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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817637/genetic-diversity-of-the-o-antigens-of-proteus-species-and-the-development-of-a-suspension-array-for-molecular-serotyping
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Xiang Yu, Agnieszka Torzewska, Xinjie Zhang, Zhiqiu Yin, Dominika Drzewiecka, Hengchun Cao, Bin Liu, Yuriy A Knirel, Antoni Rozalski, Lei Wang
Proteus species are well-known opportunistic pathogens frequently associated with skin wound and urinary tract infections in humans and animals. O antigen diversity is important for bacteria to adapt to different hosts and environments, and has been used to identify serotypes of Proteus isolates. At present, 80 Proteus O-serotypes have been reported. Although the O antigen structures of most Proteus serotypes have been identified, the genetic features of these O antigens have not been well characterized. The O antigen gene clusters of Proteus species are located between the cpxA and secB genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817634/cross-reactivity-between-apical-membrane-antgen-1-and-rhoptry-neck-protein-2-in-p-vivax-and-p-falciparum-a-structural-and-binding-study
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Brigitte Vulliez-Le Normand, Frederick A Saul, Sylviane Hoos, Bart W Faber, Graham A Bentley
Malaria, a disease endemic in many tropical and subtropical regions, is caused by infection of the erythrocyte by the apicomplexan parasite Plasmodium. Host-cell invasion is a complex process but two Plasmodium proteins, Apical Membrane Antigen 1 (AMA1) and the Rhoptry Neck protein complex (RON), play a key role. AMA1, present on the surface of the parasite, binds tightly to the RON2 component of the RON protein complex, which is inserted into the erythrocyte membrane during invasion. Blocking the AMA1-RON2 interaction with antibodies or peptides inhibits invasion, underlining its importance in the Plasmodium life cycle and as a target for therapeutic strategies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817603/expression-of-the-mhc-class-ii-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-is-associated-with-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-and-interferon-signaling
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In Ah Park, Seong-Hye Hwang, In Hye Song, Sun-Hee Heo, Young-Ae Kim, Won Seon Bang, Hye Seon Park, Miseon Lee, Gyungyub Gong, Hee Jin Lee
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) have been known for their strong prognostic and predictive significance in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Several mechanisms for TIL influx in TNBC have been elucidated. Major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC-II) is an essential component of the adaptive immune system and is generally restricted to the surface of antigen-presenting cells. However, it has been reported that interferon-gamma signaling may induce MHC-II in almost all cell types, including those derived from cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816740/the-value-of-direct-immunofluorescence-on-proteinase-digested-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-skin-biopsies
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Aida Valencia-Guerrero, April Deng, Karen Dresser, Gail Bouliane, Kristine M Cornejo
Direct immunofluorescence (DIF) on frozen tissue (DIF-F) is the method of choice for the identification of immune deposits present in skin and other tissues. DIF can also be performed on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue (DIF-P) after antigen retrieval with proteases and has proven to be of value in renal pathology. However, its utility in skin biopsies has not been fully examined. In this study, we performed DIF-P on 60 skin biopsies that comprised of bullous pemphigoid (n = 18), pemphigoid gestationis (n = 1), pemphigus (n = 7), linear IgA disease (n = 7), vasculitis (n = 20), lupus erythematosus (n = 3), and dermatitis herpetiformis (n = 4) cases...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816410/new-insights-into-the-cellular-makeup-and-progenitor-potential-of-palatal-connective-tissues
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Emoke Pall, Mihai Cenariu, Adrian Kasaj, Adrian Florea, Andrada Soancă, Alexandra Roman, Carmen Georgiu
The present study investigated the regenerative potential of connective tissues harvested from two palatal areas widely used as donor sites for muco-gingival surgical approaches. Connective tissue grafts (CTGs) were obtained by de-epithelialisation of a free gingival graft (deCTG) and by a split flap approach from a previous donor site (reCTG). Two types of mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) were isolated and were named de-epithelialised MSCs (deMSCs) and re-entry MSCs (reMSCs). The cells were characterised and cellular functionality was investigated...
August 17, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815969/-318c-t-polymorphism-of-the-ctla-4-gene-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-rbc-alloimmunization-among-sickle-cell-disease-patients
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V B Oliveira, M R Dezan, F C A Gomes, S F Menosi Gualandro, J E Krieger, A C Pereira, J D Marsiglia, J E Levi, V Rocha, A Mendrone-Junior, E C Sabino, C L Dinardo
Cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) molecule is expressed on T-lymphocyte membrane and negatively influences the antigen-presenting process. Reduced expression of CTLA-4 due to gene polymorphisms is associated with increased risk of autoimmune disorders, whose physiopathology is similar to that of post-transfusion red blood cell (RBC) alloimmunization. Our goal was to evaluate if polymorphisms of CTLA-4 gene that affect protein expression are associated with RBC alloimmunization. This was a case-control study in which 134 sickle cell disease (SCD) patients and 253 non-SCD patients were included...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815716/characterization-of-h5n6-highly-pathogenic-avian-influenza-viruses-isolated-from-wild-and-captive-birds-in-the-winter-season-of-2016-2017-in-northern-japan
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Takahiro Hiono, Masatoshi Okamatsu, Keita Matsuno, Atsushi Haga, Ritsuko Iwata, Lam Thanh Nguyen, Mizuho Suzuki, Yuto Kikutani, Hiroshi Kida, Manabu Onuma, Yoshihiro Sakoda
On November 15, 2016, a suspected case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a dead black swan was reported from a zoo in Akita prefecture, northern Japan, and an HPAI virus (HPAIV) belonging to the H5N6 subtype was isolated from specimens taken from the bird. After the initial report, 230 cases of HPAI caused by H5N6 viruses were reported from wild birds, captive birds, and domestic poultry farms throughout the country during the winter season. In the present study, we further characterized 66 H5N6 HPAIVs isolated from northern Japan...
August 16, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815327/molecular-characterization-and-heterogeneity-of-circulating-tumor-cells-in-breast-cancer
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Anna Jakabova, Zuzana Bielcikova, Eliska Pospisilova, Rafal Matkowski, Bartlomiej Szynglarewicz, Urszula Staszek-Szewczyk, Milada Zemanova, Lubos Petruzelka, Petra Eliasova, Katarina Kolostova, Vladimir Bobek
INTRODUCTION: This study analyzes peripheral blood samples from breast cancer (BC) patients. CTCs from peripheral blood were enriched by size-based separation and were then cultivated in vitro. The primary aim of this study was to demonstrate the antigen independent CTC separation method with high CTC recovery. Subsequently, CTCs enriched several times during the treatment were characterized molecularly. METHODS: Patients with different stages of BC (N = 167) were included into the study...
August 16, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815004/hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-among-wind-musicians-an-overlooked-disease
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Janne Møller, Charlotte Hyldgaard, Sissel Brix Kronborg-White, Finn Rasmussen, Elisabeth Bendstrup
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is a complex pulmonary disorder mediated by the immune system and caused by various inhaled antigens against which the subject has previously been sensitized. In about 50% of the cases, the antigen is not identified. Identification and removal of the eliciting antigen is important for the prognosis. We report two cases of HP caused by molds and atypical mycobacteria isolated from wind instruments. We present the first case of HP caused by bassoon playing and another case of HP caused by molds in a trombone...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814926/wuchereria-bancrofti-infection-at-four-primary-schools-and-surrounding-communities-with-no-previous-blood-surveys-in-northern-uganda-the-prevalence-after-mass-drug-administrations-and-a-report-on-suspected-non-filarial-endemic-elephantiasis
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Emmanuel Igwaro Odongo-Aginya, Alex Olia, Kilama Justin Luwa, Eiji Nagayasu, Anna Mary Auma, Geoffrey Egitat, Gerald Mwesigwa, Yoshitaka Ogino, Eisaku Kimura, Toshihiro Horii
BACKGROUND: A prevalence study of Wuchereria bancrofti infection was carried out in 2014 at 4 study sites in northern Uganda using antigen and microfilaria tests. Each study site consists of a primary school and surrounding communities. These sites are inside the filariasis endemic area and have been covered by mass drug administration under the national elimination programme. However, no prevalence study had been conducted there before the present study. Without information on past and present endemicity levels, our study was meant to be an independent third-party investigation to know the latest filariasis situation...
2017: Tropical Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814521/hiv-fusion-in-dendritic-cells-mainly-occurs-at-the-surface-and-is-limited-by-low-cd4-levels
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Lise Chauveau, Daniel Aaron Donahue, Blandine Monel, Francoise Porrot, Timothée Bruel, Lea Richard, Nicoletta Casartelli, Olivier Schwartz
HIV-1 poorly infects monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDCs). This is in a large part due to SAMHD1, which restricts viral reverse transcription. Pseudotyping HIV-1 with VSV-G strongly enhances infection, suggesting that earlier steps of viral replication, including fusion, are also inefficient in MDDCs. The site of HIV-1 fusion remains controversial and may depend on the cell type, with reports indicating that it occurs at the plasma membrane or contrarily, in an endocytic compartment. Here, we examined the pathways of HIV-1 entry in MDDCs...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814353/pre-and-postoperative-blood-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-and-eosinophil-to-lymphocyte-ratios-in-patients-with-sinonasal-polyps-a-preliminary-investigation
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Giuseppe Brescia, Umberto Barion, Claudia Zanotti, Daniela Parrino, Gino Marioni
BACKGROUND: Identifying specific endotypes within the broad picture of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP), by using biomarkers for instance, remains a challenge. The prognostic role of the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and the eosinophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (ELR) as potential markers of inflammation has already been discussed. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to compare NLR and ELR before and after endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS) and nasal mometasone furoate for CRSwNP by stratifying patients by their clinical and histologic features...
September 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814066/mice-expressing-human-erap1-variants-associated-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-have-altered-t-cell-repertoires-and-nk-cell-functions-as-well-as-increased-in-utero-and-perinatal-mortality
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David P W Rastall, Fadel S Alyaquob, Patrick O'Connell, Yuliya Pepelyayeva, Douglas Peters, Sarah Godbehere-Roosa, Cristiane Pereira-Hicks, Yasser A Aldhamen, Andrea Amalfitano
Specific variants of endoplasmic reticulum-associated aminopeptidase 1 (ERAP1) identified by genome-wide association study modify the risk for developing ankylosing spondylitis. We previously confirmed that disease-associated ERAP1 variants have altered enzymatic abilities that can impact upon the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines from cells expressing the same ERAP1 variants. To determine if these ERAP1 variants also impacted immune responses in vivo, we generated two strains of transgenic mice expressing human ERAP1 genes containing non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with an increased (ERAP1-High) or decreased (ERAP1-Low) risk for developing autoimmune disease...
June 1, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813661/tissue-resident-macrophages-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-originate-from-embryonic-hematopoiesis-and-promote-tumor-progression
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Yu Zhu, John M Herndon, Dorothy K Sojka, Ki-Wook Kim, Brett L Knolhoff, Chong Zuo, Darren R Cullinan, Jingqin Luo, Audrey R Bearden, Kory J Lavine, Wayne M Yokoyama, William G Hawkins, Ryan C Fields, Gwendalyn J Randolph, David G DeNardo
Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) are essential components of the cancer microenvironment and play critical roles in the regulation of tumor progression. Optimal therapeutic intervention requires in-depth understanding of the sources that sustain macrophages in malignant tissues. In this study, we investigated the ontogeny of TAMs in murine pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) models. We identified both inflammatory monocytes and tissue-resident macrophages as sources of TAMs. Unexpectedly, significant portions of pancreas-resident macrophages originated from embryonic development and expanded through in situ proliferation during tumor progression...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813660/neutralizing-antibody-responses-to-viral-infections-are-linked-to-the-non-classical-mhc-class-ii-gene-h2-ob
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Lisa K Denzin, Aly A Khan, Francesca Virdis, Jessica Wilks, Melissa Kane, Helen A Beilinson, Stanislav Dikiy, Laure K Case, Derry Roopenian, Michele Witkowski, Alexander V Chervonsky, Tatyana V Golovkina
Select humans and animals control persistent viral infections via adaptive immune responses that include production of neutralizing antibodies. The precise genetic basis for the control remains enigmatic. Here, we report positional cloning of the gene responsible for production of retrovirus-neutralizing antibodies in mice of the I/LnJ strain. It encodes the beta subunit of the non-classical major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC-II)-like molecule H2-O, a negative regulator of antigen presentation. The recessive and functionally null I/LnJ H2-Ob allele supported the production of virus-neutralizing antibodies independently of the classical MHC haplotype...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813649/a-case-for-a-human-immuno-peptidome-project-consortium
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Etienne Caron, Ruedi Aebersold, Amir Banaei-Esfahani, Chloe Chong, Michal Bassani-Sternberg
A multidisciplinary group of researchers gathered at the Hönggerberg Campus at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, for the first meeting on the Human Immuno-Peptidome Project (https://hupo.org/human-immuno-peptidome-project/). The long-term goal of this project is to map the entire repertoire of peptides presented by human leukocyte antigen molecules using mass spectrometry technologies, and make its robust analysis accessible to any immunologist. Here we outline the specific challenges identified toward this goal, and within this framework, describe the structure of a multipronged program aimed at addressing these challenges and implementing solutions at a community-wide level...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813415/cdk4-6-inhibition-triggers-anti-tumour-immunity
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Shom Goel, Molly J DeCristo, April C Watt, Haley BrinJones, Jaclyn Sceneay, Ben B Li, Naveed Khan, Jessalyn M Ubellacker, Shaozhen Xie, Otto Metzger-Filho, Jeremy Hoog, Matthew J Ellis, Cynthia X Ma, Susanne Ramm, Ian E Krop, Eric P Winer, Thomas M Roberts, Hye-Jung Kim, Sandra S McAllister, Jean J Zhao
Cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) are fundamental drivers of the cell cycle and are required for the initiation and progression of various malignancies. Pharmacological inhibitors of CDK4/6 have shown significant activity against several solid tumours. Their primary mechanism of action is thought to be the inhibition of phosphorylation of the retinoblastoma tumour suppressor, inducing G1 cell cycle arrest in tumour cells. Here we use mouse models of breast carcinoma and other solid tumours to show that selective CDK4/6 inhibitors not only induce tumour cell cycle arrest, but also promote anti-tumour immunity...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811980/erap1-overexpression-in-hpv-induced-malignancies-a-possible-novel-immune-evasion-mechanism
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Alina Steinbach, Jan Winter, Miriam Reuschenbach, Renata Blatnik, Alexandra Klevenz, Miriam Bertrand, Stephanie Hoppe, Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz, Agnieszka K Grabowska, Angelika B Riemer
Immune evasion of tumors poses a major challenge for immunotherapy. For human papillomavirus (HPV)-induced malignancies, multiple immune evasion mechanisms have been described, including altered expression of antigen processing machinery (APM) components. These changes can directly influence epitope presentation and thus T-cell responses against tumor cells. To date, the APM had not been studied systematically in a large array of HPV(+) tumor samples. Therefore in this study, systematic expression analysis of the APM was performed on the mRNA and protein level in a comprehensive collection of HPV16(+) cell lines...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811962/an-ror1-bi-specific-t-cell-engager-provides-effective-targeting-and-cytotoxicity-against-a-range-of-solid-tumors
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Satyen Harish Gohil, Solange Rosa Paredes-Moscosso, Micaela Harrasser, Marzia Vezzalini, Aldo Scarpa, Emma Morris, Andrew M Davidoff, Claudio Sorio, Amit Chunilal Nathwani, Marco Della Peruta
We have developed a humanized bi-specific T-cell engager (BiTE) targeting receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor 1 (ROR1), a cell surface antigen present on a range of malignancies and cancer-initiating cells. Focusing initially on pancreatic cancer, we demonstrated that our ROR1 BiTE results in T cell mediated and antigen-specific cytotoxicity against ROR1-expressing pancreatic cancer cell lines in vitro at exceedingly low concentrations (0.1 ng/mL) and low effector to target ratios. Our BiTE prevented engraftment of pancreatic tumor xenografts in murine models and reduced the size of established subcutaneous tumors by at least 3-fold...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811960/rehmannia-glutinosa-polysaccharide-induces-toll-like-receptor-4-dependent-spleen-dendritic-cell-maturation-and-anti-cancer-immunity
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Li Xu, Minseok Kwak, Wei Zhang, Ling Zeng, Peter Chang-Whan Lee, Jun-O Jin
Rehmannia glutinosa polysaccharide (RGP) has shown an activation of immune cells in vitro. However, the immune stimulatory effect of RGP in a mouse in vivo is not well studied. In this study, we examined the effect of RGP on dendritic cell (DC) activation and anticancer immunity in vivo. Treatments of RGP in C56BL/6 mice induced increased levels of co-stimulatory molecule expression and pro-inflammatory cytokine production in spleen DCs dependent on toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), and those DCs promoted interferon-gamma (IFNγ) production in CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells...
2017: Oncoimmunology
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