Stefanie Steiger

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Acute gout is an auto-inflammatory disease characterized by self-limiting inflammation in response to the deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals in the joints or tissues. Recognition of MSU triggers activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome, release of active interleukin (IL)-1β, and amplification of the inflammatory response by the surrounding tissue(More)
OBJECTIVE To profile monosodium urate monohydrate (MSU) crystal-recruited monocyte inflammatory function during the course of in vivo differentiation, in a murine model of peritoneal MSU crystal-induced inflammation. METHODS C57BL/6J mice were injected intraperitoneally with MSU crystals, and the peritoneal cells were harvested at different time points.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the role of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) in the differentiation of inflammatory macrophages in an in vivo model of monosodium urate monohydrate (MSU) crystal-induced inflammation. METHODS C57BL/6J mice were treated with either clodronate liposomes to deplete peritoneal macrophages or GM-CSF antibody and(More)
Sodium glucose transporter (SGLT)-2 inhibition has renoprotective effects in diabetic kidney disease. Whether similar effects can be achieved also in non-diabetic kidney disease is speculative. Chronic kidney disease was induced in C57BL/6N mice by feeding an oxalate-rich diet for 14 days, known to induce nephrocalcinosis-related tubular atrophy and(More)
Trehalose glycolipids play an important role in the pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and are used as adjuvants for vaccines; however, much still remains unanswered about the mechanisms through which these glycolipids exert their immunomodulatory potential. Recently, the macrophage-inducible C-type lectin Mincle was determined to be the receptor(More)
Three contradictory clinical presentations of gout have puzzled clinicians and basic scientists for some time: first, the crescendo of sterile inflammation in acute gouty arthritis; second, its spontaneous resolution, despite monosodium urate (MSU) crystal persistence in the synovium; and third, immune anergy to MSU crystal masses observed in tophaceous or(More)
Macrophages display phenotypic and functional heterogeneity dependent on the changing inflammatory microenvironment. Under some conditions, macrophages can acquire effector functions commonly associated with NK cells. In the current study, we investigated how the endogenous danger signal monosodium urate (MSU) crystals can alter macrophage functions. We(More)
The human body is exposed to a wide range of particles of industrial, environmental or internal origin such as asbestos, alum, silica or crystals of urate, calcium phosphate, calcium oxalate, cystine or cholesterol. Phagocytic clearance of such particles involves neutrophils and macrophages. Here we report that neutrophils encountering such particles of(More)
Activation of various innate immune receptors results in IL-1 receptor-associated kinase (IRAK)-1/IRAK-4-mediated signaling and secretion of proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-12, IL-6, or TNF-α, all of which are implicated in tissue injury and elevated during tissue remodeling processes. IRAK-M, also known as IRAK-3, is an inhibitor of proinflammatory(More)
Primary/secondary hyperoxalurias involve nephrocalcinosis-related chronic kidney disease (CKD) leading to end-stage kidney disease. Mechanistically, intrarenal calcium oxalate crystal deposition is thought to elicit inflammation, tubular injury and atrophy, involving the NLRP3 inflammasome. Here, we found that mice deficient in NLRP3 and ASC adaptor protein(More)