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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938676/risk-factors-for-mortality-from-pneumocystis-carinii-pneumonia-pcp-in-non-hiv-patients-a-meta-analysis
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Yao Liu, Lili Su, Shu-Juan Jiang, Hui Qu
The number of patients with non-human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) related pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) is increasing with widespread immunosuppressive treatment. We performed a meta-analysis to describe the clinical characteristics and factors associated with outcomes of PCP in HIV-negative patients. A total of 13 studies including 867 patients with non-HIV related PCP was included. The overall mortality for non-HIV patients with PCP was 30.6%. The most common underlying disorder for the development of PCP is hematological malignancies (29...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938609/pegylated-arginine-deiminase-can-modulate-tumor-immune-microenvironment-by-affecting-immune-checkpoint-expression-decreasing-regulatory-t-cell-accumulation-and-inducing-tumor-t-cell-infiltration
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Elena Brin, Katherine Wu, Hsin-Tze Lu, Yudou He, Zhaoming Dai, Wei He
PEGylated arginine deiminase (ADI-PEG 20) is being investigated in clinical studies in arginine auxotrophic cancers and is well-tolerated. The anti-tumor properties of ADI-PEG 20 have been extensively investigated - ADI-PEG 20 inhibits the growth of auxotrophic cancers in vitro and in vivo - however, its impact on immune cells is largely unknown. Here we report the potential impact of ADI-PEG 20 on the tumor immune microenvironment. ADI-PEG 20 induced immunosuppressive programmed death-ligand 1 expression on some cancer cells in vitro, but the magnitude of the increase was cell line dependent and in most relatively small...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938607/hgfl-mediated-ron-signaling-supports-breast-cancer-stem-cell-phenotypes-via-activation-of-non-canonical-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Sasha J Ruiz-Torres, Nancy M Benight, Rebekah A Karns, Elyse E Lower, Jun-Lin Guan, Susan E Waltz
Breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs), which drive tumor progression, recurrence, and metastasis, are considered a major challenge for breast cancer treatments, thus the discovery of novel pathways regulating BCSC maintenance remains essential to develop new strategies to effectively target this population and combat disease mortality. The HGFL-RON signaling is overexpressed in human breast cancers and is associated with increased breast cancer progression, metastasis, and poor prognosis. Here, we report that overexpression of RON/MST1R and HGFL/MST1 in cell lines and primary tumors increases BCSC self-renewal, numbers, and tumorigenic potential after syngeneic transplantation...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938508/-angina-pectoris-in-a-young-woman-with-lupus-erythematosus
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Simon Braumann, Malte P Bartram, Roman Pfister, Guido Michels
History and clinical findings We present a 31-year old woman with a 6-year history of cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE) who presented to the emergency room with typical chest pain. ECG and transthoracic echocardiography were normal. Her working diagnosis of pericarditis was made due to systemic progression of her lupus erythematosus (LE). Treatment with NSAIDs was initiated and her immunosuppressive regimen intensified. The patient was discharged after resolution of her symptoms. A week later, the patient was seen at the rheumatology clinic with recurrence and aggravation of her symptoms...
September 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938189/the-potent-suppressive-effect-of-%C3%AE-d-mannuronic-acid-m2000-on-molecular-expression-of-the-tlr-nf-kb-signaling-pathway-in-ankylosing-spondylitis-patients
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Maryam Roozbehkia, Mahdi Mahmoudi, Somaye Aletaha, Nima Rezaei, Mohammad Javad Fattahi, Fahimeh Jafarnezhad-Ansariha, Anis Barati, Abbas Mirshafiey
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease characterized by the inflammation of sacroiliac joints and axial skeleton. A combination of genetic, environmental and immunological factors are involved in AS's pathogenesis. TLRs are type I transmembrane glycoproteins that play a crucial role in the innate immune responses against invading pathogens. Observational studies have demonstrated a possible association between TLR dysregulation and AS. The β-d-mannuronic acid (M2000), as a novel NSAID with immunosuppressive property, has shown an inhibitory effect on Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2, 4 signaling in HEK293 cells...
September 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938014/intestinal-helminth-infection-drives-carcinogenesis-in-colitis-associated-colon-cancer
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Eva Pastille, Annika Frede, Henry J McSorley, Jessica Gräb, Alexandra Adamczyk, Sebastian Kollenda, Wiebke Hansen, Matthias Epple, Jan Buer, Rick M Maizels, Robert Klopfleisch, Astrid M Westendorf
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, strongly associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer development. Parasitic infections caused by helminths have been shown to modulate the host's immune response by releasing immunomodulatory molecules and inducing regulatory T cells (Tregs). This immunosuppressive state provoked in the host has been considered as a novel and promising approach to treat IBD patients and alleviate acute intestinal inflammation...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937540/herpes-simplex-virus-esophagitis-in-immunocompetent-children-a-harbinger-of-eosinophilic-esophagitis
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Julia Fritz, Diana Lerner, Mariko Suchi
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common cause of infectious esophagitis. The aim of this retrospective study is to identify comorbid and predisposing conditions and sequelae of HSV esophagitis in immunocompetent children. We reviewed sixteen cases of HSV esophagitis diagnosed from January, 1982 to March, 2016. Five patients were immunosuppressed, 11 were immunocompetent and included in the study. Three (27%) had no other significant medical history. Five patients (45%) had repeat biopsies following their HSV infection which showed eosinophilic infiltrate consistent with current diagnostic criteria of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), one of whom had known EoE...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937523/cytomegalovirus-retinitis-associated-with-occlusive-vasculopathy-in-an-elderly-human-immunodeficiency-virus-negative-man
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Kareem Moussa, Thuy Doan, Jay M Stewart, Jessica Shantha, John Gonzales, Nisha Acharya, Emmett T Cunningham
PURPOSE: To present a case of cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis associated with occlusive vasculopathy presenting as sudden unilateral loss of vision in a human immunodeficiency virus-negative elderly man. METHODS: Clinical case report and literature review. RESULTS: An 84-year-old Chinese man with diabetes mellitus and primary open-angle glaucoma was seen in consultation by our uveitis service for evaluation of sudden vision loss in the right eye...
September 20, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937407/time-course-of-septic-shock-in-immunocompromised-and-nonimmunocompromised-patients
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Matthieu Jamme, Fabrice Daviaud, Julien Charpentier, Nathalie Marin, Michaël Thy, Yannick Hourmant, Jean-Paul Mira, Frédéric Pène
OBJECTIVES: To address the impact of underlying immune conditions on the course of septic shock with respect to both mortality and the development of acute infectious and noninfectious complications. DESIGN: An 8-year (2008-2015) monocenter retrospective study. SETTING: A medical ICU in a tertiary care center. PATIENTS: Patients diagnosed for septic shock within the first 48 hours of ICU admission were included. Patients were classified in four subgroups with respect to their immune status: nonimmunocompromised and immunocompromised distributed into hematologic or solid malignancies and nonmalignant immunosuppression...
September 20, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937406/tolerance-in-xenotransplantation
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Kazuhiko Yamada, Megan Sykes, David H Sachs
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review describes recent progress in tolerance-inducing strategies across xenogeneic immunological barriers as well as the potential benefit of a tolerance strategy for islets and kidney xenotransplantation. RECENT FINDINGS: Using advanced gene editing technologies, xenotransplantation from multitransgenic alpha-1,3-galactosyltransferase knockout pigs has demonstrated marked prolongation of renal xenograft survival, ranging from days to greater than several months for life-supporting kidneys, and more than 2 years in a heterotopic nonlife-supporting cardiac xenograft model...
September 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937070/renal-transplantation-in-hiv-positive-patients-no-more-a-scare
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Eswarappa Mahesh, Manns Manohar John, Gurudev Channabasappa Konana, Rakesh Madhyastha Parampalli, Sujeeth Reddy Bande, Sarita Suryadevara
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection has posed as a major global health epidemic for almost three decades. With the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy in 1996 and the application of prophylaxis and management of opportunistic infections, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome mortality has decreased markedly. The most aggressive HIV-related renal disease is end-stage renal disease due to HIV-associated nephropathy. Presence of HIV infection used to be viewed as a contraindication to renal transplantation for multiple reasons; concerns for exacerbation of an already immunocompromised state by administration of additional immunosuppressants; the use of a limited supply of donor organs with unknown long-term outcomes...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937060/repercussions-of-eosinophils-in-a-renal-allograft-predictor-of-early-graft-loss
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Aruna V Vanikar, Kamal V Kanodia, Rashmi D Patel, Kamlesh S Suthar, Lovelesh A Nigam, Umang G Thakkar, Himanshu V Patel, Vivek B Kute, Hargovind L Trivedi
We present 5-year experience of renal transplantation (RT) with tissue eosinophilia (TE) in renal allograft biopsy (RAB) and its repercussions on the outcome. In total, 1217 recipients underwent RT from 2011 to 2015, and they were evaluated for the presence of ≥4% TE. Group 1 consisted of RT with RAB showing TE, Group 2 consisted of RT with RAB with rejections without TE, and Group 3 consisted of RT without rejections. Group 1 had 27 recipients, Group 2 had 395, and Group 3 had 795 recipients. The outcome in terms of graft function, patient and graft survival were evaluated and compared between three groups...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937057/outcome-of-childhood-lupus-nephritis-in-saudi-children
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Sulaiman Mohammed Al-Mayouf, Ali AlAmeer, Areej Alfattani, Abdullah Alsonbul
Our aim in this study is to report the long-term renal outcome of a cohort of Saudi children with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). All patients with childhood lupus nephritis (cLN) proved by renal biopsy seen between January 2000 and June 2015 were reviewed. The renal outcome was assessed according to serum creatinine level, protein/creatinine ratio at the last follow-up visit, and/or evidence of renal impairment during follow-up period and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Additional outcome measures include accrual damage measured by pediatric adaptation of the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics/American College of Rheumatology Damage Index (pSDI), and death related to SLE was determined...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936737/peripartum-cardiomyopathy-do-exosomes-play-a-role
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Huanyu Gu, Qiying Dai, Zhuyuan Liu, Hongbao Wang, Jianhua Yao, Lei Zhou
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) refers to irreversible cardiomyocyte damage that occurs during the last month of pregnancy, or within 5 months after giving birth. It is characterized by systolic heart failure. This life-threatening condition is relatively uncommon, but the incidence has been climbing up. Because of its high mortality, it is crucial for physicians to have high suspicious for the disease. Studies have been done to search into specific lab test and treatment for PPCM. Therapies like anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and immunosuppression regimen have been explored...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936613/chronic-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyradiculoneuropathy-and-anesthesia-a-case-series
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Andrew R Mortenson, Juraj Sprung, James C Watson, P James B Dyck, Toby N Weingarten
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) is an acquired autoimmune demyelinating polyneuropathy characterized by symmetrical diffuse weakness that also can rarely affect bulbar and respiratory muscles. The study objective was to describe perioperative outcomes of patients with CIDP who received general anesthesia. This retrospective observational study evaluated patients with active (diagnosed or treated within the previous year) CIDP who underwent general anesthesia at our institution between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2015...
September 21, 2017: Acta Neurologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936477/clinical-characteristics-of-non-melanoma-skin-cancers-recurring-within-5-years-after-mohs-micrographic-surgery-single-institution-retrospective-chart-review
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Tina Vajdi, Robert Eilers, Shang I Brian Jiang
BACKGROUND: Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is used to treat certain high-risk non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) due to its high cure rate. However, clinical recurrences do occur in a small number of cases. OBJECTIVE: We examined specific clinical characteristics associated with NMSC recurrences following MMS. METHODS: We employed a retrospective chart review of the 1467 cases of NMSC that underwent MMS at UC San Diego from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2009...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936210/novel-mutations-of-the-tetratricopeptide-repeat-domain-7a-gene-and-phenotype-genotype-comparison
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Reyin Lien, Yung-Feng Lin, Min-Wei Lai, Hui-Ying Weng, Ren-Chin Wu, Tang-Her Jaing, Jing-Long Huang, Shih-Feng Tsai, Wen-I Lee
The gastrointestinal tract contains the largest lymphoid organ to react with pathogenic microorganisms and suppress excess inflammation. Patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDs) can suffer from refractory diarrhea. In this study, we present two siblings who began to suffer from refractory diarrhea with a poor response to aggressive antibiotic and immunosuppressive treatment after surgical release of neonatal intestinal obstruction. Their lymphocyte proliferation was low, but superoxide production and IL-10 signaling were normal...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935344/tailoring-natural-killer-cell-immunotherapy-to-the-tumour-microenvironment
#18
REVIEW
Alexander David Barrow, Marco Colonna
Natural killer (NK) cells are cytotoxic and cytokine-secreting cells that can mediate potent anti-tumour activity. Accumulating evidence indicates that NK cell functions are severely compromised within the confines of the tumour microenvironment thus impairing the efficacy and development of NK cell-based therapies. Here we review the various cellular and molecular pathways that tumours have supplanted to evade NK cell surveillance. We highlight novel strategies designed to alleviate or circumvent the immunosuppressive conditions of the tumour microenvironment in order to emancipate NK cell function and stifle the inexorable growth and metastasis of malignant cells...
September 18, 2017: Seminars in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935006/novel-h-shunt-venovenous-bypass-for-liver-transplantation-in-cynomolgus-macaques
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Yojiro Kato, Adam D Griesemer, Anette Wu, Hugo P Sondermeijer, Joshua I Weiner, Raimon Duran-Struuck, Mercedes Martinez, Andrea R Slate, Alexander Romanov, Jay H Lefkowitch, Megan Sykes, Tomoaki Kato
Cynomolgus monkeys are often used in preclinical transplantation research. Performing liver transplantation in cynomolgus monkeys is challenging because they poorly tolerate portal vein clamping during the anhepatic phase. Finding an alternative to portal vein clamping is necessary before preclinical liver transplant models can be performed with reliable outcomes. We used 3 different techniques to perform 5 liver transplants in male cynomolgus macaques (weight, 7.4-10.8 kg; mismatched for MHC I and II; matched for ABO)...
October 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934971/assessment-classification-and-treatment-of-calcinosis-as-a-complication-of-juvenile-dermatomyositis-a-survey-of-pediatric-rheumatologists-by-the-childhood-arthritis-and-rheumatology-research-alliance-carra
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A B Orandi, K W Baszis, V R Dharnidharka, A M Huber, M F Hoeltzel
BACKGROUND: There is no standardized approach to the management of JDM-associated calcinosis and its phenotypes. Current knowledge of treatment outcomes is confined to small series and case reports. We describe physician perspectives toward diagnostic approach, classification and treatment directly targeting calcinosis, independent of overall JDM therapy. METHODS: An electronic survey of 22 questions was organized into sections regarding individual practices of assessment, classification and treatment of calcinosis, including perceived successes of therapies...
September 21, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
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