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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088355/kir-genes-and-hla-class-i-ligands-in-a-caucasian-brazilian-population-with-colorectal-cancer
#1
Pâmela Portela, Joice Merzoni, Juliana D Lindenau, Daniel C Damin, Timothy John Wilson, Rafael Roesler, Gilberto Schwartsmann, Luiz Mariana Fernando Jobim Jobim
Colorectal cancer (CRC) can occur anywhere in the colon or rectum and represents the third most common cancer in the world in both sexes. Natural killer cells (NK) are part of the innate immune system recognizing class I HLA molecules on target cells through their membrane receptors, called killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). The aim of our study was to evaluate the association between the KIR genes and HLA ligands in patients with colorectal cancer and healthy controls. We examined the polymorphism of 16 KIR genes and their HLA ligands in 154 caucasoid CRC patients and 216 controls...
January 11, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069404/calculated-panel-reactive-antibody-with-decimals-a-refined-metric-of-access-to-transplantation-for-highly-sensitized-candidates
#2
Evan P Kransdorf, Marcelo J Pando
The use of the calculated panel reactive antibody (CPRA) value and the implementation of allocation points for sensitized candidates by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) have improved access to kidney transplantation for highly sensitized candidates (98% CPRA and above). Despite this, a large population of highly sensitized candidates remain awaiting transplantation. To better define this population, we propose the use of two refinements of the standard UNOS CPRA, the CPRA with decimals or CPRAd, and the likelihood of a compatible donor (LCD)...
January 6, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069403/functional-variant-in-the-promoter-region-of-il-27-alters-gene-transcription-and-confers-a-risk-for-ulcerative-colitis-in-northern-chinese-han
#3
Wei Yu, Kun Zhang, Zhongyi Wang, Jiayu Zhang, Tong Chen, Lifang Jin
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of unknown etiology and a polygenic disease. IL-27 encodes p28, a subunit of IL-12 family cytokines, and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of UC. The aims of the present study were to evaluate the genetic association of a variant of the IL-27 gene with UC and to further characterize the functional variant in the IL-27 gene that influences the risk for UC. Our data demonstrated that the genetic variant rs153109 in the 5' upstream region of IL-27 is significantly associated with UC in Chinese Han individuals...
January 6, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062211/endosomal-toll-like-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-and-susceptibility-to-hiv-and-hcv-co-infection-differential-influence-in-individuals-with-distinct-ethnic-background
#4
Jacqueline M Valverde-Villegas, Bruno Paiva Dos Santos, Rúbia Marília de Medeiros, Vanessa Suñé Mattevi, Rosmeri Kuhmmer Lazzaretti, Eduardo Sprinz, Regina Kuhmmer, José Artur Bogo Chies
The genetic background of human populations can influence the susceptibility and outcome of infection diseases. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) have been previously associated with susceptibility to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, disease progression and hepatitis C, virus (HCV) co-infection in different populations, although mostly in Europeans. In this study, we investigated the genetic role of endosomal TLRs on susceptibility to HIV infection and HCV co-infection through the analysis of TLR7 rs179008, TLR8 rs3764880, TLR9 rs5743836 and TLR9 rs352140 polymorphisms in 789 Brazilian individuals (374 HIV+ and 415 HIV-), taking into account their ethnic background...
January 3, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041834/the-hla-g-14-base-pair-deletion-allele-and-the-deletion-deletion-genotype-are-associated-with-persistent-hbe-antigenemia-in-chronic-hepatis-b-infection
#5
Sandro da Costa Ferreira, Silvana Gama Florêncio Chachá, Fernanda Fernandes Souza, Andreza Corrêa Teixeira, Rodrigo de Carvalho Santana, Neifi Hassan Saloun Deghaide, Sandra Rodrigues, Leonardo A Marano, Celso Teixeira Mendes-Junior, Leandra Naira Zambelli Ramalho, Sérgio Zucoloto, Eduardo Antônio Donadi, Ana de Lourdes Candolo Martinelli
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: HLA-G has well-recognized immunomodulatory properties, and this molecule is frequently expressed in the livers of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-infected patients. Because the HLA-G 14 bp-insertion/deletion polymorphism (rs371194629) has been associated with the magnitude of HLA-G expression, we evaluated this polymorphism in the recognized evolutionary forms of chronic HBV infection. METHODS: We studied 196 chronic HBV-infected patients (118 HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis, 53 HBeAg-positive chronic hepatitis and 25 inactive carriers exhibiting low levels of serum HBVDNA and persistently normal ALT levels), and 202 healthy individuals...
December 29, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040536/th9-cells-and-il-9-in-autoimmune-disorders-pathogenesis-and-therapeutic-potentials
#6
REVIEW
Yaxiong Deng, Zijun Wang, Christopher Chang, Liwei Lu, Chak Sing Lau, Qianjin Lu
Naïve CD4(+) T cells are pleiotropically divided into various T helper (Th) cell subsets, according to their pivotal roles in the regulation of immune responses. The differentiation of Th9 cells, an interleukin (IL)-9 producing subset, can be impacted by specific environmental cues, co-stimulation with transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) and IL-4, and other regulatory factors. Although IL-9 has been recognized as a classical Th2-related cytokine, recent studies have indicated that IL-9-producing cells contribute to a group of autoimmune disorders including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), multiple sclerosis (MS), inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis...
December 28, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040535/promising-link-of-hla-g-polymorphism-tobacco-consumption-and-risk-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-hnscc-in-north-indian-population
#7
Vertica Agnihotri, Abhishek Gupta, Rahul Kumar, Ashish Datt Upadhyay, Sadanand Dwivedi, Lalit Kumar, Sharmistha Dey
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA-G) is a potent immune-tolerant molecule and has a critical role in various pathological conditions of cancer. The aim of the study was to analyze the association of HLA-G polymorphism as a risk factor in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). The HLA-G polymorphism at 3'UTR 14bp INDEL (rs371194629) and +3142G/C (rs1063320) were studied in 383 HNSCC patients and 383 ethnically similar-aged healthy controls in North Indian population. The genotyping study of two polymorphisms of HLA-G was documented using DNA-PAGE and RFLP-PCR method...
December 28, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038927/cellular-immune-response-to-%C3%AE-2-glycoprotein-i-valine-leucine-247-phenotypes-in-mexican-patients-with-primary-antiphospholipid-syndrome
#8
Carlos A Núñez-Álvarez, Diego F Hernández-Ramírez, Araceli Martinez-Castillo, Virginia Pascual Ramos, Javier Cabiedes, Alicia Ortega, Antonio R Cabral
: Homozygote genotype V(247) of the β2-glycoprotein-I (β2GP-I) gene has been associated with anti-β2GP-I and thrombosis in patients with primary anti-phospholipid syndrome APS (PAPS). However, the cellular immune response to β2GP-I(247) has been little studied. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the immune cellular proliferation in response to native and non-native β2GP-I(247) valine/leucine phenotype from Mexican patients with PAPS. METHODS: We studied 10 patients with PAPS and 10 healthy control subjects (HC)...
December 27, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027921/t-helper-2-cytokine-regulatory-t-cell-gene-polymorphisms-and-their-relation-with-risk-of-psoriasis-in-a-south-indian-tamil-cohort
#9
Sundar Indhumathi, Medha Rajappa, Laxmisha Chandrashekar, Palghat Hariharan Ananthanarayanan, Devinder Mohan Thappa, Vir Singh Negi
BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is known to be associated with an up-regulation of T-helper (Th)-1 & Th-17 cytokines and a relative down-regulation of Th-2 and T-regulatory (T-reg) cytokines. Certain allelic variants of these cytokine genes may alter Th1/Th17 and Th2/T-reg balance and may be associated with the risk of psoriasis. Hence we aimed to determine the association of IL-4 (rs2243250), IL-10 (rs1800871 and rs1800896) and FOXP3 (rs3761548) gene polymorphisms with risk of psoriasis in South Indian Tamils...
December 24, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998802/janus-kinase-inhibition-for-immunosuppression-in-solid-organ-transplantation-is-there-a-role-in-complex-immunologic-challenges
#10
REVIEW
Cody A Moore, Carlo J Iasella, Raman Venkataramanan, Fadi G Lakkis, Randall B Smith, John F McDyer, Adriana Zeevi, Christopher R Ensor
Inhibition of the Janus kinase-signal transducer and activator of transcription (JAK-STAT) pathway for immunosuppression in solid organ transplantation is appealing due to its specificity for immune cell function, particularly for JAK3. This is due to its unique association with only the common gamma chain (γc). The γc is an appealing immunosuppression target in transplantation because of the critically important lymphokines that act at it, including IL-2, IL-4, IL-7, IL-9, IL-15, and IL-21. Tofacitinib was initially purported to selectively inhibit solely JAK3, but subsequent analyses have also demonstrated its activity at the other members of the JAK family...
December 18, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998801/the-impact-of-kir2ds4-gene-on-clinical-outcome-after-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#11
Marija Burek Kamenaric, Katarina Stingl Jankovic, Zorana Grubic, Ranka Serventi Seiwerth, Marija Maskalan, Damir Nemet, Mirta Mikulic, Renata Zunec
Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) are a family of inhibitory/activating receptors expressed on NK cells. Interactions of KIR receptors with KIR ligands have been shown to modify hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) outcome. The aim of this research was to determine the KIR2DS4 allele variants distribution among 111 patients with different hematological malignancy who underwent HSCT and their donors, and to evaluate KIR2DS4 alleles' impact on HSCT outcome. The KIR gene frequency analysis showed a significantly higher incidence of full-length KIR2DS4 alleles among patients...
December 18, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998803/a-pilot-study-on-hla-g-locus-control-region-haplotypes-and-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasias
#12
Juliana Cochesnki Cordeiro, Jose Samuel da Silva, Valeria Sperandio Roxo, Maria da Graça Bicalho
Human papillomavirus (HPV) can induce cervical intraepithelial neoplasias (CIN) grades 1, 2 and 3. Untreated, these lesions may progress to cervical cancer (CC) which is the third most common cancer in women worldwide. HLA-G plays an immunotolerant role in the immune response. The aim of this study was to characterize the configuration of SNPs located at the distal promoter of HLA-G in patients with CIN2 and CIN3 and control women. The study sample was composed of 207 women as follows: 73 diagnosed with CIN2 lesions, 56 with CIN3 and 78 healthy control women...
December 17, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993530/genetic-variants-of-tlr4-and-tlr9-are-risk-factors-for-chronic-helicobacter-pylori-infection-in-south-indian-tamils
#13
Rekha Loganathan, Mehnaz Nazeer, Vaishnavi Goda, Panneer Devaraju, Mohammed Ali, Premkumar Karunakaran, Megala Jayaraman
Toll like receptors (TLRs) are a class of molecular pattern recognition receptors, elicits a strong inflammatory immune response against pathogens. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a gram negative flagellate colonizes the human stomach, is responsible for the development of chronic gastritis and gastric carcinoma. The higher incidence of H. pylori infection and gastric cancer in South Indian Tamils demands a genetic study to unravel the influence of TLR4 and TLR9 polymorphisms associated with chronic H. pylori infection...
December 16, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955974/increased-access-to-transplantation-of-highly-sensitized-patients-under-the-new-kidney-allocation-system-a-single-center-experience
#14
Adriana I Colovai, Maria Ajaimy, Layla G Kamal, Peter Masiakos, Shirley Chan, Christina Savchik, Michelle Lubetzky, Graciela de Boccardo, Alesa Courson, Attasit Chokechanachaisakul, Jay Graham, Stuart Greenstein, Milan Kinkhabwala, Juan Rocca, Enver Akalin
We aimed to investigate the impact of the new kidney allocation system (KAS) on the rate of transplantation of sensitized patients at our center. Pre-KAS and post-KAS intervals were Jan 1(st) to Dec 3(rd) 2014 and Jan 1(st) 2015 to Dec 3(rd) 2015, respectively. The number of deceased-donor crossmatches performed by flow cytometry increased from 715 pre-KAS to 1188 post-KAS. The percent of crossmatches performed for sensitized patients with calculated panel reactive antibody (cPRA) >0% increased from 19% pre-KAS to 26% post-KAS (p<0...
December 9, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939507/suppression-of-t-cells-by-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-in-cancer
#15
REVIEW
Jieying Chen, Yingnan Ye, Pengpeng Liu, Wenwen Yu, Feng Wei, Hui Li, Jinpu Yu
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are a population of immature myeloid cells defined by their immunosuppression. Elevated levels of certain soluble cytokines in tumor microenvironment, such as IL-6 and IL-10, contribute to the recruitment and accumulation of tumor-associated MDSCs. In turn, MDSCs secret IL-6 and IL-10 and form a positive self-feedback to promote self-expansion. MDSCs also release other soluble cytokines such as TGF-β and chemokines to exert their suppressive function by induction of regulatory T cells...
December 7, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894836/use-of-complement-binding-assays-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-antibody-mediated-rejection-therapy-and-prediction-of-graft-survival-in-kidney-transplantation
#16
Daniel S Ramon, Yihung Huang, Lili Zhao, TrisAnn Rendulic, Jeong M Park, Randall S Sung, Milagros Samaniego
BACKGROUND: The Luminex® single antigen bead assay (SAB) is the method of choice for monitoring the treatment for antibody-mediated rejection (AMR). A ⩾50% reduction of the dominant donor-specific antibody (IgG-DSA) mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) has been associated with improved kidney allograft survival, and C1q-fixing DSA activity is associated with poor outcomes in patients with AMR. We aimed to investigate if C1q-DSA can be used as a reliable predictor of response to therapy and allograft survival in patients with biopsy-proven AMR...
November 25, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890719/casting-a-smaller-net-into-a-bigger-donor-pool-a-single-center-s-experience-with-the-new-kidney-allocation-system
#17
Julie A Houp, Karl P Schillinger, Andrew J Eckstein, Renato M Vega, Niraj M Desai, Bonnie E Lonze, Annette M Jackson
The new kidney allocation system (KAS) provides additional allocation points for candidates with broad HLA sensitization in an effort to increase transplant rates for this underserved population. Following the implementation of KAS, our center lowered the HLA antibody threshold for listing unacceptable antigens from a cytotoxicity crossmatch level to a flow cytometric crossmatch level increasing Calculated Panel Reactive Antibody (CPRA) values and allocation points, yet restricting acceptable donor HLA phenotypes...
November 24, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888068/associations-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-of-ptpn22-and-ctla4-genes-with-the-risk-of-allergic-rhinitis-in-a-chinese-han-population
#18
Xia Ke, Shanghua Song, Xiaoqiang Wang, Yang Shen, Houyong Kang, Suling Hong
BACKGROUND: Allergic rhinitis (AR) is an inflammatory disorder of the upper airway. Protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor 22 encoded by PTPN22 gene and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte associated 4 encoded by Ctla4 gene are associated with autoimmune diseases. PURPOSE: This study was performed to evaluate the potential association of PTPN22 and Ctla4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with AR in a Chinese Han population. METHODS: A case-control study was performed in 783 Chinese AR patients and 811 healthy controls...
November 22, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888067/allele-and-genotype-frequencies-of-polymorphisms-in-cytokine-genes-in-ethnic-russian-individuals-from-moscow-russia
#19
Alexandra Shadrina, Elena Voronina, Igor Zolotukhin, Maxim Filipenko
Two hundred and twenty eight ethnic Russian individuals from Moscow, Russia, were genotyped at 14 single nucleotide polymorphisms CCL2 A-2578G; VEGFA C-2578A, G-634C, and C+936T; TNF G+419A and G-308A; IL1A G-889A; IL1RN T+1018C; IL6 G-174C and G-572C; IFNG T+874A; IL1B C-511T; IL10 A+1082G; TGFB1 C-509T. Genotypes were determined using real-time polymerase chain reaction with TaqMan probes and polymerase chain reaction followed by melting analysis of dual-labeled probe. Genotype distribution was in accordance with Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium for all studied polymorphisms...
November 22, 2016: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884732/natural-killer-cell-subsets-and-receptor-expression-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-a-healthy-korean-population-reference-range-influence-of-age-and-sex-and-correlation-between-nk-cell-receptors-and-cytotoxicity
#20
Minh-Trang Phan, Sejong Chun, Sun-Hee Kim, Alaa Kassim Ali, Seung-Hwan Lee, Seokho Kim, Soo-Hyun Kim, Duck Cho
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to identify CD56(bright) and CD56(dim) natural killer (NK) cell subsets and analyze their receptors expression in a healthy Korean population, and to determine whether receptor expression correlates with age, sex, and cytotoxicity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed multicolor flow cytometry assays to analyze the expression of various NK cell receptors (CD16, NKG2A, NKG2C, NKG2D, CD57, DNAM-1, CD8a, CD62L, NKp30, and NKp46) on both CD3(-)/CD56(dim) and CD3(-)/CD56(bright) NK cells in whole-blood samples from 122 healthy donors...
November 21, 2016: Human Immunology
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