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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545090/neotropical-bats-that-co-habit-with-humans-function-as-dead-end-hosts-for-dengue-virus
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Amanda Vicente-Santos, Andres Moreira-Soto, Claudio Soto-Garita, Luis Guillermo Chaverri, Andrea Chaves, Jan Felix Drexler, Juan Alberto Morales, Alejandro Alfaro-Alarcón, Bernal Rodríguez-Herrera, Eugenia Corrales-Aguilar
Several studies have shown Dengue Virus (DENV) nucleic acids and/or antibodies present in Neotropical wildlife including bats, suggesting that some bat species may be susceptible to DENV infection. Here we aim to elucidate the role of house-roosting bats in the DENV transmission cycle. Bats were sampled in households located in high and low dengue incidence regions during rainy and dry seasons in Costa Rica. We captured 318 bats from 12 different species in 29 households. Necropsies were performed in 205 bats to analyze virus presence in heart, lung, spleen, liver, intestine, kidney, and brain tissue...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544544/insulin-like-growth-factor-1-signaling-is-responsible-for-cathepsin-g-induced-aggregation-of-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells
#2
Riyo Morimoto-Kamata, Satoru Yui
Cathepsin G (CG), a neutrophil serine protease, induces cell migration and multicellular aggregation of human breast cancer MCF-7 cells in a process that is dependent on E-cadherin and CG enzymatic activity. While these tumor cell aggregates can cause tumor emboli that could represent intravascular growth and extravasation into the surrounding tissues, resulting in metastasis, the molecular mechanism underlying this process remains poorly characterized. In this study, we aimed to identify the signaling pathway that is triggered during CG-mediated stimulation of cell aggregation...
May 24, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544385/korean-red-ginseng-extract-enhances-the-anticancer-effects-of-sorafenib-through-abrogation-of-creb-and-c-jun-activation-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
#3
Chulwon Kim, Jong Hyun Lee, Seung Ho Baek, Jeong-Hyeon Ko, Dongwoo Nam, Kwang Seok Ahn
Although application of sorafenib in the treatment of human renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains one of the best examples of successful targeted therapy, majority of RCC patients suffer from its side effects as well as develop resistance to this targeted therapy. Thus, there is a need to promote novel alternative therapies for the treatment of RCC. In this study, we investigated whether Korean red ginseng extract (KRGE) could inhibit the proliferation and induce chemosensitization in human renal cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543395/contact-urticaria-syndrome-with-ige-antibody-against-a-cefotiam-unique-structure-evoked-by-nonapparent-exposure-to-cefotiam
#4
S Takahagi, A Tanaka, K Iwamoto, K Ishii, M Hide
A 26-year-old woman presented with recurrent attacks of widespread urticaria and systemic symptoms. The patient was a nurse, and the attacks occurred only in her workplace, without an apparent trigger. A patch test to cefotiam (CTM) induced an immediate skin reaction. ELISA detected the patient's serum IgE antibody binding to CTM conjugated with human serum albumin (CTM-HSA), and her basophils released histamine in response to CTM-HSA in a histamine release assay (HRA). Both reactions in ELISA and HRA were inhibited by pretreatment of the patient's serum or basophils with cefotiam...
May 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543101/immunoglobulin-m-antibodies-are-not-specific-for-serodiagnosis-of-human-toxocariasis
#5
William Henry Roldán, Guita Rubinsky Elefant, Antonio Walter Ferreira
Serodiagnosis of human toxocariasis is established by detecting serum anti-Toxocara IgG antibodies, but there is little knowledge regarding the reactivity of human IgM antibodies against the Toxocara antigens. In this study, we have evaluated the reactivity of IgM antibodies in sera from patients with toxocariasis, patients with other helminth infections, and healthy individuals, against Toxocara larval excretory-secretory (TES) antigens by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and western-blot (WB). Anti-Toxocara IgM were detected in 91...
May 25, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542600/snp-in-human-arhgef3-promoter-is-associated-with-dnase-hypersensitivity-transcript-level-and-platelet-function-and-arhgef3-ko-mice-have-increased-mean-platelet-volume
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Siying Zou, Alexandra M Teixeira, Myrto Kostadima, William J Astle, Aparna Radhakrishnan, Lukas Mikolaj Simon, Lucy Truman, Jennifer S Fang, John Hwa, Ping-Xia Zhang, Pim van der Harst, Paul F Bray, Willem H Ouwehand, Mattia Frontini, Diane S Krause
Genome-wide association studies have identified a genetic variant at 3p14.3 (SNP rs1354034) that strongly associates with platelet number and mean platelet volume in humans. While originally proposed to be intronic, analysis of mRNA expression in primary human hematopoietic subpopulations reveals that this SNP is located directly upstream of the predominantly expressed ARHGEF3 isoform in megakaryocytes (MK). We found that ARHGEF3, which encodes a Rho guanine exchange factor, is dramatically upregulated during both human and murine MK maturation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542546/albendazole-increases-the-inflammatory-response-and-the-amount-of-em2-positive-small-particles-of-echinococcus-multilocularis-spems-in-human-hepatic-alveolar-echinococcosis-lesions
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Franz J Ricken, Juliane Nell, Beate Grüner, Julian Schmidberger, Tanja Kaltenbach, Wolfgang Kratzer, Andreas Hillenbrand, Doris Henne-Bruns, Peter Deplazes, Peter Möller, Peter Kern, Thomas F E Barth
BACKGROUND: Alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is caused by the metacestode stage of Echinococcus multilocularis. The inflammatory response to this infection is influenced by the interaction of the parasite with the host. We aimed to analyze human liver lesions infected with Echinococcus multilocularis and the changes of the cellular infiltrates during albendazole (ABZ) treatment. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We analyzed liver tissue samples from 8 untreated patients, 5 patients treated with two daily doses of 400 mg ABZ for up to two months and 7 patients treated for more than two months with the same ABZ therapy...
May 25, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542473/stably-engineered-nanobubbles-and-ultrasound-an-effective-platform-for-enhanced-macromolecular-delivery-to-representative-cells-of-the-retina
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Sachin S Thakur, Micheal S Ward, Amirali Popat, Nicole B Flemming, Marie-Odile Parat, Nigel L Barnett, Harendra S Parekh
Herein we showcase the potential of ultrasound-responsive nanobubbles in enhancing macromolecular permeation through layers of the retina, ultimately leading to significant and direct intracellular delivery; this being effectively demonstrated across three relevant and distinct retinal cell lines. Stably engineered nanobubbles of a highly homogenous and echogenic nature were fully characterised using dynamic light scattering, B-scan ultrasound and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanobubbles appeared as spherical liposome-like structures under TEM, accompanied by an opaque luminal core and darkened corona around their periphery, with both features indicative of efficient gas entrapment and adsorption, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542447/exploratory-plasma-proteomic-analysis-in-a-randomized-crossover-trial-of-aspirin-among-healthy-men-and-women
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Xiaoliang Wang, Ali Shojaie, Yuzheng Zhang, David Shelley, Paul D Lampe, Lisa Levy, Ulrike Peters, John D Potter, Emily White, Johanna W Lampe
Long-term use of aspirin is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer and other cancers; however, the mechanism of chemopreventive effect of aspirin is not fully understood. Animal studies suggest that COX-2, NFκB signaling and Wnt/β-catenin pathways may play a role, but no clinical trials have systematically evaluated the biological response to aspirin in healthy humans. Using a high-density antibody array, we assessed the difference in plasma protein levels after 60 days of regular dose aspirin (325 mg/day) compared to placebo in a randomized double-blinded crossover trial of 44 healthy non-smoking men and women, aged 21-45 years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542406/human-igg3-with-extended-half-life-does-not-improve-fc-gamma-receptor-mediated-cancer-antibody-therapies-in-mice
#10
Rens Braster, Simran Grewal, Remco Visser, Helga K Einarsdottir, Marjolein van Egmond, Gestur Vidarsson, Marijn Bögels
BACKGROUND: Current anti-cancer therapeutic antibodies that are used in the clinic are predominantly humanized or fully human immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1). These antibodies bind with high affinity to the target antigen and are efficient in activating the immune system via IgG Fc receptors and/or complement. In addition to IgG1, three more isotypes are present in humans, of which IgG3 has been found to be superior compared to human IgG1 in inducing antibody dependent cell cytotoxicity (ADCC), phagocytosis or activation of complement in some models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542361/granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-blockade-enables-dexamethasone-to-inhibit-lipopolysaccharide-induced-murine-lung-neutrophils
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Jesus Banuelos, Yun Cao, Soon Cheon Shin, Bruce S Bochner, Pedro Avila, Shihong Li, Xin Jiang, Mark W Lingen, Robert P Schleimer, Nick Z Lu
Glucocorticoids promote neutrophilic inflammation, the mechanisms of which are poorly characterized. Using a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute murine lung injury model, we determined the role of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) in mouse lung neutrophil numbers in the absence and presence of dexamethasone, a potent glucocorticoid. G-CSF was blocked using a neutralizing antibody. Airway neutrophil numbers, cytokine levels, and lung injury parameters were measured. Glucocorticoid treatment maintained LPS-induced airway G-CSF while suppressing TNF and IL-6...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542350/t0001-a-variant-of-tnfr2-fc-fusion-protein-exhibits-improved-fc-effector-functions-through-increased-binding-to-membrane-bound-tnf%C3%AE
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Yijun Shen, Gang Li, Chunying Gu, Ben Chen, Aihua Chen, Hua Li, Bei Gao, Chencai Liang, Jingsong Wu, Tong Yang, Li Jin, Yong Su
T0001 is a recombinant human TNFR-Fc fusion protein mutant; it exhibits higher affinity to TNFα than etanercept and is now being tested in a Phase 1 study in China (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02481180). T0001 can inhibit the binding of soluble TNFα (sTNFα) or membrane-bound TNFα (mTNFα) to TNF receptors. When bound to mTNFα, the Fc-bearing TNFα antagonists have the potential to induce Fc-mediated effects, such as antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and complement-mediated cytotoxicity (CDC) as well as outside-to-inside signals (apoptosis mainly)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542292/development-of-a-versatile-oncolytic-virus-platform-for-local-intra-tumoural-expression-of-therapeutic-transgenes
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Nalini Marino, Sam Illingworth, Prithvi Kodialbail, Ashvin Patel, Hugo Calderon, Rochelle Lear, Kerry D Fisher, Brian R Champion, Alice C N Brown
Oncolytic viruses which infect and kill tumour cells can also be genetically modified to express therapeutic genes that augment their anti-cancer activities. Modifying oncolytic viruses to produce effective cancer therapies is challenging as encoding transgenes often attenuates virus activity or prevents systemic delivery in patients due to the risk of off-target expression of transgenes in healthy tissues. To overcome these issues we aimed to generate a readily modifiable virus platform using the oncolytic adenovirus, enadenotucirev...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542109/application-and-interpretation-of-histocompatibility-data-in-pediatric-kidney-transplantation
#14
Hilda E Fernandez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Advances in technology to assess immunologic risk in solid organ transplant offer an opportunity to optimize the approach to pediatric deceased donor kidney transplant in the setting of a new allocation system in the United States. RECENT FINDINGS: Degree of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) mismatch, class II HLA mismatch, unacceptable antigens and donor-specific antibody (DSA) detected by solid-phase assays, and epitope matching pretransplant affect pediatric kidney transplant outcomes...
May 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541812/engineering-humanized-antibody-framework-sequences-for-optimal-site-specific-conjugation-of-cytotoxins
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Jared L Spidel, Earl F Albone, Xin Cheng, Benjamin Vaessen, Sara Jacob, Andrew Z Milinichik, Arielle Verdi, J Bradford Kline, Luigi Grasso
The prevailing techniques used to generate antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) involve random conjugation of the linker-drug to multiple lysines or cysteines in the antibody. Engineering natural and non-natural amino acids into an antibody has been demonstrated to be an effective strategy to produce homogeneous ADC products with defined drug-to-antibody ratios. We recently reported an efficient residue-specific conjugation technology (RESPECT) where thiol-reactive payloads can be efficiently conjugated to a native unpaired cysteine in position 80 (C80) of rabbit light chains...
May 25, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541500/prophylactic-efficacy-of-hyperimmune-bovine-colostral-antiadhesin-antibodies-against-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-diarrhea-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-1-trial
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Stephen J Savarino, Robin McKenzie, David R Tribble, Chad K Porter, Aisling O'Dowd, Joyce A Cantrell, Stephanie A Sincock, Steven T Poole, Barbara DeNearing, Colleen M Woods, Hye Kim, Shannon L Grahek, Carl Brinkley, Joseph H Crabb, A Louis Bourgeois
Background.: Tip-localized adhesive proteins of bacterial fimbriae from diverse pathogens confer protection in animal models, but efficacy in humans has not been reported. Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) commonly elaborate colonization factors comprising a minor tip adhesin and major stalk-forming subunit. We assessed the efficacy of antiadhesin bovine colostral IgG (bIgG) antibodies against ETEC challenge in volunteers. Methods.: Adults were randomly assigned (1:1:1) to take oral hyperimmune bIgG raised against CFA/I minor pilin subunit (CfaE) tip adhesin or colonization factor I (CFA/I) fimbraie (positive control) or placebo...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540944/an-ultrasensitive-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-platinum-luminol-nanocomposite-based-electrochemiluminescence-immunosensor
#17
Xin Zhang, Hong Ke, Zhiming Wang, Weiwei Guo, Amin Zhang, Chusen Huang, Nengqin Jia
An ultrasensitive electrochemiluminescence (ECL) immunosensor for carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) detection using multi-walled carbon nanotube-platinum-luminol nanocomposites (MWCNT-Pt-luminol) as nanointerface and signal tags was designed. First, the MWCNT-Pt-luminol nanocomposite was decorated on the surface of a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) through the film-forming properties of chitosan (Chi). Then, the CA19-9 antibody (anti-CA19-9) was attached to the modified electrode surface via crosslinking with glutaraldehyde (GA)...
May 25, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540885/outcome-of-recipients-of-human-leukocyte-antigen-incompatible-kidney-transplants-who-underwent-desensitization-at-king-fahad-specialist-hospital-dammam-saudi-arabia
#18
Mohammed Abdulrahim Idris, Akhtar Hossain, Mohammed Abdulrahman Muntasir, Adnan Marmi, Ahmed Abdulfattah Aldajani, Yousef Mohammed Aljamaan, Mahmood Akhtar, Abdulrahman Housawi
In patients whom are highly sensitized immunologically, the benefit of kidney transplantation can be extended to this population through the utilization of organs from human leukocyte antigen incompatible (HLAi) donors. This retrospective observational study was designed to identify the incidence and predictors of acute antibody-mediated rejection/acute cellular rejection (AMR/ACR) in our kidney recipients from living kidney donors (sensitized and those with low immunologic risk). This single-center study has been conducted at King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam (KFSH-D), Saudi Arabia; during the period of September 2008- August 2013...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540859/case-report-serological-testing-interference-of-daratumumab-anti-cd38-therapy-in-multiple-myeloma
#19
Élodie Rabut, Annabelle Castro-Fernandez, Virginie Le Gall, Nihad Meknache
We report the case of a 54 years old patient monitored for a monoclonal IgG kappa light chain refractory relapsed multiple myeloma and receiving daratumumab immunotherapy. Daratumumab (DARA), a monoclonal anti-CD38 antibody, belongs to the new generation of immunotherapy in refractory relapse multiple myeloma which the medical pathologist should be aware of to avoid misinterpretation of biological tests performed for patients followed for this disease. By its IgG1K humanized monoclonal antibody backbone, DARA interferes in both serum protein electrophoresis and immunofixation by the presence of an alternate IgGK monoclonal peak, leading to a possible difficulty to assess treatment's response in monoclonal IgG kappa light chain myeloma...
June 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540429/identification-of-markers-for-quiescent-pancreatic-stellate-cells-in-the-normal-human-pancreas
#20
Michael Friberg Bruun Nielsen, Michael Bau Mortensen, Sönke Detlefsen
Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) play a central role as source of fibrogenic cells in pancreatic cancer and chronic pancreatitis. In contrast to quiescent hepatic stellate cells (qHSCs), a specific marker for quiescent PSCs (qPSCs) that can be used in formalin-fixed and paraffin embedded (FFPE) normal human pancreatic tissue has not been identified. The aim of this study was to identify a marker enabling the identification of qPSCs in normal human FFPE pancreatic tissue. Immunohistochemical (IHC), double-IHC, immunofluorescence (IF) and double-IF analyses were carried out using a tissue microarray consisting of cores with normal human pancreatic tissue...
May 25, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
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