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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088061/galectins-emerging-regulatory-checkpoints-linking-tumor-immunity-and-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Santiago P Méndez-Huergo, Ada G Blidner, Gabriel A Rabinovich
Immune checkpoints, a plethora of inhibitory pathways aimed at maintaining immune cell homeostasis, may be co-opted by cancer cells to evade immune destruction. Therapies targeting immune checkpoints have reached a momentum yielding significant clinical benefits in patients with various malignancies by unleashing anti-tumor immunity. Galectins, a family of glycan-binding proteins, have emerged as novel regulatory checkpoints that promote immune evasive programs by inducing T-cell exhaustion, limiting T-cell survival, favoring expansion of regulatory T cells, de-activating natural killer cells and polarizing myeloid cells toward an immunosuppressive phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087648/effect-of-in-vivo-neutralisation-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-on-the-efficacy-of-antibiotic-treatment-in-systemic-salmonella-enterica-infections
#2
Omar Rossi, Andrew J Grant, Pietro Mastroeni
Immunity can co-operate with antibiotics, but can also antagonize drug efficacy by segregating the bacteria to areas of the body that are less accessible to antimicrobials, and by selecting for subpopulations with low division rates that are often difficult to eradicate. We studied the effect of an anti-inflammatory/immunosuppressive anti-TNFα treatment, which accelerates bacterial growth in the tissues and inhibits or reverses the formation of granulomas, on the efficacy of ampicillin and ciprofloxacin during a systemic Salmonella enterica infection of the mouse...
January 12, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087591/clinical-trials-in-antineutrophil-cytoplasmic-antibody-associated-vasculitis-what-we-have-learnt-so-far-and-what-we-still-have-to-learn
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Divi Cornec, Emilie Cornec-Le Gall, Ulrich Specks
The prognosis of the antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody associated vasculitides (AAV), microscopic polyangiitis (MPA), granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) and eosinophilic GPA (EGPA), has been fundamentally improved over the last five decades by the use of glucocorticoids and immunosuppressants, turning them from consistently fatal diseases into chronic conditions. The long-term course is now largely determined by the frequency of disease flares and by accruing damage caused by disease activity and treatment-related comorbidities...
January 12, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087312/immunisation-choice-of-host-adjuvants-and-boosting-schedules-with-emphasis-on-polyclonal-antibody-production
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REVIEW
Philippe Delahaut
Polyclonal antibodies are frequently used as immunodiagnostic tools in fundamental research. They are also used for routine diagnostic purposes in human and veterinary medicine and for quality control procedures in the food-processing industry. The antibody is a major component of the detection system. It binds with the molecule to be identified. This conjugate is subsequently revealed by means of binding the antibody with a radio-isotope, a fluorescent substance, an enzyme inducing a color change, or a biosensor based analytical system...
January 10, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087292/loss-of-cd28-within-cd4-t-cell-subsets-from-cervical-cancer-patients-is-accompanied-by-the-acquisition-of-intracellular-perforin-and-is-further-enhanced-by-nkg2d-expression
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Marta Escarra-Senmarti, Miriam Ruth Bueno-Topete, Luis Felipe Jave-Suarez, Eduardo Gomez-Bañuelos, Jorge Gutierrez-Franco, Natali Vega-Magaña, Adriana Aguilar-Lemarroy, Ana Laura Pereira-Suarez, Jesse Haramati, Susana Del Toro-Arreola
CD28 is well characterized as an essential co-stimulatory receptor critical for activation, proliferation and survival processes in CD4(+) T cells. Populations of CD4(+)CD28(null) T cells, with apparently contradictory physiological roles, have recently been reported, along with the co-expression of the NK activating receptor NKG2D, in autoimmune diseases and chronic viral inflammation. Paradoxically, studies in cancer suggest that an expanded CD4(+)NKG2D(+) population may be armed with immunosuppressive properties...
January 10, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086957/regulatory-t-cells-and-il10-suppress-pulmonary-host-defense-during-early-life-exposure-to-radical-containing-combustion-derived-ultrafine-particulate-matter
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Sridhar Jaligama, Jordy Saravia, Dahui You, Nikki Yadav, Greg I Lee, Bishwas Shrestha, Stephania A Cormier
BACKGROUND: Exposure to elevated levels of particulate matter (PM) is associated with increased risk of morbidity and mortality due to respiratory tract viral infections in infants. Recent identification of environmentally persistent free radicals (EPFRs) in the PM from a variety of combustion sources suggests its role in the enhancement of disease severity of lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI). Our previous studies demonstrated that acute exposure to EPFRs induces pulmonary immunosuppression allowing for enhanced influenza disease severity...
January 13, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086922/transcriptional-profiles-in-bursal-b-lymphoid-dt40-cells-infected-with-very-virulent-infectious-bursal-disease-virus
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Rong Quan, Shanshan Zhu, Li Wei, Jing Wang, Xu Yan, Zixuan Li, Jue Liu
BACKGROUND: Infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) causes a highly contagious, immunosuppressive disease in chickens. The virus mainly infects immature B lymphocytes in the bursa of Fabricius (BF). Chicken B cell line DT40, an avian leukosis virus-induced B cell line, supports very virulent IBDV (vvIBDV) infection in vitro and thereby serves as a good model for investigating the infection and pathogenesis of this virus. However, a transcriptome-wide understanding of the interaction between vvIBDV and B cells has not yet been achieved...
January 13, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086903/negative-immune-factors-might-predominate-local-tumor-immune-status-and-promote-carcinogenesis-in-cervical-carcinoma
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Minyi Zhao, Yang Li, Xing Wei, Qian Zhang, Hongran Jia, Shimin Quan, Di Cao, Li Wang, Ting Yang, Juan Zhao, Meili Pei, Sijuan Tian, Yang Yu, Yanping Guo, Xiaofeng Yang
BACKGROUND: The disequilibrium of local immune microenvironment is an essential element during tumorigenesis. METHOD: By conducting real-time polymerase chain reaction, we identified the mRNA level of immune factors, FoxP3 (forkhead box protein P3), CCL22/CCR4 (chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 22/CC chemokine receptor 4), OX40L/OX40 (tumor necrosis factor superfamily member 4/tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily member 4) and Smad3 (SMAD family member 3) in neoplastic foci and its periphery tissues from 30 cases of squamous cervical carcinoma and 20 cases of normal cervix...
January 13, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086881/dengue-fever-in-renal-transplant-patients-a-systematic-review-of-literature
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Ranga Migara Weerakkody, Jean Ansbel Patrick, Mohammed Hussain Rezvi Sheriff
BACKGROUND: Dengue fever in renal transplanted patients has not been studied well, and we review all the literature about episodes dengue fever in renal transplant patients. METHODS: The aim was to describe clinico-pathological characteristics, immunosuppressive protocols, need renal outcome and mortality. PubMed, LILACS, Google Scholar and Research Gate were searched for "Dengue" and "Renal/Kidney Transplantation" with no date limits. Hits were analyzed by two researchers separately...
January 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086756/concomitant-disseminated-histoplasmosis-and-disseminated-tuberculosis-after-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitor-treatment-a-case-report
#10
Juan E Muñoz-Oca, Martha L Villarreal Morales, Aracelis Nieves-Rodriguez, Lemuel Martínez-Bonilla
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor antagonist inhibitors have transformed the approach to patients with severe autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Although the therapy can be highly effective, TNF-α inhibitors are associated with an increased risk of opportunistic infections. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report a case of concomitant disseminated histoplasmosis and tuberculosis in a 65-year-old female with rheumatoid arthritis treated with TNF-α inhibitor...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081250/cutaneous-deficiency-of-filaggrin-and-stat3-exacerbates-vaccinia-disease-in-vivo
#11
Yong He, Ishrat Sultana, Kazuyo Takeda, Jennifer L Reed
RATIONALE: Defects in filaggrin and STAT3 are associated with atopic dermatitis (AD) and susceptibility to severe skin infection. METHODS: We evaluated skin infection with the current smallpox vaccine, ACAM-2000, in immunosuppressed mice with combined cutaneous deficiency in filaggrin and STAT3. In parallel, early events post-infection with ACAM-2000 were investigated in cultured keratinocytes in which filaggrin expression was knocked down via siRNA. RESULTS: Immunosuppressed, filaggrin-deficient mice, treated with the topical STAT3 inhibitor Stattic® prior to ACAM-2000 infection, demonstrated rapid weight loss, prolonged vaccinia burden in skin, and dermatitis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081041/a-systematic-literature-review-approach-to-estimate-the-therapeutic-index-of-selected-immunosuppressant-drugs-after-renal-transplantation
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Jessica E Ericson, Kanecia O Zimmerman, Daniel Gonzalez, Chiara Melloni, Jeffrey T Guptill, Kevin D Hill, Huali Wu, Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez
BACKGROUND: Drugs that exhibit close margins between therapeutic and toxic blood concentrations are considered to have a narrow therapeutic index (NTI). The Food and Drug Administration has proposed that NTI drugs should have more stringent bioequivalence standards for approval of generic formulations. However, many immunosuppressant drugs do not have a well-defined therapeutic index (TI). METHODS: We sought to determine whether safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetic data obtained from the medical literature through a comprehensive literature search could be used to estimate the TI of cyclosporine, tacrolimus, and sirolimus...
February 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080220/predictors-of-response-to-first-line-immunosuppressive-therapy-in-neuromyelitis-optica-spectrum-disorders
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Su-Hyun Kim, Jae-Won Hyun, AeRan Joung, Eun Young Park, Jungnam Joo, Ho Jin Kim
BACKGROUND: Azathioprine (AZA) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) are the most commonly used first-line therapies for patients with neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD). However, some patients experience a relapse following AZA or MMF treatment. OBJECTIVES: To identify factors that predict a response to AZA or MMF in NMOSD. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated medical records from 116 patients who were initially treated with AZA or MMF for at least 6 months...
January 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079976/maresin-1-induces-a-novel-pro-resolving-phenotype-in-human-platelets
#14
Katie L Lannan, Sherry L Spinelli, Neil Blumberg, Richard P Phipps
BACKGROUND: Antiplatelet therapy is a cornerstone of modern medical practice and is routinely employed to reduce the likelihood of myocardial infarction, thrombosis, and stroke. However, current antiplatelet therapies, such as aspirin, often have adverse side effects, including increased risk of bleeding, and some patients are relatively "aspirin-resistant". Platelets are intimately involved in hemostasis and inflammation, and clinical consequences are associated with excessive or insufficient platelet activation...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079925/pregnancy-outcome-after-rituximab-treatment-before-conception-in-patients-affected-by-severe-pemphigus-vulgaris-superficialis
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C Vassallo, S Grassi, E Tagliabue, A Piccolo, V Brazzelli
Pregnancy is rare among patients affected by pemphigus, especially in European countries, mainly because of older patients, lower fertility rates and possible teratogenic risk.(1) Avoidance of immunosuppressive medications during pregnancy has been recommended, but inadequate treatment of pemphigus may increase morbidity and mortality.(2) Corticosteroids remain the first-line agent for treatment of pemphigus in pregnancy when low dosages are sufficient for disease control; however, prednisone and its metabolites crosses the placenta barrier, and high levels in the serum have been associated with adverse fetal outcomes...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079640/comparison-of-the-american-joint-committee-on-cancer-seventh-edition-and-brigham-and-women-s-hospital-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-tumor-staging-in-immunosuppressed-patients
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Jessica L Gonzalez, Kiera Cunningham, Rebecca Silverman, Elena Madan, Bichchau M Nguyen
BACKGROUND: The American Joint Committee on Cancer 7th edition (AJCC-7) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) staging criteria for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) have not been validated in immunosuppressed patients. OBJECTIVE: To compare the AJCC-7 and BWH staging systems for cSCCs in immunosuppressed patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A single-institution retrospective cohort study of cSCCs in immunosuppressed patients. Risks of local recurrence (LR), nodal metastasis (NM), in-transit metastasis, and any poor outcome (PO) were compared among AJCC-7 and BWH tumor T stages...
January 10, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079625/older-age-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Gabriella Velonias, Grace Conway, Elizabeth Andrews, John J Garber, Hamed Khalili, Vijay Yajnik, Ashwin N Ananthakrishnan
BACKGROUND: The burden of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the older population is increasing. Older-onset disease is associated with reduced use of immunosuppressive medications. In addition, older patients may be more vulnerable to the effect of disease-related symptoms and consequently may experience worse health-related quality of life (HRQoL) compared with younger patients. METHODS: This prospective study included a cohort of patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis recruited from a single center...
January 6, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079617/manipulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-colitis-a-comprehensive-review
#18
Kristina L Leinwand, Mark E Gerich, Edward J Hoffenberg, Colm B Collins
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a lifelong disease of the gastrointestinal tract whose annual incidence and prevalence is on the rise. Current immunosuppressive therapies available for treatment of IBD offer limited benefits and lose effectiveness, exposing a significant need for the development of novel therapies. In the clinical setting, cannabis has been shown to provide patients with IBD symptomatic relief, although the underlying mechanisms of their anti-inflammatory effects remain unclear...
January 10, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079600/acute-administration-of-cyclosporine-a-does-not-impair-attention-or-memory-performance-in-healthy-men
#19
Anna L Kahl, Julia Kirchhof, Anna Füting, Bernd-Otto Hütter, Benjamin Wilde, Oliver Witzke, Sven Benson, Martin Hadamitzky, Manfred Schedlowski
There is clinical and experimental evidence that treatment with immunosuppressive and antiproliferative drugs such as the calcineurin inhibitor cyclosporine A (CsA) is associated with mental health problems and neuropsychological disturbances in patients. However, it remains unclear whether and to what extent cognitive functions such as memory and attention processes are affected by the pharmacological treatment. This is partly because of the fact that it is difficult to refer the observed neuropsychological disturbances in patients to the drug itself, to drug-induced immune suppression, or to interaction with other medication or comorbidities...
January 11, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079597/histologic-findings-of-severe-therapy-resistant-asthma-from-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-biopsies
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Humberto E Trejo Bittar, Daniel Doberer, Mitra Mehrad, Diane C Strollo, Joseph K Leader, Sally Wenzel, Samuel A Yousem
The histologic changes occurring in severe/therapy-resistant asthma (SA) as defined by the European Respiratory Society/American Thoracic Society guidelines, particularly at the level of the distal airways are unknown. This study describes the clinical, radiologic, and histologic characteristics of 29 SA patients who underwent video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lung biopsy. Pathologic observations were correlated with clinical features, especially the presence of autoimmune disease (AID) (15/29, 51.7%). Ten biopsies (10/29, 34...
February 2017: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
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