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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922662/treatment-of-autoimmune-glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-astrocytopathy-follow-up-in-7-cases
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Xinguang Yang, Junyan Liang, Qingmei Huang, Huiming Xu, Cong Gao, Youming Long, Xiaoyu Xiao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to report an autoimmune glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) astrocytopathy with long-term follow-up in 7 patients. METHODS: Antibodies were detected by indirect immunofluorescence assay and patient data were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: Seven patients (4 female, 3 male) with ≥1 year follow-up were included. All patients had positive GFAP antibodies in their cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). Their median age at disease onset was 56 years (range 27-69) and the median disease duration was 1 year (range 1-4)...
September 19, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922657/methods-employed-in-cytofluorometric-assessment-of-eryptosis-the-suicidal-erythrocyte-death
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Mohamed Jemaà, Myriam Fezai, Rosi Bissinger, Florian Lang
Suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis contributes to or even accounts for anemia in a wide variety of clinical conditions, such as iron deficiency, dehydration, hyperphosphatemia, vitamin D excess, chronic kidney disease (CKD), hemolytic-uremic syndrome, diabetes, hepatic failure, malignancy, arteriitis, sepsis, fever, malaria, sickle-cell disease, beta-thalassemia, Hb-C and G6PD-deficiency, Wilsons disease, as well as advanced age. Moreover, eryptosis is triggered by a myriad of xenobiotics and endogenous substances including cytotoxic drugs and uremic toxins...
September 1, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922621/a-21-winter-seasons-retrospective-study-of-antibody-response-after-influenza-vaccination-in-elderly-60-85%C3%A2-years-old-and-very-elderly-85%C3%A2-years-old-institutionalized-subjects
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Emilia Nunzi, Anna Maria Iorio, Barbara Camilloni
Influenza vaccination is considered the best mean for preventing the higher rates of mortality associated with influenza virus infection in the elderly as compared with younger people. Since the number of very elderly subjects, aged >85 years, is rapidly increasing, and some authors reported increments in influenza-associated mortality with age, the aim of this study was to increase the limited information available on the immunogenicity of the influenza vaccines in this age group. This was a retrospective study which analyzed the antibody response induced by commercially available trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in 1491 elderly subjects (60-85 years old) and 1139 very elderly subjects (>85 years old) during 21 winter seasons included between 1993-1994 and 2014-2015...
September 18, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922620/%C3%AE-pad-fluorescence-scattering-immunoagglutination-assay-for-cancer-biomarkers-from-blood-and-serum
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Cayla Baynes, Jeong-Yeol Yoon
A microfluidic paper analytical device (μPAD) was created for the sensitive quantification of cancer antigens, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9), from human whole blood and serum, toward diagnosis and prognosis of colorectal cancer. Anti-CEA and anti-CA 19-9 antibodies were covalently linked to submicron, fluorescent polystyrene particles, loaded, and then dried in the center of the μPAD channel. CEA- or CA 19-9-spiked blood or serum samples were loaded to the inlet of μPAD, and subsequent immunoagglutination changed the fluorescent scatter signals upon ultraviolet (UV) excitation...
September 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922593/cysteine-silac-mass-spectrometry-enables-the-identification-and-quantitation-of-scrambled-inter-chain-disulfide-bonds-preservation-of-native-heavy-light-chain-pairing-in-bispecific-iggs-generated-by-controlled-fab-arm-exchange
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Ewald T J van den Bremer, Aran F Labrijn, Ramon van den Boogaard, Patrick Priem, Kai Scheffler, Joost P M Melis, Janine Schuurman, Paul Parren, Rob N de Jong
Bispecific antibodies (bsAbs) are one of the most versatile and promising pharmaceutical innovations for countering heterogeneous and refractory disease by virtue of their ability to bind two distinct antigens. One critical quality attribute of bsAb formation requiring investigation is the potential randomization of cognate heavy chain (H)/light (L) chain pairing, which could occur to a varying extent dependent on bsAb format and the production platform. To assess the content of such HL chain-swapped reaction products with high sensitivity, we developed cysteine-SILAC, a method that facilitates the detailed characterization of disulfide-bridged peptides by mass-spectrometry...
September 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922578/identification-of-a-tetanus-toxin-specific-epitope-in-single-amino-acid-resolution
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Andrea Palermo, Laura K Weber, Simone Rentschler, Awale Isse, Martyna Sedlmayr, Karin Herbster, Volker List, Jürgen Hubbuch, Felix F Löffler, Alexander Nesterov-Müller, Frank Breitling
Vaccinations are among the most potent tools to fight infectious diseases. However, cross-reactions are an ongoing problem and there is an urgent need to fully understand the mechanisms of the immune response. For the development of a methodological workflow, the linear epitopes in the immune response to the tetanus toxin is investigated in sera of 19 vaccinated Europeans applying epitope mapping with peptide arrays. The most prominent epitope, appearing in nine different sera (923 IHLVNNESSEVIVHK937 ), is investigated in a substitution analysis to identify the amino acids that are crucial for the binding of the corresponding antibody species - the antibody fingerprint...
September 18, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922574/super-resolution-microscopy-unveils-dynamic-heterogeneities-in-nanoparticle-protein-corona
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Natalia Feiner-Gracia, Michaela Beck, Sílvia Pujals, Sébastien Tosi, Tamoghna Mandal, Christian Buske, Mika Linden, Lorenzo Albertazzi
The adsorption of serum proteins, leading to the formation of a biomolecular corona, is a key determinant of the biological identity of nanoparticles in vivo. Therefore, gaining knowledge on the formation, composition, and temporal evolution of the corona is of utmost importance for the development of nanoparticle-based therapies. Here, it is shown that the use of super-resolution optical microscopy enables the imaging of the protein corona on mesoporous silica nanoparticles with single protein sensitivity...
September 18, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922567/determination-of-pd-l1-expression-in-effusions-from-mesothelioma-by-immuno-cytochemical-staining
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Mohammed S I Mansour, Tomas Seidal, Ulrich Mager, Amir Baigi, Katalin Dobra, Annika Dejmek
BACKGROUND: Malignant mesothelioma (MM) is an aggressive, fatal tumor. Current therapeutic options only marginally improve survival. Programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) is a dominant mediator of immunosuppression, binding to programmed cell death 1 (PD-1). PD-L1 is up-regulated in cancer cells, and the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway plays a critical role in tumor immune evasion, thus providing a target for antitumor therapy. Further, a correlation between PD-L1 expression and prognosis has been reported...
September 18, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922472/mirna-506-promotes-primary-biliary-cholangitis-like-features-in-cholangiocytes-and-immune-activation
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Oihane Erice, Patricia Munoz-Garrido, Javier Vaquero, Maria J Perugorria, Maite G Fernandez-Barrena, Elena Saez, Alvaro Santos-Laso, Ander Arbelaiz, Raul Jimenez-Agüero, Joaquin Fernandez-Irigoyen, Enrique Santamaria, Verónica Torrano, Arkaitz Carracedo, Meenakshisundaram Ananthanarayanan, Marco Marzioni, Jesus Prieto, Ulrich Beuers, Ronald P Oude Elferink, Nicholas F LaRusso, Luis Bujanda, Jose J G Marin, Jesus M Banales
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic cholestatic liver disease associated with autoimmune phenomena targeting intrahepatic bile duct cells (cholangiocytes). Although PBC etiopathogenesis still remains obscure, development of anti-mitochondrial auto-antibodies against pyruvate dehydrogenase complex-E2 (PDC-E2) is a common feature. MicroRNA (miR) dysregulation occurs in liver and immune cells of PBC patients, but their functional relevance is largely unknown. We previously reported that miR-506 is overexpressed in PBC cholangiocytes and directly targets both Cl(-) /HCO3(-) anion exchanger 2 (AE2) and type III inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (InsP3R3), leading to cholestasis...
September 18, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922469/one-pot-synthesis-of-gdp-mannose-by-a-multi-enzyme-cascade-for-enzymatic-assembly-of-lipid-linked-oligosaccharides
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Thomas F T Rexer, Anna Schildbach, Jan Klapproth, Angelika Schierhorn, Reza Mahour, Markus Pietzsch, Erdmann Rapp, Udo Reichl
Glycosylation of proteins is a key function of the biosynthetic-secretory pathway in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and Golgi apparatus. Glycosylated proteins play a crucial role in cell trafficking and signaling, cell-cell adhesion, blood-group antigenicity, and immune response. In addition, the glycosylation of proteins is an important parameter in the optimization of many glycoprotein-based drugs such as monoclonal antibodies. In vitro glycoengineering of proteins requires glycosyltransferases as well as expensive nucleotide sugars...
September 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922439/serum-concentrations-of-th17-associated-interleukins-and-autoimmune-phenomena-are-associated-with-the-degree-of-liver-damage-in-alcoholic-liver-disease
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Anna Parfieniuk-Kowerda, Magdalena Swiderska, Tomasz Szulzyk, Jerzy Jaroszewicz, Tadeusz W Lapinski, Robert Flisiak
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent reports suggest an involvement of Th17 responses in inflammatory and autoimmune reactions in alcoholic liver disease (ALD). Our study aimed to assess serum levels of Th17-interleukins in ALD with regard to the frequency of liver-specific autoantibodies and degree of liver damage. METHODS: Ninety-five patients with ALD were enrolled. Serum concentrations of IL-17F, IL-17A, IL-22 were assessed by ELISA. The presence of autoantibodies AMA-M2, SLA/LP, LKM-1, LC1, anti-F-actin, anti-desmin and anti-myosin in serum was assessed by immunoblotting, ANA antibodies were detected by ELISA...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922436/genetic-risk-factors-for-autoimmune-thyroid-disease-might-affect-the-susceptibility-to-and-modulate-the-progression-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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Aleksander Kuś, Magdalena Arłukowicz-Grabowska, Konrad Szymański, Ewa Wunsch, Małgorzata Milkiewicz, Rafał Płoski, Zakera Shums, Gary L Norman, Piotr Milkiewicz, Tomasz Bednarczuk, Marcin Krawczyk
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) frequently suffer from extrahepatic autoimmune conditions, of which autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) is one of the most common. Previous studies identified several genetic variants increasing the odds of developing AITD. Here we investigate whether AITD-associated polymorphisms might also play a role in the development and clinical course of PBC and PBC associated with AITD (PBC-AITD). METHODS: To this end, we prospectively recruited 230 patients with PBC and 421 healthy controls...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922426/a-dna-vaccine-for-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-protects-against-disease-and-death-in-two-lethal-mouse-models
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Aura R Garrison, Charles J Shoemaker, Joseph W Golden, Collin J Fitzpatrick, John J Suschak, Michelle J Richards, Catherine V Badger, Carolyn M Six, Jacqueline D Martin, Drew Hannaman, Marko Zivcec, Eric Bergeron, Jeffrey W Koehler, Connie S Schmaljohn
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is a tick-borne virus capable of causing a severe hemorrhagic fever disease in humans. There are currently no licensed vaccines to prevent CCHFV-associated disease. We developed a DNA vaccine expressing the M-segment glycoprotein precursor gene of CCHFV and assessed its immunogenicity and protective efficacy in two lethal mouse models of disease: type I interferon receptor knockout (IFNAR-/-) mice; and a novel transiently immune suppressed (IS) mouse model. Vaccination of mice by muscle electroporation of the M-segment DNA vaccine elicited strong antigen-specific humoral immune responses with neutralizing titers after three vaccinations in both IFNAR-/- and IS mouse models...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922418/detecting-and-confirming-residual-hotspots-of-lymphatic-filariasis-transmission-in-american-samoa-8-years-after-stopping-mass-drug-administration
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Colleen L Lau, Sarah Sheridan, Stephanie Ryan, Maureen Roineau, Athena Andreosso, Saipale Fuimaono, Joseph Tufa, Patricia M Graves
The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) aims to eliminate the disease as a public health problem by 2020 by conducting mass drug administration (MDA) and controlling morbidity. Once elimination targets have been reached, surveillance is critical for ensuring that programmatic gains are sustained, and challenges include timely identification of residual areas of transmission. WHO guidelines encourage cost-efficient surveillance, such as integration with other population-based surveys. In American Samoa, where LF is caused by Wucheraria bancrofti, and Aedes polynesiensis is the main vector, the LF elimination program has made significant progress...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922413/exploitation-of-stable-nanostructures-based-on-the-mouse-polyomavirus-for-development-of-a-recombinant-vaccine-against-porcine-circovirus-2
#15
Martin Fraiberk, Michaela Hájková, Magdaléna Krulová, Martina Kojzarová, Alena Drda Morávková, Ivan Pšikal, Jitka Forstová
The aim of this study was to develop a suitable vaccine antigen against porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2), the causative agent of post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome, which causes significant economic losses in swine breeding. Chimeric antigens containing PCV2b Cap protein sequences based on the mouse polyomavirus (MPyV) nanostructures were developed. First, universal vectors for baculovirus-directed production of chimeric MPyV VLPs or pentamers of the major capsid protein, VP1, were designed for their exploitation as vaccines against other pathogens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922411/cytokine-induced-killer-cell-delivery-enhances-the-antitumor-activity-of-oncolytic-reovirus
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Xing Zhao, Weiwei Ouyang, Cariad Chester, Shiqi Long, Nianxue Wang, Zhixu He
Oncolytic viruses (OV) have recently emerged as a promising therapeutic modality in cancer treatment. OV selectively infect and kill tumor cells, while sparing untransformed cells. The direct cytotoxic effects combined with the capacity to trigger an immune response make OV an appealing combination partner in the burgeoning field of cancer immunotherapy. One of the leading OV therapeutic candidates is the double-stranded RNA virus reovirus. In order to improve the oncolytic activity of reovirus and allow for systemic administration despite the prevalence of neutralizing antibodies, cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells were explored as cell carriers for reovirus delivery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922404/eco-epidemiological-analysis-of-rickettsial-seropositivity-in-rural-areas-of-colombia-a-multilevel-approach
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Juan C Quintero V, Luis E Paternina T, Alexander Uribe Y, Carlos Muskus, Marylin Hidalgo, Juliana Gil, Astrid Vanessa Cienfuegos G, Lisardo Osorio Q, Carlos Rojas A
Rickettsiosis is a re-emergent infectious disease without epidemiological surveillance in Colombia. This disease is generally undiagnosed and several deadly outbreaks have been reported in the country in the last decade. The aim of this study is to analyze the eco-epidemiological aspects of rickettsial seropositivity in rural areas of Colombia where outbreaks of the disease were previously reported. A cross-sectional study, which included 597 people living in 246 households from nine hamlets in two municipalities of Colombia, was conducted from November 2015 to January 2016...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922396/biochemical-and-immunological-characterization-of-a-novel-monoclonal-antibody-against-mouse-leukotriene-b4-receptor-1
#18
Fumiyuki Sasaki, Tomoaki Koga, Kazuko Saeki, Toshiaki Okuno, Saiko Kazuno, Tsutomu Fujimura, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Takehiko Yokomizo
Leukotriene B4 (LTB4) receptor 1 (BLT1) is a G protein-coupled receptor expressed in various leukocyte subsets; however, the precise expression of mouse BLT1 (mBLT1) has not been reported because a mBLT1 monoclonal antibody (mAb) has not been available. In this study, we present the successful establishment of a hybridoma cell line (clone 7A8) that produces a high-affinity mAb for mBLT1 by direct immunization of BLT1-deficient mice with mBLT1-overexpressing cells. The specificity of clone 7A8 was confirmed using mBLT1-overexpressing cells and mouse peripheral blood leukocytes that endogenously express BLT1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922373/dynein-light-chain-regulates-adaptive-and-innate-b-cell-development-by-distinctive-genetic-mechanisms
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Ashleigh King, Lingli Li, David M Wong, Rui Liu, Rebecca Bamford, Andreas Strasser, David M Tarlinton, Jörg Heierhorst
Mechanistic differences in the development and function of adaptive, high-affinity antibody-producing B-2 cells and innate-like, "natural" antibody-producing B-1a cells remain poorly understood. Here we show that the multi-functional dynein light chain (DYNLL1/LC8) plays important roles in the establishment of B-1a cells in the peritoneal cavity and in the ongoing development of B-2 lymphoid cells in the bone marrow of mice. Epistasis analyses indicate that Dynll1 regulates B-1a and early B-2 cell development in a single, linear pathway with its direct transcriptional activator ASCIZ (ATMIN/ZNF822), and that the two genes also have complementary functions during late B-2 cell development...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922328/minor-salivary-gland-transplantation-for-severe-dry-eyes
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Tais Hitomi Wakamatsu, Ana Estela Besteti Pires Ponce SantʼAnna, Priscila Cardoso Cristovam, Venâncio Avancini Ferreira Alves, Alda Wakamatsu, José Alvaro Pereira Gomes
Dry eye is a multifactorial disease comprising a wide spectrum of ocular surface alterations and symptoms of discomfort. In most patients with aqueous-deficient dry eye, pharmaceutical tear substitutes are used to control symptoms and prevent ocular surface damage. However, in severe dry eye conditions caused by cicatricial disorders, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome and ocular cicatricial mucous membrane pemphigoid, noninvasive treatments are insufficient, and patients are at risk of developing complications that can lead to blindness...
September 15, 2017: Cornea
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