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immune modulatory drugs

Paulus S Rommer, Uwe K Zettl
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an immune-mediated and neurodegenerative disease with an unpredictable outcome. Immune-modulatory treatment aims at decreasing long-term disability. With the increasing number of treatment options, it is essential to fully digest the possible side effects of the available therapeutics and to monitor patients is essential. Areas covered: All approved disease-modifying drugs (DMD) for MS are discussed in this review. Mode of action, adverse effects, reported risks for infections and malignancies, and pregnancy related issues are discussed in the review...
March 12, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Silvia Colombo, Roberta Sartori
Practical relevance: Ciclosporin (CsA) is a systemic immuno-modulatory drug widely used to treat immune-mediated diseases in humans and veterinary species. CsA was registered for use in cats in the USA and Europe in 2011, and is indicated for the treatment of chronic allergic dermatitis at a recommended daily dose of 7 mg/kg PO. AUDIENCE: This review will be of interest to all veterinarians working with cats, given the wide range of potential applications of CsA and its safety profile...
March 2018: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Fernanda Barbisan, Verônica Farina Azzolin, Gustavo Cardenas Monteiro, Cibele F Teixeira, Moisés Henrique Mastella, Vitor Bueno, Marta Maria Medeiros Frescura Duarte, Glauber Wagner, Pedro Antônio Schmidt do Prado-Lima, Euler Esteves Ribeiro, Ivana B M da Cruz
INTRODUCTION: Lithium (Li), a mood stabilizer used to treat bipolar disorder (BP) symptoms has important anti-inflammatory effects by downregulation of glycogen synthase kinase-3 beta (GSK-3β). However, sometime Li effect is not efficient in some patients suggesting genetic interference. Previous investigations described association between a genetic superoxide‑hydrogen (S-HP) imbalance caused by a superoxide dismutase manganese dependent gene polymorphism (Val16Ala-SOD2 SNP, rs4880) and differential anti-inflammatory response of some drugs and bioactive molecules...
February 18, 2018: Gene
Alexander B Sigalov
Intramembrane protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are involved in transmembrane signal transduction mediated by cell surface receptors and play an important role in health and disease. Recently, receptor-specific modulatory peptides rationally designed using a general platform of transmembrane signaling, the signaling chain homooligomerization (SCHOOL) model, have been proposed to therapeutically target these interactions in a variety of serious diseases with unmet needs including cancer, sepsis, arthritis, retinopathy, and thrombosis...
2018: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
Souhel Najjar, Johann Steiner, Amanda Najjar, Karl Bechter
Growing data point to the overlap between psychosis and pathological processes associated with immunological dysregulation as well as inflammation. Notably, the recent discovery of antibodies against synaptic and neuronal cell membrane proteins such as anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor provides more direct evidence of the etiological connection between autoimmunity and subsequent hazard of psychosis. Here, we advocate the use of term "autoimmune psychosis," as this term suggests that autoimmune disorders can masquerade as drug-resistant primary psychosis, and this subtype of psychosis has anatomical and immunological footprints in the brain, despite the frequent absence of structural abnormalities on conventional brain MRI...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Francesco Patti, Clara G Chisari, Emanuele D'Amico, Mario Zappia
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Despite the availability of several disease-modifying therapies for relapsing MS, there is a need for highly efficacious targeted therapy with a favorable benefit-risk profile and a high level of treatment adherence. Daclizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody directed against CD25, the α subunit of the high-affinity interleukin 2 (IL-2) receptor, that reversibly modulates IL-2 signaling. Areas covered: Daclizumab blocks the activation and expansion of autoreactive T cells that plays a role in the immune pathogenesis of MS...
January 24, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Iwona Filipczak-Bryniarska, Katarzyna Nazimek, Bernadeta Nowak, Michael Kozlowski, Magdalena Wąsik, Krzysztof Bryniarski
The data presented herein expand the current understanding of the modulatory function of opioid drugs in mouse macrophage activity described in our relevant research article (Filipczak-Bryniarska et al., 2017) [1], in which we characterize the influence of morphine, buprenorphine and oxycodone on humoral and cell-mediated immune response in mice. Among other things, we have shown the effects of treatment with assayed analgesics on macrophage ability to induce antigen-specific B-cell response to sheep red blood cells as well as to generate reactive oxygen intermediates and nitric oxide...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Younghee Park, Ji Min Park, Dan Hyo Kim, Jeanny Kwon, In Ah Kim
Phosphatidylinositol (PI) 4-kinase (PI4K) has emerged as a potential target for anti-cancer treatment. We recently reported that simeprevir, an anti-hepatitis C viral (HCV) agent, radiosensitized diverse human cancer cells by inhibiting PI4K IIIα in vitro. In this study, we investigated the radiosensitizing effect of simeprevir in an in vivo tumor xenograft model and the mechanism of its interaction. The immune modulatory effect of PI4K IIIα was evaluated in an immune-competent syngeneic murine tumor model...
December 15, 2017: Oncotarget
Hua Zhou, Henrik Olsen, Edward So, Emmanuel Mérigeon, Denis Rybin, Jane Owens, Gregory LaRosa, David S Block, Scott E Strome, Xiaoyu Zhang
GL-2045 is a recombinant human immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1)-based Fc multimer designed to recapitulate the anti-inflammatory activities of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) on the innate and adaptive immune responses. We used functional in vitro studies to determine if GL-2045 could mimic the modulatory activity of IVIG on complement activation. GL-2045, at log-order lower concentrations than heat-aggregated IgG (HAGG) and IVIG, protected antibody-opsonized cells from complement-dependent cytotoxicity. These protective effects were completely mediated by the higher order multimer fractions of GL-2045 and were partially dependent upon sequestration of C1q...
March 14, 2017: Blood Advances
Robin Rajan, Manoj K Sabnani, Vikram Mavinkurve, Hilary Shmeeda, Hossein Mansouri, Sandrine Bonkoungou, Alexander D Le, Laurence M Wood, Alberto A Gabizon, Ninh M La-Beck
Liposomal nanoparticles are the most commonly used drug nano-delivery platforms. However, recent reports show that certain pegylated liposomal nanoparticles (PLNs) and polymeric nanoparticles have the potential to enhance tumor growth and inhibit antitumor immunity in murine cancer models. We sought herein to identify the mechanisms and determine whether PLN-associated immunosuppression and tumor growth can be reversed using alendronate, an immune modulatory drug. By conducting in vivo and ex vivo experiments with the immunocompetent TC-1 murine tumor model, we found that macrophages were the primary cells that internalized PLN in the tumor microenvironment and that PLN-induced tumor growth was dependent on macrophages...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Alexandra Sherman, Moanaro Biswas, Roland W Herzog
Hemophilia A (coagulation factor VIII deficiency) is a debilitating genetic disorder that is primarily treated with intravenous replacement therapy. Despite a variety of factor VIII protein formulations available, the risk of developing anti-dug antibodies ("inhibitors") remains. Overall, 20-30% of patients with severe disease develop inhibitors. Current clinical immune tolerance induction protocols to eliminate inhibitors are not effective in all patients, and there are no prophylactic protocols to prevent the immune response...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Pieter Sonneveld
The approach to the patient with relapsed or relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma requires a careful evaluation of the results of previous treatments, the toxicities associated with it, and an assessment of prognostic factors. The majority of patients will have received prior therapy with drug combinations, including a proteasome inhibitor and an immune-modulatory agent. It is the physician's task to choose the right moment for the start of therapy and decide with the patient which goals need to be achieved...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
Reshma Kumari, Sumit Kumar, Ashwani Kumar, Kapil Kumar Goel, Ramesh Chandra Dubey
BACKGROUND: Antibacterial, immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties of aerial parts of Barleria lupulina Lindl were investigated in the present communication. METHODS: The antibacterial, antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties of B. lupulina (methanol soluble leaf and stem extracts) was analyzed by minimum inhibitory concentration, total phenolic contents, DPPH radical scavenging activity, determination of toxicity, hemagglutination antibody titre, delayed type hypersensitivity and neutrophil adhesion test, respectively...
November 3, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Wei-Wei Dong, Xiong-Zhe Han, Jinhua Zhao, Fei-Liang Zhong, Rui Ma, Songquan Wu, Donghao Li, Lin-Hu Quan, Jun Jiang
Panax ginseng has been widely consumed as a functional food in the form of tea, powder, capsules, among others, and possesses a range of pharmacological activities including adaptogenic, immune-modulatory, anti-tumour, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory effects. The aim of this study was to identify and quantify the major ginsenosides and their metabolites in rat plasma, urine, and faeces after administration of Panax ginseng extract by using LC-MS/MS. We collected rat plasma samples at 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 24, and 48 h, and the amounts of urine and faecal samples accumulated in 24 h...
October 7, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Gang Li, Yue Yang, Hua-Jiang Dong, Ling Lin
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in children and adults throughout the world. It is urgent to ameliorate TBI damage and reduce the disability and case-fatality rate. Stem cell therapy is another medical revolution after drug and surgical medication. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a class of cells with significant self-renewal and multi-lineage differentiation properties and be favorable for the treatment of various diseases and injuries, it could be envisioned that MSCs transplantation may be a promising treatment for TBI...
July 16, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
Sahl Khalid Bedri, Katharina Fink, Ali Manouchehrinia, Wangko Lundström, Ingrid Kockum, Tomas Olsson, Jan Hillert, Anna Glaser
Genetic variants within some cytokine receptor genes have been associated with MS susceptibility, including IL7RA and IL2RA. As these genes are expressed by cells targeted by immune-modulatory drugs, we explored the potential role of their gene products as biomarkers in monitoring MS treatment. We assessed the impact of natalizumab followed by fingolimod on the intra-individual changes of plasma protein levels of sIL-7Rα, sIL-2Rα and also sIL-6R and sgp130 in MS patients. During natalizumab treatment we observed a decline in sgp130 and sIL-7Rα levels, while subsequent fingolimod treatment lead to increased sgp130 and sIL-7Rα and decreased sIL-2Rα levels...
September 20, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Ingrid Herskovitz, Flor E MacQuhae, Luis J Borda, Stephanie Bhagwandin, Juan A Paredes, Thais Polanco, John C Lantis, Paul J Kim, Tania J Phillips, Robert S Kirsner
INTRODUCTION: Wound care dressings have evolved over time, from bandaging to the development of occlusive dressings to negative pressure wound therapy. A novel therapeutic delivery system dressing has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration. This semi occlusive wound dressing has been developed to provide local, continuous delivery of aqueous topical agents, such as therapeutics (anesthetics, antiseptics, antibiotics, steroids, topical beta-blockers, immune modulatory agents, growth factors, and fibrinolytic agents, among others), at a rate of about ¾ mL per day, thus maintaining a hydrated environment and providing topical treatment...
September 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Ioannis A Voutsadakis
   The immune system has come to the forefront of cancer therapeutics in recent years with the success of immune blockade inhibitors in a variety of cancers whose list is increasing with a quick pace. Despite the efficacy of these drugs across a significant part of the cancer spectrum, responses are still seen only in a minority of patients, that implies that most patients are refractory or promptly develop resistance to these agents. Mechanisms of this resistance are important to decipher as this knowledge may lead to the introduction of additional therapies or manipulations to modulate resistance...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
Chao-Yang Lai, Yu-Wen Su, Kuo-I Lin, Li-Chung Hsu, Tsung-Hsien Chuang
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that can be initiated by excessive activation of endosomal toll-like receptors (TLRs), particularly TLR7, TLR8, and TLR9. Therefore, inhibitors of endosomal TLR activation are being investigated for their ability to treat this disease. The currently approved biological drugs adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, ustekinumab, ixekizumab, and secukizumab are antibodies against effector cytokines that participate in the initiation and development of psoriasis...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
Tarek B Ahmad, Lei Liu, Michael Kotiw, Kirsten Benkendorff
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: This review focuses on traditional and contemporary anti-inflammatory uses of mollusc-derived products summarising all the in vitro, in vivo and human clinical trials that have tested the anti-inflammatory activity of molluscan natural products. Inflammatory conditions, burns and wounds have been an ongoing concern for human health since the early era of civilisation. Many texts from ancient medicine have recorded the symptoms, signs and treatments for these conditions...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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