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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636053/evidence-of-bad-recycling-practices-bfrs-in-children-s-toys-and-food-contact-articles
#1
A Guzzonato, F Puype, S J Harrad
Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) have been used intentionally in a wide range of plastics, but are now found in an even wider range of such materials (including children's toys and food contact articles) as a result of recycling practices that mix BFR-containing waste plastics with "virgin" materials. In this study Br was quantified in toy and food contact samples on the assumption that its concentration can be used as a metric for BFR contamination. Subsequently, compound specific determination of BFRs was performed to evaluate the validity of the aforementioned assumption, crucial to render rapid, inexpensive, in situ Br determination in non-laboratory environments (such as waste handling facilities) a viable option for sorting wastes according to their BFR content...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634589/hla-class-ia-and-ib-polyreactive-anti-hla-e-igg2a-monoclonal-antibodies-tfl-006-and-tfl-007-suppress-anti-hla-igg-production-by-cd19-b-cells-and-proliferation-of-cd4-t-cells-while-upregulating-tregs
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REVIEW
Mepur H Ravindranath
The anti-HLA-E IgG2a mAbs, TFL-006 and TFL-007, reacted with all HLA-I antigens, similar to the therapeutic preparations of IVIg. Indeed, IVIg lost its HLA reactivity, when its HLA-E reactivity was adsorbed out. US-FDA approved IVIg to reduce antibodies in autoimmune diseases. But the mechanism underlying IVIg-mediated antibody reduction could not be ascertained due to the presence of other polyclonal antibodies. In spite of it, the cost prohibitive high or low IVIg is administered to patients waiting for donor organ and for allograft recipients for lowering antiallograft antibodies...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631067/antibodies-against-complement-components-relevance-for-the-antiphospholipid-syndrome-biomarkers-of-the-disease-and-biopharmaceuticals
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REVIEW
Mirjana Bećarević
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Laboratory criterion for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL Abs). Complement system has a role in mediating aPL Abs-induced thrombosis in animal models. The importance of antibodies against complement components (potential biomarkers of APS) and the importance of antibodies with beneficial anti-complement effects in APS (as biopharmaceuticals) are reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: Antibodies against complement components described in APS patients, so far, are anti-C1q and anti-factor H Abs, although anti-factor B Abs and anti-C5a Abs were described in animal models of APS...
July 2017: Current Rheumatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629465/natural-igm-antibodies-that-bind-neoepitopes-exposed-as-a-result-of-spinal-cord-injury-drive-secondary-injury-by-activating-complement
#4
Aarti Narang, Fei Qiao, Carl Atkinson, Hong Zhu, Xiaofeng Yang, Liudmila Kulik, V Michael Holers, Stephen Tomlinson
BACKGROUND: Natural IgM antibodies (Abs) function as innate immune sensors of injury via recognition of neoepitopes expressed on damaged cells, although how this recognition systems function following spinal cord injury (SCI) exposes various neoepitopes and their precise nature remains largely unknown. Here, we investigated the role of two natural IgM monoclonal Abs (mAbs), B4 and C2, that recognize post-ischemic neoepitopes following ischemia and reperfusion in other tissues. METHODS: Identification of post-SCI expressed neoepitopes was examined using previously characterized monoclonal Abs (B4 and C2 mAbs)...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627385/advances-in-antibody-drug-conjugates-a-new-era-of-targeted-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Samaresh Sau, Hashem O Alsaab, Sushil Kumar Kashaw, Katyayani Tatiparti, Arun K Iyer
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), a potent class of anticancer therapeutics, comprise a high-affinity antibody (Ab) and cytotoxic payload coupled via a suitable linker for selective tumor cell killing. In the initial phase of their development, two ADCs, Mylotarg(®), and Adcetris(®) were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating hematological cancer, but the real breakthrough came with the discovery of the breast cancer-targeting ADC, Kadcyla(®). With advances in bioengineering, linker chemistry, and potent cytotoxic payload, ADC technology has become a more powerful tool for targeted cancer therapy...
June 13, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626780/igg-specific-cell-based-assay-detects-potentially-pathogenic-musk-abs-in-seronegative-mg
#6
Saif Huda, Patrick Waters, Mark Woodhall, Maria Isabel Leite, Leslie Jacobson, Anna De Rosa, Michelangelo Maestri, Roberta Ricciardi, Jeannine M Heckmann, Angelina Maniaol, Amelia Evoli, Judy Cossins, David Hilton-Jones, Angela Vincent
OBJECTIVE: To increase the detection of MuSK-Abs using a CBA and test their pathogenicity. METHODS: Sera from 69 MuSK-RIA-positive patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) (Definite MuSK-MG), 169 patients negative for MuSK-RIA and AChR-RIA (seronegative MG, SNMG), 35 healthy individuals (healthy controls, HCs), and 16 NMDA receptor-Ab-positive (NMDAR-Ab) disease controls were tested for binding to MuSK on a CBA using different secondary antibodies. RESULTS: Initially, in addition to 18% of SNMG sera, 11% of HC and 19% of NMDAR-Ab sera showed positive binding to MuSK-transfected cells; this low specificity was due to anti-IgG(H+L) detection of IgM bound nonspecifically to MuSK...
July 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626461/neoglycoconjugate-of-tetrasaccharide-representing-one-repeating-unit-of-the-streptococcus-pneumoniae-type-14-capsular-polysaccharide-induces-the-production-of-opsonizing-igg1-antibodies-and-possesses-the-highest-protective-activity-as-compared-to-hexa-and-octasaccharide
#7
Ekaterina A Kurbatova, Nelli K Akhmatova, Elina A Akhmatova, Nadezhda B Egorova, Natalya E Yastrebova, Elena V Sukhova, Dmitriy V Yashunsky, Yury E Tsvetkov, Marina L Gening, Nikolay E Nifantiev
Identifying protective synthetic oligosaccharide (OS) epitopes of Streptococcus pneumoniae capsular polysaccharides (CPs) is an indispensable step in the development of third-generation carbohydrate pneumococcal vaccines. Synthetic tetra-, hexa-, and octasaccharide structurally related to CP of S. pneumoniae type 14 were coupled to bovine serum albumin (BSA), adjuvanted with aluminum hydroxide, and tested for their immunogenicity in mice upon intraperitoneal prime-boost immunizations. Injections of the conjugates induced production of opsonizing anti-OS IgG1 antibodies (Abs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625864/a-systematic-study-of-the-effect-of-low-ph-acid-treatment-on-anti-drug-antibodies-specific-for-a-domain-antibody-therapeutic-impact-on-drug-tolerance-assay-sensitivity-and-post-validation-method-assessment-of-ada-in-clinical-serum-samples
#8
Uma Kavita, Jia Duo, Sean Crawford, Rong Liu, Joan Valcin, Carol Gleason, Huijin Dong, Snaehal Gadkari, Robert W Dodge, Renuka Pillutla, Binodh S DeSilva
We developed a homogeneous bridging anti-drug antibody (ADA) assay on an electro chemiluminescent immunoassay (ECLIA) platform to support the immunogenicity evaluation of a dimeric domain antibody (dAb) therapeutic in clinical studies. During method development we evaluated the impact of different types of acid at various pH levels on polyclonal and monoclonal ADA controls of differing affinities and on/off rates. The data shows for the first time that acids of different pH can have a differential effect on ADA of various affinities and this in turn impacts assay sensitivity and drug tolerance as defined by these surrogate controls...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625092/factors-affecting-outcome-in-ocular-myasthenia-gravis
#9
Marco Mazzoli, Alessandra Ariatti, Franco Valzania, Shaniko Kaleci, Manuela Tondelli, Paolo F Nichelli, Giuliana Galassi
AIM OF THE STUDY: 50% to 60% of patients with ocular Myasthenia Gravis (OMG) progress to generalized disease (GMG) within 2 years.Aim of our study was to explore factors affecting prognosis of OMG and to test the predictive role of several independent clinical variables. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed a cohort of 168 Caucasian patients followed from September 2000 and January 2016. Several independent variables were considered as prognostic factors: gender, age of onset, results on electrophysiological tests, presence and level of antibodies against acetylcholine receptors (AChR-Abs), treatments, thymic abnormalities...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624651/efficacy-and-optimal-duration-of-metallic-stent-in-the-management-of-refractory-anastomotic-stricture-after-liver-transplantation
#10
Sunguk Jang, Mansour A Parsi, Rocio Lopez, Amit Bhatt, John J Vargo
BACKGROUND: Anastomotic bile duct stricture (ABS) remains as one of the most common complications in liver transplant patients. Current practice of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) with insertion of plastic stent (PS) often requires multiple procedures before achieving stricture resolution. To date, studies utilizing covered self-expandable metallic stent (cSEMS) in ABS management reported varying degree of efficacy. The aim of this study was to analyze long term efficacy of cSEMS in patients with ABS, and identifying factor(s) influencing the probability of stricture resolution...
June 14, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621737/comprehensive-identification-of-guan-xin-shu-tong-capsule-via-a-mass-defect-and-fragment-filtering-approach-by-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study
#11
Xun Gao, Jingqing Mu, Qing Li, Shaoyi Guan, Ran Liu, Yiyang Du, Huifen Zhang, Kaishun Bi
The Guan-Xin-Shu-Tong capsule (GXSTC) is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine that is used for the treatment of coronary heart disease. Despite its common use in China, basic pharmacological research on its active components is limited. A comprehensive analytical method using quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (Q-TOF/MS), specifically with the Triple TOF 5600 platform, was developed to characterize the compounds in the GXSTC powder itself (in vitro) as well as the active components in healthy and heart disease model rats after its oral administration (in vivo)...
June 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615419/dimeric-fc%C3%AE-receptor-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-to-study-hiv-specific-antibodies-a-new-look-into-breadth-of-fc%C3%AE-receptor-antibodies-induced-by-the-rv144-vaccine-trial
#12
Milla R McLean, Vijaya Madhavi, Bruce D Wines, P Mark Hogarth, Amy W Chung, Stephen J Kent
Ab-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) responses are of growing interest in the HIV vaccine field but current cell-based assays are usually difficult to reproduce across laboratories. We developed an ELISA and multiplex assay to model the cross-linking of Fcγ receptors (FcγR) by Abs, which is required to initiate an ADCC response. Our FcγR dimer ELISA readily detected Abs in samples from two separate cohorts of the partially efficacious Thai RV144 HIV vaccine efficacy trial. The FcγR dimer-binding Abs induced by the RV144 regimen correlated well with a functional measure of ADCC as well as IgG subclasses...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615206/plasticity-and-epitope-exposure-of-the-hiv-1-envelope-trimer
#13
Rebecca L R Powell, Maxim Totrov, Vincenza Itri, Xiaomei Liu, Alisa Fox, Susan Zolla-Pazner
We recently showed that mutations in the HIV-1 Envelope (Env) destabilize the V3 loop, rendering neutralization-resistant viruses sensitive to V3-directed monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Here we investigated the propagation of this effect on other Env epitopes, with special emphasis on V2 loop exposure. Wildtype JR-FL and 19 mutant JR-FL pseudoviruses were tested for neutralization sensitivity to 21 mAbs specific for epitopes in V2, the CD4 binding site (CD4bs), and the CD4-induced (CD4i) region. Certain glycan mutants, mutations in the gp120 hydrophobic core, and mutations in residues involved in intra-protomer interactions exposed epitopes in the V2i region (overlays the α4β7 integrin binding site) and the V3 crown, suggesting a general destabilization of the distal region of the trimer apex...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609832/pembrolizumab-induced-thyroiditis-comprehensive-clinical-review-and-insights-into-underlying-involved-mechanisms
#14
Danae A Delivanis, Michael P Gustafson, Svetlana Bornschlegl, Michele M Merten, Lisa Kottschade, Sarah Withers, Allan B Dietz, Mabel Ryder
Context: Thyroid immune-related adverse events (irAEs) in patients treated with programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) blockade are increasingly recognized as one of the most common adverse effects. Our aim was to determine the incidence and examine the potential mechanisms of anti-PD-1 induced thyroid irAEs. Design: Single center, retrospective cohort study. Patients and Measurements: We studied 93 patients with advanced cancer (aged 24–82 years; 60% males) who received at least one infusion of pembrolizumab...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607115/surface-lamp-2-is-an-endocytic-receptor-that-diverts-antigen-internalized-by-human-dendritic-cells-into-highly-immunogenic-exosomes
#15
Dario Armando Leone, Andrea Peschel, Markus Brown, Helga Schachner, Miriam J Ball, Marianna Gyuraszova, Ulrike Salzer-Muhar, Minoru Fukuda, Caterina Vizzardelli, Barbara Bohle, Andrew J Rees, Renate Kain
The lysosome-associated membrane protein (LAMP) family includes the dendritic cell endocytic receptors DC-LAMP and CD68, as well as LAMP-1 and LAMP-2. In this study we identify LAMP-1 (CD107a) and LAMP-2 (CD107b) on the surface of human monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MoDC) and show only LAMP-2 is internalized after ligation by specific Abs, including H4B4, and traffics rapidly but transiently to the MHC class II loading compartment, as does Ag conjugated to H4B4. However, pulsing MoDC with conjugates of primary (keyhole limpet hemocyanin; KLH) and recall (Bet v 1) Ags (H4B4*KLH and H4B4*Bet v 1) induced significantly less CD4 cell proliferation than pulsing with native Ag or Ag conjugated to control mAb (ISO*KLH and ISO*Bet v 1)...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607112/cutting-edge-active-tgf-%C3%AE-1-released-from-garp-tgf-%C3%AE-1-complexes-on-the-surface-of-stimulated-human-b-lymphocytes-increases-class-switch-recombination-and-production-of-iga
#16
Olivier Dedobbeleer, Julie Stockis, Bas van der Woning, Pierre G Coulie, Sophie Lucas
Production of active TGF-β is regulated at a posttranslational level and implies release of the mature cytokine dimer from the inactive, latent TGF-β precursor. There are several cell-type specific mechanisms of TGF-β activation. We identified a new mechanism operating on the surface of human regulatory T cells and involving membrane protein GARP, which binds latent TGF-β1. The paracrine activity of regulatory T cell-derived TGF-β1 contributes to immunosuppression and can be inhibited with anti-GARP Abs...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604254/detection-phenotyping-and-quantification-of-dengue-virus-specific-b-cells-using-fluorescent-probes
#17
Heather Friberg, Anuja Mathew
Dengue viruses are some of the most important mosquito-borne pathogens worldwide. They cause illness in 50-100 million individuals per year and have a significant global health impact in low- and middle-income countries. It is important to improve our understanding of the humoral response to dengue virus, as antibodies (Abs) are associated with protection from or susceptibility to severe dengue disease. In recent years, significant advances have been made toward identifying Ab targets and evaluating the functional properties of Abs...
June 12, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599787/anti-cd26-autoantibodies-are-involved-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-show-potential-clinical-interest
#18
Oscar J Cordero, Rubén Varela-Calviño, Tania López-González, Milica Grujic, Zorica Juranic, Coral Mouriño, Íñigo Hernández-Rodríguez, Marina Rodríguez-López, Bruno Aspe de la Iglesia, José María Pego-Reigosa
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients show low serum levels of the Ag dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-IV/CD26), both soluble CD26 (sCD26) concentration and its DPP-IV activity. The aim of this study was to test if anti-DPP-IV/CD26 Abs (Anti-CD26) cleared sCD26. DESIGN & METHODS: Serum Anti-CD26 and Total titers (as comparison) of isotypes IgA, IgM and IgG as well as sCD26 concentration and DPP-IV activity were measured in a cohort of RA patients undergoing different biological and non-biological therapies (n=105) and controls (n=50)...
June 6, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598867/pathophysiology-of-antenatal-bartter-s-syndrome
#19
Martin Kömhoff, Kamel Laghmani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antenatal Bartter syndrome (aBS) is a heterogenous disease resulting from defective ion transport in the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle. Novel insights into the pathophysiology, as well as the recent identification of a novel genetic cause of aBS, merit an update on this topic. RECENT FINDINGS: In aBS, severe salt losing is further aggravated by defective salt sensing in the macula densa, where a reduced tubular salt concentration is perceived and glomerular filtration is increased instead of decreased...
June 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597489/development-of-a-web-based-application-and-multicountry-analysis-framework-for-assessing-interdicted-infections-and-cost-utility-of-screening-donated-blood-for-hiv-hcv-and-hbv
#20
B Custer, M P Janssen, G Hubben, M Vermeulen, M van Hulst
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Most countries test donations for HIV, HCV and HBV using serology with or without nucleic acid testing (NAT). Cost-utility analyses provide information on the relative value of different screening options. The aim of this project was to develop an open access risk assessment and cost-utility analysis web-tool for assessing HIV, HCV and HBV screening options (http://www.isbtweb.org/working-parties/transfusion-transmitted-infectious-diseases/). An analysis for six countries (Brazil, Ghana, the Netherlands, South Africa, Thailand and USA) was conducted...
June 8, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
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