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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352755/a-mos1-transposase-in-vivo-assay-to-screen-new-hiv-1-integrase-inhibitors
#1
Mariana Cancian, Elgion L S Loreto
The integrase and transposase enzymes of retrovirus and transposons, respectively, share the catalytic DDE domain. In vitro assays showed that inhibitors of HIV-1 integrase generally inhibit the mariner Mos1 transposase. Using a Drosophila strain in which the mobilisation of the mariner element can be quantified by mosaic eyes, we showed that flies maintained in medium containing 210 µM to 4 mM of raltegravir, or 1 or 2 mM of dolutegravir, which are HIV-1 integrase inhibitor used in AIDS treatment, have 23-33% less somatic mobilisation in mosaic eyes when treated with raltegravir and 28-32% when treated with dolutegravir...
January 19, 2018: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352737/bronchiolitis-obliterans-syndrome-is-associated-with-increased-p-glycoprotein-expression-and-loss-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-from-steroid-resistant-pro-inflammatory-cd8-t-cells
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Greg Hodge, Sandra Hodge, Phan Tien Nguyen, Aeneas Yeo, Parama Sarkar, Arash Badiei, C L Holmes-Liew, Paul N Reynolds, Mark Holmes
Immunosuppressive therapy fails to suppress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, particularly by CD8+T cells, in stable lung transplant recipients and those undergoing chronic rejection, suggesting that some patients may become relatively resistant to immunosuppressants such as glucocorticoids (GC). We have shown loss of GC receptor (GCR) from the CD8+ cells, and we hypothesized that the drug membrane efflux pump, p-glycoprotein-1 (Pgp), may also be involved in lymphocyte steroid resistance following lung transplant...
January 20, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352713/clinical-variables-associated-with-overall-survival-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-patients-treated-with-sipuleucel-t-immunotherapy
#3
Xiao X Wei, Jaselle Perry, Emily Chang, Li Zhang, Robert A Hiatt, Charles J Ryan, Eric J Small, Lawrence Fong
BACKGROUND: Sipuleucel-T is an autologous cell-based cancer immunotherapy for men with asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Its approval by the Food and Drug Administration was based on demonstration of an overall survival (OS) benefit in randomized placebo-controlled phase III trials. However, treatment was associated with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) decline in only a small minority of patients. Understanding the clinical factors that are associated with OS could help guide treatment decisions, including patient selection and the timing of sipuleucel-T relative to other therapies...
December 27, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352704/treatment-of-adult-chronic-indeterminate-chagas-disease-with-benznidazole-and-three-e1224-dosing-regimens-a-proof-of-concept-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Faustino Torrico, Joaquim Gascon, Lourdes Ortiz, Cristina Alonso-Vega, María-Jesús Pinazo, Alejandro Schijman, Igor C Almeida, Fabiana Alves, Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, Isabela Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is a major neglected vector-borne disease. In this study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of three oral E1224 (a water-soluble ravuconazole prodrug) regimens and benznidazole versus placebo in adult chronic indeterminate Chagas disease. METHOD: In this proof-of-concept, double-blind, randomised phase 2 clinical trial, we recruited adults (18-50 years) with confirmed diagnosis of Trypanosoma cruzi infection from two outpatient units in Bolivia...
January 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352627/indications-and-limits-of-stereoelectroencephalography-seeg
#5
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Lorella Minotti, Alexandra Montavont, Julia Scholly, Louise Tyvaert, Delphine Taussig
Epilepsy surgery is now an accepted treatment to achieve seizure control in carefully selected patients, both children and adults, suffering from drug-resistant focal epilepsy. Although surgical strategies can often be defined on the basis of non-invasive diagnostic procedures, and despite the recent advances in this field, an increasing number of more complex cases requires invasive EEG (iEEG) to provide precise information on the localization of the epileptogenic zone (EZ), its relationships with eloquent cortex (EC), and the feasibility of a tailored surgical resection...
January 15, 2018: Neurophysiologie Clinique, Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352583/description-and-analysis-of-hospital-pharmacies-in-madagascar
#6
H R Ratsimbazafimahefa, F Sadeghipour, P Trouiller, A Pannatier, B Allenet
OBJECTIVE: Madagascar's health care system has operated without formal hospital pharmacies for more than two decades. The gradual integration of pharmacists in public hospitals since 2012 will allow the structuring of this field. This study was conducted to characterize the current situation regarding all aspects relating to the general functioning of hospital pharmacies and the services provided. METHODS: This qualitative research used semi-structured interviews...
January 15, 2018: Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352477/benzodiazepines-for-antipsychotic-induced-tardive-dyskinesia
#7
REVIEW
Hanna Bergman, Paranthaman S Bhoopathi, Karla Soares-Weiser
BACKGROUND: Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a disfiguring movement disorder, often of the orofacial region, frequently caused by using antipsychotic drugs. A wide range of strategies have been used to help manage TD, and for those who are unable to have their antipsychotic medication stopped or substantially changed, the benzodiazepine group of drugs have been suggested as a useful adjunctive treatment. However, benzodiazepines are very addictive. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of benzodiazepines for antipsychotic-induced tardive dyskinesia in people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or other chronic mental illnesses...
January 20, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352465/efficacy-of-local-phytotherapy-in-the-nonsurgical-treatment-of-periodontal-disease-a-systematic-review
#8
REVIEW
M G Moro, M L Silveira Souto, G C N Franco, M Holzhausen, C M Pannuti
Herbal drugs are commonly used in the treatment of several diseases, including periodontitis. So far, no systematic review had evaluated the evidence regarding the efficacy of these agents in the treatment of periodontal disease. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to evaluate the effect of local application of phytotherapic agents as adjuncts to scaling and root planing (SRP), compared to SRP alone, on clinical parameters of chronic periodontal patients. Only randomized controlled trials of at least 3 months follow-up, of SRP alone in association with local phytotherapic agents were included...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352425/safety-and-efficacy-of-nanocurcumin-as-add-on-therapy-to-riluzole-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-pilot-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mona Ahmadi, Elmira Agah, Shahriar Nafissi, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Mohammad Hossein Harirchian, Payam Sarraf, Sara Faghihi-Kashani, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Abdolreza Ghoreishi, Vajiheh Aghamollaii, Mostafa Hosseini, Abbas Tafakhori
The objective of present study was to assess the safety and efficacy of nanocurcumin as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent in adults with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We conducted a 12-month, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial at a neurological referral center in Iran. Eligible patients with a definite or probable ALS diagnosis were randomly assigned to receive either nanocurcumin (80 mg daily) or placebo in a 1:1 ratio. A computerized random number generator was used to prepare the randomization list...
January 19, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352399/predictors-of-retention-in-an-alcohol-and-risky-sex-prevention-program-for-homeless-young-adults
#10
Eric R Pedersen, Brett A Ewing, Elizabeth J D'Amico, Jeremy N V Miles, Ann C Haas, Joan S Tucker
Homeless young adults are at risk for alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and risky sexual behavior. Interventions are needed to help these young people reduce their risky behavior, but this population is often difficult to engage and retain in services. We offered a four-session AOD and risky sex reduction program to 100 participants and examined if retention in the program was predicted by a number of factors: demographics, homelessness severity, other service use, AOD behaviors, mental health symptoms, sexual risk behaviors, and readiness to change AOD and condom use...
January 20, 2018: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352386/glucose-homeostasis-in-major-depression-and-schizophrenia-a-comparison-among-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-patients
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Johann Steiner, Brisa S Fernandes, Paul C Guest, Henrik Dobrowolny, Gabriela Meyer-Lotz, Sabine Westphal, Katrin Borucki, Kolja Schiltz, Zoltán Sarnyai, Hans-Gert Bernstein
There is evidence for insulin resistance in drug-naïve first-episode schizophrenia (Sz) patients. We have tested whether impaired insulin homeostasis is also present in first-episode patients with major depression (MD) and if this can be discerned from stress-related and medication effects. Homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was determined in a cross-sectional cohort study of acute first-episode drug-naïve patients with MD (n = 18) or Sz (n = 24), and healthy controls (C, n = 43)...
January 19, 2018: European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352367/continuous-manufacturing-of-co-crystals-challenges-and-prospects
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REVIEW
Rahul B Chavan, Rajesh Thipparaboina, Balvant Yadav, Nalini R Shastri
The last decade has witnessed extensive growth in the field of co-crystallization for mitigating the solubility and dissolution-related issues of poorly soluble drugs. This is largely because co-crystals can modify the physicochemical properties of drugs without any covalent modification in the drug molecules. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now considers drug products that are designed to contain a new co-crystal, analogous to new polymorph of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). This positive change in regulatory perspective coupled with successful commercialization of valsartan-sacubitril co-crystal (Entresto, Novartis) has now brought co-crystals into focus, in both industries as well as academia...
January 19, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352351/levodopa-induced-dyskinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease-still-no-proof-a-meta-analysis
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Alexandros Giannakis, Maria Chondrogiorgi, Christos Tsironis, Athina Tatsioni, Spiridon Konitsiotis
We investigated whether there is a linear relationship between levodopa (LD) dose and treatment duration, and the development of levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) among patients with early untreated Parkinson's disease (PD). We performed a meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) comparing LD monotherapy to any other antiparkinsonian treatment in early PD patients. Meta-regressions were conducted including as covariates the effects of LD dose, treatment duration, and age. We further proceeded in subgroup analyses based on the type of medications in the non-LD monotherapy (control) group and on whether patients in the control group received additional levodopa or not...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352146/effects-of-renal-denervation-on-cardiac-structural-and-functional-abnormalities-in-patients-with-resistant-hypertension-or-diastolic-dysfunction
#14
Shiying Wang, Suxia Yang, Xinxin Zhao, Jun Shi
The aim of the present study is to systematically evaluate the impact of RDN on cardiac structure and function in patients with resistant hypertension (RH) or diastolic dysfunction. We retrieved Pubmed, Embase and Cocharane Library databases, from inception to April 1st, 2016. Studies reporting left ventricular mass (LVMI) or left ventricular (LV) diastolic function (reflected by the ratio of mitral inflow velocity to annular relaxation velocity [E/e']) responses to RDN were included. Two randomized controlled trials (RCTs), 3 controlled studies and 11 uncontrolled studies were finally identified...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352032/the-surprising-subtleties-of-changing-fear-memory-a-challenge-for-translational-science
#15
REVIEW
Merel Kindt
Current pharmacological and psychological treatments for disorders of emotional memory only dampen the affective response while leaving the original fear memory intact. Under adverse circumstances, these original memories regain prominence, causing relapses in many patients. The (re)discovery in neuroscience that after reactivation consolidated fear memories may return to a transient labile state, requiring a process of restabilization in order to persist, offers a window of opportunity for modifying fear memories with amnestic agents...
March 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351759/tracheal-intubation-in-critically-ill-patients-a-comprehensive-systematic-review-of-randomized-trials
#16
Luca Cabrini, Giovanni Landoni, Martina Baiardo Radaelli, Omar Saleh, Carmine D Votta, Evgeny Fominskiy, Alessandro Putzu, Cézar Daniel Snak de Souza, Massimo Antonelli, Rinaldo Bellomo, Paolo Pelosi, Alberto Zangrillo
BACKGROUND: We performed a systematic review of randomized controlled studies evaluating any drug, technique or device aimed at improving the success rate or safety of tracheal intubation in the critically ill. METHODS: We searched PubMed, BioMed Central, Embase and the Cochrane Central Register of Clinical Trials and references of retrieved articles. Finally, pertinent reviews were also scanned to detect further studies until May 2017. The following inclusion criteria were considered: tracheal intubation in adult critically ill patients; randomized controlled trial; study performed in Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department or ordinary ward; and work published in the last 20 years...
January 20, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351498/high-power-diode-laser-on-management-of-drug-induced-gingival-overgrowth-report-of-two-cases-and-long-term-follow-up
#17
Luana Campos, Marina Gallottini, Débora Pallos, Alyne Simões, Fabiana Martins
BACKGROUND: Drug-induced gingival overgrowth (DIGO) is attributed mainly to the prolonged use of calcium channel blocking agents, anticonvulsants, and anti-calcineurin inhibitors . The management of DIGO depends on the severity of the disease and includes surgical intervention and plaque control. Compared to conventional surgical treatment, the recent literature data have shown that gingivectomy using a high-power laser (HPL) is a short and easy procedure, which results in minimal postoperative discomfort and greater patient accep- tance...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351487/contribution-of-parasympathetic-muscarinic-augmentation-of-insulin-secretion-to-olanzapine-induced-hyperinsulinemia
#18
Michael R Rickels, Elys M Perez, Amy J Peleckis, Erica Alshehabi, Huong-Lan Nguyen, Darko Stefanovski, Karl Rickels, Karen L Teff
Atypical antipsychotic drugs have been associated with the development of obesity and diabetes. In particular, olanzapine can induce peripheral insulin resistance and compensatory hyperinsulinemia independent of weight gain or psychiatric disease. To determine if this compensatory increase in insulin is mediated by parasympathetic muscarinic stimulation, we randomized fifteen healthy subjects 2:1 to receive double-blind olanzapine or placebo for 9 days under diet and activity controlled inpatient conditions...
December 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351409/pharmacological-activation-of-ppar%C3%AE-inhibits-hypoxia-induced-proliferation-through-a-caveolin-1-targeted-and-dependent-mechanism-in-pasmcs
#19
Kai Yang, Mingming Zhao, Junyi Huang, Chenting Zhang, Qiu Yu Zheng, Yuqin Chen, Haiyang Jiang, Wenju Lu, Jian Wang
Previously, we and others have demonstrated that activation of peroxisome proliferator- activated receptor γ (PPARγ) by specific pharmacological agonists inhibits the pathogenesis of chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension (CHPH) by suppressing the proliferation and migration in distal pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs). Moreover, these beneficial effects of PPARγ are mediated by targeting the intracellular calcium homeostasis and store-operated calcium channel (SOCC) proteins, including the main caveolae component caveolin-1...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351362/analysis-of-the-effect-of-cyclophosphamide-and-methotrexate-on-chrysomya-megacephala-diptera-calliphoridae
#20
Ana Letícia Trivia, Carlos José de Carvalho Pinto
Forensic entomotoxicology investigates the effects of chemical substances in the development of scavenger insects and the reflection on estimating the minimum postmortem interval (PMI). To evaluate the impact of the chemotherapeutic drugs cyclophosphamide (CF) and methotrexate (MTX) on the postembryonic development of Chrysomya megacephala, controlled experiments were performed by rearing the larvae on spiked minced beef with different concentrations of these drugs. The results indicated that CF significantly decreased their developmental rate up to 28 h but had no significant effect on larval and adult sizes, survival rate, and sex ratio, whereas MTX decreased larval and adult sizes, survival rate, and there was a deviation in the expected sex ratio toward females in MTX-exposed larvae but had no significant impact on developmental rate...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Forensic Sciences
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