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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339906/interstitial-fibrosis-scored-on-whole-slide-digital-imaging-of-kidney-biopsies-is-a-predictor-of-outcome-in-proteinuric-glomerulopathies
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Laura H Mariani, Sebastian Martini, Laura Barisoni, Pietro A Canetta, Jonathan P Troost, Jeffrey B Hodgin, Matthew Palmer, Avi Z Rosenberg, Kevin V Lemley, Hui-Ping Chien, Jarcy Zee, Abigail Smith, Gerald B Appel, Howard Trachtman, Stephen M Hewitt, Matthias Kretzler, Serena M Bagnasco
Background.: Interstitial fibrosis (IF), tubular atrophy (TA) and interstitial inflammation (II) are known determinants of progression of renal disease. Standardized quantification of these features could add value to current classification of glomerulopathies. Methods.: We studied 315 participants in the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) study, including biopsy-proven minimal change disease (MCD = 98), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS = 121), membranous nephropathy (MN = 59) and IgA nephropathy (IgAN = 37)...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339344/correlation-of-leptin-adiponectin-and-resistin-levels-in-different-types-of-lipodystrophy-in-hiv-aids-patients
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Danica Srdic, Al Musalhi Khawla, Ivan Soldatovic, Jelena Nikolic, Djordje Jevtovic, Devaki Nair, Gordana Dragovic
BACKGROUND: Leptin, adiponectin, and resistin may play an important role in the development of lipodystrophy (LD) in HIV/AIDS patients. The aim of this study was to correlate levels of leptin, adiponectin, and resistin between HIV/AIDS patients with LD and without lipodystrophy (non-LD), as well as between subgroups of LD [lipoatrophy (LA), lipohypertrophy (LH), and mixed fat redistribution (MFR)] and non-LD patients. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 66 HIV/AIDS patients...
April 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338050/schisandrin-a-inhibits-dengue-viral-replication-via-upregulating-antiviral-interferon-responses-through-stat-signaling-pathway
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Jung-Sheng Yu, Yu-Hsuan Wu, Chin-Kai Tseng, Chun-Kuang Lin, Yao-Chin Hsu, Yen-Hsu Chen, Jin-Ching Lee
Dengue virus (DENV) infects 400 million people worldwide annually. Infection of more than one serotype of DENV highly corresponds to dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome, which are the leading causes of high mortality. Due to lack of effective vaccines and unavailable therapies against DENV, discovery of anti-DENV agents is urgently needed. We first characterize that Schisandrin A can inhibit the replication of four serotypes of DENV in a concentration- and time-dependent manner, with an effective half-maximal effective concentration 50% (EC50) value of 28...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331843/curative-effect-of-hf10-on-liver-and-peritoneal-metastasis-mediated-by-host-antitumor-immunity
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Yoshihiro Hotta, Hideki Kasuya, Itzel Bustos, Yoshinori Naoe, Toru Ichinose, Maki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Kodera
BACKGROUND: HF10 is a highly attenuated type 1 herpes simplex virus (HSV) with proven effective oncolytic effect. Previous investigations have demonstrated that colon cancer mice model treated with HF10 not only had better survival but were also resistant to the reimplantation of the antitumor effect mediated by host antitumor immunity. Importantly, it has also been noted that in mice with antitumors implanted on both sides of the back, an injection of HF10 on only one side strongly restrains not only the injected antitumor but also the non-injected ones...
2017: Oncolytic Virotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330786/investigating-acetaminophen-hepatotoxicity-in-multi-cellular-organotypic-liver-models
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Sophia M Orbach, Margaret E Cassin, Marion F Ehrich, Padmavathy Rajagopalan
In vivo studies clearly demonstrate the participation and subsequent death of non-parenchymal liver cells (NPCs) with corresponding hepatocyte effects. This results in a critical need to investigate how major liver cell types function cohesively during hepatotoxicity. However, virtually no studies replicate these phenomena in vitro. We report the design of multi-cellular three-dimensional (3D) organotypic liver models of primary rat hepatocytes, liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs) and Kupffer cells (KCs)...
March 19, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329286/short-course-tlr9-agonist-treatment-impacts-innate-immunity-and-plasma-viremia-in-individuals-with-hiv-infection
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Line Vibholm, Mariane H Schleimann, Jesper F Højen, Thomas Benfield, Rasmus Offersen, Katrine Rasmussen, Rikke Olesen, Anders Dige, Jørgen Agnholt, Judith Grau, Maria Buzon, Burghardt Wittig, Mathias Lichterfeld, Andreas Munk Petersen, Xutao Deng, Mohammed Abdel-Mohsen, Satish K Pillai, Sofie Rutsaert, Wim Trypsteen, Ward De Spiegelaere, Linos Vandekerchove, Lars Østergaard, Thomas A Rasmussen, Paul W Denton, Martin Tolstrup, Ole S Søgaard
Background: Treatment with latency reversing agents (LRA) enhances HIV-1 transcription in vivo but only leads to modest reductions in the size of the reservoir, possibly due to insufficient immune-mediated elimination of infected cells. We hypothesized that a single drug molecule - a novel toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) agonist, MGN1703 - could function as an enhancer of innate immunity and an LRA in vivo. Methods: We conducted a single-arm, open-label study, where 15 virologically suppressed HIV-1 infected individuals on antiretroviral therapy received 60 mg MGN1703 s...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329053/sofosbuvir-plus-ribavirin-without-interferon-for-treatment-of-acute-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-in-hiv-1-infected-individuals-swift-c
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Susanna Naggie, Kristen M Marks, Michael Hughes, Daniel S Fierer, Christine Macbrayne, Arthur Kim, Kimberly Hollabaugh, Jhoanna Roa, Bill Symonds, Diana M Brainard, John G McHutchison, Marion G Peters, Jennifer J Kiser, Raymond Chung
Background.: Historically, acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was treated with shorter durations of interferon-containing therapies. In the era of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), it is unclear whether the efficacy of treatment achieved in chronic infection can be maintained with abbreviated courses of therapy during the acute phase. Methods.: The sofosbuvir-containing regimens without interferon for treatment of acute HCV in HIV-1 infected individuals (SWIFT-C) is an open-label, 2-cohort clinical trial in which the first cohort assessed for the safety and efficacy of 12 weeks of sofosbuvir plus ribavirin for the treatment of acute HCV infection in participants with chronic human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325871/progression-of-type-1-diabetes-from-the-prediabetic-stage-is-controlled-by-interferon-%C3%AE-signaling
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Brett S Marro, Brian C Ware, Jaroslav Zak, Juan Carlos de la Torre, Hugh Rosen, Michael B A Oldstone
Blockade of IFN-α but not IFN-β signaling using either an antibody or a selective S1PR1 agonist, CYM-5442, prevented type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the mouse Rip-LCMV T1D model. First, treatment with antibody or CYM-5442 limited the migration of autoimmune "antiself" T cells to the external boundaries around the islets and prevented their entry into the islets so they could not be positioned to engage, kill, and thus remove insulin-producing β cells. Second, CYM-5442 induced an exhaustion signature in antiself T cells by up-regulating the negative immune regulator receptor genes Pdcd1, Lag3, Ctla4, Tigit, and Btla, thereby limiting their killing ability...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325251/interferon-induced-thrombotic-microangiopathy-tma-analysis-and-concise-review
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REVIEW
Ajay Kundra, Jen Chin Wang
Interferon (IFN) has been associated with development of thrombotic microangiopathy including thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). We reviewed literature from the earliest reported association in 1993, to July 2016 and found 68 cases. Analysis of this data shows: (1) Mean age at diagnosis was 47 years (95% CI, 44-50). (2) Majority of cases were seen where IFN was used for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) and one case each for hairy cell leukemia (HCL) and Sezary syndrome...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323927/exome-sequencing-reveals-mutations-in-aire-as-a-cause-of-isolated-hypoparathyroidism
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Dong Li, Elizabeth A Streeten, Alice Chan, Wint Lwin, Lifeng Tian, Renata Pellegrino da Silva, Cecilia E Kim, Mark S Anderson, Hakon Hakonarson, Michael A Levine
Context: Most cases of autosomal recessive hypoparathyroidism (HYPO) are caused by loss-of-function mutations in GCM2 or PTH. Objective: To identify the underlying genetic basis for isolated HYPO in a kindred in which three of ten siblings were affected. Subjects: We studied the parents and the three adult affected subjects, each of whom was diagnosed with HYPO in the first decade of life. Methods: We collected clinical and biochemical data and performed whole exome sequencing (WES) analysis on DNA from the three affected subjects after negative genetic testing for known causes of HYPO...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320933/activin-a-co-opts-irf4-and-ahr-signaling-to-induce-human-regulatory-t-cells-that-restrain-asthmatic-responses
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Sofia Tousa, Maria Semitekolou, Ioannis Morianos, Aggelos Banos, Aikaterini I Trochoutsou, Tess M Brodie, Nikolaos Poulos, Konstantinos Samitas, Maria Kapasa, Dimitris Konstantopoulos, Giannis Paraskevopoulos, Mina Gaga, Catherine M Hawrylowicz, Federica Sallusto, Georgina Xanthou
Type 1 regulatory T (Tr1) cells play a pivotal role in restraining human T-cell responses toward environmental allergens and protecting against allergic diseases. Still, the precise molecular cues that underlie their transcriptional and functional specification remain elusive. Here, we show that the cytokine activin-A instructs the generation of CD4(+) T cells that express the Tr1-cell-associated molecules IL-10, inducible T-Cell costimulator (ICOS), lymphocyte activation gene 3 protein (LAG-3), and CD49b, and exert strongly suppressive functions toward allergic responses induced by naive and in vivo-primed human T helper 2 cells...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314590/inflammasome-activation-triggers-caspase-1-mediated-cleavage-of-cgas-to-regulate-responses-to-dna-virus-infection
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Yutao Wang, Xiaohan Ning, Pengfei Gao, Shuxian Wu, Mengyin Sha, Mengze Lv, Xiang Zhou, Juyi Gao, Run Fang, Guangxun Meng, Xiaodong Su, Zhengfan Jiang
Viral infection triggers host innate immune responses that result in the production of various cytokines including type I interferons (IFN), activation of inflammasomes, and programmed cell death of the infected cells. Tight control of inflammatory cytokine production is crucial for the triggering of an effective immune response that can resolve the infection without causing host pathology. In examining the inflammatory response of Asc(-/-) and Casp1(-/-) macrophages, we found that deficiency in these molecules resulted in increased IFN production upon DNA virus infection, but not RNA virus challenge...
March 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303139/evolution-of-interferons-and-interferon-receptors
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REVIEW
Chris J Secombes, Jun Zou
The earliest jawed vertebrates (Gnathostomes) would likely have had interferon (IFN) genes, since they are present in extant cartilaginous fish (sharks and rays) and bony fish (lobe-finned and ray-finned fish, the latter consisting of the chondrostei, holostei, and teleostei), as well as in tetrapods. They are thought to have evolved from a class II helical cytokine ancestor, along with the interleukin (IL)-10 cytokine family. The two rounds of whole genome duplication (WGD) that occurred between invertebrates and vertebrates (1) may have given rise to additional loci, initially containing an IL-10 ancestor and IFN ancestor, which have duplicated further to give rise to the two loci containing the IL-10 family genes, and potentially the IFN type I and IFN type III loci (2)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301587/the-duplication-mutation-of-quebec-platelet-disorder-dysregulates-plau-but-not-c10orf55-selectively-increasing-production-of-normal-plau-transcripts-by-megakaryocytes-but-not-granulocytes
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Catherine P M Hayward, Minggao Liang, Subia Tasneem, Asim Soomro, John S Waye, Andrew D Paterson, Georges E Rivard, Michael D Wilson
Quebec Platelet disorder (QPD) is a unique bleeding disorder that markedly increases urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) in megakaryocytes and platelets but not in plasma or urine. The cause is tandem duplication of a 78 kb region of chromosome 10 containing PLAU (the uPA gene) and C10orf55, a gene of unknown function. QPD increases uPA in platelets and megakaryocytes >100 fold, far more than expected for a gene duplication. To investigate the tissue-specific effect that PLAU duplication has on gene expression and transcript structure in QPD, we tested if QPD leads to: 1) overexpression of normal or unique PLAU transcripts; 2) increased uPA in leukocytes; 3) altered levels of C10orf55 mRNA and/or protein in megakaryocytes and leukocytes; and 4) global changes in megakaryocyte gene expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300196/recombinant-mycobacterium-smegmatis-with-a-pmyong2-vector-expressing-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-i-gag-can-induce-enhanced-virus-specific-immune-responses
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Byoung-Jun Kim, Jeong-Ryeol Gong, Ga-Na Kim, Bo-Ram Kim, So-Young Lee, Yoon-Hoh Kook, Bum-Joon Kim
Recently, we have developed a novel Mycobacterium-Escherichia coli shuttle vector system using pMyong2, which can provide an enhanced expression of heterologous genes in recombinant Mycobacterium smegmatis (rSmeg). To investigate the usefulness of rSmeg using pMyong2 in vaccine application, we vaccinated M. smegmatis with pMyong2 system expressing Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type I (HIV-1) Gag p24 antigen (rSmeg-pMyong2-p24) into mice and examined its cellular and humoral immune responses against HIV gag protein...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299442/interleukin-il-18-cooperatively-with-il-23-induces-prominent-inflammation-and-enhances-psoriasis-like-epidermal-hyperplasia
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Noriko Shimoura, Hiroshi Nagai, Susumu Fujiwara, Haruki Jimbo, Takayuki Yoshimoto, Chikako Nishigori
The interleukin (IL)-23/IL-17 axis is strongly implicated in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Previous studies showed that IL-18 was elevated in early active and progressive plaque-type psoriatic lesions and that serum or plasma levels of IL-18 correlated with the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index. However, the mechanism whereby IL-18 affects disease severity remains unknown. In this study, we investigated the effects of IL-18 on a psoriasis-like skin inflammation model induced by recombinant mouse IL-23. We found that IL-18, cooperatively with IL-23, induced prominent inflammation and enhanced psoriasis-like epidermal hyperplasia...
March 15, 2017: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298295/t-cell-mineralocorticoid-receptor-controls-blood-pressure-by-regulating-interferon-gamma
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Xue Nan Sun, Chao Li, Yuan Liu, Lin-Juan Du, Meng-Ru Zeng, Xiao Jun Zheng, Wu Chang Zhang, Yan Liu, Mingjiang Zhu, Deping Kong, Li Zhou, Limin Lu, Zhu-Xia Shen, Yi Yi, Lili Du, Mu Qin, Xu Liu, Zichun Hua, Shuyang Sun, Huiyong Yin, Bin Zhou, Ying Yu, Zhiyuan Zhang, Sheng-Zhong Duan
Rationale: Hypertension remains to be a global public health burden and demands novel intervention strategies such as targeting T cells and T cell-derived cytokines. Mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) antagonists have been clinically used to treat hypertension. However, the function of T cell MR in blood pressure (BP) regulation has not been elucidated. Objective: We aim to determine the role of T cell MR in BP regulation and to explore the mechanism. Methods and Results: Using T cell MR knockout (TMRKO) mouse in combination with angiotensin II (AngII)-induced hypertensive mouse model, we demonstrated that MR deficiency in T cells strikingly decreased both systolic and diastolic BP, and attenuated renal and vascular damage...
March 15, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297747/enterococcus-faecium-fc-k-derived-from-kimchi-is-a-probiotc-lactic-acid-bacteria-that-shows-anti-allergic-activity
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Man-Kwang Rho, Young-Eun Kim, Hyun-In Rho, Tae-Rahk Kim, Yoon-Bum Kim, Won-Kyung Sung, Taw-Woo Kim, Dae-Ok Kim, Hee Kang
A rise in the occurrence of allergic diseases is attributed to the dysregulated balance of type 1/type 2 immunity, where type 2 T helper (Th2) cells predominate over type 1 T helper (Th1) cells, leading to an abnormally increased production of IgE in response to unharmful antigens. Kimchi, a traditional Korean fermented food, is a rich source of beneficial lactic acid bacteria. In this study, we investigated the ability of Enterococcus faecium FC-K derived from kimchi to induce type I immunity in the presence of Th2 polarizing conditions in vitro and in vivo...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297677/recombinant-bcg-expressing-esx-1-of-mycobacterium-marinum-combines-low-virulence-with-cytosolic-immune-signaling-and-improved-tb-protection
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Matthias I Gröschel, Fadel Sayes, Sung Jae Shin, Wafa Frigui, Alexandre Pawlik, Mickael Orgeur, Robin Canetti, Nadine Honoré, Roxane Simeone, Tjip S van der Werf, Wilbert Bitter, Sang-Nae Cho, Laleh Majlessi, Roland Brosch
Recent insights into the mechanisms by which Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the etiologic agent of human tuberculosis, is recognized by cytosolic nucleotide sensors have opened new avenues for rational vaccine design. The only licensed anti-tuberculosis vaccine, Mycobacterium bovis BCG, provides limited protection. A feature of BCG is the partial deletion of the ESX-1 type VII secretion system, which governs phagosomal rupture and cytosolic pattern recognition, key intracellular phenotypes linked to increased immune signaling...
March 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296819/type-1-interferon-in-the-human-intestine-a-co-ordinator-of-the-immune-response-to-the-microbiota
#20
Edward M Giles, Andrew J Stagg
The human gut is in constant complex interaction with the external environment. Although much is understood about the composition and function of the microbiota, much remains to be learnt about the mechanisms by which these organisms interact with the immune system in health and disease. Type 1 interferon (T1IFN), a ubiquitous and pleiotropic family of cytokines, is a critical mediator of the response to viral, bacterial, and other antigens sampled in the intestine. Although inflammation is enhanced in mouse model of colitis when T1IFN signaling is lost, the action of T1IFN is context specific and can be pro- or anti-inflammatory...
April 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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