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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454038/dendritic-cells-as-cancer-therapeutics
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Christian E Bryant, Sarah Sutherland, Benjamin Kong, Michael S Papadimitrious, Derek N J Hart
The ability of immune therapies to control cancer has recently generated intense interest. This therapeutic outcome is reliant on T cell recognition of tumour cells. The natural function of dendritic cells (DC) is to generate adaptive responses, by presenting antigen to T cells, hence they are a logical target to generate specific anti-tumour immunity. Our understanding of the biology of DC is expanding, and they are now known to be a family of related subsets with variable features and function. Most clinical experience to date with DC vaccination has been using monocyte-derived DC vaccines...
February 14, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453888/dual-transcriptomics-reveals-co-evolutionary-mechanisms-of-intestinal-parasite-infections-in-blue-mussels-mytilus-edulis
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Marieke E Feis, Uwe John, Ana Lokmer, Pieternella C Luttikhuizen, K Mathias Wegner
On theoretical grounds, antagonistic co-evolution between hosts and their parasites should be a widespread phenomenon but only received little empirical support so far. Consequently, the underlying molecular mechanisms and evolutionary steps remain elusive, especially in non-model systems. Here, we utilised the natural history of invasive parasites to document the molecular underpinnings of co-evolutionary trajectories. We applied a dual-species transcriptomics approach to experimental cross-infections of blue mussel Mytilus edulis hosts and their invasive parasitic copepods Mytilicola intestinalis from two invasion fronts in the Wadden Sea...
February 17, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453519/tricurin-a-synergistic-formulation-of-curcumin-resveratrol-and-epicatechin-gallate-repolarizes-tumor-associated-macrophages-and-triggers-an-immune-response-to-cause-suppression-of-hpv-tumors
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Sumit Mukherjee, Rahman Hussaini, Richard White, Doaa Atwi, Angela Fried, Samay Sampat, Longzhu Piao, Quintin Pan, Probal Banerjee
Our earlier studies reported a unique potentiated combination (TriCurin) of curcumin (C) with two other polyphenols. The TriCurin-associated C displays an IC50 in the low micromolar range for cultured HPV+ TC-1 cells. In contrast, because of rapid degradation in vivo, the TriCurin-associated C reaches only low nano-molar concentrations in the plasma, which are sub-lethal to tumor cells. Yet, injected TriCurin causes a dramatic suppression of tumors in TC-1 cell-implanted mice (TC-1 mice) and xenografts of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) cells in nude/nude mice...
February 16, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453098/control-of-viral-transcripts-as-a-concept-for-future-hbv-therapies
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Christoph Seeger
Chronic hepatitis B virus infections affect over 250 million people world-wide, and, at present, are not curable. Of those, over 800000 are expected to die yearly from complications including cirrhosis and primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A viral episomal DNA intermediate, covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA) can persist in nuclei of infected hepatocytes and trigger production of infectious virus. Current standard of care treatments against chronic HBV infections primarily rely on nucleoside analogs (NA) that inhibit de novo virus production by inhibiting the viral reverse transcriptase and, as a consequence, reducing virus titers...
February 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452995/immune-barriers-of-ebola-virus-infection
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Anita K McElroy, Elke Mühlberger, César Muñoz-Fontela
Since its initial emergence in 1976 in northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ebola virus (EBOV) has been a global health concern due to its virulence in humans, the mystery surrounding the identity of its host reservoir and the unpredictable nature of Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreaks. Early after the first clinical descriptions of a disease resembling a 'septic-shock-like syndrome', with coagulation abnormalities and multi-system organ failure, researchers began to evaluate the role of the host immune response in EVD pathophysiology...
February 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452950/dynamic-fungal-cell-wall-architecture-in-stress-adaptation-and-immune-evasion
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Alex Hopke, Alistair J P Brown, Rebecca A Hall, Robert T Wheeler
Deadly infections from opportunistic fungi have risen in frequency, largely because of the at-risk immunocompromised population created by advances in modern medicine and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This review focuses on dynamics of the fungal polysaccharide cell wall, which plays an outsized role in fungal pathogenesis and therapy because it acts as both an environmental barrier and as the major interface with the host immune system. Human fungal pathogens use architectural strategies to mask epitopes from the host and prevent immune surveillance, and recent work elucidates how biotic and abiotic stresses present during infection can either block or enhance masking...
February 13, 2018: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452288/repetitive-tlr-3-activation-in-the-lung-induces-skeletal-muscle-adaptations-and-cachexia
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Ted G Graber, Brandy L Rawls, Bing Tian, William J Durham, Camille R Brightwell, Allan R Brasier, Blake B Rasmussen, Christopher S Fry
Due to immunosenescence, older adults are particularly susceptible to lung-based viral infections, with increased severity of symptoms in those with underlying chronic lung disease. Repeated respiratory viral infections produce lung maladaptations, accelerating pulmonary dysfunction. Toll like 3 receptor (TLR3) is a membrane protein that senses exogenous double-stranded RNA to activate the innate immune response to a viral infection. Polyinosinic-polycytidylic acid [poly(I:C)] mimics double stranded RNA and has been shown to activate TLR3...
February 13, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452258/recent-findings-related-to-immune-responses-against-leptospirosis-and-novel-strategies-to-prevent-infection
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Frédérique Vernel-Pauillac, Catherine Werts
What are the new approaches and emerging ideas to prevent leptospirosis, a neglected bacterial re-emerging zoonotic disease? How do Leptospira interrogans escape the host defenses? We aim here to review and discuss the most recent literature that provides some answers to these questions, in particular data related to a better understanding of adaptive and innate immunity towards leptospires, and design of vaccines. This is an opinion paper, not a comprehensive review. We will try to highlight the new strategies and technologies boosting the search for drugs and vaccines...
February 13, 2018: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452228/a-bach2-gene-variant-is-associated-with-postoperative-recurrence-of-crohn-s-disease
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Michael R Laffin, Richard N Fedorak, Eytan Wine, Bryan Dicken, Karen L Madsen
BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease often requires intestinal resection, which is not considered curative. Repeat surgical intervention is necessary in over half of the patients following their initial operation. Although many genetic loci are implicated in Crohn's disease, few have been associated with post-resection recurrence. STUDY DESIGN: A cohort of Crohn's disease subjects who underwent intestinal resection was analyzed to determine genetic and clinical factors associated with post-resection recurrence...
February 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451000/novel-automated-immune-turbidimetric-assay-for-routine-urinary-cystatin-c-determinations
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Balázs Szirmay, Péter Kustán, Zoltán Horváth-Szalai, Andrea Ludány, Ágnes Lakatos, Diána Mühl, István Wittmann, Attila Miseta, Gábor L Kovács, Tamás Kőszegi
AIM: There is no commercially available urinary cystatin-C (u-CYSC) test in the market. Therefore, we optimized and validated an automated immune turbidimetric test for u-CYSC measurements and investigated u-CYSC concentrations in acute and chronic diseases which might lead to renal tubular disorders. MATERIALS & METHODS: A particle-enhanced immune turbidimetric assay was adapted and validated on a Cobas 8000/c502 analyzer. Urine samples of different patient groups were also analyzed...
February 16, 2018: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450785/the-role-of-the-alternative-pathway-of-complement-activation-in-glomerular-diseases
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Emilia Łukawska, Magdalena Polcyn-Adamczak, Zofia I Niemir
The complement system (CS) has recently been recognized as a bridge between innate and adaptive immunity that constitutes a very complex mechanism controlling the clearance of pathogens, cellular debris, and immune complexes. Out of three known pathways of complement activation, the alternative pathway (AP) plays a critical role in host defense by amplifying the complement response, independently of initiation pathway and continuously maintaining low-level activity in a process called 'thick-over.' A key molecule of the CS is C3, in which the AP is constantly activated...
February 15, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450768/cc398-staphylococcus-aureus-subpopulations-in-belgian-patients
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M Angeles Argudín, A Deplano, S Vandendriessche, M Dodémont, C Nonhoff, O Denis, S Roisin
Studies based on genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) supported the existence of two subpopulations in clonal complex (CC) 398 Staphylococcus aureus: an ancestral human-adapted clade (HC) and an animal-associated clade (AC). In this study, we have investigated the occurrence of genetic markers that allow discrimination of these subpopulations among CC398 isolates collected during 2014 to 2016 from human patients in Belgium. A collection of isolates was investigated by means of spa-typing and 16S-mecA-nuc PCR...
February 15, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450416/a-g-quadruplex-motif-at-the-3-end-of-sgrnas-improves-crispr-cas9-based-genome-editing-efficiency
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Smita Nahar, Paras Sehgal, Mohd Azhar, Manish Rai, Amrita Singh, Sridhar Sivasubbu, Debojyoti Chakraborty, Souvik Maiti
Originating as a component of prokaryotic adaptive immunity, the type II CRISPR/Cas9 system has been repurposed for targeted genome editing in various organisms. Although Cas9 can bind and cleave DNA efficiently under in vitro conditions, its activity inside a cell can vary dramatically between targets owing to the differences between genomic loci and the availability of enough Cas9/sgRNA (single guide RNA) complex molecules for cleavage. Most methods have so far relied on Cas9 protein engineering or base modifications in the sgRNA sequence to improve CRISPR/Cas9 activity...
February 16, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449856/efficient-detection-of-long-dsrna-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-using-the-dsrna-binding-domain-from-fhv-b2-protein
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Baptiste Monsion, Marco Incarbone, Kamal Hleibieh, Vianney Poignavent, Ahmed Ghannam, Patrice Dunoyer, Laurent Daeffler, Jens Tilsner, Christophe Ritzenthaler
Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) plays essential functions in many biological processes, including the activation of innate immune responses and RNA interference. dsRNA also represents the genetic entity of some viruses and is a hallmark of infections by positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses. Methods for detecting dsRNA rely essentially on immunological approaches and their use is often limited to in vitro applications, although recent developments have allowed the visualization of dsRNA in vivo . Here, we report the sensitive and rapid detection of long dsRNA both in vitro and in vivo using the dsRNA binding domain of the B2 protein from Flock house virus...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449845/regulation-of-c-type-lectin-receptor-mediated-antifungal-immunity
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REVIEW
Juan Tang, Guoxin Lin, Wallace Y Langdon, Lijian Tao, Jian Zhang
Of all the pathogen recognition receptor families, C-type lectin receptor (CLR)-induced intracellular signal cascades are indispensable for the initiation and regulation of antifungal immunity. Ongoing experiments over the last decade have elicited diverse CLR functions and novel regulatory mechanisms of CLR-mediated-signaling pathways. In this review, we highlight novel insights in antifungal innate and adaptive-protective immunity mediated by CLRs and discuss the potential therapeutic strategies against fungal infection based on targeting the mediators in the host immune system...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449842/pan-influenza-a-protection-by-prime-boost-vaccination-with-cold-adapted-live-attenuated-influenza-vaccine-in-a-mouse-model
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Yo Han Jang, Joo Young Kim, Young Ho Byun, Ahyun Son, Jeong-Yoon Lee, Yoon Jae Lee, Jun Chang, Baik Lin Seong
Influenza virus infections continually pose a major public health threat with seasonal epidemics and sporadic pandemics worldwide. While currently licensed influenza vaccines provide only strain-specific protection, antigenic drift and shift occasionally render the viruses resistant to the host immune responses, which highlight the need for a vaccine that provides broad protection against multiple subtypes. In this study, we suggest a vaccination strategy using cold-adapted, live attenuated influenza vaccines (CAIVs) to provide a broad, potent, and safe cross-protection covering antigenically distinct hemagglutinin (HA) groups 1 and 2 influenza viruses...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449680/pd-l1-expression-in-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumors
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Tricia R Cottrell, Anh T Duong, Christopher D Gocke, Haiying Xu, Aleksandra Ogurtsova, Janis M Taube, Deborah A Belchis
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor is a rare mesenchymal tumor occurring at many anatomic sites, with a predilection for children and young adults. Often indolent, they can be locally aggressive and can metastasize, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. Therapeutic options are often limited. The identification of underlying kinase mutations has allowed the use of targeted therapy in a subset of patients. Unfortunately, not all tumors harbor mutations and resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy is a potential problem...
February 15, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449630/prime-and-boost-vaccination-elicit-a-distinct-innate-myeloid-cell-immune-response
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Jean-Louis Palgen, Nicolas Tchitchek, Jamila Elhmouzi-Younes, Simon Delandre, Inana Namet, Pierre Rosenbaum, Nathalie Dereuddre-Bosquet, Frédéric Martinon, Antonio Cosma, Yves Lévy, Roger Le Grand, Anne-Sophie Beignon
Understanding the innate immune response to vaccination is critical in vaccine design. Here, we studied blood innate myeloid cells after first and second immunization of cynomolgus macaques with the modified vaccinia virus Ankara. The inflammation at the injection site was moderate and resolved faster after the boost. The blood concentration of inflammation markers increased after both injections but was lower after the boost. The numbers of neutrophils, monocytes, and dendritic cells were transiently affected by vaccination, but without any major difference between prime and boost...
February 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449556/cd1d-dependent-immune-suppression-mediated-by-regulatory-b-cells-through-modulations-of-inkt-cells
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K Oleinika, E C Rosser, D E Matei, K Nistala, A Bosma, I Drozdov, C Mauri
Regulatory B cells (Breg) express high levels of CD1d that presents lipid antigens to invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. The function of CD1d in Breg biology and iNKT cell activity during inflammation remains unclear. Here we show, using chimeric mice, cell depletion and adoptive cell transfer, that CD1d-lipid presentation by Bregs induces iNKT cells to secrete interferon (IFN)-γ to contribute, partially, to the downregulation of T helper (Th)1 and Th17-adaptive immune responses and ameliorate experimental arthritis...
February 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449538/downregulation-of-perk-activity-and-eif2%C3%AE-serine-51-phosphorylation-by-mtor-complex-1-elicits-pro-oxidant-and-pro-death-effects-in-tuberous-sclerosis-deficient-cells
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Jothilatha Krishnamoorthy, Clara Tenkerian, Jyotsana Gupta, Nour Ghaddar, Shuo Wang, Cedric Darini, Kirk A Staschke, Abhishek Ghosh, Valentina Gandin, Ivan Topisirovic, Arnold S Kristof, Maria Hatzoglou, George Simos, Antonis E Koromilas
Oxidative stress determines cell fate through several mechanisms, among which regulation of mRNA translation by the phosphorylation of the alpha (α) subunit of the translation initiation factor eIF2α at serine 51 (eIF2αP) plays a prominent role. Increased eIF2αP can contribute to tumor progression as well as tumor suppression. While eIF2αP is increased in most cells to promote survival and adaptation to different forms of stress, we demonstrate that eIF2αP is reduced in tuberous sclerosis complex 2 (TSC2)-deficient cells subjected to oxidative insults...
February 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
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