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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145176/the-membrane-attack-complex-perforin-superfamily
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Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb, Bennett Vitug, Arturo Medrano-Soto, Milton H Saier
The membrane attack complex/perforin (MACPF) superfamily consists of a diverse group of proteins involved in bacterial pathogenesis and sporulation as well as eukaryotic immunity, embryonic development, neural migration and fruiting body formation. The present work shows that the evolutionary relationships between the members of the superfamily, previously suggested by comparison of their tertiary structures, can also be supported by analyses of their primary structures. The superfamily includes the MACPF family (TC 1...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144996/new-roles-and-controls-of-mast-cells
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Eric Espinosa, Salvatore Valitutti
Mast cells are innate immune cells implicated in immune surveillance and defense. They are filled with secretory granules where a vast array of molecules endowed with multiple biological activities are stored. The process of granule secretion, named degranulation, is a tightly controlled biological phenomenon that allows mast cells to rapidly and efficiently release bioactive mediators in response to extracellular stimuli. MC degranulation allows fighting pathogens, limiting envenomation and contributes to tissue homeostasis...
November 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144825/salt-hypertension-and-immunity
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A Justin Rucker, Nathan P Rudemiller, Steven D Crowley
The link between inappropriate salt retention in the kidney and hypertension is well recognized. However, growing evidence suggests that the immune system can play surprising roles in sodium homeostasis, such that the study of inflammatory cells and their secreted effectors has provided important insights into salt sensitivity. As part of the innate immune system, myeloid cells have diverse roles in blood pressure regulation, ranging from prohypertensive actions in the kidney, vasculature, and brain, to effects in the skin that attenuate blood pressure elevation...
November 16, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144501/novel-mechanisms-and-functions-of-complement
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George Hajishengallis, Edimara S Reis, Dimitrios C Mastellos, Daniel Ricklin, John D Lambris
Progress at the beginning of the 21st century transformed the perception of complement from that of a blood-based antimicrobial system to that of a global regulator of immunity and tissue homeostasis. More recent years have witnessed remarkable advances in structure-function insights and understanding of the mechanisms and locations of complement activation, which have added new layers of complexity to the biology of complement. This complexity is readily reflected by the multifaceted and contextual involvement of complement-driven networks in a wide range of inflammatory and neurodegenerative disorders and cancer...
November 16, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144021/quantitative-extracellular-matrix-proteomics-suggests-cell-wall-reprogramming-in-host-specific-immunity-during-vascular-wilt-caused-by-fusarium-oxysporum-in-chickpea
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Eman Elagamey, Kanika Narula, Arunima Sinha, Sudip Ghosh, Magdi A E Abdellatef, Niranjan Chakraborty, Subhra Chakraborty
Extracellular matrix (ECM) is the unique organelle that perceives stress signals and reprograms molecular events of host cell during patho-stress. However, our understanding of how ECM dictates plant immunity is largely unknown. Vascular wilt caused by the soil borne filamentous fungus Fusarium oxysporum is a major impediment for global crop productivity. To elucidate the role of ECM proteins and molecular mechanism associated with cell wall mediated immunity, the temporal changes of ECM proteome was studied in vascular wilt resistant chickpea cultivar upon F...
November 16, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143812/the-nlrp3-inflammasome-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Stefano Toldo, Antonio Abbate
The heart is extremely sensitive to ischaemic injury. During an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) event, the injury is initially caused by reduced blood supply to the tissues, which is then further exacerbated by an intense and highly specific inflammatory response that occurs during reperfusion. Numerous studies have highlighted the central role of the NACHT, LRR, and PYD domains-containing protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome in this process. The inflammasome, an integral part of the innate immune system, is a macromolecular protein complex that finely regulates the activation of caspase 1 and the production and secretion of powerful pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-1β and IL-18...
November 16, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143646/validation-of-immune-complex-dissociation-methods-for-use-with-heartworm-antigen-tests
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Melissa J Beall, Andrea Arguello-Marin, Jan Drexel, Jiayou Liu, Ramaswamy Chandrashekar, A Rick Alleman
BACKGROUND: Antigen testing is routinely used to diagnose canine Dirofilaria immitis infections. Immune complex dissociation (ICD) methods, which were employed in the original heartworm antigen tests to release antigen that was bound by endogenous canine antibodies, were discontinued with improvements in assay reagents. The purpose of this study was to evaluate different ICD methods for detection of heartworm antigen by microtiter plate ELISA and assess the performance in samples from pet dogs...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143065/-complex-joint-reconstruction-and-joint-transplantation-with-the-flocsat-concept-planning-and-surgical-implementation
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C Krettek, J-D Clausen, C Neunaber
Cartilage defects in adult patients are so far incurable. Fresh osteochondral allograft (OCA) transplantation is based on the insertion of mature, living, mechanically sound hyaline cartilage into an osteochondral defect where it undergoes osseointegration. Intact hyaline cartilage of OCA does not cause immune reactions in the recipient. Many reports show that small OCA have good osseointegration and show good long-term results. These observations have been incorporated into the development of the fresh large (> 10 cm(2)) osteochondral shell allograft transplantation (FLOCSAT) concept, which is based on the following principles: 1) the thickness of the osseous layer should be kept as thin as possible (target < 6-8 mm) so that the transplant remains stable and fixable...
November 15, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142235/proteomic-study-revealed-cellular-assembly-and-lipid-metabolism-dysregulation-in-sepsis-secondary-to-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Narendra Kumar Sharma, Alexandre Keiji Tashima, Milena Karina Colo Brunialti, Eden Ramalho Ferreira, Ricardo Jose Soares Torquato, Renato Arruda Mortara, Flavia Ribeiro Machado, Murillo Assuncao, Otelo Rigato, Reinaldo Salomao
Sepsis is a life-threatening disorder characterized by organ dysfunction and a major cause of mortality worldwide. The major challenge in studying sepsis is its diversity in such factors as age, source of infection and etiology. Recently, genomic and proteomic approaches have improved our understanding of its complex pathogenesis. In the present study, we use quantitative proteomics to evaluate the host proteome response in septic patients secondary to community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Samples obtained at admission and after 7 days of follow-up were analyzed according to the outcomes of septic patients...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141660/xcell-digitally-portraying-the-tissue-cellular-heterogeneity-landscape
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Dvir Aran, Zicheng Hu, Atul J Butte
Tissues are complex milieus consisting of numerous cell types. Several recent methods have attempted to enumerate cell subsets from transcriptomes. However, the available methods have used limited sources for training and give only a partial portrayal of the full cellular landscape. Here we present xCell, a novel gene signature-based method, and use it to infer 64 immune and stromal cell types. We harmonized 1822 pure human cell type transcriptomes from various sources and employed a curve fitting approach for linear comparison of cell types and introduced a novel spillover compensation technique for separating them...
November 15, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141240/host-microbe-interactions-malassezia-and-human-skin
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REVIEW
Elizabeth A Grice, Thomas L Dawson
The skin is our first line of defense, protecting us from invasion and evaporation. Its variable structure, changing geography, and complex immune repertoire provide a vast interface for our cutaneous microbial community. Skin is inhabited by many thousands of microbes, but this review focuses on the dominant eukaryote, Malassezia, and its host interaction. Malassezia compromises 17 species with variable niche specificities and differing pathogenic potential. It has been known as a skin inhabitant for over 100 years, and is now accepted to be on all warm-blooded animals...
November 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141065/use-of-isoquercetin-in-the-treatment-of-prurigo-nodularis
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Christine M Pennesi, John Neely, Ames G Marks, S Alison Basak
<p>Atopic dermatitis and prurigo nodularis result from complex interactions between the skin, the immune system, and the external environment. The pruritus associated with these conditions greatly impacts patients' quality of life and lacks uniformly effective treatment. A 57-year-old patient presented with severe atopic dermatitis and subsequent prurigo nodularis refractory to numerous standard therapies. The supplement isoquercetin was initiated and he noted significant, sustained reduction in his pruritus after only four weeks...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140820/renal-effects-of-cytokines-in-hypertension
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Yi Wen, Steven D Crowley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inflammatory cytokines contribute to the pathogenesis of hypertension through effects on renal blood flow and sodium handling. This review will update recent advances that explore the renal actions of immune cells and cytokines in the pathogenesis of hypertension. RECENT FINDINGS: Populations of cells from both the innate and adaptive immune systems contribute to hypertension by modulating functions of the vasculature and epithelial cells in the kidney...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140482/estimating-autoantibody-signatures-to-detect-autoimmune-disease-patient-subsets
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Zhenke Wu, Livia Casciola-Rosen, Ami A Shah, Antony Rosen, Scott L Zeger
Autoimmune diseases are characterized by highly specific immune responses against molecules in self-tissues. Different autoimmune diseases are characterized by distinct immune responses, making autoantibodies useful for diagnosis and prediction. In many diseases, the targets of autoantibodies are incompletely defined. Although the technologies for autoantibody discovery have advanced dramatically over the past decade, each of these techniques generates hundreds of possibilities, which are onerous and expensive to validate...
November 13, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140409/ebolavirus-interferon-antagonists-protein-interaction-perspectives-to-combat-pathogenesis
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Anupam Banerjee, Abantika Pal, Debnath Pal, Pralay Mitra
Zaire ebolavirus, one of the most pathogenic species of Ebolavirus, is a significant threat to the human community being both highly infectious and lethal. The viral proteins (VPs), specifically VP24 and VP35, antagonize the interferon (IFN) proteins accountable for human immune response. Several efforts have been made to design vaccines and therapeutics drugs. However, the success is not encouraging because of limited knowledge about the binding site information of the VPs. Such limitations stem largely from the highly infectious nature of the virus that requires specialized personnel and biosafety laboratories...
November 13, 2017: Briefings in Functional Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140288/capillary-electrophoresis-hyphenated-with-mass-spectrometry-for-determination-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-drugs-in-clinical-urine-samples
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Katarína Maráková, Juraj Piešťanský, Zuzana Zelinková, Peter Mikuš
Azathioprine is the main thiopurine drug used in the treatment of immune-based inflammations of gastrointestinal tract. For the purpose of therapy control and optimization, effective and reliable analytical methods for a rapid drug monitoring in biological fluids are essential. Here, we developed a separation method based on the capillary electrophoresis (CE) hyphenated with tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) for the simultaneous determination of azathioprine and its selected metabolites (6-thioguanine, 6-mercaptopurine, and 6-methylmercaptopurine) as well as other co-medicated drugs (mesalazine, prednisone, and allopurinol)...
November 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140228/co-factor-independent-phosphoglycerate-mutase-of-leishmania-donovani-modulates-macrophage-signalling-and-promotes-t-cell-repertoires-bearing-epitopes-for-both-mhc-i-and-mhc-ii
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Manish K Singh, Fauzia Jamal, Amit K Dubey, Pushkar Shivam, Sarita Kumari, Pushpanjali, Ghufran Ahmed, Manas R Dikhit, S Narayan, V N R DAS, Krishna Pandey, K K Sinha, P DAS, Shubhankar K Singh
Immunoactivation depends upon the antigen potential to modulate T-cell repertoires. The present study has enumerated the effect of 61 kDa recombinant Leishmania donovani co-factor-independent phosphoglycerate mutase (rLd-iPGAM) on mononuclear cells of healthy and treated visceral leishmaniasis subjects as well as on THP-1 cell line. rLd-iPGAM stimulation induced higher expression of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) in the phagocytic cell, its receptor and CD69 on T-cell subsets. These cellular activations resulted in upregulation of host-protective cytokines IL-2, IL-12, IL-17, tumour necrosis factor-α and interferon-γ, and downregulation of IL-4, IL-10 and tumour growth factor-β...
November 15, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140108/cytomegalovirus-and-hiv-persistence-pouring-gas-on-the-fire
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Aaron Christensen-Quick, Christophe Vanpouille, Andrea Lisco, Sara Gianella
The inherent stability of a small population of T cells that are latently infected with HIV despite antiretroviral therapy (ART) remains a stubborn obstacle to an HIV cure. By exploiting the memory compartment of our immune system, HIV maintains persistence in a small subset of quiescent cells with varying phenotypes, thus evading immune surveillance and clinical detection. Understanding the molecular and immunological mechanisms that maintain the latent reservoir will be critical to the success of HIV eradication strategies...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139548/prospects-from-systems-serology-research
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REVIEW
Kelly B Arnold, Amy W Chung
Antibodies are highly functional glycoproteins capable of providing immune protection through multiple mechanisms, including direct pathogen neutralization and the engagement of their Fc-portions with surrounding effector immune cells and immune components that induce anti-pathogenic responses. Small modifications to multiple antibody biophysical features induced by vaccines and other therapeutic regimens can significantly alter functional immune outcomes, though it is difficult to predict which combinations confer protective immunity...
November 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139256/-correlative-analysis-advance-of-chemical-constituents-of-polyporus-umbellatus-and-armillaria-mellea
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REVIEW
Jing-Wen Huang, Chang-Jiang-Sheng Lai, Yuan Yuan, Min Zhang, Jun-Hui Zhou, Lu-Qi Huang
Medicinal Polyporus umbellatus is the dry sclerotia of P. umbellatus, with the effect of diuresis; Armillaria mellea is a parasitic fungus which can infect plants up to 300 genera, with sedative, anticonvulsant and some other biological activities. As the medicinal value of P. umbellatus and A. mellea is increasingly wide concerned, the market quantity demanded of them is gradually increased and the demand outstrips the supply. The symbiotic A. mellea and P. umbellatus are both the medicinal and edible fungi with diverse activities, including hypoglycemic action, improve immunity and antitumor and so on...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
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