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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109028/breadth-of-t-cell-responses-after-immunization-with-adenovirus-vectors-encoding-ancestral-antigens-or-polyvalent-papillomavirus-antigens
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Emeline Ragonnaud, Anders Gorm Pedersen, Peter Johannes Holst
Oncogenic human papillomaviruses (HPVs) are in most cases eliminated by intervention of T cells. As many other pathogens, these oncogenic HPVs belong to an ancient and diverse virus family. Therefore, we found it relevant to investigate the potential and limitations of inducing a broad response - either by inducing cross-reactive T cells or by administering a polyvalent vaccine. To test these strategies, we designed 3 ancestral and 2 circulating sequences based on the two domains of the E1 and E2 proteins of papillomaviruses (PVs) that exhibit the highest degree of conservation in comparison to the other PV proteins...
January 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108559/antigen-processing-in-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-is-monitored-by-semi-invariant-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-tcrs-specific-for-a-conserved-peptide-qa-1b-mhc-class-ib-ligand
#2
Jian Guan, Soo Jung Yang, Federico Gonzalez, Yuxin Yin, Nilabh Shastri
Ag processing in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) by the ER aminopeptidase associated with Ag processing (ERAAP) is central to presentation of a normal peptide-MHC class I (MHC I) repertoire. Alternations in ERAAP function cause dramatic changes in the MHC I-presented peptides, which elicit potent immune responses. An unusual subset of CD8(+) T cells monitor normal Ag processing by responding to a highly conserved FL9 peptide that is presented by Qa-1(b), a nonclassical MHC Ib molecule (QFL) in ERAAP-deficient cells...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108419/regulation-of-protein-kinase-c-related-kinase-prk-signalling-by-the-tp%C3%AE-and-tp%C3%AE-isoforms-of-the-human-thromboxane-a2-receptor-implications-for-thromboxane-and-androgen-dependent-neoplastic-and-epigenetic-responses-in-prostate-cancer
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Aine G O'Sullivan, Eamon P Mulvaney, B Therese Kinsella
The prostanoid thromboxane (TX) A2 and its T Prostanoid receptor (the TP) are increasingly implicated in prostate cancer (PCa). Mechanistically, we recently discovered that both TPα and TPβ form functional signalling complexes with members of the protein kinase C-related kinase (PRK) family, AGC- kinases essential for the epigenetic regulation of androgen receptor (AR)-dependent transcription and promising therapeutic targets for treatment of castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Critically, similar to androgens, activation of the PRKs through the TXA2/TP signalling axis induces phosphorylation of histone H3 at Thr11 (H3Thr11), a marker of androgen-induced chromatin remodelling and transcriptional activation, raising the possibility that TXA2-TP signalling can mimic and/or enhance AR-induced cellular changes even in the absence of circulating androgens such as in CRPC...
January 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108192/epidemiology-and-pathophysiology-of-childhood-narcolepsy
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Thomas J Dye, Neepa Gurbani, Narong Simakajornboon
It is now recognized that there are two types of narcolepsy. Narcolepsy type I or Narcolepsy with cataplexy is caused by the loss of hypocretin or orexin neurons. Narcolepsy type II or narcolepsy without cataplexy has normal hypocretin and the etiology is unknown. Hypocretin is a neuropeptide produced by neurons in the lateral hypothalamus. Both genetic and environmental factors play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of narcolepsy. Most patients with narcolepsy type I and half of patients with narcolepsy type II carry HLA-DQB1*0602...
December 21, 2016: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108183/evaluation-of-multiplex-assay-platforms-for-detection-of-influenza-hemagglutinin-subtype-specific-antibody-responses-influenza-ha-subtype-specific-antibody-detection-platform
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Zhu-Nan Li, Kimberly M Weber, Rebecca A Limmer, Bobbi J Horne, James Stevens, Joy Schwerzmann, Jens Wrammert, Megan McCausland, Andrew J Phipps, Kathy Hancock, Daniel B Jernigan, Min Levine, Jacqueline M Katz, Joseph D Miller
Influenza hemagglutination inhibition (HI) and virus microneutralization assays (MN) are widely used for seroprevalence studies. However, these assays have limited field portability and are difficult to fully automate for high throughput laboratory testing. To address these issues, three multiplex influenza subtype-specific antibody detection assays were developed using recombinant hemagglutinin antigens in combination with Chembio, Luminex(®), and ForteBio(®) platforms. Assay sensitivity, specificity, and subtype cross-reactivity were evaluated using a panel of well characterized human sera...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107991/setting-up-the-cut-off-level-of-a-sensitive-barcode-lateral-flow-assay-with-magnetic-nanoparticles
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Vasily G Panferov, Irina V Safenkova, Anatoly V Zherdev, Boris B Dzantiev
A barcode lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) based on magnetic nanoparticles with a controllable cut-off level was developed for the first time. The regulation of the cut-off levels was based on the changes in the position and concentration of three antibodies (two monoclonal and polyclonal) with different affinities (KD=4.22×10(-9), 9.67×10(-9), 1.05×10(-8) M), respectively. To obtain specific conjugates, monoclonal antibodies were covalently immobilized on the magnetic nanoparticles' surface. Potato virus X causing a reduction in the potato yield was used as a model polyvalent antigen...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107959/use-of-quantum-dot-beads-labeled-monoclonal-antibody-to-improve-the-sensitivity-of-a-quantitative-and-simultaneous-immunochromatographic-assay-for-neuron-specific-enolase-and-carcinoembryonic-antigen
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Kun Xiao, Kan Wang, Weijian Qin, Yafei Hou, Wenting Lu, Hao Xu, Yan Wo, Daxiang Cui
Detection of multiplex tumor markers was of great importance for cancer diagnosis. Immunochromatographic test strip (ICTS) was the most frequently-used point-of-care detection means. Herein, a convenient and fast method for simultaneous quantitative detection of neuron specific enolase (NSE) and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) was developed based on ICTS using quantum dot beads (QBs) as marking material. Good monodispersity, high colloidal stability and carboxyl-modified (COOH-) QBs were used. For this method, two test lines were applied to the NC membrane for simultaneous analysis of CEA and NSE respectively...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107910/nanobody-based-enzyme-immunoassay-for-ochratoxin-a-in-cereal-with-high-resistance-to-matrix-interference
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Xing Liu, Zongwen Tang, Zhenhua Duan, Zhenyun He, Mei Shu, Xianxian Wang, Shirley J Gee, Bruce D Hammock, Yang Xu
A sensitive indirect competitive nanobody-based enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (Nb-ELISA) for ochratoxin A (OTA) with high resistance to cereal matrix interference was developed. Nanobodies against OTA (Nb15, Nb28, Nb32, Nb36) were expressed in E. coli cells and their thermal stabilities were compared with that of an OTA-specific monoclonal antibody 6H8. All nanobodies could still retain their antigen-binding activity after exposure to temperature 95°C for 5min or to 90°C for 75min. Nb28 that exhibited the highest sensitivity in ELISA was selected for further research...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107745/femtomolar-detection-of-cardiac-troponin-i-using-a-novel-label-free-and-reagent-free-dendrimer-enhanced-impedimetric-immunosensor
#9
Rashida Akter, Bongjin Jeong, Yong-Mi Lee, Jong-Soon Choi, Md Aminur Rahman
A novel highly sensitive dendrimer coupled impedimetric immunosensor was developed for the label-free and reagent-free detection of cardiac troponin I (TnI) in serum samples. The immunosensor probe was fabricated by covalently attaching carboxylic acid-functionalized third generation (G3) poly (amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer (Den) on the 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethyl benzidine (TMB) modified 6-mercaptohexanoic acid (MHA) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a gold (Au) electrode. Monoclonal anti-TnI antibody was then covalently immobilized on the Den and TMB attached MHA SAM modified surface...
January 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107606/dishevelled-segment-polarity-protein-3-dvl3-a-novel-and-easily-applicable-recurrence-predictor-in-localized-prostate-adenocarcinoma
#10
Pil-Jong Kim, Ji Y Park, Hong-Gee Kim, Yong Mee Cho, Heounjeong Go
OBJECTIVE: To identify new biomarkers for the biochemical recurrence (BCR) of prostate adenocarcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Clinical information of 500 prostate adenocarcinoma patients and their 152 RNA-sequencing and protein-array data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) were separated into a discovery-set and a validation-set. Each dataset was analyzed according to the Gleason grade groups reflecting BCR. The results obtained from the analysis using TCGA dataset were confirmed by immunohistochemistry analyses of the confirmation cohort composed of 395 localized prostate adenocarcinoma patients...
January 20, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107600/the-predictive-and-prognostic-role-of-serum-neopterin-and-tryptophan-breakdown-in-prostate-cancer
#11
Renate Pichler, Josef Fritz, Isabel Heidegger, Eberhard Steiner, Zoran Culig, Helmut Klocker, Dietmar Fuchs
The Interferon-gamma induced enzymes indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase and GTP-cylohydrolase are key players in tumor immune escape mechanisms. We quantified serum levels of neopterin and tryptophan breakdown (tryptophan, kynurenine and kynurenine-to-tryptophan ratio) in addition to prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in newly diagnosed prostate cancer (PCa) patients (n=100) before radical prostatectomy (RP) as well as at time of biochemical recurrence (BCR) after RP (n=50) in comparison to healthy men (n=49). Effects of biomarkers on the risk of PCa diagnosis on transrectal biopsy, worse histopathological characteristics of the RP specimens and cancer-specific survival (CSS) after BCR were investigated...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107386/regulation-of-pi-2b-pilus-expression-in-hypervirulent-streptococcus-agalactiae-st-17-bm110
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Bruno Périchon, Noémi Szili, Laurence du Merle, Isabelle Rosinski-Chupin, Myriam Gominet, Samuel Bellais, Claire Poyart, Patrick Trieu-Cuot, Shaynoor Dramsi
The widely spread Streptococcus agalactiae (also known as Group B Streptococcus, GBS) "hypervirulent" ST17 clone is strongly associated with neonatal meningitis. The PI-2b locus is mainly found in ST17 strains but is also present in a few non ST17 human isolates such as the ST-7 prototype strain A909. Here, we analysed the expression of the PI-2b pilus in the ST17 strain BM110 as compared to the non ST17 A909. Comparative genome analyses revealed the presence of a 43-base pair (bp) hairpin-like structure in the upstream region of PI-2b operon in all 26 ST17 genomes, which was absent in the 8 non-ST17 strains carrying the PI-2b locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107375/narcolepsy-type-1-is-associated-with-a-systemic-increase-and-activation-of-regulatory-t-cells-and-with-a-systemic-activation-of-global-t-cells
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Michel Lecendreux, Guillaume Churlaud, Fabien Pitoiset, Armelle Regnault, Tu Anh Tran, Roland Liblau, David Klatzmann, Michelle Rosenzwajg
Narcolepsy is a rare neurologic disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness, cataplexy and disturbed nocturnal sleep patterns. Narcolepsy type 1 (NT1) has been shown to result from a selective loss of hypothalamic hypocretin-secreting neurons with patients typically showing low CSF-hypocretin levels (<110 pg/ml). This specific loss of hypocretin and the strong association with the HLA-DQB1*06:02 allele led to the hypothesis that NT1 could be an immune-mediated pathology. Moreover, susceptibility to NT1 has recently been associated with several pathogens, particularly with influenza A H1N1 virus either through infection or vaccination...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106950/confocal-laser-endomicroscopy-in-head-and-neck-malignancies-using-fitc-labelled-epcam-and-egf-r-antibodies-in-cell-lines-and-tumor-biopsies
#14
Anna S Englhard, Alexander Palaras, Veronika Volgger, Herbert Stepp, Brigitte Mack, Darko Libl, Olivier Gires, Christian S Betz
Intraoperative detection of residual malignant cells at tumor margins following excision of primary tumors could help improving surgery and thus patients' outcome. The feasibility of the tumor antigens epidermal growth factor receptor (EGF-R) and epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) for antibody-dependent confocal laser scanning endomicroscopy (CLE)-mediated visualization of malignant cells was addressed. Both tumor antigens are highly and frequently expressed in the majority of carcinomas, including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC), and represent prognostic and therapeutic tumor target molecules...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106821/a-protective-vaccine-against-chlamydia-genital-infection-using-vault-nanoparticles-without-an-added-adjuvant
#15
Janina Jiang, Guangchao Liu, Valerie A Kickhoefer, Leonard H Rome, Lin-Xi Li, Stephen J McSorley, Kathleen A Kelly
Chlamydia trachomatis genital infection is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial disease, causing a significant burden to females due to reproductive dysfunction. Intensive screening and antibiotic treatment are unable to completely prevent female reproductive dysfunction, thus, efforts have become focused on developing a vaccine. A major impediment is identifying a safe and effective adjuvant which induces cluster of differentiation 4 (CD4) cells with attributes capable of halting genital infection and inflammation...
January 19, 2017: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106258/t-cell-clones-in-human-trichinellosis-evidence-for-a-mixed-th1-th2-response
#16
C Della Bella, M Benagiano, M De Gennaro, M A Gomez-Morales, A Ludovisi, S D'Elios, S Luchi, E Pozio, M M D'Elios, F Bruschi
: In humans, studies on the cellular immune response against Trichinella are scarce. Aim of this study was to characterize the cytokine profile of T cells specific for Trichinella britovi in trichinellosis patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were obtained from five patients involved in a trichinellosis outbreak caused by Trichinella britovi, which occurred in 2013 in Tuscany (Italy). All the patients resulted positive for Trichinella-specific IgG, IgE and presented eosinophilia...
January 20, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106253/massive-plasmablast-response-elicited-in-the-acute-phase-of-hantavirus-pulmonary-syndrome
#17
Marina García, Ayelén Iglesias, Verónica I Landoni, Carla Bellomo, Agostina Bruno, María Teresa Córdoba, Luciana Balboa, Gabriela C Fernández, María Del Carmen Sasiain, Valeria P Martínez, Pablo Schierloh
Beside its key diagnostic value, the humoral immune response is thought to play a protective role in Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). However, little is known about the cell source of these antibodies during ongoing human infection. Herein we characterized B cell subsets circulating in Andes virus-infected patients. A notable potent plasmablast (PB) response that increased 100-fold over the baseline levels was observed around one week after the onset of symptoms. These PB present a CD3(neg) CD19(low) CD20(neg) CD38(hi) CD27(hi) CD138(+/-) IgA(+/-) surface phenotype together with the presence of cytoplasmic functional immunoglobulins...
January 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106145/cd1-and-cd1-porcine-blood-dendritic-cells-are-enriched-for-the-orthologues-of-the-two-major-mammalian-conventional-subsets
#18
Jane C Edwards, Helen E Everett, Miriam Pedrera, Helen Mokhtar, Emanuele Marchi, Ferran Soldevila, Daryan A Kaveh, Philip J Hogarth, Helen L Johns, Javier Nunez-Garcia, Falko Steinbach, Helen R Crooke, Simon P Graham
Conventional dendritic cells (cDC) are professional antigen-presenting cells that induce immune activation or tolerance. Two functionally specialised populations, termed cDC1 and cDC2, have been described in humans, mice, ruminants and recently in pigs. Pigs are an important biomedical model species and a key source of animal protein; therefore further understanding of their immune system will help underpin the development of disease prevention strategies. To characterise cDC populations in porcine blood, DC were enriched from PBMC by CD14 depletion and CD172a enrichment then stained with lineage mAbs (Lin; CD3, CD8α, CD14 and CD21) and mAbs specific for CD172a, CD1 and CD4...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105694/lack-of-xage-1b-and-ny-eso-1-in-metastatic-lymph-nodes-may-predict-the-potential-survival-of-stage-iii-melanoma-patients
#19
Mariko Mori, Takeru Funakoshi, Kaori Kameyama, Yutaka Kawakami, Eiichi Sato, Eiichi Nakayama, Masayuki Amagai, Keiji Tanese
The cancer-testis antigens (CTA) are a large family of tumor-associated antigens expressed by a variety of cancer cells and primitive germ cells of the adult testis and placenta. These tumor-restricted expressing patterns suggest that CTA would be ideal targets for tumor-specific immunotherapy. XAGE-1 is a CTA that was originally identified by computer-based screening, and four transcription variants, XAGE-1a, -1b, -1c and -1d, have been characterized to date. Although the presence of XAGE-1 transcripts has been reported in various cancers, the expression of XAGE-1b in melanoma has not been fully characterized...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105558/immunology-of-bee-venom
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REVIEW
Daniel Elieh Ali Komi, Farzaneh Shafaghat, Ricardo D Zwiener
Bee venom is a blend of biochemicals ranging from small peptides and enzymes to biogenic amines. It is capable of triggering severe immunologic reactions owing to its allergenic fraction. Venom components are presented to the T cells by antigen-presenting cells within the skin. These Th2 type T cells then release IL-4 and IL-13 which subsequently direct B cells to class switch to production of IgE. Generating venom-specific IgE and crosslinking FcεR1(s) on the surface of mast cells complete the sensitizing stage in allergic individuals who are most likely to experience severe and even fatal allergic reactions after being stung...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
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