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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231661/-a-retrospective-cohort-study-on-survival-status-of-aids-patients-among-15-or-above-year-olds-in-henan-province-from-2008-to-2015
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W J Yang, N Li, Y Liang, J Li, P Y Fan, D Y Sun, Q Zhu, Z Wang
Objective: To explore the survival status and affecting factors among patients diagnosed as AIDS, in Henan province. Methods: Database of AIDS patients were downloaded from the China information system for disease prevention and control-AIDS with a retrospective study conducted. Inclusion criteria on patients would involve those diagnosed between 2008 and 2015, aged 15 years or above. Results: A total number of 25 525 HIV/AIDS patients were enrolled in this study. During the follow-up period, the overall mortality among all the patients was 24...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231624/targets-and-mechanisms-in-prevention-of-parkinson-s-disease-through-immunomodulatory-treatments
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REVIEW
Marianne von Euler Chelpin, Thomas Vorup-Jensen
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world, however, there is no cure for it. Current treatments only relieve some of the symptoms, without ceasing the disease, and lose efficacy with prolonged treatment. Considerable evidence shows that persistent inflammatory responses, involving T cell infiltration and glial cell activation, are common characteristics of human patients and play a crucial role in the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons. Therefore, it is important to develop therapeutic strategies that can impede or halt the disease through the modulation of the peripheral immune system by aiming at controlling the existing neuroinflammation...
February 23, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231588/checkpoint-inhibition-in-head-and-neck-cancer-immune-therapeutic-options-limitations-and-beyond
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Bastian Höchst, Percy A Knolle
The immune system functions to defend the organism against infectious microorganisms but also against transformed cells. This key role of the immune system, in particular cancer-specific T cells, in eliminating cancer cells is compromised by various immune escape strategies employed by cancer cells and the cancer microenvironment. Here, we review the current knowledge about the immune escape mechanisms of cancer and the attempts to reconstitute cancer-specific immunity by using checkpoint inhibitors in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231577/response-evaluation-in-head-and-neck-oncology-definition-and-prediction
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T K Hoffmann, P J Schuler, S Laban, R Grässlin, M Beer, A J Beer, U Friebe-Hoffmann, L Bullinger, P Möller, T Wiegel
Curative treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma includes surgery and/or (chemo)radiation, whereas in the palliative setting, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy represent(s) the standard approach. With regard to quality control, methods for determining treatment response are sorely needed. For surgical therapy, histopathology is the standard quality control. Established criteria for high-risk patients include resection margins of the primary tumor and extracapsular extension of lymph node metastases...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231431/enhancing-adoptive-cell-therapy-of-cancer-through-targeted-delivery-of-small-molecule-immunomodulators-to-internalizing-or-non-internalizing-receptors
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Yiran Zheng, Li Tang, Llian Mabardi, Sudha Kumari, Darrell J Irvine
Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) has achieved striking efficacy in B-cell leukemias, but less success treating other cancers, in part due to the rapid loss of ACT T-cell effector function in vivo due to immunosuppression in solid tumors. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling is an important mechanism of immune suppression in the tumor microenvironment, but systemic inhibition of TGF-β is toxic. Here we evaluated the potential of targeting a small molecule inhibitor of TGF-β to ACT T-cells using PEGylated immunoliposomes...
February 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230733/ck2-molecular-targeting-tumor-cell-specific-delivery-of-rnai-in-various-models-of-cancer
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Janeen H Trembley, Betsy T Kren, Md Joynal Abedin, Rachel I Vogel, Claire M Cannon, Gretchen M Unger, Khalil Ahmed
Protein kinase CK2 demonstrates increased protein expression relative to non-transformed cells in the majority of cancers that have been examined. The elevated levels of CK2 are involved in promoting not only continued proliferation of cancer cells but also their resistance to cell death; thus, CK2 has emerged as a plausible target for cancer therapy. Our focus has been to target CK2 catalytic subunits at the molecular level using RNA interference (RNAi) strategies to achieve their downregulation. The delivery of oligonucleotide therapeutic agents warrants that they are protected and are delivered specifically to cancer cells...
February 21, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230277/immune-checkpoint-blockade-biology-in-mouse-models-of-glioblastoma
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Alan T Yeo, Al Charest
Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) is a highly malignant primary brain cancer that is associated with abysmal prognosis. The median survival of GBM patients is ∼15 months and there have not been any significant advance in therapies in over a decade, leaving treatment options limited. There is clearly an unmet need for GBM treatment. Immunotherapies are treatments based on usurping the power of the host's immune system to recognize and eliminate cancer cells. They have recently proven to be a successful strategy for combating a variety of cancers...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230241/results-of-a-phase-ii-open-label-non-comparative-study-of-intralesional-pv-10-followed-by-radiotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-in-transit-or-metastatic-melanoma
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Matthew Foote, Tavis Read, Janine Thomas, Michael Wagels, Bryan Burmeister, B Mark Smithers
BACKGROUND: In-transit and recurrent dermal or subcutaneous melanoma metastases represent a significant burden of advanced disease. Intralesional Rose Bengal can elicit tumor selective ablation and a T-cell mediated abscopal effect in untreated lesions. A subset of patients in a phase II trial setting received external beam radiotherapy to their recurrent lesions with complete or partial response and no significant acute radiation reaction. METHODS: An open-label, single-arm phase II study was performed to assess the efficacy and safety of PV-10 followed by hypofractionated radiotherapy...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228933/vascularization-and-innervation-of-slits-within-polydimethylsiloxane-sheets-in-the-subcutaneous-space-of-athymic-nude-mice
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Rachel E Gurlin, Mark T Keating, Shiri Li, Jonathan Rt Lakey, Sébastien de Feraudy, Bhupinder S Shergill, Elliot L Botvinick
Success of cell therapy in avascular sites will depend on providing sufficient blood supply to transplanted tissues. A popular strategy of providing blood supply is to embed cells within a functionalized hydrogel implanted within the host to stimulate neovascularization. However, hydrogel systems are not always amenable for removal post-transplantation; thus, it may be advantageous to implant a device that contains cells while also providing access to the circulation so retrieval is possible. Here we investigate one instance of providing access to a vessel network, a thin sheet with through-cut slits, and determine if it can be vascularized from autologous materials...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228758/a-simple-and-rapid-method-for-quality-control-of-major-histocompatibility-complex-peptide-monomers-by-flow-cytometry
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P Anoop Chandran, Sonja Heidu, Henning Zelba, Barbara Schmid-Horch, Hans-Georg Rammensee, Steve Pascolo, Cécile Gouttefangeas
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) multimers are essential tools in T cell immunomonitoring, which are employed both in basic and clinical research, as well as for assessing clinical samples during therapy. The generation of MHC monomers loaded with synthetic peptides is an elaborate and time-consuming process. It would be beneficial to assess the quality of these monomers prior to downstream applications. In this technical note, we describe a novel flow cytometry-based, cell-free, quick, and robust assay to check the quality of MHC monomers directly after refolding or after long-term storage...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228726/current-diagnosis-and-management-of-immune-related-adverse-events-iraes-induced-by-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-therapy
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REVIEW
Vivek Kumar, Neha Chaudhary, Mohit Garg, Charalampos S Floudas, Parita Soni, Abhinav B Chandra
The indications of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are set to rise further with the approval of newer agents like tremelimumab and atezolimumab for use in patients with advanced stage mesothelioma and urothelial carcinoma respectively. More frequent use of ICIs has improved our understanding of their unique side effects, which are known as immune-related adverse events (irAEs). The spectrum of irAEs has expanded beyond more common manifestations such as dermatological, gastrointestinal and endocrine effects to rarer presentations involving nervous, hematopoietic and urinary systems...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228650/haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-autoimmune-diseases
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REVIEW
Joost F Swart, Eveline M Delemarre, Femke van Wijk, Jaap-Jan Boelens, Jürgen Kuball, Jacob M van Laar, Nico M Wulffraat
Autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only treatment that is able to induce long-term, drug-free and symptom-free remission in several refractory autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Over 3,000 HSCT procedures for rheumatic and nonrheumatic severe autoimmune diseases have been performed worldwide. Specific conditioning regimens are currently used to eradicate the autoreactive immunological memory of patients. Although in vivo immune cell depletion with antithymocyte globulin or anti-CD52 is the norm for many regimens, ex vivo selection of CD34(+) stem cells from the graft is controversial...
February 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228595/hepatitis-c-virus-specific-t-cell-receptor-mrna-engineered-human-t-cells-impact-of-antigen-specificity-on-functional-properties
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Anangi Balasiddaiah, Haleh Davanian, Soo Aleman, Anna Pasetto, Lars Frelin, Matti Sällberg, Volker Lohmann, Sarene Koh, Antonio Bertoletti, Margaret Chen
Therapy with genetically modified autologous T cells has shown great promise in cancer therapy. For an efficient control of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, cytotoxic T cells (CTL) are pivotal but persistence of activated T cells may lead to liver toxicity. Here, anti-HCV T cell receptors (TCRs) recognising the HCV non-structural (NS) NS3 or NS5 viral peptide target were examined by mRNA transfection of human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) derived from healthy donors as well as chronically infected HCV patients...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228558/the-ribosomal-protein-s19-suppresses-antitumor-immune-responses-via-the-complement-c5a-receptor-1
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Maciej M Markiewski, Surya Kumari Vadrevu, Sharad K Sharma, Navin Kumar Chintala, Shanawaz Ghouse, Jun-Hung Cho, David P Fairlie, Yvonne Paterson, Aristotelis Astrinidis, Magdalena Karbowniczek
Relatively little is known about factors that initiate immunosuppression in tumors and act at the interface between tumor cells and host cells. In this article, we report novel immunosuppressive properties of the ribosomal protein S19 (RPS19), which is upregulated in human breast and ovarian cancer cells and released from apoptotic tumor cells, whereupon it interacts with the complement C5a receptor 1 expressed on tumor infiltrating myeloid-derived suppressor cells. This interaction promotes tumor growth by facilitating recruitment of these cells to tumors...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228279/loss-of-pten-is-associated-with-resistance-to-anti-pd-1-checkpoint-blockade-therapy-in-metastatic-uterine-leiomyosarcoma
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Suzanne George, Diana Miao, George D Demetri, Dennis Adeegbe, Scott J Rodig, Sachet Shukla, Mikel Lipschitz, Ali Amin-Mansour, Chandrajit P Raut, Scott L Carter, Peter Hammerman, Gordon J Freeman, Catherine J Wu, Patrick A Ott, Kwok-Kin Wong, Eliezer M Van Allen
Response to immune checkpoint blockade in mesenchymal tumors is poorly characterized, but immunogenomic dissection of these cancers could inform immunotherapy mediators. We identified a treatment-naive patient who has metastatic uterine leiomyosarcoma and has experienced complete tumor remission for >2 years on anti-PD-1 (pembrolizumab) monotherapy. We analyzed the primary tumor, the sole treatment-resistant metastasis, and germline tissue to explore mechanisms of immunotherapy sensitivity and resistance...
February 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226463/cardiac-katp-channel-modulation-by-16hz-magnetic-fields-a-theoretical-study
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Yuval Aharonovich, Mickey Scheinowitz, Sharon Zlochiver, Yuval Aharonovich, Mickey Scheinowitz, Sharon Zlochiver, Yuval Aharonovich, Sharon Zlochiver, Mickey Scheinowitz
Heart exposure to 16Hz magnetic fields (MFs) was shown to be cardio-protective for diseased hearts; still, the mechanism of this effect is unknown. We hypothesize that a possible one mechanism is an increased trans-membrane KATP channel open probability due to modulation of the degree of dissociation between K(+) ions, having a resonance frequency of 16Hz, and the channel selectivity filter. The Fan-Makielski Markovian KATP channel model was adopted, and the MF bio-effect was manifested by modulating the open probability of the channel using the predictive MF bio-effect parameter based on Binhi's quantum mechanics model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226225/thymic-epithelial-cells
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Jakub Abramson, Graham Anderson
IntrathymicTcell development is a complex process that depends upon continuous guidance from thymus stromal cell microenvironments. The thymic epithelium within the thymic stroma comprises highly specialized cells with a high degree of anatomic, phenotypic, and functional heterogeneity. These properties are collectively required to bias thymocyte development toward production of self-tolerant and functionally competent T cells. The importance of thymic epithelial cells (TECs) is evidenced by clear links between their dysfunction and multiple diseases where autoimmunity and immunodeficiency are major components...
February 10, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225830/ex-vivo-activation-of-cd4-t-cells-from-donors-on-suppressive-art-can-lead-to-sustained-production-of-infectious-hiv-1-from-a-subset-of-infected-cells
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John K Bui, Elias K Halvas, Elizabeth Fyne, Michele D Sobolewski, Dianna Koontz, Wei Shao, Brian Luke, Feiyu F Hong, Mary F Kearney, John W Mellors
The fate of HIV-infected cells after reversal of proviral latency is not well characterized. Simonetti, et al. recently showed that CD4+ T-cells containing intact proviruses can clonally expand in vivo and produce low-level infectious viremia. We hypothesized that reversal of HIV latency by activation of CD4+ T-cells can lead to the expansion of a subset of virus-producing cells rather than their elimination. We established an ex vivo cell culture system involving stimulation of CD4+ T-cells from donors on suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART) with PMA/ionomycin (day 1-7), followed by rest (day 7-21), and then repeat stimulation (day 21-28), always in the presence of high concentrations of raltegravir and efavirenz to effectively block new cycles of viral replication...
February 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224702/early-platelet-and-leukocyte-decline-in-patients-with-neuroinflammatory-disorders-after-intravenous-immunoglobulins
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A Totzeck, M Stettner, T Hagenacker
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIGs) are a common therapy in patients with neuroinflammatory disorders, especially chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy or Guillain-Barré syndrome. Hematological toxicities upon IVIG infusion are a known side effect and still an important subject of investigation. METHODS: Laboratory results and data for clinical efficacy and tolerability of 62 patients with neuroinflammatory disorders treated with IVIG (0...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223983/b-cell-homeostasis-and-functional-properties-are-altered-in-an-hypochlorous-acid-induced-murine-model-of-systemic-sclerosis
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Sébastien Sanges, Manel Jendoubi, Niloufar Kavian, Carine Hauspie, Silvia Speca, Jean-Charles Crave, Thomas Guerrier, Guillaume Lefèvre, Vincent Sobanski, Ariel Savina, Eric Hachulla, Pierre-Yves Hatron, Myriam Labalette, Frédéric Batteux, Sylvain Dubucquoi, David Launay
INTRODUCTION: During systemic sclerosis (SSc), peripheral B cells display alterations in subset homeostasis and functional properties and are a promising therapeutic target. However, there is only few data regarding whether these anomalies are accurately reproduced in animal models of SSc. OBJECTIVE: In this work, we assessed the B cell homeostasis modifications in an experimental model of SSc [hypochlorous acid (HOCl)-induced mouse], both at a phenotypic and functional level, during the course of the disease...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
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