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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214848/human-birth-weight-and-reproductive-immunology-testing-for-interactions-between-maternal-and-offspring-kir-and-hla-c-genes
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Michelle M Clark, Olympe Chazara, Eric M Sobel, Håkon K Gjessing, Per Magnus, Ashley Moffett, Janet S Sinsheimer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Maternal and offspring cell contact at the site of placentation presents a plausible setting for maternal-fetal genotype (MFG) interactions affecting fetal growth. We test hypotheses regarding killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) and HLA-C MFG effects on human birth weight by extending the quantitative MFG (QMFG) test. METHODS: Until recently, association testing for MFG interactions had limited applications. To improve the ability to test for these interactions, we developed the extended QMFG test, a linear mixed-effect model that can use multi-locus genotype data from families...
February 18, 2017: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213891/opioids-and-the-immune-system-friend-or-foe
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REVIEW
Lisanne Mirja Plein, Heike L Rittner
Systemically administered opioids are among the most powerful analgesics for treating severe pain. Several negative side-effects (respiratory depression, addiction, nausea, confusion) and the risk of opioid-induced hyperalgesia accompany opioid administration. One other side effect is the potential of opioids to suppress the immune response and thereby to increase the vulnerability for infections. Several studies have investigated the link between opioids and immunosuppression in vitro, in vivo as well as in patients with divergent results: Exogenous opioids such as morphine and fentanyl can impair macrophage and natural killer cell as well as T cell function and weaken the gut barrier in vitro and in animal studies...
February 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213497/mitochondrial-damage-elicits-a-tcdd-inducible-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-mediated-antiviral-response
#3
Tatsuya Kozaki, Jun Komano, Daiki Kanbayashi, Michihiro Takahama, Takuma Misawa, Takashi Satoh, Osamu Takeuchi, Taro Kawai, Shigeomi Shimizu, Yoshiharu Matsuura, Shizuo Akira, Tatsuya Saitoh
The innate immune system senses RNA viruses by pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and protects the host from virus infection. PRRs mediate the production of immune modulatory factors and direct the elimination of RNA viruses. Here, we show a unique PRR that mediates antiviral response. Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)-inducible poly(ADP ribose) polymerase (TIPARP), a Cysteine3 Histidine (CCCH)-type zinc finger-containing protein, binds to Sindbis virus (SINV) RNA via its zinc finger domain and recruits an exosome to induce viral RNA degradation...
February 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213050/reduced-frequency-of-two-activating-kir-genes-in-patients-with-sepsis
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Luciana M Oliveira, Pamela Portela, Joice Merzoni, Juliana D Lindenau, Fernando S Dias, Jaqueline Beppler, Pietra Graebin, Clarice S Alho, Gilberto Schwartsmann, Felipe Dal-Pizzol, Luiz Fernando Jobim, Mariana Jobim, Rafael Roesler
Natural killer (NK) cell activity is regulated by activating and inhibitory signals transduced by killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). Diversity in KIR gene repertoire among individuals may affect disease outcome. Sepsis development and severity may be influenced by genetic factors affecting the immune response. Here, we examined sixteen KIR genes and their human leucocyte antigen (HLA) class I ligands in critical patients, aiming to identify patterns that could be associated with sepsis. Male and female patients (ages ranging between 14 and 94 years-old) were included...
February 14, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211903/activating-killer-immunoglobulin-receptors-and-hla-c-a-successful-combination-providing-hiv-1-control
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Mauro S Malnati, Elisabetta Ugolotti, Maria Cristina Monti, Davide De Battista, Irene Vanni, Domenico Bordo, Francesca Sironi, Patrizia Larghero, Eddi Di Marco, Priscilla Biswas, Guido Poli, Elisa Vicenzi, Agostino Riva, Maciej Tarkowski, Giuseppe Tambussi, Silvia Nozza, Gino Tripodi, Francesco Marras, Andrea De Maria, Angela Pistorio, Roberto Biassoni
Several studies demonstrated a relevant role of polymorphisms located within the HLA-B and -C loci and the Killer Immunoglobulin Receptors (KIRs) 3DL1 and 3DS1 in controlling HIV-1 replication. KIRs are regulatory receptors expressed at the surface of NK and CD8+ T-cells that specifically bind HLA-A and -B alleles belonging to the Bw4 supratype and all the -C alleles expressing the C1 or C2 supratype. We here disclose a novel signature associated with the Elite Controller but not with the long-term nonprogressor status concerning 2DS activating KIRs and HLA-C2 alleles insensitive to miRNA148a regulation...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211574/conditioning-regimens-for-autologous-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-can-natural-killer-cell-therapy-help
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EDITORIAL
John A Snowden, Geoffrey R Hill
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211154/kir2dl3-and-the-kir-ligand-groups-hla-a-bw4-and-hla-c2-predict-the-outcome-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Danilo Di Bona, Anna Aiello, Claudia Colomba, Massimo Bilancia, Giulia Accardi, Raffaella Rubino, Lidia Giannitrapani, Antonino Tuttolomondo, Antonio Cascio, Maria Filomena Caiaffa, Sergio Rizzo, Gabriele Di Lorenzo, Giuseppina Candore, Luigi Macchia, Giuseppe Montalto, Calogero Caruso
Killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) regulate the activation of Natural Killer cells through their interaction with human leukocyte antigens (HLA). KIR and HLA loci are highly polymorphic and certain HLA-KIR combinations have been found to protect against viral infections. In this study we analyzed whether the KIR/HLA repertoire may influence the course of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Fifty-seven subjects with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), 44 subjects with resolved HBV infection, and 60 healthy uninfected controls (HC) were genotyped for KIR and their HLA ligands...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211096/monocyte-and-lymphocyte-surface-molecules-in-severe-sepsis-and-non-septic-critically-ill-patients
#8
Joel Jämsä, Hannu Syrjälä, Virva Huotari, Eeva-Riitta Savolainen, Tero Ala-Kokko
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether expression of monocyte and lymphocyte surface molecules differs between patients with severe sepsis and non-septic patients treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). The expression of monocyte CD14, CD40, CD80 and HLA-DR, and lymphocyte CD69 were analyzed using quantitative flow cytometry on three consecutive days in 27 patients with severe sepsis and in 15 non-septic patients. Receiver operating characteristic analyses were performed and each corresponding area under the curve (AUC) was determined...
February 17, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210257/kinetics-of-cytotoxic-lymphocytes-reconstitution-after-induction-chemotherapy-in-elderly-aml-patients-reveals-progressive-recovery-of-normal-phenotypic-and-functional-features-in-nk-cells
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Jérôme Rey, Cyril Fauriat, Eloïse Kochbati, Florence Orlanducci, Aude Charbonnier, Evelyne D'Incan, Pascale Andre, François Romagne, Bernadette Barbarat, Norbert Vey, Daniel Olive
NK cells are defective in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at diagnosis. Here, we studied the kinetic of expression of the major activating and inhibitory receptors of NK, CD8 T, and γδ T cells in patients undergoing chemotherapy (CT) for the treatment of AML (n = 29). We showed that NK cells are the main affected population at diagnosis and that expression of activating receptors is partially restored within a few weeks after CT. CD8 T cells and γδ T cells are only weakly affected at diagnosis. Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor expression by NK cells, but not NKG2A and CD85j, was downregulated...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209722/long-term-outcome-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-il2rg-jak3-scid-a-cohort-report
#10
Intan Juliana Abd Hamid, Mary A Slatter, Fiona McKendrick, Mark S Pearce, Andrew R Gennery
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) cures the T-lymphocyte, B-lymphocyte and Natural Killer (NK) cell differentiation defect in IL2RG/JAK3 SCID. We evaluated long-term clinical features, longitudinal immunoreconstitution, donor chimerism and quality of life (QoL) of IL2RG/JAK3 SCID patients >2 years post-HSCT at our center. Clinical data were collated and patients/families answered PedsQL Generic Core Scale v4.0 questionnaires. We performed longitudinal analyses of CD3+, CD4+ naïve T-lymphocyte, CD19+ and NK cell numbers from pre-transplant until 15 years post-transplant...
February 16, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209174/mouse-genomic-screen-reveals-novel-host-regulator-of-metastasis
#11
Toni Celià-Terrassa, Yibin Kang
Tumor cells have to overcome challenges in the host tissue microenvironment to metastasize successfully to distant organs. In a recent Nature study, a genome-wide functional screen demonstrated that deficiency of the sphingosine-1-phoshate (S1P) transporter gene Spns2 in endothelium increased immune-mediated cell killing by T cells and natural killer (NK) cells, thereby suppressing metastatic colonization.
February 16, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207696/cancer-killers
#12
Avery D Posey, Carl H June, Bruce L Levine
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Scientific American
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207683/announcement-american-heart-month-february-2017
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(no author information available yet)
Each February, the observance of American Heart Month helps raise awareness of ways to stay heart healthy and prevent heart disease. For 30 years, the number of deaths from heart disease, the number one killer of persons in the United States, declined. However, that progress has stalled in recent years, potentially because of high rates of obesity and hypertension, important risk factors for heart disease (1). With increased awareness and education, everyone can work together to prevent the conditions that lead to heart disease...
February 17, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205529/genetic-polymorphism-and-evolutionary-differentiation-of-eastern-chinese-han-a-comprehensive-and-comparative-analysis-on-kirs
#14
Caiyong Yin, Li Hu, Huijie Huang, Yanfang Yu, Zheng Li, Qiang Ji, Xiaochao Kong, Zhongqun Wang, Jinchuan Yan, Jiangwei Yan, Bofeng Zhu, Feng Chen
Killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor genes, namely KIRs, cluster together within the 160 kb genomic DNA region. In this study, we used PCR-SSP approach and successfully identified the genotype of 17 KIR genes in 123 independent healthy donors residing in the Jiangsu province, China. All individuals were positive at the 7 genes. The observed carrier gene frequencies (OFs) of remaining 10 KIRs ranged from 14.63% (KIR2DS3) to 95.93% (KIR3DL1). We found 27 distinct genotypes excluding KIR1D. The most frequent occurred in 63 individuals (51...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205317/oxidative-stress-and-immunosenescence-in-spleen-of-obese-mice-can-be-reversed-by-2-hydroxyoleic-acid
#15
Alina Gheorghe, Fátima Pérez de Heredia, Caroline Hunsche, Noemí Redondo, Ligia Esperanza Díaz, Oskarina Hernández, Ascensión Marcos, Mónica De la Fuente
We aimed to investigate the effects of obesity on oxidative stress and leukocyte function in spleen of mice, and to assess whether supplementation with 2-hydroxyoleic acid (2-OHOA) or n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) could reverse those effects. Female ICR/CD1 mice (8 weeks old, n = 24) received an obesogenic diet (22% fat for 4 weeks and 60% fat for 14 weeks). After 6 weeks, mice were split in three groups (n = 8/group): no supplementation, 2-OHOA supplementation (1500 mg kg(-1) ) and n-3 PUFA supplementation (EPA + DHA, 3000 mg kg(-1) diet)...
February 15, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203287/specific-immunotherapy-in-renal-cancer-a-systematic-review
#16
REVIEW
Armin Hirbod-Mobarakeh, Hesam Addin Gordan, Zahra Zahiri, Mohammad Mirshahvalad, Sima Hosseinverdi, Brian I Rini, Nima Rezaei
BACKGROUND: Renal cell cancer (RCC) is the tenth most common malignancy in adults. In recent years, several approaches of active and passive immunotherapy have been studied extensively in clinical trials of patients with RCC. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the clinical efficacy of various approaches of specific immunotherapy in patients with RCC. METHODS: We searched Medline, Scopus, CENTRAL, TRIP, DART, OpenGrey and ProQuest without any language filter through to 9 October 2015...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203118/human-u87-glioblastoma-cells-with-stemness-features-display-enhanced-sensitivity-to-natural-killer-cell-cytotoxicity-through-altered-expression-of-nkg2d-ligand
#17
Se-Jeong Oh, Jung-In Yang, Ok Kim, Eun-Jung Ahn, Woo Dae Kang, Jae-Hyuk Lee, Kyung-Sub Moon, Kyung-Hwa Lee, Duck Cho
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most lethal tumors with a poor prognosis. Its inevitable recurrence is frequently explained by the presence of cancer stem cells. We aimed to show that human GBM cells with stemness features are more sensitive to natural killer (NK) cells than GBM cells without stemness characteristics. METHODS: Natural killer cell cytotoxicity was measured using flow cytometry in neurosphere-forming U87 GBM cells cultured with neurobasal media (NBE condition) and compared with that in serum-cultured U87 GBM cells (serum condition)...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203032/icelandic-herring-eating-killer-whales-feed-at-night
#18
Gaëtan Richard, Olga A Filatova, Filipa I P Samarra, Ivan D Fedutin, Marc Lammers, Patrick J Miller
Herring-eating killer whales debilitate herring with underwater tail slaps and likely herd herring into tighter schools using a feeding-specific low-frequency pulsed call ('herding' call). Feeding on herring may be dependent upon daylight, as the whales use their white underside to help herd herring; however, feeding at night has not been investigated. The production of feeding-specific sounds provides an opportunity to use passive acoustic monitoring to investigate feeding behaviour at different times of day...
2017: Marine Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202613/the-activating-human-nk-cell-receptor-kir2ds2-recognizes-a-%C3%AE-2-microglobulin-independent-ligand-on-cancer-cells
#19
Lavanya Thiruchelvam-Kyle, Sigurd E Hoelsbrekken, Per C Saether, Elisabeth Gyllensten Bjørnsen, Daniela Pende, Sigbjørn Fossum, Michael R Daws, Erik Dissen
The functions of activating members of the killer cell Ig-like receptor (KIR) family are not fully understood, as the ligands for these receptors are largely unidentified. In this study, we report that KIR2DS2 reporter cells recognize a ligand expressed by cancer cell lines. All cancer targets recognized by KIR2DS2 were also recognized by KIR2DL2 and KIR2DL3 reporters. Trogocytosis of membrane proteins from the cancer targets was observed with responding reporter cells, indicating the formation of KIR2DS2 ligand-specific immunological synapses...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202077/repellent-effects-of-the-essential-oils-of-cymbopogon-citratus-and-tagetes-minuta-on-the-sandfly-phlebotomus-duboscqi
#20
Albert Kimutai, Moses Ngeiywa, Margaret Mulaa, Peter G N Njagi, Johnstone Ingonga, Lydia B Nyamwamu, Cyprian Ombati, Philip Ngumbi
BACKGROUND: The sandfly, Phlebotomus duboscqi is a vector of zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL) that is an important public health problem in Eastern Africa. Repellents have been used for protection of humans against vectors of ZCL and other vectors that transmit killer diseases including malaria, Rift Valley fever, dengue, and yellow fever. The repellent effects of different doses of the essential oils from the lemon grass, Cymbopogon citratus and Mexican marigold, Tagetes minuta were evaluated in a two-chamber bioassay against 3- to 7-day-old unfed females of P...
February 15, 2017: BMC Research Notes
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