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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544973/pegylation-of-a-tlr2-agonist-based-vaccine-delivery-system-improves-antigen-trafficking-and-the-magnitude-of-ensuing-antibody-and-cd8-t-cell-responses
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Toshiki Sekiya, Junya Yamagishi, John Henry V Gray, Paul G Whitney, Axel Martinelli, Weiguang Zeng, Chinn Yi Wong, Chihiro Sugimoto, David C Jackson, Brendon Y Chua
The lipopeptide R4Pam2Cys is an agonist for toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2), a key pathogen-associated molecular pattern receptor expressed on many antigen-presenting cells such as dendritic cells (DCs). Electrostatic association of R4Pam2Cys with soluble protein antigens significantly enhances their immunogenicity and there is evidence to suggest that reducing the size of suitably adjuvanted-antigen complexes in solution may further improve their immunostimulatory capabilities. In this study, we investigated how incorporation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) into R4Pam2Cys affects the size, activity and efficacy of formed antigen-lipopeptide complexes...
May 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544681/tenebrio-molitor-gram-negative-binding-protein-3-tmgnbp3-is-essential-for-inducing-downstream-antifungal-tenecin-1-gene-expression-against-infection-with-beauveria-bassiana-jef-007
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Yi-Ting Yang, Mi Rong Lee, Se Jin Lee, Sihyeon Kim, Yu-Shin Nai, Jae Su Kim
The Toll signaling pathway is responsible for defense against both Gram-positive bacteria and fungi. Gram-negative binding protein 3 (GNBP3) has a strong affinity for the fungal cell wall component, β-1,3-glucan, which can activate the prophenoloxidase (proPO) cascade and induce the Toll signaling pathway. Myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) is an intracellular adaptor protein involved in the Toll signaling pathway. In this study, we monitored the response of 5 key genes (TmGNBP3, TmMyD88, and Tenecin 1, 2, and 3) in the Toll pathway of the mealworm Tenebrio molitor immune system against the fungus Beauveria bassiana JEF-007 using RT-PCR...
May 23, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544577/hatching-asynchrony-impacts-cognition-in-male-zebra-finches
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Simone A Campbell, Michelle L Beck, Kendra B Sewall
Conditions experienced early in life can shape brain development and later cognition. Altricial songbirds are particularly vulnerable to early environmental perturbations. Research on "Developmental Stress" in songbirds has addressed how early-life conditions may impair song learning and has been extended to consider other components of adult phenotype. Early-life challenges ranging from ectoparasites to competition with siblings have been shown to compromise song learning and other measures of cognition, as well as behavioral strategy...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543917/a-novel-pgm3-mutation-is-associated-with-a-severe-phenotype-of-bone-marrow-failure-severe-combined-immunodeficiency-skeletal-dysplasia-and-congenital-malformations
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Guillermo Pacheco-Cuéllar, Julie Gauthier, Valérie Désilets, Christian Lachance, Marlène Lemire-Girard, Françoise Rypens, Françoise Le Deist, Hélène Decaluwe, Michel Duval, Dorothée Bauron Dal Soglio, Victor Kokta, Élie Haddad, Philippe M Campeau
Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDGs) affect multiple systems and present a broad spectrum of clinical features, often including skeletal dysplasia and exome sequencing has led to the identification of new CDG genes . Immune and skeletal phenotypes associated with mutations in PGM3, encoding a protein which converts N-acetyl-glucosamine-6-phosphate into N-acetyl-glucosamine-1-phosphate, were recently reported. Through exome sequencing, we identified a novel homozygous mutation (c.1219T > C; p...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536665/diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-histopathologic-features-and-clinical-correlations
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Robert Ta, Romulo Celli, A Brian West
The case of a 16-year-old African-American girl with systemic lupus erythematosus, who developed diffuse alveolar hemorrhage with fatal consequences, is described. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage is a rare but serious complication of systemic lupus. It occurs in three distinct but overlapping phenotypes, acute capillaritis, bland pulmonary hemorrhage, and diffuse alveolar damage, each of which is associated with a different group of underlying conditions. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage is a medical emergency: choice of treatment depends on early diagnosis and determination of the underlying etiology...
2017: Case Reports in Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535201/regulatory-t-cells-ameliorate-tissue-plasminogen-activator-induced-brain-haemorrhage-after-stroke
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Leilei Mao, Peiying Li, Wen Zhu, Wei Cai, Zongjian Liu, Yanling Wang, Wenli Luo, Ruth A Stetler, Rehana K Leak, Weifeng Yu, Yanqin Gao, Jun Chen, Gang Chen, Xiaoming Hu
Delayed thrombolytic treatment with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may exacerbate blood-brain barrier breakdown after ischaemic stroke and lead to lethal haemorrhagic transformation. The immune system is a dynamic modulator of stroke response, and excessive immune cell accumulation in the cerebral vasculature is associated with compromised integrity of the blood-brain barrier. We previously reported that regulatory T cells, which function to suppress excessive immune responses, ameliorated blood-brain barrier damage after cerebral ischaemia...
May 22, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533657/esophagitis-and-its-causes-who-is-guilty-when-acid-is-found-not-guilty
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EDITORIAL
Laurino Grossi, Antonio Francesco Ciccaglione, Leonardo Marzio
Esophagitis is mainly a consequence of gastroesophageal reflux disease, one of the most common diseases affecting the upper digestive tract. However the esophageal mucosa can also be targeted by some infectious, systemic or chemical conditions. Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an immune-mediated inflammatory disease, characterized by eosinophilic infiltration in the mucosa. Esophageal localization of Crohn's disease is not very common, but it should always be considered in patients with inflammatory bowel disease complaining of upper digestive tract symptoms...
May 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532165/16p11-2-microduplication-and-associated-symptoms-a-case-study
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Martin Knoll, Kirsten Arnett, Jeremy Hertza
The minimal amount known regarding chromosomal microduplications and microdeletions presents a fascinating new direction of research into better understanding misunderstood symptoms and overall genomic influence. Specifically, the 16p11.2 microduplication has been associated with a myriad of possible cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms. The purpose of this study is to inform the reader of the biological basis of the 16p11.2 microduplication, review sources that suggest a link between the microduplication and clinically relevant diagnoses/sources of impairment, and to better understand the implications and development of symptoms through the illustration of a case example...
May 22, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527347/immunostimulatory-activity-of-plumieride-an-iridoid-in-augmenting-immune-system-by-targeting-th-1-pathway-in-balb-c-mice
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Jasvinder Singh, Arem Qayum, Rachna D Singh, Mytre Koul, Anpurna Kaul, N K Satti, Prabhu Dutt, Abid Hamid, Shashank Singh
Plumieride, an iridoid glucoside isolated from Plumieria acutifolia leaves was investigated for its immunostimulatory activity on humoral, cell mediated and intracellular cytokine levels in sensitized and unsensitised balb/c mice. Plumieride restores the suppressed cell mediated, humoral immune response and also enhances the release of TNF- α, IFN-γ, and IL-2 (Th-1) in immune compromised cyclosporine and cyclophosphamide treated balb/c mice. It does not stimulate the IL-4 (Th-2) expression. Plumieride demonstrates significant augmentation of Th-1 response in immunosuppressed balb/c mice...
May 17, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511530/herbs-in-oral-mucositis
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REVIEW
Maryam Baharvand, Soudeh Jafari, Hamed Mortazavi
Oral mucositis is an inflammatory mucosal destruction as a result of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, which in severe cases can impair patients' quality of life. Moreover, mucosal infection and/or systemic involvement due to compromised immunity leads to delay or discontinuation of the treatment. Many strategies and agents have been suggested for the management of this condition. Because of their lower side effects compared to chemical drugs, general interest in evaluating therapeutic effects of herbs has been increased intensively...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509673/immune-responses-to-invasive-aspergillosis-new-understanding-and-therapeutic-opportunities
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Tobias M Hohl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Invasive aspergillosis is a worldwide disease that primarily affects immune-compromised patients, agricultural workers with corneal abrasions, individuals with structural lung disease, and patients with primary immune deficiency. The critical function of the immune system is to prevent the germination of airborne conidia into tissue-invasive hyphae. This review covers recent advances that shape our understanding of anti-Aspergillus immunity at the molecular and cellular level...
May 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507070/limited-colonization-undermined-by-inadequate-early-immune-responses-define-the-dynamics-of-decidual-listeriosis
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Gabrielle Rizzuto, Elisa Tagliani, Priyanka Manandhar, Adrian Erlebacher, Anna I Bakardjiev
The bacterial pathogen Listeria monocytogenes causes a food-borne systemic disease in pregnant women that can lead to preterm labor, stillbirth, or severe neonatal disease. Colonization of the maternal decidua appears to be an initial step in the maternal component of the disease as well as bacterial transmission to the placenta and fetus. Host-pathogen interactions in the decidua during this early stage of infection remain poorly understood. Here, we assessed the dynamics of L. monocytogenes infection in primary human decidual organ cultures and in the murine decidua in vivo...
May 15, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504304/exploiting-scavenger-receptors-in-cancer-immunotherapy-lessons-from-cd5-and-sr-b1
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REVIEW
Marcos Vasquez, Inês Simões, Marta Consuegra-Fernández, Fernando Aranda, Francisco Lozano, Pedro Berraondo
Scavenger receptors (SRs) are structurally heterogeneous cell surface receptors characterized by their capacity to remove extraneous or modified self-macromolecules from circulation, thus avoiding the accumulation of noxious agents in the extracellular space. This scavenging activity makes SRs important molecules for host defense and homeostasis. In turn, SRs keep the activation of the steady state immune response in check, and participate as co-receptors in the priming of the effector immune responses when the macromolecules are associated with a threat that might compromise host homeostasis...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501406/effect-of-inhibiting-the-lactogenic-signal-at-calving-on-milk-production-and-metabolic-and-immune-perturbations-in-dairy-cows
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N Vanacker, S Ollier, F Beaudoin, R Blouin, P Lacasse
During the periparturient period, the abrupt increase in energy demand for milk production often induces metabolic and immunological disturbances in dairy cows. Our previous work has shown that reducing milk output by milking once a day or incompletely in the first few days of lactation reduces these disturbances. The aim of this study was to reduce metabolic and immunological disturbances by limiting milk production during the first week of lactation by inhibiting the lactogenic signal driven by prolactin...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490724/infection-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-similarities-and-differences-with-lupus-flare
#15
REVIEW
Ju-Yang Jung, Chang-Hee Suh
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease with diverse manifestations, and its pathogenesis is unclear and complicated. Infection and SLE are similar in that they both cause inf lammatory reactions in the immune system; however, one functions to protect the body, whereas the other is activated to damage the body. Infection is known as one of the common trigger factors for SLE; there are a number of reports on infectious agents that provoke autoimmune response. Several viruses, bacteria, and protozoa were revealed to cause immune dysfunction by molecular mimicry, epitope spreading, and bystander activation...
May 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486850/vaccine-profile-of-herpes-zoster-hz-su-subunit-vaccine
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Anthony L Cunningham, Thomas Heineman
Herpes zoster (HZ) causes an often severe and painful rash in older people and may be complicated by prolonged pain (postherpetic neuralgia; PHN) and by dissemination in immune-compromised patients. HZ results from reactivation of latent varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection, often associated with age-related or other causes of decreased T cell immunity. A live attenuated vaccine boosts this immunity and provides partial protection against HZ, but this decreases with age and declines over 8 years. Areas covered: A new HZ subunit (HZ/su) vaccine combines a key surface VZV glycoprotein (E) with a T cell-boosting adjuvant system (AS01B) and is administered by two intramuscular injections two months apart...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485720/herpesvirus-micrornas-for-use-in-gene-therapy-immune-evasion-strategies
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REVIEW
S T F Bots, R C Hoeben
Transplantation of allogeneic cells as well as of genetically corrected autologous cells are potent approaches to restore cellular functions in patients suffering from genetic diseases. The recipient's immune responses against non-self-antigens may compromise the survival of the grafted cells. Recipients of the graft may therefore require life-long treatment with immunosuppressive drugs. An alternative approach to reduce graft rejection could involve the use of immune-evasion molecules. Expression of such molecules in cells of the graft may subvert recognition by the host's immune system...
May 9, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483458/killer-cells-in-atherosclerosis
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Tin Kyaw, Peter Tipping, Ban-Hock Toh, Alex Bobik
Cytotoxic lymphocytes (killer cells) play a critical role in host defence mechanisms, protecting against infections and in tumour surveillance. They can also exert detrimental effects in chronic inflammatory disorders and in autoimmune diseases. Tissue cell death and necrosis are prominent features of advanced atherosclerotic lesions including vulnerable/unstable lesions which are largely responsible for most heart attacks and strokes. Evidence for accumulation of killer cells in both human and mouse lesions together with their cytotoxic potential strongly suggest that these cells contribute to cell death and necrosis in lesions leading to vulnerable plaque development and potentially plaque rupture...
May 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481908/effect-of-intravenous-immunoglobulin-on-the-function-of-treg-cells-derived-from-immunosuppressed-mice-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pneumonia
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Junlu Li, Tingsang Chen, Congcong Yuan, Guoqiang Zhao, Min Xu, Xiaoyan Li, Jie Cao, Lihua Xing
AIM: The present study aimed to investigate the effect of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) on regulatory T (Treg) cells derived from immunosuppressed mice with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) pneumonia. METHODS: A total of 108 BALB/c mice were randomly divided into the following groups: control group (Control), immunosuppressed group (IS), PA pneumonia group (PA), PA pneumonia in immunosuppressed group (IS + PA), PA pneumonia with IVIG treatment in immunocompetent group (PA + IVIG) and PA pneumonia with IVIG treatment in immunosuppressed group (IS + PA + IVIG)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481651/the-alternate-effects-of-anti-tnfa-therapeutics-and-their-role-in-mycobacterial-granulomatous-infection-in-crohn-s-disease
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Ahmad Qasem, Abed Elrahman Naser, Saleh A Naser
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that has been debated to be associated with bacterial triggers such as Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). Standard treatment of Crohn's disease (CD) patients includes a family of immunomodulators and biologics such as Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (Anti-TNFa). This cytokine in particular has been known to play vital roles in fighting microbial infections through formation and maintenance of granulomas. Areas covered: This perspective is focused on elucidating the negative effects of using Anti-TNFa therapeutic agents as a treatment option in CD patients who are more likely suspected to have MAP infection, and the role of other immunomodulators in MAP infection...
May 8, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
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