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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723645/altered-micrornas-expression-in-t-cells-of-patients-with-sle-involved-in-the-lack-of-vitamin-d
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Dao-Jun Chen, Lan-Ju Li, Xiao-Ke Yang, Tao Yu, Rui-Xue Leng, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
Vitamin D has been recognized as a potent immunomodulator and its deficiency is common in different population groups including patients with SLE. As miRNAs regulation plays a significant role in SLE, the present study aimed to evaluate the association between vitamin D status and miRNAs levels in patients with SLE. The serum concentrations of vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) and the levels of six miRNAs in T cells from patients with SLE were measured in 42 SLE cases and 48 healthy controls. Vitamin D treatment was also performed in isolated and cultured T cells from SLE patients in different times and doses...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722755/the-potential-of-anti-infectives-and-immunomodulators-as-therapies-for-asthma-and-asthma-exacerbations
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Michael R Edwards, Ross P Walton, David J Jackson, Wojciech Feleszko, Chrysanthi Skevaki, Tuomas Jartti, Heidi Makrinoti, Alexandra Nikonova, Igor Shilovskiy, Jurgen Schwarze, Sebastian L Johnston, Musa Khaitov
Asthma is responsible for approximately 25,000 deaths annually in Europe despite available medicines that maintain asthma control and reduce asthma exacerbations. Better treatments are urgently needed for the control of chronic asthma and reduction of asthma exacerbations, the major cause of asthma mortality. Much research spanning >20 years shows a strong association between microorganisms including pathogens in asthma onset, severity and exacerbation, yet with the exception of antibiotics, few treatments are available that specifically target the offending pathogens...
July 19, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720735/a-nonredundant-phosphopantetheinyl-transferase-ppta-is-a-novel-antifungal-target-that-directs-secondary-metabolite-siderophore-and-lysine-biosynthesis-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-and-is-critical-for-pathogenicity
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Anna Johns, Daniel H Scharf, Fabio Gsaller, Hella Schmidt, Thorsten Heinekamp, Maria Straßburger, Jason D Oliver, Mike Birch, Nicola Beckmann, Katharine S Dobb, Jane Gilsenan, Bharatkumar Rash, Elaine Bignell, Axel A Brakhage, Michael J Bromley
Secondary metabolites are key mediators of virulence for many pathogens. Aspergillus fumigatus produces a vast array of these bioactive molecules, the biosynthesis of which is catalyzed by nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) or polyketide synthases (PKSs). Both NRPSs and PKSs harbor carrier domains that are primed for acceptance of secondary metabolic building blocks by a phosphopantetheinyl transferase (P-pant). The A. fumigatus P-pant PptA has been shown to prime the putative NRPS Pes1 in vitro and has an independent role in lysine biosynthesis; however, its role in global secondary metabolism and its impact on virulence has not been described...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720215/autoimmune-meningitis-and-encephalitis-in-adult-onset-still-disease-case-report
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Bożek Milena, Konopko Magdalena, Wierzba-Bobrowicz Teresa, Witkowski Grzegorz, Makowicz Grzegorz, Sienkiewicz-Jarosz Halina
INTRODUCTION: Adult-onset Still disease (AOSD) is a rare systemic inflammatory disease of unknown cause. Its symptoms usually include persistent fever, fugitive salmon-colored rash, arthritis, sore throat (not specific), but it may also lead to internal organs' involvement, which presents with enlargement of the liver and spleen, swollen lymph nodes, carditis or pleuritis - potentially life-threatening complications. In rare cases, AOSD can cause aseptic meningitis or/and encephalitis...
July 8, 2017: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719541/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-adalimumab-monotherapy-versus-combination-therapy-with-immunomodulators-for-induction-and-maintenance-of-remission-and-response-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Jean M Chalhoub, Hussein H Rimmani, Vivek V Gumaste, Ala I Sharara
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether the combination of adalimumab (ADA) and immunomodulators is superior to ADA monotherapy in patients with Crohn's disease. METHODS: PubMed, Medline, Embase, Web of Science, and other databases were searched. Randomized controlled trials, open-label, prospective cohort, and retrospective studies, and pooled analyses were included. Primary outcomes were induction (≤12 wk) and maintenance (up to 56 wk) of remission and response. Secondary outcomes were severe adverse events, opportunistic infections, and development of antibodies to adalimumab...
August 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718805/emerging-fusarium-and-alternaria-mycotoxins-occurrence-toxicity-and-toxicokinetics
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REVIEW
Sophie Fraeyman, Siska Croubels, Mathias Devreese, Gunther Antonissen
Emerging Fusarium and Alternaria mycotoxins gain more and more interest due to their frequent contamination of food and feed, although in vivo toxicity and toxicokinetic data are limited. Whereas the Fusarium mycotoxins beauvericin, moniliformin and enniatins particularly contaminate grain and grain-based products, Alternaria mycotoxins are also detected in fruits, vegetables and wines. Although contamination levels are usually low (µg/kg range), higher contamination levels of enniatins and tenuazonic acid may occasionally occur...
July 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717408/sirt3-enhances-mesenchymal-stem-cell-longevity-and-differentiation
#7
Ryan A Denu
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent cells that are currently being investigated in a wide variety of clinical trials for their anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties as well as their osteogenic and chondrogenic capabilities. However, there are considerable interdonor variability and heterogeneity of MSC populations, making it challenging to compare different products. Furthermore, proliferation, differentiation, and immunomodulation of MSCs decrease with aging and ex vivo expansion. The sirtuins have emerged as a class of protein deacylases involved in aging, oxidative stress, and metabolism...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716576/tlr9-mediated-conditioning-of-liver-environment-is-essential-for-successful-intrahepatic-immunotherapy-and-effective-memory-recall
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Marcin Cebula, Mathias Riehn, Upneet Hillebrand, Ramona F Kratzer, Florian Kreppel, Georgia Koutsoumpli, Toos Daemen, Hansjörg Hauser, Dagmar Wirth
Immune defense against hepatotropic viruses such as hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) poses a major challenge for therapeutic approaches. Intrahepatic cytotoxic CD8 T cells that are crucial for an immune response against these viruses often become exhausted resulting in chronic infection. We elucidated the T cell response upon therapeutic vaccination in inducible transgenic mouse models in which variable percentages of antigen-expressing hepatocytes can be adjusted, providing mosaic antigen distribution and reflecting the varying viral antigen loads observed in patients...
July 14, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714500/exploring-the-immunomodulatory-and-anticancer-properties-of-zerumbone
#9
REVIEW
Md Areeful Haque, Ibrahim Jantan, Laiba Arshad, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari
Plant-derived immunomodulators and anti-cancer agents have attracted a lot of interest from natural product scientists for their efficacy and safety and their significant contribution towards understanding targeted drug action and drug delivery mechanisms. Zerumbone, the main constituent of Zingiber zerumbet rhizomes, has been investigated for its wide-spectrum role in treating multitargeted diseases. The rhizomes have been used as food flavoring agents in various cuisines and in herbal medicine. Many in vivo and in vitro studies have provided evidence of zerumbone as a potent immunomodulator as well as a potential anti-cancer agent...
July 17, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713337/the-s-layer-associated-serine-protease-homolog-prtx-impacts-cell-surface-mediated-microbe-host-interactions-of-lactobacillus-acidophilus-ncfm
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Brant R Johnson, Sarah O'Flaherty, Yong Jun Goh, Ian Carroll, Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R Klaenhammer
Health-promoting aspects attributed to probiotic microorganisms, including adhesion to intestinal epithelia and modulation of the host mucosal immune system, are mediated by proteins found on the bacterial cell surface. Notably, certain probiotic and commensal bacteria contain a surface (S-) layer as the outermost stratum of the cell wall. S-layers are non-covalently bound semi-porous, crystalline arrays of self-assembling, proteinaceous subunits called S-layer proteins (SLPs). Recent evidence has shown that multiple proteins are non-covalently co-localized within the S-layer, designated S-layer associated proteins (SLAPs)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711615/water-soluble-polysaccharide-from-erythronium-sibiricum-bulb-structural-characterisation-and-immunomodulating-activity
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Rena Kasimu, Chunli Chen, Xiangyun Xie, Xue Li
A water-soluble polysaccharide named ESBP2-1 was isolated from Erythronium sibiricum bulb through anion-exchange and size-exclusion chromatography. ESBP2-1 is a neutral polysaccharide fraction with an average molecular weight of 9.4×10(5)Da and is composed of glucose, galactose and arabinose in a ratio of 24.3:1.1:1. Methylation analysis, partial hydrolysis and NMR studies revealed that the backbone of ESBP2-1 primarily consists of repeating →1)-α-D-Glcp-(4→ units where the disaccharide side chains of Arap-(1→6)-α-D-Galp-(1→ residue are attached to the O-6 position of Glc...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711432/inactivated-orf-virus-shows-disease-modifying-antiviral-activity-in-a-guinea-pig-model-of-genital-herpesvirus-infection
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Astrid Friebe, Angela Siegling, Olaf Weber
BACKGROUND: Inactivated Orf virus (iORFV) has been used as a preventative as well as a therapeutic immunomodulator in veterinary medicine in different species. iORFV elicits strong effects on cytokine secretion in mice and human immune cells leading to an auto-regulated loop of initial up-regulation of inflammatory and Th1-related cytokines followed by Th2-related cytokines that attenuate immunopathology. The therapeutic potential of iORFV has been recognized in several models for difficult-to-treat disease areas such as chronic viral diseases, liver fibrosis or various forms of cancer...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709493/sternoclavicular-joint-tuberculosis-a-series-of-9-cases
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Umesh Kumar Meena, Balaji Saibaba, Prateek Behera, Ramesh Chand Meena
Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic disease that may affect any part of the human body. Though the osteoarticular TB is not uncommonly seen, TB of the sternoclavicular joint (SC joint) is an infrequently reported condition. The very fact that many physicians have never seen a single case of SC joint TB in their entire career makes them never think of this condition in cases of chronic swellings of the medial end of clavicle. We are reporting here our experience with nine cases of SC joint TB that were treated by us...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708806/understanding-the-cautions-and-contraindications-of-immunomodulator-and-biologic-therapies-for-use-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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H Matthew Cohn, Maneesh Dave, Edward V Loftus
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are chronic inflammatory bowel diseases for which there are no cures. These diseases are immunopathogenic, and medical treatment is centered on the temperance of a dysregulated immune response to allow mucosal healing and prevent the sequelae of fistulation and stenosis. Accordingly, the armamentarium of medications, which has expanded immensely in recent history, is not without significant infectious and neoplastic risks. Many of these untoward effects can be mitigated by screening and avoidance of contraindicated medications...
August 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708318/current-insights-into-the-role-of-human-%C3%AE-defensins-in-atopic-dermatitis
#15
REVIEW
Panjit Chieosilapatham, Hideoki Ogawa, François Niyonsaba
Antimicrobial peptides or host defense peptides are small molecules that display both antimicrobial activities and complex immunomodulatory functions to protect against various diseases. Among these peptides, the human β-defensins (hBDs) are primarily localized in epithelial surfaces, including those of the skin, where they contribute to protective barriers. In atopic dermatitis skin lesions, altered skin barrier and immune dysregulation are believed to be responsible for reduced hBD synthesis. Impaired hBD expression in the skin is reportedly the leading cause of increased susceptibility to bacterial and viral infection in patients with atopic dermatitis...
July 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708248/oral-and-upper-gastrointestinal-crohn-s-disease
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REVIEW
Robyn Laube, Ken Liu, Mark Schifter, Jessica L Yang, Michael K Suen, Rupert W Leong
Crohn's disease is a heterogeneous, inflammatory condition that can affect any location of the gastrointestinal tract. Proximal gastrointestinal involvement occurs in 0.5-16% of patients, and it is usually diagnosed after recognition of intestinal disease. Symptoms are often mild and non-specific, however upper gastrointestinal disease predicts a more severe Crohn's phenotype with a greater frequency of complications such as obstruction and perforation. Gastroscopy and biopsy is the most sensitive diagnostic investigation...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707770/comparison-of-the-paracrine-activity-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-from-human-umbilical-cord-amniotic-membrane-and-adipose-tissue
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Filip A Dabrowski, Anna Burdzinska, Agnieszka Kulesza, Anna Sladowska, Aleksandra Zolocinska, Kamila Gala, Leszek Paczek, Miroslaw Wielgos
AIM: The study was conducted to investigate secretory activity and define the paracrine potential of mesenchymal stem cells from human umbilical cord and amniotic membrane (UC-MSCs and AM-MSCs, respectively). METHODS: UC-MSCs (n = 6) were obtained from tissue explants using an adherent method after two weeks of incubation. AM-MSCs (n = 6) were obtained by digestion with tripsin and collagenase. MSC phenotype was confirmed in vitro by performing flow cytometry, differentiation assays and vimentin staining...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707594/in-vitro-effects-of-nickel-on-healthy-non-allergic-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-the-role-of-red-grape-polyphenols
#18
Thea Magrone, Rosaria Salvatore, Anna Spagnoletta, Manrico Magrone, Matteo Antonio Russo, Emilio Jirillo
BACKGROUND: Nickel (Ni) is widely distributed in the environment and continuous exposure to this metal may lead to pathological manifestations, such as the human allergic contact dermatitis. METHODS: The in vitro effects of Ni on human healthy non allergic peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in the absence or presence of red grape polyphenols have been evaluated. In the culture supernatants, levels of cytokines have been determined by ELISA, while nitric oxide (NO) concentration has been evaluated by a colorimetric procedure...
July 13, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707492/bisphenol-a-bpa-aggravates-multiple-low-dose-streptozotocin-induced-type-1-diabetes-in-c57bl-6-mice
#19
Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje, Sinduja Thinamany, Kylie A Bruner
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a T-cell-mediated autoimmune disorder characterized by destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells. Whereas epidemiological data implicate environmental factors in the increasing incidence of T1D, their identity remains unknown. Though exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) has been associated with several disorders, no epidemiologic evidence has linked BPA exposure and T1D. The goal of this study was to elucidate diabetogenic potentials of BPA and underlying mechanisms in the context of T-cell immunity, in a multiple low-dose streptozotocin (MLDSTZ)-induced autoimmune mouse T1D model...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704798/experimental-studies-on-possible-regulatory-role-of-nitric-oxide-on-the-differential-effects-of-chronic-predictable-and-unpredictable-stress-on-adaptive-immune-responses
#20
Tarun Thakur, Kavita Gulati, Nishant Rai, Arunabha Ray
The present study was designed to investigate the effects of chronic predictable stress (CPS) and chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) on immunological responses in KLH-sensitized rats and involvement of NOergic signaling pathways mediating such responses. Male Wistar rats (200-250g) were exposed to either CPS or CUS for 14days and IgG antibody levels and delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH) response was determined to assess changes in adaptive immunity. To evaluate the role of nitric oxide during such immunomodulation, biochemical estimation of stable metabolite of nitric oxide (NOx) and 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT, a marker of peroxynitrite formation) were done in both blood and brain...
July 10, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
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