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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735354/transplantation-sites-for-human-and-murine-islets
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Rebecca A Stokes, Kim Cheng, Amit Lalwani, Michael M Swarbrick, Helen E Thomas, Thomas Loudovaris, Tom W Kay, Wayne J Hawthorne, Philip J O'Connell, Jenny E Gunton
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Beta cell replacement is a potential cure for type 1 diabetes. In humans, islet transplants are currently infused into the liver via the portal vein, although this site has disadvantages. Here, we investigated alternative transplantation sites for human and murine islets in recipient mice, comparing the portal vein with quadriceps muscle and kidney, liver and spleen capsules. METHODS: Murine islets were isolated from C57BL6/J mice and transplanted into syngeneic recipients...
July 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733541/a-validated-transitional-and-translational-porcine-model-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#2
Kyle M Schachtschneider, Regina M Schwind, Kwame A Darfour-Oduro, Arun K De, Lauretta A Rund, Kuldeep Singh, Daniel R Principe, Grace Guzman, Charles E Ray, Howard Ozer, Ron C Gaba, Lawrence B Schook
Difficult questions are confronting clinicians attempting to improve hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) outcomes. A large animal model with genetic, anatomical, and physiological similarities to humans is required to transition from mouse models to human clinical trials to address unmet clinical needs. To validate our previously reported inducible porcine cancer model (Oncopig) as a transitional HCC model, Oncopig hepatocyte cultures were transformed using Cre recombinase. The resulting porcine HCC cells (pHCC) expressed oncogenic TP53R167H and KRASG12D, and displayed nuclear pleomorphisms with pale to granular cytoplasm arranged in expanded plates similar to human HCC histopathology...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729303/amotosalen-uva-pathogen-inactivation-technology-reduces-platelet-activatability-induces-apoptosis-and-accelerates-clearance
#3
Simona Stivala, Sara Gobbato, Laura Infanti, Martin F Reiner, Nicole Bonetti, Sara C Meyer, Giovanni G Camici, Thomas F Lüscher, Andreas Buser, Jürg H Beer
Amotosalen and ultraviolet A photochemical-based pathogen reduction using the InterceptTM Blood System is an effective and established technology for platelet and plasma components, which is adopted in more than 40 countries worldwide. Several reports point towards a reduced platelet function after Amotosalen/UVA exposure. The current study was undertaken to identify the mechanisms responsible for the early impairment of platelet function by the InterceptTM Blood System. Twenty-five platelet apheresis units were collected from healthy volunteers following standard procedures and split into 2 components, one untreated and the other treated with Amotosalen/UVA...
July 20, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729231/cernunnos-deficiency-associated-with-bcg-adenitis-and-autoimmunity-first-case-from-the-national-iranian-registry-and-review-of-the-literature
#4
Reza Yazdani, Hassan Abolhassani, Javad Tafaroji, Gholamreza Azizi, Raif S Geha, Asghar Aghamohammadi
Non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) is a pathway that repairs double-strand breaks (DSB) in DNA and plays a vital role in V(D)J recombination of immunoglobulin genes. Cernunnos is a DNA repair factor that is involved in nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) process. Impairment in Cernunnos leads to a genetic disease characterized by neural disorders, immunodeficiency and increased radiosensitivity. We herein describe a severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) patient with T- B+ phenotype who had a mutation in Cernunnos gene and manifested recurrent infections, microcephaly and growth retardation with hypogammaglobulinemia...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725894/quantifying-spontaneous-metastasis-in-a-syngeneic-mouse-melanoma-model-using-real-time-pcr
#5
Wentao Deng, Sarah L McLaughlin, David J Klinke
Modeling metastasis in vivo with animals is a priority for both revealing mechanisms of tumor dissemination and developing therapeutic methods. While conventional intravenous injection of tumor cells provides an efficient and consistent system for studying tumor cell extravasation and colonization, studying spontaneous metastasis derived from orthotopic tumor sites has the advantage of modeling more aspects of the metastatic cascade, but is challenging as it is difficult to detect small numbers of metastatic cells...
July 20, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725429/pretreatment-antigen-specific-immunity-and-regulation-association-with-subsequent-immune-response-to-anti-tumor-dna-vaccination
#6
Laura E Johnson, Brian M Olson, Douglas G McNeel
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapies have demonstrated clinical benefit for many types of cancers, however many patients do not respond, and treatment-related adverse effects can be severe. Hence many efforts are underway to identify treatment predictive biomarkers. We have reported the results of two phase I trials using a DNA vaccine encoding prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) in patients with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer. In both trials, persistent PAP-specific Th1 immunity developed in some patients, and this was associated with favorable changes in serum PSA kinetics...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723628/ese-1-elf3-mrna-expression-associates-with-poor-survival-outcomes-in-her2-breast-cancer-patients-and-is-critical-for-tumorigenesis-in-her2-breast-cancer-cells
#7
Adwitiya Kar, Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann
ESE-1/Elf3 and HER2 appear to establish a positive feedback regulatory loop, but the precise role of ESE-1 in HER2+ breast tumorigenesis remains unknown. Analyzing public repositories, we found that luminal B and HER2 subtype patients with high ESE-1 mRNA levels displayed worse relapse free survival. We stably knocked down ESE-1 in HER2+ luminal B BT474 cells and HER2 subtype SKBR3 cells, which resulted in decreased cell proliferation, colony formation, and anchorage-independent growth in vitro. Stable ESE-1 knockdown inhibited HER2-dependent signaling in BT474 cells and inhibited mTOR activation in SKBR3 cells, but reduced Akt signaling in both cell types...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720126/a-small-molecule-cytokine-combination-enhances-hematopoietic-stem-cell-proliferation-via-inhibition-of-cell-differentiation
#8
Lan Wang, Xin Guan, Huihui Wang, Bin Shen, Yu Zhang, Zhihua Ren, Yupo Ma, Xinxin Ding, Yongping Jiang
BACKGROUND: Accumulated evidence supports the potent stimulating effects of multiple small molecules on the expansion of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) which are important for the therapy of various hematological disorders. Here, we report a novel, optimized formula, named the SC cocktail, which contains a combination of three such small molecules and four cytokines. METHODS: Small-molecule candidates were individually screened and then combined at their optimal concentration with the presence of cytokines to achieve maximum capacity for stimulating the human CD34(+) cell expansion ex vivo...
July 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716897/mcpip1-downregulation-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-promotes-vascularization-and-metastatic-progression
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Paulina Marona, Judyta Górka, Zofia Mazurek, Waclaw Wilk, Janusz Rys, Marcin Majka, Jolanta Jura, Katarzyna Miekus
<p>Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common type of kidney cancer and it forms highly vascularized tumors. The monocyte endoribonuclease MCPIP1 negatively regulates inflammation by degrading mRNA encoding proinflammatory cytokines, such as IL-6, IL-1 and IL-12. MCPIP1 is also a negative regulator of NFκB and AP1 activity and it influences a broad range of miRNA activities. Here we report that MCPIP1 protein levels are decreased during renal cancer progression. In patient-derived tumors, and xenografts established in NOD-SCID or nude mice, low MCPIP1 levels correlated strongly with increased proliferation, tumor outgrowth and vascularity...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716825/efficiency-and-safety-of-crac-inhibitors-in-human-rheumatoid-arthritis-xenograft-models
#10
Shuang Liu, Hitoshi Hasegawa, Erika Takemasa, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Keizou Oka, Takeshi Kiyoi, Hiroyuki Takeda, Tomio Ogasawara, Tatsuya Sawasaki, Masaki Yasukawa, Kazutaka Maeyama
Store-operated Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channels are involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and have been studied as therapeutic targets in the management of RA. We investigated the efficacy and safety of CRAC inhibitors, including a neutralizing Ab (hCRACM1-IgG) and YM-58483, in the treatment of RA. Patient-derived T cell and B cell activity was suppressed by hCRACM1-IgG as well as YM-58483. Systemically constant, s.c. infused CRAC inhibitors showed anti-inflammatory activity in a human-NOD/SCID xenograft RA model as well as protective effects against the destruction of cartilage and bone...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716080/pretreatment-antigen-specific-immunity-and-regulation-association-with-subsequent-immune-response-to-anti-tumor-dna-vaccination
#11
Laura E Johnson, Brian M Olson, Douglas G McNeel
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapies have demonstrated clinical benefit for many types of cancers, however many patients do not respond, and treatment-related adverse effects can be severe. Hence many efforts are underway to identify treatment predictive biomarkers. We have reported the results of two phase I trials using a DNA vaccine encoding prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP) in patients with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer. In both trials, persistent PAP-specific Th1 immunity developed in some patients, and this was associated with favorable changes in serum PSA kinetics...
July 18, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716021/missed-diagnoses-in-african-americans-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-the-structured-clinical-interview-for-dsm-iv-axis-i-disorders-scid-i
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Gregory S Chasson, Monnica T Williams, Darlene M Davis, Jessica Y Combs
BACKGROUND: Research on the utility of structured interviews in assessing OCD is scarce, and even more so, in its use for OCD in African Americans. The purpose of this study was to examine the utility of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID-I) in detecting OCD in African Americans when used by well-trained, culturally competent clinicians. METHODS: Seventy-four African American adults with OCD were assessed with the SCID-I and additional measures of OCD...
July 17, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714574/a-humanised-tissue-engineered-bone-model-allows-species-specific-breast-cancer-related-bone-metastasis-in-vivo
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V M C Quent, A V Taubenberger, J C Reichert, L C Martine, J A Clements, D W Hutmacher, D Loessner
Bone metastases frequently occur in the advanced stages of breast cancer. At this stage, the disease is deemed incurable. To date, the mechanisms of breast cancer-related metastasis to bone are poorly understood. This may be attributed to the lack of appropriate animal models to investigate the complex cancer cell-bone interactions. In this study, two established tissue-engineered bone constructs (TEBCs) were applied to a breast cancer-related metastasis model. A cylindrical medical-grade polycaprolactone-tricalcium phosphate scaffold produced by fused deposition modelling (scaffold 1) was compared with a tubular calcium phosphate-coated polycaprolactone scaffold fabricated by solution electrospinning (scaffold 2) for their potential to generate ectopic humanised bone in NOD/SCID mice...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714421/the-prevalence-age-of-onset-and-the-correlates-of-dsm-iv-psychiatric-disorders-in-the-tianjin-mental-health-survey-tjmhs
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H Yin, G Xu, H Tian, G Yang, K J Wardenaar, R A Schoevers
BACKGROUND: To effectively shape mental healthcare policy in modern-day China, up-to-date epidemiological data on mental disorders is needed. The objective was to estimate the prevalence, age-of-onset (AOO) and sociodemographic correlates of mental disorders in a representative household sample of the general population (age ⩾ 18) in the Tianjin Municipality in China. METHODS: Data came from the Tianjin Mental health Survey (TJMHS), which was conducted between July 2011 and March 2012 using a two-phase design...
July 17, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714104/chronic-inflammation-elicited-liver-progenitor-cell-conversion-to-liver-cancer-stem-cell-with-clinical-significance
#15
Xiao-Feng Li, Cheng Chen, Dai-Min Xiang, Le Qu, Wen Sun, Xin-Yuan Lu, Teng-Fei Zhou, Shu-Zhen Chen, Bei-Fang Ning, Zhuo Cheng, Ming-Yang Xia, Wei-Feng Shen, Wen Yang, Wen Wen, Terence Kin Wah Lee, Wen-Ming Cong, Hong-Yang Wang, Jin Ding
The substantial heterogeneity and hierarchical organization in liver cancer supports the theory of liver cancer stem cell (LCSC). However, the relationship between chronic hepatic inflammation and LCSC generation remains obscure. Here we observed a close correlation between aggravated inflammation and liver progenitor cell (LPC) propagation in the cirrhotic liver of rats exposed to diethylnitrosamine. LPCs isolated from the rat cirrhotic liver initiated subcutaneous liver cancers in NOD/SCID mice, suggesting the malignant transformation of LPC toward LCSC...
July 17, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713689/relation-of-binge-eating-disorder-with-impulsiveness-in-obese-individuals
#16
Cenk Ural, Hasan Belli, Mahir Akbudak, Ali Solmaz, Zuhal Dogan Bektas, Fatih Celebi
AIM: To investigate the levels of impulsiveness, and the relationship between the binge eating disorder (BED) and the levels of impulsiveness in obese individuals. METHODS: Two hundred and forty-one obese patients who were included in the study and candidate for bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) were clinically interviewed to identify the BED group, and patients were divided into two groups: Those with BED and those without BED. The comorbidity rate of groups was determined by using structured clinical interview for DSM-IV (SCID-I)...
June 22, 2017: World Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713380/targeting-the-human-t-cell-inducible-costimulator-molecule-with-a-monoclonal-antibody-prevents-graft-vs-host-disease-and-preserves-graft-vs-leukemia-in-a-xenograft-murine-model
#17
Aude Burlion, Simon Brunel, Nicolas Y Petit, Daniel Olive, Gilles Marodon
BACKGROUND: Graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) is a major complication of allogenic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Targeting costimulatory molecules with antagonist antibodies could dampen the excessive immune response that occurs, while preserving the beneficial graft vs leukemia (GVL) of the allogeneic response. Previous studies using a mouse model of GVHD have shown that targeting the T-cell Inducible COStimulator (ICOS, CD278) molecule is beneficial, but it is unclear whether the same applies to human cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712180/causes-of-chronic-non-infectious-diarrhoea-in-infants-less-than-6-months-of-age-rarely-recognized-entities
#18
Iqra Mushtaq, Huma Ashraf Cheema, Hassan Suleman Malik, Nadia Waheed, Muhammad Almas Hashmi, Hassan Suleman Malik
BACKGROUND: Non-infectious causes of chronic diarrhoea are important and easily missed. The study was done with the objectives to identify different causes of chronic non-infectious diarrhoea in infants less than 6 months of age. METHODS: All patients less than 6 months of age presenting for the first time to a Paediatric Gastroenterology tertiary care centre with a history of chronic diarrhoea and negative stool cultures were enrolled over a period of 8 months...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711477/the-association-between-toxoplasma-and-the-psychosis-continuum-in-a-general-population-setting
#19
Maija Lindgren, Minna Torniainen-Holm, Tommi Härkänen, Faith Dickerson, Robert H Yolken, Jaana Suvisaari
Toxoplasma gondii infection is associated with increased risk for psychosis. However, the possible association between T. gondii and psychotic-like symptoms in the general adult population is unknown. We investigated whether T. gondii is associated with psychotic-like symptoms and psychosis diagnoses using data from Health 2000, a large cross-sectional health survey of the Finnish general population aged 30 and above. Seropositivity to toxoplasma was defined as a cutoff of 50IU/ml of IgG antibodies. Lifetime psychotic-like symptoms were identified with section G of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview, Munich version (M-CIDI)...
July 12, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711285/anti-il-21-monoclonal-antibody-combined-with-liraglutide-effectively-reverses-established-hyperglycemia-in-mouse-models-of-type-1-diabetes
#20
Anna K Rydén, Nikole R Perdue, Philippe P Pagni, Claire B Gibson, Sowbarnika S Ratliff, Rikke K Kirk, Travis J Friesen, Claus Haase, Ken Coppieters, Matthias G von Herrath, Tamar E Boursalian
Immunotherapy for type 1 diabetes (T1D) has previously focused on suppressing the autoimmune response against pancreatic beta cells to preserve endogenous insulin production and regulate glucose levels. With increased attention toward combination therapy strategies, studies indicate the multifunctional cytokine interleukin-21 (IL-21) may be a suitable target as an immuno-modulatory arm, while glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists may be appropriate as a beta cell protective arm in combination therapy for T1D...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
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