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  1. Analysis of target genes induced by IL-13 cytotoxin in human glioblastoma cells.

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    Han, Jing; Yang, Liming; Puri, Raj K

    2005-03-01

    IL-13 cytotoxin comprised of IL-13 and a mutated form of Pseudomonas exotoxin (fusion protein termed IL-13-PE38QQR) has been shown to inhibit protein synthesis leading to necrotic and apoptotic cell death in glioblastoma cells that express high levels of interleukin-13 receptors (IL-13R). To identify target genes of cell death and other cellular genes with IL-13 receptors in glioblastoma cells, we utilized the cDNA microarrays to analyze global gene expression profiles after IL-13 cytotoxin and IL-13 treatment. IL-13 cytotoxin mediated cytotoxicity to U251 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Hierarchical cluster analysis of differentially expressed genes in U251 glioma cells at different time points after IL-13 cytotoxin treatment showed three major groups, each representing a specific expression pattern. Randomly selected differentially expressed genes from each group were confirmed by RT-PCR analysis. Most down-regulated genes belong to cell adhesion, motility, angiogenesis, DNA repair, and metabolic pathways. While up-regulated genes belong to cell cycle arrest, apoptosis, signaling and various metabolic pathways. Unexpectedly, at early time points, both IL-13 and IL-13 cytotoxin induced several genes belonging to different pathways most notably IL-8, DIO2, END1, and ALDH1A3 indicating that these genes are early response genes and their products may be associated with IL-13R. In addition, IL-13 cytotoxin induced IL-13Ralpha2 mRNA expression during the treatment in glioma cells. Our results indicate that novel cellular genes are involved with IL-13 receptors and that IL-13 cytotoxin induced cell death involves various target genes in human glioblastoma cells. On going studies will determine the role of associated genes and their products in the IL-13R functions in glioma cells.

  2. EXPRESSION OF IL-13Ra2 GENE IN HUMAN BRAIN TUMORS

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    WU An-hua; TIE Xin-xin; WANG Yun-jie; YANG Guo-rui

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the expression of IL-13Ra2 gene in brain tumors. Methods: Seventy-nine human brain tumors were obtained from the department of Neurosurgery of China Medical University. Human IL-13Ra2 expression was evaluated by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemical analysis. Results: IL-13Ra2 gene was highly expressed in glioblastoma, medulloblastoma, malignant meningioma and benign meningioma. Conclusion:Human IL-13Ra2 gene is expressed in brain tumors in addition to gliomas, and our result indicates that the IL-13Ra2 gene promoter based gene therapy method can be used to treat brain tumors in addition to gliomas. Further studies involving larger numbers of samples are necessary to fully understand the expression profile of IL-13Ra2 gene in the brain tumors.

  3. Structural comparison and chromosomal localization of the human and mouse IL-13 genes

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    McKenzie, A.N.J.; Sato, A.; Doyle, E.L.; Zurawski, G. (DNAX Research Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Palo Alto, CA (United States)); Li, X.; Milatovich, A.; Francke, U. (Stanford Univ. Medical School, CA (United States)); Largaespada, D.A.; Copeland, N.G.; Jenkins, N.A. (National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD (United States))

    1993-06-15

    The genomic structure of the recently described cytokine IL-13 has been determined for both human and mouse genes. The nucleotide sequence of a 4.6-kb DNA segment of the human gene is described. The human IL-13 gene (IL 13) occurs as a single copy in the haploid genome and maps to human chromosome 5. A 4.3-kb DNA fragment of the mouse IL-13 gene (Il 13) has been sequenced and found to occur as a single copy, mapping to mouse chromosome 11. Intrachromosomal mapping studies revealed that both genes contain four exons and three introns and show a high degree of sequence identify throughout their length. Potential recognition sequences for transcription factors that are present in the 5'-flanking region and are conserved between both genes include IFN-responsive elements, binding sites for AP-1, AP-2, and AP-3, an NF-lL 6 site, and a TATA-like sequence. Both genes map to chromosomal locations adjacent to genes encoding other cytokines, including IL-3, GM-CSF, IL-5, and IL-4 suggesting that IL-13 is another member of this cytokine gene family that may have arisen by gene duplication. 26 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  4. Adenoviral vector-mediated gene transfer of IL-13Ralpha2 chain followed by IL-13 cytotoxin treatment offers potent targeted therapy for cytotoxin-resistant cancers.

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    Saito, Makoto; Murata, Takashi; Watanabe, Ken; Kawakami, Koji; Suzuki, Motoyoshi; Koji, Takehiko; Puri, Raj K; Kitazato, Kaio; Kobayashi, Nobuyuki

    2005-08-10

    Previous studies demonstrated that IL-13Ralpha2 chain-overexpressing cancer cells were highly sensitive to IL-13 cytotoxin (IL13-PE38QQR) and could be targeted by cytotoxin treatment. However, the majority of human tumors do not express high levels of IL-13Ralpha2 chain. To expand the IL-13 cytotoxin-mediated cancer targeting therapy, we combined cytotoxin treatment with gene transfer of IL-13Ralpha2 chain. We constructed a recombinant adenoviral vector carrying the human IL-13Ralpha2 gene (Ad-IL-13Ralpha2), which expresses high levels of IL-13Ralpha2 chain on infected cells. Human cancer cell lines A549 and HOS, which originally show no IL-13Ralpha2 expression and little sensitivity to IL-13 cytotoxin, were effectively converted to become sensitive to this cytotoxin after Ad-IL-13Ralpha2 infection. The CC(50) of IL-13 cytotoxin for Ad-IL-13Ralpha2-infected A549 cells was 500 ng/ml. We also examined the antitumor activity of IL-13 cytotoxin in an established xenograft model of cytotoxin-resistant human lung tumor. Only a single i.t. injection of Ad-IL-13Ralpha2 markedly enhanced the sensitivity of established tumors to IL-13 cytotoxin treatment; furthermore, this antitumor effect was significantly sustained for more than 1 month after the last treatment with IL-13 cytotoxin. Taken together, these results suggest the combination of adenoviral vector-mediated IL-13Ralpha2 gene transfer and IL-13 cytotoxin administration can be an effective targeting approach for several types of IL-13 cytotoxin-resistant cancers which show no or little expression of IL-13Ralpha2 chain.

  5. JNK-dependent NFATc1 pathway positively regulates IL-13 gene expression induced by (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate in human basophilic KU812 cells.

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    Wu, Haitao; Qi, Hang; Iwasaki, Dai; Zhu, Beiwei; Shimoishi, Yasuaki; Murata, Yoshiyuki; Nakamura, Yoshimasa

    2009-10-01

    (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) has been reported to possess a wide range of biological and pharmacological properties. In this study, we investigated the effects of EGCG on IL-13 gene expression in human basophilic KU812 cells. The IL-13 mRNA expression level was dose-dependently increased by treatment with EGCG (5-20 microM) for 1 h and additional incubation in a medium for 23 h. EGCG significantly increased the intracellular peroxide level as detected by the peroxide-sensitive probe 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate. A pharmacological experiment using catalase and a structure-activity relationship study revealed that the exogenously produced H(2)O(2) significantly, but partially, contributed to the IL-13 expression as well as the intracellular oxidative status. Furthermore, EGCG at the concentration required for IL-13 up-regulation activated c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase (JNK), but not extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase or p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase in KU812 cells. Transfection of a JNK-specific siRNA as well as treatment with a JNK-specific inhibitor, SP600125, significantly reduced the EGCG-induced IL-13 mRNA expression, by 47.1 and 44.6%, respectively. In addition, we observed the nuclear translocation, mRNA up-regulation, and activation of DNA binding with the IL-13 promoter of nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFATc1) in the EGCG-treated cells. These data provide biological evidence that EGCG induces IL-13 mRNA expression via the JNK-dependent NFATc1 pathway in KU812 cells.

  6. IFN-γ, IL-4 and IL-13 modulate responsiveness of human airway smooth muscle cells to IL-13

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    Michoud Marie-Claire

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background IL-13 is a critical mediator of allergic asthma and associated airway hyperresponsiveness. IL-13 acts through a receptor complex comprised of IL-13Rα1 and IL-4Rα subunits with subsequent activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6. The IL-13Rα2 receptor may act as a decoy receptor. In human airway smooth muscle (HASM cells, IL-13 enhances cellular proliferation, calcium responses to agonists and induces eotaxin production. We investigated the effects of pre-treatment with IL-4, IL-13 and IFN-γ on the responses of HASM cells to IL-13. Methods Cultured HASM were examined for expression of IL-13 receptor subunits using polymerase chain reaction, immunofluorescence microscopy and flow cytometry. Effects of cytokine pre-treatment on IL-13-induced cell responses were assessed by looking at STAT6 phosphorylation using Western blot, eotaxin secretion and calcium responses to histamine. Results IL-13Rα1, IL-4Rα and IL-13Rα2 subunits were expressed on HASM cells. IL-13 induced phosphorylation of STAT6 which reached a maximum by 30 minutes. Pre-treatment with IL-4, IL-13 and, to a lesser degree, IFN-γ reduced peak STAT6 phosphorylation in response to IL-13. IL-13, but not IFN-γ, pre-treatment abrogated IL-13-induced eotaxin secretion. Pre-treatment with IL-4 or IL-13 abrogated IL-13-induced augmentation of the calcium transient evoked by histamine. Cytokine pre-treatment did not affect expression of IL-13Rα1 and IL-4Rα but increased expression of IL-13Rα2. An anti-IL-13Rα2 neutralizing antibody did not prevent the cytokine pre-treatment effects on STAT6 phosphorylation. Cytokine pre-treatment increased SOCS-1, but not SOCS-3, mRNA expression which was not associated with significant increases in protein expression. Conclusion Pre-treatment with IL-4 and IL-13, but not IFN-γ, induced desensitization of the HASM cells to IL-13 as measured by eotaxin secretion and calcium transients to histamine

  7. Equilibrium and kinetic analysis of human interleukin-13 and IL-13 receptor alpha-2 complex formation.

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    Lacy, Eilyn R

    2012-03-01

    Interleukin 13 (IL-13) is a pleiotropic cytokine secreted by activated T cells. Both IL-13 and its polymorphic variant (IL-13-R110Q) have been shown to be associated with multiple diseases such as asthma and allergy. Two IL-13 receptors have been identified, IL-13R alpha-1 receptor (IL-13Rα1) and IL-13R alpha-2 receptor (IL-13Rα2). It has been well established that IL-13 binds to IL-13Rα1 alone with low nM affinity while binding to the IL-13Rα1/IL-4R receptor complex is significantly tighter (pM). The affinity between IL-13 and IL-13Rα2, however, remains elusive. Several values have been reported in the literature varying from 20 pM to 2.5 nM. The affinities previously reported were obtained using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) or Scatchard analysis of (125) I-IL-13 binding data. This report presents the results for the kinetics and equilibrium binding analysis studies performed using label-free kinetic exclusion assay (KEA) for the interaction of human IL-13 and IL-13Rα2. KEA equilibrium analysis showed that the affinities of IL-13Rα2 are 107 and 56 pM for IL-13 and its variant (IL-13-R110Q), respectively. KEA kinetic analysis showed that a tight and very stable complex is formed between IL-13Rα2 and IL-13, as shown by calculated dissociation rate constants slower than 5 × 10(-5) per second. Kinetic analysis also showed significant differences in the kinetic behavior of wild type (wt) versus IL-13-R110Q. IL-13-R110Q not only associates to IL-13Rα2 slower than wt human IL-13 (wt-IL-13), as previously reported, but IL-13-R110Q also dissociates slower than wt-IL-13. These results show that IL-13Rα2 is a high affinity receptor and provide a new perspective on kinetic behavior that could have significant implications in the understanding of the role of IL-13-R110Q in the disease state.

  8. IL-13 Receptor Alpha 2 Membrane and Soluble Isoforms Differ in Human and Mouse1

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    Chen, Weiguo; Sivaprasad, Umasundari; Tabata, Yasuhiro; Gibson, Aaron M.; Stier, Matthew T.; Finkelman, Fred D.; Khurana Hershey, Gurjit K.

    2009-01-01

    Although mice have ng/ml serum levels of soluble (s) IL-13Rα2, humans lack sIL-13Rα2 in serum. Our data provide a mechanism for this biologic divergence. In mice, discrete transcripts encoding s and membrane (mem) forms of IL-13Rα2 are generated by alternative splicing. We utilized siRNA to specifically deplete the transcript encoding memIL-13Rα2 (full-length) or sIL-13Rα2 (ΔEx10) in murine cells. Depletion of the full-length transcript decreased memIL-13Rα2, but had no effect on the level of...

  9. Effects of IL-13 on IL-13Rα2 Expression,Proliferation and Migration in Human Lung Adenocarcinoma A549 Cells%IL-13对 A549细胞 IL-13Rα2表达及增殖和迁移的影响

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    陈厚文; 余群芳; 何晓燕; 金旗; 蔡震宇; 熊绍恒; 熊丽霞

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨 IL-13对人肺腺癌细胞(A549)IL-13受体α2(IL-13Rα2)表达及增殖、迁移的影响。方法采用定量逆转录聚合酶链式反应(qRT-PCR)、Western blot 法检测 IL-13刺激 A549细胞后,检测 IL-13Rα2的转录和蛋白质表达水平;酶联免疫吸附实验(ELISA)检测细胞培养上清液中的可溶型 IL-13受体α2(sIL-13Rα2)含量;流式细胞术(FCM)检测胞膜型 IL-13受体α2(memIL-13Rα2)、胞内型 IL-13受体 Rα2(iIL-13Rα2)的细胞数。MTT 法、Transwell 实验和细胞划痕实验观察 IL-13对 A549细 胞 增 殖 及 迁 移 作 用 的 影 响。结果 A549细 胞 可 表 达IL-13Rα2,并且 IL-13在较低质量浓度(10、20 ng·mL-1)时能上调 A549细胞 IL-13Rα2的表达水平,而对增殖和迁移无显著影响;在较高质量浓度(50、100 ng·mL-1)时对 IL-13Rα2的上调作用不明显,但能促进细胞增殖和迁移。另外低质量浓度 IL-13(10、20 ng·mL-1)对 IL-13Rα2整体水平、sIL-13Rα2、memIL-13Rα2以及 iIL-13Rα2的表达均有不同程度的上调(P <0.05);高质量浓度 IL-13(50、100 ng·mL-1)刺激条件下 IL-13Rα2整体水平的上调不明显且不再有剂量依赖性,sIL-13Rα2水平无明显改变、memIL-13Rα2表达略有增加、iIL-13Rα2水平明显下调(P <0.05)。结论IL-13对人肺腺癌 A549细胞 IL-13Rα2表达水平及增殖、迁移的影响具有双相性和差异性;IL-13Rα2在肺腺癌 A549中发挥抑制 IL-13促细胞增殖和迁移的作用。%ABSTRACT:Objective To investigate the effects of interleukin 13(IL-13)on IL-13 receptor α2 (IL-13Rα2),proliferation and migration in human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells.Methods The expression of IL-13Rα2 mRNA and protein in A549 cells was determined after IL-13 stimulation by qRT-PCR and Western blot,respectively.The content of soluble IL-13Rα2(sIL-13Rα2)in cell culture supernatant was measured by ELISA

  10. The interleukin 13 (IL-13) pathway in human macrophages is modulated by microRNA-155 via direct targeting of interleukin 13 receptor alpha1 (IL13Ralpha1).

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    Martinez-Nunez, Rocio T; Louafi, Fethi; Sanchez-Elsner, Tilman

    2011-01-21

    Macrophages play a central role in the balance and efficiency of the immune response and are at the interface between innate and adaptive immunity. Their phenotype is a delicate equilibrium between the M1 (classical, pro-Th(1)) and M2 (alternative, pro-Th(2)) profiles. This balance is regulated by cytokines such as interleukin 13 (IL-13), a typical pro-M2-Th(2) cytokine that has been related to allergic disease and asthma. IL-13 binds to IL-13 receptor α1 (IL13Rα1), a component of the Type II IL-4 receptor, and exerts its effects by activating the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) through phosphorylation. MicroRNAs are short (∼22 nucleotide) inhibitory non-coding RNAs that block the translation or promote the degradation of their specific mRNA targets. By bioinformatics analysis, we found that microRNA-155 (miR-155) is predicted to target IL13Rα1. This suggested that miR-155 might be involved in the regulation of the M1/M2 balance in macrophages by modulating IL-13 effects. miR-155 has been implicated in the development of a healthy immune system and function as well as in the inflammatory pro-Th(1)/M1 immune profile. Here we have shown that in human macrophages, miR-155 directly targets IL13Rα1 and reduces the levels of IL13Rα1 protein, leading to diminished activation of STAT6. Finally we also demonstrate that miR-155 affects the IL-13-dependent regulation of several genes (SOCS1, DC-SIGN, CCL18, CD23, and SERPINE) involved in the establishment of an M2/pro-Th(2) phenotype in macrophages. Our work shows a central role for miR-155 in determining the M2 phenotype in human macrophages.

  11. HO-1 inhibits IL-13-induced goblet cell hyperplasia associated with CLCA1 suppression in normal human bronchial epithelial cells.

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    Mishina, Kei; Shinkai, Masaharu; Shimokawaji, Tadasuke; Nagashima, Akimichi; Hashimoto, Yusuke; Inoue, Yoriko; Inayama, Yoshiaki; Rubin, Bruce K; Ishigatsubo, Yoshiaki; Kaneko, Takeshi

    2015-12-01

    Mucus hypersecretion and goblet cell hyperplasia are common features that characterize asthma. IL-13 increases mucin (MUC) 5AC, the major component of airway mucus, in airway epithelial cells. According to the literature, IL-13 receptor activation leads to STAT6 activation and consequent induction of chloride channel accessory 1 (CLCA1) gene expression, associated with the induction of MUC5AC. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is an enzyme that catalyzes oxidation of heme to biliverdin, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. We examined the effects of HO-1 on mucin production and goblet cell hyperplasia induced by IL-13. Moreover, we assessed the cell signaling intermediates that appear to be responsible for mucin production. Normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells were grown at air liquid interface (ALI) in the presence or absence of IL-13 and hemin, a HO-1 inducer, for 14 days. Protein concentration was analyzed using ELISA, and mRNA expression was examined by real-time PCR. Histochemical analysis was performed using HE staining, andWestern blotting was performed to evaluate signaling transduction pathway. Hemin (4 μM) significantly increased HO-1 protein expression (p b 0.01) and HO-1 mRNA expression (p b 0.001). IL-13 significantly increased goblet cells, MUC5AC protein secretion (p b 0.01) and MUC5AC mRNA (p b 0.001), and these were decreased by hemin by way of HO-1. Tin protoporphyrin (SnPP)-IX, a HO-1 inhibitor, blocked the effect of hemin restoring MUC5AC protein secretion (p b 0.05) and goblet cell hyperplasia. Hemin decreased the expression of CLCA1 mRNA (p b 0.05) and it was reversed by SnPP-IX, but could not suppress IL-13-induced phosphorylation of STAT6 or SAM pointed domain-containing ETS transcription factor (SPDEF) and Forkhead box A2 (FOXA2) mRNA expression. In summary, HO-1 overexpression suppressed IL-13-induced goblet cell hyperplasia and MUC5AC production, and involvement of CLCA1 in the mechanism was suggested.

  12. Analysis of allelic expression patterns of IL-2, IL-3, IL-4, and IL-13 in human CD4+ T cell clones.

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    Bayley, J.P.; Bakker, AM; Kaijzel, EL; Wierenga, EA; Pouw Kraan, van der C.T.M.; Huizinga, T.W.; Verweij, C.L.

    2003-01-01

    The occurrence of monoallelic expression of cytokine genes in single cells has been convincingly demonstrated, but there have been few reports of this phenomenon in T cell clones. Here we describe studies on the expression of alleles of the human genes encoding IL-2, IL-3, IL-4, and IL-13 in human C

  13. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in IL-10, IL-12p40, and IL-13 Genes and Susceptibility to Glioma.

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    Shamran, Haidar A; Ghazi, Haidar F; Al-Salman, Ahmed; Al-Juboory, Ahmad A; Taub, Dennis D; Price, Robert L; Nagarkatti, Mitzi; Nagarkatti, Prakash S; Singh, Udai P

    2015-01-01

    Glioma is one of the most aggressive and most common tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) in humans. The exact causes of glioma are not well known, but evidence suggests the involvement of genetic factors in addition to environmental risk factors. The present study aimed to determine whether polymorphisms in IL-10-1082A/G, IL-12p40 1188C/A, and IL-13+2044G/A (rs20541) are associated with the incidence of glioma in Iraqi patients. Ninety-six patients with different grades of glioma and 40 apparently healthy individuals were recruited. A blood sample and genomic DNA were collected from all subjects. The amplification refractory mutation system and sequence-specific primer polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were used for genotyping of IL-10-1082A/G and IL-12p40 1188C/A, respectively; whereas, the IL-13+2044G/A was detected by DNA sequencing after amplification of the genes by PCR. All SNPs were within Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and each appeared in three genotypes in patients and controls. In IL-10-1082A/G, these genotypes frequencies were AA (75%), AG (22.93%) and GG (2.07%) in patients as compared to similar frequencies (62.5%), (27.5%) and (10%) respectively, in controls. The variant IL-12p40 1188C/A genotype was AA (72.92%), AC (23.96%), and CC (3.13%%) in patients as compared to 65%, 30%, and 5%, respectively, in controls. The frequencies of IL-13+2044G/A genotypes (GG, GA, and AA) were 89.58%, 9.37%, and 1.04% among patients versus 47.5%, 32.5% and 20%, respectively, among controls. These results suggest a protective role of mutant alleles G and A in IL-10-1082A/G and IL-13+2044G/A against gliomas. Further studies with more rigorous parameter designs will be needed to confirm the current findings.

  14. DMPD: Differential responses of human monocytes and macrophages to IL-4 and IL-13. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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    Full Text Available 10534111 Differential responses of human monocytes and macrophages to IL-4 and IL-1...):575-8. (.png) (.svg) (.html) (.csml) Show Differential responses of human monocytes and macrophages to IL-...4 and IL-13. PubmedID 10534111 Title Differential responses of human monocytes an

  15. Evaluation of the correlation and reproducibility between histamine, IL-4, and IL-13 release from human basophils.

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    Nahid Eskandari; Reza Bastan; Maryam Ahmadi; Peachell, Peter T

    2014-01-01

    Human basophils play a key role in allergic diseases such as asthma and in a variety of immunological disorders. The generation of IL-4 and IL-13 can be induced from basophil by IgE-mediated and non-IgE-mediated mechanisms. Time and stimulus-dependent differences in the regulation of these cytokines could have relevance to their biological effects. The aim of the present study was activation of basophils in order to evaluate the extent of histamine, IL-4, and IL-13 generations. Basophil-enric...

  16. Interleukin-13 receptors on human prostate carcinoma cell lines represent a novel target for a chimeric protein composed of IL-13 and a mutated form of Pseudomonas exotoxin.

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    Maini, A; Hillman, G; Haas, G P; Wang, C Y; Montecillo, E; Hamzavi, F; Pontes, J E; Leland, P; Pastan, I; Debinski, W; Puri, R K

    1997-09-01

    We have discovered a new cell surface protein in the form of interleukin-13 receptor on several solid tumor cells, including human renal cell carcinoma cells (Obiri et al., 1995; Debinski et al., 1995). This study reports that human prostate cancer cell lines also express high affinity IL-13 receptors (Kd = 159 pM). These receptors are functional because IL-13 surprisingly increased proliferation of all three prostate cancer cell lines studied as determined by thymidine uptake and clonogenic assays. IL-13 receptors on prostate cancer cell lines were targeted using a chimeric protein composed of IL-13 and a mutated form of Pseudomonas exotoxin (PE38QQR). This molecule, termed IL13-PE38QQR, has been found cytotoxic to all three prostate cancer cell lines as determined by the inhibition of protein synthesis. The IC50 ranged between 1 nmol/l, to 15 nmol/l. These data were confirmed by clonogenic assays in which IL13-PE38QQR almost completely inhibited colony formation at 10 nmol/l. IL13-PE38QQR was not cytotoxic to cells that express little or no IL-13R. Heat inactivated IL13-PE38QQR was not cytotoxic to prostate cancer cells indicating specificity. IL13-PE38QQR was also cytotoxic to colonies when they were allowed to form first for several days before the addition of toxins. Our data suggest that additional studies should be performed to target IL-13 receptor bearing prostate cancer.

  17. Immunochip analysis identifies association of the RAD50/IL13 region with human longevity

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    Flachsbart, Friederike; Ellinghaus, David; Gentschew, Liljana;

    2016-01-01

    Human longevity is characterized by a remarkable lack of confirmed genetic associations. Here, we report on the identification of a novel locus for longevity in the RAD50/IL13 region on chromosome 5q31.1 using a combined European sample of 3208 long-lived individuals (LLI) and 8919 younger controls....... First, we performed a large-scale association study on 1458 German LLI (mean age 99.0 years) and 6368 controls (mean age 57.2 years) by targeting known immune-associated loci covered by the Immunochip. The analysis of 142 136 autosomal single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) revealed an Immunochip...... (1257 LLI, mean age 102.4 years; 1811 controls, mean age 49.1 years) and Denmark (493 LLI, mean age 96.2 years; 740 controls, mean age 63.1 years). The association at SNP rs2706372 replicated in the French study collection and showed a similar trend in the Danish participants and was also significant...

  18. Evaluation of the correlation and reproducibility between histamine, IL-4, and IL-13 release from human basophils.

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    Nahid Eskandari

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Human basophils play a key role in allergic diseases such as asthma and in a variety of immunological disorders. The generation of IL-4 and IL-13 can be induced from basophil by IgE-mediated and non-IgE-mediated mechanisms. Time and stimulus-dependent differences in the regulation of these cytokines could have relevance to their biological effects. The aim of the present study was activation of basophils in order to evaluate the extent of histamine, IL-4, and IL-13 generations. Basophil-enriched suspensions were prepared by Percoll gradients. The release of histamine and cytokines was assessed after activation with either anti-human IgE (1/1000 or 1/10000, 4 h or 24 h or IL-3 (100 ng/ ml, 24 h. Results were analysed statistically, using ANOVA test. Using anti-IgE, there was no significant correlation between the extent of either IL-4 (r=0.24, p=0.35 or IL-13 (r=0.47, p=0.098 and histamine release. Using IL-3 as stimulator, results showed that the extent of IL-13 correlated with histamine release(r=0.44, p=0.036. There was no correlation between the extent of IL-4 and the degree of either histamine (r=0.077, p=0.72 or IL-13 (r=0.162, p=0.5. The reproducibility of cytokines isolated from the same donor (on different occasions indicated that the ability of anti-IgE to induce cytokines was consistently similar for a given donor. Our data showed that the pathways leading to IL-3-triggering histamine release and IL-13 generation show similarity. Donor-dependent differences may be responsible for this wide range in the extent of releasibility. The ability of IL-3 to release cytokines from basophils showed a wider range.

  19. Evaluation of the correlation and reproducibility between histamine, IL-4, and IL-13 release from human basophils.

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    Eskandari, Nahid; Bastan, Reza; Ahmadi, Maryam; Peachell, Peter T

    2014-06-01

    Human basophils play a key role in allergic diseases such as asthma and in a variety of immunological disorders. The generation of IL-4 and IL-13 can be induced from basophil by IgE-mediated and non-IgE-mediated mechanisms. Time and stimulus-dependent differences in the regulation of these cytokines could have relevance to their biological effects. The aim of the present study was activation of basophils in order to evaluate the extent of histamine, IL-4, and IL-13 generations. Basophil-enriched suspensions were prepared by Percoll gradients. The release of histamine and cytokines was assessed after activation with either anti-human IgE (1/1000 or 1/10000, 4 h or 24 h) or IL-3 (100 ng/ ml, 24 h). Results were analysed statistically, using ANOVA test. Using anti-IgE, there was no significant correlation between the extent of either IL-4 (r=0.24, p=0.35) or IL-13 (r=0.47, p=0.098) and histamine release. Using IL-3 as stimulator, results showed that the extent of IL-13 correlated with histamine release(r=0.44, p=0.036). There was no correlation between the extent of IL-4 and the degree of either histamine (r=0.077, p=0.72) or IL-13 (r=0.162, p=0.5). The reproducibility of cytokines isolated from the same donor (on different occasions) indicated that the ability of anti-IgE to induce cytokines was consistently similar for a given donor. Our data showed that the pathways leading to IL-3-triggering histamine release and IL-13 generation show similarity. Donor-dependent differences may be responsible for this wide range in the extent of releasibility. The ability of IL-3 to release cytokines from basophils showed a wider range.

  20. Enhanced Interleukin (IL)-13 Responses in Mice Lacking IL-13 Receptor α 2

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    Wood, Nancy; Whitters, Matthew J.; Jacobson, Bruce A; Witek, JoAnn; Sypek, Joseph P; Kasaian, Marion; Eppihimer, Michael J.; Unger, Michelle; Tanaka, Takashi; Goldman, Samuel J; Collins, Mary; Donaldson, Debra D.; Grusby, Michael J.

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    Interleukin (IL)-13 has recently been shown to play important and unique roles in asthma, parasite immunity, and tumor recurrence. At least two distinct receptor components, IL-4 receptor (R)α and IL-13Rα1, mediate the diverse actions of IL-13. We have recently described an additional high affinity receptor for IL-13, IL-13Rα2, whose function in IL-13 signaling is unknown. To better appreciate the functional importance of IL-13Rα2, mice deficient in IL-13Rα2 were generated by gene targeting. ...

  1. Effects of SO{sub 2} derivatives on expressions of MUC5AC and IL-13 in human bronchial epithelial cells

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    Li, Ruijin; Meng, Ziqiang [Shanxi University, Institute of Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Taiyuan (China)

    2007-12-15

    Sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) is a common air pollutant, and inhaled SO{sub 2} in airway epithelium easily forms its soluble derivatives in vivo (bisulfite and sulfite), which are toxic to the respiratory system and related to the exacerbation of asthma. To investigate the effects of SO{sub 2} derivatives on the expressions of asthma related genes (MUC5AC and IL-13), the mRNA and protein levels of the two genes in cultured human bronchial epithelial (BEP2D) cells were analyzed using real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (real-time RT-PCR) assay, immunocytochemistry method and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), respectively. The results showed that the mRNA expressions of MUC5AC and IL-13 were significantly increased at different concentrations of SO{sub 2} derivatives (0.0001, 0.001, 0.01, 0.1 and 1.0 mM), and the maximum appeared at 0.01 mM for MUC5AC (3.9-fold) or at 0.001 mM for IL-13 (4.7-fold). Meanwhile, SO{sub 2} derivatives significantly increased the mRNA levels at 0, 0.5, 1, 4 and 24 h post-exposure with the maximum at 4 h post-exposure (25-fold for MUC5AC and 41-fold for IL-13). Furthermore, the protein levels of MUC5AC and IL-13 in BEP2D cells were significantly increased at different concentrations and different time courses exposed to SO{sub 2} derivatives, along with the maximum at 4 h post-exposure. These results lead to a conclusion that SO{sub 2} derivatives can increase the expressions of MUC5AC and IL-13 genes on the transcription and translation levels, and it suggests that SO{sub 2} derivatives can induce mucus over-production and inflammation responses in human bronchial epithelial cells and may have relations with asthma diseases. This might be one of the possible mechanisms that SO{sub 2} aggravates asthma disease. (orig.)

  2. Association of TNF-α and IL-13 genes polymorphisms with bronchial asthma%TNF-α及IL-13基因的多态性与哮喘的相关性研究

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    梁文华; 周兆山; 吉中强; 王燕青; 薛卫林; 张小燕

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨肿瘤坏死因子-α (tumor necrosis factor-α,TNF-α)基因和白细胞介素13(interleukin-13,IL-13)基因多态性与青岛地区汉族成人哮喘的相关性.方法 应用SNaPshot方法对400例哮喘患者和200名正常对照的TNF-α基因的rs1799724、rs1800630、rs1799964和rs769178以及IL-13基因的rs2158177和rs1295687共6个多态位点的多态性进行检测.结果 相对于AA-GA基因型,rs2158177位点GG基因型频率在对照组为5%,哮喘组为2.8%,差异有统计学意义(OR=0.31,95%CI:0.12-0.82,P=0.021).其余5个位点的基因型频率在哮喘组与对照组间差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 IL-13基因rs2158177多态性与青岛地区汉族成人哮喘具有相关性.未发现TNF-α基因的多态性与青岛地区汉族成人哮喘存在相关性.%Objective To assess the association of polymorphisms of TNF-α gene (rs1799724, rs1800630, rs1799964 and rs769178) and IL-13 gene (rs2158177 and rs1295687) with susceptibility to asthma among ethnic Chinese in Qingdao region.Methods For 400 asthma patients and 200 healthy subjects, above polymorphisms were detected with a SNaPshot method.Results For rs2158177, thefrequency of genotype of GG in the asthma group was significantly lower than the control group (2.8% vs.5%, OR=0.31, 95%CI: 0.12-0.82,P=0.021).No significant difference was detected in the genotypic frequencies for the remaining 5 polymorphisms between the two groups (All P>0.05).Conclusion The study has indicated that rs2158177 polymorphism of the IL-13 gene is associated with asthma in ethnic Han Chinese from Qingdao.No association has been found between polymorphisms of TNF-α gene with susceptibility to asthma.

  3. A late IL-33 response after exposure to Schistosoma haematobium antigen is associated with an up-regulation of IL-13 in human eosinophils

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    Wilson, S.; Jones, F. M.; Fofana, H. K. M.;

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    IL-33, a proposed alarmin, stimulates innate immune cells and Th2 cells to produce IL-13 and is rapidly upregulated upon antigen exposure in murine helminth infection. The human IL-33 response to helminth antigen was analysed in Malians infected with Schistosoma haematobium by disrupting parasite...

  4. Immunoglobulin superantigen protein L induces IL-4 and IL-13 secretion from human Fc epsilon RI+ cells through interaction with the kappa light chains of IgE.

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    Genovese, Arturo; Borgia, Guglielmo; Björck, Lars; Petraroli, Angelica; de Paulis, Amato; Piazza, Marcello; Marone, Gianni

    2003-02-15

    Peptostreptococcus magnus protein L is a multidomain bacterial surface protein that correlates with virulence. It consists of up to five homologous Ig-binding domains (B1-B5) that interact with the variable domain of Ig kappa L chains. Intact protein L stimulates the synthesis and the release of IL-4 and IL-13 from human basophils in vitro. A protein L fragment covering the Ig-binding domains B1-B4 also induced IL-4 and IL-13 release from basophils. There was an excellent correlation (r(s) = 0.82; p ADZ (kappa chains) blocked both anti-IgE- and protein L-induced secretion. Cyclosporin A, but not cyclosporin H, inhibited protein L-induced release of IL-4 and IL-13 from basophils. Thus, protein L acts as a bacterial Ig superantigen to induce the synthesis and release of IL-4 and IL-13 from basophils by interacting with kappa L chains of the IgE isotype.

  5. Association of functional polymorphisms in promoter regions of IL5, IL6 and IL13 genes with development and prognosis of autoimmune thyroid diseases.

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    Inoue, N; Watanabe, M; Morita, M; Tatusmi, K; Hidaka, Y; Akamizu, T; Iwatani, Y

    2011-03-01

    To clarify the association of genetic producibility of interleukin (IL)-5, IL-6 and IL-13, which are secreted by T helper type 2 (Th2), with the development and prognosis of autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD), we genotyped IL5-746C/T, IL6-572C/G and IL13-1112C/T polymorphisms, which are functional polymorphisms in the promoter regions of the genes regulating these cytokines. Fifty-seven patients with intractable Graves' disease (GD), 52 with GD in remission, 52 with severe Hashimoto's disease (HD), 56 with mild HD and 91 healthy controls were examined in this study. The IL13-1112T allele, which correlates with higher producibility of IL-13, was more frequent in patients with GD in remission than in those with intractable GD [P=0·009, odds ratio (OR)=3·52]. The IL5-746T allele, which may correlate with lower levels of IL-5, was more frequent in patients with GD in remission than controls (P=0·029, OR=2·00). The IL6-572G allele carriers (CG and GG genotypes), which have higher producibility of IL-6, were more frequent in AITD patients (P=0·033, OR=1·75), especially in GD in remission (P=0·031, OR=2·16) and severe HD (P=0·031, OR=2·16) than in controls. Interestingly, both allele and genotype frequencies of Th2 cytokine genes were similar between GD and HD patients. In conclusion, functional polymorphisms in the genes encoding Th2 cytokines are associated differently with the development and prognosis of AITD from each other.

  6. MicroRNA-143 inhibits IL-13-induced dysregulation of the epidermal barrier-related proteins in skin keratinocytes via targeting to IL-13Rα1.

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    Zeng, Yue-Ping; Nguyen, Giang Huong; Jin, Hong-Zhong

    2016-05-01

    Atopic dermatitis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by the dysregulation of the epidermal barrier and the immune system. Interleukin (IL)-13, a key T helper 2 cytokine, has been shown to impair the epidermal barrier function via downregulating epidermal barrier proteins. MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs of approximately 22 nucleotides that act as negative regulators of gene expression at posttranscriptional levels. MicroRNA-143 is known to be a tumor suppressor in various tumors; however, its role in the regulation of allergic diseases including atopic dermatitis remains elusive. In this study, we investigated whether IL-13Rα1 was a microRNA-143 target to regulate the effects of IL-13 on epidermal barrier function. After the stimulation of IL-13 in human epidermal keratinocytes, the level of microRNA-143 was decreased. The luciferase activity of the vector containing 3'UTR of IL-13Rα1 was decreased in keratinocytes transfected with microRNA-143 mimic compared to those of the corresponding controls. The forced expression of microRNA-143 mimic blocked the IL-13-induced downregulation of filaggrin, loricrin, and involucrin in epidermal keratinocytes. Collectively, these data suggest that microRNA-143 suppresses IL-13 activity and inflammation through targeting of IL-13Rα1 in epidermal keratinocytes. MicroRNA-143 may serve as a potential preventive and therapeutic target in atopic dermatitis.

  7. The effect of interleukin-13 (IL-13 and interferon-γ (IFN-γ on expression of surfactant proteins in adult human alveolar type II cells in vitro

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    Mason Robert J

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Surfactant proteins are produced predominantly by alveolar type II (ATII cells, and the expression of these proteins can be altered by cytokines and growth factors. Th1/Th2 cytokine imbalance is suggested to be important in the pathogenesis of several adult lung diseases. Recently, we developed a culture system for maintaining differentiated adult human ATII cells. Therefore, we sought to determine the effects of IL-13 and IFN-γ on the expression of surfactant proteins in adult human ATII cells in vitro. Additional studies were done with rat ATII cells. Methods Adult human ATII cells were isolated from deidentified organ donors whose lungs were not suitable for transplantation and donated for medical research. The cells were cultured on a mixture of Matrigel and rat-tail collagen for 8 d with differentiation factors and human recombinant IL-13 or IFN-γ. Results IL-13 reduced the mRNA and protein levels of surfactant protein (SP-C, whereas IFN-γ increased the mRNA level of SP-C and proSP-C protein but not mature SP-C. Neither cytokine changed the mRNA level of SP-B but IFN-γ slightly decreased mature SP-B. IFN-γ reduced the level of the active form of cathepsin H. IL-13 also reduced the mRNA and protein levels of SP-D, whereas IFN-γ increased both mRNA and protein levels of SP-D. IL-13 did not alter SP-A, but IFN-γ slightly increased the mRNA levels of SP-A. Conclusions We demonstrated that IL-13 and IFN-γ altered the expression of surfactant proteins in human adult ATII cells in vitro. IL-13 decreased SP-C and SP-D in human ATII cells, whereas IFN-γ had the opposite effect. The protein levels of mature SP-B were decreased by IFN-γ treatment, likely due to the reduction in active form cathpesin H. Similarly, the active form of cathepsin H was relatively insufficient to fully process proSP-C as IFN-γ increased the mRNA levels for SP-C and proSP-C protein, but there was no increase in mature SP-C. These observations

  8. IL13 gene polymorphisms modify the effect of exposure to tobacco smoke on persistent wheeze and asthma in childhood, a longitudinal study

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    Kurukulaaratchy Ramesh

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tobacco smoke and genetic susceptibility are risk factors for asthma and wheezing. The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is a combined effect of interleukin-13 gene (IL13 polymorphisms and tobacco smoke on persistent childhood wheezing and asthma. Methods In the Isle of Wight birth cohort (UK, 1989–1999, five IL13 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs: rs1800925 (-1112C/T, rs2066960, rs1295686, rs20541 (R130Q and rs1295685 were genotyped. Parents were asked whether their children had wheezed in the last 12 months at ages 1, 2, 4 and 10 years. Children who reported wheeze in the first 4 years of life and also had wheezing at age 10 were classified as early-onset persistent wheeze phenotype; non-wheezers never wheezed up to age 10. Persistent asthma was defined as having a diagnosis of asthma both during the first four years of life and at age 10. Logistic regression methods were used to analyze data on 791 children with complete information. Potential confounders were gender, birth weight, duration of breast feeding, and household cat or dog present during pregnancy. Results Maternal smoking during pregnancy was associated with early-onset persistent wheeze (OR 2.93, p IL13 were not (OR 1.15, p = 0.60 for the common haplotype pair. However, the effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy was stronger in children with the common IL13 haplotype pair compared to those without it (OR 5.58 and OR 1.29, respectively; p for interaction = 0.014. Single SNP analysis revealed a similar statistical significance for rs20541 (p for interaction = 0.02. Comparable results were observed for persistent childhood asthma (p for interaction = 0.03. Conclusion This is the first report that shows a combined effect of in utero exposure to smoking and IL13 on asthma phenotypes in childhood. The results emphasize that genetic studies need to take environmental exposures into account, since they may explain contradictory findings.

  9. HIV-1 envelope gp41 peptides promote migration of human Fc epsilon RI+ cells and inhibit IL-13 synthesis through interaction with formyl peptide receptors.

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    de Paulis, Amato; Florio, Giovanni; Prevete, Nella; Triggiani, Massimo; Fiorentino, Isabella; Genovese, Arturo; Marone, Gianni

    2002-10-15

    We evaluated the effects of synthetic peptides (2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023, 2027, 2029, 2030, 2031, and 2035) encompassing the structure of HIV-1(MN) envelope gp41 on both chemotaxis of human basophils and the release of preformed mediators (histamine) and of cytokines (IL-13). Peptides 2019 and 2021 were potent basophil chemoattractants, whereas the other peptides examined were ineffective. Preincubation of basophils with FMLP or gp41 2019 resulted in complete desensitization to a subsequent challenge with homologous stimulus. Incubation of basophils with low concentration (5 x 10(-7) M) of FMLP, which binds with high affinity to N-formyl peptide receptor (FPR), but not to FPR-like 1, did not affect the chemotactic response to a heterologous stimulus (gp41 2019). In contrast, a high concentration (10(-4) M) of FMLP, which binds also to FPR-like 1, significantly reduced the chemotactic response to gp41 2019. The FPR antagonist cyclosporin H inhibited chemotaxis induced by FMLP, but not by gp41 2019. None of these peptides singly induced the release of histamine or cytokines (IL-4 and IL-13) from basophils. However, low concentrations of peptides 2019 and 2021 (10(-8)-10(-6) M) inhibited histamine release from basophils challenged with FMLP but not the secretion caused by anti-IgE and gp120. Preincubation of basophils with peptides 2019 and 2021 inhibited the expression of both IL-13 mRNA, and the FMLP-induced release of IL-13 from basophils. These data highlight the complexity of the interactions between viral and bacterial peptides with FPR subtypes on human basophils.

  10. Mast cell production and response to IL-4 and IL-13.

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    McLeod, Jamie J A; Baker, Bianca; Ryan, John J

    2015-09-01

    IL-4 was identified as the first cytokine to be produced by mast cells and is responsible for promoting mast cell IL-13 production. IL-4 and IL-13 play a prominent role in stimulating and maintaining the allergic response. As closely related genes, IL-4 and IL-13 share a common receptor subunit, IL-4Rα, necessary for signaling. Here we summarize the literature on mast cell activation associated with IL-4 and IL-13 production, including downstream signaling. We also describe the positive and negative roles each cytokine plays in mast cell immunity and detail the differences that exist between mouse and human mast cell responses to IL-4 and IL-13.

  11. Four-locus gene interaction between IL13, IL4, FCER1B, and ADRB2 for asthma in Chinese Han children.

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    Hua, Li; Zuo, Xian-Bo; Bao, Yi-Xiao; Liu, Quan-Hua; Li, Jing-Yang; Lv, Jie; Fang, Ding-Zhu; Lin, Qian; Bao, Jun; Ji, Ruo-Xu

    2016-04-01

    IL13, IL4, IL4RA, FCER1B, and ADRB2 are important inflammatory genes associated with immunoglobulin E levels. This study attempts to determine whether there are gene-gene interactions in the five genes among asthmatic children of Chinese Han nationality. Nine single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the five genes were genotyped in 1,000 asthmatic children and 1,000 healthy controls using TaqMan real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Multifactor-dimensionality reduction method was applied for the analysis. A four-way gene-gene interaction model consisting of IL13 rs20541, IL4 rs2243250, ADRB2 rs1042713, and FCER1B rs569108 was chosen as the optimal one for determining asthma susceptibility (testing balanced accuracy = 0.6089, cross-validation consistency = 10/10, P = 6.98E-05). Each of the four SNPs was identified to have an independent association with childhood asthma (G allele of rs20541, odds ratio (OR) = 1.24, P = 1.23E-03; T allele of rs2243250, OR = 1.25, P = 3.81E-03; A allele of rs1042713, OR = 1.29, P = 6.75E-05; G allele of rs569108, OR = 1.27, P = 3.86E-03). Individuals homozygous for the risk alleles at all the four loci (rs20541 GG, rs2243250 TT, rs1042713 AA, and rs569108 GG) had a significantly higher risk of asthma compared with those without any risk homozygotes (OR = 13.55, P = 4.28E-03), and also greater than those with less than four risk homozygotes (OR = 10.09, P = 6.51E-03). Our results suggest that IL13 rs20541, IL4 rs2243250, ADRB2 rs1042713, and FCER1B rs569108, four SNPs with significant sole effect on asthma, interact to confer a higher risk for the disease in Chinese Han children. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Decreasing expression of the interleukin-13 receptor IL-13Ralpha2 in treated recurrent malignant gliomas.

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    Bozinov, Oliver; Kalk, Jens-Martin; Krayenbühl, Niklaus; Woernle, Christoph Michael; Sure, Ulrich; Bertalanffy, Helmut

    2010-01-01

    The IL-13Ralpha2 gene encodes for a 65 kDa protein that forms one of the subunits of the interleukin-13 (IL-13) receptor. This gene is highly expressed in various types of human tumors including malignant gliomas. The expression level of IL-13Ralpha2 was examined in a total of 45 tissue samples of anaplastic astrocytomas (AAs) World Health Organization (WHO) grade III, glioblastomas (GBMs) WHO grade IV, and first-recurrent glioblastomas (frGBMs) after treatment with radiation and chemotherapy. IL-13Ralpha2 expression was detected by semiquantitative reverse transcription real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using ABI PRISM 7700 and Qiagen QuantiTect SYBR Green PCR kits. The expression level of IL-13Ralpha2 (15 fold) was significantly reduced in frGBMs compared to the primary GBMs (p = 0.014), and significantly reduced by more than 15 fold (p = 0.003) in all untreated malignant astrocytomas (AAs and GBMs) compared with treated frGBMs. Expression of IL-13Ralpha2 seems to be lower in frGBMs compared to GBMs. The promising antitumor effect of IL-13 cytotoxin could be greatly reduced in frGBM or only achievable with higher amounts of cytotoxin, due to the significantly lower expression of the cytotoxin's target structure.

  13. Development of a human IgG4 bispecific antibody for dual targeting of interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-13 (IL-13) cytokines.

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    Spiess, Christoph; Bevers, Jack; Jackman, Janet; Chiang, Nancy; Nakamura, Gerald; Dillon, Michael; Liu, Hongbin; Molina, Patricia; Elliott, J Michael; Shatz, Whitney; Scheer, Justin M; Giese, Glen; Persson, Josefine; Zhang, Yin; Dennis, Mark S; Giulianotti, James; Gupta, Prateek; Reilly, Dorothea; Palma, Enzo; Wang, Jianyong; Stefanich, Eric; Scheerens, Heleen; Fuh, Germaine; Wu, Lawren C

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    Human bispecific antibodies have great potential for the treatment of human diseases. Although human IgG1 bispecific antibodies have been generated, few attempts have been reported in the scientific literature that extend bispecific antibodies to other human antibody isotypes. In this paper, we report our work expanding the knobs-into-holes bispecific antibody technology to the human IgG4 isotype. We apply this approach to generate a bispecific antibody that targets IL-4 and IL-13, two cytokines that play roles in type 2 inflammation. We show that IgG4 bispecific antibodies can be generated in large quantities with equivalent efficiency and quality and have comparable pharmacokinetic properties and lung partitioning, compared with the IgG1 isotype. This work broadens the range of published therapeutic bispecific antibodies with natural surface architecture and provides additional options for the generation of bispecific antibodies with differing effector functions through the use of different antibody isotypes.

  14. Chromosome 5q candidate genes in coeliac disease: genetic variation at IL4, IL5, IL9, IL13, IL17B and NR3C1.

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    Ryan, A W; Thornton, J M; Brophy, K; Daly, J S; McLoughlin, R M; O'Morain, C; Abuzakouk, M; Kennedy, N P; Stevens, F M; Feighery, C; Kelleher, D; McManus, R

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    Genetic predisposition to coeliac disease (CD) is determined primarily by alleles at the HLA-DQB locus, and evidence exists implicating other major histocompatibility complex-linked genes (6p21) and the CTLA4 locus on chromosome 2q33. In addition, extensive family studies have provided strong, reproducible evidence for a susceptibility locus on chromosome 5q (CELIAC2). However, the gene responsible has not been identified. We have assayed genetic variation at the IL4, IL5, IL9, IL13, IL17B and NR3C1 (GR) loci, all of which are present on chromosome 5q and have potential or demonstrated involvement in autoimmune and/or inflammatory disease, in a sample of 409 CD cases and 355 controls. Thirteen single nucleotide polymorphisms were chosen on the basis of functional relevance, prior disease association and, where possible, prior knowledge of the haplotype variation present in European populations. There were no statistically significant allele or haplotype frequency differences between cases and controls. Therefore, these results provide no evidence that these loci are associated with CD in this sample population.

  15. A phase 1 study evaluating the pharmacokinetics, safety and tolerability of repeat dosing with a human IL-13 antibody (CAT-354 in subjects with asthma

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background IL-13 has been implicated in the development of airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness. This study investigated the multiple-dose pharmacokinetics and safety profile of human anti-IL-13 antibody (CAT-354 in adults with asthma. Methods This was a multiple-dose, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 1 study in asthmatics (forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1] ≥ 80% predicted. Subjects were randomised to receive three intravenous infusions of CAT-354 (1 mg/kg, 5 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg or placebo at 28-day intervals. Blood samples were taken for pharmacokinetic measurements. Safety was assessed by adverse events, vital signs, ECGs, laboratory and pulmonary function parameters. Results Twenty-three subjects (aged 21-60 years, FEV1 88-95% predicted received ≥ 1 dose of study medication. The half-life of CAT-354 was 12-17 days and was dose-independent. The maximum serum concentration and area under the curve were dose-dependent. Clearance (2.2-2.6 mL/day/kg and volume of distribution (44-57 mL/kg were both low and dose-independent. The observed maximum serum concentration after each dose increased slightly from dose 1 through dose 3 at all dose levels, consistent with an accumulation ratio of 1.4 to 1.7 for area under the curve. Most adverse events were deemed mild to moderate and unrelated to study medication. One SAE was reported and deemed unrelated to study drug. There were no effects of clinical concern for vital signs, ECG, laboratory or pulmonary parameters. Conclusions CAT-354 exhibited linear pharmacokinetics and an acceptable safety profile. These findings suggest that at the doses tested, CAT-354 can be safely administered in multiple doses to patients with asthma. Trial registration NCT00974675.

  16. TNFα/IL-17 synergy inhibits IL-13 bioactivity via IL-13Rα2 induction

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    Badalyan, Vahe; Addo, Kezia; Thompson, Robert W.; Borthwick, Lee A.; Fisher, Andrew J.; Ort, Tatiana; Myers, Timothy G.; Thomas A Wynn; Ramalingam, Thirumalai R.

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    IL-17 and TNFα synergistically induce surface expression of IL-13Rα2 on primary lung fibroblasts, rendering them unresponsive to IL-13. Neutralizing antibodies to IL-13Rα2 restored IL-13-mediated signaling and transcriptome studies confirmed IL-13Rα2 is an IL-13 decoy receptor.

  17. Association between IL-4, IL-6 or IL-13 gene polymorphism and chronic periodontitis%IL-4、IL-6和IL-13基因多态性与慢性牙周炎的相关性研究

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    胡杉林; 秦飞; 郑江海; 代梅

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    目的:研究白细胞介素-4(-34C/T和-590C/T)、6(-174G/C和-572C/G)、13(-1112C/T和+1923C/T)的基因多态性与慢性牙周炎的相关性。方法收集2013年10月至2015年10月我院口腔科收治的慢性牙周炎患者120例为CP组,另选取健康受试者120名作为对照组,选用聚合酶链反应-限制性内切酶片段长度多态性分析比较两组的基因型和等位基因分布特点。结果两组受检者IL-4-34位点、IL-4-590位点、IL-6-572位点、IL-13+1923位点的基因型和等位基因频率分布比较差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05);而IL-6-572位点、IL-13-1112位点的基因型和等位基因频率分布比较差异均有统计学意义(P0.05). But there were significant difference in the alleles and genotypes of IL-6-572 and IL-13-1112 locus between the two groups. Conclusion IL-4-34/-590, IL-6-572 and IL-13+1923 gene polymorphisms have nothing to do with chronic periodontitis, while IL-6-572 and IL-13-1112 are related to the occurrence and development of chronic periodontitis.

  18. IL-13Rα2 is a Glioma-Restricted Receptor for Interleukin-13

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    Akiva Mintz

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available We have found that binding sites for interleukin-13. ( IL13 are overexpressed in a vast majority of high-grade astrocytomas. (HGAs. These binding sites for IL-13 are distinct from the physiological receptor in that it does not bind IL-4. We also demonstrated that IL-13 receptor alpha 2 protein chain. (IL-13Rα2, an IL-4-independent receptor for IL-13, is abundant among HGAs, but not in normal organs. To examine if IL-13Rα2 is the tumorassociated site for IL-13, we stably transfected normal Chinese hamster ovary. (CHO cells and glioma G-26 cells to express either human. (h or murine. (m IL13Rα2. CHO-hlL-13Rα2(+ cells and G-26-hlmlL13Rα2(+ cells, not CHO and G-26 parental or mock -transfected cells, specifically bound IL-13 in an IL-4-independent manner. The IL-13Rα2(+ cells also became highly susceptible to the killing by an IL-13-based cytotoxic fusion protein. In loss of function studies, a HGA cell line, SNB-19, was transfected with antisense. (as hIL-13Rα2, as-SNB-19-hIL-13Rα2(+ cells lost their natural affinity towards IL-13 and became resistant to IL-13-based cytotoxins. The fact, that IL13Rα2-positive cells bind IL-13 independent of IL-4, become susceptible to IL-13 cytotoxins, cells deprived of IL-13Rα2 receptor lose these features, demonstrates that IL-13Rα2 is the brain tumor-associated receptor for IL-13.

  19. The effects of IL-13 on the expressions of IL-13 receptors and IL-4 receptor in fibroblasts%IL-13对成纤维细胞IL-13受体和IL-4受体表达的影响

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    石小玉; 陈厚文; 熊慧玲; 王志刚; 赵林; 李文林

    2012-01-01

    Cytokine interleukin-13 (IL-13) is critical for organ fibrosis. IL-13 receptor alpha 1 (IL-13Rα1) and IL-4 receptor (IL-4R) form a functional IL-13 receptor complex that is thought to mediate most IL-13-induced effects. However, IL-13 receptor alpha 2 (IL-13Rα2), the high affinity receptor for IL-13, is thought to act as a decoy receptor for IL-13. This study aimed to investigate whether the fibrosis-related fibroblast could express IL-13Rα1, IL-4R or IL-13Rα2 and whether IL-13 could regulate the expressions of these receptors. The expressions of IL-13Rα1, IL-4R and IL-13Rα2 mRNA were detected by RT-PCR in human lung fibroblast line HFL-1 and human hepatic stellate cell line LX-2. The luminous intensity of RT-PCR electrophoresis strips was analyzed by gel quantitative software Image Tool 2.0. The expressions of soluble IL-13Rα2, total IL-13Rα1, IL-4R and IL-13Rα2 were measured by ELISA in the supernatant or lysate of HFL-1 cells and LX-2 cells. We found that IL-13 (5 to 100 ng/ml) had no effect on the expressions of IL-13Rα1 and IL-4R in HFL-1 cells and LX-2 cells. IL-13 Rα2 expression of HFL-1 cells was induced in dose-dependent manner under the circumstance of low concentrations of 5 to 20 ng/ml IL-13. However, IL-13Rα2 expression of HFL-1 cells was significantly decreased by using 50 ng/ml of IL-13 as compare with 20 ng/ml of IL-13 group, and could not be induced by using 100 ng/ml of IL-13. On the other hand, IL-13Rα2 expression was not found in LX-2 cells and the stimulation of IL-13 could not induce its expression. These results demonstrate that IL-13 can not up-regulate the expression of IL—13Rα1 and IL-4R, a functional IL-13 receptor complex, in human lung fibroblast line HFL-1 and human hepatic stellate cell line LX-2, indicating that IL-13 can not enlarge their own function by means of increasing IL-13Rα1 and IL-4R expressions. The results also show that certain concentrations of IL-13 can induce the expression of IL-13Rα2, an inhibitory

  20. Local IL-13 gene transfer prior to immune-complex arthritis inhibits chondrocyte death and matrix-metalloproteinase-mediated cartilage matrix degradation despite enhanced joint inflammation.

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    Nabbe, K.C.A.M.; Lent, P.L.E.M. van; Holthuysen, A.E.M.; Sloetjes, A.W.; Koch, A.E.; Radstake, T.R.D.J.; Berg, W.B. van den

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    During immune-complex-mediated arthritis (ICA), severe cartilage destruction is mediated by Fcgamma receptors (FcgammaRs) (mainly FcgammaRI), cytokines (e.g. IL-1), and enzymes (matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs)). IL-13, a T helper 2 (Th2) cytokine abundantly found in synovial fluid of patients with

  1. Birth order modifies the effect of IL13 gene polymorphisms on serum IgE at age 10 and skin prick test at ages 4, 10 and 18: a prospective birth cohort study

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    Ogbuanu Ikechukwu U

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Susceptibility to atopy originates from effects of the environment on genes. Birth order has been identified as a risk factor for atopy and evidence for some candidate genes has been accumulated; however no study has yet assessed a birth order-gene interaction. Objective To investigate the interaction of IL13 polymorphisms with birth order on allergic sensitization at ages 4, 10 and 18 years. Methods Mother-infant dyads were recruited antenatally and followed prospectively to age 18 years. Questionnaire data (at birth, age 4, 10, 18; skin prick test (SPT at ages 4, 10, 18; total serum IgE and specific inhalant screen at age 10; and genotyping for IL13 were collected. Three SNPs were selected from IL13: rs20541 (exon 4, nonsynonymous SNP, rs1800925 (promoter region and rs2066960 (intron 1. Analysis included multivariable log-linear regression analyses using repeated measurements to estimate prevalence ratios (PRs. Results Of the 1456 participants, birth order information was available for 83.2% (1212/1456; SPT was performed on 67.4% at age 4, 71.2% at age 10 and 58.0% at age 18. The prevalence of atopy (sensitization to one or more food or aeroallergens increased from 19.7% at age 4, to 26.7% at 10 and 41.1% at age 18. Repeated measurement analysis indicated interaction between rs20541 and birth order on SPT. The stratified analyses demonstrated that the effect of IL13 on SPT was restricted only to first-born children (p = 0.007; adjusted PR = 1.35; 95%CI = 1.09, 1.69. Similar findings were noted for firstborns regarding elevated total serum IgE at age 10 (p = 0.007; PR = 1.73; 1.16, 2.57 and specific inhalant screen (p = 0.034; PR = 1.48; 1.03, 2.13. Conclusions This is the first study to show an interaction between birth order and IL13 polymorphisms on allergic sensitization. Future functional genetic research need to determine whether or not birth order is related to altered expression and methylation of the IL13 gene.

  2. Recombinant human growth-regulated oncogene-alpha induces T lymphocyte chemotaxis. A process regulated via IL-8 receptors by IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha, IL-4, IL-10, and IL-13

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    Jinquan, T; Frydenberg, Jane; Mukaida, N

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    receptors on the cells. This process can be augmented by IFN-gamma and TNF-alpha, and inhibited by IL-4, IL-10, and IL-13. In addition, we also document that on T lymphocytes there exist IL-8 receptors that can be up-regulated by IFN-gamma, TNF-alpha, and IL-2. Our results demonstrate that rhGRO-alpha gene...

  3. Neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor 1 is a direct transcriptional and epigenetic target of IL-13 involved in allergic inflammation.

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    Rochman, M; Kartashov, A V; Caldwell, J M; Collins, M H; Stucke, E M; Kc, K; Sherrill, J D; Herren, J; Barski, A; Rothenberg, M E

    2015-07-01

    Although interleukin (IL)-13 and neurotrophins are functionally important for the pathogenesis of immune responses, the interaction of these pathways has not been explored. Herein, by interrogating IL-13-induced responses in human epithelial cells we show that neurotrophic tyrosine kinase receptor, type 1 (NTRK1), a cognate, high-affinity receptor for nerve growth factor (NGF), is an early transcriptional IL-13 target. Induction of NTRK1 was accompanied by accumulation of activating epigenetic marks in the promoter; transcriptional and epigenetic changes were signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 dependent. Using eosinophilic esophagitis as a model for human allergic inflammation, we found that NTRK1 was increased in inflamed tissue and dynamically expressed as a function of disease activity and that the downstream mediator of NTRK1 signaling early growth response 1 protein was elevated in allergic inflammatory tissue compared with control tissue. Unlike NTRK1, its ligand NGF was constitutively expressed in control and disease states, indicating that IL-13-stimulated NTRK1 induction is a limiting factor in pathway activation. In epithelial cells, NGF and IL-13 synergistically induced several target genes, including chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 26 (eotaxin-3). In summary, we have demonstrated that IL-13 confers epithelial cell responsiveness to NGF by regulating NTRK1 levels by a transcriptional and epigenetic mechanism and that this process likely contributes to allergic inflammation.

  4. A preliminary study on the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms of interleukin 4 (IL4, IL13, IL4 receptor alpha (IL4Rα & Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4 genes with asthma in Indian adults

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    Parisa Davoodi

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    Full Text Available Background & objectives: Interleukin 4 (IL4 and IL13 genes are believed to be responsible for inflammation of the airways in asthmatics. These share a common receptor component called IL4Rα which is another potentially important candidate gene linked to asthma phenotypes. Another gene Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4 might affect the incidence or progression of asthma through the expression of proinflammatory genes. Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs in IL4, IL13, IL4Rα and TLR4 have been reported to be linked to asthma or related phenotypes in several ethnic populations using linkage studies and association studies. However, the results have not been consistent. We investigated five SNPs (C-589T and C-33T of IL4, G+2044A of IL13, A+1902G of IL4Rα, and A+896G of TLR4 in patients with adult onset asthma to evaluate their role in manifestation and severity of asthma. Methods: Adult (>18 yr of age patients with asthma (n=100 and healthy controls (n=50 were included in the study. Genotyping was performed using sequenom MassARRAY technology. Results: The mutant alleles of the C-589T and C-33T SNPs in the promoter region of IL4 were present in 4 per cent patients with asthma but absent from the control group suggesting that the variations in IL4 may contribute to asthma occurrence. The SNPs of other genes were seen in both controls and patients. Interpretation & conclusions: The results suggest the possible association between the genetic distribution of C-589T and C-33T SNPs of IL4 with asthma in Indian adults.

  5. Analysis of the 5q31-q33 locus shows an association between IL13-1055C/T IL-13-591A/G polymorphisms and Schistosoma haematobium infections.

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    Kouriba, Bourema; Chevillard, Christophe; Bream, Jay H; Argiro, Laurent; Dessein, Helia; Arnaud, Violaine; Sangare, Lansana; Dabo, Abdoulaye; Beavogui, Abdou Habib; Arama, Charles; Traoré, Hamar A; Doumbo, Ogobara; Dessein, Alain

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    Millions of humans are exposed to schistosome infections, which cause severe kidney and liver disease and 280,000 deaths annually. Th2-mediated immunity is critical to human defenses against this pathogen and susceptibility to infection is controlled by a major genetic locus that includes IL4, IL5, and IL13 genes. These observations led us to evaluate whether certain polymorphisms in IL4, IL5, or IL13 determine schistosome infection. The study was performed in two Dogon villages where Schistosoma haematobium is endemic. Schistosome infections were evaluated by counting eggs and measuring worm Ags in urine. Genetic polymorphisms were determined by restriction enzyme analysis or by primer extension and denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography analysis. Associations were tested using family-based association tests and logistical regression analysis. The alleles IL13-1055C (p = 0.05) and IL13-591A (p = 0.01) are shown, by family-based association test, to be preferentially transmitted to children with the 10% highest infections. A logistic regression analysis that included IL13-1055 G/G, G/T and T/T genotypes, age, gender, and village of residency, applied to the whole study population, showed that subjects bearing the IL13-1055T/T genotype were on average much less infected than individuals with other genotypes. Previous studies on asthma indicated that the IL13-1055T allele increased gene transcription, which is in agreement with the fact that this cytokine enhances resistance to infection by schistosome in humans.

  6. IL-13 induces a bronchial epithelial phenotype that is profibrotic

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    Dinh Bao T

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Inflammatory cytokines (e.g. IL-13 and mechanical perturbations (e.g. scrape injury to the epithelium release profibrotic factors such as TGF-β2, which may, in turn, stimulate subepithelial fibrosis in asthma. We hypothesized that prolonged IL-13 exposure creates a plastic epithelial phenotype that is profibrotic through continuous secretion of soluble mediators at levels that stimulate subepithelial fibrosis. Methods Normal human bronchial epithelial cells (NHBE were treated with IL-13 (0, 0.1, 1, or 10 ng/ml for 14 days (day 7 to day 21 following seeding at an air-liquid interface during differentiation, and then withdrawn for 1 or 7 days. Pre-treated and untreated NHBE were co-cultured for 3 days with normal human lung fibroblasts (NHLF embedded in rat-tail collagen gels during days 22–25 or days 28–31. Results IL-13 induced increasing levels of MUC5AC protein, and TGF-β2, while decreasing β-Tubulin IV at day 22 and 28 in the NHBE. TGF-β2, soluble collagen in the media, salt soluble collagen in the matrix, and second harmonic generation (SHG signal from fibrillar collagen in the matrix were elevated in the IL-13 pre-treated NHBE co-cultures at day 25, but not at day 31. A TGF-β2 neutralizing antibody reversed the increase in collagen content and SHG signal. Conclusion Prolonged IL-13 exposure followed by withdrawal creates an epithelial phenotype, which continuously secretes TGF-β2 at levels that increase collagen secretion and alters the bulk optical properties of an underlying fibroblast-embedded collagen matrix. Extended withdrawal of IL-13 from the epithelium followed by co-culture does not stimulate fibrosis, indicating plasticity of the cultured airway epithelium and an ability to return to a baseline. Hence, IL-13 may contribute to subepithelial fibrosis in asthma by stimulating biologically significant TGF-β2 secretion from the airway epithelium.

  7. Interleukin-13 (IL-13)/IL-13 receptor alpha1 (IL-13Ralpha1) signaling regulates intestinal epithelial cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator channel-dependent Cl- secretion.

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    Wu, David; Ahrens, Richard; Osterfeld, Heather; Noah, Taeko K; Groschwitz, Katherine; Foster, Paul S; Steinbrecher, Kris A; Rothenberg, Marc E; Shroyer, Noah F; Matthaei, Klaus I; Finkelman, Fred D; Hogan, Simon P

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    Interleukin-13 (IL-13) has been linked to the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. It is postulated that IL-13 drives inflammatory lesions through the modulation of both hematopoietic and nonhematopoietic cell function in the intestine. To delineate the relevant contribution of elevated levels of intestinal IL-13 to intestinal structure and function, we generated an intestinal IL-13 transgenic mouse (iIL-13Tg). We show that constitutive overexpression of IL-13 in the small bowel induces modification of intestinal epithelial architecture (villus blunting, goblet cell hyperplasia, and increased epithelial proliferation) and epithelial function (altered basolateral → apical Cl(-) ion conductance). Pharmacological analyses in vitro and in vivo determined that elevated Cl(-) conductance is mediated by altered cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator expression and activity. Generation of iIL-13Tg/Il13rα1(-/-), iIL-13Tg/Il13rα2(-/-), and iIL-13Tg/Stat6(-/-) mice revealed that IL-13-mediated dysregulation of epithelial architecture and Cl(-) conductance is dependent on IL-13Rα1 and STAT-6. These observations demonstrate a central role for the IL-13/IL-13Rα1 pathway in the regulation of intestinal epithelial cell Cl(-) secretion via up-regulation of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator, suggesting an important role for this pathway in secretory diarrhea.

  8. A protective role for IL-13 receptor α 1 in bleomycin-induced pulmonary injury and repair.

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    Karo-Atar, D; Bordowitz, A; Wand, O; Pasmanik-Chor, M; Fernandez, I E; Itan, M; Frenkel, R; Herbert, D R; Finkelman, F D; Eickelberg, O; Munitz, A

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    Molecular mechanisms that regulate lung repair vs. progressive scarring in pulmonary fibrosis remain elusive. Interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13 are pro-fibrotic cytokines that share common receptor chains including IL-13 receptor (R) α1 and are key pharmacological targets in fibrotic diseases. However, the roles of IL-13Rα1 in mediating lung injury/repair are unclear. We report dysregulated levels of IL-13 receptors in the lungs of bleomycin-treated mice and to some extent in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients. Transcriptional profiling demonstrated an epithelial cell-associated gene signature that was homeostatically dependent on IL-13Rα1 expression. IL-13Rα1 regulated a striking array of genes in the lung following bleomycin administration and Il13ra1 deficiency resulted in exacerbated bleomycin-induced disease. Increased pathology in bleomycin-treated Il13ra1(-/-) mice was due to IL-13Rα1 expression in structural and hematopoietic cells but not due to increased responsiveness to IL-17, IL-4, IL-13, increased IL-13Rα2 or type 1 IL-4R signaling. These data highlight underappreciated protective roles for IL-13Rα1 in lung injury and homeostasis.

  9. IL13 activates autophagy to regulate secretion in airway epithelial cells.

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    Dickinson, John D; Alevy, Yael; Malvin, Nicole P; Patel, Khushbu K; Gunsten, Sean P; Holtzman, Michael J; Stappenbeck, Thaddeus S; Brody, Steven L

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    Cytokine modulation of autophagy is increasingly recognized in disease pathogenesis, and current concepts suggest that type 1 cytokines activate autophagy, whereas type 2 cytokines are inhibitory. However, this paradigm derives primarily from studies of immune cells and is poorly characterized in tissue cells, including sentinel epithelial cells that regulate the immune response. In particular, the type 2 cytokine IL13 (interleukin 13) drives the formation of airway goblet cells that secrete excess mucus as a characteristic feature of airway disease, but whether this process is influenced by autophagy was undefined. Here we use a mouse model of airway disease in which IL33 (interleukin 33) stimulation leads to IL13-dependent formation of airway goblet cells as tracked by levels of mucin MUC5AC (mucin 5AC, oligomeric mucus/gel forming), and we show that these cells manifest a block in mucus secretion in autophagy gene Atg16l1-deficient mice compared to wild-type control mice. Similarly, primary-culture human tracheal epithelial cells treated with IL13 to stimulate mucus formation also exhibit a block in MUC5AC secretion in cells depleted of autophagy gene ATG5 (autophagy-related 5) or ATG14 (autophagy-related 14) compared to nondepleted control cells. Our findings indicate that autophagy is essential for airway mucus secretion in a type 2, IL13-dependent immune disease process and thereby provide a novel therapeutic strategy for attenuating airway obstruction in hypersecretory inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis lung disease. Taken together, these observations suggest that the regulation of autophagy by Th2 cytokines is cell-context dependent.

  10. Mac-1 Regulates IL-13 Activity in Macrophages by Directly Interacting with IL-13Rα1.

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    Cao, Chunzhang; Zhao, Juanjuan; Doughty, Emily K; Migliorini, Mary; Strickland, Dudley K; Kann, Maricel G; Zhang, Li

    2015-08-28

    Mac-1 exhibits a unique inhibitory activity toward IL-13-induced JAK/STAT activation and thereby regulates macrophage to foam cell transformation. However, the underlying molecular mechanism is unknown. In this study, we report the identification of IL-13Rα1, a component of the IL-13 receptor (IL-13R), as a novel ligand of integrin Mac-1, using a co-evolution-based algorithm. Biochemical analyses demonstrated that recombinant IL-13Rα1 binds Mac-1 in a purified system and supports Mac-1-mediated cell adhesion. Co-immunoprecipitation experiments revealed that endogenous Mac-1 forms a complex with IL-13Rα1 in solution, and confocal fluorescence microscopy demonstrated that these two receptors co-localize with each other on the surface of macrophages. Moreover, we found that genetic inactivation of Mac-1 promotes IL-13-induced JAK/STAT activation in macrophages, resulting in enhanced polarization along the alternative activation pathway. Importantly, we observed that Mac-1(-/-) macrophages exhibit increased expression of foam cell differentiation markers including 15-lipoxygenase and lectin-type oxidized LDL receptor-1 both in vitro and in vivo. Indeed, we found that Mac-1(-/-)LDLR(-/-) mice develop significantly more foam cells than control LDLR(-/-) mice, using an in vivo model of foam cell formation. Together, our data establish for the first time a molecular mechanism by which Mac-1 regulates the signaling activity of IL-13 in macrophages. This newly identified IL-13Rα1/Mac-1-dependent pathway may offer novel targets for therapeutic intervention in the future.

  11. Mac-1 Regulates IL-13 Activity in Macrophages by Directly Interacting with IL-13Rα1*

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    Cao, Chunzhang; Zhao, Juanjuan; Doughty, Emily K.; Migliorini, Mary; Strickland, Dudley K.; Kann, Maricel G.; Zhang, Li

    2015-01-01

    Mac-1 exhibits a unique inhibitory activity toward IL-13-induced JAK/STAT activation and thereby regulates macrophage to foam cell transformation. However, the underlying molecular mechanism is unknown. In this study, we report the identification of IL-13Rα1, a component of the IL-13 receptor (IL-13R), as a novel ligand of integrin Mac-1, using a co-evolution-based algorithm. Biochemical analyses demonstrated that recombinant IL-13Rα1 binds Mac-1 in a purified system and supports Mac-1-mediated cell adhesion. Co-immunoprecipitation experiments revealed that endogenous Mac-1 forms a complex with IL-13Rα1 in solution, and confocal fluorescence microscopy demonstrated that these two receptors co-localize with each other on the surface of macrophages. Moreover, we found that genetic inactivation of Mac-1 promotes IL-13-induced JAK/STAT activation in macrophages, resulting in enhanced polarization along the alternative activation pathway. Importantly, we observed that Mac-1−/− macrophages exhibit increased expression of foam cell differentiation markers including 15-lipoxygenase and lectin-type oxidized LDL receptor-1 both in vitro and in vivo. Indeed, we found that Mac-1−/−LDLR−/− mice develop significantly more foam cells than control LDLR−/− mice, using an in vivo model of foam cell formation. Together, our data establish for the first time a molecular mechanism by which Mac-1 regulates the signaling activity of IL-13 in macrophages. This newly identified IL-13Rα1/Mac-1-dependent pathway may offer novel targets for therapeutic intervention in the future. PMID:26160172

  12. IL-13 working through IL-13Ra1 mediates critical functional responses to nematode infection in the gastrointestinal tract

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    Nematode infection up-regulates IL-4 and IL-13 and induces STAT6-dependent changes in epithelial function and smooth muscle contractility that promote worm clearance. IL-4 and IL-13 share the same type II IL-4R that contains the IL-13R'1 and the IL-4R' chain linked to STAT6. The role of IL-13 workin...

  13. The role of IL-4 and IL-13 in cutaneous Leishmaniasis.

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    Hurdayal, Ramona; Brombacher, Frank

    2014-10-01

    Murine models of Leishmania major infection in the 1980s revealed two distinct, counter-regulatory populations of CD4(+) T helper (Th) cells, delineated Th1 and Th2, and their archetypal cytokines, interferon gamma (IFN-γ) and interleukin (IL)-4/IL-13, which promoted resistance/susceptibility to infection, respectively. However, the introduction of global cytokine-deficient mice in the 1990s revealed pleiotropic immune-regulatory mechanisms of IL-4 and IL-13 that either controlled or exacerbated disease. This undermined the basic premise that IL-4/IL-13 played paramount roles in facilitating a non-healing Th2 response to Leishmania infection and instead suggested that both IL-4 and IL-13-dependent and IL-4/IL-13-independent factors orchestrate disease outcome. The recent characterization of cell-type specific IL-4Rα deficient mice was initiated to help reconcile these observations and dissect the cell-specific effects of IL-4/IL-13 during infection. In this review, we summarize original and recent findings with regard to the role of IL-4 and IL-13 in cutaneous Leishmaniasis. Using the information discerned from various studies and our conditional IL-4Rα gene-deficient mice, we particularly discuss the double-edged sword IL-4 (and in some Leishmania disease models IL-13) in driving a susceptible Th2 response, their immune cell targets that support healing or non-healing responses and their novel role in mediating a Th1 response during disease.

  14. Enhanced expression of the decoy receptor IL-13Rα2 in macrophages of Schistosoma japonicum-infected mice

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    WANG Wei; SHEN Yu-xian; LI Jing; ZHANG Shi-hai; LUO Qing-li; ZHONG Zhen-rong; JIANG Zuo-jun; SHEN Ji-long

    2009-01-01

    Background Type 2 cytokine interleukin (IL)-13 and its decoy receptor, IL-13 receptor (R)α2 appear to play a major role in tissue fibrosis of schistosomiasis and asthma. IL-13 is a key regulator of the extracellular matrix (ECM). It is known to signal to cells by binding to the IL-13Ra1, which then heterodimerizes with IL-4Rα. In contrast, IL-13Rα2 binds IL-13 with high affinity but does not signal. IL-13Rα2 is known to down-regulate granulomatous inflammation and prolong host survival in Schistosoma mansoni (S. Mansoni) infection, but little is known about the location and expression level of IL-13Ra2 in the context of S. Japonicum infection. Methods We established S. Japonicum-infected mouse models. Kinetic serum levels of IL-13Rα2 were examined with ELISA. IL-13Rα2 mRNA and protein of liver tissues were determined by PCR and immunoblotting analysis, respectively. Detection of IL-13Rα2 expression and location in macrophages was performed by TaqMan PCR and fluorescent immunocytochemistry technique, respectively. Results A marked elevation of mRNA and protein expression of IL-13Rα2 was observed in mice during S. Japonicum infection. An enhanced expression of IL-13Rg2 was further demonstrated in primary macrophages of murine schistosomiasis. Conclusions IL-13Rα2 in macrophages may be a critical contributor to pathogenesis of schistosomiasis. The data highlight the potential importance of cell signaling and antifibrotic gene therapeutics in T helper 2 cell (Th2)-mediated diseases.

  15. IL-4、IL-13蛋白表达及抗IL-4、IL-13人源单链抗体的筛选%Expression of IL-4 and IL-13 proteins and selection of scFvs against IL-4 and IL-13

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    袁青; 黄黎; 郭夕源; 叶迎春; 年四季

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    Objective:Expression of IL-4 and IL-13 proteins and selection of human scFvs against IL-4 and IL-13 by phage display.Methods:The mRNA of PBMC from healthy volunteer was extracted and cDNA of IL-4 and IL-13 were synthesized by RT-PCR,and the proteins of IL-4 and IL-13 were expressed and identified.The scFvs against IL-4 and IL-13 were selected from a non-immune human scFvs library by phage display with biotinylation IL-4 and IL-13 protein.Results:The size of cDNA of amplified IL-4 was 280 bp,and that of expressed fusion protein was about 27 kD.The size of cDNA of amplified IL-13 was 252 bp,and that of expressed fusion protein was about 25 kD.The human scFvs library was screened for three rounds by ribosome display,and about 37% scFvs has binding activities with IL-4 and about 27% scFvs has binding activities with IL-13.Four scFvs with good binding activities with IL-4 or IL-13 were selected and identified by Western blot.Conclusion:The scFvs against IL-4 and against IL-13 were selected successfully.%目的:表达IL-4和IL-13蛋白,从人源单链抗体文库中分别筛选抗IL-4和抗IL-13单链抗体.方法:采用RT-PCR从健康志愿者外周血单核细胞(PBMC) mRNA中扩增IL-4和IL-13 cDNA;构建硫氧还蛋白融合表达载体,转化大肠杆菌BL21,IPTG诱导表达并对表达产物进行纯化鉴定.以生物素化的IL-4和IL-13为抗原从前期构建的人源抗体文库中采用噬菌体展示技术分别筛选抗IL-4和抗IL-13人源单链抗体(scFv).结果:扩增的IL-4 cDNA大小为280 bp,表达的融合蛋白大小为27 kD左右.扩增的IL-13 cDNA大小为252 bp,表达的融合蛋白大小为25 kD左右.分别以生物素化的IL-4和IL-13蛋白为抗原,采用噬菌体展示技术对人源抗体文库进行3轮富集后,分别有大约37%的scFvs与IL-4有结合特性,有约27%的scFvs与IL-13有结合特性.筛选了4株分别与IL-4和IL-13结合能力强的单链抗体进行了Westem blot鉴定和测序.结论:成功筛选到抗IL-4和抗IL

  16. Expression of POSTN, IL-4, and IL-13 in Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps.

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    Milonski, Jaroslaw; Zielinska-Blizniewska, Hanna; Majsterek, Ireneusz; Przybyłowska-Sygut, Karolina; Sitarek, Przemyslaw; Korzycka-Zaborowska, Barbara; Olszewski, Jurek

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    Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) is one of the most frequently encountered chronic nasal diseases with a significant impact on patient quality of life. The aim of our study was therefore to investigate the association between the POSTN, IL-4, and IL-13 gene expression and the nasal polyp development. The objective of this study was to determine differential expression of POSTN, IL-4, and IL-13 genes in the mucosa and polyps of 63 patients with CRSwNP and 23 chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) without nasal polyps (CRSsNP) when compared with patients with nasal septum deviation (n=18) who were used as controls. The expression level was investigated using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction assays in the polyp tissue and the mucosa of paranasal sinus collected while undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery. Expression of the mRNAs of all three genes, IL-4, IL-13, and POSTN, was significantly greater in the paired tissues of CRS patients with NPs or without NPs than in control subjects, with highest levels of POSTN and IL-13 seen in CRSwNP. An increased level of POSTN, IL-4, and IL-13 gene expression may be related to the development of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps, but polyp formation seemed to be associated especially with POSTN and IL-13 expression.

  17. Strategies targeting the IL-4/IL-13 axes in disease.

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    May, Richard D; Fung, Michael

    2015-09-01

    IL-4 and IL-13 are pleiotropic Th2 cytokines produced by a wide variety of different cell types and responsible for a broad range of biology and functions. Physiologically, Th2 cytokines are known to mediate host defense against parasites but they can also trigger disease if their activities are dysregulated. In this review we discuss the rationale for targeting the IL-4/IL-13 axes in asthma, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, COPD, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease and fibrotic disease as well as evaluating the associated clinical data derived from blocking IL-4, IL-13 or IL-4 and IL-13 together.

  18. IL-13 receptor-directed cancer vaccines and immunotherapy.

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    Nakashima, Hideyuki; Husain, Syed R; Puri, Raj K

    2012-04-01

    Many immunotherapy approaches including therapeutic cancer vaccines targeting specific tumor-associated antigens are at various stages of development. Although the significance of overexpression of (IL-13Rα2) in cancer is being actively investigated, we have reported that IL-13Rα2 is a novel tumor-associated antigen. The IL-13Rα2-directed cancer vaccine is one of the most promising approaches to tumor immunotherapy, because of the selective expression of IL-13Rα2 in various solid tumor types but not in normal tissues. In this article, we will summarize its present status and potential strategies to improve IL-13Rα2-directed cancer vaccines for an optimal therapy of cancer.

  19. Chitinase 3-like 1 Regulates Cellular and Tissue Responses via IL-13 Receptor α2

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    Chuan Hua He

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    Full Text Available Members of the 18 glycosyl hydrolase (GH 18 gene family have been conserved over species and time and are dysregulated in inflammatory, infectious, remodeling, and neoplastic disorders. This is particularly striking for the prototypic chitinase-like protein chitinase 3-like 1 (Chi3l1, which plays a critical role in antipathogen responses where it augments bacterial killing while stimulating disease tolerance by controlling cell death, inflammation, and remodeling. However, receptors that mediate the effects of GH 18 moieties have not been defined. Here, we demonstrate that Chi3l1 binds to interleukin-13 receptor α2 (IL-13Rα2 and that Chi3l1, IL-13Rα2, and IL-13 are in a multimeric complex. We also demonstrate that Chi3l1 activates macrophage mitogen-activated protein kinase, protein kinase B/AKT, and Wnt/β-catenin signaling and regulates oxidant injury, apoptosis, pyroptosis, inflammasome activation, antibacterial responses, melanoma metastasis, and TGF-β1 production via IL-13Rα2-dependent mechanisms. Thus, IL-13Rα2 is a GH 18 receptor that plays a critical role in Chi3l1 effector responses.

  20. Molecular basis for shared cytokine recognition revealed in the structure of an unusually high affinity complex between IL-13 and IL-13Rα2

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    Lupardus, Patrick J.; Birnbaum, Michael E.; Garcia, K. Christopher

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    Interleukin-13 is a cytokine important for development of T-helper cell type 2 (Th2) responses and plays a critical role in asthma and allergy. The IL-13 Receptor α2 (IL-13Rα2) is a receptor for IL-13 lacking canonical Jak/STAT signaling functions. Here we present the crystal structure along with a mutational and biophysical analysis of the IL-13/IL-13Rα2 complex. While retaining a similar mode of IL-13 binding to its related signaling receptor IL-13Rα1, IL-13Rα2 utilizes peripheral receptor ...

  1. The Interleukin-13 Receptor-α1 Chain Is Essential for Induction of the Alternative Macrophage Activation Pathway by IL-13 but Not IL-4.

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    Sheikh, Faruk; Dickensheets, Harold; Pedras-Vasconcelos, Joao; Ramalingam, Thirumalai; Helming, Laura; Gordon, Siamon; Donnelly, Raymond P

    2015-01-01

    Macrophages coexpress both the interleukin (IL)-2Rγ chain (γ(c)) and IL-13Rα1. These receptor chains can heterodimerize with IL-4Rα to form type I or type II IL-4 receptor complexes, respectively. We used macrophages derived from Il2rg and Il13ra1 knockout (KO) mice to evaluate the requirements for these receptor chains for induction of the alternative macrophage activation (AMA) pathway by IL-4 and IL-13. Absence of γ(c) significantly decreased activation of STAT6 by IL-4 but not IL-13. However, although activation of STAT6 by IL-4 was markedly reduced in γ(c) KO macrophages, it was not abolished, indicating that IL-4 can still signal through type II IL-4 receptors via the IL-13Rα1 chain. IL-13 failed to activate STAT6 in macrophages derived from Il13ra1 KO mice; however, these cells remained fully responsive to IL-4. The inability of IL-13 but not IL-4 to signal in Il13ra1(-/-) macrophages correlated with the inability of IL-13 but not IL-4 to induce expression of genes such as Arg1, Retnla and Ccl11 that are characteristically expressed by alternatively activated macrophages. In addition, IL-13 but not IL-4 failed to induce membrane fusion and giant cell formation by Il13ra1 KO macrophages. These findings demonstrate that the IL-13Rα1 chain is essential for induction of the AMA pathway by IL-13 but not IL-4.

  2. Commentary: IL-4 and IL-13 receptors and signaling.

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    McCormick, Sarah M; Heller, Nicola M

    2015-09-01

    Interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13 were discovered approximately 30years ago and were immediately linked to allergy and atopic diseases. Since then, new roles for IL-4 and IL-13 and their receptors in normal gestation, fetal development and neurological function and in the pathogenesis of cancer and fibrosis have been appreciated. Studying IL-4/-13 and their receptors has revealed important clues about cytokine biology and led to the development of numerous experimental therapeutics. Here we aim to highlight new discoveries and consolidate concepts in the field of IL-4 and IL-13 structure, receptor regulation, signaling and experimental therapeutics.

  3. IL13 — EDRN Public Portal

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    From NCBI Gene: This gene encodes an immunoregulatory cytokine produced primarily by activated Th2 cells. This cytokine is involved in several stages of B-cell maturation and differentiation. It up-regulates CD23 and MHC class II expression, and promotes IgE isotype switching of B cells. This cytokine down-regulates macrophage activity, thereby inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. This cytokine is found to be critical to the pathogenesis of allergen-induced asthma but operates through mechanisms independent of IgE and eosinophils. This gene, IL3, IL5, IL4, and CSF2 form a cytokine gene cluster on chromosome 5q, with this gene particularly close to IL4. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008

  4. IL-4 and IL-13 signaling in allergic airway disease.

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    Gour, Naina; Wills-Karp, Marsha

    2015-09-01

    Aberrant production of the prototypical type 2 cytokines, interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13 has long been associated with the pathogenesis of allergic disorders. Despite tremendous scientific inquiry, the similarities in their structure, and receptor usage have made it difficult to ascertain the distinct role that these two look-alike cytokines play in the onset and perpetuation of allergic inflammation. However, recent discoveries of differences in receptor distribution, utilization/assembly and affinity between IL-4 and IL-13, along with the discovery of unique innate lymphoid 2 cells (ILC2) which preferentially produce IL-13, not IL-4, are beginning to shed light on these mysteries. The purpose of this chapter is to review our current understanding of the distinct roles that IL-4 and IL-13 play in allergic inflammatory states and the utility of their modulation as potential therapeutic strategies for the treatment of allergic disorders.

  5. Meta-Analysis on the Association of Interleukin-13(IL-13) Gene Polymorphism and the Genetic Susceptibility of Asthma in Chinese Population%中国人群白细胞介素-13基因多态性与哮喘易感性关系的Meta分析

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    汤兆明; 王琳; 胡丽华

    2011-01-01

    目的 评价白细胞介素-13基因多态性与中国人群哮喘易感性的关系.方法 检索中文及外文数据库,全面收集2010年8月之前发表的研究中国人群IL-13基因多态性与哮喘相关性的病例对照研究,对采纳的数据进行Meta分析.结果 9篇文献被纳入分析,其中涉及C1923T多态性的文献5篇、G2044A多态性的文献5篇.Meta分析计算合并比值比(95%可信区间):TT/CC基因型为4.15(2.83~6.09,P=0.000);CT/CC基因型为1.97(1.53~2.53,P=0.000);AA/GG基因型为1.92(1.00~3.72,P=0.051);GA/GG基因型为1.44(1.14~1.82,P=0.000).TY/CC、AA/GG、GA/GG研究数据不存在发表偏倚(P值分别为0.175、0.968、0.633);CT/CC研究数据存在发表偏倚(P=0.010).结论 当前的研究支持IL-13+1923位点基因型TT和+2044位点基因型GA是哮喘发病的危险因素,+1923位点基因型CT和+2044位点基因型AA与哮喘发病尚无明确关系.%Objective To investigate the association between Interleukin-13 (IL-13) gene polymorphism and the genetic susceptibility of asthma. Methods Published data relating to case-control studies reporting the link between IL-13 polymorphisms and asthma in Chinese population were retrieved through Chinese Bio-medicine Database(CBM) and PubMed. Meta-analysis was conducted to determine whether the IL-13 gene polymorphisms were associated with asthma.Results Night studies were finally accepted for analysis. There were four studies focused on C1923T polymorphism,and four studies focused on G2044A polymorphism. One study was focused on both polymorphisms. The odds ratio for asthma for TT/CC genotypes was 4.15 (95%CI 2.83~6.09, P=0.000), for CT/CC was 1.97 (95%CI 1.53~2.53, P=0.000). The odds for asthma for AA/GG genotypes was 1.92 (95%CI 1.00~3.72, P=0.051 ) and for GA/GG was 1.44 (95%CI 1.14~1.82, P=0.000). There is a publication bias regarding CT/CC genotype (P=0.010). No significant publication bias was found regarding TT

  6. IL-18 induces airway hyperresponsiveness and pulmonary inflammation via CD4+ T cell and IL-13.

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    Full Text Available IL-18 plays a key role in the pathogenesis of pulmonary inflammatory diseases including pulmonary infection, pulmonary fibrosis, lung injury and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. However, it is unknown whether IL-18 plays any role in the pathogenesis of asthma. We hypothesized that overexpression of mature IL-18 protein in the lungs may exacerbate disease activities of asthma. We established lung-specific IL-18 transgenic mice on a Balb/c genetic background. Female mice sensitized- and challenged- with antigen (ovalbumin were used as a mouse asthma model. Pulmonary inflammation and emphysema were not observed in the lungs of naïve transgenic mice. However, airway hyperresponsiveness and airway inflammatory cells accompanied with CD4(+ T cells, CD8(+ T cells, eosinophils, neutrophils, and macrophages were significantly increased in ovalbumin-sensitized and challenged transgenic mice, as compared to wild type Balb/c mice. We also demonstrate that IL-18 induces IFN-γ, IL-13, and eotaxin in the lungs of ovalbumin-sensitized and challenged transgenic mice along with an increase in IL-13 producing CD4(+ T cells. Treatment with anti-CD4 monoclonal antibody or deletion of the IL-13 gene improves ovalbumin-induced airway hyperresponsiveness and reduces airway inflammatory cells in transgenic mice. Overexpressing the IL-18 protein in the lungs induces type 1 and type 2 cytokines and airway inflammation, and results in increasing airway hyperresponsiveness via CD4(+ T cells and IL-13 in asthma.

  7. IL-13Ra2- and glioma stem cell-pulsed dendritic cells induce glioma cell death in vitro

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    Ying Wang; Ruifan Xie; Hongquan Niu; Ting Lei

    2016-01-01

    Objective Gliomas are the most common malignant tumors in the central nervous system. Despite mul-tiple therapies including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, the prognosis of patients remains poor. Immunotherapy is an alternative method of treating glioma, and the use of dendritic cel vaccines is one of the promising treatment options. However, there is no specific tumor cel antigen that can trigger dendritic cel s (DCs). IL-13Ra2 is a specific antigen expressed in glioma cel s; in the current study, we have at-tempted to explore whether IL-13Ra2 could be the antigen that triggers DCs and to envisage its application as potential therapy for glioma. Methods The expression of IL-13Ra2 was detected in U251 glioma cel lines and primary glioma tissues using dif erent methods. DCs from human blood were isolated and pulsed with recombinant IL-13Ra2, fol-lowing which the cytotoxicity of these DCs on glioma cel s was detected and analyzed. Results About 55.9% human glioma tissue cel s expressed IL-13Ra2, while normal brain tissue cel s did not show any expression. DC vaccines loaded with IL-13Ra2, glioma cel antigen, and brain tumor stem cel (BTSC) antigen could significantly stimulate the proliferation of T lymphocytes and induce cel death in the glioma tissue. Compared to other groups, DC vaccines loaded with BTSC antigen showed the strongest ability to activate cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), while the glioma cel antigen group showed no significant dif erence. Conclusion IL-13Ra2, which is expressed in gliomas and by glioma stem cel s, as wel as IL-13Ra2 could prove to be potential antigens for DC vaccine-based immunotherapy.

  8. An IL-13 promoter polymorphism associated with liver fibrosis in patients with Schistosoma japonicum.

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    Long, Xin; Chen, Qian; Zhao, Jianping; Rafaels, Nicholas; Mathias, Priyanka; Liang, Huifang; Potee, Joseph; Campbell, Monica; Zhang, Bixiang; Gao, Li; Georas, Steve N; Vercelli, Donata; Beaty, Terri H; Ruczinski, Ingo; Mathias, Rasika; Barnes, Kathleen C; Chen, Xiaoping

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    The aim of this study was to determine whether two polymorphisms in the gene encoding IL13 previously associated with Schistosoma hematobium (S. hematobium) and S. mansoni infection are associated with S. japonicum infection. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) rs1800925 (IL13/-1112C>T) and rs20541 (IL13R130Q) were genotyped in 947 unrelated individuals (307 chronically infected, 339 late-stage with liver fibrosis, 301 uninfected controls) from a schistosomiasis-endemic area of Hubei province in China. Regression models were used to evaluate allelic and haplotypic associations with chronic and late-stage schistosomiasis adjusted for non-genetic covariates. Expression of IL-13 was measured in S. japonicun-infected liver fibrosis tissue and normal liver tissue from uninfected controls by immunohistochemistry (IHC). The role of rs1800925 in IL-13 transcription was further determined by Luciferase report assay using the recombinant PGL4.17-rs180092 plasmid. We found SNP rs1800925T was associated with late-stage schistosomiasis caused by S. japonicum but not chronic schistosomiasis (OR = 1.39, 95%CI = 1.02-1.91, p = 0.03) and uninfected controls (OR = 1.49, 95%CI = 1.03-2.13, p = 0.03). Moreover, the haplotype rs1800925T-rs20541C increased the risk of disease progression to late-stage schistosomiasis (OR = 1.46, p = 0.035), whereas haplotype rs1800925C-rs20541A showed a protective role against development of late-stage schistosomiasis (F = 0.188, OR = 0.61, p = 0.002). Furthermore, S. japonicum-induced fibrotic liver tissue had higher IL13 expression than normal liver tissue. Plasmid PGL4.17-rs1800925T showed a stronger relative luciferase activity than Plasmid PGL4.17-rs1800925C in 293FT, QSG-7701 and HL-7702 cell lines. In conclusion, the functional IL13 polymorphism, rs1800925T, previously associated with risk of schistosomiasis, also contributes to risk of late-stage schistosomiasis caused by S. japonicum.

  9. IL-13Rα2 is a Glioma-Restricted Receptor for Interleukin-131

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    Mintz, Akiva; Gibo, Denise M.; Slagle-Webb, Becky; Christensen, Neil D.; Debinski, Waldemar

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    We have found that binding sites for interleukin-13 (IL-13) are overexpressed in a vast majority of high-grade astrocytomas (HGAs). These binding sites for IL-13 are distinct from the physiological receptor in that it does not bind IL-4. We also demonstrated that IL-13 receptor alpha 2 protein chain (IL-13Rα2), an IL-4-independent receptor for IL-13, is abundant among HGAs, but not in normal organs. To examine if IL-13Rα2 is the tumor-associated site for IL-13, we stably transfected normal Ch...

  10. Interleukin 13 Mutants of Enhanced Avidity Toward the Glioma-Associated Receptor, IL13Rα2

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    MadhanKumar, A.B.; Akiva Mintz; Waldemar Debinski

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    Interleukin 13 (IL13) binds a receptor that is highly overexpressed in malignant gliomas, IL13Rα2. IL13 protein is composed of four helices: α-helix A, B, C, and D, and we found a new “hot spot” in α-helix D that is crucial for the binding of IL13 to IL13Rα2. Lys105 plus Lys-106 and Arg-109 represent this hot spot. In the current study, we have made substitutions at these three positions in IL13. We examined both neutralization of an IL13-based cytotoxin's glioma cell killing and direct recep...

  11. IL-13Rα2 is a Glioma-Restricted Receptor for Interleukin-13

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    Akiva Mintz; Gibo, Denise M.; Becky Slagle-Webb; Neil D. Christensent; Waldemar Debinski

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    We have found that binding sites for interleukin-13. ( IL13) are overexpressed in a vast majority of high-grade astrocytomas. (HGAs). These binding sites for IL-13 are distinct from the physiological receptor in that it does not bind IL-4. We also demonstrated that IL-13 receptor alpha 2 protein chain. (IL-13Rα2), an IL-4-independent receptor for IL-13, is abundant among HGAs, but not in normal organs. To examine if IL-13Rα2 is the tumorassociated site for IL-13, we stably transfected normal ...

  12. Interleukin 13 Mutants of Enhanced Avidity Toward the Glioma-Associated Receptor, IL13Rα21

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    MadhanKumar, A.B.; Mintz, Akiva; Debinski, Waldemar

    2004-01-01

    Interleukin 13 (IL13) binds a receptor that is highly overexpressed in malignant gliomas, IL13Rα2. IL13 protein is composed of four helices: α-helix A, B, C, and D, and we found a new “hot spot” in α-helix D that is crucial for the binding of IL13 to IL13Rα2. Lys-105 plus Lys-106 and Arg-109 represent this hot spot. In the current study, we have made substitutions at these three positions in IL13. We examined both neutralization of an IL13-based cytotoxin's glioma cell killing and direct rece...

  13. IL-13对 A549细胞 IL-13Rα2表达及增殖和迁移的影响

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    陈厚文[1; 余群芳[1; 何晓燕[1; 金旗[2; 蔡震宇[1; 熊绍恒[3; 熊丽霞[1

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨 IL-13对人肺腺癌细胞(A549)IL-13受体α2(IL-13Rα2)表达及增殖、迁移的影响。方法采用定量逆转录聚合酶链式反应(qRT-PCR)、Western blot 法检测 IL-13刺激 A549细胞后,检测 IL-13Rα2的转录和蛋白质表达水平;酶联免疫吸附实验(ELISA)检测细胞培养上清液中的可溶型 IL-13受体α2(sIL-13Rα2)含量;流式细胞术(FCM)检测胞膜型 IL-13受体α2(memIL-13Rα2)、胞内型 IL-13受体 Rα2(iIL-13Rα2)的细胞数。MTT 法、Transwell 实验和细胞划痕实验观察 IL-13对 A549细 胞 增 殖 及 迁 移 作 用 的 影 响。结果 A549细 胞 可 表 达IL-13Rα2,并且 IL-13在较低质量浓度(10、20 ng·mL-1)时能上调 A549细胞 IL-13Rα2的表达水平,而对增殖和迁移无显著影响;在较高质量浓度(50、100 ng·mL-1)时对 IL-13Rα2的上调作用不明显,但能促进细胞增殖和迁移。另外低质量浓度 IL-13(10、20 ng·mL-1)对 IL-13Rα2整体水平、sIL-13Rα2、memIL-13Rα2以及 iIL-13Rα2的表达均有不同程度的上调(P <0.05);高质量浓度 IL-13(50、100 ng·mL-1)刺激条件下 IL-13Rα2整体水平的上调不明显且不再有剂量依赖性,sIL-13Rα2水平无明显改变、memIL-13Rα2表达略有增加、iIL-13Rα2水平明显下调(P <0.05)。结论IL-13对人肺腺癌 A549细胞 IL-13Rα2表达水平及增殖、迁移的影响具有双相性和差异性;IL-13Rα2在肺腺癌 A549中发挥抑制 IL-13促细胞增殖和迁移的作用。

  14. IL-13和IL-33重组蛋白的原核表达和纯化%Prokaryotic expression and purification of recombinant proteins of IL-13 and IL-33

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    高燕; 年四季; 徐文峰; 叶迎春; 袁青

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    Cloning and expression of human IL-13 and IL-33 by pET101/D-TOPO expression system. Methods: The open reading frame of IL-13 and IL-33 were amplified by RT-PCR from mRNA of healthy PBMC. The PCR products of IL-13 and IL-33 were ligated with the vector pET101/D-TOPO. After transformation of plasmids into BL21, the recombinant protein were expressed, purified, and verified. Results:The size of the cDNA of amplified IL-13 was about 490 bp, and the size of the cDNA of amplified IL-33 was about 800 bp. After transformation into BL21, clones highly expressing IL-13 and IL-33 were selected for recombinant protein production. After expression and purification, the recombinant IL-13 and IL-33 were about 29 kDa and 35 kDa respectively and Western blotting showed a single band with expected molecular weight. Conclusion:Human IL-13 and IL-33 recombinant proteins were expressed and purified successfully.%目的:利用PET101/D-TOPO蛋白表达系统,表达人IL-13和IL-33重组蛋白. 方法:以健康人外周血单个核细胞(PBMC)的mRNA为模板,采用RT-PCR扩增IL-13和IL-33开放阅读框,将扩增所得目的基因连接到质粒pET101/D-TOPO,构建出重组质粒并转化大肠杆菌BL21,诱导其表达IL-13和IL-33重组蛋白,纯化后进行鉴定.结果:RT-PCR扩增所得IL-13 cDNA为490 bp, IL-33 cDNA大小为800 bp,将其分别连接到质粒PET101/D-TOPO,构建出IL-13和IL-33重组质粒,分别转化大肠杆菌BL21,诱导其表达. SDS-PAGE电泳分析,发现目的条带大小分别为29 kDa和35 kDa左右,Western blotting结果证实重组表达正确. 结论:成功构建出IL-13和IL-33重组质粒,成功表达并纯化出IL-13和IL-33重组蛋白.

  15. miR-143 inhibits interleukin-13-induced inflammatory cytokine and mucus production in nasal epithelial cells from allergic rhinitis patients by targeting IL13Rα1.

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    Teng, Yaoshu; Zhang, Ruxin; Liu, Chunhui; Zhou, Lingling; Wang, Hong; Zhuang, Wenjie; Huang, Yu; Hong, Zhicong

    2015-01-30

    Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common chronic inflammatory condition of the nasal mucosal tissue. The interleukin-13 (IL-13) signaling pathway is of great importance in the pathogenesis of AR. However, how the signaling molecules in this pathway are regulated, particularly through microRNAs (miRNAs), remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the regulatory role and mechanism of miRNA-143 (miR-143) in IL-13-induced inflammatory cytokine and mucus production in nasal epithelial cells (NECs) from AR patients. Our results showed that forced expression of miR-143 significantly decreased the mRNA and protein expression levels of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), eotaxin and mucin 5AC (MUC5AC) in IL-13-stimulated NECs. Moreover, we confirmed that miR-143 directly targeted and significantly suppressed IL-13 receptor α1 chain (IL13Rα1) gene expression. This study thus suggests that miR-143 regulation of IL-13-induced inflammatory cytokine and mucus production in NECs from AR patients probably partly depends on inhibition of IL13Rα1. Therefore, the IL13Rα1 signaling pathway may be a potential target for the prevention and treatment of AR by miR-143.

  16. Targeting the IL-33/IL-13 Axis for Respiratory Viral Infections.

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    Donovan, Chantal; Bourke, Jane E; Vlahos, Ross

    2016-04-01

    Lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are highly prevalent worldwide. One of the major factors that limits the efficacy of current medication in these patients are viral infections, leading to exacerbations of symptoms and decreased quality of life. Current pharmacological strategies targeting virus-induced lung disease are problematic due to antiviral resistance and the requirement for strain-specific vaccination. Thus, new therapeutic strategies are urgently required. In this Opinion article, we provide state-of-the-art evidence from humans and preclinical animal models implicating the interleukin (IL)-33/IL-13 axis in virus-induced lung disease. Thus, targeting the IL-33/IL-13 axis may be a feasible way to overcome the limitations of current therapy used to treat virus-induced exacerbations of lung disease.

  17. Adipocyte-specific IKKβ signaling suppresses adipose tissue inflammation through an IL-13-dependent paracrine feedback pathway.

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    Kwon, Hyokjoon; Laurent, Sarnia; Tang, Yan; Zong, Haihong; Vemulapalli, Pratibha; Pessin, Jeffrey E

    2014-12-11

    Adipose tissue inflammation is one pathway shown to mediate insulin resistance in obese humans and rodents. Obesity induces dynamic cellular changes in adipose tissue to increase proinflammatory cytokines and diminish anti-inflammatory cytokines. However, we have found that anti-inflammatory interleukin-13 (IL-13) is unexpectedly induced in adipose tissue of obese humans and high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice, and the source of IL-13 is primarily the adipocyte. Moreover, HFD-induced proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and IL-1β mediate IL-13 production in adipocytes in an IKKβ-dependent manner. In contrast, adipocyte-specific IKKβ-deficient mice show diminished IL-13 expression and enhanced inflammation after HFD feeding, resulting in a worsening of the insulin-resistant state. Together these data demonstrate that although IKKβ activates the expression of proinflammatory mediators, in adipocytes, IKKβ signaling also induces the expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-13, which plays a unique protective role by limiting adipose tissue inflammation and insulin resistance.

  18. Unexpected Toxicology Findings in Rats Dosed With an Antihuman IL-13 Monoclonal Antibody.

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    Martin, Pauline L; Nnane, Ivo P; Branigan, Patrick; Louden, Calvert

    2015-01-01

    Interleukin 13 (IL-13) is a type 2 helper T cytokine involved in allergic inflammation and immune responses to parasites. CNTO5825 is an antihuman IL-13 monoclonal antibody that inhibits the pharmacological activity of human, cynomolgus monkey, and rat IL-13. Repeated dose toxicology studies of 1- to 6-month duration were conducted in both rats and monkeys at doses of 20 to 100 mg/kg/wk. A decrease in the T cell-dependent antibody response to Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin immunization was observed in monkeys but not in rats. In the 6-month rat study, there was a 2.2-fold increase in eosinophils in males at 3 and 6 months that was reversible. At necropsy (main and 4-month recovery), rats from control and CNTO5825-dosed groups were found to have pin worms, which may have contributed to the elevations in eosinophil. Testicular toxicity (dilatation of seminiferous tubules, atrophy, and degeneration of the germinal epithelium) was observed in 2 rats at 20 mg/kg and in 5 rats at 100 mg/kg (main and recovery). Brain lesions (unilateral focal accumulation of cells in the white matter of the cerebral cortex) were observed in 2 rats at 100 mg/kg, and vascular neoplasms (1 fatal multicentric hemangiosarcoma and 1 benign hemangioma) were observed at 100 mg/kg/wk. Overall, these studies show that CNTO5825 was without toxicity when administered to rats for up to 6 weeks and to monkeys for up to 6 months. However, when administered to rats for 6 months, a number of seemingly unrelated events occurred that could not be clearly linked to CNTO5825 administration, inhibition of IL-13, or to the immunological status of the animals.

  19. Linking surfactant protein SP-D and IL-13

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    Qaseem, Asif S; Sonar, Sanchaita; Mahajan, Lakshna

    2012-01-01

    of allergen-IgE interaction, histamine release by sensitised mast cells, downregulation of specific IgE production, suppression of pulmonary and peripheral eosinophilia, inhibition of mechanisms that cause airway remodelling, and induction of apoptosis in sensitised eosinophils. SP-D can also shift helper T......-expressing IL-13 in the lung develop several characteristics of asthma such as pulmonary eosinophilia, airway epithelial hyperplasia, mucus cell metaplasia, sub-epithelial fibrosis, charcot-Leyden-Like crystals, airways obstruction, and non-specific airways hyper-responsiveness to cholinergic stimulation...

  20. Temporary upregulation of anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-13 expression in the brains of CD14 deficient mice in the early stage of prion infection.

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    Hasebe, Rie; Suzuki, Akio; Yamasaki, Takeshi; Horiuchi, Motohiro

    2014-11-07

    CD14 deficient (CD14(-/-)) mice survived longer than wild-type (WT) C57BL/6J mice when inoculated with prions intracerebrally, accompanied by increased expression of anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 by microglia in the early stage of infection. To assess the immune regulatory effects of CD14 in detail, we compared the gene expression of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the brains of WT and CD14(-/-) mice infected with the Chandler strain. Gene expression of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-13 in prion-infected CD14(-/-) mice was temporarily upregulated at 75dpi, whereas IL-13 gene expression was not upregulated in prion-infected WT mice. Immunofluorescence staining showed that IL-13 was mainly expressed in neurons of the thalamus at 75dpi. These results suggest that CD14 can suppress IL-13 expression in neurons during the early stage of prion infection.

  1. Evidence to support IL-13 as a risk locus for psoriatic arthritis but not psoriasis vulgaris

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    Bowes, John; Eyre, Steve; Flynn, Edward; Ho, Pauline; Salah, Salma; Warren, Richard B; Marzo-Ortega, Helena; Coates, Laura; McManus, Ross; Ryan, Anthony W; Kane, David; Korendowych, Eleanor; McHugh, Neil; FitzGerald, Oliver; Packham, Jonathan; Morgan, Ann W; Griffiths, Christopher E M; Bruce, Ian N; Worthington, Jane; Barton, Anne

    2011-01-01

    Objective There is great interest in the identification of genetic factors that differentiate psoriatic arthritis (PsA) from psoriasis vulgaris (PsV), as such discoveries could lead to the identification of distinct underlying aetiological pathways. Recent studies identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the interleukin 13 (IL-13) gene region as risk factors for PsV. Further investigations in one of these studies found the effect to be primarily restricted to PsA, thus suggesting the discovery of a specific genetic risk factor for PsA. Given this intriguing evidence, association to this gene was investigated in large collections of PsA and PsV patients and healthy controls. Methods Two SNPs (rs20541 and rs1800925) mapping to the IL-13 gene were genotyped in 1057 PsA and 778 type I PsV patients using the Sequenom genotyping platform. Genotype frequencies were compared to those of 5575 healthy controls. Additional analyses were performed in phenotypic subgroups of PsA (type I or II PsV and in those seronegative for rheumatoid factor). Results Both SNPs were found to be highly associated with susceptibility to PsA (rs1800925 ptrend = 6.1×10−5 OR 1.33, rs20541 ptrend = 8.0×10−4 OR 1.27), but neither SNP was significantly associated with susceptibility to PsV. Conclusions This study confirms that the effect of IL-13 risk locus is specific for PsA, thus highlighting a key biological pathway that differentiates PsA from PsV. The identification of markers that differentiate the two diseases raises the possibility in future of allowing screening of PsV patients to identify those at risk of developing PsA. PMID:21349879

  2. Novel role of IL-13 in fibrosis induced by nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and its amelioration by IL-13R-directed cytotoxin in a rat model.

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    Shimamura, Takeshi; Fujisawa, Toshio; Husain, Syed R; Kioi, Mitomu; Nakajima, Atsushi; Puri, Raj K

    2008-10-01

    Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the most common cause of chronic liver fibrosis, progresses to cirrhosis in up to 20% of patients. We report that hepatic stellate cells (HSC) in sinusoidal lesions of liver of patients with NASH express high levels of high-affinity IL-13R (IL-13Ralpha2), which is colocalized with smooth muscle actin, whereas fatty liver and normal liver specimens do not express IL-13Ralpha2. HSCs engineered to overexpress IL-13Ralpha2 respond to IL-13 and induce TGFB1 promoter activity and TGF-beta1 production. We also developed NASH in rats by feeding a choline-deficient l-amino acid diet. These rats developed liver fibrosis as assessed by H&E staining, Masson's trichrome and Sirius red staining, and hydroxyproline assays. Treatment of these rats with IL-13R-directed cytotoxin caused a substantial decline in fibrosis and liver enzymes without organ toxicity. These studies demonstrate that functional IL-13Ralpha2 are overexpressed in activated HSCs involved in NASH and that IL-13 cytotoxin ameliorates pathological features of NASH in rat liver, indicating a novel role of this cytotoxin in potential therapy.

  3. Impaired IL-13-mediated functions of macrophages in STAT6-deficient mice.

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    Takeda, K; Kamanaka, M; Tanaka, T; Kishimoto, T; Akira, S

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    IL-13 shares many biologic responses with IL-4. In contrast to well-characterized IL-4 signaling pathways, which utilize STAT6 and 4PS/IRS2, IL-13 signaling pathways are poorly understood. Recent studies performed with STAT6-deficient mice have demonstrated that STAT6 plays an essential role in IL-4 signaling. In this study, the functions of peritoneal macrophages of STAT6-deficient mice in response to IL-13 were analyzed. In STAT6-deficient mice, neither morphologic changes nor augmentation of MHC class II expression in response to IL-13 was observed. In addition, IL-13 did not decrease the nitric oxide production by activated macrophages. Taken together, these results suggest that the macrophage functions in response to IL-13 were impaired in STAT6-deficient mice, indicating that IL-13 and IL-4 share the signaling pathway via STAT6.

  4. Expression of TSLP and Downstream Molecules IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13 on the Eye Surface of Patients with Various Types of Allergic Conjunctivitis

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    Xiaofen Zheng

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    Full Text Available Background. The pathogenesis of allergic conjunctivitis has not been clearly established. Moreover, previous studies fail to consider human models of allergic conjunctivitis. This study investigated the expression of thymic stromal lymphopoiet in TSLP and its downstream molecules in conjunctival scrappings and tear. Methods. This cross-sectional study compares patients with vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC, seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC, and perennial allergic conjunctivitis (PAC with normal controls. There are 80 people recorded in Shanxi Eye Hospital. Increasingly, 20 are with VKC, 20 are with SAC, 20 are with PAC, and the remaining 20 are normal controls. Conjunctiva were harvested for total RNA extraction and gene expression by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Epithelial cells were collected to make pathological sections for immunohistochemical staining. Human tears were evaluated by Luminex microbead assay. A P value less than 0.05 from Dunnett’s post hoc test in SPSS means a statistical significant distinction. Results. Positive expression in conjunctival cells of patients with allergic conjunctivitis. The expression of TSLP and IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13 mRNA shows a statistically significant difference (P<0.05. TSLP and IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13 concentrations show a statistically significant difference (P<0.01. Conclusions. This study suggests that TSLP and downstream molecules are expressed in patients with various types of allergic conjunctivitis.

  5. Evidence to support IL-13 as a risk locus for psoriatic arthritis but not psoriasis vulgaris.

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    2011-06-01

    There is great interest in the identification of genetic factors that differentiate psoriatic arthritis (PsA) from psoriasis vulgaris (PsV), as such discoveries could lead to the identification of distinct underlying aetiological pathways. Recent studies identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the interleukin 13 (IL-13) gene region as risk factors for PsV. Further investigations in one of these studies found the effect to be primarily restricted to PsA, thus suggesting the discovery of a specific genetic risk factor for PsA. Given this intriguing evidence, association to this gene was investigated in large collections of PsA and PsV patients and healthy controls.

  6. IL-13–induced airway mucus production is attenuated by MAPK13 inhibition

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    Alevy, Yael G.; Patel, Anand C.; Romero, Arthur G.; Patel, Dhara A.; Tucker, Jennifer; Roswit, William T.; Miller, Chantel A.; Heier, Richard F.; Byers, Derek E.; Brett, Tom J.; Holtzman, Michael J.

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    Increased mucus production is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in inflammatory airway diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and cystic fibrosis. However, the precise molecular mechanisms for pathogenic mucus production are largely undetermined. Accordingly, there are no specific and effective anti-mucus therapeutics. Here, we define a signaling pathway from chloride channel calcium-activated 1 (CLCA1) to MAPK13 that is responsible for IL-13–driven mucus production in human airway epithelial cells. The same pathway was also highly activated in the lungs of humans with excess mucus production due to COPD. We further validated the pathway by using structure-based drug design to develop a series of novel MAPK13 inhibitors with nanomolar potency that effectively reduced mucus production in human airway epithelial cells. These results uncover and validate a new pathway for regulating mucus production as well as a corresponding therapeutic approach to mucus overproduction in inflammatory airway diseases. PMID:23187130

  7. IL-13 induces YY1 through the AKT pathway in lung fibroblasts.

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    Guo, Jia; Yao, Hongwei; Lin, Xin; Xu, Haodong; Dean, David; Zhu, Zhou; Liu, Gang; Sime, Patricia

    2015-01-01

    A key feature of lung fibrosis is the accumulation of myofibroblasts. Interleukin 13 (IL-13) is a pro-fibrotic mediator that directly and indirectly influences the activation of myofibroblasts. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) promotes the differentiation of fibroblasts into myofibroblasts, and can be regulated by IL-13. However, IL-13's downstream signaling pathways are not completely understood. We previously reported that the transcription factor Yin Yang 1 (YY1) is upregulated in fibroblasts treated with TGF-β and in the lungs of mice and patients with pulmonary fibrosis. Moreover, YY1 directly regulates collagen and alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) expression in fibroblasts. However, it is not known if IL-13 regulates fibroblast activation through YY1 expression. We hypothesize that IL-13 up-regulates YY1 expression through regulation of AKT activation, leading to fibroblast activation. In this study we found that YY1 was upregulated by IL-13 in lung fibroblasts in a dose- and time-dependent manner, resulting in increased α-SMA. Conversely, knockdown of YY1 blocked IL-13-induced α-SMA expression in fibroblasts. Furthermore, AKT phosphorylation was increased in fibroblasts treated with IL-13, and AKT overexpression upregulated YY1, whereas blockade of AKT phosphorylation suppressed the induction of YY1 by IL-13 in vitro. In vivo YY1 was upregulated in fibrotic lungs from CC10-IL-13 transgenic mice compared to that from wild-type littermates, which was associated with increased AKT phosphorylation. Taken together, these findings demonstrate that IL-13 is a potent stimulator and activator of fibroblasts, at least in part, through AKT-mediated YY1 activation.

  8. IL-13 receptor alpha-2 regulates the immune and functional response to Nippostrongylus brasiliensis infection

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    IL-13 has a prominent role in host defense against the gastrointestinal nematode, Nippostrongylus brasiliensis; however, the role of IL-13 alpha2 in the immune and functional response to enteric infection is not known. In the current study, we investigated changes in smooth muscle and epithelial ce...

  9. PPAR-γ inhibits IL-13-induced collagen production in mouse airway fibroblasts.

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    Lu, Jiamei; Liu, Lu; Zhu, Yanting; Zhang, Yonghong; Wu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Guizuo; Zhang, Dexin; Xu, Jing; Xie, Xinming; Ke, Rui; Han, Dong; Li, Shaojun; Feng, Wei; Xie, Mei; Liu, Yun; Fang, Ping; Shi, Hongyang; He, Ping; Liu, Yuan; Sun, Xiuzhen; Li, Manxiang

    2014-08-15

    Interleukin-13 (IL-13) plays an important role in extracellular matrix production of airway remodeling in asthma. Activation of PPAR-γ has been shown to inhibit the occurrence of airway fibrosis in asthma, yet it remains unknown whether the effect of PPAR-γ on suppression of airway fibrosis is associated with the inhibition of IL-13 signaling. In the present study, primary cultured airway fibroblasts were stimulated with IL-13, and JAK inhibitor, PDGF receptor blocker and MEK inhibitor were applied to investigate the involvement of these pathways in IL-13-induced collagen production. Our results demonstrate that IL-13 dose- and time-dependently induced collagen production in primary cultured mouse airway fibroblasts; this effect was blocked by inhibition of JAK/STAT6 signal pathway. IL-13 also stimulated JAK/STAT6-dependent PDGF production, elevation of PDGF in turn activated ERK1/2 MAPK and caused collagen production. Activation of PPAR-γ by rosiglitazone reduced IL-13-induced collagen expression by suppression of STAT6-driven PDGF production. Our results indicate that activation of JAK/STAT6 signal and subsequent PDGF generation and ERK1/2 MAPK activation mediate IL-13-induced collagen production in airway fibroblasts. This study suggests that activation of PPAR-γ might be a novel strategy for the treatment of asthma partially by inhibition of airway fibrosis.

  10. Influence of IL13 on Periostin Secretion by Synoviocytes in Osteoarthritis

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    MOUE, TATSUYA; TAJIKA, YUTARO; ISHIKAWA, SHINTARO; KANADA, YASUAKI; OKUMO, TAKAYUKI; ASANO, KAZUHITO; HISAMITSU, TADASHI

    2017-01-01

    Background: Our previous research provided evidence of periostin increase in parallel with interleukin-13 (IL13) increase in the synovial fluid of patients with osteoarthritis (OA). The reaction cascade from IL13 to periostin, however, remains unidentified. We, therefore, tested the hypothesis that periostin secretion is affected downstream of IL13. Materials and Methods: OA synoviocytes were cultured under different concentrations of IL13. Periostin content in culture supernatants and the level of signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) in the cultured cells were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Moreover, the influence of dexamethasone and leflunomide on periostin production in relation to the effect of IL13 on the cells was also examined. Results: Periostin content in culture supernatants and the level of STAT6 in cultured cells were significantly increased by IL13. The increase of periostin was significantly inhibited by dexamethasone and leflunomide. Conclusion: Periostin may be up-regulated in OA synoviocytes via STAT6 downstream of IL13. PMID:28064224

  11. The Relationship of Cytokines IL-13 and IL-17 with Autoantibodies Profile in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Isabela Siloşi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims. In the present study, we aimed to assess the concentrations of IL-13 and IL-17 in serum of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (eRA, the investigation of correlation between the concentrations of these cytokines and disease activity score, and the concentration of some autoantibodies and the evaluation of the utility of IL-13 and -17 concentration measurements as markers of disease activity. Materials and Methods. Serum samples were collected from 30 patients and from 28 controls and analysed parameters. Results. The serum concentrations of IL-13, IL-17, anti-CCP, and IgM-RF were statistically significantly higher in patients with eRA, compared to the controls. IL-13 concentrations in the severe and moderate groups with eRA were statistically higher than in the mild and control groups. Also, in the case of IL-17, serum concentrations increased proportionally with the disease activity of eRA. We observe that concentrations of IL-13 and -17 did not correlate with autoantibodies. IL-17 concentration significantly positively correlated with CRP, while IL-13 concentration significantly negatively correlated with CRP. Disease activity score, DAS28, was strongly positively correlated with levels of ESR and weakly positively correlated with concentrations of anti-RA33 autoantibodies. IL-13 has a higher diagnostic utility than IL-17, CRP, ESR, IgM-RF, and anti-CCP as markers of disease activity. Conclusions. The presence of higher IL-13 and IL-17 serum levels in patients, compared with those of controls, confirms that these markers, found with high specificity, might be involved in the pathogenesis of eRA. IL-13 and IL-17 might be of better usefulness in the prediction of eRA activity status than IgM-RF and anti-CCP.

  12. Mapping mouse IL-13 binding regions using structure modeling, molecular docking and high-density peptide microarray analysis

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    Satish K. Madala; Dolan, Michael A.; Sharma, Deepak; Ramalingam, Thirumalai R.; Mark S Wilson; Mentink-Kane, Margaret M.; Masison, Daniel C.; Thomas A Wynn

    2011-01-01

    Interleukin-13 is a Th2-associated cytokine responsible for many pathological responses in allergic asthma including mucus production, inflammation and extracellular matrix remodeling. In addition, IL-13 is required for immunity to many helminth infections. IL-13 signals via the type-II IL-4 receptor, a heterodimeric receptor of IL-13Rα1 and IL-4Rα, which is also utilized by IL-4. IL-13 also binds to IL-13Rα2, but with much higher affinity than the type-II IL-4 receptor. Binding of IL-13 to I...

  13. Tandem CAR T cells targeting HER2 and IL13Rα2 mitigate tumor antigen escape.

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    Hegde, Meenakshi; Mukherjee, Malini; Grada, Zakaria; Pignata, Antonella; Landi, Daniel; Navai, Shoba A; Wakefield, Amanda; Fousek, Kristen; Bielamowicz, Kevin; Chow, Kevin K H; Brawley, Vita S; Byrd, Tiara T; Krebs, Simone; Gottschalk, Stephen; Wels, Winfried S; Baker, Matthew L; Dotti, Gianpietro; Mamonkin, Maksim; Brenner, Malcolm K; Orange, Jordan S; Ahmed, Nabil

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    In preclinical models of glioblastoma, antigen escape variants can lead to tumor recurrence after treatment with CAR T cells that are redirected to single tumor antigens. Given the heterogeneous expression of antigens on glioblastomas, we hypothesized that a bispecific CAR molecule would mitigate antigen escape and improve the antitumor activity of T cells. Here, we created a CAR that joins a HER2-binding scFv and an IL13Rα2-binding IL-13 mutein to make a tandem CAR exodomain (TanCAR) and a CD28.ζ endodomain. We determined that patient TanCAR T cells showed distinct binding to HER2 or IL13Rα2 and had the capability to lyse autologous glioblastoma. TanCAR T cells exhibited activation dynamics that were comparable to those of single CAR T cells upon encounter of HER2 or IL13Rα2. We observed that TanCARs engaged HER2 and IL13Rα2 simultaneously by inducing HER2-IL13Rα2 heterodimers, which promoted superadditive T cell activation when both antigens were encountered concurrently. TanCAR T cell activity was more sustained but not more exhaustible than that of T cells that coexpressed a HER2 CAR and an IL13Rα2 CAR, T cells with a unispecific CAR, or a pooled product. In a murine glioblastoma model, TanCAR T cells mitigated antigen escape, displayed enhanced antitumor efficacy, and improved animal survival. Thus, TanCAR T cells show therapeutic potential to improve glioblastoma control by coengaging HER2 and IL13Rα2 in an augmented, bivalent immune synapse that enhances T cell functionality and reduces antigen escape.

  14. 支气管哮喘患者IL-12/IL-13失衡的研究%Immalance of IL-12/IL-13 asthmatic patients

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    毛继芳; 刘伟; 律洁; 孙永峰

    2004-01-01

    目的了解支气管哮喘患者外周血白细胞介素12(IL-12)、白细胞介素13(IL-13)是否失衡.方法选取急性发作期哮喘患者(哮喘组25例),健康志愿者(对照组)15例.分别对哮喘组、对照组留取血标本,采取双抗体夹心酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)检测上述两组血清中IL-12、IL-13水平,并对测定结果进行统计学处理.结果哮喘组IL-12水平为(58.50±14.25)mg/L,较对照组(85.52±13.14)ng/L明显降低,差异有显著性(P<0.01);哮喘组IL-13水平为(131.27±28.45)ng/L较对照组(92.30±14.43)ng/L明显增高,差异有显著性(P<0.01).结论哮喘患者体内IL-13过度产生,IL-12则产生不足,使IL-12/IL-13失衡.

  15. In vitro and in vivo characterisation of anti-murine IL-13 antibodies recognising distinct functional epitopes.

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    Berry, L M; Adams, R; Airey, M; Bracher, M G; Bourne, T; Carrington, B; Cross, A S; Davies, G C G; Finney, H M; Foulkes, R; Gozzard, N; Griffin, R A; Hailu, H; Lamour, S D; Lawson, A D; Lightwood, D J; McKnight, A J; O'Dowd, V L; Oxbrow, A K F; Popplewell, A G; Shaw, S; Stephens, P E; Sweeney, B; Tomlinson, K L; Uhe, C; Palframan, R T

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    Interleukin-13 (IL-13) sequentially binds to IL-13Ralpha1 and IL-4Ralpha forming a high affinity signalling complex. This receptor complex is expressed on multiple cell types in the airway and signals through signal transducer and activator of transcription factor-6 (STAT-6) to stimulate the production of chemokines, cytokines and mucus. Antibodies have been generated, using the UCB Selected Lymphocyte Antibody Method (UCB SLAM), that block either binding of murine IL-13 (mIL-13) to mIL-13Ralpha1 and mIL-13Ralpha2, or block recruitment of mIL-4Ralpha to the mIL-13/mIL-13Ralpha1 complex. Monoclonal antibody (mAb) A was shown to bind to mIL-13 with high affinity (K(D) 11 pM) and prevent binding of mIL-13 to mIL-13Ralpha1. MAb B, that also bound mIL-13 with high affinity (K(D) 8 pM), was shown to prevent recruitment of mIL-4Ralpha to the mIL-13/mIL-13Ralpha1 complex. In vitro, mAbs A and B similarly neutralised mIL-13-stimulated STAT-6 activation and TF-1 cell proliferation. In vivo, mAbs A and B demonstrated equipotent, dose-dependent inhibition of eotaxin generation in mice stimulated by intraperitoneal administration of recombinant mIL-13. In an allergic lung inflammation model in mice, mAbs A and B equipotently inhibited muc5ac mucin mRNA upregulation in lung tissue measured two days after intranasal allergen challenge. These data support the design of therapeutics for the treatment of allergic airway disease that inhibits assembly of the high affinity IL-13 receptor signalling complex, by blocking the binding of IL-13 to IL-13Ralpha1 and IL-13Ralpha2, or the subsequent recruitment of IL-4Ralpha.

  16. Baicalein reduces airway injury in allergen and IL-13 induced airway inflammation.

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    Ulaganathan Mabalirajan

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Baicalein, a bioflavone present in the dry roots of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, is known to reduce eotaxin production in human fibroblasts. However, there are no reports of its anti-asthma activity or its effect on airway injury. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In a standard experimental asthma model, male Balb/c mice that were sensitized with ovalbumin (OVA, treated with baicalein (10 mg/kg, ip or a vehicle control, either during (preventive use or after OVA challenge (therapeutic use. In an alternate model, baicalein was administered to male Balb/c mice which were given either IL-4 or IL-13 intranasally. Features of asthma were determined by estimating airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR, histopathological changes and biochemical assays of key inflammatory molecules. Airway injury was determined with apoptotic assays, transmission electron microscopy and assessing key mitochondrial functions. Baicalein treatment reduced AHR and inflammation in both experimental models. TGF-β₁, sub-epithelial fibrosis and goblet cell metaplasia, were also reduced. Furthermore, baicalein treatment significantly reduced 12/15-LOX activity, features of mitochondrial dysfunctions, and apoptosis of bronchial epithelia. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Our findings demonstrate that baicalein can attenuate important features of asthma, possibly through the reduction of airway injury and restoration of mitochondrial function.

  17. Expression and activation of the oxytocin receptor in airway smooth muscle cells: Regulation by TNFα and IL-13

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background During pregnancy asthma may remain stable, improve or worsen. The factors underlying the deleterious effect of pregnancy on asthma remain unknown. Oxytocin is a neurohypophyseal protein that regulates a number of central and peripheral responses such as uterine contractions and milk ejection. Additional evidence suggests that oxytocin regulates inflammatory processes in other tissues given the ubiquitous expression of the oxytocin receptor. The purpose of this study was to define the role of oxytocin in modulating human airway smooth muscle (HASMCs function in the presence and absence of IL-13 and TNFα, cytokines known to be important in asthma. Method Expression of oxytocin receptor in cultured HASMCs was performed by real time PCR and flow cytomery assays. Responses to oxytocin was assessed by fluorimetry to detect calcium signals while isolated tracheal rings and precision cut lung slices (PCLS were used to measure contractile responses. Finally, ELISA was used to compare oxytocin levels in the bronchoalveloar lavage (BAL samples from healthy subjects and those with asthma. Results PCR analysis demonstrates that OXTR is expressed in HASMCs under basal conditions and that both interleukin (IL-13 and tumor necrosis factor (TNFα stimulate a time-dependent increase in OXTR expression at 6 and 18 hr. Additionally, oxytocin increases cytosolic calcium levels in fura-2-loaded HASMCs that were enhanced in cells treated for 24 hr with IL-13. Interestingly, TNFα had little effect on oxytocin-induced calcium response despite increasing receptor expression. Using isolated murine tracheal rings and PCLS, oxytocin also promoted force generation and airway narrowing. Further, oxytocin levels are detectable in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL fluid derived from healthy subjects as well as from those with asthma. Conclusion Taken together, we show that cytokines modulate the expression of functional oxytocin receptors in HASMCs suggesting a

  18. Acidic environment augments FcεRI-mediated production of IL-6 and IL-13 in mast cells

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    Kamide, Yosuke, E-mail: m08702012@gunma-u.ac.jp [Department of Medicine and Molecular Science, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Maebashi (Japan); Clinical Research Center for Allergy and Rheumatology, Sagamihara National Hospital, Sagamihara (Japan); Ishizuka, Tamotsu [Third Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Fukui, Fukui (Japan); Tobo, Masayuki [Laboratory of Signal Transduction, Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation, Gunma University, Maebashi (Japan); Tsurumaki, Hiroaki [Department of Medicine and Molecular Science, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Maebashi (Japan); Laboratory of Signal Transduction, Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation, Gunma University, Maebashi (Japan); Aoki, Haruka; Mogi, Chihiro [Laboratory of Signal Transduction, Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation, Gunma University, Maebashi (Japan); Nakakura, Takashi [Department of Anatomy, Graduate School of Medicine, Teikyo University, Tokyo (Japan); Yatomi, Masakiyo; Ono, Akihiro; Koga, Yasuhiko [Department of Medicine and Molecular Science, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Maebashi (Japan); Sato, Koichi [Laboratory of Signal Transduction, Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation, Gunma University, Maebashi (Japan); Hisada, Takeshi [Department of Medicine and Molecular Science, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Maebashi (Japan); Dobashi, Kunio [Gunma University Graduate School of Health Sciences, Maebashi (Japan); Yamada, Masanobu [Department of Medicine and Molecular Science, Gunma University Graduate School of Medicine, Maebashi (Japan); Okajima, Fumikazu [Laboratory of Signal Transduction, Institute for Molecular and Cellular Regulation, Gunma University, Maebashi (Japan)

    2015-08-28

    Although blood pH is maintained in a narrow range of around pH 7.4 in living organisms, inflammatory loci are characterized by acidic conditions. Mast cells tend to reside close to the surface of the body in areas such as the mucosa and skin where they may be exposed to exogenous acids, and they play an important role in immune responses. However, little is known about the effects of extracellular acidification on the functions of mast cell. Here, we found that extracellular acidification increased the dinitrophenyl-conjugated human serum albumin (DNP-HSA)-induced production of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-13 in MC/9 cells or bone marrow-derived mouse mast cells sensitized with anti-DNP IgE. Extracellular acidification also inhibited migration of MC/9 cells toward DNP-HSA. In addition, acidic pH stimulated antigen-induced activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and protein kinase B (Akt). These findings suggest that extracellular acidification augmented antigen/IgE-induced and FcεRI-mediated production of IL-6 and IL-13 in mast cells, and that this was associated with the enhancement of p38 MAPK and Akt activation. - Highlights: • Antigen-induced IL-6 and IL-13 production was augmented by acidic pH in mast cells. • Acidic pH-induced actions were associated with activation of p38 MAPK and Akt. • Inhibition of p38 MAPK and Akt attenuated cytokine responses to acidic pH. • Acidic pH effects are not attributable to actions of known proton-sensing GPCRs.

  19. The role of IL-13 and alternative activated macrophages in fibrosis%IL-13和替代激活的巨噬细胞在纤维化中的作用

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    刘奇; 胡志伟

    2014-01-01

    Fibrosis results from inflammation,which triggers necrosis of organ parenchymal cells and excessive deposits of fibrous connective tissue.Numerous studies have suggested that Interleukin 13 (IL-13)involves in the process of fibrosis.Its diverse fuctions are mediated by a complicated receptor system in IL-13 receptor a1 (IL-13Ra1),IL-4 receptor a(IL-4R),and IL-13 receptor a2(IL-13Ra2).In addition,IL-13 and IL-4 induce alternative activation of macrophages to promote fibrosis.This review focuses on the roles of IL-13,its receptors,and macrophage in fibrosis alternative activation macrophages in fibrosis.%纤维化是由于炎症导致器官实质细胞发生坏死,纤维结缔组织异常增多和过度沉积的病理过程.大量的研究表明,IL-13参与了纤维化的发生发展过程,其各种功能通过复杂受体系统来完成,包括IL-13受体a1(IL-13 Ra1),IL-4受体(IL-4R)和IL-13受体a2(IL-13Ra2).此外,IL-13和IL-4可激活巨噬细胞表型转变为替代激活的巨噬细胞,发挥促纤维化的作用,现概括介绍IL-13及其受体、替代激活的巨噬细胞在纤维化中的作用研究的新进展.

  20. Regulation of IFN-γ by IL-13 dictates susceptibility to secondary postinfluenza MRSA pneumonia.

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    Rynda-Apple, Agnieszka; Harmsen, Ann; Erickson, Anfin S; Larson, Kyle; Morton, Rachelle V; Richert, Laura E; Harmsen, Allen G

    2014-11-01

    Superinfection in mice at day 7 postinfluenza infection exacerbates bacterial pneumonia at least in part via downstream effects of increased IFN-γ signaling. Here we show that up to 3 days postinfluenza infection, mice have reduced susceptibility to superinfection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but that superinfection during that time exacerbated influenza disease. This was due to IL-13 signaling that was advantageous for resolving MRSA infection via inhibition of IFN-γ, but was detrimental to the clearance of influenza virus. However, if superinfection did not occur until the near resolution of influenza infection (day 7), IL-13 signaling was inhibited, at least in part by upregulation of IL-13 decoy receptor (IL-13Rα2), which in turn caused increases in IFN-γ signaling and exacerbation of bacterial infection. Understanding these cytokine sequelae is critical to development of immunotherapies for influenza-MRSA coinfection since perturbations of these sequelae at the wrong time could increase susceptibility to MRSA and/or influenza.

  1. The differential expression of IL-4 and IL-13 and its impact on type-2 immunity.

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    Bao, Katherine; Reinhardt, R Lee

    2015-09-01

    Allergic disease represents a significant global health burden, and disease incidence continues to rise in urban areas of the world. As such, a better understanding of the basic immune mechanisms underlying disease pathology are key to developing therapeutic interventions to both prevent disease onset as well as to ameliorate disease morbidity in those individuals already suffering from a disorder linked to type-2 inflammation. Two factors central to type-2 immunity are interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13, which have been linked to virtually all major hallmarks associated with type-2 inflammation. Therefore, IL-4 and IL-13 and their regulatory pathways represent ideal targets to suppress disease. Despite sharing many common regulatory pathways and receptors, these cytokines perform very distinct functions during a type-2 immune response. This review summarizes the literature surrounding the function and expression of IL-4 and IL-13 in CD4+ T cells and innate immune cells. It highlights recent findings in vivo regarding the differential expression and non-canonical regulation of IL-4 and IL-13 in various immune cells, which likely play important and underappreciated roles in type-2 immunity.

  2. High salt reduces the activation of IL-4- and IL-13-stimulated macrophages.

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    Binger, Katrina J; Gebhardt, Matthias; Heinig, Matthias; Rintisch, Carola; Schroeder, Agnes; Neuhofer, Wolfgang; Hilgers, Karl; Manzel, Arndt; Schwartz, Christian; Kleinewietfeld, Markus; Voelkl, Jakob; Schatz, Valentin; Linker, Ralf A; Lang, Florian; Voehringer, David; Wright, Mark D; Hubner, Norbert; Dechend, Ralf; Jantsch, Jonathan; Titze, Jens; Müller, Dominik N

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    A high intake of dietary salt (NaCl) has been implicated in the development of hypertension, chronic inflammation, and autoimmune diseases. We have recently shown that salt has a proinflammatory effect and boosts the activation of Th17 cells and the activation of classical, LPS-induced macrophages (M1). Here, we examined how the activation of alternative (M2) macrophages is affected by salt. In stark contrast to Th17 cells and M1 macrophages, high salt blunted the alternative activation of BM-derived mouse macrophages stimulated with IL-4 and IL-13, M(IL-4+IL-13) macrophages. Salt-induced reduction of M(IL-4+IL-13) activation was not associated with increased polarization toward a proinflammatory M1 phenotype. In vitro, high salt decreased the ability of M(IL-4+IL-13) macrophages to suppress effector T cell proliferation. Moreover, mice fed a high salt diet exhibited reduced M2 activation following chitin injection and delayed wound healing compared with control animals. We further identified a high salt-induced reduction in glycolysis and mitochondrial metabolic output, coupled with blunted AKT and mTOR signaling, which indicates a mechanism by which NaCl inhibits full M2 macrophage activation. Collectively, this study provides evidence that high salt reduces noninflammatory innate immune cell activation and may thus lead to an overall imbalance in immune homeostasis.

  3. Differential IL-13 Production by Small Intestinal Leukocytes in Active Coeliac Disease versus Refractory Coeliac Disease

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    Sascha Gross

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A small fraction of coeliac disease (CD patients have persistent villous atrophy despite strict adherence to a gluten-free diet. Some of these refractory CD (RCD patients develop a clonal expansion of lymphocytes with an aberrant phenotype, referred to as RCD type II (RCDII. Pathogenesis of active CD (ACD has been shown to be related to gluten-specific immunity whereas the disease is no longer gluten driven in RCD. We therefore hypothesized that the immune response is differentially regulated by cytokines in ACD versus RCDII and investigated mucosal cytokine release after polyclonal stimulation of isolated mucosal lymphocytes. Secretion of the TH2 cytokine IL-13 was significantly higher in lamina propria leukocytes (LPLs isolated from RCDII patients as compared to LPL from ACD patients (P=0.05. In patients successfully treated with a gluten-free diet LPL-derived IL-13 production was also higher as compared to ACD patients (P=0.02. IL-13 secretion correlated with other TH2 as well as TH1 cytokines but not with IL-10 secretion. Overall, the cytokine production pattern of LPL in RCDII showed more similarities with LPL isolated from GFD patients than from ACD patients. Our data suggest that different immunological processes are involved in RCDII and ACD with a potential role for IL-13.

  4. The relationship among IL-13, GSTP1, and CYP1A1 polymorphisms and environmental tobacco smoke in a population of children with asthma in Northern Mexico.

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    Muñoz, Balam; Magaña, Jonathan J; Romero-Toledo, Israel; Juárez-Pérez, Evelyn; López-Moya, Andrea; Leyva-García, Norberto; López-Campos, Celsa; Dávila-Borja, Víctor M; Albores, Arnulfo

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    Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) during early childhood increases the risk of developing asthma. The intention of this study was to genotype a population of children from Coahuila state in Northern Mexico and to determine whether polymorphisms of the CYP1A1, GSTP1, and IL13 genes are associated with exposure to ETS and subsequently a higher risk for asthma. IL13 plays an important role in the development of allergic response, particularly those related with airway inflammation. CYP1A1 and GSTP1 are xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes induced by repeated exposure to toxicants. Polymorphisms of these genes have been related with ETS exposure and increased risk for asthma. To assess the effect of IL13 (-1112 C>T and Arg110Gln), GSTP1 (Ile105Val), and CYP1A1 (Ile462Val) on asthma risk and ETS exposure, we recruited 201 unrelated children and classified them into four groups: (1) control without ETS exposure; (2) control with ETS exposure; (3) with asthma and with ETS exposure and (4) with asthma and without ETS exposure. No association among ETS exposure, asthma, and the studied polymorphisms was denoted by multivariate analysis of this population.

  5. 日本血吸虫感染鼠巨噬细胞IL-13Rα2的表达%Expression on IL-13Rα2 in macrophages of Schistosoma japonicum-infected mice

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    王维; 郑胜生; 祁瑶; 闻惠琴; 刘丽丽; 沈继龙

    2011-01-01

    目的 检测IL-13的诱骗受体IL-13Rα2在血吸虫病巨噬细胞的表达,为从细胞水平探讨Th2型免疫性疾病分子病理机制奠定基础.方法 建立日本血吸虫病鼠模型,采用免疫荧光标记法分别检测肝肉芽肿和原代巨噬细胞IL-13Rα2蛋白的表达情况.结果 荧光显微镜下观察:肝肉芽肿内可见似"咖啡豆样"散在分布的IL-13Rα2免疫阳性信号,巨噬细胞膜内缘呈异常增强的环状荧光.结论 巨噬细胞是IL-13Rα2阳性表达细胞,IL-13Rα2是血吸虫病重要的免疫病理调节分子.%The purpose of this study was to investigate the expression on intracellular proteins of IL-13Rα2 in the macrophages of Schistosomiasis japonicum mice, and to offer the experiment foundation for elucidating IL-13 responding cell and mechanism of fibrogenesis in Th2-mediated diseases. A large number of mice were exposed to cercariae and established S. japonicum mouse model. IL-13Rα2 expressed in the granulomas of liver tissues and peritoneal macrophages was determined by immunofluorescent labeling with primary antibody of goat anti-mouse IL-13Rα2 antibody and monoclonal anti-CD68 antibody,respectively. Coffee bean-like IL-13Rα2 positive staining was showed in the hepatic granuloma in fluorescentmicroscopy. Co-expression of IL-13Rα2 and CD68 protein in peritoneal macrophages from 8-week infected mice was observed. It exhibited the distribution of IL-13Rα2 in cytoplasm concentrated on the inner layer of membrane in macrophages. It's suggested that IL-13Rα2 expressing macrophages might be a critical contributor to the immunopathogenesis of schistosomiasis.

  6. IL-13 mediates collagen deposition via STAT6 and microRNA-135b : A role for epigenetics

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    O'Reilly, Steven; Ciechomska, Marzena; Fullard, Nicola; Przyborski, Stefan; Van Laar, Jacob M.

    2016-01-01

    Systemic sclerosis is an autoimmune connective tissue disease in which T cells play a prominent role. We and others have previously demonstrated a role for T cell-derived IL-13 in mediating the induction of collagen in dermal fibroblasts and that blockade with IL-13 antibodies attenuates this increa

  7. Glyphosate-rich air samples induce IL-33, TSLP and generate IL-13 dependent airway inflammation.

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    Kumar, Sudhir; Khodoun, Marat; Kettleson, Eric M; McKnight, Christopher; Reponen, Tiina; Grinshpun, Sergey A; Adhikari, Atin

    2014-11-01

    Several low weight molecules have often been implicated in the induction of occupational asthma. Glyphosate, a small molecule herbicide, is widely used in the world. There is a controversy regarding a role of glyphosate in developing asthma and rhinitis among farmers, the mechanism of which is unexplored. The aim of this study was to explore the mechanisms of glyphosate induced pulmonary pathology by utilizing murine models and real environmental samples. C57BL/6, TLR4-/-, and IL-13-/- mice inhaled extracts of glyphosate-rich air samples collected on farms during spraying of herbicides or inhaled different doses of glyphosate and ovalbumin. The cellular response, humoral response, and lung function of exposed mice were evaluated. Exposure to glyphosate-rich air samples as well as glyphosate alone to the lungs increased: eosinophil and neutrophil counts, mast cell degranulation, and production of IL-33, TSLP, IL-13, and IL-5. In contrast, in vivo systemic IL-4 production was not increased. Co-administration of ovalbumin with glyphosate did not substantially change the inflammatory immune response. However, IL-13-deficiency resulted in diminished inflammatory response but did not have a significant effect on airway resistance upon methacholine challenge after 7 or 21 days of glyphosate exposure. Glyphosate-rich farm air samples as well as glyphosate alone were found to induce pulmonary IL-13-dependent inflammation and promote Th2 type cytokines, but not IL-4 for glyphosate alone. This study, for the first time, provides evidence for the mechanism of glyphosate-induced occupational lung disease.

  8. IL-33 Enhanced the Proliferation and Constitutive Production of IL-13 and IL-5 by Fibrocytes

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    Hisako Hayashi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Interleukin-33 appears to play important roles in the induction of allergic airway inflammation. However, whether IL-33 is involved in airway remodeling remains unclear. Because fibrocytes contribute to tissue remodeling in the setting of chronic inflammation, we examined the effects of IL-33 on fibrocyte functions. Fibrocytes were generated in vitro from peripheral blood mononuclear cells by culturing in the presence of platelet derived growth factors and the cells were stimulated with IL-33. IL-33 enhanced cell proliferation, α-SMA expression, and pro-MMP-9 activity by the fibrocytes without increasing endogenous transforming growth factor-β1 production. Fibrocytes constitutively expressed IL-13 and IL-5, and their production was augmented by stimulation with IL-33. Dexamethasone inhibited the functions of fibrocytes, but IL-33 made fibrocytes slightly refractory to the inhibitory effect of dexamethasone in terms of IL-13 production. Montelukast suppressed IL-13 production by nonstimulated fibrocytes but not those stimulated by IL-33. These findings suggest that IL-33 is involved in the airway remodeling process through its modulation of fibrocyte function independent of antigen stimulation. IL-33 might partially reduce the therapeutic effects of glucocorticoid and cysteinyl leukotriene receptor antagonist on fibrocyte-mediated Th2 responses.

  9. Lyn kinase represses mucus hypersecretion by regulating IL-13-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress in asthma.

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    Wang, Xing; Yang, Xiaoqiong; Li, Yin; Wang, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Yun; Dai, Xi; Niu, Bin; Wu, Juan; Yuan, Xiefang; Xiong, Anjie; Liu, Zhigang; Zhong, Nanshan; Wu, Min; Li, Guoping

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    In asthma, mucus hypersecretion is thought to be a prominent pathological feature associated with widespread mucus plugging. However, the current treatments for mucus hypersecretion are often ineffective or temporary. The potential therapeutic targets of mucus hypersecretion in asthma remain unknown. Here, we show that Lyn is a central effector of endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER stress) and mucous hypersecretion in asthma. In Lyn-transgenic mice (Lyn-TG) and wild-type (WT) C57BL/6J mice exposed to ovalbumin (OVA), Lyn overexpression attenuates mucus hypersecretion and ER stress. Interleukin 13 (IL-13) induced MUC5AC expression by enhancing ER stress in vitro. Lyn serves as a negative regulator of IL-13-induced ER stress and MUC5AC expression. We further find that an inhibitor of ER stress, which is likely involved in the PI3K p85α/Akt pathway and NFκB activity, blocked MUC5AC expression in Lyn-knockdown cells. Furthermore, PI3K/Akt signaling is required for IL-13-induced ER stress and MUC5AC expression in airway epithelial cells. The ER stress regulation of MUC5AC expression depends on NFκB in Lyn-knockdown airway epithelial cells. Our studies indicate not only a concept of mucus hypersecretion in asthma that involves Lyn kinase but also an important therapeutic candidate for asthma.

  10. Lyn kinase represses mucus hypersecretion by regulating IL-13-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress in asthma

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    Xing Wang

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In asthma, mucus hypersecretion is thought to be a prominent pathological feature associated with widespread mucus plugging. However, the current treatments for mucus hypersecretion are often ineffective or temporary. The potential therapeutic targets of mucus hypersecretion in asthma remain unknown. Here, we show that Lyn is a central effector of endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER stress and mucous hypersecretion in asthma. In Lyn-transgenic mice (Lyn-TG and wild-type (WT C57BL/6J mice exposed to ovalbumin (OVA, Lyn overexpression attenuates mucus hypersecretion and ER stress. Interleukin 13 (IL-13 induced MUC5AC expression by enhancing ER stress in vitro. Lyn serves as a negative regulator of IL-13-induced ER stress and MUC5AC expression. We further find that an inhibitor of ER stress, which is likely involved in the PI3K p85α/Akt pathway and NFκB activity, blocked MUC5AC expression in Lyn-knockdown cells. Furthermore, PI3K/Akt signaling is required for IL-13-induced ER stress and MUC5AC expression in airway epithelial cells. The ER stress regulation of MUC5AC expression depends on NFκB in Lyn-knockdown airway epithelial cells. Our studies indicate not only a concept of mucus hypersecretion in asthma that involves Lyn kinase but also an important therapeutic candidate for asthma.

  11. 早期梅毒血清IFN-γ、IL-18和IL-13水平检测%Detection of serum levels of IFN-γ, IL-18 and IL-13 in patients with early syphilis

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    杜军兴; 涂晨; 李文竹

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To assess the role of IFN - γ, IL- 18 and IL- 13 in the cellular immunity of early syphilis. Method: The serum levels of IFN - γ, IL- 18 and IL- 13 were measured by DAbS - ELISA in 50 patients with early syphilis and 52 healthy individuals. Results: The serum levels of IFN - γ, IL - 18 and IL - 13 were higher in early syphilis than in control group ( P < 0.05), serum level of IFN - γ and IL- 18 was higher in primary syphilis than in secondary syphilis, early latent syphilis and control group (P < 0.05). The serum level of IL- 13 was higher in secondary syphilis than in primary syphilis and control group ( P < 0.01), but lower than in early latent syphihs ( P < 0.05); The titer of RPR test was not correlated with the serum levels of IFN - γ, IL- 18 and IL - 13 ( P > 0.05); The correlation was negative between IFN - γ and IL - 13 ( P < 0.05), positive between IFN -y and IL- 18 (P <0.01). There was no correlation between IL- 18 and IL- 13 ( P> 0.05). Conclusion: The changes of IFN - γ, IL- 18 and IL - 13 may be involved in the imbalance of Thl/Th2 immune responses in early syphilis.%目的:评价IFN-γ、IL-18和IL-13在早期梅毒细胞免疫中的作用.方法:采用DAbS-ELISA法检测50例早期梅毒患者和52例健康人血清IFN-γ、IL-18和 IL-13水平.结果:早期梅毒组IFN-γ、IL-18和IL-13水平高于对照组(P0.05);IFN-γ和IL-13负相关(P0.05).结论:早期梅毒血清IFN-γ、IL-18和IL-13的变化可能是导致早期梅毒发生Th1/Th2免疫应答失衡的重要原因.

  12. Hierarchical IL-5 expression defines a subpopulation of highly differentiated human Th2 cells‡

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    Upadhyaya, Bhaskar; Yin, Yuzhi; Brenna J Hill; Douek, Daniel C.; Prussin, Calman

    2011-01-01

    Each of the three Th2 cytokine genes, IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13, has different functions. We hypothesized that Th2 heterogeneity could yield Th2 subpopulations with different cytokine expression and effector functions. Using multiple approaches we demonstrate that human Th2 cells are composed of two major subpopulations: a minority IL-5+ (IL-5+, IL-4+, IL-13+) and majority IL-5− Th2 (IL-5−, IL-4+, IL-13+) population. IL-5+ Th2 cells comprised only 20% of all Th2 cells.Serial rounds of in vitro di...

  13. Expression of IL-4 and IL-13 predicts recurrence and survival in localized clear-cell renal cell carcinoma.

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    Chang, Yuan; Xu, Le; An, Huimin; Fu, Qiang; Chen, Lian; Lin, Zongming; Xu, Jiejie

    2015-01-01

    Interleukin-4 (IL-4) and IL-13 are anti-inflammatory and immunoregulatory cytokines that can influence cancer-directed immunosurveillance. However, they are not evaluated as biomarkers for ccRCC outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of tumor-derived IL-4 and IL-13 in patients with localized ccRCC after surgery. Our study comprised 194 consecutive patients with localized ccRCC undergoing nephrectomy in a single center. Clinical characteristics, recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) were recorded. We assessed IL-4 and IL-13 expression as continuous variables and dichotomized as low versus high by immunohistochemistry. For associations with RFS and OS, we used the Kaplan-Meier method and Cox regression models. Concordance index was calculated for predictive accuracy. We found that high expression levels of IL-4 and IL-13 were associated with increased recurrence (P IL-13 expression (IL-4/IL-13 signature) was an independent prognostic factor for RFS and OS (P = 0.009 and P = 0.016, respectively). When applied to UISS score, IL-4/IL-13 signature improved the predictive accuracy. Notably, this improvement in prediction was mainly observed in patients with low-risk disease. To conclude, IL-4/IL-13 signature is an independent predictor of outcomes in patients with localized ccRCC, and the prognostic value is more prominent among patients with low-risk disease. Evaluation of IL-4 and IL-13 expression provides the opportunity to optimize postsurgical management and develop novel targeted therapies for ccRCC patients.

  14. IL-13、IL-17在溃疡性结肠炎中的表达

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      目的探讨IL-13、IL-17在溃疡性结肠炎(ulcerative colitis,UC)患者结肠粘膜和血清中的表达水平及意义。方法收集30例经内镜检查证实为UC患者的结肠粘膜和血清抗体,10例性别、年龄相匹配的结肠息肉患者作为对照组。用免疫组化法和酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)检测IL-13及IL-17的表达及其血清含量。结果 UC组患者结肠粘膜阳性细胞数和血清中IL-17的浓度明显高于对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01);UC组患者IL-13结肠粘膜的阳性细胞数和血清中浓度低于对照组,差异有统计学意义(PIL-13结肠粘膜阳性细胞数和血清中IL-13的浓度呈下降趋势;2组间比较均存在显著差异(P<0.05)。Pearson相关分析发现,UC组结肠粘膜阳性细胞数与血清中IL-13和IL-17浓度呈负相关(P<0.05)。结论 IL-13、IL-17参与UC的炎症过程;两者表达水平有密切相关性;IL-13与IL-17的平衡失调可能是导致UC形成的一个重要原因。%Objective The study aims to investigate the levels IL-13 and IL-17 in colonic mucosa and serum of patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). Methods Antibodies in colonicmocosa and serum were harvested from 30 UC subjects determined by colonoscope. 10 subjects with colonic polyps of the same age and gender were selected as controls. Immunohistochemistry and ELISA were used to evaluate levels of IL-13 and IL-17 in colonic mucosa and serum. Results Concentrations and positive cells of IL-17 were significantly higher in UC patients than that in controls (P﹤0.01) and levels and positive cells of IL-13 significantly decreased in UC group compared with control group (P<0.05). Besides, levels of IL-17 increased progressively in UC of mild, moderate and severe type and levels of IL-13 exhibited an decline change. The difference

  15. Human Gene Therapy: Genes without Frontiers?

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    Simon, Eric J.

    2002-01-01

    Describes the latest advancements and setbacks in human gene therapy to provide reference material for biology teachers to use in their science classes. Focuses on basic concepts such as recombinant DNA technology, and provides examples of human gene therapy such as severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, familial hypercholesterolemia, and…

  16. Changes of IL-13,IL-18,LTB-4 in patients with asthma%IL-13IL-18LTB-4在哮喘患者中的变化研究

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    刘永生; 段莉

    2012-01-01

    探讨白细胞介素-13(IL-13)、白细胞介素-8(IL-8)、白三烯(LTB-4)在支气管哮喘患者中的变化.方法 选择健康者、哮喘急性发作者、临床缓解者各36例.取静脉血,用酶联免疫吸附试验测定血清中IL-13、IL-18、LTB-4水平,并进行统计学分析.结果 哮喘患者血清IL-13、IL-18、LTB-4水平急性发作者显著高于缓解者,且两组均显著高于健康对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 IL-13、IL-18、LTB-4参与了哮喘慢性炎性反应的形成,检测IL-13、IL-18、LTB-4可评估哮喘病情发展状态,指导临床治疗.

  17. 青霉素过敏反应与IL-4、IL-13、IFN-γ

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    乔海灵; 张跃文; 杨静; 刘久红

    2003-01-01

    @@ 目的:探讨青霉素类抗生素过敏与IL-4、IL-13、IFN-γ之间的关系.方法:采用ELISA法检测了145例过敏病人和62例正常人血清中的IL-4、IL-13和IFN-γ浓度;采用RAST法检测了过敏病人和正常人血清中的8种特异性IgE抗体(BPO-PLL、PVO-PLL、APO-PLL、AXO-PLL、BPA-PLL、 PVA-PLL、APA-PLL、AXA-PLL).结果:特异性IgE抗体阳性的青霉素过敏病人组IL-4、IL-13、IFN-γ血清浓度显著高于正常组(P<0.01);特异性IgE抗体阴性的青霉素过敏病人组IL-4、IFN-γ浓度显著低于正常组(P<0.01);IL-4与IL-13的正相关有显著性(P<0.01);IL-4和IL-13与多种特异性抗体之间的正相关有显著性(P<0.01);随着病人青霉素特异性IgE抗体阳性种类的增多,血清中IL-4、IL-13水平显著升高(P<0.01).结论:青霉素过敏反应中,特异性抗体阳性类型的过敏反应与IL-4、IL-13、IFN-γ升高有关;特异性抗体阴性类型的过敏反应与IL-4、IFN-γ降低有关;IL-4、IL-13可能与青霉素特异性IgE抗体的产生有关;IL-4、IL-13的升高可能会增加病人对更多抗原的敏感性.

  18. Significance of Serum IL-13 and IL-18 Concentration Changes in Patients with Lupus Nephritis%狼疮性肾炎患者血浆IL-13和IL-18水平变化的意义

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    刘晓惠; 张捷; 廖华伟

    2007-01-01

    目的:观察狼疮性肾炎(LN)患者血浆细胞因子IL-13、IL-18的变化.方法:选择40例LN患者和40例健康体检者.LN患者口服泼尼松0.8~1.2 mg·kg-1·d-1和静脉滴注环磷酰胺8~12 mg·kg-1·d-1,每月连续冲击2d,治疗12wk,采用酶联免疫吸附测定法测定治疗前和治疗后血浆IL-13、IL-18水平.结果:LN患者治疗前血浆IL-13、IL-18分别为(71.92±5.86)、(712.46±256.42)pg·mL-1,治疗后分别为(32.46±4.28)、(286.54±82.46)pg·mL-1,治疗前、后比较均有显著性差异(P<0.01),与对照组比较治疗后IL-13、IL-18虽有改变,但无显著性差异(P>0.05).结论:LN患者血浆IL-13、IL-18水平升高,经激素及免疫抑制剂治疗,IL-13、IL-18水平显著下降.

  19. IL-13对肾小球系膜细胞的IL-12表达的影响%Influence of IL-13 on IL-12 expression of mesangial cells

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    吴瑗; 江黎明; 陈孝文

    2007-01-01

    [Objective] To investigate the effect of interleukin- 13 (IL- 13) on interleukin- 12(IL- 12) produced in mesangial cells. [Methods] The protein synthesis of IL-12 in mesangial cells was measured by ELISA. The expression of IL-12 mRNA in mesangial cells was evaluated by RT-PCR. [Results] The production of IL-12 in mesangial cells stimulated by LPS was significantly increased(P <0.01). IL-13(1~100 ng/mL) inhibited the protein and mRNA expression of IL-12 in a dose-dependent manner (P <0.05 or P <0.01). [Conclusion] IL-13 could inhibit IL-12 expression induced by LPS in mssangial cells. IL-13 may regulate renal injury and immune responses by balancing Th1/Th2 in glomerulonephritis.%目的 探讨白细胞介素13(IL-13)对肾小球系膜细胞分泌白细胞介素12(IL-12)的调节作用.方法 用酶联免疫吸附(ELISA)法和逆转录聚合酶链反应(RT-PCR)法检测系膜细胞的IL-12蛋白水平和IL-12p40 mRNA的表达.结果 未受刺激的系膜细胞无IL-12 mRNA的表达及其蛋白分泌.LPS诱导系膜细胞的IL-12p40 mRNA的表达及其蛋白分泌.IL-13在1~100 ng/ml的浓度范围内呈剂量依赖性抑制LPS诱导的系膜细胞的IL-12分泌及其mRNA的表达.结论 LPS诱导系膜细胞分泌IL-12,而IL-13则抑制LPS诱导的系膜细胞IL-12的表达;IL-13可能通过抑制IL-12的产生,调整了体内Th1/Th2细胞因子的平衡,作为抗炎性细胞因子在肾小球肾炎发病机制中发挥一定的作用.

  20. IL-4 and IL-13 induce protection from complement and melittin in endothelial cells despite initial loss of cytoplasmic proteins: membrane resealing impairs quantifying cytotoxicity with the lactate dehydrogenase permeability assay.

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    Benson, Barbara A; Vercellotti, Gregory M; Dalmasso, Agustin P

    2015-01-01

    Endothelial cell activation and injury by the terminal pathway of complement is important in various pathobiological processes, including xenograft rejection. Protection against injury by human complement can be induced in porcine endothelial cells (ECs) with IL-4 and IL-13 through metabolic activation. However, despite this resistance, the complement-treated ECs were found to lose membrane permeability control assessed with the small molecule calcein. Therefore, to define the apparent discrepancy of permeability changes vis-à-vis the protection from killing, we now investigated whether IL-4 and IL-13 influence the release of the large cytoplasmic protein lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in ECs incubated with complement or the pore-forming protein melittin. Primary cultures of ECs were pre-treated with IL-4 or IL-13 and then incubated with human serum as source of antibody and complement or melittin. Cell death was assessed using neutral red. Membrane permeability was quantitated measuring LDH release. We found that IL-4-/IL-13-induced protection of ECs from killing by complement or melittin despite loss of LDH in amounts similar to control ECs. However, the cytokine-treated ECs that were protected from killing rapidly regained effective control of membrane permeability. Moreover, the viability of the protected ECs was maintained for at least 2 days. We conclude that the protection induced by IL-4/IL-13 in ECs against lethal attack by complement or melittin is effective and durable despite severe initial impairment of membrane permeability. The metabolic changes responsible for protection allow the cells to repair the membrane injury caused by complement or melittin.

  1. EXPRESSION AND SWITCHING OF TH 1/TH2 TYPE CYTOKINES GENE IN HUMAN GLIOMAS

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    Yong-sheng Hu; Xin-gang Li; Qing-lin Zhang; Dong-hai Wang; Song-feng Gong

    2005-01-01

    Objective To study the expression and switching of Th1/Th2 cytokines gene in hman gliomas and its effects on occurring and developing of human gliomas.Methods Interleukin(IL)-2 and intefferon-γ represent Th1 type cytokines. IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, and IL-13 represent Th2 type cytokines. The gene expressions of Th1/Th2 cytokines in human glioma cells, glioma infiltrating lymphocytes,and glioma cell lines were detected by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The biological activity of cytokines in the supematant of glioma cell lines was assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)method.Results The total positive rates of Th1 and Th2 type cytokines gene in human glioma cells were 14.77% and 75%. The total positive rates of Thl and Th2 type cytokines gene in glioma infiltrating lymphocytes were 22.73% and 68.17%. There was obviously predominant expression of Th2 type cytokines in human glioma tissues, glioma infiltrating lymphocytes, and glioma cell lines. There was no unbalanced expression of Th1/Th2 cytokines in normal brain tissues.Conclusion There is a predominant expression of Th2 type cytokines in human glioma cells. The switching of Th1/Th2 cytokines gene may play an important role in the occurring and developing of human gliomas.

  2. Tiotropium attenuates IL-13-induced goblet cell metaplasia of human airway epithelial cells

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    Kistemaker, Loes E. M.; Hiemstra, Pieter S.; Bos, I. Sophie T.; Bouwman, Susanne; van den Berge, Maarten; Hylkema, Machteld N.; Meurs, Herman; Kerstjens, Huib A. M.; Gosens, Reinoud

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: It has been shown that acetylcholine is both a neurotransmitter and acts as a local mediator, produced by airway cells including epithelial cells. In vivo studies have demonstrated an indirect role for acetylcholine in epithelial cell differentiation. Here, we aimed to investigate direct

  3. Il-4 and IL-13, but not IL-10, protect human synoviocytes from apoptosis.

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    Relic, B.; Guicheux, J.; Mezin, F.; Lubberts, G.J.H.; Togninalli, D.; Garcia, I.; Berg, W.B. van den; Guerne, P.A.

    2001-01-01

    Interleukin-4, which has been contemplated for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and/or osteoarthritis because of its anticatabolic properties, has also been shown to modulate apoptosis. Because inadequate apoptosis is thought to contribute to synovial hyperplasia, we have investigated the abili

  4. Assessment of the levels of nitric oxide (NO and cytokines (IL-5, IL-6, IL-13, TNF, IFN-gamma in giardiosis

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    Halina Kemona

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The current study aims to determine the involvement of cellular responses in combating Giardia intestinalis invasion. The study group consisted of 44 women and 18 men, aged 18–72 years, infected with G. intestinalis. The diagnosis was established based on laboratory investigations (examination of stool, choloscopy, GSA-65. Blood for analysis was collected before antiparasitic treatment and two weeks after treatment termination. The control group consisted of 22 women and 18 men aged 20–45 years. The serum concentrations of IL-5, IL-6, IL-13, TNF, IFN-γ were assayed using a set of Quantikine human. The concentrations of NO in the serum were determined using a set of Total Nitric Oxide Assay. Patients infected with G. intestinalis showed a statistically significant increase in the levels of NO, IFN-g and IL-13. Even the antiparasitic treatment applied did not reduce the levels of these parameters and only caused a rise in IL-6. Our study showed a lack of acute inflammatory state in the course of G. intestinalis infection. (Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica 2011; Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 280–284

  5. Assessment of the levels of nitric oxide (NO and cytokines (IL-5, IL-6, IL-13, TNF, IFN-gamma in giardiosis

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    Halina Kemona

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The current study aims to determine the involvement of cellular responses in combating Giardiaintestinalis invasion. The study group consisted of 44 women and 18 men, aged 18–72 years, infected withG. intestinalis. The diagnosis was established based on laboratory investigations (examination of stool, choloscopy,GSA-65. Blood for analysis was collected before antiparasitic treatment and two weeks after treatment termination.The control group consisted of 22 women and 18 men aged 20–45 years. The serum concentrations ofIL-5, IL-6, IL-13, TNF, IFN-g were assayed using a set of Quantikine human. The concentrations of NO in theserum were determined using a set of Total Nitric Oxide Assay. Patients infected with G. intestinalis showeda statistically significant increase in the levels of NO, IFN-g and IL-13. Even the antiparasitic treatment applieddid not reduce the levels of these parameters and only caused a rise in IL-6. Our study showed a lack of acuteinflammatory state in the course of G. intestinalis infection.

  6. Effect of IL-13 on expression of IL-6 in acute renal ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats%IL-13对大鼠急性肾缺血再灌注时IL-6表达的影响

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    冯振伟; 江黎明; 陈孝文; 杨展; 吴平; 赵家明; 何惠娟

    2012-01-01

    Objective It is to observe the effects of IL - 13 on expression of IL -6 in acute renal ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats. Methods Thirty-seven male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 5 groups: sham group, I/R group, C group, T - S group and T - L group. Models of acute renal ischemic/reperfusion injury were established by blocking up kidneys blood flow in both side for 45 min and reperfusion for 24h in the rats. Rm - IL - 13 was injected into the renal arteries through the abdominal aorta in T - S group and T - L group( T - S 0. 5 μg/kg body weight, T - L 1. 5 μg/kg body weight ),normal saline instead of rm - IL -13 was injected into the renal arteries through the abdominal aorta in control group. The serum level of IL -6 and the renal expression of IL - 6 were determined in each group at 24 h post-ischemia. In addition, BUN, Cr and renal histology were also measured. Results The serum level of IL - 6 gene expression and protein production of IL - 6 in kidney decreased markedly in T - L group. Renal function and histology were significantly improved in T - L group, renal injury scores decreased significantly too. A positive correlation was found between the serum level of IL - 6, gene expression IL - 6 in kidney and BUN, SCr. Conclusion IL - 13 can inhibit the expression of IL - 6 and improve function and histology of kidney in rats with acute renal ischemia/reperfusion injury.%目的 观察白细胞介素13(IL-13)对急性缺血再灌注肾损伤大鼠IL-6表达的影响.方法 将Wistar雄性大鼠37只随机分为假手术组、I/R组、C组、T-S组和T-L组.阻断大鼠双侧肾脏血流45min,再灌注24h建立急性肾缺血再灌注模型;T-S组和T-L组于阻断血流后分别从双侧肾动脉开口注射入鼠重组白细胞介素13 0.5μg/kg和1.5μg/kg;C组以生理盐水代替.检测各组大鼠IL-6血清水平和肾脏表达情况以及肾功能和肾脏病理变化.结果 T-L组肾脏IL-6基因和蛋白表达明显减少,IL-6血清水平也

  7. IL-13 promotes collagen accumulation in Crohn's disease fibrosis by down-regulation of fibroblast MMP synthesis: a role for innate lymphoid cells?

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Fibrosis is a serious consequence of Crohn's disease (CD, often necessitating surgical resection. We examined the hypothesis that IL-13 may promote collagen accumulation within the CD muscle microenvironment. METHODS: Factors potentially modulating collagen deposition were examined in intestinal tissue samples from fibrotic (f CD and compared with cancer control (C, ulcerative colitis (UC and uninvolved (u CD. Mechanisms attributable to IL-13 were analysed using cell lines derived from uninvolved muscle tissue and tissue explants. RESULTS: In fCD muscle extracts, collagen synthesis was significantly increased compared to other groups, but MMP-2 was not co-ordinately increased. IL-13 transcripts were highest in fCD muscle compared to muscle from other groups. IL-13 receptor (R α1 was expressed by intestinal muscle smooth muscle, nerve and KIR(+ cells. Fibroblasts from intestinal muscle expressed Rα1, phosphorylated STAT6 in response to IL-13, and subsequently down-regulated MMP-2 and TNF-α-induced MMP-1 and MMP-9 synthesis. Cells with the phenotype KIR(+CD45(+CD56(+/-CD3(- were significantly increased in fCD muscle compared to all other groups, expressed Rα1 and membrane IL-13, and transcribed high levels of IL-13. In explanted CD muscle, these cells did not phosphorylate STAT6 in response to exogenous IL-13. CONCLUSIONS: The data indicate that in fibrotic intestinal muscle of Crohn's patients, the IL-13 pathway is stimulated, involving a novel population of infiltrating IL-13Rα1(+, KIR(+ innate lymphoid cells, producing IL-13 which inhibits fibroblast MMP synthesis. Consequently, matrix degradation is down-regulated and this leads to excessive collagen deposition.

  8. T cell subsets and cytokines in allergic and non-allergic children. I. Analysis of IL-4, IFN-? and IL-13 mRNA expression and protein production

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    Koning, H.; Neijens, H.J.; Baert, M.R.M.; Oranje, A.P.; Savelkoul, H.F.J.

    1997-01-01

    Interleukin 4 (IL-4) and IL-13 are key cytokines inducing switching to immunoglobulin E (IgE), whereas interferon (IFN-) acts inhibitory on this process. We analysed whether differences existed in IL-4, IFN- and IL-13 mRNA expression and protein production between T cells of children with allergic a

  9. Conditional IL-4/IL-13-deficient mice reveal a critical role of innate immune cells for protective immunity against gastrointestinal helminths.

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    Oeser, K; Schwartz, C; Voehringer, D

    2015-05-01

    Approximately one-third of the world population is infected with gastrointestinal helminths. Studies in mouse models have demonstrated that the cytokines interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13 are essential for worm expulsion, but the critical cellular source of these cytokines is poorly defined. Here, we compared the immune response to Nippostrongylus brasiliensis in wild-type, T cell-specific IL-4/IL-13-deficient and general IL-4/IL-13-deficient mice. We show that T cell-derived IL-4/IL-13 promoted T helper 2 (Th2) polarization in a paracrine manner, differentiation of alternatively activated macrophages, and tissue recruitment of innate effector cells. However, innate IL-4/IL-13 played the critical role for induction of goblet cell hyperplasia and secretion of effector molecules like Mucin5ac and RELMβ in the small intestine. Surprisingly, T cell-specific IL-4/IL-13-deficient and wild-type mice cleared the parasite with comparable efficiency, whereas IL-4/IL-13-deficient mice showed impaired expulsion. These findings demonstrate that IL-4/IL-13 produced by cells of the innate immune system is required and sufficient to initiate effective type 2 immune responses resulting in protective immunity against N. brasiliensis.

  10. T cell subsets and cytokines in allergic and non-allergic children. I. Analysis of IL-4, IFN-? and IL-13 mRNA expression and protein production

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    Koning, H.; Neijens, H.J.; Baert, M.R.M.; Oranje, A.P.; Savelkoul, H.F.J.

    1997-01-01

    Interleukin 4 (IL-4) and IL-13 are key cytokines inducing switching to immunoglobulin E (IgE), whereas interferon (IFN-) acts inhibitory on this process. We analysed whether differences existed in IL-4, IFN- and IL-13 mRNA expression and protein production between T cells of children with allergic

  11. Tranilast reduces serum IL-6 and IL-13 and protects against thioacetamide-induced acute liver injury and hepatic encephalopathy.

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    Abdelaziz, Rania R; Elkashef, Wagdi F; Said, Eman

    2015-07-01

    Hepatic encephalopathy is a serious neuropsychiatric disorder usually affecting either acute or chronic hepatic failure patients. Hepatic encephalopathy was replicated in a validated rat model to assess the potential protective efficacy of tranilast against experimentally induced hepatic encephalopathy. Thioacetamide injection significantly impaired hepatic synthetic, metabolic and excretory functions with significant increase in serum NO, IL-6 and IL-13 levels and negative shift in the oxidant/antioxidant balance. Most importantly, there was a significant increase in serum ammonia levels with significant astrocytes' swelling and vacuolization; hallmarks of hepatic encephalopathy. Tranilast administration (300 mg/kg, orally) for 15 days significantly improved hepatic functions, restored oxidant/antioxidant balance, reduced serum NO, IL-6 and IL-13 levels. Meanwhile, serum ammonia significantly declined with significant reduction in astrocytes' swelling and vacuolization. Several mechanisms can be implicated in the observed hepato- and neuroprotective potentials of tranilast, such as its anti-inflammatory potential, its antioxidant potential as well as its immunomodulatory properties.

  12. Salivary Immunosuppressive Cytokines IL-10 and IL-13 Are Significantly Elevated in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients.

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    Aziz, Salman; Ahmed, Syed Shoaib; Ali, Asad; Khan, Faiza Akhter; Zulfiqar, Gulraiz; Iqbal, Javed; Khan, Ayyaz Ali; Shoaib, Muhammad

    2015-01-01

    Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is considered to be one of the most fatal diseases worldwide, owing to its late diagnosis and lack of availability of established reliable biomarkers. The aim of this study was to highlight the significance of immunosuppressive cytokines as potential biomarkers in OSCC. Whole unstimulated saliva was collected from each individual (30 OSCC patients and 33 age- and gender-matched healthy controls). Immunosuppressive cytokines, including IL-4, IL-10, IL-13, and IL-1RA, were evaluated in each sample using Luminex multianalyte profiling (xMAP) technology on BioPlex instrument. Our results showed that all the studied salivary cytokines were raised in OSCC patients as compared to controls, where IL-10 and IL-13 salivary levels showed statistically significant difference (p = .004 and p = .010, respectively). Mean levels of salivary cytokines in three histologically defined OSCC categories, compared employing one-way ANOVA, showed that salivary levels of IL-1RA were highest in patients having poorly differentiated OSCC tumors as compared to those having moderately and well-differentiated tumors (p = .000 and p = .002, respectively). Among OSCC individuals, duration of smokeless tobacco correlated positively with IL-1RA (p = .036). We conclude that salivary levels of immunosuppressive cytokines, IL-4, IL-10, IL-13, and IL-1RA, could prove to be potential biomarkers of OSCC and can be further investigated as markers of early detection and disease progression.

  13. Enteric nematodes and the path to up-regulation of type 2 cytokines IL-4 and IL-13.

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    Shea-Donohue, Terez; Sun, Rex; Bohl, Jennifer A; McLean, Leon P; Zhao, Aiping

    2015-09-01

    Protective immunity against enteric parasitic nematodes is dependent on IL-4, IL-13 activation of their exclusive transcription factor STAT6. The precise pathways by which enteric parasitic nematodes are recognized by the host is unclear, but elimination of this important interaction in developed nations is thought to contribute to the dysregulated immune responses that are a characteristic of autoimmune diseases. Nematode-derived products are involved in evading host defenses to promote their life cycle leading to modulation of host immune responses. Host protective immunity has adapted to enteric parasitic nematode infection by elaboration of mucins, increasing intraluminal fluid to control access to the surface epithelium, increasing cell turnover to maintain an effective barrier to their invasion, initiating immune responses through activation of resident immune cells, and recruitment of additional immune cells to release immune mediators that help orchestrate these responses. Both the immune and functional outcomes depend largely on IL-4/IL-13 signaling through STAT6, with a dominant role for IL-13 working through the type 2 IL-4 receptor (IL-4R). The recent observation that enteric nematode infection prevents the onset of a number of experimental models of IBD, diabetes, and several extraintestinal autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis has generated considerable interest in the identification of worm/egg products involved in the generation and maintenance of Th2 cytokines that may mediate the beneficial effects of nematode infection in autoimmune and inflammatory pathologies.

  14. Can an IL13 -1112 C/T (rs1800925) polymorphism predict responsiveness to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and survival of Chinese Han patients with locally advanced rectal cancer?

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    Chang, Hui; Xi, Shaoyan; Xiao, Weiwei; Zeng, Zhifan; Zhang, Huizhong; Xu, Ruihua; Gao, Yuanhong

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    We sought to determine whether a polymorphism in the Interleukin 13 gene (IL13), 1112 C/T (rs1800925) predicts responsiveness to neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (neoCRT) and prognosis in Chinese Han patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). Pre-treatment biopsies of primary rectal lesion and surgical specimens were collected from 58 patients with LARC, who were treated with neoCRT and surgery. Tumor DNA was extracted from these biopsies and sequenced to analyze the rs1800925 polymorphism. The tumor response to neoCRT was categorized using a tumor regression grade (TRG, 0-2 were poor responders; 3-4 were good responders). Analyses of progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were carried out using the Kaplan-Meier method. Of the forty-six patients for whom tumor DNA was successfully sequenced, 23 were good responders to neoCRT (11 patients with a pathological complete response, i.e. pCR) and the other 23 were poor responders. Good and poor responders were equally likely to have a C/C genotype at rs1800925 (73.9%) as a T/T or C/T genotype (26.1%). There were no differences between the C/C and T/T+C/T genotypes with respect to the ypT0-2 ratio (38.2% vs. 41.7%, P = 1.0), ypN0 nodal status (67.6% vs. 50.0%, P= 0.314), 6-year PFS (67.6% vs. 50%, P=0.274), or 6-year OS (76.5% vs. 66.7%, P=0.441). Thus, the IL13-1112 C/T (rs1800925) polymorphism does not predict responsiveness to neoCRT or prognosis of Chinese Han patients with LARC. PMID:27167201

  15. Natural helper cells contribute to pulmonary eosinophilia by producing IL-13 via IL-33/ST2 pathway in a murine model of respiratory syncytial virus infection.

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    Liu, Jing; Wu, Jianqi; Qi, Feifei; Zeng, Sheng; Xu, Lei; Hu, Haiyan; Wang, Dandan; Liu, Beixing

    2015-09-01

    It has been reported that natural helper cells, which are a non-T, non-B innate lymphoid cell type expressing c-Kit and ST2, mediate influenza-induced airway hyper-reactivity by producing substantial IL-13. However, little is known about natural helper cells for the development of RSV-induced airway inflammation, particularly eosinophilic infiltration. By using BALB/c mice that were infected intranasally with RSV, it became clear that infection with RSV can induce an increase in the absolute number of natural helper cells in the lungs of mice. It seems likely that these natural helper cells contribute to the massive eosinophilic infiltration in an IL-13-dependent manner. In fact, the number of IL-13-producing natural helper cells as well as the expression of IL-13 mRNA in natural helper cells was enhanced significantly during RSV infection, suggesting that natural helper cells might be cellular source of the Th2-type cytokine IL-13. Indeed, adoptive transfer of pulmonary natural helper cells augmented not only the production of IL-13 but also the infiltration of eosinophils in the lungs of transferred mice. Pulmonary natural helper cells can produce IL-13 following response to IL-33, which was increased markedly in the lungs of mice after intranasal RSV infection. The expression of IL-13 mRNA in pulmonary natural helper cells was up-regulated by in vitro IL-33 stimulation. Furthermore, blockade of IL-33 receptor subunit, ST2, diminished the frequency of IL-13-producing natural helper cells. Taken together, these results demonstrate that natural helper cells may play an important role in RSV-induced pulmonary eosinophilia by producing IL-13 via the IL-33/ST2 pathway.

  16. Gene conversion in human rearranged immunoglobulin genes.

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    Darlow, John M; Stott, David I

    2006-07-01

    Over the past 20 years, many DNA sequences have been published suggesting that all or part of the V(H) segment of a rearranged immunoglobulin gene may be replaced in vivo. Two different mechanisms appear to be operating. One of these is very similar to primary V(D)J recombination, involving the RAG proteins acting upon recombination signal sequences, and this has recently been proven to occur. Other sequences, many of which show partial V(H) replacements with no addition of untemplated nucleotides at the V(H)-V(H) joint, have been proposed to occur by an unusual RAG-mediated recombination with the formation of hybrid (coding-to-signal) joints. These appear to occur in cells already undergoing somatic hypermutation in which, some authors are convinced, RAG genes are silenced. We recently proposed that the latter type of V(H) replacement might occur by homologous recombination initiated by the activity of AID (activation-induced cytidine deaminase), which is essential for somatic hypermutation and gene conversion. The latter has been observed in other species, but not in human Ig genes, so far. In this paper, we present a new analysis of sequences published as examples of the second type of rearrangement. This not only shows that AID recognition motifs occur in recombination regions but also that some sequences show replacement of central sections by a sequence from another gene, similar to gene conversion in the immunoglobulin genes of other species. These observations support the proposal that this type of rearrangement is likely to be AID-mediated rather than RAG-mediated and is consistent with gene conversion.

  17. STAT4-mediated transcriptional repression of the IL5 gene in human memory Th2 cells.

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    Gonzales-van Horn, Sarah R; Estrada, Leonardo D; van Oers, Nicolai S C; Farrar, J David

    2016-06-01

    Type I interferon (IFN-α/β) plays a critical role in suppressing viral replication by driving the transcription of hundreds of interferon-sensitive genes (ISGs). While many ISGs are transcriptionally activated by the ISGF3 complex, the significance of other signaling intermediates in IFN-α/β-mediated gene regulation remains elusive, particularly in rare cases of gene silencing. In human Th2 cells, IFN-α/β signaling suppressed IL5 and IL13 mRNA expression during recall responses to T-cell receptor (TCR) activation. This suppression occurred through a rapid reduction in the rate of nascent transcription, independent of de novo expression of ISGs. Further, IFN-α/β-mediated STAT4 activation was required for repressing the human IL5 gene, and disrupting STAT4 dimerization reversed this effect. This is the first demonstration of STAT4 acting as a transcriptional repressor in response to IFN-α/β signaling and highlights the unique activity of this cytokine to acutely block the expression of an inflammatory cytokine in human T cells.

  18. The relationship between asthma and bronchiolitis is modified by TLR4, CD14, and IL-13 polymorphisms.

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    Jung, Young-Ho; Seo, Ju-Hee; Kim, Hyung Young; Kwon, Ji-Won; Kim, Byoung-Ju; Kim, Hyo-Bin; Lee, So-Yeon; Jang, Gwang Cheon; Song, Dae Jin; Kim, Woo Kyung; Shim, Jung Yeon; Hong, Soo-Jong

    2015-01-01

    Asthma is a complex genetic disorder that is associated with both genetic and environmental factors. The aim of study was to investigate the combined effect of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), cluster of differentiation 14 (CD14), and interleukin-13 (IL-13) polymorphisms and bronchiolitis in the development of childhood asthma. A modified International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) questionnaire was used to survey 1,341 elementary school children and 919 nursery children in Seoul, Korea. TLR4 (rs1927911), CD14 (rs2569190), and IL-13 (rs20541) polymorphisms were genotyped by the TaqMan assay. In elementary school and nursery children, parental history of asthma (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 2.56 [95% CI 1.16-5.63], aOR 3.60 [95% CI 1.66-7.76], respectively), and past history of bronchiolitis (aOR 3.11 [95% CI 1.84-5.24], aOR 3.94 [95% CI 2.27-6.84], respectively) were independent risk factors for asthma diagnosis. When compared to children with each CC of TLR4 polymorphism or TT of CD14 polymorphism or GG of IL13 polymorphism and no past history of bronchiolitis, children with CT or TT of TLR4 polymorphism and past history of bronchiolitis had 4.23 and 5.34 times higher risk to develop asthma, respectively; children with TT of CD14 polymorphism and past history of bronchiolitis had 3.57 and 7.22 times higher risk for asthma, respectively; children with GA or AA of IL-13 polymorphism and past history of bronchiolitis had 3.21 and 4.13 times higher risk for asthma, respectively. Family history of asthma or allergic rhinitis and past history of bronchiolitis could be independent risk factors for the development of childhood asthma. The relationship between asthma and bronchiolitis is modified by the TLR4, CD14, and IL-13 polymorphisms in Korean children. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Transgenic Expression of IL15 Improves Antiglioma Activity of IL13Rα2-CAR T Cells but Results in Antigen Loss Variants.

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    Krenciute, Giedre; Prinzing, Brooke L; Yi, Zhongzhen; Wu, Meng-Fen; Liu, Hao; Dotti, Gianpietro; Balyasnikova, Irina V; Gottschalk, Stephen

    2017-07-01

    Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most aggressive primary brain tumor in adults and is virtually incurable with conventional therapies. Immunotherapy with T cells expressing GBM-specific chimeric antigen receptors (CAR) is an attractive approach to improve outcomes. Although CAR T cells targeting GBM antigens, such as IL13 receptor subunit α2 (IL13Rα2), HER2, and EGFR variant III (EGFRvIII), have had antitumor activity in preclinical models, early-phase clinical testing has demonstrated limited antiglioma activity. Transgenic expression of IL15 is an appealing strategy to enhance CAR T-cell effector function. We tested this approach in our IL13Rα2-positive glioma model in which limited IL13Rα2-CAR T-cell persistence results in recurrence of antigen-positive gliomas. T cells were genetically modified with retroviral vectors encoding IL13Rα2-CARs or IL15 (IL13Rα2-CAR.IL15 T cells). IL13Rα2-CAR.IL15 T cells recognized glioma cells in an antigen-dependent fashion, had greater proliferative capacity, and produced more cytokines after repeated stimulations in comparison with IL13Rα2-CAR T cells. No autonomous IL13Rα2-CAR.IL15 T-cell proliferation was observed; however, IL15 expression increased IL13Rα2-CAR T-cell viability in the absence of exogenous cytokines or antigen. In vivo, IL13Rα2-CAR.IL15 T cells persisted longer and had greater antiglioma activity than IL13Rα2-CAR T cells, resulting in a survival advantage. Gliomas recurring after 40 days after T-cell injection had downregulated IL13Rα2 expression, indicating that antigen loss variants occur in the setting of improved T-cell persistence. Thus, CAR T cells for GBM should not only be genetically modified to improve their proliferation and persistence, but also to target multiple antigens.Summary: Glioblastoma responds imperfectly to immunotherapy. Transgenic expression of IL15 in T cells expressing CARs improved their proliferative capacity, persistence, and cytokine production. The emergence of antigen loss

  20. Human Lacrimal Gland Gene Expression

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    Aakalu, Vinay Kumar; Parameswaran, Sowmya; Maienschein-Cline, Mark; Bahroos, Neil; Shah, Dhara; Ali, Marwan; Krishnakumar, Subramanian

    2017-01-01

    Background The study of human lacrimal gland biology and development is limited. Lacrimal gland tissue is damaged or poorly functional in a number of disease states including dry eye disease. Development of cell based therapies for lacrimal gland diseases requires a better understanding of the gene expression and signaling pathways in lacrimal gland. Differential gene expression analysis between lacrimal gland and other embryologically similar tissues may be helpful in furthering our understanding of lacrimal gland development. Methods We performed global gene expression analysis of human lacrimal gland tissue using Affymetrix ® gene expression arrays. Primary data from our laboratory was compared with datasets available in the NLM GEO database for other surface ectodermal tissues including salivary gland, skin, conjunctiva and corneal epithelium. Results The analysis revealed statistically significant difference in the gene expression of lacrimal gland tissue compared to other ectodermal tissues. The lacrimal gland specific, cell surface secretory protein encoding genes and critical signaling pathways which distinguish lacrimal gland from other ectodermal tissues are described. Conclusions Differential gene expression in human lacrimal gland compared with other ectodermal tissue types revealed interesting patterns which may serve as the basis for future studies in directed differentiation among other areas. PMID:28081151

  1. IL-13 promotes the proliferation of rat pancreatic stellate cells through the suppression of NF-{kappa}B/TGF-{beta}{sub 1} pathway

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    Shinozaki, Satoshi [Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Jichi Medical University, Tochigi 329-0498 (Japan); Mashima, Hirosato, E-mail: hmashima1-tky@umin.ac.jp [Department of Gastroenterology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita 010-8543 (Japan); Ohnishi, Hirohide [Department of Gastroenterology, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita 010-8543 (Japan); Sugano, Kentaro [Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Jichi Medical University, Tochigi 329-0498 (Japan)

    2010-02-26

    In chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) play a central role in tissue fibrogenesis. Transforming growth factor {beta}{sub 1} (TGF-{beta}{sub 1}) and the Th2 lymphokines such as interleukin (IL)-13 are major profibrogenic cytokines in many organs. Activated PSCs produce various inflammatory cytokines including TGF-{beta}{sub 1}. In this study, we investigated whether IL-13 affects pancreatic fibrogenesis by modulating the functions of PSCs. IL-13 promoted PSCs proliferation without activation through the suppression of autocrine TGF-{beta}{sub 1}. IL-13 enhanced Stat6 phosphorylation in PSCs but Stat6 was not involved in the suppression of TGF-{beta}{sub 1}. IL-13 inhibited the transcriptional activity of NF-{kappa}B, and the expression of mutant I-{kappa}B reproduced the suppression of autocrine TGF-{beta}{sub 1} and promoted PSCs proliferation. Taken together, we demonstrated that IL-13 promotes PSCs proliferation through the suppression of the transcriptional activity of NF-{kappa}B, resulting in the decrease of autocrine TGF-{beta}{sub 1}. This finding provides an unequivocal evidence of IL-13 participation in pancreatic fibrosis, illustrating a new strategy for chronic pancreatitis.

  2. Promoting effects of interleukin-13 on proliferation of murine airway smooth muscle cells%IL-13对小鼠气道平滑肌细胞的促增殖作用

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    曹卫军; 李强; 刘忠令

    2004-01-01

    目的:探讨IL-13对小鼠气道平滑肌细胞(ASMC)的促增殖作用及其机制.方法:将分离的小鼠ASMC进行传代培养,在培养液中分别加入PBS、IL-13IL-13+AG1478、IL-13+TGF-α中和抗体、IL-13+EGF中和抗体、IL-13+HB-EGF中和抗体、IL-13+地塞米松;用MTT比色法和3H-TdR掺入法测定ASMC增殖,用ELISA法测定上清液中TGF-α的浓度.结果:IL-13组的MTT D值和3H-TdR掺入量较对照组明显增加(P<0.01),IL-13+AG1478组、IL-13+TGF-α中和抗体组、IL-13+地塞米松组MTT D值和3H-TdR掺入量均显著低于IL-13组(P<0.01),IL-13组1 h和3 h ASMC分泌TGF-α均显著高于对照组(P<0.01),IL-13+地塞米松组显著低于IL-13组(P<0.01).结论:IL-13能促进ASMC的增殖,其可能机制为IL-13刺激ASMC分泌TGF-α,TGF-α与EGFR结合使之活化,引起细胞增殖.

  3. 乙型病毒性肝炎患者血清IL-13、IL-15水平及其比值的临床价值%Clinical value of serum levels of interleukin-13,-15 and IL-15/IL-13 ratio in patients with viral hepatitis B

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    明德松; 苏智军; 邱晓东; 庄建良; 郭如意; 林琪

    2007-01-01

    目的 探讨血清IL-13、IL-15水平及IL-15/IL-13比值在乙型病毒性肝炎发生、发展中的意义.方法 采用双抗体夹心ELISA法检测109例乙型肝炎患者血清中IL-13、IL-15水平.结果 肝炎组血清IL-13、IL-15值及IL-15/IL-13比值与对照组比较均明显升高,两组比较差异有统计学意义(P值均为0.000).慢性重型肝炎死亡组IL-15值及IL-15/IL-13比值明显高于治疗好转组(P<0.05);合并细菌感染组与无细菌感染组间比较,IL-13、IL-15值及IL-15/IL-13比值均无明显差异.相关分析表明, IL-13与总胆红素、直接胆红素分别呈显著负相关 (P均<0.05﹚;IL-15、IL-15/IL-13与总胆红素、直接胆红素分别呈显著正相关(P均<0.01﹚.结论 乙型肝炎患者存在IL-13、IL-15值及IL-15/IL-13比值的异常,存在IL-13、IL-15的失衡;通过联合检测血清IL-13、IL-15值及IL-15/IL-13比值,能较好地反映乙型肝炎患者Th1/Th2细胞激活状态,有助于乙型肝炎患者的预后判断及指导治疗.

  4. Gene-gene interaction in asthma : IL4RA and IL13 in a Dutch population with asthma

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    Howard, TD; Koppelman, GH; Zheng, SQL; Postma, DS; Meyers, DA; Bleecker, ER

    Asthma is a common respiratory disease that is characterized by variable airways obstruction caused by acute and chronic bronchial inflammation; associated phenotypes include bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR), elevated total serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels, and skin tests positive to common

  5. The human crystallin gene families

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    Wistow Graeme

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Crystallins are the abundant, long-lived proteins of the eye lens. The major human crystallins belong to two different superfamilies: the small heat-shock proteins (α-crystallins and the βγ-crystallins. During evolution, other proteins have sometimes been recruited as crystallins to modify the properties of the lens. In the developing human lens, the enzyme betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase serves such a role. Evolutionary modification has also resulted in loss of expression of some human crystallin genes or of specific splice forms. Crystallin organization is essential for lens transparency and mutations; even minor changes to surface residues can cause cataract and loss of vision.

  6. 白介素13在支气管哮喘发病中的作用%Effect of IL -13 on Bronchial Asthma

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    王鹤翔; 刘建秋

    2014-01-01

    Through the study of the pathogenesis of bronchial asthma , the role of IL-13 on the pathogenesis of bronchial asthma was analyzed, especially the role of IL-13 on immune inflammation , airway remodeling and genetic inheritance was explored , to provide new implications for bronchial asthma.%通过对支气管哮喘发病机制研究总结,对白介素13( IL-13)在支气管哮喘发病机制中的作用进行分析,特别是IL-13在免疫-炎症、气道重塑、基因遗传方面的作用进行阐述分析。

  7. STAT6 mediates apoptosis of human coronary arterial endothelial cells by interleukin-13.

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    Nishimura, Yuki; Nitto, Takeaki; Inoue, Teruo; Node, Koichi

    2008-03-01

    Interleukin (IL)-13 is a cytokine produced by type 2 helper T cells that has pathophysiological roles in allergic inflammation and fibrosis formation. IL-13 shares many functional properties with IL-4, which promotes apoptosis of endothelial cells (ECs). We here investigated the effects of IL-13 on apoptosis using human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs). Assessment by WST-1 assay demonstrated that IL-13 as well as IL-4 significantly inhibited cell growth. IL-13 significantly attenuated the cell viability and induced apoptosis of HCAECs as well. Expression of mRNA for vascular endothelial cell growth factor, which maintains survival of ECs, was significantly diminished by IL-13. The effects of IL-13 and IL-4 were abolished by depletion of STAT6 using RNA interference. These results suggest that IL-13 attenuates EC viability by inducing apoptosis, and that STAT6 plays pivotal roles on IL-13- and IL-4-induced apoptosis in ECs.

  8. 15-Deoxy-Δ{sup 12,14}-prostaglandin J{sub 2} inhibits IL-13 production in T cells via an NF-κB-dependent mechanism

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    Doyle, Marie-Christine; Tremblay, Sarah [Département de Biologie, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke (QC), Canada J1K 2R1 (Canada); Dumais, Nancy, E-mail: nancy.dumais@usherbrooke.ca [Département de Biologie, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke (QC), Canada J1K 2R1 (Canada)

    2013-02-15

    Highlights: ► 15d-PGJ{sub 2} decreased IL-13 mRNA transcription and secretion in activated T cells. ► IL-13 inhibition by 15d-PGJ{sub 2} is independent of PPAR-γ. ► The nuclear factor-κB mediates the 15d-PGJ{sub 2}-dependent down regulation of IL-13. -- Abstract: Interleukin (IL)-13 is a cytokine produced by activated CD4{sup +} T cells that plays a critical role in promoting allergic responses and tumor cell growth. The 15-deoxy-Δ{sup 12,14}-prostaglandin J{sub 2} (15d-PGJ{sub 2}) is a natural ligand for the nuclear receptor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ), a known regulator of anti-inflammatory activities. We determined the effects of 15d-PGJ{sub 2} on IL-13 expression in the Jurkat E6.1 T-cell line and in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Semi-quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay revealed that treatment of activated T cells with 15d-PGJ{sub 2} significantly decreased IL-13 mRNA transcription and secretion, respectively. This inhibition by 15d-PGJ{sub 2} was independent of PPAR-γ since treatment with GW9662, an irreversible antagonist of the nuclear receptor, produced no effect. Our data also revealed the involvement of nuclear factor-κB in mediating 15d-PGJ{sub 2}-dependent down regulation of IL-13 expression. Collectively, these results demonstrate the potential of 15d-PGJ{sub 2} in attenuating expression and production of IL-13 in activated T cells.

  9. Overcoming dendritic cell tardiness to triumph over IL-13 receptor: a strategy for the development of effective pediatric vaccines.

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    Hoeman, Christine; Dhakal, Mermagya; Zaghouani, Habib

    2010-06-01

    Neonatal exposure to antigen gives rise to a primary response comprising both T helper 1 (Th1) and T helper 2 (Th2) lymphocytes. However, re-encounter with the same antigen yields an indubitably biased response with minimal Th1 but excessive Th2 cells. Since Th1 cells combat microbes while Th2 cells react to allergens, the neonate faces susceptibility to both microbial infections and allergic reactions. The Th1/Th2 imbalance of neonatal immunity stems from a delayed maturation of dendritic cells that yields limited IL-12 cytokine during the neonatal stage. Th1 cells developing under these circumstances up-regulate the IL-13Ralpha1 chain that physically associates with the IL-4Ralpha chain, forming a potentially hazardous heteroreceptor. During re-challenge with antigen, IL-4 from Th2 cells utilizes the heteroreceptor to signal the death of Th1 cells, leading to the Th2 bias of neonatal immunity. Our view to overcome Th1 deficiency is to supplement neonatal immunizations with toll-like receptor ligands that could stimulate maturation of dendritic cells and augment IL-12 production to counter IL-13Ralpha1 up-regulation. This regimen would yield Th1 cells devoid of the heteroreceptor and resistant to IL-4-induced apoptosis. Accordingly, the neonate would have balanced Th1/Th2 immunity and withstand both microbes and allergens. Such approaches could open new avenues for better pediatric vaccines and allergy therapies.

  10. The detection of peripheral blood IL-13,IL-4 and eosinophil cells count in atopic dermatitis patients%过敏性皮炎患者外周血IL-13、IL-4和嗜酸性粒细胞数检测

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    曲松本; 宋松山; 阎丽平; 牟晓峰

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To investigate the correlation of PBEC, IL-4, IL-13 and atopic dermatitis. Methods:The counting of peripheral blood eosinophil cells (PBEC) was performed by the routine method,and the level of serum IL-4 and IL-13 in 28 atopic dermatitis patients and 40 health adults was measured by ELISA.Results:The amount of PBEC ,the level of serum IL-4 and IL-13 in atopic dermatitis group was significantly higher than that in the health control (P<0.01) , and there was a positive correlation between IL-4 and IL-13 in atopic dermatitis group(P<0.05). Conclusions:There is an important role of PBEC, IL-4 and IL-13 in atopic dermatitis, and IL-13 IL-13 May play a role by IL-4.%目的:探讨外周血中嗜酸性粒细胞(peripheral blood eosinophil ce11, PBEC)计数、人白介素-13(interleukin-13,IL-13)和人白介素-4(interleukin-4,IL-4)水平的表达在过敏性皮炎发生发展中的作用。方法:收集28例过敏性皮炎患者和40例健康查体者外周血标本,常规计数PBEC,并通过半定量酶联免疫吸附试验(ELISA)检测上述标本中的IL-13和IL-4的水平,采用t检验比较其间的差异。结果:过敏性皮炎患者外周血PBEC计数、IL-13和IL-4的水平显著高于健康对照组(P<0.01),且过敏性皮炎组IL-13和IL-4水平呈显著正相关性(P<0.05)。结论:PBEC、IL-13和IL-4参与过敏性皮炎患者体内的变态反应,IL-13可能通过IL-4来发挥作用。

  11. 儿童哮喘患儿血清IL-18与IL-13水平变化的研究

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    范楚平; 何庆南; 彭华保; 张碧清

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨IL-18,IL-13等细胞因子在儿科哮喘发病中的作用机制.方法 分哮喘急性发作组42例(其中急性发作轻-中度16例,重度及危重度26例),哮喘缓解组37例,对照组30例,采用ELISA方法检测其血清IL-18,IL-13水平.结果 哮喘患儿急性发作期、缓解期与对照组比较,IL-18,IL-13增高,差异有统计学意义(均P<0.01),随着哮喘患儿严重程度增加其血清IL-18,IL-13水平也相应增高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 IL-18,IL-13与儿童哮喘发病机制有关.

  12. 儿童支气管哮喘血清IL-4、IL-13及IgE水平变化的意义

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    蒋群芳

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨儿童支气管哮喘急性发作期、缓解期白细胞介素4(IL-4)、白细胞介素13(IL-13)及免疫球蛋白E(IgE)水平的变化意义.方法 应用ELISA法分别测定50例哮喘儿童急性发作期、缓解期IL-4、IL-13及IgE的水平,并设健康对照组45例.结果 哮喘儿童血清IL-4、IL 13及IgE水平明显高于健康对照组,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 IL-4、IL-13及IgE是儿童哮喘发作的重要因子,同时检测IL-4、IL-13及IgE可作为儿童哮喘辅助诊断的重要指标之一.

  13. 哮喘患儿血清IL-10、IL-13及IgE的测定及意义

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    全惜春

    2007-01-01

    采用ELISA法测定52例支气管哮喘患儿(观察组,其中急性发作期27例,缓解期25例)血清白细胞介素(IL)-10、TL-13和IgE水平,并与体检正常20例儿童(对照组)进行对照;对哮喘发作期IL-10、IL-13与IgE水平行相关分析.结果急性发作期患儿血清IL-10水平显著低于缓解期和对照组(P均<0.05),而IL-13和IgE水平显著高于缓解期和对照组(P均<0.05).IL-10与IgE呈负相关(r=-0.568,P<0.05),IL-13与IgE呈正相关(r=0.593,P<0.05).认为IL-10和IL-13参与支气管哮喘发病的整个过程;检测血清IL-10、IL-13及IgE水平可反映支气管哮喘的炎症状态及评价治疗效果.

  14. 多发性硬化患者脑脊液中 IL-13和 IL-35水平变化及临床意义

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    张雯静; 王满侠; 李晓玲; 孙静洁; 张淑娟

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨IL-13及IL-35在多发性硬化( MS)发生、发展中的作用。方法采用ELISA法检测38例MS患者( MS组,复发期与缓解期各19例)、38例非炎性神经系统疾病( NIND)患者(对照组)脑脊液中IL-13及IL-35水平。结果 MS组脑脊液IL-13水平明显高于对照组、IL-35水平明显低于对照组(P均<0.05);复发期患者IL-13水平明显高于、IL-35水平明显低于缓解期患者( P均<0.05)。结论在MS的发病过程中IL-13对促炎性因子有反馈性抑制作用,而IL-35可能通过多种途径起反馈性抗炎作用,二者共同参与MS的发病过程。

  15. Activities of Human Gene Nomenclature Committee

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    2002-07-16

    The objective of this project, shared between NIH and DOE, has been and remains to enable the medical genetics communities to use common names for genes that are discovered by different gene hunting groups, in different species. This effort provides consistent gene nomenclature and approved gene symbols to the community at large. This contributes to a uniform and consistent understanding of genomes, particularly the human as well as functional genomics based on comparisons between homologous genes in related species (human and mice).

  16. Association between IL-13 +1923C/T polymorphism and asthma risk: a meta-analysis based on 26 case-control studies

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    Xu, Yueli; Li, Junjuan; Ding, Zhaolei; Li, Juan; Li, Bin; Yu, Zhengang

    2017-01-01

    Asthma is a serious and hereditary respiratory disorder affecting all age groups. Interleukin-13 (IL-13) is a central regulator of allergic inflammation. The purpose of the present study was to estimate the relationship between IL-13 +1923C/T polymorphism and asthma susceptibility. Relevant case-control studies published between January 2000 and July 2016 were searched in the online databases. Review Manage (RevMan) 5.3 was used to conduct the statistical analysis. The pooled odds ratio (OR) with its 95% confidence interval (CI) was employed to calculate the strength of association. A total of 26 articles were retrieved, including 17642 asthma patients and 42402 controls. Overall, our results found that IL-13 +1923C/T polymorphism was significantly associated with increased risk of asthma under each genetic model (PIL-13 +1923C/T polymorphism contributed to the development of asthma. Further case-control studies with more ethnicities are still needed. PMID:28057889

  17. Enterovirus 71 infection induced HFMD related to IL-6 and IL-13 level%IL-6和 IL-13与 EV71型肠道病毒感染手足口病患者发病的相关性

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    陈清

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the clinical significance of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-13 levels in serum of hand,foot,and mouth disease (HFMD)caused by enterovirus 71,and carries on the preliminary discussion on serum IL-6 and IL-13 cell origin. Methods Serum levels of IL-6 and IL-13 in HFMD and healthy control were detected by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA),serum IL-6 and IL-13 levels among different severity of HFMD were compared.Serum IL-6 and IL-13 levels in HFMD after treatment were also detected.The secretion of IL-6 by monocyte and the secretion of IL-13 by T cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)were detected by Flow Cytometry (FCM).Monocyte and T cells from health individual were treated with EV71,and the secretion of IL-6 by monocyte and the secretion of IL-13 by T cells were detected by FCM too.Results Serum levels of IL-6 and IL-13 were (79.63±29.45)pg/mL and (36.45±1 5.13)pg/mL respectively in HFMD,and serum levels of IL-6 and IL-13 were (27.26±7.82)pg/mL and (13.46±3.14)pg/mL respectively in health control,serum IL-6 and IL-13 levels in HFMD were significantly higher than that of healthy subjects (P < 0.01 ),and the mean serum IL-6 and IL-13 levels of HFMD were increased with the severity of the disease (P <0.01).After treatment,serum levels of IL-6 and IL-13 were (48.23 ±23.14) pg/mL and (23.25±9.63)pg/mL respectively,when compared with before treatment,serum levels of IL-6 and IL-13 were signifi-cantly decreased (P <0.01).The secretion ability of IL-6 by monocyte and the secretion of IL-13 by T cells in HFMD were signifi-cantly higher than that of healthy subjects.After infection by EV71,the secretion ability of IL-6 by monocyte and the secretion of IL-13 by T cells were significantly increased.Conclusion Infection of EV71 probably by increase the secretion ability of IL-6 by monocyte and the secretion of IL-13 by T cells,resulted in elevated of serum IL-6 and IL-13 levels,which involved in the occurrence and development of HFMD

  18. 哮喘患儿血清IL-4、IL-13及嗜酸性粒细胞意义的探讨%Exploration into Significance of Serum IL-4 and IL-13 and EOS in Children Patients

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    吴海涛

    2012-01-01

    [目的]检测哮喘患儿血清中IL-4、IL-13及嗜酸性粒细胞(EOS)的水平并探讨其临床意义.[方法]取中-量度哮喘患几28例为实验组1、缓解期哮喘患儿24例为实验组2、取正常儿童25例为对照组,分别取外周静脉血3mL,用ELISA方法检测IL-4、IL-13的含量,并进行外周血嗜酸性粒细胞计数.[结果]两实验组IL-4、IL-13、EOS计数水平均高于对照组,实验组1较实验组2明显增高;且哮喘患儿血清IL-4与IL-13水平呈正相关.[结论]IL-4、IL-13及EOS参与了哮喘的发病过程,其水平反映了病情的严重程度;且这些因子间存在着一定联系.%[ Objective ]To detect the levels of serum intcrleukin-4(IL-4),interleukin-13(IL-13) and eosinophil(EOS) in bronchial asthma children patients and investigate the clinical significance of these cytokines. [Methods] 52 children patients suffering bronchial asthma were selected as two expremental groups(EG): patients suffering moderate-severe bronchial asthma were selected as EG1 (n=28) and patients in remission of asthma as EG2 (n=24); 25 healthy children were served as the control group (CG). Venous blood was collected from every individual. The concentrations of serum IL-4 and IL-13 were measured by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay, the blood specimens were assayed for eosinophil count.[Results] Compared with the CG.the IL-4,IL-13 and EOS levels in both EGs were increased obviously, the IL-4,IL-13 and EOS levels in EG1 were increased compared with EG2.Moreover,there were positive correlation between the level of IL- 4 and IL-13. [Condution] IL-4,IL-13 and EOS participate in the pathogenethy of bronchial asthma,the levels of these cytokines indicate the severity of clinical symptom in asthma,and some connection exists among these cytokines.

  19. IL-13对与成纤维细胞共培养的乳腺癌细胞表达Bcl-2和TIGAR的影响%The effects of IL-13 on the expression of Bcl-2 and TIGAR in breast cancer cells co-cultured with fibroblasts

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    李文林; 吴红; 孟闯; 陈少芬; 石小玉

    2016-01-01

    目的 探索白细胞介素-13(interleukin-13,IL-13)对乳腺癌作用的分子机制.方法 采用Transwell小室方法共培养人乳腺癌细胞与人成纤维细胞;RT-qPCR和Western blot检测IL-13对乳腺癌细胞抗凋亡因子B-cell lymphoma-2(Bcl-2)和TP53-induced glycolysis apoptosis regulator (TIGAR)表达的影响;AnnexinV和CCK-8实验检测IL-13对乳腺癌细胞凋亡和增殖的影响.结果 IL-13上调了与人成纤维细胞CCC-ESF-1 (ESF)共培养的人乳腺癌细胞BT-474的抗凋亡因子Bcl-2和TIGARmRNA和蛋白的表达.与其他各组比较,BT-474+ESF+IL-13组BT-474细胞的Bcl-2和TIGAR表达显著上调(P<0.05);加入IL-13可抑制BT-474细胞的凋亡,与BT-474+ESF共培养组比较,BT-474+ESF+IL-13共培养组的早期调亡的BT-474细胞下降了10.85倍;IL-13促进了BT-474细胞增殖,BT-474+ESF+IL-13组与各组比较,培养48 h、72h、96 h和120 h后,BT-474细胞的增殖显著高于其它各组(P<0.05).结论 IL-13可上调与人成纤维细胞共培养的人乳腺癌细胞BT-474抗凋亡因子Bcl-2和TIGAR的表达;IL-13对乳腺癌作用的分子机制涉及Bcl-2和TIGAR.

  20. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 Alleviates Food Allergic Manifestations in Sensitized Mice by Reducing IL-13 Expression Specifically in the Ileum

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    Adrian W. Zuercher

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Utilizing a food allergy murine model, we have investigated the intrinsic antiallergic potential of the Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 strain. Methods. BALB/c mice were sensitized at weekly intervals with ovalbumin (OVA plus cholera toxin (CT by the oral route for 7 weeks. In this model, an oral challenge with a high dose of OVA at the end of the sensitization period leads to clinical symptoms. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 was given to mice via the drinking water during sensitization (prevention phase or after sensitization (management phase. Results. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 administration to sensitized mice strikingly reduced allergic manifestations in the management phase upon challenge, when compared to control mice. No preventive effect was observed with the strain. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 significantly decreased relative expression levels of the Th-2 cytokine, IL-13, and associated chemokines CCL11 (eotaxin-1 and CCL17 (TARC in the ileum. No effect was observed in the jejunum. Conclusion/Significance. These results taken together designate Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 as a candidate probiotic strain appropriate in the management of allergic symptoms.

  1. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 Alleviates Food Allergic Manifestations in Sensitized Mice by Reducing IL-13 Expression Specifically in the Ileum

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    Zuercher, Adrian W.; Weiss, Marietta; Holvoet, Sébastien; Moser, Mireille; Moussu, Hélène; van Overtvelt, Laurence; Horiot, Stéphane; Moingeon, Philippe; Nutten, Sophie; Prioult, Guénolée; Singh, Anurag; Mercenier, Annick

    2012-01-01

    Objective. Utilizing a food allergy murine model, we have investigated the intrinsic antiallergic potential of the Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 strain. Methods. BALB/c mice were sensitized at weekly intervals with ovalbumin (OVA) plus cholera toxin (CT) by the oral route for 7 weeks. In this model, an oral challenge with a high dose of OVA at the end of the sensitization period leads to clinical symptoms. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 was given to mice via the drinking water during sensitization (prevention phase) or after sensitization (management phase). Results. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 administration to sensitized mice strikingly reduced allergic manifestations in the management phase upon challenge, when compared to control mice. No preventive effect was observed with the strain. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 significantly decreased relative expression levels of the Th-2 cytokine, IL-13, and associated chemokines CCL11 (eotaxin-1) and CCL17 (TARC) in the ileum. No effect was observed in the jejunum. Conclusion/Significance. These results taken together designate Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 as a candidate probiotic strain appropriate in the management of allergic symptoms. PMID:21961022

  2. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 alleviates food allergic manifestations in sensitized mice by reducing IL-13 expression specifically in the ileum.

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    Zuercher, Adrian W; Weiss, Marietta; Holvoet, Sébastien; Moser, Mireille; Moussu, Hélène; van Overtvelt, Laurence; Horiot, Stéphane; Moingeon, Philippe; Nutten, Sophie; Prioult, Guénolée; Singh, Anurag; Mercenier, Annick

    2012-01-01

    Utilizing a food allergy murine model, we have investigated the intrinsic antiallergic potential of the Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 strain. BALB/c mice were sensitized at weekly intervals with ovalbumin (OVA) plus cholera toxin (CT) by the oral route for 7 weeks. In this model, an oral challenge with a high dose of OVA at the end of the sensitization period leads to clinical symptoms. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 was given to mice via the drinking water during sensitization (prevention phase) or after sensitization (management phase). Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 administration to sensitized mice strikingly reduced allergic manifestations in the management phase upon challenge, when compared to control mice. No preventive effect was observed with the strain. Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 significantly decreased relative expression levels of the Th-2 cytokine, IL-13, and associated chemokines CCL11 (eotaxin-1) and CCL17 (TARC) in the ileum. No effect was observed in the jejunum. These results taken together designate Lactococcus lactis NCC 2287 as a candidate probiotic strain appropriate in the management of allergic symptoms.

  3. 糖皮质激素对哮喘患者白介素(IL)-12和IL-13变化的影响

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    曹雅静

    2006-01-01

    目的:观察哮喘患者血清中白介素(IL)-12和IL-13水平的变化及糖皮质激素对其影响情况。方法:采用ELISA法分别检测中度哮喘急性发作期患者口服强的松龙1周前后和健康对照组血清中IL-12和IL-13水平,同时测1秒钟用力呼气容积(FEV1)占预计值的百分比和气道阻力(R5)占预计值的百分比。结果:IL-12水平急性发作期治疗前较治疗后和健康对照组为低。差异有显著性。IL-13水平急性发作期治疗前较治疗后和健康对照组为高,差异有显著性。FEV。占预计值的百分比下降和R5占预计值的百分比升高。结论:哮喘患者血清中IL-13水平升高,IL-12水平下降,糖皮质激素可使IL-13水平下降,IL-12水平升高。

  4. IL-25 or IL-17E Protects against High-Fat Diet-Induced Hepatic Steatosis in Mice Dependent upon IL-13 Activation of STAT6.

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    Wang, An-Jiang; Yang, Zhonghan; Grinchuk, Viktoriya; Smith, Allen; Qin, Bolin; Lu, Nonghua; Wang, Duan; Wang, Hongbing; Ramalingam, Thirumalai R; Wynn, Thomas A; Urban, Joseph F; Shea-Donohue, Terez; Zhao, Aiping

    2015-11-15

    IL-25 or IL-17E is a member of IL-17 cytokine family and has immune-modulating activities. The role of IL-25 in maintaining lipid metabolic homeostasis remains unknown. We investigated the effects of exogenous IL-25 or deficiency of IL-25 on hepatic lipid accumulation. IL-25 expression was examined in paraffin-embedded tissue sections of liver from patients or in the livers from mice. Mouse model of steatosis was induced by feeding a high-fat diet (HFD). Extent of steatosis as well as expression of cytokines, key enzymes for lipid metabolic pathways, markers for Kupffer cells/macrophages, and lipid droplet (LD) proteins, were analyzed. Our results show that hepatic steatosis in mice was accompanied by increased LD proteins, but decreased IL-25 in the liver. Decreased hepatic IL-25 was also observed in patients with fatty liver. Administration of IL-25 to HFD-fed wild-type mice led to a significant improvement in hepatic steatosis. This effect was associated with increased expression of IL-13, development of alternatively activated Kupffer cells/macrophages, and decreased expression of LD proteins in the liver. In contrast, administration of IL-25 to HFD-fed mice deficient in STAT6 or IL-13 had no effects. In addition, stimulation of primary hepatocytes with IL-13, but not IL-25, resulted in downregulation of LD proteins. Finally, mice deficient in IL-25 had exacerbated hepatic lipid accumulation when fed the HFD. These data demonstrate that dysregulated IL-25 expression contributes to lipid accumulation, whereas exogenous IL-25 protects against hepatic steatosis through IL-13 activation of STAT6. IL-25 and IL-13 are potential therapeutic agents for hepatic steatosis and associated pathologies.

  5. SERUM LEVELS OF IL-13, IL-12,IL-2 AND IFN-γ IN PATIENTS WITH SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS%系统性红斑狼疮患者血清IL-13、IL-12、IL-2和IFN-γ检测及意义

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    邹吉敏; 袁宝军; 安心; 吴俊艳; 周波

    2006-01-01

    目的探讨系统性红斑狼疮(SLE)患者血清IL-13、IL-12、IL-2和IFN-γ水平变化及意义.方法采用双抗体夹心EUSA法检测58例SLE患者(活动期16例,稳定期42例)及30例健康对照者血清IL-13、IL-12、IL-2和IFN-γ的含量.结果SLE活动组、稳定组血清IL-13、IFN-γ水平与对照组比较明显增高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),活动组IL-13又较稳定组增高,差异亦有统计学意义(P<0.05),IFN-γ水平略高于稳定组,但差异无统计学意义;IL-12、IL-2与对照组比较,稳定组略高,活动组略低,差异无统计学意义,但疾病活动组与稳定组比较则明显降低,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).SLE活动期IL-2与IL-13呈负相关(r=-0.52,P<0.05).结论SLE患者存在细胞因子紊乱,IL-13、IL-12、IL-2及IFN-γ可能参与SLE的发病、发展,且IL-13、IL-12、IL-2水平与SLE疾病活动有关.

  6. Effects of IL-4 and IL-13 on adenosine receptor expression and responsiveness of the human mast cell line 1

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    Versluis, Mieke; Postma, Dirkje S.; Timens, Wim; Hylkema, Machteld N.

    2008-01-01

    Background: Inhalation of adenosine-5'-monophosphate (AMP) causes bronchoconstriction in asthma but not in healthy subjects. Bronchoconstriction upon AMP inhalation is thought to occur by histamine release and subsequent binding to receptors on airway smooth muscle cells. Methods: To explain enhance

  7. Genes Causing Male Infertility in Humans

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    Lawrence C. Layman

    2002-01-01

    There are an accumulating number of identified gene mutations that cause infertility in humans. Most of the known gene mutations impair normal puberty and subsequently cause infertility by either hypothalamic /pituitary deficiency of important tropic factors to the gonad or by gonadal genes.

  8. The effects of glucocorticoid on sera IL-12,IL-13 and IgE in infants with asthma%糖皮质激素对哮喘患儿IL-12,IL-13和IgE水平的影响

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    邱亭亭

    2009-01-01

    目的:观察哮喘患儿血清中IL-12、IL-13和IgE水平的变化及糖皮质激素对其的影响.方法:采用ELISA法检测哮喘急性发作期患儿及口服强的松1周后、健康对照组血清中IL-12、IL-13和IgE水平.结果:哮喘组患儿IL-12的水平急性发作期较治疗后和健康对照组低(P<0.05).IL-13水平急性发作期较治疗后和健康对照组高(P<0.05),IeE的水平急性发作期较治疗后和健康对照组高(P<0.05).结论:哮喘的患儿血清中IL-12水平下降,IL-13和IgE水平升高.糖皮质激素可使IL-13水平下降,IL-12水平升高.

  9. The expressions of serum IL-2, IL-4, IL-13 and IgE levels in patients with bronchial asthma%支气管哮喘患者外周血中IL-2IL-4IL-13和IgE的表达

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    胡林贵; 朱纪楼

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨哮喘患者外周血中IL-2、IL-4、IL-13和IgE的水平变化及临床意义.方法:抽取哮喘患者及正常对照组空腹静脉血2ml,采用双抗体夹心法(ELISA法)检测血清中IL-2、IL-4、IL-13和IgE的含量.结果:急性发作组和缓解组中IL-4、IL-13、IgE的含量明显高于正常对照组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),IL-2的含量低于正常对照组,差异具有统计学意义.急性发作组IL-4、IL-13、IgE高于缓解组,IL-2的含量低于缓解组,差异均具有统计学意义(P<0.001).结论:支气管哮喘患者外周血中IL-2、IL-4、IL-13和IgE水平的变化与支气管哮喘发病进程及临床诊治具有密切联系.

  10. EFFECT OF INHALED GLUCOCOTICOIDS ON THE LEVELS OF IL-12, IL-4 AND IL-13 IN BRONCHIALASTHAMTIC CHILDREN%糖皮质激素对哮喘患儿血清中IL-12 IL-4和IL-13的影响

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    张婵; 吕继忠; 赵燕平

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨糖皮质激素对哮喘患儿IL-12、IL-4 和IL-13的影响.方法 采用酶联免疫吸附的方法分别检测60 例哮喘急性发作期儿童(哮喘组)吸入丙酸倍氯米松2周前后血清中IL-12、IL-4 和IL-13水平,并与50例健康儿童(对照组)进行对照.结果 与对照组比较,哮喘组患儿治疗前IL-12 值明显下降,IL- 4、IL-13明显升高;与治疗前比较,治疗后IL-12水平明显升高、IL-4和IL-13水平明显下降(P<0.01).结论 吸入糖皮质激素能影响哮喘患儿血中IL-12、IL-4和IL-13的水平.

  11. 哮喘患儿血清中sIL-2R,IL-2,IL-4,IL-13的测定与临床意义

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    张国祥; 许文龙

    2007-01-01

    目的 探讨哮喘患儿血清中sIL-2R,IL-2,IL-4,IL-13的水平变化及其与哮喘发病机制的关系.方法 每例患儿及正常对照组均取空腹静脉血并即时分离血清1 ml,用ELISA法检测血清中sIL-2R,IL-2,IL-4,IL-13的水平,并对检测结果 进行医学统计学分析处理.结果 哮喘急性发作组、哮喘缓解组的患儿血清中sIL-2R,IL-2,IL-4,IL-13的测定结果与正常对照组相比较经统计学分析均存在极其显著的差异(P<0.05).其中患儿哮喘急性发作组、哮喘缓解组血清中sIL-2R,IL-4,IL-13的测定结果 要明显高于正常对照组,而IL-2则明显低于正常对照组.此外,哮喘急性发作组与哮喘缓解组血清中IL-2,IL-4,IL-13的测定结果 相比较经统计学分析均存在显著的差异(P<0.05),而sIL-2R则无显著差异.结论 哮喘患儿血清中sIL-2R,IL-2,IL-4,IL-13的水平均存在显著的变化,说明它们在哮喘的发病机制中起着重要的作用.

  12. 化痰祛瘀疏肝法对哮喘小鼠IL-13/IL-18失衡的干预作用%Intervention on IL - 13/IL -18 Imbalance in Asthma Mice Treated with the Therapy for Resolving Phlegm, Removing Stasis and Soothing the Liver

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    张新光; 虞坚尔; 薛征; 李利清; 白莉; 刘斐; 吴杰

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨化痰祛瘀疏肝法对哮喘小鼠白介素13、18(IL-13/IL-18)失衡的干预作用.方法 以10%卵蛋白/氢氧化铝[OVA/AL(OH)3]致敏、5%卵蛋白激发复制支气管哮喘小鼠模型,于实验第16~43 d给药,第44 d取材.用酶联免疫试验(ELISA)法检测肺泡灌洗液(BALF)中IL-13、IL-18浓度,实时定量PCR(RT-PCR)法检测肺组织匀浆中IL-13、IL-18 mRNA表达.结果 模型组小鼠IL-13浓度及mRNA均较空白组显著升高(P<0.01);IL-18浓度及mRNA均较空白组显著降低(P<0.05);各处理组IL-13浓度及mRNA均较模型组显著降低(P<0.01),IL-18浓度及mRNA均显著升高(P<0.05);PCF组、SGPCG组IL-13浓度降低不及地米组(P<0.01),PCF组、SGPCG组IL-18 mRNA、IL-13/IL-18比值均与地米组相似(P>0.05);PCF组、SGPCG组间IL-13、IL-18浓度及mRNA、IL-13/IL-18比值差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 化痰祛瘀疏肝法对哮喘小鼠升高的IL-13浓度及mRNA均有降低作用,对其降低的IL-18浓度及mRNA均有升高作用,对IL-13/IL-18比值的调节总体与地塞米松和化痰祛瘀平喘法相似.提示化痰祛瘀疏肝法对哮喘小鼠神经源性炎症相关的Th1/Th2免疫失衡有较为确切的干预作用.%Objective To explore the intervention on IL - 13/IL - 18 imbalance in asthma mice treated with the therapy for resolving phlegm, removing stasis and soothing the liver. Methods 10% OVA/ AL( OH )3 for sensitization and 5% egg albumen for excitation duplication were used to prepare bronchial asthma model in mice. Medication was given in the 16th ~43rd days of experiment. The materials were collected on the 44th day. ELISA was adopted to detect IL - 13 and IL - 18 concentrations in BALF. RT - PCR was used to detect the expressions of IL - 13 and IL - 18 mRNA in homogenate of lung tissue. Results IL - 13 concentration and its mRNA expression of mice in the model group were increased significantly as compared with those in the blank group( P 0.05 ). The

  13. Effect of Long-term Inhalation of Glucocorticoids on the Level of Leptin, IL-13 and IL-2 in Bronchial Asthmatic Children%长期吸入糖皮质激素对支气管哮喘患者血清leptin、IL-13和IL-2水平的影响

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    潘炯伟

    2011-01-01

    目的:观察支气管哮喘患者血清leptin、IL-13和IL-2水平的变化并探讨长期吸入糖皮质激素后对支气管哮喘患者血清leptin、IL-13和IL-2的影响.方法:4采用酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA),分别检测70例支气管哮喘患者采用吸入糖皮质激素治疗前、治疗3、6、12个月后及60例对照者血清IL-13和IL-2水平;采用放射免疫分析血清leptin浓度.结果:支气管哮喘患者血清leptin、IL-13和IL-2水平显著高于正常对照组.吸入糖皮质激素治疗3个月后支气管哮喘患者血清leptin、IL-13和IL-2浓度与治疗前比较下降(P均<0.05),治疗6个月和12个月后显著低于治疗前(P均<0.01),且治疗12个月后各个炎症指标与对照组相比无显著性差异(P>0.05).结论:长期吸入糖皮质激素是治疗支气管哮喘的重要手段,其治疗作用与下调血清leptin、IL-13和IL-2水平有关.%Objective To determine the effect of long-term inhalation of glucocorticoids on the level of leptin, IL-13, and H-2 in bronchial asthmatic patient. Methods End/me-linked immunosorbent assay ( ELISA ) was used to detect the serum IL-13 and IL-2 level in 60 healthy persons ( normal control group ) and 70 bronchial asthma patients untreated and 3, 6, 12 months pest-treatment, meanwhile leptin was determined by radio immunoassay. Results The serum levels of leptin, IL-13, and IL-2 in were significantly increased in patient with bronchial asthma compared with that in the normal control group. The serum levels of leptin, IL-13, and IL 2 in children with asthma were clem'eased gradually after inhaling gineccortieoids for 3 months ( P < 0.05 ). The treatment of inhaled glucocortieoids for 6 and 12 months can attenuate the elevation of leptin, IL-13, and IL-2 compared with that before the treatment. Conclusion Long-term inhaled glucoeortieoid is an important means for asthma, and the effects are related to the decrease of level of leptin, IL-13, and IL-2.

  14. Expression and Clinical Value of IL-4 and IL-13 in Patients、with Allergic Rhinitis%尘螨变应性鼻炎全血细胞IL-4、IL-13的表达及临床意义

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    陈靖; 陈冬; 李添应; 林志斌; 冯炼强

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨IL-4、IL-13在变应性鼻炎发病机制中的作用及IL-4、IL-13拮抗剂治疗变应性鼻炎的临床意义.方法 取52例变应性鼻炎(实验组)及25例无过敏性疾病(对照组)患者的外周血,用PMA(phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate佛波酯)+inomycin(离子霉素)及标准化尘螨抗原刺激后经细胞内染色,流式细胞仪检测IL-4、IL-13、IFN-γ的表达细胞百分数,ELISA检测血清IL-4、IL-13含量.结果对照组经标准化尘螨变应原刺激后细胞内测出IFN-γ为0.3%~0.4%,但检测不到IL-4与IL-13,经PMA+inomycin刺激后IFN-γ为5.0%~12.4%、IL-4为0.5%~0.8%、IL-13为0%~0.2%;实验组经标准化尘螨变应原刺激后IFN-γ为0.3%~0.5%、IL-4为0.9%~1.3%、IL-13为0.5%~0.9%,经PMA+inomycin刺激后IFN-γ为17.3%~24.0%、IL-4为2.1%~3.5%、IL-13为0.8%~2.0%.实验组血清中IL-4含量为(1.768±0.485)pg/ml、IL-13为(5.427±1.263)pg/ml,对照组IL-4与IL-13含量均低于敏感度.结论 IL-4、IL-13在变应性鼻炎患者中表达升高,参与了变态反应过程,为临床应用IL-4,IL-13拮抗剂治疗变应性鼻炎提供了依据.

  15. 过敏性紫癜患儿急性期血清IL-10、IL-13、IL-15水平的变化及意义%Changes of Serum IL-10, IL-13, IL-15 in Children with Henoch-schonlein Purpura During Acute Phase

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    姜晶; 陆彪

    2012-01-01

    Objective To analyze the changes of serum interleukin IL - 10,IL - 13,IL - 15 in children with henoch - schonlein purpura during acute phase and the relationship with partial immunological indexes. Methods 40 serum samples in cases with HSP were taken, including 19 cases with renal involvement and 21 cases without renal involvement. 20 serum samples in healthy children were taken. Serum levels of IL - 10,IL - 13 , IL - 15 were detected respectively by ELISA. Results IL -10,IL-13,IL-15 levels in children with HSP during acute phase were significantly higher than that of normal control group (P<0.0l);IL -10,IL-13,IL - 15 levels with renal involvement were significantly higher than that of without renal involvement ( P < 0. 05 ); IgA levels in children with HSP were significantly higher than that of control group, and IgA levels with renal involvement were significantly higher than that of without renal involvement ( P < 0. 05 ); IL - 10, IL -13 ,IL - 15 and IgA showed signifincant correlation. Conclusion IL-10,IL-13,IL-15 and IgA have related closely to the pathogenesis of HSP and HSPN. There is dysfunction of Cellular immune and Humoral immune in children with henoch - schonlein purpura.%目的 分析过敏性紫癜(HSP)患儿急性期血清白细胞介素(IL)-10、IL-13、IL-15的水平变化及其与部分免疫学指标的关系,探讨其临床意义.方法 取40例已确诊的HSP患儿血清,其中19例为有肾损害组,21例为无肾损害组;同时取20例健康儿童的血清.采用双抗体夹心ELISA法分别检测3组血清IL-10、IL -13、IL -15的含量.结果 HSP患儿血清IL-10、IL -13、IL -15水平均显著高于正常对照组(P<0.01),肾损害组血清IL-10、IL -13、IL -15水平均明显高于无肾损害组(P<0.05);HSP组IgA 含量显著高于对照组,且肾损害组IgA含量明显高于无肾损害组(P<0.05).经相关性分析IL-10、IL -13、IL -15与IgA明显相关.结论 HSP存在细胞免疫与体液免疫功能紊乱,血清IL-10、IL

  16. Advanced studies on human gene ZNF322

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    LI Yongqing; WANG Yuequn; YUAN Wuzhou; DENG Yun; ZHU Chuanbing; WU Xiushan

    2007-01-01

    The human novel gene of ZNF322 is cloned from human fetal eDNA library using the primers on the basis of the ZNF322 sequence analyzed with computer.The gene is located on Chromosome 6p22.1,and encodes a protein consisting of 402 amino acid residues and containing nine tandem C2H2-type zinc-finger motifs.Northern blot result shows that the gene is expressed in all examined adult tissues.Subcellular location study indicates that ZNF322-EGFP fusion protein is distributed in the nucleus and cytoplasm.Reporter gene assays show that ZNF322 is a potential transcriptional activator.

  17. Inflammatory cues modulate the expression of secretory product genes, Golgi sulfotransferases and sulfomucin production in LS174T cells.

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    Croix, Jennifer A; Bhatia, Shikha; Gaskins, H Rex

    2011-12-01

    The signals that mediate goblet cell expression of specific mucin chemotypes are poorly defined. Animal and in vitro studies show that acidomucin chemotypes may be altered by inflammation and changes in intestinal microbiota. To examine factors that may elicit this response, human adenocarcinoma-derived LS174T cells, which have a goblet cell-like phenotype and produce both sulfo- and sialomucins, were used to examine the effects of selected microbial and host factors on expression of goblet cell secretory product genes, sulfotransferases and sulfomucin production. Expression of genes encoding mucin 2 (MUC2), resistin-like molecule β (RETNLB), and trefoil factor 3 (TFF3) and Golgi sulfotransferases, carbohydrate (N-acetylglucosamine 6-O) sulfotransferase 5 (CHST5) and galactose-3-O-sulfotransferase 2 (GAL3ST2), was measured by quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction following treatment with bacterial flagellin, tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) or the mucogenic cytokine interleukin-13 (IL-13). Expression of the toll-like receptor 5 (TLR5) gene was also analysed. Sulfomucin expression was examined via high-iron diamide/alcian blue (HID/AB) histochemistry and immunofluorescent staining for the Sulfo Le(a) antigen, which is synthesized in part by GAL3ST2. Flagellin, IL-13 and TNF-α all significantly increased GAL3ST2, MUC2, TFF3 and TLR5 expression, while only IL-13 increased RETNLB and CHST5 expression. Based on HID/AB histochemistry, mucin sulfation was significantly increased in response to both flagellin and IL-13 but not TNF-α. Only treatment with flagellin increased the expression of the Sulfo Le(a) antigen. Collectively, these results indicate that bacterial flagellin, IL-13 and TNF-α differentially modulate the expression of goblet cell secretory product genes, sulfotransferases and sulfomucin production.

  18. The changes of IL-8, IL-13 and IL-18 in patients of COPD before and after the treatment of mechanical ventilation%机械通气治疗COPD前后细胞因子IL-8、IL-13及IL-18的变化

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    李艳; 何家富

    2011-01-01

    Objective To study the expressions of IL-8 and IL-13 and IL-18 in patients of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) before and after the treatment of mechanical ventilation. Methods The blood of thirty COPD before and after the treatment of mechanical ventilation at 1,2,6,72 h was collected in the period of exacerbation which needed invasive mechanical ventila tion. We also collected the blood of ten COPD in the period of stable stage. The expressions of IL-8 and IL 13 and IL-18 in the blood plasma were detected by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay(El.ISA). Results The expressions of IL-8 and IL-13 and IL-18 in the period of exacerbation were decreased obviously after the treatment of mechanical ventilation. Those expressions had no significantly difference between the COPD patients which needed the mechanical ventilation treatment by 72 h and the COPD patients in the period of stable stage. Conclusion The expressions of IL-8 and IL-13 and IL 18 in the period of exacerbation increase significantly and decrease obviously after the mechanical ventilation treatment.%目的 探讨慢性阻塞性肺疾病(COPD)急性呼吸衰竭患者行有创机械通气治疗前、后细胞因子白细胞介素-8(IL-8)、白细胞介素-13(IL-13)及白细胞介素-18(IL-18)的变化.方法 采用酶联免疫吸附试验测定30例COPD急性呼吸衰竭患者行有创机械通气治疗前及治疗后1、2、6、72 h细胞因子IL-8、IL-13及IL-18的水平,并与10例COPD稳定期患者进行比较.结果 COPD急性呼吸衰竭患者IL-8、IL-13及IL-18水平在行机械通气治疗后较治疗前显著下降,机械通气治疗72 h后与COPD稳定期患者比较差异无统计学意义.结论 COPD急性呼吸衰竭患者IL-8、IL-13及IL-18的表达显著升高,经机械通气治疗后可下降至COPD稳定期水平.

  19. The association of sputum TSLP, IL-4, IL-5, IL-13 and serum IgE in patients with asthma%哮喘患者痰液TSLP、IL-4、IL-5、IL-13及血清IgE水平的相关性研究

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    李克明; 唐汉庆; 窦锡彬; 李晓华; 朱晓莹; 郑建宇

    2014-01-01

    目的 观察哮喘患者痰液胸腺基质淋巴细胞生成素(TSLP)、白细胞介素(IL)-4、IL-5、IL-13及血清免疫球蛋白E(IgE)水平并研究其相关性.方法 30例哮喘病例作为实验组,选取30例健康成年人作为对照组.取实验组和对照组外周静脉血,ELISA 法检测血清IgE水平;取哮喘患者痰液作为标本,ELISA 法检测TSLP、IL-4、IL-5、IL-13水平.和对照组比较,观察哮喘患者痰液TSLP、IL-4、IL-5、IL-13及血清IgE水平的变化并分析TSLP与IL-4、IL-5、IL-13及血清IgE水平的相关性.结果 和对照组比较,实验组TSLP、IL-4及 IgE水平均显著升高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).和对照组比较,实验组IL-5及IL-13水平升高,差异也有统计学意义(P<0.05).实验组TSLP与IL-4、IL-5、IL-13及血清IgE水平均存在正相关(r值分别为0.742,0.351,0.424,0.679,P均<0.01);IL-4与IgE存在正相关( r值为0.548,P<0.01 ).结论 哮喘患者的TSLP、IL-4、IL-5、IL-13及IgE水平均升高,是哮喘炎症的重要表现,哮喘患者TSLP水平与IL-4、IL-5、IL-13及IgE水平呈正相关,推测是TSLP发挥调控作用的节点之一.

  20. 哮喘患者血清中IL-4、IL-12、IL-13、IFN-γ、IgE水平的测定及其临床意义%Changes of Serum IL-4,IL-12,IL-13,IFN-y and IgE Levels and Their Clinical Significance in Acute Attack of Asthma

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    高毅云; 王冬梅; 刘传桂

    2014-01-01

    目的:研究哮喘患者血清中白细胞介素-4、白细胞介素-12、白细胞介素-13、γ干扰素、免疫球蛋白E水平的测定及临床意义。方法:采用生物素亲合素双抗体夹心酶联和间接酶联免疫吸附法测定98例哮喘患者不同分期和分级血清IL-4、IL-12、IL-13以及IFN-γ水平和IgE水平,观察不同分期和分级各项观察指标的水平,并与60例健康对照组进行比较。结果:观察组及发作期患者IL-4、IL-13、IgE水平均明显升高(P<0.05),IFN-γ、IL-12水平均明显降低(P<0.05)。结论:IL-4、IL-12、IL-13、IFN-γ、IgE在哮喘发病中起重要调控作用。%Objective:To investigate the changes of serum IL-4,IL-12,IL-13,IFN-γand IgE Levels and their clinical significance in acute attack of asthma.Method:Serum levels of IL-4,IL-12,IL-13,IFN-γand IgE of 98 asthma patients in different periodizations and different classifications and its catabasis respectively were determined through double-antibody sandwich and indirect ELISA.Levels of IL-4,IL-12,IL-13,IFN-γand IgE were compared between the observation group and the healthy control group(60 cases).Result:The levels of IL-4,IL-13,IgE of the observation group and acute attack stage increased significantly(P<0.05).The levels of IFN-γ,IL-12 of the observation group and acute attack stage reduced significantly(P<0.05).Conclusion:IL-4,IL-12,IL-13,IFN-γand IgE play crucial roles in the pathogenesis of asthma.

  1. Genome editing for human gene therapy.

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    Meissner, Torsten B; Mandal, Pankaj K; Ferreira, Leonardo M R; Rossi, Derrick J; Cowan, Chad A

    2014-01-01

    The rapid advancement of genome-editing techniques holds much promise for the field of human gene therapy. From bacteria to model organisms and human cells, genome editing tools such as zinc-finger nucleases (ZNFs), TALENs, and CRISPR/Cas9 have been successfully used to manipulate the respective genomes with unprecedented precision. With regard to human gene therapy, it is of great interest to test the feasibility of genome editing in primary human hematopoietic cells that could potentially be used to treat a variety of human genetic disorders such as hemoglobinopathies, primary immunodeficiencies, and cancer. In this chapter, we explore the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system for the efficient ablation of genes in two clinically relevant primary human cell types, CD4+ T cells and CD34+ hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells. By using two guide RNAs directed at a single locus, we achieve highly efficient and predictable deletions that ablate gene function. The use of a Cas9-2A-GFP fusion protein allows FACS-based enrichment of the transfected cells. The ease of designing, constructing, and testing guide RNAs makes this dual guide strategy an attractive approach for the efficient deletion of clinically relevant genes in primary human hematopoietic stem and effector cells and enables the use of CRISPR/Cas9 for gene therapy.

  2. IL-4/IL-13-dependent and independent expression of miR-124 and its contribution to M2 phenotype of monocytic cells in normal conditions and during allergic inflammation.

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    Tatyana Veremeyko

    Full Text Available Monocytic cells exhibit a high level of heterogeneity and have two distinct modes of their activation: 1 classical M1 path associated with inflammation and tissue damage, and 2 alternative M2 path. Although it has been demonstrated that M2 macrophages play an important role in the regulation of the allergic immune responses, tissue maintenance and repair, little is known about the mechanisms that determine the M2 phenotype. We have previously shown that miR-124 is expressed in microglia that exhibit the M2 phenotype and overexpression of miR-124 in macrophages resulted in downregulation of a number of M1 markers (MHC class II, CD86 and up-regulation of several M2 markers (Fizz1, Arg1. We further investigated whether the polarization of macrophages towards the M2 phenotype induced miR-124 expression. We found that exposure of cells to IL-4 and IL-13 resulted in the upregulation of miR-124 in macrophages. We also demonstrated that IL-4 induced expression of three miR-124 precursor transcripts with predominant expression of pri-miR-124.3, suggesting regulation of miR-124 expression by IL-4 on a transcriptional level. Expression of miR-124 in microglia did not depend on IL-4 and/or IL-13, whereas expression of miR-124 in lung resident macrophages was IL-4 and IL-13-dependent and was upregulated by systemic administration of IL-4 or during allergic inflammation. Upregulation of several M2 markers (CD206, Ym1 and downregulation of the M1 markers (CD86, iNOS, TNF in M2-polarized macrophages was abrogated by a miR-124 inhibitor, suggesting that this microRNA contributed to the M2 phenotype development and maintenance. Finally we showed that human CD14(+CD16(+ intermediate monocytes, which are found in increased numbers in patients with allergies and bronchial asthma, expressed high levels of miR-124 and exhibited other properties of M2-like cells. Thus, our study suggests that miR-124 serves as a regulator of the M2 polarization in various subsets of

  3. Interleukin-13 and transforming growth factor β synergise in the pathogenesis of human intestinal fistulae.

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    Scharl, Michael; Frei, Sandra; Pesch, Theresa; Kellermeier, Silvia; Arikkat, Joba; Frei, Pascal; Fried, Michael; Weber, Achim; Jehle, Ekkehard; Rühl, Anne; Rogler, Gerhard

    2013-01-01

    Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) seems to play an important role in the pathogenesis of fistulae, a common clinical complication of Crohn's disease (CD). TGFβ and interleukin-13 (IL-13) have been correlated with the onset of EMT-associated organ fibrosis and high levels of TGFβ have been shown in transitional cells (TCs) lining CD fistula tracts. This study investigated whether IL-13 could be involved in the pathogenesis of CD-associated fistulae. Protein or mRNA levels in HT29 intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) or colonic lamina propria fibroblasts (CLPFs) were studied by western blotting or real-time PCR. CLPFs were isolated from non-inflammatory disease controls or patients with CD with or without fistulae and IL-13 levels were analysed in surgically removed fistula specimens by immunohistochemistry. TGFβ induced IL-13 secretion in CLPFs from patients with fistulising CD. In fistula specimens high levels of IL-13 were detected in TCs covering fistula tracts. In HT29 IEC monolayers, IL-13 induced SLUG and β6-integrin mRNA, which are associated with cell invasion. HT29 spheroids completely disintegrated when treated with TGFβ for 7 days, whereas IL-13-treated spheroids did not show morphological changes. Here, TGFβ induced mRNA expression of SNAIL1 and IL-13, whereas IL-13 elevated SLUG and β6-integrin mRNA. An anti-IL-13 antibody was able to prevent IL-13-induced SLUG expression in HT29 IECs. TGFβ induces IL-13 expression and an EMT-like phenotype of IECs, while IL-13 promotes the expression of genes associated with cell invasion. These findings suggest that TGFβ and IL-13 play a synergistic role in the pathogenesis of fistulae and inhibition of IL-13 might represent a novel therapeutic approach for fistula treatment.

  4. IL-33 Enhances Host Tolerance to Candida albicans Kidney Infections through Induction of IL-13 Production by CD4+ T Cells.

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    Tran, Vuvi G; Kim, Hye J; Kim, Juyang; Kang, Sang W; Moon, U J; Cho, Hong R; Kwon, Byungsuk

    2015-05-15

    Susceptibility to systemic Candida albicans infection is determined by immune resistance, as well as by the ability to control Candida-induced immunopathologies. We showed previously that exogenous IL-33 can increase resistance to peritoneal C. albicans infection by regulating multiple steps of the neutrophil anti-Candida response. In this study, using a mouse model of systemic candidiasis, we observed that IL-33 administration limited fungal burden and inflammation and increased survival. In kidneys, IL-33 seemed to directly act on neutrophils and CD4(+) T cells: IL-33 administration enhanced fungal clearance by increasing neutrophil phagocytic activity without which Candida proliferation was uncontrollable. In contrast, IL-33 stimulated CD4(+) T cells to produce IL-13, which, in turn, drove the polarization of macrophages toward the M2 type. Furthermore, the absence of IL-13 abolished IL-33-mediated polarization of M2 macrophages and renal functional recovery. In addition, IL-33 and IL-13 acted synergistically to increase M2 macrophage polarization and its phagocytic activity. Overall, this study identifies IL-33 as a cytokine that is able to induce resistance and tolerance and suggests that targeting resistance and tolerance simultaneously with therapeutic IL-33 may benefit patients with systemic candidiasis.

  5. Human proton/oligopeptide transporter (POT) genes

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    Botka, C. W.; Wittig, T. W.; Graul, R. C.

    2000-01-01

    The proton-dependent oligopeptide transporters (POT) gene family currently consists of approximately 70 cloned cDNAs derived from diverse organisms. In mammals, two genes encoding peptide transporters, PepT1 and PepT2 have been cloned in several species including humans, in addition to a rat...... histidine/peptide transporter (rPHT1). Because the Candida elegans genome contains five putative POT genes, we searched the available protein and nucleic acid databases for additional mammalian/human POT genes, using iterative BLAST runs and the human expressed sequence tags (EST) database. The apparent...... human orthologue of rPHT1 (expression largely confined to rat brain and retina) was represented by numerous ESTs originating from many tissues. Assembly of these ESTs resulted in a contiguous sequence covering approximately 95% of the suspected coding region. The contig sequences and analyses revealed...

  6. Gene Expression in the Human Endolymphatic Sac

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    Møller, Martin Nue; Kirkeby, Svend; Vikeså, Jonas

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of the present study is to explore, demonstrate, and describe the expression of genes related to the solute carrier (SLC) molecules of ion transporters in the human endolymphatic sac. STUDY DESIGN: cDNA microarrays and immunohistochemistry were used for analyses...... of fresh human endolymphatic sac tissue samples. METHODS: Twelve tissue samples of the human endolymphatic sac were obtained during translabyrinthine surgery for vestibular schwannoma. Microarray technology was used to investigate tissue sample expression of solute carrier family genes, using adjacent dura...... mater as control. Immunohistochemistry was used for verification of translation of selected genes, as well as localization of the specific protein within the sac. RESULTS: An extensive representation of the SLC family genes were upregulated in the human endolymphatic sac, including SLC26a4 Pendrin, SLC4...

  7. Serum IL-13, TGF-β1, IL-8 levels in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and correlation with lung function%特发性肺纤维化患者血清IL-13、TGF-β1、IL-8水平及与肺功能的相关性

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    梁宇; 蒋令修; 秦文婧; 单远莹; 孟德荣

    2015-01-01

    Objective To discuss serum IL-13, TGF-β1, IL-8 levels in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and correlation with lung function. Methods A total of 60 cases with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis were selected as pulmonary fibrosis group, and 60 healthy volunteers were selected as control group. Serum IL-13, TGF-β1, IL-8, arterial blood gas analy-sis and related indicators of lung function were detected. Results Serum IL-13, TGF-β1, IL-8 levels of idiopathic pul-monary fibrosis group were higher than the control group(P<0.01). TGF-β1, IL-8 were significantly negative correlation with FVC predicted percentage (P<0.01); TGF-β1, IL-13 were significantly negative correlation with FEV1 predicted percentage (P<0.01); TGF-β1 and PaO2 was significantly negative correlation, and TGF-β1, IL-8 were significantly positive correlation with P(A-a)O2 (P<0.01);IL-8 was significantly negative correlation with PaO2 and SaO2 (P<0.01). Conclusion Serum IL-13, TGF-β1, IL-8 levels in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis increase significantly, and are nega-tive correlation with lung function.%目的:探讨特发性肺纤维化患者血清IL-13、TGF-β1、IL-8水平。方法选择在我院治疗的肺纤维化患者60例为研究对象,另选择健康志愿者60例为对照组,检测两组患者血清IL-13、TGF-β1、IL-8水平,并测定动脉血气分析及肺功能相关指标。结果肺纤维化组血清IL-13、TGF-β1、IL-8水平显著高于对照组(P<0.01)。TGF-β1、IL-8与FVC占预计值的百分比呈显著负相关(P<0.01);TGF-β1、IL-13与FEV1占预计值的百分比呈显著负相关(P<0.01);TGF-β1与PaO2呈显著负相关,TGF-β1、IL-13与P(A-a)O2呈显著正相关(P<0.01);IL-8与PaO2、SaO2呈显著负相关(P<0.01)。结论特发性肺纤维化患者血清IL-13、TGF-β1、IL-8水平显著升高,并且与患者肺功能具有负相关关系。

  8. [Immune response genes products in human physiology].

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    Khaitov, R M; Alekseev, L P

    2012-09-01

    Current data on physiological role of human immune response genes' proteomic products (antigens) are discussed. The antigens are specified by a very high level of diversity that mediates a wide specter ofphysiological functions. They actually provide integrity and biological stability of human as species. These data reveal new ideas on many pathological processes as well as drafts new approaches for prophylaxis and treatment.

  9. Hierarchical IL-5 expression defines a subpopulation of highly differentiated human Th2 cells.

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    Upadhyaya, Bhaskar; Yin, Yuzhi; Hill, Brenna J; Douek, Daniel C; Prussin, Calman

    2011-09-15

    Each of the three Th2 cytokine genes, IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13, has different functions. We hypothesized that Th2 heterogeneity could yield Th2 subpopulations with different cytokine expression and effector functions. Using multiple approaches, we demonstrate that human Th2 cells are composed of two major subpopulations: a minority IL-5(+) (IL-5(+), IL-4(+), IL-13(+)) and majority IL-5(-) Th2 (IL-5(-), IL-4(+), IL-13(+)) population. IL-5(+) Th2 cells comprised only 20% of all Th2 cells. Serial rounds of in vitro differentiation initially yielded IL-5(-) Th2, but required multiple rounds of differentiation to generate IL-5(+) Th2 cells. IL-5(+) Th2 cells expressed less CD27 and greater programmed cell death-1 than IL-5(-) Th2 cells, consistent with their being more highly differentiated, Ag-exposed memory cells. IL-5(+) Th2 cells expressed greater IL-4, IL-13, and GATA-3 relative to IL-5(-) Th2 cells. GATA-3 and H3K4me(3) binding to the IL5 promoter (IL5p) was greater in IL-5(+) relative to IL-5(-) Th2 cells, whereas there was no difference in their binding to the IL4p and IL13p. Conversely, H3K27me(3) binding to the IL5p was greater in IL-5(-) Th2 cells. These findings demonstrate Th2 lineage heterogeneity, in which the IL5 gene is regulated in a hierarchical manner relative to other Th2 genes. IL-5(+) Th2 cells are phenotypically distinct and have epigenetic changes consistent with greater IL5p accessibility. Recurrent antigenic exposure preferentially drives the differentiation of IL-5(+) Th2 cells. These results demonstrate that IL-5(+) and IL-5(-) Th2 cells, respectively, represent more and less highly differentiated Th2 cell subpopulations. Such Th2 subpopulations may differentially contribute to Th2-driven pathology.

  10. Expression of polarity genes in human cancer.

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    Lin, Wan-Hsin; Asmann, Yan W; Anastasiadis, Panos Z

    2015-01-01

    Polarity protein complexes are crucial for epithelial apical-basal polarity and directed cell migration. Since alterations of these processes are common in cancer, polarity proteins have been proposed to function as tumor suppressors or oncogenic promoters. Here, we review the current understanding of polarity protein functions in epithelial homeostasis, as well as tumor formation and progression. As most previous studies focused on the function of single polarity proteins in simplified model systems, we used a genomics approach to systematically examine and identify the expression profiles of polarity genes in human cancer. The expression profiles of polarity genes were distinct in different human tissues and classified cancer types. Additionally, polarity expression profiles correlated with disease progression and aggressiveness, as well as with identified cancer types, where specific polarity genes were commonly altered. In the case of Scribble, gene expression analysis indicated its common amplification and upregulation in human cancer, suggesting a tumor promoting function.

  11. IL-1Ra对阿霉素肾病大鼠血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13、IL-1的影响%EFFECTS OF IL-1 RECEPTOR ANTAGONIST ON SERUM IL-6,IL-10,IL-13,AND IL-1 LEVELS IN ADRIAMYCIN NEPHROSIS IN RATS

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    林娜; 刘运广; 覃志坚; 李强

    2009-01-01

    目的:探讨IL-1Ra对阿霉素肾病大鼠血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13 、IL-1的影响.方法:将大鼠随机分为正常对照组(A组, n=10)、阿霉素肾病组(B组,n=10)、阿霉素肾病IL-1Ra治疗组(C组,n=10)、阿霉素肾病生理盐水治疗组(D组,n=10), 2周后检测尿24 hUP、血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13、IL-1、Al、T-ch、BUN、Scr.结果:B、C、D组血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13水平明显高于A组(P0.05).结论:IL-1Ra对阿霉素肾病大鼠有明显治疗作用的同时能提高抗炎细胞因子IL-6、IL-10、IL-13的血清水平.

  12. Clinical significance of determination of serum IL-6,IL-10 and IL-13 levels in patients with mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis%系膜增生性肾小球肾炎患者血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13检测的临床意义

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    刘岩; 王桂成; 潘燕华

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨系膜增生性肾小球肾炎治疗前后血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13水平的变化及意义.方法 测定70例患者治疗前后血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13的含量,并与30例正常健康者作比较.结果 激素敏感组系膜增生性肾小球肾炎患者在治疗后血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13水平较治疗前降低(P<0.05).结论 血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13水平变化在一定程度上可提示病情变化,监测治疗效果.

  13. MOLECULAR CLONING OF HUMAN NEUROTROPHIN-4 GENE

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    2001-01-01

    Objective Cloning and sequencing of the human neurotrophin-4(hNT-4) gene.Methods With the chromosomal DNA of human blood lymphocytes as template,hNT-4 coding genes were amplified by polymerase chain reaction(PCR) and recombinated into phage vector pGEM-T Easy,which were sequenced by using Sanger's single stranded DNA terminal termination method.Results The sequence of the cloned gene is completely the same as that reported in the literature(GenBank data base,M86528).Conclusion This study successfully cloning and sequenced the gene of mhNT-4,and it would be convenient for us to study the expression of mhNT-4 in eukaryote,and to continue the research on the gene therapy of Alzheimer's disease intensively.This study indicate that the hNT-4 is conservative in different races and individuals.

  14. The study on the TGF-β、IL-10 and IL-13 in the pathogenesis of allergic and nonallergic asthma%过敏性与非过敏性哮喘患儿转化生长因子-β及IL-10、IL-13水平研究

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    郑跃杰; 邓继岿; 刘萍; 李成荣

    2007-01-01

    目的 探讨过敏性与非过敏性哮喘患儿血清中白细胞介素(IL)-4、IL-10、IL-12、IL-13、γ-干扰素(INF-γ)和转化生长因子-β(TGF-β)在两种类型哮喘致病中的作用.方法 采用Pharmacia UniCAP100E系统检测了145例哮喘患儿血清中总IgE(TIgE)和特异性IgE(SIgE),据此分为过敏性哮喘与非过敏性哮喘两组,采用ELISA方法分两批检测了血清中IL-4、INF-γ、IL-12和IL-13(65例, 其中过敏性32例,非过敏性33例), IL-10和TGF-β(80例, 其中过敏性40例,非过敏性40例),并与血清TIgE进行比较.结果 过敏性哮喘组IL-13、IL-10和TGF-β水平明显高于非过敏性组(P<0.05);IL-13水平与TIgE呈正相关(r=0.453, P<0.05), IL-10和TGF-β与TIgE无明显相关性;过敏性哮喘组IL-12、INF-γ、IL-4水平与非过敏性哮喘组比较P>0.05.结论 IL-13、IL-10和TGF-β在过敏性哮喘发病中起重要作用,其中IL-13可能在IgE合成中起主要作用.使用抗IgE单抗或抗IL-13等免疫治疗应针对这两类哮喘患儿采取不同的策略.

  15. Clinical Study of Serum IL-13,IL-8,TNF-α,TIgE Level in Children with Bronchiolitis%婴幼儿毛细支气管炎患者血清IL-13、IL-8、TNF-α、TIgE水平的临床研究

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    王峻; 李峰; 王丽

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨婴幼儿毛细支气管炎患者血清白细胞介素13(IL-13)、白细胞介素8(IL-8)、肿瘤坏死因子(TNF-α)、TIgE的水平及临床意义。方法:选取36例急性期毛细支气管炎患儿(其中轻症组20例,重症组16例)、30例普通肺炎患儿以及30例同期健康查体儿,采用酶联免疫吸附法ELISA法检测三组的血清IL-13、IL-8、TNF-α、TIgE水平。结果:两组肺炎患儿血清IL-13、IL-8、TNF-α水平均显著高于正常对照组(P<0.05);毛支炎组血清IL-13、IL-8、TNF-α、TIgE均高于普通肺炎组(P<0.05);毛支炎重症组的TNF-α高于轻症组(P<0.05)。结论:IL-13、IL-8、TNF-α参与毛细支气管炎的发病过程,TNF-α水平与毛支炎病情相关,且毛支炎患儿血清TIgE高于正常对照组。%Objective:To study the clinical significance on serum level of interleukin 13(IL-13),interleukin 8(IL-8),tumor necrosis factor(TNF-α),TIgE in infants with bronchiolitis. Method:36 cases of infantile with bronchiolitis(20 cases of the mild group and 16 cases of the severe group),and 30 cases of ordinary pneumonia,with 30 healthy infants were checked for the IL-13,IL-8,TNF-αand TIgE level with ELISA method.Result:The IL-13,IL-8, TNF-αlevel in the two groups of children with bronchiolitis and ordinary pneumonia were significantly higher than that in the normal control group(P<0.05);the IL-13,IL-8,TNF-α,TIgE level in the bronchiolitis group were higher than the ordinary pneumonia group(P<0.05);the level of TNF-αof the bronchiolitis severe group was higher than that in the mild group(P<0.05). Conclusion:IL-13,IL-8,TNF-αlevels play an important role in the process of bronchiolitis, and TNF-αlevel has association with the course and conditions of the disease;the serum level of TIgE is higher in the bronchiolitis infants than that of other control group.

  16. Duplicability of self-interacting human genes.

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    Pérez-Bercoff, Asa

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: There is increasing interest in the evolution of protein-protein interactions because this should ultimately be informative of the patterns of evolution of new protein functions within the cell. One model proposes that the evolution of new protein-protein interactions and protein complexes proceeds through the duplication of self-interacting genes. This model is supported by data from yeast. We examined the relationship between gene duplication and self-interaction in the human genome. RESULTS: We investigated the patterns of self-interaction and duplication among 34808 interactions encoded by 8881 human genes, and show that self-interacting proteins are encoded by genes with higher duplicability than genes whose proteins lack this type of interaction. We show that this result is robust against the system used to define duplicate genes. Finally we compared the presence of self-interactions amongst proteins whose genes have duplicated either through whole-genome duplication (WGD) or small-scale duplication (SSD), and show that the former tend to have more interactions in general. After controlling for age differences between the two sets of duplicates this result can be explained by the time since the gene duplication. CONCLUSIONS: Genes encoding self-interacting proteins tend to have higher duplicability than proteins lacking self-interactions. Moreover these duplicate genes have more often arisen through whole-genome rather than small-scale duplication. Finally, self-interacting WGD genes tend to have more interaction partners in general in the PIN, which can be explained by their overall greater age. This work adds to our growing knowledge of the importance of contextual factors in gene duplicability.

  17. Human gene therapy and imaging: cardiology

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    Wu, Joseph C. [Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Stanford, CA (United States); Yla-Herttuala, Seppo [University of Kuopio, A.I.Virtanen Institute, Kuopio (Finland)

    2005-12-01

    This review discusses the basics of cardiovascular gene therapy, the results of recent human clinical trials, and the rapid progress in imaging techniques in cardiology. Improved understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of coronary heart disease has made gene therapy a potential new alternative for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Experimental studies have established the proof-of-principle that gene transfer to the cardiovascular system can achieve therapeutic effects. First human clinical trials provided initial evidence of feasibility and safety of cardiovascular gene therapy. However, phase II/III clinical trials have so far been rather disappointing and one of the major problems in cardiovascular gene therapy has been the inability to verify gene expression in the target tissue. New imaging techniques could significantly contribute to the development of better gene therapeutic approaches. Although the exact choice of imaging modality will depend on the biological question asked, further improvement in image resolution and detection sensitivity will be needed for all modalities as we move from imaging of organs and tissues to imaging of cells and genes. (orig.)

  18. Association between the interleukin-13 gene and development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in southern Chinese Han population: a case-control study

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    GONG Yi; SHI Guo-chao; WAN Huan-ying; YANG Kun; PAN Chun-ming; CHENG Qi-jian; DAI Ran-ran

    2013-01-01

    Background Interleukin-13 (IL-13) has been implicated to be responsible for recruitment of inflammatory cells from the blood to the lung,regulation of matrix metalloproteinase and induction of mucin production and secretion in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).We determined plasma IL-13 levels in patients with COPD and investigated its association with common polymorphisms of IL-13 gene in a case-control study.Methods We genotyped 160 cases and 175 control subjects in a local hospital using Mass-ArrayTM Technology Platform then tested the association of four SNPs in IL-13 (rs1295685,rs1800925,rs1881457,rs20541) with COPD,and then determined plasma IL-13 levels in patients with COPD and controls.Results Association was found between IL-13 gene SNPs (rs20541 and rs1800925) and an increased risk of COPD.By linkage disequilibrium (LD) analysis,two blocks (rs1881457 and rs1800925; rs20541 and rs1295685) were found.The risk of COPD was found associated with the IL-13 gene polymorphism among southern Chinese Han population.Plasma IL-13 level was increased in COPD patients compared with controls.Conclusions The polymorphism of the IL-13 gene is associated with an increased risk of COPD in southern Chinese Han population.Plasma IL-13 levels were found elevated in patients with COPD.

  19. IL-4 and IL-13 alter plasmacytoid dendritic cell responsiveness to CpG DNA and herpes simplex virus-1

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    Tel, J.; Torensma, R.; Figdor, C.G.; Vries, I.J.M. de

    2011-01-01

    Human plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) are found in skin lesions in a wide variety of diseases. The role of the microenvironment in these lesions on the function of human pDCs remains elusive. We sought to determine the effect of T(h)2 cytokines on the ability of human pDCs to respond to CpG

  20. Advances in gene technology: Human genetic disorders

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    Scott, W.A.; Ahmad, F.; Black, S.; Schultz, J.; Whelan, W.J.

    1984-01-01

    This book discusses the papers presented at the conference on the subject of ''advances in Gene technology: Human genetic disorders''. Molecular biology of various carcinomas and inheritance of metabolic diseases is discussed and technology advancement in diagnosis of hereditary diseases is described. Some of the titles discussed are-Immunoglobulin genes translocation and diagnosis; hemophilia; oncogenes; oncogenic transformations; experimental data on mice, hamsters, birds carcinomas and sarcomas.

  1. Additive effect between IL-13 polymorphism and cesarean section delivery/prenatal antibiotics use on atopic dermatitis: a birth cohort study (COCOA.

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    So-Yeon Lee

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Although cesarean delivery and prenatal exposure to antibiotics are likely to affect the gut microbiome in infancy, their effect on the development of atopic dermatitis (AD in infancy is unclear. The influence of individual genotypes on these relationships is also unclear. To evaluate with a prospective birth cohort study whether cesarean section, prenatal exposure to antibiotics, and susceptible genotypes act additively to promote the development of AD in infancy. METHODS: The Cohort for Childhood of Asthma and Allergic Diseases (COCOA was selected from the general Korean population. A pediatric allergist assessed 412 infants for the presence of AD at 1 year of age. Their cord blood DNA was subjected to interleukin (IL-13 (rs20541 and cluster-of-differentiation (CD14 (rs2569190 genotype analysis. RESULTS: The combination of cesarean delivery and prenatal exposure to antibiotics associated significantly and positively with AD (adjusted odds ratio, 5.70; 95% CI, 1.19-27.3. The association between cesarean delivery and AD was significantly modified by parental history of allergic diseases or risk-associated IL-13 (rs20541 and CD14 (rs2569190 genotypes. There was a trend of interaction between IL-13 (rs20541 and delivery mode with respect to the subsequent risk of AD. (P for interaction = 0.039 Infants who were exposed prenatally to antibiotics and were born by cesarean delivery had a lower total microbiota diversity in stool samples at 6 months of age than the control group. As the number of these risk factors increased, the AD risk rose (trend p<0.05. CONCLUSION: Cesarean delivery and prenatal antibiotic exposure may affect the gut microbiota, which may in turn influence the risk of AD in infants. These relationships may be shaped by the genetic predisposition.

  2. 手足口病患儿血清中IL-6 IL-10 IL-13及IL-17的变化及临床意义%Changes and clinical significance of serum IL-6,IL-10,IL-13 and IL-17 levels in children with hand-foot-mouth disease

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    陈笑辉; 樊冰

    2013-01-01

    Objective To study the changes and clinical significance of serum IL-6,IL-10,IL-13,IL-17 levels in the children with hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD).Methods The serum concentration of IL-6,IL-10,IL-13,IL-17 in 46 case of HFMD children with acute stage and recovery stage and 40 cases of healthy controls were measured by ELISA.The data was analyzed by statistical SPSS software.Results In acute stage,the levels of IL-6,IL-10,IL-13,IL-17 in children of severe HFMD were higher than those in general children (P<0.01),showing significant difference from those in healthy controls (P<0.01).In recovery stage,the levels of IL-6 and IL-17 of HFMD were significantly lower than those in acute stage,and also no significant difference showed from those in general children and in healthy controls (P>0.05).Conclusion The levels of IL-6 and IL-17 were significantly increased in acute stage of HFMD children.The persistent elevation of serum IL-10 and IL-13 levels were found in HFMD patients after convalescence.%目的 探讨手足口病患儿血清中IL-6 IL-10 IL-13及IL-17的变化及临床意义.方法 采用酶联免疫吸附实验(ELISA)抗体夹心法测定46例手足口病患儿急性期、恢复期及40例健康体检儿童血清IL-6、IL-10、IL-13、IL-17的含量,对手足口病患儿急性期、恢复期进行比较,同时对其中重症患儿、普通患儿进行比较,用统计软件进行统计学分析.结果 急性期重症组与普通组IL-6、IL-10、IL-13及IL-17水平均明显升高,与对照组比较有统计学意义(P<0.01),重症组与普通组比较有统计学意义(P<0.01).恢复期重症组与普通组IL-6、IL-17较急性期下降,普通组与对照组比较无统计学意义(P>0.05),而重症组与对照组比较有统计学意义(P<0.01),但是IL-10、IL-13重症组和普通组均较急性期下降,但仍高于对照组,两组与对照组比较有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 炎症因子IL-6、IL-17在急性期水平显著升

  3. Genes of periodontopathogens expressed during human disease.

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    Song, Yo-Han; Kozarov, Emil V; Walters, Sheila M; Cao, Sam Linsen; Handfield, Martin; Hillman, Jeffrey D; Progulske-Fox, Ann

    2002-12-01

    Since many bacterial genes are environmentally regulated, the screening for virulence-associated factors using classical genetic and molecular biology approaches can be biased under laboratory growth conditions of a given pathogen, because the required conditions for expression of many virulence factors may not occur during in vitro growth. Thus, technologies have been developed during the past several years to identify genes that are expressed during disease using animal models of human disease. However, animal models are not always truly representative of human disease, and with many pathogens, there is no appropriate animal model. A new technology, in vivo-induced antigen technology (IVIAT) was thus engineered and tested in our laboratory to screen for genes of pathogenic organisms induced specifically in humans, without the use of animal or artificial models of infection. This technology uses pooled sera from patients to probe for genes expressed exclusively in vivo (or ivi, in vivo-induced genes). IVIAT was originally designed for the study of Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans pathogenesis, but we have now extended it to other oral pathogens including Porphyromonas gingivalis. One hundred seventy-one thousand (171,000) clones from P. gingivalis strain W83 were screened and 144 were confirmed positive. Over 300,000 A. actinomycetemcomitans clones were probed, and 116 were confirmed positive using a quantitative blot assay. MAT has proven useful in identifying previously unknown in vivo-induced genes that are likely involved in virulence and are thus excellent candidates for use in diagnostic : and therapeutic strategies, including vaccine design.

  4. Human proton/oligopeptide transporter (POT) genes

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    Botka, C. W.; Wittig, T. W.; Graul, R. C.

    2000-01-01

    The proton-dependent oligopeptide transporters (POT) gene family currently consists of approximately 70 cloned cDNAs derived from diverse organisms. In mammals, two genes encoding peptide transporters, PepT1 and PepT2 have been cloned in several species including humans, in addition to a rat...... the presence of several possible splice variants of hPHT1. A second closely related human EST-contig displayed high identity to a recently cloned mouse cDNA encoding cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-inducible 1 protein (gi:4580995). This contig served to identify a PAC clone containing deduced exons...

  5. Avaliação das citocinas IL-10 e IL-13 como mediadores na progressão da fibrose de Symmers em portadores de esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica Evaluation of the cytokines IL-10 and IL-13 as mediators in the progression of symmers fibrosis in patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni

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    Carlos Teixeira Brandt

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar os níveis de IL-10 e IL-13 no soro de portadores da esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica (EHE, avaliando o papel destas citocinas no desenvolvimento da fibrose hepática. MÉTODOS: O estudo foi prospectivo e analítico, desenvolvido no Departamento de Cirurgia da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Laboratório de Imunologia Keizo Asami. Foram estudados três grupos: Grupo I - 25 portadores de esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica e não submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico; Grupo II - 30 submetidos à esplenectomia e ligadura da veia gástrica esquerda; Grupo III - 33 indivíduos sem esquistossomose mansônica na forma hepatoesplênica ou qualquer outra doença ou agravo que comprometesse a reserva funcional hepática. As concentrações séricas de IL-10 e IL-13 foram obtidas pelo método ELISA. Considerando-se a natureza não paramétrica, todas as concentrações foram analisadas pelo teste de Kruskal-Wallis. p0,05. CONCLUSÃO: As médias das concentrações séricas de IL-10 e IL-13 foram similares nos três grupos estudados, indicando que, possivelmente, estas citocinas no soro não estejam associadas aos diferentes graus de fibrose de Symmers nos pacientes.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the serum levels of IL-10 and IL-13 in patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni (HSM, evaluating the role of these cytokines in the development of hepatic fibrosis. METHODS: The study was prospective and analytical, developed at the Department of Surgery, Federal University of Pernambuco, Keizo Asami Laboratory of Immunology. We studied three groups: Group I - 25 patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni who were not submitted to surgery; Group II - 30 individuals who underwent splenectomy and ligature of left gastric vein; Group III - 33 subjects without hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni or any other disease or condition that could compromise the hepatic functional reserve. Serum

  6. Effect of Fangchuangao on Bronchial Asthma and the Contents of IL-12 and IL-13 in Rats%防喘膏防治哮喘大鼠的疗效及其对血清IL-12、IL-13水平的影响

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    孙红

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察防喘膏防治哮喘大鼠的疗效及其对血清白细胞介素(IL)-12、13水平的影响。方法将麻黄、大黄、白芥子、地龙、细辛、甘遂六味药按比例研成末,以生姜汁调和成膏状,敷贴于哮喘大鼠背部穴位;再以卵清白蛋白(OVA)激发哮喘,观察引发大鼠哮喘的潜伏期;末次雾化吸入卵清白蛋白后,采用ELISH法测定大鼠血清IL-12、IL-13水平。结果与哮喘模型组比较,防喘膏敷贴能延长哮喘大鼠的哮喘潜伏期(P0.05)。结论防喘膏穴位敷贴能延长哮喘大鼠的哮喘潜伏期,降低哮喘大鼠血清IL-13水平,提高IL-12水平可能是其作用机制之一。%To investigate the effect of Fangchuangao on bronchial asthma and the contents of IL-12 and IL-13 in rats. Methods Grinding ephedra, Chinese rhubarb, white mustard seed, earthworm,asarum and foli-um pyrrosiae were grinded into fine powder, and then were mixed with ginger juice to produce Fangchuangao. Fangchuangao was applied at points on the back of rats, and then chicken egg albumin(OVA) was used to stimu-late asthma. The incubation period of asthma was observed. After the last inhalation of OVA,the contents of IL-12 and IL-13 were determined by ELISA. Results Compared with model group, Fangchuangao application prolonged the incubation period of bronchial asthma. Compared with normal group, the serum level of IL-12 in model group was decreased and that of IL-13 was increased (P0.05). Conclusion Fangchuangao can prolong the incubation period of bronchial asthma in rats by increasing the serum leve of IL-12 and decrease IL-13.

  7. Early Regulation of Profibrotic Genes in Primary Human Cardiac Myocytes by Trypanosoma cruzi.

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    Aniekanabassi N Udoko

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The molecular mechanisms of Trypanosoma cruzi induced cardiac fibrosis remains to be elucidated. Primary human cardiomyoctes (PHCM exposed to invasive T. cruzi trypomastigotes were used for transcriptome profiling and downstream bioinformatic analysis to determine fibrotic-associated genes regulated early during infection process (0 to 120 minutes. The identification of early molecular host responses to T. cruzi infection can be exploited to delineate important molecular signatures that can be used for the classification of Chagasic patients at risk of developing heart disease. Our results show distinct gene network architecture with multiple gene networks modulated by the parasite with an incline towards progression to a fibrogenic phenotype. Early during infection, T. cruzi significantly upregulated transcription factors including activator protein 1 (AP1 transcription factor network components (including FOSB, FOS and JUNB, early growth response proteins 1 and 3 (EGR1, EGR3, and cytokines/chemokines (IL5, IL6, IL13, CCL11, which have all been implicated in the onset of fibrosis. The changes in our selected genes of interest did not all start at the same time point. The transcriptome microarray data, validated by quantitative Real-Time PCR, was also confirmed by immunoblotting and customized Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays (ELISA array showing significant increases in the protein expression levels of fibrogenic EGR1, SNAI1 and IL 6. Furthermore, phosphorylated SMAD2/3 which induces a fibrogenic phenotype is also upregulated accompanied by an increased nuclear translocation of JunB. Pathway analysis of the validated genes and phospho-proteins regulated by the parasite provides the very early fibrotic interactome operating when T. cruzi comes in contact with PHCM. The interactome architecture shows that the parasite induces both TGF-β dependent and independent fibrotic pathways, providing an early molecular foundation for Chagasic

  8. Genomics of the human carnitine acyltransferase genes

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    van der Leij, FR; Huijkman, NCA; Boomsma, C; Kuipers, JRG; Bartelds, B

    2000-01-01

    Five genes in the human genome are known to encode different active forms of related carnitine acyltransferases: CPT1A for liver-type carnitine palmitoyltransferase I, CPT1B for muscle-type carnitine palmitoyltransferase I, CPT2 for carnitine palmitoyltransferase II, CROT for carnitine octanoyltrans

  9. T helper 2 (Th2) cell differentiation, type 2 innate lymphoid cell (ILC2) development and regulation of interleukin-4 (IL-4) and IL-13 production.

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    Zhu, Jinfang

    2015-09-01

    Interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-5 and IL-13, the signature cytokines that are produced during type 2 immune responses, are critical for protective immunity against infections of extracellular parasites and are responsible for asthma and many other allergic inflammatory diseases. Although many immune cell types within the myeloid lineage compartment including basophils, eosinophils and mast cells are capable of producing at least one of these cytokines, the production of these "type 2 immune response-related" cytokines by lymphoid lineages, CD4 T helper 2 (Th2) cells and type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) in particular, are the central events during type 2 immune responses. In this review, I will focus on the signaling pathways and key molecules that determine the differentiation of naïve CD4 T cells into Th2 cells, and how the expression of Th2 cytokines, especially IL-4 and IL-13, is regulated in Th2 cells. The similarities and differences in the differentiation of Th2 cells, IL-4-producing T follicular helper (Tfh) cells and ILC2s as well as their relationships will also be discussed.

  10. Effects of triptolide on the expression of intestinal mucosa IL-4 and IL-13 in experi-mental colitis rats%雷公藤甲素对大鼠实验性结肠炎组织中IL-4、IL-13表达的影响

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    杨立; 肖明明; 桑力轩; 李岩; 邢煜; 王岩; 姚远

    2015-01-01

    目的 探讨雷公藤甲素对三硝基苯磺酸钠( TNBS)诱导的大鼠结肠炎的疗效,以及对炎性细胞因子IL-4、IL-13表达的影响. 方法 成年SD大鼠18只,随机分为正常对照组( C组)、TNBS模型组( D1组)、雷公藤甲素组( TP组). 观察大鼠的一般情况,比较结肠组织炎症程度. HE染色观察大鼠结肠组织形态学变化.用反转录聚合酶链反应( RT-PCR)和Western blot( WB)法检测大鼠结肠组织IL-4和IL-13的表达水平. 结果PCR和WB法检测结果表明,C组结肠组织 IL-4、IL-13 的表达水平最高,D1 组表达最低,TP组介于两者之间.结论 雷公藤甲素能有效治疗TNBS诱导的大鼠结肠炎,其作用机制可能与雷公藤甲素上调大鼠结肠黏膜抑炎因子IL-4、IL-13的表达,抑制炎症的发生发展有关.%Objective To evaluate the curative effect of triptolide on TNBS induced colitis and the expression of intestinal mucosa IL-4 and IL-13 in experimental colitis rats and to investigate the underlying mechanisms. Methods 18 adult Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into three groups:normal control group ( group C ) , model group (group D1),tripotlide treatment group (group TP). The general status of the rats was observed,and the histopathologic changes in the colon were examined. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction ( PCR) and Western blot ( WB) techniques were used to detect the expression of IL-4 and IL-13. Results PCR and WB methods showed that the ex-pression levels of IL-4 and IL-13 in group C were higher than those of group D1 and group TP(P<0. 05),and the ex-pression levels in group D1 were lover than those of group TP ( P<0. 05). Conclusion Triptolide could effectively improve the TNBS-induced colitis in rats by promoting the expression of IL-4 and IL-13 and inhibiting the development of inflammation.

  11. 奥硝唑治疗滴虫性阴道炎的疗效及细胞因子IL-2、IL-8和IL-13的变化%Clinical efficacy of ornidazole for treatment of trichomonas vaginitis and the changes of IL-2, IL-8, and IL-13

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    牛义贵

    2012-01-01

    Objective; To study the clinical efficacy of ornidazole for treatment of trichomonas vaginitis and the effect on interleukin-2 (IL-2), IL-8, and IL - 13 in vaginal secretions before and after treatment. Methods; The patients with trichomonas vaginitis were divided into observation group and control group according to the sequence of on admission, 70 patients in each group, the patients in observation group were treated with ornidazole and the patients in control group were treated with metronidazole; the curative effects in the two groups were evaluated, and the changes of IL ?2, IL-8, and IL ?13 levels in vaginal lavage fluid before and after treatment were detected. Results: The curative effect in observation group at seven days after treatment was superior to that in control group, the total effective rates in the two groups were 94. 28% and 85. 71% , respectively, there was statistically significant difference between the two groups (P< 0. 05 ) . After treatment, the levels of IL - 2, IL - 8 , and IL - 13 in vaginal lavage fluid in the two groups decreased, the decreasing amplitude in observation group was significantly higher than that in control group. Conclusion; The curative effect of ornidazole for treatment of trichomonas vaginitis is dominant. Ornidazole can reduce the levels of IL - 2, IL - 8 , and IL - 13 in vaginal secretions effectively and improve vaginal microenvironment, which can be used for clinical treatment extensively.%目的:研究奥硝唑治疗滴虫性阴道炎的疗效及其对治疗前后患者阴道分泌物中细胞因子IL-2、IL-8和IL-13的影响.方法:将滴虫性阴道炎患者按就诊顺序分为观察组和对照组各70例,观察组使用奥硝唑治疗,对照组使用甲硝唑治疗,评价治疗的效果并检测治疗前后阴道灌洗液中IL-2、IL-8和IL-13的变化.结果:服药7天后,观察组的治疗效果优于对照组,总有效率分别为94.28%和85.71%,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).两组患者治

  12. Graves病患者血清IL-4、IL-12、IL-13及ICAM-1、CRP、TNF-α水平变化研究%The study of the level changes on the serum IL-4,IL-12,IL-13 and ICAM-1,CRP,TNF-α in the patients with Graves disease

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    王晓书

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨Graves病患者血清IL-4、IL-12、IL-13及ICAM-1、CRP、TNF-α水平变化规律.方法 选取2008年11月~2010年7月于笔者所在医院进行治疗的60例Graves病患者为研究对象,将其设为观察组,同时选取同期的60名健康人为对照组,对两组人员的血清IL-4、IL-12、IL-13及ICAM-1、CRP、TNF-α水平进行检测及比较.结果 经研究比较发现,观察组的血清IL-4、IL-12、IL-13及ICAM-1、CRP、TNF-α水平均明显高于对照组,同时随着疾病的加重水平也呈现增高趋势,经比较有显著性差异或有非常显著性差异(P<0.05或P<0.01).结论 Graves病患者血清IL-4、IL-12、IL-13及ICAM-1、CRP、TNF-α水平变化对于了解疾病的严重程度及发展转归均有积极的意义.

  13. 哮喘造模不同阶段的小鼠支气管肺泡灌洗液中IL-4、IL-12、IL-13的检测及意义%The significance of detected levels of BALF IL-4, IL-12 and IL-13 in the different periods of asthmatic mice model

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    程静; 梁红艳; 姜晓峰

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the variation of mice BALF IL-4、IL-12 and IL-13 in different periods from sen sitized to challenged ,of asthmatic model, and further explored the immunological pathogenesis mechanism of asthma. Methods The model of asthma in mice was established by egg protein sensitizing 55BalB/C mice were randomly divid ed into eleven groups included 1 control group(N), and each group contains five mice. Four sensitized groups were named S(Ⅰ-Ⅳ)which were divided by the four phases of sensitizing and six challenged groups were named C(Ⅰ-Ⅳ) which were divided by the six phases of challenging. All sensitized and challenged groups were administered intraperito neally 0.1 ml of 0.01% OVA and 0. lml of 20% AI(OH)3. The four phases of sensitized was divided into four groups, the sensitized group Ⅰ was injected twice and the group Ⅱ third, group Ⅲ fourth and group Ⅳ was injected fifth. Then the challenged groups were continue accepted with 5%OVA aerosol inhaling after being sensitized. OVA aerosol inhaling was lasting 27 days, the six phases of challenged was selected the 7 d,ll d,15 d,19 d,23 d and 27 d respec tively. The normal control group was injected and inhalated saline instead of OVA. The levels of BALF IL-4, IL-12 and IL-13 of each group were measured by ELISA kit. Results The BALF IL-4 and IL-13 levels of challenged mice were higher than that of sensitized, however the IL-12 level of challenged mice was lower than the sensitized mice. We also found that the IL-4 and IL-13 levels were gradually raised along with the increased frequency of OVA inhalation, while the IL-12 level decreased. For the stimulated group,the IL-12 level was significantly degraded from SI group, while the IL-4 and IL-13 levels were significantly elevated from SII group. IL-4 and IL-13 showed a significantly positive correla tion (r=0. 968), IL-12 and IL-4 were negative correlated (r=-0. 771), IL-12 and IL-13 were significantly negative correlated(r= -0. 856

  14. Bioinformatic prediction and functional characterization of human KIAA0100 gene

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    He Cui; Xi Lan; Shemin Lu; Fujun Zhang; Wanggang Zhang

    2017-01-01

    Our previous study demonstrated that human KIAA0100 gene was a novel acute monocytic leukemia-associated antigen (MLAA) gene. But the functional characterization of human KIAA0100 gene has remained unknown to date. Here, firstly, bioinformatic prediction of human KIAA0100 gene was carried out using online softwares; Secondly, Human KIAA0100 gene expression was downregulated by the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) 9 system in U937 cells...

  15. Chronic proliferative dermatitis in Sharpin null mice: development of an autoinflammatory disease in the absence of B and T lymphocytes and IL4/IL13 signaling.

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    Christopher S Potter

    Full Text Available SHARPIN is a key regulator of NFKB and integrin signaling. Mice lacking Sharpin develop a phenotype known as chronic proliferative dermatitis (CPDM, typified by progressive epidermal hyperplasia, apoptosis of keratinocytes, cutaneous and systemic eosinophilic inflammation, and hypoplasia of secondary lymphoid organs. Rag1(-/- mice, which lack mature B and T cells, were crossed with Sharpin(-/- mice to examine the role of lymphocytes in CDPM. Although inflammation in the lungs, liver, and joints was reduced in these double mutant mice, dermatitis was not reduced in the absence of functional lymphocytes, suggesting that lymphocytes are not primary drivers of the inflammation in the skin. Type 2 cytokine expression is increased in CPDM. In an attempt to reduce this aspect of the phenotype, Il4ra(-/- mice, unresponsive to both IL4 and IL13, were crossed with Sharpin(-/- mice. Double homozygous Sharpin(-/- , Il4ra(-/- mice developed an exacerbated granulocytic dermatitis, acute system inflammation, as well as hepatic necrosis and mineralization. High expression of CHI3L4, normally seen in CPDM skin, was abolished in Sharpin(-/- , Il4ra(-/- double mutant mice indicating the crucial role of IL4 and IL13 in the expression of this protein. Cutaneous eosinophilia persisted in Sharpin(-/- , Il4ra(-/- mice, although expression of Il5 mRNA was reduced and the expression of Ccl11 and Ccl24 was completely abolished. TSLP and IL33 were both increased in the skin of Sharpin(-/- mice and this was maintained in Sharpin(-/- , Il4ra(-/- mice suggesting a role for TSLP and IL33 in the eosinophilic dermatitis in SHARPIN-deficient mice. These studies indicate that cutaneous inflammation in SHARPIN-deficient mice is autoinflammatory in nature developing independently of B and T lymphocytes, while the systemic inflammation seen in CPDM has a strong lymphocyte-dependent component. Both the cutaneous and systemic inflammation is enhanced by loss of IL4 and IL13 signaling

  16. Regulation of gene expression in human tendinopathy

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    2011-01-01

    Background Chronic tendon injuries, also known as tendinopathies, are common among professional and recreational athletes. These injuries result in a significant amount of morbidity and health care expenditure, yet little is known about the molecular mechanisms leading to tendinopathy. Methods We have used histological evaluation and molecular profiling to determine gene expression changes in 23 human patients undergoing surgical procedures for the treatment of chronic tendinopathy. Results Diseased tendons exhibit altered extracellular matrix, fiber disorientation, increased cellular content and vasculature, and the absence of inflammatory cells. Global gene expression profiling identified 983 transcripts with significantly different expression patterns in the diseased tendons. Global pathway analysis further suggested altered expression of extracellular matrix proteins and the lack of an appreciable inflammatory response. Conclusions Identification of the pathways and genes that are differentially regulated in tendinopathy samples will contribute to our understanding of the disease and the development of novel therapeutics. PMID:21539748

  17. Interleukin-13 as an important cytokine: A review on its roles in some human diseases.

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    Seyfizadeh, Narges; Seyfizadeh, Nayer; Gharibi, Tohid; Babaloo, Zohreh

    2015-12-01

    Interleukin-13 (IL-13) as a pleiotropic cytokine acts through the IL-13Ra1/IL-4Ra complex to induce activation responses which contribute to the inflammatory diseases. Genetic polymorphisms in IL-13 and its receptor components have been proved to be associated with higher disease prevalence rates. Animal models such as in IL-13 deficient mice and transgenic animals also have been confirmed the critical role of this cytokine in the immune responses, mostly by IL-13 neutralization and IL-13/IL-4 dual neutralization strategies. This review highlights IL-13 structure as well as its pivotal roles in the normal physiologic and pathologic states. It is followed by a section on the recent findings on IL-13 receptors and signalling mechanisms to briefly summarize its functions in the immune systems. IL-13 roles in the human diseases such as asthma, systematic sclerosis, and some inflammatory diseases are described concisely. Finally some of the ongoing therapeutic applications are presented to comprehensively review IL-13 mediator roles.

  18. Mapping genes on human chromosome 20

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    Keith, T.; Phipps, P.; Serino, K. [Collaborative Research, Inc., Waltham, MA (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    While a substantial number of genes have been physically localized to human chromosome 20, few have been genetically mapped. In the process of developing a genetic linkage map of chromosome 20, we have mapped microsatellite polymorphisms associated with six genes. Three of these had highly informative polymorphisms (greater than 0.70) that were originally identified by other investigators. These include avian sarcoma oncogene homolog (SRC), ribophorin II (RPN2), and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PCK1). Polymorphisms associated with two genes were determined following a screen of their DNA sequences in GenBank. These include dinucleotide polymorphisms in introl II of cystatin c (CST3) and in the promoter region of neuroendocrine convertase 2 (NEC2) with heterozygosities of 0.52 and 0.54, respectively. A sixth gene, prodynorphin (PDYN) was mapped following the identification of a dinucleotide repeat polymorphism (heterozygosity of 0.35) in a cosmid subclone from a YAC homologous to the original phage clone. CA-positive cosmid subclones from a YAC for an additional gene, guanine nucleotide binding protein, alpha (GNAS10), have been identified and sequencing is in progress. Similar efforts were utilized to identify a microsatellite polymorphism from a half-YAC cloned by W. Brown and localized by FISH to 20pter. This polymorphism is highly informative, with a heterozygosity of 0.83, and serves to delimit the genetic map of the short arm of this chromosome.

  19. Detection of serum levels of IL-8,IL-10 and IL-13 in neonates with bacterial infection%新生儿细菌感染时IL-8 IL-10 IL-13水平的研究及其临床意义

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    朱建幸; 张永红; 沈铮; 李玉峰; 陈菲; 朱晓东

    2004-01-01

    目的新生儿因处于暂时性的免疫功能低下的状态而容易发生感染性疾病,也是新生儿发病和死亡的重要原因.寻找指标以早期诊断新生儿感染性疾病是临床和研究的重点之一.本研究探讨血清IL-8、IL-10、IL-13水平在新生儿细菌感染的早期诊断和疗效判断中的意义.方法用ELISA测定3组血清各细胞因子的水平.感染组:21例细菌感染的足月新生儿.非感染组:20例非感染性疾病的足月新生儿.脐血组:30例正常足月新生儿.结果感染组IL-8、IL-10和IL-13水平(87.0±82.6,35.1±34.8,23.2±46.2 pg/ml)较非感染组升高(56.6±13.2,21.6±12.9,12.0±32.3 pg/ml)(P<0.05);感染组治疗后IL-8和IL-10水平(51.2±3.1,18.5±3.3 pg/ml)较治疗前下降(P<0.05);非感染组IL-13较脐血组(1.2±0.3 pg/ml)显著升高(P<0.05),IL-8、IL-10在两组间无区别.结论新生儿细菌感染时血清IL-8、IL-10和IL-13显著升高,可做为新生儿细菌感染的参考标志物,而IL-8和IL-10的变化有助于评估新生儿感染的治疗效果.%Objective Neonates are susceptible to infectious diseases and are associated with high mortality due to transient low immunity. This study aims to assess the significance of serum levels of IL-8, IL-10 and IL-13 in early diagnosis and therapy of neonatal infectious diseases in term neonates. Methods Three groups were studied: 1) an Infected group consisting of 21 term neonates with proven bacterial infection; 2) a Non-infected group consisting of 20 sick but non-infected term neonates; and 3) a Umbilical blood group consisting of 30 healthy term neonates from whom umbilical vein blood was obtained immediately after birth. Serum levels of IL-8, IL-10 and IL-13 were examined using enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay. Results The serum levels of IL-8, IL-10 and IL-13 were significantly higher in the Infected group (87.0±82.6, 35.1±34.8 and 23.2±46.2 pg/ml) compared with Non-infected group (56.6±13.2, 21.6±12.9 and 12.0±32

  20. The diaginsis sigiificaice nf VEGF,IL-13 aid IL-17 ii the chrniic nbstructive nulmniary disease with brnichial asthma%VEGF、IL -13、IL -17对慢性阻塞性肺疾病合并支气管哮喘的鉴别诊断意义

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    蔡明文; 谭琳

    2015-01-01

    Objective To discuss Clinical significance of detection of VEGF,IL - 13 and IL - 17 in chronic obstructive pulmonary dis-ease with bronchial asthma. Methnds 120 patients over 55 years older were divided into 3 groups:COPD group,asthma group and COPD com-bined asthma group,smoking history of each group were recorded. The forced vital capacity of lung function expected percentages percent of expec-ted value,peak expiratory flow,percentage of forced expiratory volume in one second of expected value and forced vital capacity ratio of VEGF in induced sputum supernatant on sample,concentration of IL - 13,IL - 17 were observed. Results COPD merger had the highest percentage of asthma patients smoking history,differences between groups was statistically significant( P < 0. 05). In lung function index,FVC% ,FEV1% , PEF% ,the results of patients with COPD group index was lower than the other two groups. FEV1 % of COPD combined asthma was difference from simple asthma group,the difference was statistically significant( P < 0. 05). The concentration of contrast induced sputum IL - 17 in COPD group was at a minimum,IL - 13 index in asthma group was lower than that of COPD group( P < 0. 05)in induced sputum IL - 13. In con-trast,concentration of IL - 17 COPD combined index contrast in asthma group of patients with asthma had significant difference. The induced spu-tum VEGF concentration between two groups had a statistical significance( P < 0. 05). The detection of VEGF concentration in patients with COPD with asthma group was highest( P < 0. 05). Cniclusini Detection of patients with VEGF levels in body is important in guiding signifi-cance to diagnosis COPD with asthma,and IL - 13,IL - 17 level to identify the COPD and asthma have guiding significance.%目的:探究诱导痰细胞因子血管内皮生长因子(VEGF)、白细胞介素13(IL -13)和白细胞介素-17(IL-17)对诊断慢性阻塞性肺疾病(COPD)合并哮喘的诊断和

  1. MODULATING EFFECTS OF Tα1 IN ASTHMATIC PATIENTS%支气管哮喘病人IL-12/IL-13失衡及胸腺素α1 调节作用的研究

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    刘伟; 李洁; 刘丰梅; 贺芹

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨哮喘病人外周血白细胞介素12(IL-12)、白细胞介素13(IL-13)水平变化,及胸腺素α1(Tα1)对哮喘病人IL-12/IL-13失衡的调节作用.方法 选取缓解期哮喘病人25例(哮喘组),给予Tα1隔日1次皮下注射,每次1 mg/kg,疗程1.5月.分别于用药前后采用双抗体夹心酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)检测病人血清中IL-12、IL-13的含量.以15例健康志愿者作为对照.结果 哮喘组用药前血清中 IL-13含量显著高于对照组(t=3.46,P<0.01),用药后血清IL-13含量显著降低(t=8.03,P<0.01).哮喘组用药前血清中IL-12含量显著低于对照组(t=4.87,P<0.01),用药后血清IL-12含量显著增加(t=4.75,P<0.01).结论 哮喘病人体内IL-13产生过度,IL-12产生不足, IL-12/IL-13失衡是哮喘发病的关键因素之一;Tα1能降低IL-13水平,提高IL-12水平,通过调节IL-12/IL-13失衡而发挥抗哮喘作用.

  2. Levels of IL-3, IL-18 and IgE in children with asthma%哮喘患儿IL-13 IL-18及IgE水平的初步研究

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    芦爱萍; 刘杰波; 吴剑辉; 姬东霞; 罗宇元

    2004-01-01

    目的哮喘动物实验中白介素13(IL-13)、白介素18(IL-18)在肺内IgE的产生、粘膜内嗜酸性粒细胞的积聚与气道重建的发生中起重要作用.该文探讨哮喘患儿IL-13、IL-18水平变化及其与体液免疫的关系.方法分哮喘组54人,对照组28人,通过ELISA检测其血浆IL-13、IL-18、IgE及IgM水平.结果哮喘组与对照组相比,IL-13,IL-18增高,差异有显著性(均P<0.05).哮喘患儿IgE、IgM高于对照组(P<0.05).结论IL-13、IL-18与儿童哮喘发病机制有关.

  3. Reg gene family and human diseases

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    Yu-Wei Zhang; Liu-Song Ding; Mao-De Lai

    2003-01-01

    Regenerating gene (Reg or REG) family, within the superfamily of C-type lectin, is mainly involved in the liver,pancreatic, gastric and intestinal cell proliferation or differentiation. Considerable attention has focused on Reg family and its structurally related molecules. Over the last 15 years, 17 members of the Reg family have been cloned and sequenced. They have been considered as members of a conserved protein family sharing structural and some functional properties being involved in injury, inflammation,diabetes and carcinogenesis. We previously identified Reg Ⅳ as a strong candidate for a gene that was highly expressed in colorectal adenoma when compared to normal mucosa based on suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH),reverse Northern blot, semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR)and Northern blot. In situ hybridization results further support that overexpression of Reg Ⅳ may be an early event in colorectal carcinogenesis. We suggest that detection of Reg Ⅳ overexpression might be useful in the early diagnosis of carcinomatous transformation of adenoma.This review summarizes the roles of Reg family in diseases in the literature as well as our recent results of Reg Ⅳ in colorectal cancer. The biological properties of Reg family and its possible roles in human diseases are discussed. We particularly focus on the roles of Reg family as sensitive reactants of tissue injury, prognostic indicators of tumor survival and early biomarkers of carcinogenesis. In addition to our current understanding of Reg gene functions, we postulate that there might be relationships between Reg family and microsatellite instability, apoptosis and cancer with a poor prognosis. Investigation of the correlation between tumor Reg expression and survival rate, and analysis of the Reg gene status in human maliganancies, are required to elucidate the biologic consequences of Reg gene expression, the implications for Reg gene regulation of cell growth, tumorigenesis

  4. IL13 Rα2 SNPs在非小细胞肺癌中的表达及其临床意义%The Polymorphism of IL13 Rα2 SNPs in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer and Its Clinical Significance

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    周碧燕; 李友邕; 赵丽萍; 魏威

    2015-01-01

    目的:检测非小细胞肺癌(NSCLC)患者中IL13Rα2 SNPs(rs17095919)的多态性,并探讨其临床意义。方法收集NSCLC患者96例,另选取同期健康体检者40例作为正常对照。 SNPs多态性测定应用Real-Time PCR Taqman分析。结果 NSCLC患者C/C、C/T和T/T基因型频率分别为22.9%、51.1%和26.0%,对照组分别为32.5%、30.0%和37.5%,C/C、T/T基因型表达两组间比较无显著性差异(P>0.05),而C/T基因型表达两组间比较具有统计学差异(P<0.05)。 C/T基因型表达与NSCLC患者有无吸烟、肿瘤分化程度无显著相关(P>0.05),而与有无淋巴结转移、不同临床病理分期显著相关(P<0.05)。结论 IL13RA2 SNPs(rs17095919)C/T基因型与NSCLC的易感性密切相关,在NSCLC的早期诊断以及预后评估等方面起一定的作用。%Objective To investigate the polymorphism of IL13Rα2 SNPs(rs17095919)in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)and its clinical significance.Methods 96 patients with NSCLC were enrolled in our study .Another 40 healthy person were usded as a normal control .The genotypes of IL13Rα2 SNPs( rs17095919) was performed using the Real-Time PCR TaqMan assays.Results The C/C,C/T,and T/T genotypes of IL13Rα2 SNPs(rs17095919) in NSCLC were 22.9%,51.1%,and 26.0%,respectively,and those of the control group were 32.5%,30.0%,and 37.5%,respectively.There had no significant difference in C/C and T/T genotypes between the 2 groups(P>0.05).However,there was significant difference in C/T genotype between the 2 groups(P0.05). However,it was significantly related with lymphatic metastasis,and clinical pathological stage in NSCLC patients (P<0.05). Conclusion IL13RA2 SNPs(rs17095919)C/T genotype may be a susceptibility genotype in NSCLC .The detection of C/T geno-type might be used as a mark for diagnosis ,estimating the degree of differentiation or prognosis in NSCLC patients .

  5. The human T cell receptor alpha variable (TRAV) genes.

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    Scaviner, D; Lefranc, M P

    2000-01-01

    'Human T Cell Receptor Alpha Variable (TRAV) Genes', the eighth report of the 'IMGT Locus in Focus' section, comprises four tables: (1) 'Number of human germline TRAV genes at 14q11 and potential repertoire'; (2) 'Human germline TRAV genes at 14q11'; (3) 'Human TRAV allele table', and (4) 'Correspondence between the different human TRAV gene nomenclatures'. These tables are available at the IMGT Marie-Paule page of IMGT, the international ImMunoGeneTics database (http://imgt.cines.fr:8104) created by Marie-Paule Lefranc, Université Montpellier II, CNRS, France. Copyright 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

  6. Dietary methanol regulates human gene activity.

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    Full Text Available Methanol (MeOH is considered to be a poison in humans because of the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH-mediated conversion of MeOH to formaldehyde (FA, which is toxic. Our recent genome-wide analysis of the mouse brain demonstrated that an increase in endogenous MeOH after ADH inhibition led to a significant increase in the plasma MeOH concentration and a modification of mRNA synthesis. These findings suggest endogenous MeOH involvement in homeostasis regulation by controlling mRNA levels. Here, we demonstrate directly that study volunteers displayed increasing concentrations of MeOH and FA in their blood plasma when consuming citrus pectin, ethanol and red wine. A microarray analysis of white blood cells (WBC from volunteers after pectin intake showed various responses for 30 significantly differentially regulated mRNAs, most of which were somehow involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD. There was also a decreased synthesis of hemoglobin mRNA, HBA and HBB, the presence of which in WBC RNA was not a result of red blood cells contamination because erythrocyte-specific marker genes were not significantly expressed. A qRT-PCR analysis of volunteer WBCs after pectin and red wine intake confirmed the complicated relationship between the plasma MeOH content and the mRNA accumulation of both genes that were previously identified, namely, GAPDH and SNX27, and genes revealed in this study, including MME, SORL1, DDIT4, HBA and HBB. We hypothesized that human plasma MeOH has an impact on the WBC mRNA levels of genes involved in cell signaling.

  7. Positive selection on gene expression in the human brain

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    Khaitovich, Philipp; Tang, Kun; Franz, Henriette

    2006-01-01

    Recent work has shown that the expression levels of genes transcribed in the brains of humans and chimpanzees have changed less than those of genes transcribed in other tissues [1] . However, when gene expression changes are mapped onto the evolutionary lineage in which they occurred, the brain...... shows more changes than other tissues in the human lineage compared to the chimpanzee lineage [1] , [2] and [3] . There are two possible explanations for this: either positive selection drove more gene expression changes to fixation in the human brain than in the chimpanzee brain, or genes expressed...... in the brain experienced less purifying selection in humans than in chimpanzees, i.e. gene expression in the human brain is functionally less constrained. The first scenario would be supported if genes that changed their expression in the brain in the human lineage showed more selective sweeps than other genes...

  8. Gene therapy-mediated delivery of targeted cytotoxins for glioma therapeutics.

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    Candolfi, Marianela; Xiong, Weidong; Yagiz, Kader; Liu, Chunyan; Muhammad, A K M G; Puntel, Mariana; Foulad, David; Zadmehr, Ali; Ahlzadeh, Gabrielle E; Kroeger, Kurt M; Tesarfreund, Matthew; Lee, Sharon; Debinski, Waldemar; Sareen, Dhruv; Svendsen, Clive N; Rodriguez, Ron; Lowenstein, Pedro R; Castro, Maria G

    2010-11-16

    Restricting the cytotoxicity of anticancer agents by targeting receptors exclusively expressed on tumor cells is critical when treating infiltrative brain tumors such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). GBMs express an IL-13 receptor (IL13Rα2) that differs from the physiological IL4R/IL13R receptor. We developed a regulatable adenoviral vector (Ad.mhIL-4.TRE.mhIL-13-PE) encoding a mutated human IL-13 fused to Pseudomonas exotoxin (mhIL-13-PE) that specifically binds to IL13Rα2 to provide sustained expression, effective anti-GBM cytotoxicity, and minimal neurotoxicity. The therapeutic Ad also encodes mutated human IL-4 that binds to the physiological IL4R/IL13R without interacting with IL13Rα2, thus inhibiting potential binding of mhIL-13-PE to normal brain cells. Using intracranial GBM xenografts and syngeneic mouse models, we tested the Ad.mhIL-4.TRE.mhIL-13-PE and two protein formulations, hIL-13-PE used in clinical trials (Cintredekin Besudotox) and a second-generation mhIL-13-PE. Cintredekin Besudotox doubled median survival without eliciting long-term survival and caused severe neurotoxicity; mhIL-13-PE led to ∼40% long-term survival, eliciting severe neurological toxicity at the high dose tested. In contrast, Ad-mediated delivery of mhIL-13-PE led to tumor regression and long-term survival in over 70% of the animals, without causing apparent neurotoxicity. Although Cintredekin Besudotox was originally developed to target GBM, when tested in a phase III trial it failed to achieve clinical endpoints and revealed neurotoxicity. Limitations of Cintredekin Besudotox include its short half-life, which demanded frequent or continued administration, and binding to IL4R/IL13R, present in normal brain cells. These shortcomings were overcome by our therapeutic Ad, thus representing a significant advance in the development of targeted therapeutics for GBM.

  9. 早期颅脑损伤患者血清IL-1β、IL-6、IL-13的变化及意义

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    夏熙双

    2006-01-01

    采用双抗体夹心酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)测定60例早期颅脑损伤患者血清IL-1β、IL-6和IL-13水平.结果60例患者血清IL-1β、IL-6和IL-13II水平均有升高,升高幅度与颅脑损伤的严重程度有相关性.认为IL-1β、IL-6和IL-13在脑损伤过程中发挥着重要作用.血清IL-6是评价颅脑损伤早期炎症损伤程度的重要生化指标之一.

  10. Injury, inflammation and the emergence of human specific genes

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    indistinguishable.6 Interestingly, just as we noted the expression of human -specific genes in human immune cells (Table 1), Long and colleagues noted the wide...nervous system, it presumably alters a7AChR activities on human cognition and memory . In other examples, the human antimicrobial defensins are highly...genes in circulating and resident human immune cells can be studied in mice after the transplantation and engraft- ment of human hemato-lymphoid immune

  11. Selective p38α mitogen-activated protein kinase inhibitor attenuates lung inflammation and fibrosis in IL-13 transgenic mouse model of asthma

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    Full Text Available Jing Ying Ma1, Satyanarayana Medicherla1, Irene Kerr, Ruban Mangadu, Andrew A Protter, Linda S Higgins1Scios Inc, Fremont, CA, USA 1Jing Ying Ma and Satyanarayana Medicherla contributed equally to this workAbstract: p38 Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK plays a critical role in the activation of inflammatory cells. We investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of a p38α-selective MAPK inhibitor (SD-282 in a mouse transgenic (CC10:IL-13 asthma model. The CC-10-driven over-expression of IL-13 in the mouse lung/airway has been shown to result in a remarkable phenotype recatitulating many features of asthma and characterized by eosinophilic and mononuclear inflammation, with airway epithelial cell hypertrophy, mucus cell metaplasia, the hyperproduction of neutral and acidic mucus, the deposition of Charcot–Leyden-like crystal, and airway sub-epitheilial fibrosis. Here we show how activated p38 MAPK can be observed in the lungs at the onset of asthma ie, around 8 weeks of age in both female and male mice. We also show that administration of a p38α MAPK selective inhibitor, SD-282 at 30 or 90 mg/kg, twice a day for a period of four weeks beginning at the onset of asthma, significantly reduced the inflammation (p < 0.001; hyperplasia of airway epithelium (p < 0.05; goblet cell metaplasia and mucus hypersecretion (p < 0.001 and reduced lung remodeling and fibrosis (p < 0.01, alleviating the severity of lung damage as measured by a composite score (p < 0.05. Furthermore, SD-282 significantly reduced activated p38 MAPK in the lymphocytes and epithelial cells (p < 0.001. Simultaneously, identical studies were conducted with an anti-fibrotic TGFβR1 kinase inhibitor (SD-208 which demonstrated anti-fibrotic but not anti-inflammatory properties. These findings suggest that the p38α-selective MAPK inhibitor may have dual therapeutic potential in attenuating both the inflammatory component and the fibrotic component of asthma and other Th2

  12. Monoallelic expression of the human FOXP2 speech gene.

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    Adegbola, Abidemi A; Cox, Gerald F; Bradshaw, Elizabeth M; Hafler, David A; Gimelbrant, Alexander; Chess, Andrew

    2015-06-02

    The recent descriptions of widespread random monoallelic expression (RMAE) of genes distributed throughout the autosomal genome indicate that there are more genes subject to RMAE on autosomes than the number of genes on the X chromosome where X-inactivation dictates RMAE of X-linked genes. Several of the autosomal genes that undergo RMAE have independently been implicated in human Mendelian disorders. Thus, parsing the relationship between allele-specific expression of these genes and disease is of interest. Mutations in the human forkhead box P2 gene, FOXP2, cause developmental verbal dyspraxia with profound speech and language deficits. Here, we show that the human FOXP2 gene undergoes RMAE. Studying an individual with developmental verbal dyspraxia, we identify a deletion 3 Mb away from the FOXP2 gene, which impacts FOXP2 gene expression in cis. Together these data suggest the intriguing possibility that RMAE impacts the haploinsufficiency phenotypes observed for FOXP2 mutations.

  13. State-of-the-art human gene therapy: part I. Gene delivery technologies.

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    Wang, Dan; Gao, Guangping

    2014-01-01

    Safe and effective gene delivery is a prerequisite for successful gene therapy. In the early age of human gene therapy, setbacks due to problematic gene delivery vehicles plagued the exciting therapeutic outcome. However, gene delivery technologies rapidly evolved ever since. With the advancement of gene delivery techniques, gene therapy clinical trials surged during the past decade. As the first gene therapy product (Glybera) has obtained regulatory approval and reached clinic, human gene therapy finally realized the promise that genes can be medicines. The diverse gene delivery techniques available today have laid the foundation for gene therapy applications in treating a wide range of human diseases. Some of the most urgent unmet medical needs, such as cancer and pandemic infectious diseases, have been tackled by gene therapy strategies with promising results. Furthermore, combining gene transfer with other breakthroughs in biomedical research and novel biotechnologies opened new avenues for gene therapy. Such innovative therapeutic strategies are unthinkable until now, and are expected to be revolutionary. In part I of this review, we introduced recent development of non-viral and viral gene delivery technology platforms. As cell-based gene therapy blossomed, we also summarized the diverse types of cells and vectors employed in ex vivo gene transfer. Finally, challenges in current gene delivery technologies for human use were discussed.

  14. Combined exposure to protons and 56Fe leads to overexpression of Il13 and reactivation of repetitive elements in the mouse lung

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    Nzabarushimana, Etienne; Prior, Sara; Miousse, Isabelle R.; Pathak, Rupak; Allen, Antiño R.; Latendresse, John; Olsen, Reid H. J.; Raber, Jacob; Hauer-Jensen, Martin; Nelson, Gregory A.; Koturbash, Igor

    2015-11-01

    Interest in deep space exploration underlines the needs to investigate the effects of exposure to combined sources of space radiation. The lung is a target organ for radiation, and exposure to protons and heavy ions as radiation sources may lead to the development of degenerative disease and cancer. In this study, we evaluated the pro-fibrotic and epigenetic effects of exposure to protons (150 MeV/nucleon, 0.1 Gy) and heavy iron ions (56Fe, 600 MeV/nucleon, 0.5 Gy) alone or in combination (protons on Day 1 and 56Fe on Day 2) in C57BL/6 male mice 4 weeks after irradiation. Exposure to 56Fe, proton or in combination, did not result in histopathological changes in the murine lung. At the same time, combined exposure to protons and 56Fe resulted in pronounced molecular alterations in comparison with either source of radiation alone. Specifically, we observed a substantial increase in the expression of cytokine Il13, loss of expression of DNA methyltransferase Dnmt1, and reactivation of LINE-1, SINE B1 retrotransposons, and major and minor satellites. Given the deleterious potential of the observed effects that may lead to development of chronic lung injury, pulmonary fibrosis, and cancer, future studies devoted to the investigation of the long-term effects of combined exposures to proton and heavy ions are clearly needed.

  15. Severe South American Ocular Toxoplasmosis Is Associated with Decreased Ifn-γ/Il-17a and Increased Il-6/Il-13 Intraocular Levels

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    de-la-Torre, Alejandra; Sauer, Arnaud; Pfaff, Alexander W.; Bourcier, Tristan; Brunet, Julie; Speeg-Schatz, Claude; Ballonzoli, Laurent; Villard, Odile; Ajzenberg, Daniel; Sundar, Natarajan; Grigg, Michael E.

    2013-01-01

    In a cross sectional study, 19 French and 23 Colombian cases of confirmed active ocular toxoplasmosis (OT) were evaluated. The objective was to compare clinical, parasitological and immunological responses and relate them to the infecting strains. A complete ocular examination was performed in each patient. The infecting strain was characterized by genotyping when intraocular Toxoplasma DNA was detectable, as well as by peptide-specific serotyping for each patient. To characterize the immune response, we assessed Toxoplasma protein recognition patterns by intraocular antibodies and the intraocular profile of cytokines, chemokines and growth factors. Significant differences were found for size of active lesions, unilateral macular involvement, unilateral visual impairment, vitreous inflammation, synechiae, and vasculitis, with higher values observed throughout for Colombian patients. Multilocus PCR-DNA sequence genotyping was only successful in three Colombian patients revealing one type I and two atypical strains. The Colombian OT patients possessed heterogeneous atypical serotypes whereas the French were uniformly reactive to type II strain peptides. The protein patterns recognized by intraocular antibodies and the cytokine patterns were strikingly different between the two populations. Intraocular IFN-γ and IL-17 expression was lower, while higher levels of IL-13 and IL-6 were detected in aqueous humor of Colombian patients. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that South American strains may cause more severe OT due to an inhibition of the protective effect of IFN-γ. PMID:24278490

  16. Severe South American ocular toxoplasmosis is associated with decreased Ifn-γ/Il-17a and increased Il-6/Il-13 intraocular levels.

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    Alejandra de-la-Torre

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available In a cross sectional study, 19 French and 23 Colombian cases of confirmed active ocular toxoplasmosis (OT were evaluated. The objective was to compare clinical, parasitological and immunological responses and relate them to the infecting strains. A complete ocular examination was performed in each patient. The infecting strain was characterized by genotyping when intraocular Toxoplasma DNA was detectable, as well as by peptide-specific serotyping for each patient. To characterize the immune response, we assessed Toxoplasma protein recognition patterns by intraocular antibodies and the intraocular profile of cytokines, chemokines and growth factors. Significant differences were found for size of active lesions, unilateral macular involvement, unilateral visual impairment, vitreous inflammation, synechiae, and vasculitis, with higher values observed throughout for Colombian patients. Multilocus PCR-DNA sequence genotyping was only successful in three Colombian patients revealing one type I and two atypical strains. The Colombian OT patients possessed heterogeneous atypical serotypes whereas the French were uniformly reactive to type II strain peptides. The protein patterns recognized by intraocular antibodies and the cytokine patterns were strikingly different between the two populations. Intraocular IFN-γ and IL-17 expression was lower, while higher levels of IL-13 and IL-6 were detected in aqueous humor of Colombian patients. Our results are consistent with the hypothesis that South American strains may cause more severe OT due to an inhibition of the protective effect of IFN-γ.

  17. Targeting interleukin-13 with tralokinumab attenuates lung fibrosis and epithelial damage in a humanized SCID idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis model.

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    Murray, Lynne A; Zhang, Huilan; Oak, Sameer R; Coelho, Ana Lucia; Herath, Athula; Flaherty, Kevin R; Lee, Joyce; Bell, Matt; Knight, Darryl A; Martinez, Fernando J; Sleeman, Matthew A; Herzog, Erica L; Hogaboam, Cory M

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    The aberrant fibrotic and repair responses in the lung are major hallmarks of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Numerous antifibrotic strategies have been used in the clinic with limited success, raising the possibility that an effective therapeutic strategy in this disease must inhibit fibrosis and promote appropriate lung repair mechanisms. IL-13 represents an attractive target in IPF, but its disease association and mechanism of action remains unknown. In the present study, an overexpression of IL-13 and IL-13 pathway markers was associated with IPF, particularly a rapidly progressive form of this disease. Targeting IL-13 in a humanized experimental model of pulmonary fibrosis using tralokinumab (CAT354) was found to therapeutically block aberrant lung remodeling in this model. However, targeting IL-13 was also found to promote lung repair and to restore epithelial integrity. Thus, targeting IL-13 inhibits fibrotic processes and enhances repair processes in the lung.

  18. THE CLONING OF HUMAN NEUROTROPHIN-3 GENE

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    1999-01-01

    In the present study, we have cloned the gene of human neurotrophin-3 (hNT-3) from the genomic DNA of white blood cells (WBC) by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The amplification products were cloned into pUC19 and sequenced. Genomic sequence comparison of the cloned fragment and the reported hNT-3 (GenBank M61180) reveals 7 base differences: 1 in the signal peptide, 3 in the prepro peptide, and 3 in the mature hNT-3. Except the 2 varied bases (16th, T to G; 285th, A to C) in the signal peptide and pro-sequence resulted in the change of their encoded amino-acids (Tyr→Asp; Gln→His), the other varied bases have no influence on their respective encoded amino-acids, and all the changes have no influence on the open reading frame (ORF) of the hNT-3.

  19. A human gut microbial gene catalogue established by metagenomic sequencing

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    dos Santos, Marcelo Bertalan Quintanilha; Sicheritz-Pontén, Thomas; Nielsen, Henrik Bjørn

    2010-01-01

    , from faecal samples of 124 European individuals. The gene set, ,150 times larger than the human gene complement, contains an overwhelming majority of the prevalent (more frequent) microbial genes of the cohort and probably includes a large proportion of the prevalent human intestinal microbial genes......To understand the impact of gut microbes on human health and well-being it is crucial to assess their genetic potential. Here we describe the Illumina-based metagenomic sequencing, assembly and characterization of 3.3 million non-redundant microbial genes, derived from 576.7 gigabases of sequence...

  20. STATE-OF-THE-ART HUMAN GENE THERAPY: PART II. GENE THERAPY STRATEGIES AND APPLICATIONS

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    In Part I of this Review, we introduced recent advances in gene delivery technologies and explained how they have powered some of the current human gene therapy applications. In Part II, we expand the discussion on gene therapy applications, focusing on some of the most exciting clinical uses. To help readers to grasp the essence and to better organize the diverse applications, we categorize them under four gene therapy strategies: (1) gene replacement therapy for monogenic diseases, (2) gene...

  1. Mutation analysis of the MCHR1 gene in human obesity

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    Wermter, Anne-Kathrin; Reichwald, Kathrin; Büch, Thomas

    2005-01-01

    The importance of the melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) system for regulation of energy homeostasis and body weight has been demonstrated in rodents. We analysed the human MCH receptor 1 gene (MCHR1) with respect to human obesity....

  2. Karyotypic analysis of gene transformed human keratinocyte line

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    1999-01-01

    @@ INTRODUCTION In order to solve the difficult problem of long term in vitro culture of human keratinocytes, the technique of gene transfer was utilized to transform human keratinocytes with simian virus 40 (SV40).

  3. Effect of losartan potassium combined with Yishenhuashi on the levels of plasma protein, IL-1, IL-6 and IL-13 in the patients with chronic glomerulonephritis%氯沙坦钾联合益肾化湿颗粒对慢性肾炎患者血浆蛋白浓度和IL-1、IL-6、IL-13水平的影响

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    倪志刚

    2016-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of losartan potassium combined with yishenhuashi on the levels of urine protein, IL-1, IL-6 and IL-13 in the patients with chronic glomerulonephritis.Methods: Fifty-nine cases of patients with chronic glomerulonephritis were retrospectively analyzed and divided into a control group (29 cases, treated with losartan potassium 50 mg/d qd) and an observation group (30 cases, treated with losartan potassium combined with yishenhuashi 10 g bid) and the treatment was lasted for 12 weeks. The changes of the concentrations of plasma and urine proteins and the levels of IL-1, IL-6 and IL-13 were observed before and after treatment, meanwhile the incidence of adverse reactions was recorded.Results: After treatment, the levels of urine protein were lower and the levels of plasma protein, IL-6 and IL-13 were higher in the observation group than in the control group (P0.05)。结论:氯沙坦钾联合益肾化湿颗粒治疗慢性肾炎的疗效更好,能有效增加血浆蛋白含量,减少尿蛋白,降低血清IL-1、IL-6、IL-13的水平,不良反应较少。

  4. Bioinformatic prediction and functional characterization of human KIAA0100 gene

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    He Cui

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Our previous study demonstrated that human KIAA0100 gene was a novel acute monocytic leukemia-associated antigen (MLAA gene. But the functional characterization of human KIAA0100 gene has remained unknown to date. Here, firstly, bioinformatic prediction of human KIAA0100 gene was carried out using online softwares; Secondly, Human KIAA0100 gene expression was downregulated by the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR/CRISPR-associated (Cas 9 system in U937 cells. Cell proliferation and apoptosis were next evaluated in KIAA0100-knockdown U937 cells. The bioinformatic prediction showed that human KIAA0100 gene was located on 17q11.2, and human KIAA0100 protein was located in the secretory pathway. Besides, human KIAA0100 protein contained a signalpeptide, a transmembrane region, three types of secondary structures (alpha helix, extended strand, and random coil , and four domains from mitochondrial protein 27 (FMP27. The observation on functional characterization of human KIAA0100 gene revealed that its downregulation inhibited cell proliferation, and promoted cell apoptosis in U937 cells. To summarize, these results suggest human KIAA0100 gene possibly comes within mitochondrial genome; moreover, it is a novel anti-apoptotic factor related to carcinogenesis or progression in acute monocytic leukemia, and may be a potential target for immunotherapy against acute monocytic leukemia.

  5. Bioinformatics Assisted Gene Discovery and Annotation of Human Genome

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    As the sequencing stage of human genome project is near the end, the work has begun for discovering novel genes from genome sequences and annotating their biological functions. Here are reviewed current major bioinformatics tools and technologies available for large scale gene discovery and annotation from human genome sequences. Some ideas about possible future development are also provided.

  6. In-silico human genomics with GeneCards

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    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Since 1998, the bioinformatics, systems biology, genomics and medical communities have enjoyed a synergistic relationship with the GeneCards database of human genes (http://www.genecards.org. This human gene compendium was created to help to introduce order into the increasing chaos of information flow. As a consequence of viewing details and deep links related to specific genes, users have often requested enhanced capabilities, such that, over time, GeneCards has blossomed into a suite of tools (including GeneDecks, GeneALaCart, GeneLoc, GeneNote and GeneAnnot for a variety of analyses of both single human genes and sets thereof. In this paper, we focus on inhouse and external research activities which have been enabled, enhanced, complemented and, in some cases, motivated by GeneCards. In turn, such interactions have often inspired and propelled improvements in GeneCards. We describe here the evolution and architecture of this project, including examples of synergistic applications in diverse areas such as synthetic lethality in cancer, the annotation of genetic variations in disease, omics integration in a systems biology approach to kidney disease, and bioinformatics tools.

  7. Human reporter genes: potential use in clinical studies

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    Serganova, Inna [Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021 (United States); Ponomarev, Vladimir [Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021 (United States); Blasberg, Ronald [Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021 (United States); Department of Radiology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10021 (United States)], E-mail: blasberg@neuro1.mskcc.org

    2007-10-15

    The clinical application of positron-emission-tomography-based reporter gene imaging will expand over the next several years. The translation of reporter gene imaging technology into clinical applications is the focus of this review, with emphasis on the development and use of human reporter genes. Human reporter genes will play an increasingly more important role in this development, and it is likely that one or more reporter systems (human gene and complimentary radiopharmaceutical) will take leading roles. Three classes of human reporter genes are discussed and compared: receptors, transporters and enzymes. Examples of highly expressed cell membrane receptors include specific membrane somatostatin receptors (hSSTrs). The transporter group includes the sodium iodide symporter (hNIS) and the norepinephrine transporter (hNET). The endogenous enzyme classification includes human mitochondrial thymidine kinase 2 (hTK2). In addition, we also discuss the nonhuman dopamine 2 receptor and two viral reporter genes, the wild-type herpes simplex virus 1 thymidine kinase (HSV1-tk) gene and the HSV1-tk mutant (HSV1-sr39tk). Initial applications of reporter gene imaging in patients will be developed within two different clinical disciplines: (a) gene therapy and (b) adoptive cell-based therapies. These studies will benefit from the availability of efficient human reporter systems that can provide critical monitoring information for adenoviral-based, retroviral-based and lenteviral-based gene therapies, oncolytic bacterial and viral therapies, and adoptive cell-based therapies. Translational applications of noninvasive in vivo reporter gene imaging are likely to include: (a) quantitative monitoring of gene therapy vectors for targeting and transduction efficacy in clinical protocols by imaging the location, extent and duration of transgene expression; (b) monitoring of cell trafficking, targeting, replication and activation in adoptive T-cell and stem/progenitor cell therapies

  8. Human gene therapy: a brief overview of the genetic revolution.

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    Misra, Sanjukta

    2013-02-01

    Advances in biotechnology have brought gene therapy to the forefront of medical research. The prelude to successful gene therapy i.e. the efficient transfer and expression of a variety of human gene into target cells has already been accomplished in several systems. Safe methods have been devised to do this, using several viral and no-viral vectors. Two main approaches emerged: in vivo modification and ex vivo modification. Retrovirus, adenovirus, adeno-associated virus are suitable for gene therapeutic approaches which are based on permanent expression of the therapeutic gene. Non-viral vectors are far less efficient than viral vectors, but they have advantages due to their low immunogenicity and their large capacity for therapeutic DNA. To improve the function of non-viral vectors, the addition of viral functions such as receptor mediated uptake and nuclear translocation of DNA may finally lead to the development of an artificial virus. Gene transfer protocols have been approved for human use in inherited diseases, cancers and acquired disorders. In 1990, the first successful clinical trial of gene therapy was initiated for adenosine deaminase deficiency. Since then, the number of clinical protocols initiated worldwide has increased exponentially. Although preliminary results of these trials are somewhat disappointing, but human gene therapy dreams of treating diseases by replacing or supplementing the product of defective or introducing novel therapeutic genes. So definitely human gene therapy is an effective addition to the arsenal of approaches to many human therapies in the 21st century.

  9. The structure and expression of the human neuroligin-3 gene.

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    Philibert, R A; Winfield, S L; Sandhu, H K; Martin, B M; Ginns, E I

    2000-04-04

    The neuroligins are a family of proteins that are thought to mediate cell to cell interactions between neurons. During the sequencing at an Xq13 locus associated with a mental retardation syndrome in some studies, we discovered a portion of the human orthologue of the rat neuroligin-3 gene. We now report the structure and the expression of that gene. The gene spans approximately 30kb and contains eight exons. Unlike the rat gene, it codes for at least two mRNAs and at least one of which is expressed outside the CNS. Interestingly, the putative promoter for the gene overlaps the last exon of the neighboring HOPA gene and is located less than 1kb from an OPA element in which a polymorphism associated with mental retardation is found. These findings suggest a possible role for the neuroligin gene in mental retardation and that the role of the gene in humans may differ from its role in rats.

  10. Evaluation of reference genes for gene expression studies in human brown adipose tissue.

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    Taube, Magdalena; Andersson-Assarsson, Johanna C; Lindberg, Kristin; Pereira, Maria J; Gäbel, Markus; Svensson, Maria K; Eriksson, Jan W; Svensson, Per-Arne

    2015-01-01

    Human brown adipose tissue (BAT) has during the last 5 year been subjected to an increasing research interest, due to its putative function as a target for future obesity treatments. The most commonly used method for molecular studies of human BAT is the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). This method requires normalization to a reference gene (genes with uniform expression under different experimental conditions, e.g. similar expression levels between human BAT and WAT), but so far no evaluation of reference genes for human BAT has been performed. Two different microarray datasets with samples containing human BAT were used to search for genes with low variability in expression levels. Seven genes (FAM96B, GNB1, GNB2, HUWE1, PSMB2, RING1 and TPT1) identified by microarray analysis, and 8 commonly used reference genes (18S, B2M, GAPDH, LRP10, PPIA, RPLP0, UBC, and YWHAZ) were selected and further analyzed by quantitative PCR in both BAT containing perirenal adipose tissue and subcutaneous adipose tissue. Results were analyzed using 2 different algorithms (Normfinder and geNorm). Most of the commonly used reference genes displayed acceptably low variability (geNorm M-values genes identified by microarray displayed an even lower variability (M-values genes for qPCR analysis of human BAT and we recommend that they are included in future gene expression studies of human BAT.

  11. 哮喘患儿血清中sIL-2R、IL-2、IL-4、IL-13的水平变化与临床意义

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    许文龙; 张国祥; 楚旭

    2007-01-01

    [目的]探讨哮喘患儿清中可溶性白细胞介素-2受体(sIL-2R)、白细胞介素-2(IL-2)、白细胞介素-4(IL-4)、白细胞介素-13(IL-13)的水平变化及其与哮喘发病机制的关系.[方法]每例样本均取空腹静脉血并即时分离血清1 ml,用ELISA法检测血清中sIL-2R、IL-2、IL-4、IL-13的水平并对结果进行统计学分析.[结果]哮喘急性发作组、缓解组的血清中sIL-2R、IL-2、IL-4、IL-13的结果与正常对照组比较差异均有显著性(P<0.05).其中哮喘急性发作组、缓解组血清中sIL-2R,IL-4、IL-13的结果要明显高于正常对照组,而IL-2则明显低于正常对照组.此外,哮喘急性发作组与缓解组血清中IL-2、IL-4、IL-13的结果相比较差异均有显著性(P均<0.05),而SIL-2R则无明显差异.[结论]哮喘患儿血清中sIL-2R、IL-2、IL-4、IL-13的水平伴随病情进展发生显著的变化,说明它们在哮喘的免疫病理过程中起着重要的作用.

  12. Synergistic Induction of Eotaxin and VCAM-1 Expression in Human Corneal Fibroblasts by Staphylococcal Peptidoglycan and Either IL-4 or IL-13

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    Ken Fukuda

    2011-01-01

    Conclusions: Interaction of innate and adaptive immunity, as manifested by synergistic stimulation of eotaxin and VCAM-1 expression in corneal fibroblasts by peptidoglycan and Th2 cytokines, may play an important role in tissue eosinophilia associated with ocular allergy.

  13. Different level of population differentiation among human genes

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    Zhang Ya-Ping

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background During the colonization of the world, after dispersal out of African, modern humans encountered changeable environments and substantial phenotypic variations that involve diverse behaviors, lifestyles and cultures, were generated among the different modern human populations. Results Here, we study the level of population differentiation among different populations of human genes. Intriguingly, genes involved in osteoblast development were identified as being enriched with higher FST SNPs, a result consistent with the proposed role of the skeletal system in accounting for variation among human populations. Genes involved in the development of hair follicles, where hair is produced, were also found to have higher levels of population differentiation, consistent with hair morphology being a distinctive trait among human populations. Other genes that showed higher levels of population differentiation include those involved in pigmentation, spermatid, nervous system and organ development, and some metabolic pathways, but few involved with the immune system. Disease-related genes demonstrate excessive SNPs with lower levels of population differentiation, probably due to purifying selection. Surprisingly, we find that Mendelian-disease genes appear to have a significant excessive of SNPs with high levels of population differentiation, possibly because the incidence and susceptibility of these diseases show differences among populations. As expected, microRNA regulated genes show lower levels of population differentiation due to purifying selection. Conclusion Our analysis demonstrates different level of population differentiation among human populations for different gene groups.

  14. Chromosomal localization of the human and mouse hyaluronan synthase genes

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    Spicer, A.P.; McDonald, J.A. [Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, AZ (United States); Seldin, M.F. [Univ. of California Davis, CA (United States)] [and others

    1997-05-01

    We have recently identified a new vertebrate gene family encoding putative hyaluronan (HA) synthases. Three highly conserved related genes have been identified, designated HAS1, HAS2, and HAS3 in humans and Has1, Has2, and Has3 in the mouse. All three genes encode predicted plasma membrane proteins with multiple transmembrane domains and approximately 25% amino acid sequence identity to the Streptococcus pyogenes HA synthase, HasA. Furthermore, expression of any one HAS gene in transfected mammalian cells leads to high levels of HA biosynthesis. We now report the chromosomal localization of the three HAS genes in human and in mouse. The genes localized to three different positions within both the human and the mouse genomes. HAS1 was localized to the human chromosome 19q13.3-q13.4 boundary and Has1 to mouse Chr 17. HAS2 was localized to human chromosome 8q24.12 and Has2 to mouse Chr 15. HAS3 was localized to human chromosome 16q22.1 and Has3 to mouse Chr 8. The map position for HAS1 reinforces the recently reported relationship between a small region of human chromosome 19q and proximal mouse chromosome 17. HAS2 mapped outside the predicted critical region delineated for the Langer-Giedion syndrome and can thus be excluded as a candidate gene for this genetic syndrome. 33 refs., 2 figs.

  15. Effect of IL- 13 on expression of IL- 1β in acute renal ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats%IL-13对大鼠急性肾缺血再灌注时IL-1β表达的影响

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    冯振伟; 江黎明; 陈孝文; 杨展; 吴平; 赵家明; 何惠娟

    2003-01-01

    目的:观察IL-13对急性肾缺血再灌注时IL-1β表达的影响.方法:Wistar雄性大鼠57只,随机分为8组:正常组(normal);假手术组(sham);缺血组:(Ⅰ)缺血再灌注组(I/R);治疗对照组-1(C-1);治疗对照组-2(C-2);治疗组-1(T-1)和治疗组-2(T-2).阻断大鼠双侧肾脏血流45min再灌注24h建立急性肾缺血再灌注模型;治疗组分别于阻断血流前、后分别从双侧肾动脉开口注射入1.5μg/50 g bw鼠重组白细胞介素13(rmIL-13);检测各组大鼠IL-1β血清水平和肾脏表达,以及肾功能和肾脏病理.结果:(1)治疗组肾脏IL-1β基因(Tto C:P<0.01)和蛋白表达(T-1to C-1:P<0.01;T-2toC-2:P<0.05)明显减少,血清IL-1β水平明显下降[C-1to T-1:(27.13±5.51)ng/Lto(14.05±3.82)ng/L,P<0.01;C-2 to T-2:(29.52±5.84)ng/Lto(14.27±3.52)ng/L,P<0.01];(2)肾功能障碍和肾组织病理变化明显减轻,肾小管损害评分减少(C-1toT-1:45.20±8.64to21.05±8.82,P<0.01;C-2to T-2:42.25±11.15to23.25±7.31,P<0.01);(3)血清IL-1β水平与BUN、Cr成正相关(r=0.708,P<0.01;r=0.770,P<0.01).结论:IL-13能有效地抑制大鼠急性肾缺血再灌注损伤IL-1β的表达.

  16. De Novo Origin of Human Protein-Coding Genes

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    Wu, Dong-Dong; Irwin, David M.; Zhang, Ya-Ping

    2011-01-01

    The de novo origin of a new protein-coding gene from non-coding DNA is considered to be a very rare occurrence in genomes. Here we identify 60 new protein-coding genes that originated de novo on the human lineage since divergence from the chimpanzee. The functionality of these genes is supported by both transcriptional and proteomic evidence. RNA–seq data indicate that these genes have their highest expression levels in the cerebral cortex and testes, which might suggest that these genes contribute to phenotypic traits that are unique to humans, such as improved cognitive ability. Our results are inconsistent with the traditional view that the de novo origin of new genes is very rare, thus there should be greater appreciation of the importance of the de novo origination of genes. PMID:22102831

  17. THE GENE EXPRESSION PROFILE OF HIGHLY METASTATIC HUMAN OVARIAN CANCER CELL LINE BY GENE CHIP

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    吕桂泉; 许沈华; 牟瀚舟; 朱赤红; 羊正炎; 高永良; 楼洪坤; 刘祥麟; 杨文; 程勇

    2001-01-01

    To study the gene expression of high metastatic human ovarian carcinoma cell line (HO-8910PM) and to screen for novel metastasis- associated genes by cDNA microarray. Methods: The cDNA was retro-transcribed from equal quantity mRNA derived from tissues of highly metastatic ovarian carcinoma cell line and normal ovarian, and was labeled with Cy5 and Cy3 fluorescence as probes. The mixed probes were hybridized with BioDoor 4096 double dot human whole gene chip. The chip was scanned by scanArray 3000 laser scanner. The acquired image was analyzed by ImaGene 3.0 software. Results: By applying the cDNA microarray we found: A total of 323 genes whose expression level were 3 times higher or lower in HO-8910PM cell than normal ovarian epithelium cell were screened out, with 71 higher and 252 lower respectively. Among these 10 were new genes. 67 genes showed expression difference bigger than 6 times between HO-8910PM cell and normal ovarian epithelium cell, among these genes 12 were higher, 55 lower, and two new genes were found. Conclusion: cDNA microarray technique is effective in screening the differentially expressed genes between human ovarian cancer cell line (HO-8910PM) and normal ovarian epithelium cell. Using the cDNA microarray to analyze of human ovarian cancer cell line gene expression profile difference will help the gene diagnosis, treatment and protection.

  18. Mutations in the human TWIST gene.

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    Gripp, K W; Zackai, E H; Stolle, C A

    2000-01-01

    Saethre-Chotzen syndrome is a relatively common craniosynostosis disorder with autosomal dominant inheritance. Mutations in the TWIST gene have been identified in patients with Saethre-Chotzen syndrome. The TWIST gene product is a transcription factor with DNA binding and helix-loop-helix domains. Numerous missense and nonsense mutations cluster in the functional domains, without any apparent mutational hot spot. Two novel point mutations and one novel polymorphism are included in this review. Large deletions including the TWIST gene have been identified in some patients with learning disabilities or mental retardation, which are not typically part of the Saethre-Chotzen syndrome. Comprehensive studies in patients with the clinical diagnosis of Saethre-Chotzen syndrome have demonstrated a TWIST gene abnormality in about 80%, up to 37% of which may be large deletions [Johnson et al., 1998]. The gene deletions and numerous nonsense mutations are suggestive of haploinsufficiency as the disease-causing mechanism. No genotype phenotype correlation was apparent.

  19. Human brain evolution: from gene discovery to phenotype discovery.

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    Preuss, Todd M

    2012-06-26

    The rise of comparative genomics and related technologies has added important new dimensions to the study of human evolution. Our knowledge of the genes that underwent expression changes or were targets of positive selection in human evolution is rapidly increasing, as is our knowledge of gene duplications, translocations, and deletions. It is now clear that the genetic differences between humans and chimpanzees are far more extensive than previously thought; their genomes are not 98% or 99% identical. Despite the rapid growth in our understanding of the evolution of the human genome, our understanding of the relationship between genetic changes and phenotypic changes is tenuous. This is true even for the most intensively studied gene, FOXP2, which underwent positive selection in the human terminal lineage and is thought to have played an important role in the evolution of human speech and language. In part, the difficulty of connecting genes to phenotypes reflects our generally poor knowledge of human phenotypic specializations, as well as the difficulty of interpreting the consequences of genetic changes in species that are not amenable to invasive research. On the positive side, investigations of FOXP2, along with genomewide surveys of gene-expression changes and selection-driven sequence changes, offer the opportunity for "phenotype discovery," providing clues to human phenotypic specializations that were previously unsuspected. What is more, at least some of the specializations that have been proposed are amenable to testing with noninvasive experimental techniques appropriate for the study of humans and apes.

  20. An airway epithelial iNOS-DUOX2-thyroid peroxidase metabolome drives Th1/Th2 nitrative stress in human severe asthma.

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    Voraphani, N; Gladwin, M T; Contreras, A U; Kaminski, N; Tedrow, J R; Milosevic, J; Bleecker, E R; Meyers, D A; Ray, A; Ray, P; Erzurum, S C; Busse, W W; Zhao, J; Trudeau, J B; Wenzel, S E

    2014-09-01

    Severe refractory asthma is associated with enhanced nitrative stress. To determine the mechanisms for high nitrative stress in human severe asthma (SA), 3-nitrotyrosine (3NT) was compared with Th1 and Th2 cytokine expression. In SA, high 3NT levels were associated with high interferon (IFN)-γ and low interleukin (IL)-13 expression, both of which have been reported to increase inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) in human airway epithelial cells (HAECs). We found that IL-13 and IFN-γ synergistically enhanced iNOS, nitrite, and 3NT, corresponding with increased H(2)O(2). Catalase inhibited whereas superoxide dismutase enhanced 3NT formation, supporting a critical role for H(2)O(2), but not peroxynitrite, in 3NT generation. Dual oxidase-2 (DUOX2), central to H(2)O(2) formation, was also synergistically induced by IL-13 and IFN-γ. The catalysis of nitrite and H(2)O(2) to nitrogen dioxide radical (NO(2)(•)) requires an endogenous peroxidase in this epithelial cell system. Thyroid peroxidase (TPO) was identified by microarray analysis ex vivo as a gene distinguishing HAEC of SA from controls. IFN-γ induced TPO in HAEC and small interfering RNA knockdown decreased nitrated tyrosine residues. Ex vivo, DUOX2, TPO, and iNOS were higher in SA and correlated with 3NT. Thus, a novel iNOS-DUOX2-TPO-NO(2)(•) metabolome drives nitrative stress in HAEC and likely in SA.

  1. [Structural organization of the human p53 gene. I. Molecular cloning of the human p53 gene].

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    Bukhman, V L; Ninkina, N N; Chumakov, P M; Khilenkova, M A; Samarina, O P

    1987-09-01

    Human p53 gene was cloned from the normal human placenta DNA and DNA from the strain of human kidney carcinoma transplanted into nude mice. Representative gene library from tumor strain of human kidney carcinoma and library of 15 kb EcoRI fragments of DNA from normal human placenta were constructed. Maniatis gene library was also used. Five clones were isolated from kidney carcinoma library; they covered 27 kb and included full-length p53 gene of 19.5 kb and flanking sequences. From normal placenta libraries three overlapped clones were obtained. Restriction map of cloned sequences was constructed and polarity of the p53 gene determined. The first intron of the gene is large (10.4 kb); polymorphic BglII site was observed in this intron, which allows to discriminate between allelic genes. One of these (BglII-) is ten times more abundant that the other (BglII+). Both allelic genes are able to synthesize the 2.8 kb p53 gene.

  2. Mucin gene expression in human middle ear epithelium.

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    Kerschner, Joseph Edward

    2007-09-01

    To investigate the expression of recently identified human mucin genes in human middle ear epithelial (MEE) specimens from in vivo middle ear (ME) tissue and to compare this mucin gene expression with mucin gene expression in an immortalized cell culture in vitro source of human MEE. Human MEE was harvested as in vivo specimens, and human MEE cell cultures were established for in vitro experimentation. RNA was extracted from MEE and primers designed for reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction to assess for mucin gene MUC1, MUC2, MUC3, MUC4, MUC5AC, MUC5B, MUC6, MUC7, MUC8, MUC9, MUC11, MUC12, MUC13, MUC15, MUC16, MUC18, MUC19, and MUC20 expression. Mucin gene expression in the in vivo and in vitro ME tissue was compared against tissues with known expression of the mucin genes in question. Mucin genes MUC1, MUC2, MUC3, MUC4, MUC5AC, MUC5B, MUC7, MUC8, MUC9, MUC11, MUC13, MUC15, MUC16, MUC18, MUC19, and MUC20 were identified and expressed in both the in vivo and in vitro samples of MEE. Mucin genes MUC6, MUC12, and MUC17 were not identified in either tissue samples. Many of the mucin genes that have been recently identified are expressed in human MEE. These genes are expressed in a similar manner in both in vivo and in vitro models. Understanding the mechanisms in which these genes regulate the physiology and pathophysiology of MEE will provide a more thorough understanding of the molecular mechanics of the MEE and disease conditions such as otitis media.

  3. Identification and validation of suitable endogenous reference genes for gene expression studies in human peripheral blood

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    Turner Renee J

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Gene expression studies require appropriate normalization methods. One such method uses stably expressed reference genes. Since suitable reference genes appear to be unique for each tissue, we have identified an optimal set of the most stably expressed genes in human blood that can be used for normalization. Methods Whole-genome Affymetrix Human 2.0 Plus arrays were examined from 526 samples of males and females ages 2 to 78, including control subjects and patients with Tourette syndrome, stroke, migraine, muscular dystrophy, and autism. The top 100 most stably expressed genes with a broad range of expression levels were identified. To validate the best candidate genes, we performed quantitative RT-PCR on a subset of 10 genes (TRAP1, DECR1, FPGS, FARP1, MAPRE2, PEX16, GINS2, CRY2, CSNK1G2 and A4GALT, 4 commonly employed reference genes (GAPDH, ACTB, B2M and HMBS and PPIB, previously reported to be stably expressed in blood. Expression stability and ranking analysis were performed using GeNorm and NormFinder algorithms. Results Reference genes were ranked based on their expression stability and the minimum number of genes needed for nomalization as calculated using GeNorm showed that the fewest, most stably expressed genes needed for acurate normalization in RNA expression studies of human whole blood is a combination of TRAP1, FPGS, DECR1 and PPIB. We confirmed the ranking of the best candidate control genes by using an alternative algorithm (NormFinder. Conclusion The reference genes identified in this study are stably expressed in whole blood of humans of both genders with multiple disease conditions and ages 2 to 78. Importantly, they also have different functions within cells and thus should be expressed independently of each other. These genes should be useful as normalization genes for microarray and RT-PCR whole blood studies of human physiology, metabolism and disease.

  4. The mechanism of gene targeting in human somatic cells.

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    Yinan Kan

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Gene targeting in human somatic cells is of importance because it can be used to either delineate the loss-of-function phenotype of a gene or correct a mutated gene back to wild-type. Both of these outcomes require a form of DNA double-strand break (DSB repair known as homologous recombination (HR. The mechanism of HR leading to gene targeting, however, is not well understood in human cells. Here, we demonstrate that a two-end, ends-out HR intermediate is valid for human gene targeting. Furthermore, the resolution step of this intermediate occurs via the classic DSB repair model of HR while synthesis-dependent strand annealing and Holliday Junction dissolution are, at best, minor pathways. Moreover, and in contrast to other systems, the positions of Holliday Junction resolution are evenly distributed along the homology arms of the targeting vector. Most unexpectedly, we demonstrate that when a meganuclease is used to introduce a chromosomal DSB to augment gene targeting, the mechanism of gene targeting is inverted to an ends-in process. Finally, we demonstrate that the anti-recombination activity of mismatch repair is a significant impediment to gene targeting. These observations significantly advance our understanding of HR and gene targeting in human cells.

  5. The mechanism of gene targeting in human somatic cells.

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    Kan, Yinan; Ruis, Brian; Lin, Sherry; Hendrickson, Eric A

    2014-04-01

    Gene targeting in human somatic cells is of importance because it can be used to either delineate the loss-of-function phenotype of a gene or correct a mutated gene back to wild-type. Both of these outcomes require a form of DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair known as homologous recombination (HR). The mechanism of HR leading to gene targeting, however, is not well understood in human cells. Here, we demonstrate that a two-end, ends-out HR intermediate is valid for human gene targeting. Furthermore, the resolution step of this intermediate occurs via the classic DSB repair model of HR while synthesis-dependent strand annealing and Holliday Junction dissolution are, at best, minor pathways. Moreover, and in contrast to other systems, the positions of Holliday Junction resolution are evenly distributed along the homology arms of the targeting vector. Most unexpectedly, we demonstrate that when a meganuclease is used to introduce a chromosomal DSB to augment gene targeting, the mechanism of gene targeting is inverted to an ends-in process. Finally, we demonstrate that the anti-recombination activity of mismatch repair is a significant impediment to gene targeting. These observations significantly advance our understanding of HR and gene targeting in human cells.

  6. Structure and in vitro transcription of human globin genes.

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    Proudfoot, N J; Shander, M H; Manley, J L; Gefter, M L; Maniatis, T

    1980-09-19

    The alpha-like and beta-like subunits of human hemoglobin are encoded by a small family of genes that are differentially expressed during development. Through the use of molecular cloning procedures, each member of this gene family has been isolated and extensively characterized. Although the alpha-like and beta-like globin genes are located on different chromosomes, both sets of genes are arranged in closely linked clusters. In both clusters, each of the genes is transcribed from the same DNA strand, and the genes are arranged in the order of their expressions during development. Structural comparisons of immediately adjacent genes within each cluster have provided evidence for the occurrence of gene duplication and correction during evolution and have led to the discovery of pseudogenes, genes that have acquired numerous mutations that prevent their normal expression. Recently, in vivo and in vitro systems for studying the expression of cloned eukaryotic genes have been developed as a means of identifying DNA sequences that are necessary for normal gene function. This article describes the application of an in vitro transcription procedure to the study of human globin gene expression.

  7. Genic insights from integrated human proteomics in GeneCards.

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    Fishilevich, Simon; Zimmerman, Shahar; Kohn, Asher; Iny Stein, Tsippi; Olender, Tsviya; Kolker, Eugene; Safran, Marilyn; Lancet, Doron

    2016-01-01

    GeneCards is a one-stop shop for searchable human gene annotations (http://www.genecards.org/). Data are automatically mined from ∼120 sources and presented in an integrated web card for every human gene. We report the application of recent advances in proteomics to enhance gene annotation and classification in GeneCards. First, we constructed the Human Integrated Protein Expression Database (HIPED), a unified database of protein abundance in human tissues, based on the publically available mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics sources ProteomicsDB, Multi-Omics Profiling Expression Database, Protein Abundance Across Organisms and The MaxQuant DataBase. The integrated database, residing within GeneCards, compares favourably with its individual sources, covering nearly 90% of human protein-coding genes. For gene annotation and comparisons, we first defined a protein expression vector for each gene, based on normalized abundances in 69 normal human tissues. This vector is portrayed in the GeneCards expression section as a bar graph, allowing visual inspection and comparison. These data are juxtaposed with transcriptome bar graphs. Using the protein expression vectors, we further defined a pairwise metric that helps assess expression-based pairwise proximity. This new metric for finding functional partners complements eight others, including sharing of pathways, gene ontology (GO) terms and domains, implemented in the GeneCards Suite. In parallel, we calculated proteome-based differential expression, highlighting a subset of tissues that overexpress a gene and subserving gene classification. This textual annotation allows users of VarElect, the suite's next-generation phenotyper, to more effectively discover causative disease variants. Finally, we define the protein-RNA expression ratio and correlation as yet another attribute of every gene in each tissue, adding further annotative information. The results constitute a significant enhancement of several Gene

  8. Cellular functions of genetically imprinted genes in human and mouse as annotated in the gene ontology.

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    Hamed, Mohamed; Ismael, Siba; Paulsen, Martina; Helms, Volkhard

    2012-01-01

    By analyzing the cellular functions of genetically imprinted genes as annotated in the Gene Ontology for human and mouse, we found that imprinted genes are often involved in developmental, transport and regulatory processes. In the human, paternally expressed genes are enriched in GO terms related to the development of organs and of anatomical structures. In the mouse, maternally expressed genes regulate cation transport as well as G-protein signaling processes. Furthermore, we investigated if imprinted genes are regulated by common transcription factors. We identified 25 TF families that showed an enrichment of binding sites in the set of imprinted genes in human and 40 TF families in mouse. In general, maternally and paternally expressed genes are not regulated by different transcription factors. The genes Nnat, Klf14, Blcap, Gnas and Ube3a contribute most to the enrichment of TF families. In the mouse, genes that are maternally expressed in placenta are enriched for AP1 binding sites. In the human, we found that these genes possessed binding sites for both, AP1 and SP1.

  9. A STAT6 gene polymorphism is associated with high infection levels in urinary schistosomiasis.

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    He, H; Isnard, A; Kouriba, B; Cabantous, S; Dessein, A; Doumbo, O; Chevillard, C

    2008-04-01

    Th2-mediated immunity is critical for human defence against schistosome, and susceptibility to infection is controlled by a major genetic locus, mapped on the 5q31-q33 region comprising the genes IL4, IL5 and IL13. We have reported an association between the rs1800925 polymorphism in the IL13 promoter and infection levels in a Dogon population (693 subjects in Ségué and 148 in Boul), where Schistosoma haematobium is endemic. In the same population, we investigated whether other polymorphisms in genes involved in type 2 cytokine immune response could affect susceptibility to schistosome infection. By logistic regression analysis, we found an association between a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the STAT6 gene (rs324013) and infection levels (P=0.04). We confirmed this association in analyses restricted to subjects under 20 years age and living in Boul, the village with the highest levels of infection (P=0.005). We detected an additive effect of the rs324013 and rs1800925 polymorphisms (P=0.011). These SNPs were not strongly correlated with any other tested markers surrounding the two genes. Furthermore, electrophoretic mobility shift assay has shown that both polymorphisms affect transcription factor binding. These results are consistent with the Th2 cytokine pathway enhancing resistance to schistosome infection in humans.

  10. Thymic Stromal Lymphopoietin Is Up-Regulated in the Skin of Patients With Systemic Sclerosis and Induces Profibrotic Genes and Intracellular Signaling That Overlap With Those Induced by Interleukin-13 and Transforming Growth Factor β

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    Christmann, Romy B.; Mathes, Allison; Affandi, Alsya J.; Padilla, Cristina; Nazari, Banafsheh; Bujor, Andreea M.; Stifano, Giuseppina; Lafyatis, Robert

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    Objective To explore the expression of thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) in patients with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis (dcSSc) and compare its effects in vivo and in vitro with those of interleukin-13 (IL-13) and transforming growth factor β (TGFβ). Methods Skin biopsy specimens from patients with dcSSc (n = 14) and healthy controls (n = 13) were analyzed by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence for TSLP, TSLP receptor, CD4, CD8, CD31, and CD163 markers. Wild-type, IL-4Rα1–, and TSLP-deficient mice were treated with TGFβ, IL-13, poly(I-C), or TSLP by osmotic pump. Human fibroblasts and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were stimulated with TGFβ, IL-13, poly(I-C), or TSLP. Microarray analysis and quantitative polymerase chain reaction were performed to determine gene expression, and protein levels of phospho-Smad2 and macrophage marker CD163 were tested. Results TSLP was highly expressed in the skin of dcSSc patients, more strongly in perivascular areas and in immune cells, and was produced mainly by CD163+ cells. The skin of TSLP-treated mice showed up-regulated clusters of gene expression that overlapped strongly with those in IL-13– and TGFβ-treated mice. TSLP up-regulated specific genes, including CXCL9, proteasome, and interferon (IFN)–regulated genes. TSLP treatment in IL-4Rα1–deficient mice promoted similar cutaneous inflammation as in wild-type mice, though TSLP-induced arginase 1, CCL2, and matrix metalloproteinase 12 messenger RNA levels were blocked. In PBMCs, TSLP up-regulated tumor necrosis factor α, Mx-1, IFNγ, CXCL9, and mannose receptor 1 gene expression. TSLP-deficient mice treated with TGFβ showed less fibrosis and blocked expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 and osteopontin 1. Poly(I-C)–treated mice showed high levels of cutaneous TSLP. Conclusion TSLP is highly expressed in the skin of dcSSc patients and interacts in a complex manner with 2 other profibrotic cytokines, TGFβ and IL-13

  11. State-of-the-art human gene therapy: part II. Gene therapy strategies and clinical applications.

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    Wang, Dan; Gao, Guangping

    2014-09-01

    In Part I of this Review (Wang and Gao, 2014), we introduced recent advances in gene delivery technologies and explained how they have powered some of the current human gene therapy applications. In Part II, we expand the discussion on gene therapy applications, focusing on some of the most exciting clinical uses. To help readers to grasp the essence and to better organize the diverse applications, we categorize them under four gene therapy strategies: (1) gene replacement therapy for monogenic diseases, (2) gene addition for complex disorders and infectious diseases, (3) gene expression alteration targeting RNA, and (4) gene editing to introduce targeted changes in host genome. Human gene therapy started with the simple idea that replacing a faulty gene with a functional copy can cure a disease. It has been a long and bumpy road to finally translate this seemingly straightforward concept into reality. As many disease mechanisms unraveled, gene therapists have employed a gene addition strategy backed by a deep knowledge of what goes wrong in diseases and how to harness host cellular machinery to battle against diseases. Breakthroughs in other biotechnologies, such as RNA interference and genome editing by chimeric nucleases, have the potential to be integrated into gene therapy. Although clinical trials utilizing these new technologies are currently sparse, these innovations are expected to greatly broaden the scope of gene therapy in the near future.

  12. Gene Therapy of Human Breast Cancer

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    1996-10-01

    1987. Partial characterization of chicken spleen cell culture supernatants stimulated with Staphylococcus aureus. Developmental & Comparative...Immunology 1 1: 191. 8. Schoof, D. D., and C. H. Tempelis. 1 986. The role of soluble protein A in chicken spleen cell activation. Developmental...promoter upstream of the neomycin phosphotransferase gene. No other eukarjotic genes are expressed. Other sequences include an intron and poly(A) site

  13. A physical map of 30,000 human genes.

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    Deloukas, P; Schuler, G D; Gyapay, G; Beasley, E M; Soderlund, C; Rodriguez-Tomé, P; Hui, L; Matise, T C; McKusick, K B; Beckmann, J S; Bentolila, S; Bihoreau, M; Birren, B B; Browne, J; Butler, A; Castle, A B; Chiannilkulchai, N; Clee, C; Day, P J; Dehejia, A; Dibling, T; Drouot, N; Duprat, S; Fizames, C; Fox, S; Gelling, S; Green, L; Harrison, P; Hocking, R; Holloway, E; Hunt, S; Keil, S; Lijnzaad, P; Louis-Dit-Sully, C; Ma, J; Mendis, A; Miller, J; Morissette, J; Muselet, D; Nusbaum, H C; Peck, A; Rozen, S; Simon, D; Slonim, D K; Staples, R; Stein, L D; Stewart, E A; Suchard, M A; Thangarajah, T; Vega-Czarny, N; Webber, C; Wu, X; Hudson, J; Auffray, C; Nomura, N; Sikela, J M; Polymeropoulos, M H; James, M R; Lander, E S; Hudson, T J; Myers, R M; Cox, D R; Weissenbach, J; Boguski, M S; Bentley, D R

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    A map of 30,181 human gene-based markers was assembled and integrated with the current genetic map by radiation hybrid mapping. The new gene map contains nearly twice as many genes as the previous release, includes most genes that encode proteins of known function, and is twofold to threefold more accurate than the previous version. A redesigned, more informative and functional World Wide Web site (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genemap) provides the mapping information and associated data and annotations. This resource constitutes an important infrastructure and tool for the study of complex genetic traits, the positional cloning of disease genes, the cross-referencing of mammalian genomes, and validated human transcribed sequences for large-scale studies of gene expression.

  14. Identification of Human HK Genes and Gene Expression Regulation Study in Cancer from Transcriptomics Data Analysis

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    Zhang, Zhang; Liu, Jingxing; Wu, Jiayan; Yu, Jun

    2013-01-01

    The regulation of gene expression is essential for eukaryotes, as it drives the processes of cellular differentiation and morphogenesis, leading to the creation of different cell types in multicellular organisms. RNA-Sequencing (RNA-Seq) provides researchers with a powerful toolbox for characterization and quantification of transcriptome. Many different human tissue/cell transcriptome datasets coming from RNA-Seq technology are available on public data resource. The fundamental issue here is how to develop an effective analysis method to estimate expression pattern similarities between different tumor tissues and their corresponding normal tissues. We define the gene expression pattern from three directions: 1) expression breadth, which reflects gene expression on/off status, and mainly concerns ubiquitously expressed genes; 2) low/high or constant/variable expression genes, based on gene expression level and variation; and 3) the regulation of gene expression at the gene structure level. The cluster analysis indicates that gene expression pattern is higher related to physiological condition rather than tissue spatial distance. Two sets of human housekeeping (HK) genes are defined according to cell/tissue types, respectively. To characterize the gene expression pattern in gene expression level and variation, we firstly apply improved K-means algorithm and a gene expression variance model. We find that cancer-associated HK genes (a HK gene is specific in cancer group, while not in normal group) are expressed higher and more variable in cancer condition than in normal condition. Cancer-associated HK genes prefer to AT-rich genes, and they are enriched in cell cycle regulation related functions and constitute some cancer signatures. The expression of large genes is also avoided in cancer group. These studies will help us understand which cell type-specific patterns of gene expression differ among different cell types, and particularly for cancer. PMID:23382867

  15. Human DJ-1-specific Transcriptional Activation of Tyrosine Hydroxylase Gene*

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    Ishikawa, Shizuma; Taira, Takahiro; Takahashi-Niki, Kazuko; Niki, Takeshi; Ariga, Hiroyoshi; Iguchi-Ariga, Sanae M. M.

    2010-01-01

    Loss-of-function mutation in the DJ-1 gene causes a subset of familial Parkinson disease. The mechanism underlying DJ-1-related selective vulnerability in the dopaminergic pathway is, however, not known. DJ-1 has multiple functions, including transcriptional regulation, and one of transcriptional target genes for DJ-1 is the tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) gene, the product of which is a key enzyme for dopamine biosynthesis. It has been reported that DJ-1 is a neuroprotective transcriptional co-activator that sequesters a transcriptional co-repressor polypyrimidine tract-binding protein-associated splicing factor (PSF) from the TH gene promoter. In this study, we found that knockdown of human DJ-1 by small interference RNA in human dopaminergic cell lines attenuated TH gene expression and 4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine production but that knockdown or knock-out of mouse DJ-1 in mouse cell lines or in mice did not affect such expression and TH activity. In reporter assays using the human TH gene promoter linked to the luciferase gene, stimulation of TH promoter activity was observed in human cells, but not mouse cells, that had been transfected with DJ-1. Although human DJ-1 and mouse DJ-1 were associated either with human or with mouse PSF, TH promoter activity inhibited by PSF was restored by human DJ-1 but not by mouse DJ-1. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays revealed that the complex of PSF with DJ-1 bound to the human but not the mouse TH gene promoter. These results suggest a novel species-specific transcriptional regulation of the TH promoter by DJ-1 and one of the mechanisms for no reduction of TH in DJ-1-knock-out mice. PMID:20938049

  16. 血清TNF-α、IL-6、IL-8、IL-10和IL-13在小儿支原体肺炎诊治中的意义

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    邓连瑞

    2013-01-01

    目的:探讨血清中细胞因子TNF-α、IL-6、IL-8、IL-10和IL-13在小儿肺炎支原体肺炎发病中的临床意义。方法将90例MPP患儿(轻症52例、重症38例)按采血时间分为治疗前组及治疗后组,对照组85例,采用酶联免疫吸附法(ELISA)检测MPP患儿入院治疗前和抗炎治疗后血清中TNF-α、IL-6、IL-8、IL-10和IL-13浓度,并与对照组比较,进行统计学分析。结果 MPP治疗前组TNF-α、IL-6、IL-8,IL-13显著高于对照组血清浓度(P0.05),但IL-10治疗后组与对照组比较,浓度升高具有统计学意义(P<0.05);MPP患儿重型组比轻型组比较,TNF-α、IL-6、IL-8和IL-13浓度明显升高(P<0.01)。结论 MPP患儿治疗前组较治疗后组及对照组血清TNF-α、IL-6、IL-8和IL-13含量升高,提示在MPP 发病机制中起重要作用,并与病情相关;而IL-10在治疗后较治疗前浓度升高,提示与机体恢复期免疫反应相关。

  17. Comparison of the canine and human olfactory receptor gene repertoires

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    Quignon, P; Kirkness, E; Cadieu, E; Touleimat, N; Guyon, R; Renier, C; Hitte, C; Andre, C; Fraser, C; Galibert, F

    2003-01-01

    Background: Olfactory receptors (ORs), the first dedicated molecules with which odorants physically interact to arouse an olfactory sensation, constitute the largest gene family in vertebrates, including around 900 genes in human and 1,500 in the mouse. Whereas dogs, like many other mammals, have a

  18. Polymorphic GGC repeat differentially regulates human reelin gene expression levels.

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    Persico, A M; Levitt, P; Pimenta, A F

    2006-10-01

    The human gene encoding Reelin (RELN), a pivotal protein in neurodevelopment, includes a polymorphic GGC repeat in its 5' untranslated region (UTR). CHO cells transfected with constructs encompassing the RELN 5'UTR with 4-to-13 GGC repeats upstream of the luciferase reporter gene show declining luciferase activity with increasing GGC repeat number (P autism.

  19. Gene expression profiles of the developing human retina

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    WANG Feng; LI Huiming; LIU Wenwen; XU Ping; HU Gengxi; CHENG Yidong; JIA Libin; HUANG Qian

    2004-01-01

    Retina is a multilayer and highly specialized tissue important in converting light into neural signals. In humans, the critical period for the formation of complex multiplayer structure takes place during embryogenesis between 12 and 28 weeks. The morphologic changes during retinal development in humans have been studied but little is known about the molecular events essential for the formation of the retina. To gain further insights into this process, cDNA microarrays containing 16361 human gene probes were used to measure the gene expression levels in retinas. Of the 16361 genes, 68.7%, 71.4% and 69.7% showed positive hybridization with cDNAs made from 12-16 week fetal, 22-26 week fetal and adult retinas. A total of 814 genes showed a minimum of 3-fold changes between the lowest and highest expression levels among three time points and among them, 106 genes had expression levels with the hybridization intensity above 100 at one or more time points. The clustering analysis suggested that the majority of differentially expressed genes were down-regulated during the retinal development. The differentially expressed genes were further classified according to functions of known genes, and were ranked in decreasing order according to frequency: development, differentiation, signal transduction, protein synthesis and translation, metabolism, DNA binding and transcription, DNA synthesis-repair-recombination, immuno-response, ion channel- transport, cell receptor, cytoskeleton, cell cycle, pro-oncogene, stress and apoptosis related genes. Among these 106 differentially expressed genes, 60 are already present in NEI retina cDNA or EST Databank but the remaining 46 genes are absent and thus identified as "function unknown". To validate gene expression data from the microarray, real-time RT-PCR was performed for 46 "function unknown" genes and 6 known retina specific expression genes, and β-actin was used as internal control. Twenty-seven of these genes showed very similar

  20. Complementation of Yeast Genes with Human Genes as an Experimental Platform for Functional Testing of Human Genetic Variants.

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    Hamza, Akil; Tammpere, Erik; Kofoed, Megan; Keong, Christelle; Chiang, Jennifer; Giaever, Guri; Nislow, Corey; Hieter, Philip

    2015-11-01

    While the pace of discovery of human genetic variants in tumors, patients, and diverse populations has rapidly accelerated, deciphering their functional consequence has become rate-limiting. Using cross-species complementation, model organisms like the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, can be utilized to fill this gap and serve as a platform for testing human genetic variants. To this end, we performed two parallel screens, a one-to-one complementation screen for essential yeast genes implicated in chromosome instability and a pool-to-pool screen that queried all possible essential yeast genes for rescue of lethality by all possible human homologs. Our work identified 65 human cDNAs that can replace the null allele of essential yeast genes, including the nonorthologous pair yRFT1/hSEC61A1. We chose four human cDNAs (hLIG1, hSSRP1, hPPP1CA, and hPPP1CC) for which their yeast gene counterparts function in chromosome stability and assayed in yeast 35 tumor-specific missense mutations for growth defects and sensitivity to DNA-damaging agents. This resulted in a set of human-yeast gene complementation pairs that allow human genetic variants to be readily characterized in yeast, and a prioritized list of somatic mutations that could contribute to chromosome instability in human tumors. These data establish the utility of this cross-species experimental approach. Copyright © 2015 by the Genetics Society of America.

  1. Mapping gene associations in human mitochondria using clinical disease phenotypes.

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    Curt Scharfe

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Nuclear genes encode most mitochondrial proteins, and their mutations cause diverse and debilitating clinical disorders. To date, 1,200 of these mitochondrial genes have been recorded, while no standardized catalog exists of the associated clinical phenotypes. Such a catalog would be useful to develop methods to analyze human phenotypic data, to determine genotype-phenotype relations among many genes and diseases, and to support the clinical diagnosis of mitochondrial disorders. Here we establish a clinical phenotype catalog of 174 mitochondrial disease genes and study associations of diseases and genes. Phenotypic features such as clinical signs and symptoms were manually annotated from full-text medical articles and classified based on the hierarchical MeSH ontology. This classification of phenotypic features of each gene allowed for the comparison of diseases between different genes. In turn, we were then able to measure the phenotypic associations of disease genes for which we calculated a quantitative value that is based on their shared phenotypic features. The results showed that genes sharing more similar phenotypes have a stronger tendency for functional interactions, proving the usefulness of phenotype similarity values in disease gene network analysis. We then constructed a functional network of mitochondrial genes and discovered a higher connectivity for non-disease than for disease genes, and a tendency of disease genes to interact with each other. Utilizing these differences, we propose 168 candidate genes that resemble the characteristic interaction patterns of mitochondrial disease genes. Through their network associations, the candidates are further prioritized for the study of specific disorders such as optic neuropathies and Parkinson disease. Most mitochondrial disease phenotypes involve several clinical categories including neurologic, metabolic, and gastrointestinal disorders, which might indicate the effects of gene defects

  2. Novel definition files for human GeneChips based on GeneAnnot

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    Ferrari Sergio

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Improvements in genome sequence annotation revealed discrepancies in the original probeset/gene assignment in Affymetrix microarray and the existence of differences between annotations and effective alignments of probes and transcription products. In the current generation of Affymetrix human GeneChips, most probesets include probes matching transcripts from more than one gene and probes which do not match any transcribed sequence. Results We developed a novel set of custom Chip Definition Files (CDF and the corresponding Bioconductor libraries for Affymetrix human GeneChips, based on the information contained in the GeneAnnot database. GeneAnnot-based CDFs are composed of unique custom-probesets, including only probes matching a single gene. Conclusion GeneAnnot-based custom CDFs solve the problem of a reliable reconstruction of expression levels and eliminate the existence of more than one probeset per gene, which often leads to discordant expression signals for the same transcript when gene differential expression is the focus of the analysis. GeneAnnot CDFs are freely distributed and fully compliant with Affymetrix standards and all available software for gene expression analysis. The CDF libraries are available from http://www.xlab.unimo.it/GA_CDF, along with supplementary information (CDF libraries, installation guidelines and R code, CDF statistics, and analysis results.

  3. Structure of the human 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvic acid dioxygenase gene (HPD)

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    Awata, H.; Endo, F.; Matsuda, I. [Kumamoto Univ. (Japan)

    1994-10-01

    4-Hydroxyphenylpyruvic acid dioxygenase (HPD) is an important enzyme in tyrosine catabolism in most organisms. The activity of this enzyme is expressed mainly in the liver and developmentally regulated in mammals, and a genetic deficiency in this enzyme in humans and mice leads to hereditary tyrosinemia type 3. Using human HPD cDNA as a probe, a chromosomal gene related to HPD was isolated from human gene libraries. The human HPD gene is over 30 kb long and is split into 14 exons. The extract sizes and boundaries of exon blocks were determined, and all of the splice donor and acceptor sites conformed to the GT/AG rule. Analysis of the 5{prime} flanking sequence of the gene suggests that expression of the gene is regulated by hepatocyte-specific and liver-enriched transcription factors, as well as by hormones. These features of the 5{prime} flanking region of the gene are similar to those of other genes that are specifically expressed in hepatocytes and that are developmentally regulated. 41 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Translational selection in human: More pronounced in housekeeping genes

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    Background: Translational selection is a ubiquitous and significant mechanism to regulate protein expression in prokaryotes and unicellular eukaryotes. Recent evidence has shown that translational selection is weakly operative in highly expressed genes in human and other vertebrates. However, it remains unclear whether translational selection acts differentially on human genes depending on their expression patterns.Results: Here we report that human housekeeping (HK) genes that are strictly defined as genes that are expressed ubiquitously and consistently in most or all tissues, are under stronger translational selection.Conclusions: These observations clearly show that translational selection is also closely associated with expression pattern. Our results suggest that human HK genes are more efficiently and/or accurately translated into proteins, which will inevitably open up a new understanding of HK genes and the regulation of gene expression.Reviewers: This article was reviewed by Yuan Yuan, Baylor College of Medicine; Han Liang, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (nominated by Dr Laura Landweber) Eugene Koonin, NCBI, NLM, NIH, United States of America Sandor Pongor, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and biotechnology (ICGEB), Italy. © 2014 Ma et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

  5. Are mice pigmentary genes throwing light on humans?

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    Bose S

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    Full Text Available In this article the rapid advances made in the molecular genetics of inherited disorders of hypo and hyperpigmentation during the past three years are reviewed. The main focus is on studies in mice as compared to homologues in humans. The main hypomelanotic diseases included are, piebaldism (white spotting due to mutations of c-KIT, PDGF and MGF genes; vitiligo (microphathalmia mice mutations of c-Kit and c-fms genes; Waardenburg syndrome (splotch locus mutations of mice PAX-3 or human Hup-2 genes; albinism (mutations of tyrosinase genes, Menkes disease (Mottled mouse, premature graying (mutations in light/brown locus/gp75/ TRP-1; Griscelli disease (mutations in TRP-1 and steel; Prader-willi and Angelman syndromes, tyrosinase-positive oculocutaneous albinism and hypomelanosis of lto (mutations of pink-eyed dilution gene/mapping to human chromosomes 15 q 11.2 - q12; and human platelet storage pool deficiency diseases due to defects in pallidin, an erythrocyte membrane protein (pallid mouse / mapping to 4.2 pallidin gene. The genetic characterization of hypermelanosis includes, neurofibromatosis 1 (Café-au-lait spots and McCune-Albright Syndrome. Rapid evolving knowledge about pigmentary genes will increase further the knowledge about these hypo and hyperpigmentary disorders.

  6. Identification of Haemophilus ducreyi genes expressed during human infection.

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    Bauer, Margaret E; Fortney, Kate R; Harrison, Alistair; Janowicz, Diane M; Munson, Robert S; Spinola, Stanley M

    2008-04-01

    To identify Haemophilus ducreyi transcripts that are expressed during human infection, we used selective capture of transcribed sequences (SCOTS) with RNA isolated from pustules obtained from three volunteers infected with H. ducreyi, and with RNA isolated from broth-grown bacteria used to infect volunteers. With SCOTS, competitive hybridization of tissue-derived and broth-derived sequences identifies genes that may be preferentially expressed in vivo. Among the three tissue specimens, we identified 531 genes expressed in vivo. Southern blot analysis of 60 genes from each tissue showed that 87 % of the identified genes hybridized better with cDNA derived from tissue specimens than with cDNA derived from broth-grown bacteria. RT-PCR on nine additional pustules confirmed in vivo expression of 10 of 11 selected genes in other volunteers. Of the 531 genes, 139 were identified in at least two volunteers. These 139 genes fell into several functional categories, including biosynthesis and metabolism, regulation, and cellular processes, such as transcription, translation, cell division, DNA replication and repair, and transport. Detection of genes involved in anaerobic and aerobic respiration indicated that H. ducreyi likely encounters both microenvironments within the pustule. Other genes detected suggest an increase in DNA damage and stress in vivo. Genes involved in virulence in other bacterial pathogens and 32 genes encoding hypothetical proteins were identified, and may represent novel virulence factors. We identified three genes, lspA1, lspA2 and tadA, known to be required for virulence in humans. This is the first study to broadly define transcripts expressed by H. ducreyi in humans.

  7. Localization of b-defensin genes in non human primates

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    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Defensins are a family of host defence peptides that play an important role in the innate immunity of mammalian and avian species. In humans, four b-defensins have been isolated so far, corresponding to the products of the genes DEFB1 (h-BD1, GenBank accession number NM_005218; DEFB4 (h-Bd2, NM_004942.2, DEFB103 (h-BD3, NM_018661; and DEFB104 (hBD4, NM_080389 mapping on chromosome 8p23.22. We have localized b- defensin genes on metaphasic chromosomes of great apes and several non-human primate species to determine their physical mapping. Using fluorescent in situ hybridization and BAC probes containing the four b-defensin genes, we have mapped the homologous regions to the b-defensin genes on chromosome 8p23-p.22 in non-human primates, while no signals were detected on prosimians chromosomes.

  8. Functional Insight From Fruit Flies on Human ADHD Candidate Genes

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    Rohde, Palle Duun; Demontis, Ditte; Arvidson, Sandra Marie Neumann

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    , and increased risk of mental comorbidities, makes ADHD a disorder with high individual and societal costs. We use Drosophila melanogaster as a model to investigate the phenotypic consequences of gene disruption of 14 genes with human orthologs, selected by their proposed contribution to increased risk...... for other mutants. Decreased activity level, when treated with dexamphetamine, is seen when using other ADHD animal models. Our findings suggest involvement of the proposed candidate genes Genes, Brain, and Behavior 2015 36 Talk Abstracts in hyperactivity in D. melanogaster, providing functional evidence...

  9. Evolutionary conservation in genes underlying human psychiatric disorders

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    Lisa Michelle Ogawa; Eric Joseph Vallender

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    Many psychiatric diseases observed in humans have tenuous or absent analogs in other species. Most notable among these are schizophrenia and autism. One hypothesis has posited that these diseases have arisen as a consequence of human brain evolution, for example, that the same processes that led to advances in cognition, language, and executive function also resulted in novel diseases in humans when dysfunctional. Here, the molecular evolution of the protein-coding regions of genes associated...

  10. Automated discovery of functional generality of human gene expression programs.

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    Georg K Gerber

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available An important research problem in computational biology is the identification of expression programs, sets of co-expressed genes orchestrating normal or pathological processes, and the characterization of the functional breadth of these programs. The use of human expression data compendia for discovery of such programs presents several challenges including cellular inhomogeneity within samples, genetic and environmental variation across samples, uncertainty in the numbers of programs and sample populations, and temporal behavior. We developed GeneProgram, a new unsupervised computational framework based on Hierarchical Dirichlet Processes that addresses each of the above challenges. GeneProgram uses expression data to simultaneously organize tissues into groups and genes into overlapping programs with consistent temporal behavior, to produce maps of expression programs, which are sorted by generality scores that exploit the automatically learned groupings. Using synthetic and real gene expression data, we showed that GeneProgram outperformed several popular expression analysis methods. We applied GeneProgram to a compendium of 62 short time-series gene expression datasets exploring the responses of human cells to infectious agents and immune-modulating molecules. GeneProgram produced a map of 104 expression programs, a substantial number of which were significantly enriched for genes involved in key signaling pathways and/or bound by NF-kappaB transcription factors in genome-wide experiments. Further, GeneProgram discovered expression programs that appear to implicate surprising signaling pathways or receptor types in the response to infection, including Wnt signaling and neurotransmitter receptors. We believe the discovered map of expression programs involved in the response to infection will be useful for guiding future biological experiments; genes from programs with low generality scores might serve as new drug targets that exhibit minimal

  11. Genes Expressed in Human Tumor Endothelium

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    St. Croix, Brad; Rago, Carlo; Velculescu, Victor; Traverso, Giovanni; Romans, Katharine E.; Montgomery, Elizabeth; Lal, Anita; Riggins, Gregory J.; Lengauer, Christoph; Vogelstein, Bert; Kinzler, Kenneth W.

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    To gain a molecular understanding of tumor angiogenesis, we compared gene expression patterns of endothelial cells derived from blood vessels of normal and malignant colorectal tissues. Of over 170 transcripts predominantly expressed in the endothelium, 79 were differentially expressed, including 46 that were specifically elevated in tumor-associated endothelium. Several of these genes encode extracellular matrix proteins, but most are of unknown function. Most of these tumor endothelial markers were expressed in a wide range of tumor types, as well as in normal vessels associated with wound healing and corpus luteum formation. These studies demonstrate that tumor and normal endothelium are distinct at the molecular level, a finding that may have significant implications for the development of anti-angiogenic therapies.

  12. LINE FUSION GENES: a database of LINE expression in human genes

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    Park Hong-Seog

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Long Interspersed Nuclear Elements (LINEs are the most abundant retrotransposons in humans. About 79% of human genes are estimated to contain at least one segment of LINE per transcription unit. Recent studies have shown that LINE elements can affect protein sequences, splicing patterns and expression of human genes. Description We have developed a database, LINE FUSION GENES, for elucidating LINE expression throughout the human gene database. We searched the 28,171 genes listed in the NCBI database for LINE elements and analyzed their structures and expression patterns. The results show that the mRNA sequences of 1,329 genes were affected by LINE expression. The LINE expression types were classified on the basis of LINEs in the 5' UTR, exon or 3' UTR sequences of the mRNAs. Our database provides further information, such as the tissue distribution and chromosomal location of the genes, and the domain structure that is changed by LINE integration. We have linked all the accession numbers to the NCBI data bank to provide mRNA sequences for subsequent users. Conclusion We believe that our work will interest genome scientists and might help them to gain insight into the implications of LINE expression for human evolution and disease. Availability http://www.primate.or.kr/line

  13. Human gene correlation analysis (HGCA): a tool for the identification of transcriptionally co-expressed genes.

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    Michalopoulos, Ioannis; Pavlopoulos, Georgios A; Malatras, Apostolos; Karelas, Alexandros; Kostadima, Myrto-Areti; Schneider, Reinhard; Kossida, Sophia

    2012-06-06

    Bioinformatics and high-throughput technologies such as microarray studies allow the measure of the expression levels of large numbers of genes simultaneously, thus helping us to understand the molecular mechanisms of various biological processes in a cell. We calculate the Pearson Correlation Coefficient (r-value) between probe set signal values from Affymetrix Human Genome Microarray samples and cluster the human genes according to the r-value correlation matrix using the Neighbour Joining (NJ) clustering method. A hyper-geometric distribution is applied on the text annotations of the probe sets to quantify the term overrepresentations. The aim of the tool is the identification of closely correlated genes for a given gene of interest and/or the prediction of its biological function, which is based on the annotations of the respective gene cluster. Human Gene Correlation Analysis (HGCA) is a tool to classify human genes according to their coexpression levels and to identify overrepresented annotation terms in correlated gene groups. It is available at: http://biobank-informatics.bioacademy.gr/coexpression/.

  14. Gene × Smoking Interactions on Human Brain Gene Expression: Finding Common Mechanisms in Adolescents and Adults

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    Wolock, Samuel L.; Yates, Andrew; Petrill, Stephen A.; Bohland, Jason W.; Blair, Clancy; Li, Ning; Machiraju, Raghu; Huang, Kun; Bartlett, Christopher W.

    2013-01-01

    Background: Numerous studies have examined gene × environment interactions (G × E) in cognitive and behavioral domains. However, these studies have been limited in that they have not been able to directly assess differential patterns of gene expression in the human brain. Here, we assessed G × E interactions using two publically available datasets…

  15. Study of the Gene Expression Profile of Human Ovarian Carcinoma by a Gene Chip

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    Shenhua Xu; Hanzhou Mou; Chihong Zhu; Lijuan Qian; Zhengyan Yang; Ye Ying; Xianglin Liu

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To study the difference in gene expression between human ovarian carcinoma and normal ovarian tissues, and screen the novel associated genes by cDNA microarrays.METHODS Total RNA from 10 cases of ovarian cancer and from normal ovarian tissues were extracted by a single step method. The cDNA was retro-transcribed from an equal quantity of mRNA derived from the 10 cases of ovarian carcinoma and normal ovarian tissues, followed by labeling the cDNA strands with Cy5 and Cy3 fluorescence as probes. The mixed probes were hybridized with BiostarH 8464 dot human somatic cell genes.Fluorescence signals were assessed by a ScanArray 4000 laser scanner and the images analyzed by Gene Pix Pro 3.0 software with a digital computer.RESULTS By applying the cDNA microarray we found a total of 185 genes for which expression levels differed more than 5 times comparing human ovarian carcinoma with normal ovarian epithelium. Among these genes 86 were up-regulated >5 times and 99 were down regulated <0.2.CONCLUSION The cDNA microarray technique is effective in screening the differential gene expression between human ovarian cancers and normal ovarian epithelium. It is suggested that these genes identified are related to the genesis and development of ovarian carcinoma.

  16. Gene × Smoking Interactions on Human Brain Gene Expression: Finding Common Mechanisms in Adolescents and Adults

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    Wolock, Samuel L.; Yates, Andrew; Petrill, Stephen A.; Bohland, Jason W.; Blair, Clancy; Li, Ning; Machiraju, Raghu; Huang, Kun; Bartlett, Christopher W.

    2013-01-01

    Background: Numerous studies have examined gene × environment interactions (G × E) in cognitive and behavioral domains. However, these studies have been limited in that they have not been able to directly assess differential patterns of gene expression in the human brain. Here, we assessed G × E interactions using two publically available datasets…

  17. Hidden Markov Models for Human Genes

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    Baldi, Pierre; Brunak, Søren; Chauvin, Yves

    1997-01-01

    We analyse the sequential structure of human genomic DNA by hidden Markov models. We apply models of widely different design: conventional left-right constructs and models with a built-in periodic architecture. The models are trained on segments of DNA sequences extracted such that they cover...

  18. Update of human and mouse forkhead box (FOX gene families

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    Jackson Brian C

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The forkhead box (FOX proteins are transcription factors that play complex and important roles in processes from development and organogenesis to regulation of metabolism and the immune system. There are 50 FOX genes in the human genome and 44 in the mouse, divided into 19 subfamilies. All human FOX genes have close mouse orthologues, with one exception: the mouse has a single Foxd4, whereas the human gene has undergone a recent duplication to a total of seven (FOXD4 and FOXD4L1 → FOXD4L6. Evolutionarily ancient family members can be found as far back as the fungi and metazoans. The DNA-binding domain, the forkhead domain, is an example of the winged-helix domain, and is very well conserved across the FOX family and across species, with a few notable exceptions in which divergence has created new functionality. Mutations in FOX genes have been implicated in at least four familial human diseases, and differential expression may play a role in a number of other pathologies -- ranging from metabolic disorders to autoimmunity. Furthermore, FOX genes are differentially expressed in a large number of cancers; their role can be either as an oncogene or tumour suppressor, depending on the family member and cell type. Although some drugs that target FOX gene expression or activity, notably proteasome inhibitors, appear to work well, much more basic research is needed to unlock the complex interplay of upstream and downstream interactions with FOX family transcription factors.

  19. Natural selection on genes that underlie human disease susceptibility

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    Blekhman, Ran; Man, Orna; Herrmann, Leslie; Boyko, Adam R.; Indap, Amit; Kosiol, Carolin; Bustamante, Carlos D.; Teshima, Kosuke M.; Przeworski, Molly

    2008-01-01

    What evolutionary forces shape genes that contribute to the risk of human disease? Do similar selective pressures act on alleles that underlie simple vs. complex disorders? [1-3]. Answers to these questions will shed light on the origin of human disorders (e.g., [4]), and help to predict the population frequencies of alleles that contribute to disease risk, with important implications for the efficient design of mapping studies [5-7]. As a first step towards addressing them, we created a hand-curated version of the Mendelian Inheritance in Man database (OMIM). We then examined selective pressures on Mendelian disease genes, genes that contribute to complex disease risk and genes known to be essential in mouse, by analyzing patterns of human polymorphism and of divergence between human and rhesus macaque. We find that Mendelian disease genes appear to be under widespread purifying selection, especially when the disease mutations are dominant (rather than recessive). In contrast, the class of genes that influence complex disease risk shows little signs of evolutionary conservation, possibly because this category includes both targets of purifying and positive selection. PMID:18571414

  20. Crowdsourcing the Moral Limits of Human Gene Editing?

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    Juengst, Eric T

    2017-05-01

    In 2015, a flourish of "alarums and excursions" by the scientific community propelled CRISPR/Cas9 and other new gene-editing techniques into public attention. At issue were two kinds of potential gene-editing experiments in humans: those making inheritable germ-line modifications and those designed to enhance human traits beyond what is necessary for health and healing. The scientific consensus seemed to be that while research to develop safe and effective human gene editing should continue, society's moral uncertainties about these two kinds of experiments needed to be better resolved before clinical trials of either type should be attempted. In the United States, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) convened the Committee on Human Gene Editing: Scientific, Medical and Ethical Considerations to pursue that resolution. The committee's 2017 consensus report has been widely interpreted as "opening the door" to inheritable human genetic modification and holding a line against enhancement interventions. But on a close reading it does neither. There are two reasons for this eccentric conclusion, both of which depend upon the strength of the committee's commitment to engaging diverse public voices in the gene-editing policy-making process. © 2017 The Hastings Center.

  1. Impact of natural salt powder inhalation treatment in asthmatic mice to the pathological changes of lung and blood serum levels of IL-4,IL-5 and IL-13%矿盐粉粒吸入疗法对哮喘小鼠肺组织病理形态及血清IL-4、IL-5、IL-13水平的影响

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    范利娟; 许华君; 吴占敖; 端礼荣

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨天然矿盐粉粒吸入对哮喘小鼠肺组织病理及血清IL-4、IL-5、IL-13水平的影响.方法:将40只Balb/c雌性小鼠随机分为对照组、模型组、30 min治疗组、60 min治疗组,每组10只.第0、7天分别在模型组、30 min治疗组、60 min治疗组小鼠腹腔注射致敏液鸡卵清蛋白(Ovalbumin,OVA),对照组注射生理盐水.第14天对模型组和治疗组行超声雾化吸入OVA以诱发哮喘;对照组则以生理盐水雾化吸入.第15天起,两治疗组每天分别用矿盐粉粒吸入治疗30 min或60 min,对照组和模型组则吸入空气,各组共吸入10 d.第22至第24天连续诱发哮喘3天,第25天处死小鼠,取肺组织常规行病理切片,ELISA法检测血清IL-4、IL-5、IL-13水平.结果:与对照组比较,模型组小鼠肺组织病理出现支气管收缩、管腔狭窄、黏膜上皮坏死脱落,大量炎症细胞浸润、嗜酸性粒细胞聚集.与模型组比较,治疗组上述表现明显减轻.与对照组比较,模型组小鼠血清IL-4、IL-5和IL-13含量明显升高(P<0.01或P<0.05);与模型组比较,两治疗组的IL-4、IL-5、IL-13含量则明显降低(P<0.01).结论:吸入天然矿盐粉可减轻支气管哮喘小鼠气道炎症,降低血清中哮喘相关细胞因子IL-4、IL-5、IL-13的含量.%Objective: To investigate the pathological changes of lung and the influence to serum IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13 levels in asthmatic mice treated by salt powder inhalation. Methods: Forty Balb/c female mice were divided randomly into control group, model group, therapy group A, therapy group B with each group of 10 only. On day 0 and 7, the mice of model group, therapy group A and therapy group B were injected intra-peritoneal with liquid sensitized( ovalbumin ), while the mice of control group with saline. On day 14, the mice inhaled the aerosol of 1% ovalbumin to induce asthma for the first time. On day 15 , therapy group A and therapy group B were treated with salt powder

  2. Gene Transfer and Molecular Cloning of the Human NGF Receptor

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    Chao, Moses V.; Bothwell, Mark A.; Ross, Alonzo H.; Koprowski, Hilary; Lanahan, Anthony A.; Buck, C. Randall; Sehgal, Amita

    1986-04-01

    Nerve growth factor (NGF) and its receptor are important in the development of cells derived from the neural crest. Mouse L cell transformants have been generated that stably express the human NGF receptor gene transfer with total human DNA. Affinity cross-linking, metabolic labeling and immunoprecipitation, and equilibrium binding with 125I-labeled NGF revealed that this NGF receptor had the same size and binding characteristics as the receptor from human melanoma cells and rat PC12 cells. The sequences encoding the NGF receptor were molecularly cloned using the human Alu repetitive sequence as a probe. A cosmid clone that contained the human NGF receptor gene allowed efficient transfection and expression of the receptor.

  3. Relation between HLA genes, human skin volatiles and attractiveness of humans to malaria mosquitoes

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    Verhulst, N.O.; Beijleveld, H.; Qiu, Y.T.; Maliepaard, C.A.; Verduyn, W.; Haasnoot, G.W.; Claas, F.H.J.; Mumm, R.; Bouwmeester, H.J.; Takken, W.; Loon, van J.J.A.; Smallegange, R.C.

    2013-01-01

    Chemical cues are considered to be the most important cues for mosquitoes to find their hosts and humans can be ranked for attractiveness to mosquitoes based on the chemical cues they emit. Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes are considered to be involved in the regulation of human body odor and may

  4. 大承气汤对ES大鼠血液中TNF-α、IL-1、IL-6、IL-10、IL-13的影响

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    周晓红; 翟佳

    2004-01-01

    目的:研究大承气汤对内毒素休克大鼠血中TNF-α、IL-1、IL-6、IL-10、IL-13浓度的影响,来探讨其抗ES的机制。方法:将大鼠随机分为NS对照组,与实验组等量的生理盐水(NS)注射及灌胃;LPS组,尾静脉注入LPS 8mg/kg b.w.;LPS+DD组,大承气汤灌胃30min后,尾静脉注入LPS(剂量同LPS组)。3h后取血留血浆备用。结果:LPS组动物血浆中TNF-α、IL-1、IL-6、IL-10、IL-13的含量较NS对照组明显升高(P<0.05),IPS+大承气汤组动物血浆中TNF-α、IL-1、IL-6的含量较LPS组明显降低(P<0.05),IL-10、IL-13的含量明显升高(P<0.05)。结论:大承气汤可通过影响细胞因子网络来发挥抗KS的作用。

  5. Changes of multiple genes in human gastric carcinomas

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    2001-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the mutual relation of the changesamong multiple genes in human gastric carcinomas (GC). Methods: By means of software package about social science (SPSS) and statistics analysis system (SAS), the mutual relation of the expression of oncogenes (p21, p185) and tumor suppressor genes (RB, p53, p16, nm23) in 78 GC is discussed. Results: There existed correlations among some genes, i.e., p21 and p185, RB and p16, p16 and p53 as well as p16 and nm23; It is relatively uncommon that the carcinogenesis of GC simultaneously related to more changes of multiple genes; The inactivation of p16 gene was independent factor to predict the metastasis of lymphaden, the mutation of p53 gene and the inactivation of p16 gene were independent factors to predict the invasive depth. Conclusion: There are not only the changes of multiple genes including oncogenes activation and tumor suppressor genes inactivation, but also they may play an important role in carcinogenesis of GC through mutual cooperation. The inactivation of p16 gene is one of the most useful index to predict the prognosis of patient with GC.

  6. ANALYSES ON DIFFERENTIALLY EXPRESSED GENES ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN BREAST CANCER

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    MENG Xu-li; DING Xiao-wen; XU Xiao-hong

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the molecular etiology of breast cancer by way of studying the differential expression and initial function of the related genes in the occurrence and development of breast cancer. Methods: Two hundred and eighty-eight human tumor related genes were chosen for preparation of the oligochips probe. mRNA was extracted from 16 breast cancer tissues and the corresponding normal breast tissues, and cDNA probe was prepared through reverse-transcription and hybridized with the gene chip. A laser focused fluorescent scanner was used to scan the chip. The different gene expressions were thereafter automatically compared and analyzed between the two sample groups. Cy3/Cy5>3.5 meant significant up-regulation. Cy3/Cy5<0.25 meant significant down-regulation. Results: The comparison between the breast cancer tissues and their corresponding normal tissues showed that 84 genes had differential expression in the Chip. Among the differently expressed genes, there were 4 genes with significant down-regulation and 6 with significant up-regulation. Compared with normal breast tissues, differentially expressed genes did partially exist in the breast cancer tissues. Conclusion: Changes in multi-gene expression regulations take place during the occurrence and development of breast cancer; and the research on related genes can help understanding the mechanism of tumor occurrence.

  7. Evolutionary conservation in genes underlying human psychiatric disorders.

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    Ogawa, Lisa M; Vallender, Eric J

    2014-01-01

    Many psychiatric diseases observed in humans have tenuous or absent analogs in other species. Most notable among these are schizophrenia and autism. One hypothesis has posited that these diseases have arisen as a consequence of human brain evolution, for example, that the same processes that led to advances in cognition, language, and executive function also resulted in novel diseases in humans when dysfunctional. Here, the molecular evolution of the protein-coding regions of genes associated with these and other psychiatric disorders are compared among species. Genes associated with psychiatric disorders are drawn from the literature and orthologous sequences are collected from eleven primate species (human, chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla, orangutan, gibbon, macaque, baboon, marmoset, squirrel monkey, and galago) and 34 non-primate mammalian species. Evolutionary parameters, including dN/dS, are calculated for each gene and compared between disease classes and among species, focusing on humans and primates compared to other mammals, and on large-brained taxa (cetaceans, rhinoceros, walrus, bear, and elephant) compared to their small-brained sister species. Evidence of differential selection in humans to the exclusion of non-human primates was absent, however elevated dN/dS was detected in catarrhines as a whole, as well as in cetaceans, possibly as part of a more general trend. Although this may suggest that protein changes associated with schizophrenia and autism are not a cost of the higher brain function found in humans, it may also point to insufficiencies in the study of these diseases including incomplete or inaccurate gene association lists and/or a greater role of regulatory changes or copy number variation. Through this work a better understanding of the molecular evolution of the human brain, the pathophysiology of disease, and the genetic basis of human psychiatric disease is gained.

  8. Origins of De Novo Genes in Human and Chimpanzee.

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    Jorge Ruiz-Orera

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The birth of new genes is an important motor of evolutionary innovation. Whereas many new genes arise by gene duplication, others originate at genomic regions that did not contain any genes or gene copies. Some of these newly expressed genes may acquire coding or non-coding functions and be preserved by natural selection. However, it is yet unclear which is the prevalence and underlying mechanisms of de novo gene emergence. In order to obtain a comprehensive view of this process, we have performed in-depth sequencing of the transcriptomes of four mammalian species--human, chimpanzee, macaque, and mouse--and subsequently compared the assembled transcripts and the corresponding syntenic genomic regions. This has resulted in the identification of over five thousand new multiexonic transcriptional events in human and/or chimpanzee that are not observed in the rest of species. Using comparative genomics, we show that the expression of these transcripts is associated with the gain of regulatory motifs upstream of the transcription start site (TSS and of U1 snRNP sites downstream of the TSS. In general, these transcripts show little evidence of purifying selection, suggesting that many of them are not functional. However, we find signatures of selection in a subset of de novo genes which have evidence of protein translation. Taken together, the data support a model in which frequently-occurring new transcriptional events in the genome provide the raw material for the evolution of new proteins.

  9. Origins of De Novo Genes in Human and Chimpanzee.

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    Ruiz-Orera, Jorge; Hernandez-Rodriguez, Jessica; Chiva, Cristina; Sabidó, Eduard; Kondova, Ivanela; Bontrop, Ronald; Marqués-Bonet, Tomàs; Albà, M Mar

    2015-12-01

    The birth of new genes is an important motor of evolutionary innovation. Whereas many new genes arise by gene duplication, others originate at genomic regions that did not contain any genes or gene copies. Some of these newly expressed genes may acquire coding or non-coding functions and be preserved by natural selection. However, it is yet unclear which is the prevalence and underlying mechanisms of de novo gene emergence. In order to obtain a comprehensive view of this process, we have performed in-depth sequencing of the transcriptomes of four mammalian species--human, chimpanzee, macaque, and mouse--and subsequently compared the assembled transcripts and the corresponding syntenic genomic regions. This has resulted in the identification of over five thousand new multiexonic transcriptional events in human and/or chimpanzee that are not observed in the rest of species. Using comparative genomics, we show that the expression of these transcripts is associated with the gain of regulatory motifs upstream of the transcription start site (TSS) and of U1 snRNP sites downstream of the TSS. In general, these transcripts show little evidence of purifying selection, suggesting that many of them are not functional. However, we find signatures of selection in a subset of de novo genes which have evidence of protein translation. Taken together, the data support a model in which frequently-occurring new transcriptional events in the genome provide the raw material for the evolution of new proteins.

  10. The human protein disulfide isomerase gene family

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    Galligan James J

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Enzyme-mediated disulfide bond formation is a highly conserved process affecting over one-third of all eukaryotic proteins. The enzymes primarily responsible for facilitating thiol-disulfide exchange are members of an expanding family of proteins known as protein disulfide isomerases (PDIs. These proteins are part of a larger superfamily of proteins known as the thioredoxin protein family (TRX. As members of the PDI family of proteins, all proteins contain a TRX-like structural domain and are predominantly expressed in the endoplasmic reticulum. Subcellular localization and the presence of a TRX domain, however, comprise the short list of distinguishing features required for gene family classification. To date, the PDI gene family contains 21 members, varying in domain composition, molecular weight, tissue expression, and cellular processing. Given their vital role in protein-folding, loss of PDI activity has been associated with the pathogenesis of numerous disease states, most commonly related to the unfolded protein response (UPR. Over the past decade, UPR has become a very attractive therapeutic target for multiple pathologies including Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, alcoholic and non-alcoholic liver disease, and type-2 diabetes. Understanding the mechanisms of protein-folding, specifically thiol-disulfide exchange, may lead to development of a novel class of therapeutics that would help alleviate a wide range of diseases by targeting the UPR.

  11. Mapping the genetic architecture of gene expression in human liver.

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    Eric E Schadt

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Genetic variants that are associated with common human diseases do not lead directly to disease, but instead act on intermediate, molecular phenotypes that in turn induce changes in higher-order disease traits. Therefore, identifying the molecular phenotypes that vary in response to changes in DNA and that also associate with changes in disease traits has the potential to provide the functional information required to not only identify and validate the susceptibility genes that are directly affected by changes in DNA, but also to understand the molecular networks in which such genes operate and how changes in these networks lead to changes in disease traits. Toward that end, we profiled more than 39,000 transcripts and we genotyped 782,476 unique single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs in more than 400 human liver samples to characterize the genetic architecture of gene expression in the human liver, a metabolically active tissue that is important in a number of common human diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. This genome-wide association study of gene expression resulted in the detection of more than 6,000 associations between SNP genotypes and liver gene expression traits, where many of the corresponding genes identified have already been implicated in a number of human diseases. The utility of these data for elucidating the causes of common human diseases is demonstrated by integrating them with genotypic and expression data from other human and mouse populations. This provides much-needed functional support for the candidate susceptibility genes being identified at a growing number of genetic loci that have been identified as key drivers of disease from genome-wide association studies of disease. By using an integrative genomics approach, we highlight how the gene RPS26 and not ERBB3 is supported by our data as the most likely susceptibility gene for a novel type 1 diabetes locus recently identified in a large

  12. Human estrogen sulfotransferase gene (STE): Cloning, structure, and chromosomal localization

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    Her, Chengtao; Aksoy, I.A.; Weinshilboum, M. [Mayo Foundation, Rochester, MI (United States)] [and others

    1995-09-01

    Sulfation is an important pathway in the metabolism of estrogens. We recently cloned a human liver estrogen sulfotransferase (EST) cDNA. We have now determined the structure and chromosomal localization of the EST gene, STE, as a step toward molecular genetic studies of the regulation of EST in humans. STE spans approximately 20 kb and consists of 8 exons, ranging in length from 95 to 181 bp. The locations of most exon-intron splice junctions within STE are identical to those found in a human phenol ST (PST) gene, STM, and in a rat PST gene. In addition, the locations of five STE introns are also conserved in the human dehydroepiandrosterone (DBEA) ST gene, STD. The 5{prime} flanking region of STE contains one CCAAT and two TATA sequences. The location of one of the TATA box elements is in excellent agreement with the site of transcription initiation as determined by 5{prime}-rapid amplification of cDNA ends. STE was mapped to human chromosome 4q13.1 by fluorescence in situ hybridization. Cloning and structural characterization of STE will now make it possible to study potential molecular genetic mechanisms involved in the regulation of EST in human tissues. 50 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Cancer genes hypermethylated in human embryonic stem cells.

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    Vincenzo Calvanese

    Full Text Available Developmental genes are silenced in embryonic stem cells by a bivalent histone-based chromatin mark. It has been proposed that this mark also confers a predisposition to aberrant DNA promoter hypermethylation of tumor suppressor genes (TSGs in cancer. We report here that silencing of a significant proportion of these TSGs in human embryonic and adult stem cells is associated with promoter DNA hypermethylation. Our results indicate a role for DNA methylation in the control of gene expression in human stem cells and suggest that, for genes repressed by promoter hypermethylation in stem cells in vivo, the aberrant process in cancer could be understood as a defect in establishing an unmethylated promoter during differentiation, rather than as an anomalous process of de novo hypermethylation.

  14. Epigenetic regulation of transposable element derived human gene promoters.

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    Huda, Ahsan; Bowen, Nathan J; Conley, Andrew B; Jordan, I King

    2011-04-01

    It was previously thought that epigenetic histone modifications of mammalian transposable elements (TEs) serve primarily to defend the genome against deleterious effects associated with their activity. However, we recently showed that, genome-wide, human TEs can also be epigenetically modified in a manner consistent with their ability to regulate host genes. Here, we explore the ability of TE sequences to epigenetically regulate individual human genes by focusing on the histone modifications of promoter sequences derived from TEs. We found 1520 human genes that initiate transcription from within TE-derived promoter sequences. We evaluated the distributions of eight histone modifications across these TE-promoters, within and between the GM12878 and K562 cell lines, and related their modification status with the cell-type specific expression patterns of the genes that they regulate. TE-derived promoters are significantly enriched for active histone modifications, and depleted for repressive modifications, relative to the genomic background. Active histone modifications of TE-promoters peak at transcription start sites and are positively correlated with increasing expression within cell lines. Furthermore, differential modification of TE-derived promoters between cell lines is significantly correlated with differential gene expression. LTR-retrotransposon derived promoters in particular play a prominent role in mediating cell-type specific gene regulation, and a number of these LTR-promoter genes are implicated in lineage-specific cellular functions. The regulation of human genes mediated by histone modifications targeted to TE-derived promoters is consistent with the ability of TEs to contribute to the epigenomic landscape in a way that provides functional utility to the host genome.

  15. The Signature of Selection Mediated by Expression on Human Genes

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    Urrutia, Araxi O.; Hurst, Laurence D

    2003-01-01

    As the efficacy of natural selection is expected to be a function of population size, in humans it is usually presumed that selection is a weak force and hence that gene characteristics are mostly determined by stochastic forces. In contrast, in species with large population sizes, selection is expected to be a much more effective force. Evidence for this has come from examining how genic parameters vary with expression level, which appears to determine many of a gene's features, such as codo...

  16. Automated Identification of Core Regulatory Genes in Human Gene Regulatory Networks.

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    Vipin Narang

    Full Text Available Human gene regulatory networks (GRN can be difficult to interpret due to a tangle of edges interconnecting thousands of genes. We constructed a general human GRN from extensive transcription factor and microRNA target data obtained from public databases. In a subnetwork of this GRN that is active during estrogen stimulation of MCF-7 breast cancer cells, we benchmarked automated algorithms for identifying core regulatory genes (transcription factors and microRNAs. Among these algorithms, we identified K-core decomposition, pagerank and betweenness centrality algorithms as the most effective for discovering core regulatory genes in the network evaluated based on previously known roles of these genes in MCF-7 biology as well as in their ability to explain the up or down expression status of up to 70% of the remaining genes. Finally, we validated the use of K-core algorithm for organizing the GRN in an easier to interpret layered hierarchy where more influential regulatory genes percolate towards the inner layers. The integrated human gene and miRNA network and software used in this study are provided as supplementary materials (S1 Data accompanying this manuscript.

  17. Evolutionary Conservation in Genes Underlying Human Psychiatric Disorders

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    Lisa Michelle Ogawa

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Many psychiatric diseases observed in humans have tenuous or absent analogs in other species. Most notable among these are schizophrenia and autism. One hypothesis has posited that these diseases have arisen as a consequence of human brain evolution, for example, that the same processes that led to advances in cognition, language, and executive function also resulted in novel diseases in humans when dysfunctional. Here, the molecular evolution of genes associated with these and other psychiatric disorders are compared among species. Genes associated with psychiatric disorders are drawn from the literature and orthologous sequences are collected from eleven primate species (human, chimpanzee, bonobo, gorilla, orangutan, gibbon, macaque, baboon, marmoset, squirrel monkey, and galago and thirty one non-primate mammalian species. Evolutionary parameters, including dN/dS, are calculated for each gene and compared between disease classes and among species, focusing on humans and primates compared to other mammals and on large-brained taxa (cetaceans, rhinoceros, walrus, bear, and elephant compared to their small-brained sister species. Evidence of differential selection in primates supports the hypothesis that schizophrenia and autism are a cost of higher brain function. Through this work a better understanding of the molecular evolution of the human brain, the pathophysiology of disease, and the genetic basis of human psychiatric disease is gained.

  18. Gene expression in the aging human brain: an overview.

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    Mohan, Adith; Mather, Karen A; Thalamuthu, Anbupalam; Baune, Bernhard T; Sachdev, Perminder S

    2016-03-01

    The review aims to provide a summary of recent developments in the study of gene expression in the aging human brain. Profiling differentially expressed genes or 'transcripts' in the human brain over the course of normal aging has provided valuable insights into the biological pathways that appear activated or suppressed in late life. Genes mediating neuroinflammation and immune system activation in particular, show significant age-related upregulation creating a state of vulnerability to neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disease in the aging brain. Cellular ionic dyshomeostasis and age-related decline in a host of molecular influences on synaptic efficacy may underlie neurocognitive decline in later life. Critically, these investigations have also shed light on the mobilization of protective genetic responses within the aging human brain that help determine health and disease trajectories in older age. There is growing interest in the study of pre and posttranscriptional regulators of gene expression, and the role of noncoding RNAs in particular, as mediators of the phenotypic diversity that characterizes human brain aging. Gene expression studies in healthy brain aging offer an opportunity to unravel the intricately regulated cellular underpinnings of neurocognitive aging as well as disease risk and resiliency in late life. In doing so, new avenues for early intervention in age-related neurodegenerative disease could be investigated with potentially significant implications for the development of disease-modifying therapies.

  19. Polymorphic cis- and trans-regulation of human gene expression.

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    Vivian G Cheung

    Full Text Available Expression levels of human genes vary extensively among individuals. This variation facilitates analyses of expression levels as quantitative phenotypes in genetic studies where the entire genome can be scanned for regulators without prior knowledge of the regulatory mechanisms, thus enabling the identification of unknown regulatory relationships. Here, we carried out such genetic analyses with a large sample size and identified cis- and trans-acting polymorphic regulators for about 1,000 human genes. We validated the cis-acting regulators by demonstrating differential allelic expression with sequencing of transcriptomes (RNA-Seq and the trans-regulators by gene knockdown, metabolic assays, and chromosome conformation capture analysis. The majority of the regulators act in trans to the target (regulated genes. Most of these trans-regulators were not known to play a role in gene expression regulation. The identification of these regulators enabled the characterization of polymorphic regulation of human gene expression at a resolution that was unattainable in the past.

  20. The gene for human glutaredoxin (GLRX) is localized to human chromosome 5q14

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    Padilla, C.A.; Holmgren, A. [Karolinska Inst., Stockholm (Sweden); Bajalica, S.; Lagercrantz, J. [Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden)

    1996-03-05

    Glutaredoxin is a small protein (12 kDa) catalyzing glutathione-dependent disulfide oxidoreduction reactions in a coupled system with NADPH, GSH, and glutathione reductase. A cDNA encoding the human glutaredoxin gene (HGMW-approved symbol GLRX) has recently been isolated and cloned from a human fetal spleen cDNA library. The screening of a human fetal spleen cDNA library. The screening of a human genomic library in Charon 4A led to the identification of three genomic clones. Using fluorescence in situ hybridization to metaphase chromosomes with one genomic clone as a probe, the human glutaredoxin gene was localized to chromosomal region 5q14. This localization at chromosome 5 was in agreement with the somatic cell hybrid analysis, using DNA from a human-hamster and a human-mouse hybrid panel and using a human glutaredoxin cDNA as a probe. 13 refs., 2 figs.

  1. Regulation of the formyl peptide receptor 1 (FPR1 gene in primary human macrophages.

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    Claudio Gemperle

    Full Text Available The formyl peptide receptor 1 (FPR1 is mainly expressed by mammalian phagocytic leukocytes and plays a role in chemotaxis, killing of microorganisms through phagocytosis, and the generation of reactive oxygen species. A large number of ligands have been identified triggering FPR1 including formylated and non-formylated peptides of microbial and endogenous origin. While the expression of FPR1 in neutrophils has been investigated intensively, knowledge on the regulation of FPR1 expression in polarized macrophages is lacking. In this study we show that primary human neutrophils, monocytes and resting macrophages do express the receptor on their cell surface. Polarization of macrophages with IFNγ, LPS and with the TLR8 ligand 3M-002 further increases FPR1 mRNA levels but does not consistently increase protein expression or chemotaxis towards the FPR1 ligand fMLF. In contrast, polarization of primary human macrophages with IL-4 and IL-13 leading to the alternative activated macrophages, reduces FPR1 cell surface expression and abolishes chemotaxis towards fMLF. These results show that M2 macrophages will not react to triggering of FPR1, limiting the role for FPR1 to chemotaxis and superoxide production of resting and pro-inflammatory M1 macrophages.

  2. Global properties and functional complexity of human gene regulatory variation.

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    Daniel J Gaffney

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    Full Text Available Identification and functional interpretation of gene regulatory variants is a major focus of modern genomics. The application of genetic mapping to molecular and cellular traits has enabled the detection of regulatory variation on genome-wide scales and revealed an enormous diversity of regulatory architecture in humans and other species. In this review I summarise the insights gained and questions raised by a decade of genetic mapping of gene expression variation. I discuss recent extensions of this approach using alternative molecular phenotypes that have revealed some of the biological mechanisms that drive gene expression variation between individuals. Finally, I highlight outstanding problems and future directions for development.

  3. Mechanosensitive promoter region in the human HB-GAM gene

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    Liedert, Astrid; Kassem, Moustapha; Claes, Lutz;

    2009-01-01

    expression through specific transcription factor binding sites in the promoter region of mechanosensitive genes. In the present study, we demonstrate that the expression of HB-GAM, which is known to have stimulating effects on osteogenic differentiation, is rapidly induced by mechanical loading in hMSC-TERT4...... cells. Analysis of the human HB-GAM gene upstream regulatory region with luciferase reporter gene assays revealed that the upregulation of HB-GAM expression occurred at the transcriptional level and was mainly dependent on the HB-GAM promoter region most upstream containing three potential AP-1 binding...

  4. Recent advances in human gene-longevity association studies

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    De Benedictis, G; Tan, Q; Jeune, B;

    2001-01-01

    % of the variation in life span is genetically determined. Taking advantage of recent developments in molecular biology, researchers are now searching for candidate genes that might have an influence on life span. The data on unrelated individuals emerging from an ever-increasing number of centenarian studies makes......This paper reviews the recent literature on genes and longevity. The influence of genes on human life span has been confirmed in studies of life span correlation between related individuals based on family and twin data. Results from major twin studies indicate that approximately 25...

  5. Cloning of Integral Mature Peptide Gene of Human GDF-5

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    王万山; 顾为望; 王启伟; 朴仲贤; 朴英杰

    2004-01-01

    Summary: The integral mature peptide gene of human growth differentiation factor-5 (GDF-5) was cloned to provide the essential foundation for study on the biological characteristics of GDF-5 at gene and protein levels. Two primers were chemosynthesized according to the hGDF-5 sequence reported in Genbank. The hGDF-5 gene was gained by RT-PCR methods from the total RNA extracted from human fetus cartilage tissue, and was cloned into vector pMD18-T. The sequence of recombinant plasmid pMD18-T-hGDF-5 was analyzed by sequence analysis. DNA agarose gel electrophoresis showed that the product of RT-PCR was about 380bp, and double enzyme digestion of the recombinant plasmid corresponded with it. The result of sequence assay was in agreement with the reported hGDF-5 sequence in Genbank. Our results showed that the integral mature peptide gene of human GDF-5 was cloned successfully from human fetal cartilage tissue, and totally identified with the sequence of human GDF-5 in Genbank.

  6. Roles of the Y chromosome genes in human cancers

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    Tatsuo Kido

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Male and female differ genetically by their respective sex chromosome composition, that is, XY as male and XX as female. Although both X and Y chromosomes evolved from the same ancestor pair of autosomes, the Y chromosome harbors male-specific genes, which play pivotal roles in male sex determination, germ cell differentiation, and masculinization of various tissues. Deletions or translocation of the sex-determining gene, SRY, from the Y chromosome causes disorders of sex development (previously termed as an intersex condition with dysgenic gonads. Failure of gonadal development results not only in infertility, but also in increased risks of germ cell tumor (GCT, such as gonadoblastoma and various types of testicular GCT. Recent studies demonstrate that either loss of Y chromosome or ectopic expression of Y chromosome genes is closely associated with various male-biased diseases, including selected somatic cancers. These observations suggest that the Y-linked genes are involved in male health and diseases in more frequently than expected. Although only a small number of protein-coding genes are present in the male-specific region of Y chromosome, the impacts of Y chromosome genes on human diseases are still largely unknown, due to lack of in vivo models and differences between the Y chromosomes of human and rodents. In this review, we highlight the involvement of selected Y chromosome genes in cancer development in men.

  7. DRUMS: a human disease related unique gene mutation search engine.

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    Li, Zuofeng; Liu, Xingnan; Wen, Jingran; Xu, Ye; Zhao, Xin; Li, Xuan; Liu, Lei; Zhang, Xiaoyan

    2011-10-01

    With the completion of the human genome project and the development of new methods for gene variant detection, the integration of mutation data and its phenotypic consequences has become more important than ever. Among all available resources, locus-specific databases (LSDBs) curate one or more specific genes' mutation data along with high-quality phenotypes. Although some genotype-phenotype data from LSDB have been integrated into central databases little effort has been made to integrate all these data by a search engine approach. In this work, we have developed disease related unique gene mutation search engine (DRUMS), a search engine for human disease related unique gene mutation as a convenient tool for biologists or physicians to retrieve gene variant and related phenotype information. Gene variant and phenotype information were stored in a gene-centred relational database. Moreover, the relationships between mutations and diseases were indexed by the uniform resource identifier from LSDB, or another central database. By querying DRUMS, users can access the most popular mutation databases under one interface. DRUMS could be treated as a domain specific search engine. By using web crawling, indexing, and searching technologies, it provides a competitively efficient interface for searching and retrieving mutation data and their relationships to diseases. The present system is freely accessible at http://www.scbit.org/glif/new/drums/index.html.

  8. Expression Divergence of Tandemly Arrayed Genes in Human and Mouse

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    Valia Shoja

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Tandemly arrayed genes (TAGs account for about one third of the duplicated genes in eukaryotic genomes, yet there has not been any systematic study of their gene expression patterns. Taking advantage of recently published large-scale microarray data sets, we studied the expression divergence of 361 two-member TAGs in human and 212 two-member TAGs in mouse and examined the effect of sequence divergence, gene orientation, and chromosomal proximity on the divergence of TAG expression patterns. Our results show that there is a weak negative correlation between sequence divergence of TAG members and their expression similarity. There is also a weak negative correlation between chromosomal proximity of TAG members and their expression similarity. We did not detect any significant relationship between gene orientation and expression similarity. We also found that downstream TAG members do not show significantly narrower expression breadth than upstream members, contrary to what we predict based on TAG expression divergence hypothesis that we propose. Finally, we show that both chromosomal proximity and expression correlation in TAGs do not differ significantly from their neighboring non-TAG gene pairs, suggesting that tandem duplication is unlikely to be the cause for the higher-than-random expression association between neighboring genes on a chromosome in human and mouse.

  9. 慢性肾功能衰竭患者血清瘦素、白细胞介素-13和白细胞介素-18水平变化及其临床意义%Changes and Clinical Significance of Serum Leptin, IL-13 and IL-18 in Patients with Chronic Renal Failure

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    陈美华

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨血清瘦素(leptin)、白细胞介素-13(IL-13)及白细胞介素-18(IL-18)水平在慢性肾功能衰竭患者中的变化及其临床意义.方法 分别采用ELISA法和RIA检测86例慢性肾功能衰竭患者血清IL-13、IL-18和leptin含量,并与80例正常对照组比较分析.结果 慢性肾功能衰竭组与正常对照组相比较,血清leptin、IL-13及IL-18水平均明显升高(P<0.01);慢性肾功能衰竭早期、肾衰竭期和尿毒症期患者leptin无差异(P>0.05),而IL-13、IL-18水平随病情的加重而逐步升高(P<0.05);血清leptin水平与血清IL-13、IL-18水平呈正相关(r=0.527,r=0.489;均P<0.05),IL-13与IL-18也呈显著正相关(r=0.731,P<0.0.01).结论 慢性肾功能衰竭患者leptin、IL-13及IL-18水平升高,其在慢性肾功能衰竭发生发展过程中可能起重要作用,且存在一定的相关性,IL-13和IL-18影响慢性肾功能衰竭患者的疾病进程.%Objective To explore the changes and its clinical significance of serum. Leptin, IL-13 and IL-18 in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF). Methods Serum IL-13, IL-18 (with ELISA) and leptin (with RIA) levels were measured in 86 patients with CRF and 80 health control. Results The levels of serum leptin, IL-13and IL-18 levels were higher in CRF group than in the healthy control group (P<0.01); During the early stage, renal failure stage and urinaemia stage of CRF, there were no differences for all the patients in the levels of serum leptin (p>0.05), while the levels of serum IL-13 and IL-18 increased gradually with the severity of the patient's condition (P<0.05). The serum level of leptin was positive correlation with the level of IL-13 and IL-18 in patients with CRF (r=0.527, r=0.489;all P<0.05), the serum level of IL-13 was also positive correlation with the level of IL-18 (r=0.731, P<0.0l). Conclusion Elevation of serum leptin, IL-13 and IL-18 levels in patients with CRF might play a very important in the course of CRF

  10. A human-specific de novo protein-coding gene associated with human brain functions.

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    Chuan-Yun Li

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available To understand whether any human-specific new genes may be associated with human brain functions, we computationally screened the genetic vulnerable factors identified through Genome-Wide Association Studies and linkage analyses of nicotine addiction and found one human-specific de novo protein-coding gene, FLJ33706 (alternative gene symbol C20orf203. Cross-species analysis revealed interesting evolutionary paths of how this gene had originated from noncoding DNA sequences: insertion of repeat elements especially Alu contributed to the formation of the first coding exon and six standard splice junctions on the branch leading to humans and chimpanzees, and two subsequent substitutions in the human lineage escaped two stop codons and created an open reading frame of 194 amino acids. We experimentally verified FLJ33706's mRNA and protein expression in the brain. Real-Time PCR in multiple tissues demonstrated that FLJ33706 was most abundantly expressed in brain. Human polymorphism data suggested that FLJ33706 encodes a protein under purifying selection. A specifically designed antibody detected its protein expression across human cortex, cerebellum and midbrain. Immunohistochemistry study in normal human brain cortex revealed the localization of FLJ33706 protein in neurons. Elevated expressions of FLJ33706 were detected in Alzheimer's brain samples, suggesting the role of this novel gene in human-specific pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. FLJ33706 provided the strongest evidence so far that human-specific de novo genes can have protein-coding potential and differential protein expression, and be involved in human brain functions.

  11. A human-specific de novo protein-coding gene associated with human brain functions.

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    Chuan-Yun Li

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available To understand whether any human-specific new genes may be associated with human brain functions, we computationally screened the genetic vulnerable factors identified through Genome-Wide Association Studies and linkage analyses of nicotine addiction and found one human-specific de novo protein-coding gene, FLJ33706 (alternative gene symbol C20orf203. Cross-species analysis revealed interesting evolutionary paths of how this gene had originated from noncoding DNA sequences: insertion of repeat elements especially Alu contributed to the formation of the first coding exon and six standard splice junctions on the branch leading to humans and chimpanzees, and two subsequent substitutions in the human lineage escaped two stop codons and created an open reading frame of 194 amino acids. We experimentally verified FLJ33706's mRNA and protein expression in the brain. Real-Time PCR in multiple tissues demonstrated that FLJ33706 was most abundantly expressed in brain. Human polymorphism data suggested that FLJ33706 encodes a protein under purifying selection. A specifically designed antibody detected its protein expression across human cortex, cerebellum and midbrain. Immunohistochemistry study in normal human brain cortex revealed the localization of FLJ33706 protein in neurons. Elevated expressions of FLJ33706 were detected in Alzheimer's brain samples, suggesting the role of this novel gene in human-specific pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. FLJ33706 provided the strongest evidence so far that human-specific de novo genes can have protein-coding potential and differential protein expression, and be involved in human brain functions.

  12. Transcriptional regulation of human thromboxane synthase gene expression

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    Lee, K.D.; Baek, S.J.; Fleischer, T [Univ. of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, MD (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    The human thromboxane synthase (TS) gene encodes a microsomal enzyme catalyzing the conversion of prostaglandin endoperoxide into thromboxane A{sub 2}(TxA{sub 2}), a potent inducer of vasoconstriction and platelet aggregation. A deficiency in platelet TS activity results in bleeding disorders, but the underlying molecular mechanism remains to be elucidated. Increased TxA{sub 2} has been associated with many pathophysiological conditions such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and thrombosis in sickle cell patients. Since the formation of TxA{sub 2} is dependent upon TS, the regulation of TS gene expression may presumably play a crucial role in vivo. Abrogation of the regulatory mechanism in TS gene expression might contribute, in part, to the above clinical manifestations. To gain insight into TS gene regulation, a 1.7 kb promoter of the human TS gene was cloned and sequenced. RNase protection assay and 5{prime} RACE protocols were used to map the transcription initiation site to nucleotide A, 30 bp downstream from a canonical TATA box. Several transcription factor binding sites, including AP-1, PU.1, and PEA3, were identified within this sequence. Transient expression studies in HL-60 cells transfected with constructs containing various lengths (0.2 to 5.5 kb) of the TS promoter/luciferase fusion gene indicated the presence of multiple repressor elements within the 5.5 kb TS promoter. However, a lineage-specific up-regulation of TS gene expression was observed in HL-60 cells induced by TPA to differentiate along the macrophage lineage. The increase in TS transcription was not detectable until 36 hr after addition of the inducer. These results suggest that expression of the human TS gene may be regulated by a mechanism involving repression and derepression of the TS promoter.

  13. The human insulin gene is part of a large open chromatin domain specific for human islets

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    Mutskov, Vesco; Felsenfeld, Gary

    2009-01-01

    Knowledge of how insulin (INS) gene expression is regulated will lead to better understanding of normal and abnormal pancreatic β cell function. We have mapped histone modifications over the INS region, coupled with an expression profile, in freshly isolated islets from multiple human donors. Unlike many other human genes, in which active modifications tend to be concentrated within 1 kb around the transcription start site, these marks are distributed over the entire coding region of INS as w...

  14. Differentially Expressed Genes and Signature Pathways of Human Prostate Cancer.

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    Jennifer S Myers

    Full Text Available Genomic technologies including microarrays and next-generation sequencing have enabled the generation of molecular signatures of prostate cancer. Lists of differentially expressed genes between malignant and non-malignant states are thought to be fertile sources of putative prostate cancer biomarkers. However such lists of differentially expressed genes can be highly variable for multiple reasons. As such, looking at differential expression in the context of gene sets and pathways has been more robust. Using next-generation genome sequencing data from The Cancer Genome Atlas, differential gene expression between age- and stage- matched human prostate tumors and non-malignant samples was assessed and used to craft a pathway signature of prostate cancer. Up- and down-regulated genes were assigned to pathways composed of curated groups of related genes from multiple databases. The significance of these pathways was then evaluated according to the number of differentially expressed genes found in the pathway and their position within the pathway using Gene Set Enrichment Analysis and Signaling Pathway Impact Analysis. The "transforming growth factor-beta signaling" and "Ran regulation of mitotic spindle formation" pathways were strongly associated with prostate cancer. Several other significant pathways confirm reported findings from microarray data that suggest actin cytoskeleton regulation, cell cycle, mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling, and calcium signaling are also altered in prostate cancer. Thus we have demonstrated feasibility of pathway analysis and identified an underexplored area (Ran for investigation in prostate cancer pathogenesis.

  15. Isolation of a rice gene homologous to the human putative tumor suppressor gene QM

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    2002-01-01

    QM gene was originally isolated from human by Dowdy et al during a search for a wilms′ tumor suppressor gene. Researches of QM gene focused mainly on animals and yeasts, little was known about plant QM gene. For better understanding of QM gene in rice, a QM homologous fragment was used as a probe to screen rice (Oryza sativa subsp. indica c.v. Guanglu′ ai 4) genomic DNA library,and two clones were obtained. One of them, OSQM2, encoded a highly basic protein of 184 amino acids, the sequence was about 3.1 kb long with a very special promoter region compared with other known QM genes. Seven potential G boxes could be found between -690 and -230. G box, which contains a ACGT core motif, had been reported in many plants to act as a cis acting DNA element in the regulation of genes in a variety of environmental conditions, such as ABA regulated gene expression, red light, UV light, anaerobiosis, and wounding etc. Two closely linked DRE related motifs (dehydration responsive element) could also be found between -182 and 173, which had a CCGAC conserved sequence and had been identified in many cold and drought responsive genes in Arabidopsis. Six MYC recognition sequences with the conserved motif NCANNTGN were also presented, which might be essential for ABA and drought responsive expression of the plant genes.

  16. Chromosomal mapping of the human M6 genes

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    Olinsky, S.; Loop, B.T.; DeKosky, A. [Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States)] [and others

    1996-05-01

    M6 is a neuronal membrane glycoprotein that may have an important role in neural development. This molecule was initially defined by a monoclonal antibody that affected the survival of cultured cerebellar neurons and the outgrowth of neurites. The nature of the antigen was discovered by expression cDNA cloning using this monoclonal antibody. Two distinct murine M6 cDNAs (designated M6a and M6b) whose deduced amino acid sequences were remarkably similar to that of the myelin proteolipid protein human cDNA and genomic clones encoding M6a and M6b and have characterized them by restriction mapping, Southern hybridization with cDNA probes, and sequence analysis. We have localized these genes within the human genome by FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization). The human M6a gene is located at 4q34, and the M6b gene is located at Xp22.2 A number of human neurological disorders have been mapped to the Xp22 region, including Aicardi syndrome (MIM 304050), Rett syndrome (MIM 312750), X-linked Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy (MIM 302801), and X-linked mental retardation syndromes (MRX1, MIM 309530). This raises the possibility that a defect in the M6b gene is responsible for one of these neurological disorders. 8 refs., 3 figs.

  17. Designer Babies? Teacher Views on Gene Technology and Human Medicine.

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    Schibeci, Renato

    1999-01-01

    Summarizes the views of a sample of primary and high school teachers on the application of gene technology to human medicine. In general, high school teachers are more positive about these developments than primary teachers, and both groups of teachers are more positive than interested lay publics. Highlights ways in which this topic can be…

  18. Molecular cloning of the human excision repair gene ERCC-6.

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    C. Troelstra (Christine); H. Odijk (Hanny); J. de Wit (Jan); A. Westerveld (Andries); L.H. Thompson; D. Bootsma (Dirk); J.H.J. Hoeijmakers (Jan)

    1990-01-01

    textabstractThe UV-sensitive, nucleotide excision repair-deficient Chinese hamster mutant cell line UV61 was used to identify and clone a correcting human gene, ERCC-6. UV61, belonging to rodent complementation group 6, is only moderately UV sensitive in comparison with mutant lines in groups 1 to 5

  19. The Human Lexinome: Genes of Language and Reading

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    Gibson, Christopher J.; Gruen, Jeffrey R.

    2008-01-01

    Within the human genome, genetic mapping studies have identified 10 regions of different chromosomes, known as DYX loci, in genetic linkage with dyslexia, and two, known as SLI loci, in genetic linkage with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Further genetic studies have identified four dyslexia genes within the DYX loci: "DYX1C1" on 15q,…

  20. Global patterns of diversity and selection in human tyrosinase gene.

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    Georgi Hudjashov

    Full Text Available Global variation in skin pigmentation is one of the most striking examples of environmental adaptation in humans. More than two hundred loci have been identified as candidate genes in model organisms and a few tens of these have been found to be significantly associated with human skin pigmentation in genome-wide association studies. However, the evolutionary history of different pigmentation genes is rather complex: some loci have been subjected to strong positive selection, while others evolved under the relaxation of functional constraints in low UV environment. Here we report the results of a global study of the human tyrosinase gene, which is one of the key enzymes in melanin production, to assess the role of its variation in the evolution of skin pigmentation differences among human populations. We observe a higher rate of non-synonymous polymorphisms in the European sample consistent with the relaxation of selective constraints. A similar pattern was previously observed in the MC1R gene and concurs with UV radiation-driven model of skin color evolution by which mutations leading to lower melanin levels and decreased photoprotection are subject to purifying selection at low latitudes while being tolerated or even favored at higher latitudes because they facilitate UV-dependent vitamin D production. Our coalescent date estimates suggest that the non-synonymous variants, which are frequent in Europe and North Africa, are recent and have emerged after the separation of East and West Eurasian populations.

  1. The diverse origins of the human gene pool.

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    Pääbo, Svante

    2015-06-01

    Analyses of the genomes of Neanderthals and Denisovans, the closest evolutionary relatives of present-day humans, suggest that our ancestors were part of a web of now-extinct populations linked by limited, but intermittent or sometimes perhaps even persistent, gene flow.

  2. Identification of differently expressed genes in human colorectal adenocarcinoma

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    Yao Chen; Yi-Zeng Zhang; Zong-Guang Zhou; Gang Wang; Zeng-Ni Yi

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the differently expressed genes in human colorectal adenocarcinoma.METHODS: The integrated approach for gene expression profiling that couples suppression subtractive hybridization, high-throughput cDNA array, sequencing,bioinformatics analysis, and reverse transcriptase realtime quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR)was carried out. A set of cDNA clones including 1260SSH inserts amplified by PCR was arrayed using robotic printing. The cDNA arrays were hybridized with florescent-labeled probes prepared from RNA of human colorectal adenocarcinoma (HCRAC) and normal colorectal tissues.RESULTS: A total of 86 genes were identified, 16 unknown genes and 70 known genes. The transcription factor Sox9 influencing cell differentiation was downregulated. At the same time, Heat shock protein 10 KDis downregulated and Calmoulin is up-regulated.CONCLUSION: Downregulation of heat shock protein 10 KD lost its inhibition of Ras, and then attenuated the Ras GTPase signaling pathway, increased cell proliferation and inhibited cell apoptosis. Down-regulated transcription factor Sox9 influences cell differentiation and cell-specific gene expression. Down-regulated Sox9 also decreases its binding to calmodulin, accumulates calmodulin as receptor-activated kinase and phosphorylase kinase due to the activation of PhK.

  3. Gene transcriptional networks integrate microenvironmental signals in human breast cancer.

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    Xu, Ren; Mao, Jian-Hua

    2011-04-01

    A significant amount of evidence shows that microenvironmental signals generated from extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules, soluble factors, and cell-cell adhesion complexes cooperate at the extra- and intracellular level. This synergetic action of microenvironmental cues is crucial for normal mammary gland development and breast malignancy. To explore how the microenvironmental genes coordinate in human breast cancer at the genome level, we have performed gene co-expression network analysis in three independent microarray datasets and identified two microenvironment networks in human breast cancer tissues. Network I represents crosstalk and cooperation of ECM microenvironment and soluble factors during breast malignancy. The correlated expression of cytokines, chemokines, and cell adhesion proteins in Network II implicates the coordinated action of these molecules in modulating the immune response in breast cancer tissues. These results suggest that microenvironmental cues are integrated with gene transcriptional networks to promote breast cancer development.

  4. Gene expression profiling of human erythroid progenitors by micro-serial analysis of gene expression.

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    Fujishima, Naohito; Hirokawa, Makoto; Aiba, Namiko; Ichikawa, Yoshikazu; Fujishima, Masumi; Komatsuda, Atsushi; Suzuki, Yoshiko; Kawabata, Yoshinari; Miura, Ikuo; Sawada, Ken-ichi

    2004-10-01

    We compared the expression profiles of highly purified human CD34+ cells and erythroid progenitor cells by micro-serial analysis of gene expression (microSAGE). Human CD34+ cells were purified from granulocyte colony-stimulating factor-mobilized blood stem cells, and erythroid progenitors were obtained by cultivating these cells in the presence of stem cell factor, interleukin 3, and erythropoietin. Our 10,202 SAGE tags allowed us to identify 1354 different transcripts appearing more than once. Erythroid progenitor cells showed increased expression of LRBA, EEF1A1, HSPCA, PILRB, RANBP1, NACA, and SMURF. Overexpression of HSPCA was confirmed by real-time polymerase chain reaction analysis. MicroSAGE revealed an unexpected preferential expression of several genes in erythroid progenitor cells in addition to the known functional genes, including hemoglobins. Our results provide reference data for future studies of gene expression in various hematopoietic disorders, including myelodysplastic syndrome and leukemia.

  5. Alterations of FHIT Gene and P16 Gene in Nickel Transformed Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells

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    WEI-DONG JI; JIA-KUN CHEN; JIA-CHUN LU; ZHONG-LIANG WU; FEI YI; SU-MEI FENG

    2006-01-01

    To study the alterations of FHIT gene and P16 gene in malignant transformed human bronchial epithelial cells induced by crystalline nickel sulfide using an immoral human bronchial epithelial cell line, and to explore the molecular mechanism of nickel carcinogenesis. Methods 16HBE cells were treated 6 times with different concentrations of NiS in vitro, and the degree of malignant transformation was determined by assaying the anchorage-independent growth and tumorigenicity. Malignant transformed cells and tumorigenic cells were examined for alterations of FHIT gene and P16 gene using RT-PCR, DNA sequencing, silver staining PCR-SSCP and Western blotting. Results NiS-treated cells exhibited overlapping growth. Compared with that of negative control cells, soft agar colony formation efficiency of NiS-treated cells showed significant increases (P<0.01) and dose-dependent effects. NiS-treated cells could form tumors in nude mice, and a squamous cell carcinoma was confirmed by histopathological examination. No mutation of exon 2 and exons 2-3, no abnormal expression in p16 gene and mutation of FHIT exons 5-8 and exons 1-4 or exons 5-9 were observed in transformed cells and tumorigenic cells. However, aberrant transcripts or loss of expression of the FHIT gene and Fhit protein was observed in transformed cells and tumorigenic cells. One of the aberrant transcripts in the FHIT gene was confirmed to have a deletion of exon 6, exon 7, exon 8, and an insertion of a 36 bp sequence replacing exon 6-8. Conclusions The FHIT gene rather than the P16 gene, plays a definite role in nickel carcinogenesis. Alterations of the FHIT gene induced by crystalline NiS may be a molecular event associated with carcinogen, chromosome fragile site instability and cell malignant transformation. FHIT may be an important target gene activated by nickel and other exotic carcinogens.

  6. Human myometrial gene expression before and during parturition.

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    Havelock, Jon C; Keller, Patrick; Muleba, Ndaya; Mayhew, Bobbie A; Casey, Brian M; Rainey, William E; Word, R Ann

    2005-03-01

    Identification of temporal and spatial changes in myometrial gene expression during parturition may further the understanding of the coordinated regulation of myometrial contractions during parturition. The objective of this study was to compare the gene expression profiles of human fundal myometrium from pregnant women before and after the onset of labor using a functional genomics approach, and to further characterize the spatial and temporal expression patterns of three genes believed to be important in parturition. Fundal myometrial mRNA was isolated from five women in labor and five women not in labor, and analyzed using human UniGEM-V microarrays with 9182 cDNA elements. Real-time polymerase chain reaction using myometrial RNA from pregnant women in labor or not in labor was used to examine mRNA levels for three of the genes; namely, prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 (PTGS2), calgranulin B (S100A9), and oxytocin receptor (OXTR). The spatial expression pattern of these genes throughout the pregnant uterus before and after labor was also determined. Immunolocalization of cyclooxygenase-2 (also known as PTGS2) and S100A9 within the uterine cervix and myometrium were analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Few genes were differentially expressed in fundal myometrial tissues at term with the onset of labor. However, there appears to be a subset of genes important in the parturition cascade. The cellular properties of S100A9, its spatial localization, and dramatic increase in cervix and myometrium of women in labor suggest that this protein may be very important in the initiation or propagation of human labor.

  7. Human gene therapy and imaging in neurological diseases

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    Jacobs, Andreas H.; Winkler, Alexandra [Max Planck-Institute for Neurological Research, Center of Molecular Medicine (CMMC) and Department of Neurology, Cologne (Germany); MPI for Neurological Research, Laboratory for Gene Therapy and Molecular Imaging, Cologne (Germany); Castro, Maria G.; Lowenstein, Pedro [University of California Los Angeles (United States). Department of Medicine

    2005-12-01

    Molecular imaging aims to assess non-invasively disease-specific biological and molecular processes in animal models and humans in vivo. Apart from precise anatomical localisation and quantification, the most intriguing advantage of such imaging is the opportunity it provides to investigate the time course (dynamics) of disease-specific molecular events in the intact organism. Further, molecular imaging can be used to address basic scientific questions, e.g. transcriptional regulation, signal transduction or protein/protein interaction, and will be essential in developing treatment strategies based on gene therapy. Most importantly, molecular imaging is a key technology in translational research, helping to develop experimental protocols which may later be applied to human patients. Over the past 20 years, imaging based on positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been employed for the assessment and ''phenotyping'' of various neurological diseases, including cerebral ischaemia, neurodegeneration and brain gliomas. While in the past neuro-anatomical studies had to be performed post mortem, molecular imaging has ushered in the era of in vivo functional neuro-anatomy by allowing neuroscience to image structure, function, metabolism and molecular processes of the central nervous system in vivo in both health and disease. Recently, PET and MRI have been successfully utilised together in the non-invasive assessment of gene transfer and gene therapy in humans. To assess the efficiency of gene transfer, the same markers are being used in animals and humans, and have been applied for phenotyping human disease. Here, we review the imaging hallmarks of focal and disseminated neurological diseases, such as cerebral ischaemia, neurodegeneration and glioblastoma multiforme, as well as the attempts to translate gene therapy's experimental knowledge into clinical applications and the way in which this process is being

  8. Syndrome to gene (S2G): in-silico identification of candidate genes for human diseases.

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    Gefen, Avitan; Cohen, Raphael; Birk, Ohad S

    2010-03-01

    The identification of genomic loci associated with human genetic syndromes has been significantly facilitated through the generation of high density SNP arrays. However, optimal selection of candidate genes from within such loci is still a tedious labor-intensive bottleneck. Syndrome to Gene (S2G) is based on novel algorithms which allow an efficient search for candidate genes in a genomic locus, using known genes whose defects cause phenotypically similar syndromes. S2G (http://fohs.bgu.ac.il/s2g/index.html) includes two components: a phenotype Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)-based search engine that alleviates many of the problems in the existing OMIM search engine (negation phrases, overlapping terms, etc.). The second component is a gene prioritizing engine that uses a novel algorithm to integrate information from 18 databases. When the detailed phenotype of a syndrome is inserted to the web-based software, S2G offers a complete improved search of the OMIM database for similar syndromes. The software then prioritizes a list of genes from within a genomic locus, based on their association with genes whose defects are known to underlie similar clinical syndromes. We demonstrate that in all 30 cases of novel disease genes identified in the past year, the disease gene was within the top 20% of candidate genes predicted by S2G, and in most cases--within the top 10%. Thus, S2G provides clinicians with an efficient tool for diagnosis and researchers with a candidate gene prediction tool based on phenotypic data and a wide range of gene data resources. S2G can also serve in studies of polygenic diseases, and in finding interacting molecules for any gene of choice.

  9. Molecular Cloning of Human Gene(s) Directing the Synthesis of Nervous System Cholinesterases

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    Report No. 4 If MOLECULAR CLONING OF O HUMAN GENE(S) DIRECTING qTHE SYNTHESIS OF NERVOUS SYSTEM CHOLINESTERASES cc Annual/Final Report 0 N November...62734A I734A875 IAl 451 MOLECULAR CLONING OF HUMAN GEME(S) DIRECTING THE SYNTHESIS OF NERVOUS SYSTEM CHOLINESTERASE 12. PERSONAL AUTHOR(S) Hermona Soreq...important roles in regulating the pace and mode of function of particular types of synapses. For example, molecular cloning of the nicotinic (44-46) and the

  10. Loss of Bloom syndrome protein destabilizes human gene cluster architecture.

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    Killen, Michael W; Stults, Dawn M; Adachi, Noritaka; Hanakahi, Les; Pierce, Andrew J

    2009-09-15

    Bloom syndrome confers strong predisposition to malignancy in multiple tissue types. The Bloom syndrome patient (BLM) protein defective in the disease biochemically functions as a Holliday junction dissolvase and human cells lacking functional BLM show 10-fold elevated rates of sister chromatid exchange. Collectively, these phenomena suggest that dysregulated mitotic recombination drives the genomic instability underpinning the development of cancer in these individuals. Here we use physical analysis of the highly repeated, highly self-similar human ribosomal RNA gene clusters as sentinel biomarkers for dysregulated homologous recombination to demonstrate that loss of BLM protein function causes a striking increase in spontaneous molecular level genomic restructuring. Analysis of single-cell derived sub-clonal populations from wild-type human cell lines shows that gene cluster architecture is ordinarily very faithfully preserved under mitosis, but is so unstable in cell lines derived from BLMs as to make gene cluster architecture in different sub-clonal populations essentially unrecognizable one from another. Human cells defective in a different RecQ helicase, the WRN protein involved in the premature aging Werner syndrome, do not exhibit the gene cluster instability (GCI) phenotype, indicating that the BLM protein specifically, rather than RecQ helicases generally, holds back this recombination-mediated genomic instability. An ataxia-telangiectasia defective cell line also shows elevated rDNA GCI, although not to the extent of BLM defective cells. Genomic restructuring mediated by dysregulated recombination between the abundant low-copy repeats in the human genome may prove to be an important additional mechanism of genomic instability driving the initiation and progression of human cancer.

  11. Reference genes for normalization of gene expression studies in human osteoarthritic articular cartilage

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    Gomez-Reino Juan J

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Assessment of gene expression is an important component of osteoarthritis (OA research, greatly improved by the development of quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR. This technique requires normalization for precise results, yet no suitable reference genes have been identified in human articular cartilage. We have examined ten well-known reference genes to determine the most adequate for this application. Results Analyses of expression stability in cartilage from 10 patients with hip OA, 8 patients with knee OA and 10 controls without OA were done with classical statistical tests and the software programs geNorm and NormFinder. Results from the three methods of analysis were broadly concordant. Some of the commonly used reference genes, GAPDH, ACTB and 18S RNA, performed poorly in our analysis. In contrast, the rarely used TBP, RPL13A and B2M genes were the best. It was necessary to use together several of these three genes to obtain the best results. The specific combination depended, to some extent, on the type of samples being compared. Conclusion Our results provide a satisfactory set of previously unused reference genes for qPCR in hip and knee OA This confirms the need to evaluate the suitability of reference genes in every tissue and experimental situation before starting the quantitative assessment of gene expression by qPCR.

  12. Horizontal gene transfer in the human gastrointestinal tract: potential spread of antibiotic resistance genes

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    Full Text Available Jennifer R HuddlestonBiology Department, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USAAbstract: Bacterial infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat due to widespread antibiotic resistance among pathogens. This review aims to give an overview of the major horizontal transfer mechanisms and their evolution and then demonstrate the human lower gastrointestinal tract as an environment in which horizontal gene transfer of resistance determinants occurs. Finally, implications for antibiotic usage and the development of resistant infections and persistence of antibiotic resistance genes in populations as a result of horizontal gene transfer in the large intestine will be discussed.Keywords: gut microbiome, conjugation, natural transformation, transduction

  13. Reconstructability analysis as a tool for identifying gene-gene interactions in studies of human diseases.

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    Shervais, Stephen; Kramer, Patricia L; Westaway, Shawn K; Cox, Nancy J; Zwick, Martin

    2010-01-01

    There are a number of common human diseases for which the genetic component may include an epistatic interaction of multiple genes. Detecting these interactions with standard statistical tools is difficult because there may be an interaction effect, but minimal or no main effect. Reconstructability analysis (RA) uses Shannon's information theory to detect relationships between variables in categorical datasets. We applied RA to simulated data for five different models of gene-gene interaction, and find that even with heritability levels as low as 0.008, and with the inclusion of 50 non-associated genes in the dataset, we can identify the interacting gene pairs with an accuracy of > or =80%. We applied RA to a real dataset of type 2 non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM) cases and controls, and closely approximated the results of more conventional single SNP disease association studies. In addition, we replicated prior evidence for epistatic interactions between SNPs on chromosomes 2 and 15.

  14. Rescue and expression of human immunoglobulin genes to generate functional human monoclonal antibodies.

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    Lewis, A P; Parry, N; Peakman, T C; Crowe, J S

    1992-07-01

    Human monoclonal antibody production has been hampered for many years by the instability of cell lines and low levels of expression of the antibodies. We describe here the rescue of human immunoglobulin genes utilizing micro-mRNA preparation from a small number of human hybridoma cells and conventional cDNA cloning. This allows cloning and immediate high-level expression from full-length human heavy and light chain cDNA molecules and provides a mechanism to rescue whole human monoclonal antibodies of proven efficacy.

  15. Aberrant rel/nfkb genes and activity in human cancer.

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    Rayet, B; Gélinas, C

    1999-11-22

    Rel/NF-kappaB transcription factors are key regulators of immune, inflammatory and acute phase responses and are also implicated in the control of cell proliferation and apoptosis. Remarkable progress has been made in understanding the signal transduction pathways that lead to the activation of Rel/NF-kappaB factors and the consequent induction of gene expression. Evidence linking deregulated Rel/NF-kappaB activity to oncogenesis in mammalian systems has emerged in recent years, consistent with the acute oncogenicity of the viral oncoprotein v-Rel in animal models. Chromosomal amplification, overexpression and rearrangement of genes coding for Rel/NF-kappaB factors have been noted in many human hematopoietic and solid tumors. Persistent nuclear NF-kappaB activity was also described in several human cancer cell types, as a result of constitutive activation of upstream signaling kinases or mutations inactivating inhibitory IkappaB subunits. Studies point to a correlation between the activation of cellular gene expression by Rel/NF-kappaB factors and their participation in the malignant process. Experiments implicating NF-kappaB in the control of the apoptotic response also support a role in oncogenesis and in the resistance of tumor cells to chemotherapy. This review focuses on the status of the rel, nfkb and ikb genes and their activity in human tumors and their association with the onset or progression of malignancies.

  16. Network Analysis of Human Genes Influencing Susceptibility to Mycobacterial Infections.

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    Ettie M Lipner

    Full Text Available Tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial infections constitute a high burden of pulmonary disease in humans, resulting in over 1.5 million deaths per year. Building on the premise that genetic factors influence the instance, progression, and defense of infectious disease, we undertook a systems biology approach to investigate relationships among genetic factors that may play a role in increased susceptibility or control of mycobacterial infections. We combined literature and database mining with network analysis and pathway enrichment analysis to examine genes, pathways, and networks, involved in the human response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacterial infections. This approach allowed us to examine functional relationships among reported genes, and to identify novel genes and enriched pathways that may play a role in mycobacterial susceptibility or control. Our findings suggest that the primary pathways and genes influencing mycobacterial infection control involve an interplay between innate and adaptive immune proteins and pathways. Signaling pathways involved in autoimmune disease were significantly enriched as revealed in our networks. Mycobacterial disease susceptibility networks were also examined within the context of gene-chemical relationships, in order to identify putative drugs and nutrients with potential beneficial immunomodulatory or anti-mycobacterial effects.

  17. Identification of susceptibility genes and genetic modifiers of human diseases

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    Abel, Kenneth; Kammerer, Stefan; Hoyal, Carolyn; Reneland, Rikard; Marnellos, George; Nelson, Matthew R.; Braun, Andreas

    2005-03-01

    The completion of the human genome sequence enables the discovery of genes involved in common human disorders. The successful identification of these genes is dependent on the availability of informative sample sets, validated marker panels, a high-throughput scoring technology, and a strategy for combining these resources. We have developed a universal platform technology based on mass spectrometry (MassARRAY) for analyzing nucleic acids with high precision and accuracy. To fuel this technology, we generated more than 100,000 validated assays for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) covering virtually all known and predicted human genes. We also established a large DNA sample bank comprised of more than 50,000 consented healthy and diseased individuals. This combination of reagents and technology allows the execution of large-scale genome-wide association studies. Taking advantage of MassARRAY"s capability for quantitative analysis of nucleic acids, allele frequencies are estimated in sample pools containing large numbers of individual DNAs. To compare pools as a first-pass "filtering" step is a tremendous advantage in throughput and cost over individual genotyping. We employed this approach in numerous genome-wide, hypothesis-free searches to identify genes associated with common complex diseases, such as breast cancer, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis, and genes involved in quantitative traits like high density lipoproteins cholesterol (HDL-c) levels and central fat. Access to additional well-characterized patient samples through collaborations allows us to conduct replication studies that validate true disease genes. These discoveries will expand our understanding of genetic disease predisposition, and our ability for early diagnosis and determination of specific disease subtype or progression stage.

  18. Exploring the potential relevance of human-specific genes to complex disease

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Although human disease genes generally tend to be evolutionarily more ancient than non-disease genes, complex disease genes appear to be represented more frequently than Mendelian disease genes among genes of more recent evolutionary origin. It is therefore proposed that the analysis of human-specific genes might provide new insights into the genetics of complex disease. Cross-comparison with the Human Gene Mutation Database (http://www.hgmd.org revealed a number of examples of disease-causing and disease-associated mutations in putatively human-specific genes. A sizeable proportion of these were missense polymorphisms associated with complex disease. Since both human-specific genes and genes associated with complex disease have often experienced particularly rapid rates of evolutionary change, either due to weaker purifying selection or positive selection, it is proposed that a significant number of human-specific genes may play a role in complex disease.

  19. Cloning the human gene for macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF)

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    Paralkar, V.; Wistow, G. (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (United States))

    1994-01-01

    Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) was originally identified as a lymphokine. However, recent work strongly suggests a wider role for MIF beyond the immune system. It is expressed specifically in the differentiating cells of the immunologically privileged eye lens and brain, is a delayed early response gene in fibroblasts, and is expressed in many tissues. Here, the authors report the structure of the remarkably small gene for human MIF that has three exons separated by introns of only 189 and 95 bp and covers less than 1 kb. The cloned sequence also includes 1 kb of 5[prime] flanking region. Primer extension and 5[prime] rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) of human brain RNA both indicate the presence of a single transcription start site in a TATA-less promoter. Northern blot analysis shows a single size of MIF mRNA (about 800 nt) in all human tissues examined. In contrast to previous reports, they find no evidence for multiple genes for MIF in the human genome. 20 refs., 3 figs.

  20. Translational regulation of human p53 gene expression.

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    Fu, L.; Minden, M D; Benchimol, S

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    In blast cells obtained from patients with acute myelogenous leukemia, p53 mRNA was present in all the samples examined while the expression of p53 protein was variable from patient to patient. Mutations in the p53 gene are infrequent in this disease and, hence, variable protein expression in the majority of the samples cannot be accounted for by mutation. In this study, we examined the regulation of p53 gene expression in human leukemic blasts and characterized the p53 transcripts in these c...

  1. Interleukin-13-induced mucous metaplasia increases susceptibility of human airway epithelium to rhinovirus infection.

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    Lachowicz-Scroggins, Marrah E; Boushey, Homer A; Finkbeiner, Walter E; Widdicombe, Jonathan H

    2010-12-01

    Infection of airway epithelium by rhinovirus is the most common cause of asthma exacerbations. Even in mild asthma, airway epithelium exhibits mucous metaplasia, which increases with increasing severity of the disease. We previously showed that squamous cultures of human airway epithelium manifest rhinoviral infection at levels many times higher than in well-differentiated cultures of a mucociliary phenotype. Here we tested the hypothesis that mucous metaplasia is also associated with increased levels of rhinoviral infection. Mucous metaplasia was induced with IL-13, which doubled the numbers of goblet cells. In both control (mucociliary) and IL-13- treated (mucous metaplastic) cultures, goblet cells were preferentially infected by rhinovirus. IL-13 doubled the numbers of infected cells by increasing the numbers of infected goblet cells. Furthermore, IL-13 increased both the maturity of goblet cells and the probability that a goblet cell would be infected. The infection of cells other than goblet cells was unaltered by IL-13. Treatment with IL-13 did not alter the levels of rhinovirus receptor ICAM-1, nor did the proliferative effects of IL-13 enhance infection, because rhinovirus did not colocalize with dividing cells. However, the induction of mucous metaplasia caused changes in the apical membrane structure, notably a marked decrease in overall ciliation, and an increase in the overall flatness of the apical surface. We conclude that mucous metaplasia in asthma increases the susceptibility of airway epithelium to infection by rhinovirus because of changes in the overall architecture of the apical surface.

  2. 系膜细胞来源的白细胞介素-13对系膜细胞细胞因子基因表达的研究%Effect of mesangial cell-derived interleukin-13 on expression of cytokines synthesized by human mesangial cells

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    张爱华; 丁桂霞; 吴元俊; 潘晓勤; 蔡毅; 陈荣华

    2004-01-01

    目的白细胞介素-13(IL-13)是新近发现的一种抗炎性细胞因子,其在肾小球肾炎中的作用尚不清楚,该研究探讨脂多糖(LPS)对体外培养的人肾小球系膜细胞(HMC)表达IL-13作用以及IL-13对HMC促炎性细胞因子、趋化因子和促纤维化因子基因表达的影响.方法体外培养HMC,加入不同浓度的LPS和(或)IL-13后,用逆转录-聚合酶链反应和ELISA检测HMC IL-13 mRNA表达和细胞培养上清液中IL-13蛋白含量;应用核酸酶保护法检测HMC肿瘤坏死因子-α(TNF-α)、白介素-1α(IL-1α)、白介素-1β(IL-1β)、单核细胞趋化蛋白-1(MCP-1)、白介素-8(IL-8)、转化生长因子-β1(TGF-β1)mRNA的表达.结果未予LPS刺激的HMC不表达IL-13 mRNA和蛋白;LPS呈剂量依赖性和时间依赖性诱导HMC表达IL-13mRNA和分泌IL-13蛋白.HMC受LPS刺激后12 h即可表达IL-13 mRNA,48 h达高峰,72 h仍维持在较高的水平.HMC受LPS刺激后24 h,其培养上清液中检测到IL-13蛋白,48 h和72 h进一步增加.外源性IL-13呈剂量依赖性地抑制LPS诱导的系膜细胞TNF-α,IL-1α,IL-1β,MCP-1,IL-8,TGF-β1 mRNA的表达.应用抗IL-13抗体中和内源性IL-13后,上述炎症因子表达增强.结论IL-13是HMC自分泌因子.IL-13可抑制LPS诱导的系膜细胞促炎性细胞因子、趋化因子和促纤维化因子的表达,提示自分泌和旁分泌的IL-13对于肾小球疾病状态下肾脏系膜细胞的炎症反应具有抑制作用.%Objective This study aims to investigate the interleukin-13 (IL-13) expression in the human mesangial cells (HMC) and its effect on expressions of cytokines synthesized by HMC so as to study the role of IL-13 in the inflammatory process of glomerulonephritis. Methods The HMC were cultured and treated with LPS and/or recombinant human IL-13. The IL-13 mRNA expression and the IL-13 protein level in the cultured HMC were detected by semiquantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and enzyme

  3. Suitability of endogenous reference genes for gene expression studies with human intraocular endothelial cells

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    Wei Ruoxin

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The use of quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR has become widely applied as a method to measure transcript abundance. In order to be reflective of biological processes during health and disease this method is dependent on normalisation of data against stable endogenous controls. However, these genes can vary in their stability in different cell types. The importance of reference gene validation for a particular cell type is now well recognised and is an important step in any gene expression study. Results Cultured primary human choroidal and retinal endothelial cells were treated with the immunostimulant polyinosinic: polycytidylic acid or untreated. qRT-PCR was used to quantify the expression levels of 10 commonly used endogenous control genes, TBP, HPRT1, GAPDH, GUSB, PPIA, RPLP0, B2M, 18S rRNA, PGK1 and ACTB. Three different mathematical algorithms, GeNorm, NormFinder, and BestKeeper were used to analyse gene stability to give the most representative validation. In choroidal endothelial cells the most stable genes were ranked as HPRT1 and GUSB by GeNorm and NormFinder and HPRT1 and PPIA by BestKeeper. In retinal endothelial cells the most stable genes ranked were TBP and PGK1 by GeNorm and NormFinder and HPRT1 by BestKeeper. The least stable gene for both cell types was 18S with all 3 algorithms. Conclusions We have identified the most stable endogenous control genes in intraocular endothelial cells. It is suggested future qRT-PCR studies using these cells would benefit from adopting the genes identified in this study as the most appropriate endogenous control genes.

  4. Expression and functions of long noncoding RNAs during human T helper cell differentiation.

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    Spurlock, Charles F; Tossberg, John T; Guo, Yan; Collier, Sarah P; Crooke, Philip S; Aune, Thomas M

    2015-04-23

    Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate an array of biological processes in cells and organ systems. Less is known about their expression and function in lymphocyte lineages. Here we have identified >2000 lncRNAs expressed in human T-cell cultures and those that display a TH lineage-specific pattern of expression and are intragenic or adjacent to TH lineage-specific genes encoding proteins with immunologic functions. One lncRNA cluster selectively expressed by the effector TH2 lineage consists of four alternatively spliced transcripts that regulate the expression of TH2 cytokines, IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13. Genes encoding this lncRNA cluster in humans overlap the RAD50 gene and thus are contiguous with the previously described TH2 locus control region (LCR) in the mouse. Given its genomic synteny with the TH2-LCR, we refer to this lncRNA cluster as TH2-LCR lncRNA.

  5. Impact of Statins on Gene Expression in Human Lung Tissues.

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    Jérôme Lane

    Full Text Available Statins are 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors that alter the synthesis of cholesterol. Some studies have shown a significant association of statins with improved respiratory health outcomes of patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Here we hypothesize that statins impact gene expression in human lungs and may reveal the pleiotropic effects of statins that are taking place directly in lung tissues. Human lung tissues were obtained from patients who underwent lung resection or transplantation. Gene expression was measured on a custom Affymetrix array in a discovery cohort (n = 408 and two replication sets (n = 341 and 282. Gene expression was evaluated by linear regression between statin users and non-users, adjusting for age, gender, smoking status, and other covariables. The results of each cohort were combined in a meta-analysis and biological pathways were studied using Gene Set Enrichment Analysis. The discovery set included 141 statin users. The lung mRNA expression levels of eighteen and three genes were up-regulated and down-regulated in statin users (FDR < 0.05, respectively. Twelve of the up-regulated genes were replicated in the first replication set, but none in the second (p-value < 0.05. Combining the discovery and replication sets into a meta-analysis improved the significance of the 12 up-regulated genes, which includes genes encoding enzymes and membrane proteins involved in cholesterol biosynthesis. Canonical biological pathways altered by statins in the lung include cholesterol, steroid, and terpenoid backbone biosynthesis. No genes encoding inflammatory, proteases, pro-fibrotic or growth factors were altered by statins, suggesting that the direct effect of statin in the lung do not go beyond its antilipidemic action. Although more studies are needed with specific lung cell types and different classes and doses of statins, the improved health outcomes and survival

  6. Genomic discovery of potent chromatin insulators for human gene therapy.

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    Liu, Mingdong; Maurano, Matthew T; Wang, Hao; Qi, Heyuan; Song, Chao-Zhong; Navas, Patrick A; Emery, David W; Stamatoyannopoulos, John A; Stamatoyannopoulos, George

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    Insertional mutagenesis and genotoxicity, which usually manifest as hematopoietic malignancy, represent major barriers to realizing the promise of gene therapy. Although insulator sequences that block transcriptional enhancers could mitigate or eliminate these risks, so far no human insulators with high functional potency have been identified. Here we describe a genomic approach for the identification of compact sequence elements that function as insulators. These elements are highly occupied by the insulator protein CTCF, are DNase I hypersensitive and represent only a small minority of the CTCF recognition sequences in the human genome. We show that the elements identified acted as potent enhancer blockers and substantially decreased the risk of tumor formation in a cancer-prone animal model. The elements are small, can be efficiently accommodated by viral vectors and have no detrimental effects on viral titers. The insulators we describe here are expected to increase the safety of gene therapy for genetic diseases.

  7. The ING tumor suppressor genes: status in human tumors.

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    Guérillon, Claire; Bigot, Nicolas; Pedeux, Rémy

    2014-04-01

    ING genes (ING1-5) were identified has tumor suppressor genes. ING proteins are characterized as Type II TSGs since they are involved in the control of cell proliferation, apoptosis and senescence. They may also function as Type I TSGs since they are also involved in DNA replication and repair. Most studies have reported that they are frequently lost in human tumors and epigenetic mechanisms or misregulation of their transcription may be involved. Recently, studies have described that this loss may be caused by microRNA inhibition. Here, we summarize the current knowledge on ING functions, their involvement in tumor suppression and, in order to give a full assessment of the current knowledge, we review all the studies that have examined ING status in human cancers.

  8. Developmental gene expression profiles of the human pathogen Schistosoma japonicum

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    Gobert, Geoffrey N; Moertel, Luke; Brindley, Paul J; McManus, Donald P

    2009-01-01

    Background The schistosome blood flukes are complex trematodes and cause a chronic parasitic disease of significant public health importance worldwide, schistosomiasis. Their life cycle is characterised by distinct parasitic and free-living phases involving mammalian and snail hosts and freshwater. Microarray analysis was used to profile developmental gene expression in the Asian species, Schistosoma japonicum. Total RNAs were isolated from the three distinct environmental phases of the lifecycle – aquatic/snail (eggs, miracidia, sporocysts, cercariae), juvenile (lung schistosomula and paired but pre-egg laying adults) and adult (paired, mature males and egg-producing females, both examined separately). Advanced analyses including ANOVA, principal component analysis, and hierarchal clustering provided a global synopsis of gene expression relationships among the different developmental stages of the schistosome parasite. Results Gene expression profiles were linked to the major environmental settings through which the developmental stages of the fluke have to adapt during the course of its life cycle. Gene ontologies of the differentially expressed genes revealed a wide range of functions and processes. In addition, stage-specific, differentially expressed genes were identified that were involved in numerous biological pathways and functions including calcium signalling, sphingolipid metabolism and parasite defence. Conclusion The findings provide a comprehensive database of gene expression in an important human pathogen, including transcriptional changes in genes involved in evasion of the host immune response, nutrient acquisition, energy production, calcium signalling, sphingolipid metabolism, egg production and tegumental function during development. This resource should help facilitate the identification and prioritization of new anti-schistosome drug and vaccine targets for the control of schistosomiasis. PMID:19320991

  9. Developmental gene expression profiles of the human pathogen Schistosoma japonicum

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    McManus Donald P

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The schistosome blood flukes are complex trematodes and cause a chronic parasitic disease of significant public health importance worldwide, schistosomiasis. Their life cycle is characterised by distinct parasitic and free-living phases involving mammalian and snail hosts and freshwater. Microarray analysis was used to profile developmental gene expression in the Asian species, Schistosoma japonicum. Total RNAs were isolated from the three distinct environmental phases of the lifecycle – aquatic/snail (eggs, miracidia, sporocysts, cercariae, juvenile (lung schistosomula and paired but pre-egg laying adults and adult (paired, mature males and egg-producing females, both examined separately. Advanced analyses including ANOVA, principal component analysis, and hierarchal clustering provided a global synopsis of gene expression relationships among the different developmental stages of the schistosome parasite. Results Gene expression profiles were linked to the major environmental settings through which the developmental stages of the fluke have to adapt during the course of its life cycle. Gene ontologies of the differentially expressed genes revealed a wide range of functions and processes. In addition, stage-specific, differentially expressed genes were identified that were involved in numerous biological pathways and functions including calcium signalling, sphingolipid metabolism and parasite defence. Conclusion The findings provide a comprehensive database of gene expression in an important human pathogen, including transcriptional changes in genes involved in evasion of the host immune response, nutrient acquisition, energy production, calcium signalling, sphingolipid metabolism, egg production and tegumental function during development. This resource should help facilitate the identification and prioritization of new anti-schistosome drug and vaccine targets for the control of schistosomiasis.

  10. Study of human dopamine sulfotransferases based on gene expression programming.

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    Si, Hongzong; Zhao, Jiangang; Cui, Lianhua; Lian, Ning; Feng, Hanlin; Duan, Yun-Bo; Hu, Zhide

    2011-09-01

    A quantitative model is developed to predict the Km of 47 human dopamine sulfotransferases by gene expression programming. Each kind of compound is represented by several calculated structural descriptors of moment of inertia A, average electrophilic reactivity index for a C atom, relative number of triple bonds, RNCG relative negative charge, HA-dependent HDSA-1, and HBCA H-bonding charged surface area. Eight fitness functions of the gene expression programming method are used to find the best nonlinear model. The best quantitative model with squared standard error and square of correlation coefficient are 0.096 and 0.91 for training data set, and 0.102 and 0.88 for test set, respectively. It is shown that the gene expression programming-predicted results with fitness function are in good agreement with experimental ones.

  11. The distribution of SNPs in human gene regulatory regions

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    Guo Yongjian

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background As a result of high-throughput genotyping methods, millions of human genetic variants have been reported in recent years. To efficiently identify those with significant biological functions, a practical strategy is to concentrate on variants located in important sequence regions such as gene regulatory regions. Results Analysis of the most common type of variant, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs, shows that in gene promoter regions more SNPs occur in close proximity to transcriptional start sites than in regions further upstream, and a disproportionate number of those SNPs represent nucleotide transversions. Additionally, the number of SNPs found in the predicted transcription factor binding sites is higher than in non-binding site sequences. Conclusion Current information about transcription factor binding site sequence patterns may not be exhaustive, and SNPs may be actively involved in influencing gene expression by affecting the transcription factor binding sites.

  12. A human gut microbial gene catalogue established by metagenomic sequencing

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    dos Santos, Marcelo Bertalan Quintanilha; Sicheritz-Pontén, Thomas; Nielsen, Henrik Bjørn;

    2010-01-01

    To understand the impact of gut microbes on human health and well-being it is crucial to assess their genetic potential. Here we describe the Illumina-based metagenomic sequencing, assembly and characterization of 3.3 million non-redundant microbial genes, derived from 576.7 gigabases of sequence...... gut metagenome and the minimal gut bacterial genome in terms of functions present in all individuals and most bacteria, respectively....

  13. Genome-Wide Associations of Gene Expression Variation in Humans.

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    Full Text Available The exploration of quantitative variation in human populations has become one of the major priorities for medical genetics. The successful identification of variants that contribute to complex traits is highly dependent on reliable assays and genetic maps. We have performed a genome-wide quantitative trait analysis of 630 genes in 60 unrelated Utah residents with ancestry from Northern and Western Europe using the publicly available phase I data of the International HapMap project. The genes are located in regions of the human genome with elevated functional annotation and disease interest including the ENCODE regions spanning 1% of the genome, Chromosome 21 and Chromosome 20q12-13.2. We apply three different methods of multiple test correction, including Bonferroni, false discovery rate, and permutations. For the 374 expressed genes, we find many regions with statistically significant association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs with expression variation in lymphoblastoid cell lines after correcting for multiple tests. Based on our analyses, the signal proximal (cis- to the genes of interest is more abundant and more stable than distal and trans across statistical methodologies. Our results suggest that regulatory polymorphism is widespread in the human genome and show that the 5-kb (phase I HapMap has sufficient density to enable linkage disequilibrium mapping in humans. Such studies will significantly enhance our ability to annotate the non-coding part of the genome and interpret functional variation. In addition, we demonstrate that the HapMap cell lines themselves may serve as a useful resource for quantitative measurements at the cellular level.

  14. Genome-wide associations of gene expression variation in humans.

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    Barbara E Stranger

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available The exploration of quantitative variation in human populations has become one of the major priorities for medical genetics. The successful identification of variants that contribute to complex traits is highly dependent on reliable assays and genetic maps. We have performed a genome-wide quantitative trait analysis of 630 genes in 60 unrelated Utah residents with ancestry from Northern and Western Europe using the publicly available phase I data of the International HapMap project. The genes are located in regions of the human genome with elevated functional annotation and disease interest including the ENCODE regions spanning 1% of the genome, Chromosome 21 and Chromosome 20q12-13.2. We apply three different methods of multiple test correction, including Bonferroni, false discovery rate, and permutations. For the 374 expressed genes, we find many regions with statistically significant association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs with expression variation in lymphoblastoid cell lines after correcting for multiple tests. Based on our analyses, the signal proximal (cis- to the genes of interest is more abundant and more stable than distal and trans across statistical methodologies. Our results suggest that regulatory polymorphism is widespread in the human genome and show that the 5-kb (phase I HapMap has sufficient density to enable linkage disequilibrium mapping in humans. Such studies will significantly enhance our ability to annotate the non-coding part of the genome and interpret functional variation. In addition, we demonstrate that the HapMap cell lines themselves may serve as a useful resource for quantitative measurements at the cellular level.

  15. Robust, synergistic regulation of human gene expression using TALE activators.

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    Maeder, Morgan L; Linder, Samantha J; Reyon, Deepak; Angstman, James F; Fu, Yanfang; Sander, Jeffry D; Joung, J Keith

    2013-03-01

    Artificial activators designed using transcription activator-like effector (TALE) technology have broad utility, but previous studies suggest that these monomeric proteins often exhibit low activities. Here we demonstrate that TALE activators can robustly function individually or in synergistic combinations to increase expression of endogenous human genes over wide dynamic ranges. These findings will encourage applications of TALE activators for research and therapy, and guide design of monomeric TALE-based fusion proteins.

  16. A Gene Regulatory Program in Human Breast Cancer.

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    Li, Renhua; Campos, John; Iida, Joji

    2015-12-01

    Molecular heterogeneity in human breast cancer has challenged diagnosis, prognosis, and clinical treatment. It is well known that molecular subtypes of breast tumors are associated with significant differences in prognosis and survival. Assuming that the differences are attributed to subtype-specific pathways, we then suspect that there might be gene regulatory mechanisms that modulate the behavior of the pathways and their interactions. In this study, we proposed an integrated methodology, including machine learning and information theory, to explore the mechanisms. Using existing data from three large cohorts of human breast cancer populations, we have identified an ensemble of 16 master regulator genes (or MR16) that can discriminate breast tumor samples into four major subtypes. Evidence from gene expression across the three cohorts has consistently indicated that the MR16 can be divided into two groups that demonstrate subtype-specific gene expression patterns. For example, group 1 MRs, including ESR1, FOXA1, and GATA3, are overexpressed in luminal A and luminal B subtypes, but lowly expressed in HER2-enriched and basal-like subtypes. In contrast, group 2 MRs, including FOXM1, EZH2, MYBL2, and ZNF695, display an opposite pattern. Furthermore, evidence from mutual information modeling has congruently indicated that the two groups of MRs either up- or down-regulate cancer driver-related genes in opposite directions. Furthermore, integration of somatic mutations with pathway changes leads to identification of canonical genomic alternations in a subtype-specific fashion. Taken together, these studies have implicated a gene regulatory program for breast tumor progression.

  17. Gene expression of manganese superoxide dismutase in human glioma cells

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    Novi S. Hardiany

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Aim This study analyze the MnSOD gene expression as endogenous antioxidant in human glioma cells compared with leucocyte cells as control.Methods MnSOD gene expression of 20 glioma patients was analyzed by measuring the relative expression of mRNA and enzyme activity of MnSOD in brain and leucocyte cells. The relative expression of mRNA MnSOD was determined by using quantitative Real Time RT-PCR and the enzyme activity of MnSOD using biochemical kit assay (xantine oxidase inhibition. Statistic analysis for mRNA and enzyme activity of MnSOD was performed using Kruskal Wallis test.Results mRNA of MnSOD in glioma cells of 70% sample was 0.015–0.627 lower, 10% was 1.002-1.059 and 20% was 1.409-6.915 higher than in leucocyte cells. Also the specific activity of MnSOD enzyme in glioma cells of 80% sample showed 0,064-0,506 lower and 20% sample was 1.249-2.718 higher than in leucocyte cells.Conclusion MnSOD gene expression in human glioma cells are significantly lower than its expression in leucocytes cells. (Med J Indones 2010; 19:21-5Keywords : MnSOD, glioma, gene expression

  18. Reference gene alternatives to Gapdh in rodent and human heart failure gene expression studies

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    Levy Finn Olav

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Quantitative real-time RT-PCR (RT-qPCR is a highly sensitive method for mRNA quantification, but requires invariant expression of the chosen reference gene(s. In pathological myocardium, there is limited information on suitable reference genes other than the commonly used Gapdh mRNA and 18S ribosomal RNA. Our aim was to evaluate and identify suitable reference genes in human failing myocardium, in rat and mouse post-myocardial infarction (post-MI heart failure and across developmental stages in fetal and neonatal rat myocardium. Results The abundance of Arbp, Rpl32, Rpl4, Tbp, Polr2a, Hprt1, Pgk1, Ppia and Gapdh mRNA and 18S ribosomal RNA in myocardial samples was quantified by RT-qPCR. The expression variability of these transcripts was evaluated by the geNorm and Normfinder algorithms and by a variance component analysis method. Biological variability was a greater contributor to sample variability than either repeated reverse transcription or PCR reactions. Conclusions The most stable reference genes were Rpl32, Gapdh and Polr2a in mouse post-infarction heart failure, Polr2a, Rpl32 and Tbp in rat post-infarction heart failure and Rpl32 and Pgk1 in human heart failure (ischemic disease and cardiomyopathy. The overall most stable reference genes across all three species was Rpl32 and Polr2a. In rat myocardium, all reference genes tested showed substantial variation with developmental stage, with Rpl4 as was most stable among the tested genes.

  19. FGFR-TACC gene fusions in human glioma.

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    Lasorella, Anna; Sanson, Marc; Iavarone, Antonio

    2016-11-16

    Chromosomal translocations joining in-frame members of the fibroblast growth factor receptor-transforming acidic coiled-coil gene families (the FGFR-TACC gene fusions) were first discovered in human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and later in many other cancer types. Here, we review this rapidly expanding field of research and discuss the unique biological and clinical features conferred to isocitrate dehydrogenase wild-type glioma cells by FGFR-TACC fusions. FGFR-TACC fusions generate powerful oncogenes that combine growth-promoting effects with aneuploidy through the activation of as yet unclear intracellular signaling mechanisms. FGFR-TACC fusions appear to be clonal tumor-initiating events that confer strong sensitivity to FGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors. Screening assays have recently been reported for the accurate identification of FGFR-TACC fusion variants in human cancer, and early clinical data have shown promising effects in cancer patients harboring FGFR-TACC fusions and treated with FGFR inhibitors. Thus, FGFR-TACC gene fusions provide a "low-hanging fruit" model for the validation of precision medicine paradigms in human GBM.

  20. Spina Bifida: Pathogenesis, Mechanisms, and Genes in Mice and Humans

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    Siti W. Mohd-Zin

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Spina bifida is among the phenotypes of the larger condition known as neural tube defects (NTDs. It is the most common central nervous system malformation compatible with life and the second leading cause of birth defects after congenital heart defects. In this review paper, we define spina bifida and discuss the phenotypes seen in humans as described by both surgeons and embryologists in order to compare and ultimately contrast it to the leading animal model, the mouse. Our understanding of spina bifida is currently limited to the observations we make in mouse models, which reflect complete or targeted knockouts of genes, which perturb the whole gene(s without taking into account the issue of haploinsufficiency, which is most prominent in the human spina bifida condition. We thus conclude that the need to study spina bifida in all its forms, both aperta and occulta, is more indicative of the spina bifida in surviving humans and that the measure of deterioration arising from caudal neural tube defects, more commonly known as spina bifida, must be determined by the level of the lesion both in mouse and in man.

  1. Spina Bifida: Pathogenesis, Mechanisms, and Genes in Mice and Humans.

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    Mohd-Zin, Siti W; Marwan, Ahmed I; Abou Chaar, Mohamad K; Ahmad-Annuar, Azlina; Abdul-Aziz, Noraishah M

    2017-01-01

    Spina bifida is among the phenotypes of the larger condition known as neural tube defects (NTDs). It is the most common central nervous system malformation compatible with life and the second leading cause of birth defects after congenital heart defects. In this review paper, we define spina bifida and discuss the phenotypes seen in humans as described by both surgeons and embryologists in order to compare and ultimately contrast it to the leading animal model, the mouse. Our understanding of spina bifida is currently limited to the observations we make in mouse models, which reflect complete or targeted knockouts of genes, which perturb the whole gene(s) without taking into account the issue of haploinsufficiency, which is most prominent in the human spina bifida condition. We thus conclude that the need to study spina bifida in all its forms, both aperta and occulta, is more indicative of the spina bifida in surviving humans and that the measure of deterioration arising from caudal neural tube defects, more commonly known as spina bifida, must be determined by the level of the lesion both in mouse and in man.

  2. Promoter methylation analysis of IDH genes in human gliomas

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    Simon eFlanagan

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Mutations in isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH -1 or -2 are found in the majority of WHO grade II and III astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas, and secondary glioblastomas. Almost all described mutations are heterozygous missense mutations affecting a conserved arginine residue in the substrate binding site of IDH1 (R132 or IDH2 (R172. But the exact mechanism of IDH mutations in neoplasia is not understood. It has been proposed that IDH mutations impart a ‘toxic gain of function’ to the mutant protein, however a dominant-negative effect of mutant IDH has also been described, implying that IDH may function as a tumour suppressor gene. As most, if not all, tumour suppressor genes are inactivated by epigenetic silencing, in a wide variety of tumours, we asked if IDH1 or IDH2 carry the epigenetic signature of a tumour suppressor by assessing cytosine methylation at their promoters. Methylation was quantified in 68 human brain tumours, including both IDH-mutant and IDH wildtype, by bisulfite pyrosequencing. In all tumours examined, CpG methylation levels were less than 8%. Our data demonstrate that inactivation of IDH function through promoter hypermethylation is not common in human gliomas and other brain tumours. These findings do not support a tumour suppressor role for IDH genes in human gliomas.

  3. Spina Bifida: Pathogenesis, Mechanisms, and Genes in Mice and Humans

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    Abou Chaar, Mohamad K.; Ahmad-Annuar, Azlina

    2017-01-01

    Spina bifida is among the phenotypes of the larger condition known as neural tube defects (NTDs). It is the most common central nervous system malformation compatible with life and the second leading cause of birth defects after congenital heart defects. In this review paper, we define spina bifida and discuss the phenotypes seen in humans as described by both surgeons and embryologists in order to compare and ultimately contrast it to the leading animal model, the mouse. Our understanding of spina bifida is currently limited to the observations we make in mouse models, which reflect complete or targeted knockouts of genes, which perturb the whole gene(s) without taking into account the issue of haploinsufficiency, which is most prominent in the human spina bifida condition. We thus conclude that the need to study spina bifida in all its forms, both aperta and occulta, is more indicative of the spina bifida in surviving humans and that the measure of deterioration arising from caudal neural tube defects, more commonly known as spina bifida, must be determined by the level of the lesion both in mouse and in man. PMID:28286691

  4. Muscle Gene Expression Patterns in Human Rotator Cuff Pathology

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    Choo, Alexander; McCarthy, Meagan; Pichika, Rajeswari; Sato, Eugene J.; Lieber, Richard L.; Schenk, Simon; Lane, John G.; Ward, Samuel R.

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    Background: Rotator cuff pathology is a common source of shoulder pain with variable etiology and pathoanatomical characteristics. Pathological processes of fatty infiltration, muscle atrophy, and fibrosis have all been invoked as causes for poor outcomes after rotator cuff tear repair. The aims of this study were to measure the expression of key genes associated with adipogenesis, myogenesis, and fibrosis in human rotator cuff muscle after injury and to compare the expression among groups of patients with varied severities of rotator cuff pathology. Methods: Biopsies of the supraspinatus muscle were obtained arthroscopically from twenty-seven patients in the following operative groups: bursitis (n = 10), tendinopathy (n = 7), full-thickness rotator cuff tear (n = 8), and massive rotator cuff tear (n = 2). Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) was performed to characterize gene expression pathways involved in myogenesis, adipogenesis, and fibrosis. Results: Patients with a massive tear demonstrated downregulation of the fibrogenic, adipogenic, and myogenic genes, indicating that the muscle was not in a state of active change and may have difficulty responding to stimuli. Patients with a full-thickness tear showed upregulation of fibrotic and adipogenic genes; at the tissue level, these correspond to the pathologies most detrimental to outcomes of surgical repair. Patients with bursitis or tendinopathy still expressed myogenic genes, indicating that the muscle may be attempting to accommodate the mechanical deficiencies induced by the tendon tear. Conclusions: Gene expression in human rotator cuff muscles varied according to tendon injury severity. Patients with bursitis and tendinopathy appeared to be expressing pro-myogenic genes, whereas patients with a full-thickness tear were expressing genes associated with fatty atrophy and fibrosis. In contrast, patients with a massive tear appeared to have downregulation of all gene programs except inhibition of

  5. Identification of differentially regulated genes in human patent ductus arteriosus.

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    Parikh, Pratik; Bai, Haiqing; Swartz, Michael F; Alfieris, George M; Dean, David A

    2016-07-27

    In order to identify differentially expressed genes that are specific to the ductus arteriosus, 18 candidate genes were evaluated in matched ductus arteriosus and aortic samples from infants with coarctation of the aorta. The cell specificity of the gene's promoters was assessed by performing transient transfection studies in primary cells derived from several patients. Segments of ductus arteriosus and aorta were isolated from infants requiring repair for coarctation of the aorta and used for mRNA quantitation and culturing of cells. Differences in expression were determined by quantitative PCR using the ΔΔCt method. Promoter regions of six of these genes were cloned into luciferase reporter plasmids for transient transfection studies in matched human ductus arteriosus and aorta cells. Transcription factor AP-2b and phospholipase A2 were significantly up-regulated in ductus arteriosus compared to aorta in whole tissues and cultured cells, respectively. In transient transfection experiments, Angiotensin II type 1 receptor and Prostaglandin E receptor 4 promoters consistently gave higher expression in matched ductus arteriosus versus aorta cells from multiple patients. Taken together, these results demonstrate that several genes are differentially expressed in ductus arteriosus and that their promoters may be used to drive ductus arteriosus-enriched transgene expression.

  6. Copper induces the expression of cholesterogenic genes in human macrophages.

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    Svensson, Per Arne; Englund, Mikael C O; Markström, Emilia; Ohlsson, Bertil G; Jernås, Margareta; Billig, Håkan; Torgerson, Jarl S; Wiklund, Olov; Carlsson, Lena M S; Carlsson, Björn

    2003-07-01

    Accumulation of lipids and cholesterol by macrophages and subsequent transformation into foam cells are key features in development of atherosclerosis. Serum copper concentrations have been shown to be associated with cardiovascular disease. However, the mechanism behind the proatherogenic effect of copper is not clear. We used DNA microarrays to define the changes in gene expression profile in response to copper exposure of human macrophages. Expression monitoring by DNA microarray revealed 91 genes that were regulated. Copper increased the expression of seven cholesterogenic genes (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) synthase, IPP isomerase, squalene synthase, squalene epoxidase, methyl sterol oxidase, H105e3 mRNA and sterol-C5-desaturase) and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDL-R), and decreased the expression of CD36 and lipid binding proteins. The expression of LDL-R and HMG CoA reductase was also investigated using real time PCR. The expression of both of these genes was increased after copper treatment of macrophages (Pmechanism for the association between copper and atherosclerosis. The effect of copper on cholesterogenic genes may also have implications for liver steatosis in early stages of Wilson's disease.

  7. Gene expression, nucleotide composition and codon usage bias of genes associated with human Y chromosome.

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    Choudhury, Monisha Nath; Uddin, Arif; Chakraborty, Supriyo

    2017-06-01

    Analysis of codon usage pattern is important to understand the genetic and evolutionary characteristics of genomes. We have used bioinformatic approaches to analyze the codon usage bias (CUB) of the genes located in human Y chromosome. Codon bias index (CBI) indicated that the overall extent of codon usage bias was low. The relative synonymous codon usage (RSCU) analysis suggested that approximately half of the codons out of 59 synonymous codons were most frequently used, and possessed a T or G at the third codon position. The codon usage pattern was different in different genes as revealed from correspondence analysis (COA). A significant correlation between effective number of codons (ENC) and various GC contents suggests that both mutation pressure and natural selection affect the codon usage pattern of genes located in human Y chromosome. In addition, Y-linked genes have significant difference in GC contents at the second and third codon positions, expression level, and codon usage pattern of some codons like the SPANX genes in X chromosome.

  8. Differential integrity of TALE nuclease genes following adenoviral and lentiviral vector gene transfer into human cells.

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    Holkers, Maarten; Maggio, Ignazio; Liu, Jin; Janssen, Josephine M; Miselli, Francesca; Mussolino, Claudio; Recchia, Alessandra; Cathomen, Toni; Gonçalves, Manuel A F V

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    The array of genome editing strategies based on targeted double-stranded DNA break formation have recently been enriched through the introduction of transcription activator-like type III effector (TALE) nucleases (TALENs). To advance the testing of TALE-based approaches, it will be crucial to deliver these custom-designed proteins not only into transformed cell types but also into more relevant, chromosomally stable, primary cells. Viral vectors are among the most effective gene transfer vehicles. Here, we investigated the capacity of human immunodeficiency virus type 1- and adenovirus-based vectors to package and deliver functional TALEN genes into various human cell types. To this end, we attempted to assemble particles of these two vector classes, each encoding a monomer of a TALEN pair targeted to a bipartite sequence within the AAVS1 'safe harbor' locus. Vector DNA analyses revealed that adenoviral vectors transferred intact TALEN genes, whereas lentiviral vectors failed to do so, as shown by their heterogeneously sized proviruses in target cells. Importantly, adenoviral vector-mediated TALEN gene delivery resulted in site-specific double-stranded DNA break formation at the intended AAVS1 target site at similarly high levels in both transformed and non-transformed cells. In conclusion, we demonstrate that adenoviral, but not lentiviral, vectors constitute a valuable TALEN gene delivery platform.

  9. Measurement and clinical significance of IL-8 、IL-13 and IL-18 in serum of patients with bronchial asthma%支气管哮喘患者血清白细胞介素8、13、18水平的变化及意义

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    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the change and significance of IL-8,IL-13 and IL-18 level in serum of patients with bronchial asthma.Methods 45 patients with acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma were selected (acute group),and remission group 45 patients and 30 healthy persons (control group) were selected.The serum IL-8,IL-13 and IL-18 levels were measured respectively by ELISA.Results The serum IL-8,IL-13 and IL-18 levels in acute group were significantly higher than that in control group and remission group ( t =5.21,5.13,4.99,5.32,5.48,5.59,P < 0.05 ) ; The serum IL-8,IL-13 and IL-18 levels in remission group were significantly higher than that in control group(t =4.18,4.71,4.89,P <0.05).Conclusion The levels of serum IL-8,IL-13 and IL-18 may be related to the severity of asthma attack.IL-8,IL-13 and IL-18 played important role in both pathogenesis and determination of asthma.%目的 探讨支气管哮喘患者血清白细胞介素8、13、18(IL-8、IL-13、IL-18)含量的变化及临床意义.方法 选择45例支气管哮喘急性发作期患者(急性发作期组)和45例缓解期患者(缓解期组),采用双抗体夹心ELISA法进行血清IL-8、IL-13和IL-18水平测定,另外选择30例健康体检者作为对照组,并进行统计学比较.结果 急性发作期组和缓解期组患者血清IL-8、IL-13和IL-18水平均明显高于对照组(t=5.21,5.13,4.99,5.32,5.48,5.59,均P<0.05);急性发作期组患者血清IL-8、IL-13和IL-18水平均明显高于缓解期组患者(t=4.18,4.71,4.89,均P<0.05).结论 IL-8、IL-13和IL-18可能参与了支气管哮喘的发病机制,支气管哮喘气道炎症可能与IL-8、IL-13和IL-18的上调有关.检测血清IL-8、IL-13和IL-18水平的变化对了解病情进展及指导用药具有十分重要的临床价值.

  10. DMPD: LPS induction of gene expression in human monocytes. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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  11. Decorin gene expression and its regulation in human keratinocytes

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    Velez-DelValle, Cristina; Marsch-Moreno, Meytha; Castro-Munozledo, Federico [Department of Cell Biology, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Apdo. Postal 14-740, Mexico D.F. 07000 (Mexico); Kuri-Harcuch, Walid, E-mail: walidkuri@gmail.com [Department of Cell Biology, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Apdo. Postal 14-740, Mexico D.F. 07000 (Mexico)

    2011-07-22

    Highlights: {yields} We showed that cultured human diploid epidermal keratinocytes express and synthesize decorin. {yields} Decorin is found intracytoplasmic in suprabasal cells of cultures and in human epidermis. {yields} Decorin mRNA expression in cHEK is regulated by pro-inflammatory and proliferative cytokines. {yields} Decorin immunostaining of psoriatic lesions showed a lower intensity and altered intracytoplasmic arrangements. -- Abstract: In various cell types, including cancer cells, decorin is involved in regulation of cell attachment, migration and proliferation. In skin, decorin is seen in dermis, but not in keratinocytes. We show that decorin gene (DCN) is expressed in the cultured keratinocytes, and the protein is found in the cytoplasm of differentiating keratinocytes and in suprabasal layers of human epidermis. RT-PCR experiments showed that DCN expression is regulated by pro-inflammatory and proliferative cytokines. Our data suggest that decorin should play a significant role in keratinocyte terminal differentiation, cutaneous homeostasis and dermatological diseases.

  12. Study on the Serum Level of Interleukin 13 and Interleukin 15 in Patients with Recurrent Genital Herpes%生殖器疱疹患者外周血IL-13、IL-15表达水平的研究

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    陈永锋; 常树霞; 王晓华

    2010-01-01

    目的:评价生殖器疱疹患者外周血白介素13(IL-13)、白介素15(IL-15)的表达及其相关性.方法:设立54例生殖器疱疹患者为实验组,26例正常健康人为对照组.应用双抗体夹心ELISA方法检测IL-13和IL-15.结果:实验组IL-13表达水平高于正常对照组,两组之间差异有统计学意义(P0.05);IL-13和IL-15两者之间不存在相关性(P>0.05).结论:IL-13参与了生殖器疱疹的免疫过程,HSV感染人体后激发的免疫应答Th2占优势,从而不能诱导有效的细胞免疫应答清除病毒.

  13. Signals of historical interlocus gene conversion in human segmental duplications.

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    Beth L Dumont

    Full Text Available Standard methods of DNA sequence analysis assume that sequences evolve independently, yet this assumption may not be appropriate for segmental duplications that exchange variants via interlocus gene conversion (IGC. Here, we use high quality multiple sequence alignments from well-annotated segmental duplications to systematically identify IGC signals in the human reference genome. Our analysis combines two complementary methods: (i a paralog quartet method that uses DNA sequence simulations to identify a statistical excess of sites consistent with inter-paralog exchange, and (ii the alignment-based method implemented in the GENECONV program. One-quarter (25.4% of the paralog families in our analysis harbor clear IGC signals by the quartet approach. Using GENECONV, we identify 1477 gene conversion tracks that cumulatively span 1.54 Mb of the genome. Our analyses confirm the previously reported high rates of IGC in subtelomeric regions and Y-chromosome palindromes, and identify multiple novel IGC hotspots, including the pregnancy specific glycoproteins and the neuroblastoma breakpoint gene families. Although the duplication history of a paralog family is described by a single tree, we show that IGC has introduced incredible site-to-site variation in the evolutionary relationships among paralogs in the human genome. Our findings indicate that IGC has left significant footprints in patterns of sequence diversity across segmental duplications in the human genome, out-pacing the contributions of single base mutation by orders of magnitude. Collectively, the IGC signals we report comprise a catalog that will provide a critical reference for interpreting observed patterns of DNA sequence variation across duplicated genomic regions, including targets of recent adaptive evolution in humans.

  14. The human thyrotropin beta-subunit gene differs in 5' structure from murine TSH-beta genes.

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    Guidon, P T; Whitfield, G K; Porti, D; Kourides, I A

    1988-12-01

    The gene encoding the beta-subunit of human thyrotropin (hTSH-beta) was isolated, and its nucleotide sequence was determined. The gene is 4.3 kb in length, consists of three exons and two introns, and is present as a single copy as determined by Southern blot analysis of total genomic DNA. The protein coding portion of the gene, which includes exons 2 and 3, was isolated from a human genomic phage library, while exon 1, which encodes only 5' untranslated mRNA sequence, was isolated from a plasmid library of size-selected genomic DNA fragments. Here we describe the isolation of the 5' untranslated exon of the hTSH-beta subunit and 5'-flanking region. The structure of the hTSH-beta gene is very similar to the previously characterized TSH-beta genes from mouse and rat. The genes from all three species have two distinct promoter regions, but while both promoters are utilized by the murine TSH-beta genes, the human TSH-beta gene apparently utilizes only the proximal promoter for transcription initiation. A striking difference in hTSH-beta gene structure compared to the murine genes is that exon 1 of the human gene is 36 nucleotides. An analysis of the mouse, rat, and human exon 1 and 5'-flanking region shows a high percentage of sequence homology, with the exception of a 9-nucleotide insertion 13 bases 3' from the proximal TATA box found in the human gene but not found in the other two species. We propose that this insertion results in the additional length of human exon 1 compared to the mouse and rat genes. By isolating the promoter region of the hTSH-beta gene, we can begin to identify specific sequences involved in the regulation of hTSH gene expression.

  15. MORPHIN: a web tool for human disease research by projecting model organism biology onto a human integrated gene network.

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    Hwang, Sohyun; Kim, Eiru; Yang, Sunmo; Marcotte, Edward M; Lee, Insuk

    2014-07-01

    Despite recent advances in human genetics, model organisms are indispensable for human disease research. Most human disease pathways are evolutionally conserved among other species, where they may phenocopy the human condition or be associated with seemingly unrelated phenotypes. Much of the known gene-to-phenotype association information is distributed across diverse databases, growing rapidly due to new experimental techniques. Accessible bioinformatics tools will therefore facilitate translation of discoveries from model organisms into human disease biology. Here, we present a web-based discovery tool for human disease studies, MORPHIN (model organisms projected on a human integrated gene network), which prioritizes the most relevant human diseases for a given set of model organism genes, potentially highlighting new model systems for human diseases and providing context to model organism studies. Conceptually, MORPHIN investigates human diseases by an orthology-based projection of a set of model organism genes onto a genome-scale human gene network. MORPHIN then prioritizes human diseases by relevance to the projected model organism genes using two distinct methods: a conventional overlap-based gene set enrichment analysis and a network-based measure of closeness between the query and disease gene sets capable of detecting associations undetectable by the conventional overlap-based methods. MORPHIN is freely accessible at http://www.inetbio.org/morphin.

  16. Genomic disorders: A window into human gene and genome evolution

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    Carvalho, Claudia M. B.; Zhang, Feng; Lupski, James R.

    2010-01-01

    Gene duplications alter the genetic constitution of organisms and can be a driving force of molecular evolution in humans and the great apes. In this context, the study of genomic disorders has uncovered the essential role played by the genomic architecture, especially low copy repeats (LCRs) or segmental duplications (SDs). In fact, regardless of the mechanism, LCRs can mediate or stimulate rearrangements, inciting genomic instability and generating dynamic and unstable regions prone to rapid molecular evolution. In humans, copy-number variation (CNV) has been implicated in common traits such as neuropathy, hypertension, color blindness, infertility, and behavioral traits including autism and schizophrenia, as well as disease susceptibility to HIV, lupus nephritis, and psoriasis among many other clinical phenotypes. The same mechanisms implicated in the origin of genomic disorders may also play a role in the emergence of segmental duplications and the evolution of new genes by means of genomic and gene duplication and triplication, exon shuffling, exon accretion, and fusion/fission events. PMID:20080665

  17. Preferential gene expression in quiescent human lung fibroblasts.

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    Coppock, D L; Kopman, C; Scandalis, S; Gilleran, S

    1993-06-01

    The exit from the proliferative cell cycle into a reversible quiescence (G0) is an active process that is not yet well understood at the molecular level. Investigation of G0-specific gene expression is an important step in studying the mechanism regulating the entrance to quiescence. Using the human embryo lung fibroblast (WI38) as a model system, we have isolated complementary DNA clones that are expressed at a higher level in quiescent cells than in logarithmically growing cells. We have identified complementary DNAs from eight genes including collagen alpha 1(VI), collagen alpha 1(III), decorin, complement C1r, collagen alpha 1(I), collagen alpha 2(I), and two novel genes, Q6 and Q10. We have named this class of quiescence-inducible genes quiescins. Expression of these genes was induced just as proliferation slowed, as indicated by the level of histone H2B mRNA, [3H]-thymidine incorporation, and cell number. The level of expression of the novel genes, Q6 and Q10, increased at the same time as the other genes. Q6 has two mRNAs of 3 and 4 kb, whereas Q10 mRNA is about 1.0 kb. The expression of the quiescins was not induced by blocking the cell cycle in S phase with aphidicolin or in G1 with lovastatin. However, the genes were highly induced by trypsinization or scraping of the cells during logarithmic growth. This induction was not blocked by inhibitors of RNA synthesis. The expression of decorin and Q6 was very low in SV40-transformed cells (VA13) either in logarithmic growth or at high density, whereas the gene Q10 was expressed more highly in VA13 than in WI38 cells. The finding that expression of some components of the extracellular matrix is induced as cells enter G0 suggests that they may have a role in both the induction and the maintenance of the quiescent state. The quiescins will serve as molecular markers for the investigation of mechanisms that regulate the onset of quiescence.

  18. Microbiota diversity and gene expression dynamics in human oral biofilms.

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    Benítez-Páez, Alfonso; Belda-Ferre, Pedro; Simón-Soro, Aurea; Mira, Alex

    2014-04-27

    Micro-organisms inhabiting teeth surfaces grow on biofilms where a specific and complex succession of bacteria has been described by co-aggregation tests and DNA-based studies. Although the composition of oral biofilms is well established, the active portion of the bacterial community and the patterns of gene expression in vivo have not been studied. Using RNA-sequencing technologies, we present the first metatranscriptomic study of human dental plaque, performed by two different approaches: (1) A short-reads, high-coverage approach by Illumina sequencing to characterize the gene activity repertoire of the microbial community during biofilm development; (2) A long-reads, lower-coverage approach by pyrosequencing to determine the taxonomic identity of the active microbiome before and after a meal ingestion. The high-coverage approach allowed us to analyze over 398 million reads, revealing that microbial communities are individual-specific and no bacterial species was detected as key player at any time during biofilm formation. We could identify some gene expression patterns characteristic for early and mature oral biofilms. The transcriptomic profile of several adhesion genes was confirmed through qPCR by measuring expression of fimbriae-associated genes. In addition to the specific set of gene functions overexpressed in early and mature oral biofilms, as detected through the short-reads dataset, the long-reads approach detected specific changes when comparing the metatranscriptome of the same individual before and after a meal, which can narrow down the list of organisms responsible for acid production and therefore potentially involved in dental caries. The bacteria changing activity during biofilm formation and after meal ingestion were person-specific. Interestingly, some individuals showed extreme homeostasis with virtually no changes in the active bacterial population after food ingestion, suggesting the presence of a microbial community which could be

  19. Human transporter database: comprehensive knowledge and discovery tools in the human transporter genes.

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    Adam Y Ye

    Full Text Available Transporters are essential in homeostatic exchange of endogenous and exogenous substances at the systematic, organic, cellular, and subcellular levels. Gene mutations of transporters are often related to pharmacogenetics traits. Recent developments in high throughput technologies on genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics allow in depth studies of transporter genes in normal cellular processes and diverse disease conditions. The flood of high throughput data have resulted in urgent need for an updated knowledgebase with curated, organized, and annotated human transporters in an easily accessible way. Using a pipeline with the combination of automated keywords query, sequence similarity search and manual curation on transporters, we collected 1,555 human non-redundant transporter genes to develop the Human Transporter Database (HTD (http://htd.cbi.pku.edu.cn. Based on the extensive annotations, global properties of the transporter genes were illustrated, such as expression patterns and polymorphisms in relationships with their ligands. We noted that the human transporters were enriched in many fundamental biological processes such as oxidative phosphorylation and cardiac muscle contraction, and significantly associated with Mendelian and complex diseases such as epilepsy and sudden infant death syndrome. Overall, HTD provides a well-organized interface to facilitate research communities to search detailed molecular and genetic information of transporters for development of personalized medicine.

  20. Human transporter database: comprehensive knowledge and discovery tools in the human transporter genes.

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    Ye, Adam Y; Liu, Qing-Rong; Li, Chuan-Yun; Zhao, Min; Qu, Hong

    2014-01-01

    Transporters are essential in homeostatic exchange of endogenous and exogenous substances at the systematic, organic, cellular, and subcellular levels. Gene mutations of transporters are often related to pharmacogenetics traits. Recent developments in high throughput technologies on genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics allow in depth studies of transporter genes in normal cellular processes and diverse disease conditions. The flood of high throughput data have resulted in urgent need for an updated knowledgebase with curated, organized, and annotated human transporters in an easily accessible way. Using a pipeline with the combination of automated keywords query, sequence similarity search and manual curation on transporters, we collected 1,555 human non-redundant transporter genes to develop the Human Transporter Database (HTD) (http://htd.cbi.pku.edu.cn). Based on the extensive annotations, global properties of the transporter genes were illustrated, such as expression patterns and polymorphisms in relationships with their ligands. We noted that the human transporters were enriched in many fundamental biological processes such as oxidative phosphorylation and cardiac muscle contraction, and significantly associated with Mendelian and complex diseases such as epilepsy and sudden infant death syndrome. Overall, HTD provides a well-organized interface to facilitate research communities to search detailed molecular and genetic information of transporters for development of personalized medicine.

  1. Expression Patterns of Glucose Transporter-1 Gene and Thyroid Specific Genes in Human Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

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    Kim, Sungeun; Chung, Junekey; Min Haesook and others

    2014-06-15

    The expression of glucose transporter-1 (Glut-1) gene and those of major thyroid-specific genes were examined in papillary carcinoma tissues, and the expressions of these genes were compared with cancer differentiation grades. Twenty-four human papillary carcinoma tissues were included in this study. The expressions of Glut-1- and thyroid-specific genes [sodium/iodide symporter (NIS), thyroid peroxidase, thyroglobulin, TSH receptor and pendrin] were analyzed by RT-PCR. Expression levels were expressed as ratios versus the expression of beta-actin. Pathologic differentiation of papillary carcinoma was classified into a relatively well-differentiated group (n=13) and relatively less differentiated group (n=11). Glut-1 gene expression was significantly higher in the less differentiated group (0.66±0.04) than in the well-differentiated group (0.59±0.07). The expression levels of the NIS, PD and TG genes were significantly higher in the well-differentiated group (NIS: 0.67±0.20, PD: 0.65±0.21, TG: 0.74±0.16) than in the less differentiated group (NIS: 0.36±0.05, PD: 0.49±0.08, TG: 0.60±0.11), respectively. A significant negative correlation was found between Glut-1 and NIS expression, and positive correlations were found between NIS and TG, and between NIS and PD. The NIS, PD and TG genes were highly expressed in well-differentiated thyroid carcinomas, whereas the Glut-1 gene was highly expressed in less differentiated thyroid carcinomas. These findings provide a molecular rationale for the management of papillary carcinoma, especially in the selection of FDG PET or radioiodine whole-body scan and I-131-based therapy.

  2. The human insulin gene is part of a large open chromatin domain specific for human islets.

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    Mutskov, Vesco; Felsenfeld, Gary

    2009-10-13

    Knowledge of how insulin (INS) gene expression is regulated will lead to better understanding of normal and abnormal pancreatic beta cell function. We have mapped histone modifications over the INS region, coupled with an expression profile, in freshly isolated islets from multiple human donors. Unlike many other human genes, in which active modifications tend to be concentrated within 1 kb around the transcription start site, these marks are distributed over the entire coding region of INS as well. Moreover, a region of approximately 80 kb around the INS gene, which contains the {tyrosine hydroxylase (TH)-(INS)-insulin-like growth factor 2 antisense (IGF2AS)-insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2)} gene cluster, unusually is marked by almost uniformly elevated levels of histone acetylation and H3K4 dimethylation, extending both downstream into IGF2 and upstream beyond the TH gene. This is accompanied by islet specific coordinate expression with INS of the neighboring TH and IGF2 genes. The presence of islet specific intergenic transcripts suggests their possible function in the maintenance of this unusual large open chromatin domain.

  3. Gene expression profiling gut microbiota in different races of humans

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    Chen, Lei; Zhang, Yu-Hang; Huang, Tao; Cai, Yu-Dong

    2016-03-01

    The gut microbiome is shaped and modified by the polymorphisms of microorganisms in the intestinal tract. Its composition shows strong individual specificity and may play a crucial role in the human digestive system and metabolism. Several factors can affect the composition of the gut microbiome, such as eating habits, living environment, and antibiotic usage. Thus, various races are characterized by different gut microbiome characteristics. In this present study, we studied the gut microbiomes of three different races, including individuals of Asian, European and American races. The gut microbiome and the expression levels of gut microbiome genes were analyzed in these individuals. Advanced feature selection methods (minimum redundancy maximum relevance and incremental feature selection) and four machine-learning algorithms (random forest, nearest neighbor algorithm, sequential minimal optimization, Dagging) were employed to capture key differentially expressed genes. As a result, sequential minimal optimization was found to yield the best performance using the 454 genes, which could effectively distinguish the gut microbiomes of different races. Our analyses of extracted genes support the widely accepted hypotheses that eating habits, living environments and metabolic levels in different races can influence the characteristics of the gut microbiome.

  4. Progesterone Upregulates Gene Expression in Normal Human Thyroid Follicular Cells

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    Ana Paula Santin Bertoni

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules are more prevalent in women than men, so female sex hormones may have an etiological role in these conditions. There are no data about direct effects of progesterone on thyroid cells, so the aim of the present study was to evaluate progesterone effects in the sodium-iodide symporter NIS, thyroglobulin TG, thyroperoxidase TPO, and KI-67 genes expression, in normal thyroid follicular cells, derived from human tissue. NIS, TG, TPO, and KI-67 mRNA expression increased significantly after TSH 20 μUI/mL, respectively: 2.08 times, P<0.0001; 2.39 times, P=0.01; 1.58 times, P=0.0003; and 1.87 times, P<0.0001. In thyroid cells treated with 20 μUI/mL TSH plus 10 nM progesterone, RNA expression of NIS, TG, and KI-67 genes increased, respectively: 1.78 times, P<0.0001; 1.75 times, P=0.037; and 1.95 times, P<0.0001, and TPO mRNA expression also increased, though not significantly (1.77 times, P=0.069. These effects were abolished by mifepristone, an antagonist of progesterone receptor, suggesting that genes involved in thyroid cell function and proliferation are upregulated by progesterone. This work provides evidence that progesterone has a direct effect on thyroid cells, upregulating genes involved in thyroid function and growth.

  5. Human SLC26A1 Gene Variants: A Pilot Study

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    Paul A. Dawson

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Kidney stones are a global health problem, incurring massive health costs annually. Why stones recur in many patients remains unknown but likely involves environmental, physiological, and genetic factors. The solute linked carrier (SLC 26A1 gene has previously been linked to kidney stones in mice. SLC26A1 encodes the sulfate anion transporter 1 (SAT1 protein, and its loss in mice leads to hyperoxaluria and calcium oxalate renal stones. To investigate the possible involvement of SAT1 in human urolithiasis, we screened the SLC26A1 gene in a cohort of 13 individuals with recurrent calcium oxalate urolithiasis, which is the commonest type. DNA sequence analyses showed missense mutations in seven patients: one individual was heterozygous R372H; 4 individuals were heterozygous Q556R; one patient was homozygous Q556R; and one patient with severe nephrocalcinosis (requiring nephrectomy was homozygous Q556R and heterozygous M132T. The M132 amino acid in human SAT1 is conserved with 15 other species and is located within the third transmembrane domain of the predicted SAT1 protein structure, suggesting that this amino acid may be important for SAT1 function. These initial findings demonstrate genetic variants in SLC26A1 of recurrent stone formers and warrant wider independent studies of SLC26A1 in humans with recurrent calcium oxalate stones.

  6. Gene structure, DNA methylation, and imprinted expression of the human SNRPN gene

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    Glenn, C.C.; Jong, T.C.; Filbrandt, M.M. [Univ. of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL (United States)] [and others

    1996-02-01

    The human SNRPN (small nuclear ribonucleoprotein polypeptide N) gene is one of a gene family that encode proteins involved in pre-mRNA splicing and maps to the smallest deletion region involved in the Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) within chromosome 15q11-q13. Paternal only expression of SNRPN has previously been demonstrated by use of cell lines from PWS patients (maternal allele only) and Angelman syndrome (AS) patients (paternal allele only). We have characterized two previously unidentified 5{prime} exons of the SNRPN gene and demonstrate that exons -1 and 0 are included in the full-length transcript. This gene is expressed in a wide range of somatic tissues and at high, approximately equal levels in all regions of the brain. Both the first exon of SNRPN (exon -1) and the putative transcription start site are embedded within a CpG island. This CpG island is extensively methylated on the repressed maternal allele and is unmethylated on the expressed paternal allele, in a wide range of fetal and adult somatic cells. This provides a quick and highly reliable diagnostic assay for PWS and AS, which is based on DNA-methylation analysis that has been tested on >100 patients in a variety of tissues. Conversely, several CpG sites {approximately}22 kb downstream of the transcription start site in intron 5 are preferentially methylated on the expressed paternal allele in somatic tissues and male germ cells, whereas these same sites are unmethylated in fetal oocytes. These findings are consistent with a key role for DNA methylation in the imprinted inheritance and subsequent gene expression of the human SNRPN gene. 59 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Gene structural analysis and expression of human renal dipeptidase

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    Satoh, Susumu; Ohtsuka, Kazuyuki; Keida, Yuriko; Kusunoki, Chihiro; Niwa, Mineo; Kohsaka, Masanobu (Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., Osaka (Japan)); Konta, Yoshiyuki (Hirosaki Univ. (Japan))

    Human renal dipeptidase cDNA and genomic DNA were isolated from human kidney cDNA and genomic libraries, respectively. The human renal dipeptidase gene has a total length of approximately 6 kb and consists of ten exons and nine introns. The exons and cDNA each encode the 411 amino acid residues of the precursor protein, including 16 amino acid residues of signal sequence and a hydrophobic carboxyl terminal sequence for the attachment of a phosphatidylinositol glycan. Although the cDNA was slightly different from the cDNA reported by Adachi et al. (1990), the differences observed suggest, by comparison with human genomic DNA, that it may not represent an allelic variant but a cloning artifact. The recombinant human renal dipeptidase was produced on the surface of transfected L929 cells and had the same character as native renal dipeptidase. Northern blotting hybridization analysis showed that renal dipeptidase mRNA is only transcribed in kidney. 21 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. The human BDNF gene: peripheral gene expression and protein levels as biomarkers for psychiatric disorders

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    Cattaneo, A; Cattane, N; Begni, V; Pariante, C M; Riva, M A

    2016-01-01

    Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) regulates the survival and growth of neurons, and influences synaptic efficiency and plasticity. The human BDNF gene consists of 11 exons, and distinct BDNF transcripts are produced through the use of alternative promoters and splicing events. The majority of the BDNF transcripts can be detected not only in the brain but also in the blood cells, although no study has yet investigated the differential expression of BDNF transcripts at the peripheral level. This review provides a description of the human BDNF gene structure as well as a summary of clinical and preclinical evidence supporting the role of BDNF in the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders. We will discuss several mechanisms as possibly underlying BDNF modulation, including epigenetic mechanisms. We will also discuss the potential use of peripheral BDNF as a biomarker for psychiatric disorders, focusing on the factors that can influence BDNF gene expression and protein levels. Within this context, we have also characterized, for we believe the first time, the expression of BDNF transcripts in the blood, with the aim to provide novel insights into the molecular mechanisms and signaling that may regulate peripheral BDNF gene expression levels. PMID:27874848

  9. Gene expression profiles of single human mature oocytes in relation to age

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    Grøndahl, M L; Andersen, Claus Yding; Bogstad, J

    2010-01-01

    The development competence of human oocytes declines with increasing age. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of age on gene expression profile in mature human oocytes.......The development competence of human oocytes declines with increasing age. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of age on gene expression profile in mature human oocytes....

  10. Primary function analysis of human mental retardation related gene CRBN.

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    Xin, Wang; Xiaohua, Ni; Peilin, Chen; Xin, Chen; Yaqiong, Sun; Qihan, Wu

    2008-06-01

    The mutation of human cereblon gene (CRBN) is revealed to be related with mild mental retardation. Since the molecular characteristics of CRBN have not been well presented, we investigated the general properties of CRBN. We analyzed its gene structure and protein homologues. The CRBN protein might belong to a family of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-dependent Lon protease. We also found that CRBN was widely expressed in different tissues, and the expression level in testis is significantly higher than other tissues. This may suggested it could play some important roles in several other tissues besides brain. Transient transfection experiment in AD 293 cell lines suggested that both CRBN and CRBN mutant (nucleotide position 1,274(C > T)) are located in the whole cells. This may suggest new functions of CRBN in cell nucleolus besides its mitochondria protease activity in cytoplasm.

  11. Current Aspect and Future Prospect of Human Gene Therapy in Childhood (Gene Therapy : Advances in Research and Treatment)

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    Almost four years have passed since the first human gene therapy for adenosine deaminase (ADA) deficiency had been performed. Gene therapy protocols for cystic fibrosis, familial hypercholesterolaemia and hemophilia B were also started during this period. In this review, we reported and discussed the current aspect and the future prospect of gene therapy for inherited disease in childhood.

  12. Double suicide genes selectively kill human umbilical vein endothelial cells

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    Liu Lunxu

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To construct a recombinant adenovirus containing CDglyTK double suicide genes and evaluate the killing effect of the double suicide genes driven by kinase domain insert containing receptor (KDR promoter on human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Methods Human KDR promoter, Escherichia coli (E. coli cytosine deaminase (CD gene and the herpes simplex virus-thymidine kinase (TK gene were cloned using polymerase chain reaction (PCR. Plasmid pKDR-CDglyTK was constructed with the KDR promoter and CDglyTK genes. A recombinant adenoviral plasmid AdKDR-CDglyTK was then constructed and transfected into 293 packaging cells to grow and harvest adenoviruses. KDR-expressing human umbilical vein endothelial cells (ECV304 and KDR-negative liver cancer cell line (HepG2 were infected with the recombinant adenoviruses at different multiplicity of infection (MOI. The infection rate was measured by green fluorescent protein (GFP expression. The infected cells were cultured in culture media containing different concentrations of prodrugs ganciclovir (GCV and/or 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC. The killing effects were measured using two different methods, i.e. annexin V-FITC staining and terminal transferase-mediated dUTP nick end-labeling (TUNEL staining. Results Recombinant adenoviruses AdKDR-CDglyTK were successfully constructed and they infected ECV304 and HepG2 cells efficiently. The infection rate was dependent on MOI of recombinant adenoviruses. ECV304 cells infected with AdKDR-CDglyTK were highly sensitive to GCV and 5-FC. The cell survival rate was dependent on both the concentration of the prodrugs and the MOI of recombinant adenoviruses. In contrast, there were no killing effects in the HepG2 cells. The combination of two prodrugs was much more effective in killing ECV304 cells than GCV or 5-FC alone. The growth of transgenic ECV304 cells was suppressed in the presence of prodrugs. Conclusion AdKDR-CDglyTK/double prodrog system may be a useful

  13. Human Multidrug Resistance 1 gene polymorphisms and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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    Martinelli, Marcella; Scapoli, Luca; Pacilli, Angela Maria Grazia; Carbonara, Paolo; Girardi, Ambra; Mattei, Gabriella; Rodia, Maria Teresa; Solmi, Rossella

    2015-01-01

    Background: For the first time we tested an association between the human multidrug resistance gene 1 (MDR1) polymorphisms (SNPs) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Several MDR1 polymorphisms are associated with pathologies in which they modify the drug susceptibility and pharmacokinetics. Materials and Methods: We genotyped three MDR1 polymorphisms of 48 IPF patients and 100 control subjects with Italian origins. Results: No evidence of association was detected. Conclusion: There are 50 known MDR1 SNPs, and their role is explored in terms of the effectiveness of drug therapy. We consider our small-scale preliminary study as a starting point for further research. PMID:25767528

  14. Polymorphisms in the Human SNAIL (SNAI1) gene.

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    Okajima, K; Paznekas, W A; Burstyn, T; Jabs, E W

    2001-02-01

    The human SNAIL is an important developmental protein involved in the formation of mesoderm and neural crest. The protein contains three classic and one atypical zinc-finger motif. The SNAI1 gene is composed of three exons. We have identified three SNPs in non-coding regions, two in the 5'UTR and one in intron 1, which can be detected by PCR followed by restriction enzyme digestion. We also identified a GGG/GGGG polymorphism in intron 1. We screened CEPH DNAs for these polymorphisms. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  15. Deep divergences of human gene trees and models of human origins.

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    Blum, Michael G B; Jakobsson, Mattias

    2011-02-01

    Two competing hypotheses are at the forefront of the debate on modern human origins. In the first scenario, known as the recent Out-of-Africa hypothesis, modern humans arose in Africa about 100,000-200,000 years ago and spread throughout the world by replacing the local archaic human populations. By contrast, the second hypothesis posits substantial gene flow between archaic and emerging modern humans. In the last two decades, the young time estimates--between 100,000 and 200,000 years--of the most recent common ancestors for the mitochondrion and the Y chromosome provided evidence in favor of a recent African origin of modern humans. However, the presence of very old lineages for autosomal and X-linked genes has often been claimed to be incompatible with a simple, single origin of modern humans. Through the analysis of a public DNA sequence database, we find, similar to previous estimates, that the common ancestors of autosomal and X-linked genes are indeed very old, living, on average, respectively, 1,500,000 and 1,000,000 years ago. However, contrary to previous conclusions, we find that these deep gene genealogies are consistent with the Out-of-Africa scenario provided that the ancestral effective population size was approximately 14,000 individuals. We show that an ancient bottleneck in the Middle Pleistocene, possibly arising from an ancestral structured population, can reconcile the contradictory findings from the mitochondrion on the one hand, with the autosomes and the X chromosome on the other hand.

  16. Changes of Plasma Interleukin 13, 15 Levels in Children with Acute Phase Henoch-Schonlein Purpura and Significance%过敏性紫癜儿童急性期血浆IL-13、IL-15水平的变化及意义

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    胡林海

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨急性期过敏性紫癜患儿血浆IL-13、IL-15水平与过敏性紫癜发生发展的关系.方法 选择我院2009年1月~ 2010年12月收治的过敏性紫癜患儿共50例为观察组,另选择我院同期健康体检儿童50例为对照组,比较两组的IL-13、IL-15水平.再将观察组患儿按照有无肾脏受累症状分为肾损害组和无肾损害组两组,比较两组的IL-13、IL-15水平.结果 观察组与对照组患儿血浆IL-13、IL-15水平比较,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05);无肾损害组与肾损害组的IL-13、IL-15水平比较,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论IL-13、IL-15可能促进了过敏性紫癜的病程发展及肾损害的发展过程,在疾病发生发展中起着重要作用.

  17. Evaluation of the GeneXpert for Human Monkeypox Diagnosis

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    Li, Daniel; Wilkins, Kimberly; McCollum, Andrea M.; Osadebe, Lynda; Kabamba, Joelle; Nguete, Beatrice; Likafi, Toutou; Balilo, Marcel Pie; Lushima, Robert Shongo; Malekani, Jean; Damon, Inger K.; Vickery, Michael C. L.; Pukuta, Elisabeth; Nkawa, Frida; Karhemere, Stomy; Tamfum, Jean-Jacques Muyembe; Okitolonda, Emile Wemakoy; Li, Yu; Reynolds, Mary G.

    2017-01-01

    Monkeypox virus (MPXV), a zoonotic orthopoxvirus (OPX), is endemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently, diagnostic assays for human monkeypox (MPX) focus on real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays, which are typically performed in sophisticated laboratory settings. Herein, we evaluated the accuracy and utility of a multiplex MPX assay using the GeneXpert platform, a portable rapid diagnostic device that may serve as a point-of-care test to diagnose infections in endemic areas. The multiplex MPX/OPX assay includes a MPX-specific PCR test, OPX-generic PCR test, and an internal control PCR test. In total, 164 diagnostic specimens (50 crusts and 114 vesicular swabs) were collected from suspected MPX cases in Tshuapa Province, DRC, under national surveillance guidelines. The specimens were tested with the GeneXpert MPX/OPX assay and an OPX PCR assay at the Institut National de Recherche Biomedicale (INRB) in Kinshasa. Aliquots of each specimen were tested in parallel with a MPX-specific PCR assay at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results of the MPX PCR were used as the gold standard for all analyses. The GeneXpert MPX/OPX assay performed at INRB had a sensitivity of 98.8% and specificity of 100%. The GeneXpert assay performed well with both crust and vesicle samples. The GeneXpert MPX/OPX test incorporates a simple methodology that performs well in both laboratory and field conditions, suggesting its viability as a diagnostic platform that may expand and expedite current MPX detection capabilities. PMID:27994107

  18. 伴甲状腺抗体阳性的荨麻疹患者血清白介素13、总IgG及IgG3水平检测%Detection of IL-13, IgG and IgG3 in serum of patients with urticaria containing anti-thyreoid autoantibodies

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    李莉敏; 廖文俊; 李承新; 高天文

    2011-01-01

    目的:观察伴有器官特异性自身抗体的荨麻疹患者血清中白介素(IL)-13、总IgG及IgG3的水平.方法:用ELISA方法检测24例伴有器官特异性自身抗体的荨麻疹患者、24例慢性荨麻疹患者及24例健康对照者血清IL-13的水平;用散射比浊方法检测30例伴有器官特异性自身抗体的荨麻疹患者和20例健康对照血清总IgG及IgG3水平.结果:自身免疫性荨麻疹患者血清中IL-13明显高于慢性荨麻疹组及健康对照组,总IgG及IgG3的水平亦高于健康对照组,差异具有统计学意义(P < 0.05).结论:IL-13及IgG3可能参与了自身免疫性荨麻疹的发病过程.%Objective: To detect the levels of IL-13, IgG and IgG3 in serum of patients with urticaria containing organ specific auto-antibodies.Methods: The sera were collected from patients with urticaria containing organ specific auto-antibodies (24 cases), chronic idiopathic urticaria (24 cases) and healthy donors (24 cases).IL-13, IgG and IgG3 in serums were detected respectively by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique and rate nephelometry technique.Results:The serum concentration of IL-13 in patients with urticaria containing organ specific auto-antibodies was significantly increased than those in normal controls and chronic idiopathic urticaria.The serum levels of IgG and IgG3 in patients with urticaria containing organ specific auto-antibodies was significantly higher than those in normal controls.Conclusion: IL-13 and IgG3 may contribute to the progression of urticaria with organ specific auto-antibodies.

  19. Bordetella pertussis modulates human macrophage defense gene expression.

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    Valdez, Hugo Alberto; Oviedo, Juan Marcos; Gorgojo, Juan Pablo; Lamberti, Yanina; Rodriguez, Maria Eugenia

    2016-08-01

    Bordetella pertussis, the etiological agent of whooping cough, still causes outbreaks. We recently found evidence that B. pertussis can survive and even replicate inside human macrophages, indicating that this host cell might serve as a niche for persistence. In this work, we examined the interaction of B. pertussis with a human monocyte cell line (THP-1) that differentiates into macrophages in culture in order to investigate the host cell response to the infection and the mechanisms that promote that intracellular survival. To that end, we investigated the expression profile of a selected number of genes involved in cellular bactericidal activity and the inflammatory response during the early and late phases of infection. The bactericidal and inflammatory response of infected macrophages was progressively downregulated, while the number of THP-1 cells heavily loaded with live bacteria increased over time postinfection. Two of the main toxins of B. pertussis, pertussis toxin (Ptx) and adenylate cyclase (CyaA), were found to be involved in manipulating the host cell response. Therefore, failure to express either toxin proved detrimental to the development of intracellular infections by those bacteria. Taken together, these results support the relevance of host defense gene manipulation to the outcome of the interaction between B. pertussis and macrophages.

  20. Vitamin D and gene networks in human osteoblasts

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    Jeroen evan de Peppel

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Bone formation is indirectly influenced by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D3 through the stimulation of calcium uptake in the intestine and re-absorption in the kidneys. Direct effects on osteoblasts and bone formation have also been established. The vitamin D receptor (VDR is expressed in osteoblasts and 1,25D3 modifies gene expression of various osteoblast differentiation and mineralization-related genes, such as alkaline phosphatase (ALPL, osteocalcin (BGLAP and osteopontin (SPP1. 1,25D3 is known to stimulate mineralization of human osteoblasts in vitro, and recently it was shown that 1,25D3 induces mineralization via effects in the period preceding mineralization during the pre-mineralization period. For a full understanding of the action of 1,25D3 in osteoblasts it is important to get an integrated network view of the 1,25D3-regulated genes during osteoblast differentiation and mineralization. The current data will be presented and discussed alluding to future studies to fully delineate the 1,25D3 action in osteoblast. Describing and understanding the vitamin D regulatory networks and identifying the dominant players in these networks may help develop novel (personalized vitamin D-based treatments. The following topics will be discussed in this overview: 1 Bone metabolism and osteoblasts, 2 Vitamin D, bone metabolism and osteoblast function, 3 Vitamin D induced transcriptional networks in the context of osteoblast differentiation and bone formation.

  1. Measuring Escherichia coli Gene Expression during Human Urinary Tract Infections

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    Mobley, Harry L. T.

    2016-01-01

    Extraintestinal Escherichia coli (E. coli) evolved by acquisition of pathogenicity islands, phage, plasmids, and DNA segments by horizontal gene transfer. Strains are heterogeneous but virulent uropathogenic isolates more often have specific fimbriae, toxins, and iron receptors than commensal strains. One may ask whether it is the virulence factors alone that are required to establish infection. While these virulence factors clearly contribute strongly to pathogenesis, bacteria must survive by metabolizing nutrients available to them. By constructing mutants in all major metabolic pathways and co-challenging mice transurethrally with each mutant and the wild type strain, we identified which major metabolic pathways are required to infect the urinary tract. We must also ask what else is E. coli doing in vivo? To answer this question, we examined the transcriptome of E. coli CFT073 in the murine model of urinary tract infection (UTI) as well as for E. coli strains collected and analyzed directly from the urine of patients attending either a urology clinic or a university health clinic for symptoms of UTI. Using microarrays and RNA-seq, we measured in vivo gene expression for these uropathogenic E. coli strains, identifying genes upregulated during murine and human UTI. Our findings allow us to propose a new definition of bacterial virulence. PMID:26784237

  2. C/EBPδ gene targets in human keratinocytes.

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    Serena Borrelli

    Full Text Available C/EBPs are a family of B-Zip transcription factors--TFs--involved in the regulation of differentiation in several tissues. The two most studied members--C/EBPα and C/EBPβ--play important roles in skin homeostasis and their ablation reveals cells with stem cells signatures. Much less is known about C/EBPδ which is highly expressed in the granular layer of interfollicular epidermis and is a direct target of p63, the master regular of multilayered epithelia. We identified C/EBPδ target genes in human primary keratinocytes by ChIP on chip and profiling of cells functionally inactivated with siRNA. Categorization suggests a role in differentiation and control of cell-cycle, particularly of G2/M genes. Among positively controlled targets are numerous genes involved in barrier function. Functional inactivation of C/EBPδ as well as overexpressions of two TF targets--MafB and SOX2--affect expression of markers of keratinocyte differentiation. We performed IHC on skin tumor tissue arrays: expression of C/EBPδ is lost in Basal Cell Carcinomas, but a majority of Squamous Cell Carcinomas showed elevated levels of the protein. Our data indicate that C/EBPδ plays a role in late stages of keratinocyte differentiation.

  3. Somatic hypermutation of immunoglobulin genes in human neonates.

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    Ridings, J; Nicholson, I C; Goldsworthy, W; Haslam, R; Roberton, D M; Zola, H

    1997-05-01

    The antibody response in the young infant is limited in several ways; in particular, responses generally are of low affinity and restricted to IgM. This raises the question whether the affinity maturation process, consisting of somatic mutation of immunoglobulin genes coupled with selection of high-affinity variants, is operative in the neonate. Re-arranged V(H)6 genes were amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) from cord blood and from peripheral blood of infants. Heteroduplex analysis detected mutation in only 2/18 cord blood samples, while mutations were seen from about 10 days of age onwards. Cloning and sequencing of mutated neonatal V(H)6 genes showed that mutated sequences contained relatively few mutations (one to three mutations per sequence) compared with published values of about 10 in adult IgM sequences. Selection was not evident in the majority of neonatal samples. Thus mutation can occur in the human neonate, but is minimal and generally not accompanied by selection. The age at which affinity maturation develops effectively is yet to be defined.

  4. Cloning and sequencing of human lambda immunoglobulin genes by the polymerase chain reaction.

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    Songsivilai, S; Bye, J M; Marks, J D; Hughes-Jones, N C

    1990-12-01

    Universal oligonucleotide primers, designed for amplifying and sequencing genes encoding the rearranged human lambda immunoglobulin variable region, were validated by amplification of the lambda light chain genes from four human heterohybridoma cell lines and in the generation of a cDNA library of human V lambda sequences from Epstein-Barr virus-transformed human peripheral blood lymphocytes. This technique allows rapid cloning and sequencing of human immunoglobulin genes, and has potential applications in the rescue of unstable human antibody-producing cell lines and in the production of human monoclonal antibodies.

  5. cDNA cloning and expression of an apoptosis-related gene, human TFAR15 gene

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    王玉刚; 刘洪涛; 张颖妹; 马大龙

    1999-01-01

    By means of cDNA-RDA method. some cDNA fragments were found to have high levels of expression during deprivation of GM-CSF (granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulating factor) in a human myeloid cell line, TF-1 cells. One of these tragments was identified as a novel gene. To get the full length of cDNA, rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) and expressed sequence tags (EST) overlapping fragments assembling strategies were used. The novel gene was named TRAF15 (TF-1 cell apoptosis related gene-15), which consists of 1218 nueleotides and encodes 212 amino acids. The putative protein protein product of TFAR15 is partially homologous to C. elegans protein C14A4. 11. TFAR15 mRNA is expressed in fetal liver, kidney, spleen and lung. and also in some human myeloid cell lines. Both of the TFAR15 mRNA and protein were highly expressed in TF-(?) cells after GM-CSF withdrawal. In vitro analysis showed that the recombinant TFAR15 protein co(?)ld inhibit the natural cell death of 293 cells, an embryonic kidney cell

  6. Large Scale Gene Expression Meta-Analysis Reveals Tissue-Specific, Sex-Biased Gene Expression in Humans

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    Mayne, Benjamin T.; Bianco-Miotto, Tina; Buckberry, Sam; Breen, James; Clifton, Vicki; Shoubridge, Cheryl; Roberts, Claire T.

    2016-01-01

    The severity and prevalence of many diseases are known to differ between the sexes. Organ specific sex-biased gene expression may underpin these and other sexually dimorphic traits. To further our understanding of sex differences in transcriptional regulation, we performed meta-analyses of sex biased gene expression in multiple human tissues. We analyzed 22 publicly available human gene expression microarray data sets including over 2500 samples from 15 different tissues and 9 different organs. Briefly, by using an inverse-variance method we determined the effect size difference of gene expression between males and females. We found the greatest sex differences in gene expression in the brain, specifically in the anterior cingulate cortex, (1818 genes), followed by the heart (375 genes), kidney (224 genes), colon (218 genes), and thyroid (163 genes). More interestingly, we found different parts of the brain with varying numbers and identity of sex-biased genes, indicating that specific cortical regions may influence sexually dimorphic traits. The majority of sex-biased genes in other tissues such as the bladder, liver, lungs, and pancreas were on the sex chromosomes or involved in sex hormone production. On average in each tissue, 32% of autosomal genes that were expressed in a sex-biased fashion contained androgen or estrogen hormone response elements. Interestingly, across all tissues, we found approximately two-thirds of autosomal genes that were sex-biased were not under direct influence of sex hormones. To our knowledge this is the largest analysis of sex-biased gene expression in human tissues to date. We identified many sex-biased genes that were not under the direct influence of sex chromosome genes or sex hormones. These may provide targets for future development of sex-specific treatments for diseases.

  7. Large scale gene expression meta-analysis reveals tissue-specific, sex-biased gene expression in humans

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    Benjamin Mayne

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The severity and prevalence of many diseases are known to differ between the sexes. Organ specific sex-biased gene expression may underpin these and other sexually dimorphic traits. To further our understanding of sex differences in transcriptional regulation, we performed meta-analyses of sex biased gene expression in multiple human tissues. We analysed 22 publicly available human gene expression microarray data sets including over 2500 samples from 15 different tissues and 9 different organs. Briefly, by using an inverse-variance method we determined the effect size difference of gene expression between males and females. We found the greatest sex differences in gene expression in the brain, specifically in the anterior cingulate cortex, (1818 genes, followed by the heart (375 genes, kidney (224 genes, colon (218 genes and thyroid (163 genes. More interestingly, we found different parts of the brain with varying numbers and identity of sex-biased genes, indicating that specific cortical regions may influence sexually dimorphic traits. The majority of sex-biased genes in other tissues such as the bladder, liver, lungs and pancreas were on the sex chromosomes or involved in sex hormone production. On average in each tissue, 32% of autosomal genes that were expressed in a sex-biased fashion contained androgen or estrogen hormone response elements. Interestingly, across all tissues, we found approximately two-thirds of autosomal genes that were sex-biased were not under direct influence of sex hormones. To our knowledge this is the largest analysis of sex-biased gene expression in human tissues to date. We identified many sex-biased genes that were not under the direct influence of sex chromosome genes or sex hormones. These may provide targets for future development of sex-specific treatments for diseases.

  8. Gene expression analysis of primary normal human hepatocytes infected with human hepatitis B virus

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    Hyun Mi Ryu; Sung Gyoo Park; Sung Su Yea; Won Hee Jang; Young-Il Yang; Guhung Jung

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To find the relationship between hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatocytes during the initial state of infection by cDNA microarray.METHODS: Primary normal human hepatocytes (PNHHs)were isolated and infected with HBV. From the PNHHs,RNA was isolated and inverted into complement DNA (cDNA) with Cy3- or Cy5- labeled dUTP for microarray analysis. The labeled cDNA was hybridized with microarray chip, including 4224 cDNAs. From the image of the microarray, expression profiles were produced and some of them were confirmed by RT-PCR, immunoblot analysis, and NF-κB luciferase reporter assay.RESULTS: From the cDNA microarray, we obtained 98differentially regulated genes. Of the 98 genes, 53 were up regulated and 45 down regulated. Interestingly, in the up regulated genes, we found the TNF signaling pathway-related genes: LT-α, TRAF2, and NIK. By using RT-PCR, we confirmed the up-regulation of these genes in HepG2, Huh7, and Chang liver cells, which were transfected with pHBV1.2x, a plasmid encoding all HBV messages. Moreover, these three genes participated in HBVmediated NF-κB activation.CONCLUSION: During the initial state of HBV infection,hepatocytes facilitate the activation of NF-κB through up regulation of LT-α, TRAF2, and NIK.

  9. Chromosomal localization of the gene for the human Theta class glutathione transferase (GSTT1)

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    Webb, G.; Vaska, V. [Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide (Australia); Goggan, M.; Board, P. [Australian National Univ., Canberra (Australia)

    1996-04-01

    Two loci encoding Theta class glutathione transferases (GSTs) have been identified in humans. In situ hybridization studies have localized the GSTT1 gene to 22q11.2. This is the same band to which we previously localized the GSTT2 gene. This finding confirms the trend for human GST genes to be found in class-specific clusters. 20 refs., 1 fig.

  10. Dissecting cis regulation of gene expression in human metabolic tissues.

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    Radu Dobrin

    Full Text Available Complex diseases such as obesity and type II diabetes can result from a failure in multiple organ systems including the central nervous system and tissues involved in partitioning and disposal of nutrients. Studying the genetics of gene expression in tissues that are involved in the development of these diseases can provide insights into how these tissues interact within the context of disease. Expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL studies identify mRNA expression changes linked to proximal genetic signals (cis eQTLs that have been shown to affect disease. Given the high impact of recent eQTL studies, it is important to understand what role sample size and environment plays in identification of cis eQTLs. Here we show in a genotyped obese human population that the number of cis eQTLs obey precise scaling laws as a function of sample size in three profiled tissues, i.e. omental adipose, subcutaneous adipose and liver. Also, we show that genes (or transcripts with cis eQTL associations detected in a small population are detected at approximately 90% rate in the largest population available for our study, indicating that genes with strong cis acting regulatory elements can be identified with relatively high confidence in smaller populations. However, by increasing the sample size we allow for better detection of weaker and more distantly located cis-regulatory elements. Yet, we determined that the number of tissue specific cis eQTLs saturates in a modestly sized cohort while the number of cis eQTLs common to all tissues fails to reach a maximum value. Understanding the power laws that govern the number and specificity of eQTLs detected in different tissues, will allow a better utilization of genetics of gene expression to inform the molecular mechanism underlying complex disease traits.

  11. Clinical evaluation of proinflammatory cytokine inhibitors (sTNFR I, sTNFR II, IL-1 ra), anti-inflammatory cytokines (IL-10, IL-13) and activation of neutrophils after burn-induced inflammation.

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    Sikora, J P; Chlebna-Sokół, D; Andrzejewska, E; Chrul, S; Polakowska, E; Wysocka, A; Sikora, A

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    The study was aimed at evaluating the involvement of sTNFR I, sTNFR II, IL-1 ra, IL-10, IL-13 and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) development in severely burned children and at assessing the prognostic value of the immunological markers studied. The study comprised 37 patients (17 burned children and 20 controls). Serum levels of the markers determined by means of ELISA and respiratory burst of neutrophils as well as p55 and p75 tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) receptor expression using flow cytometry were evaluated twice. The burned children presented significantly higher levels of IL-10 and cytokine inhibitors within the first 6-24 h after injury compared with controls (P burn therapy, whereas ROS generation evidently augmented (P burned children; their monitoring allows for an assessment of the systemic inflammatory reaction activity. The neutrophil BURSTTEST and IL-1 ra might have been clinically helpful markers of SIRS prognosis.

  12. Human leukocyte antigen-G expression in differentiated human airway epithelial cells: lack of modulation by Th2-associated cytokines

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    White Steven R

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Human leukocyte antigen (HLA-G is a nonclassical class I antigen with immunomodulatory roles including up-regulation of suppressor T regulatory lymphocytes. HLA-G was recently identified as an asthma susceptibility gene, and expression of a soluble isoform, HLA-G5, has been demonstrated in human airway epithelium. Increased presence of HLA-G5 has been demonstrated in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid recovered from patients with mild asthma; this suggests a role for this isoform in modulating airway inflammation though the mechanisms by which this occurs is unclear. Airway inflammation associated with Th2 cytokines such as IL-4 and IL-13 is a principal feature of asthma, but whether these cytokines elicit expression of HLA-G is not known. Methods We examined gene and protein expression of both soluble (G5 and membrane-bound (G1 HLA-G isoforms in primary differentiated human airway epithelial cells collected from normal lungs and grown in air-liquid interface culture. Cells were treated with up to 10 ng/ml of either IL-4, IL-5, or IL-13, or 100 ng/ml of the immunomodulatory cytokine IL-10, or 10,000 U/ml of the Th1-associated cytokine interferon-beta, for 24 hr, after which RNA was isolated for evaluation by quantitative PCR and protein was collected for Western blot analysis. Results HLA-G5 but not G1 was present in dAEC as demonstrated by quantitative PCR, western blot and confocal microscopy. Neither G5 nor G1 expression was increased by the Th2-associated cytokines IL-4, IL-5 or IL-13 over 24 hr, nor after treatment with IL-10, but was increased 4.5 ± 1.4 fold after treatment with 10,000 U/ml interferon-beta. Conclusions These data demonstrate the constitutive expression of a T lymphocyte regulatory molecule in differentiated human airway epithelial cells that is not modulated by Th2-associated cytokines.

  13. Does the human X contain a third evolutionary block? Origin of genes on human Xp11 and Xq28.

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    Delbridge, Margaret L; Patel, Hardip R; Waters, Paul D; McMillan, Daniel A; Marshall Graves, Jennifer A

    2009-08-01

    Comparative gene mapping of human X-borne genes in marsupials defined an ancient conserved region and a recently added region of the eutherian X, and the separate evolutionary origins of these regions was confirmed by their locations on chicken chromosomes 4p and 1q, respectively. However, two groups of genes, from the pericentric region of the short arm of the human X (at Xp11) and a large group of genes from human Xq28, were thought to be part of a third evolutionary block, being located in a single region in fish, but mapping to chicken chromosomes other than 4p and 1q. We tested this hypothesis by comparative mapping of genes in these regions. Our gene mapping results show that human Xp11 genes are located on the marsupial X chromosome and platypus chromosome 6, indicating that the Xp11 region was part of original therian X chromosome. We investigated the evolutionary origin of genes from human Xp11 and Xq28, finding that chicken paralogs of human Xp11 and Xq28 genes had been misidentified as orthologs, and their true orthologs are represented in the chicken EST database, but not in the current chicken genome assembly. This completely undermines the evidence supporting a separate evolutionary origin for this region of the human X chromosome, and we conclude, instead, that it was part of the ancient autosome, which became the conserved region of the therian X chromosome 166 million years ago.

  14. Age distribution patterns of human gene families: divergent for Gene Ontology categories and concordant between different subcellular localizations.

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    Liu, Gangbiao; Zou, Yangyun; Cheng, Qiqun; Zeng, Yanwu; Gu, Xun; Su, Zhixi

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    The age distribution of gene duplication events within the human genome exhibits two waves of duplications along with an ancient component. However, because of functional constraint differences, genes in different functional categories might show dissimilar retention patterns after duplication. It is known that genes in some functional categories are highly duplicated in the early stage of vertebrate evolution. However, the correlations of the age distribution pattern of gene duplication between the different functional categories are still unknown. To investigate this issue, we developed a robust pipeline to date the gene duplication events in the human genome. We successfully estimated about three-quarters of the duplication events within the human genome, along with the age distribution pattern in each Gene Ontology (GO) slim category. We found that some GO slim categories show different distribution patterns when compared to the whole genome. Further hierarchical clustering of the GO slim functional categories enabled grouping into two main clusters. We found that human genes located in the duplicated copy number variant regions, whose duplicate genes have not been fixed in the human population, were mainly enriched in the groups with a high proportion of recently duplicated genes. Moreover, we used a phylogenetic tree-based method to date the age of duplications in three signaling-related gene superfamilies: transcription factors, protein kinases and G-protein coupled receptors. These superfamilies were expressed in different subcellular localizations. They showed a similar age distribution as the signaling-related GO slim categories. We also compared the differences between the age distributions of gene duplications in multiple subcellular localizations. We found that the distribution patterns of the major subcellular localizations were similar to that of the whole genome. This study revealed the whole picture of the evolution patterns of gene functional

  15. Mechanisms and genes in human strial presbycusis from animal models.

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    Ohlemiller, Kevin K

    2009-06-24

    Schuknecht proposed a discrete form of presbycusis in which hearing loss results principally from degeneration of cochlear stria vascularis and decline of the endocochlear potential (EP). This form was asserted to be genetically linked, and to arise independently from age-related pathology of either the organ of Corti or cochlear neurons. Although extensive strial degeneration in humans coincides with hearing loss, EPs have never been measured in humans, and age-related EP reduction has never been verified. No human genes that promote strial presbycusis have been identified, nor is its pathophysiology well understood. Effective application of animal models to this issue requires models demonstrating EP decline, and preferably, genetically distinct strains that vary in patterns of EP decline and its cellular correlates. Until recently, only two models, Mongolian gerbils and Tyrp1(B-lt) mice, were known to undergo age-associated EP reduction. Detailed studies of seven inbred mouse strains have now revealed three strains (C57BL/6J, B6.CAST-Cdh23(CAST), CBA/J) showing essentially no EP decline with age, and four strains ranging from modest to severe EP reduction (C57BL/6-Tyr(c-2J), BALB/cJ, CBA/CaJ, NOD.NON-H2(nbl)/LtJ). Collectively, animal models support five basic principles regarding a strial form of presbycusis: 1) Progressive EP decline from initially normal levels as a defining characteristic; 2) Non-universality, not all age-associated hearing loss involves EP decline; 3) A clear genetic basis; 4) Modulation by environment or stochastic events; and 5) Independent strial, organ of Corti, and neural pathology. Shared features between human strial presbycusis, gerbils, and BALB/cJ and C57BL/6-Tyr(c-2J) mice further suggest this condition frequently begins with strial marginal cell dysfunction and loss. By contrast, NOD.NON-H2(nbl) mice may model a sequence more closely associated with strial microvascular disease. Additional studies of these and other inbred mouse

  16. A novel full-length gene of human ribosomal protein L14.22 related to human glioma

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    QI Zhen-yu; HUI Guo-zhen; LI Yao; ZHOU Zong-xiang; GU Shao-hua; XIE Yi

    2006-01-01

    Background This study was undertaken to obtain differentially expressed genes related to human glioma by cDNA microarray and the characterization of a novel full-length gene. Methods Total RNA was extracted from human glioma and normal brain tissues, and mRNA was used as a probe. The results of hybridization procedure were scanned with the computer system. The gene named 507E08clone was subsequently analyzed by northern blot, bioinformatic approach, and protein expression.Results Fifteen differentially expressed genes were obtained from human glioma by hybridization and scanning for four times. Northern blot analysis confirmed that the 507E08 clone was low expressed in human brain tissue and over expressed in human glioma tissues. The analysis of BLASTn and BLASTx showed that the 507E08clone was a novel full-length gene, which codes 203 amino acid of protein and is called human ribosomal protein 14.22 gene. The nucleotide sequence had been submitted to the GenBankTM with the accession number of AF329277. After expression in E. Coli., protein yielded a major band of apparent molecular mass 22 kDa on an SDS-PAGE gel.Conclusions cDNA microarray technology can be successfully used to identify differentially expressed genes.The novel full-length gene of human ribosomal protein 14.22 may be correlated with the development of human glioma.

  17. Mutations in inhibin and activin genes associated with human disease.

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    Shelling, Andrew N

    2012-08-15

    Inhibins and activins are members of the transforming growth factor (TGFβ) superfamily, that includes the TGFβs, inhibins and activins, bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and growth and differentiation factors (GDFs). The family members are expressed throughout the human body, and are involved in the regulation of a range of important functions. The precise regulation of the TGFβ pathways is critical, and mutations of individual molecules or even minor alterations of signalling will have a significant affect on function, that may lead to development of disease or predisposition to the development of disease. The inhibins and activins regulate aspects of the male and female reproductive system, therefore, it is not surprising that most of the diseases associated with abnormalities of the inhibin and activin genes are focused on reproductive disorders and reproductive cancers. In this review, I highlight the role of genetic variants in the development of conditions such as premature ovarian failure, pre-eclampsia, and various reproductive cancers. Given the recent advances in human genetic research, such as genome wide association studies and next generation sequencing, it is likely that inhibins and activins will be shown to play more important roles in a range of human genetic diseases in the future.

  18. Chromosomal mapping, gene structure and characterization of the human and murine RAB27B gene

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    Huxley Clare

    2001-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Rab GTPases are regulators of intracellular membrane traffic. The Rab27 subfamily consists of Rab27a and Rab27b. Rab27a has been recently implicated in Griscelli Disease, a disease combining partial albinism with severe immunodeficiency. Rab27a plays a key role in the function of lysosomal-like organelles such as melanosomes in melanocytes and lytic granules in cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Little is known about Rab27b. Results The human RAB27B gene is organised in six exons, spanning about 69 kb in the chromosome 18q21.1 region. Exon 1 is non-coding and is separated from the others by 49 kb of DNA and exon 6 contains a long 3' untranslated sequence (6.4 kb. The mouse Rab27b cDNA shows 95% identity with the human cDNA at the protein level and maps to mouse chromosome 18. The mouse mRNA was detected in stomach, large intestine, spleen and eye by RT-PCR, and in heart, brain, spleen and kidney by Northern blot. Transient over-expression of EGF-Rab27b fusion protein in cultured melanocytes revealed that Rab27b is associated with melanosomes, as observed for EGF-Rab27a. Conclusions Our results indicate that the Rab27 subfamily of Ras-like GTPases is highly conserved in mammals. There is high degree of cons