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The Lymphaticimmune System Protection With Clear Spring Water

The word, immune, literally means ''not serving (disease).'' The immune system, therefore, is an organ system that does ''not serve (disease),'' because it helps provide protection from it. Specifically, the immune system produces antibodies (AN-tih-bah-dees), chemicals that destroy foreign invaders, such as deadly bacteria (back-TEER-ee-uh). Because the lymph usually contains these chemical antibodies (and other protectors from disease), the lymphatic 0rgan System i and immune systems are often combined together as a single lymphatic-immune system.

Is there convincing evidence that the effect of a transfusion on immune function is harmful

Other prospective studies are less convincing in their findings, but there are overlapping transfusion triggers, and the patient populations differ. Some but not all observational studies have found that the number of transfused units is an independent risk factor for mortality and increased length of stay. Overall it must be said that the final word on the impact of transfusion on mortality has yet to be written. It should be noted that many countries now routinely perform leukoreduction on donated blood out of concern for the impact of transfusion on the recipient's immune function.

Reactions to Venom Immunotherapy

Systemic allergic reactions resulting from VIT are relatively uncommon, as compared with reactions that follow other types of allergen immunotherapy. However, because of the possibility of such reactions, it is important that VIT, as with other allergenic extracts, only be administered in the setting in which personnel and equipment are available for treatment of an anaphylactic reaction. Following such a reaction, the venom dose is

Essential Components Of An Effective Taspecific T Cellbased Immune Response

Although mechanisms of tumor-specific immunity and its role in the development and progression of cancer in man have been much debated, newer evidence suggest that the components necessary for mounting the anti-tumor immune response are present in cancer patients. Most of the immunization strategies, which have or are being tested in clinical trials today, share the common goal of inducing TA-specific CTL capable of lysing malignant cells. However, it should be stressed that TA-specific (CD8+) CTL and helper (CD4+) T cells as well as antibody-secreting B cells are essential for anti-tumor effector functions (5,7-10). Moreover, as in most chronic diseases, both non-specific and specific components of the host immune response play a role in the control of tumor growth and metastasis, with some components, e.g., natural killer (NK) cells, polymorphonuclear cells (PMN) and macrophages, thought to participate in the early phase of the response, prior to the appearance of T or B cells. It...

Tumor Escape And Future Approaches To Cancer Immunotherapy

Recent progress in tumor immunology has led to novel insights regarding the functions and interactions of immune cells (T, B, NK, M and DC) and the molecules expressed on these cells, which are linked to the development and efficacy of TA-specific immune responses. In addition, a better understanding of the molecular signals and mechanisms involved in the generation of productive immune responses in general has focused attention on those molecular events that occur or do not occur in the tumor microenvironment. The realization that immune cells undergo apoptosis in tumors has led to a search for the mechanism(s) responsible for this death and was instrumental in identifying the TNF family of receptors and ligands as instrumental in mediating tumor-induced apoptosis (165-167). This realization was prefaced by the recognition of the Fas FasL pathway and its role in maintaining the immune privilege at sites such as the anterior chamber of the eye, the brain, the testis or the thyroid...

Leptin and pathophysiology of the immune system

It seems to be generally accepted that leptin may be an important signal that connects energy stores with the immune system (3,5,10). In fact, leptin has been considered an indicator of nutritional status. Thus, falling leptin levels in starvation may alert the organism to avoid energy wasting and to seek energy storing. Therefore, the lack or decrease of leptin levels may play a role in the immunosuppression of starvation. In this context, leptin may serve to signal the organism to conserve energy by shutting down nonessential systems. Moreover, leptin might be not only a signal for the adaptation of starvation, but in addition, leptin could have played a role in selection, helping the better nourished to survive under starving conditions, allowing the defense against infection to those better prepared. The same immune deficiency observed in starvation has been found in human obesity syndromes caused by a deficiency of leptin production or leptin action (46). In addition, leptin...

Adaptive Immune Response

This provides long-lasting and specific protection against known pathogens. It has a high degree of antigen specificity and memory. The major agents of adaptive immunity are lymphocytes, antibodies, and other molecules they produce. The adaptive immune system, also called the acquired immune system, ensures that most mammals that survive an initial infection by a pathogen are generally immune to further illness caused by that same pathogen. This chapter describes specifically various techniques to study adaptive immune responses developed in mammals. The immune system operates throughout the body. However, there are certain sites where the cells of the immune system are organized into specific structures. These are classified as central lymphoid tissue (bone marrow, thymus) and peripheral lymphoid tissue (lymph nodes, spleen, mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue). The location of various lymphoid tissues in mice is shown in Fig. 6.1. Immune cells are formed in the bone marrow and are...

Humoral Immune System

Most antigens are complex and contain many different antigenic determinants, and the immune system usually responds by producing antibodies to several epitopes on the antigen. Hence, there is a heterogeneous serum (polyclonal) antibody response to an immunizing antigen.

Allergen Immunotherapy

Specific allergen immunotherapy provides a 50 reduction in medication and symptoms if sufficient doses of the major allergens are administered to significantly (epicutaneous or percutaneous positive skin tests) allergic subjects. This improvement is confirmed by the majority of controlled trials with immunotherapy in both seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis. Laboratory tests and challenge studies, in general, correlate with the clinical findings. The most consistent humoral change is an increase in specific IgG, with some studies showing a switch from specific IgG1 to IgG4 (Table 10). However, the many exceptions indicate that there is not a specific confir­ matory test to 1 Consider immunotherapy Advantages of allergen immunotherapy in addition to symptom improvement are that the treatment may reduce the future development of additional sensitivities and minimize the occurrence of asthma in subjects with allergic rhinitis. Pharmacotherapy is not likely to achieve these goals....

Humoral immune response

Insect humoral immune responses involve secretion of antimicrobial peptides by fat bodies that is functionally equivalent to the mammalian liver, into the hemolymph in response to challenges to the immune system. Most of our knowledge of the insect humoral immune response is derived from studies of Drosophila. To date, seven classes of antimicrobial peptides, including attacin, cecropin, defensin, diptericin, drosocin, dro-somycin, and metchnikowin, have been identified in Drosophila, and their expression has been found to be regulated by two NF-kB signaling pathways, Toll pathway and immune deficiency (Imd) pathway (reviewed by Bulet et al., 2004 Leclerc and Reichhart, 2004). The humoral signaling pathway is also triggered by the binding of PAMPs to PGRPs and GNBPs which is involved in the upstream infection recognition. The Toll pathway has long been recognized to be a critical signaling pathway during Grampositive bacterial and fungal infections. The Toll transduction cascade is...

Energy Balance and Immune Function

It is not appropriate here to review all the voluminous literature on human and animal obesity. However, certain topics are relevant to adipokines and immunological processes, including the action of endocrine controls of appetite and energy expenditure on immune function and the possible role of infection. Leptin was first identified as an adipocyte secretion that acts on the brain to regulate energy balance and lipid storage and was later shown to act on lymphoid cells in vitro (156). More recently, other appetite regulators, including adipophilin (157) and ghrelin (158), have been shown to act on various kinds of leukocytes, at least in vitro. The possibility of using leptin or other appetite regulators as antiobesity drugs has prompted intensive study of the interactions between mechanisms of energy storage and immune function (159,160). Unfortunately much of the data come only from depots of pure adipose tissue that do not incorporate lymphoid structures. In describing...

Post hoc findings from Ab immunotherapy clinical trials

Immunization with either Ap peptide or monoclonal antibodies raised against the Ap peptide is reported to block NP formation or to have a modest effect on reducing existing NP load in Ap-depositing transgenic mice 35 . Clinical trials involving active immunization with the Ap peptide were halted due to toxicity 36 . However, former subjects enrolled in the trial have continued to come to autopsy. Case studies suggested that some of these subjects may have experienced a lowering of amyloid load, yet showed a continuing decline in cognition 37 . These results have been used to argue that Ap deposition is not important in cognition. There are several caveats to this conclusion. First, these are uncontrolled post hoc analyses from an aborted clinical trial. Second, if there was in fact a clearance of amyloid load induced by an elevated titer of Ap antibodies, the timeframe over which this antibody titer formed and the clearance occurred is unknown. Third, it is not known in what temporal...

APCs In Initiation Of Mucosal Immune Responses

Antigens can be taken up across the epithelial linings of various mucosal tissues, and many of these tissues then generate robust sIgA responses. Most of our knowledge about this response has been gained from studies of gut-associated lymphoid tissue in rodents and of human tonsils. The major inductive sites of the mucosal immune system are follicles and organized aggregates of follicles, exemplified by Peyer's patches in the intestine and referred to generically as mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT). Antigens are often efficiently absorbed by specialized cells in the epithelium overlaying the MALT, the morphologically distinct M cells (37,38). In some cases dendritic cells extend processes between neighboring epithelial cells to sample antigens in the external milieu (39). Despite the well-developed conjunctival lymphoid follicles, however, most of the IgA+ plasma cells that populate the lacrimal glands appear to be generated in the gut or upper respiratory system, rather than...

Combined With Desensitization Immunotherapy

Desensitization immunotherapy is perhaps the most used treatment for patients with severe allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma, offering the possibility of creating a long-term remission with successful therapy. The major limiting factor of specific immunotherapy includes a limitation of dosage to assure safety. A growing interest among allergists is the use of anti-IgE to achieve both an attenuation of symptoms and a tolerable state for allowing accelerated or more vigorous regimens of immunotherapy.

Dynamic Monitoring Of Anticancer Immune Responses

Determine the occurrence of immune-induced cancer regression in humans (56). The introduction of gene profiling arrays is particularly suited to circumstances when little is known about a biological event to conceive plausible hypotheses. This is clearly the case of immune-mediate cancer rejection. We tested whether global transcript analysis could segregate lesions likely to respond to immunotherapy by obtaining FNA from subcutaneous melanoma metastases prior to immunotherapy (49). This work was based on a previous observation suggesting that cutaneous melanomas can be segregated into two distinct taxonomies based on global transcript analysis (57). Such observation stimulated the question of whether two disease pathologically defined as melanomas had a different biology and consequently, perhaps, different predisposition to respond to immune therapy. However, the original observation was based on the analysis of cell lines or tissue preparations that has been collected a long time...

Alcohol And The Immune System

NK cells are important because they play a role in natural immunity against tumor and infected cells. In fact, advanced aging is associated with functional impairment ofNK cells and increased susceptibility to nutritional deficiencies. Studies from human and experimental animals have proven that EtOH acts as a co-carcinogen, and suppression of the immune system has been considered as one mechanism by which EtOH could increase the incidence or progression of cancers 3 , like Kaposi's sarcoma. A recent report regarding HIV-related cancers compared cancer incidences in Zimbabwe, Africa between 1990-1992 to those in 1993-1995. It showed an increase in the incidence ofKaposi's sarcoma with a doubling of the rates in both men and women. A significant increase in the incidence of squamous cell tumours, as well as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in women was also observed 4 , Research shows a relationship between increased ethanol levels and a decrease in natural killer cells. Decreased natural killer...

Indications For Allergen Immunotherapy

Allergen avoidance, pharmacotherapy, and patient education form the basis for treating allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and asthma. Allergen immunotherapy is indicated for patients with these diseases who have demonstrated evidence of specific IgE antibodies to clinically relevant allergens and in whom environmental control and pharmacotherapy have failed. The absolute indication for prescribing allergen immunotherapy depends on the degree to which symptoms can be reduced by allergen avoidance, by medication and the amount, type, and length of time medications are required to control symptoms. Immunotherapy, when appropriate, should be used adjunctively with continued environmental control measures and appropriate pharmacotherapy. For stinging-insect-induced anaphylaxis, specific Hymenoptera venom immunotherapy is the treatment of choice. Controlled clinical studies demonstrate that allergen immunotherapy is effective for patients with respiratory allergies (Table 1). Immunotherapy...

Future Trends In Immunotherapy

New technology and advancement of knowledge in the basic mechanisms and patho-physiology of allergic diseases will completely change allergen immunotherapy in the future. These advances should result in new, safer, and substantially more effective methods of manipulating the human immune response. Several approaches may be used (1) novel delivery systems, such as sublingual immunotherapy (the World Health Organization accepts this type of immunotherapy as a valid alternative to the subcutaneous route for allergic rhinitis and asthma) (2) allergen fragments or peptides (devoid of anaphylactic potential) for active immunotherapy (3) IgE-binding haptens of major allergens for passive saturation of effector cells and induction of blocking antibodies (4) plasmid DNA immunization (5) allergen-specific antibodies and antibody fragments for passive therapy, i.e., to be used by inhalation into the nose or lungs and (6) immunotherapy with humanized anti-IgE monoclonal antibody (Xolair ), which...

Cellular immune response

The immune system is the recognition of pathogens and differentiation of nonself from self molecules. Once a microorganism is recognized as foreign, the immune system is activated to mount a defensive response to kill or eliminate the intruder. Insects lack immunoglobulin-based immune responses. The recognition of nonself is achieved by pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) that are germline-encoded immune proteins that recognize the pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) presented on the surface of microorganisms. There are two families of PRRs the pepti-doglycan recognition proteins (PGRPs) and the Gram-negative binding proteins (GNBPs). The binding of PAMPs to PGRPs and GNBPs activates the proteolytic cascades involving serine protease and serpins. These cascades trigger an intracellular humoral pathway that controls antimicrobial peptide expression and a variety of unspecific cell defense reactions including phagocytosis, nodule formation, encapsulation and melanization,...

Inflammation and Immune Response in Human Longevity

Aging is not synonymous with illness. However, aging does increase the risk for certain illnesses. Overall, elderly people have an increased rate of chronic disorders, infections, autoimmune disorders, and cancer. A significant part of this increased risk seems to be related to aging changes in the immune system. With age, the number of immune cells may decrease slightly. More important, the functioning of these cells declines. The cells are often less able to control illness than in earlier years. As a person ages, the immune system produces fewer antibodies. It also responds more slowly to injury, infection, or disease. Cells of the immune system can also lose their ability to tell the difference between normal and abnormal tissue. Accordingly, several studies have shown an association between in vitro T cell function and longevity, suggesting that a well-preserved immune system may be associated with extended longevity 83 . Therefore, centenarians are the best examples of...

The Adaptive Immune Response And The Lymphatic System

Lymphatic Organs

The human lymphatic system shown in Fig. 7.2 is part of the general circulatory system and plays a critical role in developing the immune response to the presence of foreign proteins in the body. When any protein that is not part of the vast protein repertoire making up the vertebrate host is presented to the immune system by an antigen-presenting cell (APC), both B-cell immunity (humoral immunity) and T-cell immunity (cell-mediated immunity CMI ) are mobilized. Such a foreign protein is usually termed an antigen and can be derived from an invading pathogen (virus, bacteria, or parasite), or it can be a novel cellular protein expressed as a result of abnormal growth properties of the cells a tumor antigen. In general, an antigen that is not part of a host's normal protein composition can be recognized by host's immune system as foreign and can become a target of the immune response. Lymphocytes are produced, differentiate, and mature in certain specialized tissues, including bone...

Leech immune responses contributions and biomedical applications

Leeches can use a variety of selected defense systems against nonself. Different antigens and immunization conditions lead to responses that may vary both quantitatively and qualitatively in fact some antigens can selectively stimulate proliferation and migration of immune cells, while others can induce phagocytosis and encapsulation. In addition Hirudo medicinalis can react to large and deep explanations through the induction of massive angiogenesis. Another interesting point about the variety of responses of the leech immune system regards first and second set graft rejection. Our data refer to all these topics and we speculate about the function of adopted defense systems in relation to various foreign antigens. The wound repair process in the class Hirudinea (Annelida) has received little attention and that of immune responses is even scarcer. This situation is probably referable to the absence of a true coelomic cavity in these organisms. Instead of a typical coelom as...

The Innate Immune Response Early Defense Against Pathogens

Local Immune Response

When a virus infects an immunologically nai've host, one might expect that initially the odds are in favor of the virus. After all, most viruses have relatively short replication cycles, resulting in the rapid release of hundreds of new virions from a single cell. While the body immediately starts mounting specific antibody and cellular immune responses, it takes time for enough virus-specific B and T cells to accumulate in high enough numbers (even locally) to destroy infected cells, and to prevent the infection from spreading to other host cells and tissues. The innate immune response, one of the most primitive and ancient arms of the immune system, plays a critical role in slowing the spread of virus at very early times after infection. This innate response buys the host the critical time it needs to develop the more specific adaptive immune response to control the infection (Fig. 7.1). Elements of the innate immune response were first identified in Drosophila mutants (Toll) that...

Mechanisms Underlying The Lack Of Correlation Between Clinical And Immune Responses

To date, a large number of TA-specific immunotherapy trials have been conducted in patients with malignant disease. It is clear from these studies that the various types of tumor vaccines i) have limited or no toxicity and ii) are able to induce TA-specific immune responses and or augment already established TA-specific immune responses in immunized patients. Nevertheless, the results of these studies have highlighted two challenges facing tumor immunologists and clinical oncologists. The first is the selection of the most effective immunotherapeutic strategy, since the various available strategies have not been systematically compared. Unfortunately, this information is not likely to become available in the near future given the prohibitive costs of clinical trials. The second is the understanding of why a TA-specific T cell-based immune response, which can be detected in a variable percentage of patients, is not paralleled by a clinical response in the majority of immunized...

Regulation of Interferong During Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses

Adaptive immunity 46 pathogens and for tumor control. However, aberrant IFN-g expression has been associated with a number of autoinflammatory and autoimmune diseases. This cytokine is produced predominantly by natural killer (NK) and natural killer T (NKT) cells as part of the innate immune response, and by Th1 CD4 and CD8 cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) effector T cells once antigen-specific immunity develops. Herein, we briefly review the functions of IFN-g, the cells that produce it, the cell extrinsic signals that induce its production and influence the differentiation of naive T cells into IFN-g-produc-ing effector T cells, and the signaling pathways and transcription factors that facilitate, induce, or repress production of this cytokine. We then review and discuss recent insights regarding the molecular regulation of IFN-g, focusing on work that has led to the identification and characterization of distal regulatory elements and epigenetic modifications with the IFN-g locus...

Strategies to Overcome the Humoral Immune Response

The humoral and cellular immune response to recombinant adenoviral vectors, as described in several animal models, result in extinction of transgene expression, severe local inflammation, and production of neutralizing antibodies that prevent readministration 59, 63, 64 . A direct correlation between neutralizing antibody and the block to readministration of vector has been established by passive transfer of immunity by sera from treated to naive animals 59 , One approach to enhance adenoviral-mediated gene transfer is to modulate the host immune response by immunosuppression of the recipient organism. In contrast cyclosporin (CSA) alone failed to reduce the production of neutralizing antibodies to cFIX in hemophilia B dogs but was effective at prolonging gene expression of FIX 64, 65 . CSA reportedly inhibits early events in T-cell activation such as activation of interleukin-2 gene expression 69 , which may explain why CSA most likely affected the cellular rather than the humoral...

Leptin modulation of adaptive immune response

Acute deficiency of leptin has a potent effect in the immune system, which is even higher than that observed in ob ob mice (genetic defect). Acute hypoleptinemic mice show a higher decrease in the total number of thymocytes, and double the number of apoptotic cells, than ob ob mice. Moreover, the acute deficiency of leptin also causes a decrease in splenic cellularity, which does not occur in ob ob mice, even though they have a smaller spleen than control mice (7). Both ob ob and db db mice show defects in cell-mediated immune response that lead to impaired reaction of delayed hypersensibility, suppression of skin allograft rejection, and inhibition of footpad swelling by recall antigens (5,40,41). (21), further suggesting the possible role of human leptin in the regulation of the immune system inducing a proinflammatory response.

Reasons For Lack Of Benefit From Immunotherapy

The reasons for lack of benefit from allergen immunotherapy include (1) inappropriate treatment with such therapy of non-IgE-mediated disease, such as chronic nonallergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis (2) utilization of low-potency allergen vaccines (3) administration of inadequate doses of allergen (4) ineffective environmental control resulting in continued excessive exposure, for example, to cat or dog dander (5) a coexistent medical problem, such as sinusitis and nasal polyps, which accounts for most of the Specific allergen immunotherapy is effective treatment for specific patients with allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma. Careful selection of the patient and the relevant allergen(s) for immunotherapy requires expertise and knowledge about the pathophysiology of allergic diseases and regional outdoor and indoor allergen sources. Allergen immunotherapy is indicated for symptomatic patients in whom an adequate trial of environmental control and avoidance and appropriate...

Earthworm humoral immune system interaction of hemolysins with lipid membranes requires sphingolipids

Introduction to the earthworm immune system arthropods, earthworms successfully survive in a hostile, soil environment, contaminated with bacteria, fungi, protozoa and other parasites. Moreover, they are substrate feeders with a relatively high intestinal uptake of soil living pathogens. However, their effective innate immune mechanisms allow survival. The segmentally divided coelomic cavity, filled with coelomic fluid, a protein-rich physiological medium that contains circulating coelomocytes and chloragocytes, is essential for earthworm immune functions. Coelomocytes participate in numerous cellular immune mechanisms like phagocytosis, granuloma and brown body formation, graft rejection as well as cytotoxicity 1-12 . coelomocytes 39-41 . Hi and H2 are secreted into the coelomic fluid. H3 could neither been shown neither for cell lysate nor in the coelomic fluid 24 hours after challenging the immune system by injecting foreign material. Secretion of Hi and H2 into the coelomic fluid...

Immunological Changes Induced By Allergen Immunotherapy

The commonly recognized immunological changes that occur secondary to successful allergen immunotherapy (Table 2) include (1) a rise in serum IgG- blocking antibody (2) blunting of the usual seasonal rise of IgE followed by a slow decline of IgE over the course of immunotherapy (3) increase in IgG- and IgA-blocking antibodies in the respiratory secretions (4) reduction in basophil reactivity and sensitivity to specific allergens (5) reduced production of inflammatory mediators during both early- and late-phase responses to allergen exposure (6) decreased mast cell numbers and eosinophil recruitment and (7) reduced lymphocyte responsiveness (proliferation and cytokine production) to specific allergens and a shift of T-cell subsets away from a TH2 type (producing IL-4 and IL-5) in favor of a THl-type T-lymphocyte response (interferon IFN-y ). The hallmark of asthma and allergic rhinitis is allergic inflammation of the mucosa and submucosa, predominantly caused by eosinophils. TH2...

Immune Escape

Tumor induced immune suppression and immune escape Mechanisms and Possible Solutions Abstract It has been a general experience that results of immunomonitoring of patients with malignant disease treated with active specific immunotherapy have poor, if any, predictive value. Furthermore, lack of clinical response and or recurrence of disease in spite of induction and or persistence of tumor antigen (TA)-specific immune responses appears to be the rule more than the exception in clinical trials. These disappointing results are likely to be caused, at least in part, by tumor cells' ability to evade immune recognition and destruction. In this paper after a description of the essential components required to generate an effective TA-specific T cell-based immune response, we have reviewed the potential mechanisms underlying the lack of correlation between immunological and clinical response in immunized patients. They include qualitative and or quantitative defects in the generation and...


Although allergen immunotherapy has been useful in some atopic conditions (i.e., allergic rhinitis), its role in the treatment of AD has been limited. In clinical practice, immunotherapy will frequently exacerbate the condition of AD rather than provide relief. Some clinicians advocate the use of immunotherapy, especially in older patients with significant aeroallergen hypersensitivity, but recommend initiating therapy with a much smaller dilution of allergen extract than in standard therapy for allergic rhinitis. The dose of extract needed to induce tolerance is often greater than the dose tolerated by the patient with AD, thereby precluding its use in most patients.

Immune System

The immune system is an intricate network of specialized cells and organs that defends your body against attacks by infectious microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and by larger invaders such as worms. The human body provides an ideal habitat for many microorganisms, both beneficial and harmful. When a harmful microorganism tries to enter the body, the immune system will attempt to block its entry. If that fails, the immune system will search out and destroy the invader. The immune system also has a role in allergies, autoimmune diseases, and controlling cancer. The immune system has several remarkable characteristics. When working properly, it can distinguish between the body's own cells and those that come from outside of the body. It also can remember previous exposures to certain microorganisms. For example, if you have had chickenpox, you usually will not develop it again because your immune system knows that you have already been exposed and will respond even...

Infection of an accidental target tissue leading to permanent damage despite efficient clearing

As outlined in Fig. 4.2, some viruses can target and damage an organ or organ system in such a way that recovery from infection does not lead to the infected individual's regaining full health despite generation of good immunity. A well-understood example is paralytic poliomyelitis. Poliovirus is a small enteric virus with an RNA genome (a picornavirus), and most infections (caused by ingestion of fecal contamination from an infected individual) are localized to the small intestine. Infections are often asymptomatic, but can lead to mild enteritis and diarrhea. The virus is introduced into the immune system by interaction with lymphatic tissue in the gut, and an effective immune response is mounted, leading to protection against reinfection.

Persistent viral infections

While persistent viral infections often indicate a long history of coevolution between virus and host, the lack of serious consequences to the vast majority of those infected does not mean that debilitating or lethal consequences are not possible. This is especially the case in situations where the immune system of the infected individual is compromised or has not yet developed. Some examples of persistent infections and the complications that can arise from these infections are shown in Fig. 4.2. Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) are thought by many investigators to result from an abnormal immune response to viral protein antigens continually present in the body due to a persistent infection. Such persistent infections need not result in the reappearance of infectious virus. For example, infection with measles virus usually leads to rash and recovery although portions of viral genomes and antigens persist in certain tissues, including neural tissue. The mechanism of...

Some Viral Infections Targeting Specific Organ Systems

While all the organ systems of the vertebrate host have important or vital functions in the organism's life, several play such critical roles that their disruption leads to serious consequences or death. Among these are the CNS with its influence on all aspects of behavior both innate and learned, the circulatory system, the immune system, and the liver. Virus infections of these systems are often life threatening to the individual, and the tissue damage resulting from infection can lead to permanent damage. For example, destruction of immune system cells targeted by HIV is the major symptom of AIDS and leads to death from opportunistic infections and neoplasms. Other viruses can cause as devastating a disease as HIV, but most viral infections are not invariably fatal. A consideration of some CNS and liver virus infections provides some interesting examples of both destructive and limited disease courses. Second, persistent infection is a complex process. It is, in part, the result of...

Cellmediated maintenance of the intra and intercellular environment

As discussed above, long periods of passage of cells in culture as well as mutations in the genetic information carried by cells can alter their growth properties. Such changes can take place within the animal leading to formation of a tumor, but usually this does not happen. This is because the vertebrate body and the cells comprising it have a number of check points that respond to genetic alterations of individual cells. This is a major function of MHC-I mediated antigen presentation. When an abnormal epitope from a genetically damaged protein, which would normally not be expressed, is presented at the surface of the cell it triggers the destruction of the cell by a cytotoxic T lymphocyte. This interaction leads to the death of the cell by the apoptotic pathway. As noted in Chapter 8, Part II, apoptosis is a consequence of the action of specific cellular genes that lead to a phased shutdown of cellular functions and cell death. The process has a protective function in the body by...

Influenza A epidemics

Since most immune protection against a viral infection is directed against surface components of any virus (the membrane glycoproteins in the case of influenza virus), one can predict that the antigenic properties of these surface proteins will change or drift over time. This drift is due to the random accumulation of amino acid changes (mutations), along with the slight selective advantage of a virus that has a surface protein not as efficiently recognized by the immune system as those of the virus that induced immunity in the first place. Such drift is found in many viruses and other pathogens.

Herpesvirus Replication And Latency The herpesviruses as a group

Infections with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV the prototype of beta-herpesviruses) are linked both to a form of infectious mononucleosis and to congenital infections of the nervous system. This virus can be devastating in individuals with impaired immune function, such as those suffering from AIDS or being clinically immune suppressed for organ transplantation. The two other lymphotropic herpesviruses the closely related beta-human herpesviruses-6 and -7 (HHV-6 and HHV-7) cause roseola, a generally mild early-childhood rash. With appropriate stress to those cells harboring virus along with stress to the host's immune system, the activity of critical components of the cell's transcriptional machinery is activated, and virus can reactivate from latently infected tissue. Provided host immunity is sufficiently suppressed, a generally milder version of the primary infection ensues. This reactivation results in virus being available for infection of immunologically naive hosts, and...

Virusmediated cytopathology changes in the biochemical properties of cells

Another major effect of virus infection is interaction between the infected cell and the host's immune system. As briefly outlined in Chapter 8, Part II, and more specifically in chapters describing specific viruses (Part IV), many viruses contain genes that function to specifically inhibit the production of interferon in the infected cell. Further, certain viruses, such as HSV, can specifically inhibit major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I)-mediated antigen presentation at the early stages of infection. Although eventually the cell will express viral antigens as infection proceeds, this early inhibition of antigen processing can provide the virus with a vital head start in its infection.

A mouse model for studying poxvirus infection and spread

Many of the models developed for the study of viral pathogenesis involve the use of mice. These animals have an excellent immune system, can be infected with many viruses adapted from human diseases, and are relatively inexpensive to use. Frank Fenner's studies on the pathogenesis of mouse pox carried out in the 1950s provided a classic model for experimental study of viral pathogenesis.

Acute infections followed by virus clearing Colds and respiratory infections

The epidemiology of influenza is an excellent model for the study of virus spread within a population. While symptoms can be severe, in part due to host factors, the virus infection is localized, and the virus is efficiently cleared from the host. Flu viruses have evolved unique mechanisms to ensure constant generation of genetic variants, and the constant appearance of new influenza virus serotypes leads to periodic epidemics of the disease. Some of these mechanisms are described in detail in Chapter 15, Part IV. The respiratory distress caused by most strains of flu virus is not particularly life threatening for healthy individuals, but poses a serious problem for older people and individuals with immune system or respiratory deficiencies. Some strains of the virus cause more severe symptoms with accompanying complications than others. At least one strain, the Spanish strain of 1918 (H1N1), caused a worldwide epidemic with extremely high mortality rates in the years immediately...

Viral and subviral diseases with long incubation periods

We have noted in Chapter 1 that while prions are not viruses, many of the principles developed for the study of viral diseases can be applied to study of the pathology of prion-associated diseases. The prion-caused encephalopathies are, perhaps, the extreme example of an infectious disease with a long incubation period. Periods ranging from 10 to 30 years between the time of exposure and onset of symptoms have been documented. Prion-induced encephalopathy does not lead to any detectable immune response or inflammation, probably because the prion is a host protein and the CNS is isolated from normal immune surveillance. The course of the disease is marked by a slow, progressive deterioration of brain tissue. Only when this deterioration is significant enough to lead to behavioral changes can the disease be discerned and diagnosed. No obvious treatment or vaccination strategy is available at this time for such a disease.

Strategies to Protect Against and Combat Viral Infection

Prevention of viral infection can be accomplished by application of public health measures to eliminate the spread of the virus or control its transmission, or it can be accomplished by making sure that there are no susceptible individuals available for the virus to infect. The latter can be accomplished by inducing immunity to infection. The specific application of appropriate antiviral drugs also can have a role in preventing virus infection. In addition, treatment of virus infection can utilize methods to encourage the body's own highly evolved antiviral mechanisms to deploy before virus infection leads to serious damage. Further, treatment can be mediated by specific antiviral agents designed to block one or another stage of virus replication in the host.

Factors affecting the control of viral disease in populations

Despite our considerable abilities, not all viral diseases can be readily controlled even under the most favorable economic and social conditions. Flu virus variants arise by genetic mixing of human and animal strains, and it is not practical to attempt a widespread vaccination campaign with so many variables. HIV remains associated with lymphatic tissue in infected individuals even when antiviral drugs effectively eliminate virus replication. The intimate association of HIV with the immune system may make vaccination campaigns only partially effective. The ability of herpesviruses to establish latent infections and to reactivate suggests that a completely effective vaccine may be difficult if not impossible to generate.

Antiviral vaccines

The term vaccinate against a virus means to administer, as a single or multiple dose, a nonpathogenic antigen (intact virus or virion subunit) to an animal or human such that the immune system of the individual responds by producing antibodies (humoral immunity) and in some cases, cell-mediated immunity directed against one, several, or all viral antigens. The successfully vaccinated individual retains an immunologic memory of the event. The mechanism of such immunity formation was described in Chapter 7.


It is becoming increasingly evident that primary cutaneous lymphomas represent distinct clinical and histopathological subtypes of extranodal lymphomas 1-7 . They can be defined as neoplasms of the immune system, characterized by a proliferation of either T or B lymphocytes which show a particular tropism for the skin. Extracutaneous spread with lymph node involvement can be observed during the course of the disease.

Bacterial Invasion of Host Cells

This book concerns the intimate association between bacteria and host cells. Many bacterial pathogens are able to invade and survive within cells at mucosal membranes. Remarkably, the bacteria themselves orchestrate this process through the exploitation of host cellular signal transduction pathways. Intracellular invasion can lead to disruption of host tissue integrity and perturbation of the immune system. An understanding of the molecular basis of bacterial invasion and of host cell adaptation to intracellular bacteria will provide fundamental insights into the pathophysiology of bacteria and the cell biology of the host. The book details specific examples of bacteria that are masters ofmanipulation ofeukaryotic cell signaling and relates these events to the broader context of host-pathogen interaction. Written by experts in the field, this book will be of interest to researchers and graduate students in microbiology, immunology, and biochemistry, as well as molecular medicine and...

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

(AIDS) A disease of humans caused by Human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) 1 and 2. Globally, more than 36 million people were infected by the year 2000. The incubation time from infection to development of AIDS appears to range from 6 to 13 years (median 10 years). AIDS is primarily a disease of the immune system so the infection usually results in a wide range of adverse immunological and clinical conditions. The extent of the disease is generally measured by the CD4+ lymphocyte count, and as the count declines to below 200 per microliter there is serious risk of AIDS-related complex (ARC), a syndrome involving opportunistic infections, such as recurrent bacterial infections, candidiasis, pulmonary tuberculosis, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, EBV-associated lymphoma, and Kaposi's sarcoma. The opportunistic infections (i.e. those caused by microorganisms that seldom cause disease in persons with normal defense mechanisms) and cancers resulting from immune deficiency are

An Overview of the Molecular Mechanism of Autophagy

Abstract Autophagy is a highly conserved cellular degradation process in which portions of cytosol and organelles are sequestered into a double-membrane vesicle, an autophagosome, and delivered into a degradative organelle, the vacuole lysosome, for breakdown and eventual recycling of the resulting macromolecules. This process relieves the cell from various stress conditions. Autophagy plays a critical role during cellular development and differentiation, functions in tumor suppression, and may be linked to life span extension. Autophagy also has diverse roles in innate and adaptive immunity, such as resistance to pathogen invasion. Substantial progress has been made in the identification of many autophagy-related (ATG) genes that are essential to drive this cellular process, including both selective and nonselective types of autophagy. Identification of the ATG genes in yeast, and the finding of orthologs in other organisms, reveals the conservation of the autophagic machinery in all...

Humans Live with Many Pathogens

Many microbes and viruses are found in and on our bodies (see Box 1-1). Some are beneficial others are harmful. Some pathogens only occasionally cause infectious symptoms. For example, Mycobacterium tuberculosis enters a dormant state in most persons it infects, with a minority of infected persons exhibiting symptoms. However, immune deficiency enables M. tuberculosis to exit dormancy and cause disease. Other serious diseases arise from microbes, such as the yeast Candida albicans, that ordinarily live harmlessly in or on humans. This organism causes vaginitis with healthy women and more serious disease with immune-compromised patients.

Prevention Of Infectious Diseases

If encounters do occur, medical strategies exist for minimizing the risk for disease development. One of the most effective methods is immunization. This practice takes advantage of the specificity and memory of the immune system. There are two basic approaches to immunization active and passive. With active immunization, modified antigens from pathogenic microorganisms are introduced into the body and cause an immune response. If or when the host encounters the pathogen in nature, the memory of the immune system will ensure minimal delay in the immune response, thus affording strong protection. Alternatively, with passive immunization antibodies against a particular pathogen have been produced in one host and are transferred to a second host where they provide temporary protection. The passage of maternal antibodies to the newborn is a key example of natural passive immunization. Active immunity is generally more long lasting because the immunized host's own immune response has been...

Antibiotic Resistance Protects Pathogens

Control of infection caused by a resistant pathogen requires higher doses or a different antibiotic. If neither requirement can be met, we have only our immune system for protection from lingering disease or even death. Indeed, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death in developed countries before the discovery of antibiotics. (They still account for one-third of all deaths worldwide.)

Mechanisms of Action of Antimicrobial Agents

In order to appreciate the mechanisms of resistance, it is important to understand how antimicrobial agents act. Antimicrobial agents act selectively on vital microbial functions with minimal effects or without affecting host functions. Different antimicrobial agents act in different ways. The understanding of these mechanisms as well as the chemical nature of the antimicrobial agents is crucial in the understanding of the ways how resistance against them develops. Broadly, antimicrobial agents may be described as either bacteriostatic or bactericidal. Bacteriostatic antimicrobial agents only inhibit the growth or multiplication of the bacteria giving the immune system of the host time to clear them from the system. Complete elimination of the bacteria in this case therefore is dependent on the competence of the immune system. Bactericidal agents kill the bacteria and therefore with or without a competent immune system of the host, the bacteria will be dead. However, the mechanism of...

Application of Association to SLE

Association studies are used to localize genetic effects and identify differences in the distribution of allele frequencies according to the phenotypic status within a population. To date, there have been numerous candidate genes studied with SLE. Efforts have focused on genes identified based on some theoretical or actual knowledge of disease mechanisms associated with biologic pathways implicated in SLE. Because the loss of immune tolerance to self-components is the basis of disease etiology, many genes encoding proteins with significant functions in the immune system have been considered as candidates. Several reviews (31-34) provide a comprehensive catalog of potential candidate genes. An updated list of candidate genes showing significant association with SLE is given in Table 1.

What causes the inflammation in the plaque

Macrophages monocytes from the blood stream that have been turned on by interacting with lymphocytes. Monocytes part of the human immune system that protects against infections and moves quickly to sites of infection. Monocytes are responsible for phagocytosis, or digestion, of foreign substances in the body. proteins made by the immune system to defend against infectious agents. At times, antibody may be directed against our own tissues, resulting in autoimmune disease. Antibody is produced when B-cells are stimulated by antigen.

Selection of Individuals

All individuals who have severe symptoms of anaphylaxis and have positive venom skin tests should receive VIT (Table 1). Children who have had very mild reactions with dermal symptoms only do not require therapy. Their families should be advised to keep epinephrine and antihistamines available. Adults who have had similar mild anaphylaxis can probably be treated in a similar fashion, but there is less evidence to support this practice in adults than in children. Currently VIT is still recommended for these adults. Those individuals who have had reactions of moderate intensity such as mild asthma, nausea, and urticaria, without serious life-threatening reactions, might also be treated without immunotherapy and with the availability of emergency medication. They are likely to have similar moderate reactions to subsequent stings. This decision is influenced by other factors such as risk of exposure, other disease processes, such as cardiac disease, and medication use. Following serum...

Cell Surface Receptors and Signal Transduction

The nuclear factor-B (NF-B) transcription factor and NF-B signaling pathways regulate many proteins of the immune system, proteins that inhibit apoptosis and proteins which promote cell survival and proliferation. Nuclear factor-B consists of various dimers of the Rel protein family Rel (c-Rel), RelA (p65), RelB, NF-B1 (p50 and its precursor p105), and NF-B2 (p52 and its precursor p100), of which the p50-p65 dimer is the most common. NF-B complexes bind to promoters to assist transcription in most situations, but homodimer complexes of p50 or p52 may inhibit transcription. Nuclear factor-B proteins are maintained in the cytoplasm in resting cells by associating with members of the inhibitory I.B family (I.B-a, I.B-P, and I.B-e).91-100

The Respiratory System Air Through Bags And Organ Sytem7 PIPES

The circulatory and lymphatic-immune systems are not the only organ systems in the human body that involve a series of hollow tubes. Important to include in this group is the respiratory (RES-pir-ah-tor-ee) system. As its name states, the respiratory system is the organ system responsible for respiration (res-pir-AY-shun) - ''the process of'' (-tion) ''breathing'' (spir) ''again'' (re-).

Generation Of Tumor Antigen Epitopes

Translated in the third alternative open reading frame (AORF), and a T cell epitope that was recognized by an HLA-A11 restricted, tumor reactive TIL was present within this AORF. A melanoma that expressed a p16INK4a transcript containing a 2 base pair exon 2 deletion that resulted in the translation of the this AORF was also recognized by the HLA-A11 restricted TIL. Frame-shifted CDKN2A products are expressed at high frequencies in certain tumor types (83, 84), and thus this represents a highly shared mutated epitope that could be utilized as a target for immunotherapy in patients bearing certain cancers.

Susceptibility to Infection

Poor countries, and the poorest people within them, bear the predominant infectious disease burden (Murray and Lopez, 1997). Diseases are more efficiently transmitted to people whose immune systems have been made less robust by malnutrition and chronic or repeated infection and who are less likely to have access to uncontaminated food and water. These hypersusceptible individuals become reservoirs for onward transmission to others in the population. In South Africa, an outbreak of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) began in the rural town of Tugela Ferry and took hold by infecting patients immunocompromised by HIV (Singh et al. 2007 XDR-TB strains are resistant to at least five anti-tuberculosis drugs, including isoniazid and rifampicin). HIV-positive patients succumbed so rapidly to infection that it very well might have burned out if it did not also spread to HIV-negative individuals, in particular health workers.

Future Avenues Of Investigation

Understanding the relationship of the immune system and autoimmune diseases to androgens. Although not discussed in the text, an important aspect of sexual dimorphism is that females are much more likely to develop autoimmune diseases than men. Further investigation is required to understand the role of physiological concentrations of androgens in the normal function of the immune system and possible protection against the development of autoimmune disorders (see ref. 71).

New Developments in the Study of Corticotropin Releasing Factor

Introduction - Corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) or hormone (CRH) is one of several neurohormones synthesized by specific hypothalamic nuclei in the brain and released into the portal system, which bathes the anterior pituitary. Here the peptide activates the transcription of the pro-opiomelanocortin gene resulting in release of ACTH and pendorphin from anterior pituitary cells. The fundamental role of CRF is to prepare the organism for an appropriate response to various stressors such as physical trauma, insults to the immune system and social interactions. CRF also has marked CNS effects by acting at higher centers in the brain, particularly cortical regions where there is a widespread distribution of CRF neurons. It is the hyper- or hyposensitivity of the system that can lead to human pathologies. Since this topic was last reviewed in Annual Reports (1), several other detailed accounts have appeared covering receptor structure and function (2), small molecule receptor...

Skewed Differentiation Lineages with

Perhaps owing to the overall decline of the immune system during aging briefly discussed above in the Introduction, stem cell transplantation studies have repeatedly shown that engraftment of the immune system is diminished and or delayed in the face of the enhanced production of myeloid cells, particularly granulocytes and monocytes macrophages (33, 54, 55). It is worth repeating that during the engraftment process, stem cell function is the net result of intrinsic and extrinsic influences. Cell-autonomous influences, discussed above, include genetic and epigenetic alterations as a function of age, whereas extrinsic influences are manifested via cytokines and other humoral influences but perhaps most importantly through incompletely understood close-range interactions with cells comprising the stem cell niche (56) in which stem cells reside. An example of a stem cell-intrinsic change affecting lymphopoiesis is the finding that human CD34+ cells show impaired ability to generate...

Antibiotics Are Selective Poisons

Whereas others also kill cells (cidal or lethal compounds). Some drugs are static with one pathogen and lethal with another. For example, rifampicin kills Mycobacterium tuberculosis but blocks only the growth of Escherichia coli at concentrations usually used. The distinction is important, because static drugs allow the microbes to resume growth when the compound disappears from the body. Fortunately, the human immune system is effective at reducing the number of pathogens in an infection consequently, static agents, such as tetracycline, can be effective treatments for some diseases. A second important feature is the molecular mechanism of antibiotic action. For example, agents that cause pathogens to break apart (lyse) cause the release of toxic microbial molecules into the patient. Those toxins can lengthen the time needed to recover from disease. A third issue is whether an antibiotic is a broad-spectrum agent or specialized for use with one pathogen species. For most treatment...

Immune Modulation of APL

A few studies have indicated that the immune system can contribute to control and eradication of APL in mice. Leukemias that arose in PML-RARA transgenic animals can be readily transplanted into immunodeficient or into histocompatible immunocompetent recipient animals. One indication that the immune system can block APL cell growth was the observation that 100fold fewer cells were required to transfer disease into SCID mice than were required for transfer into histocompatible immunocompetent mice (Pollock et al. 2005). A concordant study showed that liposomal ATRA (see below) was effective at inducing long-term remission in histocompatible immunocompetent mice engrafted with cathepsin G PML-RARA RARA-PML leukemias 88 of such mice treated with liposomal ATRA were alive at 1 year. In contrast, only 40 of SCID recipients experienced extended remissions (Westervelt et al. 2002). Thus, the adaptive immune system (T cells, B cells, or both) can cooperate with a targeted therapy to eradicate...

DNA Deamination in Immunity AID in the Context of Its Apobec Relatives

The activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) apolipoprotein B RNA-editing catalytic component (APOBEC) family is a vertebrate-restricted sub-grouping of a superfamily of zinc (Zn)-dependent deaminases that has members distributed throughout the biological world. AID and APOBEC2 are the oldest family members with APOBEC1 and the APOBEC3s being later arrivals restricted to placental mammals. Many AID APOBEC family members exhibit cytidine deaminase activity on polynucleotides, although in different physiological contexts. Here, we examine the AID APOBEC proteins in the context of the entire Zn-dependent deaminase superfamily. On the basis of secondary structure predictions, we propose that the cytosine and tRNA deaminases are likely to provide better structural paradigms for the AID APOBEC family than do the cytidine deaminases, to which they have conventionally been compared. These comparisons yield predictions concerning likely polynucleotide-interacting residues in AID APOBEC3s,...

The Cultural Perspective

Level.7, 8 Many American and French people seeking medical care because of cough and sputum production request to be treated by antibiotics by contrast, most Germans consider such treatment as unnecessary overmedication. French patients have one of the highest antibiotic demand indices in Europe, as shown in a pan-European survey.19 In that survey, France was the only European country where more than 50 of the interviewees expected an antibiotic for the treatment of flu. The latter, however, probably reflects lack of knowledge that antibiotics are not active against viruses rather than a cultural difference20 (Table 3.2). Conversely, acceptance of alternative medicine is high in Germany. Among 2111 Germans over 16 years of age, 83 had some sympathy for complementary medicine, whereas 40 disliked antibiotics because they could undermine natural immunity.8

Rationale for Using Quorum Sensing to Control Biofilm Formation

One can envisage different ways in which QS might influence biofilm formation. For example, QS-regulated functions might serve to initiate biofilm formation. Inducing concentrations of QS signals might precede starvation and other types of stress associated with crowded planktonic bacterial populations. To protect themselves from such types of stress, bacteria may form biofilms, a lifestyle that is characteristically more stress-resistant. Most biofilm systems have demonstrated enhanced resistance to external insults such as antibiotics, shear force, and the host immune system (Lewis 2001 Davies 2003 Jesaitis et al. 2003).

Small GTPase Activation and Epithelium Destruction

It is not clear how tissue damage affects the infection process, but it could be important for evasion of the immune system or access to deeper tissues or for favoring bacterial dissemination to another host. In any case, it is thought to be involved in H. pylori-triggered pathological symptoms associated with epithelium destruction such as peptic ulcer and could be involved in cancer development, as the morphological changes induced by H.pylori resemble the process of oncogenic transformation.

Box 33 Immune Modulators and Fungal Infections

The immune system is powerful, and sometimes it goes astray. For example, rheumatoid arthritis, a painful swelling of joints, involves the excessive action of tumor necrosis factor-a an important protein component of the immune system. Anti-inflammatory agents, such as corticosteroids, relieve the symptoms of arthritis. But they also weaken the defense against fungi. Because the current medicines never actually cure arthritis, they must be taken for life. That makes fungal infection a constant threat.

And Jos Santos Alvarez

Adipose tissue is no longer considered as a mere energy store, but an important endocrine organ that produces many signals in a tightly regulated manner. Leptin is one of the most important hormones secreted by the adipocyte, with a variety of physiological roles related with the control of metabolism and energy homeostasis. One of these functions is the connection between nutritional status and immune competence. Leptin's modulation of the immune system is exerted at the development, proliferation, anti-apoptotic, maturation, and activation levels. The role of leptin in regulating the immune response has been assessed in vitro as well as in clinical studies. Both the innate and adaptive immune responses are regulated by leptin. Every cell type involved in immunity can be modulated by leptin. In fact, leptin receptors have been found in neutrophils, monocytes, and lymphocytes, and the leptin receptor belongs to the family of class I cytokine receptors. Moreover, leptin activates...

Mechanisms For Protection Of Immune Cells And Prevention Of Tumor Escape

Immune escape mechanisms utilized by malignant cells represent major obstacles in the outcome of immunotherapy in patients with malignant disease because of their multifaceted nature. Therefore, there is a need to develop strategies to counteract the immune escape mechanisms utilized by malignant cells in order to enhance the efficacy of T-cell based immunotherapies. At present, various vaccination strategies are being evaluated in phase I clinical trials. In this regard, polyvalent vaccines may be preferable to monovalent vaccines, in order to counteract the selective loss of the target antigens. Moreover, polyvalent vaccines may lead to the activation of CD4+ T lymphocytes, which appear to be an important immune component in the eradication of tumor cells (148). The choice of multivalent vaccines is also supported by the reports of beneficial effects on the clinical course of the disease in the trials conducted in patients immunized with polyvalent vaccines (149-153). However,...

Leptin modulation of innate immunity

Fact, leptin receptor (Ob-R) shows sequence homology to members of the class I cytokine receptor (gp130) superfamily (12), which includes the receptor for IL-6, LIF, and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF). Moreover, Ob-R has been shown to have the signalling capabilities of IL-6-type cytokine receptors (13) this is detailed later in this chapter. In this context, a role for leptin in the regulation of innate immunity has been proposed (10,14). Figure 1 summarizes the role of leptin modulating the function of cells involved in both innate and adaptive immunity. Consistent with this role of leptin in the mechanisms of immune response and host defense, circulating leptin levels are increased upon infectious and inflammatory stimuli such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), turpentine, and cytokines (15,16). On the other hand, unlike other members of the IL-6 family, it is not clear that leptin may induce the expression of acute phase proteins, and contradictory data have been provided...

Leptin Regulation of Monocytes Macrophages

Studies of rodents with genetic abnormalities in leptin or leptin receptors revealed obesity-related deficits in macrophage phagocytosis and the expression of proinflamma-tory cytokines both in vivo and in vitro, whereas exogenous leptin upregulated both phagocytosis and the production of cytokines (18). Furthermore, phenotypic abnormalities in macrophages from leptin-deficient, obese mice have beeen found (19). More important, leptin deficiency increases susceptibility to infectious and inflammatory stimuli and is associated with dysregulation of cytokine production (16). More specifically, murine leptin deficiency alters Kupffer cell production of cytokines that regulate the innate immune system. In this context, leptin levels increase acutely during infection and inflammation, and may represent a protective component of the host response to inflammation (20).

Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness

One of the absolute features of asthma is exaggerated nonspecific airway reactivity to a variety of irritating stimuli. Thus, asthmatics develop airway obstruction in response to natural exposures (cold air, exercise, irritating chemicals, laughing, and coughing) or to provocations in the laboratory (histamine, methacholine, cold air hyperventilation) (Table 9). Airway hyperresponsiveness is found universally in asthmatics, in a portion of subjects with chronic bronchitis, in some subjects with allergic rhinitis, and in 3-8 of otherwise normal subjects. There is a close correlation between the degree of increased responsiveness and disease severity patients with the most reactive airways often require oral CCSs for control, whereas milder degrees of abnormality predict the requirement for fewer medications. Hyperresponsiveness increases after allergen exposure, late-phase allergic reactions, viral infections (especially influenza-type infections), and ozone exposure. Conversely,...

Development of Regulations

Each regulated contaminant has a non-enforceable health goal, or maximum contaminant level goal (MCLG), and an enforceable limit, or maximum contaminant level (MCL). An MCLG is established at the level of a contaminant in drinking water for which there is no known or expected health risk. The MCLG is set at zero for microbial pathogens as well as for chemicals that may cause cancer through a nonthreshold mechanism of action. If there is evidence that a carcinogen may exhibit a threshold below which cancer may not occur, the MCLG is set at a level above zero that is considered to pose no risk. For chemicals that are of concern due to the potential for adverse health effects other than cancer, the MCLG is based on the calculation of a reference dose (RfD). The RfD is an estimate of the amount of a chemical that a person can be exposed to on a daily basis that is not anticipated to cause adverse health effects over a person's lifetime. The reference dose is converted into a drinking...

Material to be transferred between the cells

In a multicellular organism there are not just two cells, or two kinds of cells, but many. They talk to one another and direct each other's activities. Details of these cell-cell interactions are being uncovered in many areas of research, including embryo development and immunology. Embryo development and the immune system provide dramatic illustrations of the complexity of cell-cell interactions. The three-way dialogue we have outlined in this chapter is manifested less dramatically elsewhere, but it is fundamental to multicellular life. At the whole-body level, homeostasis (chapter 6) depends on cell-cell communications of the sort we have touched on here. Cells respond to signals from one another. Thus, homeostasis is extended from the single cell, as described in chapters 6 and 8, to the vast multicellular assemblies that constitute organisms such as ourselves.

How Yersinia escapes the host To Yop or not to

The genus Yersinia contains three species of Gram-negative bacteria that are pathogenic for humans Y. pestis, the agent of bubonic plague Y. pseudotuberculosis, causing mesenteric adenitis and septicemia and Y. enterocolitica, causing gastrointestinal syndromes (enteritis and mesenteric lymphadenitis). Bacteria from these three species have a tropism for lymphoid tissues and share the common capacity to resist the innate immune response. Whereas Y. pestis is generally inoculated by a fleabite or aerosol, Y. enterocolitica and Y. pseudotuberculosis are foodborne pathogens, which gain access to the underlying lymphoid tissue (e.g., Peyer's patches) of the intestinal mucosa through M cells (Fig. 3.1 see Autenrieth and Firsching, 1996 Perry and Fetherston, 1997). Once Yersinia has entered the lymphoid system, it overcomes the primary immune response of the host by using the type III secretion system (TTSS) (Cornelis et al., 1998 Cornelis, 2002). TTSS is a sophisticated virulence mechanism...

Treatment Strategies Have Been Determined Empirically

For many years, empiric therapy has been an effective approach, largely because most infecting pathogens were susceptible to the therapies and because most patients had strong immune systems that removed microbes. Moreover, empiric therapy can be initiated quickly, which is important with rapidly growing bacteria, and it costs little when no lab test is performed. But the causative agent is not identified, and we learn little about pathogen susceptibility. Consequently, patients sometimes receive ineffective agents. Other negative effects of broad-spectrum agents are also appearing. One arises from blocking the growth of some commensal bacteria, because this allows others to overgrow. We are now beginning to view human bodies as being equivalent to tropical rain forests for microbes, providing a multitude of ecological niches for tens of thousands of different species (see Box 4-1). We cannot always predict effects arising from perturbation of the ecosystem caused by antibiotic...

Pathophysiology And Specific

The symptoms of allergic rhinitis are a composite of the effects of mediators on receptors, for example, histamine with H1 receptor or leukotrienes (LTD4 specifically) with cysteinyl-leukotriene receptor 1, and of cell recruitment with inflammation. The mediators released from mast cells are responsible for the acute symptoms of allergic rhinitis, primarily itching and sneezing (Table 3, Fig. 2). The inflammation is primarily a result of eosinophil immigration, activation, and persistence, largely due to factors released by the mast cell. The mast cell degranulates when high-affinity immunoglo-bulin (Ig)E receptors are crosslinked by antigen (allergen). IgE specific for a causal allergen is bound to the mast cell, enabling the triggering of degranulation on exposure to the allergen. The production of specific IgE is a result of the complex interaction of genetic predisposition and the environment. Exposure to environmental allergens, which is a risk factor for sensitization, does not...

Channel catfish herpesvirus CCHV

Chemokines A class of cytokines with cell-specific chemoattractant and other activating activity for various cell-types within the immune system. Divided into two types. The alpha-cytokines such as interleukin 8 and macrophage inflammatory protein (MIP) 2 act primarily upon neutrophil leukocytes. The beta-chemokines such as monocyte chemotactic protein (MCP) and RANTES (regulation upon activation normal T-cell expressed and secreted) act on monocytes and macrophages.

Direct role of leptin on tcell activation in intestinal inflammation

Leptin has primarily been described as a regulator of appetite that exerts its regulatory function via a negative feedback mechanism in the hypothalamus (31). Because of this systemic effect of leptin it was necessary to evaluate whether the alterations in the immune system in ob ob mice are induced by a central effect of leptin or whether leptin can directly act on cells in the periphery. The in vitro data described in the introduction strongly suggested that leptin in fact can directly stimulate T-cells as well as epithelial cells (14,25). In line with these results, data from our own group indicated that leptin exerts direct stimulatory effects on intraepithelial lymphocytes as well as LPMC in vitro (32). However, in vivo data were lacking. In order to approach this question in vivo, the CD4+CD45Rbhigh transfer model of colitis was chosen. In this model, na ve T-cells, characterized by the CD4+CD45Rbhigh phenotype, are transferred into mice with severe combined immunodeficiency...

Box 44 PKPD Indices for Estimating Effective Dose

Patients differ with respect to the amount of drug present in the body for a given dose and in the susceptibility of the infecting agent. Consequently, finding the minimal dose likely to cure most patients is not straightforward. One strategy is to determine a pharmacodynamic (exposure) target (AUC24 MIC) for obtaining cure using a laboratory animal infection model. Then pharmacokinetic measurements (AuC24) are made with large numbers of persons using a given dose, and susceptibility measurements (MIC) are made with a large number of pathogen isolates. Then these two numbers are combined mathematically using a procedure called a Monte Carlo simulation. The output is an estimate of the fraction of patients expected to achieve the target PK PD index (exposure) for the particular dose. (If the target represents favorable outcome, the Monte Carlo simulation indicates the percentage of treated patients likely to experience the favorable outcome.) That percentage of patients can be...

Influence of leptin on antigen processing and presenting cells

Although T-cells are key players in the development and persistence of intestinal inflammation, these cells from the adaptive immune system rely on support by antigen processing and presenting cells for activation. As mentioned previously, OB-R isoforms are expressed on a variety of cell types, including macrophages monocytes. A study using ob ob mice in the experimental infection model of Gram-negative pneumonia has shown that in the absence of leptin signaling the phagocytic capacity, as well as the production of leukotrienes, is reduced in alveolar macrophages (43). Furthermore, in vitro studies have demonstrated that leptin enhances survival of monocytes in a concentration-dependent manner (44,45). Macrophages monocytes are sensitive to leptin stimulation, In summary, these studies suggest that leptin not only affects effector cells from the adaptive immunes system directly, but also positively influences the activity and survival of a variety of antigen-presenting cells (Table...

Origin of Virulence Strains and Species

A bacterial pathogen is defined as a microbe capable of causing host damage that results from either direct bacterial actions or from the host immune response to infection. There are many properties of a bacterium that can determine whether or not it will be a pathogen. As well as the production of a virulence factor, bacteria may need to infect the host or at least establish close contact and avoid host defenses. A pathogen may evolve from a commensal bacterium or a nonpathogen through various genetic mechanisms such as the acquisition of virulence genes by HGT, major genomic deletions, genomic rearrangements, or point mutations. Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma are two genera members of the taxonomic class of Mollicutes. Mycoplasmas, like all mollicutes, are bacteria that do not have a cell wall. Mycoplasma spp are all obligate parasites of various hosts and have a small genome, generally between 0.6 and 1.4 Mb. At least five species of Mycoplasma (M. pneumoniae, M. genitalium, M. hominis,...

Spontaneous intestinal inflammation

Despite the important observations described above, the role of leptin in regulating inflammatory or autoimmune responses developing spontaneously as a result of alterations in the immune system a situation that more closely reflects human autoimmune disease has not been studied in great detail. The only published study about this topic demonstrates that in the nonobese diabetic model of type 1 diabetes, administration of exogenous leptin accelerates destruction of insulin-producing P-cells and promotes an increased production of IFN-y (47). Concerning intestinal inflammation, it has been demonstrated that IL-2- - mice that develop colitis spontaneously have increased leptin serum concentrations (28).

Definitions of Antimalarial Drug Resistance

In areas where malaria is endemic, partial immunity against the most severe forms of disease (death and severe disease) is progressively acquired (Gupta et al. 1999), followed by a protection against clinical episodes and finally a suppression of the parasitemia to low or undetectable levels. Such protection requires a continued booster effect, not conferring, however, a sterilising immunity, as individuals may get infected despite not developing clinical symptoms. Acquired immunity plays a central role in preventing the emergence and spread of resistance in high-transmission settings, as it reduces the parasite burden, which is a well-known determinant of antimalarial effectiveness. This phenomenon may partially explain the relative late increase in resistance in highly endemic areas like sub-Saharan Africa. In such settings, the immune system removes the parasites that have not been adequately tackled by the antimalarial drug. This explains why infections treated with inefficient...

Prophylaxis Preempts Disease

Many people without disease, because they exhibit a positive reaction to a TB skin test. (The presence of the bacterium causes an immune response.) In these persons, the bacterium appears to have been forced into a dormant state. Because a subsequent loss of immune function is likely to permit the dormant bacteria to grow and cause active disease, the medical community deems it prudent to treat persons exhibiting a positive skin test, even in the absence of disease. The number of infecting M. tuberculosis cells is expected to be low, which has led to the idea that single-drug therapy would be adequate. (Tuberculosis therapy usually involves a four-drug cocktail.) Prophylatic isoniazid treatment is commonly administered for 9 months.

Detection of Drug Resistance

Trained personnel and require expensive laboratory equipment, making them more difficult to apply in the field. Results obtained are difficult to interpret, as the correlation of in vitro response with clinical response in patients is not clear-cut. This correlation depends on the level of acquired immunity within the population being tested. Moreover, previous antimalarial treatments taken by the patient in the days preceding the sample may delay or impede parasite's growth. Some prodrugs, like proguanil, which require host conversion into active metabolites, cannot be tested, and neither can drugs that require some level of synergism with the patient's immune system. Despite these limitations, the in vitro tests remain useful to test drugs that are new and have not been used previously, and they should be considered in the front line of resistance monitoring for artemisinins and ACTs (Laufer et al. 2007).

Databases and Methods

Following a basic genome analysis (Tables 2.1 and 2.2), specific knowledge and database material (Table 2.3) are added for the detailed analysis of (i) apicomplexan genomes (ii) transmission vectors and (iii) the human host. Notably, the api-complexan biology reveals interesting basic differences from the human host, including different organelles and membranes. These represent clear advantages for drug development, such as the specific trans-splicing that occurs in trypano-somes. Moreover, some organelles do not occur in the human host, such as the glycosome 16 . On the other hand, the apicomplexans have also evolved specific strategies for host immune escape, an example being the well-known surface antigen turncoat strategy in trypanosomes. Although this active immune evasion by api-complexans comes in different flavors, it provides real challenges for a number of therapeutic strategies, such as vaccine development.

Cancer Vaccines That Elicit

Dendritic cells are key to induction of CD8 T-cell responses to tumors. DC are attracted to tumor sites by cytokines released either by the tumor itself, or nearby DC, NK cells or other elements of the innate immune system. After ingestion of potentially antigenic material, the DC migrate to nearby lymph nodes where they in turn activate CD4 and CD8 T cells to peptides displayed on their MHC molecules (94, 95). Peptide-presenting DC can be prepared in the laboratory either by peptide pulsing or by transfection with cDNA encoding key peptides. It is also possible to present larger antigenic protein structures to DC, and allow them to process these naturally into peptides for MHC loading. A promising recent approach involves introducing tumor antigen genes into hematopoietic stem cells, and then infusing these back into mice where they travel to bone marrow and produce antigen-laden DC. The advantage is better homing of such cells to lymph tissues where they can interact with T cells...

Host Defense Mechanisms

A virus causes infection by invading host cells, multiplying new virions, and exiting the host cell to attack others. As part of their survival strategies, hosts have evolved effective mechanisms to defend against viral invaders by employing multifaceted immune responses. Virulence and pathogenesis are the consequences of the complex interactions between the infecting virus and host immunity. Vertebrates deal with viral infections by two types of immune responses, innate nonspecific and adaptive specific responses. The innate immune response is a rapid response to prevent the spread of viruses during the early phase of the invasion. The innate immune response includes synthesis of interferons to inhibit virus replication and the induction of natural killer (NK) cells to lyse virus infected cells. The adaptive immune response has two components, the humoral and cell-mediated responses. The humoral response attacks viruses when they are present in the host's circulation by...

Inhibition of the inflammatory response and induction of apoptosis

One of the key mediators of microbe detection is the Toll-like receptor (TLR) family, which plays an important role in signaling toward inflammation and apoptosis (Akira et al., 2001 Imler and Hoffmann, 2001). Ten mammalian TLRs now have been identified. Five of them (TLR2, TLR4, TLR5, TLR6, and TLR9) have been shown to respond to an array of different microbial components, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), lipopep-tides, peptidoglycans (PGNs), lipoteichoic acid (LTA), flagellin, and CpG motifs in DNA. By using a combination of different invariant TLRs, the immune system can recognize a broad spectrum of pathogens. Stimulation of TLR2 and TLR4 leads to the recruitment of the adaptor molecule MyD88 and the serine kinase IL-1-receptor-associated kinase (IRAK see Underhill and Ozinsky, 2002b). Together with TRAF-6, this multiprotein assembly mediates the activation of (i) the IkB kinase (IKK) complex, which leads to activation of the nuclear factor kB (NF-kB), and (ii) the...

P2y Receptor Structure And Function

The distribution of P2Y receptors is broad, and the therapeutic interests include antithrombotic therapy, modulation of the immune system, diabetes, and treatment of cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary diseases. Other receptors classified as P2Y receptors without sequence information include a putative dinucleotide receptor (24). P2Yi2, stimulation of which is an important pro-aggregatory signal in platelets, and P2Yi3 receptors belong to a structurally distinct cluster of P2Y receptor sequences (2527). A UDP-glucose receptor has been cloned and found to have a sequence more similar to the P2Yi2 and P2Yi3 receptors than other subtypes (26). Some recently reported orphan receptors have been noted to contain ligand recognition elements previously identified for P2Yi receptors (23,29).

Symptoms And Signs

The incubation period is usually 2-3 weeks. Typically, the patient develops slight moderate fever some days before swelling of the salivary glands, mostly the parotid glands. In about 80 of the cases there is a bilateral swelling, appearing within an interval of one or several days. A continuous swelling involving the salivary glands, the jaw region and lateral aspects of the neck is not uncommon. The patient complains of oral dryness and painful chewing, and occasionally there is trismus. Oedema and redness around the opening of the Stensen's duct are frequently seen. Mumps that remains located symptomatically to the salivary glands is considered uncomplicated and recovery is usually complete within 1 week or less. Asymptomatic infections are common (at least 20-30 ), particularly in early childhood. Differential diagnosis. Mononucleosis or bacterial infections of oropharynx, sialoadenitis (anomalies of the glandular duct, immune deficiency), other viral infections of salivary glands...

Colonylevel defense

Additionally, honey bees improve their resistance to disease infections by producing antimicrobial substances in their hive products. Propolis is a resinous substance collected from tree sap or other plant sources and then mixed with wax by honey bees. Propolis has been identified to be rich in a group of biologically active antioxidants called flavonoids, which promote natural immunity and cell regeneration (Greeneway et al., 1990). It has been shown that propolis not only functions as a cement to seal nest cracks or cavities but also has antimicrobial properties that help the hive block out viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms (Kujumgiev et al., 1999 Miorin et al., 2003). Another important feature of honey bees' natural defense is the antimicrobial activity of colony food, including honey, pollen, and royal jelly. The antibiotic agents (also called inhibin ) inhibit the development of bacteria and fungi in stored food (Burgett, 1997).

APOBEC3s DNA Deaminases Active in Viral Restriction

The latest arrivals in the AID APOBEC family are the APOBEC3s. These are the only other AID APOBECs family members that are known to act in vivo to deaminate cytidine in DNA. Like AID, they appear to have an important role in the immune system. While AID targets endogenous DNA (the immunoglobulin genes) to generate antibody diversity in the adaptive immune system, APOBEC3s function in the innate immune system where they attack retroviral replication intermediates. The APOBEC3s provide an interesting comparison to AID in the context of targeted DNA deamination in immunity and therefore merit more detailed discussion.

Vif and the Identification of a Host Restriction Factor for HIV1

In the years following the identification of HIV as the causative agent of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) (Barr -Sinoussi et al., 1983 Gallo et al., 1983), the function of most of HIV's nine genes was rapidly identified. The function of HIV-1 vif gene product (virion infectivity factor), however, long remained elusive. Vifencodes a 23-kDa protein that is essential under physiological conditions for the production of infectious virions from the integrated HIV provirus. It was soon discovered, however, that Vif was not required for the production of infectious particles in various laboratory T-cell lines (Gabuzda et al., 1992). T-cell lines could then be segregated in two categories depending if they were permissive or nonpermissive for the production of infectious HIV particles in the absence of a functional vif gene. Since the expression of Vif is essential only in the virus producer cell, it was then speculated that nonpermissive T cells either lacked an essential...

Therapy And Prophylaxis

There is no specific chemotherapy available, and high-titred immunoglobulin has no proven therapeutic effect. In cases of meningitis the patient should remain in bed and analgesics, antipyretics and antiemetics should be provided as needed. Similar symptomatic treatment is instituted for orchitis, which in addition may require a mechanical support, local cooling (ice bags) and possibly systemic corticosteroids. Prophylactic use of specific immunoglobulin has no documented effect. Safe and effective live attenuated vaccine based on virus from chick embryo fibroblasts provides more than 90 protection for at least 10 years following one single injection. Mild side-effects (low-grade fever, local tenderness) are occasionally seen. On very rare occasions such vaccine strains may cause a mild meningitis. Mumps vaccine, either as a monovalent or a combined trivalent vaccine with measles and rubella (MMR), may be offered at the age of 15-24 months, followed by a second injection at...

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