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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933060/regulators-of-tfh-cell-differentiation
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REVIEW
Gajendra M Jogdand, Suchitra Mohanty, Satish Devadas
The follicular helper T (Tfh) cells help is critical for activation of B cells, antibody class switching, and germinal center (GC) formation. The Tfh cells are characterized by the expression of CXC chemokine receptor 5 (CXCR5), ICOS, programed death 1 (PD-1), B cell lymphoma 6 (BCL-6), and IL-21. They are involved in clearing infections and are adversely linked with autoimmune diseases and also have a role in viral replication as well as clearance. On the one hand, Tfh cells are generated from naive CD4(+) T cells with sequential steps involving cytokine signaling (IL-21, IL-6, IL-12, activin A), migration, and positioning in the GC by CXCR5, surface receptors (ICOS/ICOSL, signaling lymphocyte activation molecule-associated protein/signaling lymphocyte activation molecule) as well as transcription factor (BCL-6, c-Maf, and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3) signaling and repressor miR155...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932593/dexamethasone-induced-intrauterine-growth-restriction-is-associated-with-altered-expressions-of-metastasis-tumor-antigens-and-cell-cycle-control-proteins-in-rat-placentas
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Mariam Alqaryyan, Narayana Kilarkaje, Abdeslam Mouihate, Maie D Al-Bader
Molecular mechanisms affecting placental formation in intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) pregnancies are not clearly understood. Since metastasis tumor antigens (MTAs) MTA1 and MTA2 promote cell proliferation and MTA3 suppresses it, we hypothesized that IUGR alters cell survival/cell death programs driven by placental MTAs. To induce IUGR, pregnant Sprague Dawley rats were given daily intraperitoneal injections of either saline or dexamethasone (0.4 mg/kg) starting from 14 days of gestation (dg) to either 19 dg or 21 dg...
December 8, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932512/atf6-decreases-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-damage-and-links-er-stress-and-oxidative-stress-signaling-pathways-in-the-heart
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Jung-Kang Jin, Erik A Blackwood, Khalid M Azizi, Donna J Thuerauf, Asal G Fahem, Christoph Hofmann, Randal J Kaufman, Shirin Doroudgar, Christopher C Glembotski
RATIONALE: ER stress causes accumulation of misfolded proteins in the ER, activating the transcription factor, ATF6, which induces ER stress response genes. Myocardial ischemia induces the ER stress response; however, neither the function of this response nor whether it is mediated by ATF6 is known. OBJECTIVE: Here, we examined the effects of blocking the ATF6-mediated ER stress response on ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) in cardiac myocytes and mouse hearts. METHODS AND RESULTS: Knockdown of ATF6 in cardiac myocytes subjected to I/R increased ROS and necrotic cell death, which were mitigated by ATF6 overexpression...
December 8, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932225/hospitalizations-of-children-with-sickle-cell-disease-in-the-brazilian-unified-health-system-in-the-state-of-minas-gerais
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Ana Paula P C Fernandes, Fernanda A Avendanha, Marcos B Viana
OBJECTIVE: To identify and characterize hospital admissions and readmissions in the Brazilian Unified Public Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde [SUS]) in children with sickle-cell disease diagnosed by the Minas Gerais Newborn Screening Program between 1999 and 2012. METHODS: Hospital Admission Authorizations with the D57 (ICD-10) code in the fields of primary or secondary diagnosis were retrieved from the SUS Databank (1999-2012). There were 2991 hospitalizations for 969 children...
December 5, 2016: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932073/pyroptosis-gasdermin-mediated-programmed-necrotic-cell-death
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REVIEW
Jianjin Shi, Wenqing Gao, Feng Shao
Pyroptosis was long regarded as caspase-1-mediated monocyte death in response to certain bacterial insults. Caspase-1 is activated upon various infectious and immunological challenges through different inflammasomes. The discovery of caspase-11/4/5 function in sensing intracellular lipopolysaccharide expands the spectrum of pyroptosis mediators and also reveals that pyroptosis is not cell type specific. Recent studies identified the pyroptosis executioner, gasdermin D (GSDMD), a substrate of both caspase-1 and caspase-11/4/5...
December 5, 2016: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931835/management-of-patients-with-recurrent-advanced-cervical-cancer-beyond-first-line-platinum-regimens-where-do-we-stand-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Stergios Boussios, Esmeralda Seraj, George Zarkavelis, Dimitrios Petrakis, Aristomenes Kollas, Aikaterini Kafantari, Abraam Assi, Konstantina Tatsi, Nicholas Pavlidis, George Pentheroudakis
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer affecting women worldwide. Despite advances in screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, a significant number of women present with or develop advanced disease. Palliative platinum-based chemotherapy (CT) is the standard first-line treatment for metastatic/recurrent cervical cancer. The prognosis remains poor and effective second line options are urgently needed. METHODS: We searched the English-language medical literature as well as relevant guideline databases, published from January 1981 to December 2015 and identified publications related to cervical cancer and its therapies...
December 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931292/circulating-follicular-t-helper-cell-subset-distribution-in-patients-with-asthma
#7
Fang Gong, Chunyan Qian, HuaYan Zhu, Jie Zhu, Yuhong Pan, QiaoJing Dong, DongLin Jiang
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of allergic asthma is primarily characterized by abnormality in the immunoglobulin E (IgE) pathway, suggesting a possible role for follicular T-helper cells (Tfh) in the genesis of excessive IgE accumulation. The blood chemokine (C-X-C motif) receptor 5 (CXCR5)+CD4+ T cells, known as circulating Tfh, share common functional characteristics with Tfh cells from germinal centers. There are three subsets of circulating Tfh cells: Tfh1 (CXCR3+CC chemokine receptor [CCR] 6), Tfh2 (CXCR3CCR6) and Tfh17 (CXCR3CCR6+)...
November 2016: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931182/exposure-of-bovine-oocytes-and-embryos-to-elevated-non-esterified-fatty-acid-concentrations-integration-of-epigenetic-and-transcriptomic-signatures-in-resultant-blastocysts
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K L J Desmet, V Van Hoeck, D Gagné, E Fournier, A Thakur, A M O'Doherty, C P Walsh, M A Sirard, P E J Bols, J L M R Leroy
BACKGROUND: Metabolic stress associated with negative energy balance in high producing dairy cattle and obesity in women is a risk factor for decreased fertility. Non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) are involved in this pathogenesis as they jeopardize oocyte and embryo development. Growing evidence indicates that maternal metabolic disorders can disturb epigenetic programming, such as DNA methylation, in the offspring. Oocyte maturation and early embryo development coincide with methylation changes and both are sensitive to adverse environments...
December 8, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927995/the-biomechanics-of-seed-germination
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REVIEW
Tina Steinbrecher, Gerhard Leubner-Metzger
From a biomechanical perspective, the completion of seed (and fruit) germination depends on the balance of two opposing forces: the growth potential of the embryonic axis (radicle-hypocotyl growth zone) and the restraint of the seed-covering layers (endosperm, testa, and pericarp). The diverse seed tissues are composite materials which differ in their dynamic properties based on their distinct cell wall composition and water uptake capacities. The biomechanics of embryo cell growth during seed germination depend on irreversible cell wall loosening followed by water uptake due to the decreasing turgor, and this leads to embryo elongation and eventually radicle emergence...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927767/t-cells-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-display-dysregulated-expression-of-immune-checkpoints-and-activation-markers
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Marzia Palma, Giusy Gentilcore, Kia Heimersson, Fariba Mozaffari, Barbro Näsman-Glaser, Emma Young, Richard Rosenquist, Lotta Hansson, Anders Österborg, Håkan Mellstedt
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is characterized by impaired immune functions largely due to profound T cell defects. T cell functions also depend on co-signaling receptors, inhibitory or stimulatory, known as immune checkpoints, including cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated antigen-4 (CTLA-4) and programmed death-1 (PD-1). Here we analyzed the T cell phenotype focusing on immune checkpoints and activation markers in chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients (n=80) with different clinical characteristics and compared to healthy controls...
December 7, 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926587/anti-programmed-cell-death-protein-1-tolerance-and-efficacy-after-ipilimumab-immunotherapy-observational-study-of-39-patients
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Reyhan Amode, Barouyr Baroudjian, Anita Kowal, Majdi Jebali, Clara Allayous, Martine Bagot, Nika Madjlessi, Jennifer Roux, Manuelle Viguier, Nicole Basset Seguin, Raphaël Porcher, Cécile Pagès, Céleste Lebbé
In patients with ipilimumab (IPI)-refractory melanoma, the anti-programmed cell death proteins 1 (PD1s) nivolumab (NIV) and pembrolizumab (PEM) are considered to be a new standard of treatment. Few data are available on anti-PD1 safety in patients who develop IPI-related severe adverse events (AEs) (grade≥3). The aim of this study was to compare the anti-PD1 safety and efficacy in patients with previous severe toxicity to IPI versus in those showing moderate and no previous IPI-related AEs. This single institution-based observational study included all patients treated with anti-PD1 (PEM or NIV) and previously treated with IPI for unresectable stage III or IV melanoma...
December 6, 2016: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926518/higher-programmed-cell-death-1-ligand-1-pd-l1-mrna-level-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinomas-is-associated-with-a-favorable-outcome-due-to-the-active-immune-responses-in-tumor-tissues
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Xiang-Hui Ning, Yan-Qing Gong, Shi-Ming He, Teng Li, Jiang-Yi Wang, Shuang-He Peng, Jin-Chao Chen, Jia-Yuan Liu, Nie-Nie Qi, Ying-Lu Guo, Kan Gong
Renal cell carcinoma is one of the most common urological tumors. The role of programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) in renal cell carcinomas in predicting outcome of the patients is yet unclear. We analyzed the clinical and RNA-seq data of 522 kidney clear cell cancer, 259 kidney papillary cell carcinoma and 66 kidney chromophobe patients from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database. In kidney clear cell cancer patients with high PD-L1 mRNA level and low PD-L1 mRNA level in tumors, the median overall survival periods were 45...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925177/t-cell-diversification-reflects-antigen-selection-in-the-blood-of-patients-on-immune-checkpoint-inhibition-and-may-be-exploited-as-liquid-biopsy-biomarker
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Nuray Akyüz, Anna Brandt, Alexander Stein, Simon Schliffke, Thorben Mährle, Julia Quidde, Eray Goekkurt, Sonja Loges, Thomas Haalck, Christopher Ford, Anne Marie Asemissen, Benjamin Thiele, Janina Radloff, Toni Thenhausen, Artus Krohn-Grimberghe, Carsten Bokemeyer, Mascha Binder
Cancer immunotherapy with antibodies targeting immune checkpoints, such as programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1), shows encouraging results, but reliable biomarkers predicting response to this costly and potentially toxic treatment approach are still lacking. To explore an immune signature predictive for response, we performed liquid biopsy immunoprofiling in 18 cancer patients undergoing PD-1 inhibition before and shortly after initiation of treatment by multicolor flow cytometry and next-generation T- and B-cell immunosequencing (TCRß/IGH)...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925176/pd-l1-expression-of-the-residual-tumor-serves-as-a-prognostic-marker-in-local-advanced-breast-cancer-after-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
#14
Sheng Chen, Ruo-Xi Wang, Yin Liu, Wen-Tao Yang, Zhi-Ming Shao
This study sought to investigate the prevalence of programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) and its prognostic value in patients with residual tumors after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) for locally advanced breast cancer (LABC). A total of 309 patients considered as non-pathological complete responders (non-pCR) after NCT followed by mastectomy were selected. The expression of PD-L1 and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in residual breast cancer cells was assessed by immunohistochemistry in surgical specimens...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923767/mitochondria-as-molecular-platforms-integrating-multiple-innate-immune-signalings
#15
REVIEW
Marie Monlun, Caroline Hyernard, Patrick Blanco, Lydia Lartigue, Benjamin Faustin
The immune system of vertebrates confers protective mechanisms to the host through the sensing of stress-induced agents expressed during infection or cell stress. Among them, the first line of host defense composed of the innate immune sensing of these agents by pattern recognition receptors enables downstream adaptive immunity to be primed, mediating the body's appropriate response to clear infection and tissue damage. Mitochondria are «bacteria within» that allowed the emergence of functional eukaryotic cells by positioning themselves as the cell powerhouse and an initiator of cell death programs...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923550/treatment-design-and-rationale-for-a-randomized-trial-of-cisplatin-and-etoposide-plus-thoracic-radiotherapy-followed-by-nivolumab-or-placebo-for-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-rtog-3505
#16
David E Gerber, James J Urbanic, Corey Langer, Chen Hu, I-Fen Chang, Bo Lu, Benjamin Movsas, Robert Jeraj, Walter J Curran, Jeffrey D Bradley
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 3505 is a randomized phase 3 study of concurrent chemoradiation followed by immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy or placebo in patients with locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Patients with surgically unresectable stage 3 NSCLC will receive thoracic radiotherapy to 60 Gy with concurrent cisplatin 50 mg/m(2) intravenously (I.V.) on days 1, 8, 29, and 36, and etoposide 50 mg/m(2) I.V. on days 1 to 5 and days 29 to 33. Between 4 and 12 weeks after completion of concurrent chemoradiation, eligible patients will be randomized to the anti-programmed death 1 (PD-1) monoclonal antibody nivolumab 240 mg I...
October 26, 2016: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923065/mutations-in-the-heme-exporter-flvcr1-cause-sensory-neurodegeneration-with-loss-of-pain-perception
#17
Deborah Chiabrando, Marco Castori, Maja di Rocco, Martin Ungelenk, Sebastian Gießelmann, Matteo Di Capua, Annalisa Madeo, Paola Grammatico, Sophie Bartsch, Christian A Hübner, Fiorella Altruda, Lorenzo Silengo, Emanuela Tolosano, Ingo Kurth
Pain is necessary to alert us to actual or potential tissue damage. Specialized nerve cells in the body periphery, so called nociceptors, are fundamental to mediate pain perception and humans without pain perception are at permanent risk for injuries, burns and mutilations. Pain insensitivity can be caused by sensory neurodegeneration which is a hallmark of hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies (HSANs). Although mutations in several genes were previously associated with sensory neurodegeneration, the etiology of many cases remains unknown...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922697/regulation-of-pd-l1-expression-in-a-high-grade-invasive-human-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-microenvironment
#18
Mariko Hirai, Hiroko Kitahara, Yutaka Kobayashi, Koroku Kato, George Bou-Gharios, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Shuichi Kawashiri
Blockade of the programmed-death 1 receptor (PD-1)/programmed-death ligand (PD-L1) pathway efficiently reduces tumour growth and improves survival. Durable tumour regression with blockade of the PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoint has been demonstrated in recent clinical studies. Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is highly immunosuppressive, and PD-L1 expression has been proposed as a potential mechanism responsible for this phenotype. Despite the fact that anti-PD-1 treatment can produce durable responses, such therapy appears to benefit only a subset of patients...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922620/relevance-of-necroptosis-in-cancer
#19
REVIEW
Najoua Lalaoui, Gabriela Brumatti
Resistance to caspase-dependent apoptosis is often responsible for treatment failures in cancer. Finding novel therapeutic strategies that can activate alternative cell death programs appears to be appealing. Necroptosis is a form of programmed necrosis that occurs under caspase deficient conditions. This alternative form of cell death has recently emerged as a potential anti-cancer therapy that could overcome apoptosis resistance. A growing understanding of the molecular events triggering necroptosis helped to examine its implication in cancer development and to define new therapeutic strategies...
December 6, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921410/downregulation-of-immunosuppressive-molecules-pd-1-and-pd-l1-but-not-pd-l2-in-the-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#20
Mohammad Reza Javan, Saeed Aslani, Mohammad Reza Zamani, Javad Rostamnejad, Milad Asadi, Mahdi Farhoodi, Mohammad Hossein Nicknam
Programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and its ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2, have been regarded as important immune system regulatory molecules. The aberrant expression of the molecules has been related to several autoimmune disorders. This study is aimed to assess the mRNA expression level of PD-1, PD-L1, and PD-L2 molecules in the peripheral blood mononuclear mells (PBMCs) from multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. PBMCs were isolated from the whole blood of 50 MS and 50 healthy individuals. Total RNA content of the leukocytes was extracted...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
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