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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777647/correlates-of-postpartum-sexual-activity-and-contraceptive-use-in-kano-northern-nigeria
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Zubairu Iliyasu, Hadiza S Galadanci, Khadija M Danlami, Hamisu M Salihu, Muktar H Aliyu
Practices related to resumption of coitus after childbirth remains poorly documented in Nigeria. This study examined factors associated with sexual intercourse, delivery-coitus interval, and contraceptive use among postpartum women attending a tertiary centre in Kano, northern Nigeria. A cross section of 317 women attending immunization, postnatal and family planning clinics within 12 months of childbirth was interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Vaginal intercourse was resumed by most women (n=212; 66...
March 2018: African Journal of Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777458/increased-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-expression-and-rs11568820-and-rs4516035-promoter-polymorphisms-in-autistic-disorder
#2
Burhan Balta, Hakan Gumus, Ruslan Bayramov, Keziban Korkmaz Bayramov, Murat Erdogan, Didem Behice Oztop, Muhammet Ensar Dogan, Serpil Taheri, Munis Dundar
Although there are a large number of sequence variants of different genes and copy number variations at various loci identified in autistic disorder (AD) patients, the pathogenesis of AD has not been elucidated completely. Recently, in AD patients, a large number of expression array and transcriptome studies have shown an increase in the expression of genes especially related to innate immune response. Antimicrobial effects of vitamin D and VDR are exerted through Toll-Like-Receptors (TLR) which have an important role in the innate immune response, are expressed by antigen presenting cells and recognize foreign microorganisms...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777306/respiratory-manifestations-in-lps-responsive-beige-like-anchor-lrba-protein-deficient-patients
#3
Oded Shamriz, Bella Shadur, Adeeb NaserEddin, Irina Zaidman, Natalia Simanovsky, Orly Elpeleg, Eitan Kerem, Joel Reiter, Polina Stepensky
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-responsive beige-like anchor (LRBA) protein deficiency is a rare syndrome of primary immune deficiency and immune dysregulation. In this study, we sought to summarize our experience with respiratory manifestations in LRBA-deficient patients. We conducted a retrospective analysis of the medical records of LRBA-deficient patients treated at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel. Data retrieved included pulmonary workup, disease course, treatment, and outcome. Ten patients were included...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777119/changes-in-t-cell-effector-functions-over-an-8-year-period-with-tnf-antagonists-in-patients-with-chronic-inflammatory-rheumatic-diseases
#4
Ilaria Sauzullo, Rossana Scrivo, Paola Sessa, Fabio Mengoni, Vincenzo Vullo, Guido Valesini, Claudio Maria Mastroianni
The aim of the study was to clarify the effect of long-term anti-TNF therapy on T cell function in patients with rheumatologic immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID). The production of IFNγ by T cells was evaluated at baseline and after 1, 2, 4, and 8 years of anti-TNF agents by means of a QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube assay. The T cell proliferation and surface co-expression of CD25/CD134 in response to phytohaemagglutinin together with the in vitro impact of anti-TNF therapy on the functional capacity of T cells were evaluated after 8 years from the onset of the biological treatment...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776955/high-fat-diet-induced-inflammation-accelerates-prostate-cancer-growth-via-il6-signaling
#5
Takuji Hayashi, Kazutoshi Fujita, Satoshi Nojima, Yujiro Hayashi, Kosuke Nakano, Yu Ishizuya, Cong Wang, Yoshiyuki Yamamoto, Toshiro Kinouchi, Kyosuke Matsuzaki, Kentaro Jingushi, Taigo Kato, Atsunari Kawashima, Akira Nagahara, Takeshi Ujike, Motohide Uemura, Maria Del Carmen Rodriguez Pena, Jennifer B Gordetsky, Eiichi Morii, Kazutake Tsujikawa, George J Netto, Norio Nonomura
OBJECTIVE: High-fat diet (HFD) could induce prostate cancer progression. The aim of this study is to identify mechanisms of HFD-induced prostate cancer progression, focusing on inflammation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We administered HFD and celecoxib to autochthonous immunocompetent Pb-Cre+; Pten(fl/fl) model mice for prostate cancer. Tumor growth was evaluated by tumor weight and Ki67 stain, and local immune cells were assessed by flow cytometry at 22 weeks of age...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776610/comparative-evaluation-of-immune-responses-of-swine-in-prrs-stable-and-unstable-herds
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Michele Drigo, Enrico Giacomini, Massimiliano Lazzaro, Daniela Pasotto, Dania Bilato, Jessica Ruggeri, Maria Beatrice Boniotti, Giovani Loris Alborali, Massimo Amadori
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is an elusive model of host/virus relationship in which disease is determined by virus pathogenicity, pig breed susceptibility and phenotype, microbial infectious pressure and environmental conditions. Successful disease control in PRRS-endemic Countries corresponds to "stability", i.e. a condition with no clinical signs of PRRS in the breeding-herd population and no viremia in weaning-age pigs. The aim of this work was to compare the profile and time-course of humoral and cell-mediated immunity in stable and unstable herds, respectively...
June 2018: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776595/clinicopathologic-significance-of-lair-1-expression-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#7
Xiaojie Wu, Leyan Zhang, Jiadi Zhou, Luying Liu, Qiang Fu, Aili Fu, Xiaoying Feng, Rui Xin, Hongrui Liu, Yong Gao, Jiangnan Xue
AIM: Leukocyte-associated immunoglobulin-like receptor-1 (LAIR-1) is an immune inhibitory receptor which is expressed within most types of hematopoietic cells and negatively regulates immune responses. Recently, we found LAIR-1 expression to be present within tumors of nonhematopoietic lineages. However, the roles of LAIR-1 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) have yet to be examined. The purpose of this study was to investigate the expression of LAIR-1 in HCC tissue and assess its clinical significance at this site...
April 30, 2018: Current Problems in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776342/dna-methylation-signatures-of-breast-cancer-in-peripheral-t-cells
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Surabhi Parashar, David Cheishvili, Niaz Mahmood, Ani Arakelian, Imrana Tanvir, Haseeb Ahmed Khan, Richard Kremer, Catalin Mihalcioiu, Moshe Szyf, Shafaat A Rabbani
BACKGROUND: Immune surveillance acts as a defense mechanism in cancer, and its disruption is involved in cancer progression. DNA methylation reflects the phenotypic identity of cells and recent data suggested that DNA methylation profiles of T cells and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) are altered in cancer progression. METHODS: We enrolled 19 females with stage 1 and 2, nine with stage 3 and 4 and 9 age matched healthy women. T cells were isolated from peripheral blood and extracted DNA was subjected to Illumina 450 K DNA methylation array analysis...
May 18, 2018: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775591/disease-associated-microglia-a-universal-immune-sensor-of-neurodegeneration
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REVIEW
Aleksandra Deczkowska, Hadas Keren-Shaul, Assaf Weiner, Marco Colonna, Michal Schwartz, Ido Amit
A major challenge in the field of neurodegenerative diseases and brain aging is to identify the body's intrinsic mechanism that could sense the central nervous system (CNS) damage early and protect the brain from neurodegeneration. Accumulating evidence suggests that disease-associated microglia (DAM), a recently identified subset of CNS resident macrophages found at sites of neurodegeneration, might play such a protective role. Here, we propose that microglia are endowed with a dedicated sensory mechanism, which includes the Trem2 signaling pathway, to detect damage within the CNS in the form of neurodegeneration-associated molecular patterns (NAMPs)...
May 17, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774781/aging-and-lymphocyte-changes-by-immunomodulatory-therapies-impact-pml-risk-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
#10
Elizabeth A Mills, Yang Mao-Draayer
New potent immunomodulatory therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS) are associated with increased risk for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). It is unclear why a subset of treated patients develops PML, but patient age has emerged as an important risk factor. PML is caused by the JC virus and aging is associated with immune senescence, which increases susceptibility to infection. With the goal of improving PML risk stratification, we here describe the lymphocyte changes that occur with disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) associated with high or moderate risk toward PML in MS patients, how these changes compare to immune aging, and which measures best correlate with risk...
May 1, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774769/serum-mediated-activation-of-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-ischemic-stroke-patients-a-novel-preconditioning-method
#11
Gyeong Joon Moon, Yeon Hee Cho, Dong Hee Kim, Ji Hee Sung, Jeong Pyo Son, Sooyoon Kim, Jae Min Cha, Oh Young Bang
Stroke induces complex and dynamic, local and systemic changes including inflammatory reactions, immune responses, and repair and recovery processes. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been shown to enhance neurological recovery after stroke. We hypothesized that serum factors play a critical role in the activation of bone marrow (BM) MSCs after stroke such as by increasing proliferation, paracrine effects, and rejuvenation. Human MSCs (hMSCs) were grown in fetal bovine serum (FBS), normal healthy control serum (NS), or stroke patient serum (SS)...
January 1, 2018: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774387/ultraviolet-radiation-induces-melan-a-expressing-cells-in-interfollicular-epidermis-in-wild-type-mice
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David A De Luca, Barbara Sterniczky, Susanne Kimeswenger, Dagmar Födinger, Agatha Schwarz, Thomas Schwarz, Christian Jantschitsch
Adult wild-type mice are not supposed to be proper models for ultraviolet radiation (UVR)-induced melanoma since melanocytes are confined to hair follicles and cannot be sufficiently reached by UVR. On the other hand, in mutated mouse models used for melanoma research limitations, including an altered immune system and selection of affected pathways, lead to tumors phenotypically quite different from naturally occurring melanomas. We compared the distribution of epidermal melanocytes in UVR and not-UVR-exposed wild-type C57BL/6 mice...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774376/roles-of-heat-shock-factor-1-beyond-the-heat-shock-response
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REVIEW
János Barna, Péter Csermely, Tibor Vellai
Various stress factors leading to protein damage induce the activation of an evolutionarily conserved cell protective mechanism, the heat shock response (HSR), to maintain protein homeostasis in virtually all eukaryotic cells. Heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) plays a central role in the HSR. HSF1 was initially known as a transcription factor that upregulates genes encoding heat shock proteins (HSPs), also called molecular chaperones, which assist in refolding or degrading injured intracellular proteins. However, recent accumulating evidence indicates multiple additional functions for HSF1 beyond the activation of HSPs...
May 17, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774032/protein-o-glcnac-modification-increases-in-white-blood-cells-after-a-single-bout-of-physical-exercise
#14
Tamás Nagy, Emese Kátai, Viktória Fisi, Tamás Tibor Takács, Antal Stréda, István Wittmann, Attila Miseta
Background: Protein O-linked N -acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) is a dynamic posttranslational modification influencing the function of many intracellular proteins. Recently it was revealed that O-GlcNAc regulation is modified under various stress states, including ischemia and oxidative stress. Aside from a few contradictory studies based on animal models, the effect of exercise on O-GlcNAc is unexplored. Purpose: To evaluate O-GlcNAc levels in white blood cells (WBC) of human volunteers following physical exercise...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773448/the-role-of-the-common-gamma-chain-family-cytokines-in-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cell-based-anti-cancer-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Heleen H Van Acker, Diana Campillo-Davo, Gils Roex, Maarten Versteven, Evelien L Smits, Viggo F Van Tendeloo
Cytokines of the common gamma-chain receptor family, comprising interleukin (IL)-2, IL-4, IL-7, IL-9, IL-15 and IL-21, are vital with respect to organizing and sustaining healthy immune cell functions. Supporting the anti-cancer immune response, these cytokines inspire great interest for their use as vaccine adjuvants and cancer immunotherapies. It is against this background that gamma delta (γδ) T cells, as special-force soldiers and natural contributors of the tumor immunosurveillance, also received a lot of attention the last decade...
May 14, 2018: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772969/case-control-study-of-plasma-mean-platelet-component-concentration-and-survival-analysis-for-dogs-with-immune-mediated-hemolytic-anemia
#16
Andrea Zoia, Magda Gerou-Ferriani, Michele Drigo, Marco Caldin
OBJECTIVE To determine whether dogs with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) had a low plasma mean platelet component (MPC) concentration and whether MPC was associated with outcome. DESIGN Retrospective case-control study and survival analysis. ANIMALS 95 dogs with IMHA (cases) as well as 95 healthy dogs and 95 sick dogs without IMHA (controls) matched to cases by age, reproductive status, and breed. PROCEDURES Plasma MPC concentration at initial examination was compared among groups. For dogs with IMHA only, sex, age, serum urea and bilirubin concentrations, Hct, platelet count, and plasma fibrinogen, D-dimer, and MPC concentrations were evaluated for associations with survival to 42 days after initial examination...
June 1, 2018: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772785/comparison-of-human-milk-immunoglobulin-survival-during-gastric-digestion-between-preterm-and-term-infants
#17
Veronique Demers-Mathieu, Mark A Underwood, Robert L Beverly, Søren D Nielsen, David C Dallas
Human milk provides immunoglobulins (Igs) that supplement the passive immune system of neonates; however, the extent of survival of these Igs during gastric digestion and whether this differs between preterm and term infants remains unknown. Human milk, and infant gastric samples at 2 h post-ingestion were collected from 15 preterm (23⁻32 week gestational age (GA)) mother-infant pairs and from 8 term (38⁻40 week of GA) mother-infant pairs within 7⁻98 days postnatal age. Samples were analyzed via ELISA for concentration of total IgA (secretory IgA (SIgA)/IgA), total secretory component (SC/SIgA/SIgM), total IgM (SIgM/IgM), and IgG as well as peptidomics...
May 17, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772765/protein-carbamylation-a-marker-reflecting-increased-age-related-cell-oxidation
#18
Julia Carracedo, Rafael Ramírez-Carracedo, Irene Martínez de Toda, Carmen Vida, Matilde Alique, Mónica De la Fuente, Rafael Ramírez-Chamond
Carbamylation is a post-translational modification of proteins that may partake in the oxidative stress-associated cell damage, and its increment has been recently proposed as a "hallmark of aging". The molecular mechanisms associated with aging are related to an increased release of free radicals. We have studied whether carbamylated proteins from the peripheral blood of healthy subjects are related to oxidative damage and aging, taking into account the gender and the immune profile of the subjects...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772261/maternal-immune-activation-with-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-a-produces-unique-behavioral-changes-in-c57bl-6-mouse-offspring
#19
Ruthy Glass, Sara Norton, Nicholas Fox, Alexander W Kusnecov
Stimulation of the immune system during pregnancy, known as maternal immune activation (MIA), can cause long-lasting neurobiological and behavioral changes in the offspring. This phenomenon has been implicated in the etiology of developmental psychiatric disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia. Much of this evidence is predicated on animal models using bacterial agents such as LPS and/or viral mimics such as Poly I:C, both of which act through toll-like receptors. However, fewer studies have examined the role of direct activation of maternal T-cells during pregnancy using microbial agents...
May 14, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771785/cutaneous-melanoma-risk-among-people-with-hiv-in-the-united-states-and-canada
#20
Elizabeth L Yanik, Raúl U Hernández-Ramírez, Li Qin, Haiqun Lin, Wendy Leyden, Romain S Neugebauer, Michael A Horberg, Richard D Moore, W Christopher Mathews, Amy C Justice, Nancy A Hessol, Angel M Mayor, M John Gill, John T Brooks, Jing Sun, Keri N Althoff, Eric A Engels, Michael J Silverberg, Robert Dubrow
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous melanoma incidence may be modestly elevated in people with HIV (PWH) versus people without HIV. However, little is known about the relationship of immunosuppression, HIV replication, and antiretroviral treatment (ART) with melanoma risk. METHODS: PWH of white race in the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design were included. A standardized incidence ratio (SIR) was calculated comparing risk with the white general population, standardizing by age, sex, and calendar period...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
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