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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212280/biofilm-formation-and-immunomodulatory-activity-of-proteus-mirabilis-clinically-isolated-strains
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Alessandra Fusco, Lorena Coretti, Vittoria Savio, Elisabetta Buommino, Francesca Lembo, Giovanna Donnarumma
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and catheter-associated UTIs (CAUTIs) are the principal hospital-acquired infections. Proteus mirabilis is characterized by several virulence factors able to promote adhesion and biofilm formation and ameliorate the colonization of urinary tract and the formation of crystalline biofilms on the abiotic surface of the urinary catheters. Since, to date, the role of P. mirabilis in the etiopathogenesis of different types of urinary tract infections is not well established, in this study we sought to characterize two different clinically isolated strains of P...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211345/regulatory-t-and-b-cells-in-asthmatic-women-variations-from-pregnancy-to-postpartum
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C Martins, J Lima, G Nunes, L M Borrego
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Allergic asthma and rhinitis are common in pregnancy. The immune mechanisms underlying the effects of asthma on pregnancy and vice versa are not completely understood. The aim of this study was to investigate changes in regulatory T and B cells in asthmatic women from late pregnancy to postpartum. METHODS: Four groups of women were enrolled for this study: asthmatic (n=23) and healthy (n=43) third trimester-pregnant women and asthmatic (n=33) and healthy (n=35) nonpregnant women...
2017: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211306/ex-vivo-all-trans-retinoic-acid-modulates-no-production-and-regulates-il-6-effect-during-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-study-in-algerian-patients
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Amina Arroul-Lammali, Fadia Rahal, Radia Chetouane, Zineb Djeraba, Oussama Medjeber, Aicha Ladjouze-Rezig, Chafia Touil-Boukoffa
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease. The pathophysiology of RA implicates several mediators such as nitric oxide (NO) and cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), which is deeply involved in the main characteristics of RA. Furthermore, all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) is an active vitamin A derivative well-known to have diverse immunomodulatory actions. In our study, we investigated first, the ex vivo immunomodulatory potential of ATRA on NO pathway by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from Algerian RA patients...
April 2017: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211054/real-world-use-of-pomalidomide-and-dexamethasone-in-double-refractory-multiple-myeloma-suggests-benefit-in-renal-impairment-and-adverse-genetics-a-multi-centre-uk-experience
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Nicola Maciocia, Andrew Melville, Simon Cheesman, Faye Sharpley, Karthik Ramasamy, Matthew Streetly, Matthew Jenner, Reuben Benjamin, Steve Schey, Paul Maciocia, Rakesh Popat, Shirley D'sa, Ali Rismani, Aviva Cerner, Kwee Yong, Neil Rabin
Myeloma patients who become refractory to immunomodulatory agents (IMiDs) and bortezomib have poor survival, with limited therapeutic options. Pomalidomide has shown improved survival and good tolerability in this patient cohort in clinical trials, but real world data are scarce. We retrospectively analysed all patients treated with pomalidomide at five UK centres between 2013 and 2016. Of 85 patients identified, 70 had sufficient information for response assessments. Median age was 66 years [40-89], 96·5% were refractory to IMiDs, 72·9% were refractory to both an IMiD and bortezomib and 92·9% were refractory to their last treatment...
February 17, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210757/sildenafil-a-phosphodiesterase-type-5-inhibitor-downregulates-osteopontin-in-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Beata Kaleta, Agnieszka Boguska
The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of sildenafil to regulate osteopontin (OPN) gene and protein in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from healthy blood donors. OPN is expressed by a wide variety of cell types, including immune cells. OPN functions are linked to various physiological and pathological conditions. Sildenafil is a selective inhibitor of type 5 phosphodiesterase. Sildenafil has recently been found to have immunomodulatory effects in animal models and in studies performed in humans...
February 16, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210004/monoclonal-antibody-therapy-in-multiple-myeloma
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REVIEW
Cyrille Touzeau, Philippe Moreau, Charles Dumontet
The therapeutic landscape of multiple myeloma (MM) has evolved spectacularly over the past decade with the discovery and validation of proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory agents as highly active agents, both in front-line therapy as well as in the relapse and maintenance settings. While previous attempts to apply available monoclonal antibodies (Mabs) to the treatment of patients with MM has until recently been disappointing, novel targets specifically explored in the context of MM have recently lead to the first approvals of Mabs for the treatment of patients with MM...
February 17, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209996/transient-cannabinoid-receptor-2-blockade-during-immunization-heightens-intensity-and-breadth-of-antigen-specific-antibody-responses-in-young-and-aged-mice
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Emmanuel Dotsey, Irina Ushach, Egest Pone, Rie Nakajima, Algis Jasinskas, Donovan A Argueta, Andrea Dillon, Nicholas DiPatrizio, Huw Davies, Albert Zlotnik, Peter D Crompton, Philip L Felgner
The hallmark of vaccines is their ability to prevent the spread of infectious pathogens and thereby serve as invaluable public health tool. Despite their medical relevance, there is a gap in our understanding of the physiological factors that mediate innate and adaptive immune response to vaccines. The endocannabinoid (eCB) system is a critical modulator of homeostasis in vertebrates. Our results indicate that macrophages and dendritic cells produce the endocannabinoid, 2-arachidonoyl-sn-glycerol (2-AG) upon antigen activation...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208594/immunomodulatory-and-anti-ibdv-activities-of-the-polysaccharide-aex-from-coccomyxa-gloeobotrydiformis
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Qiang Guo, Qiang Shao, Wenping Xu, Lei Rui, Ryo Sumi, Fumio Eguchi, Zandong Li
A number of polysaccharides have been reported to show immunomodulatory and antiviral activities against various animal viruses. AEX is a polysaccharide extracted from the green algae, Coccomyxa gloeobotrydiformis. The aim of this study was to examine the function of AEX in regulating the immune response in chickens and its capacity to inhibit the infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV), to gain an understanding of its immunomodulatory and antiviral ability. Here, preliminary immunological tests in vitro showed that the polysaccharide AEX can activate the chicken peripheral blood molecular cells' (PBMCs) response by inducing the production of cytokines and NO, promote extracellular antigen presentation but negatively regulate intracellular antigen presentation in chicken splenic lymphocytes, and promote the proliferation of splenic lymphocytes and DT40 cells...
February 10, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207251/cross-linked-micellar-spherical-nucleic-acids-from-thermoresponsive-templates
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Resham J Banga, Brian Meckes, Suguna P Narayan, Anthony J Sprangers, SonBinh T Nguyen, Chad A Mirkin
A one-pot synthesis of micellar spherical nucleic acid (SNA) nanostructures using Pluronic F127 as a thermoresponsive template is reported. These novel constructs are synthesized in a chemically straightforward process that involves intercalation of the lipid tails of DNA amphiphiles (CpG motifs for TLR-9 stimulation) into the hydrophobic regions of Pluronic F127 micelles followed by chemical cross-linking and subsequent removal of non-crosslinked structures. The dense nucleic acid shell of the resulting cross-linked micellar SNA enhances their stability in physiological media and facilitates their rapid cellular internalization making them effective TLR-9 immunomodulatory agents...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206680/an-ssdna-aptamer-against-mannose-capped-lipoarabinomannan-enhances-anti-tuberculosis-activity-of-macrophages-through-downregulation-of-lipid-sensing-nuclear-receptor-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-expression
#10
Qin Pan, Jiamin Yan, Qi Liu, Chunhui Yuan, Xiao-Lian Zhang
Mannose-capped lipoarabinomannan (ManLAM) is an immunomodulatory epitope of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). We previously generated an aptamer (ZXL1) that specifically binds to ManLAM from the virulent Mtb H37Rv strain and reported that ZXL1 functioned as an antagonist, inhibiting the ManLAM-induced immunosuppression of dendritic cells (DCs). In the present study, we found that ZXL1 inhibited Mtb entry into murine macrophages. ZXL1 enhanced IL-1β and IL-12 mRNA expression and cytokine production in ManLAM-treated macrophages but decreased IL-10 production...
February 16, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205024/immunomodulatory-drugs-in-multiple-myeloma-mechanisms-of-action-and-clinical-experience
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REVIEW
Sarah A Holstein, Philip L McCarthy
Over the last two decades, the outcomes for patients with multiple myeloma, a plasma cell malignancy, have dramatically improved. The development of the immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs), which include thalidomide, lenalidomide, and pomalidomide, has contributed significantly to these improved outcomes. While thalidomide is now less commonly prescribed, lenalidomide is widely used in the treatment of newly diagnosed transplant-eligible and transplant-ineligible patients, in the maintenance setting post-transplant and in the relapsed/refractory setting, while pomalidomide is currently utilized in the relapsed/refractory setting...
February 16, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204812/the-lactoferricin-b-derived-peptide-lfb17-34-induces-melanogenesis-in-b16f10-cells
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Hsiu-Chin Huang, Hsuan Lin, Min-Chuan Huang
Lactoferricin B (LfcinB), a peptide of bovine lactoferrin (LfB), exhibits multiple biological functions, including antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant and immunomodulatory activities. However, the role of LfcinB-related peptides in melanogenesis remains unclear. In this study, a set of five LfcinB-related peptides was examined. We found that LfB17‑34, an 18-mer LfcinB-derived peptide, increased melanogenesis in B16F10 melanoma cells without significantly affecting cell viability. LfB17‑34 increased in vitro tyrosinase activity and melanin content in a dose-dependent manner...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203235/chenopodium-ambrosioides-l-improves-phagocytic-activity-and-decreases-bacterial-growth-and-the-systemic-inflammatory-response-in-sepsis-induced-by-cecal-ligation-and-puncture
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Carlos E P Rios, Afonso G Abreu, Jose A F Braga Filho, Johnny R Nascimento, Rosane N M Guerra, Flávia M M Amaral, Márcia C G Maciel, Flávia R F Nascimento
Chenopodium ambrosioides L. (Amaranthaceae) is often used in different kinds of vegetal preparations for medicinal purposes in many clinical situations. Some studies have demonstrated its anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties. The aim of this work was to investigate the effect of prophylactic treatment with the hydroalcoholic crude extract (HCE) of C. ambrosioides and its hexanic fraction (HEX) on the control of bacterial growth, the activation of phagocytes and the control of the systemic inflammatory response in a sepsis experimental model...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203175/ibrutinib-is-effective-in-the-treatment-of-autoimmune-haemolytic-anaemia-in-mantle-cell-lymphoma
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Aliénor Galinier, Vincent Delwail, Mathieu Puyade
Autoimmune haemolytic anaemia (AIHA) in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a rare but life-threatening complication. To date, there are no relevant data for treatment of AIHA in MCL. Ibrutinib, which has been approved for relapse/refractory MCL, is an immunomodulatory drug inhibiting Th2 activation and consequently the production of autoantibodies. We report a case of MCL with AIHA in which this form of anaemia was not controlled with the usual chemotherapy. Ibrutinib was used when MCL with AIHA relapsed, and it allowed rapid remission of AIHA and rapid discontinuation of steroid therapy...
January 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203051/a-review-and-update-on-orphan-drugs-for-the-treatment-of-noninfectious-uveitis
#15
REVIEW
Caiyun You, Haitham F Sahawneh, Lina Ma, Buraa Kubaisi, Alexander Schmidt, C Stephen Foster
INTRODUCTION: Uveitis, a leading cause of preventable blindness around the world, is a critically underserved disease in regard to the medications approved for use. Multiple immunomodulatory therapy (IMT) drugs are appropriate for uveitis therapy but are still off-label. These IMT agents, including antimetabolites, calcineurin inhibitors, alkylating agents, and biologic agents, have been designated as "orphan drugs" and are widely used for systemic autoimmune diseases or organ transplantation...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202777/nodding-syndrome-may-be-an-autoimmune-reaction-to-the-parasitic-worm-onchocerca-volvulus
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Tory P Johnson, Richa Tyagi, Paul R Lee, Myoung-Hwa Lee, Kory R Johnson, Jeffrey Kowalak, Abdel Elkahloun, Marie Medynets, Alina Hategan, Joseph Kubofcik, James Sejvar, Jeffrey Ratto, Sudhir Bunga, Issa Makumbi, Jane R Aceng, Thomas B Nutman, Scott F Dowell, Avindra Nath
Nodding syndrome is an epileptic disorder of unknown etiology that occurs in children in East Africa. There is an epidemiological association with Onchocerca volvulus, the parasitic worm that causes onchocerciasis (river blindness), but there is limited evidence that the parasite itself is neuroinvasive. We hypothesized that nodding syndrome may be an autoimmune-mediated disease. Using protein chip methodology, we detected autoantibodies to leiomodin-1 more abundantly in patients with nodding syndrome compared to unaffected controls from the same village...
February 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202377/characterization-of-a-new-fungal-immunomodulatory-protein-fip-dsq2-from-dichomitus-squalens
#17
Shuying Li, Zhonghao Jiang, Lichao Sun, Xin Liu, Ying Huang, Fengzhong Wang, Fengjiao Xin
FIP-dsq2, a new immunomodulatory protein, was identified in Basidiomycota Dichomitus squalens by gene mining. FIP-dsq2 contained 111 amino acids with a molecular weight of 12.51kDa. FIP-dsq2 had a homology range of 51-65% to the reported FIPs. The predicted 3-dimensional model had more similar identical folding patterns in LZ-8 than for FIP-fve. Evolutionary analysis indicated substantial phylogenetic differences were existed with the other FIPs. Overexpression of a 14.07kDa soluble rFIP-dsq2 was achieved in Rosetta (pGEX-6T-1) and the purified recombinant protein was homodimer verified by gel filtration chromatography analysis...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202019/anti-arthritic-property-of-crude-extracts-of-piptadeniastrum-africanum-mimosaceae-in-complete-freund-s-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats
#18
Marius Mbiantcha, Jabeen Almas, Simjee U Shabana, Dastagir Nida, Faheem Aisha
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis, disease of unknown causes is a rheumatic and autoimmune pathology, recognised for its increasing frequency and its adverse consequences. It is a disease that occurs in most cases between 50 and 60 years and women are more affected than men. This study aimed at evaluating immunomodulatory and anti-arthritis capacity of aqueous and methanol extracts of stem bark of Piptadeniastrum africanum (Mimosaceae). METHODS: ROS production from phagocytes, proliferation of T-cells, TNF-α and IL-1β production and cytotoxicity were performed by using chemiluminescence technique, liquid scintillation counter, ELISA and MTT assay, respectively...
February 15, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201977/targeting-the-immune-niche-within-the-bone-marrow-microenvironment-the-rise-of-immunotherapy-in-multiple-myeloma
#19
Klaus Podar, D Jäger
Multiple Myeloma (MM) cells inhibit the development of an effective anti-MM immune response via defects in T cell function, ineffective antigen presentation; reduced phagocytic capacity; natural killer and dendritic cell dysfunction; decreased responsiveness to IL-2 and defects in B cell immunity; upregulation of inhibitory pathways; and production of excessive pro-inflammatory cytokines. Moreover, immune cells including plasmacytoid dendritic cells and macrophages trigger tumor cell proliferation, survival, and drug resistance...
February 13, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201976/immunomodulatory-drugs-imids-in-multiple-myeloma
#20
Shahzad Raza, Rachael A Safyan, Lentzsch Suzanne
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a plasma cell neoplasm that is incurable with conventional therapy. However, the treatment of MM has dramatically changed since the emergence of immunomodulatory drugs and proteasome inhibitors. The improvements in survival are linked to a deeper understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the disease. Thalidomide, although highly active in MM, is associated with considerable toxicity, particularly in older patients. Immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) are structural and functional analogues of thalidomide that represent a promising new class of immunomodulators for treatment of a variety of inflammatory, autoimmune, and neoplastic diseases...
February 13, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
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