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    Glycolipids: Essential regulator of neuro-inflammation, metabolism and gliomagenesis.
    Biochim Biophys Acta 2017 Jun 7. Epub 2017 Jun 7.
    Department of Biomedical Sciences, Chubu University College of Life and Health, 1200 Matsumoto, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501, Japan; Department of Biochemistry II, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai, Showa-ku, Nagoya 466-0065, Japan.
    Gene knockout mice of glycosyltransferases have clearly showed roles of their products in the bodies, while there are examples where phenotype of knockout was much less severe than expected probably due to functional redundancy. The most striking novel finding obtained from ganglioside-deficient mice was that progressive inflammatory reaction took place, leading to neurodegeneration. In particular, dysfunction of complement-regulatory proteins due to deteriorated architecture of lipid rafts seemed to be essential mechanisms for the inflammation. Read More

    Complement C5a induces mesenchymal stem cell apoptosis during the progression of chronic diabetic complications.
    Diabetologia 2017 Jun 3. Epub 2017 Jun 3.
    First Department, State Key Laboratory of Trauma, Burn and Combined Injury, Daping Hospital and Research Institute of Surgery, Third Military Medical University, No. 10 Changjiang Branch Road, Daping Street, Yuzhong District, Chongqing, 400042, People's Republic of China.
    Aims/hypothesis: Regeneration and repair mediated by mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are key self-protection mechanisms against diabetic complications, a reflection of diabetes-related cell/tissue damage and dysfunction. MSC abnormalities have been reported during the progression of diabetic complications, but little is known about whether a deficiency in these cells plays a role in the pathogenesis of this disease. In addition to MSC resident sites, peripheral circulation is a major source of MSCs that participate in the regeneration and repair of damaged tissue. Read More

    Recurrent respiratory tract infections (RRTI) in the elderly: A late onset mild immunodeficiency?
    Clin Immunol 2017 Jul 6;180:111-119. Epub 2017 May 6.
    Department of Infectious Diseases, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.
    Elderly with late-onset recurrent respiratory tract infections (RRTI) often have specific anti-polysaccharide antibody deficiency (SPAD). We hypothesized that late-onset RRTI is caused by mild immunodeficiencies, such as SPAD, that remain hidden through adult life. We analyzed seventeen elderly RRTI patients and matched controls. Read More

    Peripheral complement interactions with amyloid β peptide: Erythrocyte clearance mechanisms.
    Alzheimers Dement 2017 May 2. Epub 2017 May 2.
    Center for Neuroscience, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA, USA. Electronic address:
    Introduction: Although amyloid β peptide (Aβ) is cleared from the brain to cerebrospinal fluid and the peripheral circulation, mechanisms for its removal from blood remain unresolved. Primates have uniquely evolved a highly effective peripheral clearance mechanism for pathogens, immune adherence, in which erythrocyte complement receptor 1 (CR1) plays a major role.

    Methods: Multidisciplinary methods were used to demonstrate immune adherence capture of Aβ by erythrocytes and its deficiency in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Read More

    Critical role for complement receptor C5aR2 in the pathogenesis of renal ischemia-reperfusion injury.
    FASEB J 2017 Apr 10. Epub 2017 Apr 10.
    Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Groningen, University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands;
    The complement system, and specifically C5a, is involved in renal ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. The 2 receptors for complement anaphylatoxin C5a (C5aR1 and C5aR2) are expressed on leukocytes as well as on renal epithelium. Extensive evidence shows that C5aR1 inhibition protects kidneys from IR injury; however, the role of C5aR2 in IR injury is less clear as initial studies proposed the hypothesis that C5aR2 functions as a decoy receptor. Read More

    Synergy between the classical and alternative pathways of complement is essential for conferring effective protection against the pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus infection.
    PLoS Pathog 2017 Mar 16;13(3):e1006248. Epub 2017 Mar 16.
    National Centre for Cell Science, S. P. Pune University Campus, Ganeshkhind, Pune, India.
    The pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 virus caused significant morbidity and mortality worldwide thus necessitating the need to understand the host factors that influence its control. Previously, the complement system has been shown to provide protection during the seasonal influenza virus infection, however, the role of individual complement pathways is not yet clear. Here, we have dissected the role of intact complement as well as of its individual activation pathways during the pandemic influenza virus infection using mouse strains deficient in various complement components. Read More

    Targeting C3a/C5a receptors inhibits human mesangial cell proliferation and alleviates immunoglobulin A nephropathy in mice.
    Clin Exp Immunol 2017 Jul 10;189(1):60-70. Epub 2017 Apr 10.
    Department of Nephrology, First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China.
    Complement activation has a deep pathogenic influence in immunoglobulin (Ig)A nephropathy (IgAN). C3a and C5a, small cleavage fragments generated by complement activation, are key mediators of inflammation. The fragments exert broad proinflammatory effects by binding to specific receptors (C3aR and C5aR, respectively). Read More

    Complement drives glucosylceramide accumulation and tissue inflammation in Gaucher disease.
    Nature 2017 03 22;543(7643):108-112. Epub 2017 Feb 22.
    Division of Human Genetics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229, USA.
    Gaucher disease is caused by mutations in GBA1, which encodes the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase (GCase). GBA1 mutations drive extensive accumulation of glucosylceramide (GC) in multiple innate and adaptive immune cells in the spleen, liver, lung and bone marrow, often leading to chronic inflammation. The mechanisms that connect excess GC to tissue inflammation remain unknown. Read More

    Potential influences of complement factor H in autoimmune inflammatory and thrombotic disorders.
    Mol Immunol 2017 Apr 16;84:84-106. Epub 2017 Feb 16.
    Biosciences, College of Health and Life Sciences, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH, United Kingdom. Electronic address:
    Complement system homeostasis is important for host self-protection and anti-microbial immune surveillance, and recent research indicates roles in tissue development and remodelling. Complement also appears to have several points of interaction with the blood coagulation system. Deficiency and altered function due to gene mutations and polymorphisms in complement effectors and regulators, including Factor H, have been associated with familial and sporadic autoimmune inflammatory - thrombotic disorders, in which autoantibodies play a part. Read More

    Genetic testing facilitates prepubertal diagnosis of congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism.
    Clin Genet 2017 Feb 14. Epub 2017 Feb 14.
    Endocrinology, Diabetology & Metabolism Service, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Neonatal micropenis and cryptorchidism raise the suspicion of congenital hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (CHH), a rare genetic disorder caused by gonadotropin-releasing hormone deficiency. Low plasma testosterone levels and low gonadotropins during minipuberty provide a clinical diagnostic clue, yet these tests are seldomly performed in general practice. We report a male neonate with no family history of reproductive disorders who was born with micropenis and cryptorchidism. Read More

    C5 inhibition prevents renal failure in a mouse model of lethal C3 glomerulopathy.
    Kidney Int 2017 Jun 27;91(6):1386-1397. Epub 2017 Jan 27.
    Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Electronic address:
    C3 glomerulopathy is a potentially life-threatening disease of the kidney caused by dysregulated alternative pathway complement activation. The specific complement mediator(s) responsible for kidney injury in C3 glomerulopathy are yet to be defined and no specific therapy is currently available. We previously developed a mouse model of lethal C3 glomerulopathy with factor H and properdin gene double mutations. Read More

    The Zn(2+)-sensing receptor, ZnR/GPR39, upregulates colonocytic Cl(-) absorption, via basolateral KCC1, and reduces fluid loss.
    Biochim Biophys Acta 2017 Apr 16;1863(4):947-960. Epub 2017 Jan 16.
    Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. Electronic address:
    Administration of zinc, as a complement to oral rehydration solutions, effectively diminishes duration and severity of diarrhea, but it is not known whether it merely fulfills a nutritional deficiency, or if zinc has a direct role of regulating solute absorption. We show that Zn(2+) acts via a specific receptor, ZnR/GPR39, to reduce fluid loss. Intestinal fluid secretion triggered by cholera toxin (CTx) was lower in WT mice compared to ZnR/GPR39 KO. Read More

    Androgenic effects of aqueous and methanolic extracts of Ficus asperifolia in male Wistar rats.
    BMC Complement Altern Med 2017 Jan 13;17(1):42. Epub 2017 Jan 13.
    Department of Animal Biology, Faculty of Science, Animal Physiology and Phytopharmacology Laboratory, University of Dschang, P.O. BOX 67, Dschang, Cameroon.
    Background: Androgen deficiency is a clinical syndrome resulting from the inability of the testes to produce physiological levels of testosterone due to a disturbance occurring at one or more levels of the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the androgenic properties of aqueous and methanolic extracts of Ficus asperifolia on normal and castrated immature rats.

    Methods: Normal rats were treated either per os with aqueous or methanolic extract of Ficus asperifolia (100 mg/kg or 500 mg/kg b. Read More

    Chronic lung disease in common variable immune deficiency (CVID): A pathophysiological role for microbial and non-B cell immune factors.
    Crit Rev Microbiol 2017 Aug 10;43(4):508-519. Epub 2017 Jan 10.
    a Halo Research Group, Queen's University Belfast , Belfast , United Kingdom.
    One of the most common and most severe forms of primary antibody deficiency encountered in the clinical setting is a heterogeneous group of syndromes termed common variable immune deficiency (CVID). This disorder is characterized by reduced immunoglobulin production and increased susceptibility to infection, particularly of the respiratory tract. Infection and subsequent immunological/inflammatory processes may contribute to the development of pulmonary complications such as bronchiectasis and interstitial lung disease. Read More

    Targeted Complement Inhibition Protects Vascularized Composite Allografts From Acute Graft Injury and Prolongs Graft Survival When Combined With Subtherapeutic Cyclosporine A Therapy.
    Transplantation 2017 Apr;101(4):e75-e85
    1 Department of Surgery, Tongji Hospital, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. 2 Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. 3 Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Lee Patterson Allen Transplant Immunobiology Laboratory, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. 4 South Carolina Investigators in Transplantation (SCIT), Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. 5 Ralph H. Johnson Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Charleston, SC.
    Background: Recipients of vascularized composite allografts require aggressive and lifelong immunosuppression, and because the surgery is usually performed in nonlife-threatening situations, the development of strategies to minimize immunosuppression is especially pertinent for this procedure. We investigated how complement affects acute graft injury, alloimmunity, and immunosuppressive therapy.

    Methods: Vascularized composite allografts were transplanted from Balb/C to C57BL/6 mice that were complement deficient (C3 or double C3a Receptor (R)/C5aR), or treated with a targeted complement inhibitor (CR2-Crry). Read More

    The Role of Hippocampal Estradiol Receptor-α in a Perimenopausal Affective Disorders-Like Rat Model and Attenuating of Anxiety by Electroacupuncture.
    Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2016 1;2016:4958312. Epub 2016 Dec 1.
    Department of Integrative Medicine and Neurobiology, State Key Laboratory of Medical Neurobiology, Shanghai Medical College, Institute of Acupuncture Research (WHO Collaborating Center for Traditional Medicine), Institutes of Brain Science, Brain Science Collaborative Innovation Center, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032, China.
    Hormone replacement therapy is the principal treatment for perimenopausal affective disorders which can cause severe side effects. The present study compared the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) and estradiol treatment on perimenopausal affective disorders at the behavioral and cellular levels. In this randomized experimental in vivo study, adult female rats were divided into intact, ovariectomy, chronic unpredictable stress (CUS), and ovariectomy and CUS combination groups. Read More

    Complement peptide C3a stimulates neural plasticity after experimental brain ischaemia.
    Brain 2017 Feb 12;140(Pt 2):353-369. Epub 2016 Dec 12.
    Center for Brain Repair and Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
    Ischaemic stroke induces endogenous repair processes that include proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells and extensive rewiring of the remaining neural connections, yet about 50% of stroke survivors live with severe long-term disability. There is an unmet need for drug therapies to improve recovery by promoting brain plasticity in the subacute to chronic phase after ischaemic stroke. We previously showed that complement-derived peptide C3a regulates neural progenitor cell migration and differentiation in vitro and that C3a receptor signalling stimulates neurogenesis in unchallenged adult mice. Read More

    NLRP3 is Required for Complement-Mediated Caspase-1 and IL-1beta Activation in ICH.
    J Mol Neurosci 2017 Mar 8;61(3):385-395. Epub 2016 Dec 8.
    Department of Cerebrovascular Disease, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zunyi Medical College, No. 139, Dalian Avenue, Huichuan District, Zunyi, Guizhou, 563000, China.
    Complement-mediated inflammation plays a vital role in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), implicating pro-inflammatory factor interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) secretion. Brain samples and contralateral hemiencephalon were all collected and detected by Western blot. NLRP3 expression was located by dual immunofluorescence staining at 1, 3, and 5 days post-ICH. Read More

    Effect of SQW on the bladder function of mice lacking TRPV1.
    BMC Complement Altern Med 2016 Nov 15;16(1):465. Epub 2016 Nov 15.
    School of Fundamental Medical Science, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, 510006, China.
    Background: Suo Quan Wan (SQW) is an effective traditional Chinese prescription on treated lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), and has been proved have modulation effect on the expression of transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) in accordance with the recovery of bladder function of overactive bladder rat. This study further investigated the mechanism of SQW modulated TRPV1 signaling and bladder function using TRPV1 knockout (KO) mice.

    Methods: Study was conducted using wild type and TRPV1 KO mice. Read More

    Myeloperoxidase deficiency enhances zymosan phagocytosis associated with up-regulation of surface expression of CD11b in mouse neutrophils.
    Free Radic Res 2016 Dec 2;50(12):1340-1349. Epub 2016 Nov 2.
    a Graduate School of Nanobioscience , Yokohama City University , Yokohama , Japan.
    Myeloperoxidase (MPO), a major component of neutrophils, catalyzes the production of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) from hydrogen peroxide and chloride anion. Phagocytosis is a critical event induced by neutrophils for host defense and inflammation. Interestingly, we found that MPO-deficient (MPO(-/-)) neutrophils engulfed larger amounts of zymosan than wild-type neutrophils. Read More

    Distinct Effects of Integrins αXβ2 and αMβ2 on Leukocyte Subpopulations during Inflammation and Antimicrobial Responses.
    Infect Immun 2017 Jan 29;85(1). Epub 2016 Dec 29.
    Department of Molecular Cardiology, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
    Integrins αMβ2 and αXβ2 are homologous adhesive receptors that are expressed on many of the same leukocyte populations and bind many of the same ligands. Although αMβ2 was extensively characterized and implicated in leukocyte inflammatory and immune functions, the roles of αXβ2 remain largely obscure. Here, we tested the ability of mice deficient in integrin αMβ2 or αXβ2 to deal with opportunistic infections and the capacity of cells derived from these animals to execute inflammatory functions. Read More

    Dietary choline deficiency and excess induced intestinal inflammation and alteration of intestinal tight junction protein transcription potentially by modulating NF-κB, STAT and p38 MAPK signaling molecules in juvenile Jian carp.
    Fish Shellfish Immunol 2016 Nov 28;58:462-473. Epub 2016 Sep 28.
    Animal Nutrition Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, 611130, China; Fish Nutrition and Safety Production University Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, 611130, China; Key Laboratory for Animal Disease-Resistance Nutrition of China Ministry of Education, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, 611130, China. Electronic address:
    This study investigated the effects of choline on intestinal mucosal immune and the possible mechanisms in fish by feeding juvenile Jian carp (Cyprinus carpio var. Jian) with graded levels of dietary choline (165-1820 mg/kg diet) for 65 days. The results firstly showed that choline deficiency induced inflammatory infiltration in the proximal intestine (PI), mid intestine (MI) and distal intestine (DI) of fish. Read More

    Signaling of Prostaglandin E Receptors, EP3 and EP4 Facilitates Wound Healing and Lymphangiogenesis with Enhanced Recruitment of M2 Macrophages in Mice.
    PLoS One 2016 6;11(10):e0162532. Epub 2016 Oct 6.
    Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kitasato University, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan.
    Lymphangiogenesis plays an important role in homeostasis, metabolism, and immunity, and also occurs during wound-healing. Here, we examined the roles of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) receptor (EP) signaling in enhancement of lymphangiogenesis in wound healing processes. The hole-punch was made in the ears of male C57BL/6 mice using a metal ear punch. Read More

    Soluble CD93 Is Involved in Metabolic Dysregulation but Does Not Influence Carotid Intima-Media Thickness.
    Diabetes 2016 Oct;65(10):2888-99
    Cardiovascular Medicine Unit, Department of Medicine Solna, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are complex disorders involving metabolic and inflammatory mechanisms. Here we investigated whether sCD93, a group XIV c-type lectin of the endosialin family, plays a role in metabolic dysregulation or carotid intima-media thickness (IMT). Although no association was observed between sCD93 and IMT, sCD93 levels were significantly lower in subjects with type 2 diabetes (n = 901, mean ± SD 156. Read More

    AMD-like retinopathy associated with intravenous iron.
    Exp Eye Res 2016 Oct 23;151:122-33. Epub 2016 Aug 23.
    F.M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Electronic address:
    Iron accumulation in the retina is associated with the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). IV iron is a common method to treat iron deficiency anemia in adults, and its retinal manifestations have not hitherto been identified. To assess whether IV iron formulations can be retina-toxic, we generated a mouse model for iron-induced retinal damage. Read More

    Novelties in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Angioedema.
    J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol 2016 ;26(4):212-21; quiz two pages after page 221
    Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences Luigi Sacco, University of Milan, ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco, Milano, Italy.
    Angioedema is defined as local, noninflammatory, self-limiting edema that is circumscribed owing to increased leakage of plasma from the capillaries located in the deep layers of the skin and the mucosae. Two mediators, histamine and bradykinin, account for most cases of angioedema. Angioedema can occur with wheals as a manifestation of urticaria, and this form is frequently allergic. Read More

    HAE Pathophysiology and Underlying Mechanisms.
    Clin Rev Allergy Immunol 2016 Oct;51(2):216-29
    Department of Medicine, University of California, 9500 Gilman Dr., Mail code 0732, La Jolla, CA, 92093-0732, USA.
    Remarkable progress in understanding the pathophysiology and underlying mechanisms of hereditary angioedema has led to the development of effective treatment for this disorder. Progress in three separate areas has catalyzed our understanding of hereditary angioedema. The first is the recognition that HAE type I and type II result from a deficiency in the plasma level of functional C1 inhibitor. Read More

    Bidirectional Crosstalk between C5a Receptors and the NLRP3 Inflammasome in Macrophages and Monocytes.
    Mediators Inflamm 2016 7;2016:1340156. Epub 2016 Jun 7.
    Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
    C5a is an inflammatory mediator generated by complement activation that positively regulates various arms of immune defense, including Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signaling. The NOD-like receptor pyrin domain-containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is activated by pathogen products and cellular/tissue damage products and is a major contributor of IL-1β. In this study, we investigate whether C5a modulates lipopolysaccharide- (LPS-) induced NLRP3 inflammasome activation in myeloid cells. Read More

    A Mouse Model for Dietary Xenosialitis: ANTIBODIES TO XENOGLYCAN CAN REDUCE FERTILITY.
    J Biol Chem 2016 Aug 5;291(35):18222-31. Epub 2016 Jul 5.
    the Glycobiology Research and Training Center and Department of Pathology,
    Humans can incorporate the xenoglycan N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc) from the diet into reproductive tissues and secretions. Most humans also have circulating antibodies specific for this dietary xenoglycan. The potential for inflammation induced by incorporated Neu5Gc and circulating anti-Neu5Gc antibodies, termed xenosialitis, has been discussed as a factor influencing several human diseases. Read More

    Complement Component C1q Programs a Pro-Efferocytic Phenotype while Limiting TNFα Production in Primary Mouse and Human Macrophages.
    Front Immunol 2016 15;7:230. Epub 2016 Jun 15.
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University , Des Moines, IA , USA.
    Deficiency in complement component C1q is associated with an inability to clear apoptotic cells (efferocytosis) and aberrant inflammation in lupus, and identification of the pathways involved in these processes should reveal important regulatory mechanisms in lupus and other autoimmune or inflammatory diseases. In this study, C1q-dependent regulation of TNFα/IL-6 expression and efferocytosis was investigated using primary mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages and human monocyte-derived macrophages. C1q downregulated LPS-dependent TNFα production in mouse and human macrophages. Read More

    The collectins CL-L1, CL-K1 and CL-P1, and their roles in complement and innate immunity.
    Immunobiology 2016 Oct 2;221(10):1058-67. Epub 2016 Jun 2.
    Department of Microbiology and Immunochemistry, Asahikawa Medical University, Asahikawa, Japan. Electronic address:
    Both the complement system and collectins play important roles in our innate immune system. The collectins, which are characterized by their inclusion of a collagen-like region and a calcium-dependent carbohydrate recognition domain, are pattern recognition molecules and include the well characterized proteins mannan-binding lectin (MBL) and the surfactant proteins SP-A/-D. Collectin liver 1 (CL-L1), collectin kidney 1 (CL-K1) and collectin placenta 1 (CL-P1) are the most recently discovered collectins. Read More

    A complement-microglial axis drives synapse loss during virus-induced memory impairment.
    Nature 2016 06;534(7608):538-43
    Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri 63110, USA.
    Over 50% of patients who survive neuroinvasive infection with West Nile virus (WNV) exhibit chronic cognitive sequelae. Although thousands of cases of WNV-mediated memory dysfunction accrue annually, the mechanisms responsible for these impairments are unknown. The classical complement cascade, a key component of innate immune pathogen defence, mediates synaptic pruning by microglia during early postnatal development. Read More

    Complement and Antibody-mediated Enhancement of Red Blood Cell Invasion and Growth of Malaria Parasites.
    EBioMedicine 2016 Jul 14;9:207-16. Epub 2016 May 14.
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033, United States; Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033, United States. Electronic address:
    Plasmodium falciparum malaria is a deadly pathogen. The invasion of red blood cells (RBCs) by merozoites is a target for vaccine development. Although anti-merozoite antibodies can block invasion in vitro, there is no efficacy in vivo. Read More

    The Role of Integrins αMβ2 (Mac-1, CD11b/CD18) and αDβ2 (CD11d/CD18) in Macrophage Fusion.
    Am J Pathol 2016 Aug 14;186(8):2105-16. Epub 2016 Jun 14.
    Center for Metabolic and Vascular Biology, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Electronic address:
    The subfamily of β2 integrins is implicated in macrophage fusion, a hallmark of chronic inflammation. Among β2 family members, integrin Mac-1 (αMβ2, CD11b/CD18) is abundantly expressed on monocyte/macrophages and mediates critical adhesive reactions of these cells. However, the role of Mac-1 in macrophage fusion leading to the formation of multinucleated giant cells remains unclear. Read More

    The Complement Regulatory Protein CD46 Deficient Mouse Spontaneously Develops Dry-Type Age-Related Macular Degeneration-Like Phenotype.
    Am J Pathol 2016 Aug 11;186(8):2088-104. Epub 2016 Jun 11.
    Department of Ophthalmology, Jones Eye Institute, Pat and Willard Walker Eye Research Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas; Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. Electronic address:
    In the mouse, membrane cofactor protein (CD46), a key regulator of the alternative pathway of the complement system, is only expressed in the eye and on the inner acrosomal membrane of spermatozoa. We noted that although Cd46(-/-) mice have normal systemic alternative pathway activating ability, lack of CD46 leads to dysregulated complement activation in the eye, as evidenced by increased deposition of C5b-9 in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and choroid. A knockout of CD46 induced the following cardinal features of human dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in 12-month-old male and female mice: accumulation of autofluorescent material in and hypertrophy of the RPE, dense deposits in and thickening of Bruch's membrane, loss of photoreceptors, cells in subretinal space, and a reduction of choroidal vessels. Read More

    FHR3 Blocks C3d-Mediated Coactivation of Human B Cells.
    J Immunol 2016 Jul 8;197(2):620-9. Epub 2016 Jun 8.
    Department of Infection Biology, Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, 07745 Jena, Germany;
    The autoimmune renal disease deficient for complement factor H-related (CFHR) genes and autoantibody-positive form of hemolytic uremic syndrome is characterized by the presence of autoantibodies specific for the central complement regulator, factor H, combined with a homozygous deficiency, mostly in CFHR3 and CFHR1 Because FHR3 and FHR1 bind to C3d and inactivated C3b, which are ligands for complement receptor type 2 (CR2/CD21), the aim of the current study was to examine whether FHR3-C3d or FHR1-C3d complexes modulate B cell activation. Laser-scanning microscopy and automated image-based analysis showed that FHR3, but not FHR1 or factor H, blocked B cell activation by the BCR coreceptor complex (CD19/CD21/CD81). FHR3 bound to C3d, thereby inhibiting the interaction between C3d and CD21 and preventing colocalization of the coreceptor complex with the BCR. Read More

    Vitamin D3: A Role in Dopamine Circuit Regulation, Diet-Induced Obesity, and Drug Consumption.
    eNeuro 2016 Mar-Apr;3(2). Epub 2016 May 19.
    Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine , New Haven, Connecticut 06519.
    The influence of micronutrients on dopamine systems is not well defined. Using mice, we show a potential role for reduced dietary vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) in promoting diet-induced obesity (DIO), food intake, and drug consumption while on a high fat diet. To complement these deficiency studies, treatments with exogenous fully active vitamin D3 (calcitriol, 10 µg/kg, i. Read More

    Angioedema attacks in patients with hereditary angioedema: Local manifestations of a systemic activation process.
    J Allergy Clin Immunol 2016 Aug 28;138(2):359-66. Epub 2016 May 28.
    Laboratory for Translational Immunology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Electronic address:
    Hereditary angioedema (HAE) caused by a deficiency of functional C1-inhibitor (C1INH) becomes clinically manifest as attacks of angioedema. C1INH is the main inhibitor of the contact system. Poor control of a local activation process of this system at the site of the attack is believed to lead to the formation of bradykinin (BK), which increases local vasopermeability and mediates angioedema on interaction with BK receptor 2 on the endothelium. Read More

    Characterization of the Regulation of CD46 RNA Alternative Splicing.
    J Biol Chem 2016 Jul 12;291(27):14311-23. Epub 2016 May 12.
    From the School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 60 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637551, Singapore
    Here we present a detailed analysis of the alternative splicing regulation of human CD46, which generates different isoforms with distinct functions. CD46 is a ubiquitous membrane protein that protects host cells from complement and plays other roles in immunity, autophagy, and cell adhesion. CD46 deficiency causes an autoimmune disorder, and this protein is also involved in pathogen infection and cancer. Read More

    The combination of Artemisia princeps Pamp, Leonurus japonicas Houtt, and Gardenia jasminoides Ellis fruit attenuates the exacerbation of energy, lipid, and glucose by increasing hepatic PGC-1α expression in estrogen-deficient rats.
    BMC Complement Altern Med 2016 May 23;16:137. Epub 2016 May 23.
    Department of Food and Nutrition, Obesity/Diabetes Center, Hoseo University, Asan, Korea.
    Background: Artemisia princeps Pamp (APP), Leonurus japonicas Houtt (LJH), and Gardenia jasminoides Ellis fruit (GJE) have been traditionally used in East Asia to treat women's diseases related to reproductive system. They may attenuate the deterioration of energy, lipid, glucose and bone metabolism by estrogen deficiency. The present study explored the combination of APP, LJH, and GJE to overcome the symptoms of estrogen deficiency and the mechanism was explored. Read More

    CCR7 Maintains Nonresolving Lymph Node and Adipose Inflammation in Obesity.
    Diabetes 2016 Aug 3;65(8):2268-81. Epub 2016 May 3.
    Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Boston, MA
    Accumulation of immune cells in adipose tissue promotes insulin resistance in obesity. Although innate and adaptive immune cells contribute to adipose inflammation, the processes that sustain these interactions are incompletely understood. Here we show that obesity promotes the accumulation of CD11c(+) adipose tissue immune cells that express C-C chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7) in mice and humans, and that CCR7 contributes to chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. Read More

    A Decade of Change: Recent Developments in Pharmacotherapy of Hereditary Angioedema (HAE).
    Clin Rev Allergy Immunol 2016 Oct;51(2):183-92
    Department of Dermatology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Langenbeckstr 1, 55131, Mainz, Germany.
    Hereditary angioedema (HAE) due to C1 esterase inhibitor (C1-INH) deficiency (HAE-C1-INH) is a rare but medically significant disease that can be associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. Research into the pathogenesis of HAE-C1-INH has expanded greatly in the last six decades and has led to new clinical trials with novel therapeutic agents and treatment strategies. Mechanisms of pharmacotherapy include (a) supplementing C1-INH, the missing serine-protease inhibitor in HAE; (b) inhibiting the activation of the contact system and the uncontrolled release of proteases in the kallikrein-kinin system, by blocking the production/function of its components; (c) inhibiting the fibrinolytic system by blocking the production/function of its components; and (d) inhibiting the function of bradykinin at the endothelial level. Read More

    Lumbar Myeloid Cell Trafficking into Locomotor Networks after Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury.
    Exp Neurol 2016 Aug 16;282:86-98. Epub 2016 May 16.
    Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA; School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA. Electronic address:
    Spinal cord injury (SCI) promotes inflammation along the neuroaxis that jeopardizes plasticity, intrinsic repair and recovery. While inflammation at the injury site is well-established, less is known within remote spinal networks. The presence of bone marrow-derived immune (myeloid) cells in these areas may further impede functional recovery. Read More

    The Complement C3a Receptor Contributes to Melanoma Tumorigenesis by Inhibiting Neutrophil and CD4+ T Cell Responses.
    J Immunol 2016 Jun 20;196(11):4783-92. Epub 2016 Apr 20.
    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia;
    The complement peptide C3a is a key component of the innate immune system and a major fragment produced following complement activation. We used a murine model of melanoma (B16-F0) to identify a hitherto unknown role for C3a-C3aR signaling in promoting tumor growth. The results show that the development and growth of B16-F0 melanomas is retarded in mice lacking C3aR, whereas growth of established melanomas can be arrested by C3aR antagonism. Read More

    Phospholipase A2 Receptor-Related Membranous Nephropathy and Mannan-Binding Lectin Deficiency.
    J Am Soc Nephrol 2016 Dec 6;27(12):3539-3544. Epub 2016 May 6.
    Laboratoire d'Immunologie, Pôle de Biologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitalier de Grenoble, Grenoble, France.
    Most patients with idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN) have IgG4 autoantibodies against phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R). C3 and C5b-9 are found in immune deposits of IMN kidney biopsy specimens, but the pathway of complement activation in IMN remains elusive. We report the case of a patient who developed IMN with intense staining for PLA2R, IgG4, C3, C5b-9, factor B, and properdin and very weak staining for C1q, C4d, and IgG1. Read More

    Toll-Like Receptor 4 Deficiency Improves Short-term Renal Function but not Long-term Graft Survival in a Fully MHC-Mismatched Murine Model of Renal Allograft Transplantation.
    Transplantation 2016 Jun;100(6):1219-27
    1 Kidney Node Laboratory, The Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. 2 Renal Medicine, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
    Background: We have previously demonstrated that absence of myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88) induced donor-specific kidney allograft tolerance. The upstream pathways of MyD88 that mediate this process, however, remain unclear. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is an innate immune receptor that is dependent upon MyD88 for activity of its dominant signaling pathway. Read More

    Ablating the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) in CD11c+ cells perturbs intestinal epithelium development and intestinal immunity.
    Sci Rep 2016 Apr 12;6:23820. Epub 2016 Apr 12.
    Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), Nanyang Technological University, 60 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637551.
    Diet and microbiome derived indole derivatives are known to activate the ligand induced transcription factor, the Aryl hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR). While the current understanding of AhR biology has confirmed its role in mucosal lymphocytes, its function in intestinal antigen presenting cells (APCs) is poorly understood. Here, we report that Cre-mediated deletion of AhR in CD11c-expressing cells in C57/BL6 mice is associated with altered intestinal epithelial morphogenesis in vivo. Read More

    Yarrowia lipolytica AAL genes are involved in peroxisomal fatty acid activation.
    Biochim Biophys Acta 2016 Jul 9;1861(7):555-65. Epub 2016 Apr 9.
    Micalis Institute, INRA, AgroParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay, 78350, Jouy-en-Josas, France. Electronic address:
    In yeast, β-oxidation of fatty acids (FAs) essentially takes place in peroxisomes, and FA activation must precede FA oxidation. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a single fatty-acyl–CoA-synthetase, ScFaa2p, mediates peroxisomal FA activation. We have previously shown that this reaction also exists in the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica; however, the protein involved in this process remains unknown. Read More

    Overexpression of Cytotoxic T-Lymphocyte-Associated Antigen-4 Prevents Atherosclerosis in Mice.
    Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 2016 Jun 7;36(6):1141-51. Epub 2016 Apr 7.
    From the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan (T.M., N.S., T.Y., T.E., K.K., T.M., T.H., K.Y., N.K., K.-i.H.); Laboratory for Cell Signaling, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan (T.S.); and Laboratory for Cell Signaling (T.S.) and Department of Single Molecule Imaging, World Premier International Immunology Frontier Research Center, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan (T.Y.).
    Objective: Although T-cell-mediated chronic inflammation contributes to atherosclerosis development, the role of a negative regulatory molecule cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) in atherosclerosis is poorly understood. We investigated the effects of CTLA-4 overexpression on atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E-deficient (Apoe(-/-)) mice.

    Approach And Results: We generated CTLA-4 transgenic (CTLA-4-Tg)/Apoe(-/-) mice that display constitutive cell surface and intracellular expression of CTLA-4 in T cells and assessed atherosclerosis at age 16 weeks. Read More

    The complement receptor C5aR1 contributes to renal damage but protects the heart in angiotensin II-induced hypertension.
    Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 2016 Jun 6;310(11):F1356-65. Epub 2016 Apr 6.
    Department of Medicine, University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany;
    Adaptive and innate immune responses contribute to hypertension and hypertensive end-organ damage. Here, we determined the role of anaphylatoxin C5a, a major inflammatory effector of the innate immune system that is generated in response to complement activation, in hypertensive end-organ damage. For this purpose, we assessed the phenotype of C5a receptor 1 (C5aR1)-deficient mice in ANG II-induced renal and cardiac injury. Read More

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