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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342711/epidemiological-profile-and-vaccination-coverage-in-splenectomy-patients-in-a-health-area-of-murcia-1993-2012
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Yolanda Molina-Salas, Francisco José Romera-Guirado, Jaime Jesús Pérez-Martín, María Nieves Peregrín-González, David Góngora-Soria
OBJECTIVE: Splenectomy patients have a high risk of suffering severe infections, many of them preventable by vaccination. The aim of the study was to analyse the clinical epidemiological characteristics and vaccine coverage of these patients in Health Area III of the Region of Murcia. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted on a population of patients that were splenectomised during the period 1993-2012, according to the Register of the Basic Minimum Data Set...
March 22, 2017: Enfermería Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340427/identification-and-characterization-of-a-%C3%AE-defensin-gene-involved-in-the-immune-defense-response-of-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus
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Jieyao Zhu, Hong Wang, Jun Wang, Xingli Wang, Shuang Peng, Yi Geng, Kaiyu Wang, Pin Ouyang, Zhiqiong Li, Xiaoli Huang, Defang Chen
Antimicrobial peptides are small peptides that play important roles in a host's innate immune response. As an important antimicrobial peptide, β-defensin widely distribute in mammals, insects and plants with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. In this study, the β-defensin gene of the channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, was cloned, sequenced, and subjected to a bioinformatic analysis. The β-defensin gene of the channel catfish contains three exons and two introns, and encodes a precursor peptide consisting of two domains: a signal peptide of 24 amino acid residues and a mature peptide of 43 amino acid residues...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340240/osteonecrosis-splenic-calcification-sickle-cell-disease
#3
A K Pannu, A Lakshman, V Damaraju, S Jain, S C Varma
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a major public health problem. Approximately 300,000 children born annually with the disease. SCD is a chronic condition, and spleen and bone are two commonly affected organs. We recently had the opportunity of observing a girl with deformed femoral head and calcified lesions in spleen, who was initially diagnosed as disseminated tuberculosis, but later a diagnosis of SCD was made on detailed hematological investigations and advanced imaging techniques.
March 11, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340200/cytokines-profile-in-immunocompetent-mice-during-trichosporon-asahii-infection
#4
Alexandra M Montoya, Gloria M González, Azalia M Martinez-Castilla, Sonia A Aguilar, Moises A Franco-Molina, Erika Coronado-Cerda, Adrián G Rosas-Taraco
Trichosporon asahii is an opportunistic yeastlike fungus commonly associated with systemic infections in immunocompromised patients. Neutropenia is recognized as the main risk factor in infections by T. asahii; however, little is known about the cytokine response during trichosporonosis. Here, we evaluated systemic and local cytokine production and histological damage in immunocompetent mice during systemic infection with T. asahii. We found a significant increased presence of G-CSF, TNF-α, IFN-γ, and IL-6 in sera samples...
March 15, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339787/molecular-characterization-of-marek-s-disease-virus-in-a-poultry-layer-farm-from-colombia
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Sara López-Osorio, Diego Piedrahita, Maria A Espinal-Restrepo, Gloria C Ramírez-Nieto, Venugopal Nair, Susan M Williams, Susan Baigent, César Ventura-Polite, Diego A Aranzazu-Taborda, Jenny J Chaparro-Gutiérrez
Marek's disease ( ) is a lymphoproliferative disease caused by an Alphaherpesvirus, genus Mardivirus , serotype 1 ( Gallid Herpesvirus 2 , GaHV-2) that includes all known pathogenic strains. In addition to Marek's disease virus ( ) serotype 1, the genus includes 2 distinct nonpathogenic serotypes: serotype 2 (GaHV-3) and serotype 3 ( Meleagridis Herpesvirus 1 , MeHV-1) which are used in commercially available vaccines against MD. As a result of vaccination, clinical signs are not commonly observed, and new cases are usually associated with emerging variant strains against which the vaccines are less effective...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339728/comparative-expression-of-host-defense-peptides-in-turkey-poults
#6
Shaimaa K Hamad, Sungwon Kim, Samer W El-Kadi, Eric A Wong, Rami A Dalloul
Host defense peptides (HDPs) are a large group of small, positively charged peptides that play an important role in innate immunity, particularly at early ages when other components of the immune system have not fully developed. There are 3 classes of avian HDPs: avian beta defensins (AvBDs), cathelicidins (Cath), and liver-expressed antimicrobial peptide 2 (LEAP-2). The objective was to compare expression of HDP mRNAs in male turkey poults at day of hatch (d 0), d 7, d 14, d 21 and d 28 from the thymus, spleen, bursa, duodenum, jejunum, and ileum...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339016/paeonol-ameliorates-imiquimod-induced-psoriasis-like-skin-lesions-in-balb-c-mice-by-inhibiting-the-maturation-and-activation-of-dendritic-cells
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Yujiao Meng, Mingxing Wang, Xiangjiang Xie, Tingting Di, Jingxia Zhao, Yan Lin, Xiaolong Xu, Ningfei Li, Yating Zhai, Yan Wang, Ping Li
Paeonol, an active component derived from the traditional Chinese medicine Cortex Moutan, possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant and anti-allergic properties. Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory dermatosis accompanied by excessive activation of Toll‑like receptors (TLRs) in dendritic cells (DCs), which are primarily responsible for initiating an immune response. We investigated the effect of paeonol on inflammation in an imiquimod (IMQ)-induced psoriasis-like mouse model and murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) stimulated by R848...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338529/dosimetry-software-hermes-internal-radiation-dosimetry-from-quantitative-image-reconstruction-to-voxel-level-absorbed-dose-distribution
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Eero T Hippeläinen, Mikko J Tenhunen, Hanna O Mäenpää, Jorma J Heikkonen, Antti O Sohlberg
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work is to validate a software package called Hermes Internal Radiation Dosimetry (HIRD) for internal dose assessment tailored for clinical practice. The software includes all the necessary steps to perform voxel-level absorbed dose calculations including quantitative reconstruction, image coregistration and volume of interest tools. METHODS: The basics of voxel-level dosimetry methods and implementations to HIRD software are reviewed...
March 23, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338461/mesenchymal-stem-cells-suppress-chronic-rejection-in-heterotopic-small-intestine-transplant-rat-models-via-inhibition-of-cd68-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor-expression
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Fuxin Li, Jisen Cao, Zhicheng Zhao, Chuan Li, Feng Qi, Tong Liu
OBJECTIVES: Mesenchymal stem cells are easy to obtain and expand, with characteristics of low immunogenicity and strong tissue repair capacity. In this study, our aim was to investigate the role of mesenchymal stem cells in chronic immune rejection of heterotopic small intestine transplant in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After successfully constructing a rat chronic immune rejection model of heterotopic small intestine transplant, we infused mesenchymal stem cells into the animal recipients...
April 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338217/fasting-up-regulates-ferroportin-1-expression-via-a-ghrelin-ghsr-mapk-signaling-pathway
#10
Qian-Qian Lou, Yu-Fu Zhou, Mesona Yung-Jin Chen, Li Liu, Juan Ma, Meng-Wan Zhang, Fa-Li Zhang, Ya Ke, Zhong-Ming Qian
The significant positive correlation between ghrelin and iron and hepcidin levels in the plasma of children with iron deficiency anemia prompted us to hypothesize that ghrelin may affect iron metabolism. Here, we investigated the effects of fasting or ghrelin on the expression of hepcidin, ferroportin 1 (Fpn1), transferrin receptor 1 (TfR1), ferritin light chain (Ft-L) proteins and ghrelin, and also hormone secretagogue receptor 1 alpha (GHSR1α) and ghrelin O-acyltransferase (GOAT) mRNAs in the spleen and/or macrophage...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338186/increase-in-g-protein-coupled-receptor-autoantibodies-with-decline-of-cardiac-function-in-hypercholesterolemic-rats
#11
Y Li, J Tian, X-R Ma, R-T Li, S-L Zhang, P-L Wang, X-C Yin, J-W Bian, J-H Lei, H-R Liu
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to explore the effects of diet-induced hypercholesterolemia (HC) on the production of G protein-coupled receptor autoantibodies and to elucidate the potential mechanisms involved. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats were fed a normal or high-cholesterol diet for 8 weeks. Cardiac function, autoantibodies against G protein-coupled receptors, the beat frequency of neonatal cardiomyocytes, the CD4+/CD8+ T-lymphocyte ratio and lymph leukocyte counts in the spleen were determined...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338098/genome-wide-random-regression-analysis-for-parent-of-origin-effects-of-body-composition-allometries-in-mouse
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Jingli Zhao, Shuling Li, Lijuan Wang, Li Jiang, Runqing Yang, Yuehua Cui
Genomic imprinting underlying growth and development traits has been recognized, with a focus on the form of absolute or pure growth. However, little is known about the effect of genomic imprinting on relative growth. In this study, we proposed a random regression model to estimate genome-wide imprinting effects on the relative growth of multiple tissues and organs to body weight in mice. Joint static allometry scaling equation as sub-model is nested within the genetic effects of markers and polygenic effects caused by a pedigree...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337723/assessment-of-safety-efficacy-and-dosimetry-of-a-novel-18-kda-translocator-protein-ligand-11-c-cb184-in-healthy-human-volunteers
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Muneyuki Sakata, Kenji Ishibashi, Masamichi Imai, Kei Wagatsuma, Kenji Ishii, Kentaro Hatano, Kiichi Ishiwata, Jun Toyohara
BACKGROUND: N,N-di-n-propyl-2-[2-(4-[(11)C]methoxyphenyl)-6,8-dichloroimidazol[1,2-a]pyridine-3-yl]acetamide ([(11)C]CB184) is a novel selective radioligand for the 18-kD translocator protein (TSPO), which is upregulated in activated microglia in the brain, and may be useful in positron emission tomography (PET). We examined the safety, radiation dosimetry, and initial brain imaging with [(11)C]CB184 in healthy human volunteers. RESULTS: Dynamic [(11)C]CB184 PET scans (90 min) were performed in five healthy male subjects...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337267/exploration-of-the-effect-of-probiotics-supplementation-on-intestinal-microbiota-of-food-allergic-mice
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Bo Yang, Liang Xiao, Sheng Liu, Xiaoyu Liu, Yan Luo, Qiongmei Ji, Pingchang Yang, Zhigang Liu
Environmental factor-induced alterations in intestinal microbiota have been demonstrated to be associated with increasing prevalence of food allergy. However, it is not clear to what extent oral administration of probiotics can affect gut microbiota composition, thus inhibiting food allergy development. Using ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized murine model, it was demonstrated that probiotics ameliorated allergic symptoms, including reducing OVA specific-IgE, and -IgG1 levels in the serum, Th2 cytokines release in spleen, and occurrence of diarrhea...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336921/different-antiviral-effects-of-ifn%C3%AE-subtypes-in-a-mouse-model-of-hbv-infection
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Jingjiao Song, Sheng Li, Yun Zhou, Jia Liu, Sandra Francois, Mengji Lu, Dongliang Yang, Ulf Dittmer, Kathrin Sutter
Interferon alpha (IFNα) is commonly used for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients. There are 13 different IFNα subtypes in humans, but only the subtype IFNα2 is used for clinical treatment. The antiviral activities of all other IFNα subtypes against HBV have not been studied. To obtain basic knowledge about the direct antiviral as well as the immunomodulatory effects of IFNα subtypes, we used the HBV hydrodynamic injection (HI) mouse model. Application of most IFNα subtype proteins inhibited HBV replication in vivo, with IFNα4 and IFNα5 being the most effective subtypes...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336564/identification-of-a-novel-syk-c-myc-malat1-signaling-pathway-and-its-potential-therapeutic-value-in-ewing-sarcoma
#16
Haibo Sun, De-Chen Lin, Qi Cao, Brendan Pang, David D Gae, Victor Km Lee, Huey Jin Lim, Ngan Doan, Jonathan W Said, Sigal Gery, Marilynn Chow, Anand Mayakonda, Charles Forscher, Jeffrey W Tyner, H Phillip Koeffler
PURPOSE: Ewing Sarcoma (EWS) is a devastating soft tissue sarcoma affecting predominantly young individuals. Tyrosine kinases (TKs) and associated pathways are continuously activated in many malignancies including EWS; these enzymes provide candidate therapeutic targets. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Two high-throughput screens (a siRNA library and a small-molecule inhibitor library) were performed in EWS cells to establish candidate targets. Spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) phosphorylation was assessed in EWS patients and cell lines...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336242/pacritinib-versus-best-available-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-myelofibrosis-irrespective-of-baseline-cytopenias-persist-1-an-international-randomised-phase-3-trial
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Ruben A Mesa, Alessandro M Vannucchi, Adam Mead, Miklos Egyed, Anita Szoke, Aleksandr Suvorov, Janos Jakucs, Andrew Perkins, Ritam Prasad, Jiri Mayer, Judit Demeter, Peter Ganly, Jack W Singer, Huafeng Zhou, James P Dean, Peter A Te Boekhorst, Jyoti Nangalia, Jean-Jacques Kiladjian, Claire N Harrison
BACKGROUND: Available therapies for myelofibrosis can exacerbate cytopenias and are not indicated for patients with severe thrombocytopenia. Pacritinib, which inhibits both JAK2 and FLT3, induced spleen responses with limited myelosuppression in phase 1/2 trials. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of pacritinib versus best available therapy in patients with myelofibrosis irrespective of baseline cytopenias. METHODS: This international, multicentre, randomised, phase 3 trial (PERSIST-1) was done at 67 sites in 12 countries...
March 20, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336188/identification-characterization-and-modulation-of-ferritin-h-in-the-sub-antarctic-notothenioid-eleginops-maclovinus-challenged-with-piscirickettsia-salmonis
#18
D Martínez, R Oyarzún, C Vargas-Lagos, J P Pontigo, M Soto-Dávila, J Saravia, A Romero, J J Núñez, A J Yáñez, L Vargas-Chacoff
Ferritin is a major iron storage protein essential not only in the infectious process, but also in any circumstance generating oxidative stress. In this study, the cDNA coding sequence of ferritin-H was obtained from the sub-Antarctic Notothenioid fish Eleginops maclovinus through transcriptomic analysis of the head kidney. This sequence contained a 534 bp open reading frame that coded for a 177 amino acid protein with a molecular weight of 20,786.2 Da and a theoretical pI of 5.56. The protein displayed a region of iron putative response elements in the 5'UTR, two putative ferritin iron-binding region signatures, and seven characteristic amino acids with ferroxidase functions...
March 21, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336129/labile-iron-potentiates-ascorbate-dependent-reduction-and-mobilization-of-ferritin-iron
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Charles Badu-Boateng, Sofia Pardalaki, Claude Wolf, Sonia Lajnef, Fabienne Peyrot, Richard J Naftalin
Ascorbate mobilizes iron from equine spleen ferritin by two separate processes. Ascorbate alone mobilizes ferritin iron with an apparent Km (ascorbate) ≈1.5mM. Labile iron >2μM, complexed with citrate (10mM), synergises ascorbate-dependent iron mobilization by decreasing the apparent Km (ascorbate) to ≈270μM and raising maximal mobilization rate by ≈5-fold. Catalase reduces the apparent Km(ascorbate) for both ascorbate and ascorbate+iron dependent mobilization by ≈80%. Iron mobilization by ascorbate alone has a higher activation energy (Ea=45...
March 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335998/point-shear-wave-elastography-to-evaluate-and-monitor-changing-portal-venous-pressure-in-patients-with-decompensated-cirrhosis
#20
Hao Han, Jian Yang, Yu-Zheng Zhuge, Ming Zhang, Min Wu
This study evaluated whether the stiffness of the liver and spleen, measured using the point shear wave elastography (pSWE) technique, correlates with portal venous pressure (PVP) and whether the result extends to estimate the diminishing change in PVP (ΔPVP) in patients with decompensated cirrhosis. We evaluated the data of 67 prospectively enrolled patients who underwent both transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) and pSWE. The stiffness of liver and spleen were evaluated by measuring shear wave velocity (SWV) to determine the statistical correlation with PVP...
March 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
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