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The Innate Immune System

Innate immunity (also known as nonspecific immunity) is a very basic system for dealing with infections that evolved long ago in the ancestor of vertebrates and insects. The adaptive immune system evolved later and is much more sophisticated it can learn to recognize a threat, mount a response, and remember it later. Innate immunity, in contrast, offers either or protection It recognizes and destroys an invader, or it does not. Its main actors are specialized kinds of white blood cells including mast cells, natural killer cells, and macrophages. An innate immune response begins when the body notices that something is wrong. The alarm is usually sounded by complement proteins about 20 types of these molecules patrol the bloodstream, looking for a foreign object to dock onto. Such binding has several effects. Some complement proteins act as alarm signals that call up white blood cells, which engulf foreign microbes or diseased cells through endocytosis, described in the previous...


Oligonucleotides with unmethylated deoxycytidyl-deoxyguanosine (CpG) din-ucleotides have been intensively studied over the past few years as potential immunological adjuvants. CpG-ODNs are able to mimic the immunostimu-latory activity of bacterial DNA, which makes them recognizable by several types of immune cells. As a consequence, they can activate the immune response and lead to the activation of natural killer (NK) cells, dendritic cells, macrophages, and B cells. This characteristic property of CpG-ODNs suggests that CpG-containing oligonucleotides might be effective adjuvants for the im-munotherapy of cancer, and for enhancing the immune responses to antigens that are less efficient. These ideas were proved to be correct and tested successfully in cell culture and in animal studies (Brazolot Millan et al. 1998 Krug et al. 2001 Wooldridge and Weiner 2003 Alignani et al. 2005). Recent data reported by Friedberg et al. (2005) presents the results from a phase I clinical study...

The Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance

So why aren't you sick all the time Because your immune system does a pretty good job of keeping potentially harmful bacteria at bay. And when your immune system has trouble, antibiotics compounds designed to kill or neutralize infectious agents can help. There's one hitch, though Bacteria evolve in ways that make them better at overcoming our bodies' defenses and more resistant to the antibiotics we use to get rid of them.

The Immune Self Code From Correspondence to Complexity

Abstract Codes are conventions of correspondence between realms. These conventions may be considered emergent products of complex microlevel interactions. In this chapter, I illustrate the complexity of coding by discussing the immune self. I argue that our evolving understanding of the immune self bears a striking resemblance to the way our understanding of signs evolved. According to the thesis presented in this chapter, the immune system is a meaning-making system and therefore a biosemiotic analysis of the immune self may shed new light on a variety of unsolved theoretical questions in immunology.

From Grazing to Host Defense

Phagocytosis is an ancient and evolutionary highly conserved process by which cells engulf particles. Protozoa use phagocytosis primarily to obtain nutrients. In metazoa, with a developed immune system, phagocytosis is a feature of specialized, professional phagocytes such as macrophages, neutrophils and dendritic cells, which are capable of ingesting and killing a large variety of microorganisms 1 . In the light of evolution, protozoa and nonvertebrates may be viewed as an ancient virulence school for microbes which later developed into human pathogens. In the course of this coevolution, numerous bacterial species developed defense mechanisms against phagocytic cells, including the production of large filaments, antiphagocytic capsules or the secretion of toxins 2, 3 . Some pathogens even evolved strategies to reprogram their host cells, thereby ensuring intracellular survival or replication. A better understanding of the cross-talk between phagocytic host cells and microbes was...

The Immunologists View

Just as in warfare, acquisition of a new weapon by one party will cause development of a defense system by the opposition, allowing them to counter, a microbial challenge promotes the development of sophisticated defense mechanisms in the host organisms. Microbicidal effectors of amoebae comprise acidic pH, porins, bactericidal peptides and lysozymes. Multicellular invertebrates also primarily depend on defensin-like microbicidal peptides but additionally employ motile amoeboid phagocytes as eliminators of pathogenic invaders such as the haemato-cytes within the arthropod's hemolymph. Cytokines such as interleukin 1 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF) mediate phagocyte activation. Invertebrate cells sense microbial stimuli. Drosophila and other arthropods use Toll-like receptors (TLR) to distinguish between pathogenic types such as fungi, viruses or bacteria 61 . The immune deficiency (IMD) signaling pathway, homologous to the TNF receptor signaling pathway, is also essential for the...

How can Therapeutic Vaccine Act [

Therapeutic vaccinations is used for treatment, therefore, it must have the property for curative purpose. The concept for therapeutic vaccine makes uses of basic immunology principle and how the therapeutic vaccine can act can be explained by basic principles of vaccination. Vaccination is basically administered among recipients aiming at active immune generation. This means the vaccine itself stimulates the immune system of the recipient to generate immunity that can be used for further defensive mechanism. This can be also applied for the case of therapeutic vaccination. For therapeutic vaccination, the vaccine is also applied aiming at stimulation of active immunity generation, however, it is administered when the recipient already has got disease. Other processes are same as classical vaccination. Producing of immunity is the tool for treatment of pathological disorders and this is the aim of application of therapeutic vaccination as previously said. This is the concept that...

RNAi Versus the Antiviral Interferon System

Assuming that RNAi acts as an antiviral mechanism in humans, one would predict that human viruses have developed countermeasures, although it has been questioned whether RNAi plays a major role in the antiviral defence in vertebrates (Saksela 2003). However, unlike plants and invertebrates, vertebrates also have the interferon system that responds to dsRNA by inducing the synthesis of a large group of proteins that have a general inhibitory effect on virus multiplication. The best-characterized interferon-induced genes encode PKR kinase and the 2 -5 oligo A synthetase enzymes, both of which are activated in response to dsRNA (Goodbourn et al. 2000). Activated PKR causes an inhibition of protein synthesis by phosphorylation of eIF2, and 2 -5 oligoA synthetase induces general RNA degradation via activation of RNase L, leading to ultimate cell death via apoptosis. Thus, mammals with their adaptive immune system have already defence mechanisms that respond to dsRNA. However, the discovery...

Red Blood Cell Transfusion

There are also some concerns on the adverse effect of repeated RBC transfusion on newborn. The first concern is about the iron overload. Dani et al. said that gestational age, blood transfusion volume and iron load by transfusions are associated with the risk of occurrence of ROP in infants with a birthweight of less than 1250 grams 32 . Dani et al. also found that plasma non-transferrin bound iron is significantly increased in preterm infants for three hours after PRC transfusion, but this is not associated with significant changes in oxidative stress 33 . Another important concern is the effect on immune system. HLA alloimmunization can be imagined. The leukocyte filter technique has been shown to be effective in preventing HLA alloimmunization and transfusion reactions but the price is rather high 34-35 . For the inverted centrifugation technique, only transfusion reactions were effectively prevented and the HLA alloimmunization continued to develop 35 .

How the Cell Stores and Uses Information

The Innate Immune System 149 Adaptive Immunity 151 How Antibodies and T Cell Receptors The final chapter examines current hot topics in clinical studies of biomolecules and gives a view into possible future medical applications of our knowledge as it grows. A molecular understanding of a disease is critical to the design of effective cures. Hodge explains how our immune systems are in a constant battle to distinguish those molecules that belong in our bodies namely, our own from foreign pathogenic molecules that need to be neutralized or destroyed before they wreak havoc with our biological processes. Molecules also loom large in diseases such as cancer where the immune system is fooled by the body's own molecules gone bad or Alzheimer's disease where the culprits are protein molecules that misfold. Naturally

The Variant Surface Architecture of African Trypanosomes

African trypanosomes are transmitted by tsetse flies and, as extracellular parasites, they multiply within the peripheral blood and the tissue fluids of the infected hosts (Fig. 1). During this bloodstream lifecycle stage, trypanosomes are covered with a layer of approximately 10 million molecules of a glyco-protein species known as variant surface glycoprotein (VSG). VSG molecules have a molecular mass of approximately 60 kDa, they homodimerize and are glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored within the plasma membrane (Donelson 2003). The VSG surface induces a strong T cell-independent IgM response as well as a T cell-dependent B cell response, which elicits VSG-specific IgG (Sternberg 1998). The parasites, however, evade the host immune system by temporarily expressing different VSG variants (Rudenko et al. 1998). This phenomenon has been termed antigenic variation and has its molecular basis in the surface presentation of structurally polymorphic N-terminal domains of the...

Nativism and the Wiredin Circuitry

According to Damasio, there are at least four levels which precede the stage of conscious control the level of metabolic processes, basic reflexes and the immune system the level of behaviours which are associated with the notion of pleasure or pain (reward or punishment) the level of drives and motivations - hunger, thirst, curiosity and exploration, play, and sex - and the level of emotions-proper (Damasio, 2004, p. 34). The whole machinery, however, ensures an organism's survival. Based on innate strategies, it permeates the human brain from the start of life with knowledge regarding how to manage the organism, including both the running of life processes and the handling of external events. The mechanisms, however, are rather general. It is interesting, therefore, to look for similar ones, which are related to the processing of music.

Putting Complexity into the Picture

The genetic-reductionist approach suggests that there is only a self signified by a genetic marker. This theoretical position implies that the nonself is not an actual entity but a synonym for a genetic foreigner. The opposite perspective was presented by Burnet in his clonal selection theory (CST). He suggested that lymphocytes with reactivity to host constituents are destroyed during development, and only those lymphocytes that are nonreactive are left to engage the antigens of the outside world. The foreign object is destroyed by the immune cells and their products, whereas the normal constituents of the organism are ignored. That is, the immune system recognizes only the nonself - and the self is an empty term. Burnet's CST explains from a very simple evolutionary perspective why we tolerate ourselves. We tolerate ourselves because those who were unable to tolerate themselves (i.e. differentiate between self and nonself) did not survive. There are major difficulties with Burnet's...

Basic Concepts of Stem Cell Therapy

The other approach to derive a new human embryonic stem cell line is from somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) technique or cloning technique. This famous technique is firstly used previously in reported on magic cloned Dolly sheep. This method was accepted be a good potential candidate for providing patient-specific stem cell line that would be used for transplantation without possible problem on rejection due to immune system 4-5 . Presenting, this approach has not been proved successful in human for many reasons. The main ethical concern is that cloning brings several ethical problems. Who will be the mother and father Religiously, this is also cross the acceptable principle. Cloning human for harvest organ to treat the other is totally unacceptable. In addition to the somatic cell nuclear transfer or cloning technique, a new mean that based on using donor nucleus for nuclear transfer has been modified to prevent the implantation potential of the embryo created and this can manage...

Stem Cell Microenvironment in hiv Infection

Less understood is the role of different lymphoid organs in regards to the diminution of T cells in the gastrointestinal niche which is involved in HIV infection clinical outcome especially the genetic markers that contribute to AIDS progression. The intestinal mucosal immune system is an important target of HIV-1 infection and contributes to disease progression. In addition distinct gene expression profiles correlate with clinical outcome 63 . In this regard we wonder if the variable time of outcome of AIDS following HIV infection is related to several innate unknown mechanisms operating in the host. Independent of these is the fact that patients with HIV do not get diagnosed immediately after infection and the time

Habitability of Highly Mineralizing Environments

Several potential advantages have been proposed for extracellular biomineralization detoxification of toxic heavy metals, reactive oxygen species, UV light, predation or viruses protection against immune system for pathogenic microbes protection against grazing storage of an electron acceptor for later use in anaerobic respiration scavenging of mi-cronutrient trace metals (e.g. Sommer et al. 2003 Mire et al. 2004 Tebo et al. 2004 Ghiorse 1984). Chan et al. (2004) suggested that extracellular iron oxide precipitation may provide energy to microbial cells. Whereas this has almost never been proposed for minerals like silica, calcium carbonates or calcium phosphates, it is usually considered that lead phosphate precipitation by bacteria is a detoxification process. Microbially driven calcium phosphate precipitation, though, shares many similarities with biomineralization of lead phosphate. It is thus reasonable to consider that microbial calcium phosphate precipitation may have a similar...

Discovering Fossil Molecules

With the future of humanity and the planet being discussed by those at the frontiers of biology, dinosaur scientists and other paleontologists largely stuck to rock and bone collecting, with some progress in extracting ancient chemicals. In 1974 proteins were found in seventy-million-year-old mollusk shells. Amino acids were found later in fossil bones. New techniques were developed, using the reactive nature of immune-system It is hard to overstate the importance of proteins in living animals. Collagen, for example, has a structural role. Other proteins transport nutrients, oxygen, and metabolic waste throughout the body. They also promote all sorts of biochemical reactions, regulate growth and other processes, and are important immune-system chemicals. Antibodies are proteins. Proteins are made up of smaller molecules amino acids which in turn are made up of atoms of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen. Sulfur is also part of some amino acids.

Indirect Recognition ofTargets Opsonic Receptors

In order to increase the efficiency of recognition and clearance of pathogens, the immune system utilizes more generic receptors that recognize humoral components called opsonins. Opsonin is derived from the Greek word meaning prepare for eating, and it refers to a serum substance able to coat foreign agents, making them vulnerable to phagocytosis.

Molecular Comparisons

We can sample by picking out a few choice genes (or proteins, whose sequences are directly translated from genes) and comparing them across species. I'll come to that in a moment. But there are other ways of doing a kind of crude, automatic sampling, and the technologies to do that have been around for longer. An early method, which works surprisingly well, exploits the immune system of rabbits (you could actually use any animal you like, but rabbits do the job nicely). As part of the body's natural defence against pathogens, the rabbit's immune system manufactures antibodies against any foreign protein that enters the bloodstream. Just as you could tell that I have had whooping cough by looking at the antibodies in my blood, so you can tell what a rabbit has been exposed to in the past by looking at its immune response in the present. The antibodies present in the rabbit constitute a history of the natural shocks to which its flesh has been heir - including artificially injected...

Levels of Organization and Signal Transduction Codes

We turn now to consider the SENSE level, wherein canonical frugal and fancy configurations lie the central nervous system and the adaptative cell immune system of vertebrates. SENSE configurations have a basic semiotic structure with feedback loops, adaptative feedback loops, and learning feedback loops incorporated as regulatory modes. Besides the properties shared by the previous levels, they can autonomously change the mechanism by which the system adapts to changes. Here, the logic of interpolating new transitions to previously existing programs remains the same in this case, environmental changes previously coupled to transcription, replication, and differentiation controls are additionally coupled to functional differentiation controls. The similarities between nervous and immune system have been emphasized over time, as both systems use specific molecular recognition events between single cells, cell-cell adhesion patterns, positional stability, and directed secretion to...

The Strange Behaviour Of Fluids In Microgravity

It was hoped that such 'encapsulation' tests would someday allow methods to be routinely exercised to insert living cells for the treatment of hormonal disorders into polymer shells to protect them from immunological attack and provide timed releases. Instances where such techniques might be useful include the treatment of diabetes - perhaps by injecting a pancreatic cell that secretes insulin into the body. Normally, the foreign cell would be attacked by the patient's immune system, but if

Fast Pace On Board Blurrolab

The orbiter crew did have a number of scientific tasks to perform, however. One of Hire's responsibilities was a device in the middeck known as the Bioreactor Demonstration Experiment (BDE) which, on STS-90, grew cultures of renal tissue and bone marrow. Both of these were widely anticipated to yield substances that might be of use for kidney disease, AIDS and other immune-system ailments, as well as for the chemotherapy treatment of cancer sufferers.

Purposebuilt Research Module

Known as 'circadian rhythms', these cycles are essentially daily repeating biological clocks, the disturbance of which can ultimately cause physical or mental impairment, interfere with an individual's concentration and potentially affecting the immune system. According to Laura Barger of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, astronauts typically are unable to sleep well before a mission due to excitement and shifting their rest times to accommodate launch schedules, and in orbit generally sleep for no more than six hours per night.

Genetic Background of Language

Actions of different genes do not affect traits (including fitness) independently (epistasis). It is the network of interactions that one should know, and one must not forget that there are networks at different levels, from genetic regulatory networks through protein interaction networks and signal transduction pathways to the immune system or neuronal networks. The question is how the effect of genes percolates upwards. Genes act on expressed molecules (proteins and RNA) that do their job in their context. There is something amazing about the fact that hereditary action on such primitive molecules percolates upwards resulting in heritability of complex cognitive processes, including language.

Signal Transduction Codes and Cell Fate

Abstract In cells in general, regardless of their identity and functional status, the mediators of signal transduction (ST), the classic second messengers, are highly conserved calcium, cAMP, nitric oxide, phosphorylation cascades, etc. At the same time, they are significantly less numerous than the extracellular signals (or first messengers) they represent, suggesting that this universal conversion of signals into second messengers follows the conventional rules of an organic code. Nevertheless, the way these second messengers are integrated and the consequences they trigger change dramatically according to cell organization - its structure and function. Here we examine ST beyond the generation of second messengers, and more as the ability of a cell in its different configurations to assign meaning to signals through discrimination of their context. In metabolism, cell cycle, differentiation, neuronal, and immune function the circuitry operating at cell level will proceed by the...

Priorities For The Future

Cell and synaptic connections between neurones, increased neurotransmitters and more RNA(Renner & Rosenzweig, 1987). These findings may reflect memory consolidation and, therefore, improved learning ability, less emotional reactivity, more exploratory capacity and less hesitancy with novel objects and places. Animals living in enriched environments may also exhibit lower levels of pituitary-adrenal activation and other indices of chronic stress (Shepherdson et al., 1998) which, in turn, can lead to suppressed immune function, reproductive failure and higher disease rates (Hofer & East, 1998). We can infer from these findings that pandas raised in enriched environments will be smarter, healthier, more adaptable and better candidates for future projects, such as reintroduction. Ironically, the scientific determination of the true value of enrichment may never be documented in this species. Due to the pre-ciousness of every individual, we plan to 'leave no giant panda behind',...

Motivations for the development of nonantibody scaffolds

Although the concept of creating a synthetic recognition interface on a scaffold is simple, it is technically daunting, because one essentially needs to recapitulate a directed evolution system that rivals that used by the adaptive immunity. Such a system minimally consists of a library containing large sequence diversity and a method to isolate members with a desired property. Fundamental technological breakthroughs that have established the field of synthetic interface engineering are collectively known as molecular display technologies. These include phage display, mRNA display, yeast surface display, and yeast two-hybrid, which all establish unambiguous linkage between protein phenotype and genotype. Such phenotype-genotype linkage is critically important for library selection and directed evolution, because one ultimately needs to isolate (i.e., clone) and determine the identity of proteins that have been selected. Equally important, they enable the generation of large...

Polymorphism of immune genes

Genes encoding other key players in the body's immune response to malarial infection also show evidence of genetic variation associated with disease susceptibility, including innate and adaptive immunity (see Fig. 13.3) (Kwiatkowski 2005). For example, the CD40 ligand is an important component of the immune response, involved in B cell proliferation, activation of antigen presenting cells, and regulation of immunoglobulin class switching. Rare variants of CD40LG (also known as TNFSF5) encoding the CD40 ligand at chromosome Xq26 are associated with X-linked hyper-IgM syndrome (OMIM 308230), a rare immunodeficiency disorder associated with severe bacterial and life threatening infection. A single nucleo-tide polymorphism (SNP) in the CD40LG promoter has been associated with resistance to severe malaria,

How can Immunity be Applied for Treatment

As previously mentioned, immunity is useful for prevention, via destroying of foreign body that enters or invades into the human body before it can generate further problems. However, the present concept transform to the usage of immunity for medical treatment 9 . Schulte-Wissermann and Gardilcic wrote that this modification of immunity process would be helpful 9 . The immunotherapy is a new highlight in immunology. There are many forms of immune-related treatments. Important kinds will be hereby presented and briefly detailed.

Introduction to Vaccine [

Vaccination is classified as an active immunization. This means tit makes uses of human beings physiological process to create immune by itself. There are several vaccine at present. Recommendation for vaccination might be different in different settings. Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is the basic public health one in all countries. With use of vaccine, controls of many infectious diseases are feasible. Pox is an example of infectious disease that can be controlled by vaccine. This infection is already got rid of by succeed in global vaccination. The presently widely used vaccine include rabies vaccine, measles vaccine, rubella vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, hepatitis A vaccine, influenza vaccine, varicella vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, pertussis vaccine, diphtheria vaccine, BCG and toxiod. However, at present, there are attempts to develop more vaccines for real clinical usage . This is the aim of preventive medicine. In addition, there are...

Detection of Human Antibodies Generated Against Therapeutic Antibodies Used in Tumor Therapy

Application of monoclonal antibodies (MAb) for therapeutic purpose may induce the formation of human antibodies directed against the immunogenic epitopes, which are presented on the therapeutic MAb. Formation of such human antibodies mostly is an undesired side effect, but in the case of newly developed immunotherapeutic tumor treatment strategies it represents the underlying therapeutic effect. Especially the formation of so-called internal image antibodies, which are directed against the antigen-combining site (paratope) of the therapeutic antibody, is supposed to evoke specific immune responses against tumor antigens mediated via idiotype-anti-idiotype interactions within the immunoregulatory network. For the monitoring of the immune response after antibody application, the newly formed human antibodies can be measured with immunoassay procedures involving the applied therapeutic antibody as test antibody. Because the original antigen is directed against the therapeutic antibody...

Development of new Vaccine

Development of new vaccine is the new way for non curative malignancy and new emerging infectious diseases prevention and treatment. New vaccines can be searched using a wide range of technologies, yielding items ranging from nonspecific immunostimulants through to highly technical peptide- and DNA-based candidates 27 . There are several technical challenges involved in even the most basic decisions in vaccine development, such as the choosing of antigen, formulation, adjuvant, route of delivery and schedule 27 . Routinely, vaccine development includes determining the epitope of targeted protein, development of recombinant and test for its efficacy. Routinely, this process starts from in vitro works to in vivo researches (from animal model to human clinical researches). Paul et al. said that the same vaccination strategies applied for prophylactic vaccinations against infectious diseases could not necessarily be applied for therapeutic cancer vaccination 28 . They also said that...

Genome Sequence Analysis

Genome sequence analysis is valuable for searching of modern drugs, especially for infectious diseases. The availability of a complete microbial genome sequence in 1995 brought the originating of a genomic era that has permited medical scientists to change the paradigm and approach vaccine modern construction originating from genomic information 60 . The whole-genome perspective is expected to provide an instrumental contribution to drug and vaccine modern construction, particularly to focus those pathogens for which the traditional approaches have failed so far 61 . Combining pathogen genome sequences with the host and vector genome sequences is promising to be a robust method for the identification of host-pathogen interactions. In additional, comparative sequencing of related species, especially of organisms used as model systems in the study of the disease, is beginning to realize its potential in the identification of genes that are involved in evasion of the host immune response...

Wnt Proteins and Their Receptors

So far RNAi has emerged as a versatile strategy to study gene function and validate therapeutic targets. To translate this technology to medical use, an immediate challenge is to determine the efficacy of siRNAs in vivo. As a first step, we have evaluated the ability ofliposomal carriers such as DOTAP methylsulphate) to deliver active siRNA in vivo. We have assessed the intravenous delivery and found that a substantial majority of siRNA molecules were localized around the vessels 6 h after intravenous injection via the tail vein (Sioud and S0rensen 2003). Interestingly, intravenous co-administration of an anti-green fluorescent protein (anti-GFP) siRNA and a plasmid-encoding GFP-inhibited GFP expression in various organs, such as the liver and spleen (S0rensen et al. 2003). Similarly, intraperitoneal delivery of anti-TNF-a siRNA inhibited TNF-a expression in vivo and delayed the onset of septic shock following LPS injection (S0rensen et al. 2003). Of 12 recently investigated siRNAs, a...

Fluorescence Tagged Aptamers for Target Quantification and Cytometry Applications

Other nucleotides (Sassanfar and Szostak 1990). Aptamers are developed by an in vitro selection method and therefore can be evolved against every target, including toxins and compounds, that does not elicit any immune response. The use of RNA aptamers for diagnostic and in vivo applications was limited in the past due to their poor nuclease resistance. These initial limitations have been overcome by the development of modified nucleotides that largely enhance half-times of RNA aptamers in biological fluids (reviewed by Kusser 2000). Post-SELEX modifications of selected aptamers, such as attaching fluorescent reporters, are done at the researcher's will (reviewed by Ulrich et al. 2004).

Insights into Host Microbe Interactions

May affect the host-microbe relationship. A comparison of the transcriptional responses of intracellular bacteria with known deletions, or with host cells of different lineage for example, may illuminate functionally significant microbial or host immune response pathways. Rohde et al. 24 modified phagosome acidification of murine macrophages, and compared the intracellular RNA profiles of M. tuberculosis and the less virulent M. bovis BCG (bacillus Calmette-Guerin) to identify factors induced by decreased pH or constrained intracellular growth. Similarly, the shift from tachyzoite to bradyzoite stage in T. gondii was explored by contrasting the intracellular RNA derived from wild-type and differentiation-deficient mutants 59 .

Sequencing the rhesus macaque provides new insights into genetic diversity and selection

Comparing orthologous genes between the human and chimpanzee genome showed on average three nonsynonymous and five synonymous substitutions per gene for human-macaque comparisons this was found to increase to 12 and 22, respectively (Gibbs et al. 2007). Gibbs and colleagues analysed 10 376 genes for which orthologous counterparts could be identified among the three genomes, human, chimpanzee, and macaque. Looking at the ratio of nonsynonymous to synonymous changes, the mean rate (0.247) was similar to that previously found on comparing human and chimpanzee (0.23) (CSAC 2005) 2.8 of genes had a ratio greater than one indicating positive selection with enrichment among genes involved in the immune response. Extending the comparison to include the mouse and dog, analysis of 5286 orthologous genes showed ratios were significantly higher among the two primate species (0.169 in humans, 0.175 in chimpanzee) suggesting reduced purifying (negative) selection (rates of 0.124 in macaques, 0.104...

Many forms of genetic diversity are exhibited by complement C

Complement C4 is an essential component of our humoral immune response (Blanchong et al. 2001). Following activation, it constitutes a subunit of the C3 and C5 convertases, critical to the classical and lectin activated complement pathways. The presence of activated integration of the human endogenous retrovirus HERV-K(C4) into intron 9 of the gene (Dangel et al. 1994). HERV-K(C4) is typical of endogenous retroviruses, comprising three major genes (gag, pol, and env) flanked by long terminal repeats (LTRs). Among Caucasians, 76 of C4 genes possess a copy of HERV-K(C4) to give the long form of the C4 gene while 24 do not. Among African Americans, the proportion having the long form of C4 is lower with 42 of C4 genes lacking the insertion. A remarkable level of variation in gene dosage is found for C4 with just over half of Caucasians possessing four copies (Fig. 12.13) 12-18 of Caucasians have five or six copies of C4 genes, while among Chinese and Asian Indian people the gene dosage...

A role for inherited factors in inflammatory bowel disease

A discontinuous distribution along the intestine (most commonly the ileum and colon are involved) there are often granulomas, cobblestone ulcers, bowel narrowing (strictures), and fistulas. By contrast the inflammatory changes seen in ulcerative colitis always involve the rectum and are continuous in distribution, sometimes extending as far as the caecum fine ulceration is seen, with superficial inflammatory changes involving the mucosa and submucosa. In both types of inflammatory bowel disease, extraintestinal manifestations may occur such as arthralgia, and other chronic inflammatory diseases are more common such as psoriasis (Box 4.6). Treatment options involve anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drugs. Unfortunately for many patients surgical treatment with bowel resection can become necessary. The pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease remains unresolved but a combination of environmental factors in a genetically susceptible individual are thought to result in disease,...

Delivery and In Vivo Toxicity

Delivery has long been the major issue for gene therapy. A search of one of the major gene therapy clinical trial databases (http genetherapy clinical ) shows that most gene transfer studies aim to treat cancer using direct injection of viral or naked DNA preparations (Edelstein et al. 2004). The goal of these trials is to either increase the sensitivity of tumour cells to apoptosis or deliver tumour antigens to promote an anti-cancer immune response. Another major mode of gene transfer investigated to date is the ex vivo transduction and subsequent reinfusion of autologous cells into patients. This delivery approach using haematopoietic stem progenitor cells with the caveat of observed toxicity in certain X-linked severe combined immune deficiency syndrome (SCID-X1) patients was successful in treating SCID-X1 (Hacein-Bey-Abina et al. 2002 Cavazzana-Calvo et al. 2004 Gaspar et al. 2004) and adenosine deaminase deficient (ADA)-SCID (Bordignon et al. 1995 Aiuti et al....

Signal Transduction as a Recognition Science

In fact, whenever variation is a substrate for selection rather than a source of noise that corrupts proper function, one is certainly dealing with a particular kind of complexity, namely, that of biological systems. That is what is insightful about Edelman's categories they unify four formulations to the same general question as to how living systems become selective rather than instructive when dealing with choices, an essential question that certainly fits all the proposed arenas evolution, development, immunology, and neurobiology. It is easy to see that mutation, competition, and differential reproduction in evolution, cell-cell interaction in morphogenesis, antigen recognition in immune response, and network connectivity in neurobiology, are all selection-driven recognition processes. Nevertheless, these properties seem too indistinguishable of life itself to have their origin in cell populations (organisms, embryos, immune, or nervous systems) rather than in single cells.

Crohns disease and variants of the NOD gene

Are these NOD2 alleles functionally important Intensive research has established that NOD2 is critical to the innate and acquired immune response through its role as an intracellular protein responsible for detecting bacteria and inducing a proinflammatory response (Inohara et al. 2005 Kobayashi et al. 2005 Watanabe et al. 2005 Strober et al. 2006). NOD2 is a member of a family of pattern recognition receptors and comprises a central nucleotide binding domain (NBD), N-terminal caspase recruitment domains, and a leucine-rich repeat (LRR) region (see Fig. 9.20). The three genetic variants associated with Crohn's disease discussed to date are found in sequence encoding the LRR, a region responsible for bacterial recognition, specifically recognizing a short motif called muramyl dipeptide (MDP) found in peptoglycans in bacterial cell walls. On recognizing MDP,

Parallels Between Plant And Animal Embryonic Development

Finally, another titillating parallel between plant and animal cell communication pointed out by Elliot Meyerowitz is that the receptor encoded by the plant gene CLV1 (described above) is a member of a large family of receptors present in plants, which also includes receptors involved in recognizing plant pathogens. In response to pathogens such as bacteria, plant cells produce a cocktail of toxins to kill infected cells and stop the spread of infection. The family of plant immunity receptors including CLV1 is distantly related to a family of receptors found in animal cells. This family of receptors includes a member in flies that functions during formation of the egg in the mother to concentrate the Dorsal morphogen in ventral cells of early embryos. Intriguingly, this same fly receptor is involved in protecting larvae from bacterial infection, and when activated, leads to the production of bactericidal proteins to limit infection. In addition, the same signaling pathway is present...

Inhibition of DNA Viruses by RNAi

Two studies have used RNAi to inhibit the small DNA virus human poly-omavirus JCV (Orba et al. 2004 Radhakrishnan et al. 2004). JCV can cause progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) in patients with impaired immune systems. As such, PML has become a major neurologic problem among patients with AIDS. In both studies, synthetic siRNAs were used to target the VP1, Agno and T-Ag genes, resulting in 10- to 24-fold inhibition of virus replication in vitro.

Pilots Avoid The Spacelab

A number of vestibular experiments, some provided by Canadian scientists, were also conducted to examine the behaviour of the vestibular system in the inner ear -which controls our balance and orientation - and identified a relationship between astronauts' sense of balance and eye movements. These experiments also provided invaluable new insights into the effect of head motions on the onset of space sickness. Other investigations studied the role of microgravity in the reduction in red blood cell mass and its effect on the astronauts' immune systems.

Are these genotype frequencies consistent with inheritance due to one locus with three alleles or two loci each with

There are also cases of disassortative mating, where individuals with unlike genotypes have a higher probability of mating. A classic example in mammals is mating based on genotypes at major histocompatibility complex (MHC) loci, which produce proteins involved in self non-self recognition in immune response. Mice are able to recognize individuals with similar MHC genotypes via odor, and based on these odors avoid mating with individuals possessing a similar MHC genotype. Experiments where young mice were raised in nests of either their true parents or foster parents (called cross-fostering) showed that mice learn to avoid mating with individuals possessing odor cues similar to their nest-mates' rather than avoiding MHC-similar individuals per se (Penn & Potts 1998). This suggests mice learn the odor of family members in the nest and avoid mating with individuals with similar odors, indirectly leading to disassortat-ive mating at MHC loci as well as the avoidance of consanguineous...

Cytoadhesion and immune evasion host and parasite diversity

After the parasite invades a red blood cell, a race against time ensues in which the parasite seeks to multiply while avoiding detection and destruction by the human immune system. One parasite strategy involves cytoad-herence, parasitized red blood cells sticking to vascular endothelium or other cells to avoid passing through the spleen, which is very efficient at recognizing and removing infected cells from the circulation. This can be achieved by the parasite expressing specific proteins such as P. falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMPI) which are exported to the cell membrane of the infected red blood cell and interact with host cell receptors found on endothelium, platelets, and other red blood cells. The consequences of such cytoadherence can be severe for the human host as it is thought to be critical to the development of cerebral malaria in which parasites are found sequestered in small blood vessels in the brain, with affected patients at risk of coma and death...

Viral reproduction Dna Rna or retro

Some viruses replicate in the host cell and then the progeny go on to find another cell to infect. But others, including HIV, will also sometimes slip their DNA into the host chromosome. When the HIV genome is present as DNA, it can integrate into the host chromosome and hide there. It's just a string of A, C, T, and G bases and the immune system can't find it. Neither can current antiviral drugs. Hopefully, drugs that can find the virus can be developed. HIV researchers know what sequence to target it's just a matter of figuring out how. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. HIV attacks and impairs the cells in your immune system. HIV itself doesn't kill you you die of any of the infections that your body usually would be able to fight off.

The Most Recent Ancestor Of Vertebrates And Invertebrates

Arthropods Vertebrates Common Ancestor

The most visual of these two points is that we can now reconstruct a reasonably detailed image of the most recent common ancestor of vertebrates and invertebrates (Fig. 6.6). This wondrous creature who begat us all certainly had a well-defined head and tail with repeated segments in between, a belly and back, and basic tissue types such as nerve, muscle, and skin. It is likely that this creature also had some type of appendages or outgrowths from its body wall and a light-sensitive organ which served as the precursor to current-day eyes. It also seems clear from a variety of experiments similar to those described above that there are profound similarities between the formation of the rudimentary heart of invertebrates and the early stages of vertebrate heart development. In addition, the mechanisms by which neurons connect during the early stages of wiring the nervous system, trachea, or lungs branch, germ cells are produced, and basic immune system functions are based on common...

Are transposition events at the origin of the bilaterian Hox complexes

We shall now present the first piece of evidence supporting the transposition mechanism that, as we suggest, has operated at the origin of the bilaterian Hox complex. We review the current literature presenting evidence that the RAG1 gene, involved in the recombination events leading to the diversity of the vertebrates' immune response, is derived from a transposon. We show that metazoan homeodomains are very similar to the DNA-binding domain of the RAG1 protein, similarity being the greatest for Hox homeodomains. Hence we surmise that the Hox genes are also issued from a transfer of DNA by a transposon of a similar kind.

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Stressed Koala Cartoon

Low genetic diversity as a result of inbreeding reduces fertility and reproductive success, can affect the koalas' immune system and increase the mortality rate through disease. Any subsequent translocation of a small number of animals from an already inbred population only exacerbates the inbreeding problem. This is why the koalas on Kangaroo Island and in some of the remnant habitats on the Victorian mainland are all inbred as well as overpopulated.

RNA Aptamers that Recognize the Variant Surface Glycoprotein

The aim of the SELEX experiment published by Lorger and co-workers (2003) was to select RNA aptamers that specifically recognize the VSG protein on the surface of bloodstream-stage African trypanosomes. The bloodstream lifecycle stage represents the infectious phase of the parasite, and VSG is the most abundant surface protein during that period. Since the parasite undergoes antigenic variation, which is characterized by the expression of different VSG variants, a selection scheme was designed to specifically target the structurally invariant domains of the surface proteins. Antigen-coupled versions of such variant-independent but VSG-specific aptamers should be able to re-direct the immune response of the infected host back to the surface of the parasite independently of the expressed VSG variant.

Short History of Theories and Discoveries

Clamydia Microscope

Set the path to study the novel complexity of interspecies interactions in natural science and medical research. Although infectious diseases were an important determinant for human history, causing migration, settlement and conflict behavior, it was not until the nineteenth century that infectious agents were identified as causative agents for certain diseases rather than the diseases being of mysterious origins. The time between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century was the high season of bacteriology, during which a huge number of microbial species were identified using newly developed culture techniques. Many of these microbes were associated with humans, animals or plants, and they were either pathogens, beneficial symbionts or commensals. A number ofthose microbes had chosen other unicellular or multicellular organisms as their ecological niches. Finally, infectious diseases were recognized as the driving force for the evolution of the innate and,...

Patrick Schroeter Arnim Sablotzki and Dagmar Riemann Summary

HLA-DR expression on monocytes as a marker for the functioning of the immune system is known to be severely depressed in immunodeficiency. Up to now, other markers for the function of the immune system are scarce. In the peripheral blood of patients with open heart surgery the expression of the membrane peptidases neprilysin CD10 and aminopeptidase N CD13, was determined on granulocytes in comparison to the monocytic HLA-DR expression. We used the QuantiBRITE flow cytometry system, which yields an absolute antigen expression value (antibodies bound per cell) and may be useful in standardizing surface antigen expression analysis. This system makes use of a highly purified phycoerythrin-labeled antibody with a 1 1 fluorochrome-to-protein ratio, and multilevel calibrated beads with known absolute phycoerythrin fluorescence. Our results show that both membrane peptidases on granulocytes show a similar time-course of expression after heart surgery as do HLA-DR molecules on monocytes, with...

Detection Methods for Small Molecules and Advantages of Aptamers

Using antibodies, rapid and simple immunoassays have been widely used for the detection of macromolecules like proteins, the most common format being the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), performed as a sandwich assay. However, as the analyte becomes smaller, it is sterically impossible to be bound by two antibodies simultaneously. Also, small haptens often escape the immune system and specific antibodies are difficult to obtain via immunisation strategies. Technologies like phage display and ribosome display have been developed to overcome these difficulties, but there still is a constant search for a proper scaffold to recognise small molecules in a specific manner (Cicortas Gunnarsson et al. 2004 Vogt and Skerra 2004).

The Whole Animal Model Drosophila melanogaster

D. melanogaster mount both cellular and humoral immune responses to pathogens. The innate immune response of the fruit fly D. melanogaster is characterized by a cellular immune response which depends on circulating phagocytic cells, a melanization response which produces reactive oxygen species at sites of infection, and the production ofantimicrobial peptides in the fat body. D. melanogaster lacks an antibody-mediated adaptive immune response 52 , but can react to different kinds of infections caused by Gram-positive or Gram-negative bacteria, fungi or parasitic protozoa. The sequencing of the entire genome revealed that a set of around 14000 genes is sufficient for the generation of a multicellular organism of this kind that is able to perform complex immunogenic reactions 53 . Several thousand mutant fly strains with defects in one defined gene each are available for the genetic dissection of traits (http Most studies on the host-pathogen interaction with whole...

Dictyostelium a Professional Phagocyte at the Border of Multicellularity

The phagocytic potential of Dictyostelium cells gradually declines when cells enter the multicellular stage. However, starving preaggregating or aggregating cells fully revert to the phagocytic stage when exposed to bacteria 7 . At the migrating slug stage sentinel cells may represent a reservoir of immune-like cells that engulf bacteria and sequester toxins while circulating within the slug 8 . This apparent innate immune function active during multicellular development is further substantiated by the occurrence of potential homologs to signaling proteins involved in the innate immunity ofmulticellular animals or plants, including Toll-like interleukin receptor (TIR) domain-containing proteins, WRKY transcription factors and potential leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain receptors 8 .

Ex Vivo Labeling of bmdc

Lange et al. 65 infused mesenchymal stem cells, pre-labeled with carboxy-dextran-coated iron oxide nanoparticles (Resovist, Schering), into the thoracic aorta via a carotid artery after ischemia. These non-toxic iron-dextran particles are smaller than erythrocytes and are readily taken up by rat mesenchymal stem cells 65 . An advantage of this method is the non-invasive detection of the labeled cells by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which allows for real-time imaging in the living animal. However, MRI is a laborious technique which requires equipment and trained personnel. Besides in vivo detection with MRI, ex vivo histological identification of the iron-labeled cells by Prussian blue staining can be used to determine the exact location of the cells. It is unknown how these iron-dextran particles, likely to be cleared by phagocytosis, influence the inflammatory response. In the study by Lange 65 , the particles did not elicit an immune response, were stable and detectable in a...

The molecular scaffold concept

Protein Ligand Cartoon

The idea of constructing a new molecular recognition function through the engineering of a section of protein surface (i.e., a patch Figure 5.1A) originates from the molecular architecture of immunoglobulins (Figure 5.1B). The immune system can produce antibodies against virtually any type of antigen by, to a first-order approximation, simply tuning the amino-acid sequences of a total of six short segments termed complementarity determining regions (CDRs). CDRs are surface-exposed loops located at one end of the immunoglobulin structure (Figure 5.1B). They collectively form a contiguous patch for molecular recognition. Sequence analysis revealed the presence of hypervariable regions that are primarily responsible for antigen binding (Wu et al. 1993). From these observations, the concept of molecular scaffold has been developed. This term usually refers to a protein framework that is essentially invariant and provides positions that can accommodate extensive sequence variations...

Come On In Get Killed Death in the Shredder

Phagosome Definition

The professional phagocytes of vertebrates have been designed by nature to sniff out, bind to and ingest microbial foreign or nonphysiological particles, to decompose them and, where appropriate, present their antigenic structures to cells of the acquired immune system. Therefore, an arsenal ofphagocytic receptors has evolved that takes care of the ingestion of a wide variety of particulate matter (see Chapter 3). These receptors either recognize particle structures directly or they identify opsonizing host proteins that have attached to the particles and branded them as material destined to be destroyed. While some receptors are more specific for certain ligands (e.g., complement receptor, immunoglobulin Fc receptor), others are not as discriminating (e.g., scavenger receptors). The various receptors are parts of different signaling pathways which regulate the reactions to the ingested particles. For example, a particle that has been covered with immunoglobulin G (IgG) can be...

Inhibition of HIV Replication by RNAi

Hiv Replication Cycle

The introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy has resulted in a remarkable improvement of the life expectancy of individuals infected with HIV and has significantly reduced their likelihood of developing AIDS. However, despite this progress, HIV infection remains incurable. Toxicity problems associated with current drug therapies and the emergence of drug resistance clearly indicate the need for alternative therapeutic approaches. Retroviral infection with HIV results in the stable integration of proviral DNA into the genome of target cells, and can therefore be viewed as an acquired genetic disease. Thus, the modulation of HIV replication by the expression of antiviral genes might be a therapeutic option for HIV infection. Baltimore (1988) was the first to suggest the concept of gene therapy as an intracellular immunization against HIV. Recently, numerous anti-HIV gene-therapy approaches have been developed and tested in clinical trials. These strategies can be divided into...

Evaluating stress and wellbeing in the giant panda a system for monitoring

Giant pandas are being maintained in captivity largely for the purpose of creating a reproductively viable population that will support conservation of the species in nature. Toward this end, researchers and managers have targeted many aspects of husbandry for improvement through scientific investigations. Among the many priorities is the ability to measure 'well-being' and possibly alleviate 'stress' imposed by a captive environment. Stress research has been increasingly incorporated into captive wildlife breeding programmes, in part because it is widely believed that small enclosures may not allow animals to execute normal escape and avoidance responses to aversive stimuli. Coping mechanisms may be constrained, thus resulting in stress that can compromise psychological and physiological health, including reproduction (Carlstead & Shepherdson, 2000). Among the many deleterious consequences, stress compromises immune function, reproduction, pregnancy sustainability and maternal...

Meg L Flanagan Robyn S Arias Peisheng Hu Leslie A Khawli and Alan L Epstein

As a source of recombinant antigen, soluble constant fragment (Fc) fusion proteins have become valuable reagents for immunotherapy and laboratory investigations. Additional applications for these reagents include flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, and in vitro activity assays. To aid investigators in the generation of these reagents, the materials and methods required for producing Fc fusion proteins are described. The investigator's protein moiety of interest is genetically linked to the N-terminus of murine Fc and subsequently expressed in large quantity using a mammalian cell expression system. The resulting Fc fusion proteins are purified on a protein A column and may be stored for at least one year at -20 C. The availability of easily purified, soluble Fc fusion proteins in such quantity can facilitate research in multiple fields of medicine and biotechnology.

Arbovirus and Gene Therapy

In addition to gene transfer, several arboviruses can be used for novel gene therapy. Semliki Forest virus is the one that is frequently used for gene therapy. The CNS gene therapy by Semliki Forest virus is widely researched. Tuittila et al. noted that induction of proinflammatory cytokine mRNA in the CNS by SFV infection seemed to correlate with the rate of viral replication and was not importantly influenced by the virus envelope or nonstructural protein primary structure Semliki Forest virus 34 . They said that the outcomes had relevance for development of CNS gene therapy vectors as SFV4 and A774 display differences in CNS infection characteristics 34 . However, Graham et al. reported that the current SFV1 vector system was limited in its property for CNS gene therapy by neurotoxicity 35 . In addition to CNS gene therapy, the use of Semliki Forest virus in cancer gene therapy is widely mentioned in the literature. It was observed that that recombinant particles, naked RNA and...

Specific Antibodies and Their Diagnostic Combinations

Farbklecks Png Schwarz

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are accessory cells that help make up the skeleton of normal follicles. Because of their antigen presenting capability, they play an important role in the ongoing immune response and B-cells maturation. CD21 stain is a useful stain for staining FDC, although CD35 works as well (some use a cocktail of both) (Fig. 21). CD23 staining has a slightly different staining pattern than the other two markers.

Busy Aroundtheclock Mission

As Chiao worked, Augusto Cogoli - who had another experiment, known as 'Motion', also on board IML-2 - watched video footage of immune system T- and B-cells, which were part of a study into how immune systems operate. Each sample could be observed in unprecedented detail, thanks to the facility's powerful

The Diseases By Organ System

Baylisascaris Schroederi

There is limited information on respiratory disease in giant pandas. One report describes pulmonary hyaline membrane disease in an 18-year-old female, SB 341, who apparently died of chronic pancreatic disease and respiratory failure (Chen & Pan, 1991). As already discussed, a leading cause of cub mortality is pneumonia, generally due to sepsis, failure of passive transfer and an immature or weak immune system. Pulmonary injury caused by migrating Baylisascaris larvae may also predispose young pandas to secondary bacterial pneumonia, although this has not yet been reported. There is one case (in the Chinese literature) oftuberculosis in the giant panda (see Qiu & Mainka, 1993 for a list of citations).

Protein therapeutics versus small molecule drugs

Protein therapeutics have higher binding selectivity and specificity compared to small molecule drugs therefore they can target specific steps in disease pathology. For example, before the advent of protein therapeutics, drugs used to suppress the immune system in chronic inflammatory disorders were limited to small molecule drugs, such as corticosteroids and cyclosporine A. These drugs act broadly and inhibit both protective and harmful immune responses indiscriminately, thus having serious side effects. In contrast, mAbs such as Infliximab (Remicade , Centocor Inc.) are considered immune-modulating. Infliximab targets tumor necrosis factor-a, a key proinflammatory cytokine in the pathogenesis of chronic immune disorders, and leaves the protective immune response intact (Rutgeerts et al. 2006). In the past decades, the development of new protein therapeutics has revised the treatment paradigm of certain diseases (Flamant and Bourreille 2007 Gergely and Fekete 2007), and they are...

Genetic diversity in Hla Kir and HIV strategies for survival

Viral co-evolution with molecules of the immune system is thought to have been a major force in shaping the genetic diversity observed today in genes involved in our immune defence. The consequences of this are seen in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes where particular alleles have been found to be associated with differences in disease progression after infection with HIV-1. Research in this field has provided evidence to support the hypothesis of 'heterozygous advantage' (also called 'overdominant selection') - the concept that individuals heterozygous for HLA loci were at an immunological advantage compared to homozygotes as they were able to present a greater variety of antigenic peptides (Section 12.3.1) (Doherty and Zinkernagel 1975b). Carrington and coworkers studied patients who became HIV antibody positive after enrolling in at-risk AIDS cohort studies, and in whom rates of progression to AIDS endpoints could be carefully defined (Carrington et al. 1999). They found...

What Is Morphological Novelty

The history of evolutionary biology is replete with operational definitions of novelty. For our purposes, which are primarily to understand the developmental and genetic basis of the evolution of novel animal forms and patterns, a novelty is defined as a structure or pattern element, or even an entire body plan, that has a new adaptive function. This chapter focuses on the best examples of morphological novelty for which developmental genetic knowledge has been elucidated. We do not address other forms of innovation, though they are fascinating in their own right, such as the evolution of physiological adaptations through protein evolution (for example, antifreeze proteins, lens crystallins, keratins, lactose synthesis, immune systems), because they do not concern morphological evolution per se.

Having Been Originally Breathed

Information on how to handle the present so as to survive into the future is necessarily gleaned from the past. Non-random survival of DNA in ancestral bodies is the obvious way in which information from the past is recorded for future use, and this is the route by which the primary database of DNA is built up. But there are three further ways in which information about the past is archived in such a way that it can be used to improve future chances of survival. These are the immune system, the nervous system, and culture. Along with wings, lungs and all the other apparatus for survival, each of the three secondary information-gathering systems was ultimately prefigured by the primary one natural selection of DNA. We could together call them the four 'memories'. The first memory is the DNA repository of ancestral survival techniques, written on the moving scroll that is the gene pool of the species. Just as the inherited database of DNA records the recurrent details of ancestral...

Evolution Of Binding Agents

These CDR loops, which are supported by a more conserved structural framework, provide the diversity responsible for the vast repertoire of binding molecules in the human immune system. Although bacterial expression is possible, antibodies are difficult to express in E. coli in their full-length form (Simmons et al. 2002). Instead, phage display relies on the expression of antibody fragments, such as single-chain variable fragments (scFv) or antigen-binding fragments (Fab) (Figure 1.4A) (Sheets et al. 1998 de Haard et al. 1999). Tight affinities in the low- to sub-nanomolar range have been selected from phage-displayed antibody fragment libraries without further affinity maturation (Rothlisberger et al. 2004 Sidhu and Fellouse 2006 Fellouse et al. 2007). Despite the considerable success of phage display, the most common method for deriving antibodies is still animal immunization, which leads to the production of polyclonal antibodies directly from...

Malaria genetic diversity and selection

Malaria is one of the most important infectious diseases in the world and a leading cause of death, particularly among children. Genetic variation in man is an important determinant of disease susceptibility but has to be considered as part of a remarkably complex multifactorial disorder involving diversity in the mosquito vector, parasites, and environment as well as our own immune response (Box 13.1). The complexity of the relationship between parasite and host, involving multiple points of attack and defence, has left evidence in the human genome of the profound selective pressure malaria has exerted on human populations at risk of the disease living in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Inherited factors providing a selective advantage are thought to have driven specific human alleles to high frequency in malaria endemic regions providing some of the clearest examples of genomic 'signatures of selection' (Section 10.2) as well as being manifest in the observed global...

New classes of therapeutic proteins under development

T cells play a central role in cell-mediated immunity however, the molecular mechanism underlying TCR recognition was not well understood until the late 1980s. Unlike antibodies that can recognize pathogens or their toxins directly, T cells recognize only short peptides derived from pathogens in complex with MHC molecules on the surface of antigen presenting cells (APCs) through their TCRs. The nature of the interaction between TCRs and peptide-MHC (pMHC) complexes determines the function of the induced cellular immune responses. Therefore, both TCRs and MHC molecules can be potentially used in protein therapeutics (see the section titled Targets of Protein Therapeutics and Modes of Action, in this chapter). Malfunction of the MHC system, consisting of class I (MHCI) and class II (MHCII) MHC proteins, has been implicated in many diseases, such as malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, type-I diabetes, and graft rejection. This has spurred great interest in developing MHC-based...

Phagocytosis An Overview

The uptake of large (> 0.5 mm) particles by cells, a process termed phagocytosis, has been recognized as an important mechanism for the internalization and subsequent destruction of pathogens by specialized cells of the immune system. In addition, phagocytosis plays a key role in the nutrition of unicellular organisms such as the free-living amoeba Dictyostelium, and in the clearance of apoptotic cells that is central to tissue remodeling and development. Macrophages and neutrophils have been acknowledged as professional phagocytes by virtue of their high efficiency of binding and uptake of targets, yet other types of cells are also able to internalize particles. In this respect, fibroblasts are able to take up apoptotic cells 1 , thyroid and bladder epithelial cells can engulf erythrocytes 2 and retinal epithelial cells can internalize the effete ends of retinal rods 3 . The differences between professional and nonprofessional phagocytes may rely on the level of expression of a...

Conclusion Protostele

It is clear from this review that we are only beginning to understand the complexity of lemur disease ecology. What is apparent is that a basic understanding of the natural state of lemur health and disease is essential to identify potential problems in more intact habitats as well as those undergoing rapid anthropogenic change. Such information is also critical for the development of better models of lemur disease ecology. While wild lemurs can sometimes withstand dramatic injuries, as well as other maladies, such existing conditions are likely to affect overall condition and immune systems, making individuals in poor or compromised health less likely to survive additional pressures. It is also critical to understand how age may affect health status as well as disease susceptibility, as younger and older individuals may be at greater risk when habitats are fragmented by human alteration. As humans and their domestic animals come into increasing contact with Madagascar's lemurs,...

The Reductionist Perspective

How do we know to differentiate between self and nonself The genetic reductionist approach suggests that there is a single genetic criterion for identification of the self a simple code, which is a genetic fingerprint that allows the immune system to differentiate between the self and the other (nonself). In other words, the reductionist perspective offers a simple correspondence between the immune self and a molecular component of the cell. Autoimmunity is a process in which the immune system turns against constituents of the host that it is supposed to defend, that is against the self. Autoimmunity is usually associated with disease the body's attack on its own self is described as a kind of a pathological deviation. For example, lupus is an autoimmune disease in which antibodies identify host tissues as nonself and may cause arthritis and kidney damage. Autoimmunity is usually associated with disease. However, it has been found that autoimmunity is not necessarily a pathological...

Engineering substrate binding properties

A number of experimental methods, such as phage display, are available for detecting and improving protein affinity for a substrate. The immune system is an example of optimized binding with antibodies that boast picomolar affinities for their cognate ligands. However, laboratory evolution and affinity maturation generally require detectable initial binding activity. A complementary role for computational design would involve constructing the binding sites de novo, which could then be enhanced by experimental methods (Chapter 17).

The Molecules Of Aids

The World Health Organization estimates that since its discovery in 1981 AIDS has caused more than 25 million deaths around the world, and about 33 million people are currently infected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It is transmitted through blood or body fluids that pass from one individual to another during sex, when they share needles, or from mother to child during childbirth. Researchers have not yet been able to create an effective vaccine against HIV because of the way HIV infects cells, the fact that it targets cells of the immune system that could help fight off infections, and its rapid rate of mutation. molecule. (This process, described in chapter 2, is the reverse of normal transcription, in which DNA sequences are used to make RNAs.) The new DNA enters the cell nucleus where another protein tool from the virus inserts it into the cell's genome. It stays there permanently and is occasionally used to make the building materials for new copies of the virus. They go on...

Polymorphism haplotypes and disease

Susceptibility to infectious disease has been postulated as a major driving force in the maintenance of polymorphism at class I and II loci in the MHC. The finding that susceptibility to malaria was associated with the possession of particular HLA alleles was consistent with this hypothesis, a notable study being that by Hill and colleagues who determined that in a large cohort of children with malaria in The Gambia in West Africa, possession of HLA-B53 was associated with protection from severe malaria (Section 13.2.6) (Hill et al. 1991). Malaria and other infectious diseases have represented major selective forces during human history, and are significant determinants of the patterns of genetic diversity we observe today (Section 13.2). Individuals who are heterozygous for HLA alleles have been proposed to be at an advantage within a population because the greater repertoire of MHC molecules would allow them to present up to twice as many peptides from pathogens as homozygous...

Infection of Drosophila Phagocytes

Drosophila melanogaster cells such as primary macrophage-like phagocytes (hemocytes, differentiated plasmatocytes) and phagocytic cell lines can also be used to analyze the host-pathogen interaction. A major advantage of using Drosophila cells is the huge number of mutants that are defective in different aspects of the immune response and the relative ease with which single gene activities can be repressed by inhibitory RNA. The D. melanogaster-derived cell line S2, which was originally isolated from a 24-h-old embryo, has been used to study intracellular pathogens including L. monocytogenes, M. marinum, M. fortuitum, Chlamydia trachomatis and Ehrlichia chaffeensis 59 . S2 cells are classified as phagocytic hemocytes and known to be responsible for the production of antimicrobial peptides. Recent reports using RNA interference in Drosophila S2 cells helped to identify hundreds of host factors that affect L. monocytogenes entry, vacuole escape, intracellular growth and LLO...

RNA Aptamers that Recognize the Cell Surface of Live Trypanosomes

T. brucei was the first protozoan parasite that was targeted using SELEX technology. Homann and Goringer (1999) used African trypanosomes as a model system for the selection of aptamers to the surface of live parasites. The SELEX experiments were designed to identify high-affinity RNA ligands to variant as well as invariant molecules on the parasite surface. Such aptamers might interfere with surface protein function and have the potential to re-direct the immune response to the surface of the parasite. Other aptamers could potentially be used for the affinity isolation of previously unknown surface proteins.

Using Antibodies In Research And Medicine

Camel Antibody

And then extracting the antibodies that the horses make. Some people, however, have allergic reactions to these substances the therapeutic antibodies themselves are regarded as foreign and rejected by the immune system. Antivenins made in camels are presently scheduled for clinical trials, and Wernery predicts that they will not provoke allergies because of their unique structure. If the fetus has Rh-positive blood, the protein acts as an antigen, and the blood stimulates an immune response. This can cause severe problems in both the mother and child. It also affects the next pregnancy if the mother's body has antibodies against Rh, they can reach the placenta and attack the blood cells of the fetus. This problem was the cause of many deaths before scientists understood it. Now, doctors routinely screen the blood of mothers and administer anti-RhD treatments before the mother can produce antibodies. Even just a few decades ago, many states required blood tests before issuing marriage...

Escherichia Coli and Gene Therapy

Escherichia coli is also applied for gene therapy. It is the most widely used non viral vector 58 . Therapeutic benefits of E.coli -based gene modification have been observed in vaccination against infectious diseases, immunotherapy against cancer, and topical delivery of immunomodulatory cytokines in inflammatory bowel disease 59 . E.coli purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) which catalyzes the cleavage of (MeP-dR) is widely applied for gene therapy 60 . The development of E. coli PNP anticancer gene therapy was the novel in this area 60 . Recently, Cai et al. reported on experimental studies on PNP suicide gene therapy of hepatoma 61 . Cai et al. concluded that high-level bystander effects of this system resulted in significant anti-tumor responses to hepatoma gene therapy, especially in vivo 61 . Hughes et al. also reported on Bystander killing of melanoma cells using this system 62 .

Prologue A Vein Is a River

They began to steal oxygen and glucose from Justin's blood, multiplied and eluded his immune system, invaded his organs, and even slipped into his brain. Sleeping sickness gets its name from the way trypansomes disrupt people's brains, wrecking their biological clock and turning day to night. If Justin's mother hadn't brought him to the Tambura hospital, he would certainly have died in a matter of months. Sleeping sickness is a disease without pardon. Trypanosomes are only one of many parasites inside the people of southern Sudan. If you could travel Fantastic Voyage-style through their skin, you would probably come across marble-sized nodules where you'd float past coiled worms as long as snakes and as thin as threads. Called Onchocerca volvulus, these animals, male and female, spend their ten-year-long lives in these nodules, making thousands of babies. The babies leave them and travel within the skin, in the hope that they'll get taken up in the bite of a...

Attacking T cells

HIV targets cells of the immune system. Most important, it targets the T cells white blood cells that fight infections either directly or indirectly. The type of T cell that is most susceptible to HIV infection is called the helper T cell. Helper T cells don't attack infection themselves, but they produce compounds that are involved in mediating the response of other T cells to the infection.

The Immune Self

Immunology has been described as the science of self and nonself discrimination (Klein, 1982). Wikipedia, the highly popular Internet encyclopedia, explains The immune system defends the body by recognizing agents that represent self and those that represent nonself, and launching attacks against harmful members of the latter group. Understanding that certain agents represent self means understanding the rules of correspondence between the self as an abstract concept and its corresponding agents at the molecular level. The concept of self is traditionally associated with disciplines such as philosophy and psychology. Indeed, there is a whole branch of psychology known as self psychology and in philosophy the concept of the self has been discussed at length with regard to the issue of personal identity. My aim, however, is not to discuss the self as a property of human beings, or to answer the questions Who am I and What is the stable essence of my identity My aim is to discuss the...

Codes and Context

Cohen argues that this conception of the immunological self is wrong because the immune system can recognize the self Healthy immune systems are replete with T and B cells that recognize self-antigens (Cohen, 1994, p. 11). While genetic reductionists suggest that only the self really exists and Burnet suggests that only the nonself exists, Cohen suggests that the self and the nonself are complementary. He discusses this idea by means of four concepts (1) substance (2) essence (3) origins and (4) harmony. Substance has to do with the fact that self-antigens and foreign antigens are made of similar chemicals and are apprehended by the same receptor machinery (Cohen, 1994, p. 12). There is no substantial difference between self and nonself, and the selfness and foreignness of an antigen depends on the interpretation given it by the immune system. No essential difference exists between self and nonself. The concept of origins suggests that experience is crucial to our ability to...


Chemotaxis is used throughout the development of the embryo and in some key body systems over a person's lifetime. One of the most obvious cases is the immune system, in which white blood cells learn to recognize and track down invading viruses and bacteria. Receptors on their surfaces recognize fragments of bacteria or diseased cells that need to be found and digested. Another type of receptor detects chemokines, small molecules secreted by other cells. Chemokine signals may be released at sites of infections, like an alarm that summons police to the location of a crime. They are also secreted by tissues such as lymph nodes, which act as training ground and meeting point for immune system cells. Cells need to enter the nodes but only gain access if they can receive chemotactic signals. The same system helps them find partner cells once they are inside. T and B cells (two types of white blood cells) have to meet up in lymph nodes to activate immune responses, and they are guided there...


Indeed, selection at the individual level can sometimes co-opt completely the subsequent evolution of a transposon. One of the most startling examples of this is the jawed vertebrate immune system that mounts an antigen-specific response to infection (Agrawal 2000). Vertebrates generally have much longer generation lengths than the infectious agents that attack them, yet the vertebrate immune system effectively allows genetic diversity to be generated and selected on a rapid time scale within individuals. This nongermline genetic diversity can be generated because our antigen receptor genes are divided into gene segments, called V and J, and a third segment called D at some loci. DNA rearrangements, called V(D)J recombination, of these segments can be generated within the cells of our immune system. This combinatorial mechanism generates huge amounts of variation in the antigen recognition portion of the receptor, and mechanisms exist to preferentially select at the cellular level...

What is Immunity [

As mentioned, immunity plays main roles in defensive mechanism. When a foreign body enters into human body and pass non specific immune defensive mechanism process, it will be further reacted by immunity. Destruction of foreign body can be seen via antibody system with help of compliment or via cell mediated immunity process with help of cytokine. With complete full function of immunity, pathogens or foreign bodies can be successfully destroyed. However, in some cases, those aliens can conquer immune system process and this will result in pathological conditions or diseases. Good examples are infections. With complete perfect immunity, human will be helpful. However, extremely high immunity process or hypersensitivity can be problematic. On the other hand, extremely low immunity process of immunity or immunodeficiency can also be problematic.


The sophisticated immune systems of humans and other animals have evolved as a dialogue between species and the diseases that arise in their environments. Microbes also evolve as a response to the environment of their hosts' bodies. Studies of genomes reveal that disease-related genes change at a faster pace than most other DNA sequences, because any mutation that helps an animal resist disease can have a major impact on its ability to survive and reproduce. Modern medicine began with the discovery that microorganisms cause disease and with vaccines and modern drugs that can combat many of them, taking advantage of the way the immune system copes with infectious diseases. But in many of these cases, cures do not yet exist, partly because viruses such as HIV mutate quickly and outwit the body's defenses.

Codes of Complexity

What general conclusions may we draw from the analysis so far The first conclusion is that the immune self is not a platonic, autonomous, and monolithic entity that corresponds through rigid rules to a certain molecular entity, but a context-dependent construct. There is no Self with a capital S. In other words, the question of what is self or nonself cannot be answered by reference to a specific entity. Being self or nonself depends on the response of the immune system in a given context, and this context, although governed by regularity (e.g. the context of infection), is always a local one, as Volosinov suggests. The idea that the system's response to a given entity is what defines the meaning of the entity is not new either in semiotics (Volosinov, 1986) or in immunology (Cohen, 2000a,b). A genuine contextualist always insists that meaning is encapsulated not in the message, which is in itself devoid of meaning, but in the response to the message. In this context the immune system...


Figure 12.1 Genes encoded within the MHC involved in the immune system. Over the 7.6 Mb of DNA sequence comprising the extended MHC, 28 of genes are estimated to be involved in different immune functions including innate and adaptive immunity. A selection of genes are shown here with arrows to functional groupings. The majority are concerned with antigen presentation and processing. These include classical MHC class I and II molecules, together with antigen processing machinery needed for loading peptides onto class I molecules. MHC class I molecules are present on nearly all nucleated cells and are vital to the cellular immune response (Box 12.1) (Cresswell et al. 2005). The transmembrane heavy chain (HC) encoded by MHC class I genes has two polymorphic domains, a1 and a2, responsible for binding peptides. Bound antigenic peptides are presented via the endogenous pathway to CD8+ cytotoxic T cells (Fig. 12.2). In contrast, MHC class II molecules are responsible for antigen...

Assembling Assassins

Shigella strains typically evolved from less sophisticated parasites. Their ancestors sat on top of the cells of the intestinal wall, injecting molecules into host cells to make them pump out fluids. (Many strains of E. coli still make this sort of living today.) Shigella's ancestors acquired new genes that allowed them to invade and move inside cells, to escape the immune system and manipulate it. These innovations did not happen in a single lineage of E. coli. They evolved many times over. suggested that the bacteria make the toxin to help their animal hosts. At the University of Idaho, scientists have found that sheep infected with E. coli O157 H7 do a better job of withstanding a cancer-causing virus than sheep without that strain. They speculate that E. coli O157 H7's toxins stimulate the ovine immune system, or perhaps even trigger cells infected with the cancer-causing virus to commit suicide before they can form tumors. But it's also possible that the toxins are a defense for...


Progression to AIDS was not found 17 . The CD94 NKG2A-HLA-E pathway has not been studied related to HIV-1 infection outcome. It is important to mention that HLA leader peptide sequences with Met at P2 induce significant levels of HLA-E expression compared to those with Thr at P2, the latter failed to confer protection from NK lysis and the HLA-E peptide complexes exhibited high affinity for soluble CD94 NKG2 molecules 45, 47 . Also, although HLA-A and C alleles encode HLA-E binding peptides with Met at P2, HLA-C alleles are poorly expressed on the surface of cells 39 and nef of HIV-1 down-regulates the cell surface expression of HLA-B and A but not C or HLA-E 40 . Furthermore, HLA-A alleles are rarely used to restrict CTL epitopes 48, 79 . In sum, in the environment of HIV-1 infected cells the HLA-leader peptides have more contribution to generate HLA-E binding peptides. This is supported by the reduced HLA-E poor expression by cells transfected with HLA-B*51 or B*58 80, 81 ....


He had come to Australia, to the University of Melbourne, to study the immune system. White blood cells learn to recognize bacteria and other parasites, but they don't use ordinary genes to encode those lessons. No one at the time knew what language they used. Lederberg would return


Levamisole, L-1-2, 3, 5, 6--tetrahydro-6- phenylimidazo (2, 1-b)-thiazol monohydrochloride, is another widely used immunomodulative drug. This is mentioned in many literatures for a long time. Levamisole is first introduced as a broad spectrum anthelmintic, an immunotherapeutic agent with anti-anergic properties, and is the first member of a potential new class of immunologically active, probably thymomimetic compounds 47 . Senn et al. said that levamisole increased colony formation, and altered colony-stimulating activity types detected in leucocyte-conditioned medium, makes this drug a promising candidate for treatment of selected leukaemic states and in preleukaemia 48 . Amery and Gough said that the main application of levamisol for immunotherapy was for immune deficiencies or as immune dysregulation syndromes such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer 49 . Levamisole can play as an antianergic chemotherapeutic agent as it restores cellmediated immunity in immunodepressed patients...

Antibody Treatment

Giulling et al. reported on prediction of the effectiveness of levamisole immunotherapy by the sensitivity of blood lymphocytes to the drug 58 . Rosenthal et al. reported on immunotherapy with levamisole in rheumatic diseases 63 . Rosenthal et al. concluded that this treatment demonstrated some potential hazardous complications of the drug and required physical and laboratory examinations at short intervals 63 . Muhamuda et al. reported on use of neutralizing murine monoclonal antibodies to rabies glycoprotein in passive immunotherapy against rabies 67 . Muhamuda et al. concluded that the new murine monoclonal antibodies were found to be 2,000 times more potent than commercial ERIG in terms of effective protein concentration and neutralizing titer 67 . Moreno et al. reported on coronary involvement in infants with Kawasaki disease treated with intravenous gamma-globulin 71 . Of interest, Moreno et al. observed a high rate of infants who developed coronary arterial complications, which...


Identification of an immune response correlate for protection against pathogen would greatly facilitate the rational modern construction of an effective vaccine. However, detecting such a correlate has been a daunting task. DNA microarray technology is a modern and powerful tool that permits the simultaneous analysis of a large number of nucleic acid hybridization experiments in a rapid and efficient fashion 64 . An advantage of microarray technology is that it can assist researchers to better define and understand the expression profile of a given genokind associated with disease, adverse effects from exposure to certain stimuli, or the ability to understand or predict immune responses to specific antigens 64 . The modern construction of DNA microarray technology a decade ago brought the establishment of functional genomics as one of the most active and successful scientific disciplines at present 65 .