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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426825/levels-of-hiv-1-persistence-on-antiretroviral-therapy-are-not-associated-with-markers-of-inflammation-or-activation
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Rajesh T Gandhi, Deborah K McMahon, Ronald J Bosch, Christina M Lalama, Joshua C Cyktor, Bernard J Macatangay, Charles R Rinaldo, Sharon A Riddler, Evelyn Hogg, Catherine Godfrey, Ann C Collier, Joseph J Eron, John W Mellors
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces levels of HIV-1 and immune activation but both can persist despite clinically effective ART. The relationships among pre-ART and on-ART levels of HIV-1 and activation are incompletely understood, in part because prior studies have been small or cross-sectional. To address these limitations, we evaluated measures of HIV-1 persistence, inflammation, T cell activation and T cell cycling in a longitudinal cohort of 101 participants who initiated ART and had well-documented sustained suppression of plasma viremia for a median of 7 years...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425818/immunization-with-10-valent-pneumococcal-non-typeable-haemophilus-influenzae-protein-d-conjugate-vaccine-phid-cv-according-to-different-schedules-in-infants-in-south-africa-a-phase-iii-trial
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Shabir A Madhi, Anthonet Koen, Lisa Jose, Marta Moreira, Nadia van Niekerk, Clare Cutland, Nancy François, Javier Ruiz-Guiñazú, Juan Pablo Yarzabal, Dorota Borys, Lode Schuerman
BACKGROUND: Limited clinical data exists to assess differences between various infant pneumococcal conjugate vaccine schedules. In this trial, we evaluated immunogenicity of the 10-valent pneumococcal non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae protein D conjugate vaccine (phid-cv) administered using 3 different immunization schedules in HIV unexposed-uninfected infants in South Africa. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In this phase iii, open, single-center, controlled study (clinicaltrials...
April 20, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425447/development-and-pre-clinical-evaluation-of-recombinant-human-myelin-basic-protein-nano-therapeutic-vaccine-in-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-mice-animal-model
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Medhat A Al-Ghobashy, Aliaa N ElMeshad, Rania M Abdelsalam, Mohammed M Nooh, Muhammad Al-Shorbagy, Götz Laible
Recombinant human myelin basic protein (rhMBP) was previously produced in the milk of transgenic cows. Differences in molecular recognition of either hMBP or rhMBP by surface-immobilized anti-hMBP antibodies were demonstrated. This indicated differences in immunological response between rhMBP and hMBP. Here, the activity of free and controlled release rhMBP poly(ε-caprolactone) nanoparticles (NPs), as a therapeutic vaccine against multiple sclerosis (MS) was demonstrated in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) animal model...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424750/celiac-disease-presenting-with-immune-thrombocytopenic-purpura
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Hakan Sarbay, Billur Cosan Sarbay, Mehmet Akın, Halil Kocamaz, Mahya Sultan Tosun
Celiac disease (CD) is an immunological disorder. Clinical manifestations occur as a result of intestinal mucosa damage and malabsorption. CD is also associated with extraintestinal manifestations and autoimmune disorders. The coexistence of CD and autoimmune diseases has been described before. In this article, a patient with CD presenting with thrombocytopenia is discussed.
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424654/emerging-approaches-for-validating-and-managing-multiple-sclerosis-relapse
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REVIEW
Elizabeth A Mills, Ali Mirza, Yang Mao-Draayer
The autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS) is characterized by relapses in the majority of patients. A definitive clinical diagnosis of relapse in MS can be complicated by the presence of an infection or comorbid disorder. In this mini-review, we describe efforts to develop enhanced imaging techniques and biomarker detection as future tools for relapse validation. There is emerging evidence of roles for meningeal inflammation, sex hormones, comorbid metabolic or mood disorders, and a dysregulated immune profile in the manifestation and severity of relapse...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424562/immunological-and-hematological-reference-intervals-among-hiv-seronegative-pregnant-women-in-northwest-ethiopia
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Meaza Genetu, Debasu Damtie, Meseret Workineh, Biniam Mathewos Tebeje, Bamlaku Enawgaw, Tekalign Deressa
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy is a state characterized by profound physiological hematological changes. However, hematological reference intervals being used in clinical practice in Ethiopia are derived from nonlocal general populations, despite the significant variations reported previously. The aim of this study was to determine the immunological and hematological reference intervals in healthy pregnancy among HIV-seronegative pregnant women in northwest Ethiopia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 200 healthy, HIV-seronegative pregnant women were enrolled from February 2015 to June 2015 in a cross-sectional study setting at Gondar University Hospital...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424453/comorbid-human-immunodeficiency-virus-hiv-and-muscle-specific-kinase-musk-myasthenia-gravis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Michael Sherpa, Ravi K Metai, Viki Kumar, Tinu Hirachan, Kawser U Ahmed, Sharon J Atkinson
BACKGROUND HIV infections with concomitant immunologically-mediated disorders have been frequently described but there has been little research on the association between HIV and myasthenia gravis. MuSK myasthenia gravis coexisting with HIV is an even a rarer entity and can occur as a part of immune restoration disease. We report the case of a patient with asymptomatic HIV infection who presented with new-onset MuSK myasthenia gravis. CASE REPORT A 44-year-old African-American woman with HIV since 2004 and on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) presented to the ED with complains of double vision and difficulty swallowing for 2 weeks...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424287/protective-efficacy-of-formaldehyde-inactivated-whole-virus-vaccine-and-antivirals-in-a-murine-model-of-coxsackievirus-a10-infection
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Zhenjie Zhang, Zhaopeng Dong, Juan Li, Michael J Carr, Dongming Zhuang, Jianxing Wang, Yawei Zhang, Shujun Ding, Yigang Tong, Dong Li, Weifeng Shi
Coxsackievirus A10 (CVA10) is one of the major pathogens associated with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). CVA10 infection can cause herpangina and viral pneumonia, which can be complicated by severe neurological sequelae. Morbidity and mortality of CVA10-associated HFMD has been increasing in recent years, particularly in the pan-Pacific region. There are limited studies however on the pathogenesis and immunology of CVA10-associated HFMD infections, and few antiviral drugs or vaccines have been reported...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423454/uk-neqas-survey-of-allergen-component-testing-across-the-united-kingdom-and-other-european-countries
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R Saleem, C Keymer, D Patel, W Egner, A W Rowbottom
The clinical utility of molecular diagnostic approaches in allergy investigation is being recognized increasingly to play a significant role in the management of allergic patients. Determining the sensitization pattern, which is best achieved through the use of component resolved diagnostics (CRD), allows effective risk stratification, appropriate treatment and patient selection for immunotherapy. In order to assess the diagnostic service provisions for in-vitro allergy testing across Europe, a survey was carried out via the total immunoglobulin (Ig)E and specific IgE external quality assurance schemes run by UK National External Quality Assessment Service (NEQAS) Immunology, Immunochemistry and Allergy...
April 19, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423140/arboviruses-emerging-in-brazil-challenges-for-clinic-and-implications-for-public-health
#10
Maria Rita Donalisio, André Ricardo Ribas Freitas, Andrea Paula Bruno Von Zuben
Arboviruses have been emerging in different parts of the world due to genetic changes in the virus, alteration of the host and vector population dynamics, or because of anthropogenic environmental factors. These viruses' capacity for adaptation is notable, as well as the likelihood of their emergence and establishment in new geographic areas. In Brazilian epidemiologic scenario, the most common arboviruses are DENV, CHIKV, and ZIKV, although others may spread in the country. Little is yet known of the impact of viral co-circulation, which would theoretically result in more intense viremia or other immunological alterations that could trigger autoimmune diseases, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome...
April 10, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422588/alterations-in-redox-homeostasis-during-recovery-from-unexplained-underperformance-syndrome-in-an-elite-international-rower
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Nathan A Lewis, Ann Redgrave, Mark Homer, Richard Burden, Wendy Martinson, Brian Moore, Charles R Pedlar
PURPOSE: This case study of an international rower examines a diagnosis of Unexplained Under Performance Syndrome (UUPS or Overtraining Syndrome) describing a full recovery and return to elite competition the same year. METHODS: On diagnosis and 4 and 14 months post-diagnosis, detailed assessments including physiological, nutritional, and biomarkers were made. RESULTS: Clinical examination and laboratory results for haematology, biochemistry, thyroid function, immunology, vitamins and minerals were unremarkable and did not explain the presentation and diagnosis...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422412/histological-evolution-of-bk-virus-associated-nephropathy-importance-of-integrating-clinical-and-pathological-findings
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Cinthia B Drachenberg, John C Papadimitriou, Muhammad R Chaudhry, Richard Ugarte, Manju Mavanur, Beje Thomas, Charles Cangro, Nadiesda Costa, Emilio Ramos, Matthew R Weir, Abdolreza Haririan
Long term clinicopathological studies of BK-associated nephropathy (PyVAN) are not available. We studied 206 biopsies (71 patients), followed 3.09±1.46y after immunosuppression reduction. The biopsy features (% SV40+staining and inflammation +/- acute rejection) were correlated with viral load dynamics and serum creatinine to define the clinicopathological status (PyVCPS). Incidence of acute rejection was 28% in the 2(nd) biopsy and 50% subsequently (25% mixed TCMR+AMR; rejection overall affected 38% of patients (>50% AMR)...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422188/resolvin-d1-enhances-the-resolution-of-lung-inflammation-caused-by-long-term-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection
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M Codagnone, E Cianci, A Lamolinara, V C Mari, A Nespoli, E Isopi, D Mattoscio, M Arita, A Bragonzi, M Iezzi, M Romano, A Recchiuti
Pseudomonas aeruginosa lung infection is a main cause of disability and mortality worldwide. Acute inflammation and its timely resolution are crucial for ensuring bacterial clearance and limiting tissue damage. Here, we investigated protective actions of resolvin (Rv) D1 in lung infection induced by the RP73 clinical strain of P. aeruginosa. RvD1 significantly diminished bacterial growth and neutrophil infiltration during acute pneumonia caused by RP73. Inoculum of RP73, immobilized in agar beads, resulted in persistent lung infection up to 21 days, leading to a non resolving inflammation reminiscent of human pathology...
April 19, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421634/vagus-nerve-stimulation-a-new-promising-therapeutic-tool-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#14
B Bonaz, V Sinniger, S Pellissier
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), that is Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis, affects about 1.5 million persons in the USA and 2.2 million in Europe. The pathophysiology of IBD involves immunological, genetic and environmental factors. The treatment is medico-surgical but suspensive. Anti-TNFα agents have revolutionized the treatment of IBD but have side effects. In addition, a non-negligible percentage of patients with IBD stop or take episodically their treatment. Consequently, a nondrug therapy targeting TNFα through a physiological pathway, devoid of major side effects and with a good cost-effectiveness ratio, would be of interest...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421384/the-efficacy-of-guolin-qigong-on-the-body-mind-health-of-chinese-women-with-breast-cancer-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Pei Liu, Jieshu You, Wing T Y Loo, Youzhi Sun, Yanhua He, Huiping Sit, Lei Jia, Meikuen Wong, Zhiyu Xia, Xiao Zheng, Zhiyu Wang, Neng Wang, Lixing Lao, Jianping Chen
PURPOSE: This study was to evaluate the efficacy of a complementary Chinese treatment modality Guolin-Qigong (GLQG) for patients with breast cancer on the body-mind health. METHODS: A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted among 158 women with breast cancer. Subjects were randomized to receive GLQG (test group) versus a physical stretching program (control group) following conventional treatment for breast cancer. GLQG and stretching interventions were performed twice a week over 24 weeks...
April 18, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419435/osteogenic-differentiation-potential-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-cultured-on-nanofibrous-scaffold-improved-in-the-presence-of-pulsed-electromagnetic-field
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Monireh Arjmand, Abdolreza Ardeshirylajimi, Hossein Maghsoudi, Esmaeel Azadian
Nowadays, tissue engineering by using stem cells in combination with scaffolds and bioactive molecules has made significant contributions to the regeneration of damaged bone tissues. Since the usage of bioactive molecules including, growth factors to induce differentiation is safety limited in clinical applications, and it has also been previously observed that extremely low frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) can be effective in the enhancement of proliferation rate and osteogenic differentiation of stem cells, the aim of this study was investigating the osteoinductive potential of PEMF in combination with Poly(caprolactone) (PCL) nanofibrous scaffold...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418988/hiv-specific-cd8-t-cells-producing-ccl-4-are-associated-with-worse-immune-reconstitution-during-chronic-infection
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Rita Casetti, Carmela Pinnetti, Alessandra Sacchi, Gabriele De Simone, Veronica Bordoni, Eleonora Cimini, Nicola Tumino, Francesca Besi, Domenico Viola, Federica Turchi, Valentina Mazzotta, Andrea Antinori, Federico Martini, Adriana Ammassari, Chiara Agrati
BACKGROUND: Immunological non response represents the Achilles heel in the combination antiretroviral treatment (cART) effectiveness, and increases risk of clinical events and death. CD8 T cells play a crucial role in controlling HIV replication and polyfunctional HIV-specific CD8 T cells have been associated with non-progressive HIV infection. However, the possible role of polyfunctional CD8 T cells in predicting post-treatment immune reconstitution has not yet been explored. The aim of this study was to identify functional markers predictive of immunological response to cART in chronic HIV-infected patients...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418613/complement-independent-blistering-mechanisms-in-bullous-pemphigoid
#18
Hiroaki Iwata, Hideyuki Ujiie
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune subepidermal blistering disease that clinically demonstrates tense blisters with widespread erythema, histologically demonstrates subepidermal blistering and immunologically demonstrates the presence of circulating autoantibodies against hemidesmosomal molecules. Complement activation has long been regarded as necessary for the generation of the BP. However, certain evidence has recently come to support non-complemental blistering mechanisms. The story of BP blistering mechanisms is a complicated one...
April 18, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417905/analytical-criticalities-associated-to-different-immunological-methods-for-serum-free-light-chain-detection-in-plasma-cell-dyscrasias-a-description-of-particular-clinical-cases
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Rocco Sabatino, Antonio Perrone, Marco Cuomo, Sandra Liotti, Vittoria Barchiesi, Monica Cantile, Ernesta Cavalcanti
Current criteria for differential diagnosis of multiple myeloma (MM), Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), and smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) are included in the 2003 guidelines by the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG). An updated version was then published in 2014, highlighting the importance of serum free light chain (sFLC) detection, as well as the κ/λ ratio as excellent indicators of clonality. At present, two commercial assays for sFLC quantification are available: the Freelite™ assay and the N-Latex assay...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417469/oesophageal-involvement-in-26-consecutive-patients-with-mucous-membrane-pemphigoid
#20
O Zehou, J-J Raynaud, C Le Roux-Villet, M Alexandre, G Airinei, F Pascal, M Heller, N Lièvre, L Laroche, F Caux, R Benamouzig, C Prost-Squarcioni
BACKGROUND: Oesophageal involvement of mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP) has not yet been thoroughly described. OBJECTIVES: This study was undertaken to systematically characterise the endoscopic lesions of a series of patients with oesophageal symptoms seen in a referral centre for autoimmune bullous diseases. METHODS: Clinical, endoscopic and immunological findings of consecutively referred MMP patients with oesophageal involvement, systemic and endoscopic treatments and follow-up, are described...
April 18, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
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