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  • 1.
    AbdelMageed, Manar
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Ismail, Hager
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Department of Clinical Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Ohlsson, Lina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Lindmark, Gudrun
    Institution of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden.
    Hammarström, Marie-Louise
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Hammarström, Sten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Sitohy, Basel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Clinical significance of stem cell biomarkers epcam, lgr5 and lgr4 mrna levels in lymph nodes of colon cancer patients2022In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences, ISSN 1661-6596, E-ISSN 1422-0067, Vol. 23, no 1, article id 403Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The significance of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in initiation and progression of colon cancer (CC) has been established. In this study, we investigated the utility of measuring mRNA expression levels of CSC markers EpCAM, LGR5 and LGR4 for predicting survival outcome in surgically treated CC patients. Expression levels were determined in 5 CC cell lines, 66 primary CC tumors and 382 regional lymph nodes of 121 CC patients. Prognostic relevance was determined using Kaplan‐Meier survival and Cox regression analyses. CC patients with lymph nodes expressing high levels of EpCAM, LGR5 or LGR4 (higher than a clinical cutoff of 0.07, 0.06 and 2.558 mRNA cop-ies/18S rRNA unit, respectively) had a decreased mean survival time of 32 months for EpCAM and 42 months for both LGR5 and LGR4 at a 12‐year follow‐up (p = 0.022, p = 0.005 and p = 0.011, respec-tively). Additional patients at risk for recurrence were detected when LGR5 was combined with the biomarkers CXCL17 or CEA plus CXCL16. In conclusion, the study underscores LGR5 as a particularly useful prognostic biomarker and illustrates the strength of combining biomarkers detecting different subpopulations of cancer cells and/or cells in the tumor microenvironment for predicting recurrence.

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  • 2. Agmon-Levin, Nancy
    et al.
    Damoiseaux, Jan
    Kallenberg, Cees
    Sack, Ulrich
    Witte, Torsten
    Herold, Manfred
    Bossuyt, Xavier
    Musset, Lucille
    Cervera, Ricard
    Plaza-Lopez, Aresio
    Dias, Carlos
    Sousa, Maria Jose
    Radice, Antonella
    Eriksson, Catharina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Hultgren, Olof
    Viander, Markku
    Khamashta, Munther
    Regenass, Stephan
    Coelho Andrade, Luis Eduardo
    Wiik, Allan
    Tincani, Angela
    Ronnelid, Johan
    Bloch, Donald B.
    Fritzler, Marvin J.
    Chan, Edward K. L.
    Garcia-De la Torre, I.
    Konstantinov, Konstantin N.
    Lahita, Robert
    Wilson, Merlin
    Vainio, Olli
    Fabien, Nicole
    Sinico, Renato Alberto
    Meroni, Pierluigi
    Shoenfeld, Yehuda
    International recommendations for the assessment of autoantibodies to cellular antigens referred to as anti-nuclear antibodies2014In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, ISSN 0003-4967, E-ISSN 1468-2060, Vol. 73, no 1, p. 17-23Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) are fundamental for the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases, and have been determined by indirect immunofluorescence assay (IIFA) for decades. As the demand for ANA testing increased, alternative techniques were developed challenging the classic IIFA. These alternative platforms differ in their antigen profiles, sensitivity and specificity, raising uncertainties regarding standardisation and interpretation of incongruent results. Therefore, an international group of experts has created recommendations for ANA testing by different methods. Two groups of experts participated in this initiative. The European autoimmunity standardization initiative representing 15 European countries and the International Union of Immunologic Societies/World Health Organization/Arthritis Foundation/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention autoantibody standardising committee. A three-step process followed by a Delphi exercise with closed voting was applied. Twenty-five recommendations for determining ANA (1-13), anti-double stranded DNA antibodies (14-18), specific antibodies (19-23) and validation of methods (24-25) were created. Significant differences between experts were observed regarding recommendations 24-25 (p<0.03). Here, we formulated recommendations for the assessment and interpretation of ANA and associated antibodies. Notably, the roles of IIFA as a reference method, and the importance of defining nuclear and cytoplasmic staining, were emphasised, while the need to incorporate alternative automated methods was acknowledged. Various approaches to overcome discrepancies between methods were suggested of which an improved bench-to-bedside communication is of the utmost importance. These recommendations are based on current knowledge and can enable harmonisation of local algorithms for testing and evaluation of ANA and related autoantibodies. Last but not least, new more appropriate terminologies have been suggested.

  • 3.
    Alenius, Gerd-Marie
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Jidell, Erik
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nordmark, L
    Rantapää Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Disease manifestations and HLA antigens in psoriatic arthritis in northern Sweden2002In: Clinical Rheumatology, ISSN 0770-3198, E-ISSN 1434-9949, Vol. 21, no 5, p. 357-362Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to identify potential markers of aggressive joint manifestations and HLA associations in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in northern Sweden. Patients with PsA were examined clinically, with laboratory tests and radiologically. The classification of the disease was based on peripheral and/or axial engagement. HLA B17, B37 and B62 were significantly increased in PsA patients. Univariate analyses suggest that the HLA antigens B37, B62 and some clinical variables were associated with disease course. However, in multivariate analyses distal interphalangeal joint affliction and polyarticular manifestations were the only variables remaining significantly associated with irreversible joint destruction or deformity. There were no significant effects of HLA antigens. In this cross-sectional study, clinical manifestations were more reliable predictors of aggressive joint damage than were specific HLA antigens. However, HLA antigens seemed to modify the expression of the joint disease rather than being involved in joint disease susceptibility.

  • 4.
    Alhouayek, Mireille
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Pharmacology. Catholic Univ Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.
    Gouveia-Figueira, Sandra
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Umea, Sweden.
    Hammarström, Marie-Louise
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Fowler, Christopher J.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Pharmacology.
    Involvement of CYP1B1 in interferon gamma-induced alterations of epithelial barrier integrity2018In: British Journal of Pharmacology, ISSN 0007-1188, E-ISSN 1476-5381, Vol. 175, no 6, p. 877-890Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE CYP1B1 and CYP1A1 are important extra-hepatic cytochromes, expressed in the colon and involved in the metabolism of dietary constituents and exogenous compounds. CYP1B1 expression is increased by pro-inflammatory cytokines, and it has been recently implicated in regulation of blood brain barrier function. We investigated its involvement in the increased permeability of the intestinal epithelial barrier observed in inflammatory conditions. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Epithelial monolayers formed by human T84 colon carcinoma cells cultured on transwells, were disrupted by incubation with IFN gamma (10 ng.mL(-1)). Monolayer integrity was measured using transepithelial electrical resistance. CYP1A1 and CYP1B1 inhibitors or inducers were applied apically. Potential mechanisms of action were investigated using RT-qPCR. KEY RESULTS IFN gamma disrupts the barrier integrity of the T84 monolayers and increases CYP1B1 and HIF1 alpha mRNA expression. CYP1B1 induction is inhibited by the NF-kappa B inhibitor ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate (100 mu M) but not by the HIF1 alpha inhibitor 3-(5-hydroxymethyl-2-furyl)-1-benzyl indazole (50 mu M). Inhibition of CYP1B1 with the selective inhibitor 2,4,3,5-tetramethoxystilbene (100 nM) partly reverses the effects of IFN gamma on epithelial permeability. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS These data suggest that increased expression of CYP1B1 is involved in the effects of IFN gamma on epithelial permeability. Inhibition of CYP1B1 counteracts the alterations of epithelial barrier integrity induced by IFN gamma and could thus have a therapeutic potential in disorders of intestinal permeability associated with inflammation.

  • 5.
    Ali, Haytham
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    AbdelMageed, Manar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Olsson, Lina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Israelsson, Anne
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Lindmark, Gudrun
    Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Helsingborg, Sweden.
    Hammarström, Marie-Louise
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Hammarström, Sten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Sitohy, Basel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Utility of G protein-coupled receptor 35 expression for predicting outcome in colon cancer2019In: Tumor Biology, ISSN 1010-4283, E-ISSN 1423-0380, Vol. 41, no 6, article id 1010428319858885Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The utility of mRNA and protein determinations of G protein-coupled receptor 35, that is, GPR35a (GPR35 V1) and GPR35b (GPR35 V2/3), as indicators of outcome for colon cancer patients after curative surgery was investigated. Expression levels of V1 and V2/3 GPR35, carcinoembryonic antigen and CXCL17 mRNAs were assessed in primary tumours and regional lymph nodes of 121 colon cancer patients (stage I–IV), colon cancer cell lines and control colon epithelial cells using real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction. Expression of G protein-coupled receptor 35 was investigated by two-colour immunohistochemistry and immunomorphometry. GPR35 V2/3 mRNA, but not V1 mRNA, was expressed in colon cancer cell lines, primary colon tumours and control colon epithelial cells. Haematoxylin and eosin positive (H&E(+)), but not H&E(–), lymph nodes expressed high levels of GPR35 V2/3 mRNA (P<0.0001). GPR35b and carcinoembryonic antigen proteins were simultaneously expressed in many colon cancer tumour cells. Kaplan–Meier and hazard ratio analysis revealed that patients with lymph nodes expressing high levels of GPR35 V2/3 mRNA and, in particular, in the group of patients with lymph nodes also expressing carcinoembryonic antigen mRNA, had a short disease-free survival time, 67 months versus 122 months at 12-year follow-up (difference: 55 months, P = 0.001; hazard ratio: 3.6, P = 0.002). In conclusion, high level expression of G protein-coupled receptor 35 V2/3 mRNA in regional lymph nodes of colon cancer patients is a sign of poor prognosis.

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  • 6. Andersen, G. Neumann
    et al.
    Andersen, M.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Wikberg, J. E. S.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Dermal Melanocortin Receptor Rebound in Diffuse Systemic Sclerosis after Anti-TGF ss 1 Antibody Therapy2012In: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0300-9475, E-ISSN 1365-3083, Vol. 76, no 5, p. 478-482Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Disturbed transforming growth factor beta (TGF beta) signalling leads to enhanced synthesis of extracellular matrix (ECM), which is manifested as systemic sclerosis (SSc), but this may be attenuated by the melanocortin system. Here, we report of rebound reaction in the gene expression of melanocortin receptor (MCR) subtypes and of the precursor of these receptors ligands, the pro-opio-melanocortin protein (POMC), in the acute skin lesion of diffuse systemic sclerosis (dSSc) after treatment with a recombinant human anti-TGF beta 1 antibody. Biopsies, taken from the leading edge of the skin lesion, before and after treatment of a patient with recent onset dSSc, were examined. Before treatment, increased levels of TGF beta mRNA and suppressed levels of POMC mRNA and MCR subtypes MC1-3, 5R mRNAs were seen in the lesion, compared with healthy controls. After treatment, there was a rebound expression of POMC, MC2, 3, 5R mRNAs. As the melanocortin system regulates collagen and melanin production, our findings add a new understanding to the pathogenetic mechanisms involved in the acute skin lesion of dSSc, which is characterized by enhanced ECM formation and changes in skin pigmentation.

  • 7.
    Andersen, Grethe
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Rheumatology.
    Hägglund, M
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Frängsmyr, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Petrovska, R
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Wikberg, J E S
    Quantitative measurement of the levels of melanocortin receptor subtype 1, 2, 3 and 5 and pro-opio-melanocortin peptide gene expression in subsets of human peripheral blood leucocytes2005In: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0300-9475, E-ISSN 1365-3083, Vol. 61, no 3, p. 279-284Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Levels of the melanocortin receptor (MCR) 1, 2, 3 and 5 subtypes and pro-opio-melanocortin (POMC) protein mRNA were measured by the real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction method in CD4+ T helper (Th) cells, CD8+ T cytotoxic cells, CD19+ B cells, CD56+ natural killer (NK) cells, CD14+ monocytes and CD15+ granulocytes from healthy donors. We found high levels of all of the MC1, 2, 3 and 5R subtype mRNA in Th cells and moderate levels in NK cells, monocytes and granulocytes. POMC peptide mRNA was found in all examined leucocyte subsets, but only low levels were present in granulocytes. Our findings suggest a co-ordinating role for MCR subtypes and their naturally occurring ligands in the co-operation between innate and adaptive immunity. Moreover, our findings are compatible with earlier finding of MCR-mediated tolerance induction in Th cells.

  • 8.
    Andersen, Grethe N.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Nilsson, Kenneth
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine.
    Nagaeva, O
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Sandström, Thomas
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Cytokine mRNA profile of alveolar T lymphocytes and macrophages in patients with systemic sclerosis suggests a local Tr1 response2011In: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0300-9475, E-ISSN 1365-3083, Vol. 74, no 3, p. 272-81Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The development of an autoimmune disease like systemic sclerosis (SSc) is suspected to be driven by an activated T lymphocyte subset, expressing a cytokine profile specific to the disease. To further characterize the type of immune reaction in SSc, we searched for a broad panel of cytokine messenger ribonucleic acids (mRNAs) in T lymphocytes and monocytes/macrophages from paired samples of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and peripheral blood in 18 patients and 16 age- and sex-matched controls. RNA from CD3(+) T lymphocytes and CD14(+) monocytes/macrophages was examined by means of the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. SSc alveolar T lymphocytes expressed a cytokine profile suggestive of a mixed Th1/Th2 reaction, showing an increased frequency of mRNA for interleukin (IL)-10, IL-6 and interferon (IFN)γ, while IL-1β, IFNγ and tumour necrosis factor β were expressed in blood T lymphocytes in a higher percentage of patients with SSc than controls. SSc alveolar T cells expressed IL-10 mRNA more often than peripheral T cells, a phenomenon not found in controls and which may point at local IL-10 activation/response in SSc lung. Transforming growth factor β mRNA was present in all alveolar as well as peripheral blood T cell samples in patients and controls. The cytokine mRNA profile in SSc with interstitial lung disease (ILD) was similar to the profile found in SSc without ILD. Our findings point at a mixed Th1/Th2 reaction in SSc and may indicate regulatory T 1 cell activation/response in the lungs of patients with SSc.

  • 9.
    Andersen, Grethe Neumann
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Caidahl, Kenneth
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Kazzam, Elsadig
    Petersson, Ann-Sofi
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Waldenström, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Correlation between increased nitric oxide production and markers of endothelial activation in systemic sclerosis: findings with the soluble adhesion molecules E-selectin, intercellular adhesion molecule 1, and vascular adhesion molecule 12000In: Arthritis and Rheumatism, ISSN 0004-3591, E-ISSN 1529-0131, Vol. 43, no 5, p. 1085-1093Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective To determine the relationship between vascular function and the inflammatory response in systemic sclerosis (SSc), and to investigate whether production of endothelial-derived nitric oxide (NO) is disturbed in this disease.

    Methods We measured plasma nitrate, urinary excretion of both nitrate and cGMP, and soluble adhesion molecules of endothelial origin in patients with SSc and in age- and sex-matched controls and compared these levels between groups. Additionally, we performed correlation analysis to determine how these variables were related to one another. Plasma nitrate and 24-hour-urinary excretion of nitrate in patients and controls were measured after a 72-hour nitrate-free-diet, using a gas chromatography/mass spectrometric method. Soluble adhesion molecules intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (sICAM-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (sVCAM-1), and E-selectin and cytokines were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The expression of E-selectin was further investigated in skin biopsy specimens by immunoperoxidase staining, and the presence of inducible NO synthase by immunoblotting.

    Results Plasma nitrate and 24-hour-urinary-excretion of cGMP were significantly elevated in patients compared with controls, while 24-hour-urinary-excretion of nitrate tended to be elevated in SSc patients. Levels of sICAM-1, sVCAM-1, and sE-selectin were significantly elevated in the patients. Levels of plasma nitrate in the patients correlated significantly with levels of sVCAM-1 (P = 0.020) and sE-selectin (P = 0.018) and approached a significant correlation with sICAM-1 (P = 0.055), suggesting that activated endothelial cells may produce plasma nitrate.

    Conclusion NO synthesis is elevated in SSc patients, and the activated endothelial cell is a likely site of its production.

  • 10.
    Andersen, Grethe Neumann
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Kazzam, Elsadig
    Mälar Hospital, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
    Nyberg, Gunnar
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Klintland, Natalia
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Petersson, Ann-Sofi
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Waldenström, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Medicine.
    Caidahl, Kenneth
    Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Assessment of vascular function in systemic sclerosis: indications of the development of nitrate tolerance as a result of enhanced endothelial nitric oxide production2002In: Arthritis and Rheumatism, ISSN 0004-3591, E-ISSN 1529-0131, Vol. 46, no 5, p. 1324-1332Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent functions and the stiffness of conduit arteries as well as levels of endothelial activation markers in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc).

    METHODS: Endothelium-dependent (i.e., flow-mediated) and endothelium-independent (i.e., nitroglycerin-induced) dilation of the brachial artery was measured as the percentage of change from baseline (FMD% and NTG%, respectively) in 24 SSc patients and 24 age- and sex-matched healthy controls by high-resolution ultrasound imaging. The maximum increase in systolic pressure per unit of time (dP/dt(max)), as a measure of arterial wall stiffness, was assessed in the radial artery by pulse applanation tonometry. Plasma nitrate, the most important metabolite of nitric oxide, and 24-hour urinary excretion of nitrate were measured by gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Soluble E-selectin and soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (sVCAM-1) were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.

    RESULTS: Brachial artery FMD% and NTG% did not differ between SSc patients and controls. Radial artery dP/dt(max) was significantly increased in the patients and correlated significantly with elevated levels of plasma nitrate and sVCAM-1. Twenty-four-hour urinary nitrate excretion tended to be elevated. Brachial artery NTG% was significantly inversely correlated with levels of plasma nitrate and soluble endothelial adhesion molecules.

    CONCLUSION: The ability of the brachial arteries to dilate in response to hyperemia and nitroglycerin challenge is preserved in SSc. Stiffness of the radial artery is increased, however. Endothelial activation seems to determine the extent of the brachial artery NTG% and the radial artery dP/dt(max). The data are compatible with the hypothesis that nitrate tolerance is present in the vascular smooth muscle cells of the brachial artery wall in SSc.

  • 11.
    Andersen, Grethe Neumann
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Nilsson, Kenneth
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Sandström, Thomas
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Cytokine mRNA profile of alveolar T lymphocytes and macrophages in systemic sclerosis patients suggests Th1 and Th2 responseManuscript (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 12.
    Andersen, Grethe Neumann
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Nilsson, Kenneth
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine.
    Pourazar, Jamshid
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine.
    Hackett, Tillie-Louise
    Kazzam, Elsadig
    Blomberg, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine.
    Waldenström, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Warner, Jane
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Sandström, Thomas
    Bronchoalveolar matrix metalloproteinase 9 relates to restrictive lung function impairment in systemic sclerosis.2007In: Respiratory Medicine, ISSN 0954-6111, E-ISSN 1532-3064, Vol. 101, no 10, p. 2199-2206Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is frequently associated with interstitial lung disease (ILD) often leading to lung fibrosis. In this study we investigated whether matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) and its natural inhibitor; the tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 1 (TIMP-1), would be associated with remodelling in ILD in SSc. Levels of total MMP-9, pro-MMP-9 and TIMP-1 were measured in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from nine SSc patients with ILD, seven SSc patients without ILD and 16 age- and sex-matched healthy controls. Total MMP-9 and pro-MMP-9 levels were significantly elevated in SSc patients with ILD, compared to levels in SSc patients without ILD and healthy controls. In SSc patients with ILD calculated active MMP-9 levels were significantly higher than in SSc patients without ILD and tended to be higher than in healthy controls. TIMP-1 levels were elevated in both patient groups compared to healthy controls. Total-, pro- and active MMP-9 levels as well as pro-MMP-TIMP-1 and active MMP-9/TIMP-1 ratios were inversely associated with total lung capacity. The present study suggests that MMP-9 plays a pathophysiological role in the remodelling in ILD and lung fibrosis associated with SSc, and may represent a new therapeutic target in this condition.

  • 13. Andersen, M.
    et al.
    Nagaev, Ivan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Meyer, M. K.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Wikberg, J.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Andersen, G. N.
    Melanocortin 2, 3 and 4 Receptor Gene Expressions are Downregulated in CD8(+) T Cytotoxic Lymphocytes and CD19(+) B Lymphocytes in Rheumatoid Arthritis Responding to TNF- Inhibition2017In: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0300-9475, E-ISSN 1365-3083, Vol. 86, no 1, p. 31-39Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Melanocortin signalling in leucocyte subsets elicits anti-inflammatory and immune tolerance inducing effects in animal experimental inflammation. In man, however, the effects of melanocortin signalling in inflammatory conditions have scarcely been examined. We explored the differential reactions of melanocortin 1-5 receptors (MC1-5R) gene expressions in pathogenetic leucocyte subsets in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to treatment with TNF- inhibitor adalimumab. Seven patients with active RA donated blood at start and at 3-month treatment. CD4(+) T helper (h) lymphocytes (ly), CD8(+) T cytotoxic (c) ly, CD19(+) B ly and CD14(+) monocytes were isolated, using immunomagnetic beads, total RNA extracted and reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) performed. Fold changes in MC1-5R, Th1-, inflammatory- and regulatory cytokine gene expressions were assessed for correlation. Six patients responded to adalimumab treatment, while one patient was non-responder. In all lymphocyte subtypes, MC1-5R gene expressions decreased in responders and increased in the non-responder. In responders, decrease in MC2R, MC3R and MC4R gene expressions in CD8(+) Tc and CD19(+) B ly was significant. Fold change in MC1-5R and IFN gene expressions correlated significantly in CD8(+) Tc ly, while fold change in MC1R, MC3R and MC5R and IL-1 gene expressions correlated significantly in CD4(+) Th ly. Our results show regulation of MC2R, MC3R and MC4R gene expressions in CD8(+) Tc ly and CD19(+) B ly. The correlations between fold change in different MCRs and disease driving cytokine gene expressions in CD8(+) Tc ly and CD4(+) Th ly point at a central immune modulating function of the melanocortin system in RA.

  • 14. Andersen, M.
    et al.
    Olesen, M. K.
    Nagaev, Ivan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Wikberg, J.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Andersen, G. N.
    Vendsyssel Hosp, Clin Res Ctr, Rheumatol Unit, Hjorring, Denmark.
    Adalimumab (Humira (R)) normalizes melanocortin receptor subtype 2, 3, and 4 expression in CD8+, CD14+, and CD19+leucocyte subsets in rheumatoid arthritis2014In: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, ISSN 0300-9742, E-ISSN 1502-7732, Vol. 43, no Suppl. 127, p. 25-26 Meeting Abstr. PP119Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Hammarström, Sten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and CEA-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1), apically expressed on human colonic M cells, are potential receptors for microbial adhesion.2004In: Histochemistry and Cell Biology, ISSN 0948-6143, E-ISSN 1432-119X, Vol. 121, no 2, p. 83-9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the human gut mucosa, specialized M cells deliver intact foreign macromolecules and commensal bacteria from the lumen to organized mucosal lymphoid tissues triggering immune responses. M cells are also major sites of adhesion and invasion for enteric pathogens. The molecular features of M cell apical surfaces that promote microbial normal attachment are still largely unknown. We have demonstrated previously that in the human colonic epithelium, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and CEA-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1) are integral components of the apical glycocalyx which participate in epithelial-microbial interactions. In this study, based on the reactivity of specific monoclonal antibodies and on immunoelectron microscopy, we show that M cells of human colonic solitary lymphoid follicles express CEA and CEACAM1 on the apical surface. Recently these highly glycosylated molecules have been characterized as protein receptors for different bacteria. This leads us to propose a role for CEA and CEACAM1 in the adherence of enteric bacteria to the apical membrane of colonic M cells. We also hypothesize that, unlike colonic enterocytes, M cells lack the defense mechanism that eliminates CEA and CEACAM1 upon microbial binding and which is based on vesiculation of microvillus plasma membrane.

  • 16.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Hammarström, Sten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Lipids are a constitutive component of cytolytic granules.2000In: Histochemistry and Cell Biology, ISSN 0948-6143, E-ISSN 1432-119X, Vol. 114, no 2, p. 167-71Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cytolytic granules are specific organelles of activated cytotoxic lymphocytes mediating storage and regulated excretion of lytic molecules for killing of target cells. A variety of the other granule components may also participate in granule-mediated cytotoxicity. In this study, the subcellular localization of lipids in the granules of human decidual CD56+ natural killer-like cells was determined by staining with malachite green aldehyde and imidazole-buffered osmium tetroxide. Lipids were shown, for the first time, to be a constitutive component of cytolytic granules. Lipids formed an additional structural microdomain, located between the granule-limiting membrane and the granule core. Images of the granules on serial sections suggested that intragranular lipids wrap the core. We speculate that granule lipids participate in packing of lytic molecules inside the granules, in autocrine signaling ending granule secretion, and in the killing process.

  • 17.
    Berglin, Eva
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Lorentzon, Ronnie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Sports Medicine.
    Nordmark, L
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Diagnostic Radiology.
    Nilsson-Sojka, Birgitta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rantapää Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Predictors of radiological progression and changes in hand bone density in early rheumatoid arthritis2003In: Rheumatology, ISSN 1462-0324, E-ISSN 1462-0332, Vol. 42, no 2, p. 268-275Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors for radiological and functional outcome and bone loss in the hands in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) during the first 2 yr of disease and to study the relationship between these variables.

    METHODS: An inception cohort of consecutively recruited patients was examined at baseline and after 12 and 24 months using X-rays of hands and feet, clinical [28-joint count, Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ), global visual analogue scale (VAS), grip strength] and laboratory (erythrocyte sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein, markers of bone formation and resorption) measurements and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry measurements of the hands.

    RESULTS: Joint destruction increased significantly during the study, with the Larsen score at baseline as the strongest predictor. Radiological progression and bone loss over 24 months were significantly retarded in patients responding to therapy. The effects of the shared epitope and initial high inflammatory activity on radiological progression were overridden by the therapeutic response. Radiological progression correlated significantly with bone loss. Global VAS, Larsen score and HAQ at inclusion significantly predicted change in HAQ over time.

    CONCLUSIONS: Radiological progression and bone loss were retarded by early therapeutic response. Bone loss was related to radiological progression.

  • 18.
    Berglin, Ewa
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Rheumatology.
    Mohammad, Aladdin J.
    Department of Clinical Sciences/Rheumatology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
    Dahlqvist, Johanna
    Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, and Medical Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Johansson, Linda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Rheumatology.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Sjöwall, Johanna
    Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Clinic of Infectious Diseases Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Rheumatology.
    Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies predate symptom onset of ANCA-associated vasculitis: a case-control study2021In: Journal of Autoimmunity, ISSN 0896-8411, E-ISSN 1095-9157, Vol. 117, article id 102579Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies [ANCA) are important for diagnosis of ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV). The timing of antibody development is not well established. To investigate the development of proteinase 3 (PR3)- and myeloperoxidase (MPO)-ANCA, blood samples collected before onset of symptoms of AAV were analysed.

    Methods: To identify AAV patients with blood samples predating symptoms, the National Patient Register and Cause of Death register were scrutinized for ICD codes for AAV and linked to the registers of five biobanks. Diagnoses of AAV and time point for symptom onset were confirmed by reviewing 504 case-record. Eighty-five AAV cases (34 males, 51 females) with samples >1 month < 10 years from AAV symptom onset and two controls matched for sex, age, and sampling time for each case were included. Samples were screened using ELISAs for ANCA and further analysed for PR3-or MPO- specificities.

    Results: In ANCA-screen 35.7% of the pre-symptomatic cases and 3.5% of controls tested positive (p < 0.01). 26.2% of the cases were PR3-ANCA+ and 10.7% MPO-ANCA+. Median (Q1-Q3) predating time for PR3-ANCA+ was 2.7 (0.3–7.7) years and MPO-ANCA+ 2.0 (0.9–3.5) years. PR3-ANCA was demonstrated in samples up to nine years before symptom onset. At symptom onset predating PR3-ANCA+ cases were younger than PR3-ANCA- (P < 0.01), and MPO-ANCA+ were older than MPO-ANCA- (p < 0.05). Predating MPO-ANCA+ cases vs. MPO-ANCA- and vs. PR3-ANCA+ cases had more often at symptoms onset manifestations from lungs, kidneys or peripheral nervous system (p < 0.01 and p < 0.05, respectively).

    Conclusion: The PR3-and MPO-ANCAs are present years before AAV symptom onset and represent distinct diseases.

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  • 19.
    Björk, Emma
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry. Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Örnsköldsvik Hospital, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
    Israelsson, Pernilla
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Diagnostics and Intervention. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology.
    Nagaev, Ivan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Lundin, Eva
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Ottander, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Endometriotic tissue-derived exosomes downregulate NKG2D-mediated cytotoxicity and promote apoptosis: mechanisms for survival of endometriotic tissue at ectopic sites2024Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Endometriosis, affecting 10% of women, is defined as implantation, survival, and growth of endometriumlike/endometriotic tissue outside the uterine cavity, causing inflammation, infertility, pain andsusceptibility to ovarian cancer. Despite extensive studies, its etiology and pathogenesis are poorlyunderstood and largely unknown. The prevailing view is that the immune system of endometriosispatients fails to clear ectopically disseminated endometrium from retrograde menstruation. Exosomes aresmall extracellular vesicles that exhibit immunomodulatory properties. We studied the role ofendometriotic tissue-secreted exosomes in the pathophysiology of endometriosis. Two exosome-mediatedmechanisms known to impair the immune response were investigated: 1) downregulation of NKG2Dmediatedcytotoxicity and 2) FasL- and TRAIL-induced apoptosis of activated immune cells. We showedthat secreted endometriotic exosomes isolated from supernatants of short-term explant cultures carry theNKG2D ligands MICA/B and ULBP1-3; and the proapoptotic molecules FasL and TRAIL on theirsurface, i.e. signature molecules of exosome-mediated immune suppression. Acting as decoys, theseexosomes downregulate the NKG2D receptor, impair NKG2D-mediated cytotoxicity and induce apoptosisof activated PBMC and Jurkat cells through the FasL- and TRAIL pathway. The secreted endometrioticexosomes create an immunosuppressive gradient at the ectopic site, forming a “protective shield” aroundthe endometriotic lesions. This gradient guards the endometriotic lesions against clearance by a cytotoxicattack and creates immunologic privilege by induction of apoptosis in activated immune cells. Takentogether, our results provide a plausible, exosome-based mechanistic explanation for the immunedysfunction and the compromised immune surveillance in endometriosis and contribute with novelinsights into the pathogenesis of this enigmatic disease.

  • 20.
    Björk, Emma
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry. Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Örnsköldsvik Hospital, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.
    Israelsson, Pernilla
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Diagnostics and Intervention.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Ottander, Ulrika
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
    Enhanced CD56 expression and increased numbers of CD56+bright cells in the peripheral blood of untreated endometriosis patientsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Problem: Endometriosis is characterized by ectopic implantation of endometrial-like tissue and impaired immuneresponses such as the cytotoxic function of NK cells. NK cells can be divided into two subpopulations where theCD56+bright cells produce more cytokines and have low natural cytotoxicity compared to CD56+dim cells. Themajority (>90%) of circulating NK cells are CD56+dim whereas very few (0-10 %) are CD56+bright.

    Method of Study: Using flow cytometry, NK cell subpopulations were analyzed in peripheral blood from 21individuals with endometriosis and 12 healthy controls. Furthermore, the NKG2D receptor expression on PBMCswas analyzed in untreated and treated endometriosis patients and controls.

    Results: We found an increased level of CD56+bright cells in 8 of 21 endometriosis patients. After surgery andhormonal treatment, the levels were normalized to that of controls. In a new cohort, the NKG2D receptorexpression on PBMCs was analyzed, with a lower expression in untreated patients compared to controls andpatients treated by surgery and hormones.

    Conclusions: Our findings of a dominant CD56+bright NK cell subpopulation in peripheral blood, anddownregulated levels of the NKG2D receptor on PBMCs, may explain the impaired cytotoxic immune functioncausing the persistence of ectopic endometrium in untreated endometriosis patients.

  • 21.
    Christensson, Marta
    et al.
    Department of Clinical Immunology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge.
    Pettersson, Erna
    Department of Renal Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge University.
    Eneslätt, Kjell
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Christensson, Birger
    Department of Clinical Immunology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge.
    Bratt, Johan
    Department of Rheumatology, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge University.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Sundqvist, Karl-Gösta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Serum sFAS levels are elevated in ANCA-positive vasculitis compared with other autoimmune diseases2002In: Journal of Clinical Immunology, ISSN 0271-9142, E-ISSN 1573-2592, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 220-227Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The role of the Fas/FasL system in ANCA-associated vasculitis is unclear. We therefore assessed levels of soluble Fas (sFas) in sera and Fas expression on mononuclear cells from patients with ANCA-positive vasculitis and compared the results with those found in other rheumatic diseases. Serum levels of sFas were determined by ELISA. The ANCA-positive vasculitis patients studied included 29 at onset, 17 in first remission while on therapy, and 12 in quiescence. For comparison, 10 patients with Sjogren’s syndrome (SS), 14 patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 29 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 7 patients on dialysis (DP), and 26 healthy controls (HC) were studied. In addition, Fas expression in mononuclear cells was examined at the mRNA level using reverse transcriptase (RT)-PCR in 6 vasculitis patients at onset and in first remission. The expression of CD95 on the surface of leukocytes was determined by flow cytometry in 6 vasculitis patients at onset of the disease, in 6 patients in clinical remission, and in 6 HC. Expression of Fas and FasL in renal biopsy specimens was studied using immunohistochemistry. Patients with vasculitis had high sFas levels irrespective of disease phase. Both vasculitis patients and patients with RA and SLE had significantly increased sFas levels compared with healthy controls. All patient groups had sFas levels, which correlated with raised serum creatinine values. However, the sFas levels in vasculitis patients in first remission and in quiescence were increased despite a lower serum creatinine compared with onset. Some of the vasculitis patients showed an increased mRNA expression of Fas in mononuclear cells after treatment, suggesting that Fas production fluctuates with the intensity of the disease. The expression of CD95 on leukocytes was slightly decreased in vasculitis patients compared to healthy controls. No alterations of Fas and FasL expression were seen in renal biopsy specimens. These results show that ANCA-positive vasculitis patients have high sFas levels and that the levels remain elevated even in clinical remission. The findings indicate that perturbations in the Fas/Fas ligand system may play a role in the disease process in ANCA vasculitis.

  • 22. Colucci, Francesco
    et al.
    Simpson, Elizabeth
    McLaren, Anne
    Hayakawa, Satoshi
    Andersson, Elisabet
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Microbiology.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Microbiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    "A Japanese gentleman of the Samurai tradition": Takeshi Matsunaga 1945-2003.2003In: Immunogenetics, ISSN 0093-7711, E-ISSN 1432-1211, Vol. 55, no 8, p. 515-20Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Daka, Bledar
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine.
    Svensson, Maria K
    Lernmark, Åke
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Hallmans, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Nutritional Research.
    Rolandsson, Olov
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Family Medicine.
    Low agreement between radio binding assays in analyzing glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD65Ab) autoantibodies in patients classified with type 2 diabetes.2009In: Autoimmunity, ISSN 0891-6934, E-ISSN 1607-842X, Vol. 42, no 6, p. 507-514Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Autoantibodies against glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD65Ab) are used in the classification of diabetes in adults. We assessed the concordance in GAD65 autoantibody levels within subjects between three different GAD65Ab radio binding assays (RBA). Plasma samples from 112 diabetes patients (median age 50 years) initially classified with type 2 diabetes was randomly selected from a local diabetes registry. Coded samples were analyzed with two RBA employing (35)S-labeled GAD65. The first used the pEx9 plasmid (pEx9 RBA), the second employed the pThGAD65 plasmid (pThGAD65 RBA) to label GAD65 by in vitro transcription translation. We also used a commercial kit employing plasmid pGAD17 labelled with (125)I (pGAD17 RBA). Subsequent analyses followed standard procedures. Two different cut-offs for GAD65Ab positivity were used in all three assays. We calculated the correlation, concordance, and agreement between the assays. The proportion of GAD65Ab positivity differed between assays when low cut-offs were used (pEx9 RBA 25%, pThGAD65 RBA 17.9%, and pGAD17 RBA 12.5%, respectively). When high cut-offs were applied, the concordance between the pEx9 RBA and the pThGAD65 RBA was 97.3 while their concordance to the pGAD17 RBA was lower (88.4 and 87.4, respectively). There was a low agreement between both pEx9 RBA and pGAD17 RBA (0.45, 95% CI 0.20-0.70) and between pThGAD65 RBA and pGAD17 RBA (0.43, 95% CI 0.18-0.68). We found discrepancies in determining the GAD65Ab positivity, which constitutes a problem when GAD65Ab are used clinically. Further methodological GAD65Ab assays studies are warranted.

  • 24.
    Dimova, Tanya
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Stenqvist, Ann-Christin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Hedlund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Kjellberg, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
    Strand, Magnus
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
    Dehlin, Eva
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Maternal Foxp3 expressing CD4+ CD25+ and CD4+ CD25- regulatory T-cell populations are enriched in human early normal pregnancy decidua: a phenotypic study of paired decidual and peripheral blood samples.2011In: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology and Microbiology, ISSN 8755-8920, Vol. 66, no Suppl 1, p. 44-56Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PROBLEM: Regulatory T cells (Treg cells), a small subset of CD4(+) T cells maintaining tolerance by immunosuppression, are proposed contributors to the survival of the fetal semiallograft. We investigated Treg cells in paired decidual and peripheral blood (PB) samples from healthy women in early pregnancy and PB samples from non-pregnant women.

    METHOD OF STUDY: Distribution, location, cytokine mRNA, and phenotype were assessed in CD4(+) CD25(+) Treg cells from paired samples using immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, and real-time quantitative RT-PCR.

    RESULTS: The presence and in situ distribution of CD4(+) Foxp3(+) Treg cells in decidua are hereby demonstrated for the first time. Three Foxp3(+) cell populations, CD4(+) CD25(++) Foxp3(+), CD4(+) CD25(+) Foxp3(+), and CD4(+) CD25(-) Foxp3(+), were enriched locally in decidua. In contrast, no statistically significant difference in numbers of circulating Treg cells between pregnant and non-pregnant women was found. The Foxp3(+) cells expressed the surface molecules CD45RO, CTLA-4, CD103, Neuropilin-1, LAG-3, CD62L, and TGFβ1 mRNA consistent with Treg phenotype. The population of CD4(+) CD25(-) Foxp3(+) cells, not described in human decidua before, was enriched 10-fold compared with PB in paired samples. Their cytokine expression was often similar to Th3 profile, and the Foxp3 mRNA expression level in CD4(+) CD25(-) cells was stable and comparable to that of CD4(+) CD25(+) Treg cells implying that the majority of CD4(+) CD25(-) Foxp3(+) cells might be naïve Treg cells.

    CONCLUSION: (i) There is a local enrichment of Treg cells in decidua (ii) The exclusive accumulation of decidual CD4(+) CD25(-) Foxp3(+) cells suggests an additional reservoir of Foxp3(+) naïve Treg cells that can be converted to 'classical' Treg cells in uterus.

  • 25.
    Dragon-Durey, Marie-Agnès
    et al.
    Laboratoire d'Immunologie, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, APHP, Université de Paris Cité, Paris, France.
    Bizzaro, Nicola
    Laboratory of Clinical Pathology, San Antonio Hospital, Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata, Udine, Italy.
    Senant, Marie
    Cerballiance, Lisses, France.
    Andreeva, Hristina
    Section of Protein Allergy and Immunology, Laboratory Medicine Department, Diagnostic Clinic, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromsø, Norway.
    Bogdanos, Dimitrios P.
    Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Fac. of Med., Sch. of Hlth. Sciences, University of Thessaly, University General Hospital of Larissa, Larissa, Greece.
    Bonroy, Carolien
    Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
    Bossuyt, Xavier
    Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Transplantation, Ku Leuven, Belgium.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Fabien, Nicole
    Immunology Department, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Pierre-Bénite, France.
    Heijnen, Ingmar
    Medical Immunology, Laboratory Medicine, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
    Herold, Manfred
    Rheumatology Laboratory, Department of Internal Medicine Ii, Medical University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria.
    Musset, Lucile
    Département d'Immunologie, Uf Immunochimie and Autoimmunité, Chu Pitié Salpêtrière-Ch Foix, Aphp, Paris, France.
    Kuhi, Liisa
    Central Laboratory, Diagnostic Clinic, East Tallinn Central Hospital, Tallinn, Estonia.
    Lopez-Hoyos, Marcos
    Servicio de Inmunología, Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Santander, Cantabria, Spain.
    Berki, Tímea
    Department of Immunology and Biotechnology, University of Pécs, Medical School, Pécs, Hungary.
    Roozendaal, Caroline
    Department of Laboratory Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.
    Sack, Ulrich
    Medical Faculty, Institute of Clinical Immunology, University Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.
    Sundic, Tatjana
    Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Haugesund Hospital, Haugesund, Norway.
    Taylor, Lorna
    Department of Immunology, Black Country Pathology Services, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, United Kingdom.
    Kuna, Andrea Tesija
    Department of Clinical Chemistry, Sestre Milosrdnice University Hospital Center, Zagreb, Croatia.
    Damoiseaux, Jan
    Central Diagnostic Laboratory, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, Netherlands.
    Repository of intra-and inter-run variations of quantitative autoantibody assays: A European multicenter study2022In: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, ISSN 1434-6621, E-ISSN 1437-4331, Vol. 60, no 9, p. 1373-1383Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    No reference data are available on repositories to measure precision of autoantibody assays. The scope of this study was to document inter-and intra-run variations of quantitative autoantibody assays based on a real-world large international data set. Members of the European Autoimmunity Standardisation Initiative (EASI) group collected the data of intra-and inter-run variability obtained with assays quantifying 15 different autoantibodies in voluntary participating laboratories from their country. We analyzed the impact on the assay performances of the type of immunoassay, the number of measurements used to calculate the coefficient of variation (CVs), the nature and the autoantibody level of the internal quality control (IQC). Data were obtained from 64 laboratories from 15 European countries between February and October 2021. We analyzed 686 and 1,331 values of intra-and inter-run CVs, respectively. Both CVs were significantly dependent on: The method of immunoassay, the level of IQC with higher imprecision observed when the antibody levels were lower than 2-fold the threshold for positivity, and the nature of the IQC with commercial IQCs having lower CVs than patients-derived IQCs. Our analyses also show that the type of autoantibody has low impact on the assay' performances and that 15 measurements are sufficient to establish reliable intra-and inter-run variations. This study provides for the first time an international repository yielding values of intra-and inter-run variation for quantitative autoantibody assays. These data could be useful for ISO 15189 accreditation requirements and will allow clinical diagnostic laboratories to assure quality of patient results.

  • 26.
    El-Saadony, Mohamed T.
    et al.
    Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Yang, Tao
    Key Laboratory of Tropical Translational Medicine of Ministry of Education, School of Pharmacy, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China.
    Korma, Sameh A.
    Department of Food Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Sitohy, Mahmoud
    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Abd El-Mageed, Taia A.
    Department of Soils and Water, Faculty of Agriculture, Fayoum University, Fayoum, Egypt.
    Selim, Samy
    Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Jouf University, Sakaka, Saudi Arabia.
    Al Jaouni, Soad K.
    Department of Hematology/Oncology, Yousef Abdulatif Jameel Scientific Chair of Prophetic Medicine Application, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Salem, Heba M.
    Department of Poultry Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.
    Mahmmod, Yasser
    Department of Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Higher Colleges of Technology, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
    Soliman, Soliman M.
    Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.
    Mo’men, Shaimaa A. A.
    Department of Entomology, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.
    Mosa, Walid F. A.
    Plant Production Department (Horticulture-Pomology), Faculty of Agriculture Saba Basha, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt.
    El-Wafai, Nahed A.
    Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Abou-Aly, Hamed E.
    Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, Benha University, Benha, Egypt.
    Sitohy, Basel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases.
    Abd El-Hack, Mohamed E.
    Department of Poultry Diseases, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    El-Tarabily, Khaled A.
    Department of Biology, College of Science, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; Harry Butler Institute, Murdoch University, WA, Murdoch, Australia.
    Saad, Ahmed M.
    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Impacts of turmeric and its principal bioactive curcumin on human health: pharmaceutical, medicinal, and food applications: a comprehensive review2023In: Frontiers in Nutrition, E-ISSN 2296-861X, Vol. 9, article id 1040259Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The yellow polyphenolic pigment known as curcumin, originating from the rhizome of the turmeric plant Curcuma longa L., has been utilized for ages in ancient medicine, as well as in cooking and food coloring. Recently, the biological activities of turmeric and curcumin have been thoroughly investigated. The studies mainly focused on their antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, hepatoprotective, and cardioprotective impacts. This review seeks to provide an in-depth, detailed discussion of curcumin usage within the food processing industries and its effect on health support and disease prevention. Curcumin’s bioavailability, bio-efficacy, and bio-safety characteristics, as well as its side effects and quality standards, are also discussed. Finally, curcumin’s multifaceted uses, food appeal enhancement, agro-industrial techniques counteracting its instability and low bioavailability, nanotechnology and focused drug delivery systems to increase its bioavailability, and prospective clinical use tactics are all discussed.

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  • 27.
    El-Sayed, Ashraf S.A.
    et al.
    Enzymology and Fungal Biotechnology Lab, Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Khalaf, Salwa A.
    Enzymology and Fungal Biotechnology Lab, Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Azez, Hany A.
    Enzymology and Fungal Biotechnology Lab, Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Hussein, Hussein A.
    Enzymology and Fungal Biotechnology Lab, Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    EL-Moslamy, Shahira H.
    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Research Institute (GEBRI), City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications, New Borg El-Arab City, Alexandria, Egypt.
    Sitohy, Basel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    El-Baz, Ashraf F.
    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Research Institute (GEBRI), University of Sadat University City, Sadat City, Egypt.
    Production, bioprocess optimization and anticancer activity of Camptothecin from Aspergillus terreus and Aspergillus flavus, endophytes of Ficus elastica2021In: Process Biochemistry, ISSN 1359-5113, E-ISSN 1873-3298, Vol. 107, p. 59-73Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Attenuating the biosynthetic potency of camptothecin producing fungi with the multiple subculturing and storage is the major challenge that limits the scaling-up of this approach. Thus, screening for novel fungal isolates with reliable metabolic stability and sustainability for camptothecin production is the objective of this work. Among the recovered isolates, Aspergillus terreus (320 μg/l) and A. flavus (290 μg/l) "endophytes of Ficus elastica" were the most potent camptothecin producing isolates. The chemical identity of extracted camptothecin was resolved from the HPLC, NMR, FTIR and LC–MS analyses, with a strong antiproliferative activity against MCF7 (0.18 μM), LS174 T, HCT29 (0.29−0.43 μM), HEPG-2 (0.73 μM) cell lines. The yield of camptothecin was decreased by about > 60 % by the 7th subculturing for both fungal isolates. Upon using Blackett-Burman design to optimize their nutritional requirements by the fungal isolates, their yield of camptothecin were increased by approximately 2 folds, revealing the essentiality of some carbon, nitrogen and growth elicitors for biosynthesis of camptothecin. Interestingly, the biosynthetic machinery of camptothecin by the 7th generation fungal isolates were completely restored upon addition of 1% surface sterilized leaves of F. elastica, while all the other experimented plant extracts did not display any effect on camptothecin production. So, chemicals signals derived from the plant /or its entire microbiome "microbial communication" triggering the expression of camptothecin biosynthetic gene cluster of these fungi, could be the most conceivable hypothesis explaining the attenuation and restoration processes of camptothecin biosynthesis by target the fungal isolates. This is the first report describing the feasibility of A. terreus and A. flavus "endophytes of F. elastica" for camptothecin production with reliable metabolic and sustainable biosynthetic potency upon addition of the plant host's entire microbiome, that could be a preliminary platform for scaling-up of camptothecin production.

  • 28.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Immunological mechanisms in systemic autoimmunity: autoantibodies and chemokines in systemic lupus erythematosus and during treatment with TNF inhibitors in rheumatoid arthritis2011Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that, without powerful treatment, may lead to irreversible joint damage. During the past decade, anti-cytokine therapy has become available, e.g., infliximab, a chimeric antibody targeting the pro-inflammatory cytokine TNF that has a central role in the inflammatory process in RA patients. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic autoimmune disease that may affect all organs and is characterized by a massive antibody production. Chemokines, chemokine receptors and lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1(CD91) are regulators of inflammation in autoimmune diseases and T-cell migration.

    Objectives. The aim of this study was to get a deeper understanding how TNF blocking treatment influences inflammatory mechanisms and autoantibody formation in RA with special reference to similarities and differences with SLE.

    Methods. In patients with RA treated with anti-TNF, and in SLE patients (ACR criteria) clinical evaluation was performed and blood samples analyzed. Autoantibodies were analyzed using indirect immunofluorescence, ELISA and multiplex flow cytometry in samples from anti-TNF treated RA patients (n=59) followed longitudinally for 54 weeks, in pre-diseased samples from SLE patients (n=38) and matched population-based controls (n=152). T-cell expression of chemokine receptors and CD91 was analyzed by flow cytometry, whilst serum levels of chemokines were determined using ELISA in anti-TNF treated RA-patients (n=24) followed longitudinally (30 weeks), and cross-sectionally in SLE-patients (n=23). Expression of mRNA for chemokines was analyzed in T-cells from SLE-patients (n=10) using PCR.

    Results. After treatment with infliximab, RA patients produced ANA, anti-dsDNA and anti-nucleosome antibodies, but not anti-ENA antibodies. Although these antibodies are considered typical for SLE only one patient developed a transient lupus-syndrome. Antibodies against cell nuclear antigens, including ENA, were detected several years before the first clinical symptom of SLE; anti-SSA was the earliest detectable antibody.

    In RA-patients before infliximab treatment, the T-cell expression of several chemokine receptors was elevated compared with healthy controls. In contrast, only one soluble chemokine, IP-10 was elevated. After treatment the levels of soluble MIP-1β, MCP-1 and IP-10, and the T-cell expression of CCR2 were decreased. In SLE-patients MIP-1β, MCP-1, SDF-1, IP-10 and RANTES in blood were elevated, whilst expression of CXCR5 and CCR6 on T-cells was lower than in healthy controls. T-cell expression of CXCR2 and CCR1 was elevated in active disease (measured as SLEDAI index), whereas the CXCR5 and CCR2 expression was lower in inactive SLE. In SLE patients with nephritis IP-10 was lower and T-cell expression of CXCR3 and CCR3 elevated compared with patients without nephritis. The expression of CD91 was higher on T-cells from patients not responsive to infliximab treatment compared with responders.

    Conclusion. These findings indicate that anti-TNF (infliximab) treatment in RA-patients has a major impact on the production of autoantibodies and chemokines. The autoantibody profile in infliximab-treated patients was similar to that predating disease onset in SLE patients with the exception of anti-ENA being detectable in SLE, but the development of lupus-syndromes was rare. The expression of CD91 on T-cells may predict responsiveness to infliximab. The expression of chemokine receptors in SLE- patients seemed to be related to disease activity. Anti-nuclear antibodies were detectable years before clinical disease onset in patients who developed SLE suggesting a gradual pathogenic process.

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  • 29.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Dahlqvist, Solbritt Rantapää
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Cytokines and Their Relation to Autoantibodies Before Disease Onset in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus2012In: Arthritis and Rheumatism, ISSN 0004-3591, E-ISSN 1529-0131, Vol. 64, no 10, p. S286-S287Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Eneslätt, Kjell
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Ivanoff, J
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Sundqvist, Karl-Gösta
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Abnormal expression of chemokine receptors on T-cells from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus2003In: Lupus, ISSN 0961-2033, E-ISSN 1477-0962, Vol. 12, no 10, p. 766-774Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The expression of chemokine receptors on T-cells and chemokine levels in the blood was studied in 23 patients with SLE (ACR criteria), seven patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in 15 healthy controls using flow cytometry, RT-PCR and ELISA. The cell surface expression of the chemokine receptors CXCR5 and CCR6 was decreased in SLE patients compared with controls (P = 0.051 and P = 0.002, respectively). The decrease of CXCR5 was confined to SLE patients with inactive disease (SLEDAI < 6) compared with active disease (SLEDAI &GE; 6) and controls. CXCR2 and CCR1 were increased in patients with active SLE compared with patients with inactive disease (P = 0.001 and P = 0.01, respectively) and with controls ( P = 0.02 and P = 0.053, respectively). The levels of the chemokines MIP-1β MCP-1, SDF-1α, IP-10 and RANTES were significantly elevated in SLE patients compared with controls. Patients with renal involvement had increased surface expression of CXCR3 and CCR3 (P = 0.04 in both) and a lower level of soluble IP-10 compared with patients without renal disease (P = 0.025) and compared with controls (P = 0.001). The ratio between CCR5 and CCR3 was significantly increased in RA patients compared with SLE patients and controls supporting a Th1 overweight in RA. In conclusion, patients with SLE showed abnormal T-cell expression of several chemokine receptors and levels of soluble chemokines in their plasma/ serum.

  • 31.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Engstrand, S
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Sundqvist, K-G
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Autoantibody formation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with anti-TNF alpha2005In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, ISSN 0003-4967, E-ISSN 1468-2060, Vol. 64, no 3, p. 403-407Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Research on autoantibody formation in patients treated with TNFα inhibitors has produced contradictory results.

    Objective: To study the prevalence of autoantibodies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with the TNFα inhibitor infliximab.

    Methods: 53 patients (48 female, 11 male) treated with infliximab for rheumatoid arthritis were followed for autoantibody production before treatment and after 14, 30, and 54 weeks. Six patients treated with etanercept were studied for comparison. The analyses included antibodies against nuclear antigens (ANA), extractable nuclear antigens, double stranded (ds)DNA (by ELISA, IIF on Crithidia luciliae for IgM and IgG, and Farr assay), nucleosomes, cardiolipin, smooth muscle, mitochondria, proteinase 3, and myeloperoxidase antigens.

    Results: The number of patients treated with infliximab who developed antibodies against dsDNA of both IgG and IgM class (tested by IIF) increased significantly. The prevalence of patients positive for IgG class increased to 66% at 30 weeks and 45% at 54 weeks, and of IgM class to 85% and 70%, respectively. The titre and number of patients expressing antibodies against nucleosomes and ANA also increased significantly. The number of rheumatoid factor or anticardiolipin positive patients was stable and there was no increase in antibodies against the other antigens. A lupus-like syndrome was seen in one patient. No patient treated with etanercept developed any of these autoantibodies.

    Conclusions: Patients treated with infliximab may develop anti-dsDNA antibodies of both IgM and IgG class, anti-nucleosome antibodies, and ANA, with a gradual increase until 30 weeks.

  • 32.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Kokkonen, Heidi
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Johansson, Martin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Hallmans, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Nutritional Research.
    Wadell, Göran
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Virology.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Autoantibodies predate the onset of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in northern Sweden2011In: Arthritis Research & Therapy, ISSN 1478-6354, E-ISSN 1478-6362, Vol. 13, no 1, p. R30-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    INTRODUCTION: Autoantibodies have a central role in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The presence of autoantibodies preceding disease onset by years has been reported both in patients with SLE and those with rheumatoid arthritis, suggesting a gradual development of these diseases. To identify autoantibodies in a Northern European population predating the onset of symptoms of SLE and their relationship to presenting symptoms.

    METHODS: The register of patients fulfilling the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for SLE and with a given date for the onset of symptoms was co-analysed with the register of the Medical Biobank, Umea, Sweden. Thirty-eight patients were identified as having donated blood samples prior to symptom onset. A nested case-control study (1:4) was performed with 152 age- and sex-matched controls identified from within the Biobank register. Antibodies against anti- Sjogren's syndrome antigen A (Ro/SSA) (60 and 52 kDa), anti- Sjogren's syndrome antigen B (La/SSB), anti-Smith antibody (Sm), ribonucleoprotein (RNP), scleroderma-70 (Scl-70), anti- histidyl-tRNA synthetase antibody (Jo-1), double-stranded DNA (dsDNA); Centromere protein B and histones were analysed using the anti-nuclear antibody test II (ANA-II) Plus Test System (Athena Multi-Lyte(R)) on a Bio-Plex Array Reader (Luminex200). ANA were analysed using indirect immunofluorescence on Human Epidermal cells-2 (HEp2-cells) at a sample dilution of 1:100.

    RESULTS: Autoantibodies against nuclear antigens were detected 5.6 (+/- 4.7; mean +/- SD) years before the onset of symptoms and 8.7 (+/- 5.6) years before diagnosis in 63% of the individuals who subsequently developed SLE. The sensitivity (45.7%) was highest for ANA with a specificity of 95%, followed by anti-dsDNA and anti-Ro/SSA antibodies both with sensitivities of 20.0% at specificities of 98.7% and 97.4%, respectively. The odds ratio (OR) for anti-dsDNA predicting disease was 18.13 (CI 95%; 3.58-91.84), and for ANA 11.5 (CI 95%; 4.54-28.87). Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies appeared first, 6.6 (+/- 2.5) years prior to symptom onset. The mean number of autoantibodies in pre-diseased individuals was 1.4 and after disease onset 3.1 (P< 0.0005). The time predating disease was shorter, and the number of autoantibodies greater, in those individuals with serositis as a presenting symptom in comparison to those with arthritis and skin manifestations.

    CONCLUSIONS: Autoantibodies against nuclear antigens were detected in individuals developing SLE several years before the onset of symptoms and diagnosis. The most sensitive autoantibodies were ANA, Ro/SSA and dsDNA, with the highest predictive OR for anti-dsDNA antibodies. The first autoantibodies detected were anti-Ro/SSA.

  • 33.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rantapää Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Cytokines in relation to autoantibodies before onset of symptoms for systemic lupus erythematosus2014In: Lupus, ISSN 0961-2033, E-ISSN 1477-0962, Vol. 23, no 7, p. 691-696Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: A number of cytokines and chemokines were analysed and related to autoantibodies in blood samples pre-dating the onset of symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus. Methods: Thirty-five patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (American College of Rheumatology criteria) were identified as having donated blood samples, prior to symptom onset, to the Biobank of northern Sweden. Altogether, 140 age-and sex-matched controls were also identified. The concentrations of interferon-a, interleukin-4, interleukin-9, interleukin-10, interferon inducible protein-10 and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 were analysed using multiplex technology and related to autoantibodies (ANA, ENA, anti-dsDNA and anti-histone antibodies) analysed from the same blood sample. Results: The interferon-g inducible protein-10 levels were higher in the pre-symptomatic individuals than in controls (p < 0.05) and correlated with interferon-a (p < 0.01). The interferon-g inducible protein-10 and interferon-a concentrations were significantly increased in individuals positive for autoantibodies: interferon-g inducible protein-10 for ANA; anti-SSA/Ro and anti-Jo-1 antibodies; interferon-a with anti-SSB/La antibodies. The levels of interleukin-10, interferon-g inducible protein-10 and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 increased significantly from the pre-symptomatic individuals to after onset of systemic lupus erythematosus. Conclusions: An increased concentration of interferon-gamma inducible protein-10 pre-dated the onset of systemic lupus erythematosus and was related to autoantibodies before the onset of disease. The levels of interferon-gamma inducible protein-10 and interferon-alpha were correlated. These findings support the proposal that the interferon system is important early in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus and autoantibody formation.

  • 34.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Sundqvist, Karl-Gösta
    Department of Laboratory Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology, Karolinska Institute at Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden.
    T-cell expression of CD91: a marker of unresponsiveness to anti-TNF therapy in rheumatoid arthritis2010In: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), ISSN 0903-4641, E-ISSN 1600-0463, Vol. 118, no 11, p. 837-845Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) and its receptors, lipoprotein receptor-related protein/cluster of differentiation (CD)91, calreticulin (CRT), and CD47, on T cells and monocytes from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) therapy. The surface expression of CD91 and associated components on CD3- and CD14-positive cells was examined using flow cytometry in 12 patients with established RA before and after beginning therapy and compared with that of 9 healthy controls and 12 patients with early RA treated with conventional therapies. CD3-positive cells from anti-TNF non-responders showed significantly greater expression of CD91 expression than those from responders (p<0.05) after 6 weeks and when all measurements were pooled (p<0.001). CD91 expression on CD3-positive cells from non-responders to other therapies was at the same level as in healthy controls. In contrast, CD14-positive cells showed no differences in CD91 expression between patients and controls or between responders and non-responders to anti-TNF therapy. The expression of TSP-1, CRT, and CD47 showed no differences between responders and non-responders. The results suggest T-lymphocyte expression of CD91 to be a biomarker that signifies unresponsiveness to anti-TNF therapy in patients with RA and may be used to identify potential responders and non-responders.

  • 35.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rantapää-Dahlqvist, Solbritt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Rheumatology.
    Sundqvist, KG
    Changes in chemokines and their receptors in blood during treatment with the TNF inhibitor infliximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis2013In: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, ISSN 0300-9742, E-ISSN 1502-7732, Vol. 42, no 4, p. 260-265Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background. Chemokines are involved in leucocyte recruitment into inflammatory sites, such as the synovial tissue of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The release of certain chemokines is augmented by pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Infliximab, a monoclonal antibody against TNF that blocks the biological effects of TNF, is used in the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases. The effect of blocking TNF activity on chemokines is not fully understood.

    Aim. The aim of this study was to analyse the effects on chemokines and their receptors on peripheral mononuclear cells of anti-TNF treatment in RA-patients.

    Material and methods. Twelve patients with established RA who began treatment with infliximab, and nine patients with early RA treated with traditional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, were followed clinically for 30 weeks and chemokine levels in blood samples and chemokine receptor expression on the surface of T-cells and monocytes analysed. Three SLE-patients, as a small control group of another inflammatory disease, and nine healthy subjects were also included in the study.

    Result. CXCL10/IP-10 was significantly higher in RA-patients compared with healthy controls and decreased significantly two weeks after infliximab infusion. CCL2/MCP-1 and CCL4/MIP-1β decreased significantly after infliximab treatment although the concentrations were not significantly elevated at baseline compared with controls. There was an inverse correlation between the chemokine cleaving molecule dipeptidyl peptidase-IV/CD26 and CCL5/RANTES. Several chemokine receptors on T-cells were elevated in RA patients at inclusion into the study. The CCR2 expression on T-cells decreased significantly after infliximab treatment.

    Conclusion. The chemokines CXCL10/IP-10, CCL2/MCP-1 and CCL4/MIP-1β, mainly targeting the Th1 immune response, decreased after treatment with anti-TNF suggesting a more pronounced effect onTh1 activity than on the Th2 mediated response. Several chemokine receptors on blood T-cells were elevated in RA-patients, suggesting that they may be involved in the recruitment of T-lymphocytes from the blood to affected tissues.

  • 36.
    Fahlgren, Anna
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Frängsmyr, L
    Zoubir, F
    Hammarström, Marie-Louise
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Hammarström, Sten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Interferon-gamma tempers the expression of carcinoembryonic antigen family molecules in human colon cells: a possible role in innate mucosal defence.2003In: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0300-9475, E-ISSN 1365-3083, Vol. 58, no 6, p. 628-41Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Four carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule (CEACAM)s, i.e. CEA, CEACAM1, CEACAM6 and CEACAM7, are localized to the apical glycocalyx of normal colonic epithelium and have been suggested to play a role in innate immunity. The expression of these molecules in colon carcinoma cells was studied at the mRNA and protein levels after treatment with interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma), interleukin-1beta, live bacteria or lipopolysaccharide. The colon carcinoma cell lines LS174T and HT-29 were studied in detail using real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, immunoflow cytometry and immunoelectron microscopy. IFN-gamma, but not the other agents, modified expression of CEA, CEACAM1 and CEACAM6. None of the agents upregulated CEACAM7 expression. Two expression patterns were seen. HT-29 cells, which initially showed low quantities of mRNAs and proteins, displayed marked upregulation of both mRNAs and proteins. LS174T cells transcribed stable high levels of mRNA before and after treatment. Additionally, IFN-gamma induced increased cell surface expression of CEA, CEACAM1 and CECAM6. IFN-gamma has two important effects on the expression levels of the CEA family molecules in colon epithelial cells: direct upregulation of CEACAM1 and promotion of cell differentiation resulting in increased expression of CEA and CEACAM6 and decreased expression of CEACAM7.

  • 37. Farouk, Salah E
    et al.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Clinical Microbiology.
    Krensky, Alan M
    Dieli, Francesco
    Troye-Blomberg, Marita
    Gamma delta T cells inhibit in vitro growth of the asexual blood stages of Plasmodium falciparum by a granule exocytosis-dependent cytotoxic pathway that requires granulysin.2004In: European Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0014-2980, E-ISSN 1521-4141, Vol. 34, no 8, p. 2248-56Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Several reports have stated the ability of gamma delta T cells to inhibit the growth of the asexual blood stages of Plasmodium falciparum in vitro. However, little information is available about the mechanisms involved. In this study, in vitro systems were used to study the role of the granule exocytosis-dependent cytotoxic pathway in the growth inhibition/killing of P. falciparum by human gamma delta T cells. Our results show that the inhibition requires cell-to-cell contact and that gamma delta T cells kill the asexual blood stages of P. falciparum through a granule exocytosis-dependent cytotoxic pathway after recognition of certain ligands or molecules expressed on the surface of infected erythrocytes or merozoites. The in vitro inhibitory capacity of gamma delta T cells was strongly correlated with the expression of granulysin in the cytotoxic granules, while non-inhibitory CD4+ and CD8+ T cells expressed very little, implicating a role for granulysin in parasite inhibition. This was further suggested by the addition of neutralizing anti-granulysin antibodies, which abrogated the parasite inhibitory capacity of the gamma delta T cells. Taken together, our results suggest that the capacity of gamma delta T cells for inhibition/killing of P. falciparum is based on the granule exocytosis-dependent cytotoxic pathway and that the presence of granulysin is essential to maintain efficient killing.

  • 38.
    Frängsmyr, Lars
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Stendahl, Ulf
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Onkologi.
    Kjellberg, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Cytoplasmic microvesicular form of Fas ligand in human early placenta: switching the tissue immune privilege hypothesis from cellular to vesicular level2004In: Mol Hum Reprod, ISSN 1360-9947, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 35-41Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 39.
    Frängsmyr, Lars
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Prall, F
    Yeung, Moorix Mo-Wai
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Wagener, C
    Hammarström, Sten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Cell- and region-specific expression of biliary glycoprotein and its messenger RNA in normal human colonic mucosa1995In: Cancer Research, ISSN 0008-5472, E-ISSN 1538-7445, Vol. 55, no 14, p. 2963-2967Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The localization of biliary glycoprotein (BGP) and its mRNA in normal colonic mucosa was studied by immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization. BGP mRNA was confined to columnar epithelial cells and expressed abundantly in the superficial mature cells and at low levels in differentiating cells in the upper crypts. Epithelial expression of BGP coincided with that of BGP mRNA. Ultrastructurally, BGP was localized to microfilaments of the fuzzy coat of the columnar cells at the luminal surface and the upper crypts. Additionally, BGP was found in cryptal caveolated cells. The results are consistent with primary transcriptional regulation of BGP production and suggest that BGP synthesis is controlled by the degree of cytodifferentiation. The fuzzy-coat localization of BGP implies a role in nonspecific defense mechanisms against pathogens.

  • 40.
    Gullberg, Martin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Recognition requirements and regulatory events directing T cell responses1983Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The present study has considered cellular and molecular requirements in T cell responses. The central role of T cell growth factors (TCGF) in T cell responses prompted us to study the regulatory events directing TCGF production in lectin stimulated cultures. It was found that normal spleen cells, activated with Concanavalin A for 24 h, develop suppressive cells that block de novo TCGF production by fresh spleen cells. The induction time for effector suppressor cells (nonadherent, Lyt-2-positive T cells) was found to be 18 h and to parallel the termination of TCGF production in situ. The suppressive mechanism is neither iji situ absorption of TCGF produced at control rates nor killing of TCGF producing cells. These results suggest that suppression of TCGF production is an active process which directly and reversibly blocks TCGF-producing cells.

    This study also indicated that ConA induced a very limited proliferation of Lyt-2- T helper cells (TH) in unselected T cell populations. The activation and growth requirements of Lyt-1+ TH cells were directly investigated and compared with those of Lyt-2+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL), as defined by the selective expression of Lyt differentiation antigens and functional activities. This analysis revealed a profound difference in activation and growth requirements between these T cell subsets. Thus, while Lyt-2+ CTL precursors can be induced to TCGF reactivity by soluble lectins, in the absence of specialized accessory cells,; Lyt-2" TH cell precursors show a strict accessory cell requirement both for activation and proliteration. Finally, the low level of TH cell effector function, detected in a primary responses to allo-MHC-antigens or lectins, appears to be due to the development of suppressive Lyt2+ T cells.

    The functional relevance of Lyt-2 antigens expressed on CTL membranes was further assessed in the last part of this study. Two distinct activation systems were used, namely MHC-antigens, provided as UV-irradiated stimulator cells or polyclonal induction by a 4 h pulse, with lectins. Both procedures were shown to selectively induce Lyt-2+ CTL precursors into TCGF reactivity without leading to mitosis, unless TCGF was added. In both cases it was found that monoclonal anti-Lyt-2 antibodies inhibited the two antigen- dependent phases of CTL responses namely, the initial induction step and target cytolysis. The analogy observed between antigen specific and lectin mediated indueton and target cytolysis, with regard to the susceptibility of inhibition by anti-Lyt-2 antibodies has lead to a general hypothesis on CTL activation.

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  • 41.
    Hammarström, Sten
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Is there a role for CEA in innate immunity in the colon?2001In: Trends in Microbiology, ISSN 0966-842X, E-ISSN 1878-4380, Vol. 9, no 3, p. 119-25Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) is a well known tumor marker associated with the progression of colorectal tumors. The CEA family of glycoproteins has been fully characterized and the function of some of its members is now beginning to be understood. Here, we advance the hypothesis that, rather than functioning in cell adhesion as has been suggested previously, CEA plays a role in protecting the colonic mucosa from microbial invasion. This hypothesis is based on new microscopic, molecular, phylogenetic and microbiological evidence.

  • 42.
    Hansson, Claes
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    Eriksson, Catharina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Alenius, Gerd-Marie
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Reumatology.
    S-Calprotectin (S100A8/S100A9): A Potential Marker of Inflammation in Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis2014In: Clinical & Developmental Immunology, ISSN 1740-2522, E-ISSN 1740-2530, p. 696415-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective. To analyse levels of S100A8/S100A9 (calprotectin) and selected cytokines, in blood, in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Methods. Sixty-five patients with PsA were examined for clinical manifestations and laboratory measurements of S-calprotectin, ESR, hs-CRP, and selected cytokines. Thirty-two patients had mono-/oligoarthritis and 33 had polyarthritis. S-calprotectin, hs-CRP, and cytokines were measured using ELISA, immunoturbidimetry, and multiplex technology (Bio-Plex). Patients with PsA were compared with 31 healthy controls. Results. S-calprotectin and hs-CRP levels were significantly higher in patients with PsA compared with controls (P < 0.001 and P < 0.001, resp.). Patients suffering a polyarthritic disease pattern presented with significantly higher levels of S-calprotectin compared with controls and patients with mono-/oligoarthritis (P < 0.001 and P = 0.017, resp.). The levels of S-calprotectin correlated with hs-CRP (P < 0.001; r(s) = 0.441), swollen joint count (P = 0.002, r(s) = 0.397), and CXCL10 (P = 0.046, r(s) = 0.678) but not with any of the other cytokines evaluated. In multiple logistic regression analysis, S-calprotectin was the only variable significantly associated with psoriatic arthritis (P = 0.002, OR = 1.006, 95% CI = 1.002-1.010). Conclusion. S-calprotectin and hs-CRP levels were significantly higher in patients with PsA. A polyarthritic disease pattern showed higher levels of S-calprotectin thanmono-/oligoarthritis. S-calprotectin is considered a potential marker of disease activity in patients with PsA.

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  • 43.
    Hassanin, Abdallah A.
    et al.
    Department of Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Haidar Abbas Raza, Sayed
    State Key Laboratory of Animal Genetics Breeding & Reproduction, College of Animal Science and Technology, Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi, Yangling, China.
    Ahmed Ujjan, Javed
    Department of Zoology, Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan.
    Aysh ALrashidi, Ayshah
    Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Hail, Hail, Saudi Arabia.
    Sitohy, Basel
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Oncology. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    AL-surhanee, Ameena A.
    Biology Department, College of Science, Jouf University, Sakaka, Saudi Arabia.
    Saad, Ahmed M.
    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Mohamed Al -Hazani, Tahani
    Biology Department, College of Science and Humanities, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, 83, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia.
    Osman Atallah, Osama
    Department of Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Al Syaad, Khalid M.
    Biology Department, College of Science, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia; Biology Department, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, P.O. Box 9004, Abha, Saudi Arabia.
    Ezzat Ahmed, Ahmed
    Biology Department, College of Science, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia; Department of Theriogenology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, South Valley University, Qena, Egypt.
    Swelum, Ayman A.
    Department of Animal Production, College of Food and Agriculture Sciences, King Saud University, PO Box 2460, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Department of Theriogenology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Sharkia, Egypt.
    El-Saadony, Mohamed T.
    Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Sitohy, Mahmoud Z.
    Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt.
    Emergence, evolution, and vaccine production approaches of SARS-CoV-2 virus: benefits of getting vaccinated and common questions2022In: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences, ISSN 1319-562X, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 1981-1997Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The emergence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Wuhan city, China at the end of 2019 made it urgent to identify the origin of the causal pathogen and its molecular evolution, to appropriately design an effective vaccine. This study analyzes the evolutionary background of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 or SARS-2) in accordance with its close relative SARS-CoV (SARS-1), which was emerged in 2002. A comparative genomic and proteomic study was conducted on SARS-2, SARS-1, and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS), which was emerged in 2012. In silico analysis inferred the genetic variability among the tested viruses. The SARS-1 genome harbored 11 genes encoding 12 proteins, while SARS-2 genome contained only 10 genes encoding for 10 proteins. MERS genome contained 11 genes encoding 11 proteins. The analysis also revealed a slight variation in the whole genome size of SARS-2 comparing to its siblings resulting from sequential insertions and deletions (indels) throughout the viral genome particularly ORF1AB, spike, ORF10 and ORF8. The effective indels were observed in the gene encoding the spike protein that is responsible for viral attachment to the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) cell receptor and initiating infection. These indels are responsible for the newly emerging COVID-19 variants αCoV, βCoV, γCoV and δCoV. Nowadays, few effective COVID-19 vaccines developed based on spike (S) glycoprotein were approved and become available worldwide. Currently available vaccines can relatively prevent the spread of COVID-19 and suppress the disease. The traditional (killed or attenuated virus vaccine and antibody-based vaccine) and innovated vaccine production technologies (RNA- and DNA-based vaccines and viral vectors) are summarized in this review. We finally highlight the most common questions related to COVID-19 disease and the benefits of getting vaccinated.

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  • 44.
    Hedberg, Maria E
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Moore, Edward RB
    Svensson-Stadler, Liselott
    Hörstedt, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Hernell, Olle
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Wai, Sun Nyunt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Hammarström, Sten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Hammarström, Marie-Louise
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Immunology/Immunchemistry.
    Lachnoanaerobaculum a new genus in Lachnospiraceae; characterization of Lachnoanaerobaculum umeaense gen. nov., sp. nov., isolated from human small intestine, Lachnoanaerobaculum orale gen. nov., sp. nov., isolated from saliva and reclassification of Eubacterium saburreum (Prevot) Holdeman and Moore 1970 as Lachnoanaerobaculum saburreum comb. nov.2012In: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, ISSN 1466-5026, E-ISSN 1466-5034, Vol. 62, no 11, p. 2685-2690Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Two new obligately anaerobic Gram-positive, saccharolytic and non-proteolytic spore-forming bacilli (strain CD3:22 and N1) are described. Strain CD3:22 was isolated from a biopsy of the small intestine of a child with celiac disease and strain N1 from the saliva of a healthy young man. The cells of both strains were observed to be filamentous with lengths of approximately 5 to >20 µm, some of them curving and with swellings. The novel organisms produced H2S, NH3, butyric acid and acetic acid as major metabolic end products. Phylogenetic analyses, based on comparative 16S rRNA gene sequencing, revealed close relationships (98 % sequence similarity) between the two isolates, as well as the type strain of Eubacterium saburreum CCUG 28089T and four other Lachnospiraceae bacterium/E. saburreum-like organisms. This group of bacteria were clearly different from any of the 19 known genera in the family Lachnospiraceae. While Eubacterium spp. are reported to be non-spore-forming, reanalysis of E. saburreum CCUG 28089T confirmed that the bacterium, indeed, is able to form spores. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequencing, phenotypic and biochemical properties, CD3:22 (CCUG 58757T) and N1 (CCUG 60305T) represent new species of a new and distinct genus, named Lachnoanaerobaculum, in the family Lachnospiraceae [within the order Clostridiales, class Clostridia, phylum Firmicutes]. Strain CD3:22 is the type strain of the type species, Lachnoanaerobaculum umeaense gen. nov., sp. nov., of the proposed new genus. Strain N1 is the type strain of the species, Lachnoanaerobaculum orale gen. nov., sp. nov. Moreover, E. saburreum CCUG 28089T is reclassified as Lachnoanaerobaculum saburreum comb. nov.

  • 45.
    Hedberg, Maria
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Hammarström, Marie-Louise
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Hernell, Olle
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Paediatrics.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Wai, Sun Nyunt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Moore, Edward
    Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset, Göteborgs Universitet.
    Hammarström, Sten
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Clostridiales bacterium CD3:22-an anaerobic spore-forming bacterium isolated from small intestine in a celiac disease patient2010Report (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Hedlund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Exosomer har samma nyckelroll i foster- och cancerutvecklingen2010In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 107, no 50, p. 3198-3198Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Hedlund, Malin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Exosomes and the NKG2D receptor-ligand system in pregnancy and cancer: using stress for survival2010Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Although not obvious at first sight, several parallels can be drawn between pregnancy andcancer. Many proliferative, invasive and immune tolerance mechanisms that supportnormal pregnancy are also exploited by malignancies to establish a nutrient supply andevade or edit the immune response of the host. The human placenta, of crucial importancefor pregnancy success, and its main cells, the trophoblast, share several features withmalignant cells such as high cell proliferation rate, lack of cell-contact inhibition andinvasiveness. Both in cancer and in pregnancy, the immune defense mechanisms,potentially threatening the survival of the tumor or the fetus, are progressively blunted oreven turned into tumor- or pregnancy-promoting players.

    Amongst immune mechanisms that are meant to protect the host from cancer and can be apotential threat to the fetus, the NKG2D receptor-ligand system stands out as the mostpowerful, stress-inducible “danger detector” system that comprises the activating NK cellreceptor NKG2D and its ligands, the MIC (MHC class I Chain-related proteins A and B)and ULBP (UL-16 Binding Proteins) families. It is the major cytotoxic mechanism in thebody promoting surveillance and homeostasis. In the present thesis we investigate theNKG2D receptor-ligand system in human early normal pregnancy and in theleukemia/lymphoma cell lines Jurkat and Raji and ask the questions “How is the NKG2Dreceptor-ligand system functioning in pregnancy and tumor? How is the danger of cytotoxicattack of the fetus avoided? Why is the immunosurveillance function compromised incancer patients?”

    We developed a method to isolate and culture villous trophoblast from early human normalplacenta and used it to study the NKG2D receptor-ligand system. We discovered that theNKG2D ligand families of molecules MICA/B and ULBP1-5 are constitutively expressedby the syncytiotrophoblast of the chorionic villi. Using immnunoelectron microscopy, westudied the expression of these molecules at the subcellular level and could show for thefirst time that they are preferably expressed on microvesicles in multivesicular bodies(MVB) of the late endosomal compartment and are secreted as exosomes. Exosomes arenanometer sized microvesicles of endosomal origin, produced and secreted by a great7variety of normal and tumor cells. The exosomes are packages of proteins and ribonucleicacids that function as “mail” or “messengers” between cells conveying different biologicalinformation. We isolated and studied exosomes from placental explant cultures. We foundthat they carry NKG2D ligands on their surface and are able to bind and down-regulate thecognate receptor on NK-, CD8+ and T cells. The down-regulation selectively causedimpairment of the cytotoxic response of the cells but did not affect their lytic ability asmeasured by perforin content and gene transcription. Thus, the NKG2D ligand-bearingexosomes suppress the cytotoxic activity of the cells in the vicinity of the placenta, leavingtheir cytolytic machinery intact, ready to function when the cognate receptor isrestored/recycled. These findings highlight the role of placental exosomes in the fetalmaternalimmune escape and support the view of placenta as an unique immunomodulatoryorgan.

    Next, we studied the expression and exosomal release of NKG2D ligands by tumor cellsusing the leukemia cell lines Jurkat and Raji as a tumor model. We found that NKG2Dligand-bearing exosomes with similar immunosuppressive properties as placental exosomesare constitutively secreted by the tumor cells, as a mechanism to blunt the cytotoxicresponse of the immune cells and thus protect themselves from cytotoxic attack by the host.Interestingly, we found that thermal- and oxidative stress up-regulates the exosomesecretion and the amount of exosome-secreted NKG2D ligands. Our results imply thattumor therapies that cause stress-induced damage, such as thermotherapy and stripping ofoxygen supply to the tumor, might have a previously unrecognized side effect causingenhanced exosome production and secretion, which in turn suppresses the natural antitumorimmune response and thus should be taken into account when designing an optimaltherapy of cancer patients.

    In conclusion, we describe a novel stress-inducible mechanism shared by placenta andtumors as an immune escape strategy. We found that placenta- and tumor-derived NKG2Dligand-bearing exosomes can suppress immune responses to promote the survival and wellbeing of the fetus or the tumor. Our work comprises an important contribution to theelucidation of the NKG2D ligand-receptor system and its mode of operation in the humanbody and opens new perspectives for designing novel therapies for infertility and cancer.

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  • 48.
    Hedlund, Malin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Kargl, Dominic
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Thermal- and oxidative stress causes enhanced release of NKG2D ligand-bearing immunosuppressive exosomes in leukemia/lymphoma T and B cells2011In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 6, no 2, p. e16899-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Immune evasion from NK surveillance related to inadequate NK-cell function has been suggested as an explanation of the high incidence of relapse and fatal outcome of many blood malignancies. In this report we have used Jurkat and Raji cell lines as a model for studies of the NKG2D receptor-ligand system in T-and B cell leukemia/lymphoma. Using real-time quantitative RT-PCR and immunoflow cytometry we show that Jurkat and Raji cells constitutively express mRNA and protein for the stress-inducible NKG2D ligands MICA/B and ULBP1 and 2, and up-regulate the expression in a cell-line specific and stress-specific manner. Furthermore, we revealed by electron microscopy, immunoflow cytometry and western blot that these ligands were expressed and secreted on exosomes, nanometer-sized microvesicles of endosomal origin. Acting as a decoy, the NKG2D ligand-bearing exosomes downregulate the in vitro NKG2D receptor-mediated cytotoxicity and thus impair NK-cell function. Interestingly, thermal and oxidative stress enhanced the exosome secretion generating more soluble NKG2D ligands that aggravated the impairment of the cytotoxic response. Taken together, our results might partly explain the clinically observed NK-cell dysfunction in patients suffering from leukemia/lymphoma. The adverse effect of thermal and oxidative stress, enhancing the release of immunosuppressive exosomes, should be considered when cytostatic and hyperthermal anti-cancer therapies are designed.

  • 49.
    Hedlund, Malin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Kargl, Dominic
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology.
    Thermal- and oxidative stress causes enhanced release of NKG2D ligand-bearing immunosuppressive exosomes in leukemia/lymphoma T and B cells2011In: PLOS ONE, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 6, no 2, article id e16899Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Immune evasion from NK surveillance related to inadequate NK-cell function has been suggested as an explanation of the high incidence of relapse and fatal outcome of many blood malignancies. In this report we have used Jurkat and Raji cell lines as a model for studies of the NKG2D receptor-ligand system in T-and B cell leukemia/lymphoma. Using real-time quantitative RT-PCR and immunoflow cytometry we show that Jurkat and Raji cells constitutively express mRNA and protein for the stress-inducible NKG2D ligands MICA/B and ULBP1 and 2, and up-regulate the expression in a cell-line specific and stress-specific manner. Furthermore, we revealed by electron microscopy, immunoflow cytometry and western blot that these ligands were expressed and secreted on exosomes, nanometer-sized microvesicles of endosomal origin. Acting as a decoy, the NKG2D ligand-bearing exosomes downregulate the in vitro NKG2D receptor-mediated cytotoxicity and thus impair NK-cell function. Interestingly, thermal and oxidative stress enhanced the exosome secretion generating more soluble NKG2D ligands that aggravated the impairment of the cytotoxic response. Taken together, our results might partly explain the clinically observed NK-cell dysfunction in patients suffering from leukemia/lymphoma. The adverse effect of thermal and oxidative stress, enhancing the release of immunosuppressive exosomes, should be considered when cytostatic and hyperthermal anti-cancer therapies are designed.

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  • 50.
    Hedlund, Malin
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Stenqvist, Ann-Christin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nagaeva, Olga
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Kjellberg, Lennart
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
    Wulff, Marianne
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
    Baranov, Vladimir
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Mincheva-Nilsson, Lucia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Human placenta expresses and secretes NKG2D ligands via exosomes that down-modulate the cognate receptor expression: evidence for immunosuppressive function2009In: Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0022-1767, E-ISSN 1550-6606, Vol. 183, no 1, p. 340-351Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During mammalian pregnancy maternal-fetal tolerance involves a number of immunosuppressive factors produced by placenta. Recently, placenta-derived exosomes have emerged as new immune regulators in the maternal immune tolerance. Exosomes are membrane nanovesicles with defined morphology, which are secreted from endosomal multivesicular bodies (MVB) upon fusion with the plasma membrane. Previously, we reported that the MHC class I chain-related (MIC) proteins A and B, human ligands of the activating NK cell receptor NKG2D, are expressed by placenta, sorted to MVB of syncytiotrophoblast and probably released via MIC-bearing exosomes. In this report, we show that the second family of human NKG2D ligands, the UL-16 binding proteins (ULBP), is also expressed by placenta. Importantly, this expression was not due to placental CMV infection. Immunoelectron microscopy disclosed that ULBP1-5 are produced and retained in MVB of the syncytiotrophoblast on microvesicles/exosomes. Using human placenta explant cultures and different assays, we demonstrate that exosomes bearing NKG2D ligands are released by human placenta. Isolated placental exosomes carried ULBP1-5 and MIC on their surface and induced down-regulation of the NKG2D receptor on NK, CD8(+), and gammadelta T cells, leading to reduction of their in vitro cytotoxicity without affecting the perforin-mediated lytic pathway. Release of placental NKG2D ligands via exosomes is an alternative mechanism for generation of bioactive soluble form of these ligands. These findings highlight a role for NKG2D ligand-bearing placental exosomes in the fetal immune escape and support the view of placenta as a unique immunosuppressive organ.

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