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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230639/conserved-peptides-enhance-immune-efficiency-of-inactive-vaccines-against-emerging-avian-influenza-viruses-in-chicken
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Jin Xiao, Lei Zhang, Zhenbao Wang, Wangzhen Xiang, Ping Lu, Yingze Zhao, Min Han, Airong Ma, Peng Qi, Ming Wang, George F Gao, William J Liu
Avian influenza viruses (AIVs) such as H5N1 and H7N9 are a great threat to poultry economics and public health. Vaccination can effectively inhibit the spread of AIV in poultry, which is also a viable strategy for controlling virus transmission from poultry to human. Adjuvants that are commonly used in current inactivated vaccines to provide stronger anti-AIV immune responses are often limited in their capacity to quantitatively induce both humoral and cellular immune responses. Herein, we assessed the levels of immune responses generated by a vaccine formulation comprising inactivated H5N1 antigen and synthetic peptides covering conserved CD4+, CD8+ T cell, and B cell epitopes...
September 8, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226015/conserved-hiv-epitopes-for-an-effective-hiv-vaccine
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Bikash Sahay, Cuong Q Nguyen, Janet K Yamamoto
Despite major advances in antiretroviral therapy against HIV-1, an effective HIV vaccine is urgently required to reduce the number of new cases of HIV infections in the world. Vaccines are the ultimate tool in the medical arsenal to control and prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Several failed phase-IIb to -III clinical vaccine trials against HIV-1 in the past generated a plethora of information that could be used for better designing of an effective HIV vaccine in the future. Most of the tested vaccine candidates produced strong humoral responses against the HIV proteins; however, failed to protect due to: 1) the low levels and the narrow breadth of the HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies and the HIV-specific antibody-dependent Fc-mediated effector activities, 2) the low levels and the poor quality of the anti-HIV T-cell responses, and 3) the excessive responses to immunodominant non-protective HIV epitopes, which in some cases blocked the protective immunity and/or enhanced HIV infection...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221597/evolution-of-autoantibody-responses-in-individuals-at-risk-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Willem J J Falkenburg, Dirkjan van Schaardenburg
Autoantibodies such as rheumatoid factors (RFs), anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPAs), and other anti-modified protein antibodies are important risk factors for the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and probably play an important role in its pathogenesis. In the phase before clinical arthritis becomes apparent, different autoantibody responses can evolve because of increases in their level, isotype switching, affinity maturation, epitope spreading, and a changing glycosylation profile. This evolution may be crucial for the pathogenic properties of the autoantibody responses, and interfering with this process in individuals at risk may become a route to prevent RA...
February 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143081/generation-in-yeast-and-antigenic-characterization-of-hepatitis-e-virus-capsid-protein-virus-like-particles
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Martynas Simanavicius, Paulius Lukas Tamosiunas, Rasa Petraityte-Burneikiene, Reimar Johne, Rainer G Ulrich, Aurelija Zvirbliene, Indre Kucinskaite-Kodze
Hepatitis E is a globally distributed human disease caused by hepatitis E virus (HEV). In Europe, it spreads through undercooked pork meat or other products and with blood components through transfusions. There are no approved or golden standard serologic systems for HEV diagnostics. Commercially available HEV tests often provide inconsistent results which may differ among the assays. In this study, we describe generation in yeast and characterization of HEV genotype 3 (HEV-3) and rat HEV capsid proteins self-assembled into virus-like particles (VLPs) and the development of HEV-specific monoclonal antibodies (MAbs)...
November 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140828/biomimetic-nanoparticles-for-transplantation-tolerance
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Silvia Minardi, Sahil Shah, Xunrong Luo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current review aims to provide a current landscape and future trends of biomimetic nanoparticles which have the potential to revolutionize the field of transplantation in the next decade. RECENT FINDINGS: Currently, the inability to safely induce robust donor-specific immunological tolerance makes it difficult to achieve immunosuppression-free graft survival. Despite progresses in the development of nanotherapeutics for antigen-specific immunomodulation in autoimmune diseases and in cancer treatments, few have been proposed and tested in transplantation with success...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120369/begomoviral-movement-protein-effects-in-human-and-plant-cells-towards-new-potential-interaction-partners
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Susanna Krapp, Christian Schuy, Eva Greiner, Irina Stephan, Barbara Alberter, Christina Funk, Manfred Marschall, Christina Wege, Susanne M Bailer, Tatjana Kleinow, Björn Krenz
Geminiviral single-stranded circular DNA genomes replicate in nuclei so that the progeny DNA has to cross both the nuclear envelope and the plasmodesmata for systemic spread within plant tissues. For intra- and intercellular transport, two proteins are required: a nuclear shuttle protein (NSP) and a movement protein (MP). New characteristics of ectopically produced Abutilon mosaic virus (AbMV) MP (MP(AbMV)), either authentically expressed or fused to a yellow fluorescent protein or epitope tags, respectively, were determined by localization studies in mammalian cell lines in comparison to plant cells...
November 9, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114041/phospholipase-a2-receptor-1-epitope-spreading-at-baseline-predicts-reduced-likelihood-of-remission-of-membranous-nephropathy
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Barbara Seitz-Polski, Hanna Debiec, Alexandra Rousseau, Karine Dahan, Christelle Zaghrini, Christine Payré, Vincent L M Esnault, Gérard Lambeau, Pierre Ronco
The phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R1) is the major autoantigen in primary membranous nephropathy. Several PLA2R1 epitopes have been characterized, and a retrospective study identified PLA2R1 epitope spreading as a potential indicator of poor prognosis. Here, we analyzed the predictive value of anti-PLA2R1 antibody (PLA2R1-Ab) titers and epitope spreading in a prospective cohort of 58 patients positive for PLA2R1-Ab randomly allocated to rituximab (n=29) or antiproteinuric therapy alone (n=29). At baseline, the epitope profile (CysR, CysRC1, CysRC7, or CysRC1C7) did not correlate with age, sex, time from diagnosis, proteinuria, or serum albumin, but epitope spreading strongly correlated with PLA2R1-Ab titer (P<0...
November 7, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096381/epitopes-based-drug-design-for-dengue-virus-envelope-protein-a-computational-approach
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Abdul Wadood, Aamir Mehmood, Huma Khan, Muhammad Ilyas, Ayaz Ahmad, Mohammed Alarjah, Tareq Abu-Izneid
Dengue virus (DENV) has emerged as a rapidly spreading epidemic throughout the tropical and subtropical regions around the globe. No suitable drug has been designed yet to fight against DENV, therefore, the need for safe and effective antiviral drug has become imperative. The envelope protein of DENV is responsible for mediating the fusion process between viral and host membranes. This work reports an in silico approach to target B and T cell epitopes for dengue envelope protein inhibition. A conserved region "QHGTI" in B and T cell epitopes of dengue envelope glycoprotein was confirmed to be valid for targeting by visualizing its interactions with the host cell membrane TIM-1 protein which acts as a receptor for serotype 2 and 3...
October 20, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061442/a-novel-glycoprotein-d-specific-monoclonal-antibody-neutralizes-herpes-simplex-virus
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Ruikun Du, Lili Wang, Hao Xu, Zhiying Wang, Tao Zhang, Manli Wang, Yunjia Ning, Fei Deng, Zhihong Hu, Hualin Wang, Yi Li
The worldwide prevalence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) and the shortage of efficient vaccines and novel therapeutic strategies against HSV are widely global concerns. The abundance on the virion and the major stimulus for the virus-neutralizing antibodies makes gD a predominant candidate for cure of HSV infection. In this study, we generated a monoclonal antibody (mAb), termed m27f, targeting to glycoprotein D (gD) of HSV-2, which also has cross-reactivity against HSV-1 gD. It has a high level of neutralizing activity against both HSV-1 and HSV-2, and binds to a highly conserved region (residues 292-297) within the pro-fusion domain of gD...
October 20, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978707/prior-dengue-virus-exposure-shapes-t-cell-immunity-to-zika-virus-in-humans
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Alba Grifoni, John Pham, John Sidney, Patrick H O'Rourke, Sinu Paul, Bjoern Peters, Sheridan R Martini, Aruna D de Silva, Michael J Ricciardi, Diogo M Magnani, Cassia G T Silveira, Alvino Maestri, Priscilla R Costa, Luzia Maria de-Oliveira-Pinto, Elzinandes Leal de Azeredo, Paulo Vieira Damasco, Elizabeth Phillips, Simon Mallal, Aravinda M de Silva, Matthew Collins, Anna Durbin, Sean A Diehl, Cristhiam Cerpas, Angel Balmaseda, Guillermina Kuan, Josefina Coloma, Eva Harris, James E Crowe, Mars Stone, Phillip J Norris, Michael Busch, Hector Vivanco-Cid, Josephine Cox, Barney S Graham, Julie E Ledgerwood, Lance Turtle, Tom Solomon, Esper G Kallas, David I Watkins, Daniela Weiskopf, Alessandro Sette
While progress has been made in characterizing humoral immunity to Zika virus (ZIKV) in humans, little is known regarding the corresponding T cell responses to ZIKV. Here we investigate the kinetics and viral epitopes targeted by T cells responding to ZIKV and address the critical question of whether pre-existing dengue virus (DENV) T cell immunity modulates these responses. We find that memory T cell responses elicited by prior infection with DENV or vaccination with Tetravalent Dengue Attenuated Vaccines (TDLAV) recognize ZIKV-derived peptides...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947651/the-capsular-polysaccharide-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-is-an-obstacle-for-therapeutic-passive-immunization-strategies
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Shun Xin Wang-Lin, Ruth Olson, Janet M Beanan, Ulrike MacDonald, Joseph P Balthasar, Thomas A Russo
Acinetobacter baumannii has become an important concern to human health due to rapid development and wide spread of antimicrobial-resistant strains and high mortality associated with the infection. Passive immunizations with antisera targeting outer membrane proteins (OMPs) have shown encouraging results in protecting mice from A. baumannii infection; but monoclonal anti-OMP antibodies have not been developed and their potential therapeutic properties have not been explored. The goal of this report is to evaluate the antibacterial activity of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting outer membrane protein A (OmpA) of A...
September 25, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940785/transglutaminases-in-autoimmune-and-inherited-skin-diseases-the-phenomena-of-epitope-spreading-and-functional-compensation
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REVIEW
Sarolta Kárpáti, Miklós Sárdy, Krisztián Németh, Balázs Mayer, Neil Smyth, Mats Paulsson, Heiko Traupe
Transglutaminases (TGs) are structurally and functionally related enzymes that modify the posttranslational structure and activity of proteins or peptides, and thus are able to turn on or switch off their function. Depending on location and activities, TGs are able to modify the signaling, the function and the fate of cells and extracellular connective tissues. Beside mouse models also human diseases enable us to appreciate the function of various TGs. In this paper skin diseases induced by genetic damages or autoimmune targeting of these enzymes will be discussed...
September 23, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939757/pd-1-blockade-promotes-epitope-spreading-in-anticancer-cd8-t-cell-responses-by-preventing-fratricidal-death-of-subdominant-clones-to-relieve-immunodomination
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Arash Memarnejadian, Courtney E Meilleur, Christopher R Shaler, Khashayarsha Khazaie, Jack R Bennink, Todd D Schell, S M Mansour Haeryfar
The interactions between programmed death-1 (PD-1) and its ligands hamper tumor-specific CD8(+) T cell (TCD8) responses, and PD-1-based "checkpoint inhibitors" have shown promise in certain cancers, thus revitalizing interest in immunotherapy. PD-1-targeted therapies reverse TCD8 exhaustion/anergy. However, whether they alter the epitope breadth of TCD8 responses remains unclear. This is an important question because subdominant TCD8 are more likely than immunodominant clones to escape tolerance mechanisms and may contribute to protective anticancer immunity...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938005/recombinant-vaccines-of-a-cd4-t-cell-epitope-promote-efficient-control-of-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-burden-by-restraining-primary-organ-infection
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Rodrigo Assunção Holanda, Julián Esteban Muñoz, Lucas Santos Dias, Leandro Buffoni Roque Silva, Julliana Ribeiro Alves Santos, Sthefany Pagliari, Érica Leandro Marciano Vieira, Tatiane Alves Paixão, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, Daniel Assis Santos, Oscar Bruña-Romero
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) is an infectious disease endemic to South America, caused by the thermally dimorphic fungi Paracoccidioides. Currently, there is no effective human vaccine that can be used in prophylactic or therapeutic regimes. We tested the hypothesis that the immunogenicity of the immunodominant CD4+ T-cell epitope (P10) of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis gp43 antigen might be significantly enhanced by using a hepatitis B virus-derived particle (VLP) as an antigen carrier. This chimera was administered to mice as a (His)6-purified protein (rPbT) or a replication-deficient human type 5 adenoviral vector (rAdPbT) in an immunoprophylaxis assay...
September 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923084/viral-based-vaccine-tg4010-induces-broadening-of-specific-immune-response-and-improves-outcome-in-advanced-nsclc
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Caroline Tosch, Bérangère Bastien, Luc Barraud, Benoit Grellier, Virginie Nourtier, Murielle Gantzer, Jean Marc Limacher, Eric Quemeneur, Kaïdre Bendjama, Xavier Préville
BACKGROUND: Advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients receiving TG4010, a therapeutic viral vaccine encoding human Mucin 1 and interleukin-2 in addition to standard chemotherapy, displayed longer overall survival in comparison to that of patients treated with standard chemotherapy alone. Our study intended to establish the association between overall survival and vaccine-induced T cell responses against tumor associated antigens (TAA) targeted by the vaccine. METHOD: The TIME trial was a placebo-controlled, randomized phase II study aimed at assessing efficacy of TG4010 with chemotherapy in NSCLC...
September 19, 2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917306/evaluation-of-surface-antigen-tf1-17-in-feline-tritrichomonas-foetus-isolates
#16
E N Gould, L B Corbeil, S A Kania, M K Tolbert
Tritrichomonas foetus (T. foetus) is a flagellated protozoa that infects the distal ileum and proximal colon of domestic cats, as well as the urogenital tract of cattle. Feline trichomonosis is recognized as a prevalent cause of chronic diarrhea in cats worldwide. The suspected route of transmission is fecal-oral, with cats in densely crowded environments at highest risk for infection. Thus, the recommended strategy for minimizing spread of infection is to identify and isolate T. foetus-positive cats from the general population...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912784/comparison-of-the-protective-efficacy-of-neutralizing-epitopes-of-2009-pandemic-h1n1-influenza-hemagglutinin
#17
Bo Peng, Na Peng, Yanan Zhang, Fenghua Zhang, Xuguang Li, Haiyan Chang, Fang Fang, Fuyan Wang, Fangguo Lu, Ze Chen
The 2009 H1N1 influenza (Pdm09) pandemic has been referred to as the first influenza pandemic of the twenty-first century. There is a marked difference in antigenicity between the pandemic H1N1 virus and past seasonal H1N1 viruses, which allowed the pandemic virus to spread rapidly in humans. Antibodies (Abs) against hemagglutinin (HA), especially neutralizing Abs against epitopes in the head of HA, play critical roles in defending the host against the virus. Some preexisting neutralizing Abs that recognize neutralizing epitopes of Pdm09 HA, thereby affording cross-protection, have been reported...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904948/recent-progress-in-deciphering-the-etiopathogenesis-of-primary-membranous-nephropathy
#18
REVIEW
Andreas Kronbichler, Jun Oh, Björn Meijers, Gert Mayer, Jae Il Shin
Primary membranous nephropathy (MN) is the leading cause of nephrotic syndrome in adults. Discovery of several antibodies has contributed to an increased understanding of MN. Antibodies against the M-type phospholipase A2 receptor (PLA2R) are present in 50-100% with primary MN and are associated with a lower frequency of spontaneous remission. High levels are linked with a higher probability of treatment resistance, higher proteinuria, and impaired renal function, as well as a more rapid decline of kidney function during follow-up...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883824/natural-killer-nk-cell-education-differentially-influences-hiv-antibody-dependent-nk-cell-activation-and-antibody-dependent-cellular-cytotoxicity
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REVIEW
Nicole F Bernard, Zahra Kiani, Alexandra Tremblay-McLean, Sanket A Kant, Christopher E Leeks, Franck P Dupuy
Immunotherapy using broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) endowed with Fc-mediated effector functions has been shown to be critical for protecting or controlling viral replication in animal models. In human, the RV144 Thai trial was the first trial to demonstrate a significant protection against HIV infection following vaccination. Analysis of the correlates of immune protection in this trial identified an association between the presence of antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) mediated by immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies (Abs) to HIV envelope (Env) V1/V2 loop structures and protection from infection, provided IgA Abs with competing specificity were not present...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882619/variable-domain-glycosylation-of-acpa-igg-a-missing-link-in-the-maturation-of-the-acpa-response
#20
Ayla C Kempers, Lise Hafkenscheid, Hans Ulrich Scherer, René E M Toes
Anti-citrullinated Protein Antibodies (ACPA) are excellent markers for Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are postulated to have a pathogenic role in the disease process. A multistep model for the evolution of the ACPA response in RA was proposed in which an initial break of tolerance causes, as "first hit", "silent" production of ACPA without any clinical symptoms. The model further proposes that the ACPA immune response matures upon a certain (unknown) trigger, a "second hit", which leads to epitope spreading, an increase in ACPA titres and extended isotype usage before clinical RA manifestations...
September 4, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
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