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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212334/transfer-of-anti-rotavirus-antibodies-during-pregnancy-and-in-milk-following-maternal-vaccination-with-a-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-amplicon-vector
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Anita F Meier, Mark Suter, Elisabeth M Schraner, Bruno M Humbel, Kurt Tobler, Mathias Ackermann, Andrea S Laimbacher
Rotaviruses (RVs) are important enteric pathogens of newborn humans and animals, causing diarrhea and in rare cases death, especially in very young individuals. Rotavirus vaccines presently used are modified live vaccines that lack complete biological safety. Previous work from our laboratory suggested that vaccines based on in situ produced, non-infectious rotavirus-like particles (RVLPs) are efficient while being entirely safe. However, using either vaccine, active mucosal immunization cannot induce protective immunity in newborns due to their immature immune system...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211908/the-n-terminal-domain-of-schmallenberg-virus-envelope-protein-gc-is-highly-immunogenic-and-can-provide-protection-from-infection
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Kerstin Wernike, Andrea Aebischer, Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Martin Beer
Schmallenberg virus (SBV) is transmitted by insect vectors, and therefore vaccination is one of the most important tools of disease control. In our study, novel subunit vaccines on the basis of an amino-terminal domain of SBV Gc of 234 amino acids ("Gc Amino") first were tested and selected using a lethal small animal challenge model and then the best performing formulations also were tested in cattle. We could show that neither E. coli expressed nor the reduced form of "Gc Amino" protected from SBV infection...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211521/computer-aided-designing-of-immunosuppressive-peptides-based-on-il-10-inducing-potential
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Gandharva Nagpal, Salman Sadullah Usmani, Sandeep Kumar Dhanda, Harpreet Kaur, Sandeep Singh, Meenu Sharma, Gajendra P S Raghava
In the past, numerous methods have been developed to predict MHC class II binders or T-helper epitopes for designing the epitope-based vaccines against pathogens. In contrast, limited attempts have been made to develop methods for predicting T-helper epitopes/peptides that can induce a specific type of cytokine. This paper describes a method, developed for predicting interleukin-10 (IL-10) inducing peptides, a cytokine responsible for suppressing the immune system. All models were trained and tested on experimentally validated 394 IL-10 inducing and 848 non-inducing peptides...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210757/sildenafil-a-phosphodiesterase-type-5-inhibitor-downregulates-osteopontin-in-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Beata Kaleta, Agnieszka Boguska
The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of sildenafil to regulate osteopontin (OPN) gene and protein in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from healthy blood donors. OPN is expressed by a wide variety of cell types, including immune cells. OPN functions are linked to various physiological and pathological conditions. Sildenafil is a selective inhibitor of type 5 phosphodiesterase. Sildenafil has recently been found to have immunomodulatory effects in animal models and in studies performed in humans...
February 16, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210258/human-gingiva-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-inhibit-xeno-graft-versus-host-disease-via-cd39-cd73-adenosine-and-ido-signals
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Feng Huang, Maogen Chen, Weiqian Chen, Jian Gu, Jia Yuan, Yaoqiu Xue, Junlong Dang, Wenru Su, Julie Wang, Homayoun H Zadeh, Xiaoshun He, Limin Rong, Nancy Olsen, Song Guo Zheng
Mesenchymal stem cells have the capacity to maintain immune homeostasis and prevent autoimmunity. We recently reported that human-derived gingival mesenchymal stem cells (GMSCs) have strong capacity to suppress immune responses and T cell-mediated collagen-induced arthritis in animals. However, it is unclear whether these cells can suppress human T cell-mediated diseases. Here, we used a xenogenic GVHD model in the NOD/SCID mouse, which is a useful preclinical construct for evaluating the therapeutic and translational potential of this approach for applications in human disease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209904/noninvasive-imaging-of-human-immune-responses-in-a-human-xenograft-model-of-graft-versus-host-disease
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Catharina H M J Van Elssen, Mohammad Rashidian, Vladimir Vrbanac, Kai W Wucherpfennig, Zeina El Habre, Jana Sticht, Christian Freund, Johanne Jacobsen, Juanjo Cragnolini, Jessica Ingram, Loes Plaisier, Eric Spierings, Andrew M Tager, Hidde Ploegh
The immune system plays a crucial role in many diseases. Activation or suppression of immunity is often related to clinical outcome. Methods to explore the dynamics of immune responses are important to elucidate their role in conditions characterized by inflammation, such as infectious disease, cancer or auto-immunity. Immuno-PET is a non-invasive method by which disease and immune cell infiltration can be explored simultaneously. Using radiolabeled antibodies or fragments derived from them, it is possible to image disease-specific antigens and immune cell subsets...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209717/autophagy-metabolism-and-cancer
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Jessie Yanxiang Guo, Eileen White
Macroautophagy (autophagy hereafter) is a process that collects cytoplasmic components, particularly mitochondria, and degrades them in lysosomes. In mammalian systems, basal autophagy levels are normally low but are profoundly stimulated by starvation and essential for survival. Cancer cells up-regulate autophagy and can be more autophagy-dependent than most normal tissues. Genetic deficiency in essential autophagy genes in tumors in many autochthonous mouse models for cancer reduces tumor growth. In K-ras(G12D)-driven non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and other models, autophagy sustains metabolism and survival...
February 16, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209630/inhibition-of-phosphodiesterase-4-pde4-reduces-dermal-fibrosis-by-interfering-with-the-release-of-interleukin-6-from-m2-macrophages
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Christiane Maier, Andreas Ramming, Christina Bergmann, Rita Weinkam, Nicolai Kittan, Georg Schett, Jörg H W Distler, Christian Beyer
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the disease-modifying effects of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibition in preclinical models of systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: We studied the effects of PDE4 inhibition in a prevention and a treatment model of bleomycin-induced skin fibrosis, in the topoisomerase mouse model as well as in a model of sclerodermatous chronic graft-versus-host disease. To better understand the mode of action of PDE4 blockade in preclinical models of SSc, we investigated fibrosis-relevant mediators in fibroblasts and macrophages from healthy individuals and patients suffering from diffuse-cutaneous SSc on blockade of PDE4...
February 16, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209587/genome-surgery-using-cas9-ribonucleoproteins-for-the-treatment-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Kyoungmi Kim, Sung Wook Park, Jin Hyoung Kim, Seung Hwan Lee, Daesik Kim, Taeyoung Koo, Kwang-Eun Kim, Jeong Hun Kim, Jin-Soo Kim
RNA-guided genome surgery using CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases has shown promise for the treatment of diverse genetic diseases. Yet, the potential of such nucleases for therapeutic applications in nongenetic diseases is largely unexplored. Here, we focus on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in adults, which is associated with retinal overexpression of, rather than mutations in, the VEGFA gene. Subretinal injection of preassembled, Vegfa gene-specific Cas9 ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) into the adult mouse eye gave rise to mutagenesis at the target site in the retinal pigment epithelium...
February 16, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208677/targeting-protein-kinase-ck2-evaluating-cx-4945-potential-for-gl261-glioblastoma-therapy-in-immunocompetent-mice
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Laura Ferrer-Font, Lucia Villamañan, Nuria Arias-Ramos, Jordi Vilardell, Maria Plana, Maria Ruzzene, Lorenzo A Pinna, Emilio Itarte, Carles Arús, Ana Paula Candiota
Glioblastoma (GBM) causes poor survival in patients even with aggressive treatment. Temozolomide (TMZ) is the standard chemotherapeutic choice for GBM treatment but resistance always ensues. Protein kinase CK2 (CK2) contributes to tumour development and proliferation in cancer, and it is overexpressed in human GBM. Accordingly, targeting CK2 in GBM may benefit patients. Our goal has been to evaluate whether CK2 inhibitors (iCK2s) could increase survival in an immunocompetent preclinical GBM model. Cultured GL261 cells were treated with different iCK2s including CX-4945, and target effects evaluated in vitro...
February 12, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207204/concise-review-increasing-the-validity-of-cerebrovascular-disease-models-and-experimental-methods-for-translational-stem-cell-research
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Johannes Boltze, Franziska Nitzsche, Jukka Jolkkonen, Gesa Weise, Claudia Pösel, Björn Nitzsche, Daniel-Christoph Wagner
Interspecies differences, anatomical and physiological aspects as wells as simplified study designs contribute to an overestimation of treatment effects and limit the transferability of experimental results into clinical applications. Confounders of cell therapies for cerebrovascular disorders (CVD) include common CVD comorbidities, frequent medications potentially affecting endogenous and transplanted stem cells, as well as age- and immune-system-related effects. All of those can contribute to a substantial modelling bias, ultimately limiting the prospective quality of preclinical research programs regarding the clinical value of a particular cell therapy...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207002/detecting-natural-adaptation-of-the-streptococcus-thermophilus-crispr-cas-systems-in-research-and-classroom-settings
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Alexander P Hynes, Marie-Laurence Lemay, Luc Trudel, Hélène Deveau, Michel Frenette, Denise M Tremblay, Sylvain Moineau
CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)-Cas systems have been adapted into a powerful genome-editing tool. The basis for the flexibility of the tool lies in the adaptive nature of CRISPR-Cas as a bacterial immune system. Here, we describe a protocol to experimentally demonstrate the adaptive nature of this bacterial immune system by challenging the model organism for the study of CRISPR adaptation, Streptococcus thermophilus, with phages in order to detect natural CRISPR immunization...
March 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206673/the-immune-system-as-a-new-possible-cell-target-for-afp-464-in-a-spontaneous-mammary-cancer-mouse-model
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Mariana A Callero, Cristina E Rodriguez, Aldana Sólimo, Elisa Bal de Kier Joffé, Andrea I Loaiza Perez
Aminoflavone (AFP 464, NSC 710464), an antitumor agent which recently entered phase II clinical trials, acts against estrogen-positive breast cancer (ER +). AFP 464, which has a unique mechanism of action by activating aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) signaling pathway, decreased tumor size and growth rate in the estrogen dependent, Tamoxifen-sensitive spontaneous M05 mouse model. Considering that AhR has recently emerged as a physiological regulator of the innate and adaptive immune responses, we investigated whether AFP 464 modulates the immune response in our mouse model...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205649/comparative-studies-of-oxaliplatin-based-platinum-iv-complexes-in-different-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-tumor-models
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Simone Göschl, Ekaterina Schreiber-Brynzak, Verena Pichler, Klaudia Cseh, Petra Heffeter, Ute Jungwirth, Michael A Jakupec, Walter Berger, Bernhard K Keppler
Using platinum(iv) prodrugs of clinically established platinum(ii) compounds is a strategy to overcome side effects and acquired resistances. We studied four oxaliplatin-derived platinum(iv) complexes with varying axial ligands in various in vitro and in vivo settings. The ability to interfere with DNA (pUC19) in the presence and absence of a reducing agent (ascorbic acid) was investigated in cell-free experiments. Cytotoxicity was compared under normoxic and hypoxic conditions in monolayer cultures and multicellular spheroids of colon carcinoma cell lines...
February 16, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202921/a-human-programmed-death-ligand-1-expressing-mouse-tumor-model-for-evaluating-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-anti-human-pd-l1-antibodies
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Anfei Huang, Di Peng, Huanhuan Guo, Yinyin Ben, Xiangyang Zuo, Fei Wu, Xiaoli Yang, Fei Teng, Zhen Li, Xueming Qian, F Xiao-Feng Qin
Huge efforts have been devoted to develop therapeutic monoclonal antibodies targeting human Programmed death-ligand 1 (hPD-L1) for treating various types of human cancers. However, thus far there is no suitable animal model for evaluating the anti-tumor efficacy of such antibodies against hPD-L1. Here we report the generation of a robust and effective system utilizing hPD-L1-expressing mouse tumor cells to study the therapeutic activity and mode of action of anti-human PD-L1 in mice. The model has been validated by using a clinically proven hPD-L1 blocking antibody...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202908/silencing-c-rel-in-macrophages-dampens-th1-and-th17-immune-responses-and-alleviates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-in-mice
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Hongling Zhang, Jiacheng Bi, Huqiang Yi, Tingting Fan, Qingguo Ruan, Lintao Cai, Youhai H Chen, Xiaochun Wan
Autoimmune Th1 and Th17 responses are critical for the development of central nervous system (CNS) pathology in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model for human multiple sclerosis. Although macrophages play important roles in the development of Th1 and Th17 responses, whether modulating macrophage gene transcription can diminish Th1- and Th17 cell-induced CNS pathology is unclear. In this study, we successfully silenced the expression of the transcription factor c-Rel in macrophages of mice with EAE (including those infiltrating the CNS) using chemically modified c-Rel-specific siRNAs delivered by nanoparticles...
February 16, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202759/relationship-between-measures-of-hiv-reactivation-and-the-decline-of-latent-reservoir-under-latency-reversing-agents
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Janka Petravic, Thomas A Rasmussen, Sharon R Lewin, Stephen J Kent, Miles P Davenport
Antiretroviral-free HIV remission requires substantial reduction of the number of latently infected cells and enhanced immune control of viremia. Latency-reversing agents (LRA) aim to eliminate latently infected cells by increasing the rate of reactivation of HIV transcription, which exposes these cells to killing by the immune system. As LRA are explored in clinical trials, it becomes increasingly important to assess the effect of increased HIV reactivation rate on the decline of latently infected cells, and estimate LRA efficacy in increasing virus reactivation...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202722/systemic-delivery-of-factor-ix-messenger-rna-for-protein-replacement-therapy
#18
Suvasini Ramaswamy, Nina Tonnu, Kiyoshi Tachikawa, Pattraranee Limphong, Jerel B Vega, Priya P Karmali, Pad Chivukula, Inder M Verma
Safe and efficient delivery of messenger RNAs for protein replacement therapies offers great promise but remains challenging. In this report, we demonstrate systemic, in vivo, nonviral mRNA delivery through lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) to treat a Factor IX (FIX)-deficient mouse model of hemophilia B. Delivery of human FIX (hFIX) mRNA encapsulated in our LUNAR LNPs results in a rapid pulse of FIX protein (within 4-6 h) that remains stable for up to 4-6 d and is therapeutically effective, like the recombinant human factor IX protein (rhFIX) that is the current standard of care...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202591/non-classical-phase-diagram-for-virus-bacterial-coevolution-mediated-by-clustered-regularly-interspaced-short-palindromic-repeats
#19
Pu Han, Michael W Deem
CRISPR is a newly discovered prokaryotic immune system. Bacteria and archaea with this system incorporate genetic material from invading viruses into their genomes, providing protection against future infection by similar viruses. The condition for coexistence of prokaryots and viruses is an interesting problem in evolutionary biology. In this work, we show an intriguing phase diagram of the virus extinction probability, which is more complex than that of the classical predator-prey model. As the CRISPR incorporates genetic material, viruses are under pressure to evolve to escape recognition by CRISPR...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202353/the-potential-clinical-promise-of-multimodality-metronomic-chemotherapy-revealed-by-preclinical-studies-of-metastatic-disease
#20
Robert S Kerbel, Yuval Shaked
We present a rationale for further clinical development and assessment of metronomic chemotherapy on the basis of unexpected results obtained in translational mouse models of cancer involving treatment of advanced metastatic disease. Historically, mouse cancer therapy models have been dominated by treating established primary tumors or early stage low volume microscopic disease. Treatment of primary tumors is also almost always the case when using genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMS) of cancer or patient-derived xenografts (PDXs)...
February 12, 2017: Cancer Letters
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