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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092486/use-of-polyclonal-monoclonal-antibody-therapies-in-transplantation
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Melissa Y Yeung, Steven Gabardi, Mohamed H Sayegh
For over thirty years, antibody (mAb)-based therapies have been a standard component of transplant immunosuppression, and yet much remains to be learned in order for us to truly harness their therapeutic capabilities. Current mAbs used in transplant directly target and destroy graft-destructive immune cells, interrupt cytokine and costimulation-dependent T and B cell activation, and prevent down-stream complement activation. Areas covered: This review summarizes our current approaches to using antibody-based therapies to prevent and treat allograft rejection...
January 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092361/designed-cell-consortia-as-fragrance-programmable-analog-to-digital-converters
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Marius Müller, Simon Ausländer, Andrea Spinnler, David Ausländer, Julian Sikorski, Marc Folcher, Martin Fussenegger
Synthetic biology advances the rational engineering of mammalian cells to achieve cell-based therapy goals. Synthetic gene networks have nearly reached the complexity of digital electronic circuits and enable single cells to perform programmable arithmetic calculations or to provide dynamic remote control of transgenes through electromagnetic waves. We designed a synthetic multilayered gaseous-fragrance-programmable analog-to-digital converter (ADC) allowing for remote control of digital gene expression with 2-bit AND-, OR- and NOR-gate logic in synchronized cell consortia...
January 16, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092253/-mexican-treatment-goals-for-plaque-psoriasis
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Lorena Estrada-Aguilar, Mario Amaya-Guerra, Minerva Gómez-Flores, Esther Guevara-Sanginés, Fermín Jurado-Santacruz, Adriana Lopeztello-Santillán, César Maldonado-García, Mónica Rivera-Gómez, Norma Rodríguez-Martínez, Luis Vega-González
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease with a worldwide prevalence between 6 and 39% in moderate to severe forms. In European countries like Germany and England was identified that only one third of patients with moderate to severe forms will receive systemic management, this fact motivated to integrate into Europe an international consensus on treatment goals with the aim of providing support to the dermatologist by algorithms that serve as a therapeutic guide that allows you to gain control short and long term effects of this disease...
January 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092213/cellular-and-molecular-factors-influencing-tendon-repair
#4
Sushmitha Durgam, Matthew Stewart
Tendons are complex, hierarchically organized connective tissues that transmit tensile forces between muscles and tendons. Tendon injuries are among the most common orthopedic problems with long-term disability as a frequent consequence due to prolonged healing time. Further, the repair tissue is of inferior quality, predisposing patients to high rates of recurrence following initial injury. Co-ordinated cellular processes and biological factors under the influence of mechanical loading are involved in tendon healing and our understanding of these events lags behind other musculoskeletal tissues...
January 16, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092074/biomimetic-coprecipitation-of-silk-fibrin-and-calcium-phosphate-influence-of-selenite-ions
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Yanhua Wang, Hang Hao, Shengmin Zhang
Large bone defect creates an urgent need for osteogenic biomaterials. However, bone nonunion and infection are choke points in the therapy of this disease. How to recruit the mesenchymal stem cells to defect sites and increase the cell viability are the critical processes. One effective method was the fabrication of biomimetic silk fibrin/selenium-doped hydroxyapatite (SF/HASe) material, which could create a niche for cell proliferation. So, the aim of the present study was to seek a facile route to prepare this biocomposites and investigate the osteogenic capability...
January 14, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091625/mplex-a-method-for-simultaneous-pathogen-inactivation-and-extraction-of-samples-for-multi-omics-profiling
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Kristin E Burnum-Johnson, Jennifer E Kyle, Amie J Eisfeld, Cameron P Casey, Kelly G Stratton, Juan F Gonzalez, Fabien Habyarimana, Nicholas M Negretti, Amy C Sims, Sadhana Chauhan, Larissa B Thackray, Peter J Halfmann, Kevin B Walters, Young-Mo Kim, Erika M Zink, Carrie D Nicora, Karl K Weitz, Bobbie-Jo M Webb-Robertson, Ernesto S Nakayasu, Brian Ahmer, Michael E Konkel, Vladimir Motin, Ralph S Baric, Michael S Diamond, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Katrina M Waters, Richard D Smith, Thomas O Metz
The continued emergence and spread of infectious agents is of great concern, and systems biology approaches to infectious disease research can advance our understanding of host-pathogen relationships and facilitate the development of new therapies and vaccines. Molecular characterization of infectious samples outside of appropriate biosafety containment can take place only subsequent to pathogen inactivation. Herein, we describe a modified Folch extraction using chloroform/methanol that facilitates the molecular characterization of infectious samples by enabling simultaneous pathogen inactivation and extraction of proteins, metabolites, and lipids for subsequent mass spectrometry-based multi-omics measurements...
January 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091564/mitotic-catastrophe-is-a-putative-mechanism-underlying-the-weak-correlation-between-sensitivity-to-carbon-ions-and-cisplatin
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Daijiro Kobayashi, Takahiro Oike, Atsushi Shibata, Atsuko Niimi, Yoshiki Kubota, Makoto Sakai, Napapat Amornwhichet, Yuya Yoshimoto, Yoshihiko Hagiwara, Yuka Kimura, Yuka Hirota, Hiro Sato, Mayu Isono, Yukari Yoshida, Takashi Kohno, Tatsuya Ohno, Takashi Nakano
In cancer therapy today, carbon ion radiotherapy is used mainly as monotherapy, whereas cisplatin is used concomitantly with X-ray radiotherapy. The effectiveness of concomitant carbon ions and cisplatin is unclear. To obtain the information on the mechanisms potentially shared between carbon ions or X-rays and cisplatin, we assessed the correlation of sensitivity to the single treatments. In 20 human cancer cell lines, sensitivity to X-rays strongly correlated with sensitivity to cisplatin, indicating the presence of potentially shared target mechanisms...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090703/differentiation-of-islet-progenitors-regulated-by-nicotinamide-into-transcriptome-verified-%C3%AE-cells-that-ameliorate-diabetes
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Fang-Xu Jiang, Kevin Li, Michael Archer, Munish Mehta, Emma Jamieson, Adrian Charles, Jan E Dickinson, Masahito Matsumoto, Grant Morahan
Developmental stage-specific differentiation of stem or progenitor cells into safe and functional cells is of fundamental importance in regenerative medicine, including β-cell replacement. However, the differentiation of islet progenitor cells (IPCs) into insulin-secreting β cells remains elusive. Here, we report that the multi-functional molecule nicotinamide (NIC) is a specific differentiation regulator of mouse IPCs. The differentiated cells regulated by NIC exhibited many characteristics of adult β cells, including ameliorating preclinical diabetes and a highly comparable transcriptome profile...
January 16, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090647/the-multifaceted-role-of-extracellular-vesicles-in-metastasis-priming-the-soil-for-seeding
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REVIEW
Brunna Dos Anjos Pultz, Felipe Andrés Cordero da Luz, Sara Socorro Faria, Leandro Peixoto Ferreira de Souza, Paula Cristina Brígido Tavares, Vivian Alonso Goulart, Wagner Fontes, Luiz Ricardo Goulart, Marcelo José Barbosa Silva
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes, play a key role in inter and intracellular communication, promoting the proliferation and invasion of recipient cells to support tumor growth and metastasis. Metastasis comprises multiple steps that first include the detachment of tumor cells through epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), allowing the physical dissemination to distant organs. Thereafter, cancer-derived exosomes are still critical components for preparing the tumor microenvironment by (i) enabling tumor cells to escape from the immunological surveillance and (ii) arranging the pre-metastatic site for the engraftment of detached cancer cells...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089985/giant-cell-arteritis-related-stroke-a-retrospective-multicenter-case-control-study
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Hubert de Boysson, Eric Liozon, Delphine Larivière, Maxime Samson, Jean-Jacques Parienti, Jonathan Boutemy, Gwénola Maigné, Nicolas Martin Silva, Kim Ly, Emmanuel Touzé, Bernard Bonnotte, Achille Aouba, Karim Sacré, Boris Bienvenu
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to describe patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA)-related stroke and to compare them with a control group of GCA patients without stroke. METHODS: We created a retrospective multicenter cohort of patients with (1) GCA diagnosed according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria between 1995 and 2015, and (2) stroke occurring at the time of GCA diagnosis or occurring within 4 weeks of starting GCA therapy. The control group consisted of GCA patients without stroke...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089979/quality-of-care-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-mind-the-knowledge-gap
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Vera Golder, Eric F Morand, Alberta Y Hoi
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototypical chronic multiorgan autoimmune disorder that can lead to significant burden of disease and loss of life expectancy. The disease burden is the result of a complex interplay between genetic, biologic, socioeconomic, and health system variables affecting the individual. Recent advances in biological understanding of SLE are yet to translate to transformative therapies, and genetic and socioeconomic variables are not readily amenable to intervention. In contrast, healthcare quality, a variable readily amenable to change, has been inadequately addressed in SLE, despite evidence in other chronic diseases that quality of care is strongly associated with patient outcomes...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089969/changes-in-treatment-patterns-in-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis-initiating-biologic-and-nonbiologic-therapy-in-a-clinical-registry
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Philip J Mease, Tamara Lesperance, Mei Liu, David H Collier, Marc Mason, Sabrina Deveikis, Neil A Accortt
OBJECTIVE: Treatment options for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have increased and improved in the past decade; treatment patterns in PsA remain poorly understood. Understanding current practices would aid in treatment management of patients with PsA. METHODS: This observational study was based on data from the Corrona registry of adult patients with PsA in North America collected between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2012. Patients were divided among 3 therapy cohorts: tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) monotherapy, methotrexate (MTX) monotherapy, and TNFi and MTX combination therapy...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089609/de-immunized-and-functional-therapeutic-deft-versions-of-a-long-lasting-recombinant-alpha-interferon-for-antiviral-therapy
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Eduardo F Mufarrege, Sofía Giorgetti, Marina Etcheverrigaray, Frances Terry, William Martin, Anne S De Groot
Interferon α (IFN-α) exerts potent antiviral, immunomodulatory, and antiproliferative activity and have proven clinical utility in chronic hepatitis B and C virus infections. However, repeated IFN-α administration induces neutralizing antibodies (NAb) against the therapeutic in a significant number of patients. Associations between IFN-α immunogenicity and loss of efficacy have been described. So as to improve the invivo biological efficacy of IFN-α, a long lasting hyperglycosylated protein (4N-IFN) derived from IFN-α2b wild type (WT-IFN) was developed...
January 9, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089377/phase-ii-trial-of-albumin-bound-paclitaxel-and-granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-as-an-immune-modulator-in-recurrent-platinum-resistant-ovarian-cancer
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John B Liao, Ron E Swensen, Kelsie J Ovenell, Katie M Hitchcock-Bernhardt, Jessica L Reichow, Minjun C Apodaca, Leonard D'Amico, Jennifer S Childs, Doreen M Higgins, Barbara J Buening, Barbara A Goff, Mary L Disis
BACKGROUND: Granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) stimulates immunity via recruitment of antigen presenting cells and tumor specific T-cell stimulation. Albumin-bound paclitaxel (nab-paclitaxel) followed by GM-CSF may enhance antitumor responses and prolong remissions in ovarian cancer. Immune phenotypes present before treatment may identify responders to chemo-immunotherapy. METHODS: Recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian, peritoneal, or fallopian tube cancer patients received nab-paclitaxel, 100mg/m(2) days 1, 8, 15 followed by GM-CSF 250μg days 16-26 every 28days for 6 planned cycles...
January 12, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089078/hucmsc-exosome-derived-gpx1-is-required-for-the-recovery-of-hepatic-oxidant-injury
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Yongmin Yan, Wenqian Jiang, Youwen Tan, Shengqiang Zou, Hongguang Zhang, Fei Mao, Aihua Gong, Hui Qian, Wenrong Xu
Exosomes are small biological membrane vesicles secreted by various cells, including mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). We previously reported that MSC-derived exosomes (MSC-Ex) can elicit hepatoprotective effects against toxicant-induced injury. However, the success of MSC-Ex-based therapy for treatment of liver diseases and the underlying mechanisms have not been well characterized. We used human umbilical cord MSC-derived exosome (hucMSC-Ex) administrated by tail vein or oral gavage at different doses and, in engrafted liver mouse models, noted antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects and rescue from liver failure...
January 6, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088983/the-epigenetic-basis-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-aging
#16
REVIEW
Ashley Kramer, Grant A Challen
Highly proliferative tissues such as the gut, skin, and bone marrow lose millions of cells each day to normal attrition and challenge from different biological adversities. To achieve a lifespan beyond the longevity of individual cell types, tissue-specific stem cells sustain these tissues throughout the life of a human. For example, the lifespan of erythrocytes is about 100 days and adults make about two million new erythrocytes every second. A small pool of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in the bone marrow is responsible for the lifetime maintenance of these populations...
January 2017: Seminars in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088906/epratuzumab-and-blinatumomab-as-therapeutic-antibodies-for-treatment-of-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-current-status-and-future-perspectives
#17
Raffaella Franca, Diego Favretto, Marilena Granzotto, Giuliana Decorti, Marco Rabusin, Gabriele Stocco
BACKGROUND: More than 85% of children affected by acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are successfully treated; however relapse remains a remarkable clinical concern, with 50-60% of relapsing patients facing a fatal outcome. Management of relapsed patients includes standardized intensive risk-adapted regimens based on conventional drugs, and hematopoietic stem cells transplantation for patients with unfavourable features. Biological drugs, in particular the monoclonal antibody epratuzumab and the bi-functional recombinant single chain peptide blinatumomab, have been recently recognized as novel potential agents to be integrated in salvage ALL therapy to further improve rescue outcome...
January 12, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088904/fc-fusion-proteins-in-therapy-an-updated-view
#18
Reza Jafari, Naime Majidi Zolbanin, Houshang Rafatpanah, Jafar Majidi, Tohid Kazemi
Fc-fusion proteins are composed of Fc region of IgG antibody (Hinge-CH2-CH3) and a desired linked protein. Fc region of Fc-fusion proteins can bind to neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) thereby rescuing it from degradation. The first therapeutic Fc-fusion protein was introduced for treatment of AIDS. The molecular designing is the first stage in production of Fc-fusion proteins. The amino acid residues in the Fc region and linked protein are very important in the bioactivity and affinity of the fusion proteins. Although, therapeutic monoclonal antibodies are the top selling biologics but the application of therapeutic Fc-fusion proteins in clinic is in progress and among of these medications Etanercept is the most effective in therapy...
January 13, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088901/advanced-structure-activity-relationships-applied-to-mentha-spicata-l-subsp-spicata-essential-oil-compounds-as-ache-and-nmda-ligands-in-comparison-with-donepezil-galantamine-and-memantine-new-approach-in-brain-disorders-pharmacology
#19
Speranta Avram, Mernea Maria, Eyup Bagci, Lucian Hritcu, Livia-Cristina Borcan, Dan Mihailescu
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) therapy is based on several natural and synthetic compounds that act as acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDA) ligands that have limited efficiency in relieving AD symptoms. Recent studies show that inhibitors isolated from Mentha spicata L. subsp. spicata are promising for AD therapy. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify novel and more potent phytopharmaceutical compounds for AD treatment by taking into account the compounds from Mentha spicata L...
January 13, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088698/metformin-enhancing-the-antitumor-efficacy-of-carboplatin-against-ehrlich-solid-carcinoma-grown-in-diabetic-mice-effect-on-igf-1-and-tumoral-expression-of-igf-1-receptors
#20
Dina M Abo-Elmatty, Eman A Ahmed, Mona K Tawfik, Seham A Helmy
Diabetes has been listed as a risk factor for various types of cancer. Cancer cell development can be promoted by increased levels of IGF-1 and hyperinsulinemia that are associated with diabetes type II. Metformin is an anti-diabetic agent and its potential antitumor impact has become the objective of numerous studies. In this vein, we hypothesize that using metformin in diabetes type II mice may synergistic with carboplatin for reducing the risk of cancer. Therefore, the study aimed to evaluate the in vivo antitumor activity of metformin against solid EAC tumor growth in female diabetic mice and its potential pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative effects with clarification of its inconclusive biological mechanisms...
January 12, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
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