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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340492/hemolysis-elevated-liver-enzymes-low-platelets-syndrome-superimposed-on-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome
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Inês Martins, Madalena Gomes Conceição, Paulo Pereira Gomes, Nuno Clode
A pregnancy complicated by typical hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets (HELLP) syndrome is reported. At 20 weeks of gestation, a case of HUS was diagnosed, with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli identified. Plasmapheresis allowed continuation of the pregnancy for 5 weeks. Superimposed preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome were diagnosed after the establishment of nephrotic range proteinuria, hypertension and recurrence of hemolysis. This is a singular case, as it demonstrates that HELLP syndrome can superimpose upon HUS, a fact that can impact future research on reproductive immunology...
March 24, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340245/unacceptable-human-leucocyte-antigens-for-organ-offers-in-the-era-of-organ-shortage-influence-on-waiting-time-before-kidney-transplantation
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Malte Ziemann, Nicole Heßler, Inke R König, Nils Lachmann, Andrea Dick, Vanessa Ditt, Klemens Budde, Petra Reinke, Ute Eisenberger, Barbara Suwelack, Thomas Klein, Timm H Westhoff, Wolfgang Arns, Katrin Ivens, Antje Habicht, Lutz Renders, Dirk Stippel, Dominik Bös, Florian Sommer, Siegfried Görg, Martin Nitschke, Thorsten Feldkamp, Falko M Heinemann, Reinhard Kelsch
Background.: The assignment of human leucocyte antigens (HLAs) against which antibodies are detected as unacceptable antigens (UAGs) avoids allocation of HLA- incompatible allografts. There is uncertainty as to what extent UAGs decrease the probability of receiving a kidney offer. Methods.: Kidney transplantations in 3264 patients on the waiting lists of six German transplant centres were evaluated for a period of at least 2 years. The proportion of excluded offers due to UAGs was calculated as virtual panel-reactive antibodies (vPRAs)...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339668/immunogenicity-of-a-booster-dose-of-quadrivalent-meningococcal-conjugate-vaccine-in-previously-immunized-hiv-infected-children-and-youth
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Meredith G Warshaw, George K Siberry, Paige Williams, Michael D Decker, Patrick Jean-Philippe, Jorge Lujan-Zilbermann
Background.: The US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends a booster dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) after initial immunization for patients at high risk for meningococcal infection. Methods.: The International Maternal Pediatric Adolescents AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) P1065 trial evaluated the use of MCV4 in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected children and youth. The final step of this trial was an open-label study of an MCV4 booster dose 3...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339495/microrna-expression-profiles-identify-disease-specific-alterations-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Ji-Qing Chen, Gábor Papp, Szilárd Póliska, Krisztina Szabó, Tünde Tarr, Bálint László Bálint, Péter Szodoray, Margit Zeher
The discovery of microRNAs (miRNAs) and their critical role in genetic control opened new avenues in understanding of various biological processes including immune cell lineage commitment, differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis. However, a given miRNA may have hundreds of different mRNA targets and a target might be regulated by multiple miRNAs, thus the characterisation of dysregulated miRNA expression profiles could give a better insight into the development of immunological disturbances in autoimmune diseases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339013/immunological-effects-of-occupational-exposure-to-lead-review
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Concettina Fenga, Silvia Gangemi, Valentina Di Salvatore, Luca Falzone, Massimo Libra
It is well-known that occupational and environmental exposure to several factors, including benzene, heavy metals, chemicals and mineral fibers, is associated with the risk of developing a great number of diseases. Numerous studies have been carried out in order to investigate the mechanisms of toxicity of these substances, with particular regard to the possible toxic effects on the immune system. However, little is known about the influence of heavy metals, such as lead, on the immune system in human populations...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338836/a-novel-pathogenesis-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-from-the-perspective-of-glyco-immunology
#6
Shinichiro Shinzaki, Hideki Iijima, Hironobu Fujii, Yoshihiro Kamada, Tetsuji Naka, Tetsuo Takehara, Eiji Miyoshi
Oligosaccharide modifications play an essential role in various inflammatory diseases and cancers, but their pathophysiologic roles, especially in inflammation, are not clear. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an intractable chronic inflammatory disorder with an unknown aetiology, and the number of patients with IBD is increasing throughout the world. Certain types of immunosuppressant drugs, such as corticosteroids, are effective for IBD, suggesting that immune function is closely associated with the pathophysiology of IBD...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338506/a-preliminary-report-radical-surgery-and-stem-cell-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer
#7
Brigitta Omazic, Burcu Ayoglu, Matthias Löhr, Ralf Segersvärd, Caroline Verbeke, Isabelle Magalhaes, Zuzana Potacova, Jonas Mattsson, Alexei Terman, Sam Ghazi, Nils Albiin, Nikolaos Kartalis, Peter Nilsson, Thomas Poiret, Liu Zhenjiang, Rainer Heuchel, Jochen M Schwenk, Johan Permert, Markus J Maeurer, Olle Ringden
We examined the immunologic effects of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in the treatment of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, a deadly disease with a median survival of 24 months for resected tumors and a 5-year survival rate of 6%. After adjuvant chemotherapy, 2 patients with resected pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma underwent HSCT with HLA-identical sibling donors. Comparable patients who underwent radical surgery, but did not have a donor, served as controls (n=6). Both patients developed humoral and cellular (ie, HLA-A*01:01-restricted) immune responses directed against 2 novel tumor-associated antigens (TAAs), INO80E and UCLH3 after HSCT...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337875/the-pig-as-a-model-for-premature-infants-the-importance-of-immunoglobulin-supplementation-for-growth-and-development
#8
A Socha-Banasiak, S Pierzynowski, J Woliński, D Grujic, M Boryczka, P Grzesiak, P Szczurek, E Czkwianianc, B Westrom, K Goncharova
Preterm human neonates, contrary to preterm piglets, obtain immunoglobulins from their mothers via the placenta during intrauterine development. However, one should note that the majority of trans-placental transfer of immunoglobulins in humans takes place during the last trimester of pregnancy. It is also known that the feeding of limited amounts of colostrum or systemic infusion of small amounts of serum improves the survival of preterm and full-term piglets. Full-term piglets deprived of their mother’s immunoglobulins exhibit strong apathy and develop watery diarrhoea, often resulting in death...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337522/pre-symptomatic-autoimmunity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-when-does-the-disease-start
#9
REVIEW
Alexander Tracy, Christopher D Buckley, Karim Raza
It is well recognised that a state of autoimmunity, in which immunological tolerance is broken, precedes the development of symptoms in the majority of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For individuals who will later develop seropositive disease, this manifests as autoantibodies directed against proteins that have undergone specific post-translational modifications. There is evidence that the induction of this autoantibody response occurs at peripheral extra-articular mucosal sites, such as the periodontium and lung...
March 23, 2017: Seminars in Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337449/prediction-of-radix-astragali-immunomodulatory-effect-of-cd80-expression-from-chromatograms-by-quantitative-pattern-activity-relationship
#10
Michelle Chun-Har Ng, Tsui-Yan Lau, Kei Fan, Qing-Song Xu, Josiah Poon, Simon K Poon, Mary K Lam, Foo-Tim Chau, Daniel Man-Yuen Sze
The current use of a single chemical component as the representative quality control marker of herbal food supplement is inadequate. In this CD80-Quantitative-Pattern-Activity-Relationship (QPAR) study, we built a bioactivity predictive model that can be applicable for complex mixtures. Through integrating the chemical fingerprinting profiles of the immunomodulating herb Radix Astragali (RA) extracts, and their related biological data of immunological marker CD80 expression on dendritic cells, a chemometric model using the Elastic Net Partial Least Square (EN-PLS) algorithm was established...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337406/the-influence-of-health-concern-on-travel-plans-with-focus-on-the-zika-virus-in-2016
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Nicole J Olynk Widmar, S R Dominick, Audrey Ruple, Wallace E Tyner
Tourists consider many factors, including health, when choosing travel destinations. The potential for exposure to novel or foreign diseases alone can deter travelers from selecting high-risk locations for disease transmission. The 2015-2016 Zika Virus (ZIKV) outbreak in the Americas and Caribbean prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This study investigated factors that may contribute to travel avoidance to areas experiencing ZIKV transmission while also considering different levels of health concern and awareness among groups with varying demographics...
June 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337274/decitabine-treatment-sensitizes-tumor-cells-to-t-cell-mediated-cytotoxicity-in-patients-with-myelodysplastic-syndromes
#12
Zheng Zhang, Qi He, Ying Tao, Juan Guo, Feng Xu, Ling-Yun Wu, You-Shan Zhao, Dong Wu, Li-Yu Zhou, Ji-Ying Su, Lu-Xi Song, Chao Xiao, Xiao Li, Chun-Kang Chang
Decitabine treatment improves immunological recognition that increases expression of cancer-testis antigens (CTAs) against solid tumors. The mechanisms of decitabine enhancement of immunogenicity when used for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) remain unclear. In the present study, we found relatively low baseline expression of MAGE-A1, MAGE-A3, and SP17 in MDS-derived cell lines. Decitabine treatment significantly improved MAGE-A1, MAGE-A3, and SP17 expression in these cell lines and in MDS patients...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337237/relationship-between-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-celiac-disease-a-cross-sectional-study-and-a-brief-review-of-the-literature
#13
Sebahat Basyigit, Oktay Unsal, Metin Uzman, Ferdane Sapmaz, Ozlem Ceylan Dogan, Ayse Kefeli, Zeliha Asilturk, Abdullah Ozgur Yeniova, Yasar Nazligul
INTRODUCTION: Whether Helicobacter pylori triggers celiac disease (CD) or protects against CD is currently the subject of research. In the literature, there are epidemiologic studies that have reported conflicting results regarding the association between H. pylori and CD. AIM: To compare the prevalence of CD autoantibody positivity and the levels of CD autoantibodies between H. pylori-positive and H. pylori-negative subjects. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was prospectively designed and included 240 dyspeptic patients who underwent upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with gastric and duodenal biopsies...
2017: Przegla̜d Gastroenterologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337195/nk-cells-uncertain-allies-against-malaria
#14
REVIEW
Asia-Sophia Wolf, Samuel Sherratt, Eleanor M Riley
Until recently, studies of natural killer (NK) cells in infection have focused almost entirely on their role in viral infections. However, there is an increasing awareness of the potential for NK cells to contribute to the control of a wider range of pathogens, including intracellular parasites such as Plasmodium spp. Given the high prevalence of parasitic diseases in the developing world and the devastating effects these pathogens have on large numbers of vulnerable people, investigating interactions between NK cells and parasitized host cells presents the opportunity to reveal novel immunological mechanisms with the potential to aid efforts to eradicate these diseases...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336395/human-immune-compartment-comparisons-optimization-of-proliferative-assays-for-blood-and-gut-t-lymphocytes
#15
Jeffrey Dock, Lance Hultin, Patricia Hultin, Julie Elliot, Otto O Yang, Peter A Anton, Beth D Jamieson, Rita B Effros
The accumulation of peripheral blood late-differentiated memory CD8 T cells with features of replicative (cellular) senescence, including inability to proliferate in vitro, has been extensively studied. Importantly, the abundance of these cells is directly correlated with increased morbidity and mortality in older persons. Of note, peripheral blood contains only 2% of the total body lymphocyte population. By contrast, the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is the most extensive lymphoid organ, housing up to 60% of total body lymphocytes, but has never been assessed with respect to senescence profiles...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335993/biomaterials-innovation-for-next-generation-ex%C3%A2-vivo-immune-tissue-engineering
#16
REVIEW
Ankur Singh
Primary and secondary lymphoid organs are tissues that facilitate differentiation of B and T cells, leading to the induction of adaptive immune responses. These organs are present in the body from birth and are also recognized as locations where self-reactive B and T cells can be eliminated during the natural selection process. Many insights into the mechanisms that control the process of immune cell development and maturation in response to infection come from the analysis of various gene-deficient mice that lack some or all hallmark features of lymphoid tissues...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335888/second-and-third-generation-drugs-for-immuno-oncology-treatment-the-more-the-better
#17
REVIEW
Wolfram C M Dempke, Klaus Fenchel, Peter Uciechowski, Stephen P Dale
Recent success in cancer immunotherapy (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD1/PD-L1) has confirmed the hypothesis that the immune system can control many cancers across various histologies, in some cases producing durable responses in a way not seen with many small-molecule drugs. However, only less than 25% of all patients do respond to immuno-oncology drugs and several resistance mechanisms have been identified (e.g. T-cell exhaustion, overexpression of caspase-8 and β-catenin, PD-1/PD-L1 gene amplification, MHC-I/II mutations)...
March 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335737/cytomegalovirus-infection-in-hiv-infected-versus-non-infected-infants-and-hiv-disease-progression-in-cytomegalovirus-infected-versus-non-infected-infants-early-treated-with-cart-in-the-anrs-12140-pediacam-study-in-cameroon
#18
Anfumbom K W Kfutwah, Paul Alain T Ngoupo, Casimir Ledoux Sofeu, Francis Ateba Ndongo, Georgette Guemkam, Suzie Tetang Ndiang, Félicité Owona, Ida Calixte Penda, Patrice Tchendjou, Christine Rouzioux, Josiane Warszawski, Albert Faye, Mathurin Cyrille Tejiokem
BACKGROUND: The outcome of CMV/HIV co-infection in infants treated early with combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) in resource-limited settings has not been described. We aimed to estimate the prevalence and identify factors associated with early CMV infection in HIV-infected and non-infected infants included in a study in Cameroon, and to compare HIV disease progression and survival after 1 year of early cART, following infants' CMV status. METHODS: HIV-infected infants followed from birth or from HIV diagnosis before 7 months old and HIV-uninfected infants born to HIV-infected or uninfected mothers were tested for CMV at a median age of 4...
March 23, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335692/liposomal-amphotericin-b-ambisome%C3%A2-at-beginning-of-its-third-decade-of-clinical-use
#19
Franco Aversa, Alessandro Busca, Anna Candoni, Simone Cesaro, Corrado Girmenia, Mario Luppi, Anna Maria Nosari, Livio Pagano, Luigina Romani, Giuseppe Rossi, Adriano Venditti, Andrea Novelli
Haematologists have been using liposomal amphotericin-B (L-AMB) since 1993 and despite the introduction of several novel antifungal agents over the past decade, their propensity to prescribe L-AMB remains unchanged. Although antifungal guidelines strongly recommend voriconazole as the drug of choice in the treatment of probable and proven invasive fungal disease (IFD), L-AMB is widely used in the real life because of its several advantages in terms of wide anti-mould spectrum, tolerability and efficacy. Furthermore, the concept that L-AMB is endowed with immune-modulating effects, which may have a role in fighting IFD, represent another reason for its use in patients who do not tolerate an excess of inflammation...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334859/neurocognitive-function-of-school-aged-hiv-infected-children-in-enugu-nigeria
#20
Kenechukwu K Iloh, Ifeoma J Emodi, Ngozi S Ibeziako, Anthony N Ikefuna, Agozie C Ubesie, Ogochukwu N Iloh, Gideon C Ilechukwu, Adaeze C Ayuk
Background: Evidence has shown neurocognitive problems often exist among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected children. There are limited data for children in Nigeria. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of 100 school-aged perinatally HIV-infected children seen in the paediatric HIV clinic and age/sex-matched controls from the general paediatric clinic. Neuro-cognitive functioning was assessed using the Raven's progressive matrices (RPM) that has been adapted for the Nigerian population...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
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