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Jun P Ren, Lin Wang, Juan Zhao, Ling Wang, Shun B Ning, Mohamed El Gazzar, Jonathan P Moorman, Zhi Q Yao
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to attenuating immune responses during chronic viral infection; however, the precise mechanisms underlying their suppressive activities remain incompletely understood. We have recently shown marked expansion of MDSCs that promote regulatory T (Treg) cell development in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Here we further investigated whether the HCV-induced expansion of MDSCs and Tregs is regulated by a miRNA-mediated mechanism...
October 18, 2016: Immunology
Juan Gea-Banacloche, Krishna Komanduri, Paul Carpenter, Sophie Paczesny, Stefanie Sarantopoulos, Jo-Anne Young, Nahed El Kassar, Robert Q Le, Kirk Schultz, Linda M Griffith, Bipin Savani, John R Wingard
Immune reconstitution following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) beyond one year is not completely understood. Many transplant recipients who are free of graft versus host disease (GVHD) and not receiving any immunosuppression more than a year after transplant seem to be able to mount appropriate immune responses to common pathogens and respond adequately to immunizations. However, two large registry studies over the last two decades seem to indicate that infection is a significant cause of late mortality in some patients, even in the absence of concomitant GVHD...
October 14, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Yanling Wei, Jun Yang, Jun Wang, Yang Yang, Juan Huang, Hao Gong, Hongli Cui, Dongfeng Chen
BACKGROUND: The dysbiosis of intestinal microbiota plays an important role in the development of gut-derived infections, making it a potential therapeutic target against multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) after sepsis. However, the effectiveness of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in treating this disease has been rarely investigated. METHODS: Two male patients, a 65-year-old and an 84-year-old, were initially diagnosed with cerebellar hemorrhage and cerebral infarction, respectively, after admission...
October 18, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Shanmuganathan Chandrakasan, Rebecca A Marsh, Gulbu Uzel, Steven M Holland, Kara N Shah, Jack Bleesing
Patients with NEMO deficiency tolerate myeloablative hematopoietic stem cell conditioning and transplant, and most patients achieve adequate immune reconstitution to correct the underlying immune deficiency.
October 12, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Raul Elgueta, Dan Tse, Sophie J Deharvengt, Marcus R Luciano, Catherine Carriere, Randolph J Noelle, Radu V Stan
Plasmalemma vesicle-associated protein (Plvap) is an endothelial protein with roles in endothelial diaphragm formation and maintenance of basal vascular permeability. At the same time, Plvap has roles in immunity by facilitating leukocyte diapedesis at inflammatory sites and controlling peripheral lymph node morphogenesis and the entry of soluble Ags into lymph node conduits. Based on its postulated role in diapedesis, we have investigated the role of Plvap in hematopoiesis and show that deletion of Plvap results in a dramatic decrease of IgM(+)IgD(lo) B cells in both the spleen and the peritoneal cavity...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Yinyin Li, Yi Shen, Philipp Hohensinner, Jihang Ju, Zhenke Wen, Stuart B Goodman, Hui Zhang, Jörg J Goronzy, Cornelia M Weyand
Immune aging manifests with a combination of failing adaptive immunity and insufficiently restrained inflammation. In patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), T cell aging occurs prematurely, but the mechanisms involved and their contribution to tissue-destructive inflammation remain unclear. We found that RA CD4(+) T cells showed signs of aging during their primary immune responses and differentiated into tissue-invasive, proinflammatory effector cells. RA T cells had low expression of the double-strand-break repair nuclease MRE11A, leading to telomeric damage, juxtacentromeric heterochromatin unraveling, and senescence marker upregulation...
October 10, 2016: Immunity
C Cossart, G Le Moal, M Garcia, E Frouin, E Hainaut-Wierzbicka, F Roblot
BACKGROUND: Visceral leishmaniasis is not normally expressed in skin. Herein, we describe the case of an HIV-positive patient who developed two unusual skin manifestations during an episode of visceral leishmaniasis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 48-year-old female patient consulted initially for infiltrated purpura of all four limbs. Skin biopsy revealed leukocytoclastic vasculitis with Leishman-Donovan bodies. Laboratory tests showed medullary, splenic, gastric and colic involvement, suggesting systemic disease, and enabling visceral leishmaniasis to be diagnosed...
October 11, 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Guillermo S Romano Ibarra, Biswajit Paul, Blythe D Sather, Patrick M Younan, Karen Sommer, John P Kowalski, Malika Hale, Barry Stoddard, Jordan Jarjour, Alexander Astrakhan, Hans-Peter Kiem, David J Rawlings
A naturally occurring 32-base pair deletion of the HIV-1 co-receptor CCR5 has demonstrated protection against HIV infection of human CD4(+) T cells. Recent genetic engineering approaches using engineered nucleases to disrupt the gene and mimic this mutation show promise for HIV therapy. We developed a megaTAL nuclease targeting the third extracellular loop of CCR5 that we delivered to primary human T cells by mRNA transfection. The CCR5 megaTAL nuclease established resistance to HIV in cell lines and disrupted the expression of CCR5 on primary human CD4(+) T cells with a high efficiency, achieving up to 80% modification of the locus in primary cells as measured by molecular analysis...
August 23, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Siddappa N Byrareddy, James Arthos, Claudia Cicala, Francois Villinger, Kristina T Ortiz, Dawn Little, Neil Sidell, Maureen A Kane, Jianshi Yu, Jace W Jones, Philip J Santangelo, Chiara Zurla, Lyle R McKinnon, Kelly B Arnold, Caroline E Woody, Lutz Walter, Christian Roos, Angela Noll, Donald Van Ryk, Katija Jelicic, Raffaello Cimbro, Sanjeev Gumber, Michelle D Reid, Volkan Adsay, Praveen K Amancha, Ann E Mayne, Tristram G Parslow, Anthony S Fauci, Aftab A Ansari
Antiretroviral drug therapy (ART) effectively suppresses replication of both the immunodeficiency viruses, human (HIV) and simian (SIV); however, virus rebounds soon after ART is withdrawn. SIV-infected monkeys were treated with a 90-day course of ART initiated at 5 weeks post infection followed at 9 weeks post infection by infusions of a primatized monoclonal antibody against the α4β7 integrin administered every 3 weeks until week 32. These animals subsequently maintained low to undetectable viral loads and normal CD4(+) T cell counts in plasma and gastrointestinal tissues for more than 9 months, even after all treatment was withdrawn...
October 14, 2016: Science
Haggai Bar-Yoseph, Yaniv Zohar, Margalit Lorber
Helminthic infection and HIV have been reported to coexist, particularly in sub-Saharan African patients living with HIV. Strongyloidiasis is one of the most common helminths, usually leading to cutaneous and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. In the immunocompromised host, this infection can lead to strongyloidiasis hyperinfection syndrome (SHS), not common in HIV-infected patients. Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) can follow the initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), with a variety of presentations...
October 12, 2016: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Elisa Gabanti, Francesca Bruno, Lucia Scaramuzzi, Filippo Mangione, Paola Zelini, Giuseppe Gerna, Daniele Lilleri
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is still the most common viral infection in solid-organ transplant recipients (SOTR). Our study aimed to identify the predictive values of the T-cell response able to protect from HCMV disease, according to different assays. Viral DNA was determined by real-time PCR. The T-cell immune response to HCMV infection was investigated in SOTR according to the following assays and stimuli: cytokine flow cytometry (CFC) after peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) stimulation with autologous HCMV-infected dendritic cells (iDC) vs three ELISPOT assays using PBMCs stimulated with: i) HCMV-infected cell lysate (iCL); ii) a pool of 34 epitopic peptides (PP) from different HCMV proteins; iii) a commercial pp65 peptide pool (CPM)...
September 13, 2016: New Microbiologica
Ahmed Gaballa, Mikael Sundin, Arwen Stikvoort, Muhamed Abumaree, Mehmet Uzunel, Darius Sairafi, Michael Uhlin
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a well-established treatment modality for a variety of malignant diseases as well as for inborn errors of the metabolism or immune system. Regardless of disease origin, good clinical effects are dependent on proper immune reconstitution. T cells are responsible for both the beneficial graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect against malignant cells and protection against infections. The immune recovery of T cells relies initially on peripheral expansion of mature cells from the graft and later on the differentiation and maturation from donor-derived hematopoietic stem cells...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Mary K Klassen-Fischer, Ronald C Neafie
Surgical pathology results can play a crucial role in the management of immunocompromised patients. Here we highlight factors that differ between immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts, such as variation in inflammatory response. Conditions that are covered include drug reactions, disease within solid organ allografts, immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome, specific immunodeficiency syndromes, neoplasms related to viral infections, and viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections. Special techniques including immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization and molecular detection of pathogen nucleic acid from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue are discussed...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Sérgio Monteiro de Almeida, Thiago Henrique Roza
The immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) is a deregulated inflammatory response to invading microorganisms. It is manifested when there is an abrupt change in host immunity from an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive state to a pro-inflammatory state as a result of rapid depletion or removal of factors that promote immune suppression or inhibition of inflammation. The aim of this paper is to discuss and re-interpret the possibility of association of paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) with IRIS in the central nervous system (CNS) in a case from Brazil published by Silva-Vergara ML...
October 7, 2016: Mycopathologia
Sabine Tischer, René Geyeregger, Julian Kwoczek, Albert Heim, Constanca Figueiredo, Rainer Blasczyk, Britta Maecker-Kolhoff, Britta Eiz-Vesper
BACKGROUND: Human adenovirus (HAdV) infections remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Efficient antiviral T-cell responses are necessary to clear infection, which is hampered by delayed immune reconstitution and medical immunosuppression after HSCT. Protective immunity may be conferred by adoptive transfer of HAdV-specific T cells. For identification of patients at risk and monitoring of treatment responses diligent assessment of anti-HAdV cellular immune responses is crucial...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Arianna R Means, Kathryn A Risher, Eva L Ujeneza, Innocent Maposa, Joseph Nondi, Steven E Bellan
OBJECTIVE: New guidelines recommend that all HIV-infected individuals initiate antiretroviral treatment (ART) immediately following diagnosis. This study describes how immune reconstitution varies by gender and age to help identify poorly reconstituting subgroups and inform targeted testing initiatives. DESIGN: Longitudinal data from the outpatient monitoring system of the National AIDS Control Program in Tanzania. METHODS: An asymptotic nonlinear mixed effects model was fit to post-treatment CD4+ cell count trajectories, allowing for fixed effects of age and sex, and an age by sex interaction...
2016: PloS One
Zhi Guo, Hong-Yan Gao, Tian-Yan Zhang, Xiao-Dong Liu, Kai Yang, Jing-Xing Lou, Xue-Peng He, Yuan Zhang, Peng Chen, Hui-Ren Chen
The study was aimed to explore the efficacy and safety of allo-HSCT with high-dose cyclophosphamide-induced immune tolerance for SAA. In the present study, 20 cases (12 male, 8 female; average age = 17.8 years) received reduced-intensity conditioning allo-HSCT from August 2012 to August 2014 in the Beijing Military Region General Hospital. All were HLA mismatched and received CSA; 11 received ATG-intensive immune therapy. Donors underwent mobilization with cell colony-stimulating factor. The modified preconditioning regimen included reduced-strength fludarabine combined with Busulfex and cytarabine, cyclophosphamide...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Narendran Gopalan, Padmapriyadarsini Chandrasekaran, Soumya Swaminathan, Srikanth Tripathy
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic has undoubtedly increased the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) globally, posing a formidable global health challenge affecting 1.2 million cases. Pulmonary TB assumes utmost significance in the programmatic perspective as it is readily transmissible as well as easily diagnosable. HIV complicates every aspect of pulmonary tuberculosis from diagnosis to treatment, demanding a different approach to effectively tackle both the diseases. In order to control these converging epidemics, it is important to diagnose early, initiate appropriate therapy for both infections, prevent transmission and administer preventive therapy...
2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
Kesava A Ramakrishnan, Reuben J Pengelly, Yifang Gao, Mary Morgan, Sanjay V Patel, E Graham Davies, Sarah Ennis, Saul N Faust, Anthony P Williams
BACKGROUND: Methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase (MTHFD1) deficiency has recently been reported to cause a folate-responsive syndrome displaying a phenotype that includes megaloblastic anemia and severe combined immunodeficiency. OBJECTIVE: To describe our investigative approach to the molecular diagnosis and evaluation of immune dysfunction in a family with MTHFD1 deficiency. METHODS: The methods used were exome sequencing and analysis of variants in genes involved in the folate metabolic pathway in a family with 2 affected siblings...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Bradley J Monk, Andrea Facciabene, William E Brady, Carol Aghajanian, Paula M Fracasso, Joan Walker, Heather A Lankes, Kristi L Manjarrez, Gwenn Danet-Desnoyers, Katherine M Bell-McGuinn, Carolyn K McCourt, Alexander Malykhin, Robert M Hershberg, George Coukos
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy is an emerging paradigm for the treatment of cancer, but the potential efficacy of many drugs cannot be sufficiently tested in the mouse. We sought to develop a rational combination of motolimod-a novel Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) agonist that stimulates robust innate immune responses in humans but diminished responses in mice-with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD), a chemotherapeutic that induces immunogenic cell death. METHODS: We followed an integrative pharmacologic approach including healthy human volunteers, non-human primates, NSG-HIS ("humanized immune system") mice reconstituted with human CD34+ cells, and cancer patients to test the effects of motolimod and to assess the combination of motolimod with PLD for the treatment of ovarian cancer...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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