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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055153/defining-the-actinic-keratosis-field-a-literature-review-and-discussion
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I Figueras Nart, R Cerio, T Dirschka, B Dréno, J T Lear, G Pellacani, K Peris, A Ruiz de Casas
BACKGROUND: Despite the chronic and increasingly prevalent nature of actinic keratosis (AK) and existing evidence supporting assessment of the entire cancerization field during clinical management, a standardized definition of the AK field to aid in the understanding and characterization of the disease is lacking. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review is to present and appraise the available evidence describing the AK cancerization field, with the aim of determining a precise definition of the AK field in terms of its molecular (including genetic and immunological), histological, and clinical characteristics...
October 21, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055152/predominance-of-regorafenib-over-sorafenib-restoration-of-membrane-bound-mica-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Jun Arai, Kaku Goto, Anthony Stephanou, Yasushi Tanoue, Sayaka Ito, Ryosuke Muroyama, Yasuo Matsubara, Ryo Nakagawa, Sayuri Morimoto, Yoshimi Kaise, Lay Ahyoung Lim, Hitoshi Yoshida, Naoya Kato
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The multi-kinase inhibitor regorafenib (REG) was recently demonstrated to be effective in patients with sorafenib (SOR)-resistant hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Interestingly, SOR is known to enhance the accumulation of membrane-bound MHC class I polypeptide-related sequence A (mMICA) in HCC cells, and to block production of soluble MICA (sMICA), an immunological decoy. In addition, MICA is associated with HCC in patients with chronic hepatitis C. We have now compared the impact of REG and SOR on MICA in HCC cells, as well as the immunotherapeutic implications thereof...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054116/t-cell-epitope-content-comparison-epicc-of-swine-h1-influenza-a-virus-hemagglutinin
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Andres H Gutiérrez, Vicki Rapp-Gabrielson, Frances E Terry, Crystal Loving, Leonard Moise, William D Martin, Anne S De Groot
BACKGROUND: Predicting vaccine efficacy against emerging pathogen strains is a significant problem in human and animal vaccine design. T cell epitope cross-conservation may play an important role in cross-strain vaccine efficacy. While influenza A virus (IAV) hemagglutination inhibition (HI) antibody titers are widely used to predict protective efficacy of one IAV vaccine against new strains, no similar correlate of protection has been identified for T cell epitopes. OBJECTIVE: We developed a computational method (EpiCC) that facilitates pairwise comparison of protein sequences based on an immunological property - T cell epitope content - rather than sequence identity, and evaluated its ability to classify swine IAV strain relatedness to estimate cross-protective potential of a vaccine strain for circulating viruses...
October 20, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054075/evaluation-of-immunological-markers-of-ovine-vaginal-irritation-implications-for-preclinical-assessment-of-non-vaccine-hiv-preventive-agents
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Gregg N Milligan, Gracie Vargas, Kathleen L Vincent, Yong Zhu, Nigel Bourne, Massoud Motamedi
The presence of genital inflammatory responses and a compromised vaginal epithelial barrier have been linked to an increased risk of HIV acquisition. It is important to assure that application of candidate microbicides designed to limit HIV transmission will not cause these adverse events. We previously developed high resolution in vivo imaging methodologies in sheep to assess epithelial integrity following vaginal application of a model microbicide, however characterization of genital inflammation in sheep has not been previously possible...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053777/movement-disorders-with-neuronal-antibodies-syndromic-approach-genetic-parallels-and-pathophysiology
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Bettina Balint, Angela Vincent, Hans-Michael Meinck, Sarosh R Irani, Kailash P Bhatia
Movement disorders are a prominent and common feature in many autoantibody-associated neurological diseases, a group of potentially treatable conditions that can mimic infectious, metabolic or neurodegenerative disease. Certain movement disorders are likely to associate with certain autoantibodies; for example, the characteristic dyskinesias, chorea and dystonia associated with NMDAR antibodies, stiff person spectrum disorders with GAD, glycine receptor, amphiphysin or DPPX antibodies, specific paroxysmal dystonias with LGI1 antibodies, and cerebellar ataxia with various anti-neuronal antibodies...
September 25, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053741/the-importance-of-propolis-in-alleviating-the-negative-physiological-effects-of-heat-stress-in-quail-chicks
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Gamal M K Mehaisen, Rania M Ibrahim, Adel A Desoky, Hosam M Safaa, Osama A El-Sayed, Ahmed O Abass
Heat stress is one of the most detrimental confrontations in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, causing considerable economic losses in poultry production. Propolis, a resinous product of worker honeybees, possesses several biological activities that could be used to alleviate the deleterious effects of high environmental temperature on poultry production. The current study was aimed at evaluating the effects of propolis supplementation to Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) diets on the production performance, intestinal histomorphology, relative physiological and immunological parameters, and selected gene expression under heat stress conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053434/alpha-gal-inactivated-heart-valve-bioprostheses-exhibit-an-anti-calcification-propensity-similar-to-knockout-tissues
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Filippo Naso, Ugo Stefanelli, Edward Buratto, Giovanna Lazzari, Andrea Perota, Cesare Galli, Alessandro Gandaglia
BACKGROUND: Glutaraldehyde (GLA) has been used to crosslink bioprosthetic heart valve (BHVs) tissues to enhance their stability, besides ensuring a satisfactory degree of immunological tolerance. Unfortunately, GLA fixation does not guarantee a complete tissue biocompatibility of BHVs in currently used devices. The interaction between preformed human anti-alpha-Gal antibody and alpha-Gal antigens promotes the calcification of GLA-treated alpha-Gal-positive tissue. Recently, an alarming correlation between the presence of the alpha-Gal epitope and a premature BHVs degeneracy was reported...
October 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053245/generation-and-characterization-of-recombinant-antibody-like-adp-ribose-binding-proteins
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Bryan A Gibson, Lesley B Conrad, Dan Huang, W Lee Kraus
ADP-ribosylation is an enzyme-catalyzed post-translational modification of proteins in which the ADP-ribose (ADPR) moiety of NAD+ is transferred to a specific amino acid in a substrate protein. The biological functions of ADP-ribosylation are numerous and diverse, ranging from normal physiology to pathological conditions. Biochemical and cellular studies of the diverse forms and functions of ADPR require immunological reagents that can be used for detection and enrichment. The lack of a complete set of tools that recognize all forms of ADPR [i...
October 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052782/clinical-and-immunologic-evaluation-of-three-metastatic-melanoma-patients-treated-with-autologous-melanoma-reactive-tcr-transduced-t-cells
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Tamson Moore, Courtney Regan Wagner, Gina M Scurti, Kelli A Hutchens, Constantine Godellas, Ann Lau Clark, Elizabeth Motunrayo Kolawole, Lance M Hellman, Nishant K Singh, Fernando A Huyke, Siao-Yi Wang, Kelly M Calabrese, Heather D Embree, Rimas Orentas, Keisuke Shirai, Emilia Dellacecca, Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Mingli Li, Jonathan M Eby, Patrick J Stiff, Brian D Evavold, Brian M Baker, I Caroline Le Poole, Boro Dropulic, Joseph I Clark, Michael I Nishimura
Malignant melanoma incidence has been increasing for over 30 years, and despite promising new therapies, metastatic disease remains difficult to treat. We describe preliminary results from a Phase I clinical trial (NCT01586403) of adoptive cell therapy in which three patients received autologous CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells transduced with a lentivirus carrying a tyrosinase-specific TCR and a marker protein, truncated CD34 (CD34t). This unusual MHC Class I-restricted TCR produces functional responses in both CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells...
October 20, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052780/immunotherapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-is-it-ready-for-prime-time
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REVIEW
Joseph M Obeid, Paul R Kunk, Victor M Zaydfudim, Timothy N Bullock, Craig L Slingluff, Osama E Rahma
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common primary liver malignancy and the second most common cause of cancer death worldwide. Current treatment options for patients with intermediate and advanced HCC are limited, and there is an unmet need for novel therapeutic approaches. HCC is an attractive target for immunomodulation therapy, since it arises in an inflammatory milieu due to hepatitis B and C infections and cirrhosis. However, a major barrier to the development and success of immunotherapy in patients with HCC is the liver's inherent immunosuppressive function...
October 20, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052773/a-systemic-review-of-tuberculosis-with-hiv-coinfection-in-children
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REVIEW
Jaishree Naidoo, Nasreen Mahomed, Halvani Moodley
The epidemiology of tuberculosis is adversely impacted by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) coinfection. HIV-infected patients are more prone to opportunistic infections, most commonly tuberculosis, and the risk of death in coinfected patients is higher than in those without HIV. Due to the impaired cellular immunity and reduced immunological response in HIV-infected patients, the classic imaging features of tuberculosis usually seen in patients without HIV may present differently. The aim of this review article is to highlight the imaging features that may assist in the diagnosis of tuberculosis in patients with HIV coinfection...
September 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052609/neuro-ophthalmic-side-effects-of-molecularly-targeted-cancer-drugs
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REVIEW
M T Bhatti, A K S Salama
The past two decades has been an amazing time in the advancement of cancer treatment. Molecularly targeted therapy is a concept in which specific cellular molecules (overexpressed, mutationally activated, or selectively expressed proteins) are manipulated in an advantageous manner to decrease the transformation, proliferation, and/or survival of cancer cells. In addition, increased knowledge of the role of the immune system in carcinogenesis has led to the development of immune checkpoint inhibitors to restore and enhance cellular-mediated antitumor immunity...
October 20, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052452/what-is-the-role-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-herpes-virus-infections-in-the-pathogenesis-of-atopic-dermatitis
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Simone Saintive, Eliane Abad, Dennis de C Ferreira, Mayra Stambovsky, Fernanda S Cavalcante, Lucio S Gonçalves, Fabio Vidal, Katia Rn Dos Santos
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic, relapsing disease. Genetic, environmental and immunological factors are involved in its pathophysiology. Individuals with AD have an increased predisposition to colonization and/or infection of the skin by various pathogens, especially Staphylococcus aureus and herpes simplex virus. The composition of their skin microbiome is also different, and changes during flares. The disease severity can be related to the degree of colonization by S. aureus. In addition, the presence of this bacterial species can predispose the host to more severe and disseminated viral infections...
October 20, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052351/analysis-of-the-clinical-features-of-invasive-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis
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Yueqin Cao, Changzhou Shao, Yuanlin Song
INTRODUCTION: Early diagnosis of invasive bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (IBPA) is difficult, so the mortality rate is high. OBJECTIVE: To discuss the clinical features of IBPA. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical features, imaging findings, laboratory test, diagnosis, and treatment of 115 patients with IBPA diagnosed from October 2004 to June 2013 in Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University. RESULTS: The main clinical manifestations were cough in 58 patients (50...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052333/label-free-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-differentially-expressed-membrane-proteins-of-pulmonary-alveolar-macrophages-infected-with-highly-pathogenic-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-and-its-attenuated-strain
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Zehui Qu, Fei Gao, Liwei Li, Yujiao Zhang, Yifeng Jiang, Lingxue Yu, Yanjun Zhou, Hao Zheng, Wu Tong, Guoxin Li, Guangzhi Tong
Significant differences exist between the highly pathogenic (HP) porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and its attenuated pathogenic (AP) strain in the ability to infect host cells. The mechanisms by which different virulent strains invade host cells remain relatively unknown. In this study, pulmonary alveolar macrophages (PAMs) were infected with HP-PRRSV (HuN4) and AP-PRRSV (HuN4-F112) for 24 h, then harvested and subjected to label-free quantitative mass spectrometry. A total of 2849 proteins were identified, including 95 that were differentially expressed...
October 20, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052141/murine-gammaherpesvirus-68-a-small-animal-model-for-gammaherpesvirus-associated-diseases
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Sihan Dong, J Craig Forrest, Xiaozhen Liang
Murine gammaherpesvirus 68 (MHV68) is a naturally occurring pathogen of murid rodents that is genetically related to the human gammaherpesviruses Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). Viral, immunologic, and disease parameters following experimental infection of laboratory mice with MHV68 closely resemble what occurs during primary EBV infection of humans, which suggests that MHV68 infection of mice offers a small animal model to study in general the pathogenesis of gammaherpesvirus infections...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051764/polyfunctional-cd4-t-cells-as-targets-for-tuberculosis-vaccination
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REVIEW
Deborah A Lewinsohn, David M Lewinsohn, Thomas J Scriba
Tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, despite the widespread use of the only licensed vaccine, Bacille Calmette Guerin (BCG). Eradication of TB will require a more effective vaccine, yet evaluation of new vaccine candidates is hampered by lack of defined correlates of protection. Animal and human studies of intracellular pathogens have extensively evaluated polyfunctional CD4(+) T cells producing multiple pro-inflammatory cytokines (IFN-γ, TNF-α, and IL-2) as a possible correlate of protection from infection and disease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051761/predicting-risk-of-infection-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-multiple-myeloma-utility-of-immune-profiling
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Benjamin W Teh, Simon J Harrison, Cody Charles Allison, Monica A Slavin, Tim Spelman, Leon J Worth, Karin A Thursky, David Ritchie, Marc Pellegrini
BACKGROUND: A translational study in patients with myeloma to determine the utility of immune profiling to predict infection risk in patients with hematological malignancy was conducted. METHODS: Baseline, end of induction, and maintenance peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 40 patients were evaluated. Immune cell populations and cytokines released from 1 × 10(6) cells/ml cultured in the presence of a panel of stimuli (cytomegalovirus, influenza, S. pneumoniae, phorbol myristate acetate/ionomycin) and in media alone were quantified...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051760/interplay-of-gtpases-and-cytoskeleton-in-cellular-barrier-defects-during-gut-inflammation
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REVIEW
Rocío López-Posadas, Michael Stürzl, Imke Atreya, Markus F Neurath, Nathalie Britzen-Laurent
An essential role of the intestine is to build and maintain a barrier preventing the luminal gut microbiota from invading the host. This involves two coordinated physical and immunological barriers formed by single layers of intestinal epithelial and endothelial cells, which avoid the activation of local immune responses or the systemic dissemination of microbial agents, and preserve tissue homeostasis. Accordingly, alterations of epithelial and endothelial barrier functions have been associated with gut inflammation, for example during inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051540/genome-wide-association-study-identifies-the-serpinb-gene-cluster-as-a-susceptibility-locus-for-food-allergy
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Ingo Marenholz, Sarah Grosche, Birgit Kalb, Franz Rüschendorf, Katharina Blümchen, Rupert Schlags, Neda Harandi, Mareike Price, Gesine Hansen, Jürgen Seidenberg, Holger Röblitz, Songül Yürek, Sebastian Tschirner, Xiumei Hong, Xiaobin Wang, Georg Homuth, Carsten O Schmidt, Markus M Nöthen, Norbert Hübner, Bodo Niggemann, Kirsten Beyer, Young-Ae Lee
Genetic factors and mechanisms underlying food allergy are largely unknown. Due to heterogeneity of symptoms a reliable diagnosis is often difficult to make. Here, we report a genome-wide association study on food allergy diagnosed by oral food challenge in 497 cases and 2387 controls. We identify five loci at genome-wide significance, the clade B serpin (SERPINB) gene cluster at 18q21.3, the cytokine gene cluster at 5q31.1, the filaggrin gene, the C11orf30/LRRC32 locus, and the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region...
October 20, 2017: Nature Communications
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