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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141345/-comparison-of-results-of-two-immunoassays-for-detection-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-in-pregnant-women
#1
H Y Xiong, Y F Luo, H Y Liu, W H Han, A Q Hu, Y Wang, Y J Zheng
Objective: To evaluate and compare the detection consistency of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) by two immunoassays: enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and electrochemiluminescent immunoassay (ECLIA). Methods: A prospective study was conducted among 2 296 pregnant women recruited consecutively from January 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 in a hospital. Blood samples were collected from them for the detection of HBsAg by using ELISA and ECLIA, Kappa test was performed on the results. Nested polymerase chain reaction and sequencing of HBV S gene were also performed in all samples...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141316/-a-clinical-analysis-of-micafungin-treatment-of-pulmonary-invasive-fungal-infection-in-pediatric-patients-with-acute-leukemia-or-post-hematopoietic-stem-cells-transplantation
#2
K Huang, K Y Qiu, L L Deng, J P Fang, Y Li, H X Guo, D H Zhou
Objective: To investigate the efficacy and safety of micafungin (MCF) for pulmonary invasive fungal disease (PIFD) in pediatric patients with acute leukemia or post hematopoietic stem cells transplantation. Method: Twenty-five neutropenic PIFD children with acute leukemia or post hematopoietic stem cells transplantation in Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University were selected from January 2012 to June 2015, including 12 males and 13 females, age range 2-15 (average 6.2±2.0) years. There were 12 cases of acute leukemia (AL) after chemotherapy, 4 cases of acute leukemia (AL) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) and 9 cases of β-thalassemia major after allo-HSCT...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141238/rationale-redesign-of-type-iii-secretion-systems-toward-the-development-of-non-pathogenic-e-coli-for-in-vivo-delivery-of-therapeutic-payloads
#3
REVIEW
Coral González-Prieto, Cammie F Lesser
Transkingdom secretion systems that bacteria use to inject proteins directly into the cytosol of mammalian host cells play an essential role in the virulence of many Gram-negative bacterial pathogens. Current efforts are underway to repurpose these machines as novel therapeutics; type III secretion systems as vectors for the delivery of proteins of therapeutic value including heterologous antigens for vaccine development and type IV secretion systems as vectors for DNA. While initial studies focused on the use of attenuated or replication incompetent pathogens, the recent development of non-pathogenic Escherichia coli that encode programmable type III secretion systems expands possibilities for the in vivo directed delivery of therapeutic payloads...
November 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141234/elevated-p53-activities-restrict-differentiation-potential-of-microrna-deficient-pluripotent-stem-cells
#4
Zhong Liu, Cheng Zhang, Maria Skamagki, Alireza Khodadadi-Jamayran, Wei Zhang, Dexin Kong, Chia-Wei Chang, Jingyang Feng, Xiaosi Han, Tim M Townes, Hu Li, Kitai Kim, Rui Zhao
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) deficient for microRNAs (miRNAs), such as Dgcr8(-/-) or Dicer(-/-) embryonic stem cells (ESCs), contain no mature miRNA and cannot differentiate into somatic cells. How miRNA deficiency causes differentiation defects remains poorly understood. Here, we report that miR-302 is sufficient to enable neural differentiation of differentiation-incompetent Dgcr8(-/-) ESCs. Our data showed that miR-302 directly suppresses the tumor suppressor p53, which is modestly upregulated in Dgcr8(-/-) ESCs and serves as a barrier restricting neural differentiation...
November 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141204/characterization-of-the-complete-genome-antigenicity-pathogenicity-tissue-tropism-and-shedding-of-a-recombinant-avian-infectious-bronchitis-virus-with-a-ck-ch-ljl-140901-like-backbone-and-an-s2-fragment-from-a-4-91-like-virus
#5
Lei Jiang, Zongxi Han, Yuqiu Chen, Wenjun Zhao, Junfeng Sun, Yan Zhao, Shengwang Liu
In this study, we isolated an infectious bronchitis virus, designated I1101/16, from broiler breeders in China. Analysis of the S1 gene showed that isolate I1101/16 was genetically close to strain ck/CH/LJL/140901, which belongs to the TW I genotype (also known as lineage GI-7 based on the recent IBV classification), however the S2 gene showed genetic diversity comparing to that of S1 gene. Comparison of the genomic sequences showed that the genome of isolate I1101/16 was similar to that of strain ck/CH/LJL/140901 from the 5' end of the genome to the 5' end of the S2 gene and from the 5' end of the 3a gene to the end of the genome, whereas the remaining parts of the genome sequences were more closely related to those of strain 4/91 than those of ck/CH/LJL/140901, thereby suggesting that recombination might have occurred during the origin of the virus...
November 12, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141049/prognostic-value-of-pretreatment-serum-carbohydrate-antigen-19-9-level-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer-a-meta-analysis
#6
Zhan Yu, Zhen Chen, Jian Wu, Zhong Li, Yugang Wu
BACKGROUND: Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) is one of the most frequently used tumor markers for gastrointestinal cancer, particularly for diagnostic purposes. However, its value in predicting prognosis remains controversial. In this study, we sought to clarify this by conducting a meta-analysis of relevant studies. METHODS: We systematically searched several databases, including PubMed, EMBASE and Web of Science for articles pertaining to the relationship between pretreatment serum CA 19-9 levels and prognosis in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141027/the-efficacy-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-car-immunotherapy-in-animal-models-for-solid-tumors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yingcheng Wu, Ran Xu, Keren Jia, Hui Shi
BACKGROUND: Most recently, an emerging theme in the field of tumor immunology predominates: chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapy in treating solid tumors. The number of related preclinical trials was surging. However, an evaluation of the effects of preclinical studies remained absent. Hence, a meta-analysis was conducted on the efficacy of CAR in animal models for solid tumors. METHODS: The authors searched PubMed/Medline, Embase, and Google scholar up to April 2017...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141016/intestinal-microbiota-profiles-associated-with-low-and-high-residual-feed-intake-in-chickens-across-two-geographical-locations
#8
Sina-Catherine Siegerstetter, Stephan Schmitz-Esser, Elizabeth Magowan, Stefanie Urimare Wetzels, Qendrim Zebeli, Peadar G Lawlor, Niamh E O'Connell, Barbara U Metzler-Zebeli
Intestinal microbe-host interactions can affect the feed efficiency (FE) of chickens. As inconsistent findings for FE-associated bacterial taxa were reported across studies, the present objective was to identify whether bacterial profiles and predicted metabolic functions that were associated with residual feed intake (RFI) and performance traits in female and male chickens were consistent across two different geographical locations. At six weeks of life, the microbiota in ileal, cecal and fecal samples of low (n = 34) and high (n = 35) RFI chickens were investigated by sequencing the V3-5 region of the 16S rRNA gene...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140925/mobilization-of-cd4-t-lymphocytes-in-inflamed-mucosa-reduces-pain-in-colitis-mice-towards-a-vaccinal-strategy-to-alleviate-inflammatory-visceral-pain
#9
Lilian Basso, Jérôme Boué, Céline Augé, Céline Deraison, Catherine Blanpied, Nicolas Cenac, Philippe Lluel, Nathalie Vergnolle, Gilles Dietrich
T lymphocytes play a pivotal role in endogenous regulation of inflammatory visceral pain. The analgesic activity of T lymphocytes is dependent on their production of opioids, a property acquired upon antigen activation. Accordingly, we investigated whether an active recruitment of T lymphocytes within inflamed colon mucosa via a local vaccinal strategy may counteract inflammation-induced visceral pain in mice. Mice were immunized against ovalbumin (OVA). One month after immunization, colitis was induced by adding 3% (w/v) Dextran Sulfate Sodium (DSS) into drinking water containing either cognate antigen OVA or control antigen BSA for 5 days...
November 13, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140879/metastatic-endocervical-adenocarcinoma-in-a-mature-cystic-teratoma-a-case-of-a-tumor-to-tumor-metastasis
#10
Filipa Santos, Catarina Oliveira, João P Caldeira, Ana Coelho, Ana Félix
Tumor-to-tumor metastasis is a rare phenomenon defined as a to metastasis in a histologically distinct tumor. We report an unusual case of a 51-yr-old woman who presented with a cervical, bleeding lesion diagnosed as a poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, HPV18+. Imaging studies revealed an unresectable cervical carcinoma with an associated left ovarian multicystic teratoma. A suspicious solid nodule within the teratoma was also reported. Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was performed before the cervical tumor was treated...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140878/clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-metastatic-to-the-gynecologic-tract-a-clinicopathologic-analysis-of-17-cases
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Oluwole Fadare, Mohamed M Desouki, Katja Gwin, Krisztina Z Hanley, Elke A Jarboe, Sharon X Liang, Charles M Quick, Kojo R Rawish, Andres A Roma, Wenxin Zheng, Jonathan L Hecht, Vinita Parkash, Adeboye O Osunkoya
Clear cell renal cell carcinomas (CCRCC) rarely metastasizes to the gynecologic tract. In this study, we analyzed a multi-institutional data set to provide insights into the clinical, morphologic, and immunophenotypic features of this phenomenon. Seveteen metastatic CCRCC involving the gynecologic tract [ovary/fallopian tube (n=9), vulva (n=2), uterine corpus (n=3), cervix (n=2), uterine serosa (n=1)] were analyzed. Mean patient age was 62 yr (range: 45-79 yr). Most cases (15/17) presented as a recurrence 6 to 72 mo postnephrectomy, 1 case was concurrently diagnosed, and 1 case (a cervical metastasis) was diagnosed prenephrectomy...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140829/guiding-regulatory-t-cells-to-the-allograft
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Caroline Lamarche, Megan K Levings
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The application of regulatory T cell (Treg) therapy in organ transplantation is actively being pursued using unmodified, typically polyclonal cells. As the results of these ongoing clinical trials emerge, it is time to plan the next wave of clinical trials of Tregs. Here we will review a key strategy to improve Treg effectiveness and reduce side effects, namely increasing Treg specificity - both in terms of antigen recognition and localization to the allograft. RECENT FINDINGS: Study of chemokine signatures accompanying acute rejection has revealed several chemokines that could be targeted to increase Treg homing...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140828/biomimetic-nanoparticles-for-transplantation-tolerance
#13
Silvia Minardi, Sahil Shah, Xunrong Luo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review aims to provide a current landscape and future trends of biomimetic nanoparticles which have the potential to revolutionize the field of transplantation in the next decade. RECENT FINDINGS: Currently, the inability to safely induce robust donor-specific immunological tolerance makes it difficult to achieve immunosuppression-free graft survival. Despite progresses in the development of nanotherapeutics for antigen-specific immunomodulation in autoimmune diseases and in cancer treatments, few have been proposed and tested in transplantation with success...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140823/single-center-retrospective-study-on-meibomian-gland-loss-in-patients-with-ocular-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease
#14
Lijuan Que, Xiaofeng Zhang, Mengmeng Li
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to analyze the influencing factors of meibomian gland loss in patients with ocular chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and its correlation with other clinical ocular surface assessment indexes. METHODS: The clinical data of patients with ocular chronic GVHD from the ocular surface and corneal outpatient clinic of the First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University were reviewed from June 2012 to June 2016. The relationship between the percentage of meibomian gland acinar area and the influencing factors, such as patient's sex, age, transplantation method, human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matching, the time when eye discomfort appeared after transplantation (month), and the severity of ocular chronic GVHD, was investigated...
November 14, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140786/selection-of-an-anticalin%C3%A2-against-the-membrane-form-of-hsp70-via-bacterial-surface-display-and-its-theranostic-application-in-tumour-models
#15
Lars Friedrich, Petra Kornberger, Claudia T Mendler, Gabriele Multhoff, Markus Schwaiger, Arne Skerra
We describe the selection of Anticalins against a common tumour surface antigen, human Hsp70, using functional display on live E. coli cells as fusion with a truncated EspP autotransporter. While found intracellularly in normal cells, Hsp70 is frequently exposed in a membrane-bound state on the surface of tumour cells and, even more pronounced, in metastases or after radiochemotherapy. Employing a recombinant Hsp70 fragment comprising residues 383-548 as target, Anticalins were selected from a naive bacterial library...
November 27, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140756/cellular-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-autoimmune-hepatitis
#16
G J Webb, G M Hirschfield, E L Krawitt, M E Gershwin
Autoimmune hepatitis is an uncommon idiopathic syndrome of immunemediated destruction of hepatocytes, typically associated with autoantibodies. The disease etiology is incompletely understood but includes a clear association with human leukocyte antigen (HLA) variants and other non- HLA gene variants, female sex, and the environment. Pathologically, there is a CD4+ T cell-rich lymphocytic inflammatory infiltrate with variable hepatocyte necrosis and subsequent hepatic fibrosis. Attempts to understand pathogenesis are informed by several monogenetic syndromes that may include autoimmune liver injury, by several drug and environmental agents that have been identified as triggers in a minority of cases, by human studies that point toward a central role for CD4+ effector and regulatory T cells, and by animal models of the disease...
November 15, 2017: Annual Review of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140689/tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloprotease-2-timp-2-bioprocess-development-physicochemical-biochemical-and-biological-characterization-of-highly-expressed-recombinant-protein
#17
Ananda Chowdhury, Robert G Brinson, Beiyang Wei, William G Stetler-Stevenson
Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloprotease -2 (TIMP-2) is a secreted 21 kDa multifunctional protein first described as an endogenous inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) that prevents breakdown of the extracellular matrix often observed in chronic diseases. TIMP-2 diminishes growth factor-mediated cell proliferation in vitro, as well as neoangiogenesis and tumor growth in vivo independent of its MMP-inhibitory activity, . These physiological properties make TIMP-2 an excellent candidate for further pre-clinical development as a biologic therapy of cancer...
November 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140542/perioperative-von-willebrand-factor-dynamics-are-associated-with-liver-regeneration-and-predict-outcome-after-liver-resection
#18
Patrick Starlinger, David Pereyra, Stefanie Haegele, Paul Braeuer, Lukas Oehlberger, Florian Primavesi, Andreas Kohler, Florian Offensperger, Thomas Reiberger, Arnulf Ferlitsch, Barbara Messner, Guido Beldi, Stefan Staettner, Christine Brostjan, Thomas Gruenberger
Von Willebrand Factor (vWF) was found to mediate platelet influx during the early phase of liver regeneration in mice. Further, increased vWF-antigen (vWF-Ag) levels were shown to be predictive for outcome of patients with chronic liver disease. Accordingly, we aimed to assess the relevance of perioperative vWF-Ag dynamics in terms of liver regeneration and clinical outcome in patients undergoing liver resection (LR). Accordingly, we observed that vWF-Ag and its activity - estimated via ristocetin cofactor measurement - increased immediately after induction of liver regeneration and was associated with platelet accumulation within the liver...
November 15, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140444/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-different-formulations-of-norovirus-vaccine-candidate-in-healthy-adults-a-randomized-controlled-double-blind-clinical-trial
#19
G Leroux-Roels, J P Cramer, P M Mendelman, J Sherwood, R Clemens, A Aerssens, I De Coster, A Borkowski, F Baehner, P Van Damme
Background: We investigated safety and immunogenicity of 1-2 doses of different bivalent virus-like particle (VLP) norovirus vaccine candidate (NoV) formulations in healthy 18-64-year-olds. Methods: On Days 1 and 28 participants (n=420) randomized to 14 equal groups received intramuscular control vaccine (hepatitis A) or one of 11 NoV formulations contained varying dosages of GI.1 and GII.4c genotype VLP antigens with Al(OH)3, and 0μg, 15μg or 50μg MPL. Immunogenicity was assessed on Days 1, 28, 56, 208 and 393...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140397/progress-in-the-understanding-of-the-pathology-of-allergic-asthma-and-the-potential-of-fruit-proanthocyanidins-as-modulators-of-airway-inflammation
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REVIEW
Sara L Coleman, Odette M Shaw
Allergic asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease characterized by sensitization of the airways, and the development of immunoglobulin E antibodies, to benign antigens. The established pathophysiology of asthma includes recurrent lung epithelial inflammation, excessive mucus production, bronchial smooth muscle hyperreactivity, and chronic lung tissue remodeling, resulting in reversible airflow restriction. Immune cells, including eosinophils and the recently characterized type 2 innate lymphoid cells, infiltrate into the lung tissue as part of the inflammatory response in allergic asthma...
November 15, 2017: Food & Function
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