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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719948/isolation-and-genotyping-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-brazilian-dogs
#1
Jamille Rodrigues da Silva, Bianca Mendes Maciel, Luana Karla Nogueira de Santana Souza Santos, Fábio Santos Carvalho, Daniele de Santana Rocha, Carlos Wilson Gomes Lopes, George Rêgo Albuquerque
Strains of Toxoplasma gondii in Brazil are highly genetically diverse compared to strains from North America and Europe. Dogs are epidemiologically important because they act as sentinels for T. gondii infections in humans and are good indicators of environmental contamination. The aim of this study was to isolate and genetically characterize T. gondii strains from tissues of naturally infected Brazilian dogs. For this study, 21 blood samples were collected from dogs at the Zoonosis Control Centers of Ilhéus and Itabuna cities, Bahia, Brazil...
June 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719914/the-significance-of-antibodies-against-domain-i-of-beta-2-glycoprotein-i-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome
#2
Hilde Kelchtermans, Walid Chayouâ, Bas de Laat
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by vascular thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity with the persistent presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs). Progress is being made in understanding the pathogenesis of the syndrome, but difficulties persist in the identification of patients at risk for thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity. Beta-2 glycoprotein I (β2GPI), a plasma protein consisting of five sushi domains, is thought to be the main antigenic target of aPLs. Antibodies recognizing domain I of β2GPI are predominantly present in patients with an elevated risk of thrombosis, whereas antidomain IV/V antibodies are found in nonthrombotic autoimmune diseases...
July 18, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717940/alopecia-areata-a-comprehensive-review-of-pathogenesis-and-management
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REVIEW
Ralph M Trüeb, Maria Fernanda Reis Gavazzoni Dias
Alopecia areata is a common hair loss condition that is characterized by acute onset of non-scarring hair loss in usually sharply defined areas ranging from small patches to extensive or less frequently diffuse involvement. Depending on its acuity and extent, hair loss is an important cause of anxiety and disability. The current understanding is that the condition represents an organ-specific autoimmune disease of the hair follicle with a genetic background. Genome-wide association studies provide evidence for the involvement of both innate and acquired immunity in the pathogenesis, and mechanistic studies in mouse models of alopecia areata have specifically implicated an IFN-γ-driven immune response, including IFNγ, IFNγ-induced chemokines and cytotoxic CD8 T cells as the main drivers of disease pathogenesis...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717581/detection-of-echinococcus-granulosus-antigen-by-a-quantum-dot-porous-silicon-optical-biosensor
#4
Yanyu Li, Zhenhong Jia, Guodong Lv, Hao Wen, Peng Li, Hongyan Zhang, Jiajia Wang
Highly sensitive labeled detection of Echinococcus granulosus using colloidal quantum dots (QDs) based on a porous silicon Bragg mirror sensor are demonstrated. Rabbit anti-p38 labeled CdSe/ZnS QDs was infiltrated in porous silicon pores immobilized Egp38 antigen. QD-antibodies are specifically bound to antigens linked covalently to the pore walls of PSi after the immune reaction. By the design of the transfer matrix method and the preparation of the electrochemical etching method, the fluorescence peak wavelength of the quantum dots is located in the forbidden band of the Bragg mirror...
July 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717238/molecular-mechanism-of-pd-1-pd-l1-blockade-via-anti-pd-l1-antibodies-atezolizumab-and-durvalumab
#5
Hyun Tae Lee, Ju Yeon Lee, Heejin Lim, Sang Hyung Lee, Yu Jeong Moon, Hyo Jeong Pyo, Seong Eon Ryu, Woori Shin, Yong-Seok Heo
In 2016 and 2017, monoclonal antibodies targeting PD-L1, including atezolizumab, durvalumab, and avelumab, were approved by the FDA for the treatment of multiple advanced cancers. And many other anti-PD-L1 antibodies are under clinical trials. Recently, the crystal structures of PD-L1 in complex with BMS-936559 and avelumab have been determined, revealing details of the antigen-antibody interactions. However, it is still unknown how atezolizumab and durvalumab specifically recognize PD-L1, although this is important for investigating novel binding sites on PD-L1 targeted by other therapeutic antibodies for the design and improvement of anti-PD-L1 agents...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716628/transduction-of-a-neospora-caninum-antigen-gene-into-mammalian-cells-using-a-modified-bombyx-mori-nucleopolyhedrovirus-for-antibody-production
#6
Tatsuya Kato, Kohei Itagaki, Mai Yoshimoto, Rikito Hiramatsu, Hamizah Suhaimi, Tetsuya Kohsaka, Enoch Y Park
Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) can easily enter and transduce foreign genes into mammalian cells, but these functions are difficult for Bombyx mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV). In this study, we investigated the induction of antibody production in mice immunized with an engineered BmNPV. The GP64 of BmNPV (BmGP64) was replaced with the GP64 of AcMNPV (AcGP64); this construct, designated BmNPVΔbgp/AcGP64, displays AcGP64 on the surface of BmNPV. The Neospora caninum antigen (NcSRS2) expression cassette, consisting of the cytomegalovirus immediate-early promoter and NcSRS2 from N...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716463/combination-strategies-on-the-basis-of-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-where-do-we-stand
#7
REVIEW
Meng Qiao, Tao Jiang, Shengxiang Ren, Caicun Zhou
The era of immune checkpoint inhibitors, especially programmed death-1 (PD-1)/programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) antibodies in the treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is coming. Because of the lack of the definite biomarkers to select the optimal responders, only approximately 20% of patients with advanced NSCLC would respond to single checkpoint inhibitors-based immunotherapy. Moreover, primary or acquired resistance to conventional therapies is inevitable in most cases. Thus, combinations are pushed to move forward to be an alternative strategy and surely, it would be a future direction...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714211/modeling-of-bispecific-antibody-elution-in-mixed-mode-cation-exchange-chromatography
#8
Yi Feng Lee, Simon Kluters, Mirjam Hillmann, Thomas von Hirschheydt, Christian Frech
The increasing demand for cost-efficient manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals has been the main driving force for the development of novel chromatography resins, which resulted in the development of multimodal or mixed-mode chromatographic resins. Most of them combine electrostatic and hydrophobic functionalities and are designed to deliver unique selectivity and increased binding capacities also at increased ionic strength. However, the mechanism of the protein-resin interaction in mixed-mode chromatography is still not fully understood...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713371/regulation-of-subunit-specific-germinal-center-b-cell-responses-to-the-hiv-1-envelope-glycoproteins-by-antibody-mediated-feedback
#9
Mattias N E Forsell, Linda Kvastad, Saikiran K Sedimbi, John Andersson, Mikael C I Karlsson
The regulation of germinal center (GC) B cell responses to single epitopes is well investigated. How monoclonal B cells are regulated within the polyclonal B cell response to protein antigens is less so. Here, we investigate the primary GC B cell response after injection of mice with HIV-1 envelope glycoproteins. We demonstrate that single GCs are seeded by a diverse number of B cell clones shortly after a single immunization and that the presence of Env-specific antibodies can inhibit the development of early GC B cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712395/-inhibitory-effect-of-bispecific-antibody-targeting-il-12-p40-and-tnf-%C3%AE-simultaneously-on-psoriasis-in-mice
#10
Pin Xu, Ni Xie, Caiguo Ye
Objective To construct bispecific antibodies, which can block interleukin 12 (IL-12)/IL-23 p40 subunit and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) simultaneously, and identify their biological function and inhibitory effect on psoriasis formation in mice. Methods Based on the sequences of adalimumab and ustekinumab, three kinds of bispecific antibodies were designed, named BiAU003, BiAU022 and BiAU023. The specificity and binding capacity of bispecific antibodies were determined by ELISA. After co-treated with bispecific antibodies and TNF-α, the level of endothelial leukocyte adhesion molecule-1 (ELMA-1) labeled with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were examined by flow cytometry...
July 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712361/plasmodium-knowlesi-a-superb-in-vivo-nonhuman-primate-model-of-antigenic-variation-in-malaria
#11
M R Galinski, S A Lapp, M S Peterson, F Ay, C J Joyner, K G LE Roch, L L Fonseca, E O Voit
Antigenic variation in malaria was discovered in Plasmodium knowlesi studies involving longitudinal infections of rhesus macaques (M. mulatta). The variant proteins, known as the P. knowlesi Schizont Infected Cell Agglutination (SICA) antigens and the P. falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 1 (PfEMP1) antigens, expressed by the SICAvar and var multigene families, respectively, have been studied for over 30 years. Expression of the SICA antigens in P. knowlesi requires a splenic component, and specific antibodies are necessary for variant antigen switch events in vivo...
July 17, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711586/achieving-safe-effective-and-durable-zika-virus-vaccines-lessons-from-dengue
#12
REVIEW
Scott B Halstead
Newly proposed candidate Zika virus vaccines might or might not succeed in raising safe, effective, and durable protection against human Zika virus infections or syndromes. Analyses of a clinically tested and licensed dengue vaccine that failed to protect seronegative individuals from breakthrough or enhanced dengue infections suggest that poor T-cell immunity might have contributed to protection failure. Because of the similarity of Zika and dengue viruses, an analogous unwanted outcome might occur with some Zika virus vaccine designs...
July 12, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711269/development-of-an-isothermal-amplification-based-assay-for-the-rapid-visual-detection-of-salmonella-bacteria
#13
Hai-Bin Liu, Yu-Xuan Zang, Xin-Jun Du, Ping Li, Shuo Wang
The efficient and timely detection of pathogens is a major concern worldwide. The aim of this study was to establish a rapid detection method for Salmonella bacteria in food samples to facilitate timely treatment. Widely used detection methods currently include culture-based methods and PCR-based methods. The former are time consuming, requiring 2 to 3 d, whereas the latter have higher accuracy but are typically complicated, requiring expertise and expensive instruments. In this study, a sensitive and rapid approach for the visual and point-of-use detection of Salmonella bacteria based on recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) and a lateral-flow (LF) nucleic acid strip was established...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709828/augmenting-the-efficacy-of-anti-cocaine-catalytic-antibodies-through-chimeric-hapten-design-and-combinatorial-vaccination
#14
Cody J Wenthur, Xiaoqing Cai, Beverly A Ellis, Kim D Janda
Given the need for further improvements in anti-cocaine vaccination strategies, a chimeric hapten (GNET) was developed that combines chemically-stable structural features from steady-state haptens with the hydrolytic functionality present in transition-state mimetic haptens. Additionally, as a further investigation into the generation of an improved bifunctional antibody pool, sequential vaccination with steady-state and transition-state mimetic haptens was undertaken. While GNET induced the formation of catalytically-active antibodies, it did not improve overall behavioral efficacy...
July 5, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708892/cross-recognition-of-a-pit-viper-crotalinae-polyspecific-antivenom-explored-through-high-density-peptide-microarray-epitope-mapping
#15
Mikael Engmark, Bruno Lomonte, José María Gutiérrez, Andreas H Laustsen, Federico De Masi, Mikael R Andersen, Ole Lund
Snakebite antivenom is a 120 years old invention based on polyclonal mixtures of antibodies purified from the blood of hyper-immunized animals. Knowledge on antibody recognition sites (epitopes) on snake venom proteins is limited, but may be used to provide molecular level explanations for antivenom cross-reactivity. In turn, this may help guide antivenom development by elucidating immunological biases in existing antivenoms. In this study, we have identified and characterized linear elements of B-cell epitopes from 870 pit viper venom protein sequences by employing a high-throughput methodology based on custom designed high-density peptide microarrays...
July 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707874/designing-probes-for-immunodiagnostics-structural-insights-into-an-epitope-targeting-i-burkholderia-i-infections
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Riccardo Capelli, Elena Matterazzo, Marco Amabili, Claudio Peri, Alessandro Gori, Paola Gagni, Marcella Chiari, Ganjana Lertmemongkolchai, Marina Cretich, Martino Bolognesi, Giorgio Colombo, Louise Jane Gourlay
Structure-based epitope prediction drives the design of diagnostic peptidic probes to reveal specific antibodies elicited in response to infections. We previously identified a highly immunoreactive epitope from the peptidoglycan-associated lipoprotein (Pal) antigen from <i>Burkholderia pseudomallei</i>, which could also diagnose <i>Burkholderia cepacia</i> infections. Here, considering the high phylogenetic conservation within <i>Burkholderia</i> species, we ask whether cross-reactivity can be reciprocally displayed by the synthetic epitope from <i>B...
July 14, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705408/superior-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activity-of-trastuzumab-emtansine-t-dm1-in-comparison-to-trastuzumab-pertuzumab-and-their-combination-in-epithelial-ovarian-carcinoma-with-high-her2-neu-expression
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Gulden Menderes, Elena Bonazzoli, Stefania Bellone, Gary Altwerger, Jonathan D Black, Katherine Dugan, Francesca Pettinella, Alice Masserdotti, Francesco Riccio, Anna Bianchi, Luca Zammataro, Christopher de Haydu, Natalia Buza, Pei Hui, Serena Wong, Gloria S Huang, Babak Litkouhi, Elena Ratner, Dan-Arin Silasi, Masoud Azodi, Peter E Schwartz, Alessandro D Santin
BACKGROUND: Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) remains the most lethal gynecologic malignancy. The objective of this study was to compare the anti-tumor activity of HER2/neu-targeting monoclonal antibodies, trastuzumab (T), pertuzumab (P), combination of trastuzumab and pertuzumab (T+P) and trastuzumab-emtansine (T-DM1) in EOC with high HER2/neu expression. METHODS: Primary EOC cell lines were established and cell blocks were analyzed for HER2/neu expression. Cytostatic, apoptotic and antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) activities of T, P, T+P and T-DM1 were evaluated in vitro...
July 10, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704956/rapid-and-direct-vhh-and-target-identification-by-staphylococcal-surface-display-libraries
#18
Marco Cavallari
Unbiased and simultaneous identification of a specific antibody and its target antigen has been difficult without prior knowledge of at least one interaction partner. Immunization with complex mixtures of antigens such as whole organisms and tissue extracts including tumoral ones evokes a highly diverse immune response. During such a response, antibodies are generated against a variety of epitopes in the mixture. Here, we propose a surface display design that is suited to simultaneously identify camelid single domain antibodies and their targets...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704798/experimental-studies-on-possible-regulatory-role-of-nitric-oxide-on-the-differential-effects-of-chronic-predictable-and-unpredictable-stress-on-adaptive-immune-responses
#19
Tarun Thakur, Kavita Gulati, Nishant Rai, Arunabha Ray
The present study was designed to investigate the effects of chronic predictable stress (CPS) and chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) on immunological responses in KLH-sensitized rats and involvement of NOergic signaling pathways mediating such responses. Male Wistar rats (200-250g) were exposed to either CPS or CUS for 14days and IgG antibody levels and delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH) response was determined to assess changes in adaptive immunity. To evaluate the role of nitric oxide during such immunomodulation, biochemical estimation of stable metabolite of nitric oxide (NOx) and 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT, a marker of peroxynitrite formation) were done in both blood and brain...
July 10, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704580/efficient-discovery-and-capture-of-new-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-postsynaptic-density-protein-95-uncouplers-from-herbal-medicines-using-magnetic-molecularly-imprinted-polymers-as-artificial-antibodies
#20
Xiaoli Gu, Jiaojiao Huang, Lei Zhang, Yu Zhang, Chong-Zhi Wang, Chenghong Sun, Dandan Yao, Fei Li, Lina Chen, Chun-Su Yuan
In the scope of stroke treatment, new neuronal nitric oxide synthase-postsynaptic density protein-95 uncouplers from herbal medicines were discovered and captured. To do so, highly selective magnetic molecularly imprinted polymers with a core-shell structure were prepared as artificial antibodies. According to the results of computational simulations, we designed and synthesized various polymers with varying amounts and types of template, functional monomer, cross-linker and solvent. Characterization and performance tests revealed that the most appropriate artificial antibodies showed uniform spherical morphologies, large adsorption capacities, fast binding kinetics, high selectivity and quick separation...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
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