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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782541/an-unappreciated-role-for-neutrophil-dc-hybrids-in-immunity-to-invasive-fungal-infections
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J Scott Fites, Michael Gui, John F Kernien, Paige Negoro, Zeina Dagher, David B Sykes, Jeniel E Nett, Michael K Mansour, Bruce S Klein
Neutrophils are classically defined as terminally differentiated, short-lived cells; however, neutrophils can be long-lived with phenotypic plasticity. During inflammation, a subset of neutrophils transdifferentiate into a population called neutrophil-DC hybrids (PMN-DCs) having properties of both neutrophils and dendritic cells. While these cells ubiquitously appear during inflammation, the role of PMN-DCs in disease remains poorly understood. We observed the differentiation of PMN-DCs in pre-clinical murine models of fungal infection: blastomycosis, aspergillosis and candidiasis...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782535/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-specific-cd4-and-cd8-t-cells-differ-in-their-capacity-to-recognize-infected-macrophages
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Jason D Yang, Daniel Mott, Rujapak Sutiwisesak, Yu-Jung Lu, Fiona Raso, Britni Stowell, Greg Hunter Babunovic, Jinhee Lee, Steve M Carpenter, Sing Sing Way, Sarah M Fortune, Samuel M Behar
Containment of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection requires T cell recognition of infected macrophages. Mtb has evolved to tolerate, evade, and subvert host immunity. Despite a vigorous and sustained CD8+ T cell response during Mtb infection, CD8+ T cells make limited contribution to protection. Here, we ask whether the ability of Mtb-specific T cells to restrict Mtb growth is related to their capacity to recognize Mtb-infected macrophages. We derived CD8+ T cell lines that recognized the Mtb immunodominant epitope TB10...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782143/anti-tumor-humoral-and-t-cell-responses-by-mucin-1-conjugates-of-bacteriophage-qb-in-wildtype-mice
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Zhaojun Yin, Xuanjun Wu, Katarzyna Kaczanowska, Suttipun Sungsuwan, Marta Comellas-Aragones, Christian Pett, Jin Yu, Claire Baniel, Ulrika Westerlind, M G Finn, Xuefei Huang
Mucin-1 (MUC1) is one of the top ranked tumor associated antigens. In order to generate effective anti-MUC1 immune responses as potential anti-cancer vaccines, MUC1 peptides and glycopeptides have been covalently conjugated to bacteriophage Qb. Immunization of mice with these constructs led to highly potent antibody responses with IgG titers over one million, which are among the highest anti-MUC1 IgG titers reported to date. Furthermore, the high IgG antibody levels persisted for more than six months. The constructs also elicited MUC1 specific cytotoxic T cells, which can selectively kill MUC1 positive tumor cells...
May 21, 2018: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781812/pim-2-protein-kinase-negatively-regulates-t-cell-responses-in-transplantation-and-tumor-immunity
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Anusara Daenthanasanmak, Yongxia Wu, Supinya Iamsawat, Hung D Nguyen, David Bastian, MengMeng Zhang, M Hanief Sofi, Shilpak Chatterjee, Elizabeth G Hill, Shikhar Mehrotra, Andrew S Kraft, Xue-Zhong Yu
PIM kinase family members play a crucial role in promoting cell survival and proliferation via phosphorylation of their target substrates. In this study, we investigated the role of the PIM kinases with respect to T cell responses in transplantation and tumor immunity. We found that the PIM-2 isoform negatively regulated T cell responses to alloantigen, in contrast to the PIM-1 and PIM-3 isoforms, which acted as positive regulators. T cells deficient in PIM-2 demonstrated increased T cell differentiation toward Th1 subset, proliferation, and migration to target organs after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, resulting in dramatically accelerated graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) severity...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781755/more-robust-gut-immune-responses-induced-by-combining-intranasal-and-sublingual-routes-for-prime-boost-immunization
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Hye Suk Hwang, Sao Puth, Wenzhi Tan, Vivek Verma, Kwangjoon Jeong, Shee Eun Lee, Joon Haeng Rhee
Norovirus causes acute and debilitating gastroenteritis, characterized by vomiting and diarrhea. We recently reported a recombinant GII. 4 P domain particle (Pd) vaccine adjuvanted with a flagellin, Vibrio vulnificus FlaB, effectively promoting both humoral and cell-mediated immune responses. In the previous study, we found that sublingual (SL) immunization induced higher fecal secretory IgA (SIgA) responses while intranasal (IN) route provided higher amplitude of humoral and cellular immune responses in the systemic compartment...
May 21, 2018: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781673/rabies-of-canid-biotype-in-wild-dog-lycaon-pictus-and-spotted-hyaena-crocuta-crocuta-in-madikwe-game-reserve-south-africa-in-2014-2015-diagnosis-possible-origins-and-implications-for-control
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Claude T Sabeta, Drienie Janse van Rensburg, Baby Phahladira, Debra Mohale, Robert F Harrison-White, Carlien Esterhuyzen, June H Williams
Both domestic and wild carnivore species are commonly diagnosed with rabies virus (RABV) infection in South Africa. Although the majority of confirmed rabies cases in wild carnivore species are reported from the yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata), the rest are from other wild carnivores including the highly endangered wild dog (Lycaon pictus). Lyssavirus infection was confirmed in two wild dogs and a spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta) in the Madikwe Game Reserve, North West province in South Africa, in 2014 and 2015, using a direct fluorescent antibody test and immunohistochemistry...
April 26, 2018: Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781117/psa-screening-prostate-biopsy-and-treatment-of-prostate-cancer-in-the-years-surrounding-the-uspstf-recommendation-against-prostate-cancer-screening
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James T Kearns, Sarah K Holt, Jonathan L Wright, Daniel W Lin, Paul H Lange, John L Gore
BACKGROUND: The 2012 United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against screening for prostate cancer has impacted rates of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening and appears to be associated with declining prostate cancer incidence. Our objective was to characterize health care utilization that may explain these observed trends. METHODS: MarketScan claims, which capture >30 million privately insured patients in the United States, were queried for all men aged 40-64 years for the years 2008-2014...
May 21, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780793/an-exponential-regression-model-reveals-the-continuous-development-of-b-cell-subpopulations-used-as-reference-values-in-children
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Christoph Königs, Stephan Schultze-Strasser, Andrea Quaiser, Konrad Bochennek, Dirk Schwabe, Thomas E Klingebiel, Ulrike Koehl, Claudia Cappel, Udo Rolle, Peter Bader, Melanie Bremm, Sabine Huenecke, Shahrzad Bakhtiar
B lymphocytes are key players in humoral immunity, expressing diverse surface immunoglobulin receptors directed against specific antigenic epitopes. The development and profile of distinct subpopulations have gained awareness in the setting of primary immunodeficiency disorders, primary or secondary autoimmunity and as therapeutic targets of specific antibodies in various diseases. The major B cell subpopulations in peripheral blood include naïve (CD19+ or CD20+ IgD+ CD27- ), non-switched memory (CD19+ or CD20+ IgD+ CD27+ ) and switched memory B cells (CD19+ or CD20+ IgD- CD27+ )...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780776/preoperative-serum-levels-of-cancer-antigen-125-and-carcinoembryonic-antigen-ratio-can-improve-differentiation-between-mucinous-ovarian-carcinoma-and-other-epithelial-ovarian-carcinomas
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Ji Hui Choi, Geum Seon Sohn, Doo Byung Chay, Han Byoul Cho, Jae-Hoon Kim
Objective: The main aim of this study was to evaluate cancer antigen 125 (CA125)/carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) ratio (CCR), as a reliable marker to differentiate ovarian mucinous carcinoma from other epithelial ovarian carcinomas (EOCs), namely serous, clear cell, and endometrioid carcinomas. Methods: Female patients suffering from different kinds of EOCs whom were subjected to elective surgery at the Gangnam Severance Hospital between January 2008 and December 2016, were included in this study...
May 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780775/optimal-cutoff-level-of-serum-squamous-cell-carcinoma-antigen-to-detect-recurrent-cervical-squamous-cell-carcinoma-during-post-treatment-surveillance
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Jinju Oh, Jin Young Bae
Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the optimal cutoff level of serum squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCC-Ag) to detect recurrent cervical squamous cell carcinoma during post-treatment surveillance. Methods: Between January 2000 and July 2014, a total of 158 women with cervical squamous cell carcinoma were treated with radiotherapy with or without concurrent chemotherapy at our department. A total of 1,550 serum SCC-Ag tests performed during post-treatment surveillance of the 158 patients were included in this retrospective study...
May 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780384/discrimination-between-human-leukocyte-antigen-class-i-bound-and-co-purified-hiv-derived-peptides-in-immunopeptidomics-workflows
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Thomas Partridge, Annalisa Nicastri, Anna E Kliszczak, Louis-Marie Yindom, Benedikt M Kessler, Nicola Ternette, Persephone Borrow
Elucidation of novel peptides presented by human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I alleles by immunopeptidomics constitutes a powerful approach that can inform the rational design of CD8+ T cell inducing vaccines to control infection with pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) or to combat tumors. Recent advances in the sensitivity of liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry instrumentation have facilitated the discovery of thousands of natural HLA-restricted peptides in a single measurement...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780153/food-specific-iggs-are-highly-increased-in-the-sera-of-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-are-clinically-relevant-to-the-pathogenesis
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Nanping Xiao, Fenghua Liu, Guangxi Zhou, Mingming Sun, Fengfu Ai, Zhanju Liu
Objective Dietary antigens are common luminal antigens in the gastrointestinal tract and have been considered to contribute to the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We analyzed the levels of food-specific IgGs against a variety of dietary antigens, explored the clinical relevance of food allergy to the pathogenesis of IBD, and investigated whether or not infliximab (IFX) treatment could regulate the immune responses induced by dietary antigens. Methods A total of 301 IBD patients, including 201 patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and 100 patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), were recruited, and their serum food-specific IgGs against 14 food antigens were detected by a semi-quantitative enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
May 18, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779925/the-application-of-p2psa-and-prostate-health-index-in-prostate-cancer-detection-a-prospective-cohort-in-a-tertiary-medical-center
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Yung-Ting Cheng, Chih-Hung Chiang, Yeong-Shiau Pu, Shih Ping Liu, Yu-Chuang Lu, Yi-Kai Chang, Hong-Chiang Chang, Kuo-How Huang, Yuan-Ju Lee, Po-Ming Chow, Shih-Chun Hung, Chao-Yuan Huang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Prostate specific antigen (PSA) with low specificity that causes unnecessary prostate biopsies increases clinical morbidities, psychological stress, and medical expenses. We aimed to test the accuracy and cutoff value of Prostate Health Index (PHI) in men for prostate cancer detection. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 213 men who underwent prostate biopsy with PSA≦10 ng/ml or abnormal findings on digital rectal examination. Total PSA (tPSA), free PSA (fPSA) and p2PSA levels were measured by serum samples before prostate biopsy...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779861/hopq-impacts-the-integrin-%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-1-independent-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-by-helicobacter-pylori-in-ceacam-expressing-cells
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Michael Hartmut Feige, Olga Sokolova, Anna Pickenhahn, Gunter Maubach, Michael Naumann
Helicobacter pylori infection persists in more than half of the world's population and represents a risk factor for peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer. Virulent strains of H. pylori carry a cag pathogenicity island (cagPAI), which encodes a type IV secretion system (T4SS) with the capability to inject the effector protein cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA) into eukaryotic cells. Colonisation of the gastric epithelium by H. pylori provokes direct activation of the proinflammatory and survival factor nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB)...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779765/prolonged-intervals-during-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-subunit-vaccine-boosting-contributes-to-eliciting-immunity-mediated-by-central-memory-like-t-cells
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Chunxiang Bai, Juanjuan He, Hongxia Niu, Lina Hu, Yanping Luo, Xun Liu, Liang Peng, Bingdong Zhu
It is believed that central memory T cells (TCM ) provide long-term protection against tuberculosis (TB). However, the effects of TB subunit vaccine immunization schedule, especially the vaccination intervals, on T cell immune memory is still unclear. In this study, mice were immunized with fusion protein ESAT6-Ag85B-MPT64 (190-198)-Mtb8.4-Rv2626c (LT70) based subunit vaccine three times according to the following schedules: ① 0, 3rd and 6th week respectively (0-3-6w), ② 0, 4th and 12th week (0-4-12w), and ③ 0, 4th and 24th week (0-4-24w)...
May 2018: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779048/increased-il-27-il-27r-expression-in-association-with-the-immunopathology-of-murine-ocular-toxoplasmosis
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Xinxin Tong, Shengjie Chen, Huanqin Zheng, Shiguang Huang, Fangli Lu
Interleukin 27 (IL-27) is a member of the IL-6/IL-12 family, and IL-27 receptor (IL-27R) consists of WSX-1 (the IL-27Rα subunit) and the signal-transducing subunit gp130. Human and mouse mast cells (MCs) express the IL-27R. To explore the expressions of IL-27/IL-27R subunits (WSX-1 and gp130) during acute ocular toxoplasmosis (OT), we established mouse model by intraocular injection of 500 Toxoplasma gondii RH strain tachyzoites. Histopathological changes were analyzed, MCs were counted by toluidine blue staining, and tryptase+ /IL-27+ MCs were examined by immunofluorescence double-staining in the eyes and cervical lymph nodes (CLNs) of T...
May 19, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778602/structure-guided-combinatorial-engineering-facilitates-affinity-and-specificity-optimization-of-anti-cd81-antibodies
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Bryce Nelson, Jarrett Adams, Andreas Kuglstatter, Zhijian Li, Seth F Harris, Yang Liu, Sandya Bohini, Han Ma, Klaus Klumpp, Junjun Gao, Sachdev S Sidhu
Hepatitis C viral infection is the major cause of chronic hepatitis that affects as many as 71 million people worldwide. Rather than target the rapidly shifting viruses and their numerous serotypes, four independent antibodies were made to target the host antigen CD81 and were shown to block Hepatitis C viral entry. The single-chain variable fragment of each antibody was crystallized in complex with the CD81 large extracellular loop (LEL) in order to guide affinity maturation of two distinct antibodies by phage display...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778349/a-contemporary-prostate-biopsy-risk-calculator-based-on-multiple-heterogeneous-cohorts
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Donna P Ankerst, Johanna Straubinger, Katharina Selig, Lourdes Guerrios, Amanda De Hoedt, Javier Hernandez, Michael A Liss, Robin J Leach, Stephen J Freedland, Michael W Kattan, Robert Nam, Alexander Haese, Francesco Montorsi, Stephen A Boorjian, Matthew R Cooperberg, Cedric Poyet, Emily Vertosick, Andrew J Vickers
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer prediction tools provide quantitative guidance for doctor-patient decision-making regarding biopsy. The widely used online Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial Risk Calculator (PCPTRC) utilized data from the 1990s based on six-core biopsies and outdated grading systems. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively gathered data from men undergoing prostate biopsy in multiple diverse North American and European institutions participating in the Prostate Biopsy Collaborative Group (PBCG) in order to build a state-of-the-art risk prediction tool...
May 16, 2018: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778186/identification-of-antigenic-epitopes-of-monoclonal-antibodies-against-the-vp2-protein-of-the-25-serotype-of-bluetongue-virus
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Shuangyu Xie, Yiming Shi, Ruyue Gong, Wen Cui, Yanping Jiang, Min Liu, Li Wang, Han Zhou, Xinyuan Qiao, Yijing Li, Yigang Xu, Lijie Tang
Serious outbreaks of bluetongue, an arbovirus of domestic and wild ruminants caused by bluetongue virus serotypes (BTV), have occurred around the world. More than 27 distinct serotypes are recognized throughout the world. A new virus, BTV-25 (Toggenburg orbivirus [TOV]), was first detected in Switzerland, and has not yet been found in China. VP2 is an important outer shell protein that defines BTV serotypes and is, therefore, an ideal target antigen for serotype identification. To produce a monoclonal antibody against VP2 of BTV-25, the segment 2 gene was divided into three segments, cloned into pET-28a (+) and pMAL-c5X vectors, and the protein was expressed in E...
June 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777794/regulatory-t-cell-targeted-hybrid-nanoparticles-combined-with-immuno-checkpoint-blockage-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Wenquan Ou, Raj Kumar Thapa, Liyuan Jiang, Soe Zar Chi, Milan Gautam, Jae-Hoon Chang, Jee-Heon Jeong, Sae Kwang Ku, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
Immunosuppression in tumor microenvironments induced by regulatory T (Treg) cells is regarded a critical mechanism of tumor immune escape and poses a major impediment to cancer immunotherapy. In this study, we developed tLyp1 peptide-conjugated hybrid nanoparticles for targeting Treg cells in the tumor microenvironment. The tLyp1 peptide-modified hybrid nanoparticles presented good stability and effective targeting to Treg cells, and they enhanced the effect of imatinib in downregulating Treg cell suppression through inhibition of STAT3 and STAT5 phosphorylation...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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