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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214275/detection-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-by-nested-pcr-in-hiv-negative-patients-with-pulmonary-disease
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Cristina Rodrigues Santos, Ângela M de Assis, Edson A Luz, Luzia Lyra, Ivan F Toro, José Claudio C Seabra, Dira H Daldin, Tathiane U Marcalto, Marcos T Galasso, Ronaldo F Macedo, Angélica Z Schreiber, Francisco H Aoki
BACKGROUND: Nested PCR can be used to determine the status of Pneumocystis jirovecii infection in other lung diseases. AIMS: This study sought to detect a target DNA fragment (mitochondrial large subunit rRNA or mtL SUrRNA) of P. jirovecii in patients with lung disease who underwent bronchoscopy with collection of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). METHODS: The results from toluidine blue staining were compared with those obtained using molecular methods that included an "in house" DNA extraction procedure, PCR and nested PCR...
February 14, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214126/pulmonary-nodules-in-african-migrants-caused-by-chronic-schistosomiasis
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REVIEW
Federico Gobbi, Dora Buonfrate, Andrea Angheben, Anna Beltrame, Matteo Bassetti, Luca Bertolaccini, Giuseppe Bogina, Simone Caia, Silvia Duranti, Maria Gobbo, Valentina Marchese, Stefania Marocco, Maria Merelli, Geraldo Monteiro, Alberto Terzi, Zeno Bisoffi
Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that can cause mainly hepatic and genitourinary damage, depending on the species. Involvement of the lungs has been commonly described in acute infection (Katayama syndrome) and chronic infection (pulmonary hypertension). Although rarely reported in the scientific literature, cases of lung nodules due to chronic schistosome infection are also possible and are probably more frequent than commonly thought. Here we report seven cases of African migrants who were diagnosed with chronic schistosomiasis and pulmonary nodules due to deposition of schistosome eggs, and we compare our findings to the case reports found in the scientific literature...
February 14, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213592/the-evidence-of-benefits-of-exercise-training-in-interstitial-lung-disease-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Leona M Dowman, Christine F McDonald, Catherine J Hill, Annemarie L Lee, Kathryn Barker, Claire Boote, Ian Glaspole, Nicole S L Goh, Anne M Southcott, Angela T Burge, Rebecca Gillies, Alicia Martin, Anne E Holland
BACKGROUND: Uncertainty exists regarding the clinical relevance of exercise training across the range of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs). OBJECTIVE: To establish the impact of exercise training in patients with ILDs of differing aetiology and severity. METHODS: 142 participants with ILD (61 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), 22 asbestosis, 23 connective tissue disease-related ILD (CTD-ILD) and 36 with other aetiologies) were randomised to either 8 weeks of supervised exercise training or usual care...
February 17, 2017: Thorax
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207279/angiotensin-converting-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-and-longitudinal-change-in-percent-emphysema-on-computed-tomography-the-mesa-lung-study
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Megha A Parikh, Carrie P Aaron, Eric A Hoffman, Joseph E Schwartz, Jaime Madrigano, John H M Austin, Ravi Kalhan, Gina Lovasi, Karol Watson, Karen Hinckley Stukovsky, R Graham Barr
RATIONALE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Emphysema on computed tomography (CT) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with and without spirometrically defined COPD but no available medications target emphysema.  Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) and endothelial dysfunction are implicated in emphysema pathogenesis, and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) inhibit TGF-β, improve endothelial function and restore airspace architecture in murine models...
February 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203565/tubular-dysfunction-mimicking-dent-s-disease-in-2-infants-born-with-extremely-low-birth-weight
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Midori Awazu, Mie Arai, Shoko Ohashi, Hirotaka Takahashi, Takashi Sekine, Kazushige Ikeda
Two preterm infants, with extremely low birth weight born at gestational weeks 24 and 25, showed generalized proximal tubular dysfunction during their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit, including glucosuria, low molecular weight proteinuria, phosphaturia, uricosuria, enzymuria (elevated urine N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminidase), panaminoaciduria, and hypercalciuria, associated with renal calcification. Renal tubular acidosis was not present in either patient. DNA mutation analysis for Dent's disease, performed in patient 1, was negative...
January 2017: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202489/nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase-promotes-pulmonary-vascular-remodeling-and-is-a-therapeutic-target-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Jiwang Chen, Justin R Sysol, Sunit Singla, Shuangping Zhao, Aya Yamamura, Daniela Valdez-Jasso, Taimur Abbasi, Krystyna M Shioura, Sakshi Sahni, Vamsi Reddy, Arvind Sridhar, Hui Gao, Jaime Torres, Sara M Camp, Haiyang Tang, Shui Quing Ye, Suzy Comhair, Raed Dweik, Paul Hassoun, Jason X-J Yuan, Joe G N Garcia, Roberto F Machado
Background -Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a severe and progressive disease, a hallmark of which is pulmonary vascular remodeling. Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), is a cytozyme which regulates intracellular NAD levels and cellular redox state, regulates histone deacetylases, promotes cell proliferation and inhibits apoptosis. We hypothesized that NAMPT promotes pulmonary vascular remodeling, and that inhibition of NAMPT could attenuate pulmonary hypertension. Methods -Plasma and mRNA and protein levels of NAMPT were measured in the lungs and isolated pulmonary artery endothelial cells (PAECs) from PAH patients, as well as in lungs of rodent models of pulmonary hypertension (PH)...
February 15, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202366/modulation-of-the-trpv4-ion-channel-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-disease
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REVIEW
Megan S Grace, Sara J Bonvini, Maria G Belvisi, Peter McIntyre
Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 4 (TRPV4) is a broadly expressed, polymodally gated ion channel that plays an important role in many physiological and pathophysiological processes. TRPV4 knockout mice and several synthetic pharmacological compounds that selectively target TRPV4 are now available, which has allowed detailed investigation in to the therapeutic potential of this ion channel. Results from animal studies suggest that TRPV4 antagonism has therapeutic potential in oedema, pain, gastrointestinal disorders, and lung diseases such as cough, bronchoconstriction, pulmonary hypertension, and acute lung injury...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202122/-role-of-calcium-sensing-receptor-in-neonatal-mice-with-persistent-pulmonary-hypertension
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Meng-Meng Wang, He Li, Fang-Fang Zhang, Ke-Tao Ma, Wei-Wei Cao, Qiang Gu
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) agonists and antagonists on the expression of CaSR in neonatal mice with persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN), and to clarify the role of CaSR in neonatal mice with PPHN. METHODS: Forty-nine neonatal mice were randomly divided into four groups: control (n=10), hypoxia (PPHN; n=11), agonist (n=13), and antagonist (n=15). The mice in the PPHN, agonist, and antagonist groups were exposed to an oxygen concentration of 12%, and those in the control group were exposed to the air...
February 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191607/retrospective-study-of-the-clinical-characteristics-and-risk-factors-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
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Yongfeng Zhang, Hongbin Li, Nawei Wu, Xin Dong, Yi Zheng
This study aims to explore the clinical characteristics and risk factors of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-associated interstitial lung disease (ILD). This is a retrospective study of 550 patients with RA. All patients underwent chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scanning. (1) Two hundred thirty-seven out of five hundred fifty (43.1%) patients with RA were diagnose with ILD. 13.5% ILD occurred before RA onset, 69.6% ILD occurred within 10 years of RA onset, and 16.9% ILD occurred more than 10 years after RA onset...
February 12, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188237/first-identification-of-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factor-2-mutation-in-heritable-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Christina A Eichstaedt, Jie Song, Rebecca Rodríguez Viales, Zixuan Pan, Nicola Benjamin, Christine Fischer, Marius Hoeper, Silvia Ulrich, Katrin Hinderhofer, Ekkehard Grünig
Heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension (HPAH) is an autosomal dominantly inherited disease caused by mutations in the bone morphogenic protein receptor 2 gene and/or genes of its signalling pathway in about 85% of patients. We clinically and genetically analysed a HPAH family without mutations in previously described PAH genes. Clinical assessment included electrocardiogram, lung function, blood gas analysis, chest X-ray, laboratory testing, echocardiography and right heart catheterisation in case of suspected disease...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187460/effects-of-renal-denervation-on-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-remodeling
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Qian Liu, Jiyang Song, Dasheng Lu, Jie Geng, Zhixin Jiang, Kai Wang, Bin Zhang, Qijun Shan
Pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) is a rapidly progressive disorder, which leads to right heart failure and even death. Overactivity of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and sympathetic nervous system accounts for the development and progression of PAH. The role of renal denervation (RDN) in different periods of PAH has not been fully elucidated. A single intraperitoneal injection of monocrotaline (MCT, 60 mg/kg) was used to induce pulmonary remodeling in male Sprague Dawley rats (n = 40). After 24-hour of MCT administration, a subset of rats underwent RDN (RDN24h, n = 10); after 2-week of MCT injection, another ten rats received RDN treatment (RDN2w, n = 10) and the left 20 rats were divided to MCT group with sham RDN operation (MCT, n = 20)...
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185800/inhaled-sildenafil-as-an-alternative-to-oral-sildenafil-in-the-treatment-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-pah
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Jahidur Rashid, Brijeshkumar Patel, Eva Nozik-Grayck, Ivan F McMurtry, Kurt R Stenmark, Fakhrul Ahsan
The practice of treating PAH patients with oral or intravenous sildenafil suffers from the limitations of short dosing intervals, peripheral vasodilation, unwanted side effects, and restricted use in pediatric patients. In this study, we sought to test the hypothesis that inhalable poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) particles of sildenafil prolong the release of the drug,produce pulmonary specific vasodilation, reduce the systemic exposure of the drug, and may be used as an alternative to oral sildenafil in the treatment of PAH...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183533/chronic-embolic-pulmonary-hypertension-caused-by-pulmonary-embolism-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-inhibition
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Evandro M Neto-Neves, Mary Beth Brown, Maria V Zaretskaia, Samin Rezania, Adam G Goodwill, Brian P McCarthy, Scott A Persohn, Paul R Territo, Jeffrey A Kline
Our understanding of the pathophysiological basis of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) will be accelerated by an animal model that replicates the phenotype of human CTEPH. Sprague-Dawley rats were administered a combination of a single dose each of plastic microspheres and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor antagonist in polystyrene microspheres (PE) + tyrosine kinase inhibitor SU5416 (SU) group. Shams received volume-matched saline; PE and SU groups received only microspheres or SU5416, respectively...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181133/effects-of-aerobic-exercise-training-on-metabolism-of-nitric-oxide-and-endothelin-1-in-lung-parenchyma-of-rats-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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A Zimmer, R B Teixeira, J H P Bonetto, R Siqueira, C C Carraro, L M Donatti, A Hickmann, I E Litvin, A E G Godoy, A S Araujo, R Colombo, Adriane Belló-Klein
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by vasoconstriction and proliferative obstruction of pulmonary vessels, which promotes a progressive increase in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The effect of exercise training on oxidative stress, metabolism, and markers of nitric oxide (NO) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) was analyzed in the lung tissue of rats with PAH induced by monocrotaline (MCT).Twenty-four Wistar rats were divided into four groups (5-7 animals): sedentary control (SC), sedentary MCT (SM), trained control (TC), and trained MCT (TM)...
February 8, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178968/imatinib-relaxes-the-pulmonary-venous-bed-of-guinea-pigs
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Nina A Maihöfer, Said Suleiman, Daniela Dreymüller, Paul W Manley, Rolf Rossaint, Stefan Uhlig, Christian Martin, Annette D Rieg
BACKGROUND: Recently, the IMPRES study revealed that systemic imatinib improves exercise capacity in patients with advanced pulmonary arterial hypertension. Imatinib blocks the tyrosine kinase activity of the platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-receptor (PDGFR), acts antiproliferative and relaxes pulmonary arteries. However so far, the relaxant effects of imatinib on pulmonary veins (PVs) and on the postcapillary resistance are unknown, although pulmonary hypertension (PH) due to left heart disease (LHD) is most common and primarily affects PVs...
February 8, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176910/apatinib-as-post-second-line-therapy-in-egfr-wild-type-and-alk-negative-advanced-lung-adenocarcinoma
#16
Shen-Cun Fang, Hai-Tao Zhang, Ying-Ming Zhang, Wei-Ping Xie
In the absence of a driver mutation, chemotherapy is the standard treatment option as first- and second-line therapy for advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Though a large number of patients are suitable for post second-line therapies, the quality and quantity of the available drugs in this setting is poor. Apatinib, a small molecule vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR-2) tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is a first-generation oral antiangiogenesis drug approved in the People's Republic of China for use as a subsequent line of treatment for advanced gastric cancer...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175924/morbidity-and-causes-of-death-in-patients-with-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma-in-finland
#17
Liisa Väkevä, Tuomas Lipsanen, Harri Sintonen, Annamari Ranki
Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCL), especially mycosis fungoides, can be considered as a state of longstanding low-grade systemic inflammation. Many studies have focused on secondary cancers with CTCL, but information about comorbidities is limited. A total of 144 patients with CTCL at Helsinki University Central Hospital during 2005 to 2015 were studied to determine associated comorbidities and causes of death in this cohort. Compared with an age-standardized control population, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus was increased among patients with CTCL with no link to obesity...
February 8, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174411/-primary-lung-cancer-associated-with-dilated-phase-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-report-of-a-case
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Takehiro Sakai, Takao Tsushima, Daisuke Kimura, Ryo Hatanaka, Masahiro Sawada, Yutaka Sato
A 66-year-old man diagnosed as dilated phase of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (D-HCM) was pointed out an abnormal shadow on routine chest radiography. The patient had past medical history of hypertension, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The computed tomography showed a 3.8 cm-sized tumor in the left lower lobe of the lung, and histopathological examination revealed squamous cell carcinoma (cT2aN0-1M0, cStage I B-II A). Cardiosonography showed diffuse hypokinesis from basal to mid area, and ejection fraction was 36...
February 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174383/-a-case-of-synchronous-double-cancer-of-the-lung-and-stomach-that-responded-to-cisplatin-and-s-1-combination-chemotherapy
#19
Tomohide Sugiyama, Takashi Kasai, Yoichi Nakamura, Yukari Kamiyama, Kiyoshi Mori
A 55-year-old man experienced weight loss, as noted by a physician who was examining him for hypertension. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed a tumor lesion with an ulcer on the posterior wall of the greater curvature. A biopsy confirmed the presence of an adenocarcinoma(HER2 negative), and demonstrated enlarged para-aortic lymph nodes. Thus, stage IV type 3 ulcer infiltration-type gastric cancer was diagnosed. Computed tomography was included in the examination, and demonstrated nodular shadows in the right lower lobe and enlarged mediastinal nodes, as well as bilateral multiple granular shadows...
January 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168563/right-atrial-strain-is-predictive-of-clinical-outcomes-and-invasive-hemodynamic-data-in-group-1-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Nicole M Bhave, Scott H Visovatti, Brian Kulick, Theodore J Kolias, Vallerie V McLaughlin
Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is a practical and widely used tool for risk stratification in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We hypothesized that right atrial (RA) reservoir function, represented by peak RA systolic strain, correlates with invasive hemodynamic measurements and clinical outcomes in PAH. Patients with group 1 PAH who had TTE within 6 months of index PAH clinic visit and right heart catheterization were included in this retrospective study. Peak RA strain in the 2D apical 4-chamber view was measured with speckle-tracking software...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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