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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324619/identification-of-a-herv-k-env-surface-peptide-highly-recognized-in-ra-patients-a-cross-sectional-case-control-study
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G Mameli, G L Erre, E Caggiu, S Mura, D Cossu, Marco Bo, M L Cadoni, A Piras, N Mundula, E Colombo, G Buscetta, G Passiu, L A Sechi
Endogenous Retroviruses (HERV) are believed to be pathogenic in several autoimmune diseases. Among them, HERV-K viruses have been recently reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study we have explored the role of humoral immune response against HERV-K as a potential pathogenetic mechanism in RA. Four different peptides from the extracellular portion of the env protein of HERV-K (env-su 19-37 , env-su 109-26 , env-su 164-186 , env-su 209-226 ) were selected by bioinformatic analysis on the basis of their putative immunogenicity...
March 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324274/bioavailability-of-generic-0-05-difluprednate-emulsion-in-the-aqueous-humor-cornea-and-conjunctiva-of-new-zealand-rabbits-after-a-single-dose-compared-with-commercial-difluprednate
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Arieh Mercado-Sesma, Angélica Contreras-Rubio, Leopoldo Baiza-Durán, Oscar Olvera-Montaño, Mónica Miranda-Robles, José Bonilla-García
BACKGROUND: To determine the concentration after a single dose of generic 0.05% difluprednate and commercial difluprednate in the aqueous humor, cornea, and conjunctiva of New Zealand rabbits, a preclinical study in 72 male New Zealand white rabbits was performed. A single dose (50 μL) of two 0.05% difluprednate ophthalmic formulations was instilled in both eyes. Conjunctiva, cornea, and aqueous humor samples were collected at nine time points over 8 h (four animals per time point)...
December 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323750/humoral-responses-against-hiv-in-male-genital-tract-role-in-sexual-transmission-and-perspectives-for-preventive-strategies
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Amandine Gagneux-Brunon, Nicolas Rochereau, Elisabeth Botelho-Nevers, Frédéric Lucht, Bruno Pozzetto, Stéphane Paul, Thomas Bourlet
Most new HIV infections occur via sexual routes. The induction of protective anti-HIV antibodies in genital mucosa is an important step towards reducing HIV transmission. Mucosal anti-HIV antibodies may play a dual role by either protecting against HIV transmission or facilitating it. Protective properties against HIV of mucosal IgGs and IgAs exhibiting neutralizing or antibody dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) activities have been described in highly exposed seronegative individuals (HESN). Conversely, some IgGs may facilitate the crossing of HIV free particles through epithelial barriers by transcytosis...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323494/associations-between-thematic-content-and-industry-self-regulation-code-violations-in-beer-advertising-broadcast-during-the-u-s-ncaa-basketball-tournament
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Jonathan K Noel, Ziming Xuan, Thomas F Babor
BACKGROUND: Beer marketing in the United States is controlled through self-regulation, whereby the beer industry has created a marketing code and enforces its use. We performed a thematic content analysis on beer ads broadcast during a U.S. college athletic event and determined which themes are associated with violations of a self-regulated alcohol marketing code. METHODS: 289 beer ads broadcast during the U.S. NCAA Men's and Women's 1999-2008 basketball tournaments were assessed for the presence of 23 thematic content areas...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319733/plasma-cell-and-memory-b-cell-differentiation-from-the-germinal-center
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REVIEW
Dan Suan, Christopher Sundling, Robert Brink
Germinal centers (GCs) form in secondary lymphoid tissues in response to antigenic challenge and are the site of somatic hypermutation, generating GC B cells with increasing affinity for the inciting agent that are positively selected over time. However, it is not until GC B cells differentiate into memory B cells and plasma cells and egress from the GC back into the circulation that effective long-lived humoral immunity is conferred upon the host. Here we review what is known about the signals that initiate the transition from a GC B cell into the memory B cell and plasma cell compartments and the downstream transcriptional regulation of these processes...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319732/an-antigen-to-remember-regulation-of-b-cell-memory-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Aleta Pupovac, Kim L Good-Jacobson
Vaccine success relies on the formation of immunity. Humoral immunity is critical and is mediated by long-lived antibody-secreting cells and memory B cells (MBCs). Chronic infectious diseases cause a significant global burden of disease; pathogens that evade the immune system can cause phenotypical and functional changes to immune memory populations. Thus, recent studies have focused on MBC subset function. IgM(+) MBCs have emerged as important early responders in malaria. Atypical MBCs have functional qualities associated with exhaustion in chronic infectious diseases, but the requirements for their formation and where they localize remains unknown...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319730/deconstructing-the-germinal-center-one-cell-at-a-time
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REVIEW
Chad R Dufaud, Louise J McHeyzer-Williams, Michael G McHeyzer-Williams
Successful vaccination relies on driving the immune response towards high specificity, affinity and longevity. Germinal centers facilitate the evolution of antigen-specific B cells by iterative rounds of diversification, selection, and differentiation to memory and plasma cells. Experimental evidence points to B cell receptor affinity and amount of antigen presented to follicular helper T cells as main drivers of clonal evolution. Concurrent studies suggest that modifiers of cognate contact, temporal mechanisms, and stochastic factors can also shape diversity and influence differentiation to memory and plasma cells, but molecular pathways driving these selection decisions are unresolved...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319729/stromal-networking-cellular-connections-in-the-germinal-centre
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REVIEW
Alice E Denton, Michelle A Linterman
Secondary lymphoid organs are organized into distinct zones, governed by different types of mesenchymal stromal cells. These stromal cell subsets are critical for the generation of protective humoral immunity because they direct the migration of, and interaction between, multiple immune cell types to form the germinal centre. The germinal centre response generates long-lived antibody-secreting plasma cells and memory B cells which can provide long-term protection against re-infection. Stromal cell subsets mediate this response through control of immune cell trafficking, activation, localization and antigen access within the secondary lymphoid organ...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318622/computer-assisted-topological-analysis-of-renal-allograft-inflammation-adds-to-risk-evaluation-at-diagnosis-of-humoral-rejection
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Antoine Sicard, Vannary Meas-Yedid, Maud Rabeyrin, Alice Koenig, Stephanie Ducreux, Frederique Dijoud, Valerie Hervieu, Lionel Badet, Emmanuel Morelon, Jean Christophe Olivo-Marin, Valerie Dubois, Olivier Thaunat
Antibody-mediated rejection is associated with heterogeneous kidney allograft outcomes. Accurate evaluation of risk for graft loss at time of diagnosis is necessary to offer personalized treatment. In contrast with serological and molecular assessment, morpho-histological evaluation of antibody-mediated rejection lesions has not significantly evolved. This relies on Banff classifications designed to be of diagnostic discriminatory power rather than prognostic and face quantitative and qualitative limitations...
March 15, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318108/neonatal-mono-colonization-of-germ-free-mice-with-lactobacillus-casei-enhances-casein-immunogenicity-after-oral-sensitization-to-cow-s-milk
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Matieny Aicha Maiga, Stéphanie Morin, Hervé Bernard, Sylvie Rabot, Karine Adel -Patient, Stéphane Hazebrouck
SCOPE: Food allergy is an increasing global health problem and perinatal administration of probiotic bacteria is currently under investigation in order to prevent the development of allergic diseases. Here, we investigated the impact of neonatal mono-colonization of mice with Lactobacillus casei BL23 on an oral sensitization to cow's milk. METHODS AND RESULTS: Mono-colonized (LC) mice were obtained by inoculating L. casei to germ-free (GF) parents. Nine-week-old GF, LC and conventional (CV) mice were orally sensitized to cow's milk with cholera toxin as adjuvant...
March 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317886/systems-pharmacology-based-strategy-to-screen-new-adjuvant-for-hepatitis-b-vaccine-from-traditional-chinese-medicine-ophiocordyceps-sinensis
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Jingbo Wang, Rui Liu, Baoxiu Liu, Yan Yang, Jun Xie, Naishuo Zhu
Adjuvants are common component for many vaccines but there are still few licensed for human use due to low efficiency or side effects. The present work adopted Systems Pharmacology analysis as a new strategy to screen adjuvants from traditional Chinese medicine. Ophiocordyceps sinensis has been used for many years in China and other Asian countries with many biological properties, but the pharmacological mechanism has not been fully elucidated. First in this study, 190 putative targets for 17 active compounds in Ophiocordyceps sinensis were retrieved and a systems pharmacology-based approach was applied to provide new insights into the pharmacological actions of the drug...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317660/safety-tolerability-and-efficacy-of-intradermal-rabies-immunization-with-debioject%C3%A2
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Paul Vescovo, Nils Rettby, Nirinarilala Ramaniraka, Julie Liberman, Karen Hart, Astrid Cachemaille, Laurent-Dominique Piveteau, Reto Zanoni, Pierre-Alexandre Bart, Giuseppe Pantaleo
In a single-center study, 66 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 50years were randomized to be immunized against rabies with three different injection routes: intradermal with DebioJect™ (IDJ), standard intradermal with classical needle (IDS), also called Mantoux method, and intramuscular with classical needle (IM). "Vaccin rabique Pasteur®" and saline solution (NaCl 0.9%) were administered at D0, D7 and D28. Antigen doses for both intradermal routes were 1/5 of the dose for IM. Tolerability, safety and induced immunogenicity of IDJ were compared to IDS and IM routes...
March 27, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317266/insect-immunity-varies-idiosyncratically-during-overwintering
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Laura V Ferguson, Brent J Sinclair
Overwintering insects face multiple stressors, including pathogen and parasite pressures that shift with seasons. However, we know little of how the insect immune system fluctuates with season, particularly in the overwintering period. To understand how immune activity changes across autumn, winter, and spring, we tracked immune activity of three temperate insects that overwinter as larvae: a weevil (Curculio sp., Coleoptera), gallfly (Eurosta solidaginis, Diptera), and larvae of the lepidopteran Pyrrharctia isabella...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316391/antileishmanial-and-immunomodulatory-potential-of-ocimumsanctum-linn-and-cocosnucifera-linn-in-murine-visceral-leishmaniasis
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Gaurav Bhalla, Sukhbir Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur, Rupinder Kaur, Puneet Raina
The role of immunomodulation in the therapeutic treatment of visceral leishmaniasis has gained eminence in view of moderate to severe drawbacks of the currently available drugs like toxicity, drug resistance and prohibitive costs. The potential for modulation of the immune system of many herbal plants can be tapped to address these problems. We conducted the present research study to investigate the antileishmanial and immunomodulatory effects of Ocimum sanctum Linn. and Cocos nucifera Linn. during the progression of visceral leishmaniasis in BALB/c mouse model...
March 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
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/28315001/ltb-syn-a-recombinant-immunogen-for-the-development-of-plant-made-vaccines-against-synucleinopathies
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Jaime I Arevalo-Villalobos, Dania O Govea-Alonso, Elizabeth Monreal-Escalante, Sergio Zarazúa, Sergio Rosales-Mendoza
A recombinant antigen targeting α-synuclein was produced in the plant cell rendering an immunogenic protein capable to induce humoral responses in mice upon oral administration. Synucleinopathies are neurodegenerative diseases characterized by the abnormal accumulation of α-synuclein (α-Syn, a 140 amino acid protein that normally plays various neurophysiologic roles) aggregates. Parkinson's disease (PD) is the synucleinopathy with the highest epidemiologic impact and although its etiology remains unknown, α-Syn aggregation during disease progression pointed out α-Syn as target in the development of immunotherapies...
March 17, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314561/dna-vaccine-encoding-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-s1-protein-induces-protective-immune-responses-in-mice
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Hang Chi, Xuexing Zheng, Xiwen Wang, Chong Wang, Hualei Wang, Weiwei Gai, Stanley Perlman, Songtao Yang, Jincun Zhao, Xianzhu Xia
The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), is an emerging pathogen that continues to cause outbreaks in the Arabian peninsula and in travelers from this region, raising the concern that a global pandemic could occur. Here, we show that a DNA vaccine encoding the first 725 amino acids (S1) of MERS-CoV spike (S) protein induces antigen-specific humoral and cellular immune responses in mice. With three immunizations, high titers of neutralizing antibodies (up to 1: 10(4)) were generated without adjuvant...
March 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306593/current-concepts-for-sensitized-patients-before-transplantation
#18
Dael Geft, Jon Kobashigawa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antibody allosensitization poses a major immunologic challenge for patients awaiting heart transplantation. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortality for both pretransplant and posttransplant patients by prolonging wait times to transplant and increasing posttransplant rejection and vasculopathy. Many questions remain regarding methods and interpretation of antibody detection, the relevance of sensitization in specific patient populations such as those with mechanical circulatory support and the ideal strategies for desensitization...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303891/il-21-restricts-t-follicular-regulatory-t-cell-proliferation-through-bcl-6-mediated-inhibition-of-responsiveness-to-il-2
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Christoph Jandl, Sue M Liu, Pablo F Cañete, Joanna Warren, William E Hughes, Alexis Vogelzang, Kylie Webster, Maria E Craig, Gulbu Uzel, Alexander Dent, Polina Stepensky, Bärbel Keller, Klaus Warnatz, Jonathan Sprent, Cecile King
T follicular regulatory (Tfr) cells control the magnitude and specificity of the germinal centre reaction, but how regulation is contained to ensure generation of high-affinity antibody is unknown. Here we show that this balance is maintained by the reciprocal influence of interleukin (IL)-2 and IL-21. The number of IL-2-dependent FoxP3(+) regulatory T cells is increased in the peripheral blood of human patients with loss-of-function mutations in the IL-21 receptor (IL-21R). In mice, IL-21:IL-21R interactions influence the phenotype of T follicular cells, reducing the expression of CXCR4 and inhibiting the expansion of Tfr cells after T-cell-dependent immunization...
March 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303736/the-protective-effect-of-the-vacha-rhizome-extract-on-chronic-stress-induced-immunodeficiency-in-rat
#20
H N Sarjan, S Divyashree, H N Yajurvedi
CONTEXT: Chronic stress is an inevitable factor in the modern day society which affects cell mediated as well as humoral immunity. There is a need to prevent stress effects with traditionally used herbs. OBJECTIVE: The present study was undertaken to investigate the immunoprotective effect of Vacha (Acorus calamus L. Acoraceae) rhizome under stressful condition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Soxlet extraction of Vacha rhizome was performed with increasing polarity of solvents, i...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
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