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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149821/statins-therapy-for-connective-tissue-diseases-new-therapeutic-opportunities
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Przemyslaw J Kotyla, Eugene J Kucharz
Background and Objective Statins, 3-hydroxyl-3-methyl-glutharyl Coenzyme A reductase inhibitors showed their therapeutic potential in the treatment of atherosclerosis-related diseases. Recently, the properties of statins, separate from their lipid lowering activity have attracted much attention. These properties that cover a wide area of physiopathological activities including cell maturation, immune response regulation, tissue fibrosis, endothelial activity and are called pleiotropic activity. Many in vitro studies demonstrated significant, statins-dependent regulation of immune system reactivity, reduction of pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic cytokines as well as suppression of endothelial activity and damage...
November 15, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148608/criteria-to-define-interruption-of-transmission-of-human-cytomegalovirus-from-organ-donor-to-recipient
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Ilona Anna Baraniak, Matthew B Reeves, Paul D Griffiths
In this review article, we consider results suggesting that transmission of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) from a donor of a solid organ to an immunologically naive individual can be reduced. Two randomized controlled trials have been conducted recently, one of active immunization of recipients pretransplant and another of passive immunization with monoclonal antibodies specific for HCMV given at the time of transplant. Although the available data are encouraging-providing evidence of a reduction in the incidence of HCMV viraemia-they fall short of what would be required to prove definitively that transmission has been completely prevented...
November 17, 2017: Reviews in Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146488/kinetics-of-parasite-distribution-after-reinfection-with-genetically-distinct-strains-of-toxoplasma-gondii
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Julia Gatti Ladeia Costa, Alice Thomáz Tavares, Daliane Regis Correa Silva, Lorena Velozo Pinto, Ramon Castro Araújo Baraviera, Maria Lourdes Meirelles Noviello, Rosa Maria Esteves Arantes, Ricardo Wagner Almeida Vitor
Recent data shows that prior infection by Toxoplasma gondii does not protect the host from subsequent reinfection even after the development of immunological memory. Although animal models for T. gondii reinfection were proposed after cases of natural human reinfection were described, little is known about the events that occur immediately after challenge. To further understand these events, BALB/c mice were chronically infected with D8 non-virulent strain (genotype ToxoDB#8 BrIII) and challenged with two different virulent strains: EGS (genotype ToxoDB #229) or CH3 strain (genotype ToxoDB #19)...
November 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145950/a-combination-of-allogeneic-stem-cells-promotes-cardiac-regeneration
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Makoto Natsumeda, Victoria Florea, Angela C Rieger, Bryon A Tompkins, Monisha N Banerjee, Samuel Golpanian, Julia Fritsch, Ana Marie Landin, Nilesh D Kashikar, Vasileios Karantalis, Viky Y Loescher, Kostas E Hatzistergos, Luiza Bagno, Cristina Sanina, Muzammil Mushtaq, Jose Rodriguez, Marcos Rosado, Ariel Wolf, Kevin Collon, Louis Vincent, Anthony J Kanelidis, Ivonne H Schulman, Raul Mitrani, Alan W Heldman, Wayne Balkan, Joshua M Hare
BACKGROUND: The combination of autologous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and cardiac stem cells (CSCs) synergistically reduces scar size and improves cardiac function in ischemic cardiomyopathy. Whereas allogeneic (allo-)MSCs are immunoevasive, the capacity of CSCs to similarly elude the immune system remains controversial, potentially limiting the success of allogeneic cell combination therapy (ACCT). OBJECTIVES: This study sought to test the hypothesis that ACCT synergistically promotes cardiac regeneration without provoking immunologic reactions...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145885/future-perspectives-in-melanoma-research-melanoma-bridge-napoli-november-30th-3rd-december-2016
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Paolo A Ascierto, Sanjiv S Agarwala, Gennaro Ciliberto, Sandra Demaria, Reinhard Dummer, Connie P M Duong, Soldano Ferrone, Silvia C Formenti, Claus Garbe, Ruth Halaban, Samir Khleif, Jason J Luke, Lluis M Mir, Willem W Overwijk, Michael Postow, Igor Puzanov, Paul Sondel, Janis M Taube, Per Thor Straten, David F Stroncek, Jennifer A Wargo, Hassane Zarour, Magdalena Thurin
Major advances have been made in the treatment of cancer with targeted therapy and immunotherapy; several FDA-approved agents with associated improvement of 1-year survival rates became available for stage IV melanoma patients. Before 2010, the 1-year survival were quite low, at 30%; in 2011, the rise to nearly 50% in the setting of treatment with Ipilimumab, and rise to 70% with BRAF inhibitor monotherapy in 2013 was observed. Even more impressive are 1-year survival rates considering combination strategies with both targeted therapy and immunotherapy, now exceeding 80%...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145631/rifaximin-fails-to-prevent-campylobacteriosis-in-the-human-challenge-model-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Joanna E Rimmer, Clayton Harro, David A Sack, Kawsar R Talaat, Ramiro L Gutierrez, Barbara DeNearing, Jessica Brubaker, Renee M Laird, Frédéric Poly, Alexander C Maue, Kayla Jaep, Ashley Alcala, Yelizaveta Mochalova, Christina L Gariepy, Subhra Chakraborty, Patricia Guerry, David R Tribble, Chad K Porter, Mark S Riddle
Background: Campylobacter species are a leading cause of diarrheal disease globally with significant morbidity. Primary prevention efforts have yielded limited results. Rifaximin chemoprophylaxis decreases travelers' diarrhea rates and may be suitable for high risk persons. We assessed the efficacy of rifaximin in the controlled human infection model (CHIM) for Campylobacter jejuni. Methods: Twenty-eight subjects were admitted to an inpatient facility and randomized to a twice daily dose of 550 mg rifaximin or placebo...
November 14, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145477/the-abundance-of-health-associated-bacteria-is-altered-in-pah-polluted-soils-implications-for-health-in-urban-areas
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Anirudra Parajuli, Mira Grönroos, Sari Kauppi, Tomasz Płociniczak, Marja I Roslund, Polina Galitskaya, Olli H Laitinen, Heikki Hyöty, Ari Jumpponen, Rauni Strömmer, Martin Romantschuk, Nan Hui, Aki Sinkkonen
Long-term exposure to polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been connected to chronic human health disorders. It is also well-known that i) PAH contamination alters soil bacterial communities, ii) human microbiome is associated with environmental microbiome, and iii) alteration in the abundance of members in several bacterial phyla is associated with adverse or beneficial human health effects. We hypothesized that soil pollution by PAHs altered soil bacterial communities that had known associations with human health...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144838/human-t-cell-leukemia-virus-type-1-persistence-and-pathogenesis
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Charles R M Bangham
Human T cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), also known as human T lymphotropic virus type 1, was the first exogenous human retrovirus discovered. Unlike the distantly related lentivirus HIV-1, HTLV-1 causes disease in only 5-10% of infected people, depending on their ethnic origin. But whereas HIV-1 infection and the consequent diseases can be efficiently contained in most cases by antiretroviral drug treatment, there is no satisfactory treatment for the malignant or inflammatory diseases caused by HTLV-1...
November 16, 2017: Annual Review of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143761/antibody-cross-reactivity-between-porcine-cytomegalovirus-pcmv-and-human-herpesvirus-6-hhv-6
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Uwe Fiebig, Angela Holzer, Daniel Ivanusic, Elena Plotzki, Hartmut Hengel, Frank Neipel, Joachim Denner
Porcine cytomegalovirus (PCMV) infection is widely prevalent among pigs, and PCMV is one of the viruses which may be transmitted during xenotransplantation using pig cells, tissues, or organs. While human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a major risk factor for allotransplantation, it is still unclear whether PCMV is able to infect human cells or pose a risk for xenotransplantation. Previously, it was shown that transmission of PCMV after pig kidney to non-human primate transplantations resulted in a significantly reduced survival time of the transplanted organ...
October 28, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142417/inhibition-of-phosphorylated-c-jun-nh-2-terminal-kinase-by-2-4-dihydroxy-6-methoxy-3-5-dimethylchalcone-isolated-from-eugenia-aquea-burm-f-leaves-in-jurkat-t-cells
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Melisa I Barliana, Ajeng Diantini, Anas Subarnas, Rizky Abdulah, Takashi Izumi
Background: Indonesian medicinal plants have been used for their anticancer activity for decades. However, the therapeutic effects of medicinal plants have not been fully examined scientifically. As cancer is a major health problem worldwide, searching for a new anticancer compound has attracted considerable attention. Our previous study found that 2',4'-dihydroxy-6-methoxy-3,5-dimethylchalcone, an active compound isolated from leaves of Indonesian medicinal plants Eugenia aquea Burm f...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142307/genetic-polymorphism-related-to-monocyte-macrophage-function-is-associated-with-graft-versus-host-disease
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Kati Hyvärinen, Jarmo Ritari, Satu Koskela, Riitta Niittyvuopio, Anne Nihtinen, Liisa Volin, David Gallardo, Jukka Partanen
Despite detailed human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matching and modern immunosuppressive therapy, severe graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) remains a major hurdle for successful allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). As the genetic diversity in GvHD complicates the systematic discovery of associated variants across populations, we studied 122 GvHD-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 492 HLA-matched sibling HSCT donor-recipient pairs from Finland and Spain. The association between these candidate SNPs and grade III-IV acute GvHD and extensive chronic GvHD was assessed...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142300/structure-and-immunogenicity-of-pre-fusion-stabilized-human-metapneumovirus-f-glycoprotein
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Michael B Battles, Vicente Más, Eduardo Olmedillas, Olga Cano, Mónica Vázquez, Laura Rodríguez, José A Melero, Jason S McLellan
Human metapneumovirus (hMPV) is a frequent cause of bronchiolitis in young children. Its F glycoprotein mediates virus-cell membrane fusion and is the primary target of neutralizing antibodies. The inability to produce recombinant hMPV F glycoprotein in the metastable pre-fusion conformation has hindered structural and immunological studies. Here, we engineer a pre-fusion-stabilized hMPV F ectodomain and determine its crystal structure to 2.6 Å resolution. This structure reveals molecular determinants of strain-dependent acid-induced fusion, as well as insights into refolding from pre- to post-fusion conformations...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142224/health-and-disease-phenotyping-in-old-age-using-a-cluster-network-analysis
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Jesus Felix Valenzuela, Christopher Monterola, Victor Joo Chuan Tong, Tze Pin Ng, Anis Larbi
Human ageing is a complex trait that involves the synergistic action of numerous biological processes that interact to form a complex network. Here we performed a network analysis to examine the interrelationships between physiological and psychological functions, disease, disability, quality of life, lifestyle and behavioural risk factors for ageing in a cohort of 3,270 subjects aged ≥55 years. We considered associations between numerical and categorical descriptors using effect-size measures for each variable pair and identified clusters of variables from the resulting pairwise effect-size network and minimum spanning tree...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142191/immune-neuroendocrine-interactions-evolution-ecology-and-susceptibility-to-illness
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Johanna M C Blom, Enzo Ottaviani
The integration between immune and neuroendocrine systems is crucial for maintaining homeostasis from invertebrates to humans. In the first, the phagocytic cell, i.e., the immunocyte, is the main actor, while in the latter, the principle player is the lymphocyte. Immunocytes are characterized by the presence of pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) peptides, CRH, and other molecules that display a significant similarity to their mammalian counterparts regarding their functions, as both are mainly involved in fundamental functions such as immune (chemotaxis, phagocytosis, cytotoxicity, etc...
November 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141886/pd-l1-genetic-overexpression-or-pharmacological-restoration-in-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells-reverses-autoimmune-diabetes
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Moufida Ben Nasr, Sara Tezza, Francesca D'Addio, Chiara Mameli, Vera Usuelli, Anna Maestroni, Domenico Corradi, Silvana Belletti, Luca Albarello, Gabriella Becchi, Gian Paolo Fadini, Christian Schuetz, James Markmann, Clive Wasserfall, Leonard Zon, Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti, Paolo Fiorina
Immunologically based clinical trials performed thus far have failed to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D), in part because these approaches were nonspecific. Because the disease is driven by autoreactive CD4 T cells, which destroy β cells, transplantation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) has been recently offered as a therapy for T1D. Our transcriptomic profiling of HSPCs revealed that these cells are deficient in programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), an important immune checkpoint, in the T1D nonobese diabetic (NOD) mouse model...
November 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141050/differential-immunomodulation-in-human-monocytes-versus-macrophages-by-filarial-cystatin
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Gopinath Venugopal, Marion Mueller, Susanne Hartmann, Svenja Steinfelder
Parasitic nematodes have evolved powerful immunomodulatory molecules to enable their survival in immunocompetent hosts by subverting immune responses and minimizing pathological processes. One filarial molecule known to counteract host immune responses by inducing IL-10 and regulatory macrophages in mice is filarial cystatin. During a patent filarial infection monocytes encounter microfilariae in the blood, an event that occurs in asymptomatically infected filariasis patients that are immunologically hyporeactive...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140108/cytomegalovirus-and-hiv-persistence-pouring-gas-on-the-fire
#17
Aaron Christensen-Quick, Christophe Vanpouille, Andrea Lisco, Sara Gianella
The inherent stability of a small population of T cells that are latently infected with HIV despite antiretroviral therapy (ART) remains a stubborn obstacle to an HIV cure. By exploiting the memory compartment of our immune system, HIV maintains persistence in a small subset of quiescent cells with varying phenotypes, thus evading immune surveillance and clinical detection. Understanding the molecular and immunological mechanisms that maintain the latent reservoir will be critical to the success of HIV eradication strategies...
November 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139478/trigger-happy-resident-memory-cd4-t-cells-inhabit-the-human-lungs
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A E Oja, B Piet, C Helbig, R Stark, D van der Zwan, H Blaauwgeers, E B M Remmerswaal, D Amsen, R E Jonkers, P D Moerland, M A Nolte, R A W van Lier, P Hombrink
Resident memory T cells (TRM) reside in the lung epithelium and mediate protective immunity against respiratory pathogens. Although lung CD8(+) TRM have been extensively characterized, the properties of CD4(+) TRM remain unclear. Here we determined the transcriptional signature of CD4(+) TRM, identified by the expression of CD103, retrieved from human lung resection material. Various tissue homing molecules were specifically upregulated on CD4(+) TRM, whereas expression of tissue egress and lymph node homing molecules were low...
November 15, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139477/a-dietary-flavone-confers-communicable-protection-against-colitis-through-nlrp6-signaling-independently-of-inflammasome-activation
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K Radulovic, S Normand, A Rehman, A Delanoye-Crespin, J Chatagnon, M Delacre, N Waldschmitt, L F Poulin, J Iovanna, B Ryffel, P Rosenstiel, M Chamaillard
Flavones represent a class of polyphenols that are found in many plant-derived food sources. Herein, we provide evidence that the anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative effect of the flavone apigenin relies on the regulation of the gut microbiota by the NOD-like receptor family pyrin domain containing 6 (Nlrp6). When challenged by dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) in drinking water, mice were protected against colitis upon cohousing with apigenin-treated animals. In contrast, the protective effect was lost in the absence of Nlrp6...
November 15, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139476/detection-of-hiv-1-specific-gastrointestinal-tissue-resident-cd8-t-cells-in-chronic-infection
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Brenna E Kiniry, Shengbin Li, Anupama Ganesh, Peter W Hunt, Ma Somsouk, Pamela J Skinner, Steven G Deeks, Barbara L Shacklett
Tissue-resident memory (TRM) CD8(+) T-cells are non-recirculating, long-lived cells housed in tissues that can confer protection against mucosal pathogens. Human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) is a mucosal pathogen and the gastrointestinal tract is an important site of viral pathogenesis and transmission. Thus, CD8(+) TRM cells may be an important effector subset for controlling HIV-1 in mucosal tissues. This study sought to determine the abundance, phenotype, and functionality of CD8(+) TRM cells in the context of chronic HIV-1 infection...
November 15, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
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