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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235848/patients-with-long-qt-syndrome-due-to-impaired-herg-encoded-kv11-1-potassium-channel-have-exaggerated-endocrine-pancreatic-and-incretin-function-associated-with-reactive-hypoglycemia
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Louise Hyltén-Cavallius, Eva W Iepsen, Nicolai J Wewer Albrechtsen, Mathilde Svendstrup, Anniek F Lubberding, Bolette Hartmann, Thomas Jespersen, Allan Linneberg, Michael Christiansen, Henrik Vestergaard, Oluf Pedersen, Jens J Holst, Jørgen K Kanters, Torben Hansen, Signe S Torekov
Background -Loss-of-function mutations in hERG (encoding the Kv11.1 voltage-gated potassium channel) cause long QT syndrome (LQT2) due to prolonged cardiac repolarization. However, Kv11.1 is also present in pancreatic α and β cells and intestinal L and K cells, secreting glucagon, insulin, and the incretins glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP), respectively. These hormones are crucial for glucose regulation and LQTS may cause disturbed glucose regulation. We measured secretion of these hormones and cardiac repolarization in response to glucose ingestion in LQT2 patients with functional mutations in hERG and matched healthy participants, testing the hypothesis that LQT2 patients have increased incretin and β cell- and decreased α cell function and thus lower glucose levels...
February 24, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227704/comparing-glucose-and-insulin-data-from-the-two-hour-oral-glucose-tolerance-test-in-metabolic-syndrome-subjects-and-marathon-runners
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Miguel Altuve, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn, Sara Wong, Miguel Altuve, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn, Sara Wong, Sara Wong, Gilberto Perpinan, Erika Severeyn
Glucose is the main energy source of the body's cells and is essential for normal metabolism. Two pancreatic hormones, insulin and glucagon, are involved in glucose home-ostasis. Alteration in the plasma glucose and insulin concentrations could lead to distinct symptoms and diseases, ranging from mental function impairment to coma and even death. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are typical examples of abnormal glucose metabolism that increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and mortality...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223726/dendritic-cells-engineered-to-secrete-anti-dcr3-antibody-augment-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-response-against-pancreatic-cancer-in-vitro
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Jiang Chen, Xiao-Zhong Guo, Hong-Yu Li, Jia-Jun Zhao, Wen-Da Xu
AIM: To investigate the enhanced cytotoxic T lymphocyte responses against pancreatic cancer (PC) in vitro induced by dendritic cells (DCs) engineered to secrete anti-DcR3 monoclonal antibody (mAb). METHODS: DCs, T lymphocytes and primary PC cells were obtained from PC patients. DCs were transfected with a designed humanized anti-DcR3 monoclonal antibody heavy and light chain mRNA and/or total tumor RNA (DC-tumor-anti-DcR3 RNA or DC-total tumor RNA) by using electroporation technology...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207747/chronic-pancreatitis-multicentre-prospective-data-collection-and-analysis-by-the-hungarian-pancreatic-study-group
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Ákos Szücs, Tamás Marjai, Andrea Szentesi, Nelli Farkas, Andrea Párniczky, György Nagy, Balázs Kui, Tamás Takács, László Czakó, Zoltán Szepes, Balázs Csaba Németh, Áron Vincze, Gabriella Pár, Imre Szabó, Patrícia Sarlós, Anita Illés, Szilárd Gódi, Ferenc Izbéki, Judit Gervain, Adrienn Halász, Gyula Farkas, László Leindler, Dezső Kelemen, Róbert Papp, Richárd Szmola, Márta Varga, József Hamvas, János Novák, Barnabás Bod, Miklós Sahin-Tóth, Péter Hegyi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic pancreatitis is an inflammatory disease associated with structural and functional damage to the pancreas, causing pain, maldigestion and weight loss and thus worsening the quality of life. AIMS AND METHODS: Our aim was to find correlations from a multicentre database representing the epidemiological traits, diagnosis and treatment of the disease in Hungary. The Hungarian Pancreatic Study Group collected data prospectively from 2012 to 2014 on patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207637/the-efficacy-of-a-prevascularized-retrievable-poly-d-l-lactide-co-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-subcutaneous-scaffold-as-transplantation-site-for-pancreatic-islets
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Alexandra M Smink, Shiri Li, Don T Hertsig, Bart J de Haan, Leendert Schwab, Aart A van Apeldoorn, Eelco de Koning, Marijke M Faas, Jonathan R T Lakey, Paul de Vos
BACKGROUND: The liver as transplantation site for human pancreatic islets is a harsh microenvironment for islets and it lacks the ability to retrieve the graft. A retrievable, extrahepatic transplantation site that mimics the pancreatic environment is desired. Ideally this transplantation site should be located subdermal for easy surgical-access but this never resulted in normoglycemia. Here we describe the design and efficacy of a novel prevascularized, subcutaneously implanted, retrievable poly (D,L-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) (PDLLCL) scaffold...
February 15, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207024/-ru-co-x-core-complexes-with-benzimidazole-ligands-synthesis-x-ray-structure-and-evaluation-of-anticancer-activity-in-vivo
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Gabriella Tamasi, Antonello Merlino, Federica Scaletti, Petra Heffeter, Anton A Legin, Michael A Jakupec, Walter Berger, Luigi Messori, Bernhard K Keppler, Renzo Cini
The reaction of [Ru(CO)6Cl2], 1, with N[combining low line](3)-methylbenzimidazole (MBI) and 5,6-dimethylbenzimidazole (DMBI) afforded two new complexes with the general formula fac-[Ru(II)(CO)3Cl2L], L = MBI (2) or DMBI (4). Crystals of cis,trans-[Ru(II)(CO)2Cl2(N[combining low line](3)-MBI)2], 3, were also obtained from the mother liquor that produced 2. In the presence of water, the dissociation of Ru-N, Ru-Cl and Ru-CO bonds occurred as a function of time, water content and pH. Density functional theory structure simulations/optimizations were carried out at the Becke3LYP level of theory for evaluating the relative stability of possible conformers...
February 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205147/identification-of-candidate-mirna-biomarkers-for-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-by-weighted-gene-co-expression-network-analysis
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M Giulietti, G Occhipinti, G Principato, F Piva
PURPOSE: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly aggressive malignancy with a dismal prognosis which is, among others, due to a lack of suitable biomarkers and therapeutic targets. Previously, basic gene expression analysis methods have been used for their identification, but recently new algorithms have been developed allowing more comprehensive data analyses. Among them, weighted gene co-expression network analysis (WGCNA) has already been applied to several cancer types with promising results...
February 15, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204828/tieg1-deficiency-confers-enhanced-myocardial-protection-in-the-infarcted-heart-by-mediating-the-pten-akt-signalling-pathway
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Mingqiu Cen, Pengfei Hu, Zhaobin Cai, Tianfu Fang, Jiancheng Zhang, Ming Lu
The transforming growth factor (TGF)-β-inducible early gene-1 (TIEG1) plays a crucial role in modulating cell apoptosis and proliferation in a number of diseases, including pancreatic cancer, leukaemia and osteoporosis. However, the functional role of TIEG1 in the heart has not been fully defined. In this study, we first investigated the role of TIEG1 in ischaemic heart disease. For in vitro experiments, cardiomyocytes were isolated from both TIEG1 knockout (KO) and wile-type (WT) mice, and the apoptotic ratios were evaluated after a 48‑h ischaemic insult...
March 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203372/diagnostic-challenges-and-management-of-a-patient-with-acromegaly-due-to-ectopic-growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-secretion-from-a-bronchial-carcinoid-tumour
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Nikolaos Kyriakakis, Jacqueline Trouillas, Mary N Dang, Julie Lynch, Paul Belchetz, Márta Korbonits, Robert D Murray
: A male patient presented at the age of 30 with classic clinical features of acromegaly and was found to have elevated growth hormone levels, not suppressing during an oral glucose tolerance test. His acromegaly was originally considered to be of pituitary origin, based on a CT scan, which was interpreted as showing a pituitary macroadenoma. Despite two trans-sphenoidal surgeries, cranial radiotherapy and periods of treatment with bromocriptine and octreotide, his acromegaly remained active clinically and biochemically...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193789/enriching-islet-phospholipids-with-eicosapentaenoic-acid-reduces-prostaglandin-e2-signaling-and-enhances-diabetic-%C3%AE-cell-function
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Joshua C Neuman, Michael D Schaid, Allison L Brill, Rachel J Fenske, Carly R Kibbe, Danielle A Fontaine, Sophia M Sdao, Harpreet K Brar, Kelsey M Connors, Haley N Wienkes, Kevin W Eliceiri, Matthew J Merrins, Dawn B Davis, Michelle E Kimple
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is derived from arachidonic acid, while PGE3 is derived from eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) using the same downstream metabolic enzymes. Little is known about the impact of EPA and PGE3 on β-cell function, particularly in the diabetic state. In this work, we determined PGE3 elicits a 10-fold weaker reduction in glucose-stimulated insulin secretion through the EP3 receptor as compared to PGE2 We tested the hypothesis that enriching pancreatic islet cell membranes with EPA, thereby reducing arachidonic acid abundance, would positively impact β-cell function in the diabetic state...
February 13, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190684/analysis-of-amylase-in-duodenal-juice-automated-kinetic-spectrophotometric-analysis-versus-manual-colorimetric-endpoint-assay
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Friedemann Erchinger, Trond Engjom, Erling Tjora, Lage Aksnes, Georg Dimcevskir, Oddrun Anita Gudbrandsen
OBJECTIVE: The measurement of duodenal amylase by a colorimetric end-point assay has been the most used method for amylase activity analyses. The method is manual, time consuming and dependent on specialized equipment. In this study, we compare an automated kinetic spectrophotometric method for pancreatic amylase measurement in duodenal juice with a standardized colorimetric end-point assay. METHODS: We used specimen of duodenal juice at random from a biobank obtained by short endoscopic secretin test in patients with suspected exocrine pancreatic failure of different reasons...
February 4, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188614/foxa2-a-novel-protein-partner-of-tumour-suppressor-menin-is-deregulated-in-mouse-and-human-men1-glucagonomas
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Rémy Bonnavion, Romain Teinturier, Samuele Gherardi, Emmanuelle Leteurtre, Run Yu, Martine Cordier-Bussat, Rui Du, François Pattou, Marie-Christine Vantyghem, Philippe Bertolino, Jieli Lu, Chang Xian Zhang
Foxa2, known as one of the pioneer factors, plays a crucial role in islet development and endocrine functions. Its expression and biological functions are regulated by various factors, including in particular insulin and glucagon. However, its expression and biological role in the adult pancreatic α-cells remain elusive. In the current study, we showed that Foxa2 was overexpressed in islets from α-cell-specific Men1 mutant mice, both at the transcriptional and protein levels. More importantly, immunostaining analyses detected its prominent nuclear accumulation, specifically in α-cells, at a very early stage after Men1-disruption...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183317/practical-guide-to-exocrine-pancreatic-insufficiency-breaking-the-myths
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EDITORIAL
Maarten R Struyvenberg, Camilia R Martin, Steven D Freedman
BACKGROUND: Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is characterized by a deficiency of exocrine pancreatic enzymes, resulting in malabsorption. Numerous conditions account for the etiology of EPI, with the most common being diseases of the pancreatic parenchyma including chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, and a history of extensive necrotizing acute pancreatitis. Treatment for EPI includes dietary management, lifestyle changes (i.e., decrease in alcohol consumption and smoking cessation), and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy...
February 10, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177704/the-rab-gtpase-activating-protein-tbc1d1-is-critical-for-maintaining-normal-glucose-homeostasis-and-%C3%AE-cell-mass
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Sabina Paglialunga, Genevieve Simnett, Holly Robson, Monica Hoang, Renjitha Pillai, Alicia M Arkell, Jeremy A Simpson, Arend Bonen, Mark Huising, Jamie W Joseph, Graham P Holloway
TBC1D1, a Rab-GTPase activating protein, is a paralogue of AS160, and has been implicated in the canonical insulin-signaling cascade in peripheral tissues. More recently, TBC1D1 was identified in rat and human pancreatic islets, however the islet function of TBC1D1 remains not fully understood. We examined the role of TBC1D1 in glucose homeostasis and insulin secretion utilizing a rat knockout (KO) model. Chow-fed TBC1D1 KO rats had improved insulin action but impaired glucose-tolerance test (GTT) and a lower insulin response during an ipGTT compared to WT rats...
January 31, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176830/distribution-bias-analysis-of-germline-and-somatic-single-nucleotide-variations-that-impact-protein-functional-site-and-neighboring-amino-acids
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Yang Pan, Cheng Yan, Yu Hu, Yu Fan, Qing Pan, Quan Wan, John Torcivia-Rodriguez, Raja Mazumder
Single nucleotide variations (SNVs) can result in loss or gain of protein functional sites. We analyzed the effects of SNVs on enzyme active sites, ligand binding sites, and various types of post translational modification (PTM) sites. We found that, for most types of protein functional sites, the SNV pattern differs between germline and somatic mutations as well as between synonymous and non-synonymous mutations. From a total of 51,138 protein functional site affecting SNVs (pfsSNVs), a pan-cancer analysis revealed 142 somatic pfsSNVs in five or more cancer types...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176472/suspected-atypical-haemolytic-uraemic-syndrome-in-two-post-partum-patients-with-foetal-death-in-utero-responding-to-eculizumab
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REVIEW
Justin Chua, Kathy Paizis, Simon Z He, Peter Mount
BACKGROUND: Atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS) is a rare condition with the triad of microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia and acute kidney injury. Other conditions that present in a similar manner peri-partum include thrombotic thrombocytopaenic purpura, and pregnancy associated conditions including HELLP syndrome (haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets), severe pre-eclampsia and less commonly acute fatty liver of pregnancy. CASE REPORTS: We describe two cases of suspected aHUS, who presented post-partum with foetal death-in-utero at 33 and 37 weeks respectively...
February 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161832/enhanced-biosafety-of-silica-coated-gadolinium-based-nanoparticles
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Marta Laranjeira, Yuki Shirosaki, Saki Yoshimatsu Yasutomi, Toshiki Miyazaki, Fernando Jorge Monteiro
One of the most important and novel approaches of biomedical engineering is the development of new, effective and non-invasive medical diagnosis abilities, and treatments that have such requirements as advanced technologies for tumor imaging. Gadolinium (Gd) compounds can be used as MRI contrast agents, however the release of Gd(3+) ions presents some adverse side effects such as renal failure, pancreatitis or local necrosis. The main aim of the work was the development and optimization of Gadolinium based nanoparticles coated with silica to be used as bioimaging agent...
March 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160250/thiopurines-and-methotrexate-use-in-ibd-patients-in-a-biologic-era
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REVIEW
Gerassimos J Mantzaris
Although we have been living in the era of biologic therapy for several decades, the use of immunomodulators (primarily thiopurines [azathioprine and mercaptopurine] and less so methotrexate) still remains an important component of the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) pharmaceutical arsenal. Thiopurines as monotherapy exert corticosteroid-sparing effects and can maintain long-term remission in a considerable proportion of patients who have frequent relapses and are or have become mesalazine and/or corticosteroid intolerant or refractory...
February 3, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160038/biliary-and-pancreatic-complications-of-molecular-targeted-therapies-in-cancer-imaging
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REVIEW
Francesco Alessandrino, Katherine M Krajewski, Sree Harsha Tirumani, Marta Braschi-Amirfarzan, Jyothi P Jagannathan, Nikhil H Ramaiya, Donald N Di Salvo
The purpose of this review is to familiarize radiologists with the different imaging manifestations of biliary and pancreatic toxicity of molecular targeted therapies. The advent of molecular targeted therapies for cancer treatment has prompted radiologists to be familiar with these new molecules, their patterns of response, and their class-specific toxicities. While liver and bowel toxicities have been extensively reported in literature, less is known about the pathogenesis and imaging of toxicity involving the pancreatobiliary system...
February 3, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152915/a-pragmatic-approach-for-measuring-and-monitoring-hospitalizations-in-patients-receiving-chemotherapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
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Carole Kathleen Dalby, Saira Chaudary, Joseph O Jacobson
: 278 Background: Hospitalizations in patients receiving chemotherapy are common and costly. In order to test interventions to reduce hospitalizations in chemotherapy patients, efficient approaches are needed for monitoring the incidence of hospitalization. METHODS: We evaluated the monthly frequency of hospitalization in patients receiving active chemotherapy for pancreas cancer. Two definitions were used to identify patients under "active" chemotherapy treatment in a given month; both definitions required that patients were alive on the first day of the evaluation month...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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