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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814268/the-genomic-architecture-of-mastitis-resistance-in-dairy-sheep
#1
G Banos, G Bramis, S J Bush, E L Clark, M E B McCulloch, J Smith, G Schulze, G Arsenos, D A Hume, A Psifidi
BACKGROUND: Mastitis is the most prevalent disease in dairy sheep with major economic, hygienic and welfare implications. The disease persists in all dairy sheep production systems despite the implementation of improved management practises. Selective breeding for enhanced mastitis resistance may provide the means to further control the disease. In the present study, we investigated the genetic architecture of four mastitis traits in dairy sheep. Individual animal records for clinical mastitis occurrence and three mastitis indicator traits (milk somatic cell count, total viable bacterial count in milk and the California mastitis test) were collected monthly throughout lactation for 609 ewes of the Greek Chios breed...
August 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812434/-pemetrexed-sildenafil-via-autophagy-dependent-hdac-down-regulation-enhances-the-immunotherapy-response-of-nsclc-cells
#2
Laurence Booth, Jane L Roberts, Andrew Poklepovic, Paul Dent
Pemetrexed is an approved therapeutic in NSCLC and ovarian cancer. Our studies focused on the ability of [pemetrexed + sildenafil] exposure to alter the immunogenicity of lung and ovarian cancer cells. Treatment of lung and ovarian cancer cells with [pemetrexed + sildenafil] in vitro rapidly reduced the expression of PD-L1, PD-L2 and ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), and increased the expression of Class I MHCA. In a cell-specific fashion, some cells also released the immunogenic nuclear protein HMGB1 into the extracellular environment...
August 16, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807506/altered-vulnerability-to-asthma-at-various-levels-of-ambient-benzo-a-pyrene-by-ctla4-stat4-and-cyp2e1-polymorphisms
#3
Hyunok Choi, Nana Tabashidze, Pavel Rossner, Miroslav Dostal, Anna Pastorkova, Sek Won Kong, Hans Gmuender, Radim J Sram
BACKGROUND: Within fossil- and solid-fuel dependent geographic locations, mechanisms of air pollution-induced asthma remains unknown. In particular, sources of greater genetic susceptibility to airborne carcinogen, namely, benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) has never been investigated beyond that of a few well known genes. OBJECTIVES: To deepen our understanding on how the genotypic variations within the candidate genes contribute to the variability in the children's susceptibility to ambient B[a]P on doctor-diagnosed asthma...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806575/lessons-from-ctla-4-deficiency-and-checkpoint-inhibition
#4
REVIEW
Bernice Lo, Ussama M Abdel-Motal
CTLA-4 is a crucial negative regulator of immune responses. Absence of CTLA-4 in mice causes autoimmunity and lethal multiorgan lymphocytic infiltration and tissue destruction. Recently, heterozygous CTLA4 or biallelic LRBA mutations leading to functional CTLA-4 deficiency and autoimmunity have been discovered. LRBA was identified as a novel regulator of steady-state CTLA-4 protein levels in Tregs and activated T cells. CTLA-4 deficiency due to checkpoint blockade cancer immunotherapy has also been found to lead to autoimmune reactions...
August 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805342/deletion-of-the-activating-nk-cell-receptor-nkg2d-accelerates-rejection-of-cardiac-allografts
#5
Cornelia Fabritius, Paul Viktor Ritschl, Thomas Resch, Mario Roth, Susanne Ebner, Julia Günther, Vanessa Mellitzer, Anh-Vu Nguyen, Johann Pratschke, Martina Sauter, Karin Klingel, Katja Kotsch
It has already been shown that neutralization of the activating NK cell receptor NKG2D in combination with co-stimulation blockade prolongs graft survival of vascularized transplants. In order to clarify the underlying cellular mechanisms, we transplanted complete MHC-disparate BALB/c-derived cardiac grafts into C57BL/6 wildtypes or mice deficient for NKG2D (Klrk1(-/-) ). Although median survival was eight days for both recipient groups, we detected already at day 5 post-transplantation significantly greater intragraft frequencies of NKp46(+) NK cells in Klrk1(-/-) recipients than in wildtypes...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776423/immunomodulatory-effects-of-current-cancer-treatment-and-the-consequences-for-follow-up-immunotherapeutics
#6
Meghan J Mooradian, Ryan J Sullivan
Recent advances in the use of immunotherapy have led to historic advancements in the field of oncology. Checkpoint inhibitors have demonstrated significant effectiveness against a broadening range of cancers. However, despite the success of antibodies against the immune regulators, CTLA4 and PD-L1/PD-1, only a subset of patients will have a durable response to these therapies, which implies that a broader view of cancer immunity is required. It is becoming increasingly apparent that combination therapy to target multiple events in the cancer-immunity cycle is needed and could potentially extend the benefit of immunotherapy to a larger population...
August 4, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775364/dnp2-ctctla-4-inhibits-german-cockroach-extract-induced-allergic-airway-inflammation-and-hyper-responsiveness-via-inhibition-of-th2-responses
#7
Sangho Lim, Jung Ho Sohn, Ja-Hyun Koo, Jung-Won Park, Je-Min Choi
German cockroaches are major household allergens that can trigger allergic airway inflammatory diseases with sensitive T-cell responses. Although the use of immune modulatory biologics, such as antibodies, to mediate allergic responses has recently been examined, only systemic administration is available because of the size limitations on intranasal administration. Here we utilized a cell-permeable peptide, dNP2, to deliver the cytoplasmic domain of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (ctCTLA-4) through the airway epithelium to modulate Th2 responses in a German cockroach extract (GCE)-induced allergic airway inflammation model...
August 4, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760297/progress-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes-clinicopathologic-correlations-and-immune%C3%A2-checkpoints
#8
Juliana E Hidalgo-López, Rashmi Kanagal-Shamanna, Andrés E Quesada, Beenu Thakral, Zhihong Hu, Takayuki Mitsuhashi, Mariko Yabe, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Carlos E Bueso-Ramos
BACKGROUND: Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of clonal neoplasms characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis. Hypomethylating agent (HMA) therapy is one of the mainstays of MDS therapy. Failure of HMA therapy is related to poor outcome; hence, new therapeutic approaches are warranted in these patients. In MDS, the immune system has a pivotal role in modulation of hematopoiesis and clonal expansion. In neoplastic conditions, immune checkpoint (PD-1 and CTLA4 molecules) hide tumor cells from immune surveillance...
July 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755520/genetic-variation-in-irf4-expression-modulates-growth-characteristics-tyrosinase-expression-and-interferon-gamma-response-in-melanocytic-cells
#9
Yash Chhabra, Hilary X L Yong, Mitchell E Fane, Arish Soogrim, Wen Lim, Dayana Nur Mahiuddin, Reuben S Q Kim, Melinda Ashcroft, Scott A Beatson, Stephen A Ainger, Darren J Smit, Kasturee Jagirdar, Graeme J Walker, Richard A Sturm, Aaron G Smith
A SNP within intron4 of the Interferon Regulatory Factor4 (IRF4) gene, rs12203592*C/T has been independently associated with pigmentation and age-specific effects on nevus count in European-derived populations. We have characterised the cis-regulatory activity of this intronic region and using human foreskin-derived melanoblast strains we have explored the correlation between IRF4 rs12203592 homozygous C/C and T/T genotypes with TYR enzyme activity, supporting its association with pigmentation traits. Further, higher IRF4 protein levels directed by the rs12203592*C allele were associated with increased basal proliferation but decreased cell viability following UVR, an etiological factor in melanoma development...
July 29, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751785/ctla4-cd28-chimera-gene-modification-of-t-cells-enhances-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-donor-lymphocyte-infusion-for-hematological-malignancy
#10
Hyung Bae Park, Ji Eun Lee, Yu Mi Oh, Sang Jin Lee, Hyeon-Seok Eom, Kyungho Choi
Donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) followed by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation has served as an effective prevention/treatment modality against the relapse of some hematologic tumors, such as chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). However, the therapeutic efficacies of DLI for other types of leukemia, including acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), have been limited thus far. Therefore, we examined whether increasing the reactivity of donor T cells by gene modification could enhance the therapeutic efficacy of DLI in a murine model of ALL...
July 28, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750137/polymorphism-of-il10-il4-ctla4-and-dao-genes-in-cross-reactive-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drug-hypersensitivity
#11
Luciana Mabel Ferreira Vasconcelos, Raphael de Oliveira Rodrigues, Andressa Almeida Albuquerque, Gabrielle Dantheias Barroso, Greyce Luri Sasahara, Janaira Fernandes Severo Ferreira, Eudiana Vale Francelino, Cynthia Chester Cardoso, Silvia Helena Barem Rabenhorst, Thereza Lúcia Prata de Almeida, Aparecida Tiemi Nagao-Dias
Our aim was to evaluate genetic polymorphism of molecules involved in immunoregulatory/allergic processes in patients who presented with cutaneous hypersensitivity caused by chemically unrelated nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Polymorphisms at IL10 (-1082 G>A), IL4 (-589 C>T), CTLA4 (+49A>G), and DAO (+8956 C>G) genes were studied in 55 cases and 97 controls by the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism technique. With regard to the polymorphism at IL10 -1082, higher frequencies of the AG genotype (57% vs 39%) and G allele carriers (70% vs 48%) were found among the patients, indicating a risk effect (odds ratio [OR] = 2...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747139/a-monoclonal-antibody-against-cd86-and-its-protection-in-a-murine-lupus-nephritis-model-of-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease
#12
Lianhua Han, Lijun Shen, Ying Zhu, Yuhua Qiu
CONTEXT: Lupus nephritis is the most common complication that causes the death of systemic lupus erythematosus patients. CD28/CTLA4 and their ligands CD80 or CD86 costimulatory pathway play a pivotal role in autoimmune disease and organ transplantation. OBJECTIVES: We generated a monoclonal antibody (clone 1D1) against human CD86 (1D1) that could recognize both human and mouse CD86, and blocked the CD86/CD28 costimulatory pathway with our mAb on a murine lupus nephritis model induced with chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD)...
July 26, 2017: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743833/therapeutic-vaccine-to-cure-large-mouse-hepatocellular-carcinomas
#13
Zhen Han, De Yang, Anna Trivett, Joost J Oppenheim
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignancies worldwide with limited therapeutic options. Here we report the development of a therapeutic vaccination regimen (shortened as 'TheraVac') consisting of intratumoral delivery of high-mobility group nucleosome-binding protein 1 (HMGN1), R848/resiquimod, and one of the checkpoint inhibitors (e.g. anti-CTLA4, anti-PD-L1, or low dose of Cytoxan). C57BL/6 mice harboring large (approximately 1 cm in diameter) established subcutaneous Hepa1-6 hepatomas were cured by intratumoral injections of TheraVac and became tumor-free long-term survivors...
July 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742141/bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-bms-986142-in-experimental-models-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-enhances-efficacy-of-agents-representing-clinical-standard-of-care
#14
Kathleen M Gillooly, Claudine Pulicicchio, Mark A Pattoli, Lihong Cheng, Stacey Skala, Elizabeth M Heimrich, Kim W McIntyre, Tracy L Taylor, Daniel W Kukral, Shailesh Dudhgaonkar, Jignesh Nagar, Dana Banas, Scott H Watterson, Joseph A Tino, Aberra Fura, James R Burke
Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) regulates critical signal transduction pathways involved in the pathobiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune disorders. BMS-986142 is a potent and highly selective reversible small molecule inhibitor of BTK currently being investigated in clinical trials for the treatment of both RA and primary Sjögren's syndrome. In the present report, we detail the in vitro and in vivo pharmacology of BMS-986142 and show this agent provides potent and selective inhibition of BTK (IC50 = 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720148/multifocal-gastric-adenocarcinoma-in-a-patient-with-lrba-deficiency
#15
Nina Bratanič, Jernej Kovač, Katka Pohar, Katarina Trebušak Podkrajšek, Alojz Ihan, Tadej Battelino, Magdalena Avbelj Stefanija
BACKGROUND: Lipopolysaccharide-responsive, beige-like anchor protein (LRBA) deficiency is characterized by primary immunodeficiency and autoimmunity. Cancer may present another feature of LRBA deficiency. We describe a case history of a young adult with LRBA deficiency and two independent malignancies. METHODS: Family-trio whole exome sequencing with unbiased phenotype ontology approach was used for identification of causative mutations of a primary immune deficiency disorder...
July 18, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717940/alopecia-areata-a-comprehensive-review-of-pathogenesis-and-management
#16
REVIEW
Ralph M Trüeb, Maria Fernanda Reis Gavazzoni Dias
Alopecia areata is a common hair loss condition that is characterized by acute onset of non-scarring hair loss in usually sharply defined areas ranging from small patches to extensive or less frequently diffuse involvement. Depending on its acuity and extent, hair loss is an important cause of anxiety and disability. The current understanding is that the condition represents an organ-specific autoimmune disease of the hair follicle with a genetic background. Genome-wide association studies provide evidence for the involvement of both innate and acquired immunity in the pathogenesis, and mechanistic studies in mouse models of alopecia areata have specifically implicated an IFN-γ-driven immune response, including IFNγ, IFNγ-induced chemokines and cytotoxic CD8 T cells as the main drivers of disease pathogenesis...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716895/ctla4-promotes%C3%A2-tyk2-stat3-dependent-b-cell-oncogenecity
#17
Andreas Herrmann, Christoph Lahtz, Toshikage Nagao, Joo Y Song, Wing C Chan, Heehyoung Lee, Chanyu Yue, Thomas Look, Ronja Muelfarth, Wenzhao Li, Kurt Jenkins, John Williams, Lihua E Budde, Stephen J Forman, Larry W Kwak, Thomas Blankenstein, Hua Yu
Cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA4) is a well-established immune checkpoint for antitumor immune responses. The pro-tumorigenic function of CTLA4 is believed to be limited to T cell inhibition by countering the activity of the T cell co-stimulating receptor CD28. However, as we demonstrate here, there are two additional roles for CTLA4 in cancer, including via CTLA4 overexpression in diverse B cell lymphomas and in melanoma-associated B cells. CTLA4-CD86 ligation recruited and activated the JAK family member Tyk2, resulting in STAT3 activation and expression of genes critical for cancer immunosuppression and tumor growth and survival...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715352/commensal-bacterial-modulation-of-the-host-immune-response-to-ameliorate-pain-in-a-murine-model-of-chronic-prostatitis
#18
Stephen F Murphy, Anthony J Schaeffer, Joseph D Done, Marsha L Quick, Utkucan Acar, Praveen Thumbikat
The human commensal microflora plays an essential role in modulating the immune response to control homeostasis. Staphylococcus epidermidis, a commensal bacterium most commonly associated with the skin exerts such effects locally, modulating local immune responses during inflammation and preventing superinfection by pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus. Although the prostate is considered by many to be sterile, multiple investigations have shown that small numbers of gram-positive bacterial species such as S...
August 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697066/viral-induced-modulation-of-multiple-checkpoint-proteins-in-cancers
#19
Gerard J Nuovo, Virginia A Folcik, Cynthia Magro
Therapy with checkpoint inhibitors represents a major advance in cancer treatment. The purpose of this study was to examine the expression patterns of the checkpoint proteins programmed death ligand 1 (PD L1), PD L2, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1), and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen 4 (CTLA4) in cancers including those associated with viral infections. Normal, noninflamed tissues rarely express checkpoint proteins with exceptions including the placenta and stomach. Expression of PD L1 was noted in 30%, PD L2 in 18%, IDO1 in 13%, and CTLA4 in 14% of 333 nonviral malignancies including endometrial, ovarian, lung, and breast cancers...
July 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690850/agammaglobulinaemia-despite-terminal-b-cell-differentiation-in-a-patient-with-a-novel-lrba-mutation
#20
Nashat Al Sukaiti, Khwater AbdelRahman, Jalila AlShekaili, Sumaya Al Oraimi, Aisha Al Sinani, Nasser Al Rahbi, Vicky Cho, Matt Field, Matthew C Cook
Mutations in lipopolysaccharide-responsive vesicle trafficking, beach and anchor-containing protein (LRBA) cause immune deficiency and inflammation. Here, we are reporting a novel homozygous mutation in LRBA allele in 7-year-old Omani boy, born to consanguineous parents. He presented with type 1 diabetes, autoimmune haematological cytopenia, recurrent chest infections and lymphocytic interstitial lung disease. The patient was treated with CTLA4-Ig (abatacept) with good outcome every 2 weeks for a period of 3 months...
May 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
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