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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103598/coronavirus-infections-in-the-central-nervous-system-and-respiratory-tract-show-distinct-features-in-hospitalized-children
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Yuanyuan Li, Haipeng Li, Ruyan Fan, Bo Wen, Jian Zhang, Xiaoying Cao, Chengwu Wang, Zhanyi Song, Shuochi Li, Xiaojie Li, Xinjun Lv, Xiaowang Qu, Renbin Huang, Wenpei Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Coronavirus (CoV) infections induce respiratory tract illnesses and central nervous system (CNS) diseases. We aimed to explore the cytokine expression profiles in hospitalized children with CoV-CNS and CoV-respiratory tract infections. METHODS: A total of 183 and 236 hospitalized children with acute encephalitis-like syndrome and respiratory tract infection, respectively, were screened for anti-CoV IgM antibodies. The expression profiles of multiple cytokines were determined in CoV-positive patients...
January 20, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103506/the-effect-of-anti-angiogenic-drugs-on-regulatory-t-cells-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
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Chenxi Hu, Xiaodong Jiang
A benefit of anti-angiogenic drugs is improved tumor immune tolerance. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) in the tumor microenvironment mediate tumor immune tolerance and anti-angiogenic drugs not only indirectly affect Tregs via dendritic cells (DCs) and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) but they can also act directly on Tregs causing immunosuppression. Specifically, these drugs may induce differentiation and chemotaxis and reduce the number and function of Tregs by targeting vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR-2) and neuropilin-1 (NRP-1) on the cell surface...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103502/tim3-gal9-interactions-between-t-cells-and-monocytes-result-in-an-immunosuppressive-feedback-loop-that-inhibits-th1-responses-in-osteosarcoma-patients
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Xiuzhong Li, Yanqing Chen, Xu Liu, Jin Zhang, Xu He, Guodong Teng, Dazhi Yu
The Tim3/Gal9 pathway is associated with immunosuppression and worse clinical outcome in multiple cancers. To illustrate the specific mechanism of Tim3/Gal9 interaction in osteosarcoma, we examined expression, function, and regulation of Tim3/Gal9 in various cells from osteosarcoma patients. Data showed that CD4(+) T cells, CD8(+) T cells, and monocytes from both peripheral blood and tumor of osteosarcoma patients contained high frequencies of Tim3(+) cells, while the Gal9 expression was primarily found in regulatory T cells (Tregs) from osteosarcoma patients and was elevated compared to that in non-cancer controls...
January 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103460/-pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-107-hiv-infected-patients-admitted-to-the-department-of-infectious-diseases-at-santa-maria-hospital-lisbon-2002-2013
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Vilma Grilo, Aida Pereira
INTRODUCTION: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia remains one of the most common opportunistic illnesses in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. It is currently the most reported AIDS-defining infection in Portugal. The aims of this study were to analyze the features of a human immunodeficiency virus /Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia coinfected population, to compare it with the current literature, and to evaluate comparatively subpopulations of patients based on the previous knowledge of the human immunodeficiency virus infection, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia diagnostic method and discharge results...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103447/pharmacotherapy-for-treating-metastatic-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Camillo Porta, Silvia Chiellino, Alessandra Ferrari, Sara Mariucci, Wanda Liguigli
Over the past decade metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) treatment landscape has dramatically evolved from the era of cytokines-based immunotherapy (which benefited very few patients, at the expenses of high toxicities) to the present era of targeted agents and novel immunotherapeutics, greatly improving the prognosis of our patients. Areas covered: Here we have reviewed the present status of the medical treatment of metastatic RCC. To do this, we interrogated the Medline database, as well as the proceedings of the main Oncological and Urological conferences for the relevant trials coducted so far...
January 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103386/paraoxonase-1-activity-is-related-to-trichinella-spiralis-induced-hepatitis-in-rats
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Ayman Samir Farid, Eman Mohamed Fath, Shogo Mido, Nariaki Nonaka, Yoichiro Horii
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the potential adverse effects of a chronic zoonotic nematode Trichinella spiralis infection on hepatic inflammation and its relationship to paraoxonase (PON)-1 and butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) activities. Therefore, we aimed to examine the effects of T. spiralis infection on hepatic synthesis of PON1. METHODS: Wistar rats were infected with 2500 first-stage larvae of T. spiralis and serum PON1 and BuChE activities were evaluated...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103328/a-pre-clinical-safety-evaluation-of-sbp-hbsag-binding-protein-adjuvant-for-hepatitis-b-vaccine
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Jingbo Wang, Caixia Su, Rui Liu, Baoxiu Liu, Inam Ullah Khan, Jun Xie, Naishuo Zhu
Although adjuvants are a common component of many vaccines, there are few adjuvants licensed for use in humans due to concerns about their toxic effects. There is a need to develop new and safe adjuvants, because some existing vaccines have low immunogenicity among certain patient groups. In this study, SBP, a hepatitis B surface antigen binding protein that was discovered through screening a human liver cDNA expression library, was introduced into hepatitis B vaccine. A good laboratory practice, non-clinical safety evaluation was performed to identify the side effects of both SBP and SBP-adjuvanted hepatitis B vaccine...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103319/an-hsv-2-trivalent-vaccine-is-immunogenic-in-rhesus-macaques-and-highly-efficacious-in-guinea-pigs
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Sita Awasthi, Lauren M Hook, Carolyn E Shaw, Bapi Pahar, Jacob A Stagray, David Liu, Ronald S Veazey, Harvey M Friedman
A genital herpes vaccine is urgently needed to prevent pain and suffering, reduce the incidence of neonatal herpes, and decrease the risk of HIV acquisition and transmission that accompanies genital infection. We evaluated a trivalent HSV-2 subunit antigen vaccine administered with CpG and alum in rhesus macaques and guinea pigs. The vaccine contains glycoproteins C, D and E (gC2, gD2, gE2) to block virus entry by gD2 and immune evasion by gC2 and gE2. In rhesus macaques, the trivalent vaccine induced plasma and mucosa neutralizing antibodies, antibodies that block gC2 and gE2 immune evasion activities, and stimulated CD4 T cell responses...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103318/static-and-evolving-norovirus-genotypes-implications-for-epidemiology-and-immunity
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Gabriel I Parra, R Burke Squires, Consolee K Karangwa, Jordan A Johnson, Cara Lepore, Stanislav V Sosnovtsev, Kim Y Green
Noroviruses are major pathogens associated with acute gastroenteritis worldwide. Their RNA genomes are diverse, with two major genogroups (GI and GII) comprised of at least 28 genotypes associated with human disease. To elucidate mechanisms underlying norovirus diversity and evolution, we used a large-scale genomics approach to analyze human norovirus sequences. Comparison of over 2000 nearly full-length ORF2 sequences representing most of the known GI and GII genotypes infecting humans showed a limited number (≤5) of distinct intra-genotypic variants within each genotype, with the exception of GII...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103306/a-superoxide-dismutase-capable-of-functioning-with-iron-or-manganese-promotes-the-resistance-of-staphylococcus-aureus-to-calprotectin-and-nutritional-immunity
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Yuritzi M Garcia, Anna Barwinska-Sendra, Emma Tarrant, Eric P Skaar, Kevin J Waldron, Thomas E Kehl-Fie
Staphylococcus aureus is a devastating mammalian pathogen for which the development of new therapeutic approaches is urgently needed due to the prevalence of antibiotic resistance. During infection pathogens must overcome the dual threats of host-imposed manganese starvation, termed nutritional immunity, and the oxidative burst of immune cells. These defenses function synergistically, as host-imposed manganese starvation reduces activity of the manganese-dependent enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). S. aureus expresses two SODs, denoted SodA and SodM...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103284/gene-expression-profiling-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-cells-preceding-a-clinical-diagnosis-of-chronic-lung-allograft-dysfunction
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S Samuel Weigt, Xiaoyan Wang, Vyacheslav Palchevskiy, Aric L Gregson, Naman Patel, Ariss DerHovanessian, Michael Y Shino, David M Sayah, Shirin Birjandi, Joseph P Lynch, Rajan Saggar, Abbas Ardehali, David J Ross, Scott M Palmer, David Elashoff, John A Belperio
BACKGROUND: Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction (CLAD) is the main limitation to long-term survival after lung transplantation. Although CLAD is usually not responsive to treatment, earlier identification may improve treatment prospects. METHODS: In a nested case control study, 1-year post transplant surveillance bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid samples were obtained from incipient CLAD (n = 9) and CLAD free (n = 8) lung transplant recipients. Incipient CLAD cases were diagnosed with CLAD within 2 years, while controls were free from CLAD for at least 4 years following bronchoscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103277/protection-elicited-by-nasal-immunization-with-recombinant-pneumococcal-surface-protein-a-rpspa-adjuvanted-with-whole-cell-pertussis-vaccine-wp-against-co-colonization-of-mice-with-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Rafaella O Tostes, Tasson C Rodrigues, Josefa B da Silva, Alessandra S Schanoski, Maria Leonor S Oliveira, Eliane N Miyaji
A promising alternative vaccine candidate to reduce the burden of pneumococcal diseases is the protein antigen PspA (Pneumococcal surface protein A). Since concomitant colonization with two or more pneumococcal strains is very common in children, we aimed to determine if immunization with PspA would be able to control co-colonization. We evaluated nasal immunization with recombinant PspA (rPspA) in a model of co-colonization with two strains expressing different PspAs. Mice were immunized intranasally with rPspAs from clades 1 to 4 (rPspA1, rPspA2, rPspA3 or rPspA4) using whole-cell pertussis vaccine (wP) as adjuvant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103273/association-between-genetic-polymorphisms-in-interleukin-genes-and-recurrent-pregnancy-loss-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Meixiang Zhang, Jiawei Xu, Xiao Bao, Wenbin Niu, Linlin Wang, Linqing Du, Nan Zhang, Yingpu Sun
Interleukins are a group of immunomodulatory proteins that mediate a variety of immune reactions in the human body. To investigate the association between interleukin gene polymorphisms and recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), we reviewed 21 studies from MEDLINE, EMBASE, OVID SP and PubMed to evaluate RPL-related interleukin gene polymorphisms. Meta-analysis was performed on 12 of the polymorphisms, and a review included the others. Our integrated results indicated that IL-1β (-511C/T) (P = 0.02, 95% CI 0.77[0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103249/the-green-tea-catechin-epigallocatechin-gallate-ameliorates-graft-versus-host-disease
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Sabine Westphal, Aleixandria McGeary, Sandra Rudloff, Andrea Wilke, Olaf Penack
Allogeneic hematopoetic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) is a standard treatment for leukemia and other hematologic malignancies. The major complication of allo-HSCT is graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), a progressive inflammatory illness characterized by donor immune cells attacking the organs of the recipient. Current GVHD prevention and treatment strategies use immune suppressive drugs and/or anti-T cell reagents these can lead to increased risk of infections and tumor relapse. Recent research demonstrated that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a component found in green tea leaves at a level of 25-35% at dry weight, may be useful in the inhibition of GVHD due to its immune modulatory, anti-oxidative and anti-angiogenic capacities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103239/identifying-t-cell-receptors-from-high-throughput-sequencing-dealing-with-promiscuity-in-tcr%C3%AE-and-tcr%C3%AE-pairing
#15
Edward S Lee, Paul G Thomas, Jeff E Mold, Andrew J Yates
Characterisation of the T cell receptors (TCR) involved in immune responses is important for the design of vaccines and immunotherapies for cancer and autoimmune disease. The specificity of the interaction between the TCR heterodimer and its peptide-MHC ligand derives largely from the juxtaposed hypervariable CDR3 regions on the TCRα and TCRβ chains, and obtaining the paired sequences of these regions is a standard for functionally defining the TCR. A brute force approach to identifying the TCRs in a population of T cells is to use high-throughput single-cell sequencing, but currently this process remains costly and risks missing small clones...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103236/impact-of-cd4-t-cell-responses-on-clinical-outcome-following-oral-administration-of-wild-type-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-in-humans
#16
Monica A McArthur, Wilbur H Chen, Laurence Magder, Myron M Levine, Marcelo B Sztein
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a non-invasive enteric pathogen of considerable public health importance, being one of the most common attributable causes of diarrheal illness in infants and young children in developing countries and the most common cause of traveler's diarrhea. To enhance study-to-study consistency of our experimental challenge model of ETEC in volunteers, and to allow concomitant multi-site trials to evaluate anti-ETEC immunoprophylactic products, hundreds of vials, each containing a standardized inoculum of virulent wild-type (wt) ETEC strain H10407 (serotype O78:H11 expressing colonization factor antigen I and heat-labile and heat-stable enterotoxins), were prepared under current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and frozen...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103212/coverage-with-tetanus-diphtheria-and-acellular-pertussis-vaccine-and-influenza-vaccine-among-pregnant-women-minnesota-march-2013-december-2014
#17
Alexandra Barber, Miriam Halstead Muscoplat, Anna Fedorowicz
Pertussis and influenza infections can result in severe disease in infants. The diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine is recommended for infants beginning at age 2 months, and influenza vaccine is recommended for infants aged ≥6 months. Vaccination of pregnant women induces the production of antibodies that are transferred across the placenta to the fetus and provide passive protection until infants are old enough to receive DTaP and influenza vaccines (1-3). To protect young infants before they are age-eligible for vaccination, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has recommended since 2004 that all women who are or will be pregnant during influenza season receive inactivated influenza vaccine (1), and since 2013 that all pregnant women receive the tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine (3)...
January 20, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103139/endotoxin-neutralization-by-an-o-antigen-specific-monoclonal-antibody-a-potential-novel-therapeutic-approach-against-klebsiella-pneumoniaest258
#18
Valéria Szijártó, Luis M Guachalla, Katharina Hartl, Cecília Varga, Adriana Badarau, Irina Mirkina, Zehra C Visram, Lukas Stulik, Christine A Power, Eszter Nagy, Gábor Nagy
Klebsiella pneumoniae ST258 is a globally distributed multi-drug resistant pathogen responsible for severe invasive infections. In this study, the different virulence potential of K. pneumoniae ST258 isolates in endotoxin susceptible versus resistant animal models was shown. Furthermore, ST258 clinical isolates were found highly sensitive to the bactericidal effect of naive animal and human serum. These observations imply that LPS, released from the rapidly lysed bacteria, may contribute to the high mortality associated with ST258 bacteremia cases...
January 19, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103134/the-role-of-nuclear-factor-of-activated-t-cells-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#19
Rui Chen, Jinchuan Yan, Peijing Liu, Zhongqun Wang, Cuiping Wang, Wei Zhong, Liangjie Xu
Nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) was first identified as a transcription factor about three decades ago and was not well studied until the development of immunosuppressant. Numerous studies confirm that calcineurin/NFAT signaling is very important in the development of vasculature and cardiovascular system during embryogenesis and is involved in the development of vascular diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis and restenosis. Recent studies demonstrated that NFAT proteins also regulate immune response and vascular cells in the pulmonary microenvironment...
January 19, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103115/involvement-of-autophagy-in-nk-cell-development-and-function
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Alejandro López-Soto, José Manuel Bravo-San Pedro, Guido Kroemer, Lorenzo Galluzzi, Segundo Gonzalez
Natural killer (NK) cells are the prototypical members of the recently identified family of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs). Thanks to their cytotoxic and secretory functions, NK cells play a key role in the immune response to cells experiencing various forms of stress, including viral infection and malignant transformation. Autophagy is a highly conserved network of degradative pathways that participate in the maintenance of cellular and organismal homeostasis as they promote adaptation to adverse microenvironmental conditions...
January 19, 2017: Autophagy
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