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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648851/the-influence-of-mild-acidity-on-lysyl-phosphatidylglycerol-biosynthesis-and-lipid-membrane-physico-chemical-properties-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Reg P Rehal, Helene Marbach, Alasdair T M Hubbard, Anam A Sacranie, Federica Sebastiani, Giovanna Fragneto, Richard D Harvey
The increased biosynthesis of lysyl-phosphatidylglycerol in Staphylococcus aureus when cultured under conditions of mild acidity and the resultant increased proportion of this lipid in the plasma membrane of the bacterium, alters the physico-chemical properties of lipid bilayers in a manner which is itself dependent upon environmental pH. Clinically relevant strains of S. aureus, both methicillin susceptible and resistant, all exhibited increased lysyl-phosphatidylglycerol biosynthesis in response to mild environmental acidity, albeit to differing degrees, from ∼30% to ∼55% total phospholipid...
June 22, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599462/detection-of-tax-specific-ctls-in-lymph-nodes-of-adult-t-cell-leukemia-lymphoma-patients-and-its-association-with-foxp3-positivity-of-regulatory-t-cell-function
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Ayako Ichikawa, Hiroaki Miyoshi, Fumiko Arakawa, Junichi Kiyasu, Kensaku Sato, Daisuke Niino, Yoshizo Kimura, Maki Yoshida, Riko Kawano, Hiroko Muta, Yasuo Sugita, Koichi Ohshima
Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type (HTLV)-1 Tax is a viral protein that has been reported to be important in the proliferation of adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) cells and to be a target of HTLV-1-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs). However, it is not clear how Tax-specific CTLs behave in lymph nodes of ATLL patients. The present study analyzed the immunostaining of Tax-specific CTLs. Furthermore, ATLL tumor cells are known to be positive for forkhead box P3 (Foxp3)and to have a regulatory T (Treg)-cell-like function...
June 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594573/activation-of-integrated-stress-response-and-metabolic-dysfunction-in-a-murine-model-of-sleep-apnea
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Abdelnaby Khalyfa, Zhuanhong Qiao, Alex Gileles-Hillel, Ahamed A Khalyfa, Mahzad Akbarpour, Brian Popko, David Gozal
BACKGROUND: Intermittent hypoxia (IH) induces activation of the integrated stress response (ISR), but its role in IH-induced visceral white adipose tissue (vWAT) insulin resistance in unknown. CHOP is activated by chronic ISR, while GADD34 dephosphorylates the subunit of translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2α), leading to termination of ISR. We hypothesized that CHOP/Gadd34 null mice would not manifest evidence of insulin resistance following IH exposures. METHODS: 8-week-old CHOP/GADD34-/- (DM) and wild type (WT) littermates were randomly assigned to IH or RA exposures for 6 weeks...
June 8, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590550/osi-027-modulates-acute-graft-versus-host-disease-after-liver-transplantation-in-a-rat-model
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Xiao Zhi, Fei Xue, Wei Chen, Chao Liang, Hao Liu, Tao Ma, Xuefeng Xia, Liqiang Hu, Xueli Bai, Tingbo Liang
Despite its rarity (1%-2%), acute graft-versus-host disease after liver transplantation (LTx-aGVHD) has a high mortality rate (85%). A gradual decrease in regulatory T cells (T-regs) correlates with disease progression in a rat LTx-GVHD model and treatments which increase T-regs exert therapeutic effects on LTx-aGVHD. In this study, LTx-aGVHD model rats were treated with rapamycin (RAPA), OSI-027 or an equal quantity of vehicle. Rats treated with OSI-027 survived longer (>100 days) than those in the RAPA (70±8 days) or control (24±3 days) groups...
June 7, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588755/role-of-pro-and-anti-inflammatory-phenomena-in-the-physiopathology-of-type-2-diabetes-and-obesity
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Luciano Pirola, José Candido Ferraz
In obesity, persistent low-grade inflammation is considered as a major contributor towards the progression to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes while in lean subjects the immune environment is non-inflammatory. Massive adipose tissue (AT) infiltration by pro-inflammatory M1 macrophages and several T cell subsets as obesity develops leads to the accumulation - both in the AT and systemically - of numerous pro-inflammatory cytokines, including interleukin-1β (IL-1β), tumor necrosis factor α, IL-17 and IL-6 which are strongly associated with the progression of the obese phenotype towards the metabolic syndrome...
May 26, 2017: World Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571991/short-communication-use-of-fecal-starch-concentration-as-an-indicator-of-dry-feed-digestion-in-preweaned-dairy-calves
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T S Dennis, W Hu, F X Suarez-Mena, T M Hill, J D Quigley, R L Schlotterbeck
Fecal starch (FS) has been used as a tool to evaluate starch and diet digestibility in lactating dairy cows and feedlot steers. Some on-farm advisors also use FS to evaluate calf starter digestibility in preweaned dairy calves. Our objective was to evaluate the influence of starter intake (SI), starch and organic matter digestibility, milk replacer (MR) feeding rate, and age on FS concentrations in preweaned dairy calves. Male Holstein calves (43 ± 2.9 kg of body weight; n = 35) from a single farm were fed different amounts of MR ranging from 0...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524239/oral-contraceptive-pills-risky-or-protective-in-case-of-trichinella-spiralis-infection
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Marwa A Hasby Saad, Dina A Radi, Eiman A Hasby
AIM: to investigate how Trichinella spiralis infection can be affected by contraceptive pills invivo. METHODS: included six groups of female Wistar rats; healthy, Trichinella infected, receiving combined contraceptive pills (COCPs), receiving progestin only pills (POPs), infected receiving COCPs and infected receiving POPs. Parasite burden was measured (two gender worm counts, gravidity, larvae/muscle and RCI). Histopathological examination, immunohistochemical detection of C-kit mast cells & Foxp3+ T-reg...
May 19, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507062/interleukin-4-promotes-the-development-of-ex-foxp3-th2-cells-during-immunity-to-intestinal-helminths
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Victoria S Pelly, Stephanie M Coomes, Yashaswini Kannan, Manolis Gialitakis, Lewis J Entwistle, Jimena Perez-Lloret, Stephanie Czieso, Isobel S Okoye, Dominik Rückerl, Judith E Allen, Frank Brombacher, Mark S Wilson
Immunity to intestinal helminth infections requires the rapid activation of T helper 2 cells (Th2 cells). However, simultaneous expansion of CD4(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (T reg cells) impedes protective responses, resulting in chronic infections. The ratio between T reg and effector T cells can therefore determine the outcome of infection. The redifferentiation of T reg cells into Th cells has been identified in hyperinflammatory diseases. In this study, we asked whether ex-T reg Th2 cells develop and contribute to type-2 immunity...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502136/cd4-cd25-cd127low-regulatory-t-cells-as-indicator-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-disease-activity
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Sahar S Khattab, Amany M El-Saied, Rehab A Mohammed, Eman E Mohamed
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by disturbed immune regulation, inducing a progressive cartilage and bone destruction. Despite enrichment of T regulatory cell (T-regs) in synovial fluid, conflicting results are reported concerning T-regs in peripheral blood (PB) of RA patients. To determine possible correlation between the frequency of PB CD4+ CD25+CD127low (T-regs) with RA disease activity. Forty females with RA, classified according to the Disease Activity Score 28 (DAS-28), as highly active, mild-moderate or low disease activity; and 20 age and sex matched healthy controls, were enrolled to study CD4+ CD25+ CD127low T- regs in PB by flow cytometry...
June 2016: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457204/assessing-cognitive-representations-of-antidepressants-development-and-validation-of-the-attitudes-toward-medication-depression-inventory
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Bonnie M Hagerty, Reg A Williams, James Aikens, Melissa A Bathish, Brady T West, Douglas S Fuller, Joe Kazemi
Antidepressant drugs represent the mainstay of treatment for depression; however, nonadherence is a major problem. Attitudes are predictors of long-term adherence and drive medication use. The Attitudes Toward Medication-Depression (ATM-D) Inventory was developed and tested with 131 patients in primary care settings who reported a diagnosis of depression. Content validity was assessed by experts with a 94.4% agreement on item relevancy. Exploratory factor analysis showed three factors (course of medication treatment, identity, and control) that accounted for 57% of the total variance in the final 17-item scale...
April 1, 2017: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362433/il-2-prevents-deletion-of-developing-t-regulatory-cells-in-the-thymus
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Daniel Y Hu, Rushika C Wirasinha, Christopher C Goodnow, Stephen R Daley
In the thymus, strongly self-reactive T cells may undergo apoptotic deletion or differentiate into Foxp3+ T-regulatory (T-reg) cells. Mechanisms that partition T cells into these two fates are unclear. Here, we show that IL-2 signalling is required to prevent deletion of CD4+ CD8- CCR7+ Helios+ thymocytes poised to upregulate Foxp3. The deletion prevented by IL-2 signalling is Foxp3 independent and occurs later in thymocyte development than the deletion that is prevented by Card11 signalling. Our results distinguish two bottlenecks at which strongly self-reactive thymocytes undergo deletion or progress to the next stage of T-reg differentiation; Card11 regulates the first bottleneck and IL-2 regulates the second...
June 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351463/tuberculin-skin-test-and-interferon-gamma-release-assay-use-among-privately-insured-persons-in-the-united-states
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K Owusu-Edusei, E L Stockbridge, C A Winston, M Kolasa, R Miramontes
OBJECTIVE: To describe tuberculin skin test (TST) and interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) (i.e., QuantiFERON®-TB [QFT] and T-SPOT®.TB [T-SPOT]) use among privately insured persons in the United States over a 15-year period. METHODS: We used current procedural terminology (CPT) codes for the TST and IGRAs to extract out-patient claims (2000-2014) and determined usage (claims/100 000). The χ2 test for trend in proportions was used to describe usage trends for select periods...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332200/immunoregulation-of-inflammatory-and-inhibitory-cytokines-by-vitamin-d3-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-ibd
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REVIEW
Hussaini Mohammed Alhassan, Abbas Mirshafiey, Homayoun Vahedi, Gholamreza Hemmasi, Ateke Moussavi Nasl Khameneh, Karim Parastouei, Ali Akbar Saboor-Yaraghi
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of idiopathic, chronic and relapsing inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, caused by an aberrant and exaggerated immunological response in the gut. Supplementation of Vitamin D3 in IBD patients exerts both direct and indirect regulatory roles on the naïve T-cells, thereby maintaining a balance between inflammatory and inhibitory cytokines. The direct actions of Vitamin D3 on naïve T-cells result in the proliferation of more regulatory T-cells and inhibitory cytokines such as IL-4, IL-10, and IL-5...
March 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316421/immunophenotyping-of-blood-mononuclear-cells-from-p-berghei-nk-65-infected-and-immunized-balb-c-mice
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Vineet Kumar, Aruna Rakha, Ruchika Saroa, Upma Bagai
The present study demonstrates the alterations in the frequencies of helper, cytotoxic and suppressor T cells in blood of P. berghei infected and TPA immunized rodent host towards the induction of protective immune response. Statistically significant (p < 0.005) number of CD4(+) T cells was recorded on D9 [Post Challenge (PC)] meanwhile CD4(+) Treg cells were found to be declined in immunized mice as compared to infected. This increase in frequencies of T helper cells points towards the stimulation of strong Th2 immune response in immunized mice...
March 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293742/the-accumulation-of-regulatory-t-cells-in-the-hepatic-hilar-lymph-nodes-in-biliary-atresia
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Naoya Sakamoto, Toshihiro Muraji, Haruo Ohtani, Kouji Masumoto
PURPOSE: A proposed etiopathogenesis of biliary atresia (BA) involves T-cell-mediated inflammatory bile duct damage and progressive hepatic fibrosis. Pediatric surgeons often observe swelling of the hepatic hilar lymph nodes during the Kasai procedure. Given the importance of regulatory mechanisms in immune responses, the present study was designed to analyze the quantitative changes of regulatory T cells (T reg cells) in the hepatic hilar lymph nodes (hepatic hilar LNs) and peripheral blood (PB) in BA...
March 14, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271497/chronic-schistosomiasis-during-pregnancy-epigenetically-reprograms-t-cell-differentiation-in-offspring-of-infected-mothers
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Kathrin Klar, Sophie Perchermeier, Sonakshi Bhattacharjee, Hani Harb, Thure Adler, Rouzanna Istvanffy, Eva Loffredo-Verde, Robert R A Oostendorp, Harald Renz, Clarissa Prazeres da Costa
Schistosomiasis is a nontransplacental helminth infection. Chronic infection during pregnancy suppresses allergic airway responses in offspring. We addressed the question whether in utero exposure to chronic schistosome infection (Reg phase) in mice affects B-cell and T-cell development. Therefore, we focused our analyses on T-cell differentiation capacity induced by epigenetic changes in promoter regions of signature cytokines in offspring. Here, we show that naïve T cells from offspring of schistosome infected female mice had a strong capacity to differentiate into TH 1 cells, whereas TH 2 differentiation was impaired...
May 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228153/assessment-of-axillary-temperature-for-the-evaluation-of-normal-body-temperature-of-healthy-young-adults-at-rest-in-a-thermoneutral-environment
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Shuri Marui, Ayaka Misawa, Yuki Tanaka, Kei Nagashima
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to (1) evaluate whether recently introduced methods of measuring axillary temperature are reliable, (2) examine if individuals know their baseline body temperature based on an actual measurement, and (3) assess the factors affecting axillary temperature and reevaluate the meaning of the axillary temperature. METHODS: Subjects were healthy young men and women (n = 76 and n = 65, respectively). Three measurements were obtained: (1) axillary temperature using a digital thermometer in a predictive mode requiring 10 s (T ax-10 s), (2) axillary temperature using a digital thermometer in a standard mode requiring 10 min (T ax-10 min), and (3) tympanic membrane temperature continuously measured by infrared thermometry (T ty)...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191026/supplementation-with-dairy-calcium-and-or-flaxseed-fibers-in-conjunction-with-orlistat-augments-fecal-fat-excretion-without-altering-ratings-of-gastrointestinal-comfort
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Mette Kristensen, Signe Rømer Juul, Karina Vejrum Sørensen, Janne Kunchel Lorenzen, Arne Astrup
BACKGROUND: Orlistat is a lipase inhibitor which reduced absorption of dietary fat by ~30% thereby inducing a weight loss; however, side effects occur as a consequence of increased colonic fat content. To test the hypothesis that most gastrointestinal side events induced by treatment with orlistat could be prevented/ameliorated by concomitant use of natural dietary components, flaxseed fiber (FF) and/or dairy calcium (Ca), binding liquid fats to more solid complexes. METHODS: A randomized controlled dietary intervention study...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130403/suppression-of-lethal-autoimmunity-by-regulatory-t-cells-with-a-single-tcr-specificity
#19
Andrew G Levine, Saskia Hemmers, Antonio P Baptista, Michail Schizas, Mehlika B Faire, Bruno Moltedo, Catherine Konopacki, Marc Schmidt-Supprian, Ronald N Germain, Piper M Treuting, Alexander Y Rudensky
The regulatory T cell (T reg cell) T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire is highly diverse and skewed toward recognition of self-antigens. TCR expression by T reg cells is continuously required for maintenance of immune tolerance and for a major part of their characteristic gene expression signature; however, it remains unknown to what degree diverse TCR-mediated interactions with cognate self-antigens are required for these processes. In this study, by experimentally switching the T reg cell TCR repertoire to a single T reg cell TCR, we demonstrate that T reg cell function and gene expression can be partially uncoupled from TCR diversity...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125674/characterisation-of-immune-and-neuroinflammatory-changes-associated-with-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy
#20
Preet G S Makker, Samuel S Duffy, Justin G Lees, Chamini J Perera, Ryan S Tonkin, Oleg Butovsky, Susanna B Park, David Goldstein, Gila Moalem-Taylor
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and associated neuropathic pain is a debilitating adverse effect of cancer treatment. Current understanding of the mechanisms underpinning CIPN is limited and there are no effective treatment strategies. In this study, we treated male C57BL/6J mice with 4 cycles of either Paclitaxel (PTX) or Oxaliplatin (OXA) over a week and tested pain hypersensitivity and changes in peripheral immune responses and neuroinflammation on days 7 and 13 post 1st injection. We found that both PTX and OXA caused significant mechanical allodynia...
2017: PloS One
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