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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346089/genererating-a-core-cluster-of-fasciola-hepatica-virulence-and-immunomodulation-related-genes-using-a-comparative-in-silico-approach
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Orçun Haçarız, Gearóid P Sayers
A total of 71 virulence and immunomodulation-related transcripts (VIRs) of Fasciola hepatica have been previously proposed (Haçarız et al., 2015). In an attempt to further refine this cohort, an in silico meta analysis approach was carried out using publicly available sequence data of related liver flukes, Clonorchis sinensis and Opisthorchis viverrini. Data of both liver flukes were investigated in terms of sequential homology with data of non-parasitic organisms, pathogens and VIRs of F. hepatica, directional selection (Ka/Ks), and cytokine signaling relation (protein motif based)...
December 28, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346078/long-term-high-air-pollution-exposure-induced-metabolic-adaptations-in-traffic-policemen
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Chaochao Tan, Yupeng Wang, Mingyue Lin, Zhu Wang, Li He, Zhiyi Li, Yu Li, Keqian Xu
OBJECTIVE: To assess the adverse physiological changes induced by long-term exposure to PM2.5. METHODS: Totally 183 traffic policemen and 88 office policemen as the control group, were enrolled in this study. The concentrations of PM2.5 in both the working places of traffic and office policemen were obtained. Detailed personal questionnaires and conventional laboratory tests including hematology, fasting blood glucose, blood lipids, liver, kidney, immunity and tumor-related markers were conducted on all participants of this study...
January 5, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345755/expression-of-hepatic-progenitor-cell-markers-in-acute-cellular-rejection-of-liver-allografts-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Regina Cheuk-Lam Lo, Kristy Kwan-Shuen Chan, Carmen Oi-Ning Leung, Irene Oi-Lin Ng
BACKGROUND: Hepatic progenitor cells (HPC) are induced following liver injury to facilitate regeneration. Acute cellular rejection (ACR) is a common complication after liver transplantation as a result of immune-mediated liver injury. In this study we characterized HPC phenotype in liver allograft biopsy with ACR. We also explored the correlation between expression HPC immunophenotype and clinicopathological parameters. METHODS: Forty-four liver allograft biopsies performed between 2008-2016 in a single center with histologically proven ACR were examined for immunohistochemical expression of HPC markers CK19 and Sox9...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345251/cancer-associated-cachexia
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Vickie E Baracos, Lisa Martin, Murray Korc, Denis C Guttridge, Kenneth C H Fearon
Cancer-associated cachexia is a disorder characterized by loss of body weight with specific losses of skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. Cachexia is driven by a variable combination of reduced food intake and metabolic changes, including elevated energy expenditure, excess catabolism and inflammation. Cachexia is highly associated with cancers of the pancreas, oesophagus, stomach, lung, liver and bowel; this group of malignancies is responsible for half of all cancer deaths worldwide. Cachexia involves diverse mediators derived from the cancer cells and cells within the tumour microenvironment, including inflammatory and immune cells...
January 18, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344240/cxcl5-as-an-autocrine-or-paracrine-cytokine-is-associated-with-proliferation-and-migration-of-hepatoblastoma-hepg2-cells
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Yang Yang, Jie Hou, Mingliang Shao, Wei Zhang, Yaling Qi, Shengnan E, Shuqiu Wang, Hongyu Sui, Dexin Meng, Baixin Wang, Mingfu Wang, Yang Han, Yu Cao, Xiaoqing Huang, Yue Li, Pengxia Zhang, Weiqun Wang
C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 5 (CXCL5) is a CXC-type chemokine that is a crucial inflammatory mediator and a powerful attractant for granulocytic immune cells. Increasing evidence has indicated that CXCL5 is involved in the tumorigenesis of various malignancies. The present investigation demonstrated that CXCL5 was expressed in both hepatoblastoma HepG2 cells and liver stellate LX-2 cells, and CXCL5's receptor C-X-C chemokine receptor type 2 (CXCR2) was expressed in HepG2 cells by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), western blotting and ELISA assays...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343582/hiv-replication-and-latency-in-a-humanized-nsg-mouse-model-during-suppressive-oral-combinational-art
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Sangeetha Satheesan, Haitang Li, John C Burnett, Mayumi Takahashi, Shasha Li, Shiny Xiaqin Wu, Timothy W Synold, John J Rossi, Jiehua Zhou
Although current combinatorial antiretroviral therapy (cART) is therapeutically effective in the majority of HIV patients, interruption of therapy can cause a rapid rebound in viremia, demonstrating the existence of a stable reservoir of latently infected cells. HIV latency is therefore considered a primary barrier to HIV eradication. Identifying, quantifying, and purging the HIV reservoir is crucial to effectively curing patients and relieving them from the lifelong requirement for therapy. Latently infected transformed cell models have been used to investigate HIV latency; however, they cannot accurately represent the quiescent cellular environment of primary latently infected cells in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342182/light-alcohol-consumption-has-the-potential-to-suppress-hepatocellular-injury-and-liver-fibrosis-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Kazutoshi Yamada, Eishiro Mizukoshi, Takuya Seike, Rika Horii, Masaaki Kitahara, Hajime Sunagozaka, Kuniaki Arai, Tatsuya Yamashita, Masao Honda, Shuichi Kaneko
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The modest consumption of alcohol has been reported to decrease the incidence of fatty liver or prevalence of steatohepatitis. In this study, we investigated the effect of light alcohol consumption on liver function and gene expression in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: The study group was formed of 178 patients diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, subclassified into two groups for analysis based on the daily alcohol consumption: non-alcohol group and light alcohol consumer group (≤20 g of ethanol/day)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341929/the-infection-of-red-seabream-iridovirus-in-mandarin-fish-siniperca-chuatsi-and-the-host-immune-related-gene-expression-profiles
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Xiaodan Liu, Nan Chen, Xiaojian Gao, Yingying Zhang, Xixi Li, Yue Zhang, Xuwen Bing, Hezhong Huang, Xiaojun Zhang
Red Sea bream iridovirus (RSIV) was initially isolated from marine fish, which belongs to Megalocytivirus, Iridoviridae. It can cause great economic losses in fish culture with high morbidity and mortality. In the present study, the pathogenicity and immune response associated with a RSIV genotype megalocytivirus infection were determined in mandarin fish (Siniperca chuatsi). Fish challenged showed typical clinical signs of iridovirus infection, including acute haemorrhages and enlarged visceral organs. Histopathological analysis revealed that extensive necrosis, vacuolization and inflammation were presented in the stomach, spleen, kidney and liver of the diseased fish...
January 13, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341863/distinct-gene-signatures-predict-insulin-resistance-in-young-mice-with-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity
#9
Katherine Chen, Alice Jih, Olivia Osborn, Sarah T Kavaler, Wenxian Fu, Roman Sasik, Rintaro Saito, Jane J Kim
Highly inbred C57BL/6 mice show wide variation in their degree of insulin resistance in response to diet-induced obesity even though they are almost genetically identical. Here we employed transcriptional profiling by RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) of visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and liver in young mice to determine how gene expression patterns correlate with the later development of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced insulin resistance in adulthood. To accomplish this goal, we partially removed and banked tissues from pubertal mice...
January 8, 2018: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341339/immunomodulation-by-therapeutic-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-msc-is-triggered-through-phagocytosis-of-msc-by-monocytic-cells
#10
Samantha F H de Witte, Franka Luk, Jesus M Sierra Parraga, Madhu Gargesha, Ana Merino, Sander S Korevaar, Anusha S Shankar, Lisa O'Flynn, Steve J Elliman, Debashish Roy, Michiel G H Betjes, Philip N Newsome, Carla C Baan, Martin J Hoogduijn
Mesenchymal stem or stromal cells (MSC) are under investigation as a potential immunotherapy. MSC are usually administered via intravenous infusion, after which they are trapped in the lungs and die and disappear within a day. The fate of MSC after their disappearance from the lungs is unknown and it is unclear how MSC realize their immunomodulatory effects in their short lifespan. We examined immunological mechanisms determining the fate of infused MSC and the immunomodulatory response associated with it. Tracking viable and dead human umbilical cord MSC (ucMSC) in mice using Qtracker beads (contained in viable cells) and Hoechst33342 (staining all cells) revealed that viable ucMSC were present in the lungs immediately after infusion...
January 17, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340620/delivery-of-tapasin-modified-ctl-epitope-peptide-via-cytoplasmic-transduction-peptide-induces-ctls-by-jak-stat-signaling-pathway-in-vivo
#11
Shanshan Wu, Xiaohua Chen, Yuyan Tang, Yi Zhang, Dan Li, Jie Chen, Jieling Wang, Zhenghao Tang, Guoqing Zang, Yongsheng Yu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV)-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) play a vital role in viral control and clearance. Recent studies have elucidated that Tapasin, an endoplasmic reticulum chaperone, is a well-known molecule that appears to be essential in peptide-loading process. The Janus kinase/signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway plays an important role in immune response regulation and cytokines secretion. We have previously verified that fusion protein CTP-HBcAg18-27-Tapasin could facilitate the maturation of bone marrow derived dendritic cells and enhance specific CTLs responses in vitro, which might be associated with the activation of JAK/STAT signaling pathway...
January 11, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339102/spirulina-ameliorates-methotrexate-hepatotoxicity-via-antioxidant-immune-stimulation-and-proinflammatory-cytokines-and-apoptotic-proteins-modulation
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Asmaa F Khafaga, Yasser S El-Sayed
AIMS: Methotrexate (MTX) is an efficient cytotoxic drug used against various carcinogenic, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases; however, the hepatotoxicity of MTX limits its use. Therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate the potential hepatoprotective and immune-stimulant effect of Spirulina platensis (SP) against MTX acute toxicity. MAIN METHODS: Thirty-two male Wistar rats were randomly allocated into the following four groups (n = 8): control, MTX (20 mg/kg bwt, single ip injection), SP (500 mg/kg bwt, oral gavage daily for 21 days), and MTX+SP...
January 12, 2018: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338706/miliary-tuberculosis-with-co-existing-pulmonary-cryptococcosis-in-non-hiv-patient-without-underlying-diseases-a-case-report
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Toyomitsu Sawai, Takumi Nakao, Satoru Koga, Shotaro Ide, Sumako Yoshioka, Nobuko Matsuo, Hiroshi Mukae
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis and cryptococcosis co-infection usually occurs in immunosuppressed patients with impaired cell-mediated immunity. However, there are few reports about such co-infection in non-HIV patients without underlying diseases. Here, we report a case of miliary tuberculosis with co-existing pulmonary cryptococcosis in non-HIV patient without underlying diseases. CASE PRESENTATION: An 84-year-old Asian female presented to our hospital with complaints of a 1-week history of abdominal pain and appetite loss...
January 16, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338160/higher-activities-of-hepatic-versus-splenic-cd8-t-cells-in-responses-to-adoptive-t-cell-therapy-and-vaccination-of-b6-mice-with-mhc-class-1-binding-antigen
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Mohamed Labib Salem, Randa E El Naggar, Sabry A El Naggar, Maysa A Mobasher, Mohamed H Mahmoud, Gamal Badr
The liver has unique microenvironment which is known to induce tolerance of cytolytic CD8+ T cells to hepatic and extra hepatic antigens, resulting in persistence of infection of the liver by the hepatitis B and C viruses. However, under some conditions, functional immune responses can be elicited in the liver in particular to show preferential retention of activated CD8+ T cells. It is not clear whether this retention depends on the type of the exogenous immunostimulatory or the endogenous innate immune cells...
December 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337457/-pharmacovigilance-update
#15
Françoise Livio
The main pharmacovigilance updates in 2017 are reviewed. Denosumab : rebound-associated multiple vertebral fractures after discontinuation. Canagliflozine: increased risk of foot/leg amputations. Biologic and targeted cancer therapies, direct-acting antivirals for chronic hepatitis C: risk of hepatitis B reactivation. Checkpoint inhibitors : immune-related adverse events and graft rejection. Fingolimod : rebound-associated reactivation of MS following withdrawal. Daclizumab: risk of severe liver injury leading to restricted use in MS patients...
January 10, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337419/evolution-of-resistance-to-chytridiomycosis-is-associated-with-a-robust-early-immune-response
#16
Laura F Grogan, Scott D Cashins, Lee F Skerratt, Lee Berger, Michael S McFadden, Peter Harlow, David A Hunter, Ben C Scheele, Jason Mulvenna
Potentiating the evolution of immunity is a promising strategy for addressing biodiversity diseases. Assisted selection for infection resistance may enable the recovery and persistence of amphibians threatened by chytridiomycosis; a devastating fungal skin disease threatening hundreds of species globally. However, knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the natural evolution of immunity to chytridiomycosis is limited. Understanding the mechanisms of such resistance may help speed assisted-selection. Using a transcriptomics approach we examined gene expression responses of endangered alpine tree frogs (Litoria verreauxii alpina) to subclinical infection, comparing two long-exposed populations with a naïve population...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337246/tlr3-gene-in-japanese-sea-perch-lateolabrax-japonicus-molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-analysis-after-bacterial-infection
#17
Pengfei Wang, Chao Zhao, Chengyang Wang, Sigang Fan, Lulu Yan, Lihua Qiu
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play important roles in fish innate immune and are involved in the defense process of bacteria invasion. In the present study, the full-length cDNA of TLR3 from the sea perch, Lateolabrax japonicus, was cloned and characterized. The full length of LjTLR3 cDNA was 3265 bp including an open reading frame of 2679 bp encoding a peptide of 922 amino acids. Tissues distribution analysis indicated that LjTLR3 showed a tissue-specific variation with high expression in spleen, head-kidney and liver...
January 11, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337163/utility-of-ultra-deep-sequencing-for-detection-of-varicella-zoster-virus-antiviral-resistance-mutations
#18
Mélanie Mercier-Darty, David Boutolleau, Raphaël Lepeule, Christophe Rodriguez, Sonia Burrel
We report the first application of ultra-deep sequencing (UDS) to varicella-zoster virus (VZV) genotypic antiviral testing in a case of acyclovir-resistant VZV infection initially detected by Sanger sequencing within a deeply immunocompromised heart transplant recipient. As added-value compared to Sanger analysis, UDS revealed complex dynamics of viral population under antiviral pressure. Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is a ubiquitous human herpesvirus affecting populations worldwide. VZV is commonly acquired in youth whose primary infection usually manifests as benign varicella (chickenpox)...
January 11, 2018: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336888/lxr-apoe-activation-restricts-innate-immune-suppression-in-cancer
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Masoud F Tavazoie, Ilana Pollack, Raissa Tanqueco, Benjamin N Ostendorf, Bernardo S Reis, Foster C Gonsalves, Isabel Kurth, Celia Andreu-Agullo, Mark L Derbyshire, Jessica Posada, Shugaku Takeda, Kimia N Tafreshian, Eric Rowinsky, Michael Szarek, Roger J Waltzman, Elizabeth A Mcmillan, Connie Zhao, Monica Mita, Alain Mita, Bartosz Chmielowski, Michael A Postow, Antoni Ribas, Daniel Mucida, Sohail F Tavazoie
Therapeutic harnessing of adaptive immunity via checkpoint inhibition has transformed the treatment of many cancers. Despite unprecedented long-term responses, most patients do not respond to these therapies. Immunotherapy non-responders often harbor high levels of circulating myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs)-an immunosuppressive innate cell population. Through genetic and pharmacological approaches, we uncovered a pathway governing MDSC abundance in multiple cancer types. Therapeutic liver-X nuclear receptor (LXR) agonism reduced MDSC abundance in murine models and in patients treated in a first-in-human dose escalation phase 1 trial...
January 9, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336463/protein-corona-in-drug-delivery-for-multimodal-cancer-therapy-in-vivo
#20
Eugenia Li Ling Yeo, Patricia Soo Ping Thong, Khee Chee Soo, James Chen Yong Kah
The protein corona is inevitably formed on nanoparticles (NPs) when they are introduced in vivo and has been associated with a reduction in targeting yield, immune recognition and rapid blood clearance, leading to poor tumor accumulation. We have recently shown that it is possible to exploit the protein corona for drug delivery by exploiting it for loading and triggering the release of a photosensitizer Chlorin e6 (Ce6) for simultaneous photodynamic (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT) in vitro. Here, we extended our previous in vitro studies to evaluate its effectiveness in vivo...
January 16, 2018: Nanoscale
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