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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792103/prolonged-use-of-antibiotics-after-birth-is-associated-with-increased-morbidity-in-preterm-infants-with-negative-cultures
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C Fajardo, B Alshaikh, A Harabor
BACKGROUND: Most preterm infants are exposed to a variable duration of antibiotic therapy after birth despite negative cultures. Data is emerging about the risks of prolonged antibiotics. We sought to assess the association between length of initial antibiotic course and neonatal outcomes in a cohort from a single large perinatal centre. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of prospectively collected data on all infants with a birth weight of less than 1250 g hospitalized in our NICU in a 4-year window and who had negative blood and CSF cultures in the first 2 days of life...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788431/novel-treatment-of-cryptococcal-meningitis-via-neurapheresistm-therapy
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Gordon J Smilnak, Lefko T Charalambous, Drew Cutshaw, Alykhan M Premji, Charles D Giamberardino, Christi G Ballard, Andrew P Bartuska, Tiffany U Ejikeme, Huaxin Sheng, Laura Zitella Verbick, Blake A Hedstrom, Promila C Pagadala, Aaron R McCabe, John R Perfect, Shivanand P Lad
Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) has emerged as the most common life-threatening fungal meningitis worldwide. Current management involves a sequential, longitudinal regimen of antifungals; despite a significant improvement in survival compared to uniform mortality without treatment, this drug paradigm has not led to a consistent cure. NeurapheresisTM therapy, extracorporeal filtration of yeasts from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in infected hosts, is presented here as a novel, one-time therapy for CM. In vitro filtration of CSF through this platform yielded a five-log reduction in concentration of the yeast and a one-log reduction in its polysaccharide antigen over 24 hours...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787561/interplay-of-strain-and-race-ethnicity-in-the-innate-immune-response-to-m-tuberculosis
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P Nahid, L G Jarlsberg, M Kato-Maeda, M R Segal, D H Osmond, S Gagneux, K Dobos, M Gold, P C Hopewell, D M Lewinsohn
BACKGROUND: The roles of host and pathogen factors in determining innate immune responses to M. tuberculosis are not fully understood. In this study, we examined host macrophage immune responses of 3 race/ethnic groups to 3 genetically and geographically diverse M. tuberculosis lineages. METHODS: Monocyte-derived macrophages from healthy Filipinos, Chinese and non-Hispanic White study participants (approximately 45 individuals/group) were challenged with M. tuberculosis whole cell lysates of clinical strains Beijing HN878 (lineage 2), Manila T31 (lineage 1), CDC1551 (lineage 4), the reference strain H37Rv (lineage 4), as well as with Toll-like receptor 2 agonist lipoteichoic acid (TLR2/LTA) and TLR4 agonist lipopolysaccharide (TLR4/LPS)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785613/neuroinfections-caused-by-fungi
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Katarzyna Góralska, Joanna Blaszkowska, Magdalena Dzikowiec
BACKGROUND: Fungal infections of the central nervous system (FIs-CNS) have become significantly more common over the past 2 decades. Invasion of the CNS largely depends on the immune status of the host and the virulence of the fungal strain. Infections with fungi cause a significant morbidity in immunocompromised hosts, and the involvement of the CNS may lead to fatal consequences. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five articles on fungal neuroinfection in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were selected for review using the following search words: "fungi and CNS mycoses", CNS fungal infections", "fungal brain infections", " fungal cerebritis", fungal meningitis", "diagnostics of fungal infections", and "treatment of CNS fungal infections"...
May 21, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785412/horizontal-lateral-lamella-as-a-risk-factor-for-iatrogenic-cerebrospinal-fluid-leak-clinical-retrospective-evaluation-of-24-cases
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A Preti, F Mozzanica, R Gera, S Gallo, J Zocchi, F Bandi, G Guidugli, F Ambrogi, A Yakirevitch, A Schindler, A Dragonetti, P Castelnuovo, F Ottaviani
BACKGROUND: Several authors highlighted the limitations of the Keros classification system in predicting intracranial entry risk. Recently, our group proposed a new classification system based on the angle formed between the lateral lamella of the cribriform plate (LLCP) and the continuation of an horizontal plane passing through the cribriform plate (Gera classification). The aim of this study was to analyze whether the risk of iatrogenic cerebrospinal fluid leak (CSF-L) was better predicted by Keros or Gera classification...
May 22, 2018: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784961/sarcodon-imbricatus-polysaccharides-improve-mouse-hematopoietic-function-after-cyclophosphamide-induced-damage-via-g-csf-mediated-jak2-stat3-pathway
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Xue Wang, Qiubo Chu, Xue Jiang, Yue Yu, Libian Wang, Yaqi Cui, Jiahui Lu, Lirong Teng, Di Wang
Sarcodon imbricatus, a rare medicinal and edible fungus, has various pharmacological bioactivities. We investigated the effects of S. imbricatus polysaccharides (SIPS) on hematopoietic function and identified the underlying mechanisms using in vitro experiments with CHRF, K562, and bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMNCs) and in vivo experiments with a mouse model of cyclophosphamide-induced hematopoietic dysfunction. We found that SIPS induced proliferation and differentiation of CHRF and K562 cells and upregulated the expression of hematopoietic-related proteins, including p90 ribosomal S6 kinases (RSK1p90), c-Myc, and ETS transcription factor, in the two cell lines...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780293/serial-changes-of-cytokines-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-who-received-intravenous-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-followed-by-autologous-mobilized-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Hani Koh, Wee-Jin Rah, Yong-Joo Kim, Jin-Hwa Moon, Mi-Jung Kim, Young-Ho Lee
Background: This study was performed to assess serial cytokine changes and their clinical impact in children with cerebral palsy (CP) who received granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) followed by infusion of autologous mobilized peripheral blood mononuclear cells (mPBMCs). Methods: Peripheral blood (PB) samples were collected from 16 CP children at enrollment, and 1 month and 7 months after G-CSF infusion as well as at the end of the study. Cytokine levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays with plasma samples...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780130/esophageal-carcinosarcoma-that-was-diagnosed-as-a-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-and-interleukin-6-producing-tumor-with-a-tumor-fever-a-case-report
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Taro Shioga, Shozo Matsushima, Eiji Yamada, Takashi Utiyama, Haruka Noto, Daisuke Suzuki, Takashi Nonaka, Shiro Miyazawa, Tatsuji Komatsu, Yuji Yamamoto, Hitoshi Sekido, Hitoshi Niino
A 51-year-old man visited our hospital with a main complaint of precordial pain, difficulty swallowing, and pyrexia. The patient was diagnosed with esophageal carcinosarcoma, based on the characteristic morphology noted on upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and histology tests, and he underwent surgical treatment. His preoperative blood granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels were high, and the surgical specimens were positive in both immunohistochemical tests; therefore, he was diagnosed with a G-CSF- and IL-6-producing tumor...
May 18, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779831/interleukin-6-significantly-improves-predictive-value-of-systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome-for-predicting-severe-acute-pancreatitis
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Saransh Jain, Shallu Midha, Soumya Jagannath Mahapatra, Swatantra Gupta, Manish Kumar Sharma, Baibaswata Nayak, Tony George Jacob, Shalimar, Pramod Kumar Garg
BACKGROUND: Predicting severe acute pancreatitis (AP) is important for triage, prognosis, and designing therapeutic trials. Persistent systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) predicts severe AP but its diagnostic accuracy is suboptimal. Our objective was to study if cytokine levels could improve the predictive value of clinical variables for the development of severe AP. METHODS: Consecutive patients with AP were included in a prospective cohort study at a tertiary care center...
May 14, 2018: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778788/maintaining-dose-intensity-of-adjuvant-chemotherapy-in-older-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Rahul Ladwa, Timothy Kalas, Shivanshan Pathmanathan, Natasha Woodward, David Wyld, Jasotha Sanmugarajah
INTRODUCTION: Maintaining the relative dose intensity (RDI) of adjuvant chemotherapy at ≥ 85% has been associated with improved treatment outcomes in early-stage breast cancer (ESBC). Increasing evidence has suggested that patients aged ≥ 65 years can maintain the optimal RDI for standard chemotherapy regimens. The present study investigated the RDI of newer adjuvant chemotherapy regimens in this demographic. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the data from 281 patients aged ≥ 65 years with a diagnosis of ESBC who had received adjuvant chemotherapy across 3 sites in Queensland, Australia from 2010 to 2015...
April 28, 2018: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776423/minimally-invasive-mitral-valve-repair-via-right-mini-thoracotomy-in-patient-with-myelodysplastic-syndrome
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Takura Taguchi, Hiroyuki Nishi, Kimihiro Kurose, Kohei Horikawa, Go Kanazawa, Toshiki Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Cardiac surgery for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients is challenging because anemia and neutropenia develop as a result of the syndrome, leading to infection and bleeding tendency during surgery. We report the case of minimally invasive mitral valve repair via a right mini-thoracotomy and perioperative use of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) in a patient with MDS. CASE PRESENTATION: A 77-year-old man with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) was referred for surgical treatment for mitral valve regurgitation and underwent a minimally invasive mitral valve repair via a right mini-thoracotomy (MICS mitral procedure)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775920/il-33-stimulates-expression-of-the-gpr84-ex33-fatty-acid-receptor-gene-and-of-cytokine-and-chemokine-genes-in-human-adipocytes
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Mohamed S Zaibi, Małgorzata A Kępczyńska, Parvathy Harikumar, Suliman Y Alomar, Paul Trayhurn
Expression of GPCR fatty acid sensor/receptor genes in adipocytes is modulated by inflammatory mediators, particularly IL-1β. In this study we examined whether the IL-1 gene superfamily member, IL-33, also regulates expression of the fatty acid receptor genes in adipocytes. Human fat cells, differentiated from preadipocytes, were incubated with IL-33 at three different dose levels for 3 or 24 h and mRNA measured by qPCR. Treatment with IL-33 induced a dose-dependent increase in GPR84 mRNA at 3 h, the level with the highest dose being 13...
May 15, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775645/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-induce-a-permissive-state-in-the-bone-marrow-that-enhances-g-csf-induced-hematopoietic-stem-cell-mobilization-in-mice
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Evert-Jan F M de Kruijf, Rob Zuijderduijn, Marjolein C Stip, Willem E Fibbe, Melissa van Pel
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) support hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) in vivo and enhance HSC engraftment and hematopoietic recovery upon co-transplantation with HSC. These data have led to the hypothesis that MSC may impact the HSC niche, leading to changes in HSC retention and trafficking. We studied the effect of MSC administration on the HSC compartment in the bone marrow (BM) in mice. Following injection of MSC, HSC numbers in the BM were decreased coinciding with an increased cell cycle activity compared to PBS-injected controls...
May 15, 2018: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774406/reduced-global-myocardial-perfusion-reserve-in-dcm-and-hcm-patients-assessed-by-cmr-based-velocity-encoded-coronary-sinus-flow-measurements-and-first-pass-perfusion-imaging
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Michael Bietenbeck, Anca Florian, Zornitsa Shomanova, Claudia Meier, Ali Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is an independent predictor of poor prognosis in patients suffering from dilative or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (DCM/HCM). To assess CMD, quantitative myocardial first-pass perfusion (1P) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) can be performed. Coronary sinus flow (CSF) measurements at rest and during maximal vasodilatation are an alternative and well-validated approach for the quantification of global myocardial blood flow (MBF) in CMR...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774022/acute-zika-virus-infection-in-an-endemic-area-shows-modest-proinflammatory-systemic-immunoactivation-and-cytokine-symptom-associations
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Jéssica Barletto de Sousa Barros, Paulo Alex Neves da Silva, Rosemary de Carvalho Rocha Koga, Patrícia Gonzalez-Dias, José Rodrigues Carmo Filho, Patrícia Resende Alo Nagib, Verônica Coelho, Helder I Nakaya, Simone Gonçalves Fonseca, Irmtraut Araci Hoffmann Pfrimer
An early immune response to Zika virus (ZIKV) infection may determine its clinical manifestation and outcome, including neurological effects. However, low-grade and transient viremia limits the prompt diagnosis of acute ZIKV infection. We have investigated the plasma cytokine, chemokine, and growth factor profiles of 36 individuals from an endemic area displaying different symptoms such as exanthema, headache, myalgia, arthralgia, fever, hyperemia, swelling, itching, and nausea during early-phase infection...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772098/insights-in-particulate-matter-induced-allergic-airway-inflammation-focus-on-the-epithelium
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Katrien C De Grove, Sharen Provoost, Guy G Brusselle, Guy F Joos, Tania Maes
Outdoor air pollution is a major environmental health problem throughout the world. In particular, exposure to particulate matter (PM) has been associated with the development and exacerbation of several respiratory diseases, including asthma. Although the adverse health effects of PM have been demonstrated for many years, the underlying mechanisms have not been fully identified. In this review, we focus on the role of the lung epithelium and specifically highlight multiple cytokines in PM-induced respiratory responses...
May 17, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771360/patient-and-treatment-characteristics-by-infecting-organism-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-shunt-infection
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Tamara D Simon, Matthew P Kronman, Kathryn B Whitlock, Samuel R Browd, Richard Holubkov, John R W Kestle, Abhaya V Kulkarni, Marcie Langley, David D Limbrick, Thomas G Luerssen, Jerry Oakes, Jay Riva-Cambrin, Curtis Rozzelle, Chevis N Shannon, Mandeep Tamber, John C Wellons Iii, William E Whitehead, Nicole Mayer-Hamblett
Background: Previous studies of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) shunt infection treatment have been limited in size and unable to compare patient and treatment characteristics by infecting organism. Our objective was to describe variation in patient and treatment characteristics for children with first CSF shunt infection, stratified by infecting organism subgroups outlined in the 2017 Infectious Disease Society of America's (IDSA) guidelines. Methods: We studied a prospective cohort of children <18 years of age undergoing treatment for first CSF shunt infection at one of 7 Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network hospitals from April 2008 to December 2012...
May 15, 2018: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770133/peripheral-blood-stem-cell-mobilization-in-healthy-donors-by-granulocyte-colony-stimulating-factor-causes-preferential-mobilization-of-lymphocyte-subsets
#18
Guro Kristin Melve, Elisabeth Ersvaer, Geir Egil Eide, Einar K Kristoffersen, Øystein Bruserud
Background: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is associated with a high risk of immune-mediated post-transplant complications. Graft depletion of immunocompetent cell subsets is regarded as a possible strategy to reduce this risk without reducing antileukemic immune reactivity. Study design and methods: We investigated the effect of hematopoietic stem cell mobilization with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) on peripheral blood and stem cell graft levels of various T, B, and NK cell subsets in healthy donors...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768624/analysis-of-the-immunological-biomarker-profile-during-acute-zika-virus-infection-reveals-the-overexpression-of-cxcl10-a-chemokine-linked-to-neuronal-damage
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Felipe Gomes Naveca, Gemilson Soares Pontes, Aileen Yu-Hen Chang, George Allan Villarouco da Silva, Valdinete Alves do Nascimento, Dana Cristina da Silva Monteiro, Marineide Souza da Silva, Lígia Fernandes Abdalla, João Hugo Abdalla Santos, Tatiana Amaral Pires de Almeida, Matilde Del Carmen Contreras Mejía, Tirza Gabrielle Ramos de Mesquita, Helia Valeria de Souza Encarnação, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues Amaral, Ana Carolina Campi-Azevedo, Jordana Graziela Coelho-Dos-Reis, Lis Ribeiro do Vale Antonelli, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Rajendranath Ramasawmy
BACKGROUND: Infection with Zika virus (ZIKV) manifests in a broad spectrum of disease ranging from mild illness to severe neurological complications and little is known about Zika immunopathogenesis. OBJECTIVES: To define the immunologic biomarkers that correlate with acute ZIKV infection. METHODS: We characterized the levels of circulating cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors in 54 infected patients of both genders at five different time points after symptom onset using microbeads multiplex immunoassay; comparison to 100 age-matched controls was performed for statistical analysis and data mining...
May 14, 2018: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765986/advanced-glycation-end-products-enhance-murine-monocyte-proliferation-in-bone-marrow-and-prime-them-into-an-inflammatory-phenotype-through-mapk-signaling
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Xian Jin, Liang Liu, Yaping Zhang, Yin Xiang, Guizhi Yin, Yi Lu, Ludong Shi, Jian Dong, Chengxing Shen
Objective: Increased monocytes, particularly the inflammatory subset, are associated with accelerated atherosclerosis in diabetes through thus far incompletely defined mechanisms. The present study tested the hypothesis that advanced glycation end products (AGEs) promote bone marrow monocytes to proliferate and drive them into an inflammatory phenotype. Methods and Results: In vivo, AGEs (25 mg/kg i.p. for 7 days) increased proportions of CD115+ monocytes and the inflammatory subset, the CD115+ Ly6Chigh cells, in murine bone marrow (flow cytometry analysis (FCM)), and enhanced gene expression of proinflammatory cytokines (IL-1 β and TNF- α ) but only slightly upregulated mRNA expression of anti-inflammatory cytokine (IL-10) (real-time PCR) in monocytes...
2018: Journal of Diabetes Research
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