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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231571/luminex-liquichip-system-for-the-evaluation-of-cytokine-levels-in-patients-with-contact-dermatitis-to-potassium-dichromate
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Lehavit Akerman, Tirza Klein, Moshe Israeli, Abigail Fraser, Eti Sagy, Igor Snast, Daniel Mimouni, Michael David, Akiva Trattner
BACKGROUND: Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) is associated with increased production of cytokines. The patch test is the "gold-standard" diagnostic method, but it poses a risk of false results. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a novel laboratory technique, the Luminex LiquiChip, which simultaneously measures blood levels of multiple cytokines, as a diagnostic tool in patients with chrome-induced ACD. METHODS: The study group included 20 patients with ACD and relevant patch test results for potassium dichromate and 19 patients with ACD for nickel or fragrance as control...
February 24, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231510/lipopolyplex-potentiates-anti-tumor-immunity-of-mrna-based-vaccination
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Stefano Persano, Maria L Guevara, Zhaoqi Li, Junhua Mai, Mauro Ferrari, Pier Paolo Pompa, Haifa Shen
mRNA-based vaccines have the benefit of triggering robust anti-cancer immunity without the potential danger of genome integration from DNA vaccines or the limitation of antigen selection from peptide vaccines. Yet, a conventional mRNA vaccine comprising of condensed mRNA molecules in a positively charged protein core structure is not effectively internalized by the antigen-presenting cells. It cannot offer sufficient protection for mRNA molecules from degradation by plasma and tissue enzymes either. Here, we have developed a lipopolyplex mRNA vaccine that consists of a poly-(β-amino ester) polymer mRNA core encapsulated into a 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-ethylphosphocholine/1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine/1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-[amino(polyethylene glycol)-2000 (EDOPC/DOPE/DSPE-PEG) lipid shell...
February 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231426/engineering-of-anti-cd133-tri-specific-molecule-capable-of-inducing-nk-expansion-and-driving-antibody-dependent-cell-mediated-cytotoxicity-adcc
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Jörg U Schmohl, Martin Felices, Felix Oh, Alexander J Lenvik, Aaron M Lebeau, Jayanth Panyam, Jeffrey S Miller, Daniel A Vallera
Purpose: The selective elimination of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in tumor patients is a crucial goal because CSCs cause drug refractory relapse. To improve the current conventional bispecific immune-engager platform, a 16133 BiKE, consisting of scFvs binding FcγRIII (CD16) on NK cells and CD133 on carcinoma cells, was first synthesized and a modified IL-15 crosslinker capable of stimulating NK effector cells was introduced. Materials and Methods: DNA shuffling and ligation techniques were used to assemble and synthesize the 1615133 trispecific NK cell engager (TriKE)...
February 20, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230086/classification-of-idiopathic-interstitial-pneumonias-using-anti-myxovirus-resistance-protein-1-autoantibody
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Yoshimasa Hamano, Hiroshi Kida, Shoichi Ihara, Akihiro Murakami, Masahiro Yanagawa, Ken Ueda, Osamu Honda, Lokesh P Tripathi, Toru Arai, Masaki Hirose, Toshimitsu Hamasaki, Yukihiro Yano, Tetsuya Kimura, Yasuhiro Kato, Hyota Takamatsu, Tomoyuki Otsuka, Toshiyuki Minami, Haruhiko Hirata, Koji Inoue, Izumi Nagatomo, Yoshito Takeda, Masahide Mori, Hiroyoshi Nishikawa, Kenji Mizuguchi, Takashi Kijima, Masanori Kitaichi, Noriyuki Tomiyama, Yoshikazu Inoue, Atsushi Kumanogoh
Chronic fibrosing idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) can be divided into two main types: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a steroid-resistant and progressive disease with a median survival of 2-3 years, and idiopathic non-specific interstitial pneumonia (INSIP), a steroid-sensitive and non-progressive autoimmune disease. Although the clinical courses of these two diseases differ, they may be difficult to distinguish at diagnosis. We performed a comprehensive analysis of serum autoantibodies from patients definitively diagnosed with IPF, INSIP, autoimmune pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, and sarcoidosis...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229987/kinetics-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-level-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-who-achieved-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-loss-during-pegylated-interferon-alpha-2a-treatment
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Ming-Hui Li, Lu Zhang, Xiao-Jing Qu, Yao Lu, Ge Shen, Shu-Ling Wu, Min Chang, Ru-Yu Liu, Lei-Ping Hu, Zhen-Zhen Li, Wen-Hao Hua, Shu-Jing Song, Yao Xie
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) loss/seroconversion is considered to be the ideal endpoint of antiviral therapy and the ultimate treatment goal in chronic hepatitis B (CHB). This study aimed to assess the patterns of HBsAg kinetics in CHB patients who achieved HBsAg loss during the treatment of pegylated interferon (PEG-IFN) α-2a. METHODS: A total of 150 patients were enrolled, composing of 83 hepatitis B envelope antigen (HBeAg)-positive and 67 HBeAg-negative patients...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229507/a-samhd1-mutation-associated-with-aicardi-gouti%C3%A3-res-syndrome-uncouples-the-ability-of-samhd1-to-restrict-hiv-1-from-its-ability-to-downmodulate-type-i-interferon-in-humans
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Tommy E White, Alberto Brandariz-Nuñez, Alicia Martinez-Lopez, Caitlin Knowlton, Gina Lenzi, Baek Kim, Dmitri Ivanov, Felipe Diaz-Griffero
Mutations in the human SAMHD1 gene are known to correlate with the development of the Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome (AGS), which is an inflammatory encephalopathy that exhibits neurological dysfunction characterized by increased production of type I interferon (IFN); this evidence has lead to the concept that the SAMHD1 protein negatively regulates the type I IFN response. Additionally, the SAMHD1 protein has been shown to prevent efficient HIV-1 infection of macrophages, dendritic cells and resting CD4+ T cells...
February 22, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229303/phospholipase-d1-expression-analysis-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Mohammad Mahdi Eftekharian, Tahereh Azimi, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard, Arezou Sayad, Mir Davood Omrani, Shaghayegh Sarrafzadeh, Roghayeh Abbasalipourkabir, Mehrdokht Mazdeh, Mohammad Taheri
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disorder resulting from destruction of the myelin or insulating covers of neurons in the central nervous system (CNS). Several lines of evidence suggest a role for immune response in the occurrence and progression of this disorder. Several disease-modifying agents (DMA) including β-interferons (IFNβ) are being used in MS patients in order to stop the disease at the early inflammatory stage, postpone disease progression and diminish future disability. Phospholipase D1 (PLD1) is a critical enzyme responsible for the making lipid second messenger phosphatidic acid...
February 22, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229280/posterior-urethral-valve-in-fetuses-evidence-for-the-role-of-inflammatory-molecules
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Érica Leandro Marciano Vieira, Natalia Pessoa Rocha, Fernando Macedo Bastos, Kátia Daniela da Silveira, Alamanda K Pereira, Eduardo Araújo Oliveira, Débora Marques de Miranda, Ana Cristina Simões E Silva
BACKGROUND: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate inflammatory biomarkers in urine samples of 24 fetuses with posterior urethral valve (PUV) collected at 22 ± 4 weeks of gestation and to compare the findings with measurements in urine samples of 22 male healthy preterm neonates at 23 ± 4 weeks (control group). METHODS: Inflammatory biomarkers in urine were measured using a cytometric bead array [interleukin (IL)-2, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, interferon (IFN)-γ, soluable tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) 1, sTNFR2, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1/chemokine ligand 2 (MCP-1/CCL2), eotaxin/CCL11 and interferon gamma-induced protein/10/C-X-C motif chemokine 10 (IP-10/CXCL10)] and ELISA assays [TNF, IL-8/CXCL8 and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β)]...
February 22, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229025/effect-of-interleukin-il-35-on-il-17-expression-and-production-by-human-cd4-%C3%A2-t-cells
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Kosuke Okada, Takeki Fujimura, Takeshi Kikuchi, Makoto Aino, Yosuke Kamiya, Ario Izawa, Yuki Iwamura, Hisashi Goto, Iichiro Okabe, Eriko Miyake, Yoshiaki Hasegawa, Makio Mogi, Akio Mitani
BACKGROUND: Interleukin (IL)-17 produced by mainly T helper 17 (Th17) cells may play an important destructive role in chronic periodontitis (CP). Thus, anti-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-35, might have a beneficial effect in periodontitis by inhibiting differentiation of Th17 cells. Th17 differentiation is regulated by the retinoic acid receptor-related orphan receptor (ROR) α (encoded by RORA) and RORγt (encoded by RORC). However, the role of IL-35 in periodontitis is not clear and the effect of IL-35 on the function of Th17 cells is still incompletely understood...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228961/concurrent-van-der-woude-syndrome-and-turner-syndrome-a-case-report
#10
Evan Los, Hayley Baines, Ines Guttmann-Bauman
Most cases of Van der Woude syndrome are caused by a mutation to interferon regulatory factor 6 on chromosome 1. Turner syndrome is caused by complete or partial absence of the second sex chromosome in girls. We describe a unique case of the two syndromes occurring concurrently though apparently independently in a girl with Van der Woude syndrome diagnosed at birth and Turner syndrome at 14 years 9 months. Short stature was initially misattributed to Van der Woude syndrome and pituitary insufficiency associated with clefts before correctly diagnosing Turner syndrome...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228757/regulation-of-epigenetic-modifiers-including-kdm6b-by-interferon-%C3%AE-and-interleukin-4-in-human-macrophages
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Gökçe Yıldırım-Buharalıoğlu, Mark Bond, Graciela B Sala-Newby, Charles C T Hindmarch, Andrew C Newby
BACKGROUND: Interferon-γ (IFN-γ) or interleukin-4 (IL-4) drives widely different transcriptional programs in macrophages. However, how IFN-γ and IL-4 alter expression of histone-modifying enzymes involved in epigenetic regulation and how this affects the resulting phenotypic polarization is incompletely understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated steady-state messenger RNA levels of 84 histone-modifying enzymes and related regulators in colony-stimulating factor-1 differentiated primary human macrophages using quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228588/investigation-of-the-role-of-protein-kinase-d-in-human-rhinovirus-replication
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Anabel Guedán, Dawid Swieboda, Mark Charles, Marie Toussaint, Sebastian L Johnston, Amin Asfor, Anusha Panjwani, Tobias J Tuthill, Henry Danahay, Tony Raynham, Aurelie Mousnier, Roberto Solari
Picornavirus replication is known to cause extensive remodelling of Golgi and endoplasmic reticulum membranes and a number of the host proteins involved in the viral replication complex have been identified, including oxysterol binding protein (OSBP) and phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase III beta (PI4KB). Since both OSBP and PI4KB are substrates for protein kinase D (PKD) and PKD is known to be involved in the control of Golgi vesicular and lipid transport, we hypothesised that PKD played a role in viral replication...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228217/-t-peptide-enhances-the-killing-effects-of-cisplatinum-on-lung-cancer
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Hongyi Zhang, Minghui Liu, Ying Li, Yongwen Li, Song Xu, Zhenhua Pan, Mingbiao Li, Haiyang Fan, Hongyu Liu, Jun Chen
BACKGROUND: T peptide is extensively used in anti-tumor treatment. The aims of this study were to investigate whether T peptide enhances cisplatinum efficiency while reducing its side effects and to identify its effective mechanisms. METHODS: (1) Human macrophage U937 cells were treated with T peptide and/or cisplatinum. The levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interferon-γ (IFN-γ) of each group were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA); (2) Xenograft mouse models of human lung cancer were treated with T peptide and/or cisplatinum once every five days for three times...
February 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225907/characterisation-of-iunh-gene-knockout-strain-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Anne Drumond Villela, Valnês da Silva Rodrigues, Antônio Frederico Michel Pinto, Priscila Lamb Wink, Zilpa Adriana Sánchez-Quitian, Guilherme Oliveira Petersen, Maria Martha Campos, Luiz Augusto Basso, Diógenes Santiago Santos
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused mainly by the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The better understanding of important metabolic pathways from M. tuberculosis can contribute to the development of novel therapeutic and prophylactic strategies to combat TB. Nucleoside hydrolase (MtIAGU-NH), encoded by iunH gene (Rv3393), is an enzyme from purine salvage pathway in M. tuberculosis. MtIAGU-NH accepts inosine, adenosine, guanosine, and uridine as substrates, which may point to a pivotal metabolic role...
March 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225767/interferon-%C3%AE-1a-for-the-treatment-of-ebola-virus-disease-a-historically-controlled-single-arm-proof-of-concept-trial
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Mandy Kader Konde, Darren P Baker, Fode Amara Traore, Mamadou Saliou Sow, Alioune Camara, Alpha Amadou Barry, Doussou Mara, Abdoulaye Barry, Moussa Cone, Ibrahima Kaba, Amento Ablam Richard, Abdoul Habib Beavogui, Stephan Günther, Melania Pintilie, Eleanor N Fish
To date there are no approved antiviral drugs for the treatment of Ebola virus disease (EVD). Based on our in vitro evidence of antiviral activity of interferon (IFN)-ß activity against Ebola virus, we conducted a single arm clinical study in Guinea to evaluate the safety and therapeutic efficacy of IFN β-1a treatment for EVD. Nine individuals infected with Ebola virus were treated with IFN β-1a and compared retrospectively with a matched cohort of 21 infected patients receiving standardized supportive care only during the same time period at the same treatment unit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225519/a-cytokine-pattern-that-differentiates-preseroconversion-from-postseroconversion-phases-of-primary-hiv-infection
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Lucia Pastor, Erica Parker, Jorge Carrillo, Victor Urrea, Laura Fuente-Soro, Durval Respeito, Chenjerai Jairoce, Inacio Mandomando, Julià Blanco, Denise Naniche
BACKGROUND: During acute HIV infection, HIV actively replicates but seroconversion has not yet occurred. Primary HIV infection (PHI) is characterized by a transient nonspecific febrile illness, a massive inflammatory response, and the progressive appearance of anti-HIV-specific antibodies. In this study, we have identified patterns of inflammatory biomarkers associated with the innate immunological reaction before completion of a full humoral response. METHODS: A symptom-based screening was used to identify acute HIV infection in the Manhiça District Hospital in Mozambique...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225338/potential-biomarkers-associated-with-discrimination-between-latent-and-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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R Kamakia, S Kiazyk, J Waruk, A Meyers, J Ochanda, T B Ball, J Oyugi
SETTING: A third of the world's population has latent tuberculous infection (LTBI). Current TB diagnostics used in developing countries are ineffective and are unable to distinguish LTBI from active TB. Identifying biomarkers that could aid in the early detection of TB and in distinguishing TB states could be a major breakthrough in global TB control. OBJECTIVE: To identify potential immune biomarkers to distinguish active TB from LTBI. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 19 active TB patients, 8 TB-negative individuals (controls) and 16 LTBI non-human immunodeficiency virus infected individuals in Nairobi, Kenya...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225337/multiple-cytokines-for-the-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-children-with-tuberculosis
#18
N Nausch, C Lundtoft, G Schulz, H Henckel, E Mayatepek, B Fleischer, F M Marx, M Jacobsen
SETTING: Interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) release assays (IGRAs) play an important role in the diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. However, in children with tuberculosis (TB), some studies have shown increased frequencies of false-negative or indeterminate IGRA results. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the spectrum of different cytokines to improve the diagnostic accuracy of IGRAs in latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) and active TB. DESIGN: We performed multiplex cytokine expression analysis of QuantiFERON® Gold In-Tube supernatants in children with active TB (n = 21) and disease-free contacts with (n = 15) and without LTBI (n = 12), to determine the sensitivity and specificity of the modified tests...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225289/-treatment-of-hcv-genotype-2%C3%A2-infection
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Petr Husa, Petr Husa
INTRODUCTION: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the main causes of chronic liver disease worldwide. AIMS: Retrospectively evaluate the results of therapy of patients with genotype 2 HCV treated during last 15 years at the Department of Infectious Diseases University Hospital Brno and Faculty of Medicine Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 15 patients (9 men, 6 women, mean age 54.73 ± 13.83 years, median 54 years) with chronic genotype 2 infection were treated at in our department during last 15 years...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224470/three-patients-treated-with-sofosbuvir-plus-ledipasvir-for-recurrent-hepatitis-c-after-liver-transplantation
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Tomokazu Kawaoka, Michio Imamura, Kei Morio, Yuki Nakamura, Masataka Tsuge, Clair Nelson Hayes, Yoshiiku Kawakami, Hiroshi Aikata, Hidenori Ochi, Kouhei Ishiyama, Hideki Ohdan, Kazuaki Chayama
We previously reported results of interferon (IFN)-free daclatasvir and asunaprevir for the treatment of recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection after liver transplantation (LT). Here we report three patients who achieved viral response with no effect on the blood concentrations of immunosuppressive agents following sofosbuvir plus ledipasvir treatment. The first patient was a 68-year-old female with HCV-related liver cirrhosis who failed to respond to pegylated-IFN and ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) after living donor LT...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
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