Immune System Boosters

The Immunity Crisis in America

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Interactions Of Brain Macrophages With Adaptive Immune Responses

In addition to MHC II and costimu-latory molecule expression, several other features allow APCs to function efficiently.2 Phagocytosis of particulate antigens is a prerequisite for competent antigen processing. Macrophages and microglia sample their mileau by endocytosis, and process and present these various ingested antigens on their surface. Receptors that mediate active endocytosis, include Fc7 and mannose receptors. Perivascular macrophages have been demonstrated to be competent APCs both in vitro and in vivo. These cells not only exhibit constitutive expression of MHC II and costimulatory molecules, but also upregulate these molecules following exposure to inflammatory stimuli.38,39 Similarly, resting parenchymal human microglia constitutively express MHC II, costimula-tory molecules (B7.2, CD40) and the Fc7 receptor class of immunoglobulin.38,39 Parenchymal microglia activated following exposure to interferon gamma (IFN-7) demonstrate enhanced expression of these...

Measuring Immune Responses

Non-invasive measures of immune function include documentation of infection rates, number of days of fever, days of use of antibiotics and consequent days of hospitalization. Invasive measures are defined as those which require either the non-oral administration of agents to the subject or the removal of blood or other internal body fluids. Invasive measures of immune function include delayed-type hypersensitivity (DTH) skin test responses discussed in detail below blood sample analyses for number and types of white blood cells, antibody titres to vaccines, serum concentrations of acute phase proteins and virus concentrations. Determination of white blood cell classes has improved considerably with the advent of the fluorescence-activated cell sorter which provides an accurate and rapid means for determining subsets of immune cells, their receptors and their state of activation. Functional assays of immune cells, such as NK cell function, macrophage and neutrophil phagocyte functions,...

Effects of Ageing and Antioxidant Status on Immune Functions

The cumulative effects of free radical damage throughout the life span are graphically seen in the pigmented age spots of the elderly which are a consequence of lipid oxidation. Oxidative damage to the lens of the eye is associated with cataract formation and increased concentrations of free radical-mediated peroxides are seen in several other tissues in the aged. Cumulative oxidative damage visible in the skin and cataracts of the elderly can also be seen in deposits of oxidized lipids in blood vessels (atherosclerosis) and organs. The overall increased oxidative stress associated with ageing is thought to also adversely affect many aspects of immune responses (Bendich, 1995, 1996). Immune function impacts on the health and well being of all individuals, but is especially critical in the elderly because immune responses generally decline with age (Miller, 1994 Chandra, 1995). The consequences of suboptimal immune responses are particularly detrimental in the elderly, who have an...

O Cells Of The Immune System

All immune cells derive from pluripotent stem cells in the bone marrow. These are cells that can differentiate into any other cell type, given the right kind of stimulus (Scheme 5.1). Various modes of differentiation beyond the stem cell give rise to unique cellular types, each with a specific function in the immune system. The first stage of differentiation gives rise to two intermediate types of stem cells and creates a branch point.2 These cells are the myeloid cells (myeloid lineage) and the lymphoid cells (lymphoid lineage). Carrying the lineage further leads to additional branching. The myeloid cells differentiate into erythrocytes and platelets and also monocytes and granulocytes. The lymphoid cell differentiates into B cells and T cells, the cells that are at the center of adaptive immunity. The switching system for each pathway and cell type is governed by several colony-stimulating factors, stem cell factors, and interleukins. These control proliferation, differentiation,...

Consequences of Antibody and Other Immune Responses

Although rare, immune response to a therapeutic protein may lead to anaphylactic or allergic reactions that require immediate medical attention. Less severe but far more frequent consequences are local injection-site reactions. Neutralizing antibodies in effect reduce the dose of drug available to exert a therapeutic response. Nonneutral-izing antibodies may also reduce biological activity by increasing the size of the resulting protein-antibody complex, which may influence the tissue distribution and clearance of the pharmaceutical protein. Although both mechanisms reduce biological activity, neutralizing antibodies usually result in more severe loss of activity. The FDA advises manufacturers not only to evaluate immunogenicity of new protein products but also to reevaluate immunogenicity on any change in the manufacturing process or target patient population. Understanding of mechanisms leading to induction of immune responses against proteins and other bio-pharmaceuticals will...

HDACs and Tumor Immune Responses

Dysfunction of the immune system is one way for tumor cells to escape attack from immune cells. HDACs may play roles in the regulation of immune system. HDAC inhibition can negatively regulate the functions of dendritic cells, important types of immune cells, by regulating the acetylation of signal transduction and activation of transcription 3 (STAT3), a crucial transcription activator which responds to the stimuli of cytokines, such as interferon, growth factors, and hormones (Sun et al. 2009). STAT3 is implicated in the regulation of immune cells and a variety of autoimmune diseases by regulating immune cell growth and apoptosis (Yang et al. 2007). HDAC1 binding to STAT3 in an interleukin-6 (IL-6)-dependent manner is required for the nucleocytoplasmic distribution of STAT-3, and affects the responsiveness of STAT3 target genes (Ray et al. 2008). A mutant of STAT3 defective in acetylation blocked STAT3-mediated NF-kappaB p100 processing to p52 and also acted as a dominant negative...

Brainimmune System Interactions Relevance To The Pathophysiology And Treatment Of Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Although once considered heresy, the notion that meaningful interactions occur between the brain and the immune system has become scientific dogma. This change in scientific orthodoxy results from more than 30 years of research demonstrating that brain-mediated events, such as psychological stress and depression, can alter peripheral immune system functioning and, conversely, that changes in peripheral immune functioning, such as those that occur during illness, can profoundly affect the brain, leading to clinically meaningful changes in mood, anxiety, and cognition. In this chapter, we provide an overview of brain-immune system interactions that are of potential relevance to the field of psychiatry. This effort needs to be understood within the far wider context of psychoneuroimmunology, which is the interdisciplinary field that focuses on brain-mind-immune system interactions. When Robert Ader first coined the term psychoneuroimmunology as a title for his textbook on brain-immune...

Induction of an Immune Response

After an antigen (a 'non-self' molecular entity) has entered the body, it is recognized by the cells of the immune system. An important step in eliciting an efficient immune response to an antigen is the recruitment of leucocyte subsets to the site of antigen presence or entry. The immune system is subsequently capable of efficiently eliminating the antigen.

Brain To Body Central Nervous System Effects On The Immune System

Despite the fact that a general belief in the ability of psychological states to affect health has been apparent since antiquity, scientific formulations, until recently, have tended to view the CNS and the immune system as separate and noninteracting entities. Indeed, the immune system has historically been conceptualized as autonomous and self-contained, with a purpose that begins and ends with the tasks of protection against infection and malignancy and the repair of damaged tissue. Such a view tends to preclude any physiological mechanism by which mental events might directly affect immune functioning. However, in the 1970s, researchers made the startling discovery that the immune system was amenable to classical Pavlovian conditioning (Ader and Cohen 1975). Numerous studies have confirmed and extended this initial insight and established beyond argument the ability of brain states to significantly modulate immune system functioning. The majority of these studies have focused on...

Interactions Of Invasive Tumors With The Immune System

As carcinomas spread beyond their compartment barrier provided by the basement membrane, they encounter cells of the immune system. These are attracted by chemokines and other signals emananating from the tumor stroma and from the tumor cells themselves. As a consequence, different types of immune cells, including macrophages, granulocytes, and various types of lymphocytes are found in the activated stroma of human carcinomas and even in between compact carcinoma masses. While the immune response to the tumor may indeed limit its growth, it is evidently overcome in advanced cancers, and in many cases its effect may even be ambiguous. This is so because the presence of immune cells in tumor stroma and the tumor mass as such does not necessarily indicate an active response against the cancer cells, even though ample evidence indicates that immune responses against cancers are regularly initiated. In cancer patients, B-lymphocytes as well as T-lymphocytes are usually found that are...

Immune System to Brain Signaling Pathways

The field of psychoneuroimmunology is based on the existence of bidirectional communication pathways between the brain and the immune system. This implies that just as the CNS is capable of modulating immunity, the immune system can alter functioning within the CNS. Although researchers historically were first interested in pathways by which the brain affects immunity, the past 10-15 years have seen a groundswell of interest in the ways in which the immune system contributes to the development of psychopathology. Underpinning this growing interest is an increasing appreciation for the multiple ways in which proinflammatory cytokines are able to signal the brain and change CNS function (Table 9-3). Although the brain was historically considered an immune privileged organ, protected from immune system activity by the blood-brain barrier, it is now clear that cytokines released in the periphery rapidly affect CNS functioning via at least four pathways that are not mutually exclusive...

CAMP Modulates Immune Functions

In the immune system, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and other ligands elevating cAMP by binding to G-protein-coupled receptors inhibit TCR-induced T-cell activation and thereby exert important immunoregulatory functions (Kammer 1988). Based on studies with selective agonists, activation of PKA type I (RIa2C2) has been shown to be necessary and sufficient for mediating these effects of cAMP (Skalhegg et al. 1992). Similarly, PKA type I negatively regulates activation of B cells through the B-cell antigen receptor (Levy et al. 1996) and NK cell cytotoxicity elicited through specific NK cell receptors (Torgersen et al. 1997). Although PKA can modulate TCR signaling at multiple levels (reviewed in Torgersen et al. 2002), the observed inhibitory effects of cAMP on TCR-induced Z-chain phosphorylation point towards an important role for Csk, which is the most up-stream PKA target reported so far.

The Neuro EndocrineImmune System

Among vertebrate species, the neuro-endocrine-immune system is responsible for many complex, inter-related physiological processes including neuronal, homeostatic, reproductive and immune functions. There are four main types of hormone polypeptides, eicosanoids, steroids and thyroid hormones. Reflecting the inter-dependency of the neuro-endocrine and immune systems, hormones, neuropeptides and other neurotransmitters are known to be produced by some immune cells and play a role in the regulation of the immune system, while endocrine and nervous tissues express receptors for many substances produced by the immune system.2 The major focus of interest in endocrine disruption has The steroid hormones are metabolically derived from cholesterol, and are biologically stable, lipophilic chemicals which are active at low concentrations. Many steroid hormones exist, and are generally named after their principal organ of origin or their main biological function. Because of the complexity and...

Potential Effects of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals on Immune Function

The mammalian and avian immune systems function similarly both incorporate humoral and cell-mediated cytotoxic mechanisms and are thought to share a 160m year old relationship with the reptilian immune system.55 The immune system of mammals shows sexual dimorphism a greater immune response is normally observed in females, which has been attributed to differences in steroid hormone concentration. In the toad Bufo regularis, sexual dimorphism of the immune system is also apparent. 5 7 Mammals. Many studies have shown that synthetic and natural oestrogens suppress the immune system and that, during pregnancy, the female immune system is naturally suppressed, accompanied by a decrease in thymulin levels and an increase in circulating oestrogen levels. Oestrogen receptors in the thymus have been located in thymulin-producing cells, indicating a possible mechanism by which the T-cell mediated immune response is co-ordinated by these two hormones and manifested as a lowered maternal immunity...

Vitamin E and Immune Functions in the Aged

The beneficial effects of supplemental vitamin E on immune functions of the aged have been shown in animal studies and human clinical trials (13,14). Vitamin E supplementation has been shown to increase delayed-type hypersensitivity response, in vitro T-cell proliferation, and IL-2 production, and to decrease macrophage production of the T cell-suppressive PGE2 (13-15). In addition, the immunostimulatory effect of vitamin E is associated with increased resistance against infectious agents (16). Vitamin E supplementation significantly decreased pulmonary influenza virus titer and increased IL-2 and interferon (IFN)-y production by splenocytes in the old mice infected with influenza virus (16). Detailed reviews on effect of vitamin E on immune response are available (17,18).

Chemotherapy And Immunotherapy Of Renal Carcinomas

Desperation is therefore certainly part of the explanation, why RCC has become one of the favorite objects for immunotherapy. Of course, there are more strictly scientific reasons as well. Most strikingly, 'spontaneous' regression of renal carcinomas has been documented in individual cases. It is commonly attributed to a successful immune response. In accord with these very rare 'miracle' cures, treatment with cytokines that stimulate cytotoxic T-cells has been reported to lead to partial or complete responses ( 22.1) in 15-30 of clear cell renal carcinoma patients, although not in other subtypes. Therefore, treatment with interleukin-2 (IL2) and or interferon a (IFNa) is one of the few therapeutic options available for patients with metastatic disease. This treatment occasionally leads to spectacular responses, but it is rarely curative. Moreover, the side effects can be quite intense, comparable to those experienced in a severe case of flu. They would, perhaps, be more acceptable,...

Stress And The Immune System

Because stress activates both the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis (HPA axis) and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), it is not surprising to find that most acute stressors can modify the immune response. It is well known that plasma catecholamines released from the adrenals in response to stress, in addition to the adrenal glucocorticoids, can cause immuno-suppression. There are numerous experimental studies showing that various types of externally applied acute stressors (for example, electric shocks, social defeat, maternal separation, immersion in cold water) suppress some aspects of immune function. Similarly chronic stressors such as overcrowding, have been shown to suppress aspects of cellular and humoral immunity. Indeed, it is difficult to consider any aspect of cellular and humoral immunity that is not altered by some stressor (Maier, Watkins, and Fleshner, 1994). It is evident from the results of both the experimental and clinical studies of the effects of stress on...

Interaction Between The Brain And Immune System In Stress And Depression

The monoamine hypothesis of depression proposes that a deficit of brain noradrenaline (NA) and or serotonin (5-HT) may be causally involved in the symptoms of illness (Baldessarini (1975). Another theory of depression suggests that the disorder in hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis causes an increase in secretion of corti-cotropin-releasing factor (CRF), which stimulates adrenocorticotrophin hormone (ACTH) and Cortisol release (Bateman Singh, Krai, and Solomon, 1989). Recently, the macrophage theory of depression, which will be discussed in detail later in this review, has also been proposed. In this hypothesis, the abnormal secretion of some cytokines such as interleukin-1 (IL-1) and interferon-alpha (INF-alpha), results in disordered secretions of CRF, ACTH, prolactin, and Cortisol, together with a depressive state (Smith, (1991). These three hypothesis may be linked. Whatever changes in the central nervous system (CNS) or in the endocrine system occur, different aspects of...

Do Glucocorticoids Inhibit Or Stimulate Immune Function In Depression Or Following Chronic Stress

The apparent diverse effects of the glucocorticoids on immune function may be explained by the fact that by increasing the number of high affinity IL-2 receptors on the surface of T-cells, the proliferative response of these cells is increased, even though the production of IL-2 is decreased (Wiegers, Labeur, Stec, Klinkert, Holsboer, and Reul 1995). Thus it would appear that glucocorticoids enhance, rather than reduce the biological response by increasing the sensitivity of the target cell for certain cytokines to the point where the concentration of the cytokine becomes rate-limiting. In this way,

Are Changes In Immune Function Causally Or Coincidentally Consequences Of Stress Or Depression

The association between cancer, autoimmune diseases, myocardial infarction, stroke and dementia with depression and the activation of the immune system, particularly involving the proinflammatory cytokines, has been the subject of considerable discussion in recent years. The initial studies indicating that patients suffering from major depression had decreased cellular immune response compared to healthy controls (Kronfol and House, 1985 Schleifer, Keller, Siris, Davis, and Stein, 1985) helped to lay the scientific basis whereby psychosocial factors could profoundly affect the development of physical and psychiatric disease. However, in well over 30 studies in the last 15 years, the consistency of the immune changes in depression is uncertain, with some investigators findings impaired immunocompetence while others do not. This situation led Miller, Spencer, McEwen, and Stein (1993) to review all the published studies regarding the changes in differential white blood cell counts,...

TLRs and Immune Function

Interest in TLRs as being important elements of innate immune function in mammals was initiated by the discovery that the Lps gene, which had been identified by Sources a. Takeuchi, O., Sato, S., Horiuchi, T., Hoshino, K., Takeda, K., Dong, Z., Modlin, R. L., and Akira, S. Cutting edge role of Toll-like receptor 1 in mediating immune response to microbial lipoproteins. J Immunol 169 (1), 10-14, 2002. b. Miyake, K. Innate immune sensing of pathogens and danger signals by cell surface Toll-like receptors. Semin Immunol 19 (1), 3-10, 2007. c. Vabulas, R. M., Ahmad-Nejad, P., Ghose, S., Kirschning, C. J., Issels, R. D., and Wagner, H. HSP70 as endogenous stimulus of the Toll interleukin-1 receptor signal pathway. J Biol Chem 277 (17), 15107-12, 2002. d. Vabulas, R. M., Braedel, S., Hilf, N., Singh-Jasuja, H., Herter, S., Ahmad-Nejad, P., Kirschning, C. J., Da Costa, C., Rammensee, H. G., Wagner, H., and Schild, H. The endoplasmic reticulum-resident heat shock protein Gp96 activates...

Immunotherapy and Alzheimers Disease

As discussed above, neurodegenerative diseases share the common finding of proteinaceous accumulation as the disease progresses. Because aggregations in AD are extracellular, researchers have attempted immunotherapy as a method by which to change disease progression and cytotoxicity secondary to this accumulation (Fig. 4).93 In particular, recent research has shown that antibodies to a specific amino-terminus peptide sequence caused resolubilization of A and decreased cytotoxicity of the A aggregates.94-97 This important finding opens the door to active immunization, which has been achieved in AD animal models, leading to improvement in cognitive testing and in objective clearance ofA protein.98-100 These findings led to a double-blinded clinical trial in humans, which was abruptly stopped after a high percentage of the subjects receiving the vaccine developed symptoms of meningoencephalitis.101-104 Despite the disappointing side effects of the vaccine, analysis of the data showed a...

Enhancement Of Immune System Function

Viral and bacterial infections are associated with increased risk of certain cancers.96 Moreover, immunocompetent hosts may be better able to protect themselves from cancer by eliminating tumors and modulating the immunogenic phenotypes of tumors.97 In either case, a competent immune system may decrease the risk of several types of cancer. Thus, preventing or alleviating immune system dysfunction may be another mechanism by which vitamin C, vitamin E, and P-carotene contribute to cancer prevention.

Is Depression Associated With Activation Of The Immune System

If cytokines are involved in the pathophysiology of depression, their production should be increased in depressed patients. The relationship between depression and immunity is certainly the topic that has been studied the most intensively in clinically oriented psychoneuroimmunology. At the beginning of this research, the expectations were quite high. In concordance with the belief that the mind influences the body, mental depression was viewed as being necessarily associated with immunosuppression. The first results were quite encouraging since assays of mitogen-induced lymphocyte proliferation and natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxic activity carried out on white blood cells confirmed that depressed patients have decreased cell mediated immunity. This decrease was more marked in patients with melancholia than in other categories of patients. Could this be one of the physiological markers of melancholia These alterations were viewed as the consequence of the hypercortisolemia that...

Antibody Production And Programming Of The Immune System

Structure Antibody

The main element of the programming portion of the immune system is the macrophage. A common property of macrophages is phagocytosis, the capacity to engulf a particle or cell through invagination and sealing off of the cell membrane. The macrophages involved in the immune response set in motion a unique amplification process, so that a large response is obtained relative to the amount of antigen processed. The macrophages engulf antigenic particles and incorporate them into their cytoplasm, where the antigens are fragmented. The fragments are then combined with MHC-II, displayed on the cell membrane of the macrophage, and presented to the immune system. The presented antigens interact with B cells, causing differentiation to plasma cells and Ab secretion. T-helper cells also interact with the presented antigen and are stimulated to cause the B cells to proliferate and mature. Plasma cells are monoclonal (genetically identical) and produce monoclonal Ab. The process, from the...

Coordination of GCMediated Control of the Neuroimmune Response and Energy Homeostasis Control

PVN send axons to relay centers in the brainstem, which give rise to preganglionic efferent fibers terminating in the spinal column ganglia. From these ganglia, postganglionic noradrenergic sympathetic fibers innervate virtually all systems, except the skeletal muscle, to ultimately stimulate the endocrine release of catecholamines from the adrenal medulla, and regulate the visceral function. The adrenal medulla has two separate populations of adrenaline-containing cells (A cells) and noradrenalin-containing cells (NA cells), which are innervated by separate groups of the preganglionic sympathetic neurons (Edwards et al., 1996 Yamaguchi-Shima et al., 2007). Most of the circulating adrenaline is secreted by adrenal A cells, while circulating noradrenalin seems to reflect the secretion from adrenal NA cells in addition to the release from sympathetic nerves (Edwards et al., 1996 Folkow and Von Euler, 1954 Vollmer et al, 1997 Wurtman, 2002). Circulating catecholamines and the...

Implication of TAMs in Immunotherapy of Human Cancers

Although there is evidence that the antitumor activity of TAMs can be suppressed and their protumorigenesis activity stimulated by the tumor microenvironment in the majority of human cancers, there is still a lot of potential to enhance antitumor activity by stimulation or activation of TAMs. A number of basic and clinical studies (including clinical trials) using activated macrophages in the immunotherapy of human cancers have been reported (reviewed in Ref. 109 ). treated with biological response modifiers). Asano et al. 110 showed that liposomal MTP-PE increased cytokine expression in monocytes and prolonged relapse-free survival time in osteosarcoma patients with lung metastasis in a Phase II clinical study. GM-CSF therapy in patients with lymphoma, breast cancer, or neuroblastoma was shown to increase antibody-dependent cytotoxicity and endogenous TNF-a levels 111 , but produced no clinical response (regression of tumor) in Phase I and II studies 109 . In terms of adoptive...

Role of Intestinal Immune System in Modulating the Activity of Botanical Polysaccharides

Botanical polysaccharides are acquired orally. However, because of their high molecular weights, polysaccharides are not easily absorbed. Thus, these polysaccharides are first encountered by immune system components at mucosal surfaces, and it is clear that the enteric mucosal immune response plays an important role in the immunomodulatory effects of various botanical polysaccharides. The intestinal mucosal immune system includes Peyer's patches and other specialised lymphoid tissues (GALT) 262 . Peyer's patches are aggregates of lymphoid tissue and are usually found in the lowest portion of the small intestine they are unique in that they play important roles as inductive sites for IgA production and regulation of the immune system 262, 263 . Peyer's patch lymphocytes migrate through the mesenteric lymph nodes into the thoracic duct and then to the systemic circulation, where they regulate the local mucosal and systemic immune systems. The epithelium overlying the lymphoid follicles...

Characterization Of Endogenous Opioids In The Immune System

Originally, the endogenous opioids enkephalin, dynorphin, and endorphin were considered to be specific products of the nervous system, but cells of the immune system have recently been shown to express these peptides. These mediators stem from three different prohormones proenkephalin, proopiomelanocortin (POMC), and prodynorphin, encoded by three separate genes. All opioids start with the same sequence, Tyr-Gly-Gly-Phe, followed by methionine or leucine. Transcription of the POMC gene has been demonstrated in stimulated macrophages and lymphocytes. Proenkephalin A mRNA has been expressed in thymocytes, bone marrow cells, and spleno-cytes. Localized inflammation of a rat's hindpaw elicits an accumulation of h-endorphin-releasing lymphocytes, suggesting the immune system is a key factor of inflammatory pain management 45 . A secreted peptidase from activated murine CD4+ and CD8+ cells metabolizes endorphin into biologically active and possibly immunoregulatory peptides 30 . Endorphin...

L Redox Mediated Amplification of Immune Responses

Immune responses against environmental pathogens typically involve the lymphocyte receptors for antigen, receptors for costimulatory signals, and various cytokine receptors 149,150 . In addition, the immune response is subject to regulation by redox processes due to the various redox-sensitive signaling pathways discussed in the previous section. The activation of T-cell functions is strongly enhanced by ROS and or by an oxidative shift in the intracellular glutathione REDST 62,106 . Superoxide and or physiologically relevant concentrations of hydrogen peroxide were The amplifying effect of ROS has long been ignored by immunologists because T-cell functions, such as IL-2 production, can be readily induced by sufficiently high concentrations of antigen or antibodies that bind to the T-cell receptors and the co-stimulatory receptor CD28 in the absence of additional ROS 100 . In T cells, strong activation of the co-stimulatory receptor CD28 causes a significant decrease in intracellular...

Other Psychiatric Disorders and the Immune Response

Finally, although the picture is far less clear, there has been speculation that immune system activation may contribute to the pathophysiology of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, possibly related to an autoimmune diathesis (Pearce 2001 Rothermundt et al. 2001). Elevated levels of cytokines and their receptors, including IL-2, sIL-2, and IL-6, have been reported in the blood and CSF of patients with schizophrenia, and a high level of CSF IL-2 has been found to predict subsequent schizophrenic relapse (Rothermundt et al. 2001). In a related fashion, consideration has been given to the role of viral infection early in development (Pearce 2001), based on seasonal birth patterns that have been reliably replicated in large epidemiological studies of patients with schizophrenia. These findings are consistent with in utero infections of relevant brain structures, including the hippocampus, during critical periods of development (especially during the second trimester) (Pearce

Immune System

In the development of the immune system, negative selection of B- and T-cell lineages is very important and is mediated by the process of apoptosis (Cohen, 1991). Many genes, including bcl-2, bcl-x, and bax, are key factors controlling the apoptotic fate of the cells. RNS were found to inhibit apop-

Immune Results In Depression

Cellular enumeration of lymphocyte subsets by the quantification of phenotypic specific cell surface markers has been widely used to evaluate alterations of the immune system in relation to diagnostic depression. Depression is reported to be negatively related to the number and percentages of lymphocytes that are B cells, T cells, T helper Function of the immune system has been typically evaluated in depressed subjects by assay of nonspecific mitogen-induced lymphocyte proliferation, mitogen-stimulated cytokine production, and NK cytotoxicity. Lymphocyte proliferation assays examine how well lymphocytes divide in response to a nonspecific mitogen. This assay along with the release of cytokines assumes that with more proliferation and more cytokine release, the lymphocytes are functioning more effectively. The purpose of the third functional assay, NK cell cytotoxicity, is to determine the ability of NK cells to lyse tumor cells in culture. 2.2.2. Natural killer cytotoxicity. A...

Role Of Brain Macrophages In Innate Immunity

Macrophages in the CNS have similar functions to those in the periphery. Perivascular macrophages and microglia phagocytose foreign material to limit inflammation and the spread of infection within the brain.4 Microglia also have receptors for apoptotic cells and for an array of proteins such as p-amyloid that accumulate in specific neurodegenerative disease states. As mentioned earlier, ADCC is a process whereby immunoglobulin receptor-bearing microglia macrophages are brought into proximity with antibody-coated target. Microglia become activated as a result of binding the Fc portion of antibody, as shown by increased NADPH oxidase activity.13 With regard to autoimmune injury, microglia macrophage attachment to myelin oligo-dendrocytes with subsequent phagocytosis could be triggered by antibodies directed to antigens expressed on the surface of myelin.14 In MS lesions, expression of all three Fc7 receptor classes is upregulated on microglia cells and macrophages.13 Increased...

Characteristic Properties Of Cancers And Cancer Cells

Overall, cancer growth poses an enhanced energy demand on the patient, which increases with the tumor load. Moreover, cancers release the waste products of their metabolism, such as lactate, with which the body has to cope. These are, unfortunately, only some of the systemic effects of cancers. Cancers also secrete enzymes and hormones that act on the host, some of which are toxic. In particular, cytokines like tumor necrosis factor a can elicit a general break-down of metabolic function with visible wasting, termed 'cachexia', and suppression of the immune system, thereby facilitating 'opportunistic' infections. Other tumor products, such as FAS ligand ( 7.3), can damage sensitive organs such as the liver, and ectopically produced hormones can interfere with homeostasis. For instance, calcitonin production by small cell lung cancers may cause life-threatening variations in calcium levels. Such indirect disturbances of the body homeostasis by cancers, designated as 'paraneoplastic'...

Nicholas W Lukacs and Jeffrey K Harrison

Chemokines were initially discovered in the context of inflammatory pathologies and were the curiosity of a limited number of researchers. Receptors for these cytokine molecules were identified shortly thereafter and determined to be members of the large G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) superfamily. Collectively, these basic observations provided a framework to understand mechanisms by which leukocyte subsets could migrate into tissues in a specific manner. Nonetheless, as the field evolved, so came a realization of the broader impact of this family on diverse biological processes, which include the regulation of leukocyte trafficking in hematopoiesis, innate and adaptive immunity, angiogenesis, cancer, and viral pathogenesis. We begin this volume with an overview of research on chemokines and their receptors and then subsequently migrate into a brief discussion of key findings that defined the maturation of this field. As members of the GPCR superfamily have historically dominated...

Identification of Chemokine Receptors as G Protein Coupled Receptors

The initially identified receptors were generally ones that bound the inflammatory chemokines. In most instances, these receptors bind chemokine ligands in a very promiscuous manner. Thus, the redundant nature of these interactions coupled with broad cellular expression patterns made the task of identifying disease-associated targets more difficult. The chemokine receptor family also contains several examples of highly selective receptors. The number and diversity of chemokines and their receptors also begs the question Which of these genes represents the primordial ligand-receptor pair Chemokines have been characterized in many species and appear to extend back to early vertebrates. Phylogenetic analysis suggests that stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) CXCL12 and CXCR4 likely represent the earliest ancestral chemokine-chemokine receptor pair and may have initially evolved within the context of the central nervous system and not, surprisingly, within the immune system (10). This...

Possible Clinical Implications Of Immune Changes In Depression

Depression has been associated with alterations in the distribution of T cell subsets and with declines in nonspecific measures of immune function, such as NK activity and mitogen-induced lymphocyte proliferation. The clinical significance of these immunologic findings is uncertain because the in vitro assays employed were non-specific and thus not directly relevant to specific disease endpoint.

The GP IlbIIIa receptor as a target for antithrombotic therapy

Since platelets coated with intact antibody could potentially be cleared or destroyed by the human immune system, murine 7E3 IgG was obviously inappropriate for in vivo application. To circumvent these problems, the antibody was subjected to enzymatic digestion by pepsin or papain (15). Proteolytic digestion produced two antigen-binding fragments, a bivalent 7E3 F(ab')2 fragment derived from pepsin and a univalent 7E3 Fab fragment derived from papain (Figure 2). Both of these antibody fragments proved to have platelet-binding affinities comparable to those of the parent 7E3 IgG molecule. The univalent 7E3 Fab fragment was selected for further development for several reasons including the expectation that its smaller size (approximately Mr 50,000) would minimize immunogenicity. to have a KD for human platelet binding that was equivalent to that of the parent murine antibody. Importantly, the incidence of human immune responses to c7E3 Fab, known now as abciximab (marketed name ReoPro),...

Chemokine Receptors Beyond Migration of Leukocytes

Although the initial focus on this family of molecules concerned their effects on inflammatory leukocyte populations, it nonetheless became clear that che-mokines and their receptors functioned in arenas beyond this aspect of the immune system. One of the prominent early findings that catapulted chemo-kines into the limelight was the discovery that chemokine receptors acted as coreceptors for HIV-1 entry into susceptible cells (discussed in depth in Chapter 13). These included compelling experiments that identified the coreceptors, CCR5 and CXCR4, as well as studies that showed that chemokine ligands could block HIV-1 entry (11-17). Moreover, a polymorphism in CCR5 (delta-32) was discovered and shown to confer resistance to HIV infection. Although the lack of CCR5 in individuals harboring the CCR5 delta-32 mutation did not alter function from the chemokine biology point of view, it introduced investigators from multiple fields to chemokines biology. The significance of chemokine...

Introduction 111 Toll Like Receptors

Toll was first identified as an essential receptor for dorsoventral patterning in the developing embryo in Drosophila. In 1996, it was discovered that Drosophila Toll is involved in antifungal responses in the adult fly.1 Since then, the role of Toll receptors in the innate immune response has been studied intensively, not only in insects but also in mammals. This has led to the identification of Toll receptors in mammals, named Toll-like receptors (TLRs). The first mammalian homolog of Drosophila Toll was identified in 1997 as hToll (now termed TLR4).2 Subsequent studies have identified several proteins that are structurally related to TLR4. The TLR family now The critical involvement of TLRs in the recognition of microorganisms has now been established. Each TLR recognizes specific patterns of microbial components (Table 1.1).3 Recognition of microbial components by TLRs triggers activation of innate immunity through induction of gene expression. Furthermore, TLR-mediated activation...

The Role Of Antibodies In Multiple Sclerosis

Oligoclonal immunoglobulin bands in the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) serve as an additional pathologic hallmark of MS.9 The appearance of these immunoglobulin bands in the majority of patients with MS was initially interpreted as evidence for involvement of the humoral immune response in the pathogenesis of the disease. This notion has been supported by observations in rodents with experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE), using antibodies directed against the myelin oligodendro-cyte glycoprotein (MOG). In these animals, intravenous injection of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against MOG has been shown to increase the severity of the disease, inducing relapses and enhancing demyelination.10,11 In further support of the idea that antibodies might play a pathogenic role in demyeli-nating disease is the potential involvement of pathogenic autoantibodies in peripheral neurologic disorders, especially Guillain-Barre syndrome, an inflammatory demyelinating disease of peripheral nerves which...

Autoantibodies Promote Remyelination In Animal Models Of Demyelinating Disease

To explore the possibility of a beneficial humoral immune response, chronic TMEV-infected mice were treated over a 5-week period with spinal cord homogenate (SCH) in incomplete Freund's adjuvant. Upon histologic examination of spinal cord lesions, immunized animals were found to have substantial CNS remyelination compared to control animals treated with adjuvant alone. Passive transfer of either antiserum19 or purified immunoglobulin20 from uninfected animals immunized with SCH was also found to promote remyelination, thus demonstrating a beneficial role for the humoral immune response in promoting myelin repair.

Evidence for the Activation of Cellular Immunity in Schizophrenia

In schizophrenia, there is evidence that the innate immune system is activated. Thus, the number of monocytes and some of the cytotoxic cells are increased 12 . In addition, the proportion of monocytes and macrophages in the CSF of patients with acute schizophrenia are increased, suggesting that immune activation occurs in the brain as well as in the periphery 13 . Of the pro-inflammatory cytokines that are raised in the CSF, interleukin 6 (IL-6) has been reported to be increased by a number of investigators 14 . IL-6 activates B cells, in addition to playing a key role in the inflammatory cytokine cascade, and therefore contributes to many of the immune changes seen in schizophrenia. If IL-6 plays a role in the psychopathology of schizophrenia, to what extent do changes in this cytokine reflect the clinical status of the patient It is clear that IL-6 is raised in the plasma of schizophrenic patients 15, 16 and that elevated plasma concentrations of this cytokine are related to both...

Potential Mechanisms For The Action Of Remyelinationpromoting Antibodies

Finally, remyelination-promoting antibodies have been shown to have immunomodulatory effects. A T-cell-mediated immune response has been shown to prevent spontaneous remyelination in chronic TMEV-infected SJL mice, and enhanced remyelina-tion due to antibody-mediated suppression of an inhibitory immune response is another potential mechanism of action of remyelination-promoting antibodies. We have previously demonstrated that in chronic TMEV-infected mice, SCH94.03 treatment results in a 2-3-fold reduction in the number of CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells infiltrating the CNS, and also

Summary And Conclusions

The clinical significance of changes in immune responses in depressed subjects remains an unanswered question. Studies that use immune measures with disease specific endpoints, as has been recently conducted in the study of VZV immune responses, would help identify the possible link between depression, immune system alterations, and health outcomes.

Monoclonal Antibody Based Targeting Strategies in the Clinic

Not only can antibodies by themselves function as targeted effector molecules, they can also be used as carriers for the selective delivery of drugs, toxins, enzymes, radioisotopes, and ade-noviral vectors. Most of the strategies have been applied in humans 6,75-77 . Besides these approaches, cellular cytotoxicity can be redirected towards the tumour cells using bispecific antibodies that consist of a recognition site for specific cells of the immune system and tumour-associated antigens 78,79 . This strategy circumvents the MHC restriction of antigen recognition and cellular cytotoxicity. It may therefore be exploited for the therapy of tumours which downregulate the expression of their MHC molecules and thereby avoid the normal immune response.

Vaccination Strategies for Enhanced Immunity

Vaccination can be considered as a therapeutic modality that actively engages the immune system of the patient. It encompasses numerous principles derived from drug targeting research. Modification of the responses of the immune system may be an effective approach to improve the disease status of patients with a variety of diseases. Either prevention of au- toimmune diseases or allergic responses, or enhancement of immune responses against infectious agents and tumour growth can be induced by these strategies 95,96 . Vaccination strategies can be divided into gene-, peptide-, protein- and cell-based strategies. Antigen presenting cells (APC), particularly dendritic cells (DC), play a central role in the induction of the desired immune response 97 . For successful (antitumour) vaccination therapy, either an in vitro or an in vivo approach can be followed. In the in vitro approach, DCs from an animal or a patient are isolated and manipulated by transfection with DNA or RNA encoding...

Immunogenicity of BiotechnologicaHy Produced Drugs9798

Proteins, by their very nature, are antigens. A human protein, innocuous at its typical physiological concentration, may exhibit completely different immunogenic properties when administered in the higher concentration that would be used as a drug. Unless a biotechnology-derived protein is engineered to be 100 complementary to the human form, it will differ among several major epitopes. The protein may have modifications of its amino acid sequence (substitutions of one amino acid for another). There may be additions or deletions of amino acids, N-terminal methionyl groups, incorrect or abnormal folding patterns, or oxidation of a sulfur-containing side chain of a methionine or a cysteine. Additionally, when a protein has been produced by using a bacterial vector, a finite amount of immunoreactive material may pass into the final product. All of these listed items contribute to the anti-genicity of a biotechnologically produced protein. When it is administered to a human patient, the...

Free Radicals and Immune Cell Function

There are numerous links between free-radical reactions and immune cell functions. White blood cell membranes, as with all cellular membranes, are composed of lipids containing saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Unsaturated bonds in fatty acids are highly susceptible to free-radical attack, one consequence of which is to adversely affect the integrity of the cell's membranes. For instance, oxygen-containing radicals and the products of their reactions have been shown to decrease the fluidity of white blood cell membranes (reviewed in Baker and Meydani, 1994) and synovial fluids, consequently reducing their function (Merry et al., 1989). Loss of membrane fluidity has been directly related to the decreased ability of lymphocytes to respond to challenges to the immune system (Bendich, 1990, 1994b). Free radicals can also damage DNA and result in mutations, altered capacity of cells to produce critical factors and derangement of the capacity to proliferate. Systemic free-radical...

Hematopoietic Growth Factors

Among all of the events taking place in the immune system, the bone marrow, and the bloodstream, the process of hematopoiesis is probably the most complicated. All of the cells in the blood and the immune system can trace their lineage back to a common, parental hematopoietic stem cell in the bone marrow. This cell is referred to as pluripotent because under the proper stimulation, it can differentiate into any other cell. The processes of maturation, proliferation, and differentiation are under the strict control of several cy-tokines (Table 4.5) that regulate a host of cellular events. Two distinct blood cell lineages exist the lymphoid lineage that gives rise to B and T lymphocytes, and the myeloid lineage that produces granulocytes (macrophages, neutrophils, eosinophils, basophils, and mast cells), as well as platelets and erythrocytes. As many as 20 of the hematopoiesis-asso-ciated cytokines have been cloned and expressed. Some of these are listed in Table 4.5.

Function of adhesion molecules

To obtain more conclusive evidence for a pathogenic role of AMs in EAE, several groups studied the effects of therapeutic manipulation with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Antibodies to AMs putatively involved in transendothelial migration at the BBB did indeed prevent the development of clinical disease and reduced mononuclear infiltration and demyelination5,16,29-32 (Table 7.2). The mechanisms underlying suppression of EAE achieved with such intervention vary considerably, depending on which AM is targeted. In rodent models of EAE, not all antibodies masking a specific AM are equipotent some prevent clinical signs completely, while others only retard disease. Even worsening of EAE with antiadhesion monoclonal antibody treatment was observed.29 In addition, severe side-effects such as focal spleen and liver necrosis, generalized immuno-suppression,33 cerebral bleeding,34 and severe lymphopenia have been described in the Lewis rat EAE model.35 Potentially opposing actions and even...

Cytokines And Jakstatcoupled Receptors

There is mounting evidence that many psychiatric disorders may be associated with altered immune function. Even more convincing is the evidence that numerous medical disorders and treatments that regulate immune function are associated with psychiatric symptomatology (Evans et al. 2001). Thus, the mechanism by which the immune system is able to mediate its effects through specified signaling pathways in the CNS will undoubtedly be of increasing importance in our understanding of these complex disorders.

Ultrafine or Nanoparticles

3.3 Generation of Oxidative Stress Under the Influence of Xenobiotics and Stressful Stimuli 59 Box 3.3 Cells of the Human Immune System The cells of the immune system include B and T lymphocytes, natural killer cells, mononuclear phagocytes, neutrophil, basophil and eosinophil granulo-cytic cells, mast cells, dendritic cells and follicular dendritic cells. B cells or B lymphocytes are cells of the adaptive arm of the immune system. They produce membrane-bound immunoglobulins (antibodies) which serve as receptors for antigen. Upon stimulation, B cells differentiate into soluble antibody-producing plasma cells and long-lived memory cells. Tcells or T lymphocytes express Tcell receptors (TCRs) on their membranes. TCRs recognize antigen bound to major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and class II molecules, which are expressed by most cells of the body (MHC I) or by specialized antigen presenting cells (MHC II), respectively. There are several subpopulations of Tcells, which play...

Vitamin E studies in the elderly

One of the first studies to associate vitamin E status with immune function in the elderly was published in 1984. Chavance et al. (1984), in a retrospective epidemiological study, found a significant association between high plasma vitamin E levels and a lower number of infections in healthy adults over the age of 60. Two placebo-controlled, double-blind studies conducted in the elderly have found that vitamin E supplementation alone can significantly enhance DTH responses, antibody titres to certain vaccines, and proliferative responses as well as IL-2 activities. In a carefully controlled study conducted in a metabolic ward where the daily diet contained approximately RDA levels of all nutrients, vitamin E supplementation (800 IU day-1) for 1 month resulted in significantly increased DTH responses of healthy elderly subjects (Meydani et al., 1990). Lymphocyte vitamin E levels increased over threefold with supplementation and were correlated with enhanced immune responses such as...

Vitamin C and E studies

In contrast to the extensive studies of the effects of vitamin E on immune function in the elderly, there have been neither many nor recent studies of the effects of vitamin C, a critical water-soluble antioxidant which functions to regenerate the antioxidant form of vitamin E (Niki et al., 1995). In one study, DTH was enhanced in an elderly population following injections of 500 mg day-1 of vitamin C (Kennes et al., 1983). In another study, oral supplementation with vitamin C (2 g day-1) in an elderly population enhanced in vitro lymphocyte proliferative responses but did not affect DTH (Delafuente et al., 1986). Jeng et al. (1996) examined the interactions of vitamins C and E on cytokine production in healthy adults. Vitamin C (1 g day-1) did not increase either IL1-p or tumour necrosis factor production following 14 days of supplementation whereas vitamin E (400 IU day-1) significantly enhanced both the combination of both supplements resulted in a further, significant enhancement...

CD30 as a Target for Lymphoma Treatment

Another Ab targeting hematological tumor burden is the anti-CD30 mAb 5F11, a promising agent for Ab-based immunotherapy of Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and anaplastic large-cell lymphoma. This fully humanized mAb showed specific binding to CD30 (cluster A) (105). Borchmann et al. have related in vitro ADCC and growth inhibition by 5F11 to the corresponding in vivo tumor growth inhibition (105). The in vitro ADCC assays indicated dose-dependent lysis of L540 cells only when the Ab was combined with human effector cells, and upon cross-linking, growth inhibition of CD30-expressing cell lines was observed (105). The overall trend of cell growth inhibition correlated well with in vivo studies in which treatment with 5F11 induced a marked growth delay or even a complete regression of established tumor xenografts in mice (105). The success of the in vitro lysis assay was governed by the addition of human effector cells, suggesting that this mechanism of action might also be active in vivo.

Cytokines And Mood Disturbances

Neuropsychiatrie symptoms have been observed in (auto)immune diseases, whereas alterations of the immune system in several neurological and or psychiatric Since immunotherapy has been used in several diseases, e.g. the treatment of hepatitis or morbus behcet with interferons or the treatment of certain neoplastic diseases with interleukins, neuropsychiatrie symptoms as side effects of those therapies have become evident (Meyers and Valentine, 1995). Neurostimulatory effects due to cytokines, which can be observed under experimental or therapeutic conditions, demonstrate that peripheral administration of those soluble proteins affect the CNS (Bartfai and Schultzberg, 1993 Denicoff, Rubinow, & Papa, 1987 Fabry et al., 1994 McDonald, Mann, & Thomas, 1987). The cytokine IL-1 is able to induce depressive-like symptoms such as psychomotor and appetite disturbances, alterations of sleep, lethargy, and weakness (Cunningham and DeSouza, 1993 Hopkins and Rothwell, 1995). IL-1 and IL-6 activate...

Immune Activation And Cytokines In Depression

The first results of immunological investigations in depressive patients revealed a reduced immune function, since the majority of the studies demonstrated blunted in vitro mitogen induced lymphoproliferative response of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and decreased natural killer cell activity in these individuals in comparison to healthy controls (Darko, Wilson, Gillin, & Golshan, 1991 Evans, Folds, Pettito, Golden, Pedersen, Corrigan, Gilmore, Silva, Quade, & Ozer, 1992 Irwin, Caldwell, Smith, Brown, Schuckit, & Gillin, 1990 Schleifer et al., 1984 Stein, Miller, & Trestman, 1991). Within the last ten years additional evidence has come to suggest that depression is associated by an activation of the immune system (Maes, 1995 Seidel et al., 1995, Sluzewska et al., 1996).

Activation of MAP Kinases

MAP kinases mediate various immune responses, including activation of innate immunity and adaptive immunity.68 TLR-mediated activation of MAP kinases can be analyzed by detecting the phosphorylation of serine threonine or tyrosine residues of MAP kinases such as extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK p38 or JNK. MAP kinases are activated through phosphorylation of threonine and tyrosine residues. On stimulation, the threonine and tyrosine residues of ERK, p38, and JNK at sequence T*EY* are phosphorylated by MAP kinase kinases. Phosphorylation of MAP kinases is monitored by Western blotting using antibodies that detect phosphorylated Thr202 and Tyr204 residues of ERK phosphorylated Thr180 and Tyr182 residues of p38 and phosphorylated Thr183 and Tyr185 residues of JNK.15

Targeting Tau Pathologies

On the other hand, there is evidence that activities of some tau kinases (e.g. GSK3ft) may prefer priming by other kinases 127,128 - thus inhibition of one kinase may preclude phosphorylation by others. A recent study suggests that tau pathologies and behavioral deficits in tau transgenic mice can be rescued by tau immunotherapy 129 . Stabilization of microtubules may offset lost tau function associated with neurodegenerative tauopathies 130 . Tau oligomerization 131 , cleavage 132 and degradation 133 are other therapeutic opportunities under preclinical investigation. Given the significance of tau pathologies in AD and the sparse tau therapeutics in clinical development, this field remains a largely untapped opportunity.

Epidemiologic Overlap ofDDW Coinfection

HIV Leishmania coinfection occurs in areas of Southern Europe, Brazil, and regions of Africa and Asia where Leishmaniasis is endemic. Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) promotes the clinical progression of AIDS, and is an important opportunistic infection in HIV immune-compromised individuals which decreases life expectancy. HIV reduces the likeliness to therapeutic response to VL and enhances the probability of relapse. Both diseases decrease the cellular immune response since both agents damage similar immune resources. Infection with schistosomes makes people more susceptible to HIV infection by interfering with immune responses and by increasing the risk of transmission 43 . In summary, polyparasitism may weaken the immune response, thus facilitating the establishment of a second or third infection and worsening the outcome of both diseases. Polyparasitism may introduce additional complications for the simultaneous treatment of the several coinfections, including adverse drug-drug...

Targeting Microgliosis

Activation of microglia surrounding amyloid plaques in AD brains could be a double-edged sword. On one hand, activated microglia can release harmful inflammatory substances. On the other hand, activated microglia can scavenge toxic Aft. Microglial activation can be inhibited by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Epidemiological studies show that NSAID usage is associated with a lower risk of AD 134 . However, clinical trials of NSAIDs in AD patients have been largely disappointing 134 . The lack of efficacy of NSAIDs can be ascribed to its potential use only for prevention but not treatment, the inappropriate doses or drugs chosen in the trials or a faulty hypothesis. In contrast to NSAIDs, Aft immunotherapy may depend at least in part on the activation of microglia 34 . Aft immunotherapy is currently being investigated in clinical trials (Tables 1 and 2). It has been proposed that there maybe multiple activation states of microglia some could be associated with release...

Clinical applications

In the context of malignant disease, IL-2 receptor expression is reported in various subsets of hematopoeitic malignancies of T-cell origin, such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), low and intermediate grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, HTLV-1 associated adult T-cell leukemia lymphoma, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (Foss et al., 1998). Signaling pathways mediated by the IL-2 receptor are a requirement for T-cell activation and proliferation, and IL-2 receptor expression is frequently upregulated in the neoplasms of T-cell origin. Expression of the high affinity IL-2 receptor is also an obligatory event in the development of T-cell mediated immune response, and upregulation of the receptor on auto-aggressive T cells marks an early common event in the pathogenesis of essentially all autoimmune diseases (Murphy and vanderSpek, 2000). The potency and selectivity of the IL-2 targeted diphtheria-based fusion protein toxin offers significant advantages over conventional therapeutics, such as...

Indicators Of Immune Activation In Depressed Patients

There is now evidence that cytokines, peptide hormons, and neurotransmitters, as well as their receptors, are endogenous to the brain, endocrine, and immune systems (Blalok, 1994). These shared ligands and receptors provide common chemical language for communication within and between the immune and neuroendocrine systems. This organization of communication suggests an immunoregulatory role of the brain and a sensory function for the immune system. Accordingly, the immune system, may be viewed as a sensory organ that recognizes physical and emotional stress (trauma) and relays this information to the CNS and endocrine system via the cytokines.

Targeting Multiple Functional and Pathological Deficits

Although the above discussion of different therapeutic approaches was structured according to their effects on particular AD deficits, some of them may have a wide range of effects across symptoms and pathologies. For example, amyloid immunotherapy has been shown to provide acute cognitive improvement 135 and reduction in both amyloid and tau pathologies 136 in animal models. The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-y (PPARy) is a ligand-activated transcription factor. It regulates expression of a wide variety of genes including those involved in lipid and glucose metabolism and inflammatory responses. Activation of PPARy also suppresses BACE1 ex

Chimeric Peptide Radiopharmaceuticals

EGF receptors are abundantly expressed by gliomas and present a target both for diagnostic imaging and radio-immunotherapy. A cerebral implant model in rats bearing human U87 gliomas was utilized to test the brain delivery of 111In -labelled EGF by vector mediated transport with OX26 following i.v. injection. Brains were sampled after 2 h and cryosec-tioned for subsequent autoradiography. The tumours were clearly visualized on these au-toradiographs, but only when the labelled EGF was given as a chimeric peptide, not when injected without the vector 102 .

Immune Activation In Major Depression

The status of the immune system in major depression has been extensively studied over the last ten years and there is now some evidence that the acute episode of this illness may be accompanied by immune activation acute phase response (Maes., 1993 Sluzewska et al., 1996b). The acute phase response (apr) is a response of the organism to disturbances of its homeostasis due to factors such as, infection, tissue injury, neoplastic growth or immunological disorders (Heinrich et al., 1990). Within this systemic reaction, that involves the endocrine, immunologic and metabolic system (Kushner and Mackiewicz., 1993), there are also behavioural changes, which are expressed as sickness behaviour, characterised by psychomotor retardation, sleep disturbances, anorexia, anergy, and lethargy (Kent et al., 1992). Changes in immune response in major depression include activation of the monocytic and T-lymphocytic arm of cell-mediated immunity (CMI), the apr, and autoimmune response.

Cytokine gene delivery using HSV1derived vectors

Machinery to produce discrete amounts of the cytokine in the CSF of mice up to 28 days post-injec-tion.26 We then used the IL-4-containing vector as a therapeutic tool in EAE mice. IL-4 was administered intracerebrally in Biozzi AB H mice immunized with myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG)40-55 before27 and after28 the appearance of EAE signs. No toxic reactions were observed. A significant amelioration of the clinical and pathological CNS features of EAE was observed with both therapeutic protocols. The protective effect of this therapy was mostly due to the ability of IL-4 to downregu-late in situ production of pro-inflammatory chemokines (monocyte chemoattractant chemokines, and RANTES) and pro-inflammatory cytokines (i.e. IL-1p, TNF-a). Furthermore, we found that lymph node cells from IL-4-treated versus non-treated mice were able to process and proliferate in response, to the encephalitogenic antigen as well as to drive an appropriate Th1 response, thus indicating a lack of...

Peripheral opioid receptors

By local injection of the opioid antagonist naloxone and by the mu-opioid-specific antagonist CTOP In animals pretreated with cyclosporin to suppress the immune system, the antinociceptive effect of the tumor necrosis factor is completely removed. It has been suggested, therefore, that cytokines release opioid peptides from immune cells of inflamed tissue, which act on opioid receptors present on sensory nerve terminals resulting in antinociception.

Blistering Diseases in the Elderly

Blistering diseases in the elderly are a rare group of diseases mediated through the immune system, induced by drugs or arising from other primary systemic physiological aberrations. Pathogenetically, they are autoimmune diseases which affect the cutaneous and mucosal tissues. Treatment requires an arsenal of approaches, including localized and systemic therapies. Localized treatments involve care of the local area of the blister (topical care) through diverse means. Of those, crucial is soaking of the blister in an antiseptic solution. For that, the two major chemicals used are potassium permanganate and aluminum subacetate.54 Aluminum subacetate (a basic aluminum acetate solution) is used locally on the skin and mucous membranes as an astringent and plays the role of the topical antiseptic. Solutions of the same chemical are also used as a wet dressing in a number of other skin diseases.

Age and Exercise Induced ROS

Age could be a factor in eccentric-exercise induced oxidative stress because of the potential for more ROS produced from a mitochondrial respiratory chain that is known to functionally decline with age (Trounce et al., 1989). On the other hand, antioxidant activity tends to increase with age (Leeuwenburgh et al, 1994). An age-related increase in antioxidant activity may not meet the age-related oxidant activity produced by defective, leaky mitochondria. An additional consideration is the compromised immune system of older adults. Phagocytic response to muscle damage caused by eccentric exercise may be inadequate in older compared with younger individuals, and result in oxidative damage to DNA and the accumulation of harmful by-products in around the muscle. Sacheck et al. (2003) compared biomarkers of oxidative stress and muscle damage in old and young individuals following eccentric exercise. They found that fitness level was more important than age, in determining protection against...

DNA vaccination for central nervous system autoimmune diseases

Conceptually, gene therapy has been used as an efficient methodology to circumvent genetic deficiency by transfection of cDNA encoding the appropriate functional gene product. It is therefore conceivable that the best candidates for this form of therapy would be genetic diseases associated with a single gene mutation, such as X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) or cystic fibrosis (CF). Paradoxically, it appears that gene therapy needs to confront similar levels of technological challenges when encountering genetic disorders, such as XLA or CF, to those a involved in a successful intervention in multifactorial diseases. Yet, while genetic disorders that involve a mutation in a single gene are rare, multifactorial diseases comprise a major cause of illness and death in the developed countries. This has motivated scientists to explore gene therapy strategies in multifactorial disorders. This chapter discusses the use of a modification of gene therapy named DNA vaccination to provide novel...

Chemokine Signaling in TLymphocyte Migration The Role of Phosphoinositide 3kinase

The biochemical events that are elicited upon chemokine engagement have been a major focus of interest in many cell types responding to a plethora of different chemokines. We now appreciate that collectively, chemokines can couple to a wide range of biochemical signals including phosphoinositide lipid metabolism, elevation of intracellular calcium levels, and activation of a wide array of protein and lipid kinases as well as small GTPases. Chemokine signaling events are particularly well studied in T lymphocytes where the ordered directional migration of T lymphocytes is a key process in development, immune surveillance, and immune responses. These cells therefore offer a splendid model system in which to understand the array of signals activated by chemokines and their functional importance. One of the most robust biochemical signals elicited by chemokines is the activation of several members of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) family. In many cell systems, PI3Ks are known to...

Experience With Human Stem Cells

Several lines of human neural stem cells have been established. These cells, like their rodent counterparts, proved to proliferate in vitro for a long time, without losing their multipotentiality. The possibility of expanding and freezing these non-transformed neural stem cell lines enabled their banking, thus establishing a source of potentially unlimited amount of transplantable cells.68,69 In addition, several lines of human embryonic stem cells were developed,70,71 from which neurons could be obtained.71 One potential hazard in stem cell transplantation is the risk of tumor formation. To date, no laboratory has reported on tumors arising from transplanted neural stem cells. However, embryonic stem cells are defined, in part, by their ability to form teratomas after transplantation. These teratomas contain cells of the three embryonic layers, i.e. ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm. Multiple in vitro passages of the embryonic stem cells and their exposure to various growth factors in...

Pharmacogenetic Mechanisms Of Human Drug Response

Several entries listed in Table 3.3 will be recognized as relevant to pharma-cogenetics they include (1) modification in the repair capacity of a drug-induced effect, (2) modification of an immune responsive protein, and (3) modification of interactions between a given xenobiotic and inhibitors or antagonists, competitive substrates, and diastereoisomers. Among the various mechanisms listed, those that involve a competition between xenobiotics for a common enzyme or receptor or an interaction between the xenobiotic and a specific protein (enzyme, receptor, immune response, etc.) targeted by the xenobiotic are of primary interest in pharmacogenetics.

ER Dependent Mechanisms Growth Factor Pathway Switching

Recently Gee et al. (2006) has evaluated in some detail the capacity of anti-oestrogens to induce gene expression during the early phase of their inhibitory response and has concluded that multiple genes, alongside EGFR HER2, may attenuate growth inhibition leading to anti-hormone resistance, including NFkB, Bag1, 14-3-3, and tyrosine kinases, such as Lyn (Gee et al., 2006 see also Chapter 4). Interestingly, additional induced genes appear to confer other adverse features to the breast cancer cells in an appropriate cellular environment, with CD59 facilitating evasion of immune surveillance and RhoE, acatenin and c-src promoting a more invasive phenotype when intercellular contacts are compromised. These data may go some way to explain the emerging relationship between the development of resistance and the gain of a more aggressive breast cancer phenotype (Hiscox et al., 2006c also see Chapter 8).

Muscle Damage and ROS

Exercise can also increase ROS by the physical stress that happens during a wide range of muscle actions across the exercise continuum. Damage to muscle can be caused by physical pressure, muscle and connective tissue tears, removal of growth factors, secretion of glucocorticoids, intracellular Ca2+ accumulation, and increase in TNF, which can lead to cell death. When a cell is damaged or destroyed, the body responds by activating the immune system in a similar way that it responds to infection or bacteria. Phagocytic cells, called neutrophils are first-responders to injury or infection. They leave nearby blood vessels and are attracted by the chemical characteristics of the cell damage and newly formed and unrecognizable cell fragments. Upon arriving at the damaged site, the neutrophils act in one of the following ways. They Nieman has described a J-shaped model whereby exercise can enhance or reduce immune function depending in large part on intensity of the exercise (Nieman, 2003)....

Emerging Paradigm Ex Vivo Immune Biomarker Monitoring With Wholeblood Cell Cultures

A fortuitous aspect of applying measurement proteomics to the immune system is the relative ease with which many properties of the immune system can be quantified outside the human body, ex vivo. (Herein, ex vivo refers to the in vitro culture and ex vivo analysis of the immune system outside the body.) Both innate and adaptive immune system responses in blood leukocytes can be measured with multiplex IB measurements. Indeed, much of our understanding of the immune system has been generated by experimentation on human leukocytes cultures ex vivo. Given the complexity of all the different types of immune cells present in blood, a reductionist approach of isolating subpopulations of leukocytes was invaluable. For example, density gradient centrifugation of blood to obtain peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) is a common procedure to obtain cell populations enriched for lymphocytes and monocytes but depleted of granulocytes, platelets, and red blood cells 16 . The implementation of...

Choosing the Surgical Procedure

When considering the surgical transplantation method, it is imperative to understand the mechanism of both disease and recovery in order to determine the best possible modality and location of NSC administration. For example, in an experiment in which umbilical cord blood was administered either intravenously or intraparenchymally in rodents who had suffered a stroke, the recipients of the IV injections showed longer lasting recovery than those who receive intral-esional injections.63 The authors suggested that the cord blood cells aided in recovery by not only replacing lost cells, but also by inhibiting inflammation at the injury site.64 The transplanted cells were observed to not only migrate to the site of brain infarction, but also to the spleen where they altered the spleen function.65 These results offer important implications for diseases which involve extensive neurological damage within the CNS as well as a strong interaction with the peripheral immune system which may...

Early Experimental Data Implicating Neuroinflammatory Processes

The classical view of the brain as an immunologically privileged site primarily due to its effective selectivity and the relative impermeability of the blood-brain barrier has made it difficult to consider the notion that inflammatory processes, also classically considered to be a domain of the circulatory system, occur in the brain. But the early findings by the McGeer and Rogers groups, starting as early as 1987, on the expression of immune system antigens (16), the presence of reactive microglia (17), and the activation of the classical compliment pathway in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain (18) strongly implicated neuroinflammatory processes. In addition, their early demonstrations that rheumatoid patients taking antiinflammatory drugs had delayed appearance of AD symptoms (19) also strongly suggested the importance of neuroinflammatory events in the dementia associated with the disease. The early demonstrations that proinflammatory cy-tokines were shown to be elevated in...

The Sinusoidal Endothelial Cell SEC

The SECs account for 20 of all liver cells and are the first cells, together with the KCs, to encounter potentially harmful materials present in the portal blood. They are therefore equipped with scavenger capabilities and certain defence mechanisms to prevent damage to other cell types. The SECs have an active scavenging system for the majority of physiological and foreign soluble (waste) macromolecules 4,5 . Clearance mechanisms include receptor-mediated endocytosis, transcytosis, and phagocytosis. To regain local homeostasis after ingestion of injurious substances and after other detrimental events, the SECs can also produce cy-tokines, eicosanoids, and adhesion molecules for the mobilization of other hepatic cell types and cells of the immune system.

Interferon alfa2a and its Limitations as a Therapeutic Agent

A cornerstone of the treatment regimen for chronic hepatitis C infection is an alpha interferon (IFN). IFNs are endogenous glycoproteins produced by a variety of cells, usually in response to a viral infection. The mechanism by which IFN acts against the hepatitis C virus is not completely understood. Possible actions include a direct antiviral effect and to a lesser extent, immune system modulation6'7. Immune system modulation by IFN may be important in that decreases in liver inflammation and fibrosis are considered to be long-term goals in the disease's management.

Expression Regulation and Signaling

The innate immune system recognizes and responds to pathogenic organisms. In doing so, this system is responsible for initiating a cytokine response designed to tailor the adaptive immune system to eradicate the offending organism. Because this initial cytokine release must be tightly regulated, signal transduction pathways leading to this cytokine release are highly coordinated. This coordination begins at the cell surface with the initial recognition of pathogens by Toll-like receptors (TLRs). TLRs recognize components of bacteria, fungi, or viruses (collectively called pathogen-associated molecular patterns, or PAMPs) and play a major role in host defense against infection.1 The majority of the TLR family members are abundantly expressed in monocytes, macrophages, and dendritic cells.2 These receptors activate a highly conserved signaling network and ultimately lead to the activation of a variety of transcription factors, including NF-kB, ATF2, c-JUN, and IRF3 7. These...

Genomeproteome Content Currently Used For Biomarker Research

Chip offered by Invitrogen has not been utilized for large- s cale screening. Small-scale experiments may be fine for a publication, but to identify robust biomarkers there needs to be a massive screening that allows profiling as many healthy, predisposed, and diseased persons as possible so that the data derived from the experiment are biologically relevant. It is only at this scale that we can truly make any conclusions about the immune response. The reason that we still have not found the ideal biomarkers is due to the complexity of immune response and its variability from person to person. The current human protein chip is being distributed as a consumable with a sizable price tag. To attempt a study of the size required to determine disease-state discriminatory antigens, or groups thereof, there needs to be a higher-throughput, more cost-effective method of generating the human proteome chip. Infectious disease biomarker discovery faces challenges as well. Purified proteins of...

Using Whole Proteome Microarrays To Screen For Disease State Discriminatory Antigens

The ability to find biomarkers relies on the ability to profile the immune response to entire proteomes. Antigens that are highly reactive to infection, or auto-antibodies, can be used in diagnostics and therapeutics. They are also potential candidates for the development of vaccines. Using the model organism vaccinia virus Western Reserve strain, researchers were able to use in vivo recombination cloning to clone the 185Vv proteins, or greater than 90 of the proteome, from genomic DNA into an expressible vector. This proteome vector library was subsequently expressed and arrayed onto nitrocellulose-coated slides. Each slide contains 16 nitrocellulose pads with a Vv proteome array per pad. Each slide is capable of producing serological data for 16 serum samples interrogating approximately 200 spots (185Vv proteins plus controls), yielding 3200 data points per slide, the equivalent of thirty-three 96-well ELISA plates. Davies et al. 22 showed that there are specific vaccination - state...

Biological Activity of Fungal 130Glucans

The antitumour and other biological activities of P-glucans could be attributed to their powerful immunomodulatory effects, affecting both our innate and adaptive immune systems. They do not attack and kill cancer or invasive microbial cells directly. Instead, because they are not synthesised by humans, our immune systems recognise them as non-self molecules and hence become stimulated 124-126 . How this happens is becoming clearer, but much is still poorly understood about the signal transduction mechanisms involved 126 . Host cells possess receptors known as 'pattern recognition receptors' to detect innately such non-self molecules 125 . Several receptors have been identified, and include dectin-1 (a lectin), with a carbohydrate recognition domain, which binds specifically to P-glucans. Other receptors thought to be involved include complement receptor 3 (C3), scavenger receptors, lactosylceramide and toll-like receptors. Several receptors may be activated by a single P-glucan 124,...

Introduction Glutathione From Antioxidant to Redox Signal

GSH controls a variety of key molecular mechanisms linked to cell signaling, immune response, cell proliferation, inflammation, apoptosis and cell death. In this context, redox regulation of gene expression is considered a fundamental mechanism in cell biology and many efforts have been directed at understanding redox sensors and redox-sensitive targets that in a great majority are represented by protein thiol groups (PrSH) 5 . Thus GSH, protein thiols and low levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) (and reactive nitrogen species (RNS)) are all strictly interconnected in signaling where glutathiolation plays a major role. For example, it is known that H2O2 is implicated as an activator of the transcription factor NF-kB 6 , that low concentration of H2O2 are mitogenic for vascular smooth muscle cells 2, 7-9 , and that H2O2-mediated events are inevitably linked to glutathiolation.

Hiroyuki Yoneyama Kenjiro Matsuno and Kouji Matsushima Summary

Dendritic cell (DC) networks dictate peripheral tolerance and immunity in lymph nodes (LNs). The type, timing, location, and interaction of LN-recruited DC subtypes are pivotal and regulated by chemokines. We propose a concept that any DC subtype including myeloid and plasmacy-toid DCs (mDCs and pDCs) is fundamentally categorized by three stages depending on the function and anatomical position naive DC, primed DC, and effector DC. Naive mDC precursors are recruited to inflamed tissues in response to CCR1 and CCR5 ligands to become primed mDCs, remobilized to draining LNs in response to CCR7 ligands, and activated to become effector mDCs to undergo antigen-presenting function. In contrast, pDC precursors directly migrate to LNs in a CXCR3-dependent manner. LN-recruited, primed pDCs are activated to become effector pDCs that produce large amounts of cytokines and chemokines. Concerted recruitment and adequate network formation of distinct effector DCs are pivotal to determine the type...

Rationale for Immune Monitoring

Monitoring refers to serial specimen acquisition and testing. The rationale for immune monitoring rests on the premise that therapeutic interventions achieve their effects as a result of modification(s) in one or more components of the patient's immune system. These therapy-induced modifications occur gradually, and the expectation is that by serially measuring immune biomar-kers that undergo changes relative to the pretherapy baseline level, it might be possible to define immunologic mechanisms responsible for biologic and possibly also clinical activity of the therapeutic agent. As biologic agents have a bell-shaped activity curve that shifts depending on the dose and time of their delivery, serial monitoring is necessary to define the optimal biologic dose (OBD) of a therapeutic agent, which often is distinct from the maximal tolerated dose (MTD). The latter is utilized to define toxicity of drugs, but because most biologic agents have no or little toxicity, the OBD is the...

Prediction Performance Of Current Methods

Zhou and Qin prepared two benchmark datasets one dataset consists of 35 proteins in the enzyme and inhibitor category from ZDOCK protein-protein docking benchmark dataset (Mintseris et al. 2005) and another one consists of 25 docking prediction targets in CAPRI (Critical Assessment of Prediction of Interactions) prediction contest (http msd-srv capri ). The CAPRI dataset contains eight proteins which are not in the enzyme inhibitor category, i.e. antibody antigen or other immune system complexes. Six webservers in Table 1, namely, cons-PPISP, Promate, PINUP, PPI-Pred, SPPIDER, and Meta-PPISP are benchmarked. On the 35 enzyme dataset, PPI-Pred, SPIDDER, cons-PPISP, Promate, PINUP, and meta-PPISP showed the specificity of 27, 33, 36, 36, 48, and 50 , respectively, at the sensitivity of 50 . These methods peformed uniformly worse on another dataset of 25 CAPRI targets, probably because proteins in the CAPRI dataset is more diverse. At the sensitivity of 30 , the methods...

Antiinflammatory activity

The anti-inflammatory effect of fucoxanthin is mainly based on modulation of macrophages function. Macrophages are the residents of immune cells in the innate immune system which play an important role in the maintenance of homeostasis by changing their function according to the tissue. As the residence of the immune system, macrophages are a predominant source of proinflammatory mediators including nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), proinflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and interleukin-1 (IL-1 ) , and ROS (Block et al., 2007). It has been consistently demonstrated that the origin of cancer was at sites of chronic inflammation, in part based on the hypothesis that some classes of irritants, together with the tissue injury and ensuing inflammation they cause, enhance proliferation. Chronic inflammation may also play significant role in mediating neurodegenera-tive diseases such as Parkinson's disease (PD), AD, multiple sclerosis (MS),...

Free Radical Pathology

The role of ROS as regulators of signal transduction pathways is subject to a growing interest (e.g. Schreck and Baeuerle, 1991 Schreck et al., 1992 Meyer et al., 1993 Schenk et al., 1994). NF-kB is a ubiquitous transcription factor with a pivotal function in the early pathogen response and activation of the immune system by initiation of the transcription of a number of genes encoding immunologically relevant proteins such as cell adhesion molecules, cytokines, acute-phase proteins, immunoreceptors and haematopoietic growth factors (Baeuerle and Henkel, 1994). The effect of several different inducers can be abrogated by various antioxidants, e.g. NDGA, ebselen, vitamin C, BHA, vitamin E derivatives and iV-acetyl-cysteine, which has led to the assumption that ROS can serve as common intracellular messengers for NF-kB activation (Schreck and Baeuerle, 1991 Schreck etal., 1992 Meyer etal., 1993 Manning and Anderson, 1994 Suzuki et al., 1994). Intracellular redox levels regulate the...

In vivo problems associated with RTAIT treatment

Immune response Therefore, contrary to earlier hypothesis ITs do not abrogate the immune response to mouse immunoglobulin in vivo but instead are highly immunogenic. The development of anti-immunotoxin antibodies can reduce the therapeutic potential of ITs through several mechanisms and thus optimally effective, repeated courses of therapy may require some procedure for suppressing or abrogating the response against the Immunotoxin.

Future research into pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis

Pain is an almost inevitable consequence of RA research into better ways of treating the disease will therefore improve outcomes in terms of pain. The introduction of biologic therapies has revolutionized our treatment future research should continue to identify new components of the immune response that might be amenable to targeted therapy. This is already happening to some extent B cells, IL-1, IL-6, IL-10, adhesion molecules and co-stimulatory molecules are all being investigated as potential targets for inhibition. New biologic drugs should maximize efficacy whilst minimizing toxicity, especially infection. Data on the long-term effects of these drugs should continue to be collected, for example using national registries such as the BSR Biologics Database. Cost is currently a limiting factor in use of biologics and novel (cheaper) ways of making such drugs would potentially allow extension of their use. Finally, identifying those patients likely to respond to a particular drug...

Mifepristone Mifeprex

Progesterone is vital in pregnancy because it prepares the uterus for implantation of the fertilized ovum. After fertilization, it plays an essential role in sustaining pregnancy by suppressing ovulation, decreasing the contractility of the uterine smooth muscle, and decreasing the maternal immune response. Mifepristone acts by binding tightly to the progesterone receptor.1 Although it blocks the action of progesterone, it is a partial agonist in the absence of the natural hormone. Administration of mifepristone during pregnancy blocks the action of progesterone that leads to degeneration of the uterine lining (decidua) and softening of the cervix. This causes detachment of the blastocyst, which leads to decreased production of the peptide hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). The peptide hCG inhibits the disintegration of the corpus luteum, which produces progesterone. Decreased progesterone production results in

Cell Signaling and the Peroxiredoxin Based System Regulation of Transcription Factors Cell Cycle and Apoptosis

H2O2 is involved in diverse biological processes such as apoptosis, cell proliferation, differentiation, migration, immune response, and vascular remodeling. H2O2 is generated in cells not only as a byproduct of oxidative metabolism but also in response to various growth factors and cytokines, such as epidermal growth factor (EGF) 146 , platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) 147 , transforming growth factor b1 (TGFP1) 148 , interleukin 1 (IL-1) and TNF-a 149 , insulin, angiotensin II 150, 151 , via NADPH oxidase (Nox) activation and also via NADPH oxidase-independent mechanisms 152 . As H2O2 is involved in such a diverse array of cellular responses, its generation, concentration, localization and removal have to be tightly regulated (see also Chapters 2-4).

Chronic bowel disorders

Chronic inflammatory bowel diseases include ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Effective management requires drug therapy, attention to nutrition, and in severe or chronic active disease, surgery. Aminosalicylates (balsalazide, mesalazine, olsalazine, and sulfasalazine), corticosteroids (hydrocortisone, beclometasone, budesonide, and prednisolone), and drugs that affect the immune response are used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. responded adequately to treatment with a corticosteroid and a conventional drug that affects the immune response, or who are intolerant of them.

Infliximab and adalimumab for Crohns disease May 2010

Infliximab or adalimumab is recommended for the treatment of severe active Crohn's disease that has not responded to conventional therapy (including corticosteroids and other drugs affecting the immune response) or when conventional therapy cannot be used because of intolerance or contraindications infliximab can also be used in a similar way in children over 6 years of age. In adults over 18 years of age, infliximab is recommended for the treatment of fistulating Crohn's disease that has not responded to conventional therapy (including antibacterials, drainage, and other drugs affecting the immune response) or when conventional therapy cannot be used because of intolerance or contraindications.

Assessment of Immunogenicity

It is essential to evaluate potential immunogenicity of a therapeutic protein throughout clinical trials. Therefore, in planning for sample collection during clinical trials for biotechnology products, clinical investigators often consider collecting blood samples at multiple predetermined time points for immunological assays. Availability of these blood samples allows the investigators to determine the immunogenicity of the protein drug. It also reveals the time course and extent of the immune response in the population. Additional pharmacokinetic data, collected before and after induction of antibody, allow the assessment of clinical impact of immune responses generated against the administered protein. For example, a decrease in the biologic activity of a therapeutic protein after induction of an antibody response signifies the presence of drug-neutralizing antibodies.

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