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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732143/ifnl4-rs368234815-and-rs117648444-variants-predict-off-treatment-hbsag-seroclearance-in-ifn-treated-hbeag-negative-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients
#1
Enrico Galmozzi, Floriana Facchetti, Glenda Grossi, Alessandro Loglio, Mauro Vigano, Giovanna Lunghi, Massimo Colombo, Pietro Lampertico
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Robust baseline predictors of interferon (IFN) response in HBeAg negative chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients are not currently available. The recently described rs368234815 TT/ΔG dinucleotide and rs117648444 nonsynonymous P70S polymorphisms in IFN lambda 4 (IFNL4) gene, which are strongly associated with response to IFN in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, could be also useful in IFN treated CHB patients. Here we assessed whether IFNL4 rs368234815 and rs117648444 polymorphisms predict IFN induced HBsAg clearance in CHB patients...
July 21, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732046/qualitative-differences-in-cellular-immunogenicity-elicited-by-hepatitis-c-virus-t-cell-vaccines-employing-prime-boost-regimens
#2
Wendy G Tan, Iryna Zubkova, Alla Kachko, Frances Wells, Heiko Adler, Gerd Sutter, Marian E Major
T-cell based vaccines have been considered as attractive candidates for prevention of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. In this study we compared the magnitude and phenotypic characteristics of CD8+ T-cells induced by three commonly used viral vectors, Adenovirus-5 (Ad5), Vaccinia virus (VV) and Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) expressing the HCV NS3/4A protein. C57/BL6 mice were primed with DNA expressing NS3/4A and boosted with each of the viral vectors in individual groups of mice. We then tracked the vaccine-induced CD8+ T-cell responses using pentamer binding and cytokine production analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730878/investigational-drugs-in-development-for-hepatitis-d
#3
Mario Rizzetto
Treatment of chronic hepatitis D still relies on Interferon. To improve efficacy, new therapeutic strategies are in development which aim to deprive the Hepatitis D Virus (HDV) of functions of the Hepatitis B Virus and of the host required for its life-cycle. Areas covered: The therapeutic options are; 1) The inhibition of the farnesylation of the large HD-protein permissive of virion assembly with Lonafarnib, 2) The blocking of HBsAg entry into cells with Myrcludex B via the inhibition of the Sodium Taurocholate Cotransporting Receptor, to prevent the spreading of HDV to uninfected hepatocytes, 3) The reduction of subviral HBsAg particles by REP 2139, leading to diminished virion morphogenesis ...
July 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729300/rapamycin-is-highly-effective-in-murine-models-of-immune-mediated-bone-marrow-failure
#4
Xingmin Feng, Zenghua Lin, Wanling Sun, Maile K Hollinger, Marie J Desierto, Keyvan Keyvanfar, Daniela Malide, Pawel Muranski, Jichun Chen, Neal S Young
Acquired aplastic anemia, the prototypical bone marrow failure disease, is characterized by pancytopenia and marrow hypoplasia. Most aplastic anemia patients respond to immunosuppressive therapy, usually as anti-thymocyte globulin and cyclosporine, but some relapse on cyclosporine withdrawal or require long-term administration of cyclosporine to maintain blood counts. In the current study, we tested efficacy of rapamycin as a new or alternative treatment in mouse models of immune-mediated bone marrow failure...
July 20, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727010/effect-of-experimentally-increased-protein-supply-to-postpartum-dairy-cows-on-plasma-protein-synthesis-rumen-tissue-proliferation-and-immune-homeostasis
#5
M Larsen, C M Røntved, P K Theil, M Khatun, C Lauridsen, N B Kristensen
The effect of experimentally increasing the postpartum protein supply on plasma protein synthesis, rumen tissue proliferation, and immune homeostasis was studied using 8 periparturient Holstein cows in a complete randomized design. At calving, cows were assigned to abomasal infusion of water (CTRL) or casein (CAS) in addition to a lactation diet. Casein infusion was gradually decreased from 696 ± 1 g/d at +2 d relative to calving (DRTC) to 212 ± 10 g/d at +29 DRTC to avoid excessive supply. Synthesis rate of plasma proteins was measured at -14, +4, +15, and +29 DRTC by measuring [C]Phe isotopic enrichment in arterial plasma free Phe, total plasma proteins, and albumin after 3, 5, and 7 h of jugular ring[C]Phe infusion...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725493/interferon-alpha-based-immunotherapies-in-the-treatment-of-b-cell-derived-hematologic-neoplasms-in-today-s-treat-to-target-era
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REVIEW
Li Zhang, Yu-Tzu Tai, Matthew Zhi Guang Ho, Lugui Qiu, Kenneth C Anderson
B cell lymphoma and multiple myeloma (MM) are the most common hematological malignancies which benefit from therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs)-based immunotherapies. Despite significant improvement on patient outcome following the use of novel therapies for the past decades, curative treatment is unavailable for the majority of patients. For example, the 5-year survival of MM is currently less than 50%. In the 1980s, interferon-α was used as monotherapy in newly diagnosed or previously treated MM with an overall response rate of 15-20%...
2017: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725220/a-novel-derivative-of-mycousnine-produced-by-the-endophytic-fungus-mycosphaerella-nawae-exhibits-high-and-selective-immunosuppressive-activity-on-t-cells
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Li-Wei Wang, Jin-Liang Wang, Jing Chen, Jia-Jie Chen, Jia-Wei Shen, Xiao-Xiao Feng, Christian P Kubicek, Fu-Cheng Lin, Chu-Long Zhang, Feng-Yang Chen
An endophytic fungus, Mycosphaerella nawae ZJLQ129, was isolated from the leaves of the traditional Chinese medicine Smilax china. From the fermentation broth and mycelium, a dibenzofurane compound (-)mycousnine (1) was isolated. Chemical modification of it to the amide derivative (-)mycousnine enamine (2), which is new to science, was found to have high and selective immunosuppressive activity: similar to cyclosporin A, (-)mycousnine enamine (2) selectively inhibited T cell proliferation, suppressed the expression of the surface activation antigens CD25 and CD69 and the formation and expression of the cytokines interleukin-2 as well as interferon γ in activated T cells, but did not show any effect on the proliferation of B cells and cancer cells (PANC-1 and A549) and the activation of macrophages...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725030/a-practical-model-evaluating-antiviral-cytokines-by-natural-killer-cells-in-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Xiaoyan Li, Yurong Gu, Xiaobo Guo, Lin Gu, Liang Zhou, Xiaojuan Wu, Xueqin Wang, Zania Stamataki, Yuehua Huang
Natural killer (NK) cells play a major role in anti-viral immunity as first line defense during hepatitis B infection, particularly in untreated patients whose T cells functions are profoundly impaired. Cytokine interferon (IFN)-γ and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α produced by NK cells are important anti-viral factors. However, there is lack of a quantifiable model to evaluate cytokine responses by NK cells. In this study, almost half of the patients (47.9%) beyond treatment criteria had high cytokine activity, although it was lower than those recommended for antiviral therapy (78...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724458/clinical-and-therapeutic-potential-of-protein-kinase-pkr-in-cancer-and-metabolism
#9
M B Garcia-Ortega, G J Lopez, G Jimenez, J A Garcia-Garcia, V Conde, H Boulaiz, E Carrillo, M Perán, J A Marchal, M A Garcia
The protein kinase R (PKR, also called EIF2AK2) is an interferon-inducible double-stranded RNA protein kinase with multiple effects on cells that plays an active part in the cellular response to numerous types of stress. PKR has been extensively studied and documented for its relevance as an antiviral agent and a cell growth regulator. Recently, the role of PKR related to metabolism, inflammatory processes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases has gained interest. In this review, we summarise and discuss the involvement of PKR in several cancer signalling pathways and the dual role that this kinase plays in cancer disease...
July 20, 2017: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724400/detection-of-il-9-producing-t-cells-in-the-pbmcs-of-allergic-asthmatic-patients
#10
Lei Jia, Ying Wang, Jiangping Li, Sha Li, Yannan Zhang, Juan Shen, Weiping Tan, Changyou Wu
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-9 (IL-9) was reported as an active participant in the pathogenesis of allergic asthma. This study aimed to investigate the major source ofIL-9 and its effect on interferon γ (IFN-γ) and immunoglobulin (Ig) secretion by B cells. METHODS: We isolated peripheral blood mononuclear cells from children with allergic asthma and healthy children. IL-9, IL-4 and IFN-γ expression were detected by ELISA, ELISpot and Flowcytometry. Expression of transcription factor PU...
July 19, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723951/cd8-t-cells-provide-immune-protection-against-murine-disseminated-endotheliotropic-orientia-tsutsugamushi-infection
#11
Guang Xu, Nicole L Mendell, Yuejin Liang, Thomas R Shelite, Yenny Goez-Rivillas, Lynn Soong, Donald H Bouyer, David H Walker
Scrub typhus, caused by a Gram-negative obligately intracellular coccobacillus, Orientia tsutsugamushi, is a long neglected but important tropical disease. Orientia tsutsugamushi causes illness in one million people each year, and 1 billion people are at risk. Without appropriate diagnosis and treatment, the disease can cause severe multiorgan failure with a case fatality rate of 7-15%. The current gaps in knowledge of immunity include the unknown mechanisms of host immunity to O. tsutsugamushi. Using an intravenous (i...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723893/in-vivo-crispr-screening-identifies-ptpn2-as-a-cancer-immunotherapy-target
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Robert T Manguso, Hans W Pope, Margaret D Zimmer, Flavian D Brown, Kathleen B Yates, Brian C Miller, Natalie B Collins, Kevin Bi, Martin W LaFleur, Vikram R Juneja, Sarah A Weiss, Jennifer Lo, David E Fisher, Diana Miao, Eliezer Van Allen, David E Root, Arlene H Sharpe, John G Doench, W Nicholas Haining
Immunotherapy with PD-1 checkpoint blockade is effective in only a minority of patients with cancer, suggesting that additional treatment strategies are needed. Here we use a pooled in vivo genetic screening approach using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing in transplantable tumours in mice treated with immunotherapy to discover previously undescribed immunotherapy targets. We tested 2,368 genes expressed by melanoma cells to identify those that synergize with or cause resistance to checkpoint blockade. We recovered the known immune evasion molecules PD-L1 and CD47, and confirmed that defects in interferon-γ signalling caused resistance to immunotherapy...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723569/xiap-loss-triggers-ripk3-and-caspase-8-driven-il-1%C3%AE-activation-and-cell-death-as-a-consequence-of-tlr-myd88-induced-ciap1-traf2-degradation
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Kate E Lawlor, Rebecca Feltham, Monica Yabal, Stephanie A Conos, Kaiwen W Chen, Stephanie Ziehe, Carina Graß, Yifan Zhan, Tan A Nguyen, Cathrine Hall, Angelina J Vince, Simon M Chatfield, Damian B D'Silva, Kenneth C Pang, Kate Schroder, John Silke, David L Vaux, Philipp J Jost, James E Vince
X-linked Inhibitor of Apoptosis (XIAP) deficiency predisposes people to pathogen-associated hyperinflammation. Upon XIAP loss, Toll-like receptor (TLR) ligation triggers RIPK3-caspase-8-mediated IL-1β activation and death in myeloid cells. How XIAP suppresses these events remains unclear. Here, we show that TLR-MyD88 causes the proteasomal degradation of the related IAP, cIAP1, and its adaptor, TRAF2, by inducing TNF and TNF Receptor 2 (TNFR2) signaling. Genetically, we define that myeloid-specific cIAP1 loss promotes TLR-induced RIPK3-caspase-8 and IL-1β activity in the absence of XIAP...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719851/interaction-of-cholera-toxin-b-subunit-with-t-and-b-lymphocytes
#14
Elena V Navolotskaya, Vladimir B Sadovnikov, Dmitry V Zinchenko, Valery M Lipkin, Vladimir P Zav'yalov
We have prepared (125)I-labeled cholera toxin B subunit ((125)I-labeled CT-B, a specific activity of 98Ci/mmol) and found that its binding to T and B lymphocytes from the blood of healthy donors was high-affinity (Kd 2.8 and 3.0nM, respectively). The binding of labeled protein was completely inhibited by unlabeled thymosin-α1 (TM-α1), interferon-α2 (IFN-α2), and the synthetic peptide LKEKK that corresponds to residues 16-20 in TM-α1 and 131-135 in IFN-α2, but was not inhibited by the synthetic peptide KKEKL with inverted amino acid sequence (Ki>10μM)...
July 15, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719617/microrna-155-deficiency-leads-to-decreased-autoantibody-levels-and-reduced-severity-of-nephritis-and-pneumonitis-in-pristane-induced-lupus
#15
Harald Leiss, Wilhelm Salzberger, Barbara Jacobs, Irina Gessl, Nicolas Kozakowski, Stephan Blüml, Antonia Puchner, Attila Kiss, Bruno K Podesser, Josef S Smolen, Georg H Stummvoll
OBJECTIVE: We herein examine the role of endogenous miR155 in the development of systemic manifestations in pristane induced lupus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Systemic lupus in miR155-deficient and wild type mice was induced upon injection of pristane and analyzed after 8 months, PBS-injected mice served as controls. Glomerulonephritis and pneumonitis were quantified using the kidney biopsy score and a newly adapted histomorphometric image analysis system; lung tissue was further analyzed by tissue cytometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718360/inflammatory-myopathy-in-horses-with-chronic-piroplasmosis
#16
Maria P Pasolini, Teresa B Pagano, Alessandro Costagliola, Davide De Biase, Barbara Lamagna, Luigi Auletta, Gerardo Fatone, Michele Greco, Pierpaolo Coluccia, Veneziano Veneziano, Claudio Pirozzi, Giuseppina Mattace Raso, Pasquale Santoro, Giuseppe Manna, Serenella Papparella, Orlando Paciello
Horses affected by chronic piroplasmosis may develop poor performance and muscle atrophy. Here we investigate the pathological and immunopathological aspects of myopathy occurring in chronic equine piroplasmosis. The study included 16 horses serologically positive for equine piroplasms presenting with clinical signs and supporting serum biochemical evidence of a myopathy. Skeletal muscle was evaluated by histopathology, immunohistochemistry, indirect immunofluorescence, and molecular detection of piroplasms and inflammatory cytokines in skeletal muscle...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718063/new-insights-on-platelets-and-platelet-derived-microparticles-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#17
REVIEW
Marc Scherlinger, Vanja Sisirak, Christophe Richez, Estibaliz Lazaro, Pierre Duffau, Patrick Blanco
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Current knowledge on the role of platelets and platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs) on the immune system has been fast-growing. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic auto-immune disorder characterized by a loss of tolerance toward nuclear auto-antigens. Although recent studies allowed a better understanding of SLE pathogenesis, there is an urgent need for the development of new treatments and the identification of new biomarkers to assess the disease activity...
August 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717041/activation-of-sting-in-hepatocytes-suppresses-the-replication-of-hepatitis-b-virus
#18
Fang Guo, Liudi Tang, Sainan Shu, Mohit Sehgal, Muhammad Sheraz, Bowei Liu, Qiong Zhao, Junjun Cheng, Xuesen Zhao, Tianlun Zhou, Jinhong Chang, Ju-Tao Guo
Induction of interferon and proinflammatory cytokines is a hallmark of the infection of many different viruses. However, hepatitis B virus (HBV) does not elicit a detectable cytokine response in infected hepatocytes. In order to investigate the molecular mechanism underlying the innate immune evasion, a functional cGAS-STING pathway was reconstituted in a human hepatoma cell line supporting tetracycline-inducible HBV replication. It was demonstrated that induction of HBV replication neither activated nor inhibited this cytosolic DNA sensing pathway...
July 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716226/cytokines-do-play-a-role-in-pathogenesis-of-tuberculous-meningitis-a-prospective-study-from-a-tertiary-care-center-in-india
#19
S Sharma, M K Goyal, K Sharma, M Modi, M Sharma, N Khandelwal, S Prabhakar, N Sharma, Shree R, J Gairolla, A Jain, V Lal
BACKGROUND: Though animal studies have suggested a role for proinflammatory cytokines in pathogenesis their exact role in pathogenesis of human meningeal tuberculosis continues to be controversial with different studies yielding contradictory results. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To study the levels of proinflammatory cytokines in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with tubercular meningitis (TBM) and to determine whether these correlate with disease severity...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714143/efficacy-and-safety-of-new-direct-antiviral-agents-in-hcv-infected-patients-with-diffuse-large-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Marcello Persico, Andrea Aglitti, Rosa Caruso, Amalia De Renzo, Carmine Selleri, Catello Califano, Ludovico Abenavoli, Alessandro Federico, Mario Masarone
INTRODUCTION: The association of HCV with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) has been demonstrated all over the world. The new interferon-free, direct antiviral agents (DAA), showed high efficacy and safety, and preliminary data seem to confirm their activity on low-grade NHL. The question arises as whether or not -and how- to treat the HCV positive patients suffering from diffuse large B cell lymphomas(DLBCL). Aim of this observational study was to evaluate whether the DAAs antiviral treatment of DLBCL/HCV-infected patients in concomitance with chemotherapy is a safe and effective option...
July 17, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
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