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Johnathan Ho, Christin Pelzel, Andreas Begitt, Maureen Mee, Hany M Elsheikha, David J Scott, Uwe Vinkemeier
STAT2 is the quintessential transcription factor for type 1 interferons (IFNs), where it functions as a heterodimer with STAT1. However, the human and murine STAT2-deficient phenotypes suggest important additional and currently unidentified type 1 IFN-independent activities. Here, we show that STAT2 constitutively bound to STAT1, but not STAT3, via a conserved interface. While this interaction was irrelevant for type 1 interferon signaling and STAT1 activation, it precluded the nuclear translocation specifically of STAT1 in response to IFN-γ, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and IL-27...
October 2016: PLoS Biology
Yu Wu, Bin Yue, Jia Liu
Obesity is characterized by the abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health and extensive increase in body mass index (BMI). Childhood obesity may occur due to disturbances in metabolic regulation, which lead to metabolic syndrome and other diseases. Peripheral blood suspended immune cells are responsible for immune surveillance. The aim of the present study was to map the inflammatory cytokine expression pattern of isolated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) following lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stress in vitro and clinical chemistry parameters in the plasma of subjects...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Eva Schrezenmeier, Kayin Wu, Fabian Halleck, Lutz Liefeldt, Susanne Brakemeier, Friederike Bachmann, Susanne Kron, Klemens Budde, Michael Duerr
Recurrence of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-associated membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) in the kidney transplant may lead to continuous graft deterioration and the need for further renal replacement therapy. The novel direct acting antiviral agents (DAAs) allow a highly effective and interferon-free treatment option for chronic HCV infected patients. Data on the therapeutic safety and efficacy in HCV infected renal transplant patients are sparse, especially for patients with severe renal impairment...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Kohtaro Ooka, Joseph K Lim
With 185 million people chronically infected globally, hepatitis C is a leading bloodborne infection. All-oral regimens of direct acting agents have superior efficacy compared to the historical interferon-based regimens and are significantly more tolerable. However, trials of both types of regimens have often excluded patients on immunosuppressive medications for reasons other than organ transplantation. Yet, these patients-most often suffering from malignancy or autoimmune diseases-could stand to benefit from these treatments...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
S Banerjee, P Gunda, R F Drake, K Hamed
BACKGROUND: Nucleos(t)ide analogs (NUCs) are the standard of care for chronic hepatitis B (CHB). The present analysis aimed to determine the cost effectiveness of NUCs in Chinese healthcare settings. METHODS: A Markov model was used to simulate two therapeutic strategies for a hypothetical patient cohort diagnosed with hepatitis B e antigen-positive CHB, unwilling or unable to receive interferon therapy, and about to start treatment with any NUC. The first strategy included NUC monotherapy without sequencing (telbivudine [LDT], entecavir [ETV], tenofovir [TDF], lamivudine [LAM], adefovir dipivoxil [ADV], and combination therapies of either LDT and ADV or LDT and TDF, followed by best supportive care [BSC])...
2016: SpringerPlus
Lauren Van Der Kraak, Gaurav Goel, Krishnaveni Ramanan, Christof Kaltenmeier, Lin Zhang, Daniel P Normolle, Gordon J Freeman, Daolin Tang, Katie S Nason, Jon M Davison, James D Luketich, Rajeev Dhupar, Michael T Lotze
BACKGROUND: Resistance to chemotherapy is a major obstacle in the effective treatment of cancer patients. B7-homolog 1, also known as programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1), is an immunoregulatory protein that is overexpressed in several human cancers. Interaction of B7-H1 with programmed death 1 (PD-1) prevents T-cell activation and proliferation, sequestering the T-cell receptor from the cell membrane, inducing T-cell apoptosis, thereby leading to cancer immunoresistance. B7-H1 upregulation contributes to chemoresistance in several types of cancer, but little is known with respect to changes associated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or gastrointestinal cancers...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Yamila Sol Rocca, María Paula Roberti, Estefanía Paula Juliá, María Betina Pampena, Luisina Bruno, Sergio Rivero, Eduardo Huertas, Fernando Sánchez Loria, Alejandro Pairola, Anne Caignard, José Mordoh, Estrella Mariel Levy
The clinical outcome of colorectal cancer (CRC) is associated with the immune response; thus, these tumors could be responsive to different immune therapy approaches. Natural killer (NK) cells are key antitumor primary effectors that can eliminate CRC cells without prior immunization. We previously determined that NK cells from the local tumor environment of CRC tumors display a profoundly altered phenotype compared with circulating NK cells from healthy donors (HD). In this study, we evaluated peripheral blood NK cells from untreated patients and their possible role in metastasis progression...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
D Pereira-Torres, A T Gonçalves, V Ulloa, R Martínez, H Carrasco, A F Olea, L Espinoza, C Gallardo-Escárate, A Astuya
The rapid development of the aquaculture industry has global concerns with health management and control strategies to prevent and/or treat diseases and increase sustainability standards. Saprolegniosis is a disease caused by Saprolegnia parasitica, and is characterized by promoting an immunosuppression in the host. This study evaluated in vitro the extract and one active compound (polygodial) of Drimys winteri, a Chilean medicinal tree as a potential early immunostimulatory aid in Saprolegniosis control. Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) head kidney cells (ASK-1) were incubated with both extract and pure polygodial before exposure to S...
October 21, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Yanzhao Chen, Baihai Jiao, Min Yao, Xuezhen Shi, Zhebin Zheng, Shilin Li, Limin Chen
Interferon stimulated (sensitive) genes (ISGs) are the effector molecules downstream of type I/III interferon (IFN) signaling pathways in host innate immunity. ISG12a can be induced by IFN-α. Although ISG12a has been reported to inhibit the replication of HCV, the exact mechanism remains to be determined. In this study, we investigated the possible mechanisms of ISG12a anti- HCV property by exploring the production of type I IFN and the activation of Janus kinase/signal transducer and activator of transcription (Jak/STAT) signaling pathway, apoptosis and autophagy in Huh7...
October 21, 2016: Virus Research
L Petrone, A Cannas, V Vanini, G Cuzzi, F Aloi, M Nsubuga, J Sserunkuma, R A Nazziwa, L Jugheli, T Lukindo, E Girardi, A Antinori, L Pucci, K Reither, D Goletti
SETTING: Blood interferon-γ inducible protein 10 (IP-10) has been proposed as a biomarker of disease activity for both tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Urine IP-10 has been detected in adults with active TB, and its level decreases after successful anti-tuberculosis treatment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate blood and urine IP-10 as biomarker of disease activity. DESIGN: Patients with HIV-TB and active TB were enrolled...
November 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
R Matsumura, H Igari, T Nakazawa, S Ishikawa, M Tsuyuzaki, K Suzuki, F Yamagishi
SETTING: National hospital for tuberculosis (TB) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Japan. OBJECTIVE: To compare two interferon-γ release assays (IGRAs), QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT) and T-SPOT(®).TB (T-SPOT), in RA patients for detecting latent tuberculous infection (LTBI). DESIGN: QFT and T-SPOT were conducted concurrently in 230 prospectively enrolled RA patients. RESULTS: There were no active TB patients...
November 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
A T Cruz, A L Hersh, J R Starke, S E Beekmann, P M Polgreen, R Banerjee
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the extent to which advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) have been integrated into practice by pediatric infectious disease (PID) specialists. DESIGN: We conducted an online survey of the Infectious Diseases Society of America's Emerging Infections Network (EIN) membership. RESULTS: Of the 323 members, 197 (61%) responded: 7% cared for ⩾5 children with TB disease and 34% for ⩾5 children with LTBI annually...
November 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Richard Lindqvist, Filip Mundt, Jonathan D Gilthorpe, Silke Wölfel, Nelson O Gekara, Andrea Kröger, Anna K Överby
BACKGROUND: Neurotropic flaviviruses such as tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV), Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), West Nile virus (WNV), and Zika virus (ZIKV) are causative agents of severe brain-related diseases including meningitis, encephalitis, and microcephaly. We have previously shown that local type I interferon response within the central nervous system (CNS) is involved in the protection of mice against tick-borne flavivirus infection. However, the cells responsible for mounting this protective response are not defined...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Guanhua Song, Bingyu Liu, Zhihui Li, Haifeng Wu, Peng Wang, Kai Zhao, Guosheng Jiang, Lei Zhang, Chengjiang Gao
TBK1 is essential for interferon-β (IFN-β) production and innate antiviral immunity. Here we identified the T cell anergy-related E3 ubiquitin ligase RNF128 as a positive regulator of TBK1 activation. RNF128 directly interacted with TBK1 through its protease-associated (PA) domain and catalyzed the K63-linked polyubiquitination of TBK1, which led to TBK1 activation, IRF3 activation and IFN-β production. Deficiency of RNF128 expression attenuated IRF3 activation, IFN-β production and innate antiviral immune responses to RNA and DNA viruses, in vitro and in vivo...
October 24, 2016: Nature Immunology
Feng Su, Pamela K Green, Kristin Berry, George N Ioannou
: Black race and Hispanic ethnicity were associated with lower rates of sustained virologic response (SVR) to interferon (IFN)-based treatments for chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection whereas Asian race was associated with higher SVR rates compared to white patients. We aimed to describe the association between race/ethnicity and effectiveness of new direct-acting antiviral (DAA) regimens in the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system nationally. We identified 21,095 HCV-infected patients (11,029 [52%] white, 6,171 [29%] black, 1,187 [6%] Hispanic, 348 [2%] Asian/Pacific Islander/American Indian/Alaska Native [Asian/PI/AI/AN] and 2,360 [11%] declined/missing race or ethnicity) who initiated antiviral treatment with regimens containing sofosbuvir (SOF), simeprevir + sofosbuvir (SMV+SOF), ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) or paritaprevir/ombitasvir/ritonavir/dasabuvir (PrOD), during the 18-month period from 01/01/2014 to 06/30/2015...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Hongbo Chen, Yinan Yao, Yifan Wang, Hua Zhou, Tianxiang Xu, Jing Liu, Guocheng Wang, Yongfeng Zhang, Xiang Chen, Qingwei Liu, Peng Huang, Rongbin Yu
BACKGROUND: HLA-DM gene, which is related to antigen processing and presentation and located in the non-classical class-II region of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region, may play a crucial role in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection treatment outcomes. The study was conducted to evaluate the role of the variant of several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in HLA-DM gene in HCV treatment outcomes. METHODS: We genotyped four SNPs from the candidate genes (HLA-DMA and DMB) in 336 patients who were treated with pegylated interferon-alpha and ribavirin (PEG IFN-α/RBV)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Xuyang Zheng, Chuantao Ye, Jieru Zhao, Peiyu Bian, Ying Zhang, Zhansheng Jia
Objective To observe the alterations of innate immunity related long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in exosomes extracted from the plasma of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) patients, and analyze their relationship with the disease stage and severity. Methods Exosomes were extracted from the plasma samples of HFRS patients, healthy controls and recovered HFRS patients. Transmission electronic microscopy and Western blotting were performed to confirm the efficiency of the extraction. lncRNA profiles in the different groups were determined by high-throughput sequencing...
November 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Yingguo Ren, Baochao Zhang, Dongpei Jia, Ke Hu
Objective To investigate the effects of tetramethylpyrazine (TMP) on experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis (EAMG) in rats and explore the possible immune regulation mechanism. Methods Lewis rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: control group, EAMG group, TMP low-dose group (TMP-L, 10 mg/kg) and TMP high-dose group (TMP-H, 20 mg/kg). Except the control group, the other 3 groups were subjected to EAMG modeling. The body mass was determined and the symptoms of muscular weakness in rats were scored by Lennon EAMG criteria...
November 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
María Luján Cuestas
Since the British scientist Michael Houghton along with George Kuo, Qui-Lim Choo (Chiron Corporation Emeryville), and Daniel W. Bradley (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) co-discovered the causative agent of hepatitis C in 1989, so much progress has been made for the screening of blood donors and management of this chronic liver disease. In this regard, direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) have emerged as the potential "cure" of this slowly progressing and devastating disease. However, improvements are still clearly required since the anti-hepatitis C drugs currently available in the market are so extremely expensive (i...
October 19, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Guanglin Bian, Nicholas D Leigh, Wei Du, Lei Zhang, Li Li, Xuefang Cao
Immune cell-derived cytotoxic pathways have been implicated in antitumor immune responses. The goal of this study is to characterize how these cytotoxic pathways influence ovarian cancer development. We have utilized the TgMISIIR-TAg transgenic mouse model which expresses the transforming SV40 TAg in the ovary, leading to spontaneous development of ovarian tumors that closely mimic human epithelial ovarian cancer. To test how perforin (Prf1), granzyme B (GzmB) and interferon-gamma (IFNg) impact tumor occurrence and progression, we bred the TgMISIIR-TAg transgene into Prf1(-/-), GzmB(-/-), and IFNgR1(-/-) mice...
2016: J Immunol Res Ther
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