Tieran Han

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, United States

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    ABSTRACT: Dietary lipids enhance immune function and improve outcome from injury or infection in animal models. We tested the hypothesis that amount, type, or both, of dietary lipid increases intracellular calcium concentration, a surrogate for lymphocyte activation. Mice were fed 2 weeks on semipurified diets with 5% (by weight [w/w]), 10% (w/w), or 20% (w/w) dietary fat consisting of coconut, olive, safflower, or linseed oil. Changes in intracellular calcium concentration after mitogen stimulation of splenic lymphocytes was estimated by using flow cytometry. Olive oil diets increase intracellular calcium concentration after concanavalin A, lipopolysaccharide, and CD3 stimulation. On the other hand, linseed oil (which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown in other studies to enhance immune function) depresses intracellular calcium levels. The amount of dietary fat had no effect on intracellular calcium. Olive oil merits further study in the application of nutritional pharmacology to immunomodulation of the critically injured, because it may enhance lymphocyte function.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2000 · The Journal of trauma
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the effects of dietary fats on surface antigen expression, we tested the effects of amount and type of dietary fat on murine lymphocytes. Mice were fed diets with 12 en%, 23 en%, or 47 en% fat containing coconut, olive, safflower, or linseed oil. After 2 wk of ad libitum feeding, the mice were killed and splenic lymphocytes were harvested. Lymphocytes were incubated with fluorescent-tagged monoclonal antibodies and assayed for mean and total surface expression using flow cytometry. Our results show that high-fat (47 en%) diets suppress expression of CD3 and CD25 antigens. We also found that linseed-oil diets suppress expression of CD11a but enhance expression of CD25 antigens. Both CD3 and CD25 are critical for lymphocyte activation, and we conclude that immunosuppression associated with high-fat diets may be associated with suppression of these surface antigens.
    No preview · Article · May 2000 · Nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: We studied the effect of incubating murine lymphocytes with cis-unsaturated fatty acids on expression and capping of CD44 and CD45. Lymphocytes were incubated with stearic (18:0) or oleic (18:1 omega-9) acid bound to bovine serum albumin (BSA). After incubation with rat anti-CD44 or anti-CD45 monoclonal antibodies and then with fluorescent-labeled anti-rat antibody, mean fluorescence intensity (FI) was measured by using flow cytometry. Capping was measured after warning and fixation in paraformaldehyde. Steady-state fluorescence anisotropy (rs) was measured after the cells had been incubated with trimethylammoniumdiphenylhexatriene. Incubation with oleic acid, but not stearic acid or BSA alone, was associated with an increase in FI of CD44. Expression of CD45, however, was increased by both stearic and oleic acids to the same degree over BSA controls. CD44 and CD45 capping were both increased by incubation with oleic acid. Rs was decreased in cells incubated with oleic acid, suggesting an increase in membrane fluidity. We conclude that incubation with oleic acid increases expression of CD44 and increases capping of both CD44 and CD45. These findings were confirmed in feeding experiments, in which rs was reduced and CD44 capping increased by polyunsaturated fatty acid diets.
    No preview · Article · Oct 1996 · Nutrition
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    ABSTRACT: The leukocyte CD44 and CD45 cell surface receptors are associated via the linker proteins ankyrin and fodrin with the cytoskeleton, which itself is important in immune cell functions such as adherence, chemotaxis, and phagocytosis. The effects of rat antihuman CD44 and CD45 monoclonal antibodies on phagocytosis of fluoresceinated heat-killed Staphylococcus aureus 502A by normal human neutrophils (PMNs) during 2 hr incubation in RPMI-1640 was studied via flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. Flow cytometry was performed using an excitation wavelength of 488 nm, fluorescence being measured at 515–560 nm on 50,000 PMNs per sample. Confocal microscopy was performed on samples after further incubation with rhodamine-conjugated antiankyrin. Anti-CD44 resulted in an increase of 27–31% compared to control (P = 0.004) in the proportion of PMNs fluorescing, an increase of 17–24% (P = 0.001) in mean intracellular fluorescence per PMN, and an increase in total PMN fluorescence of 50–58% compared to control (P < 0.001). In contrast, anti-CD45 had little effect on phagocytosis. Colchicine (a microtubule-disrupting agent) enhanced, whereas cytochalasin-D (a microfilament inhibitor) inhibited bacterial phagocytosis; cytochalasin-D completely abrogated the effect of anti-CD44 on this PMN function. Hyaluronic acid augmented phagocytosis by an increment similar to that observed with anti-CD44. Two-color flow cytometry and confocal microscopy demonstrated that ankyrin always colocalized with ingested fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-labeled bacteria. These data strongly suggest that CD44 is involved in bacterial phagocytosis, provide further evidence of CD44 receptor linkage to cytoskeletal elements in human leukocytes, and suggest that ankyrin has a significant role in the transport of phagosomes. © 1996 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
    No preview · Article · Sep 1996 · Journal of Cellular Physiology
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    ABSTRACT: That L-arginine (L-Arg) augments the host response to acute bacterial sepsis suggests that this amino acid intervenes early in the immune response, perhaps via the nitric oxide synthetase (NOS) pathway. The effect of L-Arg supplementation on in vitro phagocytosis of fluorescein-labeled, heat-killed Staphylococcus aureus by peripheral blood neutrophils (PMNs) from 12 normal human volunteers was studied. Separated PMNs were incubated for 2 h with labeled bacteria, with and without supplemental L-Arg, D-arginine, glycine, and/or the NOS inhibitors L-canavanine, aminoguanidine, or L-NG-nitroarginine methyl ester. PMNs were fixed and extracellular fluorescence quenched with crystal violet. By flow cytometry and confocal microscopy, L-Arg supplementation was shown to result in a highly significant increase in PMN bacterial phagocytosis, the maximal effect being seen with L-Arg 380 microM and falling off with higher concentrations. This augmentation was completely abrogated by NOS inhibitors in molar excess, but inhibitors alone did not suppress phagocytosis below that of unsupplemented controls. Neither D-arginine nor glycine affected phagocytosis; the L-Arg effect was stereospecific and not related to utilization of L-Arg as an energy source. L-Arg supplementation significantly enhances bacterial phagocytosis in human neutrophils, perhaps by effects on cytoskeletal phenomena, and this appears to be mediated through NOS activity. Phagocytosis by nonspecific immune cells which intervene early in the response to sepsis is critically important, and beneficial effects of L-Arg on the clinical course of sepsis may be due at least in part to augmentation of phagocyte function.
    No preview · Article · Jul 1996 · Journal of Cellular Physiology