Michael J Hickey

Monash University (Australia), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    ABSTRACT: Unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) is a well-characterized murine model of renal inflammation leading to fibrosis. Renal dendritic cells (DCs) constitute a significant portion of kidney leukocytes and may participate in local inflammation and have critical roles in antigen presentation. The heterogeneity in renal DC populations and surface marker overlap with monocytes/macrophages has made studying renal DCs difficult. These studies used CD11c-promoter driven reporter/depletion mice to study DCs in vivo. Studying early local inflammatory events (day 3 of UUO), in vivo multiphoton imaging of the intact kidney of CD11c reporter mice revealed more dendrite extensions and increased activity of renal DCs in real time. Phenotypic analysis suggested resident DC maturation in obstructed kidneys with increased CD11b and less F4/80 expressed. CD11b(hi) Gr-1(+) inflammatory DCs were also present in obstructed kidneys. T-cell receptor transgenic mice revealed enhanced antigen-presenting capacity of renal DCs after UUO, with increased antigen-specific T-cell proliferation in vivo and ex vivo. However, conditional DC ablation at days 0, 2, or 4 did not attenuate fibrosis or apoptosis 7 days after UUO, and depletion at 7 days did not alter outcomes at day 14. Therefore, after UUO, renal DCs exhibit inflammatory morphological and functional characteristics and are more effective antigen-presenting cells, but they do not directly contribute to tubulointerstitial damage and fibrosis.
    American Journal Of Pathology 11/2011; 180(1):91-103. · 4.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: LIGHT (TNFSF14) is a member of the TNF superfamily involved in inflammation and defence against infection. LIGHT signals via two cell-bound receptors; herpes virus entry mediator (HVEM) and lymphotoxin-beta receptor (LTβR). We found that LIGHT is critical for control of hepatic parasite growth in mice with visceral leishmaniasis (VL) caused by infection with the protozoan parasite Leishmania donovani. LIGHT-HVEM signalling is essential for early dendritic cell IL-12/IL-23p40 production, and the generation of IFNγ- and TNF-producing T cells that control hepatic infection. However, we also discovered that LIGHT-LTβR interactions suppress anti-parasitic immunity in the liver in the first 7 days of infection by mechanisms that restrict both CD4(+) T cell function and TNF-dependent microbicidal mechanisms. Thus, we have identified distinct roles for LIGHT in infection, and show that manipulation of interactions between LIGHT and its receptors may be used for therapeutic advantage.
    PLoS Pathogens 10/2011; 7(10):e1002279. · 8.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hypothermia is used in various clinical settings to inhibit ischemia-related organ damage. However, prothrombotic effects have been described as potential side effects. This study aimed to elucidate the mechanism of hypothermia-induced platelet activation and subsequent prothrombotic events and to develop preventative pharmacological strategies applicable during clinically used hypothermia. Platelet function was investigated ex vivo and in vivo at clinically used hypothermia (28°C/18°C). Hypothermic mice demonstrated increased expression of platelet activation marker P-selectin, platelet-leukocyte aggregate formation, and thrombocytopenia. Intravital microscopy of FeCl(3)-injured murine mesenteric arteries revealed increased platelet thrombus formation with hypothermia. Ex vivo flow chamber experiments indicated increased platelet-fibrinogen adhesion under hypothermia. We show that hypothermia results in reduced ADP hydrolysis via reduction of CD39 (E-NTPDase1) activity, resulting in increased levels of ADP and subsequent augmented primary and secondary platelet activation. In vivo administration of ADP receptor P(2)Y(12) antagonists and recombinant soluble CD39 prevented hypothermia-induced thrombus formation and thrombocytopenia, respectively. The platelet agonist ADP plays a key role in hypothermia-induced platelet activation. Inhibition of receptor binding or hydrolysis of ADP has the potential to protect platelets against hypothermia-induced activation. Our findings provide a rational basis for further evaluation of novel antithrombotic strategies in clinically applied hypothermia.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 07/2011; 31(7):1607-16. · 6.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) facilitates multiple aspects of inflammatory arthritis, the pathogenesis of which has been significantly linked to the activity of neutrophils. The effects of MIF on neutrophil recruitment are unknown. This study was undertaken to investigate the contribution of MIF to the regulation of neutrophil chemotactic responses. K/BxN serum-transfer arthritis was induced in wild-type (WT), MIF(-/-) , and monocyte chemotactic protein 1 (MCP-1; CCL2)-deficient mice as well as in WT mice treated with monoclonal antibodies to cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant (anti-KC). Leukocyte trafficking in vivo was examined using intravital microscopy, and neutrophil function in vitro was examined using migration chambers and assessment of MAP kinase activation. K/BxN serum-transfer arthritis was markedly attenuated in MIF(-/-) mice, with reductions in the clinical and histologic severity of arthritis and the synovial expression of KC and interleukin-1. Arthritis was also reduced by anti-KC antibody treatment, but not in MCP-1-deficient mice. In vivo, neutrophil recruitment responses to KC were reduced in MIF(-/-) mice. Similarly, MIF(-/-) mouse neutrophils exhibited reduced chemotactic responses to KC in vitro, despite displaying unaltered chemokine receptor expression. Reduced chemotactic responses of MIF(-/-) mouse neutrophils were associated with reduced phosphorylation of p38 and ERK MAP kinases. These findings suggest that MIF promotes neutrophil trafficking in inflammatory arthritis via facilitation of chemokine-induced migratory responses and MAP kinase activation. Therapeutic MIF inhibition could limit synovial neutrophil recruitment.
    Arthritis & Rheumatology 04/2011; 63(4):960-70. · 7.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) promotes leukocyte recruitment to sites of inflammation. However, whether this stems from a direct effect on leukocyte migration is unknown. Furthermore, the role of the MIF-binding protein CD74 in this response has not been investigated. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the contributions of MIF and CD74 to chemokine-induced macrophage recruitment. Intravital microscopy studies demonstrated that CCL2-induced leukocyte adhesion and transmigration were reduced in MIF(-/-) and CD74(-/-) mice. MIF(-/-) and CD74(-/-) macrophages also exhibited reduced chemotaxis in vitro, although CD74(-/-) macrophages showed increased chemokinesis. Reduced CCL2-induced migration was associated with attenuated MAPK phosphorylation, RhoA GTPase activity, and actin polymerization in MIF(-/-) and CD74(-/-) macrophages. Furthermore, in MIF(-/-) macrophages, MAPK phosphatase-1 was expressed at elevated levels, providing a potential mechanism for the reduction in MAPK phosphorylation in MIF-deficient cells. No increase in MAPK phosphatase-1 expression was observed in CD74(-/-) macrophages. In in vivo experiments assessing the link between MIF and CD74, combined administration of MIF and CCL2 increased leukocyte adhesion in both MIF(-/-) and CD74(-/-) mice, showing that CD74 was not required for this MIF-induced response. Additionally, although leukocyte recruitment induced by administration of MIF alone was reduced in CD74(-/-) mice, consistent with a role for CD74 in leukocyte recruitment induced by MIF, MIF-treated CD74(-/-) mice displayed residual leukocyte recruitment. These data demonstrate that MIF and CD74 play previously unappreciated roles in CCL2-induced macrophage adhesion and migration, and they indicate that MIF and CD74 mediate this effect via both common and independent mechanisms.
    The Journal of Immunology 03/2011; 186(8):4915-24. · 5.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to assess the ability of Gpx1 to regulate leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions in the cerebral microcirculation under inflammatory conditions associated with oxidative stress. To induce cerebral inflammation, wild-type and Gpx1(-/-) mice underwent systemic treatment with TNF or transient focal cerebral ischemia via MCAO. Leukocyte rolling and adhesion in cerebral postcapillary venules were assessed by intravital microscopy. Absence of Gpx1(-/-) resulted in increased cerebral oxidant production in response to TNF. Under these conditions, leukocyte rolling in cerebral venules was significantly elevated in Gpx1(-/-) mice, whereas leukocyte adhesion was lower than that in wild-type mice. Despite this, expression of key adhesion molecules did not differ between the strains. Following MCAO, Gpx1(-/-) mice displayed significant reductions in rolling and adhesion associated with severe blood flow restriction. In contrast, following treatment with the anti-oxidant ebselen to equalize postischemic cerebral blood flow in wild-type and Gpx1(-/-) mice, absence of Gpx1 was associated with significant elevations in leukocyte interactions. These data show that under some inflammatory conditions, Gpx1 regulates leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions in the cerebral microvasculature, but that this is affected by the nature of the inflammatory insult.
    Microcirculation (New York, N.Y.: 1994) 01/2011; 18(1):12-23. · 2.37 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Foxp3(+) T-regulatory cells (Tregs) may suppress pathogenic inflammation; however, although transferred Tregs lessen glomerulonephritis in mice, the role of endogenous foxp3(+) cells is not known. To study this, we characterized endogenous foxp3(+) cells in accelerated anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) nephritis by using foxp3(GFP) reporter mice to track their responses in early and established disease. Further, diphtheria toxin was used to ablate foxp3(+) Tregs in foxp3(DTR) mice after establishing an immune response. In this model, mice were immunized with sheep globulin in adjuvant, and sheep anti-mouse GBM globulin was injected after 4 days to initiate progressive histological and functional injury. Intrarenal leukocytic infiltrates were increased by day 3 but intrarenal foxp3(+) Tregs, present in interstitial and periglomerular areas, were only increased at day 7. Ablation of foxp3(+) Tregs after injection of anti-GBM globulin increased renal injury and systemic T-cell responses, including increased interferon-γ and interleukin-17A (IL-17A) production, but no change in antibody titers. Compared with foxp3(+) Tregs isolated from naive mice, those from immunized mice produced more IL-10 and more effectively regulated CD4(+)foxp3(-) responder T cells. Thus, endogenous foxp3(+) Tregs infiltrate the kidney in glomerulonephritis, and deleting foxp3(+) cells after the induction of immune responses upregulated T-cell reactions and enhanced disease. Hence, endogenous foxp3(+) cells have increased suppressive capacity after immune stimuli.
    Kidney International 01/2011; 79(9):977-86. · 8.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this issue of Blood, Klinke et al demonstrate the ability of myeloperoxidase (MPO) to attract neutrophils to the vascular wall, a process that might contribute to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and other inflammatory vascular disorders.
    Blood 01/2011; 117(4):1103-4. · 9.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Recruitment of leukocytes to glomeruli is fundamental to the pathogenesis of many forms of glomerulonephritis. In a model of glomerulonephritis induced by in situ immune complex deposition, we previously observed that, in addition to leukocytes, platelets accumulate in glomerular capillaries, where they contribute to leukocyte recruitment. However, the mechanisms of platelet recruitment and the role of platelet-expressed P-selectin in leukocyte recruitment require further investigation. We used intravital microscopy to examine the mechanisms of platelet and leukocyte recruitment to glomeruli of mice following administration of an antibody against the glomerular basement membrane (anti-GBM antibody). Platelet recruitment was initiated within five minutes of administration of anti-GBM antibody. This was unaltered by inhibition of platelet GPIbalpha but was prevented by the absence of platelet GPVI. Fibrinogen was deposited in glomerular capillaries via a partially intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1)-dependent mechanism, and inhibition of alpha(IIb)beta(3), fibrinogen and ICAM-1 inhibited platelet recruitment. Notably, neutrophil depletion also reduced platelet accumulation, indicating a cooperative interaction underlying recruitment of platelets and neutrophils. Finally, using bone marrow chimeras to restrict expression of P-selectin to platelets or endothelial cells, platelet but not endothelial P-selectin was required for glomerular leukocyte recruitment. Together these data indicate that platelet recruitment in this model is dependent on the combined actions of GPVI and the alpha(IIb)beta(3)/fibrinogen/ICAM-1 pathway and that platelet P-selectin is crucial for subsequent leukocyte recruitment.
    American Journal Of Pathology 09/2010; 177(3):1131-42. · 4.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) has been shown to promote leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions, although whether this occurs via an effect on endothelial cell function remains unclear. Therefore, the aims of this study were to examine the ability of MIF expressed by endothelial cells to promote leukocyte adhesion and to investigate the effect of exogenous MIF on leukocyte-endothelial interactions. Using small interfering RNA to inhibit HUVEC MIF production, we found that MIF deficiency reduced the ability of TNF-stimulated HUVECs to support leukocyte rolling and adhesion under flow conditions. These reductions were associated with decreased expression of E-selectin, ICAM-1, VCAM-1, IL-8, and MCP-1. Inhibition of p38 MAPK had a similar effect on adhesion molecule expression, and p38 MAPK activation was reduced in MIF-deficient HUVECs, suggesting that MIF mediated these effects via promotion of p38 MAPK activation. In experiments examining the effect of exogenous MIF, application of MIF to resting HUVECs failed to induce leukocyte rolling and adhesion, whereas addition of MIF to TNF-treated HUVECs increased these interactions. This increase was independent of alterations in TNF-induced expression of E-selectin, VCAM-1, and ICAM-1. However, combined treatment with MIF and TNF induced de novo expression of P-selectin, which contributed to leukocyte rolling. In summary, these experiments reveal that endothelial cell-expressed MIF and exogenous MIF promote endothelial adhesive function via different pathways. Endogenous MIF promotes leukocyte recruitment via effects on endothelial expression of several adhesion molecules and chemokines, whereas exogenous MIF facilitates leukocyte recruitment induced by TNF by promoting endothelial P-selectin expression.
    The Journal of Immunology 07/2010; 185(2):1238-47. · 5.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) promotes leukocyte recruitment and antagonizes the anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids (GC). The aim of this study was to examine whether interaction between MIF and GC underlies the ability of MIF to promote leukocyte-endothelial cell (EC) interactions. Intravital microscopy was used to assess leukocyte-EC interactions in wild-type and MIF(-/-) mice following treatment with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the GC dexamethasone, and inhibition of endogenous GC, using the GC-receptor antagonist, RU486. Dexamethasone reduced LPS-induced leukocyte interactions in wild-type mice to levels similar to those observed in MIF(-/-) mice not treated with dexamethasone, whereas in MIF(-/-) mice, leukocyte interactions were not further inhibited by dexamethasone. RU486 increased LPS-induced leukocyte adhesion and emigration to a similar extent in both wild-type and MIF(-/-) mice, indicating that endogenous GC exert a similar inhibitory effect on leukocyte trafficking in wild-type and MIF(-/-) mice. Both MIF deficiency and RU486 treatment reduced VCAM-1 expression, while neither treatment modulated expression of ICAM-1 or chemokines CCL2, KC, and MIP-2. These results suggest that endogenous MIF and GC regulate leukocyte-EC interactions in vivo reciprocally but through predominantly independent mechanisms, and that the anti-inflammatory effect of MIF deficiency is comparable to that of exogenous GC.
    Microcirculation (New York, N.Y.: 1994) 11/2009; 16(8):735-48. · 2.37 Impact Factor
  • Karyn J Lister, Will G James, Michael J Hickey
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    ABSTRACT: Immune complex-induced responses involve multiple cellular and molecular mechanisms. However, how these pathways interact in the initiation of immune complex-induced response is poorly understood. Therefore the aim of this study was to investigate the immediate response of the microvasculature to immune complex formation. The reverse passive Arthus (RPA) model was applied to the mouse cremaster muscle. Intravital microscopy was used to examine alterations in florescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-dextran leakage from microvessels, and endothelial interactions of leukocytes and platelets in postcapillary venules. Immune complex deposition induced rapid increases in microvascular permeability and leukocyte adhesion and emigration. Inhibition of platelet-activating factor (PAF) and leukotrienes inhibited the increase in permeability. Depletion of C3 reduced immune complex-mediated leukocyte recruitment and permeability, and a similar effect on permeability was observed following inhibition of leukocyte adhesion. Mast cell stabilization reduced increases in leukocyte adhesion and emigration but accelerated the increase in microvascular permeability. Platelet-endothelial interactions also increased during the RPA response, and platelet depletion delayed the changes in permeability and inhibited leukocyte recruitment. This study demonstrates that immune complexes induce a rapid induction of complement-dependent leukocyte recruitment, and neutrophil-dependent microvascular dysfunction. Furthermore, this study identifies a role for platelets in promoting immune complex-induced leukocyte recruitment.
    Microcirculation 07/2009; 14(7):709-22. · 2.76 Impact Factor
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    Michael J Hickey, Paul Kubes
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    ABSTRACT: The immune system provides an essential defence against invading pathogens. However, bacteria have evolved numerous strategies to overcome this defence, many of which facilitate systemic dissemination of the pathogen. Nevertheless, the host has evolved many mechanisms to detect and protect against pathogens in the vasculature. Recent studies using new imaging approaches and new mouse models are revealing previously unappreciated functions of this intravascular aspect of the immune system. In this Review, we summarize recent work in this field, highlighting in vivo imaging studies that examine the behaviour of both the immune system and bacteria in the highly dynamic microvasculature.
    Nature Reviews Immunology 06/2009; 9(5):364-75. · 32.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Plasmodium falciparum malaria causes 660 million clinical cases with over 2 million deaths each year. Acquired host immunity limits the clinical impact of malaria infection and provides protection against parasite replication. Experimental evidence indicates that cell-mediated immune responses also result in detrimental inflammation and contribute to severe disease induction. In both humans and mice, the spleen is a crucial organ involved in blood stage malaria clearance, while organ-specific disease appears to be associated with sequestration of parasitized erythrocytes in vascular beds and subsequent recruitment of inflammatory leukocytes. Using a rodent model of cerebral malaria, we have previously found that the majority of T lymphocytes in intravascular infiltrates of cerebral malaria-affected mice express the chemokine receptor CXCR3. Here we investigated the effect of IP-10 blockade in the development of experimental cerebral malaria and the induction of splenic anti-parasite immunity. We found that specific neutralization of IP-10 over the course of infection and genetic deletion of this chemokine in knockout mice reduces cerebral intravascular inflammation and is sufficient to protect P. berghei ANKA-infected mice from fatality. Furthermore, our results demonstrate that lack of IP-10 during infection significantly reduces peripheral parasitemia. The increased resistance to infection observed in the absence of IP-10-mediated cell trafficking was associated with retention and subsequent expansion of parasite-specific T cells in spleens of infected animals, which appears to be advantageous for the control of parasite burden. Thus, our results demonstrate that modulating homing of cellular immune responses to malaria is critical for reaching a balance between protective immunity and immunopathogenesis.
    PLoS Pathogens 05/2009; 5(4):e1000369. · 8.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs) frequently develop severe vasculitis and glomerulonephritis. Although ANCAs, particularly antimyeloperoxidase (anti-MPO), have been shown to promote leukocyte adhesion in postcapillary venules, their ability to promote adhesion in the glomerular vasculature is less clear. We used intravital microscopy to examine glomerular leukocyte adhesion induced by anti-MPO. In mice pretreated with LPS, 50 microg anti-MPO induced LFA-1-dependent adhesion in glomeruli. In concert with this finding, in mice pretreated with LPS, more than 80% of circulating neutrophils bound anti-MPO within 5 minutes of intravenous administration. However, even in the absence of LPS, more than 40% of circulating neutrophils bound anti-MPO in vivo, a response not seen in MPO(-/-) mice. In addition, a higher dose of anti-MPO (200 microg) induced robust glomerular leukocyte adhesion in the absence of LPS. The latter response was beta2-integrin independent, instead requiring the alpha4-integrin, which was up-regulated on neutrophils in response to anti-MPO. These data indicate that anti-MPO antibodies bind to circulating neutrophils, and can induce glomerular leukocyte adhesion via multiple pathways. Lower doses induce adhesion only after an infection-related stimulus, whereas higher doses are capable of inducing responses in the absence of an additional inflammatory stimulus, via alternative adhesion mechanisms.
    Blood 05/2009; 113(25):6485-94. · 9.06 Impact Factor
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    James A Deane, Michael J Hickey
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    ABSTRACT: Infiltration of T cells is a key step in the pathogenesis of the inflammatory skin diseases atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis and psoriasis. Understanding the mechanisms of T cell recruitment to the skin is therefore of fundamental importance for the discovery and application of novel therapies for these conditions. Studies of both clinical samples and experimental models of skin inflammation have implicated specific adhesion molecules and chemokines in lymphocyte recruitment. In particular, recent studies using advanced in vivo imaging techniques have greatly increased our understanding of the kinetics and molecular basis of this process. In this review, we summarise the current understanding of the cellular immunology of antigen-driven dermal inflammation and the roles of adhesion molecules and chemokines. We focus on results obtained using intravital microscopy to examine the dermal microvasculature and interstitium to determine the mechanisms of T cell recruitment and migration in experimental models of T-cell-mediated skin inflammation.
    Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine 02/2009; 11:e25. · 6.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Leukocytes mediate some forms of glomerulonephritis, particularly severe proliferative and crescentic forms. The renal glomerulus is one of the few sites within the microvasculature in which leukocyte recruitment occurs in capillaries. However, due to the difficulty of directly visualising the glomerulus, the mechanisms of leukocyte recruitment to glomerular capillaries are poorly understood. To overcome this, a murine kidney can be rendered hydronephrotic, by ligating one ureter, and allowing the mouse to rest for 12 weeks. This allows the visualisation of the glomerular microvasculature during inflammatory responses. In inflammation, in this example induced by anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibody, leukocytes can be observed undergoing adhesion in glomerular capillaries using intravital microscopy. Leukocyte adhesion can be quantitated using this approach. An observation protocol involving few, limited periods of epifluorescence avoids phototoxicity-induced leukocyte recruitment. The process of hydronephrosis does not alter the ability of anti-GBM-antibody to induce a glomerular inflammatory response. This approach allows detailed investigation of the mechanisms of leukocyte recruitment within glomeruli.
    Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 02/2009; 466:109-117. · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Plasma soluble P-selectin (sP-selectin) levels are increased in pathologies associated with atherosclerosis, including peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). However, the role of sP-selectin in regulating leukocyte-endothelial adhesion is unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the ability of exogenous and endogenous sP-selectin to induce leukocyte responses that promote their adhesion to various forms of endothelium. In flow chamber assays, sP-selectin dose-dependently increased neutrophil adhesion to resting human iliac artery endothelial cells. Similarly, sP-selectin induced neutrophil adhesion to the endothelial surface of murine aortae and human radial venous segments in ex vivo flow chamber experiments. Using intravital microscopy to examine postcapillary venules in the mouse cremaster muscle, in vivo administration of sP-selectin was also found to significantly increase leukocyte rolling and adhesion in unstimulated postcapillary venules. Using a Mac-1-specific antibody and P-selectin knockout mouse, it was demonstrated that this finding was dependent on a contribution of Mac-1 to leukocyte rolling and endothelial P-selectin expression. This was confirmed in an ex vivo perfusion model using viable mouse aorta and human radial vessels. In contrast, with tumor necrosis factor-alpha-activated endothelial cells and intact endothelium, where neutrophil adhesion was already elevated, sP-selectin failed to further increase adhesion. Plasma samples from PAOD patients containing pathologically elevated concentrations of sP-selectin also increased neutrophil adhesion to the endothelium in a sP-selectin-dependent manner, as demonstrated by immunodepletion of sP-selectin. These studies demonstrate that raised plasma sP-selectin may influence the early progression of vascular disease by promoting leukocyte adhesion to the endothelium in PAOD, through Mac-1-mediated rolling and dependent on endothelial P-selectin expression.
    Circulation Research 10/2008; 103(10):1128-38. · 11.86 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have previously shown that G-CSF-deficient (G-CSF(-/-)) mice are markedly protected from collagen-induced arthritis (CIA), which is the major murine model of rheumatoid arthritis, and now investigate the mechanisms by which G-CSF can promote inflammatory disease. Serum G-CSF levels were significantly elevated during CIA. Reciprocal bone marrow chimeras using G-CSF(-/-), G-CSFR(-/-), and wild-type (WT) mice identified nonhematopoietic cells as the major producers of G-CSF and hematopoietic cells as the major responders to G-CSF during CIA. Protection against CIA was associated with relative neutropenia. Depletion of neutrophils or blockade of the neutrophil adhesion molecule, Mac-1, dramatically attenuated the progression of established CIA in WT mice. Intravital microscopy of the microcirculation showed that both local and systemic administration of G-CSF significantly increased leukocyte trafficking into tissues in vivo. G-CSF-induced trafficking was Mac-1 dependent, and G-CSF up-regulated CD11b expression on neutrophils. Multiphoton microscopy of synovial vessels in the knee joint during CIA revealed significantly fewer adherent Gr-1(+) neutrophils in G-CSF(-/-) mice compared with WT mice. These data confirm a central proinflammatory role for G-CSF in the pathogenesis of inflammatory arthritis, which may be due to the promotion of neutrophil trafficking into inflamed joints, in addition to G-CSF-induced neutrophil production.
    Blood 10/2008; 112(13):5193-201. · 9.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mice deficient in the anti-oxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase-1 (Gpx1) have a greater susceptibility to cerebral injury following a localized ischemic event. Much of the response to ischemia-reperfusion is caused by aberrant responses within the microvasculature, including inflammation, diminished endothelial barrier function (increased vascular permeability), endothelial activation, and reduced microvascular perfusion. However, the role of Gpx1 in regulating these responses has not been investigated. Wild-type and Gpx1-/- mice underwent focal cerebral ischemia via mid-cerebral artery occlusion followed by measurement of cerebral perfusion via laser Doppler and intravital microscopy. Post-ischemic brains in wild-type mice displayed significant deficit in microvascular perfusion. However, in Gpx1-/- mice, the deficit in cerebral blood flow was significantly greater than that in wild-type mice, and this was associated with significant increase in infarct size and increased vascular permeability. Ischemia-reperfusion also resulted in expression of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in endothelial cells. The absence of Gpx1 was associated with marked increase in pro-MMP-9 expression as well as potentiated MMP-9 activity. Pre-treatment of Gpx1-/- mice with the anti-oxidant ebselen restored microvascular perfusion, limited the induction and activation of MMP-9, and attenuated the increases in infarct size and vascular permeability. These findings demonstrate that the anti-oxidant function of Gpx1 plays a critical role in protecting the cerebral microvasculature against ischemia-reperfusion injury by preserving microvascular perfusion and inhibiting MMP-9 expression.
    Journal of Neurochemistry 09/2008; 107(1):241-52. · 3.97 Impact Factor

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2k Citations
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Institutions

  • 2001–2013
    • Monash University (Australia)
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Monash Centre for Inflammatory Diseases
      Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 2012
    • Imperial College London
      • Division of Brain Sciences
      London, ENG, United Kingdom
  • 2010
    • Monash University (Malaysia)
      Labuan, Labuan, Malaysia
  • 2006
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham
      Birmingham, Alabama, United States
  • 1997–2005
    • The University of Calgary
      • • Immunology Research Group (IRG)
      • • Faculty of Medicine
      Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2003
    • Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
      Melbourne, Victoria, Australia