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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821265/poncet-s-disease-after-the-intravesical-instillation-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-bcg-a-case-report
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Paula Cíntia Machado Sampaio, Yan Garcia Lira, Hellen Yuki Umemura Ribeiro, Fernanda de Paula Moreira, Maitê Silva Martins Gadelha, Sérgio Ferreira Santos da Cruz
BACKGROUND: Poncet's disease is a rare syndrome characterized by articular impairment in a form of rare tuberculid. One of the theories of its cause involves an autoimmune response induced by the intravesical administration of the Calmette-Guerin Bacillus or the treatment of bladder carcinoma. Furthermore, there may be an appearance of oligoarticular or polyarticular arthritis, beginning 1-3 months after the start of therapy. Few physicians know the disease and the literature related to that syndrome is scarce and restricted to case reports, which contributes to its under diagnosis...
August 18, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819653/targeting-cytokines-in-gvhd-therapy
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Sandeep Kumar, Hemn Mohammadpour, Xuefang Cao
Transplantation of donor-derived allogeneic hematopoietic cells causes increased survival in patients suffering from various blood cancers and other hematologic and immunologic diseases. However, this health benefit is limited to certain patients. One major complication is graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) that occurs when donor-derived immune cells recognize host cells/tissues as foreign and perpetrate subsequent destruction. Cytokines are a major class of effector molecules that are involved in GVHD pathogenesis...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819062/nodes-paranodes-and-neuropathies
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REVIEW
Janev Fehmi, Steven S Scherer, Hugh J Willison, Simon Rinaldi
This review summarises recent evidence supporting the involvement of the specialised nodal and perinodal domains (the paranode and juxtaparanode) of myelinated axons in the pathology of acquired, inflammatory, peripheral neuropathies.The identification of new target antigens in the inflammatory neuropathies heralds a revolution in diagnosis, and has already begun to inform increasingly targeted and individualised therapies. Rapid progress in our basic understanding of the highly specialised nodal regions of peripheral nerves serves to strengthen the links between their unique microstructural identities, functions and pathologies...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819022/%C3%AE-adrenergic-signaling-in-mice-housed-at-standard-temperatures-suppresses-an-effector-phenotype-in-cd8-t-cells-and-undermines-checkpoint-inhibitor-therapy
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Mark J Bucsek, Guanxi Qiao, Cameron R MacDonald, Thejaswini Giridharan, Lauren Evans, Brian Niedzwecki, Haichao Liu, Kathleen M Kokolus, Jason W-L Eng, Michelle N Messmer, Kristopher Attwood, Scott I Abrams, Bonnie L Hylander, Elizabeth A Repasky
The immune context of tumors has significant prognostic value and is predictive of responsiveness to several forms of therapy, including immunotherapy. We report here that CD8(+) T cell frequency and functional orientation within the tumor microenvironment is regulated by β2-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) signaling in host immune cells. We used three strategies - physiologic (manipulation of ambient thermal environment), pharmacologic (β-blockers), and genetic (β2-adrenergic receptor knockout mice) to reduce adrenergic stress signaling in two widely studied preclinical mouse tumor models...
August 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818559/-to-boldly-go-where-no-one-has-gone-before
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Keith W Kelley
Americans are suffering from a culture of taking pills. Six out of ten Americans utilize at least one prescription drug, and more than one in ten use five or more prescription medicines. Although this torrent of taking pills is already high, drug use in the USA has not yet crested. Prescription drugs have specific targets, but often they adversely affect other tissues and organs. In keeping with the mission of the recently named National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), Brain, Behavior, and Immunity searches for the underlying cause and potential efficacy of both drug and non-drug interventions...
August 14, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815334/clinical-characteristics-of-patient-selection-and-imaging-predictors-of-outcome-in-solid-tumors-treated-with-checkpoint-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Sabrina Rossi, Luca Toschi, Angelo Castello, Fabio Grizzi, Luigi Mansi, Egesta Lopci
The rapidly evolving knowledge on tumor immunology and the continuous implementation of immunotherapy in cancer have recently led to the FDA and EMA approval of several checkpoint inhibitors as immunotherapic agents in clinical practice. Anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1, and anti-PDL-1 antibodies are becoming standard of care in advanced melanoma, as well as in relapsed or metastatic lung and kidney cancer, demonstrating higher and longer response compared to standard chemotherapy. These encouraging results have fostered the evaluation of these antibodies either alone or in combination with other therapies in several dozen clinical trials for the treatment of multiple tumor types...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814660/sustained-immune-tolerance-induction-in-enzyme-replacement-therapy-treated-crim-negative-patients-with-infantile-pompe-disease
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Zoheb B Kazi, Ankit K Desai, Kathryn L Berrier, R Bradley Troxler, Raymond Y Wang, Omar A Abdul-Rahman, Pranoot Tanpaiboon, Nancy J Mendelsohn, Eli Herskovitz, David Kronn, Michal Inbar-Feigenberg, Catherine Ward-Melver, Michelle Polan, Punita Gupta, Amy S Rosenberg, Priya S Kishnani
BACKGROUND: Cross-reactive immunological material-negative (CRIM-negative) infantile Pompe disease (IPD) patients develop an immune response against enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with alglucosidase alfa that nullifies ERT efficacy. Prophylactic immune tolerance induction (ITI) with rituximab, methotrexate, and IVIG successfully prevents development of deleterious rhGAA IgG antibodies; however, safety, likelihood of success, and long-term efficacy of ITI in a larger cohort remain unknown...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811958/soluble-nkg2d-ligands-are-biomarkers-associated-with-the-clinical-outcome-to-immune-checkpoint-blockade-therapy-of-metastatic-melanoma-patients
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Cristina Maccalli, Diana Giannarelli, Carla Chiarucci, Ornella Cutaia, Gianluca Giacobini, Wouter Hendrickx, Giovanni Amato, Diego Annesi, Davide Bedognetti, Maresa Altomonte, Riccardo Danielli, Luana Calabrò, Anna Maria Di Giacomo, Francesco M Marincola, Giorgio Parmiani, Michele Maio
The introduction of immune checkpoint blockade into the clinical practice resulted in improvement of survival of a significant portion of melanoma patients. Consequently, predictive biomarkers of response are needed to optimize patient's stratification and the development of combination therapies. The aim of this study was to determine whether levels of soluble NKG2D ligands (MICA, MICB, ULBP1, 2 and 3; sNKG2DLs) in the serum of melanoma patients can serve as useful predictors of response to the treatment with immune checkpoint blockade...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811898/lentinula-edodes-mycelia-extract-plus-adjuvant-chemotherapy-for-breast-cancer-patients-results-of-a-randomized-study-on-host-quality-of-life-and-immune-function-improvement
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Yukiko Nagashima, Shigehumi Yoshino, Shigeru Yamamoto, Noriko Maeda, Tatsuya Azumi, Yoshifumi Komoike, Kiyotaka Okuno, Tsutomu Iwasa, Junji Tsurutani, Kazuhiko Nakagawa, Oka Masaaki, Nagano Hiroaki
Anthracycline-based chemotherapies for breast cancer are known to adversely affect patients' quality of life (QOL) and immune function. For that reason, adjuvants that improve those impairments are required. A randomized double-blind study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of Lentinula edodes mycelia extract (LEM), which is an oral biological response modifier (BRM) medicine for cancer patients as such an adjuvant. A total of 47 breast cancer patients who were scheduled to receive postoperative adjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy, i...
September 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811201/the-unmet-need-in-rheumatology-reports-from-the-targeted-therapies-meeting-2017
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Kevin L Winthrop, Vibeke Strand, Désirée van der Heijde, Philip Mease, Mary Crow, Michael Weinblatt, Joan Bathon, Gerd R Burmester, Maxime Dougados, Johnathan Kay, Xavier Mariette, Ronald Van Vollenhoven, Joachim Sieper, Fritz Melchers, Ferdinand C Breedfeld, Joachim Kalden, Josef S Smolen, Daniel E Furst
The 19th annual international Targeted Therapies meeting brought together over 100 leading basic scientists and clinical researchers from around the world in the field of immunology, molecular biology and rheumatology and other specialties. During the meeting, breakout sessions were held consisting of 5 disease-specific groups with 20-40 experts assigned to each group based on clinical or scientific expertise. Specific groups included: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, systemic lupus erythematous, connective tissue diseases (e...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810825/regulatory-t-cell-levels-in-the-longest-surviving-asian-patient-after-heart-lung-transplant
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Lei Huang, Ming Ji, Shounan Yi, Xinmin Zhou
Heart-lung transplant is the most effective therapy for patients with end-stage cardiopulmonary disease. Here, we report an initial assessment of a 31-year-old man who had survived more than 11 years after heart-lung transplant, which represents the longest survival time in this procedure in Asian studies. At his 11th anniversary after transplant, extensive tests were carried out, especially to detect regulatory T-cell levels for the first time in a surviving heart-lung transplant recipient. Preliminarily data revealed the status of his immunologic function in relation to chronic allograft rejection...
August 13, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808502/clinical-significance-of-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-for-gastric-cancer-in-the-era-of-immunology
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REVIEW
Byung Woog Kang, Jong Gwang Kim, In Hee Lee, Han Ik Bae, An Na Seo
Immunotherapy has begun to revolutionize cancer treatment, by introducing therapies that target the host immune system instead of the tumor, therapies that possess unique adverse event profiles, and therapies that may cure certain types of cancer. The immune microenvironment of tumors is emerging as the most important means of understanding the relationship between a patient' immune system and their cancer, informing prognosis, and guiding immunotherapy, such as an antibody blockade of immune checkpoints. For some solid tumors, simple quantitation of lymphocyte infiltration would seem to have prognostic significance, suggesting that lymphocyte infiltration is not passive but may actively promote or inhibit tumor growth...
July 15, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806766/sublingual-immunotherapy-slit-for-house-dust-mites-does-not-prevent-new-allergen-sensitization-and-bronchial-hyper-responsiveness-in-allergic-rhinitis-children
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Jae Hyun Lim, Jin Youp Kim, Doo Hee Han, Chul Hee Lee, Seung-No Hong, Jee Hye Wee, Sue K Park, Chae-Seo Rhee
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to identify the effects of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) on immunologic parameters and bronchial-hyper-responsiveness in children with allergic rhinitis to house-dust mite (HDM), through long-term follow-up cohort. METHODS: Among the Allergic Rhinitis Cohort Study for Kids, pediatric patients who visited the hospital for rhinitis symptoms and proven allergy to HDM through skin prick test were studied. In this cohort, 37 patients received SLIT more than 3-years (SLIT group), and 184 patients received only pharmacologic therapy (non-SLIT group) were included in this study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805662/clinical-and-immunological-responses-after-cd30-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-redirected-lymphocytes
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Carlos A Ramos, Brandon Ballard, Huimin Zhang, Olga Dakhova, Adrian P Gee, Zhuyong Mei, Mrinalini Bilgi, Meng-Fen Wu, Hao Liu, Bambi Grilley, Catherine M Bollard, Bill H Chang, Cliona M Rooney, Malcolm K Brenner, Helen E Heslop, Gianpietro Dotti, Barbara Savoldo
BACKGROUND: Targeting CD30 with monoclonal antibodies in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) has had profound clinical success. However, adverse events, mainly mediated by the toxin component of the conjugated antibodies, cause treatment discontinuation in many patients. Targeting CD30 with T cells expressing a CD30-specific chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) may reduce the side effects and augment antitumor activity. METHODS: We conducted a phase I dose escalation study in which 9 patients with relapsed/refractory HL or ALCL were infused with autologous T cells that were gene-modified with a retroviral vector to express the CD30-specific CAR (CD30...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804863/personalised-immunomodulating-treatments-for-graves-disease-fact-or-fiction
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Tristan Mirko Struja, Alexander Kutz, Stefan Fischli, Christian Meier, Beat Müller, Philipp Schütz
Although Graves' disease has been recognised for more than 100 years, its physiopathological mechanisms are incompletely understood. Treatment strategies today mainly focus on suppression of thyroid hormone production by use of antithyroid drugs or radio-iodine, but neglect the underlying immunological mechanisms. Although Graves' disease is often seen as a prototype for an autoimmune mechanism, it is more likely to be a heterogeneous syndrome showing characteristics of both autoimmunity and immunodeficiency...
August 14, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804833/laboratory-testing-protocols-for-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia-hit-testing
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Kun Kan Edwin Lau, Soma Mohammed, Leonardo Pasalic, Emmanuel J Favaloro
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) represents a significant high morbidity complication of heparin therapy. The clinicopathological diagnosis of HIT remains challenging for many reasons; thus, laboratory testing represents an important component of an accurate diagnosis. Although there are many assays available to assess HIT, these essentially fall into two categories-(a) immunological assays, and (b) functional assays. The current chapter presents protocols for several HIT assays, being those that are most commonly performed in laboratory practice and have the widest geographic distribution...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804700/abridged-version-of-the-awmf-guideline-for-the-medical-clinical-diagnostics-of-indoor-mould-exposure-s2k-guideline-of-the-german-society-of-hygiene-environmental-medicine-and-preventive-medicine-ghup-in-collaboration-with-the-german-association-of-allergists
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Gerhard A Wiesmüller, Birger Heinzow, Ute Aurbach, Karl-Christian Bergmann, Albrecht Bufe, Walter Buzina, Oliver A Cornely, Steffen Engelhart, Guido Fischer, Thomas Gabrio, Werner Heinz, Caroline E W Herr, Jörg Kleine-Tebbe, Ludger Klimek, Martin Köberle, Herbert Lichtnecker, Thomas Lob-Corzilius, Rolf Merget, Norbert Mülleneisen, Dennis Nowak, Uta Rabe, Monika Raulf, Hans Peter Seidl, Jens-Oliver Steiß, Regine Szewszyk, Peter Thomas, Kerttu Valtanen, Julia Hurraß
This article is an abridged version of the AWMF mould guideline "Medical clinical diagnostics of indoor mould exposure" presented in April 2016 by the German Society of Hygiene, Environmental Medicine and Preventive Medicine (Gesellschaft für Hygiene, Umweltmedizin und Präventivmedizin, GHUP), in collaboration with the above-mentioned scientific medical societies, German and Austrian societies, medical associations and experts. Indoor mould growth is a potential health risk, even if a quantitative and/or causal relationship between the occurrence of individual mould species and health problems has yet to be established...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804488/anti-adhesion-therapies-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-molecular-and-clinical-aspects
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REVIEW
Sebastian Zundler, Emily Becker, Carl Weidinger, Britta Siegmund
The number of biologicals for the therapy of immunologically mediated diseases is constantly growing. In contrast to other agents that were previously introduced in rheumatologic or dermatologic diseases and only later adopted for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), the field of IBD was ground breaking for the concept of anti-adhesion blockade. Anti-adhesion antibodies selectively target integrins controlling cell homing to the intestine, which leads to reduction of inflammatory infiltration to the gut in chronic intestinal inflammation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803660/multiple-sclerosis-skin-induced-antigen-specific-immune-tolerance
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REVIEW
Paula Wildner, Krzysztof W Selmaj
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a highly prevalent demyelinating disorder, presumed to be driven by an autoimmune response toward the central nervous system (CNS) components. All currently available treatments modulate the immune system globally and besides the reduction of disease activity, they may also impose considerable disturbances on the immune protective mechanisms. Thus, induction of antigen-specific immune tolerance remains the ultimate goal of MS therapy. Such approach carries promising therapeutic perspectives and, above all, a desirable safety profile...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803259/opportunities-and-challenges-in-the-immunological-therapy-of-pediatric-malignancy-a-concise-snapshot
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REVIEW
Francesco Ceppi, Maja Beck-Popovic, Jean-Pierre Bourquin, Raffaele Renella
Over the last 50 years, collaborative clinical trials have reduced the number of children dying from pediatric cancer significantly. Unfortunately, certain tumor types have remained resistant to conventional surgical, radiotherapy and chemotherapy combinations, and relapsing and/or refractory disease remains associated with dismal outcomes. Recently, renewed attention has been given to the role for immunotherapies in pediatric oncology. In fact, these combine several attractive features, including (but possibly not limited to) the specificity for cancer cells, potentially in vivo persistence and longevity, and potency against refractory disease...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
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