Institute for Environmental Medicine

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Institute for Environmental Medicine

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Kersseboom S.,Erasmus Medical Center | Kersseboom S.,Leibniz Institute for Age Research | Horn S.,French Institute of Health and Medical Research | Edward Visser W.,Erasmus Medical Center | And 12 more authors.
Molecular Endocrinology | Year: 2014

Monocarboxylate transporter 8 (MCT8) transports thyroid hormone (TH) across the plasma membrane. Mutations in MCT8 result in the Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome, comprising severe psychomotor retardation and elevated serum T3 levels. Because the neurological symptoms are most likely caused by a lack of TH transport into the central nervous system, the administration of a TH analog that does not require MCT8 for cellular uptake may represent a therapeutic strategy. Here, we investigated the therapeutic potential of the biologically active T3 metabolite Triac (TA3) by studying TA3 transport, metabolism, and action both in vitro and in vivo. Incubation of SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells and MO3.13 oligodendrocytes with labeled substrates showed a time-dependent uptake of T3 and TA3. In intact SH-SY5Y cells, both T3 and TA3 were degraded by endogenous type 3 deiodinase, and they influenced gene expression to a similar extent. Fibroblasts from MCT8 patients showed an impaired T3 uptake compared with controls, whereas TA3 uptake was similar in patient and control fibroblasts. In transfected cells, TA3 did not show significant transport by MCT8. Most importantly, treatment of athyroid Pax8-knockout mice and Mct8/Oatp1c1-double knockout mice between postnatal days 1 and 12 with TA3 restored T3-dependent neural differentiation in the cerebral and cerebellar cortex, indicating that TA3 can replace T3 in promoting brain development. In conclusion, we demonstrated uptake of TA3 in neuronal cells and in fibroblasts of MCT8 patients and similar gene responses to T3 and TA3. This indicates that TA3 bypasses MCT8 and may be used to improve the neural status of MCT8 patients. © 2014 by the Endocrine Society.

Sonden K.,Karolinska Institutet | Doumbo S.,International Science and Technology University | Hammar U.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | Vafa Homann M.,Karolinska Institutet | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Infectious Diseases | Year: 2015

Background. Immunity to the antigenically diverse parasite Plasmodium falciparum is acquired gradually after repeated exposure. Studies in areas of high malaria transmission have shown that asymptomatic individuals infected with multiclonal infections are at reduced risk of febrile malaria during follow-up. Methods. We assessed the relationship between the genetic diversity of clones in P. falciparum infections that persist through the dry season and the subsequent risk of febrile malaria in 225 individuals aged 2-25 years in Mali, where the 6-month malaria and dry seasons are sharply demarcated. Polymerase chain reaction-based genotyping of the highly polymorphic merozoite surface protein 2 gene was performed on blood samples collected at 5 cross-sectional surveys. Results. In an age-adjusted analysis, individuals with multiclonal P. falciparum infections before the rainy season were at reduced risk of febrile malaria, compared with individuals who were uninfected (hazard ratio [HR], 0.28; 95% confidence interval [CI],. 11-.69). In contrast, there was no significant association between risk of malaria and having 1 clone at baseline (HR, 0.71; 95% CI,. 36-1.40). Conclusions. The results suggest that persistent multiclonal infections carried through the dry season contribute to protection against subsequent febrile malaria, possibly by maintaining protective immune responses that depend on ongoing parasite infection. © 2015 The Author.

Roszell B.R.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | Tao J.-Q.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | Yu K.J.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | Huang S.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | And 3 more authors.
American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology | Year: 2012

The Niemann-Pick C (NPC) pathway plays an essential role in the intracellular trafficking of cholesterol by facilitating the release of lipoprotein-derived sterol from the lumen of lysosomes. Regulation of cellular cholesterol homeostasis is of particular importance to lung alveolar type II cells because of the need for production of surfactant with an appropriate lipid composition. We performed microscopic and biochemical analysis of NPC proteins in isolated rat type II pneumocytes. NPC1 and NPC2 proteins were present in the lung, isolated type II cells in culture, and alveolar macrophages. The glycosylated and nonglycosylated forms of NPC1 were prominent in the lung and the lamellar body organelles. Immunocytochemical analysis of isolated type II pneumocytes showed localization of NPC1 to the limiting membrane of lamellar bodies. NPC2 and lysosomal acid lipase were found within these organelles, as confirmed by z-stack analysis of confocal images. All three proteins also were identified in small, lysosome-like vesicles. In the presence of serum, pharmacological inhibition of the NPC pathway with compound U18666A resulted in doubling of the cholesterol content of the type II cells. Filipin staining revealed a striking accumulation of cholesterol within lamellar bodies. Thus the NPC pathway functions to control cholesterol accumulation in lamellar bodies of type II pneumocytes and, thereby, may play a role in the regulation of surfactant cholesterol content. © 2012 the American Physiological Society.

Fisher A.B.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | Dodia C.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | Sorokina E.M.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | Li H.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Lipid Research | Year: 2016

The phospholipase A2 (PLA2) activity of peroxiredoxin (Prdx)6 has important physiological roles in the synthesis of lung surfactant and in the repair of peroxidized cell membranes. These functions require the activity of a lysophospholipid acyl transferase as a critical component of the phospholipid remodeling pathway. We now describe a lysophosphatidylcholine acyl transferase (LPCAT) activity for Prdx6 that showed a strong preference for lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) as the head group and for palmitoyl CoA in the acylation reaction. The calculated kinetic constants for acylation were Km 18 μ M and Vmax 30 nmol/min/mg protein; the Vmax was increased 25-fold by phosphorylation of the protein while Km was unchanged. Study of recombinant protein in vitro and in mouse pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells infected with a lentiviral vector construct indicated that amino acid D31 is crucial for LPCAT activity. A linear incorporation of labeled fatty acyl CoA into dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (PC) indicated that LPC generated by Prdx6 PLA2 activity remained bound to the enzyme for the reacylation reaction. Prdx6 is the first LPCAT enzyme with demonstrated cytoplasmic localization. Thus, Prdx6 is a complete enzyme comprising both PLA2 and LPCAT activities for the remodeling pathway of PC synthesis or for repair of membrane lipid peroxidation. Copyright © 2016 by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

Aydin D.,Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute | Aydin D.,University of Basel | Feychting M.,Institute for Environmental Medicine | Schuz J.,Danish Cancer Society | And 19 more authors.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Year: 2011

Background: It has been hypothesized that children and adolescents might be more vulnerable to possible health effects from mobile phone exposure than adults. We investigated whether mobile phone use is associated with brain tumor risk among children and adolescents. Methods: CEFALO is a multicenter case-control study conducted in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland that includes all children and adolescents aged 7-19 years who were diagnosed with a brain tumor between 2004 and 2008. We conducted interviews, in person, with 352 case patients (participation rate: 83%) and 646 control subjects (participation rate: 71%) and their parents. Control subjects were randomly selected from population registries and matched by age, sex, and geographical region. We asked about mobile phone use and included mobile phone operator records when available. Odds ratios (ORs) for brain tumor risk and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using conditional logistic regression models. Results: Regular users of mobile phones were not statistically significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with brain tumors compared with nonusers (OR = 1.36; 95% CI = 0.92 to 2.02). Children who started to use mobile phones at least 5 years ago were not at increased risk compared with those who had never regularly used mobile phones (OR = 1.26, 95% CI = 0.70 to 2.28). In a subset of study participants for whom operator recorded data were available, brain tumor risk was related to the time elapsed since the mobile phone subscription was started but not to amount of use. No increased risk of brain tumors was observed for brain areas receiving the highest amount of exposure. Conclusion: The absence of an exposure-response relationship either in terms of the amount of mobile phone use or by localization of the brain tumor argues against a causal association. © Oxford University Press 2011.

Silverpil E.,Gothenburg University | Wright A.K.,National Health Research Institute | Hansson M.,Gothenburg University | Jirholt P.,Gothenburg University | And 7 more authors.
Innate Immunity | Year: 2013

It is now established that IL-17 has a broad pro-inflammatory potential in mammalian host defense, in inflammatory disease and in autoimmunity, whereas little is known about its anti-inflammatory potential and inhibitory feedback mechanisms. Here, we examined whether IL-17A can inhibit the extracellular release of IL-23 protein, the upstream regulator of IL-17A producing lymphocyte subsets, that is released from macrophages during pulmonary inflammation. We characterized the effect of IL-17A on IL-23 release in several models of pulmonary inflammation, evaluated the presence of IL-17 receptor A (RA) and C (RC) on human alveolar macrophages and assessed the role of the Rho family GTPase Rac1 as a mediator of the effect of IL-17A on the release of IL-23 protein. In a model of sepsis-induced pneumonia, intravenous exposure to Staphylococcus aureus caused higher IL-23 protein concentrations in cell-free bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples from IL-17A knockout (KO) mice, compared with wild type (WT) control mice. In a model of Gram-negative airway infection, pre-treatment with a neutralizing anti-IL-17A Ab and subsequent intranasal (i.n.) exposure to LPS caused higher IL-23 and IL-17A protein concentrations in BAL samples compared with mice exposed to LPS, but pre-treated with an isotype control Ab. Moreover, i.n. exposure with IL-17A protein per se decreased IL- 23 protein concentrations in BAL samples. We detected IL-17RA and IL-17RC on human alveolar macrophages, and found that in vitro stimulation of these cells with IL-17A protein, after exposure to LPS, decreased IL-23 protein in conditioned medium, but not IL-23 p19 or p40 mRNA. This study indicates that IL-17A can partially inhibit the release of IL-23 protein during pulmonary inflammation, presumably by stimulating the here demonstrated receptor units IL-17RA and IL-17RC on alveolar macrophages. Hypothetically, the demonstrated mechanism may serve as negative feedback to protect from excessive IL-17A signaling and to control antibacterial host defense once it is activated. © 2013 The Author(s).

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