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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110486/spectra-optia-%C3%A2-for-automated-red-blood-cell-exchange-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-a-nice-medical-technology-guidance
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REVIEW
Iain Willits, Helen Cole, Roseanne Jones, Kimberley Carter, Mick Arber, Michelle Jenks, Joyce Craig, Andrew Sims
The Spectra Optia(®) automated apheresis system, indicated for red blood cell exchange in people with sickle cell disease, underwent evaluation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which uses its Medical Technologies Advisory Committee to make recommendations. The company (Terumo Medical Corporation) produced a submission making a case for adoption of its technology, which was critiqued by the Newcastle and York external assessment centre. Thirty retrospective observational studies were identified in their clinical submission...
January 21, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110463/biomarkers-of-renal-tumors-the-current-state-and-clinical-perspectives
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REVIEW
Marina O Golovastova, Dmitry O Korolev, Larisa V Tsoy, Vladimir A Varshavsky, Wan-Hai Xu, Andrey Z Vinarov, Evgeni Yu Zernii, Pavel P Philippov, Andrey A Zamyatnin
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) ranks the first death rate among the urogenital tumors, whereas its incidence follows the incidences of prostate and bladder cancer. The diagnosis of RCC at early stages allows immediately undertaking appropriate treatment, which significantly increases patients' survival rate. Early and accurate diagnosis avoids inadequate treatment, provides the disease progression forecast, and permits to apply more efficient therapy. Unfortunately, the small renal tumors are usually asymptomatic resulting in the late diagnosis and, therefore, low efficacy of treatment...
January 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110459/calcium-phosphate-ceramics-and-polysaccharide-based-hydrogel-scaffolds-combined-with-mesenchymal-stem-cell-differently-support-bone-repair-in-rats
#3
Sophie Frasca, Françoise Norol, Catherine Le Visage, Jean-Marc Collombet, Didier Letourneur, Xavier Holy, Elhadi Sari Ali
Research in bone tissue engineering is focused on the development of alternatives to autologous bone grafts for bone reconstruction. Although multiple stem cell-based products and biomaterials are currently being investigated, comparative studies are rarely achieved to evaluate the most appropriate approach in this context. Here, we aimed to compare different clinically relevant bone tissue engineering methods and evaluated the kinetic repair and the bone healing efficiency supported by mesenchymal stem cells and two different biomaterials, a new hydrogel scaffold and a commercial hydroxyapatite/tricalcium phosphate ceramic, alone or in combination...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110457/reduced-proliferation-and-colony-formation-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-hnscc-after-dual-targeting-of-egfr-and-hedgehog-pathways
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Hannes Liebig, Georg Günther, Marlen Kolb, Christian Mozet, Andreas Boehm, Andreas Dietz, Gunnar Wichmann
PURPOSE: The hedgehog signalling pathway (Hh) is frequently active in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Overexpressed Hh associates with poor prognosis. The Hh inhibitor vismodegib targets smoothened, and based on molecular data, may prevent resistance to EGFR targeting. METHODS: To elucidate potential roles of vismodegib in HNSCC therapy, its sole effects and those combined with cisplatin, docetaxel, and cetuximab on HNSCC cell lines were assessed by MTT metabolisation and BrdU incorporation...
January 21, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110445/non-invasive-photodynamic-therapy-in-brain-cancer-by-use-of-tb-3-doped-laf3-nanoparticles-in-combination-with-photosensitizer-through-x-ray-irradiation-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Min-Hua Chen, Yi-Jhen Jenh, Sheng-Kai Wu, Yo-Shen Chen, Nobutaka Hanagata, Feng-Huei Lin
The use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of brain cancer has produced exciting results in clinical trials over the past decade. PDT is based on the concept that a photosensitizer exposed to a specific light wavelength produces the predominant cytotoxic agent, to destroy tumor cells. However, delivering an efficient light source to the brain tumor site is still a challenge. The light source should be delivered by placing external optical fibers into the brain at the time of surgical debulking of the tumor...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110394/chimeric-antigen-receptor-car-t-cells-lessons-learned-from-targeting-of-cd19-in-b-cell-malignancies
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Kevin A Hay, Cameron J Turtle
Adoptive immunotherapy with chimeric antigen receptor-modified (CAR)-T cells is a rapidly growing therapeutic approach to treating patients with refractory cancer, with over 100 clinical trials in various malignancies in progress. The enthusiasm for CAR-T cells has been driven by the clinical success of CD19-targeted CAR-T cell therapy in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and the promising data in B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Despite the success of targeting CD19 with CAR-T cells in early clinical studies, many challenges remain to improve outcomes, reduce toxicity, and determine the appropriate settings for CAR-T cell immunotherapy...
January 21, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110374/morphological-description-of-limbal-epithelium-searching-for-stem-cells-crypts-in-the-dog-cat-pig-cow-sheep-and-horse
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M Patruno, A Perazzi, T Martinello, A Blaseotto, E Di Iorio, I Iacopetti
The cornea provides protection and transparency to the eye, allowing an optimal sharpness view. In some pathological conditions the cornea is able to regenerate thanks to the presence of a stem cells reservoir present at the level of the transition area between cornea and sclera (limbus). Corneal cell therapies in Veterinary Medicine are really limited due to the lacking of knowledge about the anatomy of the limbal area, the putative presence of stem cells and their identification in domestic species. The aim of this study was to provide an overview of the main distinctive structural features of the sclero-corneal junction and conjunctival-corneal junction areas in some species of veterinary importance, using optic microscope observations of histological sections...
January 21, 2017: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110321/recent-advances-in-arsenic-trioxide-encapsulated-nanoparticles-as-drug-delivery-agents-to-solid-cancers
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Akhtar Anam, Wang Scarlet Xiaoyan, Ghali Lucy, Bell Celia, Wen Xuesong
Since arsenic trioxide was first approved as the front line therapy for acute promyelocytic leukemia 25 years ago, its anti-cancer properties for various malignancies have been under intense investigation. However, the clinical successes of arsenic trioxide in treating hematological cancers have not been translated to solid cancers. This is due to arsenic's rapid clearance by the body's immune system before reaching the tumor site. Several attempts have henceforth been made to increase its bioavailability toward solid cancers without increasing its dosage albeit without much success...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110254/leptomeningeal-carcinomatosis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-a-continuing-challenge-in-the-personalized-treatment-era
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REVIEW
J Remon, E Le Rhun, B Besse
Leptomeningeal metastasis is a fatal manifestation seen in advanced cancer patients. Its incidence is increasing, reaching 3.8% in molecularly unselected non-small cell lung cancer patients and up to 5% and 9% in ALK-rearranged and EGFR-mutant lung cancer patients, respectively. The prognosis remains poor despite systemic treatment, intrathecal chemotherapy, radiation therapy and personalized treatments in molecularly selected patients. However, new therapies with improved cerebral-spinal fluid penetration have been developed for subgroups of molecular selected patients indicating they could be promising therapeutic options for managing leptomeningeal disease...
December 30, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110220/hypoxia-inducing-factor-hif-1%C3%AE-derived-peptide-capable-of-inducing-cancer-reactive-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-from-hla-a24-patients-with-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Takafumi Minami, Naoki Matsumura, Koichi Sugimoto, Nobutaka Shimizu, Marco De Velasco, Masahiro Nozawa, Kazuhiro Yoshimura, Nanae Harashima, Mamoru Harada, Hirotsugu Uemura
Hypoxic tumor microenvironment makes cancer cells to be therapy-resistant and hypoxia-inducing factors (HIFs) play a central role in hypoxic adaptation. Especially, renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is often associated with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene mutations, leading to up-regulation of HIFs. However, from a different point of view, this suggests the possibility that HIFs could be promising targets in anti-cancer therapy. In this study, we searched for HIF-1α-derived peptides that are able to induce RCC-reactive cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) from HLA-A24(+) RCC patients...
January 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110219/tgf-%C3%AE-engineered-mesenchymal-stem-cells-tgf-%C3%AE-mscs-for-treatment-of-type-1-diabetes-t1d-mice-model
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Saeed Daneshmandi, Mohammad Hossein Karimi, Ali Akbar Pourfathollah
OBJECTIVE: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are advantageous candidates for cell therapy of Type 1 diabetes (T1D). Considering immunomodulatory effect of MSC, in this study, we engineered MSCs with TGF-β gene to increase MSC potency for T1D therapy in mouse model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two plans were designed for prevention and treatment of diabetes, respectively. In both of them, MSCs were injected i.v. and then, the diabetes features including serum insulin, blood glucose, glucose tolerance, splenocytes proliferation, and IL-4/IFN-γ production were evaluated...
January 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110217/induced-dopaminergic-neurons-a-new-promise-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Zhimin Xu, Xingkun Chu, Houbo Jiang, Haley Schilling, Shengdi Chen, Jian Feng
Motor symptoms that define Parkinson's disease (PD) are caused by the selective loss of nigral dopaminergic (DA) neurons. Cell replacement therapy for PD has been focused on midbrain DA neurons derived from human fetal mesencephalic tissue, human embryonic stem cells (hESC) or human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). Recent development in the direct conversion of human fibroblasts to induced dopaminergic (iDA) neurons offers new opportunities for transplantation study and disease modeling in PD. The iDA neurons are generated directly from human fibroblasts in a short period of time, bypassing lengthy differentiation process from human pluripotent stem cells and the concern for potentially tumorigenic mitotic cells...
January 16, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110210/il-12-and-il-23-modulate-plasticity-of-foxp3-regulatory-t-cells-in-human-leprosy
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Mohd Tarique, Chaman Saini, Raza Ali Naqvi, Neena Khanna, Alpana Sharma, D N Rao
Leprosy is a bacterial disease caused by M. leprae. Its clinical spectrum reflects the host's immune response to the M. leprae and provide an ideal model to investigate the host pathogen interaction and immunological dysregulation. Tregs are high in leprosy patients and responsible for immune suppression of the host by producing IL-10 and TGF-β cytokines. In leprosy, plasticity of Tregs remain unstudied. This is the first study describing the conversion of Tregs into Th1-like and Th17-like cells using in vitro cytokine therapy in leprosy patients...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110184/structural-analysis-of-binding-functionality-of-folic-acid-peg-dendrimers-against-folate-receptor
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Diana Sampogna-Mireles, Ingrid D Araya-Durán, Valeria Márquez-Miranda, Jesús A Valencia-Gallegos, Fernando D González-Nilo
Dendrimers functionalized with folic acid (FA) are drug delivery systems that can selectively target cancer cells with folate receptors (FR-α) overexpression. Incorporation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) can enhance dendrimers solubility and pharmacokinetics, but ligand-receptor binding must not be affected. In this work we characterized, at atomic level, the binding functionality of conventional site-specific dendrimers conjugated with FA with PEG 750 or PEG 3350 as a linker. After Molecular Dynamics simulation, we observed that both PEG's did not interfere over ligand-receptor binding functionality...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110172/in%C3%A2-vivo-imaging-of-%C3%AE-galactosidase-stimulated-activity-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-using-ligand-targeted-fluorescent-probe
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Eun-Joong Kim, Rajesh Kumar, Amit Sharma, Byungkwon Yoon, Hyun Min Kim, Hyunseung Lee, Kwan Soo Hong, Jong Seung Kim
Development of targeted, selective, and noninvasive fluorescent probes for in vivo visualization of tumor-associated overexpressed enzymes are highly anticipated for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Herein, we developed a noninvasive fluorescent probe (DCDHF-βgal) for the sensitive detection, and in vivo visualization of β-galactosidase in hepatocyte HepG2 cells and its xenograft model. As a model system for in vivo targeted imaging, DCDHF-βgal possessing galactose unit selectively target hepatocyte and monitor the β-galactosidase activity with deep tissue penetration, and low background interference...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110119/interleukin-15-activates-akt-to-protect-astrocytes-from-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-induced-cell-death
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Gilbert Aaron Lee, Yein-Gei Lai, Ray-Jade Chen, Nan-Shih Liao
Astrocytes play a pivotal role in neuronal survival under the condition of post-ischemic brain inflammation, but the relevant astrocyte-derived mediators of ischemic brain injury remain to be defined. IL-15 supports survival of multiple lymphocyte lineages in the peripheral immune system, but the role of IL-15 in inflammatory disease of the central nervous system is not well defined. Recent research has shown an increase of IL-15-expressing astrocytes in the ischemic brain. Since astrocytes promote neuron survival under cerebral ischemia by buffering excess extracellular glutamate and producing growth factors, recovery of astrocyte function could be of benefit for stroke therapy...
January 18, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110075/tlr9-mediated-regulatory-b10-cell-amplification-following-sub-total-body-irradiation-implications-in-attenuating-eae
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Jinsheng Hong, Jie Fang, Ruilong Lan, Qi Tan, Yeping Tian, Mei Zhang, Paul Okunieff, Lurong Zhang, Jianhua Lin, Deping Han
Autoimmunity and inflammation are controlled in part by regulatory B (Breg) cells, including the recently identified IL-10-competent B10 cell subset that represents 1%-3% of mouse spleen B cells. In this study, the influence of irradiation on Breg/B10 cell generation and IL-10 production mediated by TLR9 signaling pathways was investigated. Spleen and peritoneal cavity Breg/B10 cell frequencies were significantly expanded three weeks after sub-total body irradiation (sub-TBI, 5Gy or 10Gy) in adult male wild type (WT) C57BL/6(B6) mice but not in TLR9(-/-) mice...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110069/peptide-and-nucleic-acid-directed-self-assembly-of-cationic-nanovehicles-through-giant-unilamellar-vesicle-modification-targetable-nanocomplexes-for-in-vivo-nucleic-acid-delivery
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A D Tagalakis, R Maeshima, C Yu-Wai-Man, J Meng, F Syed, L-P Wu, A M Aldossary, D McCarthy, S M Moghimi, S L Hart
: One of the greatest challenges for the development of genetic therapies is the efficient targeted delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids. Towards this goal, we have introduced a new engineering initiative in self-assembly of biologically safe and stable nanovesicle complexes (∼90-140 nm) derived from giant unilamellar vesicle (GUV) precursors and comprising plasmid DNA or siRNA and targeting peptide ligands. The biological performance of the engineered nanovesicle complexes were studied both in vitro and in vivo and compared with cationic liposome-based lipopolyplexes...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110067/poly-glycerol-sebacate-elastomer-supports-bone-regeneration-by-its-mechanical-properties-being-closer-to-osteoid-tissue-rather-than-to-mature-bone
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S H Zaky, K W Lee, J Gao, A Jensen, K Verdelis, Y Wang, A J Almarza, C Sfeir
: Mechanical load influences bone structure and mass. Arguing the importance of load-transduction, we investigated the mechanisms inducing bone formation using an elastomeric substrate. We characterized Poly (glycerol sebacate) (PGS) in-vitro for its mechanical properties, compatibility with osteoprogenitor cells regarding adhesion, proliferation, differentiation under compression versus static cultures and in-vivo for the regeneration of a rabbit ulna critical size defect. The load-transducing properties of PGS were compared in-vitro to a stiffer poly lactic-co- glycolic-acid (PLA/PGA) scaffold of similar porosity and interconnectivity...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109975/dna-damage-response-in-patients-with-pediatric-acute-lymphoid-leukemia-during-induction-therapy
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Júlia Plentz Portich, Rafael Pereira Dos Santos, Nathalia Kersting, Karolina Brochado Jorge, Pietro Rebelo Casagrande, Gabriela Dos Santos Costa, Jéssica Maria Gonçalves Dias Cionek, Danielly Brufatto Olguins, Marialva Sinigaglia, Franciele Faccio Busatto, Jenifer Saffi, Sharbel Weidner Maluf, Jiseh Fagundes Loss, Algemir Lunardi Brunetto, Rafael Roesler, Caroline Brunetto de Farias
Predicting the individual response to chemotherapy is a crucial challenge in cancer treatment. DNA damage caused by antitumor therapies evokes different repair mechanisms responses, such as Nucleotide Excision Repair (NER), whose components are being studied as prognosis biomarkers and target therapies. However, few reports have addressed DNA damages in pediatric Acute Lymphoid Leukemia (ALL). Hence, we conducted an observational follow-up study with pediatric patients to assess DNA damage (by Comet Assay) and gene expression from NER pathway during chemotherapy induction...
January 11, 2017: Leukemia Research
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