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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668141/-prevalence-and-risk-factors-associated-to-tuberculosis-and-non-tuberculous-mycobacterial-infections-in-hiv-positive-patients-in-bogot%C3%A3
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Magda Beltrán-León, Francy Pérez-Llanos, Liliana Sánchez, Carlos Parra-López, Myriam Navarrete, Ricardo Sánchez, Carlos Awad, Ana María Granada, Edgardo Quintero, Óscar Briceño, Óscar Cruz, Martha Isabel Murcia
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis is one of the most widely distributed infectious diseases worldwide. It is the most common cause of mortality among AIDS patients. In Colombia, 12,918 tuberculosis cases were notified, and 926 deaths were reported in 2015. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and risk factors associated to mycobacterial infections in HIVpositive patients in two public hospitals from Bogotá. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective and descriptive study was carried out by an active search for tuberculosis cases and non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections in HIV-positive patients...
March 15, 2018: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667553/car-t-cell-therapy-a-new-era-in-cancer-immunotherapy
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Miliotou N Androulla, Papadopoulou C Lefkothea
BACKGROUND: Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Over the years, a number of conventional cytotoxic approaches for neoplastic diseases has been developed. However, due to their limited effectiveness in accordance with the heterogeneity of cancer cells, there is a constant search for therapeutic approaches with improved outcome, such as immunotherapy that utilizes and enhances the normal capacity of the patient's immune system. METHODS: Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy involves genetic modification of patient's autologous T-cells to express a CAR specific for a tumor antigen, following by ex vivo cell expansion and re-infusion back to the patient...
April 17, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666833/resolving-the-coffey-paradox-what-does-the-androgen-receptor-do-in-normal-vs-malignant-prostate-epithelial-cells
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REVIEW
John T Isaacs
Donald Straley Coffey completed his 85 year life's journey on November 9, 2017. In his wake, he left a legion of inspired and loyal students, fellows, and faculty colleagues from all over the world to carry on his passion both for life in general and his 50 year quest to conquer cancer. Early in his career, Dr. Coffey developed a series of animal models to study how androgen regulates the growth of both normal and abnormal prostatic epithelium. As part of these early studies, Dr. Coffey uncovered a paradox in that anti-androgen treatment given at the "wrong" time paradoxically enhanced, not inhibited, normal prostate growth...
2018: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666626/next-generation-immune-repertoire-sequencing-as-a-clue-to-elucidate-the-landscape-of-immune-modulation-by-host-gut-microbiome-interactions
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Tatsuo Ichinohe, Takahiko Miyama, Takakazu Kawase, Yasuko Honjo, Kazutaka Kitaura, Hiroyuki Sato, Tadasu Shin-I, Ryuji Suzuki
The human immune system is a fine network consisted of the innumerable numbers of functional cells that balance the immunity and tolerance against various endogenous and environmental challenges. Although advances in modern immunology have revealed a role of many unique immune cell subsets, technologies that enable us to capture the whole landscape of immune responses against specific antigens have been not available to date. Acquired immunity against various microorganisms including host microbiome is principally founded on T cell and B cell populations, each of which expresses antigen-specific receptors that define a unique clonotype...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666622/chemotactic-cues-for-notch1-dependent-leukemia
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REVIEW
Erich Piovan, Valeria Tosello, Alberto Amadori, Paola Zanovello
The NOTCH signaling pathway is a conserved signaling cascade that regulates many aspects of development and homeostasis in multiple organ systems. Aberrant activity of this signaling pathway is linked to the initiation and progression of several hematological malignancies, exemplified by T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Interestingly, frequent non-mutational activation of NOTCH1 signaling has recently been demonstrated in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL), significantly extending the pathogenic significance of this pathway in B-CLL...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666605/can-a-proper-t-cell-development-occur-in-an-altered-thymic-epithelium-lessons-from-ephb-deficient-thymi
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Juan José Muñoz, Javier García-Ceca, Sara Montero-Herradón, Beatriz Sánchez Del Collado, David Alfaro, Agustín Zapata
For a long time, the effects of distinct Eph tyrosine kinase receptors and their ligands, ephrins on the structure, immunophenotype, and development of thymus and their main cell components, thymocytes (T) and thymic epithelial cells (TECs), have been studied. In recent years, the thymic phenotype of mutant mice deficient in several Ephs and ephrins B has been determined. Remarkably, thymic stroma in these animals exhibits important defects that appear early in ontogeny but little alterations in the proportions of distinct lymphoid cell populations...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666409/exposure-to-phthalate-an-endocrine-disrupting-chemical-alters-the-first-trimester-placental-methylome-and-transcriptome-in-women
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N M Grindler, L Vanderlinden, R Karthikraj, K Kannan, S Teal, A J Polotsky, T L Powell, I V Yang, T Jansson
Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and associated with decreased fecundity, pregnancy loss, and adverse obstetrical outcomes, however the underlying mechanisms remain to be established. Environmental factors can influence gene expression and cell function by modifying epigenetic marks, impacting the developing embryo as well as future generations of offspring. The impact of phthalates on placental gene methylation and expression is largely unknown. We studied the effect of maternal phthalate exposure on the human placental DNA methylome and transcriptome...
April 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666238/rapid-acquisition-and-model-based-analysis-of-cell-free-transcription-translation-reactions-from-nonmodel-bacteria
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Simon J Moore, James T MacDonald, Sarah Wienecke, Alka Ishwarbhai, Argyro Tsipa, Rochelle Aw, Nicolas Kylilis, David J Bell, David W McClymont, Kirsten Jensen, Karen M Polizzi, Rebekka Biedendieck, Paul S Freemont
Native cell-free transcription-translation systems offer a rapid route to characterize the regulatory elements (promoters, transcription factors) for gene expression from nonmodel microbial hosts, which can be difficult to assess through traditional in vivo approaches. One such host, Bacillus megaterium , is a giant Gram-positive bacterium with potential biotechnology applications, although many of its regulatory elements remain uncharacterized. Here, we have developed a rapid automated platform for measuring and modeling in vitro cell-free reactions and have applied this to B...
April 17, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666227/anti-hiv-1-b-cell-responses-are-dependent-on-b-cell-precursor-frequency-and-antigen-binding-affinity
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Pia Dosenovic, Ervin E Kara, Anna-Klara Pettersson, Andrew T McGuire, Matthew Gray, Harald Hartweger, Eddy S Thientosapol, Leonidas Stamatatos, Michel C Nussenzweig
The discovery that humans can produce potent broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) to several different epitopes on the HIV-1 spike has reinvigorated efforts to develop an antibody-based HIV-1 vaccine. Antibody cloning from single cells revealed that nearly all bNAbs show unusual features that could help explain why it has not been possible to elicit them by traditional vaccination and instead would require a sequence of different immunogens. This idea is supported by experiments with genetically modified immunoglobulin (Ig) knock-in mice...
April 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666186/a-malaria-protein-factor-induces-il-4-production-by-dendritic-cells-via-pi3k-akt-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-independent-of-myd88-trif-and-promotes-th2-response
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Xianzhu Wu, Nagaraj M Gowda, Yuka I Kawasawa, D Channe Gowda
Dendritic cells (DC) and cytokines produced by DC play crucial roles in inducing and regulating pro-/anti-inflammatory and Th1/Th2 responses. DC are known to produce Th1-promoting cytokine, IL-12, in response to malaria and other pathogenic infections, but it is thought that DC do not produce Th2-promoting cytokine, IL-4. Here, we show that a protein factor of malaria parasites induces IL-4 responses by CD11chi MHCIIhi CD3ε- CD49b- CD19- FcεRI- DC via PI3K-Akt-NF-κB signaling independent of TLR-MyD88/TRIF...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666167/a-flexible-mhc-class-i-multimer-loading-system-for-large-scale-detection-of-antigen-specific-t-cells
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Jolien J Luimstra, Malgorzata A Garstka, Marthe C J Roex, Anke Redeker, George M C Janssen, Peter A van Veelen, Ramon Arens, J H Frederik Falkenburg, Jacques Neefjes, Huib Ovaa
Adaptive immunity is initiated by T cell recognition of specific antigens presented by major histocompatibility complexes (MHCs). MHC multimer technology has been developed for the detection, isolation, and characterization of T cells in infection, autoimmunity, and cancer. Here, we present a simple, fast, flexible, and efficient method to generate many different MHC class I (MHC I) multimers in parallel using temperature-mediated peptide exchange. We designed conditional peptides for HLA-A*02:01 and H-2Kb that form stable peptide-MHC I complexes at low temperatures, but dissociate when exposed to a defined elevated temperature...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666146/identification-of-circadian-clock-modulators-from-existing-drugs
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T Katherine Tamai, Yusuke Nakane, Wataru Ota, Akane Kobayashi, Masateru Ishiguro, Naoya Kadofusa, Keisuke Ikegami, Kazuhiro Yagita, Yasufumi Shigeyoshi, Masaki Sudo, Taeko Nishiwaki-Ohkawa, Ayato Sato, Takashi Yoshimura
Chronic circadian disruption due to shift work or frequent travel across time zones leads to jet-lag and an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The development of new pharmaceuticals to treat circadian disorders, however, is costly and hugely time-consuming. We therefore performed a high-throughput chemical screen of existing drugs for circadian clock modulators in human U2OS cells, with the aim of repurposing known bioactive compounds. Approximately 5% of the drugs screened altered circadian period, including the period-shortening compound dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA; also known as prasterone)...
April 17, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666116/critical-influences-on-the-pathogenesis-of-follicular-lymphoma
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Ralf Küppers, Freda K Stevenson
The development of follicular lymphoma (FL) from a founder B cell with an upregulation of BCL2, via the t(14;18) translocation, to a proliferating clone, poised to undergo further transformation to an aggressive lymphoma, illustrates the opportunistic Darwinian process of tumorigenesis. Protection against apoptosis allows an innocent cell to persist and divide, with dangerous accumulation of further mutational changes, commonly involving inactivation of chromatin-modifying genes. But this is not all. FL cells reflect normal B cells in relying on expression of surface Ig...
April 17, 2018: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666007/mutation-analysis-of-therapy-related-myeloid-neoplasms
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Takahiro Nishiyama, Yuichi Ishikawa, Naomi Kawashima, Akimi Akashi, Yoshiya Adachi, Hikaru Hattori, Yoko Ushijima, Hitoshi Kiyoi
We analyzed the genetic mutation status of 13 patients with therapy-related myeloid neoplasms (t-MN). Consistent with previous reports, t-MN cells preferentially acquired mutations in TP53 and epigenetic modifying genes, instead of mutations in tyrosine kinase and spliceosome genes. Furthermore, we compared the mutation status of three t-MN cells with each of the initial lymphoid malignant cells, and identified common mutations among t-MN and the initial malignant cells in two patients. In a patient who developed chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) after follicular lymphoma (FL), TET2 mutation was identified in both CMML and FL cells...
April 2018: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665944/-current-status-and-challenges-of-car-t-immunotherapy-in-hematologic-malignancies-review
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Xin Cheng, Ya-Jie Wang, Shuai Feng, Ya-Yun Wu, Tong-Hua Yang, Xun Lai
The chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy has gradually became a new trend in the treatment of refractory and relapsed hematologic malignancies by developing for 30 years. With the exciting development of genetic engineering, CAR-T technology has subjected to 4 generations of innovation. Structure of CAR-T started from a single signal molecule to 2 or more than 2 co-stimulatory molecules, and then coding the CAR gene or promoter. CAR-T can specifically recognize tumor antigens, and does not be restricted by major histocompatibility complex (MHC), thus making a breakthrough in clinical treatment...
April 2018: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665914/-application-value-of-immunohistochemistry-and-bone-marrow-morphology-detection-in-the-diagnosis-and-clinical-staging-of-non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma
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Ning Hu, Hui Ding, Li Chen, Hong-Mian Zhao
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the application value of immunohistochemistry detection and bone marrow morphology analysis in the diagnosis and clinical staging of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. METHODS: Sixty-four cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma were selected in our hospital and the immunohistochemistry detection of pathologic specimens was perforemed by related monoclonal antibody and the bone marrow morphology was also examined. RESULTS: The positive rate of antibody CD79a on B cell lymphoma was 84...
April 2018: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665857/the-htlv-1-oncoprotein-tax-is-modified-by-the-ubiquitin-related-modifier-1-urm1
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Rita Hleihel, Behzad Khoshnood, Ingrid Dacklin, Hayssam Omran, Carine Mouawad, Zeina Dassouki, Marwan El-Sabban, Margret Shirinian, Caroline Grabbe, Ali Bazarbachi
BACKGROUND: Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL) is an aggressive malignancy secondary to chronic human T-cell lymphotropic virus 1 infection, triggered by the virally encoded oncoprotein Tax. The transforming activity and subcellular localization of Tax is strongly influenced by posttranslational modifications, among which ubiquitylation and SUMOylation have been identified as key regulators of the nuclear/cytoplasmic shuttling of Tax, as well as its ability to activate NF-κB signaling...
April 17, 2018: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665741/lymphomatoid-papulosis-presenting-as-a-rash-in-a-patient-with-hiv-infection
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Sian Warren, Vincent Li, Rachel Drayton, Kenneth May
A 43-year-old Malaysian man with well-controlled HIV infection on combination antiretroviral therapy presented with a six-week history of a widespread rash. The patient was otherwise well but was developing new lesions on a daily basis. Referral to Dermatology instigated punch biopsies, which revealed a diagnosis of lymphomatoid papulosis type A. This case highlights the importance of swift referral, especially in cases of spontaneous regression of symptoms, in order to obtain the correct diagnosis. In most patients, this condition tends to be chronic, with its chronicity and benign clinical course setting it apart from cutaneous anaplastic T-cell lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease, which are major entities in the histological differential diagnosis...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665376/insect-cell-produced-recombinant-protein-subunit-vaccines-protect-against-zika-virus-infection
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Panke Qu, Wei Zhang, Dapeng Li, Chao Zhang, Qingwei Liu, Xueyang Zhang, Xuesong Wang, Wenlong Dai, Yongfen Xu, Qibin Leng, Jin Zhong, Xia Jin, Zhong Huang
Infection with Zika virus (ZIKV) may lead to severe neurologic disorders. It is of significant importance and urgency to develop safe and effective vaccines to prevent ZIKV infection. Here we report the development of ZIKV subunit vaccines based on insect cell-produced recombinant proteins. The N-terminal approximately 80% region (designated as E80) and the domain III (designated as EDIII) of ZIKV envelope (E) protein were efficiently produced as secreted proteins in a Drosophila S2 cell expression system. Both E80 and EDIII could inhibit ZIKV infection in vitro, suggesting that they may have folded properly to display native conformations...
April 14, 2018: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665328/effects-of-exposure-to-acetaminophen-and-ibuprofen-on-fetal-germ-cell-development-in-both-sexes-in-rodent-and-human-using-multiple-experimental-systems
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Pablo Hurtado-Gonzalez, Richard A Anderson, Joni Macdonald, Sander van den Driesche, Karen Kilcoyne, Anne Jørgensen, Chris McKinnell, Sheila Macpherson, Richard M Sharpe, Rod T Mitchell
BACKGROUND: Analgesic exposure during pregnancy may affect aspects of fetal gonadal development that are targeted by endocrine disruptors. OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether therapeutically relevant doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen affect germ cell (GC) development in human fetal testes/ovaries using in vitro and xenograft approaches. METHODS: Gonocyte (TFAP2C+ ) number was reduced relative to controls in first-trimester human fetal testes exposed in vitro to acetaminophen (-28%) or ibuprofen (-22%) and also in ovaries exposed to acetaminophen (-43%) or ibuprofen (-49%)...
April 16, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
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