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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732435/the-effect-of-oral-levamisole-co-administration-on-the-level-of-immune-response-to-hepatitis-b-vaccine-in-healthy-individuals-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mousalreza Hosseini, Payman Shalchiantabrizi, Maliheh Dadgarmoghaddam, Saeideh Ahmady-Simab, Azizollah Behjati, Masoumeh Salari
Despite its proven efficacy, the hepatitis B vaccine requires improvements in immune enhancement and durability, especially in the elderly. Levamisole, an immune modulator, has been tested as an adjuvant to hepatitis B vaccine in several studies in immune-compromised populations. However, we aimed to evaluate the effect of levamisole on the immune response to hepatitis B vaccine in healthy subjects. In this randomized clinical trial, healthy family members of chronic hepatitis B patients were given twenty-microgram intramuscular injections of hepatitis B vaccine at 0, 1, and 6 months and 50 miligrams of oral  levamisole twice a day for two weeks with every vaccination dose...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732078/impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-indeterminate-results-of-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-test-a-propensity-score-matching-analysis
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Hong-Joon Shin, Tae-Ok Kim, Hyung-Joo Oh, Ha-Young Park, Jin-Sun Chang, Seong Ahn, Yu-Il Kim, Sung-Chul Lim, Yong-Soo Kwon
BACKGROUND: The sensitivity of interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) in the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection could be affected by conditions of immune dysregulation. For this reason, diabetes mellitus (DM) may increase the frequency of indeterminate results of IGRAs. However, there have been inconsistent reports of role of DM on indeterminate IGRA results. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients who underwent QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube testing (QFT-GIT) at Chonnam National University Hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731944/cancer-immunotherapy-in-older-patients
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Kristen A Marrone, Patrick M Forde
Advancing age remains one of the most significant risk factors for cancer development. Changes in the immune system occur with aging, and likely play a role in the increased incidence of malignancy in older patients. With the advent of immune checkpoint inhibitors, and their use in a variety of malignancies, there has been an explosion of clinical trials evaluating their use. Unfortunately, these trials have not shown consistent results in elderly patients, nor have age-specific outcomes been consistently reported...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731941/the-biology-of-aging-and-cancer-frailty-inflammation-and-immunity
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Xinwen Zhang, Xin Meng, Yiyin Chen, Sean X Leng, Haiyan Zhang
The majority of patients with common malignancies are older adults. Intrinsic complex biological changes of aging along with inflammation, immunosenescence, age-associated chronic diseases, and extrinsic environmental and psychosocial factors have significant impact on not only development and behavior of individual malignancies, but also physiologic reserve and vulnerability of older patients who suffer from them. As a result, clinical practice of geriatric oncology demands integration of careful geriatric assessment and management...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731407/t-cell-receptor-repertoires-of-mice-and-humans-are-clustered-in-similarity-networks-around-conserved-public-cdr3-sequences
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Asaf Madi, Asaf Poran, Eric Shifrut, Shlomit Reich-Zeliger, Erez Greenstein, Irena Zaretsky, Tomer Arnon, Francois Van Laethem, Alfred Singer, Jinghua Lu, Peter D Sun, Irun R Cohen, Nir Friedman
Diversity of T cell receptor (TCR) repertoires, generated by somatic DNA rearrangements, is central to immune system function. However, the level of sequence similarity of TCR repertoires within and between species has not been characterized. Using network analysis of high-throughput TCR sequencing data, we found that abundant CDR3-TCRβ sequences were clustered within networks generated by sequence similarity. We discovered a substantial number of public CDR3-TCRβ segments that were identical in mice and humans...
July 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731290/autoantibodies-against-pfdn2-are-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-a-case-control-study
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Douglas C Chang, Paolo Piaggi, Robert L Hanson, William C Knowler, Clifton Bogardus, Jonathan Krakoff
BACKGROUND: The adaptive immune system is involved in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), indicating the presence of unidentified autoantibodies that might be useful biomarkers for emerging immunomodulatory therapy. A prior microarray study with a small number of participants suggested the association of novel autoantibodies with T2DM in Southwest American Indians (SAIs). We therefore sought to determine whether antibodies against 14 target proteins are associated with T2DM in a large case-control study...
July 21, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730858/management-of-children-with-persistent-group-a-streptococcal-carriage
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Maria E Zacharioudaki, Emmanouil Galanakis
Chronic GAS carrier state is best defined as the prolonged presence of group A β-haemolytic Streptococcus (GAS) in the pharynx without evidence of infection or inflammation. Chronic GAS carriers have a low risk of immune mediated complications. Persistent pharyngeal carriage often raises management issues. In this study, we review the evidence on the management of persistent GAS carriage in children and propose a management algorithm. Areas covered: Chronic GAS pharyngeal carriage is quite common affecting 10-20% of school-aged children...
July 21, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730424/possible-immunomodulating-effect-of-retinol-on-cytokines-secretion-in-patients-with-recurrent-furunculosis
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Danuta Nowicka, Ewelina Grywalska, Anna Hymos, Michał Mielnik, Jacek Roliński
Recurrent furunculosis is an infection of hair follicles which results in formation of abscesses. Previous studies showed that the pathogenesis of the disease may include an immune-mediated component as the proliferative response of peripheral blood lymphocytes to staphylococcal antigen is depressed. The aim of our study was to evaluate cytokines concentration in the plasma of patients with recurrent furunculosis and to determine whether retinol affects the secretion of those cytokines in patients with recurrent furunculosis and healthy subjects...
July 20, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730240/a-16-year-retrospective-study-of-dacryocystitis-in-adult-patients-in-the-moldavia-region-romania
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Claudia Florida Costea, Gabriela FlorenŢa Dumitrescu, Mihaela Dana Turliuc, Gabriela Dimitriu, Mădălina Adriana Chihaia, Lucia Indrei, Nicoleta Dumitrescu, Andrei Cucu, Alexandru Cărăuleanu, Cristina Maria Gavrilescu, Irina Iuliana Costache
PURPOSE: Chronic dacryocystitis (CD) is an inflammation of the lacrimal sac and nasolacrimal duct with a long-standing evolution. The aims of this study were to analyze the epidemiology and to evaluate the histopathological features and the chronic inflammation score (CIS) system of chronic dacryocystitis in the region of Moldavia, Romania, over a period of 16 years. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective descriptive analysis of all pathological reports of chronic dacryocystitis from the Department of Pathology, "Prof...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729832/the-role-of-microglia-in-retinal-neurodegeneration-alzheimer-s-disease-parkinson-and-glaucoma
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Ana I Ramirez, Rosa de Hoz, Elena Salobrar-Garcia, Juan J Salazar, Blanca Rojas, Daniel Ajoy, Inés López-Cuenca, Pilar Rojas, Alberto Triviño, José M Ramírez
Microglia, the immunocompetent cells of the central nervous system (CNS), act as neuropathology sensors and are neuroprotective under physiological conditions. Microglia react to injury and degeneration with immune-phenotypic and morphological changes, proliferation, migration, and inflammatory cytokine production. An uncontrolled microglial response secondary to sustained CNS damage can put neuronal survival at risk due to excessive inflammation. A neuroinflammatory response is considered among the etiological factors of the major aged-related neurodegenerative diseases of the CNS, and microglial cells are key players in these neurodegenerative lesions...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729539/comparative-proteomic-analysis-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-and-primary-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Heidi Hongisto, Antti Jylhä, Janika Nättinen, Jochen Rieck, Tanja Ilmarinen, Zoltán Veréb, Ulla Aapola, Roger Beuerman, Goran Petrovski, Hannu Uusitalo, Heli Skottman
Human embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment epithelial cells (hESC-RPE) provide an unlimited cell source for retinal cell replacement therapies. Clinical trials using hESC-RPE to treat diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are currently underway. Human ESC-RPE cells have been thoroughly characterized at the gene level but their protein expression profile has not been studied at larger scale. In this study, proteomic analysis was used to compare hESC-RPE cells differentiated from two independent hESC lines, to primary human RPE (hRPE) using Isobaric tags for relative quantitation (iTRAQ)...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729151/standard-dose-pembrolizumab-in-combination-with-reduced-dose-ipilimumab-for-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-keynote-029-an-open-label-phase-1b-trial
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Georgina V Long, Victoria Atkinson, Jonathan S Cebon, Michael B Jameson, Bernie M Fitzharris, Catriona M McNeil, Andrew G Hill, Antoni Ribas, Michael B Atkins, John A Thompson, Wen-Jen Hwu, F Stephen Hodi, Alexander M Menzies, Alexander D Guminski, Richard Kefford, Benjamin Y Kong, Babak Tamjid, Archana Srivastava, Anna J Lomax, Mohammed Islam, Xinxin Shu, Scot Ebbinghaus, Nageatte Ibrahim, Matteo S Carlino
BACKGROUND: Reduced-dose nivolumab in combination with standard-dose ipilimumab improves objective response and progression-free survival compared with standard-dose ipilimumab alone, but increases toxicity. We assessed the safety and anti-tumour activity of standard-dose pembrolizumab in combination with reduced-dose ipilimumab. METHODS: In this open-label, phase 1b trial, we recruited patients from 12 medical centres in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Eligible patients were aged at least 18 years, had advanced melanoma, had an Eastern Coooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0 or 1, had measurable disease according to the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1...
July 17, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729150/impact-of-dendritic-cell-recovery-on-outcomes-after-umbilical-cord-blood-and-sibling-donor-transplantation-for-hematologic-malignancies
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Waseem Touma, Claudio G Brunstein, Michael R Verneris, Qing Cao, Julie Curtsinger, Jeffrey S Miller, Veronika Bachanova
Dendritic cells (DCs) orchestrate immune responses after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). We studied the association of donor myeloid DCs (mDCs) and plasmacytoid DCs (pDCs) recovery in the landmark analysis of umbilical cord blood (UCB) and matched related donor (RD) HCT. Eighty patients (42 UCB and 38 RD recipients) with a day 100 (D+100) blood sample were included in the analysis. Median age was 51 years (20-71). Most patients had acute leukemia (50%) or lymphoma (23%) and received reduced-intensity conditioning (75%)...
July 17, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729019/safety-reactogenicity-and-immunogenicity-of-two-investigational-pneumococcal-protein-based-vaccines-results-from-a-randomized-phase-ii-study-in-infants
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Roman Prymula, Leszek Szenborn, Sven-Arne Silfverdal, Jacek Wysocki, Piotr Albrecht, Magali Traskine, Asparuh Gardev, Yue Song, Dorota Borys
INTRODUCTION: Vaccination with formulations containing pneumococcal protein antigens such as pneumolysin toxoid (dPly) and histidine-triad protein D (PhtD) may extend serotype-related protection of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) against Streptococcus pneumoniae. METHODS: This phase II, multi-center, observer-blind trial conducted in Europe (NCT01204658) assessed 2 investigational vaccines containing 10 serotype-specific polysaccharide conjugates of PHiD-CV and either 10 or 30µg of dPly and PhtD each...
July 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728756/circulating-soluble-urokinase-plasminogen-activator-receptor-levels-and-peripheral-arterial-disease-outcomes
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Ayman Samman Tahhan, Salim S Hayek, Pratik Sandesara, Jamal Hajjari, Muhammad Hammadah, Wesley T O'Neal, Heval M Kelli, Ayman Alkhoder, Nima Ghasemzadeh, Yi-An Ko, Hiroshi Aida, Mohamad Mazen Gafeer, Naser Abdelhadi, Kareem Hosny Mohammed, Keyur Patel, Shipra Arya, Jochen Reiser, Viola Vaccarino, Laurence Sperling, Arshed Quyyumi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Circulating soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is a marker of immune activation associated with atherosclerosis. Whether suPAR levels are associated with prevalent peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and its adverse outcomes remains unknown and is the aim of the study. METHODS: SuPAR levels were measured in 5810 patients (mean age 63 years, 63% male, 77% with obstructive coronary artery disease [CAD]) undergoing cardiac catheterization...
June 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728257/-eosinophilic-esophagitis-in-children-analysis-of-22-cases
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M F Sun, W Z Gu, K R Peng, M N Liu, X L Shu, L Q Jiang, M Z Jiang
Objective: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic immune-mediated esophageal disease.The current domestic reports of EoE in children is rare.The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical features, the diagnosis and treatment advance of EoE in children by case analysis and literature review. Method: Clinical data of 22 children with EoE from January, 2011 to December, 2015 in Children's Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine were recorded, retrospective analysis was performed on clinical presentation, gastroendoscopy and histopathological examination features and the treatment...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728156/predicting-the-risk-to-develop-preeclampsia-in-the-first-trimester-combining-promoter-variant-98a-c-of-lgals13-placental-protein-13-black-ethnicity-previous-preeclampsia-obesity-and-maternal-age
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Liora Madar-Shapiro, Ido Karady, Alla Trahtenherts, Argryo Syngelaki, Ranjit Akolekar, Liona Poon, Ruth Cohen, Adi Sharabi-Nov, Berthold Huppertz, Marei Sammar, Kata Juhasz, Nandor Gabor Than, Zoltan Papp, Roberto Romero, Kypros H Nicolaides, Hamutal Meiri
BACKGROUND: LGALS13 (placental protein 13 [PP13]) promoter DNA polymorphisms was evaluated in predicting preeclampsia (PE), given PP13's effects on hypotension, angiogenesis, and immune tolerance. METHODS: First-trimester plasma samples (49 term and 18 intermediate) of PE cases matched with 196 controls were collected from King's College Hospital, London, repository. Cell-free DNA was extracted and the LGALS13 exons were sequenced after PCR amplification. Expression of LGALS13 promoter reporter constructs was determined in BeWo trophoblast-like cells with luciferase assays...
July 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728082/oral-infections-comorbidities-and-sensory-evidences-in-elderly-cross-sectional-study
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Nathalia Santos Viana Silva, Luciana Alvarenga da Silva, Omar Jaluul, Wilson Jacob-Filho, Silvia Regina Dowgan Tesseroli de Siqueira
BACKGROUND: Oral infections affect the general health and overlap with chronic diseases due to infectious-immune mechanisms. On the other side, sensory abnormalities may be symptoms of this association. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prevalence of oral infections, comorbidities, health parameters and sensory abnormalities in elderly patients. METHODS: Thirty (30) elderly with mean age 70.4 yo, distributed according to ages were evaluated with a protocol that included demographics, comorbidities, medications, laboratory tests, blood pressure, heart rate, mini-mental state examination, clinical oral evaluation and systematized sensory testing (gustative, olfactory, thermal, mechanical and pain thresholds)...
July 1, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727770/cerebrospinal-fluid-humoral-immunity-in-the-differential-diagnosis-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Evanthia Bernitsas, Omar Khan, Sara Razmjou, Alexandros Tselis, Fen Bao, Christina Caon, Scott Millis, Navid Seraji-Bozorgzad
BACKGROUND: The diagnostic accuracy of cerebrospinal fluid oligoclonal bands (CSF-OCB) detected by isoelectric focusing (IEF) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) was evaluated in our study. METHODS: Three hundred and twenty-one patients with MS and other central nervous system (CNS) immune mediated disorders were assessed (CIMD). Cerebrospinal fluid and matched serum samples were examined for the presence of OCB by IEF-IB (isoelectric focusing with immunoblotting)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727656/potential-association-of-il1b-polymorphism-with-iron-deficiency-risk-in-childhood-helicobacter-pylori-infection
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Szu-Ta Chen, Yen-Hsuan Ni, Shing-Hwa Liu
OBJECTIVE: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection occurs predominantly in childhood. Host immune response gene polymorphism is reported to affect the susceptibility to H. pylori infection and the outcome of H. pylori-related gastric cancer. However, not all H. pylori-infected patients exhibit iron deficiency. The relationship between host genetic polymorphisms and iron deficiency mediated by H. pylori infection is not well understood. METHODS: Subjects (n = 644) from the general population aged 10 to 18 years were divided into two groups based on serology testing for anti-H...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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