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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231567/innate-lung-defense-during-invasive-aspergillosis-new-mechanisms
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Jaleesa M Garth, Chad Steele
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is one of the most difficult to treat and, consequently, one of the most lethal fungal infections known to man. Continued use of immunosuppressive agents during chemotherapy and organ transplantation often leads to the development of neutropenia, the primary risk factor for IA. However, IA is also becoming more appreciated in chronic diseases associated with corticosteroid therapy. The innate immune response to Aspergillus fumigatus, the primary agent in IA, plays a pivotal role in the recognition and elimination of organisms from the pulmonary system...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230637/mtor-inhibition-and-cardiovascular-diseases-cardiac-hypertrophy
#2
Ernesto Paoletti
Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is highly prevalent in kidney transplant recipients, and is associated with poor clinical outcome. Immunosuppressive agents might affect LVH behavior after kidney transplantation. This review is an appraisal of available data regarding LVH in renal transplantation and especially of studies that evaluated LVH response to treatment. In particular, the role of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors adopted as immunosuppressive agents in kidney transplantation is reviewed in the light of recent studies that have shown LVH regression induced by this class of medications in kidney transplant recipients with posttransplant cardiomyopathy...
February 23, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229281/cell-therapeutic-approaches-to-immunosuppression-after-clinical-kidney-transplantation
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REVIEW
Christian Morath, Anita Schmitt, Florian Kälble, Martin Zeier, Michael Schmitt, Flavius Sandra-Petrescu, Gerhard Opelz, Peter Terness, Matthias Schaier, Christian Kleist
Refinement of immunosuppressive strategies has led to further improvement of kidney graft survival in recent years. Currently, the main limitations to long-term graft survival are life-threatening side effects of immunosuppression and chronic allograft injury, emphasizing the need for innovative immunosuppressive regimens that resolve this therapeutic dilemma. Several cell therapeutic approaches to immunosuppression and donor-specific unresponsiveness have been tested in early phase I and phase II clinical trials in kidney transplantation...
February 23, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228726/current-diagnosis-and-management-of-immune-related-adverse-events-iraes-induced-by-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-therapy
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REVIEW
Vivek Kumar, Neha Chaudhary, Mohit Garg, Charalampos S Floudas, Parita Soni, Abhinav B Chandra
The indications of immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) are set to rise further with the approval of newer agents like tremelimumab and atezolimumab for use in patients with advanced stage mesothelioma and urothelial carcinoma respectively. More frequent use of ICIs has improved our understanding of their unique side effects, which are known as immune-related adverse events (irAEs). The spectrum of irAEs has expanded beyond more common manifestations such as dermatological, gastrointestinal and endocrine effects to rarer presentations involving nervous, hematopoietic and urinary systems...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228112/three-case-reports-of-post-immunization-and-post-viral-bullous-pemphigoid-looking-for-the-right-trigger
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Luca Baroero, Paola Coppo, Laura Bertolino, Stefano Maccario, Francesco Savino
BACKGROUND: Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is a blistering skin disorder infrequent in infancy and rarely reported in medical literature. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we describe three cases of BP which were referred to our department in the last 15 years. Two of them developed an eruption of bullous lesions just a few days after vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae B. The third patient developed the same blistering lesions shortly after herpetic stomatitis...
February 23, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228105/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-as-vehicles-of-tetravalent-bispecific-tandab-cd3-cd19-for-the-treatment-of-b-cell-lymphoma-combined-with-ido-pathway-inhibitor-d-1-methyl-tryptophan
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Xiaolong Zhang, Yuanyuan Yang, Leisheng Zhang, Yang Lu, Qing Zhang, Dongmei Fan, Yizhi Zhang, Yanjun Zhang, Zhou Ye, Dongsheng Xiong
BACKGROUND: Although blinatumomab, a bispecific T cell engaging antibody, exhibits high clinical response rates in patients with relapsed or refractory B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) and B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (B-NHL), it still has some limitations because of its short half-life. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) represent an attractive approach for delivery of therapeutic agents to cancer sites owing to their tropism towards tumors, but their immunosuppression capabilities, especially induced by indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), should also be taken into consideration...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225482/a-case-report-of-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-in-a-patient-receiving-gemcitabine-and-cisplatin
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Hannah Cherniawsky, Neesha Merchant, Micheal Sawyer, Maria Ho
RATIONALE: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a subacute syndrome causing characteristic neurologic and radiologic findings. PRES is predominantly caused by malignant hypertension though it has been associated with immunosuppressive treatments such as chemotherapy. PATIENT CONCERNS: We describe a case of a 58 year old female who developed fluctuant level of consciousness, agitation. DIAGNOSIS: MRI findings were in keeping with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome following cycle 6 of palliative gemcitabine and cisplatin therapy for metastatic cholangiocarcinoma...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224470/three-patients-treated-with-sofosbuvir-plus-ledipasvir-for-recurrent-hepatitis-c-after-liver-transplantation
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Tomokazu Kawaoka, Michio Imamura, Kei Morio, Yuki Nakamura, Masataka Tsuge, Clair Nelson Hayes, Yoshiiku Kawakami, Hiroshi Aikata, Hidenori Ochi, Kouhei Ishiyama, Hideki Ohdan, Kazuaki Chayama
We previously reported results of interferon (IFN)-free daclatasvir and asunaprevir for the treatment of recurrent hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection after liver transplantation (LT). Here we report three patients who achieved viral response with no effect on the blood concentrations of immunosuppressive agents following sofosbuvir plus ledipasvir treatment. The first patient was a 68-year-old female with HCV-related liver cirrhosis who failed to respond to pegylated-IFN and ribavirin (PEG-IFN/RBV) after living donor LT...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223836/dyslipidemia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-etiology-and-management
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Ivana Mikolasevic, Marta Žutelija, Vojko Mavrinac, Lidija Orlic
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), including those with end-stage renal disease, treated with dialysis, or renal transplant recipients have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) morbidity and mortality. Dyslipidemia, often present in this patient population, is an important risk factor for CVD development. Specific quantitative and qualitative changes are seen at different stages of renal impairment and are associated with the degree of glomerular filtration rate declining. Patients with non-dialysis-dependent CKD have low high-density lipoproteins (HDL), normal or low total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, increased triglycerides as well as increased apolipoprotein B (apoB), lipoprotein(a) (Lp (a)), intermediate- and very-low-density lipoprotein (IDL, VLDL; "remnant particles"), and small dense LDL particles...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222785/tcd4-pos-lymphocytosis-in-rheumatoid-and-psoriatic-arthritis-patients-following-tnf%C3%AE-blocking-agents
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Andrea Picchianti Diamanti, Bruno Laganà, Maria Christina Cox, Emanuela Pilozzi, Rachele Amodeo, Maurizio Bove, Milica Markovic, Roberta Di Rosa, Simonetta Salemi, Maria Laura Sorgi, Maria Manuela Rosado, Raffaele D'Amelio
BACKGROUND: Lymphocyte expansion and true lymphocytosis are commonly observed in the everyday clinical practice. The meaning of such phenomenon is often poorly understood so that discrimination between benign and malignant lymphocytosis remains difficult to establish. This is mainly true when lymphocytosis rises in patients affected by immune-mediated chronic inflammatory diseases under immunosuppressive treatment, conditions potentially associated with lymphomagenesis. In this brief report the development of mild T CD4(pos) lymphocytosis in a group of patients with chronic arthritis under anti-TNF-α treatment is described...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220772/tumour-and-host-cell-pd-l1-is-required-to-mediate-suppression-of-anti-tumour-immunity-in-mice
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Janet Lau, Jeanne Cheung, Armando Navarro, Steve Lianoglou, Benjamin Haley, Klara Totpal, Laura Sanders, Hartmut Koeppen, Patrick Caplazi, Jacqueline McBride, Henry Chiu, Rebecca Hong, Jane Grogan, Vincent Javinal, Robert Yauch, Bryan Irving, Marcia Belvin, Ira Mellman, Jeong M Kim, Maike Schmidt
Expression of PD-L1, the ligand for T-cell inhibitory receptor PD-1, is one key immunosuppressive mechanism by which cancer avoids eradication by the immune system. Therapeutic use of blocking antibodies to PD-L1 or its receptor PD-1 has produced unparalleled, durable clinical responses, with highest likelihood of response seen in patients whose tumour or immune cells express PD-L1 before therapy. The significance of PD-L1 expression in each cell type has emerged as a central and controversial unknown in the clinical development of immunotherapeutics...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220379/pulmonary-mucormycosis-clinical-features-and-outcomes
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Erica Lin, Teng Moua, Andrew H Limper
PURPOSE: Mucormycosis encompasses a group of opportunistic fungal infections caused by Zygomycetes, order Mucorales. Mucormycosis can manifest as rhino-orbito-cerebral, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cutaneous, and disseminated infections. Pulmonary mucormycosis is the second most common presentation. This manuscript characterizes the demographics, clinical presentation, diagnostic procedures, radiologic findings, therapeutic interventions, and outcome in pulmonary mucormycosis. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed clinical data of 35 patients with pulmonary mucormycosis from 2000 to 2015...
February 20, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215530/rationale-for-the-combination-of-dendritic-cell-based-vaccination-approaches-with-chemotherapy-agents
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I Truxova, M Hensler, P Skapa, M J Halaska, J Laco, A Ryska, R Spisek, J Fucikova
Owing to their central role in the initiation and regulation of antitumor immunity, dendritic cells (DCs) have been widely tested for use in cancer immunotherapy. Despite several encouraging clinical applications, existing DC-based immunotherapy efforts have yielded inconsistent results. Recent work has identified strategies that may allow for more potent DC-based vaccines, such as the combination with antitumor agents that have the potential to synergistically enhance DC functions. Selected cytotoxic agents may stimulate DCs either by directly promoting their maturation or through the induction of immunogenic tumor cell death...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214069/-pharmacokinetic-drug-interaction-between-miconazole-mucoadhesive-tablet-and-tacrolimus-about-3%C3%A2-case-reports-in-transplant-patients
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Marion Lepelley, Sophie Logerot, Xavier Fonrose, Céline Villier
Loramyc(®) is a mucoadhesive tablet of miconazole, indicated for the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis in immunocompromised patients. Miconazole, as others azole antifungals, is known for its potent inhibitory properties of cytochromes P450 enzymes and P-glycoprotein (P-gp). Inhibition of cytochromes P450 enzymes and P-gp can produce pharmacokinetic drug interaction. Immunosuppressive agents, such as calcineurin inhibitors (tacrolimus, cyclosporine) are substrates of cytochromes P450 3A4 and P-gp. Nevertheless, the impact of systemic absorption of miconazole mucoadhesive tablet has not been investigated by the laboratory before regulatory approval...
January 12, 2017: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213687/ofatumumab-for-the-treatment-of-childhood-nephrotic-syndrome
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Chia-Shi Wang, Rochelle Schmidt Liverman, Rouba Garro, Roshan Punnoose George, Anastacia Glumova, Alana Karp, Stephanie Jernigan, Barry Warshaw
BACKGROUND: Ofatumumab is a humanized anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody that has recently garnered interest as a potential therapeutic agent for nephrotic syndrome. We report our center's experience in administering ofatumumab to five pediatric patients with idiopathic nephrotic syndrome. METHODS: Between March 2015 and November 2016, five patients were treated with ofatumumab. One patient had post-transplant recurrent focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) which had been resistant to plasmapheresis and numerous immunosuppressive agents...
February 17, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210995/checkpoint-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Pooja Ghatalia, Matthew Zibelman, Daniel M Geynisman, Elizabeth R Plimack
The advent of checkpoint inhibitors has revolutionized systemic therapy for many malignancies, including renal cell carcinoma (RCC) where multiple PD-1, PD-L1, and CTLA-4 inhibitors have demonstrated responses and improved survival for patients in clinical trials. Durable benefit with manageable toxicity can be achieved with these agents-but unfortunately for only a minority of individuals. Efforts are ongoing to understand mechanisms driving the response and resistance to checkpoint inhibitors in order to personalize therapy and extend benefit to more patients...
January 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210182/successful-cataract-surgery-in-a-patient-with-refractory-wegener-s-granulomatosis-effectively-treated-with-rituximab-a-case-report
#17
Abdullah M Alfawaz
: Wegener's granulomatosis is a granulomatous disorder associated with systemic necrotizing vasculitis. Eye involvement occurs in approximately 50% of Wegener's granulomatosis patients and is an important cause of morbidity. Conventional treatment-related morbidity and failure have led to studies of alternative treatment modalities. In this case of a 35-year-old man with severe Wegener's granulomatosis, conventional therapy failed to induce remission. Despite the standard immunosuppressive therapy, progression of the disease was observed, mainly with ocular manifestations and renal impairment...
July 2016: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209661/non-topical-management-of-recalcitrant-paediatric-atopic-dermatitis
#18
REVIEW
Jin Ho Chong, Mark Jean Aan Koh
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic, pruritic skin disease in children. As the incidence of AD increases, especially in high-income countries, paediatricians may see an increasing number of recalcitrant AD cases in their practice. Although these cases are principally managed by paediatric dermatologists, it is important for paediatricians to be aware of the use and side effects of non-topical treatment like phototherapy and systemic agents as well as the evidence for alternative treatment, which caregivers may ask about...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209465/identification-of-highly-potent-and-selective-pi3k%C3%AE-inhibitors
#19
David Marcoux, Lan-Ying Qin, Zheming Ruan, Qing Shi, Qian Ruan, Carolyn Weigelt, Hongchen Qiu, Gary Schieven, John Hynes, Rajeev Bhide, Michael Poss, Joseph Tino
Selective PI3Kδ inhibitors have recently been hypothesized to be appropriate immunosuppressive agents for the treatment of immunological disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. However, few reports have highlighted molecules that are highly selective for PI3Kδ over the other PI3K isoforms. In this letter, isoform and kinome selective PI3Kδ inhibitors are presented. The Structural Activity Relationship leading to such molecules is outlined.
February 7, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209246/the-clinical-course-of-iga-nephropathy-after-kidney-transplantation-and-its-management
#20
REVIEW
Sophia Lionaki, Konstantinos Panagiotellis, Christine Melexopoulou, John N Boletis
Immunoglobulin (Ig) A nephropathy is one of the most common primary glomerulonephritides worldwide causing end stage renal disease in up to 20-40% of affected patients, nearly two decades post diagnosis. Kidney transplantation is the treatment of choice for patients with renal failure, secondary to glomerular diseases. However, IgA nephropathy has a strong tendency to recur in the graft, and although initially thought to be a benign condition, several reports of graft loss, due to recurrent IgA nephropathy, there have been over the last three decades...
February 2, 2017: Transplantation Reviews
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