Beth Y. Besecker

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Zinc is an essential element that facilitates coordination of immune activation during the host response to infection. We recently reported that zinc deficiency increases systemic inflammation, vital organ damage, and mortality in a small animal model of sepsis. To investigate potential mechanisms that cause these phenomena, we used the same animal model(More)
RATIONALE Monocytes are central to the initiation of the inflammatory response in sepsis, with caspase-1 activation playing a key role. Monocyte deactivation during sepsis has been linked to poor outcomes. OBJECTIVES Given the importance of caspase-1 in the immune response, we investigated whether monocytes from patients early in septic shock demonstrate(More)
Zinc is an essential micronutrient and cytoprotectant involved in the host response to inflammatory stress. We tested whether zinc transporters, the critical regulators that maintain intracellular zinc concentrations, play a role in cell survival, particularly in lung epithelia, during inflammation. Initially, mRNA transcripts were quantitatively measured(More)
OBJECTIVE Zinc deficiency is common among populations at high risk for sepsis mortality, including elderly, alcoholic, and hospitalized patients. Zinc deficiency causes exaggerated inflammatory responses to endotoxin but has not been evaluated during bacterial sepsis. We hypothesized that subacute zinc deficiency would amplify immune responses and oxidant(More)
MiR-155 regulates numerous aspects of innate and adaptive immune function. This miR is induced in response to Toll-like receptor ligands, cytokines, and microbial infection. We have previously shown that miR-155 is induced in monocytes/macrophages infected with Francisella tularensis and suppresses expression of the inositol phosphatase SHIP to enhance(More)
BACKGROUND Zinc deficiency is a cause of immune dysfunction and infection. Previous human studies have shown that the activation of the acute phase response alters zinc metabolism. Whether the alteration in zinc metabolism is predictive of disease severity in the setting of critical illness is unclear. OBJECTIVE We sought to determine whether differences(More)
Bao S, Liu M-J, Lee B, Besecker B, Lai J-P, Guttridge DC, Knoell DL. Zinc modulates the innate immune response in vivo to polymicrobial sepsis through regulation of NFB. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol 298: L744–L754, 2010. First published March 5, 2010; doi:10.1152/ajplung.00368.2009.—Zinc is an essential element that facilitates coordination of immune(More)
Burkholderia cenocepacia, the causative agent of cepacia syndrome, primarily affects cystic fibrosis patients, often leading to death. In the lung, epithelial cells serve as the initial barrier to airway infections, yet their responses to B. cenocepacia have not been fully investigated. Here, we examined the molecular responses of human airway epithelial(More)
OBJECTIVE Immune dysregulation during sepsis is poorly understood, however, lymphocyte apoptosis has been shown to correlate with poor outcomes in septic patients. The inflammasome, a molecular complex which includes caspase-1, is essential to the innate immune response to infection and also important in sepsis induced apoptosis. Our group has recently(More)
BACKGROUND Nutrition guidelines recommendations differ on the use of parenteral nutrition (PN), and existing clinical trial data are inconclusive. Our recent observational data show that amounts of energy/protein received early in the intensive care unit (ICU) affect patient mortality, particularly for inadequate nutrition intake in patients with body mass(More)