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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738617/flexible-immunosensor-for-the-detection-of-salivary-%C3%AE-amylase-in-body-fluids
#1
Bartolomeo Della Ventura, Nikola Sakač, Riccardo Funari, Raffaele Velotta
The development of a portable testing device for detecting Human Salivary α-Amylase (HSA) is very timely since such an enzyme is a valuable biomarker for diagnosing many diseases and monitoring the human stress. We show that an easy-to-use and robust device like the Quartz-Crystal Microbalance (QCM) can be a suitable platform for HSA sensing with a limit of detection of 1µg/mL (77 U/L). The functionalization of the gold surface is realized by the Photochemical Immobilization Technique (PIT), a powerful and simple method based on an appropriate UV-activation of antibodies...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738414/impact-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-on-slow-tonic-myofiber-composition-in-human-extraocular-muscles
#2
Anton E Tjust, Adam Danielsson, Peter M Andersen, Thomas Brännström, Fatima Pedrosa Domellöf
Purpose: To analyze the proportion and cross-sectional area of myofibers containing myosin heavy chain slow-twitch (MyHCI) and myosin heavy chain slow tonic (MyHCsto) in extraocular muscles of autopsied amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients with either spinal or bulbar site of disease onset. Methods: Whole-muscle cross sections from the middle portion of the medial rectus were labeled with antibodies against MyHCI or MyHCsto and laminin. Myofibers labeled with the MyHC antibodies (MyHCI+sto) and the total number of myofibers were quantified in the orbital and global layer of 6 control individuals and 18 ALS patients...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738289/germinal-center-enhancement-by-extended-antigen-availability
#3
REVIEW
Kimberly M Cirelli, Shane Crotty
Vaccine elicitation of protective antibody responses has proved difficult for a number of important human pathogens, including HIV-1. The amount of somatic hypermutation associated with the development of broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV has not been achieved using conventional immunization strategies. An underexplored aspect of vaccine design is modulation of antigen kinetics. Immunization strategies with extended antigen availability have recently been shown to enhance humoral responses. In this review, we explore the mechanisms through which sustained antigen availability can enhance germinal center responses and the potency of antibody responses...
July 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737890/a-difluoroboron-%C3%AE-diketonate-probe-shows-turn-on-near-infrared-fluorescence-specific-for-tau-fibrils
#4
Kwang-Su Park, Mi Kyoung Kim, Yujin Seo, Taewoong Ha, Kyeongha Yoo, Seung Jae Hyeon, Yu Jin Hwang, Junghee Lee, Hoon Ryu, Hyunah Choo, Youhoon Chong
Tau aggregation in neuronal cells has recently received significant attention as a robust predictor of the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) because of its proven correlation with the degree of cognitive impairment in AD patients. Accordingly, non-invasive imaging of tau aggregates has been highlighted as a promising diagnostic tool for AD. We have previously identified a tau-specific "turn-on" near-infrared fluorescent (NIRF) probe (1) and, in this study, structural modification was performed to optimize its physicochemical as well as fluorescence properties...
July 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737447/pmab-52-specific-and-sensitive-monoclonal-antibody-against-cat-podoplanin-for-immunohistochemistry
#5
Shinji Yamada, Shunsuke Itai, Takuro Nakamura, Miyuki Yanaka, Noriko Saidoh, Yao-Wen Chang, Saori Handa, Hiroyuki Harada, Yumiko Kagawa, Osamu Ichii, Satoru Konnai, Mika K Kaneko, Yukinari Kato
Podoplanin (PDPN) is expressed in several normal tissues, such as lymphatic endothelial cells, podocytes of renal glomerulus, and type I alveolar cells of lung. PDPN activates platelet aggregation by binding to C-type lectin-like receptor-2 (CLEC-2) on platelet. Although monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against human PDPN, mouse PDPN, rat PDPN, rabbit PDPN, dog PDPN, and bovine PDPN have been established, anticat PDPN (cPDPN) mAbs have not been developed. In this study, we immunized mice with Chinese hamster ovary (CHO)-K1 cell lines expressing cPDPN, and developed anti-cPDPN mAbs...
July 24, 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737430/nivolumab-for-the-treatment-of-bladder-cancer
#6
Oliver W Hakenberg
The checkpoint inhibitor nivolumab has recently demonstrated effectiveness against metatstatic urothelial carcinoma. Nivolumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody blocking PD-1 and thereby enhancing antitumour immune mechanisms. Areas covered: In this review, the authors describe the treatment of metastatic bladder cancer with nivolumab against the background of the standard treatment with cisplatin-based chemotherapy which can prolong overall survival from 3-6 months in untreated cases to over one year. Different combinations of cisplatin-based chemotherapy can further prolong survival by only a few months...
July 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737051/pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-drug-evaluation-of-benralizumab-for-the-treatment-of-asthma
#7
Maria Gabriella Matera, Luigino Calzetta, Barbara Rinaldi, Mario Cazzola
In many severe asthmatics, eosinophils cause inflammation and airways hyperresponsiveness, resulting in frequent exacerbations, impaired lung function, and reduced quality of life. Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is a key cytokine for eosinophil growth, differentiation, recruitment, activation, and survival. Anti-IL-5-based therapies (mepolizumab and reslizumab are humanized monoclonal antibodies (hmAbs) that recognize free IL-5, benralizumab is a hmAb directed at the α subunit of the IL-5R) target the IL-5-signaling in eosinophilic asthma...
July 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736973/plasmacytoid-dendritic-cells-and-type-i-interferon-in-the-immunological-response-against-warts
#8
D Saadeh, M Kurban, O Abbas
BACKGROUND: Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) are the most potent producers of type I interferons (IFNs), and are involved in the pathogenesis of several cutaneous infectious (especially viral), inflammatory/autoimmune and neoplastic entities. Their role in the pathogenesis and regression of human papilloma virus (HPV)-induced skin lesions has not been well studied. AIM: To investigate pDC occurrence and activity in HPV-induced skin lesions, including inflamed and uninflamed warts as well as epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EDV)-associated lesions...
July 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736918/phase-1-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-single-dose-and-multiple-dose-studies-of-erenumab-in-healthy-subjects-and-patients-with-migraine
#9
Jan de Hoon, Anne Van Hecken, Corinne Vandermeulen, Lucy Yan, Brian Smith, Jiyun Sunny Chen, Edgar Bautista, Lisa Hamilton, Javier Waksman, Thuy Vu, Gabriel Vargas
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) signaling are being explored as prophylactic treatments for migraine. Erenumab (AMG 334) is the first potent, selective, and competitive human mAb antagonist of the CGRP receptor. We report the data from two phase 1 studies assessing the safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), and pharmacodynamics of single and multiple administrations of erenumab in healthy subjects and patients with migraine. The results indicate that the PK profile of erenumab is nonlinear from 1 mg to 70 mg and the linear portion of the clearance from 70 mg to 210 mg is consistent with other human immunoglobulin (Ig)G2 antibodies...
July 24, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736743/oncolytic-adenovirus-loaded-menstrual-blood-stem-cells-overcome-the-blockade-of-viral-activity-exerted-by-ovarian-cancer-ascites
#10
Ana Laura Alfano, Alejandro Nicola Candia, Nicasio Cuneo, Leandro N Guttlein, Alejandro Soderini, Cecilia Rotondaro, Leonardo Sganga, Osvaldo L Podhajcer, M Veronica Lopez
Patients with ovarian cancer present peritoneal ascites at recurrence as a marker of disseminated disease and dismal prognosis. Oncolytic immunotherapy is an emerging approach for the treatment of disseminated cancer. In the present work, we constructed a novel oncolytic adenovirus, AR2011, to target malignant ovarian tumors. AR2011 exhibited a clear lytic effect in vitro in human ovarian cancer cell lines and malignant cells obtained from ascitic fluids (AFs) of patients with ovarian cancer. AR2011 activity was neutralized by antibodies present in 31 samples of patient-derived AFs...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736637/primary-and-acquired-resistance-to-biologic-therapies-in-gastrointestinal-cancers
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REVIEW
Sam J Lubner, Nataliya V Uboha, Dustin A Deming
Improvements in the understanding of cancer biology have led to therapeutic advances in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. Drugs which target the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathways have led the way in colon cancer. Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) such as bevacizumab, ramucirumab, cetuximab, and panitumumab, have improved progression free survival and overall survival (OS) for colorectal cancers and were quickly adopted. Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) has demonstrated significant benefit for gastroesophageal cancers and in the setting of HER2 amplification, trastuzumab in combination with chemotherapy has become the standard of care...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736636/biological-agents-in-gastrointestinal-cancers-adverse-effects-and-their-management
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REVIEW
Nivedita Arora, Arjun Gupta, Preet Paul Singh
Biological therapy comprises agents that by virtue of their unique mechanisms of action, are able to specifically incite a response against or target malignant cells. They differ from conventional chemotherapy with regard to mechanisms of action, indications and side effect profile. Biologic agents have revolutionized therapy for a number of malignancies. In the setting of gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies, agents targeting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2/Neu) and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) have proven to be invaluable additions to chemotherapy...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736629/biologic-therapy-in-esophageal-and-gastric-malignancies-current-therapies-and-future-directions
#13
REVIEW
Pamela Samson, A Craig Lockhart
Biologic agents, including targeted antibodies as well as immunomodulators, are demonstrating unparalleled development and study across the entire spectrum of human malignancy. This review summarizes the current state of biologic therapies for esophageal, esophagogastric, and gastric malignancies, including those that target human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), c-Met, mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) and immunomodulators...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736271/b-cells-and-their-cytokine-activities-implications-in-human-diseases
#14
Simon Fillatreau
B cells are the only cell type that can give rise to antibody-producing cells, and the only cell type whose selective depletion can, today, lead to an improvement of a wide range of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, including disorders not primarily driven by autoantibodies. Here, I discuss this paradoxical observation, and propose that the capacity of B cells to act as cytokine-producing cells explains how they can control monocyte activity and subsequently disease pathogenesis. Together with current data on the effect of anti-CD20 B cell-depleting reagents in the clinic, this novel knowledge on B cell heterogeneity opens the way for novel safer and more efficient strategies to target B cells...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736183/immunotherapy-targeting-immune-check-point-s-in-brain-metastases
#15
Anna Maria Di Giacomo, Monica Valente, Alessia Covre, Riccardo Danielli, Michele Maio
Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies (mAb) directed to different immune check-point(s) is showing a significant clinical impact in a growing number of human tumors of different histotype, both in terms of disease response and long-term survival patients. In this rapidly changing scenario, treatment of brain metastases remains an high unmeet medical need, and the efficacy of immunotherapy in these highly dismal clinical setting remains to be largely demonstrated. Nevertheless, up-coming observations are beginning to suggest a clinical potential of cancer immunotherapy also in brain metastases, regardless the underlying tumor histotype...
July 13, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736013/outcomes-of-highly-sensitized-patients-undergoing-simultaneous-liver-and-kidney-transplantation-a-single-center-experience-with-desensitization
#16
J A Steggerda, A Kang, S-H Pan, V Sundaram, N N Nissen, A S Klein, T Todo, A Annamalai, A Vo, S C Jordan, I K Kim
BACKGROUND: Preformed donor-specific human leukocyte antigen antibodies (DSAs) in patients undergoing simultaneous liver and kidney transplantation (SLKT) are an independent risk factor for poorer patient and renal allograft survival. The outcomes of patients highly sensitized (HS) against HLA antigens undergoing SLKT and select HS SLKT recipients undergoing desensitization at a high-volume desensitization center were investigated. METHODS: Seventy-five patients undergoing SLKT at a high-volume desensitization center between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2015, were retrospectively reviewed...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735813/atypical-memory-b-cells-in-human-chronic-infectious-diseases-an-interim-report
#17
Silvia Portugal, Nyamekye Obeng-Adjei, Susan Moir, Peter D Crompton, Susan K Pierce
Immunological memory is a remarkable phenomenon in which survival of an initial infection by a pathogen leads to life-long protection from disease upon subsequent exposure to that same pathogen. For many infectious diseases, long-lived protective humoral immunity is induced after only a single infection in a process that depends on the generation of memory B cells (MBCs) and long-lived plasma cells. However, over the past decade it has become increasingly evident that many chronic human infectious diseases to which immunity is not readily established, including HIV-AIDS, malaria and TB, are associated with fundamental alterations in the composition and functionality of MBC compartments...
July 11, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735760/first-characterization-of-immunogenic-conjugates-of-vi-negative-salmonella-typhi-o-specific-polysaccharides-with-repa-protein-for-vaccine-development
#18
M Salman, F St Michael, A Ali, A Jabbar, C Cairns, A C Hayes, M Rahman, M Iqbal, A Haque, A D Cox
Efficacious typhoid vaccines for young children will significantly reduce the disease burden in developing world. The Vi polysaccharide based conjugate vaccines (Vi-rEPA) against Salmonella Typhi Vi positive strains has shown high efficacy but may be ineffective against Vi negative S. Typhi. In this study, for the first time, we report the synthesis and evaluation of polysaccharide-protein conjugates of Vi negative S. Typhi as potential vaccine candidates. Four different conjugates were synthesized using recombinant exoprotein A of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (rEPA) and human serum albumin (HSA) as the carrier proteins, using either direct reductive amination or an intermediate linker molecule, adipic acid dihydrazide (ADH)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735727/investigation-of-the-role-of-dna-methylation-in-the-expression-of-erbb2-in-human-myocardium
#19
Adolfo Quiñones-Lombraña, Rachael Hageman Blair, Javier G Blanco
The ERBB2 gene encodes a transmembrane tyrosine kinase receptor that belongs to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) family. ERBB2 plays a pivotal role during heart development and is essential for normal cardiac function, particularly during episodes of cardiac stress. The monoclonal antibody drug trastuzumab is used for the therapy of breast cancers that overexpress ERBB2. The clinical use of trastuzumab is limited by the development of cardiotoxicity in some patients. Inter-individual differences in the expression of ERBB2 in cardiac tissue may impact the risk of cardiotoxicity...
July 20, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735348/analysis-of-the-cd8-t-cell-anti-hiv-activity-in-heterologous-cell-co-cultures-reveals-the-benefit-of-multiple-hla-class-i-matches
#20
M Scott Killian, Fernando Teque, Ramu Sudhagoni
CD8(+) T lymphocytes can reduce the production of human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) by CD4(+) T cells by cytotoxic and non-cytotoxic mechanisms. To investigate the involvement of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I compatibility in anti-HIV responses, we co-cultured primary CD8(+) T cells, isolated from the peripheral blood of HIV-1-infected individuals, with panels of autologous and heterologous acutely HIV-1-infected primary CD4(+) T cells. Altogether, CD8(+) T cell anti-HIV activity was evaluated in more than 200 co-cultures...
July 22, 2017: Immunogenetics
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