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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331793/moderate-dose-simvastatin-therapy-potentiates-the-effect-of-vitamin-d-on-thyroid-autoimmunity-in-levothyroxine-treated-women-with-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-and-vitamin-d-insufficiency
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Robert Krysiak, Witold Szkróbka, Bogusław Okopień
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D preparations reduce titers of thyroid antibodies in women with autoimmune thyroiditis. The same effect was induced by high-dose, but not moderate-dose-, statin therapy. No previous study has investigated the impact of concomitant treatment with a statin and vitamin D on thyroid autoimmunity. METHODS: The study included three matched groups of women with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and low vitamin D status. Groups B (n = 19) and C (n = 20) were treated with vitamin D (2000 IU daily)...
July 27, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331644/ozone-exposure-induces-respiratory-barrier-biphasic-injury-and-inflammation-controlled-by-interleukin-33
#2
Chloé Michaudel, Claire Mackowiak, Isabelle Maillet, Louis Fauconnier, Cezmi Akdis, Milena Sokolowska, Anita Dreher, Hern-Tze Tina Tan, Valérie F Quesniaux, Bernhard Ryffel, Dieudonnée Togbe
BACKGROUND: IL-33 plays critical role in the regulation of tissue homeostasis, injury and repair. Whether IL-33 regulates neutrophil recruitment and function independently of airways hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in ozone induced lung injury and inflammation is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To examine the role of IL-33/ST2 axis in lung inflammation upon acute ozone exposure in mice. METHODS: ST2 and IL-33 deficient mice, IL-33-citrine reporter and C57BL/6 (WT) mice underwent a single ozone exposure (1 ppm for 1h) in all studies...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329957/safety-and-tolerability-of-a-novel-polyclonal-human-anti-mers-coronavirus-antibody-produced-from-transchromosomic-cattle-a-phase-1-randomised-double-blind-single-dose-escalation-study
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John H Beigel, Jocelyn Voell, Parag Kumar, Kanakatte Raviprakash, Hua Wu, Jin-An Jiao, Eddie Sullivan, Thomas Luke, Richard T Davey
BACKGROUND: Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a severe respiratory illness with an overall mortality of 35%. There is no licensed or proven treatment. Passive immunotherapy approaches are being developed to prevent and treat several human medical conditions where alternative therapeutic options are absent. We report the safety of a fully human polyclonal IgG antibody (SAB-301) produced from the hyperimmune plasma of transchromosomic cattle immunised with a MERS coronavirus vaccine...
January 9, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329643/iga-nephropathy-and-iga-vasculitis-with-nephritis-have-a-shared-feature-involving-galactose-deficient-iga1-oriented-pathogenesis
#4
Hitoshi Suzuki, Junichi Yasutake, Yuko Makita, Yuki Tanbo, Kohei Yamasaki, Tadashi Sofue, Toshiki Kano, Yusuke Suzuki
Galactose-deficient IgA1 has been proposed as an important effector molecule in IgA nephropathy (IgAN). We previously showed that the galactose-deficient IgA1-specific monoclonal antibody KM55 can detect circulating galactose-deficient IgA1 in patients with IgAN, enabling us to study the molecular roles of galactose-deficient IgA1. Herein, we further examined the pathophysiological significance of galactose-deficient IgA1 in glomerular deposits of patients with IgAN by immunohistochemistry using KM55. Immunostaining of galactose-deficient IgA1 with KM55 was performed in paraffin-embedded sections of renal biopsy specimens from 48 patients with IgAN and 49 patients with other renal diseases such as lupus nephritis, HCV-related nephropathy, IgA vasculitis with nephritis (IgA-VN), and membranous nephropathy...
January 9, 2018: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329335/immunization-with-gingipain-a-hemagglutinin-domain-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-induces-igm-antibodies-binding-to-malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde-modified-low-density-lipoprotein
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Mikael Kyrklund, Outi Kummu, Jari Kankaanpää, Ramin Akhi, Antti Nissinen, S Pauliina Turunen, Pirkko Pussinen, Chunguang Wang, Sohvi Hörkkö
Treatment of periodontitis has beneficial effects on systemic inflammation markers that relate to progression of atherosclerosis. We aimed to investigate whether immunization with A hemagglutinin domain (Rgp44) of Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg), a major etiologic agent of periodontitis, would lead to an antibody response cross-reacting with oxidized low-density lipoprotein (OxLDL) and how it would affect the progression of atherosclerosis in low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient (LDLR-/-) mice. The data revealed a prominent IgM but not IgG response to malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde modified LDL (MAA-LDL) after Rgp44 and Pg immunizations, implying that Rgp44/Pg and MAA adducts may share cross-reactive epitopes that prompt IgM antibody production and consequently confer atheroprotection...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328041/von-willebrand-factor-immunohistochemical-staining-quantitative-optical-density-parameters-in-the-endothelium-and-fibrinoid-of-the-placenta-during-secundines-inflammation-and-concomitant-iron-deficiency-anemia-in-gravidas
#6
V Ilika, I Davydenko
The aim of the research was to set the optical density quantitative parameters of the von Willebrand factor immunohistochemical staining (vWF) in the endothelium and fibrinoid of the placenta during the secundines inflammation concomitant with iron deficiency anemia in gravidas. The total number of 198 placentas was studied. The immunohistochemical technique was performed using the visualization of the primary antibodies to vWF with a diaminobenzidine dye polymer system. The optical density of the histochemical staining was measured by means of computer microdensitometry after the digital copies of the images had been obtained...
December 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328024/endometrial-polyps-in-women-of-reproductive-age-clinical-and-pathogene-tic-variations
#7
N Kosei, N Zakharenko, D Herman
The aim of the study was to study the relationship between the morphofunctional characteristics of the endometrium, hormonal homeostasis and microbiocenosis of the reproductive system in patients with endometrial polyps. The study involved 130 patients aged 18-35 years: 34 patients with endometrial polyps, 30 patients with micropolyps, 36 patients with endometrial polyps and micropolyps, 30 healthy women of the control group. Hysteroscopy was performed for women who had been suspected for endometrial polyps and who had infertility or repeated recurrent miscarriages...
December 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326120/macrophage-scavenger-receptor-sr-ai-contributes-to-the-clearance-of-von-willebrand-factor
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Nikolett Wohner, Vincent Muczynski, Amel Mohamadi, Paulette Legendre, Gabriel Aymé, Olivier D Christophe, Peter J Lenting, Cécile V Denis, Caterina Casari
Previously, we identified LDL-receptor related protein-1 on macrophages to mediate shear stress-dependent clearance of von Willebrand factor. In control experiments, however, we observed that von Willebrand factor also binds to macrophages independently of this receptor under static conditions, suggesting the existence of additional clearance-receptors. In search for such receptors, we focused on the macrophage-specific scavenger-receptor SR-AI. Von Willebrand factor displays efficient binding to SR-AI (half-max binding 14+/-5 nM)...
January 11, 2018: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321442/acquired-von-willebrand-syndrome-due-to-aortic-valve-stenosis-in-a-case-with-antiphospholipid-antibody
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Hiroaki Tanaka, Yurie Nagai, Chihiro Kuwabara, Ryo Shimizu, Akihide Umeki, Tetsufumi Yamamoto
Acquired von Willebrand syndrome (AVWS) is a bleeding disorder caused by an acquired deficiency of von Willebrand factor (vWF). Some patients with AVWS show a low bleeding tendency and are diagnosed by the presence of a mild prolongation of activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) preoperatively. Another cause of APTT prolongation is the presence of antiphospholipid antibody (aPL). We experienced a case of AVWS due to aortic valve stenosis in a patient with aPL in whom aortic valve replacement surgery was successful with vWF replacement...
January 11, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321331/germline-igm-is-sufficient-but-not-required-for-antibody-mediated-alphavirus-clearance-from-the-central-nervous-system
#10
Voraphoj Nilaratanakul, Jie Chen, Oanh Tran, Victoria K Baxter, Elizabeth M Troisi, Jane X Yeh, Diane E Griffin
Sindbis virus (SINV) infection of neurons in the brain and spinal cord in mice provides a model system for investigating recovery from encephalomyelitis and antibody-mediated clearance of virus from the central nervous system (CNS). To determine the roles of IgM and IgG in recovery, we compared the responses of immunoglobulin-deficient activation-induced adenosine deaminase (AID)-/-, secretory IgM (sIgM)-/- and AID-/- sIgM-/- double knock out (DKO) mice with wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 mice for disease, clearance of infectious virus and viral RNA from brain and spinal cord, antibody responses and B cell infiltration into the CNS...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316433/tim-3-regulates-cd103-dendritic-cell-function-and-response-to-chemotherapy-in-breast-cancer
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Álvaro de Mingo Pulido, Alycia Gardner, Shandi Hiebler, Hatem Soliman, Hope S Rugo, Matthew F Krummel, Lisa M Coussens, Brian Ruffell
Intratumoral CD103+ dendritic cells (DCs) are necessary for anti-tumor immunity. Here we evaluated the expression of immune regulators by CD103+ DCs in a murine model of breast cancer and identified expression of TIM-3 as a target for therapy. Anti-TIM-3 antibody improved response to paclitaxel chemotherapy in models of triple-negative and luminal B disease, with no evidence of toxicity. Combined efficacy was CD8+ T cell dependent and associated with increased granzyme B expression; however, TIM-3 expression was predominantly localized to myeloid cells in both human and murine tumors...
January 8, 2018: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315762/effect-of-apoptosis-associated-speck-like-protein-containing-a-caspase-recruitment-domain-on-vaccine-efficacy-overcoming-the-effects-of-its-deficiency-with-aluminum-hydroxide-adjuvant
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Deuk-Ki Lee, Eun-Young Lee, Ryoon-Ho Kim, Hye-Won Kwak, Joo Young Kim, Hun Kim, Kyung-Won Kang, Sang-Myeong Lee, Jong-Hwan Park, Jun Chang, Jae-Hwan Nam
Host factors such as nutritional status and immune cell state are important for vaccine efficacy. Inflammasome activation may be important for triggering vaccine-induced humoral and cell-mediated immune responses. Formulations with alum as a typical adjuvant to overcome the effects of host factors have recently been shown to induce inflammasome activation, which augments vaccine efficacy. Apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a caspase recruitment domain (ASC) is one of main components of inflammasomes, but it is not clear whether ASC affects the vaccine-induced immune response...
January 8, 2018: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314863/bacterial-derived-neutrophilic-inflammation-drives-lung-remodeling-in-a-mouse-model-of-copd
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Bradley W Richmond, Rui-Hong Du, Wei Han, John T Benjamin, Riet van der Meer, Linda Gleaves, Marshall Guo, Austin McKissack, Yongqin Zhang, Dong-Sheng Cheng, Vasiliy V Polosukhin, Timothy S Blackwell
Loss of secretory immunoglobulin A (SIgA) is common in the small airways of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and may contribute to disease pathogenesis. Using mice that lack SIgA in the airways due to genetic deficiency of polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR-/- mice), we investigated the role of neutrophils in driving the fibrotic small airway wall remodeling and emphysema that develops spontaneously in these mice. By flow cytometry, we found an increase in the percentage of neutrophils among CD45+ cells in the lungs, as well as an increase in total neutrophils, in pIgR-/- mice compared to wild-type (WT) controls...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314753/functional-mannose-binding-lectin-levels-in-patients-with-pediatric-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-in-remission
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Siyaram Didel, Deepti Suri, Amit Rawat, Surjit Singh
BACKGROUND: Complement system plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Excessive activation of complement causes tissue injury and SLE occurrence is typically associated with congenital deficiencies of the early components of the classical complement pathway. Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is recognized as important causative factor in the etio-pathogenesis of SLE and MBL-2 gene has evolved as a candidate gene for SLE susceptibility. AIM: This study was done to assess the functional MBL (fMBL) level in SLE patients in remission and its co-relation with disease severity and outcome...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311308/dna-double-strand-break-response-factors-influence-end-joining-features-of-igh-class-switch-and-general-translocation-junctions
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Rohit A Panchakshari, Xuefei Zhang, Vipul Kumar, Zhou Du, Pei-Chi Wei, Jennifer Kao, Junchao Dong, Frederick W Alt
Ig heavy chain (IgH) class switch recombination (CSR) in B lymphocytes switches IgH constant regions to change antibody functions. CSR is initiated by DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) within a donor IgH switch (S) region and a downstream acceptor S region. CSR is completed by fusing donor and acceptor S region DSB ends by classical nonhomologous end-joining (C-NHEJ) and, in its absence, by alternative end-joining that is more biased to use longer junctional microhomologies (MHs). Deficiency for DSB response (DSBR) factors, including ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) and 53BP1, variably impair CSR end-joining, with 53BP1 deficiency having the greatest impact...
January 8, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310791/matrilins
#16
Mats Paulsson, Raimund Wagener
Marilins mediate interactions between macromolecular components of the extracellular matrix, e.g., collagens and proteoglycans. They are composed of von Willebrand factor type A and epidermal growth factor-like domains and the subunits oligomerize via coiled-coil domains. Matrilin-1 and -3 are abundant in hyaline cartilage, whereas matrilin-2 and -4 are widespread but less abundant. Mutations in matrilin genes have been linked to chondrodysplasias and osteoarthritis and recently characterization of matrilin-deficient mice revealed novel functions in mechanotransduction, regeneration, or inflammation...
2018: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305966/study-of-an-extended-family-with-ctla-4-deficiency-suggests-a-cd28-ctla-4-independent-mechanism-responsible-for-differences-in-disease-manifestations-and-severity
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Tie Zheng Hou, Peter Olbrich, Jose Manuel Lucena Soto, Berta Sanchez, Paula Sanchez Moreno, Stephan Borte, Hans J Stauss, Siobhan O Burns, Lucy S K Walker, Qiang Pan-Hammarström, Lennart Hammarström, David M Sansom, Olaf Neth
The CTLA-4 checkpoint regulates the activation of T cells. Individuals with heterozygous mutations in CTLA-4 have a complex phenotype typically characterized by antibody deficiency alongside variable autoimmunity. Despite severe disease in some individuals, others remain largely unaffected with reasons for this variation unknown. We studied a large family carrying a single point mutation in CTLA-4 leading to an amino acid change R75W and compared both unaffected with affected individuals. We measured a variety of features pertaining to T cell and CTLA-4 biology and observed that at the cellular level there was complete penetrance of CTLA-4 mutations...
January 3, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305734/olipudase-alfa-for-treatment-of-acid-sphingomyelinase-deficiency-asmd-safety-and-efficacy-in-adults-treated-for-30-months
#18
Melissa P Wasserstein, George A Diaz, Robin H Lachmann, Marie-Hélène Jouvin, Indrani Nandy, Allena J Ji, Ana Cristina Puga
Olipudase alfa, a recombinant human acid sphingomyelinase (ASM), is an enzyme replacement therapy for the treatment of nonneurologic manifestations of acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD). This ongoing, open-label, long-term study (NCT02004704) assessed safety and efficacy of olipudase alfa following 30 months of treatment in five adult patients with ASMD. There were no deaths, serious or severe events, or discontinuations during 30 months of treatment. The majority of adverse events were mild and included headache, nausea, and abdominal pain...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302503/celiac-disease-in-south-jordan
#19
Eyad Altamimi
Purpose: Celiac disease, an autoimmune enteropathy triggered by exposure to gluten, is not uncommon in South Jordan. However, its prevalence is underestimated due to lack of physician awareness of the diversity of disease presentation. The clinical spectrum includes classic gastrointestinal manifestations, as well as rickets, iron-deficiency anemia, short stature, elevated liver enzymes, and edema. Our goal was to evaluate celiac disease presentation in clinically diagnosed children. Methods: Retrospective study included all children diagnosed with celiac disease between September 2009 and September 2015...
December 2017: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302006/transferrin-receptor-1-is-a-reticulocyte-specific-receptor-for-plasmodium-vivax
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Jakub Gruszczyk, Usheer Kanjee, Li-Jin Chan, Sébastien Menant, Benoit Malleret, Nicholas T Y Lim, Christoph Q Schmidt, Yee-Foong Mok, Kai-Min Lin, Richard D Pearson, Gabriel Rangel, Brian J Smith, Melissa J Call, Michael P Weekes, Michael D W Griffin, James M Murphy, Jonathan Abraham, Kanlaya Sriprawat, Maria J Menezes, Marcelo U Ferreira, Bruce Russell, Laurent Renia, Manoj T Duraisingh, Wai-Hong Tham
Plasmodium vivax shows a strict host tropism for reticulocytes. We identified transferrin receptor 1 (TfR1) as the receptor for P. vivax reticulocyte-binding protein 2b (PvRBP2b). We determined the structure of the N-terminal domain of PvRBP2b involved in red blood cell binding, elucidating the molecular basis for TfR1 recognition. We validated TfR1 as the biological target of PvRBP2b engagement by means of TfR1 expression knockdown analysis. TfR1 mutant cells deficient in PvRBP2b binding were refractory to invasion of P...
January 5, 2018: Science
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