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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723925/immunologic-response-to-vaccine-challenge-in-pregnant-ptpn22-r620w-carriers-and-non-carriers
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Shelly H Tien, Juliet N Crabtree, Heather L Gray, Erik J Peterson
OBJECTIVES: Influenza infection is a significant cause of respiratory morbidity among pregnant women. Seasonal influenza vaccination engages innate immune receptors to promote protective immunity. A coding polymorphism (R620W) in PTPN22 imparts elevated risk for human infection and autoimmune disease, predisposes to diminished innate immune responses, and associates with reduced immunization responses. We sought to quantify the effects of PTPN22-R620W on humoral and cell-mediated immune responses to the inactivated influenza vaccine among healthy pregnant women...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723667/resistance-to-ctla-4-checkpoint-inhibition-reversed-through-selective-elimination-of-granulocytic-myeloid-cells
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Paul E Clavijo, Ellen C Moore, Jianhong Chen, Ruth J Davis, Jay Friedman, Young Kim, Carter Van Waes, Zhong Chen, Clint T Allen
PURPOSE: Local immunosuppression remains a critical problem that limits clinically meaningful response to checkpoint inhibition in patients with head and neck cancer. Here, we assessed the impact of MDSC elimination on responses to CTLA-4 checkpoint inhibition. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Murine syngeneic carcinoma immune infiltrates were characterized by flow cytometry. Granulocytic MDSCs (gMDSCs) were depleted and T-lymphocyte antigen-specific responses were measured...
June 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723576/an-atlas-of-human-regulatory-t-helper-like-cells-reveals-features-of-th2-like-tregs-that-support-a-tumorigenic-environment
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Leena Halim, Marco Romano, Reuben McGregor, Isabel Correa, Polychronis Pavlidis, Nathali Grageda, Sec-Julie Hoong, Muhammed Yuksel, Wayel Jassem, Rosalind F Hannen, Mark Ong, Olivia Mckinney, Bu'Hussain Hayee, Sophia N Karagiannis, Nicholas Powell, Robert I Lechler, Estefania Nova-Lamperti, Giovanna Lombardi
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a pivotal role in maintaining immunological tolerance, but they can also play a detrimental role by preventing antitumor responses. Here, we characterized T helper (Th)-like Treg subsets to further delineate their biological function and tissue distribution, focusing on their possible contribution to disease states. RNA sequencing and functional assays revealed that Th2-like Tregs displayed higher viability and autocrine interleukin-2 (IL-2)-mediated activation than other subsets...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723316/when-green-and-red-mycology-meet-impressions-from-an-interdisciplinary-forum-on-virulence-mechanisms-of-phyto-and-human-pathogenic-fungi
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Yidong Yu, Bernhard Hube, Jörg Kämper, Vera Meyer, Sven Krappmann
Fungal infections pose a constant threat to plants and humans, but detailed knowledge about pathogenesis, immunity, or virulence is rather scarce. Due to the fact that a certain overlap in the armoury of infection exists between plant- and human-pathogenic fungi, an interdisciplinary forum was held in October 2016 at the Institute for Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene in Erlangen under the organisational umbrella from two special interest groups of German microbial societies. Scientific exchange and intense discussion of this timely topic was fostered by bringing together renowned experts in their respective fields to present their thoughts and recent findings in the course of a plenary lecture and six themed sessions, accompanied by oral and poster contributions of young researchers...
July 19, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722725/the-monogenic-autoinflammatory-diseases-define-new-pathways-in-human-innate-immunity-and-inflammation
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Kalpana Manthiram, Qing Zhou, Ivona Aksentijevich, Daniel L Kastner
Autoinflammatory diseases were first recognized nearly 20 years ago as distinct clinical and immunological entities caused by dysregulation in the innate immune system. Since then, advances in genomic techniques have led to the identification of new monogenic disorders and their corresponding signaling pathways. Here we review these monogenic autoinflammatory diseases, ranging from periodic fever syndromes caused by dysregulated inflammasome-mediated production of the cytokine IL-1β to disorders arising from perturbations in signaling by the transcription factor NF-κB, ubiquitination, cytokine signaling, protein folding, type I interferon production and complement activation, and we further examine their molecular mechanisms...
July 19, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722707/nutrition-inflammation-and-cancer
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Laurence Zitvogel, Federico Pietrocola, Guido Kroemer
Quantitative and qualitative aspects of nutrition have a profound effect on leukocytes and thereby affect proinflammatory carcinogenic effects or anticancer immune responses. As a result, nutrition affects the incidence, natural progression and therapeutic response of malignant diseases, both in humans and in preclinical animal models. Here we discuss the molecular mechanisms through which alimentary cues modulate metabolic, microbial and neuroendocrine circuitries and thus affect the probability of developing premalignant lesions that progress to clinically manifested disease and the response to therapeutic intervention...
July 19, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722102/expression-of-cd34-and-cd146-vascular-markers-contributes-to-the-immunological-function-of-the-human-palatine-tonsil
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Marko Jović, Verica Avramović, Predrag Vlahović, Aleksandra Veličkov, Vladimir Petrović
The fundamental function of the palatine tonsil is the immune response to airborne and foodborne pathogenic agents. Small blood vessels have an important role in the provision of a special microenvironment in which the immune response occurs. In this study, we investigated the expression of vascular markers CD34 and CD146 and basal lamina marker - type IV collagen - in the small blood vessels of the human palatine tonsil in the context of their role in the immunological function of the tonsil. The tonsils were collected after tonsillectomy from ten patients with chronic tonsillitis, aged 18-28 years...
July 19, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720606/re-using-blood-products-as-an-alternative-supplement-in-the-optimisation-of-clinical-grade-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cell-culture
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J Phetfong, T Tawonsawatruk, K Seenprachawong, A Srisarin, C Isarankura-Na-Ayudhya, A Supokawej
OBJECTIVES: Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) are a promising strategy for orthopaedic applications, particularly in bone repair. Ex vivo expansion of ADMSCs is required to obtain sufficient cell numbers. Xenogenic supplements should be avoided in order to minimise the risk of infections and immunological reactions. Human platelet lysate and human plasma may be an excellent material source for ADMSC expansion. In the present study, use of blood products after their recommended transfusion date to prepare human platelet lysate (HPL) and human plasma (Hplasma) was evaluated for in vitro culture expansion and osteogenesis of ADMSCs...
July 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720549/evolutionary-basis-of-a-new-approach-for-the-treatment-of-malignant-brain-tumors-from-mice-to-humans
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Pedro R Lowenstein, Maria G Castro
Glioma cells are one of the most aggressive and malignant tumors. Following initial surgery, and radio-chemotherapy they progress rapidly, so that patients' median survival remains under two years. They invade throughout the brain, which makes them difficult to treat, and are universally lethal. Though total resection is always attempted it is not curative. Standard of care in 2016 comprises surgical resection, radiotherapy and chemotherapy (temozolomide). Median survival is currently ~14-20months post-diagnosis though it can be higher in high complexity medical university centers, or during clinical trials...
July 15, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720430/oncogenic-pathways-that-affect-antitumor-immune-response-and-immune-checkpoint-blockade-therapy
#10
REVIEW
Xianda Zhao, Subbaya Subramanian
Mechanistic insights of cancer immunology have led to the development of immune checkpoint blockade therapy (ICBT), which has elicited a remarkable clinical response in some cancer patients. Increasing evidence suggests that activation of oncogenic pathways, such as RAS/RAF/MAPK and PI3K signaling, impairs the antitumor immune response. Such oncogenic signaling, in turn, activates many inhibitory factors, including expression of immune checkpoint genes-allowing active infiltration of immunosuppressive cells into the tumor environment and inducing resistance against T-cell killing...
July 15, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719732/genome-wide-association-meta-analysis-reveals-novel-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-susceptibility-loci
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Laura A McIntosh, Miranda C Marion, Marc Sudman, Mary E Comeau, Mara L Becker, John F Bohnsack, Tasha E Fingerlin, Thomas A Griffin, J Peter Haas, Daniel J Lovell, Lisa A Maier, Peter A Nigrovic, Sampath Prahalad, Marilynn Punaro, Carlos D Rosé, Carol A Wallace, Carol A Wise, Halima Moncrieffe, Timothy D Howard, Carl D Langefeld, Susan D Thompson
OBJECTIVE: Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common childhood rheumatic disease and has a strong genomic component. To date, JIA genetic association studies have had limited sample sizes, used heterogeneous patient populations, or included only candidate regions. This study focuses on identifying new associations among oligoarticular and polyarticular rheumatoid factor negative (RF(-) ) JIA, which are clinically similar and the most prevalent JIA disease subtypes. METHODS: Three cohorts totaling 2,751 oligoarticular and polyarticular RF(-) JIA cases were genotyped on the Affymetrix Genome-Wide SNP Array 6...
July 18, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719615/a-human-tissue-based-functional-assay-platform-to-evaluate-the-immune-function-impact-of-small-molecule-inhibitors-that-target-the-immune-system
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Cristina St Pierre, Jane Guo, John D Shin, Laura W Engstrom, Hyun-Hee Lee, Alan Herbert, Laura Surdi, James Baker, Michael Salmon, Sanjiv Shah, J Michael Ellis, Hani Houshyar, Michael A Crackower, Melanie A Kleinschek, Dallas C Jones, Alexandra Hicks, Dennis M Zaller, Stephen E Alves, Ravisankar A Ramadas
While the immune system is essential for the maintenance of the homeostasis, health and survival of humans, aberrant immune responses can lead to chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disorders. Pharmacological modulation of drug targets in the immune system to ameliorate disease also carry a risk of immunosuppression that could lead to adverse outcomes. Therefore, it is important to understand the 'immune fingerprint' of novel therapeutics as they relate to current and, clinically used immunological therapies to better understand their potential therapeutic benefit as well as immunosuppressive ability that might lead to adverse events such as infection risks and cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719613/visual-detection-of-brucella-in-bovine-biological-samples-using-dna-activated-gold-nanoparticles
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Dheeraj Pal, Nongthombam Boby, Satish Kumar, Gurpreet Kaur, Syed Atif Ali, Julien Reboud, Sameer Shrivastava, Praveen K Gupta, Jonathan M Cooper, Pallab Chaudhuri
Brucellosis is a bacterial disease, which, although affecting cattle primarily, has been associated with human infections, making its detection an important challenge. The existing gold standard diagnosis relies on the culture of bacteria which is a lengthy and costly process, taking up to 45 days. New technologies based on molecular diagnosis have been proposed, either through dip-stick, immunological assays, which have limited specificity, or using nucleic acid tests, which enable to identify the pathogen, but are impractical for use in the field, where most of the reservoir cases are located...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719147/human-immunology-studies-using-organ-donors-impact-of-clinical-variations-on-immune-parameters-in-tissues-and-circulation
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D J Carpenter, T Granot, N Matsuoka, T Senda, B V Kumar, J J C Thome, C L Gordon, M Miron, J Weiner, T Connors, H Lerner, A Friedman, T Kato, A D Griesemer, D L Farber
Organ donors are sources of physiologically healthy organs and tissues for life-saving transplantation, and have been recently used for human immunology studies which are typically confined to the sampling of peripheral blood. Donors comprise a diverse population with different causes of death and clinical outcomes during hospitalization, and the effects of such variations on immune parameters in blood and tissues are not known. We present here coordinate analyses of innate and adaptive immune components in blood, lymphoid (bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes), and mucosal (lungs, intestines) sites from a population of brain-dead organ donors (3-months-93-years; n=291) across eight clinical parameters...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718199/the-clec12a-receptor-marks-human-basophils-potential-implications-for-minimal-residual-disease-detection-in-myeloid-malignancies
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Marie Toft-Petersen, Anne Stidsholt Roug, Trine Plesner, Lene Ebbesen, Gordon D Brown, Line Nederby
BACKGROUND: The transmembrane receptor C-type lectin domain family 12, member A (CLEC12A) is known to be highly expressed on monocytes and neutrophils and is a reliable leukemia associated marker in acute myeloid leukemia. Consequently, detailed knowledge of the various normal cell types expressing this receptor is essential. We have observed CLEC12A to be expressed on CD45lowSSClowCD14-CD123+ basophils in peripheral blood (PB) and in the present study, we aimed at verifying this observation and further delineate the CD45lowSSClowCD14-CD123+CLEC12A+ subpopulation...
July 17, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716825/efficiency-and-safety-of-crac-inhibitors-in-human-rheumatoid-arthritis-xenograft-models
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Shuang Liu, Hitoshi Hasegawa, Erika Takemasa, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Keizou Oka, Takeshi Kiyoi, Hiroyuki Takeda, Tomio Ogasawara, Tatsuya Sawasaki, Masaki Yasukawa, Kazutaka Maeyama
Store-operated Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channels are involved in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and have been studied as therapeutic targets in the management of RA. We investigated the efficacy and safety of CRAC inhibitors, including a neutralizing Ab (hCRACM1-IgG) and YM-58483, in the treatment of RA. Patient-derived T cell and B cell activity was suppressed by hCRACM1-IgG as well as YM-58483. Systemically constant, s.c. infused CRAC inhibitors showed anti-inflammatory activity in a human-NOD/SCID xenograft RA model as well as protective effects against the destruction of cartilage and bone...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716484/the-anti-tumor-activity-of-the-stat3-inhibitor-stx-0119-occurs-via-promotion-of-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocyte-accumulation-in-temozolomide-resistant-glioblastoma-cell-line
#17
Yasuto Akiyama, Chizu Nonomura, Tadashi Ashizawa, Akira Iizuka, Ryota Kondou, Haruo Miyata, Takashi Sugino, Koichi Mitsuya, Nakamasa Hayashi, Yoko Nakasu, Akira Asai, Mamoru Ito, Yoshio Kiyohara, Ken Yamaguchi
STAT3 is considered to be a key molecule to mediating tumor-induced immunosuppression in various manners at tumor sites, by acting through immune-regulatory cytokines derived from the tumor cells. Specific anti-STAT3 inhibitors have been developed using nude mouse models transplanted with human tumor cells. However, mouse systems cannot accurately represent the human immune response induced by STAT3 inhibitors, and more humanized therapeutic model based on human immune cells and tumors are needed. In the present study, an immune-deficient NOG mouse with the deletion of both MHC-class I and class II genes, an MHC-double knockout mouse (dKO-NOG), was developed and used to establish humanized immunotherapeutic model...
July 14, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715505/the-clinical-and-immunological-performance-of-28-days-survival-model-of-cecal-ligation-and-puncture-in-humanized-mice
#18
Krzysztof Laudanski, Natalia Lapko, Mateusz Zawadka, Benjamin X Zhou, Gwenn Danet-Desnoyers, George S Worthen
Sepsis triggers a coordinated and thorough immune system response with long-term unfavorable sequelae after the initial insult. Long-term recovery from sepsis has garnered increasing attention recently, but a lack of suitable animal models impairs progress in this area. Our study, therefore, aimed to address the performance of the immune system in a survivable model of sepsis (cecal ligation and sepsis; CLP) for up to 28 d after the initial injury in humanized mice. Our model mimics human sepsis with weight loss and post-sepsis hypothermia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714605/epigenetic-alterations-and-prenatal-maternal-depression
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REVIEW
Zsofia Nemoda, Moshe Szyf
Major depressive disorder of the mother affects 6 to 17% of pregnancies worldwide and can lead to negative outcomes, such as preterm delivery and later mental health problems of the child. It has been proposed that developmental programming has long-lasting effects in the offspring that might be mediated by epigenetic mechanisms, such as DNA methylation. Altered stress regulation or impaired immunological function of the mother can potentially affect DNA methylation processes of the fetus, changing gene expression levels in utero...
July 17, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714529/immunologic-responses-to-a-novel-dna-vaccine-targeting-human-papillomavirus-11-e6e7
#20
Julie Ahn, Shiwen Peng, Chien-Fu Hung, Richard B S Roden, Tzyy-Choou Wu, Simon R Best
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) is a benign disease caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6 and 11. Although a prophylactic vaccine against RRP is available, a therapeutic vaccine is needed to treat those already infected. The objective of our study was to design and test a DNA vaccine targeting HPV11 proteins. STUDY DESIGN: Preclinical scientific investigation. METHODS: A DNA vaccine encoding the HPV11 E6 and E7 genes linked to calreticulin (CRT) was generated...
July 17, 2017: Laryngoscope
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