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M Gengenbacher, N E Nieuwenhuizen, She Kaufmann
Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), the only tuberculosis (TB) vaccine in clinical practice, has limitations in efficacy, immunogenicity and safety. Much current TB vaccine research focuses on engineering live mycobacteria to interfere with phagosome biology and host intracellular pathways including apoptosis and autophagy, with candidates such as BCG Δzmp1, BCG ΔureC::hly, BCG::ESX-1(Mmar), Mtb ΔphoP ΔfadD26, Mtb ΔRD1 ΔpanCD and M. smegmatis Δesx-3::esx-3(Mtb) in the development pipeline. Correlates of protection in preclinical studies include increased central memory CD4(+) T cells and recruitment of antigen-specific T cells to the lungs, with mucosal vaccination found to be superior to parenteral vaccination...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719632/viscum-album-neutralizes-tumor-induced-immunosuppression-in-a-human-in-vitro-cell-model
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Carmen Steinborn, Amy Marisa Klemd, Ann-Sophie Sanchez-Campillo, Sophie Rieger, Marieke Scheffen, Barbara Sauer, Manuel Garcia-Käufer, Konrad Urech, Marie Follo, Annekathrin Ücker, Gunver Sophia Kienle, Roman Huber, Carsten Gründemann
Tumor cells have the capacity to secrete immunosuppressive substances in order to diminish dendritic cell (DC) activity and thereby escape from immune responses. The impact of mistletoe (Viscum album) extracts (VAE), which are frequently used as an additive anti-cancer therapy to stimulate the immune response, is still unknown. Using a human cellular system, the impact of two different VAE (VAEA + VAEI) on the maturation of human dendritic cells and on T cell function has been investigated using flow cytometry, automated fluorescence microscopy and cytokine bead array assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719617/microrna-155-deficiency-leads-to-decreased-autoantibody-levels-and-reduced-severity-of-nephritis-and-pneumonitis-in-pristane-induced-lupus
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Harald Leiss, Wilhelm Salzberger, Barbara Jacobs, Irina Gessl, Nicolas Kozakowski, Stephan Blüml, Antonia Puchner, Attila Kiss, Bruno K Podesser, Josef S Smolen, Georg H Stummvoll
OBJECTIVE: We herein examine the role of endogenous miR155 in the development of systemic manifestations in pristane induced lupus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Systemic lupus in miR155-deficient and wild type mice was induced upon injection of pristane and analyzed after 8 months, PBS-injected mice served as controls. Glomerulonephritis and pneumonitis were quantified using the kidney biopsy score and a newly adapted histomorphometric image analysis system; lung tissue was further analyzed by tissue cytometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719434/primary-cutaneous-small-medium-cd4-t-cell-lymphoproliferative-disorder-occurring-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-melanoma
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Jonathan J Davick, Elizabeth Gaughan, Megan Barry, Alejandro A Gru
Therapeutic agents designed to stimulate the immune system are now cornerstones in the treatment of metastatic melanoma. These drugs promote lymphocyte growth and survival, which could plausibly result in clinical lymphoproliferative disorders. We report the case of a 62-year-old female with metastatic melanoma who developed primary cutaneous small/medium CD4 T-cell lymphoproliferative disorder (PC-SMTCL) after treatment with vemurafenib and recombinant high-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2). The patient developed a painless red papule behind the ear...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719295/regional-differences-in-the-prevalence-of-major-opportunistic-infections-among-antiretroviral-na%C3%A3-ve-human-immunodeficiency-virus-patients-in-japan-northern-thailand-northern-vietnam-and-the-philippines
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Louie Mar A Gangcuangco, Ikumi Sawada, Naho Tsuchiya, Cuong D Do, Thanh Thuy T Pham, Archawin Rojanawiwat, Marissa Alejandria, Katerina Leyritana, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Panita Pathipvanich, Koya Ariyoshi
To identify regional differences in the distribution of opportunistic infections (OIs) among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients in Asia, the medical records of antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naïve patients who attended the following tertiary hospitals from 2003 to 2011 were reviewed: Nagoya Medical Center (NMC, Nagoya, Japan), Lampang Hospital (LPH, Lampang, northern Thailand), Bach Mai Hospital (BMH, Hanoi, northern Vietnam), and Philippine General Hospital (PGH, Manila, Philippines). Logistic regression analyses were performed to identify associations between country of origin and risk of major OIs...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719279/clinical-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-penicilliosis-among-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients-in-eastern-china
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Jun Chen, Renfang Zhang, Yinzhong Shen, Li Liu, Tangkai Qi, Zhenyan Wang, Wei Song, Yang Tang, Hongzhou Lu
AbstractTalaromyces marneffei infection is increasingly observed in people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in eastern China, a nonendemic area. This study aimed to draw the clinician's attention to this disease by presenting the clinical characteristics and prognosis of penicilliosis among HIV-infected patients from this region. We retrospectively analyzed HIV-infected patients with culture-proven T. marneffei infection admitted during January 1, 2014-December 31, 2015, at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719267/comparison-of-cytokine-responses-in-ecuadorian-children-infected-with-giardia-ascaris-or-both-parasites
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Jill Weatherhead, Andrea Arévalo Cortés, Carlos Sandoval, Maritza Vaca, Martha Chico, Sophia Loor, Philip J Cooper, Rojelio Mejia
AbstractMore than 2 billion people are infected with parasites globally, and the majority have coinfections. Intestinal protozoa and helminths induce polarizing CD4(+) T-helper cell 1 (Th1) mediated cytokine responses within the host. Such immune polarization may inhibit the ability of the host to mount an adequate immune response for pathogen clearance to concurrent pathogens. The current study evaluated the plasma cytokine profile in Ascaris and Giardia coinfected children compared with Giardia- and Ascaris-only infected children...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718957/elevated-levels-of-il-22-and-il-17a-producing-t-helper-cells-in-cholangiocarcinomarelated-to-liver-fluke-infection
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Si-Biao Su, Jian-Feng Zhang, Fei-Fei Huang, Yu Cen, Hai-Xing Jiang
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) associated with liver fluke infection appears to involve inflammatory and immune processes, but whether these involve the proinflammatory cytokine interleukin-17A (IL-17A) and proliferative cytokine interleukin-22 (IL-22) is unclear.We compared levels of IL-22- or IL-17A-producing T helper cells and cytokine levels in 30 CCA patients with long-term liver fluke infection, 40 patients with liver-fluke infection but not CCA and 16 healthy controls. Analyses were performed using immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, ELISA and RT-PCR...
July 18, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718943/hepatitis-e-virus-orf-1-induces-proliferative-and-functional-t-cell-responses-in-patients-with-ongoing-and-resolved-hepatitis-e
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Jana Al-Ayoubi, Patrick Behrendt, Birgit Bremer, Pothakamuri Venkata Suneetha, Anett Gisa, Franziska Rinker, Michael P Manns, Markus Cornberg, Heiner Wedemeyer, Anke R M Kraft
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a major cause of acute viral hepatitis with > 3 million symptomatic cases per year accounting for 70,000 HEV-related deaths. HEV-specific T-cell responses have been investigated against structural proteins expressed by open reading frames (ORF) 2 and 3. T-cell responses against non-structural HEV proteins encoded by ORF1 are hardly studied. The aim of this study was to determine HEV ORF1-specific T-cell responses in comparison to ORF2/3 in patients exposed to HEV...
July 18, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718360/inflammatory-myopathy-in-horses-with-chronic-piroplasmosis
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Maria P Pasolini, Teresa B Pagano, Alessandro Costagliola, Davide De Biase, Barbara Lamagna, Luigi Auletta, Gerardo Fatone, Michele Greco, Pierpaolo Coluccia, Veneziano Veneziano, Claudio Pirozzi, Giuseppina Mattace Raso, Pasquale Santoro, Giuseppe Manna, Serenella Papparella, Orlando Paciello
Horses affected by chronic piroplasmosis may develop poor performance and muscle atrophy. Here we investigate the pathological and immunopathological aspects of myopathy occurring in chronic equine piroplasmosis. The study included 16 horses serologically positive for equine piroplasms presenting with clinical signs and supporting serum biochemical evidence of a myopathy. Skeletal muscle was evaluated by histopathology, immunohistochemistry, indirect immunofluorescence, and molecular detection of piroplasms and inflammatory cytokines in skeletal muscle...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717763/burkitt-s-lymphoma-and-b-cell-lymphoma-unclassifiable-with-features-intermediate-between-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-and-burkitt-s-lymphoma-in-patients-with-hiv-outcomes-in-a-south-african-public-hospital
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Gerhard Sissolak, Matthew Seftel, Thomas S Uldrick, Tonya M Esterhuizen, Nooroudien Mohamed, Danie Kotze
PURPOSE: Burkitt's lymphoma (BL) is a common HIV-associated lymphoma in South Africa. B-cell lymphoma unclassifiable with features intermediate between diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and Burkitt's lymphoma (BL/DLBCL) also occurs in HIV infection. Outcomes of HIV-infected patients with BL or BL/DLBCL in a resource-constrained setting are not defined. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of HIV-positive patients with BL or BL/DLBCL treated from 2004 to 2012 with curative intent at a publically funded academic medical center in South Africa...
June 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717398/preclinical-evaluation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-triggered-dendritic-cells-expressing-the-viral-oncogenic-driver-of-merkel-cell-carcinoma-for-therapeutic-vaccination
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Kerstin F Gerer, Michael Erdmann, Sine R Hadrup, Rikke Lyngaa, Lena-Marie Martin, Reinhard E Voll, Beatrice Schuler-Thurner, Gerold Schuler, Niels Schaft, Stefanie Hoyer, Jan Dörrie
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) is a rare but very aggressive skin tumor that develops after integration of a truncated form of the large T-antigen (truncLT) of the Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV) into the host's genome. Therapeutic vaccination with dendritic cells (DCs) loaded with tumor antigens is an active form of immunotherapy, which intends to direct the immune system towards tumors which express the respective vaccination antigens. METHODS: Cytokine-matured monocyte-derived DCs of healthy donors and MCC patients were electroporated with mRNA encoding the truncLT...
July 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717140/common-variants-of-t-cells-contribute-differently-to-phenotypic-variation-in-sarcoidosis
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Natalia V Rivera, Michael Hagemann-Jensen, Manuel A R Ferreira, Susanna Kullberg, Anders Eklund, Nicholas G Martin, Leonid Padyukov, Johan Grunewald
The involvement of the immune system, particularly the role of T-cells, in sarcoidosis is unclear. The existence of higher CD4+ T-cells and increased CD4/CD8 ratio may indicate a pathogenic role of T-cells in the disease. In this study, we quantified the contribution of T-cells associated variants and of CD4/CD8 ratio in sarcoidosis phenotypes, Löfgren's syndrome (LS) and non- Löfgren's syndrome (non-LS). We employed a polygenic-based approach using genome-wide association studies results on relative levels of T-cells in healthy individuals to measure the genetic contribution of T-cells in sarcoidosis entities...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716917/diverse-continuum-of-cd4-t-cell-states-is-determined-by-hierarchical-additive-integration-of-cytokine-signals
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Inbal Eizenberg-Magar, Jacob Rimer, Irina Zaretsky, David Lara-Astiaso, Shlomit Reich-Zeliger, Nir Friedman
During cell differentiation, progenitor cells integrate signals from their environment that guide their development into specialized phenotypes. The ways by which cells respond to complex signal combinations remain difficult to analyze and model. To gain additional insight into signal integration, we systematically mapped the response of CD4(+) T cells to a large number of input cytokine combinations that drive their differentiation. We find that, in response to varied input combinations, cells differentiate into a continuum of cell fates as opposed to a limited number of discrete phenotypes...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716890/negative-regulation-of-cytokine-signaling-in-immunity
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Akihiko Yoshimura, Minako Ito, Shunsuke Chikuma, Takashi Akanuma, Hiroko Nakatsukasa
Cytokines are key modulators of immunity. Most cytokines use the Janus kinase and signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK-STAT) pathway to promote gene transcriptional regulation, but their signals must be attenuated by multiple mechanisms. These include the suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) family of proteins, which represent a main negative regulation mechanism for the JAK-STAT pathway. Cytokine-inducible Src homology 2 (SH2)-containing protein (CIS), SOCS1, and SOCS3 proteins regulate cytokine signals that control the polarization of CD4(+) T cells and the maturation of CD8(+) T cells...
July 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715559/interferon-%C3%AE-treatment-of-human-laryngotracheal-stenosis-derived-fibroblasts
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Kevin Motz, Idris Samad, Linda X Yin, Michael K Murphy, Madhavi Duvvuri, Dacheng Ding, Alexander T Hillel
Importance: Laryngotracheal stenosis (LTS) is a fibroproliferative disorder of the glottis, subglottis, and trachea. In models of fibrosis from other organ systems, the CD4+ T-cell response has been shown to regulate extracellular matrix deposition. Specifically, helper T cell 2 (TH2) promotes fibrosis, whereas TH1 and associated cytokines have been shown to be antifibrotic. However, this antifibrotic effect of the TH1 response has not been demonstrated in LTS. Objective: To determine whether the TH1 cytokine interferon-γ inhibits the function of LTS-derived fibroblasts in vitro...
July 13, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715493/host-genetics-play-a-critical-role-in-controlling-cd8-t-cell-function-and-lethal-immunopathology-during-chronic-viral-infection
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Allison F Christiaansen, Megan E Schmidt, Stacey M Hartwig, Steven M Varga
Effective CD8 T cell responses are vital for the control of chronic viral infections. Many factors of the host immune response contribute to the maintenance of effector CD8 T cell responses versus CD8 T cell exhaustion during chronic infection. Specific MHC alleles and the degree of MHC heterogeneity are associated with enhanced CD8 T cell function and viral control during human chronic infection. However, it is currently unclear to what extent host genetics influences the establishment of chronic viral infection...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715352/commensal-bacterial-modulation-of-the-host-immune-response-to-ameliorate-pain-in-a-murine-model-of-chronic-prostatitis
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Stephen F Murphy, Anthony J Schaeffer, Joseph D Done, Marsha L Quick, Utkucan Acar, Praveen Thumbikat
The human commensal microflora plays an essential role in modulating the immune response to control homeostasis. Staphylococcus epidermidis, a commensal bacterium most commonly associated with the skin exerts such effects locally, modulating local immune responses during inflammation and preventing superinfection by pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus. Although the prostate is considered by many to be sterile, multiple investigations have shown that small numbers of gram-positive bacterial species such as S...
August 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715277/superantigen-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-c1-inhibits-the-growth-of-bladder-cancer
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Tao Liu, Lin Li, Lei Yin, Hongyuan Yu, Hongwei Jing, Yang Liu, Chuize Kong, Mingkai Xu
Superantigens can induce cell-mediated cytotoxicity preferentially against MHC II-positive target cells with large amounts of inflammatory cytokines releasing. In this study, superantigen staphylococcal enterotoxin C (SEC) 1 was investigated to evaluate its potential in bladder cancer immunotherapy in vitro and in vivo. Our results revealed that SEC1 could stimulate the proliferation of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in a dose-dependent manner, accompanied with the release of interleukin-2, interferon-γ, and tumor necrosis factor-α, and increased the population of CD4(+) T cells and CD8(+) T cells...
July 17, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715160/meeting-the-who-90-target-antiretroviral-treatment-efficacy-in-poland-is-associated-with-baseline-clinical-patient-characteristics
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Milosz Parczewski, Ewa Siwak, Magdalena Leszczyszyn-Pynka, Iwona Cielniak, Ewa Burkacka, Piotr Pulik, Adam Witor, Karolina Muller, Ewelina Zasik, Anna Grzeszczuk, Maria Jankowska, Małgorzata Lemańska, Anita Olczak, Edyta Grąbczewska, Aleksandra Szymczak, Jacek Gąsiorowski, Bartosz Szetela, Monika Bociąga-Jasik, Paweł Skwara, Magdalena Witak-Jędra, Elżbieta Jabłonowska, Kamila Wójcik-Cichy, Juliusz Kamerys, Małgorzata Janczarek, Dagny Krankowska, Tomasz Mikuła, Katarzyna Kozieł, Dariusz Bielec, Justyna Stempkowska, Aleksandra Kocbach, Wiesława Błudzin, Andrzej Horban
INTRODUCTION: Modern combined antiretroviral therapies (cART) allow to effectively suppress HIV-1 viral load, with the 90% virologic success rate, meeting the WHO target in most clinical settings. The aim of this study was to analyse antiretroviral treatment efficacy in Poland and to identify variables associated with virologic suppression. M: ethods Cross-sectional data on 5152 (56.92% of the countrywide treated at the time-point of analysis) patients on cART for more than six months with at least one HIV-RNA measurement in 2016 were collected from 14 Polish centres...
July 17, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
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