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Domenico Ribatti
The immune system plays a major role in the surveillance against tumors. To avoid attack from the immune system, tumor cells develop different strategies to escape immune surveillance. Evidence of immune surveillance comes from both animal models and clinical observations. Mice with a wide variety of immunodeficiencies have a high rate of tumor incidence and are more susceptible to transplanted or chemical carcinogen-induced tumors. Immunosuppressed patients have a high incidence of tumors. However, many patients develop cancer even in the presence of an apparently normal immune system...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Wubing He, Lihong Chen, Lin Zheng, Liuping Luo, Lingyun Gao
BACKGROUND: Dendritic cells (DCs) and regulatory T (Treg) cells are crucial for inducing immune tolerance. However, the suppressive function of infused Treg cells and immature DCs (imDCs) following solid organ transplantation remains unclear. METHODS: ImDCs derived from DA-donor rats and Treg cells isolated from spleens of Lewis rats were prepared. A heterotopic liver transplantation model was established to examine the immune tolerance effects of infusion of Treg-imDCs, imDCs and Treg cells individually...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Byung Ha Chung, Jeong Ho Kim, Bum Soon Choi, Cheol Whee Park, Ji-Il Kim, In Sung Moon, Yong-Soo Kim, Yeong Jin Choi, Eun-Jee Oh, Chul Woo Yang
Background/Aims: This study investigated the clinical significance of detecting anti-human leukocyte antigen-donor specific antibody (HLA-DSA) in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) requiring indication biopsy owing to allograft dysfunction. Methods: We analyzed the presence of HLA-DSA in 210 KTRs who took indication biopsy. We divided these cases into two groups, HLA-DSA (+) (n = 52) and HLA-DSA (-) (n = 158) group, and compared the clinical characteristics, pathological findings, and clinical outcomes of the two groups...
October 20, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Charlotte V Cox, Paraskevi Diamanti, John P Moppett, Allison Blair
A significant number of children with T-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) fail to respond to therapy and experience early relapse. CD99 has been shown to be overexpressed on T-ALL cells and is considered to be a reliable detector of the disease. However, the relevance of CD99 overexpression in ALL has not been investigated in a functional context. The aim of this study was to investigate the functional capacity of CD99+ cells in childhood ALL and determine the suitability of CD99 as a therapeutic target...
2016: PloS One
Christoph Baldow, Lars Thielecke, Ingmar Glauche
The availability of several methods to unambiguously mark individual cells has strongly fostered the understanding of clonal developments in hematopoiesis and other stem cell driven regenerative tissues. While cellular barcoding is the method of choice for experimental studies, patients that underwent gene therapy carry a unique insertional mark within the transplanted cells originating from the integration of the retroviral vector. Close monitoring of such patients allows accessing their clonal dynamics, however, the early detection of events that predict monoclonal conversion and potentially the onset of leukemia are beneficial for treatment...
2016: PloS One
Viktoria Hasselhof, Anastasia Sperling, Kerstin Buttler, Philipp Ströbel, Jürgen Becker, Thiha Aung, Gunther Felmerer, Jörg Wilting
Millions of patients suffer from lymphedema worldwide. Supporting the contractility of lymphatic collectors is an attractive target for pharmacological therapy of lymphedema. However, lymphatics have mostly been studied in animals, while the cellular and molecular characteristics of human lymphatic collectors are largely unknown. We studied epifascial lymphatic collectors of the thigh, which were isolated for autologous transplantations. Our immunohistological studies identify additional markers for LECs (vimentin, CCBE1)...
2016: PloS One
Hannah K Choe, Usama Gergis, Sebastian A Mayer, Himanshu Nagar, Adrienne A Phillips, Tsiporah B Shore, Michael J Smith, Koen van Besien
BACKGROUND: Preliminary evidence indicates that the addition of low dose TBI (2-4 Gy) to reduced intensity conditioning may reduce the rate of relapse in allogeneic stem cell transplants. In very high risk patients receiving combination haploidentical-single unit cord blood transplants, we have added 4 Gy TBI to the widely used fludarabine, melphalan conditioning regimen, in hopes of reducing relapse and decreasing graft rejection. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the posttransplant outcomes of patients who underwent haplo-cord SCT between May 2013 and March 2015 and who received fludarabine 30mg/m2 D-7 to -3, melphalan 140mg/m2 D-2, and 2 Gy TBI D-4 and -3...
October 19, 2016: Transplantation
Darren E Stewart, Victoria C Garcia, John D Rosendale, David K Klassen, Bob J Carrico
BACKGROUND: The proportion of deceased donor kidneys recovered for transplant but discarded increased steadily in the U.S. over 2 decades, from 5.1% in 1988 to 19.2% by 2009. Over 100,000 patients are waiting for a kidney transplant, yet 3,159 kidneys were discarded in 2015. METHODS: We evaluated trends in donor characteristics, discard reasons, and OPO-specific discard rates. Multivariable regression and propensity analysis were used to estimate the proportion of the discard rate rise in the 2000's attributable to changes in donor factors and decisions to biopsy and pump kidneys...
October 19, 2016: Transplantation
David Shaw, Denie Georgieva, Bernadette Haase, Dale Gardiner, Penney Lewis, Nichon Jansen, Tineke Wind, Undine Samuel, Maryon McDonald, Rutger Ploeg
Millions of people want to donate their organs after they die for transplantation, and many of them have registered their wish to do so or told their family and friends about their decision. For most of them, however, this wish is unlikely to be fulfilled, as only a small number of deaths (1% in the United Kingdom) occur in circumstances where the opportunity to donate organs is possible. Even for those who do die in the 'right' way and have recorded their wishes or live in a jurisdiction with a 'presumed consent' system, donation often does not go ahead because of another issue: their families refuse to allow donation to proceed...
October 19, 2016: Transplantation
Ingrid K Hals, Rinku Singh, Zuheng Ma, Hanne Scholz, Anneli Björklund, Valdemar Grill
We tested whether exposure of beta cells at reduced glucose leads to mitochondrial adaptions and whether such adaptions modulate effects of hypoxia. Rat islets, human islets and INS-1 832/13 cells were pre-cultured short term at half standard glucose concentrations (5.5 mM for rat islets and cells, 2.75 mM for human islets) without overtly negative effects on subsequently measured function (insulin secretion and cellular insulin contents) or on viability. Culture at half standard glucose upregulated complex I and tended to upregulate complex II in islets and INS-1 cells alike...
October 20, 2016: Islets
Monika Lindemann, Marina Zaslavskaya, Melanie Fiedler, Benjamin Wilde, Falko M Heinemann, Andreas Heinold, Peter A Horn, Oliver Witzke
Approximately 70% of kidney transplant recipients are non-responders to conventional hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccines. We examined whether Fendrix(™) , an HBV vaccine containing 3-O-desacyl-4'-monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL) as adjuvant, could induce HBV immunity in these patients and compared their vaccination efficacy with healthy controls tested previously by the same assays. We selected 35 kidney transplant recipients who had been vaccinated at least thrice against HBV but had never displayed anti-HBs antibodies...
October 20, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
S Y Zhu, P L Wang, C S Liao, Y Q Yang, C Y Yuan, S Wang, W L Dissanayaka, B C Heng, C F Zhang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The goal of periodontal therapy is to regenerate/reconstruct the damaged supporting tissues of diseased teeth and to facilitate recovery of their physiological functions. Combination of stem cell transplantation and gene therapy offers a viable method for accelerating periodontal repair and regeneration. In this study, the role of the ephrinB2/EphB4 signaling pathway in regulating osteogenic differentiation of periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) and crosstalk between PDLSCs and pre-osteoblasts within co-culture was investigated through ephrinB2 transgenic expression in PDLSCs...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Periodontal Research
Sanath Allampati, Kevin D Mullen
Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) is a complex neuropsychiatric syndrome associated with decompensated liver disease. The spectrum of disease ranges from trivial abnormalities in complex decision making and prolonged reaction time to coma in its most severe form1. The very initial stages, recently termed covert Hepatic Encephalopathy (CHE), can only be diagnosed with the help of neuropsychiatric testing while the later and more severe forms, termed overt Hepatic Encephalopathy (OHE), can be diagnosed clinically. Severity of HE is graded based on West Haven Criteria and please refer to table 1 for more details2...
October 20, 2016: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Michael J Osgood, Kevin Sexton, Igor Voskresensky, Kyle Hocking, Jun Song, Padmini Komalavilas, Colleen Brophy, Joyce Cheung-Flynn
BACKGROUND: Intimal hyperplasia remains the primary cause of vein graft failure for the 1 million yearly bypass procedures performed using human saphenous vein (HSV) grafts. This response to injury is caused in part by the harvest and preparation of the conduit. The use of Brilliant Blue FCF (FCF) restores injury-induced loss of function in vascular tissues possibly via inhibition of purinergic receptor signaling. This study investigated whether pretreatment of the vein graft with FCF prevents intimal hyperplasia...
August 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Kipp Weiskopf, Peter J Schnorr, Wendy W Pang, Mark P Chao, Akanksha Chhabra, Jun Seita, Mingye Feng, Irving L Weissman
The hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) is a multipotent stem cell that resides in the bone marrow and has the ability to form all of the cells of the blood and immune system. Since its first purification in 1988, additional studies have refined the phenotype and functionality of HSCs and characterized all of their downstream progeny. The hematopoietic lineage is divided into two main branches: the myeloid and lymphoid arms. The myeloid arm is characterized by the common myeloid progenitor and all of its resulting cell types...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Takeshi Kimura, Akihiro Yamashita, Keiichi Ozono, Noriyuki Tsumaki
Articular cartilage damage does not spontaneously heal and could ultimately result in a loss of joint function. Damaged cartilage can be repaired with cell/tissue sources that are transplanted, however, autologous chondrocytes are limited in number as a cell source. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are a relatively new and abundant cell source and can be made from the patient, but at considerable cost. Because cartilage is immunoprivileged tissue, allogeneic cartilages have been transplanted effectively without matching for human leukocyte antigen (HLA), but are difficult to acquire due to scarcity of donors...
October 20, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Qingxi Zhang, Wanling Chen, Sheng Tan, Tongxiang Lin
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most frequent neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, which is characterized by low level of dopamine expressing in the striatum and deteriorated dopaminergic neurons (DAn) in Substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc). Generation of PD-derived DAn including differentiation of human embryonic stem cell (hESC), human neural stem cell (hNSC), human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) and directly reprogramming provide an ideal tool to model PD, which created the possibilities of mimicking key essential pathological processes charactering single cell changes in vitro...
October 20, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
Thomas Gilliland, Sylvie Dufour, Gerald I Shulman, Kitt Falk Petersen, Sukru H Emre
NAFLD is a common condition linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Simple hepatic steatosis is a risk factor for inflammatory reactions in the liver (NASH), which may lead to cirrhosis. While the mechanism is unclear, NAFLD and NASH are associated with panhypopituitarism, which in the pediatric population often results from craniopharyngioma or pituitary adenoma and the sequelae of treatment, causing hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, and GH deficiency...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Lee M Bass, Stanley Kim, Riccardo Superina, Saeed Mohammad
Portal hypertension secondary to portal vein obstruction following liver transplant occurs in 5%-10% of children. Jejunal varices are uncommon in this group. We present a case series of children with significant GI blood loss, negative upper endoscopy, and jejunal varices detected by CE. Case series of patients who had CE for chronic GI blood loss following liver transplantation. Three patients who had their initial transplants at a median age of 7 months were identified at our institution presenting at a median age of 8 years (range 7-16 years) with a median Hgb of 2...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Jennifer A Minneman, James L Grijalva, Michael J LaQuaglia, Heung Bae Kim, Shawn J Rangel, Khashayar Vakili
We sought to examine the relationship between liver transplant-related total cost, patient outcome, and hospital resource utilization at freestanding children's hospitals. Using the PHIS database, a retrospective study of 374 patients that underwent liver transplantation at 15 freestanding children's hospitals from July 2010 to December 2012 was performed. One-year graft failure and patient mortality rates from July 2010 to December 2012 for each center were also obtained from the SRTR. There was a 5.1-fold difference in median cost (median $146 444, range $59 487-302 058, P<...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
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