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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092420/immune-modulation-by-the-hepatitis-c-virus-core-protein
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Cecilia Fernández-Ponce, Juan Pedro Muñoz-Miranda, Mikel M Arbulo-Echevarria, Rocío Litrán, Enrique Aguado, Francisco García-Cozar
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is currently the most important cause of chronic viral hepatitis in the world and one of the most frequent indications for liver transplantation. HCV uses different strategies to evade the innate and adaptive immune response, and this evasion plays a key role in determining viral persistence. Several HCV viral proteins have been described as immune modulators. In this review, we will focus on the effect of HCV nucleocapsid core protein in the function of immune cells and its correlation with the findings observed in HCV chronically infected patients...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092376/infectious-immunity-in-the-central-nervous-system-and-brain-function
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REVIEW
Robyn S Klein, Charise Garber, Nicole Howard
Inflammation is emerging as a critical mechanism underlying neurological disorders of various etiologies, yet its role in altering brain function as a consequence of neuroinfectious disease remains unclear. Although acute alterations in mental status due to inflammation are a hallmark of central nervous system (CNS) infections with neurotropic pathogens, post-infectious neurologic dysfunction has traditionally been attributed to irreversible damage caused by the pathogens themselves. More recently, studies indicate that pathogen eradication within the CNS may require immune responses that interfere with neural cell function and communication without affecting their survival...
January 16, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091582/androgen-mediated-regulation-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-associated-degradation-and-its-effects-on-prostate-cancer
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Yalcin Erzurumlu, Petek Ballar
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) comprises thirty percent of the newly translated proteins in eukaryotic cells. The quality control mechanism within the ER distinguishes between properly and improperly folded proteins and ensures that unwanted proteins are retained in the ER and subsequently degraded through ER-associated degradation (ERAD). Besides cleaning of misfolded proteins ERAD is also important for physiological processes by regulating the abundance of normal proteins of the ER. Thus it is important to unreveal the regulation patterns of ERAD...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091405/evaluation-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatic-disease
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Ju Huang, Jun Cui
BACKGROUND: The 13C urea breath test (13C-UBT) is the gold standard for detecting Helicobacter pylori infection. H. pylori pathogenesis in patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and related diseases remains obscure. We used 13C-UBT to detect H. pylori infection in patients with chronic HBV infection, HBV-related cirrhosis, HBV-related hepatic carcinoma, and other chronic hepatic diseases. METHODS: A total of 131 patients with chronic hepatitis B (HB), 179 with HBV-related cirrhosis, 103 with HBV-related hepatic carcinoma, 45 with HBV-negative hepatic carcinoma, and 150 controls were tested for H...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090316/the-role-of-tumour-necrosis-factor-in-hepatitis-b-infection-jekyll-and-hyde
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REVIEW
Zina Valaydon, Marc Pellegrini, Alexander Thompson, Paul Desmond, Peter Revill, Gregor Ebert
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is a major health problem worldwide and is associated with significant long-term morbidity and mortality. The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a hepatotropic virus that is capable of integrating in the host nucleus permanently resulting in lifelong infection. To date, there is no definitive cure for HBV, as our current treatments cannot eradicate the viral reservoir that has integrated in the liver. Elucidating the immunopathogenesis is key to finding a therapeutic target for HBV as the virus is not in itself cytopathic but the immune response to the virus causes the majority of the cellular injury...
December 2016: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090280/in-vitro-activity-of-linezolid-in-combination-with-photodynamic-inactivation-against-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms
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Nasim Kashef, Mahboobeh Akbarizare, Mohammad Reza Razzaghi
BACKGROUND: Biofilm infections are a major challenge in medical practice. Bacteria that live in a biofilm phenotype are more resistant to both antimicrobial therapy and host immune responses compared to their planktonic counterparts. So, there is need for new therapeutic strategies to combat these infections. A promising approach [known as Photodynamic Inactivation (PDI)] to kill bacteria growing as biofilms uses light in combination with a photosensitizer to induce a phototoxic reaction which produces reactive oxygen species that can destroy lipids and proteins causing cell death...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090038/combination-therapy-with-ombitasvir-paritaprevir-ritonavir-for-dialysis-patients-infected-with-hepatitis-c-virus-a-prospective-multi-institutional-study
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Ken Sato, Kenichi Hosonuma, Yuichi Yamazaki, Takeshi Kobayashi, Satoshi Takakusagi, Norio Horiguchi, Satoru Kakizaki, Motoyasu Kusano, Hiroshi Ohnishi, Hiroaki Okamoto, Masanobu Yamada
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is common in dialysis patients worldwide and nosocomial HCV spread within dialysis facilities continues to develop. Combination therapy with daclatasvir and asunaprevir (DCV/ASV) that has proven efficacy for dialysis patients infected with genotype 1b HCV (HCV/1b) has several concerns in Japan. The recently available combination therapy with ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir (OBV/PTV/r) is not contraindicated in patients with chronic renal failure and has more safety profile and shorter treatment period than that with DCV/ASV...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089631/chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-a-step-ahead-in-the-journey-toward-eradication
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Lorenzo De Paoli, Gianluca Gaidano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 12, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088790/intraperitoneal-immunotherapy-with-t-cells-stably-and-transiently-expressing-anti-epcam-car-in-xenograft-models-of-peritoneal-carcinomatosis
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Wei Xia Ang, Zhendong Li, Zhixia Chi, Shou-Hui Du, Can Chen, Johan C K Tay, Han Chong Toh, John E Connolly, Xue Hu Xu, Shu Wang
The epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) is overexpressed in a wide variety of tumor types, including peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) from gastrointestinal and gynecological malignancies. To develop a chimeric antigen receptor T (CART) cell therapy approach to treat patients with end-stage PC, we constructed third generation CARs specific to EpCAM using the 4D5MOC-B single chain variable fragment. CART cells were generated with lentiviral transduction and exhibited specific in vitro killing activity against EpCAM-positive human ovarian and colorectal cancer cells...
January 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088788/dual-syk-jak-inhibition-overcomes-ibrutinib-resistance-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cerdulatinib-but-not-ibrutinib-induces-apoptosis-of-tumor-cells-protected-by-the-microenvironment
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Ailin Guo, Pin Lu, Greg Coffey, Pamela Conley, Anjali Pandey, Y Lynn Wang
Ibrutinib (BTK inhibitor) has generated remarkable responses in CLL. However, the drug, to a large extent, does not cause cell death directly and does not eradicate CLL malignant clones. Inability to eradicate CLL has fostered resistance generation. Once patients become resistant, they do poorly with a median survival of 3-4 months. Novel therapeutic strategies are needed to prevent resistance, improve treatment outcome and ultimately cure the disease. Herein, we explore dual targeting of the BCR and JAK-STAT pathways with a novel single agent, cerdulatinib, which selectively inhibits both SYK (a BCR component) and JAK kinases...
January 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088375/two-stage-management-of-cierny-mader-type-iv-chronic-osteomyelitis-of-the-long-bones
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Hongri Wu, Jie Shen, Xin Yu, Jingshu Fu, Shengpeng Yu, Dong Sun, Zhao Xie
INTRODUCTION: Cierny-Mader (C-M) type IV chronic osteomyelitis represents a complex clinical challenge with permeation of extensive bone and soft tissue involvement. Aggressive debridement through viable tissue margin includes en bloc resection improves the odds of eradication of infection, which creates large bone and soft tissue loss in treating this type of osteomyelitis. The potentially large defects increase reconstruction problems with traditional reconstruction technique. The newly staged induced membrane technique presents length-independent, potential as an alternative reconstruction method for segmental bone defects due to type IV chronic osteomyelitis...
January 6, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087975/screening-and-treating-helicobacter-pylori-infection-for-gastric-cancer-prevention-on-the-population-level
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REVIEW
Yi-Chia Lee, Jaw-Town Lin
Helicobacter pylori infection is the major cause of gastric cancer, and removal of H. pylori infection from a population could theoretically decrease the number of cases by about 89%. However, in real-life settings, few studies have reported the effect of screening and treating this pathogen in population-based programs. This is mainly because of the lack of an adequate infrastructure for delivery of systematic screening services to asymptomatic individuals, the lack of standardization to ensure that each subject receives the correct diagnostic testing and antibiotic treatment, and limited resources...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087770/article-discoveries
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Anke Konrad, Owen Thompson, Robert H Waterston, Donald G Moerman, Peter D Keightley, Ulfar Bergthorsson, Vaishali Katju
Mitochondrial genomes of metazoans, given their elevated rates of evolution, have served as pivotal markers for phylogeographic studies and recent phylogenetic events. In order to determine the dynamics of spontaneous mitochondrial mutations in small populations in the absence and presence of selection, we evolved mutation accumulation (MA) lines of Caenorhabditis elegans in parallel over 409 consecutive generations at three varying population sizes of N = 1, 10 and 100 hermaphrodites. The N =1 populations should have a minimal influence of natural selection to provide the spontaneous mutation rate and the expected rate of neutral evolution, whereas larger population sizes should experience increasing intensity of selection...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087648/effect-of-in-vivo-neutralisation-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-on-the-efficacy-of-antibiotic-treatment-in-systemic-salmonella-enterica-infections
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Omar Rossi, Andrew J Grant, Pietro Mastroeni
Immunity can co-operate with antibiotics, but can also antagonize drug efficacy by segregating the bacteria to areas of the body that are less accessible to antimicrobials, and by selecting for subpopulations with low division rates that are often difficult to eradicate. We studied the effect of an anti-inflammatory/immunosuppressive anti-TNFα treatment, which accelerates bacterial growth in the tissues and inhibits or reverses the formation of granulomas, on the efficacy of ampicillin and ciprofloxacin during a systemic Salmonella enterica infection of the mouse...
January 12, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087493/antioxidant-and-antiproliferative-potential-of-biosurfactants-isolated-from-lactobacillus-casei-and-their-anti-biofilm-effect-in-oral-staphylococcus-aureus-strains
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Abderrahmen Merghni, Ines Dallel, Emira Noumi, Yassine Kadmi, Hajer Hentati, Samir Tobji, Adel Ben Amor, Maha Mastouri
Biosurfactants also called bioemulsifiers are amphipathic compounds produced by many microorganisms that allow them to exhibit a wide range of biological activities. The aim of this study was to determine the antioxidant and antiproliferative potential of biosurfactants isolated from Lactobacillus casei and to assess their anti-adhesive and anti-biofilm abilities against oral opportunistic Staphylococcus aureus strains. The antioxidant activity of biosurfactant was evaluated using the in vitro scavenging ability on 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical...
January 10, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087198/cloning-characterization-and-transmission-blocking-potential-of-midgut-carboxypeptidase-a-in-anopheles-stephensi
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V VenkatRao, Surendra K Kumar, P Sridevi, Vijaykumar Muley, R K Chaitanya
Transmission-blocking vaccines (TBV) interrupt malaria parasite transmission and hence form an important component for malaria eradication. Mosquito midgut exopeptidases such as aminopeptidase N & carboxypeptidase B have demonstrated TBV potential. In the present study, we cloned and characterized carboxypeptidase A (CPA) from the midgut of an important malarial vector, Anopheles stephensi. ClustalW amino acid alignment and in silico 3-dimensional structure analysis of CPA predicted the presence of active sites involved in zinc and substrate binding that are conserved among all the known mosquito species...
January 10, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086880/influence-of-border-disease-virus-bdv-on-serological-surveillance-within-the-bovine-virus-diarrhea-bvd-eradication-program-in-switzerland
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V Kaiser, L Nebel, G Schüpbach-Regula, R G Zanoni, M Schweizer
BACKGROUND: In 2008, a program to eradicate bovine virus diarrhea (BVD) in cattle in Switzerland was initiated. After targeted elimination of persistently infected animals that represent the main virus reservoir, the absence of BVD is surveilled serologically since 2012. In view of steadily decreasing pestivirus seroprevalence in the cattle population, the susceptibility for (re-) infection by border disease (BD) virus mainly from small ruminants increases. Due to serological cross-reactivity of pestiviruses, serological surveillance of BVD by ELISA does not distinguish between BVD and BD virus as source of infection...
January 13, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086874/new-developments-in-anti-malarial-target-candidate-and-product-profiles
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REVIEW
Jeremy N Burrows, Stephan Duparc, Winston E Gutteridge, Rob Hooft van Huijsduijnen, Wiweka Kaszubska, Fiona Macintyre, Sébastien Mazzuri, Jörg J Möhrle, Timothy N C Wells
A decade of discovery and development of new anti-malarial medicines has led to a renewed focus on malaria elimination and eradication. Changes in the way new anti-malarial drugs are discovered and developed have led to a dramatic increase in the number and diversity of new molecules presently in pre-clinical and early clinical development. The twin challenges faced can be summarized by multi-drug resistant malaria from the Greater Mekong Sub-region, and the need to provide simplified medicines. This review lists changes in anti-malarial target candidate and target product profiles over the last 4 years...
January 13, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081235/comprehensive-rna-seq-profiling-to-evaluate-the-sheep-mammary-gland-transcriptome-in-response-to-experimental-mycoplasma-agalactiae-infection
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Rohini Chopra-Dewasthaly, Melanie Korb, René Brunthaler, Reinhard Ertl
Mycoplasma agalactiae is a worldwide serious pathogen of small ruminants that usually spreads through the mammary route causing acute to subacute mastitis progressing to chronic persistent disease that is hard to eradicate. Knowledge of mechanisms of its pathogenesis and persistence in the mammary gland are still insufficient, especially the host-pathogen interplay that enables it to reside in a chronic subclinical state. This study reports transcriptome profiling of mammary tissue from udders of sheep experimentally infected with M...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081056/guidance-for-assessment-of-poliovirus-vaccination-status-and-vaccination-of-children-who-have-received-poliovirus-vaccine-outside-the-united-states
#20
Mona Marin, Manisha Patel, Steve Oberste, Mark A Pallansch
In 1988, the World Health Assembly resolved to eradicate poliomyelitis (polio). Since then, wild poliovirus (WPV) cases have declined by >99.9%, from an estimated 350,000 cases of polio each year to 74 cases in two countries in 2015 (1). This decrease was achieved primarily through the use of trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (tOPV), which contains types 1, 2, and 3 live, attenuated polioviruses. Since 2000, the United States has exclusively used inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which contains all three poliovirus types (2,3)...
January 13, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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