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Jarillo-Luna A.,National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico | Rivera-Aguilar V.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | Miliar-Garcia A.,Laboratorio Of Biologia Molecular
Immunology Letters | Year: 2010

Few reports exist on the differences in cell populations or immunological functions between the proximal and distal segments of the small intestine (SI). In the current contribution we analyzed the expression of the polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR) and alpha chains as well as the density of IgA-producing cells from the proximal and distal intestinal segments from Balb/c mice. Furthermore, by using real-time RT-PCR we quantified the expression of cytokines (TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-4 and TGF-β), Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR-4), and the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) involved in pIgR expression in intestinal epithelial cells (IEC). In this study, for the first time it has been demonstrated that the expression of the pIgR as well as alpha chain was greater in the proximal than the distal segment of the small intestine of normal mice. Moreover, we found striking differences in the expression of cytokines at the different intestinal compartments. Whereas the expression of TNF-α, IFN-γ and TGF-β was higher in lamina propria lymphocytes (LPL) of the distal than proximal segment, it was higher in IEC of the proximal than distal segment. In contrast, the expression of the gene for IL-4 was higher in the LPL of the proximal segment and the IEC of the distal segment. Although the overall expression of TNF-α, IL-4, IFN-γ and TGF-β was higher in the whole mucosa of the distal than proximal segment, we propose that cytokines produced by epithelial cells (TNF-α, IFN-γ and TGF-β) autocrinally up-regulate the expression of mRNA for the pIgR. Finally the expression of the GR was higher in the proximal segment, while the expression of the gene for TLR-4 was significantly higher in the IEC of the distal than proximal segment. The higher expression of pIgR found in the proximal segment is probably related to the effect on epithelial cells of the higher production of TNF-α, IFN-γ and TGF-β, as well as the higher expression of the glucocorticoid receptors. The increased expression of pIgR in the proximal segment appears primarily responsible for the increased secretory IgA levels in the small intestine of mice. These results confirm and extend previous findings supporting the compartmentalization of the intestinal immune system. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

Agudelo O.M.,University of Antioquia | Aristizabal B.H.,Laboratorio Of Biologia Molecular | Yanow S.K.,University of Alberta | Arango E.,University of Antioquia | And 2 more authors.
Malaria Journal | Year: 2014

Background: A large-scale study was set up in order to study the epidemiology, clinical aspects, and immunopathology of gestational and placental malaria in north-west Colombia. In this region, recent reports using a qPCR technique, confirmed frequencies of infection, by Plasmodium falciparum or Plasmodium vivax, up to 45%. Given the high rates of infection observed both in mother and placenta, a first exploratory study was proposed in order to characterize the effect on the inflammation status, tissue damage and hypoxia in Plasmodium spp. infected placentas. Methods. A descriptive, prospective, cross-sectional design was applied to pregnant women with (PM+) and without (PM-) placental malaria. Messenger RNA expression of Fas, FasL; COX-1, COX-2, HIF, VEGF, and the cytokines IL-2, IL-4, IL-10, IFN-γ and TNF, were measured in peripheral and placental blood using a quantitative PCR. The percentage of apoptotic cells was determined with a TUNEL assay. Results: In total 50 placentas were studied: 25 were positive for submicroscopic infection and 25 were negative for Plasmodium infection. Expression of IL-4 and IL-10 was observed high in placental tissue of PM+, while IL-2 was high in peripheral blood of the same group. Expression of TNF and IFNγ in peripheral blood of the PM + group was high. Similarly, the apoptotic index and Fas expression were significantly high in PM+. However, FasL expression was observed low in PM + compared to PM-. Inflammation markers (HIF, VEGF) and hypoxia markers (COX-1, COX-2) were high in the PM + group. Conclusion: During placental malaria expression of some pro-inflammatory cytokines is up-regulated and markers of hypoxia and tissue damage are increased in cases of submicroscopic infection. © 2014 Agudelo et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Source

Foxall R.B.,University of Lisbon | Albuquerque A.S.,University of Lisbon | Soares R.S.,University of Lisbon | Baptista A.P.,University of Lisbon | And 6 more authors.
AIDS | Year: 2011

Objective: The dynamics of CD4 + regulatory T cells (Treg) during HIV-1 infection remains unclear. To further investigate Treg in this context, we characterized, for the first time, this population in HIV-2-positive individuals. Although both HIV infections are associated with hyperimmune activation and CD4 + T-cell lymphopenia, most HIV-2-positive individuals display slower disease progression and low-to-undetectable viremia. DESIGN/Methods: Samples were obtained from cohorts of untreated HIV-2-positive and HIV-1-positive, treated HIV-1-positive and seronegative individuals. The proportion of CD4 + T cells bearing a Treg phenotype, defined in terms of high-level CD25 or Foxp3 expression, was assessed by flow cytometry and correlated with markers of disease progression. The proportions of naive and memory-like subsets as well as cycling cells were determined. Results: We observed an increased proportion of Treg, associated with disease progression, as well as increased proportions of cycling (Ki67) memory Treg, in untreated HIV-2-positive and HIV-1-positive individuals. We also noted an expansion of Treg that persisted over time in treated, immunologically discordant HIV-1-positive individuals, who, similarly to HIV-2-positive patients, present undetectable viremia and low CD4 + T-cell count. Conclusion: Overall, we demonstrated that Treg frequency was increased in all lymphopenic HIV-2-positive and HIV-1-positive individuals irrespective of the presence or absence of viremia or antiretroviral treatment. This, in turn, suggests that the observed alterations in Treg frequency in HIV/AIDS are more directly related to the degree of CD4 + depletion than to viremia. © 2011 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

Lax P.,National University of Cordoba | Rondan Duenas J.C.,Laboratorio Of Biologia Molecular | Gardenal C.N.,National University of Cordoba | Doucet M.E.,National University of Cordoba
Zoologica Scripta | Year: 2014

The plant-parasitic nematode Nacobbus aberrans sensu lato is an agricultural pest of quarantine importance. Due to the morphometric, physiological and genetic variability observed within the species, there is no agreement on the taxonomy of this nematode. The objective of this study was to analyse the ITS rDNA region and the D2-D3 expansion segments of 28S rDNA in 10 Argentine populations and one from Ecuador and to establish their phylogenetic relationship with other known sequences from South and North America. Phylogenetic trees of the ITS gene showed seven statistically well-supported clades; the high and significant Fst values obtained among these groups confirmed this partitioning. The Argentine populations here considered were separated into three clades: one comprising a population from the Andean region and two grouping nematodes from lower altitudes. Three other clades were distinguished for South American populations, which included known sequences of individuals from Peru, Bolivia and north of Argentina. The other clade included sequences from Mexico, Ecuador and two Argentine populations of unknown origin. The important degree of genetic divergence observed among Andean populations suggests that the Andes may have played a crucial role in speciation of Nacobbus, which would have originated in this region. Although D2-D3 segments exhibited lower variation, they were useful for establishing phylogenetic relationships among the Argentine populations considered in this work. As there are no other GenBank sequences available for these segments, it was not possible to make comparisons with other populations from South and North America. The considerable genetic differentiation observed in ITS rDNA region among Nacobbus populations showed evidence of cryptic species within the N. aberrans s.l. complex. Integration of morphological and morphometric studies and molecular analyses considering other genes may aid in the identification of species and their phylogenetic relationships within this genus. © 2013 The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Source

Sanz D.J.,Institute Biologia y Genetica Molecular | Acedo A.,Institute Biologia y Genetica Molecular | Infante M.,Institute Biologia y Genetica Molecular | Duran M.,Institute Biologia y Genetica Molecular | And 5 more authors.
Clinical Cancer Research | Year: 2010

Purpose: Most BRCA1/2 mutations are of unknown clinical relevance. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that there can be deleterious effects through the disruption of the splicing process. We have investigated the effect of aberrant splicing of BRCA1/2 on hereditary breast/ovarian cancer (HBOC). Experimental Design: DNA variants were analyzed with splicing prediction programs to select putative splicing mutations. Splicing assays of 57 genetic variants were done by lymphocyte reverse transcription-PCR and/or hybrid minigenes in HeLa and nontumor breast epithelial cells. Results: Twenty-four BRCA1/2 variants of Spanish HBOC patients were bioinformatically preselected. Functional assays showed that 12 variants induced anomalous splicing patterns, 6 of which accounted for 58.5% of BRCA1 families. To further evaluate the defective splicing of BRCA1/2, we analyzed 31 Breast Cancer Information Core Database (BIC) and two artificial variants that were generated by mutagenesis. Sixteen variants induced different degrees of aberrant splicing. Altogether, anomalous splicing was caused by 28 BRCA1/2 variants of all types, indicating that any DNA change can disrupt pre-mRNA processing. We show that a wide range of regulatory elements can be involved, including the canonical and cryptic splice sites, the polypyrimidine tract, and splicing enhancers/silencers. Twenty mutations were predicted to truncate the BRCA proteins and/or to delete essential domains, thus supporting a role in HBOC. Conclusions: An important fraction of DNA variants of BRCA1/2 presents splicing aberrations that may represent a relevant disease-causing mechanism in HBOC. The identification of splicing disruptions by functional assays is a valuable tool to discriminate between benign polymorphisms and pathogenic mutations. ©2010 AACR. Source

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