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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 1 September 2000, Vol.182(3), pp.643-651
    Description: In fibroblasts, infection with human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) inhibits expression of the extracellular matrix proteins thrombospondin-1 and -2 (TSP-1 and TSP-2). These effects may depend on expression of HCMV immediate-early (IE) genes, which are activated by cellular transcription factor NF-kB. The influence of HCMV infection on TSP-1 and TSP-2 expression and the ability of different antiviral drugs to prevent these cellular changes in permissive cultures of human retinal glial cells were observed. Ganciclovir inhibited only HCMV late antigen (LA) expression, whereas antisense oligonucleotide ISIS 2922 and peptide SN50, inhibitors of HCMV IE expression and NF-kB activity, respectively, inhibited both IE and LA expression. ISIS 2922 and SN50, but not ganciclovir, prevented down-modulation of TSP1 and TSP-2. The results showed that HCMV-induced down-modulation of TSP-1 and TSP2 in retinal glial cells is prevented by inhibition of HCMV IE expression. These findings may be relevant to pathogenesis and treatment of HCMV retinitis.
    Keywords: Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Microbiology ; Health sciences -- Medical sciences -- Pharmaceutics ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Microbiology ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Infections ; Biological sciences -- Biochemistry -- Biomolecules ; Physical sciences -- Chemistry -- Chemical compounds ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Cytology ; Health sciences -- Medical conditions -- Diseases
    ISSN: 00221899
    E-ISSN: 15376613
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    In: Transplantation, 2000, Vol.69(9), pp.1977-1981
    Description: BACKGROUND.: Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is a powerful endogenous immune suppressant and interferes with various T-cell functions. However, it is not known in detail whether immunosuppressive drugs influence the PGE2-driven immune response in transplant patients. Therefore, we investigated the effect of several immunosuppressive compounds, in particular the novel drug mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), on endothelial PGE2 release. METHODS.: Endothelial cells (HUVEC) were activated by either allogeneic CD4 or CD8 T cells, or by the cytokines interleukin-1 or γ-interferon. Using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, we analyzed PGE2 release of the activated HUVEC in the presence of MMF, cyclosporine, or tacrolimus. As verapamil and mibefradil also possess immunosuppressive properties, they were included in the study as well. RESULTS.: Activation of HUVEC with interleukin-1 or T cells resulted in a drastic accumulation of PGE2 in the supernatant. Cyclosporine or tacrolimus had no effect on PGE2 release. However, Ca channel blockers, when applied at higher dosages, caused a significant increase in PGE2. Interestingly, MMF strongly diminished the PGE2 level in the cell culture supernatant in a concentration-dependent manner. CONCLUSION.: The results demonstrate an inhibitory effect of MMF on PGE2 production, which may lower the benefits of the PGE2-triggered immune response after organ transplantation.
    Keywords: Endothelium ; Cytokines ; Lymphocytes T ; Immunosuppression ; Transplantation ; Interleukin 1 ; ^G-Interferon ; Prostaglandin E2 ; Mycophenolate Mofetil ; Clinical ; Man ; Immunology ; Gamma -Interferon ; Immunology ; Man ; Mycophenolate Mofetil ; Prostaglandin E2;
    ISSN: 0041-1337
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    In: Transplantation, 2000, Vol.70(1), pp.236-240
    Description: Interaction of endothelial P-selectin with sialyl Lewis-glycoprotein or P-selectin glycoprotein ligand (PSGL)-1 on leukocytes represents an early step in leukocyte recruitment. Redistribution of P-selectin to the endothelial cell surface occurs rapidly after challenge with several proinflammatory agents, for example, histamine, leucopterins, or lipopolysaccharide. We present evidence that prostaglandin E 2 (PGE 2) is an efficient inductor of surface P-selectin on cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). The increase in P-selectin-immunoreactivity coincided with redistribution of cytoplasmic P-selectin-reactive granulae to the endothelial cell surface, as visualized by confocal laser microscopic examination. CD4-T-cell adhesion to PGE 2-stimulated HUVEC was also enhanced by a factor of 4, and blocking mAb directed against the binding site of P-selectin almost completely abrogated this increase in CD4-T-cell adhesion. In summary, our findings show that liberation of PGE 2 is an important inductor of P-selectin surface expression on endothelial cells, resulting in enhanced recruitment of inflammatory cells.
    Keywords: Cd4-Positive T-Lymphocytes -- Physiology ; Dinoprostone -- Pharmacology ; Endothelium, Vascular -- Cytology ; P-Selectin -- Biosynthesis;
    ISSN: 0041-1337
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