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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340336/a-dna-based-t-cell-receptor-reveals-a-role-for-receptor-clustering-in-ligand-discrimination
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Marcus J Taylor, Kabir Husain, Zev J Gartner, Satyajit Mayor, Ronald D Vale
A T cell mounts an immune response by measuring the binding strength of its T cell receptor (TCR) for peptide-loaded MHCs (pMHC) on an antigen-presenting cell. How T cells convert the lifetime of the extracellular TCR-pMHC interaction into an intracellular signal remains unknown. Here, we developed a synthetic signaling system in which the extracellular domains of the TCR and pMHC were replaced with short hybridizing strands of DNA. Remarkably, T cells can discriminate between DNA ligands differing by a single base pair...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340245/unacceptable-human-leucocyte-antigens-for-organ-offers-in-the-era-of-organ-shortage-influence-on-waiting-time-before-kidney-transplantation
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Malte Ziemann, Nicole Heßler, Inke R König, Nils Lachmann, Andrea Dick, Vanessa Ditt, Klemens Budde, Petra Reinke, Ute Eisenberger, Barbara Suwelack, Thomas Klein, Timm H Westhoff, Wolfgang Arns, Katrin Ivens, Antje Habicht, Lutz Renders, Dirk Stippel, Dominik Bös, Florian Sommer, Siegfried Görg, Martin Nitschke, Thorsten Feldkamp, Falko M Heinemann, Reinhard Kelsch
Background.: The assignment of human leucocyte antigens (HLAs) against which antibodies are detected as unacceptable antigens (UAGs) avoids allocation of HLA- incompatible allografts. There is uncertainty as to what extent UAGs decrease the probability of receiving a kidney offer. Methods.: Kidney transplantations in 3264 patients on the waiting lists of six German transplant centres were evaluated for a period of at least 2 years. The proportion of excluded offers due to UAGs was calculated as virtual panel-reactive antibodies (vPRAs)...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340094/nlrp2-is-a-suppressor-of-nf-%C3%A6-b-signaling-and-hla-c-expression-in-human-trophoblasts
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Tamara Tilburgs, Torsten B Meissner, Leonardo M R Ferreira, Arend Mulder, Kiran Musunuru, Junqiang Ye, Jack L Strominger
During human pregnancy, fetal extravillous trophoblasts (EVT) play a key role in the regulation of maternal T cell and NK cell responses. EVT display a unique combination of Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA); EVT do not express HLA-A and HLA-B, but do express HLA-C, HLA-E and HLA-G. The mechanisms establishing this unique HLA expression pattern have not been fully elucidated. The MHC class I and class II transcriptional activators NLRC5 and CIITA are expressed neither by EVT nor by the EVT model cell line JEG3, which has an MHC expression pattern identical to that of EVT...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339915/the-effect-of-feed-supplementation-with-zakarpacki-zeolite-clinoptilolite-on-percentages-of-t-and-b-lymphocytes-and-cytokine-concentrations-in-poultry
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Lukasz Jarosz, Dagmara Stepien-Pysniak, Zbigniew Gradzki, Malgorzata Kapica, Agata Gacek
The available literature lacks information on the effect of Zakarpacki zeolite (clinoptilolite) on the immune system of poultry. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effect of this zeolite on selected indicators of the immune response in poultry by evaluating the expression of cluster of differentiation ( ) surface molecules on T and B lymphocytes and the concentration of IL-2 and IL-10 in the blood. Ninety one-day-old Ross 308 broiler chicks were used in the study. The birds were divided into 3 groups of 30 each...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339906/interstitial-fibrosis-scored-on-whole-slide-digital-imaging-of-kidney-biopsies-is-a-predictor-of-outcome-in-proteinuric-glomerulopathies
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Laura H Mariani, Sebastian Martini, Laura Barisoni, Pietro A Canetta, Jonathan P Troost, Jeffrey B Hodgin, Matthew Palmer, Avi Z Rosenberg, Kevin V Lemley, Hui-Ping Chien, Jarcy Zee, Abigail Smith, Gerald B Appel, Howard Trachtman, Stephen M Hewitt, Matthias Kretzler, Serena M Bagnasco
Background.: Interstitial fibrosis (IF), tubular atrophy (TA) and interstitial inflammation (II) are known determinants of progression of renal disease. Standardized quantification of these features could add value to current classification of glomerulopathies. Methods.: We studied 315 participants in the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) study, including biopsy-proven minimal change disease (MCD = 98), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS = 121), membranous nephropathy (MN = 59) and IgA nephropathy (IgAN = 37)...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334025/hla-expression-and-hla-type-associations-in-relation-to-ebv-status-in-hispanic-hodgkin-lymphoma-patients
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Luke B Fletcher, Rianne N Veenstra, Eric Y Loo, Amie E Hwang, Imran N Siddiqi, Lydia Visser, Bouke G Hepkema, Ilja M Nolte, Anke van den Berg, Wendy Cozen, Arjan Diepstra
A proportion of classical Hodgkin lymphomas harbor the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). We previously demonstrated that associations between Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) alleles and susceptibility to EBV+ classical Hodgkin lymphoma differ between European and Chinese populations. Data on Hispanic populations is missing. Here we examined the association between HLA type, tumor cell HLA expression and other characteristics in Hispanic Hodgkin lymphoma patients. Hispanic Hodgkin lymphoma patients diagnosed at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center from 2000-2012 were included (n = 65)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333957/immune-response-of-rats-vaccinated-orally-with-various-plant-expressed-recombinant-cysteine-proteinase-constructs-when-challenged-with-fasciola-hepatica-metacercariae
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Malgorzata Kesik-Brodacka, Agnieszka Lipiec, Monika Kozak Ljunggren, Luiza Jedlina, Katarzyna Miedzinska, Magdalena Mikolajczak, Andrzej Plucienniczak, Andrzej B Legocki, Halina Wedrychowicz
BACKGROUND: Cysteine proteinases of Fasciola hepatica are important candidates for vaccine antigens because of their role in fluke biology and host-parasite relationships. In our previous experiments, we found that a recombinant cysteine proteinase cloned from adult F. hepatica (CPFhW) can protect rats against liver fluke infections when it is administered intramuscularly or intranasally in the form of cDNA. We also observed considerable protection upon challenge following mucosal vaccination with inclusion bodies containing recombinant CPFhW produced in Escherichia coli...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333926/performance-of-tci-tcvi-tcii-chagas-flow-ate-igg2a-for-universal-and-genotype-specific-serodiagnosis-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Glaucia Diniz Alessio, Fernanda Fortes de Araújo, Denise Fonseca Côrtes, Policarpo Ademar Sales Júnior, Daniela Cristina Lima, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Marcelo Antônio Pascoal Xavier, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Marta de Lana
Distinct Trypanosoma cruzi genotypes have been considered relevant for patient management and therapeutic response Chagas disease. However, typing strategies for genotype-specific serodiagnosis of Chagas disease are still unavailable and requires standardization for practical application. In this study, an innovative TcI/TcVI/TcII Chagas Flow ATE-IgG2a technique was developed with applicability for universal and genotype-specific diagnosis of T. cruzi infection. For this purpose, the reactivity of serum samples (percentage of positive fluorescent parasites-PPFP) obtained from mice chronically infected with TcI/Colombiana, TcVI/CL or TcII/Y strain as well as non-infected controls were determined using amastigote-AMA, trypomastigote-TRYPO and epimastigote-EPI in parallel batches of TcI, TcVI and TcII target antigens...
March 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333017/effect-of-prostate-magnetic-resonance-imaging-ultrasound-fusion-guided-biopsy-on-radiation-treatment-recommendations
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Aaron Reed, Luca F Valle, Uma Shankavaram, Andra Krauze, Aradhana Kaushal, Erica Schott, Theresa Cooley-Zgela, Bradford Wood, Peter Pinto, Peter Choyke, Baris Turkbey, Deborah E Citrin
PURPOSE: Targeted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/ultrasound fusion prostate biopsy (MRI-Bx) has recently been compared with the standard of care extended sextant ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy (SOC-Bx), with the former associated with an increased rate of detection of clinically significant prostate cancer. The present study sought to determine the influence of MRI-Bx on radiation therapy and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) recommendations. METHODS AND MATERIALS: All patients who had received radiation treatment and had undergone SOC-Bx and MRI-Bx at our institution were included...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332314/the-mitochondrial-hinge-protein-uqcrh-is-a-novel-prognostic-factor-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Eun-Ran Park, Sang-Bum Kim, Jee-San Lee, Yang-Hyun Kim, Dong-Hyoung Lee, Eung-Ho Cho, Sun-Hoo Park, Chul Ju Han, Bu-Yeo Kim, Dong Wook Choi, Young Do Yoo, Ami Yu, Jae Won Lee, Ja June Jang, Young Nyun Park, Kyung-Suk Suh, Kee-Ho Lee
Alterations in mitochondrial respiration contribute to the development and progression of cancer via abnormal biogenesis, including generation of reactive oxygen species. Ubiquinol-cytochrome c reductase hinge protein (UQCRH) consists of the cytochrome bc1 complex serving respiration in mitochondria. In the present study, we analyzed UQCRH abnormalities in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and its association with clinical outcomes of patients. UQCRH expression in HCC was determined via semiquantitative and quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction of 96 surgically resected HCC tissues positive for hepatitis B virus surface antigen...
March 23, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332200/immunoregulation-of-inflammatory-and-inhibitory-cytokines-by-vitamin-d3-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-ibd
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Hussaini Mohammed Alhassan, Abbas Mirshafiey, Homayoun Vahedi, Gholamreza Hemmasi, Ateke Moussavi Nasl Khameneh, Karim Parastouei, Ali Akbar Saboor-Yaraghi
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of idiopathic, chronic and relapsing inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, caused by an aberrant and exaggerated immunological response in the gut. Supplementation of Vitamin D3 in IBD patients exerts both direct and indirect regulatory roles on the naïve T-cells, thereby maintaining a balance between inflammatory and inhibitory cytokines. The direct actions of Vitamin D3 on naïve T-cells result in the proliferation of more regulatory T-cells and inhibitory cytokines such as IL-4, IL-10, and IL-5...
March 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332095/identification-of-t-cell-target-antigens-in-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells-using-an-integrated-proteomics-based-approach-in-patient-specimens
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Carmen Rapp, Rolf Warta, Slava Stamova, Ali Nowrouzi, Christoph Geisenberger, Zoltan Gal, Saskia Roesch, Steffen Dettling, Simone Juenger, Mariana Bucur, Christine Jungk, Philip DaoTrong, Rezvan Ahmadi, Felix Sahm, David Reuss, Valentina Fermi, Esther Herpel, Volker Eckstein, Niels Grabe, Christoph Schramm, Markus A Weigand, Juergen Debus, Andreas von Deimling, Andreas Unterberg, Amir Abdollahi, Philipp Beckhove, Christel Herold-Mende
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly aggressive brain tumor and still remains incurable. Among others, an immature subpopulation of self-renewing and therapy-resistant tumor cells-often referred to as glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs)-has been shown to contribute to disease recurrence. To target these cells personalized immunotherapy has gained a lot of interest, e.g. by reactivating pre-existing anti-tumor immune responses against GSC antigens. To identify T cell targets commonly presented by GSCs and their differentiated counterpart, we used a proteomics-based separation of GSC proteins in combination with a T cell activation assay...
March 22, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332072/are-the-autoimmune-inflammatory-syndrome-induced-by-adjuvants-asia-and-the-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-disease-uctd-related-to-each-other-a-case-control-study-of-environmental-exposures
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F Scanzi, L Andreoli, M Martinelli, M Taraborelli, I Cavazzana, N Carabellese, R Ottaviani, F Allegri, F Franceschini, N Agmon-Levin, Y Shoenfeld, Angela Tincani
The autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) is an entity that includes different autoimmune conditions observed after exposure to an adjuvant. Patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) present many signs and symptoms of ASIA, alluding to the idea that an exposure to adjuvants can be a trigger also for UCTD. The aim of this case-control study was to investigate exposure to adjuvants prior to disease onset in patients affected by UCTD. Ninety-two UCTD patients and 92 age- and sex-matched controls with no malignancy, chronic infections, autoimmune disease nor family history of autoimmune diseases were investigated for exposure to adjuvants...
March 22, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331856/the-immunogenicity-of-hla-class-ii-mismatches-the-predicted-presentation-of-nonself-allo-hla-derived-peptide-by-the-hla-dr-phenotype-of-the-recipient-is-associated-with-the-formation-of-dsa
#14
Vadim Jucaud
The identification of permissible HLA class II mismatches can prevent DSA in mismatched transplantation. The HLA-DR phenotype of recipients contributes to DSA formation by presenting allo-HLA-derived peptides to T-helper cells, which induces the differentiation of B cells into plasma cells. Comparing the binding affinity of self and nonself allo-HLA-derived peptides for recipients' HLA class II antigens may distinguish immunogenic HLA mismatches from nonimmunogenic ones. The binding affinities of allo-HLA-derived peptides to recipients' HLA-DR and HLA-DQ antigens were predicted using the NetMHCIIpan 3...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331179/hyperosmolarity-impedes-the-cross-priming-competence-of-dendritic-cells-in-a-trif-dependent-manner
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Zoran V Popovic, Maria Embgenbroich, Federica Chessa, Viola Nordström, Mahnaz Bonrouhi, Thomas Hielscher, Norbert Gretz, Shijun Wang, Daniel Mathow, Thomas Quast, Jan-Gero Schloetel, Waldemar Kolanus, Sven Burgdorf, Hermann-Josef Gröne
Tissue osmolarity varies among different organs and can be considerably increased under pathologic conditions. Hyperosmolarity has been associated with altered stimulatory properties of immune cells, especially macrophages and dendritic cells. We have recently reported that dendritic cells upon exposure to hypertonic stimuli shift their profile towards a macrophage-M2-like phenotype, resulting in attenuated local alloreactivity during acute kidney graft rejection. Here, we examined how hyperosmotic microenvironment affects the cross-priming capacity of dendritic cells...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330983/gamma-delta-t-cells-mediate-angiotensin-ii-induced-hypertension-and-vascular-injury
#16
Antoine Caillon, Muhammad Oneeb Rehman Mian, Julio C Fraulob-Aquino, Ku-Geng Huo, Tlili Barhoumi, Sofiane Ouerd, Peter R Sinnaeve, Pierre Paradis, Ernesto L Schiffrin
Background -Innate antigen-presenting cells and adaptive immune T cells have been implicated in the development of hypertension. However, the T-lymphocyte subsets involved in the pathophysiology of hypertension remain unclear. A small subset of "innate-like" T cells expressing the γδ T cell receptor (TCR) rather than the αβ TCR could play a role in the initiation of the immune response in hypertension. We aimed to determine whether angiotensin (Ang) II caused kinetic changes in γδ T cells, whether deficiency in γδ T cells blunted Ang II-induced hypertension, vascular injury and T-cell activation, and whether γδ T cells are associated with human hypertension...
March 22, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330898/antigen-presenting-human-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-promote-intestinal-cd4-t-cell-expression-of-il-22-and-mucosal-release-of-calprotectin
#17
Christopher J Tyler, Neil E McCarthy, James O Lindsay, Andrew J Stagg, Bernhard Moser, Matthias Eberl
The cytokine IL-22 plays a critical role in mucosal barrier defense, but the mechanisms that promote IL-22 expression in the human intestine remain poorly understood. As human microbe-responsive Vγ9/Vδ2 T cells are abundant in the gut and recognize microbiota-associated metabolites, we assessed their potential to induce IL-22 expression by intestinal CD4(+) T cells. Vγ9/Vδ2 T cells with characteristics of APCs were generated from human blood and intestinal organ cultures, then cocultured with naive and memory CD4(+) T cells obtained from human blood or the colon...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330647/hypoxia-and-hif-pathway-in-cancer-and-the-placenta
#18
Philip S Macklin, James McAuliffe, Christopher W Pugh, Atsushi Yamamoto
In this review we note that the placenta and cancer both develop in microenvironments in which there are gradients of oxygen availability. Whilst fundamentally different in that placental development is organised and physiological whilst cancer is chaotic and pathological, there are similarities in their respective capacities to proliferate, invade adjacent tissues, generate a blood supply and avoid rejection by the immune system. We provide a brief description of the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) pathway and indicate the ways by which HIF activity can be regulated to achieve oxygen homeostasis...
March 16, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330372/car-t-cell-therapy-progress-and-prospects
#19
Olivia Wilkins, Allison May Keeler, Terence R Flotte
Lentivirus-mediated transduction of autologous T-cells with a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) to confer a desired epitope-specificity as a targeted immunotherapy for cancer has been among the first human gene therapy techniques to demonstrate widespread therapeutic efficacy. Other approaches to using gene therapy to enhance anti-tumor immunity have been less specific and less effective. These included amplification, marking, and cytokine transduction of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL), recombinant virus-based expression of tumor antigens as a tumor vaccine, and transduction of antigen-presenting cells (APCs) with tumor antigens...
March 23, 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330270/expression-and-purification-of-a-gene-encoding-a-9-7%C3%A2-kda-pe-protein-of-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis
#20
S Chandra Sekar, P P Goswami, R Deb
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (Map) contains PE family antigens which are Proline and glutamic acid rich and may play important role as T-cell antigens. In the present study, the Map 1507 ORF encoding 9.7 kDa PE protein was amplified by polymerase chain reaction and cloned into E. coli vector pQE30 UA. The recombinant plasmid designated as pQ PE was transformed into E. coli M15 cells and induced with IPTG revealed the high level expression of 11.9 kDa His-fusion protein as estimated by migration in 15 % sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE)...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
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