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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2010, Vol.199(2), pp.117-121
    Description: In April 2009, a new variant of influenza A virus, subtype H1N1v emerged in Mexico and spread all over the world producing the H1N1 pandemic in mankind after 1918–1920 and 1978/1979. Obviously there was no herd immunity against this new virus variant. Mainly young people, but less elderly were affected and presented severe and even lethal courses of disease. Since virus-specific antibodies are commonly regarded as markers of partial or complete immunoprotection, we performed antibody determinations in serum samples obtained from people before and after the pandemic has arrived in our region (Frankfurt/M., Germany). The assays were done by indirect immunofluorescence, by neutralization test, and by a haemagglutination inhibition test (HI), which was established in a practical modification for general and easy use. Among 145 individuals, of whom serum specimens had been drawn before the onset of pandemic, 19 revealed humoral immunity, i.e. titres of H1N1v neutralizing antibodies (at least 1:64). Eleven were older than 60 years, one belonged to the age group 40–59 years, three to the age group 20–39 years, and two to the age group 15–19 years. After the onset of pandemic in Frankfurt, serum specimens drawn from n  = 225 randomly selected patients of our local university hospital were investigated for antibodies against H1N1v by HI, which is generally recommended for routine check of immunity. Twenty-eight individuals revealed the protecting antibody titre of at least 1:40. The age distribution had moved to mean age groups. The results fit to the incidence of influenza A/H1N1(09) disease, as confirmed by RT–PCR in patients admitted to our hospital, peaking in the younger age groups up to 30 years (second affected group: 30–40 years). While commonly used solid-phase antibody tests (like immunofluorescence) are not suitable to diagnose passed H1N1(09) infection and acquired immunity, this can be easily done by HI. Expecting the next waves of influenza A/H1N1v infections, HI testing may avoid vaccinations under special risk of severe or hidden adverse reactions.
    Keywords: H1N1 pandemic ; Seroprevalence ; Immunity
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 7 December 2012, Vol.71(12), p.2035
    Description: To investigate convergence of endoplasmic reticulum stress pathways and enhanced reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, due to intracellular retention of mutant tumour necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1), as a disease mechanism in TNFR-associated periodic syndrome (TRAPS).
    Keywords: United Kingdom–UK ; Kinases ; Mutation ; Apoptosis ; Tumor Necrosis Factor-Tnf;
    ISSN: 0003-4967
    ISSN: 00034967
    E-ISSN: 1468-2060
    E-ISSN: 14682060
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 2010, Vol.199(2), pp.93-101
    Description: Tumor resistance to lysis by resting natural killer (NK) cells may be overcome by priming of NK cells with cytokines or by binding of NK activating receptors to ligands expressed on target cells. In this study, major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I)-negative LNCaP and MHC-I-positive DU145 cells were infected with genetically modified influenza A virus lacking the non-structural gene 1 (∆NS1 IAV). The cells were used to investigate the influence of ∆NS1 IAV infection on NK cell lysis of tumor cells as well as to prime NK cells for lysis of LNCaP and DU145 cells. While LNCaP cells infected with ΔNS1 IAV showed enhanced lysis when compared with mock-infected cells (93% ± 1.47 vs. 52% ± 0.74), both mock-infected and ΔNS1 IAV-infected DU145 cells were resistant to NK cell lysis. Moreover, NK cells primed with ΔNS1 IAV-infected LNCaP/DU145 cells effectively lysed resistant DU145 and sensitive LNCaP cells to a greater extent than NK cells primed with mock-infected LNCaP/DU145 or non-primed NK cells. Also, NK cell priming with ΔNS1 IAV-infected tumor cells enhanced extracellular signal-regulated kinase phosphorylation and increased granule release in NK cells. The increased granule release was specifically mediated by NKp46, which eventually potentiated NK cells primed with ΔNS1 IAV-infected tumor cells to overcome the inhibitory effects posed by MHC-I expression on DU145 cells. These findings show that in addition to direct lytic activity of NK cells, ΔNS1 IAV may influence anti-tumoral responses by priming NK cells.
    Keywords: Cytotoxicity ; NK cell priming ; Major histocompatibility complex class I ; Degranulation ; Oncolytic influenza A virus
    ISSN: 0300-8584
    E-ISSN: 1432-1831
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