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Ornella Franzese, Maria Luisa Barbaccia, Enzo Bonmassar, Grazia Graziani
Since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy more than 2 decades ago, HIV-related deaths have dramatically decreased and HIV infection has become a chronic disease. Due to the inability of antiretroviral drugs to eradicate the virus, treatment of HIV infection requires a systemic lifelong therapy. However, even when successfully treated, HIV patients still show increased incidence of age-associated co-morbidities compared with uninfected individuals. Virus- induced immunosenescence, a process characterized by a progressive decline of immune system function, contributes to the premature ageing observed in HIV patients...
March 13, 2018: Chemotherapy
Giorgio Minotti
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February 9, 2018: Chemotherapy
Vito Calabrese, Pierantonio Menna, Ombretta Annibali, Grazia Armento, Armando Carpino, Elisabetta Cerchiara, Carlo Greco, Francesco Marchesi, Paolo Spallarossa, Giuseppe Toglia, Giorgio Reggiardo, Giorgio Minotti
Asymptomatic diastolic dysfunction (DD) with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is suspected to precede late cardiac events in cancer survivors treated by chemotherapy. We conducted the first multicenter study of early DD induced by chemotherapy. Patients who were candidates for standard dose chemotherapy were screened for the absence of cardiovascular risk factors, LVEF ≥50%, normal-for-age diastolic function at echocardiography (E/A ratio, E wave deceleration time; DT), normal levels of potential DD biomarkers like Nt-proBNP (≤125 pg/mL), and cardiac troponin I (cTnI, ≤0...
February 9, 2018: Chemotherapy
Bulent Cetin, Guldal Esendagli Yılmaz, Berkan Armagan, Baris Afsar, Umut Demirci, Ozlem Gulbahar, Ozge Gumusay, Irem Bilgetekin, Ahmet Ozet, Aytug Uner
Pazopanib is an effective treatment for advanced renal cell carcinoma and soft tissue sarcoma. Besides classical adverse events of this drug class, hepatotoxicity has been described as a frequent side effect. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of pazopanib on the liver in an experimental rat model. Sixteen Wistar albino rats were divided into 3 groups: experimental toxicity was induced with pazopanib (10 mg/kg) administered for 28 days (group 2) or 56 days (group 3) orally by gavage. Group 1 (control group) received only distilled water...
January 24, 2018: Chemotherapy
Pierantonio Menna, Emanuela Salvatorelli, Alessia Mattei, Dario Cappiello, Giorgio Minotti, Massimiliano Carassiti
Colistin is a last resort antibiotic to treat multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria infections. Colistin is administered intravenously in the form of its inactive prodrug colistin methanesulfonate (CMS). For patients with acute kidney impairment and continuous renal replacement therapy high extracorporeal clearance may cause a substantial removal of active colistin from the bloodstream, eventually decreasing its antibacterial efficacy. Currently recommended doses of CMS may therefore be inadequate for these patients...
December 22, 2017: Chemotherapy
Hideki Nagase, Fumio Nakagawa, Junji Uchida
BACKGROUND/AIM: A phase 3 trial of S-1, leucovorin (LV), and oxaliplatin for treating gastric cancer is now underway. However, the antitumor efficacy of the combination has not yet been examined in an in vivo preclinical study. This study examined the antitumor efficacy of combination therapy consisting of S-1, LV, and oxaliplatin against 4 human gastric cancer xenografts: NUGC-4, St-40, SC-2, and SC-4. METHODS: The antitumor efficacy was evaluated using human gastric cancer xenograft-bearing nude mice...
2018: Chemotherapy
Yuhki Sato, Kazufumi Hiramatsu, Yosuke Suzuki, Ryota Tanaka, Tetsuya Kaneko, Ko Nonoshita, Masao Ogata, Jun-Ichi Kadota, Hiroki Itoh
BACKGROUND: Teicoplanin is a glycopeptide antibiotic currently used for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The need for therapeutic drug monitoring of teicoplanin has been increasingly highlighted as important. It is generally accepted that whereas a plasma trough concentration (Cmin) of ≥10 mg/L is appropriate for the majority of infections, it should exceed 20 mg/L for severe infections. The target Cmin of teicoplanin in patients with febrile neutropenia (FN) has not been reported...
November 24, 2017: Chemotherapy
Jing Ouyang, Fengjun Sun, Wei Feng, Yonghong Xie, Lijuan Ren, Yongchuan Chen
Backgroud: Antibiotic treatment for infections caused by vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) strains is challenging, and only a few effective and curative methods have been developed to combat these strains. This study aimed to investigate the antimicrobial activity of galangin against S. aureus and its effects on the murein hydrolases of VISA strain Mu50. This is the first report on these effects of galangin, and it may help to improve the treatment for VISA infections by demonstrating the effective use of galangin...
November 17, 2017: Chemotherapy
Hideo Kato, Mao Hagihara, Eriko Murakami, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Naoya Nishiyama, Yusuke Koizumi, Yuka Yamagishi, Bunji Uno, Hiroshige Mikamo
Previous clinical studies have showed the clinical benefits of the initiation of treatment with a daptomycin (DAP) loading dose, but only a few studies have evaluated its antimicrobial benefits. We evaluated the efficacy of a DAP loading dose against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in a neutropenic murine thigh infection model. Three MRSA isolates (DAP MIC: 0.5, 1, and 2 mg/L) were tested. Four DAP regimens simulating human concentration-time profiles, i.e., (i) day 1: 8 mg/kg and day 2: 6 mg/kg, (ii) days 1 and 2: 6 mg/kg/day, (iii) day 1: 8 mg/kg and day 2: 4 mg/kg, and (iv) days 1 and 2: 4 mg/kg/day, were administered to the mice...
November 11, 2017: Chemotherapy
Woong Bae Ji, Kwang Dae Hong, Jung-Sik Kim, Sung-Yup Joung, Jun Won Um, Byung-Wook Min
BACKGROUND: FOLFOX chemotherapy is widely used as an adjuvant treatment for advanced colon cancer. The duration of adjuvant chemotherapy is usually set to 6 months, which is based on a former study of 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin chemotherapy. However, the FOLFOX regimen is known to have complications, such as peripheral neuropathy. The aim of this study was to compare the survival rates and complications experienced by patients receiving either 4 or 6 months of FOLFOX chemotherapy. METHODS: Retrospective data analysis was performed for stage II and III patients who underwent radical resection of colon cancer...
November 2, 2017: Chemotherapy
Yunqi Zhao, Ran Chen, Yun Wang, Yixin Yang
BACKGROUND: α-Pinene is one of the most widely found terpenoids in nature. Substantial evidence shows that α-pinene has cancer prevention properties. In this study, the PC-3 cell line was used to establish subcutaneous xenograft tumors in nude mice. METHODS: Cytotoxicity was measured with the MTT assay, and apoptosis and cell cycle analyses were conducted using flow cytometry in vitro. The PC-3 cell line was used to establish subcutaneous xenograft tumors in nude mice...
October 26, 2017: Chemotherapy
Pablo Calpe-Armero, Rafael Ferriols-Lisart, Francisco Ferriols-Lisart, Alejandro Pérez-Pitarch
AIMS: To evaluate the effectiveness of nivolumab as second-line treatment compared to standard therapy with docetaxel in adult patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in clinical practice. METHODS: This is an observational, retrospective cohort study of adult patients diagnosed with NSCLC, stage III-IV, treated with docetaxel or nivolumab as second-line treatment. The end points evaluated were overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). PFS and OS were described using the Kaplan-Meier method...
October 19, 2017: Chemotherapy
Martin Munz, Hans Grummich, Josef Birkmann, Martin Wilhelm, Ulrike Holzgrabe, Fritz Sörgel
Drug-induced liver injury is one of the main reasons for acute liver failure. We report the case of a young patient who experienced a drug-induced liver injury resulting in life-threatening acute liver failure after treatment with different antibiotics (amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin, cefazolin, clindamycin) and acetaminophen, or a combination of these drugs. Moreover, we provide an overview of the hepatotoxic potential of these drugs.
September 22, 2017: Chemotherapy
Jang Han Jung, Hee Seung Lee, Jung Hyun Jo, In Rae Cho, Moon Jae Chung, Seungmin Bang, Seung Woo Park, Si Young Song, Jeong Youp Park
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Palliative chemotherapy is the main treatment for advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC). However, there is a lack of established second-line chemotherapy to treat disease progression after first-line chemotherapy. We examined combination therapy with capecitabine and cisplatin for advanced BTC as a second-line regimen. METHODS: We analyzed the medical records of 40 patients diagnosed with BTC who received palliative second-line chemotherapy with capecitabine and cisplatin...
August 26, 2017: Chemotherapy
Masahiro Tsuboi, Chikuma Hamada, Harubumi Kato, Mitsuo Ohta
BACKGROUND: Tegafur-uracil (UFT) improves survival in patients with stage I adenocarcinoma of the lung. We evaluated the effect of UFT on survival in maximum primary tumor diameter (T) categories as defined in the eighth edition of the TNM Classification (TNM8). METHODS: Tumors were subgrouped on the basis of T category (TNM8) as follows: T1a, T ≤1 cm; T1b, 1 < T ≤2 cm; T1c, 2 < T ≤3 cm; T2a, 3 < T ≤4 cm; T2b , 4 < T ≤5 cm; T3, 5 < T ≤7 cm...
August 18, 2017: Chemotherapy
Annamaria Petrungaro, Massimo Gentile, Carla Mazzone, Rosa Greco, Giuseppina Uccello, Anna Grazia Recchia, Laura De Stefano, Sabrina Bossio, Angela Palummo, Rosellina Morelli, Caterina Musolino, Fortunato Morabito, Ernesto Vigna
We describe the case of a patient with Philadelphia-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with dasatinib plus steroids as first-line therapy, who achieved a major molecular response (MMR) before undergoing matched, unrelated donor allogeneic stem cell transplant. Eleven months after the transplant, she experienced molecular relapse. Mutational screening showed negativity for the T315I mutation, The patient underwent a salvage chemotherapy regimen with clofarabine + cyclophosphamide + steroids and ponatinib (clofarabine 70 mg i...
August 16, 2017: Chemotherapy
Ernesto Vigna, Bruno Martino, Francesco Bacci, Anna Grazia Recchia, Francesco Mendicino, Rosellina Morelli, Francesca Romana Mauro, Caterina Musolino, Rosa Greco, Eugenio Lucia, Elena Sabattini, Fortunato Morabito, Massimo Gentile
We report a case of a chronic myeloid leukemia patient showing progressive bone marrow fibrosis and anemia during imatinib therapy. Given the loss of major molecular response, we switched treatment to dasatinib 100 mg daily, observing a reduction in BCR-ABL transcript, a significant improvement of anemia, and a gradual disappearance of fibrosis. After 7 years of dasatinib therapy the patient maintains a complete cytogenetic response and a deep molecular response; the last bone biopsy confirmed the absence of fibrosis...
July 26, 2017: Chemotherapy
Encho Savov, Iva Todorova, Lida Politi, Angelina Trifonova, Maja Borisova, Elena Kioseva, Athanassios Tsakris
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Colistin resistance is increasingly recognized among carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates in several European regions. The current study documents the appearance of colistin resistance among KPC-2 and SHV-5-produning K. pneumoniae strains in Bulgaria. METHODS: Four colistin-resistant K. pneumoniae isolates were recovered from 2 patients hospitalized in the anesthesiology and resuscitation clinic of a tertiary care university hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria...
July 22, 2017: Chemotherapy
Pooja Advani, Jonathan Hoyne, Alvaro Moreno-Aspita, Marcia Dubin, Shelly Brock, Caroline Harlow, Saranya Chumsri, Thomas Suter, Joseph L Blackshear
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Doxorubicin (DOX) and trastuzumab (TRA) are associated with cardiac dysfunction. METHOD: High-sensitivity troponin T (hs-TnT) and brain natriuretic peptide attached to the amino acid N-terminal fragment in the prohormone (NT-proBNP) were measured before and on days +1, +2, +3, and +7 during cycles 1 and 2 of therapy with DOX or TRA in breast cancer patients. RESULTS: Five of eleven DOX-treated women, compared with 2/11 TRA-treated women, had undetectable baseline hs-TnT...
July 14, 2017: Chemotherapy
Tomiko Sunaga, Kazushi Shimamoto, Shoko Nakamura, Noriko Takahashi, Mayumi Higashino, Tomomi Hozumi, Mitsuki Matsui, Akiko Nagatani, Fumio Kokubu, Mari Kogo, Tadanori Sasaki
Zoledronic acid is an established agent used in the management of metastatic bone disease. The administration of zoledronic acid improves overall survival (OS) of lung cancer patients with bone metastases receiving chemotherapy. However, it is currently unknown whether zoledronic acid-induced fever is associated with OS. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between zoledronic acid-induced fever and prognosis in lung cancer patients with bone metastases. We retrospectively analyzed 98 lung cancer patients with bone metastases who had received zoledronic acid...
June 13, 2017: Chemotherapy
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