Human milk can neutralize Coxsackievirus B4 in vitro.
ABSTRACT The role of enteroviruses in type 1 diabetes has long been suspected. A lower risk of type 1 diabetes is associated with breastfeeding, which could be due to a protective effect against enteroviruses. The neutralizing activity of breast milk against CVB4, a representative of enteroviruses was investigated in this study in vitro. Breast milk was cytotoxic to Hep-2 cells up to a dilution of 1/32, whereas the aqueous fraction obtained after centrifugation was not cytotoxic; although it inhibited the cytopathic effect of CVB4 on Hep-2 cell monolayers. The anti-CVB4 neutralizing activity of aqueous fractions of breast milk from 49 donors living in Northern France and 15 donors living in Congo, where enteroviral infections are more prevalent, were determined. The levels of colostrum activity expressed as titre ranged from <2 to 32 in 36% of the donors from France whereas they were >128 in every donor from Congo. Pasteurized colostrum had a lower anti-CVB4 activity compared to fresh samples (P < 0.0001, n = 49). The treatment of colostrum samples with jacalin-coated beads that bind specifically to human IgA, showed that IgA plays a role in anti-CVB4 activity. There was no correlation between the neutralizing activities of breast milk and serum (P = 0.37, n = 25). The current study showed that the variations in anti-CVB4 activity in breast milk can be attributed to environmental and living conditions. Whether a low protective activity of breast milk against enteroviruses expose newborns to a higher risk of type 1 diabetes deserves further investigation. J. Med. Virol. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: At the clinical onset of type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D), enterovirus (EV) infections are suspected to play a role. EVs in blood are seen as a possible biomarker of T1D. EV infections may occur in temporal and geographic clusters and may spread within families. OBJECTIVE: We checked whether EVs were present in the blood of newly diagnosed diabetic probands and of their consenting siblings and parents. We aimed at evaluating the frequency of EV infection, whether infections were spreading within families, and which EV species were involved. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Blood was drawn from 24 newly diagnosed diabetic children/adolescents and their family members (20 siblings and 41 parents). Blood donors and non-diabetic children/adolescents diagnosed with overweight/short stature were used as controls. RNA was extracted from plasma/leukocytes. Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assays capable of detecting virtually all EV types and of giving preliminary species identification were used. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: EV genomes were found in the blood of 19 of 24 (79%) diabetics, 12 of 20 (60%) non-diabetic siblings, 26 of 41 (63%) parents, and 1 of 29 (3%) pediatric controls. EVs of the A, B, C, and D species were detected, with the B and C species more prevalent. Probands and virus-positive members of each family consistently shared the same EV species. During follow-up, 4 of 20 (20%) siblings of diabetic probands developed T1D with a latency of 3-25 months. In conclusion, infection by different EV species is highly prevalent at the clinical onset and extends to family members. EV may represent a precipitating factor of T1D. However, the disease only develops in a subset of infected individuals.Pediatric Diabetes 06/2013; · 2.13 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Abstract Breastfeeding protects the neonate against pathogen infection. Major mechanisms of protection include human milk glycoconjugates functioning as soluble receptor mimetics that inhibit pathogen binding to the mucosal cell surface, prebiotic stimulation of gut colonization by favorable microbiota, immunomodulation, and as a substrate for bacterial fermentation products in the gut. Human milk proteins are predominantly glycosylated, and some biological functions of these human milk glycoproteins (HMGPs) have been reported. HMGPs range in size from 14 kDa to 2,000 kDa and include mucins, secretory immunoglobulin A, bile salt-stimulated lipase, lactoferrin, butyrophilin, lactadherin, leptin, and adiponectin. This review summarizes known biological roles of HMGPs that may contribute to the ability of human milk to protect neonates from disease.Breastfeeding Medicine 05/2013; · 1.65 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: It is widely accepted that type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disease resulting from an interaction between immunologic, genetic, and environmental factors. However, the exact mechanism leading to the development of T1DM remain incomplete. There is a large body of evidence pointing towards the important role of toll-like receptor (TLR) activation and vitamin D deficiency in T1DM pathogenesis. In this article we review the available data on the influence of TLRs’ level of activation and vitamin D status on the risk of the development of T1DM in humans and rodent models. We also summarized the current information regarding the interactions between TLRs’ level of activation, vitamin D status, and various environmental factors, such as enteroviral infections, the gut microbiota, and breastfeeding substitution, among others. Our results stipulate that vitamin D seems to protect against T1DM by reducing the TLRs’ level of activation.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.Scandinavian Journal of Immunology 05/2014; · 1.88 Impact Factor