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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534525/covalently-linked-dengue-virus-envelope-glycoprotein-dimers-reduce-exposure-of-the-immunodominant-fusion-loop-epitope
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Alexander Rouvinski, Wanwisa Dejnirattisai, Pablo Guardado-Calvo, Marie-Christine Vaney, Arvind Sharma, Stéphane Duquerroy, Piyada Supasa, Wiyada Wongwiwat, Ahmed Haouz, Giovanna Barba-Spaeth, Juthathip Mongkolsapaya, Félix A Rey, Gavin R Screaton
A problem in the search for an efficient vaccine against dengue virus is the immunodominance of the fusion loop epitope (FLE), a segment of the envelope protein E that is buried at the interface of the E dimers coating mature viral particles. Anti-FLE antibodies are broadly cross-reactive but poorly neutralizing, displaying a strong infection enhancing potential. FLE exposure takes place via dynamic 'breathing' of E dimers at the virion surface. In contrast, antibodies targeting the E dimer epitope (EDE), readily exposed at the E dimer interface over the region of the conserved fusion loop, are very potent and broadly neutralizing...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532993/canine-leptospirosis-in-switzerland-a-prospective-cross-sectional-study-examining-seroprevalence-risk-factors-and-urinary-shedding-of-pathogenic-leptospires
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Alessandro Delaude, Sabrina Rodriguez-Campos, Anou Dreyfus, Michel Jacques Counotte, Thierry Francey, Ariane Schweighauser, Sophie Lettry, Simone Schuller
Leptospirosis is an important worldwide zoonosis. While human leptospirosis remains rare in Switzerland, the incidence of canine leptospirosis is unusually high compared to other European countries. The aims of this cross-sectional study were to determine the exposure of asymtomatic dogs to pathogenic Leptospira in Switzerland, to characterise risk factors associated with seropositivity and to determine the prevalence of urinary shedding. Sampling was stratified to cover the whole of Switzerland. Sera were tested by microscopic agglutination test for antibodies against a panel of 12 serovars...
June 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506851/immunocap-cellulose-displays-cross-reactive-carbohydrate-ccd-epitopes-and-can-cause-false-positive-test-results-in-patients-with-high-anti-ccd-ige-antibody-levels
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Wolfgang Hemmer, Friedrich Altmann, Friedrich Holzweber, Clemens Gruber, Felix Wantke, Stefan Wöhrl
RATIONALE: Cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants (CCDs) in plants and insect venoms are a common cause of irrelevant positive test results during in-vitro allergy diagnosis. We observed that some CCD-positive sera show non-specific IgE-binding even with CCD-free recombinant allergens when using the Phadia ImmunoCAP platform. OBJECTIVE: We investigated if cellulose used as allergen carrier in the ImmunoCAP harbors residual N-glycans causing non-specific background-binding in CCD-positive sera...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489277/pancreas-after-islet-pai-transplantation-in-non-uremic-type-1-diabetes-a-strategy-for-restoring-durable-insulin-independence
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S A Wisel, J M Gardner, G R Roll, J Harbell, C E Freise, S Feng, S M Kang, R Hirose, D B Kaufman, A Posselt, P G Stock
Islet transplantation offers a minimally-invasive approach for beta cell replacement in diabetic patients with hypoglycemic unawareness. Attempts at insulin independence may require multiple islet re-infusions from distinct donors, thus increasing the risk for allogeneic sensitization. Currently, solid organ pancreas transplant is the only remaining surgical option following failed islet transplantation in the US. However, the immunologic impact of repeated exposure to donor antigens on subsequent pancreas transplantation is unclear...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475924/characterization-of-zika-virus-binding-and-enhancement-potential-of-a-large-panel-of-flavivirus-murine-monoclonal-antibodies
#5
Elinor Willis, Scott E Hensley
Zika viruses (ZIKVs) are circulating in parts of the world endemic for other flavivirus infections. Some cross-reactive antibodies (Abs) elicited by prior flavivirus exposures can bind to ZIKV and enhance infection of Fc receptor-bearing cells. Here, we measured ZIKV binding of 54 murine monoclonal Abs (mAbs) elicited by exposure with Dengue virus and West Nile virus antigens. We found that 8 of 54 mAbs recognized the envelope protein of ZIKV in conventional binding assays. These 8 cross-reactive mAbs have different specificities; most recognize the DI/II region of the envelope protein but one mAb recognized the DIII lateral ridge of the envelope protein...
May 2, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447425/ten-color-15-antibody-flow-cytometry-panel-for-immunophenotyping-of-lymphocyte-population
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A Rajab, O Axler, J Leung, M Wozniak, A Porwit
We have developed a lymphoproliferative disorder screening tube (LPD-ST) with the aim to provide comprehensive immunophenotyping of lymphocyte subsets with minimal need for additional testing. The LPD-ST consists of CD4/kappa FITC, CD8/lambda PE, CD3/CD14ECD, CD38PC5.5, CD20/CD56PC7, CD10APC, CD19APC-A700, CD5APC-A750, CD57/CD23PB and CD45KO. The LPD-ST was validated against previously used lymphocyte subset panels in Canada (n=60) and in Sweden (n=43) and against the OneFlow(™) LST (n=60). The LPD-ST panel was then implemented in clinical practice using dried monoclonal antibody reagents (Duraclone(®) ) on 649 patient samples in Sweden...
May 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444979/false-negative-single-antigen-bead-assay-is-it-always-an-effect-of-prozone
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Dharmendra Jain, Jui Choudhuri, Rajni Chauhan, Pranav Dorwal, Deepak Sharma, Aseem K Tiwari, Vimarsh Raina
BACKGROUND: Bead based flow cytometry and Luminex play a major role in identification of alloantibodies in renal transplant work-up. Strong sensitization events may lead to prozone phenomenon that can affect single antigen bead (SAB) assay and result in false negativity. However, this can also be due to high titer of other blocking antibodies. While methods like, heat inactivation, C1 inhibitor, Ethylene diamine tetra-acetic-acid and Dithio threitol treatment can remove interfering antibodies of complement and IgM, these methods are not optimal if false negativity is due to prozone effect, which is high titer of antibodies alone...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434810/comparative-performance-of-the-geenius%C3%A2-hiv-1-hiv-2-supplemental-test-in-florida-s-public-health-testing-population
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Sally Fordan, Berry Bennett, Meghan Lee, Susanne Crowe
BACKGROUND: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published updated guidelines in 2014 for the laboratory diagnosis of HIV in the United States, which recommend use of a supplemental immunoassay (IA) that differentiates HIV-1 from HIV-2 after a repeatedly reactive HIV-1/2 antigen/antibody "Combo" screening test. In October 2014, Bio-Rad Laboratories introduced the FDA-cleared Geenius HIV-1/HIV-2 Supplemental assay and in July 2016, it replaced the Multispot HIV-1/HIV-2 differentiation rapid test as the second test in the HIV diagnostic algorithm...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422757/cross-reactive-dengue-human-monoclonal-antibody-prevents-severe-pathologies-and-death-from-zika-virus-infections
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Yiu-Wing Kam, Cheryl Yi-Pin Lee, Teck-Hui Teo, Shanshan W Howland, Siti Naqiah Amrun, Fok-Moon Lum, Peter See, Nicholas Qing-Rong Kng, Roland G Huber, Mei-Hui Xu, Heng-Liang Tan, Andre Choo, Sebastian Maurer-Stroh, Florent Ginhoux, Katja Fink, Cheng-I Wang, Lisa F P Ng, Laurent Rénia
Zika virus (ZIKV) infections have been linked with neurological complications and congenital Zika syndrome. Given the high level of homology between ZIKV and the related flavivirus dengue virus (DENV), we investigated the level of cross-reactivity with ZIKV using a panel of DENV human mAbs. A majority of the mAbs showed binding to ZIKV virions, with several exhibiting neutralizing capacities against ZIKV in vitro. Three of the best ZIKV-neutralizing mAbs were found to recognize diverse epitopes on the envelope (E) glycoprotein: the highly conserved fusion-loop peptide, a conformation-specific epitope on the E monomer, and a quaternary epitope on the virion surface...
April 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394300/computational-identification-of-antibody-epitopes-on-the-dengue-virus-ns1-protein
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Martina L Jones, Fiona S Legge, Kebaneilwe Lebani, Stephen M Mahler, Paul R Young, Daniel Watterson, Herbert R Treutlein, Jun Zeng
We have previously described a method to predict antigenic epitopes on proteins recognized by specific antibodies. Here we have applied this method to identify epitopes on the NS1 proteins of the four Dengue virus serotypes (DENV1-4) that are bound by a small panel of monoclonal antibodies 1H7.4, 1G5.3 and Gus2. Several epitope regions were predicted for these antibodies and these were found to reflect the experimentally observed reactivities. The known binding epitopes on DENV2 for the antibodies 1H7.4 and 1G5...
April 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389099/a-multi-national-european-cross-sectional-study-of-feline-calicivirus-epidemiology-diversity-and-vaccine-cross-reactivity
#11
Maria M Afonso, Gina L Pinchbeck, Shirley L Smith, Janet M Daly, Rosalind M Gaskell, Susan Dawson, Alan D Radford
BACKGROUND: Feline calicivirus (FCV) is an important pathogen of cats for which vaccination is regularly practised. Long-term use of established vaccine antigens raises the theoretical possibility that field viruses could become resistant. This study aimed to assess the current ability of the FCV-F9 vaccine strain to neutralise a randomly collected contemporary panel of FCV field strains collected prospectively in six European countries. METHODS: Veterinary practices (64) were randomly selected from six countries (UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy)...
May 9, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387330/profiling-the-neutralizing-antibody-response-in-chronically-hiv-1-crf07_bc-infected-intravenous-drug-users-na%C3%A3-ve-to-antiretroviral-therapy
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Xintao Hu, Yuanyuan Hu, Chunhong Zhao, Hongmei Gao, Kelli M Greene, Li Ren, Liying Ma, Yuhua Ruan, Marcella Sarzotti-Kelsoe, David C Montefiori, Kunxue Hong, Yiming Shao
Characterizing neutralizing antibody (NAb) responses in individuals infected with diverse HIV-1 strains is necessary to reveal the novel targets for regional preventive and therapeutic strategies development. We evaluated the prevalence, breadth, and potency of NAb responses in 98 CRF07_BC-infected individuals using a large, multi-subtype panel of 30 tier 2-3 Env-pseudotyped viruses. Furthermore, we compared the neutralization pattern of CRF07_BC-infected people with that of subtype B'-infected individuals in China...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380622/induction-of-broadly-cross-reactive-stalk-specific-antibody-responses-to-influenza-group-1-and-group-2-hemagglutinins-by-natural-h7n9-virus-infection-in-humans
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Lu Liu, Raffael Nachbagauer, Lingyan Zhu, Yang Huang, Xinci Xie, Shan Jin, Anli Zhang, Yanmin Wan, Ariana Hirsh, Di Tian, Xiaolin Shi, Zhaoguang Dong, Songhua Yuan, Yunwen Hu, Florian Krammer, Xiaoyan Zhang, Jianqing Xu
Background.: The outbreak of novel avian H7N9 influenza virus infections in China in 2013 has demonstrated the continuing threat posed by zoonotic pathogens. Deciphering the immune response during natural infection will guide future vaccine development. Methods.: We assessed the induction of heterosubtypic cross-reactive antibodies induced by H7N9 infection against a large panel of recombinant hemagglutinins and neuraminidases by quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and novel chimeric hemagglutinin constructs were used to dissect the anti-stalk or -head humoral immune response...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372891/performance-evaluation-of-the-fda-approved-determine%C3%A2-hiv-1-2-ag-ab-combo-assay-using-plasma-and-whole-blood-specimens
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Silvina Masciotra, Wei Luo, Emily Westheimer, Stephanie E Cohen, Cynthia L Gay, Laura Hall, Yi Pan, Philip J Peters, S Michele Owen
BACKGROUND: The Determine™ HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo (DC) rapid test can identify HIV-1 infection earlier than rapid antibody-only tests in plasma specimens. OBJECTIVES: We compared the performance of DC with a laboratory-based antigen/antibody (Ag/Ab) combo assay in plasma and evaluated antigen reactivity in whole blood specimens. STUDY DESIGN: We tested by DC 508 plasma specimens collected in a prospective study and 107 sequential plasma and simulated whole blood specimens from 20 seroconversion panels...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372890/performance-evaluation-of-the-point-of-care-insti%C3%A2-hiv-1-2-antibody-test-in-early-and-established-hiv-infections
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Sarah Adams, Wei Luo, Laura Wesolowski, Stephanie E Cohen, Philip J Peters, S Michele Owen, Silvina Masciotra
BACKGROUND: The flow-through INSTI™ HIV-1/HIV-2 Rapid Antibody (INSTI) test is a 60s FDA-approved test for HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibody testing using whole blood and plasma. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the performance of INSTI using plasma and simulated whole blood specimens. STUDY DESIGN: INSTI's performance in plasma specimens from commercial seroconversion panels was assessed by estimating the relative sensitivity using a 50% cumulative frequency analysis and by comparing its performance with other FDA-approved rapid tests (RTs)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370432/antigenic-diversity-of-h5-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-viruses-of-clade-2-3-4-4-isolated-in-asia
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Ayako Ohkawara, Masatoshi Okamatsu, Makoto Ozawa, Duc-Huy Chu, Lam Thanh Nguyen, Takahiro Hiono, Keita Matsuno, Hiroshi Kida, Yoshihiro Sakoda
H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses (HPAIVs) have spread in both poultry and wild birds since the late 2003. The continued circulation of HPAIVs in poultry in several regions of the world has led to antigenic drift. In this study, we analyzed the antigenic properties of H5 HPAIVs isolated in Asia using four neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) recognizing the hemagglutinin, which were established using A/chicken/Kumamoto/1-7/2014 (H5N8), belonging to clade 2.3.4.4 and also using polyclonal antibodies...
March 30, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348361/the-impact-of-donor-specific-anti-human-leukocyte-antigen-hla-antibody-rebound-on-the-risk-of-antibody-mediated-rejection-in-sensitized-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Kyo Won Lee, Jae Berm Park, Chan Woo Cho, Nuri Lee, Heejin Yoo, Kyunga Kim, Hyojun Park, Eun Suk Kang, Wooseong Huh, Sungjoo Kim
BACKGROUND Donor-specific anti-HLA antibody (DSA) detected on Luminex-based single antigen assay (LSA) has become the subject of desensitization based upon the results of previous studies. We retrospectively investigated the impact of preoperative DSA on the incidence of antibody mediated rejection (AMR) in patients desensitized using a protocol based on rituximab and rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG). MATERIAL AND METHODS Nine patients (Group 1, 9/327, 2.8%) were complement dependent cytotoxicity crossmatch (CDC-XM) positive and underwent desensitization with rituximab (375 mg/m²), intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG; 400 mg/kg), plasmapheresis, and rATG...
March 28, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347312/phenotyping-and-comparing-the-immune-cell-populations-of-free-ranging-atlantic-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus-and-dolphins-under-human-care
#18
Mahyar Nouri-Shirazi, Brittany F Bible, Menghua Zeng, Saba Tamjidi, Gregory D Bossart
BACKGROUND: Studies suggest that free-ranging bottlenose dolphins exhibit a suppressed immune system because of exposure to contaminants or microorganisms. However, due to a lack of commercially available antibodies specific to marine mammal immune cell surface markers, the research has been indecisive. The purpose of this study was to identify cross-reactive terrestrial-specific antibodies in order to assess the changes in the immune cell populations of dolphins under human care and free-ranging dolphins...
March 27, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341999/immunological-memory-to-hyperphosphorylated-tau-in-asymptomatic-individuals
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Gabriel Pascual, Jehangir S Wadia, Xueyong Zhu, Elissa Keogh, Başak Kükrer, Jeroen van Ameijde, Hanna Inganäs, Berdien Siregar, Gerrard Perdok, Otto Diefenbach, Tariq Nahar, Imke Sprengers, Martin H Koldijk, Els C Brinkman-van der Linden, Laura A Peferoen, Heng Zhang, Wenli Yu, Xinyi Li, Michelle Wagner, Veronica Moreno, Julie Kim, Martha Costa, Kiana West, Zara Fulton, Lucy Chammas, Nancy Luckashenak, Lauren Fletcher, Trevin Holland, Carrie Arnold, R Anthony Williamson, Jeroen J Hoozemans, Adrian Apetri, Frederique Bard, Ian A Wilson, Wouter Koudstaal, Jaap Goudsmit
Several reports have described the presence of antibodies against Alzheimer's disease-associated hyperphosphorylated forms of tau in serum of healthy individuals. To characterize the specificities that can be found, we interrogated peripheral IgG(+) memory B cells from asymptomatic blood donors for reactivity to a panel of phosphorylated tau peptides using a single-cell screening assay. Antibody sequences were recovered, cloned, and expressed as full-length IgGs. In total, 52 somatically mutated tau-binding antibodies were identified, corresponding to 35 unique clonal families...
May 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340818/use-of-atg-fresenius-as-an-induction-agent-in-deceased-donor-kidney-transplantation
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M Yilmaz, T Ö Sezer, O Kir, A Öztürk, C Hoşcoşkun, H Töz
BACKGROUND: Anti-T-lymphocyte globulins (ATG) are most commonly used as induction agents in kidney transplantation (KT). In this study, we investigated the use of ATG as induction therapy in deceased-donor KT. METHODS: Among 152 deceased-donor KT recipients transplanted between January 2009 and December 2003, 147 with exact data were enrolled in this study. Delayed graft function was defined as dialysis requirement after KT. Greater than 10% panel-reactive antibody (PRA) was considered as positive...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
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