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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044129/priming-with-fgf2-stimulates-human-dental-pulp-cells-to-promote-axonal-regeneration-and-locomotor-function-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Kosuke Nagashima, Takahiro Miwa, Hitomi Soumiya, Daisuke Ushiro, Tomoko Takeda-Kawaguchi, Naritaka Tamaoki, Saho Ishiguro, Yumi Sato, Kei Miyamoto, Takatoshi Ohno, Masatake Osawa, Takahiro Kunisada, Toshiyuki Shibata, Ken-Ichi Tezuka, Shoei Furukawa, Hidefumi Fukumitsu
Human dental pulp cells (DPCs), adherent cells derived from dental pulp tissues, are potential tools for cell transplantation therapy. However, little work has been done to optimize such transplantation. In this study, DPCs were treated with fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF2) for 5-6 consecutive serial passages and were transplanted into the injury site immediately after complete transection of the rat spinal cord. FGF2 priming facilitated the DPCs to promote axonal regeneration and to improve locomotor function in the rat with spinal cord injury (SCI)...
October 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018286/complement-protein-c3-suppresses-axon-growth-and-promotes-neuron-loss
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Sheri L Peterson, Hal X Nguyen, Oscar A Mendez, Aileen J Anderson
The inflammatory response to spinal cord injury (SCI) involves localization and activation of innate and adaptive immune cells and proteins, including the complement cascade. Complement C3 is important for the classical, alternative, and lectin pathways of complement activation, and its cleavage products C3a and C3b mediate several functions in the context of inflammation, but little is known about the potential functions of C3 on regeneration and survival of injured neurons after SCI. We report that 6 weeks after dorsal hemisection with peripheral conditioning lesion, C3(-/-) mice demonstrated a 2-fold increase in sensory axon regeneration in the spinal cord in comparison to wildtype C3(+/+) mice...
October 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967695/intravenous-immunoglobulin-for-the-treatment-of-childhood-encephalitis
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REVIEW
Mildred A Iro, Natalie G Martin, Michael Absoud, Andrew J Pollard
BACKGROUND: Encephalitis is a syndrome of neurological dysfunction due to inflammation of the brain parenchyma, caused by an infection or an exaggerated host immune response, or both. Attenuation of brain inflammation through modulation of the immune response could improve patient outcomes. Biological agents such as immunoglobulin that have both anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties may therefore be useful as adjunctive therapies for people with encephalitis. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy and safety of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) as add-on treatment for children with encephalitis...
October 2, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947081/chronic-il-33-expression-predisposes-to-viral-induced-exacerbations-of-asthma-by-increasing-type-2-inflammation-and-dampening-antiviral-immunity
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Rhiannon B Werder, B Biomed Sci, Vivian Zhang, Jason P Lynch, Natale Snape, John W Upham, Kirsten Spann, Simon Phipps
BACKGROUND: Rhinovirus infection triggers acute exacerbations of asthma. IL-33 is an instructive cytokine of type-2 inflammation whose expression is associated with viral load during experimental rhinovirus infection of asthmatic subjects. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether anti-IL-33 therapy is effective during disease progression, established disease, or viral exacerbation using a preclinical model of chronic asthma and in vivo human primary airway epithelial cells (AECs)...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901001/-early-versus-traditional-postoperative-oral-feeding-in-patients-undergoing-elective-colorectal-surgery-a-meta-analysis-of-safety-and-efficacy
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Kun Zhang, Sirong Cheng, Qi Zhu, Zhenguo Han
OBJECTIVE: To compare the outcomes of early oral feeding (EOF) and the traditional oral feeding (TOF) in postoperative patients with colorectal cancer using Meta-analysis. METHODS: The databases of PubMed, SCI, Ovid, The Cochrane Library, CNKI, CBM, VIP and Wanfang Data were searched to collect randomized controlled trial (RCT) about EOF versus TOF in patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery. The retrieval time span was from inception to June 1, 2016. The studies were screened according to the inclusion and exclusion criteria...
September 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887001/major-findings-and-recent-advances-in-virus-like-particle-vlp-based-vaccines
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REVIEW
Mona O Mohsen, Lisha Zha, Gustavo Cabral-Miranda, Martin F Bachmann
Virus-like particles (VLPs) have made giant strides in the field of vaccinology over the last three decades. VLPs constitute versatile tools in vaccine development due to their favourable immunological characteristics such as their size, repetitive surface geometry, ability to induce both innate and adaptive immune responses as well as being safe templates with favourable economics. Several VLP-based vaccines are commercially available including vaccines against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) such as Cervarix(®), Gardasil(®) & Gardasil9(®) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) including the 3rd generation Sci-B-Vac™...
September 5, 2017: Seminars in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884424/immunobiology-of-spinal-cord-injuries-and-potential-therapeutic-approaches
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REVIEW
Aabra Ahmed, Arun-Angelo Patil, Devendra K Agrawal
The incidence of spinal cord injuries (SCI) is high every year. As the spinal cord is the highway that allows for the brain to control the rest of the body, spinal cord injuries greatly impact the quality of life of the patients. The SCI include the primary response consisting of the initial accident-induced damage and the secondary response that is characterized by damage due to inflammation and biological responses. Astrocytes are the first to act at the site of the injury, forming a glial scar and attracting immune cells...
September 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851482/bioinformatics-analyses-of-pathways-and-gene-predictions-in-il-1%C3%AE-and-il-1%C3%AE-knockout-mice-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Zhuangchen Zhu, Defeng Wang, Wei Jiao, Guang Chen, Yan Cao, Qingfu Zhang, Junqin Wang
PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore the potential genes and pathways regulated in spinal cord injury (SCI) model mice with IL-1α and IL-1β knockout (KO). METHODS: Gene expression profile GSE70302, which includes data from injured spinal cord of 4 IL-1α-KO mice, 4 IL-1β-KO mice and 4 C57BL with 6 mice as controls was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) of the IL-1α-KO or IL-1β-KO vs. control, and IL-1α-KO vs...
August 26, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843345/cyclosporine-immunosuppression-does-not-affect-survival-of-transplanted-skin-derived-precursor-schwann-cells-in-the-injured-rat-spinal-cord
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Zacnicte May, Abel Torres-Espín, Ana M Lucas-Osma, Nicholas J Batty, Pamela Raposo, Keith K Fenrich, Morgan G Stykel, Tobias Führmann, Molly Shoichet, Jeff Biernaskie, Karim Fouad
A major goal of Schwann cell (SC) transplantation for spinal cord injury (SCI) is to fill the injury site to create a bridge for regenerating axons. However, transplantation of peripheral nerve SCs requires an invasive biopsy, which may result in nerve damage and donor site morbidity. SCs derived from multipotent stem cells found in skin dermis (SKP-SCs) are a promising alternative. Regardless of source, loss of grafted SCs post-grafting is an issue in studies of regeneration, with survival rates ranging from ∼1 to 20% after ≥6 weeks in rodent models of SCI...
September 29, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821567/chronic-spinal-cord-changes-in-a-high-fat-diet-fed-male-rat-model-of-thoracic-spinal-contusion
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Redin A Spann, William J Lawson, Raymond J Grill, Michael R Garrett, Bernadette E Grayson
Individuals that suffer injury to the spinal cord can result in long-term, debilitating sequelae. Spinal cord-injured patients have increased risk for the development of metabolic disease, which can further hinder the effectiveness of treatments to rehabilitate the cord and improve quality of life. In the present study, we sought to understand the impact of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity on spinal cord injury (SCI) by examining transcriptome changes in the area of the injury and rostral and caudal to site of damage 12 wk after injury...
September 1, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819194/hdac3-inhibition-ameliorates-spinal-cord-injury-by-immunomodulation
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Tomoharu Kuboyama, Shalaka Wahane, Yong Huang, Xiang Zhou, Jamie K Wong, Andrew Koemeter-Cox, Michael Martini, Roland H Friedel, Hongyan Zou
Following spinal cord injury (SCI), the innate immune response of microglia and infiltrating macrophages clears up cellular debris and promotes tissue repair, but it also inflicts secondary injury from inflammatory responses. Immunomodulation aimed at maximizing the beneficial effects while minimizing the detrimental roles of the innate immunity may aid functional recovery after SCI. However, intracellular drivers of global reprogramming of the inflammatory gene networks in the innate immune cells are poorly understood...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815423/backbone-and-side-chain-1-h-15-n-and-13-c-resonance-assignments-of-a-novel-staphylococcal-inhibitor-of-myeloperoxidase
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Nicoleta T Ploscariu, Alvaro I Herrera, Srinivas Jayanthi, Thallapuranam K Suresh Kumar, Brian V Geisbrecht, Om Prakash
The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus produces an array of anti-inflammatory molecules that prevent the innate immune system from recognizing it as a pathogen and clearing it from the host. In the acute phase of inflammation, our immune system relies on neutrophils to clear invading bacteria. Recently, novel classes of secreted proteins from S. aureus, including the Extracellular Adherence Protein (EAP) family (Stapels et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111:13187-13192, 2014) and the Staphylococcal Peroxidase Inhibitor (SPIN), (unpublished work) have been identified as highly selective inhibitors acting on Neutrophil Serine Proteases (NSPs) and myeloperoxidase (MPO) respectively...
August 16, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763236/hinge-deficient-igg1-fc-fusion-application-to-human-lactoferrin
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Yuki Shiga, Daisuke Murata, Akinori Sugimoto, Yuta Oshima, Minoru Tada, Akiko Ishii-Watabe, Kenichiro Imai, Kentaro Tomii, Takashi Takeuchi, Shinji Kagaya, Atsushi Sato
Fusion of therapeutic proteins with the antibody Fc domain is a strategy widely applied to increase protein half-life in plasma. In our previous study, we generated a recombinant human lactoferrin (hLF)-immunoglobulin G1 Fc fusion protein (hLF-hinge-CH2-CH3) with improved stability, biological activity, and pharmacokinetics ( Shiga , Y. et al. Eur J Pharm Sci. , 2015 , 67 , 136 - -143 ). However, the Fc domain in fusion proteins can potentially induce antibody-dependent and complement-dependent cytotoxicity and serious side effects...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762503/mechanomyography-based-wearable-monitor-of-quasi-isometric-muscle-fatigue-for-motor-neural-prostheses
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Eddy Krueger, Lana Popović-Maneski, Percy Nohama
A motor neural prosthesis based on surface functional electrical stimulation (sFES) can restore functional movement (e.g., standing, walking) in patients with a spinal cord injury (SCI). sFES generates muscle contractions in antigravity muscles and allows balance-assisted standing. This induced standing has several benefits, such as improved cardiovascular function, decreased incidence of urinary infections, reduced joint contractures, and muscle atrophy. The duration of sFES assisted standing is limited due to the quick onset of muscle fatigue...
August 1, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737515/cell-biology-of-spinal-cord-injury-and-repair
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Timothy M O'Shea, Joshua E Burda, Michael V Sofroniew
Spinal cord injury (SCI) lesions present diverse challenges for repair strategies. Anatomically complete injuries require restoration of neural connectivity across lesions. Anatomically incomplete injuries may benefit from augmentation of spontaneous circuit reorganization. Here, we review SCI cell biology, which varies considerably across three different lesion-related tissue compartments: (a) non-neural lesion core, (b) astrocyte scar border, and (c) surrounding spared but reactive neural tissue. After SCI, axon growth and circuit reorganization are determined by neuron-cell-autonomous mechanisms and by interactions among neurons, glia, and immune and other cells...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731189/identification-of-pivotal-genes-and-pathways-for-spinal-cord-injury-via-bioinformatics-analysis
#16
Zonghao Zhu, Qiang Shen, Liang Zhu, Xiaokang Wei
The present study aimed to identify key genes and pathways associated with spinal cord injury (SCI) and subsequently investigate possible therapeutic targets for the condition. The array data of GSE20907 was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database and 24 gene chips, including 3‑day, 4‑day, 1‑week, 2‑week and 1‑month post‑SCI together with control propriospinal neurons, were used for the analysis. The raw data was normalized and then the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the (A) 2‑week post‑SCI group vs...
October 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728899/machine-learning-enabled-discovery-and-design-of-membrane-active-peptides
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Ernest Y Lee, Gerard C L Wong, Andrew L Ferguson
Antimicrobial peptides are a class of membrane-active peptides that form a critical component of innate host immunity and possess a diversity of sequence and structure. Machine learning approaches have been profitably employed to efficiently screen sequence space and guide experiment towards promising candidates with high putative activity. In this mini-review, we provide an introduction to antimicrobial peptides and summarize recent advances in machine learning-enabled antimicrobial peptide discovery and design with a focus on a recent work Lee et al...
July 8, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696010/myelin-as-an-inflammatory-mediator-myelin-interactions-with-complement-macrophages-and-microglia-in-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Timothy J Kopper, John C Gensel
Spinal cord injury (SCI) triggers chronic intraspinal inflammation consisting of activated resident and infiltrating immune cells (especially microglia/macrophages). The environmental factors contributing to this protracted inflammation are not well understood; however, myelin lipid debris is a hallmark of SCI. Myelin is also a potent macrophage stimulus and target of complement-mediated clearance and inflammation. The downstream effects of these neuroimmune interactions have the potential to contribute to ongoing pathology or facilitate repair...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629465/natural-igm-antibodies-that-bind-neoepitopes-exposed-as-a-result-of-spinal-cord-injury-drive-secondary-injury-by-activating-complement
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Aarti Narang, Fei Qiao, Carl Atkinson, Hong Zhu, Xiaofeng Yang, Liudmila Kulik, V Michael Holers, Stephen Tomlinson
BACKGROUND: Natural IgM antibodies (Abs) function as innate immune sensors of injury via recognition of neoepitopes expressed on damaged cells, although how this recognition systems function following spinal cord injury (SCI) exposes various neoepitopes and their precise nature remains largely unknown. Here, we investigated the role of two natural IgM monoclonal Abs (mAbs), B4 and C2, that recognize post-ischemic neoepitopes following ischemia and reperfusion in other tissues. METHODS: Identification of post-SCI expressed neoepitopes was examined using previously characterized monoclonal Abs (B4 and C2 mAbs)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620113/cell-scientist-to-watch-mads-gyrd-hansen
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Mads Gyrd-Hansen studied biochemistry at the University of Copenhagen and received his PhD in 2005 under the supervision of Marja Jäättelä at the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre. He then joined the laboratory of Pascal Meier at the Institute of Cancer Research in London to work on the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) proteins. Mads returned to Copenhagen in 2008 to the Biotech Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) in a senior postdoctoral position with Morten Frödin, and subsequently started his own research group with a career-development fellowship from the Danish Research Councils as part of the laboratory of Niels Mailand at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Protein Research...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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