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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107762/thulium-laser-in-interventional-endoscopy-animal-and-human-studies
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Gian E Tontini, Helmut Neumann, Luca Pastorelli, Luisa Spina, Flaminia Cavallaro, Paola Soriani, Alessandro Rimondi, Barbara Bruni, Claudio Clemente, Filippo Fagnani, Pavlos Lagoussis, Luca Carmignani, Maurizio Vecchi
Background and study aims The thulium laser system (TLS) is an emerging surgical tool. The 2-μm wavelength provides a confined coagulation depth (0.2 - 0.4 mm) to reduce the potential for inadvertent injuries. For the first time ever, we assessed TLS feasibility for endoscopic hemostasis ex vivo in pigs. In addition, we performed the first in vivo hemostatic treatments in humans. Patients and methods Tissue damage induced by TLS using different settings and optical fibers was compared to that from argon plasma coagulation (APC) in established ex vivo animal models...
January 20, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107758/retroperitoneal-unicentric-castleman-s-disease-a-case-report
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Nihed Abdessayed, Ahlem Bdioui, Houssem Ammar, Rahul Gupta, Nozha Mhamdi, Marwa Guerfela, Moncef Mokni
INTRODUCTION: Castleman's disease (CD) is an angio-follicular lymph node hyperplasia presenting as a localized or a systemic disease masquerading malignancy. The most common sites of CD are mediastinum, neck, axilla and pelvis. Unicentric CD in the peripancreatic region is very rare. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of the 34-year-old lady presenting with epigastric pain for 3 months. Abdominal imaging revealed a retroperitoneal mass arising from the pancreas suspected to be neuroendocrine tumor...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107755/optimal-glycemic-target-level-for-colon-cancer-patients-with-diabetes
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Shin Jun Lee, Jae Hyun Kim, Seun Ja Park, So Young Ock, Su Kyoung Kwon, Young Sik Choi, Bu Kyung Kim
AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the differences in mortality among colon cancer patients with or without diabetes and to determine optimal glycemic target level for colon cancer patients with diabetes. METHODS: A total of 741 patients with colon cancer between April 1999 and December 2010 were reviewed. The non-diabetes group had a fasting plasma glucose <126mg/dL, and the diabetes group had a fasting plasma glucose ⩾126mg/dL. Patients with diabetes were further divided based on glycemic control into either the uncontrolled subgroup (HbA1c ⩾8%) or the well-controlled subgroup (HbA1c <8%)...
December 23, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107753/role-of-central-opioid-on-the-antinociceptive-effect-of-sulfated-polysaccharide-from-the-red-seaweed-solieria-filiformis-in-induced-temporomandibular-joint-pain
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Ianna Wivianne Fernandes Araújo, Hellíada Vasconcelos Chaves, José Mário Pachêco, Danielle Rocha Val, Lorena Vasconcelos Vieira, Rodrigo Santos, Raul Sousa Freitas, Renata Line Rivanor, Valdécio Silvano Monteiro, Juliana Trindade Clemente-Napimoga, Mirna Marques Bezerra, Norma Maria Barros Benevides
This study aimed to investigate the effect of sulfated polysaccharide from red seaweed Solieria filiformis (Fraction F II) in the inflammatory hypernociception in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) of rats. Male Wistar rats were pretreated (30min) with a subcutaneous injection (s.c.) of vehicle or FII (0.03, 0.3 or 3.0mg/kg) followed by intra-TMJ injection of 1.5% Formalin or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT, 225μg/TMJ). In other set of experiments rats were pretreated (15min) with an intrathecal injection of the non-selective opioid receptors Naloxone, or μ-opioid receptor antagonist CTOP, or δ-opioid receptor Naltridole hydrochloride, or κ-opioid receptor antagonist Nor-Binaltorphimine (Nor-BNI) followed by injection of FII (s...
January 17, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107742/heavy-rare-earth-elements-affect-early-life-stages-in-paracentrotus-lividus-and-arbacia-lixula-sea-urchins
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Rahime Oral, Giovanni Pagano, Antonietta Siciliano, Maria Gravina, Anna Palumbo, Immacolata Castellano, Oriana Migliaccio, Philippe J Thomas, Marco Guida, Franca Tommasi, Marco Trifuoggi
BACKGROUND: Heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) have been scarcely studied for their toxicity, in spite of their applications in several technologies. Thus HREEs require timely investigations for their adverse health effects. METHODS: Paracentrotus lividus and Arbacia lixula embryos and sperm were exposed to trichloride salts of five HREEs (Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Lu) and to Ce(III) as a light REE (LREE) reference to evaluate: 1) developmental defects (% DD) in HREE-exposed larvae or in the offspring of HREE-exposed sperm; 2) mitotic anomalies; 3) fertilization success; and 4) reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, and nitric oxide (NO) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107717/diclofenac-can-exhibit-estrogenic-modes-of-action-in-male-xenopus-laevis-and-affects-the-hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad-axis-and-mating-vocalizations
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Norah Johanna Efosa, Wibke Kleiner, Werner Kloas, Frauke Hoffmann
Diclofenac (DCF) is a non-steroidal analgesic and antiphlogistic. Due to its tremendous use, DCF can be found in the environment, especially in sewage, but also surface waters, ground and drinking water. Previous studies indicated that DCF can modulate the reproductive physiology of fish by altering the expression of important key enzymes of the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad-axis (HPG-axis) and might act as an estrogenic endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC). Other studies, however, demonstrated that DCF does not exhibit any estrogenicity...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107707/uremia-modulates-the-phenotype-of-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells
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Marie Madsen, Annemarie Aarup, Sebastian Albinsson, Karsten Hartvigsen, Charlotte M Sørensen, Karolina Turczynska, Lars B Nielsen, Tanja Xenia Pedersen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic kidney disease leads to uremia and markedly accelerates atherosclerosis. Phenotypic modulation of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in the arterial media plays a key role in accelerating atherogenesis. The aim of this study was to investigate whether uremia per se modulates the phenotype of aortic SMCs in vivo. METHODS: Moderate uremia was induced by 5/6 nephrectomy in apolipoprotein E knockout (ApoE(-/-)) and wildtype C57Bl/6 mice. Plasma analysis, gene expression, histology, and myography were used to determine uremia-mediated changes in the arterial wall...
December 23, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107700/comparative-pharmacokinetics-of-eight-major-bioactive-components-in-normal-and-bacterial-diarrhea-mini-pigs-after-oral-administration-of-gegen-qinlian-decoction
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Xiao Ling, Yuqiang Xiang, Qingfa Tang, Feilong Chen, Xiaomei Tan
Healthy animals are most widely used in current pharmacokinetic(PK) studies. However, neglecting the effects of specific diseases on drug absorption results in the PK parameters of those experiments not accurately reflecting in vivo drug concentration changes during treatment. In this study, an E. coli infective diarrheal minipig model was applied to explore the pharmacokinetics of Gegen Qinlian decoction (GQD). A simple and rapid ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was developed to determine the concentrations of the eight GQD components in minipig plasma after intragastric administration of GQD...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107691/plasma-phospholipid-changes-are-associated-with-response-to-chemotherapy-in-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-patients
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Zorica Cvetković, Maja Milošević, Bora Cvetković, Romana Masnikosa, Aleksandra Arsić, Snježana Petrović, Vesna Vučić
Limited studies have been performed to associate abnormal phospholipid (PL) profile and disease activity in hematological malignancies, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The aim of his study was to evaluate the levels of plasma PL fractions in NHL patients, in response to chemotherapy. Forty non-treated patients with NHL and 25 healthy individuals were recruited. Blood samples from patients were taken before chemotherapy, after 3 cycles and after the end of the treatment, and PL fractions were resolved by one-dimensional thin-layer chromatography...
January 5, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107689/development-and-validation-of-a-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-method-for-the-assay-of-tafamidis-in-rat-plasma-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rats
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Hun-Chan Hyun, Jong-Woo Jeong, Hye-Rim Kim, Ji-Hoon Oh, Jong-Hwa Lee, Sungwook Choi, Yeon-Soo Kim, Tae-Sung Koo
Tafamidis is a first-in-class inhibitor of transthyretin amyloid fibril formation. It has been available in Argentina, Japan, and Mexico for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis in adult patients with early-stage symptomatic polyneuropathy. In this study, a rapid and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method was developed and validated for the assay of tafamidis in rat plasma. The method was also assessed for its applicability to pharmacokinetic studies in rats. Tafamidis was extracted from rat plasma by the liquid-liquid extraction method using hydrochloric acid and ethyl acetate...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107623/dna-advanced-glycation-end-products-dna-ages-are-elevated-in-urine-and-tissue-in-an-animal-model-of-type-2-diabetes
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Richard Jaramillo, Sarah C Shuck, Yin S Chan, Xueli Liu, Steven E Bates, Punnajit P Lim, Daniel Tamae, Sandrine Lacoste, Timothy R O'Connor, John Stephen Termini
More precise identification and treatment monitoring of prediabetic/diabetic individuals will require additional biomarkers to complement existing diagnostic tests. Candidates include hyperglycemia-induced adducts such as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) of proteins, lipids, and DNA. The potential for DNA-AGEs as diabetic biomarkers was examined in a longitudinal study using the Leprdb/db animal model of metabolic syndrome. The DNA-AGE, N2-(1-carboxyethyl)-2´-deoxyguanosine (CEdG) was quantified by mass spectrometry using isotope dilution from urine and tissue of hyperglycemic and normoglycemic mice...
January 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107617/fabrication-of-nanostructured-mesoporous-germanium-for-applications-in-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry
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Hazem H Abdelmaksoud, Taryn M Guinan, Nicolas H Voelcker
Surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) is a high-throughput analytical technique ideally suited for small molecule detection from different bodily fluids (e.g. saliva, urine, and blood plasma). Many SALDI-MS substrates require complex fabrication processes and further surface modifications. Furthermore, some substrates show instability upon exposure to ambient conditions and need to be kept under special inert conditions. We have successfully optimized mesoporous germanium (meso-pGe) using bipolar electrochemical etching (BEE) and efficiently applied meso-pGe as a SALDI-MS substrate for the detection of cocaine in the context of workplace, roadside, and anti-addictive drug compliance...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107533/improvement-of-therapeutic-efficacy-of-oral-immunotherapy-in-combination-with-regulatory-t-cell-inducer-kakkonto-in-a-murine-food-allergy-model
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Yuka Nagata, Takeshi Yamamoto, Michie Hayashi, Shusaku Hayashi, Makoto Kadowaki
Oral immunotherapy (OIT) has been considered a promising approach for food allergies (FAs). However, the current OIT strategy is limited in terms of the long-term efficacy and safety. We have previously demonstrated that kakkonto, a traditional Japanese herbal medicine, suppresses the occurrence of allergic symptoms in a murine model of ovalbumin (OVA)-induced FA, which is attributed to the induction of the Foxp3+ CD4+ regulatory T cells. In this study, we established an OIT model using the FA mice with already established allergic symptoms and determined whether kakkonto could improve the efficacy of OIT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107496/studies-on-new-activities-of-enantiomers-of-2-2-hydroxypropanamido-benzoic-acid-antiplatelet-aggregation-and-antithrombosis
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Qili Zhang, Danlin Wang, Meiyan Zhang, Yunli Zhao, Zhiguo Yu
R-/S-2-(2-Hydroxypropanamido) benzoic acid (R-/S-HPABA), a marine-derived anti-inflammatory drug, however, the antiplatelet and antithrombotic effects have not been investigated. In this paper, the in vitro antiplatelet activities and in vivo antithrombotic effects of R-/S-HPABA were investigated, for the first time. The effects of R-/S-HPABA on platelet aggregation induced by adenosine diphosphate (ADP), collagen (COLL) and arachidonic acid (AA) were evaluated. In addition, the in vivo bleeding time, clotting time, collagen-epinephrine induced pulmonary thrombosis and common carotid artery thrombosis were also investigated in rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107450/systemic-t-cells-immunosuppression-of-glioma-stem-cell-derived-exosomes-is-mediated-by-monocytic-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
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Rossana Domenis, Daniela Cesselli, Barbara Toffoletto, Evgenia Bourkoula, Federica Caponnetto, Ivana Manini, Antonio Paolo Beltrami, Tamara Ius, Miran Skrap, Carla Di Loreto, Giorgia Gri
A major contributing factor to glioma development and progression is its ability to evade the immune system. Nano-meter sized vesicles, exosomes, secreted by glioma-stem cells (GSC) can act as mediators of intercellular communication to promote tumor immune escape. Here, we investigated the immunomodulatory properties of GCS-derived exosomes on different peripheral immune cell populations. Healthy donor peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) stimulated with anti-CD3, anti-CD28 and IL-2, were treated with GSC-derived exosomes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107429/deficient-cholesterol-esterification-in-plasma-of-apoc2-knockout-zebrafish-and-familial-chylomicronemia-patients
#16
Chao Liu, Daniel Gaudet, Yury I Miller
Hypertriglyceridemia is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Apolipoprotein C-II (APOC2) is an obligatory cofactor for lipoprotein lipase (LPL), the major enzyme catalyzing plasma triglyceride hydrolysis. We have created an apoc2 knockout zebrafish model, which mimics the familial chylomicronemia syndrome (FCS) in human patients with a defect in the APOC2 or LPL gene. In this study, we measured plasma levels of free cholesterol (FC) and cholesterol esters (CE) and found that apoc2 mutant zebrafish have a significantly higher FC to CE ratio (FC/CE), when compared to the wild type...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107423/characterization-of-the-drug-resistance-profiles-of-patients-infected-with-crf07_bc-using-phenotypic-assay-and-ultra-deep-pyrosequencing
#17
Szu-Wei Huang, Wei-You Li, Wen-Hung Wang, Yu-Ting Lin, Chih-Hung Chou, Marcelo Chen, Hsien-Da Huang, Yen-Hsu Chen, Po-Liang Lu, Sheng-Fan Wang, Shinichi Oka, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
The usefulness of ultra-deep pyrosequencing (UDPS) for the diagnosis of HIV-1 drug resistance (DR) remains to be determined. Previously, we reported an explosive outbreak of HIV-1 circulating recombinant form (CRF) 07_BC among injection drug users (IDUs) in Taiwan in 2004. The goal of this study was to characterize the DR of CRF07_BC strains using different assays including UDPS. Seven CRF07_BC isolates including 4 from early epidemic (collected in 2004-2005) and 3 from late epidemic (collected in 2008) were obtained from treatment-naïve patient's peripheral blood mononuclear cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107351/high-concentrations-of-angiopoietin-like-protein-4-detected-in-serum-from-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-can-be-explained-by-non-specific-antibody-reactivity
#18
Elena Makoveichuk, Toralph Ruge, Solveig Nilsson, Anna Södergren, Gunilla Olivecrona
Angiopoietin-like protein 4 (ANGPTL4) is suggested to be a master regulator of plasma triglyceride metabolism. Our aim was to study whether the previously reported high levels of ANGPTL4 detected in serum from patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by ELISA was due to any specific molecular form of this protein (oligomers, monomers or fragments). ANGPTL4 levels were first determined in serum from 68 RA patients and 43 age and sex matched control subjects and the mean values differed by a factor of 5.0. Then, ANGPTL4 was analyzed after size exclusion chromatography (SEC) of serum samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107228/contribution-of-oxidative-stress-to-non-aids-events-in-hiv-infected-patients
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Mar Masiá, Sergio Padilla, Marta Fernández, Xavier Barber, Santiago Moreno, José Antonio Iribarren, Joaquín Portilla, Alejandro Peña, Francesc Vidal, Félix Gutiérrez
OBJECTIVE: Recognition of potentially modifiable mechanisms implicated in the pathogenesis of non-AIDS events (NAEs) might help improve outcomes of HIV-infected individuals. HIV infection has been associated with increased oxidative stress. We assessed the association between F2-isoprostanes and serious NAEs, and whether they improve the predictive performance of inflammation and coagulation biomarkers. METHODS: Prospective multicenter cohort. Individuals who had an incident serious NAE and two sex and age matched participants with no events were selected...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107222/romidepsin-induced-hiv-1-viremia-during-effective-art-contains-identical-viral-sequences-with-few-deleterious-mutations
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Anni Winckelmann, Kirston Barton, Bonnie Hiener, Timothy E Schlub, Wei Shao, Thomas A Rasmussen, Lars Østergaard, Ole S Søgaard, Martin Tolstrup, Sarah Palmer
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the origin of the HIV-1 viremia induced by the latency-reversing agent romidepsin. DESIGN: Six individuals on suppressive antiretroviral therapy received romidepsin administered intravenously once weekly for three consecutive weeks. CD4+ T-cells were obtained at baseline, following the second and third romidepsin infusion, and 10 weeks after the final romidepsin treatment. METHODS: Single-genome sequencing of the env region was used to genetically characterize the virus from proviral DNA, the transcribed cell-associated RNA and the plasma RNA pool...
January 19, 2017: AIDS
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