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K Soelberg, A C Nilsson, C Nielsen, S Jarius, M Reindl, B Wildemann, S T Lillevang, N Asgari
BACKGROUND: Optic neuritis (ON) is an inflammatory optic neuropathy, where the genetic and autoimmune dependency remains poorly characterized. OBJECTIVE: To investigate autoimmune and immunogenetic aspects of ON. METHOD: In a prospective population-based cohort 51 patients with ON were included. At follow up 20 patients had progressed to multiple sclerosis (MS-ON). All patients were screened for neuronal and systemic autoantibodies. HLA genotypes and allele and genotype frequencies of the PTPN22 C1858T and the PD-1...
March 7, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Taner Arabaci, Mevlut Albayrak
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study to evaluate the contributions of titanium-prepared platelet-rich fibrin (T-PRF) combined with open flap debridement (OFD) on biological markers in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF)and periodontal outcomes. METHODS: Twenty-nine participants with chronic periodontitis were treated either with autologous T-PRF+OFD or OFD alone. GCF growth factor levels and relative receptor activator nuclear factor kappa-B/osteoprotegerin (RANKL/OPG) ratio at baseline and 2, 4, and 6 weeks postoperatively were analyzed, and clinical parameters such as probing depth (PD), relative attachment level (RAL) and gingival margin level (GML) at baseline and 9 months after surgery were compared...
March 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Sheng Yan, Yuxing Li, Yuanqing Zhu, Minsu Liu, Qianbin Zhao, Dan Yuan, Guolin Yun, Shiwu Zhang, Weijia Wen, Shi-Yang Tang, Weihua Li
This work presents a simple, low-cost method to fabricate semi-circular channels using solder paste, which can amalgamate the cooper surface to form a half-cylinder mould using the surface tension of Sn-Pd alloy (the main component in solder paste). This technique enables semi-circular channels to be manufactured with different dimensions. These semi-circular channels will then be integrated with a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) frame and machine screws to create miniaturised, portable microfluidic valves for sequential liquid delivery and particle synthesis...
March 15, 2018: Electrophoresis
Charles S Fuchs, Toshihiko Doi, Raymond W Jang, Kei Muro, Taroh Satoh, Manuela Machado, Weijing Sun, Shadia I Jalal, Manish A Shah, Jean-Phillipe Metges, Marcelo Garrido, Talia Golan, Mario Mandala, Zev A Wainberg, Daniel V Catenacci, Atsushi Ohtsu, Kohei Shitara, Ravit Geva, Jonathan Bleeker, Andrew H Ko, Geoffrey Ku, Philip Philip, Peter C Enzinger, Yung-Jue Bang, Diane Levitan, Jiangdian Wang, Minori Rosales, Rita P Dalal, Harry H Yoon
Importance: Therapeutic options are needed for patients with advanced gastric cancer whose disease has progressed after 2 or more lines of therapy. Objective: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of pembrolizumab in a cohort of patients with previously treated gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: In the phase 2, global, open-label, single-arm, multicohort KEYNOTE-059 study, 259 patients in 16 countries were enrolled in a cohort between March 2, 2015, and May 26, 2016...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Oncology
Cheng-Han Wu, Bang-Hung Yang, Yuan-Hwa Chou, Shyh-Jen Wang, Jyh-Cheng Chen
99mTc-TRODAT-1 is a type of drug that can bind to dopamine transporters in living organisms and is often used in SPCT imaging for observation of changes in the activity uptake of dopamine in the striatum. Therefore, it is currently widely used in studies on clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) and movement-related disorders. In conventional 99mTc-TRODAT-1 SPECT image evaluation, visual inspection or manual selection of ROI for semiquantitative analysis is mainly used to observe and evaluate the degree of striatal defects...
2018: PloS One
Lívia H Morais, Daniela B Hara, Maíra A Bicca, Anicleto Poli, Reinaldo N Takahashi
The factors that trigger the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) are unknown. However, it is suggested that environmental factors, such as exposure to pesticides, play an important role, in addition to genetic predisposition and aging. Early signs of PD can appear in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and in the olfactory system, preceding the onset of motor impairments by many years. The present study assessed the effects of oral rotenone administration (30 mg/kg) in inducing GI and olfactory dysfunctions associated with PD in mice...
April 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
Ramón Medel Jiménez, Juan C Sánchez España, José Visa Nassarre, Eva Ayala Barroso, Alfredo Pueyo Ferrer, Alejandra Tapia Bahamondes, Luz M Vasquez
PURPOSE: To describe our experience and outcomes managing complete third cranial nerve palsy. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of the clinical records of 7 consecutive patients treated at our centre for unilateral third nerve palsy over the period 2010-2016. We describe our surgical approach using a frontalis muscle flap to correct the eyelid ptosis associated with medial fixation of the rectus muscle tendon to the orbit to correct the horizontal deviation...
March 15, 2018: Orbit
Y Dargaud, X Delavenne, D P Hart, S Meunier, P Mismetti
Over the past decades, haemophilia management has continually evolved, with prophylaxis now considered the treatment of choice. Prophylaxis primarily seeks to prevent bleeding and haemarthrosis episodes from occurring and avert the otherwise inevitable haemophilic arthropathy. Yet, numerous unanswered issues remain. These concern dose levels, dosing intervals, ways of integrating variability in bleeding phenotype, patient age, joint status, lifestyle, physical activity, treatment adherence and individual responses to FVIII or FIX concentrates...
March 2018: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
Daniel Weintraub, Alexander I Tröster, Connie Marras, Glenn Stebbins
The focus on cognitive impairment in neurodegenerative diseases, including PD, is shifting from the dementia stage to earlier stages of impairment, including mild cognitive impairment. This shift is driven primarily by the desire to improve long-term outcomes by delivering therapeutic interventions earlier in the clinical course, even presymptomatically in those at highest risk, and at the initial stage in the pathophysiological cascade that underpins common dementia syndromes. This article focuses on key findings and challenges in studying earliest stages of cognitive decline in PD, including a detailed examination of neuropsychological testing, cognitive performance in early and prodromal PD, epidemiological research for PD mild cognitive impairment to date, and expert recommendations for assessment...
March 15, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Guisheng Li, Olga V Zatolochnaya, Xiao-Jun Wang, Sonia Rodríguez, Bo Qu, Jean-Nicolas Desrosiers, Hari P R Mangunuru, Soumik Biswas, Daniel Rivalti, Shuklendu D Karyakarte, Joshua D Sieber, Nelu Grinberg, Ling Wu, Heewon Lee, Nizar Haddad, Daniel R Fandrick, Nathan K Yee, Jinhua J Song, Chris H Senanayake
Novel bidentate phosphine ligands BABIPhos featuring a biaryl bis-dihydrobenzooxaphosphole core are presented. Their synthesis was achieved via Pd-catalyzed reductive homocoupling of dihydrobenzooxaphosphole aryl triflates. An efficient route toward various analogues was also established, giving access to phosphines with different electronic and steric properties. The newly obtained ligands demonstrated high efficiency and selectivity in Rh-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of di- and trisubstituted enamides...
March 15, 2018: Organic Letters
Shohei Kumagai, Shinya Takaishi, Mengqi Gao, Hiroaki Iguchi, Brian K Breedlove, Masahiro Yamashita
MX chains have been widely studied as a 1D mixed-valence system. Although there have been a large number of studies on the boundary between class II and III materials of the Robin-Day classification, there are few studies of compounds at the boundary between classes I and II. In this study, we synthesized a series of Pt- and Pd- MX-chain compounds with perrhenate counterions, [M(en)2 ][M(en)2 X2 ](ReO4 )4 (X = Br for M = Pd and X = Cl, Br, and I for M = Pt). All compounds were isostructural, and the metal-metal distances within the chain exceed 6 Å, which is the longest among MX-chain compounds thus far reported...
March 15, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Benjamin L Solomon, Ignacio Garrido-Laguna
The advent of immune checkpoint inhibitors (PD-1, PD-L1 and CTLA-4) has resulted in unprecedented long-term remissions of unresectable cancers. The efficacy of checkpoint inhibitors was recently demonstrated in gastrointestinal malignancies with mismatch repair deficiencies (dMMR). Pembrolizumab became the first tissue-agnostic US FDA-approved drug based on the presence of the predictive biomarker dMMR. In addition, the FDA in 2017 approved pembrolizumab for PD-L1-positive advanced gastric cancer in third-line and second-line hepatocellular therapy...
March 15, 2018: Future Oncology
Amanda Przespolewski, Andras Szeles, Eunice S Wang
Evasion of the host immune system is a key mechanism to promote malignant progression. Therapeutically targeting immune pathways has radically changed the treatment paradigm for solid and lymphoid tumors but has yet to be approved for myeloid malignancies. Here, we summarize the most recent advances in immunotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Topics reviewed here include adoptive cellular approaches (chimeric antigen receptor-T cells, natural killer and other immune cells), checkpoint inhibitors (anti-PD-1/PD-L1, anti-CTLA-4 and TIM-3) and vaccines (WT-1, HLA-A2 and hTERT)...
March 15, 2018: Future Oncology
Richard H Singer, Mark Stoutenberg, Daniel J Feaster, Jianwen Cai, WayWay M Hlaing, Lisa R Metsch, Christian R Salazar, Shirley M Beaver, Tracy L Finlayson, Gregory Talavera, Marc D Gellman, Neil Schneiderman
BACKGROUND: Current evidence suggests that periodontal disease (PD) is associated with a significant increased risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) independent of known confounders. PD is a chronic oral disease with significant variation in prevalence demonstrated among Hispanic/Latino subgroups. The purpose of this study was to investigate the associations between PD and CVD risk and variations with sex, age, and Hispanic/Latino background. METHODS: The sample included 7,379 participants aged 30-74 years, from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (2008 to 2011)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Farzaneh Ghazi Sherbaf, Mahtab Mojtahed Zadeh, Maryam Haghshomar, Mohammad Hadi Aarabi
Psychiatric symptoms and motor impairment are major contributions to the poor quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Here, we applied a novel diffusion-weighted imaging approach, diffusion MRI connectometry, to investigate the correlation of quality of life, evaluated by Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ39) with the white matter structural connectivity in 27 non-demented PD patients (disease duration of 5.3 ± 2.9 years, H and Y stage = 1.5 ± 0.6, UPDRS-III = 13.7 ± 6.5, indicating unilateral and mild motor involvement)...
March 14, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Carlo Cattaneo, Jaime Kulisevsky, Viviana Tubazio, Paola Castellani
INTRODUCTION: Chronic pain is an important yet overlooked non-motor symptom of Parkinson's disease (PD), caused by an imbalance of the dopaminergic and glutamatergic systems. Safinamide has a multimodal mechanism of action, dopaminergic (reversible MAO-B inhibition) and non-dopaminergic (modulation of the abnormal glutamate release), that might be beneficial for both motor and non-motor symptoms. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the long-term (2-year) efficacy of safinamide on PD chronic pain and to confirm the positive effects observed after 6 months of treatment...
March 14, 2018: Advances in Therapy
Augusta Pisanu, Laura Boi, Giovanna Mulas, Saturnino Spiga, Sandro Fenu, Anna R Carta
Neuroinflammation is a main component of Parkinson's disease (PD) neuropathology, where unremitting reactive microglia and microglia-secreted soluble molecules such as cytokines, contribute to the neurodegenerative process as part of an aberrant immune reaction. Besides, pro-inflammatory cytokines, predominantly TNF-α, play an important neuromodulatory role in the healthy and diseased brain, being involved in neurotransmitter metabolism, synaptic scaling and brain plasticity. Recent preclinical studies have evidenced an exacerbated neuroinflammatory reaction in the striatum of parkinsonian rats that developed dyskinetic responses following L-DOPA administration...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
Adam J Stark, Christopher T Smith, Kalen J Petersen, Paula Trujillo, Nelleke C van Wouwe, Manus J Donahue, Robert M Kessler, Ariel Y Deutch, David H Zald, Daniel O Claassen
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by widespread degeneration of monoaminergic (especially dopaminergic) networks, manifesting with a number of both motor and non-motor symptoms. Regional alterations to dopamine D2/3 receptors in PD patients are documented in striatal and some extrastriatal areas, and medications that target D2/3 receptors can improve motor and non-motor symptoms. However, data regarding the combined pattern of D2/3 receptor binding in both striatal and extrastriatal regions in PD are limited...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Muhammad Shuja, Ayman A Elghazaly, Asif Iqbal, Reham Mohamed, Amal Marie, Mutahir A Tunio, Moamen M Aly, Ali Balbaid, Mushabbab Asiri
Introduction Bone metastasis (BM) is a major complication of many solid tumors like breast, prostate, lung and renal cancers. BM leads to serious sequelae of pain, fractures, spinal cord compression and hypercalcemia. Radiotherapy has an established role in relieving pain caused by BM. Worldwide different radiotherapy schedules are being used for BM. The aim of this study is to determine the efficacy of single fraction palliative radiotherapy for painful bone metastases. Methods Between April 2014 and April 2017, single fraction radiotherapy was used to treat 73 patients in our institution...
January 8, 2018: Curēus
Ruwei Ou, Qianqian Wei, Bei Cao, Wei Song, Yanbing Hou, Hui Liu, Xiaoqin Yuan, Bi Zhao, Ying Wu, Huifang Shang
Objective: To explore the clinical predictors of freezing of gait (FOG) in Chinese patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Methods: This study included 225 patients with PD who completed a three-year follow-up visit. The end-point was the presence of FOG (freezers), which was assessed during the follow-up visit. Group comparisons were conducted, followed by a further forward binary logistic regression analysis. Results: Eighty-five patients with PD (38%) had developed FOG at the end of study...
March 2018: Brain and Behavior
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