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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150846/cancer-stem-cells-as-targets-for-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Amy S Codd, Takayuki Kanaseki, Toshihiko Torigo, Zsuzsanna Tabi
Current cancer therapies target the bulk of the tumour, while a population of highly resistant tumour cells may be able to repopulate the tumour and metastasise to new sites. Cancer cells with such stem cell-like characteristics can be identified based on their phenotypic and/or functional features which may open up ways for their targeted elimination. In this review we discuss potential off-target effects of inhibiting cancer stem-cell self-renewal pathways on immune cells, and summarise some recent immunological studies specifically targeting cancer stem cells based on their unique antigen expression...
November 18, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146521/hla-dq-gluten-tetramer-blood-test-accurately-identifies-patients-with-and-without-celiac-disease-in-absence-of-gluten-consumption
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Vikas K Sarna, Knut E A Lundin, Lars Mørkrid, Shuo-Wang Qiao, Ludvig M Sollid, Asbjørn Christophersen
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Celiac disease is characterized by HLA-DQ2/8-restricted responses of CD4+ T cells to cereal gluten proteins. A diagnosis of celiac disease based on serologic and histologic evidence and duodenal histology requires patients to be on gluten-containing diets. The growing number of individuals adhering to a gluten-free diet (GFD) without exclusion of celiac disease complicates its detection. HLA-DQ-gluten tetramers can be used to detect gluten-specific T cells in blood of patients with celiac disease, even if they are on a GFD...
November 13, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143676/the-future-of-viral-hepatitis-testing-innovations-in-testing-technologies-and-approaches
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REVIEW
Rosanna W Peeling, Debrah I Boeras, Francesco Marinucci, Philippa Easterbrook
A large burden of undiagnosed hepatitis virus cases remains globally. Despite the 257 million people living with chronic hepatitis B virus infection, and 71 million with chronic viraemic HCV infection, most people with hepatitis remain unaware of their infection. Advances in rapid detection technology have created new opportunities for enhancing access to testing and care, as well as monitoring of treatment. This article examines a range of other technological innovations that can be leveraged to provide more affordable and simplified approaches to testing for HBV and HCV infection and monitoring of treatment response...
November 1, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143375/an-immunoinformatics-approach-to-define-t-cell-epitopes-from-polyketide-and-non-ribosomal-peptide-synthesis-proteins-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-as-potential-vaccine-candidates
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S Dhivya, V Baskar, S R Kumar, R Sathishkumar
The role of polyketide and non-ribosomal proteins from the class of small molecule metabolism of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is well documented in envelope organization, virulence, and pathogenesis. Consequently, the identification of T cell epitopes from these proteins could serve to define potential antigens for the development of vaccines. Fourty-one proteins from polyketide and non-ribosomal peptide synthesis of small molecule metabolism proteins of M tuberculosis H37Rv were analyzed computationally for the presence of HLA class I binding nanomeric peptides...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143081/generation-in-yeast-and-antigenic-characterization-of-hepatitis-e-virus-capsid-protein-virus-like-particles
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Martynas Simanavicius, Paulius Lukas Tamosiunas, Rasa Petraityte-Burneikiene, Reimar Johne, Rainer G Ulrich, Aurelija Zvirbliene, Indre Kucinskaite-Kodze
Hepatitis E is a globally distributed human disease caused by hepatitis E virus (HEV). In Europe, it spreads through undercooked pork meat or other products and with blood components through transfusions. There are no approved or golden standard serologic systems for HEV diagnostics. Commercially available HEV tests often provide inconsistent results which may differ among the assays. In this study, we describe generation in yeast and characterization of HEV genotype 3 (HEV-3) and rat HEV capsid proteins self-assembled into virus-like particles (VLPs) and the development of HEV-specific monoclonal antibodies (MAbs)...
November 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141529/experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-eae-model-of-cynomolgus-macaques-induced-by-recombinant-human-mog1-125-rhmog1-125-protein-and-mog34-56-peptide
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Yunxiao Sun, Zhen Peng, Libiao Zhang, Huaqian Wang, Xiangyang He, Xingwen Peng, Qin Zhang, Hui Liu, Junhua Rao, Haifeng Wang, Jie Wu
Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) induced by self-myelin antigen is a widely used multiple sclerosis (MS) model for preclinical studies of new therapeutics and potential pathogenesis. By comparison with rodent EAE models, EAE models in primates are more similar to MS. Some groups have developed EAE models in primates by using common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). However, this model has some limitations. EAE in cynomolgus monkey (Macaque fasciculrais) could overcome these limitations. In this study, EAE was induced in cynomolgus monkey by immunizing with the recombinant human myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein extracellular domain (1-125) (rhMOG1-125) and a synthetic peptide, representing peptide 34-56 of human myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG34-56) in complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA) and in combination with intravenous injection of pertussis toxin, and subsequent booster immunizations with the same dose of antigen in incomplete Freund's adjuvant (IFA) until the animals developed clinically significant EAE (score≥2)...
November 9, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138980/cd28-neg-t-lymphocytes-of-a-melanoma-patient-harbor-tumor-immunity-and-a-high-frequency-of-germline-encoded-and-public-tcrs
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Hisayoshi Hashimoto, Marco Sterk, Karin Schilbach
Increased numbers of CD8(+)CD28(neg.) T cells have been detected in the peripheral blood of patients with several types of malignancies. However, the role of these cells in anticancer immunity are not yet clear and CD8(+)CD28(neg.) T cells are a controversially discussed subpopulation reported both as immunosuppressive and cytotoxic. In this study, we examined the T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire and complementarity-determining region 3 sequences of CD28(neg.) T cells in a melanoma patient with recurrent disease who achieved long-term disease-free status...
November 14, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133898/intertwining-dna-rna-nanocapsules-loaded-with-tumor-neoantigens-as-synergistic-nanovaccines-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Guizhi Zhu, Lei Mei, Harshad D Vishwasrao, Orit Jacobson, Zhantong Wang, Yijing Liu, Bryant C Yung, Xiao Fu, Albert Jin, Gang Niu, Qin Wang, Fuwu Zhang, Hari Shroff, Xiaoyuan Chen
Nanomedicines that co-deliver DNA, RNA, and peptide therapeutics are highly desirable yet remain underdeveloped for cancer theranostics. Herein, we report self-assembled intertwining DNA-RNA nanocapsules (iDR-NCs) that efficiently delivered synergistic DNA CpG and short hairpin RNA (shRNA) adjuvants, as well as tumor-specific peptide neoantigens into antigen presenting cells (APCs) in lymph nodes for cancer immunotherapy. These nanovaccines were prepared by (1) producing tandem CpG and shRNA via concurrent rolling circle replication and rolling circle transcription, (2) self-assembling CpG and shRNA into DNA-RNA microflowers, (3) shrinking microflowers into iDR-NCs using PEG-grafted cationic polypeptides, and (4) physically loading neoantigen into iDR-NCs...
November 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131519/displaying-tetra-membrane-spanning-claudins-on-enveloped-virus-like-particles-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Irene C Schneider, Jessica Hartmann, Gundula Braun, Jörn Stitz, Thorsten Klamp, Mahjoub Bihi, Ugur Sahin, Christian J Buchholz
Virus-like particles (VLPs) displaying foreign antigens have become an important tool in vaccination including the induction of immune responses against self-antigens. Claudin 6 (CLDN6) has been identified as tumor-associated antigen and is therefore a potential target for tumor vaccination strategies. However, as tetra-membrane spanning protein its incorporation into VLPs while preserving a native fold is challenging. Here, we attempted the incorporation of a panel of engineered CLDN6 variants into the membrane of retrovirus-derived VLPs...
November 13, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127360/a-mouse-model-of-autoimmune-cholangitis-via-syngeneic-bile-duct-protein-immunization
#10
Wen-Tao Ma, Qing-Zhi Liu, Jing-Bo Yang, Yan-Qing Yang, Zhi-Bin Zhao, Hong-Di Ma, M Eric Gershwin, Zhe-Xiong Lian
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is an autoimmune liver disease characterized by the destruction of interlobular biliary ductules, which progressively leads to cholestasis, hepatic fibrosis, cirrhosis, and eventually liver failure. Several mouse models have been used to clarify the pathogenesis of PBC and are generally considered reflective of an autoimmune cholangitis. Most models focus on issues of molecular mimicry between the E2 subunit of the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC-E2), the major mitochondrial autoantigen of PBC and xenobiotic cross reactive chemicals...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126597/role-of-autophagy-in-mhc-class-i-restricted-antigen-presentation
#11
Luc Van Kaer, Vrajesh V Parekh, J Luke Postoak, Lan Wu
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules present peptide antigens to MHC class I-restricted CD8(+) T lymphocytes. The peptides loaded onto MHC class I molecules are typically derived from cytosolic antigens, which includes both self and foreign proteins. In addition to this classical MHC class I antigen presentation pathway, some cell types, especially dendritic cells can present antigens from exogenous sources to MHC class I-restricted CD8(+) T cells, in a process called cross-presentation...
November 8, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126472/a-novel-visible-light-driven-photoelectrochemical-immunosensor-based-on-multi-amplification-strategy-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-microcystin-lr
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Jie Wei, Aori Qileng, Yun Yan, Hongtao Lei, Shengsen Zhang, Weipeng Liu, Yingju Liu
An ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunoassay based on multiple signal amplification strategy was fabricated for the detection of microcystin-LR (MC-LR). The CdS/TiO2 nanorod arrays (CdS/TiO2 NRAs) modified FTO electrode, which can weaken the self-oxidation by photogenerated holes of CdS nanoparticles, and limit the recombination of electron-hole pairs and broaden optical absorption of TiO2 NRAs, was used as a visible-light driven material to immobilize antigens. Then, Fe3O4 nanoparticles/polydopamine (Fe3O4@PDA) was used as the carrier to load secondary antibody (Ab2) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP), where Fe3O4 nanoparticles and HRP can synergistically accelerate the oxidation of 4-chloro-1-naphthol (4-CN) by H2O2 to produce biocatalytic precipitation (BCP) on the surface of modified electrode...
November 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125649/milker-s-nodule-an-occupational-infection-and-threat-to-the-immunocompromised
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REVIEW
Nancy S Handler, M Z Handler, Andris Rubins, Silvestr Rubins, Marcis Septe, Camila K Janniger, Robert A Schwartz
Milker's nodule virus, also called paravaccinia virus is a DNA virus of the parapoxvirus genus transmitted from infected cows to humans. It results from contact with cattle, cattle byproducts, or fomites. Classified as an occupational disorder, those at risk of exposure include farmers, butchers, and agricultural tourists. The viral infection begins 5-15 days after inoculation as an erythematous-purple, round nodule with a clear depressed center, and a surrounding erythematous ring. While familiar to those in farming communities, the presence of the nodule may be concerning to others, particularly the immunosuppressed...
November 10, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124655/enhanced-bioactivity-of-the-anti-lox-1-scfv-engineered-by-multimerization-strategy
#14
Wei Hu, Qiuhong Xie, Ling Liu, Hongyu Xiang
Single-chain variable fragment (scFv) antibodies as therapeutic agents have the potential to reduce the production cost and immunogenicity relative to monoclonal antibodies, but their monovalency and lack of a fragment crystallizable region can lead to reduced function. Multimerization is one strategy for recovering the function; however, their application is limited by the production of multimeric proteins. In our previous study, an anti-lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) scFv showed potential use in diagnosis and therapy of atherosclerotic diseases, but is limited by its inherent low antigen-binding activity...
November 9, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123529/t-cell-mediated-chronic-inflammatory-diseases-are-candidates-for-therapeutic-tolerance-induction-with-heat-shock-proteins
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REVIEW
Ariana Barbera Betancourt, Qingkang Lyu, Femke Broere, Alice Sijts, Victor P M G Rutten, Willem van Eden
Failing immunological tolerance for critical self-antigens is the problem underlying most chronic inflammatory diseases of humans. Despite the success of novel immunosuppressive biological drugs, the so-called biologics, in the treatment of diseases such rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and type 1 diabetes, none of these approaches does lead to a permanent state of medicine free disease remission. Therefore, there is a need for therapies that restore physiological mechanisms of self-tolerance. Heat shock proteins (HSPs) have shown disease suppressive activities in many models of experimental autoimmune diseases through the induction of regulatory T cells (Tregs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122934/genotyping-natural-killer-immune-checkpoints%C3%A2-to-discover-biomarkers-of-response
#16
Nai-Kong V Cheung, Katharine C Hsu
Immune checkpoints have been a focus of immunotherapy in the recent decade. Killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR) and their cognate human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I ligands have evolved as checkpoints to ensure self-tolerance of natural iiller (NK) cells. Both KIR and HLA genetic profiles are potential biomarkers of immunotherapy outcome.
November 9, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120746/segmented-filamentous-bacteria-provoke-lung-autoimmunity-by-inducing-gut-lung-axis-th17-cells-expressing-dual-tcrs
#17
C Pierce Bradley, Fei Teng, Krysta M Felix, Teruyuki Sano, Debdut Naskar, Katharine E Block, Haochu Huang, Kenneth S Knox, Dan R Littman, Hsin-Jung Joyce Wu
Lung complications are a major cause of rheumatoid arthritis-related mortality. Involvement of gut microbiota in lung diseases by the gut-lung axis has been widely observed, but the underlying mechanism remains mostly unknown. Using an autoimmune arthritis model, we show that a constituent of the gut microbiota, segmented filamentous bacteria (SFB), distantly provoke lung pathology. SFB induce autoantibodies in lung during the pre-arthritic phase, and SFB-dependent lung pathology requires the T helper 17 (Th17) responses...
November 8, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120484/elisa-for-molluscum-contagiosum-virus
#18
Subuhi Sherwani, Mohammed Chowdhury, Joachim J Bugert
Molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV) is a common skin pathogen of children and young adults. Infection with MCV causes benign skin tumors in children and young adults and is mostly self-limiting. In contrast to orthopoxviruses, MCV infections tend to take a subacute clinical course but may persist for up to 12 months. Current numbers for MCV seroprevalence in different geographical areas are based on a variety of historical serological methods from complement fixation assays to MCV ELISAs based on purified MCV virions and MC133 antigen expressed in a Semliki Forest Virus expression system...
November 9, 2017: Current Protocols in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119288/renal-macrophages-and-dendritic-cells-in-sle-nephritis
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REVIEW
Naomi I Maria, Anne Davidson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the study was to review the characteristics of renal macrophages and dendritic cells during homeostasis and disease, with a particular focus on lupus nephritis. RECENT FINDINGS: Resident renal macrophages derive from embryonic sources and are long-lived and self-renewing; they are also replaced from the bone marrow with age. The unique characteristics of macrophages in each tissue are imposed by the microenvironment and reinforced by epigenetic modifications...
November 9, 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118763/induction-of-antihuman-c-c-chemokine-receptor-type-5-antibodies-by-a-bovine-herpesvirus-type-4-based-vector
#20
Andrea Elizabeth Verna, Valentina Franceschi, Giulia Tebaldi, Francesca Macchi, Valentina Menozzi, Claudia Pastori, Lucia Lopalco, Simone Ottonello, Sandro Cavirani, Gaetano Donofrio
Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) is a promising vector for the delivery and intracellular expression of recombinant antigens and can thus be considered as a new prototype vaccine formulation system. An interesting, and actively pursued, antigen in the context of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection prophylaxis (and therapy) is the C-C chemokine receptor type 5 (CCR5) co-receptor, whose blockage by specific antibodies has been shown to inhibit both viral entry and cell-to-cell transmission of the virus...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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