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Hidekazu Nishikii, Byung-Su Kim, Yasuhisa Yokoyama, Yan Chen, Jeanette Baker, Antonio Pierini, Maite Alvarez, Melissa Mavers, Kristina Maas-Bauer, Yuqiong Pan, Shigeru Chiba, Robert S Negrin
CD4(+)Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Treg) are a subpopulation of T cells, which regulate the immune system and enhance immune tolerance after transplantation. Donor-derived Treg prevent the development of lethal acute graft versus host disease (GVHD) in murine models of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT). We recently demonstrated that a single treatment of the agonistic antibody to DR3 (Death receptor 3, αDR3) to donor mice resulted in the expansion of donor derived Treg and prevented acute GVHD, although the precise role of DR3 signaling in GVHD has not been elucidated...
October 19, 2016: Blood
Maite L Ortiz-Suarez, Firdaus Samsudin, Thomas J Piggot, Peter J Bond, Syma Khalid
OmpA is a multidomain protein found in the outer membranes of most Gram-negative bacteria. Despite a wealth of reported structural and biophysical studies, the structure-function relationships of this protein remain unclear. For example, it is still debated whether it functions as a pore, and the precise molecular role it plays in attachment to the peptidoglycan of the periplasm is unknown. The absence of a consensus view is partly due to the lack of a complete structure of the full-length protein. To address this issue, we performed molecular-dynamics simulations of the full-length model of the OmpA dimer proposed by Robinson and co-workers...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Haiguang Wang, Kristin A Hogquist
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 19, 2016: Nature Immunology
J M Greene, P Dash, S Roy, C McMurtrey, W Awad, J S Reed, K B Hammond, S Abdulhaqq, H L Wu, B J Burwitz, B F Roth, D W Morrow, J C Ford, G Xu, J Y Bae, H Crank, A W Legasse, T H Dang, H Y Greenaway, M Kurniawan, M C Gold, M J Harriff, D A Lewinsohn, B S Park, M K Axthelm, J J Stanton, S G Hansen, L J Picker, V Venturi, W Hildebrand, P G Thomas, D M Lewinsohn, E J Adams, J B Sacha
Studies on mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAITs) in nonhuman primates (NHP), a physiologically relevant model of human immunity, are handicapped due to a lack of macaque MAIT-specific reagents. Here we show that while MR1 ligand-contact residues are conserved between human and multiple NHP species, three T-cell receptor contact-residue mutations in NHP MR1 diminish binding of human MR1 tetramers to macaque MAITs. Construction of naturally loaded macaque MR1 tetramers facilitated identification and characterization of macaque MR1-binding ligands and MAITs, both of which mirrored their human counterparts...
October 19, 2016: Mucosal Immunology
Joan Montaner, Alejandro Bustamante, Silvia García-Matas, Maite Martínez-Zabaleta, Carmen Jiménez, Javier de la Torre, Francisco R Rubio, Tomás Segura, Jaime Masjuán, David Cánovas, Mar Freijo, Raquel Delgado-Mederos, Javier Tejada, Aida Lago, Yolanda Bravo, Natália Corbeto, Dolors Giralt, Bárbara Vives-Pastor, Anna de Arce, Francisco Moniche, Pilar Delgado, Marc Ribó
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The STARS trial (Stroke Treatment With Acute Reperfusion and Simvastatin) was conducted to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of simvastatin treatment in acute stroke. METHODS: STARS07 was a multicentre, phase IV, prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Patients with Acute ischemic stroke recruited within 12 hours from symptom onset were randomized to oral simvastatin 40 mg or placebo, once daily for 90 days. Primary outcome was proportion of independent patients (modified Rankin Scale score of ≤2) at 90 days...
October 6, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Carolina López, Andrés José Alcaraz, Blanca Toledo, Lucía Cortejoso, Maite Augusta Gil-Ruiz
OBJECTIVE: Patients in PICUs frequently present hypochloremic metabolic alkalosis secondary to loop diuretic treatment, especially those undergoing cardiac surgery. This study evaluates the effectiveness of acetazolamide therapy for metabolic alkalosis in PICU patients. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: A tertiary care children's hospital PICU. PATIENTS: Children receiving at least a 2-day course of enteral acetazolamide...
September 29, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Stephanie Schoeppe, Corneel Vandelanotte, Elling Bere, Nanna Lien, Maïté Verloigne, Éva Kovács, Yannis Manios, Mona Bjelland, Frøydis Nordgård Vik, Wendy Van Lippevelde
BACKGROUND: Parents play an important role in modelling healthy behaviours to their children. This study investigated associations between parent and child physical activity and screen time behaviours across specific domains, including moderating effects by parent and child gender. METHOD: The sample comprised 3300 school children and 2933 parents participating in the UP4FUN project (mean ages: child 11.2 ± 0.8 years, mother 40.0 ± 4.9 years, father 43.4 ± 5...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Public Health
Yahya Jani, Fabio Kaczala, Charlotte Marchand, Marika Hogland, Mait Kriipsalu, William Hogland, Anders Kihl
The present research studies the characterisation and the physico-chemical properties of an excavated fine fraction (<10 mm) from a Swedish landfill, the Högbytorp. The results showed that the fine fraction represents 38% by mass of the total excavated wastes and it contains mainly soil-type materials and minerals. Higher concentrations of zinc, copper, barium and chromium were found with concentrations higher than the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for contaminated soil. The found moisture and organic contents of the fine fraction were 23...
October 14, 2016: Waste Management & Research
Francesco P Marchese, Maite Huarte
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October 13, 2016: Cell Cycle
Abderrakib Zahid, Julie Despres, Magalie Benard, Eric Nguema-Ona, Jerome Leprince, David Vaudry, Christophe Rihouey, Maité Vicré-Gibouin, Azeddine Driouich, Marie-Laure Follet-Gueye
Plant derived arabinogalactan proteins (AGP) were repeatedly confirmed as immunologically as well as dermatologically active compounds. However little is currently known regarding their potential activity towards skin innate immunity. Here, we extracted and purified AGP from acacia (Acacia senegal) and baobab (Adansonia digitata) seeds to investigate their biological effects on the HaCaT keratinocyte cell line in an in vitro system. While AGP from both sources did not exhibit any cytotoxic effect, AGP from acacia seeds enhanced cell viability Moreover, real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) analysis showed that AGP extracted from both species induced a substantial overexpression of hBD-2, TLR-5, and IL1-α genes...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Ramon Gonzalez, Pilar Morales, Jordi Tronchoni, Gustavo Cordero-Bueso, Enrico Vaudano, Manuel Quirós, Maite Novo, Rafael Torres-Pérez, Eva Valero
Adaptation to changes in osmolarity is fundamental for the survival of living cells, and has implications in food and industrial biotechnology. It has been extensively studied in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, where the Hog1 stress activated protein kinase was discovered about 20 years ago. Hog1 is the core of the intracellular signaling pathway that governs the adaptive response to osmotic stress in this species. The main endpoint of this program is synthesis and intracellular retention of glycerol, as a compatible osmolyte...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Maite Arrizubieta, Oihane Simón, Trevor Williams, Primitivo Caballero
A co-occluded binary mixture of Helicoverpa armigera nucleopolyhedrovirus genotypes HearSP1B and HearLB6 at a 1:1 ratio (HearSP1B+HearLB6) was selected for the development of a virus-based biological insecticide, which requires an efficient large-scale production system. In vivo production systems require optimization studies in each host-virus pathosystem. In the present study, the effects of larval instar, rearing density, timing of inoculation, inoculum concentration and temperature on the production of HearSP1B+HearLB6 in its homologous host were evaluated...
2016: PloS One
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Our back cover features an immunofluorescence staining for TCR Vα7.2 on both the surface and the cytoplasm of the T lymphocytes (red) in human tonsil. The image is taken from article by Wang et al. (pp. 2409-2419), in which the authors show that Vα7.2(+) mucosa- associated invariant T (MAIT) cells are numerically and functionally altered in peripheral blood (PB) of primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) patients. The reduction of MAIT cells in PB might be partially due to migration into the target tissue, as supported by MAIT cells detected in the salivary gland tissue from pSS patients, but not in controls...
October 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Maite Barrios, Georgina Guilera, Melissa Selb, Juana Gómez-Benito
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to identify aspects of functioning and related environmental factors that are relevant to schizophrenia from the perspective of health professionals experienced in treating individuals with this disorder using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). METHOD: An international pool of experts from diverse health care disciplines was surveyed to identify problems in functioning experienced by individuals with schizophrenia and the environmental factors that impact their functioning...
October 7, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Tanel Laisaar, Eero Jakobson, Bruno Sarana, Silver Sarapuu, Jüri Vahtramäe, Mait Raag
OBJECTIVE: Percutaneous tracheostomy is a common procedure but varies considerably in approach. The aim of our study was to evaluate the need for intraoperative bronchoscopy and to compare various surgical techniques. METHODS: During 1 year all percutaneous tracheostomies in three intensive care units were prospectively documented according to a unified protocol. In one unit, bronchoscopy was used routinely and in others only during the study. RESULTS: A total of 111 subjects (77 males) with median age 64 (range, 18-86) years and body mass index 25...
2016: SAGE Open Medicine
David J Lea-Smith, Maite L Ortiz-Suarez, Tchern Lenn, Dennis J Nurnberg, Laura L Baers, Matthew P Davey, Lucia Parolini, Roland G Huber, Charles A R Cotton, Giulia Mastroianni, Paolo Bombelli, Petra Ungerer, Tim J Stevens, Alison G Smith, Peter J Bond, Conrad W Mullineaux, Christopher J Howe
Cyanobacteria are intricately organized, incorporating an array of internal thylakoid membranes, the site of photosynthesis, into cells no larger than other bacteria. They also synthesize C15-C19 alkanes and alkenes, which results in substantial production of hydrocarbons in the environment. All sequenced cyanobacteria encode hydrocarbon biosynthesis pathways, suggesting an important, undefined physiological role for these compounds. Here we demonstrate that hydrocarbon deficient mutants of Synechococcus sp...
October 5, 2016: Plant Physiology
Maïté Micaelo, Pascal Rasmy, Marlène Amara, Juliette Lambert, Aymeric Coutard, Béatrice Pangon
Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, a Gram-positive bacillus, is reported to cause for cutaneous infections and endocarditis. We report a case of E. rhusiopathiae bacteremia without severe clinical illness. The patient, a 74-year-old man, is suffering from a chronic lymphoid leukemia (LLC). Following a trauma, the patient developed a bruise on the left inch. Because the site of shock seemed clinically infected, oral amoxicilline-acid clavulanic (AAC) treatment was started after withdrawn 1 set of blood cultures. These blood culture specimens yielded a Gram-positive bacillus identified as E...
October 1, 2016: Annales de Biologie Clinique
Jean-Francois Timsit, Elie Azoulay, Carole Schwebel, Pierre Emmanuel Charles, Muriel Cornet, Bertrand Souweine, Kada Klouche, Samir Jaber, Jean-Louis Trouillet, Fabrice Bruneel, Laurent Argaud, Joel Cousson, Ferhat Meziani, Didier Gruson, Adeline Paris, Michael Darmon, Maité Garrouste-Orgeas, Jean-Christophe Navellou, Arnaud Foucrier, Bernard Allaouchiche, Vincent Das, Jean-Pierre Gangneux, Stéphane Ruckly, Daniele Maubon, Vincent Jullien, Michel Wolff
Importance: Although frequently used in treating intensive care unit (ICU) patients with sepsis, empirical antifungal therapy, initiated for suspected fungal infection, has not been shown to improve outcome. Objective: To determine whether empirical micafungin reduces invasive fungal infection (IFI)-free survival at day 28. Design, Setting, and Participants: Multicenter double-blind placebo-controlled study of 260 nonneutropenic, nontransplanted, critically ill patients with ICU-acquired sepsis, multiple Candida colonization, multiple organ failure, exposed to broad-spectrum antibacterial agents, and enrolled between July 2012 and February 2015 in 19 French ICUs...
October 5, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Daniel Pérez-López, Maite Pena-Cristóbal, Eva-María Otero-Rey, Inmaculada Tomás, Andrés Blanco-Carrión
OBJECTIVES: To determine the diagnostic value of diascopy and other non-invasive clinical aids on recent differential diagnosis algorithms of oral mucosal pigmentations affecting subjects of any age. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data Sources: this systematic review was conducted by searching PubMed, Scopus, Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source and the Cochrane Library (2000-2015); Study Selection: two reviewers independently selected all types of English articles describing differential diagnosis algorithms of oral pigmentations and checked the references of finally included papers; Data Extraction: one reviewer performed the data extraction and quality assessment based on previously defined fields while the other reviewer checked their validity...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
Hui-Fern Koay, Nicholas A Gherardin, Anselm Enders, Liyen Loh, Laura K Mackay, Catarina F Almeida, Brendan E Russ, Claudia A Nold-Petry, Marcel F Nold, Sammy Bedoui, Zhenjun Chen, Alexandra J Corbett, Sidonia B G Eckle, Bronwyn Meehan, Yves d'Udekem, Igor E Konstantinov, Martha Lappas, Ligong Liu, Chris C Goodnow, David P Fairlie, Jamie Rossjohn, Mark M Chong, Katherine Kedzierska, Stuart P Berzins, Gabrielle T Belz, James McCluskey, Adam P Uldrich, Dale I Godfrey, Daniel G Pellicci
Mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAIT cells) detect microbial vitamin B2 derivatives presented by the antigen-presenting molecule MR1. Here we defined three developmental stages and checkpoints for the MAIT cell lineage in humans and mice. Stage 1 and stage 2 MAIT cells predominated in thymus, while stage 3 cells progressively increased in abundance extrathymically. Transition through each checkpoint was regulated by MR1, whereas the final checkpoint that generated mature functional MAIT cells was controlled by multiple factors, including the transcription factor PLZF and microbial colonization...
September 26, 2016: Nature Immunology
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