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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166494/sporotrichosis-an-update-on-epidemiology-etiopathogenesis-laboratory-and-clinical-therapeutics
#1
Rosane Orofino-Costa, Priscila Marques de Macedo, Anderson Messias Rodrigues, Andréa Reis Bernardes-Engemann
In the late 90's there was a change in both the route of transmission and the people at risk for sporotrichosis. This zoonotic cat-man alternative transmission route elicited changes in strategies to control the epidemic. There was a progressive increase in the number of cases involving especially children and the elderly. In addition to becoming hyperendemic, uncommon clinical pictures like immunoreactive clinical presentations or severe systemic cases have emerged. New species were identified and classified through molecular tools using more virulent clinical isolates, like S...
September 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166363/progress-toward-poliomyelitis-eradication-pakistan-january-2016-september-2017
#2
Youness Elhamidi, Abdirahman Mahamud, Muhammad Safdar, Wasan Al Tamimi, Jaume Jorba, Chukwuma Mbaeyi, Christopher H Hsu, Zubair Wadood, Salmaan Sharif, Derek Ehrhardt
In 1988, the World Health Assembly launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Among the three wild poliovirus serotypes, only wild poliovirus (WPV) type 1 (WPV1) has been detected since 2012. Since 2014, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria remain the only countries with continuing endemic WPV1 transmission. This report describes activities conducted and progress made toward the eradication of poliovirus in Pakistan during January 2016-July 2017 and provides an update to previous reports (1,2). In 2016, Pakistan reported 20 WPV1 cases, a 63% decrease compared with 54 cases in 2015 (3)...
November 24, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165515/-statement-of-the-advisory-committee-on-immunizations-of-sociedad-chilena-de-infectolog%C3%A3-a-about-outbreaks-of-hepatitis-a-in-chile
#3
Rodolfo Villena, Jan Wilhelm, Ximena Calvo, Jaime Cerda, Carola Escobar, Gabriela Moreno, Liliana Veliz, Marcela Potin
This document represents the position of the Chilean Infectious Diseases Society Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices regarding hepatitis A epidemiological situation in Chile. The recommendations are based on local epidemiological data, the hepatitis A virus infection characteristics and the global experience with the available vaccines. In relation to hepatitis A, Chile is no longer a highly endemic area but actually an intermediate one, currently concentrating cases in individuals over 15 years of age, with frequent outbreaks...
August 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164915/establishment-of-a-bordetella-avium-challenge-model-in-turkeys
#4
Rebecca Knab, Henning Petersen, Silke Rautenschlein, Arne Jung
Despite the importance of Bordetella avium (BA) as a respiratory pathogen of young turkeys, no infection model for the evaluation of BA-vaccine efficacy is available. The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of route and dose of infection on the establishment of a BA-challenge model. In our first experiment, 28-day-old turkeys were either inoculated oculonasally with 10(5), 10(7) or 10(9) colony forming units (CFU) of BA per animal or exposed to BA by aerosol with 10(5)-10(8) CFU/m(3). The respiratory tract of all inoculated animals was BA-colonised, which was confirmed by choanal swabs and samples of trachea and lung, showing the highest prevalence in the aerosol inoculated group...
November 22, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164593/immune-correlates-of-clinical-outcome-in-melanoma
#5
REVIEW
Graham Pawelec
Melanoma has long been recognized as a potentially immunogenic tumour, but only recently has it become clear that the reason for this resides in its many UV-induced mutations and expression of multiple autoantigens which can be targeted by the immune system. The first successful applications of immune-based treatments included passive immunotherapy using high-dose IL-2 and/or adoptive transfer of NK-cells, as well as active immunotherapy using whole cell-derived or peptide vaccines. In the intervening decades, it has become clear that these approaches can lead to durable responses in stage III/IV melanoma, and even to functional cures - but only in a vanishingly small fraction of patients...
November 21, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164490/immunotherapy-with-interferon-%C3%AE-induced-dendritic-cells-for-chronic-hcv-infection-the-results-of-pilot-clinical-trial
#6
Elena Chernykh, Olga Leplina, Ekaterina Oleynik, Marina Tikhonova, Tamara Tyrinova, Natalia Starostina, Alexandr Ostanin
The key role of T cells in hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination and the ability of dendritic cells (DCs) to induce antiviral T cell responses suggest that DC vaccines could be a promising approach in the treatment of chronic HCV infection. The aim of our study was to evaluate, whether immunotherapy with DCs is safe and elicits anti-HCV T cell responses. Ten patients with HCV (genotype 1) were vaccinated with monocyte-derived DCs, generated in the presence of IFN-α (IFN-DCs) and pulsed with recombinant HCV Core and NS3 proteins...
November 21, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164393/bordetella-pertussis-virulence-factors-in-the-continuing-evolution-of-whooping-cough-vaccines-for-improved-performance
#7
REVIEW
Dorji Dorji, Frits Mooi, Osvaldo Yantorno, Rajendar Deora, Ross M Graham, Trilochan K Mukkur
Despite high vaccine coverage, whooping cough caused by Bordetella pertussis remains one of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases worldwide. Introduction of whole-cell pertussis (wP) vaccines in the 1940s and acellular pertussis (aP) vaccines in 1990s reduced the mortality due to pertussis. Despite induction of both antibody and cell-mediated immune (CMI) responses by aP and wP vaccines, there has been resurgence of pertussis in many countries in recent years. Possible reasons hypothesised for resurgence have ranged from incompliance with the recommended vaccination programmes with the currently used aP vaccine to infection with a resurged clinical isolates characterised by mutations in the virulence factors, resulting in antigenic divergence with vaccine strain, and increased production of pertussis toxin, resulting in dampening of immune responses...
November 21, 2017: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164142/pathogenesis-molecular-genetics-and-genomics-of-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis-the-etiologic-agent-of-johne-s-disease
#8
REVIEW
Govardhan Rathnaiah, Denise K Zinniel, John P Bannantine, Judith R Stabel, Yrjö T Gröhn, Michael T Collins, Raúl G Barletta
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is the etiologic agent of Johne's disease in ruminants causing chronic diarrhea, malnutrition, and muscular wasting. Neonates and young animals are infected primarily by the fecal-oral route. MAP attaches to, translocates via the intestinal mucosa, and is phagocytosed by macrophages. The ensuing host cellular immune response leads to granulomatous enteritis characterized by a thick and corrugated intestinal wall. We review various tissue culture systems, ileal loops, and mice, goats, and cattle used to study MAP pathogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164053/synergistic-protective-activity-of-tumor-specific-epitopes-engineered-in-bacterial-outer-membrane-vesicles
#9
Alberto Grandi, Michele Tomasi, Ilaria Zanella, Luisa Ganfini, Elena Caproni, Laura Fantappiè, Carmela Irene, Luca Frattini, Samine J Isaac, Enrico König, Francesca Zerbini, Simona Tavarini, Chiara Sammicheli, Fabiola Giusti, Ilaria Ferlenghi, Matteo Parri, Guido Grandi
Introduction: Bacterial outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) are naturally produced by all Gram-negative bacteria and, thanks to their plasticity and unique adjuvanticity, are emerging as an attractive vaccine platform. To test the applicability of OMVs in cancer immunotherapy, we decorated them with either one or two protective epitopes present in the B16F10EGFRvIII cell line and tested the protective activity of OMV immunization in C57BL/6 mice challenged with B16F10EGFRvIII. Materials and methods: The 14 amino acid B cell epitope of human epidermal growth factor receptor variant III (EGFRvIII) and the mutation-derived CD4+ T cell neo-epitope of kif18b gene (B16-M30) were used to decorate OMVs either alone or in combination...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163649/immunopathological-evaluation-of-recombinant-mycobacterial-antigen-hsp65-expressed-in-lactococcus-lactis-as-a-novel-vaccine-candidate
#10
J C Herrera Ramírez, A Ch De la Mora, A De la Mora Valle, G Lopez-Valencia, R M B Hurtado, T B Rentería Evangelista, J L Rodríguez Castillo, A Rodríguez Gardea, S D Gómez Gómez, G E Medina-Basulto
Bovine tuberculosis (TBB) is a zoonotic disease distributed worldwide and is of great importance for public health and the livestock industry. Several experimental vaccines against this disease have been evaluated in recent years, yielding varying results. An example is the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, which has been used extensively in humans and tested in cattle showing mixed results related to protection (0-80%) against Mycobacterium bovis. In this study, we used the food-grade bacterium Lactococcus lactis as an expression system for production of mycobacterial protein Hsp65...
2017: Iranian journal of veterinary research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163553/ppargamma-deficiency-counteracts-thymic-senescence
#11
David Ernszt, Krisztina Banfai, Zoltan Kellermayer, Attila Pap, Janet M Lord, Judit E Pongracz, Krisztian Kvell
Thymic senescence contributes to increased incidence of infection, cancer and autoimmunity at senior ages. This process manifests as adipose involution. As with other adipose tissues, thymic adipose involution is also controlled by PPARgamma. This is supported by observations reporting that systemic PPARgamma activation accelerates thymic adipose involution. Therefore, we hypothesized that decreased PPARgamma activity could prevent thymic adipose involution, although it may trigger metabolic adverse effects...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163540/local-high-dose-radiotherapy-induces-systemic-immunomodulating-effects-of-potential-therapeutic-relevance-in-oligometastatic-breast-cancer
#12
Elena Muraro, Carlo Furlan, Michele Avanzo, Debora Martorelli, Elisa Comaro, Aurora Rizzo, Damiana A Fae', Massimiliano Berretta, Loredana Militello, Alessandro Del Conte, Simon Spazzapan, Riccardo Dolcetti, Marco Trovo'
Local irradiation of cancer through radiotherapy can induce spontaneous regression of non-directly irradiated lesions, suggesting the involvement of systemic antitumor immune responses. In oligometastatic breast cancer (BC) patients, the use of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) favors the local control of treated lesions and may contribute to break local tolerance and release tumor-associated antigens (TAAs), improving host antitumor immunity. We performed a detailed immunomonitoring of BC patients undergoing SBRT to verify its ability to "switch on" the anti-tumor immunity both systemically, in peripheral blood, and locally, employing in vitro BC models...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163524/t-helper-17-promotes-induction-of-antigen-specific-gut-mucosal-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-following-adenovirus-vector-vaccination
#13
Masahisa Hemmi, Masashi Tachibana, Natsuki Fujimoto, Masaki Shoji, Fuminori Sakurai, Kouji Kobiyama, Ken J Ishii, Shizuo Akira, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi
Few current vaccines can establish antigen (Ag)-specific immune responses in both mucosal and systemic compartments. Therefore, development of vaccines providing defense against diverse infectious agents in both compartments is of high priority in global health. Intramuscular vaccination of an adenovirus vector (Adv) has been shown to induce Ag-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) in both systemic and gut-mucosal compartments. We previously found that type I interferon (IFN) signaling is required for induction of gut-mucosal, but not systemic, CTLs following vaccination; however, the molecular mechanism involving type I IFN signaling remains unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163518/mixed-signals-co-stimulation-in-invariant-natural-killer-t-cell-mediated-cancer-immunotherapy
#14
REVIEW
Susannah C Shissler, Michael S Lee, Tonya J Webb
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are an integral component of the immune system and play an important role in antitumor immunity. Upon activation, iNKT cells can directly kill malignant cells as well as rapidly produce cytokines that stimulate other immune cells, making them a front line defense against tumorigenesis. Unfortunately, iNKT cell number and activity are reduced in multiple cancer types. This anergy is often associated with upregulation of co-inhibitory markers such as programmed death-1...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163511/lactoferrin-in-a-context-of-inflammation-induced-pathology
#15
REVIEW
Marian L Kruzel, Michal Zimecki, Jeffrey K Actor
Much progress has been achieved to elucidate the function of lactoferrin (LTF), an iron-binding glycoprotein, in the milieu of immune functionality. This review represents a unique examination of LTF toward its importance in physiologic homeostasis as related to development of disease-associated pathology. The immunomodulatory nature of this protein derives from its unique ability to "sense" the immune activation status of an organism and act accordingly. Underlying mechanisms are proposed whereby LTF controls disease states, thereby pinpointing regions of entry for LTF in maintenance of various physiological pathways to limit the magnitude of tissue damage...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163502/regulating-immunogenicity-and-tolerogenicity-of-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-through-modulation-of-cell-surface-glycosylation-by-dexamethasone-treatment
#16
Kevin Lynch, Oliver Treacy, Jared Q Gerlach, Heidi Annuk, Paul Lohan, Joana Cabral, Lokesh Joshi, Aideen E Ryan, Thomas Ritter
Dendritic cellular therapies and dendritic cell vaccines show promise for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, the prolongation of graft survival in transplantation, and in educating the immune system to fight cancers. Cell surface glycosylation plays a crucial role in the cell-cell interaction, uptake of antigens, migration, and homing of DCs. Glycosylation is known to change with environment and the functional state of DCs. Tolerogenic DCs (tDCs) are commonly generated using corticosteroids including dexamethasone, however, to date, little is known on how corticosteroid treatment alters glycosylation and what functional consequences this may have...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163499/fc%C3%AE%C2%B5ri-%C3%AE-chain-negatively-modulates-dectin-1-responses-in-dendritic-cells
#17
Yi-Gen Pan, Yen-Ling Yu, Chi-Chien Lin, Lewis L Lanier, Ching-Liang Chu
The inhibitory effect of immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM)-containing adapters DAP12 and FcεRI γ-chain (FcRγ) has been found in many immune functions. Herein, we have further explored the role of these adapters in C-type lectin receptors response. We identified that FcRγ, but not DAP12, could negatively regulate the Dectin-1 responses in dendritic cells (DCs). Loss of FcRγ or both DAP12 and FcRγ enhanced the maturation and cytokine production in DCs upon Dectin-1 activation compared to normal cells, whereas DCs lacking only DAP12 showed little changes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163493/alpha-galactosylceramide-cd1d-antibody-fusion-proteins-redirect-invariant-natural-killer-t-cell-immunity-to-solid-tumors-and-promote-prolonged-therapeutic-responses
#18
REVIEW
Lianjun Zhang, Alena Donda
Major progress in cancer immunotherapies have been obtained by the use of tumor targeting strategies, in particular with the development of bi-functional fusion proteins such as ImmTacs or BiTes, which engage effector T cells for targeted elimination of tumor cells. Given the significance of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells in bridging innate and adaptive immunity, we have developed a bi-functional protein composed of the extracellular part of CD1d molecule that was genetically fused to an scFv fragment from high affinity antibodies against HER2 or CEA...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163486/structure-and-diversity-of-the-rhesus-macaque-immunoglobulin-loci-through-multiple-de-novo-genome-assemblies
#19
Akshaya Ramesh, Sam Darko, Axin Hua, Glenn Overman, Amy Ransier, Joseph R Francica, Ashley Trama, Georgia D Tomaras, Barton F Haynes, Daniel C Douek, Thomas B Kepler
The rhesus macaque is a critically important animal model in biomedical research, most recently playing a key role in the development of vaccines against human immunodeficiency virus-1. Nevertheless, the immunoglobulin (Ig) loci of macaques are as yet incompletely determined and our understanding of differences between human and macaque humoral immunity remains deficient. We completed a high-coverage, high-quality whole genome sequencing and assembly project with a single rhesus macaque of Indian origin, and partial genome assemblies using genomic molecular targeting of the Ig loci in nine other rhesus macaques of Indian origin...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163469/induction-of-broad-spectrum-protective-immunity-against-disparate-cryptococcus-serotypes
#20
Marley C Caballero Van Dyke, Ashok K Chaturvedi, Sarah E Hardison, Chrissy M Leopold Wager, Natalia Castro-Lopez, Camaron R Hole, Karen L Wozniak, Floyd L Wormley
Cryptococcosis is a fungal disease caused by multiple Cryptococcus serotypes; particularly C. neoformans (serotypes A and D) and C. gattii (serotypes B and C). To date, there is no clinically available vaccine to prevent cryptococcosis. Mice given an experimental pulmonary vaccination with a C. neoformans serotype A strain engineered to produce interferon-γ, denoted H99γ, are protected against a subsequent otherwise lethal experimental infection with C. neoformans serotype A. Thus, we determined the efficacy of immunization with C...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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