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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719416/the-ophthalmology-surgical-competency-assessment-rubric-for-trabeculectomy
#1
Catherine M Green, Sarwat Salim, Deepak P Edward, Raghu C Mudumbai, Karl Golnik
PURPOSE: To produce an internationally valid tool to assess skill in performing trabeculectomy surgery. METHODS: A panel of 5 experts developed a tool for assessing trabeculectomy surgery by using a modified Dreyfus scale of skill acquisition and providing descriptors for each level of skill for each category. The tool was then reviewed by a panel of 10 international content experts for their constructive comments, which were incorporated into the final rubric tool...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713380/targeting-the-human-t-cell-inducible-costimulator-molecule-with-a-monoclonal-antibody-prevents-graft-vs-host-disease-and-preserves-graft-vs-leukemia-in-a-xenograft-murine-model
#2
Aude Burlion, Simon Brunel, Nicolas Y Petit, Daniel Olive, Gilles Marodon
BACKGROUND: Graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) is a major complication of allogenic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Targeting costimulatory molecules with antagonist antibodies could dampen the excessive immune response that occurs, while preserving the beneficial graft vs leukemia (GVL) of the allogeneic response. Previous studies using a mouse model of GVHD have shown that targeting the T-cell Inducible COStimulator (ICOS, CD278) molecule is beneficial, but it is unclear whether the same applies to human cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700710/t-follicular-helper-cells-regulate-the-activation-of-b-lymphocytes-and-antibody-production-during-plasmodium-vivax-infection
#3
Maria Marta Figueiredo, Pedro Augusto Carvalho Costa, Suelen Queiroz Diniz, Priscilla Miranda Henriques, Flora Satiko Kano, Mauro Sugiro Tada, Dhelio Batista Pereira, Irene Silva Soares, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Dragana Jankovic, Ricardo Tostes Gazzinelli, Lis Ribeiro do Valle Antonelli
Although the importance of humoral immunity to malaria has been established, factors that control antibody production are poorly understood. Follicular helper T cells (Tfh cells) are pivotal for generating high-affinity, long-lived antibody responses. While it has been proposed that expansion of antigen-specific Tfh cells, interleukin (IL) 21 production and robust germinal center formation are associated with protection against malaria in mice, whether Tfh cells are found during Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) infection and if they play a role during disease remains unknown...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692472/quantification-of-immune-dysregulation-by-next-generation-polymerase-chain-reaction-to-improve-sepsis-diagnosis-in-surgical-patients
#4
Raquel Almansa, Alicia Ortega, Ana Ávila-Alonso, Maria Heredia-Rodríguez, Silvia Martín, Diana Benavides, Marta Martín-Fernandez, Lucia Rico, César Aldecoa, Jesús Rico, Iñigo López de Cenarruzabeitia, Juan Beltrán de Heredia, Esther Gomez-Sanchez, Marta Aragón, Cristina Andrés, Dolores Calvo, David Andaluz-Ojeda, Pilar Liu, Francisco Blanco-Antona, Lydia Blanco, Jose Ignacio Gómez-Herreras, Eduardo Tamayo, Jesus F Bermejo-Martin
OBJECTIVES: To quantify immunological dysfunction in surgical patients with presence/absence of sepsis using a droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) transcriptomic analysis. The study also aims to evaluate this approach for improving identification of sepsis in these patients. BACKGROUND: Immune dysregulation is a central event in sepsis. Quantification of the expression of immunological genes participating in the pathogenesis of sepsis could represent a new avenue to improve its diagnosis...
July 7, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687069/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-tfh-cells-promote-b-cell-maturation-and-antibody-production-in-neuroblastoma
#5
Wenjun Mou, Wei Han, Xiaoli Ma, Xiaolin Wang, Hong Qin, Wen Zhao, Xiaoya Ren, Xi Chen, Wei Yang, Haiyan Cheng, Xisi Wang, Hui Zhang, Xin Ni, Huanmin Wang, Jingang Gui
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that γδ TFH cells are capable of modulating antibody production in immunized and infected mouse model. In recent studies, human γδ TFH cells are shown to contribute to the activation of humoral immunity and promote the maturation of B cells. However, little information is available on their involvement in neuroblastoma (NB) pathogenesis. RESULTS: In the present study, the frequency of γδ TFH cells in 74 NB patients was significantly higher compared with that in 60 healthy controls...
July 7, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674854/icodextrin-and-peritoneal-dialysis-advantages-and-new-applications
#6
REVIEW
Periklis Dousdampanis, Carlos Guido Musso, Konstantina Trigka
The impact of icodextrin (ico) on peritoneal dialysis (PD) extension and patient survival is well established. Predominantly, ico-based solutions were prescribed in high-transporter PD patients. Advantages of the ico-based solutions include increased biocompatibility, avoidance of glucotoxicity, enhanced ultrafiltration failure (UF), sodium removal rates, better metabolic and blood pressure control. Bimodal solutions and twice daily exchanges of ico-based solutions are two newly introduced strategies to avoid glucose exposure and/or enhance UF in PD patients with UF failure...
July 3, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665597/atomically-precise-bimetallic-au19cu30-nanocluster-with-an-icosidodecahedral-cu30-shell-and-an-alkynyl-cu-interface
#7
Xian-Kai Wan, Xiao-Ling Cheng, Qing Tang, Ying-Zi Han, Guoxiang Hu, De-En Jiang, Quan-Ming Wang
Bimetallic nanoclusters Au19Cu30 with chemical composition of [Au19Cu30(C≡CR)22(Ph3P)6Cl2](NO3)3 (where RC≡C is from 3-ethynylthiophene (H3C4S-3-C≡CH) or ethynylbenzene (PhC≡CH)) has been synthesized. Single X-ray structural analysis reveals that Au19Cu30 has a multishelled core structure of Au@Au12@Cu30@Au6, comprising a centered icosahedral Au13 (Au@Au12) surrounded by an icosidodecahedral Cu30 shell and an outmost shell of a chairlike hexagonal Au6. The alkynyl carbon is bound to the hollow sites on the Au19Cu30 nanocluster surface, which is a novel interfacial binding mode in alkynyl-protected alloy nanoclusters...
July 10, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658553/type-two-innate-lymphoid-cells-the-janus-cells-in-health-and-disease
#8
REVIEW
Hadi Maazi, Omid Akbari
Innate lymphoid cells are functionally diverse subsets of immune cells including the conventional natural killer cells, lymphoid tissue inducers, type 1, 2, and 3 with significant roles in immunity and pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases. Type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) resemble type 2 helper (Th2) cells in cytokine production and contribute to anti-helminth immunity, maintaining mucosal tissue integrity, and adipose tissue browning. ILC2s play important roles in the pathogenesis of allergic diseases and asthma...
July 2017: Immunological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656528/chitinase-3-like-1-deficient-splenocytes-deteriorated-the-pathogenesis-of-acute-graft-versus-host-disease-via-regulating-differentiation-of-tfh-cells
#9
Zengyao Li, Hao Lu, Jian Gu, Jing Liu, Qin Zhu, Yunjie Lu, Xuehao Wang
Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is an intractable complication in transplant patients, limiting the efficacy of this therapy. Chitinase 3-like-1 (CHI3L1), a member of the glycosyl hydrolase 18 family that lacks chitinase activity, plays a critical role in a variety of inflammatory diseases. Here, we investigated the in vitro and in vivo effects of CHI3L1 on the development of aGVHD. In this study, mixed lymphocyte reactions (MLR) in vitro showed that CHI3L1 deficiency in CD4(+) T cell promoted the production of interferon (IFN)-γ and T follicular helper (Tfh)-related cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interleukin-21 (IL-21)...
June 27, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652395/differential-requirements-for-tcf1-long-isoforms-in-cd8-and-cd4-t-cell-responses-to-acute-viral-infection
#10
Jodi A Gullicksrud, Fengyin Li, Shaojun Xing, Zhouhao Zeng, Weiqun Peng, Vladimir P Badovinac, John T Harty, Hai-Hui Xue
In response to acute viral infection, activated naive T cells give rise to effector T cells that clear the pathogen and memory T cells that persist long-term and provide heightened protection. T cell factor 1 (Tcf1) is essential for several of these differentiation processes. Tcf1 is expressed in multiple isoforms, with all isoforms sharing the same HDAC and DNA-binding domains and the long isoforms containing a unique N-terminal β-catenin-interacting domain. In this study, we specifically ablated Tcf1 long isoforms in mice, while retaining expression of Tcf1 short isoforms...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639391/an-investigation-of-the-relationship-between-recurrent-spontaneous-abortion-and-memory-t-follicular-helper-cells
#11
Xiaorui Luan, Xiaomin Kang, Weiping Li, Qian Dong
PROBLEM: Immune tolerance with respect to a semi-allogeneic fetus plays a key role in the establishment of a pregnancy. Memory T follicular helper (Tfh) cells have a central role in the regulation of the adaptive immune response. Much of our knowledge of memory Tfh cells' function comes from immune-related diseases. However, the true physiological characteristics of memory Tfh cells and their mode of action in pregnancy remain unclear. METHODS OF STUDY: Deciduas and blood were obtained from 25 recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) patients undergoing surgical abortion and 19 normal women in early pregnancy undergoing elective termination...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637884/vaccination-establishes-clonal-relatives-of-germinal-center-t-cells-in-the-blood-of-humans
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Antje Heit, Frank Schmitz, Sarah Gerdts, Britta Flach, Miranda S Moore, Jonathan A Perkins, Harlan S Robins, Alan Aderem, Paul Spearman, Georgia D Tomaras, Stephen C De Rosa, M Juliana McElrath
Germinal center T follicular helper cells (GCTfh) in lymphatic tissue are critical for B cell differentiation and protective antibody induction, but whether GCTfh establish clonal derivatives as circulating memory T cells is less understood. Here, we used markers expressed on GCTfh, CXCR5, PD1, and ICOS, to identify potential circulating CXCR5(+)CD4(+) Tfh-like cells (cTfh) in humans, and investigated their functional phenotypes, diversity, and ontogeny in paired donor blood and tonsils, and in blood after vaccination...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637496/mir21-sensitized-b-lymphoma-cells-to-abt-199-via-icos-icosl-mediated-interaction-of-treg-cells-with-endothelial-cells
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Zhong Zheng, Peng-Peng Xu, Li Wang, Hui-Jin Zhao, Xiang-Qin Weng, Hui-Juan Zhong, Bin Qu, Jie Xiong, Yan Zhao, Xue-Feng Wang, Anne Janin, Wei-Li Zhao
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRs) are involved in tumor progression by regulating tumor cells and tumor microenvironment. MiR21 is overexpressed in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and its biological impact on tumor microenvironment remains unclear. METHODS: MiR21 was assessed by quantitative RT-PCR in patients with newly diagnosed DLBCL. The mechanism of action of miR21 on lymphoma progression and tumor angiogenesis was examined in vitro in B-lymphoma cell lines and in vivo in a murine xenograft model...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627735/genetic-alterations-in-adult-t-cell-leukemia-lymphoma
#14
REVIEW
Yasunori Kogure, Keisuke Kataoka
Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL) is a peripheral T-cell neoplasm with a dismal prognosis, caused by human T-cell leukemia virus type-1 (HTLV-1) retrovirus. A long latency period from HTLV-1 infection to ATL onset suggests that not only HTLV-1 proteins, such as Tax and HBZ, but also additional genetic and/or epigenetic events are required for ATL development. Although many studies have demonstrated the biological functions of viral genes, alterations of cellular genes associated with ATL have not been fully investigated...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624961/phenotypic-and-functional-characterization-of-t-cells-in-white-matter-lesions-of-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#15
Gijsbert P van Nierop, Marvin M van Luijn, Samira S Michels, Marie-Jose Melief, Malou Janssen, Anton W Langerak, Werner J D Ouwendijk, Rogier Q Hintzen, Georges M G M Verjans
T cells are considered pivotal in the pathology of multiple sclerosis (MS), but their function and antigen specificity are unknown. To unravel the role of T cells in MS pathology, we performed a comprehensive analysis on T cells recovered from paired blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), normal-appearing white matter (NAWM) and white matter lesions (WML) from 27 MS patients with advanced disease shortly after death. The differentiation status of T cells in these compartments was determined by ex vivo flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry...
June 17, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622456/elevated-ccl25-and-ccr9-expressing-t-helper-cells-in-salivary-glands-of-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-patients-potential-new-axis-in-lymphoid-neogenesis
#16
Sofie L M Blokland, Maarten R Hillen, Aike A Kruize, Stephan Meller, Bernhard Homey, Glennda M Smithson, Timothy R D J Radstake, Joel A G van Roon
Introduction T follicular helper (Tfh)-cells play a critical role in germinal center formation and B-cell activation, both hallmarks of primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). CCR9-expressing Th-cells have "Tfh-like" characteristics and are increased at mucosa-associated sites in several inflammatory conditions. Because of their unique characteristics and limited evaluation we investigated the local and systemic CCL25/CCR9-axis in pSS. Methods CCL25 protein and mRNA levels and CCR9+ Th-cells were assessed in labial salivary glands (LSG) of pSS and non-Sjögren's sicca (nSS) patients and their correlation with inflammatory and clinical parameters was evaluated...
June 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620653/successive-annual-influenza-vaccination-induces-a-recurrent-oligoclonotypic-memory-response-in-circulating-t-follicular-helper-cells
#17
Ramin Sedaghat Herati, Alexander Muselman, Laura Vella, Bertram Bengsch, Kaela Parkhouse, Daniel Del Alcazar, Jonathan Kotzin, Susan A Doyle, Pablo Tebas, Scott E Hensley, Laura F Su, Kenneth E Schmader, E John Wherry
T follicular helper (Tfh) CD4 cells are crucial providers of B cell help during adaptive immune responses. A circulating population of CD4 T cells, termed cTfh, have similarity to lymphoid Tfh, can provide B cell help, and responded to influenza vaccination. However, it is unclear whether human vaccination-induced cTfh respond in an antigen-specific manner and whether they form long-lasting memory. Here, we identified a cTfh population that expressed multiple T cell activation markers and could be readily identified by coexpression of ICOS and CD38...
February 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619093/serial-immunomonitoring-of-cancer-patients-receiving-combined-antagonistic-anti-cd40-and-chemotherapy-reveals-consistent-and-cyclical-modulation-of-t-cell-and-dendritic-cell-parameters
#18
Alison M McDonnell, Alistair Cook, Bruce W S Robinson, Richard A Lake, Anna K Nowak
BACKGROUND: CD40 signalling can synergise with chemotherapy in preclinical cancer models, and early clinical studies are promising. We set out to define the immunological changes associated with this therapeutic combination to identify biomarkers for a response to the therapy. Here, we present serial immunomonitoring examining dendritic cell and T cell subpopulations over sequential courses of chemoimmunotherapy. METHODS: Fifteen patients with mesothelioma received up to six 21-day cycles of pemetrexed plus cisplatin chemotherapy and anti-CD40 (CP-870,893)...
June 15, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605013/the-strength-of-bcr-signaling-shapes-terminal-development-of-follicular-helper-t-cells-in-mice
#19
Antoine Sacquin, Mylène Gador, Nicolas Fazilleau
Antibody production is key for effective immune response and relies on follicular helper T (Tfh) cells. B cell-Tfh cell interactions result either in an extra-follicular low affinity B-cell response or in germinal center reactions producing high-affinity memory B cells and long-lived plasma cells. As Tfh cells influence B-cell commitment, it also became clear that B cells influence these interactions in ways that still remain unresolved. We observed that strong BCR signals decreased Tfh-cell differentiation in vitro, which correlated with decreased expression of ICOS-L at the surface of stimulated B cells...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583667/dietary-safety-of-a-dual-enzyme-preparation-for-animal-feed-acute-and-subchronic-oral-toxicity-and-genotoxicity-studies
#20
G P Dillon, M A Gaffney, C M Curran, C A Moran
Animal feed is routinely supplemented with exogenous enzymes to improve nutrient utilization, such as proteases to enhance protein hydrolysis in vivo and xylanases to alleviate feed related anti-nutritional factors. The present studies were conducted to evaluate the potential oral toxicity and genotoxicity of a dual-enzyme preparation, Vegpro(®) concentrate (VPr-C). Acute oral toxicity studies were conducted in adult male and female Sprague-Dawley Crl CD rats and CHS Swiss ICO:OFI (IOPS Caw) mice. Thirteen week preliminary and final subchronic oral toxicity studies were conducted in male and female rats...
June 3, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
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