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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548102/replicating-viral-vector-platform-exploits-alarmin-signals-for-potent-cd8-t-cell-mediated-tumour-immunotherapy
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Sandra M Kallert, Stephanie Darbre, Weldy V Bonilla, Mario Kreutzfeldt, Nicolas Page, Philipp Müller, Matthias Kreuzaler, Min Lu, Stéphanie Favre, Florian Kreppel, Max Löhning, Sanjiv A Luther, Alfred Zippelius, Doron Merkler, Daniel D Pinschewer
Viral infections lead to alarmin release and elicit potent cytotoxic effector T lymphocyte (CTL(eff)) responses. Conversely, the induction of protective tumour-specific CTL(eff) and their recruitment into the tumour remain challenging tasks. Here we show that lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) can be engineered to serve as a replication competent, stably-attenuated immunotherapy vector (artLCMV). artLCMV delivers tumour-associated antigens to dendritic cells for efficient CTL priming. Unlike replication-deficient vectors, artLCMV targets also lymphoid tissue stroma cells expressing the alarmin interleukin-33...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542608/increase-in-complement-ic3b-is-associated-with-anti-inflammatory-cytokine-expression-during-late-pregnancy-in-mice
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Keigo Nakamura, Kazuya Kusama, Rulan Bai, Sadamasa Ishikawa, Sayuri Fukushima, Yoshihito Suda, Kazuhiko Imakawa
Immunological tolerance between fetal allograft and mother is crucial for pregnancy establishment and maintenance; however, these mechanisms particularly those during the latter part of pregnancy have not been definitively elucidated. The aim of this study was to examine the presence and potential function of innate immunity characteristic to the middle to late pregnancy. We first characterized up-regulated proteins in decidua from day 11 pregnant (P11) mice using 2D-PAGE, followed by MALDI-TOF/MS analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525262/serum-protein-adsorption-enhances-active-leukemia-stem-cell-targeting-of-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
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Michaela Beck, Tamoghna Mandal, Christian Buske, Mika Lindén
The functionalization of nanoparticles with a ligand targeting receptors overexpressed by the target cells is a commonly used strategy when aiming at nanoparticle-based, cell type-specific drug delivery.1-4 However, the influence of particle surface chemistry on the targetability has received much less attention. The surface charge is known to directly or indirectly affect the nanoparticle cellular uptake kinetics by influencing serum protein adsorption.5-7 Thus, it is fair to assume that both the specificity and cellular uptake kinetics of targeted nanoparticles are influenced by the nanoparticle charge, both of which are important parameters for controlling cell-specific drug delivery efficiency...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514981/essential-lessons-in-a-potential-sarin-attack-disaster-plan-for-a-resource-constrained-environment
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Matthew John Watermeyer, Nicole Dippenaar, Nelly Clotildea Tchouambou Simo, Sean Buchanan, Abdullah Ebrahim Laher
Sarin is a potent nerve agent chemical weapon that was originally designed for military purposes as a fast-acting anti-personnel weapon that would kill or disable large numbers of enemy troops. Its potent toxicity, ease of deployment, and rapid degradation allow for rapid deployment by an attacking force, who can safely enter the area of deployment a short while after its release. Sarin has been produced and stockpiled by a number of countries, and large quantities of it still exist despite collective agreements to cease manufacture and destroy stockpiles...
May 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505198/strongyloides-seroprevalence-before-and-after-an-ivermectin-mass-drug-administration-in-a-remote-australian-aboriginal-community
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Therese M Kearns, Bart J Currie, Allen C Cheng, James McCarthy, Jonathan R Carapetis, Deborah C Holt, Wendy Page, Jennifer Shield, Roslyn Gundjirryirr, Eddie Mulholland, Linda Ward, Ross M Andrews
BACKGROUND: Strongyloides seroprevalence is hyper-endemic in many Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, ranging from 35-60%. We report the impact on Strongyloides seroprevalence after two oral ivermectin mass drug administrations (MDAs) delivered 12 months apart in a remote Australian Aboriginal community. METHODS: Utilizing a before and after study design, we measured Strongyloides seroprevalence through population census with sequential MDAs at baseline and month 12...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502635/identification-of-vitreous-proteins-in-retinopathy-of-prematurity
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Koji Sugioka, Akio Saito, Shunji Kusaka, Kazuki Kuniyoshi, Yoshikazu Shimomura
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a disorder of blood vessels in the retina developed in premature infants and the leading cause of the blindness in children. Proteomic analysis was performed to identify vitreous proteins specific to patients with ROP. Vitreous humor samples were obtained from three patients with ROP and two patients with congenital cataract, the latter included as a control group. The vitreous samples were separated by 2D-PAGE and the proteins running as definitive spots were identified by MALDI-TOF MS spectrometry...
May 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496948/evaluation-of-igy-antibody-as-a-polyspecific-coombs-reagent
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Esteban Justo Gutiérrez Calzado, Marlene Toledano Heredia, Jeorge Fernadez Duharte, Amir-Hassan Zarnani
BACKGROUND: During the last twenty years, the extraction of specific egg yolk (IgY) antibodies from the immunized chickens has been accepted as a useful alternative to the immunization of mammals. The aim of the present study was immunizing the chickens with Human Umbilical Cord Serum (HUCS) and the extraction of specific anti-human globulins (IgG, C3b, and C3d) antibodies from egg yolk in order to obtain polyspecific Coombs reagent. METHODS: The novelty of this work was the achievement of a polyclonal reagent through a very cheap alternative method in accordance with all ethical regulations required for obtaining it...
April 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483414/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-a-parenteral-p2-vp8-p-8-subunit-rotavirus-vaccine-in-toddlers-and-infants-in-south-africa-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Michelle J Groome, Anthonet Koen, Alan Fix, Nicola Page, Lisa Jose, Shabir A Madhi, Monica McNeal, Len Dally, Iksung Cho, Maureen Power, Jorge Flores, Stanley Cryz
BACKGROUND: Efficacy of live oral rotavirus vaccines is reduced in low-income compared with high-income settings. Parenteral non-replicating rotavirus vaccines might offer benefits over oral vaccines. We assessed the safety and immunogenicity of the P2-VP8-P[8] subunit rotavirus vaccine at different doses in South African toddlers and infants. METHODS: This double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, dose-escalation trial was done at a single research unit based at a hospital in South Africa in healthy HIV-uninfected toddlers (aged 2 to <3 years) and term infants (aged 6 to <8 weeks, without previous rotavirus vaccination)...
May 5, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473446/human-plasma-thioredoxin-80-increases-with-age-and-in-apoe-mice-induces-inflammation-angiogenesis-and-atherosclerosis
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Dominique Couchie, Boris Vaisman, Amna Abderrazak, Dler Faieeq Darweesh Mahmood, Magda M Hamza, Fanny Canesi, Vimala Diderot, Khadija El Hadri, Anne E Nègre-Salvayre, Aurélie Le Page, Tamas Fulop, Alan T Remaley, Mustapha Rouis
Background -Thioredoxin-1 (TRX1), a ubiquitous 12 kDa protein, exerts anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In contrast, the truncated form, called TRX80, produced by macrophages induces up-regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines. TRX80 also promotes the differentiation of mouse peritoneal and human macrophages toward a pro-inflammatory M1 phenotype. Methods -TRX1 and TRX80 plasma levels were determined using specific ELISA. ADAM-17 and ADAM-10 activities were measured using respectively SensoLyte® 520 ADAM10 Activity Assay Kit *Fluorimetric* and InnoZyme™ TACE Activity Kit...
May 4, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472687/purification-characterization-and-biological-significance-of-mannose-binding-lectin-from-dioscorea-bulbifera-bulbils
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Mamta Sharma, Vishwanathreddy Hotpet, Sindhura B R, Kamalanathan A S, Bale M Swamy, Shashikala R Inamdar
Dioscorea bulbifera or air potato has been used as a folk remedy to treat cancer. A mannose binding lectin from bulbils of D. bulbifera was purified in a single step by affinity chromatography on mucin coupled Sepharose 4B column, determined by its fine sugar specificity by glycan array analysis and studied for its clinical potential in cancer and HIV research. SDS-PAGE showed that lectin is a monomer of Mr 24kDa. DBL agglutinated only rabbit erythrocytes and was inhibited by mucin, asialomucin, fetuin, asialofetuin and transferrin but not by any monosaccharides...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470625/an-anti-amoebic-vaccine-generation-of-the-recombinant-antigen-lc3-from-entamoeba-histolytica-linked-to-mutated-exotoxin-a-pe%C3%AE-iii-via-the-pichia-pastoris-system
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Sandra Luz Martínez-Hernández, Daniel Cervantes-García, Martín Muñoz-Ortega, Liseth R Aldaba-Muruato, Victor M Loera-Muro, Jorge A Ascacio-Martínez, María de Jesús Loera-Arias, Roberto Montes de Oca-Luna, Javier Ventura-Juárez
OBJECTIVE: To generate an immunogenic chimeric protein containing the Entamoeba histolytica LC3 fragment fused to the retrograde delivery domains of exotoxin A of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and KDEL3 for use as an effective vaccine. RESULTS: A codon-optimized synthetic gene encoding the PEΔIII-LC3-KDEL3 fusion construct was designed for expression in Pichia pastoris. This transgene was subcloned into the plasmid pPIC9 for methanol-inducible expression. After transformation and selection of positive-transformed clones by PCR, the expression of the recombinant protein PEΔIII-LC3-KDEL3 was elicited...
May 3, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468076/-recombinant-expression-of-hantaan-virus-protein-n-with-application-of-western-blot-in-detecting-anti-hantavirus-antibody
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P P Yao, F Xu, Y S Sun, Z R Yang, Y Zhang, M Yue, H P Zhu
Objective: S gene of hantavirus(HV) was expressed in insect cells by genetic engineering technology. The expression product of S gene was used as antigen to detect anti-HV specific antibody IgG in serum. Methods: Gene encoding NP of the strain HV-Z10 was amplified by PCR and then its eukaryotic expression system rBAC-Z10S-TN was constructed by using the routine genetic engineering method. SDS-PAGE was applied to measure the expression of rNP.Ion-exchange plus Ni-NTA-affinity chromatography was performed to purify the recombinant product...
April 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467176/a-recombinant-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-genotype-ivb-glycoprotein-produced-in-cabbage-looper-larvae-trichoplusia-ni-elicits-antibody-response-and-protection-in-muskellunge
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Isaac Standish, Mohamed Faisal
The Novirhabdovirus viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) genotype IVb has caused serious fish kills and become endemic throughout the Great Lakes basin of North America. This is troublesome since there are no protective vaccines currently approved against this deadly disease even though recombinant technology has become increasingly common. Herein, we explored the production of a recombinant VHSV-IVb glycoprotein, believed to be important for virus infectivity, and determined its ability to elicit protection against challenge with the wild virus strain...
June 2017: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460618/specific-targeting-of-her2-positive-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-line-hn5-by-idarubicin-zher2-affibody-conjugate
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Marzieh Ghanemi, Aminollah Pourshohod, Mohammad Ali Ghaffari, Alireza Kheirollah, Mansour Amin, Majid Zeinali, Mostafa Jamalan
Expression of human epidermal growth factor receptor type 2 (HER2) in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cell line HN5 can be employed with great opportunities of success for specific targeting of anti-cancer chemotherapeutic agents. In the current study, HER2-specific affibody molecule, ZHER2:342 (an engineered protein with great affinity for HER2 receptors) was selected for conjugation to idarubicin (an anti-neoplastic antibiotic). ZHER2:342 affibody gene with one added cysteine code at the its 5' end was synthesized de novo and then inserted into pET302 plasmid and transferred to E...
April 26, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442372/long-term-release-and-stability-of-pharmaceutical-proteins-delivered-from-solid-lipid-implants
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Moritz Vollrath, Julia Engert, Gerhard Winter
Solid lipid implants (SLIs) prepared by twin-screw (tsc) extrusion represent a promising technology platform for the sustained release of pharmaceutical proteins. In this work, we report on two aspects, long-term release and stability of released protein. First, SLIs were produced by tsc-extrusion containing the low melting triglyceride H12 and the high melting triglyceride Dynasan D118. Two different proteins available in a freeze-dried matrix containing hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrine (HP-β-CD) were incorporated into the lipid matrix: a monoclonal antibody (mAb) from the IgG1 class and the fab-fragment Ranibizumab (Lucentis(®))...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441116/nerve-growth-factor-and-pain-mechanisms
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Franziska Denk, David L Bennett, Stephen B McMahon
Nerve growth factor (NGF) antagonism is on the verge of becoming a powerful analgesic treatment for numerous conditions, including osteoarthritis and lower back pain. This review summarizes the historical research, both fundamental and clinical, that led to our current understanding of NGF biology. We also discuss the surprising number of questions that remain about NGF expression patterns and NGF's various functions and interaction partners in relation to persistent pain and the potential side effects of anti-NGF therapy...
April 24, 2017: Annual Review of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438676/factors-associated-with-long-term-risk-of-relapse-after-unrelated-cord-blood-transplantation-for-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-in-remission
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Kristin M Page, Myriam Labopin, Annalisa Ruggeri, Gerard Michel, Cristina Diaz de Heredia, Tracey O'Brien, Alessandra Picardi, Mouhab Ayas, Henrique Bittencourt, Ajay J Vora, Jesse Troy, Carmen Bonfim, Fernanda Volt, Eliane Gluckman, Peter Bader, Joanne Kurtzberg, Vanderson Rocha
For pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), relapse is an important cause of treatment failure after unrelated cord blood transplant (UCBT). Compared to other donor sources, relapse is similar or even reduced after UCBT despite less graft-versus-host disease (GvHD). We performed a retrospective analysis to identify risk factors associated with the 5-year cumulative incidence (CI) of relapse after UCBT. In this retrospective, registry-based study, we examined the outcomes of 640 children (<18 years) with ALL in first (n=257, 40%) or second complete remission (CR; n=383, 60%) who received myeloablative conditioning followed by a single-unit UCBT from 2000-2012...
April 21, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438383/remitting-seronegative-symmetrical-synovitis-with-pitting-edema-rs3pe-syndrome-induced-by-nivolumab
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Marie-Léa Gauci, Barouyr Baroudjian, Pauline Laly, Isabelle Madelaine, Laetitia Da Meda, Laetitia Vercellino, Martine Bagot, Frédéric Lioté, Cécile Pages, Céleste Lebbé
INTRODUCTION: A new articular syndrome described as immunrelated side effect of immunotherapy: PD-1 inhibitors have revolutionized the treatment of advanced melanoma but are responsible for immune-related toxicity. We report a case of remitting seronegative symetrical synovitis with pitting edema (RS3PE) syndrome induced by nivolumab. CASE REPORT: A 80 year-old man with stage IV BRAF-wild type and NRAS exon 2-mutated melanoma was treated first line by nivolumab 3mg/kg every 2 weeks...
March 8, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435909/self-assembled-particulate-psaa-as-vaccine-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-infection
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Majela González-Miro, Laura Rodríguez-Noda, Mildrey Fariñas-Medina, Dagmar García-Rivera, Vicente Vérez-Bencomo, Bernd H A Rehm
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a human pathogen responsible for the majority of childhood pneumonia and media otitis cases worldwide. The diversity of its capsular polysaccharides (CPS) results in more than 91 serotypes of which at least 23 are virulent. Various CPS conjugated to immunogenic carrier proteins are currently licensed and provide protection against the infection caused by the respective serotypes but not against new and emerging virulent serotypes. In this study, we considered the conserved protein antigen PsaA, the pneumococcal surface adhesin A, in order to overcome the limitations of CPS antigens...
April 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430376/acute-generalized-exanthematous-pustulosis-associated-with-ipilimumab-and-nivolumab
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Basile Page, Luca G Borradori, Helmut Beltraminelli, Nikhil Yawalkar, Robert E Hunger
Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP) is a rare potentially severe adverse cutaneous eruption, that is usually induced by a variety of drugs, most commonly anti-bacterial drugs. AGEP is characterized by the acute development of extensive, non-follicular, sterile pustules on an erythematous background accompanied by systemic symptoms such as fever and leucocytosis.¹ The prognosis is usually favourable, but in elderly patients with comorbidities morbidity and mortality are increased.² This article is protected by copyright...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
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