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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142181/treatment-strategy-for-standard-dose-proton-pump-inhibitor-resistant-reflux-esophagitis
#1
Katsuhiko Iwakiri
Reflux esophagitis is characterized by excessive esophageal acid exposure. To treat reflux esophagitis, it is necessary to reduce excessive esophageal acid exposure to within the normal range. The first-line drug for the treatment of reflux esophagitis is a standard-dose proton-pump inhibitor (PPI), which is also recommended by the Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines 2015 for gastroesophageal disease of the Japanese Society of Gastroenterology. It has been reported that the response to a standard dose of PPI in patients with mild reflux esophagitis is 90-100%, and that in patients with severe reflux esophagitis is 80-85%...
2017: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141823/delayed-lymphocyte-re-population-following-discontinuation-of-dimethyl-fumarate-and-after-switching-to-other-disease-modifying-drug-therapies
#2
Bhupendra O Khatri, Sergey S Tarima, Benjamin Essig, Jean Sesing, Tayo Olapo
BACKGROUND: Dimethyl fumarate (DMF) reduces absolute lymphocyte counts, CD4, and CD8 counts, without significantly affecting total white blood cell counts. However, the recovery rate of these cells after discontinuation of DMF is unknown. The effect of subsequent disease modifying therapies (DMTs) on re-population rate is also unknown. OBJECTIVES: 1. To study the re-population rate of absolute lymphocytes, CD4, and CD8 counts back to baseline after discontinuation of DMF...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140939/infliximab-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-changes-clinical-decisions-in-a-virtual-biologics-clinic-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#3
Christian P Selinger, Marco V Lenti, Tanya Clark, Helen Rafferty, David Gracie, Alexander C Ford, Anthony OʼConnor, Tariq Ahmad, P John Hamlin
BACKGROUND: Virtual biologics clinics are often used to review patients with inflammatory bowel disease receiving biological therapy, with decisions whether to continue, switch, or stop therapy made based on review of symptoms, disease history, and investigations. We aimed to investigate whether therapeutic drug monitoring of infliximab (IFX) trough levels and anti-drug antibodies influences decision making within a virtual biologics clinic. METHODS: For all patients with inflammatory bowel disease receiving IFX maintenance therapy, 2 decisions were recorded in a preset format...
December 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138653/the-incidence-of-first-line-antiretroviral-treatment-changes-and-related-factors-among-hiv-infected-sex-workers-in-nairobi-kenya
#4
Frank Ndaks Ndakala, Julius Otieno Oyugi, Margaret Ng'wono Oluka, Joshua Kimani, Georg Martin Norbert Behrens
Introduction: In many settings, several factors including adverse drug reactions and clinical failure can limit treatment choices for combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). The aim of the study was to describe the incidence of first-line cART changes and associated factors in a cohort of Kenyan sex workers. Methods: This was a retrospective review of medical records collected from 2009 to 2013. The review included records of HIV-infected patients aged ≥ 18 years, who received either stavudine or zidovudine or tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based regimens...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138556/photoactivatable-rnai-for-cancer-gene-therapy-triggered-by-near-infrared-irradiated-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes
#5
Xueling Ren, Jing Lin, Xuefang Wang, Xiao Liu, Erjuan Meng, Rui Zhang, Yanxiao Sang, Zhenzhong Zhang
The efficacy of RNA interference (RNAi)-based cancer gene therapy is limited by its unexpected side effects, thus necessitating a strategy to precisely trigger conditional gene knockdown. In this study, we engineered a novel photoactivatable RNAi system, named as polyetherimide-modified single-wall carbon nanotube (PEI-SWNT)/pHSP-shT, that enables optogenetic control of targeted gene suppression in tumor cells. PEI-SWNT/pHSP-shT comprises a stimulus-responsive nanocarrier (PEI-SWNT), and an Hsp70B'-promoter-driven RNAi vector (pHSP-shT)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137367/glycolytic-reprogramming-through-pck2-regulates-tumor-initiation-of-prostate-cancer-cells
#6
Jiangsha Zhao, Jieran Li, Teresa W M Fan, Steven X Hou
Tumor-initiating cells (TICs) play important roles in tumor progression and metastasis. Identifying the factors regulating TICs may open new avenues in cancer therapy. Here, we show that TIC-enriched prostate cancer cell clones use more glucose and secrete more lactate than TIC-low clones. We determined that elevated levels of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase isoform 2 (PCK2) are critical for the metabolic switch and the maintenance of TICs in prostate cancer. Information from prostate cancer patient databases revealed that higher PCK2 levels correlated with more aggressive tumors and lower survival rates...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136032/virological-response-and-resistance-among-hiv-infected-children-receiving-long-term-antiretroviral-therapy-without-virological-monitoring-in-uganda-and-zimbabwe-observational-analyses-within-the-randomised-arrow-trial
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Alexander J Szubert, Andrew J Prendergast, Moira J Spyer, Victor Musiime, Philippa Musoke, Mutsa Bwakura-Dangarembizi, Patricia Nahirya-Ntege, Margaret J Thomason, Emmanuel Ndashimye, Immaculate Nkanya, Oscar Senfuma, Boniface Mudenge, Nigel Klein, Diana M Gibb, A Sarah Walker
BACKGROUND: Although WHO recommends viral load (VL) monitoring for those on antiretroviral therapy (ART), availability in low-income countries remains limited. We investigated long-term VL and resistance in HIV-infected children managed without real-time VL monitoring. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In the ARROW factorial trial, 1,206 children initiating ART in Uganda and Zimbabwe between 15 March 2007 and 18 November 2008, aged a median 6 years old, with median CD4% of 12%, were randomised to monitoring with or without 12-weekly CD4 counts and to receive 2 nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (2NRTI, mainly abacavir+lamivudine) with a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) or 3 NRTIs as long-term ART...
November 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133936/the-rho-gtpase-signalling-pathway-in-urothelial-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Solomon L Woldu, Ryan C Hutchinson, Laura-Maria Krabbe, Oner Sanli, Vitaly Margulis
Urothelial carcinoma remains a clinical challenge: non-muscle-invasive disease has a high rate of recurrence and risk of progression, and outcomes for patients with advanced disease are poor, owing to a lack of effective systemic therapies. The Rho GTPase family of enzymes was first identified >30 years ago and contains >20 members, which are divided into eight subfamilies: Cdc42, Rac, Rho, RhoUV, RhoBTB, RhoDF, RhoH, and Rnd. Rho GTPases are molecular on-off switches, which are increasingly being understood to have a critical role in a number of cellular processes, including cell migration, cell polarity, cell adhesion, cell cycle progression, and regulation of the cytoskeleton...
November 14, 2017: Nature Reviews. Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132233/prospects-for-modulating-the-cd40-cd40l-pathway-in-the-therapy-of-the-hyper-igm-syndrome
#9
Xiangxue Meng, Bin Yang, Wen-Chen Suen
The critical role of the CD40/CD40L pathway in B-cell proliferation, immunoglobulin (Ig) isotype switching and germinal center formation has been studied and described extensively in previous literature. Interruption of the CD40/CD40L signal causes hyper-IgM (HIGM) syndrome, which has been classified and recognized as a group of rare inherited immune deficiency disorders. Defects in CD40 and CD40L interactions or in downstream signaling molecules, including activation-induced cytidine deaminase, uracyl-DNA-glycosylase, NF-κB and DNA repair enzymes, result in an increased level of serum IgM and a significantly decreased or absent level of IgA, IgG and IgE that is accompanied by severe recurrent infections and autoimmune diseases...
January 1, 2017: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131366/successful-and-safe-use-of-q-switched-lasers-in-the-treatment-of-nevus-of-ota-in-children-with-phototypes-iv-vi
#10
Daniel A Belkin, Hana Jeon, Elliot Weiss, Jeremy A Brauer, Roy G Geronemus
OBJECTIVE: Nevus of Ota represents congenital dermal melanocytosis in a trigeminal distribution, most commonly occurring in Asian individuals and other individuals with skin of color. Evidence suggests early treatment is beneficial. Multiple reports have shown efficacy and safety of Q-switched laser treatment in adults. There is little data on children and in non-Asian skin types. This series was done to demonstrate safe and effective use of Q-switched laser therapy in children of multiple skin types...
November 13, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131143/nonimmune-cells-equipped-with-t-cell-receptor-like-signaling-for-cancer-cell-ablation
#11
Ryosuke Kojima, Leo Scheller, Martin Fussenegger
The ability to engineer custom cell-contact-sensing output devices into human nonimmune cells would be useful for extending the applicability of cell-based cancer therapies and for avoiding risks associated with engineered immune cells. Here we have developed a new class of synthetic T-cell receptor-like signal-transduction device that functions efficiently in human nonimmune cells and triggers release of output molecules specifically upon sensing contact with a target cell. This device employs an interleukin signaling cascade, whose OFF/ON switching is controlled by biophysical segregation of a transmembrane signal-inhibitory protein from the sensor cell-target cell interface...
November 13, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130638/thromboembolism-after-watchman-tm-in-a-clopidogrel-non-responder-a-case-for-concern
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Ganesh Venkataraman, Kevin P Bliden, Udaya S Tantry, Paul A Gurbel
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with an increased risk of stroke and thromboembolism (TE). The WATCHMAN(TM) left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device is indicated to reduce the risk of TE from the LAA in patients with non-valvular AF. Here, we present a case of a patient with device-related thrombus who suffered a TE event two months after WATCHMAN(TM) LAA closure and two weeks after switching from aspirin plus warfarin to aspirin plus clopidogrel therapy. Laboratory investigation identified the patient to be hypercoagulable and to be a non-responder to clopidogrel therapy...
November 11, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130626/age-related-macular-degeneration-using-morphological-predictors-to-modify-current-treatment-protocols
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REVIEW
Mohammed Ashraf, Ahmed Souka, Ron A Adelman
To assess predictors of treatment response in neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in an attempt to develop a patient-centric treatment algorithm. We conducted a systematic search using PubMed, EMBASE and Web of Science for prognostic indicators/predictive factors with the key words: 'age related macular degeneration', 'neovascular AMD', 'choroidal neovascular membrane (CNV)', 'anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF)', 'aflibercept', 'ranibizumab', 'bevacizumab', 'randomized clinical trials', 'post-hoc', 'prognostic', 'predictive', 'response' 'injection frequency, 'treat and extend (TAE), 'pro re nata (PRN)', 'bi-monthly' and 'quarterly'...
November 11, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129905/change-of-oral-to-topical-corticosteroid-therapy-exacerbated-glucose-tolerance-in-a-patient-with-plaque-psoriasis
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Yui Hongo, Kenji Ashida, Kenji Ohe, Munechika Enjoji, Miyuki Yamaguchi, Tsuyoshi Kurata, Akiko Emoto, Hiroko Yamanouchi, Satoko Takagi, Hitoe Mori, Nozomi Kawata, Yoshio Hisata, Yuta Sakanishi, Kenichi Izumi, Takashi Sugioka, Keizo Anzai
BACKGROUND Psoriasis is known as the most frequent disease treated by long-term topical steroids. It is also known that patients with thick, chronic plaques require the highest potency topical steroids. However, the treatment is limited to up to four weeks due to risk of systemic absorption. CASE REPORT An 80-year-old man was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 16 years before, and was being administered insulin combined with alpha glucosidase inhibitor. He was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis and his oral steroid treatment was switched to topical steroid treatment due to lack of improvement and poorly controlled blood glucose level...
November 13, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128847/versatile-hyaluronic-acid-modified-aq4n-cu-ii-gossypol-infinite-coordination-polymer-nanoparticles-multiple-tumor-targeting-highly-efficient-synergistic-chemotherapy-and-real-time-self-monitoring
#15
Shihong Shen, Youshen Wu, Ke Li, Ya Wang, Jimin Wu, Yun Zeng, Daocheng Wu
A novel strategy for the preparation of infinite coordination polymer nanoparticles (ICPs) based nanomedicines was developed, with which hyaluronic acid modified AQ4N-Cu(II)-gossypol nanoparticles (HA@AQ4N-Cu(II)-gossypol NPs) were obtained. This is a highly efficient nanomedicine, in which gossypol serves as a chemotherapeutic agent and a self-carrier material; Cu(II) serves as the connecting point and anti-tumor enhancer; AQ4N not only serves as a chemotherapeutic agent and self-carrier material, but also as the self-monitor based on its inherent fluorescence...
November 3, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126881/triple-negative-breast-cancer-key-role-of-tumor-associated-macrophages-in-regulating-the-activity-of-anti-pd-1-pd-l1-agents
#16
REVIEW
Matteo Santoni, Emanuela Romagnoli, Tiziana Saladino, Laura Foghini, Stefania Guarino, Marco Capponi, Massimo Giannini, Paolo Decembrini Cognigni, Gerardo Ferrara, Nicola Battelli
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is associated with a poor prognosis, due to its aggressive behaviour and lack of effective targeted therapies. Immunocheckpoint inhibitors, such as anti-programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and anti-PD-ligand(L)1 agents, are in course of investigation in TNBC, used alone or in combination with other systemic or local approaches. However, the high cost of these drugs and the lack of validated predictive biomarkers support the development of strategies aimed to overcome resistance and optimize the efficacy of these approaches...
November 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126042/successful-treatment-of-infected-wound-dehiscence-after-minimally-invasive-locking-plate-osteosynthesis-of-tibial-pilon-and-calcaneal-fractures-by-plate-preservation-surgical-debridement-and-antibiotics
#17
Giandavide Ieropoli, Jorge Hugo Villafañe, Silvia Chiara Zompi, Umberto Morozzo, Riccardo D'Ambrosi, Federico Giuseppe Usuelli, Pedro Berjano
OBJECTIVE: The aim is to present a case series that illustrates possible benefits from combining minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO), plastic surgery and antibiotic therapy, in order to treat and eradicate infection in patients with tibial pilon or calcaneal fractures. METHODS: Eleven consecutive patients with dehiscence of the surgical wound in outcomes MIPO using a Locking Compression Plate (LCP) for tibial pilon, or calcaneus fractures. The patients had developed a documented infection of the surgical wound...
October 23, 2017: Foot
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124451/current-treatment-concepts-for-iatrogenic-ventriculitis-a-nationwide-survey-in-germany
#18
Niklas von Spreckelsen, Norma Jung, Sergej Telentschak, Jürgen Hampl, Roland Goldbrunner, Stefan Grau
BACKGROUND: Iatrogenic ventriculitis is a common complication of the external ventricular drainage. While the procedure and indications for external ventricular drains (EVD) are highly standardized, the treatment of ventriculitis is not clearly defined. OBJECTIVE: To depict the treatment of iatrogenic ventriculitis currently performed in German hospitals. METHODS: A standardized questionnaire consisting of 18 multiple choice questions, each with the ability to provide additional individual answers, covering the diagnosis and treatment of iatrogenic ventriculitis as well as general handling of EVDs, was sent to 121 neurosurgical hospitals registered in the German Society for Neurosurgery (DGNC)...
November 9, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123379/guideline-development-for-the-management-of-gout-role-of-combination-therapy-with-a-focus-on-lesinurad
#19
REVIEW
Graeme Jones, Elena Panova, Richard Day
The aim of this review was to summarize the evidence for combination therapy to achieve serum urate (SUA) target levels in gout. Within this overarching aim, a second aim was to evaluate the evidence for a new uricosuric agent lesinurad, which inhibits urate transport in the kidney. In summary, this review indicates that there are a number of ways to approach patients who do not achieve a target serum urate with allopurinol (APL) monotherapy. These include higher doses of APL up to 600-800 mg/d, switching to febuxostat, or adding in a uricosuric...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121979/platelet-inhibition-during-ticagrelor-monotherapy-versus-ticagrelor-plus-aspirin-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-template-study-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#20
Sarah Baos, Wendy Underwood, Lucy Culliford, Barnaby C Reeves, Chris A Rogers, Ruth Bowles, Tom Johnson, Andreas Baumbach, Andrew Mumford
BACKGROUND: Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) with aspirin (ASP) and a P2Y12 blocker is currently standard care after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with stent insertion, and aims to inhibit platelet function in order to prevent stent thrombosis. The P2Y12 blocker ticagrelor (TIC) has greater antiplatelet effect than the previously used members of this class, such as clopidogrel. In healthy volunteers, TIC is sufficient to cause strong platelet inhibition, with little additional effect from ASP...
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