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The immune system has three primary roles in the prevention of tumors. First, the immune system can protect the host from virus-induced tumors by eliminating or suppressing viral infections. Second, the timely elimination of pathogens and prompt resolution of inflammation can prevent the establishment of an inflammatory environment conducive to tumorigenesis. Third, the immune system can specifically identify and eliminate tumor cells on the basis of their expression of tumor-specific antigens or molecules induced by cellular stress. The evolution of the cancer immunoediting concept from the older and perhaps more controversial ‘cancer immunosurveillance’ hypothesis has helped interpret the predictive and prognostic significance of immune infiltrates[..]

Cancer immunotherapy attempts to exploit the exquisite power and specificity of the immune system for the treatment of malignancy. Although cancer cells are less immunogenic than pathogens, the immune system is clearly capable of recognizing and eliminating tumour cells. However, tumors frequently interfere with the development and function of immune responses. Thus, the challenge for immunotherapy is to use advances in cellular and molecular immunology to develop strategies that effectively and safely augment antitumour responses. By contrast, the immune system has evolved strategies, largely in response to infections, to efficiently search for and specifically destroy diseased targets. Advances in cellular and molecular immunology have provides enormous insights[..]

Tumour cells characteristically provides their own growth signals, and ignore growth-inhibitory signals, avoid cell death, replicate without limits, sustain angiogenesis, and invade tissues through basement membranes and capillary walls. Where as cancer immunosurveillance predicts that the immune system can recognize precursors of cancer and, in most cases, destroy these precursors before they become clinically apparent. But sometimes tumour cells use to escape these innate and adaptive immune responses by immunoselection (that is, selection of non-immunogenic tumour-cell variants, a process that is also known as immunoediting) or by immunosubversion (that is, active suppression of the immune response) and heads towards a difficult situation which is refer as[..]

Specific T cell populations have suppressive/regulatory cells known as Regulatory T-cell or Tregs (Previously known as suppressor T-cell). Among them CD4+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) basically has two different subsets Tr1 and Th3 cells which are differentiated by their distinct suppressive mechanisms. The thymus-derived Tregs or natural Tregs (nTregs) express CD4 and high CD25 with FOXP3 (Forkhead Box-P3) to be a key regulatory gene (Ref.1). Apart from these, other markers of Treg include CTLA4 (Cytotoxic T-Lymphocyte-Associated protein-4), GITR (Glucocorticoid-Induced TNFR-Related protein) and LAG-3 (Lymphocyte Activation Gene-3). Treg cells are implicated in the development of autoimmunity, allergy and rejection of organ transplants, as well as the[..]

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is the most common pancreatic neoplasm and as its name suggests it arises from ductal epithelial cells of the pancreas. Other subtypes of pancreatic neoplasms include benign and malignant cystic lesions, mucin producing tumor, acinar cell carcinoma, adenosquamous carcinoma, lymphomas and sarcomas. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma evolves from a progressive cascade of cellular, morphological and architectural changes from normal ductal epithelium through preneoplastic lesions termed PanIN (Pancreatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia). These PanIN lesions are in turn associated with somatic alterations in canonical oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. The molecular pathogenesis of human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma involves the temporal[..]

Auxin is a classic Phytohormone involved in a myriad of Developmental and Environmental Processes: Embryo Patterning, Cell Division and Elongation, Vascular Differentiation, Lateral Root Initiation, Gravitropism, and Phototropism. Though many natural and synthetic compounds exhibit Auxin-like activity in bioassays, IAA (Indole-3-Acetic Acid) is recognized as the key Auxin in most plants. IAA gene family consists of over 20 members in Arabidopsis. The physiologically active form is the free acid, but IAA can also be found in different conjugated forms, including Ester-types with the Carboxyl group linked via Oxygen to a Sugar (for example Glucose) and Amide-types with the Carboxyl group forming an Amide (Peptide bond) to Amino Acids or Polypeptides. Plants use several[..]

Cholesterol is an important component of cell membrane, and a precursor of Steroid hormones, vitamin D3, and Biliairy Acids. Cell Cholesterol homeostasis is under the control of endogenous Cholesterol synthesis, Cholesterol secretion, and of Lipoprotein Receptor activities that enrich the cell in Cholesterol. Lipoprotein Receptors play an important role in Lipoprotein metabolism and in Cellular Cholesterol homeostasis. LDLs (Low Density Lipoproteins) are the major carriers of Cholesterol as CE (Cholesteryl Esters) in humans. Elevated LDL Cholesterol (>130-160 mg/dl) is one of the major risk factors for CHD (Coronary Heart Disease). For every 1% increase in LDL-Cholesterol, the risk for CHD is increased by 1%-2%. Furthermore, reduction of LDL-Cholesterol[..]

Retinoic Acid, the active form of Vitamin-A (all-trans-Retinol), is a lipophilic molecule, and is known to affect gene transcription. Retinoic Acid is made available in the body through dietary intake and subsequent metabolism in the liver. Vitamin-A is secreted from its storage pools and circulates in blood. In the liver Vitamin-A is converted to all-trans-Retinoic acid, the Carboxylic Acid form of Vitamin-A and diffuses easily to the target tissues through cellular membranes; gets bound to CRABP (Cellular Retinoic Acid Binding Protein) and produces its biological effects through the activation of RARs (Retinoic Acid Receptors). Although biologically active ligands for the RARs also include 9-cis-Retinoic Acid among others, yet circulating levels of 9-cis-Retinoic[..]

Vitamin-A (all-trans-Retinol), one of the essential micronutrient in the human is obtained chiefly in form of Retinyl Esters from meat, and Carotenoids, such as Beta-Carotene, from plant tissue. Beta-carotene and other Carotenoids are converted by the body into Retinol and are referred to as Provitamin-A Carotenoids. Hundreds of different Carotenoids are synthesized by plants, but only about 10 percent of them are Provitamin-A Carotenoids (Ref.1). The main site for synthesis and storage of Vitamin-A is in the liver. The pRBPs (Plasma Retinol-Binding Proteins) and Ttr (Transthyretin) facilitate the transfer of insoluble Vitamin-A between tissues, principally from storage sites in the liver to peripheral tissues. In the absence of pRBPs and Ttr the supply of Vitamin-A to[..]

Microorganisms have developed several mechanisms to survive in their hosts' environments. These include competition with their hosts for metal acquisition and resistance to host defenses such as NO (Nitric Oxide), a cytotoxic weapon generated by macrophages. In eukaryotic cells, NO is metabolically produced by NOS (NO Synthase) from L-Arginine, O2 (Molecular Oxygen), and NADPH (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, Reduced). In macrophages, an inducible NO synthase (iNOS or NOS2) is produced after activation by endotoxins or cytokines and generates copious amounts of NO presumably to help kill or inhibit the growth of invading microorganisms or neoplastic tissue. Although iNOS was originally identified and characterized in macrophages, it is present in numerous cell types[..]

NO (Nitric Oxide) is a short-lived free radical gas involved in diverse physiological and pathological processes. It is produced along with L-Citrulline by the oxidation of L-Arginine and catalyzed by three different isoforms of NOS (NO Synthase). Type-I nNOS (neuronal NOS) and Type-III eNOS (endothelial NOS) are constitutively expressed as latent enzymes and require a higher concentration of Ca2+ for the enzyme activity. In contrast, Type-II iNOS (inducible NOS) is Ca2+ independent because it’s high affinity for Ca2+/Calm (Calmodulin) renders the enzyme active even at basal levels of intracellular Ca2+ . The catalysis of this reaction requires a number of essential cofactors such as mononucleotide, FAD (Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide), and NADPH (Nicotinamide Adenine[..]

Simple eukaryotes such as yeasts and molds encode multiple PAKs (p21-Activated Kinases) that, like their orthologs in other systems, act downstream of Rho-family GTPases. All PAKs contain an N-terminal PBD (p21 GTPase-Binding-Domain), which confers binding to small GTPases such as CDC42 (Cell Division Cycle-42) or Rac, and a C-terminal protein kinase domain, but they do not bind to Rho, Ras, or other small G-proteins. CDC42 and Rac bind in a GTP-dependent fashion to a highly conserved sequence, referred to as the CRIB (CDC42 and Rac Interactive Binding) domain, found in the N-terminal regulatory domains of all characterized PAKs (Ref.1).The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe encodes two PAK kinases–Pak1/Shk1 and Pak2/Shk2–both of which, like their[..]

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