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Monika Lindemann, Marina Zaslavskaya, Melanie Fiedler, Benjamin Wilde, Falko M Heinemann, Andreas Heinold, Peter A Horn, Oliver Witzke
Approximately 70% of kidney transplant recipients are non-responders to conventional hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccines. We examined whether Fendrix(™) , an HBV vaccine containing 3-O-desacyl-4'-monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL) as adjuvant, could induce HBV immunity in these patients and compared their vaccination efficacy with healthy controls tested previously by the same assays. We selected 35 kidney transplant recipients who had been vaccinated at least thrice against HBV but had never displayed anti-HBs antibodies...
October 20, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
K Kollmann, W Warsch, C Gonzalez-Arias, F L Nice, E Avezov, J Milburn, J Li, D Dimitropoulou, S Biddie, M Wang, E Poynton, M Colzani, M R Tijssen, S Anand, U McDermott, B Huntly, T Green
Most MPN patients lacking JAK2 mutations harbour somatic CALR mutations that are thought to activate cytokine signalling although the mechanism is unclear. To identify kinases important for survival of CALR-mutant cells we developed a novel strategy (KISMET) which utilises the full range of kinase selectivity data available from each inhibitor and thus takes advantage of off-target noise that limits conventional siRNA or inhibitor screens. KISMET successfully identified known essential kinases in haematopoietic and non-haematopoietic cell lines and identified the MAPK pathway as required for growth of the CALR-mutated MARIMO cells...
October 14, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Jason D Marshall, Darren S Heeke, Eileen Rao, Sean K Maynard, David Hornigold, Christopher McCrae, Neil Fraser, Andrey Tovchigrechko, Li Yu, Nicola Williams, Sarah King, Martin E Cooper, Adeline M Hajjar, Jennifer C Woo
The best-characterized Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) ligands are lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and its chemically modified and detoxified variant, monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL). Although both molecules are active for human TLR4, they demonstrate a potency preference for mouse TLR4 based on data from transfected cell lines and primary cells of both species. After a high throughput screening process of small molecule libraries, we have discovered a new class of TLR4 agonist with a species preference profile differing from MPL...
2016: PloS One
Yan Xiu, Wingel Y Xue, Allyn Lambertz, Mariah Leidinger, Katherine Gibson-Corley, Chen Zhao
Previously we have shown that loss of non-canonical NF-κB signaling impairs self-renewal of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs). This prompted us to investigate whether persistent activation of the non-canonical NF-κB signaling will have supportive effects on HSPC self-renewal. NF-κB-inducing kinase (NIK) is an important kinase that mainly activates the non-canonical pathway through directly phosphorylating IKKα. In contrast to our expectations, constitutive activation of NIK in the hematopoietic system leads to bone marrow failure and postnatal lethality due to intrinsic impairment of HSPC self-renewal and extrinsic disruption of bone marrow microenvironment through enhancing osteoclastogenesis...
October 12, 2016: Stem Cells
Daniel Xia, Robert P Hasserjian
Polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) are myeloproliferative neoplasms characterized by recurrent somatic mutations in JAK2, CALR, and MPL. This short review addresses 1) the spectrum of mutations seen in PV, ET, and PMF, 2) the emerging genotype-phenotype correlations, 3) the current role of molecular testing in disease classification and management, and 4) several important considerations for selecting an appropriate molecular test. In our view, sequential testing algorithms and simultaneous assessment of multiple mutations by next-generation sequencing are both valid approaches to testing...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Mengchao Shi, Kristopher A Kleski, Kevin R Trabbic, Jean-Paul Bourgault, Peter R Andreana
Sialyl Tn (STn) is a tumor associated carbohydrate antigen (TACA) that is overexpressed in a variety of carcinomas such as breast, ovarian and colon cancer. In normal tissue, STn is not detectable which is critical for opportunities in develop-ing cancer immunotherapies. A novel, entirely carbohydrate, semi-synthetic STn-PS A1 conjugate was prepared and eval-uated in C57BL/6 mice. STn-PS A1 was combined with commercially available monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL)-based ad-juvant and after immunization, ELISA indicated a strong immune response for inducing both anti-STn IgM/IgG antibod-ies...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Kayoko Waki, Akira Yamada
High Mobility Group Box 1 (HMGB1) is a member of the damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), which cause inflammation and trigger innate immunity through Toll-like receptors (TLRs) 2/4 and the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE). We examined the effect of glycyrrhizin, a selective inhibitor of HMGB1, on the induction of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs) in mice. B6 mice, either OT-1 spleen cell-transferred or untransferred, were immunized with an s.c. injection of OVA257-264 peptide with topical imiquimod, and glycyrrhizin was mixed with the antigen peptide...
September 22, 2016: Cancer Science
K-H Lim, Y-C Chang, Y-H Chiang, H-C Lin, C-Y Chang, C-S Lin, L Huang, W-T Wang, C Gon-Shen Chen, W-C Chou, Y-Y Kuo
CALR mutations are identified in about 30% of JAK2/MPL-unmutated myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) including essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis. Although the molecular pathogenesis of CALR mutations leading to MPNs has been studied using in vitro cell lines models, how mutant CALR may affect developmental hematopoiesis remains unknown. Here we took advantage of the zebrafish model to examine the effects of mutant CALR on early hematopoiesis and model human CALR-mutated MPNs. We identified three zebrafish genes orthologous to human CALR, referred to as calr, calr3a and calr3b...
October 7, 2016: Blood Cancer Journal
Dominika Drzewiecka, Gabriela Lewandowska
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) pose a threat especially to women, the individuals with weakened immunity or with abnormalities in the urinary tract as well as to hospitalized and catheterized patients. The bacteria from the genus Proteus, especially P. mirabilis, are important UTI pathogenic factors. They frequently cause chronic, recurrent or severely complicated infections, resulting in the urinary stones production due to urease and other virulence factors. The ability to survive inside the stones and the increasing antibiotic resistance make it difficult to eradicate the bacteria from the urinary tract...
September 30, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Woo Jung Shin, Hyun Jong Noh, Young-Woock Noh, Sohyun Kim, Soong Ho Um, Yong Taik Lim
A novel powder-form combination adjuvant system containing two immunostimulatory compounds was firstly developed and evaluated as a therapeutic intervention for cancer immunotherapy. With the help of hyaluronic acid (HA), water insoluble monophosphoryl lipid A (MPL), QS21 and imiquimod (R837), could be easily dispersed in aqueous solution and lyophilized as powder-form, which have an advantage in room-temperature storage stability compared with those conventional liquid formulation that requires cold storage...
January 2, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
Shelley D Golden, Matthew C Farrelly, Douglas A Luke, Kurt M Ribisl
BACKGROUND: About half of all US states have cigarette minimum price laws (MPLs) that require a per cent mark-up on prices, but research suggests they may not be very effective in raising prices. An alternative type of MPL sets a floor price below which packs cannot be sold, and may be more promising. This new type of MPL policy has only been implemented in 1 city, therefore its benefits relative to excise taxes is difficult to assess. METHODS: We constructed a set of possible state floor price MPL options, and matched them to possible state excise tax hikes designed to produce similar average price increases...
October 2016: Tobacco Control
Sarah M Isaac, Dawei Qu, S Lee Adamson
INTRODUCTION: Placental examination is recommended when genetic mutations cause fetal lethality in mice. But how fetal death alters histomorphology of the surviving mouse placenta is not known. METHODS: Placentas were examined at E17.5 after fetectomy of 1-2 fetal mice per pregnancy at either embryonic day (E) 15.5 (N = 8; Fx-2 group) or E13.5 (N = 5; Fx-4 group), which left 12 ± 2 surviving fetuses per litter. RESULTS: Fetectomy caused no changes in placental weights and no increases in placental hypoxia (pimonidazole staining)...
October 2016: Placenta
Nancy Gupta, Satish Vedi, Dennis Y Kunimoto, Babita Agrawal, Rakesh Kumar
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the bacterial cause of tuberculosis, is a leading infectious agent worldwide. The development of a new vaccine against Mtb is essential to control global spread of tuberculosis, since the current vaccine BCG is not very effective and antibiotic resistance is a serious, burgeoning problem. ESAT-6 is a secreted protein of Mtb, which is absent in BCG but has been implicated in inducing protective immunity against Mtb. Peptide based subunit vaccines are attractive due to their safety and high specificity in eliciting immune responses, but small synthetic peptides are usually not very immunogenic...
September 29, 2016: Vaccine
Uri Rozovski, Srdan Verstovsek, Taghi Manshouri, Vilma Dembitz, Ksenija Bozinovic, Kate Newberry, Ying Zhang, Joseph E Bove, Sherry Pierce, Hagop Kantarjian, Zeev Estrov
In most patients with primary myelofibrosis, one of three mutually exclusive somatic mutations is detected. In approximately 60% of patients, the Janus kinase 2 gene is mutated; in 20%, the calreticulin gene is mutated; and in 5%, the myeloproliferative leukemia virus gene is mutated. Although patients with mutated calreticulin or myeloproliferative leukemia have a favorable outcome and those with none of these mutations have an unfavorable outcome, prognostication based on mutation status is challenging owing to the heterogeneous survival of patients with mutated Janus kinase 2...
September 29, 2016: Haematologica
Laila Nomani, Juraj Bodo, Xiaoxian Zhao, Lisa Durkin, Sanam Loghavi, Eric D Hsi
OBJECTIVES: Mutations in CALR (calreticulin) have been discovered in 50% to 80% of JAK2 (Janus kinase 2) and MPL (myeloproliferative leukemia protein) wild-type patients with Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPNs). We evaluate the performance of a monoclonal antibody for immunohistochemical detection of CALR mutations. METHODS: A computerized archival search was performed for cases of non-chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) MPNs with available CALR and JAK2 V617F mutational analysis data...
October 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Ali Raza, Neil H Bagnall, Abdul Jabbar, Steven R Kopp, Andrew C Kotze
BACKGROUND: There is some evidence that ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporters play a role in resistance to anthelmintics, particularly against macrocyclic lactones. Some anthelmintics, including ivermectin (IVM), have been shown to induce transcription of multiple ABC transporters in nematodes; however, the effects of monepantel (MPL) on transcription of these transporter genes has not been studied. METHODS: Larvae of two MPL-susceptible isolates of Haemonchus contortus were exposed to MPL at two concentrations (2...
September 29, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
Daria Sollazzo, Dorian Forte, Nicola Polverelli, Margherita Perricone, Marco Romano, Simona Luatti, Nicola Vianelli, Michele Cavo, Francesca Palandri, Lucia Catani
Myelofibrosis (MF) is a clonal neoplasia of the hemopoietic stem/progenitor cells associated with genetic mutations in the Janus kinase 2 (JAK2), myeloproliferative leukemia virus oncogene (MPL), and calreticulin (CALR) genes. MF is also characterized by a state of chronic inflammation. Calreticulin (CRT), as a multifunctional protein, is involved in a spectrum of cellular processes including inflammation, autoimmunity, and cancer initiation/progression. Based on this background, we hypothesised that in MF circulating CRT might reflect the inflammatory process...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
F Xing, Y N Lin, Q Sun, L Qin, Y J Jia, D L Zhang, K Ru
Objective: To characterize the molecular profile in patients with Ph negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) by exploring 49 gene mutations. Methods: Targeted gene sequencing were performed to analyze 49 MPN-associated genes in 51 patients with Ph negative MPN, of which CARL (exon 9), NPM1 (exon 12) and CEBPA (TAD, BZIP domains) were investigated by using Sanger sequencing simultaneously, while FLT3-ITD was assessed by PCR method. Results: Mutations were detected in 73.5% (36/49) of genes, and the mutational rates of JAK2-V617F, CALR (exon 9) and MPL were 60...
September 8, 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
C Orvain, D Luque Paz, I Dobo, L Cottin, G Le Calvez, A Chauveau, M Mercier, J Farhi, F Boyer, J C Ianotto, B Guibourg, M C Rousselet, M Zandecki, N Ifrah, M Hunault-Berger, V Ugo, F Genevieve
A high number of circulating CD34+ cells has been advocated to distinguish primary myelofibrosis from other Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms. We re-evaluated the diagnostic interest of measuring circulating CD34+ cells in 26 healthy volunteers and 256 consecutive patients at diagnosis for whom a myeloproliferative neoplasm was suspected. The ROC curve analysis showed that a number of CD34+ <10/μl excludes the diagnosis of primary myelofibrosis with a sensitivity of 97 % and a specificity of 90 % (area under the curve: 0...
October 2016: Annals of Hematology
Sanjay Varikuti, Steve Oghumu, Gayathri Natarajan, Jennifer Kimble, Rachel H Sperling, Ellen Moretti, Mark H Kaplan, Abhay R Satoskar
STAT4 is critical for the production of IFN-γ during the generation of Th1 immune responses. We investigated the role of STAT4 in mediating Th1-inducing activity of a vaccine adjuvant monophosphoryl Lipid A (MPL-A) using the standard antigen ovalbumin (OVA) in STAT4 KO mice. Our results show that splenocytes from STAT4KO mice displayed lower OVA-specific T cell proliferation and IL-2 production compared to WT mice. Further, IFN-γ production was diminished in STAT4KO derived splenocytes but the levels of IL-12 and TNF-α were similar compared to WT mice...
August 30, 2016: International Immunology
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