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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329211/therapeutic-vaccine-for-genital-herpes-simplex-virus-2-infection-findings-from-a-randomized-trial
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David I Bernstein, Anna Wald, Terri Warren, Kenneth Fife, Stephen Tyring, Patricia Lee, Nick Van Wagoner, Amalia Magaret, Jessica B Flechtner, Sybil Tasker, Jason Chan, Amy Morris, Seth Hetherington
Background.: Genital herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) infection causes recurrent lesions and frequent viral shedding. GEN-003 is a candidate therapeutic vaccine containing HSV-2 gD2ΔTMR and ICP4.2, and Matrix-M2 adjuvant. Methods.: Persons with genital herpes were randomized into three dose cohorts to receive three intramuscular doses 21 days apart of 10 µg, 30 µg, or 100 µg of GEN-003, antigens without adjuvant, or placebo. Participants obtained genital swabs twice-daily for HSV-2 detection and monitored genital lesions for 28-day periods at baseline and intervals after the last dose...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327300/rbaltmip-a-recombinant-alpha-type-myotoxin-inhibitor-from-bothrops-alternatus-rhinocerophis-alternatus-snake-as-a-potential-candidate-to-complement-the-antivenom-therapy
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Norival A Santos-Filho, Tiago S Sousa, Johara Boldrini-França, Ludier K Santos-Silva, Danilo L Menaldo, Flávio Henrique-Silva, Adélia C O Cintra, Helen J Laure, Carla C N Mamede, Fábio Oliveira, Thalita B Riul, Marcelo Dias-Baruffi, José C Rosa, Suely V Sampaio
Phospholipase A2 inhibitors (PLIs) are important targets in the search and development of new drugs. This study aimed at evaluating the potential of an alpha-type phospholipase A2 inhibitor from Bothrops alternatus (Rhinocerophis alternatus) snake in its recombinant form (rBaltMIP) to complement the conventional antivenom therapy. Biochemical experiments showed that rBaltMIP presented pI 5.8 and molecular masses of ∼21 kDa by SDS-PAGE and 19.57 kDa by MALDI/TOF MS. After tryptic peptides sequencing, the results were compared with other PLIs available in databases, showing 100% identity between rBaltMIP and its native inhibitor BaltMIP and from 92% to 96% identity with other inhibitors...
December 15, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327200/a-first-in-human-phase-1-study-of-a-hepcidin-monoclonal-antibody-ly2787106-in-cancer-associated-anemia
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Saroj Vadhan-Raj, Rafat Abonour, Jonathan W Goldman, David A Smith, Christopher A Slapak, Robert L Ilaria, Ramon V Tiu, Xuejing Wang, Sophie Callies, Joanne Cox, Jay L Tuttle, Yiu-Keung Lau, Eric J Roeland
BACKGROUND: Hepcidin plays a central role in iron homeostasis and erythropoiesis. Neutralizing hepcidin with a monoclonal antibody (mAb) may prevent ferroportin internalization, restore iron efflux from cells, and allow transferrin-mediated iron transport to the bone marrow. This multicenter, phase 1 study evaluated the safety, pharmacokinetics (PK), pharmacodynamics (PD), and efficacy of a fully humanized mAb (LY2787106) with high affinity for hepcidin in cancer patients with anemia...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326928/cxcr4-signaling-in-macrophages-contributes-to-periodontal-mechanical-hypersensitivity-in-porphyromonas-gingivalis-induced-periodontitis-in-mice
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Hidekazu Nagashima, Masamichi Shinoda, Kuniya Honda, Noriaki Kamio, Masahiro Watanabe, Tatsuro Suzuki, Naoyuki Sugano, Shuichi Sato, Koichi Iwata
Background Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease accompanied by alveolar bone loss and progressive inflammation without pain. However, the potential contributors eliminating pain associated with gingival inflammation are unknown. Results we examined the involvement of CXC chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) on the mechanical sensitivity of inflamed periodontal tissue, using a mouse model of periodontitis established by the ligation of the tooth cervix of a maxillary second molar and inoculation with Porphyromonas gingivalis (P...
January 2017: Molecular Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326455/neutralization-of-mmp-2-and-tnfr1-regulates-the-severity-of-s-aureus-induced-septic-arthritis-by-differential-alteration-of-local-and-systemic-proinflammatory-cytokines-in-mice
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Sahin Sultana, Rana Adhikary, Biswadev Bishayi
Despite advancement in the field of antibiotics septic arthritis remains a serious concern till date. Staphylococcus aureus is the most common bacterium that causes septic arthritis. Severity of this disease is directly correlated with chronic inflammation induced by proinflammatory cytokines like TNF-α, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and induction of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) including MMP-2. The objective of our study was to evaluate the role of MMP-2 and tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1) in the pathogenesis of S...
March 22, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326082/neonatal-group-b-streptococcal-disease-in-otherwise-healthy-infants-failure-of-specific-neonatal-immune-responses
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Alessandro Borghesi, Mauro Stronati, Jacques Fellay
Only a small proportion of newborn infants exposed to a pathogenic microorganism develop overt infection. Susceptibility to infection in preterm infants and infants with known comorbidities has a likely multifactorial origin and can be often attributed to the concurrence of iatrogenic factors, environmental determinants, underlying pathogenic processes, and probably genetic predisposition. Conversely, infection occurring in otherwise healthy full-term newborn infants is unexplained in most cases. Microbial virulence factors and the unique characteristics of the neonatal immune system only partially account for the interindividual variability in the neonatal immune responses to pathogens...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323963/an-antibody-to-notch2-reverses-the-osteopenic-phenotype-of-hajdu-cheney-mutant-male-mice
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Ernesto Canalis, Archana Sanjay, Jungeun Yu, Stefano Zanotti
Notch receptors play a central role in skeletal development and bone remodeling. Hajdu Cheney Syndrome (HCS), a disease characterized by osteoporosis and fractures, is associated with gain-of-NOTCH2 function mutations. To study HCS, we created a mouse model harboring a point 6955C>T mutation in the Notch2 locus upstream of the proline (P), glutamic acid (E), serine (S) and threonine (T) domain leading to a Q2319X change at the amino acid level. Notch2Q2319X heterozygous mutants exhibited cancellous and cortical bone osteopenia...
January 31, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323873/a-three-monoclonal-antibody-combination-potently-neutralizes-multiple-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-f-subtypes
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Yongfeng Fan, Consuelo Garcia-Rodriguez, Jianlong Lou, Weihua Wen, Fraser Conrad, Wenwu Zhai, Theresa J Smith, Leonard A Smith, James D Marks
Human botulism is primarily caused by botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) serotypes A, B and E, with around 1% caused by serotype F (BoNT/F). BoNT/F comprises at least seven different subtypes with the amino acid sequence difference between subtypes as high as 36%. The sequence differences present a significant challenge for generating monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that can bind, detect and neutralize all BoNT/F subtypes. We used repertoire cloning of immune mouse antibody variable (V) regions and yeast display to generate a panel of 33 lead single chain Fv (scFv) mAbs that bound one or more BoNT/F subtypes with a median equilibrium dissociation constant (KD) of 4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323750/humoral-responses-against-hiv-in-male-genital-tract-role-in-sexual-transmission-and-perspectives-for-preventive-strategies
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Amandine Gagneux-Brunon, Nicolas Rochereau, Elisabeth Botelho-Nevers, Frédéric Lucht, Bruno Pozzetto, Stéphane Paul, Thomas Bourlet
Most new HIV infections occur via sexual routes. The induction of protective anti-HIV antibodies in genital mucosa is an important step towards reducing HIV transmission. Mucosal anti-HIV antibodies may play a dual role by either protecting against HIV transmission or facilitating it. Protective properties against HIV of mucosal IgGs and IgAs exhibiting neutralizing or antibody dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) activities have been described in highly exposed seronegative individuals (HESN). Conversely, some IgGs may facilitate the crossing of HIV free particles through epithelial barriers by transcytosis...
March 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323124/cd44-is-a-key-player-in-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Stéphanie Patouraux, Déborah Rousseau, Stéphanie Bonnafous, Cynthia Lebeaupin, Carmelo Luci, Clémence M Canivet, Anne-Sophie Schneck, Adeline Bertola, Marie-Christine Saint-Paul, Antonio Iannelli, Jean Gugenheim, Rodolphe Anty, Albert Tran, Béatrice Bailly-Maitre, Philippe Gual
BACKGROUND: CD44 is expressed on many immune cells that contribute to inflammation. It has been shown, mainly through animal data, that CD44 regulates adipose tissue inflammation in obesity and hepatic leukocyte recruitment in a lithogenic context. However, its role in hepatic inflammation in a mouse model of steatohepatitis and its relevance in humans have not yet been investigated. METHODS: The role of CD44 was evaluated in CD44-/- mice and after injections of an αCD44 antibody in Wild-type mice challenged with a methionine- and choline-deficient diet (MCDD)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322923/microspheres-prime-rmva-boost-vaccination-enhances-humoral-and-cellular-immune-response-in-ifnar-mice-conferring-protection-against-serotypes-1-and-4-of-bluetongue-virus
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Alejandro Marín-López, Eva Calvo-Pinilla, Diego Barriales, Gema Lorenzo, Javier Benavente, Alejandro Brun, Jose Manuel Martínez-Costas, Javier Ortego
Bluetongue virus (BTV) is the causative agent of bluetongue disease (BT), which affects domestic and wild ruminants. At the present, 27 different serotypes have been documented. Vaccination has been demonstrated as one of the most effective methods to avoid viral dissemination. To overcome the drawbacks associated with the use of inactivated and attenuated vaccines we engineered a new recombinant BTV vaccine candidate based on proteins VP2, VP7, and NS1 of BTV-4 that were incorporated into avian reovirus muNS-Mi microspheres (MS-VP2/VP7/NS1) and recombinant modified vaccinia virus Ankara (rMVA)...
March 16, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322862/comparison-of-in-house-biotin-avidin-tetanus-igg-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-elisa-with-gold-standard-in-vivo-mouse-neutralization-test-for-the-detection-of-low-level-antibodies
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Cemile Sonmez, Nilay Çoplu, Ayşegul Gozalan, Lutfu Akin, Berrin Esen
BACKGROUND: Detection of anti-tetanus antibody levels is necessary for both determination of the immune status of individuals and also for planning preventive measures. ELISA is the preferred test among in vitro tests however it can be affected by the cross reacting antibodies. A previously developed in-house ELISA test was found not reliable for the antibody levels ≤1.0IU/ml. A new method was developed to detect low antibody levels correctly. The aim of the present study was to compare the results of the newly developed in-house biotin-avidin tetanus IgG ELISA test with the in vivo mouse neutralization test, for the antibody levels ≤1...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322582/man%C3%AE-1-2man-binding-anti-hiv-lectins-enhance-the-exposure-of-v2i-and-v3-crown-neutralization-epitopes-on-the-v1v2-and-v3-hypervariable-loops-of-hiv-1-envelope
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Muzafar Jan, Chitra Upadhyay, Aman Sharma, Caterina E Hioe, Sunil K Arora
This study aimed to explore the contribution of high mannose glycans in the masking of conserved GPG and LDI/V containing V3 crown and V2i epitopes on the hypervariable loops of most exposed distal surface of HIV-1 Env. Using lectins specific to Manα1-2Man residue containing Man6-9GlcNAc2 glycans extensively decorating HIV-1 Env, we found that Manα1-2Man binding lectins enhance the exposure of these partially and transiently exposed epitopes and consequentially increase the neutralization strength of these antibodies...
March 21, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322142/enhanced-release-of-immunostimulating-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan-by-autodigestion-of-the-lingzhi-medicinal-mushroom-ganoderma-lingzhi-agaricomycetes
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Yuina Ishimoto, Ken-Ichi Ishibashi, Daisuke Yamanaka, Yoshiyuki Adachi, Hisatomi Ito, Kentaro Igami, Toshitsugu Miyazaki, Naohito Ohno
Ganoderma lingzhi is a widely used medicinal mushroom that has antioxidative effects, ameliorates insulin resistance, and improves quality of life in patients with metabolic syndrome. Potentiation of immunity is also a major function of G. lingzhi, and this has been applied in patients with cancer. Supplementing G. lingzhi into foods reduced the metastasis of cancer cells. β-l,3-glucan is an important bioactive component of G. lingzhi. In this study we enhanced the solubilization ofimmunostimulating β-l,3-glucan by autodigestion of G...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321130/effective-combinatorial-immunotherapy-for-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Xin Lu, James W Horner, Erin Paul, Xiaoying Shang, Patricia Troncoso, Pingna Deng, Shan Jiang, Qing Chang, Denise J Spring, Padmanee Sharma, John A Zebala, Dean Y Maeda, Y Alan Wang, Ronald A DePinho
A significant fraction of patients with advanced prostate cancer treated with androgen deprivation therapy experience relapse with relentless progression to lethal metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Immune checkpoint blockade using antibodies against cytotoxic-T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA4) or programmed cell death 1/programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD1/PD-L1) generates durable therapeutic responses in a significant subset of patients across a variety of cancer types. However, mCRPC showed overwhelming de novo resistance to immune checkpoint blockade, motivating a search for targeted therapies that overcome this resistance...
March 20, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321029/influenza-a-virus-infection-in-japanese-wild-boars-sus-scrofa-leucomystax
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Hiroshi Shimoda, Dung VAN Nguyen, Kenzo Yonemitsu, Shohei Minami, Nao Nagata, Nanami Hara, Ryusei Kuwata, Shin Murakami, Yuuji Kodera, Tsutomu Takeda, Yasuhiro Yoshikawa, Taisuke Horimoto, Ken Maeda
Serum samples were collected from 385 wild boars between 2010 and 2013 to examine the seroprevalence of influenza A virus (IAV) in Japan. Antibodies against IAV were identified using a commercial kit in 13 wild boars (3.4%). To identify the serotypes, positive sera were examined by virus-neutralization test using representative serotypes and strains. Three wild boars in Yamaguchi and four in Tochigi showed the highest antibody titers against the pandemic H1N1 2009 virus and classical swine H1N1 virus strains, respectively...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320945/three-dimensional-culture-system-identifies-a-new-mode-of-cetuximab-resistance-and-disease-relevant-genes-in-colorectal-cancer
#17
Cunxi Li, Bhuminder Singh, Ramona Graves-Deal, Haiting Ma, Alina Starchenko, William H Fry, Yuanyuan Lu, Yang Wang, Galina Bogatcheva, Mohseen P Khan, Ginger L Milne, Shilin Zhao, Gregory Daniel Ayers, Nenggan Li, Huaying Hu, Mary Kay Washington, Timothy J Yeatman, Oliver G McDonald, Qi Liu, Robert J Coffey
We previously reported that single cells from a human colorectal cancer (CRC) cell line (HCA-7) formed either hollow single-layered polarized cysts or solid spiky masses when plated in 3D in type-I collagen. To begin in-depth analyses into whether clonal cysts and spiky masses possessed divergent properties, individual colonies of each morphology were isolated and expanded. The lines thus derived faithfully retained their parental cystic and spiky morphologies and were termed CC (cystic) and SC (spiky), respectively...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318765/in-vivo-electroporation-in-dna-vlp-prime-boost-preferentially-enhances-hiv-1-envelope-specific-igg2a-neutralizing-antibody-and-cd8-t-cell-responses
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Xun Huang, Qianqian Zhu, Xiaoxing Huang, Lifei Yang, Yufeng Song, Ping Zhu, Paul Zhou
Although in vivo electroporation (EP) has been utilized to improve immunogenicity in DNA vaccines alone or in prime-boost regimens with both proteins and viral-vectors, no studies on in vivo EP in DNA-VLP prime-boost regimens against HIV-1 have been reported. Previously we developed stably transfected Drosophila S2 clones to produce HIV-1 virus-like particles (VLP) and demonstrated that priming mice twice with DNA plasmids encoding HIV-1 gp120 and gag and boosting twice with HIV-1 VLP (i.e. DDVV immunization) elicited both envelope-specific antibody and envelope and gag-specific CD8 T cell responses...
March 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318046/hepatitis-c-virus-induced-ccl5-secretion-from-macrophages-activates-hepatic-stellate-cells
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Reina Sasaki, Pradip B Devhare, Robert Steele, Ranjit Ray, Ratna B Ray
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) mediated chronic liver disease is a serious health problem around the world, and often causes fibrosis/cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The mechanism of liver disease progression during HCV infection is still unclear, although inflammation is believed to be an important player in disease pathogenesis. We previously reported that macrophages including Kupffer cells exposed to HCV induce proinflammatory cytokines. These secreted cytokines may activate hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) towards fibrosis...
March 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317660/safety-tolerability-and-efficacy-of-intradermal-rabies-immunization-with-debioject%C3%A2
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Paul Vescovo, Nils Rettby, Nirinarilala Ramaniraka, Julie Liberman, Karen Hart, Astrid Cachemaille, Laurent-Dominique Piveteau, Reto Zanoni, Pierre-Alexandre Bart, Giuseppe Pantaleo
In a single-center study, 66 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 50years were randomized to be immunized against rabies with three different injection routes: intradermal with DebioJect™ (IDJ), standard intradermal with classical needle (IDS), also called Mantoux method, and intramuscular with classical needle (IM). "Vaccin rabique Pasteur®" and saline solution (NaCl 0.9%) were administered at D0, D7 and D28. Antigen doses for both intradermal routes were 1/5 of the dose for IM. Tolerability, safety and induced immunogenicity of IDJ were compared to IDS and IM routes...
March 27, 2017: Vaccine
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