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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319996/oral-direct-acting-agent-therapy-for-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-a-systematic-review
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Oluwaseun Falade-Nwulia, Catalina Suarez-Cuervo, David R Nelson, Michael W Fried, Jodi B Segal, Mark S Sulkowski
Background: Rapid improvements in hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapy have led to the approval of multiple oral direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of chronic HCV infection. Purpose: To summarize published literature on the efficacy and safety of oral DAAs for treatment of persons with chronic HCV infection. Data Sources: MEDLINE and EMBASE from inception through 1 November 2016. Study Selection: 42 English-language studies from controlled and single-group registered clinical trials of adults with HCV infection that evaluated at least 8 weeks of an FDA-approved interferon-free HCV regimen that included at least 2 DAAs...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319593/profiles-of-long-noncoding-rnas-in-hypertensive-rats-long-noncoding-rna-xr007793-regulates-cyclic-strain-induced-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#2
Qing-Ping Yao, Zhi-Wei Xie, Kai-Xuan Wang, Ping Zhang, Yue Han, Ying-Xin Qi, Zong-Lai Jiang
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are being discovered in multiple diseases at a rapid pace. However, the contribution of lncRNAs to hypertension remains largely unknown. In hypertension, the vascular walls are exposed to abnormal mechanical cyclic strain, which leads to vascular remodelling. Here, we investigated the mechanobiological role of lncRNAs in hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS: Differences in the lncRNAs and mRNAs between spontaneously hypertensive rats and Wistar-Kyoto rats were screened using a gene microarray...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319417/alterations-in-serum-levels-of-il-17-in-contrast-to-tnf-alpha-correspond-to-disease-modifying-treatment-in-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis
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Anastasiya Georgieva Trenova, Georgi Svetoslavov Slavov, Maria Georgieva Manova, Milena Nenkova Draganaova-Filipova, Nonka Georgieva Mateva, Lyuba Dineva Miteva, Spaska Angelova Stanilova
Cytokines of different types play an important role in multiple sclerosis (MS) pathogenesis as mediators and regulators of the immune processes in the central nervous system. The aim of the study was to determine the effect of interferon-beta and glatiramer acetate on serum concentrations of TNF-alpha and IL-17 A and their correlation with the degree of disability in clinically stable patients with relapsing-remitting MS. A cross-sectional, case-control study of 220 patients (68 treatment naïve; 152 treated with interferon-beta or glatiramer acetate) and 99 clinically healthy age-gender-body mass index-matched subjects were performed...
March 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319323/further-evidence-for-specific-ifih1-mutation-as-a-cause-of-singleton-merten-syndrome-with-phenotypic-heterogeneity
#4
Maria Pettersson, Birgitta Bergendal, Johanna Norderyd, Daniel Nilsson, Britt-Marie Anderlid, Ann Nordgren, Anna Lindstrand
Singleton-Merten syndrome (MIM 182250) is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder characterized by early onset periodontitis, root resorption, osteopenia, osteoporosis, and aortic valve or thoracic aorta calcification. The disorder can have significant intrafamilial phenotypic variability. Here, we present a mother and daughter with Singleton-Merten syndrome harboring a previously described pathogenic missense mutation, c.2465G>A p.(Arg822Gln), in IFIH1 (interferon induced with helicase C domain 1), encoding MDA5 (Melanoma Differentiation-Associated protein 5)...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319253/heat-shock-protein-expression-in-cerebral-x-linked-adrenoleukodystrophy-reveals-astrocyte-stress-prior-to-myelin-loss
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Anna Lena Görtz, Laura A N Peferoen, Wouter H Gerritsen, Johannes M van Noort, Marianna Bugiani, Sandra Amor
AIMS: X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a genetic white matter disorder in which demyelination occurs due to accumulation of very long chain fatty acids. Inflammation in the brain white matter is a hallmark of the pathology of cerebral X-ALD, but the underlying pathogenic mechanisms are still largely unknown. In other inflammatory demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis, the expression of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in combination with interferon-γ (IFN-γ) has been suggested to play a prominent role in the initiation of demyelination and inflammation...
March 20, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318807/microrna-302d-targets-irf9-to-regulate-the-ifn-induced-gene-expression-in-sle
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Siobhán Smith, Thilini Fernando, Pei Wen Wu, Jane Seo, Joan Ní Gabhann, Olga Piskareva, Eoghan McCarthy, Donough Howard, Paul O'Connell, Richard Conway, Phil Gallagher, Eamonn Molloy, Raymond L Stallings, Grainne Kearns, Lindsy Forbess, Mariko Ishimori, Swamy Venuturupalli, Daniel Wallace, Michael Weisman, Caroline A Jefferies
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a complex disease targeting multiple organs as a result of overactivation of the type I interferon (IFN) system, a feature currently being targeted by multiple biologic therapies against IFN-α. We have identified an estrogen-regulated microRNA, miR-302d, whose expression is decreased in SLE patient monocytes and identify its target as interferon regulatory factor (IRF)-9, a critical component of the transcriptional complex that regulates expression of interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318762/gene-expression-profiling-reveals-genes-and-transcription-factors-associated-with-dilated-and-ischemic-cardiomyopathies
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Aiqing Qiao, Zhenying Zhao, Hui Zhang, Zhenyu Sun, Xiao Cui
AIMS: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) can cause heart failure, and this study aims to identify genes and transcription factors (TFs) associated with DCM and ICM. METHODS: Gene expression dataset GSE42955 was generated from GEO database, and it contained 12 DCM, 12 ICM, and 5 control samples. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified between DCM (or ICM) and controls. Gene functions were investigated, and their associations were analyzed using Enrichmentmap plugin in Cytoscape...
December 29, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317911/chimeric-viruses-between-rocio-and-west-nile-the-role-for-rocio-prm-e-proteins-in-virulence-and-inhibition-of-interferon-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-signaling
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Alberto A Amarilla, Yin X Setoh, Parthiban Periasamy, Nias Y Peng, Gabor Pali, Luiz T Figueiredo, Alexander A Khromykh, Victor H Aquino
Mosquito-transmitted flavivirus Rocio (ROCV) was responsible for an outbreak of encephalitis in the Ribeira Valley, located in the south coast of Sao Paulo State, Brazil, in 1975-1976. ROCV also causes fatal encephalitis in adult mice. Seroprevalence studies in humans, horses and water buffaloes in different regions of Brazil have suggested that ROCV is still circulating in the country, indicating the risk of re-emergence of this virus. West Nile virus (WNV) is also a mosquito-transmitted encephalitic flavivirus, however, WNV strains circulating in Australia have not been associated with outbreaks of disease in humans and exhibit low virulence in adult mice...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317801/utility-of-quantiferon-tuberculosis-gold-in-tube-test-for-detecting-latent-tuberculosis-infection-among-close-household-contacts-of-confirmed-tuberculosis-patients-in-accra-ghana
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Gloria Ivy Mensah, Sandra Akoley Sowah, Nana Yaw Asare Yeboah, Kennedy Kwasi Addo, Dolly Jackson-Sillah
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Introduction of the interferon gamma (IFN-γ) release assays with their higher sensitivity and specificity over the traditional tuberculin skin test has improved testing for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI). None of the IFN-γ release assays has ever been used to screen for LTBI in Ghana. This study set out to determine the utility of the QuantiFERON TB Gold-in-Tube (QFT-GIT) test for the diagnosis of LTBI among close household contacts of newly diagnosed sputum smear-positive tuberculosis (TB) patents in Accra, Ghana, and the associated risk factors for a positive QFT-GIT test...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317629/mycobacterium-kansasii-infection-in-a-patient-receiving-biologic-therapy-not-all-reactive-interferon-gamma-release-assays-are-tuberculosis
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Nasir Saleem, Raya Saba, Srikanth Maddika, Mitchell Weinstein
Mycobacterium kansasii, a nontuberculous mycobacterium, can lead to lung disease similar to tuberculosis. Immunotherapeutic biologic agents predispose to infections with mycobacteria, including M kansasii. T-cell-mediated interferon gamma release assays like QuantiFERON-TB Gold Test (QFT) are widely used by clinicians for the diagnosis of infections with Mycobacterium tuberculosis; however, QFT may also show positive result with certain nontuberculous mycobacterial infections. We report a case of M kansasii pulmonary infection, with a positive QFT, in an immunocompromised patient receiving prednisone, leflunomide and tocilizumab, a humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor monoclonal antibody...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317409/ombitasvir-and-paritaprevir-boosted-with-ritonavir-and-combined-with-dasabuvir-for-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Robert Flisiak, Marta Flisiak-Jackiewicz
Hepatitis C is a leading cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma responsible for almost 700,000 deaths worldwide annually. Until 2014, management of HCV infections was based on interferon alfa containing regimens, with efficacy of 40-70% and a high adverse event rate. Interferon-free therapeutic options improved sustained viral response (SVR) rate to >90% and safety profile to placebo-like levels. Areas covered: This article describes all-oral regimen consisting of three direct acting antivirals (DAA) - ombitasvir (OBV), paritaprevir (PTV) and dasabuvir (DSV), which in clinical practice is boosted with ritonavir (r) and sometimes with ribavirin (RBV)...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317173/extracellular-matrix-in-the-cns-induced-by-neuropathogenic-viral-infection
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Rihito Watanabe, Masatoshi Kakizaki
During the early phase of infection with an extremely neurovirulent murine coronavirus, cl-2, the ER-TR7 antigen (ERag)-positive fibers (ERfibs) associated with laminin and collagen III show a rapid increase in expression levels in the meninges, followed by an appearance of the antigens in the ventricle and brain parenchyma. Then, cl-2 invades the ventricle and ventricular wall along the newly assembled ERfibs after infection, using them as a pathway from the meninges, the initial site of infection. In the lymph nodes and spleen, ERag is mainly produced by fibroblastic reticular cells (FRCs), which play a key role in nursing the ERfibs to form a fibroblastic reticular network (FRN)...
March 20, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316991/interferon-gamma-release-assay-performance-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-peripheral-blood-in-tuberculous-meningitis-in-china
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Liping Pan, Fei Liu, Jinli Zhang, Xinting Yang, Shiqi Zheng, Jing Li, Hongyan Jia, Xiaoyou Chen, Mengqiu Gao, Zongde Zhang
The aim of this study was to examine the performance of T-SPOT.TB on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and peripheral blood (PB) in diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) in China. Of 100 patients with presumed TBM prospectively enrolled from Sep 2012 to Oct 2014, 53 were TBM (21 definite and 32 probable TBM cases) and 37 were non-TBM cases; the other 10 patients were excluded from analysis due to inconclusive diagnosis, no sufficient CSF samples, or incomplete follow-up. T-SPOT.TB on CSF and PB and routine laboratory tests of CSF were performed simultaneously...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316371/znf395-is-an-activator-of-a-subset-of-ifn-stimulated-genes
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Linda Schroeder, Christine Herwartz, Darko Jordanovski, Gertrud Steger
Activation of the interferon (IFN) pathway in response to infection with pathogens results in the induction of IFN-stimulated genes (ISGs) including proinflammatory cytokines, which mount the proper antiviral immune response. However, aberrant expression of these genes is pathogenic to the host. In addition to IFN-induced transcription factors non-IFN-regulated factors contribute to the transcriptional control of ISGs. Here, we show by genome wide expression analysis, siRNA-mediated suppression and Doxycycline-induced overexpression that the cellular transcription factor ZNF395 activates a subset of ISGs including the chemokines CXCL10 and CXCL11 in keratinocytes...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316015/expression-and-characterization-of-codon-optimized-crimean-congo-hemorrhagic-fever-virus-gn-glycoprotein-in-insect-cells
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Mehdi Rahpeyma, Alireza Samarbaf-Zadeh, Manoochehr Makvandi, Ata A Ghadiri, Stuart D Dowall, Fatemeh Fotouhi
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) is a major cause of tick-borne viral hemorrhagic disease in the world. Despite of its importance as a deadly pathogen, there is currently no licensed vaccine against CCHF disease. The attachment glycoprotein of CCHFV (Gn) is a potentially important target for protective antiviral immune responses. To characterize the expression of recombinant CCHFV Gn in an insect-cell-based system, we developed a gene expression system expressing the full-length coding sequence under a polyhedron promoter in Sf9 cells using recombinant baculovirus...
March 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315983/retreatment-with-sofosbuvir-ledipasvir-and-add-on-ribavirin-for-patients-who-failed-daclatasvir-and-asunaprevir-combination-therapy
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Goki Suda, Koji Ogawa, Yoshiya Yamamoto, Masaki Katagiri, Ken Furuya, Kenichi Kumagai, Jun Konno, Megumi Kimura, Naoki Kawagishi, Masatsugu Ohara, Machiko Umemura, Jun Ito, Takaaki Izumi, Masato Nakai, Takuya Sho, Mitsuteru Natsuizaka, Kenichi Morikawa, Akihito Tsubota, Noritomo Shimada, Etsuko Iio, Yasuhito Tanaka, Naoya Sakamoto
BACKGROUND: The optimal retreatment regimen for patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection who failed interferon-free, direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy is undetermined. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 12-week retreatment with ledipasvir (LDV) and sofosbuvir (SOF) with add-on ribavirin (RBV) for patients who previously failed to respond to HCV-NS5A inhibitor, daclatasvir (DCV), and HCV-NS3 inhibitor, asunaprevir (ASV), therapy. METHODS: This multicenter, prospective study enrolled 15 patients with genotype-1 HCV infection who failed DCV/ASV combination therapy...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315775/assessment-of-histone-tail-modifications-and-transcriptional-profiling-during-colon-cancer-progression-reveals-a-global-decrease-in-h3k4me3-activity
#17
Karen Triff, Mathew W McLean, Kranti Konganti, Jiahui Pang, Evelyn Callaway, Beiyan Zhou, Ivan Ivanov, Robert S Chapkin
During colon cancer, epigenetic alterations contribute to the dysregulation of major cellular functions and signaling pathways. Modifications in chromatin signatures such as H3K4me3 and H3K9ac, which are associated with transcriptionally active genes, can lead to genomic instability and perturb the expression of gene sets associated with oncogenic processes. In order to further elucidate early pre-tumorigenic epigenetic molecular events driving CRC, we integrated diverse, genome-wide, epigenetic inputs (by high throughput sequencing of RNA, H3K4me3, and H3K9ac) and compared differentially expressed transcripts (DE) and enriched regions (DER) in an in-vivo rat colon cancer progression model...
March 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315765/modulation-of-immunocyte-functions-by-a-mucin-specific-lectin-from-aspergillus-gorakhpurensis
#18
Ram Sarup Singh, Hemant Preet Kaur, John F Kennedy
Lectins are non-immune proteins or glycoproteins with the ability to induce cell agglutination and mediate cellular and molecular recognition processes in a variety of biological interactions. Recently, several mushroom lectins have been reported to show immunomodulatory activities.The immunomodulatory potential of purified A. gorakhpurensis lectin was determined by evaluating its effect on systemic anaphylaxis reaction, arthus reaction, respiratory burst activity, nitric oxide production and levels of cytokines IFN-γ and IL-6...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315756/interleukin-4-is-a-participant-in-the-regulation-of-depressive-like-behavior
#19
Simone Wachholz, Alexandra Knorr, Leonie Mengert, Jennifer Plümper, Rainer Sommer, Georg Juckel, Astrid Friebe
Inflammatory immune activation has been frequently associated with the development of major depression. Microglia might serve as an important interface in this immune system-to-brain communication. Interleukin-4, the major Th2 type cytokine, might be protective against depression due to its ability to counter-regulate inflammation and to inhibit serotonin transporter activity. By using an Interferon-α mouse model, we show that a decreased IL-4 responsiveness of microglia was specifically related to the development of depressive-like behavior...
March 15, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315743/treatment-with-peg-ifn-and-ribavirin-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-low-grade-of-hepatic-fibrosis-genotype-1-and-4-and-favorable-ifnl3-genotype-a-pharmacogenetic-prospective-study
#20
Lucio Boglione, Chiara Simona Cardellino, Jessica Cusato, Amedeo De Nicolò, Giuseppe Cariti, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
The new direct-acting antivirals agents (DAAs) rapidly changed the treatment approach in chronic hepatitis C (CHC); however, the interferon (IFN)-free therapies availability is currently different in some countries, due to higher costs of these drugs. Naïve treated patients, who are not eligible for IFN-free therapies, could be selected for standard dual treatment with pegylated (PEG)-IFN and ribavirin (RBV), through IFN lambda 3 gene polymorphisms and fibrosis stage evaluation. Inclusion criteria were: naïve treated CHC patients with GT1 or GT4, without major contraindication to PEG-IFN or RBV, with fibrosis stage F0-F2 and IFNL3 rs8099917/rs12979860 TT/CC genotypes...
March 15, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
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