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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100849/the-role-genes-encoding-of-killer-cell-immunoglobulin-like-receptors-kirs-and-their-ligands-in-susceptibility-to-and-progression-of-hiv-infection
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Olga Błachowicz, Katarzyna Zwolińska
NK cells are a part of the innate antiviral response. Their activity is regulated by signals from the surface receptors. Some of them, known as killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs), determine the quality and intensity of the immunological response, together with their ligands (HLA class I). KIR genes are very polymorphic, and this is reflected in the NK activity modulation. The stimulation of NK cells, especially in the early stages of the infection, can reduce the transmission of HIV or slow down the progression of infection...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097068/hepatic-fibrosis-and-factors-associated-with-liver-stiffness-in-hiv-mono-infected-individuals
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Mihály Sulyok, Tamás Ferenci, Mihály Makara, Gábor Horváth, János Szlávik, Zsófia Rupnik, Luca Kormos, Zsuzsanna Gerlei, Zita Sulyok, István Vályi-Nagy
BACKGROUND: Liver disease has become an important cause of morbidity and mortality even in those HIV-infected individuals who are devoid of hepatitis virus co-infection. The aim of this study was to evaluate the degree of hepatic fibrosis and the role of associated factors using liver stiffness measurement in HIV mono-infected patients without significant alcohol intake. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 101 HIV mono-infected patients recruited prospectively from March 1, 2014 to October 30, 2014 at the Center for HIV, St István and St László Hospital, Budapest, Hungary...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095920/accuracy-of-who-immunological-criteria-in-identifying-virological-failure-among-hiv-infected-adults-on-first-line-antiretroviral-therapy-in-mwanza-north-western-tanzania
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Daniel W Gunda, Benson R Kidenya, Stephen E Mshana, Semvua B Kilonzo, Bonaventura C T Mpondo
BACKGROUND: Optimal HIV treatment monitoring remains a big challenge in resource limited settings. Guidelines recommend the use of clinical and immunological criteria in resource limited settings due to unavailability of viral load monitoring; however their utility is questionable. This study aimed at assessing the accuracy of immunological criteria in detecting treatment failure among HIV infected Tanzanian adults receiving first line ART. METHODS: A clinic based cross sectional study was conducted between February and July 2011 at Bugando Medical centre (BMC) HIV care and treatment clinic (CTC) involving HIV infected patients aged 18 years and above, receiving first line ART; followed up for at least 1 year...
January 17, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093970/evaluation-of-salivary-vitamin-c-and-catalase-in-hiv-positive-and-healthy-hiv-negative-control-group
#4
Fatemeh Ahmadi Motamayel, Samaneh Vaziri Amjad, Mohammad Taghi Goodarzi, Jalal Poorolajal
BACKGROUND: Saliva is a complex oral biologic fluid from major and minor salivary glands. Saliva has immunological, enzymatic and antioxidant defense mechanisms. Infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is life threatening disease. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was evaluation of salivary vitamin C and catalase level in HIV positive patients in comparison to healthy control group. METHOD: Forty nine HIV infected person and 49 healthy subjects were selected...
January 16, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086758/toxoplasmosis-associated-iris-involving-the-cns-a-case-report-with-longitudinal-analysis-of-t-cell-subsets
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Rita Rb-Silva, Claudia Nobrega, Eugénia Reiriz, Soraia Almeida, Rui Sarmento-Castro, Margarida Correia-Neves, Ana Horta
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected patients may present an unforeseen clinical worsening after initiating antiretroviral therapy known as immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS). This syndrome is characterized by a heightened inflammatory response toward infectious or non-infectious triggers, and it may affect different organs. Diagnosis of IRIS involving the central nervous system (CNS-IRIS) is challenging due to heterogeneous manifestations, absence of biomarkers to identify this condition, risk of long-term sequelae and high mortality...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081374/cytokine-profiles-in-aqueous-humor-and-plasma-of-hiv-infected-individuals-with-ocular-syphilis-or-cytomegalovirus-retinitis
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Matilde Ruiz-Cruz, Santiago Ávila-Rios, Christopher E Ormsby, Yuria Ablanedo-Terrazas, Claudia Alvarado-de la Barrera, Leticia Kuri-Cervantes, Gustavo Reyes-Terán
PURPOSE: To characterize the immunologic profile in aqueous humor (AqH) of HIV-infected individuals with cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMVr) or ocular syphilis and to assess if AqH and plasma represent independent cytokine compartments. METHODS: Concentrations of 27 cytokines in AqH and plasma of HIV-infected individuals with CMVr (n = 23) or ocular syphilis (n = 16) were measured by multiplex assay. Cytokine profiles of both groups were compared. RESULTS: Individuals with CMVr had higher plasma concentrations of interleukin (IL)-7, IL-8, IL-10, interferon (IFN)-γ, IFN-α2, G-CSF, IP-10 and IL-1α; as well as higher AqH concentrations of IL-1α, IP-10 and GM-CSF than those with ocular syphilis...
January 12, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080988/medical-mycology-and-fungal-immunology-new-research-perspectives-addressing-a-major-world-health-challenge
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Neil A R Gow, Mihai G Netea
Fungi cause more than a billion skin infections, more than 100 million mucosal infections, 10 million serious allergies and more than a million deaths each year. Global mortality owing to fungal infections is greater than for malaria and breast cancer and is equivalent to that owing to tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. These statistics evidence fungal infections as a major threat to human health and a major burden to healthcare budgets worldwide. Those patients who are at greatest risk of life-threatening fungal infections include those who have weakened immunity or have suffered trauma or other predisposing infections such as HIV...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079818/factors-associated-with-syphilis-incidence-in-the-hiv-infected-in-the-era-of-highly-active-antiretrovirals
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Mohaned Shilaih, Alex Marzel, Dominique L Braun, Alexandra U Scherrer, Helen Kovari, Jim Young, Alexandra Calmy, Katharine Darling, Manuel Battegay, Matthias Hoffmann, Enos Bernasconi, Maria C Thurnheer, Huldrych F Günthard, Roger D Kouyos
After several years of steady decline, syphilis is reemerging globally as a public health hazard, especially among people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Syphilis resurgence is observed mainly in men who have sex with men (MSM), yet other transmission groups are affected too. In this manuscript, we study the factors associated with syphilis incidence in the Swiss HIV cohort study in the era of highly effective antiretrovirals. Using parametric interval censored models with fixed and time-varying covariates, we studied the immunological, behavioral, and treatment-related elements associated with syphilis incidence in 3 transmission groups: MSM, heterosexuals, and intravenous drug users...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076376/increased-natural-killer-cell-activation-in-hiv-infected-immunologic-non-responders-correlates-with-cd4-t-cell-recovery-after-antiretroviral-therapy-and-viral-suppression
#9
Zhenwu Luo, Zhen Li, Lisa Martin, Zhiliang Hu, Hao Wu, Zhuang Wan, Michael Kilby, Sonya L Heath, Lei Huang, Wei Jiang
The role of natural killer (NK) cell function in HIV disease especially in the setting of long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART) and viral suppression is not fully understood. In the current study, we have investigated NK cell activation in healthy controls and aviremic ART-treated HIV+ subjects with different degrees of immune restoration. We performed a cross sectional study in 12 healthy controls and 24 aviremic ART-treated HIV-infected subjects including 13 HIV+ subjects with CD4+ T cells above 500 cells/μL defined as "immunologic responders" and 11 HIV+ subjects with CD4+ T cells below 350 cells/μL defined as "immunologic non-responders"...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075558/immunological-principles-guiding-the-rational-design-of-particles-for-vaccine-delivery
#10
Katelyn T Gause, Adam K Wheatley, Jiwei Cui, Yan Yan, Stephen J Kent, Frank Caruso
Despite the immense public health successes of immunization over the past century, effective vaccines are still lacking for globally important pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus, malaria, and tuberculosis. Exciting recent advances in immunology and biotechnology over the past few decades have facilitated a shift from empirical to rational vaccine design, opening possibilities for improved vaccines. Some of the most important advancements include (i) the purification of subunit antigens with high safety profiles, (ii) the identification of innate pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and cognate agonists responsible for inducing immune responses, and (iii) developments in nano- and microparticle fabrication and characterization techniques...
January 11, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071205/long-term-liver-diseases-after-initiation-of-antiretroviral-therapy-in-hiv-infected-patients-with-and-without-hbv-or-hcv-coinfection
#11
Sithakom Phusanti, Kwanhatai Manosudprasit, Somnuek Sungkanuparph
Coinfection of hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) with HIV is common and associated with increased mortality and increased risk of progression to chronic liver disease. We aimed to study long-term liver diseases after initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in HIV-infected patients with and without HBV or HCV coinfection. A retrospective cohort of 92 patients (32 patients with HBV and/or HCV coinfection) was analyzed. Overall mean age was 38.3 years, and 54.3% were males. Immunological and virological responses were similar between the 2 groups ( P > ...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065965/lessons-from-a-seven-year-experience-of-paediatric-hiv-in-pakistan-a-single-centre-experience
#12
Ejaz Ahmed Khan
OBJECTIVE: To describe demographic, clinical and immunologic features of children with human immunodeficiency virus. METHODS: This descriptive study was conducted at the Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan, from 2005 to 2011, and comprised children with human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Patients with detailed physical examination and appropriate investigations and those eligible for therapy were included. SPSS 21 was used for data analysis...
January 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060843/modeling-the-mechanisms-by-which-hiv-associated-immunosuppression-influences-hpv-persistence-at-the-oral-mucosa
#13
Meghna Verma, Samantha Erwin, Vida Abedi, Raquel Hontecillas, Stefan Hoops, Andrew Leber, Josep Bassaganya-Riera, Stanca M Ciupe
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients are at an increased risk of co-infection with human papilloma virus (HPV), and subsequent malignancies such as oral cancer. To determine the role of HIV-associated immune suppression on HPV persistence and pathogenesis, and to investigate the mechanisms underlying the modulation of HPV infection and oral cancer by HIV, we developed a mathematical model of HIV/HPV co-infection. Our model captures known immunological and molecular features such as impaired HPV-specific effector T helper 1 (Th1) cell responses, and enhanced HPV infection due to HIV...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060545/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-adenovirus-35-tb-vaccine-candidate-in-adults-with-active-or-previous-tb-a-randomized-trial
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Richard N van Zyl-Smit, Aliasgar Esmail, Mary E Bateman, Rodney Dawson, Jonathan Goldin, Eva van Rikxoort, Macaya Douoguih, Maria Grazia Pau, Jerald C Sadoff, J Bruce McClain, Margaret Ann Snowden, Jacqueline Benko, David A Hokey, Kathryn Tucker Rutkowski, Andrew Graves, Barbara Shepherd, Sadritdin Ishmukhamedov, Benjamin M N Kagina, Brian Abel, Willem A Hanekom, Thomas J Scriba, Eric D Bateman
RATIONALE: Administration of tuberculosis vaccines in participants with previous or current pulmonary tuberculosis may have the potential for causing harmful post-vaccination immunological (Koch-type) reactions. OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and immunogenicity of three dose levels of the AERAS-402 live, replication-deficient adenovirus 35-vectored tuberculosis candidate vaccine, containing three mycobacterial antigens, in individuals with current or previous pulmonary tuberculosis...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060314/analysis-of-simian-immunodeficiency-virus-specific-cd8-t-cells-in-rhesus-macaques-by-peptide-mhc-i-tetramer-staining
#15
Lucas Gonzalez-Nieto, Aline Domingues, Michael Ricciardi, Martin J Gutman, Helen S Maxwell, Nuria Pedreño-Lopez, Varian Bailey, Diogo M Magnani, Mauricio A Martins
Peptide-major histocompatibility complex class I (pMHC-I) tetramers have been an invaluable tool to study CD8(+) T-cell responses. Because these reagents directly bind to T-cell receptors on the surface of CD8(+) T-lymphocytes, fluorochrome-labeled pMHC-I tetramers enable the accurate detection of antigen (Ag)-specific CD8(+) T-cells without the need for in vitro re-stimulation. Moreover, when combined with multi-color flow cytometry, pMHC-I tetramer staining can reveal key aspects of Ag-specific CD8(+) T-cells, including differentiation stage, memory phenotype, and activation status...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059778/rational-design-of-vaccine-targets-and-strategies-for-hiv-a-crossroad-of-statistical-physics-biology-and-medicine
#16
Arup K Chakraborty, John Barton
Vaccination has saved more lives than any other medical procedure. Pathogens have now evolved that have not succumbed to vaccination using the empirical paradigms pioneered by Pasteur and Jenner. Vaccine design strategies that are based on a mechanistic understanding of the pertinent immunology and virology are required to confront and eliminate these scourges. In this perspective, we describe just a few examples of work aimed to achieve this goal by bringing together approaches from statistical physics with biology and clinical research...
January 6, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051087/effects-of-depot-medroxyprogesterone-acetate-on-the-immune-microenvironment-of-the-human-cervix-and-endometrium-implications-for-hiv-susceptibility
#17
K K Smith-McCune, J F Hilton, U Shanmugasundaram, J W Critchfield, R M Greenblatt, D Seidman, S Averbach, L C Giudice, B L Shacklett
Depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate is a commonly used injectable contraceptive that has been associated with an increased risk of HIV acquisition. This study compares effects of depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate on immune parameters from several upper reproductive tract compartments relevant to HIV-1 susceptibility in repetitive samples from 15 depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate users and 27 women not on hormonal contraceptives. Compared with samples from unexposed women in the mid-luteal phase, depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate use was associated with: increased endocervical concentrations of MCP1 and IFNalpha2; decreased endocervical concentrations of IL1beta and IL6; increased proportions of endometrial CD4+ and CD8+ cells expressing the activation marker HLADR; increased density of endometrial macrophages; and decreased density of endometrial regulatory T cells...
January 4, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051083/the-loss-of-ccr6-and-cd161-cd4-t-cell-homeostasis-contributes-to-disease-progression-in-siv-infected-rhesus-macaques
#18
C S McGary, X Alvarez, S Harrington, B Cervasi, E S Ryan, R I Iriele, S Paganini, J L Harper, K Easley, G Silvestri, A A Ansari, M Lichterfeld, L Micci, M Paiardini
Although previous studies have shown that CD4(+) T cells expressing CCR6 and CD161 are depleted from blood during HIV infection, the mechanisms underlying their loss remain unclear. In this study, we investigated how the homeostasis of CCR6(+) and CD161(+) CD4(+) T cells contributes to SIV disease progression and the mechanisms responsible for their loss from circulation. By comparing SIV infection in rhesus macaques (RMs) and natural host sooty mangabeys (SMs), we found that the loss of CCR6(+) and CD161(+) CD4(+) T cells from circulation is a distinguishing feature of progressive SIV infection in RMs...
January 4, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046052/integrative-analysis-of-immunological-data-to-explore-chronic-immune-t-cell-activation-in-successfully-treated-hiv-patients
#19
Marie-Quitterie Picat, Isabelle Pellegrin, Juliette Bitard, Linda Wittkop, Cécile Proust-Lima, Benoît Liquet, Jean-François Moreau, Fabrice Bonnet, Patrick Blanco, Rodolphe Thiébaut
OBJECTIVES: To unravel the complex relationships between cytomegalovirus-induced-, autoimmune-induced responses, microbial translocation and chronic immune activation (CIA) in successfully treated HIV-infected patients and to explore the mediating role of alpha-interferon in these processes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study nested in the ANRS CO3 Aquitaine Cohort, a prospective hospital-based cohort of HIV-1-infected patients in South-Western France. METHODS: Patients initiated antiretroviral therapy between 2005 and 2008 and were treated with sustained virological suppression for at least two years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045025/interferon-epsilon-promotes-hiv-restriction-at-multiple-steps-of-viral-replication
#20
Albert Garcia-Minambres, Sahar G Eid, Niamh E Mangan, Corinna Pade, San S Lim, Antony Y Matthews, Nicole A de Weerd, Paul J Hertzog, Johnson Mak
Interferon epsilon (IFNɛ) is a type I IFN that is expressed constitutively in the female reproductive tract (FRT), and contributes to protection in models of sexually transmitted infections. Using multiple cell systems, including reporter cell lines and activated peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs), we show that recombinant IFNɛ impairs HIV infection at stage(s) post HIV entry and up to the translation of viral proteins. Consistent with this, IFNɛ upregulated a number of host cell restriction factors that block HIV at these stages of the replication cycle...
January 3, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
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