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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783937/enterococcus-gallinarum-meningitis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#1
Bo Zhao, Mao Sheng Ye, Rui Zheng
BACKGROUND: As an opportunistic pathogen, E. gallinarum mainly leads to nosocomial infections, and it's multi-drug resistance has gained more and more attention. Central nervous system infections caused by E. gallinarum are rare, but have been reported more often in recent years. The previous cases were generally secondary to neurosurgery, especially ventriculoperitoneal shunts. In recent years, the cases largely occurred in patients with impaired immune function. The patient in our report may have had dual risk factors (immune impairment and an invasive surgical procedure)...
May 21, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670351/cellular-interaction-of-a-layer-by-layer-based-drug-delivery-system-depending-on-material-properties-and-cell-types
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Mandy Brueckner, Steffen Jankuhn, Eva-Maria Jülke, Uta Reibetanz
Background: Drug delivery systems (DDS) and their interaction with cells are a controversial topic in the development of therapeutic concepts and approaches. On one hand, DDS are very useful for protected and targeted transport of defined dosages of active agents. On the other hand, their physicochemical properties such as material, size, shape, charge, or stiffness have a huge impact on cellular uptake and intracellular processing. Additionally, even identical DDS can undergo a completely diverse interaction with different cell types...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669944/neutrophil-subsets-and-their-gene-signature-associate-with-vascular-inflammation-and-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-lupus
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Philip M Carlucci, Monica M Purmalek, Amit K Dey, Yenealem Temesgen-Oyelakin, Simantini Sakhardande, Aditya A Joshi, Joseph B Lerman, Alice Fike, Michael Davis, Jonathan H Chung, Martin P Playford, Mohammad Naqi, Pragnesh Mistry, Gustavo Gutierrez-Cruz, Stefania Dell'Orso, Faiza Naz, Taufiq Salahuddin, Balaji Natarajan, Zerai Manna, Wanxia L Tsai, Sarthak Gupta, Peter Grayson, Heather Teague, Marcus Y Chen, Hong-Wei Sun, Sarfaraz Hasni, Nehal N Mehta, Mariana J Kaplan
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with enhanced risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease not explained by Framingham risk score (FRS). Immune dysregulation associated to a distinct subset of lupus proinflammatory neutrophils (low density granulocytes; LDGs) may play key roles in conferring enhanced CV risk. This study assessed if lupus LDGs are associated with in vivo vascular dysfunction and inflammation and coronary plaque. METHODS: SLE subjects and healthy controls underwent multimodal phenotyping of vascular disease by quantifying vascular inflammation (18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-PET/CT [18F-FDG-PET/CT]), arterial dysfunction (EndoPAT and cardio-ankle vascular index), and coronary plaque burden (coronary CT angiography)...
April 19, 2018: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29627842/high-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-is-a-significant-predictor-of-cardiovascular-and-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-undergoing-peritoneal-dialysis
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Xiangxue Lu, Shixiang Wang, Guizhi Zhang, Ruifang Xiong, Han Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic inflammation is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular death in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Although elevated neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), a novel inflammatory marker, has been shown to predict cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality in the general population, limited evidence is available for its role in ESRD. METHODS: We enrolled 86 patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD) for a 36-month follow-up to investigate the association between the NLR and arterial stiffness markers, namely, carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) and carotid augmentation index (AIx), and mortality in PD patients...
March 29, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29528011/fgf23-ngal-and-endostatin-the-predictors-of-allograft-function-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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Bahar Gürlek Demirci, Siren Sezer, Saliha Uyanık Yıldırım, Meltem Kaynar Erdoğan, Emre Tutal, Özlem Özdemir, Gani Orazbayev, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Increased circulating levels of fibroblast growth factor 23, neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin, and endostatin are independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Here, we evaluated correlations among these parameters and graft dysfunction and their relation with arterial stiffness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study included 73 maintenance kidney transplant patients with stable allograft function who had received the transplant at least 36 months previously...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29477778/cohort-controlled-comparison-of-umbilical-cord-blood-transplantation-using-carlecortemcel-l-a-single-progenitor-enriched-cord-blood-to-double-cord-blood-unit-transplantation
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Patrick J Stiff, Pau Montesinos, Tony Peled, Efrat Landau, Noga Rosenheimer Goudsmid, Julie Mandel, Nira Hasson, Esti Olesinski, Ela Glukhman, David A Snyder, Einat Galamidi Cohen, Orna Srur Kidron, Dalia Bracha, Dorit Harati, Keren Ben-Abu, Etty Freind, Laurence S Freedman, Yael C Cohen, Liraz Olmer, Raya Barishev, Vanderson Rocha, Eliane Gluckman, Mary M Horowitz, Mary Eapen, Arnon Nagler, Guillermo Sanz
Umbilical cord blood (UCB) transplantation has a high early mortality rate primarily related to transplanted stem cell dose. To decrease early mortality and enhance engraftment, a portion of selected cord blood units (20% to 50%) was expanded with cytokines and the copper chelator tetraethylenepentamine (carlecortemcel-L) and transplanted with the unmanipulated fraction after myeloablative conditioning. The primary endpoint was 100-day survival, which was compared with a contemporaneous double-unit cord blood transplantation (DUCBT) group...
March 1, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29468621/fusarium-brain-abscess-in-a-patient-with-diabetes-mellitus-and-liver-cirrhosis
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Yu-Ju Chen, Chao-Liang Chou, Kuan-Ju Lai, Ya-Ju Lin Lin
PURPOSE: Invasive mycosis caused by the Aspergillus, Fusarium, and Mucor can be fetal, especially in the immunocompromised patients with central nervous system (CNS) involvement. Here we present a case of CNS Fusarium infection, and this is the first reported case of Fusarium brain abscess in Taiwan. CASE REPORT: A 65-year-old woman presented with fever and conscious disturbance for 3 days. Neurological examination showed stupor consciousness, neck stiffness, multiple cranial nerves palsy, and bilateral Babinski signs...
September 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288632/association-of-vascular-indices-with-novel-circulating-biomarkers-as-prognostic-factors-for-cardiovascular-complications-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Katerina K Naka, Katerina Papathanassiou, Aris Bechlioulis, Konstantinos Pappas, Stelios Tigas, Dimitrios Makriyiannis, Sophia Antoniou, Nikolaos Kazakos, Alexandra Margeli, Ioannis Papassotiriou, Agathocles Tsatsoulis, Lampros K Michalis
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiology of atherosclerosis in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is multifactorial. The association of vascular indices with circulating biomarkers of inflammation and insulin resistance and their role in the long-term cardiovascular prognosis in T2DM patients were currently investigated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with T2DM and poor glycemic control without known cardiovascular diseases (n=119) at baseline were enrolled and followed for about 9years...
March 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240565/platelets-to-lymphocyte-ratio-is-a-good-predictor-of-liver-fibrosis-and-insulin-resistance-in-hepatitis-c-virus-related-liver-disease
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Ayman Alsebaey, Mostafa Elhelbawy, Imam Waked
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a global health problem that is complicated by liver fibrosis and insulin resistance (IR). AIM: The aim of this study was to validate neutrophils-to-lymphocytes ratio (NLR) and platelets-to-lymphocytes ratio (PLR) as indirect biomarkers of liver fibrosis and IR in HCV patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and fifty patients were enrolled. Physical examination, BMI, liver function tests, serum creatinine, complete blood count, serum HCV RNA count by PCR, and abdominal ultrasonography were performed...
February 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194232/diverse-correlations-between-fibrosis-related-factors-and-liver-stiffness-measurement-by-transient-elastography-in-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Ziyu Lin, Jing Liang, Jianyun Zhu, Chaoxia Hu, Yurong Gu, Jing Lai, Yubao Zheng, Zhiliang Gao
BACKGROUND: Several fibrosis-related factors influence liver stiffness measurements (LSM); however, these changes have not been investigated in the context of the various disease stages of chronic hepatitis B (CHB). AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the correlations between fibrosis-related factors and LSM in different disease stages of CHB. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with mild CHB (n=305) and cirrhotic hepatitis B (cirrhotic HB) (n=137) were compared with determine the relationship between LSM and fibrosis-related factors including parameters of liver inflammation [aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate transaminase (AST), total bilirubin (Tbil)], albumin, globulin, peripheral blood cells (neutrophil granulocytes, red blood cells, platelets), abdominal ultrasound B-scan parameters including right liver thickness, portal vein inradium, diameter of spleen (DS), thickness of spleen (TS), and splenic vein inradium (SV)...
February 2018: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942364/toll-like-receptor-mediated-upregulation-of-cxcl16-in-psoriasis-orchestrates-neutrophil-activation
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Sabine Steffen, Susanne Abraham, Maik Herbig, Franziska Schmidt, Kristin Blau, Susann Meisterfeld, Stefan Beissert, Jochen Guck, Claudia Günther
Innate immune processes are central in the development of the chronic inflammatory skin disease psoriasis. Studying stimulation of keratinocytes, monocytes, and dendritic cells by type I interferons or ligation of Toll-like receptors 1/2, 2/6, or 7, but not 7/8, resulted in enhanced surface expression and secretion of CXC chemokine ligand (CXCL) 16. The corresponding CXC chemokine receptor 6 was expressed on neutrophils whose recruitment into skin is important, especially in early psoriatic disease. Using the recently developed technique real-time deformability cytometry demonstrated that CXCL16 and IL-8 decreased the stiffness and enhanced deformation of neutrophils facilitating transmigration through vessel wall...
February 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912780/inflammatory-markers-for-arterial-stiffness-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Ioana Mozos, Clemens Malainer, Jarosław Horbańczuk, Cristina Gug, Dana Stoian, Constantin Tudor Luca, Atanas G Atanasov
Arterial stiffness predicts an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Inflammation plays a major role in large arteries stiffening, related to atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction, smooth muscle cell migration, vascular calcification, increased activity of metalloproteinases, extracellular matrix degradation, oxidative stress, elastolysis, and degradation of collagen. The present paper reviews main mechanisms explaining the crosstalk between inflammation and arterial stiffness and the most common inflammatory markers associated with increased arterial stiffness, considering the most recent clinical and experimental studies...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813773/a-case-of-ivig-induced-aseptic-chemical-meningitis
#13
Anish Patel, Kalyan Chakravarthy Potu, Tamera Sturm
Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a commonly used and generally well-tolerated medication. Common side effects include flu-like symptoms such as fevers, headaches, myalgia, fatigue, and nausea. One of the more rare side effects is aseptic meningitis, with a reported incidence rate of around 0.067 percent of all IVIG infusions. In this paper, we describe a 47-year-old female patient with a history of myasthenia gravis who presented with a headache, neck pain, and neck stiffness while undergoing IVIG infusions for a myasthenia crisis...
March 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794106/flow-mediated-dilation-and-peripheral-arterial-tonometry-are-disturbed-in-preeclampsia-and-reflect-different-aspects-of-endothelial-function
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Dominique Mannaerts, Ellen Faes, Inge Goovaerts, Tibor Stoop, Jerome Cornette, Wilfried Gyselaers, Marc Spaanderman, Emeline M Van Craenenbroeck, Yves Jacquemyn
Endothelial function and arterial stiffness are known to be altered in preeclamptic pregnancies. Previous studies have shown conflicting results regarding the best technique for assessing vascular function in pregnancy. In this study, we made a comprehensive evaluation of in vivo vascular function [including flow-mediated dilatation (FMD), peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT), and arterial stiffness] in preeclamptic patients and compared them with normal pregnancies. In addition, we assessed the relation between vascular function and systemic inflammation...
November 1, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649402/evolutionary-adaptations-of-biofilms-infecting-cystic-fibrosis-lungs-promote-mechanical-toughness-by-adjusting-polysaccharide-production
#15
Kristin Kovach, Megan Davis-Fields, Yasuhiko Irie, Kanishk Jain, Shashvat Doorwar, Katherine Vuong, Numa Dhamani, Kishore Mohanty, Ahmed Touhami, Vernita D Gordon
Biofilms are communities of microbes embedded in a matrix of extracellular polymeric substances, largely polysaccharides. Multiple types of extracellular polymeric substances can be produced by a single bacterial strain. The distinct polymer components of biofilms are known to provide chemical protection, but little is known about how distinct extracellular polysaccharides may also protect biofilms against mechanical stresses such as shear or phagocytic engulfment. Decades-long infections of Pseudomonas. aeruginosa biofilms in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients are natural models for studies of biofilm fitness under pressure from antibiotics and the immune system...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601234/comparison-of-echocardiographic-findings-in-patients-with-nonfunctioning-adrenal-incidentalomas
#16
Narin Nasıroglu Imga, Ozgul Ucar Elalmıs, Mazhar Muslum Tuna, Bercem Aycıcek Dogan, Deniz Sahın, Tugba Gursoy, Yavuz Yalcın, Dilek Berker, Serdar Guler
Adrenal incidentalomas (AIs) are usually discovered incidentally after imaging unrelated to adrenal glands. We aimed to evaluate standard risk factors for systemic atherosclerosis and echocardiographic changes in patients with nonfunctioning AIs and compare them with normal subjects. We evaluated 70 patients diagnosed with AIs and 51 healthy controls. Mean levels were determined for HbA1c, LDL, uric acid, fasting plasma insulin, HOMA, and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), and these values were found to be significantly higher in the patients than the controls...
June 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592301/pneumococcal-meningitis-with-normal-cerebrospinal-biochemistry-and-no-pneumococci-at-microscopy-mimicking-a-stroke-a-case-report
#17
Gideon Ertner, Jeppe Romme Christensen, Christian T Brandt
BACKGROUND: Bacterial meningitis commonly presents with symptoms such as headache, impaired consciousness, neck stiffness, and fever. In most cases, cerebrospinal fluid analysis will yield white cell counts >100/mm(3). Atypical presentations occur, especially in the very young or very elderly and the immunocompromised. We report an unusual case of pneumococcal meningitis in a healthy 78-year-old Danish woman who presented with clinical features mimicking a stroke with normal cerebrospinal fluid parameters and without microscopic evidence of bacteria...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480636/the-relationship-between-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-and-artery-stiffness-in-subtypes-of-hypertension
#18
Huan Wang, Yuanhui Hu, Yanting Geng, Huaqin Wu, Yuguang Chu, Ruihua Liu, Yi Wei, Zhiling Qiu
Recently, neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has been proved to be a useful indicator of inflammation and cardiovascular risk. Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity is an indicator for early atherosclerotic changes. It is unknown whether NLR differs in subtypes of hypertension, and little research has been performed on the relationship between NLR and arteriosclerosis in subtypes of hypertension. The purpose of this article was to investigate their relationship. A total of 217 consecutive patients with hypertension and 132 persons without hypertension were included...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323056/fty720-promotes-pulmonary-fibrosis-when-administered-during-the-remodelling-phase-following-a-bleomycin-induced-lung-injury
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David R Gendron, Anne-Marie Lemay, Pascale Blais Lecours, Valérie Perreault-Vallières, Carole-Ann Huppé, Ynuk Bossé, Marie-Renée Blanchet, Geneviève Dion, David Marsolais
Fibrosis complicates numerous pathologies including interstitial lung diseases. Sphingosine analogs such as FTY720 can alleviate lung injury-induced fibrosis in murine models. Contradictorily, FTY720 also promotes in vitro processes normally leading to fibrosis and high doses in vivo foster lung fibrosis by enhancing vascular leakage into the lung. The goal of this study was to determine the effect of low doses of FTY720 on lung fibrosis triggered by an acute injury in mice. We first defined the time-boundaries delimiting the inflammatory and remodelling phases of an injury elicited by bleomycin based on neutrophil counts, total lung capacity and lung stiffness...
June 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168136/palisaded-granulomatous-dermatitis-associated-with-ulcerative-colitis-a-comprehensive-literature-review
#20
REVIEW
Katherine M Stiff, Philip R Cohen
Palisaded granulomatous dermatitis is an uncommon pathologic condition potentially associated with several disorders. These include drugs, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple myelomas, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. An illustrative case of a man with palisaded granulomatous dermatitis who subsequently developed ulcerative colitis is described, and the characteristics of other individuals with ulcerative colitis-associated palisaded granulomatous dermatitis are reviewed. PubMed was used to search the following terms: palisaded, interstitial, granulomatous, dermatitis, ulcerative colitis, and neutrophilic...
January 6, 2017: Curēus
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