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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921406/house-dust-mites-confer-a-distinct-immunological-feature-among-dermatitis
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Safa Baris, Ahmet Ozen, Tuba Akdeniz, Elif Karakoc-Aydiner, Ovgu Aydin, Hulya Ercan, Ismail Ogulur, Yildiz Camcioglu, Reha Cengizlier, Cuyan Demirkesen, Deniz Yucelten, Gulderen Demirel, Isil B Barlan
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a heterogeneous disease with regard to clinical phenotype and natural history. We investigated T cell subtypes and cytokine responses in peripheral blood and skin lesions of AD patients with various sensitivities. Immunological studies were performed in 27 subjects: 9 house dust mite (HDM)-sensitized; 6 subjects with sensitizations other than HDM; 7 non-allergic AD patients and 5 healthy controls. Among those, skin biopsy samples of 13 subjects were evaluated for immunohistochemical analyses, as well...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920482/hepatitis-c-virus-therapy-with-peg-interferon-and-ribavirin-in-myanmar-a-resource-constrained-country
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Naomi Khaing Than Hlaing, Debolina Banerjee, Robert Mitrani, Soe Htet Arker, Kyaw San Win, Nyan Lin Tun, Zaw Thant, Khin Maung Win, K Rajender Reddy
AIM: To investigate peg-interferon (peg-IFN) and ribavirin (RBV) therapy in Myanmar and to predict sustained virologic response (SVR). METHODS: This single-center, open-label, study was conducted in Myanmar between 2009 and 2014. A total of 288 patients infected with HCV genotypes 1, 2, 3 and 6 were treated with peg-IFN alpha-2a (180 μg/wk) or alpha-2b (50 to 100 μg as a weight-based dose) and RBV as a weight-based dose (15 mg/kg/d). Treatment duration was 48 wk for genotypes 1 and 6, 24 wk for genotype 2, and 24 or 48 wk for genotype 3 based on rapid virologic response (RVR)...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918533/identification-of-context-dependent-expression-quantitative-trait-loci-in-whole-blood
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Daria V Zhernakova, Patrick Deelen, Martijn Vermaat, Maarten van Iterson, Michiel van Galen, Wibowo Arindrarto, Peter van 't Hof, Hailiang Mei, Freerk van Dijk, Harm-Jan Westra, Marc Jan Bonder, Jeroen van Rooij, Marijn Verkerk, P Mila Jhamai, Matthijs Moed, Szymon M Kielbasa, Jan Bot, Irene Nooren, René Pool, Jenny van Dongen, Jouke J Hottenga, Coen D A Stehouwer, Carla J H van der Kallen, Casper G Schalkwijk, Alexandra Zhernakova, Yang Li, Ettje F Tigchelaar, Niek de Klein, Marian Beekman, Joris Deelen, Diana van Heemst, Leonard H van den Berg, Albert Hofman, André G Uitterlinden, Marleen M J van Greevenbroek, Jan H Veldink, Dorret I Boomsma, Cornelia M van Duijn, Cisca Wijmenga, P Eline Slagboom, Morris A Swertz, Aaron Isaacs, Joyce B J van Meurs, Rick Jansen, Bastiaan T Heijmans, Peter A C 't Hoen, Lude Franke
Genetic risk factors often localize to noncoding regions of the genome with unknown effects on disease etiology. Expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) help to explain the regulatory mechanisms underlying these genetic associations. Knowledge of the context that determines the nature and strength of eQTLs may help identify cell types relevant to pathophysiology and the regulatory networks underlying disease. Here we generated peripheral blood RNA-seq data from 2,116 unrelated individuals and systematically identified context-dependent eQTLs using a hypothesis-free strategy that does not require previous knowledge of the identity of the modifiers...
December 5, 2016: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917174/cd16-monocyte-subset-was-enriched-and-functionally-exacerbated-in-driving-t-cell-activation-and-b-cell-response-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Huaqun Zhu, Fanlei Hu, Xiaolin Sun, Xiaoying Zhang, Lei Zhu, Xu Liu, Xue Li, Liling Xu, Lianjie Shi, Yuzhou Gan, Yin Su
BACKGROUND: The roles that CD16(+) monocyte subset plays in T-cell activation and B-cell response have not been well studied in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to investigate the distribution of CD16(+) monocyte subsets in SLE and explore their possible roles in T-cell activation and B-cell differentiation. METHODS: The frequencies of monocyte subsets in the peripheral blood of healthy controls (HCs) and patients with SLE were determined by flow cytometry...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914987/tetrabromobisphenol-a-activates-the-hepatic-interferon-pathway-in-rats
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J K Dunnick, D L Morgan, S A Elmore, K Gerrish, A Pandiri, T V Ton, K R Shockley, B A Merrick
Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) is a widely used flame retardant in printed circuit boards, paper, and textiles. In a two-year study, TBBPA showed evidence of uterine tumors in female Wistar-Han rats and liver and colon tumors in B6C3F1 mice. In order to gain further insight into early gene and pathway changes leading to cancer, we exposed female Wistar Han rats to TBBPA at 0, 25, 250, or 1000mg/kg (oral gavage in corn oil, 5X/week) for 13 weeks. Because at the end of the TBBPA exposure period, there were no treatment-related effects on body weights, liver or uterus lesions, and liver and uterine organ weights were within 10% of controls, only the high dose animals were analyzed...
November 30, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914175/dynamic-changes-in-liver-stiffness-measured-by-transient-elastography-predict-clinical-outcomes-among-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Jianyong Zeng, Shaohang Cai, Jiajun Liu, Xiulan Xue, Xiaolu Wu, Caixia Zheng
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate the validity of transient elastography in monitoring the antiviral outcomes in patients with chronic hepatitis B. METHODS: This study included 108 patients treated with nucleos(t)ide analogues and 67 patients treated with interferon (IFN). Liver biopsies were evaluated by the METAVIR score. Transient elastography was performed initially at baseline, 48 weeks, and 96 weeks. Liver tissue was obtained before and after 96 weeks of treatment...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910206/balance-between-il-3-and-type-iinterferons-and-their-interrelationship-with-fasl-dictates-lifespan-and-effector-functions-of-human-basophils
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B R Hagmann, A Odermatt, T Kaufmann, C A Dahinden, M Fux
BACKGROUND: In contrast to eosinophils and neutrophils, the regulation of the lifespan of human basophils is poorly defined, with the exception of the potent anti-apoptotic effect of IL-3 that also promotes pro-inflammatory effector functions and phenotypic changes. Type I IFNs (IFN-α, IFN-β), which are well known for their anti-viral activities, have the capacity to inhibit allergic inflammation. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate whether type I IFNs have the potential to abrogate the lifespan and/or effector functions of human basophils...
November 5, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910154/interferon-free-regimens-improve-portal-hypertension-and-histological-necroinflammation-in-hiv-hcv-patients-with-advanced-liver-disease
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P Schwabl, M Mandorfer, S Steiner, B Scheiner, D Chromy, M Herac, T Bucsics, H Hayden, K Grabmeier-Pfistershammer, A Ferlitsch, G Oberhuber, M Trauner, M Peck-Radosavljevic, T Reiberger
BACKGROUND: HIV/HCV co-infected patients show accelerated fibrosis progression and higher risk for complications of portal hypertension (PHT). AIM: To assess the effects of interferon-free therapy on portal pressure, liver histology and plasma biomarkers in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with PHT. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with paired hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) measurements prior and after successful treatment (SVR) with interferon-free regimens were included...
January 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908701/inhibitory-effects-of-l-theanine-on-airway-inflammation-in-ovalbumin-induced-allergic-asthma
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Yong Pil Hwang, Sun Woo Jin, Jae Ho Choi, Chul Yung Choi, Hyung Gyun Kim, Se Jong Kim, Yongan Kim, Kyung Jin Lee, Young Chul Chung, Hye Gwang Jeong
L-theanine, a water-soluble amino acid isolated from green tea (Camellia sinensis), has anti-inflammatory activity, antioxidative properties, and hepatoprotective effects. However, the anti-allergic effect of L-theanine and its underlying molecular mechanisms have not been elucidated. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of L-theanine on asthmatic responses, particularly airway inflammation and oxidative stress modulation in an ovalbumin (OVA)-induced murine model of asthma. Treatment with L-theanine dramatically attenuated the extensive trafficking of inflammatory cells into bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF)...
November 28, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902946/social-regulation-of-the-lymph-node-transcriptome-in-rhesus-macaques-macaca-mulatta
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K Chun, J P Capitanio, D M Lamkin, E K Sloan, J M G Arevalo, S W Cole
Previous research has shown that adverse social conditions may promote a conserved transcriptional response to adversity (CTRA) involving up-regulation of proinflammatory gene expression and down-regulation of Type I interferon anti-viral genes in circulating blood cells. However, the impact of social conditions on lymphoid tissue gene regulation remains largely unexplored. This project assessed how social instability in adult male rhesus macaques (N=10, 5 in unstable, and 5 in stable social conditions) might regulate gene expression within secondary lymphoid tissue (lymph nodes; LN)...
November 14, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902332/inhibition-of-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-by-activation-of-the-cgas-sting-pathway
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Jing He, Ruidong Hao, Dan Liu, Xing Liu, Shaoshuai Wu, Shuting Guo, Yuan Wang, Deyin Guo
Cyclic GMP-AMP (cGAMP) synthase (cGAS) senses cytosolic DNA and catalyzes synthesis of the second messenger cGAMP, which activates the downstream signaling adaptor protein STING, leading to the expression of type I interferons. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a small DNA virus, and the cGAS-STING pathway may inhibit HBV RNA synthesis and viral assembly in cell culture, but the exact roles of cGAS pathway in the restriction of HBV replication in infection systems remain to be elucidated. In this study, we showed that the replication of HBV was significantly inhibited both in cell culture and in vivo in a mouse model when the cGAS-STING pathway was activated by dsDNA or cGAMP...
October 31, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900869/-evaluation-of-five-years-of-treatment-of-erdheim-chester-disease-with-anakinra-case-report-and-overview-of-literature
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Zdeněk Adam, Hana Petrášová, Zdeněk Řehák, Renata Koukalová, Marta Krejčí, Luděk Pour, Eva Vetešníková, Aleš Čermák, Sabina Ševčíková, Petr Szturz, Zdeněk Král, Jiří Mayer
: Erdheim-Chester disease is a histiocytic neoplasm of diseases from the group of non-Langerhans-cell histiocytoses, formed by infiltrates of foamy histiocytes. These pathological histiocytes produce pro-inflammatory cytokines. Therefore Erdheim-Chester disease is called inflammatory histiocytary neoplasm. The disease is accompanied by clinical symptoms of systemic inflammatory response, i.e. B symptoms. Imaging examinations detect typical osteosclerotic changes affecting diaphyses and metaphyses of the lower long bones and fibrotic changes which affect the aorta wall and the vessels leading from it...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899441/interferon-regulatory-factor-2-protects-mice-from-lethal-viral-neuroinvasion
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Melody M H Li, Leonia Bozzacco, Hans-Heinrich Hoffmann, Gaëlle Breton, Jakob Loschko, Jing W Xiao, Sébastien Monette, Charles M Rice, Margaret R MacDonald
The host responds to virus infection by activating type I interferon (IFN) signaling leading to expression of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs). Dysregulation of the IFN response results in inflammatory diseases and chronic infections. In this study, we demonstrate that IFN regulatory factor 2 (IRF2), an ISG and a negative regulator of IFN signaling, influences alphavirus neuroinvasion and pathogenesis. A Sindbis virus strain that in wild-type (WT) mice only causes disease when injected into the brain leads to lethal encephalitis in Irf2(-/-) mice after peripheral inoculation...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898968/post-artificial-insemination-supplementation-with-calcium-salts-of-soybean-oil-influences-pregnancy-establishment-factors-in-beef-cows
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R S Cipriano, R F Cooke, A D Rodrigues, L G T Silva, D W Bohnert, R S Marques, J L M Vasconcelos, A V Pires, R L A Cerri
The objective of this experiment was to compare hormonal, uterine, and conceptus factors associated with pregnancy establishment in beef cows supplemented or not with Ca salts of soybean oil (CSSO) for 21 d beginning after timed AI. One hundred lactating multiparous Nelore cows were allocated to 20 groups of 5 cows/group and timed inseminated on d 0 of the experiment. After AI, groups were randomly assigned to receive (as-fed basis) 100 g of protein-mineral mix + 100 g of ground corn per cow per day, in addition to 1) 100 g/cow daily of CSSO ( = 10) or 2) 100 g/cow daily of kaolin (CON; rumen-inert indigestible substance; = 10)...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896822/simeprevir-in-combination-with-sofosbuvir-in-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-and-experienced-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotype-4-infection-a-phase-iii-open-label-single-arm-study-pluto
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M Buti, J L Calleja, S Lens, M Diago, E Ortega, J Crespo, R Planas, M Romero-Gómez, F G Rodríguez, J M Pascasio, B Fevery, D Kurland, C Corbett, R Kalmeijer, W Jessner
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of liver cirrhosis and subsequent hepatocellular carcinoma. HCV genotype 4 is found widely in the Middle East, Egypt and Africa, and has also spread into Europe. There are limited data available regarding the use of direct-acting antiviral agents in HCV genotype 4-infected patients with cirrhosis. AIM: The Phase III, open-label, single-arm PLUTO study evaluated the efficacy and safety of 12 weeks of simeprevir (HCV NS3/4A protease inhibitor) plus sofosbuvir (HCV nucleotide-analogue NS5B polymerase inhibitor) in treatment-naïve and (peg)interferon ± ribavirin-experienced HCV genotype 4-infected patients, with or without compensated cirrhosis...
November 29, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895643/azithromycin-attenuates-pseudomonas-induced-lung-inflammation-by-targeting-bacterial-proteins-secreted-in-the-cultured-medium
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Teresinha Leal, Gabriella Bergamini, François Huaux, Nadtha Panin, Sabrina Noel, Barbara Dhooghe, Jeremy B Haaf, Pierluigi Mauri, Sara Motta, Dario Di Silvestre, Paola Melotti, Claudio Sorio
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa airway infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Azithromycin improves the related clinical outcomes, but its mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that azithromycin downregulates P. aeruginosa-induced pro-inflammatory responses by modifying release of bacterial proteins. METHODS: We monitored inflammatory markers in lungs of CF mutant mice and their littermate controls in response to conditioned media (CM) collected from the reference P...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895405/impact-of-il28b-and-oas-gene-family-polymorphisms-on-interferon-treatment-response-in-caucasian-children-chronically-infected-with-hepatitis-b-virus
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Krzysztof Domagalski, Małgorzata Pawłowska, Agnieszka Zaleśna, Małgorzata Pilarczyk, Paweł Rajewski, Waldemar Halota, Andrzej Tretyn
AIM: To investigate the impact of IL28B and OAS gene polymorphisms on interferon treatment responses in children with chronic hepatitis B. METHODS: We enrolled 52 children (between the ages of 4 and 18) with hepatitis B e antigen-negative chronic hepatitis B (CHB), who were treated with pegylated interferon alfa for 48 wk. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the OAS1 (rs1131476), OAS2 (rs1293747), OAS3 (rs2072136), OASL (rs10849829) and IL28B (rs12979860, rs12980275 and rs8099917) genes were studied to examine their associations with responses to IFN treatment in paediatric patients...
November 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895394/concise-review-interferon-free-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-cirrhosis-and-liver-graft-infection
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REVIEW
Nina Weiler, Stefan Zeuzem, Martin-Walter Welker
Chronic hepatitis C is a major reason for development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma and a leading cause for liver transplantation. The development of direct-acting antiviral agents lead to (pegylated) interferon-alfa free antiviral therapy regimens with a remarkable increase in sustained virologic response (SVR) rates and opened therapeutic options for patients with advanced cirrhosis and liver graft recipients. This concise review gives an overview about most current prospective trials and cohort analyses for treatment of patients with liver cirrhosis and liver graft recipients...
November 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893714/the-lim-protein-ajuba-promotes-colorectal-cancer-cell-survival-through-suppression-of-jak1-stat1-ifit2-network
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H Jia, L Song, Q Cong, J Wang, H Xu, Y Chu, Q Li, Y Zhang, X Zou, C Zhang, Y E Chin, X Zhang, Z Li, K Zhu, B Wang, H Peng, Z Hou
The LIM protein AJUBA is a scaffold protein participating in the regulation of cell adhesion, mitosis, DNA damage, cell differentiation, proliferation, migration and gene transcription. However, its roles in tumorigenesis and progression are poorly defined. Here, we report that AJUBA is highly expressed in colorectal cancer (CRC) and promotes CRC cell growth in culture and in xenografted mice via an inhibition of apoptosis. AJUBA represses the expression of IFIT2 gene, an interferon-stimulated gene and a known apoptosis inducer and tumour suppressor to mediate its resistance to apoptosis...
November 28, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893462/biallelic-mutations-in-irf8-impair-human-nk-cell-maturation-and-function
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Emily M Mace, Venetia Bigley, Justin T Gunesch, Ivan K Chinn, Laura S Angelo, Matthew A Care, Sheetal Maisuria, Michael D Keller, Sumihito Togi, Levi B Watkin, David F LaRosa, Shalini N Jhangiani, Donna M Muzny, Asbjørg Stray-Pedersen, Zeynep Coban Akdemir, Jansen B Smith, Mayra Hernández-Sanabria, Duy T Le, Graham D Hogg, Tram N Cao, Aharon G Freud, Eva P Szymanski, Sinisa Savic, Matthew Collin, Andrew J Cant, Richard A Gibbs, Steven M Holland, Michael A Caligiuri, Keiko Ozato, Silke Paust, Gina M Doody, James R Lupski, Jordan S Orange
Human NK cell deficiencies are rare yet result in severe and often fatal disease, particularly as a result of viral susceptibility. NK cells develop from hematopoietic stem cells, and few monogenic errors that specifically interrupt NK cell development have been reported. Here we have described biallelic mutations in IRF8, which encodes an interferon regulatory factor, as a cause of familial NK cell deficiency that results in fatal and severe viral disease. Compound heterozygous or homozygous mutations in IRF8 in 3 unrelated families resulted in a paucity of mature CD56dim NK cells and an increase in the frequency of the immature CD56bright NK cells, and this impairment in terminal maturation was also observed in Irf8-/-, but not Irf8+/-, mice...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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