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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231392/from-dendritic-cells-to-b-cells-dysfunctions-during-hiv-1-infection-tfh-at-the-cross-road
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Nicolas Ruffin, Lylia Hani, Nabila Seddiki
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are essential for B cell differentiation and the subsequent antibody responses. Their numbers and functions are altered during human and simian immunodeficiency virus (HIV/SIV) infections. In lymphoid tissues, Tfh cells are present in germinal center, where they are the main source of replicative HIV-1 and represent a major reservoir. Paradoxically, Tfh numbers are increased in chronically infected individuals. Understanding the fate of Tfh cells in the course of HIV-1 infection is essential for the design of efficient strategies toward a protective HIV vaccine or a cure...
February 23, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231257/targeted-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-sh2d1a-pathogenic-variant-in-a-chinese-family-carrier-screening-and-prenatal-genetic-testing
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Jun-Yu Zhang, Song-Chang Chen, Yi-Yao Chen, Shu-Yuan Li, Lan-Lan Zhang, Ying-Hua Shen, Chun-Xin Chang, Yu-Qian Xiang, He-Feng Huang, Chen-Ming Xu
X-linked lymphoproliferative disease type 1 (XLP1) is a rare primary immunodeficiency characterized by a clinical triad consisting of severe EBV-induced hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, B-cell lymphoma, and dysgammaglobulinemia. Mutations in SH2D1A gene have been revealed as the cause of XLP1. In this study, a pregnant woman with recurrence history of birthing immunodeficiency was screened for pathogenic variant because the proband sample was unavailable. We aimed to clarify the genetic diagnosis and provide prenatal testing for the family...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231241/hydrocephalus-and-arthrogryposis-in-an-immunocompetent-mouse-model-of-zika-teratogeny-a-developmental-study
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Jose Xavier-Neto, Murilo Carvalho, Bruno Dos Santos Pascoalino, Alisson Campos Cardoso, Ângela Maria Sousa Costa, Ana Helena Macedo Pereira, Luana Nunes Santos, Ângela Saito, Rafael Elias Marques, Juliana Helena Costa Smetana, Silvio Roberto Consonni, Carla Bandeira, Vivian Vasconcelos Costa, Marcio Chaim Bajgelman, Paulo Sérgio Lopes de Oliveira, Marli Tenorio Cordeiro, Laura Helena Vega Gonzales Gil, Bianca Alves Pauletti, Daniela Campos Granato, Adriana Franco Paes Leme, Lucio Freitas-Junior, Carolina Borsoi Moraes Holanda de Freitas, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Estela Bevilacqua, Kleber Franchini
The teratogenic mechanisms triggered by ZIKV are still obscure due to the lack of a suitable animal model. Here we present a mouse model of developmental disruption induced by ZIKV hematogenic infection. The model utilizes immunocompetent animals from wild-type FVB/NJ and C57BL/6J strains, providing a better analogy to the human condition than approaches involving immunodeficient, genetically modified animals, or direct ZIKV injection into the brain. When injected via the jugular vein into the blood of pregnant females harboring conceptuses from early gastrulation to organogenesis stages, akin to the human second and fifth week of pregnancy, ZIKV infects maternal tissues, placentas and embryos/fetuses...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231239/surveillance-for-health-care-access-and-health-services-use-adults-aged-18-64-years-behavioral-risk-factor-surveillance-system-united-states-2014
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Catherine A Okoro, Guixiang Zhao, Jared B Fox, Paul I Eke, Kurt J Greenlund, Machell Town
PROBLEM/CONDITION: As a result of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, millions of U.S. adults attained health insurance coverage. However, millions of adults remain uninsured or underinsured. Compared with adults without barriers to health care, adults who lack health insurance coverage, have coverage gaps, or skip or delay care because of limited personal finances might face increased risk for poor physical and mental health and premature mortality. PERIOD COVERED: 2014...
February 24, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230790/influence-of-chitosan-swelling-behaviour-on-controlled-release-of-tenofovir-from-mucoadhesive-vaginal-systems-for-prevention-of-sexual-transmission-of-hiv
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Fernando Notario-Pérez, Araceli Martín-Illana, Raúl Cazorla-Luna, Roberto Ruiz-Caro, Luis-Miguel Bedoya, Aitana Tamayo, Juan Rubio, María-Dolores Veiga
The main challenges facing efforts to prevent the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are the lack of access to sexual education services and sexual violence against young women and girls. Vaginal formulations for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections are currently gaining importance in drug development. Vaginal mucoadhesive tablets can be developed by including natural polymers that have good binding capacity with mucosal tissues, such as chitosan or guar gum, semisynthetic polymers such as hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose, or synthetic polymers such as Eudragit(®) RS...
February 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230570/refractory-pure-red-cell-aplasia-manifesting-as-deficiency-of-adenosine-deaminase-2
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Hasan Hashem, Rachel Egler, Jignesh Dalal
Primary progress has been made in the last 2 years, particularly in finding novel disease-causing genes for a number of autoinflammatory diseases and primary immunodeficiencies. Whole-exome sequencing has dramatically increased the pace at which causative genes are being discovered. CECR1 (Cat eye syndrome chromosome region, candidate 1) gene encodes adenosine deaminase 2 (ADA2) protein. Patients who carry CECR1 mutation(s) suffer from deficiency of ADA2 (DADA2). Here, we describe a patient with pure red cell aplasia discovered to have DADA2...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229612/preliminary-results-of-a-screening-program-for-anal-cancer-and-its-precursors-for-hiv-infected-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-vigo-spain
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Mauricio Iribarren Díaz, Antonio Ocampo Hermida, Joaquín González-Carreró Fojón, Rebeca Longueira Suárez, Alberto Rivera Gallego, Enrique Casal Núñez, Antón Ocampo Álvarez, Edward Cachay
BACKGROUND: Men who have sex with men (MSM) infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have the highest risk of developing anal cancer (AC). The objective of this study was to describe our screening implementation program in this population, and report the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) anal infection, and cytological and histological findings in a Spanish medium-size community (Vigo, Spain). METHOD: Prospective cohort analysis of 240 HIV-infected MSM...
February 23, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228933/vascularization-and-innervation-of-slits-within-polydimethylsiloxane-sheets-in-the-subcutaneous-space-of-athymic-nude-mice
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Rachel E Gurlin, Mark T Keating, Shiri Li, Jonathan Rt Lakey, Sébastien de Feraudy, Bhupinder S Shergill, Elliot L Botvinick
Success of cell therapy in avascular sites will depend on providing sufficient blood supply to transplanted tissues. A popular strategy of providing blood supply is to embed cells within a functionalized hydrogel implanted within the host to stimulate neovascularization. However, hydrogel systems are not always amenable for removal post-transplantation; thus, it may be advantageous to implant a device that contains cells while also providing access to the circulation so retrieval is possible. Here we investigate one instance of providing access to a vessel network, a thin sheet with through-cut slits, and determine if it can be vascularized from autologous materials...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228523/vpx-overcomes-a-samhd1-independent-block-to-hiv-reverse-transcription-that-is-specific-to-resting-cd4-t-cells
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Hanna-Mari Baldauf, Lena Stegmann, Sarah-Marie Schwarz, Ina Ambiel, Maud Trotard, Margarethe Martin, Manja Burggraf, Gina M Lenzi, Helena Lejk, Xiaoyu Pan, Oliver I Fregoso, Efrem S Lim, Libin Abraham, Laura A Nguyen, Frank Rutsch, Renate König, Baek Kim, Michael Emerman, Oliver T Fackler, Oliver T Keppler
Early after entry into monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, and resting CD4 T cells, HIV encounters a block, limiting reverse transcription (RT) of the incoming viral RNA genome. In this context, dNTP triphosphohydrolase SAM domain and HD domain-containing protein 1 (SAMHD1) has been identified as a restriction factor, lowering the concentration of dNTP substrates to limit RT. The accessory lentiviral protein X (Vpx) proteins from the major simian immunodeficiency virus of rhesus macaque, sooty mangabey, and HIV-2 (SIVsmm/SIVmac/HIV-2) lineage packaged into virions target SAMHD1 for proteasomal degradation, increase intracellular dNTP pools, and facilitate HIV cDNA synthesis...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227205/low-frequency-ultrasound-radiosensitization-and-therapy-response-monitoring-of-tumors-an-in-vivo-study
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Ali Sadeghi-Naini, Martin Stanisz, Hadi Tadayyon, Jaswinder Taank, Gregory J Czarnota, Ali Sadeghi-Naini, Martin Stanisz, Hadi Tadayyon, Jaswinder Taank, Gregory J Czarnota, Jaswinder Taank, Hadi Tadayyon, Martin Stanisz, Ali Sadeghi-Naini, Gregory J Czarnota
A new framework has been introduced in this paper for tumor radiosensitization and therapy response monitoring using low-frequency ultrasound. Human fibrosarcoma xenografts grown in severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice (n = 108) were treated using ultrasound-stimulated microbubbles at various concentration and exposed to different doses of radiation. Low-frequency ultrasound radiofrequency (RF) data were acquired from tumors prior to and at different times after treatment. Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) techniques were applied to generate spectral parametric maps of tumors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226225/thymic-epithelial-cells
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Jakub Abramson, Graham Anderson
IntrathymicTcell development is a complex process that depends upon continuous guidance from thymus stromal cell microenvironments. The thymic epithelium within the thymic stroma comprises highly specialized cells with a high degree of anatomic, phenotypic, and functional heterogeneity. These properties are collectively required to bias thymocyte development toward production of self-tolerant and functionally competent T cells. The importance of thymic epithelial cells (TECs) is evidenced by clear links between their dysfunction and multiple diseases where autoimmunity and immunodeficiency are major components...
February 10, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225803/bacterial-expression-correct-membrane-targeting-and-functional-folding-of-the-hiv-1-membrane-protein-vpu-using-a-periplasmic-signal-peptide
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Arpan Deb, William A Johnson, Alexander P Kline, Boston J Scott, Lydia R Meador, Dustin Srinivas, Jose M Martin-Garcia, Katerina Dörner, Chad R Borges, Rajeev Misra, Brenda G Hogue, Petra Fromme, Tsafrir S Mor
Viral protein U (Vpu) is a type-III integral membrane protein encoded by Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV- 1). It is expressed in infected host cells and plays several roles in viral progeny escape from infected cells, including down-regulation of CD4 receptors. But key structure/function questions remain regarding the mechanisms by which the Vpu protein contributes to HIV-1 pathogenesis. Here we describe expression of Vpu in bacteria, its purification and characterization. We report the successful expression of PelB-Vpu in Escherichia coli using the leader peptide pectate lyase B (PelB) from Erwinia carotovora...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225346/cd4-count-and-risk-of-anti-tuberculosis-drug-associated-cutaneous-reactions-in-hiv-infected-thai-patients
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L Boonyagars, P Hirunwiwatkul, C P Hurst
OBJECTIVES: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected patients. However, anti-tuberculosis drugs can cause cutaneous adverse drug reactions (CADRs). This study was conducted to evaluate differences in CADR incidence between low and high CD4 cell count in patients with low and high CD4 cell count and to identify other risk factors for CADR in HIV-TB co-infected patients. DESIGN: In a retrospective cohort of adult HIV-TB co-infected patients receiving standard anti-tuberculosis treatment between January 2008 and December 2015 at Vajira Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, baseline demographic, clinical characteristics and factors associated with CADRs, including CD4 cell count status, were collected...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225344/tuberculosis-among-the-homeless-should-we-change-the-strategy
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M Dias, R Gaio, P Sousa, M Abranches, M Gomes, O Oliveira, M Correia-Neves, E Ferreira, R Duarte
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major concern among high-risk populations such as the homeless. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate TB incidence and treatment outcomes among homeless patients in Portugal and to identify predictors of unsuccessful TB treatment outcomes among the homeless. DESIGN: This was a retrospective cohort study of all TB patients notified in Portugal from 2008 to 2014. Characteristics of homeless TB patients were assessed and predictors of unsuccessful TB treatment were determined using logistic regression...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225342/outcomes-from-the-first-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-programme-in-kenya
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H Huerga, M Bastard, M Kamene, S Wanjala, A Arnold, N Oucho, I Chikwanha, F Varaine
SETTING: In March 2006, the first multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment programme was implemented in Kenya. OBJECTIVE: To describe patients' treatment outcomes and adverse events. DESIGN: A retrospective case note review of patients started on MDR-TB treatment at two Médecins Sans Frontières-supported sites and the national referral hospital of Kenya was undertaken. Sites operated an ambulatory model of care. Patients were treated for a minimum of 24 months with at least 4-5 drugs for the intensive phase of treatment, including an injectable agent...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225338/potential-biomarkers-associated-with-discrimination-between-latent-and-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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R Kamakia, S Kiazyk, J Waruk, A Meyers, J Ochanda, T B Ball, J Oyugi
SETTING: A third of the world's population has latent tuberculous infection (LTBI). Current TB diagnostics used in developing countries are ineffective and are unable to distinguish LTBI from active TB. Identifying biomarkers that could aid in the early detection of TB and in distinguishing TB states could be a major breakthrough in global TB control. OBJECTIVE: To identify potential immune biomarkers to distinguish active TB from LTBI. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 19 active TB patients, 8 TB-negative individuals (controls) and 16 LTBI non-human immunodeficiency virus infected individuals in Nairobi, Kenya...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225335/integrating-tuberculosis-screening-in-kenyan-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-programs
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L M Cranmer, A Langat, K Ronen, C J McGrath, S LaCourse, J Pintye, B Odeny, B Singa, A Katana, L Nganga, J Kinuthia, G John-Stewart
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) screening in Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) programs is important to improve TB detection, prevention and treatment. METHODS: As part of a national PMTCT program evaluation, mother-infant pairs attending 6-week and 9-month immunization visits were enrolled at 141 maternal and child health clinics throughout Kenya. Clinics were selected using population-proportion-to-size sampling with oversampling in a high human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence region...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224361/modeling-strategy-to-identify-patients-with-primary-immunodeficiency-utilizing-risk-management-and-outcome-measurement
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Vicki Modell, Jessica Quinn, Grant Ginsberg, Ron Gladue, Jordan Orange, Fred Modell
This study seeks to generate analytic insights into risk management and probability of an identifiable primary immunodeficiency defect. The Jeffrey Modell Centers Network database, Jeffrey Modell Foundation's 10 Warning Signs, the 4 Stages of Testing Algorithm, physician-reported clinical outcomes, programs of physician education and public awareness, the SPIRIT® Analyzer, and newborn screening, taken together, generates P values of less than 0.05%. This indicates that the data results do not occur by chance, and that there is a better than 95% probability that the data are valid...
February 21, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222792/seroprevalence-of-hepatitis-b-hepatitis-c-human-immunodeficiency-virus-treponema-pallidum-and-co-infections-among-blood-donors-in-kyrgyzstan-a-retrospective-analysis-2013-2015
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Bakyt B Karabaev, Nurgul J Beisheeva, Aiganysh B Satybaldieva, Aikul D Ismailova, Frank Pessler, Manas K Akmatov
BACKGROUND: Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan has experienced a major surge in blood-borne infections, but data from adequately powered, up-to-date studies are lacking. We thus examined a) the seroprevalences of hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg), HIV-1 p24 antigen and antibodies against hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV), human immunodeficiency viruses (anti-HIV-1/2, HIV-1 group O), and Treponema pallidum among blood donors in Kyrgyzstan and assess their distribution according to sex, age, and provinces of residence; b) trends in the respective seroprevalences; and c) co-infection rates among the pathogens studied...
February 21, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222677/molecular-characterization-of-invasive-capsule-null-neisseria-meningitidis-in-south-africa
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Karistha Ganesh, Mushal Allam, Nicole Wolter, Holly B Bratcher, Odile B Harrison, Jay Lucidarme, Ray Borrow, Linda de Gouveia, Susan Meiring, Monica Birkhead, Martin C J Maiden, Anne von Gottberg, Mignon du Plessis
BACKGROUND: The meningococcal capsule is an important virulence determinant. Unencapsulated meningococci lacking capsule biosynthesis genes and containing the capsule null locus (cnl) are predominantly non-pathogenic. Rare cases of invasive meningococcal disease caused by cnl isolates belonging to sequence types (ST) and clonal complexes (cc) ST-845 (cc845), ST-198 (cc198), ST-192 (cc192) and ST-53 (cc53) have been documented. The clinical significance of these isolates however remains unclear...
February 21, 2017: BMC Microbiology
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