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Jitka Rybová, Ladislav Kuchar, Helena Hulková, Befekadu Asfaw, Robert Dobrovolný, Jakub Sikora, Vladimír Havlícek, Ludovít Škultéty, Jana Ledvinová
Blood group B glycosphingolipids (B-GSLs) are substrates of the lysosomal alpha-galactosidase A (AGAL). Similar to its major substrate - globotriaosylceramide (Gb3Cer) - B-GSLs are not degraded and accumulate in the cells of patients affected by an inherited defect of AGAL activity (Fabry disease - FD).The pancreas is a secretory organ known to have high biosynthesis of blood group GSLs. Herein, we provide a comprehensive overview of the biochemical and structural abnormalities in pancreatic tissue from two male FD patients with blood group B...
March 14, 2018: Glycobiology
Sascha Suffner, Nadine Gerstenberg, Maria Patra, Paula Ruibal, Ahmed Orabi, Michael Schindler, Volker Bruss
During hepatitis B virus infections subviral particles (SVP) consisting only of viral envelope proteins and lipids are secreted. Heterologous expression of the small envelope protein S in mammalian cells is sufficient for SVP generation. S is synthesized as a transmembrane protein with N-terminal (TM1), central (TM2), and C-terminal (HCR) transmembrane domains. The loops between TM1 and TM2 (CL) and between TM2 and HCR (LL) are located in the cytosol and in the ER lumen, respectively. To define domains of S mediating oligomerization during SVP morphogenesis S mutants were characterized by expression in transiently transfected cells...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Ewa Jaskiewicz, Thierry Peyrard, Radoslaw Kaczmarek, Agata Zerka, Marlena Jodlowska, Marcin Czerwinski
Antigens of the Gerbich blood group system are expressed on glycophorin C (GPC) and glycophorin D (GPD), minor sialoglycoproteins of human erythrocytes. GPC and GPD help maintain erythrocyte shape of and contributes to the stability of its membrane. There are six high-prevalence Gerbich antigens: Ge2, Ge3, Ge4, GEPL (GE10), GEAT (GE11), GETI (GE12) and five low-prevalence Gerbich antigens: Wb (GE5), Lsa (GE6), Ana (GE7), Dha (GE8), GEIS (GE9). Some Gerbich antigens (Ge4, Wb, Dha , GEAT) are expressed only on GPC, two (Ge2, Ana ) are expressed only on GPD, while others (Ge3, Lsa , GEIS, GEPL, GETI) are expressed on both GPC and GPD...
March 2, 2018: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Francesco Ceppi, Julie Rivers, Colleen Annesley, Navin Pinto, Julie R Park, Catherine Lindgren, Stephanie Mgebroff, Naomi Linn, Meghan Delaney, Rebecca A Gardner
BACKGROUND: The first step in the production of chimeric antigen receptor T cells is the collection of autologous T cells using apheresis technology. The procedure is technically challenging, because patients often have low leukocyte counts and are heavily pretreated with multiple lines of chemotherapy, marrow transplantation, and/or radiotherapy. Here, we report our experience of collecting T lymphocytes for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell manufacturing in pediatric and young adult patients with leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, or neuroblastoma...
March 13, 2018: Transfusion
Mei Zhang, Julian A Kim, Alex Yee-Chen Huang
Immunotherapy is revolutionizing cancer treatment. Recent clinical success with immune checkpoint inhibitors, chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, and adoptive immune cellular therapies has generated excitement and new hopes for patients and investigators. However, clinically efficacious responses to cancer immunotherapy occur only in a minority of patients. One reason is the tumor microenvironment (TME), which potently inhibits the generation and delivery of optimal antitumor immune responses. As our understanding of TME continues to grow, strategies are being developed to change the TME toward one that augments the emergence of strong antitumor immunity...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Adam J Pelzek, Bo Shopsin, Emily E Radke, Kayan Tam, Beatrix M Ueberheide, David Fenyö, Stuart M Brown, Qianhao Li, Ada Rubin, Yi Fulmer, William K Chiang, David N Hernandez, Hanane El Bannoudi, William E Sause, Alexis Sommerfield, Isaac P Thomsen, Andy O Miller, Victor J Torres, Gregg J Silverman
Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive opportunistic pathogen that causes superficial and invasive infections in the hospital and community. High mortality from infection emphasizes the need for improved methods for prevention and treatment. Although S. aureus possesses an arsenal of virulence factors that contribute to evasion of host defenses, few studies have examined long-term humoral and B-cell responses. Adults with acute-phase skin and soft tissue infections were recruited; blood samples were obtained; and S...
March 13, 2018: MBio
Maile K Hollinger, Valentina Giudice, Nicole A Cummings, Guillermo Rivell, Hansheng Zhang, Sachiko Kajigaya, Keyvan Keyvanfar, Jichun Chen, Xingmin Feng, Neal S Young
While PD-1 blockade has revolutionized cancer immunotherapy, immune-related adverse events (irAEs) present life-threatening complications. Recent reports of aplastic anemia (AA) as irAEs implicate PD-1/PD-L1 as important in preventing immune-mediated destruction of the hematopoietic niche. Infusion of PD-1-deficient (PD-1 KO) lymph node (LN) cells into minor-antigen mismatched mice resulted in early mortality, as well as more severe BM hypoplasia, anemia, and BM microarchitecture disruption in PD-1 KO LN-infused mice relative to mice that received B6 LN cell infusion...
March 7, 2018: Experimental Hematology
Thomas J W Klein Nulent, Matthijs H Valstar, Bart de Keizer, Stefan M Willems, Laura A Smit, Abrahim Al-Mamgani, Ludwig E Smeele, Robert J J van Es, Remco de Bree, Wouter V Vogel
OBJECTIVES: Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is used for detection and (re)staging of prostate cancer. However, healthy salivary, seromucous, and lacrimal glands also have high PSMA-ligand uptake. This study aimed to describe physiologic PSMA-ligand uptake distribution characteristics in the head and neck to aid in PSMA PET/CT interpretation and to identify possible new clinical applications for PSMA-ligand imaging. STUDY DESIGN: Thirty consecutive patients who underwent PSMA PET/CT for prostate cancer were evaluated...
January 31, 2018: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Carine Prisco Arnoni, Tatiane A De Paula Vendrame, Janaína Guilhem Muniz, Diana Gazito, Rosangela Duarte De Medeiros Person, Afonso J Pereira Cortez, Flavia R M Latini, Lilian Castilho
BACKGROUND: Vel is a high frequency blood group antigen and its alloantibody is involved in haemolytic transfusion reactions. After elucidation of the molecular basis of the Vel-negative phenotype defined by a 17-base pair deletion in SMIM1, genotyping has been the technique of choice to identify the Vel-negative phenotype, and molecular investigations have contributed to explain Vel expression variability. The present study was aimed at screening for Vel negative blood donors and characterising the genetic changes found in Brazilian donors with altered Vel expression...
January 11, 2018: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
Antonia L Pritchard
This review discusses the rapidly evolving field of immunotherapy research, focusing on the types of cancer antigens that can be recognised by the immune system and potential methods by which neoantigens can be exploited clinically to successfully target and clear tumour cells. Recent studies suggest that the likelihood of successful immunotherapeutic targeting of cancer will be reliant on immune response to neoantigens. This type of cancer-specific antigen arises from somatic variants that result in alteration of the expressed protein sequence...
March 8, 2018: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
Simon Mitchell, Koushik Roy, Thomas A Zangle, Alexander Hoffmann
Rapid antibody production in response to invading pathogens requires the dramatic expansion of pathogen-derived antigen-specific B lymphocyte populations. Whether B cell population dynamics are based on stochastic competition between competing cell fates, as in the development of competence by the bacterium Bacillus subtilis , or on deterministic cell fate decisions that execute a predictable program, as during the development of the worm Caenorhabditis elegans , remains unclear. Here, we developed long-term live-cell microscopy of B cell population expansion and multiscale mechanistic computational modeling to characterize the role of molecular noise in determining phenotype heterogeneity...
March 7, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Joel Lanoix, Chantal Durette, Mathieu Courcelles, Émilie Cossette, Simon Comtois-Marotte, Marie-Pierre Hardy, Caroline Côté, Claude Perreault, Pierre Thibault
Significant technological advances in both affinity chromatography and mass spectrometry have facilitated the identification of peptides associated with the major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) molecules, and enabled a greater understanding of the dynamic nature of the immunopeptidome of normal and neoplastic cells. While the isolation of MHC I-associated peptides (MIPs) typically used mild acid elution (MAE) or immunoprecipitation (IP), limited information currently exists regarding their respective analytical merits...
March 6, 2018: Proteomics
Shazia Moeen, Nazish Farooq, Romana Irshad, Muhammad Ashfaq, Umer Farooq, Muhammad Idris
BACKGROUND: Lifelong transfusions are life savers for thalassaemia patients but are associated with many complications. Alloimmunization is a major problem for blood banks. Antigens of foreign red blood cells induce the formation of antibodies in patients suffering from thalassaemia. The purpose of this study was to examine the frequency of red cell alloantibodies and to express the type of these antibodies in thalassaemia patients. METHODS: Patients that have received multiple transfusions were included in this study...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Satoshi Nakano, Miki Nagao, Tomomi Yamasaki, Hiroyuki Morimura, Natsuki Hama, Yoshio Iijima, Hiroto Shinomiya, Michio Tanaka, Masaki Yamamoto, Yasufumi Matsumura, Shiro Miyake, Satoshi Ichiyama
The early detection of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) is important for early diagnosis and preventing the spread of STEC. Although the confirmatory test for STEC should be based on the detection of Shiga toxin using molecular analysis, isolation permits additional characterization of STEC using a variety of methods, including O:H serotyping. The conventional slide agglutination O-antigen serogrouping used in many clinical laboratories is laborious and time-consuming. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based immunosensors are commonly used to investigate a large variety of bio-interactions such as antibody/antigen, peptide/antibody, DNA/DNA, and antibody/bacteria interactions...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Nozomi Shiwa, Kazunori Kimitsuki, Daria Llenaresas Manalo, Satoshi Inoue, Chun-Ho Park
During rabies virus infections, the minor salivary glands are one of the important organs for virus replication and excretion into the oral cavity. However, details of pathological findings and viral antigen distribution in the minor salivary glands remain poorly understood. In this study, we conducted pathological tests on the tongues of 71 rabid dogs in the Philippines; the minor salivary glands (von Ebner's glands, lingual glands), circumvallate papilla, autonomic ganglia, and skeletal muscles were evaluated...
March 2, 2018: Archives of Virology
Neha Mehta-Shah, Nancy L Bartlett
Addition of brentuximab vedotin, a CD30 targeted antibody-drug conjugate, and the PD-1 inhibitors, nivolumab and pembrolizumab, to the armamentarium for transplant-ineligible relapsed/refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma has resulted in improved outcomes, including the potential for cure in a small minority of patients. For patients who have failed prior transplant or are unsuitable for dose-intense approaches based on age or comorbidities, an individualized approach with sequential use of single agents such as brentuximab vedotin, PD-1 inhibitors, everolimus, lenalidomide, or conventional agents such as gemcitabine or vinorelbine, may result in prolonged survivals with minimal or modest effect on quality of life...
March 2, 2018: Blood
Pedzisai Mazengenya, Adhil Bhagwandin, Paul R Manger, Amadi O Ihunwo
In the current study, we examined for the first time, the potential for adult neurogenesis throughout the brain of the Congo African grey parrot ( Psittacus erithacus ) and Timneh grey parrot ( Psittacus timneh ) using immunohistochemistry for the endogenous markers proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), which labels proliferating cells, and doublecortin (DCX), which stains immature and migrating neurons. A similar distribution of PCNA and DCX immunoreactivity was found throughout the brain of the Congo African grey and Timneh grey parrots, but minor differences were also observed...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
Stuart P Weisberg, Beth H Shaz, Gizem Tumer, Chris C Silliman, Marguerite R Kelher, Claudia S Cohn
BACKGROUND: Platelets (PLTs) collected and stored in PLT additive solution Intersol (PAS-C) are presumed to reduce recipient exposure to donor plasma components; however, the effects of PAS-C on PLT supernatant composition are poorly defined. Therefore, we compared the total protein concentration, isohemagglutinin titers, and HLA antibodies in supernatants of PAS-C PLTs to plasma PLTs. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Apheresis PLTs from group O blood donors were collected into either 100% donor plasma (n = 50) or a mixture of 65% PAS-C/35% donor plasma (n = 50)...
February 22, 2018: Transfusion
Leonard N Binn, Erica A Norby, Ruth H Marchwicki, Richard G Jarman, Paul B Keiser, Jun Hang
BACKGROUND: Vesiviruses (family Caliciviridae) had been shown capable of invading a variety of host species, raising concern of their zoonotic potential. Since the 1980's, several canine caliciviruses (CaCV) isolates have been reported and are phylogenetically related to the vesiviruses with features distinct from both Vesicular exanthema of swine virus (VESV) and Feline calicivirus (FCV) species in phylogeny, serology and cell culture specificities. Etiological studies of canine diseases in dogs used for military services and laboratory studies were conducted in 1963-1978 at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research...
February 23, 2018: Virology Journal
Qiang Hao, Xiao-Lin Chen, Li Ma, Tong-Tong Wang, Yue Hu, Yuan-Li Zhao
In this study, we successfully established a stable method for the isolation of endothelial cells (ECs) from human cerebral arteriovenous malformation (cAVM) tissues. Despite human cAVM tissues having a minor population of ECs, they play an important role in the manifestation and development of cAVM as well as in hemorrhagic stroke and thrombogenesis. To characterize and understand the biology of ECs in human cAVM (cAVM-ECs), methods for the isolation and purification of these cells are necessary. We have developed this method to reliably obtain pure populations of ECs from cAVMs...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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