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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530643/danger-signals-in-regulating-the-immune-response-to-solid-organ-transplantation
#1
Jamie L Todd, Scott M Palmer
Endogenous danger signals, or damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), are generated in response to cell stress and activate innate immunity to provide a pivotal mechanism by which an organism can respond to damaged self. Accumulating experimental and clinical data have established the importance of DAMPs, which signal through innate pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) or DAMP-specific receptors, in regulating the alloresponse to solid organ transplantation (SOT). Moreover, DAMPs may incite distinct downstream cellular responses that could specifically contribute to the development of allograft fibrosis and chronic graft dysfunction...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530627/-laparoscopic-treatment-of-retroperitoneal-fibrosis
#2
Carlos Hernández Fernández, David Subirá Rios, Mercedes Moralejo Gárate, Elena Rodríguez Fernández, Jorge Caño Velasco, Felipe Herranz Amo
Retroperitoneal fibrosis is a disease that may condition a severe involvement of various organs, mainly upper urinary tract, even causing renal insufficiency. It was first described by Albarran in 1905 and it is also known as Ormonds disease. The correct diagnosis includes, in many cases, the performance of one or more tests: CT scan, MRI, renal scan, etc. It is often necessary the insertion of double J catheters on percutaneous nephrostomy tubes with the aim to preserve renal function. Initial treatment is medical, based on corticoids, and , less frequent, immunosuppressive or chemotherapy drugs...
May 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530135/prolonged-expression-of-secreted-enzymes-in-dogs-after-liver-directed-delivery-of-i-sleeping-beauty-i-transposons-implications-for-non-viral-gene-therapy-of-systemic-disease
#3
Elena L Aronovich, Kendra Anne Hyland, Bryan C Hall, Jason B Bell, Erik R Olson, Myra Urness Rusten, David W Hunter, N Matthew Ellinwood, R Scott McIvor, Perry B Hackett
The non-viral, integrating Sleeping Beauty (SB) transposon system is efficient in treating systemic monogenic disease in mice including hemophilias A and B caused by deficiency of blood clotting factors and mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) types I and VII caused by α-L-iduronidase (IDUA) and β-glucuronidase (GUSB) deficiency, respectively. We recently reported modified approaches of the hydrodynamics-based procedure to deliver transposons to the liver in dogs. Using the transgenic canine reporter secreted alkaline phosphatase (cSEAP), we demonstrated transgenic protein in the plasma for up to six weeks post-infusion...
May 20, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530053/-alopecia-areata
#4
REVIEW
Yaron Zafrir, Sharon Baum, Shoshi Greenberger, Anna Lyakhovitsky, Aviv Barzilai
Alopecia areata (AA) is an organ specific autoimmune disease. Similar to other autoimmune diseases, its pathogenesis is believed to be an interaction of genetic, environmental and immune factors. Studies have shown that autoreactive lymphocytes affect anagen hair follicles leading to subsequent shedding of hairs and alopecia. Clinically, the disease is characterized by sudden nonscarring hair loss that usually involves the scalp, but may also affect the face and other body areas, and indeed the entire body hair...
October 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529951/immunity-enhancement-in-immunocompromised-gastrointestinal-cancer-patients-with-allogeneic-umbilical-cord-blood-mononuclear-cell-transfusion
#5
Ying Qiu, Ruidong Zhao, Mark M Yun, Xia Han, Feiyu Yun, Bingchun Liu, Erxia Zhou, Xiaohui Ouyang, Sheng Yun
Objectives. In order to enhance the immunity of cancer patients to prevent relapse or to prolong survival time, umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells (UCMCs) were transplanted to cancer patients. Patients and Methods. UCMCs were transfused to 63 immunocompromised gastrointestinal cancer patients with nonmyeloablative (NMA) conditioning regimen. Results. The clinical study showed that the number of both T and B cells increased much more rapidly after transfusion of UCMCs than that of the control group without transplantation (p < 0...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529840/adoptive-cell-therapy-with-tregs-to-improve-transplant-outcomes-the-promise-and-the-stumbling-blocks
#6
Mohamed B Ezzelarab, Angus W Thomson
The contribution of regulatory T cells (Treg) to the induction and maintenance of tolerance is well-recognized in rodents and may contribute to long-term human organ allograft survival. The therapeutic efficacy of adoptively-transferred Treg in promoting tolerance to organ allografts is well-recognized in mouse models. Early phase 1/2 clinical studies of Treg therapy have been conducted in patients with type-1 (autoimmune) diabetes and refractory Crohn's disease, and for inhibition of graft-versus-host disease following bone marrow transplantation with proven safety...
December 2016: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529568/a-different-representation-of-natural-t-cells-and-natural-killer-cells-between-tumor-infiltrating-and-periphery-lymphocytes-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#7
Xiao-Feng Li, Dong Dai, Xiu-Yu Song, Jian-Jing Liu, Lei Zhu, Xiang Zhu, Wenchao Ma, Wengui Xu
Natural T cells [cluster of differentiation (CD) 3(+)CD56(+)] and natural killer (NK) cells (CD3(-)CD56(+)) are particularly abundant in the human liver and serve an important role in immune responses in the liver. The aim of the present study was to extensively determine the phenotypic and functional characteristics of natural T and NK cells in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Tumorous and non-tumorous tissue infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs and NILs, respectively) and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were obtained to determine the frequency and phenotype of natural T/NK cells by a multicolor fluorescence activated cell sorting analysis...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529524/antithyroid-drug-therapy-for-graves-disease-and-implications-for-recurrence
#8
REVIEW
Jia Liu, Jing Fu, Yuan Xu, Guang Wang
Graves' disease (GD) is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism worldwide. Current therapeutic options for GD include antithyroid drugs (ATD), radioactive iodine, and thyroidectomy. ATD treatment is generally well accepted by patients and clinicians due to some advantages including normalizing thyroid function in a short time, hardly causing hypothyroidism, and ameliorating immune disorder while avoiding radiation exposure and invasive procedures. However, the relatively high recurrence rate is a major concern for ATD treatment, which is associated with multiple influencing factors like clinical characteristics, treatment strategies, and genetic and environmental factors...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529326/persistent-bacterial-infections-and-persister-cells
#9
REVIEW
Robert A Fisher, Bridget Gollan, Sophie Helaine
Many bacteria can infect and persist inside their hosts for long periods of time. This can be due to immunosuppression of the host, immune evasion by the pathogen and/or ineffective killing by antibiotics. Bacteria can survive antibiotic treatment if they are resistant or tolerant to a drug. Persisters are a subpopulation of transiently antibiotic-tolerant bacterial cells that are often slow-growing or growth-arrested, and are able to resume growth after a lethal stress. The formation of persister cells establishes phenotypic heterogeneity within a bacterial population and has been hypothesized to be important for increasing the chances of successfully adapting to environmental change...
May 22, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529116/italian-consensus-guidelines-for-the-management-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infections-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#10
Marco Sebastiani, Fabiola Atzeni, Laura Milazzo, Luca Quartuccio, Carlo Scirè, Giovanni Battista Gaeta, Giovanni Lapadula, Orlando Armignacco, Marcello Tavio, Ignazio Olivieri, Pierluigi Meroni, Laura Bazzichi, Walter Grassi, Alessandro Mathieu, Claudio Mastroianni, Evangelista Sagnelli, Teresa Santantonio, Caterina Uberti Foppa, Massimo Puoti, Loredana Sarmati, Paolo Airò, Oscar Massimiliano Epis, Rossana Scrivo, Miriam Gargiulo, Agostino Riva, Andreina Manfredi, Giovanni Ciancio, Gianguglielmo Zehender, Gloria Taliani, Luca Meroni, Salvatore Sollima, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Massimo Galli
OBJECTIVES: Hepatitis B (HBV) infection, which is prevalent worldwide, is also frequently seen in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The Italian Society of Rheumatology (SIR) and the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (SIMIT) endorsed a national consensus process to review the available evidence on HBV management in RA patients and to produce practical, hospital-wide recommendations. METHODS: The consensus panel consisted of infectious disease consultants, rheumatologists and epidemiologists and used the criteria of the Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine to assess the quality of the evidence and the strength of their recommendations...
May 18, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529115/pneumococcal-infection-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#11
Juliet Schurder, Tiphaine Goulenok, Romain Jouenne, Antoine Dossier, Damien Van Gysel, Thomas Papo, Karim Sacre
OBJECTIVE: Our study aimed to analyze the risk factors associated with the occurrence and severity of pneumococcal infection (PI) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. METHODS: Medical records of all SLE patients admitted in our department from January 2005 to December 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. SLE Patients were separated in 2 groups according to whether they had PI or not. Medical records of all consecutive patients (with and without SLE) admitted in our department for PI over the same period of time were also reviewed...
May 18, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529105/psme3-induces-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-with-inducing-the-expression-of-csc-markers-and-immunosuppression-in-breast-cancer
#12
Ziying Yi, Dejuan Yang, Xuelian Liao, Fuchun Guo, Yongsheng Wang, Xiaoyi Wang
Proteasome activator subunit 3 (PSME3) plays a key role in breast cancer by regulating the cell cycle. However, its role in other pathogenesis-related features of breast cancer is unclear. In this study, we found that overexpression of PSME3 induced the epithelial-mesenchymal transition and contributed to induce the expression of cancer stem cell markers of the MDA-MB-231 cell line, thus increasing the migration, and invasion of the cells. Moreover, overexpression of PSME3 reduced the chemotaxis of CD8(+) T cells and induced the apoptosis of T cells in vitro...
May 18, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528711/clinical-impact-of-colonization-with-multidrug-resistant-organisms-on-outcome-after-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-a-retrospective-single-center-study
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Sebastian Scheich, Claudia Reinheimer, Christian Brandt, Thomas A Wichelhaus, Michael Hogardt, Volkhard A J Kempf, Uta Brunnberg, Christian Brandts, Olivier Ballo, Ivana von Metzler, Johanna Kessel, Hubert Serve, Björn Steffen
During the last years, a significant increase in infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) has been noticed, resulting in an increase of mortality in all fields of healthcare. Hematological patients are particularly affected by MDRO infections due to disease- and therapy-related immunosuppression. To determine the impact of colonization with MDRO on overall survival, we retrospectively analyzed data from patients undergoing autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at our institution...
May 18, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528702/detailed-characterization-of-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-from-a-large-cohort-of-aml-patients-demonstrates-a-definitive-link-to-treatment-outcomes
#14
Rafael Diaz de la Guardia, Belen Lopez-Millan, Jessie R Lavoie, Clara Bueno, Julio Castaño, Maite Gómez-Casares, Susana Vives, Laura Palomo, Manel Juan, Julio Delgado, Maria L Blanco, Josep Nomdedeu, Alberto Chaparro, Jose Luis Fuster, Eduardo Anguita, Michael Rosu-Myles, Pablo Menéndez
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (BM-MSCs) are key components of the hematopoietic niche thought to have a direct role in leukemia pathogenesis. BM-MSCs from patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have been poorly characterized due to disease heterogeneity. We report a functional, genetic, and immunological characterization of BM-MSC cultures from 46 AML patients, stratified by molecular/cytogenetics into low-risk (LR), intermediate-risk (IR), and high-risk (HR) subgroups. Stable MSC cultures were successfully established and characterized from 40 of 46 AML patients irrespective of the risk subgroup...
May 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527509/impact-of-qi-invigorating-traditional-chinese-medicines-on-intestinal-flora-a-basis-for-rational-choice-of-prebiotics
#15
REVIEW
Xiao-Meng Wang, Xiao-Bo Li, Ying Peng
According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Qi (vital energy) is regarded as a driving force of biological activities in human body, including both nutrient substances and organ functions. Qi-invigorating TCMs are widely used to treat various symptoms and disorders, such as fatigue, obesity, immunosuppression, intestinal flora imbalance, and gastrointestinal diseases, in which Qi is considered to be reduced or depleted. Interestingly, abundant clinical evidences suggest that these disorders are associated with the alternation of intestinal flora, which directly affects disease status...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527347/immunostimulatory-activity-of-plumieride-an-iridoid-in-augmenting-immune-system-by-targeting-th-1-pathway-in-balb-c-mice
#16
Jasvinder Singh, Arem Qayum, Rachna D Singh, Mytre Koul, Anpurna Kaul, N K Satti, Prabhu Dutt, Abid Hamid, Shashank Singh
Plumieride, an iridoid glucoside isolated from Plumieria acutifolia leaves was investigated for its immunostimulatory activity on humoral, cell mediated and intracellular cytokine levels in sensitized and unsensitised balb/c mice. Plumieride restores the suppressed cell mediated, humoral immune response and also enhances the release of TNF- α, IFN-γ, and IL-2 (Th-1) in immune compromised cyclosporine and cyclophosphamide treated balb/c mice. It does not stimulate the IL-4 (Th-2) expression. Plumieride demonstrates significant augmentation of Th-1 response in immunosuppressed balb/c mice...
May 17, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527158/asymptomatic-cryptococcal-antigenemia-in-people-living-with-hiv-plhiv-with-severe-immunosuppression-is-routine-crag-screening-indicated-in-india
#17
S Anuradha, Abhaya Narayana H, Richa Dewan, Ravinder Kaur, K Rajeshwari
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a common, life-threatening opportunistic infection (OI) among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India. Serum Cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) positivity is predictive of future occurrence of CM and pre-emptive treatment reduces its mortality. Routine CrAg screening among PLHIV is not adopted by India's national programme. This study evaluated the prevalence of CrAg and assessed CrAg positivity in predicting all-cause mortality among PLHIV. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted in a tertiary care, public health facility in New Delhi, India...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526805/evaluation-of-crescent-formation-as-a-predictive-marker-in-immunoglobulin-a-nephropathy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Xue Shao, Bingjue Li, Luxi Cao, Ludan Liang, Jingjuan Yang, Yucheng Wang, Shi Feng, Cuili Wang, Chunhua Weng, Xiujin Shen, Hong Jiang, Jianghua Chen
The 2009 Oxford Classification of immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy (IgAN) identifies four histological features as predictors of renal prognosis: mesangial hypercellularity (M), endocapillary hypercellularity (E), segmental glomerulosclerosis (S), and tubular atrophy/interstitial fibrosis (T). However, the clinical and prognostic significance of crescent formation still remains controversial. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the association between crescents and kidney outcome in IgAN. A total of 20 studies published from January 2009 to July 2016 involving 5,285 patients were included after systematic searches of PubMed and EMBASE databases...
April 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526570/role-of-medicinal-plants-on-growth-performance-and-immune-status-in-fish
#19
REVIEW
Elham Awad, Amani Awaad
Disease outbreaks increase proportionally with increases in intensive aquaculture. Natural products including medicinal plants have been known from thousands of years for treating some human diseases. It is well known that many active compounds are responsible for potential bio-activities. For that reason, there has been considerable interest in the use of medicinal plants in aquaculture with a view to providing safe and eco-friendly compounds for replacing antibiotics and chemical compounds as well as to enhance immune status and control fish diseases...
May 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526427/atypical-presentations-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-a-systematic-review
#20
REVIEW
Camilla Barros Meireles, Laís Chaves Maia, Gustavo Coelho Soares, Ilara Parente Pinheiro Teodoro, Maria do Socorro Vieira Gadelha, Cláudio Gleidiston Lima da Silva, Marcos Antonio Pereira de Lima
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) is endemic in 88 countries, showing relevant prevalences. The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review on atypical lesions of CL around the world, addressing clinico-epidemiological, immunological and therapeutic aspects. A search of the literature was conducted via electronic databases Scopus and PubMed for articles published between 2010 and 2015. The search terms browsed were "cutaneous leishmaniasis", "atypical" and "unusual". Based on the eligibility criteria, 34 out of 122 articles were included in the final sample...
May 16, 2017: Acta Tropica
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