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Immunology and hepatitis c

Lize Cuypers, Guangdi Li, Christoph Neumann-Haefelin, Supinya Piampongsant, Pieter Libin, Kristel Van Laethem, Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Kristof Theys
Despite significant progress in hepatitis C (HCV) treatment, global viral eradication remains a challenge. An in-depth map of its genome diversity within the context of structural and immunological constraints could contribute to the design of pan-genotypic antivirals and preventive vaccines. For such analyses, extensive information is only available for the highly prevalent HCV genotypes (GT) 1a and 1b. Using 647 GT1a and 408 GT1b full-genome sequences obtained from the Los Alamos database, we found that respectively 3 per cent and 82 per cent of all codon positions are under positive and negative selective pressure, suggesting variation mainly accumulates due to random genetic drift...
July 2016: Virus Evolution
Daisuke Ikeda, Makiko Sugawa, Kazuo Kawahara
Nucleic acid amplification test (NAT), which was introduced by the Japanese Red Cross Society in October 1999, began to be performed for screening of blood transfusion formulations in Japan in August 2014. In this study, the precision of immunological screenings of hepatitis B (HBsAg, HBcAb, and HBsAb), hepatitis C (HCVAb), and human immunodeficiency (HIVAb) virus antigens in donated blood were evaluated. In addition, the sensitivity of the alanine aminotransferase (ALT) test for detection of the hepatitis B and C viruses was re-evaluated...
2016: Journal of Medical and Dental Sciences
Adam C Labonte, Sun-Sang J Sung, Lucas T Jennelle, Aditya P Dandekar, Young S Hahn
: The liver maintains an immunologically tolerant environment as a result of continuous exposure to food and bacterial constituents from the digestive tract. Hepatotropic pathogens can take advantage of this niche and establish lifelong chronic infections causing hepatic fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Macrophages (Mϕ) play a critical role in regulation of immune responses to hepatic infection and regeneration of tissue. However, the factors crucial for Mϕ in limiting hepatic inflammation or resolving liver damage have not been fully understood...
October 22, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
J Jiang, S L Dai, J F Xu, Y Zou, L G Zhu, H Peng, F C Zhu, X J Zhai
Objective: To evaluate the effects of blocking transmission of HBV from mother to infant in Jiangsu, and discuss influencing factors related to development of chronic HBV infection in children of HBsAg positive mother. Methods: HBsAg positive mothers delivered during 2010-2015 in three counties of Jiangsu (Zhangjiagang, Danyang and Taixing) and their neonates were included in the study. The neonates were vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine (10 μg) and hepatitis B immunoglobin (100 units) within 24 hours after birth...
October 10, 2016: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
Neil H Segal, Theodore F Logan, F Stephen Hodi, David F McDermott, Ignacio Melero, Omid Hamid, Henrik Schmidt, Caroline Robert, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Paolo A Ascierto, Michele Maio, Walter J Urba, Tara C Gangadhar, Satyendra Suryawanshi, Jaclyn Neely, Maria Jure-Kunkel, Suba Krishnan, Holbrook E Kohrt, Mario Sznol, Ronald Levy
PURPOSE: Urelumab is an agonist antibody to CD137 with potential application as an immuno-oncology therapeutic. Data were analyzed to assess safety, tolerability, and pharmacodynamic activity of urelumab, including the dose selected for ongoing development in patients with advanced solid tumors and lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three hundred and forty-six patients with advanced cancers who had progressed after standard treatment received at least one dose of urelumab in one of three dose-escalation, monotherapy studies...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Yihua Zhou
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) causes acute self-limiting hepatitis in most cases and chronic infection in rare circumstances. It is believed to be noncytopathic, so immunologically mediated events should play important roles in its pathogenesis and infection outcomes. The anti-HEV antibody response was clarified when the major antigenic determinants on the ORF2 polypeptide were determined, which are located in its C-terminal portion. This subregion also forms the conformational neutralization epitopes. Robust anti-HEV immunoglobulin M (IgM) and IgG responses usually develop 3-4 weeks after infection in experimentally infected nonhuman primates...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Rama Kandasamy, Merryn Voysey, Fiona McQuaid, Karlijn de Nie, Rebecca Ryan, Olivia Orr, Ulrike Uhlig, Charles Sande, Daniel O'Connor, Andrew J Pollard
OBJECTIVE:  To identify and characterise non-specific immunological effects after routine childhood vaccines against BCG, measles, diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus. DESIGN:  Systematic review of randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, and case-control studies. DATA SOURCES:  Embase, PubMed, Cochrane library, and Trip searched between 1947 and January 2014. Publications submitted by a panel of experts in the specialty were also included...
October 13, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Martín Bonacci, Sabela Lens, María-Carlota Londoño, Zoe Mariño, Maria C Cid, Manuel Ramos-Casals, Jose María Sánchez-Tapias, Xavier Forns, José Hernández-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Cryoglobulins (circulating immune complexes of polyclonal IgG, monoclonal IgM, and rheumatoid factor) are detected in the circulation of 40%-60% of patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and cryoglobulinemic vasculitis (CV) is observed in approximately 10% of patients. We aimed to assess the clinical and immune effects of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) treatment. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 64 patients with HCV infection with circulating cryoglobulins receiving direct-acting anti-viral therapy at a single center in Barcelona, Spain from January 2014 through April 2016...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Eva Maria Teegen, Isabell Krebs, Corinna Langelotz, Johann Pratschke, Beate Rau
BACKGROUND: Gender differences in medicine are gaining in importance. In transplant surgery, not only the patient's gender but also that of the donor play an important role in the outcome of transplantation due to sociocultural and genetic factors. METHODS: This review article gives an overview of the latest investigations into gender-related influences in the field of visceral transplantation. For this purpose, a systematic review of the literature was performed...
August 2016: Visc Med
Hiroyuki Nakashima, Masahiro Nakashima, Manabu Kinoshita, Masami Ikarashi, Hiromi Miyazaki, Hiromi Hanaka, Junko Imaki, Shuhji Seki
We have recently reported that Kupffer cells consist of two subsets, radio-resistant resident CD68+ Kupffer cells and radio-sensitive recruited CD11b+ Kupffer cells/macrophages (Mφs). Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is characterized not only by hepatic steatosis but also chronic inflammation and fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the immunological mechanism of diet-induced steatohepatitis in fibroblast growth factor 5 (FGF5) deficient mice. After consumption of a high fat diet (HFD) for 8 weeks, FGF5 null mice developed severe steatohepatitis and fibrosis resembling human NASH...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
A V C Coelho, R R Moura, S Crovella, F Celsi
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-G is a key tolerogenic molecule mainly expressed in the placenta and is crucial for implantation of the embryo and immunological tolerance of the fetus during pregnancy. However, under pathological conditions, such as cancer or viral infections, HLA-G can be expressed in other tissues. The gene coding for HLA-G (HLA-G, chromosome 6p21.3) presents numerous polymorphisms, some of them influencing its expression. One of the most studied, is the 14 bp ins/del (rs371194629) situated at the 3'-UTR of the gene...
August 26, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Aparajita Ghosh, Arijit Coondoo
A pigmented variant of lichen planus (LP) was first reported from India in 1974 by Bhutani et al. who coined the term LP pigmentosus (LPP) to give a descriptive nomenclature to it. LP has a number of variants, one of which is LPP. This disease has also later been reported from the Middle East, Latin America, Korea, and Japan, especially in people with darker skin. It has an insidious onset. Initially, small, black or brown macules appear on sun-exposed areas. They later merge to form large hyperpigmented patches...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Dermatology
J Hengst, C S Falk, V Schlaphoff, K Deterding, M P Manns, M Cornberg, H Wedemeyer
BACKGROUND:  Persistent infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) causes profound alterations of the cytokine and chemokine milieu in peripheral blood. However, it is unknown to what extend these alterations affect the progression of liver disease and whether HCV clearance normalizes soluble inflammatory mediators. METHODS:  We performed multianalyte profiling of 50 plasma proteins of 28 patients with persistent HCV infection and advanced stages of liver fibrosis or cirrhosis and 20 controls with fatty liver disease...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Jens Bukh
The discovery of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 1989 permitted basic research to unravel critical components of a complex life cycle for this important human pathogen. HCV is a highly divergent group of viruses classified in 7 major genotypes and a great number of subtypes, and circulating in infected individuals as a continuously evolving quasispecies destined to escape host immune responses and applied antivirals. Despite the inability to culture patient viruses directly in the laboratory, efforts to define the infectious genome of HCV resulted in development of experimental recombinant in vivo and in vitro systems, including replicons and infectious cultures in human hepatoma cell lines...
October 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Xavier Forns, Thomas Berg
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October 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Analía Urueña, Jorge E González, Analía Rearte, María E Pérez Carrega, Rogelio Calli, María F Pagani, Andrea Uboldi, Rosalía Vicentín, Patricia Caglio, María C Cañero-Velasco, Angela Gentile, Margarita Ramonet, Carla Vizzotti
BACKGROUND: Single-dose Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) vaccination was implemented in all Argentinean children aged 12 months in 2005. Previous studies demonstrated high prevalence of protective antibody response 4 years following single dose vaccination. This study assessed long term seroprotection against HAV after vaccination. METHODS: Children who received one dose of HAV vaccine at 1 year of age at least six years before enrollment were included at five centers in Argentina between 2013 and 2014...
September 15, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Rusen Uzun, Arzu Didem Yalcin, Betul Celik, Tangul Bulut, Ata Nevzat Yalcin
BACKGROUND Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) is characterized by widespread erythematous and bullous lesions on the skin. Nowadays, considerable progress has been made in the understanding of its pathogenesis. Immunologically it is similar to graft-versus-host disease. Therefore, we may propose that TEN is a disorder of cell-mediated immunity. CASE REPORT Our patient was a 74-year-old white female who had pneumonia and was positive for hepatitis C virus (HCV), and who had been on levofloxacin therapy. After the first levofloxacin dose, erythematous dusky red macules occurred on her extremities and trunk, and on the following day, confluent purpuric lesions tended to run together over 85% of her body...
2016: American Journal of Case Reports
Candice Ruck, Brian A Reikie, Arnaud Marchant, Tobias R Kollmann, Fatima Kakkar
HIV-exposed uninfected (HEU) infants experience increased overall mortality from infectious causes when compared to HIV-unexposed uninfected (HU) infants. This is the case in both the resource-rich and resource-limited settings. Here, we explore the concept that specific types of infectious diseases that are more common among HEU infants could provide clues as to the potential underlying immunological abnormalities. The most commonly reported infections in HEU vs. HU infants are caused by encapsulated bacteria, suggesting the existence of a less effective humoral (antibody, complement) immune response...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Elise M N Ferre, Stacey R Rose, Sergio D Rosenzweig, Peter D Burbelo, Kimberly R Romito, Julie E Niemela, Lindsey B Rosen, Timothy J Break, Wenjuan Gu, Sally Hunsberger, Sarah K Browne, Amy P Hsu, Shakuntala Rampertaap, Muthulekha Swamydas, Amanda L Collar, Heidi H Kong, Chyi-Chia Richard Lee, David Chascsa, Thomas Simcox, Angela Pham, Anamaria Bondici, Mukil Natarajan, Joseph Monsale, David E Kleiner, Martha Quezado, Ilias Alevizos, Niki M Moutsopoulos, Lynne Yockey, Cathleen Frein, Ariane Soldatos, Katherine R Calvo, Jennifer Adjemian, Morgan N Similuk, David M Lang, Kelly D Stone, Gulbu Uzel, Jeffrey B Kopp, Rachel J Bishop, Steven M Holland, Kenneth N Olivier, Thomas A Fleisher, Theo Heller, Karen K Winer, Michail S Lionakis
Autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy (APECED) is a rare primary immunodeficiency disorder typically caused by homozygous AIRE mutations. It classically presents with chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis and autoimmunity that primarily targets endocrine tissues; hypoparathyroidism and adrenal insufficiency are most common. Developing any two of these classic triad manifestations establishes the diagnosis. Although widely recognized in Europe, where nonendocrine autoimmune manifestations are uncommon, APECED is less defined in patients from the Western Hemisphere...
August 18, 2016: JCI Insight
Yin-Qiu Huang, Peng-Yan Li, Jia-Bo Wang, Hou-Qin Zhou, Zhi-Rui Yang, Rui-Chuang Yang, Zhao-Fang Bai, Li-Fu Wang, Jian-Yu Li, Hong-Hong Liu, Yan-Ling Zhao, Xiao-He Xiao
Increasing evidence has suggested that natural killer (NK) cells contribute to the pathogenesis of human immunological liver injury (ILI). Previous studies have demonstrated that Sophocarpine exerts activity in immune modulation. It also has a therapeutic effect on liver protection in that it can alleviate liver fibrosis by suppressing both the activation of hepatic stellate cells and the proliferation of the activated hepatic stellate cells. However, whether Sophocarpine protects the liver by regulating NK cell activity remains unclear...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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