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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100498/the-predominant-cd4-th1-cytokine-elicited-to-chlamydia-trachomatis-infection-in-women-is-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-not-interferon-gamma
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Stephen J Jordan, Kanupriya Gupta, Brian M O Ogendi, Rakesh K Bakshi, Richa Kapil, Christen G Press, Steffanie Sabbaj, Jeannette Y Lee, William M Geisler
Chlamydia trachomatis infection is the most prevalent bacterial sexually transmitted infection and can cause significant reproductive morbidity in women. There is insufficient knowledge of C. trachomatis-specific immune responses in humans, which could be important in guiding vaccine development efforts. In contrast, murine models have clearly demonstrated the essential role of Type 1 T helper cells (Th1), especially interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) producing CD4(+) T-cells, in protective immunity to chlamydia. To determine the frequency and magnitude of Th1 cytokine responses elicited to C...
January 18, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099628/elevated-plasma-concentrations-of-s100-calcium-binding-protein-b-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Selin Aktan Guloksuz, Osman Abali, Esin Aktas Cetin, Sema Bilgic Gazioglu, Gunnur Deniz, Abdurrahman Yildirim, Ivana Kawikova, Sinan Guloksuz, James F Leckman
Objective: To investigate plasma concentrations of S100B (a calcium-binding protein derived primarily from the glia) and inflammatory cytokines in children with autism and the relationship between S100B and cytokine concentrations. Methods: Plasma levels of S100B, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interferon gamma, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, and IL-17A were measured in 40 unmedicated children with autism and 35 normally developing healthy children...
January 12, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096658/anticancer-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-girinimbine-isolated-from-murraya-koenigii
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Venoos Iman, Syam Mohan, Siddig Ibrahim Abdelwahab, Hamed Karimian, Noraziah Nordin, Mehran Fadaeinasab, Mohamad Ibrahim Noordin, Suzita Mohd Noor
Therapy that directly targets apoptosis and/or inflammation could be highly effective for the treatment of cancer. Murraya koenigii is an edible herb that has been traditionally used for cancer treatment as well as inflammation. Here, we describe that girinimbine, a carbazole alkaloid isolated from M. koenigii, induced apoptosis and inhibited inflammation in vitro as well as in vivo. Induction of apoptosis in human colon cancer cells (HT-29) by girinimbine revealed decreased cell viability in HT-29, whereas there was no cytotoxic effect on normal colon cells...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092612/evaluation-of-serum-cytokine-levels-in-recurrent-airway-obstruction
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A Niedźwiedź, H Borowicz, K Kubiak, J Nicpoń, P Skrzypczak, Z Jaworski, M Cegielski, J Nicpoń
Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) represents a serious health problem and is traditionally classified as an allergic disease, where contact with an antigen can induce clinical airway inflammation, bronchial hyper-responsiveness and reversible airway obstruction. Previous studies have demonstrated the presence of the Th2 response in the lungs of human patients with asthma and horses with heaves. These cells are involved in the production of cytokines which regulate the synthesis of immunoglobulins. 40 horses were evaluated: 30 horses with RAO and 10 healthy animals...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090488/excellent-outcome-of-medical-treatment-for-kasabach-merritt-syndrome-a-single-center-experience
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Jin Ah Kim, Young Bae Choi, Eun Sang Yi, Ji Won Lee, Ki Woong Sung, Hong Hoe Koo, Keon Hee Yoo
BACKGROUND: Kasabach-Merritt syndrome (KMS) is a rare but life-threatening illness. The purpose of this study is to report our single-center experience with KMS. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 13 patients who were diagnosed with KMS between 1997 and 2012 at Samsung Medical Center. Treatment response was defined as follows: 1) hematologic complete response (HCR) - platelet count >130×10(9)/L without transfusion; 2) clinical complete response (CCR) - complete tumor disappearance or small residual vascular tumor displaying lack of proliferation for at least 6 months after treatment discontinuation...
December 2016: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089609/de-immunized-and-functional-therapeutic-deft-versions-of-a-long-lasting-recombinant-alpha-interferon-for-antiviral-therapy
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Eduardo F Mufarrege, Sofía Giorgetti, Marina Etcheverrigaray, Frances Terry, William Martin, Anne S De Groot
Interferon α (IFN-α) exerts potent antiviral, immunomodulatory, and antiproliferative activity and have proven clinical utility in chronic hepatitis B and C virus infections. However, repeated IFN-α administration induces neutralizing antibodies (NAb) against the therapeutic in a significant number of patients. Associations between IFN-α immunogenicity and loss of efficacy have been described. So as to improve the in vivo biological efficacy of IFN-α, a long lasting hyperglycosylated protein (4N-IFN) derived from IFN-α2b wild type (WT-IFN) was developed...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088477/selected-scorpion-toxin-exposures-induce-cytokine-release-in-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Gerardo Corzo, Gerardo Pavel Espino-Solis
A cytokine screening on human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated with selected scorpion toxins (ScTx's) was performed in order to evaluate their effect on human immune cells. The ScTx's chosen for this report were three typical buthid scorpion venom peptides, one with lethal effects on mammals Centruroides suffussus suffusus toxin II (CssII), another, with lethal effects on insects and crustaceans Centruroides noxius toxin 5 (Cn5), and one more without lethal effects Tityus discrepans toxin (Discrepin)...
January 11, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087379/pegylated-liposomes-for-topical-vaginal-therapy-improve-delivery-of-interferon-alpha
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May Wenche Jøraholmen, Purusotam Basnet, Ganesh Acharya, Nataša Škalko-Basnet
Recent studies regarding mucosal drug delivery indicate that nanosystems with surface-available polyethylene glycol (PEG) are able to penetrate mucus barrier, assure closer contact with the epithelium, and improve drug delivery to vagina. In the present work, we developed the mucus-penetrating PEGylated liposomes containing interferon alpha-2b (IFN α-2b), destined to provide localized therapy for human papilloma virus (HPV) vaginal infections. The PEGylated liposomes were of a mean size of 181 ± 8 nm, bearing a negative zeta potential of - 13 mV and an entrapment efficiency of 81 ± 10 %...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080155/safety-of-interferon-alpha-2a-in-patients-with-severe-ophthalmic-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-response-to-bielefeld-et-al-s-letter
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Mohammed El Amine Ghembaza, Ali Lounici
Thyroid dysfunction is a common and severe side-effect encountered in up to 40% of patients treated with IFN-alpha-2a. The main two mechanisms by which IFN-alpha-2a induces thyroid dysfunction can be categorized as autoimmune and non-autoimmune disease. In the first subgroup, thyroid antibodies are found before treatment initiation, and then patients develop thyroiditis. In the second subgroup, IFN-alpha-2a induces thyroiditis by a direct cytotoxic effect on the thyroid gland; in this case, thyroid antibodies are usually negative...
January 12, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079688/retrospective-comparative-study-of-topical-interferon-%C3%AE-2b-versus-mitomycin-c-for-primary-ocular-surface-squamous-neoplasia
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Rakhi Kusumesh, Anita Ambastha, Shishir Kumar, Bibhuti Prasan Sinha, Nazia Imam
PURPOSE: To compare the efficacy and safety of topical interferon alpha 2b (IFNα2b) and mitomycin C (MMC) for ocular surface squamous neoplasia. METHODS: In this retrospective study, medical records of 51 eyes of 50 patients with a diagnosis of primary ocular surface squamous neoplasia were included. All cases were treated with either topical IFNα2b (1 million IU/mL) or MMC (0.4 mg/mL) 4 times a day. The primary outcome measure was frequency of clinical resolution of tumors along with failure and recurrence rates after treatment...
January 11, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077314/biological-or-pharmacological-activation-of-protein-kinase-c-alpha-constrains-hepatitis-e-virus-replication
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Wenshi Wang, Yijin Wang, Yannick Debing, Xinying Zhou, Yuebang Yin, Lei Xu, Elena Herrera Carrillo, Johannes H Brandsma, Raymond A Poot, Ben Berkhout, Johan Neyts, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Qiuwei Pan
Although hepatitis E has emerged as a global health issue, there is limited knowledge of its infection biology and no FDA-approved medication is available. Aiming to investigate the role of protein kinases in hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection and to identify potential antiviral targets, we screened a library of pharmacological kinase inhibitors in a cell culture model, a subgenomic HEV replicon containing luciferase reporter. We identified protein kinase C alpha (PKCα) as an essential cell host factor restricting HEV replication...
January 8, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072882/impact-of-dietary-protein-concentration-and-quality-on-immune-function-of-cats
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Nadine Paßlack, Barbara Kohn, Marcus G Doherr, Jürgen Zentek
Protein levels and quality in cat food can vary significantly and might affect immune function in various ways. In the present study, 3 diets with a low protein quality (LQ) and 3 diets with a high protein quality (HQ) were offered to 10 healthy adult cats for 6 weeks each, using a randomized cross-over design. The LQ and HQ diets differed in the collagen content and had low (36.7% and 36.2%), medium (45.0% and 43.3%) and high (56.1% and 54.9%) protein levels. At the end of each feeding period, blood was collected for phenotyping of leukocyte subsets, lymphocyte proliferation assay and cytokine measurements, phagocytosis assay and differential blood count...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070200/the-risk-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-directly-acting-antivirals-for-hepatitis-c-virus-treatment-in-liver-transplanted-patients-is-it-real
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Alessio Strazzulla, Rosa Maria Rita Iemmolo, Ennio Carbone, Maria Concetta Postorino, Maria Mazzitelli, Mario De Santis, Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Costanza Maria Cristiani, Chiara Costa, Vincenzo Pisani, Carlo Torti
INTRODUCTION: Since directly acting antivirals (DAAs) for treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) were introduced, conflicting data emerged about the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after interferon (IFN)-free treatments. We present a case of recurrent, extra-hepatic HCC in a liver-transplanted patient soon after successful treatment with DAAs, along with a short review of literature. CASE PRESENTATION: In 2010, a 53-year old man, affected by chronic HCV (genotype 1) infection and decompensated cirrhosis, underwent liver resection for HCC and subsequently received orthotopic liver transplantation...
November 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063950/dietary-alpha-linolenic-acid-linoleic-acid-ratios-modulate-immune-response-physical-barrier-and-related-signaling-molecules-mrna-expression-in-the-gills-of-juvenile-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
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Yun-Yun Zeng, Lin Feng, Wei-Dan Jiang, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
This study was conducted to explore the possible effects of dietary ALA/LNA ratios on the gill immunity, tight junction and antioxidant capacity, and the related signaling factor mRNA levels of juvenile grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). Fish were fed diets with different ALA/LNA ratios (0.01, 0.34, 0.68, 1.03, 1.41, 1.76 and 2.15) for 60 days. The present results showed that ALA/LNA ratio of 1.03 significantly enhanced lysozyme and acid phosphatase activities, complement 3 contents, promoted mRNA levels of antimicrobial peptides (Hepcidin and liver expression antimicrobial peptide-2), anti-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin 10 and transforming growth factor β1) and inhibitor protein κBα, whereas suppressed pro-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin 1β, interleukin 8, tumor necrosis factor a and interferon γ2), and signal molecules (IκB kinase β, IκB kines γ and nuclear factor κB p65) mRNA levels in the gill, indicating that optimal dietary ALA/LNA ratio improve gill immunity of juvenile fish...
January 4, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060559/understanding-the-interaction-between-henipaviruses-and-their-natural-host-fruit-bats-paving-the-way-toward-control-of-highly-lethal-infection-in-humans
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François Enchéry, Branka Horvat
Hendra virus and Nipah virus (NiV) are highly pathogenic zoonotic paramyxoviruses, from henipavirus genus, that have emerged in late 1990s in Australia and South-East Asia, respectively. Since their initial identification, numerous outbreaks have been reported, affecting both domestic animals and humans, and multiple rounds of person-to-person NiV transmission were observed. Widely distributed fruit bats from Pteropodidae family were found to be henipavirus natural reservoir. Numerous studies have reported henipavirus seropositivity in pteropid bats, including bats in Africa, thus expanding notably the geographic distribution of these viruses...
January 6, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057433/cytokine-profile-after-oral-food-challenge-in-infants-with-food-protein-induced-enterocolitis-syndrome
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Mitsuaki Kimura, Yasunori Ito, Masaki Shimomura, Hideaki Morishita, Takaaki Meguro, Yuichi Adachi, Shiro Seto
BACKGROUND: Although food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is supposed to be caused by inflammation, the role of cytokines has not yet been clarified. METHODS: To elucidate the role of cytokines in the development of symptoms and abnormal laboratory findings at an oral food challenge (OFC), changes in serum cytokine levels were analyzed for 6 OFCs in 4 patients with FPIES. The result of OFC was judged positive if any gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody stool) were induced...
January 2, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056752/inhibiting-the-secretion-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-hbsag-to-treat-hepatitis-b-infection-a-review
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Simon D Baugh
Chronic Hepatitis B is a major global health issue, and has no known cure. Currently there are over 240 million people infected with the disease, and it leads to the death of over 686,000 people each year. A total of seven treatments which help to control the disease are currently available: interferon-based treatments (pegasys, and interferon alpha), and nucleoside and nucleotide analogs (Viread, Baraclude, Tyzeka, Hepsera, Epivir-HBV), but all require continuing treatment to maintain control of the disease...
January 4, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052622/novel-targets-for-hepatitis-b-virus-therapy
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Barbara Testoni, David Durantel, Fabien Zoulim
Treatment with either pegylated interferon-alpha (pegIFN-α) or last generation nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) successfully leads to serum viral load suppression in most chronically infected hepatitis B (CHB) patients, but HBsAg loss is only achieved in 10% of the cases after a 5-year follow-up. Thus, therapy must be administered long-term and it will not completely eliminate infection because of the persistent hepatitis B virus (HBV) minichromosome in infected cells, and cannot completely abolish the risk of developing severe sequelae such as cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma...
January 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046052/integrative-analysis-of-immunological-data-to-explore-chronic-immune-t-cell-activation-in-successfully-treated-hiv-patients
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Marie-Quitterie Picat, Isabelle Pellegrin, Juliette Bitard, Linda Wittkop, Cécile Proust-Lima, Benoît Liquet, Jean-François Moreau, Fabrice Bonnet, Patrick Blanco, Rodolphe Thiébaut
OBJECTIVES: To unravel the complex relationships between cytomegalovirus-induced-, autoimmune-induced responses, microbial translocation and chronic immune activation (CIA) in successfully treated HIV-infected patients and to explore the mediating role of alpha-interferon in these processes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study nested in the ANRS CO3 Aquitaine Cohort, a prospective hospital-based cohort of HIV-1-infected patients in South-Western France. METHODS: Patients initiated antiretroviral therapy between 2005 and 2008 and were treated with sustained virological suppression for at least two years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043584/increased-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-antigen-induced-gene-expression-of-interferon-gamma-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-and-interleukin-6-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Kiran I Masood, Muhammad Irfan, Qamar Masood, Bushra Jamil, Shoaib Rao, Maryam Rahim, Zahra Hasan
INTRODUCTION: Pakistan ranks fifth in high tuberculosis (TB)-burden countries and seventh among countries with high prevalence rates of diabetes mellitus (DM). DM is a risk factor for TB and worsens disease outcomes. Furthermore, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) infection can induce glucose intolerance and worsen glycemic control in diabetes. Suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS)-1 and -3 molecules regulate cytokine signaling and are important in maintaining an immune balance. In TB, interleukin (IL)-6 upregulation induces SOCS3, which is also a negative regulator of insulin signaling...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
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