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    Copenhagen : Munksgaard International Publishers
    Experimental dermatology 10 (2001), S. 0 
    ISSN: 1600-0625
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract: Dendritic cells seem to be of major importance for the pathogenesis of psoriasis. They are increased in number in lesional psoriatic skin which is thought to be due to an increased influx from the peripheral blood regulated by chemotaxins. Using a biological/biochemical approach we have addressed the question whether psoriasis scale extracts contain proteinaceous chemotaxins for dendritic cells. Human monocytes differentiated into dendritic cells by culture with GM-CSF and IL-4 (MoDC) served as responder cells. Chemotactic activity for MoDC was purified by several HPLC-steps. The results of our study show that C5a/C5adesarg is the major chemotactic peptide for MoDC in psoriasis scale extracts. In comparison to other stimuli such as fMLP or monocyte chemotactic peptide 1 (MCP-1) C5a proved to be a most potent and efficient chemotaxin for MoDC. C5a co-eluted with MRP14/calgranulin B which is present in large amounts in psoriasis scale extracts as identified by amino acid sequencing. However, MRP14/calgranulin B did not possess any chemotactic activity for MoDC. Our results provide evidence that C5a/C5adesarg although not specific for dendritic cells seems to be the major chemoattractant for these cells in lesional psoriasis skin.
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    Copenhagen : Munksgaard International Publishers
    Experimental dermatology 9 (2000), S. 0 
    ISSN: 1600-0625
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract: The etiology and pathogenesis of psoriasis – one of the most common chronic, inflammatory, hyperproliferative skin disorders of man – have long fascinated dermatologists, pathologists and biologists alike. Here, we have a model disease that offers to study neuroectodermal-mesenchymal interactions in the widest sense possible. Epithelial, endothelial, and hematopoietic cells as well as neurons projecting into the skin apparently all interact with each other to generate the characteristic psoriatic lesion. For decades, the ongoing controversy on the molecular nature, choreography and hierarchy of these complex interactions e.g. between epidermal keratinocytes, T cells, neurotrophils, endothelial cells and sensory nerves has served as a driving force propelling investigative dermatology to ever new horizons. This debate has not only been at the heart of our quest to develop more effective forms of therapy for this socially crippling disease, but it also has profoundly influenced how we view the skin as a whole: the numerous competing theories on the pathogenesis of psoriasis published so far also are reflections on the evolution of mainstream thought in skin biology over the last decades. These days, conventional wisdom – infatuated with a T-cell-centered approach to inflammatory skin diseases – portrays psoriasis as an autoimmune disease, where misguided T lymphocyte activities cause secondary epithelial abnormalities. And yet, as this CONTROVERSIES feature reminds us, some authoritative “pockets of academic resistance” are still quite alive, and interpret psoriasis e.g. as a genetically determined, abnormal epithelial response pattern to infectious and/or physicochemical skin insults. Weighing the corresponding lines of argumentation is not only an intriguing, clinically relevant intellectual exercise, but also serves as a wonderful instrument for questioning our own views of the skin universe and its patterns of deviation from a state of homeostasis.
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    Oxford, UK : Munksgaard International Publishers
    Allergy 57 (2002), S. 0 
    ISSN: 1398-9995
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Background: To gain insight into the mechanisms responsible for tissue neutrophil immigration in sinusitis, primary nasal fibroblasts are analyzed for synthesizing and delivering neutrophil chemokines.Methods: Primary nasal fibroblast cell culture was treated with tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α concentrations of 20 and 200 ng/ml for 2, 8, 24 and 72 h. Chemokine concentrations in supernatants were determined by enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) and chemokine mRNA expression in fibroblasts was measured by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Biological chemotactic activity was identified by three-step high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and by bioassay measuring neutrophil chemotaxis in a single Boyden chamber system.Results: Interleukin (IL)-8 and growth-related oncogene (GRO)-α were induced in nasal fibroblast culture by proinflammatory stimulus. After 24 h of stimulation neutrophil chemotactic activity only was detected for IL-8. Granulocyte chemotactic protein (GCP)-2 mRNA was already significantly up-regulated after 2 h of stimulation.Conclusion: Induction of IL-8 protein dominates chemokine synthesis 24 and 72 h after stimulation, whereas induction of GCP-2 mRNA seems to have a role in the early phase after 2 h of exposition with TNF-α.
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    Publication Date: 2013-02-21
    Description: Bacillus cereus strains harboring a pXO1-like virulence plasmid cause respiratory anthrax-like disease in humans, particularly in welders. We developed mouse models for intraperitoneal as well as aerosol challenge with spores of B. cereus G9241, harboring pBCXO1 and pBC218 virulence plasmids. Compared to wild-type B. cereus G9241, spores with a deletion of the pBCXO1-carried protective antigen gene ( pagA1 ) were severely attenuated, whereas spores with a deletion of the pBC218-carried protective antigen homologue ( pagA2 ) were not. Anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) immunization raised antibodies that bound and neutralized the pagA1 -encoded protective antigen (PA1) but not the PA2 orthologue encoded by pagA2 . AVA immunization protected mice against a lethal challenge with spores from B. cereus G9241 or B. cereus Elc4, a strain that had been isolated from a fatal case of anthrax-like disease. As the pathogenesis of B. cereus anthrax-like disease in mice is dependent on pagA1 and PA-neutralizing antibodies provide protection, AVA immunization may also protect humans from respiratory anthrax-like death.
    Print ISSN: 0019-9567
    Electronic ISSN: 1098-5522
    Topics: Medicine
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    Publication Date: 2015-11-11
    Description: Many pathogens usurp the host hemostatic system during infection to promote pathogenesis. Yersinia pestis , the causative agent of plague, expresses the plasminogen activator protease Pla, which has been shown in vitro to target and cleave multiple proteins within the fibrinolytic pathway, including the plasmin inhibitor α2-antiplasmin (A2AP). It is not known, however, if Pla inactivates A2AP in vivo ; the role of A2AP during respiratory Y. pestis infection is not known either. Here, we show that Y. pestis does not appreciably cleave A2AP in a Pla-dependent manner in the lungs during experimental pneumonic plague. Furthermore, following intranasal infection with Y. pestis , A2AP-deficient mice exhibit no difference in survival time, bacterial burden in the lungs, or dissemination from wild-type mice. Instead, we found that in the absence of Pla, A2AP contributes to the control of the pulmonary inflammatory response during infection by reducing neutrophil recruitment and cytokine production, resulting in altered immunopathology of the lungs compared to A2AP-deficient mice. Thus, our data demonstrate that A2AP is not significantly affected by the Pla protease during pneumonic plague, and although A2AP participates in immune modulation in the lungs, it has limited impact on the course or ultimate outcome of the infection.
    Print ISSN: 0019-9567
    Electronic ISSN: 1098-5522
    Topics: Medicine
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    Publication Date: 2015-12-29
    Description: Pneumonic plague represents the most severe form of disease caused by Yersinia pestis due to its ease of transmission, rapid progression, and high mortality rate. The Y. pestis outer membrane Pla protease is essential for the development of pneumonic plague; however, the complete repertoire of substrates cleaved by Pla in the lungs is not known. In this study, we describe a proteomic screen to identify host proteins contained within the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of mice that are cleaved and/or processed by Y. pestis in a Pla-dependent manner. We identified peroxiredoxin 6 (Prdx6), a host factor that contributes to pulmonary surfactant metabolism and lung defense against oxidative stress, as a previously unknown substrate of Pla. Pla cleaves Prdx6 at three distinct sites, and these cleavages disrupt both the peroxidase and phospholipase A 2 activities of Prdx6. In addition, we found that infection with wild-type Y. pestis reduces the abundance of extracellular Prdx6 in the lungs compared to that after infection with pla Y. pestis , suggesting that Pla cleaves Prdx6 in the pulmonary compartment. However, following infection with either wild-type or pla Y. pestis , Prdx6-deficient mice exhibit no differences in bacterial burden, host immune response, or lung damage from wild-type mice. Thus, while Pla is able to disrupt Prdx6 function in vitro and reduce Prdx6 levels in vivo , the cleavage of Prdx6 has little detectable impact on the progression or outcome of pneumonic plague.
    Print ISSN: 0019-9567
    Electronic ISSN: 1098-5522
    Topics: Medicine
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