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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320178/profile-of-von-willebrand-factor-antigen-and-von-willebrand-factor-propeptide-in-an-overall-tia-and-ischaemic-stroke-population-and-amongst-subtypes
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W O Tobin, J A Kinsella, G F Kavanagh, J S O'Donnell, R T McGrath, S Tierney, B Egan, T M Feeley, T Coughlan, D R Collins, D O'Neill, Sjx Murphy, S J Lim, R P Murphy, Djh McCabe
INTRODUCTION: Von Willebrand factor propeptide (VWF:Ag II) is proposed to be a more sensitive marker of acute endothelial activation than von Willebrand factor antigen (VWF:Ag). Simultaneous data on VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II profiles are very limited following TIA and ischaemic stroke. METHODS: In this prospective, observational, case-control study, plasma VWF:Ag and VWF:Ag II levels were quantified in 164 patients≤4weeks of TIA or ischaemic stroke (baseline), and then ≥14days (14d) and ≥90days (90d) later, and compared with those from 27 healthy controls...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320131/epigenetic-and-gene-expression-alterations-of-foxp3-in-the-t-cells-of-eae-mouse-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Ali Noori-Zadeh, Seyed Alireza Mesbah-Namin, Ali Akbar Saboor-Yaraghi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease with demyelination and neurodegeneration of the central nervous system. It has been shown that the regulatory T (Treg) cells are responsible for maintaining tolerance to self-antigens and can suppress the autoimmune process in several animal models such as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a mouse model of MS. Recent basic studies have demonstrated that forkhead box P (FOXP3) and BTB domain and CNC homolog 2 (BACH2) are the master transcription factors of these cells playing a pivotal role in the polarization of naïve T cells into Treg cells...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320099/light-emitting-diode-led-therapy-improves-occipital-cortex-damage-by-decreasing-apoptosis-and-increasing-bdnf-expressing-cells-in-methanol-induced-toxicity-in-rats
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Amir Ghanbari, Majid Ghareghani, Kazem Zibara, Hamdallah Delaviz, Elham Ebadi, Mohammad Hossein Jahantab
Methanol-induced retinal toxicity, frequently associated with elevated free radicals and cell edema, is characterized by progressive retinal ganglion cell (RGC) death and vision loss. Previous studies investigated the effect of photomodulation on RGCs, but not the visual cortex. In this study, the effect of 670nm Light-Emitting Diode (LED) therapy on RGCs and visual cortex recovery was investigated in a seven-day methanol-induced retinal toxicity protocol in rats. Methanol administration showed a reduction in the number of RGCs, loss of neurons (neuronal nuclear antigen, NeuN+), activation of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP+) expressing cells, suppression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF+) positive cells, increase in apoptosis (caspase 3+) and enhancement of nitric oxide (NO) release in serum and brain...
March 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320011/trends-in-prostate-specific-antigen-screening-and-prostate-cancer-interventions-3-years-after-the-u-s-preventive-services-task-force-recommendation
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Mei-Sing Ong, Kenneth D Mandl
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319831/structure-based-prediction-of-host-pathogen-protein-interactions
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REVIEW
Rachelle Mariano, Stefan Wuchty
The discovery, validation, and characterization of protein-based interactions from different species are crucial for translational research regarding a variety of pathogens, ranging from the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum to HIV-1. Here, we review recent advances in the prediction of host-pathogen protein interfaces using structural information. In particular, we observe that current methods chiefly perform machine learning on sequence and domain information to produce large sets of candidate interactions that are further assessed and pruned to generate final, highly probable sets...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319827/immunophenotypical-characterization-of-canine-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-perivisceral-and-subcutaneous-adipose-tissue-by-a-species-specific-panel-of-antibodies
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Ana Ivanovska, Stefano Grolli, Paolo Borghetti, Francesca Ravanetti, Virna Conti, Elena De Angelis, Francesca Macchi, Roberto Ramoni, Paolo Martelli, Ferdinando Gazza, Antonio Cacchioli
Immunophenotypical characterization of mesenchymal stem cells is fundamental for the design and execution of sound experimental and clinical studies. The scarce availability of species-specific antibodies for canine antigens has hampered the immunophenotypical characterization of canine mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). The aim of this study was to select a panel of species-specific direct antibodies readily useful for canine mesenchymal stem cells characterization. They were isolated from perivisceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue samples collected during regular surgeries from 8 dogs...
February 27, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319826/oil-based-adjuvants-delivered-intradermally-induce-high-primary-igg2-immune-response-in-swine
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Zrinka Oreskovic, Hana Kudlackova, Josef Krejci, Katerina Nechvatalova, Martin Faldyna
The effects of intradermal application of antigen with or without different adjuvants and activation of immune response are presented in this study. Six groups of six piglets each were immunized with keyhole limpet haemocyanin (KLH) antigen in combination with aluminium hydroxide or oil-based adjuvants (complete and incomplete Freund's adjuvants, Montanide ISA 206 and Emulsigen). IgG1 and IgG2 levels in sera were measured by KLH-specific ELISA. Interestingly, oil-based adjuvants induced high primary IgG2 response, suggesting the Th1 lymphocyte polarization...
March 11, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319733/plasma-cell-and-memory-b-cell-differentiation-from-the-germinal-center
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Dan Suan, Christopher Sundling, Robert Brink
Germinal centers (GCs) form in secondary lymphoid tissues in response to antigenic challenge and are the site of somatic hypermutation, generating GC B cells with increasing affinity for the inciting agent that are positively selected over time. However, it is not until GC B cells differentiate into memory B cells and plasma cells and egress from the GC back into the circulation that effective long-lived humoral immunity is conferred upon the host. Here we review what is known about the signals that initiate the transition from a GC B cell into the memory B cell and plasma cell compartments and the downstream transcriptional regulation of these processes...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319732/an-antigen-to-remember-regulation-of-b-cell-memory-in-health-and-disease
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Aleta Pupovac, Kim L Good-Jacobson
Vaccine success relies on the formation of immunity. Humoral immunity is critical and is mediated by long-lived antibody-secreting cells and memory B cells (MBCs). Chronic infectious diseases cause a significant global burden of disease; pathogens that evade the immune system can cause phenotypical and functional changes to immune memory populations. Thus, recent studies have focused on MBC subset function. IgM(+) MBCs have emerged as important early responders in malaria. Atypical MBCs have functional qualities associated with exhaustion in chronic infectious diseases, but the requirements for their formation and where they localize remains unknown...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319731/stimulating-cd27-to-quantitatively-and-qualitatively-shape-adaptive-immunity-to-cancer
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Timothy Nj Bullock
The capacity of the immune system to recognize and respond to tumors has been appreciated for over 100 years. However, clinical success has largely depended on the elucidation of the positive and negative regulators of effector cells after their activation via the antigen cell receptor. On the one hand, effector cells upregulate checkpoint molecules that are thought to play a role in limiting immunopathology. On the other, second and third waves of costimulation are often required to promote the expansion, survival and differentiation of effector cells...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319730/deconstructing-the-germinal-center-one-cell-at-a-time
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REVIEW
Chad R Dufaud, Louise J McHeyzer-Williams, Michael G McHeyzer-Williams
Successful vaccination relies on driving the immune response towards high specificity, affinity and longevity. Germinal centers facilitate the evolution of antigen-specific B cells by iterative rounds of diversification, selection, and differentiation to memory and plasma cells. Experimental evidence points to B cell receptor affinity and amount of antigen presented to follicular helper T cells as main drivers of clonal evolution. Concurrent studies suggest that modifiers of cognate contact, temporal mechanisms, and stochastic factors can also shape diversity and influence differentiation to memory and plasma cells, but molecular pathways driving these selection decisions are unresolved...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319729/stromal-networking-cellular-connections-in-the-germinal-centre
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REVIEW
Alice E Denton, Michelle A Linterman
Secondary lymphoid organs are organized into distinct zones, governed by different types of mesenchymal stromal cells. These stromal cell subsets are critical for the generation of protective humoral immunity because they direct the migration of, and interaction between, multiple immune cell types to form the germinal centre. The germinal centre response generates long-lived antibody-secreting plasma cells and memory B cells which can provide long-term protection against re-infection. Stromal cell subsets mediate this response through control of immune cell trafficking, activation, localization and antigen access within the secondary lymphoid organ...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319565/bone-marrow-graft-versus-host-disease-in-major-histocompatibility-complex-matched-murine-reduced-intensity-allogeneic-hemopoietic-cell-transplantation
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Kifah Shahin, Zamil Mattar, Pablo Silveira, Wei-Hsun Hsu, Linda Bendall, Derek Hart, Kenneth F Bradstock
BACKGROUND: Most clinical allogeneic hemopoietic cell transplants (alloHCT) are now performed using reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) instead of myeloablative (MAC) conditioning, however, the biology underlying this treatment remains incompletely understood. METHODS: We investigated a murine model of major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-matched multiple minor histocompatibility antigen mismatched alloHCT, using bone marrow (BM) cells and splenocytes from B6 (H-2) donor mice transplanted into BALB...
March 18, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319497/vertebral-hemangioma-mimicking-bone-metastasis-in-68ga-psma-ligand-pet-ct
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Carlos Artigas, François-Xavier Otte, Marc Lemort, Roland van Velthoven, Patrick Flamen
Ga-PSMA PET/CT was performed in a 68-year-old man to evaluate recurrent prostate cancer due to elevated serum prostate-specific antigen level. Images showed a focal uptake in the prostatic gland, suggesting local relapse, and an intense uptake in the 12th thoracic vertebra, with no morphological abnormalities in CT slices. In order to confirm extraprostatic disease and before radiotherapy planning, a full-spine MRI was performed, resulting with the morphological pattern of a vertebral hemangioma. Hystological analysis confirmed the local relapse in the prostate...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319496/the-utility-of-68ga-psma-pet-ct-in-poorly-differentiated-metastatic-prostate-cancer
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Mehmet Onur Demirkol, Murat Can Kiremit, Omer Acar, Burcu Ucar, Yesim Saglican
We aimed to emphasize how useful PSMA PET/CT findings can be while trying to restage prostate cancer after radical prostatectomy in the presence of low prostate-specific antigen values. A 64-year-old man with pT3b N1 M0 Gleason 7 adenocarcinoma of the prostate presented 5 years postoperatively with a palpable axillary mass, whereas his prostate-specific antigen was 0.08 ng/mL. Conventional imaging studies and histopathologic findings of the axillary mass biopsy revealed inconclusive results. Ga-PSMA PET/CT demonstrated PSMA-positive metastatic lesions, the largest one being located in the right axilla...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319462/late-effects-of-exposure-to-ionizing-radiation-and-age-on-human-thymus-morphology-and-function
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Reiko Ito, Laura P Hale, Susan M Geyer, Jie Li, Andrew Sornborger, Junko Kajimura, Yoichiro Kusunoki, Kengo Yoshida, Marcel R M van den Brink, Seishi Kyoizumi, Nancy R Manley, Kei Nakachi, Gregory D Sempowski
The thymus is essential for proper development and maintenance of a T-cell repertoire that can respond to newly encountered antigens, but its function can be adversely affected by internal factors such as pregnancy and normal aging or by external stimuli such as stress, infection, chemotherapy and ionizing radiation. We have utilized a unique archive of thymus tissues, obtained from 165 individuals, exposed to the 1945 atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima, to study the long-term effects of receiving up to ∼3 Gy dose of ionizing radiation on human thymus function...
March 20, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319446/good-laboratory-practice-preclinical-safety-studies-for-gsk2696273-mlv-vector-based-ex-vivo-gene-therapy-for-adenosine-deaminase-deficiency-severe-combined-immunodeficiency-in-nsg-mice
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Nicola Carriglio, Jan Klapwijk, Raisa Jofra Hernandez, Michela Vezzoli, Franck Chanut, Rhiannon Lowe, Draghici Elena, Melanie Nord, Paola Albertini, Patrizia Cristofori, Jane Richards, Hazel Staton, Jonathan Appleby, Alessandro Aiuti, Aisha V Sauer
GSK2696273 (autologous CD34+ cells transduced with retroviral vector that encodes for the human adenosine deaminase [ADA] enzyme) is a gamma-retroviral ex vivo gene therapy of bone marrow-derived CD34+ cells for the treatment of adenosine deaminase deficiency severe combined immunodeficiency (ADA-SCID). ADA-SCID is a severe monogenic disease characterized by immunologic and nonimmunologic symptoms. Bone-marrow transplant from a matched related donor is the treatment of choice, but it is available for only a small proportion of patients...
March 2017: Human Gene Therapy. Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319366/magnetic-printing-of-a-biosensor-inexpensive-rapid-sensing-to-detect-picomolar-amounts-of-antigen-with-antibody-functionalized-carbon-nanotubes
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Abdel Rahman Abdel Fattah, Ahmed M Abdalla, Sarah Mishriki, Elvira Meleca, Fei Geng, Suvojit Ghosh, Ishwar K Puri
When an antibody (Ab) is immobilized on its surface, a carbon nanotube (CNT) becomes a biosensor that detects the corresponding antigen (Ag) since Ag-Ab complexes formed on the CNT surface moderate the current flow through it. We synthesize a biological ink containing CNTs that are twice functionalized, first with magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and thereafter with the anti-c-Myc monoclonal Ab. The ink is pipetted and dynamically self organized by an external magnetic field into a dense electrically conducting sensor strip that measures the decrease in current when a sample containing c-Myc Ag is deposited on it...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319170/antibody-response-against-phop-efficiently-discriminates-among-healthy-individuals-tuberculosis-patients-and-their-contacts
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Aurobind Vidyarthi, Nargis Khan, Tapan Agnihotri, Kaneez F Siddiqui, Girish R Nair, Ashish Arora, Ashok K Janmeja, Javed N Agrewala
Tuberculosis continues to be one of the most devastating global health problem. Its diagnosis will benefit in timely initiation of the treatment, cure and therefore reduction in the transmission of the disease. Tests are available, but none can be comprehensively relied on for its diagnosis; especially in TB-endemic zones. PhoP is a key player in Mycobacterium tuberculosis virulence but nothing has been known about its role in the diagnosis of TB. We monitored the presence of anti-PhoP antibodies in the healthy, patients and their contacts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319127/hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-1%C3%AE-downregulates-hbv-gene-expression-and-replication-by-activating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Junyu Lin, Chenjian Gu, Zhongliang Shen, Yanfeng Liu, Wei Wang, Shuai Tao, Xiaoxian Cui, Jing Liu, Youhua Xie
The role of hepatocyte nuclear factor 1α (HNF1α) in the regulation of gene expression and replication of hepatitis B virus (HBV) is not fully understood. Previous reports have documented the induction of the expression of viral large surface protein (LHBs) by HNF1α through activating viral Sp1 promoter. Large amount of LHBs can block the secretion of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Here we found that HNF1α overexpression inhibited HBV gene expression and replication in Huh7 cells, resulting in marked decreases in HBsAg, hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and virion productions...
2017: PloS One
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