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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107772/a-preliminary-randomized-controlled-trial-of-contingency-management-for-alcohol-use-reduction-using-a-transdermal-alcohol-sensor
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Nancy P Barnett, Mark A Celio, Jennifer W Tidey, James G Murphy, Suzanne M Colby, Robert M Swift
AIMS: We tested the efficacy of daily contingent reinforcement for reducing alcohol use compared with (yoked) noncontingent reinforcement (NR) using a transdermal alcohol sensor to detect alcohol use. DESIGN: Pilot randomized controlled design with one baseline week, three intervention weeks, and one-month follow up. SETTING: New England, USA. PARTICIPANTS: Heavy drinking adults (47% female) not seeking treatment were randomized to 1) an escalating schedule of cash reinforcement (CR; n =15) for days on which alcohol was neither reported nor detected or 2) yoked NR (n =15)...
January 20, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107277/suppressive-effect-of-1%C3%AE-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-on-th17-immune-responses-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-with-tacrolimus-based-immunosuppression
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Byung Ha Chung, Bo-Mi Kim, Kyoung Chan Doh, Ji-Won Min, Mi-La Cho, Kyoung Woon Kim, Chul Woo Yang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate whether 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 can regulate Th17-related-immune responses in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) being treated with tacrolimus (Tac)-based immunosuppression. METHODS: First, we evaluated the effect of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) on Th17-immune responses in an in vitro study using peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from healthy volunteers or KTRs. Next, we investigated mTOR/STAT3 signaling as a mechanism by which 1,25(OH)2D3 exerted its effect on T cells using the Jurkat cell line...
October 6, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104153/pharmacokinetic-profile-of-twice-and-once-daily-tacrolimus-in-pediatric-kidney-transplant-recipients
#3
Y Takahashi, S Shishido, Y Hyodo, T Yonekura, H Nihei, Y Itabashi, M Muramatsu, Y Hamasaki, T Kawamura, A Aikawa
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the differences in pharmacokinetic (PK) profiles after the 1:1 ratio-based conversion from a twice-daily to a once-daily tacrolimus formulation (TD-TAC and OD-TAC, respectively) in pediatric recipients of kidney transplants. METHODS: TD-TAC was initially administered to 29 pediatric patients who underwent kidney transplantations between April 2010 and September 2015 and were then subsequently switched to OD-TAC. The switch dose ratio was 1:1, and the 24-hour complete PK parameter assessment was performed before and after the regimen was changed from TD-TAC to OD-TAC...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104127/calcineurin-inhibitor-induced-pain-syndrome-in-abo-incompatible-living-kidney-transplantation-a-case-report
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S Ishida, M Kato, T Fujita, Y Funahashi, N Sassa, Y Matsukawa, Y Yoshino, T Yamamoto, T Katsuno, S Maruyama, M Gotoh
BACKGROUND: Calcineurin-inhibitor-induced pain syndrome (CIPS) was used as a reference in the literature as reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome related to calcineurin inhibitors. Much of the literature describes CIPS that occurred after kidney and bone marrow transplantation. We describe a rare case of CIPS in induction immunosuppression before kidney transplantation, under administration of an anti-rheumatoid drug. METHODS: A 53-year-old woman had pre-status of ABO-incompatible living kidney transplantation...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102485/-18-f-fet-pet-prior-to-recurrent-high-grade-glioma-re-irradiation-additional-prognostic-value-of-dynamic-time-to-peak-analysis-and-early-static-summation-images
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Daniel F Fleischmann, Marcus Unterrainer, Peter Bartenstein, Claus Belka, Nathalie L Albert, Maximilian Niyazi
Most high-grade gliomas (HGG) recur after initial multimodal therapy and re-irradiation (Re-RT) has been shown to be a valuable re-treatment option in selected patients. We evaluated the prognostic value of dynamic time-to-peak analysis and early static summation images in O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-l-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) PET for patients treated with Re-RT ± concomitant bevacizumab. We retrospectively analyzed 72 patients suffering from recurrent HGG with (18)F-FET PET prior to Re-RT. PET analysis revealed the maximal tumor-to-background-ratio (TBRmax), the biological tumor volume, the number of PET-foci and pattern of time-activity-curves (TACs; increasing vs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101628/rho-kinase-inhibitor-fasudil-mitigates-high-cholesterol-diet-induced-hypercholesterolemia-and-vascular-damage
#6
Nibrass Taher Abdali, Awny H Yaseen, Eman Said, Tarek M Ibrahim
The current study was designed to investigate the potential beneficial therapeutic outcome of Rho kinase inhibitor (fasudil) against hypercholesterolemia-induced myocardial and vascular injury in rabbits together with diet modification. Sixteen male rabbits were randomly divided into four groups: normal control group which received standard rabbit chow, hypercholesterolemic control group, and treated groups which received cholesterol-rich rabbit chow (1.5% cholesterol) for 8 weeks. Treated groups received either fasudil (100 mg/kg/day) or rosuvastatin (2...
January 18, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100897/x-indening-oral-liquid-improves-cardiac-function-of-rats-with-chronic-cardiac-failure-via-tgf-%C3%A3-1-smad3-and-p38-mapk-pathway
#7
Yunliang Wei, Changsheng Guo, Jingsheng Zhao, Jun Yang, Weiguo Yi, Hong Liu, Xinwei Lin, Zhengchen Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Xindening oral liquid (Xin) is a widely used traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of chronic heart failure (CHF). However, the exact mechanisms related to its therapeutic effects against CHF remain unclear. In the present study, we investigate the effects of Xin on cardiac function in CHF rats and the possible mechanisms involved. METHODS: Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was conducted to induce a CHF rat model in this study. Sixty male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to six groups 28 days after TAC: sham; CHF model; Xin at concentrations of 5 ml/kg, 10 mL/kg, and 20 mL/kg; and QiLi 0...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100851/effects-of-propofol-on-oxidative-stress-parameters-in-selected-parts-of-the-brain-in-a-rat-model-of-parkinson-disease
#8
Ewa Romuk, Wioletta Szczurek, Przemysław Nowak, Marta Skowron, Bernard Prudel, Edyta Hudziec, Ewa Chwalińska, Ewa Birkner
INTRODUCTION: Propofol is an intravenous sedative-hypnotic agent that is commonly used to induce and maintain general anaesthesia. This drug has antioxidant properties, which are partly caused by a phenolic structure similar to α-tocopherol. The present study aimed to evaluate the effect of propofol on the level of oxidative stress biomarkers in the frontal cortex, striatum, thalamus, hippocampus and cerebellum in rats with experimental Parkinson's disease (PD). MATERIAL/METHODS: The experiment was performed on 24 male Wistar rats assigned to the following groups: 1 - control; 2 - PD; 3 - PD with propofol...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100361/-the-relationship-between-nutritional-status-and-oxidative-stress-markers-pulmonary-function-in-patients-with-stable-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#9
X L Jiang, P Zhong, C L Huang, F He, X M Fan, X R Chen
Objective: To investigate the association between the nutritional status of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the levels of serum oxidative stress markers protein carbonyls (PC), malondialdehyde (MDA), 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and pulmonary function. Methods: 200 patients with stable COPD (the COPD group) and 100 healthy individuals (the control group) who visited during June 2014 and August 2014 were enrolled in our study. The levels of PC, MDA, 8-OHdG and TAC in serum were detected...
January 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099918/association-of-t-cadherin-levels-with-the-response-to-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-in-locally-advanced-breast-cancer
#10
Dedi Kong, Mei-Hong Wang, Jie Yang, Liang Li
PURPOSE: To examine the association of T-cadherin with pathologic complete response (pCR) after neoadjuvant chemotherapy for locally advanced breast cancer. RESULTS: T-cadherin expression before and after neoadjuvant chemotherapy was similar (P = 0.162). The multivariable analysis indicated that negative T-cadherin expression was independently associated with pCR after neoadjuvant TAC chemotherapy (P = 0.001). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 136 patients with locally advanced breast cancer received four cycles of neoadjuvant TAC chemotherapy (docetaxel + epirubicin + cyclophosphamide), followed by surgery...
January 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098395/first-uhplc-ms-ms-method-coupled-with-automated-on-line-spe-for-quantification-both-of-tacrolimus-and-everolimus-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-and-its-application-on-samples-from-co-treated-pediatric-patients
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Debora Pensi, Amedeo De Nicolò, Michele Pinon, Clarissa Pisciotta, Pier Luigi Calvo, Antonello Nonnato, Renato Romagnoli, Francesco Tandoi, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Tacrolimus (TAC, FK-506) and everolimus (EVE, RAD001) are immunosuppressors used to treat pediatric patients undergoing liver transplantation. Their hematic TDM by liquid chromatography became standard practice. However, it does not always reflect concentrations at their active site. Our aim was to develop and validate a new method for the simultaneous TAC and EVE quantification into target cells: Peripheral-Blood-Mononuclear-Cells (PBMCs). PBMCs were collected using Cell-Preparation-Tubes; cells number and MCV were evaluated by an automatic cell counter...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096576/role-of-edaravone-in-managemant-of-septic-peritonitis
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Ghada Fouad Elbaradey, Nagat Sayed Elshmaa, Hossam Hodeib
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sepsis is a complex rapidly progressive infectious disease that remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in surgical patients and trauma victims. Edaravone a novel free radical scavenger was approved in 2001 in Japan for treatment of acute cerebral and myocardial infarction. Hence, in this work we attempt to evaluate its role in cases of septic peritonitis (SP). MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a prospective randomized observer-blinded study carried out in surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after approval by Hospital Ethical Committee...
October 2016: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096157/resistance-to-thiacetazone-derivatives-active-against-mycobacterium-abscessus-involves-mutations-in-the-mmpl5-transcriptional-repressor-mab_4384
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Iman Halloum, Albertus Viljoen, Varun Khanna, Derek Craig, Christiane Bouchier, Roland Brosch, Geoffrey Coxon, Laurent Kremer
Available chemotherapeutic options are very limited against Mycobacterium abscessus, which imparts a particular challenge in the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients infected with this rapid-growing mycobacterium. New drugs are urgently needed against this emerging pathogen, but the discovery of active chemotypes has not been performed intensively. Interestingly, however, the repurposing of thiacetazone (TAC), a drug once used to treat tuberculosis, has increased following the deciphering of its mechanism of action and the detection of significantly more potent analogues...
January 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095910/profile-of-bioactive-compounds-in-nymphaea-alba-l-leaves-growing-in-egypt-hepatoprotective-antioxidant-and-anti-inflammatory-activity
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Riham Omar Bakr, Mona Mohamed El-Naa, Soumaya Saad Zaghloul, Mahmoud Mohamed Omar
BACKGROUND: Nymphaea alba L. represents an interesting field of study. Flowers have antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects, rhizomes constituents showed cytotoxic activity against liver cell carcinoma, while several Nymphaea species have been reported for their hepatoprotective effects. Leaves of N. alba have not been studied before. Therefore, in this study, in-depth characterization of the leaf phytoconstituents as well as its antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities have been performed where N...
January 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094348/weight-of-abcb1-and-por-genes-on-oral-tacrolimus-exposure-in-cyp3a5-nonexpressor-pediatric-patients-with-stable-kidney-transplant
#15
G N Almeida-Paulo, I Dapía García, R Lubomirov, A M Borobia, N L Alonso-Sánchez, L Espinosa, A J Carcas-Sansuán
Tacrolimus (TAC) is highly effective for the prevention of acute organ rejection. However, its clinical use may be challenging due to its large interindividual pharmacokinetic variability, which can be partially explained by genetic variations in TAC-metabolizing enzymes and transporters. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of genetic and clinical factors on TAC pharmacokinetic variability in 21 stable pediatric renal transplant patients. This study was nested in a previous Prograf to Advagraf conversion clinical trial...
January 17, 2017: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092795/moderate-aerobic-exercise-training-for-improving-reproductive-function-in-infertile-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#16
Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki, Bakhtyar Tartibian
This study investigated for the first time the changes in seminal markers of inflammation, oxidative stress status, semen parameters, sperm DNA integrity as well as pregnancy rate following 24weeks of moderate aerobic exercise in infertile patients. A total of 1026 sedentary men (aged 25-40years) attending the infertility clinic with history of more than one year of infertility, were screened and 419 were randomized to either exercise (EX, n=210) or non-exercise (NON-EX, n=209) groups. Exercise training favorably attenuated seminal markers of both inflammation (IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α) and oxidative stress (ROS, MDA, 8-Isoprostane) as well as enhanced antioxidant defense system (SOD, catalase and TAC) (P<0...
January 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092758/between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place-economic-expansion-and-social-responsibility-in-uk-media-discourses-on-the-global-alcohol-industry
#17
Mary Thornton, Benjamin Hawkins
CONTEXT: Transnational alcohol corporations (TACs) employ a range of strategies to achieve their business objectives, including attempts to frame perceptions of their activities in media debates. TACs aim to achieve a favourable regulatory environment by presenting themselves as socially responsible actors. However, the need to secure financial investment means they must also emphasise their potential for growth. This article investigates tensions between these objectives in coverage of the global alcohol industry in the UK print media...
January 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092742/short-term-in-vivo-exposure-to-graphene-oxide-can-cause-damage-to-the-gut-and-testis
#18
Marta Dziewięcka, Julia Karpeta-Kaczmarek, Maria Augustyniak, Magdalena Rost-Roszkowska
Graphene oxide (GO) has unique physicochemical properties and also has a potentially widespread use in every field of daily life (industry, science, medicine). Demand for nanotechnology is growing every year, and therefore many aspects of its toxicity and biocompatibility still require further clarification. This research assesses the in vivo toxicity of pure and manganese ion-contaminated GO that were administrated to Acheta domesticus with food (at 200mgkg(-1) of food) throughout their ten-day adult life...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092610/effects-of-antioxidant-vitamins-a-d-e-and-trace-elements-cu-mn-se-zn-on-some-metabolic-and-reproductive-profiles-in-dairy-cows-during-transition-period
#19
A Omur, A Kirbas, E Aksu, F Kandemir, E Dorman, O Kaynar, O Ucar
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of some antioxidant vitamins and trace elements on some metabolic and postpartum reproductive profiles in dairy cows during transition period. In the study, altogether 20 clinically healthy Brown Swiss dairy cows (aged 4-5 years-old) under the same management and feeding conditions in periparturient period were used. The animals were divided into two equal groups: control (C) and treatment (T) group (n=10 for each group). Vitamins (A, D, E) and trace elements (Cu, Mn, Se, Zn) were administered intramuscularly into the cows of the T group, while isotonic saline, as placebo, was injected subcutaneously into those in the C group...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091697/heat-shock-transcription-factor-1-protects-against-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-via-smad3
#20
Ning Zhou, Yong Ye, Xingxu Wang, Ben Ma, Jian Wu, Lei Li, Lin Wang, Dao Wen Wang, Yunzeng Zou
: Fibrotic cardiac muscle exhibits high stiffness and low compliance which are major risk factors of heart failure. Although heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) was identified as an intrinsic cardioprotective factor, the role that HSF1 plays in cardiac fibrosis remains unclear. Our study aims to investigate the role of HSF1 in pressure overload-induced cardiac fibrosis and the underlying mechanism. HSF1 phosphorylation was significantly downregulated in transverse aortic constriction (TAC)-treated mouse hearts and mechanically stretched cardiac fibroblasts (cFBs)...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
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