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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822954/the-variability-of-hepatitis-b-envelope-is-associated-with-hbs-antigen-persistence-in-either-chronic-or-acute-hbv-genotype-a-infection
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Marine Eschlimann, Brice Malvé, Aurélie Velay, Honorine Fenaux, Sibel Berger, Jean-Pol Frippiat, Fabien Zoulim, Mouni Bensenane, Jean-Pierre Bronowicki, François Goehringer, Thierry May, Hélène Jeulin, Evelyne Schvoerer
BACKGROUND: More than 240 million people are chronically infected by hepatitis B virus (HBV) worldwide. Envelope proteins play a crucial role in viral cellular entry and immune recognition. The loss of HBs antigen (HBsAg) correlated with a good clinical prognosis is rarely achieved with or without treatment (3-16%). OBJECTIVES: HBV envelope variability was investigated according to HBsAg persistence. STUDY DESIGN: The cohort consisted of 15 HBV genotype A-infected patients divided into "resolvers", with HBsAg clearance, and "non-resolvers", with HBsAg persistence and in subgroups: acute (n=5, AHBV) or chronic infection (n=4, CHBV) and HBV/HIV coinfection (n=6, CHBV/HIV)...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822833/complete-knockout-of-estrogen-receptor-alpha-is-not-directly-protective-in-murine-lupus
#2
Jennifer L Scott, Jena R Wirth, Jackie Eudaly, Phil Ruiz, Melissa A Cunningham
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic and potentially severe autoimmune disease that disproportionately affects women. Despite a known role for hormonal factors impacting autoimmunity and disease pathogenesis, the specific mechanisms of action remain poorly understood. Our laboratory previously backcrossed "estrogen receptor alpha knockout (ERαKO)" mice onto the NZM2410 lupus prone background to generate NZM/ERαKO mice. This original ERαKO mouse, developed in the mid-1990s and utilized in hundreds of published studies, is not in fact ERα null...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821806/longitudinal-study-of-changes-in-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-and-cd4-t-cells-upon-asymptomatic-malaria-infection-in-indonesian-children
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Sanne E de Jong, Vera E R Asscher, Linda J Wammes, Aprilianto E Wiria, Firdaus Hamid, Erliyani Sartono, Taniawati Supali, Hermelijn H Smits, Adrian J F Luty, Maria Yazdanbakhsh
Both γδ T cells and CD4(+) T cells have been implicated in immunity to malaria, but their association with natural gain or loss of infection has not been studied before. Therefore, we followed up asymptomatic children living in an area endemic for malaria in Indonesia for 21 months. The percentage of γδ T cells was related to both current and previous infection, with higher percentages in infected than uninfected children and declining after infections resolve. Infected children also had higher levels of Th1 and Th17 cells, lower levels of CD25(Hi) FOXP3(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs), but similar levels of Th2 cells as compared to uninfected children...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821804/nos2-deficient-mice-with-hypoxic-necrotizing-lung-lesions-predict-outcomes-of-tuberculosis-chemotherapy-in-humans
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Martin Gengenbacher, Maria A Duque-Correa, Peggy Kaiser, Stefanie Schuerer, Doris Lazar, Ulrike Zedler, Stephen T Reece, Amit Nayyar, Stewart T Cole, Vadim Makarov, Clifton E Barry Iii, Véronique Dartois, Stefan H E Kaufmann
During active TB in humans a spectrum of pulmonary granulomas with central necrosis and hypoxia exists. BALB/c mice, predominantly used in TB drug development, do not reproduce this complex pathology thereby inaccurately predicting clinical outcome. We found that Nos2 (-/-) mice incapable of NO-production in immune cells as microbial defence uniformly develop hypoxic necrotizing lung lesions, widely observed in human TB. To study the impact of hypoxic necrosis on the efficacy of antimycobacterials and drug candidates, we subjected Nos2 (-/-) mice with TB to monotherapy before or after establishment of human-like pathology...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820075/t-regulatory-cell-subsets-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-relation-to-control-of-the-disease
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Mabrouk Ghonaim, Rawhia El-Edel, Wafaa Abo El Fotoh, Samar Kamal Eldein, Samar Salman
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes mellitus described as a chronic metabolic disorder characterized by aggressive immune β-cell destruction. There are numbers of varied immune mechanisms for sustaining self-tolerance in opposition to the autoimmune disorders. A recessive tolerance accomplished by thymic gland via a negative assortment of different clones while a dominant tolerance accomplished by the regulatory T cells (Treg) in the periphery. Treg (CD4+CD25+FOXP3+) are subsets of T cells which have an essential role in maintaining tolerance...
August 17, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819380/phase-ii-trial-of-adjuvant-immunotherapy-with-autologous-tumor-derived-gp96-vaccination-in-patients-with-gastric-cancer
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Kecheng Zhang, Zheng Peng, Xiaohui Huang, Zhi Qiao, Xinxin Wang, Ning Wang, Hongqing Xi, Jianxin Cui, Yunhe Gao, Xijian Huang, Hua Gao, Bo Wei, Lin Chen
Background/Aims: Autologous, tumor-derived, heat shock protein gp96 peptide complexes have antitumor potential. We conducted the first Phase II trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of gp96 vaccination in adjuvant settings for patients with gastric cancer. Methods: We enrolled 73 consecutive patients from October 2012 to December 2015. Thirty-eight patients received gp96 vaccination plus chemotherapy and 35 received chemotherapy alone. The primary endpoints were disease-free survival (DFS) and toxicity...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819247/delta-inulin-based-adjuvants-promote-the-generation-of-polyfunctional-cd4-t-cell-responses-and-protection-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
#7
Claudio Counoupas, Rachel Pinto, Gayathri Nagalingam, Warwick J Britton, Nikolai Petrovsky, James A Triccas
There is an urgent need for the rational design of safe and effective vaccines to protect against chronic bacterial pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Advax™ is a novel adjuvant based on delta inulin microparticles that enhances immunity with a minimal inflammatory profile and has entered human trials to protect against viral pathogens. In this report we determined if Advax displays broad applicability against important human pathogens by assessing protective immunity against infection with M. tuberculosis...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818994/efficacy-and-safety-of-diacerein-in-patients-with-inadequately-controlled-type-2-diabetes-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#8
Claudia R L Cardoso, Nathalie C Leite, Fernanda O Carlos, Andréia A Loureiro, Bianca B Viegas, Gil F Salles
OBJECTIVE: To assess, in a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled trial, the efficacy and safety of diacerein, an immune modulator anti-inflammatory drug, in improving glycemic control of patients with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Eighty-four patients with HbA1c between 7.5 and 9.5% (58-80 mmol/mol) were randomized to 48-week treatment with placebo (n = 41) or diacerein 100 mg/day (n = 43). The primary outcome was the difference in mean HbA1c changes during treatment...
August 17, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818615/deep-transcriptome-profiling-sheds-light-on-key-players-in-nucleus-implantation-induced-immune-response-in-the-pearl-oyster-pinctada-martensii
#9
Wei Wang, Yuyuan Wu, Qiannan Lei, Haiying Liang, Yuewen Deng
Immunological rejection of the pearl oysters following nucleus implantation is a major issue limiting the successful rate of cultured pearls. To date, the molecular mechanism of immune tolerance during pearl formation in the pearl oysters is still largely unknown. Through the RNA sequencing platform and comparative transcriptomic analysis, we investigated the chronic gene expression changes at seven time points (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60 days post implantation or dpi) over a period of 60 days following nucleus implantation in the pearl oyster Pinctada martensii...
August 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817863/prevention-detection-and-management-of-diabetes-in-south-dakota
#10
Amy L Hogue, Mark K Huntington
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is increasing in prevalence nationwide and in South Dakota, with an especially high prevalence in its American Indian population. Screening is not recommended for type 1 DM, but is for type 2 DM and pre-diabetes in certain populations. Fasting glucose, two-hour glucose tolerance test, or hemoglobin A1c are appropriate screening options. Treatment can include diabetic self-management education programs and medications. In addition to glycemic control, other cardiovascular risk factors must be reduced in these patients and specific testing and consultations should be performed to detect complications such as nephropathy or retinopathy...
2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817755/measuring-toxic-effects-and-time-to-treatment-failure-for-nivolumab-plus-ipilimumab-in-melanoma
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Alexander N Shoushtari, Claire F Friedman, Pedram Navid-Azarbaijani, Michael A Postow, Margaret K Callahan, Parisa Momtaz, Katherine S Panageas, Jedd D Wolchok, Paul B Chapman
Importance: Nivolumab plus ipilimumab (nivo + ipi) is a standard treatment of advanced melanoma. Two randomized trials describe high objective response rates by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors. The trials assessed toxic effects using the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE), which may underestimate incidence of clinically significant immune-related adverse events (AEs). Objective: To describe detailed toxic effects and time to treatment failure of patients with melanoma treated with nivo + ipi in a prospective cohort...
August 17, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817385/novel-molecular-defects-associated-with-very-early-onset-inflammatory-bowel
#12
Sara Ciullini Mannurita, Eleonora Gambineri
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Immune dysregulation disorders present with common clinical features of multiorgan autoimmunity. Gastrointestinal involvement is the hallmark of an impaired immune homeostasis. This review will give an overview on the novel phenotypes, highlighting the major points that will help to enable early diagnosis and treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: The rapid progress on DNA sequencing technologies have led to the identification of monogenic defects that adversely impact the control of immune homeostasis...
August 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816955/serum-hbeag-and-hbv-dna-levels-are-not-always-proportional-and-only-high-levels-of-hbeag-most-likely-correlate-with-high-levels-of-hbv-dna-a-community-based-study
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Ping Chen, Qinfen Xie, Xuan Lu, Chengbo Yu, Kaijin Xu, Bing Ruan, Hongcui Cao, Hainv Gao, Lanjuan Li
This study aimed to investigate the correlation between quantitative hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA levels, and to determine whether semiquantitative measurement of HBeAg can indicate the extent of HBV replication in HBeAg-positive subjects in the immune tolerant phase.A cross-sectional, community-based survey was carried out in 12 communities of 2 counties in Zhejiang Province, China. A panel of 788 HBeAg-positive subjects was divided into 4 groups according to HBV DNA level...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816516/vibrio-vulnificus-vvha-induces-th1-and-tfh-cells-to-proliferate-against-vibrio-vulnificus-in-a-mouse-model-of-infection
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Ming-Yi Wang, Xiao-Fei Liu, Jun Xia, Yu Li, Jian-Li Geng, Cheng-Jin Hu
AIM: To characterize the roles of VvhA in host's acquired immune response to Vibrio vulnificus infection. MATERIALS & METHODS: The recombinant VvhA fusion protein was used to immunize mice and the anti-VvhA polyclonal antibody was produced in vivo for prophylactic and therapeutic efficacy assay. The roles of VvhA in T helper (Th) cells differentiation were analyzed by vvhA-deleted mutant during the early phase of infection, while the ratio of Th2 and T follicular helper (Tfh) cells were examined in VvhA immunization...
August 17, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815941/t3ss-effector-exoy-reduces-inflammasome-related-responses-by-suppressing-bacterial-motility-and-delaying-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-caspase-1
#15
Jisu Jeon, Yong-Jae Kim, Heesung Shin, Un-Hwan Ha
Type III secreted effectors are essential for modulating host immune responses during the pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections. Little is known about the impact of one of the effectors, ExoY, on inflammasome activation, which results in IL-1β production and pyroptotic cell death. In this study, we found that transcriptional expression of Il-1β was induced to a lesser extent in response to an exoY harboring strain than to a deleted mutant. This suppressive effect of ExoY was verified by complementation assay as well as by direct translocation of exoY into host cells...
August 16, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815614/resveratrol-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Christine Sawda, Charbel Moussa, R Scott Turner
The amyloid hypothesis suggests that the progressive accumulation and deposition of central nervous system (CNS) amyloid with aging is the proximate cause of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, targeting molecular mechanisms of aging may be a viable treatment approach. Caloric restriction prevents diseases of aging, including AD, in animal models, perhaps by activation of sirtuins. The sirtuins (e.g., mammalian SIRT1) are deacetylases that link energy balance (NAD(+) /NADH) to regulation of gene transcription. Resveratrol is a potent activator of SIRT1, and thus may mimic caloric restriction to prevent diseases of aging...
August 16, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815217/deletion-of-cytoplasmic-double-stranded-rna-sensors-does-not-uncover-viral-small-interfering-rna-production-in-human-cells
#17
Susan Schuster, Lotte E Tholen, Gijs J Overheul, Frank J M van Kuppeveld, Ronald P van Rij
Antiviral immunity in insects and plants is mediated by the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway in which viral long double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) is processed into small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) by Dicer enzymes. Although this pathway is evolutionarily conserved, its involvement in antiviral defense in mammals is the subject of debate. In vertebrates, recognition of viral RNA induces a sophisticated type I interferon (IFN)-based immune response, and it has been proposed that this response masks or inhibits antiviral RNAi...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815216/epistatic-interactions-within-the-influenza-a-virus-polymerase-complex-mediate-mutagen-resistance-and-replication-fidelity
#18
Matthew D Pauly, Daniel M Lyons, William J Fitzsimmons, Adam S Lauring
Lethal mutagenesis is a broad-spectrum antiviral strategy that employs mutagenic nucleoside analogs to exploit the high mutation rate and low mutational tolerance of many RNA viruses. Studies of mutagen-resistant viruses have identified determinants of replicative fidelity and the importance of mutation rate to viral population dynamics. We have previously demonstrated the effective lethal mutagenesis of influenza A virus using three nucleoside analogs as well as the virus's high genetic barrier to mutagen resistance...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814662/irgm1-coordinately-regulates-autoimmunity-and-host-defense-at-select-mucosal-surfaces
#19
Kathleen M Azzam, Jennifer H Madenspacher, Derek W Cain, Lihua Lai, Kymberly M Gowdy, Prashant Rai, Kyathanahalli Janardhan, Natasha Clayton, Willie Cunningham, Heather Jensen, Preeyam S Patel, John F Kearney, Gregory A Taylor, Michael B Fessler
The pathogenesis of primary Sjogren's syndrome (SS), an autoimmune disease that targets the mucosa of exocrine tissues, is poorly understood. Although several mouse models have been developed that display features of SS, most of these are within the larger context of a lupus-like presentation. Immunity-related GTPase family M protein 1 (Irgm1) is an interferon-inducible cytoplasmic GTPase that is reported to regulate autophagy and mitochondrial homeostasis. Here, we report that naive Irgm1-/- mice display lymphocytic infiltration of multiple mucosal tissues including the lung in a manner reminiscent of SS, together with IgA class-predominant autoantibodies including anti-Ro and anti-La...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814660/sustained-immune-tolerance-induction-in-enzyme-replacement-therapy-treated-crim-negative-patients-with-infantile-pompe-disease
#20
Zoheb B Kazi, Ankit K Desai, Kathryn L Berrier, R Bradley Troxler, Raymond Y Wang, Omar A Abdul-Rahman, Pranoot Tanpaiboon, Nancy J Mendelsohn, Eli Herskovitz, David Kronn, Michal Inbar-Feigenberg, Catherine Ward-Melver, Michelle Polan, Punita Gupta, Amy S Rosenberg, Priya S Kishnani
BACKGROUND: Cross-reactive immunological material-negative (CRIM-negative) infantile Pompe disease (IPD) patients develop an immune response against enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) with alglucosidase alfa that nullifies ERT efficacy. Prophylactic immune tolerance induction (ITI) with rituximab, methotrexate, and IVIG successfully prevents development of deleterious rhGAA IgG antibodies; however, safety, likelihood of success, and long-term efficacy of ITI in a larger cohort remain unknown...
August 17, 2017: JCI Insight
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