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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095350/progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy-in-a-patient-with-systemic-mastocytosis-treated-with-cladribine
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Karl B Alstadhaug, Randi Fykse Halstensen, Francis Odeh
BACKGROUND: Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a rare opportunistic brain infection caused by the human polyomavirus JC (JCPyV). A particular problem with the drug cladribine seems to be prolonged suppression of the CD4+ T-cells, a well-known risk factor for PML. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 67-year-old male presented with a 3-weeks history of unsteady gait, dysarthria and a dysfunctional right arm. Seven years earlier, he had been diagnosed with urticaria pigmentosa, and 2 years later aggressive systemic mastocytosis...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093780/subacute-demyelinating-polyradiculoneuropathy-complicating-epstein-barr-virus-infection-in-gata2-haploinsufficiency
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Mohamed Kazamel, Christopher J Klein, Eduardo E Benarroch, Mrinal M Patnaik, Jennifer A Tracy
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal dominant haploinsufficiency of GATA2 causes monocytopenia and natural killer cell lymphopenia, resulting in predisposition to mycobacterial, fungal, and viral infections. METHODS: We report clinical, serologic, electrophysiologic, and pathologic evaluation of a 29-year-old woman with GATA2 haploinsufficiency and active Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection complicated by subacute painful neuropathy. RESULTS: Nerve conduction and electromyography studies showed predominantly demyelinating sensorimotor polyradiculoneuropathy...
January 17, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072859/increased-pd-1-expression-and-altered-t-cell-repertoire-diversity-predict-mortality-in-patients-with-septic-shock-a-preliminary-study
#3
Atsutoshi Tomino, Masanobu Tsuda, Ruri Aoki, Yuka Kajita, Masamitsu Hashiba, Tsuguaki Terajima, Hideki Kano, Naoshi Takeyama
Sepsis causes impairment of innate and adaptive immunity by multiple mechanisms, including depletion of immune effector cells and T cell exhaustion. Although lymphocyte dysfunction is associated with increased mortality and potential reactivation of latent viral infection in patients with septic shock, the relation between viral reactivation and lymphocyte dysfunction is obscure. The objectives of this study were 1) to determine the relation of lymphocyte dysfunction to viral reactivation and mortality, and 2) to evaluate recovery of lymphocyte function during septic shock, including T cell receptor (TCR) diversity and the expression of programmed death 1 (PD-1)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052056/genome-wide-in-vivo-screen-identifies-novel-host-regulators-of-metastatic-colonization
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Louise van der Weyden, Mark J Arends, Andrew D Campbell, Tobias Bald, Hannah Wardle-Jones, Nicola Griggs, Martin Del Castillo Velasco-Herrera, Thomas Tüting, Owen J Sansom, Natasha A Karp, Simon Clare, Diane Gleeson, Edward Ryder, Antonella Galli, Elizabeth Tuck, Emma L Cambridge, Thierry Voet, Iain C Macaulay, Kim Wong, Sanger Mouse Genetics Project, Sarah Spiegel, Anneliese O Speak, David J Adams
Metastasis is the leading cause of death for cancer patients. This multi-stage process requires tumour cells to survive in the circulation, extravasate at distant sites, then proliferate; it involves contributions from both the tumour cell and tumour microenvironment ('host', which includes stromal cells and the immune system). Studies suggest the early steps of the metastatic process are relatively efficient, with the post-extravasation regulation of tumour growth ('colonization') being critical in determining metastatic outcome...
January 4, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982165/lymphocyte-count-as-a-sign-of-immunoparalysis-and-its-correlation-with-nutritional-status-in-pediatric-intensive-care-patients-with-sepsis-a-pilot-study
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Talita Freitas Manzoli, Artur Figueiredo Delgado, Eduardo Juan Troster, Werther Brunow de Carvalho, Ana Caroline Barreto Antunes, Desirée Mayara Marques, Patrícia Zamberlan
OBJECTIVES: Developing malnutrition during hospitalization is well recognized worldwide, and children are at a relatively higher risk for malnutrition than adults. Malnutrition can lead to immune dysfunction, which is associated with a higher mortality rate due to sepsis, the most frequent cause of death in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs). The aim of this study was to investigate whether malnourished patients are more likely to have relative or absolute lymphopenia and, consequently, worse prognoses...
November 1, 2016: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931306/idiopathic-cd4-lymphocytopenia
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Joel P Brooks, Gisoo Ghaffari
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic CD4 lymphocytopenia (ICL) is a rare disorder of unknown etiology. Diagnostic criteria include a persistent CD4 T-cell lymphopenia with no underlying primary or secondary immune deficiencies and a CD4 T-cell count of 300 cells/mL or 20% total lymphocyte on multiple occasions. OBJECTIVE: To increase awareness of ICL and to provide a review of the clinical characteristics, diagnosis, and management of this disease process. Presently, many of these patients receive prophylactic treatment similar to other T-cell deficient conditions, most notably patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; however, the same indications may not necessarily apply to this patient population because the T cells are not affected by a virus as in HIV...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909225/recovery-of-the-immune-system-after-exercise
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Jonathan M Peake, Oliver Neubauer, Neil P Walsh, Richard J Simpson
The notion that prolonged, intense exercise causes an 'open window' of immunodepression during recovery after exercise is well accepted. Repeated exercise bouts or intensified training without sufficient recovery may increase the risk of illness. However, except for salivary IgA, clear and consistent markers of this immunodepression remain elusive. Exercise increases circulating neutrophil and monocyte counts, and reduces circulating lymphocyte count during recovery. This lymphopenia results from preferential egress of lymphocyte subtypes with potent effector functions (e...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895164/mysm1-dependent-checkpoints-in-b-cell-lineage-differentiation-and-b-cell-mediated-immune-response
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Michael Förster, Kyo Farrington, Jessica C Petrov, Jad I Belle, Barbara C Mindt, Mariko Witalis, Claudia U Duerr, Jörg H Fritz, Anastasia Nijnik
MYSM1 is a chromatin-binding histone deubiquitinase. MYSM1 mutations in humans result in lymphopenia whereas loss of Mysm1 in mice causes severe hematopoietic abnormalities, including an early arrest in B cell development. However, it remains unknown whether MYSM1 is required at later checkpoints in B cell development or for B cell-mediated immune responses. We analyzed conditional mouse models Mysm1(fl/fl)Tg.mb1-cre, Mysm1(fl/fl)Tg.CD19-cre, and Mysm1(fl/fl)Tg.CD21-cre with inactivation of Mysm1 at prepro-B, pre-B, and follicular B cell stages of development...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884168/ataxia-telangiectasia-a-review
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REVIEW
Cynthia Rothblum-Oviatt, Jennifer Wright, Maureen A Lefton-Greif, Sharon A McGrath-Morrow, Thomas O Crawford, Howard M Lederman
DEFINITION OF THE DISEASE: Ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) is an autosomal recessive disorder primarily characterized by cerebellar degeneration, telangiectasia, immunodeficiency, cancer susceptibility and radiation sensitivity. A-T is often referred to as a genome instability or DNA damage response syndrome. EPIDEMIOLOGY: The world-wide prevalence of A-T is estimated to be between 1 in 40,000 and 1 in 100,000 live births. CLINICAL DESCRIPTION: A-T is a complex disorder with substantial variability in the severity of features between affected individuals, and at different ages...
November 25, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879260/antibiotics-impair-murine-hematopoiesis-by-depleting-intestinal-microbiota
#10
Kamilla S Josefsdottir, Megan T Baldridge, Claudine S Kadmon, Katherine Y King
Bone marrow suppression is an adverse effect associated with many antibiotics, especially when administered for prolonged treatment courses. Recent advances in our understanding of steady-state hematopoiesis have allowed us to explore the effects of antibiotics on hematopoietic progenitors in detail using a murine model. Antibiotic-treated mice exhibited anemia, thrombocytosis, and leukopenia, with pronounced pan-lymphopenia as demonstrated by flow cytometric analysis of peripheral blood. Bone marrow progenitor analysis revealed depletion of hematopoietic stem cells and multipotent progenitors across all subtypes...
November 22, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873105/newborn-screening-for-severe-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases-in-sweden-a-2-year-pilot-trec-and-krec-screening-study
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Michela Barbaro, Annika Ohlsson, Stephan Borte, Susanne Jonsson, Rolf H Zetterström, Jovanka King, Jacek Winiarski, Ulrika von Döbeln, Lennart Hammarström
Newborn screening for severe primary immunodeficiencies (PID), characterized by T and/or B cell lymphopenia, was carried out in a pilot program in the Stockholm County, Sweden, over a 2-year period, encompassing 58,834 children. T cell receptor excision circles (TREC) and kappa-deleting recombination excision circles (KREC) were measured simultaneously using a quantitative PCR-based method on DNA extracted from dried blood spots (DBS), with beta-actin serving as a quality control for DNA quantity. Diagnostic cutoff levels enabling identification of newborns with milder and reversible T and/or B cell lymphopenia were also evaluated...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803128/stat-mutations-as-program-switchers-turning-primary-immunodeficiencies-into-autoimmune-diseases
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REVIEW
Tiziana Lorenzini, Laura Dotta, Mauro Giacomelli, Donatella Vairo, Raffaele Badolato
STAT proteins are a family of transcription factors that mediate cellular response to cytokines and growth factors. Study of patients with familial susceptibility to pathogens and/or autoimmune diseases has led to the identification of 7 inherited disorders that are caused by mutations of 4 STAT family genes. Homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations of STAT1 lead to complete or partial forms of STAT1 deficiency that are associated with susceptibility to intracellular pathogens and herpetic infections. Patients with heterozygous STAT1 gain-of-function (GOF) mutations usually present with chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis (CMC) but may also experience bacterial and viral infections, autoimmune manifestations, lymphopenia, cerebral aneurysms, and increased risk to develop tumors...
January 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734333/a-novel-mutation-in-a-critical-region-for-the-methyl-donor-binding-in-dnmt3b-causes-immunodeficiency-centromeric-instability-and-facial-anomalies-syndrome-icf
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Erez Rechavi, Atar Lev, Eran Eyal, Ortal Barel, Nitzan Kol, Sarit Farage Barhom, Ben Pode-Shakked, Yair Anikster, Raz Somech, Amos J Simon
PURPOSE: Immunodeficiency, centromeric instability, and facial anomalies (ICF) syndrome is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disease. The immune phenotype is characterized by hypogammaglobulinemia in the presence of B cells. T cell lymphopenia also develops in some patients. We sought to further investigate the immune defect in an ICF patient with a novel missense mutation in DNMT3B and a severe phenotype. METHODS: Patient lymphocytes were examined for subset counts, immunoglobulin levels, T and B cell de novo production (via excision circles) and receptor repertoire diversity...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27718204/analysis-of-the-innate-response-to-adjuvants-characterization-of-the-draining-lymph-node-by-fluorescence-activated-cell-sorting
#14
Anthony L Desbien
A clear index for a response to adjuvants is a change in the cellular composition of lymph nodes draining the site of adjuvant injection (Didierlaurent et al., J Immunol 183:6186-6197, 2009; Caproni et al., J Immunol 188:3088-98, 2012; Desbien et al., Eur J Immunol 1-11, 2014). During the steady state, lymph nodes (LNs) are composed of a fixed ratio of innate and adaptive cells awaiting activation signals from tissue draining lymph. Upon exposure to innate stimulants, lymph nodes undergo dramatic changes. The most apparent change to the lymph node is an increase in size...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707659/precision-molecular-diagnosis-defines-specific-therapy-in-combined-immunodeficiency-with-megaloblastic-anemia-secondary-to-mthfd1-deficiency
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Kesava A Ramakrishnan, Reuben J Pengelly, Yifang Gao, Mary Morgan, Sanjay V Patel, E Graham Davies, Sarah Ennis, Saul N Faust, Anthony P Williams
BACKGROUND: Methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase (MTHFD1) deficiency has recently been reported to cause a folate-responsive syndrome displaying a phenotype that includes megaloblastic anemia and severe combined immunodeficiency. OBJECTIVE: To describe our investigative approach to the molecular diagnosis and evaluation of immune dysfunction in a family with MTHFD1 deficiency. METHODS: The methods used were exome sequencing and analysis of variants in genes involved in the folate metabolic pathway in a family with 2 affected siblings...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27694827/chemical-chaperone-tudca-prevents-apoptosis-and-improves-survival-during-polymicrobial-sepsis-in-mice
#16
Marcel Doerflinger, Jason Glab, Christina Nedeva, Irvin Jose, Ann Lin, Lorraine O'Reilly, Cody Allison, Marc Pellegrini, Richard S Hotchkiss, Hamsa Puthalakath
Sepsis-induced lymphopenia is a major cause of morbidities in intensive care units and in populations with chronic conditions such as renal failure, diabetes, HIV and alcohol abuse. Currently, other than supportive care and antibiotics, there are no treatments for this condition. We developed an in vitro assay to understand the role of the ER-stress-mediated apoptosis process in lymphocyte death during polymicrobial sepsis, which was reproducible in in vivo mouse models. Modulating ER stress using chemical chaperones significantly reduced the induction of the pro-apoptotic protein Bim both in vitro and in mice...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27683081/modulating-sphingosine-1-phosphate-signaling-with-dop-or-fty720-alleviates-vascular-and-immune-defects-in-mouse-sepsis
#17
Nasr Y A Hemdan, Cynthia Weigel, Christina-Maria Reimann, Markus H Gräler
Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory response to pathogens and a leading cause of hospital related mortality worldwide. Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) regulates multiple cellular processes potentially involved in the pathogenesis of sepsis, including antigen presentation, lymphocyte egress, and maintenance of vascular integrity. We thus explored the impact of manipulating S1P signaling in experimental polymicrobial sepsis in mice. Administration of 4-deoxypyridoxine (DOP), an inhibitor of the S1P-degrading enzyme S1P-lyase, or of the sphingosine analog FTY720 that serves as an S1P receptor agonist after phosphorylation ameliorated morbidity, improved recovery from sepsis in surviving mice, and reduced sepsis-elicited hypothermia and body weight loss...
December 2016: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27532609/safety-studies-in-tumor-and-non-tumor-bearing-mice-in-support-of-clinical-trials-using-oncolytic-vsv-ifn%C3%AE-nis
#18
Lianwen Zhang, Michael B Steele, Nathan Jenks, Jacquelyn Grell, Lukkana Suksanpaisan, Shruthi Naik, Mark J Federspiel, Martha Q Lacy, Stephen J Russell, Kah-Whye Peng
Oncolytic VSV-IFNβ-NIS is selectively destructive to tumors. Here, we present the IND enabling preclinical rodent studies in support of clinical testing of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) as a systemic therapy. Efficacy studies showed dose-dependent tumor regression in C57BL/KaLwRij mice bearing syngeneic 5TGM1 plasmacytomas after systemic VSV administration. In contrast, the virus was effective at all doses tested against human KAS6/1 xenografts in SCID mice. Intravenous administration of VSV-mIFNβ-NIS is well tolerated in C57BL/6 mice up to 5 × 10(10) TCID50 (50% tissue culture infective dose)/kg with no neurovirulence, no cytokine storm, and no abnormalities in tissues...
September 2016: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27523934/sarcoptic-mange-in-dogs-its-effect-on-liver-oxidative-stress-trace-minerals-and-vitamins
#19
S A Beigh, J S Soodan, A M Bhat
The present study was aimed to determine the effect on liver, associated oxidative stress, trace element and vitamin alteration in dogs with sarcoptic mange. A total of 24 dogs with clinically established diagnosis of sarcoptic mange, divided into two groups, severely infested group (n=9) and mild/moderately infested group (n=15), according to the extent of skin lesions caused by sarcoptic mange and 6 dogs as control group were included in the present study. In comparison to healthy control hemoglobin, PCV, and TEC were significantly (P<0...
August 30, 2016: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27519818/sphingosine-1-phosphate-s1p-lyase-inhibition-causes-increased-cardiac-s1p-levels-and-bradycardia-in-rats
#20
Christopher M Harris, Scott Mittelstadt, Patricia Banfor, Peter Bousquet, David B Duignan, Gary Gintant, Michelle Hart, Youngjae Kim, Jason Segreti
Inhibition of the sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P)-catabolizing enzyme S1P lyase (S1PL) elevates the native ligand of S1P receptors and provides an alternative mechanism for immune suppression to synthetic S1P receptor agonists. S1PL inhibition is reported to preferentially elevate S1P in lymphoid organs. Tissue selectivity could potentially differentiate S1PL inhibitors from S1P receptor agonists, the use of which also results in bradycardia, atrioventricular block, and hypertension. But it is unknown if S1PL inhibition would also modulate cardiac S1P levels or cardiovascular function...
October 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
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