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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644258/multifocal-motor-neuropathy-associated-with-infliximab-a-case-report-and-a-literature-review
#1
Ayse O Bayrak, Hasan Ulusoy, Necdet Bolat, Baki Doğan, Taner Ozbenli
Multifocal motor neuropathy with conduction block (MMN-CB) is purely a motor neuropathy with progressive weakness that is characteristically caused by conduction blocks. Association with antiganglioside antibodies and a good response to immunomodulating therapies suggest an autoimmune etiology. In rare cases, MMN-CB has been reported as an adverse effect of infliximab, a tumor necrosis factor-α blocker. We present a case of MMN-CB due to infliximab in a 45-year-old man with psoriatic arthritis who was exposed to the drug for 2 years because of a delayed diagnosis...
July 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644182/incidence-and-management-of-recurrence-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease-who-have-undergone-intestinal-resection-the-practicrohn-study
#2
Eugeni Domènech, Valle Garcia, Marisa Iborra, Ana Gutiérrez, Santiago García-López, María D Martín Arranz, Esther Garcia-Planella, Marta Calvo, Luisa Castro, Miguel Mínguez, Carlos Taxonera, Berta Juliá, Luis Cea-Calvo, Cristina Romero, Manuel Barreiro-de Acosta
BACKGROUND: More than 50% of patients with Crohn's disease require intestinal resection at least once. Postoperative recurrence (POR) is almost uniform if prophylactic treatment is not started early. Endoscopic monitoring is generally advised. We studied the incidence and management of recurrence in patients who had undergone intestinal resection. METHODS: Practicrohn was an observational retrospective study performed in 26 Spanish hospitals including patients aged ≥18 years who underwent Crohn's disease-related ileocolonic resection between January 2007 and December 2010...
June 20, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643086/gallic-and-ellagic-acids-two-natural-immunomodulator-compounds-solve-infection-of-macrophages-by-leishmania-major
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Michel Muálem de Moraes Alves, Lucas Moreira Brito, Adriana Cunha Souza, Bárbara Cristina Silva Holanda Queiroz, Thaynara Parente de Carvalho, Joilson Ferreira Batista, Jéssica Sara de Sousa Macêdo Oliveira, Ivete Lopes de Mendonça, Silvéria Regina de Sousa Lira, Mariana Helena Chaves, Juan Carlos Ramos Gonçalves, Sabrina Maria Portela Carneiro, Daniel Dias Rufino Arcanjo, Fernando Aécio de Amorim Carvalho
Leishmaniasis is a complex of parasitic protozoan diseases caused by more than 20 different species of parasites from Leishmania genus. Conventional treatments are high costly, and promote a sort of side effects. Besides, protozoan resistance to treatments has been reported. Natural products have been investigated as a source of new therapeutic alternatives, not only acting directly against the parasite but also being able to synergistically act on the host immune system in order to control parasitemia. Gallic acid (GA) and ellagic acid (EA) are plant-derived phenolic compounds which are able to induce antiinflammatory, gastroprotective, and anticarcinogenic activities...
June 22, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642128/immunomodulation-of-parkinson-s-disease-using-mucuna-pruriens-mp
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Sachchida Nand Rai, Hareram Birla, Walia Zahra, Saumitra Sen Singh, Surya Pratap Singh
Immune control is associated with nigrostriatal neuroprotection for Parkinson's disease (PD); though its direct cause and effect relationships have not yet been realized and modulating the immune system for therapeutic gain has been openly discussed. While the pathobiology of PD remains in study, neuroinflammation is thought to speed nigrostriatal degeneration. The neuroinflammatory cascade associated with PD begins with aggregation of misfolded or post-translationally modified α-synuclein (α-syn). Such aggregation results in neuronal cell death and the presence of chronically activated glia (microglia and astroglia), leading to the production of proinflammatory cytokines like tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β), IL-6, and enzymes such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642030/cyclic-mog35-55-ameliorates-clinical-and-neuropathological-features-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
#5
Athanasios Lourbopoulos, George Deraos, Minos-Timotheos Matsoukas, Olga Touloumi, Aggeliki Giannakopoulou, Hubert Kalbacher, Nikolaos Grigoriadis, Vasso Apostolopoulos, John Matsoukas
EAE is induced to susceptible mice using linear peptides of myelin proteins of the central nervous system. Specific peptide motifs within the peptide-binding groove of the MHC peptide-complex determines the affinity of the peptide in each animal and the consequent T-cell receptor recognition and activation of the cell. Altered peptide ligand (APL) vaccination is a novel approach based on an effort to induce T-cell tolerance or alter cytokine profile from pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory. In the present study we synthesized the MOG35-55 peptide and altered its 3-dimensional conformation to make it a cyclic one (c-MOG35-55)...
June 7, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641531/application-of-alphaviral-vectors-for-immunomodulation-in-cancer-therapy
#6
Anna Zajakina, Karina Spunde, Kenneth Lundstrom
BACKGROUND: The lack of specific and efficient cancer therapies has influenced the development of novel approaches, such as immunotherapy, which from its original application of immunogenic protein delivery has developed into the use of more sophisticated recombinant gene delivery methods to achieve better safety and efficacy profiles. This approach involves viral and non-viral delivery systems. METHODS: Expression vectors have been engineered for alphaviruses, including Semliki Forest virus, Sindbis virus and Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus...
June 21, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641471/evaluation-of-immunomodulatory-effects-of-zearalenone-in-mice
#7
Mohammad Rafiqul Islam, Jong Won Kim, Yoon-Seok Roh, Jong-Hoon Kim, Han Kang Min, Hyung-Joo Kwon, Chae Woong Lim, Bumseok Kim
Zearalenone (ZEA) is a non-steroidal estrogenic mycotoxin produced by Fusarium species. The toxicity of ZEA has been evaluated for reproductive and developmental effects; however, there is little evidence about its acute toxicity or general immunotoxicity. In the present study, immune regulatory functions were investigated in mice that had been exposed to ZEA (5 or 20 mg/kg BW) daily for 14 days. Results showed that sub-populations of CD4(+), CD8(+) and CD11c(+) cells in the spleen and CD4(+), CD8(+) and F4/80(+) cells in the mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN) of ZEA (20 mg/kg)-exposed hosts were decreased compared to those in the control mice...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638725/administration-of-a-vasoactive-intestinal-peptide-antagonist-enhances-the-autologous-anti-leukemia-t-cell-response-in-murine-models-of-acute-leukemia
#8
Christopher T Petersen, Jian-Ming Li, Edmund K Waller
Vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) is a neuroendocrine peptide hormone that has potent anti-inflammatory activities. VIP signaling through its receptor VPAC1 on T cells leads to reduced proliferation and a reduction in pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion. We report here that inhibition of the VIP pathway with a peptide antagonist significantly enhances a T-cell-dependent, autologous anti-leukemia response in murine models of acute myeloid leukemia and T lymphoblastic leukemia. Subcutaneous administration of the VIP antagonist, VIPhyb, resulted in reduced tumor burden and significantly enhanced survival (30-50% survival) over vehicle-treated controls (0-20% survival)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638339/nutritional-and-pharmacological-strategies-to-regulate-microglial-polarization-in-cognitive-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#9
REVIEW
Emiliano Peña-Altamira, Sabrina Petralla, Francesca Massenzio, Marco Virgili, Maria L Bolognesi, Barbara Monti
The study of microglia, the immune cells of the brain, has experienced a renaissance after the discovery of microglia polarization. In fact, the concept that activated microglia can shift into the M1 pro-inflammatory or M2 neuroprotective phenotypes, depending on brain microenvironment, has completely changed the understanding of microglia in brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Microglia polarization is particularly important in aging since an increased inflammatory status of body compartments, including the brain, has been reported in elderly people...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638288/effects-of-immunomodulators-and-biologic-agents-on-sexual-health-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#10
Ozdemir Kanar, Andrew C Berry, Rahman Nakshabendi, Ann Joo Lee, Petra Aldridge, Travis Myers, Emely Eid
BACKGROUND: Although much knowledge has been gained regarding the medical and surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a paucity of information is available on the psychosexual issues related to IBD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the sexual health of patients with IBD who were taking immunomodulators and/or biologic agents vs patients with IBD who were not on that medication regimen. METHODS: All study participants completed a validated sexual health questionnaire, the Female Sexual Function Index or the International Index of Erectile Function, to assess their subjective perception of the effect of IBD on the different domains of sexual function during the prior 1-month time period...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636547/hnscc-subverts-pbmcs-to-secrete-soluble-products-that-promote-tumor-cell-proliferation
#11
Marcell Costa de Medeiros, Rajat Banerjee, Min Liu, Giovana Anovazzi, Nisha J D'Silva, Carlos Rossa Junior
The immune system detects shifts from homeostasis and eliminates altered cells. However, neoplastic cells can modulate the host response to escape immunosurveillance thereby allowing tumor progression. Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is one of the most immunosuppressive cancers but its role in co-opting the immune system to actively promote tumor growth has not been investigated. In this study, we investigated the influence of soluble factors secreted by HNSCC and non-neoplastic epithelial cells on proliferation, apoptosis, activation, cytokine gene expression and phenotypic polarization of immune cells of healthy donors...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635255/characterization-and-immunomodulatory-activity-of-a-novel-peptide-ecfsta-from-wheat-germ-globulin
#12
Wenjia Wu, Mengmeng Zhang, Yao Ren, Xinze Cai, Zhina Yin, Xiaoai Zhang, Tian Min, Hui Wu
A novel peptide was extracted from wheat germ globulin and purified using ion-exchange chromatography, gel filtration chromatography and semi-preparative reverse phase-high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). The sequence of the peptide was found to be Glu-Cys-Phe-Ser-Thr-Ala (ECFSTA). Its immunomodulatory effects were evaluated, and the results showed that ECFSTA could enhance phagocytosis of RAW 264.7 cells and significantly increase their secretion of nitric oxide (NO), interleukins-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factors-α (TNF-α), and reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634082/cytokine-modulation-by-stress-hormones-and-antagonist-specific-hormonal-inhibition-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-and-gilthead-sea-bream-sparus-aurata-head-kidney-primary-cell-culture
#13
Ali Reza Khansari, David Parra, Felipe E Reyes-López, Lluís Tort
A tight interaction between endocrine and immune systems takes place mainly due to the key role of head kidney in both hormone and cytokine secretion, particularly under stress situations in which the physiological response promotes the synthesis and release of stress hormones which may lead into immunomodulation as side effect. Although such interaction has been previously investigated, this study evaluated for the first time the effect of stress-associated hormones together with their receptor antagonists on the expression of cytokine genes in head kidney primary cell culture (HKPCC) of the freshwater rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the seawater gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata)...
June 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633664/a-review-of-sarcoptes-scabiei-past-present-and-future
#14
REVIEW
Larry G Arlian, Marjorie S Morgan
The disease scabies is one of the earliest diseases of humans for which the cause was known. It is caused by the mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, that burrows in the epidermis of the skin of humans and many other mammals. This mite was previously known as Acarus scabiei DeGeer, 1778 before the genus Sarcoptes was established (Latreille 1802) and it became S. scabiei. Research during the last 40 years has tremendously increased insight into the mite's biology, parasite-host interactions, and the mechanisms it uses to evade the host's defenses...
June 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633036/recent-advances-in-understanding-multiple-myeloma
#15
REVIEW
Parameswaran Hari
There have been major recent advancements in the understanding and management of multiple myeloma which in turn has led to unprecedented survival outcomes for patients. Diagnostic and response criteria have been recently revised. Our understanding of clonal progression, evolution, and clonal tides will inform therapeutic choices and appropriate treatment for patients. Response rates to initial induction with modern triplet therapies containing proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulators have made this approach the global standard for initial treatment...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631723/pharmacogenetic-biomarkers-of-response-in-crohn-s-disease
#16
REVIEW
T M Linares-Pineda, M Cañadas-Garre, A Sánchez-Pozo, M Á Calleja-Hernández
Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic condition, which affects the immune system. It can also affect any part of the digestive tract and be associated with external manifestations. The causes of the disease remain unknown, although it seems to be the result of a combination of factors, such as genetic predisposition, environment, lifestyle and the composition of the microbiota, among others. The treatment protocol begins with a change in eating and smoking habits, and is continued with different lines of treatment, including corticosteroids, immunomodulators and biologic therapy (infliximab and adalimumab), which have shown differences in response among patients, especially with biologic treatment...
June 20, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630212/a-pilot-study-of-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-combined-with-cytoreductive-nephrectomy-for-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
#17
Anurag K Singh, Timothy B Winslow, Mohammad Habiby Kermany, Vincent Goritz, Lilia Heit, Austin Miller, Nicholas C Hoffend, Leighton C Stein, Lalith Kumaraswamy, Graham W Warren, Wiam Bshara, Kunle Odunsi, Junko Matsuzaki, Scott I Abrams, Thomas Schwaab, Jason B Muhitch
<p>While stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) can reduce tumor volumes in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) patients, little is known regarding the immunomodulatory effects of high-dose radiation in the tumor microenvironment. The main objectives of this pilot study were to assess the safety and feasibility of nephrectomy following SBRT treatment of mRCC patients and analyze the immunological impact of high-dose radiation.</p> <br /><br />Experimental Design: Human RCC cell lines were irradiated and evaluated for immunomodulation...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629816/tinospora-species-an-overview-of-their-modulating-effects-on-the-immune-system
#18
REVIEW
Areeful Haque, Ibrahim Jantan, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Studies on the effects of natural immunomodulators to heal various diseases related to the immune system have been a growing interest in recent years. Amongst the medicinal plants, Tinospora species (family; Menispermaceae) have been one of the widely investigated plants for their modulating effects on the immune system due to their wide use in ethnomedicine to treat various ailments related to immune-related diseases. However, their ethnopharmacological uses are mainly with limited or without scientific basis...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629361/decoy-receptor-3-an-endogenous-immunomodulator-in-cancer-growth-and-inflammatory-reactions
#19
REVIEW
Shie-Liang Hsieh, Wan-Wan Lin
Decoy receptor 3 (DcR3), also known as tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily member 6b (TNFRSF6B), is a soluble decoy receptor which can neutralize the biological functions of three members of tumor necrosis factor superfamily (TNFSF): Fas ligand (FasL), LIGHT, and TL1A. In addition to 'decoy' function, recombinant DcR3.Fc is able to modulate the activation and differentiation of dendritic cells (DCs) and macrophages via 'non-decoy' action. DcR3-treated DCs skew T cell differentiation into Th2 phenotype, while DcR3-treated macrophages behave M2 phenotype...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628013/modulation-of-antitumor-immune-response-in-mouse-prostate-cancer-model
#20
N Mitskevich, T Tsertsvadze, K Mchedlishvili, K Matchavariani, G Guruli
Aim of study - prostate cancer is second most common cancer in men worldwide, and fifth leading cause of death from cancer in men (6.6% of the total men deaths). Unfortunately, once cancer spreads outside of prostate, it becomes incurable. Androgen deprivation can provide some relief, but resistance will develop eventually, and at that time no effective treatment options are left to the patient. Therefore, the search of alternative treatment modalities is paramount. In this article we evaluated the role of epigenetic modifier 5-azacitidine (5-AzaC) and immunomodulator - Lenalidomide and their possible impact on the immune response in the murine prostate cancer model...
May 2017: Georgian Medical News
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