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Wei Tian, Jun Ma, Ruyi Shi, Chongren Ren, Jiefeng He, Haoliang Zhao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of primary liver cancer. γδ T cells have been revealed to be promising candidates for immunotherapy in patients with HCC. However, the use of these cells in clinical practice has been demonstrated to be challenging. In the present study, γδ T cells isolated from the peripheral blood of patients with HCC (n=83) and healthy donors (n=15) were characterized. Flow cytometry was used to analyze the proportion, phenotype, tumor-killing capacity and cytokine secretion of regulatory T cells (Tregs) and γδ T17 cells in peripheral blood samples prior to and following amplification...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Zilong Hu, Yue Ma, Zhiyang Shang, Shidong Hu, Kai Liang, Wentao Liang, Xiaowei Xing, Yufeng Wang, Xiaohui Du
Monoclonal antibodies recognizing programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) have been used for the clinical treatment of diverse tumor types as a form of immune checkpoint inhibitor, with a favorable therapeutic effect. Dendritic cells (DCs) are potent antigen-presenting cells that serve a pivotal role in the activation of T cells, particularly cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs). DC vaccines loaded with tumor antigens, DC-CTLs and activated T cells have been revealed to be a safe and effective treatment approach against colorectal cancer within a clinical setting...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Mona Chowdhury, Neeraj Agrawal, Debabrata Kundu, Nitubroto Biswas
Context: Human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) have an important role in the determination of susceptibility and resistance to periodontal diseases in humans, which may vary from population to population. Aims: The aim of this study was to find out the association of HLA Classes I and II genes with chronic periodontitis in East Indian population. Materials and Methods: In a cross-sectional study design, a total of sixty participants of chronic periodontitis (CP) (mean age: 44...
November 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
Dirk Westhölter, Jens Hiller, Ulrike Denzer, Susanne Polywka, Francis Ayuk, Meike Rybczynski, Thomas Horvatits, Swantje Gundlach, Nicole Fischer, Marylyn M Addo, Sven Peine, Burkhard Göke, Ansgar W Lohse, Marc Lütgehetmann, Sven Pischke
BACKGROUND: Routine Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) testing of blood products has recently been implemented in Great-Britain and the Netherlands. The relevance of transfusion-transmitted HEV infections is still controversially discussed in Europe. METHODS: All blood donations at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf were prospectively tested for HEV-RNA by pooled PCR from October 2016 to May 2017. Reactive samples were individually re-tested. Additionally, stored samples from previous donations of positive donors were tested to determine the duration of HEV-viremia...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Luiz Guilherme Darrigo, Alexandre Machado de Sant'Anna Carvalho, Clarisse Martins Machado
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Describe the characteristics of chikungunya, dengue, and Zika in transplant recipients and immunocompromised hosts. RECENT FINDINGS: Stem cell/bone marrow grafts, organs, and blood transfusions can transmit CHIKV/DENV/ZIKV infections, which are clinically similar, resembling influenza-like illness. Laboratory confirmation is necessary. In the acute phase, RT-PCR is preferred. DENV and ZIKV serology may cross-react. Delayed engraftment and extended viruria is observed in ZIKV+/HSCT recipients, while longer viremia is observed in DENV+/HSCT patients...
March 17, 2018: Current Infectious Disease Reports
Marta Aleksandrowicz, Ewa Kozniewska
Vasopressin (arginine vasopressin, AVP) plays a crucial role in maintaining body fluid homeostasis. Excessive release of vasopressin can lead to hyponatremia. Changes in cerebral circulation during vasopressin-induced chronic hyponatremia are not elucidated. The present study has been designed to investigate the effect of chronic vasopressin-induced hyponatremia on the regulation of the tone of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) of the rat. Chronic hyponatremia was induced in vivo with the help of vasopressin, released continuously from subcutaneously implanted ALZET mini-osmotic pumps, and a liquid diet...
March 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Grant C O'Connell, Madison B Treadway, Connie S Tennant, Noelle Lucke-Wold, Paul D Chantler, Taura L Barr
Our group recently identified a panel of ten genes whose RNA expression levels in whole blood have utility for detection of stroke. The purpose of this study was to determine the mechanisms by which these genes become differentially expressed during stroke pathology. First, we assessed the transcriptional distribution of the ten genes across the peripheral immune system by measuring their expression levels on isolated neutrophils, monocytes, B-lymphocytes, CD-4+ T-lymphocytes, CD-8+ T-lymphocytes, and NK-cells generated from the blood of healthy donors (n = 3)...
March 17, 2018: Translational Stroke Research
Ruru Guo, Yang Tu, Shaowei Xie, Xue Song Liu, Yang Song, Suli Wang, Xiaoxiang Chen, Liangjing Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are known to play an important role in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by triggering innate and adaptive immune responses. The molecular mechanisms responsible for their formation in SLE are still unclear. In this study, we aim to characterize the role of the receptor-interacting protein kinase-1 (RIPK1), a homologous serine/threonine kinase previously implicated in the regulation of necroptosis and tissue injury, in decreasing neutrophil death and formation of NETs, and to investigate the clinical implications of RIPK1 in SLE...
March 13, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Dmitry Balashov, Alexandra Laberko, Anna Shcherbina, Pavel Trakhtman, Dmitrii Abramov, Elena Gutovskaya, Svetlana Kozlovskaya, Larisa Shelikhova, Galina Novichkova, Michael Maschan, Alexander Rumiantsev, Alexei Maschan
Our initial experience of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from a matched unrelated donor (MUD; n=12) or a haploidentical related donor (n=6) with TCRαβ+/CD19+ graft depletion for Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) patients (n=18) showed a dramatic decrease in the incidence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and transplant-related mortality, with an increased rate of overall survival (OS) of 88,9%. Unfortunately, the treatment was associated with mixed myeloid donor chimerism and secondary graft dysfunction (severe thrombocytopenia, n=2; graft rejection, n=5)...
March 14, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Joris Koetsveld, Nadezhda M Kolyasnikova, Alex Wagemakers, Olga A Stukolova, Dieuwertje Hoornstra, Denis S Sarksyan, Marina G Toporkova, Anna J Henningsson, Dag Hvidsten, Wim Ang, Ram Dessau, Alexander E Platonov, Joppe W Hovius
OBJECTIVES: Borrelia miyamotoi disease (BMD) is an emerging tick-borne disease in the Northern hemisphere. Serodiagnosis by measuring antibodies against glycerophosphodiester-phosphodiesterase (GlpQ) is performed experimentally, but has not been extensively clinically validated. Since we have previously shown the differential expression of antigenic variable major proteins (Vmps) in B. miyamotoi, our aim was to study antibody responses against GlpQ and Vmps in PCR-proven BMD patients and controls...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Deniz Gokengin, Cristiana Oprea, Josip Begovac, Andrzej Horban, Arzu Nazlı Zeka, Dalibor Sedlacek, Bayjanov Allabergan, Esmira A Almamedova, Tatevik Balayan, Denes Banhegyi, Pavlina Bukovinova, Nikoloz Chkhartishvili, Alymbaeva Damira, Edona Deva, Ivaylo Elenkov, Luljeta Gashi, Dafina Gexha-Bunjaku, Vesna Hadciosmanovic, Arjan Harxhi, Tiberiu Holban, Djorje Jevtovic, David Jilich, Justyna Kowalska, Djhamal Kuvatova, Natalya Ladnaia, Adkhamjon Mamatkulov, Aleksandra Marjanovic, Maria Nikolova, Mario Poljak, Kristi Rüütel, Azzaden Shunnar, Milena Stevanovic, Zhanna Trumova, Oleg Yurin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this survey was to describe the current status of HIV care in Central and Eastern European countries and to look at how close the region is to achieve the UNAIDS 2020 target of 90-90-90. METHODS: In 2014 data were collected from 24 Central and Eastern European countries by a 38-item questionnaire. RESULTS: All countries reported mandatory screening of blood and organ donors for HIV. Other groups who were subjected to targeted screening were people who inject drugs (PWID) (15/24; 62...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Ugur Sahin, Klara Dalva, Funda Gungor, Celalettin Ustun, Meral Beksac
Impact of donor-recipient killer immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) gene-gene matching on transplant outcomes is still inconclusive. Recent data suggest that killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR) regulated natural killer cell (NK cell) activity may contribute to graft versus leukemia (GvL) effects and graft versus host disease (GvHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). This case-control study aims to evaluate the effects of both aKIR and iKIR donor-recipient genotype matching on the outcomes of T cell replete HLA-identical sibling allo-HSCTs in a homogenous young patient population with myeloid leukemias...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Ameera Gaafar, Atia Sheereen, Fahad Almohareb, Abdelmoneim Eldali, Naeem Chaudhri, Said Y Mohamed, Amr Hanbali, Marwan Shaheen, Feras Alfraih, Riad El Fakih, Alia Iqneibi, Riad Youniss, Tusneem Elhassan, Shahrukh Hashmi, Mahmud Aljurf, Khalid Alhussein
NK cell activity is tuned by a balance of activating and inhibitory signals transmitted via their respective receptors, including killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs). The impact of NK cells on graft-versus-leukemia following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is well established. These effects sometimes lead to GvHD. The link between KIR/HLA interaction and GvHD remains unclear. Herein, we studied the impact of the KIR/HLA interaction on HSCT outcomes in a longitudinal follow-up study of a highly consanguineous HLA-matched related cohort...
March 16, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Souheil El-Chemaly, Kevin J O'Brien, Steven D Nathan, Gerald L Weinhouse, Hilary J Goldberg, Jean M Connors, Ye Cui, Todd L Astor, Philip C Camp, Ivan O Rosas, Merte Lemma, Vladislav Speransky, Melissa A Merideth, William A Gahl, Bernadette R Gochuico
Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive, fatal manifestation of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS). Some patients with advanced HPS pulmonary fibrosis undergo lung transplantation despite their disease-associated bleeding tendency; others die while awaiting donor organs. The objective of this study is to determine the clinical management and outcomes of a cohort with advanced HPS pulmonary fibrosis who were evaluated for lung transplantation. Six patients with HPS-1 pulmonary fibrosis were evaluated at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and one of two regional lung transplant centers...
2018: PloS One
Guido Kobbe, Thomas Schroeder, Rainer Haas, Ulrich Germing
Allogeneic blood stem cell transplantation (aBSCT) still is the only curative therapy for patients with myelodysplastic syndromes. While it carries the hope for cure for some patients, it may result in severe toxicity and death from complications or recurrent disease in others. Recent developments have improved patient and donor selection as well as technical aspects of the transplant procedure and post-transplant care, including early detection and treatment of relapse. Areas covered: This review will discuss current stratification tools to identify suitable patients, donors and transplant techniques...
March 16, 2018: Expert Review of Hematology
Marco Guarene, Carla Badulli, Anna L Cremaschi, Ilaria Sbarsi, Rosalia Cacciatore, Carmine Tinelli, Annamaria Pasi, Paola Bergamaschi, Cesare G Perotti
INTRODUCTION: Allele-level donor-recipient match at HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C and HLA-DRB1 loci impacts the outcome after cord blood transplantation for hematologic malignancies and modifies the strategy of donor selection. High definition of both class I and II HLA loci at time of listing is a way to improve the attractiveness of cord blood bank inventories, reducing the time for donor search and procurement and simplifying donor choice, in particular, for patients of non-European heritage...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Christelle Retière, Catherine Willem, Thierry Guillaume, Henri Vié, Laetitia Gautreau-Rolland, Emmanuel Scotet, Xavier Saulquin, Katia Gagne, Marie C Béné, Berthe-Marie Imbert, Beatrice Clemenceau, Pierre Peterlin, Alice Garnier, Patrice Chevallier
We have compared prospectively the outcome and immune reconstitution of patients receiving either post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PTCY) ( n = 30) or anti-thymocyte globulin ATG ( n = 15) as Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis after reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplantation (allo-SCT). The outcome and immune reconstitution of patients receiving either of these two regimens were compared prospectively. This study allowed also to investigate the impact of PTCY between haplo-identical vs matched donors and of clofarabine as part of the RIC regimen...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Nicolle H R Litjens, Lotte van der Wagen, Jurgen Kuball, Jaap Kwekkeboom
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection can cause significant complications after transplantation, but recent emerging data suggest that CMV may paradoxically also exert beneficial effects in two specific allogeneic transplant settings. These potential benefits have been underappreciated and are therefore highlighted in this review. First, after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) using T-cell and natural killer (NK) cell-replete grafts, CMV reactivation is associated with protection from leukemic relapse...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Junya Kitadani, Toshiyasu Ojima, Hiromitsu Iwamoto, Hirotaka Tabata, Mikihito Nakamori, Masaki Nakamura, Keiji Hayata, Masahiro Katsuda, Masayasu Miyajima, Hiroki Yamaue
Clinical application of dendritic cell (DC) vaccine therapy is hindered by the need for a large quantity of DCs generated from peripheral blood monocytes of the patient. We investigated whether genetically modified human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived dendritic cells (hiPSDCs) expressing carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) could induce CEA-specific cytotoxic T cells in a human model and whether genetically modified mouse iPSDCs (miPSDCs) expressing CEA showed an actual antitumor effect using a CEA transgenic mouse model...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xiaopeng Yang, Jae Do Yang, Hee Chul Yu, Younggeun Choi, Kwangho Yang, Tae Beom Lee, Hong Pil Hwang, Sungwoo Ahn, Heecheon You
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Manual tracing of the right and left liver lobes from computed tomography (CT) images for graft volumetry in preoperative surgery planning of living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) is common at most medical centers. This study aims to develop an automatic system with advanced image processing algorithms and user-friendly interfaces for liver graft volumetry and evaluate its accuracy and efficiency in comparison with a manual tracing method. METHODS: The proposed system provides a sequential procedure consisting of (1) liver segmentation, (2) blood vessel segmentation, and (3) virtual liver resection for liver graft volumetry...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
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