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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294930/-the-alpha-gal-syndrome-an-allergic-reaction-to-mammalian-meat-secondary-to-a-tick-bite
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M A Berends, J N G Oude Elberink
Here we present the case of a 68-year-old patient with alpha-gal syndrome. This is a delayed-onset allergic reaction, characteristically occurring 2-6 hours after ingestion of mammalian meat products. The reaction occurs because the patient has developed IgE antibodies to a mammalian oligosaccharide epitope, galactose-α-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal); tick bites induce this IgE antibody response. Presentation varies from chronic urticaria to life-threatening anaphylaxis. The alpha-gal syndrome is usually self-limiting as long as there are no new tick bites...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283366/the-frequency-of-fabry-disease-among-young-cryptogenic-stroke-patients-in-the-city-of-sakarya
#2
Aslı Aksoy Gündoğdu, Dilcan Kotan, Murat Alemdar
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease (FD) is known as a rare cause of stroke. Recent studies suggested that FD is an underdiagnosed entity among young stroke patients. We aimed to investigate the frequency of FD in young cryptogenic stroke patients who lived in the City of Sakarya and to define the clinical features that help in recognizing patients with FD. METHODS: Acute ischemic stroke patients aged 18-55 years who were admitted to our hospital between October 2013 and September 2016 were evaluated for inclusion...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273338/prevalence-of-type-i-sensitization-to-alpha-gal-in-forest-service-employees-and-hunters
#3
Jörg Fischer, Elena Lupberger, Johanna Hebsaker, Gunnar Blumenstock, Elisabeth Aichinger, Amir S Yazdi, Doris Reick, Rainer Oehme, Tilo Biedermann
BACKGROUND: The production of IgE molecules specific to the carbohydrate galactose-α-1,3-galactose (alpha-gal) is known to induce delayed anaphylaxis against mammalian meat. Tick bites constitute the primary sensitization source, as ticks transfer alpha-gal in their saliva to a host during a bite. The reported prevalence of alpha-gal-specific IgE (alpha-gal-sIgE) positivity varies between different populations from diverse geographic regions. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence of alpha-gal-sIgE positivity in a population of forest service employees who are highly exposed to ticks in comparison with a residential population and a historic sample...
March 8, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238108/enhanced-vascular-biocompatibility-of-decellularized-xeno-allogeneic-matrices-in-a-rodent-model
#4
M van Steenberghe, T Schubert, Y Guiot, C Bouzin, X Bollen, P Gianello
Glutaraldehyde preservation is the gold standard for cardiovascular biological prosthesis. However, secondary calcifications and the absence of tissue growth remain major limitations. Our study assessed in vitro and in vivo the biocompatibility of human (fascia lata, pericardium) and porcine tissues (pericardium, peritoneum) treated with a physicochemical procedure for decellularization and non-conventional pathogens inactivation. Biopsies were performed before and after treatment to assess decellularization (HE/Dapi staining/DNA quantification/MHC I/alpha gal immunostaining) and mechanical integrity...
February 25, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231240/galectin-3-histone-deacetylases-and-hedgehog-signaling-possible-convergent-targets-in-schistosomiasis-induced-liver-fibrosis
#5
REVIEW
Felipe Leite de Oliveira, Katia Carneiro, José Marques Brito, Mariana Cabanel, Jonathas Xavier Pereira, Ligia de Almeida Paiva, Wingkin Syn, Neil C Henderson, Marcia Cury El-Cheikh
Schistosomiasis affects approximately 240 million people in the world. Schistosoma mansoni eggs in the liver induce periportal fibrosis and hepatic failure driven by monocyte recruitment and macrophage activation, resulting in robust Th2 response. Here, we suggested a possible involvement of Galectin-3 (Gal-3), histone deacetylases (HDACs), and Hedgehog (Hh) signaling with macrophage activation during Th1/Th2 immune responses, fibrogranuloma reaction, and tissue repair during schistosomiasis. Gal-3 is highly expressed by liver macrophages (Kupffer cells) around Schistosoma eggs...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224342/galactose-%C3%AE-1-3-galactose-atypical-food-allergen-or-model-ige-hypersensitivity
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REVIEW
Jeffrey M Wilson, Alexander J Schuyler, Nikhila Schroeder, Thomas A E Platts-Mills
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-gal) is a carbohydrate allergen with several unique characteristics. In this article, we discuss some recent advances in our understanding of the 'alpha-gal syndrome,' highlight data supporting the role of ticks in pathogenesis, and speculate on immune mechanisms that lead to sensitization. RECENT FINDINGS: First described as the target of IgE in individuals suffering immediate hypersensitivity reactions to the novel anti-EGF monoclonal antibody cetuximab, it is now clear that α-gal sensitization is associated with mammalian meat allergy as well as reactions to other mammalian products...
January 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124083/-alpha-gal-in-therapeutics-more-relevant-than-thought
#7
B Wedi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 25, 2017: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079752/changes-in-dorsal-root-ganglion-gene-expression-in-response-to-spinal-cord-stimulation
#8
Dana M Tilley, David L Cedeño, Courtney A Kelley, Margaret DeMaegd, Ramsin Benyamin, Ricardo Vallejo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been shown to influence pain-related genes in the spinal cord directly under the stimulating electrodes. There is limited information regarding changes occurring at the dorsal root ganglion (DRG). This study evaluates gene expression in the DRG in response to SCS therapy. METHODS: Rats were randomized into experimental or control groups (n = 6 per group). Experimental animals underwent spared-nerve injury, implantation of lead, and continuous SCS (72 hours)...
March 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079114/discovering-potential-serological-biomarker-for-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-chinese-population-by-mal-associated-serum-glycoproteomics-analysis
#9
Tianhua Liu, Denghe Liu, Riqiang Liu, Hucong Jiang, Guoquan Yan, Wei Li, Lu Sun, Shu Zhang, Yinkun Liu, Kun Guo
The accuracy of current biomarkers for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), especially chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)-related HCC, is limited. Recent progress in glycoproteomics has provided a novel platform for screening novel serological biomarkers of HCC. In this study, lectin affinity chromatography by Maackia amurensis lectin (MAL) and iTRAQ combined with mass spectrometric analysis were performed to enrich and identify the glycoprotein fractions in serum samples from HBV-related HCC patients and from healthy controls...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986511/anaphylaxis-after-zoster-vaccine-implicating-alpha-gal-allergy-as-a-possible-mechanism
#10
Cosby A Stone, Jonathan A Hemler, Scott P Commins, Alexander J Schuyler, Elizabeth J Phillips, R Stokes Peebles, John M Fahrenholz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 14, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919855/uncoupling-protein-2-deficiency-reduces-proliferative-capacity-of-murine-pancreatic-stellate-cells
#11
Sarah Muller, Sandra Maria Klingbeil, Andreea Sandica, Robert Jaster
BACKGROUND: Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) has been suggested to inhibit mitochondrial production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by decreasing the mitochondrial membrane potential. Experimental acute pancreatitis is associated with increased UCP2 expression, whereas UCP2 deficiency retards regeneration of aged mice from acute pancreatitis. Here, we have addressed biological and molecular functions of UCP2 in pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), which are involved in pancreatic wound repair and fibrogenesis...
December 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881614/performance-characteristics-of-a-new-consensus-commercial-kit-for-hepatitis-d-virus-rna-viral-load-quantification
#12
Frédéric Le Gal, Samira Dziri, Athenaïs Gerber, Chakib Alloui, Zahia Ben Abdesselam, Dominique Roulot, Ségolène Brichler, Emmanuel Gordien
Hepatitis D virus (HDV) is responsible for fulminant hepatitis and liver failure and accelerates evolution toward cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma in hepatitis B virus (HBV)-infected patients. To date, treatment relies upon long-term administration of pegylated alpha-interferon with a sustained virological response in 30% of the patients. Very recently, new, promising anti-HDV therapies have been developed and are already being used in clinical trials. HDV RNA viral load (HDVL) monitoring must be an integral part of the management of the infected patients...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873733/food-allergy-to-the-carbohydrate-galactose-alpha-1-3-galactose-alpha-gal-four-case-reports-and-a-review
#13
Andreas J Bircher, Kathrin Scherer Hofmeier, Susanne Link, Ingmar Heijnen
Until recently, food allergies to mammalian meats have been considered to be very rare. The observation that patients not previously exposed to the monoclonal chimeric antibody cetuximab suffered from severe anaphylaxis upon first exposure, led to the identification of galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose as a new relevant carbohydrate allergen. These patients later often suffered from anaphylactic reactions to red meat. Epidemiological data indicated that bites by the tick Amblyomma americanum in the USA, later also by Ixodes species in other continents, resulted in sensitisation to alpha-gal...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834588/generation-of-ggta1-mutant-pigs-by-direct-pronuclear-microinjection-of-crispr-cas9-plasmid-vectors
#14
Chin-Kai Chuang, Chien-Hong Chen, Chung-Ling Huang, Yu-Hsiu Su, Shu-Hui Peng, Tai-Yun Lin, Hao-Chih Tai, Tien-Shuh Yang, Ching-Fu Tu
This study was conducted to confirm that 1-site and 4-site ppU6-GGTA1-gRNA CRISPR vectors together with the pCX-Flag2-NLS1-Cas9-NLS2 plasmid can both generate KO pigs by direct pronuclear microinjection. In total, 41 and 53 fertilized eggs were microinjected on 1-site and 4-site strategies, respectively. The 1-site construction generated a litter of 8 piglets, and 2 were mono-allelic mutant (mMt). The injection of 4-site constructions resulted in one biallelic mutant (bMt) and one mMt piglet in a litter of 7...
November 11, 2016: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815266/role-for-galectin-3-in-calcific-aortic-valve-stenosis
#15
J Rafael Sádaba, Ernesto Martínez-Martínez, Vanessa Arrieta, Virginia Álvarez, Amaya Fernández-Celis, Jaime Ibarrola, Amaia Melero, Patrick Rossignol, Victoria Cachofeiro, Natalia López-Andrés
BACKGROUND: Aortic stenosis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease, and calcification plays an important role in the progression of the disease. Galectin-3 (Gal-3) is a proinflammatory molecule involved in vascular osteogenesis in atherosclerosis. Therefore, we hypothesized that Gal-3 could mediate valve calcification in AS. METHODS AND RESULTS: Blood samples and aortic valves (AVs) from 77 patients undergoing AV replacement were analyzed. As controls, noncalcified human AVs were obtained at autopsy (n=11)...
November 4, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806678/decellularization-and-characterization-of-porcine-superflexor-tendon-a-potential-anterior-cruciate-ligament-replacement
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Gemma Jones, Anthony Herbert, Helen Berry, Jennifer Helen Edwards, John Fisher, Eileen Ingham
The porcine superflexor tendon (SFT) was identified as having appropriate structure and properties for development of a decellularized device for use in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. SFTs were decellularized using a combination of freeze-thaw and washes in hypotonic buffer and 0.1% (w/v) sodium dodecyl sulfate in hypotonic buffer plus proteinase inhibitors, followed by nuclease treatment and sterilization using peracetic acid. The decellularized biological scaffold was devoid of cells and cell remnants and contained only 13 ng/mg (dry weight) residual total DNA...
February 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799931/immunomodulatory-factors-galectin-9-and-interferon-gamma-synergize-to-induce-expression-of-rate-limiting-enzymes-of-the-kynurenine-pathway-in-the-mouse-hippocampus
#17
Alexandra K Brooks, Marcus A Lawson, Jennifer L Rytych, Kevin C Yu, Tiffany M Janda, Andrew J Steelman, Robert H McCusker
Elevated levels of circulating pro-inflammatory cytokines are associated with symptomology of several psychiatric disorders, notably major depressive disorder. Symptomology has been linked to inflammation/cytokine-dependent induction of the Kynurenine Pathway. Galectins, like pro-inflammatory cytokines, play a role in neuroinflammation and the pathogenesis of several neurological disorders but without a clearly defined mechanism of action. Their involvement in the Kynurenine Pathway has not been investigated...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775867/alpha-gal-is-a-possible-target-of-ige-mediated-reactivity-to-antivenom
#18
J Fischer, B Eberlein, C Hilger, F Eyer, S Eyerich, M Ollert, T Biedermann
BACKGROUND: Antivenoms are mammalian immunoglobulins with the ability to neutralize snake venom components and to mitigate the progression of toxic effects. Immediate hypersensitivity to antivenoms often occurs during the first administration of these heterologous antibodies. A comparable clinical situation occurred after introduction of cetuximab, a chimeric mouse-human antibody, for cancer treatment. The carbohydrate epitope galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, located on the Fab region of cetuximab, was identified as the target responsible for IgE reactivity...
October 24, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27735906/-the-neurological-manifestations-of-fabry-disease-a-review
#19
K V Firsov, A S Kotov
Fabry disease (Anderson-Fabry disease) is an X-linked recessive lysosomal storage disorder resulting from deficient activity of lysosomal hydrolase, alpha-galactosidase A (alpha-Gal A), which leads to progressive accumulation of globotriaosylceramide (Gb3) in various cells, predominantly endothelial and vascular smooth muscle cells, with clinical manifestations affecting major organs including the central nervous system. Manifestations of Fabry disease include progressive renal and cardiac insufficiency, neuropathic pain, stroke and cerebral disease, skin and gastrointestinal symptoms...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713146/tgf-%C3%AE-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-crosstalk-potentiates-corneal-epithelial-senescence-through-an-rna-stress-response
#20
Zhi-Yuan Li, Zhao-Li Chen, Ting Zhang, Chao Wei, Wei-Yun Shi
The corneal epithelium plays important roles in the maintenance of corneal transparency for good vision, and acts as a protective barrier against foreign insults. Structural and functional changes with aging in the corneal epithelium have been documented. Here we found that transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) is highly expressed in the elderly donor corneal epithelium, as are senescence-associated genes, such as p16 and p21. In human corneal epithelial cell (HCEC) models, TGF-β induces cellular senescence, characterized by increased SA-β-gal positive cells and elevated expression of p16 and p21...
October 6, 2016: Aging
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