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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29041009/fcgr2a-and-fcgr3a-genotypes-correlate-with-farletuzumab-response-in-patients-with-first-relapsed-ovarian-cancer-exhibiting-low-ca125
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Wenquan Wang, Elizabeth B Somers, Erin N Ross, J Bradford Kline, Daniel J O'Shannessy, Charles Schweizer, Susan Weil, Luigi Grasso, Nicholas C Nicolaides
Farletuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to folate receptor alpha and elicits an anti-tumor response via immune effector activity. Recent studies from a global phase 3 trial in ovarian cancer patients treated with carboplatin/taxane plus farletuzumab found that the tumor-produced CA125 protein can suppress farletuzumab function via perturbing its engagement to the activating Fc-γ receptors CD32a (FCGR2A) and CD16a (FCGR3A). Previous reports have indicated that naturally occurring polymorphisms in both of these receptors may play a role in their ability to engage therapeutic antibodies and elicit an optimal immune response via antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC)...
October 18, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040939/a-biomimetic-theranostic-o2-meter-for-cancer-targeted-photodynamic-therapy-and-phosphorescence-imaging
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Shi-Ying Li, Bo-Ru Xie, Hong Cheng, Chu-Xin Li, Ming-Kang Zhang, Wen-Xiu Qiu, Wen-Long Liu, Xiao-Shuang Wang, Xian-Zheng Zhang
In this report, a biomimetic theranostic oxygen (O2)-meter (cancer cell membrane@Pt(II) porphyrinic-metal organic framework, designated as mPPt) was constructed for cancer targeted and phosphorescence image-guided photodynamic therapy (PDT). mPPt presents high photosensitizers (PSs) loading and evitable self-quenching behaviors for favorable biological O2 sensing and PDT. Besides, endowed by the surface functionalization of cancer cell membrane, the homotypic targeting and immune escape abilities of mPPt could dramatically enhance its cancer targeting ability...
October 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040919/functional-analyses-of-the-interaction-of-chicken-interleukin-23-subunit-p19-with-il-12-subunit-p40-to-form-the-il-23-complex
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Anh Duc Truong, Cong Thanh Hoang, Yeojin Hong, Janggeun Lee, Kyungbaek Lee, Hyun S Lillehoj, Yeong Ho Hong
This study represents the first description of the cloning of chicken IL-23p19 (ChIL-23α) and the function of the IL-23 complex in birds. Multiple alignment of ChIL-23α with other known IL-23α amino acid sequences revealed regions of amino acid conservation. The homologies of ChIL-23α, IL-12p35, and similar mammalian subunits ranged between 26% and 42%. ChIL-23α consisted of four exons and three introns; similar to those in humans and mice, and limited conservation of synteny between the human and chicken genomes was observed...
October 14, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040918/tumor-cryoablation-in-combination-with-natural-killer-cells-therapy-and-herceptin-in-patients-with-her2-overexpressing-recurrent-breast-cancer
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Shuzhen Liang, Lizhi Niu, Kecheng Xu, Xiaohua Wang, Yingqing Liang, Mingjie Zhang, Jibing Chen, Mao Lin
In this study, we investigated the clinical benefits of a combination of tumor cryoablation with natural killer (NK) cells therapy and Herceptin for human epidermal growth factor (HER) 2-overexpressing recurrent breast cancer. From May 2015 to May 2016, 48 patients who met the enrollment criteria were assigned to three groups (n=16): cryoablation group (group I), cryoablation-NK cells therapy group (group II) and cryoablation-NK cells therapy-Herceptin group (group III). Safety and short-term effects were evaluated...
October 13, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040806/bacterial-derived-carbohydrates-bind-cyr1-and-trigger-hyphal-growth-in-candida-albicans
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Jason Burch, Siavash Mashayekh, Dennis D Wykoff, Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes
The dimorphic yeast Candida albicans is the most common pathologic fungus found in humans. While this species is normally commensal, a morphological switch from budding yeast to filamentous hyphae allows the fungi to invade epithelial cells and cause infections. The phenotypic change is controlled by the adenylyl cyclase, Cyr1. Interestingly, this protein contains a leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain, which is commonly found in innate immune receptors from plants and animals. A functional and pure LRR domain was obtained in high yields from E...
October 17, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040727/whole-genome-sequencing-of-african-dogs-provides-insights-into-adaptations-against-tropical-parasites
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Yan-Hu Liu, Lu Wang, Tao Xu, Xiaomin Guo, Yang Li, Ting-Ting Yin, He-Chuan Yang, Hu Yang, Adeniyi C Adeola, Oscar J Sanke, Newton O Otecko, Meng Wang, Yaping Ma, Olaogun S Charles, Mikkel-Holger S Sinding, Shyam Gopalakrishnan, José Alfredo Samaniego, Anders J Hansen, Carlos Fernandes, Philippe Gaubert, Jane Budd, Philip M Dawuda, Eli Knispel Rueness, Lubin Jiang, Weiwei Zhai, M T P Gilbert, Min-Sheng Peng, Xiaopeng Qi, Guo-Dong Wang, Ya-Ping Zhang
Natural selection in domestic dogs is of great interest in evolutionary biology since dogs have migrated to every inhabited continent of the world alongside humans, and adapted to diverse environments. Here, we explored their demographic history and genetic basis of adaptation to the tropical African environment using whole genome analyses of 19 African indigenous dogs from Nigeria. Demographic analysis suggests that the ancestors of these dogs migrated into Africa from Eurasia 14,000 years ago and underwent a severe founder effect before population expansion...
October 10, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040546/variation-and-functional-impact-of-neanderthal-ancestry-in-western-asia
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Recep Ozgur Taskent, Duha Alioglu, Evrim Fer, Handan Melike Donertas, Mehmet Somel, Omer Gokcumen
Neanderthals contributed genetic material to modern humans via multiple admixture events. Initial admixture events presumably occurred in Western Asia shortly after humans migrated out-of-Africa. Despite being a focal point of admixture, earlier studies indicate lower Neanderthal introgression rates in some Western Asian populations as compared to other Eurasian populations. To better understand the genome-wide and phenotypic impact of Neanderthal introgression in the region, we sequenced whole genomes of 10 present-day Europeans, Africans, and the Western Asian Druze at high depth, and analyzed available whole genome data from various other populations, including 16 genomes from present-day Turkey...
October 13, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040522/behavioral-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-trem2-null-mice-not-all-knockout-mice-are-created-equal
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Silvia S Kang, Aishe Kurti, Kelsey E Baker, Chia-Chen Liu, Marco Colonna, Jason D Ulrich, David M Holtzman, Guojun Bu, John D Fryer
It is clear that innate immune system status is altered in numerous neurodegenerative diseases. Human genetic studies have demonstrated that Triggering Receptor Expressed in Myeloid cells 2 (TREM2) coding variants have a strong association with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. To more thoroughly understand the impact of TREM2 in vivo, we studied the behavioral and cognitive functions of wild-type (WT) and Trem2-/- (KO) mice during basal conditions and brain function in the context of innate immune stimulation with peripherally administered lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
October 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040339/protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-ptpn22-is-dispensable-for-dendritic-cell-antigen-processing-and-promotion-of-t-cell-activation-by-dendritic-cells
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Fiona Clarke, Christine K Jordan, Enrique Gutiérrez-Martinez, Jack A Bibby, Cristina Sanchez-Blanco, Georgina H Cornish, Xuezhi Dai, David J Rawlings, Rose Zamoyska, Pierre Guermonprez, Andrew P Cope, Harriet A Purvis
The PTPN22R620W single nucleotide polymorphism increases the risk of developing multiple autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. PTPN22 is highly expressed in antigen presenting cells (APCs) where the expression of the murine disease associated variant orthologue (Ptpn22R619W) is reported to dysregulate pattern recognition receptor signalling in dendritic cells (DCs) and promote T-cell proliferation. Because T-cell activation is dependent on DC antigen uptake, degradation and presentation, we analysed the efficiency of these functions in splenic and GM-CSF bone marrow derived DC from wild type (WT), Ptpn22-/- or Ptpn22R619W mutant mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040321/co-delivery-of-micronized-urinary-bladder-matrix-damps-regenerative-capacity-of-minced-muscle-grafts-in-the-treatment-of-volumetric-muscle-loss-injuries
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Stephen M Goldman, Benjamin T Corona
Minced muscle grafts (MG) promote de novo muscle fiber regeneration and neuromuscular strength recovery in small and large animal models of volumetric muscle loss. The most noteworthy limitation of this approach is its reliance on a finite supply of donor tissue. To address this shortcoming, this study sought to evaluate micronized acellular urinary bladder matrix (UBM) as a scaffolding to promote in vivo expansion of this MG therapy in a rat model. Rats received volumetric muscle loss injuries to the tibialis anterior muscle of their left hind limb which were either left untreated or repaired with minced muscle graft at dosages of 50% and 100% of the defect mass, urinary bladder matrix in isolation, or a with an expansion product consisting of a combination of the two putative therapies in which the minced graft is delivered at a dosage of 50% of the defect mass...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040318/rapid-reversal-of-innate-immune-dysregulation-in-blood-of-patients-and-livers-of-humanized-mice-with-hcv-following-daa-therapy
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Matthew A Burchill, Justin A Roby, Nanette Crochet, Megan Wind-Rotolo, Amy E Stone, Michael G Edwards, Rachael J Dran, Michael S Kriss, Michael Gale, Hugo R Rosen
RESULTS: First, in patients receiving two different combinations of DAAs, we found that DAAs induced not only rapid viral clearance, but also a re-setting of antiviral immune responses in the peripheral blood. Specifically, we see a rapid decline in the expression of genes associated with chronic IFN stimulation (IFIT3, USP18, IFIT1) as well as a rapid decline in genes associated with inflammation (IL1β, CXCL10, CXCL11) in the peripheral blood that precedes the complete removal of virus from the blood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040297/decreased-nk-cell-immunity-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-late-post-transplant-and-increased-nk-cell-immunity-in-patients-with-recurrent-miscarriage
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Li Zhu, Mostafa Aly, Haihao Wang, Hristos Karakizlis, Rolf Weimer, Christian Morath, Ruben Jeremias Kuon, Bettina Toth, Gerhard Opelz, Volker Daniel
BACKGROUND: There is evidence that NK-cell reactivity might affect graft outcome in transplant recipients and pregnancy in women. METHOD: NK-cell subsets were determined in whole blood using eight-colour-fluorescence flow cytometry in patients before and after renal transplantation, patients with recurrent miscarriage (RM) and healthy controls (HC). RESULTS: Patients late post-transplant (late-Tx) with functioning renal transplants showed abnormally low CD56dimCD16+ NK-cells containing both perforin and granzyme (vs HC p = 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040208/an-update-on-gain-of-function-mutations-in-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases
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Rekha D Jhamnani, Sergio D Rosenzweig
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Most primary immunodeficiencies described since 1952 were associated with loss-of-function defects. With the advent and popularization of unbiased next-generation sequencing diagnostic approaches followed by functional validation techniques, many gain-of-function mutations leading to immunodeficiency have also been identified. This review highlights the updates on pathophysiology mechanisms and new therapeutic approaches involving primary immunodeficiencies because of gain-of-function mutations...
October 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036914/molecular-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-a-ferritin-heavy-chain-subunit-from-the-eri-silkworm-samia-cynthia-ricini
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Hai-Zhong Yu, Shang-Zhi Zhang, Yan Ma, Dong-Qiong Fei, Bing Li, Li-Ang Yang, Jie Wang, Zhen Li, Azharuddin Muhammad, Jia-Ping Xu
Ferritins are conserved iron-binding proteins that are primarily involved in iron storage, detoxification and the immune response. Despite the importance of ferritin in organisms, little is known about their roles in the eri-silkworm (Samia cynthia ricini). We previously identified a ferritin heavy chain subunit named ScFerHCH in the S. c. ricini transcriptome database. The full-length S. c. ricini ferritin heavy chain subunit (ScFerHCH) was 1863 bp and encoded a protein of 231 amino acids with a deduced molecular weight of 25...
October 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036644/roles-of-female-and-male-genotype-in-post-mating-responses-in-drosophila-melanogaster-roles-of-female-and-male-genotype-in-female-drosophila-melanogaster-transcriptional-physiological-and-behavioral-responses-to-mating
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Sofie Y N Delbare, Clement Y Chow, Mariana F Wolfner, Andrew G Clark
Mating induces a multitude of changes in female behavior, physiology and gene expression. Interactions between female and male genotype lead to variation in post-mating phenotypes and reproductive success. So far, few female molecules responsible for these interactions have been identified. Here, we used Drosophila melanogaster from five geographically dispersed populations to investigate such female x male genotypic interactions at the female transcriptomic and phenotypic levels. Females from each line were singly-mated to males from the same five lines, for a total of 25 combinations...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036612/cd40l-controls-obesity-associated-vascular-inflammation-oxidative-stress-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-mice-translational-aspects-for-man
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Sebastian Steven, Mobin Dib, Michael Hausding, Fatemeh Kashani, Matthias Oelze, Swenja Kröller-Schön, Alina Hanf, Steffen Daub, Siyer Roohani, Yves Gramlich, Esther Lutgens, Eberhard Schulz, Christian Becker, Karl J Lackner, Hartmut Kleinert, Christoph Knosalla, Beate Niesler, Philipp S Wild, Thomas Münzel, Andreas Daiber
Aims: CD40 ligand (CD40L) signaling controls vascular oxidative stress and related dysfunction in angiotensin-II-induced arterial hypertension by regulating vascular immune cell recruitment and platelet activation. Here we investigated the role of CD40L in experimental hyperlipidemia. Methods and Results: Male wild type and CD40L-/- mice (C57BL/6 background) were subjected to high fat diet for sixteen weeks. Weight, cholesterol, HDL and LDL levels, endothelial function (isometric tension recording), oxidative stress (NADPH oxidase expression, dihydroethidium fluorescence) and inflammatory parameters (inducible nitric oxide synthase, interleukin-6 expression) were assessed...
September 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036447/plant-exosomes-using-an-unconventional-exit-to-prevent-pathogen-entry
#17
Line Lykke Hansen, Mads Eggert Nielsen
The ability to ward off filamentous pathogens, such as powdery mildew fungi, is one of the best studied examples of membrane trafficking-dependent disease resistance in plants. Here, papilla formation at the site of attack is essential for the pre-invasive immunity, whereas the encasement can hamper disease post-invasively. Exosomes containing antifungal peptides and small RNAs are thought to play a vital role in forming papillae and encasements that block fungal growth. While exosomes are well described in mammals, and have been shown to play important roles in cell-cell communication regulating development and disease, their function is not well-known in plants...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036438/a-selective-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-1-agonist-sew-2871-aggravates-gastric-cancer-by-recruiting-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
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Yujing Zhou, Feng Guo
The immune status of tumor microenvironment in gastric cancer is poorly understood, which limits the development of novel strategies in this field. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) acts as an immune modulator, but the role of S1P in gastric cancer is elusive. Here, we aim to investigate S1P receptor 1 (S1P1)-mediated effect of S1P in gastric cancer. We generated a xenograft mouse model and used SEW-2871, a S1P1 specific agonist to activate S1P1 signaling. Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) were isolated and analyzed using flow cytometry...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035948/hiv-and-aging-role-of-the-microbiome
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Seema N Desai, Alan L Landay
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this article is to review age-associated alterations in microbiota composition, diversity and functional features in context of immune senescence, chronic inflammation and comorbidities associated with HIV infection. The overall goal is to assess whether modulating the microbiome will likely improve resilience of the immune system and augment return to health. RECENT FINDINGS: Alteration in the gut microbiota composition diversity and function occur in HIV and aging...
October 14, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035946/role-of-the-lung-microbiome-in-hiv-pathogenesis
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Meera K Shenoy, Susan V Lynch
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to summarize recent findings on the lung microbiome in HIV-infected patients and associated pulmonary diseases, and the relationship of airway microbial communities to metabolic and immune signatures within this patient population. RECENT FINDINGS: The lung microbiome in HIV infection is a relatively new and rapidly developing field; early studies in the field produced inconclusive evidence as to whether HIV-infection changes the lower airway microbiome...
October 14, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
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