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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526582/mait-cells-a-tailor-made-mate-in-the-ancient-battle-against-infectious-diseases
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Marcela de Lima Moreira, Moriya Tsuji, Alexandra Jane Corbett, Márcio Sobreira Silva Araújo, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Vanessa Peruhype-Magalhães, Jordana Grazziela Coelho-Dos-Reis
It has been almost two decades since the discovery of mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT)-cells. Several advances in the field have been made such as the discovery of the antimicrobial activity of MAIT-cells, the abundance of these cells in human mucosa and in liver and the discovery of ligands able to bind MR1 and activate MAIT-cells. MAIT-cells are a unique subset of innate-like T-cells that express a canonical T-cell receptor with the alpha chain containing hAV7S2 and AJ33 in humans (TCRVα7.2Jα33) and respond to bacterial/fungus vitamin B2 metabolites by an MR1-dependent pathway...
May 16, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526018/infection-mediated-asthma-etiology-mechanisms-and-treatment-options-with-focus-on-chlamydia-pneumoniae-and-macrolides
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REVIEW
Wilmore C Webley, David L Hahn
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by reversible airway obstruction and airway hyperresponsiveness to non-specific bronchoconstriction agonists as the primary underlying pathophysiology. The worldwide incidence of asthma has increased dramatically in the last 40 years. According to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, over 300 million children and adults worldwide currently suffer from this incurable disease and 255,000 die from the disease each year. It is now well accepted that asthma is a heterogeneous syndrome and many clinical subtypes have been described...
May 19, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523305/the-impact-of-liver-steatosis-on-early-and-sustained-treatment-response-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
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Alice Elena Găman, Anca Marilena Ungureanu, Adriana Turculeanu, Dan IonuŢ Gheonea, Andrei Ioan Drocaş, George Mitroi, Maria DobriŢoiu, Maria Victoria Comănescu, Andreea Doriana Stănculescu, Ramona Cioboată, Claudiu Florin Jieanu, Paul Ioan Tomescu
Steatosis is a frequent feature of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Steatosis may be an important cofactor in both accelerating fibrosis and increasing liver necroinflammatory activity in chronic hepatitis C. The main objective of this study was the evaluation of biological response rates, early viral response, sustained viral response in patients with chronic hepatitis C treated with Interferon-alpha (IFN-α), Pegylated (PEG)-IFN-α2a or -α2b plus Ribavirin and to relate it to the presence of hepatic steatosis...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521640/antibody-mediated-immunotherapy-against-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Ying Gao, Tian-Ying Zhang, Quan Yuan, Ning-Shao Xia
The currently available drugs to treat hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection include interferons and nucleos(t)ide analogues, which can only induce disease remission and are inefficient for the functional cure of patients with chronic HBV infection (CHB). Since high titers of circulating hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) may be essential to exhaust the host anti-HBV immune response and they cannot be significantly reduced by current drugs, new antiviral strategies aiming to suppress serum hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) could help restore virus-specific immune responses and promote the eradication of the virus...
May 19, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521532/new-antivirals-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Vincent Soriano, Pablo Barreiro, Laura Benitez, Jose M Peña, Carmen de Mendoza
Current treatment with oral nucleos(t)ides entecavir or tenofovir provide sustained suppression of HBV replication and clinical benefit in most chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected persons. However, HBV rebound generally occurs upon drug discontinuation due to persistence of genomic HBV reservoirs as episomic cccDNA and chromosomic integrated HBV-DNA. There is renewed enthusiasm on HBV drug discovery following recent successes with antivirals for hepatitis C and immunotherapies for some cancers. Areas covered: New drugs that target distinct steps of the HBV life cycle are been developed, including inhibitors of viral entry, new polymerase inhibitors, capsid and assembly inhibitors, virus release blockers, and disruptors of cccDNA formation and transcription...
May 18, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521211/hepatitis-c-virus-core-antigen-a-simplified-treatment-monitoring-tool-including-for-post-treatment-relapse
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François M J Lamoury, Angelica Soker, Danica Martinez, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Evan B Cunningham, Philip Cunningham, Philip Bruggmann, Graham R Foster, Olav Dalgard, Markus Backmund, Brian Conway, Geert Robaeys, Tracy Swan, Gavin Cloherty, Pip Marks, Jason Grebely, Gregory J Dore, Tanya L Applegate
BACKGROUND: Simple, affordable diagnostic tools are essential to facilitate global hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination efforts. OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the clinical performance of core antigen (HCVcAg) assay from plasma samples to monitor HCV treatment efficacy and HCV viral recurrence. STUDY DESIGN: Plasma samples from a study of response-guided pegylated-interferon/ribavirin therapy for people who inject drugs with chronic HCV genotype 2/3 infection were assessed for HCV RNA (AmpliPrep/COBAS Taqman assay, Roche) and HCVcAg (ARCHITECT HCV Ag, Abbott Diagnostics) during and after therapy...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513595/hiv-2-infection-is-associated-with-preserved-galt-homeostasis-and-epithelial-integrity-despite-ongoing-mucosal-viral-replication
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S M Fernandes, A R Pires, P Matoso, C Ferreira, H Nunes-Cabaço, L Correia, E Valadas, J Poças, P Pacheco, H Veiga-Fernandes, R B Foxall, A E Sousa
The mechanisms that enable preservation of gut mucosal integrity during persistent viral replication and inherent inflammation remain unclear. Here, we investigated, for the first time, gut homeostasis in HIV-2 infection, a naturally occurring form of attenuated HIV disease. We found viral replication in both sigmoid and ileum of asymptomatic HIV-2+ patients (range: 240-851 circulating CD4+T-cells per μl) despite their undetectable viremia, accompanied by interferon-γ-producing CD8 T-cell expansion, irrespective of antiretroviral treatment...
May 17, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513591/zinc-is-a-potent-and-specific-inhibitor-of-ifn-%C3%AE-3-signalling
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Scott A Read, Kate S O'Connor, Vijay Suppiah, Chantelle L E Ahlenstiel, Stephanie Obeid, Kristina M Cook, Anthony Cunningham, Mark W Douglas, Philip J Hogg, David Booth, Jacob George, Golo Ahlenstiel
Lambda interferons (IFNL, IFN-λ) are pro-inflammatory cytokines important in acute and chronic viral infection. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms rs12979860 and rs8099917 within the IFNL gene locus predict hepatitis C virus (HCV) clearance, as well as inflammation and fibrosis progression in viral and non-viral liver disease. The underlying mechanism, however, is not defined. Here we show that the rs12979860 CC genotype correlates with increased hepatic metallothionein expression through increased systemic zinc levels...
May 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511425/early-experience-of-sofosbuvir-based-combination-therapy-in-real-life-cohort-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-infection
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Rajiv Mehta, Mayank Kabrawala, Subhash Nandwani, Rini Tekriwal, Payal Nandania
INTRODUCTION: There is scarcity of data in literature regarding the treatment response with Sofosbuvir (SOF) based therapy in Indian patients with chronic Hepatitis-C Virus (HCV) infection. AIM: This study was designed to observe initial treatment response to SOF based therapy in a "real-life" cohort of Indian patients with HCV infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a prospective, observational and single center study. A total of 107 patients who were diagnosed with chronic HCV infection and received SOF based treatment between March 2015 and December 2015 were included...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509875/in-silico-analysis-of-epitope-based-vaccine-candidates-against-hepatitis-b-virus-polymerase-protein
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Juzeng Zheng, Xianfan Lin, Xiuyan Wang, Liyu Zheng, Songsong Lan, Sisi Jin, Zhanfan Ou, Jinming Wu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has persisted as a major public health problem due to the lack of an effective treatment for those chronically infected. Therapeutic vaccination holds promise, and targeting HBV polymerase is pivotal for viral eradication. In this research, a computational approach was employed to predict suitable HBV polymerase targeting multi-peptides for vaccine candidate selection. We then performed in-depth computational analysis to evaluate the predicted epitopes' immunogenicity, conservation, population coverage, and toxicity...
May 16, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502165/grape-seed-proanthocyanidin-inhibits-mucin-synthesis-and-viral-replication-by-suppression-of-ap-1-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-via-p38-mapks-jnk-signaling-pathways-in-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infected-a549-cells
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Jin-Woo Lee, Young Il Kim, Chang-Nim Im, Sung Wan Kim, Su Jin Kim, Seoyeon Min, Yong Hoon Joo, Sung-Vin Yim, Namhyun Chung
Airway epithelial cells are often infected by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), one of the most common causes of asthma, bronchiolitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia. During the infection process, excessive mucins aggravate airway inflammation. However, the mechanism underlying RSV-induced airway hyperresponsiveness and inflammation is poorly understood. Furthermore, no reliable vaccines or drugs for antiviral therapy are available. In this study, the effect of the natural compound grape seed proanthocyanidin (GSP) on RSV-infected human airway epithelial cells A549 was evaluated...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499541/sequence-analysis-of-haemagglutinin-and-neuraminidase-of-h1n1-strain-from-a-patient-coinfected-with-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Ahmed N Alghamdi, Mohammad E Mahfouz, Fahd A Hamdi, Daifullah Al Aboud, Tawfiq Z Al-Laylah, Mohammed I Alotaibi, Khalid W A Al-Thomali, Ahmed S Abdel-Moneim
The 2009 H1N1 pandemic (H1N1pdm09) was associated with a considerable influenza-related morbidity and mortality. Among the complications, Mycobacterial tuberculosis was recorded as a coinfection with influenza in rare cases. The full-length sequences of the viral haemagglutinin and neuraminidase of H1N1pdm09 influenza A virus were analyzed from a recently infected patient. The patient was chronically infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Molecular modelling and in-silico docking of the virus, and other selected strains with the drug oseltamivir were conducted and compared...
May 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498847/paradoxical-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cell-reduction-in-the-bone-marrow-of-siv-chronically-infected-macaques
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Yongjun Sui, Blake Frey, Yichuan Wang, Rolf Billeskov, Shweta Kulkarni, Katherine McKinnon, Tracy Rourke, Linda Fritts, Christopher J Miller, Jay A Berzofsky
Myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), which suppress anti-tumor or anti-viral immune responses, are expanded in the peripheral blood and tissues of patients/animals with cancer or viral infectious diseases. We here show that in chronic SIV infection of Indian rhesus macaques, the frequency of MDSCs in the bone marrow (BM) was paradoxically and unexpectedly decreased, but increased in peripheral blood. Reduction of BM MDSCs was found in both CD14+MDSC and Lin-CD15+MDSC subsets. The reduction of MDSCs correlated with high plasma viral loads and low CD4+ T cell counts, suggesting that depletion of BM MDSCs was associated with SIV/AIDS disease progression...
May 12, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497542/molecular-detection-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-hepatitis-e-virus-strains-circulating-in-wild-boars-in-south-central-italy
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G Aprea, M G Amoroso, I Di Bartolo, N D'Alessio, D Di Sabatino, A Boni, B Cioffi, D D'Angelantonio, S Scattolini, L De Sabato, G Cotturone, F Pomilio, G Migliorati, G Galiero, G Fusco
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a zoonotic pathogen with a worldwide distribution, and infects several mammalian species, including pigs and wild boars, which are recognized as its natural reservoirs. The virus causes a usually self-limiting liver disease with a mortality rate generally below 1%, although mortality rates of 15%-25% have been recorded in pregnant woman. Chronic infections can also occur. The prevalence of HEV has been extensively studied in wild boars and pigs in northern Italy, where intensive pig herds are predominantly located...
May 11, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496097/hepatitis-b-virus-e-antigen-activates-the-suppressor-of-cytokine-signaling-2-to-repress-interferon-action
#15
Yi Yu, Pin Wan, Yanhua Cao, Wei Zhang, Junbo Chen, Li Tan, Yan Wang, Zhichen Sun, Qi Zhang, Yushun Wan, Ying Zhu, Fang Liu, Kailang Wu, Yingle Liu, Jianguo Wu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection causes acute hepatitis B (AHB), chronic hepatitis B (CHB), liver cirrhosis (LC), and eventually hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The presence of hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) in the serum generally indicates ongoing viral replication and disease progression. However, the mechanism by which HBeAg regulates HBV infection remains unclear. Interferons (IFNs) are pleiotropic cytokines that participate in host innate immunity. After binding to receptors, IFNs activate the JAK/STAT pathway to stimulate expression of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs), leading to induction of antiviral responses...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495497/risk-for-hepatitis-b-and-c-virus-reactivation-in-patients-with-psoriasis-on-biologic-therapies-a-retrospective-cohort-study-and-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#16
Igor Snast, Lihi Atzmony, Marius Braun, Emmilia Hodak, Lev Pavlovsky
BACKGROUND: Patients with psoriasis on biologic therapies and a history of viral hepatitis carry a risk for reactivation. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated safety of biologic therapies in psoriasis patients seropositive for hepatitis B or C viruses (HBV, HCV). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study design was used. Clinical and laboratory data for 30 patients undergoing biologic therapy who were seropositive for HBV or HCV were evaluated. Next, a systematic review was performed...
May 8, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495370/an-optimized-method-for-enumerating-cns-derived-memory-b-cells-during-viral-induced-inflammation
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Krista D DiSano, Stephen A Stohlman, Cornelia C Bergmann
BACKGROUND: CNS inflammation resulting from infection, injury, or neurodegeneration leads to accumulation of diverse B cell subsets. Although antibody secreting cells (ASC) within the inflamed CNS have been extensively examined, memory B cell (Bmem) characterization has been limited as they do not secrete antibody without stimulation. Moreover, unlike human Bmem, reliable surface markers for murine Bmem remain elusive. NEW METHOD: Using a viral encephalomyelitis model we developed a modified limiting dilution in vitro stimulation assay to convert CNS-derived virus specific Bmem into ASC...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494793/real-time-pcr-assays-for-hepatitis-b-virus-dna-quantification-may-require-two-different-targets
#18
Chao Liu, Le Chang, Tingting Jia, Fei Guo, Lu Zhang, Huimin Ji, Junpeng Zhao, Lunan Wang
BACKGROUND: Quantification Hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA plays a critical role in the management of chronic HBV infections. However, HBV is a DNA virus with high levels of genetic variation, and drug-resistant mutations have emerged with the use of antiviral drugs. If a mutation caused a sequence mismatched in the primer or probe of a commercial DNA quantification kit, this would lead to an underestimation of the viral load of the sample. The aim of this study was to determine whether commercial kits, which use only one pair of primers and a single probe, accurately quantify the HBV DNA levels and to develop an improved duplex real-time PCR assay...
May 12, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494660/young-people-s-changing-demands-for-emergency-services
#19
Christian Duffin
A ten-year study has highlighted some eye-opening statistics concerning children and emergency care: significantly more children are now being admitted for jaundice, acute bronchitis, acute and chronic tonsillitis, and viral infections.
May 12, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494435/impact-of-respiratory-viruses-in-hospital-acquired-pneumonia-in-the-intensive-care-unit-a-single-center-retrospective-study
#20
Paul Loubet, Guillaume Voiriot, Nadhira Houhou-Fidouh, Mathilde Neuville, Lila Bouadma, Francois-Xavier Lescure, Diane Descamps, Jean-François Timsit, Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Benoit Visseaux
BACKGROUND: Data on the frequency and role of respiratory viruses (RVs) in hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) are still scarce. OBJECTIVES: We assessed the proportion of RVs and their impact on the outcome of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) in the intensive care unit (ICU). STUDY DESIGN: Cases of HAP were retrospectively selected among patients who underwent screening for RVs by multiplex PCR (mPCR) in the ICU of a French tertiary care hospital from May 2014 to April 2016...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
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