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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719048/developmental-mechanisms-of-intervertebral-disc-and-vertebral-column-formation
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REVIEW
Lisa Y Lawson, Brian D Harfe
The vertebral column consists of repeating units of ossified vertebrae that are adjoined by fibrocartilagenous intervertebral discs. These structures form from the embryonic notochord and somitic mesoderm. In humans, congenital malformations of the vertebral column include scoliosis, kyphosis, spina bifida, and Klippel Feil syndrome. In adulthood, a common malady affecting the vertebral column includes disc degeneration and associated back pain. Indeed, recent reports estimate that low back pain is the number one cause of disability worldwide...
July 18, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718992/melatonin-impedes-tet1-dependent-mglur5-promoter-demethylation-to-relieve-pain
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Ming-Chun Hsieh, Yu-Cheng Ho, Cheng-Yuan Lai, Dylan Chou, Hsueh-Hsiao Wang, Gin-Den Chen, Tzer-Bin Lin, Hsien-Yu Peng
Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine)/MT2 receptor-dependent epigenetic modification represents a novel pathway in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Because spinal ten-eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (Tet1)-dependent epigenetic demethylation has recently been linked to pain hypersensitivity, we hypothesized that melatonin/MT2-dependent analgesia involves spinal Tet1-dependent demethylation. Here, we showed that spinal Tet1 gene transfer by intrathecal delivery of Tet1-encoding vectors to naïve rats produced profound and long-lasting nociceptive hypersensitivity...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716266/sativex%C3%A2-effects-on-promoter-methylation-and-on-cnr1-cnr2-expression-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Massimo Santoro, Massimiliano Mirabella, Chiara De Fino, Assunta Bianco, Matteo Lucchini, Francesco Losavio, Andrea Sabino, Viviana Nociti
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic demyelinating central nervous system (CNS) disease that involve oligodendrocyte loss and failure to remyelinate damaged brain areas causing a progressive neurological disability. Studies in MS mouse model suggest that cannabinoids ameliorate symptoms as spasticity, tremor and pain reducing inflammation via cannabinoid-mediated system. The aim of our study is to investigate the changes in cannabinoid type 1 (CNR1) and 2 (CNR2) receptors mRNA expression levels and promoter methylation in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of MS secondary progressive (MSS-SP) patients treated with Sativex®...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683775/alk-rearranged-lung-squamous-cell-carcinoma-responding-to-alectinib-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Nobuaki Mamesaya, Kazuhisa Nakashima, Tateaki Naito, Takashi Nakajima, Masahiro Endo, Toshiaki Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Although anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) fusion genes are generally identified in lung adenocarcinoma patients, they are relatively rare in patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC). Metastatic ALK-rearranged lung adenocarcinoma patients treated with ALK inhibitors demonstrate higher response rates, improved progression-free survival, and reduced toxicity relative to those treated with conventional chemotherapy regimens. However, the efficacy of treatment with ALK inhibitors in patients with ALK-rearranged lung SqCC remains unknown...
July 6, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682314/nasal-application-of-hsv-encoding-human-preproenkephalin-blocks-craniofacial-pain-in-a-rat-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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A C Meidahl, M Klukinov, A Z Tzabazis, J C Sorensen, D C Yeomans
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, an estimated 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which frequently leads to chronic craniofacial pain. In this study we examine a gene therapy approach to the treatment of post-TBI craniofacial neuropathic pain using nasal application of a Herpes Simplex Virus-based vector expressing human proenkephalin (SHPE) to target the trigeminal ganglia. Mild TBI was induced in rats by use of a modified Fluid Percussion Model...
July 6, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678827/identifying-novel-genes-and-biological-processes-relevant-to-the-development-of-cancer-therapy-induced-mucositis-an-informative-gene-network-analysis
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Cielito C Reyes-Gibby, Stephanie C Melkonian, Jian Wang, Robert K Yu, Samuel A Shelburne, Charles Lu, Gary Brandon Gunn, Mark S Chambers, Ehab Y Hanna, Sai-Ching J Yeung, Sanjay Shete
Mucositis is a complex, dose-limiting toxicity of chemotherapy or radiotherapy that leads to painful mouth ulcers, difficulty eating or swallowing, gastrointestinal distress, and reduced quality of life for patients with cancer. Mucositis is most common for those undergoing high-dose chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and for those being treated for malignancies of the head and neck. Treatment and management of mucositis remain challenging. It is expected that multiple genes are involved in the formation, severity, and persistence of mucositis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678592/orbital-tuberculosis-clinicopathological-correlation-and-diagnosis-using-pcr-in-formalin-fixed-tissues
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Ruchi Mittal, Savitri Sharma, Suryasnata Rath, Manas Ranjan Barik, Devjyoti Tripathy
This article describes the clinicopathological correlation and challenges encountered in the diagnosis of orbital tuberculosis (TB). Retrospective, interventional case series. A chart review of six patients who underwent biopsy for an orbital mass between January 2012 and December 2013 was performed. Institutional review board approval was obtained for the study. Clinical, radiological, and laboratory findings were documented, and response to antitubercular therapy (ATT) was noted. Age at presentation ranged from 18 to 64 years and duration of complaints varied from 2 weeks to 2 months...
July 5, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676994/cimetidine-lactulose-therapy-ameliorates-erythropoietic-protoporphyria-related-liver-injury
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Naoyuki Fujimori, Michiharu Komatsu, Naoki Tanaka, Mai Iwaya, Hajime Nakano, Ayumi Sugiura, Tomoo Yamazaki, Soichiro Shibata, Yugo Iwaya, Takashi Muraki, Yuki Ichikawa, Takefumi Kimura, Satoru Joshita, Takeji Umemura, Akihiro Matsumoto, Eiji Tanaka
A 21-year-old Japanese man was admitted to our hospital because of severe abdominal pain and jaundice. He had been suffering from abdominal pain attacks and liver dysfunction since 18 years of age. Liver histology showed amorphous brown deposits in the sinusoidal space and significant periportal fibrosis without apparent hepatitis. Increased protoporphyrin in serum and feces and ferrochelatase gene mutation confirmed the final diagnosis of erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP). Since ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) intake and glucose infusion are insufficient to ameliorate jaundice and abdominal attacks, cimetidine and lactulose were added in order to suppress hepatic delta-aminolevulinic acid synthase and limit re-absorption of protoporphyrin, respectively...
July 4, 2017: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670357/raising-awareness-among-healthcare-providers-about-epidermolysis-bullosa-and-advancing-toward-a-cure
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REVIEW
Aaron Tabor, Joseph V Pergolizzi, Guy Marti, John Harmon, Bernard Cohen, Jo Ann Lequang
Objective: Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is an orphan disease that affects about half a million people worldwide, but may not be familiar to all clinicians. The authors' goal was to present a short description of this condition and current research in the form of a narrative review. Methods: The authors reviewed the literature on epidermolysis bullosa in order to describe the condition and current genetic research. Results: There are at least 31 subtypes of EB, including junctional EB, dystrophic EB, and Kindler syndrome...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660990/-venopunction-of-the-cubital-vein-as-an-alternative-approach-for-cgrp-plasma-level-evaluation-in-tmd-patients
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Aleksandra Nitecka-Buchta, Bogdan Marek, Jolanta Batko Kapustecka, Stefan Baron
INTRODUCTION: Calcitonin gene-related peptide is an important vasodilator. It plays an important role in the metabolism of chewing muscles. The aim of the study was to evaluate the plasma level of CGRP in patients with myofascial pain (RDC/TMD Ia) and myofascial pain with limited opening (RDC/TMD Ib) before and after occlusal splint therapy (Michigan splint). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A randomised trial was performed including 39 patients (males = 3, females = 36). Blood samples were taken from the external jugular vein (JUG) and cubital vein (CUB) before and after 30 days of occlusal splint therapy...
2017: Endokrynologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657829/cd55-deficiency-early-onset-protein-losing-enteropathy-and-thrombosis
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Ahmet Ozen, William A Comrie, Rico C Ardy, Cecilia Domínguez Conde, Buket Dalgic, Ömer F Beser, Aaron R Morawski, Elif Karakoc-Aydiner, Engin Tutar, Safa Baris, Figen Ozcay, Nina K Serwas, Yu Zhang, Helen F Matthews, Stefania Pittaluga, Les R Folio, Aysel Unlusoy Aksu, Joshua J McElwee, Ana Krolo, Ayca Kiykim, Zeren Baris, Meltem Gulsan, Ismail Ogulur, Scott B Snapper, Roderick H J Houwen, Helen L Leavis, Deniz Ertem, Renate Kain, Sinan Sari, Tülay Erkan, Helen C Su, Kaan Boztug, Michael J Lenardo
BACKGROUND: Studies of monogenic gastrointestinal diseases have revealed molecular pathways critical to gut homeostasis and enabled the development of targeted therapies. METHODS: We studied 11 patients with abdominal pain and diarrhea caused by early-onset protein-losing enteropathy with primary intestinal lymphangiectasia, edema due to hypoproteinemia, malabsorption, and less frequently, bowel inflammation, recurrent infections, and angiopathic thromboembolic disease; the disorder followed an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance...
July 6, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644160/calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-targeted-therapies-for-migraine-and-cluster-headache-a-review
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Nathaniel M Schuster, Alan M Rapoport
Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a signaling neuropeptide released from activated trigeminal sensory afferents in headache and facial pain disorders. There are a handful of CGRP-targeted therapies currently in phase 3 studies for migraine acute treatment or prevention. Currently, 4 monoclonal antibodies targeting either the CGRP ligand or receptor are being studied for migraine prevention: ALD403 (eptinezumab), AMG 334 (erenumab), LY2951742 (galcanezumab), and TEV-48125 (fremanezumab). Meanwhile, 1 small-molecule CGRP receptor antagonist (ubrogepant, MK-1602) is currently in phase 3 studies for the acute treatment of migraine...
July 2017: Clinical Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643915/preface-to-coast-2016-innovators-workshop-on-personalized-and-precision-orthodontic-therapy
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J C Nickel, D A Covell, S A Frazier-Bowers, S Kapila, S S Huja, L R Iwasaki
OBJECTIVE: A second focused workshop explored how to transfer novel findings into clinical orthodontic practice. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: Participants met in West Palm Beach (Florida, USA), on 9-11 September 2016 for the Consortium for Orthodontic Advances in Science and Technology 2016 Innovators' Workshop (COAST). Approximately 65 registered attendees considered and discussed information from 27 to 34 speakers, 8 to 15 poster presenters and four lunch-hour focus group leaders...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637770/analgesia-and-opioids-a-pharmacogenetics-shortlist-for-implementation-in-clinical-practice
#14
REVIEW
Maja Matic, Saskia N de Wildt, Dick Tibboel, Ron H N van Schaik
BACKGROUND: The use of opioids to alleviate pain is complicated by the risk of severe adverse events and the large variability in dose requirements. Pharmacogenetics (PGx) could possibly be used to tailor pain medication based on an individual's genetic background. Many potential genetic markers have been described, and the importance of genetic predisposition in opioid efficacy and toxicity has been demonstrated in knockout mouse models and human twin studies. Such predictors are especially of value for neonates and young children, in whom the assessment of efficacy or side effects is complicated by the inability of the patient to communicate this properly...
July 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625302/pharmacogenetics-in-obstetric-anesthesia
#15
REVIEW
Ruth Landau, Richard Smiley
The 21st century has been billed as the era of "precision/personalized medicine." Genetic investigation of clinical syndromes may guide therapy as well as reveal previously unknown biological or pharmacological pathways that may result in novel drug therapies. Several clinical issues in obstetrics and obstetric anesthesiology have been targets for genetic investigations. These include evaluation of the genetic effects on preterm labor and the progression of labor, spinal anesthesia-induced hypotension and the response to medications used to treat hypotension, and the effect of gene variants on pain and analgesic responses...
March 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617938/fragile-x-syndrome-an-overview-and-update-of-the-fmr1-gene
#16
REVIEW
Montserrat Mila, Maria Isabel Alvarez-Mora, Irene Madrigal, Laia Rodriguez-Revenga
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability and the leading form of the monogenic cause of autism. FMR1 premutation is the first single-gene cause of primary ovarian failure (FXPOI) and one of the most common causes of ataxia (FXTAS), multiple additional phenotypes such as fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, migraine headaches, sleep disturbances, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, central pain syndrome, neuropathy and neuropsychiatric alterations has been described. Clinical involvement in men and women carrying the FMR1 premutation currently constitutes a real health problem in the society that should be taken into account...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600329/effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-thermal-pain-threshold-and-expression-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-substance-p-and-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-in-the-cervical-dorsal-root-ganglion-of-rats-with-incisional-neck-pain
#17
Li-Na Qiao, Jun-Ling Liu, Lian-Hong Tan, Hai-Long Yang, Xu Zhai, Yong-Sheng Yang
OBJECTIVE: Acupuncture therapy effectively reduces post-surgical pain, but its mechanism of action remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate whether expression of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the neuropeptides substance P (SP) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) in the primary sensory neurons of cervical dorsal root ganglia (DRG) are involved in electroacupuncture (EA)-induced analgesia in a rat model of incisional neck pain. METHODS: The pain model was established by making a longitudinal midline neck incision in 60 rats...
June 9, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592757/hiv-negative-plasmablastic-lymphoma-attaining-sustained-remission-with-bortezomib-combined-dose-adjusted-epoch-therapy
#18
Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Norito Miyagi
A 61-year-old, HIV-negative, immunocompetent woman was admitted to our hospital for significant weight loss, painful swelling of her right cheek, and rapid growth of a tumor in the right hard palate. A CT scan revealed a neoplastic lesion in the right maxillary sinus, extending to the surrounding soft bone tissue and oral cavity, as well as multiple osteolytic lesions in the skull. A pathologic examination revealed that the neoplastic cells in the oral cavity were plasmablasts tending to appear as differentiated plasma cells...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579851/transformation-of-follicular-lymphoma-to-a-high-grade-b-cell-lymphoma-with-myc-and-bcl2-translocations-and-overlapping-features-of-burkitt-lymphoma-and-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#19
Alina M Bischin, Russell Dorer, David M Aboulafia
Most commonly, histologic transformation (HT) from follicular lymphoma (FL) manifests as a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, not otherwise specified (DLBCL, NOS). Less frequently, HT may result in a high-grade B-cell lymphoma (HGBL) with MYC and B-cell lymphoma protein 2 (BCL2) and/or BCL6 gene rearrangements, also known as "double-hit" or "triple-hit" lymphomas. In the 2016 revision of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification of lymphoid neoplasms, the category B-cell lymphoma, unclassifiable was eliminated due to its vague criteria and limiting diagnostic benefit...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Blood Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579386/microrna-and-chronic-pain-from-mechanisms-to-therapeutic-potential
#20
REVIEW
María José López-González, Marc Landry, Alexandre Favereaux
Chronic pain is a major public health issue with an incidence of 20-25% worldwide that can take different forms like neuropathic, cancer-related or inflammatory pain. Chronic pain often limits patients in their daily activities leading to despair. Thus, the goal of treatments is to relieve pain sufficiently to enable patients to go back to a normal life. Unfortunately, few patients with chronic pain obtain complete relief from the analgesics that are currently available. It is thus of prime importance to get a better understanding of chronic pain mechanisms to design new therapeutic strategies and pain-killers...
June 1, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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