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Immunity Crisis

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Cancer Healing and the Immune System

The immune system consists of many types of cells carried by the blood to different parts of the body. There are neutrophils, eosinophils, mono-cytes, macrophages, and natural killer cells that we believe help to keep cancer cells in check. If this theory is right, then boosting one's immune system will help reduce the risk of cancer and perhaps cancer recurrence. It is believed that at any given time there are stray cancer cells in healthy people whose immune systems are strong enough to overcome the cancer cells. Thus, these people don't develop cancer as a disease. The immune system is also responsible for inactivating free radicals, which are highly active oxygen molecules that contain unpaired electrons. Some scientists think that having an excessive amount of free radicals heightens a person's risk of cancer. The free radicals are neutralized (inactivated) by antioxidants. Table 2.1. Ways to Potentially Boost Your Immune System Although it is not entirely clear to what extent...

Multiple Sclerosis As A Disease Of The Immune System

Normally, the immune system is able to distinguish between infectious organisms or foreign tissues (such as a transplanted organ), which are attacked or rejected, and the body's own organs or tissues, which are tolerated. How white blood cells perform these functions is a fascinating story. The process requires continual adaptation on the part of white blood cells to recognize through receptors on their surfaces and in proteins they make any disease-producing bacteria, virus, or fungus, and even the body's own cells that have become cancerous. Scientists have learned to activate the immune system through vaccination to defend the body against potentially infectious challengers. The other side of immunity, however, is that these white blood cells sometimes misrecognize and cause damage to the body's own cells and proteins. White blood cells that act in this way must be destroyed or held in check. If the system breaks down, autoimmune disease may occur. The immune system is then said to...

Immune Function And Overtraining

Research has shown that excessive training suppresses normal immune function, rendering athletes more susceptible to infection and disease.16 Studies show that short periods of overload training temporarily impair the immune function, and prolonged overtraining amplifies this suppression of immunity, with low quantities of lymphocytes and antibodies. Intense training during illness decreases the ability of athletes to fight off infection and increases the risk of subsequent complications.15

Immune Response to the Transgene Product

The most encouraging results demonstrating prolonged transgene expression from HDAd were all obtained in cases where an immune response was not mounted against the transgene product (62,66). However, in cases where an antibody response was mounted against the transgene product, expression was shortened, although to a lesser extent than when FGAds were used (62). Clearly immune response to the therapeutic proteins is an important issue because they may be antigenic in individuals suffering from some genetic deficiencies. This situation is, of course, not unique to HDAds but universal to gene therapy, regardless of vector type employed. Clearly, strategies such as immunosuppression or induction of tolerance to circumvent this obstacle may be essential for successful gene therapy of many genetic diseases.

Innate And Adaptive Immunity

Without an immune system we would quickly fall prey to the plethora of viruses, bacteria, and parasites that live within and around us. The immune system is a multi-layered defense system. In its broadest sense, it includes physical barriers, such as the skin and the lining of the gastrointestinal tract chemical barriers, such as stomach acid microbial barriers, such as beneficial intestinal microflora and the immune system proper (immune cells, antibodies, and so forth). This chapter focuses on the immune system proper. The cells of the immune system are called white blood cells (leukocytes) that, like red blood cells (erythrocytes), are derived from stem cells in the bone marrow. The production of the different types of cells from the bone marrow is shown in Figure 11.1 (adapted from reference 1). Other cells important in the immune response but not shown in the figure (e.g., natural killer cells and dendritic cells) are discussed below. As Figure 11.1 shows, leukocytes can be...

Adaptive Immune Response to Gluten

Celiac disease is characterized by an immune response to the storage proteins of wheat, rye, and barley, with wheat as the most immunogenic. Wheat gluten is composed of glutenin and gliadin, and evidence suggests that the gliadin fraction induces disease. Information gathered from T cell clones derived from chronic lesions of the small intestines of celiac patients with established disease demonstrate that gliadin peptides are presented by HLA class II molecules to CD4+ T cells. Several studies have suggested that unaltered native gliadin peptides were antigenic but lacked the negatively charged amino acids needed to bind to the recognition sites of the DQ2 or DQ8 molecules. It has since been recognized that the gliadin peptides are made more antigenic by tissue transglutaminase, and it is these altered (deamidated) peptides that either perpetuate or cause gluten sensitivity in celiac disease.

Innate Immune Response

Many of the studies on gut responses to gluten have been performed in the established chronic lesion. Little is known of innate responses that can elicit effects within minutes to hours of exposure to gluten. In vitro studies demonstrated an increase in the expression of HLA antigen on the cells in the surface layers of the intestinal mucosa occurring within 2-4 h after exposure to gluten. Gluten also causes the production of the proinflammatory cytokine IL-15 at the surface epithelium. IL-15 expressed by the surface enterocytes activates NK-like T cells to recognize gluten presented by MHC class 1a molecules in the context of the NKG-2D receptor. The NK-like T cell may be a key player in both the damage to the surface epithelium and be a proin-flammatory influence on adaptive response that occurs in the underlying lamina propria. This induction of innate immune responses by gluten may have important consequences. Since the gluten peptides enter into the epithelial compartment and...

Role Of The Immune System In Cancer Prevention

Some researchers believe the immune system plays a critical role in preventing tumor development by searching out and destroying newly transformed cells. This process, known as immune surveillance, was first proposed by Ehrlich in 1909, and is supported by the following observations that associate immune depression with increased cancer risk 11'12 Approximately 40 percent of patients with immuno-suppression caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are likely to develop cancer. Common cancers include Kaposi's sarcoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, cervical cancer, and Hodgkin's disease. An alternate and more likely explanation for this disproportion is that cancers commonly associated with immunosuppressed states are virally induced, or they originate in the immune system itself. Accordingly, the problem is that the immune system fails to destroy viruses that cause or assist the development of cancer rather than that it fails to destroy tumor cells. In some cases, viruses can...

Immune System In Cancer Treatment

The immune system's postulated role in preventing cancer by destroying cancer cells, along with other evidence, tells us it can also help destroy cells of established cancers. Its ability to do so, referred to as antitumor immunity, involves both the innate and adaptive immune systems. For example, recent evidence suggests the immune system may be capable of detecting the protein products of oncogenes on the cell surface immune responses to the HER-2 neu protein and mutated ras and p53 gene products have been re-ported.20,21 In addition, antibodies against the patient's own tumor have been identified in the sera of some patients with soft-tissue sarcoma, malignant melanoma, ovarian carcinoma, and lung cancer.22 The degree to which the immune system can destroy established cancers, however, has not been established. In general, the immune system may be more effective against small tumors and metastatic spread than against established solid tumors. What is clear is that the success of...

Use of Immunotherapy in Conventional Cancer Medicine

We now look at how immunotherapy has been used in conventional cancer medicine. From this discussion, we obtain ideas on how natural compounds might be used to produce some of the same effects on the immune system, and we also see how the use of natural compounds differs from that of most conventional immunotherapy agents. The primary distinction between conventional immunotherapy agents and natural immunostimulant The majority of human cancers exhibit low immuno-genicity, probably due to one or more of the immune-evading mechanisms described earlier. This does not mean, however, that immunotherapy is necessarily ineffective against them. Conventional immunotherapy can be divided into two categories, active and passive, each discussed below. In general, conventional immunother-apy in humans is most effective in patients with a relatively healthy immune system and a low tumor burden (i.e., at an early stage of malignancy). Active Immunotherapy The term active immunotherapy refers to...

Colonic Immune Function and Colonic Bacterial Flora

The immune system of the gastrointestinal tract defends against infection (bacterial, viral, and parasitic) and luminal antigens ingested formed by bacteria. Nonspecific and specific mechanisms exist. The enteric immune system is vast and complex it interacts with the rest of the immune system as well as with luminal contents. Gut-associated lym-phoid tissue consists of both discretely organized tissue, such as Peyer's patches (lymphoid follicles with proliferative potential in response to antigen presentation) containing M cells, and the more diffuse lymphocytes and macrophages distributed among the submucosa, mucosa, and lamina propria (Figure 6). M cells function in antigen sampling of Secretory IgA binds to intraluminal antigens, including dietary ones, and functions in preventing their absorption. Additionally, secretory IgA has the ability to bind to microorganisms, thus preventing adherence, colonization, and invasion. Secretory IgA is secreted in breast milk, and in breast-fed...

Natural Compounds That Suppress The Immune System

Many natural compounds I discuss have the potential to inhibit aspects of the immune system. Although none of these is generally considered a primary immunosup-pressive agent, each can produce immunosuppression as a secondary effect, at least under some circumstances. Natural compounds can induce immunosuppression in many ways, such as by reducing signal transduction (immune cells need signal transduction to function), reducing NF-sB activity, histamine release, vascular permeability, and immune cell migration, as well as by causing anti-inflammatory effects. The most potent anti-inflammatory compounds tend to be those that reduce production of PGE2 or other inflammatory pros-taglandins or leukotrienes. Taking all of these actions into account, we can see that most compounds included in this book have the potential to contribute to an immu-nosuppressive effect however, earlier in this chapter we also saw that most could also contribute to a stimulatory effect. What is the overall...

Flavonoids and Immune Function

The effects of flavonoids on the immune system are complex and poorly understood. Depending on the conditions, flavonoids may inhibit, assist, or have no effect on immune function. Their effects on immune function are due to their ability to inhibit eicosanoid-mediated inflammation, histamine-induced inflammation, PTK or PKC activity, cell motility, or several of these. Clearly, additional work remains to understand the effects of flavonoids on immune function and to determine how these effects may influence tumor progression. It does seem, however, that at doses relevant to humans, immunostimulation or no effect on the immune system is more likely to occur than an immunosuppressive effect.

Host Immune Response To Vaccinia

The immune response to vaccinia viral vectors serves as our paradoxical friend and foe in attempting to develop them into effective vectors for gene therapy. On the one hand, the vigorous immune response is desirable because we believe that it enhances its potential as a vaccine. On the other hand, the vigorous immune response leads to premature clearance of the virus before adequate levels of replication have occurred, thus decreasing the level of transgene expression and possibly the overall efficacy. The success of vaccinia as a gene therapy vector relies on its efficiency in vivo. Vaccinia has developed a wide range of immune evasion strategies in order to survive in vivo (Table 2). Understanding and manipulating these factors may optimize the vector for clinical use. If one examines these factors closely, it is clear that the majority of them encode for proteins that are able to actively suppress both innate immunity and the development T helper 1 (Th1) immune response. For...

Stress Weakens the Immune System

One of the more serious effects of stress is that it redirects metabolic energy away from the immune system. A tremendous amount of energy is necessary to operate the complex cells, hormones, and organs that make up this system. Fifteen minutes of danger and a return to normal isn't going to compromise your immune system, but living with constant stress will surely slow you down metabolically, making you more susceptible to illness. Stress can lead to stroke, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. In fact, the six leading causes of death in the United States heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide are directly related to stress. One recent study of how chronic stress weakens the immune system found that the protein interleukin-6 (IL-6) was present in unusually high amounts in people who suffered from chronic stress. IL-6 normally triggers inflammation to help fight infections. It also stimulates the production of C-reactive protein, which is a...

Enhancing Immune Responses Toward Tumors By Bacterial Infections

In principle, initiation of antigen-specific immunity is restricted to the lymphoid organs where the target antigens are presented to the T cells by mature dendritic cells. To do so, immature DCs pick up antigens in the periphery. Simultaneous to antigen uptake, DCs have to receive specific environmental signals that induce their activation and maturation. During this maturation process, they obtain migratory capacity toward secondary lymphoid organs and, in addition, become highly stimulatory for T cells by expression of costimulatory molecules. This, leads to antigen-specific T cell activation. With respect to this activation cascade, tumor cells lack the capacity to activate primary T cells, due to the absence of essential stimulatory functions. Although proteins derived from a tumor might be phagocytosed by immature dendritic cells, such DCs normally do not become activated and can therefore not function as inductors of a T cell response. Antigen presentation by immature DC is...

Immune target and Immune response in pancreatic cancer

Cancer is fundamentally a gene associated disease, it has become increasingly clear that some genomic instability and aberrant gene expression lead to biologic behaviour abnormality in tumor cells. In pancreatic cancer, Several genes have high mutation rate in different phase, so the tumor cell may express abnormal antigens that make them immunologically distinct and potential targets for the host immune system. K-ras gene encodes a 21 kDa membrane-bound guanosine triphosphate(GTP) -binding protein. Before localization at cell membrane, K-ras protein must be farnesylated or geranylgeranylated on the same cysteine residue, it is involved in the transduction of signal from growth factor receptors and other signal inputs, as an upstream activator, it will activat several signaling pathways including Raf MEK ERK, P13K Akt and RalEGF Ral(9)to regulate gene expression and prevent apoptosis. The mutation of the K-ras oncogene, which occers mostly at codon 12 but also occasionally at codon 13...

Immune escape and immunosuppression

In the past 50 years, with the advances in cellular, molecular biology of cancer and development of immunology, people comes to realizes the relationship between tumor and immune cells is just like a cat and mouse game. The human immune system assume the responsibility to get rid of the extrinsic and endogenic abnormal antigen, it can produce actived immunocyte or immune material such as antibody to react anomalous antigen and finally eliminate the target, but the fact is not under our desire. (Picture 2)

Specific immunotherapy

Specific immunotherapy, which seems be more important in cancer treatment research, could be divide into 3 parts monoclonal antibody, adoptive cellular therapy, and vaccine. Infusion of antibody or activated cells is called Passive Immunotherapy, on the other, vaccine can induce active immunotherapy. The simplest model of immune cell-mediated antigen-specific tumor rejection consists of three elements appropriate antigen specific for the tumor, efficient antigen presentation and the generation of potent effector cells.

Passive immunotherapy

Passive immunotherapy could be accomplished by infusion monoantibody and tumor specific T-cell which was actived in vitro. With advances in structural and functional genomics, recent work has focused on targeted molecular therapy using monoclonal antibodies. Many monoantibodies were used to target molecules on the tumor cell surface and normal tissue stroma, which are related to pancreatic cancer oncogenesis, tumor growth or resistance to chemotherapy, as well as molecules involved in regulating inflammation and host immunoresponses. Although progress made by monoantibody in pancreatic cancer treatment, especially in preclinical studies, its clinical application requires further investigation. Besides the function bind to target antigen to block the corresponding signal transduction pathways, antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) can also be observed in some pancreatic cancer cell lines.

Immune function and cancer

The diet is believed to play an important role in the onset of carcinogenesis, and there are a number of carcinogens present in food, including mycotoxins, polycyclic hydrocarbons, and pesticides. Associations have been made between dietary fat intake and morbidity and mortality from breast and colon cancer. Another possible mechanism for the proposed protective effects against cancer of olive oil compared with sunflower oil involves diet-induced alterations in host immune responses. Both the type and concentration of dietary fats have been reported to influence immune status in several animal models. The PUFA C18 2 is necessary for T-cell-mediated immunity, but high intakes will suppress immune function and may therefore increase the risk of cancer. Furthermore, comparisons between the effects of diets rich in C18 2 and those rich in C18 1 on varying indicators of immune function in mice have shown that, while dietary C18 2 predisposed animals to suppression of certain...

Applications Of Gene Guns In The Immune System

Gene gun technologies are most potent when applied to easily exposed targets and when expressing gene products that have high-specific activity or whose biological effects engage systems that amplify the protein's effects. The most potent amplification system in the body is the immune system because this has evolved to detect a small number of infectious agents and amplify a response that may involve millions of cells and billions of effector molecules. Given this, some of the most potent application areas of the gene gun stimulate the immune system by delivering either antigens, cytokines, or both to the host organism. Current applications of the gene gun for immunological applications fall into the following categories 1. Genetic immunization to provoke cellular and humoral immune responses by delivering antigen genes from pathogens or cancers to the immune system A. Genetic Immunization to Increase Immune Responses essentially in parallel in the 1980s. With the advent of these...

Immune surveillance and tumour evasion

The extraordinary features of the immune system make it possible to discern self from non-self. However, most human cancers, and pancreatic cancer in particular, are known to be poorly immunogenic, as crucial somatic genetic mutations can generate pancreatic cancer proteins that are essentially altered self proteins. Furthermore, promising immunotherapeutic approaches that have been used for relatively immunogenic cancers such as melanoma have met with variable success6. These observations have revealed that for tumours to form and progress, they must develop local and or systemic mechanisms that subsequently allow them to escape the normal surveillance mechanisms of the intact immune system. Immune-based therapies must therefore incorporate at least one agent against a pancreatic cancer target as well as one or more agents that will modify both local and systemic mechanisms of pancreatic-cancer-induced IMMUNE TOLERANCE. Another new B7-family member, B7-H4, seems to mediate a...

Cancer immunotherapy protocols

Clinical trials using various immunotherapies, active immunization with tumor antigens, or tumor cell-derived products, and adoptive immunotherapy using antitumor immune cells were conducted in various cancers, most extensively in melanoma, and tumor regression was observed in some patients. Active Immunization Immunizations with synthetic peptides, particularly MHC class I-binding epitopes, were performed in various trials. Since native epitopes have relatively low immunogenicity, various immunoaugmenting methods, including coadministration of adjuvants and cytokines incomplete Freund adjuvant (IFA), IL-2, IL-12, or GM-CSF , were applied to achieve efficient immunization. Tumor regression in melanoma patients was observed in various clinical trials using melanocytespecific antigens such as MART-1 and gp100 and, in particular, the HLA high-binding modified peptide. Since CD4+ T cells appear to be directly and indirectly important in tumor rejection, combined immunization with both Th...

Adoptive Immunotherapy with antitumor 41 Immune cells

Passive immunotherapy with large doses of activated antitumor lymphocytes was also employed since there was a possibility that active immunization would be insufficient to induce enough of an immune response to cause tumor regression in the immunosuppressed patient with a large tumor burden. Adoptive transfer of tumor-reactive T cells cultured from tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, along with IL-2, resulted in a clinical response in melanoma patients.65 Adoptive transfer of EBV-specific T cells resulted in regression of EBV-associated lymphoma. Intraportal infusion of in vitro MUCl-stimulated T cells was performed in pancreatic cancer, yielding preliminary results that indicate inhibition of liver metastasis. Although the clinical use of tumor-reactive T cells was previously limited due to the difficulty in generating tumor-reactive T cells for most cancers, it is now possible to generate these cells from the PBMC of cancer patients by in vitro stimulation, using the identified tumor...

Mucosal immune responses

Foodborne pathogens encounter the gastrointestinal mucosal surface, and must face the mucosal immune system as well as the physical barriers the location presents. The mucosa-associated lymphoid tissues (MALT) includes the GALT, a location reported to contain more lymphocytes than are found in the total content of all other secondary lymphoid organs (Nagler-Anderson, 2001). The GALT is composed of lymphoid aggregates, including the Peyer's patches (located mainly in the small intestinal distal ileum), where induction of immune responses occurs (Fig. 8.1). The lamina propria serves as a homing location for mature effector B and T cells these cell types are essential for the specific adaptive immune responses of the GALT. Several cell types involved in the innate immune response are present in the PP microenvironment, including macrophages and dendritic cells. be associated with MHC molecules. Owing to their unique properties, IEL are often viewed as a cell type that is midway between...

Allogeneic antigenspecific immunotherapy

Was reported on the efficacy of adoptive immunotherapy (AIT) with cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs), induced from autologous pancreatic tumors but not from AIT with LAK cells. Although these immunotherapies have a potential as alternative treatments for PC, the effects have been limited. Pancreatic cancer cells present an enormous challenge, as they are naturally resistant to current chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In addition, known pancreatic cancer antigens have generated relatively weak immune responses. This is probably due to a combination of mutations in oncogenes such as KRAS and tumour-suppressor genes such as TP53, CDKN2A, DPC4 (deleted in pancreas cancer 4), BRCA2 and ERBB2 (also known as HER2 neu), as well as overexpression of growth factors such as transforming growth factor-a (TGFa), interleukin-1 (IL-1), IL-6 and IL-8, tumour-necrosis factor-a (TNFa), or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), their receptors, or constitutive expression of multidrug-resistant...

New immunotherapy targets

The inability of previously tested antigens (including CEA, KRAS, MUC1 and gastrin) to induce immune-specific responses underscores the challenge to identify more relevant immunogenic targets. Indeed, these antigens were chosen only because they were overexpressed or had altered expression in pancreatic tumours, and not because they had been shown to be immunogenic. Therefore, there might be additional as-yet-unidentified antigens that might be more immunogenic for inducing effective immunity against pancreatic cancers. How will such new candidate pancreatic cancer antigens be discovered Two methods are routinely used in an attempt to identify new targets. The first method, serological analysis of recombinant tumour cDNA expression libraries (SEREX), uses serum to screen phage-display libraries prepared from tumour cells to identify candidate antigen targets that have elicited both humoral and cell-mediated immune responses in cancer patients. This method has identified coactosin-like...

Decreased Immune Response

A diet high in saturated and omega-6 fatty acids may promote cancer partly by decreasing immune function. In a study of 17 men who reduced their fat intake to less than 30 percent of calories, natural killer (NK) cell activity was markedly increased compared to baseline levels. In this study, the lower the fat content, the greater the NK cell activity.58 The exact mechanism of this inhibition was uncertain, but it may have been related to increased PGE2 production, which has an immuno-suppressive effect.

Bi2s Effects On Immune Function

One consequence of an immune system damaged by low B12 is cancer. But the immune system that's too low in B12 can go awry in many ways, and the results can take many forms, most of them serious, and many potentially fatal. Moreover, since any vaccination can adversely affect individuals with impaired immune systems, we speculate that B12 deficiency may play a key role in some of the thousands of severe reactions to immunizations that occur each year. Individuals who are B12 deficient are vulnerable to adverse reactions to immunizations, because their immune systems are impaired. This is an area that requires further serious study.

Immune Deficiency Including Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Activation of immune system t IL-1, TNF, IL-6, others Activation of immune system t IL-1, TNF, IL-6, others Impaired immune function Impaired immune function toxins. The immune system plays a pivotal role in ensuring homeostasis is maintained within the system. The immune-deficient child is susceptible to common gastrointestinal infections that can occur in the immune-competent host however, chronic enteropathy in immunodeficiency is characterized by recurrent, persistent, severe unusual and opportunistic infections with subsequent secondary malabsorption and maldigestion states. The immune-deficient child with persistent diarrhea often rapidly spirals into a cycle of anorexia, inadequate dietary intake, catabolic losses to combat infection, and catabolic losses from the gastrointestinal tract (fig. 1). Micronutrient and general malnutrition are key risk factors for as well as consequences of many chronic enteropathies resulting in well-defined impairments of immunity. The combination...

Enhanced Immune Response

Immune system modulation and the prevention of gastrointestinal tract colonisation by a variety of pathogens are perhaps the most important actions of probiotics. Probiotics bind to intestinal epithelial cells and inhibit the binding of pathogenic bacteria to the gut wall by production of inhibitory substances such as bacteriocins, lactic acid and toxic oxygen metabolites. Of the toxic oxygen metabolites, hydrogen peroxide is of major importance as it exerts a bactericidal effect on many pathogens (Kaur et al 2002). The ability to produce bacteriocins, hydrogen peroxide and other antimicrobial compounds is strain-dependent and requires the presence of folic acid and riboflavin in the case of lactobacilli. Binding to the gut wall also initiates signalling events that result in the synthesis of cytokines (Vanderhoof & Young 2003) Studies in germ-free mice have proven that intestinal bacteria are essential for a healthy systemic immune system (Falk et al 1998).

Hematopoietic and Immune System

More profound changes occur in the adaptive immune functions, which rely on the memory (T cell) lymphocytic cell line. Life-long antigen exposure induces increases in the number of memory T cells, but with enhanced reactivity against self-antigens, priming the individual for autoimmune disease. In healthy adults, IgA concentration increases by 0.2 gl1 per decade throughout life. The T lymphocytes, however, respond more poorly to ongoing antigen assault in later life. Thymic involution associated with neural and hormonal changes of aging is an impediment to T-cell maturation in older persons. The basis of intrinsic function deficits of memory cells, on the other hand, has been ascribed to defective signaling and includes hyporesponsive-ness to mitogen-stimulated proliferation and decrease in genetic suppression, allowing increased stimulation of inflammatory cytokines the balance between pro-and anti-inflammatory cytokines shifts with aging, favoring the inflammatory pole, especially...

Exploiting a Natural Immunity

While AIDSVAX was being tested, another very different vaccine was being developed. Doctors in Nairobi, Kenya, had noticed that about 5 percent of the two thousand prostitutes studied at an HIV clinic seemed to have developed a natural immunity against the virus. Though these women were repeatedly exposed to HIV, they remained uninfected. As the director of the clinic, Dr. Omu Anzale, explained, The very first exposure wasn't able to cause infection, but was able to prime their immune system.41 In fact, T cell production in these women actually increased significantly. Somehow, these women's bodies were able to mount effective defenses against the initial onslaught of HIV. Furthermore, instead of being left with weakened immune systems that succumbed more readily to HIV upon the next exposure, these women seemed to be prepared for the virus and continued to win the battle against HIV. Researchers at the United Kingdom's Oxford University and at the University of Nairobi, in...

Specific Allergen Immunotherapy for Asthma

Specific allergen immunotherapy (SIT) has been used for over a century to treat allergic disorders. Treatment regimes vary, but the general principle is to give a prolonged course of extracts of allergens that are thought to be relevant to the particular patient's illness. Allergen is usually given by subcutaneous injection, starting with a very low dose and escalating in a logarithmic sequence until the top dose is reached. At this stage, the interval between doses is extended, and maintenance therapy is given for about three years. A number of alternative routes have been tried, among which the sublingual route is the most popular.

Immune Function And Maintenance Of Epithelial Surfaces

Vitamin A maintains the health of epithelial cells in the body, which form an important barrier to infection, and immune system function. More specifically, studies in animal models and cell lines show that vitamin A and related retinoids play a major role in immunity, including expression of mucins and keratins, lymphopoiesis, production of antibodies, and the function of neutrophils, NK cells, macrophages, T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes (Semba 1999). It has also been shown to potentiate antibody responses and lymphocyte proliferation in response to antigens and restore the integrity and function of mucosal surfaces (Semba 1994).

Alcohol And The Immune System

NK cells are important because they play a role in natural immunity against tumor and infected cells. In fact, advanced aging is associated with functional impairment ofNK cells and increased susceptibility to nutritional deficiencies. Studies from human and experimental animals have proven that EtOH acts as a co-carcinogen, and suppression of the immune system has been considered as one mechanism by which EtOH could increase the incidence or progression of cancers 3 , like Kaposi's sarcoma. A recent report regarding HIV-related cancers compared cancer incidences in Zimbabwe, Africa between 1990-1992 to those in 1993-1995. It showed an increase in the incidence ofKaposi's sarcoma with a doubling of the rates in both men and women. A significant increase in the incidence of squamous cell tumours, as well as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in women was also observed 4 , Research shows a relationship between increased ethanol levels and a decrease in natural killer cells. Decreased natural killer...

Immunotherapy and immunization

Vaccine strategies are being investigated as another method of targeting HER2 overex-pressing cancer cells. Patients with HER2-positive tumors have been shown to develop an immune response against the protein,114-116 which suggests that antireceptor vaccines may be successful in mounting an anticancer response. With a large difference in levels of expression between HER2-positive tumors and normal tissues, there exists a potential therapeutic window for such cancers with no residual autoimmune toxicity. Some of the first described investigations of targeting and treating by immunization were murine tumors overexpressing the rat oncogenic neu. These cancers were immunized with a vaccinia virus recombinant of the protein's extracellular

Natural Compounds That Stimulate Andor Support The Immune System

A large number of natural compounds can stimulate or support the immune system or do both. A selected list of some of the major compounds is provided in Table 12.1. Note that many other natural compounds discussed in this book (and many not included) could act as immunostimulants or supportive agents. For example, CAPE has been reported to increase the susceptibility of tumor cells to NK cell attack and induce expression of tumor-associated antigens on human melanoma and brain cancer cells lines in vitro.1'2 As another example, oral administration of proanthocyanidins to mice has increased NK cell cytotoxicity and enhanced ex-vivo IL-2 production by immune cells.3 Even though not comprehensive, Table 12.1 does include many of the well-known natural immunostimulants and supportive compounds. Reference books that discuss additional natural compounds with these effects are cited in Chapter 16. In addition to stimulating the immune system, we must also inhibit immune evasion. One primary...

Cordyceps Acts On The Immune System

Effects of Cordyceps on the immune system have been reported however, the experimental results are controversial and show that Cordyceps possesses both potentiation and or inhibition effects on the immunoresponse. Thus, it is assumed that Cordyceps is a bidirectional modulator of the immune system. The immune system in tumor-bearing mice was greatly enhanced by treatment with Cordyceps. C57BL 6 mice implanted subcutaneously with EL-4 lymphoma cells were employed as the experimental targets. Oral administration of the extract led to a reduction of tumor size in the tumor-bearing mice and prolonged the survival rate of the host. Phagocytic activity of macrophages was decreased in the tumor-bearing mice treated with cyclo-phophamide (100 mg kg) however, administration of Cordyceps extract restored the activity to higher than the normal level (35).

Common variable hypogammaglobulinemia This is a condition in which children with immature immune systems do not have

Routine laboratory evaluation of these children is usually completely normal. When serum immunoglobulin levels are measured, the children have values that would clearly be abnormal for an adult but are considered at the low end of normal for their age, so they are not officially immunodeficient. As these children's immune system matures, the immunoglobulin levels rise and the problem ceases. No detailed reports of the long-term outcome for these children are available. None that I have cared for has developed significant rheumatic disease, though many have been misdiagnosed as having JA. Children with definite common variable hypogammaglobulinemia and IgG subclass deficiencies (low immunoglobulin levels of varying specific types) may also have an increased incidence of arthritis. The arthritis these children get also generally follows the pattern of a spondyloarthropathy. Many investigators feel that this situation is similar to the situation for children with abnormal...

Selenium Deficiency Viral Disease and Mutation and Immune Function

Human selenium supplementation (e.g., 200 mg day), even in apparently selenium-replete individuals receiving a diet providing > 120 mg Se day, was able to stimulate the proliferation of activated T cells of the immune system. It elicited an enhanced response to antigen stimulation, an enhanced ability to generate cytotoxic lymphocytes, an enhanced ability to destroy tumor cells, and increased natural killer cell activity. Growth-regulatory interleukin-2 receptors on the surface of activated lymphocytes and natural killer cells became upregulated. In a study in Liverpool, UK, healthy adult subjects with initial plasma selenium concentrations below 1.2 mmol l were given placebo or 50 or 100 mg daily supplements of selenium as selenite for 15 weeks. After 6 weeks, they were given oral live attenuated polivirus vaccine, and after 9 weeks, 74Se stable isotope was given intravenously to measure their body Se pool size. The Se supplements significantly increased the Se pool size, and the...

Interleukin2 Immunotherapy

Clinical trials using l-carnitine (1 g day orally) found that it may be used successfully to prevent cardiac complications during IL-2 immunotherapy in cancer patients with clinically relevant cardiac disorders (Lissoni et al 1993). Thus a beneficial interaction is possible under professional supervision.

Breast feeding and Immunity to Infection

Mucosal immune system and produce antibodies against mucosal pathogens that the mother is exposed to and which the infant is most likely to encounter. Breast milk contains several factors that protect against infections in the breast-fed infant either through passive immunity or by activating the infant's immune system. These include secretory IgA and IgM antibodies specific to maternal pathogenic encounters, short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), which can inhibit bacterial growth, block bacterial toxins and activate eosinophils, bactericidal lactofer-rin, lysozymes, and mucins, as well as lymphocytes (both T cells and B cells), which may transfer primed immunity to the infant. Additionally, cytokines and other growth factors in human milk contribute to the activation of the lactating infant's immune system, rendering breastfed infants less susceptible to diarrheal diseases, respiratory infections, otitis media, and other infections and may impart long-term protection against diarrhea....

Nonspecific immunotherapy Innate Immune system and cytokine

Nature kill cells are the central component of the innate immunity and play an important role in cancer immunosurveilance. It has been reported that NK cells can recognize and control tumor growth by direct cellular cytotoxicity and secrete immunostimulatory cytokines such as IFN-y. The further researches have demonstrated NK cells can eliminate tumor cell by inhibiting cellular proliferation, angiogenesis, promoting apoptosis and stimulate the adaptive immune system. In mouse experimental models, NK cell-mediated elimination of tumor cells induced the subsequent development of tumor-specific T cell responses to the parental tumor cells as a bridge between innate and adaptive immune responses(48). inefficient homing into malignant tissues, the situation may be overcome by cytokine-mediated activation in immunotherapeutical regiment53). However, novel studies of tumor-associated NK cells demonstrated a striking phenotype, supporting the notion that tumor-induced alterations of...

Specific Immunotherapy for Food Allergy with Mutated Proteins

Currently the only treatment for food allergy is strict avoidance of the offending food. In the past years much effort has been made to develop new treatment methods. Specific immunotherapy using injections is commonly used for the treatment of inhalant allergies. However, for food allergy it is As traditional immunotherapy has been largely impractical for the treatment of food allergies, several novel therapies are currently being explored 18, 19 . One of the most promising approaches is the immunotherapy with mutated proteins. Within the last couple of years food allergens have been better characterized 2, 20 . IgE-binding sites have been identified for many of these food allergens 21-26 . With this knowledge attempts to alter IgE antibody binding through alteration of the amino acid sequences of the IgE-binding sites have started (fig. 3). Mutation through single amino acid substitution resulted in reduced to complete loss of IgE binding 26-29 . For the major peanut allergens Ara h...

Immune Function

In a study of 652 non-institutionalised elderly people, the incidence of acute respiratory infections was reduced for those with the highest plasma levels, suggesting that beta-carotene may improve the immune response and result in decreased risk of infectious diseases (van der Horst-Graat et al 2004).

The immune system

The immune system is not a specific structural organ system but more of a functional system. It draws upon the structures and processes of each of the organs, tissues and cells of the body and the chemicals produced in them to eliminate any pathogen, foreign substance or toxic material that can be damaging to the body. Immunity can, therefore, be defined as the ability of the body to resist infection and disease by the activation of specific defence mechanisms.

Immune System

Animal studies have shown an increased rate of infection and mortality in obese dogs compared to lean animals experimentally infected with canine distemper virus. Cell-mediated immune response is impaired in obese individuals. Maturation of monocytes into macrophages after in vitro incubation is significantly less for obese compared to lean subjects. Impaired cell-mediated immune response in children was demonstrated to be due to subclinical deficiencies of zinc and copper. The impairment in the immune response was reversed after 4 weeks of zinc and copper supplements. As described previously, there are changes in numerous cytokines with obesity. The role of these changes in immune function is not clear.


Today, much cancer research is focused on the human immune system. Researchers are working to discover how the immune system functions to prevent cancer and how it can be used to cure cancer. Normally the immune system acts as the body's defense system, fighting cancer cells and keeping the body cancer-free by attacking the cells before they can grow and spread. When the immune system is weakened, it cannot do its job effectively. Immunotherapy (also known as biother-apy) takes advantage of the body's own ability to fight disease. It is aimed at strengthening the patient's immune system and helping it recognize cancer cells as undesirable aliens. Immu-notherapy uses a number of different techniques. Vaccines are another form of immunotherapy under intense investigation. Chemicals called antigens are usually found on the surface of cancer cells. Dead tumor cells that still have their surface antigens are used to make vaccines, but the antigens alone also may be used. The antigen...

Active immunotherapy

Vaccine The development of human therapeutic cancer vaccines has come a long way since the discovery of major histocompatability complex (MHC) restricted tumor antigens. As an new method to reconsituting immunity, cancer vaccionation can actively harness the intrinsic power of the immne system to recognize and destroy tumors. The ideal designed vaccine should actively generate antigen-specific immune response to abnomal protein expressed in tumor cells, including activating distinct components of the immune system antigen presenting cells, B cells and T cells, producing the advantages of high specificity, minimal toxicity and permanently effective immunologic memory. Antigen could be delivered in the form of DNA or peptide, as well as tumor cells or antigen-pulsed DCs. 5-FU based chemoradiation, patient received 5 immunotherapy. The median disease-free survival was 17.3 months with median survival of 24.8 months. The administration of immunotherapy was well tolerated. Besides, the...

Damage Accumulation Stochastic Theories

Error catastrophe This theory suggests that damage to mechanisms that synthesize proteins results in faulty proteins, which accumulate to a level that causes catastrophic damage to cells, tissues, and organs. Altered protein structure has been clearly demonstrated to occur with age however, most of these changes are posttranslational in nature, and hence do not support this theory of aging. Such changes to protein structure may result in progressive loss of 'self-recognition' by the cells of the immune system and thus increase the likelihood that the immune system would identify self-cells as foreign and launch an immune attack. Indeed, the incidence of autoimmune episodes is known to increase with age.

Background For Parts I And Ii

This original cancer cell divides to produce daughter cells, these cells also divide, and soon there is a population of cancer cells. As they divide, they develop malignant characteristics, such as the ability to invade and metastasize. They also develop other characteristics that help assure survival, for example, the ability to evade the immune system, to mutate when faced with adverse conditions, and to induce the growth of new blood vessels through the process called angiogenesis. The development of these characteristics marks the third stage in carcinogenesis, the first two stages being initiation and promotion, respectively. In this book, I use the term 6. Inhibit invasion and metastasis. Invasion requires enzymatic digestion of the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. It also requires the migration of tumor cells. Invasion can be reduced by inhibiting enzymes that digest local tissues, by protecting normal tissues from the enzymes, and by reducing the ability of tumor cells to...

An Ounce of Prevention

Diets high in fat also may have a negative effect on breast cancer survival rates. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, one reason is that foods affect the action of hormones in the body, as well as the strength of the immune system. For instance, several of the more common types of cancer, such as cancer of the breast, ovary, uterus, and prostate, are linked to sex hormones. In large part, the amount of hormones in our bodies and their actions are determined by the foods we eat.

Alcoholism Versus Unwise Drinking

Chronic alcohol abuse has long-term physiologic and neurological effects that may increase the risk of accidents. Chronic drinking also impairs liver function, which plays an important part in injury recovery. A damaged liver compromises the immune system, predisposing the alcoholic to bacterial infections following injury. The risk of accidental death has been estimated to be from three to sixteen times greater for alcoholics than for nonal-coholics, with the highest risk being death from fires and burns. Haberman and Baden (1978) found that among all fatalities from fires, 34 percent were alcoholics.

Advantages Of Retroviral Vectors A Fully Defective Vectors

Cell for efficient gene transfer to occur and can simply be provided in trans in the producer cell. In addition, no de novo viral protein synthesis is needed to maintain or repair the integrated provirus. This has implications for long-term gene expression in the transduced cells as even a low-level production of viral proteins will increase the likelihood of an unwanted immune response being triggered against the transduced cells (in addition to any immune response that may be mounted against the transgene itself). Such vector antigenicity is largely responsible for the transient nature of the gene expression seen with current adenoviral vectors, although the problem is being aggressively pursued through the development of helper-dependent or ''gutless'' adenoviral vectors.

Cormick md intoli II MD

Giuntoli, II, MD, received both his bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, and his doctorate of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to complete his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in breast health at the Program in Women's oncology at the Brown University School of Medicine and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Mayo Clinic. Now an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins ovarian Cancer Center of excellence, dr. Giuntoli's expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the female genital tract including ovarian, cervical, uterine, vulvar, and gestational trophoblastic disease. His interests include minimally invasive surgery. His research focuses on immunotherapy for the treatment of ovarian cancer.

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS

Within 10 years, U.S. scientists began to notice among young gay men an outbreak of formerly rare diseases such as pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and kaposi's sarcoma that had previously been found only in those with damaged immune systems. Next, IV-drug users began to come down with the disease, together with hemophiliacs and others who received blood transfusions or blood products. Cause AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, also called the AIDS virus) that is found in all body fluids of infected people. However, only blood, semen, vaginal discharge, and breast milk have enough of the virus to spread it readily to others. The virus attaches to and attacks the helper T cells in the white blood cells. White blood cells are a part of the immune system and help fight infection and disease. When the immune system is damaged, it can't keep the body healthy. In AIDS, T cells die slowly as the HIV invades and destroys them. In the case of the HIV, the virus attaches...

Dermatomyositis Polymyositis

A variety of specific autoantibodies may be present in some patients with DM or PM, implicating the immune system in their pathogenesis. In DM, humoral immune mechanisms may be particularly important, given the predilection for inflammatory cellular infiltration in nonnecrotic muscle fibers and around blood vessels. Vasculopathy can be a particularly prominent feature of childhood disease, with deposition of immunoglobulins and complement components in blood vessels sometimes making skin biopsy specimens indistinguishable from those found in SLE patients. In PM, cell-mediated antigen-specific cytotoxicity appears to be more in pathogenesis, since increased expression of major histocompatibility class I molecules and increased numbers of T cells are found in the muscle in this disorder.

Tolerance And Immune Regulation By Dendritic Cells

DCs are the most potent antigen-presenting cells of the immune system.31 DCs are critical for the induction not only of central but also of peripheral tolerance. DCs present self-antigens to T cells leading to anergy or deletion in case of autoreactivity.32,33 Moreover, DCs are important for the induction of regulatory T-cells (Tregs) that act as suppressor cells and help in the maintenance of tolerance.34,35 Induction of autoimmune diseases by DCs has been demonstrated in model systems.36,37 Moreover, a recent study showed that mice with apoptosis-defective DCs display classical signs of autoimmunity, including antinuclear antibody production.38 This group further demonstrated that deficiency of the pro-apoptotic BH3-only protein, Bcl-2 interacting mediator of cell death (Bim), causes overstimulation of T cells and autoimmunity in DCs.39 As an activated type I interferon signature has been observed in salivary glands of patients who have SS,23,40 more attention has been given to...

Amides Asparagine and Glutamine

Although they are uncharged, these molecules are strongly polar. They are often found on the surface of proteins, where they can form hydrogen bonds with water or with other polar molecules. The conversion of glutamate to glutamine is central to the disposal of ammonia and to the maintenance of acid-base balance. Glutamine is a precursor for the synthesis of purines and pyrimidines. It is also a precursor for gluconeogenesis, and it is the main source of energy for enterocytes and leucocytes. There is evidence that glutamine may play a role in the control of protein metabolism and that it may be beneficial in augmenting the immune response in critically ill patients.

Metabolism in Different Organs

Much of the glutamine is metabolized to pyruvate, which is then transaminated and exported to the liver as alanine. Some glutamine is also converted by the gut to citrulline, which then circulates to the kidney to be converted to arginine. Glutamine is also a major energy source for lymphocytes and monocytes when the immune system is activated.

Theoretical Reflections

During the late 1980s to the early 1990s, I, as well as many others, were involved in the examination of the ability of stress to affect immune responsiveness (Peterson et al. 1991). The field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), founded by Robert Ader and Nicholas Cohen in 1975 (Ader and Cohen 1975 Ader et al. 1995), was just emerging from its infancy into mainstream thinking. That most ambiguous of biological terms, stress was taking center stage not only in scientific thought but also in the public's perception of immediate, potentially controllable factors that determined health and well-being. Both in the scientific and public spheres, stress has for many decades been negatively associated with health in general. The demonstration that psychological stress could impact the generation of an immune response (Ader et al. 1995), coupled with reports which showed neural innervation of immune organs such as the spleen (Felten et al. 1990), led to the realization that two seemingly disparate...

An Overview of Multiple Sclerosis

Tered throughout the brain and spinal cord. They are located in the white matter, which contains a high percentage of myelin, an insulating material that covers sections of nerve cells that carry electrochemical messages from the nerve cells to action parts of the body, such as the eyes or the muscles in the hands or legs. Because many of these messages from the brain must travel relatively long distances, myelin is critical for impulse conduction (see Figure 1.3). In MS, myelin is the primary target of an attack by the body's immune system, although damage to the underlying nerve is now known to occur. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune (self-immune) disease, because the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy myelin.

Glutamine Glutamic acid and Ornithine aKetoglutarate Figure

Following conversion to glutamic acid and subsequently a-ketoglutarate, glutamine may supplement intermediates of the citrate cycle. In this manner glutamine serves as the preferred fuel for rapidly dividing cells of, for example, the immune system cells and intestinal mucosa. In the brain glutamic acid is the most abundant excitatory neurotransmit-ter and the precursor for gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is an important inhibitory neurotransmitter. Glutamine is a direct precursor for purine and pyr-imidine and therefore is involved in RNA and DNA synthesis and cell proliferation. In addition it is a constituent of the tripeptide glutathione, which is the principal intracellular antioxidant in eukaryotes (see also sections on cysteine and glycine).

Cytokine Research And Biomarker Discovery

A study, investigating a total of 162 potential biomarkers in serum and saliva and their association with specific SS-related autoimmune manifestations, concluded that based on correlation networks, processes related to the adaptive immune system promote SS with strong involvement of Th2-related proteins.42 These proteins also demonstrated a strong association with hyposalivation (Fig. 2). Furthermore, autoimmune manifestations of SS were highly independent of each other and most likely are associated with different immunologic processes (see Fig. 2).42

What Else May Be Important In Causing Multiple Sclerosis

The combination of unidentified genes, geographic location, and an abnormal immune response to myelin has led scientists to consider that MS may be caused by a virus. Some viruses can infect the CNS, including, in rare instances, viruses that cause common childhood diseases. Polio, a once-common scourge that has been virtually eradicated in industrialized nations, was, like MS, more common in temperate climates than in the tropics. One hypothesis is that paralytic polio does not develop in the less stringent sanitary conditions and close living arrangements that are common in warmer climates and favor the occurrence of infections earlier in childhood, when maternal antibodies are still present and paralysis is much less likely. Scientists have also speculated that MS results from altered immune response to Other pieces of the puzzle remain unsolved as well. During their reproductive years, women are more susceptible to MS than men. Female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone,...

Chemical Components

Beta-carotene comes in natural and synthetic forms, with the natural form being derived mainly from algal sources and consisting of roughly equal amount of 9-c s and all-trans isomers, with small amounts of the 13-c s isomer. Synthetic beta-carotene is primarily composed of the all-trans isomer with small residues of the 13-c s isomer (PDRHealth 2005). Although all-trans beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, which plays an essential role in vision, growth, reproduction, immune function and maintenance of the skin and mucous membranes (see Vitamin A monograph), the 9-c s isomer is not converted into vitamin A but does act as an antioxidant (Ben-Amotz & Levy 1996).

Consumer groups at risk of foodborne illness 221 Infants and children

Certain consumer groups are at high risk for acquiring foodborne illnesses. For example, infants and children are more highly susceptible to infections because of their immunological naivety. Repeated exposure to pathogens or immunizations creates antigenic memory as adaptive immunity matures. Therefore, the younger the child, the less able it is to mount a productive immune response to prevent illness from occurring. Even small doses of pathogen may be sufficient to infect infants and young children. And, as expected, the propensity to be exposed is greater for infants and young children who are cared for by providers with poor hygiene habits or from cross-exposure to other children in environments such as daycare centers. This is confirmed by FoodNet data which show that incidence of foodborne illness from the fecal pathogens Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella and Yersinia were common in children aged 0 to 4 years (FoodNet, 2005) (see Table 2.2). In 2002, bacterial sepsis was the...

Biology Of Adenoviruses

Adenoviruses are a group of double-stranded DNA viruses that infect a variety of vertebrate hosts, including rodents, chickens and primates. Human Ad have been isolated from several sources including the upper respiratory tracts of military recruits with respiratory infections, adenoids, conjunctiva, and the stool of infants with diarrhea (7). As with other viruses, there is an immune response to Ad infection that includes the production of neutralizing antibodies, defined as antibodies which prevent Ad infection in vitro. Neutralizing sera have been used to distinguish 49 different adenovirus serotypes, which are divided into subgroups A through E (8). The presence of antibodies against one serotype generally protects against reinfection by the same serotype. In the context of gene therapy, serotypes 5 and 2 of the subgroup C have been used most because their structure and biology is well described and there are convenient biological reagents available to produce recombinant subgroup...

Isdn Versus Classical Chinese Acupuncture And Triggerpoint Medicine

Acupuncture is one of the oldest techniques of sports medicine. From its beginnings more than 2500 years ago, traditional Chinese acupuncture was an indispensable part of Chinese martial arts. All the martial arts masters were also masters of acupuncture, and they used acupuncture to treat injuries incurred in the practice of martial arts. Contemporary ISDN is not the same as traditional acupuncture. The cornerstone of Chinese acupuncture, which has guided clinical acupuncturists for at least 2500 years with remarkable efficacy, is the so-called meridian theory the theory that energy flows through pathways, or meridians, in the body. Careful research has shown that the notion of meridians is in fact invented, though it is derived from a combination of physiologic and anatomic features of the nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine, and immune systems. Although ISDN originated in traditional Chinese methods, it has developed from the ancient empirical approach to become a modern medical art...

Alcohol And Aids Alcohol and AIDS

(acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) from infection with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) are each separately agents that cause suppression of immune function. Therefore regular use of alcohol by people infected with HIV should be more suppressive than either alone. Some of the most interesting questions about infection with HIV including the following Why does progression to AIDS after HIV infection vary in length of time from under 1 year to 15 years of more Does inhibition of mental functions by heavy alcohol use increase risky sexual behaviors and thus the chance of becoming infected with HIV Does alcohol use or abuse affect the production of the virus or the invasion of cells by the virus Cocaine and other drugs of abuse are commonly used along with alcoholic beverages. They appear to synergize in terms of affecting behavior, thereby enhancing the risk of HIV infection should one be exposed. In addition, studies in the laboratory have shown that alcohol use increases the...

Cell Adhesion Molecules

To and migrate through a vessel wall during an immune response. After floating in the bloodstream and arriving at a target location such as an infected area, leukocytes must attach to the inner vascular wall, then slip through the vascular tissue. This three-part process (see Figure 6.2 adapted from reference 8) consists of (a) transient interactions between selectins and integrins on the leukocytes and vascular cells, which pull leukocytes from the circulation and initiate their rolling along the vascular wall (b) interactions with chemotactic proteins secreted by vascular cells, which cause leukocytes to creep along the vascular wall toward the site of infection and The process illustrated in Figure 6.2 is of interest not only because it is important in the immune response, but also because it is likely that blood-borne tumor cells bind, creep, and stop at a me-tastatic site in a similar fashion. In other words, integrins, selectins, and the im-munoglobulin superfamily of adhesion...

Anticarcinogenic Activity

Whether beta-carotene has anticancer properties in humans is unclear. It has been suggested any such effects could be mediated through multiple mechanisms that may include antioxidant activity preventing oxidative damage to DNA and inhibition of lipid peroxidation, stimulation of gap junction communication, effects on cell transformation and differentiation, inhibition of cell proliferation and oncogene expression, effects on immune function and inhibition of endogenous formation of It has further been suggested that beta-carotene may increase lung cancer risk in smokers because of its ability to improve lung function. Thus smokers supplemented with beta-carotene may have increased lung capacity, resulting in deeper breathing of carcinogens and other oxidants. It is also suggested that beta-carotene may improve smokers' immune responses and thus reduce the number of days they suffered from upper respiratory tract infections and enabling them to smoke more (Bendich 2004).

Individuals with chronic disease

Transplant surgery, like all major surgeries, leads to short periods of immune suppression during which the patient may be at increased risk for infection (Cryer, 2000). Graft survival rate has greatly improved since the introduction of cyclosporine. However, pharmacological suppression of the immune system can lead to infection, a leading cause of mortality in kidney transplant patients HIV infection is characterized by gradual loss of immune function because of destruction of CD4 T lymphocytes. The onset of symptomatic AIDS results in increased risk of opportunistic infections that may be life-threatening (Sneller and Lane, 2001). Patients who are successfully receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) may not be at increased risk for foodborne illnesses since severe immune suppression is not typical until the symptomatic phase of HIV infection is marked by low T cell counts (Crowe and Mills, 2001).

Immunoglobulin Superfamily of Adhesion Molecules

The immunoglobulin superfamily of cell adhesion molecules contains the evolutionary precursors of the immune system. The most studied groups of immu-noglobulin adhesion molecules are N-CAMs (found in nervous tissue), intercellular cell adhesion molecules (ICAMs), vascular cell adhesion molecules (VCAMs), and platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecules (PE-CAMs). All of these play a role in assisting immune cells and cancer cells to arrest at a target location on the vascular wall. The synthesis of many of these is upregu-lated by NF-kB, as discussed above, and inhibitors of NF-kB may reduce their expression.

Answers To Patients Frequently Asked Questions

Beta-carotene supplementation will ensure you maintain adequate vitamin A levels, as well as possibly assist in preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease, help maintain a healthy immune system, prevent sunburn and photoageing of the skin, assist with asthma, and deal with oxidative stress. When will it start to work

Vectors with Additional Early Gene Deletions

First-generation Ad vectors permit limited Ad gene expression and DNA replication, which probably contributes to the immune response against the vector. In addition, the possibility of making RCA during propagation is a potentially dangerous feature. By making additional mutations or deletions in the Ad genome, both of these problems can be avoided. One implementation is to make an E1 vector with an E2A mutation that renders the vector replication incompetent at 37 C (90). Such temperature-sensitive vectors can be propagated at 32 C but cannot replicate in the mammalian host at 37 C, even if E1-like activities are present. Further, if homologous recombination in 293 cells during production results in a E1 + viral genome, the ability to replicate in a mammalian host is not restored. In vivo studies show that this defect reduces the inflammatory response following vector administration and

Helperdependent Vectors

On the premise that any adenoviral gene expression would cause an immune response, some investigators have developed methods to eliminate all the adenovirus genes from the vector. In fact, the size constraints imposed by some large genes such as dystrophin require that most of the Ad genome be deleted simply to make space for the therapeutic gene (103). An additional benefit of the higher capacity is the possibility of using the endogenous promoter and control elements such as matrix attachment regions to exactly regulate the expression level of the therapeutic gene (104). But deletion of all adenovirus genes requires that those functions be provided in trans for vector production. This is achieved by using helper viruses that are deficient in packaging. In an early implementation, a helper virus with defective packaging signals was used that is packaged into virion with much lower efficiency than the therapeutic virus, which has two intact packaging signals. By this method, a mixed...

Definitions and Etiology

In contrast, in an inflammatory arthritis such as RA there is a systemic illness with inflammation of many joints, usually the small joints of the hands, wrists and feet, often spreading to include the knees and hips. There is evidence of a systemic immune response, with activation of clones of autoreactive T cells and increased production of many cytokines, including interleukin (iL)-1 , tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-a, iL-6, and others. There is also activation of the acute-phase response, with reduced albumin synthesis and increased production of fibrinogen, C reactive protein, and other acute-phase reactants. The systemic inflammation leads to altered energy and protein metabolism and wasting of body cell mass and muscle mass, described as 'rheumatoid cachexia.'

Introductionadhesion And Metastasis

Cell adhesion plays a vital role in normal cell function, including embryonic development, immune function and wound healing as well as in pathological processes such as inflammation, thrombosis and tumour metastasis (1-4). Metastasis is the principal reason for death from cancer. This phenomenon is defined as the transfer of malignant tumour cells from the primary site of growth to another organ or part of the organ not directly connected with it. Since as many as 50 of patients who present with solid cancers already have metastases (5) it is hoped that an understanding of the mechanisms involved in the biology of the process may enable us to develop novel strategies for treatment.

Allergies To Alcohol

DRUGS In addition to ALCOHOL, OPIATES, and BARBITURATES, some street drugs have been reported to induce allergic reactions. These allergic phenomena are most frequently mediated by reactions of the immune system known as immediate hypersensitivity and delayed hypersensitivity. Immediate hypersensitivity is mediated by the serum protein immunoglobulin E(IgE), whereas delayed hypersensitivity is mediated by thymus-derived lymphocytes (the white blood cells called T cells).

What causes the inflammation in the plaque

Macrophages monocytes from the blood stream that have been turned on by interacting with lymphocytes. Monocytes part of the human immune system that protects against infections and moves quickly to sites of infection. Monocytes are responsible for phagocytosis, or digestion, of foreign substances in the body. proteins made by the immune system to defend against infectious agents. At times, antibody may be directed against our own tissues, resulting in autoimmune disease. Antibody is produced when B-cells are stimulated by antigen.

The Natural History of Atopic Diseases

Although wide individual variations may be observed, atopic phenotypes tend to be related to the first decades of life, and thereby to the maturation of the immune system. In general, no clinical symptoms are detectable at birth and although the production of IgE starts in the 11th week of gestation, no specific sensitization to food or inhalant allergens as measured by elevated serum IgE antibodies can be detected in cord blood with standard methods.

The Future Of Multiple Sclerosis Treatments

Restoring normal immune tolerance to myelin without disturbing other functions of the immune system is the ultimate goal of therapy. As more is understood about the natural mechanisms for establishing and maintaining this tolerance, new drugs will be designed to treat MS. Our knowledge of immune regulation is built partly on the tremendous strides made in this century in augmenting with vaccines the immune system's ability to fight infectious diseases that once were uniformly fatal or disabling. Strategies for treating MS and other autoimmune diseases, and for tolerating transplanted organs, may include vaccines to train the immune system not to react.

First Stage of Wound Healing

Illaries become leaky and allow certain blood components to escape into the extracellular space. This creates localized swelling, or edema. Increased vascular permeability is a very important requirement for angiogenesis and in fact may be its rate-limiting step. Increased vascular permeability is initially induced by the release of histamine from circulating immune cells (basophils) and ruptured or activated mast cells. (Mast cells are basophils that reside in connective tissue.) Increased permeability is further induced by blood components that leave the vessel to enter the extracellular space. One group of these blood components consists of proteins of the complement system, a series of proteins produced during an immune response that help immune cells search out and destroy foreign particles. In so doing, they stimulate mast cells to release more histamine. Prostanoids include prostaglandins and thromboxanes. Prostaglandins, the first eicosanoids to be recognized, derive their...

What Is An Allergic Reaction

An allergy is an abnormal, inappropriate, exaggerated reaction of the immune system subsequent to contact with a foreign protein. These foreign proteins, usually well tolerated by the healthy population, are known as allergens. The term hypersensitivity is often used as a synonym for allergy. All patients with an anaphylactic or allergic reaction should have a subsequent allergy work-up by a trained specialist. This assessment relies on a good history, skin prick tests, serum IgE measurement, and, in selected cases, oral food challenges. The patient should be advised on how to avoid the allergen, and how to handle an accidental reaction. There is no specific treatment for food allergy, but numerous novel strategies for efficient therapy are being studied, such as sublingual oral immunotherapy, injection of anti-IgE antibodies, cytokine anticytokine therapies, Chinese herbal therapies, and immunotherapies with engineered proteins and strategic immunomodulators (Sicherer & Sampson,...

Decreasing Vector Elimination

A number of approaches have been developed that should reduce the immune response to Ad vectors, prolong transgene expression, and enhance the efficiency of readministration. The basic hypothesis is that by reducing adenoviral gene expression, there should be a decrease in the host response to the vector and an increase in persistence. This is observed in some experimental animal models but not others. The basic problem posed by these data is whether prolonged persistence and reduced host response will be observed in humans with an administration route compatible with treatment. The only way to answer this question will be to perform the appropriate clinical studies in humans.

Autism Society of America Foundation ASAF

Babesiosis (babesiasis) A rare, sometimes fatal disease caused by a tick-borne virus similar to both lyme disease and human granulocytic ehrlichiosis (HGE). Also known as Nantucket fever, it is most often seen in the elderly and those with impaired immune systems. Severe cases have been diagnosed in those who have had their spleen removed. Babesiosis typically causes mild illness in otherwise healthy people, but it can be overwhelming to those with impaired immune systems. Within one to 12 months after infection, symptoms appear, including fever, fatigue, and hemolytic anemia lasting from several days to several months. A person may also have the disease with no symptoms at all. It is not known if a past infection renders a patient immune.

The Fourstage Intervention

The first intervention occurs before the patients ever arrive and involves the therapist paying attention to the medical comfort needs of the patients. Patients with compromised immune systems may need to have bottled water available. Patients on multiple medications may need to have snacks to take medication during the group time, and they may need to have a convenient bathroom easily available. Patients may not be able to walk stairs or navigate large parking garages.

Hope through Research

Progress in multiple sclerosis (MS) research is being made at a remarkable rate. Twenty years ago, very little was known about the regulation of the immune system, and before the approval of Betaseron in 1993, no therapy had ever proved capable of changing the underlying course of MS. Now five approved, disease-modifying drugs are available to treat individuals with Ms. But the work in Ms research is not over. scientists are closer than ever to understanding the underlying cause of Ms, and finding additional treatments for all forms of Ms. Research efforts sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), private drug and biotechnology companies, and other Ms agencies around the world are contributing to this progress.

Medical And Nonmedical Uses

AASs are prescribed by physicians to treat a variety of medical conditions (Bagatell & Bremner, 1996). The most accepted use is for treating boys and men unable to produce normal levels of their own testosterone, a condition known as testosterone deficiency or hypogonadism. AASs are also used to treat a rare skin condition called hereditary angioedema, certain forms of anemia (deficiency of red blood cells), advanced breast cancer, and endometriosis (a painful condition in females in which tissue usually found only in the uterus develops in other body parts). AASs are also combined with female hormones to treat distressing symptoms that can accompany menopause. Experimentally, AASs have been used to treat a condition in which bone loss occurs (osteoporosis), to treat impotency and low sexual desire, and as a male birth control pill. In addition, AASs have been used in the treatment of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) to stimulate appetite, weight gain, strength, and...

Allostasis and allostatic load

The response of the corticotropin system is a particularly good example of allostatic regulation. For example, glucocorticoids released in response to challenge mobilize energy stores and act in the brain to influence locomotion and arousal, in part by regulating corticotropin pathways in distinct nuclei. These effects are adaptive when increased activity is needed such as escape from a predator. In the event that increased glucocorticoid production continues unchecked, allostatic load may occur with the development of pathological abnormalities such as increased fat deposition, decreased immune function, or impaired cognitive function.

Basic Inner Ear Immunology

Due to substantial research efforts, it is now well accepted that the inner ear is fully capable of generating an immune response and that this immune response can be destructive to the Further research has elucidated the basic steps in this inner ear response. Once an antigen enters the inner ear, it must be identified and processed by immunocompetent cells to initiate the cascade of events in the immune response. In the inner ear, the endolymphatic sac has been implicated as the main antigen-processing site, with blockage or destruction of the endolymphatic sac resulting in a decreased local and systemic immune response following inner ear antigen challenges (15,16). Once the antigen has been processed by cells within and around the endolymphatic sac, these immunocompetent cells release cytokines in order to upregulate the immune response. Of these cytokines, interleukin-1 (IL-1) and interleukin-2 (IL-2) have been identified early in the cascade of events within the inner ear. IL-1...

Animal Models for AIED

Animal models have definitively demonstrated that the immune response of the inner ear can lead to reversible or permanent damage to the delicate inner ear structures. One of the first animal models for AIED was developed by Beickert who immunized guinea pigs with homologous inner ear tissue. Although the guinea pigs developed cochlear lesions, hearing loss was not demonstrated and antibodies to inner ear antigens were not identified (24).

Clinical Trials With Modified Adenoviruses

RGDTKSSTR was used to demonstrate an important aspect of fiber modified Ads. Neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) are the main component of the humoral immune system responsible for inhibition of Ad infection, and are present in a large proportion of the population. Further, NAb titers are quickly induced following treatment with Ad (127). Many NAbs are conformation sensitive, and when the fiber shape is changed slightly, such as when incorporating a targeting moiety, partial escape from NAbs can be seen

Assessment Of Substance Abuse Hiv Risk Assessment Battery

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Can Early Exposure to Infections Be Protective

Another aspect is that the intestinal microflora might well be the major source of microbial stimulation of the immune system in early childhood. Also, the intestinal microflora could enhance Th1-type responses. The results of a comparative study of Estonian and Swedish children demonstrated that there are indeed differences in the intestinal microflora. In Estonia, the typical microflora includes more lactobacilli and fewer clostridia, which is associated with a lower prevalence of atopic disease 16 . Although these observations on the relationship between immune responses to infectious agents and atopic sensitization and disease expression are most stimulating and challenging, conclusions regarding their relevance for the atopic march should be drawn with care. In different parts of the world, completely different infectious agents have been addressed in different study settings. It appears to be quite fashionable to join Rook and Stanford 15 , who in a recent review article in...

A problem of epidemic proportions

How many seniors suffer or die because B12 deficiency impairs their minds and wreaks havoc on their hearts, blood vessels, and nervous and immune systems The data we've seen indicate that there are millions enough to have a huge impact on medical care expenses in the United States, and to touch almost every family in some way. As we noted in the last chapter, between 15 and 40 percent of people over sixty have low serum B12 levels. This means that at least one in seven people over sixty and possibly as many as four in ten are at risk of suffering from

Inflammatory Response

These early immune reactions give way, in the second and third week postburn, to injury immuno-suppression. This takes the form of reduced responsiveness of lymphocytes, impaired production of IL-2, and changes in immune cell phenotypes. Burn injury inhibits the T-helper 1 response but promotes a T-helper 2 response. As a result, IL-2 and interferon (IFN-7) production is reduced, which increases the risk of infection. Membrane lipid composition also influences lymphocyte and macrophage functions in terms of signaling and eicosaniod production. There is a reduction in n-6 (mainly arachi-donic) fatty acids and an increase in PGE2, which can lead to immunosuppression. Dietary replacement of n-6 by n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) reduces immunosuppression by altering membrane composition and eicosanoid series production. Nutritional studies have focused on the influence that enteral feed composition has on immune function so-called immune-enhancing diets. The theoretical elements...