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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536706/plasma-levels-of-high-mobility-group-box-1-during-peptide-vaccination-in-patients-with-recurrent-ovarian-cancer
#1
Kayoko Waki, Kouichiro Kawano, Naotake Tsuda, Kimio Ushijima, Kyogo Itoh, Akira Yamada
High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a nuclear protein that is known to be secreted into extracellular fluids from injured cells, activated macrophages, and tumor cells. The clinical correlation of circulating HMGB1 levels with various diseases including cancer has been reported. However, there is no information on HMGB1 levels in cancer patients treated with peptide vaccination. In the present study, we investigated the plasma levels of HMGB1 during personalized peptide vaccination in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520969/cell-mediated-immunity-to-target-the-persistent-human-immunodeficiency-virus-reservoir
#2
James L Riley, Luis J Montaner
Effective clearance of virally infected cells requires the sequential activity of innate and adaptive immunity effectors. In human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, naturally induced cell-mediated immune responses rarely eradicate infection. However, optimized immune responses could potentially be leveraged in HIV cure efforts if epitope escape and lack of sustained effector memory responses were to be addressed. Here we review leading HIV cure strategies that harness cell-mediated control against HIV in stably suppressed antiretroviral-treated subjects...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512020/molecular-epidemiology-of-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-in-central-china-since-2014-the-prevalence-of-nadc30-like-prrsvs
#3
Lin-Jian Wang, Weitao Xie, Xin-Xin Chen, Songlin Qiao, Mengmeng Zhao, Yu Gu, Bao-Lei Zhao, Gaiping Zhang
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), characterized by respiratory disorders in piglets and reproductive failure in sows, is still the great threat of swine industry. Recently, Emergence of the novel NADC30-like PRRS viruses (PRRSVs) has caused widespread outbreaks of PRRS. To investigate the epidemic characteristics of PRRSVs in Central China since 2014, 6372 clinical serum samples were tested by ELISA, 250 tissue samples were tested by RT-PCR, and among these, 30 ORF5 and 17 Nsp2 genes sequences were analyzed...
May 13, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490724/infection-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-similarities-and-differences-with-lupus-flare
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REVIEW
Ju-Yang Jung, Chang-Hee Suh
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease with diverse manifestations, and its pathogenesis is unclear and complicated. Infection and SLE are similar in that they both cause inf lammatory reactions in the immune system; however, one functions to protect the body, whereas the other is activated to damage the body. Infection is known as one of the common trigger factors for SLE; there are a number of reports on infectious agents that provoke autoimmune response. Several viruses, bacteria, and protozoa were revealed to cause immune dysfunction by molecular mimicry, epitope spreading, and bystander activation...
May 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459074/leaps-vaccine-incorporating-her-2-neu-epitope-elicits-protection-that-prevents-and-limits-tumor-growth-and-spread-of-breast-cancer-in-a-mouse-model
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Ken S Rosenthal, Sarah Stone, Gary Koski, Daniel H Zimmerman
The prototype J-LEAPS T cell vaccine for HER-2/neu breast cancer (J-HER) consists of the murine HER-2/neu66-74 H-2(d) CD8 T cell epitope covalently attached through a triglycine linker to the J-immune cell binding ligand (ICBL) (human β2 microglobulin38-50 peptide). The J-ICBL was chosen for its potential to promote Th1/Tc1 responses. In this proof-of-concept study, the ability of J-HER to prevent or treat cancer was tested in the TUBO cell-challenged BALB/c mouse model for HER-2/neu-expressing tumors. The J-HER vaccine was administered as an emulsion in Montanide ISA-51 without the need for a more potent adjuvant...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456528/evaluation-of-tandem-chlamydia-trachomatis-momp-multi-epitopes-vaccine-in-balb-c-mice-model
#6
Pengfei Jiang, Yiqi Cai, Jun Chen, Xiaoxian Ye, Shanshan Mao, Shanli Zhu, Xiangyang Xue, Shao Chen, Lifang Zhang
Chlamydia trachomatis (Ct), an obligate intracellular parasite, is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted diseases worldwide. The best solution to control the spread of Ct is to develop safe and effective vaccines. However, an effective vaccine has not been developed due to some challenges such as selection of appropriate candidate antigens and an effective delivery system. In our previous study, we have developed a Ct vaccine that comprises a multi-epitope peptide of Ct major outer membrane protein (MOMP370-387) and Hepatitis B virus core antigen (HBcAg)...
April 26, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408124/tau-antibody-targeting-pathological-species-blocks-neuronal-uptake-and-interneuron-propagation-of-tau-in%C3%A2-vitro
#7
Chloe K Nobuhara, Sarah L DeVos, Caitlin Commins, Susanne Wegmann, Benjamin D Moore, Allyson D Roe, Isabel Costantino, Matthew P Frosch, Rose Pitstick, George A Carlson, Christoph Hock, Roger M Nitsch, Fabio Montrasio, Jan Grimm, Anne E Cheung, Anthone W Dunah, Marion Wittmann, Thierry Bussiere, Paul H Weinreb, Bradley T Hyman, Shuko Takeda
The clinical progression of Alzheimer disease (AD) is associated with the accumulation of tau neurofibrillary tangles, which may spread throughout the cortex by interneuronal tau transfer. If so, targeting extracellular tau species may slow the spreading of tau pathology and possibly cognitive decline. To identify suitable target epitopes, we tested the effects of a panel of tau antibodies on neuronal uptake and aggregation in vitro. Immunodepletion was performed on brain extract from tau-transgenic mice and postmortem AD brain and added to a sensitive fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based tau uptake assay to assess blocking efficacy...
June 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381568/impact-of-antibodies-and-strain-polymorphisms-on-cytomegalovirus-entry-and-spread-in-fibroblasts-and-epithelial-cells
#8
Xiaohong Cui, Daniel C Freed, Dai Wang, Ping Qiu, Fengsheng Li, Tong-Ming Fu, Lawrence M Kauvar, Michael A McVoy
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) entry into fibroblasts differs from entry into epithelial cells. CMV also spreads cell-to-cell and can induce syncytia. To gain insights into these processes, 27 antibodies targeting epitopes in CMV virion glycoprotein complexes, including gB, gH/gL, and the pentamer, were evaluated for their effects on viral entry and spread. No antibodies inhibited CMV spread in fibroblasts, including those with potent neutralizing activity against fibroblast entry, while all antibodies that neutralized epithelial entry also inhibited spread in epithelial cells and a correlation existed between the potencies of these two activities...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321224/specific-igg-antibodies-react-to-mimotopes-of-bk-polyomavirus-a-small-dna-tumor-virus-in-healthy-adult-sera
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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. (H. Li, C. Zony, P. Chen, and B. K. Chen, J. Virol. 91:e02425-16, 2017, https://doi.org/10.1128/JVI.02425-16) showed 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...
May 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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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