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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225767/interferon-%C3%AE-1a-for-the-treatment-of-ebola-virus-disease-a-historically-controlled-single-arm-proof-of-concept-trial
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Mandy Kader Konde, Darren P Baker, Fode Amara Traore, Mamadou Saliou Sow, Alioune Camara, Alpha Amadou Barry, Doussou Mara, Abdoulaye Barry, Moussa Cone, Ibrahima Kaba, Amento Ablam Richard, Abdoul Habib Beavogui, Stephan Günther, Melania Pintilie, Eleanor N Fish
To date there are no approved antiviral drugs for the treatment of Ebola virus disease (EVD). Based on our in vitro evidence of antiviral activity of interferon (IFN)-ß activity against Ebola virus, we conducted a single arm clinical study in Guinea to evaluate the safety and therapeutic efficacy of IFN β-1a treatment for EVD. Nine individuals infected with Ebola virus were treated with IFN β-1a and compared retrospectively with a matched cohort of 21 infected patients receiving standardized supportive care only during the same time period at the same treatment unit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225338/potential-biomarkers-associated-with-discrimination-between-latent-and-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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R Kamakia, S Kiazyk, J Waruk, A Meyers, J Ochanda, T B Ball, J Oyugi
SETTING: A third of the world's population has latent tuberculous infection (LTBI). Current TB diagnostics used in developing countries are ineffective and are unable to distinguish LTBI from active TB. Identifying biomarkers that could aid in the early detection of TB and in distinguishing TB states could be a major breakthrough in global TB control. OBJECTIVE: To identify potential immune biomarkers to distinguish active TB from LTBI. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 19 active TB patients, 8 TB-negative individuals (controls) and 16 LTBI non-human immunodeficiency virus infected individuals in Nairobi, Kenya...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225337/multiple-cytokines-for-the-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-children-with-tuberculosis
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N Nausch, C Lundtoft, G Schulz, H Henckel, E Mayatepek, B Fleischer, F M Marx, M Jacobsen
SETTING: Interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) release assays (IGRAs) play an important role in the diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. However, in children with tuberculosis (TB), some studies have shown increased frequencies of false-negative or indeterminate IGRA results. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the spectrum of different cytokines to improve the diagnostic accuracy of IGRAs in latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) and active TB. DESIGN: We performed multiplex cytokine expression analysis of QuantiFERON® Gold In-Tube supernatants in children with active TB (n = 21) and disease-free contacts with (n = 15) and without LTBI (n = 12), to determine the sensitivity and specificity of the modified tests...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223128/a-screening-assay-for-the-identification-of-host-cell-requirements-and-antiviral-targets-for-hepatitis-d-virus-infection
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Bettina Buchmann, Katinka Döhner, Thomas Schirdewahn, Beate Sodeik, Michael P Manns, Heiner Wedemeyer, Sandra Ciesek, Thomas von Hahn
Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a minimalistic satellite virus of hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV/HDV co-infection, i.e. "hepatitis D", is the most severe form of viral hepatitis. No effective therapy for HDV infection is available partly due to the fact that HDV is a highly host-dependent virus devoid of any potentially drugable enzyme encoded in its small genome. In this study we present a semi-automated method to evaluate HDV infection and replication under the influence of different drugs. We utilized a Huh-7/hNTCP cell culture based system in a 96-well plate format, an automated microscope and image acquisition as well as analysis with the CellProfiler software to quantify the impact of these drugs on HDV infection...
February 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216896/therapeutic-effect-of-dendrobium-candidum-on-lupus-nephritis-in-mice
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Qiang Wang, Peng Sun, Rui Wang, Xin Zhao
CONTEXT: Dendrobium candidum (D. candimum) widely is a functional drug. The curative effect of D. candidum on lupus nephritis has been studied in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHOD: The DBA/2 and B6D2F1 mice were used for this in vivo experiment. The 50% effective dose (ED50) was used to check the effective concentration for this study. Then the SCr, BUN, TC, TG, IL-6, IL-12, TNF-α, and IFN-γ levels were determined by kits. The output of urine protein was determined by means of Coomassie Brilliant Blue, and the auto-antibody dsDNA was determined with titer plate technology and indirect immunofluorescence...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211007/daclizumab-a-review-in-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis
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Matt Shirley
Daclizumab (Zinbryta(®); previously known as daclizumab high-yield process) is a therapeutic monoclonal antibody that has recently been approved for the treatment of relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults. Daclizumab is a humanized IgG1 monoclonal antibody directed against CD25, the alpha subunit of the high-affinity interleukin-2 receptor. As demonstrated in the phase III DECIDE trial, once-monthly subcutaneous daclizumab was superior to once-weekly intramuscular interferon (IFN) β-1a in reducing the clinical relapse rate and radiological measures of disease in patients with relapsing-remitting MS...
February 17, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196294/comparison-of-immunomodulatory-effects-of-fresh-garlic-and-black-garlic-polysaccharides-on-raw-264-7-macrophages
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Min Li, Yi-Xi Yan, Qing-Tao Yu, Yong Deng, Ding-Tao Wu, Ying Wang, Ya-Zhong Ge, Shao-Ping Li, Jing Zhao
Garlic has a long history to be used for medicine and food purposes. Black garlic, the fermented product of fresh garlic, is considered with better biological activities, such as antioxidant activity, and is developed as an increasingly popular functional food. Polysaccharides are the major components of fresh and black garlic, and immunomodulatory activity is one major pharmacological effect of polysaccharides. Therefore, chemical characteristics and immunomodulatory effects of polysaccharides from fresh and black garlic are investigated and compared in vitro for the 1st time, in order to reveal their molecular and pharmacological differences...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190584/the-effects-of-m1-and-m2-macrophages-on-odontogenic-differentiation-of-human-dental-pulp-cells
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Hee Chul Park, Hongxuan Quan, Tingting Zhu, Yongjoon Kim, Bongju Kim, Hyeong-Cheol Yang
INTRODUCTION: M1 (classically activated) and M2 (alternatively activated) macrophages are known to play primary roles in inflammation and tissue regeneration. To investigate the role of macrophages in dentin regeneration, this study examined the effects of M1 and M2 macrophages on the odontogenic/osteogenic differentiation of human dental pulp cells (HDPCs) using the conditioned media (CM) of the activated human monocyte cell line THP-1. METHODS: M1 and M2 macrophages were induced by lipopolysaccharide/interferon-γ and interleukin-4, respectively, and the phenotypes were confirmed by flow cytometry...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188748/association-between-high-avidity-t-cell-receptors-induced-by-alpha-fetoprotein-derived-peptides-and-anti-tumor-effects-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Hidetoshi Nakagawa, Eishiro Mizukoshi, Eiji Kobayashi, Toshikatsu Tamai, Hiroshi Hamana, Tatsuhiko Ozawa, Hiroyuki Kishi, Masaaki Kitahara, Tatsuya Yamashita, Kuniaki Arai, Takeshi Terashima, Noriho Iida, Kazumi Fushimi, Atsushi Muraguchi, Shuichi Kaneko
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Levels of alpha fetoprotein (AFP) are measured for surveillance and diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We performed a phase 1 trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of AFP-derived peptides as an anti-tumor vaccine for patients with advanced HCC, and characterized induction of AFP-specific T-cell receptors (TCRs). METHODS: We performed a prospective study, of 15 patients with HCC seen at Kanazawa University Hospital in Japan from March 2010 through March 2012...
February 7, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187742/regulatory-role-of-cytosolic-phospholipase-a2-alpha-in-the-induction-of-cd40-in-microglia
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Yafa Fetfet Malada-Edelstein, Nurit Hadad, Rachel Levy
BACKGROUND: The aberrant expression of CD40, a co-stimulatory receptor found on the antigen-presenting cells, is involved in the pathogenesis of various degenerative diseases. Our previous study demonstrated that the reduction of cytosolic phospholipase A2 alpha (cPLA2α) protein overexpression and activation in the spinal cord of a mouse model of ALS, hmSOD1 G93A, inhibited CD40 upregulation in microglia. The present study was designed to determine whether cPLA2α has a direct, participatory role in the molecular events leading to CD40 induction...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186428/eosinophils-regulate-interferon-alpha-production-in-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cells-stimulated-with-components-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps
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Joanna Skrzeczynska-Moncznik, Katarzyna Zabieglo, Jozef P Bossowski, Oktawia Osiecka, Agnieszka Wlodarczyk, Monika Kapinska-Mrowiecka, Mateusz Kwitniewski, Pawel Majewski, Adam Dubin, Joanna Cichy
Eosinophils constitute an important component of helminth immunity and are not only associated with various allergies but are also linked to autoinflammatory disorders, including the skin disease psoriasis. Here we demonstrate the functional relationship between eosinophils and plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) as related to skin diseases. We previously showed that pDCs colocalize with neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in psoriatic skin. Here we demonstrate that eosinophils are found in psoriatic skin near neutrophils and NETs, suggesting that pDC responses can be regulated by eosinophils...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176370/the-cytokine-interferon-%C3%AE-suppresses-the-function-of-capsule-myofibroblasts-and-induces-cell-apoptosis
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Stefan G Mattyasovszky, Stefan Mausbach, Ulrike Ritz, Jochen Wollstädter, Irene Schmidtmann, Andreas Baranowski, Phillipp Drees, Pol Maria Rommens, Alexander Hofmann
Myofibroblasts (MFs), a contractile subset of fibroblasts, play a pivotal role in physiological wound healing and in the development of many fibroconnective disorders. The complex cytokine network regulating the function of MFs in joint stiffness is still poorly understood. In this in vitro study, we investigated the effect of the cytokine Interferon-gamma (IFN-γ) on MFs isolated from human joint capsules. MFs were cultivated either in the presence of increasing concentrations of IFN-γ alone or in combination with IFN-γ neutralizing antibodies...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174758/interferon-alpha-promotes-th1-response-and-epithelial-apoptosis-via-inflammasome-activation-in-human-intestinal-mucosa
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Anne Jarry, Florent Malard, Chantal Bou-Hanna, Guillaume Meurette, Mohamad Mohty, Jean-François Mosnier, Christian L Laboisse, Céline Bossard
BACKGOUND & AIMS: Several lines of investigation suggest that interferon (IFN) alpha can alter human intestinal mucosa homeostasis. These include the endogenous production of IFN alpha in celiac disease or inflammatory bowel diseases, as well as the occurrence of intestinal side effects of exogenous IFN alpha used as a therapeutic tool. Here, we present an ex vivo translational approach to investigate the effects of IFN alpha on the human normal intestinal mucosa, as well as its underlying mechanisms...
January 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170005/recurrence-of-depressive-disorders-after-interferon-induced-depression
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W-C Chiu, Y-P Su, K-P Su, P-C Chen
Interferon alpha (IFN-α)-treated patients commonly develop depression during the therapy period. Although most IFN-α-induced depressive disorders achieve remission after IFN-α therapy, no studies have examined the long-term mood effects of IFN-α treatment. We conducted a 12-year population-based cohort study of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients who were older than 20 years and had received IFN-α therapy. The sample was obtained from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. The cohort included patients with and without IFN-α-induced depression, matched randomly by age, sex and depression history, at a ratio of 1:10...
February 7, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166708/potential-anti-inflammatory-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-sambucus-australis
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Jhéssica Benevides Bahiense, Franciane Martins Marques, Mariana Moreira Figueira, Thais Souza Vargas, Tamara P Kondratyuk, Denise Coutinho Endringer, Rodrigo Scherer, Marcio Fronza
CONTEXT: Sambucus australis Cham. & Schltdl. (Adoxaceae) is used in Brazilian folk medicine to treat inflammatory disorders. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the in vitro anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of S. australis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The anti-inflammatory activity of ethanol extracts of the leaf and bark of S. australis (1-100 μg/mL) were studied in lipopolysaccharide/interferon γ stimulated murine macrophages RAW 264...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164479/changes-in-inflammatory-markers-in-estonian-pubertal-boys-with-different-bmi-values-and-increments-a-3-year-follow-up-study
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Eva Mengel, Vallo Tillmann, Liina Remmel, Pille Kool, Priit Purge, Evelin Lätt, Jaak Jürimäe
OBJECTIVE: Serum inflammatory markers could help to identify those boys with overweight (OWB) who gain weight more extensively during puberty. This study aimed to examine the longitudinal changes in different serum inflammatory markers through puberty in boys with different BMI values and increments. METHODS: Twenty-six OWB and 29 normal-weight boys (NWB) were followed yearly for 3 years to measure changes in BMI and serum concentrations of 12 inflammatory markers...
February 6, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149645/new-insights-into-hcv-related-rheumatologic-disorders-a-review
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REVIEW
Patrice Cacoub, Cloé Comarmond
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients are known to be exposed to major liver complications i.e. cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. In addition, many extrahepatic manifestations including rheumatologic disorders have been reported in up to two-third of HCV infected patients. These manifestations include frank auto-immune and rheumatic diseases (such as arthralgia, myalgia, arthritis, sicca syndrome and vasculitis) which may dominate the course of infection. Until recently, the standard of care of HCV has been the use of interferon-alpha based regimens, which not only had limited effectiveness in HCV cure but were poorly tolerated...
March 2017: Journal of Advanced Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147248/prolonged-stimulation-of-a-brainstem-raphe-region-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis
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Pernille M Madsen, Stephanie S Sloley, Alberto A Vitores, Melissa M Carballosa-Gautam, Roberta Brambilla, Ian D Hentall
Multiple sclerosis (MS), a neuroinflammatory disease, has few treatment options, none entirely adequate. We studied whether prolonged electrical microstimulation of a hindbrain region (the nucleus raphe magnus) can attenuate experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, a murine model of MS induced by MOG35-55 injection. Eight days after symptoms emerged, a wireless electrical stimulator with an attached microelectrode was implanted cranially, and daily intermittent stimulation was begun in awake, unrestrained mice...
January 29, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141591/impact-of-interleukin-28b-rs12979860-c-t-polymorphism-on-severity-of-disease-and-response-to-treatment-in-hepatitis-delta
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Murat Ispiroglu, Ibrahim Halil Bahcecioglu, Ulvi Demirel, Mehmet Yalniz
INTRODUCTION: Pegylated-interferon alpha (Peg-IFN α) is the therapy most commonly used to treat chronic hepatitis delta virus (HDV) infection. In the present study, we planned to investigate effect of IL28B polymorphism on response to Peg-IFN α therapy and disease progression in patients with chronic HDV. METHODOLOGY: A total of 47 patients who received Peg-IFNα therapy for at least one year were investigated. The patients were divided into three groups based on their response to treatment: sustained viral response (SVR) (32%), unresponsive (53%), and relapse (15%)...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135738/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-struthanthus-vulgaris
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Franciane Martins Marques, Maycow Rodrigues da Costa, Cátia Vittorazzi, Luciane De Souza Dos Santos Gramma, Thiago Barth, Tadeu Uggere de Andrade, Denise Coutinho Endringer, Rodrigo Scherer, Marcio Fronza
Struthanthus vulgaris is probably the most common medicinal mistletoe plant in Brazil, and has been used in folk medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent and for cleaning skin wounds. Our proposal was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory activity of S. vulgaris ethanol leaf extract and provide further insights of how this biological action could be explained using in vitro and in vivo assays. In vitro anti-inflammatory activity was preliminarily investigated in lipopolysaccharide/interferon gamma-stimulated macrophages based on their ability to inhibit nitric oxide production and tumor necrosis factor-alpha...
January 30, 2017: Planta Medica
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