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blood group system antibodies

Wei Zhang, Xinyan Xie, Huijing Mi, Jinwan Sun, Shaoxue Ding, Lijuan Li, Hui Liu, Huaquan Wang, Rong Fu, Zonghong Shao
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are clonal stem cell disorders characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis that lead to leukemia. Disorders of the immune system serve important functions in the pathophysiology and progression of this disease. Different levels or mechanisms of natural killer (NK) cells in patients with MDS have been measured in previous studies, making it challenging to understand the pathogenesis of NK cytotoxicity. The present study investigated the frequency of NK cell-mediated antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity and explored the function of NK cells by their activating receptors, inhibition signals, degranulation and cytotoxicity factors...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ahmad Yaseen, Sa'd Suleiman, Omar Abu Zenah, Adham Abu Taha
BACKGROUND: Red blood-cell transfusion has greatly reduced the mortality and morbidity in multiply transfused patients with thalassaemia and sickle cell disease. However, this can result in red blood-cell isoimmunisation with autoantibodies and alloantibodies, which can lead to serious complications such as delayed haemolytic transfusion reaction. The aim of this study was to assess the frequency and types of alloantibodies in multiply transfused patients living in the north of the West Bank...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
K Soelberg, A C Nilsson, C Nielsen, S Jarius, M Reindl, B Wildemann, S T Lillevang, N Asgari
BACKGROUND: Optic neuritis (ON) is an inflammatory optic neuropathy, where the genetic and autoimmune dependency remains poorly characterized. OBJECTIVE: To investigate autoimmune and immunogenetic aspects of ON. METHOD: In a prospective population-based cohort 51 patients with ON were included. At follow up 20 patients had progressed to multiple sclerosis (MS-ON). All patients were screened for neuronal and systemic autoantibodies. HLA genotypes and allele and genotype frequencies of the PTPN22 C1858T and the PD-1...
March 7, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Ewa Jaskiewicz, Thierry Peyrard, Radoslaw Kaczmarek, Agata Zerka, Marlena Jodlowska, Marcin Czerwinski
Antigens of the Gerbich blood group system are expressed on glycophorin C (GPC) and glycophorin D (GPD), minor sialoglycoproteins of human erythrocytes. GPC and GPD help maintain erythrocyte shape of and contributes to the stability of its membrane. There are six high-prevalence Gerbich antigens: Ge2, Ge3, Ge4, GEPL (GE10), GEAT (GE11), GETI (GE12) and five low-prevalence Gerbich antigens: Wb (GE5), Lsa (GE6), Ana (GE7), Dha (GE8), GEIS (GE9). Some Gerbich antigens (Ge4, Wb, Dha , GEAT) are expressed only on GPC, two (Ge2, Ana ) are expressed only on GPD, while others (Ge3, Lsa , GEIS, GEPL, GETI) are expressed on both GPC and GPD...
March 2, 2018: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
F Popescu, C R Jaslow, W H Kutteh
STUDY QUESTION: Will the addition of 24-chromosome microarray analysis on miscarriage tissue combined with the standard American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) evaluation for recurrent miscarriage explain most losses? SUMMARY ANSWER: Over 90% of patients with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) will have a probable or definitive cause identified when combining genetic testing on miscarriage tissue with the standard ASRM evaluation for recurrent miscarriage...
March 12, 2018: Human Reproduction
Jan-Michael Abicht, Riccardo Sfriso, Bruno Reichart, Matthias Längin, Katja Gahle, Gisella L Puga Yung, Jörg D Seebach, Robert Rieben, David Ayares, Eckhard Wolf, Nikolai Klymiuk, Andrea Baehr, Alexander Kind, Tanja Mayr, Andreas Bauer
BACKGROUND: In pig-to-human xenotransplantation, early cellular rejection reactions are mediated by natural killer cells (NK cells). Human NK cells are inhibited by HLA-E via CD94/NKG2A receptors. To protect porcine grafts against human NK cell responses, transgenic GTKO pigs expressing hCD46 and HLA-E have been generated. The aim of this study was to test the effect of this genetic modification on xenogeneic, and in particular human NK cell response, using an ex vivo perfusion model of pig hearts with human blood...
March 14, 2018: Xenotransplantation
Yoshihito Shima, Yasushi Kawaguchi, Masataka Kuwana
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the anti-interleukin(IL)-6 receptor antibody tocilizumab (TCZ) as a treatment of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a randomized parallel group study was conducted, and compared their results and baseline cytokine/chemokine profiles. METHODS: Patients were assigned to a TCZ add-on group (TCZ group, n = 7) and a conventional therapy group (Conv group, n = 6). TCZ (8 mg/kg/month) for 6 months, and the modified Rodnan total skin score (mRSS) was used to compare the efficacy...
March 13, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Manju Ohri, Smriti Parashar, Venkatesh S Pai, Sujata Ghosh, Anuradha Chakraborti
Group B streptococcus (GBS) or Streptococcus agalactiae, is an opportunistic pathogen causing a wide range of infections like pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis in newborn, pregnant women and adults. While this bacterium has adapted well to asymptomatic colonization of adult humans, it still remains a potentially devastating pathogen to susceptible infants. Advances in molecular techniques and refinement of in vitro and in vivo model systems have elucidated key elements of the pathogenic process, from initial attachment to the maternal vaginal epithelium to penetration of the newborn blood-brain barrier...
March 8, 2018: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Silvia C Formenti, Percy Lee, Sylvia Adams, Judith D Goldberg, Xiaochun Li, Michael Xie, Josephine Ratikan, Carol Felix, Lin Hwang, Kym Faull, James W Sayre, Sara Hurvitz, John Glaspy, Begoña Comin-Anduix, Sandra Demaria, Dorthe Schaue, William H McBride
PURPOSE: This study examined the feasibility, efficacy (abscopal effect) and immune effects of TGFβ blockade during radiotherapy in metastatic breast cancer patients. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Prospective randomized trial comparing two doses of TGFβ blocking antibody fresolimumab. Metastatic breast cancer patients with at least three distinct metastatic sites whose tumor had progressed after at least one line of therapy were randomized to receive 1 or 10 mg/kg of fresolimumab, every 3 weeks for 5 cycles, with focal radiotherapy to a metastatic site at week 1, (3 doses of 7...
February 23, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Huan Huan Xie, Hui Shen, Li Zhang, Mei Ying Cui, Li Ping Xia, Jing Lu
We measured the interleukin-34 (IL-34) level in sera from patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Blood tests, including assays to determine C-reactive protein (CRP), complement (C) 3, C4, immunoglobulin (Ig) A, IgG, IgM, anti-double-stranded DNA antibody (Anti-dsDNA Ab) and hemoglobin (Hb) levels and white blood cell (WBC) and platelet (PLT) counts, were performed using standard methods. Lupus nephritis (LN) was diagnosed according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) renal criteria...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yunlong Qin, Todd G Smith, Felix Jackson, Nadia F Gallardo-Romero, Clint N Morgan, Victoria Olson, Christina L Hutson, Xianfu Wu
This study investigates the production of rabies virus (RABV) neutralizing antibody after virus infection through a mouse model. The BALB/c mice from different age groups (three, five, seven week old) were intramuscularly inoculated with live rabies virus (TX coyote 323R). Without pre-exposure or post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), we found there is a decreased fatality with increased age of animals, the mortalities are 60%, 50%, and 30%, respectively. Interestingly, through assay of rapid fluorescent focus inhibition test (RFFIT), direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) and quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR), the results showed that all the animals that succumbed to rabies challenge, except one, developed circulating neutralizing antibodies, and all the healthy animals, except two, did not generate virus neutralizing antibodies (VNA)...
February 19, 2018: Virus Research
Sergi Segarra, Guadalupe Miró, Ana Montoya, Luis Pardo-Marín, Joan Teichenné, Lluís Ferrer, José Joaquín Cerón
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of Leishmania infantum infection in clinically healthy dogs can be several times higher than that of clinical disease in endemic areas. Although treatment is not recommended in dogs with subclinical infection, these animals should be managed to prevent disease progression and parasite transmission to human beings or to other dogs. Dietary nucleotides and active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) have been shown to modulate the immune response. A recent study in dogs with clinical leishmaniosis receiving an initial 28-day course of methylglucamine antimoniate showed that six-month administration of a dietary supplement containing nucleotides plus AHCC achieves similar efficacy to allopurinol...
February 21, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
Ruixiang Li, Jianming Liang, Yuwei He, Jing Qin, Huining He, Seungjin Lee, Zhiqing Pang, Jianxin Wang
The outcome of scaffold-based stem cell transplantation remains unsatisfied due to the poor survival of transplanted cells. One of the major hurdles associated with the stem cell survival is the immune rejection, which can be effectively reduced by the use of immunosuppressant. However, ideal localized and sustained release of immunosuppressant is difficult to be realized, because it is arduous to hold the drug delivery system within scaffold for a long period of time. In the present study, the sustained release of immunosuppressant for the purpose of improving the survival of stem cells was successfully realized by a nanoparticle-anchoring hydrogel scaffold we developed...
2018: Theranostics
Taro Shimizu, Amr S Abu Lila, Risako Fujita, Mizuki Awata, Munehira Kawanishi, Yosuke Hashimoto, Keiichiro Okuhira, Yu Ishima, Tatsuhiro Ishida
Surface decoration of liposomes with polyethylene glycol (PEG), PEGylation, is recognized as a method to bestow liposomes with a prolonged circulation time following intravenous administration. However, many reports have emphasized that a first dose of PEGylated liposomes (PL) elicits an anti-PEG IgM antibody response that can trigger a rapid systemic clearance of a second dose of PL via a phenomenon that is referred to as "accelerated blood clearance (ABC)." Such a phenomenon is usually observed with PL that has been modified with methoxy-PEG...
February 17, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Tino F Schwarz, Stephanie Volpe, Gregory Catteau, Roman Chlibek, Marie Pierre David, Jan Hendrik Richardus, Himal Lal, Lidia Oostvogels, Karlis Pauksens, Stephanie Ravault, Lars Rombo, Gerard Sonder, Jan Smetana, Thomas Heineman, Adriana Bastidas
BACKGROUND: In adults aged ≥60 years, two doses of the herpes zoster subunit vaccine (HZ/su; 50µg varicella-zoster virus glycoprotein E [gE] and AS01B Adjuvant System) elicited humoral and cell-mediated immune responses persisting for at least six years. We assessed immunogenicity nine years post-initial vaccination. METHODS: This open extension study (NCT02735915) followed 70 participants who received two HZ/su doses in the initial trial (NCT00434577). Blood samples to assess the cellular (intracellular cytokine staining) and humoral (ELISA) immunity were taken at year nine post-initial vaccination...
February 20, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Maria Del Pilar Quintana, Jun-Hong Ch'ng, Kirsten Moll, Arash Zandian, Peter Nilsson, Zulkarnain Md Idris, Somporn Saiwaew, Ulrika Qundos, Mats Wahlgren
Naturally acquired antibodies to proteins expressed on the Plasmodium falciparum parasitized red blood cell (pRBC) surface steer the course of a malaria infection by reducing sequestration and stimulating phagocytosis of pRBC. Here we have studied a selection of proteins representing three different parasite gene families employing a well-characterized parasite with a severe malaria phenotype (FCR3S1.2). The presence of naturally acquired antibodies, impact on rosetting rate, surface reactivity and opsonization for phagocytosis in relation to different blood groups of the ABO system were assessed in a set of sera from children with mild or complicated malaria from an endemic area...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Fang Sun, Jian Teng, Pengfei Yu, Wenshuang Li, Jing Chang, Honglei Xu
Previous findings have identified that tumor necrosis factor-related weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) is associated with lupus nephritis (LN) activity status; however, the mechanism involved remains unclear. The present study aimed to investigate the roles of TWEAK and the nuclear factor (NF)-κB signaling pathway in LN. TWEAK levels in the blood and urine of patients with LN or non-LN systemic lupus erythematosus were measured by ELISA and compared with those in healthy controls. TWEAK expression and NF-κB transcriptional activity in the kidney were detected by western blotting, and Ki-67 and cluster of differentiation (CD) 68 expression were assessed using immunofluorescence...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Sinthujan Jegaskanda, Rosemarie D Mason, Sarah F Andrews, Adam K Wheatley, Ruijun Zhang, Glennys Reynoso, David Ambrozak, Celia Santos, Catherine Luke, Yumiko Matsuoka, Jason M Brenchley, Heather D Hickman, Kawsar Talaat, Sallie R Permar, Hua-Xin Liao, Jonathan W Yewdell, Richard A Koup, Mario Roederer, Adrian B McDermott, Kanta Subbarao
Pandemic live attenuated influenza vaccines (pLAIV) prime subjects for a robust neutralizing antibody response upon subsequent administration of inactivated subunit vaccine (pISV). However, a difference was not detected in H5-specific memory B cells in the peripheral blood between pLAIV-primed and unprimed subjects prior to pISV boost. To investigate the mechanism underlying pLAIV priming, we vaccinated groups of 12 African green monkeys (AGMs) with H5N1 pISV or pLAIV alone or H5N1 pLAIV followed by pISV and examined immunity systemically and in local draining lymph nodes (LN)...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Denise Maria do Nascimento Costa, Lucila Maria Valente, Gisele Vajgel Fernandes, Paula Sandrin-Garcia, Heidi Lacerda Alves da Cruz, Sergio Crovella, Antônio Henrique Santana Cavalcante, Maria Alina Gomes de Mattos Cavalcante, Camila Barbosa Lyra de Oliveira, Carolina de Andrade Jordão de Vasconcelos, Emanuel Sávio Cavalcante Sarinho
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN) has been linked to the lectin pathway, IgG4 and genetic susceptibility. We investigated the frequency of mannose-binding lectin2 (MBL2) gene polymorphisms and the serum ratio of IgG4 in patients with membranous nephropathy (MN). METHODS: Polymorphisms in the exon 1 of the MBL2 gene (codons 52, 54, and 57) and single base polymorphisms at positions -550 (HL) and -221 (XY) in the promoter region were evaluated in 60 patients compared to a control group (CG) of 101 blood donors...
February 13, 2018: Nephron
Matthew Js Parker, Mark E Roberts, Paul C Lorigan, Daniel G du Plessis, Hector Chinoy
A 43-year-old woman with a history of recently diagnosed metastatic melanoma was commenced on systemic therapy with nivolumab, an anti-programmed cell death-1 monoclonal antibody and one of an increasing group of the so-called 'immune checkpoint inhibitors'. She experienced a dramatic complete response within 6 months of initiation. However, in addition to developing incident autoimmune hypothyroidism, she also developed progressive fatigue, proximal weakness, myalgia and dysphagia. Initial investigations with blood tests, electrophysiology and a muscle biopsy were non-specific or normal...
February 8, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
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