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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451852/delta-opioids-neuroprotective-roles-in-preclinical-studies
#1
Shahid Husain
Since ancient times, opioids have been used clinically and abused recreationally. In the early stages (about 1,000 AD) of opium history, an Arab physician, Avicenna, administered opioids to control diarrhea and eye diseases. 1 Opioids have very strong pain relieving properties and they also regulate numerous cellular responses. Opioid receptors are expressed throughout the body, including the nervous system, heart, lungs, liver, gastrointestinal tract, and retina. 2-6 Delta opioid receptors (DORs) are a very attractive target from the perspective of both receptor function and their therapeutic potential...
January 2018: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451618/the-association-of-vitamin-d-levels-and-the-frailty-phenotype-among-non-geriatric-dialysis-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
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Demet Tekdos Demircioglu
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of frailty and the association of vitamin D levels and the frailty phenotype among non-geriatric dialysis patients. METHOD: Seventy-four stable, chronic hemodialysis patients from the hemodialysis unit of the hospital were enrolled in the study. The patients' medical histories and laboratory findings were obtained from the medical records of the dialysis unit. Serum parathyroid hormone and 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels were determined using chemiluminometric immunoassays...
2018: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449969/stigma-and-self-management-an-interpretative-phenomenological-analysis-of-the-impact-of-chronic-recurrent-urinary-tract-infections-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Jasmine Heath Hearn, Sen Selvarajah, Paul Kennedy, Julian Taylor
Study Design: Qualitative, phenomenological design. Objectives: Neurogenic bladder dysfunction and urinary tract infection (UTI) are common secondary consequences to neurological damage to the spinal cord. This study sought to establish the impact of chronic, recurrent UTIs on people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Setting: Community sample, United Kingdom. Methods: Twelve participants with SCI, aged between 28 and 68 years, who had experienced at least three recurrent UTI events within the previous 12 months were recruited...
2018: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449693/tumor-cell-intrinsic-tim-3-promotes-liver-cancer-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-il-6-stat3-axis
#4
Hualin Zhang, Yang Song, Huimin Yang, Zhiyan Liu, Lifen Gao, Xiaohong Liang, Chunhong Ma
T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin-domain containing-3 (Tim-3), mediating immune exhaustion in tumor microenvironment, has become a promising target for tumor therapy. However, the exact mechanisms for tumor cell-intrinsic Tim-3 in tumor development and its potential contribution in Tim-3-targeted therapy strategy have not been elucidated yet. In this study, we showed that human liver cancer tissues contained high ratio of Tim-3-expressing hepatocytes, and cytokines rich in tumor microenvironment and HBV involved in Tim-3 upregulation in malignant hepatocytes...
February 16, 2018: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449564/aggregation-fragmentation-and-individual-dynamics-of-active-clusters
#5
F Ginot, I Theurkauff, F Detcheverry, C Ybert, C Cottin-Bizonne
A remarkable feature of active matter is the propensity to self-organize. One striking instance of this ability to generate spatial structures is the cluster phase, where clusters broadly distributed in size constantly move and evolve through particle exchange, breaking or merging. Here we propose an exhaustive description of the cluster dynamics in apolar active matter. Exploiting large statistics gathered on thousands of Janus colloids, we measure the aggregation and fragmentation rates and rationalize the resulting cluster size distribution and fluctuations...
February 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449276/immune-evasion-via-pd-1-pd-l1-on-nk-cells-and-monocyte-macrophages-is-more-prominent-in-hodgkin-lymphoma-than-dlbcl
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Frank Vari, David Arpon, Colm Keane, Mark S Hertzberg, Dipti Talaulikar, Sanjiv Jain, Qingyan Cui, Erica Han, Josh Tobin, Robert Bird, Donna Cross, Annette Hernandez, Clare Gould, Simone Birch, Maher K Gandhi
Much focus has been on the interaction of PD-L1 on malignant B-cells with PD-1 on effector T-cells in inhibiting anti-lymphoma immunity. We sought to establish the contribution of NK-cells and inhibitory CD163 + monocytes/macrophages in Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL) and Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL). Levels of PD-1 on NK-cells were elevated in cHL relative to DLBCL. Notably, CD3 - CD56 hi CD16 -ve NK-cells had substantially higher PD-1 expression relative to CD3 - CD56 dim CD16 + cells, and were expanded in blood and tissue, more marked in cHL than DLBCL patients...
February 15, 2018: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449045/how-to-measure-glucocorticoid-receptor-s-sensitivity-in-patients-with-stress-related-psychiatric-disorders
#7
REVIEW
Carolin Leistner, Andreas Menke
Stress is a state of derailed homeostasis and a main environmental risk factor for psychiatric diseases. Chronic or uncontrollable stress may lead to a dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is a common feature of stress-related psychiatric disorders. One of the key mechanisms underlying a disturbed HPA axis is an impaired function of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) with an enhanced or reduced feedback sensitivity for glucocorticoids and subsequently altered concentrations of peripheral cortisol...
February 2, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448937/engineering-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-for-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Baixin Ye, Creed M Stary, Xuejun Li, Qingping Gao, Chunsheng Kang, Xiaoxing Xiong
Intratumor heterogeneity of tumor clones and an immunosuppressive microenvironment in cancer ecosystems contribute to inherent difficulties for tumor treatment. Recently, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy has been successfully applied in the treatment of B-cell malignancies, underscoring its great potential in antitumor therapy. However, functional challenges of CAR-T cell therapy, especially in solid tumors, remain. Here, we describe cancer-immunity phenotypes from a clonal-stromal-immune perspective and elucidate mechanisms of T-cell exhaustion that contribute to tumor immune evasion...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448862/filgotinib-for-the-treatment-of-crohn-s-disease
#9
Remi Labetoulle, Stephane Paul, Xavier Roblin
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, such as Crohn's disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC), are widespread diseases (with an estimated 2.2 million Europeans affected), and even populations previously considered 'low risk' (such as Japan and India) are witnessing an increasing incidence. CD is a chronic, progressive immunologically driven disease, with an evolution characterized by succession of periods of progression and remission. New physiopathological pathways are continuously being discovered, the more we understand about how the disease appears and progresses, the more targets become available for the development of novel therapies...
February 15, 2018: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448857/therapy-free-remission-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-possible-mechanism
#10
Robert Peter Gale, Andreas Hochhaus
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) can be cured using tyrosine kinase-inhibitors (TKIs) when cure is defined as achieving a life-expectancy similar or even better than sex- and age-matched persons without CML. Most deaths in persons with CML are now from non-leukemia-related causes including heart disease, diabetes other cancers and stroke. Contrary to expectation, 40-50 percent of persons with CML treated for a few years with TKIs and who achieve a deep molecular response can stop TKI-therapy without leukemia recurrence for several years, some possibly indefinitely...
February 15, 2018: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448728/carbon-nanostructure-of-diesel-soot-particles-emitted-from-2-and-4-stroke-marine-engines-burning-different-fuels
#11
Won-Ju Lee, Seul-Hyun Park, Se-Hyun Jang, Hwajin Kim, Sung Kuk Choi, Kwon-Hae Cho, Ik-Soon Cho, Sang-Min Lee, Jae-Hyuk Choi
Diesel soot particles were sampled from 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines that burned two different fuels (Bunker A and C, respectively), and the effects of the engine and fuel types on the structural characteristics of the soot particle were analyzed. The carbon nanostructures of the sampled particles were characterized using various techniques. The results showed that the soot sample collected from the 4-stroke engine, which burned Bunker C, has a higher degree of order of the carbon nanostructure than the sample collected from the 2-stroke engine, which burned Bunker A...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448474/generic-first-order-phase-transitions-between-isotropic-and-orientational-phases-with-polyhedral-symmetries
#12
Ke Liu, Jonas Greitemann, Lode Pollet
Polyhedral nematics are examples of exotic orientational phases that possess a complex internal symmetry, representing highly nontrivial ways of rotational symmetry breaking, and are subject to current experimental pursuits in colloidal and molecular systems. The classification of these phases has been known for a long time; however, their transitions to the disordered isotropic liquid phase remain largely unexplored, except for a few symmetries. In this work, we utilize a recently introduced non-Abelian gauge theory to explore the nature of the underlying nematic-isotropic transition for all three-dimensional polyhedral nematics...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448214/nanoscale-zero-valent-iron-assisted-soil-washing-for-the-removal-of-potentially-toxic-elements
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C Boente, C Sierra, D Martínez-Blanco, J M Menéndez-Aguado, J R Gallego
The present study focuses on soil washing enhancement via soil pretreatment with nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) for the remediation of potentially toxic elements. To this end, soil polluted with As, Cu, Hg, Pb and Sb was partitioned into various grain sizes (500-2000, 125-500 and <125 μm). The fractions were pretreated with nZVI and subsequently subjected, according to grain size, to Wet-High Intensity Magnetic Separation (WHIMS) or hydrocycloning. The results were compared with those obtained in the absence of nanoparticles...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448156/improved-methane-removal-in-exhaust-gas-from-biogas-upgrading-process-using-immobilized-methane-oxidizing-bacteria
#14
Meng-Ting Sun, Zhi-Man Yang, Shan-Fei Fu, Xiao-Lei Fan, Rong-Bo Guo
Methane in exhaust gas from biogas upgrading process, which is a greenhouse gas, could cause global warming. The biofilter with immobilized methane-oxidizing bacteria (MOB) is a promising approach for methane removal, and the selections of inoculated MOB culture and support material are vital for the biofilter. In this work, five MOB consortia were enriched at different methane concentrations. The MOB-20 consortium enriched at the methane concentration of 20.0% (v/v) was then immobilized on sponge and two particle sizes of volcanic rock in biofilters to remove methane in exhaust gas from biogas upgrading process...
February 7, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448038/molecular-and-biological-characterization-of-a-highly-pathogenic-trypanosoma-cruzi-strain-isolated-from-a-patient-with-congenital-infection
#15
Julián Ernesto Nicolás Gulin, Margarita Bisio, Daniela Marisa Rocco, Jaime Altcheh, María Elisa Solana, Facundo García-Bournissen
Although many Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) strains isolated from a wide range of hosts have been characterized, there is a lack of information about biological features from vertically transmitted strains. We describe the molecular and biological characteristics of the T. cruzi VD strain isolated from a congenital Chagas disease patient. The VD strain was typified as DTU TcVI; in vitro sensitivity to nifurtimox (NFX) and beznidazole (BZ) were 2.88 μM and 6.19 μM respectively, while inhibitory concentrations for intracellular amastigotes were 0...
February 12, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446927/gasoline-particulate-filters-as-an-effective-tool-to-reduce-particulate-and-pah-emissions-from-gdi-vehicles-a-case-study-with-two-gdi-vehicles
#16
Jiacheng Yang, Patrick Roth, Thomas D Durbin, Kent C Johnson, David R Cocker, Akua Asa-Awuku, Rasto Brezny, Michael Geller, Georgios Karavalakis
We assessed the gaseous, particulate, and genotoxic pollutants from two current technology gasoline direct injection vehicles when tested in their original configuration and with a catalyzed gasoline particulate filter (GPF). Testing was conducted over the LA92 and US06 Supplemental Federal Test Procedure (US06) driving cycles on typical California E10 fuel. The use of a GPF did not show any fuel economy and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission penalties, while the emissions of total hydrocarbons (THC), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen oxides (NOx) were generally reduced...
February 15, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445583/deep-sustained-response-to-daratumumab-monotherapy-associated-with-t-cell-expansion-in-triple-refractory-myeloma
#17
Saad Z Usmani, Imran Khan, Christopher Chiu, David Foureau, Lawrence J Druhan, Katherine Rigby, Tineke Casneuf, A Kate Sasser
Background: Daratumumab, a human CD38 monoclonal antibody that has direct on-tumor and immunomodulatory mechanisms of action, demonstrated clinical benefit as monotherapy or in combination with established regimens in patients with multiple myeloma with one or more prior lines of therapy. Case presentation: A male patient, who was 70 years of age at the time of diagnosis of multiple myeloma in 2011, relapsed after five lines of therapy, including autologous stem cell transplantation...
2018: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444930/immunophenotyping-of-newly-diagnosed-and-recurrent-glioblastoma-defines-distinct-immune-exhaustion-profiles-in-peripheral-and-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes
#18
Malte Mohme, Simon Schliffke, Cecile L Maire, Alessandra Rünger, Laura Glau, Klaus C Mende, Jakob Matschke, Christina Gehbauer, Nuray Akyüz, Svenja Zapf, Mareike Holz, Miriam Schaper, Tobias Martens, Nils O Schmidt, Sven Peine, Manfred Westphal, Mascha Binder, Eva Tolosa, Katrin Lamszus
PURPOSE: Immunotherapeutic treatment strategies for glioblastoma (GBM) are under investigation in clinical trials. However, our understanding of the immune phenotype of GBM-infiltrating T-cells (TILs) and changes during disease progression is limited. Deeper insight is urgently needed to therapeutically overcome tumor-induced immune exhaustion. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We used flow-cytometry and cytokine assays to profile TILs and blood lymphocytes (PBL) from GBM patients, comparing newly diagnosed or recurrent GBM to long-term survivors (LTS) and healthy donors...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444838/enzyme-polymorphism-oxygen-and-injury-a-lipidomic-analysis-of-flight-induced-oxidative-damage-in-a-sdh-polymorphic-insect
#19
Julianne E Pekny, Philip B Smith, James H Marden
When active tissues receive insufficient oxygen to meet metabolic demand, succinate accumulates and has two fundamental effects: it causes ischemia-reperfusion injury while also activating the hypoxia-inducible factor pathway (HIF). The Glanville fritillary butterfly ( Melitaea cinxia ) possesses a balanced polymorphism in Sdhd, shown previously to affect HIF pathway activation and tracheal morphology and used here to experimentally test the hypothesis that variation in succinate dehydrogenase affects oxidative injury ...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444704/hpmsc-transplantation-restoring-ovarian-function-in-premature-ovarian-failure-mice-is-associated-with-change-of-th17-tc17-and-th17-treg-cell-ratios-through-the-pi3k-akt-signal-pathway
#20
Na Yin, Yanlin Wang, Xueyan Lu, Ranran Liu, Lianshuang Zhang, Wei Zhao, Wendan Yuan, Qianqian Luo, Hao Wu, Xiying Luan, Hongqin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Human placenta-derived mesenchymal stem cell (hPMSC) transplantation has been demonstrated to be an effective way of recovering ovarian function in mice with autoimmune induced premature ovarian failure (POF). But the exact mechanism remains unclear. The goal of the present study is to investigate the role of immune factors (T-helper 17 (Th17), cytotoxic T (Tc17) and regulatory T (Treg) cells) in the recovery of ovarian function and whether the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signal pathway is involved in the regulation...
February 14, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
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