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    Keywords: brain ; APOPTOSIS ; EXPRESSION ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; Germany ; DISEASE ; MORTALITY ; PROTEIN ; RESOLUTION ; MICE ; TUMOR-NECROSIS-FACTOR ; NITRIC-OXIDE ; murine ; T-CELLS ; NUMBER ; RATES ; NECROSIS-FACTOR-ALPHA ; IMMUNE-RESPONSE ; CENTRAL-NERVOUS-SYSTEM ; pathology ; TNF-ALPHA ; protein expression ; TNF ; FACTOR-ALPHA ; SYNTHASE ; development ; REACTIVE OXYGEN ; PHASE ; NITRIC-OXIDE-SYNTHASE ; NECROSIS-FACTOR ; TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR ; nitric oxide synthase ; brain abscess ; INTRACEREBRAL IMMUNE-RESPONSE ; NEUTROPHIL APOPTOSIS ; RECEPTOR-TYPE 1 ; Staphylococcus aureus ; TOXOPLASMA ENCEPHALITIS
    Abstract: Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) is a central mediator of the immune response to pathogens, but may also exert neurotoxic effects, thereby contributing to immunopathology. To define the role of TNF during the course of brain abscess, TNF-deficient (TNF0/0) truce were stereotaxically infected with Staphylococcus (S.) aureus-laden agarose beads. In comparison to 100% survival of wild type (WT) mice, TNF0/0 mice displayed high mortality rates (54%) in the initial phase of abscess development as well as significantly increased morbidity in the course of the disease. The worse clinical outcome was due to an increased intracerebral (i.e.) bacterial load in TNF0/0 mice as compared to WT mice. The impaired control of S. aureus was associated with reduced inductible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) mRNA and protein expression in TNF0/0 mice. Similarly, numbers of inflammatory leukocytes, cytokine expression of IL-6, IL-12p40, IFNgamma, IL-1beta mRNA, and brain edema were significantly increased in TNF0/0 mice as compared to WT animals. In addition, resolution of i.e. infiltrates was delayed in TNF0/0 mice correlating with reduced apoptosis of inflammatory leukocytes and formation of a fibrous abscess capsule. Collectively, these data demonstrate that TNF is of key importance for the control of S. aureus-induced brain abscess and regulates the ensuing host immune response
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15715082
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    Keywords: proliferation ; SYSTEM ; DISEASE ; PROTEIN ; MICE ; PATIENT ; MARKER ; ANTIGEN ; ANTIGENS ; T cell ; T cells ; T-CELL ; T-CELLS ; culture ; antibodies ; antibody ; MOUSE ; NERVOUS-SYSTEM ; LESIONS ; NUMBER ; COMPONENT ; DAMAGE ; cytoskeleton ; NETHERLANDS ; CD8(+) ; CENTRAL-NERVOUS-SYSTEM ; pathology ; AMYOTROPHIC-LATERAL-SCLEROSIS ; MULTIPLE-SCLEROSIS ; INTERFERON-GAMMA ; inflammation ; CD4(+) T-CELLS ; AUTOIMMUNE ENCEPHALOMYELITIS ; SERUM ; AUTOIMMUNITY ; IMMUNIZATION ; CYTOKINE ; RECOMBINANT ; RE ; SERUM ANTIBODIES ; LEVEL ; multiple sclerosis ; USA ; animal model ; central nervous system ; DEGENERATION ; EXPERIMENTAL ALLERGIC ENCEPHALOMYELITIS ; correlates ; SENSORY NEURONOPATHY ; axonal damage ; MS LESIONS ; neurofilament light ; PROGRESSIVE MULTIPLE-SCLEROSIS ; spastic paresis
    Abstract: Axonal damage is the major cause of irreversible neurologic disability in patients with multiple sclerosis. Although axonal damage correlates with antibodies against neurotilament light (NF-L) protein, a major component of the axonal cytoskeleton, the possible pathogenic role of autoirnmunity to axonal antigens such as NF-L has so far been ignored. Here we show that Biozzi ABH mice immunized with NF-L protein develop neurologic disease characterized by spastic paresis and paralysis concomitant with axonal degeneration and inflammation primarily in the dorsal column of the spinal cord. The inflammatory central nervous system lesions were dominated by F4/80' macrophages/microglia and relatively low numbers of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-cells. In splenocyte cultures, proliferation to NF-L was observed in CD4(+) T-cells accompanied by the production of the proinflammatory cytokine interferon-gamma. Elevated levels of circulating antibodies recognizing recombinant mouse NF-L were present in the serum, and immunoglobulin deposits were observed within axons in spinal cord lesions of mice exhibiting clinical disease. These data provide evidence that autoimmunity to NF-L protein induces axonal degeneration and clinical neurologic disease in mice, indicating that autoimmunity to axonal antigens, as described in multiple sclerosis, may be pathogenic rather than acting merely as a surrogate marker for axonal degeneration
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17413320
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    Keywords: APOPTOSIS ; CELLS ; INHIBITOR ; MODEL ; DISEASE ; DAMAGE ; CALCIUM ; MULTIPLE-SCLEROSIS ; inflammation ; SPINAL-CORD ; neurodegeneration ; ENCEPHALOMYELITIS ; DEMYELINATION ; AXONAL-INJURY ; Calpain ; GANGLION-CELL DEATH ; Optic neuritis ; Retinal ganglion cells
    Abstract: Optic neuritis is a common manifestation of multiple sclerosis, an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the CNS. Recently, the neurodegenerative component of multiple sclerosis has come under focus particularly because permanent disability in patients correlates well with neurodegeneration; and observations in both humans and multiple sclerosis animal models highlight neurodegeneration of retinal ganglion cells as an early event. After myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein immunization of Brown Norway rats, significant retinal ganglion cell loss precedes the onset of pathologically defined autoimmune optic neuritis. To study the role calcium and calpain activation may play in mediating early degeneration, manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging was used to monitor preclinical calcium elevations in the retina and optic nerve of myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein-immunized Brown Norway rats. Calcium elevation correlated with an increase in calpain activation during the induction phase of optic neuritis, as revealed by increased calpain-specific cleavage of spectrin. The relevance of early calpain activation to neurodegeneration during disease induction was addressed by performing treatment studies with the calpain inhibitor calpeptin. Treatment not only reduced calpain activity but also protected retinal ganglion cells from preclinical degeneration. These data indicate that elevation of retinal calcium levels and calpain activation are early events in autoimmune optic neuritis, providing a potential therapeutic target for neuroprotection.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23860028
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