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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440548/contact-sensitizers-trigger-human-cd1-autoreactive-t-cell-responses
#1
Richard J Betts, Adrijana Perkovic, Subhashree Mahapatra, Aurélia Del Bufalo, Kaddy Camara, Amy R Howell, Silvia Martinozzi Teissier, Gennaro De Libero, Lucia Mori
Allergic contact dermatitis is a primarily T-cell-mediated inflammatory skin disease induced by exposure to small molecular-weight haptens, which covalently bind to proteins. The abundance of cutaneous T cells that recognize CD1a antigen-presenting molecules raises the possibility that MHC-independent antigen presentation may be relevant in some hapten-driven immune responses. Here we examine the ability of contact sensitizers to influence CD1-restricted immunity. Exposure of human antigen-presenting cells such as monocyte-derived dendritic cells and THP-1 cells to the prototypical contact sensitizer dinitrochlorobenzene potentiated the response of CD1a- and CD1d-autoreactive T cells, which released a vast array of cytokines in a CD1- and TCR-dependent manner...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439930/detection-and-identification-of-platelet-antibodies-using-a-sensitive-multiplex-assay-system-platelet-antibody-bead-array
#2
Krista Metzner, Julie Bauer, Heather Ponzi, Allison Ujcich, Brian R Curtis
BACKGROUND: Tests for platelet-specific antibodies are important in the diagnosis of immune platelet disorders. Monoclonal antibody glycoprotein capture assays have been the gold standards in platelet antibody detection for almost 30 years. However, such assays are complex and cumbersome to perform, which limits their routine use. We report the performance of a newly developed, easy to perform platelet antibody bead array (PABA) for the detection of platelet-specific antibodies. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: PABA is the equivalent of the monoclonal antigen capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) (MACE) on a bead and instead with fluorescent detection of immunoglobulin (Ig)G platelet antibodies by Luminex...
April 25, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438900/definition-of-the-nature-and-hapten-threshold-of-the-%C3%AE-lactam-antigen-required-for-t-cell-activation-in-vitro-and-in-patients
#3
Xiaoli Meng, Zaid Al-Attar, Fiazia S Yaseen, Rosalind Jenkins, Caroline Earnshaw, Paul Whitaker, Daniel Peckham, Neil S French, Dean J Naisbitt, B Kevin Park
Covalent modification of protein by drugs may disrupt self-tolerance, leading to lymphocyte activation. Until now, determination of the threshold required for this process has not been possible. Therefore, we performed quantitative mass spectrometric analyses to define the epitopes formed in tolerant and hypersensitive patients taking the β-lactam antibiotic piperacillin and the threshold required for T cell activation. A hydrolyzed piperacillin hapten was detected on four lysine residues of human serum albumin (HSA) isolated from tolerant patients...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424760/insights-into-local-tumor-microenvironment-immune-factors-associated-with-regression-of-cutaneous-melanoma-metastases-by-mycobacterium-bovis-bacille-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin
#4
Junbao Yang, Maris S Jones, Romela Irene Ramos, Alfred A Chan, Agnes F Lee, Leland J Foshag, Peter A Sieling, Mark B Faries, Delphine J Lee
Mycobacterium bovis bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is listed as an intralesional (IL) therapeutic option for inoperable stage III in-transit melanoma in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines. Although the mechanism is unknown, others have reported up to 50% regression of injected lesions, and 17% regression of uninjected lesions in immunocompetent patients after direct injection of BCG into metastatic melanoma lesions in the skin. BCG and other mycobacteria express ligands capable of stimulating the γ9δ2 T cells...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418634/protein-trapping-in-plasmonic-nanoslit-and-nanoledge-cavities-the-behavior-and-sensing
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Zheng Zeng, Xiaojun Shi, Taylor Mabe, Shaun Christie, Grant Gilmore, Adam W Smith, Jianjun Wei
A novel plasmonic nanoledge device was presented to explore the geometry-induced trapping of nanoscale biomolecules and examine a generation of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) for plasmonic sensing. To design an optimal plasmonic device, a semi-analytical model was implemented for a quantitative analysis of SPR under plane-wave illumination and a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulation was used to study the optical transmission and refractive index (RI) sensitivity. In addition, total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) imaging was used to visualize the migration of fluorescently labeled bovine serum albumin (BSA) into the nanoslits; and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) was further used to investigate the diffusion of BSA in the nanoslits...
April 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417556/an-hla-b7-specific-antibody-in-an-hla-b-07-positive-patient-explained-by-a-nonexpressed-allele-hla-b-07-181n
#6
S Wenda, I Faé, G F Fischer
Antibody identification by a bead array assay in a kidney patient revealed several HLA-specific antibodies including one directed against the HLA-B7 antigen. Low-resolution typing of the patient indicated the presence of an HLA-B*07 allele. To rule out an HLA-specific autoantibody the HLA-typing of the patient was further refined by nucleotide sequencing on a next-generation sequencing platform and eventually showed an HLA-B*39:01:01:03 and HLA-B*07:181N genotype. Thereby the allospecific nature of the antibody was proven...
April 17, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407095/genetic-and-environmental-risk-factors-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-in-a-uk-african-ancestry-population-the-genra-case-control-study
#7
Matthew Traylor, Charles Curtis, Hamel Patel, Gerome Breen, Sang Hyuck Lee, Xiaohui Xu, Stephen Newhouse, Richard Dobson, Sophia Steer, Andrew P Cope, Hugh S Markus, Cathryn M Lewis, Ian C Scott
Objectives.: To evaluate whether genetic and environmental factors associated with RA in European and Asian ancestry populations are also associated with RA in African ancestry individuals. Methods.: A case-control study was undertaken in 197 RA cases and 868 controls of African ancestry (Black African, Black Caribbean or Black British ethnicity) from South London. Smoking and alcohol consumption data at RA diagnosis was captured. Genotyping was undertaken (Multi-Ethnic Genotyping Array) and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) alleles imputed...
April 12, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404848/unique-structural-features-of-influenza-h15-ha
#8
Netanel Tzarum, Ryan McBride, Corwin M Nycholat, James C Paulson, Ian A Wilson
Influenza A H15 viruses are members of a subgroup (H7-H10-H15) of group 2 hemagglutinin (HA) subtypes that include H7N9 and H10N8 viruses that were isolated from humans during 2013. The isolation of avian H15 viruses is, however, quite rare, and until recently, geographically restricted to wild shorebirds and waterfowl in Australia. The HAs of H15 viruses contain an insertion in the 150-loop of the receptor-binding site common to this subgroup and a unique insertion in the 260-loop compared to any other subtype...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398356/snp-based-hla-allele-tagging-imputation-and-association-with-antiepileptic-drug-induced-cutaneous-reactions-in-hong-kong-han-chinese
#9
H Gui, M Kwok, L Baum, P C Sham, P Kwan, S S Cherny
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes control the regulation of the human immune system and are involved in immune-related diseases. Population surveys on relationships between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) and HLA alleles are essential to conduct genetic association between HLA variants and diseases. Samples were obtained from our in-house database for epilepsy genetics and pharmacogenetics research. Using 184 epilepsy patients with both genome-wide SNP array and HLA-A/B candidate gene sequencing data, we sought tagging SNPs that completely represent sixHLA risk alleles; in addition, a Hong Kong population-specific reference panel was constructed for SNP-based HLA imputation...
April 11, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394351/genome-to-genome-analysis-highlights-the-effect-of-the-human-innate-and-adaptive-immune-systems-on-the-hepatitis-c-virus
#10
M Azim Ansari, Vincent Pedergnana, Camilla L C Ip, Andrea Magri, Annette Von Delft, David Bonsall, Nimisha Chaturvedi, Istvan Bartha, David Smith, George Nicholson, Gilean McVean, Amy Trebes, Paolo Piazza, Jacques Fellay, Graham Cooke, Graham R Foster, Emma Hudson, John McLauchlan, Peter Simmonds, Rory Bowden, Paul Klenerman, Eleanor Barnes, Chris C A Spencer
Outcomes of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and treatment depend on viral and host genetic factors. Here we use human genome-wide genotyping arrays and new whole-genome HCV viral sequencing technologies to perform a systematic genome-to-genome study of 542 individuals who were chronically infected with HCV, predominantly genotype 3. We show that both alleles of genes encoding human leukocyte antigen molecules and genes encoding components of the interferon lambda innate immune system drive viral polymorphism...
April 10, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392689/surface-plasmon-enhanced-fluorescence-on-au-nanohole-array-for-prostate-specific-antigen-detection
#11
Qingwen Zhang, Lin Wu, Ten It Wong, Jinling Zhang, Xiaohu Liu, Xiaodong Zhou, Ping Bai, Bo Liedberg, Yi Wang
Localized surface plasmon (LSP) has been widely applied for the enhancement of fluorescence emission for biosensing owing to its potential for strong field enhancement. However, due to its small penetration depth, LSP offers limited fluorescence enhancement over a whole sensor chip and, therefore, insufficient sensitivity for the detection of biomolecules, especially large molecules. We demonstrate the simultaneous excitation of LSP and propagating surface plasmon (PSP) on an Au nanohole array under Kretschmann configuration for the detection of prostate-specific antigen with a sandwich immunoassay...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389997/tumor-vaccines-for-malignant-gliomas
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REVIEW
Visish M Srinivasan, Sherise D Ferguson, Sungho Lee, Shiao-Pei Weathers, Brittany C Parker Kerrigan, Amy B Heimberger
Despite continued research efforts, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) remains the deadliest brain tumor. Immunotherapy offers a novel way to treat this disease, the genetic signature of which is not completely elucidated. Additionally, these tumors are known to induce immunosuppression in the surrounding tumor microenvironment via an array of mechanisms, making effective treatment all the more difficult. The immunotherapeutic strategy of using tumor vaccines offers a way to harness the activity of the host immune system to potentially control tumor progression...
April 7, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381572/improving-the-expression-and-purification-of-soluble-recombinant-native-like-hiv-1-envelope-glycoprotein-trimers-by-targeted-sequence-changes
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Rajesh P Ringe, Gabriel Ozorowski, Anila Yasmeen, Albert Cupo, Victor M Cruz Portillo, Pavel Pugach, Michael Golabek, Kimmo Rantalainen, Lauren G Holden, Christopher A Cottrell, Ian A Wilson, Rogier W Sanders, Andrew B Ward, P J Klasse, John P Moore
Soluble, recombinant native-like envelope glycoprotein (Env) trimers of various human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) genotypes are being developed for structural studies and as vaccine candidates aimed at the induction of broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs). The prototypic design is designated SOSIP.664, but many HIV-1 env genes do not yield fully native-like trimers efficiently. One such env gene is CZA97.012 from a neutralization-resistant (Tier-2) clade C virus. As appropriately purified, native-like CZA97...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380055/field-evaluation-of-a-blood-based-test-for-active-tuberculosis-in-endemic-settings
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Aasia Khaliq, Resmi Ravindran, Syed Fahadulla Hussainy, Viwanathan V Krishnan, Atiqa Ambreen, Noshin Wasim Yusuf, Shagufta Irum, Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Jamil, Fareed Zaffar, Muhammad Nawaz Chaudhry, Puneet K Gupta, Muhammad Waheed Akhtar, Imran H Khan
Over 9 million new active tuberculosis (TB) cases emerge each year from an enormous pool of 2 billion individuals latently infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb.) worldwide. About 3 million new TB cases per year are unaccounted for, and 1.5 million die. TB, however, is generally curable if diagnosed correctly and in a timely manner. The current diagnostic methods for TB, including state-of-the-art molecular tests, have failed in delivering the capacity needed in endemic countries to curtail this ongoing pandemic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379958/il-15-regulates-migration-invasion-angiogenesis-and-genes-associated-with-lipid-metabolism-and-inflammation-in-prostate-cancer
#15
Krizia Rohena-Rivera, María M Sánchez-Vázquez, Diana A Aponte-Colón, Ingrid S Forestier-Román, Mario E Quintero-Aguiló, Magaly Martínez-Ferrer
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most commonly diagnosed non-cutaneous cancer. In the United States it is second leading cause of cancer related deaths in men. PCa is often treated via radical prostatectomy (RP). However, 15-30% of the patients develop biochemical recurrence (i.e. increased serum prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels). Interleukin-15 (IL-15) is a secreted cytokine found over expressed in patients with recurrence-free survival after RP. In our study, we aim to determine the role of IL-15 in PCa using in vitro and in vivo models, and gene expression analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379711/screening-and-validation-of-novel-biomarkers-in-osteoarticular-pathologies-by-comprehensive-combination-of-protein-array-technologies
#16
Álvaro Sierra-Sánchez, Diego Garrido-Martín, Lucía Lourido, María González-González, Paula Díez, Cristina Ruiz-Romero, Ronald Sjöber, Conrad Droste, Javier De Las Rivas, Peter Nilsson, Francisco Blanco, Manuel Fuentes
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most prevalent articular diseases. The identification of proteins closely associated with the diagnosis, progression, prognosis, and treatment response is dramatically required for this pathology. In this work, differential serum protein profiles have been identified in OA and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by antibody arrays containing 151 antibodies against 121 antigens in a cohort of 36 samples. Then the identified differential serum protein profiles have been validated in a larger cohort of 282 samples...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377748/evidence-for-contemporary-switching-of-the-o-antigen-gene-cluster-between-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-strains-colonizing-cattle
#17
Lutz Geue, Christian Menge, Inga Eichhorn, Torsten Semmler, Lothar H Wieler, Derek Pickard, Christian Berens, Stefanie A Barth
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) comprise a group of zoonotic enteric pathogens with ruminants, especially cattle, as the main reservoir. O-antigens are instrumental for host colonization and bacterial niche adaptation. They are highly immunogenic and, therefore, targeted by the adaptive immune system. The O-antigen is one of the most diverse bacterial cell constituents and variation not only exists between different bacterial species, but also between individual isolates/strains within a single species...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376812/multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-functionalized-with-recombinant-dengue-virus-3-envelope-proteins-induce-significant-and-specific-immune-responses-in-mice
#18
Alice F Versiani, Ruiz G Astigarraga, Eliseu S O Rocha, Ana Paula M Barboza, Erna G Kroon, Milene A Rachid, Daniele G Souza, Luiz O Ladeira, Edel F Barbosa-Stancioli, Ado Jorio, Flávio G Da Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Dengue is the most prevalent arthropod-borne viral disease in the world. In this article we present results on the development, characterization and immunogenic evaluation of an alternative vaccine candidate against Dengue. METHODS: The MWNT-DENV3E nanoconjugate was developed by covalent functionalization of carboxylated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) with recombinant dengue envelope (DENV3E) proteins. The recombinant antigens were bound to the MWNT using a diimide-activated amidation process and the immunogen was characterized by TEM, AFM and Raman Spectroscopy...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363519/pretargeting-with-bispecific-fusion-proteins-facilitates-delivery-of-nanoparticles-to-tumor-cells-with-distinct-surface-antigens
#19
Qi Yang, Christina L Parker, Yukang Lin, Oliver W Press, Steven I Park, Samuel K Lai
Tumor heterogeneity, which describes the genetically and phenotypically distinct subpopulations of tumor cells present within the same tumor or patient, presents a major challenge to targeted delivery of diagnostic and/or therapeutic agents. An ideal targeting strategy should deliver a given nanocarrier to the full diversity of cancer cells, which is difficult to achieve with conventional ligand-conjugated nanoparticles. We evaluated pretargeting (i.e., multistep targeting) as a strategy to facilitate nanoparticle delivery to multiple target cells by measuring the uptake of biotinylated nanoparticles by lymphoma cells with distinct surface antigens pretreated with different bispecific streptavidin-scFv fusion proteins...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357376/gonorrhea-an-evolving-disease-of-the-new-millennium
#20
REVIEW
Stuart A Hill, Thao L Masters, Jenny Wachter
Etiology, transmission and protection: Neisseria gonorrhoeae (the gonococcus) is the etiological agent for the strictly human sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. Infections lead to limited immunity, therefore individuals can become repeatedly infected. Pathology/symptomatology: Gonorrhea is generally a non-complicated mucosal infection with a pustular discharge. More severe sequellae include salpingitis and pelvic inflammatory disease which may lead to sterility and/or ectopic pregnancy. Occasionally, the organism can disseminate as a bloodstream infection...
September 5, 2016: Microbial Cell
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