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  • 1. Ahmed, Mona
    et al.
    Baumgartner, Roland
    Aldi, Silvia
    Dusart, Philip
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Protein Science, Cellular and Clinical Proteomics.
    Hedin, Ulf
    Gustafsson, Bjorn
    Caidahl, Kenneth
    Human serum albumin-based probes for molecular targeting of macrophage scavenger receptors2019In: International Journal of Nanomedicine, ISSN 1176-9114, E-ISSN 1178-2013, Vol. 14, p. 3723-3741Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Inflammation and accumulation of macrophages are key features of unstable atherosclerotic plaques. The ability of macrophages to take up molecular probes can be exploited in new clinical imaging methods for the detection of unstable atherosclerotic lesions. We investigated whether modifications of human serum albumin (HSA) could be used to target macrophages efficiently in vitro. Materials and methods: Maleylated and aconitylated HSA were compared with unmodified HSA. Fluorescent or radiolabeled (Zr-89) modified HSA was used in in vitro experiments to study cellular uptake by differentiated THP-1 cells and primary human macrophages. The time course of uptake was evaluated by flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, real-time microscopy and radioactivity measurements. The involvement of scavenger receptors (SR-Al, SR-B2, LOX-1) was assessed by knockdown experiments using RNA interference, by blocking experiments and by assays of competition by modified low-density lipoprotein. Results: Modified HSA was readily taken up by different macrophages. Uptake was mediated nonexclusively via the scavenger receptor SR-Al (encoded by the MSR1 gene). Knockdown of CD36 and ORL1 had no influence on the uptake. Modified HSA was preferentially taken up by human macrophages compared with other vascular cell types such as endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells. Conclusions: Modified Zr-89-labeled HSA probes were recognized by different subsets of polarized macrophages, and maleylated HSA may be a promising radiotracer for radio-nuclide imaging of macrophage-rich inflammatory vascular diseases.

  • 2.
    Ahmed, Mona
    et al.
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Mol Med & Surg, Ctr Mol Med, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Gustafsson, Björn
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Mol Med & Surg, Ctr Mol Med, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Aldi, Silvia
    Karolinska Inst, Sect Med Inflammat Res, Dept Med Biochem & Biophys, S-17177 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Dusart, Philip
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Protein Science, Cellular and Clinical Proteomics. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab.
    Egri, Gabriella
    Surflay Nanotec GmbH, Max Planck Str 3, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Butler, Lynn M.
    KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Protein Science, Cellular and Clinical Proteomics.
    Bone, Dianna
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Mol Med & Surg, Ctr Mol Med, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Dahne, Lars
    Surflay Nanotec GmbH, Max Planck Str 3, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Hedin, Ulf
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Mol Med & Surg, Ctr Mol Med, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Caidahl, Kenneth
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Mol Med & Surg, Ctr Mol Med, S-17176 Stockholm, Sweden.;Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Inst Med, Dept Mol & Clin Med, S-41345 Gothenburg, Sweden..
    Molecular Imaging of a New Multimodal Microbubble for Adhesion Molecule Targeting2019In: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, ISSN 1865-5025, E-ISSN 1865-5033, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 15-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Inflammation is an important risk-associated component of many diseases and can be diagnosed by molecular imaging of specific molecules. The aim of this study was to evaluate the possibility of targeting adhesion molecules on inflammation-activated endothelial cells and macrophages using an innovative multimodal polyvinyl alcohol-based microbubble (MB) contrast agent developed for diagnostic use in ultrasound, magnetic resonance, and nuclear imaging. Methods: We assessed the binding efficiency of antibody-conjugated multimodal contrast to inflamed murine or human endothelial cells (ECs), and to peritoneal macrophages isolated from rats with peritonitis, utilizing the fluorescence characteristics of the MBs. Single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) was used to illustrate 99m Tc-labeled MB targeting and distribution in an experimental in vivo model of inflammation. Results: Flow cytometry and confocal microscopy showed that binding of antibody-targeted MBs to the adhesion molecules ICAM-1, VCAM-1, or E-selectin, expressed on cytokine-stimulated ECs, was up to sixfold higher for human and 12-fold higher for mouse ECs, compared with that of non-targeted MBs. Under flow conditions, both VCAM-1- and E-selectin-targeted MBs adhered more firmly to stimulated human ECs than to untreated cells, while VCAM-1-targeted MBs adhered best to stimulated murine ECs. SPECT imaging showed an approximate doubling of signal intensity from the abdomen of rats with peritonitis, compared with healthy controls, after injection of anti-ICAM-1-MBs. Conclusions: This novel multilayer contrast agent can specifically target adhesion molecules expressed as a result of inflammatory stimuli in vitro, and has potential for use in disease-specific multimodal diagnostics in vivo using antibodies against targets of interest.

  • 3. Jacobsen, M.C.
    et al.
    Dusart, Philip
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Proteomics and Nanobiotechnology. KTH, Centres, Science for Life Laboratory, SciLifeLab. Infection, Inflammation and Rheumatology Section Institute of Child Health University College London London UK.
    Kotowicz, K.a
    Bajaj-Elliott, M.
    Hart, S.L.
    Klein, N.J.
    Dixon, G.L.
    A critical role for ATF2 transcription factor in the regulation of E-selectin expression in response to non-endotoxin components of Neisseria meningitidis2016In: Cellular Microbiology, ISSN 1462-5814, E-ISSN 1462-5822, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 66-79Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Vascular injury is a serious complication of sepsis due to the gram-negative bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. One of the critical early steps in initiating this injury is via the interaction of leucocytes, particularly neutrophils, with adhesion molecules expressed on inflamed endothelium. We have previously demonstrated that both lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and non-LPS components of meningococci can induce very high levels of expression of the vascular endothelial cell adhesion molecule E-selectin, which is critical for early tethering and capture of neutrophils onto endothelium under flow. Using an LPS-deficient strain of meningococcus, we showed that very high levels of expression can be induced in primary endothelial cells, even in the context of weak activation of the major host signal transduction factor [nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)]. In this study, we show that the particular propensity for N.meningitidis to induce high levels of expression is regulated at a transcriptional level, and demonstrate a significant role for phosphorylation of the ATF2 transcription factor, likely via mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinases, on the activity of the E-selectin promoter. Furthermore, inhibition of E-selectin expression in response to the lpxA- strain by a p38 inhibitor indicates a significant role of a p38-dependent MAPK signalling pathway in ATF2 activation. Collectively, these data highlight the role that LPS and other bacterial components have in modulating endothelial function and their involvement in the pathogenesis of meningococcal sepsis. Better understanding of these multiple mechanisms induced by complex stimuli such as bacteria, and the specific inflammatory pathways they activate, may lead to improved, focused interventions in both meningococcal and potentially bacterial sepsis more generally.

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