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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226245/subconjunctival-injectable-dendrimer-dexamethasone-gel-for-the-treatment-of-corneal-inflammation
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Uri Soiberman, Siva P Kambhampati, Tony Wu, Manoj K Mishra, Yumin Oh, Rishi Sharma, Jiangxia Wang, Abdul Elah Al Towerki, Samuel Yiu, Walter J Stark, Rangaramanujam M Kannan
Corneal inflammation is often encountered as a key pathological event in many corneal diseases. Current treatments involve topical corticosteroids which require frequent instillations due to rapid tear turnover, causing side-effects such as corneal toxicity and elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). Hence, new interventions that can reduce side effects, dosing frequency, and increase patient compliance can be highly beneficial. In this study, we explore a subconjunctival injectable gel based on G4-PAMAM dendrimer and hyaluronic acid, cross-linked using thiol-ene click chemistry, incorporated with dendrimer dexamethasone (D-Dex) conjugates as a potential strategy for sustained delivery and enhanced bioavailability of corticosteroids...
February 16, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225165/the-contrasting-role-of-th17-immunity-in-human-health-and-disease
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Edwin Hoe, Jeremy Anderson, Jordan Nathanielsz, Zheng Quan Toh, Rachel Marimla, Anne Balloch, Paul V Licciardi
The human immune system is a tightly regulated network that protects the host from disease. An important aspect of this is the balance between pro-inflammatory Th17 cells and anti-inflammatory Treg cells in maintaining immune homeostasis. Foxp3+ Treg are critical for sustaining immune tolerance through IL-10 and TGF-β while RORγt+ Th17 cells promote immunopathology and auto-inflammatory diseases through the actions of IL-17A, IL-21 and IL-22. Therefore, the imbalance between Treg and Th17 cells can result in serious pathology in many organs and tissues in the body...
February 22, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220542/the-gut-microbiome-in-human-neurological-disease-a-review
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REVIEW
Helen Tremlett, Kylynda C Bauer, Silke Appel-Cresswell, Brett B Finlay, Emmanuelle Waubant
Almost half the cells and 1% of the unique genes found in our bodies are human, the rest are from microbes; predominantly bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses. These microorganisms collectively form the human microbiota, with most colonizing the gut. Recent technological advances, open access data-libraries, and application of high throughput sequencing have allowed these microbes to be identified and their contribution to neurological health examined. Emerging evidence links perturbations in the gut microbiota to neurological disease, including disease risk, activity, and progression...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219703/immunomodulatory-properties-of-1-2-dihydro-4-hydroxy-2-oxo-1-8-naphthyridine-3-carboxamide-derivative-vl15
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Anna Maria Malfitano, Chiara Laezza, Simone Bertini, Daniela Marasco, Tiziano Tuccinardi, Maurizio Bifulco, Clementina Manera
1,2-dihydro-4-hydroxy-2-oxo-1,8-naphthyridine-3-carboxamide derivative VL15 has been recently developed as a selective cannabinoid CB2 receptor compound. Given the high selectivity of this compound at the cannabinoid CB2 receptor and the well-known protective function of this receptor in neurological disorders with autoimmune component like multiple sclerosis, we assessed the immunomodulatory properties of VL15. We assessed on activated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), proliferation and viability, cell cycle progression and measured activation markers and the expression of phosphorylated proteins...
February 17, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219579/glomerular-diseases-and-renal-transplantation-pathogenic-pathways-and-evolution-of-therapeutic-interventions
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S Marinaki, C Skalioti, J Boletis
Glomerular diseases and renal transplantation are the main fields of nephrology in which the immune system plays a prevalent role. Glomerular diseases have traditionally been attributed to auto-immune conditions, whereas allograft rejection has been considered an allo-immune response. However, common immunopathologic mechanisms that include Toll-like receptors, complement and B-cell activation, as well as genetic and infectious factors appear to be involved in the pathogenesis of both entities. Novel therapeutic regimens directed against specific targets of the immune system show promising results in glomerulopathies as well as in renal transplantation...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217651/differential-immune-reactivity-pattern-of-sw48-and-sw1116-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines-with-colorectal-cancer-patients-sera
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Ghasem Ghalamfarsa, Seyyed Vahid Hosseini, Maryam Hamidinia, Abbas Ghaderi, Mahmoud Mahmoudi, Zahra Mojtahedi
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide. It is also known as the second leading cause of deaths as the early stage detection is not yet available by current methods. So identification of biomarkers can also be functional in early diagnosis and prognosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined sera from 60 CRC patients of different stages as a source of auto-antibody as well as two human CRC cell lines with different invasive capacities (SW48 and SW1116) as the source of antigens...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213726/pd-1-and-pd-l1-antibodies-in-cancer-current-status-and-future-directions
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Arjun Vasant Balar, Jeffrey S Weber
Immunotherapy has moved to the center stage of cancer treatment with the recent success of trials in solid tumors with PD-1/PD-L1 axis blockade. Programmed death-1 or PD-1 is a checkpoint molecule on T cells that plays a vital role in limiting adaptive immune responses and preventing autoimmune and auto-inflammatory reactivity in the normal host. In cancer patients, PD-1 expression is very high on T cells in the tumor microenvironment, and PD-L1, its primary ligand, is variably expressed on tumor cells and antigen-presenting cells within tumors, providing a potent inhibitory influence within the tumor microenvironment...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209904/noninvasive-imaging-of-human-immune-responses-in-a-human-xenograft-model-of-graft-versus-host-disease
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Catharina H M J Van Elssen, Mohammad Rashidian, Vladimir Vrbanac, Kai W Wucherpfennig, Zeina El Habre, Jana Sticht, Christian Freund, Johanne Jacobsen, Juanjo Cragnolini, Jessica Ingram, Loes Plaisier, Eric Spierings, Andrew M Tager, Hidde Ploegh
The immune system plays a crucial role in many diseases. Activation or suppression of immunity is often related to clinical outcome. Methods to explore the dynamics of immune responses are important to elucidate their role in conditions characterized by inflammation, such as infectious disease, cancer or auto-immunity. Immuno-PET is a non-invasive method by which disease and immune cell infiltration can be explored simultaneously. Using radiolabeled antibodies or fragments derived from them, it is possible to image disease-specific antigens and immune cell subsets...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191667/metastatic-recurrence-of-17-years-relapse-free-melanoma-during-anti-tnfa-therapy
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Ioana Cosgarea, Andreas Körber, Dorothee Dill, Dirk Schadendorf, Selma Ugurel
Tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha (TNFa) is an innate cytokine involved in regulating inflammation, immunity, tumorigenesis, and apoptosis. TNFa inhibitors became a powerful tool in the treatment of auto-immune inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. Known side effects of TNFa inhibitors range from infections to malignancies [1]. We report a male patient who was in 1998 at age 36 diagnosed with amelanotic melanoma of the leg, Breslow thickness 11.0 mm, no ulceration...
February 13, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174236/merkel-cell-carcinomas-arising-in-autoimmune-disease-affected-patients-treated-with-biological-drugs-including-tnf
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John C Rotondo, Ilaria Bononi, Andrea Puozzo, Marcello Govoni, Valentina Foschi, Giovanni Lanza, Roberta Gafà, Antoine Touzè, Pauline Gaboriaud, Rita Selvatici, Fernanda Martini, Mauro Tognon
PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation was to characterize Merkel cell carcinomas (MCC) arising in patients affected by auto-immune diseases, treated with biologic drugs. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Serum samples from MCC patients were analyzed for the presence and titer of antibodies against antigens of the oncogenic Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV). IgG antibodies against the viral oncoproteins Large T (LT) and small t (ST) antigens and the viral capsid protein 1 were analyzed by indirect E...
February 7, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170096/circulating-nk-cells-and-their-subsets-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
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Md Samiul Hasan, Paul L Ryan, Lesley A Bergmeier, Farida Fortune
Behçet's Disease (BD) is an auto-inflammatory, chronic relapsing/remitting disease of unknown aetiology with both innate and acquired immune cells implicated in disease pathogenesis. Peripheral blood Natural Killer (NK) cells and their CD56(Dim) /CD56(Bright) subsets were surface phenotyped using CD27 and CD16 surface markers in 60 BD patients compared to 60 healthy controls (HCs). Functional potential was assessed by production of interferon (IFN)-γ, Granzyme B, Perforin and the expression of degranulation marker CD107a...
February 7, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168401/dyslipidemia-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Melinda Zsuzsanna Szabó, Peter Szodoray, Emese Kiss
Cardiovascular disease is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Accelerated atherosclerosis is related to traditional (age, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, obesity, smoking, and positive family history) and non-traditional, disease-related factors. Traditional risk factors are still more prominent in patients with lupus, as both hypertension and hypercholesterinemia were independently associated with premature atherosclerosis in several SLE cohorts...
February 7, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161150/mechanisms-of-action-of-intravenous-immunoglobulin
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REVIEW
Benjamin Chaigne, Luc Mouthon
Taking advantage of the "World Apheresis Association/Société Française d'Hémaphérèse" meeting held in Paris in April 2016, this article reviews the current knowledge on the mechanisms of action of intravenous immunoglobulins. Immunoglobulins are a plasma-derived drug, which have been initially used as a replacement therapy for patients with antibody deficiency. Since 1980 they have also been used for their anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating efficacy in auto-immune diseases. Herein, we review the requirements for their production and composition before giving a specific attention to their mechanisms of action including substitution and immunomodulation...
December 30, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150352/use-of-topical-glucocorticoids-a-population-based-cohort-study
#14
Maya El-Khoury, Ratanak Thay, Maodo N'Diaye, Laurence Fardet
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the prescriptions of topical glucocorticoids in the general population. OBJECTIVES: To report an overall picture of topical glucocorticoid prescriptions in France. METHODS: This study used the Echantillon Généraliste de Bénéficiaires (EGB) database, a 1/97(th) random sampling of the French population covered by the main national healthcare insurance system (approximately 90% of the whole population). All patients prescribed topical glucocorticoids over a 5-year period (January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015) were identified using a specific codes list for topical glucocorticoids...
February 1, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149645/new-insights-into-hcv-related-rheumatologic-disorders-a-review
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REVIEW
Patrice Cacoub, Cloé Comarmond
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infected patients are known to be exposed to major liver complications i.e. cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. In addition, many extrahepatic manifestations including rheumatologic disorders have been reported in up to two-third of HCV infected patients. These manifestations include frank auto-immune and rheumatic diseases (such as arthralgia, myalgia, arthritis, sicca syndrome and vasculitis) which may dominate the course of infection. Until recently, the standard of care of HCV has been the use of interferon-alpha based regimens, which not only had limited effectiveness in HCV cure but were poorly tolerated...
March 2017: Journal of Advanced Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149102/magnetic-resonance-imaging-brain-findings-in-a-case-of-aquaporin-4-antibody-positive-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorder-presenting-with-intractable-vomiting-and-hiccups
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Prerna Garg, Muthusubramanian Rajasekaran, Salil Pandey, Gnanashanmugam Gurusamy, Devanand Balalakshmoji, Rajakumar Rathinasamy
Neuromyelitisoptica (NMO) and multiple sclerosis (MS) were once considered to be differing manifestation of same auto immune disease, NMO predominantly involving the optic nerve and cord. Now with discovery of NMO antibody the concept has changed and a spectrum of disorders with lesions in brain has been identified. Occasionally, brain may be the first or the only site of involvement in these disorders hence it is essential to be aware of this spectrum. The brain lesions in NMO/NMOSD may be located in characteristic regions and present with symptoms mimicking non neurological disease...
January 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146301/simultaneous-determination-of-mycophenolic-acid-and-its-glucuronide-and-glycoside-derivatives-in-canine-and-feline-plasma-by-uhplc-uv
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Sol Maiam Rivera, Jeniffer E Slovak, Michael H Court, Nicolas F Villarino
Cats and dogs can suffer from multiple auto-immune diseases. Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is a potentially useful immunosuppressant drug in cats and dogs, because of its well-documented efficacy in controlling autoimmune disease in humans. However, the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in these species remains to be determined. We have developed and validated a sensitive, precise, accurate, and reproducible method that provides consistent quantification of MPA and its major derivatives, MPA phenol glucoside and MPA phenol glucuronide in canine and feline plasma using ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography coupled to an ultraviolet detector...
February 1, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137734/early-thyroxine-treatment-in-down-syndrome-and-thyroid-function-later-in-life
#18
Nitash Zwaveling-Soonawala, Emma Witteveen, Jan Pieter Marchal, Femke Klouwer, Nadine Ikelaar, Anne Smets, Rick van Rijn, E Endert, Eric Fliers, Paul van Trotsenburg
OBJECTIVE: The hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis set point develops during the fetal period and first two years of life. We hypothesized that thyroxine treatment during these first two years, in the context of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in children with Down syndrome, may have influenced the HPT-axis set point and may also have influenced the development of Down syndrome associated autoimmune thyroiditis. METHODS: We included 123 children with Down syndrome 8...
January 30, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131494/immunomodulation-by-hyperimmunoglobulins-after-solid-organ-transplantation-beyond-prevention-of-viral-infection
#19
REVIEW
Rogier van Gent, Herold J Metselaar, Jaap Kwekkeboom
Hyperimmunoglobulins are pharmaceutical formulations of human IgG which contain high titers of antibodies against specific viruses. They have been successfully used in solid organ transplantation (SOT) to prevent Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection. The introduction of effective and cheaper antiviral drugs has resulted in decreasing usage of hyperimmunoglobulins in SOT. However, it may still be attractive to combine antiviral drug therapy with hyperimmunoglobulins after SOT, as there is some evidence that hyperimmunoglobulins, similar to high doses of intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIgs), might exert anti-inflammatory activity and thereby prevent immunological graft damage and improve graft and patient survival...
January 19, 2017: Transplantation Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129677/monogenic-auto-in%C3%AF-ammatory-syndromes-a-review-of-the-literature
#20
Gholamreza Azizi, Shahin Khadem Azarian, Sepideh Nazeri, Ali Mosayebian, Saleh Ghiasy, Ghazal Sadri, Ali Mohebi, Nikoo Hossein Khan Nazer, Sanaz Afraei, Abbas Mirshafiey
Auto-inflammatory syndromes are a new group of distinct hereditable disorders characterized by episodes of seemingly unprovoked inflammation (most commonly in skin, joints, gut, and eye), the absence of a high titer of auto-antibodies or auto-reactive T cells, and an inborn error of innate immunity. A narrative literature review was carried out of studies related to auto-inflammatory syndromes to discuss the pathogenesis and clinical manifestation of these syndromes. This review showed that the main monogenic auto-inflammatory syndromes are familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), mevalonate kinase deficiency (MKD), Blau syndrome, TNF receptor-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS), cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome (CAPS), and pyogenic arthritis with pyoderma gangrenosum and acne (PAPA)...
December 2016: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
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