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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641391/a-multicentre-study-to-improve-clinical-interpretation-of-proteinase-3-and-myeloperoxidase-anti-neutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibodies
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Xavier Bossuyt, Niels Rasmussen, Pieter van Paassen, Bernard Hellmich, Bo Baslund, Pieter Vermeersch, Daniel Blockmans, Jan-Willem Cohen Tervaert, Elena Csernok, Jan Damoiseaux
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641305/incidence-of-autoimmune-myasthenia-gravis-in-a-health-maintenance-organization-in-buenos-aires-argentina
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Mariela Bettini, Marcelo Chaves, Edgardo Cristiano, Vanina Pagotto, Lucia Perez, Diego Giunta, Marcelo Rugiero
BACKGROUND: Different epidemiological studies, especially in Europe, have estimated the incidence density of myasthenia gravis (MG) to range between 1.7 and 21.3/1,000,000/person-year; however, data from regions such as Latin America are scarce. This study is aimed at estimating the incidence and prevalence of acquired MG in Buenos Aires, Argentina. METHODS: The study population comprised of affiliates of the Italian Hospital Medical Care Program, a prepaid health maintenance organization located in Buenos Aires...
June 23, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641055/long-term-safety-evaluation-of-natalizumab-for-the-treatment-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Marinella Clerico, Carlo Alberto Artusi, Alessandra Di Liberto, Simona Rolla, Valentina Bardina, Pierangelo Barbero, Stefania Federica De Mercanti, Luca Durelli
Introduction Natalizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody highly effective in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). Important concerns about its safety have been pointed out because of the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), caused by the opportunistic John-Cunningham virus (JCV). Areas covered This review analyzes all the safety aspects related to the use of natalizumab in MS patients. Fatigue and allergic reactions are not-severe adverse events (AEs) occurring more frequently than placebo and no differences in serious AEs (SAE) have been observed comparing to interferon-β1a during clinical trials...
June 22, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640955/in-solution-antibody-harvesting-with-a-plant-produced-hydrophobin-protein-a-fusion
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Katri Kurppa, Lauri Reuter, Anneli Ritala, Markus Linder, Jussi Joensuu
Purification is a bottleneck and a major cost factor in the production of antibodies. We set out to engineer a bi-functional fusion protein from two building blocks, Protein A and a hydrophobin, aiming at low-cost and scalable antibody capturing in solutions. Immunoglobulin-binding Protein A is widely used in affinity-based purification. The hydrophobin fusion tag, on the other hand, has been shown to enable purification by two-phase separation. Protein A was fused to two different hydrophobin tags, HFBI or II, and expressed transiently in Nicotiana benthamiana...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640941/phox2b-reliably-distinguishes-neuroblastoma-among-small-round-blue-cell-tumors
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Yin P Hung, John P Lee, Andrew M Bellizzi, Jason L Hornick
AIMS: Neuroblastoma shows considerable histologic overlap with other small round blue cell tumors. PHOX2B, a transcription factor essential for autonomic nervous system development, has been reported as an immunohistochemical marker for neuroblastoma. The purpose of this study was to validate the specificity and diagnostic utility of PHOX2B for peripheral neuroblastic tumors. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated 240 cases (133 in whole-tissue sections; 107 in tissue microarrays), including 76 peripheral neuroblastic tumors [median age 2 years; including 4 adults] and 164 other tumors: 44 Wilms tumors; 20 Ewing sarcomas; 10 each CIC-rearranged round cell sarcomas, poorly differentiated synovial sarcomas, lymphoblastic lymphomas, alveolar rhabdomyosarcomas, embryonal rhabdomyosarcomas, mesenchymal chondrosarcomas, Merkel cell carcinomas, olfactory neuroblastomas, and melanomas; 5 each NUT midline carcinomas and desmoplastic small round cell tumors...
June 22, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640924/correction-accuracy-of-the-fluorescence-activated-cell-sorting-assay-for-the-aquaporin-4-antibody-aqp4-ab-comparison-with-the-commercial-aqp4-ab-assay-kit
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Jiwon Yang, Sung Min Kim, Yoo-Jin Kim, So Young Cheon, Boram Kim, Kyeong Cheon Jung, Kyung Seok Park
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0162900.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640898/competition-between-influenza-a-virus-subtypes-through-heterosubtypic-immunity-modulates-re-infection-and-antibody-dynamics-in-the-mallard-duck
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Neus Latorre-Margalef, Justin D Brown, Alinde Fojtik, Rebecca L Poulson, Deborah Carter, Monique Franca, David E Stallknecht
Our overall hypothesis is that host population immunity directed at multiple antigens will influence the prevalence, diversity and evolution of influenza A virus (IAV) in avian populations where the vast subtype diversity is maintained. To investigate how initial infection influences the outcome of later infections with homologous or heterologous IAV subtypes and how viruses interact through host immune responses, we carried out experimental infections in mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos). Mallards were pre-challenged with an H3N8 low-pathogenic IAV and were divided into six groups...
June 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640848/easy-labeling-of-proliferative-phase-and-sporogonic-phase-of-microsporidia-nosema-bombycis-in-host-cells
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Jie Chen, Wei Guo, Xiaoqun Dang, Yukang Huang, Fangyan Liu, Xianzhi Meng, Yaoyao An, Mengxian Long, Jialing Bao, Zeyang Zhou, Zhonghuai Xiang, Guoqing Pan
Microsporidia are eukaryotic, unicellular parasites that have been studied for more than 150 years. These organisms are extraordinary in their ability to invade a wide range of hosts including vertebrates and invertebrates, such as human and commercially important animals. A lack of appropriate labeling methods has limited the research of the cell cycle and protein locations in intracellular stages. In this report, an easy fluorescent labeling method has been developed to mark the proliferative and sporogonic phases of microsporidia Nosema bombycis in host cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640809/development-of-elisas-for-diagnosis-of-acute-typhoid-fever-in-nigerian-children
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Jiin Felgner, Aarti Jain, Rie Nakajima, Li Liang, Algis Jasinskas, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Joseph M Vinetz, Fabio Miyajima, Munir Pirmohamed, Fatimah Hassan-Hanga, Dominic Umoru, Binta Wudil Jibir, Safiya Gambo, Kudirat Olateju, Philip L Felgner, Stephen Obaro, D Huw Davies
Improved serodiagnostic tests for typhoid fever (TF) are needed for surveillance, to facilitate patient management, curb antibiotic resistance, and inform public health programs. To address this need, IgA, IgM and IgG ELISAs using Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and hemolysin E (t1477) protein were conducted on 86 Nigerian pediatric TF and 29 non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) cases, 178 culture-negative febrile cases, 28 "other" (i.e., non-Salmonella) pediatric infections, and 48 healthy Nigerian children...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640789/complement-mediated-enhancement-of-monocyte-adhesion-to-endothelial-cells-by-hla-antibodies-and-blockade-by-a-specific-inhibitor-of-the-classical-complement-cascade-tnt003
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Nicole M Valenzuela, Kimberly A Thomas, Arend Mulder, Graham C Parry, Sandip Panicker, Elaine F Reed
BACKGROUND: Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) of most solid organs is characterized by evidence of complement activation and/or intragraft macrophages (C4d + and CD68+ biopsies). We previously demonstrated that crosslinking of HLA I by antibodies triggered endothelial activation and monocyte adhesion. We hypothesized that activation of the classical complement pathway at the endothelial cell surface by HLA antibodies would enhance monocyte adhesion through soluble split product generation, in parallel with direct endothelial activation downstream of HLA signaling...
July 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640745/the-amino-terminal-subdomain-of-glycoprotein-gc-of-schmallenberg-virus-disulfide-bonding-and-structural-determinants-of-neutralization
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Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Axel Karger, Franziska Kraatz, Andrea Aebischer, Kerstin Wernike, Pavlo Maksimov, Christopher H Lillig, Ilona Reimann, Emiliana Brocchi, Markus Keller, Martin Beer
Orthobunyaviruses are enveloped viruses that can cause human and animal diseases. A novel and major member is the Schmallenberg virus (SBV), the etiological agent of an emerging disease of ruminants that has been spreading all over Europe since 2011. The glycoproteins Gn and Gc of orthobunyaviruses mediate the viral entry, and specifically Gc is a major target for the humoral immune response. For example, the N terminal subdomain of the SBV glycoprotein Gc is targeted by neutralizing monoclonal antibodies that recognize conformational epitopes...
June 22, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640712/detection-of-wellfleet-bay-virus-antibodies-in-sea-birds-of-the-northeastern-united-states
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Jennifer R Ballard, Randall Mickley, Justin D Brown, Nichola J Hill, Jonathan A Runstadler, Daniel E Clark, Julie C Ellis, Daniel G Mead, John R Fischer
Wellfleet Bay virus (WFBV) is a recently described orthomyxovirus isolated from the tissues of Common Eiders (Somateria mollissima) collected during recurrent mortality events on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. Coastal Massachusetts is the only location where disease or mortality associated with this virus has been detected in wild birds, and a previous seroprevalence study found a significantly higher frequency of viral exposure in eiders from this location than from other areas sampled in North America. This suggests that coastal Massachusetts is an epicenter of WFBV exposure, but the reason for this is unknown...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640663/glycosylation-profile-and-biological-activity-of-remicade%C3%A2-compared-with-flixabi%C3%A2-and-remsima%C3%A2
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Changsoo Lee, Min Jeong, JongAh Joanne Lee, Saebom Seo, Sung Chun Cho, Wei Zhang, Orlando Jaquez
As biosimilars enter the market, comparisons of product quality are needed. Manufacturing differences may lead to differences in critical quality attributes, which affect efficacy. Therefore, critical quality attributes (structure and biological activity) of Remicade® and of 2 biosimilar products (Flixabi®/Renflexis® and Remsima®/Inflectra®) were determined. We assessed binding to tumor necrosis factor in a fluorescence competitive binding assay; potency in a luciferase reporter gene assay; percentages of galactosylated glycan, afucose plus high mannosylated glycans, and charged glycan; FcγRIIIa (CD16) binding (assessed by 3 methods); and antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) in the NK92-CD16a cell line and in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)...
June 22, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640646/an-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-monoester-type-aconitic-alkaloids-and-its-application-in-the-pharmacokinetic-study-of-benzoylhypaconine-in-rats
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Can-Can Liu, Yun-Hui Xu, Shuai Yuan, Yu Xu, Mo-Li Hua
A new enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method for quantitative determination of monoester-type aconitic alkaloids was developed. The antibodies derived from the immunogen of benzoylmesaconine (BM) could be electively affined to benzoylaconitine-type alkaloids with an ester bond (14-benzoyl-), especially to benzoylhypaconine (BH, 140.02% of cross-reactivity). The effective working range of BH was 1 ng/ml to 5 μg/ml; the lower limit of detection and the quantification were 0.35 and 0.97 ng/ml, respectively...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638610/looking-for-the-needle-in-the-kidney-transplantation-haystack
#15
Josep M Cruzado, Edoardo Melilli
The diagnosis of acute rejection still relies on renal allograft biopsy. In fact, histological features including C4d staining can be useful to differentiate cellular and antibody-mediated acute rejection. However, the pathogenic mechanism to define the type of rejection is usually assessed by anti-HLA donor specific antibodies (DSA) monitoring. Suspicion of acute rejection is usually based on renal function deterioration. This method has low sensitivity. Moreover, creatinine increase follows graft injury and therefore the diagnosis is performed when there is an ongoing acute rejection...
February 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637250/use-of-spytag-spycatcher-to-construct-bispecific-antibodies-that-target-two-epitopes-of-a-single-antigen
#16
Kyohei Yumura, Hiroki Akiba, Satoru Nagatoishi, Osamu Kusano-Arai, Hiroko Iwanari, Takao Hamakubo, Kouhei Tsumoto
Bispecific antibody targeting of two different antigens is promising, but when fragment-based antibodies are used, homogeneous production is difficult. To overcome this difficulty, we developed a method using the SpyTag/SpyCatcher system in which a covalent bond is formed between the two polypeptides. Using this method, we constructed a bispecific antibody that simultaneously interacted with two different epitopes of ROBO1, a membrane protein associated with cancer progression. A bispecific tetravalent antibody with an additional functional moiety was also constructed by using a dimeric biotin-binding protein...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637178/the-at04a-vaccine-against-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-reduces-total-cholesterol-vascular-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-3leiden-cetp-mice
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Christine Landlinger, Marianne G Pouwer, Claudia Juno, José W A van der Hoorn, Elsbet J Pieterman, J Wouter Jukema, Guenther Staffler, Hans M G Princen, Gergana Galabova
Aims: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) has emerged as a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia and atherosclerosis. PCSK9 binds to the low density lipoprotein receptor and enhances its degradation, which leads to the reduced clearance of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLc) and a higher risk of atherosclerosis. In this study, the AT04A anti-PCSK9 vaccine was evaluated for its therapeutic potential in ameliorating or even preventing coronary heart disease in the atherogenic APOE*3Leiden...
June 19, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637095/selective-cd28-blockade-results-in-superior-inhibition-of-donor-specific-t-follicular-helper-cell-and-antibody-responses-relative-to-ctla-4-ig
#18
I R Badell, G M La Muraglia, D Liu, M E Wagener, G Ding, M L Ford
Donor-specific antibodies (DSA) are a barrier to improved long-term outcomes following kidney transplantation. Costimulation blockade with CTLA-4-Ig has shown promise as a potential therapeutic strategy to control DSA. T follicular helper (Tfh) cells, a subset of CD4(+) T cells required for optimum antibody production, are reliant on the CD28 costimulatory pathway. We have previously shown that selective CD28 blockade leads to superior allograft survival through improved control of CD8(+) T cells relative to CTLA-4-Ig, but the impact of CD28-specific blockade on CD4(+) Tfh cells is unknown...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637076/-clinical-course-of-an-early-childhood-onset-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis
#19
Marco Krasselt, Matthias Pierer, Kerstin Amann, Anette Bachmann, Tom H Lindner
History A 26-year-old male patient presented with an eight-week history of unspecific symptoms such as weight loss and fever. Besides, he also suffered from haemoptysis, cough, and arthralgia. Since the age of twelve years, the patient has been treated for Wegner's granulomatosis. At the age of 20 years he received a kidney transplant which failed only four years later. Investigations The relapse we clinically suspected was confirmed by CT scan showing bilateral pulmonary manifestations. Moreover, we found highly positive antibodies against proteinase 3...
June 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637012/infiltrating-macrophages-in-diabetic-nephropathy-promote-podocytes-apoptosis-via-tnf-%C3%AE-ros-p38mapk-pathway
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Yinfeng Guo, Zhixia Song, Min Zhou, Ying Yang, Yu Zhao, Bicheng Liu, Xiaoliang Zhang
Macrophage infiltration has been linked to the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). However, how infiltrating macrophages affect the progression of DN is unknown. Although infiltrating macrophages produce pro-inflammatory mediators and induce apoptosis in a variety of target cells, there are no studies in podocytes. Therefore, we tested the contribution of macrophages to podocytes apoptosis in DN. in vivo experiments showed that apoptosis in podocytes was increased in streptozocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats compared with control rats and that this apoptosis was accompanied by increased macrophages infiltration in the kidney...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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