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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226206/exploration-of-the-innate-immune-system-of-styela-clava-zn-2-binding-enhances-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-the-tunicate-peptide-clavanin-a
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Samuel A Juliano, Scott Pierce, James A DeMayo, Marcy J Balunas, Alfredo M Angeles-Boza
Tunicates have been used as primitive models for understanding cell mediated and humoral immunity. Clavanin A (ClavA) is a potent antimicrobial peptide produced by the solitary tunicate Styela clava. In this work, we demonstrate that ClavA utilizes Zn(2+) ions to potentiate its antimicrobial activity. A reduced concentration at which the peptide inhibits the growth of bacteria and an increase in the rate of killing is observed in the presence of Zn(2+). Membrane depolarization, β-galactosidase leakage and potassium leakage assays indicate that ClavA is membrane active, forms small pores, but induces cell death by targeting an intracellular component...
February 22, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225519/a-cytokine-pattern-that-differentiates-preseroconversion-from-postseroconversion-phases-of-primary-hiv-infection
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Lucia Pastor, Erica Parker, Jorge Carrillo, Victor Urrea, Laura Fuente-Soro, Durval Respeito, Chenjerai Jairoce, Inacio Mandomando, Julià Blanco, Denise Naniche
BACKGROUND: During acute HIV infection, HIV actively replicates but seroconversion has not yet occurred. Primary HIV infection (PHI) is characterized by a transient nonspecific febrile illness, a massive inflammatory response, and the progressive appearance of anti-HIV-specific antibodies. In this study, we have identified patterns of inflammatory biomarkers associated with the innate immunological reaction before completion of a full humoral response. METHODS: A symptom-based screening was used to identify acute HIV infection in the Manhiça District Hospital in Mozambique...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225198/adjunctive-steroid-therapy-versus-antibiotics-alone-for-acute-endophthalmitis-after-intraocular-procedure
#3
REVIEW
Carole H Kim, Monica F Chen, Anne L Coleman
BACKGROUND: Endophthalmitis refers to severe infection within the eye that involves the aqueous humor or vitreous humor, or both, and threatens vision. Most cases of endophthalmitis are exogenous (i.e. due to inoculation of organisms from an outside source), and most exogenous endophthalmitis is acute and occurs after an intraocular procedure. The mainstay of treatment is emergent administration of broad-spectrum intravitreous antibiotics. Due to their anti-inflammatory effects, steroids in conjunction with antibiotics have been proposed to be beneficial in endophthalmitis management...
February 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224023/evaluation-of-liver-cirrhosis-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-using-protein-protein-interaction-networks
#4
Mohammad Javad Ehsani Ardakani, Akram Safaei, Afsaneh Arefi Oskouie, Hesam Haghparast, Mehrdad Haghazali, Hamid Mohaghegh Shalmani, Hassan Peyvandi, Nosratollah Naderi, Mohammad Reza Zali
AIM: In the current study, we analysised only the articles that investigate serum proteome profile of cirrhosis patients or HCC patients versus healthy controls. BACKGROUND: Increased understanding of cancer biology has enabled identification of molecular events that lead to the discovery of numerous potential biomarkers in diseases. Protein-protein interaction networks is one of aspect that could elevate the understanding level of molecular events and protein connections that lead to the identification of genes and proteins associated with diseases...
December 2016: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223984/plasmodium-vivax-cell-traversal-protein-for-ookinetes-and-sporozoites-naturally-acquired-humoral-immune-response-and-b-cell-epitope-mapping-in-brazilian-amazon-inhabitants
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Rodrigo Nunes Rodrigues-da-Silva, Isabela Ferreira Soares, Cesar Lopez-Camacho, João Hermínio Martins da Silva, Daiana de Souza Perce-da-Silva, Antônio Têva, Antônia Maria Ramos Franco, Francimeire Gomes Pinheiro, Lana Bitencourt Chaves, Lilian Rose Pratt-Riccio, Arturo Reyes-Sandoval, Dalma Maria Banic, Josué da Costa Lima-Junior
The cell-traversal protein for ookinetes and sporozoites (CelTOS), a highly conserved antigen involved in sporozoite motility, plays an important role in the traversal of host cells during the preerythrocytic stage of Plasmodium species. Recently, it has been considered an alternative target when designing novel antimalarial vaccines against Plasmodium falciparum. However, the potential of Plasmodium vivax CelTOS as a vaccine target is yet to be explored. This study evaluated the naturally acquired immune response against a recombinant P...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223411/pentraxin-3-is-a-pi3k-signaling-target-that-promotes-stem-cell-like-traits-in-basal-like-breast-cancers
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Clémence Thomas, Whitney Henry, Benjamin G Cuiffo, Anthony Y Collmann, Elisabetta Marangoni, Vanessa Benhamo, Manoj K Bhasin, Cheng Fan, Laetitia Fuhrmann, Albert S Baldwin, Charles Perou, Anne Vincent-Salomon, Alex Toker, Antoine E Karnoub
Basal-like breast cancers (BLBCs) exhibit hyperactivation of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway because of the frequent mutational activation of the PIK3CA catalytic subunit and the genetic loss of its negative regulators PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homolog) and INPP4B (inositol polyphosphate-4-phosphatase type II). However, PI3K inhibitors have had limited clinical efficacy in BLBC management because of compensatory amplification of PI3K downstream signaling loops. Therefore, identification of critical PI3K mediators is paramount to the development of effective BLBC therapeutics...
February 21, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223236/effect-of-hyaluronic-acid-binding-to-lipoplexes-on-intravitreal-drug-delivery-for-retinal-gene-therapy
#7
Thomas F Martens, Karen Peynshaert, Thaís Leite Nascimento, Elias Fattal, Marcus Karlstetter, Thomas Langmann, Serge Picaud, Jo Demeester, Stefaan C De Smedt, Katrien Remaut, Kevin Braeckmans
Intravitreal administration of nanomedicines could be valuable for retinal gene therapy, if their mobility in the vitreous and therapeutic efficacy in the target cells can be guaranteed. Hyaluronic acid (HA) as an electrostatic coating of polymeric gene nanomedicines has proven to be beneficial on both accounts. While electrostatic coating provides an easy way of coating cationic nanoparticles, the stability of electrostatic complexes in vivo is uncertain. In this study, therefore, we compare electrostatic with covalent coating of gene nanocarriers with HA for retinal gene therapy via intravitreal administration...
February 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222511/evaluation-of-a-dna-a%C3%AE-42-vaccine-in-aged-nzw-rabbits-antibody-kinetics-and-immune-profile-after-intradermal-immunization-with-full-length-dna-a%C3%AE-42-trimer
#8
Doris Lambracht-Washington, Min Fu, Mary Wight-Carter, Matthew Riegel, Roger N Rosenberg
A pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) are amyloid plaques in the brain consisting of aggregated amyloid-β 42 peptide (Aβ42) derived from cellular amyloid-β protein precursor (AβPP). Based on successful experiments in mouse AD models, active immunization with Aβ42 peptide and passive immunizations with anti-Aβ42 antibodies were started in clinical trials. Active Aβ42 peptide immunization in humans had led to an inflammatory autoimmune response, and the trial was stopped. Passive immunizations had shown some effects in slowing AD pathology...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222498/creep-compliance-rheology-with-a-probe-like-cylindrical-geometry
#9
Kelly Connelly, Pooria Sharif-Kashani, Matt Farajzadeh, Jean-Pierre Hubschman, H Pirouz Kavehpour
BACKGROUND: Rheology experiments have been performed on the vitreous humor, a soft gel that rests inside of the eye, to study its viscoelastic behavior and underlying macromolecular structure. A significant challenge for experimentalists is preserving the macromolecular structure when removing vitreous from in vivo conditions. OBJECTIVE: We have developed a novel probe-like rheometer geometry that allows us to perform shear rheology experiments on the vitreous humor in situ...
February 10, 2017: Biorheology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221327/changes-in-the-lipidomic-profile-of-aqueous-humor-in-open-angle-glaucoma
#10
Javier Cabrerizo, Javier A Urcola, Elena Vecino
PURPOSE: To identify and determine differences in lipid profiles of aqueous humor (AH) in patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The lipidomic profile of 10 samples of AH of patients with OAG and 10 controls was analyzed. Patients with a history of anterior segment surgery, anterior segment pathology, or intraocular injections were excluded. Topical ocular medications within the last 6 months were reported. AH was obtained during the first step of nonperforating deep sclerotomy in OAG patients and during refractive lensectomy in controls...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220087/mental-state-understanding-in-children-with-agenesis-of-the-corpus-callosum
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Beatrix Lábadi, Anna M Beke
Impaired social functioning is a well-known outcome of individuals with agenesis of the corpus callosum. Social deficits in nonliteral language comprehension, humor, social reasoning, and recognition of facial expression have all been documented in adults with agenesis of the corpus callosum. In the present study, we examined the emotional and mentalizing deficits that contributing to the social-cognitive development in children with isolated corpus callosum agenesia, including emotion recognition, theory of mind, executive function, working memory, and behavioral impairments as assessed by the parents...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219891/peripherally-generated-foxp3-regulatory-t-cells-mediate-the-immunomodulatory-effects-of-ivig-in-allergic-airways-disease
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Amir H Massoud, Gabriel N Kaufman, Di Xue, Marianne Béland, Marieme Dembele, Ciriaco A Piccirillo, Walid Mourad, Bruce D Mazer
IVIg is widely used as an immunomodulatory therapy. We have recently demonstrated that IVIg protects against airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) and inflammation in mouse models of allergic airways disease (AAD), associated with induction of Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Treg). Using mice carrying a DTR/EGFP transgene under the control of the Foxp3 promoter (DEREG mice), we demonstrate in this study that IVIg generates a de novo population of peripheral Treg (pTreg) in the absence of endogenous Treg. IVIg-generated pTreg were sufficient for inhibition of OVA-induced AHR in an Ag-driven murine model of AAD...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219820/versatile-carboxyl-terminus-of-capsid-protein-of-porcine-circovirus-type-2-were-recognized-by-monoclonal-antibodies-with-pluripotency-of-binding
#13
Ling-Chu Hung, Ivan-Chen Cheng
We designed the peptide (C3) mimetic carboxyl-terminus (Cterminus) of capsid protein of porcine circovirus type 2b (PCV2b-1A/1B) inducing humoral immunity and generating hybridomas. The positive reactivity of the mAbs to PCV2 capsid protein was demonstrated by Western blot assay. Those mAbs also showed positive signals on PCV2b infected swine lymphocytes by indirect immunofluorescence staining. The mAb 1H3 bound to three minimal linear epitopes (P62, DPPLNP; P67, DPPLNPK; P73, LKDPPLKP), which was located at Cterminus of the capsid protein of PCV2b-1A/1B, PCV2b-1C, and PCV2a-2A respectively...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217764/vpreb-serves-as-an-invariant-surrogate-antigen-for-selecting-immunoglobulin-antigen-binding-sites
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Mohamed Khass, Tessa Blackburn, Peter D Burrows, Mark R Walter, Emidio Capriotti, Harry W Schroeder
Developmental checkpoints eliminate B cells synthesizing defective immunoglobulin heavy (HC) and light (LC) chains. The first checkpoint tests for formation of a VpreB/λ5/µHC-containing preB-cell receptor (preBCR) and predicts whether µHCs will bind conventional LCs to form membrane IgM. VpreB and λ5 also create a sensing site that interacts with µHC antigen-binding region CDR-H3, but whether it plays a role in immunoglobulin repertoire selection and function is unknown. On a position-by-position basis, we analyzed the amino acid content of CDR-H3s from H chains cloned from living and apoptotic preB cells and from IgG:Antigen structures...
July 14, 2016: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217651/differential-immune-reactivity-pattern-of-sw48-and-sw1116-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines-with-colorectal-cancer-patients-sera
#15
Ghasem Ghalamfarsa, Seyyed Vahid Hosseini, Maryam Hamidinia, Abbas Ghaderi, Mahmoud Mahmoudi, Zahra Mojtahedi
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers worldwide. It is also known as the second leading cause of deaths as the early stage detection is not yet available by current methods. So identification of biomarkers can also be functional in early diagnosis and prognosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined sera from 60 CRC patients of different stages as a source of auto-antibody as well as two human CRC cell lines with different invasive capacities (SW48 and SW1116) as the source of antigens...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217023/metabolic-bone-disease-in-the-context-of-metastatic-neuroendocrine-tumor-differentiation-from-skeletal-metastasis-the-molecular-pet-ct-imaging-features-and-exploring-the-possible-etiopathologies-including-parathyroid-adenoma-men1-and-paraneoplastic-humoral
#16
Rohit Ranade, Sandip Basu
Three cases of metabolic bone disease in the setting of metastatic neuroendocrine tumor (NET) are illustrated with associated etiopathologies.  One of these cases harbored mixed lesions in the form of vertebral metastasis (biopsy proven) while the other skeletal lesions were caused due to metabolic bone disease related to multiple parathyroid adenomas. While the metastatic lesion was positive on 68Ga-DOTATATE positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT), the lesions of metabolic bone disease were negative and the 18F-fluoride PET-CT demonstrated the features of metabolic bone scan...
January 2017: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216598/clinical-signs-staphylococcus-and-atopic-eczema-related-seromarkers
#17
Kam Lun Hon, Kathy Yin Ching Tsang, Jeng Sum C Kung, Ting Fan Leung, Christopher W K Lam, Chun Kwok Wong
: Childhood eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) is a distressing disease associated with pruritus, sleep disturbance, impaired quality of life and Staphylococcus aureus isolation. The pathophysiology of AD is complex and various seromarkers of immunity are involved. We investigated if anti-staphylococcal enterotoxin IgE (anti-SE), selected seromarkers of T regulatory (Treg), T helper (Th) and antigen-presenting cells (APC) are associated with clinical signs of disease severity and quality of life...
February 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216433/lifelong-memory-responses-perpetuate-humoral-th2-immunity-and-anaphylaxis-in-food-allergy
#18
Rodrigo Jiménez-Saiz, Derek K Chu, Talveer S Mandur, Tina D Walker, Melissa E Gordon, Roopali Chaudhary, Joshua Koenig, Sarah Saliba, Heather J Galipeau, Adam Utley, Irah L King, Kelvin Lee, Rachel Ettinger, Susan Waserman, Roland Kolbeck, Manel Jordana
BACKGROUND: A number of food allergies (e.g. fish, shellfish, nuts) are lifelong, without any disease-transforming therapies and unclear in their underlying immunology. Clinical manifestations of food allergy are largely mediated by IgE. Although persistent IgE titres have conventionally been attributed to long-lived IgE(+) plasma cells (PCs), this has not been directly and comprehensively tested. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate mechanisms underlying persistent IgE and allergic responses to food allergens...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216262/efis-lecture-understanding-the-ctla-4-checkpoint-in-the-maintenance-of-immune-homeostasis
#19
REVIEW
Lucy S K Walker
The past 20 years have heralded fascinating developments in the field of CTLA-4 biology. The CTLA-4 protein is a critical negative regulator of T cell immunity and its absence provokes severe lymphoproliferative disease. In a surprising twist, the generation of mixed bone marrow chimeric mice revealed that CTLA-4 predominantly functions in a cell-extrinsic manner, suggesting that CTLA-4 expressed on one cell can modify the behaviour of another cell. This was followed by the demonstration that CTLA-4 is highly expressed in regulatory T cells and can contribute to their suppressive activity...
February 16, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216187/recombinant-proteins-of-zaire-ebolavirus-induce-potent-humoral-and-cellular-immune-responses-and-protect-against-live-virus-infection-in-mice
#20
Axel T Lehrer, Teri-Ann S Wong, Michael M Lieberman, Tom Humphreys, David E Clements, Russell R Bakken, Mary Kate Hart, William D Pratt, John M Dye
Infections with filoviruses in humans are highly virulent, causing hemorrhagic fevers which result in up to 90% mortality. In addition to natural infections, the ability to use these viruses as bioterrorist weapons is of significant concern. Currently, there are no licensed vaccines or therapeutics available to combat these infections. The pathogenesis of disease involves the dysregulation of the host's immune system, which results in impairment of the innate and adaptive immune responses, with subsequent development of lymphopenia, thrombocytopenia, hemorrhage, and death...
February 16, 2017: Vaccine
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