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  • 1.
    Abadpour, Shadab
    et al.
    Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
    Halvorsen, Bente
    Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
    Sahraoui, Afaf
    University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
    Korsgren, Olle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Aukrust, Pål
    Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
    Scholz, Hanne
    Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
    Interleukin-22 reverses human islet dysfunction and apoptosis triggered by hyperglycemia and LIGHT2018In: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, ISSN 0952-5041, E-ISSN 1479-6813, Vol. 60, no 3, p. 171-183Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Interleukin (IL)-22 has recently been suggested as an anti-inflammatory cytokine that could protect the islet cells from inflammation- and glucose-induced toxicity. We have previously shown that the tumor necrosis factor family member, LIGHT can impair human islet function at least partly via pro-apoptotic effects. Herein, we aimed to investigate the protective role of IL-22 on human islets exposed to the combination of hyperglycemia and LIGHT. First, we found up-regulation of LIGHT receptors (LTβR and HVEM) in engrafted human islets exposed to hyperglycemia (>11 mM) for 17 days post transplantation by using a double islet transplantation mouse model as well as in human islets cultured with high glucose (HG) (20mM glucose) + LIGHT in vitro and this latter effect was attenuated by IL-22. The effect of HG + LIGHT impairing glucose stimulated insulin secretion was reversed by IL-22. The harmful effect of HG + LIGHT on human islet function seemed to involve enhanced endoplasmic reticulum stress evidenced by up-regulation of p-IRE1α and BiP, elevated secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, IP-10 and MCP-1) and the pro-coagulant mediator tissue factor (TF) release and apoptosis in human islets, whereas all these effects were at least partly reversed by IL-22. Our findings suggest that IL-22 could counteract the harmful effects of LIGHT/hyperglycemia on human islet cells and potentially support the strong protective effect of IL-22 on impaired islet function and survival.

  • 2.
    Adamson, L.
    et al.
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Pathol & Oncol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Andersson, B.
    Gothenburg Univ, Immunol, Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Kiessling, R.
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Pathol & Oncol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Nasman-Glaser, B.
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Pathol & Oncol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Karlsson-Parra, Alex
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    GMP-production of an allogenic DC-based cancer vaccine (INTUVAX) for treatment of patients with metastatic kidney-or primary liver cancer. Comparison of two production platforms for DC-generation2016In: European Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0014-2980, E-ISSN 1521-4141, Vol. 46, p. 946-947Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 3. Adamson, R. E.
    et al.
    Frazier, A. A.
    Evans, H.
    Chambers, K. F.
    Schenk, E.
    Essand, Magnus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Birnie, R.
    Mitry, R. R.
    Dhawan, A.
    Maitland, N. J.
    In Vitro Primary Cell Culture as a Physiologically Relevant Method for Preclinical Testing of Human Oncolytic Adenovirus2012In: Human Gene Therapy, ISSN 1043-0342, E-ISSN 1557-7422, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 218-230Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ad[I/PPT-E1A] is an oncolytic adenovirus that specifically kills prostate cells via restricted replication by a prostate-specific regulatory element. Off-target replication of oncolytic adenoviruses would have serious clinical consequences. As a proposed ex vivo test, we describe the assessment of the specificity of Ad[I/PPT-E1A] viral cytotoxicity and replication in human nonprostate primary cells. Four primary nonprostate cell types were selected to mimic the effects of potential in vivo exposure to Ad[I/PPT-E1A] virus: bronchial epithelial cells, urothelial cells, vascular endothelial cells, and hepatocytes. Primary cells were analyzed for Ad[I/PPT-E1A] viral cytotoxicity in MTS assays, and viral replication was determined by hexon titer immunostaining assays to quantify viral hexon protein. The results revealed that at an extreme multiplicity of infection of 500, unlikely to be achieved in vivo, Ad[I/PPT-E1A] virus showed no significant cytotoxic effects in the nonprostate primary cell types apart from the hepatocytes. Transmission electron microscopy studies revealed high levels of Ad[I/PPT-E1A] sequestered in the cytoplasm of these cells. Adenoviral green fluorescent protein reporter studies showed no evidence for nuclear localization, suggesting that the cytotoxic effects of Ad[I/PPT-E1A] in human primary hepatocytes are related to viral sequestration. Also, hepatocytes had increased amounts of coxsackie adenovirus receptor surface protein. Active viral replication was only observed in the permissive primary prostate cells and LNCaP prostate cell line, and was not evident in any of the other nonprostate cells types tested, confirming the specificity of Ad[I/PPT-E1A]. Thus, using a relevant panel of primary human cells provides a convenient and alternative preclinical assay for examining the specificity of conditionally replicating oncolytic adenoviruses in vivo.

  • 4. Aeinehband, Shahin
    et al.
    Lindblom, Rickard P F
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Thoracic Surgery.
    Al Nimer, Faiez
    Vijayaraghavan, Swetha
    Sandholm, Kerstin
    Khademi, Mohsen
    Olsson, Tomas
    Nilsson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nilsson, Kristina Ekdahl
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Darreh-Shori, Taher
    Piehl, Fredrik
    Complement Component C3 and Butyrylcholinesterase Activity Are Associated with Neurodegeneration and Clinical Disability in Multiple Sclerosis2015In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 10, no 4Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Dysregulation of the complement system is evident in many CNS diseases but mechanisms regulating complement activation in the CNS remain unclear. In a recent large rat genomewide expression profiling and linkage analysis we found co-regulation of complement C3 immediately downstream of butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE), an enzyme hydrolyzing acetylcholine (ACh), a classical neurotransmitter with immunoregulatory effects. We here determined levels of neurofilament-light (NFL), a marker for ongoing nerve injury, C3 and activity of the two main ACh hydrolyzing enzymes, acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and BuChE, in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from patients with MS (n = 48) and non-inflammatory controls (n = 18). C3 levels were elevated in MS patients compared to controls and correlated both to disability and NFL. C3 levels were not induced by relapses, but were increased in patients with >= 9 cerebral lesions on magnetic resonance imaging and in patients with progressive disease. BuChE activity did not differ at the group level, but was correlated to both C3 and NFL levels in individual samples. In conclusion, we show that CSF C3 correlates both to a marker for ongoing nerve injury and degree of disease disability. Moreover, our results also suggest a potential link between intrathecal cholinergic activity and complement activation. These results motivate further efforts directed at elucidating the regulation and effector functions of the complement system in MS, and its relation to cholinergic tone.

  • 5. 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
    Hultgren, Olof
    Viander, Markku
    Khamashta, Munther
    Regenass, Stephan
    Coelho Andrade, Luis Eduardo
    Wiik, Allan
    Tincani, Angela
    Rönnelid, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    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.

  • 6.
    Ahlgren, Kerstin M.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Moretti, Silvia
    Lundgren, Brita Ardesjö
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Karlsson, Iulia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Åhlin, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Norling, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Hallgren, Åsa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Perheentupa, Jaakko
    Gustafsson, Jan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Pediatrics.
    Rorsman, Fredrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Crewther, Pauline E.
    Rönnelid, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Bensing, Sophie
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Scott, Hamish S.
    Kämpe, Olle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Romani, Luigina
    Lobell, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Increased IL-17A secretion in response to Candida albicans in autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 and its animal model2011In: European Journal of Immunology, ISSN 0014-2980, E-ISSN 1521-4141, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 235-245Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome type 1 (APS-1) is a multiorgan autoimmune disease caused by mutations in the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, hypoparathyroidism and adrenal failure are hallmarks of the disease. The critical mechanisms causing chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis in APS-1 patients have not been identified although autoantibodies to cytokines are implicated in the pathogenesis. To investigate whether the Th reactivity to Candida albicans (C. albicans) and other stimuli was altered, we isolated PBMC from APS-1 patients and matched healthy controls. The Th17 pathway was upregulated in response to C. albicans in APS-1 patients, whereas the IL-22 secretion was reduced. Autoantibodies against IL-22, IL-17A and IL-17F were detected in sera from APS-1 patients by immunoprecipitation. In addition, Aire-deficient (Aire(0/0) ) mice were much more susceptible than Aire(+/+) mice to mucosal candidiasis and C. albicans-induced Th17- and Th1-cell responses were increased in Aire(0/0) mice. Thus an excessive IL-17A reactivity towards C. albicans was observed in APS-1 patients and Aire(0/0) mice.

  • 7.
    Ajalloueian, F.
    et al.
    Isfahan Univ Technol, Dept Text Engn, Ctr Excellence Appl Nanotechnol, Esfahan, Iran..
    Fransson, M.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Tavanai, H.
    Isfahan Univ Technol, Dept Text Engn, Ctr Excellence Appl Nanotechnol, Esfahan, Iran..
    Hilborn, Jöns
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Polymer Chemistry.
    Magnusson, Peetra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Uppsala Univ, Dept Immunol Genet & Pathol IGP, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Arpanaei, A.
    Natl Inst Genet Engn & Biotechnol, Dept Ind & Environm Biotechnol, Tehran, Iran..
    Comparing PLGA and PLGA/Chitosan Nanofibers Seeded by Msc: A Cell-scaffold Interaction Study2015In: Tissue Engineering. Part A, ISSN 1937-3341, E-ISSN 1937-335X, Vol. 21, p. S406-S407Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Ajalloueian, Fatemeh
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Polymer Chemistry. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Fransson, Moa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Tavanai, Hossein
    Massuni, Mohammad
    Hilborn, Jöns
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Polymer Chemistry. Uppsala University, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    LeBlanc, Katarina
    Arpanaei, Ayyoob
    Magnusson, Peetra
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Investigation of Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Cultured on PLGA orPLGA/Chitosan Electrospun Nanofibers2015In: Journal of Bioprocessing & Biotechniques, ISSN 2155-9821, Vol. 5, no 6, article id 230Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We compared the viability, proliferation, and differentiation of human Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSC)after culture on poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and PLGA/chitosan (PLGA/CH) hybrid scaffolds. We appliedconventional and emulsion electrospinning techniques, respectively, for the fabrication of the PLGA and PLGA/CH scaffolds. Electrospinning under optimum conditions resulted in an average fiber diameter of 166 ± 33 nmfor the PLGA/CH and 680 ± 175 nm for the PLGA scaffold. The difference between the tensile strength of thePLGA and PLGA/CH nanofibers was not significant, but PLGA/CH showed a significantly lower tensile modulusand elongation at break. However, it should be noted that the extensibility of the PLGA/CH was higher than thatof the nanofibrous scaffolds of pure chitosan. As expected, a higher degree of hydrophilicity was seen with PLGA/CH, as compared to PLGA alone. The biocompatibility of the PLGA and PLGA/CH scaffolds was compared usingMTS assay as well as analysis by scanning electron microscopy and confocal microscopy. The results showed thatboth scaffold types supported the viability and proliferation of human MSC, with significantly higher rates on PLGA/CH nanofibers. Nonetheless, an analysis of gene expression of MSC grown on either PLGA or PLGA/CH showed asimilar differentiation pattern towards bone, nerve and adipose tissues.

  • 9. Almgren, J.
    et al.
    Lindvall, P.
    Englund,
    Norda, Rut
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Lubenow, Norbert
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Safwenberg, J.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Comparison of Three Fully Automated Systems for Immunohematology with the Focus on Two Important Aspects of Capacity-Efficiency and Stress2014In: Transfusion, ISSN 0041-1132, E-ISSN 1537-2995, Vol. 54, p. 173A-174AArticle in journal (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Amini, Rose-Marie
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical and experimental pathology.
    Enblad, Gunilla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Experimental and Clinical Oncology.
    Hollander, Peter
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical and experimental pathology.
    Laszlo, S.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Eriksson, Emma
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Gustafsson, Kristin Ayoola
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Medicinsk genetik och genomik.
    Loskog, Angelica S.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Lokon Pharma, AB,Uppsala, Sweden.
    Thörn, Ingrid
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Altered profile of immune regulatory cells in the peripheral blood of lymphoma patients2019In: BMC Cancer, ISSN 1471-2407, E-ISSN 1471-2407, Vol. 19, article id 316Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Regulatory immune cells may modulate the lymphoma microenvironment and are of great interest due to the increasing prevalence of treatment with immunotherapies in lymphoma patients. The aim was to explore the composition of different immune regulatory cell subsets in the peripheral blood of newly diagnosed lymphoma patients in relation to treatment outcome. Methods: Forty-three newly diagnosed patients with lymphoma were included in the study; 24 with high-grade B-cell lymphoma (HGBCL) and 19 with classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL). Peripheral blood was prospectively collected and immune regulatory cells were identified by multi-color flow cytometry and analyzed in relation to healthy blood donors and clinical characteristics and outcome. Results: The percentage of CD3-positive T-cells was lower (p=0.03) in the peripheral blood of lymphoma patients at diagnosis compared to healthy blood donors regardless of lymphoma subtype, although statistically, neither the percentage of monocytes (p=0.2) nor the T-cell/monocyte ratio (p=0.055) differed significantly. A significant decrease in the percentage of a subset of regulatory NK cells (CD7(+)/CD3(-)/CD56(bright)/CD16(dim/-)) was identified in the peripheral blood of lymphoma patients compared to healthy blood donors (p=0.003). Lymphoma patients also had more granulocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) (p=0.003) compared to healthy blood donors, whereas monocytic MDSCs did not differ significantly (p=0.07). A superior disease-free survival was observed for cHL patients who had an increase in the percentage of granulocytic MDSCs (p=0.04). Conclusions: An altered profile of immune cells in the peripheral blood with a decrease in T-cells and regulatory NK-cells was observed in newly diagnosed lymphoma patients. CHL patients with higher percentages of regulatory NK cells and higher percentages of granulocytic MDSCs might have a better outcome, although the number of patients was low.

  • 11.
    Anagandula, Mahesh
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Studies of Enterovirus Infection and Induction of Innate Immunity in Human Pancreatic Cells2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Several epidemiological and clinical studies have indicated a possible role of Enterovirus (EV) infection in type 1 diabetes (T1D) development. However, the exact casual mechanism of these viruses in T1D development is not known. The aim of this thesis is to study various EVs that have been shown to differ in their immune phenotype, lytic ability, association with induction of islet autoantibodies, ability to replicate, cause islet disintegration and induce innate antiviral pathways in infected pancreatic cells in vitro. Furthermore, EV presence and pathogenic process in pancreatic tissue and isolated islets of T1D patients was also studied.

    Studies in this thesis for first time show the detection of EV RNA and protein in recent onset live T1D patients supporting the EV hypothesis in T1D development. Further all EV serotypes studied were able to replicate in islets, causing variable amount of islet disintegration ranging from extensive islet disintegration to not affecting islet morphology at all. However, one of the EV serotype replicated in only two out of seven donors infected, highlighting the importance of individual variation between donors. Further, this serotype impaired the insulin response to glucose stimulation without causing any visible islet disintegration, suggesting that this serotype might impaired the insulin response by inducing a functional block. Infection of human islets with the EV serotypes that are differentially associated with the development of islet autoantibodies showed the islet cell disintegration that is comparable with their degree of islet autoantibody seroconversion. Suggesting that the extent of the epidemic-associated islet autoantibody induction may depend on the ability of the viral serotypes to damage islet cells. Furthermore, one of the EV strains showed unique ability to infect and replicate both in endo and exocrine cells of the pancreas. EV replication in both endo and exocrine cells affected the genes involved in innate and antiviral pathways and induction of certain genes with important antiviral activity significantly varied between different donors. Suggesting that the same EV infection could result in different outcome in different individuals. Finally, we compared the results obtained by lytic and non lytic EV strains in vitro with the findings reported in fulminant and slowly progressing autoimmune T1D and found some similarities. In conclusion the results presented in this thesis further support the role of EV in T1D development and provide more insights regarding viral and host variation.  This will improve our understanding of the possible causative mechanism by EV in T1D development.

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    1. Detection of a low-grade enteroviral infection in the islets of Langerhans of living patients newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Detection of a low-grade enteroviral infection in the islets of Langerhans of living patients newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
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    2015 (English)In: Diabetes, ISSN 0012-1797, E-ISSN 1939-327X, Vol. 64, no 5, p. 1682-1687Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    The Diabetes Virus Detection study (DiViD) is the first to examine fresh pancreatic tissue at the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes for the presence of viruses. Minimal pancreatic tail resection was performed 3-9 weeks after onset of type 1 diabetes in 6 adult patients (age 24-35 years). The presence of enteroviral capsid protein 1 (VP1) and the expression of class I HLA were investigated by immunohistochemistry. Enterovirus RNA was analyzed from isolated pancreatic islets and from fresh frozen whole pancreatic tissue using PCR and sequencing. Non-diabetic organ donors served as controls. VP1 was detected in the islets of all type 1 diabetes patients (2 of 9 controls). Hyperexpression of class I HLA molecules was found in the islets of all patients (1 of 9 controls). Enterovirus specific RNA sequences were detected in 4 of 6 cases (0 of 6 controls). The results were confirmed in different laboratories. Only 1.7 % of the islets contained VP1 positive cells and the amount of enterovirus RNA was low. The results provides evidence for the presence of enterovirus in pancreatic islets of type 1 diabetic patients, being consistent with the possibility that a low grade enteroviral infection in the pancreatic islets contribute to disease progression in humans.

    National Category
    Endocrinology and Diabetes Microbiology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239513 (URN)10.2337/db14-1370 (DOI)000353431200023 ()25422108 (PubMedID)
    Available from: 2014-12-29 Created: 2014-12-29 Last updated: 2017-12-05
    2. Infection of Human Islets of Langerhans With Two Strains of Coxsackie B Virus Serotype 1: Assessment of Virus Replication, Degree of Cell Death and Induction of Genes Involved in the Innate Immunity Pathway
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Infection of Human Islets of Langerhans With Two Strains of Coxsackie B Virus Serotype 1: Assessment of Virus Replication, Degree of Cell Death and Induction of Genes Involved in the Innate Immunity Pathway
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    2014 (English)In: Journal of Medical Virology, ISSN 0146-6615, E-ISSN 1096-9071, Vol. 86, no 8, p. 1402-1411Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Type 1 diabetes mellitus is believed to be triggered, in part, by one or more environmental factors and human enteroviruses (HEVs) are among the candidates. Therefore, this study has examined whether two strains of HEV may differentially affect the induction of genes involved in pathways leading to the synthesis of islet hormones, chemokines and cytokines in isolated, highly purified, human islets. Isolated, purified human pancreatic islets were infected with strains of Coxsackievirus B1. Viral replication and the degree of CPE/islet dissociation were monitored. The expression of insulin, glucagon, CXCL10, TLR3, IF1H1, CCL5, OAS-1, IFN beta, and DDX58 was analyzed. Both strains replicated in islets but only one of strain caused rapid islet dissociation/CPE. Expression of the insulin gene was reduced during infection of islets with either viral strain but the gene encoding glucagon was unaffected. All genes analyzed which are involved in viral sensing and the development of innate immunity were induced by Coxsackie B viruses, with the notable exception of TLR3. There was no qualitative difference in the expression pattern between each strain but the magnitude of the response varied between donors. The lack of virus induced expression of TLR3, together with the differential regulation of IF1H1, OAS1 and IFN beta, (each of which has polymorphic variants influence the predisposition to type 1 diabetes), that might result in defective clearance of virus from islet cells. The reduced expression of the insulin gene and the unaffected expression of the gene encoding glucagon by Coxsackie B1 infection is consistent with the preferential beta-cell tropism of the virus.

    Keywords
    enterovirus, type 1 diabetes, innate immunity, human pancreatic islets, RNA sensors
    National Category
    Infectious Medicine Microbiology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-231113 (URN)10.1002/jmv.23835 (DOI)000339486200015 ()24249667 (PubMedID)
    Available from: 2014-09-05 Created: 2014-09-04 Last updated: 2017-12-05
    3. Expression of Innate Immunity Genes and Damage of Primary Human Pancreatic Islets by Epidemic Strains of Echovirus: Implication for Post-Virus Islet Autoimmunity
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Expression of Innate Immunity Genes and Damage of Primary Human Pancreatic Islets by Epidemic Strains of Echovirus: Implication for Post-Virus Islet Autoimmunity
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    2013 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 8, no 11, p. e77850-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Three large-scale Echovirus (E) epidemics (E4, E16, E30), each differently associated to the acute development of diabetes related autoantibodies, have been documented in Cuba. The prevalence of islet cell autoantibodies was moderate during the E4 epidemic but high in the E16 and E30 epidemic. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of epidemic strains of echovirus on beta-cell lysis, beta-cell function and innate immunity gene expression in primary human pancreatic islets. Human islets from non-diabetic donors (n = 7) were infected with the virus strains E4, E16 and E30, all isolated from patients with aseptic meningitis who seroconverted to islet cell antibody positivity. Viral replication, degree of cytolysis, insulin release in response to high glucose as well as mRNA expression of innate immunity genes (IFN-b, RANTES, RIG-I, MDA5, TLR3 and OAS) were measured. The strains of E16 and E30 did replicate well in all islets examined, resulting in marked cytotoxic effects. E4 did not cause any effects on cell lysis, however it was able to replicate in 2 out of 7 islet donors. Beta-cell function was hampered in all infected islets (P<0.05); however the effect of E16 and E30 on insulin secretion appeared to be higher than the strain of E4. TLR3 and IFN-beta mRNA expression increased significantly following infection with E16 and E30 (P<0.033 and P<0.039 respectively). In contrast, the expression of none of the innate immunity genes studied was altered in E4-infected islets. These findings suggest that the extent of the epidemic-associated islet autoimmunity may depend on the ability of the viral strains to damage islet cells and induce pro-inflammatory innate immune responses within the infected islets.

    National Category
    Medical and Health Sciences
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212334 (URN)10.1371/journal.pone.0077850 (DOI)000326499300010 ()
    Available from: 2013-12-10 Created: 2013-12-09 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
    4. Field strains of Echovirus 6 infect human endocrine and exocrine pancreatic cells and induce pro-inflammatory innate immune responses.
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Field strains of Echovirus 6 infect human endocrine and exocrine pancreatic cells and induce pro-inflammatory innate immune responses.
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    (English)Article in journal (Refereed) In press
    Abstract [en]

    Increasing evidence suggests that type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a combined endocrine-exocrine disease. Human enteroviruses (HEV) have been suggested to induce T1D, but so far evidence on HEV infection in human pancreas has been reported only in islets and ductal cells. Aim of this study was to investigate the capability of HEV strains to infect primary human endocrine and exocrine pancreatic cells and to induce the expression of innate immunity genes in both cell types. Isolated human pancreatic islets and exocrine cells were either mock-infected or inoculated with seven field isolates of Echovirus 6 (E6). Beta-cell tropic strains of E4, E16 and E30 were assayed in primary exocrine cells. Viral infection, replication, virus-induced cytopathic effect (CPE) and expression of innate immunity genes were measured. All the seven strains of E6 replicated in both pancreatic endocrine and exocrine cells with infectious progeny production and appearance of CPE. By contrast, no virus titer increase or CPE were observed in exocrine cells exposed to E4, E16 and E30. Virus particles were found in E6-infected acinar cells, both free in cytoplasm and enclosed in vacuoles. Insulin granules accumulation in proximity to virus particles and beta cells functional impairment were demonstrated in E6-infected islets. Endocrine and exocrine cells responded to E6 infection by upregulating the transcription of genes involved in viral recognition (IF1H1), antiviral defense (OAS1, IFN-β) and inflammation (CXCL10, CCL5). Our results indicate that islets and exocrine pancreatic cells productively support the E6 infection and suggest that HEV-associated T1D may involve both endocrine and exocrine pancreas.

    National Category
    Clinical Medicine Microbiology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283276 (URN)
    Available from: 2016-04-12 Created: 2016-04-12 Last updated: 2016-06-01
    5. Gene expression analysis of human islets in a subject at onset of type 1 diabetes
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gene expression analysis of human islets in a subject at onset of type 1 diabetes
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    2014 (English)In: Acta Diabetologica, ISSN 0940-5429, E-ISSN 1432-5233, Vol. 51, no 2, p. 199-204Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Swollen islet cells have been repeatedly described at onset of type 1 diabetes, but the underlying mechanism of this observation, termed hydropic degeneration, awaits characterization. In this study, laser capture microdissection was applied to extract the islets from an organ donor that died at onset of type 1 diabetes and from an organ donor without pancreatic disease. Morphologic analysis revealed extensive hydropic degeneration in 73 % of the islets from the donor with type 1 diabetes. Expression levels of genes involved in apoptosis, ER stress, beta cell function, and inflammation were analyzed in isolated and laser-captured islets by qPCR. The chemokine MCP-1 was expressed in islets from the donor with type 1 diabetes while undetectable in the control donor. No other signs of inflammation were detected. There were no signs of apoptosis on the gene expression level, which was also confirmed by negative immunostaining for cleaved caspase-8. There was an increased expression of the transcription factor ATF4, involved in transcription of ER stress genes, in the diabetic islets, but no further signs of ER stress were identified. In summary, on the transcription level, islets at onset of type 1 diabetes in which many beta cells display hydropic degeneration show no obvious signs of apoptosis, ER stress, or inflammation, supporting the notion that these cells are responding normally to high glucose and eventually succumbing to beta cell exhaustion. Also, this study validates the feasibility of performing qPCR analysis of RNA extracted from islets from subjects with recent onset of T1D and healthy controls by laser capture microdissection.

    National Category
    Endocrinology and Diabetes
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-202844 (URN)10.1007/s00592-013-0479-5 (DOI)000334054200004 ()23624551 (PubMedID)
    Available from: 2013-06-28 Created: 2013-06-28 Last updated: 2018-08-30Bibliographically approved
    6. Enterovirus-induced changes in explanted human islet of Langerhans resemble findings in islets of fulminant and conventional type 1 diabetes
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enterovirus-induced changes in explanted human islet of Langerhans resemble findings in islets of fulminant and conventional type 1 diabetes
    (English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Hypothesis: Fulminant Type 1 diabetes is a unique subtype of T1D, mostly reported in the Japanese population, which is characterized by extensive beta cell death already at onset, often without any insulitis. Enterovirus (EV) infections are associated with the etiology of both fulminant and conventional T1D. However the causative mechanism is not known for any of these diseases. EVs capability to cause lytic vs non-lytic infection in explanted human islets may have implications on the pathogenesis of these two types of T1D.

    Aim: To study the effect of infection of explanted human pancreatic islets with lytic (CBV-1) and non-lytic (CBV-4) Coxsackie B virus strains on cytopathic effect/islet disintegration and to what extent genes involved in viral sensing, antiviral defense and encoding of islet auto-antigens are affected by the viral replication. Also, to compare these findings with the findings reported in fulminant and conventional T1D.

    Methods: Degree of cytopathic effect/islet disintegration was studied and viral replication was measured. Genes involved in viral sensing (NOD2, TLR7 and TLR4), antiviral pathways (OAS2, MX1, PKR, and IRF7), genes coding for known islet auto antigens (GAD65, ZNT8) and the islet hormones, insulin and glucagon, were studied. Mock-infected explanted islet served as controls.

    Results: All CBV strains replicated in the explanted islets but only the CBV-1 strains caused cytopathic effect/islet cell disintegration. Infection with all CBV strains resulted in the induction of genes encoding OAS2 and MX1. In contrast, mRNA expression levels of the gene encoding insulin was reduced. The gene encoding PKR was induced by one of the lytic strains (CBV-1-11) and also by the non-lytic CBV4 strain, while the mRNA expression levels of genes encoding glucagon, NOD2, TLR7, TLR4, MCL1, GAD65 and ZNT8 were not significantly affected.

    National Category
    Endocrinology and Diabetes Microbiology
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283281 (URN)
    Available from: 2016-04-12 Created: 2016-04-12 Last updated: 2016-06-01
  • 12.
    Anagandula, Mahesh
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Hyöty, Heikki
    University of Tampere, School of Medicine, Tampere, Finland ,Fimlab Ltd, Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Finland.
    Frisk, Gun
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Enterovirus-induced changes in explanted human islet of Langerhans resemble findings in islets of fulminant and conventional type 1 diabetesManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Hypothesis: Fulminant Type 1 diabetes is a unique subtype of T1D, mostly reported in the Japanese population, which is characterized by extensive beta cell death already at onset, often without any insulitis. Enterovirus (EV) infections are associated with the etiology of both fulminant and conventional T1D. However the causative mechanism is not known for any of these diseases. EVs capability to cause lytic vs non-lytic infection in explanted human islets may have implications on the pathogenesis of these two types of T1D.

    Aim: To study the effect of infection of explanted human pancreatic islets with lytic (CBV-1) and non-lytic (CBV-4) Coxsackie B virus strains on cytopathic effect/islet disintegration and to what extent genes involved in viral sensing, antiviral defense and encoding of islet auto-antigens are affected by the viral replication. Also, to compare these findings with the findings reported in fulminant and conventional T1D.

    Methods: Degree of cytopathic effect/islet disintegration was studied and viral replication was measured. Genes involved in viral sensing (NOD2, TLR7 and TLR4), antiviral pathways (OAS2, MX1, PKR, and IRF7), genes coding for known islet auto antigens (GAD65, ZNT8) and the islet hormones, insulin and glucagon, were studied. Mock-infected explanted islet served as controls.

    Results: All CBV strains replicated in the explanted islets but only the CBV-1 strains caused cytopathic effect/islet cell disintegration. Infection with all CBV strains resulted in the induction of genes encoding OAS2 and MX1. In contrast, mRNA expression levels of the gene encoding insulin was reduced. The gene encoding PKR was induced by one of the lytic strains (CBV-1-11) and also by the non-lytic CBV4 strain, while the mRNA expression levels of genes encoding glucagon, NOD2, TLR7, TLR4, MCL1, GAD65 and ZNT8 were not significantly affected.

  • 13.
    Anagandula, Mahesh
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Richardson, Sarah J.
    University of Exeter Medical School, Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, Exeter, UK.
    Oberste, M. Steven
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.
    Sioofy-Khojine, Amir-Babak
    School of Medicine, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
    Hyoty, Heikki
    School of Medicine, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland ,Fimlab Ltd, Pirkanmaa Hospital District, Finland.
    Morgan, Noel G.
    University of Exeter Medical School, Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science, Exeter, UK.
    Korsgren, Olle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Frisk, Gun
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Infection of Human Islets of Langerhans With Two Strains of Coxsackie B Virus Serotype 1: Assessment of Virus Replication, Degree of Cell Death and Induction of Genes Involved in the Innate Immunity Pathway2014In: Journal of Medical Virology, ISSN 0146-6615, E-ISSN 1096-9071, Vol. 86, no 8, p. 1402-1411Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Type 1 diabetes mellitus is believed to be triggered, in part, by one or more environmental factors and human enteroviruses (HEVs) are among the candidates. Therefore, this study has examined whether two strains of HEV may differentially affect the induction of genes involved in pathways leading to the synthesis of islet hormones, chemokines and cytokines in isolated, highly purified, human islets. Isolated, purified human pancreatic islets were infected with strains of Coxsackievirus B1. Viral replication and the degree of CPE/islet dissociation were monitored. The expression of insulin, glucagon, CXCL10, TLR3, IF1H1, CCL5, OAS-1, IFN beta, and DDX58 was analyzed. Both strains replicated in islets but only one of strain caused rapid islet dissociation/CPE. Expression of the insulin gene was reduced during infection of islets with either viral strain but the gene encoding glucagon was unaffected. All genes analyzed which are involved in viral sensing and the development of innate immunity were induced by Coxsackie B viruses, with the notable exception of TLR3. There was no qualitative difference in the expression pattern between each strain but the magnitude of the response varied between donors. The lack of virus induced expression of TLR3, together with the differential regulation of IF1H1, OAS1 and IFN beta, (each of which has polymorphic variants influence the predisposition to type 1 diabetes), that might result in defective clearance of virus from islet cells. The reduced expression of the insulin gene and the unaffected expression of the gene encoding glucagon by Coxsackie B1 infection is consistent with the preferential beta-cell tropism of the virus.

  • 14.
    Andrade, Luis E. C.
    et al.
    Univ Fed Sao Paulo, Escola Paulista Med, Dept Med, Rheumatol Div, Rua Botucatu 740, BR-04023062 Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil;Fleury Med & Hlth Labs, Immunol Div, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    Klotz, Werner
    Med Univ Innsbruck, Dept Internal Med 2, Innsbruck, Austria.
    Herold, Manfred
    Med Univ Innsbruck, Dept Internal Med 2, Innsbruck, Austria.
    Conrad, Karsten
    Tech Univ Dresden, Inst Immunol, Dresden, Germany.
    Rönnelid, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Fritzler, Marvin J.
    Univ Calgary, Cumming Sch Med, Dept Med, Calgary, AB, Canada.
    von Mühlen, Carlos A.
    Brazilian Soc Autoimmun, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.
    Satoh, Minoru
    Univ Occupat & Environm Hlth, Dept Clin Nursing, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan.
    Damoiseaux, Jan
    Maastricht Univ, Med Ctr, Cent Diagnost Lab, Maastricht, Netherlands.
    Cruvinel, Wilson de Melo
    Univ Catolica Goias, Goiania, Go, Brazil.
    Chan, Edward K. L.
    Univ Florida, Dept Oral Biol, Gainesville, FL 32610 USA.
    International consensus on antinuclear antibody patterns: definition of the AC-29 pattern associated with antibodies to DNA topoisomerase I2018In: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, ISSN 1434-6621, E-ISSN 1437-4331, Vol. 56, no 10, p. 1783-1788Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) on HEp-2 cells is the reference method for autoantibody screening. The HEp-2 IFA pattern provides useful information on the possible autoantibodies in the sample. The International Consensus on Antinuclear Antibody Patterns (ICAP) initiative seeks to define and harmonize the nomenclature of HEp-2 IFA patterns. The most relevant and usual patterns have been assigned an alphanumeric code from anti-cell (AC)-1 to AC-28 and were organized into a classification algorithm (www.ANApatterns.org). The systemic sclerosis-associated autoantibodies to DNA topoisomerase I (Topo I) produce a peculiar composite 5-element HEp-2 IFA pattern (Topo I-like pattern) comprising the staining of the nucleus, metaphase chromatin plate, nucleolar organizing region, cytoplasm and nucleolus. In a recent assessment of the European Consensus Finding Study Group on autoantibodies, a well-defined anti-Topo I sample was blindly analyzed and classified according to ICAP AC patterns by 43 participant laboratories across Europe. There were wide variations among these laboratories in reporting nuclear, nucleolar and cytoplasmic patterns, indicating the inadequacy of the existing AC patterns to report the Topo I-like pattern. Several ICAP member laboratories independently demonstrated the overall consistency of the HEp-2 IFA Topo I-like pattern using HEp-2 slides from different manufacturers. The ICAP committee reviewed 24 candidate images and selected the four most representative images to be available on the ICAP website. The proper recognition of the AC-29 pattern should trigger suspicion of the presence of anti-Topo I antibodies, which may engender appropriate analyte-specific reflex tests to confirm the autoantibody specificity.

  • 15. Arlestig, Lisbeth
    et al.
    Brink, Mikael
    Hansson, Monika
    Jakobsson, Per Johan
    Holmdahl, Rikard
    Mathsson, Linda
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science.
    Rönnelid, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Klareskog, Lars
    Rantapaa-Dahlqvist, Solbritt M.
    Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms within the HLA-DRB1 Gene in Relation to Antibodies Against Citrullinated Peptides in Individuals Prior to the Development of Rheumatoid Arthritis2012In: Arthritis and Rheumatism, ISSN 0004-3591, E-ISSN 1529-0131, Vol. 64, no S10, p. S180-S180Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Asif, Sana
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Regulation of thromboinflammation in therapeutic medicine: Special focus on surface coating strategies2019Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Biomaterials are an integral part of modern health care and offer potential treatment modalities to diseases and conditions otherwise intractable. However, the critical issue herein is incompatibility reactions.

    Our innate immune system is fundamental in protection against pathogens and foreign intruders and controls the discrimination between self and non-self. Biomaterials come in contact with blood upon implantation where they are sensed by innate immune mediators which through a cascade of complex, multifaceted reactions induce inflammation as well as thrombosis which may induce biomaterial dysfunction and rejection. This explains why patients undergoing haemodialysis therapy exhibit an increased incidence of whole-body inflammation and other thrombotic events. Similarly, therapeutic cells such as hepatocytes upon implantation initiate an instant blood mediated inflammatory reaction, responsible for cell damage and death via apoptosis.

    In order to achieve safer and more efficient therapeutic interventions,  engineering of materials and cells that can avoid these adverse reactions is essential. Fabrication of biomaterials consisting of  coating of bioinert polymers to avoid immune recognition and activation is a promising approach to modulate immune reactions.

    In this thesis, we have employed a PEG-lipid polymer coating, which intercalates in to biomembranes via hydrophobic interactions and thus shields from immune rejection. Treatment with PEG-lipid not only makes the surface “invisible” to immune cells but it also acts as a filter which prevents entry of immune cells without inducing cytotoxicity. Results from this thesis illustrate that fabrication of bio-surfaces by bio-inert PEG-lipid polymer is a harmless procedure which not  only attenuates thrombo-inflammation but also assist in design of self-tailored materials for a wide range of biomedical applications.

    List of papers
    1. Heparinization of cell surfaces with short pepetide-conjugated PEG-lipid regulates thromboinflammation in thransplantation of human MSCs and hepatocytes
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Heparinization of cell surfaces with short pepetide-conjugated PEG-lipid regulates thromboinflammation in thransplantation of human MSCs and hepatocytes
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    2016 (English)In: Acta Biomaterialia, ISSN 1742-7061, E-ISSN 1878-7568, Vol. 35, p. 194-205Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Infusion of therapeutic cells into humans is associated with immune responses, including thromboinflammation, which result in a large loss of transplanted cells\ To address these problems, heparinization of the cell surfaces was achieved by a cell-surface modification technique using polyethylene glycol conjugated phospholipid (PEG-lipid) derivatives. A short heparin-binding peptide was conjugated to the PEG-lipid for immobilization of heparin conjugates on the surface of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and human hepatocytes. Here three kinds of heparin-binding peptides were used for immobilizing heparin conjugates and examined for the antithrombogenic effects on the cell surface. The heparinized cells were incubated in human whole blood to evaluate their hemocompatibility by measuring blood parameters such as platelet count, coagulation markers, complement markers, and Factor Xa activity. We found that one of the heparin-binding peptides did not show cytotoxicity after the immobilization with heparin conjugates. The degree of binding of the heparin conjugates on the cell surface (analyzed by flow cytometer) depended on the ratio of the active peptide to control peptide. For both human MSCs and hepatocytes in whole-blood experiments, no platelet aggregation was seen in the heparin conjugate-immobilized cell group vs. the controls (non-coated cells or control peptide). Also, the levels of thrombin-antithrombin complex (TAT), C3a, and sC5b-9 were significantly lower than those of the controls, indicating a lower activation of coagulation and complement. Factor Xa analysis indicated that the heparin conjugate was still active on the cell surface at 24 h post-coating. It is possible to immobilize heparin conjugates onto hMSC and human hepatocyte surfaces and thereby protect the cell surfaces from damaging thromboinflammation. Statement of Signigficance We present a promising approach to enhance the biocompatibility of therapeutic cells. Here we used short peptide-conjugated PEG-lipid for cell surface modification and heparin conjugates for the coating of human hepatocytes and MSCs. We screened the short peptides to find higher affinity for heparinization of cell surface and performed hemocompatibility assay of heparinized human hepatocytes and human MSCs in human whole blood. Using heparin-binding peptide with higher affinity, not only coagulation activation but also complement activation was significantly suppressed. Thus, it was possible to protect human hepatocytes and human MSCs from the attack of thromboinflammatory activation, which can contribute to the improvement graft survival.

    Keywords
    Cell surface modification; Heparinization; Thromboinflammation; MSCs; Hepatocyte; Polyethylene glycol-conjugated phospholipid (PEG-lipid)
    National Category
    Medical Biotechnology (with a focus on Cell Biology (including Stem Cell Biology), Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Biochemistry or Biopharmacy)
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-279420 (URN)10.1016/j.actbio.2016.02.018 (DOI)000375162200018 ()26876877 (PubMedID)
    Funder
    Swedish Research CouncilThe Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)
    Available from: 2016-03-01 Created: 2016-03-01 Last updated: 2019-01-24Bibliographically approved
    2. Cell Adhesion Induced Using Surface Modification with Cell-Penetrating Peptide-Conjugated Poly(ethylene glycol)-Lipid: A New Cell Glue for 3D Cell-Based Structures
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cell Adhesion Induced Using Surface Modification with Cell-Penetrating Peptide-Conjugated Poly(ethylene glycol)-Lipid: A New Cell Glue for 3D Cell-Based Structures
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    2017 (English)In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244, E-ISSN 1944-8252, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 244-254Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    We synthesized a novel material, cell-penetrating peptide-conjugated poly(ethylene glycol)-lipid (CPP-PEG-lipid), that can induce the adhesion of floating cells. Firm cell adhesion with spreading could be induced by cell surface modification with the CPP-PEG-lipids. Cell adhesion was induced by CPPs but not by any other cationic short peptides we tested. Here, we demonstrated adherence using the floating cell line CCRF-CEM as well as primary human T cells, B cells, erythrocytes, and hepatocytes. As compared to cells grown in suspension, adherent cells were more rapidly induced to attach to substrates with the cell-surface modification. The critical factor for attachment was localization of CPPs at the cell membrane by PEG-lipids with PEG > 20 kDa. These cationic CPPs on PEG chains were able to interact with substrate surfaces such as polystyrene (PS) surfaces, glass surfaces, and PS microfibers that are negatively charged, inducing firm cell adhesion and cell spreading. Also, as opposed to normal cationic peptides that interact strongly with cell membranes, CPPs were less interactive with the cell surfaces because of their cell-penetrating property, making them more available for adhering cells to the substrate surface. No effects on cell viability or cell proliferation were observed after the induction of cell adhesion. With this technique, cells could be easily immobilized onto PS microfibers, an important step in fabricating 3D cell-based structures. Cells immobilized onto 3D PS microfibers were alive, and human hepatocytes showed normal production of urea and albumin on the microfibers. This method is novel in inducing firm cell adhesion via a one-step treatment.

    Keywords
    3D structure, cell adhesion, cell surface modification, cell-penetrating peptide (CPP), poly(ethylene glycol)-conjugated phospholipid (PEG−lipid)
    National Category
    Clinical Medicine
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-373991 (URN)10.1021/acsami.6b14584 (DOI)000392037400031 ()27976850 (PubMedID)
    Funder
    The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)
    Available from: 2019-01-17 Created: 2019-01-17 Last updated: 2019-01-24Bibliographically approved
    3. Validation of an MPC polymer coating to attenuate surface- induced cross-talk between the complement and coagulation systems in whole blood in in vitro and in vivo models
    Open this publication in new window or tab >>Validation of an MPC polymer coating to attenuate surface- induced cross-talk between the complement and coagulation systems in whole blood in in vitro and in vivo models
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    2019 (English)In: Macromolecular Bioscience, ISSN 1616-5187, E-ISSN 1616-5195, Vol. 19, no 5, article id 1800485Article in journal (Refereed) Published
    Abstract [en]

    Artificial surfaces that come into contact with blood induce an immediate activation of the cascade systems of the blood, leading to a thrombotic and/or inflammatory response that can eventually cause damage to the biomaterial or the patient, or to both. Heparin coating has been used to improve hemocompatibility, and another approach is 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC)-based polymer coatings. Here, the aim is to evaluate the hemocompatibility of MPC polymer coating by studying the interactions with coagulation and complement systems using human blood in vitro model and pig in vivo model. The stability of the coatings is investigated in vitro and MPC polymer-coated catheters are tested in vivo by insertion into the external jugular vein of pigs to monitor the catheters' antithrombotic properties. There is no significant activation of platelets or of the coagulation and complement systems in the MPC polymer-coated one, which was superior in hemocompatibility to non-coated matrix surfaces. The protective effect of the MPC polymer coat does not decline after incubation in human plasma for up to 2 weeks. With MPC polymer-coated catheters, it is possible to easily draw blood from pig for 4 days in contrast to the case for non-coated catheters, in which substantial clotting is seen.

    Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
    Wiley-VCH Verlagsgesellschaft, 2019
    Keywords
    blood compatibility, blood model systems, coagulation system, complement system, heparin coat, MPC polymer coat
    National Category
    Clinical Laboratory Medicine Biomaterials Science
    Identifiers
    urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-374785 (URN)10.1002/mabi.201800485 (DOI)000471340300015 ()30786149 (PubMedID)
    Funder
    Swedish Research Council, 2016-2075-5.1Swedish Research Council, 2016-04519The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT)
    Note

    Kazuhiko Ishihara har tillkommit som författare sedan posten lades in som manuskript.

    Available from: 2019-01-24 Created: 2019-01-24 Last updated: 2019-07-31Bibliographically approved
  • 17.
    Asif, Sana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Asawa, Kenta
    Department of Bioengineering, The University of Tokyo, 7‐3‐1 Hongo, Bunkyo‐ku, Tokyo, 113–8656 Japan.
    Yuuki, Inoue
    Department of Bioengineering, The University of Tokyo, 7‐3‐1 Hongo, Bunkyo‐ku, Tokyo, 113–8656 Japan.
    Ishihara, Kazuhiko
    Department of Bioengineering, The University of Tokyo, 7‐3‐1 Hongo, Bunkyo‐ku, Tokyo, 113–8656 Japan.
    Lindell, Björn
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Holmgren, Robin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Ryden, Anneli
    Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Almas Allé 8, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Jensen-Waern, Marianne
    Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Almas Allé 8, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Teramura, Yuji
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Department of Bioengineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
    Nilsson Ekdahl, Kristina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Linnaeus Center of Biomaterials Chemistry, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden.
    Validation of an MPC polymer coating to attenuate surface- induced cross-talk between the complement and coagulation systems in whole blood in in vitro and in vivo models2019In: Macromolecular Bioscience, ISSN 1616-5187, E-ISSN 1616-5195, Vol. 19, no 5, article id 1800485Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Artificial surfaces that come into contact with blood induce an immediate activation of the cascade systems of the blood, leading to a thrombotic and/or inflammatory response that can eventually cause damage to the biomaterial or the patient, or to both. Heparin coating has been used to improve hemocompatibility, and another approach is 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC)-based polymer coatings. Here, the aim is to evaluate the hemocompatibility of MPC polymer coating by studying the interactions with coagulation and complement systems using human blood in vitro model and pig in vivo model. The stability of the coatings is investigated in vitro and MPC polymer-coated catheters are tested in vivo by insertion into the external jugular vein of pigs to monitor the catheters' antithrombotic properties. There is no significant activation of platelets or of the coagulation and complement systems in the MPC polymer-coated one, which was superior in hemocompatibility to non-coated matrix surfaces. The protective effect of the MPC polymer coat does not decline after incubation in human plasma for up to 2 weeks. With MPC polymer-coated catheters, it is possible to easily draw blood from pig for 4 days in contrast to the case for non-coated catheters, in which substantial clotting is seen.

  • 18.
    Asif, Sana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Asawa, Kenta
    Yuuki, Inoue
    Kazuhiko, Ishihara2
    Lindell, Björn
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
    Holmgren, Robin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Ryden, Anneli
    Wearn, Marinne Jensen
    Teramura, Yuji
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nilsson Ekdahl, Kristina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Physics.
    Validation of an MPC polymer coating to reduce surface-induced cascade system activation in whole blood in in vitroand in vivo modelsManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    ABSTRACT

    Background: Artificial surfaces that come into contact with blood (e.g., when used in various forms of biomedical device) induce an immediate activation of the cascade systems of the blood, the coagulation and complement systems. These reactions may lead to a thrombotic and/or inflammatory response that can eventually cause damage to the biomaterial or the patient, or to both. Multiple strategies to dampen these reactions have been employed, with heparin conjugation to the material surface being the most successfulthus far. Another approach to improving hemocompatibility is to use 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC)-based polymer coatings.

    Experimental: In the present study, we evaluated the effectiveness of MPC polymer coating and compared it to a commercially available heparin coating in various in vitromodels using fresh human blood with the aim to replace the costly heparin-coated equipment with the more economic MPC. We then investigated the stability of the various coatings in human plasma in vitrofor 2 weeks. Finally, we inserted MPC polymer-coated catheters into the external jugular vein of pigs and monitored the catheters’ antithrombotic properties for 4 days.

    Results: 1) There was no significant activation of platelets and of the coagulation and complement systems on the MPC polymer-coated or the commercially available heparin surface. 2) Both coats were superior in hemocompatibility to non-coated matrix surfaces. 3) The protective effect of the MPC polymer coat did not decline after incubation in plasma for up to 2 weeks. 4) With MPC polymer-coated catheters, it was possible to easily draw blood from experimental animals for 4 days, in contrast to the case for heparin-flushed commercially available non-coated catheters, in which substantial clotting was seen.

  • 19.
    Asif, Sana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Ekdahl, Kristina N
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Linnæus Center of Biomaterials Chemistry, Linnæus University, SE-391 82 Kalmar, Sweden.
    Fromell, Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Gustafson, Elisabet
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Paediatric Surgery.
    Barbu, Andreea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Cell Biology.
    Le Bland, Katarina
    Division of Clinical Immunology and Transfusion Medicine, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institute, and Hematology and Regenerat ive Medicine Centre at Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge, SE-141 86 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nilsson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Teramura, Yuji
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Department of Bioengineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan.
    Heparinization of cell surfaces with short pepetide-conjugated PEG-lipid regulates thromboinflammation in thransplantation of human MSCs and hepatocytes2016In: Acta Biomaterialia, ISSN 1742-7061, E-ISSN 1878-7568, Vol. 35, p. 194-205Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Infusion of therapeutic cells into humans is associated with immune responses, including thromboinflammation, which result in a large loss of transplanted cells\ To address these problems, heparinization of the cell surfaces was achieved by a cell-surface modification technique using polyethylene glycol conjugated phospholipid (PEG-lipid) derivatives. A short heparin-binding peptide was conjugated to the PEG-lipid for immobilization of heparin conjugates on the surface of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) and human hepatocytes. Here three kinds of heparin-binding peptides were used for immobilizing heparin conjugates and examined for the antithrombogenic effects on the cell surface. The heparinized cells were incubated in human whole blood to evaluate their hemocompatibility by measuring blood parameters such as platelet count, coagulation markers, complement markers, and Factor Xa activity. We found that one of the heparin-binding peptides did not show cytotoxicity after the immobilization with heparin conjugates. The degree of binding of the heparin conjugates on the cell surface (analyzed by flow cytometer) depended on the ratio of the active peptide to control peptide. For both human MSCs and hepatocytes in whole-blood experiments, no platelet aggregation was seen in the heparin conjugate-immobilized cell group vs. the controls (non-coated cells or control peptide). Also, the levels of thrombin-antithrombin complex (TAT), C3a, and sC5b-9 were significantly lower than those of the controls, indicating a lower activation of coagulation and complement. Factor Xa analysis indicated that the heparin conjugate was still active on the cell surface at 24 h post-coating. It is possible to immobilize heparin conjugates onto hMSC and human hepatocyte surfaces and thereby protect the cell surfaces from damaging thromboinflammation. Statement of Signigficance We present a promising approach to enhance the biocompatibility of therapeutic cells. Here we used short peptide-conjugated PEG-lipid for cell surface modification and heparin conjugates for the coating of human hepatocytes and MSCs. We screened the short peptides to find higher affinity for heparinization of cell surface and performed hemocompatibility assay of heparinized human hepatocytes and human MSCs in human whole blood. Using heparin-binding peptide with higher affinity, not only coagulation activation but also complement activation was significantly suppressed. Thus, it was possible to protect human hepatocytes and human MSCs from the attack of thromboinflammatory activation, which can contribute to the improvement graft survival.

  • 20.
    Asif, Sana
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Sedigh, Amir
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Transplantation Surgery.
    Nordström, Johan
    Department of Transplantation Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Brandhorst, Heide
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Jorns, Carl
    Department of Transplantation Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Lorant, Tomas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Transplantation Surgery.
    Larsson, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Molecular and Morphological Pathology.
    Magnusson, Peetra U.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Nowak, Greg
    Department of Transplantation Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Theisinger, Sonja
    Novaliq GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany.
    Hoeger, Simone
    Department of Nephrology, Endocrinology and Rheumatology, University Medical Center Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany.
    Wennberg, Lars
    Korsgren, Olle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Brandhorst, Daniel
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology.
    Oxygen-charged HTK-F6H8 emulsion reduces ischemia: reperfusion injury in kidneys from brain-dead pigs2012In: Journal of Surgical Research, ISSN 0022-4804, E-ISSN 1095-8673, Vol. 178, no 2, p. 959-967Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background:

    Prolonged cold ischemia is frequently associated with a greater risk of delayed graft function and enhanced graft failure. We hypothesized that media, combining a high oxygen-dissolving capacity with specific qualities of organ preservation solutions, would be more efficient in reducing immediate ischemia-reperfusion injury from organs stored long term compared with standard preservation media.

    Methods:

    Kidneys retrieved from brain-dead pigs were flushed using either cold histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate (HTK) or oxygen-precharged emulsion composed of 75% HTK and 25% perfluorohexyloctane. After 18 h of cold ischemia the kidneys were transplanted into allogeneic recipients and assessed for adenosine triphosphate content, morphology, and expression of genes related to hypoxia, environmental stress, inflammation, and apoptosis.

    Results:

    Compared with HTK-flushed kidneys, organs preserved using oxygen-precharged HTK-perfluorohexyloctane emulsion had increased elevated adenosine triphosphate content and a significantly lower gene expression of hypoxia inducible factor-1 alpha, vascular endothelial growth factor, interleukin-1 alpha, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interferon-alpha, JNK-1, p38, cytochrome-c, Bax, caspase-8, and caspase-3 at all time points assessed. In contrast, the mRNA expression of Bcl-2 was significantly increased.

    Conclusions:

    The present study has demonstrated that in brain-dead pigs the perfusion of kidneys with oxygen-precharged HTK-perfluorohexyloctane emulsion results in significantly reduced inflammation, hypoxic injury, and apoptosis and cellular integrity and energy content are well maintained. Histologic examination revealed less tubular, vascular, and glomerular changes in the emulsion-perfused tissue compared with the HTK-perfused counterparts. The concept of perfusing organs with oxygen-precharged emulsion based on organ preservation media represents an efficient alternative for improved organ preservation.

  • 21.
    Azuma, Tomoyuki
    et al.
    Univ Tokyo, Dept Bioengn, Bunkyo Ku, 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 1138656, Japan..
    Teramura, Yuji
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Univ Tokyo, Dept Bioengn, Bunkyo Ku, 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 1138656, Japan.
    Hoshi, Toru
    Nihon Univ, Dept Mat & Appl Chem, Coll Sci & Technol, Tokyo 1018308, Japan..
    Takai, Madoka
    Univ Tokyo, Dept Bioengn, Bunkyo Ku, 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 1138656, Japan..
    Enhancement of Cell Adhesion on a Phosphorylcholine-Based Surface through the Interaction with DNA Mediated by Ca2+ Ions2016In: Journal of Physical Chemistry B, ISSN 1520-6106, E-ISSN 1520-5207, Vol. 120, no 48, p. 12272-12278Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    2-Methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) has a PC group and is one of the most well-known bioinert polymers. In this study, we evaluated the interaction between MPC and DNA, which specifically interacts with the phospholipid head group via Ca2+ ions. A MPC monolayer and poly(MPC) brush were fabricated to observe the effect of the structure on the interaction between MPC and DNA via Ca2+ ions. The poly(MPC) brush, which shows higher MPC unit density, more efficiently interacted with DNA via Ca2+ ions. Also, serum protein could interact with the poly(MPC) brush via DNA, although the brush itself hardly interacted with serum proteins. Cell adhesion was significantly provoked on poly(MPC)/DNA compared with poly(MPC) because serum protein adsorption was induced on poly(MPC)/DNA.

  • 22.
    Azuma, Tomoyuki
    et al.
    Univ Tokyo, Dept Bioengn, Bunkyo Ku, 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 1138656, Japan..
    Teramura, Yuji
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology. Univ Tokyo, Dept Bioengn, Bunkyo Ku, 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 1138656, Japan..
    Takai, Madoka
    Univ Tokyo, Dept Bioengn, Bunkyo Ku, 7-3-1 Hongo, Tokyo 1138656, Japan..
    Cellular Response to Non-contacting Nanoscale Sublayer: Cells Sense Several Nanometer Mechanical Property2016In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244, E-ISSN 1944-8252, Vol. 8, no 17, p. 10710-10716Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cell adhesion is influenced not only from the surface property of materials but also from the mechanical properties of the nanometer sublayer just below the surface. In this study, we fabricated a well-defined diblock polymer brush composed of 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) and 2-aminoethyl methacrylate (AEMA). The underlying layer of poly(MPC) is a highly viscous polymer, and the surface layer of poly(AEMA) is a cell-adhesive cationic polymer. The adhesion of L929 mouse fibroblasts was examined on the diblock polymer brush to see the effect of a non contacting underlying polymer layer on the cell-adhesion behavior. Cells could sense the viscoelasticity of the underlying layers at the nanometer level, although the various fabricated diblock polymer brushes had the same surface property and the functional group. Thus, we found a new factor which could control cell spread at the nanometer level, and this insight would be important to design nanoscale biomaterials and interfaces.

  • 23.
    Bader, Erik
    et al.
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Regenerat Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Stem Cell Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Epidemiol 2, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Migliorini, Adriana
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Regenerat Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Stem Cell Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Gegg, Moritz
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Regenerat Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Stem Cell Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Moruzzi, Noah
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Regenerat Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Mol Med & Surg, SE-17176 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Gerdes, Jantje
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Regenerat Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Roscioni, Sara S.
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Regenerat Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Bakhti, Mostafa
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Regenerat Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Brandl, Elisabeth
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Regenerat Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Irmler, Martin
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Expt Genet, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Beckers, Johannes
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Expt Genet, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Tech Univ Munich, Ismaninger Str 22, D-81675 Munich, Germany..
    Aichler, Michaela
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Res Unit Analyt Pathol, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Feuchtinger, Annette
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Res Unit Analyt Pathol, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Leitzinger, Christin
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Mol Toxicol & Pharmacol, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Zischka, Hans
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Mol Toxicol & Pharmacol, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Wang-Sattler, Rui
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Epidemiol 2, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Jastroch, Martin
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Obes, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Tschoep, Matthias
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Obes, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany..
    Machicao, Fausto
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Univ Tubingen, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet Res & Metab Dis, D-72076 Tubingen, Germany..
    Staiger, Harald
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Univ Tubingen, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet Res & Metab Dis, D-72076 Tubingen, Germany.;Univ Tubingen, Div Endocrinol Diabetol Vasc Dis Nephrol & Clin C, Dept Internal Med, D-72076 Tubingen, Germany..
    Haering, Hans-Ulrich
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Univ Tubingen, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet Res & Metab Dis, D-72076 Tubingen, Germany.;Univ Tubingen, Div Endocrinol Diabetol Vasc Dis Nephrol & Clin C, Dept Internal Med, D-72076 Tubingen, Germany..
    Chmelova, Helena
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Tech Univ Dresden, Univ Clin Carl Gustav Carus, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, PLID, D-01307 Dresden, Germany.;Tech Univ Dresden, Fac Med, DFG Ctr Regenerat Therapies Dresden CRTD, D-01307 Dresden, Germany..
    Chouinard, Julie A.
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Tech Univ Dresden, Univ Clin Carl Gustav Carus, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, PLID, D-01307 Dresden, Germany.;Tech Univ Dresden, Fac Med, DFG Ctr Regenerat Therapies Dresden CRTD, D-01307 Dresden, Germany..
    Oskolkov, Nikolay
    Lund Univ, Ctr Diabet, Diabet & Endocrinol, S-20502 Malmo, Sweden..
    Korsgren, Olle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Speier, Stephan
    German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Tech Univ Dresden, Univ Clin Carl Gustav Carus, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, PLID, D-01307 Dresden, Germany.;Tech Univ Dresden, Fac Med, DFG Ctr Regenerat Therapies Dresden CRTD, D-01307 Dresden, Germany..
    Lickert, Heiko
    Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Diabet & Regenerat Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, Inst Stem Cell Res, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;German Ctr Diabet Res DZD, D-85764 Neuherberg, Germany.;Tech Univ Munich, Ismaninger Str 22, D-81675 Munich, Germany..
    Identification of proliferative and mature beta-cells in the islets of Langerhans2016In: Nature, ISSN 0028-0836, E-ISSN 1476-4687, Vol. 535, no 7612, p. 430-+Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Insulin-dependent diabetes is a complex multifactorial disorder characterized by loss or dysfunction of beta-cells. Pancreatic beta-cells differ in size, glucose responsiveness, insulin secretion and precursor cell potential(1-5); understanding the mechanisms that underlie this functional heterogeneity might make it possible to develop new regenerative approaches. Here we show that Fltp (also known as Flattop and Cfap126), a Wnt/planar cell polarity (PCP) effector and reporter gene(6), acts as a marker gene that subdivides endocrine cells into two subpopulations and distinguishes proliferation-competent from mature beta-cells with distinct molecular, physiological and ultrastructural features. Genetic lineage tracing revealed that endocrine subpopulations from Fltp-negative and -positive lineages react differently to physiological and pathological changes. The expression of Fltp increases when endocrine cells cluster together to form polarized and mature 3D islet mini-organs(7-9). We show that 3D architecture and Wnt/PCP ligands are sufficient to trigger beta-cell maturation. By contrast, the Wnt/PCP effector Fltp is not necessary for beta-cell development, proliferation or maturation. We conclude that 3D architecture and Wnt/PCP signalling underlie functional beta-cell heterogeneity and induce beta-cell maturation. The identification of Fltp as a marker for endocrine subpopulations sheds light on the molecular underpinnings of islet cell heterogeneity and plasticity and might enable targeting of endocrine subpopulations for the regeneration of functional beta-cell mass in diabetic patients.

  • 24.
    Baecklund, Eva
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Rheumatology.
    Backlin, Carin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Rheumatology.
    Rönnelid, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Toes, R
    Huizinga, Twj
    Åhlin, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Askling, J
    Hochberg, F H
    Klareskog, L
    Kay, J
    Smedby, K E
    Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies, other common autoantibodies, and smoking as risk factors for lymphoma in patients with rheumatoid arthritis2018In: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, ISSN 0300-9742, E-ISSN 1502-7732, Vol. 47, no 4, p. 270-275Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk of lymphoma. There is no biomarker to indicate future lymphoma risk in RA and it is not known whether factors associated with an increased risk of RA also confer an increased risk of lymphoma. We investigated whether anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibodies, other autoantibodies, and smoking, are associated with lymphoma development in RA.

    METHOD: subclasses of anti-CCP antibodies and for 15 antinuclear antibody (ANA)-associated specific autoantibodies. Relative risks were estimated as crude and adjusted odds ratios (adjOR) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) using logistic regression.

    RESULTS: We found no association between anti-CCP IgG ≥ 25 units/mL (adjOR 1.4, 95% CI 0.7-2.7), anti-CCP IgG ≥ 500 units/mL (adjOR 1.4, 95% CI 0.7-3.0), anti-CCP Ig of other isotypes, other autoantibodies (adjOR any vs none 0.6, 95% CI 0.3-1.2), or cigarette smoking (adjOR ever vs never 1.1, 95% CI 0.5-2.2) and lymphoma risk among patients with RA.

    CONCLUSION: In this study, neither anti-CCP antibodies (IgG, IgG1–4, IgM, or IgA), nor other common autoantibodies, nor smoking predicted lymphoma risk in RA

  • 25. Banerjee, Meenal
    et al.