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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549244/ll-37-induced-human-mast-cell-activation-through-g-protein-coupled-receptor-mrgx2
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Yangyang Yu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yarui Zhang, Yihong Lai, Wenwen Chen, Zhangang Xiao, Wei Zhang, Meiling Jin, Bo Yu
Human LL-37 is an important class of cationic antimicrobial peptide (CAP) that is known to stimulate mast cell activation. While many studies have been conducted on LL-37, to date little is known about the functional receptors for LL-37-induced human mast cell activation, in particular in terms of the release of de novo synthesized mediators. Thus, the aim of the present study is to identify the functional receptors for LL-37-induced human mast cell activation in terms of the degranulation and release of de novo synthesized mediators and investigate the downstream signalling pathways involved in mast cell activation...
May 23, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547912/clinical-characteristics-of-functional-dyspepsia-depending-on-chemosensitivity-to-capsaicin
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J Hammer, M Führer
BACKGROUND: Augmented chemosensitivity to capsaicin has been demonstrated in approximately half of functional dyspepsia (FD) patients. AIM: We determined clinical characteristics of FD patients with and without chemical hypersensitivity at baseline and after capsaicin ingestion for 4 weeks. METHODS: N=49 outpatients with confirmed FD received an oral sensitivity test with 0.75 mg capsaicin at three occasions, before and after ingesting 0...
May 25, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545905/resveratrol-alleviates-oxidative-damage-in-enteric-neurons-and-associated-gastrointestinal-dysfunction-caused-by-chemotherapeutic-agent-oxaliplatin
#3
Elizabeth L Donald, Lily Stojanovska, Vasso Apostolopoulos, Kulmira Nurgali
Oxaliplatin is a first-line chemotherapeutic agent used for the treatment of colorectal cancer. Its use is associated with severe gastrointestinal (GI) side-effects, associated with oxidative damage and neurotoxicity to the enteric neurons. Resveratrol is a potent anti-oxidant that has been shown to protect against oxidative damage and neurotoxicity in other neurons and could therefore prevent oxaliplatin-induced damage to enteric neurons. We determined whether co-administration of resveratrol with oxaliplatin alleviates enteric neuron toxicity and GI dysfunction in mice...
May 17, 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545589/gastrointestinal-tolerance-of-low-fodmap-oral-nutrition-supplements-in-healthy-human-subjects-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jennifer Erickson, Renee Korczak, Qi Wang, Joanne Slavin
BACKGROUND: There has been increasing interest in utilizing a diet low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs) for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a functional gastrointestinal disease. While studies have indicated that this diet can be effective at symptom reduction, it is a restrictive diet and patients may find it challenging to find low FODMAP products to meet their nutrient needs. The primary objective of this study was to assess the gastrointestinal (GI) tolerance of three low FODMAP oral nutrition supplements (ONS) in healthy adults...
May 25, 2017: Nutrition Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545556/finer-leaf-resolution-and-steeper-beam-edges-using-a-virtual-isocentre-in-concurrence-to-ptv-shaped-collimators-in-standard-distance-a-planning-study
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Klaus Bratengeier, Barbara Herzog, Sonja Wegener, Kostyantyn Holubyev
PURPOSE: Investigation of a reduced source to target distance to improve organ at risk sparing during stereotactic irradiation (STX). METHODS: The authors present a planning study with perfectly target-volume adapted collimator compared with multi-leaf collimator (MLC) at reduced source to virtual isocentre distance (SVID) in contrast to normal source to isocentre distance (SID) for stereotactic applications. The role of MLC leaf width and 20-80% penumbra was examined concerning the healthy tissue sparing...
May 25, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545199/cyberknife-radioablation-of-prostate-cancer-%C3%A2-preliminary-results-for-400-patients
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Leszek Miszczyk, Agnieszka Namysł Kaletka, Aleksandra Napieralska, Grzegorz Woźniak, Małgorzata Stąpór Fudzińska, Grzegorz Głowacki, Andrzej Tukiendorf
Objectives: To evaluate the tolerance and effectiveness of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) applied in the treatment of low and intermediate risk (LR & IR) prostate cancer patients (PCP) and provide an evaluation of the level of risk group impact on treatment results. In addition, androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) usage and prostatic specific antigen (PSA) decline after SABR were assessed. Material and Methods: A total of 400 PCP (213 LR and 187 IR, including T2c) were irradiated with a CyberKnife using fd 7...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545100/intranasal-delivery-of-a-bivalent-norovirus-vaccine-formulated-in-an-in-situ-gelling-dry-powder
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Jordan P Ball, Michael J Springer, Yawei Ni, Isaac Finger-Baker, Juan Martinez, Jessica Hahn, John F Suber, Ashley V DiMarco, James D Talton, Ronald R Cobb
The global health community is beginning to understand the burden of norovirus-associated disease, which has a significant impact in both developed and developing countries. Norovirus virus like particle (VLP)-based vaccines are currently under development and have been shown to elicit systemic and mucosal immune responses when delivered intranasally. In the present study, we describe the use of a dry powder formulation (GelVac™) with an in situ gelling polysaccharide (GelSite™) extracted from Aloe vera for nasal delivery of a bivalent vaccine formulation containing both GI and GII...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545056/effect-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-on-the-link-between-glp-1-expression-and-motility-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract
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Hirotsugu Eda, Hirokazu Fukui, Ryosuke Uchiyama, Yoshitaka Kitayama, Ken Hara, Mo Yang, Mio Kodani, Toshihiko Tomita, Tadayuki Oshima, Jiro Watari, Hiroko Tsutsui, Hiroto Miwa
BACKGROUND: Although Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is closely associated with the development of peptic ulcer, its involvement in pathophysiology in the lower intestinal tract and gastrointestinal (GI) motility remains unclear. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is a gut hormone produced in the lower intestinal tract and involved in GI motility. Here, we investigated the effect of H. pylori infection on the link between GLP-1 expression and motility of the GI tract. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice were inoculated with a H...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544957/zebrafish-as-a-visual-and-dynamic-model-to-study-the-transport-of-nanosized-drug-delivery-systems-across-the-biological-barriers
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Ye Li, Xiaoqing Miao, Tongkai Chen, Xiang Yi, Ruibing Wang, Haitao Zhao, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee, Xueqing Wang, Ying Zheng
With the wide application of nanotechnology to drug delivery systems, a simple, dynamic and visual in vivo model for high-throughput screening of novel formulations with fluorescence markers across biological barriers is desperately needed. In vitro cell culture models have been widely used, although they are far from a complimentary in vivo system. Mammalian animal models are common predictive models to study transport, but they are costly and time consuming. Zebrafish (Danio rerio), a small vertebrate model, have the potential to be developed as an "intermediate" model for quick evaluations...
May 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544521/oral-nucleic-acid-therapy-using-multicompartmental-delivery-systems
#10
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Husain Attarwala, Murui Han, Jonghan Kim, Mansoor Amiji
Nucleic acid-based therapeutics has the potential for treating numerous diseases by correcting abnormal expression of specific genes. Lack of safe and efficacious delivery strategies poses a major obstacle limiting clinical advancement of nucleic acid therapeutics. Oral route of drug administration has greater delivery challenges, because the administered genes or oligonucleotides have to bypass degrading environment of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in addition to overcoming other cellular barriers preventing nucleic acid delivery...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544094/development-and-validation-of-the-patient-physician-relationship-scale-among-patients-with-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#11
J E Kurlander, W D Chey, C B Morris, Y J B Hu, R K Padival, S I Bangdiwala, N J Norton, W F Norton, D A Drossman
BACKGROUND: An effective patient-physician relationship (PPR) is essential to the care of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We sought to develop and validate an IBS-specific instrument to measure expectations of the PPR. METHODS: We conducted structured focus groups about PPRs with 12 patients with IBS. Qualitative analysis was used to generate a questionnaire (the Patient-Physician Relationship Scale [PPRS]), which was modified with input from content experts and usability testing...
May 22, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544091/a-new-predictive-model-for-acute-gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-patients-taking-oral-anticoagulants-a-cohort-study
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Akira Shimomura, Naoyoshi Nagata, Takuro Shimbo, Toshiyuki Sakurai, Shiori Moriyasu, Hidetaka Okubo, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Chizu Yokoi, Junichi Akiyama, Naomi Uemura
BACKGROUND: We developed a predictive model of long-term gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding risk in patients receiving oral anticoagulants and compared it with the HAS-BLED score. METHODS: We periodically followed a cohort of 508 patients taking oral anticoagulants (66 direct oral anticoagulants users and 442 warfarin users). Absence of GI bleeding at an initial examination, and any subsequent GI bleeding, were confirmed endoscopically. The bleeding model was developed by multivariate survival analysis and evaluated by Harrell's c-index...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544035/chemical-exchange-sensitive-mri-of-amide-amine-and-noe-at-9-4%C3%A2-t-versus-15-2%C3%A2-t
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Julius Juhyun Chung, Wonmin Choi, Tao Jin, Jung Hee Lee, Seong-Gi Kim
Chemical exchange (CE)-sensitive MRI benefits greatly from stronger magnetic fields; however, field effects on CE-sensitive imaging have not yet been studied well in vivo. We have compared CE-sensitive Z-spectra and maps obtained at the fields of 9.4 T and 15.2 T in phantoms and rats with off-resonance chemical-exchange-sensitive spin lock (CESL), which is similar to conventional chemical exchange saturation transfer. At higher fields, the background peak at water resonance has less spread and the exchange rate relative to chemical shift decreases, thus CESL intensity is dependent on B0 ...
May 22, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542528/adaptation-of-candida-albicans-to-environmental-ph-induces-cell-wall-remodelling-and-enhances-innate-immune-recognition
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Sarah L Sherrington, Eleanor Sorsby, Nabeel Mahtey, Pizga Kumwenda, Megan D Lenardon, Ian Brown, Elizabeth R Ballou, Donna M MacCallum, Rebecca A Hall
Candida albicans is able to proliferate in environments that vary dramatically in ambient pH, a trait required for colonising niches such as the stomach, vaginal mucosal and the GI tract. Here we show that growth in acidic environments involves cell wall remodelling which results in enhanced chitin and β-glucan exposure at the cell wall periphery. Unmasking of the underlying immuno-stimulatory β-glucan in acidic environments enhanced innate immune recognition of C. albicans by macrophages and neutrophils, and induced a stronger proinflammatory cytokine response, driven through the C-type lectin-like receptor, Dectin-1...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542466/toner-a-tool-for-identifying-nucleotide-enrichment-signals-in-feature-enriched-rna-seq-data
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Yuttachon Promworn, Pavita Kaewprommal, Philip J Shaw, Apichart Intarapanich, Sissades Tongsima, Jittima Piriyapongsa
BACKGROUND: Biochemical methods are available for enriching 5' ends of RNAs in prokaryotes, which are employed in the differential RNA-seq (dRNA-seq) and the more recent Cappable-seq protocols. Computational methods are needed to locate RNA 5' ends from these data by statistical analysis of the enrichment. Although statistical-based analysis methods have been developed for dRNA-seq, they may not be suitable for Cappable-seq data. The more efficient enrichment method employed in Cappable-seq compared with dRNA-seq could affect data distribution and thus algorithm performance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541989/irritable-bowel-syndrome
#16
Kristen Ronn Weaver, Gail DʼEramo Melkus, Wendy A Henderson
: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common, chronic gastrointestinal (GI) condition characterized by disturbances in bowel habits and abdominal pain in the absence of known organic pathology. IBS reduces quality of life and is costly to treat. It is diagnosed using the symptom-based Rome criteria for functional GI disorders, which was recently updated and released as Rome IV. Both physiologic and psychological variables play a role in the etiology of IBS and perpetuate symptoms. Although research has shed light on IBS pathophysiology, therapeutic interventions remain symptom driven, employing both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches...
June 2017: American Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541457/bumped-kinase-inhibitor-gastrointestinal-exposure-is-necessary-to-treat-cryptosporidium-infection
#17
Samuel L M Arnold, Ryan Choi, Matthew A Hulverson, Deborah A Schaefer, Sumiti Vinayak, Rama S R Vidadala, Molly C McCloskey, Grant R Whitman, Wenlin Huang, Lynn K Barrett, Kayode K Ojo, Erkang Fan, Dustin J Maly, Michael W Riggs, Boris Striepen, Wesley C Van Voorhis
There is a substantial need for novel therapeutics to combat the widespread impact caused by Crytosporidium infection. However, there is a lack of knowledge on which drug pharmacokinetic characteristics are key to generate an in vivo response specifically if systemic drug exposure is crucial for in vivo efficacy. To identify which pharmacokinetic properties are correlated with in vivo efficacy, we generated physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models to simulate systemic and gastrointestinal (GI) drug concentrations for a series of bumped kinase inhibitors (BKI) that have nearly identical in vitro potency against Cryptosporidium but display divergent pharmacokinetic properties...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541004/the-effect-of-peripheral-crf-peptide-and-water-avoidance-stress-on-colonic-and-gastric-transit-in-guinea-pigs
#18
Zahid Hussain, Hae Won Kim, Cheal Wung Huh, Young Ju Lee, Hyojin Park
Functional dyspepsia (FD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are common gastrointestinal (GI) diseases; however, there is frequent overlap between FD and IBS patients. Emerging evidence links the activation of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) receptors with stress-related alterations of gastric and colonic motor function. Therefore, we investigated the effect of peripheral CRF peptide and water avoidance stress (WAS) on upper and lower GI transit in guinea pigs. Dosages 1, 3, and 10 μg/kg of CRF were injected intraperitoneally (IP) in fasted guinea pigs 30 minutes prior to the intragastric administration of charcoal mix to measure upper GI transit...
July 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540148/clinical-and-microbiological-characteristics-of-bacteroides-prosthetic-joint-infections
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Neel Shah, Douglas Osmon, Aaron J Tande, James Steckelberg, Rafael Sierra, Randall Walker, Elie F Berbari
Clinical and microbiological characteristics of patients with Bacteroides prosthetic joint infection (PJI) have not been well described in the literature. The aim of this retrospective cohort study was to assess the outcome of patients with Bacteroides PJI and to review risk factors associated with failure of therapy. Between 1/1969 and 12/2012, 20 episodes of Bacteroides PJI in 17 patients were identified at our institution. The mean age of the patients in this cohort at the time of diagnosis was 55.6 years; 59% (n=10) had knee involvement...
2017: J Bone Jt Infect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539323/etv1-positive-cells-give-rise-to-brafv600e-mutant-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors
#20
Leili Ran, Devan Murphy, Jessica Sher, Zhen Cao, Shangqian Wang, Edward Walczak, Youxin Guan, Yuanyuan Xie, Shipra Shukla, Yu Zhan, Cristina R Antonescu, Yu Chen, Ping Chi
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) is the most common subtype of sarcoma. Despite clinical advances in the treatment of KIT/PDGFRA-mutant GIST, similar progress against KIT/PDGFRA-wild type GIST, including mutant BRAF-driven tumors, have been limited by a lack of model systems. ETV1 is a master regulator in the intestinal cells of Cajal (ICC), thought to be the cells of origin of GIST. Here we present a model in which the ETV1 promoter is used to specifically and inducibly drive Cre recombinase in ICC as a strategy to study GIST pathogenesis...
May 24, 2017: Cancer Research
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