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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327987/pssmhcpan-a-novel-pssm-based-software-for-predicting-class-i-peptide-hla-binding-affinity
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Geng Liu, Dongli Li, Zhang Li, Si Qiu, Wenhui Li, Cheng-Chi Chao, Naibo Yang, Handong Li, Zhen Cheng, Xin Song, Le Cheng, Xiuqing Zhang, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Kun Ma, Yong Hou, Bo Li
Background: Predicting peptides binding affinity with human leukocyte antigen (HLA) is a crucial step in developing powerful antitumor vaccine for cancer immunotherapy. Currently available methods work quite well in predicting peptide binding affinity with HLA alleles such as HLA-A*0201, HLA-A*0101, and HLA-B*0702 in terms of sensitivity and specificity. However, quite a few types of HLA alleles that are present in majority of human populations including HLA-A*0202, HLA-A*0203, HLA-A*6802, HLA-B*5101, HLA-B*5301, HLA-B*5401 and HLA-B*5701 still cannot be predicted with satisfactory accuracy using currently available methods...
March 15, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323139/inflammation-and-post-operative-recovery-in-patients-undergoing-total-knee-arthroplasty-secondary-analysis-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Anne Langkilde, Thomas Linding Jakobsen, Thomas Quaade Bandholm, Jesper Eugen-Olsen, Thomas Blauenfeldt, Janne Petersen, Ove Andersen
OBJECTIVE: Reduced function persists for many patients after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Inflammation is part of osteoarthritis' pathophysiology, and surgery induces a marked inflammatory response. We therefore wanted to explore the role of inflammation in long-term recovery after TKA, and thus conducted this secondary analysis of our randomized controlled trial of physical rehabilitation +/- progressive strength training (PST). We aimed to investigate whether A) inflammation is associated with functional performance, knee-extension strength, and knee pain before TKA; B) PST affects inflammation, and the inflammatory state over time; C) baseline or surgery-induced inflammation modifies the effect of rehabilitation +/- PST on change in 6-minute walk test (Δ6MWT); and D) baseline or surgery-induced inflammation is associated with Δ6MWT following TKA...
March 16, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322881/the-cost-of-implementing-two-small-media-interventions-to-promote-hpv-vaccination
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Siddharth S Karanth, David R Lairson, Danmeng Huang, Lara S Savas, Sally W Vernon, María E Fernández
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the cost of implementing lay health worker delivered print-based photonovella intervention and iPad-based tailored interactive multimedia intervention (TIMI) to promote Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine uptake and completion among Hispanic parents of daughters 9-17years old. METHODS: We recruited 301 participants in control, 422 in photonovella, and 239 in TIMI clinics. Intervention costs were estimated using micro-costing from the societal perspective...
March 16, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315675/low-intensity-training-and-the-c5a-complement-antagonist-nox-d21-rescue-the-mdx-phenotype-through-modulation-of-inflammation
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Janek Hyzewicz, Jun Tanihata, Mutsuki Kuraoka, Yuko Nitahara-Kasahara, Teiva Beylier, Urs T Ruegg, Axel Vater, Shin'ichi Takeda
Inflammatory events occurring in dystrophic muscles contribute to the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Low-intensity training (LIT) attenuates the phenotype of mdx mice, an animal model for DMD. Therefore, we postulated that LIT could have anti-inflammatory properties. We assessed levels of inflammatory cytokines and infiltrated immune cells in gastrocnemius muscle of mdx mice after LIT. We detected high levels of complement component C5a, chemokine ligand (CCL) 2, CD68(+) monocytes/macrophages, and proinflammatory M1 macrophages in muscles of mdx mice...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295215/non-technical-skills-of-surgical-trainees-and-experienced-surgeons
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H Gostlow, N Marlow, M J W Thomas, P J Hewett, A Kiermeier, W Babidge, M Altree, G Pena, G Maddern
BACKGROUND: In addition to technical expertise, surgical competence requires effective non-technical skills to ensure patient safety and maintenance of standards. Recently the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons implemented a new Surgical Education and Training (SET) curriculum that incorporated non-technical skills considered essential for a competent surgeon. This study sought to compare the non-technical skills of experienced surgeons who completed their training before the introduction of SET with the non-technical skills of more recent trainees...
March 13, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293422/regional-disparities-in-immunization-services-in-ghana-through-a-bottleneck-analysis-approach-implications-for-sustaining-national-gains-in-immunization
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A E Yawson, G Bonsu, L K Senaya, A O Yawson, J B Eleeza, J K Awoonor-Williams, H K Banskota, E E A Agongo
BACKGROUND: Immunization is considered one of the most cost effective public health interventions for reducing child morbidity, mortality and disability. The aim of this work is to describe the application of the Bottleneck analysis (BNA) process to assess gaps in immunization services in Ghana and implications for sustaining the gains in Immunization coverage. METHODS: A national assessment was conducted in May 2015, through use of desk reviews, field visits and key informant interviews...
2017: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291499/pertussis-outbreak-among-soldiers-during-basic-training-the-need-for-updated-protocols
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Basheer Halhal, Yuval Glick, Inbal Galor, Ankory Ran, David J Bacon, Elon Glassberg
Pertussis is a highly contagious, vaccine preventable upper respiratory disease. The incidence of the disease has been rising in the past few decades. During the winter of 2015, an upper respiratory outbreak occurred in one of Israel Defense Forces basic training bases in northern Israel. Following the detection of the first primary cases, a suspected outbreak investigation was initiated in conjunction with more rigorous clinical and laboratory testing efforts to include specific antibody enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay assays and polymerase chain reaction to diagnose pertussis...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284194/clonocalc-and-clonoplot-immune-repertoire-analysis-from-raw-files-to-publication-figures-with-graphical-user-interface
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Anke Fähnrich, Moritz Krebbel, Normann Decker, Martin Leucker, Felix D Lange, Kathrin Kalies, Steffen Möller
BACKGROUND: Next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies enable studies and analyses of the diversity of both T and B cell receptors (TCR and BCR) in human and animal systems to elucidate immune functions in health and disease. Over the last few years, several algorithms and tools have been developed to support respective analyses of raw sequencing data of the immune repertoire. These tools focus on distinct aspects of the data processing and require a strong bioinformatics background...
March 11, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279805/what-vaccination-studies-tell-us-about-immunological-memory-within-the-innate-immune-system-of-cultured-shrimp-and-crayfish
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Yu-Hsuan Chang, Ramya Kumar, Tze Hann Ng, Han-Ching Wang
The possibility of immunological memory in invertebrates is a topic that has recently attracted a lot of attention. Today, even vertebrates are known to exhibit innate immune responses that show memory-like properties, and since these responses are triggered by cells that are involved in the innate immune system, it seems that immune specificity and immune memory do not necessarily require the presence of B cells and T cells after all. This kind of immune response has been called "immune priming" or "trained immunity"...
March 7, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279335/trained-immunity-an-ancient-way-of-remembering
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Mihai G Netea, Jos W M van der Meer
The innate arm of the immune system has generally been regarded as primitive and non-specific and, in contrast to adaptive immunity, not to possess memory. Here we review the growing body of evidence that innate immunity has an important capacity to adapt, a de facto innate immune memory (also termed trained immunity), and this provides broad protection against infections.
March 8, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275109/intermittent-and-graded-exercise-effects-on-nk-cell-degranulation-markers-lamp-1-lamp-2-and-cd8-cd38-in-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-myalgic-encephalomyelitis
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Suzanne Broadbent, Rosanne Coutts
There is substantial evidence of immune system dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) but little is understood of exercise training effects on lymphocyte function in this illness. This study investigated whether graded and intermittent exercise improved CD8(+) lymphocyte activation and natural killer cell degranulation markers compared to no exercise. Twenty-four chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients (50.2 ± 10 year) were randomized to graded exercise (GE), intermittent exercise (IE) or usual care (UC) groups; a control group (CTL) of 18 matched sedentary non-CFS/ME participants were included for immunological variable comparisons...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271813/immune-response-to-exercise-during-growth
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Shlomit Radom-Aizik
Two papers were selected for this commentary. The first paper (Citation 1) suggests that a 10-week, moderate-intensity exercise program performed early after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is feasible in this fragile population, and might improve cell cytotoxicity by redistributing subpopulations of NK cells. This study adds to the growing evidence that enhancing immune cell surveillance (e.g., NK cells) in response to exercise could benefit cancer patients. The second paper (Citation 2) studied neutrophil-related mediators of oxidative stress and inflammatory cytokines in response to exercise in children compared with adults...
February 2017: Pediatric Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270757/effectiveness-of-a-novel-qigong-meditative-movement-practice-for-impaired-health-in-flight-attendants-exposed-to-second-hand-cigarette-smoke
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Peter Payne, Steven Fiering, James C Leiter, David T Zava, Mardi A Crane-Godreau
This single-arm non-randomized pilot study explores an intervention to improve the health of flight attendants (FA) exposed to second-hand cigarette smoke prior to the smoking ban on commercial airlines. This group exhibits an unusual pattern of long-term pulmonary dysfunction. We report on Phase I of a two-phase clinical trial; the second Phase will be a randomized controlled trial testing digital delivery of the intervention. Subjects were recruited in the Northeastern US; testing and intervention were administered in 4 major cities...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263851/the-effects-of-different-exercise-training-modalities-on-plasma-proenkephalin-peptide-f-in-women
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William H DuPont, William J Kraemer, Bradley C Nindl, Elaine C Lee, Maren S Fragala, Disa L Hatfield, Lydia K Caldwell, Emily M Post, Matthew K Beeler, Jeff S Volek, Carl M Maresh
Due to the important interactions of proenkephalin fragments (e.g., proenkephalin [107-140] Peptide F) to enhance activation of immune cells and potentially combat pain associated with exercise-induced muscle tissue damage, we examined the differential plasma responses of Peptide F to different exercise training programs. Participants were tested pre-training (T1), and after 8 weeks (T2) of training. Fifty-nine healthy women were matched and then randomly assigned to one of four groups: heavy resistance strength training (STR, n=18), high intensity endurance training (END, n=14), combined strength and endurance training (CMB, n=17), or control (CON, n=10)...
March 2, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251488/acute-exercise-boosts-cell-proliferation-and-the-heat-shock-response-in-lymphocytes-correlation-with-cytokine-production-and-extracellular-to-intracellular-hsp70-ratio
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Thiago Gomes Heck, Sofia Pizzato Scomazzon, Patrícia Renck Nunes, Cinthia Maria Schöler, Gustavo Stumpf da Silva, Aline Bittencourt, Maria Cristina Faccioni-Heuser, Mauricio Krause, Roberto Barbosa Bazotte, Rui Curi, Paulo Ivo Homem de Bittencourt
Exercise stimulates immune responses, but the appropriate "doses" for such achievements are unsettled. Conversely, in metabolic tissues, exercise improves the heat shock (HS) response, a universal cytoprotective response to proteostasis challenges that are centred on the expression of the 70-kDa family of intracellular heat shock proteins (iHSP70), which are anti-inflammatory. Concurrently, exercise triggers the export of HSP70 towards the extracellular milieu (eHSP70), where they work as pro-inflammatory cytokines...
March 1, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250536/adapting-nepal-s-polio-eradication-programme
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Krishna P Paudel, Lee M Hampton, Santosh Gurung, Rajendra Bohara, Indra K Rai, Sameer Anaokar, Rachel D Swift, Stephen Cochi
PROBLEM: Many countries have weak disease surveillance and immunization systems. The elimination of polio creates an opportunity to use staff and assets from the polio eradication programme to control other vaccine-preventable diseases and improve disease surveillance and immunization systems. APPROACH: In 2003, the active surveillance system of Nepal's polio eradication programme began to report on measles and neonatal tetanus cases. Japanese encephalitis and rubella cases were added to the surveillance system in 2004...
March 1, 2017: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249578/assessment-of-primary-health-care-facilities-service-readiness-in-nigeria
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Abayomi Samuel Oyekale
BACKGROUND: Effective delivery of healthcare services requires availability of adequate infrastructure, diagnostic medical equipment, drugs and well-trained medical personnel. In Nigeria, poor funding and mismanagement often characterize healthcare service delivery thereby affecting coverage and quality of healthcare services. Therefore, the state of service delivery in Nigeria's health sector has come under some persistent criticisms. This paper analyzed service readiness of Primary Health Care (PHC) facilities in Nigeria with focus on availability of some essential drugs and medical equipment...
March 1, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243233/zebra-fish-lacking-adaptive-immunity-acquire-an-antiviral-alert-state-characterized-by-upregulated-gene-expression-of-apoptosis-multigene-families-and-interferon-related-genes
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Pablo García-Valtanen, Alicia Martínez-López, Azucena López-Muñoz, Melissa Bello-Perez, Regla M Medina-Gali, María Del Mar Ortega-Villaizán, Monica Varela, Antonio Figueras, Víctoriano Mulero, Beatriz Novoa, Amparo Estepa, Julio Coll
To investigate fish innate immunity, we have conducted organ and cell immune-related transcriptomic as well as immunohistologic analysis in mutant zebra fish (Danio rerio) lacking adaptive immunity (rag1(-/-)) at different developmental stages (egg, larvae, and adult), before and after infection with spring viremia carp virus (SVCV). The results revealed that, compared to immunocompetent zebra fish (rag1(+/+) ), rag1(-/-) acquired increased resistance to SVCV with age, correlating with elevated transcript levels of immune genes in skin/fins and lymphoid organs (head kidney and spleen)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243008/a-descriptive-study-of-hand-injuries-presenting-to-the-adult-emergency-department-of-a-tertiary-care-center-in-urban-india
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Murtuza N Ghiya, Shakuntala Murty, Naren Shetty, Rodney D'Cunha
BACKGROUND: Despite having a dedicated Plastic Surgery Unit, emergency physicians (EPs) manage many of the acute, traumatic hand injuries. Further very minimal information exists about the extent to which tetanus recommendations as per Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices are followed in emergency departments (EDs). Furthermore, the management of pain is often neglected. OBJECTIVES: To provide a clinical description of hand injuries with etiology and mechanism; and describe the trends of ED management, including analgesia and tetanus prophylaxis...
January 2017: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230530/developing-a-multi-component-immune-model-for-evaluating-the-risk-of-respiratory-illness-in-athletes
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Maree Gleeson, David B Pyne, Lisa J Elkington, Sharron T Hall, John R Attia, Christopher Oldmeadow, Lisa G Wood, Robin Callister
Clinical and laboratory identification of the underlying risk of respiratory illness in athletes has proved problematic. The aim of this study was to determine whether clinical data, combined with immune responses to standardised exercise protocols and genetic cytokine polymorphism status, could identify the risk of respiratory illness (symptoms) in a cohort of highly-trained athletes. Male endurance athletes (n=16; VO2max 66.5 ± 5.1 mL.kg-1.min-1) underwent a clinical evaluation of known risk factors by a physician and comprehensive laboratory analysis of immune responses both at rest and after two cycling ergometer tests: 60 min at 65% VO2max (LONG); and 6 x 3 min intervals at 90% VO2max (INTENSE)...
2017: Exercise Immunology Review
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