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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220877/increased-circulating-plasma-cells-detected-by-flow-cytometry-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-plasma-cell-myeloma
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Mi Hyun Bae, Chan-Jeoung Park, Bo Hyun Kim, Young-Uk Cho, Seongsoo Jang, Dong-Hyun Lee, Eul-Ju Seo, Dok Hyun Yoon, Jung-Hee Lee, Cheolwon Suh
BACKGROUND: Flow cytometry (FC) is a reliable tool for diagnosing and monitoring of plasma cell myeloma (PCM). Recent studies used FC for quantifying plasma cells (PCs) in peripheral blood (PB) using various panels, and an adverse prognostic effect of circulating PCs (cPCs) has been reported. We investigated the prognostic implication of cPCs quantified using a simple panel in patients with PCM. METHODS: Bone marrow (BM) and PB of 85 patients with PCM were analyzed by five-color FC at time of diagnosis...
December 8, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220720/induction-of-thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-by-a-steroid-alkaloid-derivative-in-mouse-keratinocytes
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Yan Weng, Natsumi Mizuno, Jiangxu Dong, Ryosuke Segawa, Takayuki Yonezawa, Byung Yoon Cha, Je-Tae Woo, Takahiro Moriya, Masahiro Hiratsuka, Noriyasu Hirasawa
Thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) plays critical roles in inducing and exacerbating allergic diseases. Chemical compounds that induce TSLP production can enhance sensitization to antigens and exacerbate allergic inflammation. Hence, identifying such chemicals will be important to prevent an increase in allergic diseases. In the present study, we found, for the first time, that a steroid alkaloid derivative, code no. 02F04, concentration and time dependently induced mRNA expression and production of TSLP in a mouse keratinocyte cell line, PAM212...
December 5, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220644/structure-and-genetics-of-the-o-specific-polysaccharide-of-escherichia-coli-o27
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Andrei V Perepelov, Tingting Chen, Sofya N Senchenkova, Andrei V Filatov, Jingjie Song, Alexander S Shashkov, Bin Liu, Yuriy A Knirel
The O-specific polysaccharide (O-antigen) is a part of the lipopolysaccharide on the cell surface of Gram-negative bacteria. The O-polysaccharide was obtained by mild acid hydrolysis of the lipopolysaccharide of Escherichia coli O27 and studied by sugar analysis and Smith degradation along with 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. The following structure of the branched hexasaccharide repeating unit was established, which is unique among known structures of bacterial polysaccharides:where GlcA is non-stoichiometrically O-acetylated at position 3 (∼22%) or 4 (∼37%)...
December 2, 2017: Carbohydrate Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220505/metabolic-characteristics-of-recently-diagnosed-adult-onset-autoimmune-diabetes-mellitus
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Oana P Zaharia, Pavel Bobrov, Klaus Strassburger, Kálmán Bódis, Yanislava Karusheva, Michaela Scholz, Daniel F Markgraf, Volker Burkart, Nanette C Schloot, Karsten Müssig, Julia Szendroedi, Michael Roden
Context and Objective: Among patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diabetes often remains undetected. Metabolic features of these patients are insufficiently characterized at present. Design, Setting and Patients: This study compared age- and sex-matched adult (41-62 years) humans with recent-onset diabetes: patients positive for antibodies against glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) and/or cytoplasmic islet-cell antigen with an insulin-free period of >6 months (ab+/ins-; previously termed latent autoimmune diabetes of adults, LADA), type 1 (ab+/ins+), type 2 diabetes (ab-/ins-) and glucose-tolerant humans (controls) of the German Diabetes Study (n=41/group)...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220497/post-treatment-hrp2-clearance-in-patients-with-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria
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Mateusz M Plucinski, Pedro Rafael Dimbu, Filomeno Fortes, Salim Abdulla, Saumu Ahmed, Julie Gutman, S Patrick Kachur, Aida Badiane, Daouda Ndiaye, Eldin Talundzic, Naomi Lucchi, Michael Aidoo, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, Eric Halsey, Eric Rogier
Background: Response to antimalarial treatment is assessed using serial microscopy. New techniques for accurate measurement of the Plasmodium falciparum histidine rich protein 2 (HRP2) antigen have made monitoring antigen concentration over time a potential alternative for assessing treatment response. Methods: Post-treatment HRP2 concentration was measured in longitudinal samples from 537 participants with P. falciparum malaria from efficacy trials in Angola, Tanzania, and Senegal...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220404/pymt-maclow-a-novel-inducible-murine-model-for-determining-the-role-of-cd68-positive-cells-in-breast-tumor-development
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Robin M H Rumney, Seth B Coffelt, Terence A Neale, Sandeep Dhayade, Gillian M Tozer, Gaynor Miller
CD68+ tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) are pro-tumorigenic, pro-angiogenic and are associated with decreased survival rates in patients with cancer, including breast cancer. Non-specific models of macrophage ablation reduce the number of TAMs and limit the development of mammary tumors. However, the lack of specificity and side effects associated with these models compromise their reliability. We hypothesized that specific and controlled macrophage depletion would provide precise data on the effects of reducing TAM numbers on tumor development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220398/a-minimally-invasive-optical-trapping-system-to-understand-cellular-interactions-at-onset-of-an-immune-response
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David G Glass, Niall McAlinden, Owain R Millington, Amanda J Wright
T-cells and antigen presenting cells are an essential part of the adaptive immune response system and how they interact is crucial in how the body effectively fights infection or responds to vaccines. Much of the experimental work studying interaction forces between cells has looked at the average properties of bulk samples of cells or applied microscopy to image the dynamic contact between these cells. In this paper we present a novel optical trapping technique for interrogating the force of this interaction and measuring relative interaction forces at the single-cell level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220381/temporal-distribution-and-genetic-variants-in-influenza-a-h1n1-pdm09-virus-circulating-in-mexico-seasons-2012-and-2013
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Jose Reyes Canche-Pech, Laura Conde-Ferraez, Marylin Puerto-Solis, Refugio Gonzalez-Losa, Pilar Granja-Pérez, Salha Villanueva-Jorge, Maria Chan-Gasca, Jesus Gómez-Carballo, Luisa López-Ochoa, Bertha Jiménez-Delgadillo, Iram Rodríguez-Sánchez, Jorge Ramírez-Prado, Guadalupe Ayora-Talavera
The 2012 and 2013 annual influenza epidemics in Mexico were characterized by presenting different seasonal patterns. In 2012 the A(H1N1)pdm09 virus caused a high incidence of influenza infections after a two-year period of low circulation; whereas the 2013 epidemic presented circulation of the A(H1N1)pdm09 virus throughout the year. We have characterized the molecular composition of the Hemagglutinin (HA) and Neuraminidase (NA) genes of the A(H1N1)pdm09 virus from both epidemic seasons, emphasizing the genetic characteristics of viruses isolated from Yucatan in Southern Mexico...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220354/interpreting-ambiguous-trace-results-in-schistosoma-mansoni-cca-tests-estimating-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-ambiguous-results-with-no-gold-standard
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Michelle N Clements, Christl A Donnelly, Alan Fenwick, Narcis B Kabatereine, Sarah C L Knowles, Aboulaye Meité, Eliézer K N'Goran, Yolisa Nalule, Sarah Nogaro, Anna E Phillips, Edridah Muheki Tukahebwa, Fiona M Fleming
BACKGROUND: The development of new diagnostics is an important tool in the fight against disease. Latent Class Analysis (LCA) is used to estimate the sensitivity and specificity of tests in the absence of a gold standard. The main field diagnostic for Schistosoma mansoni infection, Kato-Katz (KK), is not very sensitive at low infection intensities. A point-of-care circulating cathodic antigen (CCA) test has been shown to be more sensitive than KK. However, CCA can return an ambiguous 'trace' result between 'positive' and 'negative', and much debate has focused on interpretation of traces results...
December 8, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220291/emerging-targeted-and-immune-based-therapies-in-sarcoma
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Seth M Pollack, Matthew Ingham, Matthew B Spraker, Gary K Schwartz
Soft tissue and bone sarcomas are malignancies of mesenchymal origin, and more than 50 subtypes are defined. For most sarcomas, locally advanced or unresectable disease is still treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy. Recently, our understanding of subtype-specific cancer biology has expanded, and it has revealed distinct molecular alterations responsible for tumor initiation and progression. These findings have motivated the development of targeted therapies that are being evaluated in subtype-specific or biomarker-driven clinical trials...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218110/downregulation-of-cathepsin-g-reduces-the-activation-of-cd4-t-cells-in-murine-autoimmune-diabetes
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Fang Zou, Xiaoyang Lai, Jing Li, Shuihong Lei, Lei Hu
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disease due to progressive injury of islet cells mediated by T lymphocytes (T cells). Our previous studies have shown that only cathepsin G (CatG), not other proteases, is involved in the antigen presentation of proinsulin, and if the presentation is inhibited, the activation of CD4+ T cells induced by proinsulin is alleviated in T1DM patients, and CatG-specific inhibitor reduces the activation of CD4+ cells induced by proinsulin in T1DM patients. Therefore, we hypothesize that CatG may play an important role in the activation of CD4+ T cells in T1DM...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218061/a-comparative-study-of-efficacy-and-safety-of-two-eradication-regimens-for-helicobacter-pylori-infection
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Carmen Monica Preda, Doina Proca, Irina Sandra, Larisa Elena Fulger, Boroka Claudia Horeanga, Mircea Manuc, Teodora Manuc, Catalin Andrei Dutei, Mihaela Barbu, Letitia Tugui, Adriana-Corina Andrei, Bogdan Ionut Slavulete, Mircea Diculescu
Introduction: Helicobacter pylori infection is one of the most frequent diseases around the world, affecting about half of the world population. The infection is known to be associated with upper gastrointestinal diseases. The aim of this paper is to identify which of the following two first-line therapy options (ECA vs ECM - see abbreviations below) is more efficient and to assess the improvement in the quality of life among these patients. Material and Methods: 96 patients with proven Helicobacter pylori infection were divided in two treatment groups, as follows: 47 patients received a 10-day triple therapy with esomeprazole 80 mg/day, amoxicillin 2000 mg/day and clarithromycin 1000 mg/day (ECA) and the rest of 49 received a 10-day sequential therapy: esomeprazole 40 mg and amoxicillin 1000 mg twice daily for five days, followed by esomeprazole 40 mg, clarithromycin 500 mg and metronidazole 500 mg (ECM) twice daily for another five days...
September 2017: Mædica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218046/tlr2-expression-in-peripheral-cd4-t-cells-promotes-th17-response-and-is-associated-with-disease-aggravation-of-hepatitis-b-virus-related-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
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Chunli Xu, Yinping Lu, Xin Zheng, Xuemei Feng, Xuecheng Yang, Joerg Timm, Jun Wu, Baoju Wang, Mengji Lu, Dongliang Yang, Jia Liu
Th17 responses have been shown to play crucial roles in the pathogenesis of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-associated acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). The mechanism underlying the enhanced Th17 responses in these patients remains largely unclear. Here we investigated toll-like receptors (TLRs) expression in peripheral T cells and their roles in Th17 cell differentiation and disease aggravation in ACLF patients. 18 healthy subjects (HS), 20 chronic HBV-infected (CHB) patients, and 26 ACLF patients were enrolled and examined for TLRs expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218028/the-folate-cycle-as-a-cause-of-natural-killer-cell-dysfunction-and-viral-etiology-in-type-1-diabetes
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Allison L Bayer, Christopher A Fraker
The folate pathway is critical to proper cellular function and metabolism. It is responsible for multiple functions, including energy (ATP) production, methylation reactions for DNA and protein synthesis and the production of immunomodulatory molecules, inosine and adenosine. These play an important role in immune signaling and cytotoxicity. Herein, we hypothesize that defects in the folate pathway in genetically susceptible individuals could lead to immune dysfunction, permissive environments for chronic cyclical latent/lytic viral infection, and, ultimately, the development of unchecked autoimmune responses to infected tissue, in this case islet beta cells...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217780/from-transplant-to-novel-cellular-therapies-in-multiple-myeloma-emn-guidelines-and-future-perspectives
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Francesca Gay, Monika Engelhardt, Evangelos Terpos, Ralph Wäsch, Luisa Giaccone, Holger W Auner, Jo Caers, Martin Gramatzki, Niels van de Donk, Stefania Oliva, Elena Zamagni, Laurent Garderet, Christian Straka, Roman Hajek, Heinz Ludwig, Hermann Einsele, Meletios Dimopoulos, Mario Boccadoro, Nicolaus Kröger, Michele Cavo, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Benedetto Bruno, Pieter Sonneveld
Survival of myeloma patients has greatly improved with the use of autologous stem cell transplantation and novel agents, such as proteasome inhibitors, immunomodulatory drugs and monoclonal antibodies. Compared to bortezomib- and lenalidomide-based regimens alone, the addition of high-dose melphalan followed by autologous transplantation significantly improves progression-free survival; although an overall survival benefit was not observed in all trials. Moreover, follow-up of recent trials is still too short to show any difference in survival...
December 7, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217749/hepatitis-delta-virus-persists-during-liver-regeneration-and-is-amplified-through-cell-division-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#16
Katja Giersch, Oliver D Bhadra, Tassilo Volz, Lena Allweiss, Kristoffer Riecken, Boris Fehse, Ansgar W Lohse, Joerg Petersen, Camille Sureau, Stephan Urban, Maura Dandri, Marc Lütgehetmann
OBJECTIVE: Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) was shown to persist for weeks in the absence of HBV and for months after liver transplantation, demonstrating the ability of HDV to persevere in quiescent hepatocytes. The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of cell proliferation on HDV persistence in vitro and in vivo. DESIGN: Genetically labelled human sodium taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide (hNTCP)-transduced human hepatoma(HepG2) cells were infected with HBV/HDV and passaged every 7 days for 100 days in the presence of the entry inhibitor Myrcludex-B...
December 7, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217680/non-newly-generated-immature-neurons-in-the-sheep-brain-are-not-restricted-to-cerebral-cortex
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Matteo Piumatti, Ottavia Palazzo, Chiara La Rosa, Paola Crociara, Roberta Parolisi, Federico Luzzati, Frederic Lévy, Luca Bonfanti
A newly proposed form of brain structural plasticity consists of non-newly generated, "immature" neurons of the adult cerebral cortex. Similar to newly generated neurons, these cells express the cytoskeletal protein Doublecortin (DCX), yet they are generated prenatally, then remaining in a state of immaturity for long periods. In rodents, the immature neurons are restricted to the paleocortex, whereas in other mammals are found also in neocortex. Here, we analyzed the DCX-expressing cells in the whole sheep brain of both sexes, to search for an indicator of structural plasticity at a cellular level in a relatively large-brained, long-living mammal...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217660/chimeric-pneumoviridae-fusion-proteins-as-immunogens-to-induce-cross-neutralizing-antibody-responses
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Eduardo Olmedillas, Olga Cano, Isidoro Martínez, Daniel Luque, María C Terrón, Jason S McLellan, José A Melero, Vicente Más
Human respiratory syncytial virus (hRSV) and human metapneumovirus (hMPV), two members of the Pneumoviridae family, account for the majority of severe lower respiratory tract infections worldwide in very young children. They are also a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly and immunocompromised adults. High levels of neutralizing antibodies, mostly directed against the viral fusion (F) glycoprotein, correlate with protection against either hRSV or hMPV However, no cross-neutralization is observed in polyclonal antibody responses raised after virus infection or immunization with purified F proteins...
December 7, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217637/how-t-cells-grasp-mycobacterial-lipid-antigens
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D Branch Moody
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217585/patient-hla-class-i-genotype-influences-cancer-response-to-checkpoint-blockade-immunotherapy
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Diego Chowell, Luc G T Morris, Claud M Grigg, Jeffrey K Weber, Robert M Samstein, Vladimir Makarov, Fengshen Kuo, Sviatoslav M Kendall, David Requena, Nadeem Riaz, Benjamin Greenbaum, James Carroll, Edward Garon, David M Hyman, Ahmet Zehir, David Solit, Michael Berger, Ruhong Zhou, Naiyer A Rizvi, Timothy A Chan
CD8+ T cell-dependent killing of cancer cells requires efficient presentation of tumor antigens by human leukocyte antigen class I (HLA-I) molecules. However, the extent to which patient-specific HLA-I genotype influences response to anti-PD-1 or anti-CTLA-4 is currently unknown. We determined the HLA-I genotype of 1,535 advanced cancer patients treated with immune checkpoint blockade (ICB). Maximal heterozygosity at HLA-I loci (A, B, and C) improved overall survival after ICB compared to patients who were homozygous for at least one HLA locus...
December 7, 2017: Science
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