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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791948/multiple-sclerosis
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Bassem I Yamout, Raed Alroughani
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic central nervous system inflammatory disease of autoimmune etiology, mediated by activated T cells with evolving evidence of a significant contribution from B cells and cells of the innate immune system. The disease is thought to be due to a complex interaction between different genetic and environmental factors. The prevalence of MS is rising all over the world, due on one hand to earlier diagnosis and prolonged survival, and on the other to a true increase in incidence of the disease...
April 2018: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789416/macrophage-derived-granulin-drives-resistance-to-immune-checkpoint-inhibition-in-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer
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Michael C Schmid, Valeria Quaranta, Carolyn Rainer, Sebastian Rune Nielsen, Meirion Llŷr Raymant, Muhammad S Ahmed, Dannielle D Engle, Arthur Taylor, Trish Murray, Fiona Campbell, Daniel H Palmer, David A Tuveson, Ainhoa Mielgo
The ability of disseminated cancer cells to evade the immune response is a critical step for efficient metastatic progression. Protection against an immune attack is often provided by the tumor microenvironment that suppresses and excludes cytotoxic CD8+ T cells. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly aggressive metastatic disease with unmet needs, yet the immunoprotective role of the metastatic tumor microenvironment in pancreatic cancer is not completely understood. In this study we find that macrophage-derived granulin contributes to cytotoxic CD8+ T cell exclusion in metastatic livers...
May 22, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786548/designer-human-tissue-coming-to-a-lab-near-you
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David C Hay, Cliona O'Farrelly
Human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer a scalable alternative to primary and transformed human tissue. PSCs include human embryonic stem cells, derived from the inner cell mass of blastocysts unsuitable for human implantation; and induced PSCs, generated by the reprogramming of somatic cells. Both cell types display the ability to self-renew and retain pluripotency, promising an unlimited supply of human somatic cells for biomedical application. A distinct advantage of using PSCs is the ability to select for genetic background, promising personalized modelling of human biology 'in a dish' or immune-matched cell-based therapies for the clinic...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785006/the-era-of-immunogenomics-immunopharmacogenomics
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Makda Zewde, Kazuma Kiyotani, Jae-Hyun Park, Hua Fang, Kai Lee Yap, Poh Yin Yew, Houda Alachkar, Taigo Kato, Tu H Mai, Yuji Ikeda, Tatsuo Matsuda, Xiao Liu, Lili Ren, Boya Deng, Makiko Harada, Yusuke Nakamura
Although germline alterations and somatic mutations in disease cells have been extensively analyzed, molecular changes in immune cells associated with disease conditions have not been characterized in depth. It is clear that our immune system has a critical role in various biological and pathological conditions, such as infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases, drug-induced skin and liver toxicity, food allergy, and rejection of transplanted organs. The recent development of cancer immunotherapies, particularly drugs modulating the immune checkpoint molecules, has clearly demonstrated the importance of host immune cells in cancer treatments...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784537/artificial-intelligence-a-joint-narrative-on-potential-use-in-pediatric-stem-and-immune-cell-therapies-and-regenerative-medicine
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Irena Sniecinski, Jerard Seghatchian
Artificial Intelligence (AI) reflects the intelligence exhibited by machines and software. It is a highly desirable academic field of many current fields of studies. Leading AI researchers describe the field as "the study and design of intelligent agents". McCarthy invented this term in 1955 and defined it as "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines". The central goals of AI research are reasoning, knowledge, planning, learning, natural language processing (communication), perception and the ability to move and manipulate objects...
May 9, 2018: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773951/the-role-of-neuroinflammation-and-neurovascular-dysfunction-in-major-depressive-disorder
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Sang Won Jeon, Yong-Ku Kim
Although depression has generally been explained with monoamine theory, it is far more multifactorial, and therapies that address the disease's pathway have not been developed. In this context, an understanding of neuroinflammation and neurovascular dysfunction would enable a more comprehensive approach to depression. Inflammation is in a sense a type of allostatic load involving the immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. Neuroinflammation is involved in the pathophysiology of depression by increasing proinflammatory cytokines, activating the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, increasing glucocorticoid resistance, and affecting serotonin synthesis and metabolism, neuronal apoptosis and neurogenesis, and neuroplasticity...
2018: Journal of Inflammation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773788/immunogene-therapy-with-fusogenic-nanoparticles-modulates-macrophage-response-to-staphylococcus-aureus
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Byungji Kim, Hong-Bo Pang, Jinyoung Kang, Ji-Ho Park, Erkki Ruoslahti, Michael J Sailor
The incidence of adverse effects and pathogen resistance encountered with small molecule antibiotics is increasing. As such, there is mounting focus on immunogene therapy to augment the immune system's response to infection and accelerate healing. A major obstacle to in vivo gene delivery is that the primary uptake pathway, cellular endocytosis, results in extracellular excretion and lysosomal degradation of genetic material. Here we show a nanosystem that bypasses endocytosis and achieves potent gene knockdown efficacy...
May 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773275/periodic-fever-syndromes
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Helen J Lachmann
Periodic fever syndromes are autoinflammatory diseases. The majority present in infancy or childhood and are characterised by recurrent episodes of fever and systemic inflammation that occur in the absence of autoantibody production or identifiable infection. The best recognised disorders include CAPS, FMF, TRAPS and MKD. Understanding the molecular pathogenesis of these disorders provides unique insights into the regulation of innate immunity. Diagnosis relies on clinical acumen and is supported by genetic testing...
August 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773266/genetic-interferonopathies-an-overview
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Despina Eleftheriou, Paul A Brogan
Interferonopathies comprise an expanding group of monogenic diseases characterised by disturbance of the homeostatic control of interferon (IFN)-mediated immune responses. Although differing in the degree of phenotypic expression and severity, the clinical presentation of these diseases shows a considerable degree of overlap, reflecting their common pathogenetic mechanisms. Increased understanding of the molecular basis of these Mendelian disorders has led to the identification of targeted therapies for these diseases, which could also be of potential relevance for non-genetic IFN-mediated diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus and juvenile dermatomyositis...
August 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773081/long-term-familial-mediterranean-fever-remission-on-successful-hepatitis-c-virus-treatment-in-a-patient-not-responding-to-colchicine-a-case-report
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Manik Gemilyan, Gagik Hakobyan, Susanna Ananyan
BACKGROUND: Familial Mediterranean fever is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by periodic febrile attacks of aseptic serositis and/or arthritis. The main treatment is colchicine which prevents attacks in the majority of patients except for a group of colchicine-resistant cases. Chronic hepatitis C is a viral infection causing chronic inflammation of liver tissue (hepatitis) which ultimately progresses to fibrosis and liver cirrhosis with a high chance of hepatocellular carcinoma...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768197/induction-of-nitric-oxide-metabolism-in-enterocytes-alleviates-colitis-and-inflammation-associated-colon-cancer
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Noa Stettner, Chava Rosen, Biana Bernshtein, Shiri Gur-Cohen, Julia Frug, Alon Silberman, Alona Sarver, Narin N Carmel-Neiderman, Raya Eilam, Inbal Biton, Meirav Pevsner-Fischer, Niv Zmora, Alexander Brandis, Keren Bahar Halpern, Ram Mazkereth, Diego di Bernardo, Nicola Brunetti-Pierri, Muralidhar H Premkumar, Gillian Dank, Sandesh C S Nagamani, Steffen Jung, Alon Harmelin, Ayelet Erez
Nitric oxide (NO) plays an established role in numerous physiological and pathological processes, but the specific cellular sources of NO in disease pathogenesis remain unclear, preventing the implementation of NO-related therapy. Argininosuccinate lyase (ASL) is the only enzyme able to produce arginine, the substrate for NO generation by nitric oxide synthase (NOS) isoforms. Here, we generated cell-specific conditional ASL knockout mice in combination with genetic and chemical colitis models. We demonstrate that NO derived from enterocytes alleviates colitis by decreasing macrophage infiltration and tissue damage, whereas immune cell-derived NO is associated with macrophage activation, resulting in increased severity of inflammation...
May 15, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762879/eosinophilic-esophagitis-latest-insights-from-diagnosis-to-therapy
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Alain Schoepfer, Carine Blanchard, Heather Dawson, Alfredo Lucendo, Aurelio Mauro, Camillo Ribi, Ekaterina Safroneeva, Edoardo V Savarino, Roberto Penagini
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) represents a chronic, local immune-mediated esophageal disease, characterized clinically by symptoms related to esophageal dysfunction and histologically by eosinophil-predominant inflammation. Other systemic and local causes of esophageal eosinophilia should be excluded. Clinical manifestations or pathologic data should not be interpreted in isolation. EoE was first described as a distinct disease entity in 1993. Most patients are diagnosed with underlying food allergies. The first diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines were published in 2007 with a first update in 2011...
May 15, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762727/development-of-targeted-therapy-and-immunotherapy-for-treatment-of-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Motonobu Saito, Kouya Shiraishi, Akiteru Goto, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Takashi Kohno, Koji Kono
Targeted therapy against druggable genetic aberrations has shown a significantly positive response rate and longer survival in various cancers, including lung cancer. In lung adenocarcinoma (LADC), specific thyroxin kinase inhibitors against EGFR mutations and ALK fusions are used as a standard treatment regimen and show significant positive efficacy. On the other hand, targeted therapy against driver gene aberrations has not been adapted yet in small cell lung cancer (SCLC). This is because driver genes and druggable aberrations are rarely identified by next generation sequencing in SCLC...
May 14, 2018: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762162/genetic-characterization-of-the-hiv-1-reservoir-after-vacc-4x-and-romidepsin-therapy-in-hiv-1-infected-individuals
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Anni Winckelmann, Vincent Morcilla, Wei Shao, Mariane H Schleimann, Jesper F Højen, Timothy E Schlub, Paul W Denton, Lars Østergaard, Ole S Søgaard, Martin Tolstrup, Sarah Palmer
OBJECTIVE: Therapeutic HIV-1 immunization followed by latency reversal has been suggested as a strategy to eradicate HIV-1. Here we investigate the phylogenetic composition of the HIV-1 regions targeted by the therapeutic HIV-1 peptide vaccine Vacc-4x in participants in a clinical trial. DESIGN: Seventeen participants on suppressive antiretroviral therapy were vaccinated with six doses of Vacc-4x followed by three doses of romidepsin. Seven study participants were selected for sequencing analysis...
May 11, 2018: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757455/cells-cytokines-chemokines-and-cancer-stress-a-biobehavioral-study-of-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Barbara L Andersen, Neha Godiwala Goyal, David M Weiss, Travis D Westbrook, Kami J Maddocks, John C Byrd, Amy J Johnson
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most prevalent adult leukemia, with profound disease-related cellular, humoral, and innate immune suppression. The objective of this study was to study the correlations between stress and disease-specific, negative prognostic cellular, cytokine, and chemokine markers in patients with CLL. METHODS: A single-group, observational design was used. Patients with relapsed/refractory CLL (N = 96) who were entering a phase 2 trial of an experimental therapy (ibrutinib) were studied...
May 14, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755982/clinical-genetics-in-interstitial-lung-disease
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REVIEW
Chad A Newton, Philip L Molyneaux, Justin M Oldham
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) comprises a heterogeneous group of diffuse parenchymal lung processes with overlapping clinical, radiographic, and histopathologic features. Among the most common and deadly ILDs are idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and chronic hypersensitivity pneumonitis (CHP). As the name implies, the cause of IPF remains elusive, but a variety of genetic and infectious risk factors have been identified. CHP results from chronic inhalation of an organic antigen, usually of avian or mold origin, and may occur in patients with a genetic predisposition...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754509/-new-and-traditional-directions-in-the-biology-and-management-of-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Bálint Egyed, Gábor Kovács, Nóra Kutszegi, Andrea Rzepiel, Judit Csányiné Sági, Dániel János Erdélyi, Judit Müller, Ágnes Félné Semsei
Owing to clinical trials and improvement over the past few decades, the majority of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) survive by first-line chemotherapy and combat with the problems of returning to community. However, many patients may have severe acute or late therapeutic side effects, and the survival rate in some groups (e.g., patients with MLL rearrangements, hypodiploidy, IKZF1 mutation or early precursor T cell phenotype) is far behind the average. Innovative strategies in medical attendance provide better clinical outcomes for them: complete gene diagnostics, molecularly targeted anticancer treatment, immuno-oncology and immune cell therapy...
May 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754190/allergic-and-immunologic-perspectives-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#18
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Kofi Clarke, Jayakrishna Chintanaboina
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic immune-mediated inflammatory condition primarily involving the gastrointestinal tract. It includes Crohn's disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC), and a less common phenotype-indeterminate colitis. It is thought to result from a complex interplay of environmental, microbial, and host factors including genetic factors, although the exact mechanism is not known. Dietary factors have been shown to play a role in the pathogenesis of IBD and can potentially alter the intestinal microbiota as well as disrupt the immune function in the gut...
May 12, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747488/investigating-the-feasibility-of-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-to-guide-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Sun Min Lim, Sang Hee Cho, In Gyu Hwang, Jae Woo Choi, Hyun Chang, Myung-Ju Ahn, Keon Uk Park, Ji-Won Kim, Yoon Ho Ko, Hee Kyung Ahn, Byoung Chul Cho, Byung-Ho Nam, Sang Hoon Chun, Ji Hyung Hong, Jung Hye Kwon, Jong Gwon Choi, Eun Joo Kang, Tak Yun, Keun-Wook Lee, Joo-Hang Kim, Jin Soo Kim, Hyun Woo Lee, Min Kyoung Kim, Dongmin Jung, Ji Eun Kim, Bhumsuk Keam, Hwan Jung Yun, Sangwoo Kim, Hye Ryun Kim
Purpose: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is a deadly disease in which precision medicine needs to be incorporated. We aimed to implement next-generation sequencing (NGS) in determining actionable targets to guide appropriate molecular targeted therapy in HNSCC patients. Materials and Methods: Ninety-three tumors and matched blood samples underwent targeted sequencing of 244 genes using the Illumina HiSeq 2500 platform with an average depth of coverage of greater than 1,000×...
May 9, 2018: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29744787/ada-deficiency-evaluation-of-the-clinical-and-laboratory-features-and-the-outcome
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Deniz Cagdas, Pınar Gur Cetinkaya, Betül Karaatmaca, Saliha Esenboga, Cagman Tan, Togay Yılmaz, Ersin Gümüş, Safa Barış, Barış Kuşkonmaz, Tuba Turul Ozgur, Pawan Bali, Ines Santisteban, Diclehan Orhan, Aysel Yüce, Duygu Cetinkaya, Kaan Boztug, Michael Hershfield, Ozden Sanal, İlhan Tezcan
INTRODUCTION: Adenosine deaminase (ADA) deficiency is an autosomal recessive primary immunodeficiency. It results in the intracellular accumulation of toxic metabolites which have effects particularly on lymphocytes and the brain. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of 13 ADA-deficient patients. We planned to evaluate their clinical and laboratory findings before and after enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (aHSCT), and hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy (HSCGT)...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Clinical Immunology
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