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Suhong Xiao, Ying-Sheng Tang, Praveen Kusumanchi, Sally P Stabler, Ying Zhang, Asok C Antony
Background: Epidemiologic and in vitro studies suggest independent linkages between poor folate and/or vitamin B-12 nutrition, genomic human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 viral integration, and cancer. However, there is no direct evidence in vivo to support the causative role of poor folate nutrition in HPV16 integration into the cellular genome. Objective: We tested the hypothesis that folate deficiency enables the integration of HPV16 into the genome of HPV16-harboring keratinocytes, and could thereby influence earlier transformation of these cells to cancer in an animal model...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Mariann H Bentsen, Trond Markestad, Thomas Halvorsen
Early prediction of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) may facilitate tailored management for neonates at risk. We investigated whether easily accessible flow data from a mechanical ventilator can predict BPD in neonates born extremely premature (EP). In a prospective population-based study of EP-born neonates, flow data were obtained from the ventilator during the first 48 h of life. Data were logged for >10 min and then converted to flow-volume loops using custom-made software. Tidal breathing parameters were calculated and averaged from ≥200 breath cycles, and data were compared between those who later developed moderate/severe and no/mild BPD...
January 2018: ERJ Open Research
Yun Chai, Miaomiao Qu, Meng Jin
This study was designed to evaluate the application effect of single balloon catheters and dinoprostone on promoting cervical ripening of pregnant women in late-term pregnancy and their influences on stress and inflammatory responses. A total of 160 pregnant women with indications of labor induction were included and randomly divided into the control (n=80) and observation (n=80) groups. Patients in the control group received labor induction by administration of dinoprostone at the vaginal vault, while those in the observation group received labor induction by domestic single balloon catheters...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Antonios Drakopoulos, Christina Tzitzoglaki, Kelly McGuire, Anja Hoffmann, Athina Konstantinidi, Dimitrios Kolokouris, Chunlong Ma, Kathrin Freudenberger, Johanna Hutterer, Günter Gauglitz, Jun Wang, Michaela Schmidtke, David D Busath, Antonios Kolocouris
Recently, the binding kinetics of a ligand-target interaction, such as the residence time of a small molecule on its protein target, are seen as increasingly important for drug efficacy. Here, we investigate these concepts to explain binding and proton blockage of rimantadine variants bearing progressively larger alkyl groups to influenza A virus M2 wild type (WT) and M2 S31N protein proton channel. We showed that resistance of M2 S31N to rimantadine analogues compared to M2 WT resulted from their higher k off rates compared to the k on rates according to electrophysiology (EP) measurements...
March 8, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Ulrich Mayr, Eugen Karsten, Tobias Lahmer, Sebastian Rasch, Philipp Thies, Benedikt Henschel, Gerrit Fischer, Roland M Schmid, Wolfgang Huber
INTRODUCTION: Appropriate mechanical ventilation and prevention of alveolar collaps is mainly dependent on transpulmonary pressure TPP. TPP is assessed by measurement of esophageal pressure EP, largely influenced by pleural and intraabdominal pressure IAP. Consecutively, TPP-guided ventilation might be particularly useful in patients with high IAP. This study investigates the impact of large volume paracentesis LVP on TPP, EP, IAP as well as on hemodynamic and respiratory function in patients with liver cirrhosis and tense ascites...
2018: PloS One
Yang Yuan, Shan-Shan Pan
BACKGROUND: Late exercise preconditioning (LEP) is confirmed to have a protective effect on acute cardiovascular stress. However, the mechanisms by which mitophagy participates in EP-induced cardioprotection remain unclear. LEP may involve mitophagy mediated by the receptors PARK2 gene-encoded E3 ubiquitin ligase (Parkin) and BCL2/adenovirus E1B 19 kDa protein-interacting protein 3 (Bnip3) to scavenge damaged mitochondria. METHODS: Our exercise preconditioning (EP) protocol involved four 10-minute periods of running, separated by 10-minute recovery intervals, plus a period of exhaustive running at 24 hours after EP...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Darren R Feldman, Shirin Ardeshir-Rouhani-Fard, Patrick Monahan, Howard D Sesso, Chunkit Fung, Annalynn M Williams, Robert J Hamilton, David J Vaughn, Clair J Beard, Ryan Cook, Mohammad Abu Zaid, Steven E Lipshultz, Lawrence H Einhorn, Kevin C Oeffinger, Lois B Travis, Sophie D Fossa
BACKGROUND: Testicular cancer survivors (TCSs) are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) after cisplatin-based chemotherapy (CBCT). Identifying at-risk survivors would allow early intervention, but risk prediction tools such as the Framingham Risk Score (FRS) have not been applied to TCSs given modern chemotherapy. METHODS: TCSs > 1 year post-CBCT were evaluated. Associations between FRS and clinical, socioeconomic, and lifestyle measures and treatment regimen (4 cycles, etoposide and cisplatin [EP × 4]); 3 or 4 cycles, bleomycin plus EP (BEP × 3, BEP × 4) were analyzed with general linear multivariable models...
February 5, 2018: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
Xiaomeng Wan, Yuanzeng Min, Herdis Bludau, Andrew Keith, Sergei S Sheiko, Rainer Jordan, Andrew Z Wang, Marina Sokolsky-Papkov, Alexander V Kabanov
Nanoparticle-based systems for concurrent delivery of multiple drugs can improve outcomes of cancer treatments, but face challenges because of differential solubility and fairly low threshold for incorporation of many drugs. Here we demonstrate that this approach can be used to greatly improve the treatment outcomes of etoposide (ETO) and platinum drug combination ("EP/PE") therapy that is the backbone for treatment of prevalent and deadly small cell lung cancer (SCLC). A polymeric micelle system based on amphiphilic block copolymer poly(2-oxazoline)s (POx) poly(2-methyl-2-oxazoline-block-2-butyl-2-oxazoline-block-2-methyl-2-oxazoline) (P(MeOx-b-BuOx-b-MeOx) is used along with an alkylated cisplatin prodrug to enable co-formulation of EP/PE in a single high-capacity vehicle...
March 13, 2018: ACS Nano
Dong-Wan Kim, Hoon-Gu Kim, Joo-Hang Kim, Keunchil Park, Hoon-Kyo Kim, Joung Soon Jang, Bong-Seog Kim, Jin-Hyoung Kang, Kyung Hee Lee, Sang-We Kim, Hun Mo Ryoo, Jin-Soo Kim, Ki Hyeong Lee, Jung Hye Kwon, Jin-Hyuk Choi, Sang Won Shin, Seokyung Hahn, Dae Seog Heo
Purpose: This randomized phase III study was designed to compare the efficacy and safety of irinotecan plus cisplatin (IP) over etoposide plus cisplatin (EP) in Korean patients with extensive-disease small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Materials and Methods: Patients were randomly assigned to receive IP, composed of irinotecan 65 mg/m2 intravenously on days 1 and 8 + cisplatin 70 mg/m2 intravenously on day1 every 3 weeks, or EP, composed of etoposide 100 mg/m2 intravenously on days 1, 2, 3+cisplatin 70 mg/m2 intravenously on day 1, every 3 weeks for a maximum of six cycles, until disease progression, or until unacceptable toxicity occurred...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
Delphine Barnoud, Claire Pinçon, Bénédicte Bruno, Johana Béné, Sophie Gautier, Annie Lahoche, Nadine Petitpain, Michèle Vasseur, Christine Barthélémy, Bertrand Décaudin, Nicolas Simon, Pascal Odou
BACKGROUND: Etoposide phosphate (EP; single injection, 60 mg/kg) followed by total body irradiation (TBI) at 12 Gy has been used as an allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) conditioning regimen for children since 2010. In our institution, EP has been suspected of leading to acute nephrotoxicity. The aim of this study was to assess the potential renal toxicity of EP in this context. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was carried out on children hospitalized between 2007 and 2015 for allo-SCT with TBI-based myeloablative conditioning associated with cyclophosphamide (CY, 60 mg/kg/day × 2 days) or EP...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Shota Hodono, Akihiro Shimokawa, Neil J Stewart, Yukiko Yamauchi, Renya Nishimori, Mami Yamane, Hirohiko Imai, Hideaki Fujiwara, Atsuomi Kimura
PURPOSE: High Mobility Group Box1 (HMGB1), which is one of the damage-associated molecular pattern molecules relating to various inflammatory diseases, has gained interest as a therapeutic target because of its involvement in wound healing processes. In the present study, we investigated HMGB1 as a potential therapeutic target in a model of lung fibrosis using a preclinical hyperpolarized129 Xe (HPXe) MRI system. METHODS: Lung injury was induced by intra-peritoneal injection of bleomycin (BLM) in 19 mice...
March 9, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences: MRMS
Juliana Ruiz Fernandes, Cibele Cristine Berto Marques da Silva, Aline Grandi da Silva, Regina Maria de Carvalho Pinto, Alberto José da Silva Duarte, Celso Ricardo Carvalho, Gil Benard
Exercise training has been shown to reduce symptoms and exacerbations in COPD patients; however, the exercise effect on patients' immune response is poorly known. We thus verified if an exercise program (EP) impacted on proliferative T cell response of COPD patients. Fourteen non-O2 dependent COPD patients on standard treatment were studied. EP consisted in 24 sessions of aerobic and muscular training. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were stimulated with the mitogen phytohemagglutinin and antigens from Haemophilus influenzae and cytomegalovirus, and the lymphocyte proliferative response (LPR) was assessed through the expression of Ki67 before and after the EP...
March 10, 2018: Lung
Fang Gu, Huanxiao Zhang, Simin Ruan, Jiamin Li, Xinyan Liu, Yanwen Xu, Canquan Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To compare the incidence of recurrence between a cohort with a high number (≥6) of endometrial polyps (EPs) and a single-EP cohort among reproductive-age patients after polypectomy. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: Single university center. PATIENT(S): Premenopausal women who underwent hysteroscopic endometrial polypectomy were recruited. INTERVENTION(S): Patients underwent a transvaginal ultrasound scan every 3 months after polypectomy to detect EP recurrence...
March 7, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
C Burkart, A Mukhopadhyay, S A Shirley, R J Connolly, J H Wright, A Bahrami, J S Campbell, R H Pierce, D A Canton
The use of immunomodulatory cytokines has been shown effective in regressing a wide range of tumors. However, systemic delivery of recombinant cytokines results in serious, potentially life-threatening, adverse effects. By contrast, nucleic acid transfer via electroporation (EP) is a safe and effective method of delivering plasmid-encoded cytokines to tumors. Intratumoral delivery of IL-12 plasmid DNA by electroporation (IT-pIL12-EP) produced objective response rates in Phase 2 clinical trials in metastatic melanoma...
March 9, 2018: Gene Therapy
Ida E Clark, Anni Vanhatalo, Stephen J Bailey, Lee J Wylie, Brett S Kirby, Brad W Wilkins, Andrew M Jones
INTRODUCTION: Changes in the parameters of the power-time relationship (critical power (CP) and W') during endurance exercise would have important implications for performance. We tested the hypotheses that CP and W', estimated using the end-test power (EP) and the work done above EP (WEP), respectively, during a the 3-min all-out test (3MT), can be reliably determined, and would be lower, after completing 2-h of heavy-intensity exercise. METHODS: In study 1, six cyclists completed a 3MT immediately following 2-h of heavy-intensity exercise on two occasions to establish the reliability of EP and WEP...
March 8, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Arturo Cadena Ramírez, Anne-Claire Texier, Ignacio González, Jorge Gómez Hernández
The effect of three electric potentials (EP) (+104 mV, -187 mV and -279 mV) applied to denitrifying process was explored. It was observed that the denitrifying sludge was able to support the oxidation of p-cresol with the application of the EP in the absence of nitrate, but it was unable to drive the denitrification without an organic electron donor. On denitrification, the applied EP uncoupled the oxidative from the reductive process, favoring the p-cresol oxidation over the production of N2 . Additionally biochemical level effects were observed...
March 8, 2018: Environmental Technology
Azzurra Agostini, Umberto Capasso Palmiero, Sara D A Barbieri, Monica Lupi, Davide Moscatelli
Ibuprofen (IBU) is a widespread drug used to treat both acute and chronic disorders. It is generally taken orally but the free drug can induce the irritation of the gastric mucosa due to its acid nature. In literature, different approaches have been adopted to prevent the release in the stomach, such as physical entrapment with film-coated tablets and drug-conjugates. Nevertheless, these solutions have many disadvantages, including the fast release of the drug and the difficulty to swallow the tablet, especially for children who may vomit or refuse the tablet...
March 8, 2018: Nanotechnology
Kaia Skromme, Maria Vollsæter, Knut Øymar, Trond Markestad, Thomas Halvorsen
BACKGROUND: Advances in perinatal care have markedly increased the prospects of survival for infants born extremely preterm (EP). The aim of this study was to investigate hospitalisation rates and respiratory morbidity from five to 11 years of age in a prospective national cohort of EP children born in the surfactant era. METHODS: This was a national prospective cohort study of all children born in Norway during 1999 and 2000 with gestational age (GA) < 28 weeks or birth weight < 1000 grams, and of individually matched term-born controls recruited for a regional subsample...
March 7, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Danielle V Polniak, Eric Goodrich, Nicole Hill, Blanca H Lapizco-Encinas
Dielectrophoresis (DEP), the migration of particles due to polarization effects under the influence of a nonuniform electric field, was employed for characterizing the behavior and achieving the separation of larger (diameter >5 μm) microparticles by exploiting differences in electrical charge. Usually, electrophoresis (EP) is the method of choice for separating particles based on differences in electrical charge; however, larger particles, which have low electrophoretic mobilities, cannot be easily separated with EP-based techniques...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Hongfeng Zhao, Junxia Jiang, Gang Wang, Chong Le, John C Wingfield
Extra-retinal, non-pineal, encephalic photoreceptors (EP) play important roles in mediating development of the reproductive system by the annual change in day length (photoperiodic gonadal response - PGR) in birds. However, the distribution of rhodopsin-like EPs and their functional daily, circadian and seasonal changes are still unclear in the avian brain. This study identifies two novel groups of rhodopsin-immunoreactive cells in the nucleus paraventricularis magnocellularis (PVN) of the hypothalamus and in the medial basal hypothalamus (MBH) in a seasonally breeding species, Gambel's white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys gambelii)...
March 3, 2018: Brain Research
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