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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918040/codon-optimized-p1a-encoding-dna-vaccine-toward-a-therapeutic-vaccination-against-p815-mastocytoma
#1
Alessandra Lopes, Kevin Vanvarenberg, Véronique Préat, Gaëlle Vandermeulen
DNA vaccine can be modified to increase protein production and modulate immune response. To enhance the efficiency of a P815 mastocytoma DNA vaccine, the P1A gene sequence was optimized by substituting specific codons with synonymous ones while modulating the number of CpG motifs. The P815A murine antigen production was increased with codon-optimized plasmids. The number of CpG motifs within the P1A gene sequence modulated the immunogenicity by inducing a local increase in the cytokines involved in innate immunity...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917925/synthesis-of-synthetic-mannan-backbone-polysaccharides-found-on-the-surface-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-as-a-vaccine-adjuvant-and-their-immunological-properties
#2
Chakree Wattanasiri, Jiraporn Paha, Marisa Ponpuak, Somsak Ruchirawat, Siwarutt Boonyarattanakalin
Surface components of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) play crucial roles in modulating host immune responses. Thorough understandings of immunological properties of the Mtb's surface components are essential for the development of tuberculosis treatment and prevention. Unfortunately, the accessibility to the molecules on the surface of Mtb is limited by the structural complexity due to their various macromolecular nature and the hazard of culturing Mtb. In this study, we reveal a practical synthesis of lipomannan (LM) backbone polysaccharides - the core glycans found on Mtb's surface...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917628/an-engineered-biomarker-system-to-monitor-and-modulate-immune-clearance-of-cell-therapies
#3
Amy Singleton, Danika Khong, Ling-Yee Chin, Shilpaa Mukundan, Matthew Li, Biju Parekkadan
BACKGROUND AIMS: Cell transplants offer a new opportunity to deliver therapies with novel and complex mechanisms of action. Understanding the pharmacology of cell transplants is important to deliver this new therapy effectively. Currently, however, there are limited techniques to easily track cells after intravenous administration due to the dispersion of the graft throughout the entire body. METHODS: We herein developed an engineered cell system that secretes a luciferase enzyme to sensitively detect cell transplants independent of their locale by a simple blood test...
September 13, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917326/serum-levels-of-cytokines-in-water-buffaloes-experimentally-infected-with-fasciola-gigantica
#4
Fu-Kai Zhang, Ai-Jiang Guo, Jun-Ling Hou, Miao-Miao Sun, Zhao-An Sheng, Xiao-Xuan Zhang, Wei-Yi Huang, Hany M Elsheikha, Xing-Quan Zhu
Fasciola gigantica infection in water buffaloes causes significant economic losses especially in developing countries. Although modulation of the host immune response by cytokine neutralization or vaccination is a promising approach to control infection with this parasite, our understanding of cytokine's dynamic during F. gigantica infection is limited. To address this, we quantified the levels of serum cytokines produced in water buffaloes following experimental infection with F. gigantica. Five buffaloes were infected via oral gavage with 500 viable F...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916968/hmgb-proteins-and-arthritis
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Noboru Taniguchi, Yasuhiko Kawakami, Ikuro Maruyama, Martin Lotz
The high-mobility group box (HMGB) family includes four members: HMGB1, 2, 3 and 4. HMGB proteins have two functions. In the nucleus, HMGB proteins bind to DNA in a DNA structure-dependent but nucleotide sequence-independent manner to function in chromatin remodeling. Extracellularly, HMGB proteins function as alarmins, which are endogenous molecules released upon tissue damage to activate the immune system. HMGB1 acts as a late mediator of inflammation and contributes to prolonged and sustained systemic inflammation in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis...
September 15, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916785/selective-degradation-of-pu-1-during-autophagy-represses-the-differentiation-and-antitumour-activity-of-th9-cells
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Thaiz Rivera Vargas, Zhijian Cai, Yingying Shen, Magalie Dosset, Isis Benoit-Lizon, Tiffany Martin, Aurélie Roussey, Richard A Flavell, François Ghiringhelli, Lionel Apetoh
Autophagy, a catabolic mechanism that involves degradation of cellular components, is essential for cell homeostasis. Although autophagy favours the lineage stability of regulatory T cells, the contribution of autophagy to the differentiation of effector CD4 T cells remains unclear. Here we show that autophagy selectively represses T helper 9 (TH9) cell differentiation. CD4 T cells lacking Atg3 or Atg5 have increased interleukin-9 (IL-9) expression upon differentiation into TH9 cells relative to Atg3- or Atg5-expressing control cells...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916749/checkpoint-blockade-immunotherapy-reshapes-the-high-dimensional-phenotypic-heterogeneity-of-murine-intratumoural-neoantigen-specific-cd8-t-cells
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M Fehlings, Y Simoni, H L Penny, E Becht, C Y Loh, M M Gubin, J P Ward, S C Wong, R D Schreiber, E W Newell
The analysis of neoantigen-specific CD8(+) T cells in tumour-bearing individuals is challenging due to the small pool of tumour antigen-specific T cells. Here we show that mass cytometry with multiplex combinatorial tetramer staining can identify and characterize neoantigen-specific CD8(+) T cells in mice bearing T3 methylcholanthrene-induced sarcomas that are susceptible to checkpoint blockade immunotherapy. Among 81 candidate antigens tested, we identify T cells restricted to two known neoantigens simultaneously in tumours, spleens and lymph nodes in tumour-bearing mice...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916737/determining-ribavirin-s-mechanism-of-action-against-lassa-virus-infection
#8
Paola Carrillo-Bustamante, Thi Huyen Tram Nguyen, Lisa Oestereich, Stephan Günther, Jeremie Guedj, Frederik Graw
Ribavirin is a broad spectrum antiviral which inhibits Lassa virus (LASV) replication in vitro but exhibits a minor effect on viremia in vivo. However, ribavirin significantly improves the disease outcome when administered in combination with sub-optimal doses of favipiravir, a strong antiviral drug. The mechanisms explaining these conflicting findings have not been determined, so far. Here, we used an interdisciplinary approach combining mathematical models and experimental data in LASV-infected mice that were treated with ribavirin alone or in combination with the drug favipiravir to explore different putative mechanisms of action for ribavirin...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916315/the-effect-of-immune-modulation-of-streptococcus-constellatus-sc10-strain-upon-acinetobactor-baumannii-infection
#9
Abdullah A Alyousef, Israa M S Al-Kadmy
Acinetobacter baumannii is a tiny, plump and rod-shaped Gram-negative coccobacillus, notorious as an opportunistic pathogen, which is now being considered by CDC as a serious public health threat. Preventing colonization may be a better therapeutic choice using microbiota to protect against A. baumannii transmission. Human microbiota not only regulates immune homeostasis as well provides essential health benefits therefore discovering the interface due microbiota in host immune system will allow to recognise novel immuno- or microbe-based therapies...
September 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916304/rationale-and-design-of-the-arrest-trial-investigating-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-the-treatment-of-small-aaa
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S Keisin Wang, Linden A Green, Ashley R Gutwein, Natalie A Drucker, Raghu L Motaganahalli, Andres Fajardo, Clifford C Babbey, Michael P Murphy
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are a major source of morbidity and mortality despite continuing advances in surgical technique and care. Although the inciting factors for AAA development continue to be elusive, accumulating evidence suggests a significant peri-aortic inflammatory response leading to degradation and dilation of the aortic wall. Previous human trials have demonstrated safety and efficacy of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the treatment of inflammation-related pathologies such as rheumatoid arthritis, graft vs host disease, and transplant rejection...
September 12, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916287/effects-of-anti-inflammatory-compounds-on-sulfur-mustard-injured-cells-recommendations-and-caveats-suggested-by-in-vitro-cell-culture-models
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Georg Menacher, Dirk Steinritz, Annette Schmidt, Tanja Popp, Franz Worek, Thomas Gudermann, Horst Thiermann, Frank Balszuweit
Sulfur mustard (SM) is a vesicant agent who had its first military use 100 years ago, in Ypres. Since then it has been used in several conflicts like the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. The use of SM in Syria 2015 indicated the still existing threat. Despite decades of research no causal antidote against SM intoxication is available, so far. A SM intoxication is accompanied by necrosis, apoptosis and inflammation. To counteract the SM-induced inflammation, glucocorticoids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory compounds (NSAIDs) are recommended...
September 12, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915816/cramp-deficiency-leads-to-a-pro-inflammatory-phenotype-and-impaired-phagocytosis-after-exposure-to-bacterial-meningitis-pathogens
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Eugenia Kress, Julika Merres, Lea-Jessica Albrecht, Sven Hammerschmidt, Thomas Pufe, Simone C Tauber, Lars-Ove Brandenburg
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial peptides are important components of the host defence with a broad range of functions including direct antimicrobial activity and modulation of inflammation. Lack of cathelin-related antimicrobial peptide (CRAMP) was associated with higher mortality and bacterial burden and impaired neutrophil granulocyte infiltration in a model of pneumococcal meningitis. The present study was designed to characterize the effects of CRAMP deficiency on glial response and phagocytosis after exposure to bacterial stimuli...
September 16, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915434/neutralization-of-viral-infectivity-by-zebrafish-c-reactive-protein-isoforms
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Melissa Bello-Perez, Alberto Falco, Regla Medina-Gali, Patricia Pereiro, Jose Antonio Encinar, Beatriz Novoa, Luis Perez, Julio Coll
This work explores the unexpected in vivo and in vitro anti-viral functions of the seven c-reactive protein (crp1-7) genes of zebrafish (Danio rerio). First results showed heterogeneous crp1-7 transcript levels in healthy wild-type zebrafish tissues and organs and how those levels heterogeneously changed not only after bacterial but also after viral infections, including those in adaptive immunity-deficient rag1(-/-) mutants. As shown by microarray hybridization and proteomic techniques, crp2/CRP2 and crp5/CRP5 transcripts/proteins were among the most modulated during in vivo viral infection situations including the highest responses in the absence of adaptive immunity...
September 12, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915405/hepatic-immunopathology-during-occult-hepacivirus-re-infection
#14
Cordelia Manickam, Amanda J Martinot, Rhianna A Jones, Valerie Varner, R Keith Reeves
Despite drug advances for Hepatitis C virus (HCV), re-infections remain prevalent in high-risk populations. Unfortunately, the role of preexisting viral immunity and how it modulates re-infection is unclear. GBV-B infection of common marmosets is a useful model to study tissue immune responses in hepacivirus infections, and in this study we re-challenged 4 animals after clearance of primary viremia. Although only low-to-absent viremia was observed following re-challenge, GBV-B viral RNA was detectable in liver, confirming re-infection...
September 12, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915085/pooled-analysis-safety-profile-of-nivolumab-and-ipilimumab-combination-therapy-in-patients-with-advanced-melanoma
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Mario Sznol, Pier Francesco Ferrucci, David Hogg, Michael B Atkins, Pascal Wolter, Massimo Guidoboni, Celeste Lebbé, John M Kirkwood, Jacob Schachter, Gregory A Daniels, Jessica Hassel, Jonathan Cebon, Winald Gerritsen, Victoria Atkinson, Luc Thomas, John McCaffrey, Derek Power, Dana Walker, Rafia Bhore, Joel Jiang, F Stephen Hodi, Jedd D Wolchok
Purpose The addition of nivolumab (anti-programmed death-1 antibody) to ipilimumab (anti-cytotoxic T-cell lymphocyte-associated 4 antibody) in patients with advanced melanoma improves antitumor response and progression-free survival but with a higher frequency of adverse events (AEs). This cross-melanoma study describes the safety profile of the approved nivolumab plus ipilimumab regimen. Methods This retrospective safety review on data from three trials (phase I, II, and III) included patients with advanced melanoma who received at least one dose of nivolumab 1 mg/kg plus ipilimumab 3 mg/kg every 3 weeks × 4 and then nivolumab 3 mg/kg every 2 weeks until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity while following established guidelines for AE management...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914667/metabolic-regulation-of-macrophages-in-tumor-microenvironment
#16
Jaehong Kim, Jong-Sup Bae
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Insight into the metabolic changes in cancer has become so important that cancer is regarded as a disease entity full of metabolic implications. We summarize the recent findings pertaining to cancer cell-derived metabolic changes that regulate the function of macrophages to favor cancer cell survival, and the reported approaches to reverse these changes. RECENT FINDINGS: Since the observation and dramatic revitalization of the Warburg effect, metabolic changes were thought to be confined in cancer cells...
September 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914568/human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-decrease-the-development-of-severe-experimental-autoimmune-uveitis-in-b10-riii-mice
#17
Yu Qin, Ann M Chan, Yu-Ling Chang, Anna Matynia, Nicholas A Kouris, Erin A Kimbrel, Negin Ashki, Sachin Parikh, Michael B Gorin, Robert Lanza, Ralph D Levinson, Lynn K Gordon
PURPOSE: We investigated the effect of exogenously administered human embryonic stem cell-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hESC-MSCs) in experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU) in B10.RIII mice, a murine model of severe uveitis. METHODS: B10.RIII mice were immunized with an uveitogenic peptide, and intraperitoneal injections of 5 million hESC-MSCs per animal were given on the same day. Behavioral light sensitivity assays, histological evaluation, cytokine production, and regulatory T cells were analyzed at the peak of the disease...
September 15, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914373/the-therapeutic-effect-of-probiotics-on-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-control-trials
#18
Abdelrahman Tarek Mohammed, Mohammed Khattab, Ali Mahmoud Ahmed, Tarek Turk, Nora Sakr, Adham M Khalil, Mohamed Abdelhalim, Bisher Sawaf, Kenji Hirayama, Nguyen Tien Huy
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which probiotics appears to have an immune modulating action along with decreased inflammatory process. Therefore, we aim to investigate the efficacy of probiotics as an adjuvant therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. A comprehensive literature search was performed using nine databases including PubMed and Web of Science. Interesting data was extracted and meta-analyzed. We assessed the risk of bias using Cochrane Collaboration's tool. The protocol was registered in PROSPERO (CRD 42016036769)...
September 15, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914317/a-bifunctional-nanomodulator-for-boosting-cpg-mediated-cancer-immunotherapy
#19
Zhenzhen Wang, Yan Zhang, Zhen Liu, Kai Dong, Chaoqun Liu, Xiang Ran, Fang Pu, Enguo Ju, Jinsong Ren, Xiaogang Qu
Unmethylated cytosine-phosphate-guanine (CpG) oligonucleotides (ODNs) possess high immunostimulatory activity and represent attractive tools for cancer treatment. However, their success in eliminating large solid tumors was hampered by the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment. Herein, we report that the design of a novel MnO2-CpG-silver nanoclusters (AgNCs)-doxorubicin (DOX) conjugate for enhanced cancer immunotherapy, in which MnO2 nanosheets function as unique supports to integrate the chemotherapy drug DOX and the immunotherapeutic agent CpG-AgNCs...
September 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913500/neuroendocrine-stress-response-implications-for-cardiac-surgery-associated-acute-kidney-injury
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REVIEW
J Mauricio Del Rio, Alina Nicoara, Madhav Swaminathan
Surgical stress causes biochemical and physiologic perturbations of every homeostatic axis. These alterations include volume/baroreceptor regulation, sympathetic activation, parasympathetic suppression, neuroendocrine activation, acute phase response protein synthesis and secretion, immune response modulation and long-term behavioral adaptation. The kidney is central to the stress response because of its main role in the maintenance of water, electrolyte balance and hence, intracellular and extracellular compartments, including the intravascular volume...
April 2017: Rom J Anaesth Intensive Care
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