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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649127/the-novel-%C3%AE-glucan-ycp-improves-the-survival-rates-and-symptoms-in-septic-mice-by-regulating-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
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Dan Liu, Ming You, Guang-Feng Zhao, Xiu-Jun Li, Yu-Xian Song, Huan Dou, Wen-Bing Yao, Xiang-Dong Gao, Ya-Yi Hou
Sepsis is a life-threatening health condition that is initially characterized by uncontrolled inflammation, followed by the development of persistent immunosuppression. YCP is a novel α-glucan purified from the mycelium of the marine fungus Phoma herbarum YS4108, which has displayed strong antitumor activity via enhancing host immune responses. In this study, we investigated whether YCP could influence the development of sepsis in a mouse model. Caecal ligation and puncture (CLP)-induced sepsis was established in mice that were treated with YCP (20 mg/kg, ip or iv) 2 h before, 4 and 24 h after the CLP procedure, and then every other day...
June 26, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647708/relapsing-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-related-inflammation-the-wax-and-the-wane
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Sharfaraz Salam, Mayooreshan Anandarajah, Sarah Al-Bachari, Piyali Pal, Jonathan Sussman, Hisham Hamdalla
Cerebral amyloid angiopathy-related inflammation (CAA-I) is a rare variant of cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). Its precise pathophysiology remains uncertain and we currently have limited evidence on which immunosuppressive agents are the most effective in its treatment. The disease course of CAA-I disorders can vary from an isolated clinical event to recurrent episodes. We present a case of biopsy-confirmed CAA-I that gives insight into its potential relapsing nature and the challenges of its long-term management...
June 24, 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647177/infectious-diseases-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-analysis-of-autopsied-cases-in-japan
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Yuhko Suzuki, Akira Kenjo, Tomiteru Togano, Natsuo Yamamoto, Hitoshi Ohto, Hikaru Kume
BACKGROUND: With the improvements in immunosuppressive agents and graft survival, infections such as mycoses have become major complications after solid organ transplantation (SOT). METHODS: Our group has continuously updated an epidemiological database of visceral mycoses (VM) among autopsy cases in Japan since 1989. Data on infectious agents and clinical information were complied using similar procedures. RESULTS: Among the all autopsied cases studied, 356 undergone SOT...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646772/prevalence-of-immune-related-systemic-adverse-events-in%C3%A2-patients-treated-with-anti-programmed-cell-death-1-anti-programmed-cell-death-ligand-1-agents-a-single-centre-pharmacovigilance-database-analysis
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Sébastien Le Burel, Stéphane Champiat, Christine Mateus, Aurélien Marabelle, Jean-Marie Michot, Caroline Robert, Rakiba Belkhir, Jean-Charles Soria, Salim Laghouati, Anne-Laure Voisin, Olivier Fain, Arsène Mékinian, Laetitia Coutte, Tali-Anne Szwebel, Laetitia Dunogeant, Bertrand Lioger, Cécile Luxembourger, Xavier Mariette, Olivier Lambotte
AIM: The growing use of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) is associated with the occurrence of immune-related adverse events (irAEs). Few data are published on systemic, immunohaematological and rheumatic irAEs. In a pharmacovigilance database analysis, we screened for these irAEs and calculated their prevalence. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Participants were recruited via Registre des Effets Indésirables Sévères des Anticorps Monoclonaux Immunomodulateurs en Cancérologie (REISAMIC)(1) a French registry of grade ≥2 irAEs occurring in ICI-treated patients...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646274/population-pharmacokinetic-modeling-of-diltiazem-in-chinese-renal-transplant-recipients
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Xiao-Feng Guan, Dai-Yang Li, Wen-Jun Yin, Jun-Jie Ding, Ling-Yun Zhou, Jiang-Lin Wang, Rong-Rong Ma, Xiao-Cong Zuo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Diltiazem is a benzothiazepine calcium blocker and widely used in renal transplant patients since it improves the level of tacrolimus or cyclosporine A concentration. Several population pharmacokinetic (PopPK) models had been established for cyclosporine A and tacrolimus but no specific PopPK model was established for diltiazem. The aim of the study is to develop a PopPK model for diltiazem in renal transplant recipients and provide relevant pharmacokinetic parameters of diltiazem for further pharmacokinetic interaction study...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643580/cyclophilins-less-studied-proteins-with-critical-roles-in-pathogenesis
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Khushwant Singh, Mark Winter, Miloslav Zouhar, Pavel Rysanek
Cyclophilins (EC 5.2.1.8) (CYPs) belong to a subgroup of proteins known as immunophilins, which also include FK-506 binding proteins (FKBPs) and parvulins. Members of the immunophilins have two main characteristic properties: I) peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase activity (PPIases) and II) the ability to bind immunosuppressant molecules of fungal origin. Cyclophilins are some of the most conserved proteins present in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, and they have been implicated in diverse cellular processes and responses to multiple biotic and abiotic stresses...
June 23, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641100/bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-btk-as-a-promising-target-in-solid-tumors
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J Molina-Cerrillo, T Alonso-Gordoa, P Gajate, E Grande
Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a non-receptor intracellular kinase that belongs to the TEC-family tyrosine kinases together with bone marrow-expressed kinase (BMX), redundant-resting lymphocyte kinase (RLK), and IL-2 inducible T-Cell kinase (ITK). All these proteins play a key role in the intracellular signaling of both B and T lymphocytes. Recently, some preclinical data have demonstrated that BTK is present in certain tumor subtypes and in other relevant cells that are contributing to the tumor microenvironment such as dendritic cells, macrophages, myeloid derived suppressor cells and endothelial cells...
June 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639592/current-status-of-lupus-nephritis
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Ajay Jaryal, Sanjay Vikrant
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a systemic disease of unknown aetiology with variable course and prognosis. Lupus nephritis (LN) is one of the important disease manifestations of SLE with considerable influence on patient outcomes. Immunosuppression therapy has made it possible to control the disease with improved life expectancy and quality of life. In the last few decades, various studies across the globe have clarified the role, dose and duration of immunosuppression currently in use and also provided evidence for new agents such as mycophenolate mofetil, calcineurin inhibitors and rituximab...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639462/onychomycosis-in-the-21st-century-an-update-on-diagnosis-epidemiology-and-treatment
#9
Aditya K Gupta, Sarah G Versteeg, Neil H Shear
Onychomycosis accounts for 50% of all nail disease cases and is commonly caused by dermatophytes. Diabetes, human immunodeficiency virus, immunosuppression, obesity, smoking, and advancing age are predisposing factors of this fungal infection. Potassium hydroxide and culture are considered the current standard for diagnosing onychomycosis, revealing both fungal viability and species identification. Other diagnostic tests currently available include periodic acid-Schiff staining, polymerase chain reaction techniques, and fluorescent staining...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638601/the-efficacy-of-rituximab-in-adult-frequently-relapsing-minimal-change-disease
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Catherine King, Sarah Logan, Stuart W Smith, Peter Hewins
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids are the basis of treatment for nephrotic syndrome due to minimal change disease (MCD), but 25% of patients have frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome (FRNS) and 30% become steroid dependent. Prolonged use of conventional immunosuppressants causes significant toxicity. Rituximab (RTX) is now included in guidelines for childhood MCD. Evidence for use in adult MCD is limited. We describe a single-centre experience of RTX use in adult MCD. METHODS: Outcomes of all adult MCD patients treated with RTX for FRNS between 2008 and 2015 were retrospectively analysed...
February 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634471/a-chitin-binding-protein-purified-from-moringa-oleifera-seeds-presents-anticandidal-activity-by-increasing-cell-membrane-permeability-and-reactive-oxygen-species-production
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João X S Neto, Mirella L Pereira, Jose T A Oliveira, Lady C B Rocha-Bezerra, Tiago D P Lopes, Helen P S Costa, Daniele O B Sousa, Bruno A M Rocha, Thalles B Grangeiro, José E C Freire, Ana Cristina O Monteiro-Moreira, Marina D P Lobo, Raimunda S N Brilhante, Ilka M Vasconcelos
Candida species are opportunistic pathogens that infect immunocompromised and/or immunosuppressed patients, particularly in hospital facilities, that besides representing a significant threat to health increase the risk of mortality. Apart from echinocandins and triazoles, which are well tolerated, most of the antifungal drugs used for candidiasis treatment can cause side effects and lead to the development of resistant strains. A promising alternative to the conventional treatments is the use of plant proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633386/oral-administration-of-tea-saponins-to-relive-oxidative-stress-and-immune-suppression-in-chickens
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X Chi, S Bi, W Xu, Y Zhang, S Liang, S Hu
The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of tea saponins on oxidative stress induced by cyclophosphamide in chickens. One hundred twenty chickens were randomly divided into 5 groups. Groups 3 to 4 received intramuscular injection of cyclophosphamide to induce oxidative stress and immunosuppression. After that, groups 2 and 4 were orally administered tea saponins in drinking water for 7 d. Then, groups 1 to 4 were immunized with a live, bivalent vaccine of Newcastle disease virus and infectious bronchitis virus...
June 15, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632821/encapsulated-islet-transplantation-where-do-we-stand
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Vijayaganapathy Vaithilingam, Sumeet Bal, Bernard E Tuch
Transplantation of pancreatic islets encapsulated within immuno-protective microcapsules is a strategy that has the potential to overcome graft rejection without the need for toxic immunosuppressive medication. However, despite promising preclinical studies, clinical trials using encapsulated islets have lacked long-term efficacy, and although generally considered clinically safe, have not been encouraging overall. One of the major factors limiting the long-term function of encapsulated islets is the host's immunological reaction to the transplanted graft which is often manifested as pericapsular fibrotic overgrowth (PFO)...
2017: Review of Diabetic Studies: RDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629878/campylobacter-bacteremia-in-london-a-44-year-single-center-study
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Geraldine A O'Hara, Joseph R A Fitchett, John L Klein
PURPOSE: Campylobacter species are a well-recognized but rare cause of bloodstream infection. METHODS: Here we reviewed 41 cases of Campylobacter bloodstream infection occurring at a single center in London over 44years, comprising 0.2% of all recorded episodes during this time period. RESULTS: Patients had a mean age of 46years and, contrasting with previous reports, nearly 50% of our patients did not have significant comorbidities. Ciprofloxacin resistance increased over the study period with 35% of isolates overall being resistant compared with only 3% exhibiting macrolide resistance...
June 2, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628923/cremophor-el-alters-the-plasma-protein-binding-and-pharmacokinetic-profile-of-valspodar-in-rats
#15
Ziyad Binkhathlan
Cremophor EL is a nonionic surfactant widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. Nonetheless, there are several reports on the influence of this excipient on the protein binding, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of drugs. Valspodar is an investigational non-immunosuppressive derivative of cyclosporine A, used in clinical trials for treatment of multidrug resistant tumors. The formulation of valspodar (Amdray(®)) contains cremophor EL and ethanol as solubilizing agents. The main aim of the current study was to assess the plasma protein binding (in vitro) and the pharmacokinetic profile of valspodar in the cremophor EL-based formulation in comparison to a cremophor EL-free formulation following intravenous (i...
June 19, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628344/rituximab-induction-and-maintenance-treatment-in-patients-with-scleritis-and-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-wegener-s
#16
Caiyun You, Lina Ma, Andres F Lasave, C Stephen Foster
AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of rituximab (RTX) induction and maintenance treatment for patients with scleritis and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), Wegener's. METHODS: Nine patients (12 eyes) with scleritis with GPA who did not respond to corticosteroids and more than one immunosuppressive agent who received ongoing maintenance RTX treatment were identified. Demographics and outcome measures were recorded. RESULTS: Median follow-up time of 30 months (range, 15 to 87 months)...
June 19, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628343/chronic-herpetic-retinitis-clinical-features-and-long-term-outcomes
#17
Soufiane Souissi, Christine Fardeau, Hoang Mai Le, Flore Rozenberg, Bahram Bodaghi, Phuc Le Hoang
INTRODUCTION: Chronic uveitis treated with immunosuppressive agents may have unfavorable outcomes due to delays in diagnosis. The aim of this study was to review initial data from clinical and ocular assessments and patient outcomes following specific treatments for atypical herpes virus ocular infections. METHODS: The records of four consecutive patients with recurrent uveitis for at least five years treated in our department between 2001 and 2016 were retrospectively reviewed...
June 19, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626172/pulmonary-nocardiosis-a-clinical-analysis-of-30-cases
#18
Yasuo Takiguchi, Shunsuke Ishizaki, Takayuki Kobayashi, Shun Sato, Yaeko Hashimoto, Yosuke Suruga, Yoko Akiba
Objective Pulmonary nocardiosis frequently develops as an opportunistic infection in patients with malignant tumor and is treated with steroids. This study was performed to clarify the clinical features of pulmonary nocardiosis in Japan. Methods The patients definitively diagnosed with pulmonary nocardiosis at our hospital between January 1995 and December 2015 were retrospectively investigated. Results Nineteen men and 11 women (30 in total) were diagnosed with pulmonary nocardiosis. Almost all patients were complicated by a non-pulmonary underlying disease, such as malignant tumor or collagen vascular disease, or pulmonary disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or interstitial pneumonia, and 13 patients (43...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625271/-advances-in-immunotherapeutic-research-of-sepsis
#19
Lihua Dong, Juan Lyu, Lili Ding, Zhongmin Liu
Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by dysregulated host responses to infection. Despite decades of research, it remains the leading cause of death in intensive care units (ICUs). None of the current treatment, including antibiotics, organ protection and liquid resuscitation, is specifically effective for sepsis. Immunosuppression is one of the currently accepted pathogenesis and immunotherapy is one of the hot spot of current sepsis research. Immune related treatments include restricting the release of pathogen toxin and its removal, controlling the excessive inflammatory reaction and apoptosis inhibition, etc...
February 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624577/identification-of-an-immune-specific-class-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-based-on-molecular-features
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Daniela Sia, Yang Jiao, Iris Martinez-Quetglas, Olga Kuchuk, Carlos Villacorta-Martin, Manuel Castro de Moura, Juan Putra, Genis Camprecios, Laia Bassaganyas, Nicholas Akers, Bojan Losic, Samuel Waxman, Swan N Thung, Vincenzo Mazzaferro, Manel Esteller, Scott L Friedman, Myron Schwartz, Augusto Villanueva, Josep M Llovet
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Agents that induce an immune response against tumors by altering T-cell regulation have increased survival times of patients with advanced-stage tumors, such as melanoma or lung cancer. We aimed to characterize molecular features of immune cells that infiltrate hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) to determine whether these types of agents might be effective against liver tumors. METHODS: We analyzed HCC samples from 956 patients. We separated gene expression profiles from tumor, stromal, and immune cells using a non-negative matrix factorization algorithm...
June 14, 2017: Gastroenterology
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