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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836345/safety-of-shorter-length-of-hospital-stay-for-patients-undergoing-minimalist-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#1
Ahmad Alkhalil, Harveen Lamba, Salil Deo, Hiram G Bezerra, Sandeep M Patel, Alan Markowitz, Daniel I Simon, Marco A Costa, Angela C Davis, Guilherme F Attizzani
OBJECTIVE: Determine the feasibility and predictors of early discharge after minimalist transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). BACKGROUND: Duration of hospitalization has a direct impact on overall cost of care, but the clinical impact of length of stay (LOS) in patients undergoing minimalist TAVR remains unclear. METHODS: We studied 268 patients who underwent minimalist TAVR. Short LOS (sLOS) was defined as post-procedural LOS ≤ 3 days and observed in 163 patients...
August 24, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827539/t-cell-specific-cxcr5%C3%A2-deficiency-prevents-rheumatoid-arthritis
#2
Georgios L Moschovakis, Anja Bubke, Michaela Friedrichsen, Christine S Falk, Regina Feederle, Reinhold Förster
The chemokine receptor CXCR5 is primarily expressed on B cells and Tfh cells and facilitates their migration towards B cell follicles. In the present study we investigated the role of the CXCL13/CXCR5 axis in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and specifically addressed the impact of CXCR5-mediated T and B cell migration in this disease. Employing collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) we identify CXCR5 as an absolutely essential factor for the induction of inflammatory autoimmune arthritis. Cxcr5-deficient mice and mice selectively lacking Cxcr5 on T cells were completely resistant to CIA, showed impaired germinal center responses and failed to mount an IgG1 antibody response to collagen II...
August 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805615/prenatal-diagnosis-of-holoprosencephaly-associated-with-smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome-slos-in-a-46-xx-fetus
#3
André Travessa, Patrícia Dias, Pedro Rocha, Ana Berta Sousa
OBJECTIVE: To show the importance of measuring cholesterol precursor levels in amniotic fluid in all pregnancies with ultrasound features (such as holoprosencephaly) suggestive of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS), after exclusion of chromosomal anomalies. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman, gravida 1 para 0, performed chorionic villus sampling for fetal karyotyping at 13 weeks of gestation due to positive combined first trimester screening in a fetus with increased nuchal translucency and suspected holoprosencephaly...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801578/basophils-contribute-to-pristane-induced-lupus-like-nephritis-model
#4
Barbara Dema, Yasmine Lamri, Christophe Pellefigues, Emeline Pacreau, Fanny Saidoune, Caroline Bidault, Hajime Karasuyama, Karim Sacré, Eric Daugas, Nicolas Charles
Lupus nephritis (LN), one of the most severe outcomes of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is initiated by glomerular deposition of immune-complexes leading to an inflammatory response and kidney failure. Autoantibodies to nuclear antigens and autoreactive B and T cells are central in SLE pathogenesis. Immune mechanisms amplifying this autoantibody production drive flares of the disease. We previously showed that basophils were contributing to LN development in a spontaneous lupus-like mouse model (constitutive Lyn (-/-) mice) and in SLE subjects through their activation and migration to secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs) where they amplify autoantibody production...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796426/vitamin-d-levels-in-smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome
#5
Miyad Movassaghi, Simona Bianconi, Richard Feinn, Christopher A Wassif, Forbes D Porter
Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS) is an autosomal recessive congenital malformation syndrome caused by mutations in the 7-dehydrocholesterol reductase gene. This inborn error of cholesterol synthesis leads to elevated concentrations of 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC). 7-DHC also serves as the precursor for vitamin D synthesis. Limited data is available on vitamin D levels in individuals with SLOS. Due to elevated concentrations of 7-DHC, we hypothesized that vitamin D status would be abnormal and possibly reach toxic levels in patients with SLOS...
October 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584005/neutrophils-slow-disease-progression-in-murine-lupus-via-modulation-of-autoreactive-germinal-centers
#6
Anna K Bird, Martin Chang, Jennifer Barnard, Bruce I Goldman, Nida Meednu, Javier Rangel-Moreno, Jennifer H Anolik
Neutrophils are well characterized as mediators of peripheral tissue damage in lupus, but it remains unclear whether they influence loss of self-tolerance in the adaptive immune compartment. Lupus neutrophils produce elevated levels of factors known to fuel autoantibody production, including IL-6 and B cell survival factors, but also reactive oxygen intermediates, which can suppress lymphocyte proliferation. To assess whether neutrophils directly influence the progression of autoreactivity in secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs), we characterized the localization and cell-cell contacts of splenic neutrophils at several stages in the progression of disease in the NZB/W murine model of lupus...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424283/simian-immunodeficiency-virus-targeting-of-cxcr3-cd4-t-cells-in-secondary-lymphoid-organs-is-associated-with-robust-cxcl10-expression-in-monocyte-macrophage-subsets
#7
Masayuki Fujino, Hirotaka Sato, Tomotaka Okamura, Akihiko Uda, Satoshi Takeda, Nursarat Ahmed, Shigeyuki Shichino, Teiichiro Shiino, Yohei Saito, Satoru Watanabe, Chie Sugimoto, Marcelo J Kuroda, Manabu Ato, Yoshiyuki Nagai, Shuji Izumo, Kouji Matsushima, Masaaki Miyazawa, Aftab A Ansari, Francois Villinger, Kazuyasu Mori
Glycosylation of Env defines pathogenic properties of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). We previously demonstrated that pathogenic SIVmac239 and a live-attenuated, quintuple deglycosylated Env mutant (Δ5G) virus target CD4(+) T cells residing in different tissues during acute infection. SIVmac239 and Δ5G preferentially infected distinct CD4(+) T cells in secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs) and within the lamina propria of the small intestine, respectively (C. Sugimoto et al., J Virol 86:9323-9336, 2012, https://doi...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349652/normal-iq-is-possible-in-smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome
#8
Yasemen Eroglu, Mina Nguyen-Driver, Robert D Steiner, Louise Merkens, Mark Merkens, Jean-Baptiste Roullet, Ellen Elias, Geeta Sarphare, Forbes D Porter, Chumei Li, Elaine Tierney, Małgorzata J Nowaczyk, Kurt A Freeman
Children with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS) are typically reported to have moderate to severe intellectual disability. This study aims to determine whether normal cognitive function is possible in this population and to describe clinical, biochemical and molecular characteristics of children with SLOS and normal intelligent quotient (IQ). The study included children with SLOS who underwent cognitive testing in four centers. All children with at least one IQ composite score above 80 were included in the study...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329174/ccr7-deficiency-modulates-t-cell-response-and-increases-susceptibility-to-yersinia-pseudotuberculosis-infection
#9
Joern Pezoldt, Fabio Pisano, Wiebke Heine, Maria Pasztoi, Maik Rosenheinrich, Aaron M Nuss, Marina C Pils, Immo Prinz, Reinhold Förster, Jochen Huehn, Petra Dersch
Background: To successfully limit pathogen dissemination an immunological link between the entry tissue of the pathogen and the underlying secondary lymphoid organs (SLO) needs to be established to prime adaptive immune responses. Here, the prerequisite of CCR7 to mount host immune responses within SLOs during gastrointestinal Yersinia pseudotuberculosis infection to limit pathogen spread was investigated. Methods: Survival, bacterial dissemination, intestinal and systemic pathology of wild type (WT) and CCR7-/- mice were assessed and correlated to the presence of immune cell subsets and cytokine responses throughout the course of infection...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258022/probes-for-protein-adduction-in-cholesterol-biosynthesis-disorders-alkynyl-lanosterol-as-a-viable-sterol-precursor
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Keri A Tallman, Hye-Young H Kim, Zeljka Korade, Thiago C Genaro-Mattos, Phillip A Wages, Wei Liu, Ned A Porter
The formation of lipid electrophile-protein adducts is associated with many disorders that involve perturbations of cellular redox status. The identities of adducted proteins and the effects of adduction on protein function are mostly unknown and an increased understanding of these factors may help to define the pathogenesis of various human disorders involving oxidative stress. 7-Dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC), the immediate biosynthetic precursor to cholesterol, is highly oxidizable and gives electrophilic oxysterols that adduct proteins readily, a sequence of events proposed to occur in Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS), a human disorder resulting from an error in cholesterol biosynthesis...
August 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174017/propagation-rate-constants-for-the-peroxidation-of-sterols-on-the-biosynthetic-pathway-to-cholesterol
#11
Connor R Lamberson, Hubert Muchalski, Kari B McDuffee, Keri A Tallman, Libin Xu, Ned A Porter
The free radical chain autoxidation of cholesterol and the oxidation products formed, i.e. oxysterols, have been the focus of intensive study for decades. The peroxidation of sterol precursors to cholesterol such as 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) and desmosterol as well as their oxysterols has received less attention. The peroxidation of these sterol precursors can become important under circumstances in which genetic conditions or exposures to small molecules leads to an increase of these biosynthetic intermediates in tissues and fluids...
February 5, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166604/smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome-carrier-frequency-and-estimates-of-in-utero-mortality-rates
#12
Gabriel A Lazarin, Imran S Haque, Eric A Evans, James D Goldberg
OBJECTIVE: To tabulate individual allele frequencies and total carrier frequency for Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS) and compare expected versus observed birth incidences. METHODS: A total of 262 399 individuals with no known indication or increased probability of SLOS carrier status, primarily US based, were screened for SLOS mutations as part of an expanded carrier screening panel. Results were retrospectively analyzed to estimate carrier frequencies in multiple ethnic groups...
April 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116088/radiotherapy-and-mva-muc1-il-2-vaccine-act-synergistically-for-inducing-specific-immunity-to-muc-1-tumor-antigen
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Gilda G Hillman, Lyndsey A Reich, Shoshana E Rothstein, Lisa M Abernathy, Matthew D Fountain, Kali Hankerd, Christopher K Yunker, Joseph T Rakowski, Eric Quemeneur, Philippe Slos
BACKGROUND: We previously demonstrated that tumor irradiation potentiates cancer vaccines using genetic modification of tumor cells in murine tumor models. To investigate whether tumor irradiation augments the immune response to MUC1 tumor antigen, we have tested the efficacy of tumor irradiation combined with an MVA-MUC1-IL2 cancer vaccine (Transgene TG4010) for murine renal adenocarcinoma (Renca) cells transfected with MUC1. METHODS: Established subcutaneous Renca-MUC1 tumors were treated with 8 Gy radiation on day 11 and peritumoral injections of MVA-MUC1-IL2 vector on day 12 and 17, or using a reverse sequence of vaccine followed by radiation...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077266/asp0028-in-combination-with-suboptimal-dose-of-tacrolimus-in-cynomolgus-monkey-renal-transplantation-model
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Hao Dun, Lijun Song, Anlun Ma, Yanxin Hu, Lin Zeng, Jieying Bai, Guangzhou Zhang, Liangyan Zhang, Kumi Koide, Yohei Okada, Kaori Hanaoka, Rie Yamamoto, Jun Hirose, Tatsuaki Morokata, Pierre Daloze, Huifang Chen
FTY720, a S1P-receptor modulator, has shown to be effective in several transplant and autoimmune disease models, via modulating lymphocyte homing into secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs), and thereby reducing these cells in peripheral blood. ASP0028, a newly developed S1P1/S1P5-selective agonist, presented comparable efficacy to FTY720 and wider safety margins than FTY720. In this study, we assessed the efficacy and safety of ASP0028 co-administered with suboptimal-dose of tacrolimus in the Cynomolgus monkey renal transplantation model...
January 7, 2017: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035134/upregulation-of-cc-chemokine-receptor-7-ccr7-enables-migration-of-xenogeneic-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-to-rat-secondary-lymphoid-organs
#15
Tian Ma, Shao-Liang Luan, Hong Huang, Xing-Kun Sun, Yan-Mei Yang, Hui Zhang, Wei-Dong Han, Hong Li, Yan Han
BACKGROUND CC chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7) expression is vital for cell migration to secondary lymphoid organs (SLOs). Our previous work showed that inducing CCR7 expression enabled syngeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to migrate into SLOs, resulting in enhanced immunosuppressive performance in mice. Given that human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs) are widely used in clinical therapy, we further investigated whether upregulation of CCR7 enables xenogeneic hASCs to migrate to rat SLOs. MATERIAL AND METHODS hASCs rarely express CCR7; therefore, hASCs were transfected with lentivirus encoding rat CCR7 (rCCR7) plus green fluorescence protein (GFP) or GFP alone...
December 30, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998976/sialylation-controls-prion-fate-in-vivo
#16
Saurabh Srivastava, Elizaveta Katorcha, Martin L Daus, Peter Lasch, Michael Beekes, Ilia V Baskakov
Prions or PrP(Sc) are proteinaceous infectious agents that consist of misfolded, self-replicating states of a sialoglycoprotein called the prion protein or PrP(C) The current work tests a new hypothesis that sialylation determines the fate of prions in an organism. To begin, we produced control PrP(Sc) from PrP(C) using protein misfolding cyclic amplification with beads (PMCAb), and also generated PrP(Sc) with reduced sialylation levels using the same method but with partially desialylated PrP(C) as a substrate (dsPMCAb)...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900819/learning-outcomes-exploring-implications-of-adopting-a-different-level-of-detail
#17
H L Bateman, G I McCracken, J M Thomason, J S Ellis
INTRODUCTION: Outcome-based programmes provide a framework to support educators and learners in understanding content and end points within taught courses. Management of these outcomes in the Dental Degree at Newcastle University has been a challenge in relation to quality assurance and enhancement, having over 1500 detailed student-level outcomes (SLO). This research aimed to explore the implications of adopting a more superficial "course" level of outcome (CLO), when reviewed against a reference set of external LO requirements...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Dental Education: Official Journal of the Association for Dental Education in Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881983/high-endothelial-venules-and-lymphatic-vessels-in-tertiary-lymphoid-organs-characteristics-functions-and-regulation
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Nancy H Ruddle
High endothelial venules (HEVs) and lymphatic vessels (LVs) are essential for the function of the immune system, by providing communication between the body and lymph nodes (LNs), specialized sites of antigen presentation and recognition. HEVs bring in naïve and central memory cells and LVs transport antigen, antigen-presenting cells, and lymphocytes in and out of LNs. Tertiary lymphoid organs (TLOs) are accumulations of lymphoid and stromal cells that arise and organize at ectopic sites in response to chronic inflammation in autoimmunity, microbial infection, graft rejection, and cancer...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877173/stromal-fibroblasts-in-tertiary-lymphoid-structures-a-novel-target-in-chronic-inflammation
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REVIEW
Francesca Barone, David H Gardner, Saba Nayar, Nathalie Steinthal, Christopher D Buckley, Sanjiv A Luther
Tertiary lymphoid structures (TLS) are organized aggregates of lymphocytes, myeloid, and stromal cells that provide ectopic hubs for acquired immune responses. TLS share phenotypical and functional features with secondary lymphoid organs (SLO); however, they require persistent inflammatory signals to arise and are often observed at target sites of autoimmune disease, chronic infection, cancer, and organ transplantation. Over the past 10 years, important progress has been made in our understanding of the role of stromal fibroblasts in SLO development, organization, and function...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830060/clonal-selection-versus-clonal-cooperation-the-integrated-perception-of-immune-objects
#20
Serge Nataf
Analogies between the immune and nervous systems were first envisioned by the immunologist Niels Jerne who introduced the concepts of antigen "recognition" and immune "memory". However, since then, it appears that only the cognitive immunology paradigm proposed by Irun Cohen, attempted to further theorize the immune system functions through the prism of neurosciences. The present paper is aimed at revisiting this analogy-based reasoning. In particular, a parallel is drawn between the brain pathways of visual perception and the processes allowing the global perception of an "immune object"...
2016: F1000Research
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