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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544477/hashimoto-thyroiditis-anti-thyroid-antibodies-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Rayana T Posselt, Vinícius N Coelho, Thelma L Skare
AIM: To study the prevalence of Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT), anti-thyroid autoantibodies (anti-thyroglobulin or TgAb and thyroperoxidase or TPOAb) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. To analyze if associated HT, TgAb and/or TPOAb influence clinical or serological profiles, disease activity and/or its cumulative damage. METHODS: Three hundred and one SLE patients and 141 controls were studied for thyroid stimulating hormone, thyroxin, TgAb and TPOAb by chemiluminescence and immunometric assays...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543170/specific-activation-of-cd4-cd8-double-negative-t-cells-by-t-cruzi-derived-glycolipids-induces-a-pro-inflammatory-profile-associated-with-cardiomyopathy-in-chagas-patients
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Lívia Silva Araújo Passos, Luísa Mourão Dias Magalhães, Rodrigo Pedro Soares, Alexandre F Marques, Maria do Carmo Pereira Nunes, Kenneth J Gollob, Walderez Ornelas Dutra
Cardiomyopathy is the most severe outcome of Chagas disease, causing over 12,000 deaths/year. Immune cells participate in cardiomyopathy development either by direct tissue destruction, or by driving inflammation. We have shown that CD4-CD8- (double negative - DN) T cells are major sources of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, associated with the cardiac (CARD) and indeterminate (IND) forms of Chagas disease, respectively. Here, we sought to identify Trypanosoma cruzi derived components that lead to activation of DN T cells in Chagas patients...
May 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532131/investigation-into-the-anomalous-temperature-characteristics-of-ingan-double-quantum-well-blue-laser-diodes-using-numerical-simulation
#3
Han-Youl Ryu
GaN-based blue laser diodes (LDs) may exhibit anomalous temperature characteristics such as a very high characteristic temperature (T 0) or even negative T 0. In this work, temperature-dependent characteristics of GaN-based blue LDs with InGaN double quantum well (QW) structures were investigated using numerical simulations. The temperature-dependent threshold current is found to become increasingly anomalous as the thickness or doping concentration of the barrier layer between QWs increases. For a properly chosen barrier thickness and doping concentration, very high T 0 of >10,000 K can be obtained...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528597/adjunctive-memantine-for-schizophrenia-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trials
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W Zheng, X-H Li, X-H Yang, D-B Cai, G S Ungvari, C H Ng, S-B Wang, Y-Y Wang, Y-P Ning, Y-T Xiang
BACKGROUND: Dysfunction of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was conducted to examine the efficacy and safety of memantine, a non-competitive NMDAR antagonist, in the treatment of schizophrenia. METHODS: Standardized/weighted mean differences (SMDs/WMDs), risk ratio (RR), and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated and analyzed. RESULTS: Included in the meta-analysis were eight RCTs (n = 452) of 11...
May 22, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520891/sublethal-effects-of-thiamethoxam-on-the-demographic-parameters-of-myzus-persicae-hemiptera-aphididae
#5
Pan Wang, Li-Lin Zhou, Fan Yang, Mang Li, Xiao-Ming Liu, Yong Wang, Chao-Liang Lei, Sheng-Yun Si
The green peach aphid, Myzus persicae Sulzer (Hemiptera: Aphididae), is an important sap-sucking pest of many crops, including Chinese cabbage, Brassinca oleracea L. The neonicotinoid insecticide thiamethoxam has been used as an effective insecticide to control M. persicae in cabbage fields. In this study, we assessed the effects of sublethal concentrations of thiamethoxam on demographic parameters of M. persicae. In leaf-dip bioassays, thiamethoxam showed a relatively high toxicity against M. persicae with an LC50 of 6...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515359/t-cell-progenitor-therapy-facilitated-thymopoiesis-depends-upon-thymic-input-and-continued-thymic-microenvironment-interaction
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Michelle J Smith, Dawn K Reichenbach, Sarah L Parker, Megan J Riddle, Jason Mitchell, Kevin C Osum, Mahmood Mohtashami, Heather E Stefanski, Brian T Fife, Avinash Bhandoola, Kristin A Hogquist, Georg A Holländer, Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Jakub Tolar, Bruce R Blazar
Infusion of in vitro-derived T cell progenitor (proT) therapy with hematopoietic stem cell transplant aids the recovery of the thymus damaged by total body irradiation. To understand the interaction between proTs and the thymic microenvironment, WT mice were lethally irradiated and given T cell-deficient (Rag1-/-) marrow with WT in vitro-generated proTs, limiting mature T cell development to infused proTs. ProTs within the host thymus led to a significant increase in thymic epithelial cells (TECs) by day 21 after transplant, increasing actively cycling TECs...
May 18, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506538/epitope-specific-immunotherapy-targeting-cd4-positive-t-cells-in-coeliac-disease-two-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-1-studies
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Gautam Goel, Tim King, A James Daveson, Jane M Andrews, Janakan Krishnarajah, Richard Krause, Gregor J E Brown, Ronald Fogel, Charles F Barish, Roger Epstein, Timothy P Kinney, Philip B Miner, Jason A Tye-Din, Adam Girardin, Juha Taavela, Alina Popp, John Sidney, Markku Mäki, Kaela E Goldstein, Patrick H Griffin, Suyue Wang, John L Dzuris, Leslie J Williams, Alessandro Sette, Ramnik J Xavier, Ludvig M Sollid, Bana Jabri, Robert P Anderson
BACKGROUND: A gluten-free diet is the only means to manage coeliac disease, a permanent immune intolerance to gluten. We developed a therapeutic vaccine, Nexvax2, designed to treat coeliac disease. Nexvax2 is an adjuvant-free mix of three peptides that include immunodominant epitopes for gluten-specific CD4-positive T cells. The vaccine is intended to engage and render gluten-specific CD4-positive T cells unresponsive to further antigenic stimulation. We assessed the safety and pharmacodynamics of the vaccine in patients with coeliac disease on a gluten-free diet...
May 11, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503325/ceftolozane-tazobactam-for-febrile-uti-due-to-multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-a-patient-with-neurogenic-bladder
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Aurélien Dinh, Benjamin Davido, Ruxandra Calin, Julie Paquereau, Clara Duran, Frédérique Bouchand, Véronique Phé, Emmanuel Chartier-Kastler, Martin Rottman, Jérôme Salomon, Patrick Plésiat, Anaïs Potron
INTRODUCTION: Urinary tract infections (UTI) are a major public health problem among spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. They frequently involve multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. Ceftolozane/tazobactam (C/T) is a novel antibiotic combination approved for complicated intra-abdominal and UTI caused by Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms, including some MDR strains. Little is known about the use of this agent for complicated febrile UTI occurring among SCI patients with neurogenic bladder due to MDR Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PSA)...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499272/effects-of-cortisol-on-the-memory-bias-for-emotional-words-a-study-in-patients-with-depression-and-healthy-participants-using-the-directed-forgetting-task
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Linn K Kuehl, Oliver T Wolf, Martin Driessen, Nicole Schlosser, Silvia Carvalho Fernando, Katja Wingenfeld
Mood congruent alterations in information processing such as an impaired memory bias for emotional information and impaired inhibitory functions are prominent features of a major depressive disorder (MDD). Furthermore, in MDD patients hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunctions are frequently found. Impairing effects of stress or cortisol administration on memory retrieval as well as impairing stress effects on cognitive inhibition are well documented in healthy participants. In MDD patients, no effect of acute cortisol administration on memory retrieval was found...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494925/comparison-of-humoral-and-t-cell-mediated-immune-responses-to-a-single-dose-of-bovela-%C3%A2-live-double-deleted-bvdv-vaccine-or-to-a-field-bvdv-strain
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Ratree Platt, Lyle Kesl, Christian Guidarini, Chong Wang, James A Roth
The objective of this study was to determine and compare the humoral and cellular immune responses of calves exposed to a single dose of Bovela(®) bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) live double deleted vaccine or a field strain virus (FSV) of BVDV type 2 (strain 890). Thirty seronegative, colostrum-deprived 5 month-old Holstein steer calves that tested negative for persistent BVDV by ear notch immunohistochemistry and seronegative to BVDV types 1 and 2 were used. Calves were screened by multi-parameter flow cytometry (MP-FCM) 1 week before vaccination to ensure that they were negative for T cell responses to the BVDV types 1 and 2 viruses in the Bovela(®) vaccine...
May 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490594/dok-1-and-dok-2-are-required-to-maintain-herpes-simplex-virus-1-specific-cd8-t-cells-in-a-murine-model-of-ocular-infection
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Soumia Lahmidi, Mitra Yousefi, Slimane Dridi, Pascale Duplay, Angela Pearson
Dok-1 and Dok-2 negatively regulate responses downstream of several immune receptors in lymphoid and myeloid cells. Recent evidence showed that Dok proteins are essential in the formation of memory CD8(+) T cells to an exogenous epitope expressed by vaccinia virus; however, the importance of Dok-1 and Dok-2 in the control of viral infection is unknown. Herein, we investigated the role of Dok proteins in modulating the immune response against herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) in a mouse model of ocular infection...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489511/phase-iii-randomized-placebo-controlled-double-blind-trial-of-celecoxib-in-addition-to-standard-chemotherapy-for-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-with-cyclooxygenase-2-overexpression-calgb-30801-alliance
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Martin J Edelman, Xiaofei Wang, Lydia Hodgson, Richard T Cheney, Maria Q Baggstrom, Sachdev P Thomas, Ajeet Gajra, Erin Bertino, Karen L Reckamp, Julian Molina, Joan H Schiller, Kisha Mitchell-Richards, Paula N Friedman, Jon Ritter, Ginger Milne, Olwen M Hahn, Thomas E Stinchcombe, Everett E Vokes
Purpose Tumor overexpression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) has been associated with worse outcome in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) 30203, we found that the selective COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib in addition to chemotherapy in advanced NSCLC improved progression-free and overall survival in patients with moderate to high COX-2 expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC). CALGB 30801 (Alliance) was designed to prospectively confirm that finding. Patients and Methods Patients with NSCLC (stage IIIB with pleural effusion or stage IV according to American Joint Committee on Cancer [sixth edition] criteria) were preregistered, and biopsy specimens were analyzed for COX-2 by IHC...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483500/probiotic-bifidobacterium-longum-ncc3001-reduces-depression-scores-and-alters-brain-activity-a-pilot-study-in-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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Maria Ines Pinto-Sanchez, Geoffrey B Hall, Kathy Ghajar, Andrea Nardelli, Carolina Bolino, Jennifer T Lau, Francois-Pierre Martin, Ornella Cominetti, Christopher Welsh, Amber Rieder, Jenna Traynor, Caitlin Gregory, Giada De Palma, Marc Pigrau, Alexander C Ford, Joseph Macri, Bernard Berner, Gabriela Bergonzelli, Michael G Surette, Stephen M Collins, Paul Moayyedi, Premysl Bercik
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Probiotics can reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but little is known about their effects on psychiatric comorbidities. We performed a prospective study to evaluate the effects of Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 (BL) on anxiety and depression in patients with IBS. METHODS: We performed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 44 adults with IBS and diarrhea or a mixed-stool pattern (based on Rome III criteria) and mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression (based on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale) at McMaster University in Canada, from March 2011 to May 2014...
May 5, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482386/-reducing-maternal-parenting-stress-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-father-s-involvement
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C C Hu, Y Li, B R Zhou, C X Liu, C Y Li, Y Zhang, Q Xu, X Xu
Objective: To explore the relationship between fathers' nursing time and maternal parenting stress of children with autism spectrum disorder(ASD). Method: Mothers of 98 ASD children who were first diagnosed in the department of Child Health Care, Children's Hospital of Fudan University during June 2015 to January 2016 were included in the ASD group, with mothers of 92 typical children from a Community Maternal and Child Health Hospital and a kindergarten in the control group. The evaluation of parenting stress, parents' nursing time and other related factors were cross-sectionally analyzed...
May 4, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482233/activated-akt-mtor-autophagy-in-local-t-cells-of-oral-lichen-planus
#15
Na Zhang, Jing Zhang, Ya-Qin Tan, Ge-Fei Du, Rui Lu, Gang Zhou
Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic inflammatory disease regulated by T cell-mediated immune response. Autophagy and its major inhibitory pathway Akt/mTOR participate in T cell metabolism and homeostasis, which has been implicated in autoimmune diseases. In this study, the potential involvement of autophagy and its regulatory Akt/mTOR pathway were investigated in local T cells of OLP. The expression of Akt/mTOR pathway and autophagy-related proteins in OLP local lesions, as well as in T cells, were measured by immunohistochemistry and double-labeling immunofluorescence, respectively...
May 5, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474126/sex-differences-in-amino-acids-lost-via-sweating-could-lead-to-differential-susceptibilities-to-disturbances-in-nitrogen-balance-and-collagen-turnover
#16
R H Dunstan, D L Sparkes, B J Dascombe, C J Stevens, G R Murphy, M M Macdonald, J Gottfries, C-G Gottfries, T K Roberts
Fluid collected during sweating is enriched with amino acids derived from the skin's natural moisturising factors and has been termed "faux" sweat. Little is known about sex differences in sweat amino acid composition or whether faux sweat amino acid losses affect nitrogen balance. Faux sweat collected by healthy adults (n = 47) after exercise, and at rest by chronic fatigue patients, was analysed for amino acid composition. Healthy females had higher total amino acid concentrations in sweat (10.5 ± 1...
May 4, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472378/efflux-transporters-regulate-arsenite-induced-genotoxicity-in-double-negative-and-double-positive-t-cells
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Huan Xu, Sebastian Medina, Fredine T Lauer, Christelle Douillet, Ke Jian Liu, Laurie G Hudson, Miroslav Stýblo, Lauren M Aleksunes, Scott W Burchiel
Arsenite (As+3) exposure is known to cause immunotoxicity in human and animal models. Our previous studies demonstrated that As+3 at 50 to 500 nM concentrations induced both genotoxicity and non-genotoxicity in mouse thymus cells. Developing T cells at CD4-CD8- double negative (DN) stage, the first stage after early T cells are transported from bone marrow to thymus, were found to be more sensitive to As+3 toxicity than the T cells at CD4+CD8+ double positive (DP) stage in vitro. Induction of Mdr1 (Abcb1) and Mrp1 (Abcc1), two multidrug resistance transporters and exporters of As+3, was associated with the reversal of As+3-induced double strand breaks and DNA damage...
April 29, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470464/expanding-diversity-and-common-goal-of-regulatory-t-and-b-cells-ii-in-allergy-malignancy-and-transplantation
#18
REVIEW
Grażyna Korczak-Kowalska, Anna Stelmaszczyk-Emmel, Katarzyna Bocian, Ewelina Kiernozek, Nadzieja Drela, Joanna Domagała-Kulawik
Regulation of immune response was found to play an important role in the course of many diseases such as autoimmune diseases, allergy, malignancy, organ transplantation. The studies on immune regulation focus on the role of regulatory cells (Tregs, Bregs, regulatory myeloid cells) in these disorders. The number and function of Tregs may serve as a marker of disease activity. As in allergy, the depletion of Tregs is observed and the results of allergen-specific immunotherapy could be measured by an increase in the population of IL-10(+) regulatory cells...
May 3, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468970/concomitant-disruption-of-cd4-and-cd8-genes-facilitates-the-development-of-double-negative-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-tcr-peripheral-t-cells-that-respond-robustly-to-staphylococcal-superantigen
#19
Vaidehi R Chowdhary, Ashton Krogman, Ashenafi Y Tilahun, Mariam P Alexander, Chella S David, Govindarajan Rajagopalan
Mature peripheral double negative T (DNT) cells expressing αβ TCR but lacking CD4/CD8 coreceptors play protective as well as pathogenic roles. To better understand their development and functioning in vivo, we concomitantly inactivated CD4 and CD8 genes in mice with intact MHC class I and class II molecules with the hypothesis that this would enable the development of DNT cells. We also envisaged that these DNT cells could be activated by bacterial superantigens in vivo as activation of T cells by superantigens does not require CD4 and CD8 coreceptors...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468680/cd3-cd4-neg-cd8-neg-double-negative-t-lymphocytes-and-nkt-cells-as-the-main-cytotoxic-related-cd107a-cells-in-lesions-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-caused-by-leishmania-viannia-braziliensis
#20
Raquel Ferraz, Clarissa F Cunha, Maria Inês F Pimentel, Marcelo R Lyra, Tatiana Pereira-Da-Silva, Armando O Schubach, Alda Maria Da-Cruz, Alvaro Luiz Bertho
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is caused by Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis, which infects dermal macrophages and dendritic cells, causing an intense immune-mediated-tissue inflammation and a skin ulcer with elevated borders that can heal spontaneously or after antimonial therapy. The resolution of lesions depends on an adaptive immune response, and cytotoxic cells seem to have a fundamental role in this process. The aim of this study is to better understand the role of cytotoxicity mediated mechanisms that occur during the immune response in the CL lesion milieu, considering distinct cytotoxic-related CD107a(+) cells, such as CD8(+), CD4(+), CD4(neg) CD8(neg) (double-negative, DN) and CD4(+)CD8(+) (double-positive, DP) T lymphocytes, as well as NK and NKT cells...
May 3, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
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