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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432648/rationale-for-new-checkpoint-inhibitor-combinations-in-melanoma-therapy
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Mario Mandalà, Carlo Tondini, Barbara Merelli, Daniela Massi
The use of monoclonal antibodies that block immunologic checkpoints, which mediate adaptive immune resistance, has revolutionized the treatment of metastatic melanoma patients. Specifically, targeting single immune suppressive molecules such as cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), or programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) expressed on T cells or its primary ligand, programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), resulted in pronounced clinical benefit for a subset of melanoma patients. Although single-agent immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy has demonstrated promising clinical activity in metastatic melanoma patients, there is still a significant proportion of patients who show primary resistance to these therapies...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432476/immunological-mechanisms-of-adsorptive-cytapheresis-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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REVIEW
Esteban Sáez-González, Inés Moret, Diego Alvarez-Sotomayor, Francia Carolina Díaz-Jaime, Elena Cerrillo, Marisa Iborra, Pilar Nos, Belén Beltrán
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study of immunological pathways involved in the onset of IBD is of fundamental importance to identify potential biological markers of disease activity and specific targets for therapy. Removing excess and activated circulating leukocytes with adsorptive cytapheresis has been shown to be a potentially effective treatment for patients with an inflamed bowel. Adsorptive cytapheresis is a non-pharmacological approach for active IBD, in which known sources of inflammatory cytokines such as activated myeloid lineage leucocytes are selectively depleted from the circulatory system...
April 21, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429308/chronic-candidiasis-in-children
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REVIEW
Laura Green, William K Dolen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Healthy children may develop candidal infections as the result of exposure to antibiotics or corticosteroids, but chronic candidiasis in children after the newborn period is unusual. Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis (CMC) refers to a group of conditions characterized by recurrent or persistent infections with Candida species, particularly Candida albicans. CMC is a phenotype observed in a spectrum of immunologic disorders, some with endocrinologic and autoimmune features...
May 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428074/melittin-inhibits-tumor-growth-and-decreases-resistance-to-gemcitabine-by-downregulating-cholesterol-pathway-gene-clu-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Xinjing Wang, Jing Xie, Xiongxiong Lu, Hongzhe Li, Chenlei Wen, Zhen Huo, Junjie Xie, Minmin Shi, Xiaomei Tang, Hao Chen, Chenghong Peng, Yuan Fang, Xiaxing Deng, Baiyong Shen
Melittin is a Chinese traditional medicine for treating chronic inflammation, immunological diseases and cancers, however, the efficacy of melittin and its mechanism for treating pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) are still unknown. Here we investigated the anti-cancer activity of melittin and its regulated mechanism(s) in the PDAC models. Melittin was found to suppress tumor growth by promoting cell apoptosis and cell-cycle arrest. Interestingly, the microarray analyses demonstrated that melittin significantly regulated cholesterol biosynthesis pathway during treatment...
April 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424694/immune-responses-in-the-central-nervous-system-are-anatomically-segregated-in-a-non-human-primate-model-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection
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Barbara Tavano, Vicky Tsipouri, Gareth A D Hardy, Caroline M Royle, Michael R Keegan, Dietmar Fuchs, Steven Patterson, Neil Almond, Neil Berry, Claire Ham, Deborah Ferguson, Adriano Boasso
The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) accesses the central nervous system (CNS) early during infection, leading to HIV-associated cognitive impairment and establishment of a viral reservoir. Here, we describe a dichotomy in inflammatory responses in different CNS regions in simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV)-infected macaques, a model for HIV infection. We found increased expression of inflammatory genes and perivascular leukocyte infiltration in the midbrain of SIV-infected macaques. Conversely, the frontal lobe showed downregulation of inflammatory genes associated with interferon-γ and interleukin-6 pathways, and absence of perivascular cuffing...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423337/homeostatic-immunity-and-the-microbiota
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Yasmine Belkaid, Oliver J Harrison
The microbiota plays a fundamental role in the induction, education, and function of the host immune system. In return, the host immune system has evolved multiple means by which to maintain its symbiotic relationship with the microbiota. The maintenance of this dialogue allows the induction of protective responses to pathogens and the utilization of regulatory pathways involved in the sustained tolerance to innocuous antigens. The ability of microbes to set the immunological tone of tissues, both locally and systemically, requires tonic sensing of microbes and complex feedback loops between innate and adaptive components of the immune system...
April 18, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422787/how-hiv-1-entry-mechanism-and-broadly-neutralizing-antibodies-guide-structure-based-vaccine-design
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Marie Pancera, Anita Changela, Peter D Kwong
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An HIV-1 vaccine that elicits broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) remains to be developed. Here, we review how knowledge of bNAbs and HIV-1 entry mechanism is guiding the structure-based design of vaccine immunogens and immunization regimens. RECENT FINDINGS: Isolation of bNAbs from HIV-1-infected donors has led to an unprecedented understanding of the sites of vulnerability that these antibodies target on the HIV-1 envelope (Env) as well as of the immunological pathways that these antibody lineages follow to develop broad and potent neutralization...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421634/vagus-nerve-stimulation-a-new-promising-therapeutic-tool-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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B Bonaz, V Sinniger, S Pellissier
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), that is Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis, affects about 1.5 million persons in the USA and 2.2 million in Europe. The pathophysiology of IBD involves immunological, genetic and environmental factors. The treatment is medico-surgical but suspensive. Anti-TNFα agents have revolutionized the treatment of IBD but have side effects. In addition, a non-negligible percentage of patients with IBD stop or take episodically their treatment. Consequently, a nondrug therapy targeting TNFα through a physiological pathway, devoid of major side effects and with a good cost-effectiveness ratio, would be of interest...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419182/molecular-classification-of-pulmonary-sarcomatoid-carcinomas-suggests-new-therapeutic-opportunities
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N Pécuchet, T Vieira, N Rabbe, M Antoine, H Blons, J Cadranel, P Laurent-Puig, M Wislez
Background: Pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma (SC) is a rare disease with poor prognosis and with strong inter- and intratumor heterogeneity. However, molecular classification is currently focused on activating MET mutations. We sought to better characterize the molecular diversity of SC using mutational signatures that reflect different mutational processes, such as tobacco-associated adducts (signature 4), BRCA1/BRCA2 deficiency (signature 3) or APOBEC enzyme deamination (signatures 2&13)...
April 13, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410877/chronic-fatigue-syndrome-and-the-immune-system-where-are-we-now
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REVIEW
Fane Kojo Fosu Mensah, Amolak Singh Bansal, Brian Ford, Geraldine Cambridge
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is characterised by multiple symptoms including fatigue, headaches and cognitive impairment, which have a significantly adverse effect on the normal functioning and well-being of the individual. These symptoms are often triggered or worsened following physical or mental exertion. ME/CFS has long been thought of as having a significant immunological component, but reports describing changes in immune function are often inconsistent between study groups...
April 11, 2017: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408751/mmp9-integrates-multiple-immunoregulatory-pathways-that-discriminate-high-suppressive-activity-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Carolina Lavini-Ramos, Hernandez Moura Silva, Alessandra Soares-Schanoski, Sandra Maria Monteiro, Ludmila Rodrigues Pinto Ferreira, Ana Paula Pacanaro, Samirah Gomes, Janaína Batista, Kellen Faé, Jorge Kalil, Verônica Coelho
The mechanisms underlying mesenchymal stem cells' (MSC) suppressive potency are largely unknown. We here show that highly suppressive human adipose tissue-derived MSC (AdMSC) display and induce a differential immunologic profile, upon ongoing AdMSC suppressive activity, promoting: (i) early correlated inhibition of IFN-γ and TNF-α production, along IL-10 increase, (ii) CD73(+)Foxp3(+)Treg subset expansion, and (iii) specific correlations between gene expression increases, such as: MMP9 correlated with CCL22, TNF, FASL, RUNX3, and SEMAD4 in AdMSC and, in T cells, MMP9 upregulation correlated with CCR4, IL4 and TBX21, among others, whereas MMP2 correlated with BCL2 and LRRC31...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407789/identification-and-functional-characterisation-of-a-schistosoma-japonicum-insulin-like-peptide
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Xiaofeng Du, Donald P McManus, Pengfei Cai, Wei Hu, Hong You
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that insulin receptors in schistosomes, triggered by host insulin, play an important role in parasite growth, development and fecundity by regulating glucose metabolism. However, limited information is available on the recently identified endogenous insulin-like peptide (ILP) in blood flukes. RESULTS: We isolated ILPs from Schistosoma japonicum (SjILP) and S. recognised (SmILP) and present results of their molecular and structural analysis...
April 14, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405017/lectin-pathway-factors-in-patients-suffering-from-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Katarzyna Kasperkiewicz, Łukasz Eppa, Anna S Świerzko, Marcin A Bartłomiejczyk, Zbigniew M Żuber, Katarzyna Siniewicz-Luzeńczyk, Elżbieta Mężyk, Misao Matsushita, Leokadia Bąk-Romaniszyn, Krzysztof Zeman, Mikael Skurnik, Maciej Cedzyński
Both complement activation and certain infections (including those with Yersinia sp.) may contribute to the pathogenesis of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). We investigated factors specific for the lectin pathway of complement: mannose-binding lectin (MBL), ficolins and associated serine protease-2 (MASP-2), in 144 patients and 98 controls. 106 patients had oligoarticular disease and 38 had polyarticular disease. In 51 patients (out of 133 tested), Yersinia-reactive antibodies were found (JIA Ye+ group)...
April 13, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404878/activation-of-liver-x-receptor-delayed-the-retinal-degeneration-of-rd1-mice-through-modulation-of-the-immunological-function-of-glia
#14
Xiao He, Dayu Sun, Siyu Chen, Haiwei Xu
Retinal degeneration (RD), including retinitis pigmentosa (RP), is an inherited eye disease characterized by progressive degeneration of photoreceptors. Recently, immune cells, including microglia, Müller cells and astrocytes, in degenerative retina are demonstrated to play key roles in the development of RD and can be used as potential therapeutic targets. Liver X receptors (LXRs) are important immuno-inflammatory response transcription factors that have been reported to be a new potential therapeutic drug target for neurodegenerative diseases...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403127/a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-comparing-belatacept-with-tacrolimus-after-de-novo-kidney-transplantation
#15
Gretchen de Graav, Carla C Baan, Marian C Clahsen-van Groningen, Rens Kraaijeveld, Marjolein Dieterich, Wenda Verschoor, Jan H von der Thusen, Dave L Roelen, Monique Cadogan, Jacqueline van de Wetering, Joost van Rosmalen, Wilem Weimar, Dennis A Hesselink
BACKGROUND: Belatacept, an inhibitor of the CD28-CD80/86 co-stimulatory pathway, allows for calcineurin-inhibitor free immunosuppressive therapy in kidney transplantation but is associated with a higher acute rejection risk than ciclosporin. Thus, no biomarker for belatacept-resistant rejection has been validated. In this randomized controlled trial, acute rejection-rate was compared between belatacept- and tacrolimus-treated patients and immunological biomarkers for acute rejection were investigated...
April 11, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401932/inflammasomes-and-intestinal-inflammation
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REVIEW
N Zmora, M Levy, M Pevsner-Fischer, E Elinav
The inflammasome is a cytosolic multi-protein innate immune rheostat, sensing a variety of endogenous and environmental stimuli, and regulating homeostasis or damage control. In the gastrointestinal tract, inflammasomes orchestrate immune tolerance to microbial and potentially food-related signals or drive the initiation of inflammatory responses to invading pathogens. When inadequately regulated, intestinal inflammasome activation leads to a perpetuated inflammatory response leading to immune pathology and tissue damage...
April 12, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400983/allergy-and-aging-an-old-new-emerging-health-issue
#17
REVIEW
Massimo De Martinis, Maria Maddalena Sirufo, Lia Ginaldi
Allergy reactions are the most common immunological diseases and represent one of the most widespread and fast growing chronic human health problems among people over 15 years of age in developed countries. As populations get older worldwide, allergy manifestations in aged persons will occur more often in the future. To date, there has been much more studies on allergies in children than in adults. As the population ages, clinicians must be prepared to meet all the elderly's health care needs, including these new and emerging health issue...
April 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400765/role-of-bacillus-licheniformis-vs16-derived-biosurfactant-in-mediating-immune-responses-in-carp-rohu-and-its-application-to-the-food-industry
#18
Sib Sankar Giri, Shib Sankar Sen, Jin Woo Jun, V Sukumaran, Se Chang Park
Multifarious applications of Bacillus licheniformis VS16-derived biosurfactant were explored. Labeo rohita fingerlings were injected intraperitoneally with 0.1 mL of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) containing purified biosurfactant at 0 (control), 55 (S55), 110 (S110), 220 (S220), or 330 (S330) μg mL(-1) concentrations. Various immunological parameters and the expression of immune-related genes were measured at 7, 14, and 21 days post-administration (dpa). At 21 dpa, fish were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila and mortality was recorded for 14 days...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399339/uveal-melanoma-identifying-immunological-and-chemotherapeutic-targets-to-treat-metastases
#19
Martine J Jager, Mehmet Dogrusöz, Scott E Woodman
Uveal melanoma is an intraocular malignancy that, depending on its size and genetic make-up, may lead to metastases in up to 50% of cases. Currently, no therapy has been proven to improve survival. However, new therapies exploiting immune responses against metastases are being developed. The primary tumor is well characterized: tumors at high risk of developing metastases often contain macrophages and lymphocytes. However, these lymphocytes are often regulatory T cells that may suppress immune response. Currently, immune checkpoint inhibitors have shown marked efficacy in multiple cancers (eg, cutaneous melanoma) but do not yet improve survival in uveal melanoma patients...
March 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397778/salivary-il-8-il-6-and-tnf-%C3%AE-as-potential-diagnostic-biomarkers-for-oral-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Haafsa Arshad Sahibzada, Zohaib Khurshid, Rabia Sannam Khan, Mustafa Naseem, Khalid Mahmood Siddique, Maria Mali, Muhammad Sohail Zafar
Saliva has been useful as a liquid biopsy for the diagnosis of various oral or systemic diseases, and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is no exception. While its early detection and prevention is important, salivary cytokines expression, specifically of Interleukin-8 (IL-8), Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and Tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α), does contribute to the pathogenesis of cancer and these cytokines serve as potential biomarkers. Their excessive production plays a role in cancer progression and establishment of angiogenesis...
April 9, 2017: Diagnostics
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