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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807856/low-levels-of-genetic-diversity-associated-with-evidence-of-negative-selection-on-the-babesia-bovis-apical-membrane-antigen-1-from-parasite-populations-in-thailand
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Amarin Rittipornlertrak, Boondarika Nambooppha, Pacharathon Simking, Veerasak Punyapornwithaya, Saruda Tiwananthagorn, Sathaporn Jittapalapong, Yang-Tsung Chung, Nattawooti Sthitmatee
Babesia bovis, a parasite infecting cattle and buffalo, continues to spread throughout the developing world. The babesial vaccine was developed to be a sustainable alternative treatment to control the parasite. However, genetic diversity is a major obstacle for designing and developing a safe and effective vaccine. The apical membrane antigen 1 (AMA-1) is considered to be a potential vaccine candidate antigen among immunogenic genes of B. bovis. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of B. bovis AMA-1 (BbAMA-1), three B...
August 12, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805676/inhibitors-of-deubiquitinating-enzymes-block-hiv-1-replication-and-augment-the-presentation-of-gag-derived-mhc-i-epitopes
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Christian Setz, Melanie Friedrich, Pia Rauch, Kirsten Fraedrich, Alina Matthaei, Maximilian Traxdorf, Ulrich Schubert
In recent years it has been well established that two major constituent parts of the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS)-the proteasome holoenzymes and a number of ubiquitin ligases-play a crucial role, not only in virus replication but also in the regulation of the immunogenicity of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). However, the role in HIV-1 replication of the third major component, the deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs), has remained largely unknown. In this study, we show that the DUB-inhibitors (DIs) P22077 and PR-619, specific for the DUBs USP7 and USP47, impair Gag processing and thereby reduce the infectivity of released virions without affecting viral protease activity...
August 12, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758349/appearance-of-us-like-porcine-epidemic-diarrhoea-virus-pedv-strains-before-us-outbreaks-and-genetic-heterogeneity-of-pedvs-collected-in-northern-vietnam-during-2012-2015
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N V Diep, M Sueyoshi, U Izzati, N Fuke, A P P Teh, N T Lan, R Yamaguchi
Porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) is the aetiologic agent of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED), a highly contagious enteric disease that is threatening the swine industry globally. Since PED was first reported in Southern Vietnam in 2009, the disease has spread throughout the country and caused substantial economic losses. To identify PEDVs responsible for the recent outbreaks, the full-length spike (S) gene of 25 field PEDV strains collected from seven northern provinces of Vietnam was sequenced and analysed...
July 30, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756229/role-of-the-extracellular-matrix-located-mac-2-binding-protein-as-an-interactor-of-the-wnt-proteins
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Timo Pikkarainen, Tuomas Nurmi, Takako Sasaki, Ulrich Bergmann, Seppo Vainio
The Wnt proteins constitute a conserved family of secreted palmitoleate-containing signaling proteins that play important roles in development and tissue homeostasis. Their hydrophobic nature has raised the question of how the proteins are transported outside the cells. Accumulating evidence suggests that several different mechanisms, including transport by lipoprotein particles and exosomes, may contribute to this process. Here, we expressed epitope-tagged Wnt4 in HEK293 cells, and identified Mac-2 binding protein (Mac-2BP) as its binding partner in the serum-free conditioned medium...
July 26, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740150/identification-of-putative-unique-immunogenic-zikv-and-denv1-4-peptides-for-diagnostic-cellular-based-tests
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Aaron L Oom, Davey Smith, Kevan Akrami
Since the re-emergence of Zika virus in 2014 and subsequent association with microcephaly, much work has focused on the development of a vaccine to halt its spread throughout the world. The mosquito vector that transmits this virus is widespread and responsible for the spread of other arboviridae including Dengue. Current diagnostic methods rely on serologic testing that are complicated by cross reactivity and therefore unable to distinguish Zika from Dengue infection in the absence of virus isolation. We performed an in silico analysis to identify potential epitopes that may stimulate a unique T-lymphocyte response to distinguish prior infection with Zika or Dengue...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729867/exposure-to-the-epstein-barr-viral-antigen-latent-membrane-protein-1-induces-myelin-reactive-antibodies-in-vivo
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Yakov Lomakin, Georgii Pavlovich Arapidi, Alexander Chernov, Rustam Ziganshin, Evgenii Tcyganov, Irina Lyadova, Ivan Olegovich Butenko, Maria Osetrova, Natalia Ponomarenko, Georgy Telegin, Vadim Markovich Govorun, Alexander Gabibov, Alexey Belogurov
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Cross-reactivity of neuronal proteins with exogenous antigens is considered one of the possible mechanisms of MS triggering. Previously, we showed that monoclonal myelin basic protein (MBP)-specific antibodies from MS patients cross-react with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1). In this study, we report that exposure of mice to LMP1 results in induction of myelin-reactive autoantibodies in vivo...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680713/robust-immunoreactivity-of-teenager-sera-against-peptide-19-from-porphyromonas-gingivalis-hsp60
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Eun-Young Kwon, Gil Sun Cha, Ji-Young Joo, Ju-Youn Lee, Jeomil Choi
PURPOSE: Epitope spreading is a phenomenon in which distinct subdominant epitopes become major targets of the immune response. Heat shock protein (HSP) 60 from Porphyromonas gingivalis (PgHSP60) and peptide 19 from PgHSP60 (Pep19) are immunodominant epitopes in autoimmune disease patients, including those with periodontitis. It remains unclear whether Pep19 is a dominant epitope in subjects without periodontitis or autoimmune disease. The purpose of this study was to determine the epitope spreading pattern and verify Pep19 as an immunodominant epitope in healthy teenagers using dot immunoblot analysis...
June 2017: Journal of Periodontal & Implant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680335/analysis-of-the-autoimmune-response-against-bp180-and-bp230-in-ethnic-poles-with-neurodegenerative-disorders-and-bullous-pemphigoid
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Justyna Gornowicz-Porowska, Agnieszka Seraszek-Jaros, Monika Bowszyc-Dmochowska, Elżbieta Kaczmarek, Paweł Pietkiewicz, Paweł Bartkiewicz, Marian Dmochowski
Recent studies postulated the association between bullous pemphigoid (BP) and neurodegenerative disorders (ND). The autoantibodies to BP180 and/or BP230 may be present not only in BP, but also in ND as neuronal isoforms of these proteins are identified in the central nervous system. However, there are only scant data about the precise pathogenetic mechanisms interlinking ND and BP as well as the immunologic profile in these patients. The aim is to analyze the serological immunopathological profiles (anti-BP180 IgG, anti-BP230 IgG) in BP patients with and without ND in order to identify the specific autoantibody(ies) and corresponding antigens responsible for ND development in BP patients...
2017: Central-European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666757/a-novel-chimeric-hepatitis-b-virus-s-pres1-antigen-produced-in-mammalian-and-plant-cells-elicits-stronger-humoral-and-cellular-immune-response-than-the-standard-vaccine-constituent-s-protein
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Mihaela-Olivia Dobrica, Catalin Lazar, Lisa Paruch, Hanne Skomedal, Hege Steen, Sissel Haugslien, Catalin Tucureanu, Iuliana Caras, Adrian Onu, Sonya Ciulean, Alexandru Branzan, Jihong Liu Clarke, Crina Stavaru, Norica Branza-Nichita
Chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection leads to severe liver pathogenesis associated with significant morbidity and mortality. As no curable medication is yet available, vaccination remains the most cost-effective approach to limit HBV spreading and control the infection. Although safe and efficient, the standard vaccine based on production of the small (S) envelope protein in yeast fails to elicit an effective immune response in about 10% of vaccinated individuals, which are at risk of infection. One strategy to address this issue is the development of more immunogenic antigens...
June 27, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661720/adaptive-b-cell-responses-to-influenza-virus-infection-in-the-lung
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Yoshimasa Takahashi, Taishi Onodera, Yu Adachi, Manabu Ato
Adaptive B cell response is a key arm of protective immunity against influenza viruses. Owing to the acutely infectious and cytopathic nature of these viruses, efficient containment of viral spread relies on the prompt provision of protective antibodies to the site of virus infection, the respiratory tract (RT). To accelerate the protective antibody response, B cell responses can be ectopically induced, maintained, and reactivated in the lungs after primary and secondary infection, thereby providing an anatomical advantage in supplying neutralizing antibodies against reinfecting viruses with faster kinetics...
July 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640745/the-amino-terminal-subdomain-of-glycoprotein-gc-of-schmallenberg-virus-disulfide-bonding-and-structural-determinants-of-neutralization
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Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Axel Karger, Franziska Kraatz, Andrea Aebischer, Kerstin Wernike, Pavlo Maksimov, Christopher H Lillig, Ilona Reimann, Emiliana Brocchi, Markus Keller, Martin Beer
Orthobunyaviruses are enveloped viruses that can cause human and animal diseases. A novel and major member is the Schmallenberg virus (SBV), the etiological agent of an emerging disease of ruminants that has been spreading all over Europe since 2011. The glycoproteins Gn and Gc of orthobunyaviruses mediate the viral entry, and specifically Gc is a major target for the humoral immune response. For example, the N terminal subdomain of the SBV glycoprotein Gc is targeted by neutralizing monoclonal antibodies that recognize conformational epitopes...
June 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630078/what-are-the-primary-limitations-in-b-cell-affinity-maturation-and-how-much-affinity-maturation-can-we-drive-with-vaccination-a-role-for-antibody-feedback
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Kai-Michael Toellner, Daniel M-Y Sze, Yang Zhang
We discuss the impact of antibody feedback on affinity maturation of B cells. Competition from epitope-specific antibodies produced earlier during the immune response leads to immune complex formation, which is essential for transport and deposition of antigen onto follicular dendritic cells (FDCs). It also reduces the concentration of free epitopes into the μm to nm range, which is essential for B-cell receptors (BCRs) to sense affinity-dependent changes in binding capacity. Antibody feedback may also induce epitope spreading, leading to a broader selection of epitopes recognized by newly emerging B-cell clones...
June 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597552/branched-chain-%C3%AE-ketoacid-dehydrogenase-kinase-111-130-a-t-cell-epitope-that-induces-both-autoimmune-myocarditis-and-hepatitis-in-a-j-mice
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Bharathi Krishnan, Chandirasegaran Massilamany, Rakesh H Basavalingappa, Arunakumar Gangaplara, Guobin Kang, Qingsheng Li, Francisco A Uzal, Jennifer L Strande, Gustavo A Delhon, Jean-Jack Riethoven, David Steffen, Jay Reddy
INTRODUCTION: Organ-specific autoimmune diseases are believed to result from immune responses generated against self-antigens specific to each organ. However, when such responses target antigens expressed promiscuously in multiple tissues, then the immune-mediated damage may be wide spread. METHODS: In this report, we describe a mitochondrial protein, branched chain α-ketoacid dehydrogenase kinase (BCKDk ) that can act as a target autoantigen in the development of autoimmune inflammatory reactions in both heart and liver...
June 9, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577747/-membranous-nephropathy-pathophysiology-and-natural-history
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REVIEW
Barbara Seitz-Polski, Gérard Lambeau, Vincent Esnault
Membranous nephropathy is a major cause of nephrotic syndrome in adults, with various etiologies and outcomes. One third of patients enter spontaneous remission with blockade of the renin-angiotensin system, one third develop a persistent nephrotic syndrome, while another third of patients develop end-stage kidney disease and 40% of them relapse after kidney transplantation. Treatment of membranous nephropathy remains controversial. Immunosuppressive therapy is only recommended in case of renal function deterioration or persistent nephrotic syndrome after 6months of renin-angiotensin system blockade...
April 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557986/epitope-mapping-of-recombinant-leishmania-donovani-virulence-factor-a2-recldvfa2-and-canine-leishmaniasis-diagnosis-using-a-derived-synthetic-bi-epitope
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Thais Melo Mendes, Eric Henrique Roma, Fernanda Costal-Oliveira, Lucas de Carvalho Dhom-Lemos, Cristina Monerat Toledo-Machado, Oscar Bruna-Romero, Daniella Castanheiras Bartholomeu, Ricardo Toshio Fujiwara, Carlos Chávez-Olórtegui
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis is one of the most important zoonotic diseases spread in Latin America. Since many species are involved in dog infection with different clinical manifestations, the development of specific diagnostic tests is mandatory for more accurate disease control and vaccine strategies. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Seventy-five 15-mer peptides covering the sequence of recombinant Leishmania donovani virulence factor A2 (recLdVFA2) protein were prepared by Spot synthesis...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553742/antiribonuclease-h2-antibodies-are-an-immune-biomarker-for-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Kazuhisa Nozawa, Kentaro Doe, Kaori Uomori, Iwao Sekigawa, Yoshinari Takasaki, Ken Yamaji, Naoto Tamura
We previously reported that autoantibodies against the proliferating cell nuclear antigen protein (PCNA)-binding protein chromatin assembly factor-1 (CAF-1) are specifically found in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). PCNA and its complex constituents elicit autoimmune responses in patients with SLE, suggesting that autoantibody diversification likely occurs owing to epitope spreading. Therefore, we sought to clarify whether patients with SLE exhibit an autoimmune response to Ribonuclease H2 (RNase H2), another PCNA-binding protein that regulates cell division...
May 27, 2017: Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536706/plasma-levels-of-high-mobility-group-box-1-during-peptide-vaccination-in-patients-with-recurrent-ovarian-cancer
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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
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REVIEW
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
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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
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