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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634336/lc-ms-ms-quantification-of-sulfotransferases-is-better-than-conventional-immunogenic-methods-in-determining-human-liver-sult-activities-implication-in-precision-medicine
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Cong Xie, Tong-Meng Yan, Jia-Mei Chen, Xiao-Yan Li, Juan Zou, Li-Jun Zhu, Lin-Lin Lu, Ying Wang, Fu-Yuan Zhou, Zhong-Qiu Liu, Ming Hu
This study aims to determine whether enzyme activities are correlated with protein amounts and mRNA expression levels of five major human sulfotransferase (SULT) enzymes in 10 matched pericarcinomatous and hepatocellular carcinoma liver samples. The MRM UHPLC-MS/MS method, Western blot and RT-PCR were used along with SULT activity measurement using probe substrates. The LC-MS/MS method was specific for all five tested SULTs, whereas Western blot was specific for only two isoforms. The activities of SULT1A1, SULT1B1, SULT1E1 and SULT2A1 in 9 of 10 samples showed a significant decrease in tumor tissues relative to matched pericarcinomatous tissues, whereas the activities of SULT1A3 in 7 of 10 samples increased...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634286/conjugate-vaccine-immunotherapy-for-substance-use-disorder
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Paul T Bremer, Kim D Janda
Substance use disorder, especially in relation to opioids such as heroin and fentanyl, is a significant public health issue and has intensified in recent years. As a result, substantial interest exists in developing therapeutics to counteract the effects of abused drugs. A promising universal strategy for antagonizing the pharmacology of virtually any drug involves the development of a conjugate vaccine, wherein a hapten structurally similar to the target drug is conjugated to an immunogenic carrier protein...
July 2017: Pharmacological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634283/phase-ib-study-of-utomilumab-pf-05082566-a-4-1bb-cd137-agonist-in-combination-with-pembrolizumab-mk-3475-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors
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Anthony W Tolcher, Mario Sznol, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, Kyriakos P Papadopoulos, Amita Patnaik, Drew Rasco, Donna Di Gravio, Bo Huang, Dhiraj Gambhire, Ying Chen, Aron Thall, Nuzhat Pathan, Emmett V Schmidt, Laura Q M Chow
Purpose:  This phase Ib study (NCT02179918) evaluated the safety, antitumor activity, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of utomilumab, a fully human IgG2 mAb agonist of the T-cell costimulatory receptor 4-1BB/CD137 in combination with the humanized, PD-1-blocking IgG4 mAb pembrolizumab in patients with advanced solid tumors. <p>Experimental Design:  Utomilumab (0.45-5.0 mg/kg) and pembrolizumab (2 mg/kg) were administered intravenously every 3 weeks. Utomilumab dose escalation was conducted using the time-to-event-continual reassessment method...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634215/vaccination-with-high-affinity-epitopes-impairs-antitumor-efficacy-by-increasing-pd-1expression-on-cd8-t-cells
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Christopher D Zahm, Viswa Colluru, Douglas G McNeel
Antitumor vaccines encoding self-antigens generally have low immunogenicity in clinical trials. Several approaches are aimed at improving vaccine immunogenicity, including efforts to alter encoded epitopes. Immunization with epitopes altered for increased affinity for the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) or T-cell receptor (TCR) elicits greater numbers of CD8 T cells but inferior antitumor responses. Our previous results suggested that programmed death 1 (PD-1) and its ligand (PD-L1) increased on antigen-specific CD8 T cells and tumor cells, respectively, after high-affinity vaccination...
June 20, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634122/mapping-the-binding-interface-in-a-non-covalent-size-variant-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-using-native-mass-spectrometry-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry-and-computational-analysis
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Yuetian Yan, Hui Wei, Sutjano Jusuf, Stanley R Krystek, Jie Chen, Guodong Chen, Richard T Ludwig, Li Tao, Tapan K Das
Variants of monoclonal antibody containing an extra light chain has been reported in protein products(1-3). Due to potential impact on potency and immunogenicity, it is important to understand the formation mechanism of such variants so that appropriate control strategies can be implemented to assure product quality. In a model monoclonal antibody, we observed a size variant with an extra light chain non-covalently associated with the monomer (later named as "1.2mer"). The interaction between monomer and the extra light chain was characterized by native spray and hydrogen/deuterium exchange mass spectrometry (HDX MS) techniques...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634114/peanut-digestome-identification-of-digestion-resistant-ige-binding-peptides
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Luigia Di Stasio, Gianluca Picariello, Mariantonietta Mongiello, Rita Nocerino, Roberto Berni Canani, Simona Bavaro, Linda Monaci, Pasquale Ferranti, Gianfranco Mamone
Stability to proteolytic degradation in the digestive tract is considered a general feature shared by most food allergens. Current digestibility models exclusively utilize purified allergen proteins, neglecting the relevant effects of matrix that occur for foodstuff systems. In the present study, we investigated digestion stability of the major peanut allergens directly in the natural matrix using an in vitro static model that simulates the gastrointestinal digestion including the oral, gastric, duodenal and intestinal (brush border membrane enzymes) phases...
June 17, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634011/immunomodulatory-properties-of-concholepas-concholepas-hemocyanin-against-francisellosis-in-a-zebrafish-model
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Leidy Lagos, Julia I Tandberg, María Inés Becker, Hanne C Winther-Larsen
The development of vaccines for aquaculture has been an important milestone in providing a continuous and sustainable production. Most of the vaccines currently on the market for aquaculture include oil as adjuvant. Nevertheless, several studies reported an occurrence of side effects after their use in farmed fish. As a result, there is a need for new and improved adjuvants that can stimulate the immune system while causing as few side-effects as possible. Hemocyanins are versatile macromolecules with strong immunogenic and immunomodulatory properties...
June 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633813/multi-stimuli-responsive-smart-chitosan-based-microcapsules-for-targeted-drug-delivery-and-triggered-drug-release
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Xuejun Cui, Xinyu Guan, Shuangling Zhong, Jie Chen, Houjuan Zhu, Zhanfeng Li, Fengzhi Xu, Peng Chen, Hongyan Wang
In the present study, we designed a novel, multi-stimuli responsive, biocompatible and non-immunogenic smart carrier for targeted delivery and triggered release of hydrophobic drugs. The designed multi-stimuli responsive smart chitosan-based microcapsules (MSRS-CS-MCs) have been fabricated successfully from folic acid (FA) functionalized thiolated chitosan via a facile sonochemical method. Targeting moiety FA and red fluorescent dye (Rhodamine B isothiocyanate, RITC) were immobilized onto the shells of microcapsules...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633645/generation-of-populations-of-antigen-specific-cytotoxic-t-cells-using-dcs-transfected-with-dna-construct-encoding-her2-neu-tumor-antigen-epitopes
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Maria Kuznetsova, Julia Lopatnikova, Julia Khantakova, Rinat Maksyutov, Amir Maksyutov, Sergey Sennikov
BACKGROUND: Recent fundamental and clinical studies have confirmed the effectiveness of utilizing the potential of the immune system to remove tumor cells disseminated in a patient's body. Cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) are considered the main effectors in cell-mediated antitumor immunity. Approaches based on antigen presentation to CTLs by dendritic cells (DCs) are currently being intensively studied, because DCs are more efficient in tumor antigen presentation to T cells through their initiation of strong specific antitumor immune responses than other types of antigen-presenting cells...
June 20, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633590/polymeric-therapeutic-delivery-systems-for-the-treatment-of-infectious-diseases
#10
Blessing A Aderibigbe
Infectious diseases caused by germs, parasites, fungi, virus and bacteria are one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Polymeric therapeutics are nanomedicines that offer several advantages making them useful for the treatment of infectious diseases such as targeted drug release mechanism, ability to maintain the drug concentration within a therapeutic window for a desired duration, biocompatibility with low immunogenicity and reduced drug toxicity resulting in enhanced therapeutic efficacy of the incorporated drug...
July 2017: Therapeutic Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633385/timiner-ngs-data-mining-pipeline-for-cancer-immunology-and-immunotherapy
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Elias Tappeiner, Francesca Finotello, Pornpimol Charoentong, Clemens Mayer, Dietmar Rieder, Zlatko Trajanoski
Summary: Recently, a number of powerful computational tools for dissecting tumor-immune cell interactions from next-generation sequencing (NGS) data have been developed. However, the assembly of analytical pipelines and execution of multi-step workflows are laborious and involve a large number of intermediate steps with many dependencies and parameter settings. Here we present TIminer, an easy-to-use computational pipeline for mining tumor-immune cell interactions from NGS data. TIminer enables integrative immunogenomic analyses, including: human leukocyte antigens typing, neoantigen prediction, characterization of immune infiltrates, and quantification of tumor immunogenicity...
June 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632883/importance-of-immunogenicity-testing-for-cost-effective-management-of-psoriasis-patients-treated-with-adalimumab
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Fernando Mota, Esmeralda Neves, José Carlos Oliveira, Manuela Selores, Tiago Torres
INTRODUCTION: Up to 30% of patients treated with anti-tumor necrosis factor drugs do not respond adequately, and up to 50% lose response over time. Immunogenicity is now known to be one of the main causes of this loss of response. METHODS: Serum levels of adalimumab and anti-drug antibodies (ADAs) were measured in 19 patients with psoriasis. RESULTS: Eighty-nine percent of the patients were responders (Psoriasis Area Severity Index (PASI) > 75) and 11% were partial responders (PASI 50-75)...
June 2017: Acta Dermatovenerologica Alpina, Panonica, et Adriatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632820/the-nexus-of-stem-cell-derived-beta-cells-and-genome-engineering
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Sara D Sackett, Aida Rodriguez, Jon S Odorico
Diabetes, type 1 and type 2 (T1D and T2D), are diseases of epidemic proportions, which are complicated and defined by genetics, epigenetics, environment, and lifestyle choices. Current therapies consist of whole pancreas or islet transplantation. However, these approaches require life-time immunosuppression, and are compounded by the paucity of available donors. Pluripotent stem cells have advanced research in the fields of stem cell biology, drug development, disease modeling, and regenerative medicine, and importantly allows for the interrogation of therapeutic interventions...
2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632300/chemo-bacterial-synthesis-of-a-sialyl-tn-cyclopeptide-vaccine-candidate
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Emeline Richard, C Pifferi, M Fiore, Eric Samain, Audrey Le Gouellec, Sébastien Fort, Olivier Renaudet, Bernard Priem
A conjugatable form of the tumour-associated carbohydrate antigen sialyl-Tn (Neu5Ac-alfa-2,6-GalNAc) was efficiently produced in Escherichia coli. Metabolically engineered E. coli strains overexpressing the 6-sialyl-transferase gene of Photobacterium sp. and CMP-Neu5Ac synthetase genes of Neisseria meningitidis were cultivated at high density in presence of GalNAc-alfa-propargyl as the exogeneous acceptor. The target disaccharides, which were produced on the scale of several hundred milligrams, were then conjugated using CuAAC click chemistry to a fully synthetic and immunogenic scaffold with the aim to create a candidate anticancer vaccine...
June 20, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630474/nanoassembly-routes-stimulate-conflicting-antibody-quantity-and-quality-for-transmission-blocking-malaria-vaccines
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Darren B Leneghan, Kazutoyo Miura, Iona J Taylor, Yuanyuan Li, Jing Jin, Karl D Brune, Martin F Bachmann, Mark Howarth, Carole A Long, Sumi Biswas
Vaccine development efforts have recently focused on enabling strong immune responses to poorly immunogenic antigens, via display on multimerisation scaffolds or virus like particles (VLPs). Typically such studies demonstrate improved antibody titer comparing monomeric and nano-arrayed antigen. There are many such studies and scaffold technologies, but minimal side-by-side evaluation of platforms for both the amount and efficacy of antibodies induced. Here we present direct comparison of three leading platforms displaying the promising malaria transmission-blocking vaccine (TBV) target Pfs25...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630381/antibody-response-to-human-extracellular-her2-subdomain-proteins-in-mice
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Fateme Sadri-Ardalani, Moslem Ahmadi, Azam Hemmati, Shaghayegh Emami, Samira Farid, Mohammad Mehdi Amiri, Mahmood Jeddi-Tehrani, Mahdi Shabani, Fazel Shokri
BACKGROUND: In addition to passive immunotherapy using anti-HER2 monoclonal antibodies, active immunotherapy via HER2 targeting is an interesting approach to inducing specific anti-tumor immune responses. We have recently reported the immunogenicity of HER2 subdomains following DNA immunization and HER2 protein boosting. In the present study, we evaluated the immunogenicity of different HER2 extracellular subdomains for the induction of anti-HER2 antibody response in BALB/c mice. OBJECTIVE: To investigate and characterize antibody responses to human recombinant proteins of HER2 extracellular subdomains in immunized mice...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630358/assessing-the-safety-and-immunogenicity-of-recombinant-vesicular-stomatitis-virus-ebola-vaccine-in-healthy-adults-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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May S ElSherif, Catherine Brown, Donna MacKinnon-Cameron, Li Li, Trina Racine, Judie Alimonti, Thomas L Rudge, Carol Sabourin, Peter Silvera, Jay W Hooper, Steven A Kwilas, Nicole Kilgore, Christopher Badorrek, W Jay Ramsey, D Gray Heppner, Tracy Kemp, Thomas P Monath, Teresa Nowak, Shelly A McNeil, Joanne M Langley, Scott A Halperin
BACKGROUND: The 2013-2016 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa was the most widespread in history. In response, alive attenuated recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV) vaccine expressing Zaire Ebolavirus glycoprotein (rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP) was evaluated in humans. METHODS: In a phase 1, randomized, dose-ranging, observer-blind, placebo-controlled trial, healthy adults aged 18-65 years were randomized into 4 groups of 10 to receive one of 3 vaccine doses or placebo...
June 19, 2017: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630103/up-regulation-of-ep2-and-ep3-receptors-in-human-tolerogenic-dendritic-cells-boost-the-immunosuppressive-activity-of-pge2
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Georgina Flórez-Grau, Raquel Cabezón, Kyra J E Borgman, Carolina España, Juan Jose Lozano, Maria F Garcia-Parajo, Daniel Benítez-Ribas
Dendritic cells (DCs) are APCs essential in regulating the immune response. PGE2, produced during inflammation, has a pivotal role in the maturation of DCs and, therefore, is vital for the immune response. The large variety of biologic functions governed by PGE2 is mediated by its signaling through 4 distinct E-type prostanoid (EP) receptors. Immunogenic DCs express EP2 and EP4, which mediate the PGE2 signaling. However, the expression and function of EP receptors in human tolerogenic DCs (tol-DCs), which present an inhibitory phenotype, have not yet, to our knowledge, been assessed...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630054/slc45a2-a-melanoma-antigen-with-high-tumor-selectivity-and-reduced-potential-for-autoimmune-toxicity
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Jungsun Park, Amjad H Talukder, Seonah Lim, Kwanghee Kim, Ke Pan, Brenda Melendez, Sherille D Bradley, Kyle Jackson, Jahan S Khalili, Junmei Wang, Caitlin Creasy, Bih-Fang Pan, Scott E Woodman, Chantale Bernatchez, David Hawke, Patrick Hwu, Kyung-Mi Lee, Jason Roszik, Gregory Lizee, Cassian Yee
Cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL)-based immunotherapies have had remarkable success at generating objective clinical responses in patients with advanced metastatic melanoma.  Although the melanocyte differentiation antigens (MDAs) MART-1, PMEL, and tyrosinase were among the first melanoma tumor-associated antigens identified and targeted with immunotherapy, expression within normal melanocytes of the eye and inner ear can elicit serious autoimmune side effects, thus limiting their clinical potential as CTL targets...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629951/immunogenicity-of-class-i-hla-but-not-preformed-low-mfi-donor-specific-antibodies-correlates-with-outcomes-after-first-renal-transplantation
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A Lobashevsky, W Goggins, K Rosner, T Taber
BACKGROUND: The role of low levels of circulating donor specific antibodies (DSA) producing negative flow cytometry cross match is not completely defined. The purpose of this study was to examine the clinical significance of preexisting low levels of class I DSAs in flow cytometry cross match (FC CM) negative first kidney transplant recipients (KTRs). METHODS: All of the KTRs (n=41) had low levels of anti-class I antibodies only. The kidney transplant outcome was evaluated by the development of a deleterious effect (DE) in recipients in the study cohort (Group 1: DE+, Group 2: DE-)...
June 16, 2017: Transplant Immunology
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