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L Berrón-Ruíz, G López-Herrera, C E Ávalos-Martínez, C Valenzuela-Ponce, E Ramírez-SanJuan, G Santoyo-Sánchez, F Mújica Guzmán, F J Espinosa-Rosales, L Santos-Argumedo
BACKGROUND: Peripheral blood B cells include lymphocytes at various stages of differentiation, each with a specific function in the immune response. All these stages show variations in percentage and absolute number throughout human life. The numbers and proportions of B subpopulation are influenced by factors such as gender, age, ethnicity, and lifestyle. This study establishes reference values according to age of peripheral blood B cell subtypes in healthy Mexican population. METHODS: Peripheral blood from healthy new-borns and adults were analysed for total B cell subpopulations, using surface markers such as CD19, IgM, IgD, CD21, CD24, CD27, and CD38, to identify naïve, memory with and without isotype switch, double-negative, transitional, and plasmablast cells...
October 22, 2016: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
Catarina Martins, Jorge Lima, Glória Nunes, Luís Miguel Borrego
PROBLEM: Maternal atopy is a risk factor for allergy. B cells are poorly studied in reproduction and atopy. We aimed to assess how pregnancy affects B cells in atopic women and whether B cells relate to allergic manifestations in offspring. METHOD OF STUDY: Women with and without atopic asthma, pregnant and non-pregnant were enrolled for the study, and circulating B cells were evaluated by flow cytometry, using CD19, CD27, CD38, IgD, and IgM. RESULTS: Compared to healthy non-pregnant, atopic asthmatic non-pregnant (ANP) women presented increased B cell counts, enlarged memory subsets, less transitional cells, and plasmablasts...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Franziska Jeromin, Winfrief Rief, Antonia Barke
Background and aims People with substance abuse and pathological gamblers show an attentional bias. In a laboratory setting, we found an attentional bias using an addiction Stroop in adults with Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD). We aimed at investigating this effect using two web-based experiments. Methods Study 1: Gamers with IGD, casual gamers, and non-gamers (N = 81, 28.1 ± 7.8 years) completed a web-based addiction Stroop with a fully randomized word order. They saw computer-related and neutral words in four colors and indicated the word color via keypress...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Hagit Peleg, Eldad Ben-Chetrit
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article addresses the prevalence and relationship between autoinflammatory diseases and vasculitis. RECENT FINDINGS: Autoimmune diseases (AIDs) are a group of syndromes characterized by episodes of unprovoked inflammation due to dysregulation of the innate immune system. Despite the common occurrence of rashes and other skin lesions in these diseases, vasculitis is reported in only a few. On the other hand, neutrophilic dermatoses are more prevalent...
October 13, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
Muhammad Husnain, Sandra Kurtin, Nikki Barkett, Irbaz Bin Riaz, Amit Agarwal
Patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma have poor prognosis. A recent analysis of patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma who were refractory to both proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory drugs showed the median overall survival of 9 months only. Daratumumab is the first-in-class human monoclonal antibody against CD38 cells which was studied in phase I/II trials for treatment of these patients with relapsed refractory multiple myeloma. It showed an overall response rate of 36% and a median overall survival (OS) of 17 months in these patients...
2016: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
María Martín-Fernández, Josep Lluís Matalí, Sara García-Sánchez, Marta Pardo, María Lleras, Carmina Castellano-Tejedor
Demand for treatment for problems related to the use of video games have increased significantly in adolescents. Most cases have a comorbid mental disorder that jeopardises both pathologies. The aim of this study is to describe profiles of adolescents with Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) according to comorbidity and analyze treatment response at 3 and 6 months. A sample of 86 patients which consulted in the Addictive Behavior Unit of a hospital was assessed with diagnostic criteria for IGD, the interview K-SADS-PL for mental disorders and the Clinical Global Impression (CGI) to treatment progress...
September 29, 2016: Adicciones
Christian Spoerry, Pontus Hessle, Melanie J Lewis, Lois Paton, Jenny M Woof, Ulrich von Pawel-Rammingen
Recently we have discovered an IgG degrading enzyme of the endemic pig pathogen S. suis designated IgdE that is highly specific for porcine IgG. This protease is the founding member of a novel cysteine protease family assigned C113 in the MEROPS peptidase database. Bioinformatical analyses revealed putative members of the IgdE protease family in eight other Streptococcus species. The genes of the putative IgdE family proteases of S. agalactiae, S. porcinus, S. pseudoporcinus and S. equi subsp. zooepidemicus were cloned for production of recombinant protein into expression vectors...
2016: PloS One
Carlos Wong-Baeza, Albany Reséndiz-Mora, Luis Donis-Maturano, Isabel Wong-Baeza, Luz Zárate-Neira, Juan Carlos Yam-Puc, Juana Calderón-Amador, Yolanda Medina, Carlos Wong, Isabel Baeza, Leopoldo Flores-Romo
Anti-lipid IgG antibodies are produced in some mycobacterial infections and in certain autoimmune diseases [such as anti-phospholipid syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)]. However, few studies have addressed the B cell responses underlying the production of these immunoglobulins. Anti-lipid IgG antibodies are consistently found in a murine model resembling human lupus induced by chlorpromazine-stabilized non-bilayer phospholipid arrangements (NPA). NPA are transitory lipid associations found in the membranes of most cells; when NPA are stabilized they can become immunogenic and induce specific IgG antibodies, which appear to be involved in the development of the mouse model of lupus...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Tim B van der Houwen, P Martin van Hagen, Wilhemina M C Timmermans, Sophinus J W Bartol, King H Lam, Jasper H Kappen, Menno C van Zelm, Jan A M van Laar
OBJECTIVES: Behçet's disease (BD), an auto-inflammatory vasculitis with oro-genital ulcerations, skin lesions and uveitis, is regarded as T cell mediated. A successful trial with rituximab suggests an additive role for B cells in the pathogenesis. Therefore, we studied B cell abnormalities in BD patients and the effect of TNF-blocking therapy. METHODS: B cells in blood (n = 36) and tissue (n = 6) of BD patients were analysed with flow cytometry and/or immunohistochemistry and compared with healthy controls (n = 22)...
October 15, 2016: Rheumatology
Raul Elgueta, Dan Tse, Sophie J Deharvengt, Marcus R Luciano, Catherine Carriere, Randolph J Noelle, Radu V Stan
Plasmalemma vesicle-associated protein (Plvap) is an endothelial protein with roles in endothelial diaphragm formation and maintenance of basal vascular permeability. At the same time, Plvap has roles in immunity by facilitating leukocyte diapedesis at inflammatory sites and controlling peripheral lymph node morphogenesis and the entry of soluble Ags into lymph node conduits. Based on its postulated role in diapedesis, we have investigated the role of Plvap in hematopoiesis and show that deletion of Plvap results in a dramatic decrease of IgM(+)IgD(lo) B cells in both the spleen and the peritoneal cavity...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
N Sung, H J Byeon, M D Salazar Garcia, A Skariah, L Wu, S Dambaeva, K Beaman, A Gilman-Sachs, J Kwak-Kim
Alterations in normal balance of B cell subsets have been reported in various rheumatic diseases. In this study, we report a woman with a history of recurrent pregnancy losses (RPL) and infertility who had low levels of memory B cells. A 35-year-old woman with a history of RPL and infertility was demonstrated to have increased peripheral blood CD19+ B cells with persistently low levels of memory B cell subsets. Prior to the frozen donor egg transfer cycle, prednisone and intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIg) treatment was initiated and patient achieved dichorionic diamniotic twin pregnancies...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Laurence C Menard, Sium Habte, Waldemar Gonsiorek, Deborah Lee, Dana Banas, Deborah A Holloway, Nataly Manjarrez-Orduno, Mark Cunningham, Dawn Stetsko, Francesca Casano, Selena Kansal, Patricia M Davis, Julie Carman, Clarence K Zhang, Ferva Abidi, Richard Furie, Steven G Nadler, Suzanne J Suchard
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex systemic autoimmune disease driven by both innate and adaptive immune cells. African Americans tend to present with more severe disease at an earlier age compared with patients of European ancestry. In order to better understand the immunological differences between African American and European American patients, we analyzed the frequencies of B cell subsets and the expression of B cell activation markers from a total of 68 SLE patients and 69 normal healthy volunteers...
June 16, 2016: JCI Insight
Jin-Tao Zhang, Yuan-Wei Yao, Marc N Potenza, Cui-Cui Xia, Jing Lan, Lu Liu, Ling-Jiao Wang, Ben Liu, Shan-Shan Ma, Xiao-Yi Fang
Internet gaming disorder (IGD) is characterized by high levels of craving for online gaming and related cues. Since addiction-related cues can evoke increased activation in brain areas involved in motivational and reward processing and may engender gaming behaviors or trigger relapse, ameliorating cue-induced craving may be a promising target for interventions for IGD. This study compared neural activation between 40 IGD and 19 healthy control (HC) subjects during an Internet-gaming cue-reactivity task and found that IGD subjects showed stronger activation in multiple brain areas, including the dorsal striatum, brainstem, substantia nigra, and anterior cingulate cortex, but lower activation in the posterior insula...
2016: NeuroImage: Clinical
Yifan Wang, Lingdan Wu, Lingxiao Wang, Yifen Zhang, Xiaoxia Du, Guangheng Dong
Although Internet games have been proven to be addictive, only a few game players develop online gaming addiction. A large number of players play online games recreationally without being addicted to it. These individuals are defined as recreational Internet gaming users (RGU). So far, no research has investigated decision-making and impulse control in RGU. In the current study, we used delay discounting (DD) task and probabilistic discounting (PD) task to examine decision-making and impulse control in 20 healthy controls, 20 subjects with Internet gaming disorder (IGD) and 23 RGU during fMRI scanning...
September 30, 2016: Addiction Biology
Stefano Alivernini, Mariola Kurowska-Stolarska, Barbara Tolusso, Roberta Benvenuto, Aziza Elmesmari, Silvia Canestri, Luca Petricca, Antonella Mangoni, Anna Laura Fedele, Clara Di Mario, Maria Rita Gigante, Elisa Gremese, Iain B McInnes, Gianfranco Ferraccioli
MicroRNA-155 (miR-155) is an important regulator of B cells in mice. B cells have a critical role in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Here we show that miR-155 is highly expressed in peripheral blood B cells from RA patients compared with healthy individuals, particularly in the IgD(-)CD27(-) memory B-cell population in ACPA(+) RA. MiR-155 is highly expressed in RA B cells from patients with synovial tissue containing ectopic germinal centres compared with diffuse synovial tissue. MiR-155 expression is associated reciprocally with lower expression of PU...
September 27, 2016: Nature Communications
Nam Ah Kim, In Bok An, Hye Seong Lim, Sang In Yang, Seong Hoon Jeong
A newly developed hybrid Fc (hyFc) is a non-immunogenic and non-cytolytic Fc with intact Ig structure derived from human IgD and IgG4. It is fused with the human growth hormone (GXD-9) and was evaluated by various biophysical techniques. Two thermal transitions were evident by DSC, reflecting the unfolding of IgG4 and the conjugated protein. The highest Tm of the initial GXD-9 was 68.17°C and the Tm of the two domains were around 66°C and 70°C. Although Tm increased with decreasing concentration, which reflects increasing conformational stability, aggregation issues were still observed by DLS...
September 19, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
C Galeotti, S Georgin-Lavialle, G Sarrabay, I Touitou, I Koné-Paut
Mevalonate kinase deficiency is a rare, autosomal recessive, auto-inflammatory disease. This results from mutations in the gene MVK coding for the enzyme mevalonate kinase. This enzyme is involved in cholesterol and isoprenoids synthesis. Depending partially of the residual activity of the mevalonate kinase, the clinical spectrum realizes a continuum which extends from the mild phenotype of the hyperimmunoglobulinemia D and periodic fever syndrome (HIDS) to a lethal form of mevalonic aciduria. The HIDS is characterized by recurrent episodes of fever with an intense inflammatory syndrome, accompanied with lymphadenopathy, abdominal pain, diarrhea, arthralgia, hepatomegaly, splenomegaly and skin rash...
September 19, 2016: La Revue de Médecine Interne
Krista D DiSano, Stephen A Stohlman, Cornelia C Bergmann
Central nervous system (CNS) inflammation associated with viral infection and autoimmune disease results in the accumulation of B cells in various differentiation stages. However, the contribution between peripheral and CNS activation remains unclear. During gliatropic coronavirus induced encephalomyelitis, accumulation of protective antibody secreting cells is preceded by infiltration of B cells with a naïve and early differentiation phenotype (Phares et al., 2014). Investigation of the temporal dynamics of B cell activation in draining cervical lymph nodes (CLN) and the CNS revealed that peak CNS infiltration of early activated, unswitched IgD(+) and IgM(+) B cells coincided with polyclonal activation in CLN...
September 19, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
R Cianci, S Lolli, D Pagliari, G Gambassi, S Frosali, R Marmo, G Melioli, A Orlando, E E Newton, E Serone, R Landolfi, F Pandolfi, D Frezza
OBJECTIVE: To study the 3' immunoglobulin heavy-chain regulatory region (3'RR) enhancer complex, active in class switching recombination and in B-cells, in Crohn's disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 167 patients [79 females (47.3%) and 88 males (52.7%)] affected by Crohn's disease were enrolled in the study. As a control, we included 64 healthy subjects, age and sex matched, from the same geographical area. Blood tests were performed on all subjects to determine their antibody levels and to detect the presence of any possible infections...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Yang Du, Xiaoqian Tang, Wenbin Zhan, Jing Xing, Xiuzhen Sheng
Immunoglobulin tau (IgT) is a new teleost immunoglobulin isotype, and its potential function in adaptive immunity is not very clear. In the present study, the membrane-bound and secreted IgT (mIgT and sIgT) heavy chain genes were cloned for the first time and characterized in flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus), and found the nucleic acid sequence were exactly same in the Cτ1-Cτ4 constant domains of mIgT and sIgT, but different in variable regions and the C-terminus. The amino acid sequence of mIgT shared higher similarity with Bovichtus diacanthus (51...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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