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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330073/cladosporium-cladosporioides-from-the-perspectives-of-medical-and-biotechnological-approaches
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Manaf AlMatar, Essam A Makky
Fungi are important natural product sources that have enormous potential for the production of novel compounds for use in pharmacology, agricultural applications and industry. Compared with other natural sources such as plants, fungi are highly diverse but understudied. However, research on Cladosporium cladosporioides revealed the existence of bioactive products such as p-methylbenzoic acid, ergosterol peroxide (EP) and calphostin C as well as enzymes including pectin methylesterase (PME), polygalacturonase (PG) and chlorpyrifos hydrolase...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329698/disarming-the-killers-brain-strikes-on-nk-cells
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Linda Quatrini, Sophie Ugolini
Brain ischemia induces profound systemic immunosuppression, leading to infectious complications. In this issue of Immunity, Liu et al. (2017) demonstrate that distinct neuroendocrine pathways differentially inhibit natural killer (NK) cell responses in the central nervous system and the periphery after cerebral infarction.
March 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329667/serious-infections-are-on-the-rise-in-us-inpatients-with-psoriasis
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Derek Y Hsu
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder associated with immune dysregulation and use of systemic immunosuppressive treatments that may predispose toward serious infections. We sought to determine the rates of serious infections in hospitalized patients with psoriasis. We analyzed data from the 2002-2012 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, containing a 20% sample of all US hospitalizations. Psoriasis was determined by a validated algorithm using ICD-9-CM codes. In multivariate logistic regression models adjusting for socio-demographics, psoriasis was associated with multiple serious infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (odds ratio [95% confidence intervals] 1...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329664/prospective-evaluation-of-complications-in-dermatologic-surgery-associated-with-hypertension-conroy
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Conroy Chow, Matthew J Simpson, Niko Pascua, Harjot Maan, Jacqueline G Berlier, Siegrid Yu, Isaac Neuhaus, Roy Grekin, Sarah T Arron
BackgroundPoorly controlled hypertension is a known risk factor for surgical complications. OBJECTIVE: This study examines the incidence of complications in participants undergoing Mohsmicrographic surgery (MMS) based on preoperative blood pressure (BP) measurement and investigates the role of potential confounders in the relationship between preoperative BP and postoperative complications.MethodsThis 10-month prospective cohort study at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Dermatologic Surgery Center approached all patients undergoing MMS for participation and assessed for the diagnosis of hypertension, anti-hypertensive medication use, use of tobacco or blood thinners, immunosuppression, concomitant diabetes, or previous treatment with radiation therapy at the surgical site...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329521/a-rare-case-of-cutaneous-acanthamoebiasis-in-a-renal-transplant-patient
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Frank Winsett, Jessica Dietert, Jaime Tschen, Michael Swaby, Carolyn A Bangert
A 35-year-old woman receiving immunosuppressionfor renal transplantation presented with a onemonthhistory of tender skin nodules on herbilateral upper extremities. A skin biopsy revealedgranulomatous inflammation in the deep dermisand the subcutaneous fat with foci of necrosis.Within the foci of necrosis were large histiocytoidstructures with prominent nuclei. Periodic acid-Schiffstain revealed a round organism with a thick capsule,consistent with amoebal trophozoites. Testing withthe Center for Disease Control revealed the organismto be Acanthamoeba...
March 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329519/tnf-inhibitor-induced-alopecia-an-unusual-form-of-psoriasiform-alopecia-that-breaks-the-renb%C3%A3-k-mold
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Lauren N Craddock, Matthew Cooley, Justin O Endo, B Jack Longley, Freddy Caldera
TNF-α-inhibitors are known to induce skin adverseeffects including psoriasis and alopecia areata. Here, wedescribe a unique pattern of hair loss that has psoriaticand alopecia areata-like features. Diagnosis requiresclinical-pathologic correlation and is supportedby increased catagen/telogen hairs, psoriasiformepidermal hyperplasia, perifollicular lymphocyticinfiltrate, and the presence of eosinophils and plasmacells. Although there are no treatment consensusguidelines, management options include stoppingtherapy, switching to a different TNF-α inhibitor orustekinumab (in severe cases), or continuing TNF-αinhibitor therapy with addition of topical, intralesional,or systemic immunosuppressants...
March 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329517/purple-patches-in-an-immunocompromised-patient-a-report-of-secondary-disseminated-cutaneous-mucormycosis-in-a-man-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Sanjana Iyengar, Cindy J Chambers, Jillian W Millsop, Maxwell A Fung, Victoria R Sharon
A 60-year-old man with chronic lymphocytic leukemiadeveloped a deeply violaceous annular patchwith a halo of erythema on the right thigh duringhospitalization for neutropenic fever. Associatedsymptoms included chronic cough and fatigue.Bilateral lung opacities with hilar lymphadenopathywere noted on chest computed tomographyscan. Punch biopsy and tissue culture confirmeda diagnosis of secondary disseminated cutaneousmucormycosis. Although rare, physicians shouldinclude mucormycosis in the differential diagnosisof purpuric patches in immunosuppressed patients...
March 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329479/apremilast-for-treatment-of-recurrent-erythema-multiforme
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Tinley Chen, Jacob Levitt, Lauren Geller
Recurrent erythema multiforme with oralinvolvement is therapeutically challenging.Apremilast has been used with success in resolvingthe oral aphthae of Behçet disease, prompting theuse of the drug in patients with oral erosions fromerythema multiforme. Three patients with oralerythema multiforme were given apremilast at dosesof 30-60mg daily. Complete clearance of the lesionswere observed in all three patients, including thoserefractory to other standard therapies. Apremilast maypresent an effective option for recurrent erythemamultiforme for patients who have failed trials antiviraland immunosuppressive therapies...
January 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329410/long-term-outcome-after-a-treosulfan-based-conditioning-regimen-for-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-report-from-the-acute-leukemia-working-party-of-the-european-society-for-blood-and-marrow-transplantation
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Arnon Nagler, Myriam Labopin, Dietrich Beelen, Fabio Ciceri, Liisa Volin, Avichai Shimoni, Roberto Foá, Noel Milpied, Jacopo Peccatori, Emmanuelle Polge, Audrey Mailhol, Mohamad Mohty, Bipin N Savani
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is a curative therapy for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, post-HCT relapse and regimen-related toxicity remain significant barriers to long-term survival. In recent years, new conditioning regimens have been explored to improve transplantation outcomes in patients with AML. Treosulfan combines a potent immunosuppressive and antileukemic effect with a low toxicity profile. METHODS: To investigate the role of treosulfan-based conditioning, the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Acute Leukemia Working Party performed a registry analysis of 520 adult patients with AML who received treosulfan-based conditioning and underwent HCT between 2000 and 2012, including 225 patients in first complete remission, 107 in second or later complete remission, and 188 with active/advanced disease 188 (88 with primary refractory disease)...
March 22, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329404/tofacitinib-in-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-chronic-plaque-psoriasis
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A K Gupta, M Cernea, C W Lynde
Tofacitinib is an oral immunosuppressant approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and is currently undergoing investigation (Phase III trials) for treating chronic plaque psoriasis. Tofacitinib inhibits Janus kinases (JAKs), which are essential for the signaling of multiple inflammatory pathways and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of RA and psoriasis. The efficacy and safety of tofacitinib in the treatment of RA and psoriasis have been demonstrated in Phase III trials. Across all studies, the efficacy of tofacitinib in alleviating symptoms of RA and psoriasis were superior to placebo...
March 2017: Skin Therapy Letter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328941/cynomolgus-monkeys-are-successfully-and-persistently-infected-with-hepatitis-e-virus-genotype-3-hev-3-after-long-term-immunosuppressive-therapy
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Noemi Rovaris Gardinali, Juliana Rodrigues Guimarães, Juliana Gil Melgaço, Yohan Britto Kevorkian, Fernanda de Oliveira Bottino, Yasmine Rangel Vieira, Aline Campos de Azevedo da Silva, Douglas Pereira Pinto, Laís Bastos da Fonseca, Leandro Schiavo Vilhena, Edilson Uiechi, Maria Cristina Carlan da Silva, Julio Moran, Renato Sérgio Marchevsky, Oswaldo Gonçalves Cruz, Rodrigo Alejandro Arellano Otonel, Amauri Alcindo Alfieri, Jaqueline Mendes de Oliveira, Ana Maria Coimbra Gaspar, Marcelo Alves Pinto
Epidemiological studies found that hepatitis E virus genotype 3 (HEV-3) infection was associated with chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis in immunocompromised patients. Our study aimed to investigate the relationship between the host immunosuppressive status and the occurrence of HEV-related chronic hepatitis. Here we describe a successful experimental study, using cynomolgus monkeys previously treated with tacrolimus, a potent calcineurin inhibitor immunosuppressant, and infected with a Brazilian HEV-3 strain isolated from naturally infected pigs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328764/simultaneous-determination-of-protein-unbound-cyclosporine-a-and-mycophenolic-acid-in-kidney-transplant-patients-using-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Heike Bittersohl, Juliane Herbinger, Ming Wen, Lutz Renders, Werner Steimer, Peter B Luppa
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) of immunosuppressants is essential to optimize patient care after organ transplantation. In blood, most immunosuppressive drugs are bound to plasma proteins or located inside blood cells. However, it is generally assumed that only protein-unbound (free) drug concentrations are pharmacologically active and could therefore better reflect the clinical outcome. Study data are still limited due to lacking rapid analytical methods. Therefore, a simple multiplex method for direct measurement of free cyclosporine A (CsA) and mycophenolic acid (MPA) has been developed...
March 21, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328655/vascularized-composite-allotransplantation-an-emerging-concept-for-burn-reconstruction
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Zhi Yang Ng, Alexandre G Lellouch, Tessa Drijkoningen, Irene A Chang, David H Sachs, Curtis L Cetrulo
Vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA) has demonstrated utility in the reconstruction of extensive soft-tissue defects following severe burns. However, pre-VCA events such as multiple transfusions, previous transplantation and pregnancies, the use of skin allografts, and mechanical support devices may result in sensitization and ultimately exclude a burn patient, who may benefit most through VCA, from a hand or face transplant. The authors sought to identify the immunologic challenges involved. All reported VCA cases up to July 2016 were reviewed...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328618/clinical-implications-of-antimitochondrial-antibody-seropositivity-in-autoimmune-hepatitis-a-multicentre-study
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Paolo Muratori, Cumali Efe, Luigi Muratori, Ersan Ozaslan, Thomas Schiano, Eric M Yoshida, Alexandra Heurgué-Berlot, Claudine Lalanne, Marco Lenzi, Staffan Wahlin
BACKGROUND/AIM: Antimitochondrial antibody (AMA) positivity is the serological marker of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), but can also be sporadically detected in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). Little is known about the clinical significance of AMA in AIH. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We recruited 47 AMA-positive AIH cases from several centres and compared them with 264 well-characterized Italian AIH patients. Cases with any features of PBC were excluded. RESULTS: In univariate analysis, AMA-positive AIH patients were older (46 vs...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328183/seroprevalence-of-bartonella-species-coxiella-burnetii-and-toxoplasma-gondii-among-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-a-pilot-study-in-romania
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C J Messinger, E S Gurzau, E B Breitschwerdt, C I Tomuleasa, S J Trufan, M M Flonta, R G Maggi, I B Neagoe, P M Rabinowitz
Patients receiving immunosuppressive cancer treatments in settings where there is a high degree of human-animal interaction may be at increased risk for opportunistic zoonotic infections or reactivation of latent infections. We sought to determine the seroprevalence of selected zoonotic pathogens among patients diagnosed with haematologic malignancies and undergoing chemotherapeutic treatments in Romania, where much of the general population lives and/or works in contact with livestock. A convenience sample of 51 patients with haematologic cancer undergoing chemotherapy at a referral clinic in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, was surveyed regarding animal exposures...
March 22, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327659/the-immunosuppressant-mycophenolic-acid-alters-nucleotide-and-lipid-metabolism-in-an-intestinal-cell-model
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Svenja Heischmann, Monika Dzieciatkowska, Kirk Hansen, Dieter Leibfritz, Uwe Christians
The study objective was to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the negative effects of mycophenolic acid (MPA) on human intestinal cells. Effects of MPA exposure and guanosine supplementation on nucleotide concentrations in LS180 cells were assessed using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Proteomics analysis was carried out using stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture combined with gel-based liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and lipidome analysis using (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327095/interferon-signaling-in-ascites-associated-macrophages-is-linked-to-a-favorable-clinical-outcome-in-a-subgroup-of-ovarian-carcinoma-patients
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Till Adhikary, Annika Wortmann, Florian Finkernagel, Sonja Lieber, Andrea Nist, Thorsten Stiewe, Uwe Wagner, Sabine Müller-Brüsselbach, Silke Reinartz, Rolf Müller
BACKGROUND: Although tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) are essential for cancer progression, connections between different clinical outcomes and transcriptional networks have not been reported. We have addressed this issue by analyzing global expression patterns of TAMs isolated from the ascites of ovarian cancer patients. RESULTS: TAMs isolated from different ovarian cancer patients can be stratified by coexpression or principal component analysis into subgroups with specific biological features and associated with distinct clinical outcomes...
March 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326889/aquaporin-4-autoimmunity-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-predominantly-population-based-study
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Nasrin Asgari, Sven Jarius, Helle Laustrup, Hanne Pb Skejoe, Soeren T Lillevang, Brian G Weinshenker, Anne Voss
BACKGROUND: Serum immunoglobulin G targeting the astrocyte water channel aquaporin-4 (AQP4) in the central nervous system (CNS) is a biomarker for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disease (NMOSD). Co-existence of NMOSD with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) putatively suggests susceptibility to antibody-mediated autoimmune disease. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of NMOSD in SLE and investigate the immunogenetic background for an association of NMOSD and SLE...
March 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326672/bk-polyomavirus-specific-9mer-cd8-t-cell-responses-correlate-with-clearance-of-bk-viremia-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-first-report-from-the-swiss-transplant-cohort-study-stcs
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Céline Leboeuf, Sabrina Wilk, Rita Achermann, Isabelle Binet, Dela Golshayan, Karin Hadaya, Cedric Hirzel, Matthias Hoffmann, Uyen Huynh-Do, Michael T Koller, Oriol Manuel, Nicolas J Mueller, Thomas F Mueller, Stefan Schaub, Christian van Delden, Fabian H Weissbach, Hans H Hirsch
BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) causes premature kidney transplant (KT) failure in 1-15% of patients. Since antivirals are lacking, most programs screen for BKPyV-viremia and, if positive, reduce immunosuppression. To evaluate the relationship of viremia and BKPyV-specific immunity, we examined prospectively cryopreserved plasma and PBMCs at T0, T6, and T12 months post-transplant from 28 viremic KT patients and 68 non-viremic controls matched for the transplantation period. BKPyV-IgG seroprevalence was comparable between cases (89...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326649/leflunomide-for-the-treatment-of-trichodysplasia-spinulosa-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient
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Rawan Kassar, Janis Chang, An-Wen Chan, Leslie B Lilly, Ayman Al Habeeb, Coleman Rotstein
Trichodysplasia spinulosa (TS) is a rare dermatologic complication associated with the immunosuppressive therapy used in solid organ transplantation. The distinctive clinical manifestation of this condition is spiny follicular papules on the face, ears, extremities, and trunk. Histopathologically, abnormally maturing hair follicles with hyperkeratotic material are noted. The condition is produced by the trichodysplasia spinulosa-associated polyomavirus. Treatment of this condition in the past has entailed a reduction in immunosuppression, topical agents such as cidofovir or retinoidsm or oral valganciclovir...
March 22, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
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