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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342404/association-between-severity-of-liver-disease-frequency-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-degree-of-gastric-lesion-in-egyptian-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Amal A Mohamed, Amal A Elshimy, Abir O El Sadik, Elham Ezzat, Mona Nasar, Shereen S M Elshaer, Moataz M Sayed
The relationship between hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, severity of liver disease, frequency of Helicobacter pylori infection, and degree of gastric lesions was not yet fully investigated in Egyptian patients. The present work was performed on 100 Egyptian patients with HBV from the National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Institute and 70 healthy volunteers as control group. The participants were subjected to full medical history taking, clinical examination, and laboratory investigations. All patients were positive for HBV surface antigen (HBV sAg), HBV DNA, and negative for hepatitis C virus antibodies...
January 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342289/recent-advances-in-kidney-transplantation-a-viewpoint-from-the-descartes-advisory-board
#2
Daniel Abramowicz, Rainer Oberbauer, Uwe Heemann, Ondrej Viklicky, Licia Peruzzi, Christophe Mariat, Marta Crespo, Klemens Budde, Gabriel C Oniscu
Transplantation medicine is a rapidly evolving field. Keeping afloat of the published literature to offer the best clinical care to our patients is a daunting task. As part of its educational mission, the Descartes advisory board identified seven topics in kidney transplantation where there has been substantial progresses over the last years: kidney allocation within Eurotransplant; kidney exchange strategies; kidney machine perfusion strategies; the changing landscape of anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies; the new immunosuppressive drugs in the pipeline; strategies for immunosuppression minimization; and the continuous enigma of focal segmental glomerular sclerosis recurrence after transplantation...
January 12, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342250/pneumococcal-community-acquired-pneumonia-detected-by-serotype-specific-urinary-antigen-detection-assays
#3
Richard G Wunderink, Wesley H Self, Evan J Anderson, Robert Balk, Sherene Fakhran, Daniel Mark Courtney, Chao Qi, Derek J Williams, Yuwei Zhu, Cynthia G Whitney, Matthew R Moore, Anna Bramley, Seema Jain, Kathryn M Edwards, Carlos G Grijalva
Background: Streptococcus pneumoniae is considered the leading bacterial cause of pneumonia in adults. Yet, it was not commonly detected by traditional culture-based and conventional urinary testing in a recent multicenter etiology study of adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). We used novel serotype-specific urinary antigen detection (SSUAD) assays to determine whether pneumococcal cases were missed by traditional testing. Methods: We studied adult patients hospitalized with CAP at 5 hospitals in Chicago and Nashville (2010-2012) and enrolled in the Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC) study...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342175/immunocontraceptive-target-repertoire-defined-by-systematic-identification-of-sperm-membrane-alloantigens-in-a-single-species
#4
Nathaly Cormier, John J McGlone, John Leszyk, Daniel M Hardy
Sperm competence in animal fertilization requires the collective activities of numerous sperm-specific proteins that are typically alloimmunogenic in females. Consequently, sperm membrane alloantigens are potential targets for contraceptives that act by blocking the proteins' functions in gamete interactions. Here we used a targeted proteomics approach to identify the major alloantigens in swine sperm membranes and lipid rafts, and thereby systematically defined the repertoire of these sperm-specific proteins in a single species...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342141/monitoring-t-cell-dendritic-cell-interactions-in-vivo-by-intercellular-enzymatic-labelling
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Giulia Pasqual, Aleksey Chudnovskiy, Jeroen M J Tas, Marianna Agudelo, Lawrence D Schweitzer, Ang Cui, Nir Hacohen, Gabriel D Victora
Interactions between different cell types are essential for multiple biological processes, including immunity, embryonic development and neuronal signalling. Although the dynamics of cell-cell interactions can be monitored in vivo by intravital microscopy, this approach does not provide any information on the receptors and ligands involved or enable the isolation of interacting cells for downstream analysis. Here we describe a complementary approach that uses bacterial sortase A-mediated cell labelling across synapses of immune cells to identify receptor-ligand interactions between cells in living mice, by generating a signal that can subsequently be detected ex vivo by flow cytometry...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342108/different-lipid-regulation-in-ovarian-cancer-inhibition-of-the-immune-system
#6
Christina Wefers, Tjitske Duiveman-de Boer, Petra L M Zusterzeel, Leon F A G Massuger, David Fuchs, Ruurd Torensma, Craig E Wheelock, I Jolanda M de Vries
Lipid metabolism is altered in several cancer settings leading to different ratios of intermediates. Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecological malignancy. Cancer cells disperse in the abdominal space and ascites occurs. T cells obtained from ascites are unable to proliferate after an antigenic stimulus. The proliferation of ascites-derived T cells can be restored after culturing the cells for ten days in normal culture medium. No pathway aberrancies were detected. The acellular fraction of ascites can inhibit the proliferation of autologous as well as allogeneic peripheral blood lymphocytes, indicating the presence of soluble factors that interfere with T cell functionality...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341982/extensive-necrotic-skin-lesions-due-to-post-varicella-protein-s-deficiency
#7
Aymeric De Geyer, Guillaume Robert, Sylvette Marleix, Bernard Fraisse, Grégory Lucas, Pierre Tattevin, Philippe Violas
Post-varicella protein S deficiency is a rare and severe disease. We report a case of extensive necrotic skin lesions of acute onset 7 days after varicella in a 4-year old girl. Protein S antigen and activity were <10%, anti-protein S antibodies were detected. She was treated with anticoagulation, plasmapheresis, and fresh frozen plasma. She survived, but required leg amputation.
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341899/accurate-prediction-of-vaccine-stability-under-real-storage-conditions-and-during-temperature-excursions
#8
Didier Clénet
Due to their thermosensitivity, most vaccines must be kept refrigerated from production to use. To successfully carry out global immunization programs, ensuring the stability of vaccines is crucial. In this context, two important issues are critical, namely: (i) predicting vaccine stability and (ii) preventing product damage due to excessive temperature excursions outside of the recommended storage conditions (cold chain break). We applied a combination of advanced kinetics and statistical analyses on vaccine forced degradation data to accurately describe the loss of antigenicity for a multivalent freeze-dried inactivated virus vaccine containing three variants...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341885/deletion-of-the-duffy-antigen-receptor-for-chemokines-darc-promotes-insulin-resistance-and-adipose-tissue-inflammation-during-high-fat-feeding
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Tyler W Benson, Daniel S Weintraub, Matthew Crowe, Nicole K H Yiew, Orishebawo Popoola, Ajay Pillai, Joel Joseph, Krystal Archer, Charlotte Greenway, Tapan K Chatterjee, James Mintz, David W Stepp, Brian K Stansfield, Weiqin Chen, Julia Brittain, Vladimir Y Bogdanov, Yan Gao, James G Wilson, Yaoliang Tang, Ha Won Kim, Neal L Weintraub
OBJECTIVE: Inflammation in adipose tissues in obesity promotes insulin resistance and metabolic disease. The Duffy antigen receptor for chemokines (DARC) is a promiscuous non-signaling receptor expressed on erythrocytes and other cell types that modulates tissue inflammation by binding chemokines such as monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and by acting as a chemokine reservoir. DARC allelic variants are common in humans, but the role of DARC in modulating obesity-related metabolic disease is unknown...
January 13, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341877/characterizing-the-effects-of-insertion-of-a-5-2%C3%A2-kb-region-of-a-vacv-genome-which-contains-known-immune-evasion-genes-on-mva-immunogenicity
#10
Melissa R Ryerson, Joanna L Shisler
Modified Vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) is an attenuated Vaccinia virus (VACV) that is a popular vaccine vector candidate against many different pathogens. Its replication-restricted nature makes it a safe vaccine. However, higher doses or multiple boosts of MVA are necessary to elicit an immune response similar to wild-type VACV. Multiple strategies have been used to create modified MVA viruses that remain safe, but have increased immunogenicity. For example, one common strategy is to delete MVA immunomodulatory proteins in hopes of increasing the host immune response...
January 13, 2018: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341501/tadalafil-improves-symptoms-erectile-function-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-suggestive-of-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-kyu-pro-study
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Ryosuke Takahashi, Minoru Miyazato, Hisae Nishii, Yasuhiro Sumino, Kazuo Takayama, Masako Onzuka, Takuma Oshiro, Seiichi Saito, Naohiro Fujimoto, Hiromitsu Mimata, Masatoshi Eto
OBJECTIVES: Effect of tadalafil on lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), erectile function and quality of life (QoL) were prospectively evaluated in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) at multicenter. METHODS: Eligible men were ≥40 years who had no treatment with alpha-blocker for BPH, with total International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) ≥8, IPSS-QOL ≥2 and prostate volume ≥20 mL. Data were collected on age, body mass index (BMI), and prostate specific antigen (PSA)...
January 2018: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341486/rheumatoid-arthritis-and-periodontal-disease-what-are-the-similarities-and-differences
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REVIEW
Rongbin Li, Cheng Tian, Arnold Postlethwaite, Yan Jiao, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, Debendra Pattanaik, Dongmei Wei, Weikuan Gu, Jianwei Li
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontal disease (PD) are chronic inflammatory diseases that share similar osteoclasia, human leukocyte antigen-DR4 allelic genes and immunological profile, and characteristic cytokines. Smoking can contribute to more severe RA and PD; secretion of pro-inflammatory mediators destroys the soft synovial membrane and periodontium, respectively. Anti-citrullinated protein antibodies and anti-α-enolase antibody are characteristic of these two diseases. Some studies suggest that PD may be associated with RA...
December 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341453/mechanism-underlying-the-negative-effect-of-prostate-volume-on-the-outcome-of-extensive-transperineal-ultrasound-guided-template-prostate-biopsy
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Takayoshi Demura, Takenori Takada, Naohiko Shimoda, Takaya Hioka, Yoshihumi Iwaguchi, Shin Ichihara, Hiroko Gotoda
Previous studies have indicated a possible relationship between increased prostate volume (PV) and decreased biopsy yield, although the mechanism involved is unclear. We evaluated 1650 patients who underwent template biopsy. The distribution of 993 cancer lesions in 302 prostatectomy specimens was compared with the biopsy data to determine whether each lesion was detected. A receiver operating characteristic (ROC) model was used to determine the diagnostic accuracy of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and related markers...
January 17, 2018: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341430/tuberculosis-vaccines-opportunities-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Bingdong Zhu, Hazel M Dockrell, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Thomas G Evans, Ying Zhang
Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious disease around the world. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is the only TB vaccine licensed for use in human beings, and is effective in protecting infants and children against severe miliary and meningeal TB. However, BCG's protective efficacy is variable in adults. Novel TB vaccine candidates being developed include whole-cell vaccines (recombinant BCG (rBCG), attenuated Mycobacterium tuberculosis, killed M. tuberculosis or Mycobacterium vaccae), adjuvanted protein subunit vaccines, viral vector-delivered subunit vaccines, plasmid DNA vaccines, RNA-based vaccines etc...
January 17, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341428/epigenetic-silencing-of-tap1-in-aldefluor-breast-cancer-stem-cells-contributes-to-their-enhanced-immune-evasion
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Mohammad Sultan, Dejan Vidovic, Arianne S Paine, Thomas T Huynh, Krysta M Coyle, Margaret L Thomas, Brianne M Cruickshank, Cheryl A Dean, Derek R Clements, Youra Kim, Kristin Lee, Shashi A Gujar, Ian C Weaver, Paola Marcato
Avoiding detection and destruction by immune cells is key for tumor initiation and progression. The important role of cancer stem cells (CSC) in tumor initiation has been well established, yet their ability to evade immune detection and targeting is only partly understood. To investigate the ability of breast CSCs to evade immune detection we identified a highly tumorigenic population in a spontaneous murine mammary tumor based on increased aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity. We performed tumor growth studies in immunocompetent and immunocompromised mice...
January 17, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341353/fluorescence-redox-blinking-adaptable-to-structural-analysis-of-nucleic-acids
#16
Takafumi Miyata, Naohiko Shimada, Atsushi Maruyama, Kiyohiko Kawai
The phenomenon of "blinking" is unique to single-molecule fluorescence measurements. By designing a fluorophore with an appropriate dark state lifetime (τoff), we have devised a kinetic analysis based on the control of fluorescence blinking (KACB) to investigate the dynamics of biomolecules. By controlling the redox reaction based blinking (rKACB), we have previously investigated conformational dynamics of RNA at the single-molecule level. However, there have been little knowledge about suitable fluorescent molecules for rKACB, and the application of rKACB has been limited to the analysis of hairpins and duplex structures of nucleic acids...
January 17, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341112/conditionally-reprogrammed-cells-crc-methodology-does-not-allow-the-in-vitro-expansion-of-patient-derived-primary-and-metastatic-lung-cancer-cells
#17
Giovanni Sette, Valentina Salvati, Ilenia Giordani, Emanuela Pillozzi, Denise Quacquarini, Enrico Duranti, Francesca De Nicola, Matteo Pallocca, Maurizio Fanciulli, Mario Falchi, Roberto Pallini, Ruggero De Maria, Adriana Eramo
Availability of tumor and non-tumor patient-derived models would promote the development of more effective therapeutics for Non Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Recently, conditionally reprogrammed cells (CRC) methodology demonstrated exceptional potential for the expansion of epithelial cells from patient tissues. However, the possibility to expand patient-derived lung cancer cells using CRC protocols is controversial. Here, we used CRC approach to expand cells from non-tumoral and tumor biopsies of patients with primary or metastatic NSCLC as well as pulmonary metastases of colorectal or breast cancers...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340897/invasion-and-translocation-of-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-isolated-from-urosepsis-and-patients-with-community-acquired-urinary-tract-infection
#18
B Owrangi, N Masters, A Kuballa, C O'Dea, T L Vollmerhausen, M Katouli
Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) strains are found in high numbers in the gut of patients with urinary tract infections (UTIs). We hypothesised that in hospitalised patients, UPEC strains might translocate from the gut to the blood stream and that this could be due to the presence of virulence genes (VGs) that are not commonly found in UPEC strains that cause UTI only. To test this, E. coli strains representing 75 dominant clonal groups of UPEC isolated from the blood of hospitalised patients with UTI (urosepsis) (n = 22), hospital-acquired (HA) UTI without blood infection (n = 24) and strains isolated from patients with community-acquired (CA)-UTIs (n = 29) were tested for their adhesion to, invasion and translocation through Caco-2 cells, in addition to the presence of 34 VGs associated with UPEC...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340839/the-cumulative-incidence-and-risk-factors-of-postoperative-inguinal-hernia-in-patients-undergoing-radical-prostatectomy
#19
Ja Yoon Ku, Chan Ho Lee, Won Young Park, Nam Kyung Lee, Seung Hyun Baek, Hong Koo Ha
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to investigate the cumulative incidence and risk factors of postoperative inguinal hernia (PIH) in patients undergoing radical prostatectomy, i.e., laparoscopic prostatectomy (LRP) and robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RARP). METHODS: This study included 1124 patients who had undergone radical prostatectomy or transurethral resection of bladder tumor from 2011-2016. We compared the cumulative incidence of PIH in the radical prostatectomy groups (460; LRP 341, RARP 119) and the control group (664; transurethral resection of bladder tumor), and we then analyzed the risk factors (age, operative methods, previous abdominal operative history, thickness and width of external oblique muscle and rectus muscle, thickness of abdominal subcutaneous fat layer at Hesselbach's triangle level, body mass index, prostate-specific antigen, operative time, specimen weight, Gleason score, and pathology T-stage) of PIH in the radical prostatectomy groups...
January 16, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340708/molecular-recognition-of-microbial-lipid-based-antigens-by-t-cells
#20
REVIEW
Stephanie Gras, Ildiko Van Rhijn, Adam Shahine, Jérôme Le Nours
The immune system has evolved to protect hosts from pathogens. T cells represent a critical component of the immune system by their engagement in host defence mechanisms against microbial infections. Our knowledge of the molecular recognition by T cells of pathogen-derived peptidic antigens that are presented by the major histocompatibility complex glycoproteins is now well established. However, lipids represent an additional, distinct chemical class of molecules that when presented by the family of CD1 antigen-presenting molecules can serve as antigens, and be recognized by specialized subsets of T cells leading to antigen-specific activation...
January 16, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
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