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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532097/influence-of-telopeptides-on-the-structural-and-physical-properties-of-polymeric-and-monomeric-acid-soluble-type-i-collagen
#1
Róisín Holmes, Steve Kirk, Giuseppe Tronci, Xuebin Yang, David Wood
Currently two factors hinder the use of collagen as building block of regenerative devices: the limited mechanical strength in aqueous environment, and potential antigenicity. Polymeric collagen is naturally found in the cross-linked state and is mechanically tougher than the monomeric, acid-soluble collagen ex vivo. The antigenicity of collagen, on the other hand, is mainly ascribed to inter-species variations in amino acid sequences of the non-helical terminal telopeptides. These telopeptides can be removed through enzymatic treatment to produce atelocollagen, although the effect of this cleavage on triple helix organization, amino acidic composition and thermal properties is often disregarded...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532087/the-repairing-of-full-thickness-skin-deficiency-and-its-biological-mechanism-using-decellularized-human-amniotic-membrane-as-the-wound-dressing
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Mengsheng Song, Weiqing Wang, Qihua Ye, Shizhong Bu, Zhisen Shen, Yabin Zhu
Human amniotic membrane (HAM) was a biocompatible scaffold with advantages of anti-inflammatory, low antigen, feasibility, tolerance and low cost. In our previous work, HAM was treated to be decellularized using surfactant, lipase and DNAase methods and the efficacy as an implantable biological mesh was verified after decellularization treatment. In this work, we used the previous protocol to decellularize the fresh HAM, and applied it to repair full-thickness skin defects with Sprague-Dawley rats as the test animals...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531815/chicken-interleukin-1%C3%AE-mutants-are-effective-single-dose-vaccine-adjuvants-that-enhance-mucosal-immune-response
#3
Wen-Ting Chen, Hao-Kai Chang, Cheng-Chung Lin, Shan-Min Yang, Hsien-Sheng Yin
The use of cytokines as adjuvants in poultry is promising because they may enhance immune responses to antigens. In this study, we created two mutants, chicken interleukin-1 beta (ChIL-1β) Q19A and R140A, which exhibited significantly increased in vivo biological activity compared with wild-type ChIL-1β. The potential mucosal adjuvant activity of the mutants Q19A and R140A was evaluated in chickens through the intranasal coadministration of a single dose of the Newcastle disease virus (NDV) vaccine with Q19A or R140A...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531357/prostate-specific-antigen-decline-pattern-in-advanced-prostate-cancer-receiving-androgen-deprivation-therapy-and-relationship-with-prostate-specific-antigen-progression
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Erdem Akbay, Murat Bozlu, Selahittin Çayan, Pelin Özcan Kara, Mesut Tek, Cuma Aytekin
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to evaluate prostate-specific antigen decline pattern including prostate-specific antigen kinetics following androgen deprivation therapy on prostate-specific antigen progression in the patients with advanced prostate cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-seven advanced prostate cancer patients receiving maximum androgen deprivation therapy were enrolled in case-control study. Baseline prostate-specific antigen, Gleason Score, bone metastase, nadir prostate-specific antigen, time to nadir prostate-specific antigen, declining slope to nadir prostate-specific antigen, estimated baseline prostate-specific antigen half-time, current prostate-specific antigen, post-nadir prostate-specific antigen time, estimated prostate-specific antigen, estimated decline of baseline prostate-specific antigen as quantitative, and ratio were recorded and calculated...
May 20, 2017: Aging Male: the Official Journal of the International Society for the Study of the Aging Male
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530714/cd8%C3%AE-%C3%AE-intraepithelial-lymphocytes-arise-from-two-main-thymic-precursors
#5
Roland Ruscher, Rebecca L Kummer, You Jeong Lee, Stephen C Jameson, Kristin A Hogquist
TCRαβ(+)CD4(-)CD8α(+)CD8β(-) intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes (CD8αα IELs) are an abundant population of thymus-derived T cells that protect the gut barrier surface. We sought to better define the thymic IEL precursor (IELp) through analysis of its maturation, localization and emigration. We defined two precursor populations among TCRβ(+)CD4(-)CD8(-) thymocytes by dependence on the kinase TAK1 and rigorous lineage-exclusion criteria. Those IELp populations included a nascent PD-1(+) population and a T-bet(+) population that accumulated with age...
May 22, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530712/the-microrna-mir-31-inhibits-cd8-t-cell-function-in-chronic-viral-infection
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Howell F Moffett, Adam N R Cartwright, Hye-Jung Kim, Jernej Godec, Jason Pyrdol, Tarmo Äijö, Gustavo J Martinez, Anjana Rao, Jun Lu, Todd R Golub, Harvey Cantor, Arlene H Sharpe, Carl D Novina, Kai W Wucherpfennig
During infection, antigen-specific T cells undergo tightly regulated developmental transitions controlled by transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. We found that the microRNA miR-31 was strongly induced by activation of the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) in a pathway involving calcium and activation of the transcription factor NFAT. During chronic infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) clone 13, miR-31-deficent mice recovered from clinical disease, while wild-type mice continued to show signs of disease...
May 22, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530508/influence-of-transmitted-virus-on-the-host-s-immune-response-a-case-study
#7
Shahzma Merani, Michaela Lucas, Pooja Deshpande, Katja Pfafferott, Abha Chopra, Don Cooper, Shay Leary, Fabio Luciani, Silvana Gaudieri
Host hepatitis C virus (HCV)-specific T cell responses and the ability of the virus to escape this response are important correlates of infection outcome. Understanding this host-viral interplay has been difficult given the often asymptomatic nature of acute HCV infection. We studied a recent transmission case to determine whether adapted viral strains can be transmitted and influence the recipient's anti-HCV T cell response. The diversity of viral populations was examined using next-generation sequencing, and HCV-specific T cell interferon (IFN)-γ responses were assessed using a peptide panel representing the autologous viruses...
May 22, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530472/telomerase-expression-in-medaka-oryzias-melastigma-pharyngeal-teeth
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W H Tan, P E Witten, C Winkler, D W T Au, A Huysseune
Nonmammalian vertebrates have the capacity of lifelong tooth replacement. In all vertebrates, tooth formation requires contact and interaction between the oral or pharyngeal epithelium and the underlying mesenchyme. To secure lifelong replacement, the presence of odontogenic stem cells has been postulated, particularly in the epithelial compartment. This study uses an advanced teleost fish species, the marine medaka Oryzias melastigma, a close relative to Oryzias latipes, to examine the expression and distribution of telomerase reverse transcriptase (Tert), the catalytic unit of telomerase, in developing pharyngeal teeth and to relate these data to the proliferative activity of the cells...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530241/notch-mediated-conversion-of-activated-t-cells-into-stem-cell-memory-like-t-cells-for-adoptive-immunotherapy
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Taisuke Kondo, Rimpei Morita, Yuumi Okuzono, Hiroko Nakatsukasa, Takashi Sekiya, Shunsuke Chikuma, Takashi Shichita, Mitsuhiro Kanamori, Masato Kubo, Keiko Koga, Takahiro Miyazaki, Yoshiaki Kassai, Akihiko Yoshimura
Adoptive T-cell immunotherapy is a promising approach to cancer therapy. Stem cell memory T (TSCM) cells have been proposed as a class of long-lived and highly proliferative memory T cells. CD8(+) TSCM cells can be generated in vitro from naive CD8(+) T cells via Wnt signalling; however, methods do not yet exist for inducing TSCM cells from activated or memory T cells. Here, we show a strategy for generating TSCM-like cells in vitro (iTSCM cells) from activated CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cells in mice and humans by coculturing with stromal cells that express a Notch ligand...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530237/anti-platelet-factor-4-polyanion-antibodies-mediate-a-new-mechanism-of-autoimmunity
#10
Thi-Huong Nguyen, Nikolay Medvedev, Mihaela Delcea, Andreas Greinacher
Antibodies recognizing complexes of the chemokine platelet factor 4 (PF4/CXCL4) and polyanions (P) opsonize PF4-coated bacteria hereby mediating bacterial host defense. A subset of these antibodies may activate platelets after binding to PF4/heparin complexes, causing the prothrombotic adverse drug reaction heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). In autoimmune-HIT, anti-PF4/P-antibodies activate platelets in the absence of heparin. Here we show that antibodies with binding forces of approximately 60-100 pN activate platelets in the presence of polyanions, while a subset of antibodies from autoimmune-HIT patients with binding forces ≥100 pN binds to PF4 alone in the absence of polyanions...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530220/presence-of-invasive-cribriform-or-intraductal-growth-at-biopsy-outperforms-percentage-grade-4-in-predicting-outcome-of-gleason-score-3-4-7-prostate-cancer
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Charlotte F Kweldam, Intan P Kümmerlin, Daan Nieboer, Ewout W Steyerberg, Chris H Bangma, Luca Incrocci, Theodorus H van der Kwast, Monique J Roobol, Geert J van Leenders
Relative increase of grade 4 and presence of invasive cribriform and/or intraductal carcinoma have individually been associated with adverse outcome of Gleason score 7 (GS 7) prostate cancer. The objective of this study was to investigate the relation of Gleason grade 4 tumor percentage (%GG4) and invasive cribriform and/or intraductal carcinoma in GS 3+4=7 prostate cancer biopsies. We reviewed 1031 prostate cancer biopsies from the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer. In total 370 men had G3+4=7...
May 19, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530169/commensal-derived-omvs-elicit-a-mild-proinflammatory-response-in-intestinal-epithelial-cells
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Daniel A Patten, Enas Hussein, Scott P Davies, Paul N Humphreys, Andrew Collett
Under normal physiological conditions, the intestinal immunity remains largely hyporesponsive to the commensal microbiota, yet also retains the inherent ability to rapidly respond to pathogenic antigens. However, immunomodulatory activities of extracellular products from commensal bacteria have been little studied, with previous investigations generally utilizing the live bacterium to study microbiota-epithelial interactions. In this study, we demonstrate that extracellular products of a commensal bacterium, Escherichia coli C25, elicit a moderate release of proinflammatory IL-8 and stimulate transcriptional up-regulation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) in intestinal epithelial cell lines HT29-19A and Caco-2...
May 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530121/glucocorticoids-retain-bi-potent-fibroblast-progenitors-during-alveolar-septation-in-mice
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Stephen E McGowan, Diann M McCoy
Glucocorticoids have been widely used and exert pleiotropic effects on alveolar structure and function, but do not improve the long-term clinical outcomes for patients with bronchopulmonary dysplasia, emphysema, or interstitial lung diseases. Treatments which foster alveolar regeneration could substantially improve the long-term outcomes for such patients. One approach to alveolar regeneration is to stimulate and guide intrinsic alveolar progenitors along developmental pathways used during secondary septation...
May 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530032/hcv-ag-quantification-as-a-one-step-procedure-in-diagnosing-chronic-hepatitis-c-infection-in-cameroon-the-anrs-12336-study
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Léa Duchesne, Richard Njouom, Frédéric Lissock, Gishlaine Flore Tamko-Mella, Sandrine Rallier, Lila Poiteau, Alexandre Soulier, Stéphane Chevaliez, Guy Vernet, Nicolas Rouveau, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Pierre-Marie Girard, Karine Lacombe
INTRODUCTION: The diagnostic procedure for chronic hepatitis C infection (CHC) usually combines anti-HCV antibody (HCV-Ab) and HCV-RNA measurement. Quantifying HCV core antigen (cAg) as a one-step procedure could shorten the diagnostic process. We aimed to assess the performance of cAg quantification in diagnosing CHC and how it is influenced by concomitant HIV or HBV infections. METHODS: The cAg was quantified by an automated assay (Abbott Diagnostics) in 465 HCV-Ab negative serum samples and 544 HCV-RNA positive serum samples (n = 1009) collected in patients from the Pasteur Center in Cameroon, some of whom were infected by HBV or HIV...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529975/phylogenetic-analyses-suggest-that-factors-other-than-the-capsid-protein-play-a-role-in-the-epidemic-potential-of-gii-2-norovirus
#15
Kentaro Tohma, Cara J Lepore, Lauren A Ford-Siltz, Gabriel I Parra
Norovirus is the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide. For over two decades, a single genotype (GII.4) has been responsible for most norovirus-associated cases. However, during the winter of 2014 to 2015, the GII.4 strains were displaced by a rarely detected genotype (GII.17) in several countries of the Asian continent. Moreover, during the winter of 2016 to 2017, the GII.2 strain reemerged as predominant in different countries worldwide. This reemerging GII.2 strain is a recombinant virus that presents a GII...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529904/mini-review-of-conventional-and-hypofractionated-radiation-therapy-combined-with-immunotherapy-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Allison M Campbell, Roy H Decker
A successful antitumoral response requires immunological activation as well as an antigenic pool capable of stimulating both the innate and the adaptive immune system. Recent advances in immunotherapy have been aimed at boosting the activation status of the innate and adaptive immune system, including cytokine administration, monoclonal antibodies engineered to target high yield elements in oncogenic signaling pathways, cancer vaccines, and checkpoint inhibitors. Herein, we examine the ways that radiation therapy induced cell death provides a pool of stimulus antigen, and draw parallels from the immunobiology of autoimmunity to explore how the immunogenicity of antigen derived from radiation-induced cell death might augment the antitumoral response...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529898/preclinical-rationale-for-combining-radiation-therapy-and-immunotherapy-beyond-checkpoint-inhibitors-i-e-cart
#17
REVIEW
James P Flynn, Mark H O'Hara, Saumil J Gandhi
An increasing appreciation for the role of the immune system in targeting cancer cells over the last decade has led to the development of several immunomodulatory agents aimed at enhancing the systemic antitumor immune response. One such method is the use of T cells that are genetically engineered to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). The remarkable success of this approach in advanced hematologic malignancies has garnered much enthusiasm for using this novel tool in treating other cancers. However, multiple challenges have hampered the application of this therapy to a broader set of solid tumors, most notably lung cancer...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529840/adoptive-cell-therapy-with-tregs-to-improve-transplant-outcomes-the-promise-and-the-stumbling-blocks
#18
Mohamed B Ezzelarab, Angus W Thomson
The contribution of regulatory T cells (Treg) to the induction and maintenance of tolerance is well-recognized in rodents and may contribute to long-term human organ allograft survival. The therapeutic efficacy of adoptively-transferred Treg in promoting tolerance to organ allografts is well-recognized in mouse models. Early phase 1/2 clinical studies of Treg therapy have been conducted in patients with type-1 (autoimmune) diabetes and refractory Crohn's disease, and for inhibition of graft-versus-host disease following bone marrow transplantation with proven safety...
December 2016: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529808/mirrizi-syndrome-and-markedly-elevated-levels-of-carbohydrate-antigen-19-9-in-the-absence-of-malignant-disease
#19
Natasha Shah, Eula Tetangco, Hafiz Muhammad Sharjeel Arshad, Hareth Raddawi
Elevated carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA19-9) beyond 1000 U/L occurs in nonneoplastic conditions which is causing questioning of the use of CA19-9 as a marker for screening. We report a case where a 51-year-old male with Mirrizi Syndrome (MS) presented with markedly increased CA19-9 level (4,618 U/mL). MS is a rare complication characterized by compression of the common bile or hepatic duct caused by an impacted gallstone in the cystic duct or neck of the gallbladder. Biliary epithelial cells secrete CA19-9: it is hypothesized that increased proliferation of such cells caused by inflammation leads to increased secretion...
2017: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529764/in-vivo-analysis-of-covering-materials-composed-of-biodegradable-polymers-enriched-with-flax-fibers
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Tomasz Gredes, Sandra Schönitz, Tomasz Gedrange, Lukas Stepien, Karol Kozak, Christiane Kunert-Keil
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to investigate the in vivo effect of bioactive composites with poly(lactic acid) (PLA) or polycaprolactone (PCL) as the matrix, reinforced with bioplastic flax fibers, on the surrounding muscle tissue. METHODS: Materials of pure PLA and PCL and their composites with flax fibers from genetically modified plants producing poly-3-hydroxybutyrate (PLA-transgen, PCL-transgen) and unmodified plants (PLA-wt, PCL-wt) were placed subcutaneous on the M...
2017: Biomaterials Research
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