congenic for an immunoglobulin DH locus (ΔD-iD) that enriches for arginine at dsDNA-binding positions. Read More
Interleukin-23 (IL-23), a heterodimeric cytokine of covalently bound p19 and p40 proteins, has recently been closely associated with development of several chronic autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease. Released by activated dendritic cells, IL-23 interacts with IL-23 receptor (IL-23R) on Th17 cells, thus promoting intracellular signaling, a pivotal step in Th17-driven pro-inflammatory axis. Here, we aimed to block the binding of IL-23 cytokine to its cell-surface receptor by novel inhibitory protein binders targeted to the p19 subunit of human IL-23. Read More
Infections with different helminth species have been observed to ameliorate a variety of chronic inflammatory diseases. Herein, we show that the natural murine helminth species, Heligmosomoides polygyrus bakeri (Hp) is capable of attenuating disease severity in two different inflammatory arthritis models. Furthermore, we show that excretory-secretory (ES) products from Hp directly suppress osteoclast differentiation in vitro. Read More
Graves' disease (GD) and Hashimoto's disease (HD) are autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs). Prognosis of AITDs varies in each patient. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are pattern-recognition receptors that activate signaling pathways involved in the production of proinflammatory cytokines. Read More
Initial studies of periodontal disease suggested that T cell-mediated immunity against oral Gram-negative microorganisms is a key player in the pathogenesis of this inflammatory disease. Recent investigations, however, revealed that B cells are also engaged. Given their chief role in innate-like and adaptive immune responses, B cells could exert protective functions in periodontitis. Read More
Inbred MRL/MpJ mice show several unique phenotypes in tissue regeneration processes and the urogenital and immune systems. Clarifying the genetic and molecular bases of these phenotypes requires the analysis of their genetic susceptibility locus. Herein, hydronephrosis development was incidentally observed in MRL/MpJ-derived chromosome 11 (D11Mit21-212)-carrying C57BL/6N-based congenic mice, which developed bilateral or unilateral hydronephrosis in both males and females with 23. Read More
Interleukin (IL) 17A in chronic inflammation is also produced by innate immune cells as neutrophils. Mice with chronic humoral response induced by venom of Thalassophryne nattereri (VTn) proved to be a good tool for evaluating the impact of IL-17A on the development of long-lived plasma cells in the inflamed peritoneal cavity. Here, we report that VTn induces IL-17A production by neutrophils accumulating in the peritoneal cavity and triggers the extrusion of IL-17A along with neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). Read More