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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105368/clinical-and-immunologic-correlates-of-response-to-pd-1-blockade-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-renal-medullary-carcinoma
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Kathryn E Beckermann, Pradeep C Jolly, Ju Y Kim, Jennifer Bordeaux, Igor Puzanov, W Kimryn Rathmell, Douglas B Johnson
BACKGROUND: Renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) is a rare kidney tumor that occurs in adolescent and young adults, typically in association with sickle cell trait. RMC exhibits rapid disease progression, frequent metastases at diagnosis, and dismal clinical outcomes. Currently available therapies, including cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy, multi-tyrosine kinase, and mTOR inhibitor strategies demonstrate either transient responses or minimal activity. Therefore, further molecular characterization and additional treatment strategies are urgently needed in this aggressive disease...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096371/cox2-mpges1-pge2-pathway-regulates-pd-l1-expression-in-tumor-associated-macrophages-and-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
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Victor Prima, Lyudmila N Kaliberova, Sergey Kaliberov, David T Curiel, Sergei Kusmartsev
In recent years, it has been established that programmed cell death protein ligand 1 (PD-L1)-mediated inhibition of activated PD-1(+) T lymphocytes plays a major role in tumor escape from immune system during cancer progression. Lately, the anti-PD-L1 and -PD-1 immune therapies have become an important tool for treatment of advanced human cancers, including bladder cancer. However, the underlying mechanisms of PD-L1 expression in cancer are not fully understood. We found that coculture of murine bone marrow cells with bladder tumor cells promoted strong expression of PD-L1 in bone marrow-derived myeloid cells...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096240/coevolution-of-leukemia-and-host-immune-cells-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Noelia Purroy, C J Wu
Cumulative studies on the dissection of changes in driver genetic lesions in cancer across the course of the disease have provided powerful insights into the adaptive mechanisms of tumors in response to the selective pressures of therapy and environmental changes. In particular, the advent of next-generation-sequencing (NGS)-based technologies and its implementation for the large-scale comprehensive analyses of cancers have greatly advanced our understanding of cancer as a complex dynamic system wherein genetically distinct subclones interact and compete during tumor evolution...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089792/pharmacological-inhibition-of-pkc%C3%AE-counteracts-muscle-disease-in-a-mouse-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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V Marrocco, P Fiore, A Benedetti, S Pisu, E Rizzuto, A Musarò, L Madaro, B Lozanoska-Ochser, M Bouché
: Inflammation plays a considerable role in the progression of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a severe muscle disease caused by a mutation in the dystrophin gene. We previously showed that genetic ablation of Protein Kinase C θ (PKCθ) in mdx, the mouse model of DMD, improves muscle healing and regeneration, preventing massive inflammation. To establish whether pharmacological targeting of PKCθ in DMD can be proposed as a therapeutic option, in this study we treated young mdx mice with the PKCθ inhibitor Compound 20 (C20)...
January 7, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089718/cathelicidin-antimicrobial-peptide-from-alligator-mississippiensis-has-antibacterial-activity-against-multi-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumanii-and-klebsiella-pneumoniae
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Stephanie M Barksdale, Evelyn J Hrifko, Monique L van Hoek
Alligator mississippiensis (American alligator), a member of order Crocodilia, lives in bacteria-laden environments but is not often known to succumb to bacterial infections. Their serum has been shown to have antibacterial activity beyond that of human serum, and it is believed that this activity is partially due to cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs). CAMPs are produced by many organisms as part of the innate immune system. CAMPs are attractive possible therapies against multi-drug resistant bacteria, such as those found in biofilm-infected war wounds, because they seldom cause genetic resistance in bacteria and are effective against antibiotic resistant bacteria...
January 12, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088612/alterations-in-cytokine-gene-expression-profile-in-colon-mucosa-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-on-different-therapeutic-regimens
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Tsvetelina Velikova, Dobroslav Kyurkchiev, Zoya Spassova, Iliya Karakolev, Ekaterina Ivanova-Todorova, Iskra Altankova, Spaska Stanilova
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is assumed to be caused by genetic and environmental factors that interact together in promoting intestinal immune dysregulation where cytokines have validated role. However, the underlying intimate mechanisms in the human IBD involving cytokines still needs to be supplemented especially in the clinical context. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of some inflammatory and regulatory cytokines (IL-17A, IL-23, IL-6, TGFβ1, and IL-10) as well as of the transcription factor FoxP3 in mucosal samples of IBD and non-IBD patients...
January 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087125/hydroxy-carboxylic-acid-receptor-actions-in-metabolism
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REVIEW
Stefan Offermanns
Lactic acid, the ketone body 3-hydroxy-butyric acid, also known as β-hydroxybutyrate, and the β-oxidation intermediate 3-hydroxy-octanoic acid are hydroxy-carboxylic acids (HCAs) that serve as intermediates of energy metabolism. However, they also regulate cellular functions, in part by directly activating the G protein-coupled receptors HCA1/GPR81, HCA2/GPR109A, and HCA3/GPR109B. During the past decade, it has become clear that HCA receptors help to maintain homeostasis under changing metabolic and dietary conditions, by controlling metabolic, immune, and other body functions...
January 10, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081591/new-perspectives-of-biomarkers-for-the-management-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
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REVIEW
Chih-Lin Lin, Jia-Horng Kao
With recent advances in molecular and genomic investigations, the impact of hepatitis B viral and host factors on the progression of chronic HBV infection has been explored. For viral factors, hepatitis B viral load is a strong predictor for liver disease progression. Hepatitis B viral kinetics appear to be important for successful anti-viral therapy. Serum HBsAg level serves as a complementary marker to viral load for the prediction of HBV-related adverse outcomes in patients with low viral load. In those with low viral load, high serum HBsAg level is associated with higher risks of cirrhosis and HCC...
December 2016: Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078381/celiac-disease-a-clinical-review
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Badr Al-Bawardy, D Chamil Codipilly, Alberto Rubio-Tapia, David H Bruining, Stephanie L Hansel, Joseph A Murray
Celiac disease (CD) is an immune-mediated inflammatory enteropathy triggered by gluten exposure in genetically susceptible individuals. It has a high prevalence approaching 1% of the US population. A high index of suspicion is warranted to diagnose CD as frequently patients present with extraintestinal or atypical manifestations. CD is diagnosed by a combination of serum serologies and duodenal biopsies. The majority of patients will respond to a lifelong gluten-free diet which is the cornerstone of therapy...
January 12, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076390/il-37-confers-protection-against-mycobacterial-infection-involving-suppressing-inflammation-and-modulating-t-cell-activation
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Haipeng Liu, Ruijuan Zheng, Peng Wang, Hua Yang, Xin He, Qun Ji, Wenjuan Bai, Hao Chen, Jianxia Chen, Wenxia Peng, Siyu Liu, Zhonghua Liu, Baoxue Ge
Interleukin-37 (IL-37), a novel member of the IL-1 family, plays fundamental immunosuppressive roles by broadly reducing both innate inflammation and acquired immunity, but whether it is involved in the pathogenesis of tuberculosis (TB) has not been clearly elucidated. In this study, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis demonstrated an association of the genetic variant rs3811047 of IL-37 with TB susceptibility. In line with previous report, a significant elevated IL-37 abundance in the sera and increased expression of IL-37 protein in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were observed in TB patients in comparison to healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074285/t-cell-receptor-repertoire-usage-in-cancer-as-a-surrogate-marker-for-immune-responses
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REVIEW
David Schrama, Cathrin Ritter, Jürgen C Becker
Characterizing the interaction of cancer cells with the host adaptive immune system is critical for understanding tumor immunology and the modus operandi of immunotherapeutic interventions to treat cancer. As the key cellular effectors of adaptive immunity, T cells are endowed with specialized receptors (the T cell receptor; TCR), to recognize and to eliminate cancer cells. The diversity of the TCR repertoire results from specialized genetic diversification mechanisms that generate an incredible variability allowing recognizing extensive collections of antigens...
January 10, 2017: Seminars in Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072603/dyserythropoiesis-of-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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Carine Lefèvre, Sabrina Bondu, Salomé Le Goff, Olivier Kosmider, Michaela Fontenay
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are heterogeneous diseases of the hematopoietic stem cell in the elderly. Anemia is the main symptom that mostly correlates with dysplastic erythropoiesis in the bone marrow. We will review the recent advances in understanding the diverse mechanisms of dyserythropoiesis. RECENT FINDINGS: Dyserythropoiesis defined as 10% dysplastic erythroid cells in the bone marrow is found in more than 80% of early MDS. Immature erythroblasts accumulate at the expense of mature erythroblasts due to differentiation arrest and apoptosis...
January 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064547/a-systematic-approach-to-autoinflammatory-syndromes-a-spelling-booklet-for-the-beginner
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Donato Rigante
Hallmark of autoinflammatory syndromes (AIS) is the periodic recurrence of "sterile" inflammatory attacks characterized by fever and organ- or tissue-specific inflammation. Basic research projects over the last two decades have boosted our understanding of pathological pathways, mainly involving interleukin (IL)-1 biosynthesis, and also revealed that their dysregulation results from genetically-heterogeneous inborn errors of innate immunity and leads to multiple inflammatory phenotypes. Starting from the evidence of poor response to IL-1 inhibitors of some patients with multi-organ inflammation, further research studies have disclosed a crucial role for nuclear factor (NF)-κB and type I interferon (IFN) in specific AIS...
January 9, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059608/near-future-of-tumor-immunology-anticipating-resistance-mechanisms-to-immunotherapies-a-big-challenge-for-clinical-trials
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João Paulo Portela Catani, Sandy Adjemian, Rachel P Riechelmann, Bryan E Strauss
The success of immunotherapies brings hope for the future of cancer treatment. Even so, we are faced with a new challenge, that of understanding which patients will respond initially and, possibly, develop resistance. The examination of the immune profile, especially approaches related to the immunoscore, may foretell which tumors will have a positive initial response. Ideally, the mutation load would also be analysed, helping to reveal tumor associated antigens that are predictive of an effective cytolytic attack...
January 6, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053943/novel-oncolytic-viral-therapies-in-patients-with-thoracic-malignancies
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REVIEW
Zeeshan Ahmad, Robert A Kratzke
Oncolytic virotherapy is the use of replication-competent viruses to treat malignancies. The potential of oncolytic virotherapy as an approach to cancer therapy is based on historical evidence that certain viral infections can cause spontaneous remission of both hematologic and solid tumor malignancies. Oncolytic virotherapy may eliminate cancer cells through either direct oncolysis of infected tumor cells or indirect immune-mediated oncolysis of uninfected tumor cells. Recent advances in oncolytic virotherapy include the development of a wide variety of genetically attenuated RNA viruses with precise cellular tropism and the identification of cell-surface receptors that facilitate viral transfer to the tissue of interest...
2017: Oncolytic Virotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050487/safety-and-efficacy-of-itolizumab-in-the-treatment-of-psoriasis-a-case-series-of-20-patients
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Anchala Parthasaradhi
Psoriasis is a common, chronic, relapsing/remitting, immune-mediated skin disease that causes itchy skin with silvery scales. It is characterized by thickened red erythematous plaques covered with silvery scales. Biological therapies have been recently introduced for patients with psoriasis in India. The biological therapies contain protein biomolecules which can be employed to target specific immune or genetic mediator of a pathophysiological process. Here, we share our clinical experience of managing 20 patients with moderate to severe psoriasis by itolizumab a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038706/hepatosplenic-t-cell-lymphoma-arising-in-patients-with-immunodysregulatory-disorders-a-study-of-7-patients-who-did-not-receive-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-inhibitor-therapy-and-literature-review
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Mariko Yabe, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Yahya Daneshbod, Masoud Davanlou, Carlos E Bueso-Ramos, Elisa J Moran, Ken H Young, Roberto N Miranda
Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTCL) is a rare and aggressive extranodal T-cell lymphoma that can arise in patients with underlying immune disorders. Others have suggested that tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α inhibitor therapy for immune disorders increases the risk of HSTCL. To assess for a potential relationship between HSTCL and the use of TNF-α inhibitors, we searched for patients with HSTCL and underlying immune disorders at our institution. We identified 7 patients with a median age of 38 years. Five patients had Crohn disease, 1 ulcerative colitis, and 1 rheumatoid arthritis...
February 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036144/revisiting-type-2-high-and-type-2-low-airway-inflammation-in-asthma-current-knowledge-and-therapeutic-implications
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Douglas Robinson, Marc Humbert, Roland Buhl, Alvaro A Cruz, Hiromasa Inoue, Stephan Korom, Nicola A Hanania, Parameswaran Nair
Asthma is a complex respiratory disorder characterized by marked heterogeneity in individual patient disease triggers and response to therapy. Several asthma phenotypes have now been identified, each defined by a unique interaction between genetic and environmental factors, including inflammatory, clinical and trigger-related phenotypes. Endotypes further describe the functional or pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the patient's disease. Type 2-driven asthma is an emerging nomenclature for a common subtype of asthma and is characterized by the release of signature cytokines IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13 from cells of both the innate and adaptive immune systems...
December 30, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029648/genomic-differences-between-black-and-white-patients-implicate-a-distinct-immune-response-to-papillary-renal-cell-carcinoma
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David J Paulucci, John P Sfakianos, Anders J Skanderup, Kathleen Kan, Che-Kai Tsao, Matthew D Galsky, A Ari Hakimi, Ketan K Badani
Significant disparities in survival, incidence and possibly response to current therapies exist between black and white patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Recent genomic evidence to account for these disparities has been reported for clear cell RCC. However, racial disparities at the genomic level for papillary RCC (pRCC) which is a genetically distinct and less responsive histologic subtype of RCC have not been reported. Using The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data, the present study assessed gene-level expression, somatic mutation and pathway differences between 58 black and 58 white patients with pRCC propensity matched on age, gender and pathologic T stage...
December 23, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028012/genetically-engineered-mouse-models-in-oncology-research-and-cancer-medicine
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REVIEW
Kelly Kersten, Karin E de Visser, Martine H van Miltenburg, Jos Jonkers
Genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) have contributed significantly to the field of cancer research. In contrast to cancer cell inoculation models, GEMMs develop de novo tumors in a natural immune-proficient microenvironment. Tumors arising in advanced GEMMs closely mimic the histopathological and molecular features of their human counterparts, display genetic heterogeneity, and are able to spontaneously progress toward metastatic disease. As such, GEMMs are generally superior to cancer cell inoculation models, which show no or limited heterogeneity and are often metastatic from the start...
December 27, 2016: EMBO Molecular Medicine
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