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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938193/protective-effect-of-thymoquinone-against-diazinon-induced-hematotoxicity-genotoxicity-and-immunotoxicity-in-rats
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Gholam Hassan Danaei, Mohammad Karami
Several studies have shown that oxidative stress and cell damage can occur in the very early stages of diazinon (DZN) exposure. The present study was designed to determine the beneficial effect of thymoquinone (Thy), the main component of Nigella sativa (black seed or black cumin) against DZN immunotoxicity, hematotoxicity and genotoxicity in rats. In the present experimental study, 48 male Wistar rats were randomly divided into six groups, (eight per group) as follows: control (receiving corn oil as the DZN solvent), DZN (20mg/kg), Thy (10mg/kg), Thy (2...
September 7, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937875/multiplex-cytokine-analysis-of-aqueous-humor-from-the-patients-with-chronic-primary-angle-closure-glaucoma
#2
Roopam Duvesh, George Puthuran, Kavitha Srinivasan, Venkatesh Rengaraj, S R Krishnadas, Sharmila Rajendrababu, Vijayakumar Balakrishnan, Pradeep Ramulu, Periasamy Sundaresan
PURPOSE: To compare the levels of cytokines and growth factor in aqueous humor of the patients with chronic primary angle closure glaucoma (PACG) and cataract. METHODS: Aqueous humor samples were collected from 19 chronic PACG patients and compared with 14 nonglaucomatous controls presenting for cataract surgery. The levels of 27 cytokines and growth factors were measured in the aqueous samples using multiplex bead immunoassay and compared across groups. RESULTS: Significantly higher levels of interleukin (IL)-8 (p < 0...
September 22, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937502/type-iii-interferons-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-association-between-interferon-%C3%AE-3-disease-activity-and-anti-ro-ssa-antibodies
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Luis M Amezcua-Guerra, Ricardo Márquez-Velasco, Adriana K Chávez-Rueda, Diana Castillo-Martínez, Felipe Massó, Araceli Páez, Juan Colín-Fuentes, Rafael Bojalil
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess associations between serum type III (λ) interferons (IFN-λ) and disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Serum levels of IFN-λ1, IFN-λ2, and IFN-λ3 were measured in 93 SLE patients and 67 healthy individuals. The associations with overall disease activity, organ-specific damage, and SLE-related antibodies were assessed. RESULTS: Median IFN-λ1 levels were 0 pg/mL (range, 0-510 pg/mL) and 0 pg/mL (0-171 pg/mL; P = 0...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937472/type-iii-interferons-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-association-between-interferon-%C3%AE-3-disease-activity-and-anti-ro-ssa-antibodies
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Luis M Amezcua-Guerra, Ricardo Márquez-Velasco, Adriana K Chávez-Rueda, Diana Castillo-Martínez, Felipe Massó, Araceli Páez, Juan Colín-Fuentes, Rafael Bojalil
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess associations between serum type III (λ) interferons (IFN-λ) and disease activity in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Serum levels of IFN-λ1, IFN-λ2, and IFN-λ3 were measured in 93 SLE patients and 67 healthy individuals. The associations with overall disease activity, organ-specific damage, and SLE-related antibodies were assessed. RESULTS: Median IFN-λ1 levels were 0 pg/mL (range, 0-510 pg/mL) and 0 pg/mL (0-171 pg/mL; P = 0...
October 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937145/immunoreduction-of-ocular-surface-tumours-with-intralesional-interferon-alpha-2a
#5
S E Kim, S M Salvi
PurposeTo share our initial experience in the use of intralesional interferon alpha-2a at primary presentation in ocular surface tumours as a method of immunoreduction prior to definitive surgical management.MethodsCase series of patients referred to Sheffield Ocular Oncology Service with rapidly growing ocular surface tumours, treated with intralesional interferon alpha-2a at first presentation prior to definitive surgical management.ResultsAll three patients, two with conjunctival melanoma and one with ocular surface squamous neoplasia (OSSN) demonstrated immunoreduction of tumour without any adverse side effects...
September 22, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937081/direct-acting-antiviral-drugs-against-hepatitis-c-virus-in-renal-transplant-recipients-is-it-the-dawn-of-an-interferon-free-era
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Dharshan Rangaswamy, Shankar P Nagaraju, Ravindra P Attur
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a significant problem among hemodialysis population, especially in India where renal transplant often gets delayed in the presence of live-related donors. An acceleration of liver cirrhosis and poor renal allograft outcomes are often witnessed in allograft recipients with high viral load. Use of interferon in the postrenal transplant setting for the treatment of hepatitis C viral infection was limited to a few grave situations, fearing the precipitation of allograft rejection and poor efficacy for sustained virological remission...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936773/intranasal-delivery-of-duox2-dna-using-cationic-polymer-can-prevent-acute-influenza-a-viral-infection-in-vivo-lung
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Bong Jik Kim, Sung Woo Cho, Yung Jin Jeon, Sujin An, Ara Jo, Jae Hyun Lim, Dong-Young Kim, Tae-Bin Won, Doo Hee Han, Chae-Seo Rhee, Hyun Jik Kim
We studied the contribution of Duox2 in mucosal host defense against influenza A virus (IAV) infection in in vivo lung. We found that Duox2 was required for the induction of type I and III interferon (IFN)s and transient Duox2 overexpression using cationic polymer polyethyleneimine (PEI) leads to suppression of IAV infection in in vivo lung. Twenty mice (C57BL/6J) were anesthetized and challenged by intranasal administration of 213 pfu/30 μl of IAV (WS/33/H1N1), and IAV-infected mice were euthanized at 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 14 days post infection (dpi)...
September 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936213/interferon-gamma-in-african-trypanosome-infections-friends-or-foes
#8
REVIEW
Hui Wu, Gongguan Liu, Meiqing Shi
African trypanosomes cause fatal infections in both humans and livestock. Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) plays an essential role in resistance to African trypanosomes. However, increasing evidence suggests that IFN-γ, when excessively synthesized, also induces immunopathology, enhancing susceptibility to the infection. Thus, production of IFN-γ must be tightly regulated during infections with African trypanosomes to ensure that a robust immune response is elicited without tissue destruction. Early studies have shown that secretion of IFN-γ is downregulated by interleukin 10 (IL-10)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936207/sag4-dna-and-peptide-vaccination-provides-partial-protection-against-t-gondii-infection-in-balb-c-mice
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Jian Zhou, Lin Wang
Toxoplasma gondii can lead to congenital infections in human. Surface antigen protein 4 (SAG4) of T. gondii is a potential stimulator for humoral and cellular immune responses. In the present study, a DNA vaccine encoding SAG4 from T. gondii was constructed and used to immunize BALB/c mice with peptide to evaluate the protective efficacy of the vaccine. The productions of IgG antibodies and cytokines (gamma interferon) from the vaccine (pSAG4/peptide) group were significantly higher than pSAG4 or peptide groups...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935918/host-directed-therapies-for-bacterial-and-viral-infections
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REVIEW
Stefan H E Kaufmann, Anca Dorhoi, Richard S Hotchkiss, Ralf Bartenschlager
Despite the recent increase in the development of antivirals and antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance and the lack of broad-spectrum virus-targeting drugs are still important issues and additional alternative approaches to treat infectious diseases are urgently needed. Host-directed therapy (HDT) is an emerging approach in the field of anti-infectives. The strategy behind HDT is to interfere with host cell factors that are required by a pathogen for replication or persistence, to enhance protective immune responses against a pathogen, to reduce exacerbated inflammation and to balance immune reactivity at sites of pathology...
September 22, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935847/cd56bright-nk-regulatory-cells-in-filgrastim-primed-donor-blood-or-marrow-products-regulate-chronic-gvhd-cbmtg-randomized-0601-study-results
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Amina Kariminia, Sabine Ivison, Bernard Ng, Jacob Rozmus, Susanna Sung, Avani Varshney, Mahmoud Aljurf, Silvy Lachance, Irwin Walker, Cindy Toze, Jeff Lipton, Stephanie J Lee, Jeff Szer, Richard Doocey, Ian Lewis, Clayton Smith, Naeen Chaudhri, Megan K Levings, Raewyn Broady, Gerald Devins, David Szwajcer, Ronan Foley, Sara Mostafavi, Steven Pavletic, Donna A Wall, Stephen Couban, Tony Panzarella, Kirk R Schultz
Randomized trials have conclusively shown higher rates of chronic graft-versus-host disease with filgrastim-stimulated apheresis peripheral blood as a donor source than unstimulated bone marrow. The Canadian Blood and Marrow Transplant Group conducted a phase 3 study of adults who received either filgrastim-stimulated apheresis peripheral blood or filgrastim-stimulated bone marrow from human leukocyte antigen-identical sibling donors. Because all donors received the identical filgrastim dosing schedule, this study allowed for a controlled evaluation of the impact of stem cell source on development of chronic graft-versus-host disease...
September 21, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935432/effectiveness-of-ravidasvir-plus-sofosbuvir-in-interferon-na%C3%A3-ve-and-treated-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-genotype-4
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Gamal Esmat, Tamer Elbaz, Maissa El Raziky, Asmaa Gomaa, Mahmoud Abouelkhair, Hadeel Gamal El Deen, Aliaa Sabry, Mohamed Ashour, Naglaa Allam, Mohamed Abdel-Hamid, Ola Nada, Sherine Helmy, Hanaa Abdel-Maguid, Richard Colonno, Nathaniel Brown, Eric Ruby, Pamela Vig, Imam Waked
Although treatment of hepatitis C (HCV) and HCV-genotype-4 (GT4) has become very effective, yet treatment is very expensive, and affordable options are needed especially in limited resource countries. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of the combination of ravidasvir (an NS5A inhibitor) and sofosbuvir to treat chronic HCV-GT4 infected patients. DESIGN: A total of three hundred patients with HCV-GT4 infection were recruited in 3 groups: treatment-naïve patients with or without compensated Child-A cirrhosis (Group 1); interferon-experienced patients without cirrhosis (Group 2); and interferon-experienced patients with cirrhosis (Group 3)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935193/celastrol-inhibits-hepatitis-c-virus-replication-by-upregulating-heme-oxygenase-1-via-the-jnk-mapk-nrf2-pathway-in-human-hepatoma-cells
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Chin-Kai Tseng, Sung-Po Hsu, Chun-Kuang Lin, Yu-Hsuan Wu, Jin-Ching Lee, Kung-Chia Young
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Celastrol, a quinone methide triterpene isolated from the root extracts of Tripterygium wilfordii, can greatly induce the gene expression activity of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) to achieve disease prevention and control. HO-1 induction was recently shown to result in anti-HCV activity by inducing type I interferon and inhibiting hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS3/4A protease activity. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the anti-HCV activity of celastrol and characterize its mechanism of inhibition...
September 18, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935151/consumption-of-garlic-and-lemon-aqueous-extracts-combination-reduces-tumor-burden-by-angiogenesis-inhibition-apoptosis-induction-and-immune-system-modulation
#14
Wamidh H Talib
OBJECTIVES: Dietary agents play an important role in cancer prevention and therapy because of their low toxicity and the perception that they are not a medicine. The aim of the present study was to investigate the anticancer effect of the administration of garlic and lemon aqueous extracts against breast cancer implanted in mice. METHODS: We used 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay to determine the antiproliferative effect of both extracts and their combinations...
November 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934428/hiv-infected-children-have-elevated-levels-of-pd-1-memory-cd4-t-cells-with-low-proliferative-capacity-and-high-inflammatory-cytokine-effector-functions
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Julia Foldi, Lina Kozhaya, Bret McCarty, Mussa Mwamzuka, Fatma Marshed, Tiina Ilmet, Max Kilberg, Adam Kravietz, Aabid Ahmed, William Borkowsky, Derya Unutmaz, Alka Khaitan
Background: During human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease, chronic immune activation leads to T-cell exhaustion. PD-1 identifies "exhausted" CD8 T cells with impaired HIV-specific effector functions, but its role on CD4 T cells and in HIV-infected children is poorly understood. Methods: In a Kenyan cohort of vertically HIV-infected children, we measured PD-1+ CD4 T-cell frequencies and phenotype by flow cytometry and their correlation with HIV disease progression and immune activation...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934427/immunologic-profiling-of-human-metapneumovirus-for-the-development-of-targeted-immunotherapy
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Ifigeneia Tzannou, Sarah K Nicholas, Premal Lulla, Paibel I Aguayo-Hiraldo, Anisha Misra, Caridad A Martinez, Annette A Machado, Jordan S Orange, Pedro A Piedra, Juan F Vera, Ann M Leen
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a respiratory virus detected in ≥9% of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients, in whom it can cause significant morbidity and mortality. Given the lack of effective antivirals, we investigated the potential for immunotherapeutic intervention, using adoptively transferred T cells. Thus, we characterized the cellular immune response to the virus and identified F, N, M2-1, M, and P as immunodominant target antigens. Reactive T cells were polyclonal (ie, they expressed CD4 and CD8), T-helper type 1 polarized, and polyfunctional (ie, they produced interferon γ, tumor necrosis factor α, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, and granzyme B), and they were able to kill autologous antigen-loaded targets...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934294/immunopathology-of-childhood-celiac-disease-key-role-of-intestinal-epithelial-cells
#17
Grzegorz Pietz, Rituparna De, Maria Hedberg, Veronika Sjöberg, Olof Sandström, Olle Hernell, Sten Hammarström, Marie-Louise Hammarström
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Celiac disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the small intestine mucosa due to permanent intolerance to dietary gluten. The aim was to elucidate the role of small intestinal epithelial cells in the immunopathology of celiac disease in particular the influence of celiac disease-associated bacteria. METHODS: Duodenal biopsies were collected from children with active celiac disease, treated celiac disease, and clinical controls. Intestinal epithelial cells were purified and analyzed for gene expression changes at the mRNA and protein levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934137/evidence-for-involvement-of-il-9-and-il-22-in-cows-milk-allergy-in-infants
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Karina V Barros, Vera L Flor Silveira, Marisa S Laranjeira, Neusa F Wandalsen, Susana Passeti, Roberta de Oliveira, Regina V Munekata, Paul S Noakes, Elizabeth A Miles, Philip C Calder
Although allergic inflammation is characterized by a T helper (Th) 2-dominant immune response, the discovery of a role for new T cell subsets in inflammatory diseases has added an additional layer of complexity to the understanding of the pathogeneses of allergic diseases. We evaluated plasma cytokine profiles in infants with cows' milk allergy (CMA), who were being treated with an elimination diet. In a prospective, randomized and controlled study, infants (aged 8.4 ± 3.9 months) with CMA were treated with an elimination diet for 120 days, which replaced cows' milk with a hydrolysed soy protein formula (n = 26) or a free amino acid formula (n = 20)...
September 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933704/the-association-between-serum-cytokine-and-chemokine-levels-and-antiviral-response-by-entecavir-treatment-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients
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Mio Kurihara, Masataka Tsuge, Eisuke Murakami, Nami Mori, Waka Ohishi, Takuro Uchida, Hatsue Fujino, Takashi Nakahara, Hiromi Abe-Chayama, Tomokazu Kawaoka, Daiki Miki, Akira Hiramatsu, Michio Imamura, Yoshiiku Kawakami, Hiroshi Aikata, Hidenori Ochi, Yizhou Zhang, Grace Naswa Makokha, C Nelson Hayes, Kazuaki Chayama
BACKGROUND: Although Nucleos(t)ide analogue therapy is thought to suppress chronic hepatitis B(CHB) via regulation of inflammatory cytokines/chemokines, the mechanism is still unclear. In this study, serum cytokine/chemokine levels were measured in CHB patients treated with entecavir, and the association with antiviral response was analyzed. METHODS: Seventy-eight Japanese patients with CHB were enrolled, and serum cytokine/chemokine levels were measured at baseline and at 12, 24, and 48 weeks of entecavir treatment using the MULTIPLEX kit...
September 21, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933180/-viral-hepatitis-c-and-organ-transplantation
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Libuše Husová, Vladimír Mejzlík
At the Centre for Cardiovascular and Transplantation Surgery, Brno (CKTCH), a total of 638 liver transplantations were performed from the beginning of the transplantation programme on 2/2 1983 to 1/1 2017. Of the overall number of 638 transplantations indicated based on cirrhosis with chronic hepatitis C (HCV), 68 patients (11 %) underwent liver transplantation. Patients with HCV diagnosis were treated both while on the waiting list and after liver transplantation (LT). There was interferon as well as interferon-free therapy used during the treatment...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
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