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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230658/engineering-antibody-like-inhibitors-to-prevent-and-treat-hiv-1-infection
#1
Matthew R Gardner, Michael Farzan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Here we discuss recently developed HIV-1 entry inhibitors that can target multiple epitopes on the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein (Env), with an emphasis on eCD4-Ig. Some of these inhibitors are more potent and broader than any single antibody characterized to date. We also discuss the use of recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vectors as a platform for long-term expression of these inhibitors. RECENT FINDINGS: Much of the exterior of HIV-1 Env can be targeted by broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs)...
February 21, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229825/anca-associated-pauci-immune-glomerulonephritis-always-pauci-immune
#2
Valeria Scaglioni, Marina Scolnik, Luis J Catoggio, Silvia B Christiansen, Carlos F Varela, Gustavo Greloni, Guillermo J Rosa-Diez, Enrique R Soriano
OBJECTIVES: Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated glomerulonephritis (GN) is considered "pauci-immune" with absent or mild glomerular tuft staining for immunoglobulin (Ig) and/or complement. However, it is not unusual to see some immune deposits (ID) within glomeruli on immunofluorescence (IF). We determined to evaluate the prevalence and clinical significance of immune deposits in ANCA-associated GN. METHODS: We included all patients with ANCA associated vasculitis with renal biopsies between January 2002 and May 2014: granulomatosis with polyangiitis, eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis, microscopic polyangiitis and renal limited vasculitis...
January 31, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228426/probiotics-lactobacillus-gasseri-ks-13-bifidobacterium-bifidum-g9-1-and-bifidobacterium-longum-mm-2-improve-rhinoconjunctivitis-specific-quality-of-life-in-individuals-with-seasonal-allergies-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomized-trial
#3
Jennifer C Dennis-Wall, Tyler Culpepper, Carmelo Nieves, Cassie C Rowe, Alyssa M Burns, Carley T Rusch, Ashton Federico, Maria Ukhanova, Sheldon Waugh, Volker Mai, Mary C Christman, Bobbi Langkamp-Henken
Background: Rhinoconjunctivitis-specific quality of life is often reduced during seasonal allergies. The Mini Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (MRQLQ) is a validated tool used to measure quality of life in people experiencing allergies (0 = not troubled to 6 = extremely troubled). Probiotics may improve quality of life during allergy season by increasing the percentage of regulatory T cells (Tregs) and inducing tolerance.Objective: The objective of this study was to determine whether consuming Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1, and B...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226581/automatic-lumbar-vertebrae-detection-based-on-feature-fusion-deep-learning-for-partial-occluded-c-arm-x-ray-images
#4
Yang Li, Wei Liang, Yinlong Zhang, Haibo An, Jindong Tan, Yang Li, Wei Liang, Yinlong Zhang, Haibo An, Jindong Tan, Yang Li, Wei Liang, Jindong Tan, Yinlong Zhang, Haibo An
Automatic and accurate lumbar vertebrae detection is an essential step of image-guided minimally invasive spine surgery (IG-MISS). However, traditional methods still require human intervention due to the similarity of vertebrae, abnormal pathological conditions and uncertain imaging angle. In this paper, we present a novel convolutional neural network (CNN) model to automatically detect lumbar vertebrae for C-arm X-ray images. Training data is augmented by DRR and automatic segmentation of ROI is able to reduce the computational complexity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223252/the-origin-and-evolution-of-basigin-bsg-gene-a-comparative-genomic-and-phylogenetic-analysis
#5
Xinyan Zhu, Shenglan Wang, Mingjie Shao, Jie Yan, Fei Liu
Basigin (BSG), also known as extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN) or cluster of differentiation 147 (CD147), plays various fundamental roles in the intercellular recognition involved in immunologic phenomena, differentiation, and development. In this study, we aimed to compare the similarities and differences of BSG among organisms and explore possible evolutionary relationships based on the comparison result. We used the extensive BLAST tool to search the metazoan genomes, N-glycosylation sites, the transmembrane region and other functional sites...
February 18, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223204/increases-in-ige-eosinophils-and-mast-cells-can-be-used-in-diagnosis-and-to-predict-relapse-of-igg4-related-disease
#6
Emma L Culver, Ross Sadler, Adrian C Bateman, Mateusz Makuch, Tamsin Cargill, Berne Ferry, Rob Aalberse, Eleanor Barnes, Theo Rispens
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4-RD) is characterized by increased serum levels of IgG4 and infiltration of biliary, and pancreatic, and other tissues by IgG4-positive plasma cells. We assessed the prevalence of allergy and/or atopy, serum and tissue IgE antibodies, and blood and tissue eosinophils in patients with IgG4-RD. We investigated the association between serum IgE and diagnosis and relapse of this disease. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 48 patients with IgG4-RD, 42 patients with an increased serum level of IgG4 with other inflammatory and autoimmune conditions (disease controls), and 51 healthy individuals (healthy controls) recruited from Oxford, United Kingdom from March 2010 through March 2014, and followed for a median of 41 months (range 3-73 months)...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222180/pre-existing-neutralizing-antibody-mitigates-b-cell-dysregulation-and-enhances-the-env-specific-antibody-response-in-shiv-infected-rhesus-macaques
#7
Juan Pablo Jaworski, Peter Bryk, Zachary Brower, Bo Zheng, Ann J Hessell, Alexander F Rosenberg, Tong Tong Wu, Ignacio Sanz, Michael C Keefer, Nancy L Haigwood, James J Kobie
Our central hypothesis is that protection against HIV infection will be powerfully influenced by the magnitude and quality of the B cell response. Although sterilizing immunity, mediated by pre-formed abundant and potent antibodies is the ultimate goal for B cell-targeted HIV vaccine strategies, scenarios that fall short of this may still confer beneficial defenses against viremia and disease progression. We evaluated the impact of sub-sterilizing pre-existing neutralizing antibody on the B cell response to SHIV infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219835/marked-in-vivo-donor-treg-expansion-via-il-2-and-tl1a-ig-stimulation-ameliorates-gvhd-but-preserves-gvl-in-recipients-post-hsct
#8
Dietlinde Wolf, Henry Barreras, Cameron S Bader, Sabrina Copsel, Casey O Lightbourn, Brent J Pfeiffer, Norman H Altman, Eckhard R Podack, Krishna V Komanduri, Robert B Levy
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical for self-tolerance. While adoptive transfer of expanded Tregs limits graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), ex vivo generation of large numbers of functional Tregs remains difficult. Here, we demonstrate that in vivo targeting of the TNF superfamily receptor TNFRSF25 using the TL1A-Ig fusion protein, along with IL-2, resulted in transient but massive Treg expansion in donor mice, which peaked within days and was nontoxic. Tregs increased in multiple compartments, including blood, lymph nodes, spleen and colon (a GVHD target tissue)...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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
#9
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/28219601/syndrome-of-inappropriate-anti-diuretic-hormone-secretion-secondary-to-strongyloides-stercoralis-infection-in-an-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplant-patient-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#10
M Khushman, M I Morris, L Diaz, M Goodman, D Pereira, K Fuller, M Garcia-Buitrago, B Moshiree, S Zelaya, A Nayer, C L Benjamin, K V Komanduri
Syndrome of inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone (SIADH) has been reported to be associated with systemic Strongyloides stercoralis. Here, we report a case of a stem cell transplant (SCT) recipient who developed severe SIADH secondary to systemic S Stercoralis. The SIADH resolved quickly after treating the systemic S Stercoralis with ivermectin. A systematic review of the literature was performed by PubMed, Scopus, and Cochrane database search. Only eight cases of S Stercoralis in allogeneic SCT recipients have been previously reported...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219121/a-pilot-study-evaluation-of-psychosocial-competency-training-for-junior-physicians-working-in-oncology-and-hematology
#11
Stefanie Mache, Karin Vitzthum, Inka Hauschild, David Groneberg
BACKGROUND: This pilot and feasibility study evaluated a work-related self-care competency training in Oncology and Hematology Medicine for junior physicians working in Oncology and Hematology Medicine. METHODS: A pilot study was conducted with 80 physicians working in oncology and hematology hospital departments in Germany. Physicians were distributed to either the intervention group receiving competency training or a comparison group. The intervention took place in groups over a period of 12 weeks...
February 20, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216620/aspirin-alleviates-cardiac-fibrosis-in-mice-by-inhibiting-autophagy
#12
Ping-Ping Liu, Hong-Hong Liu, Shu-Hong Sun, Xing-Xing Shi, Wan-Cheng Yang, Guo-Hai Su, Jing Zhao
Aspirin (ASA) is a cardioprotective drug with anti-cardiac fibrosis action in vivo. This study was aimed to clarify the anti-cardiac fibrosis action of ASA and the underlying mechanisms. Two heart injury models (injection of isoproterenol and ligation of the left anterior descending branch) were used in mice to induce cardiac fibrosis. The animals were treated with ASA (10 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1), ig) for 21 and 14 d, respectively. ASA administration significantly improved cardiac function, and ameliorated heart damage and fibrosis in the mice...
February 20, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212833/dietary-administration-of-pontogammarus-maeoticus-extract-affects-immune-responses-stress-resistance-feed-intake-and-growth-performance-of-caspian-roach-rutilus-caspicus-fingerlings
#13
Rudabeh Rufchaei, Seyed Hossein Hoseinifar, Alireza Mirzajani, Hien Van Doan
Dietary administration of immunostimulants showed promising results for elevation of immune responses and disease resistance. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of dietary Pontogammarus (Pontogammarus maeoticus) extract on innate immune response, stress resistance, feed intake and growth performance of the Caspian roach fingerling. Two levels of P. maeoticus extract dilution with distilled water 1:25 [T1] and 1:50 [T2] were prepared. Experimental diets were prepared by top-spraying the basal diet with equal amount (2%) of diluted extracts...
February 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212279/do-mothers-benefit-from-a-child-focused-cognitive-behavioral-treatment-cbt-for-childhood-functional-abdominal-pain-a-randomized-controlled-pilot-trial
#14
Claudia Calvano, Martina Groß, Petra Warschburger
While the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) approaches for childhood functional abdominal pain (FAP) is well-established for child outcomes, only a few studies have reported on parent-specific outcomes. This randomized controlled pilot trial analyzed effects of a group CBT on maternal variables (i.e., pain-related behavior, worries and self-efficacy, as well as general psychosocial strain). Methods: The sample constituted of 15 mothers in the intervention group (IG) and 14 mothers in the waitlist control group (WLC)...
February 15, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210811/status-and-perception-of-oral-health-in-6-17-year-old-psychiatric-inpatients-randomized-controlled-trial
#15
I M Schüler, B Bock, R Heinrich-Weltzien, K Bekes, M Rudovsky, Ch Filz, C Ligges
AIM: The following are the aims of the study: assessment of oral health status, oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) and the effect of oral health care training over OHRQoL in children and adolescents hospitalized with mental disorders. METHODOLOGY: This randomized case controlled prospective interventional study involved 81 child and adolescent psychiatric inpatients (CAP) aged between 6 and 17 years (mean age 10.6 ± 2.4 years), compared to 81 mentally healthy patients attending routine dental examinations (DC group) matched according to age and sex of the CAP group...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210208/promoter-specific-expression-and-genomic-structure-of-iglon-family-genes-in-mouse
#16
Taavi Vanaveski, Katyayani Singh, Jane Narvik, Kattri-Liis Eskla, Tanel Visnapuu, Indrek Heinla, Mohan Jayaram, Jürgen Innos, Kersti Lilleväli, Mari-Anne Philips, Eero Vasar
IgLON family is composed of five genes: Lsamp, Ntm, Opcml, Negr1, and Iglon5; encoding for five highly homologous neural adhesion proteins that regulate neurite outgrowth and synapse formation. In the current study we performed in silico analysis revealing that Ntm and Opcml display similar genomic structure as previously reported for Lsamp, characterized by two alternative promotors 1a and 1b. Negr1 and Iglon5 transcripts have uniform 5' region, suggesting single promoter. Iglon5, the recently characterized family member, shares high level of conservation and structural qualities characteristic to IgLON family such as N-terminal signal peptide, three Ig domains, and GPI anchor binding site...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209985/ig-like-domain-6-of-vcam-1-is-a-potential-therapeutic-target-in-tnf%C3%AE-induced-angiogenesis
#17
Taek-Keun Kim, Chang Sik Park, Hee-Jun Na, Kangseung Lee, Aerin Yoon, Junho Chung, Sukmook Lee
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα)-induced angiogenesis plays important roles in the progression of various diseases, including cancer, wet age-related macular degeneration, and rheumatoid arthritis. However, the relevance and role of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) in angiogenesis have not yet been clearly elucidated. In this study, VCAM-1 knockdown shows VCAM-1 involvement in TNFα-induced angiogenesis. Through competitive blocking experiments with VCAM-1 Ig-like domain 6 (VCAM-1-D6) protein, we identified VCAM-1-D6 as a key domain regulating TNFα-induced vascular tube formation...
February 17, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209246/the-clinical-course-of-iga-nephropathy-after-kidney-transplantation-and-its-management
#18
REVIEW
Sophia Lionaki, Konstantinos Panagiotellis, Christine Melexopoulou, John N Boletis
Immunoglobulin (Ig) A nephropathy is one of the most common primary glomerulonephritides worldwide causing end stage renal disease in up to 20-40% of affected patients, nearly two decades post diagnosis. Kidney transplantation is the treatment of choice for patients with renal failure, secondary to glomerular diseases. However, IgA nephropathy has a strong tendency to recur in the graft, and although initially thought to be a benign condition, several reports of graft loss, due to recurrent IgA nephropathy, there have been over the last three decades...
February 2, 2017: Transplantation Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206944/improved-postoperative-survival-for-intraductal-growth-subtype-of-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma
#19
Laura L Dover, Rojymon Jacob, Thomas N Wang, Joseph H Richardson, David T Redden, Peng Li, Derek A DuBay
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is classified according to the following subtypes: massforming (MF), periductal infiltrating (PI), and intraductal growth (IG). The aim of this study is to measure the association between ICC subtypes and patient survival after surgical resection. Data were abstracted on all patients treated with definitive resections of ICC at a single institution between 2000 and 2011 with at least three years follow-up. Survival estimates were quantified using Kaplan-Meier curves and compared using the log-rank test...
November 1, 2016: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202898/engineering-a-lys-asn-isopeptide-bond-into-an-immunoglobulin-like-protein-domain-enhances-its-stability
#20
Hanna Kwon, Paul G Young, Christopher J Squire, Edward N Baker
The overall stability of globular protein structures is marginal, a balance between large numbers of stabilizing non-covalent interactions and a destabilizing entropic term. Higher stability can be engineered by introduction of disulfide bonds, provided the redox environment is controlled. The discovery of stabilizing isopeptide bond crosslinks, formed spontaneously between lysine and asparagine (or aspartic acid) side chains in certain bacterial cell-surface proteins suggests that such bonds could be introduced by protein engineering as an alternative protein stabilization strategy...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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