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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646803/effects-of-balneotherapy-on-serum-levels-of-shingosine-1-phosphate-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis
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Esra Aycan Ustyol, Fatih Karaarslan, Seldag Bekpinar, Kagan Ozkuk, Nergis Erdogan
Context • Balneotherapy is one of the most commonly used nonpharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis (OA), but its mechanism of action in relieving pain and stiffness and in improving physical function is not well understood. Studies have found that therapy provokes a series of neuroendocrinal reactions with anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a bioactive lipid, has been implicated as an important mediator in the maintenance of physiological processes (eg, vascular barrier integrity) and in pathophysiologic processes such as inflammatory conditions...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646725/eculizumab-decreases-the-procoagulant-activity-of-extracellular-vesicles-in-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria-a-pilot-prospective-longitudinal-clinical-study
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Adeline Wannez, Bérangère Devalet, Céline Bouvy, Julie Laloy, Benoit Bihin, Bernard Chatelain, Christian Chatelain, Jean-Michel Dogné, François Mullier
INTRODUCTION: Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a disease characterized by the susceptibility of blood cells to attack by the complement system, inducing extracellular vesicle (EV) production. Thromboembolism is the leading cause of death in this condition. Eculizumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody which inhibits the C5 protein of the complement, reduces the thrombotic risk in PNH. MATERIALS AND METHOD: We conducted a pilot, prospective, open-label, longitudinal clinical study with six PNH patients treated with eculizumab...
June 9, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646721/biochemical-immunological-hybrid-biosensor-based-on-two-dimensional-chromatography-for-on-site-sepsis-diagnosis
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Seung-Wan Kim, Il-Hoon Cho, Guei-Sam Lim, Gi-Na Park, Se-Hwan Paek
A hybrid-biosensor system that can simultaneously fulfill the immunoassay for protein markers (e.g., C-reactive protein (CRP) and procalcitonin (PCT)) and the enzyme assay for metabolic substances (e.g., lactate) in the same sepsis-based sample has been devised. Such a challenge was pursued through the installation of an enzyme-reaction zone on the signal pad of the typical immuno-strip for the rapid two-dimensional (2-D)-chromatography test. To minimize the mutual interference in the hybrid assays, a pre-determined membrane site was etched in a pattern and mounted with a biochemical-reaction pad, thereby allowing a loaded sample to enter and then stay in the pad for a colored-signal production over the course of an immunoassay...
June 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646526/adamts13-test-and-or-plasmic-clinical-score-in-management-of-acquired-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-a-cost-effective-analysis
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Chong H Kim, Sierra C Simmons, Lance A Williams Iii, Elizabeth M Staley, X Long Zheng, Huy P Pham
BACKGROUND: The ADAMTS13 test distinguishes thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) from other thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs). The PLASMIC score helps determine the pretest probability of ADAMTS13 deficiency. Due to inherent limitations of both tests, and potential adverse effects and cost of unnecessary treatments, we performed a cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) investigating the benefits of incorporating an in-hospital ADAMTS13 test and/or PLASMIC score into our clinical practice...
June 23, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646512/wmj-8-b-a-novel-hydroxamate-derivative-induces-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cell-death-via-shp-1-stat3-survivin-cascade
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Yu-Fan Chuang, Shiu-Wen Huang, Ya-Fen Hsu, Meng-Chieh Yu, George Ou, Wei-Jan Huang, Ming-Jen Hsu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors with broad-spectrum anti-tumor properties has been described and attracted lots of attention in the field of drug discovery. However, the underlying anti-tumor mechanisms of HDAC inhibitors remain incompletely understood. In this study, we aimed to characterize the underlying mechanisms of a novel hydroxamate-based HDAC inhibitor, WMJ-8-B, in inducing MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell death. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: WMJ-8-B's effects on cell viability, cell cycle distribution, apoptosis, as well as signaling molecules modification and activation were analyzed by MTT assay, flowcytometric analysis, immunoblotting, reporter assay, ChIP analysis and siRNA strategy...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646219/efficient-and-unbiased-metagenomic-recovery-of-rna-virus-genomes-from-human-plasma-samples
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Carmen F Manso, David F Bibby, Jean L Mbisa
RNA viruses cause significant human pathology and are responsible for the majority of emerging zoonoses. Mainstream diagnostic assays are challenged by their intrinsic diversity, leading to false negatives and incomplete characterisation. New sequencing techniques are expanding our ability to agnostically interrogate nucleic acids within diverse sample types, but in the clinical setting are limited by overwhelming host material and ultra-low target frequency. Through selective host RNA depletion and compensatory protocol adjustments for ultra-low RNA inputs, we are able to detect three major blood-borne RNA viruses - HIV, HCV and HEV...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646033/implementing-a-reference-measurement-system-for-c-peptide-successes-and-lessons-learned
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Randie R Little, Robert I Wielgosz, Ralf Josephs, Tomoya Kinumi, Akiko Takatsu, Hongmei Li, Daniel Stein, Chris Burns
BACKGROUND: Assessment of endogenous insulin secretion by measuring C-peptide concentrations is widely accepted. Recent studies have shown that preservation of even small amounts of endogenous C-peptide production in patients with type 1 diabetes reduces risks for diabetic complications. Harmonization of C-peptide results will facilitate comparison of data from different research studies and later among clinical laboratory results at different sites using different assay methods. CONTENT: This review provides an overview of the general process of harmonization and standardization and the challenges encountered with implementing a reference measurement system for C-peptide...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645940/t-cell-receptors-for-clinical-therapy-in-vitro-assessment-of-toxicity-risk
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Andre Kunert, Matthias Obenaus, Cor Hj Lamers, Thomas Blankenstein, Reno Debets
Adoptive therapy with T cell receptor (TCR)-engineered T cells has shown promising results in the treatment of patients with tumors, and the number of TCRs amenable for clinical testing is expanding rapidly. Notably, adoptive therapy with T cells is challenged by treatment-related side effects, which calls for cautious selection of target antigens and TCRs that goes beyond their mere ability to induce high T cell reactivity. Here, we propose a sequence of in vitro assays to improve selection of TCRs, and exemplify risk assessments of on-target as well as off-target toxicities using TCRs directed against Cancer Germline Antigens...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645892/meis1-effects-on-motor-phenotypes-and-the-sensorimotor-system-in-mice
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Aaro V Salminen, Lillian Garrett, Barbara Schormair, Jan Rozman, Florian Giesert, Kristina M Niedermeier, Lore Becker, Birgit Rathkolb, Ildikó Rácz, Martin Klingenspor, Thomas Klopstock, Eckhard Wolf, Andreas Zimmer, Valérie Gailus-Durner, Miguel Torres, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabě de Angelis, Wolfgang Wurst, Sabine M Hölter, Juliane Winkelmann
MEIS1 is a developmental transcription factor linked to restless legs syndrome (RLS) in genome-wide association studies. RLS is a movement disorder leading to severe sleep reduction and with significant impact on the quality-of-life of patients. In genome-wide association studies, MEIS1 has consistently been the gene with the highest effect size and functional studies suggest a disease-relevant downregulation. Therefore, haploinsufficiency of Meis1 could be the most potential system for modeling RLS in animals...
June 23, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645776/selective-inhibition-of-flt3-by-gilteritinib-in-relapsed-or-refractory-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-a-multicentre-first-in-human-open-label-phase-1-2-study
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Alexander E Perl, Jessica K Altman, Jorge Cortes, Catherine Smith, Mark Litzow, Maria R Baer, David Claxton, Harry P Erba, Stan Gill, Stuart Goldberg, Joseph G Jurcic, Richard A Larson, Chaofeng Liu, Ellen Ritchie, Gary Schiller, Alexander I Spira, Stephen A Strickland, Raoul Tibes, Celalettin Ustun, Eunice S Wang, Robert Stuart, Christoph Röllig, Andreas Neubauer, Giovanni Martinelli, Erkut Bahceci, Mark Levis
BACKGROUND: Internal tandem duplication mutations in FLT3 are common in acute myeloid leukaemia and are associated with rapid relapse and short overall survival. The clinical benefit of FLT3 inhibitors in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia has been limited by rapid generation of resistance mutations, particularly in codon Asp835 (D835). We aimed to assess the highly selective oral FLT3 inhibitor gilteritinib in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukaemia. METHODS: In this phase 1-2 trial, we enrolled patients aged 18 years or older with acute myeloid leukaemia who either were refractory to induction therapy or had relapsed after achieving remission with previous treatment...
June 20, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645774/evaluation-of-selected-indian-medicinal-plants-for-antagonistic-potential-against-malassezia-spp-and-the-synergistic-effect-of-embelin-in-combination-with-ketoconazole
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Chandran Sivasankar, Subramanian Gayathri, James Prabhanand Bhaskar, Venkat Krishnan, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian
The genus Malassezia comprises of extremely lipophilic yeasts secreting lipases as a vital factor for survival. They are emerging as opportunistic pathogens in medical microbiology and dermatology by causing recurring and recalcitrant infection. Combinatorial therapy is a constructive way to combat infectious diseases. In that prospect, totally 16 Indian medicinal plants were screened, among which a maximum degree of antimicrobial activity was ascertained in Embelia ribes. Subsequently embelin was identified as the bioactive principle with antagonistic potential by comparative antimicrobial assay and FTIR analysis...
June 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645632/adjuvant-chemotherapy-guided-by-molecular-profiling-and-improved-outcomes-in-early-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Gavitt A Woodard, Sue X Wang, Johannes R Kratz, Clara T Zoon-Besselink, Chun-Yuan Chiang, Matthew A Gubens, Thierry M Jahan, Collin M Blakely, Kirk D Jones, Michael J Mann, David M Jablons
INTRODUCTION: Many early stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who are not considered candidates for adjuvant treatment according to current guidelines do harbor occult metastasis, and have disease recurrence despite complete resection. Although National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines suggest clinicopathologic characteristics to identify high-risk patients for adjuvant intervention, molecular profiling more accurately predicts 5-year survival. Early evidence of clinical benefit from application of this molecular-based management strategy, however, has not been reported...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645312/phf21b-overexpression-promotes-cancer-stem-cell-like-traits-in-prostate-cancer-cells-by-activating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Qiji Li, Liping Ye, Wei Guo, Min Wang, Shuai Huang, Xinsheng Peng
BACKGROUND: PHF21B is newly identified to be involved in the tumor progression; however, its biological role and molecular mechanism in prostate cancer have not been defined. This study is aimed to study the role of PHF21B in the progression of prostate cancer. METHODS: Real-time PCR, immunohistochemistry and western blotting analysis were used to determine PHF21B expression in prostate cancer cell lines and clinical specimens. The role of PHF21B in maintaining prostate cancer stem cell-like phenotype was examined by tumor-sphere formation assay and expression levels of stem cell markers...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645246/igmk-paraprotein-from-gammopathy-patient-can-bind-to-cardiolipin-and-interfere-with-coagulation-assay-a-case-report
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Xin-Yao Wu, Yu-Feng Yin, Jia-Lin Teng, Li-Wei Zhang, Cheng-de Yang
BACKGROUND: The monoclonal gammopathies are a group of plasma-cell proliferative disorders characterized by the secretion of monoclonal immunoglobulin (M protein or paraprotein). Some rare cases have revealed the specific affinity of paraprotein as autoantibody. Here we report a patient with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) accompanied by a remarkable increase of anticardiolipin antibody (aCL) and an extensively decreased coagulation factor activity, however, without any clinical signs of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) and bleeding...
June 23, 2017: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645087/ep2-receptor-agonist-ono-ae1-259-01-attenuates-pentylenetetrazole-and-pilocarpine-induced-seizures-but-causes-hippocampal-neurotoxicity
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Aline Carré Santos, Fernanda Rossatto Temp, Joseane Righes Marafiga, Micheli Mainardi Pillat, Amanda Titzel Hessel, Leandro Rodrigo Ribeiro, Lígia Gomes Miyazato, Mauro Schneider Oliveira, Carlos Fernando Mello
Epilepsy is a common and devastating neurological disease affecting more than 50 million people worldwide. Accumulating experimental and clinical evidence suggests that inflammatory pathways contribute to the development of seizures in various forms of epilepsy. In this context, while the activation of the PGE2 EP2 receptor causes early neuroprotective and late neurotoxic effects, the role of EP2 receptor in seizures remains unclear. We investigated whether the systemic administration of the highly selective EP2 agonist ONO-AE1-259-01 prevented acute pentylenetetrazole (PTZ)- and pilocarpine-induced seizures...
June 20, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644981/chemical-profiling-and-antioxidant-evaluation-of-yangxinshi-tablet-by-hplc-esi-q-tof-ms-ms-combined-with-dpph-assay
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Junfeng Zhu, Xiaojiao Yi, Jinghui Zhang, Shuqing Chen, Yongjiang Wu
Yangxinshi Tablet (YXST) is a Chinese patent medicine commonly used to treat cardiovascular diseases. However, its detailed chemical basis and mechanisms of action have not been clarified. In this study, high performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (HPLC-ESI-Q-TOF-MS) was applied for comprehensive analysis of the chemical constituents in YXST. A total of 127 compounds, including 19 phenolic acids, 12 alkaloids, 51 flavanoids, 32 triterpenoids, 2 lignans, 2 phenylethanoid glycosides, 2 anthraquinones, 1 coumarin, and 6 other compounds, were identified or tentatively deduced by comparing their retention times and MS spectra with those of authentic standards or literature data...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644892/r-modafinil-exerts-weak-effects-on-spatial-memory-acquisition-and-dentate-gyrus-synaptic-plasticity
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Bharanidharan Shanmugasundaram, Yogesh D Aher, Jana Aradska, Marija Ilic, Daniel Daba Feyissa, Predrag Kalaba, Nilima Y Aher, Vladimir Dragacevic, Babak Saber Marouf, Thierry Langer, Harald H Sitte, Harald Hoeger, Gert Lubec, Volker Korz
Modafinil is a wake promoting drug approved for clinical use and also has cognitive enhancing properties. Its enantiomer R-Modafinil (R-MO) is not well studied in regard to cognitive enhancing properties. Hence we studied its effect in a spatial memory paradigm and its possible effects on dentate gyrus long-term potentiation (DG-LTP). Clinically relevant doses of R-MO, vehicle dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) or saline were administered for three days during the hole-board test and in in vivo DG-LTP. Synaptic levels of dopamine receptors D1R, D2R, dopamine transporter (DAT), and its phosphorylated form (ph-DAT) in DG tissue 4 h after LTP induction were quantified by western blot analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644889/evaluation-of-different-serological-assays-for-early-diagnosis-of-leptospirosis-in-martinique-french-west-indies
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Christophe Courdurie, Yohann Le Govic, Pascale Bourhy, Dorothee Alexer, Karine Pailla, Rafaelle Theodose, Raymond Cesaire, Jacques Rosine, Patrick Hochedez, Claude Olive
BACKGROUND: Leptospirosis is a potentially life-threatening but curable zoonosis whose prognosis depends on accurate and timely diagnosis. Because of its non-specific clinical presentation, laboratory testing is essential to confirm the diagnosis. Here, we aimed to assess the performance of two enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) (ELISA Serion and ELISA-Hb Pasteur) and one immunodot (GenBio) using quantitative PCR (qPCR) as gold standard, instead of the traditional microscopic agglutination test, for the diagnosis of acute leptospirosis in an endemic area...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644393/mutations-in-the-genes-for-interphotoreceptor-matrix-proteoglycans-impg1-and-impg2-in-patients-with-vitelliform-macular-lesions
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Caroline Brandl, Heidi L Schulz, Peter Charbel Issa, Johannes Birtel, Richard Bergholz, Clemens Lange, Claudia Dahlke, Ditta Zobor, Bernhard H F Weber, Heidi Stöhr
A significant portion of patients diagnosed with vitelliform macular dystrophy (VMD) do not carry causative mutations in the classic VMD genes BEST1 or PRPH2. We therefore performed a mutational screen in a cohort of 106 BEST1/PRPH2-negative VMD patients in two genes encoding secreted interphotoreceptor matrix proteoglycans-1 and -2 (IMPG1 and IMPG2). We identified two novel mutations in IMPG1 in two simplex VMD cases with disease onset in their early childhood, a heterozygous p.(Leu238Pro) missense mutation and a homozygous c...
June 23, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644256/cluster-like-headache-secondary-to-focal-cervical-myelitis
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Dong-Eun Kim, Ji-Yun Park, Hyeonuk Ha, Geum-Jin Yoon, Bang-Hoon Cho, Seung-Han Lee
BACKGROUND: Cluster headache (CH) is characterized by attacks of severe periorbital pain associated with autonomic symptoms. As with other forms of primary headache, structural lesions should be excluded, particularly if the headache presents with an atypical pattern. CASE: We report a 41-year-old woman who had no previous history of primary headache and showed a poor response to medication for CH. The patient was finally diagnosed as secondary headache with CH feature due to focal myelitis at the cervical level of the spinal cord...
July 2017: Neurologist
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