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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109032/comparison-of-methods-and-tat-assessment-volumetric-aquios-cl-and-bead-based-facs-canto-ii-cytometers
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Valentina Grossi, Maria Infantino, Francesca Meacci, Emanuele Bellio, Valerio Bellio, Giovanna Ciotta, Fiorella Priami, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Fabiola Atzeni, Francesca Li Gobbi, Arianna Damiani, Maurizio Benucci, Mariangela Manfredi
BACKGROUND: Measurement of lymphocyte subpopulations is a crucial parameter in the diagnosis and monitoring of therapy in a wide variety of clinical conditions. We compared different flow cytometry-based methods to determine lymphocyte subsets counts of routine samples by volumetric AQUIOS CL (Beckman Coulter) and bead-based FACS CANTO II (BD Biosciences) cytometers.We evaluated the possible decrease of the labor intensive technical work using the fully automated AQUIOS CL system in the pre and post analytical steps in comparison with our routine flow cytometer FACS CANTO II, toward the reduction of laboratory analytical turnaround time (TAT)...
January 20, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108364/from-natalizumab-to-fingolimod-in-eight-weeks-immunological-clinical-and-radiological-data-in-quest-of-the-optimal-switch
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Andrea Harrer, Georg Pilz, Katrin Oppermann, Marlene Sageder, Shahrzad Afazel, Elisabeth Haschke-Becher, Theo Rispens, Annick de Vries, Mark McCoy, Vlado Stevanovic, Wolfgang Hitzl, Eugen Trinka, Jörg Kraus, Johann Sellner, Peter Wipfler
Natalizumab (NZB) discontinuation during a treatment change is associated with recurrence of disease activity in a significant proportion of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The immunological basis why disease reactivation occurs in selected patients is unresolved. In search of a prognostic biomarker for a safe and effective transition from NZB to fingolimod, we monitored five parameters related to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects of the two drugs in 12 MS patients until six months on fingolimod...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108245/japanese-guidelines-for-childhood-asthma-2017
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REVIEW
Hirokazu Arakawa, Yuhei Hamasaki, Yoichi Kohno, Motohiro Ebisawa, Naomi Kondo, Sankei Nishima, Toshiyuki Nishimuta, Akihiro Morikawa
The Japanese Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Diseases 2017 (JAGL 2017) includes a minor revision of the Japanese Pediatric Guideline for the Treatment and Management of Asthma 2012 (JPGL 2012) by the Japanese Society of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The section on child asthma in JAGL 2017 provides information on how to diagnose asthma between infancy and adolescence (0-15 years of age). It makes recommendations for best practices in the management of childhood asthma, including management of acute exacerbations and non-pharmacological and pharmacological management...
January 18, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107858/serodiagnosis-of-asymptomatic-dengue-infection
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REVIEW
Supawat Chatchen, Arunee Sabchareon, Chukiat Sirivichayakul
Dengue virus (DENV) is a mosquito-transmitted virus that is expanding across the world. The incidence of dengue infection, especially severe disease, has been increasing. DENV consist of 4 serotypes of single stranded RNA viruses (D1-D4) in the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae. Majority of dengue infections are asymptomatic cases, which cause difficulty in disease control and are important in dengue surveillance. There is still no gold standard to diagnose asymptomatic dengue infection. Plaque reduction neutralization test (PRNT) has been developed for many purposes such as immunological study, clinical study, vaccine trial and is currently the most sensitive and specific method for serological surveillance...
January 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107430/discontinuation-from-antiretroviral-therapy-a-continuing-challenge-among-adults-in-hiv-care-in-ethiopia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Hailay Abrha Gesesew, Paul Ward, Kifle Woldemichael Hajito, Garumma Tolu Feyissa, Leila Mohammadi, Lillian Mwanri
BACKGROUND: Discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces the immunological benefit of treatment and increases complications related to human immune-deficiency virus (HIV). However, the risk factors for ART discontinuation are poorly understood in developing countries particularly in Ethiopia. This review aimed to assess the best available evidence regarding risk factors for ART discontinuation in Ethiopia. METHODS: Quantitative studies conducted in Ethiopia between 2002 and 2015 that evaluated factors associated with ART discontinuation were sought across six major databases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105368/clinical-and-immunologic-correlates-of-response-to-pd-1-blockade-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-renal-medullary-carcinoma
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Kathryn E Beckermann, Pradeep C Jolly, Ju Y Kim, Jennifer Bordeaux, Igor Puzanov, W Kimryn Rathmell, Douglas B Johnson
BACKGROUND: Renal medullary carcinoma (RMC) is a rare kidney tumor that occurs in adolescent and young adults, typically in association with sickle cell trait. RMC exhibits rapid disease progression, frequent metastases at diagnosis, and dismal clinical outcomes. Currently available therapies, including cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy, multi-tyrosine kinase, and mTOR inhibitor strategies demonstrate either transient responses or minimal activity. Therefore, further molecular characterization and additional treatment strategies are urgently needed in this aggressive disease...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105158/time-dependent-transition-of-the-immunoglobulin-g-subclass-and-immunoglobulin-e-response-in-cancer-patients-vaccinated-with-cholesteryl-pullulan-melanoma-antigen-gene-a4-nanogel
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Noriaki Kyogoku, Hiroaki Ikeda, Takahiro Tsuchikawa, Takehiro Abiko, Aki Fujiwara, Takehiro Maki, Yoshiyuki Yamamura, Masaomi Ichinokawa, Kimitaka Tanaka, Naoko Imai, Yoshihiro Miyahara, Shinichi Kageyama, Hiroshi Shiku, Satoshi Hirano
A phase I+II clinical trial of vaccination with MAGE-A4 protein complexed with cholesteryl pullulan melanoma antigen gene-A4 nanogel (CHP-MAGE-A4) is currently underway in patients with MAGE-A4-expressing cancer. In the present study, the primary phase I endpoint was to test the safety of the administration of 300 µg CHP-MAGE-A4 with and without OK-432. Another aim of the study was to clarify the details of the specific humoral immune response to vaccination. The 9 patients enrolled for phase I were vaccinated 6 times, once every 2 weeks: 3 patients with 100 µg and 3 patients with 300 µg CHP-MAGE-A4, and 3 patients with 300 µg CHP-MAGE-A4 plus 0...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104443/mhc-class-ii-restricted-neoantigen-a-promising-target-in-tumor-immunotherapy
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Zhichen Sun, Fangjun Chen, Fanyan Meng, Jia Wei, Baorui Liu
Neoantigen is a patient-specific tumor antigen resulted from mutations during oncogenesis. Emerging data suggested that immune responsiveness against neoantigens correlated with the success of clinical tumor immunotherapies. Nowadays, the majority of studies on neoantigens have focused on MHC class I restricted antigens recognized by CD8+ T cells. With improved understanding of the underlying principles of tumor biology and immunology, increasing emphasis has been put on CD4+ T cells and MHC class II restricted antigens...
January 16, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104168/meld-and-child-pugh-scores-are-related-to-immune-status-of-intrahepatic-natural-killer-cells-in-liver-transplant-candidates
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N Tanimine, Y Tanaka, T Abe, J Piao, K Ishiyama, T Kobayashi, K Ide, M Ohira, H Tahara, S Shimizu, Y Saeki, H Sakai, T Yano, H Ohdan
BACKGROUND: The role and phenotypic alterations of intrahepatic natural killer (NK) cells in liver disease were investigated. Although intrahepatic NK cells reportedly functionally deteriorate in the fibrotic liver, it remains unclear how the clinical severity of liver disease affects intrahepatic NK cells in patients with advanced liver failure. METHODS: We analyzed the phenotypic properties of intrahepatic NK cells by using mononuclear cells extracted from ex vivo liver perfusate effluents from patients who underwent liver transplantation...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103947/long-term-immune-reconstitution-and-t-cell-repertoire-analysis-after-autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-systemic-sclerosis-patients
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Dominique Farge, Lucas C M Arruda, Fanny Brigant, Emmanuel Clave, Corinne Douay, Zora Marjanovic, Christophe Deligny, Guitta Maki, Eliane Gluckman, Antoine Toubert, Helene Moins-Teisserenc
The determinants of clinical responses after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (aHSCT) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) are still unraveled. We analyzed long-term immune reconstitution (IR) and T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire diversity in 10 SSc patients, with at least 6 years simultaneous clinical and immunological follow-up after aHSCT. Patients were retrospectively classified as long-term responders (A, n = 5) or non-responders (B, n = 5), using modified Rodnan's skin score (mRSS) and forced vital capacity (FVC%)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103895/feasibility-of-antiretroviral-treatment-monitoring-in-the-era-of-decentralized-hiv-care-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Minh D Pham, Lorena Romero, Bruce Parnell, David A Anderson, Suzanne M Crowe, Stanley Luchters
BACKGROUND: Regular monitoring of HIV patients who are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) is required to ensure patient benefits and the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of ART programs. Prompted by WHO recommendations for expansion and decentralization of HIV treatment and care in low and middle income countries, we conducted a systematic review to assess the feasibility of treatment monitoring in these settings. METHODS: A comprehensive search strategy was developed using a combination of MeSH and free text terms relevant to HIV treatment and care, health service delivery, health service accessibility, decentralization and other relevant terms...
January 19, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103602/intraocular-cytokines-and-their-correlations-with-clinical-parameters-in-patients-with-myopic-choroidal-neovascularization
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Andrey G Shchuko, Natalia V Zaitseva, Tatyana N Yurieva, Elena R Chernykh, Isay M Mikhalevich, Ekaterina Y Shevela, Alina V Grigorieva
PURPOSE: To study cytokine levels in aqueous humor of patients with myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV), their correlations with each other and ocular parameters. METHODS: Ophthalmological examination and immunological study of aqueous humor with cytokine levels measurement (Bio-Plex™ Human Cytokine 27-Plex panel; Bio-Rad Laboratories, USA) were performed in 19 patients (19 eyes) with ranibizumab-treated mCNV and compared to 15 patients (15 eyes) with myopia without CNV...
January 20, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103165/burn-wound-healing-present-concepts-treatment-strategies-and-future-directions
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A Oryan, E Alemzadeh, A Moshiri
Burns are the most extensive forms of soft tissue injuries occasionally resulting in extensive and deep wounds and death. Burns can lead to severe mental and emotional distress, because of excessive scarring and skin contractures. Treatment of burns has always been a difficult medical problem and many different methods have been used to treat such injuries, locally. Biofilms are a collection of microorganisms that delay wound healing. One of the new methods of prevention and treatment of burn wound infections is application of antimicrobials, which act on biofilms and prevent the wound infection...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102259/elements-of-cancer-immunity-and-the-cancer-immune-set-point
#14
Daniel S Chen, Ira Mellman
Immunotherapy is proving to be an effective therapeutic approach in a variety of cancers. But despite the clinical success of antibodies against the immune regulators CTLA4 and PD-L1/PD-1, only a subset of people exhibit durable responses, suggesting that a broader view of cancer immunity is required. Immunity is influenced by a complex set of tumour, host and environmental factors that govern the strength and timing of the anticancer response. Clinical studies are beginning to define these factors as immune profiles that can predict responses to immunotherapy...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101043/effects-of-disseminated-mycobacterial-infection-on-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Geoffrey Collett, Natalia Lopez, Pedro F Lopez
Our patient, in the 7th decade of life, presented with worsening blurry vision over 3 weeks. The pertinent history included nonexudative age-related macular degeneration, recent pulmonary mycobacterial infection, and autoimmune pancreatitis. The patient had decreased visual acuity in both eyes; the remaining findings of our examination were relatively benign. The diagnosis of bilateral exudative age-related macular degeneration was aided by ocular imaging. Not only were exudative changes confirmed, but one modality suggested an underlying occult choroiditis, which presumably fueled a local inflammatory drive leading to evolution of the disease...
September 2016: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100240/reactivation-of-dormant-anti-tumor-immunity-a-clinical-perspective-of-therapeutic-immune-checkpoint-modulation
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REVIEW
Richard Greil, Evelyn Hutterer, Tanja Nicole Hartmann, Lisa Pleyer
In favor of their outgrowth, cancer cells must resist immune surveillance and edit the immune response. Cancer immunoediting is characterized by fundamental changes in the cellular composition and the inflammatory cytokine profiles in the microenvironment of the primary tumor and metastatic niches, with an ever increasing complexity of interactions between tumor cells and the immune system. Recent data suggest that genetic instability and immunoediting are not necessarily disparate processes. Increasing mutational load may be associated with multiple neoepitopes expressed by the tumor cells and thus increased chances for the immune system to recognize and combat these cells...
January 19, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099577/effects-of-periodontal-treatment-on-primary-sj%C3%A8-gren-s-syndrome-symptoms
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Lucas Macedo Batitucci Ambrósio, Emanuel da Silva Rovai, Bruno Nunes de França, Danilo Andrés Balzarini, Ieda Santos Abreu, Sheyla Batista Bologna Lopes, Thaís Borguezan Nunes, Silvia Vanessa Lourenço, Sandra Gofinet Pasoto, Luciana Saraiva, Marinella Holzhausen
The aim of this longitudinal prospective study was to evaluate the effects of periodontal treatment on the clinical, microbiological and immunological periodontal parameters, and on the systemic activity (ESSDAI) and subjective (ESSPRI) indexes in patients with primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS). Twenty-eight female patients were divided into four groups: pSS patients with or without chronic periodontitis (SCP, SC, respectively), and systemically healthy patients with or without chronic periodontitis (CP, C, respectively)...
January 16, 2017: Brazilian Oral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099216/a-rare-case-of-amyopathic-juvenile-dermatomyositis-associated-to-psoriasis-successfully-treated-with-ustekinumab
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Claudia L Montoya, Martha L Gonzalez, Fabio E Ospina, Gabriel J Tobón
Coexistence between two or more immunological-mediated diseases implies a clinical and therapeutic challenge that is uncommon in the clinical field. We report a rare case of a young patient with amyopathic juvenile dermatomyositis and erythrodermic psoriasis, with an excellent response to ustekinumab.
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098596/erythema-nodosum-leprosum-like-lesions-are-a-histopathologic-pattern-in-whipple-s-disease-and-a-sign-of-the-immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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Julia Liersch, Agnès Carlotti, Anne Theunis, Alexandra Leonard, Mary Barrett, John Andrew Carlson, Jörg Schaller
Inflammatory and subcutaneous nodules can arise in treated and untreated cases of Whipple disease (WD). The inflammatory immune reconstitution syndrome describes paradoxical clinical inflammatory worsening of a preexisting condition because of a return of immune function. Clinicopathologic examination of 4 patients with WD who presented with erythema nodosum leprosum (ENL)-like lesions and the findings of a systematic review of this phenomenon revealed that ENL-like lesions occurred in predominantly middle-aged male patients who suffered from WD, mostly on the legs...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098168/the-il-17a-rs2275913-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-is-associated-with-protection-to-tuberculosis-but-related-to-higher-disease-severity-in-argentina
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A Rolandelli, R E Hernández Del Pino, J M Pellegrini, N L Tateosian, N O Amiano, S de la Barrera, N Casco, M Gutiérrez, D J Palmero, V E García
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) causes nearly 10 millions of new tuberculosis disease cases annually. However, most individuals exposed to Mtb do not develop tuberculosis, suggesting the influence of a human genetic component. Here, we investigated the association of the rs2275913 SNP (G → A) from IL-17A and tuberculosis in Argentina by a case-control study. Furthermore, we evaluated in vitro the functional relevance of this SNP during the immune response of the host against Mtb and analyzed its impact on clinical parameters of the disease...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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