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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912830/advances-in-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Gregory P Kalemkerian, Bryan J Schneider
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is an aggressive neuroendocrine tumor characterized by early metastatic spread and responsiveness to initial therapy. The incidence of SCLC has been declining in the United States in parallel with the decreasing prevalence of cigarette smoking. Limited stage disease is potentially curable with chemoradiotherapy followed by cranial irradiation. Extensive stage disease is incurable, but systemic chemotherapy can improve quality of life and prolong survival. Nearly all patients relapse with chemoresistant disease...
February 2017: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911910/molecular-markers-of-radiation-induced-attenuation-in-intrahepatic-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites
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Miranda S Oakley, Nitin Verma, Hong Zheng, Vivek Anantharaman, Kazuyo Takeda, Yamei Gao, Timothy G Myers, Phuong Thao Pham, Babita Mahajan, Nirbhay Kumar, Davison Sangweme, Abhai K Tripathi, Godfree Mlambo, L Aravind, Sanjai Kumar
Experimental immunization with radiation attenuated sporozoites (RAS) and genetically attenuated sporozoites has proved to be a promising approach for malaria vaccine development. However, parasite biomarkers of growth attenuation and enhanced immune protection in response to radiation remain poorly understood. Here, we report on the effect of an attenuating dose of γ-irradiation (15 krad) on the Plasmodium falciparum sporozoite (PfSPZ) ultrastructure by electron microscopy, growth rate of liver stage P. falciparum in liver cell cultures, and genome-wide transcriptional profile of liver stage parasites by microarray...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902351/protective-role-of-cx3cr1-signaling-in-resident-cells-of-the-central-nervous-system-during-experimental-herpes-simplex-virus-encephalitis
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Rafik Menasria, Coraline Canivet, Jocelyne Piret, Jean Gosselin, Guy Boivin
CX3CR1 is an important chemokine receptor expressed on the surface of microglia and blood leukocytes including monocytes. Signaling through this receptor influences the immune activity of microglia and monocytes trafficking into the central nervous system (CNS) in several neurological diseases. During experimental herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) encephalitis (HSE), CX3CR1 deficiency has been reported to exacerbate the outcome of the disease. However, the precise contribution of CX3CR1 expressed in resident cells of the CNS or peripheral monocytes in protection against HSE remains unclear...
November 30, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894306/first-phase-i-human-clinical-trial-of-a-killed-whole-hiv-1-vaccine-demonstration-of-its-safety-and-enhancement-of-anti-hiv-antibody-responses
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Eunsil Choi, Chad J Michalski, Seung Ho Choo, Gyoung Nyoun Kim, Elizabeth Banasikowska, Sangkyun Lee, Kunyu Wu, Hwa-Yong An, Anthony Mills, Stefan Schneider, U Fritz Bredeek, Daniel R Coulston, Shilei Ding, Andrés Finzi, Meijuan Tian, Katja Klein, Eric J Arts, Jamie F S Mann, Yong Gao, C Yong Kang
BACKGROUND: Vaccination with inactivated (killed) whole-virus particles has been used to prevent a wide range of viral diseases. However, for an HIV vaccine this approach has been largely negated due to inherent safety concerns, despite the ability of killed whole-virus vaccines to generate a strong, predominantly antibody-mediated immune response in vivo. HIV-1 Clade B NL4-3 was genetically modified by deleting the nef and vpu genes and substituting the coding sequence for the Env signal peptide with that of honeybee melittin signal peptide to produce a less virulent and more replication efficient virus...
November 28, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893434/neuroinflammatory-and-cognitive-consequences-of-combined-radiation-and-immunotherapy-in-a-novel-preclinical-model
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Gwendolyn J McGinnis, David Friedman, Kristina H Young, Eileen Ruth S Torres, Charles R Thomas, Michael J Gough, Jacob Raber
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients often report behavioral and cognitive changes following cancer treatment. These effects can be seen in patients who have not yet received treatment or have received only peripheral (non-brain) irradiation. Novel treatments combining radiotherapy (RT) and immunotherapy (IT) demonstrate remarkable efficacy with respect to tumor outcomes by enhancing the proinflammatory environment in the tumor. However, a proinflammatory environment in the brain mediates cognitive impairments in other neurological disorders and may affect brain function in cancer patients receiving these novel treatments...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886076/pathogens-inactivated-by-low-energy-electron-irradiation-maintain-antigenic-properties-and-induce-protective-immune-responses
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Jasmin Fertey, Lea Bayer, Thomas Grunwald, Alexandra Pohl, Jana Beckmann, Gaby Gotzmann, Javier Portillo Casado, Jessy Schönfelder, Frank-Holm Rögner, Christiane Wetzel, Martin Thoma, Susanne M Bailer, Ekkehard Hiller, Steffen Rupp, Sebastian Ulbert
Inactivated vaccines are commonly produced by incubating pathogens with chemicals such as formaldehyde or β-propiolactone. This is a time-consuming process, the inactivation efficiency displays high variability and extensive downstream procedures are often required. Moreover, application of chemicals alters the antigenic components of the viruses or bacteria, resulting in reduced antibody specificity and therefore stimulation of a less effective immune response. An alternative method for inactivation of pathogens is ionizing radiation...
November 23, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885577/distinct-expression-of-various-angiogenesis-factors-in-mice-brain-after-whole-brain-irradiation-by-x-ray
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Zhezhi Deng, Haiwei Huang, Xiaohong Wu, Mengmeng Wu, Guoyong He, Junjie Guo
Radiation-induced brain injury (RBI) is the most serious complication after radiotherapy. However, the etiology of RBI remains elusive. In order to evaluate the effect of X-rays on normal brain tissue, adult male BALB/C mice were subjected to whole-brain exposure with a single dose of 10 Gy or sham radiation. The structure and number of mice brain vessels were investigated 1, 7, 30, 90 and 180 days after irradiation by H&E staining and immune-fluorescence staining. Compared with sham control mice, in addition to morphological changes, a significant reduction of microvascular density was detected in irradiated mice brains...
November 25, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885052/enhanced-protective-responses-to-a-serotype-independent-pneumococcal-vaccine-when-combined-with-an-inactivated-influenza-vaccine
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Rachelle Babb, Austen Chen, Abiodun D Ogunniyi, Timothy R Hirst, Ervin E Kara, Shaun R McColl, Mohammed Alsharifi, James C Paton
Streptococcus pneumoniae and influenza are the world's foremost bacterial and viral respiratory pathogens. We have previously described a gamma-irradiated influenza (γ-FLU) vaccine that provides cross-protective immunity against heterosubtypic infections. More recently, we reported a novel non-adjuvanted gamma-irradiated S. pneumoniae (γ-PN) vaccine that elicits serotype-independent protection. Considering the clinical synergism of both pathogens, combination of a serotype-independent pneumococcal vaccine with a broad-spectrum influenza vaccine to protect against both infections would have considerable clinical impact...
November 24, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879026/ionizing-radiation-promotes-ccl27-secretion-from-keratinocytes-through-the-cross-talk-between-tnf-%C3%AE-and-ros
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Qian Zhang, Linlin Zhu, Gang Wang, Ye Zhao, Na Xiong, Hegang Bao, Wensen Jin
The skin-associated chemokine CCL27 and its receptor CCR10 mediate the immune response of skin-homing T cells. The CCL27 secreted from keratinocytes was reportedly involved in inflammatory skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. However, whether ionizing radiation increases the levels of CCL27 secretion still remains unclear. In HaCaT cells, a human keratinocyte cell line, CCL27 secretion was markedly increased after X-ray irradiation. We further found that irradiation boosted the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which was concomitant with the release of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874054/combinational-immunotherapy-with-allo-dribble-vaccines-and-anti-ox40-co-stimulation-leads-to-generation-of-cross-reactive-effector-t-cells-and-tumor-regression
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Guangjie Yu, Yuhuan Li, Zhihua Cui, Nicholas P Morris, Andrew D Weinberg, Bernard A Fox, Walter J Urba, Lixin Wang, Hong-Ming Hu
It is well-known that vaccines comprising of irradiated whole tumor cells or tumor-derived heat shock proteins can generate tumor-specific immune responses. In contrast, we showed recently that vaccines composed of autophagosomes (DRibbles) derived from syngeneic sarcomas could induce cross-reactive T-cell responses and cross-protection against the tumor. This unusual property of DRibbles was related to the selective recruitment of defective ribosomal products (DRiPs) and other short-lived proteins (SLiPs) into autophagosomes via sequestosome (SQSTM1, p62) mediated association of ubiquitinated SLiPs to the autophagy gene product LC3...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865134/polychromatic-light-480-3400nm-similar-to-the-terrestrial-solar-spectrum-without-its-uv-component-in-post-surgical-immunorehabilitation-of-breast-cancer-patients
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Natalia A Zhevago, Alexander A Zimin, Tatyana V Glazanova, Natalia I Davydova, Natalia V Bychkova, Zhanna V Chubukina, Anna I Buinyakova, Marina F Ballyuzek, Kira A Samoilova
To this day, two methods of phototherapy (PT) have been successfully used in post-surgical immunorehabilitation of patients with breast cancer (BC): intravenous laser irradiation of the patients' blood and reinfusion of lympholeukosuspension of BC patients after single irradiation with HeNe laser. The objective of this pilot experimental study was to verify the effectiveness of the percutaneous use of polychromatic visible light combined with polychromatic infrared (pVIS+pIR) radiation similar to the major components of natural solar spectrum in post-surgical management of BC patients...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864061/melanogenesis-inhibits-respiration-in-b16-f10-melanoma-cells-whereas-enhances-mitochondrial-cell-content
#12
Willian Vanderlei Meira, Tassiele Andréa Heinrich, Silvia Maria Suter Correia Cadena, Glaucia Regina Martinez
Melanoma is a rare and aggressive skin tumor; the survival of patients diagnosed late is fairly low. This high mortality rate is due to the characteristics of the cells that allow them to be resistant to radiotherapy and conventional chemotherapy, besides of being able to evade the immune system. Melanin, the pigment responsible for skin, hair and eye color, seems to be involved in this resistance. The main function of melanin is to protect the cells against ultraviolet (UV) light by absorbing this radiation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging...
November 15, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861156/an-nk-cell-line-hank-expressing-high-levels-of-granzyme-and-engineered-to-express-the-high-affinity-cd16-allele
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Caroline Jochems, James W Hodge, Massimo Fantini, Rika Fujii, Y Maurice Morillon Ii, John W Greiner, Michelle R Padget, Sarah R Tritsch, Kwong Yok Tsang, Kerry S Campbell, Hans Klingemann, Laurent Boissel, Shahrooz Rabizadeh, Patrick Soon-Shiong, Jeffrey Schlom
Natural killer (NK) cells are known to play a role in mediating innate immunity, in enhancing adaptive immune responses, and have been implicated in mediating anti-tumor responses via antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) by reactivity of CD16 with the Fc region of human IgG1 antibodies. The NK-92 cell line, derived from a lymphoma patient, has previously been well characterized and adoptive transfer of irradiated NK-92 cells has demonstrated safety and shown preliminary evidence of clinical benefit in cancer patients...
November 16, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858203/enhanced-fucosylation-of-ga1-in-the-digestive-tracts-of-x-ray-irradiated-mice
#14
Masao Iwamori, Kyoko Tanaka, Shigeki Adachi, Daisuke Aoki, Taisei Nomura
In mice at 4 days after X-ray-irradiation at 0.5 Gy/min for 16 min, the tissue weights of immune organs, i.e., thymus and spleen, were decreased due to injury to lymphocytes by the X-rays. The resulting immunosuppressive condition allowed the growth of lactobacilli, i.e., L. murinus, which contained LacβTH-DG and possessed the ability to induce transcription of the fucosyltransferase gene for synthesis of FGA1. LacβTH-DG was detected in the jejunal and ileal contents of X-ray-irradiated mice, but not in those of control mice, whereas LacTetH-DG of L...
November 18, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856220/the-biology-of-beta-human-papillomaviruses
#15
REVIEW
Massimo Tommasino
The beta genus comprises more than 50 beta human papillomavirus (HPV) types that are suspected to be involved, together with ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, in the development of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), the most common form of human cancer. Two members of the genus beta, HPV5 and HPV8, were first identified in patients with a genetic disorder, epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV), that confers high susceptibility to beta HPV infection and NMSC development. The fact that organ transplant recipients (OTRs) with an impaired immune system have an elevated risk of NMSC raised the hypothesis that beta HPV types may also be involved in skin carcinogenesis in non-EV patients...
November 14, 2016: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853878/tight-junctions-in-skin-inflammation
#16
REVIEW
Katja Bäsler, Johanna M Brandner
Inflammation of the skin is found after various external stimuli, e.g., UV radiation, allergen uptake, microbial challenge, or contact with irritants, as well as due to intrinsic, not always well-defined, stimuli, e.g., in autoimmune responses. Often, it is also triggered by a combination of both. The specific processes, which mean the kind of cytokines and immune cells involved and the extent of the reaction, depend not only on the trigger but also on the predisposition of the individual. Tight junctions (TJs) in the skin have been shown to form a barrier in the granular cell layer of the epidermis...
November 16, 2016: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853305/tropomyosin-receptor-kinase-c-targeted-delivery-of-a-peptidomimetic-ligand-photosensitizer-conjugate-induces-antitumor-immune-responses-following-photodynamic-therapy
#17
Chin Siang Kue, Anyanee Kamkaew, Siew Hui Voon, Lik Voon Kiew, Lip Yong Chung, Kevin Burgess, Hong Boon Lee
Tropomyosin receptor kinase C (TrkC) targeted ligand-photosensitizer construct, IYIY-diiodo-boron-dipyrromethene (IYIY-I2-BODIPY) and its scrambled counterpart YIYI-I2-BODIPY have been prepared. IYIY-I2-BODIPY binds TrkC similar to neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), and NT-3 has been reported to modulate immune responses. Moreover, it could be shown that photodynamic therapy (PDT) elevates antitumor immune responses. This prompted us to investigate the immunological impacts mediated by IYIY-I2-BODIPY in pre- and post-PDT conditions...
November 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849436/impairment-of-the-intrinsic-capability-of-th1-polarization-in-irradiated-mice-a-close-look-at-the-imbalanced-th1-th2-response-after-irradiation
#18
Renxiang Chen, Yi-Wen Wang, Albert J Fornace, Heng-Hong Li
Two major CD4(+) T-helper (Th) lineages are Th1 and Th2, and well balanced Th1/Th2 responses are essential for immune function. In previously published studies, it was reported that radiation induces a Th1/Th2 immune imbalance toward a Th2-dominant direction, and this imbalance may contribute to postirradiation immune dysfunction. The polarization of Th cells is driven by the cytokine milieu and controlled by intracellular regulatory pathways that respond to cytokine signaling. It is widely accepted that radiation induces cytokine aberration, however, the precise alterations of cytokines in various tissue environments have been difficult to evaluate...
November 16, 2016: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849061/mitigation-of-radiation-induced-hematopoietic-injury-by-the-polyphenolic-acetate-7-8-diacetoxy-4-methylthiocoumarin-in-mice
#19
Kavya Venkateswaran, Anju Shrivastava, Paban K Agrawala, Ashok Prasad, Namita Kalra, Parvat R Pandey, Kailash Manda, Hanumantharao G Raj, Virinder S Parmar, Bilikere S Dwarakanath
Protection of the hematopoietic system from radiation damage, and/or mitigation of hematopoietic injury are the two major strategies for developing medical countermeasure agents (MCM) to combat radiation-induced lethality. In the present study, we investigated the potential of 7, 8-diacetoxy-4-methylthiocoumarin (DAMTC) to ameliorate radiation-induced hematopoietic damage and the associated mortality following total body irradiation (TBI) in C57BL/6 mice. Administration of DAMTC 24 hours post TBI alleviated TBI-induced myelo-suppression and pancytopenia, by augmenting lymphocytes and WBCs in the peripheral blood of mice, while bone marrow (BM) cellularity was restored through enhanced proliferation of the stem cells...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845296/impact-of-laser-therapy-on-the-proliferation-of-various-cultured-cells
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T Gabunia, S Turabelidze, M Machavariani, M Enukidze, Nina V Kipiani, G Sharashenidze, T Sanikidze
The purpose of our study was to establish the laser effects on the epithelial tissue and immune metabolism. The research was conducted on human leukemic mature T cells (Jurkat cells) (DSMZ-Deutshe Sammulung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen (Germany)) and MDCK cell line (Lugar Laboratory, Tbilisi, Georgia). Cells were radiated by Laser device "ОПТОДАН"- АЛСТ-01 (power 5 W) 3 -7 days (4 minutes per day). With the aim to model oxidative stress-induced apoptosis, 30% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) (Sigma) is added to Jurkat cells, in doses 25 and 50μM [4, 5]; and MDCK cells, in doses 400 and 800 μM [19] added to incubation suspension with subsequent incubation for 24, 48 and 72 hrs...
October 2016: Georgian Medical News
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