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Targets of Immunotherapy

The complexity of the immune system presents many legitimate targets for the induction of an immune response. One aspect of the innate immune system present throughout the body, including the prostate epithelium and stroma, is the presence of toll-like receptors (TLR). TLRs are capable of recognizing foreign antigens and act as molecules with pattern recognition capabilities and may be soluble or cell-associated receptors. Pattern recognition receptors (PRR) are extracellular or present on cell membranes and target microbes or components in tissue fluids and blood. Typically, signals transduced through a TLR result in transcriptional activation, synthesis, and secretion of cytokines. This signaling process results in the activation of antigen presenting cells, all of which are involved in or promote inflammation.2 For instance, TLR-5 mRNA is found in the prostate, testis, ovaries, and leukocytes. TLR-5 interacts with microbial lipoproteins leading to nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kB)...

The Immune System

The main function of the immune system is protection from foreign organisms and substances. Its key strategy is to distinguish self from non-self, and to eliminate the foreign. An antigen is any substance (usually foreign) that can combine with an antibody specific for it. Antibodies are immunoglobulin proteins that combine with (usually) foreign molecules (the antigens) and are specific for the particular antigen. Although much attention has focused on highly specific defense molecules, such as antibodies, much defense occurs through less specific mechanisms that arose prior to the time that antibodies evolved, and which still persist today as vital components of the specific immune response. These less specific mechanisms are called natural immunity, as opposed to the more specific adaptive immunity of antibodies and like molecules. Fig. 8-1. Actors in the immune response Natural immunity, apart from obvious mechanisms such as stomach acidity and the physical barrier of the skin,...

HIV infections and acquired immune deficiency syndrome AIDS

During the past two decades, the world has been affected by the massive infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which causes the clinical syndrome of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The aetiological agents of the disease are strains of two related retroviruses, human immunodeficiency viruses HIV-1 and HIV-2. The full-blown clinical picture of AIDS is characterized by the occurrence of otherwise unexplained opportunistic infections (i.e. infections with organisms, normally benign in healthy individuals, but which cause severe pathology in persons whose immune systems are depressed), certain cancers (notably Kaposi's sarcoma), and neurological manifestations including dementia. An intermediate phase, the AIDS-related complex (ARC), includes fever, loss of weight and persistent lymphadenopathy. The immune deficiency in this disease results mainly from reduction in the number of T4 lymphocytes, the helper T cells. The T4 cell count has been used as an

Infections and the Immune System

The interactions between the fetal and the maternal immune systems during pregnancy are complex (Taeusch et al., 2005). Carefully regulated changes in the fetal immune system are programmed to retain the pregnancy and reduce the likelihood of being attacked by the maternal immune system (i.e., as in an allogeneic graft) yet to prepare the fetus for birth and survival in the extrauterine environment. Many of the mother's antibodies cross the placenta to protect the growing fetus beginning at 20 weeks of gestation, but most transfer during the third trimester. Abnormalities of this delicate and complex interplay between the fetal and the maternal immune systems and infections can result in fetal compromise, maternal or fetal death, or pre-term birth. Although the mechanism is not well understood, many data support the association between subclinical infection and preterm birth (see Chapter 9). Infections with the rubella virus, cytomegalovirus, Toxoplasma, the syphilis spirochete, the...

Congenital Immune Deficiency Due to a Cellular or Humoral Immune Deficiency

Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) is a rare T-cell disorder, which usually presents within the first months of life. In addition, B-cell function is mostly compromised, leading to both cell-mediated and humoral deficiencies. Life expectancy will generally be short however, if these patients reach travelling age, travel should be discouraged because of disseminated or persistent infection after live attenuated vaccines. This has been described after BCG and oral polio vaccination, but the same can be expected after oral typhoid vaccine and yellow fever vaccine. Immune deficiency disorder due to insufficient phagocytosis is a rare life-threatening condition and will not be discussed here.

Hivrelated Immune Deficiency

Infection with the human immunedoficiency virus (HIV) causes a gradual decrease of CD4 + T lymphocytes. Because of the main role in the human defence system of these cells, not only the cellular but also the humoral defence system is diminished, leading to increased vulnerability to opportunistic infections. A less effective immune response to immunisation and an increased risk of complications after administration of live attenuated vaccines are then seen. In daily practice, the number of CD4 + cells in the peripheral blood is a measure of the level of immune suppression by HIV. CD4+ counts above 500 mm correspond with a normal immune state. Counts between 200 and 499 mm indicate a moderate immune suppression, while a CD4 + level below 200 mm indicates a severe suppression of the immune system. The lower the CD4 + count the greater the risk of opportunistic infections. This correlates reciprocally with the amount of viral load in these patients. When highly active antiretroviral...

How Do Polyamines Modulate the Innate Immune Response in the CNS

The physiological relevance of such an interaction between polyamines and the innate immune system in the brain has yet to be clearly established. Our data that support polyamines acting as proinflammatory molecules are in disagreement with reports in which spermine in vitro was found to inhibit cytokine synthesis in macrophages in culture (49,51,71). However, this discrepancy can be explain by the fact that our experiments were performed in an in vivo model in the brain where microglial cells, the CNS-resident macrophages, are in narrow paracrine relationships with other cells, such as astrocytes and neurons. It is also noteworthy that the brain possesses its own attributes, among them a distinct anatomy compared with the other organs in the body, with a particular vascular system formed by the blood-brain barrier and the unique presence of microglia cells as immune cells. Another major difference is that, unlike in vivo systems, LPS may not be eliminated in culture and chronic...

Polyamines in Innate Immune Response In Vitro Modulation of Cytokine Release and Nitric Oxide Biosynthesis

The innate immune system is characterized by an unspecific and rapid response to microbial components as various as peptidoglycan, lipoproteins, lipoteichoic acid, bacterial CpG DNA, and the endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS) ( 36,37). The latter is a major glycolipid constituting the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. LPS is well known to activate macrophages and trigger the release of proinflammatory cytokines (Fig. 1) and therefore is widely used as a model of the innate immune system (3 8 ). Acute endotoxemia provokes a sharp and transient induction of proinflammatory signaling events and transcription of genes that encode cytokines, chemokines, enzymes, and proteins of the complement system, and Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) in the CNS (for a review, see ref. 39). Polyamines have recently been found to alter the inflammatory response in vitro (4 0,41 ).They act as negative immune regulators on lymphocytes ( 42), neutrophil locomotion ( 43), and natural killer (NK) cell...

Passive immunotherapy

Adoptive immunotherapy is another passive, but nonspecific, strategy involving the transfer of immunologically activated lymphoid cells. Clinical experience with renal cell carcinoma has revealed that the activation of human lymphoid cells (i.e. IL-2 activated LAK cells) is feasible and that systemic administration is safe.86-88 Lubaroff etal. have shown that a severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mouse model is a viable system for studying adoptive therapies for human prostate cancer89 and that antitumor activity has been demonstrated utilizing autologous IL-2-activated tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) (personal communication). A novel approach to adoptive therapy was reported by Cesano et al. whereby the human T-cell line (TALL-104), which is marked by an MHC non-restricted cytotoxic activity against a wide range of tumors across several species, demonstrated significant antitumor effect against DU-145 tumors in SCID mice.90 Gong and associates recently reported on the...

Acquired Immune Deficiency

In haematological malignancies it is obvious that immune deficiency can occur because of either T- and or B-cell impairment. Depending upon the clinical situation, travel should be discouraged or appropriate measures should be in place, as mentioned above. Metastatic solid tumour disease will lead to immune suppression, depending on the type and measure of progressive disease. Advice on travel should be in relation to the patient's condition (Karnofski scale). The level of immune deficiency in these patients is often difficult to establish. When travel is considered in such patients, common sense should prevail.

Immune Responses

Antibody and cell-mediated immune responses to various types of antigens are induced during acute infection however, not all these are protective and, in some instances, may cause autoimmune phenomena that contribute to disease pathogenesis. The immune response to infection with HBV is directed toward at least three antigens HBsAg, the core antigen, and the e antigen. The view that hepatitis B exerts its damaging effect on hepatocytes by direct cytopathic changes is inconsistent with the persistence of large quantities of the surface antigen in liver cells of many apparently healthy carriers. Additional evidence suggests that the pathogenesis of liver damage in the course of hepatitis B infection is related to the immune response by the host.

Tumor Immunotherapy

Numerous novel cancer therapies utilizing the immune system have been developed and reported. Early attempts have focused on non-specific therapies and still the best example of cancer immunotherapy is the use of bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) for carcinoma in situ of the bladder. Morales et al. are also utilizing non-specific immunotherapies for prostate cancer with the direct injection of mycobacterial cell wall-DNA complexes (personal communication). More specific strategies include both passive and active immunization, and a brief description, including those published on prostate cancer, will help illustrate the great strides made in the area of tumor immunotherapy over a relatively short period of time.

Adaptive Immunity

The adaptive immune response is considered the predetermined response to a previously identified immunological stimulus. Thus, the response is specific to a particular pathogen and involves immunological memory. However, the lines between adaptive and innate immunity are frequently blurred by the close interactions between pathways, such that stimulation of antigen-presenting cells, such as macrophages and dendritic


Prostate cancer, like most cancers, has developed mechanisms to evade the host immune system. Such mechanisms include the downregulation of class I MHC molecules on the tumor cell surface (198) as well as the downregulation of the co-stimulatory B7 molecules (199). These means of evasion result in decreased presentation of tumor antigens to CTLs. The goal of immunotherapy is to enhance the host immune response to prostate cancer cells. Current approaches involve ex vivo gene therapy of autologous or allogeneic tumor cells and subsequent vaccination with the irradiated cells now expressing cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-2 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), ex vivo gene transfer of PSA cDNAs, such as PSA, PSMA, and prostatic acid The host immune system is capable of recognizing and eliminating malignant cells however, the ability of tumor cells to evade immune surveillance and the inefficiency of the body's antitumor response allows prostate cancer to...

The carbon monoxidehemeoxygenase pathway and trophoblast invasion

HO-2 on syncytiotrophoblast may have similar roles to those proposed for eNOS NO produced by syncytiotrophoblast has at least three physiological targets the intervillous space, autocrine effects on trophoblast function, and paracrine interactions with villous core components. Nitric oxide inhibits platelet aggregation and leukocyte adhesion while modulating the immune response. Similar effects by CO produced by syncytiotrophoblast would benefit both maternal blood flow through the intervillous space and the avoidance of immune recognition of the feto-placental allograft. The same group subsequently reported that placental endothelial HO-2 expression was significantly reduced in pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction but HO-1 was unaffected (Barber et al., 2001). Thus the reduction in HO-2 expression on endothelial cells in pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction could contribute to the reduction of blood flow. Within the placental bed all EVT were...

Foreword to the First Edition

Thus, it was evident from the beginning that patients with immunodeficiencies, as experiments of nature, helped us to bisect not only the microbial universe, but also the universe of lym-phoid cells and the universe of immunological responses. Further investigations throughout the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s confirmed that this compartmentalization related to the fundamental lymphocyte dichotomy of B cells versus thymus-dependent T cells. Moreover, patients with different immunodeficiency syndromes helped define the nature and the role in immune responses of Over the last decade, advances in molecular biology have allowed for an even greater understanding of the immune system, and the multitude of molecular pathways that regulate growth, differentiation, communication, and effector functions within and between cells. In 1993, two groups of researchers, led by David Vetrie and Satoshi Tsukada, discovered that the difficulties of Bruton's patient and other patients with XLA were due to many...

The Role of the Spleen

Some individuals have an excessively abnormal immune response to malaria and develop massive splenomegaly and hypergammaglobulinaemia hyper-reactive malarial splenomegaly (HMS), formerly known as tropical splenomegaly syndrome . These individuals from genetically predisposed populations have apparently normal clinical immunity to malaria but suffer the effects of hypersplenism (anaemia, leukopenia and thrombocytopenia). Characteristic changes are seen in liver histology. Splenectomy is contra-indicated and the individuals usually have a gratifying response to long-term administration of antimalarial prophylaxis. The pathophysiol-ogy of HMS involves an overproduction of polyclonal IgM in response to repeated infections with P. falciparum, P. malariae or P. vivax. This appears to be due to a depletion of suppressor T cells, leading to a lack of inhibition of B cell activity and failure of maturation of the immune response to IgG production (Piessens et al., 1985 Bates et al., 1991). HMS...

Specific Acquired Immunity

The complexity of the human immune response to infection with Plasmodium reflects the multiple stages of the parasite life cycle and the great variety of antigens presented to the host. Many of these antigens stimulate immune responses that show some correlation with protection in epidemiological surveys, but the number of antigens and the extent of antigenic diversity has made it difficult to determine the antigens which are the target of protective immunity against blood stages. Immunity to malaria is slow to acquire (following many infections and many years), is incomplete, and wanes rapidly. Sterile immunity rarely occurs and continual or repeated infection is required for maintenance of immunity. Clinical immunity in the presence of ongoing infection (concomitant immunity) is a common feature of chronic parasitism. Many parasite-specific immune responses correlate with age-dependent acquisition of immunity in an endemic area, but none has been shown to provide a marker for...

Clinical Immunity in Individuals Living in Endemic Areas

(infection) and also develop clinical disease but show marked variation in their ability to tolerate high parasite loads. The development of 'tolerance' to circulating parasites and their products is one of the first signs of clinical immunity. Manifestations of disease in children living in endemic areas are variable, with major morbidity and mortality towards the end of the first year of life in areas of greatest intensity (usually from severe anaemia). This compares with the major impact on slightly older children (2-3 years), especially of cerebral malaria, in areas of less intense transmission. Clinical attacks decrease in frequency until adult life, when disease is uncommon. Immunity is slow to develop and short-lived, so that semi-immune individuals very rapidly lose immunity if they leave an endemic area. Repeated infection appears to be necessary for maintenance of clinical immunity and sterile immunity is rarely, if ever, achieved. Cumulative prevalence of infection in...

Mechanisms of Immune Evasion Antigenic Diversity and Antigenic Variation

Each parasite appears to contain 50150 var genes encoding these surface antigens (Smith et al., 1995 Su et al, 1995), thus providing an effective mechanism for evading the host immune response while continuing to live within the host (additionally, as referred to above, variant antigens are able to bind to different vascular endothelial receptors, thereby inducing different pathological consequences).

Surface Antigen mutants

During a study of the immunogenicity and efficacy of hepatitis B vaccines in Italy, a number of individuals who had apparently mounted a successful immune response and became anti-surface antibody (anti-HBs)-positive, later became infected with HBV. These cases were characterised by the coexistence of noncomplexed anti-HBs and HBsAg, and there were other markers of hepatitis B infection. Further examination of the antigen using monoclonal antibodies suggested that the a epi-tope was either absent or masked by antibody. Subsequent sequence analysis of the virus from one of these cases revealed a mutation in the nucleotide sequence encoding the a epitope, the consequence of which was a substitution of arginine for glycine at amino acid position 145. There is now considerable evidence for a wide geographical distribution of the point mutation in the genome of HBV from guanosine to adenosine at position 587, resulting in an amino acid substitution at position 145 from glycine to arginine...

The Frameof Reference Problem

Applied to memory, it implies that a clear distinction must be made between the theoretical construct and underlying mechanisms responsible for mediating between the past and the present. Ashby's concept of memory is neutral to the mechanisms by which it is implemented in the organism. In biological organisms the mechanisms are to be found at the level of neural plasticity, whereas in artificial systems such as robots or computers they are situated at the level of switching circuits implemented in silicon. Another example would be immune systems, which can also be described by invoking the concept of memory in the interaction of the organism with environment 39, 68 . In all these cases, it makes sense to use the concept of memory.

Active Immunisation

Immunisation against hepatitis B is now recognised as a high priority in preventive medicine in all countries and strategies for immunisation are being revised. Universal vaccination of infants and adolescents is under examination as the strategy to control the transmission of this infection. More than 90 countries now offer hepatitis B vaccine to all children, including the USA, Canada, Italy, France and most western European countries. However, immunisation against hepatitis B is at present recommended in a number of countries with a low prevalence of hepatitis B only to groups that are at an increased risk of acquiring this infection. These groups include individuals requiring repeated transfusions of blood or blood products, prolonged inpatient treatment, patients who require frequent tissue penetration or need repeated circulatory access, patients with natural or acquired immune deficiency and patients with malignant diseases. Viral hepatitis is an occupational hazard among...

Nature of the Infectious Agent Rotaviruses

After neonatal or primary infection a specific serotype humoral immune response develops, but there is also partial protection against subsequent infections by other rotavirus serotypes. Second, third and fourth infections confer progressively greater protection. The immune cor

Indications and Testing

Pancreas transplant provides tight glucose control without insulin reactions and hypoglycemic episodes. However, it does this at a cost. Immuno-suppression renders the recipient at risk for the development of certain cancers and many types of infection. For this reason, pancreas transplantation is only performed when the quality of life has become seriously impaired.

Current Therapies For The Treatment Of Hcv Infections

The primary therapy for HCV infection is the intravenous administration of type-I interferon. Interferons are a group of endogenous proteins, which form part of the innate immune response 25 . Use of type I interferon-a was approved in 1990 and can reduce viral load and in some cases eliminate the virus completely. Many individuals do not respond, however, and many of those who respond initially do not clear their infections completely. The prolonged (up to 48-96 weeks) treatment course also has numerous side effects, including flu-like symptoms and psychiatric disorders 26 . Thus, in addition to those who fail to respond to treatment, many individuals are forced to discontinue therapy due to these side effects. Subsequent years have seen significant developments in interferon therapy. The most important have been the use of pegylated interferons, which have increased stability, and the introduction of combination therapy with the nucleoside analogue ribavirin 27 . Ribavirin is a...

Cutaneous viral infections

Research into the relationship between life stress and human papillomavirus (HPV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) suggests that major psychosocial events are implicated in immune decrements in HPV infections and tendency to intraepithelial neoplasia (Pereira et al., 2003). Further studies on the stress management effects on psychological, endocrinological and immune functioning in men with HIV infection suggested that psychotherapy had measureable beneficial effects. A 10-week, group-based cognitive-behavioural stress-management intervention showed reductions in catecholamine urine output, urine cortisol output and beneficial changes in CD8 cytotoxic and CD4 lymphocytes (Hickie et al., 1999). Multifaceted cognitive-behavioural stress management reduced EBV capsid antigen and human herpesvirus six antibody titres in HIV-seropositive men compared to controls. This reduction was thought to be as a result of a more stable cellular immune system not suppressed by inflammatory...

Immune and inflammatory responses

In evolutionary terms, inflammatory responses are older than immune responses. The latter are superimposed on the former and cannot work without it. The primitive innate (inflammatory) system responds quickly and is relatively nonspecific. The more sophisticated adaptive immune system is slow but precise, delivering antigen-specific responses with astonishing versatility and accuracy. The innate and adaptive systems are asymmetrically interdependent. The innate system does not need the adaptive system to function, whereas the adaptive system cannot function The adaptive immune system distinguishes self from non-self antigens and responds to the latter. The innate immune system responds, more widely, to ''danger'' signals (Matzinger, 2002) using a range of ''pattern recognition receptors'' that have evolved to respond in a wide but essentially stereotyped way. The danger signal may be external (from pathogens) or internal (from products of trauma, ischemia, necrosis or oxidative...

The inflammatory network

Inflammatory responses involve more than inflammatory leukocytes (granulocytes, macrophages and natural killer lymphocytes). Endothelial cells are major players. They have many of the receptors that activate innate immune responses, can present antigen to T cells after appropriate stimulation, Table 7.1. Components of the inflammatory or innate immune system produce pro-inflammatory cytokines and can stimulate, as well as be stimulated by, inflammatory leukocytes. Platelets and a variety of humoral components are also part of the process (Table 7.1). Other cells, such as hepatocytes and adipocytes that are not normally considered to be inflammatory, have key or central roles (see below). The innate immune response is therefore not simple. It contains many cross-regulating and synergistic pathways, which are not yet understood fully. The range of the inflammatory network may not be appreciated, nor the two-way interactions between its components. For example, blood coagulation is not...

Systemic inflammation and the acute phase response

Extrinsic factors that bind to CRP include many constituents of microorganisms and plant products. Human CRP potently activates the classical complement pathway. It functions as a typical component of the innate immune system acting as a scavenger protein and responding to a range of ''dangerous'' molecules (Pepys and Hirschfield, 2003). Some acute phase proteins are listed in Table 7.3. In the mouse liver the acute phase response involves nearly 10 of the genome (Yoo and Desiderio, 2003), which indicates the enormous complexity and broad range of the response.

The Proteasome as a Drug Target

The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway is the major proteolytic system in the cytosol and nucleus of all eukaryotic cells. The proteasome, a multisubunit proteolytic complex, is the central enzyme underlying nonlysosomal protein degradation. The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway also plays an important role in the regulation of many physiological processes as well as in the development of a number of major human diseases. For example, degradation of the tumor suppressor p53 1 , and p27Kipl, an inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases 2 , can promote tumorigenesis. Furthermore, the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway also plays an essential role in immune surveillance 3 , muscle atrophy 4 and regulation of metabolic pathways 5-7 . Recent studies have shown that proteasome inhibitors potently induce apop-tosis in many types of cancer cells, but exhibit reduced cytotoxicity in normal cells 8, 9 . Crystal structures of proteasome-inhibitor complexes revealed the specific inhibitor domains essential for...

Clinical Management And Treatment

No effective antimicrobial agents against C. parvum have been clearly identified to date and no studies of therapeutic agents have been conducted in immunologically normal hosts with clinical cryptosporidiosis. All available data on therapy of symptomatic cryptosporidiosis are derived either from reported anecdotes or from small studies of patients with AIDS and chronic infection. Only effective HAART therapy has been clearly shown to result in the resolution of C. parvum disease in AIDS patients, presumably due to improved host immune function (Carr et al., 1998 Le et al., 1998). The aminoglycoside analog paromomycin (Humatin also used therapeutically in amebiasis) appears to have modest activity against C. parvum, based on

Factors Related To Health Care Adherence Among African Americans With Disabilities

For persons with any chronic illness or debilitating condition, regular medical appointments to follow the progression of the disease may be necessary and circumvent potential problems. For an obese person, eating the wrong foods and failure to exercise increase the risk of several diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. As noted in chapter 1, African Americans are at increased risk for several of these diseases. Lack of adherence may be a larger concern when the individual has a chronic illness or a disability and recommendations aimed at decreasing the deleterious effects of the chronic illness and disability are not followed.

Growth and Proliferation

Functional K+ channels have been shown to be a requirement for activation and proliferation of T and B cells in the immune system by mitogenic stimuli. Expression of a specific isoform of outwardly rectifying K+ channels (Kv1.3) similar to those found in nerve and muscle is correlated with the degree of cell proliferation. In addition, the density of K+ channels in actively cycling cell subsets found in the thymus is 10- to 20 fold higher than that found in quiescent cells. Conversely, mitogenesis is inhibited in a dose-dependent manner by compounds that block K+ channel activation. The link between an enhancement of nuclear transcriptional activity and membrane hyper-polarization is mediated through transduction of a second channel. Lymphocytes, like almost all nonex-citable cells, do not express voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels. Transient increases in Cai used in a number of cytoplasmic signaling pathways, including the response to mitogens, is brought about by the release of Ca2+...

Aging And Tumor Initiation And Progression

Aging is associated with a general reduction in many immune responses. Immune dysfunction, as demonstrated by, or caused by, the presence of autoantibodies, is also increased in the elderly.16 One theory of aging suggests that every mother cell Technical factors may influence tumor recurrence and progression. Several studies have shown the presence of thousands of circulating tumors cells in the peripheral vasculature after surgery for organ-confined disease, especially in channel TURPs and radical prostatectomies.31,32 It is reasonable to expect that such 'shedding' of tumor cells may have a greater impact in patients with a compromised immune system, but this does not yet seem to have been studied. Other factors that may contribute to the 'spillage' of tumor cells might include tumor size, compromise in technique because of obesity and proximity to vessels. This may account for the differences seen in tumor recurrences among patients with similar grades and stages of tumors31'32 and...

Pathways To Spontaneous Preterm Parturition

It is now clear that the causes of preterm labor are multifactorial and vary according to gestational age. They include systemic and intrauterine infections (which are responsible for a majority of extremely preterm births), stress, uteroplacental thrombosis and intrauterine vascular lesions associated with fetal stress or decidual hemorrhage, uterine overdistension, and cervical insufficiency. Each pathway may be influenced by gene-environment interactions, as discussed in Chapter 7 (Table 6-1 and Figure 6-2). It is also noted that these pathways or their relative impact may differ for ART patients. The causes for preterm birth among ART patients are multifactorial and poorly understood, except for uterine overdistension resulting from multiple gestations. The reader is referred to Chapter 5 for discussion of the impact of infertility and infertility treatment on preterm birth. Nevertheless, there is strong evidence that despite different etiologies and initiators, preterm and term...

Structure of the lymphatics

Lymphatic tissue can be seen in certain areas of the gastrointestinal tract close to epithelial surfaces, or as large aggregates e.g. pharyngeal tonsils and Peyer's patches in the ileum. Peyer's patches are lymphoid follicles located in the mucosa and extending into the submucosa of the small intestine, especially the ileum. Peyer's patches are usually situated on the ante-mesenteric border. Each patch typically comprises of 40 to 50 nodules which are separated from the gut lumen by a layer of epithelial cells, the M-cells or micro fold cells. There is a thin layer of vascularised connective tissue between the nodules and the serosa. The patches have their own blood supply. M-cells lack fully developed microvilli, are pinocytic and contain numerous vesicles. These cells may play an essential role in the intestinal immune response since they transport macromolecules and therefore have a specific role in antigen uptake. At this point in the intestine the mucosal barrier may be breached...

Background and Issues to be Addressed Using Protein Structure

Inhibitors of categories III, IV and V are, in general, less desirable as drug candidates, especially where long term drug administration is planned. Nonetheless, category III and IV inhibitors can be desirable in short term therapy and have been features of antimicrobials and anticancer therapeutics. However, the irreversible derivatization of proteins and their degradation fragments can produce an immune response to the drug and to the proteins that have been derivatized. Either outcome is undesirable. It is critical to structure-activity studies to know that the mechanism of action of a drug in categories I and II has not suddenly evolved to a category III, IV or V type, over the progression of structural modification. The recognition of such a change or lack of change can be an important contribution from structural studies of enzyme-inhibitor complexes.

Mumps Measles and Rubella

The risk of travellers' exposure to measles, mumps and rubella is greatest from visits to tropical countries where these diseases remain endemic and routine vaccination programmes are not established, unlike those in industrialised countries. Infants and young children born in industrialised countries, who are going to live for prolonged periods in such areas, should receive their routine childhood immunisations, including MMR, before travel, which may necessitate immunisation at an earlier age than recommended for the national immunisation programme. For those that have defaulted or have not received a complete course of immunisation, the risks of infection should be clearly explained and immunisation strongly recommended and administered before departure. Susceptible adolescents, adults and women of child-bearing age should also be vaccinated with MMR before travel or living abroad. Individuals born before 1957 are generally considered to have natural immunity and are therefore not...

Studies Involving One or a Few Candidate Genes

Other studies have examined the roles of SNPs in preterm labor and preterm birth. Tolllike receptors, which are important components of the innate immune system, have been linked to spontaneous preterm labor and preterm birth (Lorenz et al., 2002). Gene polymorphisms in matrix metalloproteineases (MMPs) and preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) were examined in African Americans. The breakdown of the interstitial collagens is mediated by MMPs. A fetal genotype of a mutation in the gene for matrix metalloproteinease type 1 (MMP-1) was found in association with PPROM, (Fujimoto et al., 2002). Three SNPs located at positions -799 C to T), -381 (A to G), and +17 (c to G) (where C, T, A, and G represent the nucleotides cytosine, thymine, adenine, and guanine, respectively) from the major transcription start site in the MMP-8 gene have been identified and the functional significance of SNP haplotypes in the MMP-8 gene and associations with PPROM has been demonstrated (Wang et al.,...

Physiological Signals

Apoptosis can be induced by a variety of physiological (as opposed to damage) signals (94). In healthy tissues and organisms, these signals serve to remove unnecessary or dysfunctional cells. They also serve to attenuate or reverse proliferative responses, such as the activation-induced cell death of T-lymphocytes, which terminates immune responses. ligands are active in the immune system (e.g., FAS ligand, tumor necrosis factor, interferons) (93), many hormones, cytokines, and other physiological regulators can induce apoptosis outside the immune system, depending on the cell type, tissue, and physiological context (99,103). For example, transforming growth factor-b, a multifunctional cytokine, causes growth inhibition, extracellular matrix production, or apoptosis, depending on the cell type and microenvironment. In addition, some cytokines, hormones, and growth factors deliver antiapoptotic signals and are required to prevent cell death. For example, nerve growth factor deficiency...

Laboratory Diagnosis

There are no distinctive clinical features to differentiate PAM from acute pyogenic or bacterial meningoencephalitis. Serologic tests usually are of no value in the diagnosis of N. fowleri infections, since most patients die too early (within 5-7 days) in the disease to mount a detectable immune response.

Clinical Management

To date no effective treatment for GAE due to Acanthamoeba species has been identified although a few patients have survived (Martinez and Visvesvara, 1997 Seijo Martinez et al., 2000). The prognosis is uniformly poor, probably because of the inadequacy of the host's immune system (Schuster and Visvesvara, 1996). In vitro experiments suggest that diamidine derivatives, such as pentamidine, propamidine, or dibromopropami-dine paramomycin neomycin ketoconazole and miconazole 5-fluorocytosine and magainins may have activity against Acanthamoeba species (John, 1993 Martinez and Visvesvara, 1997 Schuster and Jacob, 1992). The prognosis of patients with disseminated skin infections without CNS involvement is, however, good (Hunt et al., 1995 Schuster and Visvesvara, 1996). Recent studies indicate that Balamuthia mandrillaris is sensitive to pentamidine isethionate in vitro and treatment with this drug may be beneficial to patients with Balamuthia GAE (Schuster and Visvesvara, 1996).

Epidemiology High Risk Groups

Although pneumococci undoubtedly attack previously healthy people, several anatomical (dural tears and basal skull fracture) and physiological (mucociliary escalator dysfunction due to pollution, cigarette smoke or viral infection) defects predispose to pneumococcal infection. Defects of the reticuloendothelial system (hyposplenism due to any cause) and humoral immune system (hypogammaglobuli-naemia and complement defects) and AIDS also greatly increase host susceptibility. Other conditions that predispose to pneumococcal infection include alcoholism, diabetes mellitus and chronic cardiac, respiratory, liver and renal disease.

Examples of Specific Isozyme Functions

However, one striking difference between knockout and wild-type mice has been characterized mice lacking protein kinase Cy display reduced responses to nonnoxious pain stimuli following painful stimulation such as resulting from nerve injury, reduction in a phenomenon referred to as neuropathic pain. Studies with knockout mice in protein kinase Ce have also implicated this isozyme as a potential target for pain and, also, anxiety, for example, mice lacking this isozyme display less anxiety in response to threatening situations. Targeted disruption of the gene encoding protein kinase CP results in mice with an impaired immune response, with analysis of B cells from these mice revealing that the P isozymes are involved in B-cell activation. However, the molecular basis for many of the physiological differences observed in knockout mice is largely unresolved.

Oncolytic Viral Therapy

Control of the Host Immune Response It will become critical to temporarily suppress the host's immune system or enhance the killing activity of the virus so that it can eliminate tumors within a shorter period of time, allowing it to escape attack from the host immune system. Early clinical trials administered immunosuppressants such as corticosteroids at the time of injection however, shutdown of the entire immune system could be problematic during infection with replication-competent Ads. For this reason, genes encoding immunosuppressive molecules could be delivered via a PSRCA directly to the local tumor environment. Among the immune regulators, transforming growth factor (TGF)-P and Fas-ligand (Fas-L) are likely the best candidates for incorporation into a PSRCA. There are five members reported in the TGF-P family three of them (TGF-P 1, TGF-P 2, and TGF-P 3) are expressed in mammals. These three isoforms share a high degree of sequence homology in the mature domain, and...

Integration Into The Living System

Also, one cannot state that one has successfully met the challenge of imitating nature unless the implanted construct is biocompatible. Even if the implant is immune acceptable, there can still be an inflammatory response. This response can be considered separate from the immune response, although obviously interactions between these two might occur. In addition to any inflammatory response, for some types of tissue-engineered substitutes thrombosis Finally, important to the success of any tissue-engineering approach is the immune response and that it be immune acceptable. This comes naturally with the use of autologous cells however, if one moves to nonautologous cell systems (as this author believes we must, at least in many cases, if we are to make the products of tissue engineering widely available for routine use), then the challenge of engineering immune acceptance is critical to our achieving success in the imitation of nature. Today we have immunosuppressive drugs, e.g.,...

Molecular Biology

Trypanosomes are notoriously successful at evading the host immune response by periodically changing the variant surface glycoprotein (VSG) in their surface coat by the phenomenon of antigenic variation. However, the trypanoso-mal surface coat also functions as the interface between the trypanosomal milieu int rieur and the extracellular spaces of its host, and hence must contain essential molecules (e.g. receptors

Chung Lee Ali Shah Victoria Liu Irwin Park Larry Wong Xuemei Huang Lijun Huang Tim Fermin Tom Jang Som Kundu Vivian

In this chapter, we introduce a novel concept for an effective treatment of advanced prostate cancer, using our understanding of transforming growth factor (TGF)-P signaling. TGF-P plays an important role in prostate cancer development and progression. Two characteristic features of TGF-P signaling in aggressive prostate cancer are a reduced sensitivity to TGF-P and an overproduction of TGF-p. A reduced sensitivity to TGF-P removes the inhibitory effect of TGF-P and provides a growth advantage for the cancer cells. An overproduction of TGF-P endows cancer cells the ability to metastasize, to enhance angiogenesis, and to evade host's immune surveillance program, leading to tumor progression and metastasis. TGF-P is a potent tumor-induced immunosuppression. A therapeutic strategy rending host immune cells insensitive to TGF-P should offer an effective approach to eradicate advanced prostate cancer. Key Words Adoptive transfer cytolytic T cells immunotherapy TGF-P signaling. Recent...

Conditioning for bone marrow transplantation

Cyclophosphamide, at a dose of 50 mg kg per day intravenously for 4 days, has been used alone in the immunosuppression of patients with aplastic anaemia, although the rejection rate with this regimen is high unless additional post-graft immuno-suppression is given, especially in multiply transfused patients (see below).

Fundamentals Of Anatomy And Physiology

Scientists arrange the components of the body into a hierarchy of systems. At its most basic, the body consists of a structured arrangement of water and chemical compounds. These chemical compounds include both complex macromolecules and dissolved electrolytes. Cells, the fundamental building blocks of a living organism, consist of a closed membrane encapsulating structured assemblages of organic macromolecules, inorganic electrolytes, and water. The human body comprises a system of specialized, interdependent cells that are structurally and functionally related. Cells are assembled into a higher level of organization in which a tissue is defined in terms of the types of cells, the way in which the cells are connected, and the function that the assemblage performs. Various tissues, in turn, are grouped together to create organs. Organs that work together to carry out major functions of the body, such as digestion or locomotion, comprise organ systems. Organ systems are physiological...

Mind Body Relationship

Research has provided validity for the suspected link between how a person perceives and influences his or her environment and that person's total health and effectiveness. There has been evidence that the mind and body are inseparable, that one influences the other even to the point of breakdown or healing. Leslie Kamen, Judith Rodin, and Seligman have corroborated the idea that how a person explains life situations (a person's explanatory style) seems to be related to immune system functioning. Blood samples were taken from a group of older persons who had been interviewed about life changes, stress, and health changes. Those whose interviews revealed a pessimistic or depressive explanatory style had a larger percentage of suppressor cells in their blood. Considering the idea that suppressor cells are believed to undermine the body's ability to fight tumor growth, these discoveries suggest a link between learned helplessness (as revealed by attitude and explanatory style) and...

Cellular Anatomy and Physiology

Proteins are synthesized from the patterns encoded in DNA using these 20 amino acids. These amino acids are joined in a specific sequence, originating from the DNA, that determines the structure and function of the protein. Proteins are the most abundant organic substances in the body and serve a wide range of functions. Enzymes catalyze biochemical reactions (e.g., digestion of fats, sugars, and proteins, and synthesis of complex molecules). Antibodies are important in allowing the immune system to recognize foreign substances in the body. Protein hormones such as insulin serve to carry messages throughout the body by binding to membrane-embedded proteins. Proteins also are specialized for transporting other chemical substances in systemic circulation (e.g., the iron in hemoglobin is used to transport oxygen from the lungs to the cells, where it is needed for respiration). Fibrous proteins provide structural support to cells (e.g., the collagen that connects tissues and the keratin...

Increased Expression of ODC mRNA in the CNS of LPSTreated Mice Vs Control

A model of systemic endotoxemia was used for its ability to increase the innate immune response in the brain, which is associated with transcriptional activation of numerous proinflammatory genes in microglial cells (39,56-59). Our distribution of ODC mRNA in vehicle-treated animals was in accordance with a previous report ( 60). However, the hybridization signal was clearly more intense in the brain of mice that received a single systemic bolus of LPS (61). The medulla was particularly sensitive to the treatment and exhibited very strong expression levels, especially at 24 h after LPS administration. The data that a single systemic bolus of LPS caused a robust increase in ODC mRNA expression in numerous structures across the brain suggested a potential role of polyamines in the neuroinflammatory cascade of events (61 ).

Pathogenesis And Immunology

The immunologic response to C. sinensis infection includes a humoral immune response that appears to be non-protective, as infected patients do not appear to acquire long-term immunity (Sun, 1984). The evidence for acquired resistance is not strong, although some preliminary studies suggest it. In one, egg-negative residents had higher IgG, IgA and IgM antibody levels to adult worm homogenate than eggpositive residents, suggesting that these individuals may be immunologically resistant to infection (Akai et al., 1994). Acquired resistance can be induced in hamsters with a primary infection of five metacercariae followed by a challenge infection with 50 metacercariae. In this model, there was a 25 reduction in the number of worms that survived in the group previously infected, compared to uninfected controls (Flavell, 1982).

Time Related Inhibition of TLR2 mRNA by DFMO

TLR2 expression is transiently induced during acute endotoxemia and is large ly used as a marker of proinflammatory events in the CNS (67). Putrescine plays a critical role in this innate immune response, because TLR2 expression levels were much higher across the cerebral tissue of animals that had no free access to DFMO before the systemic LPS challenge (61). Inhibition of ODC by DFMO largely abolished the spreading of TLR2-expressing cells across the cerebral tissue and leptomeninges no longer displayed positive signal in mice treated with LPS and DFMO at all the times evaluated in our recently published study (61). Microglia are under the control of polyamines because DFMO significantly prevented the increase in TLR2 and cytokine mRNA levels in response to circulating LPS. That DFMO dramatically inhibited the effects of LPS on TLR2 expression in regions devoid of a blood-brain barrier indicates that decrease in putrescine synthetic capacity is a profound endogenous...

Induction of TLR2 and Tumor Necrosis Factora Transcripts by Intracerebroventricular Injection of Spermine

The effects of LPS on TLR2 and tumor necrosis factor-a gene expression can be exacerbated in the mouse brain treated with spermine. Animals that received an intra-cerebral spermine administration before the systemic LPS injection exhibited a profound transcriptional activation of TLR2 in the choroids plexus, circumventricular o rgans, leptomeninges, microcapillaries, and within small-scattered cells across the cerebral tissue (61). Tumor necrosing factor-a-expressing cells were widely spread out throughout the CNS of mice that were killed 6 h after being injected with spermine before the endotoxin. Interestingly, polyamines have the ability to modulate the immune response only in presence of LPS, and spermine alone is unable of mimicking the effe cts of the endotoxin. In this model, polyamines are not direct ligands for activating pro-inflammatory signaling and gene expression by microglial cells. The brains of animals that received DFMO or spermine alone were comparable to those of...

Potential Role of Apoptosis in Immunity

This is a fascinating area of investigation, because apoptosis of immune cells has been linked to both beneficial and deleterious effects. When immune cells undergo apoptosis this can be a necessary event for the host to prevent propagation of inflammation. As an example, it has been argued that Crohn's disease, a chronic relapsing form of inflammatory bowel disease, results in part from a failure of activated T-helper cells to undergo apoptosis (4). Similarly, apoptosis and consumption of infected cells by neutrophils may represent an important mechanism for elimination of pathogens. In contrast, apoptosis of infected cells has been hypothesized as a major cause for both proliferation of invasive organisms such as Shigella, and release of proinflammatory mediators (5). Additionally, death of immune cells is potentially an important feature of the immune escape of pathogens and tumor cells.

Polymer Cushioned Bilayer Lipid Membranes

The hybrid bilayer membranes, BLMs from direct fusion of vesicles and the MillerNelson films have already qualified for investigations of cellular immune responses, specific receptor-ligand bindings and various membrane interactions. Peripheral proteins or membrane proteins that are not spanning the whole membrane are also suitable for investigations in these simpler systems. In the near future much is expected to merge from these approaches, for instance in pharmaceutical approaches such as drug interaction with a biomembrane surface. 14. McConnell, H.M., Watts, T.H., Weis, R.M. and Brian, A.A. (1986) Supported planar membranes in studies of cell-cell recognition in the immune system., Biochim. Biophys. Acta 864, 95-106.

H pyoriInduced Apoptosis in Macrophages A Disease Specific Model

H. pylori is a Gram-negative, microaerophilic bacterium that selectively colonizes the human stomach. The current prevalence of infection is 30-40 in the United States and substantially higher in underdeveloped regions. H. pylori induces a vigorous mucosal immune response that fails to eradicate the organism, resulting in chronic gastritis that can lead to peptic ulcers, gastric adenocarcinoma, and gastric lymphoma. In addition to a chronic lymphocyte response, there is an activation of the innate immune response in monocytes and macrophages in particular, and recruitment of neutrophils. Our lab has focused on mechanisms whereby the innate immune response is dysregu-lated, and we have directly implicated polyamines in these events.

Immunological Theory of Aging

The cells and molecules responsible for immunity constitute the immune system and their collective and coordinated response to the introduction of foreign substances is called the immune response (123). This includes both the innate response (mechanisms that exist before infection) and the adaptive response (mechanisms that develop after infection), also called specific immunity (Chapter 14). Innate and adaptive immune responses are components of an integrated system of host defense with important links (i) the innate immune response influences the nature of the adaptive responses and (ii) the adaptive immune responses use many of the effector mechanisms of innate immunity to eliminate microbes. The immunological theory of aging rests on three key findings (36) immune system to produce antibodies n Age-related changes in the ability to induce particular subsets of T-cells and to produce different types of cellmediated responses n Correlative evidence linking these alterations to the...

Integration As Blending of Information

IFN-repressed proteins related the former to the immune response or signalling pathways, whereas the latter appeared to be mainly involved in development and RNA transport. This broad distinction was the first trend determined in the identified proteins. Further integration was achieved by examining a protein-protein interaction database. Then, data were visualised using Cytoscape (2001), a popular open-source visualisation package. It was implemented for visualising molecular interaction networks and integrating these interactions with other data. Needless to say, important conclusions drawn in this study were established through human expertise. Graph views of interconnected objects with limited quantification of edges generate general, not specific, insights. Such data visualisation is thought to help define more accurate information, which in turn can refine views of data. In fact, data-mining techniques are only powerful once a problem is well understood. Most bioinformatics...

SHP1 Negatively Regulates Hematopoietic Cell Signaling

The impact of imbalances between the PTKs and PTPs on immune function is evident in the phenotypes of motheaten (me) and motheaten viable (mev) mice. These mice carry naturally occurring point mutations in the SHP-1 gene that result in improper splicing of RNA transcripts. Homozygous me me mice are null mutants because the splicing defect results in a complete absence of SHP-1 expression, whereas the mev mev mice express a form of the enzyme that has 10-20 of normal activity. Hence, the mev mev mice have a less severe phenotype and a longer life span (approx 9 wk after birth) than the me me mice (2-3 wk after birth). The motheaten phenotype is complex and these animals suffer from severe immune deficiency, autoimmune, and chronic inflammatory disease. Their death results primarily from pneumonitis due to accumulation of large numbers of macrophages and neu-trophils in the lung. The amassing of macrophages and neutrophils in the skin causes the hair and pigment loss that is the basis...

Potential Role Of Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases In Health And Disease

As we have discussed, CD45 and SHP-1 execute crucial roles in lymphocyte development, lymphocyte activation, and leukocyte adhesion. The phenotypes of mice that fail to express functional forms of these enzymes dramatically illustrate the importance of these PTPs for normal immune function. Hence, these and other protein tyrosine phosphatases are proving to be important for investigating the molecular basis of immunodeficiencies, leukemias, and autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases. The potential of PTPs in managing or controlling the immune response is highlighted by studies showing that antibodies to a specific isoform of CD45 are able to prevent and reverse renal allograft rejection in mice.

Future Therapeutic Strategies

At present, the treatment of advanced and metastatic medullary thyroid carcinoma is unsatisfactory. Novel alternative therapeutic approaches are under investigation and several experimental studies are already ongoing 173 . Tissue-specific cancer gene therapy has been evaluated for several years. Adenovirus-mediated tumor-specific combined gene therapy using the herpes simplex virus thymidine ganciclovir system and murine interleukin-12 seems very promising. An effective growth suppression of tumor has been observed in rat models affected by medullary thyroid carcinoma and treated with this system 174 . Other interesting approaches are based on immunotherapy, for example stimulation of immune response and vaccination with tumor lysate 175,176 .

Host Defenses Against Viral Infection

Adaptive Immune Responses - Key to the Survival of Complex Organisms 66 Immune Memory, Specificity and the Timing Of Immune Responses 68 Humoral And Cellular Immune Responses Are Interconnected and Are Critically Role of Humoral and Cellular Immune Systems in the Natural History of Immune Surveillance in Order to

Delayed haemolytic transfusion reactions

Such reactions are neither predictable nor preventable. In the majority of cases, an individual has been previously sensitized to one (or more) red cell antigen(s) by previous transfusion or pregnancy. Antibody is not detectable in routine pretransfusion testing, but the transfusion of blood containing the antigens to which the recipient has been sensitized previously provokes a brisk anamnestic response that is characteristic of the secondary immune response. Within days, the antibody level rises and the transfused cells are removed from the circulation. The effects of the secondary immunization are usually seen about 5-10 days after the transfusion, when the recipient may already have left hospital.

Gestationrelated Changes in Immune Status

Data suggest that pregnancy results in a number of changes in the maternal immune system, although research on the immune response during pregnancy is continually evolving. The evidence from a number of studies suggests that there is a reduction in cell-mediated immunity during pregnancy. There is evidence to support this hypothesis. Pregnancy has been found to result in increased susceptibility and or a predisposition to more severe disease in a number of infections in which the cell-mediated immune response is the most important. Examples of this type include malaria, amebiasis, coc-cidiomycosis, leishmaniasis, leprosy, listeriosis and tuberculosis (Pedler, 2000). Thus, when the itinerary is being reviewed, risk for these infections should be determined.

Drugs Administered Via The Pulmonary Route Antiallergy agents

When the asthmatic response is triggered by an external allergen such as pollen, a major part of the primary immune response consists of the release of histamine from mast cells, a process termed 'degranulation'. Histamine has a wide range of actions in tissues, but in the bronchial tissues it causes constriction of smooth muscle via the H, receptors. This action can be prevented by sodium cromoglycate, which inhibits mast cell degranulation. As a result it has a powerful prophylactic action in asthma, but is of little use for relief of an acute attack. It is valuable for the management of extrinsic asthma and exercise-induced asthma. Cromoglycate is now thought to have an additional actions such as inhibition of pulmonary sensory C-fibre discharge38 39. Anew drug in the category of anti-allergies is nedocromil sodium, which is equipotent with sodium cromoglycate40.

Beta receptor agonists

Adrenocorticosteroids (generally simply termed 'steroids') inhibit the inflammatory process by mechanisms which are poorly understood. It is possible that they may include interference with prostanoid formation and the inhibition of the cellular signaling between cells involved in the immune response. They prevent not only the early inflammatory phenomena such as oedema and increased blood flow, but also later effects such as phagocyte activity and capillary proliferation. The drugs used, e.g. beclomethasone dipropionate, betamethasone and budesonide, exert a topical effect in the lungs but are generally inactivated when swallowed. The doses required are low (400-800 pg daily), resulting in low plasma concentrations thereby minimizing systemic side effects. Modern treatment of asthma in childhood favours the use of small doses of steroid to keep inflammatory processes suppressed.

Malaria and Pregnancy

Most of the studies on malaria occurring during pregnancy have been done on pregnant women living in endemic areas. These studies have demonstrated that women living in such areas have an increased susceptibility to P. falciparum infection during pregnancy when compared with local women who are not pregnant. The increase in susceptibility appears to be more during the first pregnancy and to diminish, in some studies, with subsequent pregnancies. For individuals living in endemic areas protective immunity is acquired during childhood. The increased susceptibility to malaria for women during pregnancy has been thought to be due to sequestration of the parasites in the placenta and suppression of selected components of the immune system, associated with the increased production of several hormones and other proteins (Fried and Duffy, 1996 Diagne et al., 1997 Duffy and Fried, 1999 Nahlen, 2000).

Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases

HIV AIDS has become a worldwide epidemic (NIH, 2004). By the end of 2004, it was estimated that 39.4 million people will be living with HIV AIDS, 12.4 of which will be new cases ( In 2003 alone, there were 3.1 million HIV AIDS-related deaths, including an estimated 490,000 deaths in children younger than 15 years of age (NIAID HIV AIDS statistics). Scientists are seeking to understand this disease and have just recently utilized SELDI TOF-MS for this purpose. One aspect of the HIV AIDS crisis is HIV-associated dementia (HAD). Although the virus enters the brain soon after HIV infection, neurological changes manifesting in HAD are not observed until many years later, usually during the destruction of the immune system and the development of AIDS (Zheng and Gendelman, 1997). Because HIV-1 infection of the nervous system is strongly associated with the infiltration of mononuclear phagocytic cells, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that the virus is carried to the...

The Magnitude of the Problem

More than 10 million children younger than 5 years of age die every year. When facing such statistics it seems that malnutrition is beyond the nutritionists' reach. In the last 5 years an overall estimate of the determinants of child mortality has been published with specific targets identified 16, 17 . To summarize, it is notable that six countries account for 50 of worldwide deaths and 42 countries for 90 , this implies that national or regional policies should be implemented. Even if the causes of death differ substantially among countries, almost half the deaths are due to being underweight, which indicates that malnutrition is a key determinant, in addition to genetics and the infectious environment. It is well known that malnutrition alters the immune response, which leads to two main groups of diseases, respiratory infection and diarrhea (20 each), with neonatal disorders taking approximately 35 of the death toll. Also according to the prevalence of other diseases, essentially...

Normal lymphocytes and nonneoplastic lymphocyte disorders

The anatomy of the immune system, 330 The nature of the antigen-specific receptors on T and B cells, 331 NKT cells, 343 Immune responses, 344 Functional maturation of T cells during immune responses, 348 The immune system has evolved in order to provide protection against infection. Its potential role in defence against malignant disease is also under investigation. The functions of the adaptive specific immune system are mediated by lymphocytes, which circulate through a number of anatomical structures comprising primary and secondary lymphoid tissues.

Bcell surface immunoglobulin

However, although the antigen receptors on a single cell have homogeneous antigen-recognition structures, they are different from the receptors on other B or T lymphocytes. During lymphoid development, a repertoire of billions of B and T cells is generated and all have slightly different antigen receptors on their surface. At the initiation of an immune response, only a few

Monoclonal Antibodies And FcFusion Proteins

An antibody (or immunoglobulin) is a protein synthesized by an animal in response to the presence of a foreign substance (antigen). The antibody has specific affinity for the foreign material that elicited its synthesis. The binding site on the antigen is referred to as the epitope. Antibodies are attractive tools to develop therapeutics because of multiple applications for which they can be employed in vivo, all related to their ability to bind specifically to a target. Some of these applications include, (i) blocking a cellular receptor to prevent interaction with its ligand, (ii) transferring a signal to a cell by binding to a specific receptor, (iii) activating the immune system to destroy a specific cell type by binding to a receptor found primarily on that cell type, and (iv) additional functions can be coupled to an antibody including conjugation with a toxin to kill a specific cell type, using targeted radioactivity to deliver a dose of radiation to tumors or coupling an...

Immunologic monitoring in solid organ transplantation

Improvement of patient and graft survival rates and the post transplantation quality of life depends on many pre- and post-transplant factors, such as tissue compatibility, immunosuppressive therapy, as well as the early detection and treatment of both acute and chronic graft rejection. Allograft antigens presented to the host immune system in association with the major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-encoded molecules initiate lymphocyte activation and proliferation of the primed lymphocytes leading to both cellular and or humoral rejection. The cytokines are essential for the differentiation, proliferation, and amplification of the T-cell responses (Schwartz, 1992). The most important one is interleukin-2 (IL-2), which is essential for activated T-cell proliferation. Monitoring intragraft cytokines such as IL-2, IL-4, IL-10 and interferon-y using real-time PCR (Flohe et al., 1998 Hahn et al., 2001), although invasive, is simple and has been shown to be effective in characterizing...

Cytokine gene polymorphism analysis

While a wide range of factors contributes to allograft survivability, routine screening of cytokine gene polymorphisms may have important clinical relevance and therefore should be considered in the design of both pre- and post-treatment regimens. Most cytokines have been demonstrated to be transcriptionally controlled. Cytokines influence the local activation of cells and play a critical role in the regulation of immune responses. While functional affects have been attributed to cytokine gene variants (Hoffmann et al., 2001 Louis et al., 1998 Turner et al., 1997), their role in allograft rejection remains controversial. The level of production of many of these cytokines may be important in accelerating or slowing the rejection process. The inheritance of genetically determined polymorphisms has been implicated in the development of both acute and chronic renal allograft rejection (Hutchinson, 1999 Hutchinson et al., 2000) and peripheral tolerance (Burlingham et al., 2000). Indeed,...

Cytokines and their classification

Analysis of the genes that encode cytokines and their receptors show that many of these are related. This is dramatically exemplified in the case of the common y-chain that forms part of many of the class I cytokine receptors for the haematopoietin family of cytokines, including the receptors for IL-2, IL-4, IL-7, IL-9 and IL-15. Deficiency of this polypeptide is one of the causes of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). The families of cytokines are summarized in Table 20.4, and a fuller description of the known cytokines that act on cells of the immune system is given in Table 20.5.

Regulatory CD4 T cells

Immunological tolerance is mediated by a number of mechanisms, including deletion of self-reactive B and T cells in the bone marrow and thymus respectively. In addition, it is now clear that a specialized population of T lymphocytes can actively suppress immune responses. These cells have been termed 'regulatory T cells' (Treg) and have a phenotype of CD4+ CD25+. Naturally occurring regulatory CD4+ T cells express high levels of CD25, the IL-2 receptor a-chain, and have been shown to suppress CD4 and CD8 T cells' responses to a range of stimuli, both in vitro and in vivo. In mice, CD4+ CD25+ regulatory T cells (Treg) are involved in maintenance of peripheral T-cell tolerance to self antigens and protection against autoimmunity. Human Treg appear to enrich within CD4+ CD25high T cells and constitute approximately 1-5 of peripheral blood CD4 lymphocytes. In vitro, Tregs are cytokine independent and require cell contact to mediate suppressive action. However, Tregs are able to induce...

Conclusion and Future Directions

Do not rule out single-cell analysis using high-speed flow cytometers and nanotechnology in the near future. Finally, a major factor that could influence the outcomes of tumors with identical gene expression profiles centers on variables within the host. Most expression profiling studies have focused on defining molecular determinants within tumor tissue. However, host characteristics involving immune response, dietary factors and the hormone milieu may influence tumor cell proliferation, invasion and metastasis. In the future, we will likely gain important additional knowledge of tumor behavior and response to therapy through the integration of profiles reflecting both tumor and host gene expression.

Mechanisms of TCell Activation

Undergone genomic recombination in the region coding for the TCR antigen binding site. This chromosomal rearrangement accounts for the vast array of antigens that TCR can bind. However, TCR binding of antigen is restricted to the antigen presented in the context of MHC encoded in the same host genome as the T cells. T-cell activation to MHC of other individuals in the same species is an allogeneic immune response and is a cause of chronic transplant graft rejection. The mechanisms that restrict T cells to endogenous MHC molecules are beyond the scope of this chapter however, they are part of the mechanisms that mediate central tolerance preventing development of most autoantigen reactive T cells. There are also minor histocompatibility antigens. The minor histocompatibility antigens are a poorly defined group of antigen presenting proteins. Several of them have class 1 like properties, suggesting they are associated with activation of CD8+ T cells.

Histological Processing and Staining

By analyzing tissue survival within the device, the researcher is able to assess cell survival and host response to the implant. This is especially important when analyzing gene product expression, because histological analysis may generate clues about the expression (e.g., m cases where the gene product could not be detected systemically and the tissue did not survive and or the host recognized the gene product as foreign and mounted an immune response). The types of histological processing that are employed will again depend on device composition, but for Biopore membrane-containing devices, the following histological protocols are followed

The Different Types of TCell Responses

The differentiation of effector Th cell is separated into three general types according to the lymphokines produced and the effector immune response elicited (Table 2). The DTH-mediating effector T cells are the type 1 Th (Th1) cells. Th1 cells are characterized by their secretion of interferon-y (INF-y) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF). The type 2 Th (Th2) cells mediate B-cell growth and allergic immune responses. The characteristic lymphokines produced by Th2 cells are IL-4 and IL-10. A third type of Th (Th3) cell has only recently been characterized. They are the result of oral tolerance and possibly the effect of aqueous humor (fluid from the anterior chamber of the eye) factors on activated T cells. These Th3 cells produce transforming growth factor-P (TGF-P) and IL-4 or IL-10. They have the ability to suppress autoimmune diseases mediated by Th1 cells with a potential to also suppress Th2-mediated responses. The path of differentiation by the activated T cells is associated with...

The Need for Terminating Tcell Activity

It is reasonable to think that survival of the host relies on the activation of an effective immune response however, some immune responses can also jeopardize host survival. The need to terminate a T-cell response is necessary to maintain homeostasis. Here T-cell responses are terminated to prevent activation when there is no noxious pathogen, or when a noxious pathogen has been cleared. Termination of T-cell responses is necessary when there is a hyper-sensitivity response that permanently damages tissues and organs such as in the eye. There is also the desire to therapeutically terminate T-cell activity to treat autoimmune disease and transplant graft rejection. The mechanisms of terminating Th-cell activity are the means by which the adaptive immune response establishes homeostasis, self-tolerance, and immune privilege.

Cytokine Mediated Immunosuppression

The types of Th cells are defined by the predominance of specific cytokines they produce (Table 2). Th1 cells are defined by the production of IL-2, IFN-y, and TNF, whereas Th2 cells are defined by the production of IL-4 and IL-10. Th3 cells are defined by the production of TGF-P along with IL-4 and IL-10. The cytokines produced also describe the effector immune response mediated by each type of Th cell. Th1 cells mediate immunogenic inflammation, activation of cytolytic CD8+ T cells, and promote B-cell class switching to complement-fixing antibody production. Th2 cells mediate allergic responses, B-cell growth, immunoglobulin class switching to noncomplement fixing antibodies, and suppress macrophage inflammatory activity. There is not a full understanding of effector Th3 cell activity, but it is clear that they suppress the activity of autoreactive Th1 cells, Th2-mediated allergic disorders, and since they produce

Implications for Understanding the Mechanisms Inducing Autoimmunity

The leakage of blood-borne proteins through breaks in the blood-tissue barrier due to infection or trauma is considered one of the leading causes abolishing immune privilege. The introduction of serum factors that are not normally found in the immune privileged microenvironment neutralize TGF-p2 and accelerate degradation of the immuno-suppressive neuropeptides. Blood-derived growth factors have the potential to induce the cells of the microenvironment to make factors that enhance inflammatory and immune responses. Changes in the composition of immunomodulating factors from normal can lead to up-regulating antigen processing and presentation of autoantigens along with a failure to If the normal immune privileged microenvironment mediates the production of specific T-cell lym-phokines, then changes in the microenvironment also mean losing the ability to regulate the production of specific lymphokines by T cells activated in the ocular microenvironment. The TGF-P producing T cells,...

Overwhelming postoperative infection

When splenectomy is being planned, the patient should be immunized against pneumococcal pneumonia, H. influenzae type B (HIB) and meningococcal infection. However, while pneu-mococcal vaccine contains antigens to a number of strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae it does not give complete protection because some strains are not covered and antibody response to the different antigens is variable. To obtain the maximum immune response, patients should, if possible, be immunized 2 to 3 months before splenectomy, and a booster dose should be given 5 years later. Most children will have received HIB vaccine but this should be checked booster doses are not necessary for those who received the full course of three injections. Meningococcal vaccines are effective against types A and C but not against type B, the most prevalent in the West. The patient should also receive meningococcal C conjugate vaccine at a 6-month interval as this gives a higher and more lasting immunization against type C...

Larval Metacestode Morphology

The larvae are extracellular parasites, visible to the naked eye, seen as bladders 0.5-1.5cm in diameter, with an invaginated scolex, observed as a white opaque sphere suspended within the vesicle. In pig muscle infections they are readily apparent (Figure 23.1A, B). Under the light microscope, the external surface is a tegumentary tissue, similar to that found in the adult worm, with microvilli or microtriches projecting from it and in direct contact with the host tissue (Figure 23.2). The bladder wall contains various cell types surrounded by loose connective tissue and calcareous corpuscles that blend into the vesicular fluid, which makes up about 90 of the larval contents. In human infections, these larvae can survive for a number of years. An immune response eventually elicits an inflammatory reaction of the granulomatous type, with a large number of eosinophils degranulating on the surface of the parasite. Dead parasite tissue is reabsorbed slowly, leaving a calcified concretion...

Cellcell interactions and metastasis

As previously noted, the milieu of potential metastatic sites plays a major role in the ability of a cancer cell to multiply, utilize angiogenesis, and avoid the immune system to survive and form metastases. Bone is the best-studied system because of the proclivity of prostate cancer to metastasize skeletally. Prostate cancer cells have osteomimetic properties, which are likely to support metastasis within the bone environment and reciprocal interactions between prostate cancer, and bone stromal growth factors leading to gene expression of osteopontin (OPN), osteocalcin (OC), and bone sialoprotein (BSP) may occur. Furthermore, prostate cancer metastases in the bone are frequently osteoblastic and likely due to the secretion of soluble factors by prostate cancer cells, which stimulate bone production.147 In the mouse model, the prostate cancer cell line PC-3 localized preferentially to human bone implanted in the hindlegs, specifically to the reconstituted...

Novel Therapeutic Delivery Systems In The Treatment Of Prostate Cancer

Gene therapy involves delivering recombinant genetic material, in the form of DNA or RNA to combat disease. Major strategies involve modifying gene expression to correct deficiencies or block inappropriate gene expression, inducing 'suicide' genes to promote cancer cell death and modulating the interactions of the immune system with cancer cells. This is performed either by removing tissue and genetically altering it ex vivo or delivering the genetic material in vivo. In vivo gene therapy has been limited largely by inefficient delivery systems and improvements in gene vectors, and delivery will Tumor cell vaccines are a typical ex vivo gene therapy strategy for cancer and rely on the ability of cancer-specific antigens to elicit an immune response. An approach is to harvest tumor cells from the patient, genetically modify the cells (usually with retroviral transfection) so that they can stimulate the immune system, irradiate the cells so that they are non-tumorigenic, and reinject...

Taenia solium Pork Tapeworm Figure 236

In humans, neurocysticercosis (NC) is by far the most important disease caused by this parasite. Pigs are the intermediate host for the larval stage, which they acquire by ingesting feces containing adult tapeworm proglottids. The life-cycle thrives in rural areas with poor sanitation, without water or drainage and where pigs are left to roam and scavenge on human excrement and garbage. It has been recognized for many years that the larval stage can survive for long periods in the host before being destroyed or attacked by the immune response. The classic

Use Of Complementary And Alternative Medicine In Prostate Cancer Patients

The use of alternative medicine therapies for cancer patients varies from 7 to 64 in published studies with an average prevalence of 31.4 Ernst, 1998 2103 .7 Interestingly, it appears that up to 72 of those patients using alternative therapies do not inform their doctors.1 Many patients hold high expectations for their alternative medicines. Most patients who utilize complementary therapy expect it to improve the quality of their life, over 70 expect it to boost their immune system and 62 believe that it will prolong

Yaolin Wang Bert W OMalley and Sophia Y Tsai 1 Introduction

Gene therapy involves the introduction of foreign therapeutic genes into humans to treat certain diseases. In current protocols, the expressions of the delivered foreign genes are under the control of a constitutive promoter. However, most genes are regulated under physiological conditions in response to various stimuli, including metabolites, growth factors, and hormones. Constitutive expression of foreign genes may result in cytotoxicity as well as undes-lred immune responses. In order to further the development of gene therapy, it is essential to regulate the expression of the genes once they are delivered into the body. From the aforementioned features, it is evident that this inducible system has many applications in addition to temporally controlling the therapeutic protein expression for gene therapy For example, viral vectors have been routinely employed to the delivery of genes into various tissues and organs of the body. Recently, it has been noted that certain viral...

Variabilitythe Source Of Uncertainty

Possibly because such patients are infected with a resistant strain or have a deficient immune response. Variability in response introduces uncertainty in establishing cause and effect. The fact that administering a drug to a given subject has not resulted with the desired therapeutic effect does not necessarily imply that the drug in ineffective. Causality, in the strict sense discussed in the previous section, can no longer be established when outcome of an experiment is subject to variability. However, one can still talk about causality in a probabilistic sense by modifying the requirement that 'whenever A is present B must be present, too' necessary for the establishment of causality, to 'the probability that B will occur is greater in the presence of A than when A is not present'.

Cell Signaling Inhibition

BCL-2 inhibition AKT inhibition Gene therapy Enhancing iodine uptake Demethylating agents Histone deacetylase inhibitors Retinoids Gene therapy Enhanced chemotherapy effects Drug resistance gene inhibitors Combination therapy Immunotherapy Gene therapy Tumor vaccines BCG

Enhancement of Iodine Uptake

A third approach to enhance iodine uptake is to utilize gene therapy to induce expression of an exogenous NIS gene to high levels in thyroid cancer cells. In vitro, gene therapy approaches are quite effective using viral vectors. Even in vitro, however, cancer cells demonstrate variable expression of receptors that are important proteins for cellular transport of viruses. In vivo experiments using gene therapy approaches by direct injection of the virus into tumors have been successful 43,44 . Systemic therapy has been more problematic due to a high hepatic first-pass effect and an immune response against the virus. Research using nonviral gene transporters is ongoing by several groups and holds promise for less antigenic delivery methods for future therapy.

Targeted Cytotoxic Agents

Finally, gene therapy using vectors that carry cytotoxic genes (suicide gene therapy) has been utilized to treat thyroid cancer cells in vitro, and,by direct tumor injection,in vivo. The best reported method is to induce thyroid cancer cell expression of thymidine kinase, which will uniquely sensitize the cells to treatment with the antiviral drug ganciclovir 49 . This approach has been used in xenografts as independent therapy, and also in sensitizing the cells to the effects of external irradiation. Gene therapy approaches that combine cytotoxic genes with immunomodulators have also been reported 50-52 . Tumor vaccines offer another immunotherapy model. This group of agents targeted against cell survival therefore represent an attractive option to sensitize cells to the effects of radiation and or chemotherapy.

Advances In Tumor Immunology

The goal of tumor immunology is to understand the immune response to malignant cells and to be able to use this knowledge to create novel therapeutic strategies. In humans, the concept of tumor surveillance by the immune system is somewhat vindicated by the increase of some rare tumors with chronic immunosuppression. As well, in rare cases of melanoma or renal cell carcinoma, spontaneous regression of tumors support the ability of the immune system to decrease the progression of tumors.1 Furthermore, studies have demonstrated a decreased cell-mediated immunity in some cancer patients, and it has been observed that decreased level of natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxic activity may play an important role in prostate cancer development2 and metastases.3 Although this impaired cellular immunity can be demonstrated in cancer patients (especially in patients with advanced disease), it is likely that a generalized immunologic deficit is not causative but that it reflects a secondary...

Other Emerging Therapies for Thyroid Cancer

Immunotherapy remains a major area of interest for thyroid cancer, and for a number of other malignancies 58,59 . The use of tumor vaccines with or without agents to enhance immune responses, or to induce thyroiditis in patients on chemotherapy using interferons, are avenues of potential treatment for thyroid cancer in the future.