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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321224/specific-igg-antibodies-react-to-mimotopes-of-bk-polyomavirus-a-small-dna-tumor-virus-in-healthy-adult-sera
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Silvia Pietrobon, Ilaria Bononi, Elisa Mazzoni, Francesca Lotito, Marco Manfrini, Andrea Puozzo, Federica Destro, Giovanni Guerra, Pier Francesco Nocini, Fernanda Martini, Mauro G Tognon
BK polyomavirus (BKPyV) was isolated in 1971 from the urine of a kidney transplant patient. Soon after its identification, BKPyV was characterized as a kidney-tropic virus, which is responsible of a significant fraction of the rejection of transplant kidney in the host. Moreover, in experimental conditions, BKPyV is able to transform different types of animal and human cells and to induce tumors of different histotypes in experimental animals. BKPyV DNA sequences have been detected in healthy individuals and cancer patients using polymerase chain reaction/Shouthern blot hybridization methods...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320458/b-cell-epitope-of-human-cytomegalovirus-phosphoprotein-65-hcmv-pp65-induced-anti-dsdna-antibody-in-balb-c-mice
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Ao HoHsieh, Chin Man Wang, Yeong-Jian Jan Wu, Albert Chen, Ming-I Chang, Ji-Yih Chen
BACKGROUND: HCMV phosphoprotein 65 (HCMVpp65) is a putative immunogen that acts as an accelerator, inducing autoantibody and exacerbating autoimmune response in susceptible animals. The immunity to pp65336-439 instigates autoimmunity, suggesting that pp65336-439 contains crucial B cell epitope(s) for the development of nephritis. This study narrowed down the target epitope to pp65422-439 for immunization of BALB/c mice and mapping of B cell epitope. METHODS: The target epitope pp65422-439 reactivity and B cell epitope mapping was examined in serum from pp65422-439-immunized mice and patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)...
March 21, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296059/the-pathogenicity-of-t-cell-epitopes-on-human-goodpasture-antigen-and-its-critical-amino-acid-motif
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Shui-Yi Hu, Qiu-Hua Gu, Jia Wang, Miao Wang, Xiao-Yu Jia, Zhao Cui, Ming-Hui Zhao
Goodpasture antigen, the non-collagenous domain of α3 chain of type IV collagen [α3(IV)NC1], is the target antigen of anti-glomerular basement membrane (GBM) antibodies. The pathogenicity of T cell epitopes is not elucidated clearly. In this study, we aim to define the nephritogenic T cell epitopes and its critical amino acid residues. Twenty-four overlapping linear peptides were synthesized covering the whole sequence of human α3(IV)NC1. Wistar-Kyoto rats were immunized with linear peptides, and experimental autoimmune glomerulonephritis was evaluated...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273384/computational-prediction-of-usutu-virus-e-protein-b-cell-and-t-cell-epitopes-for-potential-vaccine-development
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Navaneethan Palanisamy, Johan Lennerstrand
Usutu virus (family Flaviviridae), once confined to Africa, has emerged in Europe a decade ago. The virus has been spreading throughout Europe at a greater pace mostly affecting avian species. While most bird species remain asymptomatic carriers of this virus, few bird species are highly susceptible. Lately, Usutu virus (USUV) infections in humans were reported sporadically with severe neuroinvasive symptoms like meningoencephalitis. Since so much is unknown about this virus, which potentially may cause severe diseases in humans, there is a need for more studies of this virus...
March 8, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250119/new-connections-cell-to-cell-hiv-1-transmission-resistance-to-broadly-neutralizing-antibodies-and-an-envelope-sorting-motif
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S Abigail Smith, Cynthia A Derdeyn
HIV-1 infection from cell to cell may provide an efficient mode of viral spread in vivo and could therefore present a significant challenge for preventative or therapeutic strategies based on broadly neutralizing antibodies. Indeed, Li et al show that the potency and magnitude of multiple HIV-1 broadly neutralizing antibody classes are decreased during cell to cell infection in a context dependent manner. A functional motif in gp41 appears to contribute to this differential susceptibility by modulating exposure of neutralization epitopes...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248800/mixed-connective-tissue-disease-and-epitope-spreading-an-historical-cohort-study
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Laura Escolà-Vergé, Iago Pinal-Fernandez, Andreu Fernandez-Codina, Eduardo L Callejas-Moraga, Juan Espinosa, Ana Marin, Moises Labrador-Horrillo, Albert Selva-O'Callaghan
OBJECTIVES: Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) is characterized by the presence of anti-U1-snRNP autoantibodies and a variable set of associated clinical features. Some MCTD patients test positive over time to autoantibodies against Sm, proteins spatially related with U1-snRNP. This situation has been attributed to expanding of the autoimmune response by a phenomenon known as epitope spreading. Our aim was to study the frequency of this phenomenon in MCTD patients and the specific clinical features of those with epitope spreading...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231271/applying-antibody-sensitive-hypervariable-region-1-deleted-hepatitis-c-virus-to-the-study-of-escape-pathways-of-neutralizing-human-monoclonal-antibody-ar5a
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Rodrigo Velázquez-Moctezuma, Mansun Law, Jens Bukh, Jannick Prentoe
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of end-stage liver diseases. With 3-4 million new HCV infections yearly, a vaccine is urgently needed. A better understanding of virus escape from neutralizing antibodies and their corresponding epitopes are important for this effort. However, for viral isolates with high antibody resistance, or antibodies with moderate potency, it remains challenging to induce escape mutations in vitro. Here, as proof-of-concept, we used antibody-sensitive HVR1-deleted (ΔHVR1) viruses to generate escape mutants for a human monoclonal antibody, AR5A, targeting a rare cross-genotype conserved epitope...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198446/a-mutation-identified-in-neonatal-microcephaly-destabilizes-zika-virus-ns1-assembly-in-vitro
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Deping Wang, Cheng Chen, Shengnan Liu, Han Zhou, Kailin Yang, Qi Zhao, Xiaoyun Ji, Chen Chen, Wei Xie, Zefang Wang, Li-Zhi Mi, Haitao Yang
An unprecedented epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection had spread to South and Central America. ZIKV infection was recently confirmed by CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to cause neonatal microcephaly, which posed a significant public health emergency of international concern. No specific vaccines or drugs are currently available to fight ZIKV infection. ZIKV nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) plays an essential role in viral replication and immune evasion. We determined the crystal structure of ZIKV NS1172-352, which forms a head-to-head, symmetric dimer with a unique 14-stranded β-ladder conserved among flaviviruses...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193250/a-novel-modified-indirect-elisa-based-on-spherical-body-protein-4-for-detecting-antibody-during-acute-and-long-term-infections-with-diverse-babesia-bovis-strains
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Chungwon J Chung, Carlos E Suarez, Carey L Bandaranayaka-Mudiyanselage, Chandima-Bandara Bandaranayaka-Mudiyanselage, Joanna Rzepka, T J Heiniger, Grace Chung, Stephen S Lee, Ethan Adams, Grace Yun, Susan J Waldron
BACKGROUND: Cattle persistently infected with Babesia bovis are reservoirs for intra- and inter-herd transmission. Since B. bovis is considered a persistent infection, developing a reliable, high-throughput assay that detects antibody during all stages of the infection could be pivotal for establishing better control protocols. METHODS: A modified indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (MI-ELISA) was developed using the spherical body protein-4 (SBP4) of B. bovis to detect antibody against diverse strains through all infection stages in cattle...
February 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188693/two-distinct-genotypes-of-porcine-epidemic-diarrhoea-virus-in-vaccinated-pig-flocks-in-shandong-province-of-china-2012-2015
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Y Zhang, Y Tian, S-L Lin, S-F Sun, J Chen, G-S Wang, F-L Tian, S-J Jiang
As one of the top pork producers in China, Shandong Province suffered frequent outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) on pig farms from January 2012 to July 2015, resulting in significant economic losses. To better understand the prevalence situation, we conducted molecular epidemiological analyses of 38 PEDV strains isolated from 13 cities in Shandong Province. The detection rate of PEDV was 71.2% (146/205) by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The S genes of the 38 isolated samples were 4146 to 4161 nt in length and shared high levels of sequence identity (93...
February 10, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152559/t-cell-responses-to-peptides-of-goodpasture-autoantigen-in-patients-with-anti-glomerular-basement-membrane-disease
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Shui-Yi Hu, Xiao-Yu Jia, Qiu-Hua Gu, Chong-Yan Yu, Xu-Yang Cheng, Qi-Zhuang Jin, Fu-de Zhou, Zhao Cui, Ming-Hui Zhao
AIM: Cell-mediated autoimmunity, especially autoreactive T cells, is crucial in the initiation of anti-glomerular membrane (GBM) disease. Epitopes for T cells on Goodpasture autoantigen are not fully defined. This study investigated T cell epitopes in anti-GBM patients, aiming to identify the epitopes and their clinical significance. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were collected from 13 patients with anti-GBM disease. Twenty-four overlapping linear peptides were synthesized covering the whole sequence of human α3(IV)NC1...
February 2, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101965/a-multi-hit-hypothesis-of-bullous-pemphigoid-and-associated-neurological-disease-is-hla-dqb1-03-01-a-potential-link-between-immune-privileged-antigen-exposure-and-epitope-spreading
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REVIEW
K T Amber, J Zikry, M Hertl
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is the most common autoimmune blistering disease and is linked to IgG recognition of 2 hemidesmosomal antigens, that is, BP230 (BP antigen 1) and BP180 (BP antigen 2, collagen XVII). The association of BP with other systemic diseases, particularly neurocognitive diseases, provides a potential clue in the underlying pathogenesis of BP. The role of HLA-DQB1*03:01 binding to the immunogenic portion of BP180 provides a potential mechanism by which exposure to neuronal collagen BP180 may lead to cutaneous disease...
January 19, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024362/controlled-sub-nanometer-epitope-spacing-in-a-three-dimensional-self-assembled-peptide-hydrogel
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E Thomas Pashuck, Benoît J R Duchet, Catherine S Hansel, Stephanie A Maynard, Lesley W Chow, Molly M Stevens
Cells in the body use a variety of mechanisms to ensure the specificity and efficacy of signal transduction. One way that this is achieved is through tight spatial control over the position of different proteins, signaling sequences, and biomolecules within and around cells. For instance, the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin presents RGDS and PHSRN sequences that synergistically bind the α5β1 integrin when separated by 3.2 nm but are unable to bind when this distance is >5.5 nm.1 Building biomaterials to controllably space different epitopes with subnanometer accuracy in a three-dimensional (3D) hydrogel is challenging...
December 27, 2016: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965307/dual-specific-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-and-an-indirect-vaccine-eradicate-a-variety-of-large-solid-tumors-in-an-immunocompetent-self-antigen-setting
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Clare Y Slaney, Bianca von Scheidt, Alexander J Davenport, Paul Beavis, Jennifer A Westwood, Sherly Mardiana, David Tscharke, Sarah Ellis, H Miles Prince, Joseph A Trapani, Ricky W Johnstone, Mark J Smyth, Michele W L Teng, Aesha Ali, Zhiya Yu, Steven A Rosenberg, Nicholas P Restifo, Paul J Neeson, Phillip K Darcy, Michael H Kershaw
PURPOSE: While adoptive transfer of T cells bearing a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) can eliminate substantial burdens of some leukemias, the ultimate challenge remains the eradication of large solid tumors for most cancers. We aimed to develop an immunotherapy approach effective against large tumors in an immunocompetent, self-antigen preclinical mouse model. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: In this study, we generated dual-specific T cells expressing both a CAR specific for Her2 and a TCR specific for the melanocyte protein (gp100)...
December 13, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923570/recombinant-dna-vaccine-of-hantavirus-gn-and-lamp1-induced-long-term-immune-protection-in-mice
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Dong-Bo Jiang, Li-Juan Sun, Lin-Feng Cheng, Jin-Peng Zhang, Shao-Bo Xiao, Yuan-Jie Sun, Shu-Ya Yang, Jing Wang, Fang-Lin Zhang, Kun Yang
BACKGROUND: Prophylaxis is widely adopted the best choice against Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) caused by Hantavirus. However, loss of memory immune response maintenance remains as major shortcoming in current HFRS vaccine. A recombinant DNA vaccine, pVAX-LAMP/Gn was previously proved efficient, requiring long-term evaluations. METHODS & RESULTS: Immune responses of Balb/c mice were assessed by specific and neutralizing antibodies, interferon-γ ELISpot assay, and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte cytotoxicity assay...
February 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891225/unraveling-the-role-of-preexisting-immunity-in-prostate-cancer-patients-vaccinated-with-a-her-2-neu-hybrid-peptide
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Ioannis F Voutsas, Eleftheria A Anastasopoulou, Panagiotis Tzonis, Michael Papamichail, Sonia A Perez, Constantin N Baxevanis
BACKGROUND: Cancer vaccines aim at eliciting not only an immune response against specific tumor antigens, but also at enhancing a preexisting immunity against the tumor. In this context, we recently reported on the levels of preexisting immunity in prostate cancer patients vaccinated with the HER-2 hybrid peptide (AE37), during a phase I clinical trial. The purpose of the current study was to correlate between preexisting immunity to the native HER-2 peptide, AE36, and expression of HLA-A2 and -A24 molecules with the clinical outcome...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860539/epitope-specific-antitumor-immunity-suppresses-tumor-spread-in-papillary-thyroid-cancer
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Margret Ehlers, Anne Kuebart, Hubertus Hautzel, Juergen Enczmann, Anna-Carinna Reis, Matthias Haase, Stephanie Allelein, Till Dringenberg, Christine Schmid, Matthias Schott
CONTEXT: Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is characterized by a lymphocytic infiltration. PTC patients with lymphocytic infiltration may have a better clinical outcome. OBJECTIVE: Characterization of tumor epitope-specific immunity and correlation analyses with the clinical outcome. PATIENTS: 150 PTC patients; 40 Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) patients; 21 healthy controls; 27.239 healthy Caucasians (for HLA typing). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: HLA class I restricted thyroperoxidase (TPO) and thyroglobulin (Tg) epitope-specific T cells (tetramer analyses), correlation analyses between HLA class II phenotypes, T cell immunity, and the clinical course...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835913/circulation-autoantibody-against-lamin-a-c-in-patients-with-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Wen Zhang, Chunyan Zhang, Peng Chen, Chunhe Yang, Xianfeng Gan, Muhammad Hussain, Yiping Xun, Yaping Tian, Hongwu Du
Lamin A/C proteins are major components of nuclear laminae and were encoded by the LMNA gene. Recent studies have found that in addition to provides nuclear-membrane strength; it also regulates the gene expression. Lamin A/C has been confirmed as an autoantigen in RA, SLE and vasculitis. Anti-Lamin A/C antibodies also have been found by indirect immunofluorescence method. In this study, we used various research methods to confirm Lamin A/C is an autoantigen in Han Chinese patients with confirmed Sjögren's syndrome (SS)...
November 9, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834908/epitope-identification-and-application-for-diagnosis-of-duck-tembusu-virus-infections-in-ducks
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Chenxi Li, Junyan Liu, Wulin Shaozhou, Xiaofei Bai, Qingshan Zhang, Ronghong Hua, Jyung-Hurng Liu, Ming Liu, Yun Zhang
Duck Tembusu virus (DTMUV) causes substantial egg drop disease. DTMUV was first identified in China and rapidly spread to Malaysia and Thailand. The antigenicity of the DTMUV E protein has not yet been characterized. Here, we investigated antigenic sites on the E protein using the non-neutralizing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) 1F3 and 1A5. Two minimal epitopes were mapped to (221)LD/NLPW(225) and (87)YAEYI(91) by using phage display and mutagenesis. DTMUV-positive duck sera reacted with the epitopes, thus indicating the importance of the minimal amino acids of the epitopes for antibody-epitope binding...
November 10, 2016: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821747/systematic-autoantigen-analysis-identifies-a-distinct-subtype-of-scleroderma-with-coincident-cancer
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George J Xu, Ami A Shah, Mamie Z Li, Qikai Xu, Antony Rosen, Livia Casciola-Rosen, Stephen J Elledge
Scleroderma is a chronic autoimmune rheumatic disease associated with widespread tissue fibrosis and vasculopathy. Approximately two-thirds of all patients with scleroderma present with three dominant autoantibody subsets. Here, we used a pair of complementary high-throughput methods for antibody epitope discovery to examine patients with scleroderma with or without known autoantibody specificities. We identified a specificity for the minor spliceosome complex containing RNA Binding Region (RNP1, RNA recognition motif) Containing 3 (RNPC3) that is found in patients with scleroderma without known specificities and is absent in unrelated autoimmune diseases...
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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