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Graefe's disease

Geneva Graef, Natalie J Hurst, Lance Kidder, Tracy L Sy, Laura B Goodman, Whitney D Preston, Samuel L M Arnold, Jennifer A Zambriski
BACKGROUND: Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children < 5 years globally and the parasite genus Cryptosporidium is a leading cause of that diarrhea. The global disease burden attributable to cryptosporidiosis is substantial and the only approved chemotherapeutic, nitazoxanide, has poor efficacy in HIV positive children. Chemotherapeutic development is dependent on the calf model of cryptosporidiosis, which is the best approximation of human disease. However, the model is not consistently applied across research studies...
April 25, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Larissa S Celiberto, Franziska A Graef, Genelle R Healey, Else S Bosman, Kevan Jacobson, Laura M Sly, Bruce A Vallance
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract, thought to at least in part reflect an aberrant immune response to gut bacteria. IBD is increasing in incidence, particularly in populations that have recently immigrated to Western countries. This suggests that environmental factors are involved in its pathogenesis. We hypothesize that the increase in IBD rates might reflect the consumption of an unhealthy Western diet, containing excess calories and lacking in key nutritional factors, such as fiber and vitamin D...
April 25, 2018: Immunology
Uyanga Adam, Helmut Habazettl, Katharina Graefe, Hermann Kuppe, Maximilian Wundram, Stephan Dominik Kurz
OBJECTIVES: Acute Type A aortic dissection (ATAAD) and the ensuing surgical therapy may be experienced as a traumatic event by patients. This study aimed at analysing the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the physical and mental well-being of survivors of surgically treated ATAAD. METHODS: A total of 393 survivors were contacted and asked to fill in various health questionnaires. RESULTS: Two hundred and ten (53%) patients returned the questionnaires...
February 20, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Eric Deutsch, Elizabeth Cohen-Jonathan Moyal, Vanesa Gregorc, Paolo Andrea Zucali, Jean Menard, Jean-Charles Soria, Ioana Kloos, Jeff Hsu, Ying Luan, Emily Liu, Remus Vezan, Thorsten Graef, Sofia Rivera
Current treatments for advanced solid tumors tend to be only palliative. Although radiotherapy is administered with a curative intent, radioresistance and dose-limiting toxicities pose limitations to treatment. Abexinostat, an oral pan-histone deacetylase inhibitor, demonstrated enhanced sensitivity to radiation in various solid tumor cell lines. We conducted an exploratory, phase 1, dose-escalation study of abexinostat in combination with standard hypofractionated radiotherapy in patients with advanced solid tumors treated in a palliative setting...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
Hideo Hagihara, Vibeke S Catts, Yuta Katayama, Hirotaka Shoji, Tsuyoshi Takagi, Freesia L Huang, Akito Nakao, Yasuo Mori, Kuo-Ping Huang, Shunsuke Ishii, Isabella A Graef, Keiichi I Nakayama, Cynthia Shannon Weickert, Tsuyoshi Miyakawa
Although the brains of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder exhibit decreased brain pH relative to those of healthy controls upon postmortem examination, it remains controversial whether this finding reflects a primary feature of the diseases or is a result of confounding factors such as medication and agonal state. To date, systematic investigation of brain pH has not been undertaken using animal models that can be studied without confounds inherent in human studies. In the present study, we first reevaluated the pH of the postmortem brains of patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder by conducting a meta-analysis of existing data sets from 10 studies...
February 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Anna Cislo-Pakuluk, Krzysztof Marycz
Visual impairment is a common ailment of the current world population, with more exposure to CCD screens and fluorescent lighting, approximately 285 billion people suffer from this deficiency and 13% of those are considered clinically blind. More common causes for visual impairment include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy (Zhu et al. Molecular Medicine Reports, 2015; Kolb et al. 2007; Machalińska et al. Current Eye Research, 34(9),748-760, 2009) among a few. As cases of retinal and optic nerve diseases rise, it is vital to find a treatment, which has led to investigation of the therapeutic potential of various stem cells types (Bull et al...
October 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
Vincent Ribrag, Won Seog Kim, Reda Bouabdallah, Soon Thye Lim, Bertrand Coiffier, Arpad Illes, Bernard Lemieux, Martin J S Dyer, Fritz Offner, Zakia Felloussi, Ioana Kloos, Ying Luan, Remus Vezan, Thorsten Graef, Franck Morschhauser
Histone deacetylase inhibitors are members of a class of epigenetic drugs that have proven activity in T-cell malignancies, but little is known about their efficacy in B-cell lymphomas. Abexinostat is an orally available hydroxamate-containing histone deacetylase inhibitor that differs from approved inhibitors; its unique pharmacokinetic profile and oral dosing schedule, twice daily four hours apart, allows for continuous exposure at concentrations required to efficiently kill tumor cells. In this phase II study, patients with relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia received oral abexinostat at 80 mg BID for 14 days of a 21-day cycle and continued until progressive disease or unacceptable toxicity...
May 2017: Haematologica
Eric Deutsch, Elizabeth Cohen-Jonathan Moyal, Vanesa Gregorc, Paolo Andrea Zucali, Jean Menard, Jean-Charles Soria, Ioana Kloos, Jeff Hsu, Ying Luan, Emily Liu, Remus Vezan, Thorsten Graef, Sofia Rivera
Current treatments for advanced solid tumors tend to be only palliative. Although radiotherapy is administered with a curative intent, radioresistance and dose-limiting toxicities pose limitations to treatment. Abexinostat, an oral pan-histone deacetylase inhibitor, demonstrated enhanced sensitivity to radiation in various solid tumor cell lines. We conducted an exploratory, phase 1, dose-escalation study of abexinostat in combination with standard hypofractionated radiotherapy in patients with advanced solid tumors treated in a palliative setting...
December 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Meletios A Dimopoulos, Judith Trotman, Alessandra Tedeschi, Jeffrey V Matous, David Macdonald, Constantine Tam, Olivier Tournilhac, Shuo Ma, Albert Oriol, Leonard T Heffner, Chaim Shustik, Ramón García-Sanz, Robert F Cornell, Carlos Fernández de Larrea, Jorge J Castillo, Miquel Granell, Marie-Christine Kyrtsonis, Veronique Leblond, Argiris Symeonidis, Efstathios Kastritis, Priyanka Singh, Jianling Li, Thorsten Graef, Elizabeth Bilotti, Steven Treon, Christian Buske
BACKGROUND: In the era of widespread rituximab use for Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia, new treatment options for patients with rituximab-refractory disease are an important clinical need. Ibrutinib has induced durable responses in previously treated patients with Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia. We assessed the efficacy and safety of ibrutinib in a population with rituximab-refractory disease. METHODS: This multicentre, open-label substudy was done at 19 sites in seven countries in adults aged 18 years and older with confirmed Waldenström's macroglobulinaemia, refractory to rituximab and requiring treatment...
February 2017: Lancet Oncology
Norbert Vey, Thomas Prebet, Claire Thalamas, Aude Charbonnier, Jerome Rey, Ioana Kloos, Emily Liu, Ying Luan, Remus Vezan, Thorsten Graef, Christian Recher
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor abexinostat is under investigation for the treatment of various cancers. Epigenetic changes including aberrant HDAC activity are associated with cancers, including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In this phase 1 dose-escalation study, 17 patients with relapsed/refractory higher-risk MDS, AML, or ALL received oral abexinostat (60, 80 [starting dose], 100, or 120 mg) twice daily (bid) on Days 1-14 of 21-day cycles...
August 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Martin Stahl, Franziska A Graef, Bruce A Vallance
Relevant animal models for Campylobacter jejuni infection have been difficult to establish due to C. jejuni's inability to cause disease in many common animal research models. Fortunately, recent work has proven successful in developing several new and relevant mouse models of C. jejuni infection, including the SIGIRR-deficient mouse strain that develops acute enterocolitis in response to C. jejuni. Here we describe how to properly infect mice with C. jejuni, as well as a number of accompanying histological techniques to aid in studying C...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Amy Starr, Katy M Graef, Jennifer Dent
Neglected tropical diseases are a group of infectious diseases that threaten and impact a significant portion of individuals living in low- and middle-income countries. Healthcare product R&D, which has been relatively limited for this group of infectious diseases, is timely and requires significant risk and resource investment by companies. Regardless of these costs, the global community has recognized the impact on human health that developing products for these diseases could have. Incentives, including 'push' and 'pull' funding, and platforms that support sharing of intellectual property through partnerships, such as The World Intellectual Property Organization Re:Search, are driving R&D...
September 2016: Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst
Andreas Prokesch, Franziska A Graef, Tobias Madl, Jennifer Kahlhofer, Steffi Heidenreich, Anne Schumann, Elisabeth Moyschewitz, Petra Pristoynik, Astrid Blaschitz, Miriam Knauer, Matthias Muenzner, Juliane G Bogner-Strauss, Gottfried Dohr, Tim J Schulz, Michael Schupp
The ability to adapt cellular metabolism to nutrient availability is critical for survival. The liver plays a central role in the adaptation to starvation by switching from glucose-consuming processes and lipid synthesis to providing energy substrates like glucose to the organism. Here we report a previously unrecognized role of the tumor suppressor p53 in the physiologic adaptation to food withdrawal. We found that starvation robustly increases p53 protein in mouse liver. This induction was posttranscriptional and mediated by a hepatocyte-autonomous and AMP-activated protein kinase-dependent mechanism...
February 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Els Daeseleire, Evelyne De Graef, Geertrui Rasschaert, Thijs De Mulder, Tina Van den Meersche, Els Van Coillie, Jeroen Dewulf, Marc Heyndrickx
The widespread use of antibiotics in animals is causing concerns about the growing risk for development and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotic consumption is higher in animals than in humans as reported in a joint publication of EFSA (European Food Safety Agency), ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control), and EMA (European Medicines Agency) using data from 2011 and 2012. Both in humans and animals, positive associations between the consumption of antibiotics and resistant bacteria are observed...
May 2016: Drug Testing and Analysis
Jennifer M Allen, Danielle M Graef, Jennifer H Ehrentraut, Brooklee L Tynes, Valerie M Crabtree
BACKGROUND: Sleep disruption is a common comorbidity of pediatric pain. Consequences of pain and disrupted sleep, evidence for the pain-sleep relation, and how aspects of illness, treatment, and pharmacological pain management may contribute to or exacerbate these issues are presented. AIMS: This conceptual review explored the relation between pain and sleep in children diagnosed with chronic medical or developmental conditions. The goal of this review is to expand upon the literature by examining common themes in sleep disturbances associated with painful conditions across multiple pediatric illnesses...
November 2016: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Ariadna P Velázquez, Martin Graef
Macroautophagy (hereafter autophagy) is a highly conserved homeostasis and quality control process critically linked to neurodegeneration, metabolic diseases, cancer, and aging. A key feature of autophagy is the de novo formation of autophagosomes, double-membrane vesicular structures encapsulating cytoplasmic cargo for vacuolar turnover and recycling. The membrane rearrangements underlying nucleation, expansion, closure, and vacuolar fusion of autophagosomes are driven by multicomponent core autophagy machinery in cooperation with numerous factors involved in a variety of cellular processes...
August 2, 2016: Autophagy
David S Siegel, Meletios Dimopoulos, Sundar Jagannath, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Simon Durrant, Jonathan L Kaufman, Xavier Leleu, Arnon Nagler, Fritz Offner, Thorsten Graef, Joseph E Eid, Jennifer Houp, Christine Gause, Scott Vuocolo, Kenneth C Anderson
BACKGROUND: The present global, open-label, single-arm, multicenter, phase IIb study was designed to determine the efficacy and tolerability of oral vorinostat combined with standard doses of bortezomib in patients with multiple myeloma considered refractory to novel myeloma agents. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible patients were age ≥ 18 years, had received ≥ 2 previous regimens, had disease refractory to ≥ 1 previous bortezomib-containing regimen, and had received ≥ 1 dose of an immunomodulatory drug (thalidomide or lenalidomide)-based regimen...
June 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Ariadna P Velázquez, Takashi Tatsuta, Ruben Ghillebert, Ingmar Drescher, Martin Graef
Lipid droplets (LDs) are conserved organelles for intracellular neutral lipid storage. Recent studies suggest that LDs function as direct lipid sources for autophagy, a central catabolic process in homeostasis and stress response. Here, we demonstrate that LDs are dispensable as a membrane source for autophagy, but fulfill critical functions for endoplasmic reticulum (ER) homeostasis linked to autophagy regulation. In the absence of LDs, yeast cells display alterations in their phospholipid composition and fail to buffer de novo fatty acid (FA) synthesis causing chronic stress and morphologic changes in the ER...
March 14, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
Florian Graef, Sarah Gordon, Claus-Michael Lehr
Infectious diseases are becoming a major menace to the state of health worldwide, with difficulties in effective treatment especially of nosocomial infections caused by Gram-negative bacteria being increasingly reported. Inadequate permeation of anti-infectives into or across the Gram-negative bacterial cell envelope, due to its intrinsic barrier function as well as barrier enhancement mediated by resistance mechanisms, can be identified as one of the major reasons for insufficient therapeutic effects. Several in vitro, in silico, and in cellulo models are currently employed to increase the knowledge of anti-infective transport processes into or across the bacterial cell envelope; however, all such models exhibit drawbacks or have limitations with respect to the information they are able to provide...
2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Juan G Arbelaez, Matthew T Feng, Tomas J Pena, Marianne O Price, Francis W Price
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to provide an update of significant corneal literature published in 2013. DESIGN: This study is a systematic literature review. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review of the English-language literature published from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013, using the following PubMed search and Medical Subject Headings terms: cornea transplantation, keratoplasty, Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty, Descemet stripping endothelial keratoplasty, cross linking, pre-Descemet's layer, Rho-associated kinase, keratoprosthesis, infectious keratitis, corneal dystrophy, corneal astigmatism, and keratoconus...
January 2015: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
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