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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334857/co-cultures-with-stem-cell-derived-human-sensory-neurons-reveal-regulators-of-peripheral-myelination
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Alex J Clark, Malte S Kaller, Jorge Galino, Hugh J Willison, Simon Rinaldi, David L H Bennett
Effective bidirectional signalling between axons and Schwann cells is essential for both the development and maintenance of peripheral nerve function. We have established conditions by which human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived sensory neurons can be cultured with rat Schwann cells, and have produced for the first time long-term and stable myelinating co-cultures with human neurons. These cultures contain the specialized domains formed by axonal interaction with myelinating Schwann cells, such as clustered voltage-gated sodium channels at the node of Ranvier and Shaker-type potassium channel (Kv1...
February 15, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333957/immune-response-of-rats-vaccinated-orally-with-various-plant-expressed-recombinant-cysteine-proteinase-constructs-when-challenged-with-fasciola-hepatica-metacercariae
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Malgorzata Kesik-Brodacka, Agnieszka Lipiec, Monika Kozak Ljunggren, Luiza Jedlina, Katarzyna Miedzinska, Magdalena Mikolajczak, Andrzej Plucienniczak, Andrzej B Legocki, Halina Wedrychowicz
BACKGROUND: Cysteine proteinases of Fasciola hepatica are important candidates for vaccine antigens because of their role in fluke biology and host-parasite relationships. In our previous experiments, we found that a recombinant cysteine proteinase cloned from adult F. hepatica (CPFhW) can protect rats against liver fluke infections when it is administered intramuscularly or intranasally in the form of cDNA. We also observed considerable protection upon challenge following mucosal vaccination with inclusion bodies containing recombinant CPFhW produced in Escherichia coli...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333830/minimal-variation-in-anti-a-and-b-titers-among-healthy-volunteers-over-time-implications-for-the-use-of-out-of-group-blood-components
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Ulrik Sprogøe, Mark Yazer, Mads Hvidkjær Rasmussen, Berit Antonsen, Claus Bistrup, Kristian Assing
BACKGROUND: Using potentially out-of-group blood components, like low titer A plasma and O whole blood, in the resuscitation of trauma patients is becoming increasingly popular. However, very little is known whether the donors' anti-A and/or -B titers change over time and whether repeated titer measurements on the same donor are required to ensure that each donation produces a low titer product. METHODS: The anti-A and/or -B titers were measured on 56 healthy adult volunteers (47 blood donors; 9 blood center personnel) every three months for 12 consecutive months using an automated solid phase analyzer...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333576/epstein-barr-virus-lytic-reactivation-activates-b-cells-polyclonally-and-induces-activation-induced-cytidine-deaminase-expression-a-mechanism-underlying-autoimmunity-and-its-contribution-to-graves-disease
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Keiko Nagata, Keisuke Kumata, Yuji Nakayama, Yukio Satoh, Hirotsugu Sugihara, Sayuri Hara, Michiko Matsushita, Satoshi Kuwamoto, Masako Kato, Ichiro Murakami, Kazuhiko Hayashi
Graves' disease is an autoimmune disease that results in and is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism, and the reactivation of persisting Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in B lymphocytes induces the differentiation of host B cells into plasma cells. We previously reported that some EBV-infected B cells had thyrotropin receptor antibodies (TRAbs) as surface immunoglobulins (Igs), and EBV reactivation induced these TRAb+EBV+ cells to produce TRAbs. EBV reactivation induces Ig production from host B cells. The purpose of the present study was to examine total Ig productions from B cell culture fluids and to detect activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID), nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), and EBV latent membrane protein (LMP) 1 in culture B cells during EBV reactivation induction and then we discussed the mechanisms of EBV reactivation-induced Ig production in relation to autoimmunity...
March 23, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332898/herpes-simplex-virus-1-and-cytomegalovirus-dnas-detection-in-the-inner-ear-of-implanted-patients-with-non-congenital-infection
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Walter Di Nardo, Roberta Anzivino, Paola Cattani, Rosaria Santangelo, Eugenio De Corso, Gaetano Paludetti
CONCLUSIONS: The detection of cytomegalovirus (CMV) and herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) genome in perilymph of patients with negative serology or clinical history for congenital infections supports the hypothesis that Herpesviridae, even after acquired postnatal infections, could remain in latent phase in the spiral ganglion and damage the cochlea by a possible subsequent reactivation. Further studies are needed to identify the markers of such reactivation. OBJECTIVE: To identify the presence of certain viral species in the endolabyrinthic fluid of deaf patients with non-congenital infection...
March 23, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332870/changes-in-the-level-of-immunoglobulins-and-cd4-cd8-ratio-in-young-and-aged-mice-with-estradiol-deficiency
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Ming-Jun Shao, Yi-Jun Zhu, Ying-Er Qiu, Min Hu, Yun-Qin He
Studies demonstrated that deficiency in 17β-estradiol (E2) in postmenopausal women influences their immune system. However, few studies have reported alterations in immunologic presentation during nonnatural menopause in young females. Here we compared the differences in immune response between young C57BL/6N mice with surgical or medical variectomy and aged C57BL/6N mice with the common feature of E2 deficiency following Con A stimulation. We observed inverted CD4/CD8 ratios in the aged group and apparent reduced production of serum immunoglobin (Ig)G, IgA, and IgM in the surgical group, whereas changes in immune parameters in the medical group were moderate...
April 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330884/evaluation-of-biom%C3%A3-rieux-s-dissociated-vidas-lyme-igm-ii-lym-and-igg-ii-lyg-as-a-first-tier-diagnostic-assay-for-lyme-disease
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Claudia R Molins, Mark J Delorey, Adam Replogle, Christopher Sexton, Martin E Schriefer
The recommended laboratory diagnostic approach for Lyme disease is a standard two-tiered testing (STTT) algorithm where the first-tier is typically an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) that if positive or equivocal is reflexed to Western immunoblotting as the second-tier. bioMérieux manufacturers one of the most commonly used first-tier EIAs in the U.S., the combined IgM/IgG VIDAS (LYT). Recently, bioMérieux launched its dissociated first-tier tests, the VIDAS Lyme IgM II (LYM) and IgG II (LYG) EIAs, which use purified recombinant test antigens and a different algorithm than STTT...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329518/anetoderma-before-development-of-antiphospholipid-antibodies-delayed-development-and-monitoring-of-antiphospholipid-antibodies-in-an-sle-patient-presenting-with-anetoderma
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Fan Di Xia, Mai P Hoang, Gideon P Smith
INTRODUCTION: Anetoderma is an elastolytic skindisorder that has been associated with the presenceof antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). Patients withantiphospholipid antibody-positive anetoderma havebeen reported to develop symptoms of Graves disease,antiphospholipid syndrome, and other autoimmuneconditions. The temporal relationship, however,between anetoderma onset and the emergence ofaPL remains unclear, a clarification of which may haveimplications for the screening and monitoring ofpatients with anetoderma...
March 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329257/lessons-learned-at-the-epicenter-of-brazil-s-congenital-zika-epidemic-evidence-from-87-confirmed-cases
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Jucille do Amaral Meneses, Ana Catarina Ishigami, Luisa Medeiros de Mello, Luciano Lira de Albuquerque, Carlos Alexandre Antunes de Brito, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Lindomar José Pena
Congenital Zika virus infection has stimulated great international concern. A prospective case series of 87 infants with laboratory-confirmed congenital Zika syndrome (CZS) at the epicenter of the Brazilian Zika epidemic in Pernambuco state is presented. Mothers were interviewed for symptoms of possible Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during pregnancy and fetal ultrasounds were obtained. Infant cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples were tested for ZIKV specific antibodies and sera were screened for other congenital infections...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328183/seroprevalence-of-bartonella-species-coxiella-burnetii-and-toxoplasma-gondii-among-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-a-pilot-study-in-romania
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C J Messinger, E S Gurzau, E B Breitschwerdt, C I Tomuleasa, S J Trufan, M M Flonta, R G Maggi, I B Neagoe, P M Rabinowitz
Patients receiving immunosuppressive cancer treatments in settings where there is a high degree of human-animal interaction may be at increased risk for opportunistic zoonotic infections or reactivation of latent infections. We sought to determine the seroprevalence of selected zoonotic pathogens among patients diagnosed with haematologic malignancies and undergoing chemotherapeutic treatments in Romania, where much of the general population lives and/or works in contact with livestock. A convenience sample of 51 patients with haematologic cancer undergoing chemotherapy at a referral clinic in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, was surveyed regarding animal exposures...
March 22, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328129/the-phenotypic-spectrum-of-congenital-zika-syndrome
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Miguel Del Campo, Ian M L Feitosa, Erlane M Ribeiro, Dafne D G Horovitz, André L S Pessoa, Giovanny V A França, Alfredo García-Alix, Maria J R Doriqui, Hector Y C Wanderley, Maria V T Sanseverino, João I C F Neri, João M Pina-Neto, Emerson S Santos, Islane Verçosa, Mirlene C S P Cernach, Paula F V Medeiros, Saile C Kerbage, André A Silva, Vanessa van der Linden, Celina M T Martelli, Marli T Cordeiro, Rafael Dhalia, Fernanda S L Vianna, Cesar G Victora, Denise P Cavalcanti, Lavinia Schuler-Faccini
In October 2015, Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak the Brazilian Ministry of Health (MoH). In response, the Brazilian Society of Medical Genetics established a task force (SBGM-ZETF) to study the phenotype of infants born with microcephaly due to ZIKV congenital infection and delineate the phenotypic spectrum of this newly recognized teratogen. This study was based on the clinical evaluation and neuroimaging of 83 infants born during the period from July, 2015 to March, 2016 and registered by the SBGM-ZETF. All 83 infants had significant findings on neuroimaging consistent with ZIKV congenital infection and 12 had confirmed ZIKV IgM in CSF...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326485/preliminary-assessment-on-potentials-of-probiotic-b-subtilis-rx7-and-b-methylotrophicus-c14-strains-as-an-immune-modulator-in-salmonella-challenged-weaned-pigs
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Santi Devi Upadhaya, Suresh Kumar Shanmugam, Dae Kyung Kang, In Ho Kim
A total of 40 crossbred weaned piglets (28 days old; [Landrace × Yorkshire] × Duroc) were used for preliminary assessment on potentials of Bacillus-based probiotics as an immune modulator in a Salmonella Typhimurium challenge model in a 3-week experiment. Pigs were randomly allotted to four experimental diets according to their initial body weight (9.21 ± 1.1 kg) and sex (10 pigs per treatment; 5 barrows and 5 gilts). The dietary treatments were basal diet (CON), basal diet + oral administration of Salmonella enterica ser...
March 21, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326080/characterization-of-the-highly-prevalent-regulatory-cd24-hi-cd38-hi-b-cell-population-in-human-cord-blood
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Ana Esteve-Solé, Irene Teixidó, Angela Deyà-Martínez, Jordi Yagüe, Ana M Plaza-Martín, Manel Juan, Laia Alsina
The newborn's immune system must transition from a sterile haploidentical uterus to the world full of antigens. Regulatory B-cells (Breg; broadly defined as CD19(+)CD24(hi)CD38(hi)) are tolerance promoters in the adult immune system. They can inhibit IFN-γ and IL-17 production by T-cells and are essential in different conditions, including pregnancy. Breg have still not been well characterized in umbilical cord blood, where we hypothesize that they are pivotal in the achievement of tolerance. We studied CD19(+)CD24(hi)CD38(hi) Breg in healthy umbilical cord blood (hUCB) compared to healthy peripheral adult blood (hAPB)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323891/characterization-of-baff-and-april-subfamily-receptors-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-potential-role-of-the-baff-april-axis-in-the-pathogenesis-of-proliferative-kidney-disease
#14
Aitor G Granja, Jason W Holland, Jaime Pignatelli, Christopher J Secombes, Carolina Tafalla
Proliferative kidney disease (PKD) is a parasitic infection of salmonid fish characterized by hyper-secretion of immunoglobulins in response to the presence of the myxozoan parasite, Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae. In this context, we hypothesized that the BAFF/APRIL axis, known to play a major role in B cell differentiation and survival in mammals, could be affected by the parasite and consequently be involved in the apparent shift in normal B cell activity. To regulate B cell activity, BAFF and APRIL bind to transmembrane activator and calcium modulator and cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI) and B cell maturation antigen (BCMA), whereas BAFF also binds to BAFF receptor (BAFF-R)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323213/oral-delivery-of-bacillus-subtilis-spores-expressing-cysteine-protease-of-clonorchis-sinensis-to-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idellus-induces-immune-responses-and-has-no-damage-on-liver-and-intestine-function
#15
Zeli Tang, Hengchang Sun, TingJin Chen, Zhipeng Lin, Hongye Jiang, Xinyi Zhou, Cunbin Shi, Houjun Pan, Ouqin Chang, Pengli Ren, Jinyun Yu, Xuerong Li, Jin Xu, Yan Huang, Xinbing Yu
Clonorchis sinensis (C. sinensis) is a fish-borne trematode. Human can be infected by ingestion of C. sinensis metacercariae parasitized in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). For induction of effective oral immune responses, spores of Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) WB600 were utilized as vehicle to delivery CsCP (cysteine protease of C. sinensis) cooperated with CotC (B.s-CotC-CP), one of coat proteins, to the gastrointestinal tract. After routine culture of 8-12 h in LB medium, B. subtilis containing CotC-CsCP was transferred into the sporulation culture medium...
March 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322549/vitamin-c-modulates-the-immunotoxic-effect-of-17-alpha-methyltestosterone-in-nile-tilapia
#16
Haitham G Abo-Al-Ela, Abeer F El-Nahas, Shawky Mahmoud, Essam M Ibrahim
The synthetic androgen, 17 alpha-methyltestosterone (MT), is profusely used and practically needed in the production of all-male Nile tilapia fry; however, such androgenic hormones badly disrupt the immune system. This study aimed to alleviate or counteract the immunotoxic effect of MT using vitamin C (ascorbic acid, vit C). Our results show that the highest phagocytic activity (PA), phagocytic index (PI) and lysozyme activity were detected in the vit C group and the MT plus vit C group. Furthermore, PA and PI were significantly suppressed, but lysozyme activity was stronger in the MT group than the control...
March 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321492/anti-toxoplasma-antibodies-in-egyptian-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
#17
Abeer A El-Henawy, Eman Abdel Razek Hafez, Nairmen Nabih, Naglaa M Shalaby, Mervat Mashaly
OBJECTIVE: To assess seroprevalence of anti-Toxoplasma gondii antibodies; both IgG and IgM in Egyptian rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients versus a non-RA group and to compare anti-Toxoplasma antibodies seroprevalence among RA patients receiving traditional treatment and RA patients treated with biologic drug. METHODS: 60 RA patients and 60 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Patients were categorized into two groups: one group included 30 patients receiving disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), while the other group included 30 patients receiving biologic agent, infliximab, a TNF-α antagonist...
March 20, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321344/pituitary-adenoma-and-hyperprolactinemia-accompanied-by-idiopathic-granulomatous-mastitis
#18
Sebahattin Destek, Vahit Onur Gul, Serkan Ahioglu, Kursat Rahmi Serin
Idiopathic granulomatous mastitis (IGM) is a rare chronic inflammatory disease of the breast, and its etiology remains not fully elucidated. IGM is observed more often in patients with autoimmune disease. Hyperprolactinemia is observed during pregnancy, lactation, and a history of oral contraceptive use. A 39-year-old patient with no history of oral contraceptive use presented with complaints such as redness, pain, and swelling in her left breast. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a suspicious inflamed mass lesion...
2017: Case Reports in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321225/epitope-specific-suppression-of-igg-responses-by-passively-administered-specific-igg-evidence-of-epitope-masking
#19
Joakim J E Bergström, Hui Xu, Birgitta Heyman
Specific IgG, passively administered together with particulate antigen, can completely prevent induction of antibody responses to this antigen. The ability of IgG to suppress antibody responses to sheep red blood cells (SRBCs) is intact in mice lacking FcγRs, complement factor 1q, C3, or complement receptors 1 and 2, suggesting that Fc-dependent effector functions are not involved. Two of the most widely discussed explanations for the suppressive effect are increased clearance of IgG-antigen complexes and/or that IgG "hides" the antigen from recognition by specific B cells, so-called epitope masking...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320458/b-cell-epitope-of-human-cytomegalovirus-phosphoprotein-65-hcmv-pp65-induced-anti-dsdna-antibody-in-balb-c-mice
#20
Ao HoHsieh, Chin Man Wang, Yeong-Jian Jan Wu, Albert Chen, Ming-I Chang, Ji-Yih Chen
BACKGROUND: HCMV phosphoprotein 65 (HCMVpp65) is a putative immunogen that acts as an accelerator, inducing autoantibody and exacerbating autoimmune response in susceptible animals. The immunity to pp65336-439 instigates autoimmunity, suggesting that pp65336-439 contains crucial B cell epitope(s) for the development of nephritis. This study narrowed down the target epitope to pp65422-439 for immunization of BALB/c mice and mapping of B cell epitope. METHODS: The target epitope pp65422-439 reactivity and B cell epitope mapping was examined in serum from pp65422-439-immunized mice and patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)...
March 21, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
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