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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334370/scaffolds-that-mimic-antigen-presenting-cells-enable-ex-vivo-expansion-of-primary-t-cells
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Alexander S Cheung, David K Y Zhang, Sandeep T Koshy, David J Mooney
Therapeutic ex vivo T-cell expansion is limited by low rates and T-cell products of limited functionality. Here we describe a system that mimics natural antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and consists of a fluid lipid bilayer supported by mesoporous silica micro-rods. The lipid bilayer presents membrane-bound cues for T-cell receptor stimulation and costimulation, while the micro-rods enable sustained release of soluble paracrine cues. Using anti-CD3, anti-CD28, and interleukin-2, we show that the APC-mimetic scaffolds (APC-ms) promote two- to tenfold greater polyclonal expansion of primary mouse and human T cells compared with commercial expansion beads (Dynabeads)...
January 15, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334337/durable-responses-in-refractory-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-with-alemtuzumab
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Renee K McAlister, Mahsa S Talbott, Nishitha M Reddy
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia occurs due to an interaction of IgG antibodies with protein antigens expressed on red blood corpuscles. Glucocorticoids are the mainstay of treatment for autoimmune hemolytic anemia. For patients not responding to initial therapy, other agents such as rituximab, immunosuppressive therapy, or splenectomy are considered. When refractory to these treatment options, alemtuzumab is an alternative agent. However, long-term outcomes of patients supporting its use are lacking. We present three patients with refractory autoimmune hemolytic anemia treated with alemtuzumab...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333661/nanocage-therapeutics-prevailing-phagocytosis-and-immunogenic-cell-death-awakens-immunity-against-cancer
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Eun Jung Lee, Gi-Hoon Nam, Na Kyeong Lee, Minwoo Kih, Eunee Koh, Yoon Kyoung Kim, Yeonsun Hong, Soyoun Kim, Seung-Yoon Park, Cherlhyun Jeong, Yoosoo Yang, In-San Kim
A growing appreciation of the relationship between the immune system and the tumorigenesis has led to the development of strategies aimed at "re-editing" the immune system to kill tumors. Here, a novel tactic is reported for overcoming the activation-energy threshold of the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and mediating the delivery and presentation of tumor neoantigens to the host's immune system. This nature-derived nanocage not only efficiently presents ligands that enhance cancer cell phagocytosis, but also delivers drugs that induce immunogenic cancer cell death...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333035/the-activity-of-immunoglobulin-y-anti-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-on-proliferation-and-cytokine-expression-of-rat-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
#4
Sri Agus Sudjarwo, Koerniasari Eraiko, Giftania Wardani Sudjarwo, Koerniasari
Objective: It has long been known that chickens, like mammals, are capable of producing antigen-specific immunoglobulin Y (IgY), which functions similar to IgG. The present study was performed to investigate the activity of IgY anti-Mycobacterium tuberculosis on proliferation, interleukin (IL)-2, and interferon (IFN)-γ expression of rat peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). Materials and Methods: The activity of IgY anti-M. tuberculosis in different doses (25, 50, and 100 μg/ml) on rat PBMCs proliferation was determined by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide assay...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333003/histopathological-study-of-gallbladder-carcinoma-and-its-mimics-with-role-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen-immunomarker-in-resolving-diagnostic-difficulties
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Santosh Kumar Mondal, Debashish Bhattacharjee, Palash Kumar Mandal, Saumitra Biswas
Background: Gallbladder carcinoma (GBC) sometimes presents with nonspecific signs, without forming a mass, mimicking benign gallbladder (GB) diseases. On the contrary, benign GB diseases may mimic GBC. Material and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 107 cases over a period of 3 years (May 2012-April 2015), which included 41 review cases and 66 departmental cases. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) immunomarker expression was done. Results: In 27 of the 41 review cases, the diagnoses were benign diseases of GB associated with mild-to-moderate dysplasia of mucosal glands; however, after review in our department, it was found that of these 27 cases, nine cases were actually well-differentiated adenocarcinoma of GB with diffuse CEA expression and were mis diagnosed as benign diseases of GB with dysplasia...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332416/-autoimmune-encephalitis-possibilities-in-the-laboratory-investigation
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Katalin Böröcz, Zsófia Hayden, Viktória Mészáros, Zsuzsanna Csizmadia, Kornélia Farkas, Zoltán Kellermayer, Péter Balogh, Ferenc Nagy, Tímea Berki
INTRODUCTION: The role of autoimmune responses against central nervous system (CNS) antigens in encephalitis presenting with non-classified neurologic or psychiatric symptoms has been appreciated in the past decade. Paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis has a poor prognosis and is most commonly associated with lung, ovarium, and testicular neoplasms, leading to immune reactions against intracellular antigens (anti-Hu/ANNA1, anti-Ri/ANNA2, anti-CV2/CRMP5 and anti-Ma2/Ta). In contrast, the recently described autoimmune encephalitis subtypes present with a broad spectrum of symptoms, respond to autoimmune therapies well and usually associate with autoantibodies against neuronal cell surface receptors (NMDAR, GABABR, AMPAR) or synaptic proteins (LGI1, CASPR2)...
January 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332210/pathogen-specific-leptospiral-proteins-in-urine-of-patients-with-febrile-illness-aids-in-differential-diagnosis-of-leptospirosis-from-dengue
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R Chaurasia, K C Thresiamma, C K Eapen, B J Zachariah, R Paul, M Sritharan
Leptospirosis and dengue are two commonly seen infectious diseases of the tropics. Differential diagnosis of leptospirosis from dengue fever is often difficult due to overlapping clinical symptoms and lack of economically viable and easy-to-perform laboratory tests. The gold standard for diagnosis is the microscopic agglutination test (MAT). In this study, the diagnostic potential of screening for pathogen-specific leptospiral antigens in urine samples is presented as a non-invasive method of disease diagnosis...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331940/screening-and-functional-exploration-of-prothrombin-arg596-related-mutations-in-chinese-venous-thromboembolism-patients
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Xi Wu, Lei Li, Qiulan Ding, Xuefeng Wang, Fang Wu, Wenman Wu
AIMS: Dysfunctional prothrombin residue Arg596 associated mutation has been found to precipitate venous thromboembolism (VTE). In the current study we investigated the prevalence of Arg596 associated mutations in Chinese patients with VTE and explored the functional impact of Arg596Gln mutation on coagulation function in affected patients. METHODS: Prothrombin clotting activity was measured in 267 unrelated patients with unprovoked VTE. Patients with moderately decreased activities underwent further analysis of the F2 gene...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331515/mhc-class-i-loaded-ligands-from-breast-cancer-cell-lines-a-potential-hla-i-typed-antigen-collection
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Dmitri V Rozanov, Nikita D Rozanov, Kami Chiotti, Ashok Reddy, Phillip A Wilmarth, Larry L David, Seung W Cha, Sunghee Woo, Pavel Pevzner, Vineet Bafna, Gregory G Burrows, Juha K Rantala, Trevor Levin, Pavana Anur, Katie Johnson-Camacho, Shaadi Tabatabaei, Daniel J Munson, Tullia C Bruno, Jill E Slansky, John W Kappler, Naoto Hirano, Sebastian Boegel, Bernard A Fox, Colt Egelston, Diana L Simons, Grecia Jimenez, Peter P Lee, Joe W Gray, Paul T Spellman
To build a catalog of peptides presented by breast cancer cells, we undertook systematic MHC class I immunoprecipitation followed by elution of MHC class I-loaded peptides in breast cancer cells. We determined the sequence of 3196 MHC class I ligands representing 1921 proteins from a panel of 20 breast cancer cell lines. After removing duplicate peptides, i.e., the same peptide eluted from more than one cell line, the total number of unique peptides was 2740. Of the unique peptides eluted, more than 1750 had been previously identified, and of these, sixteen have been shown to be immunogenic...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331322/expression-level-of-risk-genes-of-mhc-class-ii-is-a-susceptibility-factor-for-autoimmunity-new-insights
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REVIEW
Carmen Gianfran, Laura Pisapia, Stefania Picascia, Maria Strazzullo, Giovanna Del Pozzo
To date, the study of the impact of major hystocompatibility complex on autoimmunity has been prevalently focused on structural diversity of MHC molecules in binding and presentation of (auto)antigens to cognate T cells. Recently, a number of experimental evidences suggested new points of view to investigate the complex relationships between MHC gene expression and the individual predisposition to autoimmune diseases. Irrespective of the nature of the antigen, a threshold of MHC-peptide complexes needs to be reached, as well as a threshold of T cell receptors engaged is required, for the activation and proliferation of autoantigen-reactive T cells...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331266/human-papilloma-virus-specific-t-cells-can-be-generated-from-na%C3%A3-ve-t-cells-for-use-as-an-immunotherapeutic-strategy-for-immunocompromised-patients
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Sarah E McCormack, Conrad Russell Y Cruz, Kaylor E Wright, Allison B Powell, Haili Lang, Cornelia Trimble, Michael D Keller, Ephraim Fuchs, Catherine M Bollard
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a known cause of cervical cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and laryngeal cancer. Although treatments exist for HPV-associated malignancies, patients unresponsive to these therapies have a poor prognosis. Recent findings from vaccine studies suggest that T-cell immunity is essential for disease control. Because Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)-specific T cells have been highly successful in treating or preventing EBV-associated tumors, we hypothesized that the development of a manufacturing platform for HPV-specific T cells from healthy donors could be used in a third-party setting to treat patients with high-risk/relapsed HPV-associated cancers...
January 10, 2018: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330580/-lichen-ruber-planus-better-understanding-better-treatment
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REVIEW
L Schilling, T Vogt
Lichen ruber, also called lichen ruber planus or lichen planus (LP), is a noncontagious inflammatory skin disease. LP is the main representative and namesake of the group of lichenoid diseases, which are characterized by small papules often accompanied by severe itching. With 65% of cases, LP is primarily a disease of the mucous membranes. In 20% of the cases, the disease is found on the skin and mucous membranes; skin involvement alone is seen in only about 10% of cases. Cutaneous LP has a very favorable 1‑year prognosis of almost 80% healing as opposed to the mucosa and the adnexal organs...
January 12, 2018: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330469/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-exploits-a-molecular-off-switch-of-the-immune-system-for-intracellular-survival
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Ulrich von Both, Maurice Berk, Paul-Michael Agapow, Joseph D Wright, Anna Git, Melissa Shea Hamilton, Greg Goldgof, Nazneen Siddiqui, Evangelos Bellos, Victoria J Wright, Lachlan J Coin, Sandra M Newton, Michael Levin
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) survives and multiplies inside human macrophages by subversion of immune mechanisms. Although these immune evasion strategies are well characterised functionally, the underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. Here we show that during infection of human whole blood with M. tuberculosis, host gene transcriptional suppression, rather than activation, is the predominant response. Spatial, temporal and functional characterisation of repressed genes revealed their involvement in pathogen sensing and phagocytosis, degradation within the phagolysosome and antigen processing and presentation...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330115/pediatric-onset-evans-syndrome-heterogeneous-presentation-and-high-frequency-of-monogenic-disorders-including-lrba-and-ctla4-mutations
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Caroline Besnard, Eva Levy, Nathalie Aladjidi, Marie-Claude Stolzenberg, Aude Magerus-Chatinet, Olivier Alibeu, Patrick Nitschke, Stéphane Blanche, Olivier Hermine, Eric Jeziorski, Judith Landman-Parker, Guy Leverger, Nizar Mahlaoui, Gérard Michel, Isabelle Pellier, Felipe Suarez, Isabelle Thuret, Geneviève de Saint-Basile, Capucine Picard, Alain Fischer, Bénédicte Neven, Frédéric Rieux-Laucat, Pierre Quartier
Evans syndrome (ES) is defined by the combination of autoimmune hemolytic anemia and immune thrombocytopenia. Clinical presentation includes manifestations of immune dysregulation, found in primary immune deficiencies, autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome with FAS (ALPS-FAS), Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte Antigen-4 (CTLA-4) and Lipopolysaccharide-Responsive vesicle trafficking Beige-like and Anchor protein (LRBA) defects. We report the clinical history and genetic results of 18 children with ES after excluding ALPS-FAS...
January 9, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330092/a-novel-double-antigen-sandwich-elisa-for-the-species-independent-detection-of-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-specific-antibodies
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Miriam A Sas, Loic Comtet, Fabien Donnet, Marc Mertens, Zati Vatansever, Noel Tordo, Philippe Pourquier, Martin H Groschup
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a tick-borne disease in humans caused by the CCHF virus (CCHFV). The detection of anti-CCHFV antibodies in animals is used to reveal infection risk areas. Therefore a simple, quick and reliable multispecies assay for the detection of CCHFV-specific antibodies is needed. This work presents the development and validation of a novel CCHF double-antigen ELISA for the detection of anti-CCHFV nucleoprotein antibodies. The test requires 30 μl of serum, and results are obtained within 90 min...
January 9, 2018: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329933/combined-hepatic-and-pulmonary-metastasectomies-from-colorectal-carcinoma-data-from-the-prospective-spanish-registry-2008-2010
#16
Jose R Jarabo, Ana M Gómez, Joaquín Calatayud, Carlos A Fraile, Elena Fernández, Nuria Pajuelo, Raul Embún, Laureano Molins, Juan J Rivas, Florentino Hernando
INTRODUCTION: Resection of both liver and lung metastases from colorectal carcinoma (CRC) is a standard of care in selected patients with oligometastatic disease. We present here the analysis of the subgroup of patients undergoing combined surgery from the Spanish Group of Surgery of Pulmonary Metastases (PM) from Colorectal Carcinoma (GECMP-CCR-SEPAR). METHODS: We analyze characteristics, survival and prognostic factors of patients undergoing combined resection from March-2008 to February-2010 and followed-up during at least 3 years, from the prospective multicenter Spanish Registry...
January 9, 2018: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329749/assessment-of-the-diagnostic-performance-of-four-methods-for-the-detection-of-giardia-duodenalis-in-fecal-samples-from-human-canine-and-feline-carriers
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Flávia Fernandes de Mendonça Uchôa, Adriana Pittella Sudré, Sabrina Destri Emmerick Campos, Nádia Regina Pereira Almosny
Enteric parasitic diseases including giardiasis are of public health concern. Different methods are available for the diagnosis of this parasitic infection in fecal samples such as the identification of protozoan cysts and trophozoites by light microscopy, detection of specific antigens by ELISA, and amplification of DNA fragments by PCR. The present study aimed at assessing the performance of four laboratory tests for the detection of Giardia duodenalis in fecal specimens from three different host species with a previous diagnosis of giardiasis; canine, feline and human patients provided new stool samples to be retested for Giardia before initiating treatment with antiprotozoal drugs...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328479/the-human-umbilical-cord-stem-cells-improve-the-viability-of-oa-degenerated-chondrocytes
#18
Hao Wang, Xu Yan, Yuxin Jiang, Zheng Wang, Yufei Li, Qingdong Shao
Osteoarthritis (OA) affects a large number of patients; however, human umbilical cord stem cells exhibit therapeutic potential for treating OA. The aim of the present study was to explore the interaction between human umbilical cord stem cells and degenerated chondrocytes, and the therapeutic potential of human umbilical cord stem cells on degenerated chondrocytes. Human umbilical cord‑derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUC‑MSCs) were harvested from human umbilical cords, and flow cytometry was used to analyze the surface antigen markers, in addition, chondrogenic, osteogenic and adipogenic differentiation on the cells was investigated...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328419/screening-and-clinical-evaluation-of-dominant-peptides-of-centromere-protein-f-antigen-for-early-diagnosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Siwen Li, Xiaojin Li, Anjian Xu, Bei Zhang, Xiaomin He, Hongda Chen, Jian Huang
Tumor-associated antigens, such as centromere protein F (CENP‑F), have been recognized as potential serological biomarkers for early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); however, the exact regions corresponding to the dominant peptides of CENP‑F antigen remain to be explored. We aimed to screen and evaluate potential dominant peptides of CENP‑F for early diagnosis of HCC. Dominant peptides of CENP‑F were predicted by BioSun version 3.0, and the corresponding recombinant proteins were prepared...
January 4, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328380/role-of-the-pi3k%C3%A2-akt%C3%A2-mtor-pathway-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-and-replication
#20
Kunlun Xiang, Bin Wang
The replication of hepatitis B virus (HBV) may be modulated by a variety of cell signaling pathways, including the phosphatidylinositol 3‑kinase (PI3K)‑RAC‑α serine/threonine‑protein kinase (AKT)‑serine/threonine‑protein kinase mTOR (mTOR) pathway. The aim of the present study was to determine the regulatory effects of this pathway on the infection and replication of HBV. The results indicated that the HBV entry process may activate the AKT pathway, as demonstrated by AKT phosphorylation in HBV natural infection...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
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