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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530135/prolonged-expression-of-secreted-enzymes-in-dogs-after-liver-directed-delivery-of-i-sleeping-beauty-i-transposons-implications-for-non-viral-gene-therapy-of-systemic-disease
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Elena L Aronovich, Kendra Anne Hyland, Bryan C Hall, Jason B Bell, Erik R Olson, Myra Urness Rusten, David W Hunter, N Matthew Ellinwood, R Scott McIvor, Perry B Hackett
The non-viral, integrating Sleeping Beauty (SB) transposon system is efficient in treating systemic monogenic disease in mice including hemophilias A and B caused by deficiency of blood clotting factors and mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) types I and VII caused by α-L-iduronidase (IDUA) and β-glucuronidase (GUSB) deficiency, respectively. We recently reported modified approaches of the hydrodynamics-based procedure to deliver transposons to the liver in dogs. Using the transgenic canine reporter secreted alkaline phosphatase (cSEAP), we demonstrated transgenic protein in the plasma for up to six weeks post-infusion...
May 20, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529840/adoptive-cell-therapy-with-tregs-to-improve-transplant-outcomes-the-promise-and-the-stumbling-blocks
#2
Mohamed B Ezzelarab, Angus W Thomson
The contribution of regulatory T cells (Treg) to the induction and maintenance of tolerance is well-recognized in rodents and may contribute to long-term human organ allograft survival. The therapeutic efficacy of adoptively-transferred Treg in promoting tolerance to organ allografts is well-recognized in mouse models. Early phase 1/2 clinical studies of Treg therapy have been conducted in patients with type-1 (autoimmune) diabetes and refractory Crohn's disease, and for inhibition of graft-versus-host disease following bone marrow transplantation with proven safety...
December 2016: Current Transplantation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529524/antithyroid-drug-therapy-for-graves-disease-and-implications-for-recurrence
#3
REVIEW
Jia Liu, Jing Fu, Yuan Xu, Guang Wang
Graves' disease (GD) is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism worldwide. Current therapeutic options for GD include antithyroid drugs (ATD), radioactive iodine, and thyroidectomy. ATD treatment is generally well accepted by patients and clinicians due to some advantages including normalizing thyroid function in a short time, hardly causing hypothyroidism, and ameliorating immune disorder while avoiding radiation exposure and invasive procedures. However, the relatively high recurrence rate is a major concern for ATD treatment, which is associated with multiple influencing factors like clinical characteristics, treatment strategies, and genetic and environmental factors...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528711/clinical-impact-of-colonization-with-multidrug-resistant-organisms-on-outcome-after-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-a-retrospective-single-center-study
#4
Sebastian Scheich, Claudia Reinheimer, Christian Brandt, Thomas A Wichelhaus, Michael Hogardt, Volkhard A J Kempf, Uta Brunnberg, Christian Brandts, Olivier Ballo, Ivana von Metzler, Johanna Kessel, Hubert Serve, Björn Steffen
During the last years, a significant increase in infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) has been noticed, resulting in an increase of mortality in all fields of healthcare. Hematological patients are particularly affected by MDRO infections due to disease- and therapy-related immunosuppression. To determine the impact of colonization with MDRO on overall survival, we retrospectively analyzed data from patients undergoing autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at our institution...
May 18, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528702/detailed-characterization-of-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-from-a-large-cohort-of-aml-patients-demonstrates-a-definitive-link-to-treatment-outcomes
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Rafael Diaz de la Guardia, Belen Lopez-Millan, Jessie R Lavoie, Clara Bueno, Julio Castaño, Maite Gómez-Casares, Susana Vives, Laura Palomo, Manel Juan, Julio Delgado, Maria L Blanco, Josep Nomdedeu, Alberto Chaparro, Jose Luis Fuster, Eduardo Anguita, Michael Rosu-Myles, Pablo Menéndez
Bone marrow mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (BM-MSCs) are key components of the hematopoietic niche thought to have a direct role in leukemia pathogenesis. BM-MSCs from patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have been poorly characterized due to disease heterogeneity. We report a functional, genetic, and immunological characterization of BM-MSC cultures from 46 AML patients, stratified by molecular/cytogenetics into low-risk (LR), intermediate-risk (IR), and high-risk (HR) subgroups. Stable MSC cultures were successfully established and characterized from 40 of 46 AML patients irrespective of the risk subgroup...
May 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526805/evaluation-of-crescent-formation-as-a-predictive-marker-in-immunoglobulin-a-nephropathy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#6
Xue Shao, Bingjue Li, Luxi Cao, Ludan Liang, Jingjuan Yang, Yucheng Wang, Shi Feng, Cuili Wang, Chunhua Weng, Xiujin Shen, Hong Jiang, Jianghua Chen
The 2009 Oxford Classification of immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy (IgAN) identifies four histological features as predictors of renal prognosis: mesangial hypercellularity (M), endocapillary hypercellularity (E), segmental glomerulosclerosis (S), and tubular atrophy/interstitial fibrosis (T). However, the clinical and prognostic significance of crescent formation still remains controversial. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the association between crescents and kidney outcome in IgAN. A total of 20 studies published from January 2009 to July 2016 involving 5,285 patients were included after systematic searches of PubMed and EMBASE databases...
April 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525829/epidemiology-and-management-of-primary-immune-thrombocytopenia-a-nationwide-population-based-study-in-korea
#7
Ji Yun Lee, Ju-Hyun Lee, Heeyoung Lee, Beodeul Kang, Ji-Won Kim, Se Hyun Kim, Jeong-Ok Lee, Jin Won Kim, Yu Jung Kim, Keun-Wook Lee, Jee Hyun Kim, Hyoung Soo Choi, Jong Seok Lee, Soo-Mee Bang
INTRODUCTION: The epidemiology of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) is not well characterized in an Asian population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From July 2010 to June 2014, ITP patients were identified using the Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service database. RESULTS: The overall incidence rate of ITP was 5.3 per 100,000 person-years (95% CI: 5.1-5.5). The overall incidence rate ratios of children under 15years old to adults and females to males were 3...
May 11, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524434/unaffected-reaction-level-in-tuberculin-skin-test-by-long-term-therapy-with-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitors-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
#8
Shotaro Yamamoto, Katsuya Nagatani, Takeo Sato, Masahiro Iwamoto, Shino Takatori, Seiji Minota
AIM: The tuberculin skin test (TST) is used to diagnose tuberculosis; however, the influence of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors on the test is unclear. This study investigated whether therapy with TNF inhibitors suppresses the TST reaction due to immunosuppression or whether the TST reaction increases due to reactivation of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. METHOD: Ninety-one patients with rheumatoid arthritis receiving TNF inhibitors (40 using infliximab and 51 using etanercept) were studied...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524146/-combination-therapy-of-refractory-localized-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-and-orbital-involvement
#9
Y O Grusha, D S Ismailova, P I Novikov, E A Kogan, Yu V Abramova, N M Bulanov, L V Sherstneva
Granulomatous orbital cellulitis is one of the most common ocular manifestations of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's). The process is often refractory to conventional immunosuppressive therapy and requires a more radical treatment approach. However, surgical experience with this type of patients is limited. There have been just a few reported cases of orbital decompression in such patients and many authors have doubted the appropriateness of the procedure, since it is associated with a high risk of potentially fatal complications...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523898/case-series-study-of-the-efficacy-of-compounded-antibacterial-steroid-and-moisturizer-in-atopic-dermatitis
#10
Fatima Lakhani, Kachiu Lee, Peter A Lio
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have demonstrated that the use of a topical antimicrobial combined with a steroid may benefit patients with atopic dermatitis (AD), but modern guidelines discourage the use of antimicrobials in treating this condition. We sought to evaluate the degree of improvement in the severity and extent of AD lesions after using a compounded antibacterial, steroid, and moisturizer (CASM). METHODS: This was a nonblinded retrospective review of patients with AD treated using CASM...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523592/islet-microencapsulation-strategies-and-clinical-status-in-diabetes
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REVIEW
Mustafa Omami, James J McGarrigle, Mick Reedy, Douglas Isa, Sofia Ghani, Enza Marchese, Matthew A Bochenek, Maha Longi, Yuan Xing, Ira Joshi, Yong Wang, José Oberholzer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disease that results from the destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic β cells in the islets of Langerhans. Islet cell transplantation has become a successful therapy for specific patients with T1DM with hypoglycemic unawareness. The reversal of T1DM by islet transplantation is now performed at many major medical facilities throughout the world. However, many challenges must still be overcome in order to achieve continuous, long-term successful transplant outcomes...
July 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523511/-therapy-resistant-polymyositis-is-the-diagnosis-correct
#12
G Ceccon, H C Lehmann, E Neuen-Jacob, G Meng, G R Fink, G Wunderlich
We report the case of a 32-year-old woman with severely elevated serum creatine kinase (CK; 80,000 U/l) and progressive proximal pareses. As muscular biopsy showed inflammatory infiltrates, polymyositis was suspected and immunosuppressive treatment was initiated. However, clinical improvement could not be achieved. Gene sequencing of the DYSF-gene showed a previously unreported homozygous mutation. In summary, elevated serum CK and inflammatory infiltrates in the muscle biopsy are not specific for polymyositis, but may also occur in degenerative diseases (muscular dystrophy), such as dysferlinopathy...
May 18, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523463/immature-exosomes-derived-from-microrna-146a-overexpressing-dendritic-cells-act-as-antigen-specific-therapy-for-myasthenia-gravis
#13
Weifan Yin, Song Ouyang, Zhaohui Luo, Qiuming Zeng, Bo Hu, Liqun Xu, Yuan Li, Bo Xiao, Huan Yang
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a neurological autoimmune disease characterized by fluctuating weakness of certain voluntary muscles. Current treatments for MG are largely directed at suppressing the whole immune system by using immunosuppressants or glucocorticoids and often cause several side effects. The ideal therapeutic methods for MG should suppress aberrant immunoactivation specifically, while retaining normal function of the immune system. In this study, we first produced exosomes from microRNA-146a overexpressing dendritic cells (DCs)...
May 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523327/complicated-diverticulitis-in-a-de-novo-kidney-transplanted-patient
#14
Liliana Ana TuŢă, Mădălina Boşoteanu, Eugen Dumitru, Mariana Deacu
Diverticular disease is frequent amongst the elderly and immunosuppressed patients. It mainly presents as sigmoid diverticulitis, but severe complications, like bleedings, infections and colon perforation may occur, frequently due to immunosuppressive therapy. Moreover, antibiotherapy and hemostatics may not efficiently control evolution in such cases. Early diagnose and adequate treatment of colonic diverticulosis complicated with lower gastrointestinal bleeding and diverticulitis in immunocompromised patients...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523321/autoimmune-hepatitis-with-sclerosing-cholangitis-in-a-patient-with-thiopurine-methyltransferase-deficiency-case-presentation
#15
Sorin Claudiu Man, Cristina Nicoleta Schnell, Valentina Sas, Anca Dana Buzoianu, Dan Gheban
The association between two autoimmune diseases is known in the literature as overlap syndrome. We present the case of an 18-year-old boy, diagnosed at the age of 13 with an overlap syndrome between type I autoimmune hepatitis and sclerosing cholangitis. The response to immunosuppressant therapy was hampered by azathioprine-induced toxicity causing severe pancytopenia, as a result of thiopurine methyltransferase enzyme genetic deficiency. Treatment was replaced by mycophenolate mofetil. Although the relapse rate was reduced, the disease progressed to cirrhosis...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523195/disseminated-necrotizing-leukoencephalopathy-complicating-septic-shock-in-an-immunocompetent-patient
#16
Pedro Gaspar-da-Costa, Sofia Reimão, Sandra Braz, João Meneses Santos, Rui M M Victorino
Disseminated necrotizing leukoencephalopathy (DNL) is characterized by multiple microscopic foci of white matter necrosis. DNL was initially thought to be exclusively associated with immunosuppression conditions but it has been recently described in immunocompetent patients in septic shock. A 90-year-old immunocompetent woman with no previous neurological impairment presented with septic shock and drowsiness that responded well to therapy with clinical improvement and a full neurological recovery. Unexpectedly deterioration with progression to coma occurred...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522794/casual-or-causal-two-unique-cases-of-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#17
Faizan Malik, Naveed Ali, Syed Imran Mustafa Jafri, Christian Fidler
BACKGROUND Immunosuppressive diseases and therapies have long been connected to risk of malignancies, especially lymphoma. With some diseases and drugs, the association is well established but the data is mostly anecdotal because of the rarity of the situation. CASE REPORT We present 2 rare cases. The first patient had psoriasis, was on etanercept, and developed Hodgkin's lymphoma. This case is rare because psoriasis and etanercept do not usually cause lymphoma, and if they do, it is predominantly Epstein-Barr virus-positive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522277/-immunotherapy-and-radiotherapy
#18
S Bockel, D Antoni, É Deutsch, F Mornex
Radiotherapy, primarily known for its cytotoxic effect on the tumor cells, via the induction of DNA damages, has the ability to induce a systemic antitumoral response. By an immunologic cell death, tumor cells exposed to radiation release a large amount of neoantigenes and pro-inflammatory mediators, acting as an in situ vaccine, resulting in an tumor regression within the primary irradiated site, but also in the distant "out of field" secondary tumors. However, this phenomenon is extremly rare with radiotherapy alone, suggesting that the radiation-induced antitumor immunity is not sufficient for overcoming the tumor's and its microenvironnement immunosuppressing effect...
May 15, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521905/harnessing-the-properties-of-dendritic-cells-in-the-pursuit-of-immunological-tolerance
#19
REVIEW
Christopher Horton, Kumaran Shanmugarajah, Paul J Fairchild
The acquisition of self-perpetuating, immunological tolerance specific for graft alloantigens has long been described as the "holy grail" of clinical transplantation. By removing the need for life-long immunosuppression following engraftment, the adverse consequences of immunosuppressive regimens, including chronic infections and malignancy, may be avoided. Furthermore, autoimmune diseases and allergy are, by definition, driven by aberrant immunological responses to ordinarily innocuous antigens. The re-establishment of permanent tolerance towards instigating antigens may, therefore, provide a cure to these common diseases...
April 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521808/b-cell-repopulation-kinetics-after-rituximab-treatment-in-anca-associated-vasculitides-compared-to-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-connective-tissue-diseases-a-longitudinal-observational-study-on-120-patients
#20
Jens Thiel, Marta Rizzi, Marie Engesser, Ann-Kathrin Dufner, Arianna Troilo, Raquel Lorenzetti, Reinhard E Voll, Nils Venhoff
BACKGROUND: B cell depletion with rituximab (RTX) is approved for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and ANCA-associated vasculitides (AAV). Recently, RTX has been shown to be effective in AAV maintenance therapy, but an optimal RTX treatment schedule is unknown and the time to B cell repopulation after RTX has not been studied. METHODS: Retrospective single-center analysis of B cell repopulation in patients with AAV, RA or connective tissue disease (CTD) treated with RTX...
May 18, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
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