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Merlin L Robb, Jintanat Ananworanich
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Understanding the characteristics of transmission during acute HIV infection (AHI) may inform targets for vaccine-induced immune interdiction. Individuals treated in AHI with a small HIV reservoir size may be ideal candidates for therapeutic HIV vaccines aiming for HIV remission (i.e. viremic control after treatment interruption). RECENT FINDINGS: The AHI period is brief and peak viremia predicts a viral set point that occurs 4-5 weeks following infection...
September 29, 2016: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
Andre Uflacker, Ziv J Haskal, Tiago Bilhim, James Patrie, Timothy Huber, João Martins Pisco
PURPOSE: To perform meta-analysis of available data on prostatic artery embolization (PAE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Meta-analysis was conducted on articles published between November 2009 and December 2015. Peer-reviewed studies with > 5 patients and standard deviations and/or individual-level data on one or more of the following outcomes were included: prostate volume (PV), peak flow rate (Qmax), postvoid residual (PVR), International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), quality of life (QOL) score, International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) score, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Eleanor I Walsh, Emma L Turner, J Athene Lane, Jenny L Donovan, David E Neal, Freddie C Hamdy, Richard M Martin
BACKGROUND: Sociodemographic characteristics are associated with participating in cancer screening and trials. We compared the characteristics of those responding with those not responding to a single invitation for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer as part of the Cluster randomised triAl of PSA testing for Prostate cancer (CAP). METHODS: Age, rurality and deprivation among 197,763 men from 271 cluster-randomised primary care centres in the UK were compared between those responding (n = 90,300) and those not responding (n = 100,953) to a prostate cancer testing invitation...
October 13, 2016: Trials
Hao Zhang, Hong-Sheng Lim, Berhard Knapp, Charlotte M Deane, Milos Aleksic, Omer Dushek, P Anton van der Merwe
The interaction between the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and antigenic peptide in complex with major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules is a crucial step in T cell activation. The relative contributions of TCR:peptide and TCR:MHC contacts to the overall binding energy remain unclear. This has important implications for our understanding of T cell development and function. In this study we used site directed mutagenesis to estimate the contribution of HLA-A2 side-chains to the binding of four TCRs. Our results show that these TCRs have very different energetic 'footprints' on HLA-A2, with no residues contributing to all TCR interactions...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Seyed-Mohammad Gheibi Hayat, Seyed-Latif Mousavi Gargari, Shahram Nazarian
ETEC (Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli) is a major cause of diarrhea in developing countries and children. ETEC has two virulence factors including colonization factors antigen (CFA) and labile enterotoxins (LTs). CFA/I consists the major pilin subunit CfaB and a minor adhesive subunit, CfaE. In this study a tripartite fusion protein containing CfaB, CfaE and LTB was designed. In silico analysis of the tertiary structure of the chimeric protein showed a protein with three main domains linked together with linkers...
October 9, 2016: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
Andrea L Magee, Steven M Montner, Aliya Husain, Ayodeji Adegunsoye, Rekha Vij, Jonathan H Chung
The management of hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) depends on early identification of the disease process, which is complicated by its nonspecific clinical presentation in addition to variable and diverse laboratory and radiologic findings. HP is the result of exposure and sensitization to myriad aerosolized antigens. HP develops in the minority of antigenic exposures, and conversely has been documented in patients with no identifiable exposure, complicating the diagnostic algorithm significantly. Prompt diagnosis and early intervention are critical in slowing the progression of irreversible parenchymal damage, and additionally in preserving the quality of life of affected patients...
November 2016: Radiologic Clinics of North America
Merlin L Robb, Jintanat Ananworanich
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Understanding the characteristics of transmission during acute HIV infection (AHI) may inform targets for vaccine-induced immune interdiction. Individuals treated in AHI with a small HIV reservoir size may be ideal candidates for therapeutic HIV vaccines aiming for HIV remission (i.e. viremic control after treatment interruption). RECENT FINDINGS: The AHI period is brief and peak viremia predicts a viral set point that occurs 4-5 weeks following infection...
November 2016: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
Evangelos J Giamarellos-Bourboulis, Steven M Opal
During the course of sepsis when immunosuppression predominates, the concentrations of circulating immunoglobulins (IGs) are decreased and this is associated with adverse outcomes. The production of IGs as response to invasive bacterial pathogens takes place through a complex pathway starting from the recognition of the antigen (Ag) by innate immune cells that process and present Ags to T cells. The orchestration of T-helper (Th) lymphocyte responses directs specific B cells and ends with the production of IGs by plasma cells...
September 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Hidemi Suzuki, Atsushi Hata, Yuki Shina, Takamasa Yun, Kazuhisa Tanaka, Yuichi Sakairi, Hironobu Wada, Taiki Fujiwara, Takahiro Nakajima, Takekazu Iwata, Masako Chiyo, Shigetoshi Yoshida, Ichiro Yoshino
Chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) is a critical impediment to the long-term survival after lung transplantation. A rat orthotopic lung transplantation model was developed in the early 1970s, and using this model, our laboratory has shown that the immunopathogenesis of CLAD involves both allogeneic immunity and autoimmunity. However, further investigation of CLAD is limited by the scarcity of transgenic and knockout strains. The model most widely used to study CLAD, the mouse model of heterotopic tracheal transplantation, has some incomplete pathophysiologic features of CLAD, which limits the utility of this model...
October 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Anuj Kumar, Drista Sharma, M L Aggarwal, K M Chacko, Tarun Kumar Bhatt
Present chemotherapeutic drugs have limited efficacy and severe side effects. Considering the complexity of cancer, an effective strategy is necessary to discover multiple new drug targets. Cancer/testis antigens are vital for cancer cell progression. We have performed a computational network analysis of cancer/testis antigens and assessed these antigens as drug targets. During this analysis, protein interaction network of 700 human CT antigens was investigated. CT antigen network consisted of eight independent components...
October 5, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Nina Pilat, Benedikt Mahr, Lukas Unger, Karin Hock, Christoph Schwarz, Andreas M Farkas, Ulrike Baranyi, Fritz Wrba, Thomas Wekerle
Central clonal deletion has been considered the critical factor responsible for the robust state of tolerance achieved by chimerism-based experimental protocols, but split-tolerance models and the clinical experience are calling this assumption into question. Although clone-size reduction through deletion has been shown to be universally required for achieving allotolerance, it remains undetermined whether it is sufficient by itself. Therapeutic Treg treatment induces chimerism and tolerance in a stringent murine BM transplantation model devoid of myelosuppressive recipient treatment...
May 19, 2016: JCI Insight
Lauren P McLaughlin, Haili Lang, Elizabeth Williams, Kaylor E Wright, Allison Powell, Conrad R Cruz, Anamaris M Colberg-Poley, Cecilia Barese, Patrick J Hanley, Catherine M Bollard, Michael D Keller
BACKGROUND AIMS: Human parainfluenza virus-3 (HPIV) is a common cause of respiratory infection in immunocompromised patients and currently has no effective therapies. Virus-specific T-cell therapy has been successful for the treatment or prevention of viral infections in immunocompromised patients but requires determination of T-cell antigens on targeted viruses. METHODS: HPIV3-specific T cells were expanded from peripheral blood of healthy donors using a rapid generation protocol targeting four HPIV3 proteins...
September 27, 2016: Cytotherapy
Raquel Moya, Jerónimo Carnés, Nuria Sinovas, Laura Ramió, Pilar Brazis, Anna Puigdemont
BACKGROUND: Canine atopic dermatitis is a pruritic allergic skin disease. House dust mites have been identified as the main non-seasonal responsible agent. Unlike in human allergic patients, groups 1 and 2 antigens have been described as minor allergens in dogs, while groups 15 and 18 are considered the major allergens. Despite these differences, allergic dogs have traditionally been treated using extracts intended for human immunotherapy. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the immunological characteristics and the allergen reactivity of dogs with atopic dermatitis using a Dermatophagoides farinae commercial extract...
November 1, 2016: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Helena Sá, Rita Leal, Manuel Santos Rosa
To deride the hope of progress is the ultimate fatuity, the last word in poverty of spirit and meanness of mind. There is no need to be dismayed by the fact that we cannot yet envisage a definitive solution of our problems, a resting-place beyond which we need not try to go. -P.B. Medawar, 1969* [Formula: see text] Thomas E. Starlz, also known as the Father of Clinical Transplantation, once said that organ transplantation was the supreme exception to the rule that most major advances in medicine spring from discoveries in basic science [Starzl T...
September 28, 2016: International Reviews of Immunology
Toheder Rahaman, Todor Vasiljevic, Lata Ramchandran
Processing induced conformational changes can modulate digestibility of food allergens and thereby their antigenicity. Effect of different pH (3, 5, 7), temperature (room temperature, 120°C) and shear (0s(-1), 1000s(-1)) on simulated gastrointestinal digestibility of β-lg and post digestion antigenic characteristics have been studied. At all pH levels unheated β-lg showed resistance to peptic digestion with high antigenic value while it was fairly susceptible to pancreatin with moderate reduction in antigenicity...
February 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Zhao Li, Xiaobing Liu, Rongbin Guo, Pengfei Wang
CD4(+)Foxp3(-) type 1 regulatory T (Tr1) cells are potent producers of interleukin 10 (IL-10) and transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), through which they suppress pathogenic inflammation and autoimmune responses. The role of Tr1 response in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is still unclear. Here, we examined the frequency, phenotype, induction mechanism, and function of Tr1 cells in GBM patients. Compared to healthy controls, GBM patients presented significantly higher frequency of Tr1 cells in peripheral blood...
September 16, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Stefano Caccavale, Diana Di Mattia, Eleonora Ruocco
Lately, the innovative concept of an immunocompromised cutaneous district (ICD) has been introduced to explain why a previously injured cutaneous site may become in time a privileged location for the onset of opportunistic infections, tumors, and immune reactions. The injuring events capable of rendering a skin region a potential ICD are various, numerous, and most of the time identifiable by means of a careful clinical history. The reason that only a small minority of injured skin areas actually becomes ICDs, with subsequent opportunistic localization of a second and unrelated skin disorder, is presently unknown...
September 2016: Clinics in Dermatology
Frank Wen, Trevor Bedford, Sarah Cobey
Most antigenically novel and evolutionarily successful strains of seasonal influenza A (H3N2) originate in East, South and Southeast Asia. To understand this pattern, we simulated the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of influenza in a host metapopulation representing the temperate north, tropics and temperate south. Although seasonality and air traffic are frequently used to explain global migratory patterns of influenza, we find that other factors may have a comparable or greater impact. Notably, a region's basic reproductive number (R0) strongly affects the antigenic evolution of its viral population and the probability that its strains will spread and fix globally: a 17-28% higher R0 in one region can explain the observed patterns...
September 14, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Jordan A Holmes, Jeannette T Bensen, James L Mohler, Lixin Song, Merle H Mishel, Ronald C Chen
BACKGROUND: Meeting quality of care standards in oncology is recognized as important by physicians, professional organizations, and payers. Data from a population-based cohort of patients with prostate cancer were used to examine whether receipt of care was consistent with published consensus metrics and whether receiving high-quality care was associated with less patient-reported treatment decisional regret. METHODS: Patients with incident prostate cancer were enrolled in collaboration with the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry, with an oversampling of minority patients...
September 13, 2016: Cancer
Christopher L Bowlus
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), previously known as primary biliary "cirrhosis", is a rare autoimmune liver disease characterized by the hallmark autoantibodies to mitochondrial antigens and immune-mediated destruction of small bile duct epithelial cells leading to cholestasis and cirrhosis. Surprisingly, while immune modulators have not been effective in the treatment of PBC, supplementation with the hydrophilic bile acid (BA) ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) has been demonstrated to slow the disease progression...
2016: Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research
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