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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646705/identification-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-novel-nanobodies-against-human-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-receptor-to-provide-inhibition-of-g-csf-function
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Hamid Bakherad, Seyed Latif Mousavi Gargari, Zargham Sepehrizadeh, Hossein Aghamollaei, Ramezan Ali Taheri, Maryam Torshabi, Mojtaba Tabatabaei Yazdi, Walead Ebrahimizadeh, Neda Setayesh
It has been shown that Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) has a higher expression in malignant tumors, and anti-G-CSF therapy considerably decreases tumor growth, tumor vascularization and metastasis. Thus, blocking the signaling pathway of G-CSF could be beneficial in cancer therapy. This study is aimed at designing and producing a monoclonal nanobody that could act as an antagonist of G-CSF receptor. Nanobodies are the antigen binding fragments of camelid single-chain antibodies, also known as VHH...
June 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633705/household-food-insecurity-is-associated-with-low-interferon-gamma-levels-in-pregnant-indian-women
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A Vaidya, R Bhosale, P Sambarey, N Suryavanshi, S Young, V Mave, S Kanade, V Kulkarni, P Deshpande, U Balasubramanian, J Elf, N Gupte, A Gupta, J S Mathad
SETTING: Over 20% of tuberculosis (TB) cases during pregnancy occur in India. OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between household food insecurity and interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) levels in pregnancy. DESIGN: Pregnant women in India were administered the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale (HFIAS) questionnaire and underwent an IFN-γ release assay. Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with food insecurity. RESULTS: Of 538 women, 60 (11%) had household food insecurity, 47 (78%) of which were moderate or severe food insecure...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633332/anti-fas2-igm-antibodies-in-fasciola-hepatica-infected-patients-with-positive-igg-serology
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Liliya Kazantseva, María Del Pilar García Lázaro, Patricia Herrera-Velit, Jose R Espinoza
Background: Fascioliasis is an infectious disease caused by parasites Fasciola hepatica and F. gigantica. Humans are infected by the consumption of vegetables and water contaminated with the infective form of the parasite. Materials and Methods: In this study, an IgM-ELISA with the cysteine proteinase Fas2 antigen was evaluated with sera from 76 patients infected with F. hepatica, 24 patients with other parasite infections and 84 healthy volunteers. Results: IgM-ELISA resulted in 43% positives in F...
March 1, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631891/no-detectable-human-herpesvirus-8-oral-shedding-in-seronegative-healthy-immunocompetent-individuals-from-non-endemic-regions-for-kaposi-s-sarcoma-a-pilot-study
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Tânia R Tozetto-Mendoza, Laura M Sumita, Michelle Palmieri, Mariana Ornaghi, Alan M do Canto, Paulo H Braz-Silva
AIM: Saliva can play an important role in human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8) transmission in endemic regions for Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). Little is known about HHV-8 oral shedding in immunocompetent individuals from non-endemic regions for KS. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study of HHV-8 salivary excretion among 59 healthy, immunocompetent individuals from São Paulo, Brazil, followed up weekly for 4 months, resulting in 16 saliva samples from each participant. Antibodies to HHV-8 latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA) and lytic-phase antigens were investigated with immunofluorescence assays (IFA)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627158/evaluation-of-serum-interleukin-21-and-hla-c1-polymorphism-in-pediatrician-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-early-diagnosis-of-acute-graft-versus-host-disease
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N Sehati, P Kokhaei, A Motevalizade Ardekani, R Tootoonchian, F Pak
Background: Allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a strategy used for treatment of different malignant diseases. However, success of allo-HSCT can be hampered by graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD). Natural killer (NK) cells may play an important role in activating antigen presenting cells and subsequent activation of T cells. The main purpose of this study was the evaluation of IL-21, as a blood biomarker, for early detection of acute GVHD (aGVHD) in children after HSCT and also the study of human leukocytes antigen (HLA)-C1 polymorphism, as a targeting ligand for NK cells in these patients...
June 19, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624612/human-mast-cells-present-antigen-to-autologous-cd4-t-cells
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Sahar Lotfi-Emran, Brant R Ward, Quang T Le, Andrea L Pozez, Masoud H Manjili, Judith Woodfolk, Lawrence B Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Mast cells (MCs), the primary effector cell of the atopic response, participate in immune defense at host/environment interfaces, yet the mechanisms by which they interact with CD4(+)-T cells has been controversial. OBJECTIVE: We utilize in situ-matured primary human MCs and matched CD4(+)-T cells to diligently assess the ability of MCs to act as antigen-presenting cells. METHODS: We examined mature human skin-derived MCs by flow cytometry for expression of antigen-presenting molecules; for their ability to stimulate CD4(+)-T cells to express CD25 and proliferate when exposed to superantigen or to CMV antigen using matched T cells and MCs from CMV seropositive or seronegative donors; and for uptake of antigens...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623181/allele-level-hla-matching-for-umbilical-cord-blood-transplantation-for-non-malignant-diseases-in-children-a-retrospective-analysis
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Mary Eapen, Tao Wang, Paul A Veys, Jaap J Boelens, Andrew St Martin, Stephen Spellman, Carmem Sales Bonfim, Colleen Brady, Andrew J Cant, Jean-Hugues Dalle, Stella M Davies, John Freeman, Katherine C Hsu, Katharina Fleischhauer, Chantal Kenzey, Joanne Kurtzberg, Gerard Michel, Paul J Orchard, Annalisa Paviglianiti, Vanderson Rocha, Michael R Veneris, Fernanda Volt, Robert Wynn, Stephanie J Lee, Mary M Horowitz, Eliane Gluckman, Annalisa Ruggeri
BACKGROUND: The standard for selecting unrelated umbilical cord blood units for transplantation for non-malignant diseases relies on antigen-level (lower resolution) HLA typing for HLA-A and HLA-B, and allele-level for HLA-DRB1. We aimed to study the effects of allele-level matching at a higher resolution-HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C, and HLA-DRB1, which is the standard used for adult unrelated volunteer donor transplantation for non-malignant diseases-for umbilical cord blood transplantation...
June 13, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623084/pathogenesis-of-human-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-cellular-perspective
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Vaishali R Moulton, Abel Suarez-Fueyo, Esra Meidan, Hao Li, Masayuki Mizui, George C Tsokos
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease affecting multiple organs. A complex interaction of genetics, environment, and hormones leads to immune dysregulation and breakdown of tolerance to self-antigens, resulting in autoantibody production, inflammation, and destruction of end-organs. Emerging evidence on the role of these factors has increased our knowledge of this complex disease, guiding therapeutic strategies and identifying putative biomarkers. Recent findings include the characterization of genetic/epigenetic factors linked to SLE, as well as cellular effectors...
June 13, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619144/recombinant-human-adenovirus-5-expressing-capsid-proteins-of-indian-vaccine-strains-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-elicits-effective-antibody-response-in-cattle
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B P Sreenivasa, J K Mohapatra, S J Pauszek, M Koster, V C Dhanya, R P Tamil Selvan, M Hosamani, P Saravanan, Suresh H Basagoudanavar, T de Los Santos, R Venkataramanan, L L Rodriguez, M J Grubman
Recombinant adenovirus-5 vectored foot-and-mouth disease constructs (Ad5- FMD) were made for three Indian vaccine virus serotypes O, A and Asia 1. Constructs co-expressing foot-and- mouth disease virus (FMDV) capsid and viral 3C protease sequences, were evaluated for their ability to induce a neutralizing antibody response in indigenous cattle (Bos indicus). Purified Ad5-FMD viruses were inoculated in cattle as monovalent (5×10(9) pfu/animal) or trivalent (5×10(9) pfu/animal per serotype) vaccines. Animals vaccinated with monovalent Ad5-FMD vaccines were boosted 63days later with the same dose...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618268/antigen-availability-shapes-t-cell-differentiation-and-function-during-tuberculosis
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Albanus O Moguche, Munyaradzi Musvosvi, Adam Penn-Nicholson, Courtney R Plumlee, Helen Mearns, Hennie Geldenhuys, Erica Smit, Deborah Abrahams, Virginie Rozot, One Dintwe, Søren T Hoff, Ingrid Kromann, Morten Ruhwald, Peter Bang, Ryan P Larson, Shahin Shafiani, Shuyi Ma, David R Sherman, Alessandro Sette, Cecilia S Lindestam Arlehamn, Denise M McKinney, Holden Maecker, Willem A Hanekom, Mark Hatherill, Peter Andersen, Thomas J Scriba, Kevin B Urdahl
CD4 T cells are critical for protective immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the cause of tuberculosis (TB). Yet to date, TB vaccine candidates that boost antigen-specific CD4 T cells have conferred little or no protection. Here we examined CD4 T cell responses to two leading TB vaccine antigens, ESAT-6 and Ag85B, in Mtb-infected mice and in vaccinated humans with and without underlying Mtb infection. In both species, Mtb infection drove ESAT-6-specific T cells to be more differentiated than Ag85B-specific T cells...
June 14, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618003/a-multi-template-multiplex-pcr-assay-for-hepatitis-b-virus-and-human-%C3%AE-globin
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Oluwapelumi O Adeyemi, Morgan R Herod, Femi Oladiji, Yisa M Fakunle, Abiola S Babatunde, Olajide O Agbede
The Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is the hallmark of HBV infection. Detection of antibodies to HBs and the core (i.e. HBsAg and HBcAb) are primary serological algorithms in the laboratory diagnosis of HBV. Detection of HBsAg DNA is an important supplement to serological diagnosis especially in clinical cases. Simultaneous amplification of internal cellular controls is a good indicator of sample quality. Human β-globin is a well characterised housekeeping gene (HKG) that is often applied as internal controls (IC) in molecular diagnosis...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617871/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-plays-roles-in-epstein-barr-virus-s-natural-life-cycle-and-tumorigenesis-by-inducing-lytic-infection-through-direct-binding-to-the-immediate-early-bzlf1-gene-promoter
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Richard J Kraus, Xianming Yu, Blue-Leaf A Cordes, Saraniya Sathiamoorthi, Tawin Iempridee, Dhananjay M Nawandar, Shidong Ma, James C Romero-Masters, Kyle G McChesney, Zhen Lin, Kathleen R Makielski, Denis L Lee, Paul F Lambert, Eric C Johannsen, Shannon C Kenney, Janet E Mertz
When confronted with poor oxygenation, cells adapt by activating survival signaling pathways, including the oxygen-sensitive transcriptional regulators called hypoxia-inducible factor alphas (HIF-αs). We report here that HIF-1α also regulates the life cycle of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Incubation of EBV-positive gastric carcinoma AGS-Akata and SNU-719 and Burkitt lymphoma Sal and KemIII cell lines with a prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor, L-mimosine or deferoxamine, or the NEDDylation inhibitor MLN4924 promoted rapid and sustained accumulation of both HIF-1α and lytic EBV antigens...
June 15, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617335/zno-nano-rod-devices-for-intradermal-delivery-and-immunization
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Tapas R Nayak, Hao Wang, Aakansha Pant, Minrui Zheng, Hans Junginger, Wei Jiang Goh, Choon Keong Lee, Shui Zou, Sylvie Alonso, Bertrand Czarny, Gert Storm, Chorng Haur Sow, Chengkuo Lee, Giorgia Pastorin
Intradermal delivery of antigens for vaccination is a very attractive approach since the skin provides a rich network of antigen presenting cells, which aid in stimulating an immune response. Numerous intradermal techniques have been developed to enhance penetration across the skin. However, these methods are invasive and/or affect the skin integrity. Hence, our group has devised zinc oxide (ZnO) nano-rods for non-destructive drug delivery. Chemical vapour deposition was used to fabricate aligned nano-rods on ZnO pre-coated silicon chips...
June 15, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614294/human-fetal-dendritic-cells-promote-prenatal-t-cell-immune-suppression-through-arginase-2
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Naomi McGovern, Amanda Shin, Gillian Low, Donovan Low, Kaibo Duan, Leong Jing Yao, Rasha Msallam, Ivy Low, Nurhidaya Binte Shadan, Hermi R Sumatoh, Erin Soon, Josephine Lum, Esther Mok, Sandra Hubert, Peter See, Edwin Huang Kunxiang, Yie Hou Lee, Baptiste Janela, Mahesh Choolani, Citra Nurfarah Zaini Mattar, Yiping Fan, Tony Kiat Hon Lim, Dedrick Kok Hong, Ker-Kan Tan, John Kit Chung Tam, Christopher Schuster, Adelheid Elbe-Bürger, Xiao-Nong Wang, Venetia Bigley, Matthew Collin, Muzlifah Haniffa, Andreas Schlitzer, Michael Poidinger, Salvatore Albani, Anis Larbi, Evan W Newell, Jerry Kok Yen Chan, Florent Ginhoux
During gestation the developing human fetus is exposed to a diverse range of potentially immune-stimulatory molecules including semi-allogeneic antigens from maternal cells, substances from ingested amniotic fluid, food antigens, and microbes. Yet the capacity of the fetal immune system, including antigen-presenting cells, to detect and respond to such stimuli remains unclear. In particular, dendritic cells, which are crucial for effective immunity and tolerance, remain poorly characterized in the developing fetus...
June 14, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613373/lack-of-association-between-human-leukocyte-antigen-polymorphisms-rs9277535-and-rs7453920-and-chronic-hepatitis-b-in-a-brazilian-population
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V R Z B Pereira, J M Wolf, G Z Stumm, T R Boeira, J Galvan, D Simon, V R Lunge
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a serious public health problem worldwide. The progression of the disease depends on several host and viral factors and may result in fulminant hepatitis (very rare), acute hepatitis with spontaneous clearance, and chronic hepatitis B infection. Previous studies demonstrated that variations in the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II (HLA-DPB1 and HLA-DQB2 genes) are related to the chronic HBV infection. This study aimed to investigate the association of two single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs), one in the HLA-DPB1 (rs9277535) and one in the HLA-DQB2 (rs7453920), with chronic hepatitis B infection in a southern Brazilian sample...
May 31, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611824/posttranscriptional-regulation-controls-calretinin-expression-in-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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Jelena Kresoja-Rakic, Merve Sulemani, Michaela B Kirschner, Manuel Ronner, Glen Reid, Steven Kao, Beat Schwaller, Walter Weder, Rolf A Stahel, Emanuela Felley-Bosco
Calretinin (CALB2) is a diagnostic and prognostic marker in malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). We previously reported that calretinin expression is regulated at the mRNA level. The presence of a medium-sized (573 nucleotide) 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) predicted to contain binding sites for miR-30a/b/c/d/e and miR-9 as well as an adenine/uridine-rich element (ARE) in all three transcripts arising from the CALB2 gene, suggests that calretinin expression is regulated via posttranscriptional mechanisms. Our aim was to investigate the role of the CALB2-3'UTR in the posttranscriptional regulation of calretinin expression in MPM...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611775/inhibition-of-myeloid-differentiation-factor-88-reduces-human-and-mouse-t-cell-interleukin-17-and-ifn%C3%AE-production-and-ameliorates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-induced-in-mice
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Shira Dishon, Shmuel J Cohen, Irun R Cohen, Gabriel Nussbaum
Myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) recruits signaling proteins to the intracellular domain of receptors belonging to the toll-like/interleukin-1 (IL-1) receptor superfamily. Mice lacking MyD88 are highly susceptible to infectious diseases, but tend to resist experimentally induced autoimmune diseases such as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) and manifest diminished allograft rejection. We reasoned that inhibition of MyD88 should influence the cytokine profile of responding T cells by blocking costimulatory molecule expression by antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and by inhibiting T-cell responses to IL-18...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611304/immune-profiling-of-nf1-associated-tumors-reveals-histologic-subtype-distinctions-and-heterogeneity-implications-for-immunotherapy
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Kellie B Haworth, Michael A Arnold, Christopher R Pierson, Kwangmin Choi, Nicholas D Yeager, Nancy Ratner, Ryan D Roberts, Jonathan L Finlay, Timothy P Cripe
Successful treatment of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1)-associated tumors poses a significant clinical challenge. While the primary underlying genetic defect driving RAS signaling is well described, recent evidence suggests immune dysfunction contributes to tumor pathogenesis and malignant transformation. As immunologic characterizations, prognostic and predictive of immunotherapeutic clinical response in other cancers, are not fully described for benign and malignant NF1-related tumors, we sought to define their immunologic profiles...
May 30, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610792/quantitative-and-qualitative-inkt-repertoire-associations-with-disease-susceptibility-and-outcome-in-macaque-tuberculosis-infection
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Andrew Chancellor, Andrew White, Anna S Tocheva, Joe R Fenn, Mike Dennis, Liku Tezera, Akul Singhania, Tim Elliott, Marc Tebruegge, Paul Elkington, Stephan Gadola, Sally Sharpe, Salah Mansour
Correlates of immune protection that reliably predict vaccine efficacy against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection are urgently needed. Invariant NKT cells (iNKTs) are CD1d-dependent innate T cells that augment host antimicrobial immunity through production of cytokines, including interferon (IFN)-γ and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α. We determined peripheral blood iNKT numbers, their proliferative responses and iNKT subset proportions after in vitro antigen expansion by α-galactosylceramide (αGC) in a large cohort of mycobacteria-naïve non-human primates, and macaques from Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine and Mtb challenge studies...
July 2017: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608115/phase-i-trial-of-antigen-targeted-autologous-dendritic-cell-based-vaccine-with-in-vivo-activation-of-inducible-cd40-for-advanced-prostate-cancer
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Guru Sonpavde, John D McMannis, Yu Bai, Mamatha R Seethammagari, Joan M C Bull, Victoria Hawkins, Theresa K Dancsak, Natasha Lapteva, Jonathan M Levitt, Annemarie Moseley, David M Spencer, Kevin M Slawin
This phase I trial reports the safety and activity of BPX101, a second-generation antigen-targeted autologous antigen presenting cell (APC) vaccine in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). To manufacture BPX101, APCs collected in a single leukapheresis were transduced with adenoviral vector Ad5f35 encoding inducible human (ih)-CD40, followed by incubation with protein PA001, which contains the extracellular domain of human prostate-specific membrane antigen. The ih-CD40 represents a modified chimeric version of the dendritic cell (DC) co-stimulatory molecule, CD40, which responds to a bioinert membrane-permeable activating dimerizer drug, rimiducid (AP1903), permitting temporally controlled, lymphoid-localized, DC-specific activation...
June 12, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
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