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Xian-Jun Yu, Qun Zhao, Xuan-Bin Wang, Jing-Xuan Zhang, Xiao-Bo Wang
Cancerous inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A (CIP2A) is an oncoprotein that is overexpressed in many human malignancies. It regulates phosphorylated AKT and stabilizes c‑Myc in cell proliferation and tumor formation, suggesting that CIP2A plays an essential role in the development of cancer. In the present study, we report that a natural compound, gambogenic acid (GEA), induced the degradation of CIP2A via the ubiquitin‑proteasome pathway. Interestingly, the combination of GEA and proteasome inhibitors potentiated the accumulation of ubiquitinated CIP2A and aggresome formation...
October 20, 2016: Oncology Reports
Yu Karpov, N Logunova, D Tomilova, V Buza, Yu Khomitskaya
OBJECTIVE: The OPTIMA II study sought to evaluate rates of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) during the long-term follow-up of chronic statin users who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with implantation of a drug-eluting stent (DES). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: OPTIMA II was a non-interventional, observational study conducted at a single center in the Russian Federation. Included patients were aged ≥18 years with stable angina who had received long-term (≥1 month) statin therapy prior to elective PCI with DES implantation and who had participated in the original OPTIMA study...
October 25, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
D P Regan, A Escaffi, J Coy, J Kurihara, S W Dow
Canine hemangiosarcoma (HSA) is a highly malignant tumour associated with short survival times because of early and widespread metastasis. In humans and rodents, monocytes play key roles in promoting tumour metastasis through stimulating tumour cell extravasation, seeding, growth and angiogenesis. Therefore, we investigated the potential association between monocyte infiltration and tumour metastasis in HSA and other common canine tumours. Immunohistochemistry was used to quantify CD18(+) monocytes within metastases...
October 25, 2016: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
Rui Zhang, Li Wen, Yan Shen, Na Shi, Zhihua Xing, Qing Xia, Hai Niu, Wen Huang
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a painful inflammatory disorder of the exocrine pancreas, ranking as the most common gastrointestinal reasons for hospitalization with no specific therapy currently. Diosgenyl saponins extracted from natural products and diosgenin or its derivatives have been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects in various diseases. However, the therapeutic effects of diosgenyl saponins from Dioscorea zingiberensis C. H. Wright in AP have not yet been determined. Five compounds were extracted and screened for taurocholate-induced necrosis in mouse pancreatic acinar cells...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yong Cheng, Xuan Shi, Jin-Feng Qu, Ming-Wei Zhao, Xiao-Xin Li
BACKGROUND: Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) is characterized by the presence of polyps with or without a branching vascular network and more prevalent among Asians. The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of conbercept therapy between two different angiographic subtypes of PCV. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients of PCV were classified into two phenotypes according to indocyanine green angiography (ICGA). In Type 1, both feeder and draining vessels are visible on ICGA and network vessels are numerous...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Howard Y Park, Sara K Yang, William L Sheppard, Vishal Hegde, Stephen D Zoller, Scott D Nelson, Noah Federman, Nicholas M Bernthal
Aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) are benign bone lesions arising predominantly in the pediatric population that can cause local pain, swelling, and pathologic fracture. Primary lesions, which constitute roughly two thirds of all ABCs, are thought to be neoplastic in nature, with one third of ABCs arising secondary to other tumors. Diagnosis is made with various imaging modalities, which exhibit characteristic features such as "fluid-fluid levels," although biopsy is critical, as telangiectatic osteosarcoma cannot be excluded based on imaging alone...
October 24, 2016: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Bradley M Haverkos, Zenggang Pan, Alejandro A Gru, Aharon G Freud, Rachel Rabinovitch, Meng Xu-Welliver, Brad Otto, Carlos Barrionuevo, Robert A Baiocchi, Rosemary Rochford, Pierluigi Porcu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Extranodal NK/T cell lymphoma, nasal type (ENKTL-NT) is an aggressive extranodal non-Hodgkin lymphoma most commonly occurring in East Asia and Latin America but with increasing incidence in the United States. Data on epidemiology, disease presentation, and outcome for European and North American ("Western") cases are very limited. We review published landmark clinical studies on ENKTL-NT in the West and report in detail recent data, including our institutional experience...
October 24, 2016: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
Sayeh Ezzikouri, Fatima Zahra Jadid, Salsabil Hamdi, Lahcen Wakrim, Kyoko Tsukiyama-Kohara, Soumaya Benjelloun
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) present a significant health burden, with increasing complications and mortality rates worldwide. Pycnogenol® (PYC), a natural product, possesses antidiabetic and antiviral properties that may improve HCV-associated T2DM. In this review, we present previously published data on the effectiveness of PYC against HCV replication and T2DM. We believe that supplementing conventional treatment with PYC may improve the current HCV therapy, attenuate HCV-associated T2DM, and reduce the risk of complications such as cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma and cardiovascular disease...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
Yamila Sol Rocca, María Paula Roberti, Estefanía Paula Juliá, María Betina Pampena, Luisina Bruno, Sergio Rivero, Eduardo Huertas, Fernando Sánchez Loria, Alejandro Pairola, Anne Caignard, José Mordoh, Estrella Mariel Levy
The clinical outcome of colorectal cancer (CRC) is associated with the immune response; thus, these tumors could be responsive to different immune therapy approaches. Natural killer (NK) cells are key antitumor primary effectors that can eliminate CRC cells without prior immunization. We previously determined that NK cells from the local tumor environment of CRC tumors display a profoundly altered phenotype compared with circulating NK cells from healthy donors (HD). In this study, we evaluated peripheral blood NK cells from untreated patients and their possible role in metastasis progression...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Jaya Uppal, Stanislaw Sobotka, Arthur L Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Multiple causes outside the spine can mimic spinal back pain. Endometriosis is an important gynecological disorder, which commonly affects the lower region of the female pelvis and less frequently the spine and soft tissues. The lumbosacral trunk is vulnerable to pressure from any abdominal mass originating from the uterus and the ovaries. Therefore symptoms of endometriosis include severe reoccurring pain in the pelvic area as well as lower back and abdominal pain. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report on a 39 year old gymnast with cyclic sciatica and back pain, whose initial presentation initially led to a spinal fusion at L4/5 and L5/S1, but that procedure did not change her symptoms...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Lisa Walther, Andreas Gantner, Andreas Heinz, Tomislav Majić
BACKGROUND: Now that the consumption of natural and synthetic cannabinoids is becoming more widespread, the specific treatment of cannabis-related disturbances is an increasingly important matter. There are many therapeutic options, and it is not always clear which ones are evidence-based and appropriate for use in a given clinical situation. METHODS: This review is based on reports of pertinent randomized and controlled trials (RCTs) that were retrieved by a selective search in the PubMed and Cochrane databases...
September 30, 2016: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Katja Krug, Katharina I Kraus, Kathrin Herrmann, Stefanie Joos
BACKGROUND: In Germany, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in primary health care is offered by general practitioners (GPs) and by natural health practitioners, so called 'Heilpraktiker' (HPs). Considering the steadily growing number of unregulated HPs, the aim of the study was to assess characteristics of patients consulting HPs in comparison to patients consulting GPs. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, patients of randomly selected GPs and HPs were asked to complete a questionnaire about their health care status, health care behavior, and symptoms rated on the Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP-D)...
October 24, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Elsa Bodier-Montagutelli, Eric Morello, Guillaume l'Hostis, Antoine Guillon, Emilie Dalloneau, Renaud Respaud, Nikita Pallaoro, Hélène Blois, Laurent Vecellio, Jérôme Gabard, Nathalie Heuzé-Vourc'h
Bacterial respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are increasingly difficult to treat due to evolving antibiotic resistance. In this context, bacteriophages (or phages) are part of the foreseen alternatives or combination therapies. Delivering phages through the airways seems more relevant to accumulate these natural antibacterial viruses in proximity to their bacterial host, within the infectious site. Areas covered: This review addresses the potential of phage therapy to treat RTIs and discusses preclinical and clinical results of phages administration in this context...
October 25, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
Andrei C Sposito, José Rocha Faria Neto, Luiz Sergio F de Carvalho, Alberto Lorenzatti, Alberto Cafferata, Gerardo Elikir, Eduardo Esteban, Enrique C Morales Villegas, Luiz Carlos Bodanese, Rodrigo K Alonso, Alvaro J Ruiz Morales, Viviane Z Rocha, Andre A Faludi, Hermes T Xavier, Otávio Rizzi Coelho, Marcelo H Assad, Maria C Izar, Raul D Santos, Francisco A H Fonseca, Alberto Mello E Silva, Pedro Marques da Silva, Marcelo C Bertolami
In the last 2 decades, statin therapy has proved to be the most potent isolated therapy for attenuation of cardiovascular risk. Its frequent use has been appointed as one of the most important elements for the reduction of the cardiovascular mortality in developed countries. However, the recurrent incidence of muscle symptoms in statin users raised the possibility of causal association, leading to disease entity known as statin associated muscle symptoms (SAMS). Mechanistic studies and clinical trials, specifically designed for the study of SAMS allowed a deeper understanding of the natural history and the accurate incidence...
October 25, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Ines van Dooren, Kenn Foubert, Sebastiaan Bijttebier, Mart Theunis, Stefaniya Velichkova, Magda Claeys, Luc Pieters, Vassiliki Exarchou, Sandra Apers
Stone diseases present a major health problem in the Western society, since both urinary and biliary stones occur with a relatively high prevalence of 10-12 % and 10-20 %, respectively, and demonstrate a high recurrence rate. At the moment treatment is mainly based on interventional procedures, or prophylactic and dissolution therapy. However, many of the current drugs cause severe side effects, and therefore, there is an increasing interest in natural medicines. At the moment no registered herbal medicinal products are available for treatment of gallstones...
October 24, 2016: Planta Medica
J R Griswold, D G Medvedev, J W Engle, R Copping, J M Fitzsimmons, V Radchenko, J C Cooley, M E Fassbender, D L Denton, K E Murphy, A C Owens, E R Birnbaum, K D John, F M Nortier, D W Stracener, L H Heilbronn, L F Mausner, S Mirzadeh
Actinium-225 and (213)Bi have been used successfully in targeted alpha therapy (TAT) in preclinical and clinical research. This paper is a continuation of research activities aiming to expand the availability of (225)Ac. The high-energy proton spallation reaction on natural thorium metal targets has been utilized to produce millicurie quantities of (225)Ac. The results of sixteen irradiation experiments of thorium metal at beam energies between 78 and 192MeV are summarized in this work. Irradiations have been conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), while target dissolution and processing was carried out at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...
September 28, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Jing Liu, Dujuan Zhao, Wenxiu He, Huiyuan Zhang, Zhonghao Li, Yuxia Luan
The anti-leukemia effect of cytarabine (Ara-C) is severely restricted by its high hydrophilic properties and rapid plasma degradation. Herein, a novel amphiphilic small molecular prodrug of Ara-C was developed by coupling a short aliphatic chain, hexanoic acid (HA) to 4-NH2 of the parent drug. Based on the amphiphilic nature, the resulting bioconjugate (HA-Ara) could spontaneously self-assemble into stable spherical nanoassemblies (NAs) with an extremely high drug loading (∼71wt%). Moreover, folate receptor (FR)-targeting NAs with high grafting efficient folic acid - bovine serum albumin (FA-BSA) conjugate immobilized on the surface (NAs/FA-BSA) was prepared...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Milly Marston, Jessica Nakiyingi-Miiro, Sylvia Kusemererwa, Mark Urassa, Denna Michael, Constance Nyamukapa, Simon Gregson, Basia Zaba, Jeffrey W Eaton
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the relationship between HIV natural history and fertility by duration of infection in East and Southern Africa before the availability of antiretroviral therapy, and assess potential biases in estimates of age-specific sub-fertility when using retrospective birth histories in cross-sectional studies. DESIGN: Pooled analysis of prospective population-based HIV cohort studies in Masaka (Uganda) Kisesa (Tanzania), and Manicaland (Zimbabwe)...
October 20, 2016: AIDS
Jessica M Andriolo, Richard J Rossi, Casey A McConnell, Baili I Connors, Kevin Trout, M K Hailer, Marisa L Pedulla, Jack L Skinner
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that each year, two million people in the United States become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, of which, approximately 23 000 die as a direct result of these infections. Phage therapy, or the treatment of bacterial infection by specific, antagonistic viruses, provides one alternative to traditional antibiotics. Bacteriophages, or phages, are bacteriaspecific viruses that possess biological traits that allow for not only the removal of bacterial infection, but also the evasion of bacterial resistance which renders antibiotics ineffective...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
F Jagla
It is accepted that the formulation of the motor program in the brain is not only the perceptual and motor function but also the cognitive one. Therefore it is not surprising that the execution of saccadic eye movements can by substantially affected be the on-going mental activity of a given person. Not only the distribution of attention, but also the focusing the attention may influence the main gain of saccades, their accuracy. Patients suffering from mental disorders have strongly engaged their attention focused at their mental processes...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Research
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