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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926812/the-role-of-18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-the-assessment-of-disease-activity-of-adult-onset-still-s-disease
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Young-Sil An, Chang-Hee Suh, Ju-Yang Jung, Hundo Cho, Hyoun-Ah Kim
Background/Aims: 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (18F-FDG PET/CT) has been suggested as a reliable imaging technique for monitoring of disease activity in patients with adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD). Therefore, we investigated the clinical significance of 18F-FDG PET/CT in Korean AOSD patients. Methods: Thirteen AOSD patients were included in the study. The PET/CT images were evaluated with visual and semiquantitative method using standardized uptake values (SUVs)...
December 7, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926729/intracellular-allosteric-antagonism-of-the-ccr9-receptor
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Christine Oswald, Mathieu Rappas, James Kean, Andrew S Doré, James C Errey, Kirstie Bennett, Francesca Deflorian, John A Christopher, Ali Jazayeri, Jonathan S Mason, Miles Congreve, Robert M Cooke, Fiona H Marshall
Chemokines and their G-protein-coupled receptors play a diverse role in immune defence by controlling the migration, activation and survival of immune cells. They are also involved in viral entry, tumour growth and metastasis and hence are important drug targets in a wide range of diseases. Despite very significant efforts by the pharmaceutical industry to develop drugs, with over 50 small-molecule drugs directed at the family entering clinical development, only two compounds have reached the market: maraviroc (CCR5) for HIV infection and plerixafor (CXCR4) for stem-cell mobilization...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925342/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-g-405c-polymorphism-may-contribute-to-the-risk-of-developing-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
#3
İlknur Bingül, Pervin Vural, Semra Doğru-Abbasoğlu, Esra Çil, Müjdat Uysal
BACKGROUND: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most common endocrine malignancy. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a mediator implicated with cell proliferation, differentiation and migration, and monocyte/macrophage chemotaxis. In present study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between VEGF gene polymorphisms (G+405C, T-460C, and A-2578C) and PTC susceptibility. METHODS: DNA was isolated from peripheral blood leukocytes of 127 patients with PTC and 203 healthy controls...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924606/oral-epithelial-cell-culture-model-for-studying-the-pathogenesis-of-chronic-inflammatory-disease
#4
Mike R Milward, Martin R Ling, Melissa M Grant, Iain L C Chapple
The interactions between bacteria, epithelium, and neutrophilic polymorphonuclear leukocytes (neutrophils) are the key to the initiation and progression of many chronic inflammatory-immune diseases. In addition, all can be influenced by external factors, such as micronutrients, thereby providing potentially novel approaches to therapy. This chapter will therefore provide detailed methods for core techniques involved in studying cellular and molecular epithelial responses to a bacterial challenge in relation to chronic inflammatory disease pathogenesis and therapy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924369/bone-marrow-microvessel-density-and-plasma-angiogenic-factors-in-myeloproliferative-neoplasms-clinicopathological-and-molecular-correlations
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Danijela Lekovic, Mirjana Gotic, Radek Skoda, Bojana Beleslin-Cokic, Natasa Milic, Olivera Mitrovic-Ajtic, Ronny Nienhold, Dijana Sefer, Tijana Suboticki, Marijana Buac, Dragana Markovic, Milos Diklic, Vladan P Cokic
Increased angiogenesis in BCR-ABL1 negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) has been recognized, but its connection with clinical and molecular markers needs to be defined. The aims of study were to (1) assess bone marrow (BM) angiogenesis measured by microvessel density (MVD) using CD34 and CD105 antibodies; (2) analyze correlation of MVD with plasma angiogenic factors including vascular endothelial growth factor, basic fibroblast growth factor, and interleukin-8; (3) examine the association of MVD with clinicopathological and molecular markers...
December 6, 2016: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923827/preclinical-evidence-that-3-deoxy-3-18f-fluorothymidine-pet-can-visualize-recovery-of-hematopoiesis-after-gemcitabine-chemotherapy
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Sonja Schelhaas, Annelena Held, Nicole Bäumer, Thomas Viel, Sven Hermann, Carsten Müller-Tidow, Andreas H Jacobs
Molecular imaging with the PET tracer 3'-deoxy-3'-[(18)F]fluorothymidine ([(18)F]FLT) allows assessment of the proliferative state of organs in vivo Although used primarily in the oncology clinic, it can also shed light on the proliferation of other tissues, as demonstrated here for monitoring hematopoietic organs that recover after myelosuppressive chemotherapy. In the NMRI nude mouse model, we observed up to a 4.5-fold increase in [(18)F]FLT uptake in bone marrow and spleen on days 2, 3, and 5 after treatment with gemcitabine, a chemotherapeutic agent that is powerfully myelosuppressive in the model...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923708/acth-modulation-on-corticosterone-melatonin-testosterone-and-innate-immune-response-in-the-tree-frog-hypsiboas-faber
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Adriana Maria Giorgi Barsotti, Vania Regina de Assis, Stefanny Christie Monteiro Titon, Braz Titon Junior, Zulma Felisbina da Silva Ferreira, Fernando Ribeiro Gomes
The modulation exerted by glucocorticoids in physiological responses to stressors is essential for maintaining short-term homeostasis. However, highly frequent and/or prolonged activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal/interrenal axis may inhibit processes that are important to long-term fitness and health, including reproduction and immunocompetence. The present study evaluates the response to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) injection in the adult male tree frog, Hypsiboas faber, as indicated by levels of plasma corticosterone (CORT), plasma testosterone (T), ocular melatonin (MEL), hematocrit and immune functioning (total leukocyte count and bacterial killing ability against Escherichia coli)...
December 3, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923636/the-impact-of-early-aerobic-exercise-on-brain-microvascular-alterations-induced-by-cerebral-hypoperfusion
#8
Marina Leardini-Tristão, Juliana Pereira Borges, Felipe Freitas, Raquel Rangel, Anissa Daliry, Eduardo Tibiriçá, Vanessa Estato
The therapeutic potential of early exercise training following cerebral hypoperfusion was investigated on brain perfusion and inflammation in rats with permanent bilateral occlusion of the common carotid arteries (2VO). Wistar rats were subjected to 2VO or sham surgery and each group was then subdivided randomly into sedentary orexercisegroups. Early exercise training was initiated after three days of 2VO or sham surgery and consisted of seven days of treadmill training (30 min/day at ∼60% of maximal exercise test), composing four groups: 1) Sham sedentary (Sham-Sed), 2) Sham exercised (Sham-Ex), 3) 2VO sedentary (2VO-Sed) and 4) 2VO exercised (2VO-Ex)...
December 3, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923603/repeated-human-leukocyte-antigen-mismatches-in-lung-re-transplantation
#9
Wiebke Sommer, Michael Hallensleben, Fabio Ius, Christian Kühn, Igor Tudorache, Murat Avsar, Jawad Salman, Thierry Siemeni, Mark Greer, Jens Gottlieb, Dietmar Boethig, Rainer Blasczyk, Axel Haverich, Gregor Warnecke
BACKGROUND: The role of HLA-sensitization in the absence of detectable DSA in lung re-transplantation is unclear. Antigens of the second donor matching the HLA typing of the first donor are considered 'unacceptable', by some tissue typing laboratories, especially in kidney re-transplantation. METHODS: Thus, we performed a retrospective analysis of all lung re-transplantations focussing on the impact of HLA-homologies between the first and the second donor ('unacceptable' antigens; repeated HLA mismatch) on patient and graft survival...
December 3, 2016: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923419/clostridium-difficile-in-an-urban-university-affiliated-long-term-acute-care-hospital
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Jerry Jacob, Jingwei Wu, Jennifer Han, Deborah B Nelson
OBJECTIVES To describe the characteristics and impact of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in a long-term acute-care hospital (LTACH). DESIGN Retrospective matched cohort study. SETTING A 38-bed, urban, university-affiliated LTACH. METHODS The characteristics of LTACH-onset CDI were assessed among patients hospitalized between July 2008 and October 2015. Patients with CDI were matched to concurrently hospitalized patients without a diagnosis of CDI. Severe CDI was defined as CDI with 2 or more of the following criteria: age ≥65 years, serum creatinine ≥2 mg/dL, or peripheral leukocyte count ≥20,000 cells/μL...
December 7, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923070/macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-derived-from-cd4-t-cells-contributes-to-control-of-a-blood-borne-infection
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Mary F Fontana, Gabrielly L de Melo, Chioma Anidi, Rebecca Hamburger, Chris Y Kim, So Youn Lee, Jennifer Pham, Charles C Kim
Dynamic regulation of leukocyte population size and activation state is crucial for an effective immune response. In malaria, Plasmodium parasites elicit robust host expansion of macrophages and monocytes, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we show that myeloid expansion during P. chabaudi infection is dependent upon both CD4+ T cells and the cytokine Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor (MCSF). Single-cell RNA-Seq analysis on antigen-experienced T cells revealed robust expression of Csf1, the gene encoding MCSF, in a sub-population of CD4+ T cells with distinct transcriptional and surface phenotypes...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922968/role-of-apoptosis-in-the-pathogenesis-of-nasal-polyps-based-upon-galectin-3-expression
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Taliye Cakabay, Ibrahim Sayin, Omer Erdur, Ali Muhammedoglu, Nihal Seden Tekke, Fatma Tulin Kayhan
OBJECTIVE: The authors aimed to investigate the antiapoptotic mechanisms in nasal polyps that occur after glandular hyperplasia. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective histopathological analyses of patients with nasal polyps. METHODS: The study comprised 54 patients (19 females; 35 males). Group-1 patients with a diagnosis of nasal polyposis; group-2 patients with a diagnosis of antrochoanal polyps; group-3 with a diagnosis of deviation of the nasal septum as a control group...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922939/telomere-length-is-longer-in-women-with-late-maternal-age
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Erin Fagan, Fangui Sun, Harold Bae, Irma Elo, Stacy L Andersen, Joseph Lee, Kaare Christensen, Bharat Thyagarajan, Paola Sebastiani, Thomas Perls, Lawrence S Honig, Nicole Schupf
OBJECTIVE: Maternal age at birth of last child has been associated with maternal longevity. The aim of this study was to determine whether older women with a history of late maternal age at last childbirth had a longer leukocyte telomere length than those with maternal age at last childbirth of 29 years or less. METHODS: A nested case control study was conducted using data from the Long Life Family Study. Three hundred eighty-seven women who gave birth to at least one child and lived to the top fifth percentile of their birth cohort, or died before the top fifth percentile of their birth cohort died, but were at least 70 years old, were studied...
December 5, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922635/increased-plasma-levels-of-circulating-cell-free-mitochondrial-dna-in-suicide-attempters-associations-with-hpa-axis-hyperactivity
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D Lindqvist, J Fernström, C Grudet, L Ljunggren, L Träskman-Bendz, L Ohlsson, Å Westrin
Preclinical data suggest that chronic stress may cause cellular damage and mitochondrial dysfunction, potentially leading to the release of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) into the bloodstream. Major depressive disorder has been associated with an increased amount of mtDNA in leukocytes from saliva samples and blood; however, no previous studies have measured plasma levels of free-circulating mtDNA in a clinical psychiatric sample. In this study, free circulating mtDNA was quantified in plasma samples from 37 suicide attempters, who had undergone a dexamethasone suppression test (DST), and 37 healthy controls...
December 6, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921410/downregulation-of-immunosuppressive-molecules-pd-1-and-pd-l1-but-not-pd-l2-in-the-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
#15
Mohammad Reza Javan, Saeed Aslani, Mohammad Reza Zamani, Javad Rostamnejad, Milad Asadi, Mahdi Farhoodi, Mohammad Hossein Nicknam
Programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and its ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2, have been regarded as important immune system regulatory molecules. The aberrant expression of the molecules has been related to several autoimmune disorders. This study is aimed to assess the mRNA expression level of PD-1, PD-L1, and PD-L2 molecules in the peripheral blood mononuclear mells (PBMCs) from multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. PBMCs were isolated from the whole blood of 50 MS and 50 healthy individuals. Total RNA content of the leukocytes was extracted...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921409/hla-drb-and-hla-dqb-allele-and-haplotype-frequencies-in-iranian-patients-with-recurrent-aphthous-stomatitis
#16
Shamsolmoulouk Najafi, Mahsa Mohammadzadeh, Alireza Zare Bidoki, Ghasem Meighani, Saeed Aslani, Mahdi Mahmoudi, Nima Rezaei
Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) is known as the most common chronic disease of the oral cavity, which affects a range of 5-25% of the population. RAS appears to be associated with some human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II alleles and haplotypes. This study attempts to survey the distribution of HLA-DRB and -DQB alleles among Iranian RAS patients and healthy controls. In order to evaluate the association of HLA-DR and DQ alleles and haplotypes, 54 patients with RAS and 100 unrelated healthy subjects as control group were investigated...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921374/efficacy-of-a-novel-granulocyte-monocyte-apheresis-adsorber-device-in-the-treatment-of-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-a-pilot-study
#17
Maria Di Girolamo, Alessandro Sartini, Rosina Critelli, Angela Bertani, Alberto Merighi, Erica Villa
Granulocyte monocyte apheresis (GMA) is a non-pharmacological treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. In our study, we tested a novel GMA adsorber device in terms of clinical efficacy and safety in patients' non-response to pharmacological therapy. Secondary outcomes were the evaluation of adsorber's technical performance, the reduction of inflammatory markers and the improvement of patients' life quality. The prospective study included 18 patients enrolled from 2011 to 2012 with a monitoring of 48 weeks...
December 5, 2016: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920984/staphylococcus-lugdunensis-endocarditis-with-destruction-of-the-ventricular-septum-and-multiple-native-valves
#18
Celestine Ishiekwene, Monica Ghitan, Margaret Kuhn-Basti, Edward Chapnick, Yu Shia Lin
Staphylococcus lugdunensis (S. lugdunensis) is a coagulase negative staphylococcus (CoNS) that can cause destructive infective endocarditis. S. lugdunensis, unlike other CoNS, should be considered to be a pathogen. We report the first case of S. lugdunensis endocarditis causing ventricular septal defect and destruction of the aortic and mitral valves. A 53-year-old male with morbid obesity and COPD presented with intermittent fever and progressive shortness of breath for 2 weeks. Chest examination showed bilateral basal crepitations, and a grade 2 systolic murmur along the right sternal border...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920589/dna-methylation-of-regulatory-regions-of-imprinted-genes-at-birth-and-its-relation-to-infant-temperament
#19
Bernard F Fuemmeler, Chien-Ti Lee, Adelheid Soubry, Edwin S Iversen, Zhiqing Huang, Amy P Murtha, Joellen M Schildkraut, Randy L Jirtle, Susan K Murphy, Cathrine Hoyo
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation of the differentially methylated regions (DMRs) of imprinted genes is relevant to neurodevelopment. METHODS: DNA methylation status of the DMRs of nine imprinted genes in umbilical cord blood leukocytes was analyzed in relation to infant behaviors and temperament (n = 158). RESULTS: MEG3 DMR levels were positively associated with internalizing (β = 0.15, P = 0.044) and surgency (β = 0.19, P = 0.018) behaviors, after adjusting for birth weight, gender, gestational age at birth, maternal age at delivery, race/ethnicity, education level, smoking status, parity, and a history of anxiety or depression...
2016: Genetics & Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920483/outcomes-of-partial-splenic-embolization-in-patients-with-massive-splenomegaly-due-to-idiopathic-portal-hypertension
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Omer Ozturk, Gonca Eldem, Bora Peynircioglu, Taylan Kav, Aysegul Görmez, Barbaros Erhan Cil, Ferhun Balkancı, Cenk Sokmensuer, Yusuf Bayraktar
AIM: To determine the outcomes of partial splenic embolization (PSE) for massive splenomegaly due to idiopathic portal hypertension (IPH). METHODS: In this prospective study, we evaluated the characteristics and prognosis of consecutive patients with IPH who underwent PSE for all indications at a single medical center between June 2009 and January 2015. The inclusion criteria were: presence of hypersplenism, massive splenomegaly, and resultant pancytopenia. The exclusion criteria were: presence of other diseases causing portal hypertension...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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