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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812219/eminent-sources-of-adult-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-therapeutic-imminence
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Dannie Macrin, Joel P Joseph, Aruthra Arumugam Pillai, Arikketh Devi
In the recent times, stem cell biology has garnered the attention of the scientific fraternity and the general public alike due to the immense therapeutic potential that it holds in the field of regenerative medicine. A breakthrough in this direction came with the isolation of stem cells from human embryo and their differentiation into cell types of all three germ layers. However, the isolation of mesenchymal stem cells from adult tissues proved to be advantageous over embryonic stem cells due to the ethical and immunological naivety...
August 15, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811969/k27m-mutant-histone-3-as-a-novel-target-for-glioma-immunotherapy
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Katharina Ochs, Martina Ott, Theresa Bunse, Felix Sahm, Lukas Bunse, Katrin Deumelandt, Jana K Sonner, Melanie Keil, Andreas von Deimling, Wolfgang Wick, Michael Platten
Mutation-specific vaccines have become increasingly important in glioma immunotherapy; however, shared neoepitopes are rare. For diffuse gliomas, a driver mutation in the gene for isocitrate dehydrogenase type-1 has been shown to produce an immunogenic epitope currently targeted in clinical trials. For highly aggressive midline gliomas, a recurrent point mutation in the histone-3 gene (H3F3A) causes an amino acid change from lysine to methionine at position 27 (K27M). Here, we demonstrate that a peptide vaccine against K27M-mutant histone-3 is capable of inducing effective, mutation-specific, cytotoxic T-cell- and T-helper-1-cell-mediated immune responses in a major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-humanized mouse model...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811958/soluble-nkg2d-ligands-are-biomarkers-associated-with-the-clinical-outcome-to-immune-checkpoint-blockade-therapy-of-metastatic-melanoma-patients
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Cristina Maccalli, Diana Giannarelli, Carla Chiarucci, Ornella Cutaia, Gianluca Giacobini, Wouter Hendrickx, Giovanni Amato, Diego Annesi, Davide Bedognetti, Maresa Altomonte, Riccardo Danielli, Luana Calabrò, Anna Maria Di Giacomo, Francesco M Marincola, Giorgio Parmiani, Michele Maio
The introduction of immune checkpoint blockade into the clinical practice resulted in improvement of survival of a significant portion of melanoma patients. Consequently, predictive biomarkers of response are needed to optimize patient's stratification and the development of combination therapies. The aim of this study was to determine whether levels of soluble NKG2D ligands (MICA, MICB, ULBP1, 2 and 3; sNKG2DLs) in the serum of melanoma patients can serve as useful predictors of response to the treatment with immune checkpoint blockade...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811201/the-unmet-need-in-rheumatology-reports-from-the-targeted-therapies-meeting-2017
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Kevin L Winthrop, Vibeke Strand, Désirée van der Heijde, Philip Mease, Mary Crow, Michael Weinblatt, Joan Bathon, Gerd R Burmester, Maxime Dougados, Johnathan Kay, Xavier Mariette, Ronald Van Vollenhoven, Joachim Sieper, Fritz Melchers, Ferdinand C Breedfeld, Joachim Kalden, Josef S Smolen, Daniel E Furst
The 19th annual international Targeted Therapies meeting brought together over 100 leading basic scientists and clinical researchers from around the world in the field of immunology, molecular biology and rheumatology and other specialties. During the meeting, breakout sessions were held consisting of 5 disease-specific groups with 20-40 experts assigned to each group based on clinical or scientific expertise. Specific groups included: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, systemic lupus erythematous, connective tissue diseases (e...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810616/single-blinded-randomized-and-controlled-clinical-trial-evaluating-the-effects-of-omega-3-fatty-acids-among-septic-patients-with-intestinal-dysfunction-a-pilot-study
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Huaisheng Chen, Wei Wang, Yingcai Hong, Huadong Zhang, Chengying Hong, Xueyan Liu
Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory reaction, which is aggravated by aspects of the immune response that are thought to be inhibited by Omega-3 fatty acids. The aim of the present study was to determine if Omega-3 fatty acid could modulate immunological function and improve survival rate among septic patients with intestinal dysfunction. A total of 48 mechanically ventilated patients with intestinal dysfunction were included in this prospective, randomized and single-blind clinical study. Patients were randomly divided into control (group A) and treatment groups (group B)...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808502/clinical-significance-of-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-for-gastric-cancer-in-the-era-of-immunology
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REVIEW
Byung Woog Kang, Jong Gwang Kim, In Hee Lee, Han Ik Bae, An Na Seo
Immunotherapy has begun to revolutionize cancer treatment, by introducing therapies that target the host immune system instead of the tumor, therapies that possess unique adverse event profiles, and therapies that may cure certain types of cancer. The immune microenvironment of tumors is emerging as the most important means of understanding the relationship between a patient' immune system and their cancer, informing prognosis, and guiding immunotherapy, such as an antibody blockade of immune checkpoints. For some solid tumors, simple quantitation of lymphocyte infiltration would seem to have prognostic significance, suggesting that lymphocyte infiltration is not passive but may actively promote or inhibit tumor growth...
July 15, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805662/clinical-and-immunological-responses-after-cd30-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-redirected-lymphocytes
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Carlos A Ramos, Brandon Ballard, Huimin Zhang, Olga Dakhova, Adrian P Gee, Zhuyong Mei, Mrinalini Bilgi, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Bambi Grilley, Catherine M Bollard, Bill H Chang, Cliona M Rooney, Malcolm K Brenner, Helen E Heslop, Gianpietro Dotti, Barbara Savoldo
BACKGROUND: Targeting CD30 with monoclonal antibodies in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) has had profound clinical success. However, adverse events, mainly mediated by the toxin component of the conjugated antibodies, cause treatment discontinuation in many patients. Targeting CD30 with T cells expressing a CD30-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) may reduce the side effects and augment antitumor activity. METHODS: We conducted a phase I dose escalation study in which 9 patients with relapsed/refractory HL or ALCL were infused with autologous T cells that were gene-modified with a retroviral vector to express the CD30-specific CAR (CD30...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805315/a-comparison-of-clinical-and-immunologic-phenotypes-in-familial-and-sporadic-forms-of-common-variable-immunodeficiency
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Amir Valizadeh, Reza Yazdani, Gholamreza Azizi, Hassan Abolhassani, Asghar Aghamohammadi
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is the most frequent symptomatic primary immunodeficiency disease and its prevalence varies significantly among different population. Minority of CVID patients present a familial aggregation suggesting a higher probability of heritable genetic defects. A total of 235 registered CVID patients were evaluated in this cohort study. Familial and sporadic patients were stratified and demographic information, clinical records, laboratory and molecular data were compared among these two groups of patients...
August 11, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804863/personalised-immunomodulating-treatments-for-graves-disease-fact-or-fiction
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Tristan Mirko Struja, Alexander Kutz, Stefan Fischli, Christian Meier, Beat Müller, Philipp Schütz
Although Graves' disease has been recognised for more than 100 years, its physiopathological mechanisms are incompletely understood. Treatment strategies today mainly focus on suppression of thyroid hormone production by use of antithyroid drugs or radio-iodine, but neglect the underlying immunological mechanisms. Although Graves' disease is often seen as a prototype for an autoimmune mechanism, it is more likely to be a heterogeneous syndrome showing characteristics of both autoimmunity and immunodeficiency...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804826/assessment-of-hereditary-thrombophilia-performance-of-protein-s-ps-testing
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Richard A Marlar, Jana N Gausman
Protein S (PS) is a Vitamin K-dependent protein that functions as a cofactor for the regulation of the coagulation system. PS works in conjunction with Activated Protein C to inactivate factors V and VIII. PS circulates in plasma either complexed to the complement protein, C4b Binding Protein or unbound. The unbound (or free) component is the functional form for the regulation of the coagulation system. PS can be measured in plasma by functional activity, the free (or unbound form) or both free and bound fractions (Total PS)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804700/abridged-version-of-the-awmf-guideline-for-the-medical-clinical-diagnostics-of-indoor-mould-exposure-s2k-guideline-of-the-german-society-of-hygiene-environmental-medicine-and-preventive-medicine-ghup-in-collaboration-with-the-german-association-of-allergists
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Gerhard A Wiesmüller, Birger Heinzow, Ute Aurbach, Karl-Christian Bergmann, Albrecht Bufe, Walter Buzina, Oliver A Cornely, Steffen Engelhart, Guido Fischer, Thomas Gabrio, Werner Heinz, Caroline E W Herr, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Ludger Klimek, Martin Köberle, Herbert Lichtnecker, Thomas Lob-Corzilius, Rolf Merget, Norbert Mülleneisen, Dennis Nowak, Uta Rabe, Monika Raulf, Hans Peter Seidl, Jens-Oliver Steiß, Regine Szewszyk, Peter Thomas, Kerttu Valtanen, Julia Hurraß
This article is an abridged version of the AWMF mould guideline "Medical clinical diagnostics of indoor mould exposure" presented in April 2016 by the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental Medicine and Preventive Medicine (Gesellschaft für Hygiene, Umweltmedizin und Präventivmedizin, GHUP), in collaboration with the above-mentioned scientific medical societies, German and Austrian societies, medical associations and experts. Indoor mould growth is a potential health risk, even if a quantitative and/or causal relationship between the occurrence of individual mould species and health problems has yet to be established...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804502/purification-preliminary-characterization-and-immunological-activity-of-polysaccharides-from-crude-drugs-of-sijunzi-formula
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Yunfei Ji, Ruijun Wang, Ying Peng, Chongsheng Peng, Xiaobo Li
Sijunzi Decoction (SJZD) is a conventional prescription for curing spleen deficiency in Traditional Chinese Medicine and polysaccharide is its main ingredient. In order to explore the effective ingredients contributing to the immunological activity of SJZD, we isolated and purified seven homogeneous polysaccharides from Radix Ginseng (RS-3-1 and RS-3-2), Rhizoma Atractylodis Macrocephalae (BZ-3-1, BZ-3-2, and BZ-3-3), Poria (FL-3-1), and Radix Glycyrrhizae (GC-3-1) decoctions, respectively. The molecular weight of seven homogeneous polysaccharides ranged from 5...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804488/anti-adhesion-therapies-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-molecular-and-clinical-aspects
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Sebastian Zundler, Emily Becker, Carl Weidinger, Britta Siegmund
The number of biologicals for the therapy of immunologically mediated diseases is constantly growing. In contrast to other agents that were previously introduced in rheumatologic or dermatologic diseases and only later adopted for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), the field of IBD was ground breaking for the concept of anti-adhesion blockade. Anti-adhesion antibodies selectively target integrins controlling cell homing to the intestine, which leads to reduction of inflammatory infiltration to the gut in chronic intestinal inflammation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803824/the-clinical-spectrum-of-hepatic-manifestations-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Natalia Kreiniz, Ofrat Beyar Katz, Aaron Polliack, Tamar Tadmor
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common leukemia in the Western world, characterized by the presence of long-lived circulating leukemic cells in the peripheral blood that may infiltrate all organs, particularly those of the reticulo-endothelial system. Liver enlargement and elevation of liver enzymes related to specific involvement by the underlying disease are well-recognized features in these patients. In CLL, the differential diagnosis of liver disorders is broad and includes liver infiltration by leukemic cells, immunologic manifestations associated with CLL, primary and secondary hepatic malignancies, drug-induced hepatotoxicity, infections, and Richter transformation...
July 23, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803708/anti-phospholipid-syndrome-current-opinion-on-mechanisms-involved-laboratory-characterization-and-diagnostic-aspects
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Jean Amiral, Marie Peyrafitte, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jerard Seghatchian
Anti-phospholipid syndrome is a complex and severe clinical situation, associated with symptoms such as recurrent thrombosis, arterial or venous, at any site, pregnancy loss, and other related syndromes. These clinical burdens, are highly variable from patient to patient, and are associated with biological abnormalities, such as the presence of the Lupus Anticoagulant or phospholipid dependent antibodies, confirmed on two occasions at least 12 weeks apart. From the diagnosis standpoint, both, functional (clotting) or immunological assays, are difficult to standardize and to optimize, due to the absence of reference material, or a characteristic clinical group, and international reference preparations...
July 15, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803259/opportunities-and-challenges-in-the-immunological-therapy-of-pediatric-malignancy-a-concise-snapshot
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REVIEW
Francesco Ceppi, Maja Beck-Popovic, Jean-Pierre Bourquin, Raffaele Renella
Over the last 50 years, collaborative clinical trials have reduced the number of children dying from pediatric cancer significantly. Unfortunately, certain tumor types have remained resistant to conventional surgical, radiotherapy and chemotherapy combinations, and relapsing and/or refractory disease remains associated with dismal outcomes. Recently, renewed attention has been given to the role for immunotherapies in pediatric oncology. In fact, these combine several attractive features, including (but possibly not limited to) the specificity for cancer cells, potentially in vivo persistence and longevity, and potency against refractory disease...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802902/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-mannose-sensitive-hemagglutinin-injection-treated-cytokine-induced-killer-cells-combined-with-chemotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-malignancies
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Chaoqi Zhang, Zhen Zhang, Liping Wang, Jiaoling Han, Feng Li, Chunyi Shen, Hong Li, Lan Huang, Xuan Zhao, Dongli Yue, Jianmin Huang, Yan Yan, Yi Zhang
Pseudomonas aeruginosa-mannose sensitive hemagglutinin (PA-MSHA) injection serves as immunological adjuvant in clinical treatment of cancer patients. In present study, we investigated whether PA-MSHA injection enhanced the anti-tumor efficacy of CIK cells. Twenty patients with malignancies were enrolled in this retrospective clinical trial. They were divided into two groups: 10 patients received PA-MSHA treated CIK cells transfusion combined with chemotherapy, and other patients accepted CIK cells and chemotherapy...
August 10, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802838/identification-of-immune-correlates-of-protection-in-shigella-infection-by-application-of-machine-learning
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Jorge M Arevalillo, Marcelo B Sztein, Karen L Kotloff, Myron M Levine, Jakub K Simon
BACKGROUND: Immunologic correlates of protection are important in vaccine development because they give insight into mechanisms of protection, assist in the identification of promising vaccine candidates, and serve as endpoints in bridging clinical vaccine studies. Our goal is the development of a methodology to identify immunologic correlates of protection using the Shigella challenge as a model. METHODS: The proposed methodology utilizes the Random Forests (RF) machine learning algorithm as well as Classification and Regression Trees (CART) to detect immune markers that predict protection, identify interactions between variables, and define optimal cutoffs...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802766/a-phase-i-trial-of-intraperitoneal-gen-1-an-il-12-plasmid-formulated-with-peg-pei-cholesterol-lipopolymer-administered-with-pegylated-liposomal-doxorubicin-in-patients-with-recurrent-or-persistent-epithelial-ovarian-fallopian-tube-or-primary-peritoneal-cancers
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Premal H Thaker, William E Brady, Heather A Lankes, Kunle Odunsi, William H Bradley, Kathleen N Moore, Carolyn Y Muller, Khursheed Anwer, Russell J Schilder, Ronald D Alvarez, Paula M Fracasso
OBJECTIVE: The study's purpose was to assess safety and efficacy of escalating doses of weekly GEN-1 with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) in patients with recurrent or persistent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancers (EOC). METHODS: Patients had persistent or recurrent platinum-resistant EOC. The trial was a standard 3+3 phase I dose escalation design with patients receiving intravenous PLD 40mg/m(2) (dose level 1 and 2) or 50mg/m(2) (dose level 3) every 28days and intraperitoneal GEN-1 at 24mg/m(2) (dose level 1) or 36mg/m(2) (dose level 2 and 3) on days 1, 8, 15, and 22 of a 28day cycle...
August 9, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802495/the-immunology-of-melanoma
#20
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Jennifer S Ko
The relatively high DNA mutational burden in melanoma allows for the creation of potentially "foreign," immune-stimulating neoantigens, and leads to its exceptional immunogenicity. Brisk tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, a marker of immune editing, confer improved overall survival in melanoma, possibly due to reduced sentinel lymph node spread. Meanwhile, T-cell-stimulating drugs, so-called T-cell checkpoint inhibitors, which reverse peripheral tolerance-dependent tumor escape, have demonstrated unparalleled clinical success in metastatic melanoma...
September 2017: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
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