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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088518/s100a8-protein-attenuates-airway-hyperresponsiveness-by-suppressing-the-contraction-of-airway-smooth-muscle
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Yu-Dong Xu, Yu Wang, Lei-Miao Yin, Gyoung-Hee Park, Luis Ulloa, Yong-Qing Yang
Airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) is a major clinical problem in allergic asthma mainly caused by the hypercontractility of airway smooth muscles (ASM). S100A8 is an important member of the S100 calcium-binding protein family with a potential to regulate cell contractility. Here, we analyze the potential of S100A8 to regulate allergen-induced AHR and ASM contraction. Treatment with recombinant S100A8 (rS100A8) diminished airway hyperresponsiveness in OVA-sensitized rats. ASM contraction assays showed that rS100A8 reduced hypercontractility in both isolated tracheal rings and primary ASM cells treated by acetylcholine...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088363/seasonal-variations-of-u-s-mortality-rates-roles-of-solar-ultraviolet-b-doses-vitamin-d-gene-exp-ression-and-infections
#2
REVIEW
William B Grant, Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Barbara J Boucher
Death rates in the U.S. show a pronounced seasonality. The broad seasonal variation shows about 25% higher death rates in winter than in summer with an additional few percent increase associated with the Christmas and New Year's holidays. A pronounced increase in death rates also starts in mid-September, shortly after the school year begins. The causes of death with large contributions to the observed seasonality include diseases of the circulatory system; the respiratory system; the digestive system; and endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087937/myeloid-cell-phenotypes-in-susceptibility-and-resistance-to-helminth-parasite-infections
#3
Rick M Maizels, James P Hewitson
Many major tropical diseases are caused by long-lived helminth parasites that are able to survive by modulation of the host immune system, including the innate compartment of myeloid cells. In particular, dendritic cells and macrophages show markedly altered phenotypes during parasite infections. In addition, many specialized subsets such as eosinophils and basophils expand dramatically in response to these pathogens. The changes in phenotype and function, and their effects on both immunity to infection and reactivity to bystander antigens such as allergens, are discussed...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081194/t-cell-epitope-containing-domains-of-ragweed-amb-a-1-and-mugwort-art-v-6-modulate-immunologic-responses-in-humans-and-mice
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Ana I Sancho, Michael Wallner, Michael Hauser, Birgit Nagl, Martin Himly, Claudia Asam, Christof Ebner, Beatrice Jahn-Schmid, Barbara Bohle, Fatima Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) and mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) are the major cause of pollen allergy in late summer. Allergen-specific lymphocytes are crucial for immune modulation during immunotherapy. We sought to generate and pre-clinically characterise highly immunogenic domains of the homologous pectate lyases in ragweed (Amb a 1) and mugwort pollen (Art v 6) for immunotherapy. METHODS: Domains of Amb a 1 (Amb a 1α) and Art v 6 (Art v 6α) and a hybrid molecule, consisting of both domains, were designed, expressed in E...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078853/oxidative-stress-in-asthma-a-distinct-clinical-and-pathologic-feature
#5
Y Li, G P Li
Asthma is a type of chronic airway inflammation. Corticosteroids are inadequate for asthma therapy. However, it remains unclear whether oxidative stress is a distinct clinical and pathologic feature in asthma. We reviewed the articles on asthma-associated oxidative stress. The exposures to airborne allergens, such as house dust mite (HDM) and birch pollen, may not only trigger innate and adaptive immune responses but also cause oxidative stress damage in the airways. Allergen-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) is involved in p38 MAPK, phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf2) kinase pathway signaling...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078412/simultaneous-determination-of-four-food-allergens-using-compact-disc-immunoassaying-technology
#6
Ahmed Ali Badran, Sergi Morais, Ángel Maquieira
A multiplex competitive microimmunoassay for the simultaneous determination of gliadin, casein, β-lactoglobulin, and ovalbumin is presented. The assay in microarray format is performed on a DVD where the allergens are physisorbed on the polycarbonate surface of the disc. The immunointeraction is detected using a mixture of specific gold-labeled antibodies and the signal amplified with the silver enhancement method. The optical density of the precipitate, read by a DVD drive, is related to the concentration of the four allergens in sample...
January 11, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077935/development-of-a-microarray-based-method-for-allergen-specific-ige-and-igg4-detection
#7
Guzel Feyzkhanova, Sergei Voloshin, Olga Smoldovskaya, Alla Arefieva, Marina Filippova, Viktor Barsky, Ludmila Pavlushkina, Veronika Butvilovskaya, Alexei Tikhonov, Yuri Reznikov, Alla Rubina
BACKGROUND: sIgE and sIgG4 detection is necessary for more accurate and effective type I hypersensitivity diagnostics and the estimation of disease development. Typically, the analyses of these antibodies are performed separately with the help of various specialized systems. The aim of this study was to develop a microarray-based method for the simultaneous quantitative detection of sIgE and sIgG4 to the most common allergens in a single sample. METHODS: A quantitative method for the simultaneous detection of sIgE and sIgG4 was developed based on the technology of hydrogel microchips previously designed at Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences (EIMB RAS)...
2017: Clinical Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076664/sensitization-predicts-asthma-development-among-wheezing-toddlers-in-secondary-healthcare
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Nienke A Boersma, Ruud W H Meijneke, Johannes C Kelder, Cornelis K van der Ent, Walter A F Balemans
INTRODUCTION: Some wheezing toddlers develop asthma later in childhood. Sensitization is known to predict asthma in birth cohorts. However, its predictive value in secondary healthcare is uncertain. AIM: This study examines the predictive value of sensitization to inhalant allergens among wheezing toddlers in secondary healthcare for the development of asthma at school age (≥6 years). METHODS: Preschool children (1-3 years) who presented with wheezing in secondary healthcare were screened on asthma at school age with the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood questionnaire...
January 11, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076322/aeroallergen-der-p-2-promotes-motility-of-human-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-via-toll-like-receptor-mediated-up-regulation-of-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-and-integrin-focal-adhesion-kinase-signaling
#9
Chun-Hsiang Lin, Hui-Han Lin, Cheng-Yi Kuo, Shao-Hsuan Kao
House dust mite (HDM) allergens are one of the major causes leading to respiratory hypersensitiveness and airway remodeling. Here we hypothesized that a major HDM allergen Der p 2 could increase cell motility and invasiveness of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells. Our results showed that low dose (1 and 3 μg/mL) recombinant Der p 2 protein (DP2) enhanced the migration and invasiveness of human NSCLC cell A549, H1299 and CL1-5, but nonsignificantly altered their growth. Further investigation revealed that integrin αV level was increased and its downstream signaling including focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and paxillin were activated in A549 cells exposed to DP2...
January 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073701/effect-of-asthma-therapies-on-the-natural-course-of-asthma
#10
REVIEW
Elissa M Abrams, Stanley J Szefler, Allan B Becker
OBJECTIVE: To provide an evidence-based review on the role of pharmacologic (inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene receptor antagonists, biologic therapies, aeroallergen immunotherapy) and nonpharmacologic therapies (environmental modifications, microbiome) in secondary and tertiary asthma prevention. DATA SOURCES: A PubMed search for English-language publications regarding asthma and secondary or tertiary prevention was performed. Some articles cited in selected studies were also considered for inclusion in this review...
December 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073613/effect-of-nasal-allergen-challenge-in-allergic-rhinitis-on-mitochondrial-function-of-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
#11
Shanshan Qi, Cindy Barnig, Anne-Laure Charles, Anh Poirot, Alain Meyer, Raphaël Clere-Jehl, Fréderic de Blay, Bernard Geny
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 7, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072552/vehicle-controlled-phase-2-clinical-trial-of-a-sustained-release-dexamethasone-intracanalicular-insert-in-a-chronic-allergen-challenge-model
#12
Gail Torkildsen, Mark B Abelson, Paul J Gomes, Eugene McLaurin, Susan L Potts, Francis S Mah
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a sustained-release dexamethasone intracanalicular insert (Dextenza™) in a model of allergic conjunctivitis. METHODS: This was a randomized, double-masked, vehicle-controlled, Phase 2 study. Subjects had to have a positive conjunctival allergen challenge (CAC) reaction to allergen (bilateral +2 itching and redness on 5-point, 0-4 scales) at Visit 1, and for 2 of 3 time points on subsequent visits. Subjects who met entry criteria were randomized to receive Dextenza or PV (vehicle insert)...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072528/triosephosphate-isomerase-and-filamin-c-share-common-epitopes-as-novel-allergens-of-procambarus-clarkii
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Yang Yang, Yong-Xia Zhang, Meng Liu, Soheila J Maleki, Ming-Li Zhang, Qingmei Liu, Min-Jie Cao, Wen-Jin Su, Guang-Ming Liu
Triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) is a key enzyme in glycolysis and has been identified as an allergen in saltwater products. In this study, TIM with the molecular mass of 28 kDa was purified from the freshwater crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) muscle. A 90-kDa protein showed IgG/IgE cross-reactivity with TIM was purified and identified as filamin C (FLN c), which is an actin-binding proteins. TIM showed similar thermal and pH stability while better digestion resistant compared with FLN c. Result of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) experiment demonstrated the infinity of anti-TIM polyclonal antibody (pAb) to both TIM and FLN c...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071015/the-changes-of-proteins-fractions-shares-in-milk-and-fermented-milk-drinks
#14
Genowefa Bonczar, Maria Walczycka, Iwona Duda
BACKGROUND: The aim of this research was to observe the changes which take place in the electrophoretic picture of milk proteins after pasteurisation and inoculation with different starter cultures (both traditional and probiotic). After incubation, the yoghurt, kefir, acidified milk, fermented Bifidobacterium bifidum drink and Lactobacillus acidophillus drink were chilled for 14 days to observe the changes which occurred. METHODS: The research materials were raw and pasteurised milk, as well as fermented milk- based drinks...
October 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070926/identification-and-implication-of-an-allergenic-pr-10-protein-from-walnut-in-birch-pollen-associated-walnut-allergy
#15
Andrea Wangorsch, Annette Jamin, Jonas Lidholm, Nora Gräni, Claudia Lang, Barbara Ballmer-Weber, Stefan Vieths, Stephan Scheurer
SCOPE: English walnut (Juglans regia) belongs to the most important allergenic tree nuts. Co-sensitization with birch (Betula verrucosa) pollen has been reported. We aimed to identify a walnut allergen homologous to the major birch pollen allergen Bet v 1. METHODS AND RESULTS: A cDNA encoding a Bet v 1-homologous allergen (Jug r 5) in walnut kernels was cloned by RT-PCR. Jug r 5 was expressed in E.coli, purified by column chromatography and characterized by CD-spectroscopy...
January 9, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070919/clinical-utility-of-the-basophil-activation-test-for-analysis-of-allergic-transfusion-reactions-a-pilot-study
#16
I Okamura, N Matsuyama, K Yasui, F Hirayama, T Ikeda
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In previous studies, we demonstrated that the basophil-activating effects of supernatants found in residual-transfused platelet concentrates (PC-SNs) on whole blood basophils in cases of allergic transfusion reactions (ATRs) could be assessed by the basophil activation test (BAT) in terms of allergen/IgE dependency. However, in these studies, the basophils were derived from third-party healthy volunteers. In this study, we performed BAT using patients' own blood basophils to analyse ATRs...
January 10, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070824/tolerability-of-an-immunologically-enhanced-subcutaneous-immunotherapy-preparation-in-patients-treated-with-concomitant-allergy-immunotherapy-a-non-interventional-observational-study
#17
Rainer Reiber, Hendrik Wolf, Jörg Schnitker, Eike Wüstenberg
BACKGROUND: For causal treatment by allergy immunotherapy (AIT) a single or few allergen products for the clinically most relevant allergens are applied to treat multiple allergies, but few data on the tolerability of multiple AIT applications are available. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to investigate safety and tolerability in patients treated by subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) and concomitant SCIT or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) products. METHODS: In a non-interventional, observational study in Germany treatment of patients with a primary SCIT and concomitant AIT (SCIT or SLIT) was documented during the first 4 months of treatment...
January 9, 2017: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070533/quantification-of-pla-or-3-a-platanus-orientalis-allergen-grown-under-different-environmental-conditions-by-sandwich-elisa
#18
Sedghy Farnaz, Sankian Mojtaba, Moghadam Maliheh, Varasteh Abdol-Reza
BACKGROUND: Platanus species are widely cultured around the world and considered an important cause of allergic reactions. In the present study, we developed a sandwich ELISA to quantify Pla or 3 allergen in P. orientalis pollen extracts grown near high-traffic roads and compared it to pollen extracts collected from rural areas as control. METHODS: Pollen samples were collected from three polluted and two unpolluted sites in Mashhad, northeast Iran. Recombinant Pla or 3 was expressed and used for polyclonal antibody production in rabbit...
October 2016: Reports of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068490/food-analysis-using-organelle-dna-and-the-effects-of-processing-on-assays
#19
Jane M Caldwell
Extrachromosomal DNA such as organelle DNA are increasingly targeted in molecular detection assays where samples have been degraded by physical or chemical means. Owing to multiple organelles per cell and greater copy numbers than nuclear genes, organelle gene targets provide a more robust signal in polymerase chain reaction (PCR), quantitative PCR (qPCR), and other emerging molecular technologies. Because of these advantages, direct analysis of organelle DNA in food matrices is used for detection of contaminants and identification and authentication of food ingredients and allergens...
January 4, 2017: Annual Review of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067841/lectin-digestibility-and-stability-of-elderberry-antioxidants-to-heat-treatment-in-vitro
#20
Pilar Jiménez, Patricia Cabrero, Damian Cordoba-Diaz, Manuel Cordoba-Diaz, Manuel Garrosa, Tomás Girbés
Elderberry contains healthy low molecular weight nutraceuticals and lectins which are sequence-related to the elderberry allergen Sam n1. Some of these lectins are type II ribosome-inactivating proteins. The sensitivity of native lectins present in elderberry fruits and bark to the proteolysis triggered by in vitro simulated gastric and duodenal fluids has been investigated. It was found that these lectins are refractory to proteolysis. Nonetheless, incubation for 5-10 min in a boiling water bath completely sensitized them to the hydrolytic enzymes in vitro...
January 6, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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