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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330617/cd54-mediated-interaction-with-pro-inflammatory-macrophages-increases-the-immunosuppressive-function-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
#1
Nicolas Espagnolle, Adélie Balguerie, Emmanuelle Arnaud, Luc Sensebé, Audrey Varin
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) sense and modulate inflammation and represent potential clinical treatment for immune disorders. However, many details of the bidirectional interaction of MSCs and the innate immune compartment are still unsolved. Here we describe an unconventional but functional interaction between pro-inflammatory classically activated macrophages (M1MΦ) and MSCs, with CD54 playing a central role. CD54 was upregulated and enriched specifically at the contact area between M1MФ and MSCs. Moreover, the specific interaction induced calcium signaling and increased the immunosuppressive capacities of MSCs dependent on CD54 mediation...
March 7, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320360/a-prospective-analysis-of-pinch-grafting-of-chronic-leg-ulcers-in-a-series-of-elderly-patients-in-rural-cameroon
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Benjamin Momo Kadia, Christian Akem Dimala, Desmond Aroke, Cyril Jabea Ekabe, Reine Suzanne Mengue Kadia, Alain Chichom Mefire
BACKGROUND: Chronic leg ulcers (CLUs) pose serious public health concerns worldwide. They mainly affect the elderly population. Pinch grafting (PG) could be used to treat a variety of CLUs. However, in Cameroon, there is scarce data on the outcome of PG of CLUs in elderly patients in rural hospitals where most of these patients seek for medical attention and where clinicians rely on unconventional wound dressing methods to treat CLUs. Our objective was to describe the outcome of PG of CLUs in elderly patients in rural Cameroon...
March 20, 2017: BMC Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303236/treating-the-critically-ill-with-radiotherapy-lessons-learned-from-a-young-woman-with-cardiac-angiosarcoma
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Emma C Fields, Bryan Squires, Harry Lomas
BACKGROUND: Treating patients who are critically ill with radiotherapy (RT) brings a unique set of challenges as it involves treating patients who require mechanical life support, unconventional positioning, and a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure safety. However, when the benefits of such treatment outweigh the risks, the challenges can be overcome, as demonstrated in this unique case of cardiac angiosarcoma. CASE DESCRIPTION: This is a case of a 42-year-old female with a right sided cardiac angiosarcoma who quickly developed cardiac tamponade and respiratory failure related to compression of her right heart by the tumor...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287518/isolation-and-flow-cytometric-analysis-of-human-endocervical-gamma-delta-t-cells
#4
Natasa Strbo, Laura Romero, Maria Alcaide, Margaret Fischl
The female reproductive tract (FRT) mucosal immune system serves as the first line of defense. Better knowledge of the genital mucosa is therefore essential for understanding pathogenicity of different pathogens including HIV. Gamma delta (GD) T cells are the prototype of 'unconventional' T cells and represent a relatively small subset of T cells defined by their expression of heterodimeric T-cell receptors (TCRs) composed of gamma and delta chains. This sets them apart from the classical and much better known CD4(+) helper T cells and CD8(+) cytotoxic T cells that are defined by alpha-beta TCRs...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287179/novel-computational-method-for-predicting-polytherapy-switching-strategies-to-overcome-tumor-heterogeneity-and-evolution
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Vanessa D Jonsson, Collin M Blakely, Luping Lin, Saurabh Asthana, Nikolai Matni, Victor Olivas, Evangelos Pazarentzos, Matthew A Gubens, Boris C Bastian, Barry S Taylor, John C Doyle, Trever G Bivona
The success of targeted cancer therapy is limited by drug resistance that can result from tumor genetic heterogeneity. The current approach to address resistance typically involves initiating a new treatment after clinical/radiographic disease progression, ultimately resulting in futility in most patients. Towards a potential alternative solution, we developed a novel computational framework that uses human cancer profiling data to systematically identify dynamic, pre-emptive, and sometimes non-intuitive treatment strategies that can better control tumors in real-time...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282810/neuropathological-staging-of-brain-pathology-in-sporadic-parkinson-s-disease-separating-the-wheat-from-the-chaff
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Heiko Braak, Kelly Del Tredici
A relatively small number of especially susceptible nerve cell types within multiple neurotransmitter systems of the human central, peripheral, and enteric nervous systems (CNS, PNS, ENS) become involved in the degenerative process underlying sporadic Parkinson's disease (sPD). The six-stage model we proposed for brain pathology related to sPD (Neurobiol Aging 2003) was a retrospective study of incidental and clinically diagnosed cases performed on unconventionally thick tissue sections (100 μm) from a large number of brain regions...
2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279411/dialysis-catheter-placement-in-patients-with-exhausted-access
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Syed Rahman, Joshua D Kuban
Patients with end-stage renal disease undergo renal transplant, peritoneal dialysis, or intermittent hemodialysis for renal replacement therapy. For hemodialysis, native fistulas or grafts are preferred but hemodialysis catheters are often necessary. Per KDOQI, the right jugular vein is the preferred vessel of access for these catheters. However, in patients with long-standing end-stage renal disease vein thrombosis, stenosis and occlusion occurs. In these patients with end-stage vascular access, unconventional routes of placement of dialysis catheters are needed...
March 2017: Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261025/the-use-of-isotretinoin-in-low-doses-and-unconventional-treatment-regimens-in-different-types-of-acne-a-literature-review
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Jolanta D Torzecka, Bożena Dziankowska-Bartkowiak, Zofia Gerlicz-Kowalczuk, Anna Wozniacka
High effectiveness of isotretinoin treatment for severe types of acne resistant to antibiotics has been widely recognized. However, the recommended doses in conventional therapy, according to consensus of the Polish Dermatological Society, may cause serious adverse effects. Thus, research into less stressful, alternative treatment regimens with the use of low doses of isotretinoin has been carried out. The aim of the paper was to review the selected papers where authors present the results of their studies on different regimens with the use of isotretinoin in low doses in patients with acne, evaluate their efficacy, patient satisfaction, frequency of adverse effects, recurrences and also treatment costs...
February 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150122/use-of-non-conventional-medicine-two-years-after-cancer-diagnosis-in-france-evidence-from-the-vican-survey
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Aline Sarradon-Eck, Anne-Déborah Bouhnik, Dominique Rey, Marc-Karim Bendiane, Laetitia Huiart, Patrick Peretti-Watel
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the use of non-conventional medicine (NCM) in a representative sample of French patients 2 years after cancer diagnosis. METHODS: The study was based on data obtained in the VICAN survey (2012) on a representative sample of 4349 patients 2 years after cancer diagnosis. Self-reported data were collected at telephone interviews with patients. The questionnaire addressed the various types of non-conventional treatments used at the time of the survey...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138194/efficacy-and-safety-concerns-regarding-complementary-and-alternative-medicine-use-among-diabetes-patients
#10
Jothydev Kesavadev
There has been an ever increasing rise in the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicinal (CAM) practices among general populations during past few decades. Individuals with diabetes being prone to an array of related health complications, demand special attention concerning their interest towards different CAM practices. Apart from clinical practitioner and patient based awareness programmes regarding the safety and efficacy implications of CAM therapies, stringent regulations should also be imposed on these unconventional health practices so as to strike off any major adverse events...
February 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068245/ku70-ku80-and-sclusterin-a-cluster-of-predicting-factors-for-response-to-neoadjuvant-chemoradiation-therapy-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer
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Sabina Pucci, Chiara Polidoro, Alessandro Joubert, Francesca Mastrangeli, Barbara Tolu, Michaela Benassi, Valeria Fiaschetti, Laura Greco, Roberto Miceli, Roberto Floris, Giuseppe Novelli, Augusto Orlandi, Riccardo Santoni
PURPOSE: The identification of predictive biomarkers for neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (CRT) is a current clinical need. The heterodimer Ku70/80 plays a critical role in DNA repair and cell death induction after damage. The aberrant expression and localization of these proteins fail to control DNA repair and apoptosis. sClusterin is the Ku70 partner that sterically inhibits Bax-dependent cell death after damage in some pathologic conditions. This study sought to evaluate the molecular relevance of Ku70-Ku80-Clu as a molecular cluster predicting the response to neoadjuvant CRT in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC)...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057080/combination-of-alpha-synuclein-immunotherapy-with-anti-inflammatory-treatment-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-multiple-system-atrophy
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Elvira Valera, Brian Spencer, Jerel A Fields, Ivy Trinh, Anthony Adame, Michael Mante, Edward Rockenstein, Paula Desplats, Eliezer Masliah
Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the pathological accumulation of alpha-synuclein (α-syn) in oligodendrocytes. Therapeutic efforts to stop or delay the progression of MSA have yielded suboptimal results in clinical trials, and there are no efficient treatments currently available for MSA patients. We hypothesize that combining therapies targeting different aspects of the disease may lead to better clinical outcomes. To test this hypothesis, we combined the use of a single-chain antibody targeting α-syn modified for improved central nervous system penetration (CD5-D5) with an unconventional anti-inflammatory treatment (lenalidomide) in the myelin basic protein (MBP)-α-syn transgenic mouse model of MSA...
January 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053899/unconventional-medical-practices-among-ghanaian-students-a-university-based-survey
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Razak Mohammed Gyasi, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Charlotte Monica Mensah, Francis Arthur, Roselyn Torkornoo, Padmore Adusei Amoah
Research on unconventional medical practices among students has proliferated lately in the global space, hitherto, little is known explicitly in Ghana. This paper teases out insights for recent utilisation patterns of traditional medical therapies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. A sample of 754, randomly selected undergraduates were involved in a retrospective cross-sectional survey. Data were analysed using multivariate logistic regression and Pearson's χ(2) test with p < 0...
January 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031973/life-as-an-early-career-researcher-interview-with-heloisa-helena-milioli
#14
Heloisa Helena Milioli
Heloisa Helena Milioli speaks to Francesca Lake, Managing Editor: Heloisa received a BSc degree in Biological Sciences (2008) from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) and obtained a MSc degree in Genetics (2011) from Universidade Federal do Paraná (Brazil). In 2011 and 2012, she worked as a lecturer and tutor in the Department of Cell Biology, Embryology and Genetics (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina). She moved to Australia in 2012 to obtain her PhD in Biological Sciences, with emphasis on Bioinformatics, from The University of Newcastle...
June 2016: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957370/refractory-obstructive-sleep-apnea-in-a-patient-with-diffuse-idiopathic-skeletal-hyperostosis
#15
Ara Darakjian, Ani B Darakjian, Edward T Chang, Macario Camacho
Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH) can cause ossification of ligaments and may affect the spine. We report a case of obstructive sleep apnea in a patient with significant upper airway narrowing secondary to cervical DISH. This patient had an initial apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 145 events/hour and was treated with uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, genial tubercle advancement, hyoid suspension, septoplasty, inferior turbinoplasties, and radiofrequency ablations to the tongue base which reduced his AHI to 40 events/hour...
2016: Case Reports in Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909249/mortalin-mediated-and-erk-controlled-targeting-of-hif-1%C3%AE-to-mitochondria-confers-resistance-to-apoptosis-under-hypoxia
#16
Ilias Mylonis, Maria Kourti, Martina Samiotaki, George Panayotou, George Simos
Hypoxia inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is the main transcriptional activator of the cellular response to hypoxia and an important target of anticancer therapy. Phosphorylation by ERK stimulates the transcriptional activity of HIF-1α by inhibiting its CRM1-dependent nuclear export. Here, we demonstrate that phosphorylation by ERK also regulates the association of HIF-1α with a novel interaction partner identified as mortalin (GRP75) which mediates non-genomic involvement of HIF-1α in apoptosis. Mortalin binds specifically to HIF-1α lacking modification by ERK and their complex is localized outside the nucleus...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905556/cellular-aspartyl-proteases-promote-the-unconventional-secretion-of-biologically-active-hiv-1-matrix-protein-p17
#17
Francesca Caccuri, Maria Luisa Iaria, Federica Campilongo, Kristen Varney, Alessandro Rossi, Stefania Mitola, Silvia Schiarea, Antonella Bugatti, Pietro Mazzuca, Cinzia Giagulli, Simona Fiorentini, Wuyuan Lu, Mario Salmona, Arnaldo Caruso
The human immune deficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) matrix protein p17 (p17), although devoid of a signal sequence, is released by infected cells and detected in blood and in different organs and tissues even in HIV-1-infected patients undergoing successful combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). Extracellularly, p17 deregulates the function of different cells involved in AIDS pathogenesis. The mechanism of p17 secretion, particularly during HIV-1 latency, still remains to be elucidated. A recent study showed that HIV-1-infected cells can produce Gag without spreading infection in a model of viral latency...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881320/fabrication-of-an-unconventional-bolus-type-stent-for-a%C3%A2-combined-intraoral-extraoral-defect-treated-with-proton%C3%A2-radiation-therapy
#18
Ruth Aponte Wesson, Adam S Garden, Mark S Chambers
Customized intraoral devices help the radiation oncologist minimize the adverse effects of radiation and maximize the tumor control rate by keeping the anatomic structures in a consistent position during each fraction of radiation treatment. This article illustrates the fabrication of a bolus-type positioning device for a combined intraoral/extraoral defect treated with proton radiation therapy.
October 27, 2016: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834322/a-structural-epidemiological-genetic-overview-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae-carbapenemases-kpcs
#19
REVIEW
C H Swathi, Rosy Chikala, K S Ratnakar, V Sritharan
Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemases (KPCs) are plasmid encoded carbapenem hydrolyzing enzymes which have the potential to spread widely through gene transfer. The instability of upstream region of blaKPC accelerates emergence of different isoforms. Routine antibiotic susceptibility testing failed to detect KPC producers and some commercial kits have been launched for early identification of KPC producers. Notable among the drugs under development against KPC are mostly derivatives of polymixin; ß-lactamase inhibitor NXL104 with combination of oxyimino cephalosporin as well as with ceftazidime; a novel tricyclic carbapenem, LK-157, potentially useful against class A and class C enzymes; BLI-489-a bicyclic penem derivative; PTK-0796, a tetracycline derivative and ACHN-490...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814308/dance-therapy-improves-motor-and-cognitive-functions-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#20
Edoardo Rosario de Natale, Kai Stephan Paulus, Elena Aiello, Battistina Sanna, Andrea Manca, Giovanni Sotgiu, Paolo Tranquilli Leali, Franca Deriu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of Dance Therapy (DT) and Traditional Rehabilitation (TR) on both motor and cognitive domains in Parkinson's Disease patients (PD) with postural instability. METHODS: Sixteen PD patients with recent history of falls were divided in two groups (Dance Therapy, DT and Traditional Rehabilitation, TR); nine patients received 1-hour DT classes twice per week, completing 20 lessons within 10 weeks; seven patients received a similar cycle of 20 group sessions of 60 minutes TR...
2017: NeuroRehabilitation
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