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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224999/allograft-inflammatory-factor-1-is-a-regulator-of-transcytosis-in-m-cells
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Sari Kishikawa, Shintaro Sato, Satoshi Kaneto, Shigeo Uchino, Shinichi Kohsaka, Seiji Nakamura, Hiroshi Kiyono
M cells in follicle-associated epithelium (FAE) are specialized antigen-sampling cells that take up intestinal luminal antigens. Transcription factor Spi-B regulates M-cell maturation, but the molecules that promote transcytosis within M cells are not fully identified. Here we show that mouse allograft inflammatory factor 1 (Aif1) is expressed by M cells and contributes to M-cell transcytosis. FAE in Aif1(-/-) mice has suppressed uptake of particles and commensal bacteria, compared with wild-type mice. Translocation of Yersinia enterocolitica, but not of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium, leading to the generation of antigen-specific IgA antibodies, is also diminished in Aif1-deficient mice...
February 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223071/therapeutic-antibody-targeting-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-ido2-inhibits-autoimmune-arthritis
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Lauren M F Merlo, Samantha Grabler, James B DuHadaway, Elizabeth Pigott, Kaylend Manley, George C Prendergast, Lisa D Laury-Kleintop, Laura Mandik-Nayak
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating inflammatory autoimmune disease with no known cure. Recently, we identified the immunomodulatory enzyme indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase 2 (IDO2) as an essential mediator of autoreactive B and T cell responses driving RA. However, therapeutically targeting IDO2 has been challenging given the lack of small molecules that specifically inhibit IDO2 without also affecting the closely related IDO1. In this study, we develop a novel monoclonal antibody (mAb)-based approach to therapeutically target IDO2...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222819/reliability-of-thyroglobulin-in-serum-compared-with-urinary-iodine-when-assessing-individual-and-population-iodine-nutrition-status
#3
Stig Andersen, Paneeraq Noahsen, Louise Westergaard, Peter Laurberg
The occurrence of thyroid disorders relies on I nutrition and monitoring of all populations is recommended. Measuring I in urine is standard but thyroglobulin in serum is an alternative. This led us to assess the reliability of studies using serum thyroglobulin compared with urinary I to assess the I nutrition level and calculate the number of participants needed in a study with repeated data sampling in the same individuals for 1 year. Diet, supplement use and life style factors were assessed by questionnaires...
February 22, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220294/chromogranin-a-regulates-vesicle-storage-and-mitochondrial-dynamics-to-influence-insulin-secretion
#4
Joshua Wollam, Sumana Mahata, Matthew Riopel, Angelina Hernandez-Carretero, Angshuman Biswas, Gautam K Bandyopadhyay, Nai-Wen Chi, Lee E Eiden, Nitish R Mahapatra, Angelo Corti, Nicholas J G Webster, Sushil K Mahata
Chromogranin A (CgA) is a prohormone and a granulogenic factor that regulates secretory pathways in neuroendocrine tissues. In β-cells of the endocrine pancreas, CgA is a major cargo in insulin secretory vesicles. The impact of CgA deficiency on the formation and exocytosis of insulin vesicles is yet to be investigated. In addition, no literature exists on the impact of CgA on mitochondrial function in β-cells. Using three different antibodies, we demonstrate that CgA is processed to vasostatin- and catestatin-containing fragments in pancreatic islet cells...
February 20, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220235/successful-discontinuation-of-eculizumab-under-immunosuppressive-therapy-in-deap-hus
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Agnes Hackl, Rasmus Ehren, Michael Kirschfink, Peter F Zipfel, Bodo B Beck, Lutz T Weber, Sandra Habbig
BACKGROUND: Deficiency of complement factor H-related plasma proteins and complement factor H autoantibody-positive hemolytic uremic syndrome (DEAP-HUS), which is characterized by the deficiency of complement-factor H-related (CFHR) plasma proteins and the subsequent formation of autoantibodies against complement factor H (CFH), has been reported to have an adverse outcome in one third of patients. Therapy options include prompt removal of antibodies by plasma exchange and immunosuppressive therapy...
February 20, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217966/pathogenesis-of-diffuse-alveolar-hemorrhage-in-murine-lupus
#6
Haoyang Zhuang, Shuhong Han, Pui Y Lee, Ravil Khaybullin, Stepan Shumyak, Li Lu, Amina Chatha, Anan Afaneh, Yuan Zhang, Chao Xie, Dina Nacionales, Lyle Moldawer, Xin Qi, Li-Jun Yang, Westley H Reeves
OBJECTIVE: Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) in lupus patients is >50% fatal. The cause is unknown. The pathogenesis of DAH in C57BL/6 mice with pristane-induced lupus, a model of human lupus-associated DAH, was examined. METHODS: Clinical/pathological and immunological manifestations DAH in pristane-lupus were compared with human DAH. Tissue distribution of pristane was examined by mass spectrometry. Cell types responsible for disease were determined by in vivo depletion using clodronate liposomes (CloLip) and anti-neutrophil monoclonal antibodies (GR1)...
February 19, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217504/improving-iodine-nutritional-status-and-increasing-prevalence-of-autoimmune-thyroiditis-in-children
#7
Srinivasan Palaniappan, Lakshmi Shanmughavelu, Hemchand K Prasad, Sundari Subramaniam, Nedunchezian Krishnamoorthy, Lakshmi Lakkappa
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to evaluate the link between excess iodine intake as evidenced by increased urinary iodine excretion (UIE) and autoimmune thyroiditis in children and to assess the correlation between UIE and thyroid microsomal antibody (thyroid peroxidase [TPO]) titers in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All children with goiter between age group 6 and 12 years, were subjected to blood tests for free thyroxine, thyroid stimulating hormone, and TPO antibody, fine needle aspiration was advised for all children with goiter...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216655/a-novel-thymoma-associated-autoimmune-disease-anti-pit-1-antibody-syndrome
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Hironori Bando, Genzo Iguchi, Yasuhiko Okimura, Yukiko Odake, Kenichi Yoshida, Ryusaku Matsumoto, Kentaro Suda, Hitoshi Nishizawa, Hidenori Fukuoka, Atsuko Mokubo, Katsuyoshi Tojo, Yoshimasa Maniwa, Wataru Ogawa, Yutaka Takahashi
Anti-PIT-1 antibody syndrome has recently been reported and characterized by acquired growth hormone (GH), prolactin (PRL), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) deficiencies associated with autoimmunity to a pituitary specific transcription factor PIT-1, which plays an essential role in GH-, PRL-, and TSH-producing cells. Although circulating anti-PIT-1 antibody and PIT-1-reactive cytotoxic T cells (CTLs) were detected in the patients, the pathophysiology and precise mechanisms for the autoimmunity remain unclarified...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216420/evaluation-of-rag1-mutations-in-an-adult-with-combined-immunodeficiency-and-progressive-multifocal-leukoencephalopathy
#9
Claudia Schröder, Niklas Baerlecken, Ulrich Pannicke, Thilo Dörk, Torsten Witte, Roland Jacobs, Matthias Stoll, Klaus Schwarz, Bodo Grimbacher, Reinhold E Schmidt, Faranaz Atschekzei
Here we describe novel mutations in recombination activation gene 1 (RAG1) in a compound heterozygous male patient with combined T and B cell immunodeficiency (CID). Clinical manifestations besides antibody deficiency included airway infections, granulomatosis and autoimmune features. He died at the age of 37 due to PML caused by JC virus infection. By targeted next-generation sequencing we detected post mortem in this patient three mutations in RAG1. One allele harbored two novel mutations (c.1123C>G, p...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214977/braf-mutated-colorectal-cancer-what-is-the-optimal-strategy-for-treatment
#10
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Romain Cohen, Pascale Cervera, Magali Svrcek, Anna Pellat, Chantal Dreyer, Aimery de Gramont, Thierry André
The BRAF activating mutation, harbored by approximately 10% of colorectal cancers (CRC), confers dramatic prognosis to advanced diseases. In early-stage setting, the identification of the BRAF mutation does not impact the therapeutic decision. Yet, the BRAF mutation could be considered as a stratification factor in adjuvant trials, because of its prognostic impact after relapse. Moreover, both BRAF mutation and mismatch repair (MMR) statuses should be determined in all CRC to help identify sporadic tumors versus Lynch syndrome-related tumors...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214184/-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-lymphopenia-clinical-and-pathophysiological-features
#11
M Martin, A Guffroy, X Argemi, T Martin
Lymphopenia is frequent in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and profound (<500/mm(3)) in 10% of cases. T lymphocytes, especially CD4+, are more affected than B cells. The pathophysiological mechanisms are complex, involving lymphocytotoxic antibodies, excess of apoptosis, increased susceptibility of T cells to complement mediated cytolysis, as well as lymphopoiesis impairment and lymphocyte sequestration. Lymphopenia in SLE is independent from other cytopenia and immunosuppressive drug regiments, and associated with disease activity, risk of flare and damage scores...
February 14, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212640/urinary-iodine-in-early-pregnancy-is-associated-with-subclinical-hypothyroidism-in-tianjin-china-an-observational-study
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Kunling Wang, Jie Zhang, Fengao Li, Wanqi Zhang, Hao Wang, Li Ding, Yaxin Liu, Laixiang Lin, Shuang Zhang, Mei Zhu
BACKGROUND: Subclinical hypothyroidism (SH) is associated with adverse obstetric outcomes and neurodevelopment disorders. Both iodine deficiency and excess are associated with SH; however, few data regarding iodine nutrition status of pregnant women with SH are available. This study aimed to clarify whether iodine deficiency or excess is associated with SH, especially, when test results for anti-thyroid autoantibodies are negative. METHODS: A total of 115 women with SH and 104 women with euthyroidism (EH) in early pregnancy in Tianjin, China were investigated, and their serum thyroid-stimulating hormone, free thyroxine, free triiodothyronine, anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPOAb), anti-thyroid globulin antibody (TGAb), urinary iodine (UIC), and urinary creatinine (UCr) concentrations were measured...
February 17, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212436/antibody-deficiency-in-patients-with-frequent-exacerbations-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
#13
Brian N McCullagh, Alejandro P Comellas, Zuhair K Ballas, John D Newell, M Bridget Zimmerman, Antoine E Azar
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third leading cause of death in the US, and is associated with periodic exacerbations, which account for the largest proportion of health care utilization, and lead to significant morbidity, mortality, and worsening lung function. A subset of patients with COPD have frequent exacerbations, occurring 2 or more times per year. Despite many interventions to reduce COPD exacerbations, there is a significant lack of knowledge in regards to their mechanisms and predisposing factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211163/new-functional-assays-to-selectively-quantify-the-apc-and-tfpi-cofactor-activities-of-protein-s-in-plasma
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N Alshaikh, J Rosing, M C L G D Thomassen, E Castoldi, P Simioni, T M Hackeng
BACKGROUND: Protein S plays an important role in the down-regulation of coagulation as cofactor for activated protein C (APC) and tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI). AIM: To develop functional assays to quantify the APC- and TFPI-cofactor activities of protein S in plasma. METHODS: APC- and TFPI-cofactor activities of protein S in plasma were measured using calibrated automated thrombography in protein S-depleted plasma supplemented with a small amount of sample plasma either in the presence of anti-TFPI antibodies and APC (APC-cofactor activity) or at excess full-length TFPI without APC (TFPI-cofactor activity)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209777/cd6-as-a-potential-target-for-treating-multiple-sclerosis
#15
Yan Li, Nora G Singer, Joy Whitbred, Michael A Bowen, David A Fox, Feng Lin
CD6 was established as a marker of T cells more than three decades ago, and recent studies have identified CD6 as a risk gene for multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease in which autoreactive T cells are integrally involved. Nevertheless, the precise role of CD6 in regulating T-cell responses is controversial and its significance in the pathogenesis of various diseases remains elusive, partly due to the lack of animals engineered to alter expression of the CD6 gene. In this report, we found that CD6 KO mice showed decreased pathogenic T-cell responses, reduced spinal cord T-cell infiltration, and attenuated disease severity in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS...
February 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202800/discovery-of-novel-pneumococcal-serotype-35d-a-natural-wcig-deficient-variant-of-serotype-35b
#16
K Aaron Geno, Jamil S Saad, Moon H Nahm
The pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, especially among those at the extremes of age. Its capsular polysaccharide is essential for systemic virulence. Over ninety serologically distinct pneumococcal capsular polysaccharides (serotypes) are recognized, but they are unequal in prevalence. Because antibodies against the capsule are protective, polysaccharide conjugate vaccines, which are constructed against the most prevalent serotypes, have made great reductions in pneumococcal disease caused by these serotypes...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202524/scavenger-receptor-a1-prevents-metastasis-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-via-suppression-of-macrophage-serum-amyloid-a1
#17
Yan Zhang, Yongyue Wei, Bin Jiang, Lili Chen, Hui Bai, Xudong Zhu, Xiaoyu Li, Hanwen Zhang, Qing Yang, Junqing Ma, Yong Xu, Jingjing Ben, David C Christiani, Qi Chen
Mechanisms of crosstalk between tumor cells and tumor-associated macrophages (TAM) which drive metastasis are not fully understood. Scavenger receptor A1 (SR-A1) expressed primarily in macrophages has been associated with lung tumorigenesis. In this study, we used population genetics, transcriptomics and functional analyses to uncover how SR-A1 is involved in lung cancer and its prognosis. SR-A1 genetic variants were investigated for possible association with survival of advanced-stage NSCLC patients in the Harvard Lung Cancer Study cohort...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196799/a-phase-2-trial-of-long-acting-transcon-growth-hormone-in-adult-gh-deficiency
#18
Charlotte Höybye, Andreas F H Pfeiffer, Diego Ferone, Jens S Christiansen, David Gilfoyle, Eva Dam Christoffersen, Eva Mortensen, Jonathan A Leff, Michael Beckert
TransCon growth hormone is a sustained release human growth hormone prodrug in development in which unmodified growth hormone is transiently linked to a carrier molecule. It is intended as an alternative to daily growth hormone in the treatment of growth hormone deficiency. This was a multi-center, randomized, open-label, active-controlled trial designed to compare the safety (including tolerability and immunogenicity), pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of three doses of weekly TransCon GH to daily growth hormone (Omnitrope)...
February 14, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194443/sustained-inflammation-after-pericyte-depletion-induces-irreversible-blood-retina-barrier-breakdown
#19
Shuntaro Ogura, Kaori Kurata, Yuki Hattori, Hiroshi Takase, Toshina Ishiguro-Oonuma, Yoonha Hwang, Soyeon Ahn, Inwon Park, Wataru Ikeda, Sentaro Kusuhara, Yoko Fukushima, Hiromi Nara, Hideto Sakai, Takashi Fujiwara, Jun Matsushita, Masatsugu Ema, Masanori Hirashima, Takashi Minami, Masabumi Shibuya, Nobuyuki Takakura, Pilhan Kim, Takaki Miyata, Yuichiro Ogura, Akiyoshi Uemura
In the central nervous system, endothelial cells (ECs) and pericytes (PCs) of blood vessel walls cooperatively form a physical and chemical barrier to maintain neural homeostasis. However, in diabetic retinopathy (DR), the loss of PCs from vessel walls is assumed to cause breakdown of the blood-retina barrier (BRB) and subsequent vision-threatening vascular dysfunctions. Nonetheless, the lack of adequate DR animal models has precluded disease understanding and drug discovery. Here, by using an anti-PDGFRβ antibody, we show that transient inhibition of the PC recruitment to developing retinal vessels sustained EC-PC dissociations and BRB breakdown in adult mouse retinas, reproducing characteristic features of DR such as hyperpermeability, hypoperfusion, and neoangiogenesis...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192236/diagnosis-of-primary-antibody-and-complement-immunodeficiencies-in-young-adults-after-a-first-invasive-bacterial-infection
#20
Sébastien Sanges, Frédéric Wallet, Nicolas Blondiaux, Didier Theis, Isabelle Verin, Anne Vachée, Rodrigue Dessein, Karine Faure, Nathalie Viget, Eric Senneville, Olivier Leroy, Fleur Maury, Nicolas Just, Julien Poissy, Daniel Mathieu, Anne Prévotat, Cécile Chenivesse, Arnaud Scherpereel, Grégoire Smith, Benjamin Lopez, Jérémie Rosain, Véronique Fremeaux-Bacchi, Eric Hachulla, Pierre-Yves Hatron, Mathilde Bahuaud, Frédéric Batteux, David Launay, Myriam Labalette, Guillaume Lefèvre
OBJECTIVES: Screening for primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) in adults is recommended after two severe bacterial infections. We aimed to evaluate if screening should be performed after the first invasive infection in young adults. METHODS: Eligible patients were retrospectively identified using hospital discharge and bacteriology databases in 3 centers during a 3-year period. Eighteen to forty year-old patients were included if they had experienced an invasive infection with encapsulated bacteria commonly encountered in PIDs (Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP), Neisseria meningitidis (NM), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), Haemophilus influenzae (HI) or group A Streptococcus (GAS))...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
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